Pretty Little Studio: A Beautiful Day

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Happy Sunday, y'all!  Just stopping back in, as promised, to share one last creation before September slips away.  This one happens to be up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this morning and was inspired by Kim Watson's gorgeous, new Savannah Dreams Collection, which I simply LOVE!
I started this page by adding a little gesso to one of the brand new 12" x 12" prints, Daydream.  I cannot tell you how excited I am to be playing with 12" x 12" patterned papers from Pretty Little Studio.  Eeek!  Once the gesso was dry, I splattered it with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints and topped that with a snippet of cheesecloth for texture.  The page was then ready for my photos which were matted with white cardstock.  The top photo was crowned with a Rainy Day Die-Cut cloud and Happy Place Die-Cut sun.  The latter of which was popped up with foam tape.
A Best Ever Frame Die Cut was filled with the cupcake die cut found in the 12x12 Paper Pack and popped up, with foam tape, to the bottom right of that same photo.  It was then topped with a Happy Place Die-Cut bird, popped up with more foam tape, and grounded with a couple of All Together Word Stickers.
The "A beautiful DAY" die cut, found in the 12x12 Paper Pack, was placed vertically, slightly overlapping the frame above, and serves as my title.
I used a Just Relax 3x4 Pocket Card to house my journaling, which reads, Hanging out with your cousins @ Jones Aquatic Center in celebration of your 9th birthday.  Pizza and Red Velvet Cake @ Grandpa and Grandma's was the perfect ending to a day in the sun.  I just love spoiling you!
My journaling was grounded with the "SO MUCH HAPPINESS" word bubble die cut and cluster of flowers, both of which were found, once again, in the 12x12 Paper Pack, as well as a "THIS IS THE LIFE" Rainy Day Die Cut and "YOU MAKE ME SMILE" Let It Go Flair Button, all of which were popped up with foam tape.
A Best Ever Frame Die-Cut tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, was tucked under its top edge.
A yellow Label It Die Cut houses my handwritten, Saturday, July 7, 2012, date...
an "Each moment in your life is precious, so live completely, totally, fully..." Best Ever Frame Die Cut...
and a quartet of Rainy Day Die-Cut water splatters, most of which were popped up with foam tape just because I can't get enough of that scrumptious dimension, complete the look.
I can't wait to see what you all cook up with this colorful, collection!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Paper Studio); Savannah Dreams: 12x12 Paper Pack (PLS) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gesso (O'Leary Paints); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); cheesecloth (Dritz); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white string (Hobby Lobby); Savannah Dreams: Happy Place Die Cuts, Best Ever Frame Die Cuts, Rainy Days Die Cuts, Label It Die Cuts, All Together Word Stickers, Just Relax 3x4 Pocket Card, & Let It Go Flair Button (PLS)

For the Love of Books

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Welcome to the weekend, y'all!  We finally have a couple of days free for tackling a number of DIY projects here in our new home.  While I'd rather be sleeping in, especially because I'm feeling a bit under the weather, I know these things must be completed before we can get to the really big renovations AND before I can get my new garden beds.  Just thinking of the ones I left behind in Kansas City, not to mention my beloved apple tree, truly makes my heart ache.  However, taking care of them made my heart sing.  So even if the new homeowners don't appreciate them like I did, although I truly hope they do, it was still well worth the time and energy I poured into them, kind of like the inspirational character in the book I've chosen to share, with you all, this month.  It is written for children ages four to eight and loosely based on a Talmudic story about an elderly man who painstakingly plants carob trees, to care for his descendants, knowing he'll never have the opportunity to harvest the fruit himself.
The Forever Garden, written by Laurel Snyder and illustrated by Samantha Cotterill, is a story about a young girl named Laurel who lives next to a gardener named Honey.  "Honey's knees are always muddy."  She "pulls her beets from the ground with a shout that scares the chickens, [and] she sings to the kale."  Honey's fond observer knows all her gardening habits and often shares in the harvest while sitting on the fence snacking; at the dinner table, on Friday nights, below a towering bouquet of squash blossoms, rosemary, and raspberry prickle branches; or in the garden itself under a blanket of stars.  One day, a sign in Honey's front yard announces that she'll be moving soon.  Laurel is understandably upset about losing a friend and curious as to why Honey continues to plant things that she'll never get to enjoy.  "I didn't plant the grapes.  I only ate them... The new folks will enjoy [this harvest], the way I enjoyed the grapes.  And if they add something, the garden will keep going... maybe forever," Honey proclaims.  Together, they plant an apple tree to remember the sweet friendship they cultivated in the garden.  The new homeowners don't know anything about gardens, but Laurel has been taught by the best and happily shows their children how to weed the rows and sing to the kale.

Thank you so much for reading!  I hope that you enjoy this one as much as I do; and if you happen to pick it up on your next trip to the library or purchase it for your own library shelves or a friend's, I'd love to hear from you.  Simply leave me a comment below.  Life is busy, and I'd love to know that you're continuing to enjoy these reviews.  Have an amazing weekend!  Mwah!

