Five for Friday

Friday, July 25, 2014

1. We've had such a great week visiting with my brother, his girlfriend & my nephew, Noah!
This was a photo that we took of the cousins six years ago, in 2008:


And this is the photo that we took on Monday:


They haven't changed too much.... ;)

2. Noah spent the night with us and we played Risk & watched Frozen.
We took him to the beach on Tuesday.


3. On Thursday, we planned "the best day ever." In the morning, we went to the zoo....


4.... and then, after lunch at A&W, we went to the Fun Mountain Water Slides.


5. I'm playing along with the July Papertrey Ink Blog Hop today.
This month's challenge was to be inspired by this photo:


I was inspired by the gingham pattern on the envelope, the colours
and the bird.
I really wanted to use my new Papertrey Ink Sprinkles MIM kit,
so I created a shaker card.


The patterned paper is My Mind's Eye, which I layered over vintage cream card stock.
The frame was die cut using the frame from the MIM kit.
I stamped the sentiment (Wet Paint) and birds (Feather Finery) onto 
the cream card stock behind the frame and filled the shaker with sequins from the kit.

Thanks for looking!

Reverse Confetti Quirky Cuties Blog Hop

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hi there & welcome to the
Reverse Confetti Quirky Cuties Blog Hop!



If you're following the hop, you should have arrived here from Monika Davis' blog.
If not, you can find a complete list for the hop further down in this post.

For the hop, I chose to make a card using the adorable Rocky Raccoon & 
 CAS(E) This Sketch #86 by Sam Simpson:


I wanted to work with this week's sketch and I got the idea to rotate it &
give my card front the feel of an envelope & make Rocky into a postage stamp.
With him holding that sweet envelope, he seems very well suited for this position! ;)


I started by diecutting the rectangle die from Class Act Confetti Cuts
from aqua mist card stock and then diecutting it again to give it more of a square shape.
I stamped Rocky Raccoon & then paper-pieced him with soft stone, pure poppy & white card stock. 
For his bandana, I used a stamp from So Stripey in pure poppy & aqua mist.
For the "stamp-like edges", I trimmed a piece of white card stock into a square and then
 used the notebook edge die from Office Edges Confetti Cuts to make the circle indents.
The top edge was also stamped using So Stripey.
I stamped the sentiments from So Very Special and then adhered my panel using dimensional adhesive.

Next step on the hop is Cindy Lawrence.

You'll want to leave a comment on each blog on the hop, because TWO random commenters will win:
Studio 3 Solutions Color Cubbie + 3 Quirky Cuties (winner’s choice)


Here's the list of the others participating in the blog hop: 
winners will be announced on Monday on the Reverse Confetti blog.






 

Thanks for looking!

Let's Chill

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hi there!
I'm just popping in today to share a card that I made using a 
stencil that I made with the Reverse Confetti's Perfectly Paisley Confetti Cuts
and some clear embossing paste.


I started with some Heidi Swapp patterned paper and, after applying the 
paste with my homemade stencil, I die cut the bottom edge with my Reverse Confetti
I also diecut a second sheet of patterned paper and layered it underneath.
I stamped the sentiment from Reverse Confetti's Let's Chill and heat
embossed it in white.
A few Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Sparkling Clear sequins finish it off.


 



Thanks for looking!

A fun little summer project

Monday, July 21, 2014

A few weeks ago, I was shopping in town and saw 
the sweetest little bicycle.... it was all rusty & small and was created to 
be placed in a garden.... it had a basket in the front and two on the back wheel.
I have a love for bikes and thought how great it would be to put something like this in my garden.
The price, however, was a deterrent, but it didn't stop me from trying to figure
out how I could make something similar.

I ended up going to the MCC in Winkler to look for a cheap, old bike.
I wanted something so old that it wouldn't be cost effective to fix it up--
basically something that was headed for the dump.
They didn't have anything, but the man who worked them let me know about
a mission in town that had lots of old bikes just sitting in their yard.
I found one that was perfect -- flat tires, rusty, with a carrier over the back tire.
I bought it for a couple of dollars and hauled it home.

Now, I have to say that this project was going to be mine.... but somehow,
my kids got involved, too.
Austin was bored the morning we brought it home,
so I told him he could take off all of the extra parts (the brakes, reflectors, etc.)
Jonah washed it for me.
And they all wanted a turn spray painting it (I chose a flat black paint so it would
look like wrought iron.)


