Colour Me... Creative!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hey, friends!  We're finding ourselves in another one of those five-week months and getting creative, over at Colour Me...!, with two palettes for you to choose from.  The first focuses on Stampin' Up's Blushing Bride, Mint Macaroon, and Sahara Sand; and the second, which includes Pink Pirouette, Delightful Dijon, and Lost Lagoon, inspired the creation below.
I started this card by piecing a trio of patterned papers together; stamping them, in second-generation, Chocolate Chip ink, with the coffee stains; and anchoring them, to the Oatmeal, cardstock, card face, with mustard-threaded, straight and zig-zag, machine stitches.
I then stamped the bottom center of a tag, die cut from watercolor paper, in Jet Black ink, with the "SENDING A CUPPA love" sentiment.  I don't have Delightful Dijon ink, so I stamped the mug in second-generation, More Mustard ink and added a touch more color back with a watercolor brush.  I think it turned out perfectly, especially as More Mustard was stamping far too orange.  It was then topped with stamped, in Jet Black ink, steam lines, before being backed with a tangle of mustard thread; adhered, with foam tape, in its respective location...
and topped with a length of seam binding ribbon, tied in a double bow and embellished with an ivory button, laced with a hemp twine bow, as well as an acrylic leaf.
Further inspiration for this card came from the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop...
and here's this week's Creative Challenge No. 91 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, October 5, 2015, to link up your takes over at that same challenge link above.  And don't forget to check out last week's gorgeous Creative Challenge No. 90 Top Picks, too.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful Wednesday, y'all!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Daily Grind (Market Street Stamps); Coffee Stains (3rd Eye) Paper: Oatmeal (Wplus9); watercolor (Canson Studio); pink polka dot & kraft stripe (Crate Paper); aqua polka dot (MME) Ink: More Mustard & Chocolate Chip (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger) Other: mustard thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Timeless Tags 2 die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); acrylic leaf (Basic Grey); seam binding ribbon (Paper Sweeties); ivory button (The Ribbon Reel); hemp twine (SU!)

For the Love of Books

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Here I am sneaking in another good read just before the close of the month yet again.  Sometimes, I get carried away with life in general and simply lose track of time; but I'm truly just so happy to continue this monthly post.  I hope you all are enjoying my picks.  Without further adieu, this month's pick won The Caldecott Medal, in 1996, for its deliciously playful, strikingly vibrant, and simply adorable illustrations and is written for children ages four to eight.
In Officer Buckle and Gloria, by Peggy Rathmann, Officer Buckle knew more safety tips than anyone else in Napville and shared them with the students at Napville School; but nobody ever listened, and accidents always ensued.  That is until Gloria, the police dog, joined his team.  Unbeknown to Officer Buckle, Gloria acted out each safety tip he gave and received unending laughter and applause from the previously snoozing audience.  So much so, that they began to get invited to give more safety speeches.  Together they visited 313 schools, and everywhere they went, to Officer Buckle's surprise, the children listened.  Then, one day, a television crew videotaped Officer Buckle's speech, and the rationale for their instant popularity became disappointingly evident to him on the ten o'clock news.  The pair were forced to go their separate ways, but when disaster struck Napville School, they were drawn back together again with Officer Buckle's best safety tip yet.

I'll be back tomorrow with a creative, new palette from Colour Me...!  Until then, thanks so much for visiting, and happy reading!

Lunar Eclipse

Monday, September 28, 2015

Happy Monday, friends!  I just wanted to stop in to share a few pics of last night's lunar eclipse from its viewpoint in my neck of the woods.  We had our telescope out, but sadly, it doesn't have a camera in it.  I still got quite a few good photographs with my Cannon, though.  So, I'll just let the pictures do the talking.
The light passing from the sun to the moon through the earth's atmosphere creates the red/pink appearance, and it was so fun at the point this last photograph was taken to see all the stars surrounding the moon through the telescope.  They're usually drown out by the glow of the moon itself.  Anyway, I know it's a little different than my normal share; but since the moon won't be at this stage again until 2033, I figured it was worth posting.  Thanks for dropping by!  Have a blessed work week!  Hugs!

