Colour Me... Creative!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hey, friends!  We're finding ourselves in another one of those five-week months and getting creative, over at Colour Me...!, with two palettes for you to choose from.  The first focuses on Stampin' Up's Blushing Bride, Mint Macaroon, and Sahara Sand; and the second, which includes Pink Pirouette, Delightful Dijon, and Lost Lagoon, inspired the creation below.
I started this card by piecing a trio of patterned papers together; stamping them, in second-generation, Chocolate Chip ink, with the coffee stains; and anchoring them, to the Oatmeal, cardstock, card face, with mustard-threaded, straight and zig-zag, machine stitches.
I then stamped the bottom center of a tag, die cut from watercolor paper, in Jet Black ink, with the "SENDING A CUPPA love" sentiment.  I don't have Delightful Dijon ink, so I stamped the mug in second-generation, More Mustard ink and added a touch more color back with a watercolor brush.  I think it turned out perfectly, especially as More Mustard was stamping far too orange.  It was then topped with stamped, in Jet Black ink, steam lines, before being backed with a tangle of mustard thread; adhered, with foam tape, in its respective location...
and topped with a length of seam binding ribbon, tied in a double bow and embellished with an ivory button, laced with a hemp twine bow, as well as an acrylic leaf.
Further inspiration for this card came from the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop...
and here's this week's Creative Challenge No. 91 graphic to get you going in the right direction.

Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of the team was inspired.  We'd also be honored to have you play along with us!  You have until 12 noon EST, on Monday, October 5, 2015, to link up your takes over at that same challenge link above.  And don't forget to check out last week's gorgeous Creative Challenge No. 90 Top Picks, too.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful Wednesday, y'all!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Daily Grind (Market Street Stamps); Coffee Stains (3rd Eye) Paper: Oatmeal (Wplus9); watercolor (Canson Studio); pink polka dot & kraft stripe (Crate Paper); aqua polka dot (MME) Ink: More Mustard & Chocolate Chip (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger) Other: mustard thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Timeless Tags 2 die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); acrylic leaf (Basic Grey); seam binding ribbon (Paper Sweeties); ivory button (The Ribbon Reel); hemp twine (SU!)

For the Love of Books

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Here I am sneaking in another good read just before the close of the month yet again.  Sometimes, I get carried away with life in general and simply lose track of time; but I'm truly just so happy to continue this monthly post.  I hope you all are enjoying my picks.  Without further adieu, this month's pick won The Caldecott Medal, in 1996, for its deliciously playful, strikingly vibrant, and simply adorable illustrations and is written for children ages four to eight.
In Officer Buckle and Gloria, by Peggy Rathmann, Officer Buckle knew more safety tips than anyone else in Napville and shared them with the students at Napville School; but nobody ever listened, and accidents always ensued.  That is until Gloria, the police dog, joined his team.  Unbeknown to Officer Buckle, Gloria acted out each safety tip he gave and received unending laughter and applause from the previously snoozing audience.  So much so, that they began to get invited to give more safety speeches.  Together they visited 313 schools, and everywhere they went, to Officer Buckle's surprise, the children listened.  Then, one day, a television crew videotaped Officer Buckle's speech, and the rationale for their instant popularity became disappointingly evident to him on the ten o'clock news.  The pair were forced to go their separate ways, but when disaster struck Napville School, they were drawn back together again with Officer Buckle's best safety tip yet.

I'll be back tomorrow with a creative, new palette from Colour Me...!  Until then, thanks so much for visiting, and happy reading!

Lunar Eclipse

Monday, September 28, 2015

Happy Monday, friends!  I just wanted to stop in to share a few pics of last night's lunar eclipse from its viewpoint in my neck of the woods.  We had our telescope out, but sadly, it doesn't have a camera in it.  I still got quite a few good photographs with my Cannon, though.  So, I'll just let the pictures do the talking.
The light passing from the sun to the moon through the earth's atmosphere creates the red/pink appearance, and it was so fun at the point this last photograph was taken to see all the stars surrounding the moon through the telescope.  They're usually drown out by the glow of the moon itself.  Anyway, I know it's a little different than my normal share; but since the moon won't be at this stage again until 2033, I figured it was worth posting.  Thanks for dropping by!  Have a blessed work week!  Hugs!

