Sketchy Thursdays

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I hope that you're all having a fantastic day.  I'm exhausted, so, I'm going to get right to this post.  I've got my take on Sketchy Thursdays latest sketch for you all.
Love this!  So fun, and very different from my usual, picture layout.  Here's what I came up with.
I started this page by layering a square of Brocade Blue cardstock in the center of the 12" x 12", Yoyo Yellow, cardstock page.  I, then, added strips of patterned paper, torn down their right side, even with the left side of the Brocade Blue cardstock.  The bottom, patterned, paper strip was, also, trimmed, along its top and bottom edges, with punched, Ruby Red, cardstock strips.  I, then, machine stitched yellow-threaded, zig-zag stitches between the connections of the top, three, patterned, paper strips, before adhering my photos.  The "FOR BREAKFAST?!" portion of my title is made from alpha stickers adhered to a torn, along its right side, strip of Ruby Red cardstock.  A yellow-threaded, straight, machine stitch was, then, sewn, down the length of the far left edge, through all layers.  For the "LEGOS" portion of my title, I used the same, alpha stickers, as above, only larger, and adhered them to Cricut-cut, Brocade Blue, cardstock, triangles.
I, then, machine stitched them together, across the top, with yellow-threaded, straight stitches; adhered them to the layout with dimensionals; and anchored them with star brads, wrapped in yellow, embroidery floss.  A color-coordinating, die-cut, journal tag, which reads, You wouldn't even let me fix you breakfast this morning.  All you wanted to do was play Legos. and a July 7, 2008 date, written in the bottom, right corner, complete the look.

And before I run, I'm sooo excited to tell you all that I was named a Top 5 Winner, on the CAS-tastic Wednesday Challenge blog, for my take, which can be found in my Swimming Lessons post, on their Blue, Yellow, and a Neutral Challenge.  Thanks, ladies!  I'm, truly, honored!
I, also, don't think that I ever told you all that my sweet, little, baby card, from my Embellish Babies Color Challenge and Sketchy Thursdays post, was up on the CARDS Blog, for Paige's Stickpins Challenge, last Friday.  Yea!  Thanks, again, Paige!  My cup overflows!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: Yoyo Yellow & Brocade Blue & apple patterned (SU); block patterned (Paper Studio); alpha-picture patterned (daisyd's); blue, polka dot patterned (Basic Grey) Ink: Basic Black (SU) Other: alpha letters (Basic Grey); star brads & 2010 Sale-A-Bration punch (SU); yellow, embroidery floss; yellow thread & sewing machine; George & Basic Shapes, Cricut cartridge; dimensionals; die-cut tag (Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl)

Color Combos Galore #148

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Ezekiel super slept in, for him, this morning; so, Adina and I got some girl time, in the backyard, watering the flowers and veggies and swinging in our jammies.  It was so relaxing and gorgeous and COOL!  The weather, around our place, has, temporarily, taken a turn away from the heat advisories; and we are, ever, so grateful!

I've got Color Combos Galore #148, for you all, today.
I combined it with Got Sketch?'s Sketch 100...
and came up with this.
I started this layout by trimming a hand-cut, rose, patterned, paper half-circle, with punched circles of Rose Red cardstock, for a scalloped look.  After adhering it to the More Mustard, cardstock page, I trimmed its top edge with a strip of plaid, patterned paper and a punched strip of white cardstock.  I, then, machine stitched bright-pink-threaded, straight stitches across the top and bottom edges of the plaid, patterned paper and across the bottom edge of the punched, white cardstock.  A length of white lace was, then, wrapped around the center of the plaid, patterned paper, between the stitches, and topped by a Plum Pudding, saddle stitch ribbon, tied in a bow, just to the left of the larger photograph, and embellished with a purple button, laced with white string.
The circular photograph was framed with a Lavendar Lace, cardstock circle and embellished with a couple, stamped, in Always Artichoke ink, on Always Artichoke cardstock, and hand cut out leaves.  The flower embellishments were inspired by Melinda Spink's, gorgeous, quilling techniques; created from Lavendar Lace cardstock; and embellished with more, stamped, in Always Artichoke ink, on Always Artichoke cardstock, leaves.
The "growing up" title was created from vinyl Thickers, using a new, wax paper technique I learned from Noel Mignon's Quick Tip of the Day post.  Sometimes, I struggle with placement of my alpha stickers.  Then, when I'm trying to test placement, they stick a little too much and tear the paper, when I try to move them.  Well, Diana shared her tip, found in the link above, to lay a sheet of wax paper over your layout and to adhere the stickers, to the wax paper, in the fashion you desire, all the while seeing your entire layout in plain view and not messing up your hard work with super sticky letters.  Then, when you've got your letters just where you want them, simply remove them, from the wax paper, and apply them to your layout.  None of the stickiness is lost in the transfer.  This technique gets a big thumbs-up from me!  Finally, I added a few, purple buttons, laced together with white string...
and used a new, stamp set purchase to stamp, in Rose Red ink, the new carseat, Oct. 31, 2009, small, journal block, which was, also, distressed with Chamomile and Chai inks and adhered with dimensionals.

