June Recognition

Friday, July 3, 2015

I'm super excited to be here today sharing not one, not two, not even three, but SEVEN projects that received recognition, in and around the blogsphere, last month.  Eeek!  First and foremost, let me just say a big thank you to all the designers who had a hand in such.  What an honor!  Shall we dive in?  This card was named a Captivator...
and this beauty a Connoisseur, both at Colour Me...!
This one was featured, at The Scrapbook Expo, for Sundays with Lorraine...
this number was a Top Pick at Always Playing with Paper's The Challenge...
and this card put me in the Top 5 for House of Cards' May Bokeh Effect Challenge.
This layout was in Scrap Our Stash's Top 3...
and finally, although by random integer, this page made me a May Colour Challenge Winner at ScrapMuch?
What a month!  Whew!  Where did I find all that time?!  LOL!  Well, thanks ever so much for letting me toot my own horn a bit.  Y'all are the best!  Have a wonderful weekend, and to all my U.S. friends, have a safe and happy 4th!  Hugs!

Stuck?! July 1st Sketch

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Note:  This is my second post this morning.  If you've come here looking for my Colour Me... Monochromatic! post, please scroll down.

It's a new month, folks; and that means a gorgeous, new sketch from our fearless leader at Stuck?! Sketches.  Adina has become fast friends with a sweet, little lady this summer; but by the time this post goes live, Gracie will have moved back to Colorado with her family.  My beautiful girl is completely heartbroken and wanted me to frame a special page to give to Gracie to help her remember Adina.  Here's what I came up with.
I started this page by smudging Sky Mr. Huey's onto the aqua, stripe, patterned, paper, base page and Cameo-cutting it with the "GOOD FRIENDS are like stars YOU DON'T ALWAYS SEE THEM BUT YOU KNOW THEY'RE ALWAYS THERE" title.  I then backed it with Whisper White cardstock.  I really battled with whether I wanted it to stand out more, but in the end, I went with white.  I like the way it fades into the background.  It seems to suit the title itself.
I then anchored a number of color-coordinating, patterned papers, a few of which were hand-cut in the shape of banners, along with a trio of die-cut, clear, cardstock stars, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  One of those stars overlaps both the title and a yummy, moon rubon...
and another, along with a "HAPPIEST DAY EVER" cut phrase and stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a vellum, banner die cut, "YOU'RE OUT OF THIS WORLD!" sentiment, tops the photo stack.
"BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES" and "PRETTIES" cardstock stickers, as well as a pink clip, dressed up with a bit of white string, tied in a bow, grounds the stack...
and a stamped, in Jet Black ink, on White cardstock; colored with pencils; and hand-cut rocket connects it all.  A bit of Crystal Effects for the window and Dazzling Diamonds for the blast, not to mention a little white gel pen detailing, finish things off.  I then backed it with a tangle of silver thread and Summer 2015 label.
Stamped, in Jet Black ink, "SWEET FRIEND" and "BEST BUDS" phrases; "I LOVE YOU" word stickers; silver rubon stars; cardstock sticker stars, popped up with foam tape; stamped, in Pretty in Pink and Coastal Cabana inks, stars; strips of silver chevron and pink polka dot Washi Tapes along the outside vertical edges; trio of pink brads; and a sprinkling of aqua and clear sequins, as well as clear gemstones, complete the look.
Our sponsors for this sketch are...
and here's your July 1st Sketch to inspire your creative time this month.
Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of the team was inspired, as well as to get all your challenge details.  Thanks so much for peeking in!  Have a wonderfully blessed July!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Hand Lettered Hello (Wplus9); Pawprints on Our Hearts Blast Off (Market Street Stamps) Paper: Whisper White (SU!); White (Wplus9); clear (PTI); vellum (Paper Studio); aqua stripe & gray triangles (Dear Lizzy); pink butterflies (Jillibean Soup); aqua drop (Carta Bella); multicolored stars (Crate Paper) Ink: Pretty in Pink & Coastal Cabana (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Clear Cut Stackers: Stars & Banner Trio dies (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); Good Friends Are Like Stars Phrase cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); moon rubon (Dear Lizzy); silver star rubons & Sky Mr. Huey's (Studio Calico); Dazzling Diamonds & Crystal Effects (SU!); colored pencils (Prismacolor); mineral spirits & white string (Hobby Lobby); pink clip & silver chevron Washi Tape (Freckled Fawn); pink polka dot Washi Tape (Queen & Co.); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); cardstock sticker stars (Jillibean Soup); pink tiny word stickers & brads (MME); "BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES" & "PRETTIES" stickers (Heidi Swapp); aqua striped label (Chic Tags); "HAPPIEST DAY EVER" cut phrase & aqua sequins (Crate Paper); clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); clear gemstones (crafts-too)

Colour Me... Monochromatic!

