Poppystamps: Happy Birthday

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Morning, y'all!  I'm so excited to be back, sharing a project, showcasing more of what our January 2017 Release has to offer!  It's up on the Poppystamps blog today and made it to my brother-in-law, for his birthday, late last week.  Enjoy!
I started this card by watercoloring a piece of watercolor paper in various shades of green.  I then speckled it with those same watercolors, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints, before using the Happy Birthday Tag craft die to remove its center.  I then went back and filled in a portion of that center with a separate, Basic Black, cardstock, Happy Birthday Tag die cut.  The entire piece was then backed with a sheet of clear cardstock to create the window, which was filled in with a variety of sequins, seed beads, and a number of cardstock, Tiny Feathers die cuts.
For the back of the window, I used a plain piece of white cardstock so as not to compete with everything else that was already going on.  Black-threaded, straight, machine stitching secures all the layers together.  The entire piece was then popped off the surface of the white, cardstock, card face with foam tape and dressed up with a double, white, seam binding ribbon bow, embellished with a black, gingham bow, as well as a black button, laced with teal twine, tied in a bow.
Thanks, as always, for humbling me with a visit!  Have a blessed last day of January, and I'll see you next month!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Recollections); Basic Black, Pacific Point, Coastal Cabana, & Lucky Limeade (SU!): gold & yellow (Bazzill); watercolor (Canson Studio); clear (unknown) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); white seam binding ribbon (Hug Snug); black gingham ribbon & silver star sequins (Hobby Lobby); black button (SU!); blue twine (Paper Sweeties); gold star sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); sequins (Crate Paper); silver seed beads (unknown); Big Shot (Sizzix); Happy Birthday Tag & Tiny Feathers craft dies (Poppystamps)

The Studio Inspired by a Song Challenge

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Morning, friends!  Before I'm off to teach those fourteen two-year-old boys, in Sunday school, again, I've got my take on a new challenge from The Studio.  This go around, we're challenging you to create a page inspired, in any way whatsoever, by a song of your choosing.  The sky's the limit!  I chose Alison Krauss' Baby Mine and paired it with these darling photos of my littlest just sleeping during his first few months of life, as well as Citrus Twist's gorgeous January "Jameson" Scrapbook Kit.
I started this page by anchoring a number of colorful prints, behind where my photos would lie, with blue-threaded, straight, machine stitches; but before adhering my photos, which were matted with white cardstock, I splattered everything with Pure Black, Titanium White, True Blue, and Ballet Pink acrylic paints.  Once my photos, which were matted with white cardstock, were placed around my journaling, which we'll get back to here in a minute, I tucked a tag, laced with blue twine, tied in a bow, as well as an "over the moon", banner cut-apart in the top right corner...
and embellished them with flower and "THIS LIFE" circle die cuts, popped up with foam tape and backed with a tangle of blue thread.
A butterfly cut-apart, topped with a blue label and an "I bloomin' love you" banner, as well as another floral die cut and a wax envelope, tucked under the journaling panel, fill the bottom right corner...
and a couple of additional flower die cuts, as well as a yellow, Spring 2014 label, laid atop a darling, yellow doily, fill the bottom left.
I used puffy, alphabet stickers, over a "FAVORITES", die-cut ticket, which was stapled in place, to create the "BABY MINE" title.  A little, bird die-cut, popped up with foam tape, tops the title itself...
and brings us full-circle back to my journaling, which reads, Each little smile, giggle, coo, gaze, or twinkle in your eye leaves me weak in the knees; and more than anything, I love to snuggle with you while you we sleep.  "From your head down to your toes, you're not much, goodness knows.  But you're so precious to me, sweet as can be, baby of mine."  (Alison Krauss)  You have every ounce of my heart.  {heart}, Mom.
Die-cut letters, organized vertically, spell out "DREAM".
Just to the left of the lettering, I hung a stamped, in Barely Banana ink, on white cardstock;  hand-cut; and glittered moon from a length of white string, tied in a bow.  A "LOVE  LOVE  LOVE  LOVE" cut-apart, as well as a number of bright yellow, acrylic hearts, scattered throughout, complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from The Memory Nest's Make It Monday No. 80.
And, of course, this is where it all began.
You have until Sunday, February 12, 2017, to link up your takes, on this Inspired by a Song Challenge and/or our Mood Board Challenge and/or even our Review of the Year Challenge, in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  And be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of my talented team was inspired.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful work week, y'all!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Fall-O-Ween (Market Street Stamps) Paper: white (Recollections); textured white (Bazzill); yellow stars & two-tone triangles (Citrus Twist); pink speckled & blue gingham (Maggie Holmes); cut-apart details (1 Canoe 2) Ink: Barely Banana (SU!); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: blue thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Pure Black, Titanium White, True Blue, & Ballet Pink acrylic paints (FolkArt); white string (Hobby Lobby); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); staples & stapler (office supply store); all die cuts & puffy alphabet stickers (Pinkfresh for Citrus Twist); yellow doily, twine, wax envelope, & heart acrylics (Citrus Twist); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!)

