Pretty Little Studio: HB to U

Monday, August 5, 2019

Morning, y'all, and welcome to the work week!  I'm not even sure how to begin this post after the kind of weekend we've had.  My heart is aching and unable to come to terms with the senseless acts of violence and cowardice we've witnessed both in Dayton, Ohio, and here in my home of El Paso, Texas.  We must keep reminding ourselves who's in charge and, ultimately, the only one worth living for.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38-39

The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?  Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident.  Psalm 27: 1, 3

I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?  What can mere mortals do to me?  Psalm 56:11

He will cover you with his wings.  Under the feathers of his wings you will find safety.  He is faithful.  He will keep you safe like a shield or a tower.  You won’t have to be afraid of the terrors that come during the night.  You won’t have to fear the arrows that come at you during the day.  You won’t have to be afraid of the sickness that attacks in the darkness.  You won’t have to fear the plague that destroys at noon.  A thousand may fall dead at your side.  Ten thousand may fall near your right hand.  But no harm will come to you.  Psalm 91:4-7

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those touched by these tragedies.
graphic courtesy of Instagram
I was assigned to a project on the Pretty Little Studio blog this morning and created a trio of birthday minis, inspired by the new Document Life Collection, to share with you all.  Enjoy!
Let's get up close and personal.  Shall we?
I started this card by horizontally anchoring a 3" x 4" Highlights Pocket Card over a 4" x 6" Highlights Pocket Card with teal-threaded, straight, machine stitching and folding the result in half to create the 3" x 4" card base.  I then stapled a white, cardstock, open, star die cut to the card face and overlapping its top and right sides.  That created the foundation for my "HB to U" sentiment which was created with Coral Life Alpha Stickers and Fresh Mint Mini ABC Stickers and grounded with a Cork Here & There arrow...
overlapping a length of Baker's Twine, wrapped three times around the vertical length of the card face and tied in a bow.
A "put on your party hat!" Happy Day Color Sticker, anchored with a navy Star Sticker, backed with white cardstock; hand-cut out; popped up with foam tape; and coated with Glossy Accents, completes the look.
The second mini...
was created in nearly the exact same way as the first with the exception of the use of a couple of different 3" x 4" and 4" x 6" Highlights Pocket Cards, as well as Navy Life Alpha Stickers and Mini ABC Bohemian Yellow Stickers.
It was wrapped with that same delicious Baker's Twine for the texture that you all know I love so much...
and finished with an "it's your day" Happy Day Color Sticker and yellow Star Sticker, prepared in the same way as above.
The third and final card, too...
follows the same pattern of creation with the exception of the use of two different 3" x 4" and 4" x 6" Highlights Pocket Cards, as well as going back to the Coral Life Alpha Stickers and Fresh Mint Mini ABC Stickers used on the first mini.
A little more Baker's Twine, once again, wraps everything up with style...
and a "blow out the candles" Happy Day Color Sticker and aqua Star Sticker, prepared in the same way as above, complete the look.
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit, friends!  Stay safe, and God bless!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Paper Studio) Other: teal thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Super Glue); Big Shot (Sizzix); Clear Cut Stackers: Stars dies (Wplus9); staples & stapler (office supply store); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); Document Life: Highlights Pocket Cards, Star Stickers, Coral Life Alpha Stickers, & Navy Life Alpha Stickers; Ain't Life Grand: Cork Here & There; It's Your Birthday: Happy Day Color Stickers; Bohemian Dreams: Mini ABC Bohemian Yellow Stickers; With All My Heart: Fresh Mint Mini ABC Stickers (PLS)

For the Love of Books

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Afternoon, book lovers!  Just stopping in to share a recent, library find for this month's For the Love of Books pick.  This one is close to my heart, because the author is a homeschool graduate; and I love the way that he's been able to capture the reality of sun-up to sun-down learning, in every part of his messy, but happy, home and beloved city, through language and colorful, hand-drawn illustrations.  This book is written for children ages three to six and being posted just in time for a little, back-to-school, reading enjoyment for all.
This Is My Home, This Is My School, written and illustrated by Jonathan Bean, reveals the comings and goings of a homeschool day in the life of a young boy and his classmate sisters, not to mention their teacher mother and substitute father (because sometimes mom just gets too tired and has to call in reinforcements).  Through a wide variety of learning environments, both inside and outside and at home and abroad, to the cafeteria, complete with a crabby, lunch lady, and giant, backyard playground, "no moment, whether at desk, dinner table, stream, play, or work, [is] too insignificant to be scavenged for something to learn."

