Guest Designing with Serendipity Stamps

Monday, February 29, 2016

Evening, y'all!  Just popping back in to share that I'm joining the creative geniuses, at Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog, as a Guest Designer, for the month of March.  Woohoo!
They've cooked up a Circles/Dots Challenge, for you all, which inspired me to create a shaped card for my hubby's grandfather's 90th birthday.
I started his card by cutting all layers of my card, from White and Daffodil Delight cardstocks and watercolor paper respectively, with my Cameo.  I then stamped the airplane image, in Jet Black ink, on the watercolor piece; watercolored it; gave it a little shine with clear Wink of Stella; and adhered it to its cardstock frame.
The "Thinking of you" sentiment was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a strip of vellum and secured, with the watercolored image sandwiched between it and the Daffodil Delight, cardstock frame, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches running all the way around the edges of the cardstock frame.  Finally, before adhering the prepped piece, with foam tape, to the White, cardstock, card face, I wrapped the latter with a length of hemp twine, tied in a double bow just to the right of my sentiment.
The 50% off stamp of the month is 1284E To the World...
and here's your Challenge #53: Circles/Dots graphic to save and add to your project post(s).
I'm also adding this one to Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes and, just in the nick of time, to House of Cards' February Challenge: Shaped Cards.
Be sure to stop by that same challenge link above to see how the Design Team was inspired and to get all of your challenge details.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed March, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: 1261QCL Airplane & 191D Thinking of You (Serendipity Stamps) Paper: White (Wplus9); Daffodil Delight (SU!); vellum (Paper Studio); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Cameo (Silhouette); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); hemp twine (SU!); watercolors (Kuretake); clear Wink of Stella (Zig)

The Challenge #62

Morning, y'all, and happy Monday!  Just popping in with my take on a masculine inspiration board from The Challenge.  Enjoy!
I started this card by anchoring both the floral and stripe prints, onto the White, cardstock, card face, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  I then tucked a tag, which I also stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "CONGRATS" phrase and laced with hemp twine, tied in a double bow and embellished with a length of gold thread, tied in a bow, into a white envelope and adhered it just off horizontal center.
It was then topped with a kraft, journaling tag, which was black-embossed with the hat and mustache, gold-embossed with the glasses, and white-embossed with the "HATS OFF TO YOU!" sentiment.  A little, script, puffy, flower sticker dresses up the hat...
and a gold, acrylic ampersand and camera flair button complete the look.
I'm adding this one to Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes, and here's your The Challenge #62 graphic to get you off and running in the right direction.  I was inspired by that hat lying on the sofa, and leave it to the wanna-be-photographer to notice the camera sitting on the trunk.  I also fell in love with the nearly neutral palette.
Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of the team was inspired.  You have until Sunday, March 7, 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 #61 Winners, too.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Let's Face It (The Craft's Meow); Filigreed Frames (Wplus9) Paper: White (Wplus9); floral (Maggie Holmes); stripe (Crate Paper) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); envelope (Paper Studio); puffy floral sticker, tag, & acrylic circle (Pink Paislee); camera flair button (Jenni Bowlin); hemp twine & black embossing powder (SU!); gold & white embossing powder (Ranger); kraft journaling tag (Maya Road)

