Monday, August 21, 2017

Stuck!? Sketches August Sketch - Happy Memories

Hi there Scrappy World!  Where has this summer gone??  I can't believe we are approaching the end of August already!  I had some free time recently and decided to play along with Stuck Sketches Awesome August Sketch!  Here is the inspiration sketch:

I selected a photo of my little brother Jack and I from when we were little.  My Mom said she had this professional photo take by my Great Uncle, and entered us into a "King and Queen" contest they were having in our home town.  (We didn't win :-(  LOL! )

I am a big fan of Simple Stories, and I think their "Documented" Collection worked perfectly for this photo.
I love mixing patterns and textures, and using lots of layers. Washi Tape is my new "must have, must use" scrappy item!
I used Tonic Studio's Indian Gold Nuvo Mousse with a circle stencil on the layout, and then outlined some of the circles with a Sharpie Pen.  I also dropped Black India ink from above the layout - and then blew on the drops with a straw to make them splatter.
My little brother's smile in this photo is priceless! I am so happy with how this layout came out.  I think the sketch was the perfect inspiration to capture this happy memory!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you get a chance to "get scrappy with it soon too!"
((HUGS)) ~ Sherri
Items used:
Simple Stories "Documented" Collection:
   Bracket Label / Houndstooth
   Page Elements
Bombay Black India Ink
Ranger Distress Stains - Tarnished Brass,Vintage Photo, Black Soot
Washi Tape, Ribbon, Gold Pearl Gems, Paper flowers, Wood Veneer elements, Black and Brown Bling, Sharpie Marker

Saturday, August 19, 2017

SOS Aug Sketch + Word "TRAVEL" Formal Night

Hi Everyone!  Thanks for stopping by!  I hope this FUN Sketch PLUS Word Challenge, from the Scrap Our Stash Challenge Blog, and my DT Layout below it, will inspire you to play along this month!!

Here is the Scrap Our Stash Sketch Challenge for August:
Besides the above Sketch - you ALSO need to include items from your STASH - that begins with the first letter in the word "TRAVEL."  Here is my take on the Challenge:

This is a photo of my hubby and I on one of the Formal Nights, on board our Westbound Panama Canal 14 Night Cruise on the Disney Wonder, back in May of 2016.  The base page is from My Minds Eye "Yes Please" Collection by Jen Allyson, along with Chipboard elements, stickers and Metallic Confetti Vellum.  I also used the small heart paper "Right Here" from MME's "From the Heart" Collection. 

For the WORD "TRAVEL" I used,
T - Thickers / Tonic Studios Nuvo Mousse, Indian Gold / Theresa Collins Summer Stories
R - Ranger Distress Inks
A - Ampersand / American Crafts Amy Tangerine Thickers "Twins"
V - Velum (behind the cut outs in the square with the word LOVE)
E- the letter "E" in Love and in You and Me
L - the letter "L" in Love

Here are some close ups for you!
Here you can see the Metallic Confetti Velum behind the LOVE Diecut card.  ( Yes, I have a tiara on - all the ladies at our table wore tiara's and were princesses that night!)
I love Tonic Studio's Mousse!! I had fun using it a few different ways on this layout!

I used a stencil and created theses beautiful golden hearts with the mousse!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will play along with us at Scrap Our Stash this month!!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Monday, August 7, 2017

CY #44 Die-Cut Challenge from Challenge YOUrself Blog

Hello Scrappy Friends!  It is time to share my Design Team Layout with you for the August Challenge over at the Challenge YOUrself Blog!  This month's challenge is :

I finally broke down and purchased a new Cricut Air 2 a few months ago, and I thought it would be perfect to use for this challenge!! I had fun designing the connecting MICKEY Head shapes in the Cricut Design Space, and then cutting it out on my new machine. I am still struggling a bit trying to get use to it - and hope to play around with it more!!  You don't have to use a  Cricut, any die cutting machine will do - or even a store bought die cut too!

Here is my Design Team layout for your inspiration - I used a photo of my hubby, Mickey and I, just before we boarded the Disney Wonder for our 2016 Westbound Panama Canal Cruise!

I love this "Magical Adventure" Collection from Echo Park!  

Here are a few close ups for you:

I love to hid a hidden journaling tag in my layouts by making a pocket using 3D Foam Tape when adding a photo to my layout and tucking the tag in behind it. I add the journaling on the back of the tag.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope I have encouraged you to play along with us at the Challenge YOUrself Blog this month!
((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items Used:
Echo Park "Magical Adventure" Collection - Silly Stripes, Multi Dots, Alpha and Element Stickers, Enamel Dots
Simple Stories - Carpe Diem Say Cheese Epoxy Metal Clips
EK Sucess - Dimensional Sticker ( Mickey)
Ranger Distress Stains: Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick, Black Soot

Saturday, August 5, 2017

AUGUST SOS Tic Tac Toe Challenge - "Full Board!" Selfie with the Genie!!

