Paper Sweeties Sketch Inspiration #6

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Hey, y'all!  I hope you're all recovering nicely from your Easter celebrations.  I'll share pictures of ours, right here, just as soon as I can get them off my camera; but today, I'm here to share a sweet, little, Paper Sweeties-inspired number for our April sketch.  Enjoy!
I started this card by applying modeling paste, through a butterfly stencil, onto a piece of White cardstock.  Once it was dry, I spritzed it with Piglet Mister Huey's near the top, coated it heavily with water, and let the color run, naturally, toward the base of the card.  Once again, once it was dry, I spritzed over everything with Pearl Glimmer Mist, just to get that sparkly shine; which I've tried to capture in the photo below, but it just isn't doing it justice.
I then stamped a pennant tag, in Jet Black ink, with the "Butterfly Kisses" sentiment and adhered it in the bottom corner of the prepped piece, before adhering it to the Kraft, cardstock, card face and anchoring it, around its edges, with white-threaded, zig-zag, machine stitches.
A large, fabric flower was then secured in its top center and dressed up with a die-cut, polka dot, vellum butterfly, embellished with a row of gemstones, as well as a pink button, laced with hemp twine; couple of sheer ribbons, tied in bows; and stamped, in Pretty in Pink ink, "XOXO" and tag, which was hand cut out, ink distressed, and laced with more hemp twine.
Lots of pink pearls, mother of pearl sequins, and tiny gemstones, scattered throughout, complete the look.
And because Paper Sweeties is sponsoring Pinspired's Challenge #6, I've used the scrumptious ombre pink and glittery nails as further inspiration for this card.  You have until Thursday, April 4, 2013, to play along for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Paper Sweeties Shoppe!
I'd also like to add this one to the Ombre Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.  Finally, here's this month's Sketch Inspiration Challenge #6 to get you started.
You have until the close of the month, on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, to link up your takes, over at that challenge link above, in order to be in the running to win a $20 gift certificate to the Paper Sweeties Shoppe.  Now, get creating, y'all!  And have a spectacular start to your work weeks!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Little Wishes - tag, You Are Amazing - sentiment, & You Make Me Smile - XOXO (Paper Sweeties) Paper: Oatmeal, Kraft, & White (Wplus9); polka dot vellum (American Crafts) Ink: Pretty in Pink (SU); Jet Black, Tea Dye, & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die & button (SU); Big Shot (Sizzix); modeling paste (Liquitex); Piglet Mister Huey's (Studio Calico); Pearl Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); butterfly stencil (Jenni Bowlin); mother of pearl sequins (jomil); gemstones (Paper Studio); pink pearls (Mark Richards); hemp twine (Creative Impressions); ribbons (Hobby Lobby); fabric flower (Maya Road); pennant tag (Elle's Studio)

Friday Faves

Friday, March 29, 2013

TGIF!  It's going to be a fun weekend, celebrating our risen Lord!  So, before it all starts, I have a March Friday Faves to share with you all, beginning with Noel Mignon's Daffodil Hill Kit.  All the fabric bits, buttons, and vintage trinkets are simply delish!  Plus, I just adore this palette!  It works so well for a boy or a girl and is so fresh and clean.
Speaking of color palettes, try Dear Lizzy's Lucky Charm Collection Pack on for size.  Swoon!  Oh, and I just love that she threw in a few, gorgeous patterns in my favorite, kraft neutral.  Yum!
Crate Paper's The Pier 12x12 Paper Pad boasts a similar palette but on a less cutesy, more distressed, vintage scale, which you know I love, love, LOVE!  I'm also seeing lots of yummy patterns, and the coordinating chipboard, stickers, die cuts, and whatnot make it a must-have.
These Wood Veneer Punctuation Snippets, from Studio Calico, add that wow factor to just about any project, and the fact that they work well with any palette just makes them that much more desirable.
Many of you are just as in love with Studio Calico's Polaroid frames as I am, but I love that Lawn Fawn has given us the option of making them ourselves with their Say Cheese Die.
Jenni Bowlin's File Punch is another one of those tools that would make layering, journaling, or simply personalizing, as illustrated in the photo below, that much easier.
Elle's Studio is known for their tags, tidbits, tabs, and such that do just the same; and I couldn't be any more in love with their new, flirty, spring, Serendipity Collection.
I got some of Pebbles, Inc.'s chipboard, word bubbles, in a scrap kit, last month but just happened upon their Seen & Noted Chalkboard Stickers and know that I'd love them just as much!
And just because I'm always looking for little things to make our house a home, I ran into M2MCreations' In Our House Hanging Board.  Every home should be just such, AND you can get it in any color combination you dare to dream up.
Pottery Barn's Multi Bud Vase would bring those scrumptious, outdoor, spring blossoms right into the warmth of our home and display them so beautifully to boot!
Finally, I'm still working on building up that white and cobalt blue color palette in our bedroom and would love to add that pop of color with Pottery Barn's Lapis Blue Pick Stitch Quilt.
Fortunately, this lineup isn't a requirement for true creativity and/or home beautification, but it sure is fun to look ;).  Thanks for stopping by, and have a truly blessed, Easter weekend!  Hugs!

