PLS Feature Friday: Tips for Mixing Patterned Papers

Friday, February 24, 2017

Happy Friday, y'all!  I trust you've all had a wonderful work week!  Ours has been super busy with a lot of appointments to keep and, of course, our studies; but I'm looking forward to dinner out with a girlfriend this evening to relax and unwind.  Before all the unwinding can begin, though, I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog, sharing a happy, winter-themed page of my big kiddos, before there ever was a little kiddo.  And if you'll hang in there with me until the end, I've got my top ten tips for mixing patterned prints to follow.  So, let's just get started.  Shall we?
I started this page by adding blue watercolor to the 12" x 12", watercolor, base page; stamping a few random snowflakes in Jet Black ink; and splattering everything with the same shades of watercolor used previously, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  I then anchored a happy mix of print strips, from numerous, different collections, horizontally, just left of vertical center, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, before topping them with my tower of photos, which were matted with white cardstock.  The "SNOW Adorable" title was created, along the vertical left edge of my photos and over a vellum, snowflake die cut, with Gold Metallic A to Z Die Cuts and an "Adorable" Word Art die cut, popped up with foam tape.
My topmost photograph was wrapped with a length of Baker's Twine, tied in a bow and embellished with a couple of Magical Words Stickers, as well as a Rose Bush Tab, housing my Feb. 21, 2013, date.  You'll also find another vellum snowflake peeking out from behind its top right corner.
The ends of a couple of Salt Lake Clear Shipping Tags creep out from under my center photograph and add a scrumptious pop of blue right in the center of the design.  A "joy" Jingle Bell Words Die Cut was popped up with foam tape...
just behind the top edge of our Belle Kids Vintage Die Cut, which I backed with a tangle of gold thread, yet another vellum snowflake, and a "let it snow" Remember Banner.  A number of smaller, vellum, snowflake die cuts were scattered throughout the design, along with our 4mm and 8mm Crystal Sequins, to complete the look.
Without further adieu, here are my top ten tips for mixing patterned papers.  For clarification purposes, I've pointed out how these tips were put into practice on this particular page.  However, these are my go-to methods for combining prints on any and all my papercraft projects.
  1. Repeat colors.  I've stuck with a mostly blue and red palette on my page.
  2. Mix types of the same pattern.  I've included two vellum, snowflake prints, as well as a blue, snowflake, patterned paper; and there's even snowflakes on the Trees & Flakes print.
  3. Match colors, not patterns.  This tip may seem to contradict the previous one; however, even my snowflake prints are all blue or considered a neutral.  I wouldn't want to throw pink or purple snowflakes into this particular design.
  4. Involve embellishments.  All of my embellishments include the colors red and/or blue or are, once again, considered a neutral.  They also keep the theme of my page in mind.
  5. Throw a neutral in with colorful patterns.  This is one of my favorite ways to get lots of different patterns/layers onto a page.  Neutrals tone everything down; and our metallic neutrals add lots of elegance to a project, too.
  6. Include a statement pattern.  At first glance, the Trees & Flakes print above may not seem to coordinate; however, it keeps the winter theme of my page in mind and coordinates with the snowflake prints already included in the design.  Therefore, its wow factor works.  Plus, it draws the eye up and away from the embellishments/title work located near the base of the page.  It's all about balance, folks.
  7. Vary scales of your patterns.  For example, I've included bold, boxy gingham and large polka dots, not to mention wide stripes, alongside dainty snowflakes and tiny triangles on this particular page.
  8. Combine hard lines and soft edges.  Check out the combination of stripes and triangles next to snowflakes and polka dots above.
  9. When in doubt, polka dots, stripes, and I'm even going to go as far as to say gingham go with everything.  Consider them the neutrals of prints.
  10. Have fun!
I hope this collection of tips helps you find success in your future, creative endeavors.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed weekend, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Rustic Greetings (The Craft's Meow) Paper: white (Recollections); vellum (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); Wonderland: Gray Snow Vellum 8x8, Holly Jolly: Santa's Bag 8x8, Winter Joy: Trees & Flakes 8x8, Snowy Night 8x8, & Wishes Vellum 8x8, Woodland: Navy Caterpillar 8x8 & Gold Metallic Pebbles 8x8, Here Comes the Sun: Gold Metallic Stars 8x8, & Treasure Island: Jewel Archipelago 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold 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); Marais Snowflake & Ava Snowflakes craft dies (Poppystamps); Big Shot (Sizzix); Holly Jolly: Magical Word Stickers & Remember Banners, Woodland: Rose Bush Tabs, Winter Joy: Jingle Bell Words Die Cuts, Summer Vibes: Crystal 4mm Sequins & Crystal 8mm Sequins, Let's Go: Salt Lake Clear Shipping Tags, Here Comes the Sun: Gold Metallic A to Z Die Cuts, Gold Metallic Adorable Word Art, & Belle Kids Vintage Die Cut (PLS)

