Birthday Giveaway Winner

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Morning, y'all!  Just popping in with the announcement of my Birthday Giveaway winner as determined by random.org.
Congratulations, Karen!  Email me your snail mail address, and I'll get your goodies in the mail to you ASAP.  All of your comments totally made my heart happy, friends.  Thank you for just being YOU!  Have a wonderful Wednesday!  Mwah!

Pretty Little Studio: 'Tis the Season Mini Album

Monday, January 21, 2019

Welcome to the work week, y'all!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, sharing a mini album, inspired by our newest collection, Christmas Joy.
For a number of reasons, I rarely do mini albums; but I thought that incorporating some of the precious messages, that my family received over the holidays, into one, might just be the perfect way to treasure them for years to come.  Keep in mind, this little book is not an exhaustive collection; however, it does house all of the photos we were sent this Christmas, as well as some of my favorite cards, which includes all of the beautiful, handmade cards you crafty people sent my way.  So, let's just jump right in.  Shall we?
The front cover of my 6" x 8" album was covered with an 8" x 10" piece of the Merry print.  It was cut two inches larger than the front, cardboard panel itself in order to give myself enough extra to fold onto the inside, which I'll get to in just a moment.  I then dressed it up with a 'Tis the Season Die-Cut wreath, filled in with a "25" from that same die-cut package and dressed up with a length of Baker's Twine, tied in a bow and tucked under a 'Tis the Season Flair Button.
A quartet of die-cuts, from the combined efforts of the 'Tis the Season and Joy Die-Cuts packages and all of which were popped up with foam tape, embellish the space to the bottom right of the wreath.  The marshmallows were dressed up with a little Dazzling Diamonds, and the ornament received a healthy dose of Glossy Accents for shine.
A Joy Die-Cut mitten, popped up with foam tape and dazzled with more glitter, can be found on the opposite side of the wreath.
A couple of Merry & Bright Die-Cut word phrases, as well as a 'Tis the Season Die-Cut ticket, popped up with foam tape...
turns our attention to the inside of the book, where I used a 5-3/4" x 7-3/4" piece of the With Love print to tuck away all the folded, Merry ends.
I then pulled in a Christmas Favs 3x8 Pocket Card to house the "2018" year, which was centered within the printed wreath and made from the Potpourri Collection's School Number Clear Stickers.
The wreath was topped with a quartet of word phrases, one of which was popped up with more foam tape, from both the Merry & Bright and 'Tis the Season Die-Cut packages.
A 'Tis the Season Die-Cut house, popped up with foam tape, and tree rest, over a field of Winter Wonderland Clear Stickers, below the wreath.
I won't share all of the cards that were included in my album, because I'm here to show off all these fabulous, Pretty Little Studio goodies, not my friends and family ;); however, I did snap a quick shot of my beautiful family's Christmas card.  I'm not biased or anything.  Tee hee!
Another Christmas Favs 3x8 Pocket Card...
houses a little journaling, which reads, Our first Christmas in El Paso was filled with family time, good food, new games, & so much fun.  Navidad, the hamster, joined our family; & we all got "just what we wished for", as Kaden would say.  Can't wait for many more!
Yet another Christmas Favs 3x8 Card...
was embellished with three "peace", "joy", and "love" Merry & Bright Die Cuts, popped up with foam tape...
and a fourth...
was dressed up with a couple of Joy Die Cuts, as well as a 'Tis the Season Flair Button...
and a trio of combined Joy and Merry & Bright Die-Cut word phrases finishes it off.
I couldn't resist throwing in a Love Clear Word Art strip simply because it was the perfect size, not to mention that I love playing with clear papers.
All the folded ends of the back panel of the book were covered with a 5-3/4" x 7-3/4" piece of the Forest print.
I did cover the back panel with a different print, from the Christmas Joy Collection, Let It Snow, than the front.  I failed to order enough of any print to cover both the front and back of the book; but I think that them being different just adds a touch more whimsy, which is kind of my style anyhow.  So, I'm going with it.  Obviously, everything was hole-punched in order to tie it all together with metal rings; but the front and back covers' holes were extra reinforced with Jumbo pewter eyelets.
Lots of fabulous ribbons and trims, all of which came straight from my scrap basket, I might add, and one final, "it's beginning to look a lot like christmas" Merry & Bright Die Cut, complete the look.
Before I run, I also wanted to share the darling January Freebie with any $35 or more purchase.
But if $35 is too much for you to swing, especially with tax season quickly approaching, you can still get the January Cut-Apart Freebie with any $1 or more purchase...
and be sure to add some Ain't Life Grand embellishments to your carts.  They're 50% off for the entire month of January.  Woot!
Finally, my Birthday Giveaway ends tomorrow, friends; and I'd love to give one lucky follower a heap of scrumptious goodies just for being such.  So, stop by the link above and tell me whom you most like to celebrate your birthday with and why.  Thanks, as always, for visiting!  Have an amazing week!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: Christmas Joy: Let It Snow 12x12, Merry 12x12, Forest 8x8, & With Love 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: cardboard (stash); foam tape (Scotch); Dazzling Diamonds, pewter Jumbo eyelets, eyelet setting tool, & aqua, green stripe, & lime grosgrain ribbons (SU!); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); Mod Podge (Plaid); silver rings & green & red gingham, saddle-stitch, red polka dot, sheer stripe, & pink trimmed ribbons (Hobby Lobby); sheer polka dot ribbon (Papertrey Ink); pink pom-pom trim (Target); Christmas Joy: 'Tis the Season Flair Buttons, Merry & Bright Die-Cut Words, 'Tis the Season Die Cuts, Joy Die Cuts, & Christmas Favs 3x8 Pocket Cards; Potpourri: School Number Clear Stickers; & Holly Jolly: Winter Wonderland Clear Stickers; Love Clear Word Art (PLS)

