Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Studio Mood Board Challenge

Happy Sunday, friends!  I trust you all are enjoying your weekends.  Fall ball is officially underway in our neck of the woods, so we'll be back to the ballpark, after church, today; but while all that is going on, I want you to have the opportunity to start thinking about your next challenge in The Studio.  We'd love to see how the mood board below inspires you this week.  My Jenni Bowlin kit arrived on my doorstep just in time for this challenge, and eeek!  It is packed to the brim with delicious goodies, y'all!  So, I dove right in.
I started this page by anchoring two strips of color-coordinating, patterned papers the length of the beach, base page with white-threaded, straight, machine stitches and topping them with a bit of black, floral Washi.  I then created my photo layout by cutting and matting my pics with Whisper White cardstock.  The far left photo was backed with a piece of Cameo-cut vellum, as well a ledger transparency and dressed up with a "Smile" tab...
and the far right photo with a feather tag, which I stitched with a soft pink, embroidery floss; dressed up with a "sandcastles" sticker; and laced with a length of Coral Calypso Baker's Twine, tied in a bow.  I then tucked a kraft, May 29, 2010, Memorial Day Weekend, journaling tab under its right side...
and both a "BEACH" Bingo card and kraft tag, laced with white string under its top.
A cluster of pretty branches, stamped in both Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana inks, on White cardstock and hand-cut out, as well as die-cut, vellum leaves, dress up a bit of vintage flair and flank a teal, chipboard frame, filled in with a dimensional, "TOGETHER" sticker.  I also stamped a few more of those branch images, in Jet Black ink, on the background itself, just for added fullness and strung a hand-cut, from patterned paper, banner from this point to the outside edge of the layout.
Another similar cluster can be found near the bottom of the page, but rather than grounding the branches with a flair button, I did so with a raw chipboard butterfly.
My entire design was then grounded with the "[TOGETHER] AT THE shore" title, which was created from the dimensional sticker mentioned above, glitter alphas, and aqua letters.  A "waves" sticker and "WHERE" Melvern Lake label complete the title grouping...
and a chipboard cloud, topped with another chipboard butterfly; handful of teal and aqua sequins; and "DELIGHTFUL", cardstock sticker complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from ScrapMuch?'s August Colour Challenge...
and although I'm late to the party, Let's Capture Our Memories' Sketch #81, put out by Page Drafts.
And here's your August Mood Board to get you off and running in the right direction.  Obviously, I was drawn to somehow include the beach on my page; but being as I'm from Kansas, and the nearest real beach is like 18 hours away by car, I decided to scrap pictures of my family at the lake.  Believe it or not, us land-locked people still call the sandy plot pictured above the beach.
This month's winner will receive a package of chippies from A2Z Scraplets.  A2Z Scraplets manufactures laser-cut chipboard products, in Australia, for the scrapbooking world.  They have an extensive range with 1000's of products to choose from or can cut designs or titles to suit your needs.  Their products can be painted, inked, embossed, glittered, etc... The possibilities are endless!  They are WHOLESALE ONLY.  Head over to their website to see a great range of products and/or be inspired by a visit to their blog.
Please don't forget to click over to the challenge link above to see how the rest of the team has been inspired.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful week!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: foliage images (Jenni Bowlin) Paper: White (Wplus9); Whisper White (SU!); beach scene, banner, polka dot, & bitty floral (Webster's Pages); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Coastal Cabana & Crisp Cantaloupe (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); heart cut file, vintage flair, Bingo card, & kraft tag (Jenni Bowlin); Cameo (Silhouette); white string (Hobby Lobby); kraft journaling tab & ledger transparency (Maya Road); chipboard cloud & aqua letters (October Afternoon); chipboard butterflies (Scrapmatts); Folkart Florals die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); circle template (Fiskars); soft pink embroidery floss (DMC); feather tag, sequins, & "Smile" label (Studio Calico); "sandcastles" sticker (EK Success); glitter alphas (Pink Paislee); dimensional "TOGETHER" sticker, "DELIGHTFUL" cardstock sticker, & black floral Washi (MME); "waves" sticker (Deja Views); teal chipboard frame (American Crafts); "WHERE" label (7 Gypsies); Coral Calypso Baker's Twine (SU!)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Color Me Scrappy Challenge #68

Note: If you've come here looking for my Stuck?! August 15th Sketch post, please scroll down.

