Colour Me... Playful!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

We've got a girly palette to wet creative appetites at Colour Me...! this week.  We're calling for creations using Stampin' Up's Calypso Coral, Blackberry Bliss, Pink Pirouette, and Garden Green.  Here's how I was inspired.
I started this card by anchoring a trio of patterned papers, to the White, cardstock, card face, with white-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  The top of that trio, as well as the top of the card base itself, had its outside corners rounded.  I then stamped the heart wreath, with all its little, fill-in blooms, in Garden Green, Calypso Coral, Elegant Eggplant, Daffodil Delight, Pretty in Pink, and White inks, on a Kraft, rounded rectangle, cardstock die cut.  The center of the heart was stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "best wishes FOR THE MR. & MRS." sentiment...
and the bottom half of the die cut itself was wrapped with a length of white, seam binding ribbon, which I tied, in a double bow, near the right edge and embellished with a white, chord bow, as well as a paper bloom and leaf.  Once the die cut was adhered in the top center of the card face, a few pearls, added to the flowers' centers, complete the look.
Here's your Creative Challenge No. 81 graphic to get you moving 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 love to have you play along with us!  You have until 12 noon EST, on Monday, July 27, 2015, to link up your takes over at that same challenge link above.  Oh!  And don't forget to check out last week's Creative Challenge No. 80 Top Picks.  It's always so fun visiting you all!  Thanks so much for visiting me!  Have a wonderful Wednesday!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Fresh Cut Wreaths (Wplus9) Paper: Kraft & White (Wplus9); green floral (Jenni Bowlin); pink chevron (Echo Park); white embossed (sei) Ink: Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Elegant Eggplant, Pretty in Pink, & White (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Clear Cut Stackers: Rounded Rectangles die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers); pearls (K&Company); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); paper flower & leaf (Prima); white chord (Hobby Lobby); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives)

The Studio Create Your Own Embellishment Challenge

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Happy Sunday, y'all!  I've got another challenge, from The Studio, to inspire your scrappy time for the remainder of the month.  We'd like to see you create your own embellishments this time.  I die-cut and stamped lots and lots of flowers throughout my page, but since I do that kind of thing quite a bit, I decided that I needed to challenge myself further and change things up a bit.  So, I used this How to Make an Origami Flower and a Leaf tutorial, from Origami Spirit, to create a couple of big, bold blooms.
I started this layout by smudging a mix of Titanium White acrylic paint and water onto the green, crosshatch, patterned, paper, base page.  It was then splattered with that same paint and water mix, as well as a  mix of Pure Black acrylic paint and water, and stamped, in Pumice Stone and Jet Black inks, with an assortment of arrows, moving along a vertical plane just left of center, as well as, in London Fog ink, with a sprinkling of bitty flowers.
After layering my photo, which was matted with Whisper White cardstock, over a mix of papers, some torn and others anchored with black-threaded, straight, machine stitching, I grounded opposite corners with those origami blooms and leaves created, using a solid, orange paper, as well as a green, polka dot, patterned paper and Basic Black cardstock, from the tutorial linked above.
Those blooms were dressed up with die-cut, Whisper White, cardstock branches, as well as stamped, in Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Pistachio Pudding, and Wild Wasabi inks, on White, cardstock die cuts, flowers and leaves.  A "celebrate spring" phrase sticker pulls more of that gorgeous yellow from my daughter's dress in the photo into the cluster in the bottom left corner.
The "EASTER blessings" title was Cameo-cut from a gray, floral, patterned paper and Whisper White cardstock; embellished with another one of those die-cut and stamped blossoms; and graces the right edge of the photo grouping...
along with "2015" sticker and "THESE MOMENTS" wood veneer tabs.  A sprinkling of yellow, flower sequins and trio of orange, button blossoms, laced with white string, as well as a wood veneer heart and "hello" brad, complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Let's Capture Our Memories' July Color Spot...
and Scrap Our Stash's July Stash Challenge #28 (P = polka dots, Pure Black acrylic paint, & Pumpkin Pie, Pistachio Pudding, & Pumice Stone inks; H = "hello" brad & wood veneer heart; O = origami flowers & leaves; T = Titanium White acrylic paint, "2015" & "THESE MOMENTS" tabs, & torn edges; O = orange throughout; S = stamping, stitching, stripes,  splatter painting, & floral sequins).
Please be sure to stop by the challenge link above to get all your challenge details, as well as to be inspired by my talented teammates.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week, friends!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Hit the Mark & My Thoughts Exactly (Market Street Stamps); "AIR MAIL" arrow (Jenni Bowlin); Fresh Cut Florals & Very Vintage Florals (Wplus9) Paper: Whisper White & Basic Black (SU!); White (Wplus9); orange (K&Company); gray floral (Echo Park); green crosshatch (Jenni Bowlin); orange grid (Amy Tangerine); gray polka dot (October Afternoon); orange/coral chevron (MME); green/black polka dot (Simple Stories); coral polka dot (Webster's Pages); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, & Summer Sun (SU!); London Fog (Memento); Pumice Stone & Jet Black (Ranger) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); "blessings" cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Titanium White & Pure Black acrylic paints (FolkArt); Fresh Cut Florals & Very Vintage Florals dies (Wplus9); Sizzlits Little Leaves die & orange button blossoms (SU!); Big Shot (Sizzix); "hello" brad (Simple Stories); floral sequins (Paper Sweeties); veneer bits (Elle's Studio); white string (Hobby Lobby); "celebrate spring" sticker (Chic Tags)

