Paper Sweeties May Inspiration Challenge #43

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Evening, y'all!  I'm honored to be back serving as a Paper Sweeties Guest Designer for one more month.  Because we're at the start of another month yet again, Debbie has cooked up a scrumptious, new, inspiration challenge to inspire your creative time.  Here's how I was inspired.
I started this card by piecing a trio of patterned papers onto the white, cardstock, card face and anchoring them with white-threaded, straight, machine stitches.
I then wrapped a length of Bubblegum seam binding ribbon, straight from the Paper Sweeties Boutique, vertically, around the card face and tied it, in a double bow, near the top edge.  It was then embellished with a bit of white lace; Peppermint Baker's Twine, from the Paper Sweeties Boutique, tied in a bow; and a lone pearl.
I then stamped the bottom center of a green, polka dot envelope, which I happened to have stuffed with a Starbucks gift card, in Jet Black ink, with the "So happy you're my friend!" sentiment and adhered it in the center of the card face.
The coffee mug was stamped, in Pistachio Pudding ink, on a watercolor, paper die cut and given a bit of detailing with watercolors, as well as Glossy Accents for the coffee itself.  The cupcake was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a watercolor, paper die cut; watercolored; embellished with a button blossom, laced with white string; and given a kiss of sparkle with Clear Wink of Stella for the frosting.  Both images were then adhered, with foam tape and over a tangle of white thread, in the center of the envelope, just above the stamped sentiment to complete the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from Simon Says Stamps' Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes...
and here's your Inspiration Challenge #43 graphic to get you going in the right direction.
Thanks so much for peeking in!  Be sure to stop by my temporary teammates' blogs, as well as the challenge link above to get all of your challenge details; and have a blessed rest of your weekend, friends!  Hugs!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - Paper Sweeties
Jeri Thomas 
Jinny Newlin - *May Guest Designer* (You're here!)
May Guest Designer: Cynthia Olheiser

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Homemade with Love & I Love You (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); green polka dot (SU!); pink heart (Crate Paper); floral woodgrain (MME); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: Pistachio Pudding (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); green polka dot envelope & pearl (Paper Studio); Homemade with Love Sweet Cuts die, Peppermint Baker's Twine, & Bubblegum seam binding ribbon (Paper Sweeties); Big Shot (Sizzix); Clear Wink of Stella (Zig); Crystal Effects (Ranger); watercolors (Kuretake); button blossom (SU!); white string (Hobby Lobby); lace (JoAnn Fabrics)

Friday Faves

Friday, April 29, 2016

It's nearly the weekend, y'all!  We've had a busy week of Standardized Achievement Tests, so we took today off to rest and recoup, especially with my being under the weather and us being out late last night for one of Ezekiel's baseball games.  We've got another of Adina's soccer games late tomorrow morning; but other than that, and church of course, our weekend is free for however we desire to spend our time.  I'm sure I'll be logging in a few hours in my creative space, as well as my gardens.  I've got some new plants awaiting their permanent homes, but before all that can begin, I've got this month's Friday Faves lineup for you all, beginning with this darling, Bear Hugs stamp set from Reverse Confetti.  I love those cute koalas so much, that they found their way to my mailbox a couple of weeks back.  I've even already put them to work on a card, which I have lined up to share first thing Monday morning.
I'm also including their Edge Essentials Confetti Cuts die this go around.  Love all the options packed into this little bundle, especially that sweet, bitty scallop!
Speaking of sweet, how about trying on Lora Bailora's Strawberry Washi Tape for size?  As we drove out to the ballpark last night, I noticed a sign, in one of the yards we passed, announcing that they had strawberries ripe for the picking.  Mmmm!  Summer is upon us, friends.
Love the bit of texture Freckled Fawn's Long Tropical Arrows Paper Clips would add to any project, especially with a bit of trim tied around their edges.
Oh, and a number of them would pair beautifully with Jillibean Soup's Healthy Hello 12x12 Collection Pack.  I just love this palette to bits and pieces, especially those bold pops of navy amidst all the springtime colors; and while there's an obvious theme, it doesn't punch you in the face like a number of other collections, which shall remain nameless, and allows one to create whatever their heart's desire may be for years to come.



