March Recognition

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Here we are on the final day of April, and I somehow missed sharing a couple of March recognitions.  Both this card...
and this one were given Honorable Mention Cup of Teas in The Shabby Tea Room.  Thanks so much to the wonderful ladies who inspire us week after week over there!  I'm humbled.
And thanks ever so much, to you all, for peeking in!  Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends!

The Studio Epic Fail Challenge

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Hi, friends!  Just popping in, on this stormy, Sunday morning, to share The Studio's latest challenge.  This time, we're asking you to create a page with an "Epic Fail" theme.  These girls are really making me think with some of these challenges.  LOVE it!  Although I may be stretching it a bit, here's how I was inspired.
I started this page by inking Dusty Concord Distress Ink, through a chevron template, onto the distressed, ivory, patterned, paper, base page.  I then strategically stamped, in Jet Black ink, a plethora of triangles and, in Pacific Point and Dusty Concord inks, a number of circles throughout the design.  After securing a trio of patterned papers, vertically and haphazardly, near the right side of the layout, with black-threaded, straight and zig-zag, machine stitches, I framed them with torn lengths of green, stripe Washi Tape.  My photo was mounted on a bit of folded, Whisper White cardstock, which had its right side punched with the half circle tab; backed with bits of yellow manuscript and dictionary, patterned papers, as well as polka dot, embossed vellum; stapled with a July 7, 2012, chevron tab; and grounded with the "SWEET disaster" title, which was created with blue, polka dot, chipboard Thickers and Basic Black cardstock, cut with my Cameo.
The photograph's top edge was embellished with a kraft, Red Velvet B-day Cake, journaling tag...
and its bottom left corner with a stamped, in Jet Black ink, on vellum, sad face tag, which I hand cut out, as well as a "SMILE", cut phrase and "OPEN THIS.", cardstock, sticker pennant.
In doing just what that last element says, you'll find the rescued cake...
as well as the journaling to go with it.  On the way to Emporia to celebrate your birthday @ Grandpa & Grandma's, the air conditioning went out in the car.  We were too far into the drive to turn back.  So, I put your cake, on the floor, in the shade.  Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to contend with the 100 degree temps. & had to be rescued for the big day.  It was still delicious!
A couple of circle rubons; number of buttons, anchored with white string; lots of cardstock stickers; handful of enamel dots; and even a yellow, floral eyelet, some of which were also pulled into the journaling area, complete the look.
Further inspiration for this layout came from Kreative Koncepts' Colour Challenge #24...
and Creative Scrappers' Sketch #266.
Don't forget to stop by the challenge link above to check out the rest of the team's "Epic Fail" creations, as well as to get all your challenge details.  Thanks so much for taking a look, and have a wonderful, work week!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Strictly Sentiments 3 & Just Geometrics: Triangles (Wplus9); sad face ticket (JBS) Paper: Whisper White & Basic Black (SU); ivory distressed & yellow floral (Basic Grey); yellow manuscript & blue circles (American Crafts); purple diamond (Nikki Sivils); dictionary (The Kraft Outlet); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Pacific Point (SU); Jet Black & Dusty Concord (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); chevron file folder tab (Chic Tags); staples & stapler (office supply store); semi-circle punch, cardstock circle stickers, polka dot embossing folder, & yellow flower brad (SU); Big Shot (Sizzix); vintage yellow button, wood veneer button, chevron template, & "OPEN THIS." cardstock sticker pennant (JBS); circle rubons (Kaisercraft); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); purple buttons (Paper Studio); white string (Hobby Lobby); kraft journaling tag (Maya Road); yellow enamel dots & heart (October Afternoon); blue polka dot chipboard Thickers (Dear Lizzy); Cameo (Silhouette); "SMILE" cut phrase (Crate Paper); green stripe Washi Tape (unknown)

Friday Faves

Friday, April 25, 2014

I have kind of a funny mix of features, for you all, this month, beginning with a trio of stamp sets.  The first, Wet Paint II from Papertrey Ink, is calling out to my scrapper's heart.  Gotta love those trendy brush strokes, too!
I've been having so much fun with Wplus9 Design's Ink Splats.  What a great mix of splatters and drips!  Just imagine all the possibilities.
And finally, in her Happy Easter! post, my friend Char made Altenew's Painted Flowers soar to the top of my "Must Have" list.  I simply can't resist a layering set, and this one is the best I've seen in a long time.
LOVE how easy Paper Smooches' Friend Word...
and Hello Words dies make expressing one's self, not to mention that they boast such a fun font.
And to wrap out the papercraft section of this month's lineup, I just had to share Kaisercraft's 12x12 Honeycomb Template.  It's absolutely perfect for all those mixed media experiments!
The new movie Frozen has completely captured this girl's heart, especially that darling snowman, Olaf.  So, when I saw these Frozen Inspired Olaf Buttons, from Tessa Ann, I knew that they had to make it over here.  Cute as can be!
Speaking of cute, Kaden needs ;) this darling Crocheted Baby Boy Duckling from Baby's Bounty.  Okay, so, maybe he doesn't NEED it, but it sure would be a sweet addition to his stuffed critter collection.
With Mother's Day being right around the corner, vendors, from all over the continent, have been inundating my inbox with what they say is the "perfect gift for mom".  I usually don't get sucked into these advertisements, but I've been wanting a mother's necklace for a really long time.  So, when I got an email from Divine Stampings, I clicked over to see what they had.  I didn't find what I was looking for, but I did discover this Maple Leaf Initial Necklace.  It spoke to my nature-loving side.  Plus, there's just something about the look of a lone pearl that I simply adore.
And to wrap things up, this Melted Mason Jar Spoon Rest in Vintage Blue, from Midwest Finds, is just too cool not to include.  Do spoon rests really keep one's stove top clean?
There you have it, for what it's worth, folks.  I truly hope you found something to love.  I've been doing this feature, every last Friday of the month, for four years now, and I'm still having so much fun with it.  I'd really like to know if you're loving it, too.  Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend!

