From One Java Junkie to Another

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Morning, y'all!  Just trying to keep up with all the activity right now.  So, I'm going to get right to the reason for this post, which is simply to share a card I made for my brother's birthday.  There are so many April birthdays in my family, it's super hard to keep up.  I really should plan in advance.  Enjoy!
I started this card by anchoring a trio of polka dot papers, as well as a strip of vellum, which had been stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "BIRTHDAY WISHES from one JAVA JUNKIE to another" sentiment, onto a piece of White cardstock, with white-threaded, straight, machine stitches.
I then wrapped the prepped piece with a length of hemp twine, tied, in a bow, near its right edge, and adhered it, with foam tape, to the Kraft, cardstock, card face.
A teal, polka dot envelope, housing a birthday gift card, was then adhered, over the hemp twine and under the vellum, sentiment panel, just left of vertical center...
and topped with a number of coffee images, stamped, respectively, in Island Indigo, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, and Jet Black inks, on White cardstock; hand-cut out; and adhered with foam tape.  The latter was also colored in with pencils and topped with lots of glitter to complete the look.
Inspiration for this card came from Always Playing with Paper's Challenge #32: Polka Dots.
I'm finally beginning to catch up with all of you.  Thanks so much for being patient with me, and thanks, too, for peeking in!  I'll be back tomorrow with Stuck?! Sketches first challenge of the month.  Until then, be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Whole Lotta' Happy (Wplus9); Daily Grind (Market Street Stamps) Paper: White & Kraft (Wplus9); mustard lettered (unknown); red polka dot (Heidi Swapp); teal polka dot grid (Amy Tangerine); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: More Mustard, Island Indigo, & Chocolate Chip (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); polka dot envelope (Paper Studio); hemp twine & Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives)

The Studio Inspired by a Song Challenge

Sunday, April 26, 2015

We've got one more April challenge in The Studio, folks!  Whether its the title or the lyrics or absolutely whatever speaks to you, we want to see pages inspired by a song.  I used this challenge to issue my daughter a challenge of her own to live for the Lord Every Day, which just so happens to be the title of this particular song by Hillsong United, of her life.  I was inspired by some new goodies in my Noel Mignon Hello Darling Classic Kit and couldn't help but throw in lots of stamping and layers.
I started this page by printing the lyrics to the song on a sheet of vellum and anchoring it, along with a few patterned paper strips, to the pink, bokeh, patterned, paper, base page, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  I then began layering all the bits in behind my photo, which was matted with Whisper White cardstock, including a textured tag, laced with hemp twine; pink, grid, patterned, paper square, framed with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching; handful of paper bits, hand-cut from a Crate Paper patterned paper; sheet of vellum; chipboard "CAPTURED" Polaroid...
gold foil, flower sticker; "enjoy" word bubble; and "EVERYDAY" sticker.
I then had fun playing with the layering of the banners below the photograph itself.  Both of the smaller banners were created from triangle and circle stickers respectively.  The latter were cut in half, and both were flanked with white, string bows.  I then stamped balloons, in Pool Party, second-generation Strawberry Slush, Barely Banana, and Island Indigo inks, on White, cardstock die cuts and hanging from stamped, in Jet Black ink, strings.
My "EVERY day" title was Cameo-cut from Whisper White and Island Indigo cardstocks.  The latter half of it was glittered, and the space below it used for my journaling, which reads, You were trying to find something quiet to busy yourself with, while I was nursing Kaden, when you crawled up on the couch with Daddy's MP3 player.  As soon as you caught me watching you, you said, "Now my ears are filled with God, because all this music is about Him."  Love your literal thinking!  Through good times and bad, may these words be the song of your {heart} every day of your life.
Feb. 22, 2014, label...
number of music notes, stamped, in Jet Black ink, throughout the design...
and a "loved." Washi sticker complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Let's Capture Our Memories' Sketch #118...
and Sassy Scrappers' April Moodboard.  I was totally in love with not only this soft, girly palette, but also those playful, party garlands; gorgeous pops of gold; and the bit of bokeh effect in the top corner of the stacked bowls photograph.
Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to get all your challenge details, as well to be inspired by my talented teammates.  You have until Saturday, May 10, 2015, to link up your takes, on this Inspired by a Song Challenge and/or our Sketch Challenge, in the right-hand column of The Studio Blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Whole Lotta' Happy, Classic Christmas, & Just a Note (Wplus9) Paper: Whisper White & Island Indigo (SU!); White (Wplus9); bokeh (Webster's Pages); multicolored Washi, pink polka dot, & kraft stripe (Crate Paper); pink grid (Elle's Studio); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Pool Party, Strawberry Slush, Barely Banana, & Island Indigo (SU!); Jet Black (StazOn); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Whole Lotta' Happy die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); First Day cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); various vintage journaling bits, "loved." Washi sticker, teal date label, triangle stickers, & gold foil flower (Crate Paper); 1/16" Handheld punch & Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); chipboard Polaroid & "EVERYDAY" sticker (Simple Stories); tag & "enjoy" word bubble (Heidi Swapp); white string (Hobby Lobby); gold foil circle stickers (MME); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives)

