Guest Designing with ScrapFriends

Friday, January 31, 2014

Evening, friends!  I couldn't be any more thrilled to get to be back guest designing for ScrapFriends!  What an honor it is to get to create alongside such a talented group of women, and they've got a fabulous sketch to inspire your next creation!
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You'll be surprised that I've pulled in a couple shades of purple for my take.  I'm really trying to embrace it, being it's the color of the year; and I just loved it with the rest of the palette I created, as inspired by my latest papercrafting kit from JBS Mercantile.  Enjoy!
I started this page by using a sponge brush to paint a mix of water and Dusty Concord Distress Ink onto the aqua, ombre, base page.  I then stamped it, in Jet Black ink, with the dictionary meaning of love; threw on a couple bits of gold, rubon hash marks; and began layering all my papers, which were anchored with black-threaded, straight and zig-zag, machine stitches, along with a white, paper doily, as well as a vintage, banner-cut, perforated strip, right in the middle of it all.
After matting my photos with Whisper White cardstock and placing them over all existing layers, I tucked a gold-framed, journaling label, which reads, celebrating Valentine's Day @ The Cheesecake Factory, above them...
and flanked the far right photo with a couple of die-cut, from Whisper White cardstock, leaves, which I also glittered.
A Cameo-cut, from a fabulous, metallic, gold cardstock, row of connected hearts and lavender, ribbon flower, backed with a cluster of black thread, as well as the stamped, in Jet Black ink, FEB 15 2013 date...
and "love always" sentiment, which was created from transparent die cuts, ground the entire look and, along with a handful of sequin snowflakes, round out the design.
Here's Sketch Challenge #22 to get you off and running in the right direction.  Please be sure to stop by the challenge link above to get all the challenge details, as well as to be completely inspired by the Design Team.  Thanks again to Zeneva and her crew for having me this month!  I've had such a blast and can't wait to come back for more!
Thanks so much, to you all, for peeking in!  And for those of you coming back here looking for the start of Wplus9 Design's February/March Release, hang in there!  It's slightly delayed but full of fun and lots of opportunities to win in honor of our fourth birthday.  Woohoo!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Defining Words (Wplus9); date (Dear Lizzy) Paper: Whisper White (SU); aqua ombre & triangles (Echo Park); black star & vintage perforated (JBS); gold floral (Carta Bella); metallic gold (Bazzill) Ink: Dusty Concord & Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Foliage die (Spellbinders); Big Shot (Sizzix); Dazzling Diamonds (SU); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); gold framed label (Martha Stewart); doily (Wilton); gold rubons (Pink Paislee); sequin snowflakes (JBS); lavender ribbon flower (Maya Road); transparent die cuts (Studio Calico); connected hearts cut file & Cameo (Silhouette)

Friday Faves

Happy Friday, y'all!  It's the end of another month once again, and I've got a little lineup of goodies, that have caught my eye throughout the month, to share, with you all, today, beginning with Basic Grey's gorgeous Fresh Cut 12" x 12" Collection Kit.  I just adore all the floral, watercolor prints and geometric patterns.  Plus, the variety of subtle, spring-like colors is absolutely divine.  Swoon!
I just love all the stamp sets Technique Tuesday creates specifically with scrappers in mind, especially the fun sentiments found in No Picture...
and fonts found in the both-way arrows of Beautiful.
My family seems to be really hard on headphones.  So, as soon as I saw these fun Zipper Headphones, from The Plaid Barn, for only $4.99 each, I swept up a handful.  They'll be perfect to have on hand the next time a pair goes south.  And if, by some unexplained miracle, they never get used by next Christmas, they'll make great stocking stuffers ;).
Ever since we took the flat screen in our bedroom down in order to make room for baby, we've been using the little television we have in our living room.  The flat screen won't fit in the media center we have, but I'd really like to be able to move it back up from the basement and replace the existing one with a little high definition.  So, I've been on the hunt for a scaled-down media unit that would fit our needs.  My favorite find is this stunning Clerk's Console Table from Pottery Barn.  Oh!  And be sure to stop by the link to check out all the storage those faux drawers conceal.  LOVE!
Unfortunately, purchasing things from Pottery Barn, even when they're on sale, is a pretty far stretch for our one-income family, but that doesn't stop me from using their room designs as inspiration with consignment furniture or shopping for some of their smaller, more affordable items, like this sweet Watercolor Bunny Lumbar Pillow Cover.  It has my daughter's name written all over it.
With heavy snow on its way to our neck of the woods, I realized that I hadn't yet purchased a warm hat for our anticipated little guy.  I'm sure he'll stay warm enough with the knit hats we've got, as long as we keep him all bundled under the blankets in his car seat; but I still love this darling Newsboy Hat, from Me To You Crochet, that I came across recently.  So cute!
While I was hunting, I also found ajalor's precious Red Canvas Soft Sole Shoes.  They're designed for girls, but I think they'd look just as sweet as can be on any baby, regardless of gender, for Valentine's Day.
Finally, and in speaking of the upcoming day of love, I just couldn't resist sharing these Love Mugs from Your Event Studio.  Too fun!
That covers things for this month, folks.  Thanks so much for looking!  I hope you've found something to love, too.  Have a terrific weekend!

