The Studio Sketch Challenge

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Morning, friends!  Just popping back in to share our latest challenge from The Studio.  Anna's whipped up a fabulous sketch, based upon Vasso's Food Challenge layout, for you all.  I may have done a bit better job with that food challenge this go around.  Sometimes all you need is the right product to inspire, and I just so happened to have found such in a special, little box from Hip Kit Club.  Enjoy!
I started this page by smudging Patina Glimmer Mist mostly down the vertical center of the gray, stripe, base page; smearing Barn Door Distress Ink, through a chevron stencil, just around where my photo would lie; and splattering the entire page with watered-down, Pure Black acrylic paint.  I then used a pie chart stencil to create my trio of varying sizes of pies from a gorgeous array of patterned papers, all matching that colorful strip along the left side of the base paper, and anchored them with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches, before topping everything with my photo which was matted with Whisper White cardstock and backed with torn tissue papers, as well as a bit of torn vellum, stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "REMEMBER" phrase.
The "DINNER @ PYRAMID" title was created with a piece of wood veneer and black, foam Thickers and topped with a Cameo-cut, Whisper White cardstock "favorite".
The photo's bottom left corner was decked out with a couple of pennants, one of which was stapled to the photo itself...
and its top right corner with a "THIS" paper heart, "I {heart} everything about this" phrase bit, and veneer pizza, all weaved around a length of white string which was wrapped around the right edge of the photo itself and tied in a bow.  A quartet of additional, paper and chipboard, phrase die cuts and stickers round out that top corner...
and help frame the playful, wood veneer cutlery.
A healthy sprinkling of yellow, enamel dots, as well as a heart, enamel sticker; stamped, in Jet Black ink, heart; and couple lengths of Washi along the colorful edging, complete the look.
Let me send you off with your Sketch Challenge, which I've rotated 90 degrees to the right for my take above...
as well as a big thank you for stopping by my little corner of the web!  Be sure to also stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of my talented teammates interpreted the sketch, and have a wonderful week!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Hello 2015 (Elle's Studio) Paper: Whisper White (SU!); multicolored floral, teal polka dot, gray polka dot, & teal designer (October Afternoon); red floral (Fancy Pants); red diamond, black stripe, & woodgrain star (Crate Paper); gray stripe (Elle's Studio); vellum (Paper Studio); tissue (unknown) Ink: Jet Black & Barn Door (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); yellow enamel dots & red enamel heart (October Afternoon); wood veneer bits, "BEST" pennant, "LOVE" & "bon appetit" banners, "THIS" heart, & "I {heart} everything about this" cut phrase (Elle's Studio); "hello" pennant (Jillibean Soup); Calligraphy Titles cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); black foam Thickers (American Crafts); black polka dot Washi (K&Company); gray text (Paper Bakery); white string (Hobby Lobby); Pure Black acrylic paint (FolkArt); "HOT" chipboard sticker (Crate Paper); staple & stapler (office supply store); pie chart & chevron templates (Jenni Bowlin); Patina Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels)

