Big Birthday Wishes

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Morning, y'all!  We're off on a field trip, to Kansas Speedway, with a new homeschool group in just a bit; but before that, I wanted to pop in here to share a card I made for my Dad's birthday, which just so happens to be today.  Enjoy! 
I started this card by stamping the partial "BIRTHDAY WISHES COMING YOUR WAY" sentiment, in Jet Black ink, near the bottom center of a piece of White cardstock.  I then topped that with a stamped, in Jet Black ink, bear, as well as the letters "B" and "G" to either side of him.  The bear was colored with pencils and his nose given a hint of shine with Crystal Effects, before anchoring the panel, to the Pool Party, cardstock, card face, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches.
The balloons were stamped, from left to right, in Pool Party, Pumice Stone, and Real Red inks, on White, cardstock die cuts and popped off the card face with foam tape.
I then hand-penned in their strings and tossed a bunch of silver sequins amidst them to complete the look.
Inspiration for this card came from a new-to-me Always Playing with Paper Challenge #30.
Thanks so much for peeking in, friends!  Have a wonderful day, and a big happy birthday, Dad!  I love you!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Headline Alphabet & Under the Stars (SU!); Whole Lotta' Happy (Wplus9) Paper: White (Wpus9); Pool Party (SU!) Ink: Pool Party & Real Red (SU!); Pumice Stone & Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Whole Lotta' Happy die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); Crystal Effects (SU!); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); silver sequins (Paper Studio)

Stuck?! April 15th Sketch

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Morning, y'all!  We're not only half-way through the week, but also half-way through the month, and that means another fabulous sketch from our fearless leader over at Stuck?! Sketches.  Here's how I was inspired.
I started this page by smudging Navy Color Shine throughout the text, patterned, paper, base page.  I then stamped lots of triangles, in both Night of Navy and Pistachio Pudding inks, throughout the page, before machine-stitching a gold-threaded, straight-stitch, double frame around the edges of the page, as well as a number of horizontal, patterned, paper strips near the page's bottom center and top right corner.  My stamped triangles were then clustered with a number of hand-cut, from patterned paper, soft and dark peach, as well as gold sticker, triangles.  After matting my photo strip with Whisper White cardstock and adhering it over the bottom center paper strips, I tucked a triangle transparency, as well as a mint, stripe, November 1, 2014 @ home label, under its bottom edge.
It was topped with a floral die cut; navy, leather bow; tag; kraft, polka dot envelope; paper domino; and mint, arrow clip.  A "THIS IS IT.", word bubble sticker and "SATURDAY" die cut, as well as a little hemp twine for the tag...
and denim ribbon for the clip round out the bulk of the design.
A "has my heart", cardstock sticker...
turns our attention to the "BIRTHDAY girl" title, which was created from gold foil Thickers and a Cameo-cut, from Night of Navy cardstock, "girl".  A "remember this" sticker and "happy." rubon, as well as bits of gold, stripe Washi here and there...
and a trio of gold glitter brads complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Noel Mignon's March Color Board...
and Scrap Our Stash's Challenge #25 (S = stamping, stitching, stickers, striped Washi; T = triangles, transparency, thread, Thickers, tag, twine; A = arrow clip, Adina (photos of my daughter); M = mist, mint green; P = polka dots, Pistachio Pudding ink, peach).
And here's your April 15th Sketch to get you started.
Our sponsors for this sketch, with $25 and $20 gift cards respectively, are...
Thanks so much for humoring me with a visit!  Please be sure to stop by the challenge link above to get all your challenge details, as well as to view all the fabulous pages the rest of Design Team has created just for your viewing pleasure.  Have a great rest of your week, friends!  Hugs!
{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Just Geometrics: Triangles (Wplus9) Paper: Whisper White & Night of Navy (SU!); text & mint diamond (Crate Paper); dotted peach & soft/dark peach large triangle (Jen Hadfield); soft/dark peach tiny triangles & mint/gold polka dot (MME) Ink: Night of Navy & Pistachio Pudding (SU!); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); triangle transparency, gold sticker triangles, gold stripe Washi,  glitter brads, & "SATURDAY" & floral die cuts (MME); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); gold foil chipboard Thickers, "happy." rubon, & navy bow (American Crafts); Cameo (Silhouette); "remember this" & "has my heart" stickers, "THIS IS IT." word bubble, & Navy Color Shine (Heidi Swapp); mint stripe label & arrow clip (Webster's Pages); denim ribbon & hemp twine (SU!); kraft polka dot envelope & arrow paper clip (Freckled Fawn); domino (Jenni Bowlin); tag (Crate Paper); kraft envelope (Jillibean Soup)