Thanks so much for visiting!  We'll be hitting the books again the middle of next week, and I know many will follow soon thereafter.  So, may this school year, whether that means a traditional or nontraditional school environment for you and your loved ones, be your best one yet!

PLS: Fun in the Sun & Chasing the Sun

Monday, July 29, 2019

Fun in the Sun...
AND Chasing the Sun are now shipping!
Be sure to pick up your little tastes of summer TODAY with coupon code: hotsummer.
Happy shopping, friends!

Pretty Little Studio: Fall Days

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Welcome to the weekend, y'all!  I'm keeping busy with a yard sale today in hopes of generating a little income for school supplies, as well as to cover some of the everyday expenses that we seem to continually be behind on amidst taking care of a family of five; but I didn't want to miss stopping in here to share a new page that's up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today.  It was inspired by the gorgeous, watercolor, leaf die cuts that came in the April 2018 Freebie package and some seven-year-old photos that have been patiently waiting to make their way into an album.  Enjoy!
I started this page by adding puddles of blue and orange watercolors to the 12" x 12" watercolor, paper, base page.  I then splattered it with those same shades of watercolor, as well as purple and bright pink watercolors and Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.  The background was then stamped, in Jet Black, Strawberry Slush, Perfect Plum, and Lucky Limeade inks respectively, with a variety of different sizes of open and closed leaves.  That set the stage for my photos, which were matted with white cardstock and set atop piles of Potpourri, Feels Like Fall, and Savannah Dreams prints, most of which were anchored with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  A cluster of leaves, including a couple hand-cut from the Falling Leaves print; one Cameo-cut from the Campfire print; an April 2018 Freebie Die Cut, popped up with foam tape; and a Falling Leaves Sequin, embellish the top, left corner of the larger photo.
The Cameo-cut, from Basic Black cardstock, "fall days ARE THE best DAYS" title, which was given lots of dimension and shine with Glossy Accents, was anchored with more Cameo-cut, from the I Love Fall print, and hand-cut, from the Falling Leaves print, leaves.  Another Falling Leaves Sequin and April 2018 Freebie Die Cut create its right-side boundary.
The smaller photo was backed with a snippet of cheesecloth and anchored with a "love this" April 2018 Freebie, phrase die cut, as well as a "SO MUCH FUN TOGETHER" Say It Clear Sticker, backed with white cardstock and popped up with foam tape.
Another Cameo-cut, from the Pile of Leaves print, leaf, as well as one final Falling Leaves Sequin, anchors a Love Today 3x4 Journaling Card...
which was stapled with a "NOVEMBER" Get Tabbed Die Cut.  A scattering of mustard, enamel dots completes the look.
Thanks, as always, for visiting!  Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Speaking of Fall (The Craft's Meow); Fall-O-Ween (Market Street Stamps) Paper: white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); Basic Black (SU!); Feels Like Fall: Feeling Thoughtful 8x8; Savannah Dreams: So Much Happiness 12x12; Potpourri: Falling Leaves 8x8, Favorite Season 8x8, Be Mindful 8x8, Campfire 8x8, I Love Fall 8x8, & Pile of Leaves 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Strawberry Slush, Perfect Plum, & Lucky Limeade (SU!) Other: watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Glossy Accents (Ranger); enamel dots (MME); 8 Leaves cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); Fall Days Are the Best Days cut file (; foam tape (Super Glue); cheesecloth (Dritz); gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); staples & stapler (office supply store); Savannah Dreams: Say It Clear Sticker; Potpourri: Falling Leaves Sequin Mix; Sunny Memories: Get Tabbed Die Cut; XOXO: Love Today 3x4 Journaling Card; April 2018 Freebie (PLS)

