Pretty Little Studio: Celebrate U

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Morning, y'all!  I'm back, as promised in yesterday's late, For the Love of Books post, with my brother-in-law's birthday card.  It's up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today and inspired by our Wish You Were Here Collection.
 
I started this card by securing a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of the Roam patterned print, to the white, cardstock, card face, with black-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  A Beautiful Bookmark Journaling Card was wrapped, three times, with a length of Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, and popped up, with foam tape, just south of horizontal center.
The Bucket List Pocket Card was stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the partial, "celebrate" sentiment; backed with a snippet of cheesecloth for additional texture; popped up, with foam tape, over all previous adherences; and embellished with a happy mix of Falling Leaves Sequins and Destination Star Die Cuts, some of which were popped up with more foam tape.
A "U" Polka ABC Die Cut, popped up with foam tape, completes the "celebrate U" sentiment and the look.
 
Thanks, as always, for humbling me with a visit!  Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Sweets & Treats (Wplus9) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Wish You Were Here: Roam 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Tombow); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); cheesecloth (Dritz); Wish You Were Here: Bucket List Pocket Card & Destination Star Die Cuts; Dream Big: Polka ABC Die Cut & Beautiful Bookmark Journaling Card; Potpourri: Falling Leaves Sequin Mix (PLS)

For the Love of Books

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Evening, y'all!  Just stopping in to share my pick for this month's For the Love of Books post.  This one has been a favorite of mine for more than a decade.  It is written for children ages three to seven; and its hilariously-detailed, childlike illustrations speak volumes to the subject of the text.
 
"I just don't know what's going on or why it has to be.  But every day it's something worse.  What's happening to me?"  So begins the laugh-out-loud, downhill spiral to oblivion of a five-year-old boy in Parts, written and illustrated by Tedd Arnold.  The loss of a few hairs leads to his premature balding.  Bits of skin peeling from his toes results in him losing every ounce of skin he has left, and a booger leaves him in awe of his ability to feel no pain due to a piece of his brain falling out.  Fortunately, parental intervention leads to a developing understanding that loose, baby teeth won't lead to his ultimate demise and puts to rest the majority of his ludicrous fears through the assurance that all his bodily discoveries are simply quite normal.

If you like Parts, you'll adore More Parts and Even More Parts.  I'll be back bright and early tomorrow morning with a brand-new creation for Pretty Little Studio.  Until then, happy reading; and have a blessed night!

The Studio Mood Board Challenge

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Morning, y'all!  Just popping back in to share our second January challenge in The Studio.  Our January 2017 Mood Board Challenge, featuring Sherwin-Williams' color of the year, Poised Taupe, was such a hit; that we decided to do it again with the 2018 color of the year, Oceanside.  Folks, I'm completely smitten!  What a gorgeous color!  We want to see how it, as it's featured in the mood board below, inspires you this go around.  I was drawn to the board's fabulous colors and array of circles.  I also knew that I wanted to include photos with a water theme, as well as natural elements, like hemp twine and flowers, as inspired by the ocean, wheat field, and kiwi images.  That little bit of twinkle, in the bottom, wave photograph, even translates into glitter elements within my design.
I started this page by adding puddles of wheat and soft green watercolors to the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page.  I then traced a number of circles onto the background; watercolored them; and splattered everything with shades of green, yellow, and teal watercolors.  A few grungy circles were stamped, in Jet Black ink, throughout the design before splattering everything once again, but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.
I then Cameo-cut a trio of Funky Piecharts from textured, white cardstock and backed each pie piece with a different, color-coordinating print.  Once they were adhered in place, I tucked a number of hand-cut, mint and blue, floral circles throughout the design, along with my photographs, which were matted with white cardstock.  The bottom photograph was sandwiched between a gorgeous, "love", foam, glitter Thicker on the left...
and a gray, March 25, 2012, label, popped up with foam tape, on the right.
 
A "KEEP YOUR Chin up & DON'T EVER Give up", die-cut circle was popped up with foam tape and topped with a foam, glitter heart.
 
