Pretty Little Studio: Awana Memories

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Morning, y'all!  Just popping in to share a page that's up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this am.  These pics were taken at Adina's Awana award ceremony last year.  I wanted to play off the blues and reds in the photos themselves, so I pulled everything I could find that may do the trick; and while it reveals a mix of goodies from a plethora of different collections, it also shows just how well they all work together.  Gotta love that!  Enjoy!
I started this page by adding a few blue, watercolor puddles to my 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page.  I then splattered it with those same shades of blue watercolors, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  A number of those blue, red, and neutral prints, including Here Gray and Wishes Vellum pieces, were then adhered, in their present positions, behind where my photos, which were matted with white cardstock, would lie.  Some of those prints were additionally anchored with white-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  A Cambridge 4" Doily was tucked under the top left edge of my photos and Easy Breezy and Salt Lake Clear Shipping Tags, laced with Baker's Twine, under the top right.
An Our Story 3x4 Journaling Card brings in more of that soft blue color; serves as a secondary, "you bring magic in my life" title; and is dressed up with that sweet Lady Vintage Die Cut, which also happened to inspire a collection of butterflies found throughout the page, popped up with foam tape.
Continuing in a clockwise movement, I popped a blue-framed Everyday Cut-Apart label up with foam tape and used it to house my May 2, 2016 date.  A "what a special day" Words from the Heart Sticker grounds it.
A Just Saying Flair Button and Picture Perfect Die Cut dress up the individual photo of my beautiful girl, which was also backed with a scrap of white cheesecloth for texture.
I also tucked another Picture Perfect Die Cut up near the top of the page and embellished it with an Everyday Cut-Apart banner, secured with a simple staple, and a Monarch Die Cut, popped up with foam tape.
The first part of the vertical, "AWANA MEMORIES" title was made by stamping "AWANA" in Bashful Blue ink.  A Love Life Word Die Cut polishes it off, and my journaling follows suit underneath.  It reads, You memorized your scriptures for this year in record time and just floated the last couple of months, but you just love the company of all the other children and that Daddy stays to help out.  I'm so proud of you!
A couple of Monarch Butterfly Stickers complete the look.
I also wanted to share that Pretty Little Studio will be adding something special to every $25 order, beginning next month with these gorgeous, summer-inspired, watercolor die cuts, created by Marie Pierre-Capistran.  Woohoo!
Thanks, as always, for humbling me with a visit!  I'll see you on the other side of May, friends.  XOXO

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Headline Alphabet (SU!) Paper: white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); Winter Joy: Wishes Vellum 8x8; With All My Heart: Loving You Gold Metallic 8x8 & Always Gray 8x8; Let's Go: Here Gray Vellum 8x8; black polka dot & red houndstooth (PLS) Ink: Bashful Blue (SU!); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); cheesecloth (Dritz); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); staple & Staple Board (We R Memory Keepers); Ain't Life Grand: Everyday Cut-Aparts, Love Life Word Die Cut, & Easy Breezy Shipping Tag; Blooming Hearts: Just Saying Flair Button, Our Story 3x4 Journaling Card, Picture Perfect Die Cuts, & Words from the Heart Sticker; Woodland: Monarch Butterfly Stickers & Monarch Die Cut; Let's Go: Salt Lake Clear Shipping Tag; You & Me: Cambridge 4" Doily; & Lady Vintage Die Cut (PLS)

Friday Faves

Friday, May 26, 2017

Evening, y'all!  I hope you've all had wonderful weeks!  Mine has been super busy; but we're officially done with school, and while I've still got a few things to wrap up and send off, I'm sensing some free time calling my name.  Maybe even some extra time to dust off a few old favorites in my creative space.  I love stamping, and I haven't gotten to play with my stamps as much as I'd like lately.  So, I'm thinking maybe today's lineup, beginning with Reverse Confetti's Miso Happy, may have stemmed from a subconscious desire to get more inky.  These little pandas are just as cute as can be.
SugarPea Designs' Quackers create perfect, warm-weather scenes; and I adore the variety of punny sentiments.
Lawn Fawn's Upon a Star is just as full of cuteness as the first two; and once again, the stamping possibilities here are endless.  This one makes me reminisce of warm, summer nights at the lake.
I couldn't resist including Bee Friends from Pretty Pink Posh.  You all know how much I love bumblebees.  Enough said.
My Favorite Things' precious Birthday Bears had me at hello.  Those baby bears are just as sweet as can be, and the coordinating greetings couldn't be any more perfect.  Plus, I feel like I'm ALWAYS making birthday cards and never seem to have enough birthday-themed sets.
And finally, Close to the Heart's butterflies, from Birch Press Design, are calling to be white embossed and watercolored or stamped with a bold, black outline and filled in with soft Prismacolors.  Maybe they'll finally force me to break the bank and buy some Copics... Na ;)!  Swoon!  Just love the details here!
Matter of fact, Birch Press Design is having a Memorial Day weekend sale, so these beauties might just be making it to my front door in the near future.  Happy shopping, friends!
Have a safe and blessed Memorial Day weekend!  And a HUGE thank you to all our troops, both past and present and at home and abroad, for sacrificing so much for our freedom and safety.  You will never be forgotten.  God bless!

