Paper Sweeties Sketch Inspiration #9

Sunday, June 30, 2013

A brand new month means a brand new Paper Sweeties sketch to get your creative juices flowing, folks.  I've, once again, taken a few liberties with this one and added lots of details to turn it into a layout, just because I felt like playing ;).  Enjoy!
I started this layout by trimming the sides of a strip of ivory, text, patterned paper with strips of pink, floral, patterned paper; ink distressing their combined edges; and machine stitching, with white-threaded, zig-zag stitches, between the paper connections.  I then cut the partial "Sweet" title, from Whisper White cardstock, with my Cameo and applied it overlapping the completed, "girl" title, which was created from pink, cardstock stickers.
I then adhered my 2-1/2" square photographs in their respective locations, framing a couple with Whisper White cardstock and one with a red Polaroid, stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "Some Bunny Loves You" phrase.
The stacked photographs farthest to the right were then dressed up with a simple, white, paper doily; yellow, polka dot envelope; pink, "NO." label, which I filled in with Easter Sunday @ G-pa & G-ma's; and a couple of cutesy, little, Easter images.  The latter were stamped, in Jet Black ink, on White cardstock; colored in with pencils and mineral spirits; hand cut out; and given a touch of glitter, just for a little shine.
Finally, I stamped all those little pennants and hearts and blossoms, in Jet Black ink, on color-coordinating, patterned papers; hand cut them out; and adhered them, as you see here, in arched banners.
The blossoms were embellished with buttons, laced with white string; and a trio of yellow, gem-studded, cardstock blossoms add another layer of goodness.  Each end was then grounded with little, Baker's Twine bows to complete the look.
Further inspiration for this layout came from Scrap Your Story's Challenge 18: Shake It Like a Polaroid Picture and Life. Paper. Scrapbook.'s June Colour Challenge.
And here's this month's Sketch Inspiration Challenge #9 to get you off and running in the right direction.
You have until the close of the month, on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, to link up your takes, over at the challenge link above, in order to be in the running to win a $20 gift certificate to the Paper Sweeties Shoppe.  Can't wait to see what you come up with!  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a terrific start to your work weeks, y'all! 

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Jelly Bean Time - Easter basket, Little Wishes - heart, Hippity Hoppity - "Some Bunny Loves You" & bunny, Pennant Party - triangular pennant, Banner Wishes - square & rectangular pennants, & Make Today Beautiful - flower (Paper Sweeties) Paper: White (Wplus9); Whisper White, ivory text, yellow leafy, aqua diamond, & aqua gingham (SU); blue designer (Bazzill); red chevron, pink stripe, & red polka dot (My Mind's Eye); yellow text (Jenni Bowlin); red gingham & blue gingham (Creative Memories); aqua doily (October Afternoon) Ink: Jet Black, Tea Dye, & Antique Linen (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Dazzling Diamonds, aqua button, yellow button blossom, & pink "girl" cardstock stickers (SU); red button (Papertrey Ink); "Sweet" & Cameo (Silhouette); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white string & paper doily (Hobby Lobby); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); gem-studded cardstock blossoms (Pebbles, Inc.); red Polaroid (Studio Calico); colored pencils (Prismacolor); mineral spirits (Inky Antics); pink "NO." label (October Afternoon); yellow polka dot envelope (Paper Studio)

We've Got a Winner!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Random.org picked lucky number eight as my giveaway winner!
Jennifer said...
Yay congrats on 300! My favorite stamp right now is...Papertrey Ink's Mini Blooms. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
Congratulations, Jennifer!  Email me with your mailing address, and I'll get your package in the mail to you first thing next week.  And thanks so much to you all for humbling me with your visits and comments and for just being you.  It means more to me than I could possibly put into words, so I'm just going to send hugs out to you all.  BIG hugs!  Have a great rest of your weekend!

Friday Faves

Friday, June 28, 2013

It's that time again, folks.  Time to share some fantastic goodies that have caught my eye this month, beginning with Farmhouse Paper Company's From Scratch 12" x 12" Country Kitchen Paper Pack.  I couldn't possibly love its vintage appeal any more.  Swoon!
I also adore Simple Stories' I Heart Summer Collection Kit for its bold, bright, happy palette, especially its concentration on yellow and teal with those pops of chalkboard black.  Yum!  Plus, I cannot resist those playful patterns or the plethora of embellishments, journaling tidbits, and alphas.
Technique Tuesday's Everyday Words stamp set would bring such life to my pages.
Plus, I love the font of both it and Summer Rocks.  The latter would be absolutely perfect for those dreamy, summer memories.
And since we're talking stamps, I think Stampin' Up's Tape It...
and Off the Grid stamps would not only help add that extra layer of goodness to so many delicious designs, but also give the perfect punch of color or embossed lift in just the right places.
I was lucky enough to win a little package of goodies from Bossy Joscie this month (Thanks so much, Miriam ;)!) and couldn't love her trendy flair any more.  I cannot wait to put Monthly Flair...
and Geotag Flair to work on my upcoming projects.
I was also recently introduced to a new, little, etsy shop called Craftpon.  It's filled with all kinds of scrumptious, creative supplies, including these gorgeous, dimensional Purple Leaf Floral Chaplets...
as well as these stunning Carved Wood Buttons.  Check out that detail!
Plus, wouldn't these Baseball Printed Wood Buttons highlight pics of my handsome guy's baseball games perfectly?  LOVE!
Finally, I'm beyond smitten with Huffy's 26" Nel Lusso Women's Gloss Blue Cruiser Bike.  I dream of living someplace small enough to take one of these everywhere I'd need to go and filling that little basket full of all kinds of garden treats and fresh flowers at the local farmer's market.  Aah, the simple life.
Thanks so much for peeking in to see just a few of the things that make my little heart go pitter-pat!  I hope that you found something to love, too.  I'll pop in, sometime tomorrow, between working our yard sale and taking care of my family, to post a winner for my giveaway.  Today's the last day to get in on your chance to win those fabulous goodies, so be sure to stop by that link and tell me your all-time favorite stamp set at the moment.  Until tomorrow, have a fantastic start to your weekends, friends.  Big hugs!

