Paper Sweeties January Blast from the Past: Day 3

Monday, January 15, 2018

Hello again, friends!  Just popping back in for the third and final day of Paper Sweeties' January Blast from the Past series.  I've whipped up a winter-themed layout to share today.  So, let's just dive right in.
I started this page by adding aqua and teal, watercolor puddles across the background of a 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page.  I then splattered it with those same, in addition to bright pink and yellow, watercolors before stamping the snowflakes, from Snow Friends, in Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Island Indigo, and Strawberry Slush inks and splattering everything once again, but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  All of the die-cut snowflakes were Cameo-cut from textured, white cardstock.  The largest ones were anchored with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching as were a couple of the prints, tucked behind the photo with notebook ephemera.  I also layered four Polaroids in amidst the layers before getting down to the nitty-gritty details, beginning with the Paper Sweeties doll.  Madison and her Warm Winter Wishes outfit were stamped, in Jet Black ink, on watercolor paper; watercolored; paper-pieced; detailed with a white, Jelly Roll pen; and surrounded with a die-cut, using the A Friend Is Sweet Cuts, gold frame.  She was also given Christmas Blessings' angel wings, coated in a healthy dose of Dazzling Diamonds.
A couple of tags, laced with white string, tied in a knot and bow respectively, were tucked under the photo's right side and topped with a pink, star, cut-apart frame, stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "Friends are kisses blown to us by Angels" phrase from A Friend Is.
The entire page was grounded with the "sweet MAGIC" title, created from a "sweet" die cut and "MAGIC", foam, glitter Thickers.
A "#bestfriends" tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, was popped up with foam tape in the bottom left corner of the photo itself, which was matted with white cardstock and popped up with foam tape...
over a fabulous, little, chipboard, glitter Polaroid, surrounded by pom-poms.  The center of the latter gives a landing spot to a string of pom-poms, put together as a cardstock sticker which spans the top right corner of my photo.
A stamped, in Jet Black ink, "A friend is a present you give yourself" phrase, from A Friend Is...
scattering of Sugar Sprinkles sequins; and a little, hand-written journaling complete the look.   My journaling reads, Girl's night out to see Valentine's Day with Tammy.  February 8, 2010.
Further inspiration for this page came from Scrap Our Stash's January Golden Globe Stash Challenge...
 
and Citrus Twist's January 6th 3-to-Inspire Challenge to (1) include tags, (2) use inks/paint/watercolor, and (3) document a picture of you/selfie.
 
That does it for this month, folks; but we'll all be back again the same time next month with fabulous, new goodies to share.  Thanks, as always, for all your visits and comments!  Wishing you a wonderful, winter season!  XOXO


{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Snow Friends, A Friend Is, Warm Winter Wishes, Christmas Blessings, & Madison (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); textured white & gold (Bazzill); aqua triangles (Shimelle); gray stars (Citrus Twist); watercolor (Master's Touch) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Strawberry Slush, Island Indigo, Pool Party, & Coastal Cabana (SU!); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Tombow); Winter Elements cut file (lovesvg.com); Cameo (Silhouette); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paint (FolkArt); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); white string (Hobby Lobby); star frame, teal quilt tag, "sweet" die cut, & pom-pom banner cardstock sticker (Maggie Holmes); "UNFORGETTABLE" Polaroid (Citrus Twist); all other die cuts, Polaroids, & tags & glitter pom-pom frame (Crate Paper); Sparkle foam glitter Thickers (American Crafts); Big Shot (Sizzix); A Friend Is Sweet Cuts die & Sugar Sprinkles sequins (Paper Sweeties)

