Thursday, December 31, 2020


Happy New Year to all of you who follow my blog.  This is my first project for the year, and my first for my new Design Team "Let's Get Sketchy."  For this team, we create a project for an easy to follow sketch.  This was my creation for the following sketch.  When I saw the sketch, I was immediately taken by the fun vibe.  I decided to feature pics of my daughter having a fun night of competitive Uno playing over the Thanksgiving holiday.  My husband and I took our girls to Kill Devils Hill, NC this past Thanksgiving, and we had a blast doing jigsaw puzzles, coloring in adult coloring books, and playing Uno that eventually involved money and incredible amounts of laughter.  I used a variety of scraps from my collection of Bella Blvd papers, my hexagon punch, and a few buttons to pull this project together.

Friday, December 25, 2020


This month at Cooking Up Creations our theme revolved around mood boards.  We were to find two different mood boards and create projects inspired by the colors, textures, objects, etc. found within the picture.  For my first project, I was inspired by the following mood board. I loved the natural colors and the greenery and thought it would be fun to recreate on a project.

And this is the project I made for the mood board.  One of our favorite family traditions is to visit The Golden Lamb restaurant in Lebanon, Ohio.  Unfortunately due to Covid, this year we had to miss our annual trip.  So in honor of all the great times we have had eating Christmas dinner there, I featured this picture of my daughter at The Golden Lamb last year using the colors, patterns, and greenery from the mood board along with the Simple Stories "Winter Farmhouse" papers and embellishments collection to create this project.

For my second project, I was inspired by the following mood board.  One of my favorite Christmas color combinations are shades of pinks and teals.  I knew immediately when I saw this mood board that I had to recreate it.

When recreating this mood board, I was inspired by the colors in the pajamas my girls are wearing in this picture.  I loved to dress them in the same clothes when they were tiny and didn't have strong opinions about clothes.  I miss those days...To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Prima's "Sugar Cookie" collection.

Sunday, December 20, 2020


Back again uploading more projects I've created for design teams.  I'm the Week 3 leader at Sketches in Thyme, and one of my DT members was not able to make a project for the month, so I volunteered to two.  Below is the Week 3 sketch. For my first project, I went full on Christmas.  My dog loves his hippopotamus toys.  Both of the toys squeak, and he carries them around everywhere he goes making a cacophony of sound.  Nothing would probably make him happier than getting more hippopotamuses for Christmas!  So using the song as a guide and a variety of Doodlebug Design Christmas papers, project 1, "I want a hippopotamus for Christmas.." came to life.  For my second project, I was inspired by a recent trip my family & I took to Kill Devils Hill, North Carolina for Thanksgiving.  It was so nice socially distancing for Thanksgiving at the ocean.  We were in desperate need for beach therapy, and we got a wonderful dose of Vitamin Sea there.

Saturday, December 19, 2020



This was my December project for Use Your Stuff using the following mood board as a guide.  I decided the perfect subject matter for this project would be my dogs wearing their Christmas sweaters (under protest I must add).  I dipped into my stash of stuff to pull this project together using a variety of Carta Bella Christmas papers I have accumulated over the years.


It's been a little while since I've posted to my personal blog, so I thought I would take a few minutes to highlight some of the projects that I completed during the month of November for Cooking Up Creations.  Each month at the forum, we have a theme that inspires our projects.  This month's theme was to create a project inspired by a "gathering" with a Peanuts theme.  These are my 2 inspirations...

INSPIRATION 1:  Soccer Hair Don't Care

For this project, I used Charlie Brown's friend Pigpen as my inspiration and soccer as my "gathering."  I loved my daughter's hair going crazy, messy directions in this project and thought she would be the perfect Pigpen inspiration for this project.

INSPIRATION 2:  Abbey Road    

For this project, I was inspired by a picture of Peanuts characters walking like the Beatles did down Abbey Road.  So for my project, I featured a gathering of neighborhood kids at the bus stop, & my daughter Abbey walking down the road with her sister and friend.