Monday, September 15, 2014

Color Me Scrappy Challenge #70

Note: Love to have you scroll down to check out my Stuck?! September 15th Sketch post scheduled earlier this morning.  Thanks!

Hello again, friends!  I know.  I know.  Three pages in two days!  What's going on?  LOL!  Nevertheless, I am back to share my take on Color Me Scrappy's latest palette.  Here goes.
I started this page by layering a number of color-coordinating, patterned papers, most of which were anchored with brown-threaded, straight, machine stitches, as well as a yummy new cut file, which I cut from vellum, across the center of my wren, base page.  After matting my photos with Whisper White cardstock and securing them in their present positions, I stamped a kraft envelope, in Riding Hood Red, Lucky Limeade, and Early Espresso inks, with a trio of apples and tucked it in behind the left photo.  A cardstock sticker and tag, laced with Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, round out its top edge...
and a vintage advertisement and silhouette flashcard create the backdrop for my "Apple Pickin'" title, which was created with red, glitter alphas.
A "date:" Friday, Sept. 27, '13, Schweizer Orchards label and handful of feathers, hand cut from patterned paper, top that same photo and complete the left column.
I then tucked a "THIS TOTALLY HAPPENED:" journaling card in behind my right photo and topped it with a chipboard cloud, house sticker, and bit of vintage flair.  A "FRIDAY" pennant, hand cut from patterned paper, completes the top corner.
A roll a dex card guides the eye down the right side of the photo towards an "eleven" journaling card and "this is the day {heart}", sticker pennant which complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Let's Capture Our Memories' Sketch #87...
and here's your Challenge #70 palette to get you started.  We're looking for you to include something, on your pages, that signifies fall to you.  Every fall we go apple picking.  We pick nearly 80 pounds of apples.  Then, we spend an entire Saturday making and canning apple butter to give as gifts for Christmas and throughout the year.  Yum!
Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see what our talented team has created for your viewing pleasure.  As always, 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.  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a fantastic work week, y'all!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Tart & Tangy (SU!) Paper: Whisper White (SU!); vellum (Paper Studio); wren, feather, & cherry (Jenni Bowlin); red chevron (Jillibean Soup); arrow & aqua polka dot (MME) Ink: Early Espresso, Riding Hood Red, & Lucky Limeade (SU!); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: brown thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Arrows with Attitude cut file (The Cut Shoppe); Cameo (Silhouette); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); tag (Crate Paper); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); "FRIDAY" pennant, "THIS TOTALLY HAPPENED:" journaling card, "$5" cardstock sticker, & "date:" label (MME); chipboard cloud (October Afternoon); vintage flair (Paper Bakery); house & "this is the day {heart}" cardstock stickers (Simple Stories); vintage "QUEEN SEAL" wrap & "Run" flashcard (Jenni Bowlin); glitter letters (KI Memories); kraft envelope (Maya Road); "eleven" journaling card (Elle's Studio); roll a dex card (Lilybee Design)

Stuck?! September 15th Sketch

Morning, y'all!  I'm just thrilled to be here sharing my take on Stuck?! Sketches' second September sketch.  Even though there's a chill in the air and fall has arrived in my neck of the woods, I've been completely inspired by some new purchases to scrap more summer pics.
I started this page by securing a trio of patterned papers with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches and pairing them with a bit of gold, stripe Washi, as well as a stamped, in Jet Black ink, and glittered lace border.  I then matted my photos with Whisper White cardstock and tucked lots of hand-cut, from patterned paper, flowers in amidst edges.  Stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a green, scalloped, patterned paper and hand-cut leaves, as well as a couple of gold, sequin butterflies; "you are my HAPPY", sticker pennant; and chipboard, "No." circle, complete their arrangement.
The "Beautiful Summer" title, created from gold, word bit stickers...
as well as a yellow, Kill Creek Park, August 25, 2013, label, top the design...
while a gold, sailboat sticker, tucked in a blossom cluster over another patterned paper, prepared in the same way as above, and bit more Washi, ground it.
A couple of gold, phrase stickers embellish the top left photo...
and trio of fish, stamped, in Jet Black ink, on White cardstock, which were also hand cut out, colored with pencils, and dressed up with a bunch of bubble gemstones, complete the look.
 Further inspiration for this page came from Sassy Scrappers' September Moodboard Challenge.
And here's your September 15th Sketch, which I've rotated 90 degrees to the right, to get you started.
Our sponsors for this sketch, with a $20 gift certificate and both a 6x6 paper pad and stamp set of the winner's choice respectively, are...
Please 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!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Hooked on You, Chantilly Trim, & Ever After (Wplus9) Paper: White (Wplus9); Whisper White, multicolored floral, & ivory text (SU!); blue polka dot (Paper Studio); yellow floral & green scallops (Jenni Bowlin); woodgrain (Pebbles, Inc.) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); gold stripe Washi & "No." chipboard (MME); butterfly sequins (Maggie Holmes); "Beautiful Summer" & sailboat stickers (Pink Paislee); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); yellow scalloped label (Cosmo Cricket); gemstones (crafts-too); pencils (Prismacolor); mineral spirits (Inky Antics); "you are my HAPPY" banner (Little Yellow Bicycle); gold "love this place" & "LIFE IS SO GOOD" stickers (Chic Tags); Gelly Roll pen (Sakura)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Studio Sketch Challenge

