Weekend Snapshots

Sunday, October 31, 2010

What a relaxing weekend we had!  BJ gave me lots of time, alone, without the kiddos, to gain my sanity.  Yes, this Mommy needs time away to feel like herself, again, sometimes.  We, also, raked our backyard... nine bags and two small trashcans full...
but we had a lot of fun in the process.
Aren't they just sooo adorably beautiful?!  I know... I know... I'm, completely, biased.  I cannot help it.  I'm the Mommy, and I love them so much!  I'm so blessed!  Finally, and just for fun, look at how gorgeous my Oak Leaf Hydrangea is right now.
I'll be back, late tomorrow, with pics of the outfit I made for my baby girl's birthday.  Have a wonderful week, everyone!

Friday Faves

Friday, October 29, 2010

Welcome to the October edition of my Friday Faves!  It all begins, again, with Noel Mignon's newest kit... Dear Diary.
I'm, totally, loving Cosmo Cricket's Circa 1934 line, which I cannot seem to find a link for purchasing.  So, I'm linking you all up to the sneak peek on the Cosmo Cricket Blog.  Start drooling!
Papertrey Ink's Journaling Circle stamp set would be perfect for my scrapbooks...
and Lawn Fawn's Frosties stamp set covers just about every snowflake I'd ever need!
I've had my eye on We R Memory Keepers' Corner Chomper for what seems like forever, especially, when a person is, really, wanting it :).
These Little Lion Polymer Clay Buttons, from Ayariana's Shop, are super, stinkin' cute...
and while we're talking about buttons, check out the fantastic texture and deep color on these Blue Hearts...
and Nautical, embroidered buttons from Deep Indigo.
That's the end of the papercrafty portion of this Friday Faves, but you've got to check out this gorgeous, Magenta Scarflette from Gsakowski Designs.
I, also, LOVE these fabulous Cameo and Flowers Hair Pins from Sweet and Simple.  Even though I don't, usually, wear my hair up, these would give me just the reason to do so.  So pretty!
Thanks, as always, for stopping by!  Have a safe and wonderful weekend, ya'll!

Embellish Vintage Color Challenge

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Lookie what my hubby just brought home to me!
We've had a lot of difficult things happening, in our personal lives, lately, and this was his way of saying that he hopes my day gets off to a good start and is filled with all the things that I love, which in this case, is daisies and Pumpkin Spice Lattes.  Yippeee!  Amidst all the tough stuff, papercrafting has remained my comfort.  So, I do have a card, for you all, today.
I started this card by adhering a piece of floral, rust, patterned paper to the bottom of a piece of green, text, patterned paper; machine stitching an ivory-threaded, straight-stitch frame around their outside edges; and adhering them to the ivory, cardstock, card face.  I, then, stamped three, different, design images, in Old Olive, Really Rust, and Summer Sun inks, on a Cricut-cut, ivory, cardstock tag and distressed its edges with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks, before adhering it in the top left corner of the card face and spritzing the entire card face with Chocolate Chip and Close to Cocoa inks.
A couple of rubons, glitter, and a length of ivory lace brings us to the hand-cut, fabric heart, which was machine stitched, to the card face, over all layers, with ivory-threaded, zig-zag stitches.
A length of seam binding ribbon, stained with Yellow Daisy Glimmer Mist, was, then, wrapped around the card face, just above the lace and over the fabric heart; tied, in a dressy bow, to the left of the fabric heart; and embellished with an olive button, laced with hemp twine; a little, Really Rust button, laced with Baker's Twine; and a green, leaf pin.
Finally, I added the "much thanks", cardstock, sticker sentiment...
in the bottom right corner of the card face and machine stitched it in place, with ivory-threaded, zig-zag stitches, along its upper left edge.
This card was inspired by Embellish's Vintage Color Challenge.
I'm, also, adding it to Betsy Veldman's challenge to create something using a vintage item of your choice.  That fabric came from a box that had been setting in BJ's grandmother's house for ages.  She's no longer with us, and who knows if she had it handed down to her.  Whatever the case, I think that it qualifies as vintage.  And look at all these scrumptious goodies that arrived, in the mail, yesterday.  I won this first batch from JBS Mercantile for being named their October Customer Spotlight Winner.  Yum-O!
This second batch came from Elusive Images for being named The Play Date Cafe's Cup of the Week.  So fun!
Thank you, everyone!  And thanks so much, to all of you bloggers, for stopping by!  I cannot tell you how much your comments mean to me!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Poinsettia Patterns (Wplus9) Paper: ivory (Best Occasions); floral, rust patterned (SU); olive, text patterned (7 Gypsies) Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, Really Rust, & Summer Sun (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: ivory thread & sewing machine; ivory lace (Paper Studio); olive button (American Crafts); Really Rust button & Color Spritzer tool (SU); Baker's Twine (AR Designs); green, leaf pin (Maya Road); seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); Yellow Daisy Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); rubons (7 Gypsies); sentiment sticker (Crate Paper); fabric; white glitter (K&Company); George & Basic Shapes, Cricut cartridge (Provo Craft); hemp twine

Metamorphosis 2010: The Kyrie Foundation

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I am so excited to get to tell you all about the third annual, Kansas City fundraiser, silent art/gift auction to benefit The Kyrie Foundation.
The Kyrie Foundation is a non-profit organization raising awareness and research funds to fight pediatric brain cancer.  Brain cancer is the #1 cancer-killer of children, with a 10% diagnoses increase since The Kyrie Foundation began, just three years ago.  The Kyrie Foundation is committed to funding and finding a cure.  All proceeds, from this event, will go to support The Kyrie Foundation Tissue Bank Fund, which is scheduled to launch the only tissue bank of its kind in conjunction with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and the University of California-San Francisco.
I was blessed enough to be asked to participate, in this event, last year and was, completely, thrilled to be asked back, again, this year.  For those of you that may have noticed, this is the reason my Etsy shop Lofty Designs is nearly empty.  I have donated most of its contents to this worthy cause.  Here are the deets for the auction.

