Pretty Little Studio: Kitten Hello

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Welcome to the weekend, y'all!  I have a sweet page up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today and wanted to pop in here to share it, with you all, too.  Enjoy!
I started this page by adding puddles and splatters of mint and yellow watercolors to the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page.  I then used Out to Sea Clouds Die Cuts as masks to create a cloudy background by rubbing Faded Jeans and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks over them before using a punchinella stamp to add texture with Brocade Blue, Pistachio Pudding, and Daffodil Delight inks and splattering everything once again, but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.  I also splattered over the Distress Inks with water, just because I love the way they react to it and the interest the effect adds to any project.
That set the stage for my photos which were matted with white cardstock and backed with lots of bits from 8x8 prints, including Taking a Walk, Acorn Granola, Stargazer, and Gold Metallic Confetti.  They were all anchored with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  I also tucked a Chrysanthemum Shipping Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, as well as a "SUCH A GOOD STORY" Savannah Dreams 12x12 Paper Pack Die Cut, in behind its top, right edge.
The beautiful Susie anchors the right side of the photos and was the inspiration for my color palette.
A "hello" Frolic Word Die Cut was fitted between the base of my photos...
and the entire design was grounded with my journaling, which reads, This cutie appeared to be having the most difficult time staying in this pipe that we had stored under the back porch; when, all of a sudden, she jumped out & took off.  Then, low & behold, another cutie appeared.  Critter must've been pushing her out.  Sisters!
Live Simply Clear Stickers, April 2019 Freebie butterflies; and a Fall Phrases Cut-Apart label, used to record the May 6, 2013, date complete the look.
Before I run, I wanted to share the deliciously colorful June Cut-Apart Freebie with any purchase...
and June Freebie with any $35 purchase or more.  Be sure to pick up yours today!
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit!  Have a truly fabulous weekend, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: punchinella (Creative Embellishments) Paper: white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); Potpourri: Taking a Walk 8x8 & Acorn Granola 8x8; Tales & Dreams: Stargazer 8x8; Here Comes the Sun: Gold Metallic Confetti 8x8; mint houndstooth (PLS) Ink: Brocade Blue, Pistachio Pudding, & Daffodil Delight (SU!); Faded Jeans & Tumbled Glass Distress Inks (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Super Glue); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); white string (Hobby Lobby); Sweet Life: Live Simply Clear Stickers; Savannah Dreams: Frolic Word Die Cuts & 12x12 Paper Pack; Feels Like Fall: Fall Phrases Cut Apart; Treasure Island: Out to Sea Clouds Die Cuts; Marigold: Chrysanthemum Shipping Tags; April 2019 Freebie; Susie Vintage Die Cut (PLS)

Pretty Little Studio: National Donut Day

Friday, June 7, 2019

Morning, y'all!  I trust you're all doing well.  We've had a super busy start to the summer, and it looks to just keep getting busier and busier; but I'm uber excited to have had a little time to get creative this week.  I made a quartet of cards in honor of today being National Donut Day.  They happen to be up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this morning.  Check 'em out!
I started these cards by Cameo-cutting the donut bases from Crumb Cake cardstock and the icing tops from a variety of Pretty Little Studio prints, which I'll direct you to as we get up close and personal with each one, using Kim Watson's free Donut cut file over at Scrapbook and Cards Today.  The icing itself was coated in Glossy Accents for shine; and while it was still drying, I added lots of silver seed bead, sequin, and confetti sprinkles.  Each donut sets atop a 4" Cambridge Doily and opens to have a little room for a personal message on the inside but also has a variety of computer-generated and printed, on scrumptious Rose Gold Metallic Cut-Apart Labels, sentiments, tucked in between the folds of the cards themselves.  The gorgeous, teal color, that comes from the Night Thinker 8x8 print, might make this one my favorite of the bunch.
It's sentiment reads "You are the icing on my donut." over personalized Always Aqua Sequins.
The left end of the sentiment was grounded with a mix of Floral Fantasy Die Cuts, some of which were popped up with foam tape, as well as a Baker's Twine bow.
This pink beauty boasts the Leave Your Mark 8x8 print...
a "Donut forget I love you!" sentiment; Fuchsia Pink Sequins...
and a combination of Floral Fantasy and Happy Place Die Cuts, mixed together with a Baker's Twine bow.
I love how sunny the Shine from Within 8x8 print makes this third donut.
Its "I donut know how to thank you!" sentiment, over Sunsational Sequins...
was anchored with a different combination of Floral Fantasy and Happy Place Die Cuts but the same Baker's Twine bow...
and the fourth and final card was made with my niece in mind.  Her birthday happens to be next Saturday, and I know she loves her sweets.  I'm hoping this donut, with its soft green, So Dreamy 8x8, printed frosting, brings a smile to her face.
It possesses a "Sprinkled with Love" sentiment over Seaspray Sequins...
and anchored with a couple of Floral Fantasy Die Cuts, as well as the customary, Baker's Twine bow.
Thanks, as always, for visiting, friends!  Have a wonderfully blessed weekend, and be sure to enjoy a sweet treat of your own in honor of this fun day... hopefully, one with a few more calories than these ;).  XOXO