Happy Sunday, y'all!  I've got my take on The Studio's new challenge to share, with you all, this am.  We've got a fancy, new sketch, for you, this go around.  Enjoy!
That big circle nearly scared me right out of my boots, folks!  I mean... I've done pages with large circles but never really liked the end result... until today.  I started this page with that circle, which I used to create my repetitive, "hush little baby" title from a trio of color-coordinating alphas.
I then anchored the left side of my photos, which were matted with Whisper White cardstock, with a trio of soft blue prints, secured in place with gray-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  A green tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, as well as a "YOU ARE HERE" label, was tucked under the top edge of the top photograph, which was finished with a February 2014 tab.
That same photo was grounded with a "grow" sticker and "thank heaven for little boys" banner.
My bottom photo was grounded with a "NEED THIS.", sticker banner, as well as a green-framed label, upon which I etched a Peter Pan quote.  Little boys should never be sent to bed.  They always wake up a day older.
The key cluster was created around a single chipboard cloud and includes a "Dream" sticker; stamped, in Brocade Blue ink, on White cardstock, moon, which I hand cut out and "pierced" with a diaper pin sticker; and a stamped, in Jet Black ink, on White cardstock, lamb, which I hand cut out and colored with pencils.
Another chipboard cloud; lots of star stickers, covered with glitter; and a couple of stamped, in Jet Black ink, phrases complete the look.
Here's your Sketch Challenge to get you started.
Thanks so much for stopping by, y'all!  Be sure to stop by the link above to get all your challenge details, as well as to be thoroughly inspired by our talented team.  Have a fantastic week!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Fall-O-Ween & Baby Basics (Market Street Stamps); Easter Blessings (Wplus9) Paper: White (Wplus9); Whisper White & soft blue floral (SU!); soft blue polka dot (Paper Studio); blue gingham (Pebbles Inc.); gray polka dot (Elle's Studio) Ink: Brocade Blue (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gray thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); white string (Hobby Lobby); chipboard clouds (October Afternoon); green tag & framed label (Crate Paper); "YOU ARE HERE" label & "NEED THIS." banner (Jenni Bowlin); green polka dot tab, star stickers, & "Dream" circle (Pebbles Inc.); "thank heaven for little boys" cardstock sticker (Paper Studio); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); pencils (Prismacolor); mineral spirits (Inky Antics); "grow" sticker (Little Yellow Bicycle); white letters (sei); gray Alphabeans (Jillibean Soup); foam glitter Thickers (Dear Lizzy); soft blue diaper pin (Me & My Big Ideas)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Family Update

Hey, friends!  I promise that I'm still alive ;).  I've even got a few pages whipped up to share with you over the next couple of days, but until then, I'd love to share a few pics of what we've been up to.  My hubby is sporting new wheels.  He accidentally blew through a red light and was hit on the driver's side of our car.  He's so lucky that both he and the other driver and his passengers are just fine, but our car didn't fair so well.
I'm finally getting back in the swing of my baking routine...
and we've recently been introduced to Kansas City Cupcake Co.  Oh, my goodness gracious!  Yum!  The cupcakes below were so moist, full of flavor, and utterly delish!  The only bad thing about the company is that their storefront is literally five minutes walking distance from my house.  Ugh!  That may make getting rid of those extra baby weight pounds more difficult.
Ezekiel is back to tweaking his clarinet after a little time off from band for the summer and loving playing fall ball.  His summer YMCA team joined the 3&2 ball club and is learning a lot about the details of the game.  It's a much more competitive league, but it's also a lot more fun to watch, even when they don't win.
He's doing so well in his studies this year.  It seems he's gotten over a bit of the hump that caused him to struggle over the last few years.  Maybe it's just that he's maturing.  Whatever it is, I'll take it!  It sure makes for a much happier family.  Matter of fact, he even just completed his first oral report of the year on the tree in our backyard and didn't shed a single tear.  Woohoo!
Kaden has eaten his first veggies.  He loves the orange- and yellow-toned ones...
and while the green ones haven't started out as his favorites, he, now, eats peas like a champ.
He's seven-months-old and constantly moving all over the place on his tummy and toosh.  He also gets on his hands and knees and rocks and rocks and rocks.  He's still nursing five times a day, and eating cereal for breakfast, veggies at lunch, and both for dinner.  Fruits are on the agenda for next week.  He takes two hour-and-a-half to two-hour naps a day and one approximately 30-minute catnap, while I'm working on dinner.  The grumpies creep in during the evening hours.  His swing sometimes helps with that, but the best remedy is simply for him to be held.  Unfortunately, that has put me in the doctor's office with a back injury.  I'm really trying not to do so much at the same time as toting my cutie pie around anymore, as per my doctor's orders, but a nightly heat pad has become my best friend.  He continues to make us smile with his antics and oozes personality.  Oh!  And while I can't yet see them in his smile, I can feel two bottom teeth.  Poor baby!  They've caused him all kinds of grief.
And even though I don't have any new pics to share of my girl, she is doing great!  She was under the weather for a few days this past week.  About the time I got better, she got the ickies.  Although, they weren't the same ickies I had.  We're so glad she's on the up and up now, though.  We missed her smile and silliness.  She's still loving school (It seems to come easy to her.) and is looking forward to starting back up with ballet next week.  She, along with Ezekiel, is also enjoying a new Awana club this year.  There's nothing like hearing little ones speak the Word of God.