The Studio Heroes Challenge

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Hey, y'all!  Just stopping in to share my take on a brand new challenge from The Studio.  We want to see who your hero is this go around.  I couldn't resist scrapping pics of my family's World Series celebrations for this one.  Our Kansas City Royals are not only the 2015 Champions, but after 30 years of waiting for that trophy, they will, no doubt, be our heroes for a long time to come.
I started this layout by piecing a number of color-coordinating, patterned papers, onto the navy, stripe, patterned, paper, base page, behind where my photo grid, which was matted with white cardstock, would lie.  I then splattered everything with Sky Mr. Huey's, Navy Color Shine, and both Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  Once that was dry, I anchored my papers with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches; adhered my photos; and grounded the look with a gold, chipboard, "best ever" phrase.
Just to the left of that, I secured the "OUR HEROS" title, which was made from teal, foam, glitter Thickers.  I realize now that heroes has another "e" in it, but it didn't look right when I was creating my page.  So, I removed it.  Oh, well.  Nobody's perfect ;).  (Edited to add: You'll be happy to know that the "e" has since been added back to the title, and all is right with the world again.)
Continuing in a counterclockwise rotation, I dressed up the top left photo, which is a screenshot of our television when the Commissioner's Trophy was making its way through the crowd, with a "YES IT'S TRUE>>" wood veneer bit...
as well as an "A Good Memory" flair button, which grounds a "THANKS" die cut.  The latter, which I hand-cut into the shape of a pennant, seemed fitting for such a great season.
I tucked a journaling tag under their combined top edge and used it to journal, 30 years is an awful long time to wait for our boys in blue to bring another World Series trophy home, but we couldn't be any more excited or proud.  It was such a great season!  We would've loved to go to the parade/rally that KC threw in their honor, but when I found out they cancelled school, the thought of doing so, with 3 kids in tow, overwhelmed me beyond words.  So, we watched the over 800,000 fans celebrate, while having lunch, in the comfort of our living room.  Go, Royals!
The tag itself was created by hand-cutting the shape of two tags from a black, floral print.  I then sandwiched a piece of vellum, hand-cut slightly larger than the prior, between them; punched their top center; framed it with a die-cut, from Night of Navy cardstock, stitched circle; and laced it with a length of white string, tied in a bow.  I left the navy circle off the back to help me remember which side was the front.  Nobody wants to start reading in the middle of a memory.  I also added a dab of glue in the knot of the bow so that it wouldn't come untied when the string ends were inevitably tugged on to read the journaling.
A "smile" Polaroid was then tucked under the right edge of the top right photo.  Under that, I tucked a gold label for the handwritten, Nov. 3, 2015, date; and over it, I stapled a "PLAY HARD", acrylic banner.
Finally, in the center of the photo grid, I adhered a cork heart over a gold, heart die cut; backed the pair with a blue label and polka dot tag, laced with white string; and topped them with an open heart die cut, as well as a blue, enamel heart.  A wood veneer heart; epoxy brad; and scattering of aqua, sequin rubons complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Clique Kit's February Challenge: Anything Goes and Scrap Our Stash's February Sketch + 3 Challenge.  I went with a Dear Lizzy, black, polka dot, patterned paper; lots of ephemera from Jen Hadfield and Pink Paislee; and an October Afternoon flair button for my plus three.
I also found inspiration in Hip Kit Club's February Mood Board.  Those bold, navy stripes and polka dot pumps, in the top right corner, started things off.  I was also drawn to the natural woodgrain elements, which I tried to mimic with cork and wood veneer bits, in the photo below that.  The teals and aquas, injected throughout the board, popped out at me as well.
You have until Sunday, March 13, 2016, to link up your takes, on this week's Heroes Challenge and/or our February 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 the team has done, too.  We added a whole new crop of designers to our mix at the beginning of the month, and folks, they've got talent!  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a great week!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: White & vellum (Paper Studio); Night of Navy (SU!); navy stripe, navy polka dot, & multicolored triangle (Amy Tangerine); teal medallion & teal polka dot (October Afternoon); black polka dot (Dear Lizzy); floral & black stripe (Crate Paper) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Hang Ups Confetti Cuts die (Reverse Confetti); Big Shot (Sizzix); string (Hobby Lobby); epoxy brad (MME); flair button (October Afternoon); "THANKS" & "smile" ephemera (Jen Hadfield); cork heart & gold heart, polka dot tag, gold framed label, & "PLAY HARD" acrylic banner ephemera (Pink Paislee); blue label & veneer bits (Elle's Studio); gold open heart & enamel heart (Amy Tangerine); staple & stapler (office supply store); "best ever" chipboard & foam glitter Thickers (American Crafts); rubon sequins & Navy Color Shine (Heidi Swapp); Sky Mr. Huey's (Studio Calico); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt)

Friday Faves

Friday, February 26, 2016

Hey, y'all!  I totally meant to get back in here before now, but... well... things happen.  We ended up in our pediatrician's office again this week.  Ezekiel has an ear infection this time, and Kaden's right ear drum burst, calling for more meds.  Poor guys!  Our doctors' nurses swear it's happening to kids all over the city, and we're not alone, but good grief!  Enough is enough already.  We covet your prayers.  We've missed an awful lot of activities over the last couple of weeks, and this weekend is packed to the brim.  So, hopefully, the much better start we've had to today will be a precursor to what's in store for it.  I'm getting a little stir crazy.

