PLS: Love You to the Moon and Back

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Evening, y'all!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, sharing a sweet page of my littles reading together; and I'd love to share it here, too.  Enjoy!
I started this page by adding puddles and splatters of purple and green watercolors to the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page.  After adding a mix of Clear Flower Crown and To the Moon & Back star stickers to my background, I splattered everything once again but this time with Titanium White acrylic paint.  I then anchored a number of coordinating, horizontal strips from our Dream Big and With All My Heart collections, as well as some older prints that are no longer available in the store, with soft-purple-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  My photo itself was matted with white cardstock and backed with folded sheets of Confetti Vellum and Maybe Baby Vellum, not to mention a snippet of cheesecloth for texture and a Beautiful Bookmark Journaling Card, embellished with a stapled bit of white lace and white string, tied in a bow.  It was then sandwiched between a Winter Mini Word and duo of I Heart You Die Cuts on the right...
and the Wendy & Quinn Vintage Die Cut, popped up with foam tape and topped with a Beautiful Bookmark Journaling Card butterfly, on the left.
A Rainbow Label, etched with the April 27, 2016, date crowns the design...
and To the Moon & Back Stickers, which I used to create the "love you to the [moon] and back" title, and a trio of white, cardstock, journaling strips, popped up with foam tape, ground it.
My journaling strips continue the title itself and read, ...to infinity and beyond, forever and ever and always.  [heart], Mom.  A trio of color-coordinating, flower buttons from my stash, laced with white string and scattered throughout the design, complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Stuck?! Sketches' September 1st Challenge.
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit!  Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); Here Comes the Sun: Confetti Vellum 8x8; Dream Big: Shine from Within 8x8, Perfect Dream 8x8, & Dream Big 8x8; With All My Heart: You & Me 8x8; Ain't Life Grand: Maybe Baby Vellum 8x8; & purple floral, purple houndstooth, & mint leafy (PLS) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: purple thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); staples & stapler (office supply store); watercolors (Kuretake); Titanium White acrylic paint (FolkArt); lace & yellow button (JoAnn Fabrics); white string (Hobby Lobby); purple button (SU!); aqua button (Buttons Galore & More); Here Comes the Sun: To the Moon & Back Stickers & Rainbow Label; Blooming Hearts: I Heart You Die Cuts; Summer Vibes: Flower Crown Clear Stickers; Dream Big: Beautiful Bookmark Journaling Cards; Wonderland: Winter Mini Word; & Wendy & Quinn Vintage Die Cut (PLS)

The Studio Book Cover Challenge

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Morning, y'all!  Just popping in with our first September Challenge in The Studio.  We're asking you to take inspiration for your page(s) from the cover of a book of your choosing.  I was inspired to use Maggie Holmes' new Carousel Collection on my page by an old, Walt Disney Little Golden Book.  It happens to be Mary Poppins: A Jolly Holiday, but I wasn't inspired by the book content as much as I was by it's overall cover theme and color.  Enjoy!
 
I started this page by smudging and splattering Cherry Glimmer Mist and Sky Mr. Huey's onto the woodgrain, patterned paper, base page.  Additionally, I splattered it with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints, as well.
 
Once it was dry, I anchored a number of prints, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, behind where my photos, which were matted with white cardstock, would lie.  Floral, BINGO, and Polaroid die cuts were then tucked under the top edge of the largest photo...
and a ticket and tag, laced with ivory lace and white string, tied in a bow, under its right side.  Both a "DAY TO REMEMBER" cut-apart, popped up with foam tape, and "IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS" phrase sticker...
turn our attention to the "ON TOP OF THE world" cut-apart, which I used as my title.  It was topped with a gorgeous, gold-glittered, die-cut bloom, as well as a "Filled with Joy" heart die cut, both of which were popped up with foam tape, and sandwiched between the smaller photograph on the left and my journaling on the right.
The journaling reads, Ezekiel had his last homeschool program of the year @ the zoo.  So, Adina & I bundled up, met the Rydens & Ginns, & enjoyed the morning visiting our favorite, furry friends.  4.10.13.
That smaller photograph was then backed  with both a glittered, Polaroid die cut and a snippet of cheesecloth.  A carousel zebra, popped up with foam tape...
hand-cut, from patterned paper, kite, which was also popped up with foam tape; and scattering of acrylic and gold, sequin stars, not to mention a single, black and white, striped button, laced with white string, complete the look.
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, October 8, 2017, 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}
Paper: white (Paper Studio); woodgrain (Pink Paislee); pink designer, polka dot, carnival, & kite (Maggie Holmes) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Cherry Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); Sky Mr. Huey's (Studio Calico); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); cheesecloth (Dritz); white string (Hobby Lobby); lace, "DAY TO REMEMBER" cut-apart, phrase sticker, & acrylic stars (Citrus Twist); die cuts, Polaroids, tag, "ON TOP OF THE world" cut-apart, gold star sequins, & button (Maggie Holmes)

