For the Love of Books

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

With my family now being in a new city and state, for that matter, trying to find our place in this new world of ours, I thought it would be fun to share a book about making new friends for this month's For the Love of Books pick.  It is written for children ages two to five and cleverly illustrated with such precious, little, character faces to boot.
Ribbit!, written by Rodrigo Folgueira and illustrated by Poly Bernatene, begins with the discovery of a surprise visitor, a little, pink pig, to a frog family's pond.  When they approach the visitor and ask what they can do for it, the pig's only response is, "Ribbit!"  "News of the little pig who thought he was a frog spread fast" and created such a commotion among the animals that they decide to ask for advice on what to do with the pig from the wise, old beetle, who agreed to visit the pond.  But the little pig was absent, upon the animals' return.  "'Where did the pig go?' the animals cried.  'Who was he?  What did he want?'"  "'Maybe,' said the wise old beetle, 'he just wanted to make new friends.'  And sure enough, sitting on a branch, high up in a tree nearby, was the little pig," saying, "Tweet!"

I love that this book ends with all of the animals joining the pig up in the tree with the birds.  It's such a precious way to relate to young children and a winner in my book.  Thanks so much for reading!  Have a sensational Tuesday, friends!  Hugs!

Pretty Little Studio: Happiest Wishes to You

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Morning, y'all!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, sharing the sweet, birthday card I made for my niece's second birthday; and I'd love to share it, with you all, here, too.  Enjoy!
I started this card by die-cutting the flowers and spots from a 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" white, cardstock, card face, which had its bottom corners rounded, and backing it with the playful, multicolored, stars, patterned print.  I then stamped the edges of the card face, in Jet Black ink, with the repeated "happiest wishes to you" sentiment, placing a star between each repetition.
A Lady Mini Vintage Die Cut, paired with a Spring Fling Animal Die Cut, takes center stage, popped up with foam tape, near bottom center of the design.  A "celebrate" Happy Day Color Sticker was tucked under their combined right edge, and a couple of Baker's Twine strings fall into place behind them.
The opposite ends of those Baker's Twine strings were tucked behind two balloons, which were die-cut from Rose Bed and Blue Sky prints respectively and popped up with foam tape.  A couple of Baker's Twine bows and a happy mix of Crystal 8 mm, Primrose Mix, and Falling Leaves Mix Sequins complete the look.
Thanks so much for visiting!  Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Birthday Celebration (Simon Says Stamp) Paper: white (Paper Studio); April Showers: Rose Bed 8x8; Woodland: Blue Sky 8x8; multicolored stars (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers); Floribunda Collage & Pinpoint Balloons die cuts (Poppystamps); Big Shot (Sizzix); It's Your Birthday: Happy Day Color Sticker; Summer Vibes: Primrose Mix Sequins & Crystal 8 mm Sequins; Potpourri: Falling Leaves Sequin Mix; Dream Big: Spring Fling Animal Die Cut; Lady Mini Vintage Die Cut (PLS)

Friday Faves

Friday, July 27, 2018

Hey, y'all!  Just stopping in, before the day completely gets away from me, with this month's Friday Faves picks.  It's a short list but not for a lack of searching.  I simply haven't seen a lot of things come across my screen that made me say, "Wow!"  Reverse Confetti's The Most Beauty stamp set, however, totally had me at hello.  I already have the perfect friend in mind for one of these thoughtful greetings.
I've been doing a little practical shopping for our new home and came across this Sandusky Lateral Blue File Cabinet from Home Depot.  I already have a number of wood finishes going on in the room this beauty would be placed in; so the sleek, metal design might be just the compliment I'm looking for in the space.  I also love the bold pop of color it would provide; but if blue isn't your cup of tea, it comes in eight other color options at an unbeatable price to boot.
And since the start of another school year is right around the corner, I couldn't help but throw in L.L.Bean's Carbon Dinosaur Junior Original Book Pack.  I bought this same size pack for my oldest years ago, and it's survived a beating from all three of my kiddos.  Matter of fact, my littlest is STILL lugging it around; and it's no worse for the wear.  The quality simply cannot be beat; and I love the print on this particular one, as Kaden has just recently gotten into playing with Ezekiel's old dinosaur toys.  Too fun!
That covers things for this month, but I'll be back first thing in the am with a card creation for Pretty Little Studio.  Until then, have an amazing start to your weekends, friends!  Hugs!

