Cupcake Inspirations 300th Challenge Celebration

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Morning, y'all!  I'm back with another sweet card for a dear friend of mine who you might have guessed, from the photo below, is expecting.  This is her first baby, and I wanted to mail her a little something to help her remember to enjoy each and every day.
I started this card by trimming the right side of a piece of ombre, patterned paper with a strip of polka dot, patterned paper.  I then secured the duo, to the Oatmeal, cardstock, card face, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches and wrapped the connection between the two with a length of Frosting seam binding ribbon, tied, in a double bow, near the top of the card face.
A multicolored, stripe, journaling card was then stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the repeated, "Enjoy Each Day" sentiment, as well as with the confetti dots and stars, which I colored in with black ink and glittered.  A gold-threaded, straight, machine-stitch frame preps it for the card face to which it was adhered with foam tape, and a bunch of sequin blooms and gold stars drive home the confetti theme.
I then added a die-cut, from gold cardstock, "Joy" in the journaling space on the card, as well as a Cameo-cut, from Black cardstock, pregnant lady silhouette, just to the left of it.
The silhouette was dressed with a Cameo-cut, from a multi-colored, floral, patterned paper, dress and carries a stamped, in Jet Black ink, on Oatmeal cardstock and hand-cut, little bear.  I added some soft shadowing and a pink tummy with pencils, but the sun has washed the look of that.  It's such a bummer, too, because I colored that bear three times trying to get it just right.  Sigh.
Further inspiration for this card came from Cupcake Inspirations' Challenge #300: Confetti.
This is the final challenge in Cupcake Inspirations 300th Challenge Celebration, but all three challenges you've seen here run until March 14, 2015.  So, you still have plenty of time to get in on all the fun and earn yourself the opportunity to win one of three HUGE prize packages with $600 worth of prizes from 30 generous sponsors, including our very own Paper Sweeties Shoppe.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by my little corner of the web!  I so appreciate all your visits and sweet comments.  Have a wonderful rest of your week, friends!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Party Time, You Make Me Smile, & I Love You (Paper Sweeties) Paper: Oatmeal & Black (Wplus9); gold (Bazzill); all patterned (MME) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Joy die, Frosting seam binding ribbon, & Sweet{heart} Mix & Green Apple sequins (Paper Sweeties); Big Shot (Sizzix); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Pregnant Fashion Silhouette cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); star sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!)

Cupcake Inspirations 300th Challenge Celebration

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Morning, friends!  While I'm snoozing, I've got another Paper Sweeties-inspired post coming your way.  We got lots of snow again this weekend, and although it's already nearly gone from all the sunshine and rain that has followed, I thought it would be fun to pull a snowman out for one last winter-themed creation of the season.
I started this card by trimming a piece of aqua, text, patterned paper with a stamped, in Pool Party ink, with snowflakes, strip of White cardstock.  I then ink distressed their combined edges and framed them with Pool Party cardstock, as well as black-threaded, straight, machine stitches, before wrapping it with a length of black lace, tied in a bow and embellished with aqua ribbon, tied in a bow, and a white button, laced with hemp twine, tied in a bow.
After adhering the prepped piece to the White, cardstock, card face, I layered both a chartreuse Polaroid and journaling card, which was stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "You make me Smile" sentiment, in the center of the card face.
I then stamped the snowman and his scarf, in Jet Black ink, on White, cardstock die cuts; colored them in with pencils; and adhered the pair, with foam tape, overlapping the bottom right corner of the Polaroid.  A trio of white-embossed, on vellum die cuts, snowflakes complete the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from Cupcake Inspirations' Challenge #300: Color.
Along with a heap of other manufacturers, Paper Sweeties is sponsoring Cupcake Inspirations 300th Challenge Celebration, so be sure to stop by and check out all the fun!
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit!  Have a terrific Tuesday, y'all!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Homemade With Love, Holly Days, So Sweet of You, & Snow Friends (Paper Sweeties) Paper: White (Wplus9); Pool Party (SU!); aqua text (Jenni Bowlin); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Jet Black, Tea Dye, & Antique Linen (Ranger); Pool Party (SU!); watermark (VersaMark) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Snow Friends, Homemade With Love, & Holly Days dies (Paper Sweeties); colored pencils (Prismacolor); mineral spirits (Inky Antics); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white embossing powder (Ranger); black lace (SU!); journaling card (American Crafts); chartreuse Polaroid (Studio Calico); button & aqua ribbon (Hobby Lobby); hemp twine (May Arts)

