The Studio Texture Challenge

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Morning, friends!  Just stopping in, as promised, with my take on The Studio's last challenge of the month.  We're looking for pages with texture this go around.  I had so much fun getting messy with gesso, paints, mists, watercolors, and inks for this challenge!  I even dusted off my modeling paste.  Woohoo!  Additionally, I've added texture with stitching, vellum, glossy brads, smooth chipboard, thread, enamel hearts, embossing, a hint of clear Wink of Stella, and more.  Enjoy!
I started this page by smudging the pink, gradient, base page with gesso and Sky Mr. Huey's.  I then smeared Pumice Stone Distress Ink, through a chevron stencil, pointing both vertically and horizontally toward where my photograph would eventually lie, before pulling out another stencil to add a few hearts with modeling paste, tinted with Sky Mr. Huey's.  My papers were then positioned, but before anchoring a number of them with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches, I splattered everything with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints, as well as a little more yet of that Sky Mr. Huey's.  My photo was matted with Whisper White cardstock and adhered, with foam tape, over the patterned paper stack, as well as a Cameo-cut, vellum heart, which, too, was secured with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  The "do what YOU LOVE" title was Cameo-cut from textured, white cardstock; splattered in the same way as the page itself; and adhered along the vertical edge of an inked chevron stack.
A hand-cut, from patterned paper, "YOU ARE MY GREATEST ADVENTURE" pennant was adhered, with foam tape, just to the left of my title and tucked into the paper stack.  It was also dressed up with a little, die-cut, Rose Red cardstock heart to which I applied clear Wink of Stella for shine.
The "hello lovely" wreath was hand-cut from patterned paper and used as the base for the secondary cluster.  It was topped with a "Write your own story" banner, which was anchored with soft pink brads, as well as a Cameo-cut, from gold cardstock, "smile"...
and grounded with a gradient, chipboard arrow, as well as my journaling, which reads, It was so fun to make these little bear boxes for your basketball buddies.  Valentine's Day 2015.
The entire grouping leads to a large, chipboard, floral element, topped with a darling, little, cow image.  The cow was black-embossed on watercolor paper; watercolored; stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "you MOOOVE me" phrase; and backed with a tangle of gold thread.
A sprinkling of stamped, in Jet Black ink, hearts; pink, enamel hearts; more die-cut hearts, prepared in the same way as the one described on the pennant above; chipboard hearts...
and even a gold-rimmed, butterfly brad complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Clique Kit Club's January Challenge: Anything Goes, Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge: Love Is in the Air, and The Memory Nest's Make It Monday No. 52.
I'm looking forward to seeing all those textures, lovelies!  You have until Sunday, February 14, 2016, to link up your takes, on any and/or all of our January challenges, in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have an amazing week!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Hogs & Kisses (Avery Elle) Paper: Whisper White & Rose Red (SU!); gold & textured white (Bazzill); pink gradient, black stripe, multicolored polka dot, & pink heart (Crate Paper); pink polka dot (Basic Grey); black floral (Maggie Holmes); vellum (Paper Studio); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: Jet Black & Pumice Stone (Ranger) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Hogs & Kisses die (Avery Elle); Big Shot (Sizzix); clear Wink of Stella (Zig); chevron & heart stencils (Jenni Bowlin); modeling paste (Liquitex); gesso (O'Leary Paint); Sky Mr. Huey's (Studio Calico); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); chipboard elements (Crate Paper); Do What You Love cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); Today Was Good cut file (Kim Watson for Hip Kit Club); "YOU ARE MY GREATEST ADVENTURE" & "hello lovely" wreath cut aways (Maggie Holmes); "Write you own story" banner & butterfly brad (MME); enamel hearts (October Afternoon); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); black embossing powder (SU!)