PLS Pinterest Inspired: Life Is Good

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hey, y'all!  I trust you had a wonderful weekend.  We took advantage of the long, Labor Day weekend here in the good ole' USA to get a house in Tulsa, Oklahoma with my sister-in-law and her family up from Dallas, Texas, and spent the weekend just having a ball together.  My hubby took off the next couple of days now that we're home, too, to give us a little more time to reconnect.  We've got homeschool band, horse camp, and baseball practice today; but tomorrow we're heading up to Schweizer Orchards in St. Joseph, Missouri.  It's apple butter making time again.  Woohoo!  All that said, I'm so glad that I got this page, that's up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, made last week when things were a little less hectic.  It was inspired by the primary palette and circular umbrellas in the Pinterest photo below which was picked with the new Wish You Were Here Collection in mind.  I'm still waiting on my Wish You Were Here goodies to arrive, however; so I put today's share together using eleven different, fabulous collections.  Yes, I said ELEVEN.  Check it out!
I started this page by adding puddles and splatters of teal and yellow watercolors to the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page.  I then rubbed Tumbled Glass, Barn Door, Faded Jeans, and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks through a pie stencil and outlined each section with a black artist pen.  A couple of Cedar Clear Stamps pies were stamped in Jet Black ink before everything was splattered once again, but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.
 
That set the foundation for a mix of Cameo-cut, patterned paper, pie slices which were cut in three different sizes and placed strategically throughout the design.  I then created a bed of patterned prints, some of which were anchored with black-threaded, straight, machine stitching and one of which came from our Figgy Pudding 4x6 Journaling Card pack, for my photos.  The photos themselves were matted with white cardstock, backed with a snippet of cheesecloth, and popped up with foam tape.  The bottom photo was additionally backed with a folded sheet of our Sun Tan Vellum.
A Mixed Bag Die-Cut arrow was joined by a Life Noted Flair Button; Beautiful Bookmark butterfly; and length of Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, to create the cluster to the left center of my photos.
A Rose Bush Tab, etched with the June 5, 2016, date, tops the photo stack...
and a "collecting happy moments" I Heart you Die Cut, along with a "love this photo" Remember Banner Sticker, backed with white cardstock and popped up with foam tape, rounds out its right center.
I then used a "Life Is Good" Love Life Word Die Cut to create my title; topped it with a GeoTag Sticker, popped up with foam tape; grounded it with a "friends" Bonjour Die Cut; and filled the space to the right of it with a little journaling to complete the look.  The journaling reads, Hanging out, @ Chatlain Park, with families from our Sun. school class is exactly what we needed to connect with the community @ Lenexa Baptist.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, friends!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Oakley Avenue: Cedar Clear Stamps (PLS) Paper: white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); Summer Vibes: Sun Tan Vellum 8x8; Let's Go: Paris 8x8; Dream Big: Perfect Dream 8x8, Shine from Within 8x8, & Start Today 8x8; Marigold: Dahlia 8x8; Ain't Life Grand: Take Note 8x8 & You & Me 8x8; red houndstooth (PLS) Ink: Barn Door, Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass, & Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks & Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); pie stencil (Jenni Bowlin); Inner Circle cut file (The Cut Shoppe); Cameo (Silhouette); Tinsel Town: Figgy Pudding 4x6 Journaling Card; Holly Jolly: Remember Banner Sticker, Here + There: Bonjour Die Cut; Let's Go: GeoTag Sticker; Ain't Life Grand: Love Life Word Die Cut, Life Noted Flair Button, & Mixed Bag Die Cut; Blooming Hearts: I Heart You Die Cut, Dream Big: Beautiful Bookmark Journaling Cards; & Woodland: Rose Bush Tab (PLS)

Pretty Little Studio: HB2U

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Welcome to the weekend, y'all!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this evening, sharing a birthday card I made for my sister-in-law.  It utilizes lots of goodies from our Blooming Hearts Collection and a number of glorious, gold accents from With All My Heart and Here Comes the Sun.  Love!
 
