Paper Sweeties Sketch Inspiration #1

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Welcome to Paper Sweeties' premiere Sketch Inspiration Challenge #1!  Debbie was just so anxious to see what you all could do with the adorable, Paper Sweeties stamps, that she put together a little, monthly, sketch challenge to bring all your creations to the forefront.  Here's where this month's sketch led me.
I started this card by spritzing a piece of White cardstock, through a butterfly template, first with Patina Glimmer Mist and then with Pink Bubblegum Glimmer Mist; ink distressing its edges; adhering it in the top portion of a piece of Kraft cardstock; and machine stitching, with white-threaded, zig-zag stitches, around its edges.
I then stamped the pennants, in Jet Black ink, over the misted portion of my prepped piece; paper pieced them together; and dressed up their ends with kraft, adhesive butterflies, embellished with aqua pearls.
The "Celebrate your day" sentiment was stamped, in White ink, in the bottom right corner of the Kraft, cardstock piece.
A length of seam binding ribbon was then wrapped, around the prepped piece, between the two cardstocks; tied in a dressy bow; and embellished with a mini aqua button, laced with a couple of hemp twine bows, as well as a stamped, in Lucky Limeade ink, on ink distressed, White cardstock, and hand cut, sentiment star, which was secured with a mini clothespin, before adhering the entire thing, with foam tape, to the Pool Party, cardstock, card face, to complete the look.
Okay, y'all!  Now, it's your turn, and I cannot wait to see what you all come up with!  Here's this month's sketch to help get you started.
You have until the close of the month EST to get your takes linked up over at the challenge link above in order to be in the running to win two, Paper Sweeties stamp sets.  Yea!  And if you don't have any Paper Sweeties stamps sets, to create with, yet, no worries!  Debbie has enabled a ONE-DAY coupon code (SKETCH #1) for 20% off your entire order.  Double yea!  Then, we'll have a brand new sketch, for you all, beginning December 1, 2012.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and be sure to stop by the Paper Sweeties Blog to see how some of the rest of the team, too, have interpreted the sketch.  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Hand Stamped By: - sentiment star, Pennant Party - pennants, & So Sweet of You - sentiment (Paper Sweeties) Paper: Kraft & White (Wplus9); Pool Party & aqua star (SU); bright pink text (Jillibean Soup); lime star (October Afternoon) Ink: White & Lucky Limeade (SU); Tea Dye, Antique Linen, & Jet Black (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); adhesive kraft butterflies (Maya Road); aqua pearls (The Hobby House); hemp twine (Creative Impressions); seam binding ribbon (Prairie Bird Boutique); aqua button (SU); Pink Bubblegum & Patina Glimmer Mists (Tattered Angels); butterfly template (Jenni Bowlin); mini clothespin (Canvas Corp.)

MSS: Thinking of You Always

Happy Wednesday, y'all!  It's my turn, on the Market Street Stamps Blog, to show off just a wee bit of what these fabulous stamps can do.  And please don't forget that you can always find the links for the MSS stamp sets I use in my {Supplies & Tools} section of the bottom of my posts.  Well, after our vacation, I was itching to put together a page with this picture.  It's been sitting on my desk for almost an entire month.  I was just looking for the perfect inspiration to show it off, and I think I found it.  Enjoy!
I started this layout by stamping the ivory, cardstock base, in Daffodil Delight and Coral Calypso inks, with the argyle background and leaf images.  I then, haphazardly, layered over them a perforated, antique check, which was grounded by the stamped, in Positively Pink ink, slash marks; pieces of yellow diamond and spotted, turquoise, patterned papers, both of which were anchored with black-threaded, straight and zig-zag, machine stitches, respectively; a stamped, in Coral Calypso ink, with the dotted background, and ink distressed piece of Whisper White cardstock; and both a vintage, "PALACE HOTEL" receipt and lotto deck card.
The photograph was then matted with Whisper White cardstock and adhered over all previous layers.  The "Thinking of you Always" title was created by stamping the first part, in Jet Black ink, in the top corner of the stamped cardstock and hanging black, mini alphas, to complete it, from the stamped, in Jet Black ink, string banner.
A trio of chipboard people, as well as the heart, which was later applied to the center of the largest man, were painted with White and Vivid Pink acrylic paints, ink distressed, and glittered.  And a duet of hemp twine bows were tucked in behind the little man.
I then stamped the arrows, in Positively Pink ink, on Whisper White cardstock; hand cut them out; and adhered them, with foam tape, in a circular pattern, surrounding the photograph.  A yellow, scalloped label, which I used to journal, {heart} my people!  02.09, and a bunch of yellow, enamel dots complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from The Studio's October 7th Challenge: Family, Color Me Scrappy's Challenge #14...
and ScrapFIT's Workout #78 Sketch.
Thanks so much for humoring me with a stop by my little corner of the web!  Stay safe, and be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: BabyBasics - banner string, Great Big Greetings - slash marks & "Thinking of You", Loopy Loo Polkas, Argyle, My Thoughts Exactly - arrow, & Growth - leaves (MSS) Paper: Whisper White (SU); ivory (Bazzill); dotted turquoise & yellow diamond (October Afternoon) Ink: Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Coral Calypso, & Positively Pink (SU); Jet Black, Tea Dye, & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); perforated antique check, vintage "PALACE HOTEL" receipt, lotto mini deck card, mini chalkboard alphas, & yellow scalloped label (Jenni Bowlin); yellow enamel dots (My Mind's Eye); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); chipboard (Maya Road); Dazzling Diamonds (SU); hemp twine (Creative Impressions); White & Vivid Pink acrylic paint (Anita's)