Birthday Giveaway Winner

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Happy Saturday, y'all!  Just stopping in, before we're out the door for basketball games, to reveal my Birthday Giveaway winner, as determined by; although, I STILL haven't figured out how to add that thing to a post.  LOL!  Anyway, it picked lucky number 5.
Julie Tucker-Wolek said...
Happy birthday!! I am sorry you have been sick .. I hope you are 100% better soon!!! LOVING the giveaway!!!!!!!!!
Eeek!  Congratulations, Julie!  I've got your mailing address.  So, I'll drop your goodies in the mail on the way home from Ezekiel's basketball game today.

AND I wish it could be more, but just because I'm grateful for each and every one of you, if you left a comment on my giveaway post, I've got your name on a $5 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp.  Surprise!  Simply email me with your first and last name and the email address where you want the certificate sent, and I'll get one mailed your way immediately.  Thanks again for all the sweet, birthday wishes, friends!  Have a blessed weekend!

Friday Faves

Friday, January 29, 2016

Happy Friday, y'all!  Just popping in, on this unseasonably warm and absolutely beautiful, nearly February morning, to share a handful of things that have caught my attention this month, beginning with a couple of goodies I bought myself for my birthday.  I'm still waiting on them to arrive, as Hero Art's unquestionably versatile Prayers Stamps and Die Set is on reserve until February 12, 2016.  It's a good thing I'm patient, as this beauty will no doubt get a lot of use around my house.
I also couldn't resist snagging Pretty Pink Posh's Silver Star Confetti.  I have Paulina's Gold Star Confetti and can't get enough of it.  The silver batch just completes my stash.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who has my eyes on We R Memory Keepers' Alphabet Punch Board.  Just imagine the possibilities!  If you haven't seen this fabulosity in action, check out this 45-second video.  So, stinkin' cool!
And just because Valentine's Day is right around the corner, I had to throw in Avery Elle's Scalloped & Pierced Hearts Ellements.  I just love how many options one has with this one little set, and those scallops are ever so sweet!
Finally, I'm throwing in a little something different, as it's been a long time since I've found a pair of jeans that were comfortable and able to fit my budget.  With Jennifer Lopez's Bootcut Jeans being 30% off, on top of the $10 my hubby's grandfather gave me for my birthday and another $10 Kohl's cash, a pair might have snuck into my basket, when no one was looking, last weekend.  I can't remember the last time I had a pair of jeans so soft!  Y'all, I could sleep in these babies.  LOVE!
That does it, for this month, folks.  Now, I'd better get going, as we're playing hooky today and heading to the Kansas City Zoo; but I'll be back tomorrow with my Birthday Giveaway winner and, then again, on Sunday, with my take on The Studio's final, January challenge.  Until then, thanks so much for peeking in, and have a truly spectacular weekend!

For the Love of Books

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Good morning, sweet friends!  Before I get started, I wanted to thank you for the birthday comments/visits and warm wishes from afar.  It's so fun to get to know you all even more through the love you leave me here.  I won't ever be able to completely express how much that means to me, but I'm sure going to try.  Thank you so very much!

This month's For the Love of Books pick comes just in time for our love-filled, sweet-treat holiday that's just around the bend and is written for children ages five to eight.  It is such a relatable story for children whose parents must go to work, and I love the way its rugged yet cozy, pencil and watercolor illustrations are a perfect reflection of life on the farm.
In Valentine, written by Carol Carrick and illustrated by Paddy Bouma, Heather holds on tight to Mama as she's getting ready to leave for work.  "Don't go," she said.  "It's Valentine's Day."  Grandma tried to cheer her up by having her help make cookie valentines, including a heart-shaped one for Mama; but Heather's smile quickly faded, when she was told she couldn't eat one until they were baked.  Heather "always had to wait.  Wait for Valentine's Day.  Wait for cookies to bake.  Wait for Mama to come home."  Fortunately, Grandma was good with distractions and, while the cookies were baking, led Heather out to the barn to check on the sheep.  To their surprise, they found three baby lambs, but one of them felt cold and stiff.  Grandma warmed him in a hot bath, and Heather offered her very own towel to dry him.  After Grandma dried him completely with Mama's hair dryer, Heather "covered him with her blanket.  The blanket always made her feel better."  A little, warm milk made the lamb wag his tail and bleat.  Heather was filled with laughter.  She couldn't wait to show Mama her special cookie AND Valentine, the name she appropriately gave the little lamb, announcing, "He needs me.  His mother can't take care of him."

