Friday, May 19, 2017

Stuck?! Layout #2 (May) - Friends

Here is my second layout for Stuck? Sketches' May challenge. Although this dinner party took place at a local Mexican restaurant you would never know it from the doily. 😁

Serendipity Sketch - May 2017

Here is this month's layout for Miyuchi's May Serendipity Sketch. This is my first time using text on a path in PSE...pretty cool.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Happy Birthday - Popup Card

Today my nephew turns 10 years old but of course you're never too old for dinosaurs. I got the idea for this card from Pinterest and Chlo's Craft Closet. The stamps and dies are from SU. A link to the instructions can be found on my previous post.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day - Popup Card

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there! The inspiration for this popup card came from Pinterest with instructions from Splitcoaststampers. Stamps and dies are from SU.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Stuck?! Layout #1 (May) - Birthday

For Inter National Scrapbook Day (iNSD) I chose three photos of my husband celebrating his birthday at a local Mexican restaurant. Here is the link to the sketch from Stuck?! Sketches.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sympathy Card

Last week a friend of mine had to put down his young German Shepherd due to a rare infection called  diskospondylitis. I had this card base in my stash and was able to add a nice sympathy quote on the inside along with one of Tim Holtz's Crazy Dogs on the outside.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Serendipity Sketch - April 2017

For this month's sketch from Miyuchi I wanted to remember my father-in-law who would have been 93 years old on April 10th. We recently visited his gravesite and had a moment to reflect on his life. The lilacs are for Sallie.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Stuck?! Layout #2 (Apr) - Grand

Last Saturday we received a surprise phone call from my husband's cousin from Ireland. He was actually in the US with his son and less than two hours away. Needless to say, their timing was perfect as we were celebrating a birthday. A grand time was had by all. Another great sketch from Stuck?! Sketches.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

I got the idea for this card off of Pinterest and "Delusional1". Such a cute idea! Hope you have a great Easter Sunday!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Stuck?! Layout #1 (Apr) - Firefighter

Last month my husband's grand nephew celebrated his 2nd Birthday. These pictures were taken at a local fire station earlier this year and were the inspiration for this sketch from Stuck?! Sketches. Many of the embellishments including the title came from Kirstin Aagard's kit titled "Great Balls of Fire". Enjoy!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Stuck?! Layout #2 (Mar) - Adventure

We are very fortunate to live near a National Forest and we spend lots of time hiking with our dogs.  During the winter months a section of State highway is closed due to snow and rockfall, and serves as a great paved hiking trail with spectacular views. The inspiration for this layout came from Stuck?! Sketches.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Happy Birthday - Tween

Happy Birthday to my niece Sydney. The idea for the interior of this card came from Pinterest via "ruby-heartedmom" at

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Happy Birthday - Boy

My husband's grandnephew is celebrating his 2nd birthday today. The idea for this card was totally CASE'd from Kathy at Stampingstill. The story on Kathy's blog about the stamp set is very cute. Oh how we take all things stamping for granted....LOL.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Serendipity Sketch - March 2017

Here in SoCal we are seeing extreme high temperatures while in the Northeast they are preparing for a Nor'easter. So, for this month's sketch from Miyuchi I thought these two photos were perfect. They were taken 1 day apart just 84 miles from each other. Crazy, huh?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Stuck?! Layout #1 (Mar) - Let's Ride

Last weekend we participated in the 4th Annual Emerald Necklace Grand Tour sponsored by the Redlands Conservancy whose mission is to protect Redlands' historic built environment and irreplaceable agricultural and natural environments, for today's and future generations to enjoy. To see this month's sketch from Stuck?! Sketches click here.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Wedding Card - Japanese Kanji

While searching for wedding card ideas I came across the Japanese tradition of gift money or goshugi. A quick google search revealed all sorts of elaborately decorated gift money envelopes, some with kanji (Japanese characters) and some without. So, I decided to break out my watercolor brush (totally the wrong brush) and take a stab at creating the symbol for LOVE. Unfortunately I didn't find this great video until after I was finished. I think mine is a little top heavy but it will have to do. As you can see from the closeup I used watercolor paper, a mica spray and really small pearl accents for the cherry blossoms.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Stuck?! Layout #2 (Feb)

For this month's second sketch from Stuck?! I used a photo from a ride we did in Palm Springs last month. It was quite chilly when we started but we were grateful to have a sunny day after heavy rains the night before.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Serendipity Sketch - February 2017

For this month's sketch from Miyuchi I used two photos from Christmas that were taken at a local bowling alley. Not having been bowling in over 20 years it was a lot of fun and I was amazed by how much the technology has changed with respect to scoring, automatic bumpers, etc. Great fun!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Stuck?! Layout #1 (Feb) - Horses

If you haven't been to a horse race it's really a fun experience even if you're not a gambler. All of the sights and sounds are like nothing you've ever experienced and it's really affordable and family friendly. Here are a few pics from our trip last weekend for this month's first sketch from Stuck?! Sketches.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Serendipity Sketch - January 2017

I came across this wonderful sketch and gallery by Miyuchi at For this layout I used photos from a fishing adventure we had with my niece and nephew over the Christmas holiday in Virginia. The weather was unseasonably warm and we had a ton of fun casting our lures across the pond.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Stuck?! Layout #2 - Hello

For the last few years we've tried to take a crazy Christmas photo in addition to  the traditional posed photo. Lots of fun and perfect for the second January sketch from Stuck?! Sketches.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Stuck?! Layout #1 - Nerdy Nummies

My niece is a huge fan of YouTube star Rosanna Pasino and her first cook book called Nerdy Nummies. So over the holidays we baked a double layer chocolate cake with white frosting all from scratch. For this layout I followed the sketch for Layout #1 from Stuck?!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

12 Tags of 2016 - Year in Review

Another year and another set of tags completed. Woot! Woot! Please scroll down to see all of my "12 Tags of 2016" as inspired by Tim Holtz. If you have a favorite please let me know in the comments.  I'll be anxiously awaiting to see your feedback and what 2017 brings.













Sunday, December 25, 2016

Peace & Joy

Happy Holidays to you and your family. May 2017 bring you much Peace & Joy.

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