A Slice of Life

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I hope that you all are having a fabulous day!  It is, absolutely, gorgeous here... so peaceful, still, quiet, and warm.  My daffodils are in full bloom, and my hyacinths are filling the air with the most fragrant aroma.  Aaah, springtime!

Yesterday, we spent the day, in Topeka, at BJ's grandmother's funeral.  Grammy passed away, in her sleep, early last Saturday morning, at almost 83-years-young.  The whole day was just so nice to be with family, sharing memories, stories, videos, and pictures, both old and new.  I wanted to share a few of the new ones with you all, beginning with this one of BJ with his cousins, Dave and John.
Here's one of BJ's cousin, Beth, with her son, Henry...
another of Beth's daughter, Charlotte, with Ezekiel...
and one of Beth's kiddos and mine.
Grammy had two other great-grandchildren who, unfortunately, couldn't be there.  Then, there's one of all us Newlins (from right to left, across the top row and then the bottom... my handsome hubby BJ, my brother-in-law Philip, my brother-in-law Peter, my father-in-law Ron, Ezekiel, me, my sister-in-law Hannah, our sister-in-law Courtney (Peter's wife), Adina, and my mother-in-law Ellen)...
and a sweet one of Adina, just because.
So, I used Melissa's Slice of Life Photo Challenge as inspiration for a sympathy card for my mother-in-law, who was one of Grammy's daughters, and father-in-law.
Here's what I came up with.
I started their card by machine stitching a blue-threaded, straight stitch around the edges of that fun, blue, polka dot, patterned paper and adhering it to the Regal Rose, cardstock, card face.  I, then, stamped the "Praying for friends to comfort you, faith to uphold you, and loving memories to heal your heart." sentiment, in Bashful Blue ink, on a white, cardstock tag, which had been cut with my George and Basic Shapes, Cricut cartridge and distressed with Chamomile and Chai inks.  It was, then, adhered just inside the stitched frame.  I, then, stamped the rose bundles, in Regal Rose, Green Galore, and Bashful Blue inks, on a strip of white cardstock; punched both sides of it with Martha Stewart's Doily Lace Edger punch; and adhered it, vertically, down the card face and, slightly, overlapping the left side of the sentiment tag.  A thin strip of Regal Rose cardstock was punched, across the top edge, with SU's Sale-A-Bration punch and adhered, horizontally, over all layers.
Finally, I wrapped a sheer, pink ribbon around the card face; tied it in a dressy bow, just to the left of the sentiment tag; and dressed it up with a couple, green, pearlized pins.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers & Tags & More (SU) Paper: Regal Rose (SU); white (Georgia Pacific); patterned paper (American Crafts) Ink: Regal Rose, Bashful Blue, & Green Galore (SU); Chamomile & Chai (PTI) Other: Doily Lace Edger punch (Martha Stewart); Cricut; blue thread & sewing machine; ribbon (Hobby Lobby); pearlized pins

Tuesday Trigger: Butterfly Dreams

Monday, March 29, 2010

Just like the title says, I've got my take on Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger: Butterfly Dreams, for you, today.
Here's what I came up with.
I started this card by punching the bottom edge of that sweet, gingham, patterned paper with SU's Sale-A-Bration punch and adhering it to a piece of ivory cardstock.  I, then, machine stitched an ivory-threaded, straight stitch around the edges of the patterned paper, through both layers, and adhered them to the Taken With Teal, cardstock, card face.  A strip of Rose Red paper was stamped, in Rose Red ink, with butterflies; adhered just above the punched edge; and dressed up with a gorgeous, velvet, grosgrain ribbon, tied in a bow, that I picked up for a steal, out of the Clearance bins, at Hobby Lobby.
I, then, stamped the vintage frame, in Rose Red ink, on ivory cardstock; filled it with the "Thank You" sentiment, which was stamped in Taken With Teal ink; punched it out with SU's Curly Label punch; framed it with kraft cardstock; and adhered it, centered, above the bow, with dimensionals.
The butterfly was stamped, in Rose Red ink, on ivory cardstock; glittered; hand cut out; adhered, to the left of the sentiment frame, just at its center; and dressed up with a string of pearls.  Everything got a good helping of Chamomile and Chai, distress inks.

This card was made for, Jean, a member of my Scrapbook Club.  She made me this adorable pincushion, just because, and I love it!
It is so much better than my old pincushion, because those big, straight pins cannot sink through the bottom and prick my fingers.  Yippeee!  Not to mention that it is so much cuter!  It got a ton of use this weekend, as I finished up Adina's Easter dress, which I cannot wait to show you all.  Thanks so much, Jean!  It was so thoughtful of you!

