Diana's Anniversary Sketch & CTD189

Monday, April 30, 2012

Good morning!  I trust you all had wonderful weekends!  It was rainy and cool here but made for the perfect weather for resting and crafting.
I started this layout by stamping the notebook images, in Pool Party ink, beginning near the bottom right of the aqua, textured, cardstock, base page, which I had distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks.  I then adhered a couple of patterned papers, horizontally, again near the bottom right of the base page, over the previously stamped images and anchored them, with red-threaded, straight stitches, along the lengths of their top and bottom edges.
I then tucked a 6" square, cloud screen print overhanging the right side of the patterned papers, before anchoring punched, from Night of Navy cardstock, photo corners, with aqua-threaded, straight stitches, along the bottom of the layout and ending them, in the bottom right corner, with a "Love this place", cardstock, sticker subtitle.
After matting my photographs with Whisper White cardstock, I adhered them in their respective locations and tucked an aqua, circle, cardstock sticker, as well as an April 22, 2010, multicolored, date tab, which was anchored with a staple, under their right side...
and a ruler tag, which was anchored with more staples and used to journal, What a joy it is to see you understanding that being a part of a family also means being part of a team, under their left side.
A trio of ink distressed, Whisper White, cardstock strips, upon which I journaled, in Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, So Saffron, Night of Navy, and Calypso Coral inks, Our home is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy, were adhered, with foam tape, under the photographs' bottom edges.
I then created the "A helping hand" title from a cardstock sticker and navy alphas and anchored it, with messy, aqua-threaded, machine stitches, tied off, to the front of the layout, at either end of the words.
A trio of punched, from Whisper White cardstock, and ink distressed clouds, one of which was dressed up with a red, heart button, laced with hemp twine, complete the look.
Inspiration for this layout came from Diana's 3rd Year Blog Anniversary Sketch Challenge...
and Color Throwdown's Challenge #189.
That's all, for today, folks!  If I can sneak in a little extra crafty time today, I'll be able to share a finished layout tomorrow.  Wednesday will bring a duo of new challenges from Papercraft Star and The Play Date Cafe.  Then, I'm absolutely thrilled to share a number of new creations, that can be found in the April issue of CARDS Magazine, with you all!  Plus, I've got a busy week of creating to do, as my Market Street Stamps May Market Fresh Kit has arrived.  Woohoo!  Y'all are going to LOVE it so!  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a fantastic week!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Vintage Notepad (MSS) Paper: Whisper White & Night of Navy (SU); aqua textured (Bazzill); yellow polka dot (Pink Paislee); multicolored floral (Crate Paper); cloud screen print (Hambly) Ink: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, So Saffron, Night of Navy, & Calypso Coral (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: red & aqua thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Cloud punch (Fiskars); Photo Corner punch (SU); cardstock stickers, navy alphas, & ruler tag (Crate Paper); hemp twine (May Arts); red heart button (Hobby Lobby); multicolored date tab (American Crafts); staples & stapler (office supply store); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives)

Friday Faves

Friday, April 27, 2012

It's so hard to believe that we're nearing the end of another month once again, but my calendar says we're here.  So, welcome to the April edition of my Friday Faves!  I'm starting this one with Noel Mignon's newest Homespun KitGray, yellow, orange, and turquoise with canvas pennants, screen prints, delicious buttons and bling, and alphas galore... Need I say more?!
I was recently introduced to The Alley Way Stamps and think Hey Cupcake is absolutely, stinkin' adorable!  LOVE all the options for building your own cupcakes, and who can resist those cute, little grins with a cherry on top?!
Oh!  And check out the fabulous fonts and versatile combination of sentiments in their Chatterbox stamp set!
Since we're talking stamps, I thought that I'd throw in Stampers Best's amazing Brick Wall Rubber Stamp Background...
and this fun Star Spangled Banner Rubber Stamp.  The latter would be perfect for a 4th of July beauty!
I'm also loving these darling Wood Veneer Stars from Studio Calico!
Love My Tape's Chalkboard Numbers Washi Tape would be perfect for those back-to-school cards or school-themed layouts and rounds out the papercrafty portion of this month's Friday Faves.
LOVE this Linen and Vintage Lace Clutch Purse from Hello Violeta!  Swoon!  I'm all over its vintage appeal and neutral color palette!
And finally, somewhere, somehow, I came across these Peppermint Candy Buttons from Andie's Specialty Sweets.  They look so real!
But if peppermint isn't your flavor of choice, try these Edible Chocolate Candy Brass Buttons.  I just cannot get over these goodies, y'all!  I'm thinking I need to order some just for fun :).  They do come in several different price categories, based upon quantity, too.
That's all, for this month, folks!  I hope you enjoyed and will have a wonderfully blessed weekend!  Hugs!