For the Love of Books

Thursday, June 27, 2013

I am just thrilled to be here sharing a book that is for a little older crowd than my usual, but still a true treasure, for this month's For the Love of Books post.  Just this summer we were introduced to a little lady named Clementine.  She is smart, funny, patient, thoughtful, and always seems to be getting into trouble for not paying attention, when she IS paying attention.  Much like her kindergarten counterpart, Junie B. Jones, she has completely captured our hearts.  So much so, that every afternoon we've cuddled in together to read our way through the series.  Each book, written for children ages seven to ten, gives a little more depth into the cutie that is Clementine.  I've chosen to highlight the fourth book in the series of six, and counting, to share, with you all, today. 
Clementine, Friend of the Week, written by Sara Pennypacker and illustrated by Marla Frazee, tells the story of third-grade Clementine's turn to tell her autobiography, be the line leader, collect the milk money, and feed the fish as "Friend of the Week".  Her classmates are also to write her thoughtful notes in a special booklet for her to keep.  Along with the help of her best friend, Margaret, she hashes out a series of plans to make sure that everyone has something nice to say; but just as she's getting ready to lay on her best one yet, her kitten goes missing.  The hunt for her beloved Moisturizer consumes her thoughts and time, and she forgets all about winning over her classmates.  Then, just when she needs her the most, it appears as though Margaret has let her down.  But has she?  And what will inspire her classmates' words the most?

Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy, summer schedules to stop by, friends!  Hugs!

TRR#56 & Paper Secrets June 21st Card Sketch

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

We've got lots going on this am with cooking for a family, who just had a baby, in our church and about a million other things that suddenly decided they needed done.  Ugh!  So, I'm just going to get right to it.  A dear friend of mine recently got engaged, and I just had to make her a little card to tell her how happy I am for her.  She's had a rough go at love, and I'm just thrilled that she's found her perfect match.  If you're reading, congratulations, Courtney!  Love you to bits!  This one will be arriving in your mailbox any day now ;).
I started this card by ink distressing a panel of multicolored, floral, patterned paper and stamping it, in stamped-off, Chocolate Chip ink, with the "friend" text.  I then trimmed it, down both its long sides, with lengths of white lace and secured them with white-threaded, straight, machine stitches, before adhering the prepped piece in the center of a piece of white, floral-embossed, patterned paper, which, in turn, was secured to the front of the White, cardstock, card face.
I then stamped the "SO HAPPY FOR YOU" sentiment, in Jet Black ink, in the center of a pink, polka dot banner, which was secured, with foam tape, near horizontal center of the card face.  It was then grounded with a pretty display of florals, all stamped, in Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Lucky Limeade, Baja Breeze, Pool Party, Basic Gray, Chocolate Chip, Island Indigo, and Jet Black inks, on White, cardstock die cuts.  A few were adhered with foam tape, and even more were embellished with clear gemstones.
An additional, stamped blossom spills into the top right corner of the design...
and a rose, seam binding ribbon bow was adhered to the top left of the sentiment banner and embellished with a crystal button, laced with a white, chord bow, to complete the look.
Inspiration for this card came from The Ribbon Reel's Challenge #56: Candy Colors...
and Paper Secrets' June 21st Card Sketch.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by!  Have a wonderful Wednesday, y'all!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Fresh Cut Florals, Strictly Sentiments 2, & Defining Words Paper: White (Wplus9); white embossed floral (sei); multicolored floral (My Mind's Eye) Ink: Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Lucky Limeade, Baja Breeze, Pool Party, Basic Gray, Chocolate Chip, & Island Indigo (SU); Jet Black, Tea Dye, & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Fresh Cut Florals die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); clear gemstones (crafts-too); pink polka dot banner (Elle's Studio); rose seam binding ribbon & crystal button (SU); white chord (craft supply store)

