The Challenge #59 Continues

Monday, February 8, 2016

Welcome to the work week, friends!  Just popping in to share that our latest sketch, over at The Challenge, is continuing for another week.  So, I've decided to try my hand at it once again.  Here goes.
I started this card by stamping a piece of watercolor paper, in Jet Black ink, with the heart images.  I then watercolored those images in a rainbow of colors and secured the piece, to the Real Red, cardstock, card face, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches.
The piece was also stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the partial, "SENDING HUGS AND" sentiment, before being gold-embossed with a few hearts and adhered, with foam tape, to the White, cardstock, card face.  The "prayers" remainder of the sentiment was then die-cut from several layers of White cardstock, stacked neatly on top of one another and capped off with a gold, cardstock die cut.  A little, clear Wink of Stella for the watercolored hearts and a handful of red, heart confetti completes the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: Have a Heart, and here's your The Challenge #59 sketch, once again, to get you started.
You now have until Sunday, February 14, 2016, at noon PST, to add your takes to the linky at that same challenge link above.  Then, we'll be back next Monday with a seasonal, color palette to inspire your creative time.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed week, y'all!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Prayers (Simon Says Stamp); Grunge Elements 2 (Sweet 'n Sassy) Paper: White (Wplus9); Real Red (SU!); gold (Bazzill); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Prayers die (Simon Says Stamp); Big Shot (Sizzix); watercolors (Kuretake); clear Wink of Stella (Zig); gold embossing powder (Ranger); heart confetti (Hobby Lobby)

Birthday Thank Yous

Friday, February 5, 2016

Morning, friends, and happy Friday!  I trust you all have super fun plans for the weekend.  Ours will be filled with more basketball and church.  It seems to be our winter, weekend routine, but my hubby and I are also going to be able to sneak away for a long-overdue date night.  Honestly, and I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I can't remember the last time we were able to get away without kiddos.  Babysitters are expensive and unreliable, and we simply don't have a lot of people we can count on for such.  Everyone has their own children or lives far away.  We were just talking about the massive support system we had when we lived in Colorado, and how the minute we moved back to Kansas, to be closer to family, that all seemed to dissipate.  My parents are coming through for us tonight, though.  So, you can bet we're going to make good use of our time away.
So, anyway, I'm just getting around to making my birthday thank yous and wanted to share a quartet I made for family members.  I don't usually duplicate cards, but I needed a bunch fast.  Plus, they were all going out for the same reason, and I had these fabulous cut-away, "thank you" phrases that came in one of my Hip Kit Club boxes awhile back.  So, it just seemed natural to do so.
I started this card by trimming the left edge of a piece of peach, brushstroke, patterned paper with a strip of black, stripe, patterned paper and anchored them both, to a Black, cardstock frame, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches, before securing it, with foam tape, to the White, cardstock, card face.  I then adhered a die-cut, black, polka dot, patterned paper tag near the bottom right corner; topped it with a woodgrain, cut-away "THANK you"...
strung it with a length of hemp twine; and dressed up its top edge with a bit of white, seam binding ribbon, tied in a double bow and embellished with a sheer, aqua, ribbon bow, as well as a wood veneer button, laced with a hemp twine bow.
The vase was stamped, on a watercolor, paper die cut, in Antique Linen Distress Ink.  It was then watercolored; adhered, with foam tape, just to the left of the sentiment; and stuffed with a number of floral bits, all stamped, on White, cardstock die cuts, in shades of Baked Brown Sugar, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight, Barely Banana, Lucky Limeade, Garden Green, Old Olive, and Crisp Cantaloupe.  A few of the parts of the floral arrangement were adhered with foam tape, just for a little dimension, but the bulk of the lot were stuck fast to the front of the card face.  A trio of enamel dots completes the look.
The only things I changed, from card to card, were the cut-away sentiments and color of the enamel dots (i.e., peach and gold...
black and aqua...
and white and back to peach again).
Inspiration for these cards came from Sugar Pea Design's Sugar Sketch 39...
and Always Playing With Paper's Inspired by All the Little Things #2.
And just an interesting tidbit, before I'm off... Remember how I couldn't figure out why I was so ill just before my birthday?  As it turns out, it WAS something, something serious.  The Sunday before my birthday, I attended New Theatre Restaurant with my sisters and Mom.  I shared a pic back here.  Well, there was a norovirus outbreak tied to the restaurant between Friday, January 15 and Tuesday, January 19, 2016.  Originally, they had that date pinned down to Sunday, January 17, 2016, the very day I was there.  Ugh!  Anyway, here is one of many articles on the subject, just in case you're interested.  Crazy!  Fortunately, it only seemed to have affected my Mom and I.  Thank goodness!  Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit!  Have a blessed weekend, y'all!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Milk & Cookies & Fresh Cut Florals (Wplus9) Paper: White & Black (Wplus9); black stripe (Crate Paper); peach brushstroke (Jen Hadfield); black polka dot (Dear Lizzy); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight, Barely Banana, Lucky Limeade, Garden Green, Old Olive, & Crisp Cantaloupe (SU!); Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Milk & Cookies, Fresh Cut Florals, & Timeless Tags dies (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); enamel dots (MME); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); wood veneer buttons (Jenni Bowlin); hemp twine (SU!); sheer aqua ribbon (Hobby Lobby); watercolors (Kuretake); cut-away thank yous (Jen Hadfield)