Embellish Chevron Color Trends Challenge

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Note: If you've come here looking for my SIT #76 post, please scroll down.

Hey, y'all!  I'm sneaking in, just under the wire for the challenge below, another, purple, card creation this week.  Somebody take my temperature.  LOL!
I started this card by ink distressing, with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks, a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock; stamping it, in stamped-off, Wisteria Wonder ink, with the knit background (LOVE the way this background plays off the chevron design!); trimming its middle, just below horizontal center, with the gray, striped, patterned paper, which was anchored with gray-threaded, zig-zag, machine stitches; and adhering it to the Pale Plum, cardstock, card face.
I then embossed a piece of Perfect Plum cardstock with the chevron pattern; machine stitched its top and bottom edges with gray-threaded, straight, machine stitches; and anchored the stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a strip of vellum, "IN THE WORLD You ARE ONLY SOMEBODY BUT FOR SOMEBODY You ARE THE WHOLE WORLD" sentiment, near its left side, with aqua-threaded, vertical, messy, machine stitches, before adhering it, over all previous layers, to the card face and anchoring the left side of the vellum panel, through all previous layers, with a couple of pewter brads.
Finally, I tucked an ink distressed, aqua, world tag, near the messy, machine stitching, under the vellum panel and dressed it up with a Basic Gray, taffeta ribbon, tied in a bow and embellished with a plum button blossom, laced with a couple of hemp twine bows, to complete the look.
Inspiration for this card came from Embellish's Chevron Color Trends Challenge.
I also am thrilled to share that this card received The Shabby Tea Room's Honorable Mention Cup of Tea, was named one of Card Pattern's Super Six, and was a Featured Project at Little Red Wagon.  Thank you ever so much to all those who made said such possible!  My cup runneth over!
Finally, I couldn't help throwing in these gorgeous pictures of my kiddos, playing in the yard, this week.  I just love 'em so much!
Oh!  And I've got another handful of treasures to deliver, to Molly, on Sunday.  THANK YOU!  For those of you who don't know about this card drive, there's still time.  You can get all the details here or by clicking on the photograph at the top of the right hand column of my blog.
Okay, y'all!  I've got dinner to get on the table, but I'll be back, tomorrow, with my lineup of April Friday Faves.  Until then, be blessed!  And thank you so much for stopping by! 

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Background Builders: Knit (Wplus9); Someone Special Sentiments (Stampers Best) Paper: Very Vanilla, Perfect Plum, & Pale Plum (SU); gray stripe (American Crafts); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Wisteria Wonder (SU); Jet Black (StazOn); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: aqua & gray thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Chevron impression plate (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); pewter brads, Basic Gray taffeta ribbon, & plum button blossom (SU); hemp twine (May Arts); aqua world tag (Crate Paper)

SIT #76

Note: If you've come here looking for my PDCC129 - DeNami Design post, please scroll down.

