Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Birthday Hello

Morning, friends, and happy Saturday!  We're relaxing at home today, as we'll be traveling to my parents' home, to celebrate Easter, with them, as well as my siblings and their families, tomorrow.  My family also has a number of April birthdays.  So, since we'll all be together, we're having a little celebration to honor them all.  The card I have, for you all, today is one I made for my brother with some new goodies from Wplus9 Design.  Enjoy!  Oh!  And these pics appear to be picking up a lot of lint on that black background.  It seems to do that when I use my embossing pillow, but know that it isn't so obnoxious in real life.
I started this card by embossing both Pool Party and Melon Mambo ink splats onto the Black, cardstock, card face, which had its right corners rounded.  I then folded a lime green, stripe, journaling card, over the card face, near the bottom left corner and anchored it with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches, before topping it with a little, white envelope, which will house a birthday gift card.  I'm thinking one from Jimmy John's will do.  He loves that place almost as much as I do.
The "A BIRTHDAY hello" sentiment was stamped, in both Lucky Limeade and Jet Black inks, on a hand-cut, aqua, text, patterned, paper pennant; framed with Black cardstock, as well as black-threaded, straight, machine stitches; glittered; wrapped with a bit of Charcoal twine, tied, in a bow, near its left end; and adhered, with foam tape, near the base of the envelope and butted up against the left side of the card face.
I'm sure, by now, you've all seen the Wplus9 Design Team announcement back here.  If not, it simply says that Dawn has replaced the entire Design Team with a new crop of talented ladies.  For a number of reasons, which I don't want to rehash at this point, for fear I may burst into tears again, the decision took me completely off guard.  I have invested more of my time, money, creativity, and life into that company than I care to admit and am not going to pretend that I understand or even agree with her decision, but I'm not the boss lady.  So, the beauty of it is that I don't have to ;).  I am, however, forever grateful for the opportunity Dawn gave me to show off her beautiful illustrations over the last four and a half years and will ALWAYS be her biggest fan.  I also hope that I've inspired all you Wplus9 lovers enough to continue my creative journey with me.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a truly remarkable Easter Sunday, y'all!  He lives!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Hand Lettered Hello & Ink Splats (Wplus9) Paper: Black & White (Wplus9); aqua text (JBS) Ink: Lucky Limeade (SU); Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers); Pool Party & Melon Mambo embossing powders & Dazzling Diamonds (SU); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white envelope (Paper Studio); lime striped journaling card (American Crafts);  Charcoal twine (The Twinery)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Family Update

Morning, y'all!  I trust that you're all well.  I'm WAY slow in getting around to visiting.  It seems I rarely get a moment to myself anymore.  Don't get me wrong.  I'd have it no other way, but I do miss my time here.  Anyway, I know that I don't usually end the week with a family update; but, well, things have been anything but normal around here.  So, that's what you're getting today.  Let's begin with the newest star of our show.  He has every ounce of my heart.  Each little smile, giggle, coo, gaze, or twinkle in his eye leaves me weak in the knees.  We're still figuring one another out, but I'm enjoying every minute of it.
This one is for you, Annette.  Thanks again for the darling onesies!
My big kiddos have been working so hard at school.  We have about four weeks to go, including a couple of days we've set aside for SAT testing, but we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Matter of fact, Adina's kindergarten curriculum, for next school year, even arrived, in the mail, yesterday.  She's already spent several hours just thumbing through every page.
She's most excited about her new Science book.
We also snuck in another homeschool day at the Kansas City Zoo.  Ezekiel studied flamingos this month, while Adina, Kaden, and I visited the critters.
We even got to see the keepers shearing the llamas.
We've got a couple of weeks left of Awana, too.  Ezekiel's been enjoying all the themes this year, including "Crazy Glasses" night...
and most recently, got third place, in the Grand Prix, with his Pinewood Derby car.
And me?  Well, I'm really trying to work my way through Larry Crabb's 66 Love Letters along with my new Fruit of the Spirit Bible.  That is, when I'm not nodding off from sheer exhaustion.
I've also been enjoying strawberries on everything from ice-cream to waffles.  Mmmm!
And someplace between keeping our home spic 'n span for its prospective buyers, nursing Kaden every three to three and a half hours morning and night, and all of the above, I organized my kitchen cupboards...
stuffed all these plastic eggs with candy for our big hunt, with the cousins, on Sunday (Adina was a big help with this one.)...
and finished making Adina's Easter dress, which she promptly put on and danced and twirled in, until Daddy made her go to bed.  LOL!  She's still delivering tons of thank you kisses to my cheeks, too.  Gosh, I'm so glad she loves it so!  I'll take a moment to share it sometime next week.
And I couldn't help but share one, final pic.  No matter how many times I walk around the corner and see one of my kiddos' toys exploring the Amazon in a potted plant, deep sea diving in the bathroom sink, catching some zzz's in a Kleenex box, or waiting for its prey while perched on the edge of a lamp, it still continues to put a smile on my face.  To be a kid again... Sigh.
That about cover things.  I have a card to share, with you all, tomorrow.  Yes, I said a card.  Tee hee!  Believe it or not, I haven't forgotten how to work those papers and stamps.  So, until then, thanks so much for checking in on us.  I so appreciate each and every one of YOU!  Have a blessed weekend!  Hugs!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Studio Numbers Challenge

