Poppystamps & Birch Press Blog Hop

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hey, y'all!  I'm so excited to be here today, showcasing my first project as a member of the Poppystamps Design Team.  Eeek!  Gosh, y'all are going to love all these amazing, new, holiday goodies!  We've paired up with Birch Press Design for today's hop.  I had such fun playing with their Circa Layer Set; but before I get to that, you should be coming here from my amazing friend Jeanne Jachna's blog.  If you didn't or simply want to start at the beginning, a complete list of hop participant's can be found at the bottom of this post.  Now, let's get started.  Shall we?
I started this page with a little gesso on the woodgrain, patterned, paper, base page, behind where my groupings would eventually lie.  Once that was dry, I smudged the page with lots of red and blue watercolors; rubbed a little modeling paste through a Winter Scattered Flakes Memory Box stencil for texture; and splattered everything with those same watercolors mentioned previously, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.
I then layered a number of prints to set the stage for that fabulous Circa Layer Set, which I die-cut from white, Wild Wasabi, Riding Hood Red, and glitter cardstocks.  Before I anchored the prints with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches, a couple of die-cut, white, cardstock Laurette Snowflakes were tucked into their edges.  I also snuck a Tucked Corner Tag, laced with Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, under the layered set.  Once my photo was matted with white cardstock and adhered in its respective position, I embellished its bottom right corner with a stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a watercolor paper die cut, Purrfect Holidays kitten, which was watercolored; detailed with a white gel pen; dressed up with a die-cut, Riding Hood Red cardstock String Ribbon Bow; and backed with a tangle of gold thread.
The top left corner of the photo was decked out with a hand-cut, "Remember this" arrow; "NO. 2014" label sticker; and a couple of Holiday Holly leaves, die-cut from Garden Green cardstock and grounded with a red button, laced with Baker's Twine.
Along with a number of stamped, in Jet Black ink, snowflakes, the stamped "wishing" completes the main grouping...
and directs our attention the right side of the design, where you'll find more stamped snowflakes and phrases, along with a couple more hand-cut phrases, one of which was anchored with more gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  The other had the "NICE" square stamped, in Riding Hood Red ink, with the heart.  I also added a little Glossy Accents to it for shine.
The "christmas EVE" title was made from a partial, Riding Hood Red cardstock, Old Fashioned Merry Christmas die cut and gold, puffy Thickers.  An "a Good Memory" sticker, which I popped up with foam tape, and number of white, cardstock Ava Snowflakes, scattered throughout the design, complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Stuck?! Sketches' August 15th Challenge.
One lucky hopper will be awarded a $25 gift certificate, so be sure to leave lots of love along the hop route.  You have until 12 am EST, on Monday, August 29, 2016, to do so.  A winner will be announced, on the Poppystamps blog, later that same day.  Good luck!

AND we want you to know that we think you're all winners, so we're offering FREE shipping (USA only) on all die orders from Birch Press Design through this Sunday, August 28, 2016.  What a great time to stock up and try out these new dies!  You can see all the layered dies here.

Poppystamps is having a special sale, too!  You can enter the code FRESH for an additional 20% off items already on sale.  Just go to the Summer Sale page to see all the great deals.  As a bonus, we're also offering FREE shipping on Poppystamps orders through this Sunday, August 28, 2016.

Thanks so much for visiting!  Now, off you go to the talented JJ Bolton's blog to continue your hop.  Be blessed!

Poppystamps Blog
Ilona Zbieg
Irena Kowalczyk
Jeanne Jachna
Jinny Newlin (You're here!)
JJ Bolton
Lezlye Lauterbach
Marybeth Lopez
Michele Henderson
Olga Direktorenko
Pam Simpson
Patty Tanuz
Sue McRae
Yoonsun Hur

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Purrfect Holidays & Christmas Greetings (Poppystamps) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Wild Wasabi, Riding Hood Red, Garden Green, & glitter (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch); all patterned (October Afternoon) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Riding Hood Red (SU!) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Purrfect Holidays, Holiday Holly, String Ribbon Bow, Ava Snowflakes, Laurette Snowflake, Tucked Corner Tags, & Old Fashioned Merry Christmas craft dies (Poppystamps); Winter Scattered Flakes stencil (Memory Box); Circa Layer Set craft dies (Birch Press); modeling paste (Liquitex); gesso (O'Leary Paint); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); button (JoAnn Fabrics); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); "UNDER the TREE" tab, "a Good Memory", & "NO." label stickers & cut-apart phrases (October Afternoon); gold puffy letter Thickers (Dear Lizzy); Glossy Accents (Ranger); white Gelly Roll pen (Sakura); 3/16" Handheld Circle Punch (SU!)

