The Studio Stars & Stripes Challenge

Sunday, July 5, 2015

In honor of yesterday being Independence Day here in the U.S.A., Anna has called for a brand spankin' new Stars and Stripes Challenge over in The Studio.  There really isn't any better way to celebrate the 4th than a page of my kiddos all decked out in their red, white, and blues.  I dove right into a conglomeration of lots of different manufacturers' fabulosities, that I've collected over the years, for this one.  So glad to finally give so many oldies but goodies a home!
I started this page by stamping the kraft, stripe, base page, in White ink, with the star images.  I then layered a number of hand-cut, banner, patterned papers, horizontally, behind my photos before anchoring them all with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  A few more color-coordinating, patterned papers, which were secured with more gold-threaded stitching, along with a bit of gold, heart vellum, back the photos themselves, which were matted with Whisper White cardstock and tied together with a length of Baker's Twine, tied, in a bow, near their combined center.
A number of die-cut, red, glitter stars, as well as a vellum, 2014 tab were then tucked in amidst the layers...
before dressing up the photos' base with a vellum, journaling label; cardstock, jar sticker; "THIS DAY" flair button, flanked with a couple of gold, sequin leaves; and a gold, glitter, "FUN" banner.
I then grounded the whole look with the beginning of the pledge, which was a cut-away from an old Echo Park line, and backed it with Whisper White cardstock just to help it stand out a bit more.
The space between the photos and the pledge was filled in with a vellum banner, topped with the Cameo-cut, Whisper White cardstock, "god bless the USA" title and dressed up with lots of little bits and bobbles, including one lone, soft blue, cardstock sticker star; gold sequin and sticker stars; both soft blue and clear sequins; gold, sequin starbursts; vellum, stripe stars; chipboard and star buttons, laced with white string...
"OH, YEAH!" brad; and a wood veneer, star button, laced with white thread and flagged with a "FRIDAY" cardstock sticker. 
Further inspiration for this page came from Let's Get Sketchy's trendy June Week 2 Sketch Challenge.
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!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Blast Off (Market Street Stamps) Paper: Whisper White, gold heart vellum, & red glitter (SU!); floral & red stripe (MME); soft blue chevron & cow (Studio Calico); red stars (Jenni Bowlin); kraft stripe (Crate Paper); pledge (Echo Park) Ink: White (SU!); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Clear Cut Stackers: Stars die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); vellum die-cut bits (Studio Calico); leaf sequins & jar cardstock sticker (Crate Paper); gold starburst sequins (Jenni Bowlin); Cornflower, Sparkling Clear, & gold star sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); star button (unknown); white string (Hobby Lobby); veneer star button (Jillibean Soup); chipboard button & "THIS DAY" flair button (MME); "OH, YEAH!" brad (Simple Stories); Baker's Twine (Paper Sweeties); "FRIDAY" cardstock sticker & gold glitter "FUN" banner (Heidi Swapp); GodBlessTheUSA cut file (Ali Edwards); Cameo (Silhouette); soft blue star cardstock sticker (Pebbles, Inc.); gold star stickers (Pink Paislee)

Happy 4th of July!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

June Recognition

Friday, July 3, 2015

I'm super excited to be here today sharing not one, not two, not even three, but SEVEN projects that received recognition, in and around the blogsphere, last month.  Eeek!  First and foremost, let me just say a big thank you to all the designers who had a hand in such.  What an honor!  Shall we dive in?  This card was named a Captivator...
and this beauty a Connoisseur, both at Colour Me...!
This one was featured, at The Scrapbook Expo, for Sundays with Lorraine...
this number was a Top Pick at Always Playing with Paper's The Challenge...
and this card put me in the Top 5 for House of Cards' May Bokeh Effect Challenge.
This layout was in Scrap Our Stash's Top 3...
and finally, although by random integer, this page made me a May Colour Challenge Winner at ScrapMuch?
What a month!  Whew!  Where did I find all that time?!  LOL!  Well, thanks ever so much for letting me toot my own horn a bit.  Y'all are the best!  Have a wonderful weekend, and to all my U.S. friends, have a safe and happy 4th!  Hugs!

Stuck?! July 1st Sketch

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Note:  This is my second post this morning.  If you've come here looking for my Colour Me... Monochromatic! post, please scroll down.

