Friday Faves

Friday, April 28, 2017

Happy Friday, friends!  We've been busy with Standardized Achievement Tests all week, so we're taking today off to go exploring.  Before we get out the door, though, I've got this month's short, Friday Faves lineup to share.  Let's just dive right in with Avery Elle's Punny Pantry stamp set.  Those sentiments are sure to bring a smile to your significant other's face.
These Acetate Frames, from Freckled Fawn, are simply irresistible.  I just love all the cheerful colors and ornate details!
And finally, I adore the natural design, versatility, and shimmer and shine of Noonday Collection's Leather Leaf Earrings.  Swoon!
That's covers things for this month, folks.  Have a wonderful weekend, and I'll see you on the other side of April.  XOXO

Monkey Business Birthday

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Morning, y'all!  Just stopping in, on this rainy Wednesday, to share a card that I made for my nephew's fourth birthday.  I had such fun giving some oldies, but goodies, a little love.
I started his card by piecing a scrap of orange grid, patterned print into the top half of the white, cardstock, card face and a green polka dot remnant into the bottom.  I then stitched around their combined edges with green-threaded, straight, machine stitches; trimmed the space between them with a strip of a green, ruler, patterned paper; and anchored a piece of an orange, polka dot print, near the prepped piece's vertical, left edge, with more green-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  The star was then die-cut from adhesive cork and stapled in the center of the card face.
The sweet, little monkey was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a watercolor paper die cut; watercolored; adhered, in its present position, with foam tape; and embellished with a white gel pen, as well as a little Glossy Accents.  He was dressed up with a glittered party hat, as well as a couple of balloons, which were given a bit of shine with more Glossy Accents.  Both of the accents were stamped, in Jet Black ink, on watercolor paper die cuts; watercolored; and popped up with foam tape, just as the monkey himself.
The "happy birthday" sentiment was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a white, cardstock, banner die cut and tucked under the right edge of the monkey...
and a trio of green buttons, laced with white string, complete the look.
Inspiration for this card came from Reverse Confetti's Sketch for You to Try #47...
Sunday Stamps' Challenge 151: Spring Citrus...
and Cupcake Inspirations' Challenge 404: Animals.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by, friends!  Be blessed!  XOXO

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Monkey Business (Reverse Confetti) Paper: watercolor (Canson Studio); white (Paper Studio); green polka dot (Elle's Studio); orange grid (Amy Tangerine); orange polka dot (MME); ruler (October Afternoon) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: green thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white string (Hobby Lobby); buttons (Buttons Galore & More); Staple Board & staples (We R Memory Keepers); cork (Mega Brands, Inc.); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); Glossy Accents (Ranger); watercolors (Kuretake); Banner Trio & Clear Cut Stackers: Stars dies (Wplus9); Monkey Business Confetti Cuts dies (Reverse Confetti); Big Shot (Sizzix); white Gelly Roll pen (Sakura)

PLS Pinterest Inspired: Happy 1st Birthday

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hey, y'all!  Just popping in to share a card that's up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this am.  I was drawn to the sweet treats and scrumptious, mint color in the Pinterest photo below and decided to get ready for my niece's first birthday a little early.  Enjoy!
I started her card by piecing, from top to bottom, our Posh print, overlaid with Clear Roses; Gold Metallic Pebbles; and that yummy, mint Blue Bells, all anchored, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, to a white, cardstock, card face.  The bottom print was then stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "happy BIRTHDAY" sentiment...
and the center strip was wrapped with a length of white, seam binding ribbon, tied in a double bow and embellished with a pink button, laced with white string, tied in a bow.
Everything was then topped with the shop's darling Baby Kara Vintage Die Cut, not to mention a Gold Metallic Number Die Cut, both of which were popped up with foam tape, to complete the look.
And here's that Pinterest photo that inspired it all.
Thanks for humbling me with a visit!  Have a terrific Tuesday, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Happy Everything (SU!) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Woodland: Gold Metallic Pebbles 8x8, Marigold: Blue Bells 8x8, Here + There: Posh 8x8, & Summer Vibes: Clear Roses 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white seam binding ribbon (Hug Snug); white string (Hobby Lobby); button (Buttons Galore & More); Here Comes the Sun: Gold Metallic Numbers Die Cuts & Baby Claire: Baby Kara Vintage Die Cut (PLS)