For the Love of Books

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the Midwest Parent Educators Conference.  By the time the conference rolls around every year, I'm usually exhausted and questioning why we ever decided to homeschool in the first place.  This year happened to be no exception, which is exactly why I make it a priority to attend.  It's empowering!  I always walk away with a plethora of tools for making our year more successful.  Sometimes, those tools are tangible in the form of books or educational games.  Other times, those tools are birthed out of a concept or conviction.  The book that I want to share, with you all, for this month's For the Love of Books pick is derived from both.

Heidi St. John was the keynote speaker at this year's conference; and y'all, she's just amazing!  Truly.  Don't ever hesitate to attend one of her conferences.  Anyway, I had the privilege of being in her REAL LIFE Homeschooling workshop.  Briefly, each letter from the title gave way to a list of challenges for homeschooling success.
  • R = Remember the goal is to teach God's material and His standard.
  • E = Expect opposition both spiritually and culturally and from family and friends.
  • A = Adjust for life.  Successful homeschoolers are flexible.
  • L = Let go of legalism.  Legalism chokes our ability to hear from the Lord and makes us judgmental of one another.
  • I = Invest in what matters most.
    1. Growing relationships with God
    2. Nurturing marriages
    3. Discipling our children
    4. Leading by example
  • F = Follow the leader.  Be yoked with Christ (Matthew 11: 28-30).  Learn from Him (Psalm 34:4).
  • E = Expect to be victorious!  "For the Word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does."  Psalm 33:4
One of the things that stood out the most for me was her discussion on discipling our children.  She stated, "The goal of education is discipleship, and discipleship begins at home."  At this point, conviction set in for me.  One of the reasons we decided to homeschool our children many years ago was to have the opportunity to be the main shapers of our children's beliefs both spiritually and educationally.  We even chose the curriculum we did for its success in weaving God's truth and character into all its subject areas.  While I still stand by that decision wholeheartedly, somewhere along the line, I began letting the curriculum do all the work.  I forgot that me, myself, and I, along with my husband's input of course, was the main shaper.
We were still spending time in God's Word and praying together every morning, but I had failed to teach my children and forgotten myself, amidst all of life's disappointments and struggles, how to listen for the voice of the Lord.  One of the ways I felt the Lord was leading me to remedy that loss was for us to take time every day to hand write the scriptures, along with what the specific words, for each particular day, meant to us or what the Lord was trying to tell us, at that exact moment in our lives, through those words.  As you can imagine, sometimes, this takes us to completely opposite ends of the spectrum, especially with such a wide range of ages and abilities in my home.  But that's the beauty of each individual's walk with the Lord, and I cannot tell you how much we have enjoyed doing this!
I feel like it is teaching us that the Bible is more than just inspirational words or historical stories.  It is living and active and a reflection of who and what the Lord desires us to be and do both today and in the future.  I feel like it is giving us opportunities to share how the Lord has moved and is still moving in our own lives through lessons learned and lessons still being learned.  And most importantly, I feel like it is training us not only to listen for God's voice but also to just be still and know that He is God, which, finally, leads me to today's book pick.  It is written for children ages three to six and introduced to me by Heidi herself.
Be Still, written by Kathryn O'Brien and illustrated by Gillian Flint, not only makes Bible memorization fun but also creates meaning, through lasting connections with real-life experiences, out of every single word in the scripture "Be still, and know that I am God!"  Psalm 46:10

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today, friends.  Happy reading!