On a different note, it seems that many people in our lives have been experiencing some kind of loss, recently, whether it be the loss of a loved one, a relationship, a job, or whatever.  Well, I know that there are many others out there in the same or similar situations and found myself encouraged by the March 26th entry in my New Day New You devotional by Joyce Meyer.  So, if you'll bear with me, I'd love to share it.

You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to honor and glory.  Psalm 73:24
We believe that God is inherently good and that He is also in control of our lives.  Therefore, when tragedy strikes or loss occurs, we don't understand why God does not prevent such things from happening to us and hurting us so badly.
Faced with tragic loss, often we become angry and ask, "If God is good and all-powerful, why does He allow bad things to happen to good people?"  This question becomes a major issue when it is we, God's own children, who are the ones suffering.
At such times, reasoning wants to scream out, "This makes no sense at all!"  Over and over the question, "Why, God, why?" torments those who are grieving over losses in their life, just as it also tortures the lonely and the dejected.  Excessive reasoning, trying to figure out things for which we will not be able to find an answer, torments and brings much confusion; but Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us that trust in the Lord brings assurance and direction: "Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.  In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths."
When we face a time of crisis in life, we need direction.  These scriptures tell us that trusting God is the way to find that direction.  Trust requires allowing some unanswered questions to be in your life!
No matter how badly you may be hurting from a loss or tragedy, the Holy Spirit can give you a deep peace that somehow everything will be all right.  Being angry at God is useless, because He is the only One Who can help.
Thanks for visiting, and may your week be filled with trust, peace, and joy!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Vintage Labels (SU); Butterfly Dreams (PTI) Paper: Taken With Teal & Rose Red (SU); kraft & ivory (Best Occasions); patterned paper (?) Ink: Taken With Teal & Rose Red (SU); Chamomile & Chai (PTI) Other: 2010 Sale-A-Bration & Curly Label punches (SU); ribbon (Hobby Lobby); glitter (Doodlebug Design); pearls (Paper Studio); ivory thread & sewing machine

Saturday Sentiments

Saturday, March 27, 2010

It's a bit of a melancholy day around here.  Adina's feeling super icky and running a fever, and the rainy, weekend weather has hit us, yet again.  Ezekiel did make three baskets, for his basketball team, this morning, though.  Go, Ezekiel!

Debbie, over at The Shabby Tea Room, has issued us a Spring Inspired - With Stitching challenge this week; and I promised you all, in my Crepe Paper Wreath post, another look at those little, crepe paper roses.  So, without further ado, here's what I came up with.
I started this card by trimming the edge of that gorgeous, coral, rose-patterned vellum with a strip of Cameo Coral cardstock, punched, down its left side, with SU's Sale-A-Bration punch.  I, then, adhered it to the Barely Banana, cardstock, card face and machine stitched a brown-threaded, straight stitch all around the edges.  The right side of the punched cardstock was dressed up with some ivory, lace trimming; and a sheer, coral ribbon was wrapped around the card face and tied in a bow.  I, then, added my little, crepe paper rose to the center of the bow.  I made a yellow one this time using the same tutorial, as the last, found over at the House of Smith's blog; however, this time I used a little, white, Sugar Coating glitter to give it some shine, as if it were dew-kissed, and dressed up its center with a few pearls.
I, then, used my George and Basic Shapes, Cricut cartridge to cut one oval from ivory cardstock and another, slightly larger one from kraft cardstock.  They were adhered one inside the other, and the smaller, ivory one was stamped, in Cameo Coral ink, with the vintage frame, as well as the "For You" sentiment in Close to Cocoa ink.  Before the tag was adhered, with dimensionals, under the edge of the crepe paper rose, I distressed its edges, as well as the edges of the card face itself, with Moonlight White and Chamomile inks.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Vintage Labels (SU) Paper: Barely Banana & Cameo Coral (SU); ivory & kraft (Best Occasions); patterned vellum (Creative Memories) Ink: Cameo Coral & Close to Cocoa (SU); Moonlight White (Brilliance); Chamomile (PTI) Other: brown thread & sewing machine; ribbon (Hobby Lobby); yellow crepe paper; pearls & lace trimming (Paper Studio); white glitter (K&Company); 2010 Sale-A-Bration punch (SU); Cricut

Crepe Paper Wreath

Friday, March 26, 2010

So, the other day, I was scanning through a few crafty blogs; came across House of Smith's Hanging Roses tutorial; decided to turn it into a spring wreath for our naked, front door; and, absolutely, LOVE how it turned out!