Hello Scrappy Friends - this month's Tic Tac Toe Challenge over at the Scrap Our Stash Blog has so many AWESOME elements on it - that I decided to go "FULL BOARD" and gave myself an extra challenge to include ALL 9 items in the squares - instead of just picking one of the rows of 3!!  

The layout below includes every one of the 9 items listed on the board above!  It was lots of fun trying to find all of the items in my stash and getting them to work together!!  I think this plan worked perfectly for this layout that captures a very happy memory!
We were getting off of a ride in Disneyland when the Genie came walking towards us.  I asked him if we could take a selfie together and he was happy to oblige!  As you can see in the photo - this made me smile almost as big as the Genie!

Here you can see some of the challenge items:
#1. The Color BLUE
#2. Hexagon
#3. Simple Stories
Say Cheese 2 pattern papers
#4. Brads
- I also created and cut the title out with my new Cricut Air! The Genie Diecut is from

More Simple Stories elements - also another challenge element -
#5. Emoji - from Carpe Diem Emoji Love Clips
I made a
#6. Polaroid Frame for the photo and added
#7. Washi Tape to it. 

Here you can see #8. the Star Stick Pin along with #9. the Map Paper that I used for the base page of the layout.

I had lots of fun challenging myself on this challenge, but you really only need to pick one row of 3 to play along.  Head on over to the Scrap Our Stash Blog for all the details and to check out some more inspiration from the Design Team.

I hope you get to play along with us this month!
((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Selfie Fun! - Paper Issues July Sketch Challenge Entry

Hi Scrappy Friends!!

I found some more time to play with my scrap stuff and had a blast creating this layout for Paper Issue's July Sketch Challenge!

Here is the FUN Sketch:

And here is my layout:

I made the background paper by "pouncing" Ranger Distress Stains onto a piece of plastic, spritzing it with water, and then placing my cardstock on top of it, and "smooshing" it around a bit!  I used Peacock Feathers, Fossilized Amber and Picked Raspberry Distress Stains. 
The paper collection and stickers are from the "Fun with Friends" by Photoplay!  LOVE the colors and FUN patterns!  I think this collection works perfectly with the FUN photo of my friends and I at one of the past weekend crop!  LOVE these Ladies!

Here are a few close ups for you! 

I cut the title out with my Cricut - after "welding" the letters together in Design Space - still trying to get the hang of using it!

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to head over to the Paper Issues Blog and check out all the fun challenges this month!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Thursday, July 20, 2017

July Double Challenge Entry - Drinks by the Pool!

I had some extra free time this month and decided to play along with a few more challenge blogs - (not sure how that happened but I am so glad it did!)

I am LOVIN' this SKETCH Challenge over at the STUCK?! Sketch Challenge Blog the month and I'm so happy I had a chance to Play along!
and the Pick a Minimum of 5 Items Challenge for the TAKE 5 Tuesday Challenge from the Paper Issues BLOG - inspired me too! 

I used: Orange, Pink, Stickers, Cardstock, Washi, Layers, Patterned Paper, Enamel Dots. - 9 Items in all!

Here is my layout!
This is a memory capture of a SUPER FUN Brothers week we shared with my hubby's brothers and our sister-in-laws at the AWESOME Beaches in Turks and Caicos in October of 2015!  We really had an amazing time!

The Die-cut title was made by the FABULOUS and multi-talented "Mama Doodle" from my favorite On-Line Scrapbook Store -  Scrap-a-Doodle Doo - (

I bought it at the last weekend crop they hosted - and there was some discussion as to what the title actually says -
Is it - "Drinks by the Pool" - or - "Drunks by the Pool" 
What do you think?

I think it all depends upon the time of day ( and the number of drinks consumed ) when the photos were taken!  So - what do you think - Drinks or Drunks?  I am happy it seems to do "double duty!" LOL!

I used NUVO Mousse by Tonic Studios and a stencil to make the shimmery swirls on the base page - I used Aquamarine and Spring Green to make them.  I LOVE this stuff!! So much FUN!

Thanks for stopping by - I hope you are inspired to play along with these challenges - or at least find a few minutes for YOU to create!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items Used:
Simple Stories "Here We Go" Collection
Ranger Distress Stains, Peacock Feathers, Carved Pumpkin, Twisted Citron
Nuvo Mousse

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

July SOS Sketch + Fireworks - "Mickey Pops"

We have a beautiful sketch for you this month at the Scrap Our Stash Blog!! I can't wait to see what YOU come up with!
As always there is a ADDED Challenge with our Sketch - You must use something from your STASH that starts with EACH of the letters in the word "FIREWORKS!"