For the Love of Books

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Welcome to the weekend, y'all!  Just popping in, before January completely gets away from me, to share my book pick for this month.  It's a rather new publication, written for children ages three to five, that caught my attention for its daring, but darling, black and white illustrations and simplistic text.  It has quickly become one of Kaden's favorites.  Matter of fact, he nearly has the whole thing memorized, which I love, because it also boasts a fantastic lesson in politeness.
Please, Mr. Panda, written and illustrated by Steve Antony, is a dialogue between Mr. Panda and five different animals.  Mr. Panda begins each conversation by asking whether the particular animal would like a doughnut and ends each interaction by changing his mind and walking away with the colorful pastries still in tow.  The individual animals each respond with a "Give me the pink one," or an "I want the blue one and the yellow one," or even an "I want them all!"; but every one forgets to say please.  That is, until a smiley-faced lemur comes along.  He remembers his please AND his thank you and is rewarded with the entire box of delectable treats.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Happy reading, friends!

Friday Faves

Friday, January 27, 2017

Hey, y'all!  It's the last Friday of the month and that means I've got a little stack of goodies, that have caught my attention throughout the month, to share, beginning with this darling Sweet As Honey stamp set from a new-to-me Honey Bee Stamps.  There's just something about a bumblebee that speaks to my heart.  Plus, I adore the fonts and sentiments here, and just imagine all the possibilities for that cloth-covered jar!
The fonts, too, are what first made me do a double take of Pretty Pink Posh's Winter Wonderland stamp set.  Swoon!  But those sweet, little images and gorgeous, detailed flakes put this one at the top of my must-have list.
These Foil Transparency Flowers, from Freckled Fawn, had me at hello.  The colors couldn't be any more perfect, and the gold foil puts their elegance quotient into a category all its own.
Oh, and check out Freckled Fawn's playful Puffy Glitter Stars, too!  I've never seen these in person and cannot find a sufficient description for them anywhere, but (And correct me, if I'm wrong.) they appear as though they're made out of fabric.  LOVE!  Wouldn't they look awfully adorable dangling from a baby mobile?  So sweet!
I ran across these Girls' Nightfall Blue Tights, from Cat & Jack, on a recent trip to Target and knew they'd be the perfect compliment to one of Adina's outfits.  I couldn't resist scooping them up!  She wore them last Sunday, and they couldn't have been any cuter.  I love that darling, knee detail; and they're such great quality, too.  Plus, you can't beat their warmth during these chilly, winter months.
And, finally, I had to throw in Vera Bradley's Vera Tote in Camocat.  My hubby got me this bag for my birthday, and I couldn't possibly love it any more!  It holds, literally, everything you could dream up and then some and is packed with pockets.  Perfection!  Thanks, Baby!
Before I'm off, I have to apologize for my lack of visits.  I was just catching up, and now, I've fallen hopelessly behind again.  I've had a lot on my plate and been running a million miles an hour.  Most days, I wake up more tired than when I went to bed.  How is that possible?!  Anyway, please know that I will be around just as soon as I possibly can.  I wouldn't miss it for the world!  And thank you, in advance, for your patience.  Have a wonderful weekend, friends!  Hugs!

