The Studio Proud Challenge

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Morning, friends!  Just popping back in, as promised, with my take on The Studio's newest challenge.  Whether it's having baked/decorated the perfect cake or just started the dream job you've sought after your whole life through, we want to see what you're proud of this go around.  I have so many things to be proud of, but most recently, I'm proud of my daughter for graduating kindergarten with flying colors.  She is such a good reader and always eager to tackle any challenge set before her.  Secretly, I think she's just trying to outdo her older brother, but a little competition never hurt anyone.  Right?!  I couldn't resist a pink and yellow palette supported by new Crate Paper and Pinkfresh collections found in my recent Hip Kit Club goodies.  Enjoy!
I started this layout by smudging Piglet and Sunshine Mister Huey's onto the grid, base page.  I then speckled the page with a little more of the same, as well as watered-down, Pure Black, acrylic paint, before arranging my photos.  One of the photos was matted with Whisper White cardstock, and the other was framed with a woodgrain, chipboard, instant mini.  Then, beginning in the top right corner and moving clockwise around the page, I tucked an "A", for Adina, flashcard to the right of and above my photos; anchored a "NOTED", file folder tab to its top edge with gold-threaded, messy, machine stitches; topped it with a hand-cut from patterned paper and glittered "6", as well as corrugated alphas to abbreviate "YRS."...
and grounded it with a floral die cut, backed with a tangle of gold thread; May 12, 2015, label; and beautiful, clay butterfly, handmade and gifted by my dear friend Annette Allen.  A yellow, heart, puffy sticker turns our attention to...
the "favorite GRADUATE" title which was created with Grey Flannel Flash Alphas and a gold foil, chipboard "favorite".
I then tucked a glittered, "LOVE" card to the left of that; topped it with a hand-cut, from patterned paper, "Just Be You!" oval and felt heart which was stapled to the page itself; and framed its bottom right corner with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  I used those same stitches to frame the photo in the top left corner of the page, too.
I then slid a bulls-eye, "so happy", paper bit under that same photo and just to the left of the chipboard-framed one and dressed up its bottom corner with a "SMILE" tag, laced with black Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, as well as another floral die cut, backed with more gold thread.
My journaling can be found just below that and reads, I couldn't possibly be any more proud of you.  Keep that smile and always be yourself.  You're already doing such amazing things.
A chipboard, "HELLO" banner, dressed up with a crochet flower, flanked by a couple of gold, sequin leaves; pink label; and "let every day sparkle!" puffy sticker...
as well as healthy sprinklings of enamel dots and gold sequins and a gold, chipboard arrow, completes the look.
Looking forward to seeing where this one takes you all!  You have until September 13, 2015, to link up your takes, on this Proud Challenge and/or our previous, August Mood Board Challenge and/or Sketch Challenge, in the right-hand column of The Studio Blog.  Then, I'll be back with our first September challenge at that same time.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure to take a little jaunt over to the challenge link above to see how the rest of the team was inspired, too, and have a wonderfully blessed week!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: Whisper White (SU!); grid (Studio Calico) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); chipboard elements, "so happy" bulls-eye, "A" & "6" paper pieces, die cuts, felt heart, enamel dots, & sequins (Crate Paper); puffy stickers & "LOVE" & "Just Be You!" paper bits (Pinkfresh); Baker's Twine (AR Designs); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); Grey Flannel Flash Alphas (October Afternoon); corrugated Thickers & gold foil "favorite" (American Crafts); butterfly (Annette Allen); "NOTED" file folder tab (Chic Tags); sequin leaves (Jenni Bowlin); crochet flower (Paper Studio); staple & stapler (office supply store); Sunshine & Piglet Mister Huey's (Studio Calico); Pure Black acrylic paint (FolkArt); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives)

For the Love of Books

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Welcome to the weekend!  We're off on our next adventure after milk and doughnuts; but before that, I promised to stop back in here with this month's For the Love of Books post, and I'm here now to deliver.  This fitting, back-to-school adventure is written for children ages five to eight; but its playful, watercolor illustrations are sure to entice the young and old alike.
First Day Jitters, written by Julie Danneberg and illustrated by Judy Love, tells the story of Sarah Jane Hartwell's first morning at a new school.  She reluctantly tunnels under her bed covers, daydreaming of how dreadful her class would be; but Mr. Hartwell is finally able to encourage her into the bathroom to get ready and downstairs for a piece of toast, before she stumbles into the car.  When she arrives at the school, Mrs. Burton, the school principal, immediately welcomes and shows her to her classroom.  Most of the children are already in their seats when Mrs. Burton leads Sarah to the front of the room and introduces her as the students' new teacher, Mrs. Sarah Jane Hartwell.

