Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Paper Sweeties October Release Rewind

Note:  This is my fourth post in the last 24 hours.  Deep breath.  I'd be thrilled if you'd scroll down and check out all the fun!

Well, you made it!  It's the final day of Paper Sweeties' October Release, and all the goodies you've seen here and on the Design Team's blogs (which, by the way, you must be sure to visit), over the last four days, are available for the pickin' even as this post goes live.  But before you're off to doing that pickin', if you haven't done so already, how about one last, release-inspired creation?
I started this card by trimming the bottom of a piece of white, embossed, patterned paper with a strip of red, stripe, patterned paper and anchoring them both, to the White, cardstock, card face, with white-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  I then wrapped a length of white, seam binding ribbon around the card face; tied it, in a bow, near the left edge of the card face; and embellished it with a chenille candy cane from the Paper Sweeties Shoppe, wrapped with a length of Baker's Twine, tied in a bow and, in turn, embellished with die-cut, felt, holly leaves, studded with a red Sparklet.
I then stamped a "25" journaling card, in Jet Black ink, with the "Believe" sentiment...
framed it with a bit of Cupid's Bow cardstock; trimmed it with chipboard, photo corners; further dressed it up with white-embossed, on vellum die cuts, snowflakes; and adhered it, to the card face, with foam tape.
Jake was then decked out in his Santa suite, which was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on White cardstock; colored with pencils; hand-cut out; and given a little shimmer and shine, before being adhered, with foam tape, near center of the card face to complete the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from Festive Friday's Challenge #42.
Thanks ever so much for all of your visits and lovely comments and to Debbie and her amazing crew for having me this month!  I've had so much fun and can't wait to ink all these goodies up again in the near future!  If you're not a regular follower of my blog, have a safe and blessed holiday season.  And for the rest of you wonderful people, thanks so much for all you do to make this a place I continue to desire to be.  Love you all!

Amber Kroening
Annette Allen
Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jinny Newlin (You're here!)
Larissa Heskett  (off this month)
Lysa Rohrer
Nancy Penir

And I couldn't help but add a HUGE congratulations to our Kansas City Royals!  We're speechless.  Excitement is all over the city, and we've been completely swept up in it.  Let's go, Royals!
https://www.facebook.com/SportsCenter/photos/a.166942843324566.37299.147262525292598/951522544866588/
 
{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Snow Friends, Jake, Santa Claus, & Joy (Paper Sweeties) Paper: White & Cupid's Bow (Wplus9); white embossed (sei); red stripe (Echo Park); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Snow Friends die & chenille candy cane (Paper Sweeties); Big Shot (Sizzix); white embossing powder (Ranger); red Sparklet (Kaiser Craft); felt (Scrapbook Page); Dazzling Details (SU!); colored pencils (Prismacolor); mineral spirits (Inky Antics); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); chipboard photo corners (Crate Paper); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); journaling card (Elle's Studio); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies)

Color Me Scrappy Challenge #72

Note:  This is my third post in the last eight hours.  Crazy!  I know, but I'd really love to have you scroll down to check out both my Stuck?! October 15th Sketch and Paper Sweeties October Release Party posts, too.  I promise to tone it down a notch next week ;).

