Friday Faves

Friday, July 30, 2010

I've got a super, fun list of faves, for you all, this month, beginning with (Surprise!) Noel Mignon's newest Office Party kit.  Always, soooo, yummy!
I'm, also, completely in love with Stampin' Up's new, Awash With Flowers...
and Tiny Tags, stamps sets.
Along with Tiny Tags, comes this fun Jewelry Tag punch.
Stampin' Up's gorgeous Antique Brads...
and super useful Color Coach, also, made my list.
Papertrey Ink came out with a host of delicious goodies this month, including Birthday Bash Sentiments...
Library Card (Oh, the possibilities!)...
and Just the Ticket, stamp sets.
I, also, absolutely, love how this Just the Ticket Border Die ...
and Admit One Impression Plate coordinate so effortlessly!
Oh!  And their School Time, stamp set was unveiled in perfect timing, being as most of us begin school in just a couple of weeks!  Yikes!
JBS Mercantile delivered these scrumptious, red Embellished Butterflies...
Alpha Banner Playdate Stickers...
and yellow Butterfly Runon.
Their green Vintage Style Sew-On Buttons made their way into my craft space, this month, and I cannot wait to begin showing you all projects boasting their beauty.
Check out these fun Zoom Zoom...
and Under the Sea Felties from Sassafras Lass.  Waaay CUTE!
Finally, before we take a look at some Etsy goodness, check out this adorable, Critters in the Sea, stamp set from Lawn Fawn.
Okay, now, for those Etsy goodies, beginning with these Butterfly Buttons...
and Owl Button Bobby Pin from Buttons by Robin.
These Teen...
and Colorful Handmade Polymer Clay Buttons, from Kimmieprout, would make the perfect additions to almost any craft project.
Aren't these Shabby Chic Garden Gift Tags, from Paper Cakes, just beautiful?!
I LOVE this beautiful, Rainbow Necklace gem from Maggie McMane Designs.
And, finally, because we're in the market for a new entertainment center, I LOVE this one, from Rocky Bella Studios, for its functional style and beauty!
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Card Style Week: Shabby & Vintage

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I'm on to another style for Card Style Week over at Moxie Fab World.  I've got a Shabby and Vintage card, for you all, today.
I started this card by painting, with acrylic paint, and glittering, before it was dry, the chipboard frame in the center of the card face.  I, then, set it aside to dry and began piecing together the strips of patterned paper and framing them, across the top, with a strip of punched, Real Red cardstock and, across the bottom, with a strip of punched, Pretty in Pink cardstock.  I, then, machine stitched ivory-threaded, straight and zig-zag stitches between all paper connections, before adhering the prepped piece to the Tempting Turquoise, cardstock, card face and distressing all edges with Chamomile and Chai inks.  A sheer, ivory ribbon was, then, wrapped around the center of the card face; tied in a bow, to the far left of the card face; and embellished with a Pure Poppy button, laced with hemp twine.  I, then, stamped the "Praying for You" sentiment, in Real Red ink, on an oval of ivory cardstock; distressed its edges with Chamomile and Chai inks; and adhered it to the backside of my prepped, chipboard piece, which was, then, adhered, with dimensionals, in the center of the card face, over the existing ribbon.
I hope you're all having a fantastic day!  Thanks for stopping by!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers (SU) Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, & Pretty in Pink (SU); ivory (Best Occasions); red, polka dot & multi-colored patterned (The Girls' Paperie); subtle, ivory print (Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl) Ink: Real Red (SU); Chamomile & Chai (PTI) Other: sheer, ivory ribbon (Hobby Lobby); hemp twine; Pure Poppy button (PTI); Scallop & 2010 Sale-A-Bration punches (SU); ivory thread & sewing machine; chipboard frame (Best Occasions); Paradise, acrylic paint (Delta Creative); turquoise, Sugar Coating glitter (Doodlebug Design); dimensionals