Poppystamps: Have a Magical Birthday

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hey, y'all!  I trust you all had wonderful weekends and even better starts to the work weeks.  My sweet girl and I got a chance to get away for an afternoon of fun, at Sea Life Aquarium, just the two of us; and of course, we spent much of it at the baseball fields, too.  Tomorrow is our last day of school, and I cannot even begin to tell you how ready I am for summer to begin.  We'll only have just over a week to relax, before all the summer activities, aside from baseball, which, obviously, is already well underway, begin; but I'm still ready for a bit of a change of pace and more time to enjoy the sunshine, before we hit the books again the first part of August.  I know that I've been terrible about family updates over here.  I was so diligent about doing them before, because I thought that it was a way that extended family and friends were able to keep up with the goings on in our neck of the woods; but nobody seems to miss them, and they take an awful lot of time to keep up with.  So, for now, they're on hiatus.

Anyhow, I'm just stopping back in here to share my sister's magical, garden birthday card that's up on the Poppystamps blog today.  Enjoy!
I started this card by stamping those Watercolor Wildflowers, that I simply cannot get enough of, in Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, and Peeled Paint Distress Inks, on watercolor paper.  I then spritzed over them with water to get more of a watercolor effect and splattered everything with those same shades of Distress Inks mentioned above, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  That set the foundation for my garden.  While it was drying, I pieced together the Blooming Poppy with Real Red, Basic Black, and Garden Green cardstock die cuts and the Ragged Daisy with white, Daffodil Delight, and Lucky Limeade cardstock die cuts.  Once they were adhered, in their respective positions, to the watercolor piece, I grounded them with a Preppy Flowers, Wild Wasabi cardstock die cut.
The prepped piece was then anchored, to the Pistachio Pudding cardstock card face, with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  The Magnificent Mini Faeries were die-cut from Basic Black and white cardstocks; pieced together; and adhered, with foam tape, within the garden itself.  Their wings also got a healthy dose of Clear Wink of Stella for shimmer and shine.
I then die-cut the Pinpoint Balloons from Coastal Cabana cardstock; adhered them, in their respective locations; also gave them some shimmer and shine with Clear Wink of Stella, coated with Glossy Accents; and anchored them to the faeries' fists with hand-penned strings.
The black-embossed, "HAVE A magical BIRTHDAY" sentiment, from Fairy Greetings, completes the look.
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit, friends!  Have a terrific Tuesday!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Fairy Greetings (Poppystamps); Watercolor Wildflowers (Birch Press Design) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Basic Black, Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Lucky Limeade, Pistachio Pudding, & Daffodil Delight (SU!); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Barn Door, & Peeled Paint Distress Inks (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); black embossing powder (SU!); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Clear Wink of Stella (Zig); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Big Shot (Sizzix); Magnificent Mini Faeries, Pinpoint Balloons, Ragged Daisy, Blooming Poppy, & Preppy Flowers craft dies (Poppystamps)

The Studio Colour Challenge

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Morning, y'all!  Just popping in with a new challenge from The Studio.  I've picked out a gorgeous palette to wet your creative appetites this go around.  I was inspired to use one of the large title pages, from Pinkfresh's new Live More Collection, as the foundation for my take; and while I have to admit that the parameters of the page terrified me at first, I'm SUPER happy with the outcome.  Enjoy!
I started this page by smudging Piglet Mr. Huey's and Leap Frog and Pink Bubblegum Glimmer Mists, above the built-in "LIVE MORE" title, behind where my photo, which was matted with white cardstock, would eventually lie.  I then splattered everything with those same mists, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  The photo itself was then backed with a trio of prints, helping to pull in those scrumptious colors below, as well as a snippet of cheesecloth for texture.  I also tucked a quartet of pie circle die cuts throughout the page for movement.  The top edge of my photo was then dressed up with a heart tab die cut, and a "YOU MAKE ME happy" puffy sticker adds a kiss of black right where it was needed most.
A couple of tags, one of which boasts the "CURRENTLY LOVING" cousin time phrase and both of which were laced with white string and Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, respectively, were tucked under the left side of the photo.  A couple of floral, puffy stickers, backed with a tangle of gold thread, soften all those straight edges.  Tip: To create dimension with stickers, back them with foam tape; but before peeling off the paper protecting the sticky portion of the tape, dust the back of the sticker with baby powder.  Doing so ensures the tape keeps the sticker raised long after it has been pressed in a book.
The opposite side of the photo was dressed up with a couple of palm die cuts, as well as a gold, foil flamingo and a "CAPTURED" paper clip.
My May 29, 2011 date was handwritten, vertically, along the right side of the "M" in the "LIVE MORE" title; and the center of the "O" was embellished with one of those pie circle die cuts, popped up with foam tape.  In turn, the latter was dressed up with a polka dot, heart, puffy sticker; "can't get enough" die cut; "today" puffy letters; and a "THE LITTLE STUFF" phrase sticker to complete the look.
Here's this month's Colour Challenge to get you off and creating in the right direction.
You have until Sunday, June 4, 2017, to link up your takes, on this Colour Challenge and/or our Recipe Challenge, in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of the team was inspired.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed Sunday, y'all!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Paper Studio); Live More (Pinkfresh); black/white stripe & red weave (Citrus Twist); pink palms (Maggie Holmes) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Leap Frog & Pink Bubblegum Glimmer Mists (Tattered Angels); Piglet Mr. Huey's (Studio Calico); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); white string (Hobby Lobby); cheesecloth (Dritz); heart & floral puffy stickers (Maggie Holmes); "YOU MAKE ME happy" & "today" puffy stickers (Heidi Swapp); palms, foil flamingo, & pink tag die cuts (Crate Paper); circles, heart tab, "CURRENTLY LOVING" tag, & "can't get enough" die cuts, "CAPTURE" paper clip, & phrase sticker (Pinkfresh)

