Friday Faves

Friday, September 30, 2011

Welcome to the September edition of my Friday Faves!  I've got a completely random line-up of deliciously creative and beautiful goodies, for you all, this month, beginning with a trio of products from Stampin' Up's Holiday Mini Catalog.  I've simply got to find the perfect place for this gorgeous Real Red Damask Holiday Decor Elements.  In the catalog, they have it on the glass panel of an old door; and ya'll, I'm telling you, I'm trying super hard to figure out what I can take down to make room for something similar!  LOVE!
I also adore the soft warmth of their Spice Cake Designer Series Paper...
and the font in the Hand-Penned Holidays Clear Mount Stamp Set is WOW!  WOW!
Lawn Fawn's Making Frosty Friends stamp set is filled to the brim with so many different snowman making options, it would keep me busy clear through 'til next winter.
These Antique Silver Mini Hangers, from 7 Gypsies, are absolutely adorable, and I can think of about a million ways to use them to dress-up my layouts.  Wouldn't they make a great stocking stuffer, BJ?  Hint!  Hint!
LOVE the versatile neutrality of Studio Calico's Classic Calico Collection Pack...
and Little Yellow Bicycle's Get Your Game On Tear-Out Ticket Book would be so fun to dress up those layouts of my big kiddo's summer baseball games.
Swooning over the shape and colors of Pink Paislee's Nantucket Chipboard Tiles!  What's not to love about these beauties?!
And to round out the papercrafty portion of my Friday Faves (But don't think, even for a minute, that that's the actual end :).), I've got two, playful cuties, from Paper Smooches, including Perpetual Bliss...
and Sunny Side Up.  You all know I'm a sucker for clouds, and don't you think these are just so fun with all their little parts and accessories?!
Oh, my gracious!  You should have heard the gasp that came from my mouth the minute I saw this Red Evening Shawl Wrap from Tickled Pink Knits.  Absolutely stunning!
Isn't this I heart Kansas. necklace, from tru.che, too fun?!  You can get one in the shape of your state, too...
and even though I have the hardest time finding earrings that don't make my earlobes ache, I think their Woodgrain Love Studs are just the cutest!
Finally, (And I'm throwing this one in just for fun!) I discovered this Children's Undies Sewing Pattern PDF from That Darn Cat.  The girls pattern is said to give much more coverage and stay in place better than the regular brands.  I like my little kiddo to be modest when I can convince her to wear dresses, and lately, she's been giving me fits about wearing bloomers.  Fortunately, she doesn't seem to mind wearing leggings, so with the cooler weather upon us, I think we'll be sitting pretty until spring.  But at that point, we've got to find a compromise, and I'm thinking these might just do the trick.  At lease, it's worth a try!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a truly spectacular weekend!

