2016 Card Review

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hey, y'all!  Just popping back in to share my top ten cards of 2016.  Once again, I apologize profusely for this post's tardiness but hope that it is still thoroughly enjoyed and fills you with a heightened level of creativity that you can call your own.  Oh, and each photograph is linked to its original post for all the details and supplies in its making.  Just click on it, and enjoy!
There you have it.  This is me and my style.  It's changing all the time, but it is what it is, and it makes me ever so happy.  If you're new to my blog or considering becoming a follower, like I said in yesterday's 2016 Layout Review post, what a great way for you all to get to know me!  And if you've been around for the long haul, thank you from the bottom of my heart!  It just wouldn't be the same around here without you.  Mwah!  I'd love for you to stick around to see what I've got in store for 2017.  Thanks again!  XOXO

2016 Layout Review

Monday, January 16, 2017

Morning, y'all, and welcome to the work week!  So, I'm super tardy with this post.  My family got hit with the stomach flu after Christmas.  Basketball season keeps our calendar full, and I've been busy wrapping up grading periods for my big kiddos on top of getting reorganized for and beginning the remainder of our school year.  I've just been running.  But I love doing these posts.  They're such a great way for you all to get to know me!  So, without further adieu, here are my top ten layouts, which I wholeheartedly admit was super hard to narrow down, of 2016.  Each photograph is linked to its original post for all the details and supplies in its making.  Just click on it, and enjoy!
I'll be back tomorrow with my 2016 Card Review.  Until then, thanks so much for humbling me with a visit, and have a truly amazing Monday!  Hugs!

The Studio Mood Board Challenge

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Morning, friends!  It's a new week, and that means a new challenge is up in The Studio.  I've picked a gorgeous mood board to wet your creative appetites.  Poised Taupe, the gray color near right center of the graphic below, is Sherwin Williams' Color of the Year; so, I thought it would be fun to start 2017 off on trend.  Here goes!
I started this page by using Creative Scrappers' Ice Cream Stick cut file to cut the background from textured, white cardstock.  I then filled in the open spaces with lots of scrumptious, color-coordinating, masculine prints; added gesso behind where my photos would lie; threw a little more color on the background with watercolor paints; stamped a number of stars in Jet Black ink; and splattered everything with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  A number of additional, coordinating prints, including a notebook journaling card, were adhered (Some were anchored with navy-threaded, straight, machine stitching.) behind were my photos, which were matted with white cardstock, were adhered.  A couple of large, die-cut, cork stars and puffy, cloud punch outs were tucked in behind those prints.  I even squeezed a little more navy thread in between the clouds.
"HAPPY THE ONLY WAY TO BE" and "LOVE" cut-apart phrases were secured, vertically, near the top of the design; dressed up with a couple more cork stars, as well as a blue button, laced with white string; and...
used to ground my "Batter Up!" title, which was Cameo-cut from Marina Mist cardstock, adhered over a third cloud punch out, and layered with a "now" acrylic.
Behind the left edge of the title and top edge of my photos, I tucked a wax envelope to house a manila tag, laced with navy twine, tied in a bow.
The tag itself holds my journaling, which reads,  We LOVE to watch you play ball!  It makes you so happy, which makes us so happy.  You got super comfortable @ 1st base this season.  Eric Hosmer would be so proud, and you just love to steal those bases.  Go get 'em!
A couple of additional, cut-apart phrases, along with a "the best time of the year" phrase sticker, because it truly is the best time of the year, round out the left side of the design...
and an "EXCELLENT MOMENT enjoying the time together" cut-apart, as well as a navy, "DATE:" Summer 2015, label complete the right.
Further inspiration for this page came from Let's Get Sketchy's January Week 2 Challenge...
and Citrus Twist's January 15th 3-to-Inspire Challenge to (1) use blue, (2) journal on a tag or label, and (3) make a title with a die cut.
And here's your January Mood Board Challenge graphic to get you off and creating in the right direction.  This palette had me at hello and made me think of the colors of Ezekiel's old baseball team.  I couldn't resist tying in a little bit of denim, and the cut file I chose for the background was inspired by the graphic design in the bottom right corner.
You have until Sunday, February 12, 2017, to link up your takes in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  Have fun with this one, and be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of my talented team was inspired.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week, y'all!  XOXO

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: stars (Citrus Twist) Paper: white (Recollections); textured white (Bazzill); Marina Mist (SU!); kraft chevron, yellow triangles, & gray gingham (Crate Paper); blue polka dot (American Crafts); yellow arrows & speckled (Citrus Twist); blue triangle & woodgrain (Maggie Holmes); multicolored plaid & denim (MME); blue quilt stars (Fancy Pants) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: navy thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Ice Cream Stick cut file (Creative Scrappers); Cameo (Silhouette); cork (Mega Brands, Inc.); Clear Cut Stackers: Stars die cut (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); manila tag (Paper Studio); blue twine, two-tone cork stars, "now" acrylic, notebook journaling card, wax envelope, cut-apart phrases, & navy "DATE:" label (Citrus Twist); phrase sticker (Pinkfresh for Citrus Twist); cloud punch (Fiskars); button (JoAnn Fabrics); white string (Hobby Lobby); watercolors (Kuretake); gesso (Liquitex); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt)