Stuck?! August 1st Sketch

Saturday, August 1, 2015

It's officially August, y'all; and aside from summer quickly coming to a close, that means another inspired sketch, from Stuck?! Sketches, for all you scrappers out there.  Here's how our new sketch and my July Hip Kit Club goodies inspired me.
I started this layout by sprinkling Gold Color Shine and watered-down, Pure Black, acrylic paint over the sunburst, patterned paper, base page.  A quartet of color-coordinating, patterned papers, some of which were torn across their bottom edges, were then layered near the center of the sunburst and secured with gold and red-threaded, straight, machine stitches, sewn in circular patterns.  The Hand Drawn Circle was Cameo-cut from Whisper White cardstock; adhered atop those stitched circles; and, in turn, topped with a bit of torn vellum, as well as my photos, which were matted with more Whisper White cardstock.  One of those photos was wrapped with a length of white string, tied in a bow; topped with a "REMEMBER THIS" tab; and flanked with an "ENJOY THE SIMPLE LIFE." card, which was embellished with a stamped, in second-generation Baked Brown Sugar and Strawberry Slush inks, on White, cardstock die cuts, ice-cream cone and serves as my title.
The other photo was dressed up with a tangle of that gold thread, as well as a chipboard bloom...
not to mention a playful, little, "yummy TREATS" pennant, anchored to a leaf, trinket pin.
I then stamped the "What's the scoop?" question, in Real Red ink, just below my photo grouping and used it as a segue to my journaling, which reads, A little ice-cream, on the way back to camp, lifted our spirits and cooled us down.  The stamped, in Jet Black ink, "all together SEP 26 2011" date, along with a chevron, scallop, paper strip; trio of lengths of Washi Tape; and red, paper heart ground the design.  A trio of wood veneer buttons, laced with white string; sprinkling of teal and red, enamel dots; and kisses of glitter, for the aforementioned, paper heart and stamped, ice-cream cone, complete the look.
Our sponsors for this sketch are...
and here's our August 1st Sketch, which I flipped upside down just to better accommodate my flashcard title, to get you started.
Please be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of the team interpreted the sketch, as well as to get all your challenge details.  Thanks, as always, for visiting me!  Have a truly amazing weekend, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Pile It On (Wplus9); date (Dear Lizzy) Paper: Whisper White (SU!); White (Wplus9); sunburst, multicolored floral, & teal designer (October Afternoon); multicolored stripe & red floral (Fancy Pants); red chevron scallop (Crate Paper) Ink: Real Red, Strawberry Slush, & Baked Brown Sugar (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold & red thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Pure Black acrylic paint (FolkArt); Gold Color Shine (Heidi Swapp); Hand Drawn Circles cut file (Juliana Michaels); Cameo (Silhouette); wood veneer buttons (Jenni Bowlin); white string (Hobby Lobby); heart, "yummy TREATS" pennant, & "REMEMBER THIS" tab (Elle's Studio); enamel dots (October Afternoon); leaf trinket pin (Maya Road); chipboard bloom (Crate Paper); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); "ENJOY THE SIMPLE LIFE." card (Simple Stories); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); red stripe Washi (Freckled Fawn); black polka dot Washi (K&Company); gold stripe Washi (MME)

Paper Sweeties Is Turning Three!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Evening, y'all!  Paper Sweeties is celebrating their third birthday throughout the month of August with lots of surprises, blog hops, giveaways, sneak peeks on the 13th through the 16th, loads of new products releasing on the 15th, and more!  Woohoo!
They're kicking off all the fun today with a birthday inspiration challenge to inspire your creative time this month, and I'm just thrilled to have been asked to join in!  Here's how I was inspired by the challenge graphic below.
I started this card by piecing a bit of woodgrain, patterned paper and a strip of kraft, polka dot, patterned paper, side-by-side, onto the White, cardstock, card face; anchoring them with white-threaded, straight, machine stitches; and stamping their bottom right corner, in Jet Black ink, with the "Let your DREAMS set sail" sentiment.
I then wrapped the space between the two patterns with a length of Blueberry seam binding ribbon, which was tied, in a double bow, near the top edge and embellished with an anchor button, laced with a white, chord bow.
The center, layered circles were cut from Whisper White cardstock and a soft blue, stitched, patterned paper; secured together with white-threaded, straight, machine stitches; and adhered, in the top center of the card face, just to the bottom right of the embellished bow, with foam tape.  Its wavy center was decked out with a stamped, in Jet Black ink, on White cardstock, boat, which was colored in with pencils, hand-cut out, and adhered with foam tape.  Its right side was embellished with a palm tree, stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a White, cardstock die cut.  Its trunk was colored in with pencils and its branches were paper-pieced and dressed up with a trio of Sugar Sprinkles floral sequins.
Jake trims out the left side of the circle and was prepared in the same way as the boat itself with the exception of a pair of pink, chevron, patterned paper, swimming trunks.  I colored in their band with a white gel pen, which completes the look.
Here's your Happy Birthday Inspiration Challenge #34 to get you celebrating right along with us.
Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the Paper Sweeties team, both past and present, were inspired, as well as to get all your challenge details.  Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Island Time, Surf's Up, & Jake (Paper Sweeties) Paper: White (Wplus9); Whisper White (SU!); soft blue stitched (American Crafts); soft green floral (Jenni Bowlin); kraft polka dot (MME); woodgrain & pink chevron (Echo Park) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white chord (Hobby Lobby); Blueberry seam binding ribbon, Sugar Sprinkles floral sequins, & Island Time Sweet Cuts (Paper Sweeties); Big Shot (Sizzix); colored pencils (Prismacolor); mineral spirits (Inky Antics); button (Freckled Fawn); white Gelly Roll pen (Sakura)

Friday Faves

Happy Friday, friends!  If you can believe it, it's officially the last day of July.  Sigh.  Where has the summer gone?!  We start school in just over a week, and while my kiddos are more than ready, I am not!  We've had a wonderful, relaxing summer; but somehow, it still feels incomplete without a full-fledged, family vacation.  We have one in the works, but it'll take place a couple of months after we start school, which will, actually, be a nice break from our studies in the midst of the cooler, fall weather.  It'll be much easier to get started with school, too, knowing that I have something to look forward to; however, I'm still not sure I'm ready for a more scheduled routine again.  Regardless, I'm diving in headfirst and using a portion of my weekend to sort through new curriculum and organize our command center; but I'm also crossing my fingers to find a little time to get creative.