CCG #152 & Pencil Lines Sketch 194

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I just had to throw together a layout, to show off Color Combos Galore's Inspiration Board #152, before we took off on vacation.  It was just too delicious to pass up!
I combined it with Pencil Lines' Sketch 194...
and came up with this.
I started this layout by hand cutting out the textured and embossed, ivory cardstock; sanding its edges to get the embossed portions to stand out a bit more; distressing its edges with Tea Dye ink; machine stitching a length of ruffled, pink tulle to the backside of its straight edge; and adhering it to the cherry, glitter paper.  I, then, dressed it up, below, with a strip of punched, along its bottom edge, and distressed, with Tea Dye ink, Pretty in Pink cardstock, which had, also, been embellished, across its top edge, with paper doilies.  A length of Certainly Celery ribbon covers the connection, between the two, prepped cardstocks, seamlessly.  The "ROCKING" sentiment was Cricut-cut, from Old Olive cardstock, and adhered in the lower right corner of the prepped, Pretty in Pink cardstock.
After adhering pictures, I added a Cricut-cut, from Old Olive cardstock, journal box, which reads, You just love to rock whether it be with Mommy in the big chair or by yourself, and a hand-made, fabric, box flower.
It was sewn together from lots of leftover, fabric scraps; a little, pink tulle; and a bright pink button and embellished with a gorgeous gem, which I found, attached to a rusty, old, bobbie pin, in our church, parking lot.  I just new that it would make the perfect embellishment!
A few purchased, pink and green, gemstone flowers; random, clear gemstones...
a hand-written, in the bottom right corner, Oct. 17, 2009 date; and a Cricut-cut, from Certainly Celery cardstock, flourish, adhered, with dimesionals, above the fabric, box flower, complete the look.

All that tulle reminded me of Samster Mommy's TuTu Drive.
Natasha is collecting tutus for the Princess Alexa Foundation, who, then, passes them out to seriously ill kiddos for a little fun and make-believe.  I soooo wanted to get one made, before we left on vacation, but it just didn't get done.  I hate that!  She's collecting through the end of this month, though, so if you get a chance, run to the Tutu Drive link above for all the details, and thanks!  Have a great day!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, & Old Olive (SU); textured & embossed ivory (Core'dinations); cherry glitter (DCWV Nana's Nursery: Baby Girl) Ink: Basic Black (SU); Tea Dye (Ranger) Other: Certainly Celery ribbon (SU); clear gemstones & bright pink button (Paper Studio); pink & green, gemstone flowers (Hobby Lobby); paper doilies; scrap fabric and pink tulle; edger punch (EK Success); Storybook, Cricut cartridge (ProvoCraft); sewing machine

Scrapville's Card Sketch Challenge & Card Style Week: Fun & Cute

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I've got my take on Scrapville's July Card Sketch Challenge, for you all, today.
I combined it with Moxie Fab World's Card Style Week: Fun & Cute and came up with this.
What's cuter than a 3-1/2" square card with a bunny and a bow on it?!  I started this card by machine stitching white-threaded, straight stitches around the edges of the playful, patterned paper; adhering it to the Old Olive, square, cardstock, card base; and wrapping an orange, striped ribbon around the center of the card face, tying it in a bow to the card face's left side, and embellishing it with a carrot button, laced with white string.  The image and "ears wishing you a happy day!" sentiment were, then, stamped, in Jet Black ink, on white cardstock; cut out with my circle template; water colored in shades of So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, and Pretty in Pink; and had its edges distressed with Old Olive and Chamomile inks.  I, then, trimmed its edges with punched, green, polka dot, glitter paper and adhered it, with dimesionals, to the center of the card face, over the patterned paper, and to the right of the ribbon bow.
{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Animal Crackers (SU) Paper: Old Olive (SU); white (Georgia Pacific); playful patterned & green, polka dot glitter (DCWV Where the Heart Is) Ink: So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Pretty in Pink, & Old Olive (SU); Chamomile (PTI); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: orange, striped ribbon (Hobby Lobby); carrot button (Jesse James & Co. Grandma's Grab Bag); white thread & sewing machine; white string; circle template (Fiskars); 1/2" Circle punch (SU); dimensionals

EBTKS Sketch Challenge #19

Monday, July 26, 2010

I have Everything But the Kitchen Sink's Sketch Challenge #19, for you all, today.
Here's what I came up with.
I started this card by machine stitching two white-threaded, straight-stitch frames around the edges of the polka dot, patterned paper and adhering it to the Bordering Blue, cardstock, card face.  I, then, adhered an orange, striped ribbon, down the length of the left side of the card face, inside the stitched frame.  The squirrel image and "I'm nuts about you!" sentiment were stamped, in Jet Black ink, on white cardstock; watercolored in shades of Bordering Blue, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, and Close to Cocoa inks; framed with a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock; and adhered, with dimensionals, just above center, over the ribbon.
An orange button, laced with white string, completes the look.
{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Animal Crackers (SU) Paper: Bordering Blue & Pumpkin Pie (SU); white (Georgia Pacific); polka dot patterned (?) Ink: Bordering Blue, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, & Close to Cocoa (SU); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: orange, striped ribbon (Hobby Lobby); orange button (Paper Studio); white string; white thread & sewing machine; dimensionals