It's a new month, folks; and that means a gorgeous, new sketch from our fearless leader at Stuck?! Sketches.  Adina has become fast friends with a sweet, little lady this summer; but by the time this post goes live, Gracie will have moved back to Colorado with her family.  My beautiful girl is completely heartbroken and wanted me to frame a special page to give to Gracie to help her remember Adina.  Here's what I came up with.
I started this page by smudging Sky Mr. Huey's onto the aqua, stripe, patterned, paper, base page and Cameo-cutting it with the "GOOD FRIENDS are like stars YOU DON'T ALWAYS SEE THEM BUT YOU KNOW THEY'RE ALWAYS THERE" title.  I then backed it with Whisper White cardstock.  I really battled with whether I wanted it to stand out more, but in the end, I went with white.  I like the way it fades into the background.  It seems to suit the title itself.
I then anchored a number of color-coordinating, patterned papers, a few of which were hand-cut in the shape of banners, along with a trio of die-cut, clear, cardstock stars, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  One of those stars overlaps both the title and a yummy, moon rubon...
and another, along with a "HAPPIEST DAY EVER" cut phrase and stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a vellum, banner die cut, "YOU'RE OUT OF THIS WORLD!" sentiment, tops the photo stack.
"BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES" and "PRETTIES" cardstock stickers, as well as a pink clip, dressed up with a bit of white string, tied in a bow, grounds the stack...
and a stamped, in Jet Black ink, on White cardstock; colored with pencils; and hand-cut rocket connects it all.  A bit of Crystal Effects for the window and Dazzling Diamonds for the blast, not to mention a little white gel pen detailing, finish things off.  I then backed it with a tangle of silver thread and Summer 2015 label.
Stamped, in Jet Black ink, "SWEET FRIEND" and "BEST BUDS" phrases; "I LOVE YOU" word stickers; silver rubon stars; cardstock sticker stars, popped up with foam tape; stamped, in Pretty in Pink and Coastal Cabana inks, stars; strips of silver chevron and pink polka dot Washi Tapes along the outside vertical edges; trio of pink brads; and a sprinkling of aqua and clear sequins, as well as clear gemstones, complete the look.
Our sponsors for this sketch are...
and here's your July 1st Sketch to inspire your creative time this month.
Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of the team was inspired, as well as to get all your challenge details.  Thanks so much for peeking in!  Have a wonderfully blessed July!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Hand Lettered Hello (Wplus9); Pawprints on Our Hearts Blast Off (Market Street Stamps) Paper: Whisper White (SU!); White (Wplus9); clear (PTI); vellum (Paper Studio); aqua stripe & gray triangles (Dear Lizzy); pink butterflies (Jillibean Soup); aqua drop (Carta Bella); multicolored stars (Crate Paper) Ink: Pretty in Pink & Coastal Cabana (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Clear Cut Stackers: Stars & Banner Trio dies (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); Good Friends Are Like Stars Phrase cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); moon rubon (Dear Lizzy); silver star rubons & Sky Mr. Huey's (Studio Calico); Dazzling Diamonds & Crystal Effects (SU!); colored pencils (Prismacolor); mineral spirits & white string (Hobby Lobby); pink clip & silver chevron Washi Tape (Freckled Fawn); pink polka dot Washi Tape (Queen & Co.); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); cardstock sticker stars (Jillibean Soup); pink tiny word stickers & brads (MME); "BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES" & "PRETTIES" stickers (Heidi Swapp); aqua striped label (Chic Tags); "HAPPIEST DAY EVER" cut phrase & aqua sequins (Crate Paper); clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); clear gemstones (crafts-too)

Colour Me... Monochromatic!

I'm super excited to be here today sharing my first project as a member of the Colour Me...! Design Team!  We're going monochromatic this week, and I thought the chosen color, Stampin' Up's Real Red, would be perfect for a thank you for my big kiddo's baseball coach.  It's hard to believe that there are only a couple of weeks left in the season.
I started this card by smudging Candy Apple Red Glimmer Mist, as well as spritzing it and Chalk Glimmer Mist, onto a piece of watercolor paper.  I then stamped it, in Jet Black ink, with the "thank you FOR EVERYTHING" sentiment; trimmed its left edge with a strip of red, polka dot, patterned paper; and machine-stitched, with gold-threaded, straight stitches, a frame around their combined edges.
The connection of the two papers was wrapped with a length of Baker's Twine, which was tied, in a bow, near the top edge of the prepped piece before adhering it, with foam tape, to the White, cardstock, card face.
A Cameo-cut, from Whisper White and Riding Hood Red cardstocks, baseball overlaps the watercolor piece's right edge; and a sprinkling of gold star sequins, as well as clear gemstones, completes the look.
Here's this week's Creative Challenge No. 78 graphic to get you started.
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 6, 2015, to link up your takes over at that same challenge link above.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Hand Lettered Thanks (Wplus9) Paper: White (Wplus9); Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, & watercolor (SU!); red polka dot (BoBunny) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Baseball cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Candy Apple Red & Chalk Glimmer Mists (Tattered Angels); gold star sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); clear gemstones (crafts-too); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies)