PDCC88 - Echo Park Paper Co.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Welcome to The Play Date Cafe's Challenge #88!
Our sponsor for this week is Echo Park Paper Co.
I honestly was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed putting red orange, yucky yellow, and juniper together.  LOL!  They just seemed to work!  So, please check out my inspired creation.
I started this layout by adhering the red orange, graphic, patterned paper to the textured, yellow, cardstock, base page and machine stitching, with juniper-threaded, straight stitches, around its edges.  After adhering pictures, I filled in the spaces between them with juniper, crossword, patterned papers and machine stitched, around their edges, with juniper-threaded, zig-zag stitches.
I then stamped the leafy image, in Daffodil Delight and Summer Sun inks, on a piece of Whisper White cardstock; hand cut it out; and adhered it, with dimensionals, in a die-cut, red orange, lattice, patterned, paper frame, which had been white embossed around its edges.
A few, patterned, paper strips, including a numbered, scallop strip, all anchored with juniper-threaded, straight and zig-zag stitches; a handful of color-coordinating, stitched, and buttoned blossoms...
a yucky yellow, mini label, upon which I wrote the May 3, 2009 date...
the "awana" title, which was created from juniper alphas and anchored with juniper-threaded, messy, straight stitches; and Whisper White, journaling strips, which read, This was your 1st year of Awana at First Baptist.  You made so many special friends and grew leaps and bounds both physically and spiritually.  We couldn't be more proud of our little, Bible bookworm, complete the look.
Now, it's your turn!  Have fun with this one, ya'll!  You have until 11:59 pm EST, on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, to link up your entries over at the challenge link above.  But before you make a mad dash for your papercrafting stash, please be sure to use that link to check out what the rest of the Design Team has been up to and to find out what you're playing for, as well as to help welcome this week's Guest Designer, Debby Hughes.  This girl's flawlessly, layered, CAS designs will have you oooing and awwwing until the cows come home!  So good to have you, Debby!  Thanks, as always, for stopping by, and have a terrific Thursday!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Woodgrain Silhouettes Additions & Filigreed Frames (Wplus9) Paper: Whisper white (SU); textured yellow (Bazzill); red orange graphic & lattice, juniper crossword, & numbered scallop strip (Sassafras); yellow lace (Crate Paper) Ink: Basic Black (SU); watermark (VersaMark) Other: juniper thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Label Layers I die (Wplus9); dimensionals (Scotch); stitched/buttoned blossoms & juniper alphas (Sassafras); white embossing powder (SU); Big Shot (Sizzix)

Stuck?! June 1st Sketch & TCR #64

So, my plans for today fell through; my kiddos have been at each other's throats; the heat has set in; and I have another case of poison ivy.  Needless to say, being outdoors just irritates the latter beyond what I need right now.  And on top of all that, my littlest has learned a couple of very bad words... "mine" and "why".  Ugh!  I hate to say it, but I think that I'm ready for school to start back up again.  Despite the frustrations of my present-day life, I do have a layout of my baby girl, back when she was still sweet and innocent :), for you all, today.
I started this layout by splatter-painting the block, patterned, paper base with Apple Red, acrylic paint; adhering a large, light blue, polka dot, patterned, paper circle in its top center; and machine stitching, with red-threaded, straight stitches, around the patterned, paper circle's edges.  After positioning pictures, I added a large, light blue, polka dot, photo corner...
as well as a quilted tab, which I journaled on, in Basic Black ink, Oct. - Dec. '09 precious baby of mine, just to round off the photo grouping.
Yellow, floral, patterned, paper, die-cut pennants, anchored, at either end, with Baker's Twine bows...
a "sweet dreams" sticker title, dressed up with a yellow ribbon, tied, in a bow, around a paper clip; and a red, vellum, embellished butterfly, prep the layout for stamping.
The flower images were inked in Pretty in Pink ink and rocked in Real Red ink, before being stamped on Whisper White cardstock; hand cut out; glittered; adhered, some with dimensionals, around both the title and the banner; and embellished with stamped, in Bashful Blue and Wild Wasabi inks, on Whisper White cardstock, and hand-cut leaves.
Finally, I anchored the journaling tab, as well as a red, polka dot, patterned, paper strip, which had been adhered, haphazardly, across the bottom of the layout, with red-threaded, straight, machine stitches and threw in one more flower, prepared in the same way as above, for good measure.
My inspiration for this layout came from Stuck?!'s June 1st Sketch...
and The Color Room's Palette #64: {Her Room}.
And before I run do a little more party planning for my son's birthday, I just had to leave you all with an inspirational reminder of our upcoming, Independence Day holiday.  I'm so, extremely, blessed and proud to live in the United States of America!
Thanks so much for peeking in!  And just a reminder... you have until the end of today to link up those entries, for Challenge #49, Challenge #50, and/or to show us your take on your own sketch, over at the newly-renovated Sketches in Thyme Blog.  It's looking fabulous, Vanessa!  Oh!  And I'll be back, late tonight, with a brand new, fun and funky color story from The Play Date Cafe.  Until then, have a wonderful Wednesday, ya'll!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Ever After (Wplus9) Paper: Whisper White (SU); block (Sassafras); light blue polka dot (Pebbles Inc.); red polka dot & yellow floral (Crate Paper) Ink: Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Bashful Blue, & Wild Wasabi (SU) Other: red thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Pile It On die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); Baker's Twine (Country Clean Paper Supplies); paper clip (office supply store); yellow ribbon (unknown); Dazzling Diamonds (SU); dimensionals (Scotch); light blue polka dot photo corner & quilted tab (daisyd's); "sweet dreams" sticker title (C.R. Gibson); red vellum butterfly (Jenni Bowlin); Apple Red acrylic paint (FolkArt)

