PDCC97 - Trade Fish Designs

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Welcome to The Play Date Cafe's Challenge #97!
Our sponsor for this week is Trade Fish Designs...
who sent me a fabulous, sentiment set, Slang Baby, to play with.  Thanks, Trade Fish Designs!  Here's what this week's Color Splash and that stamp set inspired me to create.
I started this card by piecing all my patterned papers, including a piece of Whisper White cardstock that was stamped, in Basic Black and Real Red inks, with the cherries and glittered...
to a piece of computer paper and machine stitched, with white-threaded, zig-zag stitches, between their connections and, with white-threaded, straight stitches, around their edges, before adhering it to the Whisper White, cardstock, card face.
I then wrapped a length of white, seam binding ribbon around the bottom half of the card face; tied it, in a dressy bow, just left of center; and embellished it with a Pure Poppy button, laced with Baker's Twine bows.
The "You are so SWEET" sentiment was stamped, in Basic Black and Real Red inks, on a paper doily, which had been distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks, and adhered in the center of the card face...
to complete the look.
Now, it's your turn!  You have until the close of the day EST on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 to link up your takes over 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 see what you're playing for this week.  We're also welcoming a brand new designer, Stacy Rodriquez, to the team.  She'll be joining us this coming September 15, 2011.  So excited to have you, Stacy!  And thanks so much, to you all, for stopping by!  Have a fantastic day!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Slang Baby - sentiment (Trade Fish Designs); Tart & Tangy - cherries (SU) Paper: Whisper White & gingham (SU); silhouette & polka dot (Jenni Bowlin) Ink: Basic Black & Real Red (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Dazzling Diamonds (SU); paper doily (GCD); Pure Poppy button (PTI); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop)

MFW: Horizontal Sketch Challenge

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Good afternoon, ya'll!  I hope your Tuesday is treating you well.  We played outside for much of the morning, and I'm telling you, I can smell fall in the air.  I'm so ready for pumpkins and mums and the leaves to change color.  It has been a long, hot summer in my neck of the woods.  So, fall just cannot come soon enough.  Maybe this pretty, little thing will help speed things along.
Last Friday, I won this Cane stamp from Market Street Stamps, and would you believe it was in my mailbox yesterday?!   Gracious!  Talk about fast service!  Thank you, Market Street Stamps!  Well, I obviously couldn't wait to play :).
I used it for the foundation to cluster all of my elements upon by stamping it, in White ink, on a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock; spritzing it with Crumb Cake and Soft Suede inks; machine stitching, with white-threaded, straight stitches, around its edges; and adhering it to the Chocolate Chip, cardstock, card face.  I then wrapped a length of So Saffron ribbon, vertically, around the center of the left half of the card and added a little bow, near its top edge...
just above a vintage, egg saver envelope, which was trimmed, down its right side, with a length of white string, laced through a couple of soft yellow brads and tied in a bow.
The flower vase images were stamped, in Jet Black ink, on Whisper White cardstock; colored in with Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, and Wild Wasabi inks and a blender pen; hand cut out; glittered; adhered, with foam tape, in the bottom left corner of the egg saver envelope; and surrounded by a trio of stamped, in Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, and Chocolate Chip inks, on Whisper White cardstock, and hand cut pumpkins.
Finally, the "SEASON OF Thanks" sentiment was stamped, in Chocolate Chip ink, on a hand-cut, Whisper White, cardstock banner, which was also distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks...
to complete the look.
My inspiration for this card came from the Horizontal Sketch Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.
Okay, ya'll!  I'm off to munch on a few, sunflower seed cookies.  I'm not one for store-bought cookies of any kind, but these are the absolute best!
Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!  Oh!  And please, don't forget that you have until the close of today EST to link up your take's on The Play Date Cafe's Challenge #96.

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Season of Thanks - pumpkins & sentiment (Wplus9); Country Morning - flower vases (SU); Cane - background (Market Street Stamps) Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, & Chocolate Chip (SU) Ink: White, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, & Chocolate Chip (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scotch); vintage egg saver envelope (Jenni Bowlin); white string (Hobby Lobby); soft yellow eyelets, Color Spritzer tool, So Saffron ribbon, & Dazzling Diamonds (SU)