Call When It's Time for Cake

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Welcome to the weekend, y'all!  I promised, in yesterday's Friday Faves post, that I'd be back today to share a card I made for my nephew's second birthday this week.  If he's anything like my kiddos, I knew his card would get handled and carried around everywhere he went.  So, I thought I'd make doing so extra fun with lots of textures.
I started his card by smudging Key Lime and Patina Glimmer Mists onto the White, cardstock, card face.  I then sprinkled it with a little Gold Color Shine, before machine-stitching a hand-cut, from a Project Life card, banner, with gold-threaded, straight stitches, down its center and wrapping it with a length of hemp twine, which I tied, in a bow, near the right edge of the card face.
I then layered another card, stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the simple "FOR YOU" phrase, over the pennant and under the twine, as well as a third, stamped again in Jet Black ink, with the "HAPPY BIRTHDAY {call when it's time for cake.}" sentiment, in the center of the card face, over a bit of vellum.
The little fox was stamped, in More Mustard ink, on White cardstock; hand cut out; and adhered, with foam tape, just to the left of the sentiment.  A "THESE ARE GOOD TIMES yes they are!" tag was tucked under its bottom edge.
The balloon was stamped, in Coastal Cabana ink, on a White, cardstock die cut and adhered, with foam tape, near the top center of the card face.  I then anchored the balloon with a hand-penned, little string, tied to the sentiment itself, and gave it lots of shine with Crystal Effects.
A handful of aqua circle and gold star sequins complete the party effect.
We're off to Midwest Parent Educators' Conference and Curriculum Fair this am.  It's always so encouraging to talk with other homeschool families, empowering to attend the conference classes, and just plain fun to peruse through all the books and educational games.  Thanks so much for humoring me with a visit!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Fox & Friends & Afterthoughts (SU!); Whole Lotta' Happy (Wplus9) Paper: White (Wpus9); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Coastal Cabana & More Mustard (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Whole Lotta' Happy die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); Key Lime & Patina Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); Gold Color Shine (Heidi Swapp); Project Life cards (American Crafts); aqua sequins (Crate Paper); gold star sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); hemp twine & Crystal Effects (SU!); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); "THESE ARE GOOD TIMES" tag (Elle's Studio)

Friday Faves

Friday, April 24, 2015

Hey, y'all!  So sorry it's been a bit quiet around here.  My visits have been few and far between, too, but don't fret.  I'll be around again soon.  I knew it was going to be a busy week, but it's been much more so than I even expected.  I'm happy to say that we made it through our SAT's, though.  My kiddos actually enjoyed the change of pace.  Honestly, I think the tests wore me out more than they did Ezekiel and Adina.  LOL!  But it's always fun to see where they rank on a national scale and confirm that their learning is where I already know it is.  Anyway, I'm coming to you a little later in the day than usual with my Friday Faves, but it's still Friday none-the-less.  So, without further adieu, let's get started with My Favorite Things' BB Super Boy stamp set.  He's just too stinkin' cute, and the sentiments work perfectly for your upcoming summer celebrations.
I cannot seem to find a complete arsenal for Crate Paper's Journey Collection, but everything I've seen, from the travel theme and yummy palette to the cork bits and splashes of gold, makes it a must-have in my book.  Matter of fact, I think it's just the inspired collection I need to finally get pics of my family's South Dakota vacation, from a couple of years back, scrapped.  Just to give you a little taste, I'm linking up the Cardstock Stickers...
and Ephemera.  Swoon!
When I first saw these darling Woodland Nursery Art Prints, from Mooseberry Paper Co., I totally thought the creatures were actually painted on barn board.  If not the name of the shop, the title itself should've totally given it away.  Tee hee!  Regardless, they were too precious not to include here.  They sure make me wish Kaden had a nursery to decorate.
And finally, I just love the sweet simplicity and sheer elegance of Luxe Buffalo's Gold Maple Leaf Hair Pins.  Due to the heat and humidity in my neck of the woods, my hair spends most of the summer in an up-due.  If my little lady didn't thief it from me first, this pretty, little thing would, no doubt, get a lot of use.
That does it for this month, folks.  I'll be back tomorrow to share a sweet card I made for my nephew's birthday, and then again, on Sunday, with The Studio's final, April challenge.  I've also been working on a couple of pages that I get to share after the first of the month.  Can't wait!  Until tomorrow, thanks so much for peeking in, and have a terrific weekend!  Hugs!

For the Love of Books

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Hello, all!  Just popping back in to share this month's For the Love of Books pick.  It is written for children ages four to eight; but it's bright, happy, watercolor illustrations, not to mention transcendent subject matter, are sure to attract the love and attention of young and old alike.
Chrysanthemum, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, tells the story of a little, white mouse who is loved and adored by her mother and father and given a name worthy of how absolutely perfect she is, Chrysanthemum.  She loved the way her name sounded, and she loved the way her name looked... until the first day of school.  The other children criticized her for having a name half the length of the entire alphabet and for being named after a flower.  Each night, when she got home from school, she felt so much better after hugs and kisses, plates of her favorite home fixings, and games of Parcheesi; but she always woke up dreading her return to school.  Then, one day, the students were introduced to and immediately smitten with the music teacher, Mrs. Twinkle; but when she gave Chrysanthemum the role of a daisy in the class musicale, the laughter began once again.  Can Mrs. Twinkle, Mrs. Delphinium Twinkle, put an end to their relentless taunting and help Chrysanthemum learn to love her name again?