And finally, y'all know how much I love, love, LOVE ikabags!  Well, I recently ran into a woman, in my church, who was carrying one; and if it's possible, I love them even more!  The woman had some extra birthday money and decided to spend it on their Best Seller Stockholm Gray Nautical Striped Mustard Leather Bag.  She swears that it was worth every penny, and that she wouldn't think twice about purchasing another again.  So, while I still have my heart set on the Pleated French Stockholm Messenger Bag, that I featured back here, I also love the freshness of their Apple Green Stripes Messenger Bag.  Some day.  Sigh.
That does it for this month, folks!  I'll be back late tomorrow with my take on Paper Sweeties' May Inspiration Challenge.  Until then, I hope you all have a wonderful start to your weekends.  XOXO

For the Love of Books

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Afternoon, y'all!  I know it's a little later than normal for one of my posts.  I've been fighting off allergies and failing miserably.  But I really didn't want to skip this one, as I think my pick for this month's For the Love of Books post would make a fantastic, graduation gift, and graduation is just around the corner.  Its target audience is ages three to six, but I would beg to differ that its endless wishes truly are for people of all ages.
I Wish You More, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld, is a wish for "more ups than downs", "more give than take", "more we than me", and more "pause than fast-forward".  It is a wish for "more hugs than ughs", "more treasures than pockets", "more stories than stars", and oh, so much more.  Life is full of sadness, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5); and if we embrace both realms and create something meaningful and memorable, than it truly is worth living after all.

We picked this book up at our local library a couple of trips back, but when I saw it at Barnes and Noble, for $7.99 with the purchase of any children's book, the investment was a no-brainer.  It was a must-have for our home library and is for yours, too.  Thanks for reading!  Be blessed!

The Challenge #70

Monday, April 25, 2016

Welcome to the work week, y'all!  Just popping back in with my take on a masculine inspiration photo from The Challenge.  I'm not sure that I'm in love with this number, but it's off in the mail, to my brother, already.  There's no rest for the weary.
I started this card by anchoring a number of black and white prints, to the white, cardstock, card face, with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  I then wrapped a length of white string, horizontally, near the base of the card and tied it, in a bow, near its left edge.
The airplane image was silver-embossed on watercolor paper; watercolored in shades of gray watercolor and Pumice Stone Distress Ink; and splattered with more of the same.  I then stamped the simple, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" sentiment, in Jet Black ink, in the top right corner of the the scene, before framing it with Black cardstock and black-threaded, straight, machine stitches and adhering it, with foam tape, in the center of the card face.
A little more splattering with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints and handful of enamel dots complete the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog's Challenge #54: Emboss...
and here's this week's The Challenge #70 inspiration photo to get your off and creating 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, May 1, 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 #69 Winners, too.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  XOXO

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: 1261QCL Airplane (Serendipity Stamps); With Love (Reverse Confetti) Paper: White & damask (Paper Studio); black (Wplus9); chevron (Jenni Bowlin); plus (Crate Paper); polka dot (Amy Tangerine); gray stripe (K&Company); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: Jet Black & Pumice Stone (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); silver embossing powder (SU!); enamel dots (October Afternoon); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); white string (Hobby Lobby)

