Friday Faves

Friday, November 27, 2015

Happy Friday, y'all!  Due to yesterday's Thanksgiving holiday here in the states, my hubby has a couple of extra days off from work to add to the weekend.  So, after a scrumptious breakfast and once we're sure to have avoided the Black Friday crowds, we'd like to go to pick out our Christmas tree.  Although, I'm not sure the weather is going to cooperate with us, as we're under a freezing rain advisory until 6 pm.  We've also got dinner plans with a group of special people, and I've got a heap of cooking and cleaning to do.  But before I'm off to all that, I've got this month's Friday Faves lineup for you all.  Shockingly, I have found myself another holiday collection to love.  Fancy Pants' Wish Season 12x12 Collection Kit is full of playful prints and classic charm, and the palette is uber soft and pleasing to the eye.
I couldn't help but throw in their coordinating Puffy Stickers...
or Tags.  Be sure to scroll back up and check out the ephemera and letter stickers in the kit photo above, too.  So much to love!
If you're looking for some ways to dress up any winter project, try on Tessa Ann's shimmery Crystal Snowflake Buttons...
or these fabulous Snowflake Elements, from Stampin' Up, for size.  LOVE!
Those of you who have been following me for awhile now know what a HUGE fan of vellum I am.  So, I couldn't resist sharing Stampin' Up's Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack.  Such fun prints and lovely sheens!
Finally, for my love of stamping on layouts (Although, these images would be fabulous on just about any papercraft project.), I had to include Grunge Elements 2 from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  Just imagine the possibilities!
It's been a long time since I've had a solely papercraft Friday Faves, but I'm loving every ounce of it!  I hope you found something to love, too.  Thanks so much for peeking in!  Have a terrific weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The members of my family secretly wrote, on little strips of paper, all the things for which they are thankful and tossed them into a big basket over the last couple of weeks.  Since we're on our way to my Mom and Dad's this am, we read through them, at dinner, last night.  I thought today would be the perfect day to share those entries here on my blog.  See if you can guess who might have written what.  In no particular order, we are thankful for...
  1. gardens
  2. forgiveness
  3. a Savior who loves my family and I
  4. laughter
  5. homeschool
  6. a job I enjoy
  7. our bunny Snowflake (I've got so much to share soon about this new and beloved member of our family.  Stay tuned.)
  8. an organized wife (I didn't know he even noticed.)
  9. rainbows
  10. Apple Butter Day (personal to our family... Check out this year's special day.)
  11. Mommy (Awww!)
  12. Vanilla Coke
  13. cheesecake
  14. television
  15. life
  16. frogs
  17. technology
  18. divine intervention (Amen!)
  19. IKEA
  20. forests
  21. cell phones
  22. ducks
  23. education (If you can believe it, my eldest wrote this one.)
  24. camping trips
  25. horses
  26. flowers
  27. salvation
  28. our dog Summer
  29. friends
  30. church activities
  31. watermelon
  32. sports
  33. the sun
  34. Aegis Fire Protection (This is where my hubby works.)
  35. cherries
  36. birthdays
  37. the Bible
  38. U.S.A.
  39. sea crabs
  40. air conditioning
  41. tablets to do school on
  42. the earth
  43. apples
  44. limes
  45. books
  46. cats
  47. cheetahs
  48. working vehicles
  49. lemons (Are you seeing a pattern here?  Somebody loves fruit!)
  50. aunts and uncles
  51. a good church
  52. Daddy (I wrote this, since I knew my kiddos would be reading.  Not that I'm not thankful for him, just that I wrote Daddy instead of my hubby.)
  53. papercrafts
  54. home
  55. freedom
  56. dogs
  57. birds
  58. trees
  59. siblings (Love to know that my kids love one another!)
  60. ears (that we hear with... not ears of corn)
  61. time and space (You have to think scientifically for this one.)
  62. World Series baseball (Go, Royals!)
  63. pumpkins
  64. rain
  65. clothes
  66. stars
  67. bricks for building houses
  68. our military soldiers
  69. foxes
  70. Thanksgiving
  71. Jesus dying on the cross
  72. pigs (I have no idea!)
  73. pads that protect the mattress (Can you tell we just potty trained our littlest?  He's still working on bladder control during sleep hours, but that's normal for his age.)
  74. my camera
  75. family movie night
  76. Ezekiel
  77. milk
  78. band concerts
  79. cows
  80. my new watercolors (My hubby just surprised me with a Gansai Tambi set.  I haven't even had time to play.  Eeek!)
  81. a wife willing to put her kids first
  82. fish
  83. Ezekiel and Adina's basketball games
  84. coffee
  85. Kaden
  86. Beans (Kaden's favorite stuffed monkey)
  87. Adina
  88. good food
  89. Current Events (This is a bit of a joke.  Ezekiel hates doing his weekly Current Events, but we enjoy hearing them, especially from his perspective.)
  90. Room Time (Kaden spends a half hour playing alone in his room each day at the hour of my choosing.  I scramble to get everything done.)
  91. my new stove
  92. direct deposit
  93. God
  94. a beautiful family
  95. animals
  96. cousins
  97. paychecks
  98. libraries
  99. Fourth of July
  100. blog friends (That's YOU!)
From my family to yours, have a truly blessed Thanksgiving!  And to all those who don't live in the United States, have an absolutely fantastic day!  Hugs!