MFW: Shaped Sketch Challenge & Jay Gee's Nook Challenge #11

Monday, August 29, 2011

It was an absolutely terrible weekend around my house, so I won't say anything about it other than to share one sweet thing that happened in the midst of a saga of disappointment.  Nearly 150 people got baptized, from my church, at Kill Creek Park!  What a testimony to what God is doing in and through people even in a world so saturated with sin!  LOVE it!  Unfortunately, I didn't get to attend.  While sitting on a toasty beach, watching it all take place, may seem like heaven to most of you.  To me, who's suffering from another, terrible case of poison ivy, it sounded more like a prison.  Ugh!  I so wanted to be there!  Instead, I stayed home, mowed the lawn before it got too hot, and played with my kiddos, while my hubby had the honor of baptizing many from that number above.  Lucky guy!  So, anyway, how about a little share of something I made?
I started this card by using my Cricut to cut both the front and back scallop of the card from Daffodil Delight cardstock, as well as the two, inner circles from Whisper White cardstock.  I then pieced the yellow, patterned papers onto the most inner circle; machine stitched, with white-threaded, straight stitches, around their outside edges and, with white-threaded, zig-zag stitches, between their connections; and adhered it to the slightly larger, Cricut-cut, Whisper White, cardstock circle.
The flower was white embossed over several of the patterned, paper sections...
and dressed up with a length of white, seam binding ribbon, which was wrapped, horizontally, around the center of the card face, and tied, in a dressy bow, just to the embossed flower's left edge, before being embellished with a yellow button, laced with white string, as well as a stamped, in More Mustard ink, on a white tag, "WITH LOVE for you" tag.  LOVE the way the final "u", in my sentiment, wraps perfectly around the tag's hole!
Finally, and after a little rearranging of the ribbon loops, I adhered the entire, prepped piece to the previously, Cricut-cut, scalloped, Daffodil Delight, cardstock, card face, to complete the look.
Inspiration for this card came from the Shaped Sketch Challenge in the Moxie Fab World...
and Jay Gee's Nook's Challenge #11.
Before I'm off to baking a loaf of banana bread for a kind and helpful neighbor (He hauled off all that brush, from our big storm, on his trailer, for us!), I'm thrilled to share that this layout made me a ColourQ Courtier.  Wohoo!  Thanks so much to Arielle and her talented team of designers!
Oh!  And I nearly forgot!  This morning, my littlest kept calling, "Come take a picture, Mommy!" from her bedroom; and when I walked in to check things out, this is what I found.  Too cute!  LOVE that she knows I love taking sweet pictures of her, too!
So sad about her poor, little knee!  She was playing Frisbee with one of our neighbors (Now, don't laugh.  I know that she's only two, but this girl is good!) and fell on their driveway; but after a little, tender, loving care, she's a new kid today :).  Anyway, thank you so much for stopping by!  And have a truly wonderful, work week!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Very Vintage Greetings (Wplus9) Paper: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, yellow leafy, & yellow zig-zag (SU); distressed mustard (Basic Grey); yellow damask (Fancy Pants) Ink: More Mustard (SU) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Storybook & George & Basic Shapes Cricut cartridges & Cricut (Provo Craft); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); yellow button (SU); white string (Hobby Lobby); white tag (sei)

Friday Faves

Friday, August 26, 2011

Welcome to the August edition of my Friday Faves!  It all begins with Noel Mignon's newest, Study Hall kit.  LOVE all those bits and pieces eluding to the essence of back-to-school season.  Oooo!  And I'm swooning over those stitched alphas and chalkboard stickers!  Yummy!
I absolutely adore Crate Paper's Farmhouse Collection with all its vintage goodness and those fantastic border and phrase stickers.  And that's not to say anything about the fabulous, coordinating trims and buttons and brads!
Oh!  And did you know that all through the month of August, you can get a free pack of Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up, when you buy three?  Woohoo!  Here's my August club order, Kim ;).  LOVE Just Add Cake...
Domestic Goddess...
Beyond the Garden...
and Beau Chateau.
I also think Stampin' Up's Button Buddies stamp set is over-the-top adorable!
Actually, in speaking of adorable stamp sets, try Market Street Stamps' Gone Campin' on for size.  Too cute!
And I couldn't possibly forget the new Denim, Buttercream, and Stone Twine from The Twinery.  Such scrumptious colors!
Finally, and just for fun, I couldn't resist showing ya'll my new, bathroom, shower curtain from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  It is absolutely perfect and already looks fabulous hanging next to my pink walls.  My hubby is working on the bead board this weekend.  Then, we'll just have a few, custom pieces to add to have another finished room.  Woohoo!
Thanks so much for stopping by, ya'll!  I hope your weekends are filled to the brim with fun times and sweet memories!  Hugs!

SIT Open Challenge

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Note: If you've come here looking for my PDCC96 - Market Street Stamps post, please scroll down.

