October Recognition

Monday, November 20, 2017

Albeit a short one, due to the Thanksgiving holiday, for many of us here in the United States, welcome to the work week, friends!  I trust you all had wonderful weekends.  It was the first Saturday, in about a month, that my family and I were all home together at the same time.  Woohoo!  We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast, as it was raining when we awoke and too damp to tackle the barrage of leaves our trees had dumped in the yard; but my hubby and big kiddos were out there raking come early afternoon, while I whittled a mile off my to-do list and Kaden napped.  They were out working again Sunday afternoon, as my neighbor needed help with her yard, too.  The Christmas lights will have to wait for another warm day.  Sigh.

Anyway, we're now more than half-way through the month of November; and I've failed, yet again, to share a playful page that received honors last month.  It was actually named a Design Team Top 3 Pick, at Sketches in Thyme, in September; however, it wasn't announced until just last month.
Thanks ever so much to the Sketches in Thyme Mavens!  I'm honored!  And thanks, as always, to my faithful followers here.  It wouldn't be the same around here without you!  XOXO

Pretty Little Studio: Birthday Deer

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Happy Sunday, ya'll!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this morning, sharing a card I made my brother-in-law for his birthday next week.
I started his card by anchoring a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Feeling Reminiscent, to the white, cardstock, card face, as well as a strip of vellum, stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "happy BIRTHDAY" sentiment, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.
 
I then punched the top center of a Crisp Air 3x4 Pocket Card; laced it with white string, tied in a bow; topped it with a trio of Fall Away Arrows and Oh, Deer Wood Veneer Shape, backed with a snippet of cheesecloth; and popped it up, with foam tape, in the center of the card face, tucked under the vellum, sentiment strip, to complete the look.
Doesn't that deer totally steal the show?!  If you love it as much as I do, it's been paired with a trio of wood veneer stars and marked down, in the shop, to only $.99.  Woot!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Now, get out there and make what's left of your weekends creative ones.  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Happy Everything (SU!) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); Feels Like Fall: Feeling Reminiscent 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (StazOn) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); cheesecloth (Dritz); 3/16" Handheld Circle punch (SU!); white string (Hobby Lobby); Feels Like Fall: Crisp Air 3x4 Pocket Card; Oakley Avenue: Fall Away Arrows; & Tinsel Town: Oh, Deer Wood Veneer Shape (PLS)

The Studio Create Your Own Background Challenge

Morning, y'all!  Just popping in with our second November challenge over in The Studio.  We're asking you to create a background any way you like it this go around.  I've played with mists and paints, done some stencil work, and grounded everything with a leafy cut file for a subtle approach to the challenge.  Enjoy!
I started this page by smudging Patina Glimmer Mist onto the textured, white, cardstock, base page.  I then splattered everything with Patina, Stormy Night, and Apricot Glimmer Mists, as well as Orchard Mister Huey's and Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  Pumice Distress Ink was then smeared through a lattice stencil; and a leafy cut file, Cameo-cut from the same paper as the base page itself, sets the stage for a collection of fall prints, all anchored with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  Those prints were then topped with a couple of photos, matted with white cardstock and backed with a snippet of cheesecloth.  The "grateful 4 you" title runs along the vertical, left edge of my photos.  It was created from Cameo-cut, from textured white and Barely Banana cardstocks respectively, "grateful" and "4", the latter of which was secured with more gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, and a "you" die cut, popped up with foam tape.
Moving clockwise, a "good time" tab was stapled to the top photo, just left of vertical center...
and a floral cluster, consisting of a hand-cut black and white bloom; couple of yellow, die-cut flowers, both of which were popped up with foam tape; duo of gold-foil, die-cut leaves; die-cut label, etched with the year 2014; and an "& then", die-cut sunburst, anchors that same photo's bottom, right corner.
A couple of tags, laced with white strings, tied in bows, were tucked into a wax envelope, hanging out behind the bottom photo's right side.  The manila tag also houses my journaling, but it's a little personal; so I've chosen not to include it here.  Family can be difficult, and I may be too old fashioned for the way some people chose to spend their modern-day holidays.  It's simply not a good combination.  We're so excited to get to spend this Thanksgiving right here in Kansas City.  Woot!
A foam, glitter, "Smile" Thicker rounds the bottom right corner...
and a couple of gold-foil, die-cut, word strips, popped up with foam tape, not to mention a playful scattering of teal sequins, completes the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Citrus Twist's November 4th 3-to-Inspire Challenge to (1) use a cut file, (2) include stitching, and (3) play with mists and/or inks...
their November 12th Sketch...
and Colorful Creations' November 15th Inspiration Board.  Obviously, the colors had me at hello; but I also couldn't resist adding flowers and gold leaves, as well as lots and lots of texture from stitching, string, and cheesecloth to glitter, gold foil, and sequins.
 