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Framed With Love & Sketch It (SU) Paper: More Mustard, Rose Red, Always Artichoke, & Lavendar Lace (SU); white (K&Company); plaid patterned (KI Memories); rose patterned (DCWV Nana's Nursery: Baby Girl) Ink: Basic Black, Always Artichoke, & Rose Red (SU); Chamomile & Chai (PTI) Other: white, lace trim & purple buttons (Paper Studio); white string; bright pink thread & sewing machine; edger punch (EK Success); 1/2" Circle punch (SU); Plum Pudding, saddle stitch ribbon (PTI); vinyl Thickers (American Crafts); dimensionals

Swimming Lessons

Monday, June 28, 2010

Last Thursday was Ezekiel's last day of swimming lessons.  On the way, in the car, he asked me how old you have to be to compete in the Olympics :).  He just loves swimming so much!  We might just have the next Michael Phelps on our hands.  No pressure!  I mean... Ezekiel doesn't have a long torso, short legs, or big feet.  We'll be proud, of him, no matter what he decides, even, if it's just to swim for the fun of it!  I mean...We enrolled him in the Level 2 class; after the first day, his instructor moved him up to the Level 3 class; and he passed with flying colors, while doing his best!  We, already, have so much to be proud of!
It was much more difficult to get good pictures at this level of swimming, because they spent most of their time in the lanes, but I did manage to snap a few.
We celebrated his achievement with a little trip to McDonald's.
Anyway, I had so much fun with my clear cardstock cards, which can be found in yesterday's Color Cue {5} Challenge post, that I made this card, for him to thank his swimming instructor, for Cas-tastic Wednesday's Blue, Yellow, and a Neutral Challenge.
I started this card by stamping the waves, in Moonlight White ink, on the clear, cardstock, card face.  I, then, stamped the little fish, in Yoyo Yellow ink, on white cardstock; hand cut him out; and adhered him, in the waves, with dimensionals.  A glue dot was adhered to the backside of the clear cardstock surface, behind the fish, just to secure the folded, Brilliant Blue, cardstock insert long enough to get it machine stitched, in place, with white-threaded, straight stitches, again, leaving the back, inside, insert flap hanging free.  I, then, wrapped a bright yellow, gingham ribbon around the top of the card face; tied it in a bow; and embellished it with a blue button, laced with white thread, and a prepared tag.  The tag's " a little note of thanks" sentiment was stamped, in Yoyo Yellow ink, on white cardstock and hand cut out.
Have a fantastic week, everyone!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Very Punny, All Scallops, & Note of Thanks (SU) Paper: Brilliant Blue (SU); clear (PTI); white (Georgia Pacific) Ink: Yoyo Yellow (SU); Moonlight White (Brilliance) Other: yellow, gingham ribbon (Hobby Lobby); blue button (Paper Studio); white string; white thread & sewing machine; dimensionals

