Wednesday, July 15, 2015


It hardly seems possible that we could be halfway through the month of July already, but here we are.  The Feeling Sketchy Challenge Blog has posted a new sketch today: 

I had so much fun interpreting the last sketch in the form of a layout that I am going with that again this time.  My stepdaughter Sarah recently sent me a "selfie," and I absolutely love it!  She is pictured with her two cats Nikki and Sam (on Sarah's shoulder). 

First, the layout, then, a few detail photographs (a supply list follows):


  • KaiserCraft paper
  • Red cardstock (from stash)
  • White Rick Rack (Wrights)
  • Unity Stamp Set "Be Amazing" (sentiment)
  • Die Cut Machine (Cricut)
  • "Elegant Edges" font (Cricut)
  • Xyron 1.5" create-a-sticker
  • Tombo mono permanent adhesive
  • Carl 12" rotary trimmer
PolkaDoodles is our sponsor for this challenge.  I hope you will pay them a visit.  I appreciate both your visits and your comments here. They are important to me and keep me inspired!

Monday, July 13, 2015


Audrey is the host this week at the Tag Along Challenge Blog.  Audrey is looking for "boy-themed" tags, so I immediately thought of my favorite boy image from Stampotique, "Twinkie!"  

I used some patterned paper from my stash for the tag background, cutting a snippet from it to give my image a place on which to stand so that he did not appear to be floating.  

Now, I suppose to many my sentiment needs no explanation, but, since my husband never heard of this expression (surprisingly), I will share Wikipedia's explanation:  "Pull my finger is a joke or prank regarding flatulence in which a mark is asked to pull the finger of the joker, who simultaneously expresses gas...."  Farting seems to be a pretty common pastime for young boys, so here's my contribution to this theme!

I appreciate your visit today!  Please come by and join in on the "boy" fun at the Tag Along Challenge Blog this week.

Thursday, July 2, 2015


The Tag Along Challenge Blog has posted a new challenge and it is called "alphabet."  It is my pleasure to serve as guest host and I am challenging even me because I have never participated in an alphabet challenge!  What I learned is that I could choose any letter of the alphabet and create something--in this case a tag--with that letter in mind.  Since I had just purchased Dina Wakley's "Scribbly Birds" stamps, I went with B is for BIRD!

I chose a postcard-sized tag (4" x 6") and polka dot paper from my stash.  I used Tim Holtz's "Caged Bird" Alterations die and decorated it with two sizes of silver brads.  The bird image I stamped on heavy white cardstock and overstamped the image with one of the background stamps from Dylusion's "Graphic Backgrounds" (another THANK YOU to my friend Barbara). 

My sentiment was taken from the title of a book written by Maya Angelou, one of my favorite authors and a wonderful woman I would have been pleased to know.  A piece of washi tape (to allow my free bird a place to sit), a red ribbon from my stash and done!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I appreciate both your visits and your comments.  I hope you will take some time this week to join us in creating something for this alphabet challenge at the Tag Along Challenge Blog!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Can you believe that July has arrived?!  Feeling Sketchy Challenge Blog says that it has and has posted the challenge for the first half of the month.  Here's the sketch:

This was a tough one for me.  I just couldn't see a card in there anywhere, but, what I did see, was a beautiful layout sketch! So, I went with that.  I have taken great liberty with this sketch.  Although all the elements are present, they have been artistically rearranged just a bit!  

First, the detail shots:

And the reveal:

I hope you like my layout.  It's been a while since I have created one and actually found it quite fun.  The background paper is brand new and is from BoBunny (Garden Journal Gratitude).  The lighter cardstock (called White Smoke) is from a new company called My Colors Cardstock.  The burgundy cardstock is from my stash, as is the doily.  Both sentiments were created using a Tim Holtz Alterations die from Sizzix.

I hope you will take some time to create something for this Feeling Sketchy challenge.  Our host is Bugaboo stamps, so pay them a visit and check out their great stamps!

Thanks for both your visit and your comment!  Both inspire me to keep doing what I am doing!