I've got a brand spankin' new, stamp-packed Friday Faves, for you all, today.  So, let's get started with Lawn Fawn's Pizza My Heart stamp set.  Y'all, pizza is one of my favorite foods in the entire world.  The best, veggie, being that I am a vegetarian, pizza I've ever had was on a study abroad I did, during my Junior year of college, in Venezuela.  I'm still trying to duplicate it and positive that, while the taste might not be there, I'd be able to capture the look with the plethora of goodies Kelly Marie has packed into this number.  And those sentiments... Perfection!
Avery Elle has a brand new release knockin' on our doors.  Jamie always stuffs them so full of must-haves, that my pocketbook can't handle it; but I've been looking for a versatile, baby, stamp set, and Special Delivery has my name written all over it.
I'm also lovin' her new Pierced Clouds Elle-ments Dies, especially those long edges.  Eeek!
I got a package of Pink Paislee's Cork Stickers with Glitter Accents in my most recent Hip Kit Club box and had to include them here.  I love the fantastic texture and bits of shimmer and shine, and they seem to go with literally everything, especially with gold still being so big in the industry.  I recently used them on a page and will be sharing it right here, on my little blog-o, early next week.
While I don't do a ton of floral cards (Probably because I don't own any floral images that are as irresistible as this one.), I adore Simon Says Stamp's Spring Flowers stamp set.  I love the large size of these blooms, and those stitched lines are over-the-top fantastic!  These babies are screaming to be watercolored.
With Easter just a month away, I couldn't help but add their Hoppy Easter stamp set, too.  That big bunny is too cute for words, and I love all the scene-building opportunities this one possesses.
And why not set your Easter table with these colorful Floral Bunny Salad Plates from Pottery Barn?  We're kinda fond of bunnies around our house.  Can you tell ;)?
Finally, I happened upon graze about a month ago and have been having such fun with my boxes, that I couldn't help but share.  Graze sends a box of portion-sized snacks right to your front door on a weekly basis.  There are 20 different box types to choose from and over 100 different snack options.  All snacks contain no genetically modified ingredients, no trans fats, no high fructose corn syrup, and no artificial flavors or colors; and they're absolutely delicious!  If you'd like to try a box for yourself, with coupon code JINNYN3QU, you can get your first and fifth boxes FREE with no commitment, and you can cancel at any time.  Enjoy!
That wraps things up for this month.  Thanks, as always, for humbling me with a visit!  Have a truly blessed weekend!  Hugs!

For the Love of Books

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Morning, friends!  Well, we ended up at the pediatrician yesterday.  The overall consensus is that Kaden had viral pneumonia.  Fortunately, it appears as though I was a good nurse and did all the right things, because he's coming out of it with flying colors.  Unfortunately, he developed a double ear infection amidst all the congestion; but he's now taking a prescription medication, and even by the end of the day yesterday, we were already beginning to see the personality of our ornery, little critter return.  Yay!  All three of my kiddos still have that nasty cough, but fever-free days are just around the corner.  Thanks again for all your well wishes! 

Anyway, I'm just popping in to share this month's For the Love of Books pick.  Many of you may recognize the name Iza Trapani.  She has authored and illustrated any number of books for children but is especially known for her retakes on old nursery rhymes.  Kaden loves to sing and is particularly fond of her books, which include the sheet music for each rhyme.  So, while I recommend all of her books, I thought it only fitting to pick our fave to share, with you all, today.  It is written for children ages two to five.
One by one, in Baa Baa Black Sheep, the animals come to Black Sheep expressing their needs.  The kittens want milk; the pig hungers for slop; the horse desires hay; the dog groans for bones; the cardinal pleads for some seed; and the mouse craves Swiss cheese.  Unfortunately, Black Sheep can't help any of them, and each one turns away in disgust.  Entitled frowns turn to surprised smiles, when Black Sheep gives them each a personalized gift made from her very own wool.  They realize Black Sheep wasn't just being selfish and truly does care.  She gave that which she gives best, and they vow to do the same for as long as they live.

Despite its controversial reviews, this Trapani rhyme may just be my favorite because I can so closely relate to Black Sheep.  We haven't always been blessed with an abundance, but we've always chosen to give of that which we have.  Unfortunately, for one reason or another, there have been too many times when that simply wasn't enough.  I let it discourage me and even began to think we had nothing of value to give.  I love that, despite the narcissistic behaviors of her friends, from the beginning of the book until the end, Black Sheep continues to knit for each of them.  What a beautiful reminder of the importance of sacrificial giving, as well as the essence of 2 Corinthians 8:12...
For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.
and the lesson found in Mark 12:41-44.
Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury.  And many who were rich put in much.  Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans.  So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, Assuredly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.
Thanks so much for reading!  Have a terrific Tuesday!