PDCC101 - Paper & Such

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Welcome to The Play Date Cafe's Challenge #101!
Our fabulous sponsor for this week is Paper and Such, so please be sure to stop by and check out what they have to offer.
So, I used that wine, smudge, leather, and parchment color story above to create a haphazard layout of my cuties just being themselves.  Check it out!
I started this layout by machine stitching, with brown-threaded, straight stitches, a big circle, right in the center of the ivory, text, patterned, paper, base page, to serve as my connector between the photographs and stamping, in Night of Navy ink, several, faded, label images.  I  then adhered several strips of patterned papers, as well as a punched strip of Very Vanilla cardstock and navy, polka dot, patterned paper, near the bottom of the circle and machine stitched, with more, brown-threaded, straight stitches, several of the papers, just to anchor them and add more texture.  The punched strip of navy, polka dot, patterned paper was then carried to both the top and bottom edges of my layout and, again, were anchored with brown-threaded, straight stitches.
After adhering my photographs, I embellished the top right one with a "NOTES:" journaling card, upon which I wrote, in Chocolate Chip ink, Just being silly singing and dancing around the apple tree; a striped, photo tab, which served as the perfect place to write my October 25, 2010 date; and a wood bobbin, laced with hemp twine and decked out with a "SUCH A LOVELY DAY" sticker.
A "home sweet home" brad and wine-colored button, laced with hemp twine...
prep the page for my "There's nothing like a day at home sweet home" title, which was created from leather-colored, mini alphas and a navy, adhesive transfer and completed with a smaller, wood bobbin, laced with hemp twine.
A length of hemp twine, tucked under the edges of the longest, patterned, paper strip; anchored, at either end, with staples; and tied, in a bow, just right of center and a "home" sticker, anchored with a couple of staples, as well as a little glitter for my stamped images, complete the look.
Now, it's your turn, ya'll!  You have until the close of the day EST, on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, to link up your takes at the challenge link above.  Please also use that link to check out what the other designers have been up to, as well as to find out what you're playing for this week.  Thanks, as always, for stopping by, and have a terrific rest of your week!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Faded Label (Jenni Bowlin) Paper: Very Vanilla (SU); ivory text (Basic Grey); navy polka dot, striped, & wine graphic (Jenni Bowlin); woodgrain (Crate Paper) Ink: Night of Navy (SU) Other: brown thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Scallop Edge Border & Scallop Trim punches & Dazzling Diamonds (SU); wood bobbins (Prima); hemp twine (Amy & Laurie); staples & stapler (office supply store); "home sweet home" brad (Doodlebug Design); wine button (New Phase); "SUCH A LOVELY DAY" sticker (My Mind's Eye); "home" sticker & kraft mini alphas (My Little Shoebox); navy adhesive transfer (K&Company); "NOTES:" journaling card (Pink Paislee); striped photo tab (Leaving Prints)

Embellish Paint/Mist Color Trends Challenge & DS20

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I'm still off adventuring with my family, but I wanted to quick pop in here and bring you another, scheduled creation.
I started this card by spritzing a piece of Whisper White cardstock, through a star template, with Key Lime Glimmer Mist.  I then rotated the star template slightly and spritzed again, before adhering it to the Night of Navy, cardstock, card face; machine stitching, with white-threaded, straight stitches, around its edges; tying the ends of the threads off, to the front of the prepped piece, at all four corners; and adhering it to the Crumb Cake, cardstock, card face.  I then stamped the "Happy Birthday" sentiment, in Basic Black ink, near its bottom right corner.
A strip of navy, polka dot, patterned paper was trimmed, across its top edge, with strips of punched, Whisper White and Glorious Green cardstock and, across its bottom edge, with another, punched strip of Glorious Green cardstock and a length of white lace.  I then machine stitched a double row of white-threaded, straight stitches just below the top, trimmed edge, before adhering it, over all previous layers, just above the stamped sentiment.
I then wrapped a length of Basic Grey, taffeta ribbon, vertically, around the card face, just left of center; tied it, in a bow, near the bottom of the navy, polka dot, patterned paper; and embellished it with a wood, veneer button, layered below a felt, star button, both of which were laced with a double, hemp twine bow.  Finally, I stamped the airplane image, in Jet Black ink, on cut circle of Whisper White cardstock; colored it in with Glorious Green, Basic Grey, Baja Breeze, & Night of Navy inks and a blender pen; distressed it with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks; framed it with a cut circle of Night of Navy cardstock; and adhered it, with foam tape, just above the embellished bow.
A little distressing, with Ivory White, acrylic paint, to the edges of the card face itself, completes the look.
Inspiration for this card came from Embellish's Paint or Mist Color Trends Challenge...
and Deconstructed's Sketch 20.
Don't forget that you have until the close of today EST to link up your takes on The Play Date Cafe's Challenge #100.  Then, I hope to see you all back here, late tomorrow, for another, new color story to try your hand at.  Until then, have a terrific Tuesday!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: RetroGirly Birthday (Wplus9); Toy Box (SU) Paper: Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Glorious Green, & Whisper White (SU); navy polka dot (Jenni Bowlin) Ink: Night of Navy, Glorious Green, Basic Grey, Baja Breeze, & Basic Black (SU); Jet Black (StazOn); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); circle template (Fiskars); foam tape (Scotch); star template (The Crafter's Workshop); Threading Water Border & Upper Crest Border punches (Fiskars) Scallop Edge Border punch & Basic Grey taffeta ribbon (SU); Key Lime Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); wood veneer button (Studio Calico); felt star button (Favorite Findings); hemp twine (Hobby Lobby); white lace (Amy & Laurie); Ivory White acrylic paint (FolkArt)

