Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring Celebration Countdown Chalkboard - SRM Stickers

The current challenge at the SRM Stickers challenge blog is to create a project that celebrates something. In the month of April, between Spring Break, Easter, and two boys' birthdays, we are constantly counting down to one celebration or another. So, I decided to make a simple countdown to add to our Spring/Easter decor:

I found this cute chalkboard on an easel in the dollar bins at Michaels. There were other colors, too, but I loved the green.

I added an SRM stitches sticker to the bottom, then the "hello sunshine" sticker. I love how SRM's white stickers pop on colored backgrounds :).

I added several paper flowers to the edge (Prima, with bling by DCWV) and a cute bow at the top to match one of my flower pots. I leave a piece of chalk next to the chalkboard and every day we erase the previous number and write in the new one. After Easter, we'll switch to a countdown to Jaxon's birthday, then to Carson's.

Thanks to SRM Stickers for the inspiration! We all love our new Spring Celebration Countdown Calendar :).

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Smash Sunday - Enjoying...

Hello! I've got two more page spreads from my SMASH words book for you today. Two totally different color palettes - one more muted, one super bright. I love that about SMASH books. Unlike mini albums, I feel no need to color coordinate all the pages together. First up, this one about my family:

The left side is a collection of numbers, random die-cuts that I had in my stash that represent different numbers in my life. The page calls for a top 10 list, but I wasn't feeling it, so a collage of numbers was born. I also used a vintage playing card and bike flair from a past Studio Calico kit.

The right side is a photo of my middle son and me. The word tiles are old GCD Studios product (I'm hoarding these as I can't bear to run out). I also used a Maggie Holmes bow and Jenni Bowlin bingo card.

More detail shots of these pages can be found here in my Flickr gallery. Next up, a much brighter page spread about summer:

Yes, I actually made these pages last summer. I was just too sick to photograph, edit and post these then. I went with a bright yellow, pink and green color scheme because those colors say summer to me. I wanted to make this set of pages more about journaling, so I used lots of journaling tags.

I also used another vintage playing card and flair from A Flair for Buttons :).

The right side features a paint chip and the front of a pamphlet about shades of yellow that I picked up from a hardware store. The rose picture is a photo that I took that summer of roses in my front yard. The yo-yo is a mini yo-yo from my Etsy shop. Love those! Wish I could add more without bulking up my book.

Again, more details can be seen in my Flickr stream. Thanks to all of you who commented here, on Facebook, on instagram and on Pinterest about the return of Smash Sunday. I'm excited to be back and your enthusiasm makes me happy :). Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great start to your week! Tessa

Friday, April 11, 2014

Adlyn's Nursery Wreath - Front Door Friday

Welcome to installment #2 of Front Door Friday! Someone asked me, "Are you really going to share a new wreath every week?" My answer is yes, that's the plan! From wreaths for my own home, to gifts and orders for my shop, every week I will feature a new-to-the-web, handmade wreath. Last week's post was about the Spring wreath currently on my front door. Today's post is about the wreath I made for Adlyn's nursery's door:

I love how feminine lace instantly makes any project. The teal color is fun and bold and the scalloped edge is a beautiful pattern to repeat around the wreath.

Because the wreath is an indoor wreath, I was able to raid my stash of paper flowers as embellishments. All of these flowers are by Prima. I don't recommend using paper flowers on wreaths that will be outdoors. The sun will fade them quickly and moisture will damage them. Plus, bugs like to make them homes and it's hard to clean them out.

I only had one of these doilies but I wanted a bit to peek out at the top and bottom of the cluster of flowers. So, I cut it in half. This tip works great for paper doilies on scrapbook pages, too. ;) I thought about hanging this wreath by more of the lace, but this key print twill ribbon was perfect for a door. Key...door...get it?

I'm not sure I'll make an inspiration board every week, but last week's was popular so I gave it a go this time around, too:

Thanks for visiting! Next week I'll be sharing another Spring wreath, this time full of pastels perfect for Easter. Have a great day!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Adlyn - DCWV

This is one of my favorite sets of photos of Adlyn so far. So happy and sweet, full of light and life. My heart is full. When given the opportunity to make a layout sample for the DCWV April sketch challenge, I knew I wanted to scrapbook these pictures.

Here is the sketch I worked from:

Did you know that DCWV makes printed cork? The polka dot cork that you see here is from the pastel stack. It's real-deal cork (not a photo or patterned paper). I love the texture and dimension it adds to a page, and I love the bonus of printed patterns in pretty colors. It cuts easily with a punch (the butterfly is by Martha Stewart Crafts).