It's time for Sketches in Thyme's monthly two-pager, specifically Challenge #76.
I'm going to say it again.  I LOVE this time of the month!  Two-pagers do, typically, take more time to create, but I adore the stretch in space they provide to really allow my photographs to shine!  Without further ado, here's how the above sketch inspired me.
I started this layout by adhering pieces of multicolored, circle, patterned paper to the centers of Bashful Blue, textured, cardstock, base pages and machine stitching, with black-threaded, straight stitches, around their outside edges.  I then adhered 12" strips of bike, patterned paper near the bottom edges of the previous pieces; topped them with punched strips of green, star, patterned paper; and trimmed them, near their upper edges, with stamped, in Soft Suede ink, on Crumb Cake, cardstock, ink distressed strips, tickets.  All the paper strips were then anchored with black-threaded, straight and/or zig-zag, machine stitches, before they were topped with a multicolored, plaid, patterned paper, which, once again, was anchored with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches.
After adhering pictures, I turned my attention to the left side of the layout...
where I tucked a vintage note card in amongst the photographs to use for journaling, You absolutely love hanging out with your friends from First Baptist Church of Shawnee, especially when it means celebrating Awana starting back up again, after a long, hot summer, with bounce houses, magic and puppet shows, and snow cones.  A "You make me happy", cardstock sticker, popped up with foam tape, rounds out its bottom right corner.
An Aug. 9, 2009, orange, chevron, date tab pulls in one of Ezekiel's favorite colors...
and a green, glitter, Thicker, "block party" title, wrapped up with a little hemp twine and embellished with a wee, blue button, takes care of another.
The right side of the layout shows off the "ADMIT ONE" corner of the multicolored, plaid, patterned paper fabulously...
and boasts a cluster of textural goodies, including a "recreation", bike flashcard...
ivory, string-laced tag; green, "five" journaling sprout; clear, star, trinket pin; orange frame, housing the hand cut, from a template, out of a hot pink, polka dot, patterned paper, star, which was topped with a tin pin, dressed up with a couple of hemp twine bows, as well as the stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a die cut, vellum banner, "CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES" subtitle; and a blue button, laced with hemp twine.  A quartet of brown, numbered, photo corners frame my favorite picture of the bunch and complete the design.
That's all, for this week, y'all!  Now, it's your turn!  You have until the close of the month, on Monday, April 30, 2012, to link up your takes over in the right hand column of the Sketches in Thyme Blog; but before you're off to getting inky, please be sure to use the challenge link above to check out what the rest of the team has created just for your viewing pleasure.  Also, be sure to check out our March winners and future guest designers post here.  They're sporting their best, and you won't be disappointed!  Thanks so much for checking in on me, and have a truly fabulous Thursday!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Le Cirque (Wplus9) Paper: Bashful Blue textured, Crumb Cake, & multicolored circles (SU); green star (October Afternoon); bike (Jenni Bowlin); multicolored plaid (GCD); hot pink polka dot (My Mind's Eye) Ink: Basic Black & Soft Suede (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Banner Trio die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); Threading Water Border punch (Fiskars); orange chevron tab, orange frame, & green glitter Thickers (American Crafts); hemp twine (May Arts); blue buttons (SU); "You make me happy" cardstock sticker (Crate Paper); vintage note card (Jenni Bowlin); "recreation" bike flashcard (Pink Paislee); "FIVE" journaling sprout (Jillibean Soup); tin pin (October Afternoon); star template (The Crafter's Workshop); clear star trinket pin (Scrapbook Page); ivory tag (Kraft Outlet); numbered photo corners (Authentique)

PDCC129 - DeNami Design

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Welcome to The Play Date Cafe's Challenge #129!
These dusk, magenta, and seedling colors were seriously challenging me, this week, y'all!  I'm telling you, I think I stared at my stash for at least three hours, before I was able to pull out the number below.  I'm not drawn to purples of any shade really.  Then, throw in that soft yellow with a hint of green, and the only things that saved me were that my April Jenni Bowlin kit included several papers, boasting that exact seedling color (Although, it's looking more yellow in the first photograph below.), along with the fact that navy is one of my favorite, go-to, almost neutrals.  So, anyway, let's just get right to it.

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I started this card by ink distressing a strip of Whisper White cardstock; stamping it, in Night of Navy ink, with the chevron stripes; and trimming it, to the right, with both the seedling, grid, patterned paper, which was broken up with a trio of purple gemstones, and the magenta, argyle, patterned paper.

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I then stamped the doily image, in White ink, along the horizontal connection of the two patterned papers; machine stitched, with magenta-threaded, straight stitches, to either side of the connection between the stamped cardstock and grid, patterned paper; adhered the prepped piece to a slightly larger piece of Night of Navy cardstock; and machine stitched, once again, this time with magenta-threaded, zig-zag stitches, around the edges of the connected trio of papers, before wrapping the prepped piece, horizontally, just to the left of the stamped doilies, with a length of magenta ribbon.  I then tied that ribbon, in a bow, just below horizontal center and embellished it with a seedling button, laced with a couple of hemp twine bows.  The entire piece was then adhered, with foam tape, to the Crumb Cake, cardstock, card face.  An owl, cardstock sticker and a length of Washi tape prepped the card for the navy frame...

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which was adhered, with foam tape, around the owl sticker; filled in with a white, paper blossom, as well as a die-cut, from a color-coordinating, floral, patterned paper, and paper crimped leaf...

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and pierced with the "LAUGH", sentiment pin.

