Kitchen Reno: Part 5 (Complete)

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Hey, y'all!  I can't believe we've already come to the end of May, and even more so, that I still haven't shared the final pics of our recent, kitchen renovation.  What?!  So, without further adieu, I'll just let the pictures do the talking, especially since I've already said so much along the way (i.e. Kitchen Reno: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4).
From ceiling to floor and everything in between, my hubby and I did every ounce of the work ourselves and couldn't be any more proud of the outcome.  It's so much better than we ever expected it would be.  I was going to order a custom shade, to coordinate with the ones that I've already incorporated into other areas of our home, to go in the window above the kitchen sink.  However, just as quickly as we got the final coat of paint on the beadboard walls, we sold our home.  Truthfully, we had our first offer by noon the Friday it listed; but our agent told us to wait until after our open house, the following Sunday, to make any final decisions.  By the end of the weekend, we had seven offers and nearly all of them were for $10,000 or more over asking.  Craziness, I tell you!  And it's been more of the same, in a whirlwind of activity, ever since.  Here are a couple of the professional photographer's shots.
We still haven't found a new home but are doing our due diligence to remedy that situation before closing, the middle of July, on our current home.  Nothing compares to the one we poured thirteen years of our lives into, and everything needs so much work.  Obviously, we're not scared of work; but we want the end result to be what we've been so patiently anticipating over the years.  Please keep us in your prayers, and thanks so much for visiting!  I hope you like our kitchen renovation as much as we do.  Hugs!

For the Love of Books

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Morning, friends!  I trust you're all having a wonderful week so far.  We're enjoying our first full week of the carefree days of summer and have already become ever so thankful for EVENING softball and baseball practices and games.  It's been SO, STINKIN' HOT.  Daily trips to our local pool have already become a part of our routine; as aside from staying indoors, it's truly the only way to stay cool.  But I wanted to stop in here today to share my pick for this month's For the Love of Books post.  Matter of fact, last month's post totally slipped by without a peep from me; and I had really wanted to get it out before all the graduations began.  So, if you've still got a graduation gift to send or party to attend, I'm making up for it today with not one but TWO books for your favorite, LADY graduate.

This first pick leaves my stomach in knots and the tissues absolutely necessary, as I know "someday" will be here all too soon for my own beautiful daughter.  It is written for children ages four and up and makes a wonderful Mother's Day gift, as well.
Someday, written by Alison McGhee and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds, tells the story of a mother's deep love for her daughter.  "One day I counted your fingers and kissed each one," the mother begins.  She goes on to express all the dreams that she has for her daughter, as she watches her sleep, knowing those dreams would someday take her child away from home and out into the world to experience, grow, and create a life all her own, and ends with the assurance of a future someday, when her daughter's hair glows "silver in the sun", that remembers mom.

My second For the Love of Books pick is digitally illustrated as beautifully as the words are eloquently stated.  It is written for children ages four to eight but reveals a simple message that no one can ever outgrow.
"God's great love for you created the entire universe and everything in it, including you."  So God's Great Love for You, written by Rick Warren and illustrated by Chris Saunders, begins.  It goes on to talk about how big, unstoppable, deep, high, and wide that love is.  How it "is with you wherever you go".  It is unconditional, "perfect... everywhere... and will never end."

Sigh.  It has been the kind of month where I desperately need the latter's reminder.  I hope that it blesses you as much as it has my family.  Thanks so much for reading, friends!  Have a wonderful Wednesday; and congratulations, graduates!

Pretty Little Studio: So Fabulous

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Morning, y'all, and welcome to the weekend!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, sharing a page inspired by Heather's newest XOXO Collection.  Enjoy!
I started this page by adding puddles of pink and purple watercolors to the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page.  I then splattered it with those same shades of watercolor; inked Pumice Stone Distress Ink through a lattice stencil across the background; and splattered it once again but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.  That set the stage for a number of 1" and 1-1/4" wide strips of patterned paper from the XOXO Collection, including Rose Gold Metallic Cloud 11 Vellum, as well as one lonely print from Sweet Life, all anchored with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  My photos, which were matted with white cardstock, were then adhered, across the background, with foam tape.  The top, two photos were wrapped together with a length of white string, tied, in a bow, to their combined, right edge, amidst a cluster of Blooming Love Die Cuts, all popped up with foam tape and embellished with a "picture perfect" Sweet Life Flair Button and gold, puffy, accent leaf.
A Rose Gold Metallic Label sits opposite the cluster, popped up with foam tape, and was used to house a few handwritten, photo details, Vintage Sundress, Simple Simon & Co., Easter 2014.
The lower photograph was sandwiched between two additional, Blooming Love Die-Cut clusters.  The first rests in its top, left corner; and like the previous one, it, too, was embellished with a gold, puffy, accent leaf.
The second is much smaller and highlights one of many Pink Frosting Sequins, scattered throughout the design.
A "so fabulous" Shine Bright Die Cut, popped up with foam tape, completes the look.
This is my last PLS project for the month of May, but I didn't want to leave you all without sharing that most of the Summer Vibes Collection has been and will continue to be 50% off for the entire month of May.  Be sure to stop by the Pretty Little Studio shop today!
And don't forget to add this gorgeous, May freebie, designed by Maryám Pérez, with any $24 or more purchase, to your baskets.
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit, friends!  Have a truly remarkable weekend!  XOXO