The Studio Sketch Challenge

Monday, April 13, 2015

Morning, y'all!  I trust you all had a wonderful weekend.  I'm just popping in to share my take on The Studio's newest challenge, based upon the sketch to follow.  Enjoy!
I started this page by inking Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink, through a sunburst stencil, onto the textured, kraft, base page; smudging Navy Color Shine over that; stamping it, in Night of Navy ink, with the irregular grid, as well as, in White ink, with the line of arrows near the base of the page; and machine stitching, with yellow-threaded, straight stitches, the lengths of either side of the inked rays.  I then matted my photo with Whisper White cardstock and layered it over a bit of vellum, as well as number of patterned paper pieces, many of which were framed with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  A row of horizontal, Cameo-cut, patterned, paper chevrons backs the bulk of the design.  Then, moving from the top right corner of the photo clockwise, I tucked a red arrow, hand-cut from patterned paper and topped with a "reflections" sticker, as well as a couple of die-cut, White, cardstock clouds, amidst the top layers.
A "REMEMBER THIS", chipboard Polaroid, as well as both stamped, in Jet Black ink, "KEEP SMILING" and sticker "boy style" phrases, rounds the top corner...
to a couple of tags, laced with Baker's Twine and white string respectively, and leads the way to an "11", cardstock, circle sticker, popped up with foam tape, as well as the "SNAPSHOT DETAILS" label.  The latter was tucked between a couple of Cameo-cut, from White and Daffodil Delight cardstocks, open frames.
The bottom left corner was dressed up with a baseball that I die-cut from White cardstock and hand stitched.  A stamped, in Jet Black ink, "on cloud nine" phrase...
turns our attention to the final corner with its trio of tags.  One of the tags was stamped in Jet Black ink.  The other two were laced with white string and a braided chord respectively.
The "do what YOU LOVE" title was cut, from Night of Navy cardstock, with my Cameo...
and grounds all my journaling, which was dressed up with a little, orange arrow, popped up with foam tape.  It reads, This was your last season playing @ the YMCA but your first with Coach Hugh and the Brewers.  You had a rainy start to the season, but it all ended in the heat of a true Kansas summer with your eyes looking forward to your first season of fall ball.  I just love watching you do what you love!  (back row: Coach, Tulie - TJ, Aden, Caden, Ben, Ezekiel, Max, Mr. Waller, and Coach Bob; front row: Colby, Robby, Nick, Nathan, and Thomas).  A string of silver, glitter, sticker hearts, tucked in behind the photo, and sprinkling of both silver sequins and more of that yummy, Navy Color Shine complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Paper Issues' April Pinspire Me Monday...
and Kraft Plus' April Retro Recipe Challenge.
And here's our Sketch Challenge, based upon Seungeun's layout from last month's Use Your Old Stash Challenge and which I rotated 90 degrees to the right, to inspire your next page.
Please be sure to check out the challenge link above for all your challenge details, as well as to be thoroughly inspired by my talented teammates.  You have until May 10, 2015, to link up your takes in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful work week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Make a Memory, Great Big Greetings, & Hit the Mark (Market Street Stamps); Off the Grid (SU!); Rainbow & Cloud Sentiments (Lil' Inker) Paper: kraft (Fancy Pants); Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, & Night of Navy (SU!); White (Wplus9); big red polka dot, yellow arrow, & yellow designer (MME); silver leaf & orange ledger (Amy Tangerine); navy star (Pebbles Inc.); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Squeezed Lemonade & Jet Black (Ranger); Night of Navy & White (SU!); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: yellow & silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Rainbow & Cloud die (Lil' Inker); Clear Cut Stackers: Circles die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); sunburst template (Studio Calico); do what YOU LOVE & open frames cut files & Cameo (Silhouette); arrows (October Afternoon); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Navy Color Shine & silver glitter hearts (Heidi Swapp); silver sequins (Paper Studio); red embroidery floss (DMC); "REMEMBER THIS" Polaroid (Amy Tangerine); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); kraft tags & chevron cut file (Jenni Bowlin); red tag (Target); manila tag (Kraft Outlet); "SNAPSHOT DETAILS" tag (Elle's Studio); "reflections" & "boy style" stickers (EK Success); "11" cardstock circle sticker (Crate Paper)