Thanks so much for reading!  Don't forget to get your name in the hat for my Birthday Giveaway by the close of the day tomorrow, and may your Valentine's Day be as tender and full of love as Heather's.  Hugs!

Weekend Snapshots

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Good afternoon, y'all!  Just popping in to share a few pics from our weekend.  Friday was my 38th birthday, and I had these cuties to help me celebrate.
Kaden had his two-year-old pics professionally taken in the morning.  I can't believe he's going to be two next week!  Where has the time gone?!  My hubby met us at the portrait studio to painstakingly pick our favorite shots.  Then, we made our way to Barnes & Noble to spend my kiddos' Christmas gift cards from their Great Aunt Pam.  She never forgets them and knows how much they love Barnes & Noble!  We also ate a birthday lunch at On the Border.  I LOVE Mexican food!  Then, we had to go home and actually do some school work.  LOL!  But we picked up celebrations afterwards, when I was good and tired (Tee hee!), with homemade pizza and a family movie; and my hubby made my favorite Apple Crumb Cake for dessert.  Yum-O!
They also spoiled me with some yummy Bath & Body Works lotions and this gorgeous display of roses, not to mention handmade cards and drawings.  So fun!
Our Saturday mornings, this winter, have been filled with basketball for both Adina and Ezekiel.  We've, literally, been racing from one game to the next.  I've got the boys and my hubby has Adina, but I'm still getting to see portions of Adina's games and vice versa for my hubby with Ezekiel's.  We're planning on switching places in a couple of weeks, when it's more convenient for my hubby to be away from one of Adina's games, since he's one of her coaches.  She's playing, with other first and second grade girls, at our church, through a Christian organization known as Upward; and she LOVES it!  I'll do better about getting some action shots to share in the future.  I've been too busy playing with the video mode on my camera ;).
I couldn't help but throw in a photo of my littlest cutie patootie.  He's managing the ins and outs and comings and goings of the basketball season with ease.  Love this little man more than words could ever express!  Mwah!
Then, we were on our way to Ezekiel's game.  He's playing, with other sixth and seventh grade boys, through our local YMCA; and y'all, these boys are good!  They're undefeated and have already played every team in the league.
My beautiful girl lost another tooth!
She's been such a big girl about Kaden moving into her space.  I'm so proud of her!  I was feeling super sentimental about my baby moving from his crib, which we converted into a sort of toddler bed awhile back, in our room to his big boy bed in his shared room, that I couldn't help but snap this sweet pic of him as I was going to bed.  Sniff.  Sniff.
Oh!  And a couple of weekends back, my mom and sisters came up to Kansas City, so we could all go to New Theatre Restaurant.  I won't even mention what production we saw, just because I wouldn't recommend it; but it was so fun to get to spend a little time with these beautiful ladies and enjoy some really scrumptious food.
And just for fun, I have a couple more shots depicting what we do when there's a little time to relax.
I truly AM so blessed!  Thanks so much for checking in on us!  Have a wonderful night, friends!  XOXO!