Paper Sweeties Winter Inspiration Day 3

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Welcome back to Day 3 of Paper Sweeties' Winter Inspiration series!  I've whipped up a sweet, little, monochromatic number that could be used for anything from celebrating a new birth to expressing one's thanks.  Check it out!
I started this card by adhering a 3" x 5" piece of a bright pink, patterned print to the left side of my white, cardstock, card face.  I then set it aside to stamp the "Sweet as can be" sentiment, from the Be Happy stamp set, in Jet Black ink, in the bottom center of a separate, 3-1/4" x 4-3/4" piece of white cardstock.
I then added a smudge of Strawberry Cream Glimmer Mist just above it; splattered it with Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints; framed it with a piece of white cardstock, as well as white-threaded, straight, machine stitches; and wrapped a length of white string, three times, around it, just above horizontal center.  The ends of that string were then tied, in a bow, just right of vertical center and topped with a Rectangle Scallop Frame, die-cut from Strawberry Slush cardstock.
The Homegrown strawberry was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a watercolor paper die cut; watercolored; given a hint of shine, to match that scrumptious Glimmer Mist mentioned previously, with Clear Wink of Stella; and splattered with more Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints, before it was backed with a snippet of cheesecloth and popped up with foam tape.  The entire prepped piece was then popped off the surface of the prepped, white, cardstock, card face, with foam tape, to complete the look.
I'll be back early next week with a fun project for Pretty Little Studio.  Until then, thanks so much for visiting me!  Don't forget to stop by to see what the rest of the Paper Sweeties Design Team has cooked up; and be sure to get your name in the hat for my ginormous Birthday Giveaway.  Be blessed!


{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Be Happy & Homegrown (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Strawberry Slush & patterned print (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scotch); cheesecloth (Dritz); white string (Hobby Lobby); Strawberry Cream Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paint (FolkArt); Clear Wink of Stella (Zig); Big Shot (Sizzix); Home Grown & Rectangle Scallop Frames Sweet Cuts dies (Paper Sweeties)

