Monday, January 26, 2015

Scrapbook Challenges Sketch #425

Happy Monday - I am back with another sketch reveal for Scrapbook Challenges!  Check out this fantastic sketch and my layout :)  Head on over to the blog to see projects created by the Sketch Crew and submit your layout for a chance to win the monthly prize drawing!




Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
~Carolyn

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Scrapbook Challenges Sketch #424

Today is the first reveal with the new team at Scrapbook Challenges, so thrilled to be a part of this team 'cause I love the sketches!! Head on over to the blog to check out all of the fabulous layouts based upon sketch #424.

You can link up your take on the sketch for your chance to win the monthly prize - find the details HERE.

Here is sketch #424



Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
~Carolyn

Saturday, January 17, 2015

My Scraps and More January Sketches

Today I played along with My Scraps and More's January Sketches & I love my layouts!  I am really enjoying scrapbooking again and it sure helps that I have reorganized my supplies and albums recently!

First up - My Scraps and More Sketch #97






Next up - My Scraps and More #98





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~Carolyn

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Creative Retreat January Kit!!

Check out the fabulous January Kit over at Creative Retreat and Hola stamp set that I just WON on Facebook!  Whooo whooo I cannot wait to play with it!





Can't wait to play with these fabulous goodies!

Come & join us in the Creative Retreat FaceBook Group! :)

Thanks for stoppin' by my blog today!
~Carolyn

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Scrappy Saturday!

Whew after a long week back to work & school routines, it feels great to get scrappy again!

This photo of our pup Otto just cracks me up with his eyes closed!  I used scrapbook challenge's sketch #422.




Thanks for stopping by my blog today !
~Carolyn

Sunday, January 04, 2015

One more layout ...

before my long weekend is over and it's back to the regular work week!

It's another sketch layout from me, I found Scrapbook Challenges and immediately fell in love with this sketch AND as luck would have it they have extended their December Sketch challenge!!  YAY!

Most of this layout is using bits and pieces of my Scraptastic kits from 2014 … I subscribed for a while this past year but quit cause I didn't think I liked the kits - well I am thinking I LOVE the kits, it was my mojo that was missing!!  So, maybe as I make a dent into my stash, I will re-subscripe to a kit club.

Here is Scrapbook Challenge Sketch #423:



Here is my layout …. I don't know what I love more - my photos, the title or the bright fun colors!  Ah I just love the layout! :)




Thanks for stopping by!
~Carolyn

The Memory Nest December Sketches

Yesterday while playing online I came across The Memory Nest Blog and found two fantastic December sketches!

Here is Make It Monday Sketch #30 with the twist to use stamps on the background, on my layout the baseball diamond and the "happy memories June 8, 2014" are stamps.






Next up is Make it Monday Sketch #31 (no twist on this one):



Here is my layouts with one of my favorite photos from 2014:

8 seasons of youth football
7 trips to the Super Bowl
6 Super Bowl wins



I am loving all of the great sketches and challenges I am finding online and finding the mojo to go along with them AND even better digging into my stash!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
~Carolyn

Friday, January 02, 2015

Another layout!


Whooo whooo only two days into 2015 and I have two layouts done!

Today I played along with Stuck Sketches January 1st sketch.  These photos are from September 2012 also - real easy to print photos since I was in this album from yesterday & all of my football scrap supplies were still scattered about! :)


Here is the sketch:




Here is my layout:



Recently I moved all of my albums from our spare bedroom down here to my scrapbook room so I love that the two layouts I made this year are already scanned and filed and not stacking up!  YAY!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! 
~Carolyn

Thursday, January 01, 2015

January 1, 2015

WOW!  Can't believe it's already 2015!  Each year seems to go by faster and faster … glad we have some down time around the holidays to relax.

Today I played along with My Scraps and More's Jan 1st Thursday Throwback challenge to use rub-ons and a photo that is at least two years old.   My photos are from Sept 2102 - Seth's football team and the rub-ons are "these are the days" on the bottom photo.



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~Carolyn

Monday, December 29, 2014

Merry Christmas (pups 2014) layout

Here is another layout inspired by Stuck Sketches - December 1st sketch.  I loved both of the sketches provided this month by Stuck Sketches!

Here is the sketch:


Here is my layout of the pups, Otto and Bentley, with their treats on Christmas morning - yep these guys are going to be even more spoiled than the last dogs that blessed this home!  I wasn't able to get a good scan of this layout because it's so bumpy so I took a photo of it so it's not the best.



Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
~Carolyn

Snow Pup layout

Today I am sharing a layout that was inspired by Stuck Sketches December 15th sketch.  If you are in need of some inspiration to get ya started check out their sketches!

Here is the sketch:



And here is my layout of one of our pups, Bentley, playing in the snow (I added the date to the layout after I scanned it … can't believe I forgot the date! LOL!)  I had a lot of fun digging through my winter stash to create this layout!  I wish I could have gotten a better scan of the layout since it looks so much better in person!



Thanks for stoppin' by my blog today!
~Carolyn

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Here are the meals we have planned for this week in no particular order:

Chuck Roast in Crock Pot - we had this Sunday evening & it had awesome flavor!  I paired it with mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli and carrots and fresh baked rolls.

