Friday Faves

Friday, April 29, 2011

Welcome to the April edition of my Friday Faves!  I have just a handful of goodies, that have caught my eye this month, to share, with you all, today, beginning with the gorgeous papers and chip shapes and stickers and labels and alphas and tin pins (Well, I just LOVE it all!) from October Afternoon's 5 & Dime collection.  Yummy!
I also LOVE Paper Smooches' ADORABLE Giddy Bugs...
and Technique Tuesdays' Measure Up clear stamps!  Just imagine the possibilities!
Janna Werner got me totally longing for this Texture Kit from Scarlet Lime.  Just run on over to her blog to see exactly why.  All I can say is WOW!  Soooo want to give it a try!
I simply adore this gorgeous A Flower and a Circle necklace from The Vintage Pearl!  So would love to sport it, with my kiddos' names, this Mother's Day.  Unfortunately, it had to be ordered by April 20th for Mother's Day delivery, and I'm absolutely positive that my hubby didn't think that far ahead.  He knows that he still has my heart, though.
And finally, I spotted this Faux Vintage Swirl Wire Wrapped Ring, on Jen's blog, on Wednesday and ran right over to her Etsy shop to check it out.  Too bad for me, though, because it had already been scooped up.
Well, that's all, for this month, bloggers.  Thank you so much for stopping by to see a little of what makes me tick.  Have a wonderful weekend!  Hugs!

Hero Arts Sketch Contest & A Little Giveaway

Thursday, April 28, 2011

So remember my telling ya'll, this morning, in my PDCC79 - Hero Arts post, that for the Hero Arts' sponsorship, over at The Play Date Cafe, they gave each of us designers a choice of a stamp set (I picked A Kiss From the Sun.  Yummy!) and sent us each a sweet, little surprise (Mine was the Striped Flower rubber cling stamp.)?  Well, I decided to put them both to use with one of the Hero Arts April Sketches.  Here's what I came up with.
I started this card by making that pretty, little, fabric, flower pin, in the same way that I did all the way back here with Ever After from Wplus9, using the Hero Arts' Fabric Flowers Live Forever tutorial; hand stitched the yellow button in its center; and added a couple of stamped, in Jet Black ink, on olive green felt, and hand-cut leaves, as well as a fabric pin to the back, with Fabri-Fix.
I, then, set it aside to dry emboss the eyelet flowers on a piece of Rose Red cardstock; adhered it to a piece of textured, Whisper White cardstock; and machine stitched, around its edges, with yellow-threaded, zig-zag stitches, before adhering it to the Ballet Blue, cardstock, card face.  The suns were stamped, in Summer Sun ink, on a strip of Daffodil Delight cardstock; trimmed, to the left, with a punched strip of Whisper White cardstock; glittered; adhered, vertically, near the right edge of the card face; and anchored with yellow-threaded, straight, machine stitches.
Finally, I stamped the "a kiss from the sun to you" sentiment, in Ballet Blue ink, on a strip of Whisper White cardstock; adhered it, horizontally, near the bottom of the card face; anchored it with yellow-threaded, straight, machine stitches...
and pinned the previously made, fabric flower, right through the card face, over the glittered, sunny strip, to complete the look.
And, just for fun, how about another, sweet, little, fabric, flower pin in The Play Date Cafe's current color story colors?
The card creation/pin, above, will soon be making its way to a dear friend of mine, but I'd LOVE to give one of my faithful followers the PDCC take.  If you're interested, just leave me a comment, in this post, telling me what you love most about my blog.  Then, I'll pick a random winner next Friday, May 6, 2011.  Sound good?  I hope so!  Good luck!  And as always, thank you so much for stopping by!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Ever After (Wplus9); Striped Flower & A Kiss From the Sun (Hero Arts) Paper: Daffodil Delight, Ballet Blue, Rose Red, & Whisper White (SU) Ink: Summer Sun & Ballet Blue (SU); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: yellow thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); 2010 Sale-A-Bration punch, Eyelet Texturz Plate, & Dazzling Diamonds (SU); yellow button (Paper Studio); leftover fabric; felt, Fabri-Fix, & poly-fil (Hobby Lobby)

