Blog Archive


Monday, April 30, 2012

A New Challenge In Town!

There's a new challenge blog in town called Chalk N Stock!! Come on over to see how you could enter to win a prize!! See you there!

DDC#9 - Thinking About You!

Good morning! We have a fabulous sponsor at Digi Darla's today, helping us kick off our new challenge "Thinking About You"! We're being sponsored by Floppy Latte's Designs! For my FLDD image, I chose "Butterfly and Hibiscus" .. isn't it gorgeous? Colored with my copics and of course, added some sparkly bling! Love how it turned out. Be sure to hop on over and see what the DT created and be sure to join the fun! See you there!!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

LMCB #86 - It's A Treasure Hunt!!

Hello friends!! It's time for a new challenge at Lasting Memories!! We're going on a treasure hunt this week! We're challenging you to scrap about something you Treasure and tell us the story behind it. This could be Family, a Vacation spot, your home a piece of jewelry etc. JULIE is also giving away:

How cool is that! You can't win if you don't play!! One lucky entry will win!!

For my layout this week, I chose to do another Florida (2 pg) layout. Every time we go, Keith gets the kid's out in the ocean and they go on a treasure hunt to see what they can find. This time was really cool. They ended up with their shells AND a baby jellyfish!! We kept him for a small bit and had a good (safe) look at him and then we released him back to the ocean. Pretty cool!!! I created my own backgrounds on these layouts using sand photo's and adjusting the 'opacity'! COOL huh??

pg 2 showing more findings and if you look close, there's a crab in there!

Have a peek at what Treasure Hunts the DT has to show you and we hope you'll come back and play along this week!! Happy Sunday!

Winner Of the "Benefit" Hop!

Thank you all for coming out and joining our "Benefit" Hop to help raise funds for the Children in Nicaragua!! We are each choosing one winning comment from our comments and all the winners will be announced at Digi Darla Challenges as well .. my winner is .. 

Mary Brockway
Omgoodness, Karen! Such a lively lighthouse scene you've created :-). Love!!!

YAY! Congrats Mary!! Please have a peek at Digi Darla Designs and once you've chosen your image, send Kim an email and and let her know which it is and it'll be emailed out to you.

Friday, April 27, 2012

A Trip To The Heritage School House

Sorry, not a layout YET!!! I had a chance to drive down to a trip Ashleigh was on today and oh, I am SOOO glad I was able to go. They went to the "Heritage School House" and they've been preparing for weeks by watching Little House On The Prairie and learning about pioneers. The girl's were taught to sew and made their bonnets, shawl and apron and the boys made a handkerchief. The girl's wore pioneer dress and the boys as well - they wore checkered shirts, suspenders .. omgoodness, they were all do darn cute! I'd love to post a pic, but without parental consent, it wouldn't be right. But trust me, they were adorable. They each had a character to roll play for the day "April 27th, 1900". One of the kid's kept coughing and it turns out his 'character' was sick lol. I can't wait to get these on a layout. The kid's learned what it was like to live in the 1900's and go to school (STRICT!!) and they had to "Yes Ma'am", "No Ma'am", curtsy, bow ... it was AWESOME!! So here's some pics of my baby girl (ok, she'll be 12 in Oct lol) but isn't she just stinkin' ADORABLE!!!?? And she MADE these!!! So proud, can ya tell??


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Child's Play Challenges Blog Hop!!

***Special Benefit Hop for "The Children Of Nicaragua" HERE***
***Please Visit My Last FBW Post and We Hope You'll Join us This Week!!***

Hello and welcome to Child's Play Challenges first ever Blog Hop!! We're so excited to have you here, and hope you enjoy visiting the Design Team and seeing all the great inspiration they have to share with you! Our hop is based on a favorite book/toy/movie etc. Super fun, right?? We also have a fabulous gift for one lucky hopper, here's what you need to do to enter:

1-check out each blog along the hop and leave a comment
2-post about the hop on your blog
3-link your post on our special "Blog Hop" linky in the sidebar
4-BONUS!! create a layout based on any of the DTs inspiration items and post that link for a second entry!!