DYSU: Duo Challenge

Monday, September 26, 2011

I hope you've all gotten your week off to a good start!  As you're reading this, I'm camping, with my family, in Custer State Park and probably just leaving the Buffalo Roundup to get some lunch.  Can't wait to share pics!  But, for now, I've got another, Thanksgiving beauty for you all to feast your eyes upon.
I started this card by trimming the bottom of a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, which had its top corners rounded, with a pleated strip of cranberry, damask, patterned paper; filled the space between them with a strip of Cherry Cobbler cardstock; and machine stitched, with ivory-threaded, straight stitches, the length of its top and bottom edges.
I then wrapped a length of brown, polka dot, sheer ribbon around the strip of Cherry Cobbler cardstock; tied it, in a bow, near the left edge of the card face; and embellished it with a crystal flourish; a green button, laced with brown Baker's Twine; and a duo of stamped, in Pumpkin Pie ink, hand-cut, and glittered leaves.
Finally, I stamped the "HAPPY Thanksgiving" sentiment, in Chocolate Chip ink, just above the Cherry Cobbler, cardstock strip and near the right edge of the Very Vanilla cardstock...
before adhering the prepped piece, with foam tape, to the Old Olive, cardstock, card face, which had its top corners rounded.
I'm linking this one up to Do You Stack Up?'s Challenge #38: Duo.
Thanks so much for stopping by, bloggers!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Season of Thanks (Wplus9) Paper: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, & cranberry damask (SU) Ink: Chocolate Chip & Pumpkin Pie (SU) Other: ivory thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); dimensionals (Scotch); brown polka dot sheer ribbon (Hobby Lobby); Baker's Twine (AR Designs); green button & Dazzling Diamonds (SU); crystal flourish (Zva Creative)

CARDS Foxes Challenge

Friday, September 23, 2011

It's a busy day of getting ready for our trip, but I wanted to pop in here to not only show you all a card that was in CREATE:'s CARDS: Fox Challenge yesterday (Thanks ever so much, Paige!), but also share a couple of pics from a special night with Amy, Laurie, and Lynn.
These precious ladies came, to my house, last night, for an enchilada dinner with my family. Then, just us girls hit the plaza for more time to chat and dessert at The Cheesecake Factory.
Mmmm!  That's Dutch Apple Caramel Streusel, and it's one of my all-time faves!  So much so, that I didn't even mind being the only one to lick my plate clean :).  Thanks for such a fun evening, ladies!  It means so much to me to get to share my home and life with you all!  Can't wait for next time!  Now, how about that card I promised?
I started this card by dry embossing a square of Crumb Cake cardstock with the woodgrain pattern; distressing it with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks; machine stitching, around its edges, with brown-threaded, straight stitches, tied off, to the front of the piece, at all four corners; and adhering it to the Chocolate Chip, cardstock, card face.  I then cut out one small, scalloped circle from Old Olive cardstock and another, slightly larger, scallop circle from Rich Razzleberry cardstock.  The first was dressed up with a punched, Whisper White, cardstock circle, as well as the stamped, in Really Rust ink, on Whisper White cardstock, and hand-cut fox, and stitched with a length of white, embroidery floss, whose ends were laced through an orange, button blossom and tied in a bow.  It was then adhered, with foam tape, in the center of the larger, scalloped circle, which had been dry embossed with polka dots.
Finally, I stamped the "hi" sentiment, in Chocolate Chip ink, in the bottom left corner of the card face, just inside the stitched frame...
to complete the look.
This cutie was CASEed from another, foxy creation, on page 27, in Stampin' Up's Holiday Mini Catalog.  Thanks, as always, for stopping by, and have a fantastic weekend, ya'll!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Fox & Friends (SU); Hang Ups (Paper Smooches) Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, & Rich Razzleberry (SU) Ink: Chocolate Chip & Really Rust (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: brown thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Big Scalloped Circles dies (Spellbinders); 1-3/8" Circle punch, polka dot embossing folder, woodgrain Texturz Plate, & orange button blossom (SU); Big Shot (Sizzix); white embroidery floss (DMC); foam tape (Scotch)

Guest Designing for Scrap It With a Song

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Note: If you've come here looking for my PDCC100 - Lawn Fawn and/or SIT Open Challenge post(s), please scroll down.