Friday Faves

Friday, September 28, 2018

Morning, y'all!  Just popping in, seeing as it's already the last Friday in September, to share a few of the things that have captured my attention this month.  I couldn't resist beginning with another school-themed product.  These Die-Cut Wood Veneer Classroom Pieces, from Kaisercraft, are deliciously neutral but also ready to be painted, stamped, colored, misted, decoupaged... whatever your desire may be.
Reverse Confetti's Fall Foliage stamp set has my name written all over it.  Those gorgeous, leafy images are calling for watercolor; and the combination of fonts here is pure perfection.
Although it feels too early, to me, to be thinking about Christmas, Christmas-themed stuff is literally everywhere; and I know that it's only going to increase as the season approaches.  So, I'm also including Avery Elle's precious, Polar Peek-A-Boo Pals, clear stamps...
and Pinkfresh's Holiday Vibes Collection.  From the 12x12 Paper Pack...
to the Epoxy Stickers...
Ephemera Pack...
and Puffy Stickers, all the blues and woodland creatures have completely captured my heart.  The intricate snowflakes and gold foil accents are simply the icing on the cake.  LOVE!
That covers things for now, folks; but I'll be back tomorrow with my For the Love of Books pick and then again on Sunday to wrap the month up right with a little something I've created using delicious, new products available today from Pretty Little Studio.  Yay!  Until then, have a truly fantastic start to your weekends!  XOXO

Pretty Little Studio: Grade 5

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Morning, y'all!  I have a page, inspired by Marie-Pierre Capistran's Potpourri Collection, up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this morning; and I simply can't think of a better way to start the weekend than by sharing it here, too.  Enjoy!
I started this page by adding a puddle of blue watercolor to the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page.  I then splattered it with that same shade of watercolor before rubbing Pumice Stone Distress Ink through an alphabet stencil and splattering once again, but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  A trio of Potpourri prints, including Taking a Walk, Autumn Leaves, and Corn Maze, were then secured, with black-threaded, straight, machine stitching, vertically behind my photos, which were matted with white cardstock and backed with a snippet of cheesecloth for texture.  A couple of Fall Leaves Vellum Die Cuts were tucked behind the bottom left side of my photos and topped with a duo of Wooden Chevron Die Cuts.  A lone mushroom, hand-cut from the Toadstools print; popped up with foam tape; and embellished with a simple, white, string bow, further enhances that bottom left corner.
Moving clockwise, a combined Back to School Die Cut, popped up with foam tape, and School Number Clear Sticker create the simple, "grade 5" title.  A Forest Walk Flair Button and layered, Blowing Bubbles Vellum, die-cut butterfly, studded with clear gemstones, dresses it up beautifully.
Another layered and die-cut butterfly crowns the entire design...
and a third tops a couple more hand-cut, once again from the Toadstools print, mushrooms, popped up with foam tape over a secondary series of Wooden Chevron Die Cuts, dressing up the bottom right side of my photos.  Included in that cluster are also a number of themed Back to School Die Cuts; To the Moon & Back Sticker flower; and hand-written 2013-2014 date.
A couple of die-cut, from white, Lucky Limeade, Barely Banana, and Almost Amethyst cardstocks respectively, flowers branch out from the top of that cluster...
and point the way to the "best teacher" Back to School Die Cut, popped up with foam tape.
"Back to School" and heart School Number Clear Stickers complete the look.
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit!  Have an amazing weekend, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); Barely Banana, Almost Amethyst, & Lucky Limeade (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch); Potpourri: Taking a Walk 8x8, Autumn Leaves 8x8, Corn Maze 8x8, Toadstools 8x8, & Blowing Bubbles 8x8 Vellum (PLS) Ink: Pumice Stone Distress Ink (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); alphabet stencil (Jenni Bowlin); white string (Hobby Lobby); gemstones (crafts-too); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); cheesecloth (Dritz); Big Shot (Sizzix); Stitched Butterfly Trio, Dandelion Stem, & Ragged Daisy dies (Poppystamps); Potpourri: Fall Leaves Vellum Die Cuts, Back to School Die Cuts, Forest Walk Flair Button, & School Number Clear Stickers; Beautiful Day: Wooden Chevron Die Cuts; & Here Comes the Sun: To the Moon & Back Sticker (PLS)

Paper Sweeties September Release Rewind

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Today marks the close of Paper Sweeties' September Release, which means there's a new goodie awaiting you in the Paper Sweeties Shop.  But before you're off to picking yours up today, if you haven't done so already, I've got one more creation, boasting more images and another sentiment from I'm So Proud of You, for you all, today.
I started this card by stamping all the images, from both You Add Color to My Life and I'm So Proud of You, in Jet Black ink, across a piece of watercolor paper.  I then watercolored it, including a soft shadow to create depth around each image (Although, that isn't showing up well in these photos.); split the panel at an angle; and anchored the two resulting pieces, with bright-pink-threaded, straight, machine stitching, to the Melon Mambo, cardstock, card face.
The split in the watercolored panel created a background to help the white-embossed, "You're a Class Act" sentiment really pop.
Thanks, as always, for humbling me with a visit!  Be sure to check in with the rest of these talented team, too; and until next month, be blessed!