I love this book for so many reasons but especially as a way of discussing the topic of bullying and how it affects those who are being bullied, as well as those doing the bullying, with children.  Childhood dramas are an inevitable part of growing up, but if our children can be empowered with appropriate responses to bullies; are taught to have the courage to stand up for others when they have become a bully's muse; and feel loved enough not to become bullies themselves, our world would undoubtedly be a better place.  If you're interested in learning more, Focus on the Family has an excellent series on bullying.

Thanks so much for reading!  Have a terrific Tuesday!  Hugs!

Kansas Speedway

Monday, April 20, 2015

Welcome to the work week, friends!  We've got a busy one in store for us, as Ezekiel's baseball season is underway and includes a couple of days of practice each week on top of game day.  He's also got extra long band schedules, for the next few weeks, in preparation for their spring concert, and both my big kiddos are taking their Standford Achievement Tests in addition to all the day-to-day.  Like I said, it's going to be a busy week; but before all that gets underway, I wanted to stop in to share a few pics from our field trip to Kansas Speedway last week.  Our tour started in the President's box with lots of background information about how the speedway facility is used when it's not hosting one of the two NASCAR races each year and was birthed in 2001 with a Cup Series win by Jeff Gordon, as well as NASCAR stats and a question and answer session.  What an amazing view!
I was surprised to learn that both Kauffman Stadium and Arrowhead Stadium and their combined parking lot, as well as Sporting Park and CommunityAmerica Ballpark, could all fit in the infield alone.
I couldn't help throwing in this ornery pic of my little bear.  Love him to bits!
We then piled back in our vehicles to make the trek through the infield tunnel and around the 1.5-mile track.
We stopped for some pics of our kiddos, at the top of the variable banking, along the SAFER Barrier at turn one.  It's interesting to note that Kansas has the longest length of SAFER Barrier of any track on the NASCAR circuit and that the speedway's top speed before the variable banking was added, in 2012, was 183 mph.  Kasey Kahne now holds the record at 197 mph.
There my little lady is again, amidst all the chaos, just enjoying having a conversation with a friend.
The garages were our next stop...
and I couldn't help snapping a pic of my family through the window of one of Clint Bowyer's out-of-commission stock cars, which is part of the Richard Petty Driving Experience, just because, even though I don't remember him from back then, he's in my high school yearbooks ;).
I took a few more pics of the inspection stations...
and leaderboard...
before we made our way to the last stop on the tour, Victory Lane and the Winner's Circle.  Yes, that's my girl scaling the fence and my hubby dangling our littlest upside down by his ankles.  Where'd these people come from anyway?!
One last pic of the grandstands before heading home.  Those poles in the foreground are RV hookups, and the President's box, where we began, is in the top center.  Oh, and the lights were added, for night races, in 2011, after temperatures reached 130 degrees on the infield during a May race.  Now, all the May races are held at night here, while the October races continue to be held during the day.
This was a great group of homeschoolers, and the tour guides were fantastic, super friendly, and full of information!  It was such a fun day, and the weather couldn't have been any more perfect.  Thanks so much for sharing in it with me!  Have a super week, y'all!

Big Birthday Wishes

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Morning, y'all!  We're off on a field trip, to Kansas Speedway, with a new homeschool group in just a bit; but before that, I wanted to pop in here to share a card I made for my Dad's birthday, which just so happens to be today.  Enjoy! 
I started this card by stamping the partial "BIRTHDAY WISHES COMING YOUR WAY" sentiment, in Jet Black ink, near the bottom center of a piece of White cardstock.  I then topped that with a stamped, in Jet Black ink, bear, as well as the letters "B" and "G" to either side of him.  The bear was colored with pencils and his nose given a hint of shine with Crystal Effects, before anchoring the panel, to the Pool Party, cardstock, card face, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches.
The balloons were stamped, from left to right, in Pool Party, Pumice Stone, and Real Red inks, on White, cardstock die cuts and popped off the card face with foam tape.
I then hand-penned in their strings and tossed a bunch of silver sequins amidst them to complete the look.
Inspiration for this card came from a new-to-me Always Playing with Paper Challenge #30.
Thanks so much for peeking in, friends!  Have a wonderful day, and a big happy birthday, Dad!  I love you!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Headline Alphabet & Under the Stars (SU!); Whole Lotta' Happy (Wplus9) Paper: White (Wpus9); Pool Party (SU!) Ink: Pool Party & Real Red (SU!); Pumice Stone & Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Whole Lotta' Happy die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); Crystal Effects (SU!); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); silver sequins (Paper Studio)