Creating with Sketches, Volume 4 Winner

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Welcome to the weekend, y'all!  Just stopping in to announce the winner of a digital copy of Creating with Sketches, Volume 4, which was given away in conjunction with Creative Scrappers' December Sketch #301 Reveal Blog Hop, with Spiegelmom Scraps, earlier this month.
And the winner is...
Blogger Sandy Ross said...
Another beautiful layout all your amazing always.
I am a follower of CS on Instagram.
December 30, 2016 at 7:39 AM

Congratulations, Sandy!  Drop me an email; and I'll get you in touch with Kristine, so you can start being inspired right away.  See you on the other side of 2016, friends.  Be blessed!

Friday Faves

Friday, December 30, 2016

Afternoon again, friends!  Just popping in, as promised in yesterday's Family Photos post, to share a small handful of goodies that have caught my attention this month, beginning with Simple Stories' Winter Wonderland 12x12 Collection Kit.  The colors are so deliciously soft and subtle; and I just love all the woodland Bits and Pieces and plethora of Cardstock Stickers with their playful, winter phrases.
I featured We R Memory Keepers' Alphabet Punch Board, back here, almost a year ago now; but I've got to say that I might just be more in love with their Mini Alphabet Punch Board.  I could totally see Adina going to town with this baby.  Pure genius!
My slippers get an awful lot of use during the cold, winter months; and I'm beyond due for another pair.  Matter of fact, Ezekiel outgrew his awhile back; and I've been flopping around in that old pair, which are far too big for me, until I can replace my old ones.  All that said, I've got my eye on these Faux Fur Slippers from Pottery Barn.  I'm particularly fond of the gray Chinchilla ones.  They look ever so soft and cozy, and I'd bet good money on the fact that they'll last a little longer than the pair I had from Walmart.  LOL!  LOVE!
And finally, while I was poking around on that same site, I came across this Home Sentiment Lumbar Pillow Cover and think it would sit perfectly on my couch and/or bed.  I've tied that same rich color of blue into both of those rooms; and sometimes, especially during the cold, difficult-to-get-outdoors months, I simply need a reminder that I'm blessed to call our little house, with its single bath, creaky wood floors, and 1960's kitchen, "home".
That does it, for this month, folks.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a truly wonderful holiday weekend!  Hugs!

Family Photos

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Afternoon, y'all!  Well, I didn't mean to be away from here, creatively, for so long; but sometimes, we just have to take what life gives us and make the best out of it.  Needless to say, it's been a bit crazy around my place, as I know it has around many of yours.  'Tis the season.  We did have a wonderful Christmas at home and at my mom and dad's, both of which I'll have pics to share soon; but for today, I wanted to sneak in a few of my favorite family photos from our 2016 session with my friend Amanda Lloyd.  So, I'll just let them do their own talking and catch you on the other side.
Gosh, they're growing up far too fast!  Kaden turns three-years-old in just over a month; but I couldn't bring myself to pass his photos out, to family and friends, before he actually turned three.  It was just too weird writing "3 yrs." on the back of his photos.  It felt like I was rushing things a bit, and I want to enjoy every minute of him still being two.  Anyway, everyone is getting a little sneak peek of those with this post and can look forward to having their own prints soon enough.

I'll have my final Friday Faves of the year coming your way tomorrow, and I was hoping to announce a winner of a digital copy of Creating with Sketches, Volume 4 on Saturday.  If you haven't put your name in the hat for such, stop by this post to do so right away; and good luck!  Then, on Sunday, I'll have a brand new challenge from The Studio to start the New Year out right and, hopefully, entice y'all to get your scrap on.  Thanks, as always, for humbling me with a visit, friends!  Be blessed!

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

From my family, at church, in our Sunday school classroom, to yours, Merry Christmas!  And may you always remember the true reason for the season.  Blessings!
And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.  This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.  So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. 

Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.  So it was, that while they were there the days were completed for her to be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.  Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign to you:  You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger." 

