Monday, December 16, 2019

SOS December Pick a Side + Challenge - "The Good Stuff!"

It's time for the last challenge of 2019 - from the Scrap Our Stash Blog -  Again this month - we are asking you to Pick a side - of the 2 sided sketch below - as your inspiration - and be sure to also use 8  - or MORE DIFFERENT types of scrapbooking items on your page! See the examples noted at the bottom of the sketch below -   
This is a great way for you to use some of your stash!!

And here is my inspiration layout for you!
I loved using the Carta Bella "Pack Your Bags" Collection for this layout!!  
So many FUN papers and embellishments!!
Last October, when we visited London for the first time - and we had to make a trip to the Borough Market!  It is a must do for any foodie fans!  So many different things to choose from!  Phil had a knockwurst from one stand and I had THE BEST Mussels I've ever had in my life!! OMG!!!  I would fly to London just to have them again!! The Chu Chi Sauce was MIND BLOWING! ( Slurp Slurp!!)
I've got to try to re-create it someday!!  It was really - THE GOOD STUFF!! LOL!!

I picked the LEFT side of the sketch for my layout. 
For the 8 Scrapbook Item Challenge I used WAY MORE than 8 items!!! 
- Here is the list of the Items Used!

1. Cardstock
2 -8. Patterned Paper ( Bo Bunny -Passion Fruit Journal - Double Dot, Cartabella "Pack Your Bags: Away We Go, Hello World, Journaling Cards. Happy Place, Border Stripes.  Doodle Bug Designs -Petite Prints - Lady Bug,
9. Enamel Dots
10. Twine
11. Wooden Embellishments
12. Carta Bella "Pack Your Bags" Element Stickers
13. Carta Bella "Pack Your Bags" Frames and Tags
14 and 15. Thickers -Wonder Glossy Puffy, and Colorful Puffy Stickers
16, Staples ( Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher)
17 - 20. Ranger Distress Stains - Candied Apple, Evergreen Bough, Picket Fence, Ripe Persimmon
21. Crate Paper - Hello There - Flair
22. My Mind's Eye -Jubilee - Decorative Brads

Here are some close ups for you:

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you find some time to create along with us this month at the Scrap Our Stash Blog!  Challenge Rules, Prize Details and more inspiration from our FABULOUS Design Team can be found on the Scrap Our Stash Blog!

Wishing you and your families a very HAPPY, HEALTHY and WONDERFUL Holiday Season!  ((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Challenge YOUrself Blog Announcement and -December "Snowflake" Challenge #72

Hi everyone!  Happy December!  
I am so happy to be continuing on with the amazingly talented Design Team over at the Challenge YOUrself Blog!!  I look forward to sharing another year of happy scrappy FUN - and inspiring YOU and challenging YOU to get out IN FRONT of that camera, and share YOUr layouts with us!

This month's challenge is to use Snowflakes on your layout and BE SURE to include YOU in one of the photos too!

I used a black and white photo of my hubby and I while we were "down the shore" this past winter, for a get-away weekend to celebrate his birthday.  I decided to keep with the black and white theme, and found some fun chipboard and wooden elements that I painted white and embellished.  Here is my Design Team inspiration layout for you:
I am always making my hubby take selfies with me - he is such a good sport!  I love this SELFIE Paper by Reminisce and all the fun sayings on it!  I picked a few other black and white patterned papers and layered them under the photo.

Here are some close-ups for you:

I love this snowflake corner flourish - I added dimension to the snowflakes using Nuvo Simply White Crystal Drops.

 After painting this chipboard white - I hit it with brushed pewter Distress Stain. I filled in the hearts that were on the chipboard circle with Nuvo Ebony Black Crystal Drops to add dimension - I love how it pulled in the white paint when it dried and created the surprise marble effect!! 
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Thanks for stopping by!  I want to wish you and your families a very Happy Holiday Season.  May your heart and home be filled with Love, Laughter, and Joy 
( and a few hours of scrappy YOU time too!)
Be sure to stop by the Challenge YOUrself Blog for Challenge and Prize info - along with lots of wonderful inspiration from the rest of our Design Team and be sure to GET IN FRONT of that Camera this Holiday - and document YOU!
((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items used:
Reminisce - "Selfie" 
American Crafts - Plus One - Peer
Bella Blvd - Just Add Color - Passcode
Freckled Fawn - Puffy Doodle Camera Stickers
Mambie Chips
Want 2 Scrap - Chipboard Circle with Hearts
Scrapaholics -Snowflake Corner Flourish
White Paint
Wink of Stella - White and Clear Pens
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Simply white and Ebony Black
Eyelet Outlet - Enamel Hearts
Ranger Distress Stains - Black Soot, Brushed Pewter
Ideaology - Big Chat Stickers - by Tim Holtz
White Gel Pen

Monday, December 2, 2019

SOS - December Cartoon and Sketch Challenge - Bakefest!