The Challenge #61

Monday, February 22, 2016

Welcome to the work week, y'all!  So sorry that it's been a little quiet around here.  I've just been taking care of sick kiddos, attempting not to catch anything for my tired myself, and trying to sneak in some time to enjoy the gorgeous weather we've been having.  There are just too few hours in a day, but I wanted to stop in today to share my take on a scrumptious, inspiration photo from The Challenge.  I'll explain exactly how I was inspired below, but first, let's take a look at what I created.  Enjoy!
I started this card by stamping a strip of watercolor paper, from top to bottom, in Jet Black ink, with the flag, cupcake, cake plate, and "seize the CUPCAKE, celebrate" sentiment.
I then added a little watercolor to the cupcake scene, as well as clear Wink of Stella to the frosting and lemons and Glossy Accents for the cherry, before adhering it to the White, cardstock, card face.  To the right of the sentiment strip, I added a strip of pink, heart, patterned paper and to the left, a clear panel, as well as a wide strip of woodgrain, patterned paper.  I then anchored everything, with the exception of the top edge of the clear strip, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches.
The clear strip was stuffed with an assortment of Pink Blush sequins, seed beads, and star and heart confetti, before being sealed shut with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  The hearts look like they're two-tone, but they've just got a clear coat that makes them look slightly gold when the light catches them just right.  Finally, I wrapped the top edge of the card face with a length of wax chord; tied it, in a bow, to the left corner of the shaker strip; and embellished it with a pink ribbon bow, length of silver thread, and lone pearl to complete the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: Shake It Up, and here's this week's The Challenge #61 graphic to get you going in the right direction.  I was inspired to gather all of my kitchen-related stamps.  I then zeroed in on those little, cake plates to narrow it down to the cute, Sweets & Treats stamp set I used.  The bowl of fruit inspired the exact image, and then I pulled in lots of pink from that fabulous fridge and textural throw.  I also couldn't resist a strip of rustic, woodgrain, patterned paper as inspired by the entire photo.
Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of the team was inspired.  You have until Sunday, February 29, 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 #60 Winners, too.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Sweets & Treats (Wplus9) Paper: White (Wplus9); watercolor (Canson Studio); clear (unknown); woodgrain (Paper Studio); hearts (Amy Tangerine) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); watercolors (Kuretake); Glossy Accents (Ranger); ribbon, star/heart confetti, & wax chord (Hobby Lobby); Pink Blush sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Wink of Stella (Zig); pearl (Paper Studio)

The Challenge #60

Monday, February 15, 2016

Welcome to the work week, y'all, and thank you for all your well wishes for my little bear.  He's still feeling rough.  So, we're home again from storytime, at our local library, this time; but I'm sure he'll be back to his old self soon with a little, tender, loving care and lots of extra cuddle time.  So, I'm popping in to share my take on our newest challenge from The Challenge.  We've got a festive palette to wet your creative appetites this week.  Here goes.
I started this card by white-embossing the pig image in the bottom right corner of a piece of watercolor paper, as well as on a separate scrap piece.  I then watercolored the area surrounding the little pig, as well as the pig itself and the heart and front hooves of the scrap image.  The flies were stamped, in Jet Black ink, along with the "HOGS & kisses" sentiment on the scrap image.  The image itself was then masked in preparation for a little Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paint splattering, before anchoring the entire thing, to a piece of Pink Ballet cardstock, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  I then hand-cut out the scrap, heart image; popped it up, with foam tape, off the front of the card face; and covered it with a bit of clear Wink of Stella.
Before securing the prepped piece, with foam tape, to the Basic Gray, cardstock, card face, a chipboard "FOR YOU my LOVE" banner was anchored, in the top left corner of the prepped piece, with more silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  A bit of gray, chevron ribbon, tied in a bow, completes the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from Cupcake Inspirations' Challenge 347: Love...
and Avery Elle's February Challenge #33: Friendship.  In my life, girlfriends have come and gone; but this card was for the one friend who, although he doesn't always get it and can drive me absolutely crazy, has stuck by me through all the ups and downs.  He's my very best friend, my hubby.
And here's your The Challenge #60 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.  You have until Sunday, February 22, 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 #59 Winners, too.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Hogs & Kisses (Avery Elle) Paper: Pink Pirouette & Basic Gray (SU!); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); watercolors (Kuretake); white embossing powder (Ranger); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); clear Wink of Stella (Zig); chipboard banner (Crate Paper); chevron ribbon (Hobby Lobby)