Paper Sweeties January Blast from the Past: Day 2

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Welcome back, Paper Sweeties fans!  I've cooked up another winter-themed card, for your viewing pleasure, on this day two, out of three, of our January Blast from the Past series.  Enjoy!
I started this card by trimming the bottom edge of a piece of ivory, text, patterned paper with a strip of hand-cut, wavy, white cardstock and anchoring them both, to the white, cardstock, card face, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  I then coated the hand-cut, white cardstock with a healthy dose of Dazzling Diamonds to create a little blanket of snow for the puppy to stand on and the mailbox to rest behind.  Both images, from Sent from My Heart, were stamped in Jet Black ink on white, cardstock die cuts and paper-pieced.  The prior was popped up with foam tape.
The clouds, from Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and snowflakes, from Snow Friends, were all stamped, in Jet Black ink, on coordinating, white, cardstock die cuts and paper-pieced.  Some were adhered with foam tape.
A silver label was then stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "Miss you" sentiment from Somewhere Over the Rainbow; wrapped, three times, with a length of white string, tied in a bow; and popped up, with foam tape, over the cloud/snowflake cluster, near the top edge of the card face, to complete the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from Cupcake Inspirations' Challenge 437: Winter.
I hope to see you back, at the same time and place, tomorrow for one more day of winter-themed goodness.  In the meantime, be sure to pop in to visit the rest of this talented team.  Thanks, as always, for humbling me with a visit!  Have a wonderful start to your work weeks, Paper Sweeties friends!


{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Sent from My Heart, & Snow Friends (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); teal heart, teal scallops, aqua floral, aqua diamond, & ivory text (SU!); aqua gingham (Jillibean Soup); pink stripe, gray stripe, & woodgrain (MME); multicolored triangles (Crate Paper); white floral embossed (sei); black floral (Jenni Bowlin); pink polka dot (unknown) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Tombow); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); silver metallic label (PLS); white string (Hobby Lobby); white Jelly Roll pen (Sakura); Big Shot (Sizzix); Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Sent from My Heart, & Snow Friends Sweet Cuts dies (Paper Sweeties)

The Studio Snowflakes Challenge

Morning, friends!  I'm stopping in today to share our first January Challenge in The Studio.  We're looking for snowflakes this go around, and I've brought them in all shapes and sizes from sequins and acetate bits to paper and stamped intricacies.  Enjoy!
I started this page by first prepping my dotted stripe, patterned paper, base page with white gesso.  I then added aqua and teal, watercolor puddles, as well as aqua, teal, coral, and yellow, watercolor splatters, before stamping the background, in Jet Black ink, with a variety of Folk Art Flurries.  A splattering of Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints set the stage for a trio of acetate snowflakes, as well as a large, Cameo-cut, from patterned paper, snowflake, which was secured with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  My photos were then matted with white cardstock and backed with a snippet of cheesecloth, as well as a trio of color-coordinating prints, all anchored with more silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching.
The "oh so happy" title was created from puffy sticker Thickers.
I then tucked an aqua tag, laced with aqua string, tied in a bow, behind my photos, just to the right of the title, and topped it with a "3" die-cut, to represent both the month of March, when these photos were taken, as well as the three precious members of my family pictured here, and a "2013" flair button, backed with a tangle of silver thread.
A cork, paperclip and "hooray!" ticket, popped up with foam tape...
along with "Currently" ephemera, popped up with more foam tape, and a "TOGETHER" phrase sticker, round the bottom right corner.
A handful of snowflake sequins brings us to my hand-written journaling, which completes the look and reads, We just cannot get enough of the glorious SNOW!  Bring it on, baby!  3.25.13.
Further inspiration for this page came from Citrus Twist's December 31st Sunday Sketch Challenge...
and Scrap Our Stash's January Golden Globe Stash Challenge.  I'm just having too much fun with this one ;)!
Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see what my talented teammies have cooked up just for your viewing pleasure.  Then, you have until Sunday, February 11, 2018, to link up your takes in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Folk Art Flurries (Wplus9) Paper: white (Paper Studio); dotted stripe (Elle's Studio); teal floral (Maggie Holmes); gray star (Citrus Twist); southwest motif (Paige Evans); coral calendar (Crate Paper) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Tombow); gesso (O'Leary Paints); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); snowflake sequins (Jenni Bowlin); Let It Snow Phrase cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); cheesecloth (Dritz); "hooray!" ticket, tag, & cork paperclip die cuts (Crate Paper); "TOGETHER" phrase sticker (Pinkfresh); "Currently" & "3" die cuts (Fancy Pants); flair button (Bossy Joscie); aqua string (Citrus Twist); "oh so happy" High Five puffy sticker Thickers (American Crafts); acetate snowflakes (Maya Road)

