Friday, August 1, 2014

Color Me Scrappy Challenge #67

Note: If you've come here looking for my Stuck?! August 1st Sketch post, please scroll down.

Welcome back, friends!  I've got another page, using Color Me Scrappy's latest color palette, to share with you all today and just in time for some weekend scrapping to boot.  Enjoy!
I started this page by fitting a piece of floral, patterned paper into the bottom of the pink, flamingo, base page and trimming the space between them with a couple of layered Washi Tapes.  I then stamped the combined pages, in Jet Black ink, with the Quilt Prints and layered a number of color-coordinating, patterned papers, as well as a doily, vintage perforated scrap, vellum piece, and couple of tags, near center and under the photo, which was matted with Whisper White cardstock and wrapped with a length of white string, tied in a bow.
I then tucked a number of pink, striped, paper-punched hearts in between the layers and anchored them with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches, before adding my journaling on a blue-framed, journaling card.  The journaling card reads, When I look @ this pic, I remember how my {heart} just swelled 'til I thought it might burst looking @ these beautiful smiles so happy to be together once again.  Ramada Inn, Mission, KS.  This photo was taken on one of the weekends my hubby was home, from working in South Dakota, visiting.
A die-cut "u" was then secured, above the grouping, with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches; topped with a transparent die cut, which was secured with a couple of simple staples; and dressed up with a "SWEET" sticker and chipboard bubble.  The chipboard bubble was painted with Titanium White acrylic paint, ink distressed, glittered, and backed with a blue, striped, patterned paper.
A "love you always" cardstock sticker rounds out the top of the design...
and "i am so blessed" and "my family totally rocks" ones complete the bottom left.
The bottom right corner was dressed up with a vintage tag, laced with white string; glitter, sticker frame; die-cut, Whisper White, cardstock branch; and "date" Nov. 15, 2013 label.
The "cool IN THE pool" title, which was cut from Bashful Blue cardstock with my Cameo and glittered, completes the look.
Here's your Challenge #67 to get you started.  We're also asking that you include something that you love on your page.  There are lots of things that I love but none more than the people on my page above, and now, I'm even more blessed to have a fourth bundle of joy to fill my heart.
You have until the 28th of each month to link up your takes and are playing for the opportunity to guest design with our talented team.  Speaking of, please be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how they've interpreted the challenge.  Thanks so much for peeking in, and have a fantastic weekend!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Quilt Prints (Wplus9) Paper: Whisper White & Bashful Blue (SU!); vintage perforated, flamingo, & purple diamond (Jenni Bowlin); pink/blue floral (Basic Grey); yellow designer (Studio Calico); wide pink stripe (Crate Paper); pink stripe (MME); soft blue weave (Nikki Sivils); soft blue polka dot & stripe (American Crafts); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Jet Black, Tea Dye, & Antique Linen (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Folkart Florals die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); yellow "u" die cut (Cosmo Cricket); chipboard bubble (Maya Road); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); blue-framed journaling card & "date" glitter label (American Crafts); "love you always", "i am so blessed", & "my family totally rocks" phrase bits (hazel & ruby); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); heart punch (EK Success); "cool IN THE pool" cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); "SWEET" sticker & black polka dot Washi Tape (K&Company); Storybook Washi Tape (Paper Bakery); staples & stapler (office supply store); white string & doily (Hobby Lobby); soft blue tag (JBS); purple glitter frame (Little Yellow Bicycle); days of the week & doily tags (Elle's Studio); transparent die cut (Studio Calico); Titanium White acrylic paint (FolkArt)