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); XOXO: 6x8 Paper Pack & Rose Gold Metallic Cloud 11 8x8 Vellum; Sweet Life: 6x8 Paper Pack (PLS) Ink: Pumice Stone Distress Ink (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); lattice stencil (Jenni Bowlin); white string (Hobby Lobby); Recollection puffy accent Thickers (American Crafts); XOXO: Blooming Love Die Cuts & Rose Gold Metallic Label; It's Your Birthday: Shine Bright Die Cut; Sweet Life: Pink Frosting Sequins & Sweet Life Flair Button (PLS)

Friday Faves

Friday, May 25, 2018

Evening, y'all!  I'm so sorry that it's been a bit quiet around here lately.  We've had our hands full with wrapping up our studies and baseball and/or softball almost every week night.  It's been hard to keep up with the nitty gritty, but I did want to pop in here this evening to share a few things that have caught my attention this month.  So, let's kick things off with Avery Elle's Hummingbird stamp set, just because we've sooo enjoyed watching the hummingbirds flock to the feeder in our backyard recently.  I envision those fuchsias brightly colored in their traditional pinks and purples with gold accents.  So pretty!
I couldn't help but include their Sweetest stamp set, too.  It's a perfect fit for summer; I adore those little faces; and my littlest loves blueberries on his ice-cream, so he'd totally get such a kick out of it.
Reverse Confetti's Moon Men stamp set makes me think of him, too.  He is so full of questions about the things, like space, that he doesn't understand.  I just love to watch him grow and learn new things.  I also love that this set is packed to the brim with lots of coordinating sentiments and scene-building images to suit even the wildest imagination.
Almost every Friday night, my family has a movie night.  My hubby is in charge of the popcorn, and I've been assigned to homemade pizza.  I've always baked the pizza on a Pampered Chef stone, that my hubby and I received as a wedding gift almost fourteen years ago now; and I love it!  However, one stone is no longer enough.  In an effort to avoid the hefty price tag, I've tried other options but never get the same golden, delicious, evenly-baked, crispy result.  So, even though I'm not a fan of the curved handles and prefer a flat, round stone, I'm giving in SOON and purchasing another Large Round Stone.  Yay!  My family has been so gracious to accommodate my vegetarian diet, but I'm super excited to be able to provide them with a meaty option, as well.
And finally, I wanted to share my current, favorite, refreshing, summer drink.  I'm totally loving 7up...
mixed with a splash of Ocean Spray 100% Cranberry Juice.  Aaah!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I'll be back first thing tomorrow with a page that I made for Pretty Little Studio.  Have a terrific weekend, friends!

Pretty Little Studio: Happy Birthday x2

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Morning, y'all, and welcome to the weekend!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today sharing a couple of birthday cards, inspired mostly by our It's Your Birthday Collection; but they also utilize elements from Beautiful Day, Summer Vibes, Blooming Hearts, AND Dream Big.  Enjoy!
So, let's get up close and personal with each one.  Shall we?
I started this card by adhering a 5" x 3-3/4" piece of Now You see Me Clear paper over the same size piece of Birthday 09 print, which was adhered to the white, cardstock, card face.  To soften those bold triangles, I anchored a 4-3/4" x 3-1/2" piece of dry-embossed vellum, in the prints' combined centers, with bright-pink-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  A Cookies Shipping Tag was then backed with a snippet of cheesecloth for texture; laced with white string, tied in a bow; and adhered, with foam tape, in the center of the card face.
A "HELLO lovely" Shine Bright Die Cut was then popped up, in the center of the tag, with foam tape and topped with a "what a beautiful day" A Great Day Flag Sticker, popped up with more foam tape.  I LOVE foam tape ;)!
A Beautiful Day Bookmark Journaling Card butterfly, adhered just as its center, to give its wings lift, as well as a handful of Seaspray Sequins, completes the look.
The second card, from the clear cardstock step through to the prepped tag, with the exception of a different tag being used from that same Cookies Shipping Tags package, began in the same way as the first.
It was then topped with a "be happy" A Great Day Flag Sticker, popped up with foam tape and anchored, at its right end, with a Spring Fling Animal Die-Cut butterfly...
as well as a "happy birthday" Eat Cake Word Die Cut, popped up with foam tape.  A sprinkling of more Seaspray Sequins completes the look.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by, friends!  Now, get out there and make your weekends creative ones.  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); Blooming Hearts: Now You See Me Clear 8x8; It's Your Birthday: Birthday 09 8x8 (PLS) Other: bright pink thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); cheesecloth (Dritz); white string (Hobby Lobby); falling dots embossing folder (SU!); Big Shot (Sizzix); It's Your Birthday: Eat Cake Word Die Cut, Cookies Shipping Tags, & Shine Bright Die Cut; Beautiful Day: A Great Day Flag Stickers; Dream Big: Spring Fling Animal Die Cut & Beautiful Day Bookmark Journaling Cards butterfly; Summer Vibes: Seaspray Sequins (PLS)