CR84FN32 & Card Patterns Sketch 121

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

What a week of catching up it is becoming!  I got all the laundry done yesterday, but this month has had me running, from here to there and everywhere, to the point that I'm still attempting to get caught up on the cleaning and baking and gardening and whatnot.  I'm making headway but also beginning to think that maybe it just isn't possible and that I should just cut my losses and start from scratch.  I guess only time will tell.  I do have a little, papercrafty inspiration, for you all, today, though, which proves that things can't possibly be all bad :).  Woohoo! 
I started this card by machine stitching, with white-threaded, straight stitches, around the edges of a piece of aqua, text, patterned paper and adhering it in the top center of the Crumb Cake, cardstock, card face, which had been distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks.
I then white embossed the "CONGRATULATIONS" sentiment in the bottom center of the card face...
and adhered a white, paper doily in its horizontal center, before adding a strip of yellow, floral, patterned paper, which was anchored with white-threaded, zig-zag stitches, as well as a length of Caribbean Twine, which was wrapped around the card face three times and tied, in a bow, near the right edge of the card face.
The baby image was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a circle of Whisper White cardstock, which had been distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks; colored in with Old Olive, Sage Shadow, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Blush Blossom, & Pretty in Pink inks and a blender pen; glittered; and adhered, with dimensionals, in the center of a green polka dot and aqua, scallop die-cut, which, in turn, was adhered, with dimensionals, in the center of the doily and dressed up with clear gemstones...
to complete the look.
My inspiration for this card came from Create For Fun's Color Challenge #32...
and Card Patterns' Sketch 121.
Before I run start making dinner, I'm uber thrilled to share that this layout earned me the coveted title of ColourQ Courtier.  Woohoo!  Just love playing with these Stampin' Up color stories, and this had to be one of my all-time faves!  Thank you so much to Arielle and her talented crew of designers for said such!
Oh!  And look what arrived in the mail, just before we left on our trip.  Eeeek!  I won this prize package from The Paper Variety and cannot tell you all how excited I am to dive into these Crate Paper goodies!  It's so very rare that I win a prize package and then to have it actually arrive in my mailbox is almost a miracle.  LOL!  Thank you, TPV!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please don't forget that you have until the close of tonight EST to link up your takes on Challenge #87 over at The Play Date Cafe.  Oh!  And I'd absolutely LOVE to have you all join in on my Guest Designing week, for Challenge #25, over at Do You Stack Up?  You have until 2 pm MST, tomorrow, to link up your mauve, mustard, and pink entries.  Thanks again, ya'll!  Have a great one!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Baby Firsts (SU); Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches) Paper: Crumb Cake & Whisper White (SU); aqua text (BoBunny); yellow floral (Jenni Bowlin); white doily (Wilton) Ink: Old Olive, Sage Shadow, Daffodil Delight, Blush Blossom, & Pretty in Pink (SU); Jet Black (StazOn); watermark (VersaMark); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); white embossing power (Ranger); Caribbean Twine (The Twinery); Dazzling Diamonds (SU); green polka dot & aqua scallop die-cut (My Little Shoebox); dimensionals (Scotch); clear gemstones (Paper Studio); circle template (Fiskars)

