Wednesday, August 27, 2014


This is my latest double page layout for Stick it Down.  The inspiration was the sketch below. I took these pictures on a trip my school friends & I took to Port Huron, Michigan.  I'm one of those people who literally stops everything I'm doing when the "Pure Michigan" commercials
come on the radio.  I'm hypnotized by Tim Allen's descriptions of Michigan.  I can't wait for him to do one for Port Huron!  It reminds me of a colder Gulf of Mexico without all the tourists.  My friends & I have gone their the past three years on the last day of school to celebrate the end of the year.  I thought this sketch was perfect for highlighting my pictures of "Pure Michigan."

Sunday, August 24, 2014


This is my latest creation for RCS.  This bi-weekly challenge was inspired by the Adam Sandler classic "Billy Madison."  This may be my favorite Adam Sandler movie....I LOOOOVE Miss Lippy.  I sing  the song, "Back to school, back to school...." all the time to my girls.  It is THE BEST school movie as far as I'm concerned!  For this challenge, rather than use the traditional "first day" pictures I take zillions of (actually I have my husband take them because I'm a teacher in real life and am not home to see them off to school), I used pictures of my daughter on one of her favorite days of preschool; shopping day! Her preschool teachers turned one of the classrooms into a grocery store, and the children took turns shopping & scanning each others groceries.  My daughter is extremely serious by nature, so I love the look on her face as she is trying to figure out the cash register.  These school pics are truly some of the favorites that I have of her, so I decided to put them to good use for this project!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


This is my latest project for Child's Play Challenge.  This challenge was inspired by "The Flintstones;" one of my all time favorite cartoons!  I have been to Gettysburg National Park on several occasions, and every time I go there & see "The Devi's Den" portion of the battlefield, I can't help but hum the theme song of The Flintstones.  These prehistoric rocks are piled on top of each other.  You have to be very careful climbing in this area of the battlefield or you may lose your shoe in a crevice.  I took this picture of my husband standing next to one of the big rocks a few years back.  It's amazing how big these rocks are and how they appear to be randomly thrown on top of each other. I used a sketch assigned to me for a bloghop from my former design team "Two Broke Girls" as inspiration as well for this layout.

Sunday, August 10, 2014


This is my latest layout for RCS where the inspiration was the 80's classic, "Sixteen Candles."  It's the blog's 2nd birthday this month, and I'm proud to say I've been a part of this wonderful DT since it was born.  For this challenge, I decided to use a collage print I made of my daughter for her 13th birthday.  The top left pic is of her the first day of 7th grade.  The other pics are her the first days she was home from the hospital.  It is absolutely amazing to see how she has changed in the past 13 years.  And even though she is maturing into a lovely young woman, I still see that adorable baby face when she sleeps at night.  She will always be my spiky haired baby girl, no matter how old she gets.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


This is my latest layout for Child's Play Challenge.  The inspiration this time around was the Fisher Price toy "Weebles." When I saw this challenge, I actually kept humming the theme song for the Disney TV show "Higglytown Heroes" because the characters in the cartoon looked like weebles.  I loved how the Higgly Town heroes waddled around the TV screen like a weeble.  So for this challenge, I decided to use pictures I took of my daughter trying to lug a watermelon out of the garden.  It probably was about 1/3 of her body weight, and somehow she carried that thing around the yard and looked like a weeble the entire time!