2S4Y Sketch 62 & MFW: Jolly Holiday Greetings Challenge

Thursday, September 30, 2010

For today's papercrafty take, I combined 2 Sketches 4 You's Kazan's Sketch 62...
with Moxie Fab World's Jolly Holiday Greetings Challenge, to create any holiday card, and came up with this.
I started this card by punching a piece of white cardstock, down its right edge, with a portion of my new, Decorative Label punch; distressing its edges with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks; framing it with a hand cut piece of Ruby Red cardstock; and dressing its left side with a strip of sheet music, patterned paper.  I, then, ran light-green-threaded, straight stitches down its left edge, as well as both long sides of the patterned paper, before adhering it to the distressed, with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks, Certainly Celery, cardstock, card face.  The wreath image was stamped, in Ruby Red, Certainly Celery, and Pretty in Pink inks, near the top of the prepped, white cardstock...
and the "peace-hope-joy" sentiment was stamped, in Certainly Celery ink, vertically, along the bottom right side of the patterned paper.  A pink ribbon, wrapped around the card face, vertically, and tied in a bow near the bottom of the card face...
as well as a few, clear gemstones...
complete the look.
So, super excited to, also, get to tell you all that I have been named The Playdate Cafe's Cup of the Week for this card!
Eeek!  Thanks so much ladies!  I'm, truly, honored!  Have a great day, everyone!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Northern Hearts & So Many Sayings (SU) Paper: Certainly Celery & Ruby Red (SU); white (Georgia Pacific); sheet music patterned (Paper Studio) Ink: Certainly Celery, Ruby Red, & Pretty in Pink (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: pink ribbon (Hobby Lobby); light-green thread & sewing machine; Decorative Label punch (SU); clear gemstones (Paper Studio)

Curtain Call {Act 49} & Mojo158

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I combined Curtain Call's Color Challenge: {Act 49}...
with Mojo Monday's Week 158 Sketch for my papercrafty take, for you all, today.
Here's what I came up with.
I started this card by machine stitching, with brown-threaded, straight stitches, around the edges of a square of sheet music, patterned paper and adhering it to the Crumb Cake, cardstock, card face.  I, then, stamped the letters, in Moonlight White ink, on Basic Black cardstock; framed it with a piece of Real Red cardstock; machine stitched a red-threaded, straight-stitch frame around its edges; and adhered it in the top center of the card face.  The school days, patterned paper was adhered to a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock; machine stitched, around its edges, with brown-threaded, straight stitches; adhered just below the stamped, chalkboard piece; and anchored with a few staples.  I, then, tucked the ends of an ivory and red, gingham bow under the bottom of the prepped, school days, patterned paper and the top of the prepped, letters cardstock and embellished its center with a Pure Poppy buttons, laced with Baker's Twine.
A punched, distressed, and layered, phone book flower, embellished with a glitter, apple button...
a few, pearlized, black brads...
and a stamped, in Basic Black ink, "thank you" sentiment, complete the look.
I have no idea who will receive this card.  I don't have the privilege of making such for Ezekiel's teacher(s), since we're homeschooling; but when I saw this color combo, I knew that it would be perfect for a teacher card.  Plus, being a former teacher myself, making them just gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling :).

I didn't get that grocery shopping done, yesterday, after all. Lots of issues with our car that, I'm sure, are going to end up costing us a small fortune. Bummer! We, still, fortunately, have my hubby's work truck, though, so he's great at picking up little things that we need.  Have a great day, everyone!

Oh!  And it's taken me a week to post this, but I by no means want to diminish or appear ungrateful for what Dana, Sabrina, and Stefanie, over at Aspiring to Creativity, did for me.  I am, completely, honored!  I've just been a bit embarrassed, AND at the same time, super, stinkin' excited, by this post.  Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, ladies!  You all are so inspiring, thoughtful, and, stunningly (Literally!  I've been rendered speechless!), kind!  Thank you!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Note of Thanks & Nursery Letters Jumbo Wheel (SU) Paper: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Basic Black, & Chocolate Chip (SU); sheet music patterned (Paper Studio); school days patterned (daisyd's) Ink: Basic Black (SU); Moonlight White (Brilliance) Other: brown & red thread & sewing machine; black, pearlized brads (Paper Studio); Pure Poppy button (PTI); Baker's Twine (AR Designs); glitter, apple button (Jesse James & Co. Grandma's Grab Bag); Scallop Circle punch (SU); staples & stapler