A Crazy Story & Oklahoma Vacation Pics

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Are you ready for this?!  Before you begin, you'd better grab a cup of coffee or at least a handful of M&M's, because you're going to need a little caffeine and/or sugar to get you through this one ;).  And if you're not interested in reading at all, well, I understand.  No worries!  I promise not to take it personally ;).  I'll be back, tomorrow, to share both a Market Street Stamps feature and a brand new, little something from Paper Sweeties.  So, I hope you'll stop back by for another visit then.  Without further adieu, it all begins with a little, Sunday afternoon visit to see and crazy story about my sweet friend, Laurie.
If you can believe it, Laurie, literally, lives less than five minutes from my little sister, whom we had stayed the night with after the wedding, and I wasn't going to miss a chance to catch up.  We were doing just that, at her beautiful, country home, when she mentioned that she grew up in McPherson, Kansas.  Well, I was born in McPherson and still have lots of family living there.  So, I was thinking, what a coincidence, and told her.  Then, she said that her dad went to college there, and I said, "So did my Dad.  My cousin and his wife went there for a little, too."  By now, her eyes are getting big, and I'm all naive thinking this is just such a coincidence.  Immediately, she said, "What's your Dad's name?" to which I replied, "Larry Green."  She was covering her mouth by then, but said, "There must be two Larry Greens..." to which I'm thinking, really, because Larry isn't a super popular name by any means.  LOL! "...because the Larry Green I knew moved to Emporia a long time ago," she finished.  "Yep!  We moved from McPherson to Emporia, when I was in the second grade," I said.  Then, she asked,"Like Luke?  Because I knew a Luke and Rod Green (Rod is my Uncle.), when I was working at the lumber yard."  And I said, "Luke is my cousin!"

Then, she told me her parents' names to which I responded, with eyes bugging out of my head and chills racing down my spine, "I know that name!"  By then, she's pulling out her scrapbook albums and getting her mom, who starts telling us how we should know each other, on the speaker phone.  During all that, she finds a picture of her parents, and I shout, "I know you!" to her mom, who is still on the phone and probably thinking I'm a lunatic.  And all this was happening while our kiddos and hubbies were hanging out, giving us all the time in the world.  Gotta love it!
Guys, this is just the craziest thing ever!  Laurie and I played together, when we were little.  She says she remembers coming over to our house on Pine Ct. and getting Christmas cards of my family with all of us girls in matching dresses.  I so was NOT a fan of those matching dresses, so we'll just keep that between us ;).  Then, as soon as we left, I got on the phone with my Mom, and she starts recounting stories of times together with Laurie's family and even a trip my parents took with Laurie's mom and dad to Colorado, where she got a leaf sculpture that hung over our fireplace until just a few years ago.

