Kitchen Reno: Part 4

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hey, y'all!  I thought that I'd better pop back in to give you an update on our kitchen renovation.  Although it has gone much slower than anticipated, with all the manufacture delays, as well as Ezekiel starting his summer, baseball season and Adina playing softball this year, which she adores; but between the two of them, we're busy three to four evenings a week...
not to mention having to replace the main waterline to our home, it's nearly complete.  Matter of fact, the next time I post will be the finished kitchen; but I wanted to get you up to speed to this point.
I have a dishwasher...
and beautiful, apron-front sink...
now that the new countertop has been installed.
Both are complete with running water.  Y'all, I don't know how I got along for 13 years without a dishwasher.  I have so much extra time; that I've taken two bubble baths, since it was installed.  LOL!
I also sewed up a vintage skirt for my sink and have organized my cupboards top to bottom.
My ugly pantry got a fresh coat of white paint...
complete with extra organization...
and labels; but it's still awaiting its new doors.
That refrigerator depth cabinet finally arrived and has been installed with both side panels to boot.  It just needs hardware.
And finally, my beadboard backsplash is going up.
It will be finished before this post even goes live and cover this entire wall, as we also have some open shelving going up to the right of our new window, which, as you can see, finally opens.  So, we're letting in the cool, spring air.  Woohoo!
I'm loving every bit of it!  It's ever so much more functional, bright, and happy than before.  It's totally been worth all the headaches and smashed fingers.  Right, honey?!  I think that I've still got to convince him of such; but he hasn't washed a single dish, since that dishwasher was installed.  AND he got a homemade, apple crisp on Sunday.  So, I'd say that I'm well on my way.  He just needs a little time to forget all the chaos ;).  Thanks so much for checking in!  Have a wonderful week, friends!

Pretty Little Studio: Party Time

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Morning, y'all!  Welcome to the weekend!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, playing with Claudia's newest It's Your Birthday Collection and pics of my oldest's 12th birthday.  Check out the results.
I started this page by adding a large puddle of blue watercolor to the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page.  I then splattered it with that same shade of watercolor, as well as yellow and pink watercolors; rubbed three columns of Pumice Stone Distress Ink, across the background, through a vertically-placed, chevron stencil; stamped it, in Jet Black ink, with different-size, open, star images; and splattered it once again, but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  That set the stage for a handful of It's Your Birthday and Sweet Life prints, all placed vertically over the background and anchored with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching, as well as my photos, which were matted with white cardstock.  A trio of white, glitter, paper, die-cut stars, tucked here and there, add a little sparkle.  My top, right photo was then backed with a couple of Cookies Shipping Tags, laced with white string, tied in a bow and knot respectively.  I also popped "celebrate" and star Eat Cake Word Die Cuts up, near its top and bottom edges, with foam tape.
An "it's your day" Party Hat Word Flag, anchored with a pink button, laced with white string, grounds the bottom, right photo...
and a couple of Eat Cake Word Die-Cut phrases round out the corner.
The bottom, left photograph was dressed up with a row of candles from Ezekiel's family party.  The color of those candles couldn't have matched this collection more perfectly, if it had been planned.  I wrapped them with a couple of connected Sweet Treats Cut-Apart Labels, as well as a length of white string, tied in a bow.
The bold, "PARTY time", Shine Bright Die-Cut title grounds the entire design.
One final Sweet Treats Cut-Apart Label, etched with the Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 - 12 yrs. information, as well as a scattering of Shining Star Stickers and 4mm and 8mm Crystal Sequins, completes the look.
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit!  Have an amazing weekend, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Baby Basics (Market Street Stamps) Paper: white (Paper Studio); white glitter (Recollections); watercolor (Master's Touch); It's Your Birthday: Birthday 01 8x8, Birthday 04 8x8Birthday 49 8x8, & Birthday 17 8x8; Sweet Life: 6x8 Paper Pack (PLS) Ink: Pumice Stone Distress Ink & Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white string (Hobby Lobby); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); chevron stencil (Jenni Bowlin); button (Buttons Galore & More); Clear Cut Stackers: Stars dies (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); candles (mementos from our celebrations); It's Your Birthday: Cookies Shipping Tags, Shining Star Stickers, Sweet Treats Cut-Apart Labels, Party Hat Word Flag, Eat Cake Word Die Cuts, & Shine Bright Die Cuts; Summer Vibes: Crystal 4mm Sequins & Crystal 8mm Sequins (PLS)