For the Love of Books

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Well, hello there, strangers!  I apologize for it being a bit quiet around here.  I've had a lot on my plate and been spreading myself a little too thin lately.  So, I needed to take some time to just enjoy being with my family in this unseasonably warm weather we've been having.  I'm talking short sleeves, y'all!  My big kiddo has even been sporting his shorts on occasion, which is unheard of for February in Kansas.  But despite our truly loving being able to get outdoors and play, I've really missed winter this year.  My most favorite, winter-themed, children's book of all time couldn't explain my grief any better, which is why I've chosen it for this month's For the Love of Books pick.  It is written for children ages four to seven and packed to the brim with big, bold, vibrantly detailed and inviting scenes that prove the author's point of view perfectly.
Simply put, from warm, woolly sweaters and thick blankets of snow to hot cocoa with grilled cheese and lingering cuddles by the fire, Winter Is the Warmest Season, written and illustrated by Lauren Stringer, is a cheerful celebration of all the things that truly make winter the warmest season of all.

Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit, friends!  We're off to Kaden's three-year-old checkup this morning.  It was postponed due to a death in his pediatrician's family.  He's not so fond of going to the doctor.  Wish us luck, and happy reading!

Poppystamps: Be Mine

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Hey, y'all!  I'm up on the Poppystamps blog today, sharing my hubby's Valentine.
I started his card by adding a little interest to the Pool Party, cardstock, card face, which had its bottom corners rounded, by rubbing Pumice Stone and Broken China Distress Inks through lattice and heart stencils respectively.  I then popped a white, cardstock Stitched Tunnel Tag up, just right of vertical center, with foam tape.  The tag itself was topped with a piece of watercolor paper, watercolored in shades of blue and speckled with those same watercolors, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  The watercolor piece was then stamped, in Jet Black ink, with a trio of hearts and topped with the die-cut, black, cardstock Playful Deer Collage, which I white-embossed with a "be mine" sentiment.  I have no idea why the black is photographing as though it is speckled with white spots.  I promise they aren't there in real life.  Grrr!  So frustrating!  Maybe I'd better take a closer look at my camera lens.  It's been keeping pretty busy lately.  Anyway, both the stamped hearts and sentiment came from our playful, Be Mine Penguins stamp set.
The completed tag was then laced with a length of hemp twine and embellished with a length of white, seam binding ribbon, tied in a double bow and dressed up with a sheer, turquoise, polka dot ribbon, tied in a bow, as well as a turquoise button, laced with a white, string bow.
Our Powell Butterfly, die-cut from Island Indigo cardstock and dressed up with a coat of Clear Wink of Stella, and a trio of wood veneer hearts complete the look.
It will most likely be a bit quiet around here over the next week.  I have a little time before my next DT assignment and will definitely be using such to try to get ahead on a number of projects coming down the line, especially now that basketball season is officially coming to a close.  But I look forward to being back with lots more creativity to share and will, without a doubt, be around to visiting a few of you in the meantime.  Anyway, I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Be Mine Penguins (Poppystamps) Paper: Pool Party & Island Indigo (SU!); white (Recollections); black (Bazzill); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: watermark (Versamark); Jet Black, Pumice Stone, & Broken China (Ranger) Other: foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers); lattice & heart stencils & wood veneer hearts (Jenni Bowlin); white seam binding ribbon (Hug Snug); sheer turquoise polka dot ribbon & white string (Hobby Lobby); hemp twine & button (SU!); Clear Wink of Stella (Zig); white embossing powder (Zing!); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Big Shot (Sizzix); Powell Butterfly, Playful Deer Collage, & Stitched Tunnel Tags craft dies (Poppystamps)