Guest Designing with Scrap Our Stash

Monday, May 15, 2017

Morning, y'all!  I'm so excited to be back guest designing with the talented ladies over at Scrap Our Stash this month!  We started the month out right with a Stash Challenge; and if you can believe it, we're already bringing it to a close with a brand, spankin' new sketch.  I don’t know what it is about pictures of my kiddos reading, but they’ve been the inspiration for a number of my pages this month.  I love that I caught my littlest in his underpants and with his book upside down in the photo featured here.  It’s such an accurate depiction of everyday life in my household.  Enjoy!
I started this page by adhering a 4-1/2" x 12" strip of a gray, gingham, patterned paper down the left side of the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page and a 1" x 12" strip of the same print, over an angled, black, plus signs, patterned paper, down the right side of the base page.
I then applied a little gesso to the larger, patterned paper strip.  Once it was dry, I painted shades of teal and yellow watercolors behind where my photos would lie.  I also splattered everything with those same watercolors, as well as red watercolor and Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  The previously adhered prints were then anchored with white-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  Several of the patterned papers behind my photo, which was matted with white cardstock and wrapped with a length of white string, tied in a bow, were anchored with the same stitching.  I also threw a folded sheet of vellum behind my photo and adhered five triangle cut-aparts, from top to bottom, just left of its vertical center.
The "home" die cut was backed with a tangle of white thread and topped with a floral die cut, popped up with foam tape.
I then journaled in a semicircle around the right side of my photo.  It reads, I just "LOVE" these precious moments when all is far too quiet for life with an ornery two-year-old and I come to check on you and you're just being "you".  I love you!  {heart}, MomTip: Pencil in your semicircle, using the rim of a bowl or lid of a hat box as a pattern, in order to ensure your journaling maintains the desired shape.  Die cuts were used to spell one of the words "LOVE" in the journaling...
and puffy alphabet stickers for one of the words "you".  Their combination creates the "LOVE you" title.
A yellow, cut-apart label was then tucked under the right-side, patterned paper strips; used to record the 4.1.16 date; and embellished with a leafy, cut-apart bar; triangle cut-apart; and "story of my life" die cut, backed with a tangle of white thread and popped up with foam tape.  A sprinkling of teal sequins completes the look.
Here's Scrap Our Stash's May Sketch Challenge to get you off and creating in the right direction.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a fabulous work week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); gray gingham & black plus signs (Maggie Holmes); aqua hexagon (Crate Paper); multicolored floral (Dear Lizzy); yellow striped triangles & red grid (Citrus Twist) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); gesso (O'Leary Paints); watercolors (Kuretake); "LOVE", "home" defined, floral, & "story of my LIFE" die cuts (Pinkfresh for Citrus Twist); sequins & triangle, leafy bar, & yellow label cut-aparts (Citrus Twist); white string (Hobby Lobby); Dream On puffy alphabet stickers (Pinkfresh)

