Wednesday, February 29, 2012

WOW!  I cannot tell you how hard it was to pick my winners last week.  You all simply amazed me!  LOVE it!  With that said, welcome to another, colorful week, known as The Play Date Cafe's Challenge #121!  I know that you all will serve it up right, too!
And without any mumbo jumbo, here's where that soft, mojito, peony, and sand color story above lead me.
I started this card by stamping a journaling card, in Crumb Cake ink, with the "thankful" text, before stamping over it, in Jet Black ink, with the tulip image, which was water colored with Pretty in Pink and Mellow Moss inks, glittered, and framed with a piece of Mellow Moss cardstock.
I then stamped the "Aunt" sentiment, in Jet Black ink, on a strip of vellum, cut to fit the width of the framed tulips, and anchored it, at either end, with staples.
The prepped piece was then set aside to prep the card base, which was made from Crumb Cake cardstock; dry embossed with the woodgrain design; had opposite corners rounded; ink distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks; cut in two, horizontally, with a strip of peony, polka dot, patterned paper, as well as a length of white seam binding ribbon, tied in a dressy bow.  After adhering the prepped, tulip piece just to the right of the dressy bow, I framed it with a couple of punched, black, polka dot, patterned, paper, photo corners.
The dressy bow was then embellished with a stamped, in Crumb Cake ink, with the lacy background, tag, which was laced with both a length of string and a safety pin, before being completed with a mojito-colored cameo, as well as a peony button, laced with a hemp twine bow.  A white embossed, on vellum, and hand cut butterfly, trio of clear gemstones, and a length of ivory lace, complete the look.
Now, it's your turn!  You have until the close of the day EST, next Tuesday, March 6, 2012, to link up your takes over at the challenge link above.  Please also use that link to see what the rest of the team has cooked up with this gorgeous, pastel, color story, as well as to find out what you're playing for this week.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy stamping, ya'll!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: A Special Lady - tulips & sentiment, Flora & Fauna 1 - butterfly, & Defining Words - "thankful" text (Wplus9); Sweet Lace (MSS) Paper: Crumb Cake & Mellow Moss (SU); peony polka dot (American Crafts); black polka dot (Jenni Bowlin); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss, & Crumb Cake (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn); watermark (VersaMark) Other: peony button (October Afternoon); hemp twine (Creative Impressions); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); distressed tag (Kraft Outlet); cameo (Maya Road); white embossing powder (Ranger); gemstones & ivory lace (Paper Studio); staples & staplers (office supply store); Woodgrain Texturz Plate, Corner & Photo Corner punches, & Dazzling Diamonds (SU); Big Shot (Sizzix); journaling card (Jenni Bowlin); safety pin (Hobby Lobby); foam tape (Scrapbook Supplies)

Papercraft Star 86: Leap Year

I'm back, today, with Papercraft Star's Challenge 86: Leap Year, to include a frog.
Feel free to be inspired by the photograph, if you so wish.  Here's where this challenge led me.
I started this card by adhering the gingham, patterned paper to a piece of Pool Party cardstock; machine stitching, with black-threaded, zig-zag stitches, around its edges; stamping its top center, in jet Black ink, with the "hoppy birthday" sentiment; and adhering it to the Crumb Cake, cardstock, card face.
I then machine stitched, with black-threaded, straight stitches, the lengths of the top and bottom edges of a piece of polka dot, patterned paper; adhered it, horizontally, across the card face; and dressed up its center with a length of black, gingham trim, as well as a green ribbon, tied, in a bow, near the left edge of the card face and embellished with an aqua button, laced with a couple of hemp twine bows and a leaf, trinket pin.
The mushroom was stamped, in Jet Black ink, in the bottom center of a Whisper White, cardstock die cut, which had been ink distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks; water colored with Crushed Curry and Garden Green inks; glittered; and adhered, just right of the embellished bow.  I then topped it with a stamped, in Jet Black ink, on Whisper White cardstock; water colored in Wild Wasabi and Garden Green inks; hand cut out; adhered, with foam tape, just above the prepared mushroom; and dressed up, with a couple of google eyes, frog, to complete the look.
Now, it's your turn!  You have until next Monday, March 4, 2012, at 6:00 am EST, to link up your takes over at the challenge link above.  Please also use that link to check out what the rest of the girls have cooked up, today, just for you all, as well as to discover all the prize details from our permanent sponsor, The House Across the Bay.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy Leap Day, ya'll!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Unfrogettable (SU) Paper: Pool Party, Crumb Cake, & Whisper White (SU); gingham (DCWV); polka dot (My Mind's Eye) Ink: Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi, & Garden Green (SU); Jet Black (StazOn); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Label Layers 2 die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); foam tape (Scrapbook Supplies); google eyes & gingham trim (Hobby Lobby); green ribbon & Dazzling Diamonds (SU); aqua button (Paper Studio); hemp twine (Creative Impressions); leaf trinket pin (Maya Road)