Cupcake Inspirations Surprise Sweetie

Sunday, April 12, 2015

I'm super excited to have the honor of being Cupcake Inspirations Surprise Sweetie this week!
And I'm even more excited to be sharing a creation today to go with their new, comic book, theme challenge!  This one was a little tricky for me, not because I don't adore comics.  Who doesn't?!  Plus, comic book movies are one of my all-time favorite kind.  I just don't have a lot of comic-themed goodies in my stash.  But I scoured my stamps, hit the Silhouette Online Store, and am thrilled with what transpired.
I started this card by smudging Tinsel and Navy Color Shine, as well as Fully Purple Glimmer Mist, onto a piece of White cardstock.  Once it was dry, I inked the bottom half with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink, just to further accentuate the skyline, and the top edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  I then gave it a little splatter with Chalk Glimmer Mist, before anchoring it, to the White, cardstock, card face, with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  The skyline was then cut, from Black cardstock, with my Cameo; white-embossed with the "YOU'RE OUT OF THIS WORLD!" sentiment; and adhered in the bottom portion of the prepped piece.
The top of the card face was wrapped with a length of Charcoal twine, which was tied, in a bow, near the right edge of the card face...
and topped with the comic book vector cut file, which was created from Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Brocade Blue, and White cardstocks, separated with foam tape.  The White, cardstock, word bubble was stamped, in Brocade Blue ink, with "DAD", as well as, in Jet Black ink, with the word "SUPERSTAR".  Just to make the latter stand out a bit more, I used a fine-tip, black marker to color in the shadowing.
A few stamped, in White ink, stars, as well as a trio of gold, sequin stars, complete the look.
Here's your Challenge 305: Comic Book graphic, sponsored by MyGrafico, to get you off and going in the right direction.  Be sure to stop by the blog to get all your challenge details.
I'm also adding this one to House of Cards' April Color Inspiration Challenge.
Can't wait to see what you all whip up!  Thanks so much for humoring me with a visit!  And a big thanks to the Cupcake Inspirations Design Team for having me this week!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Blast Off & My Thoughts Exactly (Market Street Stamps); Super Star (Wplus9) Paper: White & Black (Wplus9); Brocade Blue, Real Red, & Daffodil Delight (SU!) Ink: Jet Black, Pumice Stone, & Squeezed Lemonade (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark); White & Brocade Blue (SU!); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Comic Book Kaboom & Skyline cut files & Cameo (Silhouette); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Charcoal twine (The Twinery); gold star sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); white embossing powder (Ranger); Tinsel & Navy Color Shine (Heidi Swapp); Fully Purple & Chalk Glimmer Mists (Tattered Angels)

March Recognition

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hey, y'all!  Just popping in, in the middle of our busy week, to share a couple of projects that received honors last month.  This card made Cupcake Inspirations' 300th Challenge Celebration Sweet Six...
and this layout made Scrap Our Stash's Top 3 and, in turn, has given me the opportunity to guest design with their talented team next month.  Eeek!  Can't wait to share!
I'm truly humbled and continue to be surprised at each honor I receive amidst a community laden with so much amazing talent.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all those who had a hand in said such!  Well, that wraps things up for today, folks.  I know it's a little early, but we've got a lot going on, so I'm signing off for the week.  Thanks so much for stopping in!  Have a wonderful remainder of your week!  Hugs!