To make a long story short, we exchanged our dads' phone numbers; and they, too, caught up with one another the very next day.  I'm thinking that we're definitely supposed to know one another, since the Lord brought us back together, after all this time, through our love of papercrafting.  So, Laurie, we'd better not mess with fate ;).  Love you, girl!  We were obviously there just a wee bit longer than we had planned.  LOL!  So, a snooze in the car got Adina through another day...
but by Sunday night, we all were snuggled into our hotel room in Oklahoma City, absolutely exhausted from all the events of the last couple of days, and gearing up for a trip to the Oklahoma City Zoo on Monday morning.
By now, I know you all know how much we love zoos, and this one was no exception.  It's totally worth the visit, if you're ever in their neck of the woods!  It would've even been better, if it had been just a wee bit warmer, so my kiddos could've taken advantage of all the water play features.  But the playgrounds and slides and plethora of animals to see kept us busy for most of the day.
A super cold, breezy, afternoon rain did send us to the shelter of the gift shop via the tram...
but we got right back out there to see the rest of the zoo, just as soon as it blew over.
Then, we ended the day with a swim back at our hotel.  Matter of fact, we began Tuesday in the same way.  I think the swimming pools just might be my kiddos' favorite part of vacations ;).
For lunch, we headed to The Wedge Pizzeria in Bricktown, where we also met up with BJ's sister, Hannah, and her hubby, Johan, who came up, from Dallas, Texas, to see us.  They brought a sweet, birthday gift for my baby girl who's turning four-years-old on Thursday.  Gosh, where does the time go?!
And while we were waiting for our pizzas to arrive, our waiter brought out plates of pizza dough for my kiddos to entertain themselves with.  Matter of fact, Adina wasn't much interested in eating the pizza itself.  So, he even delivered her a plate of yummy fruit on the house.  Talk about a kid friendly place to be!
Then, we took a narrated canal cruise on a Water Taxi, where one of the most interesting things we learned was that Oklahoma City wasn't the first capitol of Oklahoma.  It was originally located in Guthrie, but some people from Oklahoma City decided that their city should've been named the capitol.  So, in the middle of the night, they stole away to Guthrie, snatched the state seal, sunk it in concrete, and ran a front page newspaper story about how Oklahoma City was officially the new capitol.  Strangely enough, it stuck!
We also saw Sonic Headquarters (This one's for you, Kim!)...
Oklahoma City's minor league Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark...
and Rocktown, which is Oklahoma City's premiere rock climbing destination.  They actually climb the outsides of those grain elevators.
Bricktown is also home to the Centennial Land Run Monument, which is one and a half times larger than life and depicts the opening of Indian Land in Oklahoma.  At present, there are nineteen monuments; but when complete, there will be a total of 46 to represent Oklahoma being the 46th state to join the union.  It will also be one of the largest freestanding bronze sculptures in the world.
It's also interesting to note that they drain this man-made canal every two years for maintenance and cleaning, and the last time it was drained, they found over $6,000; five bicycles, including a police bike; three baby strollers, but no babies (Sigh of relief.); purses; cell phones; and numerous other artifacts.  Crazy!
We then did a little shopping, before hitting Bricktown Candy Co. for frozen gelato...
and heading uptown, on the free trolley...
to see the Oklahoma City National Memorial.  The time panels, on either side of the reflection pool, represent the minute before and minute after the bombing on April 19, 1995.
There were 168 precious lives lost that day, represented by the memorial chairs (little ones for children) all set neatly in nine rows for each one of the floors of the federal building.
Here Johan, Hannah, and my kiddos sit in front of one of the original walls of the Murrah Building.  The other side of it boasts pieces of granite, salvaged from the lobby, which house the names of the 600+ survivors.
And this is the 80+ year old Survivor Tree, which is an American Elm Tree that survived the bomb's blast.  According to the website, The Survivor Tree is a symbol of human resilience. Today, as a tribute to renewal and rebirth, the inscription around the tree reads, “The spirit of this city and this nation will not be defeated; our deeply rooted faith sustains us.”
It was absolutely beautiful, but it was also just about all our day could hold.  So, we said our goodbyes and headed back to the hotel for baths and bedtime.  On Wednesday morning, we packed up and headed for home but were sure to carve out a little time for Applejack Pumpkin Patch in Augusta, Kansas.
It was such a wonderful, needed, and energizing trip!  Thank you for stopping by to share in our memories!  Hugs!