Colour Me... Playful!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Wednesday to you all!  Just stopping in to share my take on Colour Me...!'s newest palette.  We're looking for Stampin' Up's Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Rich Razzleberry, & Perfect Plum this week.  Enjoy!
I started this card by smudging, from bottom to top, Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Rich Razzleberry, & Perfect Plum inks across a piece of die-cut, White cardstock.  Both Spun Sugar and Dusty Concord Distress Inks helped blend the colors together.  I then stamped it, in Jet Black ink, with the trio of trees and splattered it with Titanium White acrylic paint to add a little snowfall.  The glistening hill was hand-cut from White cardstock; coated with glitter; and topped with the carolers, which were stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a Whisper White, cardstock die cut; splattered with a little more snowfall; and adhered, in their respective position, with foam tape.  The entire scene was then framed with a white, striped, patterned paper die cut...
and white-embossed with the "sending holiday CHEER" sentiment before being adhered, with foam tape, in the center of the prepped, White, cardstock, card face.  To prepare the card face, I rounded its bottom corners and anchored a couple of bright pink, patterned papers, which also had their combined bottom corners rounded, in the center of the card face, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches.
I then wrapped a length of white seam binding ribbon, horizontally, around the card face, over the connection of the two patterned papers; tied it, in a double bow, near the left edge; and embellished it with a bit of waxed chord, tied in a bow, as well as a purple gemstone.  A sprinkling of Sparkling Clear sequins completes the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from Always Playing with Paper's Challenge #52: Create a Christmas Card...
House of Cards' November Challenge: Stamped and Cut Window Technique...
and Wplus9 Design's Throwback Thursday #9.  I loved Maureen's third card in that post, especially the little scene, and re-created my own version of it here.
And here's this week's Creative Challenge No. 99 graphic to get you going in the right direction.

Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of the team was inspired.  We'd also be honored to have you play along with us!  You have until 12 noon EST, on Monday, November 30, 2015, to link up your takes over at that same challenge link above.  And don't forget to check out last week's Creative Challenge No. 98 Top Picks, too.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Iconic Christmas & Silver Bells (Wplus9) Paper: White (Wplus9); polka dot (Jenni Bowlin); pink stripe (Elle's Studio); white stripe (sei) Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Perfect Plum, Rose Red, & Melon Mambo (SU!); Spun Sugar, Dusty Concord, & Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Clear Cut Stackers: Rounded Rectangles & Iconic Christmas dies (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); waxed chord (Hobby Lobby); Sparkling Clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); purple gemstone (Paper Studio); Titanium White acrylic paint (FolkArt); white embossing powder (Ranger); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!)