Hello again!  I'm back to share my take on Color Me Scrappy's latest palette.  Enjoy!
I started this layout by stamping my gradient, base page, in Jet Black ink, with the large chevrons.  I then added both aqua and yellow, rubon chevrons over them, before adhering a strip of red, alpha, patterned paper, vertically, just left of center; flanking it with a couple lengths of Washi Tape; and topping it with both raindrop and yellow, graphic, patterned papers.  The latter were framed with a couple lengths of black-threaded, straight, machine stitches; before everything was topped with Cameo-cut, from vellum, interlocking circles.  My photos were then matted with Whisper White cardstock; adhered in their present positions; and grounded with my "splash PARK" title, which was created from glittered, aqua alphas and Cameo-cut, from a floral, patterned paper, letters.  I also tucked a "little lovelies" phrase bit in with the title.
A portion of a postcard tag was then laced with white string, tied in a bow, and tucked in behind my layers.  I wanted to share a little tip for how to stretch your stash here.  I tend to more often use these tags as an extra layer like this, rather than as a whole like I did back here, but it just kills me to waste the entire thing.  So, why not cut it in half and use it twice?  Now, you could just use the non-tag half as is, but I kind of like the texture the whole tag look adds.  So, I used the smallest circle in Wplus9 Design's Lacey Layers die set to cut a Kraft, cardstock circle; adhered the circle in the far right center of the tag; and punched through the center of both layers with a simple, hole punch.  I also trimmed the corners as seen below.
A dimensional, cloud sticker, which I also dressed up with lots of glitter for the polka dots, trims the top right corner of Ezekiel's picture, and a trio of phrase bit stickers round out its side.
A "SMILE" tag and "date" July 9, 2013 label...
prep the page for lots of buttons, laced with white string, as well as colorful brads and clear sequins, which complete the look.
Further inspiration for this layout came from Creative Scrappers' Sketch #275.
And here's your Challenge #68 palette to get you started.  We're also asking that you include something on your page that signifies summer to you.
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 great weekend, friends!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: chevron (Jenni Bowlin) Paper: Whisper White (SU!); Kraft (Wplus9); gradient (hazel & ruby); yellow designer (Studio Calico); raindrop & floral (Pink Paislee); red alpha (Jillibean Soup); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); red buttons (Buttons Galore & More); brads & "SMILE" tag (MME); clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); circle cut file (Diana Fisher); Cameo (Silhouette); Lacey Layers die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); "little lovelies" sticker (K&Company); "a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck" phrase bit (hazel & ruby); "together = perfect" & "radiate sunshine" phrase stickers (Chic Tags); "date" label (American Crafts); Storybook Washi Tape (Paper Bakery); aqua alphas (October Afternoon); tag & veneer buttons (Jenni Bowlin); white string (Hobby Lobby); chevron rubons (Dear Lizzy)

Stuck?! August 15th Sketch

Hi, friends!  I'm so excited to finally be here sharing a little something creative!  I've got so many fun ideas floating around in my little head but am struggling to find the time to creatively release them all.  So, I'm relishing even more in the moments that I do get to steal away to my special space to create.  Without further adieu, I've got my take on Stuck?! Sketches' current challenge to share, with you all, today.  Here goes.
I started this layout by smudging Candy Apple Glimmer Mist onto the kraft, embossed, polka dot, base pages.  I then applied raw modeling paste, through a star stencil, to my background and stamped it, in Jet Black ink, with the grid design and, in Night of Navy ink, with the ink splotches, before splattering gold Color Shine throughout.  A bit of red, polka dot vellum, too, spans both pages, along with a variety of color-coordinating, patterned, paper strips, which were anchored with white-threaded, straight, machine stitches; bits of red, stripe Washi Tape; and a large, white doily.  In addition, all of my photos were matted with Whisper White cardstock.  That sets the stage.  Now, let's get a closer look at the left side first.
A Cameo-cut, from Night of Navy cardstock, "Independence Day" title tops the photos...
and two, stamped, in Night of Navy ink, on White cardstock, banners, which were also hand cut out, ink distressed, and topped with gold stars, ground them.