Color Cue {5} Challenge

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I hope that you're all having a fantastic weekend! Ours has been full of busy work in the yard. I planted a few more beauties in my red, white, and blue garden. It's, finally, beginning to fill in. We, also, harvested a couple goodies from our vegetable garden, including a jalapeno pepper...
and this huge mound of lettuce.
A couple blueberries...
as well as one of our tomatoes, are just about ripe enough to pick...
but the rest are, still, working on their juiciness.
Oh!  And aren't these lilies gorgeous?!  I just love their color!
Now that that's out of the way :), on to Dawn's Color Cue {5} Challenge.
I thought that these colors were just perfect for Ezekiel's birthday invitations.  We're doing an ocean theme campout, in our backyard, for just a few of his friends.  We stopped, at a couple of places, after church, today, to pick out his party favors; and now, he's more excited than ever!  So fun!  Anyway, here's what I came up with.
I started these cuties by stamping the waves, in Moonlight White ink, across the bottom of the clear, cardstock, card face.  I, then, stamped the whale image, in Chocolate Chip ink, on white cardstock; hand cut him out; and adhered him, in the waves, with dimensionals.  I was, then, able to stick a glue dot to the backside of the clear cardstock, behind the whale, in order to fasten the front face of the folded, aqua, cardstock insert to it, just long enough to get it machine stitched with white-threaded, straight stitches.  The back flap, which, now, holds all his printed party info, just hangs free.
Finally, I wrapped a green ribbon around the top of the card face; tied it in a knot; and embellished it with an orange button, laced with white string, and the white, cardstock tag, which was stamped, in Pumpkin Pie ink, with the "you're invited" sentiment.

And just one more picture, of our weekend, before I run.  Ezekiel had so much fun making this monster truck, at our local Lowes' Build-and-Grow clinic, yesterday.  Thanks, Lowes!
{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Fox & Friends, All Scallops, & All-Year Cheer II (SU) Paper: clear (PTI); aqua (?); white (Georgia Pacific) Ink: Pumpkin Pie & Chocolate Chip (SU); Moonlight White (Brilliance) Other: white thread & sewing machine; dimensionals; orange button (Paper Studio); white string; green ribbon (Hobby Lobby)

Friday Faves

Friday, June 25, 2010

For some reason, it gives me all kinds of satisfaction to go through a catalog and circle, with a Sharpie (Has to be a Sharpie!), all the things that I love.  I, rarely, get to purchase any of those things; but I'm, totally, fine circling my faves and throwing the catalogs into my recycle bin.  There must be something psychological involved here, but I'm no psychologist and don't think that I'm hurting anyone, so I'll just go on being happy, circling great finds.

That being said, last month, in my Fun Stuff post, I listed a bunch of crafty things that I was, completely, in love with at the time.  While most of those things, still, haven't made their way into my craft space, I, still, love them all and got the same satisfaction in posting them, as if I had circled them, in a catalog, with my Sharpie.

So, I've decided to begin posting a list of my "Friday Faves", right here on my blog, on the last Friday of each month.  Today's list is, completely, papercrafty in nature, but it won't always be that way.  Nor will it be an exhaustive list of my faves or a recommendation, simply because, while I've tested many products from the distributors, most of the items, from my list, have never made their way into my home for me to enjoy.  It'll just be a list of the amazing things that have caught my eye each month.  Sound fun?!  Well, let's get started then!

The first fabulous item on my list is, of course, Noel Mignon's newest, Sun-Kissed kit.  Yummy!
I, also, really, love October Afternoon's Fly a Kite...
and The Thrift Shop patterned papers...
and coordinating labels.
Aren't these Little Clothespins...
and this adorable, clear, Kiss From the Sun stamp set, both from Hero Arts, too cute for words?!
These little, crocheted flowers and leaves, from My Little Palette...
and Postcards From Paris journaling cards, from Webster's Pages, are perfect in every way!
I'm, really, loving My Little Yellow Bicycle's Boardwalk...
Stampin' Up's Presto Patterns Specialty...
and Papertrey Ink's Library Ledger patterned papers.
I, also, love Papertrey Ink's coordinating, Mini Scrapbook Series: Library Ledger stamp set.
Finally, and I know that everyone is, still, thoroughly, enjoying the summer months, but I couldn't resist putting these Pumpkin Patch buttons, from Tessa Ann...
and this Oven Fresh Gingerbread Joy stamp set, from Waltzingmouse Stamps, in the line-up.
There you have it... my first "Friday Faves" line-up!  Hope you enjoyed!  Thanks for visiting, and have a wonderful weekend!