Welcome to Sketches in Thyme's August Open Challenge!
Remember that Open Challenge week means you can link up any new creation you've made, using any sketch.  Try out a sketch from a favorite blog or create your own.  As long as you use a sketch, you can enter the challenge.  I chose Pencil Lines' Sketch 246.
And here's what it inspired me to create.
I started this layout by adhering the vertical, patterned papers to the notebook, patterned, paper base and machine stitching around their edges with both white-threaded, straight and zig-zag stitches.
I then trimmed the bottom of piece of orange, floral, patterned paper with a torn strip of Pacific Point cardstock; adhered it, horizontally, across the bottom of the previous pieces; and machine stitched, with white-threaded, straight stitches, once, across its bottom edge and, twice, across its top edge, before tying their ends, in knots, to the front of the layout.
After adhering pictures, I dressed up their bottom right corner with a yellow, polka dot, journaling card; a stamped, in Pacific Point ink, on a Whisper White die-cut, frame; a die-cut, from Old Olive cardstock, branch; a stamped, in Pumpkin Pie ink, flower, which had also been hand cut out; a hand-cut, from patterned paper, flower, whose center was embellished with an orange button, laced with white string; and a leftover, from these Christmas gifts last year, white, fire sprinkler deflector.
A few stamped, in Old Olive ink, on Whisper White cardstock, and hand-cut leaves; a little distressing over everything, with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks, for dimension; and a typewriter set, "JOURNEY" sticker, which was backed with white cardstock and adhered, in place, with foam tape, rounds out the ensemble.
My "journey" title was created from olive, glitter Thickers.
The banner was created by punching 1-3/8" circles from a blue, distressed, patterned paper; slicing them in half; adhering them draped across the tops of my photographs; and connecting them with white string, tied off, in knots, to either end.
An Oct. 24, 2009, mini label...
and my journaling, which reads, These are a couple of my most favorite pictures of you.  They capture exactly who you are... precious, dreamy, loving, sweet, innocent, and full of life and joy.  I want so much for you to stay just that way, but already you have been dealt your fair share of failures and disappointments.  Remember that no matter what happens or what tough decisions you may face, life is a "journey" full of ups and downs, but the Lord will always be your Guide.  "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11.  You can always count on Him!  I love you so much!, completes the look.
Further inspiration for this layout came from ColourQ's Challenge #99.
and my August, Jenni Bowlin kit, which you have seen a few, little peeks of, on earlier projects, but here it is in its entirety.
And here's the deets.
  • 4 Basic Grey Double Sided Papers
  • 3 Fancy Pants Papers
  • 1 Fancy Pants Flocked Transparency
  • 2 Coredinations Cardstocks
  • 1 Bazzil Textured Vellum Piece
  • Prima Fabric Alphabet, Black
  • 1 Large American Tag Postcard Tag
  • My Mind’s Eye Mother Transparent Frame
  • Mercantile Exclusive Stamp
  • Mercantile Exclusive Stencil
  • Mercantile Month Bingo Card
  • Large Vintage Receipt, Unused
  • Vintage Queen Seal Cigar Label
  • Pillow Box containing:
    • Fancy Pants Paper flowers
    • GCD Paper Doilies
    • Vintage red milk cap
    • 1 vintage price tag
    • ½ yard vintage florist’s lace
Okay, ya'll!  Now, it's your turn!  You have until the close of the day next Wednesday, August 31, 2011 to link up your entries, for Challenge #53, Challenge #54, and/or this month's Open Challenge, over in the right hand column of the Sketches in Thyme blog, for your chance to be named one of our elite Top Three and/or to win a fabulous prize from Technique Junkie.
I know this was one long post, but thank you so much for stopping by and reading.  And have a terrific Thursday!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Le Cirque - scalloped frame, Very Vintage Greetings - flower, & Ever After - leaves (Wplus9) Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, & Pacific Point (SU); orange distressed, blue distressed, orange floral, & notebook (Basic Grey); yellow damask (Fancy Pants); blue & orange floral (me & my big ideas) Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point, Old Olive, & Basic Black (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Line (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); 1-3/8" Circle punch & orange button (SU); Storybook Cricut cartridge & Cricut (Provo Craft); Scalloped Oval die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); foam tape (Scotch); white string (Hobby Lobby); mini label (7 Gypsies); typewriter set "JOURNEY" sticker (K&Company); olive glitter Thickers (American Crafts); yellow polka dot journaling card (My Little Shoebox); white fire sprinkler deflector (my hubby)