Pretty Little Studio: Scenic Drive

Monday, August 22, 2016

Welcome to the work week, y'all!  I'm up again on the Pretty Little Studio blog, attempting to hasten the fall weather's arrival with a page that oozes autumn scenes, colors, and memories.  The photos were taken on my family's vacation to South Dakota in September of 2011.
I started this page by painting a piece of 12x12 watercolor paper with a golden yellow puddle of goodness; smudging Pumice Stone Distress Ink through a chevron stencil; and stamping little leaves in Old Olive ink and the irregular grid in Jet Black ink.  After layering a happy mix of mostly Woodland prints, I splattered over everything with more of that same delicious, golden yellow watercolor, as well as Gold Color Shine and Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  Once everything was dry, I anchored a couple of my papers with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches and adhered my photos, which were matted with white cardstock, in their respective positions.  A Vacation Clear Word Cut-Out was then tucked into the vertical right side of my patterned papers.
Moving counter-clockwise, the top photo was dressed up with a Fluffy Cloud, topped with a Monarch Die Cut, as well as a Rose Bush Tab, which I used to etch the Sept. 27, 2011, date.
A Salt Lake Clear Shipping Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, was tucked under its left side.
The bottom photo was partially framed with a France Frame and topped with a hand-cut, "scenic drive" phrase strip, which serves as my title and was anchored with an "adventure awaits" flair button, backed with a tangle of gold thread.  A couple of gold, metallic chevrons point the way to adventure...
and a Gold Metallic Label Tag, on the opposite side of the photo, provides balance in addition to bringing a little more presence to that darling Felicity Mini Vintage Die Cut.  I cannot possibly say enough how much I adore the sheen of these metallic bits, not to mention the cuteness of these vintage die cuts!  LOVE!
A sprinkling of Baby Avery Yellow Confetti Mix throughout, as well as my journaling, which can be found along the vertical left side of my prints, completes the look.  The journaling reads, I still can't get over how beautiful the Black Hills are!  This was our 1st good view of Mt. Rushmore, while taking the scenic route back to camp, after the Buffalo Roundup.
Thanks so much for stopping by my neck of the woods!  Have a truly, fabulous week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Off the Grid & Petite Patterns (SU!) Paper: white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); Woodland: Gold Metallic Pebbles 8x8, Tree Bark 8x8, & White Oak 8x8, Marigold: Yarrow 8x8, & Let's Go: Gray Here Vellum 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Old Olive (SU!); Jet Black & Pumice Stone Distress Ink (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white string (Hobby Lobby); watercolors (Kuretake); Gold Color Shine (Heidi Swapp); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); chevron stencil (Jenni Bowlin); Gold Mine: Gold Metallic Label Tags, Let's Go: Paradise Phrase Strips, France Frames, Vacation Clear Word Cut-Out, & Salt Lake Clear Shipping Tags, Marigold: Fluffy Clouds, Woodland: Monarch Die Cuts, Fawn Flair Buttons, & Rose Bush Tabs, Here Comes the Sun: Gold Metallic Number Die Cuts, Baby Claire & Jack: Baby Avery Yellow Confetti Mix, & Felicity Mini Vintage Die Cut (PLS)

PLS Feature Friday: Summer Adventure Flair

Friday, August 19, 2016

Well, hello there, friends!  I'm up again on the Pretty Little Studio blog, sharing a sunny page of my family's trip to Lake of the Ozarks, in Osage Beach, Missouri, six years ago.  We are featuring flair buttons this Friday.  I usually like to mix collections across the board; but while I've done that with the majority of the products used here, all of the flair buttons you see below came from the Treasure Island: Happy Journey Flair.  They inspired a page of the portion of our vacation spent on the water.
I started this page by smudging Jack Frost and Patina Glimmer Mists, onto a piece of 12x12 textured white cardstock, behind where my photos would lie.  I then splattered the whole page with those same mists, as well as Key Lime Glimmer Mist and Sunshine Mister Huey's.  Once that was dry, I rubbed Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink through a sunburst mask; stamped lots of little clouds and stars in Jet Black ink; and splattered everything with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints to set my background stage.  I then anchored a variety of color-coordinating prints with black-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  Doesn't that Fish Scale Reef Clear 8x8 Paper work so well here?  Gosh, I adore all of Pretty Little Studio's clear papers!  You should really run check out the beauties in the new Summer Vibes collection.  Can't wait to get my fingers on some of those, but I digress.  Once my photos, which were matted with white cardstock, were positioned, I created the "summer adventure" title from die cuts.  A number of clouds...
white doily; orange tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow; and "HAPPY" flair button, backed with a tangle of black thread, round out the top of the design.
The far left photo was dressed up with another flair button.  I used it to ground the hand-cut, "sail away", phrase strip, as well as a couple of leaves, hand-cut from our Let's Go: Maui print.  The hidden journaling explains that my sweet girl wasn't a fan of wearing her life jacket.  So, the "It's all gonna be all right" phrase sticker seemed to fit perfectly here.
One more flair button, dressed up with a cloud die cut and grounded with a couple of phrase stickers, creates a visual triangle around my main photo grouping...
and a fourth and final, along with a cut-apart phrase label and Crabby Vintage Mini Die Cut, embellishes the top left corner of the photo at the bottom of the page.  A simple Tues. & Wed. labeling is all I needed here, as all the other necessary details have already been captured on previous pages of this trip.  There's no need for redundancy.  Right?
A couple more cloud die cuts, another doily, and a Define. Travel. Ticket, as well as that hidden journaling, tucked away on a Chrysanthemum Shipping Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, that I alluded to above, complete the look.
The full snippet of journaling reads, Adina wasn't a fan of the life vest, but she was such a trooper for everything else a great day on the water had in store for us.  Ezekiel was nervous...
on the jet skis with Daddy & demanded to be brought back to ride with Mommy, but he loved tubing all around.  We all made such wonderful memories.
Further inspiration for this page came from Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge: Summer Fun...
and The Memory Nest's Make It Monday No. 68, which I flipped upside down.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have an adventurous weekend, y'all!  XOXO