Metamorphosis 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Studio 2131
2131 Washington
Kansas City Crossroads District

$20 per ticket in advance or $25 at the door

6:00 p.m. Event Opens and Bidding Begins
6:30 p.m. Welcome
10:00 p.m. Bidding Closes

The night includes deliciousness from Whole Foods Market, 3 Women and an Oven, Sunset Grill, Clock Tower Bakery, Panera Bread, beer, wine, soda, meet and greet with donating artists, your name entered into a drawing for prizes, and live entertainment by Lilith Fair star Sara Swenson, as well as a mini, live auction featuring, but not limited to:
  • Tickets, for two, to the 2011 Grammy Awards, on February 13, at the Staples Center, in LA, including floor seat tickets, red carpet passes, and entry to the official Grammy after party ($10,000 value)
  • Friday happy hour for you and up to 100 friends at Howl at the Moon in KC Power and Light District (up to $1,700 value)
For those of you who don't live in the Kansas City area, please consider giving a monetary or in-kind donation.  Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read!  Only we can necessitate change for future generations.  Have a wonderful day!

PDCC52 & Got Sketch? Sketch 105

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I have a pretty, little card, for you all, this morning.
I started this card by rounding the bottom corners of a piece of floral, patterned paper; adhering a strip of yellow, glitter, polka dot, patterned paper down its center; machine stitching white-threaded, zig-zag stitches between their connections; and adhering it to the Pink Pirouette, cardstock, card face, whose edges had been distressed with Moonlight White ink.
I, then, adhered a strip of orange, star, patterned paper, horizontally, across the top of the prepped, patterned papers, glittered the stars, and embellished its top edge with a length of ivory lace.
A length of sheer, pink ribbon was, then, wrapped, around the card face, below the glittered, star, patterned paper; thread through a silver, hardware frame, which was filled in with the stamped, in Pretty in Pink ink, on ivory cardstock, "to You from me" sentiment; and tied, in a dressy bow, to the left of the framed sentiment.
A couple of pearls and a Prima butterfly complete the look.
My inspiration, for this card, came from The Play Date Cafe's One Year Anniversary Challenge #52 (Happy Anniversary, ladies!  May there be many, many more to come!)...
and Got Sketch?'s Sketch 105.
Well, I've got a heap of things to get done, today; so, I'd better run dive in.  May your day be filled with happy surprises, graceful acceptances, and thankful thoughts.

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Best Yet (SU) Paper: Pink Pirouette (SU); ivory (Best Occasions); floral & yellow, polka dot, glitter patterned (My Mind's Eye); orange, star patterned (Jenni Bowlin) Ink: Pretty in Pink (SU); Moonlight White (Brilliance) Other: ivory lace & pearls (Paper Studio); Corner punch & silver, Hodgepodge Hardware frame (SU); butterfly (Prima); sheer, pink ribbon (Hobby Lobby); white thread & sewing machine; dimensionals; white glitter (K&Company)

MFW: Perfectly Placed Pleats & OTWC30

Monday, October 25, 2010

I told you I'd be back :)!  Now, for that papercrafty goody, that I promised in my Weekend Snapshots post.
I started this card by adhering text, patterned, paper pleats across the bottom of a piece of ivory cardstock, which had its top corners rounded.
I, then, machine stitched in place, between the two, with ivory-threaded, straight stitches, a strip of Old Olive cardstock and stamped, in Chocolate Chip ink, the "Congratulations" sentiment, just above it, to the right side of the ivory cardstock.
A length of sheer, olive ribbon was, then, wrapped around the prepped piece, over the stitched, Old Olive, cardstock strip; tied, in a bow, to the left side of the prepped piece; and embellished with a brown button, laced with a Baker's Twine bow, and a couple of stamped, in Old Olive and Chocolate Chip inks, on ivory cardstock, hand cut, and glittered leaves.
Finally, I adhered the entire piece, with dimensionals, to the Chocolate Chip, cardstock, card face, which, also, had its top corners rounded.
My inspiration, for this card, came from Moxie Fab World's Perfectly Placed Pleats Challenge and Off the Wall Craftiness' Challenge #30.
Together, they created quite the congrats for my sister-in-law and her, now, fiance, who just got engaged last Thursday.  Congratulations, Hannah and Johan!  We are, truly, so happy and excited for you both!
Before I run, I want to thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for the many, sweet and encouraging comments you all left, on my blog, during the Caring Hearts Blog Hop, this weekend.  I am, completely, overwhelmed and sooo blessed!  Oh!  And I'm so excited, to tell you all, that I was named a Curtain Call Top 5 Show Stopper for this creation.
Thanks so much for checking in on me!  Have a fantastic week, everyone!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Ever After & Season of Thanks (Wplus9) Paper: Chocolate Chip & Old Olive (SU); ivory (Best Occasions); text patterned (7 Gypsies) Ink: Chocolate Chip & Old Olive (SU) Other: ivory thread & sewing machine; brown button (Jenni Bowlin); Baker's Twine (AR Designs); sheer, olive ribbon (Hobby Lobby); white glitter (K&Company); Corner punch (SU); dimensionals