For the Love of Books

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Morning, y'all!  With Thanksgiving being in just a couple of short days here in the United States, I thought I'd get in the spirit of things, with this month's For the Love of Books post, by sharing one of our favorite books about the history of the holiday.  It is illustrated with super cute, pencil and watercolor images, some even right out of the 1620's, and simply stated enough to keep my busy toddler's attention.  So, I give the targeted age range, of three years and older, a big thumbs up.
In What Is Thanksgiving Day?, written by Margot Parker and illustrated by Matt Bates, Amy explains the origins of Thanksgiving Day to Ben, while she's baking cookies like the ones the Indians brought to the first Thanksgiving dinner.

I know that's a super simple explanation, but most of us already know the history behind Thursday's holiday.  This one stands out to me for its superior job of explaining all the specifics without failing to remember that the Pilgrims' thanks was to their Heavenly Father for all He had given them, especially their ability to worship Him in their own way, in the New World.  Thanks so much for reading, friends!  Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

October Recognition

Monday, November 20, 2017

Albeit a short one, due to the Thanksgiving holiday, for many of us here in the United States, welcome to the work week, friends!  I trust you all had wonderful weekends.  It was the first Saturday, in about a month, that my family and I were all home together at the same time.  Woohoo!  We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast, as it was raining when we awoke and too damp to tackle the barrage of leaves our trees had dumped in the yard; but my hubby and big kiddos were out there raking come early afternoon, while I whittled a mile off my to-do list and Kaden napped.  They were out working again Sunday afternoon, as my neighbor needed help with her yard, too.  The Christmas lights will have to wait for another warm day.  Sigh.

Anyway, we're now more than half-way through the month of November; and I've failed, yet again, to share a playful page that received honors last month.  It was actually named a Design Team Top 3 Pick, at Sketches in Thyme, in September; however, it wasn't announced until just last month.
Thanks ever so much to the Sketches in Thyme Mavens!  I'm honored!  And thanks, as always, to my faithful followers here.  It wouldn't be the same around here without you!  XOXO

Pretty Little Studio: Birthday Deer

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Happy Sunday, ya'll!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this morning, sharing a card I made my brother-in-law for his birthday next week.
I started his card by anchoring a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Feeling Reminiscent, to the white, cardstock, card face, as well as a strip of vellum, stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "happy BIRTHDAY" sentiment, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.
I then punched the top center of a Crisp Air 3x4 Pocket Card; laced it with white string, tied in a bow; topped it with a trio of Fall Away Arrows and Oh, Deer Wood Veneer Shape, backed with a snippet of cheesecloth; and popped it up, with foam tape, in the center of the card face, tucked under the vellum, sentiment strip, to complete the look.
Doesn't that deer totally steal the show?!  If you love it as much as I do, it's been paired with a trio of wood veneer stars and marked down, in the shop, to only $.99.  Woot!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Now, get out there and make what's left of your weekends creative ones.  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Happy Everything (SU!) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); Feels Like Fall: Feeling Reminiscent 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (StazOn) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); cheesecloth (Dritz); 3/16" Handheld Circle punch (SU!); white string (Hobby Lobby); Feels Like Fall: Crisp Air 3x4 Pocket Card; Oakley Avenue: Fall Away Arrows; & Tinsel Town: Oh, Deer Wood Veneer Shape (PLS)

