Friday Faves

Friday, June 29, 2012

Note:  If you've come here looking for my Papercraft Star: Cardstock Anniversary Challenge post, please scroll down.  I'd just love to have you come join in the fun!

Welcome to the June edition of my Friday Faves!  It all begins with the fabulous, new Boardwalk Kit from Noel Mignon.  Y'all, I'm so, so, so going to be able to afford one of these some day ;)!  I adore the primary colors and delicious brads and trims, not to mention all the butterfly and banner embellishments!  Plus, I'm drooling over that new, chevron stencil.  Yum!
And while I'm showcasing a primary color collection, how about we try on Lily Bee's Double Dutch Collection Kit for size?  I just LOVE all the ginghams to pieces!  Not to mention, I've played with those mini alphas, and they are beyond indispensable to my scrapping needs.
I've featured a couple of molds, from Mold Muse, here before, but I'm really loving the simplicity of their NEW Vintage Flower Button Mold.  Ever so sweet!
Speaking of buttons, my Stampin' Up Club order, this month, included these Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, and I simply cannot wait to get my hands on them!  I'm all about neutrals and sparkle and think these beauties will be just what I need to add to my ever-growing button collection.
I recently discovered a fabulous shop called The Ribbon Girl.  They also have a Blog filled will all kinds of talented inspiration and giveaways, not to mention monthly Card and Color Challenges.  So, be sure to stop by and check them out!  Anyway, I absolutely fell in love with their Red Fruit Lace Edge Bias Binding!  It's ever so delicate and girly!
And their Assorted Leaf Pins...
and variety of Crown Pins are a must have for all your crafty endeavors!
Finally, being a former school teacher, y'all know how much I adore school supplies and embellishments.  Well, I just couldn't resist throwing in Freckled Fawn's Vintage Classroom Washi Tape Set.
And just for good measure and because, once again, they appeal to my girly side, I LOVE their Two-Toned Color Lace Tape, too.
That's all, for this month, folks.  Thanks for taking a look, and have a truly blessed weekend!  Hugs!

Papercraft Star: Cardstock Anniversary Challenge

Hey, y'all!  We're celebrating our 2nd Anniversary over at Papercraft Star!  That means a quartet of challenges are coming your way, this week, from each of our crazy talented designers.  They all began with Jan's challenge to emboss something.  Then, Sylvia challenged us to make a card with our favorite cool summer drink; and tomorrow, Anitra's got one final challenge to round out our anniversary week.  We'd sure love to have each and every one of you come join in the fun!

So, back to the real purpose for this post.  LOL!  Today's challenge comes from me, and I'm giving y'all a Cardstock Challenge to create any papercrafted project without using patterned papers.  That's cardstock and embellishments only, folks.  Now, I'm going to share my project first; but please, be sure to read all the way to the bottom, because I've got a little surprise for you ;).

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I started this card by piecing one of the floral images from 229 Vintage Flower Seed Catalog Digital Collage Sheet...
onto the right side of the post card image from 045 Blank Backgrounds Digital Collage Sheet.
On the left side, I pieced the cursive script from 141 Text Writing Background Squares, which I had applied a gradual transparency effect to, before I printed it on Whisper White cardstock; framed it with Wax Lips cardstock; and machine stitched, with yellow-threaded, zig-zag stitches, around its edges.  I then set it aside to prep the card base.
A piece of Gumball cardstock was dry embossed with the tulip frame and lightly ink distressed, before being adhered to the Banana Split, cardstock, card face.

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I then wrapped a length of red, gingham ribbon, vertically, around the left half of the card face; tied it, in a bow, near the top edge of the card face; and embellished it with a red button, laced with a Baker's Twine bow, before tucking the prepped digi, with foam tape, just underneath its bottom edge, in the center of the card face.

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The frame was stamped, in Riding Hood Red ink, on a Butter Mints, cardstock, die cut label, which had been ink distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks.  The "thanks FOR BEING YOU" sentiment was then stamped, in Basic Black ink, in its right center, before dressing its left center with a butterfly, from 062 Butterflies Digital Collage Sheet...
which I printed on Whisper White cardstock, hand cut out, and adhered just at its center.  The sentiment frame was then adhered, with foam tape, in the center of the card face, to complete the look.