Paper Sweeties April Release Rewind

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Hello again, friends!  Just popping back in for the third and final day of Paper Sweeties' April Release week.  As a reminder, we're showing off creations, boasting the brand spankin' new Sweeties Pets Sweet Cuts dies, which are now available in the shop.  Go get 'em, while they're hot!
I started this card by adding a puddle of green watercolors, as well as watercolor splatters, to a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of watercolor paper.  I then stamped it, in Pumice Stone and Jet Black inks respectively, with the rows of paw prints and the "You make me Smile" sentiment from So Sweet of You.
Everything was then splattered, once again, but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints before being framed with Wild Wasabi cardstock and green-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  I then wrapped the prepped piece, near horizontal center, with a length of Green Apple seam binding ribbon; tied it, in a double bow, near the right edge of the card face; and embellished it with a green button, laced with a length of white string, tied in a bow, before popping the prepped piece up, with foam tape, in the center of the white, cardstock, card face.
The puppy was then stamped, in Jet Black ink, on an A Friend Is, watercolor, frame die cut, which had been stamped, in Wild Wasabi ink, with the frame itself, and watercolored.  A little, white, Jelly Roll pen detailing preps it for the card face to which it was adhered with foam tape and just to the left of the embellished bow.  The puppy's bowl and ball were both stamped, in Jet Black ink, on their coordinating, watercolor paper die cuts; watercolored; and popped up, with foam tape, within the frame, to complete the look.
That does it for this month, folks; but we'll all be back again the same time next month.  Thanks, as always, for all of your visits!  Have a terrific, work week!  Hugs!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jinny Newlin
Karen Letchworth
Michelle Bala
Nancy Salkeld

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Sweeties Pets, A Friend Is, & So Sweet of You (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Wild Wasabi (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch) Ink: Jet Black & Pumice Stone Distress Ink (Ranger); Wild Wasabi (SU!) Other: green thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white string (Hobby Lobby); button (Buttons Galore & More); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); white Jelly Roll pen (Sakura); Big Shot (Sizzix); A Friend Is & Sweeties Pets Sweet Cuts & Green Apple seam binding ribbon (Paper Sweeties)

Paper Sweeties April Release Party

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Welcome back, y'all!  I hope you're all enjoying your weekends!  I got all that painting done, that I mentioned in an earlier post, and am thrilled to be on to the next step of our kitchen renovation.  I'll post another update soon for those of you who have been diligently following along; but for now, I've got another creation to share for Paper Sweeties' April Release of the Sweeties Pets Sweet Cuts die.  Here goes!
I started this card by layering a "LOVE LIFE" journaling card over a torn piece of pink, heart, patterned paper, which was, in turn, layered over a piece of aqua, stripe, patterned paper.  All the papers were then anchored, to the white, cardstock, card face, with pink-threaded, straight and zig-zag, machine stitching.  Emma was then stamped, in Jet Black ink, on watercolor paper; watercolored; hand-cut out; and dressed in a stamped, in Jet Black ink, and hand-cut, fruity nightgown.  She was then detailed with a white, Jelly Roll pen, as well as Glossy Accents for her hair ties and Dazzling Diamonds for her bunny slippers and nightgown trim, and popped up, with foam tape, just to the right of the "LOVE LIFE" phrase.  The darling, Sweeties Pets kitten was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a watercolor paper die cut; watercolored; also detailed with a white, Jelly Roll pen; and popped up, with foam tape, at Emma's feet.
The "Happiness is... You" sentiment, from Sweeties Pets and I Love You, was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a pink label and adhered just to the right of Emma and above her kitten.
A length of Bubblegum seam binding ribbon, wrapped around the top of the card face; tied in a double bow; and embellished with a lone pearl, backed with a length of Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, completes the look.
I hope to see you back, at the same time and place, tomorrow for one more day of Sweeties Pets goodness.  In the meantime, be sure to pop in to visit the rest of this talented team.  Thanks, as always, for humbling me with a visit!  XOXO