The Studio Scraplift Challenge

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Just popping in to share my take on The Studio's latest Scraplift Challenge.  We've scraplifted other members of the Design Team and encourage you to use the post linked above to pick one of our scraplifts to scraplift.  I was inspired by our leader Anna's take (See below.) on our past Food Challenge to create this.
I started this page by smudging Pink Bubblegum Glimmer Mist and Sunshine Mister Huey's onto the Whisper White, cardstock, base page.  I then topped that with smeared, through a couple of stencils, Spun Sugar & Faded Jeans Distress Inks, before anchoring a couple of patterned papers, near the left edge of the design, with black and gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches and layering a bit of vellum, as well as my photos, which were matted with more Whisper White cardstock, over them.  A few rubons prep the page for my "I love TO WATCH you WORK" title, which was created from gold, foil words; a wood veneer "love"; and Deep Sea Flash and Mini Alphas.  A "Big" puffy sticker and pear die cut round out the top right corner...
and another sticker and few more die cuts, in addition to a length of white string, wrapped around the bottom photo and tied in a bow, complete the bottom left.
A "TODAY" journaling card was then tucked under the bottom right edge of my photo stack; grounded with another puffy sticker and "GOOD FOR YOU" die cut; and used to journal, I loved watching you work on your studies together & listening to you talk to & encourage one another.
The stamped, in Jet Black ink, "REMEMBER THIS APR 06 2015" date grounds the entire design...
and a sprinkling of gold, star sequins, as well as arrow and gold, star die cuts, complete the look.
I am naturally drawn to layouts with multiple photos and liked that aspect of Anna's playful page.  However, I don't normally use plain white cardstock as a base for my pages and was inspired by her use of such here, as well as the amount of white space she utilized.
Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see who inspired the rest of the members of the team, as well as to pick a page to inspire your own creative time this month.  You have until October 11, 2015, to link up your takes in the right-hand column of The Studio Blog.  I'm looking forward to seeing where this one takes you!  Have fun, as well as terrific week!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: date (Dear Lizzy) Paper: Whisper White (SU!); mint polka dot/pink arrow & blue (Amy Tangerine); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Jet Black, Spun Sugar, & Faded Jeans (Ranger) Other: black & gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); white string (Hobby Lobby); Sunshine Mister Huey's (Studio Calico); Pink Bubblegum Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); chevron & plus stencils (Jenni Bowlin); arrow, floral, & curly q's rubons; large gold star, arrow, pencil, house, tree, & pear die cuts; & "TODAY" journaling card (Amy Tangerine); gold star sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); wood veneer "love" & "GOOD FOR YOU" die cut (Crate Paper); puffy stickers (Pinkfresh); "I" & "you" gold foil words (American Crafts); Deep Sea Flash & Mini Alphas (October Afternoon)

Friday Faves

Friday, September 25, 2015

Where in the world did this week go?!  I cannot believe that it's actually Friday and the last Friday of September to boot.  October is nipping at our heels, and I was hoping to pile lots of fall favorites into this month's Friday Faves; but surprisingly, I haven't found any.  I did, however, happen upon this beautifully natural, winter Juniper Berry Collection Pack from Basic Grey.  So, let's start there.  I adore the unexpected kisses of pink, bitty prints, and themed stickers.
Avery Elle's Beautiful Bow stamp set is uber universal, and I just love the happy mix of sentiments and fabulous stripes.
Speaking of stripes, they look just as cozy on SK Bag's Canvas Fold-Over Bag, and the neutrality of their gray state is perfectly scrumptious!  But you'll have to stop by the link above to get the full effect of just how amazing they are.
If I had even just the slightest inkling that my little guy wouldn't tear Whimsies Crochet's Crochet Bear Hood off the minute I slipped it on, I'd save my pennies to dress him stylishly warm this winter.  It's cute enough, though, that I may have to give it a shot anyway.  They're only little once.  Right?
And finally, I don't think, in the five years I've been doing this post, that I've ever included any food item; but I figured there's no reason why I cannot start now, and Wheat Thins' Garden Valley Veggie Toasted Chips are my absolute favorite snack at the moment.  Mmmm!
That covers things for this month, y'all.  Thanks, as always, for stopping in to share in my faves.  I'll be back early next week with a new challenge from The Studio.  Until then, have a fantastic start to your weekends!  XOXO