The Studio White with One Challenge

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Morning, y'all!  I hope you're all enjoying your weekends.  Ours has been another busy one, beginning with our area's annual, homeschool conference, which is totally refreshing but takes a lot out of us at the same time.  We also had tons of yard work yesterday, but on a happier note, Adina scored her first soccer goal.  Woohoo!  And we've got guests today; church; and one of Ezekiel's baseball games, not to mention Awana, tonight.  Busy, busy, busy!  I need to get pictures together, for a Family Update, soon.  But until then, we've got another, April challenge up in The Studio.  We're looking for layouts boasting the color white with only one other color this go around.  Of course, a few black accents are fine.  I chose blue to go with pics of my kiddos showing off a little of their Kansas City Royals fever.  Enjoy!
I started this page by smudging Patina Glimmer Mist and Bonny Blue Mister Huey's onto the textured, white, cardstock, base page.  I then smeared a little Faded Jeans Distress Ink through a stencil, before placing a number of blue prints in the center of the design.  Monochromatic pages don't usually agree with me, but I've found that the more shades of the same color I can coordinate into a design the less flat it appears.  One of those patterned papers was punched with large circles just to create a little interest; and a number of them were anchored with blue-threaded, straight, machine stitches, before everything was splattered with more of the same mists mentioned above, as well as True Blue, Pure Black, and Titanium White acrylic paints.  After matting my pics with white cardstock and placing them in a sloppy grid, along with the hand-cut, from patterned paper, "10", I created the "Royal BLUE forever" title.  The word "Royal" was Cameo-cut from Bashful Blue cardstock and glittered.  The color "BLUE" was formed from Deep Sea Flash Alphas, and "forever" was a pre-made, foam sticker.
To the left of the title I secured a couple of die-cut, vellum branches beneath a blue label used for my journaling, which reads, celebrating a victorious postseason with our KC Royals.  The right edge of the label was grounded with a stamped, in Jet Black ink, on watercolor paper, glove and ball.  It was watercolored, hand-cut out, backed with a tangle of blue thread, and popped up with foam tape.
A length of blue twine stretches, through a couple of blue eyelets, from one side of the page under the photos to the opposite side, where it was tied in a bow.
The grid itself was grounded with "PLAY. LAUGH. GROW" and "REMEMBER" stickers.  The latter was anchored with a white button, laced with white string.  A scattering of designer, circle reinforcers, as well as the stamped, in Jet Black ink, "**celebrating** NOV 03 2015" date, completes the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Show Us Your Stuff's April Challenge: Get Creative with Stamps.  You have until Sunday, May 8, 2016, to link up your takes 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 was inspired.  Thanks for stopping by, and have a truly spectacular week, friends!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Toy Box (SU!); date (Dear Lizzy) Paper: textured white, white, & vellum (Paper Studio); watercolor (Canson Studio); Bashful Blue (SU!); light blue diamonds (Elle's Studio); aqua circles (Studio Calico); arrows (Hip Kit Club); polka dot (Amy Tangerine); southwest motif (Basic Grey) Ink: Jet Black & Faded Jeans (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: blue thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Sizzlits Little Leaves die, eyelets, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, & Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); Big Shot (Sizzix); Patina Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); Bonny Blue Mister Huey's (Studio Calico); designer circle reinforcers (Paper Studio); stencil (Jenni Bowlin); True Blue, Pure Black, & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); white string & button (Hobby Lobby); watercolors (Kuretake); blue label (Elle's Studio); Deep Sea Flash Alphas (October Afternoon); Cameo (Silhouette); black foam "forever" (Dear Lizzy); twine (AR Designs); "PLAY. LAUGH. GROW." sticker (Crate Paper); "REMEMBER" sticker (Heidi Swapp)

The Challenge #69

Monday, April 18, 2016

Happy Monday morning to you all!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Ours seemed to fly by with activity after activity, and I'm feeling uber exhausted this morning; but we had such fun and got to spend oodles of time with sweet, new friends.  We even got lots of gardening done.  So, it was all worth it.  Anyway, I have a little something different to share today.  I've been wanting to create a prayer journal, for my family's use, for quite some time now and knew Reverse Confetti's Walk by Faith stamp set was just what I was looking for to get me moving in the right direction.  So, I scooped it up awhile back.  Fast forward to this month's Sketch for You to Try, as well as a rainbow of inspiration from The Challenge, and I had just the nudge I needed to get it done.
I started this project by covering the front cover of a composition notebook with a couple of different prints and anchoring them both with black-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  I then traced around the outside edges of a variety of sizes of circle dies onto a piece of watercolor paper and watercolored those circles in an array of rainbow colors before die-cutting them out.  The largest three were then stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "FOR THIS I pray", "GIVE THANKS AND praise", and "I WILL WALK BY Faith" phrases, before arranging the lot on the front cover of the notebook and splattering everything with the same colors the circles were watercolored in, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.
The butterfly was black-embossed on vellum, hand-cut out, and adhered flush against the surface of the notebook.  I know that is unusual for me.  I like dimension, but I'm hoping this project will get shuffled around for quite some time and want it to hold together beautifully for the long haul.
A little Charcoal twine, tied, in a bow, near the top edge, completes the look.
And I'm happy to say that, young and old alike, everyone is excited about this endeavor of recording our prayers and even, Lord willing, some answers to those prayers.
Further inspiration for this project came from, like I said above, Reverse Confetti's Sketch for You to Try #35...
and Simon Says Stamps' Wednesday Challenge: Lets Do the Polka.
And here's this week's The Challenge #69 to get you off and creating 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, April 24, 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 #68 Winners, too.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great week, y'all!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Walk by Faith (Reverse Confetti); Flora & Fauna I (Wplus9) Paper: black polka dot & sketched aqua (Jenni Bowlin); watercolor (Canson Studio); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); watercolors (Kuretake); Clear Cut Stackers: Circles die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); black embossing powder (SU!); Charcoal twine (The Twinery); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt)

