Pretty Little Studio: To a Super Dad

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Welcome to the weekend, y'all!  Just stopping back in to share a couple of timely, Father's Day cards that happen to be up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this am.  Enjoy!
Let's take a look at each individually.
I started this card by die-cutting the centers out of the largest stars in a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of our Feeling Dreamy print.  I then backed it with a slightly larger sheet of Feeling Thoughtful Vellum and anchored them both, to the white, cardstock, card face, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  Lots of Spain Star and Summer Night Die-Cut stars, some of which were popped up with foam tape, were then scattered across the face of the card, amidst those same blue stars that were previously die-cut from the centers of the Feeling Dreamy print.  The latter were also coated with layers of Clear Wink of Stella for shine.
The "TO A SUPER DAD" sentiment was created by stamping "TO A SUPER" in Jet Black ink and gold-embossing the "DAD" remainder on a Watercolor Shipping Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow...
and grounded with a "lucky to have you" Lovely Words Black Sticker, backed with white cardstock and popped up with foam tape for more of that delicious dimension.  A trio of gold, star sequins completes the look.
The second card...
was created in exactly the same way as the first with the exception of a few different Spain Star and Summer Night Die-Cut stars being used...
in addition to a yellow Watercolor Shipping Tag, rather than the previously-used orange one.
The previous, "lucky to have you" Lovely Words Black Sticker was also swapped for one that reads "stay awesome".
That wraps things up for now, folks.  Thanks ever so much for stopping by!  Have an amazing weekend, friends; and a big, happy Father's Day to all you dads out there!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Super Star (Wplus9) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Feels Like Fall: Feeling Dreamy 8x8 & Feeling Thoughtful 8x8 Vellum (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white string (Hobby Lobby); gold embossing powder (Recollections); embossing gun (SU!); Clear Cut Stackers: Stars die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); Clear Wink of Stella (Zig); gold star sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Feels Like Fall: Watercolor Shipping Tags; Dream Big: Lovely Words Black Stickers; Summer Vibes: Summer Night Die Cuts; Let's Go: Spain Star Die Cuts (PLS)

Paper Sweeties June Release Rewind

Friday, June 15, 2018

Welcome to the weekend, y'all!  The Paper Sweeties June Release is officially available for purchase in the shop; but before you're off to get yours, if you haven't done so already, I've cooked up a trio of bold, bright, happy, mini cards to share.  My family has a big move planned for next month, so I thought it would be fun to have something cute to carry around to pass our new address on to family and friends.  These minis fit the boot and were super easy to make.
I started these cards by die-cutting the window from the center of Bermuda Bay, Perfect Plum, and Strawberry Slush, 2-7/8" cardstock squares.  They were then backed with clear cardstock for a fun, real-life texture, before the inside bits of the window were replaced and it was grounded with the stamped, in Jet Black ink, "We've moved!" sentiment from Home Is Where Your Story Begins.
Before topping the window with a partially die-cut and partially hand-cut, Basic Black, cardstock, roof portion, which came from the For You Sweet Cuts die (I really wanted to have those familiar, Paper Sweeties, stitch lines embedded into this design.), I framed the square with white cardstock and silver-threaded, machine stitching and popped it off the surface of the 3-1/4" square, white, cardstock, card face with foam tape.  A length of white string, tied in a bow, completes the look.
Thanks, once again, for all your visits and the sweet messages you've left, for me, across the world wide web!  With the busy, summer schedules, we're taking it easy next month; but I've already got the August Release in hand and am excitedly beginning projects to share with all you.  Woohoo!  So, be sure to stop by to see what the rest of the Design Team has created to share; and have a truly sensational summer, friends!  XOXO

Michelle Bala
Nancy Salkeld 

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Home Is Where Your Story Begins (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Basic Black, Perfect Plum, Strawberry Slush, & Bermuda Bay (SU!) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white string (Hobby Lobby); Big Shot (Sizzix);  For You & Treat Box Add-On: Home & Garden Sweet Cuts dies (Paper Sweeties)

Sketchabilities #150 June Reveal

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Hey, y'all!  I'm so excited to be here today, sharing my first page as a member of the newly-revived Sketchabilities Challenge Design Team!  So, without further adieu, let's just get started.
I started this page by adding puddles of aqua and blue watercolors to the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page.  I then splattered it with those same shades of watercolor, as well as bright pink and yellow watercolors and Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  My photos were matted with white cardstock and set atop a bed of layered prints, all anchored with bright-pink-threaded, straight and zig-zag, machine stitching, as well as a snippet of cheesecloth for texture, and anchored with a Cameo-cut, white, cardstock scallop and open flower and floral die cut.  The "AMAZING memories" title, too, was tucked into that grounding cluster; created from a cardstock sticker and glitter die cut; and sandwiched between a puffy, floral sticker...
and darling, mermaid die cut, popped up with foam tape.
A scalloped tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, was tucked under the left side of the photos.
A sweet, butterfly die cut, adhered just at its center, crowns them...
and an "all my LOVE", puffy sticker brings us full circle back to the title itself and turns our attention to...
a second, Cameo-cut, white, cardstock blossom, topped with a die-cut flower; puffy, floral sticker; and die-cut swan.  I tucked a "TODAY//" June 20, 2014, label under the head of the swan...
and a little journaling to its right side.  The journaling reads, Beating the heat in our own backyard.  Keep smiling beautiful!
A trio of stamped, in Jet Black ink, phrases; scattering of puffy sticker flowers; and sprinkle of colorful sequins completes the look.
Here's your June Sketch #150 to get you off and creating in the right direction.
I can't wait to see what you all cook up!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: "you're lovely" & "#fun" (Citrus Twist); Whale Hello (Avery Elle) Paper: watercolor (Master's Touch); white (Paper Studio); black floral (Maggie Holmes); scallops (Dear Lizzy); pink polka dot & navy floral (Paige Evans) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Island Indigo (SU!); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: bright pink thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white string (Hobby Lobby); cheesecloth (Dritz); floral cut files (Cocoa Vanilla); Cameo (Silhouette); sequins (Pink Paislee); Pick-Me-Up puffy stickers (Paige Evans); cardstock stickers (PinkFresh); die-cut shapes, tag, & glitter phrase (Dear Lizzy)