Buffalo Chicken in Crock Pot



Crock Pot Swedish Meatballs










Two Ingredient Crock Pot Beef - I did make this a few weeks ago, however, one of the pieces of the packaging stuck to the bottom of the roast when I put it in the crock pot, so we didn't eat it… trying it again :)

And a few back up recipes are:

Spaghetti with meat sauce
Meatloaf 
Italian Chicken Roll-ups

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! 
~Carolyn

Monday, November 17, 2014

Menu Plan Monday!

Another week and another week's worth of meals to post about!

Sunday night we had nachos - always a favorite in our house!

I have decided just to post the meals that I have planned for but not necessarily on a particular day ... so on tap for the rest of this week:

*Two Ingredient Crockpot Beef Recipe

*Chicken & Dumplings

*Beef fajitas 

*Italian Chicken Roll Ups (topped with sauce) (we didn't end up eating this last week so it's pushed to this week :) )

*Chicken Cordon Blue



Thanks for stopping by my blog!
~Carolyn







Sunday, November 09, 2014

Menu Plan Monday (or Sunday)

I have my meals planned and ready for the week ahead … a freezing cold week ahead that is - yuck!



Here are my meals for the week:

Sunday: Broccoli and Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Monday: American Turkey Goulash






















Tuesday: Italian Chicken Roll Ups (topped with sauce)

Wednesday: Beef Fajitas

Thursday: One Pan Enchilada Pasta



























Friday: Left overs

Saturday:  Open - Seth's football team made the Superbowl & the game is on Saturday!!


Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

~Carolyn

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Menu Plan Monday (or Sunday!)

I am trying to be better about being prepared and planning our dinners, so this is what is on tap for this week:








Tuesday: BLTA's






















Thursday: Angel Hair Pasta with meat sauce

Friday: Left overs

Saturday: Open since we will be out and about running errands & going to Seth's play-off football game.


I am trying to utilize the recipes that I have pinned on my "food and drink I want to try" board to mix things up since we tend to get into a rut with easy recipes.

I also love love love using my crock pot so dinner is ready when I get home, so if you have any great crock pot recipes, please share!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

~Carolyn

Friday, October 31, 2014

Birds of a Feather October Kit

It's no secret that I love all things Halloween - so I was thrilled to see the October Birds of a Feather kit to arrive!!


This layout is about a historic house in Denver that has had haunting claims since it was built in 1890.  Here is a link for some background info on the Croke-Patterson Mansion if you are interested.  Rick and I had a chance to visit the vacant mansion one evening in Oct 2010.

This layout is of my son during Halloween last year, I always like to take photos of him at the end of the night with all of his treats! He always gets so much candy!!

On this layout I really wanted to use the big Halloween sticker that comes in the October kit, so I picked some simple photos of my son posing in his morphsuit on Halloween 2011.  Since my son and two of his pals dressed up in morphsuit we did a whole photo shoot at our town center!!  I love the impact of the large sticker!

This next layout is from last Halloween, one of our friends brought a giant pumpkin to the friends house where we gathered for Halloween - so the guys decided to carve it!

This layout is of a photo I took as we arrived at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO in Oct. 2012.  During fall break we stayed at the Stanley Hotel - in the haunted room 217 (from The Shining), we did the history tour and the nighttime ghost tour along with touring the grounds on our own both during the day and at night.  I knew I had to use some of our trip photos since this kit has both paper and stickers that reference the Stanley Hotel.


Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
~Carolyn

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Birds of a Feather September Kit

I had a lot of fun playing with the September kit from Birds of a Feather Kit Club.  You can check it out here!





First up is a simple card - I really love this color combo!!

One of my favorite things about the glitter paste that comes with the September kit is not only that it adds the lovely sparkly glitter without needing additional adhesive but that it also is a bonding agent for the embellishments that I am using the glitter paste on.  Love items that can do double duty! :)

This layout is a "Happy Memory"  these photos are from the adventure park Selvatica in Cancun.  We had an amazing time!  I used the glitter paste from the kit to make a border edge on the upper right side, however, I was distracted and left my stencil on too long and the paste dried (oops :) ) So I filled in some of the parts where the paper tore with more glitter paste and finished my layout.

This layout is a photo of our dog, Oswald, on a walk with me the other night - he loved being out in all of the new sites and smells :)  It's had to tell in the scan, but I used the glitter paste on the wood piece - I painted some on both sides of the wood piece so it would act as an adhesive on the bottom side.

This layout is a photo of my son being goofy by wearing three hats - the gold phrase "stay gold" was perfect here for him to always keep his innocence.   I trimmed the layout in gold and used the gold glitter paste on a wood piece to continue the hints of gold.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
~Carolyn

Monday, August 25, 2014

Birds of a Feather August Kit

Check out the gorgeous August Kit at Birds of a Feather Kit Co!  There are a few more left in the store, so hurry on over to pick yours up! 


Here are my projects featuring the August Kit and you can check out the fantastic inspiration from the rest of the Design Team in the Birds of a Feather Kit Co Gallery!









Thanks for stoppin' by my blog today!
~Carolyn