PDCC79 - Hero Arts

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Welcome to The Play Date Cafe's Challenge #79!
Our sponsor for this week is Hero Arts with a prize of a $25 shopping spree!  Seriously?!  We have the absolute BEST prizes here at PDCC, ya'll!
We were also so blessed to receive the stamp set of our choice to play with, as well as a little, bonus goody that none of us was expecting.  LOVE surprises!  Woohoo!  Thanks so much, Hero Arts!  I picked out A Kiss From the Sun (I cannot even begin to tell you all how long I've been drooling over this stamp set!) and was surprised with the Striped Flower rubber cling stamp.  And here's what I created, with my new treats, to hopefully inspire your own creations.
I started this layout by adhering a lime, leafy, patterned, paper square to the center of the textured, Going Gray, cardstock base and a red, polka dot, patterned, paper square in the center of the previous and machine stitching, with gray-threaded, straight stitches, around the inside and outside edges of both.
I, then, adhered the notebook die-cut, just inside the right-side, stitch lines, on the red, polka dot, patterned paper and journaled, You are always so willing to try something new and anxious to help.  I loved the way you so carefully took the time to be sure every last fold was smoothed, on this particular day, when you were helping with the laundry.  You never gave up until you came to one of Daddy's work shirts.  It was just a little too hard.  I'm so proud of you.  {heart}, Mommy.
After adhering the photograph, just to the top left of the journaling die-cut, I embellished it with a "TREASURES" tab above and a "And one more thing..." sticker and "TODAY'S DATE IS" January 14, 2010, I love you! label below.  The "life lessons", foam, Thickers title rests upon a heart, starter strip, which anchors the bottom of the layout and preps the page for stamping.
I stamped the branches, including the one with the birds, and white tee, in Jet Black ink, on Whisper White cardstock; colored them in with Chocolate Chip, Gable Green, Ruby Red, and Basic Gray inks and a blender pen; hand cut them out; and adhered them, in their respective locations, with dimensionals.  LOVE the way the white tee was attached as though Ezekiel were surrendering!
The pants were stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a distressed, lime, patterned paper and the dress on a red, doily, patterned paper.  They both were, then, given a little, white, gel pen detailing; hand cut out; and adhered, hanging from the birds' branch, with dimensionals.  A little glitter dresses up the birds, and some Baker's Twine secures the clothing items in place and completes the look.
Aside from the color story above, further inspiration for this layout came from this March PageMap of Becky Fleck's.
That's all from my neck of the woods, ya'll!  You have until Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at 11:59 pm EST, to link up your takes on that stunning, new color story Sarah cooked up, for us, this week.  Now, off you go to check out what the other girls have created with their new goodies.  Have a terrific Thursday!

Julie Ranae
Sarah Anderson
Savannah O'Gwynn
Ruby McGuire
Andrea Ewen
Colleen Dietrich
Fiona Shultz
Jaclyn Miller
Libby Hickson
Michele Gross
Tracy Kuzniak
AND please help us welcome this week's Guest Designer, Kelly Rasmussen.  Just LOVE what this girl can do with a little paper and ink!  She never fails to inspire!  So good to have you, Kelly!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: A Kiss From the Sun (Hero Arts) Paper: Going Gray & Whisper White (SU); lime leafy (Me & My Big Ideas); red polka dot (KI Memories); heart starter strip (Sassafras); distressed lime (Basic Grey); red doily (October Afternoon) Ink: Basic Gray, Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Gable Green, Ruby Red, & white gel pen (SU); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: gray thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); dimensionals (Scotch); "TREASURES" tab (October Afternoon); "And one more thing..." sticker (Crate Paper); "TODAY'S DATE IS" label (Jenni Bowlin); journaling die-cut (Sassafras); Dazzling Diamonds (SU); foam Thickers (American Crafts); Baker's Twine (Country Clean Paper Supplies)