The Studio Create Your Own Background Challenge

Morning, y'all!  Just popping in with our second November challenge over in The Studio.  We're asking you to create a background any way you like it this go around.  I've played with mists and paints, done some stencil work, and grounded everything with a leafy cut file for a subtle approach to the challenge.  Enjoy!
I started this page by smudging Patina Glimmer Mist onto the textured, white, cardstock, base page.  I then splattered everything with Patina, Stormy Night, and Apricot Glimmer Mists, as well as Orchard Mister Huey's and Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  Pumice Distress Ink was then smeared through a lattice stencil; and a leafy cut file, Cameo-cut from the same paper as the base page itself, sets the stage for a collection of fall prints, all anchored with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  Those prints were then topped with a couple of photos, matted with white cardstock and backed with a snippet of cheesecloth.  The "grateful 4 you" title runs along the vertical, left edge of my photos.  It was created from Cameo-cut, from textured white and Barely Banana cardstocks respectively, "grateful" and "4", the latter of which was secured with more gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, and a "you" die cut, popped up with foam tape.
Moving clockwise, a "good time" tab was stapled to the top photo, just left of vertical center...
and a floral cluster, consisting of a hand-cut black and white bloom; couple of yellow, die-cut flowers, both of which were popped up with foam tape; duo of gold-foil, die-cut leaves; die-cut label, etched with the year 2014; and an "& then", die-cut sunburst, anchors that same photo's bottom, right corner.
A couple of tags, laced with white strings, tied in bows, were tucked into a wax envelope, hanging out behind the bottom photo's right side.  The manila tag also houses my journaling, but it's a little personal; so I've chosen not to include it here.  Family can be difficult, and I may be too old fashioned for the way some people chose to spend their modern-day holidays.  It's simply not a good combination.  We're so excited to get to spend this Thanksgiving right here in Kansas City.  Woot!
A foam, glitter, "Smile" Thicker rounds the bottom right corner...
and a couple of gold-foil, die-cut, word strips, popped up with foam tape, not to mention a playful scattering of teal sequins, completes the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Citrus Twist's November 4th 3-to-Inspire Challenge to (1) use a cut file, (2) include stitching, and (3) play with mists and/or inks...
their November 12th Sketch...
and Colorful Creations' November 15th Inspiration Board.  Obviously, the colors had me at hello; but I also couldn't resist adding flowers and gold leaves, as well as lots and lots of texture from stitching, string, and cheesecloth to glitter, gold foil, and sequins.
Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see what my talented teammies have cooked up just for your viewing pleasure.  Then, you have until Sunday, December 3, 2017, to link up your takes, on this Create Your Own Background Challenge and/or our previous, Mirror Image Challenge, in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: textured white (Bazzill); Barely Banana (SU!); white (Paper Studio); teal leafy (Shimelle); orange floral (Citrus Twist); aqua triangles (1 Canoe 2); black floral (Maggie Holmes) Ink: Pumice Stone Distress Ink (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); lattice stencil (Jenni Bowlin); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Orchard Mister Huey's (Studio Calico); Patina, Stormy Night, & Apricot Jelly Glimmer Mists (Tattered Angels); sequins, wax envelope, & November 2017 Grateful cut file (Citrus Twist); Cameo (Silhouette); all die cuts (Pinkfresh for Citrus Twists); Sparkle glitter foam Thickers (American Crafts); white string (Hobby Lobby); cheesecloth (Dritz); manila tag (Paper Studio); staples & stapler (office supply store)

Paper Sweeties November Release Rewind

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Evening, y'all!  Just popping in to wrap up a Paper Sweeties November Release with one final, festive creation.
I started this card by stamping a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of watercolor paper several times, in Jet Black ink, with the holly image and hashtag sentiments.  I then watercolored the holly and added white Gelly Roll pen accents to the berries.  A slightly smaller piece of vellum was run through my Big Shot to get the snowfall texture and anchored, in the center of the watercolored piece, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching before popping it up, with foam tape, in the center of the Riding Hood Red, cardstock, card face.
I then die-cut the For You tag from a large, polka dot print; backed it with cheesecloth; and popped it up, with foam tape, near the left edge, in the vertical center of the the card face.  It was topped with a stamped, in Garden Green ink, on a Wild Wasabi die cut, Hello Spring wreath, embellished with white Gelly Roll pen berries; a die-cut, gold, cardstock, Joy Sweet Cuts "Believe" sentiment; and a die-cut, text print bow, dressed up with a red button, laced with white string.
A double, white, seam binding ribbon bow, embellished with a lone pearl, backed with a Baker's Twine bow, completes the look.
That wraps things up for this month, folks.  Run get your new release goodies while they're hot!
Debbie has asked me to continue guest designing through the New Year, so I guess y'all are stuck with me for a bit longer.  There won't be a new release next month; but we'll be back on the first with the monthly Inspiration Challenge, and we've also got a number of holiday blog hops in the works.  So, the inspiration will keep coming all December long.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be blessed, friends!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jinny Newlin  * November Guest Designer *
Karen Letchworth

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, You Better Not Pout, & Hello Spring (Paper Sweeties) Paper: Riding Hood Red & Wild Wasabi (SU!); gold (Bazzill); watercolor (Canson Studio); vellum (Paper Studio); red text (Jillibean Soup); black/white polka dot (Jenni Bowlin) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Garden Green (SU!) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); pearl (Paper Studio); white seam binding ribbon (Hug Snug); snowfall embossing folder (SU!); Big Shot (Sizzix); white Gelly Roll pen (Sakura); watercolors (Kuretake); button (Buttons Galore & More); white string (Hobby Lobby); cheesecloth (Dritz); Joy, Hello Spring, & For You Sweet Cuts dies (Paper Sweeties)