Stuck?! August 1st Sketch

TGIF!  I trust you all are well.  We've had a super busy couple of weeks in my neck of the woods, but I'm excited to finally be back sharing one of the many projects I've been working on!  So, let's just get started with a page based upon Stuck?! Sketches' latest inspiration.  Shall we?
I started this page by machine stitching black-threaded, straight, machine stitches in a layered circle on my gold, foil, polka dot, base page.  Isn't that paper just too beautiful for words?!  I couldn't possibly cut into it.  My matted, with Whisper White cardstock, photos (Gosh, I look tired in them, but they were taken just ten days AFTER my hubby moved back from South Dakota and ten days BEFORE Kaden arrived, so I guess I had reason to be ;).) were backed with a trio of patterned papers, as well as a couple bits of Washi Tape and a Cameo-cut, with scattered hearts, piece of vellum.  A woodgrain tag, laced with soft blue Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, as well as a red-framed, January 22, 2014 tab, top the design...
and a chipboard "today", anchored with a stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a vellum, banner die cut, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" title, which was secured with an ivory button, laced with linen thread, ground it.
I then created my floral clusters by stamping the flowers and leaves, in Jet Black ink, on various, patterned papers; hand cutting them out; and securing them, in their present positions, stacked with foam tape.  Some die-cut, from Chocolate Chip cardstock, twigs, as well as butterflies, which were white-embossed on vellum and hand-cut out, can be found in both groupings.
The middle grouping also includes a "HAPPILY EVER AFTER" word bubble, "SUCH A LOVELY DAY" chipboard bit, and a bit of happy face flair.  In addition, it was backed with a stamped, in Night of Navy ink, on a White, cardstock die cut, and glittered doily.
Gold, butterfly sequins, as well as more ivory buttons, laced with linen thread; soft green, enamel dots; and soft blue, glitter gemstones, all scattered about, complete the design.
The Design Team was inspired by Let's Capture Our Memories' August Color Spot this week...
and here's your August 1st Sketch, which I've rotated 90 degrees to the right to better compliment my photos, to get you started.
Our sponsor's for this challenge, with a $15 gift certificate and two spools of the winner's choice respectively, are...
Please be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of the team has interpreted the sketch, as well as to get all your challenge details.  I'll be back, in just a bit, with one more page to start the weekend out right.  Until then, thanks so much for stopping by!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Great Big Greetings (Market Street Stamps); doily (JBS); Ever After & Flora & Fauna 1 (Wplus9) Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, & ivory text (SU!); White (Wplus9); gold foil polka dot & red polka dot (MME); red chevron (Jillibean Soup); navy doily & red stripe (Echo Park); soft blue stripe (American Crafts); soft green designer (JBS); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell); Night of Navy (SU!); Jet Black (StazOn); Jet Black (Ranger) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); woodgrain tag (unknown); soft blue Baker's Twine (AR Designs); Under the Mistletoe & Banner Trio dies (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); Scattered Hearts & Doily cut files, red framed journaling tab, & happy face flair (JBS); Cameo (Silhouette); white embossing powder (Ranger); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); soft blue glitter gemstones (Paper Studio); soft green enamel dots, "HAPPILY EVER AFTER" word bubble, & "SUCH A LOVELY DAY" & "today" chipboard bits (MME); Dazzling Diamonds & linen thread (SU!); ivory buttons (The Ribbon Reel); red stripe Washi Tape (Queen & Co.); gold butterfly sequins (Crate Paper)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

For the Love of Books

Morning, y'all!  Just popping in to share this month's book pick.  I thought it fitting for the season upon us.  It is written for children ages three to eight.
How Will We Get to the Beach?, written by Brigitte Luciani and illustrated by Eve Tharlet, tells the story of Roxanne's preparations for a trip to the beach.  One beautiful, summer day, she gathers together the things she wants to take with her, including the turtle, umbrella, thick book of stories, ball, and, of course, her baby, but the car won't start.  No never mind.  She decides to take the bus instead, but animals aren't allowed on the bus.  Each time Roxanne comes up with a new source of transportation to help her reach her destination, something can't go with her.  Can you guess what it is?  And will she ever get to the beach?
Thanks so much for stopping by, friends, and happy reading!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Faves

Happy Friday, friends!  Thanks for bearing with the silence around here, while I've been playing catch up this week.  We've also been busy with rescheduled swim lessons from our burst of cool weather last week (We're definitely not having that problem this week.) and a wee little one who can't seem to find his happy place anywhere but in Mommy's arms.  I really don't mind.  He'll outgrow them all too soon.  But I wanted to quick stop by and share a few random, little tidbits that have totally captured my attention this month, beginning with these fabulous Chalk Talk Bags & Tags from Melissa Frances.  I simply can't get enough of this chalkboard trend!
I've never ordered from Reverse Confetti before, but this darling, little, Here We Go stamp set has my heart.  Who can resist a plane with polka dots?  And those sentiments are simply too fun!
I just love that Freckled Fawn's Retro Ledger Washi Tape would make it so easy to scribble a quick love note or simply add an extra layer of interest to my pages.
I'm also so in love with their Gold Foil Doilies...
and their Wood Chips Words are simply a design necessity.  Isn't that font so fun?!
Maya Road's Metal Vintage Old Oak Tree...
and Eureka Light Bulb Clips are just too cute not to include in this lineup.  They go with just about everything!
Speaking of going with everything, I think I need these Antique Silver Pine Cone Earrings from Wild Garden Designs.  They're ever so sweet and deliciously simple!
And my little lady would go goo-goo over their Pink Flower Hair Pins.  She just loves little trinkets like this!  So much so, that these may just be making their way into her Christmas stocking this year ;).
Finally, with fall being right on our heels, I couldn't resist sharing this Baby Pumpkin Hat from A Simple Bee.  The quality of her work is amazing.  Plus, can't you just see this setting atop Kaden's little head?  Okay, Mom moment... You don't have to answer that.
That's all, for this month, folks.  Thanks so much for looking, and have a fantastic weekend!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Studio Colour Challenge