Sketchy Thursdays & CQC #82

I promised you all that I'd be back with another layout today, and I'm here, now, to deliver.  Check it out!
I started this layout by trimming a strip of green, gingham, patterned paper, across its bottom edge, with a strip of punched, Always Artichoke cardstock; dressing it up with a green, striped, monkey sticker; adhering it, just above horizontal center, to the aqua, weave, patterned, paper, base page; and anchoring it with both green-threaded, straight and zig-zag stitches.
I, then, adhered a rectangle of heart, patterned paper over it near the top left side of the layout and machine stitched a green-threaded, straight-stitched frame around its edges, before adhering my pictures and flanking their top left and bottom right corners with green, die-cut, photo corners.  The bottom right corner was also dressed up with stamped, in Wild Wasabi and Chocolate Chip inks, on Whisper White cardstock, hand-cut, and glittered cattails and a stamped, in Always Artichoke ink, on Whisper White cardstock and hand-cut alligator, both of which were adhered with dimensionals.  The alligator was also decked out with a couple of google eyes.
A couple of punched from an aqua, star, patterned paper; distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks; and adhered, with dimensionals, clouds, prep the layout for my title...
which was created from alpha stickers and glitter Thickers on a bed of a strip of aqua, notebook, patterned paper, anchored with green-threaded, zig-zag stitches; a distressed, with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks, vintage, coat tag top; and a green, die-cut frame.
Finally, I journaled, in Always Artichoke ink, in the bottom right corner of the heart, patterned paper, We just can't take a trip to Grandma's w/o going to the zoo.  7.26.07; framed it, above, with a strip of artisan tape; balanced it, in the bottom left corner of the heart, patterned paper with a trio of green brads; and distressed the edges of everything with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks, to complete the look.
My inspiration for this layout came from Sketchy Thursdays' current sketch...
and ColourQ's Challenge #82.
If this is your first stop, by my blog, today, please be sure to scroll down and check out my previous, SIT #45 & TVP: Polka Dots post.  Then, I want to invite ya'll back, around 11:01 pm CST, for the final layout, in my day of layouts, boasting the premier of Challenge #79 at The Play Date Cafe.  Until then, enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, and thanks again for stopping by!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Guiding Light (Wplus9); Wild About You (SU) Paper: Always Artichoke, Whisper White, & aqua star (SU); aqua weave & heart patterned (Sassafras); aqua notebook (Cosmo Cricket); green gingham (KI Memories) Ink: Always Artichoke, Wild Wasabi, & Chocolate Chip (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: green thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Upper Crest Border & Cloud punches (Fiskars); Dazzling Diamonds (SU); green alpha & vintage coat tag (Jenni Bowlin); green glitter Thickers (American Crafts); brown alphas (My Little Shoebox); twig alphas (Doodlebug Design); green die-cut partial frame (Crate Paper); green brads (unknown); artisan tape (Pink Paislee); google eyes (Hobby Lobby); dimensionals (Scotch); striped green monkey sticker (American Traditionals); green photo corners (Sassafras)

SIT #45 & TPV: Polka Dots

Good morning!  Well, I'm still crossing my fingers that we're actually going to have a warmer, drier, beautiful, spring-like day today; but so far, it's just been chilly and wet, yet again.  Anyway, I've declared this a day for layouts!  LOL!  I've got three of them, coming your way, throughout the course of today.  I think that's a first for me... three posts in one day.  Gracious!  What am I thinking?!  Well, whatever it is, I'm having fun with it; so please, check out my first.
I started this layout by trimming a scalloped circle, patterned paper into half-circles to fit across the top and bottom of the aqua, grid, patterned paper; using Ivory White, acrylic paint, to create a make-shift frame for my pics, as well as distress the edges of my base page; and stamping, in Baja Breeze ink, the polka dots, randomly, over the painted area.  I, then, tore a couple of patterned papers; layered them, horizontally, on top of one another, over the painted area; dressed up their center with a strip of artisan tape; and machine stitched, with hot-pink-threaded, zig-zag stitches, down the very center of the layers.
After adhering pictures, I tucked a die-cut frame behind the top of the right ones; used a white embossed, on vellum, and hand-cut butterfly, leftover from yesterday's CASE Study #36 & CR84FN25 take, to dress up that die-cut...
and created my "Look WHO'S crawling" title from bubble alphas and yellow, glitter and hot pink, vinyl Thickers.
Finally, I journaled, I just {heart} to watch you grow and learn and blossom right before my eyes, on a pink, scalloped die-cut; adhered it near the top left corner of the layout; embellished it with a scalloped, floral die-cut, anchored with hot-pink-threaded, zig-zag stitches, and a bright pink button, laced with white string; and added a little, white, gel pen, polka dot detailing to lots of my scallops, to complete the look.
My inspiration for this layout came from Sketches in Thyme's Challenge #45.
I'm also turning it in to The Paper Variety's Polka Dots Challenge.
Okay, ya'll!  I'll be back, this afternoon, with my take on Sketchy Thursdays' current sketch.  Until then, have a wonderful Wednesday!  And thanks so much for peeking in!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Flora & Fauna I (Wplus9); Dots For Sure (Unity) Paper: all patterned (My Little Shoebox); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Baja Breeze (SU) Other: hot pink thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); artisan tape (Pink Paislee); bright pink button & white gel pen (SU); white embossing powder (Ranger); floral die-cuts (Sassafras); scalloped journaling die-cut (Jenni Bowlin); white string (Hobby Lobby); Ivory White acrylic paint (FolkArt); bubble alphas (JoAnn Craft Essentials); yellow glitter & hot pink vinyl Thickers (American Crafts)