PDCC48 & Pencil Lines 204

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I have to admit that I was, completely, surprised at how much I loved working with The Playdate Cafe's Challenge #48 colors in my Scrappy Saturday Challenge #24 Blog Hop post.
I mean, I don't think that, without the challenge, I ever would have put them together; but I, truly, love them!  Leave it to The Play Date Cafe Design Team!  Matter of fact, I thought they were so fantastic, that I decided to use them, again, for a layout.  I combined them with Pencil Lines' Sketch 204, provided by Leah Farquharson...
and came up with this.
I started this layout by adhering the floral, patterned paper to the Elegant Eggplant, cardstock page and machine stitching a gray-threaded, double frame around its edges.  I, then, stamped the letters, in Basic Black ink, on a strip of Basic Gray cardstock; tore it down its left side; adhered it, just inside the stitched frame, down the left side of the layout; and embellished it with a punched strip of clear cardstock and a strip of Old Olive cardstock, which had gray-threaded, straight stitches ran down either of its sides.  After adhering pictures, I added a couple, black, crystal flourishes in the top...
and bottom, left corners and a gray, lace flower, embellished with a couple, green, leaf pins and a purple button, dressed up with clear gemstones.
A few, more, clear gemstones, added to the top and bottom, right corners...
and a silver, glittered, "Getting Ready For Baby" title, complete the look.
I'm off to begin working on a grocery list.  Our car is in the shop, but I'm hoping to have it fixed and back by this evening.  Our fridge is sitting on empty!  Have a great day, everyone!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Nursery Letters Jumbo Wheel (SU) Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Basic Gray, & Old Olive (SU); clear (PTI); floral patterned (My Mind's Eye) Ink: Basic Black (SU) Other: black, crystal flourishes (Prima); clear gemstones & purple button (Paper Studio); gray, lace trim (Bazzill Basics); green, leaf pins (Maya Road); gray thread & sewing machine; glitter, adhesive transfers & silver glitter (K&Company); edger punch (EK Success)

September 2008 Scrapbook Club LO

Monday, September 27, 2010

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Ours turned out to be much more rainy than was, originally, forecasted; but I'm happy to say that we, finally, got to use all those apples, that we picked way back here.  I put the boys to work peeling and coring...
while Adina discovered that her brother's bedroom door had been left open, by accident, and went on a treasure hunt.
She's a HUGE getter-in-to-er, but several hours and one super, sticky kitchen later, we had made and canned 36 pints of apple butter.
Yum-O!  Now, won't those make fine, Christmas gifts with a fun, little tag?!  Plus, we have plenty of apples leftover for lunches and snacks and several, scrumptious desserts.  I'm thinking an apple crisp would be perfect for dinner!
I, also, came across some, gorgeous pictures, of my kiddos, this weekend.  They were just calling out to be put on a page.  So, I thumbed through a stack of my unfinished, Scrapbook Club pages; picked the perfect layout; gussied it up; and added my pictures, for a little, instant gratification.  Here's what I came up with.
We started this layout, at club, by adhering the patterned papers across the top and bottom of the Real Red, cardstock pages; punching the circles from Not Quite Navy, Basic Gray, Whisper White, and Kiwi Kiss cardstock and adhering them, haphazardly, across the top of the striped, patterned paper.  Some of the Whisper White, punched, cardstock circles were stamped, with the apple images, in Real Red, Kiwi Kiss, and Chocolate Chip inks.  A few rubons...
and a Whisper White, cardstock, photo mat, embellished with a Kiwi Kiss, grosgrain ribbon, stapled in place, completed our night at club.
Once home, I machine stitched gray-threaded, straight stitches across the top and bottom of the gray, patterned paper and across the bottom of the striped, patterned paper and added a little Crystal Effects, to my stamped apples, for shine.
After adhering pictures, I stamped the "adorable" title, in Real Red ink, inside the cardstock, photo mat, above the picture.  I, than, matted an ivory, cardstock, green-edged, circle sticker with a punched, from Not Quite Navy cardstock, scallop circle; adhered it, with dimensionals, just to the left of the title itself; and completed it with a felt, letter "A".
A length of artisan tape, adhered above the left, two pictures, and a journaling card, which reads, Enjoying a beautiful Fall day, taking pics of my gorgeous kiddos...
completes the left side of the layout.
The right side of the layout boasts the same, artisan tape.  I, also, added, with dimensionals, a red, polka dot, die-cut heart and embellished it with a couple of staples and a green, rectangle, cardstock sticker, which, also, had a staple run through it.
I know that I, still, have our camping pictures, from last weekend, to show you all; but when I uploaded the ones that I took with my camera, I realized that my Mom had most of the good ones on hers.  She took lots, for me, while I tended to the kiddos.  So, as soon as she passes them along, I'll be sure to post them.  Have a fantastic week, everyone!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Tart & Tangy & Warm Words (SU) Paper: Real Red, Not Quite Navy, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss, & all patterned (SU) Ink: Real Red, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, & Basic Black (SU) Other: artisan tape (Pink Paislee); journaling card & die-cut heart (Jenni Bowlin); felt "A" (Hobby Lobby); green, cardstock stickers (October Afternoon); Kiwi Kiss, grosgrain ribbon, Crystal Effects, rubons, & 1-3/8" Circle & Scallop Circle punches (SU); staples & stapler; gray thread & sewing machine; dimensionals