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" 

So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, "Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us."  And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.  Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning the Child.  And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.  But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.  Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them. - Luke 2:1-20

Poppystamps: Warm Christmas Wishes Gift Cards

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Morning, friends!  I'm up again on the Poppystamps blog today with a quartet of gift-card-wielding, Christmas cards for some of my nieces and nephews.  This is the first year I've turned to gift cards for the little ones, but I never know what to get them, especially being as we never get to see them and don't even know what they have or like.  Matter of fact, I haven't even yet met three of the four of them from my hubby's side of the family.  Then, in the past, when we haven't heard if the gifts were even liked or appreciated, well, it just makes it easier to send gift cards and let them pick out exactly what they want themselves.  At least, then, I'll be assured our precious dollars weren't wasted.  Plus, Poppystamps' Tucked Corner Tag die sure makes the delivery of gift cards ever so fun!
They're all pretty much made the same, so I'll just take you through the making of one.
I started by watercoloring and splatting a piece of watercolor paper in shades of aqua, turquoise, and green.  I then speckled it with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  Once that was dry, I used the Winter Snowflakes stencil to add a little texture with modeling paste.  While that was drying, I stamped a strip of vellum, in Jet Black ink, with the "WARM CHRISTMAS WISHES" sentiment and anchored it, as well as the watercolored piece itself, to the white, cardstock, card face, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  Before sealing up the far left edge of the vellum strip with more silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching, I tucked a handful of Sparkling Clear and silver star sequins in behind it.
Our Tucked Corner Tag was then die-cut from white, glitter cardstock; punched with a simple hole in its top; laced with a length of Baker's Twine, tied in a bow; popped off the surface of the card face with foam tape; and embellished with a textured Garden Green cardstock,  Holly Leaf Branch die cut.  Its center, too, was filled in with a Barnes and Noble gift card.
Finally, I stamped the little fox on watercolor paper; watercolored her; die-cut her out; dressed her up with a little stamped, die-cut, and watercolored scarf; and popped her up, with foam tape, in the bottom left corner of the tag.
The fox was then swapped out for the deer, otter, and cat, each individually dressed for winter, respectively.  While it's not showing up super good in these photos, they were also detailed with Clear Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.
With Christmas being just two days away, I know you all will understand my signing off a little early for the holiday weekend.  Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit, and have a truly blessed Christmas, friends!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Christmas Greetings, Purrfect Holidays, & Christmas Friends (Poppystamps) Paper: textured Garden Green (SU!); white & glitter (Recollections); watercolor (Master's Touch); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); modeling paste (Liquitex); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Sparkling Clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); silver star sequins (Hobby Lobby); Clear Wink of Stella (Zig); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); Big Shot (Sizzix); Purrfect Holidays, Christmas Friends, Tucked Corner Tags, & Holly Leaf Branch craft dies (Poppystamps); Winter Snowflakes stencil (Memory Box)

Paper Sweeties Holiday Blog Hop

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Evening, y'all!  I'm super excited to be joining Paper Sweeties' designers and friends for their 25 Days of Christmas Holiday Blog Hop!  Every day is filled with fresh inspiration and daily deals that you simply don't want to miss!  I've cooked up a quartet of sweet, little houses to hold gift cards, for family members, this Christmas; and I'd love to share them, with you all, today.  Just as a side note, the roofs slide right off.  So, the recipients can enjoy them for years to come, if they so desire to do so.  Here goes!
I started these packages by Cameo-cutting the houses themselves from Pink Pirouette, Bashful Blue, Riding Hood Red, Perfect Plum, and white cardstocks.
Once they were pieced together, I coated the roofs, as well as the die-cut, from white cardstock, snow pile scallops, which wrap all the way around the bases of the houses, in Dazzling Diamonds.  I used that same scallop border die to deck the top edge of each house in a color-coordinating, patterned, paper trim, once again, wrapping the house itself.
They all three then got a stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a watercolor paper die cut, Christmas tree, which was popped off the side of the house with foam tape and embellished with a white-embossed on vellum and die-cut snowflake.
They were then wrapped up with scrumptious, Paper Sweeties, seam binding ribbons, tied in double bows and embellished with single, color-coordinating, ribbon bows, as well as the stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a white cardstock, die-cut tag,  "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas" sentiment.  The tag itself was punched with a hole in its top; laced with white string; and tucked into the yummy ribbons, which were topped off with a pearl to complete the look.
Color inspiration for this project came from Paper Sweeties' December Inspiration Challenge.
But I needed one more cute, little house and couldn't possibly leave it out simply because it didn't coordinate with the color scheme ;).
Further inspiration for this project came from Inspired by All the Little Things' Challenge #37.
Be sure to stop by the 25 Days of Christmas Holiday Blog Hop post to see what all the talented designers have been up to, as well as to get some fabulous, Paper Sweeties goodies for a steal.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  And a HUGE thanks goes out to Debbie for inviting me to join in the fun!  I've so enjoyed inking up my treasures!  XOXO 

