Sunday, March 19, 2017

"No one said it HAD to be 12 x 12"!

I like using sketches for my regukar 12 x 12 layouts, but I often adapt the same sketches to use for mini album pages and cards, too. It's pretty easy to use my photo software to crop and reduce sketches to fit the format in which I want to work.

Right now I'm working on a 5 x 7 inch mini featuring photos and memories from my trip to Disneyland with my youngest daughter's family in August 2012. For this page about Mickey's Soundsational Parade, I used the March 5 sketch from the Citrus Twist Kit Club's blog. This is the sketch:

I sized the sketch to include the main part of the sketch within a 5 x 7 inch area and created this layout page for my mini:

I'm using a special mini album kit that I bought on sale from Citrus Twist Kits back in July 2014 (I bought it a year later) and then never used. I have 10 pages done for the book but need to take pictures so I can post.

This layout was created in 12 x 12 with the March 12 Citrus Twist sketch and the new March Citrus Twist main kit and some add-ons. My youngest grandchild turned six months old last week  (already!) so I commemorated that in the layout:

The camera didn't like this for some reason and I just couldn't seem to get a great shot of it; looks much prettier in person! This is the sketch:

That's all for today. Thanks for looking; have a great week!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Spring is coming!

Like a lot of areas of the country, Pueblo CO has had some unseasonably warm weather the past couple of weeks, As transplants from north central Illinois, we love being able to go outside in a light jacket or shirtsleeves in March. The only downside is that warm, dry weather coupled with some winds of 35 miles per hour and higher creates conditions in which wildfires can start.

Our cat Lily decided to spend a recent warm but breezy afternoon perched on the window ledge in my scrap room. I took a few photos and created a layout using Stuck!? Sketches' March 1 sketch. Here's the sketch:

And here's my layout, using the January kit from Citrus Twist Kits:

This is another layout from last week, using an older sketch from Laura Whitaker and the February kit from Citrus Twist Kits:

I used the March 1 sketch from Let's Get Sketchy and the February Citrus Twist kit for this layout of my two youngest granddaughters meeting each other for the first time. The background is from the Embossed White Cardstock Stack from Diecuts With A View:

And a  bit of news ... I've been chosen as Guest Designer for the April 15 layout at Stuck?S Sketches! I am sooo excited -- I love Laura's sketches, and the April 15 one is fabulous. Can't wait to show you my layout next month!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Last of the February challenges

This was my last "challenge layout" for February. I used February sketch #264 from the Sketches In Thyme blogThis layout is really busy, but I wanted to use that cute Echo Park alphabet paper from the Bundle of Joy -- Girl collection AND the cute clothesline diecuts, which were a Silhouette design from Echo Park,

I do have a couple of new March layouts but need ti to take photos of them; hoping for a sunny day tomorrow, Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Grandkids and a wedding

This week I have more layouts this week featuring some of the grandkids, plus a double-page wedding spread.

I used sketch #263 from the Sketches in Thyme blog and the February main kit and add ons  from Citrus Twist Kits for this fun layout of my granddaughter Anna's birthday party, The two big paper piecings are designs from The Silhouette Design Store. I also designed and cut the Annamaul and the MicroBruisers piecing.

My "granddog" and her unusual smile are the subject of this layout, with a sketch from Let's Get Skeetchy. I used the Citrus Twist January kits.

Double-page layouts are difficult for me to photograph, but I really like the way this one turned out and wanted to include it, I used an older sketch by  Susan Stringfellow for Basicgrey and the Reset Girl collection from Simple Stories,

Thank for looking. Have a great day!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Stuck?! -- two new layouts

I am a huge fan of Laura Whitaker's sketches, so I try to check out the Stuck?! Sketches blog each month. Both sketches this month are fabulous, as usual.

This is the Feb. 1 sketch:

My third grandchild turned "sweeet 16" last week, so I found three photos of her that I especially like and combined them with this sketch and the February main kit and embellishment add-on from Citrus Twist Kits:

Here's the also fabulous Feb. 15 sketch:

And my layout, featuring my youngest granddaughter and one of her family's three dogs. I also used the same kit from Citrus Twist Kits:

As you can see on the above two layouts, I've been playing with inks and paints a little bit. I used a chicken-wire stencil to sponge-paint on the background for this one, showing my nine-year-old daughter's rollerderby skates. These are the skates of a warrior!

I used a Stampin' Up grunge background stamp for this one; just couldn't resist showcasing grandson Hamish's unique sense of style:

I used a small paintbrush to throw around a few paint splats, too

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

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!