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Special Delivery (Avery Elle); Birthday Celebration (Simon Says Stamp) Paper: white (Paper Studio); textured white (Bazzill); Treasure Island: Fish Scale Reef Clear 8x8 & Magic Island 8x8, Woodland: Clouds Clear 8x8 & Big Dipper 8x8, & Let's Go: Siesta Key 8x8 & Maui 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black & Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark): sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Jack Frost, Patina, & Key Lime Glimmer Mists (Tattered Angels); Sunshine Mister Huey's & sunburst mask (Studio Calico); white string (Hobby Lobby); Treasure Island: Happy Journey Flair, Crabby Mini Vintage Die Cut, & Out to Sea Clouds, Let's Go: Paradise Phrase Strips, Define. Travel. Tickets, & Salt Lake Clear Shipping Tags, Marigold: Lantana Cut-Apart Labels, Summer Watercolor Word Art, & Chrysanthemum Shipping Tags, Here Comes the Sun: Higher Die Cuts & Think Positive Stickers, Here + There Hello Heather: Bonjour Die Cuts, & You & Me: Cambridge 4" Doily Pack (PLS)

Let the Monkey Business Begin

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hey, y'all!  I hope you're having a great week.  We've been diligently plugging away at our studies.  Fall baseball has begun, and Ezekiel's band class starts up again next week.  Basketball begins again in just a couple of short months and Awana in half that time.  All the kids have moved up in their Sunday school classes; and I know the weather is still telling us differently, but it is officially fall, folks.  Woohoo!  I truly love this time of year!

Oh, and I'm thrilled to be back to my exercise routine after a foot injury this summer.  My doctors were super unhelpful, promising that, "It's probably not broken."  Ugh!  So, I did my research, asked a lot of questions, and came to the realization that I was experiencing extensor tendonitis.  It took far longer than I wanted for it to heal and even longer for me to come to grips with the fact that my hubby wasn't going to join into our exercise routine again, but I finally began on my own and am feeling super good about it.  Yay!

Anyhow, my nephew celebrated his 10th birthday last week; and today, I wanted to share the card he received in the mail.
I started his card by piecing together a number of coordinating prints to create the background of the sketch below.  The "it's your birthday, LET THE MONKEY BUSINESS BEGIN" sentiment was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a strip of vellum.  All bits and pieces were then anchored, in one way or another, to a Brocade Blue, cardstock frame, with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches.
The monkey, stack of gifts, and bundle of balloons were all stamped, in Jet Black ink, on watercolor paper die cuts; watercolored; detailed with a white gel pen; and popped off the surface of the card face with foam tape.
A mix of silver, star sequins and lots of Clear Wink of Stella, as well as Glossy Accents, completes the look.
Inspiration for this card came from Reverse Confetti's August Sketch for You to Try, which I flipped upside down.
Happy birthday again, Grant!  I've got a summer-weather page, for Pretty Little Studio, coming your way tomorrow.  Until then, thanks so much for humbling me with a visit, friends!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Monkey Business (Reverse Confetti) Paper: white (Wplus9); all patterned (Citrus Twist); watercolor (Master's Touch); vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scotch); Clear Wink of Stella (Zig); white gel pen (Sakura); watercolors (Kuretake); Monkey Business Confetti Cuts die (Reverse Confetti); Big Shot (Sizzix); large silver stars (Pretty Pink Posh); little silver stars (Hobby Lobby); Glossy Accents (Ranger)

Stoked About a New Adventure

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I'm super excited to finally be able to share that I've been asked to join the talented team of creators over at Poppystamps and accepted!  Woohoo!
You can read the announcement here.  Thanks so much, Jeanne, for thinking enough of my work to invite me to be a part of the Design Team.  I'm absolutely honored!  And thank you, Poppystamps, for taking a chance on me and giving me this amazing opportunity.  I just couldn't be any more thrilled!  My first team project comes to life, right here on my little blog-o, next Tuesday, August 23, 2016, in the form of a partnership blog hop.  Can't wait to share!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful afternoon, y'all!