Eureka Springs Getaway

Monday, June 27, 2011

Good afternoon!  I hope you all had a marvelous weekend!  Mine was totally flawless, relaxing, memorable, and fun!  My hubby and I are celebrating our 10-year anniversary next month, and because it falls the day before my son's birthday, we got away, to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, for a little, early, anniversary trip.  After dropping the kiddos off at Grandpa and Grandma's on Friday morning, we made the five hour trip to our destination, The Artist Cottage, which actually took a little longer than expected.  Our GPS didn't seem to work very well on all the curving, winding roads.  LOL!  But we made it!
And were greeted by the neighbors...
and unfortunately the spiders.  Ugh!  It wasn't the cleanest place to stay, and I'm only giving you the link above, so you won't do so, based on cleanliness alone.  Well, there also was the potential for people on the property getting massages right outside our bedroom door, which meant we were supposed to share the bathroom and the main living space.  All of this, by the way, was not in the write-up, or we definitely would've picked a different location.  Fortunately, for us, though, there were no massages this weekend; and we had all the privacy, rest, and relaxation that we had been anticipating.

By the time we unpacked the car and settled in a bit, we were super hungry.  My hubby had read that the Local Flavor Cafe, on Main Street, ranked #1 of 151 restaurants in Eureka Springs by tripadvisor, so we paid them a little visit.  Because we were just about starving, I totally failed to get any pictures of our dinner, but the Spinach Artichoke Dip and Pasta Primavera get my stamp of approval.  Yum-O!
After a good night's rest and getting to sleep in for the first time EVER in the last almost eight years, we made our way into town again, this time to do a little shopping and sight seeing.  There were tons of uniquely Eureka places to visit...
but my favorite stops had to be all the fabulous, antique stores.  Check out this gorgeous, ribbon cabinet that I found and now think that I simply must have :)!
Both sides open up to reveal a total of five, horizontal, storage bays in each of four locations.  Oh, my gracious!  I'm in love!
I also adore this cabinet!  Just imagine all the buttons and gadgets and gizmos and whatnot one could store in all the rotating drawers!
By early afternoon, we were on the hunt for pizza.  We asked a few of the locals where we could find the best pizza in town, and every one of them pointed us to Chelsea's.
And I'm telling you, ya'll, they were right!  We got the Vegetable Pizza and were immediately smitten with all the flavors from spinach and artichoke to broccoli and zucchini.  Absolutely scrumptious!
Plus, it was super fun to leave our mark for the next visit.
We stopped in at Peace Love and Cheesecake for dinner.  Yes, we ate dessert for dinner.  Shhhh!  Don't tell my kiddos :).
The Blackberry Cheesecake was featured in this month's Midwest Living Magazine...
so I had to give it a go, and my hubby enjoyed their Lemon Cheesecake.  Heaven!
By then, we were ready to make a trip out to see Beaver Lake.  We originally had planned to stay in a cabin right on the lake, but poor planning lost us the one we had our sights on.
Ezekiel really wants us to take him camping here sometime, so we scoped out some of the campsites, half of which were under water due to the large amount of rainfall they've received, before heading back to the cottage.
We took along a cooler, filled with goodies to make our own on-the-go lunches and scrumptious breakfasts, like pancakes with strawberries and warm, maple syrup...
and eggs over-easy with yogurt parfaits and toasted buns, covered in a local Pumpkin Butter we purchased in town.
Sunday morning, we began the trip home but not before climbing the 100-foot Razorback Observation Tower for an amazing view...
visiting Thorncrown Chapel...
or stopping by Martin Greer's Candies to pick up a few, yummy chocolates for our kiddos.
Our only regret, about the entire weekend, was that it just wasn't long enough.  Here's to hundreds more weekend getaways, Baby!  Happy anniversary!  I love you!
And thanks, to you all, for stopping by to share in our fun!