The Studio Scraplift Challenge

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Just popping in to share my take on The Studio's latest Scraplift Challenge.  We've scraplifted other members of the Design Team and encourage you to use the post linked above to pick one of our scraplifts to scraplift.  I was inspired by our leader Anna's take (See below.) on our past Food Challenge to create this.
I started this page by smudging Pink Bubblegum Glimmer Mist and Sunshine Mister Huey's onto the Whisper White, cardstock, base page.  I then topped that with smeared, through a couple of stencils, Spun Sugar & Faded Jeans Distress Inks, before anchoring a couple of patterned papers, near the left edge of the design, with black and gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches and layering a bit of vellum, as well as my photos, which were matted with more Whisper White cardstock, over them.  A few rubons prep the page for my "I love TO WATCH you WORK" title, which was created from gold, foil words; a wood veneer "love"; and Deep Sea Flash and Mini Alphas.  A "Big" puffy sticker and pear die cut round out the top right corner...
and another sticker and few more die cuts, in addition to a length of white string, wrapped around the bottom photo and tied in a bow, complete the bottom left.
A "TODAY" journaling card was then tucked under the bottom right edge of my photo stack; grounded with another puffy sticker and "GOOD FOR YOU" die cut; and used to journal, I loved watching you work on your studies together & listening to you talk to & encourage one another.
The stamped, in Jet Black ink, "REMEMBER THIS APR 06 2015" date grounds the entire design...
and a sprinkling of gold, star sequins, as well as arrow and gold, star die cuts, complete the look.
I am naturally drawn to layouts with multiple photos and liked that aspect of Anna's playful page.  However, I don't normally use plain white cardstock as a base for my pages and was inspired by her use of such here, as well as the amount of white space she utilized.
Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see who inspired the rest of the members of the team, as well as to pick a page to inspire your own creative time this month.  You have until October 11, 2015, to link up your takes in the right-hand column of The Studio Blog.  I'm looking forward to seeing where this one takes you!  Have fun, as well as terrific week!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: date (Dear Lizzy) Paper: Whisper White (SU!); mint polka dot/pink arrow & blue (Amy Tangerine); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Jet Black, Spun Sugar, & Faded Jeans (Ranger) Other: black & gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); white string (Hobby Lobby); Sunshine Mister Huey's (Studio Calico); Pink Bubblegum Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); chevron & plus stencils (Jenni Bowlin); arrow, floral, & curly q's rubons; large gold star, arrow, pencil, house, tree, & pear die cuts; & "TODAY" journaling card (Amy Tangerine); gold star sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); wood veneer "love" & "GOOD FOR YOU" die cut (Crate Paper); puffy stickers (Pinkfresh); "I" & "you" gold foil words (American Crafts); Deep Sea Flash & Mini Alphas (October Afternoon)

Friday Faves

Friday, September 25, 2015

Where in the world did this week go?!  I cannot believe that it's actually Friday and the last Friday of September to boot.  October is nipping at our heels, and I was hoping to pile lots of fall favorites into this month's Friday Faves; but surprisingly, I haven't found any.  I did, however, happen upon this beautifully natural, winter Juniper Berry Collection Pack from Basic Grey.  So, let's start there.  I adore the unexpected kisses of pink, bitty prints, and themed stickers.
Avery Elle's Beautiful Bow stamp set is uber universal, and I just love the happy mix of sentiments and fabulous stripes.
Speaking of stripes, they look just as cozy on SK Bag's Canvas Fold-Over Bag, and the neutrality of their gray state is perfectly scrumptious!  But you'll have to stop by the link above to get the full effect of just how amazing they are.
If I had even just the slightest inkling that my little guy wouldn't tear Whimsies Crochet's Crochet Bear Hood off the minute I slipped it on, I'd save my pennies to dress him stylishly warm this winter.  It's cute enough, though, that I may have to give it a shot anyway.  They're only little once.  Right?
And finally, I don't think, in the five years I've been doing this post, that I've ever included any food item; but I figured there's no reason why I cannot start now, and Wheat Thins' Garden Valley Veggie Toasted Chips are my absolute favorite snack at the moment.  Mmmm!
That covers things for this month, y'all.  Thanks, as always, for stopping in to share in my faves.  I'll be back early next week with a new challenge from The Studio.  Until then, have a fantastic start to your weekends!  XOXO