Now, let's get to the reason for this particular post.  I've got a page whipped up for Color Me Scrappy's newest palette, to share, with you all, this morning; and while I didn't realize it until I was pulling papers and after I had already chosen a couple of photos that coordinated with the palette beautifully, it would work so well on your Christmas pages, friends.  Check it out!
I started this page by piecing lots and lots and lots of layers of paper pieces/strips and journaling bits, some of which were anchored with burgundy-threaded, straight, machine stitches, into the vertical center of my ivory, textured, cardstock, base page.  I then matted my photos with Whisper White cardstock; placed them in their present positions; and tucked a tag, which I used to house my journaling and laced with burgundy Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, under the top one.  The journaling reads, Daddy-daughter date night @ the KC Zoo... You learned about the metamorphosis of butterflies & frogs through stories, crafts, songs, & a yummy snack.  When Daddy asked you what your favorite part was on the way home, you said, "Being with you, Daddy."  Awww!
That same photo was topped with a hand-cut, from patterned paper, cloud, which I popped up with foam tape and embellished with a glittered, burgundy, heart sticker.
The bottom photo was dressed up with an "i like you!", finger sticker, pointing to my daughter in the row of children listening to the story...
and grounded with a couple of phrase stickers, as well as a "DEDICATED TO:" May 2, 2014, label.
My "goodnight ZOO" title, which was created with green, ABC stickers and woodgrain, chipboard Alphabeans, was backed with a fuzzy polar bear and grounded with an "oh what fun!" phrase bit.
A bunch of wood veneer and burgundy buttons, laced with white string, as well as a handful of snowflake sequins, scattered throughout, complete the look.
Here's your Challenge #72 palette to get you started.  We're asking you to add some "wood" on your projects this week.  I've used wood veneer buttons, patterned paper strips, chipboard Alphabeans, and even a phrase sticker and journaling card.
As always, 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.  Please be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see what the rest of the team has created for your viewing pleasure, and have a great day!  Blessings!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: ivory textured (Bazzill); newspaper, vintage advertisement, & floral (Jenni Bowlin); burgundy interlocking (Close to My Heart); woodgrain (October Afternoon); leafy (Fancy Pants); feather (Studio Calico); olive text (7 Gypsies) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: burgundy thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); veneer buttons, finger journaling card, Baker's Twine, tag, & snowflake sequins (Jenni Bowlin); burgundy buttons (JoAnn Fabrics); white string (Hobby Lobby); cloud (Bella Blvd.); heart, "oh what fun!" & "THINGS WE DO" cardstock stickers, & notebook paper journaling card (Simple Stories); green ABC stickers (Lilybee Design); woodgrain chipboard Alphabeans (Jillibean Soup); polar bear sticker (Doodlebug Design); "i like you!" finger (Basic Grey); "oh happy day" sticker (hazel & ruby); Storybook Washi (Paper Bakery); "DEDICATED TO:" label (7 Gypsies)

Stuck?! October 15th Sketch

Note:  If you've come here looking for my Paper Sweeties October Release Party post, please scroll down.

Hey, y'all!  It's the middle of the month, and that means another fabulous sketch from our fearless leader at Stuck?! Sketches.  Let's just get right to it.
I started this page by inking Patina Distress Ink, through a plus stencil, onto the gray, stripe, base page and overlapping it with a bit of white-embossed honeycomb.  I then stamped the page, in Jet Black ink, with a trio of large blossoms and secured a number of hand-cut, using a stencil, patterned, paper hexagons, strategically, throughout the page, before machine-stitching, with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches, a frame just 1/4" in from the outer edge of the page itself.  My photo was matted with Whisper White cardstock; backed with a number of Cameo-cut, vellum vines...
wrapped three times with a length of Baker's Twine, tied in a bow; and embellished with a dimensional butterfly, as well as an "extraORDINARY", sticker tab.  An "enjoy" flag, grounded with a heart button, laced with white string, completes the top of the photograph...
and a number of phrase/word stickers, some of which were popped up with foam tape and including an "ESTABLISHED" April 27, 2014 label, round out the bottom.
The "MY GREATEST BLESSINGS CALL ME Mom" title, which was created from both red and white alpha stickers, as well as foam, glitter Thickers and a stamped, in Jet Black ink, "Mom", completes the look.
Our sponsor's for this challenge, with a $20 gift certificate and the prize pack pictured below respectively, are...
and here's your October 15th Sketch to get you going in the right direction.
Further inspiration for this page came from Let's Capture Our Memories' October Color Spot.
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 of your challenge details.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful Wednesday!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Strictly Sentiments 4 (Wplus9); flower (Stampendous); Honeycomb (Market Street Stamps) Paper: Whisper White (SU!); gray stripe (Pink Paislee); orange star (Jenni Bowlin); gold/gray floral (Echo Park); gold floral (Carta Bella); text (Crate Paper); red gingham (Pebbles, Inc.); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Jet Black & Pumice Stone (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); dimensional butterfly, "SUNDAY" banner, plus & hexagon stencils, & vine cut file (Jenni Bowlin); Cameo (Silhouette); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); white string (Hobby Lobby); heart button (Joanne Fabrics); "enjoy" flag, "extraORDINARY" tab, & "PEOPLE WE LOVE" sticker (Simple Stories); "the perfect day" sticker (Chic Tags); "I thank my lucky stars" sticker (hazel & ruby); white embossing powder (Ranger); white bitty alphas (Basic Grey); red alphas (Jillibean Soup); foam glitter Thickers (Dear Lizzy)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Paper Sweeties October Release Party

