Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Adina's Dress & Easter Rewind

Morning, friends!  I promised you all last week that I'd share Adina's Easter dress this week, and I'm here today to deliver.  I used the Vintage Sundress Pattern from Simple Simon and Company.  In all the dresses/outfits I've made for Adina, this is literally my favorite pattern EVER.  The explanations are a little unclear, and I feel like she skips a couple of steps; but fortunately, I'm not a novice seamstress and was able to read between the lines.  I followed it pretty closely.  Matter of fact, the only change I made was adding a lining to the skirt itself.  Without further adieu, here it is.
I think my favorite part is the row of vintage buttons down the back.  They were a little expensive but totally worth it.  Plus, any pattern that uses buttons in place of a zipper is a winner in my book ;).
And a couple more just because she was really working the camera.
Here's the whole troop.  I know he's not sporting it in these pics, but Kaden really does have the greatest smile.  He's such a happy baby and even mimics our faces and noises.  It's great fun!
I ended up getting the booties I shared in last month's Friday Faves for Kaden.  LOVE!  Although, I ordered a 3 to 6 month size thinking he'd get to use them longer, since he'll be three-months-old next Friday; but they're WAY too big.  I keep forgetting he's such a little guy.
My big kiddos got new, spring pajamas and, of course, chocolate Easter bunnies for Easter.  Kaden got a couple of Easter story books.
We went to the Saturday night Easter service at our church.  So, Sunday morning was really relaxed.  We had a big breakfast and just hung out until we needed to make the trek to my parents' for lunch with my family.  My big sister is next to my hubby who's sporting the Royals tee.  My little sister is in the bright pink dress, and my brother is in the gray in the back.  Except for me (behind my big sister), everyone else is a spouse or kiddo.
The cousins had tons of fun on the GIANT Easter egg hunt...
and Kaden got lots of extra loving from just about everyone.
We also celebrated my brother, niece...
and Dad's birthdays.  I missed blowing out the candles.  Every time I snuck off to nurse Kaden, they got out the food.  LOL!
I'll be back tomorrow to sneak in a For the Love of Books post before the month completely gets away from me.  Until then, thanks so much for checking in on us!  I hope you all had a blessed Easter.  Have a wonderful Wednesday!  Hugs!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

So Excited... finally get to share that I've been invited to join the girls at Stuck?! Sketches and accepted!  Woohoo!  You can read the announcement here.
They are a twice-a-month challenge blog that provides ample, creative inspiration for all your scrapbooking needs and awards a generous array of prizes, from top manufacturers, monthly.  Can't wait to join this talented team and share what I've got up my sleeves for the May sketches!  Hope you'll stop by and join in all the fun!

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)