Thursday, December 15, 2011

Happy Howl-idays...with Sketches in Thyme!

Well hey again, y'all! I'm back again to share with you another LO for Sketches in Thyme...yay! I am so having so much fun being one of their guest Mavens for December and getting to play with their sketches in advance. And speaking of sketches, the one for this week was super fun, as you can see below! I also want to take a moment to thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers. It means so very much to me and I am so grateful to you!!

As I've said before, I love sketches because they are so versatile. They are a great starting point and can be tweaked and reworked in so many ways. Even better is the fact that SIT provides so many fabulous sketches, as well as awesome inspiration from their DT. Check it all out HERE and plan to play along with us! ;0)

So obviously I'm feeling the holiday spirit, at least where my crafting is concerned. This fun LO was inspired by that gorgeous fur baby in the photo, our Boxer baby Sid. For those that have followed me awhile, you know just how much we love our rescued family member. He's been with us for nearly 6 years now and is completely spoiled rotten! I made sure to journal about how he loves to pose in front of the Christmas tree each year and that this is one of his 2 'signature poses'!

Cardstock - The Paper Studio
Patterned Paper - Canvas Corp.
Thickers - American Crafts
Tiny Type - Cosmo Cricket
Distress Ink - Tim Holtz (walnut stain)
Ribbon - Offray
Chipboard Buttons - WalMart
White Pen - Sakura Jelly Roll
Adhesive - Glue Glider Pro, Aileen's Fast Grab Tacky Glue

I also want to talk about those 2 large, chipboard buttons I used. Know what they are? Stocking embellies! I picked them up last year after Christmas and got a package of 4 for about 25 cents. They come with a safety pin on the back, but I just popped that right off and adhered them to my LO with some Aileen's glue. Can't wait to use the other 2 on a future project! Now, hop on over to Sketches in Thyme to not only check out the other takes on this week's sketch, but to play along for a chance to win a great prize! And don't forget the fabulous holiday linking party going on right now at Paper Issues. I am so blessed to be a part of the PI Creative Team and let me tell you, those gals are so talented I get scared! LOL! So check it out to play along and be majorly inspired. So now I'm off to craft and bake some more, but I'll be back soon...until then, Happy Christmas Craftin'!

I'm also entering my LO into the following challenges!
Sketches in Thyme - Sketch #63
Paper Issues - Holiday Link Party
ScrapFit - Chipboard & Distressing (distressed with my ink!)
Inspire Me Fridays - Inspiration Link Party
True XoXo - Inspired by Andrea's Christmas themed LO!
The Paper Variety - Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodles - Let's Get Together for the Holidays
Lollipop Crafts - Happy Holidays
Crafts and Me - Christmas
Southern Girls - Let's Celebrate
Party Time Tuesday - Red and Green Christmas
PaperCrafting Journey - Christmas
PaperPlay - Christmas

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Winter Wonderland for Sketches in Thyme

Oh, I am so happy to be back for a number of reasons! The first being some super exciting news - I'm the December Maven for Sketches in Thyme! I am so very thrilled to be their Maven for the entire month and can't wait to share a new LO with you each week. In case you are not familiar with SIT, they are a fabulous sketch site that provides some wonderful inspiration. They have a super talented DT and you can check it all out RIGHT HERE! The other reason being that I've missed y'all so very much! It's been nearly a month since I last blogged and while I usually keep things private, it is due to my health. Among many health problems, I have a very severe case of Fibromyalgia, Osteo Arthritis, and Polymalgia Rheumatica. Several weeks ago I began receiving nerve blocks in my spine & hips. Today I go back for another round of the nerve blocks and they usually keep me down for a couple days. I'm also receiving injections in my knees as well. However, not only do I have an amazing Lord & Savior in Jesus Christ and a strong faith, I am so very blessed to have an amazing support network of family & friends. Their prayers and help have got me through so much, for which I am eternally grateful. Therefore, if you'll bare with me, I promise to keep up my crafting and get back to my normal schedule. It lifts my spirits to do a hobby that I love so much and this past week it has truly made me happy to be creating again. Now, on to the good stuff!

This is the sketch for this week and I loved that it featured more than one photo, as well as the side title. What I also love about sketches in general is not only are they helpful in getting started, but that you are not held down to the exact sketch. You can flip it, tweak it, and adjust the photo sizes - which is what I did. I decided to use 2 photos, one being slightly larger than the other. To check out how the SIT DT gals interpreted Sketch #62, click HERE!

The photos above are from a winter storm we received 2 years ago. I've been wanting to scrap them forever and am so glad they are finally done! And I also gotta give a shout out regarding those 2 super cute crochet hearts. They were made by and sent to me by a super sweet crafty friend - Heather Dennis, who owns Fresh Brewed Designs! She is such a sweetie & I love the special touch they give to my LO.

Patterned Paper - Jillibean Soup (wood grain), October Afternoon (red gingham)
Foam Thickers - American Crafts
Ribbon - Fiskars
Doilies - Wilton
Distress Ink - Tim Holtz (walnut stain)
Journaling Spot - Shabby Chic Crafts
Adhesive - Glue Glider Pro, Aileen's Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Pop Dots
Stash - Crochet Hearts, Glitter Snowflakes, Buttons, Twine, Quote,

Thanks so much for stopping by and baring with me during a kinda lengthy post! Now, I hope you'll visit Sketches in Thyme to not only leave me so me love, but play along for a fabulous prize. You'll also be totally inspired by their amazing DT. Just click HERE to visit their blog! I'm planning on sharing another project in the next couple days, but just in case something happens, I will definitely be back next Thursday to share my next LO for Sketches in Thyme. Until then, Happy Crafting & Merry Christmas!

I'm also entering my LO into the following challenges!
Paper Issues -  Holiday Madness
Inspire Me Fridays - Inspiration Link Party
Fresh Brewed Designs - Christmas
 The Paper Variety - Inspired by a Christmas Song (winter wonderland)
Kaboodle Doodles - Colors of Christmas
True XoXo - Challenge #24 (inspired by the colors in Ana's LO!)
ScrapFit - WWU#19 Stitching (stitching on my ribbon!)
Lasting Memories - All about the Sentiment (used a favorite christmas song!)

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