Pretty Little Studio: Christmas Magic

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Hey, y'all!  I trust you're having a wonderful week!  I'm up again on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, sharing a page inspired by a combination of all three of this season's Christmas collections, including Holly Jolly, Tinsel Town, and Winter Joy.  Enjoy!
I started this page by watercoloring the 12" x 12", watercolor, paper, base page in shades of turquoise, pink, and red.  I then stamped the page, in Jet Black ink, with a number of different sizes of snowflakes and speckled everything with the same watercolors used above, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  The Noel Frames were then backed with both vellum for softness and clear cardstock to enclose any combination of mini die cuts from both our With Glee and Jingle Bell Words die-cut packages; silver seed beads; silver star sequins; snowflake sequins; and a scrumptious sampling of our Tree Topper, Gift Wrap, Snow Fall, Pink Petal, and Crystal sequins.  Yum!  Once all the Noel Frames were adhered in their respective locations, their combined center was filled in with a duo of Tinsel Town prints and Holly Jolly Snowflakes Vellum, which, in turn, were topped with my photo, which was matted with white cardstock.  It's bottom right corner was then dressed up with a Cambridge 4" Doily, as well as the Red Christmas Home Vintage Die Cut, surrounded by Noel Frames, pine tree die cuts.
Moving clockwise, Jingle Bells Words die cuts form the "Christmas magic" title, which was popped up with foam tape.
The bottom left corner of my photo was dressed up with a Nice List "CHRISTMAS LIGHTS" Cut-Apart.
Just sneaking in a close-up of one of those shaker frames...
before moving on to our Holly Leaves and Fern Mini Vintage Die Cuts, which form the foundation for the cluster in the tiny, top-most Noel Frame.  They were anchored with a Wish List Flair button, wrapped up with a length of Baker's Twine, tied in a bow.  A Magical Word Sticker...
and two Nice List Words Stickers make a trio, and a sprinkling of Winter Wonderland Clear Stickers snowflakes completes the look.
That does it, for this week, folks.  I'll be back on Sunday with a gorgeous, new, color challenge from The Studio.  Until then, thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great ending to your work weeks and an even greater start to your weekends!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Folk Art Flurries (Wplus9) Paper: watercolor (Master's Touch); vellum (Paper Studio); clear (unknown); white (Recollections); Tinsel Town: Very Merry 8x8 & Holly Jolly 8x8 & Holly Jolly: Snowflakes Vellum 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: bright green thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); silver seed beads (unknown); silver star sequins & snowflake sequins (Hobby Lobby); Summer Vibes: Crystal 8mm Sequins & Crystal 4mm Sequins, Winter Joy: Jingle Bells Words, With Glee Die Cuts, & Winter Joy Tabs, Tinsel Town: Noel Frames, Nice List Cut-Apart, Nice List Words Stickers, Pink Petal Sequins, Wish List Flair, Tree Topper Sequins, & Gift Wrap Sequins, & Holly Jolly: Magical Word Stickers, Winter Wonderland Clear Stickers, & Snow Fall Sequins, You & Me: Cambridge 4" Doily Pack, Red Christmas Home Vintage Die Cut, Holly Leaves Mini Vintage Die Cut, & Fern Mini Vintage Die Cut (PLS)

Poppystamps Valentine Blog Blitz: Love You Always

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Afternoon, friends!  Poppystamps' Valentine Blog Blitz, to show off all the fabulous, new products from the January 2017 Release, began yesterday morning on the Poppystamps blog.  I hope you've already stopped by to check it out!  I've got a "love"ly, little number, boasting not one, but five, new craft dies, along with one stamp set, up on the Poppystamps blog this afternoon.  Enjoy!
I started this card by watercoloring a piece of watercolor paper in shades of blue and green and speckling it with those same watercolors, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  I then die-cut various layers of that watercolored piece with the Stitched Cloudline craft die to create the sky background.  Its bottom edge was then decked out with a strip of Always Artichoke cardstock, die-cut with our new, Freida Curve craft die.  The heart was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a watercolor paper die-cut, which had been watercolored and splattered using the same technique as the background; given a little shine with Clear Wink of Stella; and tucked in behind the Freida Curve branches with foam tape.  The Young Fox Pair were die-cut from Cajun Craze cardstock, ink distressed, and tucked into the scene with foam tape.
The Swaying Birch was die-cut from Crumb Cake cardstock.  I used a little, Titanium White acrylic paint to give its edges texture, before tucking it in behind the far left edge of the heart and overhanging the top edge of the scene.  The "love you always" sentiment, from Grateful Heart, was white-embossed on a hand-cut, Basic Black, cardstock pennant and adhered, with foam tape, flush against the right edge of the design.
The entire prepped piece was then framed with both white cardstock and black-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  Before popping it off the surface of the white, cardstock, card face with foam tape, I wrapped the top of it with a length of Baker's Twine, tied, in a bow, near its left edge, to complete the look.
Be sure to stop by the Poppystamps blog every day, TWICE a day, through Monday, October 23, 2017, to see what my talented teammies have cooked up, using all the new goodies, just for your viewing pleasure.  AND don't forget to leave lots of love as you visit; because a new, January Release product is being randomly given away on EACH AND EVERY Poppystamps' blog post.  You have until Wednesday, January 25, 2017, to do so.  Winners will be announced, on the Poppystamps blog, the following Saturday, January 28, 2017.  I've got the darling, Young Fox Pair craft die, that you see in action above, to giveaway today.
I'll be back with more from this release next week.  Until then, I've got plenty more inspiration coming your way.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Grateful Heart (Poppystamps) Paper: white (Recollections); Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, & Basic Black (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Clear Wink of Stella (Zig); white embossing powder (Zing!); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); Big Shot (Sizzix); Grateful Heart, Freida Curve, Swaying Birch, Stitched Cloudline, & Young Fox Pair craft dies (Poppystamps)