Paper Sweeties May Inspiration Challenge #43

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Evening, y'all!  I'm honored to be back serving as a Paper Sweeties Guest Designer for one more month.  Because we're at the start of another month yet again, Debbie has cooked up a scrumptious, new, inspiration challenge to inspire your creative time.  Here's how I was inspired.
I started this card by piecing a trio of patterned papers onto the white, cardstock, card face and anchoring them with white-threaded, straight, machine stitches.
I then wrapped a length of Bubblegum seam binding ribbon, straight from the Paper Sweeties Boutique, vertically, around the card face and tied it, in a double bow, near the top edge.  It was then embellished with a bit of white lace; Peppermint Baker's Twine, from the Paper Sweeties Boutique, tied in a bow; and a lone pearl.
I then stamped the bottom center of a green, polka dot envelope, which I happened to have stuffed with a Starbucks gift card, in Jet Black ink, with the "So happy you're my friend!" sentiment and adhered it in the center of the card face.
The coffee mug was stamped, in Pistachio Pudding ink, on a watercolor, paper die cut and given a bit of detailing with watercolors, as well as Glossy Accents for the coffee itself.  The cupcake was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a watercolor, paper die cut; watercolored; embellished with a button blossom, laced with white string; and given a kiss of sparkle with Clear Wink of Stella for the frosting.  Both images were then adhered, with foam tape and over a tangle of white thread, in the center of the envelope, just above the stamped sentiment to complete the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from Simon Says Stamps' Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes...
and here's your Inspiration Challenge #43 graphic to get you going in the right direction.
Thanks so much for peeking in!  Be sure to stop by my temporary teammates' blogs, as well as the challenge link above to get all of your challenge details; and have a blessed rest of your weekend, friends!  Hugs!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - Paper Sweeties
Jeri Thomas 
Jinny Newlin - *May Guest Designer* (You're here!)
May Guest Designer: Cynthia Olheiser

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Homemade with Love & I Love You (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); green polka dot (SU!); pink heart (Crate Paper); floral woodgrain (MME); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: Pistachio Pudding (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); green polka dot envelope & pearl (Paper Studio); Homemade with Love Sweet Cuts die, Peppermint Baker's Twine, & Bubblegum seam binding ribbon (Paper Sweeties); Big Shot (Sizzix); Clear Wink of Stella (Zig); Crystal Effects (Ranger); watercolors (Kuretake); button blossom (SU!); white string (Hobby Lobby); lace (JoAnn Fabrics)

Friday Faves

Friday, April 29, 2016

It's nearly the weekend, y'all!  We've had a busy week of Standardized Achievement Tests, so we took today off to rest and recoup, especially with my being under the weather and us being out late last night for one of Ezekiel's baseball games.  We've got another of Adina's soccer games late tomorrow morning; but other than that, and church of course, our weekend is free for however we desire to spend our time.  I'm sure I'll be logging in a few hours in my creative space, as well as my gardens.  I've got some new plants awaiting their permanent homes, but before all that can begin, I've got this month's Friday Faves lineup for you all, beginning with this darling, Bear Hugs stamp set from Reverse Confetti.  I love those cute koalas so much, that they found their way to my mailbox a couple of weeks back.  I've even already put them to work on a card, which I have lined up to share first thing Monday morning.
I'm also including their Edge Essentials Confetti Cuts die this go around.  Love all the options packed into this little bundle, especially that sweet, bitty scallop!
Speaking of sweet, how about trying on Lora Bailora's Strawberry Washi Tape for size?  As we drove out to the ballpark last night, I noticed a sign, in one of the yards we passed, announcing that they had strawberries ripe for the picking.  Mmmm!  Summer is upon us, friends.
Love the bit of texture Freckled Fawn's Long Tropical Arrows Paper Clips would add to any project, especially with a bit of trim tied around their edges.
Oh, and a number of them would pair beautifully with Jillibean Soup's Healthy Hello 12x12 Collection Pack.  I just love this palette to bits and pieces, especially those bold pops of navy amidst all the springtime colors; and while there's an obvious theme, it doesn't punch you in the face like a number of other collections, which shall remain nameless, and allows one to create whatever their heart's desire may be for years to come.

And finally, y'all know how much I love, love, LOVE ikabags!  Well, I recently ran into a woman, in my church, who was carrying one; and if it's possible, I love them even more!  The woman had some extra birthday money and decided to spend it on their Best Seller Stockholm Gray Nautical Striped Mustard Leather Bag.  She swears that it was worth every penny, and that she wouldn't think twice about purchasing another again.  So, while I still have my heart set on the Pleated French Stockholm Messenger Bag, that I featured back here, I also love the freshness of their Apple Green Stripes Messenger Bag.  Some day.  Sigh.
That does it for this month, folks!  I'll be back late tomorrow with my take on Paper Sweeties' May Inspiration Challenge.  Until then, I hope you all have a wonderful start to your weekends.  XOXO

For the Love of Books

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Afternoon, y'all!  I know it's a little later than normal for one of my posts.  I've been fighting off allergies and failing miserably.  But I really didn't want to skip this one, as I think my pick for this month's For the Love of Books post would make a fantastic, graduation gift, and graduation is just around the corner.  Its target audience is ages three to six, but I would beg to differ that its endless wishes truly are for people of all ages.
I Wish You More, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld, is a wish for "more ups than downs", "more give than take", "more we than me", and more "pause than fast-forward".  It is a wish for "more hugs than ughs", "more treasures than pockets", "more stories than stars", and oh, so much more.  Life is full of sadness, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5); and if we embrace both realms and create something meaningful and memorable, than it truly is worth living after all.