I started this card by securing a couple strips of Cherish Vellum Tape, just left of vertical center, to a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Dream Big's Shine patterned print and, in turn, anchoring the patterned paper, to the white, cardstock, card face, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  A Picture Perfect Die Cut Polaroid frame, backed with an Our Story Journaling Card, cut to size, as well as a snippet of cheesecloth for texture, and popped up with foam tape, forms the foundation for my "HB2U" sentiment which was created from Gold Metallic A to Z Die Cuts and a single Gold Metallic Number Die Cut and popped up with more foam tape.  A "live in the moment" I Heart You Die Cut was hand-cut into a pennant and tucked between the lettering.
 
The top half of the Polaroid die cut was crowned with a Picture Perfect wreath, dressed up with a number of Blooming Die Cuts; hand-cut, from With All My Heart's Metallic Gold Lovely print, flowers; and a scrumptious, double, white, seam binding ribbon bow, studded with a single, white pearl.
A sprinkling of Snowcone Sequins bring out a touch more of that soft peach color and complete the look.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Paper Studio); Dream Big: Shine 8x8 & With All My Heart: Metallic Gold Lovely 8x8 (PLS) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); pearl (Paper Studio); cheesecloth (Dritz); Blooming Hearts: Picture Perfect Die Cuts, Blooming Die Cuts, I Heart You Die Cut, Our Story Journaling Card, & Cherish Vellum Tape; Beautiful Day: Snowcone Sequins; & Here Comes the Sun: Gold Metallic A to Z Die Cuts & Gold Metallic Number Die Cut (PLS)

For the Love of Books

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Well, hello there, friends.  Seeing as today is the last day of August, I thought I'd better sneak in this month's For the Love of Books pick for all you book lovers.  It is written for children ages three and up and cleverly illustrated with playfully-detailed, full-color images.
"A Guest Is a Guest, and we must show them our best," written and illustrated by John Himmelman, is Farmer Beanbuckets' family motto, even when it comes to the four-legged and feathered kind.  But when their son, Billy, invites the piglet into the house for a sleepover, the whole farmyard learns of the household comforts they're missing and moves in.  Soon, the kitchen is full of hungry pigs; all the pillows are occupied with roosting hens; the television is continually playing programming that interests the animals; the morning paper is persistently in shambles; and there is always a line for the bathroom.  Farmer Beanbuckets declares, "when enough is enough, you have to get tough!"; and Billy devises a plan to trick the animals back to their natural habitats with a few creature comforts.

This book holds a special place in my heart, as our bunny, Snowflake, was always meant to be an outdoor pet.  Then, one cold, snowy night, Adina convinced me to let her stay indoors; and she never left.  She uses a litter box; and with the exception of being put in a pen when we're away from home or asleep for the night, she roams the house at her leisure.  I'm such a sucker for all things living.  Please don't send me your castaways!  Thanks so much for reading!  Be blessed!

