Pretty Little Studio: Happy Place

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Morning, y'all!  Just stopping in to share a fall-inspired page that happens to be up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this am.  I just cannot seem to put the Indian Summer Collection down and thought it would be perfect for this cute pic of my late pup.  She passed away last month.  We had her for 14-1/2 years, and I cannot even begin to express how much I miss her.  I love how scrapbooking can also be healing for a broken heart.
I started this page by adding puddles of teal and orange watercolors to the left side of a 12" x 12" watercolor, paper, base page.  I then splattered it with those same shades of watercolor, as well as pink and light blue watercolors; stamped lots of happy, little leaves, from the Indian Summer clear stamp set, in Pumpkin Pie, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party, and Jet Black inks; and splattered everything once again, but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.  My photo was cut to fit the square near the top of a Magic Days Journaling Card, which was backed with a quartet of torn prints from the 6x6 Paper Pack, as well as a die-cut, with wheat stems, scrap of Barely Banana cardstock, topped with the Love Clear Word Art, anchored with a couple of simple staples, and sandwiched between a Goodbye Summer Die-Cut tab, etched with the 7.12.15, date...

and the Happy Place Die-Cut title, popped up with foam tape.

A "HOME IS WHERE YOU ARE" Happy Place Die-Cut phrase, popped up with foam tape, crowns my journaling, which reads, You love to be home, playing in the backyard, chasing the squirrels, & basking in the sunshine.  Having you there means home to me, b/c home truly is where you are.

My journaling was grounded with a "loving {YOU}" phrase, which was created with a "loving" Goodbye Summer Die Cut, popped up with foam tape, and Inline Gold Alpha Vellum Stickers to spell the word "{YOU}".

A trail of leaves, created from a combination of Vellum Die Cuts, anchored with messy, white-threaded, straight, machine stitching; Time Together Die Cuts; September 2019 Freebie die-cuts; and die-cut, cardstock maples, in combination with a vintage, orange button, laced with white string; Hello Fox Cut-Apart circle; and Monarch Die Cut...

lead to the Time Together Die-Cut wreath, secured hanging off the right side of the design and filled in with more of those same leaves described above, as well as a Gold Metallic Label, filled in with the "ALL THE FEELS" Goodbye Summer Die Cut and anchored with a Love This Flair Button, not to mention a "choose happiness" Hello White Word Sticker and "my heart is so full right now" A Birdy Told Me Black Word Sticker.

A couple more leaves, from the same die-cut packages already used elsewhere in the design...

as well as one more orange button, laced with white string, complete the look.

Thanks, as always, for visiting!  Give your precious pets extra kisses and cuddles today; and have an amazing week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Indian Summer clear stamp set (PLS) Paper: white (Paper Studio); More Mustard, Barely Banana, & Pink Pirouette (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch); Indian Summer: 6x6 Paper Pack (PLS) Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Pool Party, & Pistachio Pudding (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scotch); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); small orange button (SU!); vintage orange button (Jenni Bowlin); white string (Hobby Lobby); staples & stapler (office supply store); Fall Leaf Collage, Gentle Leaf, & Majestic Maple die cuts (Poppystamps); Big Shot (Sizzix); Indian Summer: Magic Days Journaling Card, Inline Gold Alpha Vellum Stickers, Time Together Die Cuts, Happy Place Die Cuts, Goodbye Summer Die Cuts, Leaves Vellum Die Cuts, & Love This Flair Button; Feels Like Fall: Hello Fox Cut-Apart Sheet; Savannah Dreams: A Birdy Told Me Black Word Sticker; Beautiful Day: Hello White Word Sticker; Woodland: Monarch Die Cut; The Gold Mine: Gold Metallic Label; September 2019 Freebie; Love Clear Word Art (PLS)

