Friday Faves

Friday, August 31, 2018

Evening, y'all!  Just popping in, while I'm waiting for my big kiddo to get home from our local high school's football game, with a happy, little list of things that have captured my attention this month, beginning with Simple Stories' Forever Fall 12x12 Collection Kit.  Woodgrain, florals, polka dots, colorful plaids, cool blues, warm oranges, scrumptious pumpkins, darling foxes... need I say more?!  Absolutely gorgeous!  This one oozes all the things that I love most about fall.
So much so, that I couldn't help but throw in these coordinating Bits and Pieces...
Cardstock Stickers...
and Chipboard Stickers.  LOVE!
And since I'm knee-deep in fall goodness, how about we try the Thankful Leaves Bundle, from Concord & 9th, on for size?  I adore these rustic, leaf images and that happy, little splatter; and the simple sentiments are pure perfection.
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Reverse Confetti; so, of course, the darling, fox-and-raccoon pair, found in their new, Greatest Adventure stamp set, simply had to make this month's lineup.  I just love the happy mix of sweet, scene-building images and perfect, little sentiments, too!
After church a couple of Sundays back, my family and I decided to try out a new restaurant on the recommendation of a friend.  There was a long wait at Carlos and Mickey's; but it was oh, so worth it.  Delicious!  Several chandeliers similar to these Moroccan Hanging Lamps, from Dervish Handicrafts, were hanging in their foyer; and my hubby and I decided we needed one for our foyer at home.  So pretty!  And I love that you can pick your shades out of 72 colorful options.
The same friend who recommended Carlos and Mickey's to us, also introduced us to Blue Bell's Southern Blackberry Cobbler Ice Cream; when she hand-delivered it to us as a welcoming gift here in El Paso.  Shame on her!  We've fallen hook, line, and sinker!  I don't think I've ever eaten ice cream so good in my entire life.  I've given you Blue Bell's website link above, but I couldn't find this particular flavor there.  Matter of fact, I couldn't find a link, for you all, anywhere.  So, just keep a lookout in your grocer's freezers; because it's truly drool-worthy.
We're looking forward to a long weekend in my neck of the woods and heading out to our first Chihuahuas game tomorrow evening.  We've gotta have our baseball!  Thanks ever so much for visiting, friends!  Have a wonderful weekend!

For the Love of Books

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Morning, friends!  I'm so sorry that it's been so quiet around here lately.  We've been super busy with school and the start of all of our fall activities; but I have still been creating and promise to have a few new projects posted over the next couple of weeks.  Until then, I've got this month's For the Love of Books pick for you all; and with so many children beginning a new school year, I couldn't help but chose one with a school theme.  As I was going back over the favorites that I have already shared here, I couldn't believe that I never came across the famous and beloved mouse from the New York Times #1 best-seller If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Take a Mouse to the Movies.  He's one of my all-time favorite characters and the star of today's pick, which was written for children ages four to eight and beautifully illustrated with crisp images and vibrant colors.
If You Take a Mouse to School, written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond, tells the story of a day in the life of a precocious, little mouse, attending school with a young boy.  It begins with him packing a lunchbox, complete with a snack and pencils, and proceeds through all the trouble he creates for the boy, while he's occupying himself with board work, science experiments, and story writing.  He busily builds himself a house of blocks, filled with clay furniture, and finds plenty of time to play, at the end of the day, while he's waiting for the bus.  But "when he stops to catch his breath, he'll want to eat his snack.  So he'll ask you for your lunchbox.  And chances are, if he asks you for your lunchbox, you'll have to take him back to school."

I couldn't help but leave you there with a taste of this book's playful, cause and effect pattern.  Thanks so much for reading!  May your transitions back to school be smooth and effortless; and may all your precious, little AND big ones have their best school years yet.  Hugs!