Morning, friends!  Just popping in to let you know that today's usual The Studio Sunday challenge can be found here.  Our Colour Challenge...
was released a bit early in order to join forces with Stuck?! Sketches' July 15th Sketch, but I didn't want y'all to miss out on a single day to create.  So, be sure to stop by and check out all the gorgeous pages, as well as to get your challenge details, at both challenge links above, and have fun creating!
Can't wait to see what you all cook up!  Have a fabulous week!

Friday, July 18, 2014

JBS June Crafted Kit

I just couldn't help sharing a little something different today simply because they make me so happy!  As soon as I saw the Jenni Bowlin June Crafted Kit, I knew that I had to pick it up.  It's been awhile since I've made something without paper, and it was about time that I did.
I don't think that it really matters front from back, but I used the fabric circles above as a sort of pattern (i.e. diamonds, leaves, the outline of the ampersand, chevrons, the white part of the rose, and palm branches) for my quilting on the coasters (I never specifically said what they were before.  Tee hee!), and here's how they look on the other side.  I just picked them all up at the same time for the flip.  So, the yellow diamond above is backed with the "QUALITY" design below.  The leaf print above is backed with the "REFRESH" pattern below, and so forth with the center patterns being in the same positions both above and below.
This was my first time at hand quilting, but it was so relaxing and mindless, and I just love the end result!  So... I'm thinking I'll definitely be trying it again sometime.  I cannot tell you how much I love these fabrics, too; and the rustic, vintage look is so fun!  Plus, they're super useful to boot ;).  Thanks, Leah!
And thanks so much, to you all, for stopping by!  We've got some special visitors today, but I'll definitely be spending a portion of my weekend trying to catch up with many of you.  I'm having difficulty finding a balance between my design work and blogging versus my commenting time.  It seems I no longer have time for both.  So, it may be a bit quiet around here over the next week, while I attempt to catch up with you all.  Please know that I so appreciate all of your visits and treasure each and every comment made.  xoxoxo

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Weekend Snapshots

Morning, friends!  I know that it's a little late in the week for a Weekend Snapshots post, but it's better late than never.  Right?  Ours started, on Friday night, at a church activity, where we stuffed tube socks with all kinds of necessities, from toiletries and first aide bits to granola bars and bottled water, to deliver to many of our homeless friends in Kansas City.
We also filled the socks with handwritten notes and pictures.
But before we got started, we had a picnic dinner with our church family and worshipped in the backyard.
Then, Saturday afternoon, we headed to Lawrence for a wedding reception.
Courtney and Ben got married back in April in Georgia, but they held a reception here for lots of family and friends that couldn't make it, which included us; and gosh, I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun we had catching up.  You see, Courtney was once married to my hubby's brother, and through a series of... we'll call them "unfortunate circumstances", she obviously no longer is; but we still love her to bits and pieces and miss her beyond words.
She'll always be Aunt Courtney to my kiddos, and we wish her and her sweet new hubby a lifetime filled with love and laughter.
After the reception, we got pizza at Minsky's and paid a little visit to the best toy store we've ever been to; and I'm not kidding, y'all.  They've got everything, for newborns to big kiddos, that you can think of, and the top floor is filled with books!  Eeek!  You know a few of those came home with us ;)...
and we picked up a couple of toys for Kaden, too.  It seems that we have lots of toys "for babies", but he can hardly lift any of them, and this new Oball has already become one of his favorites.
And finally, after church on Sunday, we made another little road trip to drop my big kiddo off, at Melvern Lake, to camp with his boy cousins and Grandpa and Grandma.  This is about the time we decided that a close-to-home vacation next month is just what the doctor ordered.  LOL!  We were planning on making a trip to Colorado to camp with my Grandpa, aunts, uncles, and cousin and his family; but Kaden cried the entire car ride, and Colorado is just too far away for all of us to arrive sane under the same circumstances.  He hates his carseat so much.  Sigh.
So, that was our busy weekend.  Unfortunately, this week hasn't been much calmer.  Although, due to the super cool temperatures that have suddenly made their way into our neck of the woods, Adina's morning swim lessons have been postponed.  That's unheard of around here in July!  But it has made things a little easier to get done, at least for this week ;).  Until next time, as always, thanks so much for checking in on us!  Be blessed!