Paper Sweeties Winter Inspiration Day 2

Monday, January 14, 2019

Evening, y'all!  Just stopping back in with another Paper Sweeties card trio to keep the Winter Inspiration flowing.  Enjoy!
Let's get a little up close and personal.  Shall we?
I started this card by watercoloring a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of watercolor paper in shades of blue, green, and pink.  Once it was dry, I stamped a trio of packages, from the Let's Party and Snow Time stamp sets respectively, in London Fog ink, across the background; framed it with Pacific Point cardstock and silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching; and popped it up, with foam tape, off the surface of the white, cardstock, card face.  I then stamped the "Let's Party!" sentiment, in Jet Black ink, on a Sweet Borders, die-cut, vellum pennant...
tucked under the right side of a stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a watercolor paper die cut and watercolored lollipop.  A little Glossy Accents brings a dose of shine to the lollipop, which comes from the same Let's Party stamp set mentioned above and was popped up, with foam tape, off the surface of a For You, die-cut, patterned, print tag.
In turn, the tag was popped up, with foam tape, in the center of the prepped card face and over a snippet of cheesecloth for texture.  A length of white string, laced through the tag itself and tied in a bow, as well as a sprinkling of Cupcake Sequins, completes the look.
The second card...
was made in the same way as the first with the exception of swapping the Pacific Point, cardstock frame for a Pool Party, cardstock frame...
and a different patterned print was chosen for the die-cut tag, not to mention a soft green watercolor for the lollipop...
and Merry and Bright sequins to complete the look.
The third and final card...
was designed and created in the same way as the two above.  It, too, however, uses Strawberry Slush cardstock rather than either of the two used above...
as well as a different patterned print for the die-cut tag; pretty pink watercolor for the lollipop...
and Bubblegum sequins to wrap things up in style.
That covers things for today.  I ran out of time and steam to continue making multiple cards for Day 3 of our Winter Inspiration series; but I will be back, tomorrow, with one final creation to wrap things up with style.  Until then, thanks so much for humbling me with a visit; and please be sure to stop by to see what my teammates have cooked up, just for your viewing pleasure, as well.  Hugs!


{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Let's Party & Snow Time (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); Strawberry Slush, Pacific Point, Pool Party, & all pattered (SU!) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn); London Fog (Memento) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scotch); cheesecloth (Dritz); watercolors (Kuretake); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Big Shot (Sizzix); Let's Party, Sweet Borders, & For You Sweet Cuts dies & Bubblegum, Cupcake Sprinkles, & Merry & Bright sequins (Paper Sweeties)

Paper Sweeties Winter Inspiration Day 1

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Evening, y'all!  Just popping in to kick-start the week with Paper Sweeties' Winter Inspiration series.  There are no new stamp sets or dies for the month of January, so we're spending what would normally be release week digging into our stashes to create new projects that might give y'all some ideas to use what you already have.  So, let's just get started.  Shall we?
There are a LOT of people in my family, and it seems that I'm ALWAYS running out of birthday cards.  So, I was inspired by our newest, Merry Christmas Y'all stamp set and its coordinating die to create a trio of birthday cards with a similar design.
I started this first card by trimming the left side of a 3-3/4" x 5" gray, star, patterned print with a couple of strips of two different colorful prints, which were equal in height to the original, and framing them all with white cardstock and silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  The space between the colorful, patterned, paper strips was then wrapped with a length of white string, tied, in a bow, near the top of the prepped piece; before I adhered such, to the white, cardstock, card face, with foam tape.
The entire card was then overlaid with a snippet of cheesecloth for that scrumptious texture that I love so much.  The "HIP HIP HOORAY wishing you an AMAZING DAY" sentiment, from the Hugs & Kisses stamp set, was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a cut-apart label; framed with white cardstock; tucked under the white, string bow with foam tape; and embellished with a trio of aqua, acrylic stars.
The truck image, from Merry Christmas Y'all, was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a watercolor paper die cut; watercolored; popped off the surface of the card face with foam tape; and given a hint of shine with Glossy Accents.  The truck bed was then filled with the stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a watercolor paper die cut, and watercolored, gift image, from the Snow Time stamp set, to complete the look.
The second card was made in the same way as the previous...
with the exception of two different strips of colorful prints to back the bulk of the card...
and a different color of sentiment label and acrylic stars...
to coordinate with the pink, watercolored truck.
The same can be said for the third card...
with its new, patterned, paper strips...
sentiment label; acrylic stars...
and truck color.
This way of making birthday cards totally needs to become my standard in 2019.  So much so, that I've done it again for Day 2 of Paper Sweeties' Winter Inspiration series; but you'll have to meet me right back here, at the same time and place, tomorrow to see how they turned out.  Thanks so much for your visit today!  Please be sure to visit all my talented teammates, too.  Have a wonderful start to your work weeks!  Hugs!

Maria Patrick 

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Merry Christmas Y'all, Snow Time, & Hugs & Kisses (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); gray star & yellow speckled (Citrus Twist); multicolored floral (Jen Hadfield); teal/pink floral & blue diamond (Crate Paper); pink polka dot (Paige Evans); aqua triangles (One Canoe Two); watercolor (Master's Touch) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scotch); cheesecloth (Dritz); white string (Hobby Lobby); Glossy Accents (Ranger); watercolors (Kuretake); acrylic stars (Citrus Twist); cut-apart labels (Maggie Holmes); Big Shot (Sizzix); Merry Christmas Y'all & Snow Time Sweet Cuts dies (Paper Sweeties)