A "Happy Friday!" tag was laced with hemp twine, tied in a bow, and grounded with a "simple pleasures" tag, popped up with foam tape.
The "life is better when you're laughing", die-cut circle was also popped up with foam tape.
My journaling traces around the edges of any number of the circle elements within the design and reads, You and me... wouldn't have it any other way.
It also uses teal, glitter letters to include the "SEA LIFE" title... Enjoying an afternoon @ "SEA LIFE" thanks to your efforts in the Young Environmentalist Competition.  A number of floral die cuts and hand-cut, from that previously-used, mint and blue, floral print, blossoms, as well as a scattering of gold, puffy dots, 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, February 11, 2018, to link up your takes, on this Mood Board Challenge and/or our previous, January Snowflakes Challenge, in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Grunge Elements 2 (Sweet 'n Sassy) Paper: white (Paper Studio); textured white (Bazzill); watercolor (Master's Touch); mustard star, mint triangle, & mint/blue floral (Pink Paislee); green/aqua floral, black/white floral, bitty blue floral, & blue polka dot (Crate Paper); blue squares (Elle's Studio); teal/navy leafy (Shimelle); yellow arrow, teal grid, & woodgrain (Citrus Twist); gray gingham (Maggie Holmes) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: watercolors (Kuretake); circle template (Fiskars); foam tape (Tombow); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); hemp twine (SU!); Funky Piecharts cut file (Just Nick); Cameo (Silhouette); "Happy Friday!" tag (Crate Paper); "simple pleasures" tag, "life is better when you're laughing" circle, floral die cuts, & gray label (Pinkfresh for Citrus Twist); The Lucky Ones foam glitter Thickers (American Crafts); "KEEP YOUR Chin up" die cut (Pinkfresh); teal glitter alphas (Pink Paislee); gold puffy dots (Fancy Pants)

Friday Faves

Friday, January 26, 2018

Evening, y'all!  Here I am nearly out of time for this final Friday of the month, yet again.  I've had my hands super full lately.  Plus, we took advantage of today's warmer weather and spent the day visiting our furry friends at the Kansas City Zoo.  So, I've been playing catch-up this evening; but I'm here, nevertheless, with just a few of the things that have captured my attention throughout the month.  Let's kick things off with a trio of stamp sets from Technique Tuesday.  I'm not usually drawn to cactus images, which kinda stinks, because there seem to be an awful lot of manufacturers being inspired by such lately; but the plethora of A Little Prickly's playful puns sold this set for me.
Actually, the punny sentiments of Funny Farm...
and Clementine the Cow totally put a smile on my face, too.  I love their versatility, not to mention coordinating dies, to boot!
I never would have purchased Citrus Twist Kits' Boardwalk Die-Cuts from this photo; but they came to me in a happy, little, prize package, and I couldn't be any more smitten.  I just love the bold, bright, happy colors!  They're super well-made!  We're not talking those flimsy, tear at the first sign of mixed-media kind of die cut, folks.  AND they're oozing with springtime, which is always a bonus in the middle of the brown, mucky winter.
Sooo, I had a birthday earlier this week; and my hubby got me this gorgeous, Hand-Carved Wooden Sewing Box from Posh Craft Poland.  Eeek!  It reminds me of one my grandma used to have; but my older sister got it, when my grandma passed away.  So, I'm super excited to have one of my own to pass down for generations to come.  That is, after I've gotten to use it again and again and AGAIN.  Swoon!
Finally, I've been a HUGE fan of Polish pottery for quite some time.  I absolutely adore the cobalt blue color integrated into each hand-crafted design; but the expense involved in filling my own cupboards with these stunning creations, has held me back from purchasing them.  I've decided that one piece at a time wouldn't be too much of a burden on our budget, though.  Right, honey ;)?  So, I couldn't resist including this array of beautiful, little cups, from Polmedia Polish Pottery, just for fun.  LOVE!
That covers things for this month, friends.  Thanks so much for peeking, and have a truly amazing weekend!  Mwah!