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Now, it's your turn!  And I have no doubt that you'll outshine me in ever way ;).  You have until the close of the day EST, next Tuesday, May (Yes, I said May!  Where does the time go?!) 1, 2012, to link up your takes over at the challenge link above.  Please also use that link to catch a glimpse of the fabulous creations the rest of the team has whipped up, as well as to find out what you're playing for this week from our sponsor, DeNami Design.
DeNami Blinkie
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed day!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Damask Doilies (Wplus9); Chevron (Jenni Bowlin) Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, & Night of Navy (SU); seedling grid (Crate Paper); magenta argyle (Nikki Sivils); yellow floral (Cosmo Cricket) Ink: White & Night of Navy (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: magenta thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); navy frame (American Crafts); white paper blossom (Prima); stick pin (Tim Holtz); "LAUGH" & owl cardstock stickers (Crate Paper); Washi tape (Pink Paislee); paper crimper (Fiskars); Folkart Florals die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); magenta ribbon (Hobby Lobby); seedling button (CHA); hemp twine (May Arts); purple gemstones (Doodlebug Design)

Papercraft Star 94: Polka Dots

Good morning, y'all!  I'm back with the super, fun Challenge #94: Polka Dots from Papercraft Star!
I think I need a pair of those pumps!  Too cute!  I decided to use this polka dot theme to make a birthday card for one of my son's friends.
I started this card by piecing lots of polka dot, patterned papers, from my scrap bin, onto a piece of computer paper; framing the prepped piece with a piece of Pool Party cardstock; and machine stitching, with aqua-threaded, zig-zag stitches, around the patterned papers' edges and between their connections.
I then wrapped a length of red, sheer, polka dot ribbon, around the framed piece, just below horizontal center; tied it, in a bow, near the right edge; and embellished it with a stamped, in Basic Black and Real Red inks, on an ink distressed, Whisper White, cardstock, die cut tag, "a pocketful of Birthday wishes" sentiment, which was laced with hemp twine, as well as an orange button, laced with a duet of hemp twine bows.  The place where I get my hemp twine started carrying a different brand, and I've got to say that I  miss the old one.  Sigh.  This one frays way too much and even has lots of little knots, tying lengths together, like every couple of yards or so.  Grrrr!
After the prepped piece was adhered to the Crumb Cake, cardstock, card face, I stamped both the large and small pockets, in Pacific Point ink, on Pacific Point, cardstock, die cut pockets; ink distressed their edges; and adhered them, stacked one on top of the other, with foam tape, just to the left of the embellished bow and tucked under that sentiment tag.
The fun part came next!  I stuffed that pocket full of all kinds of birthday things just perfect for a little boy.  Let's start in the back left.  The present was stamped, in Lucky Limeade and Pacific Point inks, on Whisper White cardstock and hand cut out.  I then tucked in an orange and red, vintage, ice cream tab, as well as a clear, star, trinket pin.  The popcorn bucket was stamped, in Real Red and Daffodil Delight inks, on Whisper White cardstock, hand cut out, and dressed up with a little yellow glitter.  The ice-cream cone was stamped, in Soft Suede and Pool Party inks, on Whisper White cardstock; hand cut out; and dressed up with stamped, in Chocolate Chip ink, sprinkles and a Pure Poppy, cherry button, laced with Baker's Twine.  A polka dot candle, as inspired by the bottom center photograph in the inspiration graphic below, was wrapped with a length of Baker's Twine and tied in a bow.  Finally, I couldn't help but tuck in a little, green, dinosaur button to complete the look.
As stated above, further inspiration for this card came from the birthday party theme in Jay Gee's Nook's Challenge #18.
Now, it's your turn!  You have until next Monday, April 30, 2012, at 6:00 am EST, to link up your takes, over at the challenge link above, in order to be in the running to win digital pages from our permanent sponsor, The House Across the Bay.
Please also use that link to check out what the rest of the team has been up to.  Thanks ever so much for peeking in, and have a truly terrific day!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: A Pocketful - pockets & sentiment, Le Cirque - popcorn bucket, & Pile It On - present & ice-cream cone (Wplus9) Paper: Pool Party, Pacific Point, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, aqua star, & orange polka dot (SU); multicolored polka dot (Creative Impressions); red polka dot (KI Memories); blue graphic polka dot (American Crafts) Ink: Pacific Point, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede, Pool Party, Chocolate Chip, & Basic Black (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: aqua thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); A Pocketful & Timeless Tags dies (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); hemp twine (May Arts); sheer red polka dot ribbon (Hobby Lobby); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies) orange button (SU); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); candle; yellow glitter (Doodlebug Design); Pure Poppy button (PTI); dinosaur button (Joann Fabrics); star trinket pin (Scrapbook Page); vintage ice-cream tab (Jenni Bowlin)