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, December 3, 2017, to link up your takes, on this Create Your Own Background Challenge and/or our previous, Mirror Image Challenge, in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed week, friends!


{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: textured white (Bazzill); Barely Banana (SU!); white (Paper Studio); teal leafy (Shimelle); orange floral (Citrus Twist); aqua triangles (1 Canoe 2); black floral (Maggie Holmes) Ink: Pumice Stone Distress Ink (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); lattice stencil (Jenni Bowlin); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Orchard Mister Huey's (Studio Calico); Patina, Stormy Night, & Apricot Jelly Glimmer Mists (Tattered Angels); sequins, wax envelope, & November 2017 Grateful cut file (Citrus Twist); Cameo (Silhouette); all die cuts (Pinkfresh for Citrus Twists); Sparkle glitter foam Thickers (American Crafts); white string (Hobby Lobby); cheesecloth (Dritz); manila tag (Paper Studio); staples & stapler (office supply store)

Paper Sweeties November Release Rewind

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Evening, y'all!  Just popping in to wrap up a Paper Sweeties November Release with one final, festive creation.
I started this card by stamping a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of watercolor paper several times, in Jet Black ink, with the holly image and hashtag sentiments.  I then watercolored the holly and added white Gelly Roll pen accents to the berries.  A slightly smaller piece of vellum was run through my Big Shot to get the snowfall texture and anchored, in the center of the watercolored piece, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching before popping it up, with foam tape, in the center of the Riding Hood Red, cardstock, card face.
 
I then die-cut the For You tag from a large, polka dot print; backed it with cheesecloth; and popped it up, with foam tape, near the left edge, in the vertical center of the the card face.  It was topped with a stamped, in Garden Green ink, on a Wild Wasabi die cut, Hello Spring wreath, embellished with white Gelly Roll pen berries; a die-cut, gold, cardstock, Joy Sweet Cuts "Believe" sentiment; and a die-cut, text print bow, dressed up with a red button, laced with white string.
A double, white, seam binding ribbon bow, embellished with a lone pearl, backed with a Baker's Twine bow, completes the look.
That wraps things up for this month, folks.  Run get your new release goodies while they're hot!
 
 https://papersweeties.com/product/sweet-cuts-meet-me-under-the-mistletoe/
 
Debbie has asked me to continue guest designing through the New Year, so I guess y'all are stuck with me for a bit longer.  There won't be a new release next month; but we'll be back on the first with the monthly Inspiration Challenge, and we've also got a number of holiday blog hops in the works.  So, the inspiration will keep coming all December long.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be blessed, friends!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jinny Newlin  * November Guest Designer *
Karen Letchworth

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, You Better Not Pout, & Hello Spring (Paper Sweeties) Paper: Riding Hood Red & Wild Wasabi (SU!); gold (Bazzill); watercolor (Canson Studio); vellum (Paper Studio); red text (Jillibean Soup); black/white polka dot (Jenni Bowlin) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Garden Green (SU!) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); pearl (Paper Studio); white seam binding ribbon (Hug Snug); snowfall embossing folder (SU!); Big Shot (Sizzix); white Gelly Roll pen (Sakura); watercolors (Kuretake); button (Buttons Galore & More); white string (Hobby Lobby); cheesecloth (Dritz); Joy, Hello Spring, & For You Sweet Cuts dies (Paper Sweeties)

Paper Sweeties November Release Party

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Welcome back, y'all!  I've got a super cute set of tags to continue Paper Sweeties' November Release celebrations, for you all, today.
I started these tags by cutting 2-3/4" squares from watercolor paper.  I then stamped that playful, Santa suit square in Jet Black ink and watercolored it.
 
A glitter Gelly Roll pen adds just the right amount of sheen for a gold buckle.  Dazzling Diamonds dresses up Santa's white trim and gloves; and Glossy Accents smooths over the buttons perfectly.  I also used Early Espresso and Riding Hood Red markers for some of the itty bitty details on the stamps.
I then punched the top of each tag with a 3/16" hole punch and laced them with a little Baker's Twine to make them easy to attach to packages and complete the look.  I'm planning on using those little envelope labels to write my recipient's names on their packages.  I'm just not that on top of things yet ;).
Be sure to stop in to see what the Design Team has been working on; and thanks, as always, for visiting!  Hugs!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jinny Newlin  * November Guest Designer *
Karen Letchworth

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: You Better Not Pout (Paper Sweeties) Paper: watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: Riding Hood Red & Early Espresso (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger) Other: watercolors (Kuretake); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Dazzling Diamonds & 3/16" Handheld Circle punch (SU!); glitter Gelly Roll pen (Sakura)

Paper Sweeties November Sneak Peek

Monday, November 13, 2017

Evening, y'all!  It's that time again... Time for a fabulous, new, November Release from Paper Sweeties.  This one is simply oozing with goodies to help your holiday spirits soar!  We have two new stamp sets, You Better Not Pout and Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, and one coordinating, Meet Me Under the Mistletoe die set to show off over the next few days.  So, let's just get things started.  Shall we?
I started this card by anchoring both star and bright-pink, striped prints, overlaid with a torn piece of snowflake vellum, onto a slightly larger piece of Rose Red cardstock, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching.
 