Pretty Little Studio: In My Studio

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Morning, y'all!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this am sharing my studio.  I guess I should say the studio I left behind in Kansas, as we're in transition to our new home in Texas and will have to start the process of installing a new studio all over again.  All that aside, I'd love to share the loft where countless, precious pages and thoughtful cards were created for thirteen, creative years.
I share the space with my hubby who does digital design from that large screen at the far end of the desk.  His necessities are housed in the drawers at that end of the desk, so I won't even attempt to open and share them here.  We never did get that last window replaced, and those stools had to go.  They absolutely did NOT make it onto our moving truck, which I'm beyond thrilled about ;).
The space also overlooks our living room, over the railing, on the left side of this photo; and the quilt, on the right side of this photo, hides my hubby's closet.  You have to get creative in small spaces, and our bedroom had the smallest closet in our home.
This is my seat right under the skylight.
The plastic guttering is filled, from one end to the other, with spooled ribbon in rainbow order; and my buckets and bins, housing pencils, pens, utensils, and tools, came from IKEA.
Hooks hold my most-used pair of scissors, as well as embossing gun; and hanging trays hold mists...
acrylic paints, liquid glue, and Glossy Accents.
The drawers hold bigger tools, glitter, embossing powders, gemstones, stencils, all of my Pretty Little Studio products (Some of which are sorted by collection.)...
and inks.
The shelves (You can also get a peek of my sewing machine stashed under my desk here.) hold my paper trimmers, watercolors...
8-1/2" x 11" and 12" x 12" cardstock...
and pattered paper, all organized by color.  With the double-sided papers, I usually pick my favorite side; but I love when they have a strip of the opposite side showing at the bottom.  In that case, I just flip them upside down and am able to have both prints showing at once.  I use this exact same process for my paper scraps.
The shelf behind our desk (Keep that partial wall to the left in mind, as I'm going to come back to it.)...
houses stamps, Washi tape, my sewing basket...
sequins, buttons, flair, brads, eyelets, and just about every bit and bauble you can imagine.
A few of them are specified by manufacturer, including sequins...
and flair buttons from Pretty Little Studio.  I just trim the collection and product names right off the packaging and store them in each individual section.
That white basket is filled with little stamp sets from Citrus Twist and Paper Sweeties; and the purple, spotted container holds Poppystamps dies that have yet to be sorted.
The large, clear bin here holds scrapbook kits and paper from one of my favorite kit clubs, Citrus Twist; and the colorful basket contains opened and partially-used goodies from those same kits.  The binders hold letters and mementos precious to my hubby and I.  One is his, and one is mine; and the square basket is filled with twine and Paper Sweeties seam binding ribbon.
My Cameo...
as well as sorted dies, attached to filed magnet sheets, and my Big Shot, sits on the top of the dresser behind my desk.
The dresser itself holds office supplies, Big Shot sandwich plates, punches, my StapleBoard, thread...
felt sheets, embroidery hoops, clear stamps...
alphabet stickers, Thickers, wood veneer, tags, chipboard...
and everything else.
The cabinet to the right of my desk holds a few of our less frequently used homeschool materials.  Baker's Twine, a basket of trimmed ribbons and string, and our printer can be found on top.
Finally, behind that partial wall, that I mentioned above, is a curtain rod holding gift bags and tissue paper hung on pant hangers, as well as long lengths of un-spooled ribbon hung on a scarf hanger.  You'll also find sorted, once again by color (It just works for me.), fabric scraps; cutting mats; and a basket of my littlest's easy-access coloring supplies which moves all over the house.
That does it, folks.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.  I hope that I've given you a few ideas for storage/organization in your own special space.  Thanks, as always, for visiting.  Be blessed!

Paper Sweeties July Blast from the Past: Day 3

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Evening, once again, y'all!  Just stopping back in, as promised, with one final day of Christmas in July projects from Paper SweetiesToday's creation was made for this past winter's Coffee Lovers Blog Hop with goodies all still available in the Paper Sweeties Shop.
As always, all the details and supplies used in the making of this card can be found at the link above and/or by clicking on the image itself.  That does it for this month, folks.  Thanks ever so much for humbling me with a visit!  Have a remarkable work week!  Mwah!

Paper Sweeties July Blast from the Past: Day 2

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Well, hello there!  Long time no see.  LOL!  I know it's been a busy day here on my little blog, but I've got another day of Paper Sweeties Christmas in July goodness to share with you all, before it ends.  So, let's continue the fun with this card which was published in the 2014 Holiday Issue of Get Inspired Magazine.
All the details and supplies used in its making can be found at the link above and/or by clicking on the image itself, which you'll totally want to do, because my daughter used the same Holly Days Sweet Cuts die, that I used in the making of this card, to create a project of her very own; and it, too, can be found in that post, not to mention the same magazine mentioned above.  The Happy Holidays stamp set, as well as the Holly Days Sweet Cuts die set, can no longer be found in the Paper Sweeties Shop; however, the same, single die she used in the making of her project can now be found in the Meet Me Under the Mistletoe Sweet Cuts die set.  Yay!  Thanks again for visiting, friends!  Hope to see you right back here, at the same time, tomorrow.  Hugs!

