PLS Pinterest Inspired: Together

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Morning, friends!  I hope you all had wonderful weekends!  Ours was busy from the get-go.  Plus, my little bear came down with a fever, which kept me home, caring for him, for most of it.  I think he really enjoyed and, even more than that, needed the one-on-one time, though.  Anyway, I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, sharing a page inspired by the open windows, leaves, and fall colors of the pin below.  I had such fun playing with Ashley Horton's fabulous, debut Oakley Avenue Collection for this one.  Enjoy!
I started this page by watercoloring a background of blues and yellows onto a piece of 12x12 watercolor paper.  I then stamped a number of leaves, trailing throughout the design, in More Mustard and Coastal Cabana inks.
All of the Polaroid frames, from the Weathered Frames package, were used to highlight the Leaf Love and Crisp Air prints, which were cut in the form of rectangles and anchored, long sides together, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  After splattering everything with more of the same watercolors used previously, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints, those same prints were topped with a folded portion of our Cross My Heart Gold Metallic Vellum, as well as a couple sheets of white tissue paper and my photo itself, which was matted with white cardstock.  An Orchard Words "together" die cut serves as my title; and a Hello Fall Cut-Apart "OCTOBER" was tucked in, among the frames, near the top of the page.
A trio of Fall Faves Die-Cut pies provide a bit of movement to the entire design.  One pie was dressed up with a fussy-cut, from our Pretty Poppies print, bloom, which was popped up with foam tape and used to anchor the left side of a Pumpkin Mini Words "today".  A couple of Fall Words Stickers, as well as a stamped, in Jet Black ink, "Adventures" round out the top right corner.
A manila tag, laced with Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, was tucked under the left side of my photo and topped with another hand-cut bloom, as well as a Weathered Frames "I {heart} fall" die cut, which I popped up with foam tape.
Opposite the tag, you'll find a quartet of Gold Metallic Number Die Cuts, which were used to spell out the year my photo was taken and topped with a Weathered Frames arrow.
The bottom right corner of my photo was dressed up with a couple more of those hand-cut blooms, as well as a Foxy Fall Flair button, backed with a tangle of gold thread.
Another Pumpkin Mini Word, as well as a "FEELING FALLISH" die cut and stamped, in Jet Black ink, "Life", not to mention the scattering of perfectly-color-matched Seaspray 4mm Sequins, completes the look.
I'm linking this one up to Picture This!'s October 1st Challenge (layers + fussy cutting + 1 photo).  I'm also hoping to share those Branson pics later this week; but I've been keeping super busy with my kiddos' various activities and homeschooling itself, so it may be a little quiet around here this week.  I do have a number of creative posts coming your way next week, though.  So, if you don't hear from me until then, know that all is well and that I'll be back soon.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Season of Thanks (Wplus9); Calendar Stamp Set (Precious Remembrance) Paper: white (Paper Studio); tissue (unknown); watercolor (Master's Touch); Oakley Avenue: Pretty Poppies 8x8, Leaf Love 8x8, Crisp Air 8x8, & Cross My Heart Gold Metallic Vellum 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black & Wild Honey (Ranger); More Mustard & Coastal Cabana (SU!) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); watercolors (Kuretake); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); manila tag (Paper Studio); lattice stencil (Jenni Bowlin); Oakley Avenue: Hello Fall Cut-Aparts, Orchard Words Die Cuts, Foxy Fall Flair, Weathered Frames, Pumpkin Mini Words, Fall Words Stickers, Fall Faves Die Cuts, & Feelin' Fallish Die Cuts, Summer Vibes: Seaspray 4mm Sequins, & Here Comes the Sun: Gold Metallic Number Die Cuts (PLS)

PLS Thursday Tip: Happy Birthday

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Hey, y'all!  I'm up again on the Pretty Little Studio blog with a tip for the week.  I thought that I'd share that tip through a cute card I made for my nephew, who just celebrated his first birthday last week, using our Rocky Road Vintage Die Cut as the focal.
I started this card by piecing, from top to bottom, strips of our Blue Sky, Wax Flower, and Pink Lemonade prints onto the white, cardstock, card face.  I then masked off the base itself and splattered everything with a little Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints, before securing those prints with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  A die-cut, vellum tag softens the center of the design and provides a landing pad for Rocky, who was popped up with foam tape.
Baby Word Stickers were used to create the "happy birthday little boy" title; and I stamped a little "roar!", with Jet Black ink, just for fun, above it.
A scattering of Ocean Blue Confetti and Crystal 4mm Sequins keeps your eye moving throughout the design and adds a little more party atmosphere.  I then wanted to bring a bit more presence to the vellum tag.  So, I had some fun doodling along its bottom, scalloped edge...
and topped it with a length of white seam binding ribbon, tied in a double bow and embellished with a black, chevron, ribbon bow, as well as a wood veneer button, laced with white string, tied in a bow.
This is where my Tip of the Week comes into play.  You may have noticed that I like to use string, Baker's twine, hemp twine, etc. to add texture, dimension, and movement to my paper projects.  To ensure that my layouts stay preserved for generations to come and that my cards arrive in the same condition they appear here on my blog, I use a little liquid glue, not only to adhere their centers in place, but also to tack down their ends.  Those teeny knots I tie, to keep the ends from fraying, make the perfect, hidden, landing spots for the glue.  My glue of choice is Ranger Multi Medium Matte with a ScraPerfect Small No-Clog Writing Cap.  For an even quicker dry, I use a dab of Ranger Glossy Accents with a ScraPerfect Medium No-Clog Writing Cap.