Happy Everything

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hey, y'all!  I'm back to share a card that's making its way to my brother-in-law right now.  He's got a birthday on Friday, but I don't think I need to worry about him seeing it here before it arrives in his mailbox, as he's not a regular visitor to my blog.  Plus, I had to post it a little early, because I didn't want to miss my first time playing with the challenge below.
I started this card by smearing Peeled Paint Distress Ink, through a stencil, onto a piece of White cardstock.  I then strategically placed another stencil over that and smeared Faded Jeans Distress Ink through it to create a modern take on an argyle background.  It was then framed with more White cardstock, as well as silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  The White, cardstock, card face was then smudged with Patina Glimmer mist, while both pieces were sprinkled with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints, as well as Tinsel Color Shine.  The stenciled piece was then secured, over a tangle of silver thread, with foam tape, near the bottom left corner of the card face.
The "happy EVERYTHING" sentiment was silver-embossed on a strip of Black cardstock and anchored, to the card face, just below horizontal center, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches, running around the edges of the card face itself.  A sprinkling of silver and star sequins complete the look.
Inspiration for this card came from Time Out's Challenge #44, which is a CASE of this card.
I'll be back tomorrow with a girly, new palette from Colour Me...!  Until then, thanks so much for visiting, and have a terrific Tuesday!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Happy Everything (SU!) Paper: White & Black (Wplus9) Ink: Peeled Paint & Faded Jeans (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); silver & star sequins (Hobby Lobby); stencils (Jenni Bowlin); silver embossing powder (SU!); Tinsel Color Shine (Heidi Swapp); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Patina Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels)

It's a "Thankful for You" SALE!

Run, don't walk, to the Reverse Confetti Blog first thing tomorrow to get all the details.  Happy shopping!

For the Love of Books

Monday, November 23, 2015

Welcome to the work week, friends!  I trust you all had a wonderful weekend.  Ours was relaxing, which is what we needed, as most of us are still not feeling like our best selves.  My hubby and I even found some time to sort and organize our basement.  I know.  I'm sure that doesn't sound like much fun, but now, going down there, to do laundry or get something out of storage, puts a big smile on my face.  I'm sure it'll do so even more once we organize a yard sale, when the weather turns warm again, as getting rid of some extra furniture and curriculum stored down there will create even more open space.  My kiddos are thrilled to now have a place to stretch out and play, too.  We have a stone basement, so there's not a lot we can do down there; but we had a big scrap of carpet leftover from when we re-carpeted our loft a few years back.  So, we cleaned and cleared a large place for that and added lots of comfy seating.  They played games down there all weekend, and I love that all the little parts and pieces are far from the curious fingers of my littlest critter.

We've been doing lots of re-situating of our home.  So, it won't be long before they have toy storage down there, too.  They all have organized places to put their things upstairs, but three small bedrooms for five people can always stand to have more empty space.  They'll be able to pick and choose what stays up and what goes down, and everything can easily be switched around at their leisure.  I just love how excited they are about such a simple space, created, with a little hard work and elbow grease, just for them.

So how about we get to the reason for this post?  Thanksgiving is just days away, and I've got an amusing, Thanksgiving story, for you all, this month.  It is written for children ages four to eight and playfully illustrated with vibrant, watercolor-and-pencil illustrations.
Thanksgiving at the Tappletons', written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffer, begins with a busy family waking early, in anticipation of the arrival of out-of-town guests, to prepare for the big day.  But one after another, as Grandfather grows as hungry as five elephants, each dish loses its place on the table.  The turkey slips and slithers out of Mrs. Tappleton's fingers, down the front steps, across the yard, through the front gate, and into the pond.  The bakery is out of pies.  The vegetables were inadvertently fed to the school rabbits, and the mashed potatoes erupt from an unsupervised blender.  Kenny tearfully proclaims that there's "nothing to say a prayer for," but Grandmother quickly reminds him that there is "more to Thanksgiving than a turkey and trimmings" in a prayer that resurrects Thanksgiving dinner with a medley of refrigerator leftovers.

Thanks, as always, for taking the time out of your busy schedules to humble me with a visit.  Happy reading, and just in case you don't make it back here before you're off celebrating, have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving holiday.  Hugs!

