Sunday, December 15, 2013

All is Calm, All is Bright

My Mind's Eye challenge for December is the theme Dear Santa... at  I chose to do a LO using the All is Bright collection from MME. The LO features a photo of 3 of my 4 daughters having a little sisterly fun on Christmas morning! Part of their present from me was matching jammies! Fortunately, they are good sports and humor me by wearing the jammies! It sure makes for a well-coordinated picture for my scrapping LO's!
  Here is my interpretation of Dear Santa:

Products used:
Paper- MME- All is Bright Collection
Flowers- Petaloo
Embossing powder- Ranger
Ink mist- Tattered Angels
Punch- Martha Stewart
Chalk edge- Color Box


This year has been filled with many unexpected twists and turns. My youngest daughter was diagnosed with the type of cardiac arrthymia known to cause sudden cardiac death in young athletes.  Despite his best efforts, her electrophysiologist in Ohio was unable to correct the problem but knew the doctor that could help her, but it required us to travel from Ohio to Austin, Texas, for treatment/surgery. We made 2 trips to Austin, one in January for the consultation and one in March for the actual surgery. We absolutely loved Austin and all it had to offer! On the evening before we were ready to head back to Ohio in March, we took a riverboat cruise on Lake Austin and saw a spectacular sunset. The sunset was for me was that confirmation of God's comfort and unending love to us during our time of struggle and need. Just last week, as my daughter saw her electrophysiologist in Ohio, we saw evidence that the surgery had been a complete success! This LO features the fabulous sunset we experienced in Austin.
Inspiration for this LO came from December Week 2 Sketch Challege at Let's Get Sketchy at

Here is my interpretation:

Products used:
Paper- Basic Grey- Serenade Collection
Punch-Martha Stewart
Rhinestones and Flowers- Recollections
Ink mist- Tattered Angels
Chalk edge- Color Box
Twine- stash

Monday, December 9, 2013


One of my passions in life is providing medical care to the underserved populations in third world countries. The photo in this LO was taken in June when our medical team traveled to Robledales, Honduras. My daughter, who is also a school teacher, was able to make her third trip with me and held Bible School for the children of the village while the medical team held clinic. The children absolutely love her!!! Even though her Spanish is less than fluent...she is able to communicate marvelously well with these beautiful children!

 The sketch for this LO is from Sketchibilities at

My interpretation...

Products used:
Patterned paper- Kaisercraft- 75 Cents collection
Letters- Prima
Clothes pins- Paper Studio
Ink edge- Tim Holtz
Ink mist- Tattered Angels

Sunday, December 8, 2013

This is Picture Perfect

Let's Get Sketchy at posts some wonderful sketches that allow you to get your scrapping mojo going quickly! The sketch for the first week of December was no exception!

Here is my interpretation of the sketch!

This picture was taken of my youngest daughter and me on the beach at Pawleys Island, SC, this summer. We had a wonderful seafood dinner... but may have overeaten a bit... so we needed to take a little stroll to walk off dinner!

Products used:
Patterned paper- Teresa Collins- Stationary Noted
Vintage metal trinkets- Prima
Flowers- Prima and Paper Studio
Bling trim- Webster's Pages
Punch- Martha Stewart
Ink edge- Tim Holtz
Stick pin and ribbon- stash


Snow and ice hit our area this past Friday which allowed me to declare a scrapbook weekend! With my scrap jammies on and armed with the December sketch challenges the mojo was flowing! I accomplished a tremendous amount and will be posting a few today. The first LO I would like to share is inspired by the sketch from Stuck?! at

This was such a great sketch and here is my interpretation.

The pictures in this LO were taken this spring. I love case you haven't noticed! These are the columbine in my backyard garden! With the snow flying today, looking at my flowers reminds me that winter is only here for a season!!!

Products used:
Paper- Studio 75  Rosalie in the Garden Collection
Flowers- Prima
Punch- Martha Stewart
Butterfly- Pink Paislee
Pearls- Want 2 Scrap
Stamped words- Kaisercraft
Bingo card- Simple Stories
Mini frame- Melissa Frances
Birdcage- Paper Studio
Chalk edge- Color Box
Ribbon and twine- stash

Friday, December 6, 2013

Celebrate the Season

This LO was made with inspiration and sketch from Let's Get Sketchy at

The inspiration photo was:

and the sketch was:

My interpretation...

Products used:
Patterned paper- Paper Studio
Flowers -Petaloo
Decorative trim- Hobby Lobby
Ornaments- La Petites
Metal embellie- Paper Studio
Pearls- Kaisercraft
Chalk edge- Color Box
Ribbon and sequins- stash
The LO features my 2 younger daughters showing some sisterly love on Christmas!

Friday, November 29, 2013


The fall leaves were absolutely gorgeous and I just couldn't capture enough of all the beautiful colors in my many pictures! This LO was inspired by the the sketch at Stuck?! at

Here is my interpretation!