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jinny Newlin
Karen Letchworth
Michelle Bala
Nancy Salkeld

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Sweeties Pets, Emma, & I Love You (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master'sTouch); aqua stripe (Crate Paper); pink heart (Maggie Holmes); "LOVE LIFE" (Elle's Studio); fruit (Amy Tangerine) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: pink thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); pearl (Paper Studio); pink label (Maggie Holmes); watercolors (Kuretake); white Jelly Roll pen (Sakura); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Big Shot (Sizzix); Sweeties Pets Sweet Cuts & Bubblegum seam binding ribbon (Paper Sweeties)

Pretty Little Studio: Easter Ears

Morning, y'all!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, sharing a page boasting a newer collection, XOXO; and I'd love to share it, with you all here, too.  Enjoy!
I started this page by adding puddles of aqua and purple watercolors to the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page.  I then splattered it with those same shades of watercolor, as well as pink and yellow watercolors and Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.  The XOXO cut file freebie was Cameo-cut from textured, white cardstock and adhered over the background to set the stage for my photos, which were matted with white cardstock.  The top, right photo was also backed with a folded piece of Hugs & Kisses Rose Gold Metallic Vellum and embellished with a Sweet Life Flair Button, backed with a tangle of green thread.
Just below that, I layered a couple of Love Today 3x4 Journaling Cards, cut to size, over pieces of the 1+1 and Forever 2 prints, securing a couple bits, from the stack, with green-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  A "hey" Hello Lovely Word Die Cut and "SWEET THING" February 2018 Freebie were popped up, with foam tape, around the "HUG HARDER..." journaling card...
and a couple of Love Word Flags, laced with white string, tied in a bow and knot respectively, flank its right side.
My second photo was popped up, with foam tape, over another cut-to-size Love Today 3x4 Journaling Card, a piece of the I'm Yours print, and a snippet of cheesecloth for texture.  A Darling Journaling Die-Cut Tag was etched with Adina and Snowflake '16, tucked under its left side, and secured with a single staple; before the papers behind my photo were anchored with green-threaded, straight, machine stitching.
A "today was a good one" A Great Day Flag Sticker grounds this final photo.
Another Love Today 3x4 Journaling Card was cut to size; backed with a piece of the Always print; topped with a piece of Heart Eyes Clear paper; secured, in the top, left corner of the page, with more green-threaded, straight, machine stitching...
and crowned with the "EASTER EARS", Love Story Green Alphabet Stickers title to complete the look.
Before I'm off to get some painting done around our house, I also wanted to share our April Freebie with any $24 or more purchase.  So soft and sweet and deliciously seasonal!  Yay!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a terrific weekend, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Paper Studio); textured white (Bazzill); watercolor (Master's Touch); XOXO: 1+1, Always, Forever 2, I'm Yours, Hugs & Kisses Rose Gold Metallic Vellum 8x8, & Heart Eyes Clear 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: green thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white string (Hobby Lobby); watercolors (Kuretake); cheesecloth (Dritz); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); staple & StapleBoard (We R Memory Keepers); Cameo (Silhouette); XOXO: Hello Lovely Word Die Cut, Love Story Green Alphabet Stickers, Love Word Flags Die Cuts, Darling Journaling Die-Cut Tag, & Love Today 3x4 Journaling Cards; Beautiful Day: A Great Day Flag Sticker; Sweet Life: Sweet Life Flair Button; February 2018 Freebie; & XOXO cut file (PLS)