Monday, April 30, 2012

Day 25 of '28 Days of Sketches'

Here's a layout I created of my dad on his 81st birthday for the Big Picture Class I've been participating in.

I used a really old paper pack - the name eludes me at the moment - for this layout. I also used super old stamp sets that I still LOVE to play with from time to time.

Hope you enjoy the layout!

Only 137 days to go!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Another Pretty Tulip

Such a Cutie!

A recent photo of my youngest granddaughter, Aveney, as she discovers the wonder of weeds.

Only 138 days to go!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bradford Pear Blossoms

I'll be extremely busy for the next few days so I am going to post more of my flower photos and have them post automatically. I won't be writing anything with the photos, just in case you're wondering. Enjoy the flowers!

Only 141 days to go!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Mini Album to Share

Isn't this little album just too cute? I made it today in like 15 minutes! Yep, 15 minutes is all it took! Amazing, isn't it? It's made with just one sheet of double-sided 12" x 12" scrapbook paper. I then decided to add 2 tags to the inside pages that can be used for journaling or a small photo.

A mini album like this works great for a gift for ANYone. I hope to locate the video that shows how to make these quick and easy albums and post the link for you tomorrow. It's too late right now for me to even try to remember where I got the directions.

Until tomorrow!

Only 142 days to go!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Another Daffodil

What a surprise! It's another daffodil that I just had to share. Isn't it just gorgeous? I love that darker yellow ruffled center on this one. So pretty!

Only 143 days to go!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Dogwood Blossoms

My dogwood tree struggles every year to survive due to it's location on the property but it's blossoms are always pretty. I hope you think so, too!

Only 144 days to go!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Day 25 of '28 Days of Sketches'

Here's my layout for day 25 of the online scrapbook class I'm taking. It's a layout of my dad who just turned 81 last month. It's amazing and wonderful that he is still with us so I wanted to showcase this photo of him.

My dad is the oldest of 9 children and has outlived 6 of his siblings. He believes his longevity has been due to all the fresh veggies he has grown in his own garden for many, many years. He may be right about that!

I dug real deep into my stash of papers and stamp sets to create this layout so I won't even mention which ones they are as they are not available to purchase anymore from Close to My Heart. If you are and/or have been a CTMH consultant for at least 5 years, you'll know what the products are. ;-)

Only 145 days to go!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Surprise Visitor

Imagine our surprise when we spotted this ssssssnake in our yard today. EEEWWW! He must have been around 4 feet long! Yikes! We've never seen one this big before in our yard. I think it's just a black snake and they are good ones that help to keep the mice under control, right? Well, I sure hope so anyway!

Only 146 days to go!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Dainty Flowers

These pretty little alyssums (sp?) survived the winter and came back. What a surprise to see the dainty little blossoms pop through the dirt. I never knew they could return like a perennial does each year.

Only 147 days to go!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Day 22 of '28 Days of Sketches'

Here's a layout I created for the '28 Days of Sketches' online class that I'm taking over at Big Picture Classes. This layout uses the older Wonderland paper pack from Close to My Heart. I still have quite a bit of it left so I'm trying to use it up!

The photos are of my youngest granddaughter, Aveney. Isn't she just 2 sweet? I am sad to think that on my next trip up to NY to visit family, this little girl won't be there since she moved with HER family recently to Illinois. ;-(

Only 148 days to go!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Visitor Today

One of the many goldfinches that visited the birdbath today and it was a chilly day, too! The past few days were very warm but they weren't enjoying the bath then. Go figure!

Only 148 days to go!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Another Beautiful Tulip

I hope you're not getting tired of all my flowers. I just love flowers and take tons of pics of them all spring and summer. Here's another one of my lovely tulips that just never seem to quit blooming. They really are special tulips!

Only 149 days to go!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Day 19 of '28 Days of Sketches'

Here's the layout I created for the Big Picture Classes sketch for today. I used the 'Dotty for You' paper packet from Close to My Heart. If you're interested in getting your hands on this fabulous paper packet, let me know! I think I can hook you up!

The photos used in the layout were taken this very morning as I strolled through my backyard. Love to see the sun coming up behind the trees while listening to the birds chattering as they begin their day.