Pretty Little Studio: You Can Do It!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Morning, y'all!  You'd think it would be quiet in my neck of the woods this week, as Ezekiel is back in Kansas visiting his Grandpa and Grandma, and Adina is at kid's camp in Ruidoso, New Mexico; but it has been nothing of the sort.  Kaden chatters enough for all three of them.  LOL!  It hasn't even been any less crazy than usual, as we've had all sorts of unwanted busy going on.  Aaaahhhh!  Life really needs to cut me some slack.  All that aside, we'll all be back together again by this weekend, beginning with Adina's return home later this afternoon.  This is the first time that she's been away from home for more than one night, and I've missed her so much that it carried over into my scrapping time this week and presented itself in the form of a layout that happens to be up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this am.  Check it out!
I started this page by adding white gesso to the Savannah Dreams 12x12 Paper Pack insert background.  Once it was dry and I'd stamped a few open stars, in Jet Black ink, throughout the design, I added puddles of yellow, pink, and blue watercolors over the gesso and splattered everything with those same watercolors, as well as aqua watercolor and Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.  That set the stage for my photos which were matted with white cardstock and backed with a happy mix of So Much Happiness, Daydreams, Out of the Box, and Birthday Cake scraps, the bulk of which were anchored with black-threaded, straight, machine stitching, as well as a torn bit of Silent Bloom Vellum.  The left-side photo was also backed with a snippet of cheesecloth and topped with a "fly free" Happy Place Die Cut.
It was then sandwiched between a Cherish Today 3x4 Pocket Card, which I used to house my journaling, which reads, Teaching you to read has truly been one of my greatest joys.  Nothing is going to stop you now, beautiful girl...
and the right-side photo, which was wrapped, three times, with a length of white string, tied in a bow...
stapled with a simple "april" Get Tabbed Die Cut...
popped up with foam tape; and crowned with a Happy Place Die-Cut hot air balloon, as well as the "you can do it!" Cactus Die-Cut title.
A Savannah Dreams 12x12 Paper Pack cloud, with its colorful raindrops trimmed off, serves as a backdrop for a couple of additional, hot air balloons.  The two were Cameo-cut from white cardstock and paper-pieced with color-coordinating prints from six different collections, including Savannah Dreams, Dream Big, Tales & Dreams, Home for Christmas, Ain't Life Grand, and Here + There.  Both of these balloons also had their baskets colored in with a Canary Yellow Prismacolor pencil and mineral spirits and were popped up with foam tape.
A scattering of Crystal 4mm and 8mm Sequins, as well as a trio of hand-cut, from the Beauty print in the Here Comes the Sun: Up in the Air 6x6 Paper Pack, hot air balloons trail from the top to the bottom of the design.  It is at the base of the design where a trio of word phrases, including a "GOOD TIMES" My Story Die Cut, popped up with foam tape; "be brave, don't hesitate, you can do it!" All Together Word Sticker; and "SO SWEET" Happy Place Die Cut, complete the look.
Thanks so much for visiting, friends!  Have a fabulous rest of your week!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Special Delivery (Avery Elle) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Savannah Dreams: Silent Bloom 8x8 Vellum, So Much Happiness 12x12, Daydreams 12x12, Laugh All Day 12x12, 12x12 Paper Pack; Here Comes the Sun: Up in the Air 6x6 Paper Pack; Bohemian Dreams: Out of the Box 12x12; Dream Big: Shine from Within 8x8; Tales & Dreams: Stargazer 8x8; Home for Christmas: Jolly 8x8; Clowning Around: Birthday Cake 8x8; Ain't Life Grand: Take Note 8x8; Here + There: Night Stroll 8x8 & Posh 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Super Glue); gesso (O'Leary Paints); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Canary Yellow colored pencil (Prismacolor); mineral spirits (Inky Antics); white string (Hobby Lobby); staples & stapler (office supply store); cheesecloth (Dritz); Hot Air Balloons cut file (Cori George); Cameo (Silhouette); Savannah Dreams: All Together Word Sticker, Cherish Today 3x4 Pocket Card, & Happy Place Die Cuts; Sunny Memories: Get Tabbed Die Cut; Here Comes the Sun: Cactus Die Cut; Sweet Life: My Story Die Cut; Summer Vibes: Crystal 8mm Sequins & Crystal 4mm Sequins (PLS)