Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Paper craft project no. 460: Grateful beyond words

We have a brand new challenge at Time Out. For the next couple of weeks, it's the Home Sweet Home challenge. Here's the inspiration photo, and it's really perfect for fall! This challenge is sponsored by STAMPlorations. The winner (voted by the design team) will get a $10 gift certificate. Two winners will be randomly drawn to win stamps: one will win Holiday Expressions: Thankful for Autumn and the other will receive Trendy Leaves 2.

I took my cue from the colors and the leaves and created this almost one layer card. I sponged Distress inks (spiced marmalade, mustard seed, barn door) through a stencil (Bloom Boldly). Then I die-cut the curvy panel by combining two CUTplorations dies (Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangles and Stitched Snow Hills) and stamped one of the newsprint leaves (Trendy Leaves 2). I adhered the panel on the left side of the card base and added contrast between the stenciled blooms and stamped leaves by doodling the border with a black marker. I finished the card by stamping the sentiment (Grateful Beyond Words).

Check out the cards the team + guest designer Claire made and then link up your own project inspired by the photo. We can't wait to see your creations!

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The Kat Report
[Snapshots of life with my daughter.]

Last Sunday, the Kat and I had our first girls day out. I've only taken her out by myself twice before but that was to attend cradle roll at church, which was a mere 12-minute drive from our house. This time I took her to Target, a 20-minute drive, to shop for some new clothes for her. We left her daddy at home to sleep and rest. 

She was the perfect little passenger in the backseat. Once at a stop sign, I glanced over at her baby mirror and saw that she was quietly sipping water from her cup. I couldn't stop myself from smiling as I watched her place the cup back in the cup holder and then pull the blankie over her legs before looking out the window to admire the view outside.

At Target, she was happy to look around. She pointed at everything and frequently let out a "Ahh! Ahh! Ehh! Ehh!" -- in Kat speak, that translates to, "Look, mommy! I like that one!"

We spent the first hour walking down all the aisles. After we had quickly surveyed everything in the shop, we headed to the toddler section and started looking for clothes. Fifteen minutes into it, the Kat started getting cranky, which meant she was sleepy. So I pushed her down the diaper and baby food aisles and she was out 5 minutes later. She ended up napping for an hour while I went through baby clothes. I dislike shopping, but ever since I got pregnant, I've taken to shopping for her. 

Before we left home, her daddy had sleepily said, "Be judicious," when I said that I was going to shop for Kat's clothes. And yet there I was at the toddler section with at least $100 worth of baby clothes. I realized that spending that much money on clothes for a growing baby is a bit foolish so I started going through my selection and putting back the ones that I wanted for no reason other than I thought they were the cutest. In the end I ended up getting her 4 long-sleeved 2T tops that were $5 each and 2 baby tights that were on clearance ($5 for both). When I mentioned the clothes I didn't buy to my MIL, she said, "You need to take me with you next time. I want to buy those for her." This is one more reason I adore my mother-in-law ;o)


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  1. Great how you used the colors! Such and sunny card!
    Lovely pics of Kat! Enjoy the little things together!
    Hugs, Gerrina

  2. First, the card...drooling profusely. Perhaps, you'll let me borrow one of Kat's teething cloths. Shopping with a one year old is usually not so fun. You've lucked out with the ever entertaining and delightful Kat. I'm with MIL, I'd have bought everything that would fit her, too.

  3. I adore these colours and what a fab combo of the stamps and the stencil. Great to see you got out and about with Kat and got in some girlie retail therapy x

  4. Love the pics of your beautiful girl! And you most definitely need to take your MIL too :)! Love your gorgeous card too. The stenciling is fabulous.

  5. I saw your link on WAW and wanted to come by and say what a beautiful, bright and cheery card! Love that black doodled border -- so clever!

  6. Awesome! Thanks for playing at Sunny Day Crafting.
    ~DT Janis

  7. I love the bright, sunny, happy look of your card! And your shopping trip with Kat sounds great, she sounds like such a little cutie!

  8. What a gorgeous, glowing card, Shery ... and such sweet pictures of your cute little Kat ... sounds a fun trip! Hugs, Anita :)

  9. This is gorgeous and so incredibly creative! I love the dual design and the wonderful sentiment! Thanks so much for sharing at Word Art Wednesday. Have a blessed week,
    Guest Designer

  10. A beautiful card, I'm loving the design and the perfect colours for our challenge. Thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz. Caz DT

  11. Amazing card, I love the bright colors, and stamp layering! Thank you for playing along with our challenge at Stampin' Royalty!

  12. Gorgeous colors and design of this card! So pretty and colorful. Thanks for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday!

  13. This is such a beautiful card, I love the background you have created, really bright and bold.It would be fantastic if you shared this creation at Anything goes September link-up, Just keep on creating
    Susan xx


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