PLS Feature Friday: I Say, You Say Journaling

Friday, December 2, 2016

Morning, friends!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today with a page featuring journaling.  I've tapped into both our 3x4 and 4x6 journaling cards to memorialize a moment in time that I truly hope, for the sake of all her future roommates, that my daughter outgrows.  Even if she doesn't, though, I'll still love her; and if need be, she can always probably, depending on what kind of mood her dad is in, move back home.
I started this page by watercoloring a piece of 12" x 12" watercolor paper and splattering it with those same shades of pink and yellow, in addition to orange watercolor and both Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  Once everything was dry, I stamped a number of flowers, in Melon Mambo and Jet Black inks, throughout the design.  I then layered a handful of coordinating prints, including a folded piece of Confetti Black Vellum and a couple of strips of scalloped, white cardstock, haphazardly together with black-threaded, straight, machine stitching, before adhering them near horizontal center and topping them with my photo, which was matted with white cardstock and embellished with the Oct. 11, 2015, date, etched on a Black Label Sticker.
Just to the left of my photo I adhered an Apple Cider 3x4 Journaling Card, which reads, Every time I ask you to clean your room & you tell me that you have, this is what I find... more than 40 things that do NOT belong.  You always have a specific reason why each item is right where it belongs.  Whatever is a mom to do?!  And just to the right of the journaling card, I popped that sweet, little Camilla Vintage Die Cut up with foam tape.
Below my photo grouping, I used Noir ABC and Vellum ABC Thin Mints Slate Stickers to create the "I SAY... YOU SAY" title, as well as the designated words in each column.  A "happy" was stamped, in Jet Black ink, just above it.
Above my photo grouping, I secured chipboard Thickers to create the "MY GIRL" phrase...
which overlaps a black envelope, embellished with a trio of Think Positive Phrase Stickers...
and stuffed with a Shine 4x6 Journaling Card, which I trimmed down to 4" x 5-1/4"...
and used the back of to journal the 40+ things that DID NOT belong on my daughter's dresser after a cleaning and at the time these photos were taken.
I also included a few closeups, because that one photo just doesn't do it justice ;).
Finally, I embellished with lots of blooms, some of which were popped up with foam tape and all of which were hand-cut from our Flower Crown, Roses Clear, and Pretty Poppies prints.  I tossed in a couple of leftover Flower Crown Stickers, a Fawn Flair Button...
pair of Monarch Die Cuts, and a heap of Primrose 8mm Sequins to complete the look.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by!  Now, get out there and make your weekends creative ones.  Oh!  And don't forget to embrace the messy ;).  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Happy Everything & Petite Petals (SU!); Fresh Cut Florals (Wplus9) Paper: white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); Summer Vibes: Flower Crown 8x8, Berry Sundress 8x8, & Roses Clear 8x8; Holly Jolly: Santa's Bag 8x8, Here Comes the Sun: Confetti Black Vellum 8x8, Marigold: Calla Lily 8x8, Let's Go: Amsterdam 8x8, & Oakley Avenue: Pretty Poppies 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Melon Mambo (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Scalloped Trim punch (SU!); chipboard Thickers (Dear Lizzy); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); black envelope (American Crafts); Wonderland: Vellum ABC Thin Mints Slate Stickers, Here + There: Noir ABC Stickers, Oakley Avenue: Apple Cider 3x4 Journaling Cards, Summer Vibes: Flower Crown Stickers & Primrose 8mm Sequins, Woodland: Fawn Flair Buttons & Monarch Die Cuts, Here Comes the Sun: Think Positive Phrase Stickers, Shine 4x6 Journaling Cards, & Black Label Stickers, & Camilla Vintage Die Cut (PLS) 

