Pretty Little Studio: Silly Monkey

Monday, August 14, 2017

Evening, y'all!  Just popping in to share a page that's up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today.  I utilized lots of elements from our new Beautiful Day Collection, which I simply can't get enough of, as well as some oldies but goodies.  Matter of fact, some of the older pieces that I've got going on today aren't even in the store anymore; but that just goes to show how easy it is to put some of those bits and bobs that you may have purchased awhile back but were saving for just the right project to good use with your newer treasures.  I can't say enough how much I love the way all of our collections work so well together.  So, let's just dive right in.  Shall we?
I started this page by sketching a trio of pie charts throughout the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page and watercoloring each one in shades of red, blue, and green.  I then used those same watercolors, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints, to splatter the page before stamping a number of stars, in Jet Black ink, throughout.  Several papers from the Beautiful Day 6x8 Paper Pack, as well as one Currently Journaling Card, were then die-cut into circles and framed with black-embroidery-floss, hand stitches.  I just love the Perfect Day Cut-Apart and My Life Flair Button you see here, too!
Once my photos, which were matted with white cardstock, were adhered in their respective locations, I began embellishing.  Moving clockwise from the photo above, I layered a couple of Colorful Blooms, separating the two with foam tape, and pulled a bit of that black embroidery floss to the front of the page to tie in a simple bow.  You'll also see a little Easter Sunday 2016 journaling around one of those die-cut circles here.
The Silly Monkey Word Die Cut, popped up with foam tape, creates my title.  It was grounded with an Explore Word Die Cut...
as well as a Silly Disco Mini Vintage Die Cut, peeking out from behind a couple of Greenery Die Cuts.  This exact die cut is no longer available; but if you love Silly Disco as much as I do, you can get him in his larger, die-cut size, as well as in his same mini, pink and blue counterparts, here.  A simple, bold, black "WHAT A PERFECT DAY" Perfect Day Cut-Apart, popped up with foam tape, draws the eye from the top straight down to the bottom of the page.
Another Perfect Day Cut-Apart...
brings us back to the top of the page with a June 2017 Freebie word bubble, which I used to journal, "Peek-a-boo, Mommy!"  You love to find ways to make us laugh.  It's bottom left corner was embellished with a couple more Greenery Die Cuts, as well as a Park Bench Cut-Apart.  All three elements here were, once again, popped up with foam tape.  Gotta love a little dimension!  And a scattering of Ocean Blue Confetti stars complete the look.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by!  Have a remarkable work week, friends!  XOXO

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Blast Off (Market Street Stamps) Paper: white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); Beautiful Day: 6x8 Paper Pack (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); circle template (Fiskars); Clear Cut Stackers: Circles dies (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); black embroidery floss (DMC); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Beautiful Day: Greenery Die Cuts, Park Bench Cut-Apart, My Life Flair Button, Currently Journaling Card, Colorful Blooms, & Perfect Day Cut-Aparts; Treasure Island: Ocean Blue Confetti & Explore Word Die Cut; Silly Monkey Word Die Cut; Silly Disco Mini Vintage Die Cut; June 2017 Freebie (PLS)

The Studio Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Morning, y'all!  Just popping in to share our first August challenge in The Studio.  I'm hoping to pull something together a little later this week.  I've been a bit preoccupied to have hit the deadline for today's post, but I didn't want you all to have to wait a second longer to get started.  So, without further adieu, it's a Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge this week.
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 in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed week, friends!

July Recognition

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Welcome to the weekend, y'all!  Well, we've officially completed our first, full week of school; and I think that I'm ready for summer to come back.  LOL!  Truthfully, as a family, we've had a lot of difficult stuff, outside of the realm of our studies, thrown our direction this week; but my kiddos haven't missed a beat.  They've picked up right where they left off last May and make the perfect 9th and 3rd graders respectively, not to mention my ornery, little three-year-old, who just wants to be them so badly.  I'm proud of them all, even when they're driving me crazy.