Paper Sweeties August Release Rewind

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Hey, y'all!  I'm sure you've already got those new, August, Paper Sweeties goodies already on their way to your mailboxes; but I've got one more creation to share for this August Release.  Enjoy!
I started this card by stamping the coffee beans and right, cup image, both from Coffee, Yes Please, in Jet Black ink, on a 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" piece of watercolor paper.  I then masked the coffee beans and stamped the mirror, cup image on a piece of clear cardstock before rubbing the ink next to the primary image and outlining it, with black ink, just to redefine the edges.  All images were then watercolored; and the background was splattered with the same shades of watercolor with which I filled in the images, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.  The partial, "congrats" sentiment was then die-cut, using the Congrats Sweet Cuts die, right from the center of the image and re-placed, stacked upon five layers of white cardstock, all die-cut using the same Congrats Sweet Cuts die.
The secondary "Join me for a cuppa", once again from Coffee, Yes Please, sentiment was then stamped, in Jet Black ink, just below the primary sentiment...
and although they show up much better in real life, a trio of steamy swirls were clear-embossed above the mugs.  The prepped piece was framed with Daffodil Delight cardstock, as well as yellow-threaded, straight, machine stitching and popped up, with foam tape, off the white, cardstock, card face to complete the look.
Thanks, as always, for humbling me with a visit!  Have a remarkable remainder of your summers, Paper Sweeties fans!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Coffee, Yes Please (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Daffodil Delight (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: yellow thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); Titanium White & Pure Black acrylic paints (FolkArt); Big Shot (Sizzix); Congrats Sweet Cuts die (Paper Sweeties)

Sketchabilities #152 August Reveal

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Evening, y'all!  Just stopping back in to share my take on a brand new sketch over at Sketchabilities.
I started this page by using an old gift card to swipe white gesso onto the background of my navy, stripe, base page.  Once it was dry, I topped it with a strip of the pink, floral print, taken from the bottom of the base page itself, as well as a pink, heart print, which had its top edge torn for texture; couple of additional prints, both of which were framed with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching; snippet of cheesecloth, for more of that scrumptious texture I love; and my photos, which were matted with white cardstock.  Those same photos were then grounded with a cluster of die cuts, popped up with foam tape.  One of those die cuts serves as my "IF TODAY GOES WELL WE'RE GETTING ICE CREAM" title.  Love it!
The bottom, left corner of my design was stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "It's been a long week." phrase, as well as the "OCT 09 2015" date.
The opposite, top, right corner was dressed up with a "TAKING MY sweet time", phrase die cut, popped up with foam tape.
Another, gorgeous, floral die cut was tucked under its left side and popped up, with more foam tape, over a wax envelope, which was stuffed with a hand-cut, from white cardstock, tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow.
The tag itself houses my journaling, which reads, You started sitting on your potty all by yourself, while we were in Branson on vacation.  You even did a #2 without prompting or encouragement.  We thought you were some kind of genius & hit the potty-training hard just as soon as we got home.  You did learn the skill in record time but still had a few difficult/stubborn days.  Those smoochable cheeks & gorgeous curls make the hard ones so easy to forget.  A scattering of bitty, floral die cuts, a few of which were popped up with foam tape, as well as a handful of gray, puffy dots, complete the look.
Here's your August Sketch #152 to get you off and scrapping in the right direction.
To be considered for the Featured Designer spot, you must add your entry to the linky by September 10, 2018.  Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit, friends!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: "It's been a long week." (Citrus Twist); date (Qwikmark) Paper: white (Paper Studio); pink floral & blue stripe (Heidi Swapp); yellow designer & pink hearts (Maggie Holmes); aqua/navy polka dot (Jen Hadfield) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); cheesecloth (Dritz); puffy dots (Fancy Pants); gesso (O'Leary Paints); white string (Hobby Lobby); wax envelope (Citrus Twist); all die cuts (Pinkfresh)

Paper Sweeties August Release Party

Welcome back, Paper Sweeties fans!  I've got a little more inspiration, from our August Release, to share, with you all, today.  Just as a reminder, Debbie has whipped up a Congrats stamp set, which I've put into practice today, and coordinating, Congrats Sweet Cuts die to wet your creative appetites this month.
I started this card by stamping a row of cupcakes, from Sending Sweet Thoughts, in Jet Black ink and at an angle, across a piece of watercolor paper.  I then added trailing puddles of teal, aqua, pink, cornflower, and blue watercolor, highlighting the boundaries of the cupcakes in particular, before splattering everything with those same shades of watercolor, as well as Titanium White acrylic paint.  I then black-embossed the partial, "congrats" sentiment at the same angle as the cupcakes and just below them and stamped the completed, "way to go!" sentiment, in Jet Black ink, just below that.  I just love that this new stamp set comes with a plethora of different builder sentiments for literally every congratulatory occasion.  Woohoo!
Once everything was dry, I anchored the prepped piece, with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches, to the Melon Mambo, cardstock, card face.  A few bright-pink enamel dots complete the look.
This card was made with the colors of our 6th Birthday Challenge graphic in mind.  To participate, for your chance to win a $100 Paper Sweeties shopping spree, simply create something new and link up your entries here.  The contest will run through the end of the month EST; and the winner will be announced September 1, 2018, on the blog.  Voting is turned on for this link gallery, so be sure to "like" your favorite projects to give them a chance at the grand prize.
Thanks, as always, for humbling me with a visit!  Be sure to stop by and visit the rest of the team as well.  Then, we'll all be back, at the same time and places, tomorrow to wrap up the August Release in style.  Until then, be blessed!