Pretty Little Studio: I Heart You

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Morning, y'all!  I'm so sorry that it's been awhile since I've been here.  I've been changing things up a bit, in our home, with new wall color and a number of DIY projects.  Plus, it takes some doing to balance any projects, especially painting, around my kiddos busy hands and schedules. Needless to say, there have been a lot of late nights; but I'm making progress.  Anyway, I'm taking a break from it all today to share a playful page, which just so happens to be up on the Pretty Little Studio blog.  It was inspired by our new Potpourri Collection.
 
I started this page by taping off approximately 1/2" around the outside edges of the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page to create a watercolored frame.  Once it was dry, I machine-stitched around its edges with teal-threaded, straight and zig-zag, machine stitching.  I then added a puddle of orange watercolor just left of vertical center and splattered everything with the same shades of watercolor used in the frame... bright pink, purple, orange, and teal.  A few random, stamped, in Jet Black ink, messy circles were then added to the background before splattering it once again, but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  That sets the stage for my sunshine, which was Cameo-cut from the Corn Maze print; anchored with yellow-threaded, straight, machine stitching; and topped with my photo, which was matted with white cardstock and backed with pieces of our Mushroom Soup and Pile of Leaves prints, anchored with more teal-threaded, straight, machine stitching, as well as a torn and folded piece of Blowing Bubbles Vellum and snippet of cheesecloth.  A Love Life Words Die Cut was used to create the "I Heart You" title, which was topped with a "stay who you are" So Much Beauty Phrase Sticker.
The bottom left corner of my layered photo was embellished with a Forest Walk Flair Button, backed with a tangle of teal thread, as well as a couple of Family Branch Die-Cut branches.
The bottom right corner of my photograph was dressed up with a sweet, Family Branch Die-Cut frog, popped up with foam tape and topped with a Rainbow Vibes Die-Cut "love" and Daily Dreams Die-Cut "daily".  That playful frog was also backed with a homemade, clear tag, which was created by sealing a playful mix of Sunsation, Seaspray, Primrose, and Crystal Sequins, along with a quartet of Family Branch Die-Cut hearts, between hand-cut pieces of Rain Puddles Clear paper and plain clear acetate, with teal-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  I then topped it with a strip of the Back to School print, secured with a Jumbo silver brad, laced with white string, tied in a bow, as well as a "Savour every little moment" So Much Beauty Phrase Sticker.  My hand-written, 3.26.16 date peeks out just below its bottom edge.
Both a Family Branch Die-Cut pennant and Back to School Die-Cut kite fly from the top of the tag.
 
My journaling reads, All smiles & looking extra cute... the chilly, rainy weather doesn't bother you a bit.  You just love to be outdoors.
 
A number of punched, white, cardstock clouds, as well as Family Branch Die-Cut blossoms, some of which were popped up with foam tape for dimension, were scattered throughout the design to complete the look.
 
Further inspiration for this page came from Sketches in Thyme's Sketch #309.
 
Before I run, I also wanted to let you all know that Pretty Little Studio is having a Guest Designer Call.  Be sure to stop by the blog for all the details.
Thanks so much for visiting!  Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Grunge Elements 2 (Sweet 'n Sassy) Paper: white (Paper Studio); clear (unknown); watercolor (Master's Touch); Potpourri: Mushroom Soup 8x8, Corn Maze 8x8, Pile of Leaves 8x8, Back to School 8x8, Blowing Bubbles 8x8 Vellum, & Rain Puddles 8x8 Clear (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: teal & yellow thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Tombow); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Sunshine Background cut file (Creative Scrappers); Cameo (Silhouette); white thread (Hobby Lobby); cheesecloth (Dritz); cloud punch (Fiskars); Jumbo silver brad (SU!); Potpourri: Family Branch Die Cuts, Forest Walk Flair Button, Back to School Die Cut, & So Much Beauty Stickers; Ain't Life Grand: Love Life Words Die Cut; Tales & Dreams: Daily Dreams Die-Cut Word & Rainbow Vibes Die-Cut Word; Summer Vibes: Seaspray, Sunsation, Primrose, Crystal 8mm, & Crystal 4mm Sequins (PLS)