I was absolutely thrilled, when my Sketches in Thyme teamie, Mindy Gallagher, contacted me and asked if I'd like to join in this week as a Guest Designer for Scrap It With a Song!
My immediate answer was, "Absolutely!"  Then, she filled me on a few of the details, including that our layout was to be inspired by Coldplay's "Yellow".  Well, here's what it led me to create.
I started this layout by spritzing the Whisper White cardstock base, over a star template, with Yellow Daisy Glimmer Mist; stamping the little stars, as well as the hearts, in Daffodil Delight and Chocolate Chip inks, in their respective locations, over the dried page; adhering a piece of red, alpha, patterned paper over said such, just to allow sneak peeks of all these fabulous details around its edges; and machine stitching, with brown-threaded, straight stitches, a double circle around its bottom right edge.  A red, lacy transparency was then tucked under the top center of the red, alpha, patterned paper, before adhering a wide strip of heart, patterned paper, trimmed, down its left edge with a strip of woodgrain, patterned paper, near the left edge of the red, alpha, patterned paper and anchoring it with both brown-threaded, messy, and zig-zag, machine stitches.
I then stamped a snippet of canvas, in Ruby Red ink, with the love definition stamp; distressed its edges with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks (And while my Distress Inks were out, I also distressed the edges of the layout itself.); adhered it near and overlapping the top right corner/edge of the red, alpha, patterned paper; and used it to frame the top right corner of my photograph.
A yellow, checkered, journaling card was tucked under the bottom left of the photograph itself; embellished with a glittered and layered, paper flower, as well as a clear embossed, on Daffodil Delight cardstock, and hand-cut star...
and topped with a monthly die-cut strip, which was run under the photograph itself and decked out, near its right end, with another one of those embossed and hand-cut stars.
The "i love u so" title was partially framed with a portion of a yellow striped, journaling card; anchored with brown-threaded, messy, machine stitches; flanked with stamped, in Ruby Red ink, quotation marks; and further embellished with another, embossed and hand-cut star.
A red, scalloped label, filled in, in Chocolate Chip ink, with, Game Day, November 16, '08...
and a stamped, in Chocolate Chip ink, "Name:/Age:" label, which was filled in with, Ezekiel J., 5 yrs. and Adina E., 2 wks., as well as a little glitter to dress up those hearts, that were stamped way back in the first paragraph, complete the look.
Now, it's your turn scrappers!  You have until the close of the month to link up your "Yellow"-inspired creations over at the challenge link above.  Be sure to check out the Scrap It With a Song Blog for all your prize details, as well as to see an array of other inspired layouts from the DT.  Thanks so much for having me this week, Mindy and Scrap It With a Song ladies!  And thanks ever so much, to you all, for stopping by!  Have a wonderful remainder of your weeks!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: All Occasion Tags - heart, So 80's - big & little stars, Defining Words - love definition, & Class Act - "Name:/Age:" label (Wplus9); Journaling Blocks - quotation marks (Hero Arts) Paper: Whisper White (SU); heart & alpha (Jillibean Design); wood (Crate Paper) Ink: Daffodil Delight, Ruby Red, & Chocolate Chip (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: brown thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); clear embossing powder & Dazzling Diamonds (SU); foam tape (Scotch); red mini alphas (Jenni Bowlin); yellow striped journaling card, dimensional flower, & red scalloped label (K&Company); red lacy transparency (My Mind's Eye); star template (The Crafter's Workshop); Yellow Daisy Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); canvas (unknown); monthly die-cut strip (Crate Paper); yellow checkered journaling card (Pink Paislee)