We ran out of spray paint and Austin walked to the store to buy another can
while we were at swimming lessons. 
When I got home, he'd finished a second coat.

Sage, Jonah and I hit the nurseries -- we didn't find annuals until the third one
(apparently mid-July is not the time to buy annuals....  who knew?)
I found some purple wave petunias and planted two in a container which
we duct-taped to the front of the bike.
Two more went in a container on the back rack.

Austin helped me anchor it down (we used fishing line and tent pegs)
and voilà... my new garden structure was complete.


What do you think?

Thanks for looking!

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge #100

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Today, I have a card to share that I made for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge #100:


Now, the challenge is called Anything Goes, so I'm not sure if we
were suppose to be inspired by the inspiration photo, but I definitely was,
so I used it to make my card.


I started with some PTI stamper's select white card stock. 
I die cut several rectangle stitched frames (from PTI's Sparkles & Sprinkles kit)
from some Teresa Collins woodgrain patterned paper.
I adhered them to my card and stamped my sentiment: "congrats"  from PTI's Wet Paint III
& "for the happy couple" from Reverse Confetti's Lots to Say.
I die cut some Wplus9 Fresh Cut Florals and had fun stamping
them with colours from the inspiration photo.

Thanks for looking!


A couple of projects

Saturday, July 19, 2014

I have a couple of projects to share today...

First of all, I fell in love with this photo for Paper Smooches Picture Perfect Sparks Challenge:


Isn't it fabulous?
I would love some sweet jars like these!
Seeing as I recently ordered some fun dies from Paper Smooches,
I decided to make a card for the challenge:


I stamped my background using Simon Says Stamp Wide Stripe stamp.
I die cut the word dies from aqua mist card stock & matted the card on the same.
For the buildings, I die cut them from white card stock and
water coloured them by pressing some aqua mist/hawaiian shores &
sweet blush/berry sorbet inks onto my craft mat, spritzing them with water and then
painted them on with a wet paint brush. Such a fun technique! 


I also have three Monthly Moments pocket scrapbooking cards
on the Chickaniddy Crafts blog today.
I'd love for you to come and check them out!

Here's one of them:



Super sweet, right?
Here's how it looks in my album:


Click here to see the two other cards that I made. :)

And, while you're there... you'll also want to check out their Craft Team Call (click!),
and the two giveaways that they're hosting for their new product lines:
Scumptious (click!) & Jolly Good (click!)

Thanks for looking!

Five for Friday

Friday, July 18, 2014

Well, it's been another busy week in the Penner household.
In addition to swimming lessons every afternoon at the beach....

1. On Sunday, we went for a walk around the lake.
I got some great photos -- look for them on a layout soon -- as soon as I get my new Get
Lost stamp set that I ordered from PTI earlier this week. ;)


2. A church in Winkler hosted a drive-in movie night on Wednesday.
We saw Rio 2. They had some fun activities set up before the movie started,
including a huge Operation game -- which Austin broke a record at by removing 10 parts.

3. Our church hosted a pool party in Winkler last night.
We had lots of fun! We raced down the fast slides and I took a bunch of photos
of the kids jumping off the diving boards.

4. I'm super excited about the two new lines that Chickaniddy Crafts is releasing:


Aren't they fabulous?
And best of all, Heidi is doing two giveaways on the Chickaniddy Crafts Blog
for both of them: Scumptious (click!) & Jolly Good (click!)


5. And lastly, I have a card to share that I made for Tag You're It Challenge #2
where we're being inspired by this gorgeous tag by Laura Bassen:


I was inspired by the vellum leaves over the patterned background
to make a journaling card tag for my summer album.


I used Crate Paper The Pier patterned paper for my background,
which I die cut using PTI's Journaling Card 1 die and then punched a hole.
I die cut my vellum leaves using my Turning a New Leaf dies.
I die cut my Wet Paint Cuts hello die cut three times from some coordinating Crate Paper
patterned paper and stacked them together.
I stamped the "summer" from PTI's Monthly Moments: June stamp set.

Visit Tag You're It to see the rest of the DT's takes 
on the challenge and to play along, if you'd like.
You have until Wednesday, July 30th to link up your project.

Thanks for looking!
 
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