Paper Sweeties January Blast from the Past: Day 3

Monday, January 15, 2018

Hello again, friends!  Just popping back in for the third and final day of Paper Sweeties' January Blast from the Past series.  I've whipped up a winter-themed layout to share today.  So, let's just dive right in.
I started this page by adding aqua and teal, watercolor puddles across the background of a 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page.  I then splattered it with those same, in addition to bright pink and yellow, watercolors before stamping the snowflakes, from Snow Friends, in Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Island Indigo, and Strawberry Slush inks and splattering everything once again, but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  All of the die-cut snowflakes were Cameo-cut from textured, white cardstock.  The largest ones were anchored with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching as were a couple of the prints, tucked behind the photo with notebook ephemera.  I also layered four Polaroids in amidst the layers before getting down to the nitty-gritty details, beginning with the Paper Sweeties doll.  Madison and her Warm Winter Wishes outfit were stamped, in Jet Black ink, on watercolor paper; watercolored; paper-pieced; detailed with a white, Jelly Roll pen; and surrounded with a die-cut, using the A Friend Is Sweet Cuts, gold frame.  She was also given Christmas Blessings' angel wings, coated in a healthy dose of Dazzling Diamonds.
A couple of tags, laced with white string, tied in a knot and bow respectively, were tucked under the photo's right side and topped with a pink, star, cut-apart frame, stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "Friends are kisses blown to us by Angels" phrase from A Friend Is.
The entire page was grounded with the "sweet MAGIC" title, created from a "sweet" die cut and "MAGIC", foam, glitter Thickers.
A "#bestfriends" tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, was popped up with foam tape in the bottom left corner of the photo itself, which was matted with white cardstock and popped up with foam tape...
over a fabulous, little, chipboard, glitter Polaroid, surrounded by pom-poms.  The center of the latter gives a landing spot to a string of pom-poms, put together as a cardstock sticker which spans the top right corner of my photo.
A stamped, in Jet Black ink, "A friend is a present you give yourself" phrase, from A Friend Is...
scattering of Sugar Sprinkles sequins; and a little, hand-written journaling complete the look.   My journaling reads, Girl's night out to see Valentine's Day with Tammy.  February 8, 2010.
Further inspiration for this page came from Scrap Our Stash's January Golden Globe Stash Challenge...
 
and Citrus Twist's January 6th 3-to-Inspire Challenge to (1) include tags, (2) use inks/paint/watercolor, and (3) document a picture of you/selfie.
 
That does it for this month, folks; but we'll all be back again the same time next month with fabulous, new goodies to share.  Thanks, as always, for all your visits and comments!  Wishing you a wonderful, winter season!  XOXO


{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Snow Friends, A Friend Is, Warm Winter Wishes, Christmas Blessings, & Madison (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); textured white & gold (Bazzill); aqua triangles (Shimelle); gray stars (Citrus Twist); watercolor (Master's Touch) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Strawberry Slush, Island Indigo, Pool Party, & Coastal Cabana (SU!); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Tombow); Winter Elements cut file (lovesvg.com); Cameo (Silhouette); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paint (FolkArt); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); white string (Hobby Lobby); star frame, teal quilt tag, "sweet" die cut, & pom-pom banner cardstock sticker (Maggie Holmes); "UNFORGETTABLE" Polaroid (Citrus Twist); all other die cuts, Polaroids, & tags & glitter pom-pom frame (Crate Paper); Sparkle foam glitter Thickers (American Crafts); Big Shot (Sizzix); A Friend Is Sweet Cuts die & Sugar Sprinkles sequins (Paper Sweeties)