The Challenge #58

Monday, January 25, 2016

Morning, friends!  Just popping in, on this crisp, Monday morning, with my take on a fabulous, masculine inspiration photo from The Challenge.  Here goes.
I started his card by piecing a couple patterned, paper strips onto a black, stripe, patterned, paper piece.  I then anchored the prior with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches and trimmed the space between them with a die-cut, Black, cardstock scallop.  The vellum pocket was then stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "driving by with a birthday 'Hi'!" sentiment; stuffed with lots of blue, mint, and silver star sequins, as well as silver seed beads; and enclosed with more black-threaded, straight, machine stitches.
I then topped it, before securing everything, with foam tape, to the White, cardstock, card face, with a length of bright blue ribbon, which was tied, in a bow, near the right edge of the prepped piece.
A die-cut, patterned, paper star was adhered, with foam tape, just to the left of the bow and topped with a black-embossed, on watercolor paper, truck.  The truck itself was watercolored; hand-cut out; backed with a tangle of black thread; and adhered, with foam tape, front and center to complete the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from Simon Says Stamps' Wednesday Challenge: Create with Critters.  Aside from the pups on today's card, here's me and my most favorite critter ever.
Continued inspiration for this card came from Sugar Pea Design's Sugar Sketch Challenge 37...
and here's your The Challenge #58 masculine inspiration graphic to get you going in the right direction.  I just had to pull out my nearly vintage now ;) Loads of Love stamp set for that truck.  I, also, was obviously drawn to all the scrumptious shades of green and blue in the photo.
Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of the team was inspired.  You have until Sunday, January 31, 2016, at noon PST, to add your takes to the linky at that same challenge link above.  And don't forget to check out The Challenge #57 Winners, too.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful work week, friends!  XOXO

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Loads of Love & Loads of Love Accessories (SU!) Paper: Basic Black (SU!); White (Wplus9); black stripe & green triangle (Crate Paper); multicolored alpha (unknown); mint polka dot (Amy Tangerine); vellum (Paper Studio); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Clear Cut Stackers: Stars & Scalloped Border dies (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); ribbon, silver seed beads, & silver star sequins (Hobby Lobby); watercolors (Kuretake); blue & mint sequins (Crate Paper); black embossing powder (SU!)

