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!)


Karen Wilson said...

Hi Crystal. Wow, sounds like you have been having quite a time. I friend of mine gets those shots, so I can almost understand your pain from seeing her afterwards. Hang in there.

Your LO is awesome and wow, look at those pics!! I love your flowers .. the letters, everything!! Thank you so much for joining us at Lasting Memories this week! Hope to see you again!!

Vicki said...

Great layout. Love the title, the snow flakes and the hearts add such a special touch. Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories.


sparklygirl-Tina said...

Hi Crystal

What a fabulous LO. I love the contrast of the woodgrain with the red gingham and the doily too its just so works together - love it!

Thanks so much for sharing your LO with us over at Kaboodle Doodles and good luck.


Kathleen (Kath) B. Hernandez said...

Love the woodgrain paper used! Thanks for joining us at Kaboodle Doodles’ Colors of Christmas Challenge!

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Jinny Newlin said...

It's so good to have you as our Guest Maven this month, Crystal! Your page is beautiful! I'm absolutely loving that gorgeous, woodgrain background!

Suzanne said...

Glad you were feeling well enough to join us with this beautiful layout at LM. Hope the shots help. I love the doilies with the snowflake and the background woodgrain paper. Great job!

Heather said...

I have been thinking of and praying for you Crystal {Candy hehehe}. I can not imagine having to face all of these things at once, you are much stronger than you give yourself credit for. I don't like to make things like this feel 'impersonal' so I do have you a little note headed out in the mail soon :)

Now on to your project... LOOKIE LOOKIE LOOKIE!!! Oh I love this!!! The beautiful wood grain paper, the falling snowflakes that carry on into the lovey pictures, the way you added the sentiment and the beautiful pop of red in that gingham paper... the hearts make me smile. It adds so much warmth to your winter themed card. BEAUTIFUL work as ALWAYS!!!!

Many hugs

OH, and thanks for playing along at our Month long Christmas challenge at Freshly Brewed Challenges :D

Missy Whidden said...

Oh, this is fantastic! That woodgrain paper is amazing! Love what you created here. Thank you for working out with us at ScrapFIT!

The Stamper's Touch said...

Hi Crystal. So glad you are back to creating again, it is definitely much needed therapy!! What a stunning layout! Love all the elements! And congrats on your guest spot at the challenge blog, how fun! Thanks for joining us at the Fresh Brewed Blog for our month long Christmas challenge.


Michele F. said...

HI Crystal! Such a special layout for many special reasons. I have alsways said, that if life gives me a few bumps, I have my crafting to turn towards. So good to "See" you creating again. And to be hinored that you joined us at Lasting Memories. Thanks so much!! Love thos red hearts and woodgrain is wonderful! Hope to see you next week. We have some fun stuff coming up!! ;-)

Andrea Fogleman said...

Fabulous layout! Thanks for joining the XOXO Lipstick Chicks for a scraplift this month!

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