The Studio List Challenge

Monday, March 2, 2015

Welcome to the work week, y'all!  What better way to start the week, not to mention the month of March, than with a brand spankin' new challenge from The Studio?  We're calling this one a List Challenge, because we want you to use as many items from the list (i.e. mist, stamping, sequins, chipboard, brads/eyelets, thread, and vellum) that you can on your pages this go around.  (Note: The color yellow seems to have been added after the list was published, but I got the rest of the items on there.)   When I started this page, I knew that my March Noel Mignon kit was on its way to my mailbox, so I tapped into the girly potential of my February Love Life Classic Kit to put together one last page before making room on my desktop for all the new goodies.  Here's how I was inspired.
I started this page by smudging Patina and Bubblegum Pink Glimmer Mists onto the pink, chevron, base page.  I then stamped it, in Coastal Cabana and Pool Party inks, with the mixture of circles; in Real Red ink, with the Bokeh spots; and in Melon Mambo ink, with the quilt stars.  The latter two were also stamped in second-generation inks, and a few stamped, in White ink, hearts, although subtle, add an extra layer of texture.  The stamped, in Jet Black ink, camera, "HIGH-VOLTAGE smile" phrase, "LOVE IT" circle, and starbursts were the final prep to the page before adding my pics, which were matted with Whisper White cardstock.  A few Cameo-cut, interlocking, vellum circles were tucked under the photos, before securing a number of bits and baubles throughout, beginning with the "YOU ARE HERE", Roeland Park Aquatic Center label at the top of the page.  A Cameo-cut, from Coastal Cabana cardstock, "cool IN THE pool" phrase was then tucked over and under it and kissed with glitter.
Moving from top to bottom, in a clockwise fashion, the next photo was dressed up with a "#SO BEAUTIFUL", phrase die cut, as well as a "REAL LIFE", cardstock sticker.
Both bottom photos were grounded with a "JULY 2014" flair button...
and "JUST KEEP SWIMMING", phrase sticker respectively.
The final photo was wrapped with a length of white string, tied in a bow; popped up with foam tape; and embellished with a teal, star clip and chipboard "5" to represent my daughter's age at the time these photos were taken.
Two strips of color-coordinating, patterned papers were secured, along the left edge of the page, just to the left of the stamped camera, with black-threaded, straight and zig-zag, machine stitches and dressed up with a couple more fun cameras, including a pink, wood veneer bit, which I embellished with a bit of glitter, and a vintage, white, transparency number.
A "100% all girl", cardstock sticker; veneer and chevron buttons, laced with white string; chipboard, glitter heart; heart brads; chipboard drops; and a handful of teal sequins, all scattered about, add lots of interest...
and a "SWIM lessons" title, created from foam, glitter Thickers and white, letter stickers, anchored with black-threaded, messy, machine stitches, completes the look.
Further inspiration for this challenge came from Let's Capture Our Memories' Sketch #112.
We're super excited to be welcoming four new and uber talented designers to our team with this challenge, and you really don't want to miss what they've whipped up.  So, be sure to stop by the challenge link above to get all your challenge details, as well as to give Elisabetta, Simona, Seungeun, and Vasso a warm welcome.  You have until April 1, 2015, to link up your takes in the right-hand column of The Studio Blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a terrific week!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Night Owls & Nuts About Nature (Market Street Stamps); Best Day Ever (SU!); "HIGH-VOLTAGE smile", camera, starburst, & "LOVE IT" circle (Heidi Swapp) Paper: Whisper White & Coastal Cabana (SU!); quilt stars & "XOXO" (Echo Park); pink chevron (Crate Paper); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Coastal Cabana, Pool Party, Melon Mambo, Real Red, & White (SU!); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); "cool IN THE pool" cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); interlocking circles cut file (Diana Fisher); Pink Bubblegum & Patina Glimmer Mists (Tattered Angels); Bokeh rubons (Amy Tangerine); Dazzling Diamonds & "100% all girl" cardstock sticker (SU!); chipboard drops (October Afternoon); heart brads (Doodlebug Design); chevron button (Queen & Co.); sequins & wood veneer camera (Crate Paper); camera transparency (Maya Road); wood veneer buttons, "JULY 2014" flair, & "YOUR ARE HERE" label sticker (Jenni Bowlin); "JUST KEEP SWIMMING" cardstock sticker & "#SOBEAUTIFUL" die cut (MME); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white string (Hobby Lobby); "REAL LIFE" cardstock sticker & white letter stickers (Elle's Studio); chipboard glitter heart (unknown); star clip (Freckled Fawn); chipboard "5" & foam glitter Thickers (American Crafts)