We've got a couple of swim parties later today and lots of cleaning up to still accomplish from our most recent storm; but before I head outside to get started, I wanted to share that I was named Let's Get Sketchy's June Winner for this precious page...
and this playful number.
Thanks so much to Brenshevia and her uber talented team for this honor!  I never fail to be inspired every time I visit the challenge.  And thanks so much to you all for continuing to humble me with your visits and comments!  I've been a terrible blog friend lately and truly don't deserve the love, but you all never fail to surprise me.  I'll never be able to fully express how grateful I am for that.  Have a wonderful weekend, friends!  Hugs!

Poppystamps Holiday Blog Blitz: Holly Twig

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Morning, y'all!  I'm super excited to be up on the Poppystamps blog today, sharing a few new goodies from our latest 2017 Holiday Release.  Please forgive my photography skills, though.  White is super hard for me to photograph, but it's ever so striking in real life.  Enjoy!
I started this card by rubbing Broken China Distress Ink, through the Winter Scattered Snowflakes designer stencil, onto the center of the white cardstock, card face.  Over the stenciling, I created the scene with die cuts, beginning with an older Ava Snowflake, die-cut from white cardstock.  The rest of the die cuts all came from this latest release.  The Double Pine Cone Collage was die-cut from Chocolate Chip cardstock.  Tip:  Use the negative die cut as a template for gluing each of those little bits into their proper places.  The Wispy Pine Needles were die-cut from Old Olive cardstock.  The Holly Twig, which you have the opportunity to win on the blog today (Woot!  Woot!), was die-cut from Soft Suede and Garden Green cardstocks; and Xmas Red Stickles was used for the berries.  Finally, the Cute Fawn was die-cut from watercolor paper and watercolored.
I then die-cut the largest jar, from the new Jar Collection craft dies, in the center of a piece of 4" x 5-1/4" white, glitter paper.  A strip of vellum was gold-embossed with the "season's greetings" sentiment, taken from our Christmas Greetings stamp set, and adhered along the vertical, left edge of the backside of the die-cut jar, sandwiched between the glitter paper and a sheet of clear cardstock.  The edges of the glitter paper were then framed with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  Tip:  Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, machine-stitching the glitter paper and clear cardstock together also ensures that they stay put for the long haul.
The prepped, jar panel was then popped up, with foam tape, over everything else; but before it was adhered in place, I added lots of white glitter, to the scene itself, to create a shaker effect.  Tip:  Apply a thin layer of baby powder over all the glued bits, as well as to the backside of the clear cardstock, to prevent the glitter from sticking itself in all the wrong places.  The lid was die-cut from gold cardstock; hand-cut along its bottom edge; adhered to the top of the jar; and embellished with a couple of Garden Green cardstock, Holiday Holly die cuts, as well as a double, white, seam binding ribbon bow, studded with a single, white pearl, to complete the look.
Be sure to stop by the Poppystamps blog every day through next Tuesday, August 14, 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, Holiday Release product is being randomly given away on EACH AND EVERY Poppystamps' blog post.  You have until Thursday, August 17, 2017, to do so.  Winners will be announced, on the Poppystamps blog, the following Friday, August 18, 2017.  As I said before, I've got that fabulous Holly Twig craft die, that you see in action above, to giveaway today.
That's it, from me, for today, friends.  Actually, that's it, from me, for Poppystamps.  It's my time to move on; but before I do, I have to send out a massive thank you to Jeanne for her friendship and loyalty.  She has unwaveringly believed in me and, without a doubt, been my biggest cheerleader.  I also wanted to thank Dave for giving me the opportunity to work with his gorgeous and intricate dies.  I have been stretched creatively beyond my wildest imagination but, truly, in such a good way.  And finally, thank you to each and every one of YOU, my faithful followers.  I hope this won't be the end for us and that you'll continue to come along with me on my creative journey.  What's in store is sure to surprise you as much as it does me, but I can't wait to see what it may be!  Thanks so much for stopping by, and good luck with ALL the glorious prizes during release week!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Christmas Greetings (Poppystamps) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, Old Olive, & Garden Green (SU!); gold (Bazzill); watercolor (Canson Studio); glitter (Recollections); clear (unknown) Ink: Broken China Distress Ink (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); Xmas Red Stickles & gold embossing powder (Ranger); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); pearl (Paper Studio); glitter (K&Company); Winter Scattered Flakes designer stencil (Memory Box); Big Shot (Sizzix); Cute Fawn, Holiday Holly, Jar Collection, Ava Snowflakes, Holly Twig, Wispy Pine Needles, & Double Pine Cone Collage craft dies (Poppystamps)