Kaden Is Two!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I cannot believe my baby is two-years-old today!  After Adina was born, we never expected to have any more children.  We had our healthy boy and girl and couldn't have been a more happy family of four.  I even tried to convince my hubby to make it permanent.  Fortunately, he wasn't on board; because it wasn't but a couple of years after Adina was born, that my heart longed for another little one to love.  It felt selfish to dream of such.  So much so, that I didn't even share this desire with my hubby.  We had already decided we were done.  Then, one day, quite some time later, out of the blue, he said, "I wouldn't mind having another baby."  What?!  Well, he didn't have to tell me twice.  Kaden Matthew was born nine months later.

He is so full of energy.  You'll rarely find him without a ball in his hands.  He gives the best hugs and kisses and loves to be held.  He still doesn't say much, but he has gotten really good at sign language.  He adores his big brother and sister, and the feeling is mutual.  He's ORNERY!  Let me say that again... He's REALLY ORNERY!  Sometimes it's hard to know when to just laugh and when to take it more seriously.  He loves to go for walks and watch the penguins at the zoo.  He's super good at sharing and great at remembering his thank yous.  He simply makes us smile.  We cannot imagine life without this sweet, little bear, a nickname he received for all the lanugo he had when he was born.  Most full-term babies don't possess such, but being five weeks early, he had plenty of fuzz to go around.  It didn't last long, but the nickname stuck.

I'm still working on getting those party pics together; but we had his two-year-old photos taken just over a week ago, and I thought today would be the perfect day to share a few of them.  He's come a long way from his newborn pics.
Happy birthday, Kaden!  We feel so blessed and honored to have you in our lives!  Love you bunches!

The Challenge #59

Monday, February 1, 2016

Welcome to the work week, friends!  So happy you stopped by for a visit!  We celebrated my baby turning two-years-old this weekend.  Sniff.  Sniff.  His real birthday isn't until tomorrow, but we were able to relax and have a full-fledged celebration this weekend.  Anyway, I'll have pictures to share soon; but until then, I used today's brand spankin' new sketch, from The Challenge, to inspire his birthday card.  Check it out!
I started this card by watercoloring a piece of watercolor paper in shades of blue and green.  Once that was dry, I applied White ink, with a sponge, through a homemade, circle stencil, to create a bokeh design.  I then anchored it, to a bit of Brilliant Blue cardstock, with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  I adore that Brilliant Blue color!  Unfortunately, other than a few scraps, I only have one more 8-1/2" x 11" piece of it, AND it's been discontinued.  Aaah!  Whatever am I going to do?!  Breathe.  Anyway, before adhering the prepped piece, with foam tape, to the White, cardstock, card face, I stamped its bottom right corner, in Jet Black ink, with the "leaping lions... you're how old?" sentiment.
The "2" was cut from White cardstock with my Cameo; ink distressed; glittered; wrapped with a length of Charcoal twine, tied in a bow; and adhered, in the center of the left half of the card face, with foam tape.
The little lion was black-embossed on a watercolor paper die cut; watercolored; backed with a tangle of black thread; and adhered, in its respective position with foam tape.  A few white, gel pen details and a sprinkling of Crystal Clear sequins complete the look.
I'm linking this one up to Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes, and here's your The Challenge #59 sketch to get you off and running in the right direction.  This was such a tough one for me, but I couldn't get past seeing that popular bokeh technique in action from all those circles.  So, I gave in and let it lead the way.
Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of the team was inspired.  You have until Sunday, February 7, 2016, at noon PST, to add your takes to the linky at that same challenge link above.  And don't forget to check out The Challenge #58 Winners, too.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Leaping Lions (Reverse Confetti) Paper: White (Wplus9); Brilliant Blue (SU!); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: White (SU!); Jet Black, Tea Dye, Antique Linen, & Pumice Stone (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); Crystal Clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); black embossing powder & Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); Leaping Lions die (Reverse Confetti); Big Shot (Sizzix); Charcoal twine (The Twinery); white Gelly Roll pen (Sakura)