I have to admit that I really struggled with where to go with this tip-giving business.  So, I hope this one helps; and if there's something, on my projects, that catches your eye and makes you wonder, "How did she do that?", I'd love to hear from you.  Leave a comment below, and I'll try to answer those questions directly and/or in future Thursday Tip posts.  Thanks, as always, for stopping by!  Have a blessed day, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Leaping Lions (Reverse Confetti) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); Marigold: Wax Flower 8x8, Woodland: Blue Sky 8x8, & Here Comes the Sun: Pink Lemonade 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Gift Card Holder Tag die (Reverse Confetti); Big Shot (Sizzix); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); black chevron ribbon (Maya Road); wood veneer button (Jenni Bowlin); white string (Hobby Lobby); Treasure Island: Ocean Blue Confetti, Hello Heather Summer Vibes: Crystal 4mm Sequins, Baby Claire & Jack: Baby Word Stickers, & Rocky Road Vintage Die Cut (PLS)

Poppystamps: Merry and Bright

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Morning, y'all!  I'm up on the Poppystamps blog today, sharing a card, boasting a colorful winter background, created with Distress Inks.
I started this card by inking a piece of white cardstock, from bottom to top, with Spun Sugar, Dusty Concord, Tumbled Glass, and Faded Jeans Distress Inks, blending each layer of color into the next.  I then grounded the colors with die-cut, from more white cardstock, Stitched Hills.  The "may your days be MERRY and BRIGHT" sentiment was white-embossed just above those hills, near the right edge of the prepped piece...
before creating the rest of the winter scene.  The Trim Tree and Prancing Deer were die-cut from Crumb Cake and Baked Brown Sugar cardstocks respectively; and one of the deer was dressed up with a simple, red, gemstone nose.
I then splattered everything with Titanium White acrylic paint and couldn't resist covering those snowy hills in glitter.  Once everything was dry, I anchored the entire piece, to a white, cardstock, card face, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching and wrapped up its top edge with a length of Baker's Twine, tied in a bow.
I'll be back tomorrow with a simple Thursday Tip for Pretty Little Studio.  Until then, thanks so much for humbling me with a visit!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Christmas Greetings (Poppystamps) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Baked Brown Sugar & Crumb Cake (SU!) Ink: Spun Sugar, Dusty Concord, Tumbled Glass, & Faded Jeans Distress Inks (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); Titanium White acrylic paint (FolkArt); gemstone (Paper Studio); white embossing powder (Zig); Big Shot (Sizzix); Prancing Deer, Stitched Hills, & Trim Tree dies (Poppystamps)

Cider Hill Family Orchard

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hey, y'all!  I've got lots of pictures, from our trip to Branson last week, that I'm still sorting through; but while I do so, I thought I'd share a few from our visit to Cider Hill Family Orchard this past weekend.  If you're a regular follower of my blog, you know that it has become a family tradition of ours to go apple picking in the fall.  Then, we spend an entire Saturday making and canning four large batches of my apple butter in preparation for the holiday season.
We had planned to do our picking the same weekend that Ezekiel needed to have his emergency appendectomy.  So, we had to postpone until this past weekend; and unfortunately, the apple picking was sparse.  Matter of fact, upon our arrival, we were told that, due to this year's early rainy season, there weren't any apples left to pick.  Fortunately, we ran into a super sweet lady in the gift shop, while we were purchasing apple doughnuts for all, who encouraged us to still go out to the orchards to see what we could find.
The kids had so much fun climbing to the tippy tops of the trees in search of any passable apples and, of course, munching on a few along the way.  Gotta love these smiles!
We ended up picking just a bushel and a half; but I think that if I pair this haul with the ones we picked off our own apple tree in our front yard, we'll still be able to get in at least three batches of my apple butter.
I also wanted to mention that this was our first visit to Cider Hill; and we'll most likely be making the trip back up to Schweizer Orchards, in St. Joseph, Missouri, again next year.  Their apples are always so much bigger, which means far less time in the kitchen on our apple-butter-making Saturday, and healthier than the orchards we've visited here in Kansas.  Plus, in my opinion, they do a better job keeping their orchards cleaner and happier for picking overall.
So, that's the long and short of it, folks.  We spent the rest of the weekend doing yard-work, attempting to accomplish some long-overdue organization throughout our home, attending church together as a family, and getting things ready for another week of school.  Nothing too exciting, but it all ensures that our focuses can be where they need to be for the week ahead.  I'll be back tomorrow to share a creation for the Poppystamps blog.  Until then, thanks so much for checking in on us, and have a truly blessed week, friends!  Hugs!

The Studio Sketch Challenge

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Hey, y'all!  Just popping in, on this chilly, Sunday morning, to bring you all our first October challenge in The Studio.  It's a Sketch Challenge this time.  With my having been on vacation for the first part of the month, I wasn't able to cook up a take of my own; but I didn't want you all to waste a single second creating something beautiful and memorable with it.
You have until Sunday, November 6, 2016, to link up your takes in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  I know that I'm a bit behind with my visits, but I still can't wait to see what you all cook up!  You never fail to inspire me.  Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how Ewelina, Rachel, and Susanne were inspired.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed week, friends!