The Studio Sketch Challenge

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Morning, friends!  We've got a new Sketch Challenge up over in the The Studio, and I'm popping in to share my take on it today.  I've tapped into my August Photobooth Citrus Twist Kit to bring it to life.  Enjoy!
I started this page by adding puddles and splatters of green and blue watercolors to the 12" x 12" watercolor paper base page.  I then rubbed Spun Sugar Distress Ink, through an alphabet stencil, behind where my photo, which was matted with white cardstock, would eventually lie and outlined those letters with a black artist pen.  Everything was then once again splattered but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  Once it was dry, I anchored a number of prints with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching and tucked a Cameo-cut, bright, pink, designer pattern, as inspired by the circles in the sketch below, as well as a sparkled and die-cut, number strip and snippet of cheesecloth, between them all.  A die-cut tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, peeks out from behind the photograph itself...
and a "RISE AND SHINE" phrase sticker, which also serves as my title, dresses up its bottom left corner.
The top of my photo was embellished with a "DELIGHTFUL DAY" die-cut banner, popped up with foam tape; black and white, floral die cut; stamped, in Jet Black ink, on white cardstock and hand-cut blooms; couple of punched, vellum flowers, which you'll also find scattered throughout the design, embellished with simple, black, enamel dots; and a sweet, little, puffy, bird sticker.
Amidst that cluster, I also added a duo of black and white, striped buttons, laced with white string, and popped one of the Cameo-cut, bright pink, designer paper circles up with foam tape.  A couple of other circles were additionally scattered throughout the design.
"HAPPY" and "MAGICAL" tickets ground the Cameo-cut, from Basic Black cardstock, word "Remember" along the vertical, right side of the page.  You'll also find a trickling of elements from the main part of the design here, including the third of a trio of gold, star sequins, as well as my hand-penned, March 26, 2016, date.
Lots of journaling, down the left side of the design, completes the look and reads, It had been a rough spring with us continually passing around the ickies, but we were all finally feeling well enough to join our Sunday school class, as well as a number of other people from our church, in passing out Easter baskets to children and Bibles to one and all; witnessing; and praying with people, as we walked door to door through a couple of apartment complexes in our city.  It was cold and rainy, and the egg hunt we had planned got canceled; but this is what it's all about.  We had the time of our lives!  We were so thankful for this tangible opportunity to be His hands and feet.
Further inspiration for this page came from Colorful Creations' August 15th Fussy Cutting Challenge...
and Citrus Twist's August 19th 3-to-Inspire Challenge to (1) use three or more words in your title, (2) number it, and (3) incorporate paper strips.
And here's your Sketch Challenge graphic to get you off and running in the right direction.
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, September 10, 2017, to link up your takes, on this Sketch Challenge and/or our previous, August, Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge, in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Spring Fling (Teresa Collins) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); Basic Black (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch); blue diamonds & multicolored stripe (Citrus Twist); black/white floral, teal swirl, & pink designer (Maggie Holmes) Ink: Spun Sugar Distress Ink & Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); alphabet stencil (Jenni Bowlin); cheesecloth (Dritz); Tiny Text phrase sticker (Cosmo Cricket); enamel dots (Simple Stories); Petite Petals punch (SU!); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); all die cuts, buttons, & gold star sequins (Maggie Holmes); white string (Hobby Lobby); puffy bird sticker (Citrus Twist); Poppy Remember & Shaker Sun cut files (Laura Whitaker); Cameo (Silhouette)

Friday Faves

Friday, August 25, 2017

Evening, y'all!  So sorry that it's been a bit quiet around here lately.  I've had my hands full with just being a mom.  It's truly a full-time job in and of itself.  Plus, it's been so beautiful outdoors; that I've been playing in my gardens lots.  We've been harvesting bunches of tomatoes, onion, peppers, lettuce, kale, zucchini, and cucumbers, not to mention a heap of spices, all summer long; but I also just fixed my first two homegrown eggplants for dinner this week.  Yum!  And I'm super excited about our growing baby pumpkins and butternut squash.  Eeek!  I'm having a ball!  We also took in a Royals game yesterday afternoon and visited the Kansas City Zoo today.  So, it's just been a little bit of summer, for us, all over again, now that we've got three full weeks of school under our belts.