The Studio Texture Challenge

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Morning, friends!  Just stopping in, as promised, with my take on The Studio's last challenge of the month.  We're looking for pages with texture this go around.  I had so much fun getting messy with gesso, paints, mists, watercolors, and inks for this challenge!  I even dusted off my modeling paste.  Woohoo!  Additionally, I've added texture with stitching, vellum, glossy brads, smooth chipboard, thread, enamel hearts, embossing, a hint of clear Wink of Stella, and more.  Enjoy!
I started this page by smudging the pink, gradient, base page with gesso and Sky Mr. Huey's.  I then smeared Pumice Stone Distress Ink, through a chevron stencil, pointing both vertically and horizontally toward where my photograph would eventually lie, before pulling out another stencil to add a few hearts with modeling paste, tinted with Sky Mr. Huey's.  My papers were then positioned, but before anchoring a number of them with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches, I splattered everything with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints, as well as a little more yet of that Sky Mr. Huey's.  My photo was matted with Whisper White cardstock and adhered, with foam tape, over the patterned paper stack, as well as a Cameo-cut, vellum heart, which, too, was secured with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  The "do what YOU LOVE" title was Cameo-cut from textured, white cardstock; splattered in the same way as the page itself; and adhered along the vertical edge of an inked chevron stack.
A hand-cut, from patterned paper, "YOU ARE MY GREATEST ADVENTURE" pennant was adhered, with foam tape, just to the left of my title and tucked into the paper stack.  It was also dressed up with a little, die-cut, Rose Red cardstock heart to which I applied clear Wink of Stella for shine.
The "hello lovely" wreath was hand-cut from patterned paper and used as the base for the secondary cluster.  It was topped with a "Write your own story" banner, which was anchored with soft pink brads, as well as a Cameo-cut, from gold cardstock, "smile"...
and grounded with a gradient, chipboard arrow, as well as my journaling, which reads, It was so fun to make these little bear boxes for your basketball buddies.  Valentine's Day 2015.
The entire grouping leads to a large, chipboard, floral element, topped with a darling, little, cow image.  The cow was black-embossed on watercolor paper; watercolored; stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "you MOOOVE me" phrase; and backed with a tangle of gold thread.
A sprinkling of stamped, in Jet Black ink, hearts; pink, enamel hearts; more die-cut hearts, prepared in the same way as the one described on the pennant above; chipboard hearts...
and even a gold-rimmed, butterfly brad complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Clique Kit Club's January Challenge: Anything Goes, Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge: Love Is in the Air, and The Memory Nest's Make It Monday No. 52.
I'm looking forward to seeing all those textures, lovelies!  You have until Sunday, February 14, 2016, to link up your takes, on any and/or all of our January challenges, in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have an amazing week!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Hogs & Kisses (Avery Elle) Paper: Whisper White & Rose Red (SU!); gold & textured white (Bazzill); pink gradient, black stripe, multicolored polka dot, & pink heart (Crate Paper); pink polka dot (Basic Grey); black floral (Maggie Holmes); vellum (Paper Studio); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: Jet Black & Pumice Stone (Ranger) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Hogs & Kisses die (Avery Elle); Big Shot (Sizzix); clear Wink of Stella (Zig); chevron & heart stencils (Jenni Bowlin); modeling paste (Liquitex); gesso (O'Leary Paint); Sky Mr. Huey's (Studio Calico); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); chipboard elements (Crate Paper); Do What You Love cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); Today Was Good cut file (Kim Watson for Hip Kit Club); "YOU ARE MY GREATEST ADVENTURE" & "hello lovely" wreath cut aways (Maggie Holmes); "Write you own story" banner & butterfly brad (MME); enamel hearts (October Afternoon); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); black embossing powder (SU!)