Friday Faves

Friday, November 27, 2015

Happy Friday, y'all!  Due to yesterday's Thanksgiving holiday here in the states, my hubby has a couple of extra days off from work to add to the weekend.  So, after a scrumptious breakfast and once we're sure to have avoided the Black Friday crowds, we'd like to go to pick out our Christmas tree.  Although, I'm not sure the weather is going to cooperate with us, as we're under a freezing rain advisory until 6 pm.  We've also got dinner plans with a group of special people, and I've got a heap of cooking and cleaning to do.  But before I'm off to all that, I've got this month's Friday Faves lineup for you all.  Shockingly, I have found myself another holiday collection to love.  Fancy Pants' Wish Season 12x12 Collection Kit is full of playful prints and classic charm, and the palette is uber soft and pleasing to the eye.
I couldn't help but throw in their coordinating Puffy Stickers...
or Tags.  Be sure to scroll back up and check out the ephemera and letter stickers in the kit photo above, too.  So much to love!
If you're looking for some ways to dress up any winter project, try on Tessa Ann's shimmery Crystal Snowflake Buttons...
or these fabulous Snowflake Elements, from Stampin' Up, for size.  LOVE!
Those of you who have been following me for awhile now know what a HUGE fan of vellum I am.  So, I couldn't resist sharing Stampin' Up's Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack.  Such fun prints and lovely sheens!
Finally, for my love of stamping on layouts (Although, these images would be fabulous on just about any papercraft project.), I had to include Grunge Elements 2 from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  Just imagine the possibilities!
It's been a long time since I've had a solely papercraft Friday Faves, but I'm loving every ounce of it!  I hope you found something to love, too.  Thanks so much for peeking in!  Have a terrific weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The members of my family secretly wrote, on little strips of paper, all the things for which they are thankful and tossed them into a big basket over the last couple of weeks.  Since we're on our way to my Mom and Dad's this am, we read through them, at dinner, last night.  I thought today would be the perfect day to share those entries here on my blog.  See if you can guess who might have written what.  In no particular order, we are thankful for...
  1. gardens
  2. forgiveness
  3. a Savior who loves my family and I
  4. laughter
  5. homeschool
  6. a job I enjoy
  7. our bunny Snowflake (I've got so much to share soon about this new and beloved member of our family.  Stay tuned.)
  8. an organized wife (I didn't know he even noticed.)
  9. rainbows
  10. Apple Butter Day (personal to our family... Check out this year's special day.)
  11. Mommy (Awww!)
  12. Vanilla Coke
  13. cheesecake
  14. television
  15. life
  16. frogs
  17. technology
  18. divine intervention (Amen!)
  19. IKEA
  20. forests
  21. cell phones
  22. ducks
  23. education (If you can believe it, my eldest wrote this one.)
  24. camping trips
  25. horses
  26. flowers
  27. salvation
  28. our dog Summer
  29. friends
  30. church activities
  31. watermelon
  32. sports
  33. the sun
  34. Aegis Fire Protection (This is where my hubby works.)
  35. cherries
  36. birthdays
  37. the Bible
  38. U.S.A.
  39. sea crabs
  40. air conditioning
  41. tablets to do school on
  42. the earth
  43. apples
  44. limes
  45. books
  46. cats
  47. cheetahs
  48. working vehicles
  49. lemons (Are you seeing a pattern here?  Somebody loves fruit!)
  50. aunts and uncles
  51. a good church
  52. Daddy (I wrote this, since I knew my kiddos would be reading.)
  53. papercrafts
  54. home
  55. freedom
  56. dogs
  57. birds
  58. trees
  59. siblings (Love to know that my kids love one another!)
  60. ears (that we hear with... not ears of corn)
  61. time and space (You have to think scientifically for this one.)
  62. World Series baseball (Go, Royals!)
  63. pumpkins
  64. rain
  65. clothes
  66. stars
  67. bricks for building houses
  68. our military soldiers
  69. foxes
  70. Thanksgiving
  71. Jesus dying on the cross
  72. pigs (I have no idea!)
  73. pads that protect the mattress (Can you tell we just potty trained our littlest?)
  74. my camera
  75. family movie night
  76. Ezekiel
  77. milk
  78. band concerts
  79. cows
  80. my new watercolors (My hubby just surprised me with a Gansai Tambi set.  I haven't even had time to play.  Eeek!)
  81. a wife willing to put her kids first
  82. fish
  83. Ezekiel and Adina's basketball games
  84. coffee
  85. Kaden
  86. Beans (Kaden's favorite stuffed monkey)
  87. Adina
  88. good food
  89. Current Events (This is a bit of a joke.  Ezekiel hates doing his weekly Current Events, but we enjoy hearing them, especially from his perspective.)
  90. Room Time (Kaden spends a half hour playing alone in his room each day.  I scramble to get everything done.)
  91. my new stove
  92. direct deposit
  93. God
  94. a beautiful family
  95. animals
  96. cousins
  97. paychecks
  98. libraries
  99. Fourth of July
  100. blog friends (That's YOU!)
From my family to yours, have a truly blessed Thanksgiving!  And to all those who don't live in the United States, have an absolutely fantastic day!  Hugs!

