I know that it has been quite a while since I last posted, but I've had a lot going on in my life.  I'm back on track and have some layouts to post over the next few weeks.

Below is a loyout I made over the New Years weekend at a crop in Spartanburg, SC.  I attended this crop last year and had a great time.  This year was just as fun as last year.

This layout is using designs I purchased from KaDoodle Bug Designs. KaDoodle Bug designs are great.  Easy to use and they cut so smoothly. I took the Gingerbread house and some of the cumdrops and used Glitter Ritz to make the items sparkle.  I love this stuff.  It is very fine and a little bit goes a long way.  Not to mention it will not come off and feels so smooth when you touch it. 

It looks like sugar on top of the gum drops.  I love it. 

This layout is for my grand-daughter who made a gingerbread house for the first time.  It is something she has always wanted to do and she had such a great time doing it.

My grand-daughter loves to play with my craft supplies. She took some of my punches and made me this picture. Clearly for an 8 year old she is much more creative than I am.

She used a leaf punch, star punch and bunny punch to make this and drew a large tree around the leaves. She even colored the leaves to look as if they are turning for fall.

Looks like I have a lot to learn from her.
This layout is for grand daughter #5!  She has just turned 7. I loved the papers used in this layout. I love bright colors and had a lot of fun putting this together.

I used K & Companys Citronella paper pack. The hibiscus flowers were cut on my cricut mini from the Life's a Beach cartridge.
Below is another layout I worked on during my scrap retreat in Waynesville, NC last weekend.
I found a sketch I liked at www.inspiredblueprints.blogspot.com.  It was simple but had lots of room for photos.  I think that this layout is very versitile and can be used for so many themes.  The sky is the limit.

I used papers from 2 Halloween stacks.  Martha Stewart Holidays and K&Co Halloween by TIm Coffee.  The solid cardstock I used is CTMH and I also used the CTMH Glitz Startdust Glitter Gel.  I really like the Gillter Gel, and what I like most is that the bottle is easy to squeeze and it allowed me to squeeze the gel out in a steady stream.  I also used the CTMH adhesive springs and I like them better than the Action Wobbles becuase they are smaller.  They fit on some of my little bats perfectly.  I also used one on my title!

This is a copy of the layout sketch I used.  It is from Inspired Blueprints.
Hello Blogland!  It's been a while since I've posted.  I hope everyone is doing well.  My family and I are doing well.  My middle child crushed her heel Memorial Day weekend and had surgery in June so I was a little pre-occupied with her and her two little ones for a couple of months.  She's able to put some pressure on her foot now with her crutches and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

I am at one of my favorite places this weekend.....Waynesville, NC.  I am swarming with my friends and a new found friend Carolyn aka MamaC!  I've been stalking her for a while and finally convinced her to come and spend the weekend.  She has taught us so much stuff this morning that I couldn't wait to try my hand at the rossettes that she showed us using Tim Holtz dies.  They are absolutely awesome!  I will have to find the dies and order them for myself.

My layout below is a layout that I had pinned a few days ago and when I pulled it up to scraplift it I realized it was from one of my favorite places...."Out On A Limb".  If you haven't visited the site, you must go there.  They have some fabulous layout kits and fabulous prices too.

I used a Martha Stewart paper pad I had gotten on sale at Walmart for $4 along with some CTMH cardstock.  My sentiment is from Home Accents cut at 7.32 inches and the branches are from Zoobaloo cut at 5.50 inches.

This is one of the layouts I purchased from Monique Griffith when she had her close out sale. I love her designs and hope she will be back to designing again soon.

Her layouts are very detailed and usually have a lot of cuts but they are so worth the time and effort in the end.

I love the paper used in this layout. It was a lot of fun to put together.
I spent another wonderful weekend at our swarm in Western North Carolina.  Not everyone was here this weekend, but I found this layout on Out On a Limb Scrapbooking and used it as my inspiration to scrap some photos from last year. 

We are so fortunate to have a sponsor that provides us her vacation home at a reasonable price so that we can get together and share our hobby with one another! 

I am fortunate to have met these wonderful ladies through this avenue and I consider all of them close friends.  We have lost a couple of folks in the group becuase they have moved away but we have made new friends in the past year that will last a lifetime.

Thank you Brenda for finding us this wonderful home to share and Laura we miss you and thank you for starting this swarm a couple of years ago that brought us all together.

I used Dotty For You paper from CTMH and made the Title and Shadow using SCAL2.  The flowers and flourishes are from Art Philosophy and the paper buttons are from a Martha Stewart Punch.