For my creation today, I chose to do a layout based on one of my favorite childhood (and still today) sport - baseball!! Here's my inspiration photo:

And here's my layout. My son Andrew LOVES baseball and is moving up a division this yr to midget, which is 16-21 (huge gap, I know!!) and he's a little nervous, but we know he'll do just fine. He's a great player and gets better each year!! It's in his blood as a lot of his cousin's have been playing ball all their lives and I did till a few yrs ago as well. So, here's my layout, based on one of Andrew's games!

Now, to make sure you're on the right track - If you came here from MARGARET'S blog, then you're on the right track!! If not, be sure and start off at TIFFANY'S blog where you will be inspired by her favorite spring time toy, the soccer ball!

Tampa Business Information

Your next stop, is the very talented JACKIE who is using "Toy Road Map Rug" as her inspiration!!

In case you get lost along the way, here's the master list!

2. Janet
3. Caryn
5. Wendy
9. Jackie
10. Rita
11. Valerie
12. Haven

FBW #200 - A Fond Farewell to FBW!

Well my friends, thank you all so much for joining us last week and for the last 199 FBW challenges!! This marks the last challenge at Flutter By Wednesday. Can you believe that? I was reading through the comments everyone has left for Danni and it's very easy to see FBW has made a big impact out there!! I think we should show Danni just how much we appreciate all that she has done by EVERYONE joining the fun this week! Let's see just how many entries we can get!! This week we were given a sketch from Jen ...

I decided to turn it into a LO for my grandma's book that I'm working on .. what do ya think? I love it!!  

Please hop on over to FBW and have a look at what the super talented DT came up with and we hope you'll join us and help us send FBW out with a big bang of appreciation!!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sunsets At Clearwater Beach

Well, it's official! Spring has left the building here!! It was SNOWING! Oh, where oh where is spring?? 

I was checking out PLG this morning and they're inspiration photo (above) reminded me so much of our sunsets in Florida that I was inspired to create this 2 pg layout in MMS. I didn't add a lot of detail because I want the main focus to be those gorgeous photo's. The second page - can you even believe the colors in that sunset and the way the clouds are?? Oh, I wish we were there right now!!!

Challenges Entered:

Monday, April 23, 2012

DDC#8 - Anything Goes With Bugaboo!

**Special Benefit Hop HERE**

Good morning! At Digi Darla's Challenges, we have a new challenge today! ANYTHING GOES! And we're being sponsored by the super cute "BUGABOO!" For my image, I chose kidzgballoon and colored her up in lyra's and added some liquid glass to the balloon, stickles - lots of glitter as this is my nieces birthday card!! Unfortunately, after a weekend of being sick and yesterday getting strep/ear infection, it still sits here on my desk. Happy Birthday Bella Bunny!! 

Please have a peek at what the rest of the DT created and come on out and join us!! You have ONE WEEK (yes, we're weekly now!) to join the fun!! Happy crafting! Remember, for this week only, you can use an image by either designer!!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Special "Benefit" Hop!

Hello and welcome to our very special "Benefit" hop!! If you've arrived here from DENISE'S blog, you're on the right track. If you're just stopping by, why not start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing!! This week we're hosting a special hop to showcase 2 stamp bundles from Digi Darla Designs with all proceeds benefiting the children in Nicaragua. You can read Kim's story HERE if you like."BUNDLE 1" is 5 stamps w/3 bonus sentiments for $7 and "BUNDLE 2" is 'DT Favorites' and includes 10 images for $12.As you visit each DT member, you'll see all the stamps that are included in these bundles. Our hop will end at Digi Darla Designs where, if you wish, you can make your donation and choose which bundle you would love to have! You may even want both!! Each DT member will choose a winning comment by to receive a free stamp and for those of you that purchase a bundle – as a HUGE thank you for your support, you will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate for Digi Darla Designs!!! So come on out and hop along with us. You have till next Saturday, April 28that 12pm EST to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on Sunday, April 29th!!! Remember to leave comments along the way!

