Monday, July 21, 2014

Picture Perfect Day

As many of you know, my sisters and I have a tradition. Every time we get together we take photos of us and us with our mom. This year was no exception. The lake is in the background and, as always, we are in birth order:) I am the shortest and the oldest!

I used this for two challenges at Stucksketches

Here is the sketch

And here is the color challenge
Here is my layout

Sunday, July 20, 2014


We had fun on the 4th with the sparklers my sister brought. They were different than the ones we normally have. It was chilly and she is wearing her winter hat:)

I was inspired by the SWAT mood board - the res, the lettering and the stars.

I also used this sketch from LetsGetSketchy

Here is my layout

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I need to practice

I felt like painting tonight so here is what I did.

I played with watercolors and this was inspired by the Frugalcrafter's Beach rose. I did mine away from the computer so it is not identical but I was inspired by her lesson.

PCC Magazine Monday

Every week PCC has a Magazine Monday inspiration. Here is this week's

And here is my card
I was inspired by the colored blocks behind the letters. I used black as an accent color.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Happy Birthday

I am proud to announce and share another Guest Designer Layout for SketchNScrap. Here is the mid month Sketch --

Celebrating birthdays is fun whether you are 6 or 26!

For Rob's birthday this year we ended up at a small, authentic Mexican restaurant in Petoskey. The decor was vivid and fun and the staff was very sweet. After a wonderful dinner, we decided to buy Rob a shot for his birthday. The waiter brought two and would not charge us for them. He also insisted Rob borrow the sombrero for photos!

I added sequins, punched circles and paint dots to the circle and used flowers for my clusters.

I want to thank SketchNScrap for this wonderful opportunity to preview their sketches!! I hope you visit their blog and play along!!

Monday, July 7, 2014


An online friend (Sandee) pointed the rest of our group to an Art Academy put on by Derwent. It included 6 lessons with videos and HOMEWORK! You had to pass one level before moving to the next. AT the end was a certificate and a nice prize!

I chose the Inktense Set. You apply the dry color then wash with water for an ink like effect. I found some cool videos on how to use them and gave it a go for a thank you card to send to Derwent.

I need much more practice but I think this looks pretty good. 

Proof I passed

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sketch N Scrap

I am so pleased to announce that I am a guest designer this month  at SketchNscrap ! Sketches are such a wonderful jumping off point and SketchNScrap has a variety of sketches for all your scrapping and card making needs!

Here is  Sketch #60
And here is my layout

This sketch was just perfect for scrapping Jennifer's recent wedding shower. I was able to use 3 wonderful photos! And I love the tilted and layered papers. I chose hearts for my embellishments and created a cluster on the left. 

I hope you will join in the fun at SketchNscrap!

Thank you for stopping by! 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Choose One

I haven't been scrapping much lately, but when i saw the challenge at CSI, I knew what I wanted to scrap.

In March we had the food tasting for the wedding. We had tried so many entrees and were quite full when they presented this platter of cakes for us try! Yes, there were 10 pieces! Because of Shawn's nut allergy, Mike and I sampled anything with nuts. There were so many good choices but Jen and Shawn were able to narrow it down. I cannot reveal their choice yet!

From the evidence list I chose chevrons, silver metals, number, flower, stems. I documented about the cake tasting. 

I also used a sketch from Pagedrafts

I did flip it though. And i used a rectangle photo instead of round. 

The photo of the cakes did not do it justice!


Moxiefab World wants to see our work area ! Ok - here is mine!

I am making cork table number holders for my daughter's wedding in Sept. I also have a layout in progress and other half done projects on my table!

Saturday, June 28, 2014


Last year, at the end of the season, we bought  a  used pontoon boat. What turned out to be a good deal became a money pit as we could not get it to run properly. Finally we thought we had it fixed just before it was time to take it out for the season. A few weeks ago we put it in and took it out for a spin. It died in the middle of the lake. We got a tow to shore and luckily my husband figured out the gas hose clip was not in all the way. So it was just a minor problem and should now be fine. We went out for another spin and it was such a nice ride.

I used this sketch from SketchnScrap

And this inspiration from Creativeembellishments. This boat is so much fun to just putz along the lake. I love listening to the lapping water and sticking my hand in the spray. The water was my inspiration and the colors of the sky. 

And the Happy Feet challenge over at SWAT

I broke into my new Come Away with Me from G45!