For the Love of Books

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Evening, y'all!  Just stopping in, last minute again, to share this month's For the Love of Books pick.  This happy, little treasure is written, for children ages four to seven, by one of my all-time favorite authors.  Check it out!
Purple, Green and Yellow, written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Helene Desputeaux, tells the story of a young artist, named Brigid, who "went to her mother and said, 'I need some colouring markers.  All of my friends have colouring markers.  They draw wonderful pictures.  Mommy, I need some colouring markers.'"  Her mother didn't see the harm in new, washable, colouring markers; but soon, Brigid got bored and proclaimed, "Mom, they have colouring markers that smell like anything you want!  Mom, I need those colouring markers."  Brigid's mother complied; but, once again, Brigid got bored and needed super-indelible-never-come-off-till-you're-dead-and-maybe-even-later colouring markers.  Because Brigid had not drawn on the floor or the walls or herself, Mother went out and got 500 super-indelible-never-come-off-till-you're-dead-and-maybe-even-later colouring markers.  When Brigid, in typical fashion, got bored, she began to color her fingernails, which led to her hands and face and belly-button and herself almost entirely all over; before she even realized what she had done.  To solve the problem, she found a marker that was the same color that she was and "coloured herself all over until she was her regular colour again;" but when her mother asked her to wash her hands for dinner, her true colorful self shone right through.  Will her doctor be able to fix everything with the large, orange pill she prescribed?

This one has a surprise ending that you won't want to miss.  Be sure to pick up or borrow your copy today.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I'll see you all next month.  Happy reading, friends!

Pretty Little Studio: Uniquely You

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Morning, y'all!  I'm just stopping in today to share a page that I had up on the Pretty Little Studio blog on Monday.  It was inspired by the newest Color Me Happy Collection and a sweet pic of my daughter from when she was only three months old.  Enjoy!
I started this page by adding puddles of bright pink and aqua watercolors to the 12x12, watercolor paper, base page.  I then splattered it with those same shades of watercolor, as well as purple and blue watercolors; rubbed Tumbled Glass Distress Ink through a Jenni Bowlin honeycomb stencil; and splattered everything once again, but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.  Scraps of the Oh So Geo and Crazy Cool prints, as well as a couple of Be Cool Pocket Journaling Cards, all anchored with black-threaded, straight, machine stitching and flanked with hand-cut, from the Bee Happy print, hexagons, set the stage for my photo, which was matted with white cardstock; wrapped with a length of white string, tied in a bow; and popped up, with foam tape, over a nest of cheesecloth for texture.  A Merry Go Round Die-Cut unicorn anchors the photo's bottom, right corner...
and a couple of Stay True Word Die Cuts, as well as a Cameo-cut, from Basic Black Cardstock, "you", ground it.
A "LIVE A COLORFUL LIFE" Starbright Word Sticker; bit of journaling, which reads, Enjoying a warm, winter day @ Waterworks Park.  February 2, 2009...
March 2020 Die-Cut Freebie rainbow; Over the Rainbow Die-Cut sunshine; and Sweet Drops Flair Button complete the look.
That covers things for now, friends.  Thanks, as always, for stopping by my little corner of the web.  XOXO

Happy Place

Friday, May 15, 2020

Morning, y'all!  I apologize for not stopping in here more often.  I've been thinking of you all so much and hoping that you are well.  We've been busy wrapping up school and kicking off the summer with no place to go.  Fortunately, we got our pool set up, and we have our bikes to roll around the neighborhood.  It's going to be a strange summer.  All that aside, I've got a page, for you all, today.  It was inspired by my April Felicity Jane kit; the April 2020 Sketch Challenge; and one of my favorite places to visit, Mesilla Valley Apple Orchard in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Check it out!
I started this page by smearing white gesso in the center of the lined, 12x12, base page.  Once it was dry, I added puddles of Oom Pah Pah Pink and Andrea's Azalea Magical Powders and splattered it with those same powders, as well as green and yellow watercolors.  I then stamped the background, in Jet Black ink, with the text from Wplus9 Design's Defining Words stamp set, before splattering it once again, but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.  I then used a Jenni Bowlin stencil to create the multi-patterned-paper pie and anchored each piece with black-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  The bottom, right edge of my pie was embellished with hand-cut, from a 3x4 journaling card, flowers; die-cut flowers; a die-cut camera, which had a little Glossy Accents applied to its lens, and branch; length of white string, tied in a bow; and a couple of puffy sticker branches.
The cluster was then topped with a puffy-sticker butterfly...

