Friday, June 23, 2017

Shore Lunch - Scrapping 4 Fun Guest Designer

Good Friday everyone!!! I am excited to share that I have been asked to Guest Design with Scrapping 4 Fun Challenges once again.

The theme for their challenge today is Summer. Here is my layout....

Last summer we went to a lovely resort called "The Beachwood Resort" with my sister and brother-in-law. We went fishing one day, my sister and I caughts LOTS OF FISH. The boys...not so!!! We found a little island and cooked up our shore lunch. It was delicious and fun!!!

Here is each side of my double layout closer up...

And some closeups....

Product List: AC Cardstock, Carta Bella - Ahoy There paper and stickers (I love this paper and I am down to just a few little scraps. I have been doing some great stash busting lately), Fancy Pants-Summer & Sun button and the brads are from my stash.

Make sure to stop by the Scrapping 4 Fun Challenges Blog -you have two weeks to play along.

I used the 6-15 sketch from Let's Scrap as my starting point. I flipped the placement of the photos on the left hand side to better suit my photos.

Thanks for stopping by! Stay Crafty!!!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Swimming - Makes Me Happy - Lasting Memories Layout Challenges DT Reveal

Good Morning! I hope your Father's Day weekend is going well. It is hot, hot, hot here finally!!!
It is time for another Lasting Memories Layout Challenges Design Team Reveal.
We are continuing with the theme for June of "Holiday Insights" and today's challenge is June 20th is Summer Solstice (The longest day of the year) so use something long in your layout (border maybe) or do a summer layout.

I chose to do a Summer layout...

These photos were taken in the pool last Tuesday. The second time the pool was used this Summer season.

Here are some closeups...

I typed on my journalling with my WeR Memory Keepers typecast. I love how it fits 12X12 paper so you can plan out your layout and add your journalling directly to the background paper.

Acyrlic paint splatters to mimic splashing in the pool.

Product List - Crate Paper Poolside papers, Gold Foil on Acetate and chipboard (I just love this line of paper....I am down to just a few small pieces left.), Amy Tangerine - Cut & Paste paper, Thikers - SunKissed, Recollections enamel shapes & AC brad.

I started out with the sketch from Citrus Twist Kits

Be sure to stop by the Lasting Memories Blog to check out what the rest of the DT created. Link up yours before the end of the month for a chance at a fabulous prize.

Thanks for stopping by! Stay Crafty!!!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Papa's Boys - Stuck?! Sketches DT Reveal

Time is just flying by, it is the middle of June already and time for the 15th of June Stuck?! Sketches Design Team Reveal.

Here is my layout....

Since it was so close to Father's Day, I thought it was a perfect time to do a layout of a very special Papa. What is better than a Dad....A "Grand"father!!!

Here are some closeups....

I added cut a heart shape and then used it as a stencil to stamp my background with my favourite music stamp and Tim Holtz Distress Ink. I then added a clock stencil with Tim Holtz texture paste which I rubbed on some ink to colourize it. Layering up lots of sprockets added the final touch to the cluster.

I added a journalling tag slipped inside of a tiny paper bag to add some private thoughts. A couple more sprockets and an Ampersand to finish off the cluster. 

Product List: Kaiser Craft - Sears & Son Collection paper, Lucky 7 Factory (Made In Canada) paper, The Paper Studio tag, Canvas Corp mini bag, Adorn It wood shapes, Fancy Pants-Good Fellows Ephemera. The other items are from my stash.

Here is Laura's wonderful sketch....

Be sure to stop by the Stuck?! Sketches Blog and check out the rest of the teams creations. You have until June 27th to play along.

I was also inspired by the following challenges:

More Than Words - Father & Steampunk

Thanks for stopping by! Stay Crafty!!!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Friends At The Onroute - Lasting Memories Layout Challenges DT Reveal

Good Morning Friends and it is a beautiful Sunday morning...our summer weather has finally arrived and it is hot, hot, hot!!! It is time for the latest Lasting Memories Layout Challenges Design Team Reveal. We are continuing with the theme of June Holiday Insights. Today's Challenge is June 14th is Flag Day in the US, so for this challenge use red, white and blue on your layout.

Here is my layout...

This photo was taken last summer while on vacation. In Ontario, Canada the rest stops along the major highways are called Onroutes. There was this adorable Moose that the boys couldn't resist getting their photo taken. Since I am Canadian, my main colours used are red and white. I added a couple of embellishment that are blue.

Here are some closeups.

I added some red and black splatters to my background.

The cluster features a clothing tag of our Canadian Flag.

I created my title with two types of fonts. Some Jillibean Soup stickers that were grey and I colourized them with red to match my layout.

Product List: Recollections embossed cardstock, Kaisercraft - Hello Sunshine collection, Simple Stories paper & chipboard, Basic Grey - Spice Market and Fancy Pants tin pin.

I was also inspired by the Creative Scrapbooker Sketchy Challenge.

Be sure to stop by the Lasting Memories Blog and check out the rest of the team's designs. You have until the end of the month to play along and even win a prize.

Thanks for stopping by! Stay Crafty!!!

Monday, June 5, 2017


Hello and happy Monday everyone. I have some exciting news to share with you today. I am honoured to share with you that I GOT THE COVER of the Summer Issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.

I was asked back in January if I would like to be one of ten artist to compete for the cover of the Summer Issue. Of course I replied,- yes please immediately. I was sent a photo and details on what must be included.

I thought about it for a bit and knew almost immediately what papers I would use,- Jillibean Soup. When I went through my stash, the papers were perfect. So I set out creating my layout. I used lots of different elements to create my layout.