2S4Y Sketch 57

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Good morning!  Well, today is the big day!  We're off on vacation!  Yippeee!  Now, don't you worry; because, while I won't be able to get you all of my usual posts, I do have plenty of papercrafty creations scheduled, to be coming your way, over the next week.  Plus, I'll, also, have my next list of Friday Faves, for you, to finish out our vacation week.  Now, on with today's goodness.

I needed a stack of thank yous, to send out to all the family and friends who gifted Ezekiel with such fun treasures, for his birthday this year, and I wanted them to stick with his ocean-theme and be easy to duplicate.  This is what I came up with.
I started this card by white embossing the "THX" sentiment in the top center of the Only Orange, cardstock, card face.  I, then, paper pierced a row of three dots near the bottom left side of the "T" and a row of three dots near the top right side of the "X", both rows running right alongside the letters.  The fun, fish, patterned paper was trimmed with a strip of punched, Tempting Turquoise cardstock; machine stitched, around its edges, with white-threaded, straight stitches; and adhered to the bottom of the card face, below the sentiment.  A length of white string, wrapped around the card face, three times, just below the punched border, and tied, in a bow, to the right side of the card face, over the patterned paper, finish the look. 
Super clean and simple! Just what I was looking for :)!  Plus, the recipients, also, received one of Ezekiel's new, seven-year-old pictures, and the friends that attended his party got a picture of themselves with the birthday boy holding the gift they gave him.  So fun!

Upon completion of these cards, I realized that they fit 2 Sketches 4 You's Sketch 57 perfectly!
It must've been in the back of my mind the whole time :)!  Thanks for stopping by, have a super weekend, and I'll see you all back here in a week!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Headline Alphabet (SU) Paper: Only Orange & Tempting Turquoise (SU); fish patterned (Flair Designs) Ink: VersaMark Other: white thread & sewing machine; white string; paper piercer & Scallop punch (SU); white embossing powder

Wee Memories & CAS-tastic Wednesday Summer Challenges

Friday, July 23, 2010

Wee Memories' Summer Fun Challenge and CAS-tastic Wednesday's Inspired by Summer Challenge, naturally, went hand-in-hand for the next, card take, that I have, for you all, today.  Here's what I came up with.
I started this card by stamping the beach ball image, in Taken With Teal ink, the sunglasses image, in More Mustard ink, and the popsicle image, in Real Red ink, several times, on a piece of ivory cardstock.  I, then, machine stitched red-threaded, straight stitches around its edges; distressed its edges with Chamomile and Chai inks; trimmed it, across the bottom, with a patterned, paper banner; and adhered it to the Real Red, cardstock, card face.
The pinwheels were made from 1-1/2" squares of Lovely Lilac, Real Red, Taken With Teal, and More Mustard cardstocks; adhered over the stamped paper in a square, grid pattern; and anchored, in the centers, with More Mustard brads.  Finally, I wrapped a Plum Pudding, saddle stitch ribbon, around the card face, between the stamped and patterned papers; tied it in a bow to the left side of the card face; tucked an "a note for you" sentiment, stamped in Real Red ink on ivory cardstock and hand cut out, under its top right edge with dimensionals; and embellished it with a Pure Poppy button, laced with hemp twine.
What says summer better than pinwheels and popsicles?!  This beauty just so happens to be featured on CARDS Blog, today, as well.  Eeek!  Thanks, Paige!

And before I run, look what my husband brought home, for me, at lunch today!
It's Joyce Meyer's Hearing From God Each Morning devotional.  He had a 40% off coupon from Borders and thought of me!  Me!  Thanks, Baby!  Have a great weekend, everyone!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Summer Fun & Sweet Little Sentiments (SU) Paper: Real Red, Lovely Lilac, More Mustard, & Taken With Teal (SU); ivory (Best Occasions); banner patterned (Sassafras Lass) Ink: Real Red, More Mustard, & Taken With Teal (SU); Chamomile & Chai (PTI) Other: Plum Pudding, saddle stitch ribbon & Pure Poppy button (PTI); hemp twine; red thread & sewing machine; More Mustard brads (SU); dimensionals