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: Crumb Cake (SU!); Tales & Dreams: So Dreamy 8x8, Night Thinker 8x8, & Leave Your Mark 8x8; Dream Big: Shine from Within 8x8 (PLS) Other: Microsoft Word - Jenna Sue font (HP); printer (Canon); foam tape (Super Glue); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Donut cut file (Kim Watson); Cameo (Silhouette); silver seed beads (Paper Studio); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); Savannah Dreams: Floral Fantasy Die Cuts & Happy Place Die Cuts; Summer Vibes: Seaspray Sequins, Sunsational Sequins, & Fuchsia Pink Sequins; XOXO: Always Aqua Sequins & Lovely Clear Confetti; 4" Cambridge Doilies; Rose Gold Metallic Cut-Apart Labels (PLS)

Pretty Little Studio: Shine Bright Tags

Friday, May 31, 2019

Morning, y'all!  I trust you all have wonderful plans for the weekend.  My hubby and biggest kiddo have been in Juarez, Mexico, this week, building a home for a family in need; and they'll be home in just a few hours.  Woohoo!  They're bringing their whole team home, with them, for breakfast; so I've had my hands full getting things ready for them and minding my littles and am ever so ready just to let my hubby take over for a bit.  I need a bubble bath ;).  Without further adieu, I'm stopping in today to share a project that happens to be up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this morning.  Enjoy!
Using the largest Be Loved Shipping Tags, from the Shine Bright Collection, as a foundation, I created a quartet of beautiful tags.  I just love having these on hand to dress up simple packages or add a little happy to a home-baked treat.
I started this first tag by topping it with a secondary, smaller, horizontal Be Loved Shipping Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow; topped with the Be Happy Words Clear Sticker "good things are about to HAPPEN" sentiment; and popped up with foam tape.  I then framed it with a trio of Simply Floral Die Cuts...
as well as a layered, Chasing Dreams Die-Cut butterfly, dressed up with a little Dazzling Diamonds.  A "sweetheart" Be Fabulous Sticker was tucked between the two butterflies' wings...
and a die-cut, vellum, tag topper, grounded with a die-cut, from a print in the 6x6 Paper Pack, ring and laced with white string, not to mention a trio of Rose Pink Sequins, complete the look.
I took the florals on the second tag to another level by adding lots more from the Simply Floral Die-Cuts package.
A few of them were popped up with foam tape and a few more were dressed with more Dazzling Diamonds just to add interest.  They all were topped with a Be Happy Words Clear Sticker "SHINE bright" sentiment, backed with white cardstock, hand-cut out, and popped up with foam tape.
A simple "be you" Be Fabulous Sticker...
and Chasing Dreams Die-Cut butterfly were tucked into portions of the happy bouquet; and another die-cut, tag topper, created in the same way as above, not to mention a trio of Rose Pink Sequins, completes the look.
On the third Be Loved Shipping Tag...
I used the "follow YOUR heart" sentiment as a shadow for a Be Happy Words Clear Sticker.
It was then anchored with a Chasing Dreams Die-Cut ribbon, topped with a Simply Floral Die-Cut heart, backed with foam tape, dressed up with Dazzling Diamonds, and used to anchor a couple of Be Fabulous Word Stickers.
In addition to the top, with its vellum topper; printed, 6x6 Paper Pack ring; and length of white string, being prepared in the same way as the previous two, I also dressed it up with a "HELLO lovely" Lovely Flair Button and Chasing Dreams Die-Cut butterfly, crowned with a die-cut, vellum butterfly and Rose Pink Sequin.  The latter of which happens to be only one of three scattered throughout the design.
I let the lines of the fourth and final Be Loved Shipping Tag dictate the placement of its embellishments.
A couple of Chasing Dreams Die-Cut feathers, dressed up with more of that delicious, Dazzling Diamonds shine; topped with a Chasing Dreams Die-Cut arrow; and anchored with a Lovely Flair Button, gets us started.
A "you make me happy" Be Happy Words Clear Sticker serves as my primary sentiment.  It was anchored with a couple of additional sentiments from the Be Fabulous Sticker package.
The tag was topped in the same way as the other three with the exception of the use of a different 6x6 Paper Pack print for the ring, and the same three Rose Pink Sequins complete the look.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by!  Have an amazing weekend, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: vellum (Paper Studio); Shine Bright: 6x6 Paper Pack (PLS) Other: foam tape (Super Glue); white string (Hobby Lobby); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); Hang Ups die (Reverse Confetti); Stitched Butterfly Trio die (Poppystamps); Big Shot (Sizzix); Shine Bright: Chasing Dreams Die Cuts, Be Fabulous Stickers, Lovely Flair Buttons, Simply Floral Die Cuts, Be Loved Shipping Tags, & Be Happy Words Clear Stickers; Potpourri: Rose Pink Sequins (PLS)