Products used:
Patterned paper- Authentique
Flowers and Button- Prima
Metal embellie- Recollections
Chalk edge- Color Box
Ribbon and twine-stash

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Summer Stories

My youngest daughter is a collegiate golfer and this past summer she played in a college tournament and she was  able to have a caddie! I was so excited when she asked me to come and caddie for her. She has had a very successful collegiate career and this was a special highlight for me, as her mom,  to be involved at this level of play. Of course, I had to get a picture of us to document the moment! The inspiration for this sketch came from the weekly sketch at Let's Get Sketchy at It was  a terrific sketch that I turned sideways to use and it came together very quickly!

Products used:
Patterned paper- Teresa Collins- the Summer Stories Collection
Punch- Martha Stewart
Doilies- Wilton
Flowers and Butterfly- Prima
Spray mist- Shimmerz
Ink edge and Ticket- Tim Holtz
Wood embellishment- Little Yellow Bicycle


As the photographer of the family, it can be a real challenge to get any pictures of myself and when I do,  I realize no one can take a photo like me! But on this particular occasion,  I not only got in a picture but it was actually a 'scrapbook-worthy' picture! It was nice to have a good pic of my husband and me taken by my youngest daughter! The inspiration for this LO comes from My Creative Sketches at

This is my interpretation of the sketch.

Products used:
Patterned paper- Authentique- the Thankful Collection
Flowers- Prima
Ink edges- Color Box
Twine- stash
Title- Dear Lizzy- altered with Tim Holtz Distress Paint and Distress Ink and Recollections glitter
Sticker- Echo Park


One of my greatest passions in life is going on medical missions trips to provide medical care to the under served population in third world countries. This LO features pictures from my last trip to Robledales, Honduras, this past June. The inspiration for this LO comes from the Saturday Sketch from Kaisercraft  at

Products used:
Patterned paper- Kaisercraft- the 75 Cents Collection
Punch- Martha Stewart
Ink Edges- Tim Holtz
Flowers- Prima

Monday, November 18, 2013


My love for flowers and all the beauty they hold is probably evident as you look through my work! The LO I am posting today is of my peonies as they bloomed this past spring. They are stunningly beautiful and I wished they bloomed year round! I can't get enough of their fragrance either as I cut a few and place them in vases throughout my house! This LO is based on the sketch from Let's Get Sketchy at  and it came together so easily!

Here is my interpretation!

Products used:
Patterned paper-Prima- Divine Collection
Flowers and Button- Prima
Doilies- Wilton
Punches- Martha Stewart
Pearls- Want 2 Scrap
Ink Edge- Tim Holtz

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Morning Dew

  I am making several posts today because I have been busy working on challenges but the weather has not been conducive to taking good photos until today! Even today is a cloudy and overcast but at least there was enough natural light to make it workable.
  This LO was created using the Saturday Sketch from Kaisercraft at
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Here is my interpretation of this weeks sketch!

This photo was taken one morning after I got home from work. It was a crisp spring morning and the dew was still on the flowers in my garden. The lighting was perfect to capture the beauty of the morning dew!
Products used:
Patterned Paper  and Rub-On- Kaisercraft- Chapter One Collection- one of my all-time favorites!
Ink mist- Shimmerz
Punch- Martha Stewart
Flowers- Spare Parts
Bling- Want 2 Scrap


I enjoy all the challenges the different online scrapbook sites offer. My goal for the year was to participate in as many as possible just to keep the mojo going! Today's LO is for the challenge at Sketchabilities.

Here is my take on sketch # 103!

This LO features my youngest daughter just prior to the start of the first golf match of her collegiate Senior year. These past few years have just flown by! We have been so blessed to have been able to travel to all of her golf matches. This match was in Marshall, MI., so it was only about a 4 hour drive from our home. 
Products used:
Patterned paper and diecuts-Adorn It- Bumble Collection
Punches- Martha Stewart
Metal Trinkets- Spare Parts
Pearl Pen- Viva
Butterfly- Bo Bunny
Ribbon/twine- stash
Ink edge- Tim Holtz
Tag-altered with Shimmerz and Pearl Ex

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

So Happy Together...

The November challenge at My Mind's Eye at  was quite simple this month...document your gratitude. I have so much to be grateful for...where do I begin! My LO features a picture of me and my husband. We celebrated 31 years of marriage this past June!!!  So grateful to be married to a wonderful man of God, a tremendous provider and a terrific father of four incredible daughters! We have entered our empty nesting indicated by the title of my blog...and we enjoy traveling together to all parts of the US visiting our children!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


My Creative Sketches at always provide great sketches for their monthly challenge and fabulous inspirations from their Design Team! This month was no exception! I love double page LO's so I was thrilled when I saw this sketch!

Here is my take on this month's sketch. The pictures feature my youngest daughter at the first collegiate golf match of her Senior year. It is hard to believe this is the first of the many 'lasts' we experience over the next 9 months.

Products used:
Patterned paper- Carta Bella- Beautiful Moments collection
Flowers- Prima, Paper Studio, Recollections
Crystals- Prima
Ink edge- Tim Holtz

Our Adventure...