It's day three of Paper Sweeties' October Release, friends, and I'm so happy you popped in for a visit!  I promised to share another page today, and this one boasts both our new Snow Friends and Joy dies amidst a heap of other oldies but goodies.  Enjoy!
I started this page by stamping the snowflake, base page, in Pool Party ink, with the subtle snowflake images; layering a number of color-coordinating, patterned papers, including a bit of polka dot vellum, near center; anchoring a number of those papers with white-threaded, straight, machine stitches; and topping everything with my photos, which were matted with Whisper White cardstock.  My "WINTER MEMORIES" title was created from white alphas and aqua, glitter letters and embellished with a simple, die-cut, from Riding Hood Red cardstock, "Joy" sentiment.
In moving clockwise, a tag, laced with Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, was tucked under the photos' right side.
A number of word stickers, one of which was dressed up with a hint of shimmer and shine and including a couple of labels, along with the base page itself, stamped, in Jet Black ink, with Sweeties' phrases, round out the bottom left corner.
I then stamped the snowman and his winter gear, snowballs, and sled, in Jet Black ink, on White cardstock.  The snowman and his ensemble were die-cut; paper-pieced with a turquoise, polka dot, patterned paper; and glittered; and both the sled, which was colored with pencils, and stack of snowballs were hand cut out.
Finally, I tucked a "you are loved" journaling circle just behind the previous cluster and topped it with a "DATE:" 02/08/14 label to complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Creative Scrappers' Sketch #279.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by my little corner of the web!  Before you're off to all that's keeping you running today, please be sure to stop by the Design Team's blogs to check out all the inspirational projects they've worked so hard to create.  Then, we'd love to have you join us tomorrow for one final day of the Paper Sweeties October Release.  Be blessed!

Amber Kroening
Annette Allen
Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jinny Newlin (You're here!)
Larissa Heskett  (off this month)
Lysa Rohrer

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Wagon Add-On 2, You are Amazing, Let It Snow, & Snow Friends (Paper Sweeties) Paper: Whisper White & Riding Hood Red (SU!); White (Wplus9); aqua snowflake (We R Memory Keepers); turquoise speckled (Jenni Bowlin); multicolored snowflake, pink medallion, & aqua polka dot (MME); polka dot vellum (American Crafts) Ink: Pool Party (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Snow Friends & Joy dies (Paper Sweeties); Big Shot (Sizzix); colored pencils (Prismacolor); mineral spirits (Inky Antics); white alphas & red window sticker (sei); aqua glitter letters (Pink Paislee); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); tag (Jenni Bowlin); "you are loved" journaling circle (Elle's Studio); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); "DATE:" label & red-framed sticker (October Afternoon); "FAVE" phrase bit (Crate Paper); "TODAY: DOCUMENTED" & "SATURDAY" stickers (Simple Stories); "February" sticker (Phrase Café); embossed "Snow" sticker (We R Memory Keepers); "SWEET" sticker (K&Company)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Paper Sweeties October Release Countdown

