Tuesday, February 20, 2018

I Will Always Love You

Seeing picture of my granddaughter with my Dad, her great grandfather, always makes me smile.
These were no exception to that.  I always new my daughter from a newborn to today had a very special bond with her Papa, but now seeing her daughter with Papa the bond had grown so much.
We joke that I was always Dad's #1 girl, then it became Leslie and now it's Elle, so I have moved to #3.   All worth it to see these smiles.

I am entering this layout at the "SCRAPPY FRIENDS CHALLENGES"  for February.

I used the sketch at  "ROCHELLE SPEARS BLOG"  and I combined that sketch with
"GRAND DIVA'S BLOG" and the this month in history.   I used prompt #4
#4 ~ February 28 1968 ~ The first Grammy Awards was held.
Create a layout and for your title you must use the 
title of any song 
from any year awarded the 
Grammy for Song of the Year

For my title I have  "I Will Always Love You"   by Whitney Houston, the Grammy winning song of the year in 1994, and it was perfect for this picture.   That song came to mind immediately.

Here ar the links for both

 Select one of the history facts below, create a layout and include the challenge requirement
listed below the fact that you select.
#1 ~ February 8, 1895 - President Grover Cleveland authorized the selling of $62 million worth of bonds to J.P. Morgan in exchange for gold purchased from foreign investors, saving the Treasury from disaster. 
Create a layout and you must add 
GOLD paper and/or embellishments.

#2 ~ February 12, 1809 ~ The 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln was born.
Create a layout about a 
newborn baby 
and you must include a
heart embellishment and/or heart patterned paper.

#3 ~ February 22, 1879 ~ F.W. Woolworth opens "The Great Five Cent Store" in Utica, NY. 
 It failed in six months, but the second store he opened in June of the 
same year seemed to catch on.
Create a layout and you must use 
5 or more different types of embellishments
5 or more different patterned papers.

#4 ~ February 28 1968 ~ The first Grammy Awards was held.
Create a layout and for your title you must use the 
title of any song 
from any year awarded the 
Grammy for Song of the Year

Valentine Girls

I think I have now finished all of my Valentine layouts for this year.   These are my granddaughters in Orlando, we only see them about once a year so I always love getting Facebook pictures.
Here they are all dressed for Valentines Day at school.

I used Sketch #313 at  "SKETCHES IN THYME"  to make this layout.  I loved getting to use so many different papers with it.   Plus it was fun to use the heart stickers for my banner that is in the sketch.

Here is the sketch and link to  "SKETCHES IN THYME"

Changes at Home

I've been wanting to get this layout made about the big changes we did outside of our house after we moved to the lake last fall.    My hubby could not imagine his cars (his babies) not being in a garage and getting all dirty on a gravel driveway.   So the additions began,  within 3 months the hill was excavated and the garage was built.   The immediately concrete was poured on the lower part of the driveway, all the level area between the house and the garage to the side property line.   Then this week we had the driveway poured from the street at the top down to the flat driveway.    So hubby is happy, no  more trips on gravel in his cars.

Challenge #342 at   "SHOPPING OUR  STASH"  worked perfect for me to make this layout because the challenge is Home Sweet Home,  they want to see a home or house image of some sort on your project.   So I matted this stamped image that I had been hoarding and it is perfect for my layout and the challenge.

Here is the link to the challenge at  "SHOPPING OUR STASH"
You have until 11:55 EST on Monday February 26th to enter.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Valentines Dinner

We had an awesome and HUGE Valentines dinner last night and plenty of leftovers for a great lunch today.   But before I eat those leftovers I made this layout about our dinner.   The bonus is I get to enter it in four different challenges.

"SCRAP CHALLENGE YOURSELF"  you have to include a picture of yourself on your layout and use this color palette on your layout.   Plus since its February the added twist to the challenge is to use hearts or a love theme on your page.

The theme for this month's challenge is:
"Love Is In The Air"

Create a project for Love, wedding, anniversary, Valentines Day, etc.

Challenge 108 
Love, Valentine, Wedding, Friendship

  1. You can create a - Layout, Card, Canvas, Mini Album, Mixed Media, "Off the Page" Creations
  2. Only new creations from 2nd of February onwards
  3. Enter a direct link to your creations into the link tool, not only to the main page of your blog. This makes it easy for the Design Team to find your creations to leave comments
  4. You may enter a maximum of 4 entries for each Challenge

"THE RUBBER BUGGY CHALLENGE"    I used the soft color palette.
You have great options for this one... choose either Rustic of soft colours... 
your choice.... so have fun.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

100 days

This is my granddaughter in Orlando on her 100th day of school this year.   She dressed as a 100 year old woman.   She said she was trying to look like her 95 year old great grandmother.  The bat with the cut tennis ball base was her idea of a walker like her grandmother, plus the long necklace and glasses on the chain and cardigan sweater and she had the look down pretty great.

I will be entering this layout in two challenges.  First I used the Feb. 8th sketch, sketch #312 at
"SKETCHES IN THYME"   Then I went to "THE PAPER GIRLS CHALLENGE" Challenge #145 was to celebrate their 6th Anniversary and use 6 items of the same thing.   I used 6 doilies, 6 different colors on the doilies  and 6 gems on this layout.

Here is the sketch and links to both challenges.



Monday, February 12, 2018

You and Me

Nothing says love like a Grandpa taking a trip to visit his Grandson and his dog.  My brother hadn't seen his grandson for just over a year so he made a trip to Sydney, Australia for a long overdue visit.
He will be there 3 weeks and this was taken the first day he got there.   I think they are all happy to be together.

I am entering this layout at  "USE YOUR STUFF" Challenge #299  - Love is all Around.
I combined papers from two older collections from Simple Stories.   I used the Daily Grind collection and the Say Cheese II collection.

Here is the link to the challenge at   "USE YOUR STUFF"

Challenge #299 - Love is all around
So what love is around you? Show us with your cards, layouts, OTP or whatever your crafty poison is.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Now & Then

During a bored Saturday that we were snowed in I decided we should rearrange the furniture in our living room.   The house we bought here at the lake came with a lot of the furniture including everything in the living room.   So since last fall we had been living just how it was when we moved in.   When we moved the couch around underneath it was the picture at the bottom right of my layout.

The couple we bought our full time lake home from had moved into this house for summers when it was just a small two bedroom home.  Over the course of two years they totally redid the house and added the 2nd story and extended the house to add 3 bedrooms, new living room, three bathrooms and laundry room and added some decks.   We live here full time and absolutely love the house.  I have one of the bedrooms on the old part of the house that looks out to the lake as my scrap room, I couldn't be happier.  

I wanted to make this layout showing the old home and the way it looks now.   When I saw the first color challenge of the month at  "LASTING MEMORIES"  is to use Blues so that is what I did for this layout.

Here is the link to  "LASTING MEMORIES"   and the details for the challenge......

LM #380 - Color Me Happy Color Challenge - Blues

Today we are starting a new theme and a new set of challenges! This month our theme is "Color Me Happy" and all of our challenges will be color challenges. Here is our first challenge:

LM #380 - Color Me Happy - Blues - use the colors below as the primary colors on your layout. Blacks, whites, neutrals are all a given.