Saturday, September 9, 2017

Another Studio Challenge

This time, a sketch!

I played around with some paints and gelatos to make circles, which I then cut out.


The Studio Challenges..........Winery

The August Tic Tac Toe challenge at Studio Challenges :

I chose lace doilies, one flair button, and the color brown for this page depicting a recent trip to wine country here in Upstate NY.
I love the combination of wood and lace.

I used some very old Jolie's purple flowers here, which kind of looked like grapes. Also some Creative Memories flower and leaf stickers...again, very old. I stamped an ink pad onto the lace doilies. Thanks for lookin!!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Stream....June at Use your Stuff

Oh, a challenge to use five or more patterned papers? Challenge accepted! There are so many ways to incorporate patterned papers together. I don't do it often, but when I do, I think it's fun. Here, I mixed five different patterns and they are all from different manufacturers. I simply looked through my stash and chose things that had a soft green or blue tone to them. I am on a mission to use my super-old stuff, and often mix it with the new. Here, everything I used was rather old.

The photo is one of my favorites depicted the Changdeochong Stream in Seoul...I may have spelled that wrong. Getting all the Korean names right has been quite challenging. I have to look it up every time. The stream was a great place.... a nice walking area right down below from the busy streets. I headed down there many times during my eight-day stay.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Scrap Suite May 2017

There are four May challenges over at the Scrap Suite. One was to add three wooden items to a page, which I did here:

I love how the wood goes so well with the fallish colors and the cozy feel of the page. These are my daughters at our favorite restaurant. My older two are in college now, so we are not all together that often anymore. When we are, we go to this place!


Scrapbook Generation

Another site new to me, and also addicted to!
I participated in the NSD crop there, and played along with many fun games in addition to doing some challenges. The crop goes until May 31, so I may do a few more. Who knows!

A One-page layout. Easy!

A monochromatic layout featuring BLUE

AND a tic-tac-toe utilizing border punches, twine and washi

More to come ....
tfl Mandy


This site was new for me...and I'm totally impressed with the style, the kits, and the blog. I have been perusing the site for the past few weeks and considering joining a monthly kit subscription....Kinda pricey but possibly worth it.

Anyway, I loved the challenges. Here are some that I did...

Handcut title

playing with mixed media color kits. This is one of my faves, using gelatos, which I enjoy playing with although I am still a bit of a novice. I love the pic too, with all the stuffed animals in the background and the giant Rastafarian Banana doing some photo-bombing. I Cricut-cut some tiny bananas as well.

Using Border Punches. Love border punches!

Travel based page. Beautiful Creative Memories papers and some sequins to add a little something.

Use A Grid- a grid is a great way to showcase close-up photos, like these close-ups of street food.

Design Principles- I used principles of balance and anchoring. Funny, I use principles of design all the time without realizing it. I just do what looks right to me.

Border Punches yet again-  I love playing with the CM border system. So many possibilities!

Use Your Stuff May 2017

The challenge this month....use metallics! My pages tend to be light and bright, so metallics are not something I use much of. My metal stash is quite old and doesn't get a lot of use. I decided to use some new metallic striped paper (behind my main photo) and some VERY old little gold arrow clips that I had never even opened!

I love when I am challenged to use something I don't normally use, still make a page within my style perimeters, and also use up old stash (to make room for more supplies, of course!)

This is one of my fave pics from last summer's trip to Cedar Point Amusement Park. The kids split up from the adults most of the day, but they all decided to ride the train with Gramma at one point, and captured this fun memory.
By the way, my mother was 76 last year when this pic was taken. She walked all over that amusement park without a problem! I was pretty amazed. I hope I look and feel as good as she does when I am that age.