It's time for the December Saturday Cartoon Inspired Challenge from the Scrap Our Stash Blog!  - Plus you must include the color Gold and a Bow on your layout!

I used photos from our 2017  Bakefest, for my Design Team Inspiration Layout, for this month's Cartoon + Sketch Challenge, over at the Scrap Our Stash Blog - and I use Gold Twine, Gold Thicker Alpha's and 3D Gold Glitter Paper Bows for the added challenge:
For the past few years, my friends and I get together at my house, and bake up batches of our favorite Christmas cookies!  It is a long day, filled with sweet treats, love and laughter.  It's an event we all look forward to, and so do our families too!  There are always the standard Italian Grandma Cookies, and Biscotti too, but sometime we mix it up and try a new kind.  Our "BAKEFEST" is scheduled for later this month - I can't wait to see them and spend this special time together!  I Love this tradition and LOVE these ladies!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Wishing you and your families and friends a very Happy Holiday Season!  I hope you can find some time to play along with us at the Scrap Our Stash Blog!
((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items used:
My Mind's Eye - Yuletide - Merry
Simple Stories - Winter Farm House Collection -
  Warm and Cozy, 4x6 Elements, Frosty Mornings, Enamel Dots
Eyelet Outlet Baking Brads
Nuvo - Crystal Drops - Simply White, Honey Gold
Ranger Distress Stains - Vintage Photo, Aged Mahogany, Evergreen Bough, Forest Moss, Tarnished Brass
BoBunny - Dear Santa - Candy Cane
Gold Twine
Gold Bows

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Beautiful Bermuda - Triple Challenge Entry

I had so much fun creating this layout, using photos taken of my hubby and I, as we disembarked the NCL Escape, on out 37th Anniversary, last month - in Beautiful Bermuda!  It was our firs cruise on NCL and our first time to Bermuda and we LOVED them both!

For some reason, the NCL photographer decided to develop the photo as 2 separate black and white 5 x 7 prints.  We purchased them, and I couldn't wait to scrapbook them!

When I got home, I realized that the photos could be matched up, and a portion of them overlapped the other.  I thought these would be a perfect fit to use for the November Sketch Challenge over at the
  My Little Scrapbook Store Facebook Page!!  Here is the sketch:

I am also a follower of the CSI Scrapbook Challenges, and when I saw the colors on their Challenge #302, I decided I would play along with them and try to "Solve the Case!"
Here is the "Case File" and the "Clues"

And finally, I also follow the Lasting Memories Challenges, and since I used "PLAID" in my layout, I am entering it in the Challenge # 473

Here is my layout - I hope you like it!

For the My Little Scrapbook Store Facebook Page!!  Challenge - I tilted my photos a bit differently, but followed the basic sketch. I used different washi tapes to create the grid lines behind the photos.

For CSI Scrapbook Challenges Challenge # 302  - I used older papers that I had in my stash that matched the colors in the "scene" -  I also used the "Magic Number - 9" and added 9 hearts and 9 enamel dots.

For Lasting Memories Challenge # 473 - I used PLAID paper for my base and covered one of my chipboard flowers.

Here are some close ups for you:

I love to use foam tape to pop my photos and use 3 stripes of it to make a "pocket" to tuck a journaling card into, where I write a little note about the photos in the layout. 

Thank you so much for stopping by!  
I hope I've inspired you to play along with a challenge or two - they are so much fun and a great way to cherish your special memories!
((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items used: 
Simple Stories - "Heart" Collection :  Treasured Memories, Love You, Never Forget, Element #2, Cardstock Stickers
American Craft "Honey" Puffy phrase Thickers
Doodle Bug Designs - Petite Prints - Pistachio Dot/Stripe
Teresa Collins - Wanderlust Brads
Dusty Attic - Word Play and Chipboard elements
My Mind's Eye - Yes Please - enamel dots
Carta Bella  - Yacht Club and Snow Much Fun - enamel dots
Washi Tape
Ranger Distress Stains - Evergreen Bough, Tarnished Brass, Black Soot

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Scrap Our Stash November Pick a Side Challenge “Tea Time”

This months Scrap Our Stash Challenge asks you to pick a side of the 2 page layout sketch below, and be sure to a scallop edge embellishment. 

I selected the layout on the left side, and used it to share a memory from our vacation in London last October.  Rob and I enjoyed a lovely English Tea while visiting Covent Garden!  I used a scalloped edge punch that I have had for years!
Here is my SOS Design Team Inspiration Layout for you:
Here are some close ups for you too!

Please be sure to stop by the Scrap Our Stash Blog for more inspiration from our Design Team, along with Challenge Rules and Prize Info - I hope you find some time to play along with us this month!
Thanks for stopping by and I wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!
~ ((HUGS)) Sherri
Items used:
American Crafts “Shimelle” True Stories:
Cappuccino, Green Tea, and Small Sticker Book
Ranger Distress Stains: Picket Fence, Evergreen Bough, Candied Apple, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber
CartaBella Snow Fun and Flora Enamel Dots

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Challenge Yourself #71 - Let's Fla-mingle! Weekend Scrappy Crop with Friends

What an awesome theme for this month's inspiration from the Challenge YOUrself Blog!