Scrappy Saturday Challenge #24 Blog Hop

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Good morning!  You should be arriving here, for the blog hop, via Wee Memories, for another Scrappy Saturday Challenge.  The design team left it wide open with Challenge #24: Clean and Simple (CAS) and/or Tags.
So, I reached out to The Playdate Cafe's Challenge #48 for a little color inspiration...
and came up with this.
I started this card by machine stitching, with gray-threaded, straight stitches, a double frame, around the edges of the floral, patterned paper, before adhering it to the Basic Gray, cardstock, card face. 
I, then, stamped the letters, in Elegant Eggplant ink, on a piece of Elegant Eggplant cardstock; glittered just the "h" and "i" letters to create my "hi" sentiment...
tore it across the top; embellished it, across the bottom, with a punched strip of Old Olive cardstock; and adhered it, over the floral patterned paper, near the bottom of the card face.
A little, bright green, velvet ribbon, tied in a bow, just right of center, completes the look.
Now, it's your turn, so get creating!  You have until 11:59 pm PST, next Friday, October 1st, to link up your entry for a grand prize of a $10 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp!
This is my last Saturday guest designing for Wee Memories.  It has been a super, fun month; and I feel, extremely, blessed and honored to have had the opportunity to work with such a fabulously talented group of individuals.  Thank you, again and again, Jenny!

From here, you're heading over to check out the sweet Vera Yates' creation.  Be sure to leave everyone a comment along the way.  We all love hearing from our readers!  Have fun, and thanks so much for stopping by!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Nursery Letters Jumbo Wheel (SU) Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, & Basic Gray (SU); floral patterned (My Mind's Eye) Ink: Elegant Eggplant (SU) Other: silver glitter (K&Company); gray thread & sewing machine; edger punch (EK Success); bright green, velvet ribbon (Making Memories)

Friday Faves

Friday, September 24, 2010

It's that time, again; and I have yet another, fun list of goodies, for you all, this month.  It all starts with another, fabulous, Noel Mignon kit... Field Trip.
I know, that I listed the Noel Mignon, Sweet Sue kit last month; but it is, totally, worth mentioning again, especially, because Jana Eubank is having a giveaway for the entire thing, right here, on her blog, until next Tuesday, September 28th.  Yihoo!  Besides being a crafty genius, she's so stinkin' generous!
We got to use Stampin' Up's Waffle Paper, at club, this month, and it is soooo on my wish list!
A couple of things that I'm, really, looking forward to getting, from my club purchases, are this gorgeous, Raven Lace Trim...
and this Decorative Label Punch, which I borrowed, to create this look, last week.
I've, totally, had my eye on Fiskars' Paper Crimper...
and Stamp Press for some time now...
and I've, finally, made the decision on which die-cutting/dry-embossing fabulosity is for me... the Big Shot by Sizzix.
I, absolutely, LOVE Papertrey Inks' Wreath For All Seasons...
and I think that it is super fantastic how their Calendar Basics stamp set...
Birthday Calendar Pages...
and Kraft Binder coordinate so well.  Such a great idea!
This Turkey stamp from Denami Designs...
and Lawn Fawn's Harvest Season stamp set are perfect for Fall!
The Togetherness Crafting Kit, from Cosmo Cricket, wraps up the papercrafty portion of my September Friday Faves.
Hannah Craner, totally, got me lovin' Sweet Simple's Summer Flower Necklace...
and discovering their sweet, Antiqued Brass Apple Necklace.
And, finally, I adore this Silver Flower Wire Wrapped Button Ring from Jen's Ink Spot.
Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!  I'll be back, early tomorrow morning, with another Wee Memories' Scrappy Saturday Challenge; and don't forget that you have until 11:59 pm tonight to link up your S.O.S Challenge projects.

Oh!  And this gift card holder was featured, on CREATE:, yesterday, in Paige's Pockets Challenge line-up.  Thanks, as always, Paige!