I then stamped the top center of the prepped piece, in Jet Black ink, with the "Meet me under the mistletoe" sentiment before popping it off the white, cardstock, card face with foam tape.
The text tree was then silver-embossed on a Basic Gray, cardstock die cut and popped up with foam tape in the center of the card face.
A scrumptious, double, Strawberry seam binding ribbon bow, embellished with a perfectly-matched gemstone, backed with a twine bow, and scattering of silver star sequins complete the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from Inspired by All the Little Things' Challenge #72.
 
That gets us rolling, but I'd love to see you all right back here at the same time and place tomorrow to see even more of what Paper Sweeties has to offer this month.  In the meantime, be sure to stop in to see what the Design Team has whipped up for your viewing pleasure.  Thanks so much for peeking; and have a wonderful start to your work weeks, friends!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jinny Newlin  * November Guest Designer *
Karen Letchworth

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Meet Me Under the Mistletoe (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Rose Red & Basic Gray (SU!); star (Jenni Bowlin); pink striped (We R Memory Keepers); snowflake vellum (Creative Memories) Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); watermark (VersaMark) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); pink gemstone & little silver star sequins (Paper Studio); silver embossing powder (SU!); large silver star sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Big Shot (Sizzix); Meet Me Under the Mistletoe Sweet Cuts die, Strawberry seam binding ribbon, & twine (Paper Sweeties)

Pretty Little Studio: Feeling Blessed

Welcome to the work week, y'all!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this morning, sharing another fall-inspired page, using a happy mix of collections.  You just can't beat how smoothly they all weld together!
I started this page by adding puddles of yellow watercolor to the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page.  I then splattered it with yellow, orange, and aqua watercolors before stamping different sizes of striped circles in Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Coral Calypso inks and splattering the page once again but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  A quartet of coordinating prints from the Feels Like Fall and Oakley Avenue collections were anchored, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, behind my photo which was matted with white cardstock, backed with a snippet of cheesecloth, and flanked with a couple of Feelin' Fallish woodgrain arrows.  A "LOVELY" So Lovely Bingo Card crowns my photo stack and was topped with an "autumn" Fall Phrases Die Cut, popped up with foam tape.
A cluster, which includes Autumn Blossom Die Cuts; a Walk in the Park floral die cut; hand-cut, from Oakley Avenue's Pretty Poppies Vellum, poppy; and a Fall Memories Flair Button, backed with gold thread, dresses up the top left corner of my photo...
and a collection of "feeling blessed", which happens to serve as my title, Fall Phrases and "go outside/stay inside" Park Bench Cut-Aparts, as well as a "HELLO HELLO" Feelin' Fallish Die Cut, top it.
Moving clockwise, another hand-cut, vellum poppy and Autumn Blossom Die Cut, popped up with foam tape, in addition to a hand-cut, from Summer Vibes' Flower Crown print, orange bloom, round out the right side of my photo.
The bottom left corner was dressed up with a "fall" Orchard Words Die Cut, popped up with foam tape, as well as a Sprinkles Bookmark butterfly and collection of blooms already previously included above.
The cluster in the top left corner of the page includes a Sprinkles Bookmark and butterfly; Watercolor Shipping Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow; My Everyday Cut-Apart Label; Perfect Day Cut-Apart heart; "smile" Park Bench Cut-Apart; Autumn Blossom Die Cut, popped up with foam tape; Feelin' Fallish Die-Cut arrow; hand-cut, vellum poppy; and trailing, hand-cut, Flower Crown bloom.
A scattering of Seaspray Sequins; Flower Crown Clear and Butterfly Bush Stickers...
and stamped, in Jet Black ink, "NOV 5 2011" date complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Sketches In Thyme's Sketch #299.
 