For my project, I'm showcasing LIGHTHOUSE2 with sentiment
(colored with copics and added some glitter on the rocks and the lighthouse beams)

and A NOTE FROM PUPPY from Bundle #2
(colored with copics and I added liquid glass to the envelope and his little eyes/nose)

Well my friends, that's it for the hop!! Hope you had fun and remembered to leave comments along the way!! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking part in our "Benefit" hop!

Here's a recap of what's in each bundle and click HERE if you'd like to make a donation to purchase one!! Thank you for your support!

BUNDLE #1 for $7
5 images plus 3 bonus sentiments

BUNDLE #2 for $12
DT Favorites includes 10 images

In case you got lost along the way, here's your hop list!

Karen (you are here)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

FBW #199 - We're "Casing" & A Sad Goodbye

Hey everyone!! It's Wednesday and time for another FBW challenge!! Thank you all so much for joining us last week. You inspire us as much as we inspire you. Recently, Danni made a very hard decision in regards to Flutter By Wednesday. Next week will mark Flutter By Wednesday's 200th challenge and it will also be the last challenge. Please be sure to visit FBW to see what Danni has to say and to give her some HUGE love and hugs for all she has done!! Before I get to this weeks challenge, there's a few things I'd like to say ..

Danni, you've been a truly inspiring person and become a wonderful friend. FBW was my very first design team and I remember waiting to hear back whether I made the team or not. Was an exciting time. Recently, I was asked whether I would like to come back and I was more than happy to return. The DT is so inspiring, talented and most important .. friends. You've done well Danni and you should be very proud of yourself. Thank you for choosing me and giving me this opportunity and well, thank you for everything. Good luck on your next adventure. FBW will be missed!

 This week is actually a really fun challenge, we're 'casing' Danni's very first FBW card!!!

And here's my take on this weeks challenge!! I've never 'cased' a card before!! I had to flip mine at the end because my image was too big to fit the other way. I really enjoyed this challenge!!

Challenges Entered:

  • CTMH (new) Pemberley Paper Pack
  • CTMH (retired) Butterfly Wings

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"Good Times Together"

Another page to share from my ongoing work on "Grandma's Story". All these are being done in My Memories Suite V3 as we are going to give a copy to both my Aunts as well as my mom. I'll take a copy as well as I don't have a lot of the originals BUT I'm also going to do some traditional scrapbooking with the photo's that I do have. 

So, story behind this is my Aunt's birthday. We had some fun with one of the photo's and made it "Fishbowl" in My Memories Suite. The second page - my mom had set up a tripod to get all of them in the same photo, so she said everyone put your hands on your laps. Grandma didn't really care for that idea, can ya tell by her expression?? Oh I laughed!! The second one was a goofy one and she put her thumb up and then stared at it as the camera went off. Too funny!!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

More of "Grandma's Story"

Hello! Well, another wknd has passed us by. Seems the months are just flying by, doesn't it?? Maybe one of these days spring will come back!! I wanted to share another 2 pg layout for "Grandma's Story". This was her 93rd birthday on December 2, 2011. I just love this photo and that smile would light a room. The story behind the second layout was "OH! I don't need chocolate cake!!" (spoken with an english accent) and my Aunt Anne spoon fed her a little piece .. which you can see from the second photo that she decided she certainly DID need that chocolate cake!!

Challenges Entered:

Sunday, April 15, 2012

LMCB #84 - "Hopping Into Spring"

Hello!! Thank you all for joining us last week at Lasting Memories. It's time for a new challenge and this week we're "Hopping Into Spring" with easter or spring photo's!! I chose to go with Spring photo's. Andrew can't wait to get out on his bike and even in the winter, if it's a warm day and the roads are clean, you'll find him out there. He's always looking up new tricks on YouTube. On this particular day, his buddy Thomas came to hang out and I gave them the camcorder to play with and they had a blast and got some amazing footage. I found the first layout pattern in my CTMH "Reflections" and "Play Hard" is cut from my cricut cartridge 'Geographically Speaking'

Now it's time for you to show us your spring/easter photo's! Hop on over to Lasting Memories and show us your stuff. We can't wait to see what you create this week!!