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Now it's your turn!  You have until Monday, July 9, 2012, at 6:00 am EST, to link up your takes, over at the Papercraft Star Blog, on ANY of our Anniversary Challenges, in order to be in the running to win a digital sheet of your choice from our permanent sponsor, The House Across the Bay.
AND I promised you all one more little surprise.  I will be awarding one uber talented designer, for today's Cardstock Challenge, with a package of Bazzill Basic's NEW! Card Shoppe 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock.  That's two each of 28 different colors.  And don't worry.  The below display was created from my own package that Bazzill gifted me.  Thank you so much, Emily!  YOUR package is still shrink-wrapped and ready to be put in the mail.
Bazzill has been working with its paper mills to create the perfect premium, smooth, heavy-weight cardstock that will be a sweet treat for every card-maker.  Now available in 28 coordinating colors including Gold Coin, Easter Grass, Gumdrop, and Taffy.  The paper is a stout 100 lbs. and folds with a crisp edge.  It won't warp when used with markers, inks, or mists and can handle loads of embellishments without sagging.  Available in 8-1/2" x 11" only.  Sold in 25 sheet packs.
Now, while the above card is almost entirely made of Bazzill cardstock, it was just too thick to go through my printer.  It kept jamming up.  So, I resorted to Stampin' Up's Whisper White to print my digital elements only.  But y'all, I've been playing with these fabulous cardstocks all week, and I LOVE them!  They've held up to nearly everything I've thrown at them, and I adore the sweet names!  For the sake of giving you a little more inspiration of patterned-paper-free creations, here's a recap.  Bazzill from Monday's Welcome to the Neighborhood treat bag was stamped, wet embossed, and watercolored to dress up a special package.
Bazzill from Tuesday's I Love You card was stamped, dry embossed, machine stitched, distressed, and paper pieced.
Bazzill from Wednesday's Take Joy in the Little Things card was stamped, dry embossed, debossed, die cut, punched, scored, ink distressed, and pierced to create a handmade embellishment.

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Bazzill from Thursday's A Star is Born card was misted, painted, stamped, machine stitched, and pierced.
And that leads us to today's Thanks for Being You card which was stamped, punched, machine stitched, dry embossed, ink distressed, die cut, and used to highlight those gorgeous THATB images.  Okay, y'all, now get to it!  I can't wait to see what you come up with!  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend! 

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Very Vintage Greetings (Wplus9) Digis: 229 - Vintage Flower Seed Catalog Digital Collage Sheet, 045 Blank Backgrounds Digital Collage Sheet, 141 - Text Writing Background Squares, 062 - Butterflies Digital Collage Sheet (THATB) Paper: Whisper White (SU); Gumball, Banana Split, Wax Lips, & Butter Mints (Bazzill) Ink: Riding Hood Red & Basic Black (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: yellow thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Label Layers 3 die (Wplus9); Tulip Frame embossing folder (SU); Big Shot (Sizzix); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); gingham ribbon (Hobby Lobby); red button (DeNami Design); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies)

