Friday, February 17, 2017

One kit, four layouts (with more to come)

I was so excited last Saturday when my February Citrus Twist Kit and extras arrived; the package had a projected delivery date of Monday. I dove in right away and created this layout, using the main kit, the embellishment add-on and patterned paper add-on. I also used a Citrus Twist sketch.

The next two layouts also were created with the same kit and with Citrus Twist sketches:

This one was based on sketch #303 at Creative Scrappers. I love this kit's versatility! 

 I do have one more layout completed with this kit, but I haven't taken its picture yet. And I still have plenty of paper and a ton of embellishments. Thanks for stopping by; have a great day!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Celebrating the furbabies

Today I have three recently completed layouts featuring four-legged family members. They bring joy and laughter into our lives, and cause us to mourn when they "cross the rainbow bridge."

My oldest daughter and her family lost their nearly 17-year-old cat, Lenny about two weeks ago. Heather and Dustin adopted Lenny and his brother, Sebastian as kittens. "They were our first babies", Dustin said. The kittens moved with them to Minnesota and over the years tolerated the addition of three children, several dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters and other "wild life". Sebastian died several years ago, but Lenny remained relatively healthy until this winter. He was a sweet, loving cat and is greatly missed, I made this layout in his memory, using a Susan Stringfellow sketch and the Citrus Twist Kits December main kit with embellishment and patterned paper add-ons.

We lost our beloved Boston terrier, Pepper, five years ago last week. He probably had the most personality of any dog I've ever owned. He was playful, comical and a good listener; in short, a onderful companion. I found a picture of him in his prime and did this layout, using a mixture of products from the Citrus Twist November, December and January kits,

I also made a layout of my mom's cat, Lily, making herself cozy in Mom's bed. I used a sketch from Sketches in Thyme sketch and the December Citrus Twist kit, (I was trying to use up some of my current kits before the February one arrived,)

Both Lily and my mom live with us, along with our cat Ed and our dog Coco. Needless to say, the three of them keep our household lively.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Valentine's Day cards

I like to make Valentine cards for my grandchildren, inserting a few silly holiday-related riddles inside. This year we have a total of nine grandchildren, ranging in age from 20 years to 5 months old, I bought the "So Loved" collection pack by Photoplay, which offered a nice mix of traditional and non-traditional papers, and proceeded to have fun creating these cards, (I did use the cards from the Photoplaty card kit advertising as inspiration but did not buy the card kit)

These three cards are on their way to my grandchildren in Illinois, ages 19, 17 and 16. It's always a bit of a challenge to come up with cards that aren't too juvenile for the older kids (or, actually, young adults) and for boys, since Valentine paper tends to be kind of girly, The card on the far left is for my 17-year-old grandson; hopefully it's not too girly!

These three are headed for Minnesota, for (left0 to right) 1 `16-year-old guitar playing grandson. my newest 5-month-old granddaughter and my 12-year-old grandson, who is indeed awesome.

The final three are headed for Wiscvonsin to (left to right) my nearly 5-year-old grandson -- he loves our Boston terrier, Coco, so I featured a dog that looks like her; my 9-year-old granddaughter, who loves being on the local roller derby youth team (her skate name is "Anna Maul"; and my 20-year-old stepgranddaughter, who officially joined our family in December when her dad married my daughter.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Sketch challenges

Nothing gets my scrapbooking mojo going like a good sketch challenge! Here are a few I completed recently:

Laura Whitaker of Stuck?! Sketches  is one of my very favorite sketch designers. Earlier in the month, I showed my layout (Now What?) for Stuck?!'s January 1 sketch. The following layout is my take on the January 15 sketch. I mixed some blush-pink spray mist with gesso and sponged it through a Tim Holtz template for the background, then added a little turquoise ink sponged through a perforated mesh ribbon. Most of the supplies came from the Citrus Twist Kits' January main kit and add-ons,

I used sketch 258 from the Sketches in Thyme blog for this layout of my youngest granddaughter, along with the Citrus Twist Kits' December kit.

All of these started with sketches from the Citrus Twist Kits blog; there's a new one each Sunday. I used Citrus Twist kits for all four.

And I used an older Laura Whitaker sketch for this one:

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Playing catch-up

Still trying to get caught up with sketches, scrapping and posting following a fairly rough December (mom's illness, my hand surgery and coping with a rheumatoid arthritis flare). I'm so far behind in using my kits! but ut's good to be scrapping again.

I snagged a couple of my daughter's honeymoon photos from Facebook for this layout, using the January skeetch at Creative Scrappers. The sketch was a bit tricky, but the free cut file helped a great deal. The papers and embellishments are from the Citrus Twist Kits' December collection.

I used the January week 2 sketch from Let's Get Sketchy with the Comfort & Joy collection from My Mind's Eye for a winter scene:

I started with a sketch from about a year ago from Let's Get Sketchy as inspiration for this layout, using the Bundle of Joy (girl) collection from Echo Park:

And I used the January 1 sketch from Stuck?! Sketches with the November Citrus Twist kit for this layout of my 5-year-old grandson and his dog:

There are more, but that's enough for one post. Thanks for looking; have a great day!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

December layouts

After the doctor said I could start using my hand again (on a limited basis) after surgery, I spent Christmas week creating a few layouts. These are the last of 2016:

 The first four layouts all are based on sketches from the Citrus Twist blog. The first two use mostly products from Crate Paper's Snow and Cocoa collection:

This man is the absolute best Santa ever! He used to be the mall Santa at the Apache Mall in Rochester, MN, but now can be found each December at a local toy store. My Minnesota grandsons are "too old" for Santa, but happily posed for photos with Samta and their new baby sister. The older one even smiled! (he never smiles in photos)

An area photography studio did "10 minute mini sessions" in a local park in December. My oldest daughter and her family got some wonderful photos of their family, quickly and in a fun setting.

 I used the Comfort & Joy collection from My Mind's Eye for the next two layouts.  The background papers are from Diecuts With A View's Embossed White stack.

The last layout is based on a sketch from Sketches in Thyme. I used papers from Snow and Cocoa as well as Comfoet & Joy.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

It's good to be back!

It feels so good to be back in my craft room scrapping again after a month-long hiatus. The weekend after Thanksgiving, my mom was admitted to the hospital for what turned out to be a week-long stay, with another 10 days in a skilled care facility. She's home and back to her old routine, but it was a scary few weeks. I also had carpal tunnel release surgery on my right hand in December, which further put a kink in my scrap time.

These are the three layouts I completed just before Mom's illness and my surgery. All three were created with the November main and add on kits from Citrus Twist Kits. The first two were based on sketches from the Citrus Twist blog. I used a Sketches in Thyme sketch fir the third.

My youngest daughter and her fiance call their blended group of kids and pets their "famiy of friends".

My mom's favorite place in town to visit is the zoo. She loves feeding the animalas!

Our newest granndaughter is a licky girl; she has two adoring older brothers who help to look out for her!

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!