For the Love of Books

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Just sneaking in another book review before the month gets away from me.  Today's pick has been one of my all-time favorite stories for as long as I can remember.  It is written for children ages four to eight and boasts vibrantly detailed, full-page illustrations.
The Paper Bag Princess, written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko, is the story of a beautiful princess named Elizabeth who is going to marry a prince named Ronald.  One day, a dragon smashes her castle; burns all of her expensive, princess clothes; and carries off Prince Ronald.  Elizabeth determines to get Ronald back, finds the only thing not burnt to wear, which just so happens to be a paper bag, uses her clever wit and ingenuity to extinguish the dragon's fiery breath and exhaust his speedy wings, and rescues Prince Ronald.  Unfortunately, Prince Ronald doesn't appreciate her tussled hair or choice of attire and tells her to come back when she looks like a real princess.  The best part of the whole story is Elizabeth's response.  So much so, that I'm totally giving away the ending.  "'Ronald,' said Elizabeth, 'your clothes are really pretty and your hair is very neat.  You look like a real prince, but you are a bum.'  They didn't get married after all."

LOVE a girl with a mind of her own ;)!  Thanks for reading!  Be blessed!

Adina's Dress & Easter Rewind

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Morning, friends!  I promised you all last week that I'd share Adina's Easter dress this week, and I'm here today to deliver.  I used the Vintage Sundress Pattern from Simple Simon and Company.  In all the dresses/outfits I've made for Adina, this is literally my favorite pattern EVER.  The explanations are a little unclear, and I feel like she skips a couple of steps; but fortunately, I'm not a novice seamstress and was able to read between the lines.  I followed it pretty closely.  Matter of fact, the only change I made was adding a lining to the skirt itself.  Without further adieu, here it is.
I think my favorite part is the row of vintage buttons down the back.  They were a little expensive but totally worth it.  Plus, any pattern that uses buttons in place of a zipper is a winner in my book ;).
And a couple more just because she was really working the camera.
Here's the whole troop.  I know he's not sporting it in these pics, but Kaden really does have the greatest smile.  He's such a happy baby and even mimics our faces and noises.  It's great fun!
I ended up getting the booties I shared in last month's Friday Faves for Kaden.  LOVE!  Although, I ordered a 3 to 6 month size thinking he'd get to use them longer, since he'll be three-months-old next Friday; but they're WAY too big.  I keep forgetting he's such a little guy.
My big kiddos got new, spring pajamas and, of course, chocolate Easter bunnies for Easter.  Kaden got a couple of Easter story books.
We went to the Saturday night Easter service at our church.  So, Sunday morning was really relaxed.  We had a big breakfast and just hung out until we needed to make the trek to my parents' for lunch with my family.  My big sister is next to my hubby who's sporting the Royals tee.  My little sister is in the bright pink dress, and my brother is in the gray in the back.  Except for me (behind my big sister), everyone else is a spouse or kiddo.
The cousins had tons of fun on the GIANT Easter egg hunt...
and Kaden got lots of extra loving from just about everyone.
We also celebrated my brother, niece...
and Dad's birthdays.  I missed blowing out the candles.  Every time I snuck off to nurse Kaden, they got out the food.  LOL!
I'll be back tomorrow to sneak in a For the Love of Books post before the month completely gets away from me.  Until then, thanks so much for checking in on us!  I hope you all had a blessed Easter.  Have a wonderful Wednesday!  Hugs!

So Excited...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

...to finally get to share that I've been invited to join the girls at Stuck?! Sketches and accepted!  Woohoo!  You can read the announcement here.
They are a twice-a-month challenge blog that provides ample, creative inspiration for all your scrapbooking needs and awards a generous array of prizes, from top manufacturers, monthly.  Can't wait to join this talented team and share what I've got up my sleeves for the May sketches!  Hope you'll stop by and join in all the fun!