For the Love of Books

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Hey, y'all!  I meant to pop in here earlier today, as I'll be back early tomorrow morning to share a project for Pretty Little Studio; but alas, the best laid plans don't always work out.  So, anyhow, I'm here now to share a library book, that has recently captured my heart, for this month's For the Love of Books pick.  It is a vibrant story, written for children ages four to eight, about ignoring the haters and being true to exactly who God made you.
Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match, written by Monica Brown and illustrated by Sara Palacios, is the story of a fun, spunky, bilingual, Peruvian-Scottish-American, young lady who doesn't match.  She has brown skin and flaming red hair and loves to wear polka dots and stripes together.  Her peanut butter and jelly must be wrapped in a tortilla.  She likes to use a cursive and print combination to write her name and thinks playing soccer, as a pirate, is a great way to spend her recess.  More than a few people turn their noses up at Marisol's uniqueness; but when she tries to please her critics by matching, her usual exuberance for life is visibly lost from the colorful illustrations.  At the end of the day, Marisol discovers that being herself, mismatched and all, is simply marvelous and absolutely perfect.

Thanks so much for visiting, friends!  Happy reading!

Pretty Little Studio: Be Happy Live Happy

Monday, May 27, 2019

Morning, y'all!  Happy Memorial Day!  Just taking a break from all the outdoor activities to share a page inspired by the Shine Bright Collection.  It happens to be up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today.  Enjoy!
I started this page by smudging Patina Glimmer Mist near the center and radiating out toward the edges of the 12" x 12" textured, white, cardstock, base page.  I then added Titanium White acrylic paint, over a combination of True Blue and Paradise acrylic paints, in the same way, before splattering everything with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  Once it was dry, I anchored patterned, paper strips, from the Shine Bright 6x6 Paper Pack, as well as the Carry On 8x8 print, horizontally, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching and stacked my photos, which were matted with white cardstock, vertically, near the center of the design.  A Be Loved Shipping Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, was tucked under the right side of the top photo...
and a duo of Simply Floral Die Cuts, topped with a Chasing Dreams Die-Cut "hello", were nestled behind and over the top right corner of the center photo.
A Chasing Dreams Die-Cut tassel trails from the cluster down the right side of the center photo...
and a Chasing Dreams Die-Cut square, filled in with a "LOVE you" Be Happy Words Clear Sticker, grounds the entire design.
Another Simply Floral Die-Cuts cluster dresses up the top left corner of the bottom photo.  Gosh, I could use these gorgeous blossoms all day!
I used a Happy 3x4 Pocket Card to highlight my journaling, which reads, Such sweet, treasured moments just enjoying a beautiful, fall day @ Deanna Rose.  I've missed Ezekiel & my frequent visits here together ever so much.
The framed space in the center of the pocket card was stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "SEP 10 2015" date.  A "MEMORIES" Hello There Word Flag and "BE HAPPY LIVE HAPPY" Park Bench Cut-Apart, which also serves as my subtle title, dresses up its bottom half...
and a cluster, which includes one last Simply Floral Die Cut, a Lovely Flair Button, and an April 2019 Freebie butterfly, crowns its top.  A scattering of Rose Pink Sequins completes the look.
Thanks so much for visiting!  Have an amazing week, friends!  And a HUGE thank you to all our troops, both past and present and at home and abroad, for sacrificing so much for our freedom and safety.  You will never be forgotten.  God bless!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: date (QwikMark) Paper: textured white (Bazzill); white (Paper Studio); Shine Bright: 6x6 Paper Pack & Carry On 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Super Glue); True Blue, Titanium White, & Pure Black acrylic paints (FolkArt); Paradise acrylic paint (Delta Creative); Patina Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); white string (Hobby Lobby); Shine Bright: Lovely Flair Button, Be Loved Shipping Tag, Simply Floral Die Cuts, Chasing Dreams Die Cuts, Be Happy Words Clear Sticker, & Happy Day 3x4 Pocket Card; Beautiful Day: Park Bench Cut-Apart; Potpourri: Rose Pink Sequins; Dream Big: Hello There Word Flag; April 2019 Freebie (PLS)