You Are My Sunshine

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Morning!  I've got a page to share today that I actually made over two years ago now.  It was done for a guest designer opportunity that didn't end up working out, but it occurred to me recently that I had never shared it here.  So, yesterday, I was celebrating fall; and today, I'm back to summer.  That's the Kansas girl in me for you ;).
I started this page by smudging the textured, white, cardstock, base page with Patina Glimmer Mist and stamping it, in Jet Black ink, with both the grid background and bubbles.  I then anchored a trio of color-coordinating, patterned papers, hand-cut in the shape of banners, down the vertical center of the page, with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches and topped them with a couple of polka dot, patterned papers, before adhering my matted, with Whisper White cardstock, photos down the center of the design and grounding them with my Cameo-cut, from Whisper White cardstock, and glittered "you are my sunshine" title.
I then embellished the right side of my photos with a paper doily; red tag, leftover from an old, shirt purchase and dressed up with a length of Baker's Twine, tied in a bow; "SUN" Bingo card; "sunshine & smiles" stickers, cut in the shape of banners; chipboard cloud...
and a stamped, in Jet Black ink, on White cardstock, "imagine" image.
The image was colored in with pencils, dressed up with a little Crystal Effects and Dazzling Details, and adhered with foam tape.  I'm thinking I need to add a little watercolor to that gorgeous image next time.  Anybody want Market Street Stamps to come back on the scene as much as I do?  Sigh.
A kraft, polka dot envelope; yellow, floral frame; stamped, in Jet Black ink, with "BEAUTIFUL", "{hello}", journaling card; and red, journaling frame, filled in with a bit of info, Oregon Trail Pool, June 26, 2012, were tucked under the left side of my photos.  A "JUN" flair button anchors a stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a die-cut, vellum banner, "KEEP SMILING" phrase.
A couple of banners, one of which was popped up with foam tape and embellished with a length of white string, tied in a bow, as well as a cardstock, sticker arrow and lots of clear sequins, scattered about, complete the look.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a truly remarkable day!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Great Big Greetings & Imagine (Market Street Stamps); Off the Grid (SU!); Hand Lettered Hello & Hooked On You (Wplus9) Paper: textured white (Bazzill); Whisper White (SU!); yellow polka dot (October Afternoon); red polka dot (MME); aqua gradient (Jenni Bowlin); camera (Echo Park); raindrops (Pink Paislee); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: back thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Banner Trio die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); Patina Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); doily & red tag (unknown); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); "So many of my smiles begin with You" & "sunshine" "& smiles" tags (Little Yellow Bicycle); white string (Hobby Lobby); Dazzling Diamonds, Dazzling Details, & Crystal Effects (SU!); pencils (Prismacolor); mineral spirits (Inky Antics); chipboard cloud (October Afternoon); "JUN" flair button (Bossy Joscie); red framed journaling label (Crate Paper); "{hello}" PL card (American Crafts); kraft polka dot envelope (Maya Road); pink grid tag (Elle's Studio); yellow floral frame & black polka dot Washi Tape (K&Company); "you are my sunshine" cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); "SUN" Bingo card (Jenni Bowlin); arrow cardstock sticker (Jillibean Soup); Sparkling Clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Colour Me... Playful!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Well, hello there; and happy first day of fall, y'all!  Just popping back in, as promised, to share Colour Me...!'s newest palette, boasting Stampin' Up's Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, and Crushed Curry.  Aside from the colors themselves, I found inspiration in the uniqueness of this particular day of our calendar year.
I started this card by piecing the background papers onto a piece of Oatmeal cardstock; anchoring them with mustard-threaded, straight, machine stitches; and adding stamped, in Jet Black ink, as well as white gel pen, splatters.  I then wrapped the prepped piece with a length of turquoise, gingham ribbon, which I tied, in a bow, near the right edge and embellished with a Crushed Curry, resin flower, backed by a bit of waxed string, tied in a bow.  I also tucked a length of white lace under its bottom edge, before adhering the entire thing, with foam tape, to the Kraft, cardstock, card face.
I then black embossed a watercolor paper, rounded rectangle die cut with the pumpkin; watercolored it in shades of Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Wild Wasabi, and Garden Green inks; and adhered it, in the center of the card face, just to the left of the embellished bow, with foam tape.  The scarecrow was embossed in the same way as the pumpkin on a piece of scrap, watercolor paper and watercolored in shades of Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Summer Sun, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Wild Wasabi, and Garden Green inks.  The paper was turning my Old Olive more of an ugly yellow, so I added back in more green with the latter two ink colors.  I then hand-cut it out and adhered it, in its respective location, with foam tape...
before coating the pumpkin with a bit of Wink of Stella.
The "Happy Fall!" sentiment was then stamped, in Jet Black ink, just to the bottom left of the die cut itself; and a sprinkling of Sparkling Clear sequins completes the look.