So let's get this month's Friday Faves rolling with Avery Elle's Look Up stamp set.  I just adore these sentiments, not to mention their fonts, and all those images just leave me feeling so happy.
I also couldn't resist including their Peonies stamp set.  Love the versatility of these sentiments, and that wide vase would be so fun to arrange!
What better way to celebrate summer than with a roll of Lora Bailora's Watermelon Washi?  Nom nom nom!
I featured a couple of items, from Noonday Collection, here last month and have another to showcase this month.  Even though I always get bruises on my wrists when I wear cuffs, this Featherweight Cuff was too gorgeous not to include.  Just check out those details, and I love that it doesn't force you to commit to a specific color scheme within your wardrobe.
In one of my regular visits to Etsy, I came across this hilarious No Soliciting Typography Sign from American at Heart.  It couldn't possibly be a more perfect depiction of how I feel as I'm crouching behind the furniture watching a stranger walk up to our front door.  LOL!
And finally, I was introduced to Method 4x Concentrated Laundry Detergent, in one of my PINCHme boxes, a couple of months back and couldn't be any more smitten.  Folks, this stuff got set-in stains out of our clothing in literally one wash; and our whites are, without a doubt, brighter.  Their Ginger Mango scent is my favorite at the moment.  Oh!  And my hubby did the math, and it only costs 3.5 cents more per load than our regular detergent.  Can't beat that!
That covers things for this month, y'all.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a truly amazing weekend!  Hugs!

For the Love of Books

Thursday, July 30, 2015

I'm super excited to be here this month sharing one of the books that I read aloud to my daughter this summer, but even more so because my big kiddo overheard bits and pieces of our reading together and decided that he'd read it himself and use it for one of his practice reports this summer.  He's such a good writer, but when he has to add doing so on top of all his other school work, he has a difficult time prioritizing and putting forth his best efforts.  So, I had him practice writing this summer in hopes of it coming a bit easier to him when he has to do it for a grade come this school year.  Unfortunately, it doesn't seem as though that plan has worked out for me.  While his writing has improved, he still postpones until the last second and drags everyone else into his "I didn't have time!" drama.  Ugh!

Anyway, with his permission, this month's For the Love of Books post comes from his very own hand-penned words.  It's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but I still think he has a good summary of the story; and with the exception of the lack of a concluding statement, he followed his other specifications perfectly.  This is a story of determination, redemption, and love and is written for children ages eight to twelve.  Enjoy!
The Trumpet of the Swan is written by E.B. White.  This fiction book has 210 pages and takes place in Canada.

Louis the Trumpeter Swan was born on a small lake in southern Canada.  As charming as he was, unfortunately, he was born without a voice.  In an effort to communicate with the other swans, Louis learns to write but is disappointed to find that most swans cannot read.  He is even more disappointed when he could not talk to Serena, the swan he loves.  Feeling sorry for his son, Louis' father gets Louis a trumpet by stealing it.  To get his father out of debt, Louis uses the trumpet to earn money by being a camp bugler, playing music for the swan boats in Boston, and playing at a country club in Philadelphia.  After about a year, Louis was able to give his father the money and leave with Serena to start their own family.

I learned that the more you practice the better you will get.  Louis practiced the trumpet and was able to play many pieces of music.  I also learned that you should not try to get money fast.  You should instead work hard to earn it.  Louis worked hard and earned $4,420.78.

I like this paragraph because it shows how much Sam Beaver, a boy who watched the swans and helped Louis, liked birds.  It happens when a fox is attacking Louis' mother.
Just as the fox was about to spring and sink its teeth into the swan's neck, a stick came hurtling through the air.  It struck the fox full on the nose, and he turned and ran away.  The two swans couldn't imagine what happened.  Then they noticed a movement in the bushes.  Out stepped Sam Beaver, the boy who visited them a month ago.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book.  It was very funny and humorous.  I like the way the author shared the characters' feelings.  It was very descriptive.  It was overall a very good book definitely worth reading.

I have read this entire book.
Ezekiel Newlin

Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedules to visit!  Enjoy a good book today!