Paper Sweeties June Release Party

Welcome back, y'all!  I've got another, playful house, for Paper Sweeties' June Release, to share, with you all, this evening.  This one is a more snail-mail-friendly option.  Enjoy!
I started this card by hand-cutting the house, from a template, out of white cardstock for the back and pink, polka dot, patterned paper for the front.  The two pieces were then adhered together just above the roof line, before I began dressing up the front of the card face with elements from the new, Treat Box Add-On: Home & Garden, stamp set and coordinating, Sweet Cuts die.  With the exception of the Barely Banana, cardstock, window inserts, all elements were stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a variety of patterned, paper die cuts and adhered in their respective locations.  The tree was popped up with foam tape...
and the flower box was filled with Cupcake Sprinkles sequins, studded with silver, seed beads and flanked with stamped, in Jet Black ink, on mint, floral, patterned, paper die-cuts, leaves, which hail from our Hello Spring stamp/die sets.
The roof was created from layered and striped, patterned paper, Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts scallops and dressed up with a little, white, string bow.
The inside was stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "Congratulations on your new home" sentiment, from Home Is Where Your Story Begins, to complete the look.  I just love that you can see the other side of that pink, polka dot print here.  So pretty!
Thanks, as always, for stopping by!  Don't forget to check out what the rest of the Design Team has cooked up for the release party.  Then, come on back tomorrow for one more day of Treat Box Add-On: Home & Garden deliciousness.  Hope to see you then!

Michelle Bala
Nancy Salkeld 

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Home Is Where Your Story Begins, Hello Spring, & Treat Box Add-On: Home & Garden (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Barely Banana (SU!); black/white stripe & floral woodgrain (MME); green floral & aqua stripe (SU!); woodgrain (Jen Hadfield); mint floral & black/white polka dot (Jenni Bowlin); pink polka dot (Crate Paper) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white string (Hobby Lobby); silver seed beads (unknown); Big Shot (Sizzix); Cupcake Sprinkles sequins & Sweet Borders, Hello Spring, & Treat Box Add-On: Home & Garden Sweet Cuts dies (Paper Sweeties)

Paper Sweeties June Release Sneak Peek

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Evening, y'all!  I'm stopping in today to kick off Paper Sweeties' June Release sneak peeks.  We've got a new add-on stamp set, with coordinating dies, to complement last month's Treat Box Sweet Cuts die for you all; and I've whipped it into a sweet, little, "thank you" house that would be perfect for holding a gift card.  Check it out!
I started this project by die-cutting two of the treat boxes from textured, Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  I then stamped it, in Cherry Cobbler ink, with the brick lines and white-washed the walls with Titanium White acrylic paint.  Once it was dry, I used glossy accents to erect the walls.  The door was them stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a white, cardstock die-cut and adhered to one end of the box itself.  It was further embellished with die-cut, Bashful Blue, cardstock, window inserts; a Basic Black, cardstock doorknob, dressed up with Glossy Accents; and a stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a watercolor, paper die cut, bird, which was, in turn, watercolored and popped up, with foam tape, above the door itself.
The sides of the house each received the same window dressing.  The windows themselves were stamped, in Jet Black ink, on white, cardstock die cuts and embellished with die-cut, Bashful Blue, cardstock, window inserts and white, cardstock shutters, as well as a white, cardstock window box, filled with stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a watercolor, paper die cut, flowers.  The flowers themselves were watercolored, given a hint of shimmer and shine with Clear Wink of Stella, and popped up with foam tape.
The scalloped, roof strips were then die-cut from Crumb Cake cardstock and layered, with one slightly overlapping the other, on both sides of the house before tying it closed with a length of Frosting seam binding ribbon, from the shop, tied in a double bow.  A length of Baker's Twine, laced through a Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts, die-cut, white, cardstock tag, which was stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "thank you", from the Thank You stamp set, sentiment, completes the look.
I also couldn't resist stamping the back of the tag, in Jet Black ink, with the "you are MY PERSON" phrase, from Kindness Matters, just for fun.
I hope you like what you're seeing so far.  These little houses are too fun to make and so full of options!  Thanks so much for visiting! I hope to see you all right back here tomorrow for a little more of what our June stamp set and coordinating dies have to offer.  In the meantime, be sure to stop in to see what the rest of the Design Team has whipped up just for your viewing pleasure.  Be blessed!

Michelle Bala
Nancy Salkeld 

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Thank You, Treat Box Add-On: Home & Garden, & Kindness Matters (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, & Bashful Blue (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Cherry Cobbler (SU!) Other: Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); Big Shot (Sizzix); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Titanium White acrylic paint (FolkArt); Clear Wink of Stella (Zig); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Frosting seam binding ribbon & Sweet Borders, Treat Box Add-On: Home & Garden, & Treat Box Sweet Cuts dies (Paper Sweeties)