Morning, friends!  I know it's been a long time.  I can't believe that we're already near the middle of April!  Everything has been super busy in my neck of the woods, but we're doing well, and I'm totally enjoying the springtime weather with my cuties.  I'm hoping to do a little catching up this week, but until then, I'm just popping in to share The Studio's first challenge of the month.  This time we're asking that you include numbers in your layout, whether they be in the title or journaling or both.  I really wanted to design a page around my kiddos' birthdays being 07/07, 11/01, and 02/02, being as they each ended up with their own personal lucky number, but I have very few digital baby pics of my oldest and haven't yet printed many of my youngest.  So, it'll have to wait for another occasion.  In the end, I pulled a couple of pics from my big kiddos' first double-digit birthday and came up with this.  Enjoy!
I started this layout by smudging Key Lime Glimmer Mist, stamping a number of chevrons in Wild Wasabi ink, and white embossing a bunch of stars, in strategic locations, throughout the yellow, script, base page.  I then anchored a trio of color-coordinating, patterned papers, with white-threaded, straight and zig-zag, machine stitches, near the bottom of the page and tucked my photos, which had been matted with Whisper White cardstock, into their combined top edge.  An arrow paperclip, laced with a bit of white string, tied in a bow, as well as an embossed, leaf sticker, trim the top left corner of the far left photo...
and a "DATE:" July 5, 2013 label tops them both.
I then created the cluster near the top center of the page around a "HAPPY" word, cut from patterned paper and stamped, in Chocolate Chip ink, with the "TIMES AHEAD" phrase.  It was topped with a row of brown Alphabeans, anchored with white-threaded, straight, machine stitches, and grounded with a "SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY" tag.
The title-layering near the bottom right corner of the photographs was begun with a number tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow.  I then tucked a green, chevron envelope under its right side and topped it with a vintage, yellow tag.  The "10" journaling sprout is the first indication of my "10" theme and carries into my "10 years" title, which was created from raw chipboard, painted white, ink distressed, and glittered, as well as a Chocolate Chip, cardstock "years", die-cut using my Cameo and grounded with a yellow, sunburst envelope.
That journaling sprout was then topped with a quilt transparency, which was secured in place with a couple of simple staples and flanked with both a vintage, flair button and "HEY THERE" phrase, cut from patterned paper.  The "10" theme was further carried into the design with a kraft, typography number, before the entire collection was grounded with a "GOOD TIMES" phrase, cut from patterned paper.  A trio of yellow, sunburst sequins and handful of green, enamel dots complete the look.
Further inspiration for this layout came from Color Me Scrappy's Challenge #59...
and Sketchabilities' Sketch #112.
Please be sure to stop by the challenge link above to get all your challenge details, as well as to see how the rest of the team was inspired to incorporate numbers into their designs.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful week!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Whole Lotta' Happy, Onesie Twosie, & Borders & Backgrounds 3 (Wplus9); chevron (JBS) Paper: Whisper White & Chocolate Chip (SU); yellow script (JBS); yellow polka dot & brown stripe (My Mind's Eye); green designer (American Crafts) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell); Wild Wasabi & Chocolate Chip (SU); watermark (VersaMark) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); "HAPPY", "HEY THERE", & "GOOD TIMES" phrase cuts (Crate Paper); brown Alphabeans & scalloped journaling sprout (Jillibean Soup); enamel dots & "DATE:" label (October Afternoon); "SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY" tag (Elle's Studio); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); yellow sunburst sequins & yellow tag (JBS); chevron envelope, number tag, & chipboard numbers (Paper Studio); white string (Hobby Lobby); brown arrow paperclip (Lawn Fawn); embossed leaf sticker (We R Memory Keepers); Key Lime Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); white embossing powder (Ranger); kraft typography number (Maya Road); staples & stapler (office supply store); yellow sunburst envelope & quilt transparency (Basic Grey); vintage flair (Paper Bakery); Cameo (Silhouette)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Guest Designing with The Shabby Tea Room