The top left photo was wrapped with a length of Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, and further embellished with a red, polka dot, dimensional butterfly and gold, "celebrate" and "YOU MAKE ME SMILE" phrase bits.
A "Place" home sticker banner...
turns our attention to the right side of the page.
Another stamped banner, prepared in the same way as above, along with not one...
but two dimensional butterflies, top the design...
and a simple, red, Wed. 2013 label dresses up one of the photos...
while a trio of gold, phrase bits flanks another.
I then stamped the jar, in Pistachio Pudding ink, on White cardstock; hand cut it out; wrapped it with a length of Baker's Twine, tied in a bow; and filled it in with smudges of chalk pastels, highlighted with glitter, to simulate fireflies.  A bit of "HELLO" flair and red, chevron envelope, stuffed with a hand-cut, White, cardstock tag for journaling, complete the look.
My journaling reads, We spent most of our day running errands & getting ready for Ezekiel's birthday party on the 5th but stopped everything for a yummy dinner of chicken & veggie shish kabobs, homemade dinner rolls, garden fresh salad, & patriotic Jell-O desserts.  Then, Ezekiel entertained us with a barrage of colored smoke & catching fireflies, before Adina joined in with poppers & sparklers.  I just love to see them both enjoying the holiday.
Here's your August 15th Sketch to get you started.  Obviously, I stretched it a bit; but I just couldn't help seeing an additional, reversed page of those staggered photos.
Our sponsors for this challenge, with a $20 gift certificate and kit of the month respectively, are...
We're also super excited to be celebrating Stuck?! Sketches' anniversary next month, and friends, you simply don't want to miss out on the month-long celebrations Laura has lined up!  So, please be sure to stop by and check out all the fun.
Also, 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.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope to see you back here, in just a bit, for the reveal of Color Me Scrappy's newest palette.  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Off the Grid (SU!); jar & star square (Jenni Bowlin); Ink Splats (Wplus9) Paper: kraft polka dot embossed (Bazzill); White (Wplus9); Whisper White & Night of Navy (SU!); red polka dot vellum & red triangles (MME); floral, soft blue gingham, & blue star (Pebbles, Inc.) Ink: Night of Navy & Pistachio Pudding (SU!); Jet Black, Tea Dye, & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); star stencil, red "Place:" banner sticker, & dimensional butterflies (Jenni Bowlin); modeling paste (Liquitex); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); "Independence Day" cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); red stripe Washi Tape (Queen & Co.); gold metal stars (MME); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); paper doily (Wilton); gold phrase stickers (Chic Tags); Candy Apple Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); Gold Color Shine (Heidi Swapp); "HELLO" flair (findingnana); red chevron envelope (Whisker Graphics); hole punch (office supply store); red label (K&Company); chalk pastels (Prang)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Family Update

Well, hello there, friends.  Just wanted to share a little of what we've been up to over the last few weeks.  We made another trip to our Kansas City Zoo.  We've missed our regular visits for their homeschool programs.  They start back up again next month, but they've revamped them to the point that it may be difficult for us to swing the time frames this year.  We'll just have to wait and see what their final decision is.  We can still always visit just for fun, as was the case this day.  They also had a yummy breakfast for Friends of the Zoo members, so we  were off.
After our fill, we saw the Wings of Wonder show.  It was super difficult to get any decent pics, especially because I put my hubby in charge of the camera (Tee hee!), while I held Kaden, but I did snap this one of my big kiddos getting up close and personal with an African Grey Parrot.
Then, we visited a small portion of the remainder of the zoo...
before heading out for some ice-cream and a visit to a toy store.  The store wasn't anything like the one we visited back here, but there were still lots of things new to my kiddos.  Adina found this cool penmanship board.  When you run the pen over the letters, the holes are filled in with magnetic balls.  To knock them back down, you simply run over the letters with your finger.  Such a great way to teach the ball and stick method!  I totally would've purchased it, but it was CRAZY expensive.
Ezekiel found the Simon game.  I had just been telling him about this game the week before.  I loved playing it, when I was young, but I hadn't seen it in a long time.  Ezekiel recognized it, from my description, right away and loved it, too.
And Kaden was mesmerized with this.
