Sunday, February 5, 2023


I took a break from blogging for a little while.  Life got in the way more than I could ever imagine.  So, I'm back now with my latest project for Use Your Stuff.  This bi-weekly challenge is to use numbers on a project.  I decided to feature my favorite soccer player; number 17!

Sunday, February 28, 2021


This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff that is collaborating with Double Trouble this month where we were asked to create a project using tartan plaid.  I love all things plaid, so I was THRILLED when I saw this challenge!  And as fate would have it, my daughter and her BFF's got matching green tartan plaid pajama bottoms for Christmas that they decided to wear for a photo shoot.  I thought they would be the perfect subject matter for a tartan plaid project.  Even though this picture was taken a few days before Christmas, I thought the Photo Play "Lucky Charm" collection with all its assortment of green plaid papers would be perfect to showcase a picture of my daughter who is beyond lucky to have such a great group of friends.



This is my latest creation for Let's Get Sketchy using the following sketch.  When I saw that the layout called for 3 pictures, I wanted to make sure I had a grouping that told a story.  And this is one of my favorite stories.  When my daughter and I took a girl's trip to Costa Rica, around 4:00 PM each day, a group of capuchin monkeys would come literally hang out on our porch.  We had a mango tree right outside our room, so we would cut up little pieces of mango and feed our little friends.  It was one of the greatest, coolest moments of my life feeding these little cuties.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Kaisercraft's "Havana Nights" collection along with tropical flowers from Prima.

Sunday, February 21, 2021


 And finally...these are my projects for Cooking Up Creations for the month of February.  This month's challenge was to create projects using a "Scooby Doo Where are you?" theme.  I immediately thought of travel and these were my creations.

PROJECT 1:  This project features my younger daughter playing in her first soccer tournament of 2021 post broken leg in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  Rather than use traditional soccer paper to create this project, I used a variety of papers from Echo Park's "Little Lumberjack" collection because I loved the mountain vibe.  (As you can see in the picture, my daughter's team played on a field high up in the Smoky Mountains for one of their games).  But I did make sure to use soccer ball cut outs to pull the theme of the project together.  As an added twist, I also asked participants using my design as inspiration to feature a group picture somewhere on their project like I did of the team picture at the bottom of the layout.

PROJECT 2:  For my second project, I was asked to feature a sketch layout along with the travel theme.  Being in the height of an Ohio winter, I decided to dip into my archives of pictures of my daughter soaking up all the beauty of Costa Rica.  In both of these pics, she had no clue I was taking her picture.  After a very stressful high school experience, it was so wonderful to watch her relax and enjoy all the new experiences around her in Costa Rica.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Pink Paislee's "5th & Monaco" collection along with the below sketch.


This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following sketch.  My daughter rebroke her leg in September.  After a traumatic injury and long healing process that occurred in 2019, the same leg in the same spot broke again in 2020.  This time around, she had surgery where a titanium rod was inserted into her tibia to facilitate the healing.  Literally, within three weeks, she was running.  She is now back on the soccer field as fierce as ever.  It was the most amazing recovery I have ever seen.  This girl has more grit and strength than any person I know.  She has had to push herself through so much physical and mental anguish.  And she did.  She "just kept swimming" like Dory sang on "Finding Nemo."  As a result, I thought documenting her healing process would be the perfect subject matter for this project.  To pull this layout together, I used a variety of blue and water themed papers from Bella Blvd. and a "Finding Nemo" sticker of Dory I've been saving for years for the perfect project.



This project is for the newest design team I joined in January called "Let's Get Sketchy."  This DT is a sketch team where we create a project based on a monthly sketch.  (Sketch found below for February). There is nothing I like more than a good sketch to create from, and this is what I came up with for my February project.  My daughter and her BFF went to a ski resort in Indiana for the day.  They had so much fun tubing.  And of course my daredevil daughter came home saying, "I want to ski next time I'm there..."  😳  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Echo Park's "Winter Magic" collection.  I thought the blues in the paper were the perfect accent for the blue sky behind the girls.