CR84FN49 & PP84

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Good morning!  My kiddos are busy with their morning routines.  So, I thought I'd pop in here to share a little, card creation with you all.
I started this card by machine stitching, with gray-threaded, straight stitches, around the edges of a piece of gray, polka dot, patterned paper, before adhering it to the Barely Banana, cardstock, card face.
I then wrapped the bottom half of the card face, twice, with a length of Basic Gray, taffeta ribbon and tied it, in a bow, near the right edge of the card face.
The banner was created by layering a gray, stripe, patterned paper below a yellow, floral, patterned paper; hand cutting it into the banner shape; machine stitching, with gray-threaded, straight stitches, around its edges; and adhering it, down the center of the card face, flush with the top edge of the card face.  The butterflies were then created from die cut cork and Barely Banana and Going Gray cardstocks, layered one on top of the another.  The bottom and top butterflies also received a clear gemstone center...
and the center butterfly was wrapped, three times, in hemp twine, which was then thread with a vellum, die cut tag, which had been stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "MY DEAR friend" sentiment, before being tied in a bow, to complete the look.
Inspiration for this card came from Create for Fun's Color Challenge #49...
and The Paper Players' Sketch Challenge #84.
And ya'll, before I run, I'm just thrilled to share a few recognitions.  This card received an Honorable Mention Cup of Tea at The Shabby Tea Room and was named a Top Spool at the Ribbon Carousel...
and this layout made me a ColourQ Courtier.  Thank you so much to all those who made said such possible!  My cup runneth over!
And thanks so much, to you all, for taking the time out of your busy days to stop by my little neck of the woods!  Please don't forget that you have until the close of today EST to link up your takes on The Play Date Cafe's Challenge #120, and have a truly fabulous Tuesday!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Spring Tags (Wplus9) Paper: Barely Banana & Going Gray (SU); yellow floral & gray stripe (American Crafts); gray polka dot (Fancy Pants); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Jet Black (StazOn) Other: gray thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); cork (Mega Brands, Inc.); Timeless Tags die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); Beautiful Wings Embosslits & Beautiful Butterflies Bigz dies & Basic Gray taffeta ribbon (SU); clear gemstones (Paper Studio); hemp twine (Creative Impressions)

Weekend Snapshots

Monday, February 27, 2012

Happy Monday!  Can you believe that February ends this very week?!  Where has time gone?  Well, I'm here today to share a little of what happens to time in my neck of the world.  You may remember that I shared that BJ took Adina, to Shawnee Mission Lake, to see the trout stocking, in my Friday Faves post.  Well, I never got to show you some of the pictures we were able to salvage off my lake-soaked camera.
And here is the new beauty that I'm learning to call my own.  We went with the Cannon PowerShot SX40, that I talked about in the same post as above.  It was the most responsible choice given the situation.
Needless to say, I've been playing with it all weekend, beginning with this sweet pic of my beautiful babies.
And here's Adina, sharing what she remembered of her memory verse, over dinner, in sports mode, continuously shooting.  LOVE this feature!
It went, "With God all things are ...possible," is how last month's memory verse ended.  Although, she kept saying, "impossible."  LOL!  But she's mixing it up with this month's verse, which is "Love God with all your heart," and ending the above with, "...in my heart."  I've probably totally confused you now.  She said, "With God all things are in my heart."  She'll get it.  I just love that she's trying.  It's literally one of the sweetest things ever!
Ezekiel had his last basketball game on Saturday.  He has just loved getting to know his teammates and working together, with the rest of the team, towards a common goal.  Plus, he has learned so much along the way, even with a 1-7 record.
After church, on Sunday, we took the kiddos to Bass Pro Shop.  It's always so fun to see what's out and about in the rivers and streams.
Ezekiel and Adina love to play in the tent displays...
and there's always something new and different to experience.
And before we ended the weekend with a little, accidental nap, followed by another night of Awana, we whipped up a yummy lunch, which included The Pioneer Woman's delicious French Breakfast Puffs.  I did a search, here on my blog, to see if I'd ever shared this recipe before and found it here.  That was probably the last time I made these goodies, too.  I won't let that happen again.  They're just too yummy!
Thanks so much for checking in on me, and I hope you all have an absolutely incredible week!  Hugs!