ScrapFriends Palette #11 & Inspired Blueprints Sketch #88

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Good morning, y'all!  We're back to school today.  Fortunately, Ezekiel is back in the swing of things much faster than myself ;).  I've really enjoyed the break from routine, but alas, my kiddos' education takes priority.  So, drag my feet as I may, I've pulled out the books and put cleaning and playing on hold; but before I did, I put together this fun page, boasting pics of my big kiddo, with his cousins and Grandpa, last summer.
I started this page by inking White ink, onto the green, weave, base page, through a hexagon template and tracing the edges with a black artist pen.  I then anchored a strip of orange, numbered, patterned paper, near the vertical center of the page, with black-threaded, zig-zag, machine stitches; added a trio of hand-cut, from patterned paper, woodgrain doilies throughout; and machine stitched, once again, but this time with black-threaded, straight stitches, around the edges of the entire page. A bunch of stars were then embossed with Pool Party embossing powder, before more machine stitches anchored a yellow, textured, cardstock banner, to which I tucked in a few turquoise, polka dot bits and flanked with green buttons, laced with black, embroidery floss.
After matting my photos with Whisper White cardstock and adhering them in their present locations, I trimmed their top edge with a yellow, "wonderful" tag and hand-cut, from patterned paper, "THE journey IS HALF OF the fun" arrow.
A cluster of hexagon stickers, in both the top right and bottom left corners, hold my journaling, which reads, "TODAY WE:" helped Grandpa build our tree-house.  It was hard work, but we loved every second of it.  Can't wait for the second level to get started!  Ezekiel - 9 yrs., Hunter - 8 yrs., Grant - 6 yrs.
A seventh hexagon was adhered in the bottom center of the design and reads "Documented:" Grandma.  A little additional journaling, which includes, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, Emporia, Kansas, completes the story.
My "BOYS WILL BE BOYS", sticker title grounds the look and flanks a stamped, in Pool Party ink, on White cardstock and hand-cut out jar, which was wrapped with a length of hemp twine, tied in a bow, and topped with an orange, truck Feltie.  A smattering of mother of pearl sequins; yellow, enamel dots; and star, cardstock stickers, which I also glittered, finish the design.
Inspiration for this layout came from ScrapFriends' YummyScrap Colour Palette #11...

and Inspired Blueprints' Sketch #88.
I'm also turning this one in to Scrap Your Story's Challenge #4: Embossing.  Thanks, as always, for stopping by!  Have a blessed day!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: jar & star (Jenni Bowlin) Paper: Whisper White (SU); White (Wplus9); green weave (Studio Calico); orange numbered & woodgrain doily (Crate Paper); turquoise polka dot (Jenni Bowlin); yellow banner strip (Bazzill) Ink: White (Wplus9); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell); watermark (VersaMark) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); hemp twine (Creative Impressions); "wonderful" tag (Elle's Studio); "THE journey IS HALF OF the fun" tag, circle cardstock stickers, Pool Party embossing powder, Dazzling Diamonds, & left-side green button (SU); right-side green button & "BOYS WILL BE BOYS" clear sticker (unknown); black floss (DMC); hexagon template (Jenni Bowlin); hexagon journaling bits (Jillibean Soup); mother of pearl sequins (jomil); yellow enamel dots (My Mind's Eye); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); truck Feltie (Sassafras)

