Wednesday, May 18, 2016

05/18/16 - MIM #58 (Late Post)

I've been super busy and have just made enough time to squeeze in a bit of scrapping here and there... which explains my absence from commenting on your blog posts (sorry!).
Today I'm really quick-like sharing a layout I created using an old "The Memory Nest - Make it Monday" sketch.
I have confession to make...
The reason I am sharing an "old sketch" is because I missed the deadline date of creating my layout in time for the original blog post to go live!
I have been on 5 Design Teams, "The Memory Nest" included, and I have NEVER missed a deadline!
I felt so bad!
It was just a mix up of dates on my part.
Luckily my "Blog-Boss-Lady", Leslie, is wonderful and understanding and I didn't get "fired"! LOL!
I told her I still wanted to create a layout w/ the sketch because I don't like not completing DT assignments. She told me when I completed my layout, I should not only post it on my blog, but also send it to her to post on "The Memory Nest" blog w/ her layout, that she still needed to complete.
Soooo...if you get a chance, visit the blog to check out her layout as well!
Without further ado here is sketch #58:
And my take:
"Who's That Girl"
Journaling: "Getting Madi's hair done inspired me to do the same so on 3.19.16 the process to get my hair summer ready began. I was nervous, then shocked, then happy! Oh yeah, and I got my nose pierced on St. Patrick's Day (night)!
Hair by Amber @The Glam Box Salon/Piercing by Karloss @Cool Cat Tattoo"

It's hard to see but in the 2nd photo I have a "diamond" stud in my nose.
So to assist you w/ getting the full picture (no pun intended) I have included a close up shot of the "after" photo:
BTW - this isn't the last you'll be seeing of that piercing... just a heads up!
Also included in the following May Challenges:
For the following May Challenges:

>MAY Movie Challenge
(Which I'm hosting)
Movie = "Who's That Girl" - Madonna 1987
No Twist

>May Music Challenge
Category = Song Title
"Who's That Girl" - Madonna 1987
No Twist

> May ~Four Categories Challenge~
Category #1 Stickers
Use at least one non-alphabet/number sticker on a page.
*Includes twist - Flower sticker

>May Sticker Challenge
Used 14 stickers -
- Alpha Stickers for Title =12
-"Hey There"
- Flower sticker
*Includes Twist - Flower Sticker

>HOARDERS Challenge
Used 5 hoarded items:
-The 2 Washi tapes
-The Flower Sticker
-The alpha letters (2 different sets)

>May Scrap With Your Scraps Challenge
The white "Photo Mat/Title Backing/Journaling spot is from my scrap stash

Monday, May 16, 2016

05/16/16 - MIM #60

Good morning!
It's time for another "Make It Monday" sketch from "The Memory Nest".
This is the second sketch of the month:

Sketch #60 - You have until the end of May to submit a layout to be in the running for a prize: 

Journaling: "Hamlet tipping his "ball pit" to get to his treats; too lazy to climb all 
the way in. Eventually he climbed in when he realized his treats were not coming to
him like the balls were! 4.27.16"

(For those who don't know and can't tell,  Hamlet is a mini-potbelly pig.)

This page was created mostly w/ scraps leftover from one of my favorite scrapbook kits: Happy Tails by Bo Bunny.
The title letters and all the PPs, except the BG, are from the kit.
I still have some full pages of paper left but I challenged myself to use only scraps on this layout.
It was a fun extra challenge for myself...
It ended up in a layout that I absolutely LOVE!!!!!!


Also included in the following Challenges:

>"NSD The Paws Have It (Pet-Themed) Challenge"

>"May Scrap With Your Scraps Challenge" - I used 3 scraps:
-The black polka-dotted paper
-The blue diamond paper
-The yellow paper

> "May HOARDERS Challenge" - 7 items:
Everything on this page, except the file tab sticker, is over a year-and-a-half old

>"May Sticker Challenge" - I used 10
-Alphas = 8
-The turquoise file tab
-The utensil banner

