PLS: My Favorite 2020 Collection

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Morning, y'all!  And welcome to the weekend!  We've been reminiscing, over at Pretty Little Studio, about our favorite collections from 2020; and while I feel like I've only just begun to tap into the potential of this collection, I was up on the blog earlier this week, sharing that, hands-down, mine is Christmas Cheer.

I love the happy Santas and darling critters, as well as the versatility of the black and white elements with the bright, happy colors.  I also adore the playful fonts and phrases and big, bold numbers and feel like the plethora of hearts in this collection naturally lend themselves to the transition in winter holidays and get me excited about continuing to use it throughout the coming months.

Here are just a couple more projects that I've designed with this collection.  All images are linked to their original post for closeup photographs, as well as supplies used and all the details in their making.  Just click away.

I've also made a couple of cards to share with you all today; but stay tuned, because I have a bigger, Christmas Cheer project coming later this month.

Let's get a little up close and personal.  Shall we?

I started this card by anchoring a piece of The Merriest Lime print, to the white, cardstock, card face, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  I then secured a Holly Jolly Tag Die-Cut tab, which houses The Merriest White Word Sticker "SEASON'S GREETINGS", to the left side of a Made a List Journal Pocket Card...

and a Holly Jolly Tag Die-Cut, "from Santa" pennant to its bottom right with more silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches, running around the entire perimeter of the pocket card.

It was then popped off the surface of the card face and over a nest of cheesecloth with foam tape and further embellished with a Kris Kringle Die Cut, tucked under the "from Santa" pennant and also popped up with foam tape...

as well as a hand-made banner.  The banner itself completes the look and was created by punching holes in Claus Tags & Flags pennants; lacing them with a length of Baker's Twine; and popping them up, across the top of the card face, with foam tape.

For the second card, I anchored a piece of the Stick Candy Licorice print, to the surface of the white, cardstock, card face, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching.

I then secured a Holly Jolly Tag Die Cut, dressed up with the "MAGIC IS IN THE AIR" and "BEST TIME OF THE YEAR" The Merriest White Word Stickers, to the top right edge of a Made a List Journal Pocket Card, with more silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching, framing the pocket card itself.

Before popping it off the surface of the card face and over a bed of cheesecloth with foam tape, I wrapped it, three times, with a length of Baker's Twine, tied, in a bow, to the bottom right edge of the pocket card.  My favorite, Kris Kringle Die Cut, popped up, with foam tape, near the base of the card and just to the left of the Baker's Twine bow, completes the look.

Thanks so much for visiting!  Have a blessed 2021, friends!

2020 Year In Review

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Just stopping in, on this beautiful, sunny Tuesday, with a little, creative inspiration to start the New Year off right.  I'm continuing with the ease of combining all of my projects into one deliciously-paper-crafted post again this year.  However, for the sake of creating a single, simple photo to share across social media, I've narrowed this year's faves down to nine.  Each photograph is linked to its original post, in calendar order of when the posts were written (I might add.), for all the details and supplies in its making.  So, just sit back, and enjoy!  And if you want to get a little more up-close-and-personal, feel free to click away.

As far as creative outlets go for me, 2020 has lived up to its name; but some of the opportunities, that I've been given in the past, haven't been what I dreamed they would've been, either.  So, maybe the good Lord is sparing me from more heartache and wasted time.  Regardless, as time permits, I'm going to keep doing what I love.  Thank you so much for supporting all of my creative adventures in your own unique ways.  It just wouldn't be the same around here without you, and I'd love for you to stick around to see what this new year holds.  Have a wonderful week, friends!  XOXO

Pretty Little Studio: Merry Everything

Monday, December 28, 2020

Merry Monday, y'all!  I trust you all had a blessed Christmas!  We're still enjoying a little break from school this week and getting ready to usher in 2021.  Gosh, I pray that it is full of so much more freedom and joy than 2020 has delivered.  Anyhow, I'm stopping in today to share my latest, Pretty Little Studio project, which happens to have been inspired by the newest collection, Christmas Cheer.  Friends, I cannot put this collection down; so, just be prepared for lots more to come in the new year.  Without further adieu, enjoy!

I started this page by splattering the Boughs of Holly background page with Titanium White, acrylic paint.  While it was drying, I used Stocking Stuffer Die-Cut flags and tiny, scalloped borders to create ornament toppers for my Cameo-cut photos, which were also matted with white cardstock.

I then tucked layered, Joyous Word Die-Cut branches; die-cut, from white cardstock, mistletoe sprigs; and stamped, in Lucky Limeade ink, on white cardstock, and hand-cut pine bits in behind the ornament tops with lengths of Baker's Twine, tied in bows.

This top-most ornament was also dressed up with a Stocking Stuffer, "love this day with you", phrase die cut and popped up with foam tape.

Another Stocking Stuffer, "magic in the air," phrase die cut tops the Joyous Word Die-Cut, "MERRY everything" title.

The dotted-line hanging the star on the original, background page inspired black-threaded, straight, machine stitches to hang all of my ornaments and lots more stars.  Most of those stars came from the Kris Kringle Die Cuts package and were popped up with more foam tape.

However, a few were stamped, in Marina Mist and Pretty in Pink inks, on white cardstock and hand-cut out.

All of the stars, with the exception of this sweet, little, stamped, in Jet Black ink, star outline, were covered with an extra-fine, glitter detail; and the berries were coated in Glossy Accents to add more texture and shine and complete the look.

Thanks so much for visiting, friends!  Have a safe and blessed New Year!  XOXO

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 25, 2020

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!  And may you always remember the true reason for the season.  Blessings!

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.  This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.  So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. 

Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.  So it was, that while they were there the days were completed for her to be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.  Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign to you:  You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger." 

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" 

So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, "Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us."  And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.  Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning the Child.  And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.  But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.  Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them. - Luke 2:1-20

Pretty Little Studio: Advent Calendar

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Happy Sunday, y'all!  I'm just stopping in today to share a project that I had up on the Pretty Little Studio blog late last week.  I was inspired by a single package of the Christmas Cheer: Countdown Die-Cut Tags to create an advent calendar.  Check it out!

I started this project by spray-painting a kraft-colored, advent calendar, that I purchased from Hobby Lobby, inside and out, in white.  I then die-cut half circles, to match the tops of the calendar drawers themselves, in the tops of each of the tags.  Once everything was secure, I splattered the drawers with Titanium White, acrylic paint.  Then, once everything was dry and although it is difficult to tell here, I added lots of extra details with glitter for snow and fluffy trims...

Glossy Accents for eyes, noses, mouths, berries, buttons, and bells...

and Baker's Twine bows throughout.

A couple, layered, wire-rimmed bows top the calendar and complete the look.

I hope my project inspires you to create a little something festive for your own Christmas celebrations.  Thanks so much for visiting, friends!  Have a blessed season!