Nancy Salkeld 

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Sending Sweet Thoughts & Congrats (Paper Sweeties) Paper: Melon Mambo (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); watercolors (Kuretake); Titanium White acrylic paint (FolkArt); black embossing powder (SU!); enamel dots (Simple Stories)

Paper Sweeties August Release Sneak Peek

Monday, August 13, 2018

Evening, y'all!  Just stopping in tonight to kick off Paper Sweeties' August Release and thrilled to be sharing that it coincides with their 6th birthday.  Happy birthday, Paper Sweeties!  Debbie has designed a new, versatile, sentiment, stamp set, Congrats, and coordinating, Congrats Sweet Cuts die, for you all, this month; and I wasted no time putting them to good use.  The office manager, at my hubby's new job here in El Paso, recently got married, so this card was made for her.
I started this card by anchoring a piece of floral, patterned paper, to the white, cardstock, card face, with white-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  I then wrapped it, horizontally and three times, with a length of white string, tied in a bow just right of horizontal center.
The opposite side of that floral print was die-cut using the Rectangle Scallop Frames Sweet Cuts die and layered atop a bed of four other die-cut, from white cardstock, frames, just to create the thickness of chipboard.  It was then topped with the wedding dress image, from Faith, Hope, Love, which I stamped, in Jet Black ink, on watercolor paper; watercolored; hand-cut out; and popped up, with foam tape, hanging from a hanger embellishment.
The "congrats" sentiment was created in the same way as the scallop frames above, using the new, Congrats Sweet Cuts die; however, the final layer was die-cut from white, glitter cardstock, before it was adhered across the bottom center of the card face.  A scattering of Sugar Sprinkles sequins completes the look.
That gets us started, folks.  Thanks so much for visiting!  Be sure to do the same for each member of our talented team below; and I'll see you right back here, at the same time, tomorrow.  Hugs!


{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Faith, Hope, Love (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); glitter (Recollections); watercolor (Master's Touch); floral & pink speckled (Crate Paper) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white string (Hobby Lobby); hanger (Maya Road); watercolors (Kuretake); Big Shot (Sizzix); Rectangle Scallop Frames & Congrats Sweet Cuts dies & Sugar Sprinkles sequins (Paper Sweeties)

Pretty Little Studio: August Updates

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Morning, y'all!  We're finally beginning to get settled into our new home in El Paso, Texas.  So much so, that I was comfortable enough to kick-start our first day of the 2018-2019 school year yesterday.  Don't get me wrong.  We still have so much to do to make our new home our very own, but we're not in any rush to begin another home remodeling project right away.  We're still recovering from the last one.  Tee hee!  All of our boxes have been unloaded, though; and I've even begun hanging pictures on the walls.  My kiddos are loving having their very own bedrooms, and I can't get enough of our mountain view.  Sigh.
El Paso has been a dream of ours for so very long, that I have to keep pinching myself to make sure it's real.  All that aside, I wanted to share that I'm taking the month of August off from my assignments over at Pretty Little Studio, just to get our school year off to a good start and continue settling into our new home.  However, I didn't want y'all to miss out on the August Freebie with any $24 or more purchase.
AND be sure to throw some Oakley Avenue embellishments into your carts, while you're shopping.  They're 50% off for the entire month of August!  Woohoo!
I promise to pop back in soon with some papercrafted projects.  Until then, thanks so much for humbling me with a visit and hanging in there with me, while we make our house a home.  Sending my love from the Sun City!