I'm super excited to be here today sharing my first project as a member of the Colour Me...! Design Team!  We're going monochromatic this week, and I thought the chosen color, Stampin' Up's Real Red, would be perfect for a thank you for my big kiddo's baseball coach.  It's hard to believe that there are only a couple of weeks left in the season.
I started this card by smudging Candy Apple Red Glimmer Mist, as well as spritzing it and Chalk Glimmer Mist, onto a piece of watercolor paper.  I then stamped it, in Jet Black ink, with the "thank you FOR EVERYTHING" sentiment; trimmed its left edge with a strip of red, polka dot, patterned paper; and machine-stitched, with gold-threaded, straight stitches, a frame around their combined edges.
The connection of the two papers was wrapped with a length of Baker's Twine, which was tied, in a bow, near the top edge of the prepped piece before adhering it, with foam tape, to the White, cardstock, card face.
A Cameo-cut, from Whisper White and Riding Hood Red cardstocks, baseball overlaps the watercolor piece's right edge; and a sprinkling of gold star sequins, as well as clear gemstones, completes the look.
Here's this week's Creative Challenge No. 78 graphic to get you started.
Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of the team was inspired.  We'd also love to have you play along with us!  You have until 12 noon EST, on Monday, July 6, 2015, to link up your takes over at that same challenge link above.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Hand Lettered Thanks (Wplus9) Paper: White (Wplus9); Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, & watercolor (SU!); red polka dot (BoBunny) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Baseball cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Candy Apple Red & Chalk Glimmer Mists (Tattered Angels); gold star sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); clear gemstones (crafts-too); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies)

For the Love of Books

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Morning, y'all!  I promise to be back tomorrow with a couple of paper crafted projects for your viewing pleasure, but until then, I figure it's about time for another For the Love of Books pick, especially seeing as it's the last day of June.  LOL!  I've been a bit busy enjoying the summer sunshine with my kiddos ;).  This one is written and illustrated by the well-known and long-beloved Eric Carle and boldly and beautifully portrays the life cycle of a flower.
The Tiny Seed tells the story of the journey of just such from autumn of one year to autumn of the next.  It blows with the wind along with a number of other flower seeds.  One seed burns up as it sails too close to the sun's hot rays, while another lands on an icy mountaintop where the snow never melts.  Yet a third falls into the ocean and drowns, while a fourth settles in a dessert region where it is too hot and dry to grow.  One by one, each traveler is picked off by the world it lands in or eaten by a small animal.  A few survive the cold, winter months to see the wet days of spring and begin to sprout into plants, but a weed grows much faster and chokes one little plant away.  Another is accidentally crushed by a child out enjoying the fresh air.  A third makes it into a beautiful flower only to be picked by a young boy and given to his friend.  Through it all, the tiny seed somehow thrives to become the biggest and most beautiful flower.  Then, as summer comes to an end, the autumn winds begin to blow once again and carry with them new seeds birthed by the tiny, lone survivor.

Thanks so much for reading!  See you next month, friends!  Hugs!

Friday Faves

Friday, June 26, 2015

Happy Friday, friends!  This week has just flown by, and I'm finding myself, once again, behind on my visits.  I'm so sorry.  I just don't know where you all find all your crafty time ;), but I look forward to visiting and being inspired very soon.  Until then, I have a short Friday Faves lineup, for you all, this month, beginning with Simple Stories' gorgeous, warm-weather and retro-inspired Summer Vibes 12x12 Collection Kit.  This one simply has something for everyone.
I just love the versatility of Technique Tuesday's Daily Flair stamp set.  Just imagine the possibilities, for cards, scrapbooks, and even calendars and planners, this bitty set possesses.
Every time I get even a small handful of Prima's leaves, they seem to disappear overnight.  I imagine that, too, would be the case if I were to get my little fingers on these Herbage beauties from their Garden Fable Collection.
And I couldn't mention that collection without sharing these scrumptious little Natives, too.  Swoon!
A couple of months back, I was invited to a Noonday Collection Trunk Show.  I couldn't make it but was completely smitten with the impact this business is making on women around the globe.  So, I ordered a gift for my sister-in-law and this stunning Sofiya Wrap Bracelet for myself.  It's even more beautiful in real life, y'all.
And just because you all know how much I love a good bag, I had to include their fabulous Andean Bag here.  Check out all those woven details and luxurious, leather feet and straps.  Love!
That does it for this month, folks.  Thanks so much for peeking in!  Have a truly amazing weekend!  My big kiddo gets home from camp tonight.  Eeek!  Can't wait!  I've missed him so!