PLS Pinterest Inspired: Helzberg Penguin Plaza

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Morning, friends!  I trust you all had wonderfully blessed weekends!  Ours was super busy but loads of fun with three basketball games between my big kiddos, shopping for new glasses for both Ezekiel and myself, celebrating my birthday, church, Awana, and even teaching FOURTEEN two-year-old BOYS in Sunday school.  I still don't know how we survived!  Somewhere amidst all the chaos, I also found a little time to papercraft.  Each project will make its way here in due time; but for now, I'd love to share a two-page design, inspired by the Pinterest photo below.  It's up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today.  Enjoy!
I started this layout by painting several shades of blue and green watercolor across two 12" x 12" watercolor pages.  A few speckles of those same watercolors, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints, prepped the pages for pics, which were matted with white cardstock.  Just under the photos, I anchored scraps of a wide variety of blue prints with teal-threaded, straight, machine stitches, even sneaking in a few bits of our Snowflakes Vellum here and there, before turning my attention to the left side of the design.
The "HELZBERG PENGUIN plaza" title was created from Navy Thin Clear ABC Stickers; a Cameo-cut, from Coastal Cabana cardstock, "PENGUIN"; and a Cameo-cut, from Basic Black cardstock, "plaza".  It was topped with an "explore" Aloha Die Cut, which was popped up with foam tape and surrounded by lots of white, cardstock, snowflake die cuts, not to mention a happy mix of Ocean Blue, Seaspray, and Snow Fall Sequins.
Both a Picnic Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, and a Salt Lake Clear Shipping Tag, laced with more white string, were tucked under all the title-work, as well as the left sides of the patterned prints.
A Treasure Map Tab, etched with the Wed. Nov. 20th date...
With Glee Die Cut, popped up with foam tape...
and a couple more Aloha Die Cut phrases, once again, popped up with foam tape...
turn our attention to the right side of the design.
All the white, cardstock, journaling strips from the previous page pour over onto this page as well.  Together, they read, It was our 1st trip to see the penguins @ the KC Zoo, & Adina & I were captivated the whole time Ezekiel was in class.  It was so fun to see the penguins darting out of the water to hitch a ride on the zookeepers' raft, as they were cleaning windows.  KCTV5 News was there interviewing the Director.  We were the only patrons there, so we stayed super quiet so they wouldn't ask us to leave.  What a great morning!  Welcome to KC, penguins!
This darling, little, Winter Friends Flair button, backed with a tangle of teal thread, found a fitting home.
A number of additional, white, cardstock, snowflake die cuts, as well as another With Glee Die Cut snowflake, popped up with foam tape, and Picnic Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, not to mention all those perfectly-matching sequins, carry over to this page as well and complete the look.
And here's our Pinterest photo that inspired it all.  I don't think any explanations are even needed ;).
Thanks, as always, for stopping by!  Have a terrific Tuesday!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Recollections); Coastal Cabana & Basic Black (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch); Woodland: Navy Clover 8x8 & Navy Caterpillar 8x8, Summer Vibes: Beach Bum 8x8, Let's Go: Atlanta 8x8, Here + There: Let's Go 8x8, & Winter Joy: Snowy Night 8x8 & Snowflakes Vellum 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: teal thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); white string (Hobby Lobby); Cameo (Silhouette); Marais Snowflake & Ava Snowflakes craft dies (Poppystamps); Big Shot (Sizzix); Woodland: Navy Thin Clear ABC Stickers, Summer Vibes: Aloha Die Cuts, Picnic Tags, & Seaspray Sequins, Let's Go: Salt Lake Clear Shipping Tags, Winter Joy: With Glee Die Cuts & Winter Friends Flair, Holly Jolly: Snow Fall Sequins, & Treasure Island: Ocean Blue Confetti & Treasure Map Tab (PLS)