The Studio Pinterest Challenge

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Morning, friends!  Just popping in, as promised, with my take on The Studio's newest challenge.  We've got a gorgeous pin (See below.) to inspire your creative time this month.  Here's how I was inspired.
I started this page by smudging the textured, white, cardstock, base page in Patina Glimmer Mist.  I then smeared a little Spun Sugar Distress Ink through a chevron stencil and stamped the page, in Coastal Cabana and Real Red inks, with a trio of different stars.  After placing my patterned papers, backed with a bit of gold, foil, striped vellum, near the center of my page, I splattered everything with Titanium White and Pure Black acrylic paints, as well as Gold Color Shine.  Once the page was completely dry, I anchored my mix of papers, as well as some hand-cut, from patterned paper, triangles, with gold-threaded, straight and messy, machine stitches.
I then filled a cellophane envelope with some fantastic, little, sequin stars, that I found in the jewelry aisle at Hobby Lobby, and tucked it in behind my photo, which was matted with Whisper White cardstock and wrapped with a length of Baker's Twine, tied, in a bow, near the bottom left corner of the photo.
The "Happy together" title was created from a gold, foil, "Happy" sticker and silver, glitter, foam, "together" sticker.  I've avoided mixing silver and gold, for one reason or another, in the past but no more.  I love it!  A sweet, little, mouse die cut...
turns our attention to the grouping in the top left corner of the page, where I tucked red, stripe Polaroid and house die cuts.  A "25th" circle die cut; sprinkling of silver, glitter, foam and teal, puffy, star stickers; and trio of phrase die cuts, both here...
and to ground the page, complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Picture This' November 15th Challenge (1 photo, cardstock, and gold) and ScrapMuch?'s Sketch-y Friday November 13th Challenge.
And here's your Pinterest Challenge from The Studio.  I was drawn to the triangle and woodgrain elements and knew that I wanted to tie in a little bit of gray as inspired by that yummy floor.  The mirror itself influenced my bits of shimmer and shine.  I also loved the mix of metals and, of course, the word "HAPPY".  The nature-inspired color palette so badly wanted to become a part of my page, but I had a super, fabulous, Hip Kit Club package lying on my desk, screaming for some attention.  It, obviously, won the battle.
You have until Sunday, December 6, 2015, to link up your takes, on this week's challenge and/or our previous Fall Challenge, in the right-hand column of The Studio Blog.  Can't wait to see what you all cook up!  Thanks so much for peeking in!  Have a terrific week!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Blast Off (Market Street Stamps) Paper: textured white (Paper Studio); Whisper White & gold foil stripe vellum (SU!); woodgrain (Jen Hadfield); multicolored triangle & gray text (Hip Kit Club) Ink: Coastal Cabana & Real Red (SU!); Spun Sugar (Ranger) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); cellophane envelope, glitter stars, & foam "together" (Hip Kit Club); house, phrase bits, "25th", & mouse die cuts & puffy sticker stars (Pinkfresh); Gold Color Shine (Heidi Swapp); Titanium White & Pure Black acrylic paint (FolkArt); chevron stencil (Jenni Bowlin); Patina Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); star sequins (Hobby Lobby); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies)