Elle's 3.21 Sketch

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Hey, y'all!  We're just hanging out, doing some cleaning and clearing out today.  But I wanted to quick pop in to share a fun page of my tan babies.  Enjoy!
I started this layout by piecing together the yellow sun; die-cut, scalloped, black "today"; and turquoise, star, patterned papers and machine stitching, with black-threaded, straight stitches around the edges of the top piece, after folding a doily, which was later dressed up with a vintage Flatback, "Today" tag, and a red button, laced with white string, over its top edge, and, with black-threaded, zig-zag stitches, between the connections of the papers.
A handful of pennants were then tucked under the scalloped edge and stamped, in Jet Black ink, with a number of little sentiments and filled in with the date.
The vellum sheet was Cameo-cut with the trellis motif and stacked beneath a red, chevron, pattered paper; a couple of journaling sheets; and my photos, which were matted with Whisper White cardstock.  The left photo also had its top left corner rounded to mimic the curve in the journaling card; was flanked with a little, yellow star, trimmed off the yellow pennant above; and grounded with a stamped, in Jet Black ink, on vellum, "SNAPSHOT DETAILS:" label, filled in with, "date:" August 10, 2012, "place:" our backyard.

A "love these snapshots" pennant was adhered to a turquoise, leaf, stick pin; embellished with a length of Baker's Twine, tied in a bow; and tucked in behind that left photo, too.
The right photo was trimmed with a kraft envelope, as well as a "remember this" tag...
and an "oh so much FUN!" journaling circle, which was used to journal, We couldn't camp @ the lake, because we had tickets to the soccer game, but camping in the backyard turned out to be so much fun!, was anchored in its top corner.  A little stamped, in Jet Black ink, "YOU'RE INVITED" was added to its bottom right edge.  I also created the "gone camping" title, from black, ABC stickers, around the journaling bit's edges and hung a stamped, in Daffodil Delight ink, on White cardstock, hand cut, and glittered moon from a stamped, in Jet Black ink, string to reflect the night sky when paired with the starry background and complete the look.
Inspiration for this layout came from Elle's Studio's 3.21 Sketch Thursday.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful Wednesday!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Written on Ribbon - "THE BEST ONE YET" & "YOU'RE INVITED", Heartfelt Mix - "I Love You", The Birds & the Bees - "you are my sunshine", & Classic Christmas - string (Wplus9); Fall-O-Ween - moon (Market Street Stamps); Snapshot Details (Elle's Studio) Paper: White (Wplus9); Whisper White & sunshine (SU); black "today" (Crate Paper); turquoise star (Jenni Bowlin); red chevron (My Mind's Eye); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Daffodil Delight (SU); Jet Black (StazOn); Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Scalloped Border die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); trellis stencil cut file & dog Flatback (Jenni Bowlin); Cameo (Silhouette); doily & white string (Hobby Lobby); "Today", "oh so much FUN!", "special memories", "remember this", & "No. 1" tags & all pennants & banners (Elle's Studio); Dazzling Diamonds (SU); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); leaf trinket pin (The Ribbon Reel); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); black ABC stickers (lilybee design); kraft envelope (Canvas Corp.); red button (Blumenthal Lansing)

Family Update

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Well, hello there.  So glad you stopped by to see what we've been up to.  We started our Spring Break last Thursday and have been enjoying every minute of the pause from our regular routine.  We've been to the library, done a little shopping, made dinner for a friend who just had a baby, watched some great movies and a lot of basketball ;), ate lunch with friends, and of course, spent lots of time just playing.  We also paid our first visit to KidScape, which is a hands-on exhibit, designed to teach kids about community.
We were supposed to have dinner with friends on Saturday night, but mother nature had other plans, which left us with a scrumptious Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake, that I was supposed to bring, to eat all by ourselves.  Too bad we love cheesecake so much ;).
Then, of course, there's been all that snow.  I know it's supposed to be springtime, and we've had a lot more snow than usual this year, but I LOVE it!
We've been practicing lots for our big, Easter egg hunt, too.  My kiddos spend hours and hours hiding for each other and hunting every spring.  So fun!  Oh!  And don't mind the mangled, bunny ears ;).
Finally, this morning, we had the privilege of seeing the musical Chicken Little, at the Theater for Young America, with some dear friends.
We'll be back to school on Thursday but are trying to make every day off count.  Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy schedules to stop by!  Oh!  And for those of you who are following, I finished Adina's dress.  Woohoo!  I'll get the blouse done this afternoon, and she'll be all set for Easter.  I'll be sure to share it here next week, too.  I'm off to read with my girl.  Be blessed!