Hello Sand Flea~

Lately I have been a bit busy working on some top-secret projects.

Actually, they’re just swap items and my Disney 2011 album.

Last night I remembered this little layout I made back during the Noel Mignon Cruise Crop for the Port Of Call Challenge: Scrap Your Vacation Pictures.

I had previously posted it to the Facebook challenge page and decided it was time to get it on my blog.

So imagine how ironic it was this morning to see that I had been scraplifted by Noel Mignon Design Team member, Virginia Tillery!!

I am beyond flattered.

My layout~


I used lots and lots of my Crate Paper The Pier collection to layer and embellish this adorable picture of Hartly playing in the sand.

That child loves the sand.

She manages to get it everywhere. Sigh.




I hope you’ll take the time to check out Virginia’s version of my layout.

She uses the sweetest and most adorable picture!

And it’s totally sand free.

I used~

Crate Paper The Pier Paper Pad, 6×6 Paper Pad, Ephemera, Letter Embellishments, Chipboard Frames, Studio Calico Sequins, Wood Veneer, Chic Tag Everyday Life Journal Tags and OA Kraft & Black Mini Market Alphas

A Persnickety Girl’s Pursuit Of The Perfect Pancake~

It’s out there, we know it….

the Perfect Pancake.

And one courageous or rather persnickety girl has made it her mission to find it.

My layout~


This layout was begging to be made from the moment I was able to capture that expression on Ashlyn’s face.

You see not all pancakes are equal or even edible to her.

And this one from Crave did not meet her extremely high expectations.

I started my layout by using Shimelle’s Sketch 47:Puzzle Pieces.

I knew my title was going to be lengthy so I started at the bottom and worked backwards.


A close-up~


In case you are wondering her pursuit has taken us to Bubba’s and Froggy’s as well with mixed results.

We made an attempt to go to Citrus; however, the parking there was just plain crazy.

That might be a good sign.

So, it’s still out there just waiting for her to find.

I used~

Crate Paper The Open Road Scenic Route & Road Map Paper, 6×6 Paper Pad, Journaling Cards, Ephemera, Kelly Purkey Sizzle On Stamps, Fancy Thickers and OA Gray & Cream Mini Market Alphas

Spotted At Mermaid Cove & Bury Me~

Would you like to know what happens when you take along on your beach trip the book Snowman All Year?

Your four-year-old decides she must be buried in the sand just like the magical snowman in the book and apparently Olaf.

And what’s better than being buried in the sand?

Making it look like you’re a mermaid.



I followed Shimelle’s Sketch 42: Repeating Simple Shapes and completed another of her challenges. Yippee!

A close-up~


I used Crate Paper’s Maggie Holmes Flea Market and Style Board collection since it had the right colors and patterns to match the girl’s bathing suits.

Since I couldn’t quite squeeze the three 4×6 pictures I had printed in my layout, I decided to use Shimelle’s Sketch 43: All Lined Up to make a second page.

Bury Me~


I switched up the sketch a bit by using the same paper choices as the first layout as my lined up element rather than using multiple pictures.




If you’re wondering this resulted in a very happy little girl.

Also, a very sandy little girl.

I used~

Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Flea Market Paper, Style Board Ephemera and Vellum, Studio Calico Sequins, Doll Thickers, October Afternoon Chalk & Slate and Gray & Crème Mini Market Alphas

A Tale Of Two Layouts~

I think I’ve mentioned before that my favorite part of each beach trip is watching the kids make that first walk to be beach.

Last weekend I got the best picture of Hartly in her beach cover up and floppy hat making that trip.

It was adorable despite the fact that she was pouting at having to wear both.

This weekend I’m joining in Shimelle’s Weekend of Online Scrapbooking.

Her first challenge is to use her Sketch 34 featuring a photo, lots of space and a banner.

And of course, I wanted to use that picture.

However I had the hardest time getting my picture to print, so I ended up with several copies which ended up being a good thing.

Love You This Day~


I used the new My Mind’s Eye Market Street collection with it’s fabulous mix of colors and gold accents.

I chose the striped paper as my background thinking the blush color picked up the same coloring in the sand.

A close-up~


Then I simply had fun layering the various embellishments in the collection.

To be totally honest I haven’t decided if I actually like this layout.

And then Ashlyn told me it was just so-so.


So, what’s a girl to do?

Make another, right?

Here We Go~


This time I played with Crate Paper’s fabulous The Open Road Collection with the exact same sketch.

A close-up~


For whatever reason this layout feels a bit more natural to me.

Same picture.

Same sketch.

Two different collections.

Two different themes.

But, same little girl pouting on her way to the beach.

I used~

Love You This Day~

My Mind’s Eye Market Street Ashbury Heights Dotted Paper, Vignette Paper and Shimmer Paper, Label Stickers, Enamel Dots, Ashbury Heights & Nob Hill Chipboard Pieces & Buttons and Flair Pins

Here We Go~

Crate Paper The Open Road Layered Borders, Ephemera, Accent Stickers, Journaling Cards, Kraft Paper, Studio Calico Sequins and Highway Thickers

Catch A Wave~

Over on the Cricut Circle Message Board there’s a challenge! Yippee!!

Seems JoJoy had the idea to dig out our Cricut Magazines and actually make some of those projects we love and have been meaning to recreate.

So, I grabbed the May 2012 Cricut Magazine and chose Alpha Bolyer’s Little Swimmer layout to use as my inspiration.


My layout~


As you can see I twisted and turned a few things.

A few close-ups~


But, I kept this little guy.

Isn’t he cute?

And he’s perfect for my picture of Ashlyn, Holden and their cousin Ryan surfing the waves at the beach in 2009.