Sarah's face is completely covered right up to the end of the book.  So, the twist in plot, from the everyday reader thinking Sarah is just another student in the class to learning she's actually the teacher, is a pure delight.  Love to know what you all think!  Thanks so much for reading!  Now, get out there and make the most of your weekend!  XOXO

Friday Faves

Friday, August 28, 2015

TGIF!  I hope you've all got spectacular plans for the weekend!  We're so excited to be joining other educators and their families, for a Teacher Appreciation Weekend, at Union Station's Science City tomorrow.  I'm sure I'll have lots of pics to share, along with the heap of other things we've been up to but haven't yet made it on here, next week.  But being as this is the last Friday of August, it has become tradition here in my little neck of the woods to share a number of scrumptious goodies that have caught my eye throughout the month.  So, let's get this month's lineup started with Echo Park's Teacher's Pet 12x12 Collection Kit.  This is such a perfect collection of prints for back to school, and I just love the included cardstock stickers and paper bookmarks.  So fun!

My friend, Ashley Horton, recently introduced me to Bella Blvd.'s Illustrated Faith Branded Products, and I'm simply smitten with the playfulness of their Whatever Is Lovely Collection Kit.  Don't you just adore those happy patterns and prints, and the faith-based stickers and cuttables have this girl's name written all over them.
I'm squeezing every last ounce of summer out with Freckled Fawn's darling Tiny Pink Flowers Washi....
and Precious Remembrance's Blossom Stamp Set.  Those sketchy lines and scrappy sentiments are absolutely perfect!
But I'm also gearing up for fall with this yummy Painted Pumpkin Patch Outdoor Pillow from Pottery Barn.  I adore the haphazard way it's just thrown on that linen fabric.
And wouldn't it look lovely setting on this comfy Leanne Fabric Slipcover Sofa from Macy's?  Our sofa recently bit the dust.  We're making due, but this beauty almost made it home with us last weekend.  Unfortunately AND fortunately, our upcoming vacation plans and the need to have our septic tank pumped took the necessary funds to make said such happen, but I've still got my eye on it.  Love it to bits!
Finally, the deliciously cool palette and natural, feminine way Gsakowski Designs' Hyacinth Queen Anne's Lace Lariat drapes around that dress form brings out this girl's oohs and aahs.  Just gorgeous!
That wraps things up for this month, folks.  I'll be back tomorrow with a seasonal For the Love of Books pick.  Then, I'll see you next month.  I'm crossing my fingers that I've gotten the hard part of getting back to school wrapped up enough to liven up my blog-posting schedule.  Now, if I can just get Kaden on board with that plan ;).  Have a blessed weekend, friends!  Hugs!

Kaden's 18-Month Pics

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I'm so far behind, y'all!  I don't even know how to begin to check things off my to-do list.  It's paralyzing.  Please forgive me for my lack of visits.  I'm persistently playing catch-up, but I'm determined to get there.   And a HUGE thank you for hanging in there with me!  I so appreciate your taking time out of your busy schedules to visit me!  So, I just wanted to pop in here today to share a few, irresistible pics from my littlest's 18-month-old photo session at our local JCPenney Portrait Studio.  He is truly the light of our lives and such a blessing in so many ways.  Gosh, I just love this cutie to bits!  Mwah!
I'll be back tomorrow with this month's Friday Faves roundup.  Until then, thanks so much for stopping by, and have a terrific Thursday!  XOXO

Colour Me... Playful!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Morning, y'all!  I'm back with another playful challenge from Colour Me...!  This one calls for Stampin' Up's Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Cajun Craze, and Tangerine Tango and inspired a card for one of my daughter's little friends.  She was so excited over attending his birthday party this past weekend and thanked me over and over for making him this card and letting her go.  So sweet!
I started his card by anchoring a couple of patterned papers, onto the White, cardstock, card face, with a black-threaded, straight, machine-stitch, double frame and wrapping their combined center with a length of aqua ribbon which was tied, in a knot, near the right edge of the card face.
A White, cardstock, rounded-rectangle die cut was then stamped, in Jet Black ink, in its bottom center, with the "wild about you!" sentiment.  The lion was stamped just above that in fussy-cut layers, separated by foam tape, of Tangerine Tango and Cajun Craze inks and topped with a stamped, in Peacock Feathers and Summer Sun inks, bird.  I also added a little hand-penned, Jet Black ink for the eyes and nose, as well as a hint of Crystal Effects just for the lion's nose.
The balloons were stamped, in Pool Party and Island Indigo inks, on White, cardstock die cuts; anchored to the lion with hand-drawn, in Jet Black ink, strings; and given a hint of shine with Dazzling Diamonds; before that entire piece was adhered, in the center of the card face, with foam tape.  A sprinkling of color-coordinating sequins and clear gemstones completes the look.
Here's your Creative Challenge No. 86 graphic to get you started.
Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of the team was inspired.  We'd also love to have you play along with us!  You have until 12 noon EST, on Monday, August 31, 2015, to link up your takes over at that same challenge link above.  I just love seeing how you all play with color!  Please be sure to check out last week's stunning Creative Challenge No. 85 Top Picks, too, and thanks so much for stopping by!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Wild About You (SU!); Whole Lotta' Happy (Wplus9) Paper: White (Wplus9); orange stripe (K&Company); teal southwest (Crate Paper) Ink: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango, & Summer Sun (SU!); Jet Black & Peacock Feathers (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Clear Cut Stackers: Rounded Rectangles & Whole Lotta' Happy dies (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); sequins (Crate Paper); clear gemstones (crafts-too); Dazzling Diamonds & Crystal Effects (SU!); ribbon (Hobby Lobby)