Once submitted, I waited, and waited....I wanted this so badly. About two weeks later, I received an email....
Congratulations Sandy

We will be using your layout on the cover of our summer 2017 issue!!!!  YAHOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Oh my goodness....a dream come true!!!

Here is the cover of the magazine...

It puts a smile on my face every time I see this magazine!

And here is my layout.....

And some closeups....

I used a stencil with Tim Holtz texture paste to add a little texture to the background. Machine stitching around the outside also adds detail.

Lots of layers under the photo make it the centre of attention. 

Different elements and embellishments add to the layering and texture.

A subtitle at the top with a couple more embellies.

Product List: Jillibean Soup – Mushroom Medley & Bean Stalks, Bo Bunny Ephemera, Heidi Swapp Chipboard shape title, Pink Paislee – Artisan Elements, Ranger Texture Paste and distress ink – Vintage Photo, The Crafters Workshop stencil, EK Tools thin foam dots, Glue Dots & Zig glue.

My sister took my picture with my layout and my magazine on Saturday!!! Pinch me!!! It still doesn't feel real!!!

Thanks for stopping by! Stay Crafty!!!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

SELFIE - Lasting Memories Layout Challenges DT Reveal

Good morning friends, it is another rainy day here is Southern Ontario...which is a good time for a new Lasting Memories Layout Challenge Design Team Reveal. We are continuing with the theme of "Holiday Insights" for the month of June. Today's challenges - June 4th is Old Maid's Day (Old Maid's Day brings awereness to those of us who have not yet found and caught our soul mates.) So create a layout about a single in your life or even you when you were single or are single.

Here is my layout...

I thought really hard about this one. I couldn't come up with any singles in my life that I wanted to create a layout of. Everyone is happily married or has found their significant other and is in a committed relationship...isn't that wonderful? So I choose to do a layout of one of my grandsons....after all at eight years of age, he hasn't settled on one of the several little girls who chase him around constantly at school.

Here are some closeups...

My journalling says it all. I cut and pasted his email and printed it off on strips.

Product List: Lots of old product used up on this layout. MME papers, stickers, wood button and metallic shapes; Basic Grey stickers. Heidi Swapp glitter title and the arrow clip is from my stash.

I was inspired by the Let's Get Sketchy June 1st sketch.

Be sure to stop by the Lasting Memories Blog and see what the rest of the team has created. You have until the end of the month to join in.

Thanks for stopping by! Stay Crafty!!!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Family - Stuck?! Sketches DT Reveal

Good Morning everyone, welcome to June which means it is time for a new Stuck?! Sketches Design Team Reveal.

Here is my layout....

We were blessed back in April to have a beautiful Cardinal family move into our yard to have their babies. They were only in our yard for a couple of weeks before moving on. Two of my friends shared some information with me about Cardinals. One shared that the family would move on very quickly once the babies were hatched. I was able to get the photos of the adults on the same day. I just sat quietly on my deck and then focused in and I was able to snap these two amazing photos. A few days later I was able to get the photo of the hatched babies. It was hard to tell if there were more than two. After I photographed the babies it rained for about five days straight and the family had moved on. We were happy as the nest was not in a very good spot and we have A LOT of roaming cats in our neighbourhood.

Here are some closeups....

Product List: Bo Bunny - Modern Miss paper, chipboard, stickers and jewels, Cosmo Cricket tag, Thickers, Tim Holtz tiny attachers, Mister Huey's color mists - peppermint, and the flowers, washi, feathers, twine, wood veneer and paper clip are from my stash.

Here is Laura's wonderful sketch....

Be sure to stop by the Stuck?! Sketches Blog to check out the rest of the team's creations. Link your up before the 27th of June for a chance at some wonderful prizes.

And now I would like to share my other's friends story about Cardinals....

Cardinals appear when Angels are near.......

It was an honour to have them nest in our yard....even though it was brief!

Thanks for stopping by! Stay Crafty!!!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Take A Picture - Project Life Card

Good Evening....I am back with a quick post to share.

A Project Life style card I created with photos from visiting the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. Canada's capital. The grandsons got right into taking selfies with the Parliament Buildings in the background. You gotta love it!!!

I was inspired by the Sketches In Thyme Project Life Style sketch #72.

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It already is the last day of May...where did that month go? I am just squeaking in with on last layout to share with you for the month of May. It is another pumpkin layout to go with my last post for the Lasting Memories Layout Challenges to create a layout using fruit or vegetables. Be sure to check out the challenge.

More photos from our little pumpkin harvest last Thanksgiving Weekend. The funny thing about these pumpkins is that no one planted them. The birds must have dropped the seeds in my raised beds. The boys really enjoyed watching them grow. We actually have some new ones planted this year.

Here are some closeups....

Some pumpkin clusters to go with the photos. These are stickers that I popped up with pop dots to add some dimension. A little wood veneer stem of leaves tucked in under the large pumpkin. I added some ink and marker for details.

Above and below shows a couple of journalling tags to record the story.

I created the title with a sticker strip that I cut and mounted on cardstock to make it pop out a bit more. And a wood veneer tab to add more dimension at the top of the photo.

Product List: Photo Play Paper Company background paper, Simple Stories paper, Various stickers and chipboard from my stash.

I was inspired by the sketch #276 from Sketches In Thyme.

                                                 1. use 2 journal tags
                                                 2. use some foam tape or tabs to create dimension
                                                 3. include 2 or more wood veneer embellishments

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