Colour Me... Subtle!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Note: This is my second post today.  If you've come here looking for my Stuck?! July 15th Sketch post, please scroll down.

I'm back with another gorgeous palette from Colour Me...!  This one calls for Stampin' Up's Watermelon Wonder, Pear Pizazz, and Soft Sky, and I have to admit that the graphic itself caused me to go extra playful with this one.  Enjoy!
I started this card by trimming the top of a piece of pink, flamingo, patterned paper with a wide strip of a soft blue, polka dot, patterned paper and anchoring a Cameo-cut, vellum, heart burst over the prepped piece with white-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  I then stamped a hand-cut, chevron, patterned paper banner, in Jet Black ink, with the "YOU made MY DAY" sentiment and secured it in the top right corner of the prepped piece, before anchoring everything, to the White, cardstock, card face, with more white-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  A bit of Honeydew twine, tied in a bow, dresses up the top of the card face.
Before placing the vellum die cut over the patterned papers, I also stamped the bottom of the flamingo piece, which was strategically positioned with the brighter pink flamingo, under the tree, in the bottom right corner, in Jet Black ink, with the multiple "FOR ALL THAT YOU DO" phrase.
A hand-cut, from patterned paper, tree, which was popped up with foam tape and embellished with a number of color-coordinating, floral sequins, completes the look.
Here's your Creative Challenge No. 80 graphic to get you moving 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 love to have you play along with us!  You have until 12 noon EST, on Monday, July 20, 2015, to link up your takes over at that same challenge link above.  Oh!  And don't forget to check out last week's Creative Challenge No. 79 Top Picks.  It's always so fun visiting you all!  Thanks so much for visiting me!  Have a wonderful Wednesday!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Best Day Ever (SU!); Filigreed Frames (Wplus9) Paper: White (Wplus9); soft blue polka dot (American Crafts); flamingo & kraft stripe (Jenni Bowlin); tree (My Little Shoebox); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); HeartBurst cut file (The Cut Shoppe); Cameo (Silhouette); Honeydew twine (The Twinery); floral sequins (Paper Sweeties); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives)