The Studio Sketch Challenge

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day, friends!  I hope you all have spectacular plans for today.  I'll be staying in, as I've got a little one that is sick with a cold; but I've also got a Valentine's Day dessert in the works that is sure to surprise everyone else upon their return from church.  Mmm!  But you've come here to see something new from The Studio.  So, I won't delay one bit more.  We've got a fun, new sketch to inspire your creative time this month.  Additionally, we're looking for you to add a heart someplace on your takes.  Here's mine.
I started this page by cutting the Love Heart cut file from my textured, white, cardstock, base page and backing each "love" with a variety of printed papers.  I then smudged Sunshine and Sky Mister Huey's over everything behind where my photo would lie, as well as near a little cluster that would be formed near the bottom right corner, and splattered those locations with both Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.  The main area was topped with a number of prints, a couple of which were framed with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, as well as a scrap of striped, gold foil vellum, and in turn, topped with the photo, which was matted with white cardstock.  A couple lengths of Washi, as well as a pink and gold, chevron die cut turn our attention to the black, foam, "my crew" title, which was stuck over a gold, ampersand die cut.
The "HELLO, I LOVE YOU" tag was die-cut from a cut-away sheet; stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the additional "4EVER" phrase; embellished with a die-cut, white, cardstock ring; laced with Charcoal twine, tied in a bow...
and used for a little journaling, which reads, Staying in for Valentine's Day couldn't be any more fun with you 3!  Mwah!
Just to the right of the tag, I stamped a couple of cupids in Daffodil Delight ink, as well as the "Happy Valentine's Day" sentiment in Jet Black ink.  Additionally, I added a floral brad and a "note:" rubon.
Just below the photo itself, you'll find a "today" rubon.  These rubons are from My Mind's Eye, and y'all, they get a ginormous stamp of approval from me!  If you've been a follower of my blog for long, you know that's a big deal, as I'm not a fan of most rubons that come across my desk; but these ones went on like butter.  The true test will be if they continue to do so a couple of months down the road, but right now, I'm loving them.  I stamped another trio of phrases in Jet Black ink...
before moving on to the bottom of the page.  Here I stamped a happy array of hearts in Strawberry Slush ink.  I also secured a trio of papers, a couple, again, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, along with a bit more of that Washi tape from above.  Each layer was then topped with my secondary cluster, which includes a chipboard globe; hand-cut, from patterned paper, "XO", which I also stamped, in Jet Black ink, with a couple of criss-crossing arrows; tangle of gold thread; and a stamped, in Daffodil Delight ink, on a White, cardstock die cut, cupid.  A number of stamped, in Jet Black ink, hearts complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Simon Says Stamps' Monday Challenge: Spritz and Spray, Clique Kit's February Challenge: Anything Goes, and ScrapMuch?'s February Colour Challenge.
And here's your Sketch Challenge to get you off and running in the right direction.  Don't forget to add a heart.
You have until Sunday, March 13, 2016, to link up your takes in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have an amazing week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Borders & Backgrounds 3, Cupid's Arrow, Love You More, & Bitty Buddy Valentines (Wplus9); Prayers (Hero Arts) Paper: textured white (Paper Studio); White (Wplus9); gold foil stripe (SU!); red stripe, gold foil arrows, multicolored triangle, & red checkered (MME); "XO", pink hearts, black stripe, & multicolored polka dot (Crate Paper); black polka dot (Dear Lizzy); aqua floral (Basic Grey) Ink: Strawberry Slush & Daffodil Delight (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Topped Off Tag & Hang Ups Confetti Cuts dies (Reverse Confetti); Cupid's Arrow die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); chipboard bits (Crate Paper); floral brad & rubons (MME); Love Heart cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); Charcoal twine (The Twinery); "HELLO, "I LOVE YOU" tag (Maggie Holmes); pink foil chevron die cut (Amy Tangerine); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); black foam "my crew" (Dear Lizzy); gold foil ampersand (Jen Hadfield); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Sunshine & Sky Mister Huey's (Studio Calico); red doily Washi (Paper Studio)