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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Guesting at Stick It Down

Hey y'all!
I am excited to share that I was chosen as a guest designer at Stick It Down! I was able to create with this amazingly fun sketch

Don't you just love all the small squares?! The possibilities here are endless!
Here is my layout:
 I started with the background paper from October Afternoon that I swear I have been hoarding for years! On top of that, I placed four squares that measure approximately 3x3, on a piece of cream cardstock.
 I splattered some black mist on the cardstock. The chipboard butterflies are from Heidi Swapp & were misted with Jack Frost mist from Tattered Angels.


The photo is from summer of 2011 on our trip to Williamsburg. We took the kids to Jamestown for a few hours & they were both bored to tears (literally for Ty)! This is one of a few decent pictures I was able to get that day-ha!    
I had a blast creating this page & love the way it turned out! Thanks for having me as a guest designer SID!!
Maybe you can find the time to play along with this great sketch also!

Supplies:
-patterned paper-October Afternoon; Fancy Pants; Crate Paper
-burlap pieces-Little Yellow Bicycle
-cork embellishments-Fancy Pants
-doily-Martha Stewart
-chipboard butterflies-Heidi Swapp

Thank y'all for stopping by! I really appreciate it!!
~Stephanie

Monday, September 15, 2014

Creative Blog Tour

Hey y'all & happy Monday & middle of September! Holy-where is this year going?!

I was tagged by my sweet friend Pamela Lash (aka "Mama Lovebug") to participate in this creative blog tour & am honored she chose me!
I met Pam through Lovebug Creation's about a year and a half ago. She is the co-owner of the store and I was chosen to be on their first design team. I have had the best time creating for, and with, them over all these months. Pam is the kindest, most genuine lady & has always made me feel welcome & appreciated! Though we have never met in person, we have established a fabulous bond & of that, I am forever grateful!! I would love to meet one day & spend time crafting together-she is always such an inspiration. Thanks so much Pam!

So, here are the questions about me. I hope you enjoy!!
 What am I working on? 
I am currently working on a layout for a guest design spot that is coming up very soon! (Be sure to check back for more on that.)














I am also creating a PL spread for my design team commitment at Stuck On U Sketches. While I don't keep a traditional PL album ( I certainly couldn't keep up with that), I do enjoy scrapping in that style at times. It allows me to create quick, more informative pages.
I am also working on printing pictures. I like to physically print all of our photos &  then I can delete them from our computer. I am about 3 years behind on this project!

How does my work differ from others of it's genre? 
This is a hard question for me to answer! I feel like I tend to follow a lot of the current hot trends & techniques. I like playing with mists, paint, distressing but I tend to stay on the simpler side of things. As far as being different, I would have to say that I am probably one of the last scrappers who does not yet own a Silhouette! I do plan to ask Santa to bring me one for Christmas. We'll see if he complies!!

Why do I write/create what I do?      
 I think like so many of us, I started scrapping to record our life's memories. I began about 11 years ago, when my oldest was a baby, with the intention of documenting her first year. I wanted to be able to look back, as well as her be able to see her life recorded on paper, on what that fun & monumental time was like for us! And, as the story goes, once I delved into this hobby, I was completely addicted & knew I never wanted to stop!

How does your creating process work? 
I usually start with an inspiration-be it a sketch or an online challenge-& build from there. I tend to let my photo dictate a lot of how my page will feel. If the picture is one of my daughter, I go a bit more feminine or for my son, I may go a little more grungy & distressed. I typically like to keep my journaling hidden, unless it's a quick blurb about where and/or when. I tend to grab whatever is laying on my desk to embellish my page with & Thickers for me are a must!!

I want to nominate my good friend Dorcas. She will be sharing more about herself on September 22. We met at Lovebug Creation's & I so enjoyed creating alongside of her & getting to know her. She is not only a great crafter, but she is sweet & amazingly strong & determined!! Check out her blog at  http://www.craftycardangel.com/.

Thanks for stopping by! See ya' soon!
~Stephanie

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Create A Smile

Hey y'all & happy Saturday!
I have a card to share that I created for the October Guest Designer call at Create A Smile.
I used their adorable "monster birthday" freebie that can be found here.

I colored the cute little guy with markers & pencils. 

I used my Martha Stewart punch to give him a birthday balloon! 


 The freebies were so fun to play with & I know their stamps would be too. They are all so amusing and sweet!!

Supplies:
-cardstock-Bazzill
-patterned paper-Crate Paper
-ribbon-Lovebug Creation's
-cork arrows-Jillibean Soup

Until next time, keep creating!
~Stephanie

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hello I Love You

Hey y'all! I hope this wonderful Friday finds you well & enjoying yourself. It is beautiful here- sunny, clear skies & 70 degrees with a crisp nip in the air. It definitely feels like fall & I am so ready!!! I bought some pumpkin scented candles & soap today & am imagining days spent at the pumpkin patch, chili cooking in the kitchen & snuggling up in blankets! This is my favorite season!!

I have a layout to share that I created using this sketch from Creative Scrappers and the fabulous Jenny Evans!






