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Naughty or Nice?, Holly Days, & Trim the Tree (Paper Sweeties) Paper: Pink Pirouette (Wplus9); Bashful Blue, Riding Hood Red, & Perfect Plum (SU!); white (Recollections); vellum (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); pink polka dot (Crate Paper); soft blue wide stripe (Nikki Sivils); red stripe (MME); purple polka dot (Lilybee Design) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); watercolor (VersaMark) Other: Dazzling Diamonds, Bashful Blue taffeta ribbon, & 3/16" Handheld Circle punch (SU!); white string & pink, purple polka dot, & red gingham ribbons (Hobby Lobby); white seam binding ribbon (Hug Snug); Bubblegum, Grape, & Blueberry seam binding ribbons & Sweet Borders, Trim the Tree, & Holly Days Sweet Cuts dies (Paper Sweeties); Big Shot (Sizzix); pearls (Paper Studio); watercolors (Kuretake); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); House Owl Box cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); white embossing powder (Zing!); Tacky Glue (Aleene's)

The Studio Table Setting Challenge

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Morning, y'all!  I trust everyone is staying warm out there.  Gosh, it's cold; but we're braving the slick roads and well-below-freezing temps this morning, because we're slated to teach Sunday School to all the two-year-old kiddos whose parents are brave enough to get out and about.  I'm sure we'll all be ready for hot cocoa and some snuggle time after lunch.  Anyway, we've got a new challenge up over in The Studio.  It's another Table Setting Challenge to simply be inspired in any way whatsoever by the photo below.  One of the first things I saw was that trio of trees in the center of the table and the little mimics on the plates.  So, when I found these photos of Kaden, helping to dress our own Christmas tree, I knew they'd be a perfect fit.  I was also drawn to the woodgrain foundation of the table itself, not to mention all the scrumptious plaid; and of course, I couldn't help but toss in a reindeer or two.  Nearly everything I used, once again, came from October Afternoon's Under the Tree Collection.  I'm making good use of that gift ;)!
I started this page by adhering a trio of paper strips, two of which were torn along their inside edges and one of which was secured with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, to the woodgrain, patterned paper, base page.  I then smudged a little gesso and watercolor behind where my photos and title work would lie, before splattering everything with more watercolor, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.  My photos were matted with white cardstock and adhered in the arrangement seen above.  I then tucked a "reindeer" card, as well as a "RUSH" die-cut tag, under the left side of the top photos.  A nutcracker die cut, popped up with foam tape was secured in their combined bottom right corner and connects the photo pairs...
and a number of hand-cut, from a patterned print, holly leaves, anchored, at their centers, with red buttons, laced with white string, dress up their top edge.
A "VERY MERRY", sticker tab, as well as a "Merry" flair button, backed with a tangle of gold thread, embellishes one of the bottom photos, where you'll also find some more hand-cut holly.
An "IT'S BEGINNING to look a lot like CHRISTMAS" cut-apart serves as the foundation for my "KADEN'S 1ST" title, which was created from red and green alphabet stickers.
The cut-apart's right edge was further dressed up with a Nov. 30th, label sticker, popped up with foam tape.  Under its top edge, I tucked a circle tag, laced with Baker's Twine, tied in a bow.  A scattering of gold, star sequins completes the look.
Here's your December Table Setting Inspiration Challenge photo to get you off and running in the right direction.
You have until Sunday, January 1, 2017, to link up your takes, on this Table Setting Challenge and/or our previous, December Sketch Challenge, in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of my talented team, as well as our guest designer, Laura Whitaker, was inspired.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed week before Christmas, friends!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Recollections); all patterned (October Afternoon) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); all die cuts & cut-aparts, letter stickers, flair button, & "VERY MERRY" tab (October Afternoon); buttons (JoAnn Fabrics); gold star sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); white string (Hobby Lobby); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); gesso (O'Leary Paint); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt)