The layout created here is based on the Mojo Monday Challenge sketch at Flying Unicorn at

Products used:
Patterned Paper-My Mind's Eye
Flowers, Button, Birdcage- Prima
Ticket, clock, edge ink- Tim Holtz
Doiles- Wilton
Frame- Fab Scraps- altered with Tattered Angels Ink Mist, Studio Acrylic Paint, Recollections glitter and Shimmerz Paint
Turquiose Ink-Dylusions

This picture was taken in July while we were vacationing in  Pawleys Island, SC. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Love Life

The LO I made today is inspired by the Saturday Sketch from Kaisercraft. The picture was taken at The Brookgreens Botanical Garden in Pawleys Island, SC, this past July. There was a gentle rain falling and I love that I was able to capture the raindrops on this beautiful water lily! I used the True Romance from Kaisercraft to showcase this picture.

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Products used:
Patterned paper- Kaisercraft- True Romance Collection
Brads- Spare Parts
Flower- Prima
Die cut- Cricut
Doily- Darice
Pearls- stash
Ink Edges- Dew Drop

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Lovely Day

It's another Mojo Monday sketch challenge from Flying Unicorn!

Products used:
Patterned paper-Crate Paper
Wood embellies- Little Yellow Bicycle
Punch-Martha Stewart
Flowers- Prima, Recollections
Lace- Webster's Pages
Tag and Corner cutout- Cricut
Chalk edges- Dew Drop

This picture was taken in Robledales, Honduras on July 4th, 2012.  My passion is serving the under served and I felt so blessed to have yet another opportunity to provide medical care to the people of Robledales. It was a pleasure serving with my friends, Kim and Ann!

Monday, October 14, 2013


     It's another Mojo Monday and the new sketch from Flying Unicorn is fabulous!  !
Here is my interpretation of the sketch.The photo is of the Atlantic Ocean at Pawleys Island, SC. My husband and daughter are in the chairs facing the ocean and if you look closely in the center chair you will see my little chihuahua, Jumbo, sitting on the little cabana chair I made for him! Jumbo loved the beach and loved going on vacation with his family! 

Products used:
Patterned paper- Echo Park-Paradise Beach Collection
Chipboard- Inque Boutique- Cabana collection
Felt flower border- Oriental Trading
Flowers- Petaloo
Rhinestones- Spare-Parts
Metal fish accent- Darice
Punch- Martha Stewart
Title- Cricut- Life is a Beach
Glitter- Recollection
Misting ink- Tattered Angels- Tattered Leather
Edge ink- Dew Drop

Monday, October 7, 2013


Mojo Monday...oh how I love starting my Monday with a little bit of inspiration to scrapbook! The inspiration I used today is the Mojo Monday sketch from Flying Unicorn at

Products used:
Paper- Pink Paislee- Butterfly Garden Collection
Flowers- Prima, Recollection, Bo Bunny
Cricut- Title and cut out circle
Butterflies- Little Yellow Bicycle- burlap stickers
Pearls- Kaisercraft
Misting sprays- Tattered Angels- Tattered leather, Shimmerz- Goldie Lox
Punch-Martha Stewart
Ribbon- stash
Button-Basic Grey

When we were on vacation we visited Brookgreen Botanical Gardens in Pawley's Island, South Carolina. It was a rainy day but I was able to get some great pictures of all the beautiful flowers and statues! 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

It has been a rainy Saturday here in Ohio which prevented me from getting some yard work done so I have taken advantage of this time to be able to scrapbook! I had the opportunity to complete the challenge #100 at Sketchabilities at  today! Here is the sketch I based my LO on.

Products used:
Paper- Pink Paislee, Basic Grey and Webster's Pages
Crochet medallion- Webster's Pages
Flowers- stash
Bird & Birdcage- Prima
Misting inks- Shimmerz- Goldie Lox and Tattered Angels- Tattered Leather
Glitter- Recollections
Brads & Button- Basic Grey

'Tis the Season

    This layout was created for the challenge at Flying Unicorn at
 I had no intention of doing this challenge as I had already scrapped all my Christmas pics from last year but then I remembered this pic I had taken with my phone. My daughter was home from college and we went shopping and the store had a sleigh set up. I convinced her to jump in the sleigh so I could take a picture! Her smile doesn't really reflect what she was thinking!!! But because she loves her momma, she graciously got in the sleigh and allowed me to snap a pic!

Products used:
Paper- My Mind's Eye- All is Bright collection
Punch- Martha Stewart
Chipboard trees- Tattered Angels
Ink mist- Shimmerz- Goldie Lox
Flowers- Paper Studio
Cord and trim- stash
Doily- Darice

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Happy Forever

The September challenge for My Creative Scrapbook came together so well.  The pictures feature my youngest daughter and our sweet little chihuahua, Jumbo! Lil J and I went to Cleveland to visit my daughter last fall and it was the perfect day to spend some time outside visiting the beautiful parks in the area. I never leave home without a camera and was delighted with the pictures I was able to get. Here is the sketch I based my layout on from

This is my layout!

Products used:
Patterned paper- My Mind's Eye- Lost & Found Two
Doily- Darice
Edge punch- Martha Stewart
Brads & buttons- MME
Wood chip butterfly- Prima
Wood chip- Forever- My Little Yellow Bicycle
Misting Ink- Tattered Angels