Welcome back to the second day of Paper Sweeties' October Release!  The Design Team has whipped up some spectacular projects to share with you all.  So, please be sure to stop by their links below and leave them a little love.  But before that, I'd love to share how I've used Trim the Tree and its coordinating Trim the Tree die, as well as the new Joy die, in combination with a couple of oldies but goodies, on a scrapbook page.
I started this page by stamping one of the trees, illustrated in Trim the Tree, in Jet Black ink, in diagonal rows near both the top and bottom of my Whisper White base page, colored it in with pencils, and decked out the ornaments in Xmas Red Stickles.  I then gold embossed a row of another tree just below the top diagonal and stamped a row of yet another tree, in Old Olive ink, just below that, before framing the entire piece with Real Red cardstock.  Despite the fact that it appears off-center, the white background is a perfect 11" square within its 12" square frame.  It's sometimes difficult to photograph a perfect square, as those scrappers among you can attest.  A quartet of color-coordinating, patterned papers were then secured, with white-threaded, straight, machine stitches, between and overlapping a few of the stamped rows; and a number of lengths of Washi tape were tucked in throughout.  My photos, which were matted in Whisper White cardstock, were then wrapped together with a bit of sheer, red ribbon, tied in a bow.
Their bottom left corner was decked out with a die-cut, from gold cardstock, "Noel", as well as a die-cut, from Old Olive and Early Espresso cardstocks, tree, which I topped with a red, star button, laced with white thread, tied in a bow.  I chose to leave the tree die cut "naked", but there is one final tree image, in the stamp set, for a total of four fabulous trees, that fits it perfectly.
A chevron envelope was then tucked in behind the cluster.  It houses my journaling card, which was laced with a bit of Baker's Twine and reads, You were so diligent to chip away @ those lights one by one.  Unfortunately, you had to head back to Sioux Falls for the work week without finishing.  So, I was thrilled to be able to take it off your plate & have it all ready for you to enjoy by your next weekend visit.
The top corner of that same photograph was embellished with a trio of phrase bits, as well as a couple of labels, stamped, in both Real Red and Jet Black inks, with Paper Sweeties' phrases.
In moving clockwise around the photographs, the "Patience is a virtue" title, which was backed with a simple, white doily, was created from a Cameo-cut, gold, cardstock "Patience"; stamped, in Jet Black ink, on Whisper White cardstock, "is" and "a"; and red alphas.
A handful of gold, star sequins scattered about and a stamped, in Jet Black ink, "a day in the life DEC  08 2013" date complete the look.
I've got another page to share tomorrow and will round out this release with a card creation the day after that.  Until next time, thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a terrific Tuesday, y'all!

Amber Kroening
Annette Allen
Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jinny Newlin (You're here!)
Larissa Heskett  (off this month)
Lysa Rohrer

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Sending Holiday Cheer, Alphas - Lower, & Trim the Tree (Paper Sweeties); date (Dear Lizzy) Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Early Espresso, & Real Red (SU!); gold (Bazzill); holly & red ribbon (Echo Park); stitched trees (October Afternoon); red stripe (MME) Ink: Real Red & Old Olive (SU!); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell); Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Trim the Tree & Joy dies (Paper Sweeties); Big Shot (Sizzix); Xmas Red Stickles & gold embossing powder (Ranger); colored pencils (Prismacolor); mineral spirits (Inky Antics); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); gold polka dot Washi (Queen & Co.); gold stripe Washi (MME); chevron envelope (Whisker Graphics); gold phrase bit & labels (Chic Tags); "HOLIDAY HAPPINESS" & "LOVE" stickers & red alphas (Simple Stories); doily & star button (unknown); ribbon (The Ribbon Reel); gold star sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Paper Sweeties October Release Sneak Peeks

