Pretty Little Studio: Best Ever Birthday

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Well, hello again, friends!  I'm so happy to be back sharing another project for Pretty Little Studio.  As has quickly become norm for me, another vintage die cut inspired it all.  Many of you may remember that Adina got a bunny, which she named Snowflake, for her last birthday.  So, when I saw that little, white bunny in Nellie's lap, I couldn't resist snatching her up to showcase these pics.  I didn't leave myself much room for journaling, but the story itself really began with pics of picking Snowflake up.  I have fewer good photos from that event, which will allow for more room for journaling.  So, I left this one free to simply showcase the happy, new friends.
I started this page by smudging pink watercolors onto a piece of 12x12 watercolor paper and splattering it with those same shades of pink, as well as blue watercolor and Sky Mister Huey's.  I then anchored the 8x8 text print, in the center of the page, with a black-threaded, straight, machine-stitch frame.  A number of patterned papers were then hand-cut in the shape of banners and adhered, both horizontally and vertically behind where my photos, which were matted with white cardstock, would lie.  Before adhering those photos, I used more black thread to stitch the Cameo-cut, vellum Heartburst over all previously-described layers.  The "best ever BIRTHDAY" title was created from a Cameo-cut, white, cardstock "best ever", which I dressed up with a little glitter, and clear, navy, ABC stickers.  I also popped a "love" die cut up into the mix.
The main cluster was initiated with that sweet, little, Vintage Nellie Die Cut mentioned above.  A couple of Woodland flower die cuts, mixed in with a Cameo-cut, white, cardstock leaf, give the illusion that Nellie is hiding in a garden all her own.
I grounded the stems with a "my favorite" flair button, backed with a tangle of black thread, as well as a "BEAUTIFUL", flag sticker; and a little, blue, butterfly die cut keeps the design moving.
A couple more butterfly die cuts dress up the top of the page...
and a "today was awesome", phrase die cut, along with a scattering of blue sequins, completes the look.
Further Inspiration for this page came from Stuck?! Sketches' July 15th Challenge, which I rotated 90 degrees to the right...
and The Cut Shoppe's July Cut It Out Challenge.
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit!  Have a wonderful Wednesday, y'all!  XOXO

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); Marigold: Wisteria 8x8, Let's Go: Siesta Key 8x8, Woodland: Big Dipper 8x8, & Hello Heather Here + There: Night Stroll 8x8 & Posh 8x8 (PLS) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Funky Florals, A Way with Words, & Heartburst 12x12 cut files (The Cut Shoppe); Cameo (Silhouette); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Sky Mister Huey's (Studio Calico); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); watercolors (Kuretake); Vintage Nellie Die Cut, Hello Heather Here + There: Bonjour Die Cuts, Treasure Island: Ocean Blue Confetti, Woodland: Monarch Die Cuts, Fawn Flair Buttons, Botanical Flower Die Cuts, Thin Clear Navy ABC Stickers, & Nature Word Flag Stickers (PLS)