This is another "must be patient" project, but I think, it was, completely, worth it!  I used a 12" styrofoam wreath; loads and loads of hot glue (I, even, had to make a run for another package to finish off the back!); my new, PTI, sheer, white, polka dot ribbon; and four, 81-foot rolls of turquoise crepe paper.  Yes!  You read that right... four... and I used every last bit of those 324 feet.  Look how cute my little, rose buds look all stacked up and ready to glue onto my wreath.
Oh, just imagine the possibilities!  In fact, come back, tomorrow, and I'll show you one way that I used them on a card.

Before I run fold another load of laundry, look what fabulous goodies I won from Jenny's Wee Memories blog!
So much fun... Right?!  She said that she'd do a random drawing, when she got to 50 followers, and I just happened to be the right integer :).  I cannot wait to get my hands on those trimmings!  Thanks, Jenny!  I'm a blessed girl!

Poppy Seed Challenge #2

Thursday, March 25, 2010

I've got Lisa's Poppy Seed Challenge #2, for you all, today.
I, absolutely, dread making cards for men.  I, always, have the hardest time even figuring out where to begin; but this time, Lisa's challenge, actually, helped me.  Lisa's three seeds could've, completely, led me in a girly direction, but I forced myself to try to do a more masculine card for BJ's dad's birthday card, and I had so much fun!  It all just came together perfectly!  Anyway, his birthday isn't until tomorrow, but I don't think that he reads my blog on any kind of a regular basis.  So, I think that I'm safe to post it one day early to meet the deadline.  Here's what I came up with.
I started his card by stamping a piece of Always Artichoke cardstock, in Moonlight White ink, with little polka dots.  After setting it aside, I stamped the partial "wishes" sentiment several times, in Mellow Moss ink, on a piece of Barely Banana cardstock and clear embossed large polka dots over the top of it.  I, then, adhered the two together and machine stitched a light-moss-threaded (No, I didn't buy it just for this challenge.  I, actually, had it on hand.  Perfect :)!), straight stitch around both pieces of cardstock, before adhering them to the Mellow Moss, cardstock, card face.  I, then, framed the completed, "birthday", embroidered, sticker (Isn't it super perfect for this project?!  I love that there are little, polka dots on the cake, too, and that it was just sitting in my sticker drawer!  I told you it all came together for me!) sentiment with a stamped, in Mellow Moss ink, on white cardstock, label, which was punched out with SU's Curly Label punch and cut in half to extend it to both side of the sticker.  I, then, adhered it over the string, which had been wrapped around the card face several times, and flanked it with two, moss buttons, laced with white string.

I, also, wanted to show you a few pictures of my kiddos painting over Spring Break.
I love that my baby girl was watching her big brother, super carefully, the whole time, to make sure that she was doing it just right.  Too cute!

Oh!  And check out this promo for the DIY Dish show.

So sorry that it takes up the entire width of my blog.  I can't figure out how to make it smaller.  If you know how, I'd be so grateful if you'd leave me a comment.  Thanks!  Anyway, Kris and Kim have, already, aired a couple, great and super inspiring episodes.  Plus, they're giving us the chance to win two, Janome, sewing machines here!
Holy smokes, guys!  This is HUGE!  Good luck, and have a great Thursday!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Giga Guide Lines (PTI); Vintage Labels (SU) Paper: Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, & Barely Banana (SU); white (Georgia Pacific) Ink: Mellow Moss (SU); Moonlight White (Brilliance) Other: string; buttons (Paper Studio); embroidered sticker (EK Success); clear embossing powder; Curly Label punch (SU); light-moss thread & sewing machine

Pencil Lines' Sketch 178

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I've got Pencil Lines' Sketch 178, for you, today.  Cari Fennell, from Prima Marketing Inc., provided this week's sketch.
Here's what I came up with.