Stuck?! March 1st Sketch

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Happy March, y'all!  It's so hard to believe we're here already, but that doesn't stop it from coming.  Does it?  Well, being as it's the first day of a new month, I've got my take on Stuck?! Sketches' bi-monthly sketch to share with you all.  So, let's just get to it!
I started this page by securing a torn strip of vellum to the pink, heart, patterned, paper, base page, across its top and bottom edges, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  I then stamped a few stitched circles, in Jet Black ink, throughout the page, before anchoring a trio of torn, color-coordinating, patterned papers, just below horizontal center, with more silver-threaded stitching.  A couple of large, Cameo-cut, Whisper White, cardstock blooms back my photos which were matted with Whisper White cardstock.
"I Love You" and "XOXOXOXO", cardstock stickers...
as well as a few stamped, in Jet Black ink, on patterned paper, blooms, whose centers were embellished with enamel dots and edges flanked with soft green, glitter, heart stickers, turned leaves, ground the design.  A stamped, in Jet Black ink, dotted, heart circle, as well as a couple of white embossed, on vellum, and hand-cut butterflies...
turn our attention to a secondary cluster of blooms, prepped in the same way as above, as well as the "this was a happy day", cardstock sticker.
A trio of hand-cut, from patterned paper, hearts were turned into balloons with stamped, in Jet Black ink, strings; and another embossed, vellum butterfly tops the design.
A couple additional, torn, patterned, paper strips, as well as a cluster of embellishments, mimicked from the bulk of the page, ground my "ALL TIME favorite BEAUTY" title, which was created from a silver, glitter, phrase sticker and a Cameo-cut, Real Red, cardstock "BEAUTY".
A couple of silver, glitter arrows; number of clear gemstones; and stamped, in Jet Black ink, "adore", "love you", and "IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY, make a wish!" phrases complete the look.
Here is your March 1st Sketch to get you started.
Our sponsors for this sketch, with $30 and $10 (Some conditions apply.) gift certificates respectively, are...
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.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed Sunday!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Strictly Sentiments 1 (Wplus9); Spring Fling Stamps (Teresa Collins); So Happy (Market Street Stamps); "adore" & "love you" (Heidi Swapp) Paper: Whisper White & Real Red (SU!); pink polka dot, red "XOXO", & floral (Pebbles, Inc.); multicolored quilt circles & pink/red hearts (Echo Park); red stripe (Basic Grey); pink hearts (Crate Paper); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); "ALL TIME favorite" & arrow glitter stickers (Heidi Swapp); "BEAUTY" cut file (Ali Edwards); Funky Florals cut file (The Cut Shoppe); Cameo (Silhouette); enamel dots (MME); white embossing powder (Ranger); clear gemstones (crafts-too); paper hearts (Simple Stories); "this was a happy day" sticker (Elle's Studio); "I Love You" & "XOXOXOXO" stickers (Crate Paper); green glitter hearts (Pebbles, Inc.)

Paper Sweeties March Inpsiration Challenge #29: Waiting for Spring

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Morning, friends!  I promised to be back today with a Paper Sweeties-inspired creation to start the month out right, and I'm here now to deliver.
I started this card by creating the background with a trio of patterned papers and anchoring them, to the White, cardstock, card face, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  I then wrapped a length of Grape seam binding ribbon, horizontally, around two of their connections and tied it, in a double bow, near the right edge of the card face, before embellishing it with a bit of Pool Party ribbon, tied in a bow, as well as an ivory button, laced with white chord.
Everything was then topped with a couple of journaling cards, one of which was stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "Happy Birthday" sentiment...
and a little, white envelope for tucking a gift card in for the recipient, before I added a dose of glitter to each little polka dot on the plum-colored, patterned paper.
The cake image was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a White, cardstock die cut; colored in with pencils; and topped with both a handful of sequins and chipboard heart.  The heart was painted with acrylic paint, ink distressed, and given lots of sparkle with glitter.  A stamped, in Perfect Plum ink, on a White, cardstock die cut bloom, which was topped with more glitter for sparkle and flanked with a couple of leaves, which were stamped, in Jet Black ink, on White, cardstock die cuts and colored in with pencils, completes the look.
Here's Paper Sweeties' Inspiration Challenge #29: Waiting for Spring to get you started.
And the Paper Sweeties Design Team is super excited to have been asked to join Cupcake Inspirations in celebrating their 300th challenge by sponsoring and participating in their Challenge #300: Sparkle.  Thus, the reason for all the scrumptious glitter and sequins above.
This is just the first of a trio of Cupcake Inspiration challenges coming your way this week.  So, buckle up for the ride, and come join in all the fun, friends!
Thanks for peeking in!  Please be sure to stop by the Design Team's blogs to see how they've been inspired by this month's inspiration challenge, and have a truly amazing and fantastically memorable March!  XOXO