Paper Sweeties May Release Rewind

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Hey, y'all!  We've got one more day of projects, for Paper Sweeties May Release, for you all; and I've cooked up a scrumptious, little number using our newest Hey Y'all stamp set.
I started this card by dry embossing a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of white cardstock with falling dots; framing it with both Brilliant Blue cardstock and white-threaded, straight, machine stitching; and adhering it, with foam tape, to the white, cardstock, card face.  I then stamped two floral wreaths, from Kindness Matters, on watercolor paper die cuts; watercolored them; and adhered them one on top of the other, just at the very centers of their circles, in order to create depth.
The "Hello Darlin'" sentiment, from the new Hey Y'all stamp set, was then stamped, in Jet Black StazOn ink, on a Sweet Borders, die-cut, vellum pennant and nestled between the left center layers of the wreath.
The wreath itself was then hung from a length of hemp twine, whose ends were tucked behind the Brilliant Blue, cardstock panel and tied, in a bow, near the top edge of the wreath respectively.  A scattering of clear gemstones completes the look.
If you haven't ordered your new release goodies yet, be sure to stop by the shop to purchase the Hey Y'all stamp set...
and/or Treat Box Sweet Cuts die TODAY!
Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!  Don't forget to check out what the rest of the team has cooked up with the new goodies, and we'll see you all next month.  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Kindness Matters & Hey Y'all (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); Brilliant Blue (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); embossing folder (SU!); gemstones (crafts-too); hemp twine (Hobby Lobby); Big Shot (Sizzix); Kindness Matters, Sweet Borders, & Treat Box Sweet Cuts dies (Paper Sweeties)

Paper Sweeties May Release Party

Monday, May 14, 2018

Welcome back, y'all!  I've got that treat box, that I promised in yesterday's Paper Sweeties May Release Sneak Peek post, for you all, today.  I've put it to good use with Sweeties Pets and created a playful, little gift for any pet lover.  Check it out!
I started this project by stamping a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock, in Crumb Cake ink, with the paw prints.
I then die-cut the box twice, as well as the heart in its front and back centers, using the new Treat Box Sweet Cuts die and stamped its top center, in Jet Black ink, with the "Happiness is... a new puppy" sentiment.
I then pieced the die cuts together; lined the back of the heart openings with clear acetate; filled it with puppy treats; and embellished it with a Sweeties Pets puppy.  The puppy itself was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a watercolor paper die cut; watercolored; detailed with a white, Jelly Roll pen; and popped up, with foam tape, just to the left of the heart opening.
A little, Green Apple seaming binding ribbon, straight from the Paper Sweeties Shop, tied in a triple bow, as well as a length of Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, hold the top of the box shut and complete the look.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by, friends!  Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team has whipped up, for your viewing pleasure, too.  Then, we'll all be back tomorrow with one more day of projects to wrap up the May Release; but you can, and should, go get your new goodies, in the shop, today!  Woohoo!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Sweeties Pets (Paper Sweeties) Paper: Crumb Cake (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch); clear (unknown) Ink: Crumb Cake (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger) Other: foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); watercolors (Kuretake); white Jelly Roll pen (Sakura); Big Shot (Sizzix); Green Apple seam binding ribbon, Sweeties Pets & Treat Box Sweet Cuts dies (Paper Sweeties)

Paper Sweeties May Release Sneak Peek

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Hey, y'all!  I'm so excited to be here this month, sharing a new die set, as well as a new stamp set, from Paper Sweeties!  The die set boasts a treat box, which I've totally worked into something super stinkin' adorable, that you'll have to come back tomorrow and check out; but it also comes with a plethora of tiny, die-cut sentiments, which are what I've put to good use, on this colorful, little number, today.  Enjoy!
I started this card by stamping a row of rainbows, from Somewhere Over the Rainbow, in Jet Black ink, slightly at an angle, across a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of watercolor paper.  I then added stretched puddles of a rainbow of watercolors.  Once it was dry, I splattered it with those same shades of watercolor, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints, before separating the piece just below the row of rainbows.  I then trimmed each opened half with the repeated, die-cut, using our new Treat Box Sweet Cuts die, Basic Black cardstock, "THANK YOU" sentiment.
Each half was then anchored, to a slightly larger piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock, with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  A length of white string was wrapped three times, just below the stamped rainbows, around the prepped piece and tied, in a bow, just right of vertical center.
Everything was then adhered, with foam tape, to the white, cardstock, card face to complete the look.
Thanks so much for peeking!  Be sure to stop by to see what the rest of the Design Team has cooked up just for your viewing pleasure.  Then, we'll all be back at the same time tomorrow for more of what May has to offer to you Paper Sweeties fans.  See you then!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Daffodil Delight & Basic Black (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); white string (Hobby Lobby); Big Shot (Sizzix); Treat Box Sweet Cuts die (Paper Sweeties)