All that said, I did want to pop in here, before the day completely gets away from me, to share a few things that have caught my attention this month.  Let's kick things off with Simon Says Stamp's Encouraging Words stamp set.  These images are just as precious as can be, and I adore all the punny sentiments.
Neat and Tangled's Schoolhouse stamp set released in perfect synchronization with the back-to-school season; and while I feel like it might be missing a few sentiments and/or images to really make the set complete, I couldn't resist throwing it up here.  You all know that I'm a sucker for anything school-themed, and those little mice are the icing on the cake.
I own a couple of Noonday Collection's wrap bracelets and couldn't possibly love them any more.  So, when I saw their new Bonfire Wrap Bracelet, I knew that it had to make the lineup. Dusty blues and grays are really calling to me right now.
So much so, that I'm planning a bit of a makeover for our entire house.  I'm hoping that it can coincide with a kitchen renovation, which is long overdue, soon.  Our biggest problem, aside from finding a trusted contractor that sees our vision, is five people, not to mention a dog, bunny, and fish, living in 920 square feet while everything is morphing.  I know that it's been done.  I just wonder if those people maintained their sanity in the process.  Anyway, Nate Berkus' Mini Fringe White and Silver Curtain Panels hopped into my basket while Target was having a 30% off sale last week; and I can't wait to paint the walls and get these babies up.
There you have it, folks.  I do have a page coming your way later this weekend, and I promise to try to keep you all coming back often for more inspiration and tips/tricks for your own creations.  Until next time, thanks so much for humbling me with a visit.  Have a blessed weekend!  XOXO

Pretty Little Studio: Sunshine

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Morning, y'all!  I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!  We've been super busy, especially for not having much on the calendar just yet, trying to take advantage of the nice weather to get some things done around the house.  All this sunshine has put me in the mood for scrapping some older, summer pics, which resulted in a page that's up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today.  You'll probably immediately see traces of our Here Comes the Sun, Dream Big, and Blooming Hearts collections; however, I've also managed to squeeze in some goodies from Summer Vibes, With All My Heart, Let's Go, and Marigold.  There I go mixing collections again.  I'd apologize, but it's just too. stinkin'. fun!
I started this page by anchoring triangles of the Shine from Within and Miss You Much 8x8 prints, in the center of the textured, white, cardstock, base page, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  I then Cameo-cut the Sunburst Background from Confetti Vellum and secured it with more gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.
My photo, which was matted with white cardstock, was backed with a trio of paper prints, two of which were anchored with, yet again, gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, as well as a couple of folded, vellum sheets.  Tip:  Don't throw away those packaging inserts!  Use them to bring in needed colors and patterns into your design.  I've used a Summer Vibes polka dot, packaging insert here to bring a kiss of teal to the right side of the design.  I then tucked a few Soul Mates Die-Cut diamonds behind the photo...
along with a Salt Lake Clear Shipping Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow.
The photo itself was sandwiched between a Picture Perfect Die-Cut tab, which I used to house the June 19, 2012 date...
and a Here Comes the Sun Die-Cut flamingo and Our Story Pocket Card.  I added a little color to the card with colored pencils and mineral spirits for shading and used it to journal, I just love to watch you enjoying yourself on a hot summer day.
A Gold Metallic A to Z Die Cut letter A for Adina; Summer Flair Button, backed with a tangle of gold thread; "EVERYDAY WITH YOU" With You Cut-Apart Word Flag; "I ADORE YOU" Soul Mates Sticker banner; and a couple of yellow buttons, laced with white thread, round out the cluster.  Tip:  Add a little baby powder to remove a portion of the adhesive on the back of your stickers for dimension.
A trio of Day Dream Die-Cut clouds and an Aloha Die-Cut "sunshine" title complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Stuck?! Sketches' August 15th Challenge.
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit!  Have a blessed week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: textured white (Bazzill); white (Paper Studio); Here Comes the Sun: Miss You Much 8x8, Confetti Vellum 8x8, & Diagonal Pink Vellum 8x8; With All My Heart: Loving You Gold Metallic 8x8; Dream Big: Shine from Within 8x8; Summer Vibes: Lemonade Vellum 8x8 & teal polka dot packaging; & Marigold: Dahlia (PLS) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white string (Hobby Lobby); buttons (Buttons Galore & More); colored pencils (Prismacolor); mineral spirits (Inky Antics); Sunburst Background cut file (Creative Scrappers); Cameo (Silhouette); Here Comes the Sun: Summer Flair Button, Gold Metallic A to Z Die Cuts, & Here Comes the Sun Die Cuts; Dream Big: Day Dream Die Cuts; Summer Vibes: Aloha Die Cut; Blooming Hearts: Soul Mates Sticker, Our Story Pocket Card, Soul Mates Die Cut, With You Cut-Apart Word Flag, & Picture Perfect Die Cut; & Let's Go: Salt Lake Clear Shipping Tag (PLS)