A Birthday Hello

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Morning, friends, and happy Saturday!  We're relaxing at home today, as we'll be traveling to my parents' home, to celebrate Easter, with them, as well as my siblings and their families, tomorrow.  My family also has a number of April birthdays.  So, since we'll all be together, we're having a little celebration to honor them all.  The card I have, for you all, today is one I made for my brother with some new goodies from Wplus9 Design.  Enjoy!  Oh!  And these pics appear to be picking up a lot of lint on that black background.  It seems to do that when I use my embossing pillow, but know that it isn't so obnoxious in real life.
I started this card by embossing both Pool Party and Melon Mambo ink splats onto the Black, cardstock, card face, which had its right corners rounded.  I then folded a lime green, stripe, journaling card, over the card face, near the bottom left corner and anchored it with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches, before topping it with a little, white envelope, which will house a birthday gift card.  I'm thinking one from Jimmy John's will do.  He loves that place almost as much as I do.
The "A BIRTHDAY hello" sentiment was stamped, in both Lucky Limeade and Jet Black inks, on a hand-cut, aqua, text, patterned, paper pennant; framed with Black cardstock, as well as black-threaded, straight, machine stitches; glittered; wrapped with a bit of Charcoal twine, tied, in a bow, near its left end; and adhered, with foam tape, near the base of the envelope and butted up against the left side of the card face.
I'm sure, by now, you've all seen the Wplus9 Design Team announcement back here.  If not, it simply says that Dawn has replaced the entire Design Team with a new crop of talented ladies.  For a number of reasons, which I don't want to rehash at this point, for fear I may burst into tears again, the decision took me completely off guard.  I have invested more of my time, money, creativity, and life into that company than I care to admit and am not going to pretend that I understand or even agree with her decision, but I'm not the boss lady.  So, the beauty of it is that I don't have to ;).  I am, however, forever grateful for the opportunity Dawn gave me to show off her beautiful illustrations over the last four and a half years and will ALWAYS be her biggest fan.  I also hope that I've inspired all you Wplus9 lovers enough to continue my creative journey with me.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a truly remarkable Easter Sunday, y'all!  He lives!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Hand Lettered Hello & Ink Splats (Wplus9) Paper: Black & White (Wplus9); aqua text (JBS) Ink: Lucky Limeade (SU); Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers); Pool Party & Melon Mambo embossing powders & Dazzling Diamonds (SU); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white envelope (Paper Studio); lime striped journaling card (American Crafts);  Charcoal twine (The Twinery)

Family Update

Friday, April 18, 2014

Morning, y'all!  I trust that you're all well.  I'm WAY slow in getting around to visiting.  It seems I rarely get a moment to myself anymore.  Don't get me wrong.  I'd have it no other way, but I do miss my time here.  Anyway, I know that I don't usually end the week with a family update; but, well, things have been anything but normal around here.  So, that's what you're getting today.  Let's begin with the newest star of our show.  He has every ounce of my heart.  Each little smile, giggle, coo, gaze, or twinkle in his eye leaves me weak in the knees.  We're still figuring one another out, but I'm enjoying every minute of it.
This one is for you, Annette.  Thanks again for the darling onesies!
My big kiddos have been working so hard at school.  We have about four weeks to go, including a couple of days we've set aside for SAT testing, but we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Matter of fact, Adina's kindergarten curriculum, for next school year, even arrived, in the mail, yesterday.  She's already spent several hours just thumbing through every page.
She's most excited about her new Science book.
We also snuck in another homeschool day at the Kansas City Zoo.  Ezekiel studied flamingos this month, while Adina, Kaden, and I visited the critters.
We even got to see the keepers shearing the llamas.
We've got a couple of weeks left of Awana, too.  Ezekiel's been enjoying all the themes this year, including "Crazy Glasses" night...
and most recently, got third place, in the Grand Prix, with his Pinewood Derby car.
And me?  Well, I'm really trying to work my way through Larry Crabb's 66 Love Letters along with my new Fruit of the Spirit Bible.  That is, when I'm not nodding off from sheer exhaustion.
I've also been enjoying strawberries on everything from ice-cream to waffles.  Mmmm!
And someplace between keeping our home spic 'n span for its prospective buyers, nursing Kaden every three to three and a half hours morning and night, and all of the above, I organized my kitchen cupboards...
stuffed all these plastic eggs with candy for our big hunt, with the cousins, on Sunday (Adina was a big help with this one.)...
and finished making Adina's Easter dress, which she promptly put on and danced and twirled in, until Daddy made her go to bed.  LOL!  She's still delivering tons of thank you kisses to my cheeks, too.  Gosh, I'm so glad she loves it so!  I'll take a moment to share it sometime next week.
And I couldn't help but share one, final pic.  No matter how many times I walk around the corner and see one of my kiddos' toys exploring the Amazon in a potted plant, deep sea diving in the bathroom sink, catching some zzz's in a Kleenex box, or waiting for its prey while perched on the edge of a lamp, it still continues to put a smile on my face.  To be a kid again... Sigh.
That about cover things.  I have a card to share, with you all, tomorrow.  Yes, I said a card.  Tee hee!  Believe it or not, I haven't forgotten how to work those papers and stamps.  So, until then, thanks so much for checking in on us.  I so appreciate each and every one of YOU!  Have a blessed weekend!  Hugs!