Paper Sweeties January Blast from the Past: Day 1

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Evening, y'all!  Just popping in to kick-start the weekend with a little, happy news.  Debbie has asked me to rejoin the Paper Sweeties Design Team full-time, and I have gladly accepted.  Woohoo!  I've had such fun playing with all of her darling images and scrumptious trimmings and hope that I can inspire each and every one of you Paper Sweeties fans as I continue that process.  With that said, there are no new stamp sets or dies for the month of January.  Debbie has been super busy beginning another new adventure, so we're spending what would normally be release week digging into our stashes to create winter-themed projects that might give you some ideas to use what you already have.  So, let's just get started.  Shall we?
I started this card, which just so happens to be for my niece's birthday, by watercoloring a 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" piece of watercolor paper in shades of blue and purple.  Once it was dry, I white-embossed a number of snowflakes, from Snow Friends, across the background.
I then black-embossed the bicycle, as well as the little package, both of which come from the Hugs & Kisses stamp set, in its bottom center and watercolored them both before splattering everything with Titanium White acrylic paint.  Once everything was dry once again, I matted the prepped piece with Eggplant Envy cardstock; trimmed its bottom edge with torn lengths of layered vellum to create the snow; and secured everything with a silver-threaded, straight, machine-stitched frame.
The "HIP HIP HOORAY wishing you an AMAZING DAY" sentiment, again from Hugs & Kisses, was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a strip of white cardstock, which was matted with a scrap of a red, floral print; trimmed, across its bottom edge, with a die-cut, silver, glitter, cardstock scallop from Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts; and anchored, to the prepped piece, with more silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching.
A length of Baker's Twine was then wrapped, three times, around the prepped piece, just above the sentiment strip and tied, in a bow, to the right edge.  The entire thing was then adhered, with foam tape, to the white, cardstock, card face, which had been dry-embossed with falling snow.
Further inspiration for this card came from Cupcake Inspirations' Challenge 437: Winter.
 
Be sure to stop by and see what the rest of my teammates have cooked up for your viewing pleasure; and we'll all be back tomorrow with more winter-themed projects, showcasing more oldies but goodies from the shop.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend, friends!


{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Hugs & Kisses & Snow Friends (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); Eggplant Envy (SU!); glitter (Recollections); watercolor (Canson Studio); floral (Fancy Pants) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); Titanium White acrylic paint (FolkArt); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); white embossing powder (Zing!); black embossing powder & embossing gun (SU!); Big Shot (Sizzix); Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts die & Sugar Sprinkles sequins (Paper Sweeties)

December Recognition

Friday, January 12, 2018

Afternoon, friends!  I just got my littlest down for his nap, and my big kiddos are settled in with their independent schoolwork.  So, I thought that I'd jump in here live to share a couple of layouts that received honors last month.  This page was named one of the Design Team's Top 3 Picks at Sketches in Thyme...
 
and this page made the December Top 3 at Scrap Our Stash.  As always, thanks ever so much to all those who had a hand in said such.  I'm honored!
 
Thanks, once again, to my faithful followers, too.  I'm told blogging is becoming a thing of the past, and Instagram is the latest and greatest.  I wonder how long that will last?  I simply cannot keep up with social networking.  It all seems a ginormous waste of time; but even though I no longer get as many visitors here on my little blog, I still love coming here.  There's just something that says home about a place where I can share a little piece of my life without being bombarded with notifications, invites, or the pressures to "like" something.  Friends, I cannot even bare to open my email anymore.  How in the world did so many advertisers get their paws on my account?  Aaaah!  Anyway, I'm rambling.  All that's to say that I'm simply ever so grateful for YOU.  Mwah!  Have a phenomenal weekend!