Creative Scrappers December Reveal

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Morning, y'all!  Welcome to December!  A new month means a fabulous, new sketch is up over at Creative Scrappers.  We're hosting a blog hop in conjunction with the reveal of Sketch #301 and our sponsor Spiegelmom Scraps, who generously donated a fabulous, little package of goodies to the Design Team.  (Thank you, Jody!)  I hope you can take a few minutes, from your busy day, to join us today, as well as on December 15, 2016, for another blog hop with the Spiegelmom Scraps Design Team.  You should be coming here via Christine Beuzit's blog; but if you didn't or simply want to start at the beginning, you can find a complete list of hop participants below.  So, let's just get started.  Shall we?
I started this page by painstakingly using my Cameo to die-cut the snowflake cut file from white cardstock.  I was more drawn to the mismatched lengths of the strips in the sketch below and knew almost immediately I was going to use this cut file.  I'm not sure where it came from, but I could not get it to cut well at all, which is why I said "painstakingly" above.  It wouldn't cut through glitter cardstock at all, and I was stuck on those flakes needing glitter.  So, for my fifth attempt (Ugh!  Talk about your ears beginning to ring from all that beeping and buzzing and rolling and... Ugh!), I used plain cardstock; hand-cut all the little bits and pieces that didn't cut on their own, not to mention the ends off the 12" x 12" piece in order to achieve those irregular lengths; adhered it to that fabulous, gradient, peach, wash print, which I loved so much that I altered only slightly by stamping a few, small snowflakes in Jet Black ink; and glittered it all by hand.
After adhering my photo strip, which was matted with white cardstock, I created the "HELLO beautiful GIRL" title from a "HELLO" die cut and foam phrase and chipboard, letter Thickers.
The title itself was grounded with a stack of phrase stickers and cut-apart labels.  One of those labels was anchored with a couple of staples; and the other was used for my journaling, which reads, Ringing in the New Year '13 with a little snow play.
A plaid tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, as well as a "bundle up", cut-apart tab and Spieglemom Scraps, wax envelope, was tucked under the photo strip's left edge.
The flower and its leaves, near the top of the design, were hand-cut from patterned paper; popped up with foam tape; backed with a simple, white doily; and embellished with a triplicate stack, to create depth, of cork hearts.  The latter two cluster ingredients are from Spiegelmom Scraps.
Another hand-cut bloom and "BEST OF TIMES", cut-apart emblem, as well as a happy scattering of aqua and snowflake sequins from Spiegelmom Scraps and gold, puffy dots, complete the look.
Here's your December Sketch #301 to get you off and running in the right direction...
Kristine's got another cut file to make this one easier on you.  You can download it absolutely FREE here.
AND please take advantage of this 20% off discount, with promo code sketchy20, on your next purchase from Spiegelmom Scraps, until December 31, 2016.
Don't forget to share your pages, on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Pinterest, with the tags #CreatingWithSketches and #Spiegelmomscraps.  We'd also love for you to add them to the inlinkz found at the challenge link above; and Kristine will announce a random winner, of the Spiegelmom Scraps prize, on Saturday, December 31, 2016.  She's also adding a prize from Creative Scrappers, as well as a copy of her NEW Creating with Sketches, Volume 4!  Matter of fact, she's letting each of the Design Team members give away a digital copy of that same Creating with Sketches, Volume 4 absolutely FREE.  Woohoo!
Just follow Creative Scrappers on Facebook and/or Instagram and leave me a comment below telling me that you've done so.  I'll pick my winner next Friday, December 9, 2016.  Thanks, as always, for humbling me with a visit, friends!  Your next stop on the hop is Joefil E. Cate.  Have a blessed December!

Anne Keller
Stamps: Rustic Greetings (The Craft's Meow) Paper: white (Paper Studio); floral (Maggie Holmes); gradient peach wash (Paige Evans) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: snowflake & aqua sequins, cork heart, doily, & wax envelope (Spiegelmom Scraps); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); snowflake cut file (unknown); Cameo (Silhouette); foam phrase & chipboard letter Thickers (American Crafts); "HELLO" die cut & plaid tag (Maggie Holmes); white string (Hobby Lobby); "bundle up" cut-apart tab, "BEST OF TIMES" emblem, & aqua & pink labels (Citrus Twist); phrase stickers (Pinkfresh for Citrus Twist); gold puffy dots (Fancy Pants); staples & stapler (office supply store)

Poppystamps: Warm Christmas Wishes

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Morning, y'all!  I'm thrilled to be up again today, on the Poppystamps blog, sharing a card, boasting a paper door all dressed up for the holidays.  So, let's get right to it.
I started this card by embossing vertical grooves, into a wide strip of Oatmeal cardstock, to resemble bead-board and topping it with a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  A strip of vellum, stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "WARM CHRISTMAS WISHES" sentiment was carefully held in place near the bottom of the prepped piece, as all three paper bits were then anchored, onto a white, cardstock, card face, with brown-threaded, straight, machine stitches and their edges distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks.
The door was Cameo-cut from Crumb Cake cardstock; distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks, as well as a little, Titanium White acrylic paint; backed with a piece of white cardstock, which had been coated with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Inks, rubbed through the Winter Scattered Flakes stencil; and adhered, tucked under the vellum, sentiment strip, in the center of the card face.  Our Home for the Holidays Wreath was then die-cut from Garden Green, Ruby Red, Certainly Celery, and Ballet Slippers cardstocks, as well as vellum, and stacked one on top of the other, while tucking each limb, leaf, and berry into the other, until it was full and fluffy and perfectly fit to hang on the door.  I also weaved in a few Always Artichoke, cardstock, Pine Twig die cuts.
It was then topped with a length of white, seam binding ribbon, tied in a double bow, and embellished with a lone pearl, backed with a Baker's Twine bow, to complete the look.
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit, friends!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Christmas Greetings (Poppystamps) Paper: Oatmeal & Ballet Slippers (Wplus9); Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Ruby Red, Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, & Garden Green SU!); white & vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Jet Black, Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Tea Dye, & Antique Linen (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: brown thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Titanium White acrylic paint (FolkArt); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); pearl (Paper Studio); Build a House - Windows cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); Winter Scattered Flakes stencil (Memory Box); Big Shot (Sizzix); Home for the Holidays Wreath & Pine Twig dies (Poppystamps)