TSTR #120

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Good afternoon!  I hope that you all are NOT getting the heat we're getting.  Gracious!  It's HOT... 104 degrees to be exact!  Don't get me wrong.  I'd much rather it be hot than cold any day of the year, but this is just ridiculous!  It's even throwing off my natural sunlight photo shoots.  It was making the yellow, in today's creation, look orange and the mint green look lime.  So, I tried taking my card outside in the shade and think the below rendering looks much truer to life.  Enjoy!
I started this card by spritzing a piece of Marshmallow cardstock, using a star template, with Key Lime Pie Glimmer Mist.
I then stamped over it with a mix of Vivid Pink and Winter White, acrylic paints and a piece of bubble wrap.  Once all that dried, I stamped the "thankful" text, in stamped-off, Basic Black ink, randomly, over everything; framed it with a piece of  Cotton Candy cardstock and machine stitched, with pink-threaded, zig-zag stitches, around its edges.
I then trimmed the prepped piece, just above horizontal center, with a length of white, scalloped lace, which was topped with a length of white, seam binding ribbon, tied in a bow and embellished with a handmade, yellow, fabric flower, topped with a mint button blossom and flanked with a couple of stamped, in Certainly Celery ink, on Marshmallow cardstock and hand cut leaves.
The "A star is born" sentiment was stamped, in Pretty in Pink ink, on Marshmallow cardstock; hand cut out; framed with a piece of hand cut, Cotton Candy cardstock; and pierced with the crystal, star, stick pin, before securing the gorgeous, pearl flourish in place and adhering the prepped piece, with foam tape, to the Sour Lemon, cardstock, card face, to complete the look.
Inspiration for this card came from The Shabby Tea Room's Week #120: Soft & Sweet.
And just for fun and because somehow looking at them makes me feel a bit cooler, here's a few pics of Adina, enjoying the water, on Tuesday.
I also wanted to send out a reminder that you have just a couple more days to link up your takes on Sketches in Thyme's Challenge #80, Challenge #81, and/or Challenge #82.  A new crop of takes, on this month's two-pager, also made their appearances, on the Sketches in Thyme Blog, today, if you're still looking for just the right source of inspiration.  Now, I'm off to deliver Fresh Fruit Bars to my kiddos (They're our favorite!), who are enjoying the cool of the wadding pool, in the shade of our backyard.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have an extra blessed rest of your Thursday!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Defining Words - "thankful" text, Kisses & Cuddles - sentiment, & Mother's Day Bouquet - leaves (Wplus9) Paper: Marshmallow, Sour Lemon, & Cotton Candy (Bazzill) Ink: Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, & Certainly Celery (SU) Other: pink thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Supplies); yellow fabric (JoAnn Fabrics); crystal star stick pin (Scrapbook Page); bubble wrap; star template (Crafter's Workshop); Vivid Pink acrylic paint (Anita's); Winter White acrylic paint (Folkart); pearl flourish (Want 2 Scrap); white scalloped lace (Hobby Lobby); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); mint button blossom (SU)

PDCC138

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Welcome to The Play Date Cafe's Challenge #138!  We're playing with the colors cotton candy, ruby, citrus, and dusk this week, and here's where they led me.

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I started this card by ink distressing the Peanut Cluster, cardstock, card face with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks; stamping it, in Crumb Cake ink, with the notepad background; and spritzing it in Crumb Cake and Soft Suede inks.

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I then set it aside to prep the medallion embellishment.  I first punched one edge of a strip of Marshmallow cardstock; stamped it, in Wisteria Wonder ink, with the "love" text; and scored and pleated it into the base of my medallion.  I then die cut the doily from Wax Lips cardstock, applied it to the front of the medallion, and topped it with a stamped, in Wisteria Wonder ink, on a Marshmallow, cardstock, die cut circle, circle frame; two, die cut, from Candy Hearts and Citrus Peanuts cardstock, one of which was dry embossed with polka dots and the other of which was debossed with flourishes as it was die cut; and a pink, resin flower, flanked with a couple of hemp twine bows.

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The medallion was then backed with white lace; a red, saddle stitch ribbon; and an orange, gingham ribbon and anchored with a stamped, in Basic Black ink, on a hand cut, Candy Hearts, cardstock pennant, "take joy in the little things" sentiment, whose left side was pierced with a silver safety pin.

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Now, it's your turn!  Here's your inspiration board to get you started.
You have until the close of the day EST, next Tuesday, July 3, 2012, to link up your takes over at the challenge link above.  Please also use that link to find out what you're playing for this week, as well as to see what the rest of the team has cooked up, using the same inspiration board as above.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Defining Words - "love" text, Spring Tags - circle frame, & Sweet Nothings - sentiment (Wplus9); Vintage Notepad (MSS) Paper: Peanut Cluster, Marshmallow, Candy Hearts, Citrus Peanuts, & Wax Lips (Bazzill) Ink: Crumb Cake, Wisteria Wonder, Soft Suede, & Basic Black (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: Circle Stackers 1 die (Wplus9); Scallop Trim punch, Color Spritzer tool, polka dot embossing folder, Beautiful Wings embosslit, & Beautiful Butterflies die (SU); Big Shot (Sizzix); hemp twine (May Arts); red saddle stitch ribbon, orange gingham ribbon, white lace, & safety pin (Hobby Lobby); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives), pink resin flower (Maya Road)