Well, that catches you up on a few of the things that have kept us running.  Thanks so much for checking in on us and for all your sweet comments and emails, friends!  You sure know how to put a smile on this girl's face.  Love you lots!  Be blessed!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Color Me Scrappy Challenge #69

Morning, y'all!  I don't have anything new to share, with you all, today.  I've, actually, been under the weather all week.  I'm feeling better today but just trying not to overdue it and send myself right back to that icky place, which is difficult to do with three kiddos and a full schedule to boot.  But I do want to leave you, in time for your weekend scrapping, with Color Me Scrappy's uber fun new Challenge #69.
Sometimes, I accidentally get left out of the loop with not being on Facebook and all, and that's all that happened here.  I simply didn't get this challenge in time to be able to create anything for the reveal.  I really wanted to whip up something with it this week, but with being down for the count, it just didn't get done; and now, I'm on to other pressing assignments.  However, I don't want you all to miss out on one more day to be inspired by it.  We're looking for you to include some lined paper, in combination with the color palette, this time.  Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see what our talented team has created for your viewing pleasure.  And as always, remember that 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.  Happy creating, friends!  Have a blessed weekend!  I'm so looking forward to a cool down in our neck of the woods.  Hugs!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Stuck?! September 1st Sketch

Happy September, friends!  I've got my take on Stuck?! Sketches' first September sketch to share, with you all, today.  This is Laura's anniversary month, and in celebration of such, she's got an amazing group of sponsors lined up with even more fabulous prizes for our participants.  I was lucky enough to get to play with chipboard pieces from one of those sponsors, Scrapmatts, for my take.  Thank you, Scrapmatts!
I started this page by stamping the chalkboard frame base page, in White ink and just above the "you make me HAPPY WHEN SKIES ARE GRAY" title, with the Grungy Border, as well as with the "LOVE you" sentiment.
I then secured a number of color-coordinating strips of patterned papers, across the horizontal center of the page, with red-threaded, straight, machine stitches, before dressing them up with a couple of border stickers; placing my string circle chipboard pieces over them; and, in turn, topping them with my photos, which were matted with Whisper White cardstock.  My photos were grounded with a chalkboard tag, stamped, in White ink, with "you are my sunshine", as well as a scalloped, journaling frame, which reads, Watching you play in your carefree, contented way brings me such joy...
and topped with a "SWIM" Bingo card, as well as a May 29, 2010, Memorial Day Weekend, sticker tag, laced with Baker's Twine, tied in a bow and backed with a chalkboard word bubble.
They were then flanked with a piece of "MAY" flair...
and a hand-cut, from patterned paper, "TODAY {an everyday kind of day}" chalkboard bubble.
More goodies from Scrapmatts, laced together with white string, form the word "PLAY", hanging, across the top of the page, near the base of a hand-cut, from patterned paper, cloud.
A trio of phrase stickers...
as well as more "shine" flair; a few buttons, laced with white string; red Bella Brad; and lots of clear sequins complete the look.
Here is your September 1st Sketch to get you started.
The prizes for this particular anniversary challenge are a $50 gift certificate from Scrapmatts, 20 pieces of chipboard or wood veneer of the winner's choice from Words or Whatever, $35 gift certificate from Lindy's Stamp Gang, paper stack from DCWV, some lovely newly released product from Linnie Blooms, and a $30 gift certificate from Big Picture Classes.  Woohoo!

Please 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!  And I hope you'll join us for a another celebratory lineup of creations and sponsors the middle of the month.  Have a blessed week! 
{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: The Birds and the Bees (Wplus9); Grungy Border (Market Street Stamps) Paper: Whisper White (SU!); chalkboard (Pink Paislee); multicolored floral, floral, red scallops, woodgrain, & bitty polka dot (Webster's Pages); large polka dot (MME) Ink: White (SU!); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: banner & string circle chipboard (Scrapmatts); red thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); cloud (Bella Blvd.); sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); red Bella Brad (Pink Paislee); checkered & anchor buttons (Freckled Fawn); "sweet baby" & "little one" stickers (K&Company); "shine" flair & "SWIM" Bingo card (Jenni Bowlin); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); aqua banner tag (Chic Tags); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); chalkboard word bubble (hazel & ruby); pinked & scalloped sticker borders & chalkboard tag (Crate Paper); "TODAY" word bubble (Echo Park); chipboard button & "HAPPY DAYS THIS WAY" arrow (MME); "MAY" flair (Bossy Joscie); pink scalloped journaling label (American Crafts)