Friday Faves

Friday, February 24, 2012

It's that time again, and I have to admit that it kinda snuck up on me.  I only have a small handful of things that have caught my eye this month, but they still did just that.  So, without further ado, let's begin with these stunning Wood Songbird Buttons from Prima.  LOVE the distressed, vintage appeal of these beauties!
But if they don't float your boat, try on their Petal Pins for size.  I have no words!  Sigh.
I've also got my eye on Paper Smooches' Good Gab stamp set.  I adore the uber fun fonts, and talk about a great variety of sentiments!
I ordered Stampin' Up's Twitterpated Designer Buttons, last month, from Scrapbook Club and just had to share them here.  They're over the top adorable and just as cute in person!
This 10-oz. Stoneware Salt Crock, from Le Creuset, would be the perfect addition to my spice cupboard.
However, knowing me as well as I do ;), this enclosed 8-oz. Petite Round Covered Casserole might be a better choice.
And finally, my hubby took Adina, to Shawnee Mission Park, on Wednesday, to see the trout stocking; and albeit with a huge lecture beforehand, I trusted him with my camera.  Well, he accidentally dropped it into the lake.  Be still my little heart!  He was able to rescue it, but even after burying it in rice for two days, it still won't take clear pictures, and the flash won't work at all.  Now is not the time to buy a new camera, but whatever am I to do without one?  Sigh.  I want to cry.  Anyway, this Cannon EOS Rebel 3T is the one I've had my eye on for quite some time.
Although, even this Cannon SX40 is far more than our budget is prepared for.  Any advice for me?
That's all, for this month, folks!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a fantastic weekend!

SIT Open Challenge

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Note: If you've come here looking for my PDCC120 - Theresa Momber post, please scroll down.

We're closing out the month of February, over at Sketches in Thyme, with an Open Challenge!
So, I picked up PageMaps' Webster's Pages Sketch Contest sketch...
and ran!
I started this layout by filling the center of the aqua, stripe, patterned paper with a fabulous, retro, floral print, patterned paper and machine stitching, with gray-threaded, zig-zag stitches, around its edges.  I then cut the page in half with a punched and ink distressed strip of ledger, patterned paper, dressed up with a length of green, seam binding ribbon, tied, in a knot, near the center of the layout and anchored, at either end, with a couple of staples.
After tucking a quartet of color-coordinating, cardstock, sticker tags under the ribbon's bottom edge, I layered a couple handfuls of hand-cut pennants, which were adhered with foam tape, across their top edges.  And after adhering pics, I created the "Silly Boy" title, just below them, from chipboard alphas.
The postcard was ink distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks; stamped, in Baja Breeze ink, with the big, leafy image; tucked under both the top of the punched, ledger, patterned paper and the left side of the top picture; and used to journal, in Basic Grey ink, You were supposed to be outside helping Daddy rake the leaves, when you suddenly showed up, at the back door, sporting those irresistible, rosy cheeks and your swim goggles, which you found in the bottom of the toy box.  10.31.09.
I then created the "Hey Cutie!" cluster by stamping said words, in Jet Black ink, on a red, scallop tab; wrapping it up with a length of hemp twine, tied in a bow; adhering it, with foam tape, just above and to the left of the ribbon knot; and further dressing it up with a chipboard button, anchored with hemp twine; and a star tin pin.
A "Favorite Memory" label...
and circle tag, which I labeled with Ezekiel age at the time the photographs were taken, complete the look.
Further inspiration for this layout came from ColourQ's Challenge #125...
and my February Jenni Bowlin kit.
Here's the deets...
2 October Afternoon Papers
2 Cosmo Cricket Papers
1 Cosmo Cricket  Solid
1 GCD Studios Paper
2 Studio Calico Paper
1 Bazzill Solid Cardstock
1 Embossed Coredinations Cardstock
1 Chipboard Alphas, Studio Calico
1 Cosmo Cricket Label Sticker Sheet
1 pkg. of Prima tiny heart accents
2 vintage green/white paper clock face
1 American Tag large postcard tag
1 Mercantile exclusive clear stamp
Pillow Box containing:
  • Studio Calico Chipboard Buttons 
  • Fact or Fiction Flair for Ormolu 
  • Round Die Cut Paper Doilies , GCD 
  • 1 yard seam binding 
  • 1 vintage “Fergusons” Cottage Cheese Cap with 4 leaf clover
  • 1 vintage flat key 
Now, it's your turn, ya'll!  You have until the close of the month, next Wednesday, February 29, 2012, to link up your takes, on this month's Challenge #68, Challenge #69, Challenge #70, and/or this week's Open Challenge, over in the right hand column of the Sketches in Thyme Blog, to be in the running for a fabulous prize from this month's sponsor, The Cutting Cafe.
Can't wait to see what you all have been up to!  Thanks so much for peeking in, and have a terrific Thursday!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Woodgrain Silhouettes Additions - leaf (Wplus9); For All It's Worth - "Hey Cutie!"(MSS) Paper: aqua stripe & flourish (Cosmo Cricket); retro floral print & ledger (October Afternoon); gray polka dot & brown designer (Studio Calico) Ink: Basic Gray, Basic Black, & Baja Breeze (SU); Jet Black (StazOn); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: gray thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Spiral punch (SU); "Favorite Memory" label (Jillibean Soup); cardstock tags & circle & scallop tabs (Cosmo Cricket); foam tape (Scrapbook Supplies); green seam binding ribbon (May Arts); hemp twine (Creative Impressions); chipboard button & alphas (Studio Calico); tin pin (Ormolu); staples & stapler (office supply store); post card (Jenni Bowlin)