 I used an older piece of paper from My Mind's Eye's Lost & Found collection. I also played along with their September challenge, to use glitter.
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Everything here is a mix of My Mind's Eye, from their Market Street, Just Sayin' & Record It! collections.


  The glitter triangles were cut from a sheet of cardstock.

Thanks for visiting! Have a fabulous weekend!!
~Stephanie

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday with LBC

*If you are looking for the SOUS Anniversary Pl Blog Hop, go here!*

Hey y'all! So it's been one week since school started & all is going well here! Leah still loves middle school & is adjusting beautifully. Ty is doing great with his morning routine & even with homework. So far, so good!!
Today I have a quick & simple necklace to share  that I made using Lovebug Creations' rumple ribbons.
I used Fool's Gold from the Lucky You-Lucky Me collection & Envious from the Loves Me...Loves Me Knot collection! I simply twisted the two ribbons together & slipped on the wooden bauble (that I found in my stash). Quick & easy for sure, but Leah loved the resulting product! (I may even wear it myself sometimes!)
Be sure to stop by the store to shop for these, and more, gorgeous ribbons!!
Stay crafty friends!
~Stephanie

Monday, September 8, 2014

SOUS 5th Anniversary PL Blog Hop!

Welcome to Stuck On U Sketches 5th Anniversary Blog Hop! To celebrate this month, each team will be having a hop & today is the Project Life hop! Our blog hop will run 5 days, starting today, & run through Friday, September 12 at midnight EST.

If you have come from Sandi's blog , then you are in the right place! If you'd like more information on the hop, head back to SOUS .

To be eligible for our sponsored hop candy, we ask that you visit EACH blog, commenting & following each one along the way! Once you finish the Project Life hop you'll be eligible for the $25 store credit from
The Cut Shoppe! https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheCutShoppe


Also if you join ANY of our challenges this month you will be eligible for one of our 2 grand prizes!! The more challenges you complete, the more chances of winning! We'd like to thank Fancy Pants Design & Zeus & Zoey for their kind & generous sponsorship!




https://www.etsy.com/shop/ZeusandZoe/

Remember to make sure you are also following SOUS! Please finish at SOUS to let us know you have completed the hop & followed all of the blogs.
Let us know if you are following on Facebook & Pinterest for more chances to win!
All winners (grand prizes & blog hop winners) from this month will be announced on Friday, October 10.

Now onto my Project Life spread.























I used silver metallic alphas from Thickers.















Other materials used: papers- Crate Paper, Fancy Pants, Glitz, My Mind's Eye
journal cards-Scraptastic Club
3D title card-MAMBI
arrow sticker-Pink Paislee
"Relax" & "flip flops" stickers-Cosmo Cricket

Here is the full hop line-up:
Charlotte-
Connie-http://timestocherish.blogspot.ca/
Darcy-http://www.ourhouseofe.blogspot.ca/
Holly-http://scrappinbytes.blogspot.com/
Julie-http://cardsbycricut.blogspot.com/
Leah-http://leahschaeffer.blogspot.com/
Nanne-http://nannes-creations.blogspot.com/
Rosie-http://rosieposieneu.blogspot.ca/
Sandi-http://lifeatthebeach51.blogspot.com/
Stephanie-<<YOU ARE HERE>>!!!!
Wendi-http://scrappydayinparadise.blogspot.com/
Wilma-http://swissdutchy8.blogspot.ch/
Stuck On U Sketches-http://stuckonusketches.blogspot.com/

Your next stop on the hop is the fabulous Wendi! Thanks for hopping with us & have fun!!!
~Stephanie

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thursday This & That

Hey y'all!
So the kids are adjusting well to back to school & their teachers & classes. Me? Not so well. I went to bed last night at 8 p.m. & was out like in a light! I am not liking these early mornings one bit!!

I am super proud of Leah & how well she is handling middle school! She was assigned her locker today & couldn't be more excited. She is liking all her classes & teachers & has everything organized & taken care of (I only hope her enthusiasm continues all year).
 Her first day of pre-school (21 months old).
 Her first day of kindergarten (5 years old).
Her first day of middle school (11 years old).

Ty is doing well with his routine & the mornings haven't been too terrible yet! If you remember, he does not like to be woken up & prefers to sleep til 9 or 9:30 in the morning! He is however, already moping & groaning over his homework & the hard part hasn't even begun (Lord, give me strength)!

It's hard to believe that we were spoiled with a beautiful & relatively cool summer, then on the first day of school it was 100*!! The poor kids got off the bus (which was 30 minutes late) soaking wet. I am ready for winter weather now!

I have a layout to share that I created using the August mood board from Life. Paper. Scrapbook
  
I was inspired by the chevron pattern on the blanket & the many, colorful buttons!
The background paper that I chose is from Fancy Pants' Meology collection. I painted a white rectangle to mount my photo on.
I then just started adding buttons, sequins & embellies that felt right. This is a photo of Ty & our dog Nellie from 3 summers ago. He thought it was hilarious when she jumped in his little pool with him!

 The "forever" flair is from Scraptastic Club.My tag behind the photo holds my journaling & is from Pink Paislee, as is the "hello" die cut.

Thanks for stopping by tonight. I appreciate it & your comments sooo much!
~Stephanie