Pretty Little Studio: Pure Bliss

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Welcome to the weekend, y'all!  I hope you all have spectacular plans to occupy your free time.  We're heading out to a band competition, for my oldest, this morning; and I'm hoping to start tearing apart my ugly, outdated kitchen and making it the cohesive, useful beauty, that I know is in there someplace, later.  I promise to share details, right here on my blog, as they unfold; but until then, I have another Indian-Summer-Collection-inspired creation, which just so happens to be up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this morning, to share with you all.  Here goes!
I started this page by adding a little, white gesso to the Pie Spice 12" x 12", patterned, paper, base page.  Once it was dry, I topped it with puddles and splatters of bright pink, aqua, and teal watercolors.  I then stamped a few strategically-placed starbursts, in Jet Black ink, throughout the design, before splattering everything once again, but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.  That set the stage for my photo, which was matted with white cardstock; backed with a trio of Indian Summer prints, including Comfy Sweater, Deciduous, and Cranberry Jell-O, all anchored with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, as well as a snippet of cheesecloth for texture; and wrapped, three times, with a length of white string, tied in a bow.   I then framed a "what a MOMENT" Offset Title Die Cut, to the photo's bottom, right corner, with a Timeless Die-Cut Frame...
surrounded it with a variety of Pumpkin Spice and Time Together Die Cuts, many of which were popped up with foam tape; and grounded it with a Love This Flair Button...
as well as Inline Alpha Vellum Stickers to spell the word "FOUR" and a hand-written "years-old" detail.
A sweet, little, Happy Place Die-Cut owl perches atop the "what a MOMENT" phrase.
A secondary Pumpkin Spice and Time Together Die-Cut, floral cluster helps to frame and highlight the photo itself.  This cluster also includes that gorgeous, Beautiful Colors Die-Cut butterfly, popped up with foam tape...
and spills over into the "pure BLISS" Happy Place Die Cut, which I claimed for my title.
The "YOU MEAN SO MUCH TO ME" Happy Place and "adorable" Goodbye Summer Die-Cut phrases and playful, green, Goodbye Summer Die-Cut, bird flag, not to mention the scattering of gold, Starry Night Confetti stars, complete the look.
Before I take off, I also wanted to share this month's festive Autumn Circle Die-Cut Freebie with any purchase of $35 or more...

as well as the Autumn Leaf Vellum Freebie with any purchase of $1 or more.  Stop by and pick up yours with your pre-order of the newest Christmas/winter collection, Glimmer & Ice, TODAY!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: starburst (Citrus Twist) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Indian Summer: Pie Spice 12x12 & 6x6 Paper Pack (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scotch); gesso (O'Leary Paints); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); white string (Hobby Lobby); cheesecloth (Dritz); Indian Summer: Beautiful Colors Die Cuts, Happy Place Die Cuts, Goodbye Summer Die Cuts, Time Together Die Cuts, Pumpkin Spice Die Cuts, Fun Day Offset Title Die Cuts, Timeless Die-Cut Frames + Leaves, Gold Inline Alpha Vellum Stickers, & Love This Flair Button; Woodland Christmas: Starry Night Confetti (PLS)

For the Love of Books

Monday, September 30, 2019

Evening, y'all!  I don't know if you noticed or not; but with all the busyness that goes with the start of school and getting everyone situated and off to a good start, I missed sharing a For the Love of Books pick last month.  So, for those of you who are still reading these posts and regardless of having shared lots of my favorite, start-of-school books in the past, I thought that I'd share two more such faves this month, beginning with one that is part of a much-greater and ever-growing collection showcasing Charlie the Ranch Dog.
In Charlie Goes to School, written by Ree Drummond and illustrated by Diane deGroat, Charlie walks us through a homeschool day-in-the-life on the Drummond Ranch.  He rather quickly decides that he's got this school thing so wrapped up that he's going to become the teacher himself.  "Suzie needs to learn her letters.  Kitty Kitty needs to practice his math.  The ranch horses need to brush up on their history.  And Walter?  Well, Walter needs to learn everything."  It doesn't take long for things to get completely out of Charlie's control or for him to decide, in perfect, Charlie fashion, that a recess, or rather a nap, will make things right with the world once again.
In Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner, written and illustrated by Amy Schwartz, Annabelle gets an exaggerated education, in what it means to be a good student, from her older sister, Lucy, who is determined for everyone in school to know that Annabelle is her sister.  But when all of Lucy's advice seems to steer Annabelle in the wrong direction, Annabelle is ready to throw in the towel on the whole business of kindergarten.  A little, special encouragement, at recess, from Lucy, however, is just what Annabelle needs to share something Lucy taught her that would impress not only her teacher and entire class, but also earn Annabelle a very special title.

