Friday Faves

Friday, December 30, 2011

Welcome to the December 2011 edition of my Friday Faves!  I've got an awfully scrumptious line-up of goodies, for your viewing pleasure, today, beginning with a quartet of stamp sets from Gina K. Designs.  I adore the versatility of Vintage Backgrounds...
the sweet patterns present in Perfect Pennants...
the fabulous fonts and bold, floral silhouettes Botanicals boasts...
and the playful images and puny sentiments Garden Fresh supplies to any and all of my creative muses.
Last month, I shared JBS Mercantile's Black Ledger Cardstock Alphabet Stickers; but now, I'm lovin' that I could create them in any color I want with their Clear Stamp - Alphabet.  Eeek!
Crate Paper's Paper Heart Collection Kit is absolutely perfect for all those Valentine concoctions just waiting to be cooked up.  Plus, I LOVE the pinks and reds and blues, as well as all the scrumptious, lace embellishments!  Delish!
While we're talking holidays, how about fancying up those Christmas pics with a little something fabulous from Chic Tags, like Christmas Chevron ATCs...
Christmas Vintage Cards...
Christmas Scalloped Lace...
or Christmas Milk Bottle Caps?  LOVE!
I'm thinking that a little, sweet stamping with Lawn Fawn's Love 'n Breakfast...
and/or Paper Smooches' Yummers, from The Kismet Collection, might just satisfy my late night cravings without adding any bulk to my mid-line.  LOL!
This edition of my Friday Faves just wouldn't be complete without a peek into Noel Mignon's newest Mistletoe and Holly Kit.  After all, scrapping the hundreds of Christmas pics I take, at least for me, is an all-year affair.
In putting my love for papercrafting aside, I just had to sneak in here another one of the things that tends to capture my attention; and this Black Everyday Zippered Closure Bag, from Marbled, fulfills that to a "T".
And finally, just because it's New Years and someday I'll actually have a need for a gorgeous, little, black dress, I'd love to try on Old Navy's Women's Chiffon Ruffle Dress...
and/or LC Lauren Conrad's Ruffle Mixed-Media Dress for size.
That's all, for this round, folks!  I hope you found something to love, too!  Thanks so much for peeking in and for all the love and encouragement you've showered upon me throughout 2011!  May you all have a truly happy and safe New Year!  See you in 2012!

Three in One

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Good afternoon!  And oh, my goodness is it a warm one, at least for this time of year, in our neck of the woods!  We spent much of the morning playing outside.  Ezekiel can't stop practicing with his new bow and arrow, which I LOVE!  And Adina just isn't the same when she doesn't have some time, during the day, to play on the swing-set; ride her bike; color, on the patio, with chalk; or blow bubbles.  They both just love to be outdoors, and we've been blessed, thus far, with a mild winter, which makes our 920 square foot home much more manageable with two kiddos :).  So, enough chit-chat.  How'd ya'll like to see a little, country, New Year's creation?
I started this card by adhering a strip of black, damask, patterned paper, vertically, near the left edge of the Very Vanilla, cardstock, card face and machine stitching, with ivory-threaded, zig-zag stitches, down its long sides.  I then anchored a piece of black, polka dot, patterned paper, overlapping the right side of the black, damask, patterned paper, with ivory-threaded, straight, machine stitches, before hand cutting the silver banner from glitter tape and adhering it draped across the top right corner of the card face.
The bird was hand cut, from a gray, textured cardstock, using a template; silver embossed with the "Celebrate" sentiment; distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks; given a black, crystal eye; and adhered, with foam tape, just below the silver pennants.
A length of ivory lace anchors the bird and was topped with a black, gingham ribbon, tied, in a bow, just to the left of the sentiment, and embellished with a black, scalloped and pearl-studded brad.
Inspiration for this card came from ColourQ's Challenge #117...
The Ribbon Reel's Challenge #18...
and Chupa's Sketchbook Saturday: Challenge #43.
I also wanted to share a few pics of my kiddos decorating Christmas cookies.  We usually decorate them on Christmas afternoon, but the weather was so nice, even then, that we went outside.  It's kinda fun to drag our Christmas festivities into the week after the big day, too, though.  Although, I really wouldn't mind a little snow ;).
And I just couldn't resist throwing in the first take on that last photograph.  LOL!  She's such a silly girl!
I have one last Friday Faves, for 2011, coming your way tomorrow.  Then, I'll be off celebrating 2012!  So, if I don't catch you tomorrow, have a safe and happy New Year, ya'll!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Mehndi Medallions (Wplus9) Paper: Very Vanilla & gray textured (SU); black damask & polka dot (Jenni Bowlin) Ink: Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: ivory thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scotch); silver glitter tape (Recollections); black crystal (Prima); silver embossing powder & embossing gun (SU); black gingham ribbon (Hobby Lobby); ivory lace & black scalloped pearl-studded brad (Paper Studio); bird template (Jenni Bowlin)