The Studio Summer Challenge

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Morning, y'all!  Just stopping in to share my take on a new challenge from The Studio.  We're looking for summer pages this go around.  Nothing says summer, to me, more than a little free time, sunshine, and pool play.
I started this page by smudging Piglet and Sky Mister Huey's, as well as Patina Glimmer Mist, onto the textured, white, cardstock, base page.  I then splattered it with those same mists, before rubbing Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink through a sunburst stencil to create the subtle sunshine in the background.  After adhering a mixture of prints in the center of the sunburst, everything was splattered with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  Once everything was dry, those same prints were then secured with blue-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  My photos were then matted with white cardstock and adhered, in their respective positions, over a wax envelope, housing my hand-cut, white, cardstock, journaling tag, which reads, There's nothing better than cooling off and hanging out @ the pool on a hot, summer day.  I just love to watch both of you play, explore, meet new friends, discover untold possibilities, and gain confidence in your swimming abilities.  The tag was also embellished with a Brocade Blue, cardstock, die-cut ring, as well as a little twine, tied in a bow.  The dual, "POOL fun/play" title, which was made from puffy alphas; a puffy, "fun" sticker; and a "play" die cut, dressed up with a little glitter, was created over the envelope itself.  A yellow label, filled in with the place these photos were taken, Mission Family Aquatic Center, was inserted in its center.
Across the top of the design I adhered a hand-cut, blue label, stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "EXPLORE" sentiment, as well as a word bubble, to which I stuck a happy, little, sunshine, puffy sticker.
The bottom left corner of my left-side photo was dressed up with a "Life is pretty good.", cut-away phrase, which I popped up with foam tape.
A couple of tags, one of which was stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "FUN IN THE SUN" phrase and both of which were laced with white string and twine respectively, along with the stamped, in Jet Black ink, "FUN DAY AUG 07 2015" date round out the bottom of the design.
A scattering of puffy, floral sticker and walnut wood chips, as well as an acetate tag, laced with a little more twine, and a "THESE DAYS" tab, secured with a simple staple, complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Citrus Twist's July 10th Sunday Sketch.
Can't wait to see what you all cook up!  You have until Sunday, August 14, 2016, to link up your takes, on this Summer Challenge and/or our Colour Challenge, in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  AND this is a five-Sunday month, so we've still got one more July challenge coming your way to ensure that the creative juices keep flowing all month long.  Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of our talented team was inspired.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a great start to your work weeks, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: "EXPLORE" & "FUN IN THE SUN" (Citrus Twist); date (Dear Lizzy) Paper: textured white (Bazzill); white (Paper Studio); Brocade Blue (SU!); blue weave & multicolored interlocking (Citrus Twist); pink polka dot (Paige Evans); mint heart (Fancy Pants) Ink: Squeezed Lemonade & Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: blue thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scotch); burst stencil & Piglet & Sky Mister Huey's (Studio Calico); Patina Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); wood chips, wax envelope, doily, twine, word bubble, "THESE DAYS" tab, paper tags, & "Life is pretty good." & label cut-aways (Citrus Twist); puffy sun, flower, & "fun" stickers (Fancy Pants); blue puffy alphas (Pinkfresh for Citrus Twist); Hang Ups Confetti Cuts die (Reverse Confetti); Big Shot (Sizzix); acetate tag & "play" die cut (Paige Evans); white string (Hobby Lobby); staple & stapler (office supply stores)

Pretty Little Studio: You Are My World

Friday, July 15, 2016

Happy Friday, y'all!  Just popping in to share a sweet page, boasting pics of my little bear and his daddy, my hubby, for the Pretty Little Studio Blog today.  As soon as I saw that Baby B's Dad Vintage Die Cut, I knew the green color of the dad's shirt would match these pics flawlessly.  I also knew that fabulous, gold foil, pocket card would make the perfect title, and the rest was history.
I started this page by watercoloring a piece of 12x12 watercolor paper in shades of blue and green.  I then stamped it, in Night of Navy, Wild Wasabi, Pool Party, and Daffodil Delight inks, with an array of circles, as well as, in Jet Black ink, with the stars.  A few modeling paste stars were then added through a stencil.  My combination of layered prints were laid in place before splattering everything with the same colors of watercolors used above, along with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints; but they weren't anchored, with blue-threaded, straight, machine stitching, until after everything was dry.  My photos were then matted with white cardstock and adhered, in the center of the design, in a wonky grid pattern, with the bottom right corner housing the gold, foil, "You are my world", pocket card title.  Just to the left of the card, I adhered the Baby B's Dad Vintage Die Cut with foam tape.  A hand-cut, "good times", phrase strip was layered over a hand-cut, green label in its bottom right corner; and both were anchored with a simple "5" number tag, to represent the number of months old my little guy was at the time these photos were taken, adhered with foam tape.
A stamped, in Jet Black ink, "REMEMBER" and "moment captured" die cut ground the design.
Moving clockwise, a hand-cut, yellow, star flag was backed with a gold metallic label; topped with an "everyday magic" die cut; tucked under a "little man" flair button; and embellished with a die-cut, white, cardstock branch and tiny, green, butterfly die cut.
I wanted to tie a little more yellow into the top of the page, so I trimmed the bottom edge off a Salt Lake Clear Shipping Tag and tucked it under the mix of prints.  I then popped a "happiness" ticket up with foam tape and slipped a tab, etched with the July 2, 2014, date, under the top left photo.
Another clear shipping tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow; "da-da" word sticker; and scattering of Baby Avery Yellow Confetti Mix, as well as gold, star sequins, completes the look.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Now, get out there, and put a little magic into your weekends!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Hello 2015 (Elle's Studio); Coffee Stains (3rd Eye) Paper: white (Paper Studio); 12x12 watercolor (Master's Touch); Island Treasure: Sugar Cane Coast 8x8, Woodland: Spiderweb Vellum 8x8, Pebbles Gold Metallic 8x8, & Caterpillar 8x8, Marigold: Blue Bells 8x8, Let's Go: Maui 8x8, & Hello Heather Here + There: Let's Go 8x8 Ink: Night of Navy, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, & Pool Party (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger) Other: blue thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); watercolors (Kuretake); modeling paste (Liquitex); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); star stencil (Jenni Bowlin); white string (Hobby Lobby); foam tape (Scotch); Sizzlits Little Leaves die (SU!); Big Shot (Sizzix); gold star sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Woodland: Bloom Word Die Cuts & Robin Garland Flags, Marigold: Catmint Tabs & Lantana Cut-Apart Labels, Baby Claire & Baby Jack: Baby Avery Yellow Confetti Mix & Baby Words Stickers, Baby Jack: Baby B's Dad Vintage Die Cut & Baby Noah Flair Buttons, Gold Mine: Gold Metallic Label Tags, Let's Go: Define. Travel. Tickets, Paradise Phrase Strips, Norway Number Tags, Panama Pocket Card, & Salt Lake Clear Shipping Tags, & Hello Heather Here + There: Bonjour Die Cuts (PLS)