Wplus9 Monday Mood Board #26

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Just popping in to share a pretty, little number I whipped up for Valentine's Day.  Enjoy!
I started this card by piecing a sheet of flocked vellum, as well as a bit of bright pink, polka dot, patterned paper, into the center of a piece of Ballet Slippers cardstock and machine stitching, with bright-pink-threaded, straight stitches, around their combined edges.  I then trimmed their center with a strip of woodgrain, patterned paper, anchored, across its top and bottom edges, with bright-pink-threaded, zig-zag, machine stitches; wrapped with a length of pink ribbon, tied, in a bow, near the left edge of the prepped piece; and embellished with a crystal button, laced with a white chord bow.
After adhering the prepped piece, with foam tape, to the Oatmeal, cardstock, card face, I stamped the bottom edge of a kraft envelope, in Rose Red ink, with a row of hearts and glittered them.
It was then adhered, with foam tape, just to the right of the embellished bow; trimmed, across its bottom edge, with a dainty bit of lace; and stuffed with a white, cardstock tag, topped with a pink, button blossom, laced with white string.
I then hand cut the heart from an ivory, dictionary, patterned paper; stamped it, in Crumb Cake ink, with the stitched, quilt print; ink distressed its edges; adhered it over the center of the kraft envelope; and topped it with the stamped, in Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, and Crumb Cake inks, on White, cardstock die cuts, "Sending Lots of Love AND VALENTINE WISHES" sentiment.  A couple more kisses of glitter and a trio of snowflake sequins complete the look.
Inspiration for this card came from ColourQ's Challenge #226...
and Wplus9 Design's Monday Mood Board #26.  Have fun with it!
Thanks so much for stopping by, y'all!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Background Builders: Hearts, Valentine Wishes, & Quilt Prints (Wplus9) Paper: Kraft, Oatmeal, White, & Ballet Slippers (Wplus9); pink polka dot & woodgrain (My Mind's Eye); flocked vellum (Fancy Pants); ivory dictionary (SU) Ink: Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Crumb Cake, & Chocolate Chip (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: bright pink thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Valentine Wishes die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); kraft envelope (Paper Studio); Dazzling Diamonds & buttons (SU); white string, lace, white chord, & pink ribbon (Hobby Lobby); snowflake sequins & heart template (JBS)

Weekend Snapshots

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Morning, friends!  I trust you all had wonderful weekends and even better beginnings to your work weeks.  We've had a bit of a busy start between school and getting back into the swing of activities surrounding such, as well as my having been under the weather for some time now.  We've also been battling our washing machine to actually function the way it should.  Sigh.  It's time for another, but we'd really like to try to hold off until we get into a new home, if we possibly can.  So, we ordered another part to fix it on our own, and I'm trying not to let our growing stack of dirty laundry overwhelm me while we wait for it to arrive.  Anyway, how about some pics of our weekend?  Well, first, I'd better back up to my birthday.
I made a yummy dinner, at home, to celebrate; and my hubby whipped up my favorite apple crumb cake, with sweet butter sauce, for dessert.  Love this take, because my daughter is boasting such an ornery face from blowing out most of my candles before I could and getting yelled at by her brother all the while.  LOL!
They spoiled me with lots of sweet-smelling lotions and shower gels from Bath & Body Works, as well as my favorite perfume and this gorgeous, Vera Bradley Mailbag and Kiss 'n Snap Wallet.
My oldest had even prepared a little concert for me while I was out celebrating with the girls the weekend before.  So sweet!
Then, my parents were in town Friday afternoon and evening.  So, they stayed with my kiddos while I went to my doctor's appointment, and then again, while my hubby took me out to a birthday dinner at Granite City.  I totally forgot my camera.  Sigh.  But I did get this grainy shot of our trio of desserts with my phone.  Oh, my gracious!  It all was ever so good and even gifted to us by my hubby's new boss.  Gotta love that!
Last week, I started pulling things that I'd tucked away for Kaden and realized that we didn't have as much as I thought we had.  It has, after all, been ten years since I had a baby boy, and most of those clothing items and necessities were passed down to family and friends ages ago.  So, after dinner, we were also able to do some baby shopping; and now, it's all washed and ready to go.
Saturday morning was all about relaxation and catching up.  My hubby had a few things that he needed to get done for work.  Ezekiel needed to brush up on his decimal work.  Adina just wanted to use her new, Christmas, Play-Doh tools from Grandpa and Grandma.  And a hot bubble bath called my name, but I couldn't resist this snapshot before I crawled in.
After church, on Sunday, we stopped by the mall to exchange a couple of Christmas gifts for bigger sizes only to find out that the store we needed to go to was no longer there.  That'll tell you how often we go to the mall.  LOL!  But while we were there, we had to pay a little visit to Barnes & Noble; and somehow, these fun reads snuck out the door with us.  I'm such a sucker for books!
And finally, my kiddos just had to show off some new clothes that I got them, for a steal, while online shopping for my niece's birthday.  I'm usually big into consignment sales and stores, but sometimes, brand new stuff sells for the same or a lesser cost.  Plus, I no longer can pick up large enough sizes, at such places, for Ezekiel.  Sigh.  He's growing up so fast, and big boy clothes are so expensive!  I think it's time for him to get a job ;).
Well, thanks so much for checking in on us!  We're keeping up but keeping busy.  I'm also trying to tie up a bunch of loose ends and get ahead on a few things before baby arrives.  My doctor says it could be any day, and my body is telling me the same.  Can't wait to kiss those little cheeks and count each and every tiny finger and toe!