The Studio Quote Challenge

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Morning, friends!  Just stopping in to share our second April challenge in The Studio.  We're asking you to use a quote on your pages this go around.  Fittingly, for the mom who has purchased over 1,300 children's books (Shhh!  Don't tell my hubby.), I couldn't pass on using Neil Gaiman's "A book is a dream that you hold in your hands," quote along with a few precious pics of my littlest reading just before bed.
I started this page by using a piece of plastic wrap to smudge Sky Mr. Huey's and Lobster Glimmer Mist onto the textured, white, cardstock, base page.  I then splattered it with those same mists, as well as Apricot Jelly Glimmer Mist and Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  I then anchored a couple of hand-cut, from patterned prints, banners, along with a happy stack of coordinating prints, behind where my photo grid would lie, with black-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  I also tucked a bit of folded vellum in behind the bottom half of my photos, which were matted with white cardstock.  My quote was then created, vertically and with Fresh Mint Mini ABC Stickers from Pretty Little Studio, down the right side of my photos.  The author of the quote was hand-penned at its base.
Citrus Twist's April Sophie Main Kit came with a fabulous mix of die-cut goodies, made by Pinkfresh, specifically for Citrus Twist; and I cannot tell you how much I adore each and every little treasure in that package.  Pure perfection!  A number of the die-cuts, that I placed down the vertical, left side of my photos, came from that package, beginning with the bright blue, "DISCOVER" tag, which I laced with yellow string, tied in a bow, as well as the little boy, looking through a magnifying glass, which I popped up with foam tape.
Moving down the column, the ticket; red-framed, journaling card, popped up with foam tape; open heart; and "take me anywhere" tag, which I laced with white string, clipped with a heart paper clip, and popped up with more foam tape, also come from that package.
The yellow arrow; "nose in a book" label, which I popped up with foam tape; and stapled, "take a CLOSER LOOK" die cut all come from that very same package.  I also threw in a "#cute" cut-apart and hand-cut, from patterned paper, "EXPLORE".  A trio of Pinkfresh Dream On Studio Puff Stickers and single, pearl button, laced with white string...
not to mention a playful, little, black-speckled triangle, anchored in the bottom left corner of the design with black-threaded, straight, machine stitching, complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Citrus Twist's April 9th Sunday Sketch...
and I'm doubling it up with their April 22nd 3-to-Inspire Challenge, to (1) add a hand-cut embellishment from patterned paper, (2) use some staples, and (3) add a triangle of patterned paper to any corner of your page, too.
You have until Sunday, May 7, 2017, to link up your takes, on this Quote Challenge and/or our April Sketch Challenge, in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of the team was inspired.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week, y'all!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: vellum & white (Paper Studio); textured white (Bazzill); yellow triangles (Crate Paper); multicolored triangles & black speckles (1 Canoe 2); orange graphic triangles (Pinkfresh); red grid & blue triangles (Citrus Twist) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Sky Mr. Huey's (Studio Calico); Lobster & Apricot Jelly Glimmer Mists (Tattered Angels); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); white string (Hobby Lobby); With All My Heart: Fresh Mint Mini ABC Stickers (PLS); "DISCOVER" & "take me anywhere" tags, boy, ticket, red-framed journaling card, multicolored striped heart, "nose in a book", arrow, & "take a CLOSER LOOK" die cuts (Pinkfresh for Citrus Twist); button, yellow string, heart paper clip, & "#cute" cut-apart (Citrus Twist); Dream On Studio Puff Stickers (Pinkfresh); Staple Board & staples (We R Memory Keepers)

Pretty Little Studio: Adore You

Friday, April 21, 2017

Morning, friends; and happy Friday!  I hope you all have wonderful plans for the weekend.  After having lots of activities for several weekends in a row now, we've got a more relaxing one to take advantage of; and it looks like it's going to be a beautiful one, weather-wise, to boot.  Before it gets started, though, I wanted to pop in here to share a page that's up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this am.  Enjoy!
I started this page by anchoring a number of 3" strips of paper, from Claudia's With All My Heart Collection, horizontally and with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching, down the right edge of the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page.  I also added a vertical, skinny strip of our The Best Thing print and secured it, too, with more silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  I then added a little gesso to the prints themselves, before painting lots of soft, colorful watercolors over the background.  A punchinella stencil was used to smudge Pumice Stone Distress Ink behind where my photo would lie, before everything was splattered with more of those same shades of watercolor used above, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  My photo itself was then matted with white cardstock and backed with lots of happy, coordinating prints, all anchored with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching, and a folded sheet of vellum.  A Sweetheart Shipping Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, was tucked under its right side...
and a combination of Floral Bouquet Die Cuts and Peonies Stickers embellish its top right corner.
Its top left corner was decked out with a "you+me" My Favorites Sticker, which I backed with white cardstock and popped up with foam tape.
An Adore You Word Art Die Cut, backed with that darling Bingo Bear Vintage Die Cut, both of which were popped up with foam tape, creates the title.
A Happy Heart Flair Button, backed with silver thread, grounds the photo...
and turns our attention to the journaling, which begins with a "today" My Favorites Sticker, surrounded with Love Story Word Stickers and Lovebird Word Die Cuts.  The journaling begins above the photo and ends below it.  It reads, Your entire year was made when you met Miss Weiler.  She asked you...
lots of questions to see how well you paid attention in class, and you knew every single answer.  She even did a few teacher spins with you, which totally made me cry.  We took far too much of her time, as she was helping with the curriculum booth, but she was super kind and went out of her way to make you feel extra special.
A couple of extra strips of patterned paper, anchored with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching, along the vertical, left edge of my design, as well as an April 23, '16 Flutter Tab and a My Favorites label Sticker, which I used to include 1st grade, complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from The Memory Nest's Make It Monday No. 86, which I mirrored in order to better suit the photograph.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend, y'all!  XOXO 

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: watercolor (Master's Touch); white (Recollections); vellum (Paper Studio); With All My Heart: All I Need 8x8, Gray Always 8x8, So Lucky 8x8, Precious 8x8, The Best Thing 8x8, You & Me 8x8, & Together 8x8, Here Comes the Sun: Sunrise 8x8, April Showers: Rose Bed 8x8, Winter Joy: Candy Cane 8x8, & Black Polka Dot 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Pumice Stone Distress Ink (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); gessso (O'Leary Paint); watercolors (Kuretake); punchinella stencil (Prima); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); With All My Heart: Floral Bouquet Die Cuts, Happy Heart Flair Button, Lovebird Word Die Cuts, Sweetheart Shipping Tag, Flutter Tab, Peonies Stickers, Love Story Word Stickers, Bingo Bear Vintage Die Cut, & My Favorite Stickers, & Adore You Word Art (PLS)