I started this page by layering the patterned papers under Adina's pictures and machine stitching a cream-threaded, straight stitch around their edges, as well as around the edges of the textured, Chocolate Chip, cardstock base.  I, then, added a photo corner in the upper, left corner and a few die-cut, adhesive strips.  I stitched a cream-threaded, zig-zag, machine stitch between the center die-cuts.  The "sweet" title came from a Stampin' Up, Simply Scrappin' kit.  Matter of fact, all the patterned papers, die-cuts, and photo corners came from that same kit.  I, then, added a few, adhesive, chipboard flourishes and a few more that were stamped, in Bashful Blue ink, on white cardstock; glittered with a fine, silver powder; hand cut out; and partially adhered amongst the others.  I made the layered flowers with my Scallop Circle punch, white cardstock, distress inks, buttons, and pearls.

There are tutorials for these layered flowers all over the place, but my favorite is Betsy's, which you can find in her Make Your Own Spring! post, simply because she demonstrates them with so many different mediums.  None of which are cardstock, but hey, that just proves that there are no rules or limits to papercrafting!

The finishing touch was those sweet, little butterflies stamped, in Certainly Celery ink, on Certainly Celery cardstock; glittered; hand cut out; adhered, just at their centers, amidst the embellishments; and dressed up with strings of pearls.  That page became this layout.
The second page contains all the same goodies and techniques as the first.  The green, patterned paper is the reverse side of the blue on the first page; and the My First Swing 1.18.09 tab came from the same, Simply Scrappin' kit as the other die-cuts.
We're back in the full swing of things around our place.  Plus, the sunshine is, finally, here!  I sooo want to get out and enjoy it, but our backyard is a mud hole, and my son is still doing his schoolwork.  Some days, he has the hardest time staying focused.  So, we, really, cannot go anywhere, and I'm feeling a bit like a captive in my own home.  I'm off to work on a grocery list.  Our fridge is sitting on empty, and I'm determined to get out of here somehow :)!  Have a wonderful day!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Butterfly Dreams (PTI) Paper: textured Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, & patterned (SU); white (Georgia Pacific) Ink: Certainly Celery & Bashful Blue (SU); Chai & Chamomile (PTI) Other: white & silver glitter & chipboard (K&Company); pearls & blue & yellow buttons (Paper Studio); green buttons (American Crafts); die-cuts & Scallop punch (SU)

Tuesday Trigger: Texture + Color = Fun!

Monday, March 22, 2010

So, by now, I'm sure you've all heard that us Kansans sure know how to celebrate spring!
(Photograph courtesy of www.kusports.com)
(Photograph courtesy of www.kusports.com)
(Photograph courtesy of www.kusports.com)
I hope you can sense my sarcasm.  We're still digging out of the snow, and my bracket is a hot mess!  It took my husband half of the K-State game to realize #1 KU had, actually, really, without a doubt, been upset by #9 Northern Iowa.  Poor guys!

I've got Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger: Texture + Color = Fun!, for you, today.

Here's what I came up with.
I started this card by white embossing the tulips on a piece of Green Galore cardstock.  I, then, stamped the "I'M SO Grateful FOR YOU" sentiment, in Green Galore ink, on white cardstock; adhered it in the upper left corner, above the tulips and overhanging the left side; and machine stitched a red-threaded, straight stitch down the length of the left side.  It was, then, adhered to the kraft cardstock, which was, in turn, adhered to the Chocolate Chip, cardstock, card base.  Once all the layers were adhered together, I trimmed the white, sentiment cardstock even with the card face and embellished it with a few, red gemstones.  Finally, I wrapped a sheer, red ribbon around the card face, over the tulip stems; tied it, in a bow, in the bottom, right corner of the card face; and dressed it up with a button, in a gorgeous shade of blue, laced with white string.

Oh!  And I'm so excited to tell you all that I was named one of The Shabby Tea Room's "Tea Time Terrific Top Three!"

Yippeee!  I love to create papercrafty goodness, but when someone else appreciates my hard work, it's just that much more fun and ever so humbling.  Thanks so much, Debbie!  I'm already working on this week's challenge :).

One more thing!  If you love to sew or know someone who does, Becca, over at Blue Cricket Design, is having a giveaway for three, separate Girly Stripwork Skirt patterns, from Pink Fig Patterns, in honor of her daughter's first birthday.