PLS Pinterest Inspired: Fun Times

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Evening, y'all!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, sharing a page inspired by the Pinterest photo below.  I was drawn to the soft palette and all those fabulous stars; and the yummy ice-cream swirls reminded me of the super-fun, shaving cream marbling art technique, which I hadn't done in a far too long.  So, my kiddos and I decided it was high time we put an end to that fast and had a little marble-making morning together to help highlight a couple of photos, taken on the first and last days of class for our 2015-2016 school year.
I started this page by adding puddles and splatters of teal, aqua, and bright pink watercolor to the 12"x12" watercolor paper, base page.  After stamping a number of stars, in Jet Black ink, throughout the design, I splattered everything once again; but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.
I then took one of the results of our creative play with shaving cream and Vivid Pink, Sunshine Yellow, and Paradise acrylic paints on watercolor paper; die-cut it into a variety of star sizes; and anchored most of those stars, throughout the page, with yellow-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  A couple were popped up with foam tape.  A quartet of prints, from several different collections, were anchored, with bright pink and aqua-threaded, straight stitches, behind where my photos, which were matted with white cardstock, would lie.  Both photos were then backed with a snippet of cheesecloth; and the left-side photo was additionally backed with a folded sheet of our Confetti Vellum, as well as a Dream Big Shipping Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow.
A "FUN TIMES" So Lovely Bingo card serves as my title.  It was backed with a striped Currently Journaling Card and topped with a Happy Ticket; "Be happy" June 2017 Freebie Die Cut, popped up with foam tape; My Life Flair Button; and Walk in the Park Die-Cut pennant, laced with white string...
to anchor the June 2017 Freebie Die-Cut balloon, popped up with foam tape.
A couple of labels house my stamped, in Jet Black ink, dates.  The bright pink one, as well as the black ampersand between the two, come from that same June 2017 Freebie Die Cut package mentioned twice already above; and the yellow one is a cut-apart My Everyday Picnic Label.
A "Hooray" foam phrase Thicker and my journaling ground the photos.  The journaling reads, Beginning and ending the school year right with a celebratory dinner @ Red Robin.
And a couple strips of patterned prints already used elsewhere on the page, both of which were anchored with machine-stitching, as well as a Park Bench Cut-Apart banner; Walk in the Park Die-Cut scallop; and another Happy Ticket, popped up with foam tape, ground the entire design.  Lots of pink and gold puffy and sequin stars, the latter of which come from our Baby Avery Yellow Confetti Mix, complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Stuck?! Sketches' August 1st Challenge.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a terrific Tuesday, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Blast Off (Market Street Stamps); date (Qwikmark) Paper: white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); Beautiful Day: 6x8 Paper Pack; Dream Big: Start Today 8x8 & Shine from Within 8x8; Here Comes the Sun: Confetti Vellum 8x8 & Gold Metallic Stars 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: bright pink, aqua, & yellow (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Vivid Pink & Sunshine Yellow acrylic paints (Anita's); Paradise acrylic paint (Delta Creative); cheesecloth (Dritz); Skyler foam phrase Thickers (American Crafts); pink & gold puffy star stickers (Freckled Fawn); Clear Cut Stackers: Stars dies (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); white string (Hobby Lobby); Beautiful Day: So Lovely Bingo, Happy Tickets, My Life Flair Button, Walk in the Park Die Cuts, Currently Journaling Card, Park Bench Cut-Apart, & My Everyday Picnic Label; Dream Big: Dream Big Shipping Tag; Baby Claire & Jack: Baby Avery Yellow Confetti Mix; June 2017 Freebies (PLS)