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

05/04/16 - April "Gallery Inspiration" Challenge

My layout for the April "Gallery Inspiration" Challenge over at
This was the inspiration layout chosen for me:
 "My Little Girl" Link: My Little Girl
 And my layout:
"What  Are You Gonna Do About it?"
"Panini knows she's not allowed on the table, but took advantage of the fact that my usually clean table is a bit cluttered right now and hid amongst the "mess".
Look at that face.... even after I found her she still gave me that defiant "what are you
gonna do about it?" look.  Not gonna lie, I did absolutely nothing, LOL!
The original layout is beautiful and I love all the inking and colors and layers!
So that's the features I chose as the inspiration for my layout.
However, I'm not very good at inking so I did minimal.
Unfortunately I don't like the way it came out: the yellow dried to an ugly shade (as far as inking is concerned) and the stencil shape shows up to much... I didn't want viewers to be able to tell I used a rectangle shaped stencil...but oh well... nothing I can do about it now!
The layering was fun, as I enjoy layering and frequently use it on my layouts.
But I had a little bit of trouble this time around...
I'm pretty sure it's because I waited until the deadline day to create my layout; talk about pressure, LOL!
I really wanted to use MORE layers to better mimic the original, but time didn't permit.
Overall I'm pleased.
My favorite part, besides the photo?  That "devil cat"! :0)


Also included in the following April Challenges:

>"Scrap Your Pet" -Includes twist of "journaling; at least one sentence.

>"Use Your Scraps" - I used 3 scraps:
-The black
-The yellow and white (under the photo)
-The large orange circle

> "Hoarders" - 4 items:
-The "Moments in Time" 6x6 card under the photo
-The "devil cat" card
-The "Meow" sticker
-The orange cat sticker

>"Use Your Stickers" - 4 sticker used:
-The cork arrow
-The pink heart
-The "Meow"
-The orange cat

Monday, May 2, 2016

05/02/16 - MIM #59

Good morning!
It's time for another "Make It Monday" sketch from "The Memory Nest".
Sketch #59 - You have until the end of May to submit a layout to be in the running for a prize:

Such a fun sketch and it got me to use my Hexagon punch that I was SO excited to buy, a few years ago, but have only used twice (funny how that happens):

"It's It"
Journaling: "During our last trip to San Francisco I tried 2 new (to me) flavors of "It's-It"s:
Cappuccino and Pumpkin and I also had my fave: Mint!

My husband and I recently spent a 4-day weekend in San Francisco.
Besides the beautiful scenery, weather, and lots of alone time, I REALLY enjoyed eating some It's-Its!
I wound up having 3 while we were out there, including 2 new (to me) flavors.
There are 6 flavor options total: Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Mint, Cappuccino, and Pumpkin
I've now had all of them except the Strawberry.
You can find It's-It's out here where I live, but they're difficult to find and they usually only have 2 flavor choices: vanilla and mint.
So when going to San Francisco there's always a bit of excitement knowing that they will be readily available just about anywhere and that there will be more flavor options.
We had the Cappuccino-flavor for dinner on Saturday night (the day we got there), the Pumpkin-flavor for Breakfast on Sunday morning, and the Mint-flavor for Dessert on Monday night...
Yup ice-cream for dinner and breakfast; that's when you know you're on vacation, LOL!
BTW - in case you don't know what an It's-It is, here's a brief explanation:

In 1928, a celebrated San Francisco tradition began.  George Whitney placed a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream between two freshly baked large old-fashioned oatmeal cookies, and then dipped the sandwich into fine dark chocolate.  The delicious combination of savory sweetness was declared by all to be “IT!”  That how the IT’S-IT Ice Cream Sandwich was born and got its unforgettable name, being sold in droves exclusively in San Francisco’s own legendary Playland-at-the-Beach for over four decades.
Here's the link to their website if you would like to read more:

A couple of "fun" facts - I hate oatmeal cookies but in an It's-It I find them to be delicious!
Also cookies are my favorite dessert ever, with brownies being a very close second, ice-cream is low on that list...
My husband and I were discussing how whenever we eat an It's -It, it is always PERFECT:
The ice cream is never too hard and the cookies are never soggy!
It's the perfect blend of soft and crunchy and sweet!

Writing this makes me want one now...

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