and grounded with a mini pie, hand-cut from another 3x4 journaling card.
My photos, which were matted with white cardstock, were then tucked under the cluster's combined, right edge.  The top photo was dressed up with a green, polka dot tab, etched with the Sept. 2, 2019, date...
and the bottom photo was embellished with a trio of chipboard phrases.
I adhered a dotted, die-cut strip, to the left of the bottom photo, to anchor my "HAPPY PLACE" title, which was created from soft-green, puffy stickers, as well as my journaling, which reads, This is my favorite time of the year!
A pink, Mesilla Valley Orchard, NM, label...
chipboard, heart circle to which I also applied Glossy Accents; and a couple of puffy-sticker flowers complete the look.
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit!  Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

Pretty Little Studio: Love You, Mom

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Morning, y'all, and welcome to the weekend!  Being as Mother's Day is tomorrow, the Design Team spent this entire week sharing their Mother's Day projects on the Pretty Little Studio blog.  So, today, I've stopped in to share my mom's Mother's Day card, which happens to have been up on the blog earlier this week, with you all.  Enjoy!
I started this card by anchoring a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Feels Like Fall Feeling Refreshed Gold Vellum, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, to the front of my white, cardstock, card face.  I then tucked a scrap of the Feels Like Fall Feeling Cozy print just inside the vellum's right edge and anchored it, too, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  I used that same gold thread to create a frame around a Just Relax 3x4 Pocket Card, before wrapping its bottom edge with a length of white string, which I tied, in a bow, just left of center.
The pocket card was then popped up, with foam tape, in the center of the card face and topped with Here Comes the Sun Gold Metallic A to Z Die Cuts and a circle photo of my family to spell "MOM".
I tucked a Yellow Rose Vintage Die Cut in behind the letters and topped it with an April 2019 Freebie butterfly die cut, coated with Clear Wink of Stella for a little shimmer and shine.
A Here Comes the Sun: To the Moon & Back "love you" sticker, backed with white cardstock; hand-cut out; and popped up, with foam tape, in the pocket card's bottom, right corner, as well as a yellow Dream Big Follow Your Dreams Arrow Sticker, complete the look.
Thanks so much for visiting, friends!  Have a blessed Mother's Day, moms!  XOXO

For the Love of Books

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Afternoon, y'all!  Just stopping in, on this last day of April, to share this month's For the Love of Books pick.  Adina handpicked this favorite of hers for you all, and I don't think that she could have chosen any more wisely.  It is a treasure that has graced our personal library shelves since the year it was published.
I'm Special, I'm Me!, written by Ann Meek and illustrated by Sarah Massini, is the story of a little boy named Milo who just wants to be who he wants to be.  At school, on the playground, Milo wants to be a lion in the jungle game; but his friends say that he isn't "strong enough to be the king of the jungle.  So Milo is a very sad monkey."  When he gets home, Mom helps him to see how wonderful swinging through the trees can be.  The next day, Milo wants to be a captain, when the children are playing pirates; but his friends say that he isn't tall enough to be a captain and has to be a deck hand.  When he gets home, Mom shows him how perfect he is "for climbing to the top of the sails to be a lookout."  Milo hadn't thought of that.  Every day that his friends tell him that he isn't right for the part that he wants to play, Mom opens his eyes to, not only how honorable, exciting, and adventurous the different roles can be, but also how perfect he is to play them; until Milo is confident that he is special enough to be whatever he wants to be.

Happy reading, friends!  Be blessed!