Pretty Little Studio: Cozy Christmas Traditions

Monday, November 28, 2016

Welcome to the work week, y'all!  I trust you all enjoyed your weekends.  I'm up again on the Pretty Little Studio blog, showcasing just a little of what Heather Adams' new Holly Jolly Collection has to offer.  Enjoy!
I started this page by watercoloring the background of a 12" x 12" piece of watercolor paper and splattering it with that same shade of aqua watercolor, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  I then anchored a number of prints, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches, under where my photo strip, which was matted with white cardstock, would lie.  A couple of Picnic Die-Cut Tags, laced with Baker's Twine, were tucked under the top edge of my photos, along with a Treasure Map Tab, which I labeled with Christmas Eve...
and embellished with a Make a Wish Die Cut pine branch and couple of die-cut, from our Trim the Tree print, holly leaves, anchored with a red button, laced with white string.
In the bottom right corner of my photo strip, I clustered a couple of trees, which were Cameo-cut from patterned prints; Cambridge 4" Doily; Make a Wish Die Cut tree trio; and stamped, in Jet Black ink, Santa.  One of the Cameo-cut trees was anchored with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching; and the stamped Santa was die-cut out, watercolored, and popped up with foam tape.
Three more of those Cameo-cut trees, one of which was anchored with more gold-threaded stitching, were tucked into the bottom left corner of the photo strip.  The "joy" tree was backed with Riding Hood Red cardstock, as well as a tangle of gold thread, and popped up with foam tape.
The entire design was then grounded with the "cozy christmas traditions" title, which was created from Make a Wish and Twinkle Words Die Cuts and a Jolly Acrylic "christmas", which actually stands out much better in real life due to its thickness...
as well as die-cut phrases from those same named packages above and a Remember Sticker.  Stamped, in Jet Black ink, snowflakes; "merry christmas!" sentiment; and row of hearts from our Cedar Stamp Set, not to mention a scattering of peppermint and snowflake die cuts and 4mm and 8mm Crystal Clear Sequins, complete the look.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed, Christmas season, friends!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Jolly Holiday (Reverse Confetti); Cedar Stamps (PLS) Paper: Riding Hood Red (SU!); white & vellum (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); Holly Jolly: Santa's Bag 8x8, Deck the Halls 8x8, Stocking Stuffers 8x8, Christmas Confetti 8x8, Trim the Tree 8x8, & Peppermint Stripes Clear 8x8, & Here Comes the Sun: Summer Night (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); Holly & Jolly Holiday Confetti Cuts dies (Reverse Confetti); Big Shot (Sizzix); button (Papertrey Ink); white string (Hobby Lobby); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); Nicole Nowosad November cut file (Hip Kit Club); Cameo (Silhouette); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Holly Jolly: Make a Wish Die Cuts, Jolly Acrylics, Remember Stickers, & Twinkle Words Die Cuts, You & Me: Cambridge 4" Doily Pack, Here Comes the Sun: High 5 Journaling Cards, Treasure Island: Treasure Map Tabs, & Summer Vibes: Picnic Die-Cut Tags, 4mm Crystal Sequins, & 8mm Crystal Sequins (PLS)

Friday Faves

Friday, November 25, 2016

Evening, y'all!  I trust all my American friends had wonderful Thanksgivings!  If you read yesterday's Happy Thanksgiving! post, you know that my little guy was running a temp hovering around 103 degrees all day long.  It started late Wednesday, but it broke at about one o'clock this morning; and we've been able to keep it down, with meds, all day.  Praise the Lord!  He's on the mend!  Despite his illness changing our Thanksgiving plans from driving to have dinner with my parents and siblings and their families to staying right here at home, it was truly a very relaxed, peaceful, and memorable day.  I'll share a few pics later, but until then, I've got a short Friday Faves lineup for you all, beginning with Avery Elle's Favorite Person stamp set from their latest release.  I just love that Jamie is already thinking about Valentine's Day with these "love"ly, versatile sentiments.  And isn't that font perfectly scrumptious?!
Bella BLVD's You Are Loved 12x12 Collection Kit caught my attention for its bold, bright, happy colors and playful, childlike prints.  Gorgeous!
I happened to run across a package of Fiskars' Performance 8 Inch Softgrip Titanium Nonstick Fashion Scissors on a recent trip to Tuesday Morning.  I brought them home, on a whim, crossing my fingers that they'd do just what their LONG name says they'll do; because my foam-tape-cutting scissors are completely gunked up and impossible to pull apart.  Well, I couldn't possibly be any more pleased with their functionality.  They've been getting a ton of use, cutting flawlessly, and not picking up even a hint of residue for over two weeks now.  Eeek!  They're a must-have for any papercrafters on your Christmas lists, y'all!
And just for fun, because I seem to be craving them at all hours of the day and night, I had to include Cinnamon Chex Gluten Free Cereal from General Mills.  I think I'm going to go have a bowl right now ;).  Mmm!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope to see you all on the other side of the weekend.  Be blessed!