Paper Sweeties April Release Rewind

Friday, April 15, 2016

Today's the day, y'all!  Hello Spring and its coordinating Sweet Cuts die are now available for the taking in the Paper Sweeties Boutique.
But before you're off to picking up yours, if you haven't done so already, I've got one final, unseasonal use for it to share with you all.
I started this card by trimming the top edge of a piece of red, star, patterned paper with a Christmas tree print and anchoring them both, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches, to the white, cardstock, card face.  I then wrapped a length of Cupcake seam binding ribbon, around the card face, over the prints' connection; tied it, in a double bow, near the right edge; and embellished it with an ivory, button blossom, laced with Baker's Twine, tied in a bow.
A Quick Card Panel forms the backing for my focal point.  Its base once had vertical, black stripes; but I wanted to stamp it, in Jet Black ink, with a Paper Sweeties "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas" sentiment.  So, I covered them with a kraft, chevron print before stamping and then trimmed its edges with more gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches.
After adhering it, in the middle of the card face, with foam tape, I dressed up its own top center with the wreath, which was stamped, in Garden Green ink, on a Garden Green, ink-distressed die cut.  The wreath's base was then dressed up with the candle image, which I white-embossed on watercolor paper, watercolored, and hand-cut out.  I then popped it up with foam tape and tucked a number of stamped, in Old Olive ink, on watercolor paper and watercolored, mistletoe branches under its edges.  Clear Wink of Stella gives shine to the candle image itself, and Xmas Red Stickles adds sparkle to the berries.  Painted, with Titanium White acrylic paint, mistletoe berries complete the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from Cupcake Inspirations' Challenge 335: Patterns...
and Sunday Stamps' Challenge 124.
Here's a full look at this month's new goodies, including the Planner Series stamps.  Just click and go.
http://papersweeties.com/shop/accessory-stamp-sets/hello-spring/
http://papersweeties.com/shop/all-products/sweet-cuts-hello-spring/
http://papersweeties.com/shop/all-products/planner-series-appointments/
Don't forget to make the rounds, too, and thanks so much for all the kind and encouraging words you've left me throughout this release!  It's been so fun getting back on the side of showing off new and never-seen-before goodies for you all, and I can't wait to dive into the darling goodies Debbie has in store for May.  Until I'm permitted to showcase them here, I hope you'll stop in, now and again, to see what I've been working on.  We'd also love to have you play along with the current April Inspiration Challenge #42.
Thanks again for giving me a little of your precious time.  Have a truly fabulous weekend, y'all!  Hugs!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - Paper Sweeties
Jeri Thomas
Jill Norwood
Jinny Newlin - *April Guest Designer* (You're here!)
Nancy Salkeld 

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Hello Spring, Ho, Ho, Ho, O' Christmas Tree, & Naughty or Nice (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); red star & kraft chevron (Jenni Bowlin); Christmas tree (October Afternoon) Ink: Garden Green & Old Olive (SU!); Jet Black, Tea Dye, Antique Linen, & Pumice Stone (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Hello Spring Sweet Cuts die & Cupcake seam binding ribbon (Paper Sweeties); Big Shot (Sizzix); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Clear Wink of Stella (Zig); Titanium White acrylic paint (FolkArt); ivory floral button (SU!); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); "A VERY MERRY..." Quick Card Panel (Reverse Confetti); white embossing powder & Xmas Red Stickles (Ranger)