I swapped out squares for butterflies and the star for a velvet flower, but otherwise I think I stayed fairly true to the sketch. If you are a "to the T" sketch follower, you'll enjoy some of my fellow design team members' takes at the blog today. Be sure to stop by and play along :).

Thanks for visiting :). Enjoy your day! Tessa

Sunday, April 6, 2014

SMASH Sunday - Enjoying Fall Rain

Hello! I've had requests on instagram, Flickr, Blogger, Facebook - you name it - for the return of SMASH Sunday. I'm flattered and today I am very happy to fulfill your requests! Every Sunday for the foreseeable future I will be featuring a new page or two from one of my SMASH books. I'm also planning videos, tutorials and giveaways. And...you may see something pop up in my shop for smashing ;). But enough of that. Let's get to the SMASH book pages ;).

This page comes from my SMASH words book. Click herehere and here for other pages. I was hoping to complete this book in 2013, but once my little girl decided to come along, I was just too sick and preggo to keep working on it. So, it's now a 2013/2014 book ;). This page spread is from the section "enjoying...".

The photo is an instagram shot of my oldest son and I out in the rain last fall. It was the first rain, and like total goofballs, we both ran outside and started singing, "Singing in the Rain."

I went with a blue and red color palette for this page spread. So far, this book has a lot of pink, peach and green. I thought blue and red would be nice for a change.

My favorite part of this page spread is the framed hearts. I used my die-cutter to cut postage stamp frames from wood veneer. Next, I wrapped the frames in teal thread and glued wood veneer hearts to the centers. I love the texture of the wood and thread. I'm thinking about adding these to my shop. Let me know if you're interested :).

Supplies: bird patterned paper - Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper; polka dot patterned paper - Basic Grey; journaling tag - Elle's Studio; flashcard - Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper; fabric polaroid frame - Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper; wood veneer hearts - Studio Calico; die-cut heart - Studio Calico; small tag - cut from a SMASH pad by K&Company; other - thread, doily, paint chip, mist.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to visit next Sunday, too. I'll have a little something special for you. :). Have a great start to your week! Tessa

Friday, April 4, 2014

Front Door Friday - Fabric, Yarn and Felt Spring Wreath

Welcome to the first Front Door Friday! You may or may not know, but I have a thing for wreaths. I love to make wreaths for family, friends, and of course, my front door. I especially love yarn wreaths, but I've been venturing out into other materials, too. And just about every wreath I make features some handmade flowers (usually available in my Etsy shop, Precocious Paper). To kick off this blog series, I thought I would share a wreath for Spring:

I was inspired by several pins from my Color Palettes Pinterest board:

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I used fabric to wrap the entire wreath; a floral print for two thirds of the wreath, and a gray damask print for the rest. Incidentally, both of these fabrics are available in my shop as Ruffle Blossoms :).

I wrapped two colors of yarn around that, then embellished with silk flowers (Prima), mother of pearl buttons and handmade felt flowers.

I struggle with finding the perfect ribbon to hang my wreaths from (I don't like to hook the wreath directly to the door). This time, though, I just happened to have this gorgeous striped ribbon on hand and it was a great match.

I hope you'll join me every Friday for a new wreath or door decor project. In the meantime, you can see which wreaths are inspiring me by visiting my Wreaths Pinterest board. I've had several customers in the past few weeks purchase flowers for wreaths that they were making. Do you make your own wreaths? I'd love to see! And I'd love for you to visit my shop. Let me know if there is anything I can make for you :).

Happy Friday! Tessa

Thursday, April 3, 2014

How's Life? - SRM

Honestly, life is good. I'm exhausted, tired and sleep-deprived, but I'm blessed. I'm trying to count those blessings - like her new habit of smiling and carrying on serious conversation in coos - instead of the hours of sleep I'm missing out on. Once her cold goes away, I'm sure we'll all sleep much better :).

Recently, while my hubby was wandering the aisles of a big box home improvement store, Adlyn and I wandered over to the paint section to find paint chips for some furniture projects I have coming up. I picked up these two paint chips because I thought they were pretty ;). And how darling are they together? They inspired the colors of this card (made with Heidi Swapp Color Shine).

And, of course, my sentiment is by my favorite sticker people - SRM! Have you heard about SRM's new adventure? They are starting a challenge blog! You can find it here. The first challenge goes up tomorrow. I plan to play along and I hope you will, too :).

Thanks for stopping by today! Tessa