Reader's Choice Color Inspiration No. 4

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I've got a couple of projects, for you all, today.  Both of them were inspired by the yummy color combo I found in Kristina's Reader's Choice Color Inspiration No. 4.
Let's start with a card whose design comes from Waltzingmouse's Sketch Challenge #3.
Here's what I came up with.
I started this card by machine stitching a red-threaded, straight stitch around the edges of the light blue and red, striped, patterned paper.  I, then, layered a strip of red and orange, polka dot, patterned paper, trimmed, down its left side, with a punched strip of Pumpkin Pie cardstock, down its right side and machine stitched a red-threaded, zig-zag stitch between the punched cardstock and polka dot, patterned paper, before adhering the prepped piece to the Ballet Blue, cardstock, card face.  I, then, cut an oval, through all front cover layers, in the bottom, right corner and distressed it with Tea Dye ink.
The "{Just had to write to say} thank you" sentiment was, then, clear embossed on the inside back cover of the card, peeking through the cut oval.
Finally, I wrapped a So Saffron, grosgrain ribbon, vertically, around the card face, looping it through both the top and bottom edges of the cut oval; tied the top, ribbon loop in a bow; and embellished it with a Pure Poppy button, laced with white string.

I, also, created a layout, inspired by the above color inspiration, using Pencil Lines' Sketch 191, provided by Anna Bowkis.
Love this design!  Here's my take.
I started this layout by adhering the light blue, bright blue, and yellow, plaid, patterned paper in the center of the "snips and snails and puppy dot tails, that's what little boys are made of", yellow and blue, patterned paper.  I wish that I could tell you all who made these papers.  I cannot remember, for the life of me; but I can tell you that they came in a scrapbook kit, along with the alpha, "KiNDErgArteN" stickers, in the title, and were purchased at Hobby Lobby.  Anyway, I, then, adhered a strip of red and orange, polka dot, patterned paper, trimmed, down its right side, with a punched strip of Ruby Red cardstock, down the right side of the page, slightly, overlapping the plaid paper.  The hand cut, Pumpkin Pie, cardstock circle; photographs; and So Saffron, grosgrain, ribbon-laced, blue, polka dot, die-cut tag came next, in that order.  The die-cut tag holds the partial, "100" title, which was made from foam Thickers, and was adhered with dimensionals.  The partial "dAYS" title was made from ticket, alpha stickers and tucked under the bottom edge of the ribbon-laced, die-cut tag.  I, then, added more foam Thickers for the partial, "of" title and completed the title with light blue, bright blue, and yellow, "KiNDErgArteN", alpha stickers.
After the photos were adhered, I embellished with a star, die-cut strip next to the polka dot, patterned paper; an orange, "FROM THE HEART", ticket die-cut above the title; a red, photo tab, decked out with an orange, star, circle die-cut, to the left of the far left photograph; a yellow, polka dot, Jan. 23, 2009, date tab to the right of the far right photograph; and a red-framed, journal box, which reads, You read "Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten" like 100 times., below the far right photograph.
Well, I'm hearing my baby girl beginning to stir, from her sleep, again today.  Poor thing has to keep getting woke up, from her afternoon nap, for Ezekiel's swimming lesson.  Fortunately, she knows how to sleep in!  Anyway, it's time to get breakfast.  We've, also, got some gardening to do, this morning, while it's still cool(er).  Thanks for stopping by, and have a fantastic day!
{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Note of Thanks (SU) Paper: Ballet Blue & Pumpkin Pie & orange & red, polka dot patterned (SU); light blue & red, striped patterned (Frances Meyer) Ink: VersaMark; Tea Dye (Ranger) Other: red thread & sewing machine; 2010 Sale-A-Bration punch & So Saffron, grosgrain ribbon (SU); Pure Poppy button (PTI); white thread; oval template (Fiskars)
{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: Pumpkin Pie & Ruby Red & red & orange, polka dot patterned (SU); plaid & "snips and snails" patterned (?) Ink: Basic Black (SU) Other: orange, star strip, ticket, & star circle die-cuts, So Saffron, grosgrain ribbon, & 2010 Sale-A-Bration punch (SU); blue, polka dot, die-cut tag (Basic Grey); ticket, alpha stickers (?); foam Thickers (American Crafts); light blue, bright blue, & yellow, alpha stickers (?); yellow, polka dot, date tab & red, photo tab (daisyd's); red-framed journal box (Scenic Route)