Stuck?! July 15th Sketch

We're halfway through July, folks; and that means another sketch, over at Stuck?! Sketches, to inspire your creative time.  With it having been my big kiddo's 12th birthday last week, I decided to pull pics from last year's celebrations and turned this one into a two-pager.  Enjoy!
I started this layout by smudging the kraft, cardstock, base pages with Patina & Chalk Glimmer Mists, as well as Sunshine Mister Huey's.  I then grounded a number of color-coordinating, patterned papers, across the center of the layout, as well as in the top outside corners, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  The chevrons were Cameo-cut from patterned paper and adhered just to the bottom outside edges of the gray, triangle, patterned paper; and a few lengths of Washi were strung throughout, before placing my photos which were matted with Whisper White cardstock.  A sprinkling of stamped, in Brilliant Blue, More Mustard, and Coastal Cabana inks, stars turns our attention to the left side of the design.
The "celebrate YOU" title was Cameo-cut from a denim, patterned paper and Whisper White cardstock; glittered; entangled with a length of white string which was wrapped around the cake photo and tied in a bow; and grounded with "SMILE" and "PARTY" stickers.
I then stamped the top of the photos, in Jet Black ink, with the "LOVE YOU MORE" and "YOU ARE LOVED" phrases...
and the top left corner was dressed up with a couple of hand-cut, patterned, paper banners, as well as an "AMAZING" cut phrase which I hand-cut into the shape of a banner to mimic the patterned papers.  The star was die-cut from felt, stitched with more of that silver thread, and backed by a cloud die cut and tangle of silver thread.
An acrylic die cut, as well as a flair button and heart, stripe brad, ground the corner...
and an aqua, July 2014 tab...
as well as the addition of a sprinkling of clear gemstones; a couple of yellow, star stickers; and the stamped, in Jet black ink, "YOU ROCK!" phrase, which spill over onto the right side of the design, turn our attention to just that.
A "HMMM...." word bubble and "FAV!" phrase sticker, along with another tangle of silver thread, finish off the top of the design.
Another felt star, prepared in the same way as above, as well as a couple more clouds, tangle of silver thread, and heart brad, highlight a "Noted:" journaling card which reads, Happy 11th birthday to my talented, happy, bright, independent, loving, thoughtful young man!
"Wonderful YOU" and "YOU ARE SO FUNNY!" phrase bits complete the look.
Our sponsors for this sketch are...
and here's our July 15th Sketch to get you off and running in the right direction.
Don't forget to stop by the challenge link above to get all your challenge details, as well as to be thoroughly inspired by my talented teammates.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Blast Off & Great Big Greetings (Market Street Stamps); "YOU ARE LOVED" (Jen Hadfield); "LOVE YOU MORE" (Heidi Swapp) Paper: kraft (Bazill); Whisper White & denim (SU!); gray triangles (Dear Lizzy); yellow stripe (Jillibean Soup); aqua stripe (Crate Paper); star (Jenni Bowlin); multicolored designer (Webster's Pages); yellow designer (MME) Ink: Coastal Cabana, More Mustard, & Brilliant Blue (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Clear Cut Stackers: Stars die (Wplus9); Rainbow & Cloud die (Lil' Inker); Big Shot (Sizzix); Birthday Celebration cut file (Scrapbook & Cards Today); chevron cut file (Jenni Bowlin); Cameo (Silhouette); Patina & Chalk Glimmer Mists (Tattered Angels); Sunshine Mister Huey's (Studio Calico); felt & white string (Hobby Lobby); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); acrylic & "FAV!" die cuts, "wonderful YOU" & "YOU ARE SO FUNNY!" cut phrases, aqua label, & "Noted:" journaling tag (Elle's Studio); flair button (A Flair for Buttons); brads (Simple Stories); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); "PARTY" sticker (EK Success); "SMILE" marque stickers (Crate Paper); Washi Tape (Freckled Fawn); "HMMM...." word bubble (Heidi Swapp); clear gemstones (crafts-too)

Family Update

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Morning, friends!  I hope you've gotten your weeks off to a great start.  I've let quite a bit of time pass since our last family update, and really, we're just out enjoying the sunshine and lack of routines.  Although, both of my big kiddos have begun asking when we're going to start school again ;).  LOL!  What's wrong with them?!  Well, we had a gorgeous day for our trip to Kauffman Stadium, to celebrate my big kiddo's 12th birthday, last Thursday afternoon.  The Royals beat the Rays with a final score of eight to three.  Woohoo!
Since then, the summer temperatures have, without a doubt, set in; and we're just trying to stay cool, which means lots of water play.
Adina lost her first...
and second tooth in the last month...
and turned into such a smart, little reader.  I just love to see her get so excited about what she reads and want to share it with everyone.
Ezekiel has become quite the first baseman.  I tease that he's the next Eric Hosmer, but only because it puts the biggest smile on his face.  Love!
I got a beautiful display of roses, from my hubby, for our 14th wedding anniversary.  I never imagined married life would be so much work, but it's worth it, and I'm so blessed he chose me.
And finally, I never shared much about our 4th of July celebrations.  My hubby was out of town for a wedding, so it was just me and the kiddos; but we had such a great time just relaxing, playing outdoors, and enjoying good food.  It was such a beautiful day!
Thanks so much for checking in on us!  I'll be back tomorrow with my take on both Colour Me...!'s newest palette and Stuck?! Sketches' mid-month sketch.  Until then, have a terrific Tuesday, friends!