Paper Sweeties April Release Party

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Hey, y'all!  I'm back, serving as a Guest Designer for Paper Sweeties, with another creation, showing off a new, April, Hello Spring, stamp set.
I paired it, as well as a couple of past stamps sets, with a layered stamping technique and lots and lots of watercoloring.
I started this card by stamping and masking blossoms and leaves, in Coastal Cabana, Lucky Limeade, Ballet Blue, Daffodil Delight, and Melon Mambo inks, on watercolor paper, to form a heart.  I then watercolored each image in shades of the same color it was stamped in, as well as a little Pumice Stone Distress Ink for shading, filling in the spaces between blooms to create depth.
The ribbon was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a yellow, polka dot, patterned paper; hand-cut out; and adhered, just at its center, pulling the edges up for dimension, at the base of the watercolored heart.  Everything was then splashed with speckles of the same inks used above, as well as Titanium White acrylic paint.  Once it was dry, I black-embossed the "love" sentiment in the center of the floral heart; anchored it to a piece of Brocade Blue cardstock, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches; and adhered it, to the white, cardstock, card face, with foam tape.  A layered, vellum, Stampin' Up butterfly was embellished with clear gemstones and perched on the ribbon to complete the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from Simon Says Stamps' Monday Challenge: April Showers Bring May Flowers.
Please be sure to check out what the rest of the team has been busily working on just for your viewing pleasure.  Then, we've all got one final creation to share, with you all, at the same time tomorrow.  Thanks, as always, for stopping by!  Blessings!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - Paper Sweeties
Jeri Thomas
Jill Norwood
Jinny Newlin - *April Guest Designer* (You're here!)

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Hello Spring, Make Today Beautiful, & Pretty Posies (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); Brocade Blue (SU!); watercolor (Canson Studio); yellow polka dot (MME) Ink: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Ballet Blue, & Coastal Cabana (SU!); Jet Black & Pumice Stone (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); black embossing powder & Beautiful Wings Embosslits (SU!); Titanium White acrylic paint (FolkArt); clear gemstones (crafts-too)

Paper Sweeties April Release Sneak Peek

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

It's the middle of April, friends, and that means new goodies for the Paper Sweeties Boutique.  Woohoo!
Debbie has cooked up a darling new stamp set and coordinating Sweet Cuts die set called Hello Spring, and I've used them in combination with Sending Sweet Thoughts, as well as its coordinating Sweet Cuts die; a healthy dose of Bubblegum sequins; and a bit of Mint seam binding ribbon from the Paper Sweeties Boutique, to kick things off.  Just as a couple of side notes... Debbie has the BEST seam binding ribbon around.  LOVE!  And the links for each and every Paper Sweeties product I've used, throughout this release, can always be found in my {Supplies & Tools} section at the bottom of my posts.
I started this card by trimming the left edge of a piece of pink, block, patterned paper with a strip of gray, star, patterned paper, as well as a punched strip of white cardstock, which I totally know is being washed out by the sunshine in these photographs; anchoring all three, with white-threaded, straight, machine stitches, to a white, cardstock, card face; and stamping the gray print, in Jet Black ink, with the "Hello Spring!" sentiment.
I then used my Cameo to cut a door from Dove Grey cardstock; distressed its edges with Tea Dye, Antique Linen, and Pumice Stone Distress Inks; backed it with both a piece of vellum and a burgundy, polka dot, patterned paper; and adhered it, near the right edge of the card face, with foam tape.  The wreath was stamped, in Baked Brown Sugar ink, on a piece of watercolor paper, which I had watercolored with a bit of a brown stain.  I then die-cut it out; sprinkled it with Titanium White acrylic paint; and dressed it up with a number of blossom die cuts, which were stamped in Jet Black ink, watercolored, and given dimension with foam tape, as well as lots of scrumptious, Bubblegum sequins.
A length of Mint seam binding ribbon, tied in a double bow and embellished with a lone pearl, completes the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from House of Cards' April Challenge: Add Script and/or Color Inspiration...
Cupcake Inspirations' Challenge 335: Patterns...
and Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge: April Showers Bring May Flowers, Wednesday Challenge: Lets do the Polka...
and Work It Wednesday: Use Something Pastel.
That gets us started, folks.  If you're liking what you're seeing, be sure to check out what the rest of the team has cooked up.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope to see you all right back here at the same time tomorrow!  Until then, be blessed!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - Paper Sweeties
Jeri Thomas
Jill Norwood
Jinny Newlin - *April Guest Designer* (You're here!)

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Hello Spring & Sending Sweet Thoughts (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); Dove Grey (Wplus9); burgundy polka dot (MME); pink block (Crate Paper); gray star (Jenni Bowlin); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: Brown Sugar (SU!); Jet Black, Tea Dye, Antique Linen, & Pumice Stone (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Titanium White acrylic paint (FolkArt); Hello Spring & Sending Sweet Thoughts Sweet Cuts dies, Mint seam binding ribbon, & Bubblegum sequins (Paper Sweeties); Big Shot (Sizzix); watercolor (Kuretake); Build a House - Windows cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); pearl (Paper Studio); Scalloped Scallop punch (EK Success)