Pretty Little Studio: HB2U

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Evening, y'all!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, playing with one of our newer collections, Dream Big, and some pics of my niece, celebrating her 9th birthday.  I'd love to share the result of that with you all here, too.  Enjoy!
I started this page by anchoring lengths of the Imagine and Shine prints, along the vertical left side of my 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  I then applied a little gesso over them to prevent the aqua and pink, watercolor puddles, that I created next, from absorbing into the prints too much.  A few stitched blooms, which were later embellished with Crystal 4mm Sequins, were then stamped, in Jet Black ink, throughout the design; before everything was splattered with aqua, pink, teal, and yellow watercolors, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  That set the foundation for my photos, which were matted with white cardstock; trimmed, along their combined left side, with a Cameo-cut, from textured, white cardstock, scallop edge; and adhered, in their present positions, over a trio of prints, not to mention the hand-cut, Stay Awesome arrow, all anchored with more silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching.
A couple of Cameo-cut, from textured, white cardstock, blooms, both of which were grounded with color-coordinating buttons, laced with white string, flank my photo column.  One can be seen above, peeking out from behind the Olivia Vintage Die Cut, which I popped up with foam tape.  A "dream big" Hello There Word Flag, was tucked in just behind her bouquet.
Another Cameo-cut bloom can be found in a cluster with a "hello" Love You Sticker, adhered to white cardstock, hand-cut out, and popped up with foam tape; Courage Flair Button, embellished with a length of white string, tied in a bow; and a trio of So Sweet Word Die Cut flowers, which you'll find scattered throughout the design, popped up with foam tape.
The "HB2U" title was made from Polka ABC Die Cuts, partially overlaid with the Love Clear Word Art and embellished with a Beautiful Bookmark Journaling Card butterfly.
A quartet of So Sweet Word Die Cuts, a couple of which were popped up with foam tape, trail down the right side of the page over another hand-cut section of that Stay Awesome print...
and a little bit of journaling, along with a stamped, in Jet Black ink, "HAPPY DAY APR 12 2009" date, completes the look.  My journaling reads, It's always such an honor getting to be with you as you celebrate your big day.  Happy birthday, beautiful!
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit!  Have a wonderful rest of your week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: In Stitches (Skipping Stones Design); date (Dear Lizzy) Paper: white (Paper Studio); textured white (Bazzill); watercolor (Master's Touch); Dream Big: Stay Awesome 8x8, Imagine 8x8, Hello You 8x8, No Regrets 8x8, Perfect Dream 8x8, & Shine 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); gesso (O'Leary Paints); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); white string (Hobby Lobby); buttons (Buttons Galore & More); June cut file (Hip Kit Club); Cameo (Silhouette); Dream Big: Beautiful Bookmark Journaling Cards, Courage Flair Button, Polka ABC Die Cuts, Hello There Word Flag, & So Sweet Word Die Cuts; Summer Vibes: Crystal 4mm Sequins; With All My Heart: Love You Sticker; Love Clear Word Art & Olivia Vintage Die Cut (PLS)

Poppystamps Beyond Borders Challenge

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Morning, y'all!  It's August (moment of silence... Wherever does the time go?), and that means a new challenge is up over at Poppystamps.  This one is called Beyond Borders, and I'll wholeheartedly admit that it gave me fits; but when I saw Kay Miller's card on The Scrapbook Expo's Weekly Scrapper blog, I knew that I had to try my own spin on it.  Below is what resulted.
I started this card by black embossing the overlaid heart image from the Grateful Heart stamp set, at an angle, on a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of watercolor paper and being sure to surpass the borders of my card.
I then added a rainbow of watercolors over those hearts, being intentional about giving them a heavier dose within the hearts themselves, and splattered it with those same shades of watercolor...
before stamping the "thank you for your kindness" sentiment, from the same stamp set, in Jet Black ink and splattering everything once again, but this time with Titanium White acrylic paint.
Once everything was dry, I framed the prepped piece with Melon Mambo cardstock and gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches before wrapping it with a length of white string, tied in a bow, and popping it off the white, cardstock, card face with foam tape.
Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to get all your challenge details and find out what you're playing for this month.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a phenomenal August, friends! 

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Grateful Heart (Poppystamps) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Melon Mambo (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white string (Hobby Lobby); black embossing powder (SU!); watercolors (Kuretake); Titanium White acrylic paint (FolkArt)