Friday Faves

Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Friday, friends!  I don't know about you, but I'm ever so ready for the weekend.  It's been a long, tiring week, due, in part, to the late night success of our Kansas City Royals; and while we've still got a busy weekend planned, it will also deliver a change of pace from our regular routine and, hopefully, a bit of a break from the parenting responsibilities, even when they're shared, for me.  Fortunately, most of the busyness will be from home, because there's a lot to get done.  It's fall, and we've got an awful lot of trees in our yard.  Then, we've got a little someone's birthday to celebrate on Sunday, and she's ever so ready.  We had family pictures taken yesterday, and poor thing couldn't hold still for anything.  I'm crossing my fingers that between her excitement and Kaden's lack of love for the camera, we'll still have some beautiful, family photos to commemorate 2015.

So, let's get to the reason for this post, which is to share a few of the things that have caught my attention, in and around the world wide web, this month, beginning with October Afternoon's Under the Tree Collection Kit.  Swoon!  There's simply nothing about this collection that I don't completely love.  It makes me miss my monthly Jenni Bowlin goodies ever so much.  The color palette is spot on.  The mix of patterns is deliciously divine, and I adore the fully-integrated vintage appeal.  Yum!
Matter of fact, I love it so much, I had to include the coordinating Tags and Cards...
Ephemera...
and Tin Pins, too.  Gosh, I hope my hubby is reading.  LOL!
The big, bold, raw designs of Handwritten Holidays 3, from Stamper's Anonymous, had me at hello.
And last, but certainly not least, this darling Plush Personalized Dachshund Puppy, from Avida Toys, is simply too cute for words.
That's all, for this month, folks, but I hope you'll join me for all the fun stuff I've got on the roster for November.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a fantastic weekend!  Go, Royals!

For the Love of Books

Thursday, October 29, 2015

In light of my littlest completing his own potty training successfully, I thought it only fitting to pick our favorite potty training book to share for this month's For the Love of Books post.  It is written for children ages two to four and simply illustrated with darling, age-appropriate, crayon-outlined pictures.
Zoo Poo, by Richard Morgan, follows the trail of a toddler, named Charlie, as he visits the zoo to answer the question "how do you doo-doo at the zoo?"  From "kangaroos doo-doo while on the hop" to "silly monkeys doo-doo right there on the spot," this book is sure to make its readers smile.  And I just love that little Charlie remembers to give his own tips for "how to poo on the pot" at the end of the book.  At the same time, there are a number of notable, potty training words of advice, from the author himself, at the beginning of the book.

I hope this book brings a little laughter to the ups and downs of the potty training process in your home.  Thanks so much for taking the time to read! XOXO

Colour Me... Playful!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Morning, friends!  As promised, I've got my take on a playful, new palette from Colour Me...!, for you all, today.  This week we're calling for creations using Stampin' Up's Real Red, Tangelo Twist, Cucumber Crush, and So Saffron.  Here's how I was inspired.
I started this card by piecing a couple of patterned papers onto the White, cardstock, card face; topping them with a dry embossed, with stars, sheet of vellum, which was cut slightly smaller than the patterned papers themselves for a sort of frame and had been stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "MAY YOUR HOLIDAYS BE MERRY & BRIGHT" sentiment; and anchoring them all with white-threaded, straight, machine stitches.
I then stamped the wreath, in Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, and Real Red inks, on a White, cardstock die cut; popped it off the center of the card face with foam tape; and tucked a Crate Paper, deer die cut into its center.  The deer was then draped with a string of Christmas lights.  The lights were white-embossed on vellum; colored, on the backside, with five shades of yellow, orange, and green colored pencils; and hand-cut out.
A bit of white, seam binding ribbon, tied in a bow and embellished with a red, button berry, laced with white string and flanked with a couple of stamped, in Garden Green and Chocolate Chip inks, holly leaves, as well as a sprinkling of gold sequins, completes the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from Simon Says Stamps' Monday Challenge: Throwback (I chose the March 2014 Challenge: Transparent.) and Cupcake Inspirations' Challenge #333: Stars.
And here's this week's Creative Challenge No. 95 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 2, 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. 94 Top Picks, too.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Woodland Wreaths & Merry & Bright (Wplus9); Shine On (Market Street Stamps) Paper: White (Wplus9); red polka dot (Heidi Swapp); green plaid (Cosmo Cricket); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Real Red, & Chocolate Chip (SU!); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); star embossing folder (SU!); Woodland Wreaths & Merry & Bright dies (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); deer die cut & gold sequins (Crate Paper); button (Papertrey Ink); white string (Hobby Lobby); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); white embossing powder (Ranger); colored pencils (Prismacolor)