Pretty Little Studio: Holiday Baking

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Morning, friends!  I'm super excited to be back up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today with another Christmas-themed page, boasting goodies from all three of our newest Christmas collections.  I just love how well they work together!
I started this page by anchoring strips of some of our gorgeous, Christmas prints, vertically, near center of a piece of 12x12, watercolor paper, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  I then added a little gesso over the prints, before watercoloring aqua puddles behind where my photos would lie and splattering everything with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  A number of additional, stacked, Christmas prints, as well as a couple of folded, vellum sheets, were then adhered (Some were secured with more stitching.), once again, behind where my photos, which were matted with white cardstock, would lie.  A Merry Tag, laced with Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, was then tucked behind the bottom far left photo.
Moving clockwise, a "COOKIES + MILK" Nice List Cut-Apart was popped up with foam tape.
A Cozy Home 3x4 Pocket Card was then tucked under the right edge of the top photos and used to journal, Baking/decorating Christmas sugar cookies is one of our favorite traditions.  I also journaled a couple of phrases, Delicious & festive, vertically, near the card's top right corner.
Just to the right of the card, I created my "HOLIDAY baking" title with Gold Metallic A to Z Die-Cuts and a "baking" Clear Word.  I cannot tell you how much I'm still in love with those Gold Metallic A to Z Die-Cuts from our Here Comes the Sun Collection!  I just ordered more vowels ;).
Both the title and my journaling were then embellished with a small cluster, which includes a Wish List Flair button, backed with a tangle of gold thread and flanked with a couple of white, cardstock, holly leaf die cuts; a Gold Metallic Label Tag, which I used to house a couple of Nice List Words Stickers; and a Winter Berries Mini Vintage Die Cut.
The darling Christmas Cookies Vintage Die Cut is right where it should be at center stage...
and a Winter Joy Tab, secured with a couple of simple staples, trims the right side of the bottom right photo.  A scattering of stars, collected from our With Glee and Jingle Bell Words Die-Cut packages, not to mention buttons, laced with white thread, and lots of Winter Wonderland Clear Stickers, complete the look.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Recollections); Tinsel Town: Holly Jolly 8x8, Very Merry 8x8, Oh Christmas Tree 8x8, & Stocking Stuffer Vellum 8x8, Winter Joy: Candy Cane 8x8 & Peppermint 8x8, Holly Jolly: Deck the Halls 8x8, Stocking Stuffers 8x8, & Snowflakes Vellum 8x8, & Here Comes the Sun: Gold Metallic Confetti 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); buttons (JoAnn Fabrics); white string (Hobby Lobby); Holiday Holly craft die (Poppystamps); Big Shot (Sizzix); staples & stapler (office supply store); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); Tinsel Town: Nice List Words, Wish List Flair, Merry Tags, & Nice List Cut-Apart, Winter Joy: With Glee Die Cuts, Jingle Bell Words Die Cuts, Cozy Home 3x4 Pocket Cards, & Winter Joy Tabs, Holly Jolly: Winter Wonderland Clear Stickers, Here Comes the Sun: Gold Metallic A to Z Die-Cuts, Gold Mine: Gold Metallic Label Tags, Baking Clear Word, Christmas Cookies Vintage Die Cut, & Winter Berries Mini Vintage Die Cut (PLS)

Poppystamps Valentine Blog Blitz: Thank You

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hey, y'all!  Poppystamps' Valentine Blog Blitz, in celebration of the January 2017 Release, continues this afternoon with another creation of mine up on the Poppystamps blog.
I started this card by watercoloring a piece of watercolor paper in shades of green and purple.  I then speckled it with those same watercolors, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints, before using the new, Tulisa Collage craft die to die-cut its center.  I then backed it with a piece of white, glitter cardstock, before securing everything, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches, to the white, cardstock, card face.  The Corden Butterfly was die-cut from a piece of watercolor paper, prepped in the same way as the background itself with the exception of using different shades of watercolor.  I then topped it with a die-cut, Pacific Point, cardstock Powell Butterfly and secured it, just at its center, in the top center of the card face, with silver-threaded, messy, machine stitches.  A little foam tape, tucked under the wings themselves, ensures they will never lie flat.
A die-cut, from white cardstock, Scribble Thank You, adhered in the bottom center of the design, completes the look.
Be sure to stop by the Poppystamps blog every day, TWICE a day, through Monday, October 23, 2017, to see what my talented teammies have cooked up, using all the new goodies, just for your viewing pleasure.  AND don't forget to leave lots of love as you visit; because a new, January Release product is being randomly given away on EACH AND EVERY Poppystamps' blog post.  You have until Wednesday, January 25, 2017, to do so.  Winners will be announced, on the Poppystamps blog, the following Saturday, January 28, 2017.  I've got the versatile, Scribble Thank You craft die, that you see in action above, to giveaway today.

That's it, from me, for this Blog Blitz; but there truly is so much left to see.  You simply don't want to miss out.  Have fun, and good luck with ALL the glorious prizes, friends!  Hugs! 

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white & glitter (Recollections); Pacific Point (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Big Shot (Sizzix); Corden Butterfly, Powell Butterfly, Tulisa Collage, & Scribble Thank You craft dies (Poppystamps)

2016 Card Review

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hey, y'all!  Just popping back in to share my top ten cards of 2016.  Once again, I apologize profusely for this post's tardiness but hope that it is still thoroughly enjoyed and fills you with a heightened level of creativity that you can call your own.  Oh, and each photograph is linked to its original post for all the details and supplies in its making.  Just click on it, and enjoy!
There you have it.  This is me and my style.  It's changing all the time, but it is what it is, and it makes me ever so happy.  If you're new to my blog or considering becoming a follower, like I said in yesterday's 2016 Layout Review post, what a great way for you all to get to know me!  And if you've been around for the long haul, thank you from the bottom of my heart!  It just wouldn't be the same around here without you.  Mwah!  I'd love for you to stick around to see what I've got in store for 2017.  Thanks again!  XOXO