CASE Study #36 & CR84FN25

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Good morning!  It's still a bit gloomy around our place, but I think that I've captured a few, good takes, between clouds, of this beauty for you all to see.
I started this card by adhering the aqua, plaid, patterned paper near the left edge of the Baja Breeze, cardstock, card face and machine stitching, with ivory-threaded, straight stitches, a frame around its outside edges.  The same stitching technique was applied to a slightly smaller piece of red, damask, patterned paper, after it was adhered just inside the stitched edges of the first and overlapping its right side.  I, then, wrapped a length of red, gingham ribbon, vertically, around the card face, just left of center and tied it, in a bow, near the top edge.
The flower image was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a Whisper White die-cut; colored with Real Red, Ruby Red, Baja Breeze, Garden Green, and Wild Wasabi inks and a blender pen; distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks; and adhered, with dimensionals, over all previous layers, in the center of the card face.
The "The heart blooms with Love" sentiment was stamped, in Real Red ink, on a strip of vellum; adhered, over the bottom of the die-cut, against the right edge of the card face; and anchored to its right with ivory-threaded, vertical, straight, machine-stitch lines, whose ends were tied, in knots, to the front of the card face, and to its left with a Pure Poppy button, laced with Baker's Twine.
Finally, I white embossed the butterfly image on vellum; hand cut it out; adhered it, just at its center, to the right of the stamped, flower image and just above the sentiment...
and distressed the edges of everything with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks, to complete the look.
My inspiration for this card came from this gorgeous creation, made by CASE Study's April Muse, Silke Ledlow, for Challenge #36...
and Create For Fun's Color Challenge #25.
Before I run, I want to remind you all that you have until the close of today EST to link up your takes on the gorgeous Challenge #78 at The Play Date Cafe.  Cannot wait to make my rounds and get inspired by your creations!  And I'm so excited, to tell you all, too, that I was named the PageMaps Scrap That! Sketch Contest Winner for this layout!  Eeeek!  Absolutely beyond thrilled and floating on cloud nine!  Thank you ever so much, Becky and Shelly!  My cup runneth over!
Have a wonderful day, everyone!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Ever After & Flora & Fauna I (Wplus9) Paper: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, & red damask (SU); aqua plaid (DCWV); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Real Red, Ruby Red, Garden Green, Baja Breeze, & Wild Wasabi (SU)); VersaMark; Jet Black (StazOn); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: ivory thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); white embossing powder (Ranger); Pure Poppy button (PTI); Baker's Twine (Country Clean Paper Supplies); red gingham ribbon (Hobby Lobby); Labels Ten Nestabilities die (Spellbinders)

Easter Weekend Rewind

Monday, April 25, 2011

What a fun-filled weekend we had!  It all began on Good Friday.  CoCo Key had a home school day, so we dropped everything and went to play!
Oh!  And check out how gloomy it was in the middle of the afternoon.  It was the perfect day to play indoors!
After a yummy, late lunch at Planet Sub, we went home to rest.  Actually, I made Adina's Easter dress, while everyone else rested.  LOL!  Talk about procrastination... Gracious!  Then, my hubby wanted to grill for dinner.  So, while I baked dinner rolls for Easter dinner, he grilled red potatoes, zucchini, and talapia.
And we followed up our delicious dinner with a scrumptious, strawberry shortcake, before snuggling in to watch The Prince of Egypt as a family.
Saturday morning, BJ and Ezekiel stayed home to work on the trim in my lofty, creative space.  Yes, it's still under construction.  Sigh.  And Adina and I did a little shopping, but Saturday evening, we made some time to dye Easter eggs...
and hunt for resurrection eggs to tell the story of Benjamin's Box by Melody Carlson.  LOVE this Easter tradition of ours!
The kiddos woke up to chocolate bunnies and new galoshes on Easter morning.
We were blessed to get to go to our own church, after getting the kiddos dressed up in their new Easter clothes; but as soon as it was over, we hit the road to spend the rest of the day with my parents, brother, sisters, and their families.  I tried to get a good picture of the dress I made for Adina before we left, but she and Ezekiel, neither one, were having a very good morning.  So, after the wrinkly trip, in the car seat, to Grandma and Grandpa's, I was able to get these, while we waited on everyone to get back from their church services.  I just love that it'll be uber cool, minus the leggings and long-sleeve shirt (It was chilly!), all summer long!  My inspiration for her dress came from The Polka Dot Chair's Tuesday Tutorial: Tired Pillowcase Dress.  Thanks, Melissa!
Then, we all had a yummy lunch and Grandpa took the cousins for rides on the dirt bike.
We also celebrated the April birthdays in our family and had another Easter egg hunt on top of just hanging out and catching up.
Here are just a few more of my favorite Easter pictures, from this year, to wrap things up, beginning with this beautiful picture of my Mom and Dad.
Grandpa got this radio-boasting, noise-blocking headset for his birthday, and Adina just had to give it a try.
And finally, a little cuddle before hitting the road for home.
Thanks so much for reading!  I hope you all had a blessed Easter!