Weekend Snapshots

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

What a busy time of year it has been!  I don't see it letting up anytime soon, so we're trying to sneak in special, little moments, between scheduled activities and schoolwork, when we can.  For example, our Internet was down last Thursday, resulting in us not being able to access my kiddos' online classes.  So, we made an impromptu trip to the Kansas City Zoo to visit our old and new, furry friends in Africa.  A technician met my hubby at our house to get us back online late morning; but as it turns out, the problem was on their end, and we weren't even up and running again until dinner time.  I'm so glad we didn't hang around and wait.  Plus, last Wednesday was the end of our first nine weeks, so it really couldn't have happened at a better time academically.
This baby boy chimpanzee, named Milo, was born the end of March; but it was our first time meeting him, and he was just as cute as can be!
We were told this was only the third time this particular rhinoceros had been on exhibit.  Boy, was he skittish!
Every time I see this particular gorilla, he reminds me so much of a certain, sullen, family member, who shall remain nameless.  LOL!
And we were so blessed to meet Maskia, the first baby gorilla born at the Kansas City Zoo since 1975.  She didn't cooperate for a proper photo session, but it was so fun watching her wobble around.
We really only meant to spend the morning at the zoo and come home to rest in the afternoon, which would've also given me time to record grades and gather all the necessary paperwork that needed to be off in the mail as soon as possible, but we ended up spending nearly the entire day exploring.  My little guy passed out for a bit in the afternoon but woke in time to ride the carousel and see the penguins on our way out, not to mention to get a little ice-cream on the way home.
Then, bright and early Saturday morning, we dove into turning about 45 of the 65 pounds of apples we picked back here into 37 pints of apple butter.  The rest have been or will be turned into apple crisp/pie filling.  It's a family affair, and I had a lot of help, at least for the first hour (Tee hee!), with washing, peeling, measuring, and of course, eating.  The cooking and canning is pretty much my job.  If you would like to see a little photo parade of the entire process, check this post out; although, my new, smooth-top stove sure made cleanup a lot easier.
And before I run, look who lost another tooth.  She's been wiggling it for weeks and just decided yesterday was the day for it to come out.  It's so cute, too, that she talks with a bit of a lisp now.
I'll be back tomorrow with my take on Colour Me...!'s new, weekly palette.  Until then, I'll be rooting for our Royals.  Thanks so much for checking in on us, and have a truly terrific Tuesday!

The Studio Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Stopping in to share my take on The Studio's newest challenge.  It's a tic-tac-toe board.  I guess I was going for a blackout; because I found inspiration in almost every element of the board below, withholding only a white background.
I started this page by stamping the mint, gradient, polka dot, base page, in Crisp Cantaloupe and London Fog inks, with a variety of stars.  I then split apart a trio of frames; adhered the pieces, to the base page, near the top and bottom of where my photos, which were matted with Whisper White cardstock, would lie; and topped them with a bit of gold, foil, heart vellum, cut in the shape of a star with my Cameo.  A woodgrain, "hello" card, as well as a manila tag, laced with mint twine, tied in a bow, was tucked under the top edge of the photos and embellished with a floral die cut and gold-embossed, on vellum, and hand-cut, heart banner.
The "hello" card was then used to create my "hello BABY" title with the addition of gold, puffy, Desktop Thickers.
A mint, gradient ampersand, topped with a tangle of gold thread; couple of die cuts; puffy, "LOVING YOU", banner sticker; and stamped, in Crisp Cantaloupe ink, on White cardstock, and hand-cut, "Special Delivery" arrow, grounds the design.
I then secured a strip of woodgrain, patterned paper, along the right edge of the base page, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches and embellished it with a number of die cuts, backed with a strip of gold, stripe Washi and another tangle of gold thread.
A bit of Titanium White, acrylic paint, added to the outside edges of the base page for added interest, as well as a sprinkling of gold, star sequins and trio of wood veneer hearts, completes the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Picture This' October 15th Challenge (2 photos, polka dots, and family); Stuck?! Sketches October 15th Sketch Challenge, which I rotated 90 degrees to the right...
and Clique Kit's October Mood Board Challenge.  I was inspired by the gradient image in the bottom center; the overall, pastel palette with kisses of black; and happy mix of celebratory, heart/star confetti throughout.
And here's your Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge graphic to get you off and running in the right direction.
Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of the team was inspired.  Then, come join in the fun!  You have until Sunday, November 8, 2015, to link up your takes in the right-hand column of The Studio Blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Blast Off (Market Street Stamps); Sent With Love (SU!); Borders & Backgrounds 3 & Banner Love (Wplus9) Paper: White (Wplus9); Whisper White & gold foil heart vellum (SU!); mint polka dot & woodgrain (Jen Hadfield); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe (SU!); London Fog (Memento); watermark (VersaMark) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); manila tag (American Tag Co.); mint twine (A.R. Designs); gold embossing powder (Ranger); frames, woodgrain "hello", floral bits, gradient arrows, gold "HELLO", gradient ampersand, & fox die cuts (Jen Hadfield); wood veneer hearts (Simple Stories); gold star sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); gold stripe Washi (MME); "LOVING YOU" puffy banner (Pink Paislee); puffy gold Desktop Thickers (Dear Lizzy); Titanium White acrylic paint (FolkArt); Cameo (Silhouette)

Hello Gorgeous

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Just popping in to share a card I made just for the sake of playing with some new goodies.  Enjoy!
I started this card by anchoring a couple of patterned papers, onto the White, cardstock, card face, with bright-pink-threaded, straight, machine stitches and stamping their bottom left corner, in Jet Black ink, with the "Hello GORGEOUS" sentiment.
I then wrapped their connection with a length of pink, satin ribbon; which I tied, in a bow, near the left edge of the card face and embellished with a pink button, laced with a white, string bow.
My shaker was created from die-cut layers of Rose Red and clear cardstocks, as well as watercolor paper, which was watercolored in shades of Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, and Rose Red inks.  It was then filled with Pink Blush and Sweet{heart} Mix floral sequins and silver seed beads, before being adhered, with foam tape, just to the right of the embellished bow.  The peonies and their pot were black-embossed on watercolor paper; watercolored in shades of Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, and Basic Grey inks; hand-cut out; and adhered, in their respective positions, with foam tape.
Inspiration for this card came from Avery Elle's Challenge #29: Think Pink.
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit!  Have a blessed day!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Peonies (Avery Elle) Paper: Rose Red (SU!); White (Wplus9); pink polka dot & black leafy (Crate Paper); clear (American Crafts); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: Basic Gray, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, & Garden Green (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: bright pink thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Clear Cut Stackers: Hearts die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); black embossing powder (SU!); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); ribbon, seed beads, & white string (Hobby Lobby); button (CHA); Pink Blush sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Sweet{heart} Mix floral sequins (Paper Sweeties)