Cheryl Lea
February Guest Designer:  Donna Baes
{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Party Time & Occasions (Paper Sweeties) Paper: White (Wplus9); white embossed (sei); plum polka dot (Jillibean Soup); aqua chevron (October Afternoon) Ink: Jet Black, Tea Dye, Antique Linen, & Pumice Stone (Ranger); Perfect Plum (SU!) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Grape seam binding ribbon, Sweet{heart} Mix sequins, & Party Time die (Paper Sweeties); Dazzling Diamonds & Pool Party ribbon (SU!); button (The Ribbon Reel); journaling cards (American Crafts); white chord (Hobby Lobby); white envelope (Paper Studio); chipboard heart (Jenni Bowlin); Titanium White acrylic paint (FolkArt); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives)

Friday Faves

Friday, February 27, 2015

TGIF!  And welcome to the weekend, folks!  We've got my kiddos' final basketball games, not to mention their Award Ceremony, as well as Awana Club and Awana Games practice, all mixed up with more snow and ice to look forward to; but before all that can get started, I've got my short list of this month's Friday Faves to share with you all.  So, let's just get right to it, beginning with Technique Tuesday's Studio AE Good Times stamp set.  I adore the mixture of fonts for these sentiments and the versatility they would bring to my studio, being as they work so well for both cards and scrapbook pages.  Fun!
We haven't been camping in a couple of years now, and the mountains are calling us home.  So, needless to say, when I stumbled upon My Favorite Things' DC Roughing It stamp set, I just had to include it here.  I don't think any explanation is needed, but I just love those little, boot prints and that creative, pine tree "HAPPY" to bits!
I'm also a HUGE fan of their Die-namics Mini Doily Circles dies!  Such great detail!
You may remember reading that we had to reschedule my little bear's one-year photo shoot due to a nasty teething rash.  I've been coating his cheeks in Aquaphor at night just to give them a bit of a barrier from the drool, but my hubby was running an errand the other night, so I asked him to look for a baby lotion with chamomile in it, also, to help take down the swelling.  He came home with Shea Moisture's Raw Shea Chamomile and Argan Oil Baby Healing Lotion, and we couldn't love it any more.  It worked it's magic within hours and smells so good to boot!
And finally, with Easter right on our heels, I couldn't resist throwing in these darling Pasture Bunny Plates from Pottery Barn.  What a sweet addition to any tablescape!
That does it for this month, friends, but I'll be back late tomorrow with a fun take on Paper Sweeties' March Inspiration Challenge #29 just because.  Thanks so much for humoring me with a visit!  Have a blessed weekend!

For the Love of Books

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Morning, friends!  Just popping in with my monthly For the Love of Books post, but before I get to that, I wanted to say thank you for all your get well wishes and prayers for our littlest.  His fever ended up being more than just his teeth and kept him home with mommy for several days, but he has since recovered and is back to his usual, ornery self.  So, thank you!

I have a number of papercrafted projects coming soon, but sometimes I find it difficult to motivate myself to do more than is required when I don't necessarily have a specific assignment due or purpose for which a project is needed.  So, I apologize for the lack of creativity posted here lately.  There's been a lot going on behind the scenes, from planning our vegetable garden and a space for Kaden to grow into to measuring for a bed skirt and curtains and doing lots of art projects with my kiddos, not to mention all the baking, cleaning, teaching, and business that comes with my day to day.  I never lack for things to do.

Now, on to the reason for this post.  It is most likely that, if you're not familiar with the name of the author of this month's pick, Patricia Polacco, you'll recognize her gorgeous pencil and paint illustrations a mile away.  She has been writing inspirational stories for over three decades and creating beautifully detailed works of art for most of her life.  The story I have chosen to share, with you all, today, which is written for children ages four to eight, is a perfect, pictorial example of the sweetness that comes from the pursuit of knowledge and adventure.
The Bee Tree is the story of a glorious excursion Mary Ellen and her Grandpa take, across the Michigan countryside, in pursuit of a bee tree.  It all began when Mary Ellen stated, "I'm tired of reading, Grandpa.  I'd rather be outdoors running and playing."  So, off they went to gather a few bees from the garden.  The first bee was released, and together they were on its tracks.  One by one, throughout their journey, they were joined by neighbors, acquaintances, old friends and new, all chasing after the bee.  When they lost sight of one bee, Grandpa would release another until they reached Dunks Woods and spotted their treasure.  There they built a smoke fire to quiet the bees and carefully collected bits of honeycomb in Baby Sylvester's spare diapers.  Once back at home, while everyone enjoyed music, dancing, laughter, and fresh honey on biscuits, Grandpa invited Mary Ellen to taste a spoonful of honey he dabbed onto the cover of one of her books.  As she did so, he said, "There is such sweetness inside of that book too!  Such things... adventure, knowledge and wisdom.  But these things do not come easily.  You have to pursue them.  Just like we ran after the bees to find their tree, so you must also chase these things through the pages of a book!"

What a priceless lesson.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure to enjoy a good book, with someone you love, today!  Hugs!