Embellish's Mixed Patterns Challenge & Card Patterns Sketch 146

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

We've been out gallivanting around, enjoying our days away from school and soaking up our free time with friends.  So, I'm coming your way a little later than usual today but still coming, none the less, with a beautiful, little, paper-crafted number.  Check it out!
I started this card by piecing the brown damask and navy, polka dot, patterned papers together; tucking a shortened strip of yellow, lace, patterned paper between them; machine stitching, with brown-threaded, straight stitches, around all of their connections; and adhering it to the Crumb Cake, cardstock, card face.  I then wrapped a length of fringed, yellow ribbon, twice, vertically, around the card face; tied it, in a bow, near the bottom edge of the card face; and embellished it with an olive button, laced with two, hemp twine bows, as well as a stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a strip of vellum which had been cut in the shape of a banner, "Happy Birthday" sentiment.
The scalloped circle was die-cut from an olive, text, patterned paper and adhered, with dimensionals, with its bottom left edge tucked under the embellished bow.  The dogwood image was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on Whisper White cardstock; colored in with Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, and Old Olive inks and a blender pen; hand cut out; and adhered, with dimensionals, in the center of the die cut, scalloped circle.
A yellow butterfly gives the card a perfect, little touch of softness and completes the look.
Inspiration for this card came from Embellish's Mixed Patterns Color Trends Challenge...
and Card Pattern's Sketch 146.
Before I'm off to doing a little dusting, I wanted to remind you all that you still have another week to take on The Play Date Cafe's gorgeous Challenge #112.  Can't wait to see what you all have been up to!
I'll be back, tomorrow, with a creation fit for the New Year's holiday.  Until then, thanks so much for stopping by, and happy stamping!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Flora & Fauna I - dogwood image & Pile It On - sentiment (Wplus9) Paper: Crumb Cake & Whisper White (SU); navy polka dot (Jenni Bowlin); yellow lace (Crate Paper); brown damask (BoBunny); olive text (7 Gypsies); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, & Old Olive (SU); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: brown thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Big Scalloped Circles LG dies (Spellbinders); Big Shot (Sizzix); foam tape (Scotch); olive button (SU); yellow butterfly (John Allen); hemp twine (Creative Impressions); yellow fringed ribbon (American Crafts)

Christmas Treats

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I promised you all a peek at some Christmas treats in yesterday's Celebrating Christmas post, and I'm here, today, to deliver.  I always like to put together packages of homemade goodies for both BJ's and my parents, simply because... well... honestly, my parents have everything they need; and if they don't have it, they don't wait for someone to gift it to them.  Plus, this kind of gifting works well for guys and girls alike.  And, to quote a popular, children's story, "When a gift is made by hand, all of that person's love is captured in it."  So, without further ado, here's their Christmas gifts.
Now, let's take a look a little closer at what each package entails.  Of course, you'll find a jar of our homemade apple butter, as well as a set of five cards, from my etsy shop, that need some loving; but there's also a Yankee candle, petite poinsettia, Christmas Worship CD, and a bundle of Christmas candy, including almond bark dipped pretzels, with a few, Christmas sprinkles to dress them up...
and homemade butterfingers, which are made from peanut butter, sandwiched between two Cheez-Its and dipped in almond bark.
I overheard the recipe for the latter, while scrapping with a group of ladies, several years back.  Unfortunately, I don't remember who voiced the recipe or what she called it, but they taste just like Butterfingers without the stuff that gets stuck in your teeth :).  Mmmmm!  We also filled a big plate with more of these two candies to contribute to both of our families' Christmas celebrations.
Finally, we threw in some tasty Chocolate-Toffee Potato Chips...
and Sweet and Savory Mixed Nuts to round out the packages.  The recipes for these two came from Paula Deen's Christmas Collector's Issue 2011, and I wrapped them super similar to the way she did in the magazine.  Why mess with perfection?
I wish that I'd gotten a picture of the gifts we gave to all my nieces and nephews.  We put together movie packages, including microwave popcorn, lots of "movie" candy, and two, family-friendly DVDs for each family.  Each kiddo also had a pair of warm, fuzzy socks all of their own to unwrap.

Then, we passed a Sweet and Savory Mixed Nuts cone, as well as a jar of apple butter on to all of our sisters and brothers and grandpas.  Usually, we do a gift exchange among the adults, but due to a lack of finances, BJ and I opted to take this route and exclude ourselves from the exchange.  It really stinks, especially when we don't see one family for Christmas, because it kinda feels as though we've been forgotten.  It's not that I need a gift.  It's just nice to know that you've been remembered.  So, that's what we tried to do, with our little goodies, for everyone.

I'm also thrilled to share, before I'm off to a little storytime with my kiddos, that this layout made me a ColourQ Courtier!  Yea!  Thanks so much to Arielle and the ColourQ team!  It is always so much fun to play along with your fun and inspirational color stories!
That's all, for today, folks!  I hope that you've gotten a few ideas for future, Christmas gifts of your own, and thanks so much for peeking in!  Have a terrific Tuesday!

Celebrating Christmas

Monday, December 26, 2011

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  Ours began on Christmas Eve, when we celebrated at my in-laws
and carried over to our own home, when the kiddos unwrapped their Christmas jammies.
We also had to sneak in one last Christmas story before the big day.
I don't think any of us slept well that night.  We were all excited for what the day of our Savior's birth had in store.  It began with a Christmas story that Ezekiel wanted to share.
Then, BJ read the Christmas story in Luke; and Adina had to share her own version, too.
Finally, we took time to thank the Lord for sending His Son, as a baby, to save our lost and dying world...
before the kiddos opened their gifts.
BJ and I opted not to do anything for one another this year.  We got a new bathroom, and that's all the gift we needed.  It has truly been just that.  We spent the afternoon watching movies, helping Ezekiel practice with his new bow and arrow...
and eating way too much.  A delicious turkey dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, Paula Deen's Pecan-Molasses Rolls...
cinnamon Jell-O...
and Ooey Gooey Butter Layer Cake, another Paula Deen specialty, ended a perfect day.
Well, I guess we could've done without the fits.  LOL!  Unfortunately, those come, even on Christmas day, to a tired, little, three-year-old girl.
I'll be back, tomorrow, to share a couple of homemade, Christmas treats and their packaging.  Until then, may you all have a truly wonderful start to a magnificent week!