Birthday Giveaway

Friday, January 22, 2016

Morning, y'all!  I apologize for it being a bit creatively quiet around here.  I've been under the weather this week.  I don't know if it's anxiety, as the older I get and the more troubles that fill my plate, the more it seems to be affecting my overall health; or if I picked something up, from our Sunday school charges, this weekend; or if I ate something that simply didn't agree with my vegetarian diet; or if I'm just plum tuckered out, which tends to happen quite frequently to us homeschool moms.  Whatever it was, it kept my hubby home, with our kiddos, on Tuesday.  I tried to rest, but it's difficult with five people in a 920 square foot home.  The timing, as far as the weather goes, though, couldn't have been better; as it's been freezing cold and snowing most all week... perfect for snuggling in and staying home.  Fortunately, I'm feeling much better today; as it's my birthday, and I'd like to do a little celebrating, beginning with giving this yummy package of goodies away to one of my faithful followers.
Let's get a look up close and personal.  Shall we?  That's (1) 18 single-sided 12" x 12" sheets Sassafras Bungle Jungle papers...
(2) 22 single-sided 12" x 12" sheets Cosmo Cricket Material Girl & Garden Variety papers...
(3) two each 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock sheets, of Wplus9 Design's Sweet Gelato, Ballet Slippers, Cashmere, Cupid's Bow, Cranberry Crush, Soft Honeydew, Green Acres, Lake House, Nautical Navy, Steel Mill, Black, & Dove Grey, for a total of 24...
(4) two sheets Hambly Woodgrain Screen Prints; (5) Yellow Letter & Number Stickers from Elle's Studio; (6) Cream Letter & Number Stickers from Elle's Studio; (7) Hazel & Ruby Chalk It Up Bitty Banner Alpha Stickers; (8) My Little Shoebox Lagoon Sprinkle Glaze Alphabet Stickers; (9) American Crafts Campfire Thickers; (10) Dear Lizzy Lemon Drop Glitter Foam Thickers; (11) Jenni Bowlin Studio Multi Mini Chalkboard Alphas; (12) Blue Jean Jack & Jill Alphabet Rub-ons from Doodlebug Design...
(13) Brenda Walters Emma Antiqued Border stickers; (14) Brenda Walters Emma Antiqued Image stickers; (15) Classic Clear Jelly Fish stickers from Stickopotamus; (16) Maggie Holmes puffy stickers; (17) Say the Word! Rub-ons & Rhinestones from Imaginisce; (18) Americana Clearly Yours Epoxy Stickers from K&Company; (19) My Mind's Eye Hello World! rub-ons; (20) My Mind's Eye Hello World! "Travel" stickers; (21) Dr. Seuss dimensional stickers from EK Success; (22) My Mind's Eye Jubilee enamel shapes; (23) decorative tape from Martha Stewart Crafts; (24) Alison Kreft #Happy word stickers...
(25) June 2013 Issue Scrapbook Trends Magazine; (26) March 2013 Issue CARDS Magazine; (27) Teresa Collins Sweet Afternoon stamp set; (28) My Mind's Eye Indie Chic acrylic stamp set; (29) My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline acrylic stamp set; (30) Wild mini stamp set from Market Street Stamps; (31) sunburst stamp from Shimelle...
(32) 2010 Calendar Circles from Jenni Bowlin Studio; (33) Basic Grey Writer's Block journaling sets; (34) Karen Foster Designs Christmas Time THIN-ments; (35) 4" x 6" Cat SN@P! Cards from Simple Stories; (36) Cat SN@P! Stickers from Simple Stories; (37) Cat SN@P! Insta Squares & Pieces from Simple Stories; (38) Basic Grey J'Adore mixed brads; (39) 15 yards each Light Sea Green & Marigold Baker's Twine from Best Creation Inc...
(40) Maya Road Clear Acrylic 3-Ring Tab Swatch Book; (41) Maya Road People Chipboard Boy Book; (42) Maya Road Love Heart Chipboard Album; (43) Canna Glitter Tape from Best Creation Inc; (44) Maya Road fabric blooms; (45) Pink Button Bouquet buttons from Queen & Co.; and (46) one each, for a total of ten, Tobacco, Ink Blue, Kumquats, Mist, Charcoal, Ruby, Moss, Red Grape, Cocoa, & Lime chalk ink blocks from sei.
Sound good?  For your chance to win, simply leave me a comment below.  For a second entry, blog about my giveaway, and leave me that specific link, in a separate comment, below.  You also must be a follower of my blog, but please don't become one for the sake of this giveaway only.  You know I'd love for you to follow along on my creative adventures with me, but only if doing so will also inspire you in your own.  I'll leave the giveaway open, to U.S. residents only (So sorry, gals... and guys!  Shipping is a booger, and this package is HEAVY!), until next Friday, January 29, 2016, and announce a winner here the following Saturday.  Good luck, and have a wonderful weekend, y'all!

The Studio Design Team Call

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

We are looking for at least three new, lovely, friendly, and super-talented scrapbookers to be part of our amazing team at The Studio ChallengesWe are a scrapbook challenge blog that uses fun and different challenges and sketches to inspire on a bi-monthly basis.
If you are one of the lucky chosen few, you would be responsible for...
  • Participating for at least a six-month term, starting this February
  • Making a layout every two weeks, which is usually two per month
  • Commenting on participants' blogs and helping with picking our favorite entries
  • Taking good photos of your layouts
  • Blogging about the challenge and promoting our blog and any sponsors on your personal blog and social media
  • Being a friendly and active part of the team, which works well together to create ideas and keep The Studio Challenges running smoothly 
It would also be helpful if you were on Facebook, but it is not essential.  This is an international call.  Anyone can enter, as long as you can speak/write English.  Just email Anna, at, by midnight GMT Saturday, January 23, 2016.  Please put "DT Call" in the subject box and include a...
  • Photograph of a layout that you feel best demonstrates your style
  • Link to your personal blog
  • Bit about yourself, including the current design teams you are on and why you think you would be a good addition to our team
We'd love to hear from you!  All styles are welcome, as we are looking for a well-rounded team with something for everyone.  Good luck, and be blessed!