The Studio Sketch Challenge

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hey, y'all!  Just popping in with our first February challenge from The Studio.  We've got a playful sketch, based upon Vivian's take on last month's Mood Board Challenge, for you all, this go around.  Here's how I was inspired.
I started this page by applying a little gesso, to the busy, multicolored background, just to soften it and create a less penetrable surface for my watercolors.  After watercoloring and adding a little texture, through a punchinella stencil, with modeling paste, everything was splattered with more of those same watercolors, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  Once everything was dry, I began placing each element, beginning with the cut-apart "NOTES:" journaling prompt, which was stapled to the background and reads, Birthdays are so hard for me.  I hate being the center of attention & watching my family scramble to put something special together.  I don't really mind getting older, though.  Older is wiser & closer to the woman I delight in becoming... a woman who has taught her children to dream big & not to be afraid of failure; who can see true beauty even in the midst of difficulty; who is satisfied right where God has put her; whose friends & family don't doubt her love; and who doesn't doubt she's worth celebrating.
A bright, orange, puffy "delight" was stuck, vertically, along its left edge...
and an orange label, housing a hand-penned, Me @ 37 yrs. Jan. 22, 2015, and anchored, at its right edge, with a hand-cut, from patterned paper, butterfly, secured with messy, white-threaded, machine stitching, tops it.  A trio of stamped, in Jet Black ink, phrases were also added to the mix.
A "LIFE is lovely" cut-apart, which was used as my title, was secured, tucked under and just to the right of my journaling, with white-threaded, straight, machine stitching and embellished with a hand-cut, from a patterned print, butterfly, fastened with more messy, white-threaded, machine stitching.
A couple of Polaroids were tucked under the bottom right corner of the title piece, as well as the stack of machine-stitched prints found under my photo, which was matted with white cardstock.  I just love the way the banner die cut, which was popped up with foam tape, pulls all the colors and elements together perfectly.
I stamped a couple more phrases, just above a die-cut, scallop edge, which, along with the navy, starburst print, found along the bottom edge of the background print, anchors the entire design, and tucked a wax envelope, housing a manila tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, under the right side of the photo.
The tag itself reads, My poor, little bear has been having such a difficult time getting his teeth.  Thus, the reason for his swollen, red eyes.  BJ made my fave... Apple Crumb Cake.  Yum!
The opposite side of the photo was embellished with a white doily; a trio of stacked, butterfly die cuts, all anchored, down their combined center, with more messy, white-threaded, straight, machine stitching; and a couple of hand-cut pennants, popped up with foam tape.  A sprinkling of clear, sparkle sequins throughout completes the look.
Here is your February Sketch Challenge to get you off and scrapping in the right direction.
You have until Sunday, March 12, 2017, to link up your takes in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  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!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: all phrases (Citrus Twist) Paper: white (Recollections); teal polka dot (Maggie Holmes); pink speckled (Crate Paper); multicolored background, navy starburst, & mint triangles (Pink Paislee); yellow arrows (Citrus Twist) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); manila tag (Paper Studio); orange puffy "delight" (Fancy Pants); orange label (Pinkfresh for Citrus Twist); polka dot Polaroid, yellow butterfly die cut, yellow scallops, wax envelope, & clear sparkle sequins (Citrus Twist); teal & orange butterflies & banner die cuts (Cocoa Vanilla); "LIFE IS LOVELY", "NOTES:", green butterfly, & "CURRENTLY" & "REMEMBER THIS" phrase cut-aparts (1 Canoe 2); white string (Hobby Lobby); staple & stapler (office supply store); yellow polka dot butterfly & mint Polaroid (Crate Paper); gesso (O'Leary Paint); modeling paste (Liquitex); punchinella stencil (Prima); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt)

Poppystamps: Thank You for Your Kindness

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Morning, friends!  I'm up on the Poppystamps blog today, sharing a collection of thank yous I sent out for my birthday gifts last month.  Kansas seems to have completely forgotten how to produce snow, and winter really isn't much fun without such.  So, I'm willing the warm weather back with these springtime beauties.
Let's take a look up close and personal.  Shall we?
I started this card by die-cutting the Floral Stem Collage craft die from Coastal Cabana cardstock and its flower, in three layers thick, from Ballet Slippers cardstock.  I then anchored the center of the layered bloom with a soft yellow button, laced with white string; and embellished the petals with a sequin butterfly.
The "thank you for your kindness" sentiment was white-embossed, vertically, along the right edge of the die-cut window, which was backed with clear cardstock.
I then machine stitched a white-threaded, double, straight-stitch frame around the prepped piece's outside edges, before framing its backside with foam tape to house the shaker elements.  I couldn't decide whether I wanted to do a double or single, machine-stitched frame; and while the stitching does help anchor the clear cardstock to the backside of the window, a single layer is sufficient.  So, a few of the cards have only a single layer of such.
A piece of white cardstock was then adhered to the kraft, cardstock, card face, before adhering the window in place over a healthy dose of heart, Sparkling Clear, and Seaspray sequins, as well as silver seed beads and those sweet, little, white, cardstock, Bunny Hop die cuts.  I just love how cute these tiny die cuts look in a shaker!
Further inspiration for this collection came from Cupcake Inspirations' Challenge 393.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope to see you back here, on Sunday, for a new challenge from The Studio.  Until then, have a wonderful rest of your week!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Grateful Heart (Poppystamps) Paper: Coastal Cabana (SU!); Kraft & Ballet Slippers (Wplus9); white (Paper Studio); clear (unknown) Ink: watermark (VersaMark) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); buttons (JoAnn Fabrics); white string, heart sequins, & silver seed beads (Hobby Lobby); white embossing powder (Zing!); Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Summer Vibes: Seaspray Sequins (Pretty Little Studio); butterfly sequins (Maggie Holmes); Big Shot (Sizzix); Bunny Hop & Floral Stem Collage craft dies (Poppystamps)