We picked this book up at our local library a couple of trips back, but when I saw it at Barnes and Noble, for $7.99 with the purchase of any children's book, the investment was a no-brainer.  It was a must-have for our home library and is for yours, too.  Thanks for reading!  Be blessed!

The Challenge #70

Monday, April 25, 2016

Welcome to the work week, y'all!  Just popping back in with my take on a masculine inspiration photo from The Challenge.  I'm not sure that I'm in love with this number, but it's off in the mail, to my brother, already.  There's no rest for the weary.
I started this card by anchoring a number of black and white prints, to the white, cardstock, card face, with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  I then wrapped a length of white string, horizontally, near the base of the card and tied it, in a bow, near its left edge.
The airplane image was silver-embossed on watercolor paper; watercolored in shades of gray watercolor and Pumice Stone Distress Ink; and splattered with more of the same.  I then stamped the simple, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" sentiment, in Jet Black ink, in the top right corner of the the scene, before framing it with Black cardstock and black-threaded, straight, machine stitches and adhering it, with foam tape, in the center of the card face.
A little more splattering with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints and handful of enamel dots complete the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog's Challenge #54: Emboss...
and here's this week's The Challenge #70 inspiration photo to get your off and creating in the right direction.
Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of the team was inspired.  You have until Sunday, May 1, 2016, at noon PST, to add your takes to the linky at that same challenge link above.  And don't forget to check out The Challenge #69 Winners, too.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  XOXO

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: 1261QCL Airplane (Serendipity Stamps); With Love (Reverse Confetti) Paper: White & damask (Paper Studio); black (Wplus9); chevron (Jenni Bowlin); plus (Crate Paper); polka dot (Amy Tangerine); gray stripe (K&Company); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: Jet Black & Pumice Stone (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); silver embossing powder (SU!); enamel dots (October Afternoon); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); white string (Hobby Lobby)

The Studio White with One Challenge

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Morning, y'all!  I hope you're all enjoying your weekends.  Ours has been another busy one, beginning with our area's annual, homeschool conference, which is totally refreshing but takes a lot out of us at the same time.  We also had tons of yard work yesterday, but on a happier note, Adina scored her first soccer goal.  Woohoo!  And we've got guests today; church; and one of Ezekiel's baseball games, not to mention Awana, tonight.  Busy, busy, busy!  I need to get pictures together, for a Family Update, soon.  But until then, we've got another, April challenge up in The Studio.  We're looking for layouts boasting the color white with only one other color this go around.  Of course, a few black accents are fine.  I chose blue to go with pics of my kiddos showing off a little of their Kansas City Royals fever.  Enjoy!
I started this page by smudging Patina Glimmer Mist and Bonny Blue Mister Huey's onto the textured, white, cardstock, base page.  I then smeared a little Faded Jeans Distress Ink through a stencil, before placing a number of blue prints in the center of the design.  Monochromatic pages don't usually agree with me, but I've found that the more shades of the same color I can coordinate into a design the less flat it appears.  One of those patterned papers was punched with large circles just to create a little interest; and a number of them were anchored with blue-threaded, straight, machine stitches, before everything was splattered with more of the same mists mentioned above, as well as True Blue, Pure Black, and Titanium White acrylic paints.  After matting my pics with white cardstock and placing them in a sloppy grid, along with the hand-cut, from patterned paper, "10", I created the "Royal BLUE forever" title.  The word "Royal" was Cameo-cut from Bashful Blue cardstock and glittered.  The color "BLUE" was formed from Deep Sea Flash Alphas, and "forever" was a pre-made, foam sticker.
To the left of the title I secured a couple of die-cut, vellum branches beneath a blue label used for my journaling, which reads, celebrating a victorious postseason with our KC Royals.  The right edge of the label was grounded with a stamped, in Jet Black ink, on watercolor paper, glove and ball.  It was watercolored, hand-cut out, backed with a tangle of blue thread, and popped up with foam tape.
A length of blue twine stretches, through a couple of blue eyelets, from one side of the page under the photos to the opposite side, where it was tied in a bow.
The grid itself was grounded with "PLAY. LAUGH. GROW" and "REMEMBER" stickers.  The latter was anchored with a white button, laced with white string.  A scattering of designer, circle reinforcers, as well as the stamped, in Jet Black ink, "**celebrating** NOV 03 2015" date, completes the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Show Us Your Stuff's April Challenge: Get Creative with Stamps.  You have until Sunday, May 8, 2016, to link up your takes in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of the team was inspired.  Thanks for stopping by, and have a truly spectacular week, friends!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Toy Box (SU!); date (Dear Lizzy) Paper: textured white, white, & vellum (Paper Studio); watercolor (Canson Studio); Bashful Blue (SU!); light blue diamonds (Elle's Studio); aqua circles (Studio Calico); arrows (Hip Kit Club); polka dot (Amy Tangerine); southwest motif (Basic Grey) Ink: Jet Black & Faded Jeans (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: blue thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Sizzlits Little Leaves die, eyelets, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, & Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); Big Shot (Sizzix); Patina Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); Bonny Blue Mister Huey's (Studio Calico); designer circle reinforcers (Paper Studio); stencil (Jenni Bowlin); True Blue, Pure Black, & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); white string & button (Hobby Lobby); watercolors (Kuretake); blue label (Elle's Studio); Deep Sea Flash Alphas (October Afternoon); Cameo (Silhouette); black foam "forever" (Dear Lizzy); twine (AR Designs); "PLAY. LAUGH. GROW." sticker (Crate Paper); "REMEMBER" sticker (Heidi Swapp)