Pretty Little Studio: Loving You, Mom

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Morning, y'all; and happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there!  I'm just stopping in, while I'm hopefully still snoozing as my family and I had a big night at Kansas Speedway last night, to bring you all my mom's Mother's Day card.  It's up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this am.  Enjoy!
I started this card by trimming the top of our Gray Always print with a strip of our All I Need patterned paper.  I then anchored them, to the white, cardstock, card face, with horizontal, double, silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches; adhered a My Heart 3x4 Journaling Card in their combined center; and secured a sheet of vellum, that was cut 1/4" smaller than the combined patterned prints, over everything, with more silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  Tip: Vellum softens everything!  A Cherish Die-Cut tag was then popped up, in the center of the journaling card, with foam tape and laced with white string, tied in a bow.
The tag itself was already split into two patterns.  So, I simply magnified that feature by placing a Cherish Die-Cut "hello", popped up with foam tape, along that diagonal.
A "loving you" Sweetheart Mini Word partial sentiment was tucked, parallel to the bottom edge of the tag, under the "hello" die cut's bottom left edge and overhanging the right side of the tag.  A Silver Metallic Label was then stapled just below that and filled in with Fresh Mint Mini ABC's to spell "MOM" and complete the "loving you, MOM" sentiment, as well as the look itself.
Further inspiration for this card came from Sunday Stamps' Challenge 152: Sketch Fun.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  And have a blessed Mother's Day, moms!  XOXO

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); With All My Heart: All I Need 8x8 & Gray Always 8x8 (PLS) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white string (Hobby Lobby); staples & Staple Board (We R Memory Keepers); With All My Heart: Fresh Mint Mini ABC, Sweetheart Mini Word, My Heart 3x4 Journaling Card, & Cherish Die Cuts & Gold Mine: Silver Metallic Label (PLS)

Poppystamps May Blog Blitz: Large Nimble Faerie

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Welcome to the weekend, y'all!  I'm super excited to be up on the Poppystamps blog today, sharing a few new goodies from our May 2017 Release.  Enjoy!
I started this card by watercoloring a scrap of watercolor paper, moving from left to right, in a rainbow of shades.  Once it was dry, I spritzed over it with Pearl mist for a little shimmer and shine and die-cut our new Floribunda Collage florals out of it.  I then backed it with a piece of white cardstock and anchored a split panel of white, glitter paper to either side of it with white-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  More white-threaded, straight, machine stitches secure a vertical strip of vellum, which was white-embossed with the "THANK YOU fairy MUCH" sentiment from our new Fairy Greetings stamp set.
A length of white string was then wrapped, vertically, around the prepped piece, between the connection of the vellum strip and everything else and tied, in a bow, near the top edge of the prepped piece, before the latter was popped off the surface of the white, cardstock, card face with foam tape.
I then die-cut our new Large Nimble Faerie from white cardstock; popped her body up with foam tape; and applied three shades of glitter to her wings, before adhering them to her back.  A sprinkling of clear, sequin blossoms completes the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from House of Card's May Challenge: Add Sequins and/or Colors.
Be sure to stop by the Poppystamps blog every day through next Sunday, May 21, 2017, to see what my talented teammies have cooked up, using all the newly-released goodies, just for your viewing pleasure.  AND don't forget to leave lots of love as you visit; because a new, May Release product is being randomly given away on EACH AND EVERY Poppystamps' blog post.  You have until Monday, May 22, 2017, to do so.  Winners will be announced, on the Poppystamps blog, the following Wednesday, May 24, 2017.  I've got that fabulous Large Nimble Faerie craft die, that you see in action above, to giveaway today.
That's it, from me, for today; but there truly is so much left to see.  You simply don't want to miss out.  Have fun!  Good luck with ALL the glorious prizes; and have a wonderful weekend, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Fairy Greetings (Poppystamps) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); glitter (Recollections); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: watermark (VersaMark) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); Pearl mist (Art Anthology); white embossing powder (Zing!); white string (Hobby Lobby); pink, turquoise, & purple glitter (K&Company); sequins (Paper Sweeties); Big Shot (Sizzix); Large Nimble Faerie & Floribunda Collage craft dies (Poppystamps)

April Recognition

Friday, May 12, 2017

Afternoon, y'all!  Just popping in here live to share that this sweet page made the Top 3 at Scrap Our Stash last month.  Eeek!  Thanks, Scrap Our Stash!
I'll be back tomorrow morning with a shimmery card, celebrating Poppystamps' May Blog Blitz.  Until then, be sure to stop by the blog to check out all the fabulous creations the rest of the team has already whipped up, not to mention the amazing stash of new goodies gracing the shop.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  TGIF!  Be blessed!