Sketchabilities #151 July Reveal

Hey, y'all!  Just stopping back in to share my take on a brand new sketch challenge from Sketchabilities.  Enjoy!
I started this page by adding gesso to the peach, stripe, patterned, paper, base page.  Once it was dry, I added puddles of aqua and blue watercolor; speckled it with those same shades of watercolor, as well as peach and yellow watercolors and Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints; and sprinkled a mix of different, patterned paper, die-cut flowers throughout the design.  That set the stage for my photos, which were matted with white cardstock.  The far, left photo was also partially backed with a piece of blue, diamonds, patterned paper, anchored with white-threaded, straight, machine stitching, as well as a large, aqua, cut-apart label, and topped with a red, die-cut label, which I used to etch a Love you bunch! phrase.
The center photo was backed with a couple of different, patterned prints, both of which were anchored with white-threaded, straight, machine stitching, as well as a snippet of cheesecloth for additional texture.  A file folder tab, etched with the 7.11.14 date, and a manila tag, laced with Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, were tucked under its top edge; and a bird die cut, popped up with foam tape, covers its top, left corner.
The final photo was backed with two different prints yet, both of which were anchored with more white-threaded, straight, machine stitching, and topped with a "Here & Now" arrow, popped up with foam tape.
It's bottom, left corner was anchored with a "Hello", die-cut circle; hand-cut, lemon vine; and "sweet" phrase, all of which were popped up, with foam tape, for more of that scrumptious dimension.  The lemon itself was also dressed up with Dazzling Diamonds for a little shimmer and shine.
The "SERVICE squad" title was created from glitter letters and a foam, phrase sticker...
and strips of white cardstock, used to house my journaling, complete the look.  The journaling reads, Family Palooza @ HCC, stuffing tube socks with supplies, along with priceless, handwritten messages, for our homeless friends in K.C.
And here's your July Sketch #151.  I can't wait to see what you all come up with!
Thanks, as always, for stopping by my neck of the woods!  Now, get out there and make your weekends creative ones.  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Paper Studio); peach stripe, floral, yellow designer, & blue diamonds (Maggie Holmes); blue squares (Elle's Studio); aqua weave, oranges, & peach triangles (Dear Lizzy); pink/orange palm branches (Crate Paper) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white string (Hobby Lobby); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); gesso (O'Leary Paint); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Stitched Bloom Trio die (Poppystamps); Big Shot (Sizzix); "sweet", lemon, & aqua frame cut-aparts (Maggie Holmes); "Hello" circle, bird, & "Here & Now" arrow die cuts & red & notebook tabs (Citrus Twist); manila tag (Paper Studio); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); cheesecloth (Dritz); glitter letters (Pink Paislee); Skyler foam phrase sticker (American Crafts)

Pretty Little Studio: Moments Captured

Welcome to the weekend, y'all!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, sharing a page inspired by the warm colors of summer.  Enjoy!
I started this page by adding a puddle of yellow watercolor to the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page.  I then splattered it with that same yellow watercolor, as well as teal, aqua, and orange watercolors; stamped it, in Pumpkin Pie ink, with the orange circles; and splattered it once again, but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.  A trio of patterned paper strips, from both the Feels Like Fall and Tales and Dreams Collections, were then anchored, in the vertical center of the design, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches and topped with a couple of additional prints, one again from the Feels Like Fall Collection and the second from Beautiful Day, as well as a Dream Big 3x4 Pocket Card, all of which were anchored with more gold-threaded, machine stitching.  Before those secondary prints were secured into place and topped, in turn, with a snippet of cheesecloth for texture, in addition to my photos, which were matted with white cardstock, I also tucked a couple of Autumn Blossom Die Cuts, as well as a Here Comes the Sun Die Cut, under their edges.
A "moments CAPTURED" Shine Bright Die Cut, popped up with foam tape, serves as my title.
The opposite side of the page was dressed up with an additional Autumn Blossom Die Cut, as well as the darling Swimming Vintage Die Cut.
A Chrysanthemum Shipping Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow; Summer Flair Button, backed with a tangle of gold thread...
couple of bitty Autumn Blossom Die Cuts, popped up with foam tape; scattering of Live Simply Clear Stickers...
and duo of Butterfly Bush Stickers, backed with white cardstock, hand-cut out, and popped up with foam tape, round out the bulk of the design.
A little, hand-penned journaling, which reads, Nothing beats a hot, summer afternoon hanging out @ the pool with a few of our favorite people.  August 2015 (Donna, Brett, & Ella), completes the look.
Thanks, as always, for humbling me with a visit!  Have a remarkable weekend, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Tart & Tangy (SU!) Paper: white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); Beautiful Day: 6x8 Paper Pack; Tales & Dreams: Dare to Dream 8x8; Feels Like Fall: Feeling Reminiscent 8x8, Feeling Warm 8x8, & Feeling Cozy 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Pumpkin Pie (SU!); 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); cheesecloth (Dritz); white string (Hobby Lobby); Sweet Life: Live Simply Clear Stickers; Here Comes the Sun: Here Comes the Sun Die Cuts & Summer Flair Button; It's Your Birthday: Shine Bright Die Cuts; Dream Big: Dream Big 3x4 Pocket Card; Feels Like Fall: Autumn Blossom Die Cuts; Marigold: Chrysanthemum Shipping Tag & Butterfly Bush Stickers; Swimming Vintage Die Cut (PLS)