Weekend Snapshots

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Morning, friends!  First and foremost, I apologize for my lack of visits as of recently.  In a minute, you'll understand why, as I've had to throw that more relaxing July I was hoping for into the wind.  We've been running from one thing to another.  So much so, that today, I'm only posting photos of this past weekend.  I know that I haven't even had a chance to share pics of our 4th of July yet, but doing so would make this post a mile long.  They're simply going to have to wait.  So, let's begin with our trip to Kauffman Stadium, for Faith and Family Day, in celebration of my big kiddo's 13th birthday.
It was hot and sticky, but I'm not complaining.  We love heading out to the ballpark and simply don't get to do it enough.  Our Boys in Blue beat the Seattle Mariners five to three.  Woohoo!
We stayed for the post-game concert by Casting Crowns, whom we've never seen in concert before; and it was so worth the long day.
Things got cut slightly short, as a storm came rolling into town; but my big kiddo was all smiles and had a birthday he won't soon forget.
After church on Sunday, we made the trek to Wichita to meet my new niece, Ada Rose.
Eeek!  Just look at that face, y'all!  She's perfect in EVERY SINGLE way!  Ada was born last Friday morning, just hours short of sharing her birthday with my big kiddo, to my little brother and his beautiful wife...
and we couldn't get enough of her.  Congratulations, guys!  Can't wait to see you all again!
We stayed overnight, in Wichita, on Sunday, thanks to the hospitality of my big sis and took our kiddos to Sedgwick County Zoo on Monday morning.  It was another hot day and super windy to boot, but lots of water fans and a few yummy sno-cones cooled us off.  The animals were out in full force.  I took so many pictures, that I couldn't possibly share them all here; but you'll find some, okay A LOT, of my faves below.  I'll just let the pics themselves do the talking.
After giving little Ada one more kiss goodbye and on our way back to KC, we stopped, for a delicious dinner and time to play, at my Mom and Dad's.  Adina was out on the four-wheeler first, but she and my Dad went down the road.  Kaden and I waited... and waited... and waited for them to come back for a snapshot; but his patience wore thin, and we missed her ride.  Then, Ezekiel had a little lesson.
When he and Dad got back, my hubby and I had a turn, before my hubby took Kaden for a spin on my parent's property.  So fun!
We're still absolutely exhausted, but there's just no rest for the weary.  So, we charged into baseball tournaments this week and are looking forward to swim lessons, for Adina, next week.  A new school year is knocking at our door.  We even got new books tucked away, in clean, school desks, today.  Now, I've just got to get organized, and we'll be ready to begin.

I'll get those 4th of July pics together, for you all, sometime next week.  Until then, I've got plenty of papercrafted inspiration coming your way, beginning first thing tomorrow morning with another post for Pretty Little Studio.  Hope to see you then!  Thanks so much for checking in on us; and know that I'll be back around, just as soon as things settle down a bit, and I get caught up on my assignments.  I love visiting you all and so appreciate all the love you leave me here!  Be blessed!