Colour Me... Playful!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Wednesday to you all!  Just stopping in to share my take on Colour Me...!'s newest palette.  We're looking for Stampin' Up's Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Rich Razzleberry, & Perfect Plum this week.  Enjoy!
I started this card by smudging, from bottom to top, Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Rich Razzleberry, & Perfect Plum inks across a piece of die-cut, White cardstock.  Both Spun Sugar and Dusty Concord Distress Inks helped blend the colors together.  I then stamped it, in Jet Black ink, with the trio of trees and splattered it with Titanium White acrylic paint to add a little snowfall.  The glistening hill was hand-cut from White cardstock; coated with glitter; and topped with the carolers, which were stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a Whisper White, cardstock die cut; splattered with a little more snowfall; and adhered, in their respective position, with foam tape.  The entire scene was then framed with a white, striped, patterned paper die cut...
and white-embossed with the "sending holiday CHEER" sentiment before being adhered, with foam tape, in the center of the prepped, White, cardstock, card face.  To prepare the card face, I rounded its bottom corners and anchored a couple of bright pink, patterned papers, which also had their combined bottom corners rounded, in the center of the card face, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches.
I then wrapped a length of white seam binding ribbon, horizontally, around the card face, over the connection of the two patterned papers; tied it, in a double bow, near the left edge; and embellished it with a bit of waxed chord, tied in a bow, as well as a purple gemstone.  A sprinkling of Sparkling Clear sequins completes the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from Always Playing with Paper's Challenge #52: Create a Christmas Card...
House of Cards' November Challenge: Stamped and Cut Window Technique...
and Wplus9 Design's Throwback Thursday #9.  I loved Maureen's third card in that post, especially the little scene, and re-created my own version of it here.
And here's this week's Creative Challenge No. 99 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, November 30, 2015, to link up your takes over at that same challenge link above.  And don't forget to check out last week's Creative Challenge No. 98 Top Picks, too.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Iconic Christmas & Silver Bells (Wplus9) Paper: White (Wplus9); polka dot (Jenni Bowlin); pink stripe (Elle's Studio); white stripe (sei) Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Perfect Plum, Rose Red, & Melon Mambo (SU!); Spun Sugar, Dusty Concord, & Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Clear Cut Stackers: Rounded Rectangles & Iconic Christmas dies (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); waxed chord (Hobby Lobby); Sparkling Clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); purple gemstone (Paper Studio); Titanium White acrylic paint (FolkArt); white embossing powder (Ranger); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!)

Happy Everything

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hey, y'all!  I'm back to share a card that's making its way to my brother-in-law right now.  He's got a birthday on Friday, but I don't think I need to worry about him seeing it here before it arrives in his mailbox, as he's not a regular visitor to my blog.  Plus, I had to post it a little early, because I didn't want to miss my first time playing with the challenge below.
I started this card by smearing Peeled Paint Distress Ink, through a stencil, onto a piece of White cardstock.  I then strategically placed another stencil over that and smeared Faded Jeans Distress Ink through it to create a modern take on an argyle background.  It was then framed with more White cardstock, as well as silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  The White, cardstock, card face was then smudged with Patina Glimmer mist, while both pieces were sprinkled with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints, as well as Tinsel Color Shine.  The stenciled piece was then secured, over a tangle of silver thread, with foam tape, near the bottom left corner of the card face.
The "happy EVERYTHING" sentiment was silver-embossed on a strip of Black cardstock and anchored, to the card face, just below horizontal center, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches, running around the edges of the card face itself.  A sprinkling of silver and star sequins complete the look.
Inspiration for this card came from Time Out's Challenge #44, which is a CASE of this card.
I'll be back tomorrow with a girly, new palette from Colour Me...!  Until then, thanks so much for visiting, and have a terrific Tuesday!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Happy Everything (SU!) Paper: White & Black (Wplus9) Ink: Peeled Paint & Faded Jeans (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); silver & star sequins (Hobby Lobby); stencils (Jenni Bowlin); silver embossing powder (SU!); Tinsel Color Shine (Heidi Swapp); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Patina Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels)

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Run, don't walk, to the Reverse Confetti Blog first thing tomorrow to get all the details.  Happy shopping!