Friday, December 19, 2014


I've been so busy getting ready for Christmas that I can't believe how many days have passed since I last made a post here.  Today I am going to show off the Christmas centerpieces that I made for Hope Dining Room where I work. 

Here are my supplies (plus a few sheets of patterned paper from my scrapbooking stash!)

Paula McLane Jennings's photo.

I took the paper and cut it into strips and applied it to the bowls.  They started out like this -

Paula McLane Jennings's photo.
and after a bit of paper and Mod Podge we had this -
Paula McLane Jennings's photo.

I put a bit of floral foam inside, covered it with floral moss, added my holiday flowers and we ended up with this -

Paula McLane Jennings's photo.
I am entering this in Angela's Anniversary Challenge - PARTY6 on Sketches 4 All, Challenge #163 over at Word Art Wednesday, and December Daily over at The Memory Nest.
and to share a bit more holiday fun...I made this fabulous Black Forest Cake for the very first time last Sunday and it was a great hit!
Check out my latest creation! My very first Black Forest Cake!
Now I'm busy baking cookies.  We are going to a big Christmas Party on Christmas Eve and I want to have some yummy treats to share with everyone.  Unfortunately, my oven is not working up to par, I did a lot of cookie baking last night for Hope Dining Room and the temperature would go from 300 degrees to 575 degrees and up and down constantly.  Hopefully maintenance will come soon to get it back to normal but tonite I am going to have to work with it as is again...
Hopefully I'll be back with another post before Christmas!

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Today I am going to share two cards I made last night.

The first one was for Sketches4all Countdown to Christmas challenge #2.  It calls for using the following sketch and four different patterned papers.  I absolutely am a patterned paper nut so this was a great challenge for me.

Here is the sketch:

I modified it a bit to make it work for me by using 3 little boxes instead of four but otherwise I stayed really true to the sketch.

And here is my card!
I am also going to share this one over at Word Art Wednesday in challenge #162 Anything Goes.
My next card uses sketch #101 from Let's Capture Our Memories.
Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

I am struggling to get good photos with this phone but without a computer at home I can't use the camera...

This card is on a shimmery ivory base, it uses decorative edge scissors for the trim of the border for Sketches4all Anniversary Challenge Party 3. I haven't used them in years and I am no better with them now then I was way back when they were 'IN'.  I struggled and cut so many times having trouble getting them to cut straight. is the result! It also includes a K&Company diecut that is from a package I just loved.  It is three dimensional which is hard to tell in the photo.

I hope that my cards have added to your holiday mood!  I'm sure we all are busy getting ready for the big day.  I know that I have to get going with my baking and decorating.  I am falling way behind my hoped-for schedule.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Welcome back to all my creative friends! 

Today I have a layout to share with you using sketch #101 from Let's Capture Our Memories and Case File #148 from Colors...Stories...Inspiration.

First for the sketch -
and now for the inspiration -

The instructions call for using all five colors of the palette, at least two clues from the evidence and at least one clue as Testimony.

 For my evidence there are flowers in one photo and branches/trees in both photos.  I'm not sure if my journaling alone would count as pen work but there is that too! 
As testimony I went and searched Sunday Scribblings.  I chose prompt #384 which was the word SOLITARY.  I also used the word inspiring.  These are a few of the photos I took on that long solitary walk in Lum's Pond over the summer.
I am not happy with the clarity of the photo of the layout so I will update it tomorrow or Friday when I next get back to the library. 
As always, thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving a comment!