Wplus9 Monday Mood Board #25

Friday, January 24, 2014

Just popping in, before the weekend, to share a sweet, baby card I made for a friend who is nearly ready to pop with twin boys.  Enjoy!
I started this card by laying a piece of blue, stripe, patterned paper over the center of the Kraft, cardstock, card face and two, yellow, patterned papers, one of which was die-cut with the scalloped edge, vertically, just right of center.  All papers were then anchored with white-threaded, straight and zig-zag, machine stitches respectively; and the "congratulations" sentiment was stamped, in Jet Black ink, vertically, along their right edge.
A length of white, seam binding ribbon was then wrapped, around the card face, between the two, yellow, patterned papers; tied, in a double bow, near the top edge of the card; and embellished with a soft blue button, laced with a hemp twine bow.
The frame was created from several die-cut layers of White, cardstock, rounded rectangles.  They were then ink distressed; glittered; adhered, just to the left of the sentiment, in the center of the card face; and filled in with the stamped, on White, cardstock die cuts, in Jet Black and Bashful Blue inks, onesies and their ties.  The ties also got a couple of mini pearl tacks.
Finally, I stamped the arched banners, in Daffodil Delight and Bashful Blue inks respectively, on White cardstock; hand cut them out; and adhered them, layered and with foam tape, over the top left corner of the prepped frame.
Inspiration for my card came from Wplus9 Design's Monday Mood Board #25.  Dawn posts one of these every other Monday and selects three random participants to win $10 in store credit.  Can't beat that!  AND you still have the weekend to play.  So off you go!
Thanks so much for peeking in!  Now, get out there and have a truly remarkable weekend, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Fresh Cut Wreaths, Super Star, Onesie Twosie, & Banner Love (Wplus9) Paper: Kraft & White (Wplus9); yellow polka dot & chevron (My Mind's Eye); blue stripe (JBS) Ink: Bashful Blue & Daffodil Delight (SU); Jet Black, Tea Dye, & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Dazzling Diamonds (SU); Clear Cut Stackers: Rounded Rectangles, Scalloped Border, Onesie Twosie, & Tie dies (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); pearls & button (Paper Studio); seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); hemp twine (The Ribbon Reel)