Thanks, as always, for humbling me with a visit!  Have a wonderful week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Strictly Sentiments 3 (Wplus9); date (QwikMark) Paper: white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); Feels Like Fall: Feeling Fancy 8x8, Feeling Lovely 8x8, & Feeling Refreshed 8x8; Oakley Avenue: Cross My Heart 8x8 & Pretty Poppies Vellum 8x8; & Summer Vibes: Flower Crown 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, & Coral Calypso (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white string (Hobby Lobby); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Feels Like Fall: Autumn Blossom Die Cuts, Fall Phrases Die Cut, Fall Memories Flair Button, Watercolor Shipping Tag, & Fall Phrases Cut-Apart Sheet; Oakley Avenue: Feelin' Fallish Die Cuts & Orchard Words Die Cut; Beautiful Day: So Lovely Bingo Card, Sprinkles Bookmark, My Everyday Cut-Apart Label, Park Bench Cut-Apart Sheet, Perfect Day Cut-Apart, & Walk In the Park Die Cuts; Marigold: Butterfly Bush Stickers; & Summer Vibes: Flower Crown Clear Stickers & Seaspray Sequins (PLS)

PLS Pinterest Inspired: This Is Home

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Morning, y'all!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today with a page inspired by the Pinterest photo below and wanted to share it here, too.  Aside from pulling in the colors aqua and yellow, using Feels Like Fall was a no-brainer; and I know the photograph probably boasts a shed of some sort, but I saw house and decided to use a cute, little, house stamp to create a background to highlight a photo of my own cute, little home.
I started this page by adding a puddle of orange watercolor behind where my photo would eventually lie.  I then splattered everything with orange, blue, aqua, and yellow watercolors.  Once everything was dry, I penciled in a grid design and stamped my house image, in successive Daffodil Delight, Brocade Blue, and Coastal Cabana inks, in each quadrant.  After the grid was erased, I splattered everything once again but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.
 
I then printed my journaling on vellum; cut it down to size; and anchored its outside, vertical edges with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  I won't pen all that was written here; but if you're interested in reading such, it is an excerpt taken from my previous, Home Sweet Home post.  My photo, which was matted with white cardstock, was then backed with scraps of Feeling Playful and Feeling Blessed, both of which were anchored with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, as well as a snippet of cheesecloth, and sandwiched between my journaling.  I tucked a "THIS IS HOME" Crisp Air 3x4 Pocket Card, which I hand-cut into a banner, under the left side of my photo to serve as my title.  A Watercolor Shipping Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, was tucked under it.
Both elements were grounded with a happy cluster that includes a Feelin' Fallish Die-Cut arrow; "GOOD LIFE" Feeling Blessed Word Flag; Fall Favorites Flair Button, backed with a tangle of gold thread; Hello Fox Cut-Apart circle; and an Autumn Blossom Die Cut, dressed up with a few embroidery-floss, French knots.  A number of these goodies were also popped up with foam tape for some fabulous dimension.
A couple of Fall Word Sticker phrases and another Hello Fox Cut-Apart circle, popped up with foam tape, round out the left side of the design...
and take us clockwise to the Winter Joy Tab in the photo's top right corner.  I just love the way this element brings in more of that scrumptious, gold sheen.
A "grateful hearts" Fall Phrases Die Cut, popped up with foam tape, not to mention a healthy dose of Clear Skies Sequins, scattered throughout, completes the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Scrap Our Stash's November 1st Tic-Tac-Toe Stash Challenge.  I chose tab, fall theme, and journal card for a vertical tic-tac-toe down the center of the board.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a terrific Tuesday, friends!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Home Sweet Home (Market Street Stamps) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); Feels Like Fall: Feeling Blessed 8x8 & Feeling Playful 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Brocade Blue, Daffodil Delight, & Coastal Cabana (SU!) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white string (Hobby Lobby); cheesecloth (Dritz); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Clear Cut Stackers: Circles die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); embroidery floss (DMC); watercolors (Kuretake); Feels Like Fall: Autumn Blossoms Die Cut, Watercolor Shipping Tag, Fall Phrases Die Cut, Fall Favorites Flair Button, Feeling Blessed Word Flag, Hello Fox Cut-Apart Sheet, Fall Words Stickers, & Crisp Air 3x4 Pocket Card; Oakley Avenue: Feelin' Fallish Die Cut; Winter Joy: Winter Joy Tab; & Beautiful Day: Clear Skies Sequins (PLS)

It's Pre-Order Time Again!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Welcome to the work week, friends!  Just wanted to share that another fabulous, new collection over at Pretty Little Studio begins shipping today.  Home for Christmas was designed by Marie Pierre-Capistran and coordinates perfectly with her Christmas collection from last year, Winter Joy
It just gets better and better, too; because there happens to be lots and lots and LOTS of additional Christmas goodies on sale for 50% off right here.  Woot!  Woot!  Get to shopping, folks!  I'll be back tomorrow to share a little bit more from the Feels Like Fall Collection.  Until then, have a blessed week!