We also had the privilege of spending some time with my dear friend, Kari, and her three kiddos.  I've known Kari since we were in the fourth grade.  Our life paths have settled us super far from one another, but her parents still live in the same city as mine.  So, while she was back visiting hers, she made a little time for us.  We met them at Kidscape one morning, and they spent the afternoon at our house; but we were so busy catching up, that I failed to get many pics.  LOL!
So, when we met them at the Topeka Zoo, before they left for their home in Texas, I made sure to get lots.
I can't forget the babies.  Her oldest son is the same age as Adina, and her youngest is four months older than Kaden.
Speaking of, look who's sitting up without any help whatsoever anymore.  I got a whole string of sweet shots like the one below.  Unfortunately, you can tell that he's not feeling so well.  No never mind.  He's still such a cutie patootie.
He's also rolling all over the place.  The baby proofing has officially begun ;).  He's now six-months-old.  He sleeps eleven or more hours through the night and wakes up, in the morning and from naps, with such a happy demeanor.  He nurses five times a day at breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and just before bed.  He takes approximately three hour-and-a-half naps and has had his first taste of rice cereal.
I love that he enjoys books as much as my others, too!
My biggest two made a haul from their summer reading programs at our local library and Half Price Books.  They also each got to pick a book out, for their reading, at Barnes and Noble; but after two years of having done this, I'm completely unimpressed with the excitement garnered from their program.  It's advertised terribly, too.  I guess when you don't have any competition, you can get away with that.  But we're always grateful for the opportunity to earn good books for free.
I said here before that Adina had been taking swim lessons.  We've had such difficulty getting anywhere, over the last couple of years, with the programs in our area; but those are now complete, and I'm pleased with the progress she made this go around.  She's super confident in the water, but her skills don't quite match up.  I'm hoping we'll be able to get a pool pass to our local community pool through the cool months, too, just to keep her progress moving forward.
She also helped me do some shopping for a little lady, in our community, whose family cannot afford to purchase her back-to-school supplies.  She was so proud taking that little backpack to church.
I made our first falafel in honor of our dear friends, who are home, from Jordan, visiting.  We paired it with lots of leafy greens, topped with a homemade yogurt dressing, and toasted pita bread, and we'll definitely be making it again.  Yum!
Today officially marks the close of our first week of school.  Ezekiel was so excited to see that his arithmetic teacher from last year also teaches this year's 6th grade arithmetic and science classes.  This guy cracks me up, y'all!  I don't know how his wife puts up with him.  LOL!  But my big kiddo loves him to bits.  Ezekiel also recognized one other teacher and has two new ones as well.
Adina is joining the video streaming program this year.  She wanted to so badly.  I was hesitant.  Y'all, kindergarten was my specialty before I became a stay-at-home mom, but I did get bored with preschool last year and taught her lots of kindergarten material.  So, it'll be good for her to get the same stuff from a different perspective.  She already loves Mrs. Reese!  Plus, it frees me up for the fun stuff, like science experiments, art projects, field trips, and reading...
not to mention, taking care of our baby.
Before I go, I couldn't resist sharing this gorgeous display of mini carnations my hubby brought me.  He's never bought me carnations before.  He said it was because "they're kind of a cheap flower", but we needed just a couple of white ones for a science experiment; so, he thought I'd enjoy some pink and purple ones to pair with the leftover white ones just because.  What he didn't know was that my Dad always used to buy me carnations for my birthday.  I have a January birthday, and the carnation is January's flower.  So, I was super excited, and they smell ever so good to boot!  I wonder why my Dad stopped buying me carnations (?).
Well, that covers some of the things between fall ball, the great hamster escape (She's back safe and sound now.  Sigh of relief.), the better half of us being under the weather for nearly a week (Kaden survived his first cold.  Poor baby.), and re-situating my entire studio to make room for my hubby.  He's been doing more of his fire sprinkler designing from home and needed a place to call his own.  I was more than happy to share mine ;).  Love to have him close by!  I'll share, once I get everything just where I want it.  I'm hoping to log in a little creative time, in our new space, this weekend but will, for sure, have a couple of projects to share midway through the month.  Thanks for checking in on us!  I'm off to start another load of laundry.  XOXO