Hello again, y'all!  I'm just thrilled to be here today guest designing with the fabulously talented girls over in The Shabby Tea Room!  Eeek!
Here's how I was inspired.
I started this card by white embossing the top edge of a piece of green, polka dot, patterned paper with the lace trim and fitting it into the bottom of a piece of pink, stripe, patterned paper, before anchoring them both, to the Oatmeal, cardstock, card face, with white-threaded, zig-zag, machine stitches.  I then topped the lace edge with a length of white, seam binding ribbon, tied, in a double bow, near the left edge of the card face and embellished with a pink, enamel dot.
I then rounded the corners of a floral, "Faith" flashcard; stamped its top left corner, in Jet Black ink, with the "Trust that it's going to be okay." sentiment...
machine stitched, with white-threaded, messy stitches, a vellum, butterfly die cut, which I had dry embossed with polka dots, near its right edge; and adhered it, with foam tape, in the top center of the card face, just to the left of the embellished bow.
The entire look was then grounded with a bunch of button blossoms, stitched with white threaded, as well as a couple of dimensional, glitter, flower stickers, to complete the look.
And here's your Week #212: Pretty in Pink inspiration photo to get you started.  They're asking that you use white/cream, pink, and green, as well as lace/ribbon and flowers, on your project.
Before I run, I want to send out a HUGE thank you to Debbie and her team for having me this week!  I always love playing along with their gorgeous challenges, and I hope that you all will stop by and do the same.  You can get all the challenge details at the link above.  Thanks so much for peeking in, and have a wonderful, work week!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Chantilly Trim (Wplus9); Faith in You (Market Street Stamps) Paper: Oatmeal (Wplus9); green polka dot (SU); pink stripe (My Mind's Eye); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers); butterfly die, polka dot embossing folder, & buttons (SU); white string (Hobby Lobby); glitter floral dimensional stickers (K&Company); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); "Faith" flashcard (Webster's Pages); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); pink enamel dot (My Mind's Eye); white embossing powder (Ranger)