Here is July's Sketch:

Here is my DT Inspiration Layout for you:
Here are the items I used for the WORD part of the Challenge:
F - Fired Brick Distress Stain, Fossilized Amber, Flair
I -  Letter "i" in title
R - Ranger Distress Stains, Red Pen for journaling
E - Echo Park Magical Adventure Collection, Enamel Dots, Ephemera, Letter "e" in title
W - White Wink of Stella - to frost the Mickey Pops
O - Letter "o" in title
R - Red Cardstock, Red Mickey Head Bling
K - Letter "k" in title, and Thickers are "Kal Barteski" Style
S - Letter "s" in title, Simple Stories Say Cheese 2 Bits and Pieces, Stickers

Here are some close ups for you:

I made the Mickey Pops on my new Cricut Explore Air 2 - I added a stick and made them look "frosty" like in the photo by using a White Wink of Stella brush.  LOVE how the came out!!

Thanks for stopping by - I hope I haven't made you too hungry!  There is nothing like enjoying a frosty cold Mickey Pop on a HOT summer day!  I hope you get to enjoy one soon!  Please try to take a few minutes for yourself this month, and join us in this FUN Challenge over at the Scrap Our Stash Blog!  (((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items used:
Amy Tangerine Thickers - "Kal Barteski"
Echo Park Magical Adventures - Multi Dots, Silly Stripes, Alpha Stickers, 2x2 Journaling Cards, Making Memories, Ephemera, Enamel Dots
Ranger Distress Stain - Fired Brick Fossilized Amber, Broken China, Picket Fence
Queen and Co Flair

Monday, July 17, 2017

July Red, White and Blue Challenge Entries

Lots of Patriotic and FUN Inspiration going on at quite a few Challenge Blogs this month - I decided to play along with a couple of them! I also am a huge fan of RED WHITE and BLUE - since my birthday is on Flag Day!

I created the layout below and I am entering it into the following 4 July Blog Challenges:

Creative Embellishments:  Be inspired by 1 element from the pic. Please let us know what you were inspired by if it isn’t obvious and the twist is to use add stars and stripes to your project. ***We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 OF  CE products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along. However, everyone that does will get an extra chance at winning.
-My take: I was inspired by the Red, White, and Blue colors, along with the Stars and Fireworks.  I used a piece of Creative Embellishment's " Circle Panel " Chipboard that I painted with White Pearl Ranger Distress Paint.

Lasting Memories July Challenge # 352 -  "We want you to show us your 4th of July adventure! If you didn't have an adventurous American holiday or are not American, show some red, white, and blue. or show some sparkle in your layout."  
- My take: While this photo was not taken on a 4th of July Adventure - you can't get any more American than a photo with Donald Duck ( okay, maybe with Mickey Mouse - but Donald Duck is #1 in my book!)

The Creative Studio - Canvas Corp Brands  July "Flags of the World Challenge" "This month we want you to use the colors from the flag from YOUR country when you create. There is no limit to what you can do with this challenge – home decor pieces, water color paintings, cards, tags or altered items" #ccbchallenge
- My take: Not only did I use USA Red, White and Blue, along with Stars and Stripes - I include Donald Duck - and American Icon!

Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge - "Scrapbook, make a card, or art journal using old paper from your stash, or an old piece of paper in your layout. Maybe you have a ticket from the past to include in your layout??????
-My take: While I did not use an old piece of paper - I did use an old piece of silver "punchinella" along the bottom of the page - like a strip of paper - along with an old paper sticker of Donald Duck on the bottom right corner of the photo!

This is a photo of hubby, Donald Duck and I on our first trip to Disneyland in 2012, before our 14 night cruise to Hawaii on the Disney Wonder to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary.

Here is the piece of chipboard from Creative Embellishments

The silver "punchinella" is actually what is left after the manufacturer punches out and makes sequins - pretty cool huh?! 

The star garland was a decoration I had from a recent "Star Spangled Scrapping" weekend and fit perfectly with this month's theme! I also sprayed the background paper with Tattered Angel's L.E.D. RED Glimmer Mist and blotted RED and Blue Ranger Distress Stains on a plastic bag, spritzed it with water and smoothed it on the background paper too!

God Bless the USA!
Thanks for stopping by - I hope you get a chance to play along with these awesome challenge blogs!
((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Other Items used:
Creative Embellishments - Circle Panel Chipboard
Bazzill "Arctic " Cardstock
Pink Paislee "03"
Pebbles America the Beautiful "Flag Stripes"
EK Success - Disney Phrase Stickers 
American Crafts Thickers "Chit Chat"
Queen and Co Chipboard Elements and Flair
Simple Stories - Say Cheese 3 - Brads, Bits and Pieces
Simple Stories - Say Cheese 2 - Self Adhesive Brads
Jillibean Soup - Sequins
Ranger Distress Stains
Tattered Angel's L.E.D. RED Glimmer Mist