Birthday Giveaway

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Morning, friends!  Today's my birthday, and I'm celebrating with a little, appreciation giveaway for one of my faithful followers, just for being such.  Here's what's up for grabs.
Let's get a little up close and personal.  Shall we?  That's (1) The Paper Loft Well Worn Papercrafting Kit; (2) Hambly woodgrain screenprint; (3) My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Halloween die cuts; (4) two each of Wplus9 Design's 8-1/2" x 11", Nautical Navy, White, Kraft, Black, Oatmeal, Sweet Gelato, Cranberry Crush, Green Acres, Ballet Slippers, Lake House, & Cupid's Bow cardstocks; (5) January & February 2012 Issues of CARDS Magazine...
(6) Faber-Castell Shell Treasures Watercolor Canvas Art; (7) Faber Castell Mix & Match Mixed Media Aquarelles & Ink; (8) Faber Castell Mix & Match PITT Pastel Pencils; (9) Faber Castell Mix & Match PITT Artist Pens...
(10) two My Mind's Eye Stella Rose "Little Lady" frames; (11) Fancy Pants French Market rub-ons; (12) two sheets Classic Type alphas from Authentique; (13) cardstock letter stickers from Piggy Tales; (14) Jenni Bowlin rub-on single; (15) Jenni Bowlin Name, Date, Place Stickers; (16) Making Memories pink felt alphas; (17) Deja Views 10 Things Pocket...
(18) Maya Road Fresh Chipboard Motifs; (19) Sasparilla Mini-Album from October Afternoon; (20) Maya Road Clear Acrylic Bird Coaster Album; (21) Doodlebug Design Plain & Simple square chipboard album; (22) Maya Road ATC Canvas Coaster Album...
(23) Elusive Images Winter Birds stamp set mounted on Stamper's Best Cling Cushion Mounting Foam; (24) three Jenni Bowlin Exclusive Clear Stamps; (25) Seashell Song stamp set from Unity Stamp Company...
(26) My Mind's Eye Collectable decorative pins; (27) handmade, dimensional, cardstock embellishments & gems; (28) findingnana flair; (29) Ice Rink Smooch Spritz; (30) self-adhesive bling from Want 2 Scrap; (31) assorted red buckles from 7 Gypsies; (32) Studio Calico wood veneer cameras; (33) Studio Calico wood veneer buttons; (34) wood veneer phrase bits from Freckled Fawn; (35) My Mind's Eye Stella Rose Bits & Pieces...
(36) one yard each of 15 different ribbons & trims from Stampin' Up, May Arts, Doodlebug Design, The Ribbon Reel, & Papertrey Ink.
All you need to do to be entered in this giveaway is leave me a comment below telling me about your favorite birthday moment.  I'll leave the giveaway open approximately two weeks and announce a winner on Friday, February 7, 2014.  Good luck!

Family Update

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Well, hello there!  Just popping in to share a little of what we've been up to over the last couple of weeks, beginning with a trip to the Kansas City Zoo for another homeschool program.  Of course, while Ezekiel was learning about jellies, Adina and I had to check on our favorite, feathered friends, the penguins.  She had so much fun playing with a friend, too.
My hubby usually helps with my kiddos' Awana Club on Sunday nights, which gives me time to get ready for our school week; but since last Sunday was his first one back in months, they gave him the night off to take me out on a date.  We so need to make date nights a priority in 2014.  They're sanity saving amidst our busy, growing family.
We also set up Kaden's bed in our bedroom.  The crib bedding was Ezekiel's, when he was a baby.  I still love it to bits and pieces!  And my kiddos finally agreed on that little moose as their first gift to their baby brother.
Since most of the pictures and personal d├ęcor have already been packed away in anticipation of our hopeful move, it only took a little removing of furniture and the taking down of a large flat-screen.  I wasn't about to leave a heavy television hanging above our little bundle of joy.  But doing all that left some pretty big holes in the wall, and we hadn't painted our room since we moved in over eight and a half years ago.  So, it got a new coat of Sherwin Williams' Latte.  And for those of you who were worried about me, baby, and the fumes, Sherwin Williams has a fabulous zero VOC formula.  Harmony is GreenGuard Indoor Air Quality Certified® and GreenGuard Certified for children and schools.  This was our first time using it.  We usually use their SuperPaint, but if Harmony holds up to the abuse my children lavish upon it, I'll never go back.  You never would've known we ever painted in our home that day.
All that hard work called for a big bowl of vegetarian chili and homemade cinnamon rolls.  My great aunt taught me how to make these years ago, while she was still blessing us with her presence here on earth.  I still think of her every time I whip up a batch.
I couldn't help throwing in that last close-up with my pup drooling in the background or this one of her just being silly.  She always peeks under the curtain, if it's drawn, to see into our backyard; but this evening, she never looked towards the yard.  She was just watching us move about the kitchen right through the curtain.  Who knows?!
And finally, my mom and sisters came up this past weekend to take me to see George Wendt in Never Too Late, at the New Theatre Restaurant, for my upcoming birthday.  So fun!
Oh!  And check out this delicious, free, birthday dessert with which I was spoiled.  Mmmm!  I think it was called a Dutch Apple Cheesecake, and it was ever so tasty.
That about sums up the highlights, at least the ones I got pics of ;).  Thanks so much for checking in on us and for all your comments and emails asking about me!  I'm definitely feeling the aches and pains and discomfort that come with eight months of pregnancy but am trying to slow down and just enjoy these last few weeks of preparation.  My doctor moved up my first weekly visit to this week.  I'm 35 weeks today.  So, we're officially in the "safety zone" for a healthy birth.  It could be any day, or he could wait until his due date on the 25th of next month.  Only time will tell, but things definitely seem to be progressing earlier than they did with my other two who were each ten days early.  Well, thanks again, friends, and have a wonderful week!