The Studio Sketch Challenge

Morning, y'all!  Just popping in to share my take on this month's sketch challenge from The Studio.  Enjoy!
I started this layout by smudging Bubblegum Glimmer Mist onto the Whisper White, cardstock, base page and stamping lots of coordinating, floral images, in Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, and Rose Red inks, in a diagonal, just to the left of where my photo would lie.  I then stacked a number of color-coordinating, patterned, paper bits on top of a bit of cheesecloth; anchored them with gold-threaded, straight and zig-zag, machine stitches; and topped them with my photo, which was matted with more Whisper White cardstock.  I then tucked a white envelope under the photo's right side and a "Date captured" March 2012 tag under its top edge, before pinning the top right corner with a "PERFECT", cardstock sticker.
The top left corner of the photo was overlaid with a scalloped, gold label, topped with a white embossed, on vellum, and hand-cut butterfly, as well as a hand-cut, from patterned paper, and glittered arrow.
The whole display was then sprinkled with gold, flower sequins and grounded with the "SPRING has Sprung!" title, which was created from chipboard Thickers, rubon letters, and a Cameo-cut, from Rose Red cardstock, "Sprung!".
But I didn't stop there.  I spread those pics of my garden, bursting with springtime goodness, into a two-pager.
Let's get a look at the right side.
This side has lots more of the mist smudging and floral stamping, as well as those sweet, little, gold, flower sequins.  And above and below the photo grid you'll find more cheesecloth on top of those fabulous, patterned papers, anchored with yummy stitching.  I then framed my crocus photo with a kraft Polaroid, dressed up with another hand-cut, from patterned paper, and glittered arrow and embossed, vellum butterfly, as well as a "DELIGHTFUL", cardstock sticker.
The top row of photos holds another glittered arrow...
and is dressed up with a "HAPPINESS", dimensional, banner sticker, trimmed with a larger, embossed, vellum butterfly to complete the look.
Further inspiration for this layout came from Kreative Koncepts' Colour Challenge #23.
And here's this month's sketch, as inspired by Cari's Year in Review Challenge layout, to get you off and running in the right direction.
Please be sure to stop by the challenge link above to get all your challenge details, as well as to see how the rest of the team has interpreted this playful sketch.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a blessed Sunday, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Ever After & Flora & Fauna I (Wplus9) Paper: Whisper White & Rose Red (SU); bright pink medallion & pink stripe (My Mind's Eye); arrow (October Afternoon); aqua text (JBS); teal chevron (Fancy Pants); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Rose Red, Coastal Cabana, & Pool Party (SU); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell); watermark (VersaMark) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Dazzling Diamonds (SU); white embossing powder (Ranger); chipboard Thickers (American Crafts); teal rubon letters (Doodlebug Design); Cameo (Silhouette); gold sequin flowers (JBS); white envelope (Paper Studio); "Date captured" tag (Elle's Studio); "PERFECT" & "DELIGHTFUL" word bit stickers & "HAPPINESS" dimensional banner sticker (My Mind's Eye); Polaroid (Studio Calico); cheesecloth (Dritz); Bubblegum Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); scalloped gold label (Martha Stewart)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Faves

Welcome to the March edition of my Friday Faves, friends!  I've had my eye on a trio of collections this month, beginning with Carta Bella's Baby Mine Boy Collection Kit.  For obvious reasons, this collection is a must-have for me.  I'm even liking it more than the baby boy kit I featured last month for its vintage appeal and darling, storybook drawings.
Simple Stories is without a doubt my latest crush, and this month, I'm totally digging their A Charmed Life Collection Kit.  LOVE that it would be perfect for scrapping pics of any one of my kiddos with its more "boy" palette and sweet, girly prints!
I'm also totally in awe of their Homespun Collection Kit.  From its bits and pieces and plethora of journaling cards to its photo overlays and family-centered phrases, it was simply made for me.
I got these uber trendy, vintage Chalkboard Flatbacks in my March JBS Mercantile Papercrafting Kit and can't wait to put them to good use.
Jenni's Cloud Bubbles, too, are the perfect addition to her new, wood veneer line.  LOVE!
Kaden's 3-month pics are just over a month away, and I'm planning on having a photo of all three of my kiddos taken at the same time.  While I know what I'd like for my other two to wear, I've only yet purchased Kaden's outfit but think these Made-to-Order Baby Booties, from A Simple Bee, in white, would not only complete the ensemble, but also keep his toes toasty warm throughout the season.
And finally, I couldn't resist sharing this adorable Bunny Ring from Apple Latte.  My sweet girl would love it to bits!  But if a bunny isn't really your cup of tea, the shop owner has everything from dolphins and dinosaurs to monkeys and mice.  So fun!
That rounds things up for this month, folks.  I'm off to nurse my baby bear and make pizza for family movie night.  Thanks so much for looking, and may your weekends be full of fun!  Hugs!