Friday Faves

Friday, May 27, 2016

Morning, friends!  So sorry that I've been absent this week.  We wrapped up our school year yesterday, and everything with that has been super hectic.  Plus, I've been dealing with some personal things that have just taken a lot out of me and are making me feel less creative.  I still wanted to stop in here to share a few things that have caught my attention this month, though, beginning with these absolutely gorgeous Sketchy Flowers from The Cat's Pajamas.  That sunflower totally stole this Kansas girl's heart.
The biggest portion of cards I create are to say thank you or happy birthday.  So, I'm always on the lookout for cute things to keep my creations new and fresh.  Reverse Confetti and Avery Elle checked the "happy birthday" off my list this month, beginning with Lift Me Up.  Those giraffes are just as cute as can be, and I love all the little, builder images and phrases wrapped up in this sweet number.
I'm diggin' on Wild Birthday for all the same reasons, not to mention that I adore that sweet, jungle banner!  Plus, these images would be perfect on a page boasting some of my family's hundreds of zoo pics.
The little Scottie dog, in The Scoop, totally makes the dog-lover in me smile.  Plus, I love that this one works for so many other occasions than just birthdays.
I know that I've included Method's 4x Concentrated Laundry Detergent in my Friday Faves lineup before; but when you find something this great, it's hard not to tell the world.  Y'all, this stuff has completely thrown my stain-fighting woes out the window and makes laundry days happy days.  There are a number of scents on the market; but right now, I'm loving Spring Garden.
Finally, I'm beginning to come to grips with the fact that I need something larger than your everyday, crossbody bag can offer.  I have a small handful of them, but once they're loaded with everything my family and I needs, they stick out funny on my hip, cause the strap to dig into my shoulder, and even pull my clothing in uncomfortable directions.  In my search for something that would continue to keep my hands free and still adequately carry all that I required of it, I came across Vera Bradley's Ultimate Alpine Floral Backpack.  If you're a fan of Vera Bradley like myself, you already know that there are a number of gorgeous prints to choose from in any and all styles of her bags; but I really love the femininity and free-flowing design of this particular one.  Oh, and the gingham print on the inside totally makes me happy!
That's all, for this month, friends.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I'm off to get a little cleaning done.  Have a blessed weekend!  XOXO

The Challenge #74

Monday, May 23, 2016

Morning, y'all, and welcome to the work week!  We've got a fun, masculine, inspiration photo, over at The Challenge, to start things off right.  I was inspired to make a farm-themed card for my hubby's birthday next month.
I started this card by stamping all the individual images, carefully masking off a few before stamping, in Jet Black ink, on watercolor paper.  The "CELEBRATE you" sentiment, too, was stamped, in Jet Black ink, in the center of the heart.
I then sat back and just colored.  I cannot tell you all how much I'm enjoying my watercolors!  I feel like every time I get them out, I get a little braver.
The scene itself was then framed with both a little, Brilliant Blue cardstock and silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches, before being wrapped with a length of Charcoal twine, tied, in a bow, near the left edge of the prepped piece, and adhered, with foam tape, to the white, cardstock, card face.  A sprinkling of large and small, silver star and Sparkling Clear sequins, as well as a little Clear Wink of Stella for the heart and Glossy Accents for the balloon, complete the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge: Make a Wish...
and here's this week's The Challenge #74 inspiration graphic to get you off and running in the right direction.
Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of the team was inspired.  You have until Sunday, May 29, 2016, at noon PST, to add your takes to the linky at that same challenge link above.  And don't forget to check out The Challenge #73 Winners, too.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a magnificent Monday, folks!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Hogs & Kisses (Avery Elle); Birthday Celebration (Simon Says Stamp) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Brilliant Blue (SU!); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scotch); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Clear Wink of Stella (Zig); large silver star & Sparkling Clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); little silver star sequins (Hobby Lobby); Charcoal twine (The Twinery); watercolors (Kuretake)

The Studio Mood Board Challenge

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Happy Sunday, friends!  Just popping in to share my take on The Studio's newest challenge.  We've got a beautiful mood board to wet your creative appetites for the remainder of the month.  Here's how it inspired me.
I started this page by cutting the colorful mix of patterned squares from a Pink Paislee print and adhering them in a rectangular grid.  I then got a little messy with gesso and watercolors, sprinkling everything with the same watercolors used to create the pools, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  Once everything was dry, I used the squares as my base and built the foundation, from bottom to top, for my photo, which was matted with white cardstock, with the chipboard frame, wax envelope, and black stripe Polaroid.  The photo itself was then topped with another chipboard frame, as well as a foam, glitter arrow.
To the bottom right of the photo, I secured a "LIVE Colorfully" die cut.  A "dream" acrylic was tucked under the die cut's top right corner, and a "JUST BEGIN" cut-away phrase anchors it.
In moving counterclockwise, I tucked a "LIVE A colorful LIFE!" circle die cut under the top right corner of the photograph and added a tangle of silver thread; foam, glitter cloud; and cork "brave" and heart surrounding it.  I also stamped a "SHINE" circle and the "sky's the limit" phrase in Jet Black ink.
A colorful, floral acrylic rounds the top right corner of my focal point...
and guides us to the "you are my SUNSHINE" title, which was created with a stamped phrase and puffy Thickers.  A yellow, cut-away label, which I used to etch my January 7, 2015, date, was tucked under the right side of the largest chipboard frame; and a mix of stamped, die-cut, and cut-away words and phrases...
turn our attention to the "WONDERFUL DAY", acrylic tag, which was laced with white string, tied in a bow, and grounded with an "I LIKE YOUR SMILE", die-cut banner.
A few more cork bits, as well as a healthy scattering of sequins throughout, completes the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Citrus Twist's May 15th Sunday Sketch...
And here's our Mood Board Challenge graphic to get you off and creating in the right direction.  Obviously, I was inspired by the "YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE" phrase in the bottom right corner, but I also pulled in the array of soft colors in the bottom left corner and the flowers from the top left.  The paint brushes and their trails of paint drew me to get a little messy with gesso, watercolors, and acrylic paints; and I couldn't resist adding plenty of shimmer and shine as inspired by the jars in the center.
You have until Sunday, June 5, 2016, to link up your takes, on this Mood Board Challenge and/or our Diamonds Challenge, in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of our talented team was inspired.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a fantastic week, y'all!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: "SHINE" circle & "you are my" (Citrus Twist); Hand Lettered Hello (Wplus9); Rainbow and Cloud Sentiments (Lil' Inker) Paper: white (Paper Studio); yellow circles (Citrus Twist); miscellaneous colorful squares (Pink Paislee) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); gesso (O'Leary Paint); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); sequins, yellow cut-away label & phrases, wax envelope, & cork bits (Citrus Twist); foam glitter cloud & arrow & Starlight puffy Thickers (American Crafts); "LIVE Colorfully" die cut (Dear Lizzy); chipboard frames (Becky Higgins); acrylic bits & "memories", "I LIKE YOUR SMILE", & " LIVE A colorful LIFE!" die cuts (Paige Evans); white string (Hobby Lobby); black stripe Polaroid (Pink Paislee)

The Best Is Yet to Come

Friday, May 20, 2016

Morning, y'all!  I've got my big kiddos busy with their studies, and Kaden is watching his 15 minutes of Curious George.  So, I've got a spare second, between loads of laundry and getting the bathrooms cleaned, to share the card that accompanied lots of clothes and the sweet, little bunny, which I shared yesterday, for my new niece.  Enjoy!
I started this card by piecing a split column of a floral print near the left edge of a pink and red, stripe, patterned paper and anchoring a slightly smaller piece of vellum, which was stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "THE Best IS YET TO COME" sentiment, over both layers.
Everything was then splattered with both Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints, before being anchored, with white-threaded, straight, machine stitches, to the white, cardstock, card face and wrapped with a length of Baker's Twine, tied, in a bow, near the top edge.
The palm branch image was then stamped in Wild Wasabi ink and watercolored; before it, too, was splattered with acrylic paints, as well as a little, green watercolor.  A rounded rectangle die was used to partially cut out the branch.  I then hand-cut around the bits protruding from the rectangle's dimensions.  The koala and all the blooms were then stamped, in Jet Black ink, on their individual, watercolor paper die cuts; watercolored; and adhered, with foam tape, in their respective positions.  A little Glossy Accents, for the koala's nose, completes the look.
Inspiration for this card came from Reverse Confetti's Sketch For You to Try #36...
Simon Says Stamp's Work It Wednesday: Flowers...

 and  House of Cards' May Challenge: Clear Papers.
Okay, my 15 minutes are up ;).  We've got tomorrow morning off to relax, because soccer season is officially over; but we'll be off to the ball fields in the afternoon.  Ezekiel's baseball team brought home another win last night, and we're hoping for the same again tomorrow.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope your weekend is extra blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Bear Hugs (Reverse Confetti); Woodgrain Silhouettes Additions (Wplus9); The Best Is Yet to Come (Heidi Swapp) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); stripe (Fancy Pants); floral (Jenni Bowlin); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: Wild Wasabi (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Clear Cut Stackers: Rounded Rectangles die (Wplus9); Bear Hugs Confetti Cuts die (Reverse Confetti); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies)

Playing with Fabrics

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Afternoon, y'all!  I just wanted to pop in to share a little something different with you all, while Kaden is resting and my big kiddos are busy with their seatwork.  My brother and his wife are expecting a little girl in July, and they had a baby shower last weekend.  I wasn't able to attend due to Adina's end-of-season, soccer double-header, as well as the distance it was held from our home.  Honestly, I was uber bummed that I wasn't asked to help with the whole thing.  Computer-generated and printed invites were even sent out, when they've got me.  Ack!  I hate being left out, but everything is said and done now.  So, I poured my heart into this simple, little, handmade cutie with hand-stitched features.
I followed Melly Sews' Easter Bunny Tutorial with the exception of swapping out her yarn tail for a fluffy one made from the same soft, white chenille as the bulk of the bunny itself; and I loved that it matched the clothing/pajama sets and sleep sacks I sent, too!
I'll pop back in tomorrow to share the card that accompanied it.  Until then, thanks so much for humbling me with a visit, and have a blessed evening!  Hugs!