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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Stuck?! Layout #1 (Sep) - Bike the Bay

For this month's first sketch from Stuck?! Sketches I used a recent photo from a biking event in San Diego. The cluster around the photo was a freebie off the internet and the background paper is from Jenn Barrette.


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Stuck?! Layout #2 (Aug) - Love This

For the August 15th challenge from Stuck?! Sketches I used some colorful photos from a car show and paired it with some unusual elements including celestial paper. Very apropos in light of the upcoming eclipse on the 21st.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Brush Lettering

Practicing my brush lettering on watercolor paper. #Charlottesville


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Serendipity Sketch - August 2017

Here is my layout for August's sketch from Miyuchi over at scrapbook.com. These photos were taken at Currituck Beach Lighthouse in the Outer Banks. This structure dates back to 1875.



Sunday, August 6, 2017

Stuck?! Layout #1 (Aug) - Summer

If you're ever in the Outer Banks I would recommend a trip to the Wright Brothers National Monument in Kill Devil Hills. While there isn't a ton to see, it's amazing to think the first sustained flight only took place 114 years ago.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Stuck?! Layout #2 (Jul) - All Smiles

For this month's second sketch from Stuck?! Sketches I used a photo of my niece from a recent vacation in the Outer Banks and made all the elements monochromatic.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Serendipity Sketch - July 2017

Here is this month's sketch from Miyuchi and a picture of Cousin Haddy. I kept all the colors very simple and plain by using papers from SU's Paw Parade.



Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Brush Lettering - Hope

I found this quote from Penny Bolder, a Cancer Survivor, on the University of Michigan's website. I thought it would make a wonderful card for someone going through a tough time. ...my first brush lettering project on vellum.



Sunday, July 2, 2017

Template Challenge - July 2017

This was my first time using a template and my first time participating in Kate Hadfield's template challenge for July. I only have a few of her products so I didn't change the template much since the goal was to use 50% of her stuff.  Being a newbie to this I actually had to look up how to clip the photo to fit in the frames (thanks #onecreativemommy).


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Stuck?! Layout #1 (Jul) - Fan(stache)tic

Pictured are my husband's grand niece and nephew having some fun with props at a recent wedding renewal. Aren't they the cutest? The inspiration for this page came from Stuck?! Sketches' challenge for July. The brush script was a free download called Selima.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day!

I got the idea for this card off of Pinterest and you can see the original here. Thanks to Polka Dots and Paper for the inspiration! Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there.




Saturday, June 17, 2017

Stuck?! Layout #2 (Jun) - Skydiving

Last weekend my brother checked off an item from his bucket list and lived to tell. This is my layout for Stuck?! Sketches second layout of the month. As you can see it was an awesome day with temperatures in the 90s.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Happy Birthday - Hummingbird

This cute little guy was created using a 3-step polymer stamp set from SU where each layer of the bird was stamped in a different color with a slightly different image. 



Sunday, June 4, 2017

Serendipity Sketch - June 2017

For this month's sketch from Miyuchi I thought these airshow photos in polaroid frames would be perfect. Speaking of polaroids, I recently purchased the Fujifilm Instax camera and OMG...it is so much like an old school Polaroid camera! Definitely recommend it.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Stuck?! Layout #1 (Jun) - Biking

Last month we had the opportunity to get up close and personal with professional cyclists participating in the Amgen Tour of California. The inspiration for this layout came from Stuck?! Sketches. Can't wait to see these guys in the Tour de France.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Pop & Twist Wedding Card

Last weekend my husband's nephew and wife renewed their vows to celebrate their 10th anniversary. I found this pop & twist card on Pinterest with great step by step instructions from The Craft Spa.


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 splitcoaststampers.com.



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.


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