I'm super excited to be here guest designing with the fabulous crew over at Paper Sweeties for their October Release, which includes two all-new stamp sets with coordinating dies, as well as two dies to coordinate with past stamp sets!  Woohoo!  We've cooked up four days of projects for your viewing pleasure, and it all starts right now with the brand-new Stand Add-On: Scarecrow die!
I started this card by anchoring the patterned paper background, onto the White, cardstock, base page, with white-threaded, straight and zig-zag, machine stitches.
I then topped it with a journaling card, which was adhered with foam tape; dressed up with a hint of glitter on the branch; stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "Thankful For You" sentiment...
and, in turn, topped with a bit of white, seam binding ribbon, tied in a double bow and embellished with a lone pearl.
The scarecrow and pumpkin were both stamped, in Jet Black ink, on Oatmeal, cardstock die cuts; colored in with pencils; and adhered, in their present positions, with foam tape.  The pumpkin itself also received a healthy dose of glitter to complete the look.
That gets us started, folks.  Please be sure to stop by all the hard-working designers' blogs below, and thanks, as always, for stopping by my little neck of the woods!  Hope to see you all right back here, at the same time, tomorrow.  Hugs!

Amber Kroening
Annette Allen
Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jinny Newlin (You're here!)
Larissa Heskett  (off this month)
Lysa Rohrer
 
{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Stand Add-On: Scarecrow & The Splendor of Autumn (Paper Sweeties) Paper: Oatmeal & White (Wplus9); floral (K&Company); polka dot & leafy (Fancy Pants) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Stand Add-On: Scarecrow die (Paper Sweeties); Big Shot (Sizzix); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); journaling card (Pink Paislee); seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); pearl (sei); colored pencils (Prismacolor); mineral spirits (Inky Antics)

The Studio Large Photo Challenge

Morning, y'all!  I'm back with another new challenge from The Studio.  I hope that I didn't totally cheat this one; because while I'm more of a small photo scrapper, I really would've loved to do this one justice with a big photo (4" x 6" minimum).  However, with my busy schedule, I just didn't have time to sort through my thousands of photos to pick one that deserved the larger size and have it printed in time.  I did want to get this 5-3/4" x 8" birth announcement for my littlest into his book, though.  So, I went with it, using the palette from the announcement itself as inspiration and pulling in a few of my favorite patterns (i.e. gingham, polka dots, and bitty florals).  Enjoy!
I started this page by anchoring a trio of color-coordinating, patterned papers, with gray-threaded, straight, machine stitches, along with a strip of Washi and lace "xoxo" vellum, cut with my Cameo, just left of vertical center, on my gray, stripe, patterned, paper, base page.
I then secured a couple additional, bitty floral strips, with more gray-threaded, straight, machine stitches, along both outer edges.  The right edge was further embellished with a bit more Washi, as well as a polka dot, chipboard button, laced with white thread.
After placing the announcement, which I let serve as my "hello BABY" title...
I dressed up its top edge with a trio of die-cut, from White cardstock, clouds...
and tucked both a "too sweet!" label and white tag, which I dressed up with a color-coordinating, Bordering Blue, cardstock ring and laced with white string, tied in a bow.
The bottom right cluster was then created around a chipboard vase and includes a wood veneer heart; stamped, in both More Mustard and Tangerine Tango inks, to get just the right shade, on White cardstock and hand-cut out fox; and a soft blue, glittered "cute" sticker.  A handful of soft green, enamel dots complete the look.
Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see what the rest of the girls have whipped up just for your viewing pleasure, as well as to get all of your challenge details.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful week!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Fox & Friends (SU!) Paper: Bordering Blue (SU!); White (Wplus9); gray stripe (Studio Calico); multicolored floral (Webster's Pages); polka dot (MME); gingham (Pebbles, Inc.); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Tangerine Tango & More Mustard (SU!) Other: gray thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Rainbow & Cloud die (Taylored Expressions); Lacey Layers die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); xoxo cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); "cute" sticker (Pebbles, Inc.); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); tag (Jenni Bowlin); white string (Hobby Lobby); chipboard button, chipboard vase, & enamel dots (MME); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); veneer heart (Maya Road); "too sweet!" tag (Elle's Studio)
 
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