I just love Pink Fig Patterns!  I wish they were easier to come by here in KC.  The closest store I've found, that carries them, is in St. Louis, MO.  If you know where I can get them closer to the KC, KS area, please leave me a comment.  Thank you!  And don't forget to head over to Becca's "The 'Outfit' and a giveaway!!!" post to enter for your chance to win.  Good luck!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Two-Step Stampin' Painted Garden (SU); Signature Greetings (PTI) Paper: Green Galore & Chocolate Chip (SU); white (Georgia Pacific); kraft (Best Occasions) Ink: Green Galore (SU) Other: white embossing power; red thread & sewing machine; gemstones (K&Company); ribbon (Hobby Lobby); button (Jesse James & Co.); string

Diggin' on Doilies and Lace Challenge

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Cath, over at Moxie Fab World, has issued us a Diggin' on Doilies and Lace Challenge to use doilies and/or lace on our projects.  Here's what I came up with.
I started this card by stamping the flowers, in Cameo Coral and Blue Ballet inks, on the lower half of the Blush Blossom, cardstock, card face, which, also, had its top, left corner rounded.  A little white glitter was added for shine and a few stems, stamped in Certainly Celery ink, grounded them.  I, then, scissor-clipped a strip of Certainly Celery cardstock, to make the grass.  Before adhering it to the bottom half of the card face, I stitched a light-green-threaded, straight, machine stitch across its bottom edge.
The doily sun was distressed with Summer Sun ink; had its center glittered; and was adhered in the upper, right corner, before being embellished with a yellow button, laced with white string, tied in a bow.  I, then, stamped the leafy branch, in Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, and Old Olive inks, on white cardstock; hand cut it out; and adhered it opposite the doily sun.  The little bird was stamped, in Blue Ballet and Chocolate Chip ink, on white cardstock; hand cut out; and perched above the branch with dimensionals.  Finally, the "hello there!" sentiment was stamped, in Cameo Coral ink, on white cardstock; hand cut out; and, also, adhered with dimensionals.
I have to admit that this card was a little busy for me.  It was made for my niece, Jenna; and I know that she'll, absolutely, love it, but I decided to give Cath's Diggin' on Doilies and Lace Challenge one more shot.

My next attempt was inspired by Debbie's Elegant Shabby Photo Challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room.
Here's what I came up with.
I started this card by distressing the red, gingham, patterned paper, as well as the doily, with PTI's Chamomile and Chai Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo.  I, then, machine stitched a cream-threaded, straight stitch around the edges of the patterned paper and adhered it to the Certainly Celery, cardstock, card face, which had been distressed with Chai ink.  The doily was adhered over it in the bottom, right corner and embellished with a few pearls.  I, then, stamped the flowers and vines, in Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery ink, on cream cardstock; glittered the flowers; trimmed the top edge with a strip of Pretty in Pink cardstock, punched, along its upper side, with SU's Sale-A-Bration punch; machine stitched a cream-threaded, straight stitch down the length of the top and bottom edges; and adhered it, over all layers, near the top of the card face.  The "Sending thoughts of love and praying for the Lord to sustain you with bright and restful days." sentiment was stamped, in Chocolate Chip ink, on a K&Company die-cut and adhered with dimensionals.
Finally, a sheer, pink ribbon was wrapped around the card face; tied in a bow to the left of the sentiment; and embellished with a Ruby Red button, laced with white string.

I'd love to hear which one you love best!  Have a fabulous Saturday!
{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Cheep Talk (SU) Paper: Blush Blossom & Certainly Celery (SU); white (Georgia Pacific) Ink: Cameo Coral, Brilliant Blue, Certainly Celery, Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip, & Old Olive (SU) Other: doily; button (Paper Studio); white glitter (K&Company); string; green thread & sewing machine; dimensionals
{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers (SU) Paper: Certainly Celery & Pretty in Pink (SU); cream (Best Occasions); gingham paper (DCWV's Nana's Kitchen Stack) Ink: Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, & Chocolate Chip (SU); Chamomile & Chai (PTI) Other: doily; pearls (Paper Studio); cream thread & sewing machine; Ruby Red button & 2010 Sale-A-Bration punch (SU); ribbon (Hobby Lobby); die-cut & white glitter (K&Company); string

Signs of Spring?

It is, officially, the first day of spring, and look what greeted us this morning.
Is there really any need for snow or 28 degree temperatures after Christmas?!  Seriously!  I did capture a few of the signs of spring, around our place, earlier this week, before they got covered with snow.  Geez!  My pansies...

and lamb's ears survived the winter!
Bursting out amongst them are hyacinths.  My day lilies are promising another gorgeous display of color for the summer months.
My tiger lilies...

and irises are beginning to beautify the edge of our vegetable garden...
and these crocuses...
and holly berries are bursting with color!
I, also, couldn't help showing you this cute picture of my kiddos shoes, by the back door...
proving that we've been enjoying every minute of the gorgeous weather Spring Break has delivered us... until now.