And just because I love to see all the depth and dimension, one last photo for good measure.
Here's this week's Creative Challenge No. 90 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, September 28, 2015, to link up your takes over at that same challenge link above.  And don't forget to check out last week's striking Creative Challenge No. 89 Top Picks, too.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed day!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Autumn Greetings (Market Street Stamps); Coffee Stains (3rd Eye) Paper: Oatmeal & Kraft (Wplus9); green triangles & rust wheat (October Afternoon); yellow plaid (Fancy Pants); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: Daffodil Delight, Summer Sun, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Tempting Turquoise, & Pacific Point (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: mustard thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Clear Cut Stackers: Rounded Rectangles die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Sparkling Clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); white Gelly Roll pen (Sakura); Wink of Stella (Zig); black embossing powder & Crushed Curry resin flower (SU!); waxed string & gingham ribbon (Hobby Lobby); lace (Michael's)

Deanna Rose Farmstead

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Morning, friends!  I know I'm a little late in saying so, but I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Ours was busy from beginning to end.  We went to a craft show on Saturday morning.  We didn't buy anything, other than a bag of kettle corn to share, but enjoyed being out in the beautiful, fall weather people watching and chatting with a family friend we hadn't seen in quite some time.  We got a lot of needed things done around the house, too; but Sundays are simply a blur now that Awana has begun again.  I did get to help out in Kaden's class on Sunday morning.  Yes, he finally goes and stays with absolutely no issues at all.  I owe so much to the wonderful ladies, at our new church, who didn't turn us away, but rather held and loved on my little guy through his tears until they were no more.  I've even been stopped in the halls by two of the teachers, that he had over the summer months and before everyone moved up this fall, so they could tell me that he was their favorite.  I'm such a happy Mommy ;)!

While I don't have pics from the weekend to share, I do have a few from a recent trip we made to Deanna Rose Farmstead.
My dad and grandpa were off on a guy's trip, so my mom came up to spend the day with us there.
From cows and ponies to bunnies and owls, Kaden was in awe of all the animals and loved playing on the slides and riding these cute, little tractors.
Adina was a fan of the tractors, too; but even though they tried to eat our clothes, she loved feeding the baby goats the most.
And I think Ezekiel just enjoyed a day off from school.  It has been quite some time since our last visit, but we used to live just down the road from this place.  So, when Ezekiel was Kaden's age, we came here all the time.  And then again, before he started school, we still came pretty often.  He was my only little one, and we got out and about to see the world daily.  It's not as easy to do so anymore, so these simple memories are even more treasured.

I'll be back tomorrow with a brand new palette from Colour Me...! to inspire your creative time this week.  Until then, thanks so much for checking in on us, and have a terrific week!

Colour Me... Subtle!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Hey, y'all!  Just stopping in to share my take on Colour Me...!'s newest palette.  We're looking for projects using a combination of Stampin' Up's Garden Green, Island Indigo, and Pacific Point this week. 
I started this card by anchoring the patterned papers, onto a piece of Island Indigo cardstock, with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches and stamping their combined bottom right corner, in Jet Black ink, with the "Friends Owl-ways!" sentiment.
I then wrapped the prepped piece with a length of Island Indigo ribbon; tied it, in a bow, near the left edge; and embellished it with a bit of hemp twine, tied in a bow, before adhering it, to the Kraft, cardstock, card face, with foam tape.
The wood slice was adhered just to the right of the embellished bow; backed with a tangle of black thread, as well as a stamped, in Garden Green ink, on Oatmeal cardstock, and hand-cut out branch; and topped with a stamped, in Jet Black ink, on an Oatmeal, cardstock die cut, owl.
A couple of google eyes and trio of wood veneer hearts complete the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: Use a Stamp, Wplus9's Get Sketchy Challenge #3...
and although it's unusual for my creations not to contain such, House of Cards' September Challenge: Stitch It Up!
Here's this week's Creative Challenge No. 89 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, September 21, 2015, to link up your takes over at that same challenge link above.  And don't forget to check out last week's striking Creative Challenge No. 88 Top Picks, too.  Thanks so much for humoring me with a visit!  Have a wonderful Wednesday!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Woodgrain Silhouettes Additions & Bitty Buddy Valentines (Wplus9) Paper: Island Indigo (SU!); Oatmeal & Kraft (Wplus9); all patterned (Elle's Studio) Ink: Garden Green (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Bitty Buddy Valentines die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); google eyes (Hobby Lobby); wood veneer hearts (Studio Calico); wood slice (Amy Tangerine); Island Indigo ribbon & hemp twine (SU!)