Reverse Confetti: Believe

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Morning, y'all!  Just popping in to share a page I created, of my little bear's first Christmas, using lots of fun goodies from Reverse Confetti.  Enjoy!
I started this page by smudging Leaf Glimmer Mist and Pickle Mister Huey's onto a wide strip of woodgrain, pattern paper, which had been framed with both a red, "Merry Christmas", patterned paper and lime, polka dot, paper strip, both of which were anchored with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  I then smeared a little Barn Door Distress ink through a star stencil; stamped it, in Jet Black ink, with the snowflakes from Jolly Holiday; threw a few vellum, Wreaths die cuts about; and sprinkled everything with Titanium White and Pure Black, acrylic paints before anchoring a trio of patterned papers, down the vertical center of my woodgrain panel, with black-threaded, straight, machine stitching and topping them with my photos, which were matted with Whisper White cardstock.
A Whisper White, cardstock, Cameo-cut, "Believe" title, which I also glittered, along with a stamped, in Jet Black ink, "REMEMBER THIS DEC 05 2014" date, grounds the look.
A Holly Jolly Quick Card Panel, die-cut using the Topped Off Tag Confetti Cuts die and topped with a White, cardstock, Hang Ups die cut, through which was laced a length of Baker's Twine, rounds out the photo grid.  I also stamped the tag, in Jet Black ink, with the word "christmas" from Winter Word Coordinates and embellished it with a Holly die cut, cut from a green, feather, patterned paper; White cardstock; and red, glitter paper, as well as a sweet Santa.  Those Quick Card Panels are so, stinkin' fabulous, they've already sold out.
Let's take a look at that Jolly Holiday Santa a little closer.  He was black-embossed on a White, cardstock die cut; watercolored in shades of Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Pumice Stone, Lucky Limeade, Garden Green, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, Blush Blossom, and Pretty in Pink inks; and given a few kisses of glitter for his trimmings.  I then backed him with a little tangle of black thread and popped him up with foam tape.
Another tangle of black thread tops a length of black, floral Washi Tape and backs a red button, laced with white string, along the edge of my woodgrain, patterned paper...
and a stamped, in Jet Black ink, "merry christmas!", as well as a trio of additional, red buttons, laced with white string, completes the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Picture This' November 1st Challenge (scraps, die cuts, & buttons) and Let's Get Sketchy's November Week 2 Sketch.  I took a few liberties with the latter, but I think you'll still find the foundation is there.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I'm signing off a little early again for the weekend, but I'll be back first thing next week with a fabulous, new challenge from The Studio.  Hugs!
Stamps: Jolly Holiday & Winter Word Coordinates (Reverse Confetti); date (Dear Lizzy) Paper: Whisper White & red glitter (SU!); White (Wplus9); watercolor (Canson Studio); "Merry Christmas", trees, & vellum (Paper Studio); lime polka dot (MME); woodgrain & black polka dot (Amy Tangerine); red stripe (Echo Park); green feather (Crate Paper) Ink: Blush Blossom, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Pretty in Pink, Lucky Limeade, Garden Green, & Basic Gray (SU!); Barn Door, Pumice Stone, & Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Holly Jolly Quick Card Panels - SOLD OUT - & Jolly Holiday, Holly, Hang Ups, Wreaths, & Topped Off Tag Confetti Cuts dies (Reverse Confetti); Big Shot (Sizzix); star stencil (Jenni Bowlin); Cameo (Silhouette); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Pickle Mister Huety's (Studio Calico); Leaf Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); black embossing powder & Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); black floral Washi (MME); buttons (JoAnn Fabrics); white string (Hobby Lobby)

Colour Me... Subtle!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Morning, friends!  I really didn't mean to be away from here for so long, but sick kids often lead to a sick mommy, and the ickies have been going around my place.  I'm here today, though, and I've got this week's Colour Me...! challenge.  We're looking for creations boasting Stampin' Up's Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, and Cherry Cobbler this time.  Here's how I was inspired.
I started this card by stamping the bottom right corner of a piece of Whisper White cardstock, in Soft Suede ink, with the "Grateful GREETINGS" sentiment; debossing the piece with tiny polka dots; and trimming its left side with a piece of hand-cut, burgundy, polka dot, patterned paper, as well as a strip of yellow, stripe, patterned paper.  The entire thing was then anchored, to the White, cardstock, card face, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches.
The top edge of the card face was then wrapped with a length of twine, tied, in a bow, just left of vertical center.
Both the small and large leaves were stamped in Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, & Chocolate Chip inks, on White cardstock, using the brown inks not only for the foundation of some of the leaves themselves, but also to ink the edges.  All of the leaves were then hand-cut out and scattered, with a trio of gold, sequin leaves, along the hand-cut and stitched arch of the burgundy, polka dot, patterned paper, to complete the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from Simon Says Stamps' Monday Challenge: Thanks/Thanksgiving and Wplus9 Design's Get Sketchy #4.
And here's this week's Creative Challenge No. 98 graphic to get you going in the right direction.
Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of the team was inspired.  We'd also be honored to have you play along with us!  You have until 12 noon EST, on Monday, November 23, 2015, to link up your takes over at that same challenge link above.  And don't forget to check out last week's Creative Challenge No. 97 Top Picks, too.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Sending my thoughts and prayers to the precious people of Paris, too.  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Season of Thanks (Wplus9) Paper: White (Wplus9); Whisper White (SU!); yellow stripe (Jillibean Soup); burgundy polka dot (MME) Ink: Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, & Chocolate Chip (SU!) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); polka dot embossing folder (SU!); Big Shot (Sizzix); twine (Hobby Lobby); gold sequin leaves (Crate Paper); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives)