Friday, May 30, 2014

May Blog Hop with Practical Scrappers

Good morning!!  Ready for a fun Scrap Your Stash Blog Hop?  I know that I sure am!

Practical Scrappers closed up shop on regular posts effective Mid May - but we will continue to run monthly hops because it is well loved by both our designers and fans!

For this hop, there is only rule:  to create from your stash - it can be, layouts, pocket pages, etc. All of the designers have truly unique creations.  You should be arriving here from Laura's blog - if not, then head back to the Practical Scrappers site and start from there.

For my part of the blog hop, I created a layout using a sketch from Page Maps Calendar 2014, Farm House Paper, a bit of twine, and some My Mind's Eye papers.  Digging into my stash was a great idea - I've been hoarding several kits - thankfully, I have realized that its time to reorganize my scrappy space and create on a more regular basis.

Just before school was out for the summer and after my honey had been working 80+ hours a week - we headed up north to Prescott, AZ.  I really love going up there - 85 degrees versus our 105 degrees.

Every time we go on this hike, I take a photo of that sad, dead tree.  It was damaged in a lightning strike years ago and is still standing.

Want to win a bit of scrappy stash of your own?  
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One lucky winner will be chosen next week Friday.  
I can only ship to scrappy pals who live in the United States.

Next stop on the hop is Wendy C 

Have a great day and enjoy the hop!

Return to Sending {Paper Issues}

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Good morning! Here's a layout that I created to share with Paper Issues for their newest challenge - The focus is on travel, vacations and all things round.

As the end of the school-year comes and goes, I always get a bit sentimental.  I cannot believe how fast my kids are growing and each year our school year goes by so quickly.  One week, I'm introducing students to the school - the next week, we are talking about classes for next year!

So, my boy, as you continue to grow and learn - don't forget that there is always a safe haven for you here at home.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Mason Jar Madness {PGCB #55}

Happy Monday!  Its my turn to host a Challenge over at PGCB. I'm so excited to be sharing a Challenge with you.  As summer approaches, I get anxious to bring out the mason jars for a bit of mason jar madness.  We have several neighbors who have lemon trees.  We juice up those aromatic lemons for some fresh lemonade.  There is just something about the way lemonade tastes when its homemade and served in a mason jar.

Today’s challenge is Mason Jar Madness.  I saw this photo on the internet probably a year or so ago and just loved the idea of creating a fun summer lighting for our back porch.  

Here’s the photo inspiration (I wish I could remember where this came from!):
And here’s what I created:
Here's another photo to help show you what I did to create these decorative outdoor lights:

I used pint sized regular-mouth mason jars and then wrapped 18 gauge floral wire around the neck of the jar (about 18" long).  If you look closely, you will see that I made a loop on opposite sides of the jar.  To hang the jars, I used another piece of the wire and cut it in half then used needle-nose pliers to create smaller loops and hung it over the line I hung between pillars on the porch.  I used white Christmas lights and just stuffed lights into each jar and wound the lights around my line.  VERY EASY!!!

And then I also worked on a Mother’s Day gift.  I embellished a mason jar and stuffed it full of cute ribbons for a new mom in my neighborhood.  
So the challenge is to create something with mason jars.  Our DT created some amazing projects.  Be sure to link up your project and we’ll send out a snazzy prize for you!

Take care!


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Drill # 31: Color Challenge {SWAT}

Good Morning!!  SWAT is having another challenge - and this time its a color challenge.  Here's the color palette:
Here's what I did with it!
I really loved how this layout turned out - the color combination is just too fun and really fits the photos of the family and exhibit we saw at the Desert Botanical Garden.  I was fortunate enough to have my mom visit us for Easter and she loves the garden.  The "balloons" are actually hand blown glass by Chihuly.  He's an amazing artist and this is the second time I've seen his work at the garden.