Only 150 days to go!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Grapefruit Anyone?

Silly thing to photograph but I thought the center of this grapefruit looked pretty interesting. It tasted pretty yummy, too!

Only 151 days to go!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Sand Cherry Blossoms

Sand Cherry blossoms are so dainty and delicate. They don't really have a delicate, dainty scent but they sure are pretty!

Only 152 days to go!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Gorgeous Daffodils

WOW! I just had to share these gorgeous daffodils with you today. I took a whole bunch of photos of them this morning and they turned out so nice that I had to share. I hope you enjoy them as much as I am enjoying them. They are breath-taking!

Only 153 days to go!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Red Maple Leaves

New leaves popping out on our Japanese Red Maple tree. Totally awesome!

Only 154 days to go!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A Spring Scrapbook Layout

I thought I'd share a scrapbook layout I created recently for an online class I'm taking through Big Picture Classes. I'm really enjoying this class as it has taken me out of my comfort zone by creating one page layouts instead of the usual two-pagers.

I have never found it very easy to scrap one page layouts no matter how many photos they included but it has actually been easier than I thought it would be.

I'm so glad I decided to take this class. I am not only getting some scrapping done but I'm also using up some of my massive stash of supplies and believe me - it is massive!

This particular layout was made with the Splendor papers from Close to My Heart. They are no longer available but they were a favorite of mine and I still had some left. I also had some of the matching stickers and decided to use some of them as well even though I am not a huge fan of stickers. I love the way this layout turned out!

Only 155 days to go!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tulips again!

Sharing another photo of my pink tulips again! I can't get enough of them! How 'bout you?

Only 156 days to go!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Another Tulip

A beautiful yellow tulip!

Only 157 days to go!

Sunday, April 8, 2012


Beautiful daffodils growing in my garden this year! So, so pretty!

Only 158 days to go!

Saturday, April 7, 2012


Just wanted to share this gorgeous tulip growing in my garden. Tulips never cease to amaze me with their beauty.

Only 159 days to go!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Courting Time

Two visitors to our birdbath - these house finches have been hanging around the past few days and will soon be producing some young ones. They are fun to watch but they only stay briefly at the birdbath so it's hard to get a really good photo of them.

Only 160 days to go!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Little Thingies

Those little thingies that hang on the birch tree in Spring look so cool that I just had to take a closeup photo of them! Take notice of that gorgeous blue sky, too! Amazing!

Only 161 days to go!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Scarlet & Books

Scarlet loves books! You can find her at any time of day with a book in her hand. She will empty all bookshelves she sees and hand every one of those books to whoever happens to be nearby with the hope that you will either read it to her or just look at it with her. She is so funny but I wonder if she will still love books when she finally learns to read them!

Only 162 days to go!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A Little Birdie

Our first Goldfinch! Yea! We've had our finch feeder hanging in the garden now for a couple weeks just waiting for these beautiful birds to stop by. Finally this pretty little thing decided to take a break and grab some thistle. Such a pretty yellow!

Only 163 days to go!

Monday, April 2, 2012



Doesn't all this healthy food look yummy? We went out to the Shady Maple Farm Market in East Earl, PA on Saturday and bought all this yummy-ness at a great price! Can't wait to dig in!

Only 164 days to go!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Days 2 & 3 of 28 Days of Sketches

Here are the next 2 layouts I created for the 28 Days of Sketches class on Big Picture Classes. I just can't seem to get enough of this cute curly haired little girly. Are you getting tired of seeing her yet? I hope not as she is often the subject of many of my layouts.

This layout was made with the new X7147B Stella papers from Close to My Heart and the B1398 Just for You stamp set. I cut the title letters with the Z1686 Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge also from Close to My Heart.
I rarely ever create one-page layouts but this class has gotten me to step outside of my comfort zone and see what I can create with just one page. I am liking the results so far!

I used one of the Dotty for You papers, which YOU will be able to purchase beginning April 17, on this layout as well as the D1482 Love Life stamp set and S1202 Thoughtful Tidings which was the February Stamp of the Month.

Now off to create my layout for Day 4.

Only 165 days to go!