Creative Scrappers December Sponsor, Promo Code, & a Giveaway

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Welcome to the weekend, friends!  I just wanted to stop in, while, if you're not off to another Christmas celebration, you might be sneaking in some extra scrapbook time, to remind you all of Creative Scrappers' December Sketch #301.  We'd love to have you play along!
You can find all the details, closeup shots, and supplies used in the making of my interpretation here.
Kristine's got another cut file to make this one easier on you.  You can download it absolutely FREE here.
Don't forget to share your pages, on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Pinterest, with the tags #CreatingWithSketches and #Spiegelmomscraps.  We'd also love for you to add them to the inlinkz found at the challenge link above; and Kristine will announce a random winner, of the Spiegelmom Scraps prize, on Saturday, December 31, 2016.
She's also adding a prize from Creative Scrappers, as well as a copy of her NEW Creating with Sketches, Volume 4, for even more lucky winners.  Woohoo!
Matter of fact, she's letting each of the Design Team members give away a digital copy of that same Creating with Sketches, Volume 4 absolutely FREE.  I asked you all to follow Creative Scrappers on Facebook and/or Instagram and leave me a comment on my Creative Scrappers Reveal post, telling me that you had done so, in order to be eligible.  However, I didn't have anyone throw their name into the hat for the prize.  I'd really love to give one away, and I know you all are going to love what Kristine has created.  So, let's try again.  Leave me a comment below, telling me that you are following or have followed those same Creative Scrappers' social media outlets above, and I'll announce a winner at the end of the month.
Be sure to take advantage of a 20% off discount, with promo code sketchy20, on your next purchase from Spiegelmom Scraps, until December 31, 2016, too.
Now, if you haven't done so already, run check out all the wonderful creations the Spiegelmom Scraps Design Team has cooked up for your viewing pleasure; and just in case you missed it, the Creative Scrappers Design Team Blog Hop began, earlier this month, right here.  Have a wonderful weekend, y'all!  Hugs!

Guest Designing for Picture This!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Evening, y'all!  I'm super excited to have the opportunity to Guest Design with the talented ladies over at Picture This! this month.  The challenge is Shapes, which has oh, so many possibilities!  Matter of fact, it was difficult for me to narrow down.  In the end, I decided to stick with one of my favorite, go-to, papercrafting shapes, the star.  I’ve tied it into my page through patterned print, one of which was actually cut in the shape of a star; stitching; stamping; modeling paste; and stickers.  I’m so excited to finally have gotten to make good use out of a past Christmas gift, October Afternoon’s Under the Tree Collection!  Enjoy!
I started this page by watercoloring and splattering a piece of 12" x 12" watercolor paper in shades of pink, red, and green.  I then stamped a number of stars, in Jet Black and Garden Green inks, round about the design, before applying a little modeling paste through a star stencil and anchoring a happy mix of prints, including a Cameo-cut primitive star, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching before splattering everything with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.
That set the stage for my photos, which were matted with white cardstock and adhered, horizontally, across the center of the star.  A piece of gold, foil, striped vellum was tucked under their left side and a "HOME for the HOLIDAYS" cut-apart, which I dressed up with a little glitter, under their right.
The bottom left corner of the cut-apart was embellished with a sweet, little, vintage deer, which also anchors the "let your heart be light" cut-apart, which was popped up with foam tape.
You'll also see a Baker's Twine bow popping out from behind the deer.  Before the center photo was adhered in place with foam tape, I wrapped it with a length of Baker's Twine, tied, in a bow, to its right edge.
The top of that same, center photo was embellished with a couple of die cuts, one of which was laced with more Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, as well as a few shape stickers and red button, laced with white string.
Another star sticker was popped up in the top right corner of the design, amidst a couple of stamped, in Jet Black ink, phrases.
The "Story TIME" title was created from letter stickers and grounded with a couple more stamped, in Jet Black and Garden Green inks, phrases...
and two phrase stickers, embellished with another red button, laced with white string, as well as the stamped scripture, complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Stuck?! Sketches' December 1st Challenge.
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit, friends!  Have a blessed weekend!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Reason for the Season & Blast Off (Market Street Stamps); Background Basics (SU!); Heartfelt Holiday (Wplus9) Paper: all patterned (October Afternoon); gold foil striped vellum (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch) Ink: Garden Green (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); modeling paste (Liquitex); star stencil (Jenni Bowlin); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); die-cuts, cut-aparts, & all stickers (October Afternoon); buttons (JoAnn Fabrics); white string (Hobby Lobby); Primitive Stars Background cut file (Creative Scrappers); Cameo (Silhouette)