Thanks so much for reading!  I'd love for you to leave some of your favorite, beginning-of-school titles in the comments below; and if you haven't done so already, I hope you'll find a little time to enjoy one of these treasures, with a loved one, today.  If you do, I'd love to know what you think.  Have an extra blessed week, friends!

Pretty Little Studio: Celebrate Indian Summer

Morning, y'all!  I'm just stopping in to start the week off right with a couple of celebratory cards, inspired by the Indian Summer Collection.  They happen to be up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today.  Enjoy!
Let's get a little up close and personal.  Shall we?
I started this first card by trimming the top edge of a piece of the Chestnuts patterned print with a piece of the Blue Moon print and anchoring the result, to a slightly larger piece of white cardstock, with a gold-threaded, straight, machine-stitch frame.  Before popping it off the surface of the white, cardstock, card face with foam tape, I wrapped their connection with a yellow ribbon, tied in a bow to the top, left edge of the prepped piece.
I then stapled a "celebrate" Goodbye Summer Die-Cut tab to the top edge of a Magic Days Journaling Pocket Card...
popped it off the prepped piece with foam tape; and topped it with one of those gorgeous, Timeless Die-Cut Frames, filled with a stamped, in Jet Black ink, "EVERY.  SINGLE." and a Timeless Die-Cut Frames + Leaves "MOMENT".  A couple of additional, Goodbye Summer and Time Together Die-Cut flowers, popped up with foam tape, as well as stamped, in Jet Black ink, on vellum and hand-cut leaves, embellish the blossoms that were already part of the frame.  A Love This Flair Button and handful of Starry Night Confetti stars complete the look.
The second in the set was created in a similar fashion to the first.
I trimmed the bottom edge of a piece of the Pumpkin Pie print with a piece of the Pie Spice print and anchored them to a piece of white cardstock in the same way as the first above.  Their connection was wrapped with a length of bright pink ribbon, tied in a bow near the bottom, right edge of the prepped piece.
I then stapled a Goodbye Summer Die-Cut tab to the top edge of a Magic Days Journaling Pocket Card.  I also tucked a heart flag, from that same package, into the mix...
before popping it off the card face with foam tape and topping it with another one of those Timeless Die-Cut Frames, filled with a Timeless Die-Cut Frames + Leaves "BEST" and stamped, in Jet Black ink, "EVERYTHING".  An additional, floral die cut, from that same frame package, popped up with foam tape, as well as stamped, in Jet Black ink, on vellum and hand-cut leaves, embellish the blossoms that were already part of this frame.
Another flower, from that same frames package, dressed up with a couple more stamped, vellum leaves, as well as a handful of Starry Night Confetti stars, complete the look.

Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit!  Have a wonderful week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Happy Everything (SU!); Choose Hope (The Craft's Meow); Indian Summer: stamp set (PLS) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); Indian Summer: 6x6 Paper Pack (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scotch); ribbon (Hobby Lobby); staples & stapler (office supply store); Indian Summer: Goodbye Summer Die Cuts, Time Together Die Cut, Love This Flair Button, Timeless Die-Cut Frames + Leaves, & Magic Days Journaling Pocket Cards & Woodland Christmas: Starry Night Confetti (PLS)

PLS: Pre-Order Glitter & Ice

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Pretty Little Studio's newest collection, Glitter & Ice, is now available for pre-order.  Reserve yours for all your Christmas and winter scrapping needs today!