Paper Sweeties January Blast from the Past: Day 2

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Welcome back, Paper Sweeties fans!  I've cooked up another winter-themed card, for your viewing pleasure, on this day two, out of three, of our January Blast from the Past series.  Enjoy!
I started this card by trimming the bottom edge of a piece of ivory, text, patterned paper with a strip of hand-cut, wavy, white cardstock and anchoring them both, to the white, cardstock, card face, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  I then coated the hand-cut, white cardstock with a healthy dose of Dazzling Diamonds to create a little blanket of snow for the puppy to stand on and the mailbox to rest behind.  Both images, from Sent from My Heart, were stamped in Jet Black ink on white, cardstock die cuts and paper-pieced.  The prior was popped up with foam tape.
The clouds, from Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and snowflakes, from Snow Friends, were all stamped, in Jet Black ink, on coordinating, white, cardstock die cuts and paper-pieced.  Some were adhered with foam tape.
A silver label was then stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "Miss you" sentiment from Somewhere Over the Rainbow; wrapped, three times, with a length of white string, tied in a bow; and popped up, with foam tape, over the cloud/snowflake cluster, near the top edge of the card face, to complete the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from Cupcake Inspirations' Challenge 437: Winter.
I hope to see you back, at the same time and place, tomorrow for one more day of winter-themed goodness.  In the meantime, be sure to pop in to visit the rest of this talented team.  Thanks, as always, for humbling me with a visit!  Have a wonderful start to your work weeks, Paper Sweeties friends!


{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Sent from My Heart, & Snow Friends (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); teal heart, teal scallops, aqua floral, aqua diamond, & ivory text (SU!); aqua gingham (Jillibean Soup); pink stripe, gray stripe, & woodgrain (MME); multicolored triangles (Crate Paper); white floral embossed (sei); black floral (Jenni Bowlin); pink polka dot (unknown) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Tombow); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); silver metallic label (PLS); white string (Hobby Lobby); white Jelly Roll pen (Sakura); Big Shot (Sizzix); Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Sent from My Heart, & Snow Friends Sweet Cuts dies (Paper Sweeties)

The Studio Snowflakes Challenge

Morning, friends!  I'm stopping in today to share our first January Challenge in The Studio.  We're looking for snowflakes this go around, and I've brought them in all shapes and sizes from sequins and acetate bits to paper and stamped intricacies.  Enjoy!
I started this page by first prepping my dotted stripe, patterned paper, base page with white gesso.  I then added aqua and teal, watercolor puddles, as well as aqua, teal, coral, and yellow, watercolor splatters, before stamping the background, in Jet Black ink, with a variety of Folk Art Flurries.  A splattering of Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints set the stage for a trio of acetate snowflakes, as well as a large, Cameo-cut, from patterned paper, snowflake, which was secured with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  My photos were then matted with white cardstock and backed with a snippet of cheesecloth, as well as a trio of color-coordinating prints, all anchored with more silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching.
The "oh so happy" title was created from puffy sticker Thickers.
I then tucked an aqua tag, laced with aqua string, tied in a bow, behind my photos, just to the right of the title, and topped it with a "3" die-cut, to represent both the month of March, when these photos were taken, as well as the three precious members of my family pictured here, and a "2013" flair button, backed with a tangle of silver thread.
A cork, paperclip and "hooray!" ticket, popped up with foam tape...
along with "Currently" ephemera, popped up with more foam tape, and a "TOGETHER" phrase sticker, round the bottom right corner.
A handful of snowflake sequins brings us to my hand-written journaling, which completes the look and reads, We just cannot get enough of the glorious SNOW!  Bring it on, baby!  3.25.13.
Further inspiration for this page came from Citrus Twist's December 31st Sunday Sketch Challenge...
and Scrap Our Stash's January Golden Globe Stash Challenge.  I'm just having too much fun with this one ;)!
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, February 11, 2018, 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}
Stamps: Folk Art Flurries (Wplus9) Paper: white (Paper Studio); dotted stripe (Elle's Studio); teal floral (Maggie Holmes); gray star (Citrus Twist); southwest motif (Paige Evans); coral calendar (Crate Paper) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Tombow); gesso (O'Leary Paints); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); snowflake sequins (Jenni Bowlin); Let It Snow Phrase cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); cheesecloth (Dritz); "hooray!" ticket, tag, & cork paperclip die cuts (Crate Paper); "TOGETHER" phrase sticker (Pinkfresh); "Currently" & "3" die cuts (Fancy Pants); flair button (Bossy Joscie); aqua string (Citrus Twist); "oh so happy" High Five puffy sticker Thickers (American Crafts); acetate snowflakes (Maya Road)