Pinspired Challenge #12

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Hey, y'all!  Nothing too exciting or out of the ordinary is happening around our place today other than it's raining.  Woohoo!  My gardens seem to like heavenly rain so much more than water from the spigot.  I've also been cleaning out lots of cupboards and closets hunting for treasures to sell at our yard sale this coming weekend.  It's been a lot of work getting ready, but I had to sneak in a little time to get creative and whipped up this.  Enjoy!
I started this card by piecing a bit of aqua, stripe, patterned paper above a piece of gray, medallion, patterned paper; framing them with a piece of White cardstock; and machine stitching, around their combined edges, with white-threaded, zig-zag, machine stitches.  I then wrapped a length of red, saddle-stitch ribbon, around the prepped piece, over the connection of the two patterned papers; tied it, in a bow, near the right edge...
and stamped the "sending a bushel of LOVE" sentiment, in Jet Black ink, in the bottom center of the gray paper, before adhering the entire thing, with foam tape, to the Kraft, cardstock, card face.
The edges of a piece of die-cut, White cardstock were then ink distressed in preparation for the jar filled with hearts, which was created by masking off the negative image of the jar and stamping it, in Riding Hood Red ink, full of hearts.  I then removed the mask; stamped the jar itself, in Jet Black ink, on vellum; hand cut it out; dressed it up with a length of Baker's Twine, tied in a bow; and adhered it over the stamped hearts.  A trio of Riding Hood Red, cardstock, heart die cuts were then scattered around the base of the jar and given a little shine with Crystal Effects, before the rounded rectangle was adhered, with foam tape, just to the left of the ribbon bow.
Inspiration for this card came from Pinspired's Challenge #12.
I'll be back, tomorrow, with another card to share.  Then, I'll round out the week with a For the Love of Books post, as well as this month's Friday Faves and a winner for my giveaway.  It's a busy time, and I've got lots of fun stuff to share, but it all has to wait for the perfect timing.  So, until tomorrow, thanks so much for stopping by, and have a terrific Tuesday! 

{Supplies & Tools} 
Stamps: Happy Harvest - "sending a bushel of", Cupid’s Arrow - "LOVE", & Pretty Patches: Christmas - heart (Wplus9); jar (JBS) Paper: White & Kraft (Wplus9); Riding Hood Red (SU); aqua stripe & gray medallion (My Mind’s Eye); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Riding Hood Red (SU); Jet Black (StazOn); Jet Black, Tea Dye, & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Clear Cut Stackers: Rounded Rectangles & Seasonal Sentiments - heart dies (Wplus9); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Crystal Effects (SU); red saddle stitch ribbon (Hobby Lobby); Baker’s Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies)

Family Update

Monday, June 24, 2013

Well, hello there.  I'm so sorry that I'm popping back in here so late.  I had hoped to share pics of what we have been up to this morning, but the summer has me running, and I'm just letting it take over.  It's so much more fun that way ;).  Anyway, tonight we've been out watching this guy play baseball.  I just love to see him having fun and learning.
I think that he's going to give his Dad a heart attack, when he's pitching, though.  LOL!  My hubby just wants to see him always do well, and well, with this being the first year of kid pitch, ALL the pitchers walk a lot of players.  So much so, that many of our players have stopped even trying to hit the ball, which makes for a frustrating game.
Fortunately, Ezekiel still gets out there and doesn't wait for the ball to come to him.  He just wants to hit it, and we love that :).
LOVE this pic of my kiddo getting a little pep talk from his coach, too.
And while we're watching the game, my littlest just finds a friend, or friends, to play with.  She always seems to be in the center of all the action.  She even had to make a birthday card for the boy just to her right, in the photo below, today.  I should've taken a picture of it for you all, but I got so wrapped up in trying to get dinner on the table and everyone out the door on time, that I completely forgot.  Sigh.  But you should've seen the smile on his face.
I also wanted to share some pics of my kiddos' Vacation Bible School program.
I just love that Ezekiel can count on the boys just to his left in the photo below (the tall one in the back and the one in the black shirt).  They come from such great families, and he'd be so lucky to call them friends for the long haul.
This was Adina's first year of VBS.  Every day her teachers would ask where she was, on a chart of faces from really happy to really sad, when she arrived and when she left; and on all but one day, she was always happy.  On that particular day, she pointed to the face right in the middle of the group of five, and asked, "Is that tired?"  LOL!  They wore her out, but she loved every minute of it and has so many treasures to remember it by.
A couple of Saturdays ago, we got to help my niece celebrate her seventh birthday in Hutchinson.
My sister was so proud of these darling, little, cake balls she made.  They're my niece's favorite, so she went all out and made them in three different flavors.
We didn't get to stay long, and it was a whirlwind of a weekend, but it was so fun to catch up and spend time with my little sister and her family.
Oh!  And I couldn't resist sharing this pic of our pup, wearing my sunglasses, on the way down.  She's the best dog EVER!
Finally, I just had to throw in this beautiful picture of my Tiger Lilies.  LOVE the color of these beauties to bits!
Thanks so much for checking in on us, friends!  I hope that you're all having such great summers and finding time to be with the ones you love.  Be blessed!