The Ribbon Girl #20 & rs#17

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Good morning!  We're off to the pool in a few, but before that, I wanted to pop in here and share a pretty, little number with you all.
I started this card by polka dot embossing a piece of Butter Mints cardstock; paper distressing its edges; filling its left side with a stamped, in White ink, with the Grace background, piece of Candy Necklace cardstock, which had its top left corner rounded; and adhering it to the Butter Mints, cardstock, card face, before machine stitching, with ivory-threaded, zig-zag stitches, around the edges of the stamped, cardstock piece.
I then stamped the "I Love You" sentiment, in Basic Black ink, vertically, along and near the stamped piece's bottom right edge.
The top half of the card face was filled in with a tea-stained tag, which I rounded the top left corner of and laced with a length of teal ribbon, tied in a bow.
The flowers were stamped, in Basic Black ink, on Cotton Candy and Lollipop cardstocks; hand cut out; paper pieced together, spacing them with foam tape, onto the tag; and flanked with stamped, in Basic Black ink, on Gumdrop cardstock, leaves, which I also hand cut out.  A healthy dose of purple gemstones complete the look.
Inspiration for this card came from The Ribbon Girl's Colour Challenge #20...
and Retro Sketches' Challenge #17.  This is a challenge created by the uber talented Arielle Gordon, that I've been dying to dive in to.  It only took me 17 weeks to get it right ;).
Thanks, again and again, for stopping by!  Have a terrific Tuesday!  Oh!  And don't forget that you have until the close of tonight EST to link up your takes on The Play Date Cafe's Challenge #137.  Then, I'll be back, late tomorrow, with a brand new, juicy challenge to try your hand at.  Until then, happy stamping, y'all!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Ever After - flowers & leaves & Heartfelt Mix - sentiment (Wplus9); Grace (MSS) Paper: Butter Mints, Cotton Candy, Lollipop, Gumdrop, & Candy Necklace (Bazzill) Ink: White & Basic Black (SU) Other: ivory thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Corner punch, paper distressing tool, & polka dot embossing folder (SU); Big Shot (Sizzix); ribbon (Hobby Lobby); tag (Kraft Outlet); purple gemstones (Doodlebug Design); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives)

LRW #138 & CTD197

Monday, June 25, 2012

Happy Monday, y'all!  I hope you all had fun-filled and wonderfully relaxing/productive weekends!  Ours was filled with a little creative time, a Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic, a trip to the library, fishing, games, church, a Petco and Sam's Club visit, rest, swimming, and lots of good food.  And it all happened in just about in that order, too ;).  So, if you don't mind, I'd love to share a little something I made, during the first of that list above, just because I had to play with a few new goodies.
I started this bag by stamping a hand cut, Candy Hearts, cardstock pennant, in Coral Calypso ink, with the knit background; wrapping it around and tucked under the folded edge of a kraft, lunch sack; and punching it to thread it with a sheer, coral ribbon...
which I tied in a bow and embellished with a stamped, in Basic Black ink, on an ink distressed, kraft tag, "Welcome to the Neighborhood" sentiment, thread with Cappuccino twine, and a kiwi button, laced with a Cappuccino twine bow and backed with a couple of white, paper leaves.
I then white embossed the doily image on Peanut Cluster cardstock, hand cut it out, and ink distressed its edges, before topping it with a stamped, in Jet Black ink, on Marshmallow cardstock, house, which was watercolored, in shades of Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Bordering Blue, and Basic Black inks, and hand cut out.  Each layer was given just a bit more dimension with foam tape.
Inspiration for this project came from Little Red Wagon's Challenge #138: Get Krafty and Color Throwdown's Challenge #197.
It also occurred to me that I hadn't shared any of Adina's swim lesson pictures with you all.  So, before we're off to the grocery store, I'd love to do just that.  She was all smiles the entire time and just couldn't wait to get in the water or be the first to do something new with her instructor.  And, from putting her head under the water to mastering her monkey crawl, back float, and ring dive, as well as learning to use the ladder, a kick board, and life vest, she passed with flying colors.
Thanks so much for stopping by, y'all!  Have a blessed week!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Background Builders: Knit (Wplus9); Home Sweet Home & doily (MSS) Paper: Peanut Cluster, Marshmallow, & Candy Hearts (Bazzill) Ink: Coral Calypso, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Bordering Blue, & Cajun Craze (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn); watermark (VersaMark) Other: white embossing powder (Ranger); white leaves (Prima); kiwi button (Paper Studio); Cappuccino twine (The Twinery); kraft tag (Maya Road); sheer coral ribbon (Hobby Lobby); Slot punch (SU)