Now I’m thinking I need to go back and check out all the other projects I have bookmarked.

Thanks JoJoy!!

I used~

Crate Paper The Pier Paper Stack, 6×6 Paper Pad, Chipboard, Ephemera
BasicGrey Acetate Alphas, OA Peacock Blue Sticky Keys, Boardwalk Thickers, Enamel Dots, Maggie Holmes Phrase Stamps, Becky Higgins Date Stamp and Kraft Paper
Kelly Purkey iPhone/Geotag Die using the TC ebosser
Cricut Pack Your Bags for the Scuba Boy cut at 4″ using the Cricut Explore

Cards, Challenges & More~

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So many challenges, so little time.

But, I did manage to get a few more done.

Circleville NSD Challenge ~XO Three In A Row

The challenge is to choose any three items in a row on the tic tac toe board, either across, up and down or diagonally and create something with those items.

I chose bling, a die cut and a stamp.

My card~

photo 3

I love the Amy Tangerine Plus One Collection with those adorable cameras.

I used the coordinating die to create the Polaroid frame and the Brother Scan & Cut for my stamped cameras images.

A close-up~

photo 2

I wanted to add more bling, but I felt the paper was a bit too busy.

Sometimes less is more. Right?

Circleville NSD Challenge~ I’m So Embellished

The challenge is to use at least 3 different types of embellishments of your project.

My card~


I used Crate Paper’s Oh Darling Collection for a Mother’s Day card featuring Ephemera, Chipboard Stickers and Sequins.

A close-up~


I had a bit of fun layering all those pieces.

The inside~


And finally, one last card.

It’s not for a challenge, but for a birthday boy.

My card~


I used Crate Paper’s Boys Rule collection.

Isn’t that race car adorable?

The inside~


Can you believe I made three cards in as many days?

I can’t. He he.

I used~

Amy Tangerine Plus One Paper, Dies and Stamp, Twine and Freckled Fawn Enamel Hearts
Brother Scan & Cut to cut the Camera Stamp, TC Ebosser for the Polaroid Frame
Crate Paper Oh Darling Paper, Chipboard Stickers, Ephemera Pack and Teresa Collins Sequins
Crate Paper Boys Rule Paper, Ephemera Pack, BasicGrey Hey Boy Chipboard, Freckled Fawn Enamel Dots and Studio Calico Stamp

Remember This Day Always~

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Circleville NSD Challenge~ The Itsy Bitsy Stencil

The challenge is to use your Cricut to make a stencil and put it use on your project.

My stencil~


I altered a Cricut Make It Now Bookshelf Backing project to make my stencil.

I simply used a Prima Dark Bark Inker to ink my paper.

I love the pattern it created and that it reminds me of the fencing in the background of Hartly’s Nursery School picture.

My layout~


Then I added layers of paper and embellishments following Sketch One from Kelly Purkey’s Sketchbook class to finish my layout.

Of course I ended up covering up much of my stenciled paper.

But, that’s okay.

A close-up~


I love the mixture of gold and vellum found in Maggie Holmes Flea Market and Styleboard collection.

I used~

Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Styleboard Paper, Vellum Shapes, Ephemera, Accent Phrases, Flea Market Ephemera Pack, Kraft Paper, Vellum and Teresa Collins Sequins
Cricut Explore, Make It Now Bookshelf Backing Project and Dark Bark Inker

@ Paradise~

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It’s on to Circleville NSD Challenge~ 2 Tickets To Paradise.

The challenge is to create a project reflecting what paradise is to you.

My layout~


Ask any member of the Andrews’s family and they’ll tell you that paradise is any time spent at the beach.

Or in the pool.

Or basically anywhere during the Summer when there’s no school.

A close-up~


For my layout I simply had fun layering the various embellishments from Crate Paper’s The Pier Collection.

And I think they look much better here on my layout of paradise than they ever did in the packaging.

Now how many days left until Summer vacation?

Because, I think I’m ready now. He he.

I used~

Crate Paper’s The Pier Paper, Chipboard, Ephemera, Slide Frames and BasicGrey Acetate Alphas

Happiness Is Free Piggies~

It’s always funny to see the various discarded shoes on the pathway to the beach.

Some leave them at the gazebo.

Some where the boardwalk ends and the sand begins.

However, one little girl hasn’t quite caught on that you can’t just leave them smack dab in the middle. Sigh.

My layout~


I am in love with the newest Maggie Holmes Style Board collection.

As in every last little bit.

It has vellum, gold accents and fabulous prints.

Close ups~



Now if only the weather would cooperate so those little piggies could be free again.

I’d love that too.

Hmmm…I guess they are free~


This girl is too much.

I used~

Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Style Board Paper, Vellum, Chipboard and Ephemera, Kraft Paper, Teresa Collins Sequins and Daiquiri Thickers

Sorry For Your Loss~

Unfortunately I needed a sympathy card for a friend.

And it’s the type of friend that I simply could not just go buy one, but I need to make it.

Luckily I had Crate Paper’s Maggie Holmes Style Board collection spread out in front of me, so I chose the pieces that seemed pretty yet peaceful.

My card~


I used a sheet of kraft paper for the base to cut the doily gate fold card.

I altered the second inside piece to simply fit the base of the card.


I then layered several of the vellum and ephemera flower pieces.

A close up~


I added a few sequins and used ribbon and twine to close the card.

Simple, but heartfelt.

I used~
Kraft Paper, Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Style Board Paper, Vellum, Ephemera, Papertrey Ink Twine, Ribbon, Teresa Collins Sequins
Nina Brackett Fanciful Tags Stamps
Doily Gate Fold Card from Alaa’K in the Silhouette Store