We'd love for you to join us this month! 
Just be sure to include YOU in one of your photos! 
Rules, Prize Info and more inspiration can be found on the Challenge YOUrself Blog!

Here is my Design Team Inspiration layout for you:
Love all of these ladies and the friendships we have formed over the years while sharing our love of scrapbooking! This was at a weekend crop last July hosted by an awesome Mom and Daughter on-line Scrapbook store "The Doo" as we lovingly call it - Be sure to check out Scrap-a-Doodle Doo for all your scrapbooking needs.  The flamingo and custom title Die-cut were made by "Mama Doodle!" Check out her custom Die-cuts HERE too!

Happy November to you!  Wishing you a great Thanksgiving, and hoping you will find some time for YOU this month! Be sure to take some time and get scrappy with it and don't forget to stop by the Challenge YOUrself Blog for more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!  ~ (((HUGS)) Sherri
Items Used:
American Craft - Dear Lizzy "Fine and Dandy" -Stay Wild
                          - The Color of Memories
Paper House - Colorways - Flamingo Collection
Sequins, Feathers
Ranger Distress Stains - Picket Fence, Picked Raspberries
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Ebony Black
Custom Die Cut by Scrap-a-Doodle Doo

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Scrap Our Stash Nov Cartoon and Sketch Challenge - Flamingling with Friends!

This month's Cartoon and Sketch Challenge from the Scrap Our Stash Blog 
is a super cute one!
See the challenge below, and stop by the Scrap Our Stash Blog for Rules, Prize info, more inspiration and to link your submission - I hope you can play along with us!

Here is my Design Team Layout for your Inspiration:
 Love this fun photo of my friends and me at a scrapbook weekend crop - the theme was "Let's Flamingle" ~ Needless to say - we did and had a blast!  For the "Fruit" part of the challenge - there is a piece of pineapple and a cherry on the drink embellishment that I used on my tag.

Here are some close-ups for you:

 Love this flamingo paper!!

Thanks for stopping by - I hope I've inspired you to play along with us at the Scrap Our Stash Blog - I can't wait to see what you come up with!!
(((HUGS)))~ Sherri

Items used:
Pebbles - Sunshiny Days - Pink Flamingos
My Mind's Eye - Confetti
   "Surprise" - Cousins -Diagonal Stripes / Green Paper
   "Surprise" - Summer Dots / Summer Stripes
   "Adorbs" - Story Recollect paper
Doodle Bug Designs -Tropical Shapes Sprinkles
Craft Smart Bookmark
Thickers - "Colorful"
Washi Tape
Sequins and Bling
Ranger Distress Stains - Picked Raspberries, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

SOS October Pick a Side Challenge - Pizza in Bath, UK

It's time for this month's Pick a Side Challenge from the Scrap Our Stash Blog!  All rules, prize info, and more inspiration can be found on the blog!

I chose the sketch on the LEFT for my Design Team layout and your inspiration and used photos from a wonderful day on our vacation to London last year. We first visited Bath, and then Stonehenge - it was a truly amazing day - and the pizza was pretty good too!

You can see that I used lots of twine and tags in my layout - so much fun!

Here you can see the TAB I used too - ( ABOVE) 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope I've inspired you to play along with us this month at the Scrap Our Stash Blog!
((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items used:
Carta Bella - Pack Your Bags Collection  -
Border Stripes, Road Trip, Away we go, Hello World, Happy Place, 4x4 Journaling Cards, Element Stickers, Frames and Tags
Ranger Distress Stains - Spiced Marmalade, Picket Fence, Evergreen Bough, Blue Print Sketch
White Gel Pen

Monday, October 7, 2019

Challenge YOUrself #70 - October Sketch Challenge - "TACO 'bout it!"

It is time for a FUN Sketch Challenge over at the Challenge YOUrself Blog - Just use this Awesome Sketch as a guide and be sure to INCLUDE YOU in your layout!

Here is my Design Team Inspiration Layout for you:

Loving this FUN Simple Stories Oh Happy Day Collection!
I decided to use it for a layout of a very Happy Day my hubby and I spent riding dune buggies, having lunch and snorkeling in Cozumel Mexico, which was one of the stops on our first Disney Wonder Westbound Panama Canal cruises, in May of 2016!

Here are some close ups for you:

Thanks for stopping by - I really hope you find some YOU time this month and join in on this FUN Sketch Challenge from the Challenge YOUrself Blog!
((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items used:
Simple Stories - Oh Happy Day Collection -
Love Much, 2x2 Elements, Wild and Free, Oh Hello
Combo Cardstock Stickers, Ephemera -Bits and Pieces, Washi Tape
Heidi Swapp - Alpha Stickers
Ranger Distress Stains - Twisted Citron, Picked Raspberry, Picket Fence
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Ebony Black