Nancy Salkeld

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: I'm So Proud of You & You Add Color to My Life (Paper Sweeties) Paper: watercolor (Master's Touch); Melon Mambo (SU!) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: bright-pink thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); watercolors (Kuretake); white embossing powder (Zing!); embossing gun (SU!)

Pretty Little Studio: Happy Day

Morning, y'all!  Just stopping back in with a card that I made for my sister-in-law's birthday the end of last month.  It happens to be up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this am.  Enjoy!
I started this card by anchoring a piece of the Birthday 15 print, with bright-pink-threaded, straight, machine stitches, to the white, cardstock, card face.  A Dream Big Shipping Tag was overlaid with a portion of a Cambridge 4" Doily; popped up, with foam tape, in the center of the card face; and topped with the Kaitlyn Vintage Die Cut, which, too, was popped up with foam tape.  You all know how much I love dimension ;).
A combination of Happy Day Color Stickers and So Sweet Word Die Cuts were collected over Kaitlyn's skirt.
A happy mix of Blooming Love Die Cuts, Flower Garden Die Cuts, and Pink Frosting Sequins dress up the bottom left and top right corners of the design...
and a length of white string, laced through the tag and tied in a bow, completes the look.
Before I run, I wanted to share the gorgeous, season-inspired September Freebie with any $24 or more purchase.  Pick yours up today!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Now, get out there and make your weekends creative ones.  Mwah!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Paper Studio); It's Your Birthday: Birthday 15 8x8 (PLS) Other: bright pink thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); white string (Hobby Lobby); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); It's Your Birthday: Happy Day Color Stickers; Sweet Life: Flower Garden Die Cuts & Pink Frosting Sequins; XOXO: Blooming Love Die Cuts; Dream Big: So Sweet Word Die Cuts & Dream Big Shipping Tag; Cambridge 4" Doily & Kaitlyn Vintage Die Cut (PLS)

Paper Sweeties September Release Party

Friday, September 14, 2018

Welcome back, Paper Sweeties fans!  I trust you're loving seeing the new, September Release, I'm So Proud of You, at work.  Well, I've got a super sweet, little trio of treats, that I made for my kiddos just because they've been working so hard with their studies, to share, with you all, today.  Enjoy!
I started these gifts by stamping the "I'm So Proud of You" sentiment, in Jet Black ink, on white, cardstock, banner tags, die-cut using the Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts die and punched with a small hole.  The pencils were stamped, in Jet Black ink, on watercolor paper; watercolored; hand-cut out; and punched with that same small hole.
I then covered the tops of mini, Mason jars, stuffed with M&M's, with simple, white, paper doilies and secured them with lengths of Baker's Twine, wrapped around the base of each lid.  The Baker's Twine was then laced through the holes, which were previously punched in both the watercolored pencils and stamped sentiments, and tied in bows.  Simple, gingham, ribbon bows, in a trio of colors, complete the look.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by!  Have an amazing start to your weekends; and I'll see you right back here, for one final day of September Release projects, tomorrow.  XOXO

Nancy Salkeld 

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: I'm So Proud of You (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: watercolors (Kuretake); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); gingham ribbons & doilies (Hobby Lobby); 3/16" Circle Punch (SU!); mini Mason jars (Ball); Big Shot (Sizzix); Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts die (Paper Sweeties)

Sketchabilities #153 September Reveal

Evening, y'all!  Just stopping back in to share my take on a fabulous, new sketch over at Sketchabilities.  Enjoy!
I started this page by smudging Wedding Pink and Aquamarine, softened by Pearl Colorations Spray, Glimmer Mists onto the textured, white, cardstock, base page.  I then splattered it with those same mists before stamping it, in Barely Banana and Jet Black inks respectively, with the lemon wheels, little flowers, and dragonfly and splattering once again, but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.
My photos, which were matted with white cardstock, rest on top of a nest of cheesecloth for more of that fabulous texture I love so much.  I then hand-cut all of the black and white lemons and flowers, some of which were popped off the surface of the base page with foam tape, from a patterned print and tucked a number of black-embossed, on vellum, and punched flowers in among the clusters.
A large, lemon slice die cut grounds the design and serves as the stage for the "sunkissed" title die cut, popped up with foam tape and anchored by a colorful, banner die cut, as well as a layered, die-cut, from vellum, banner and a couple of stamped, in Jet Black ink, words.
A duo of layered, frame die cuts houses my journaling, which reads, Melvern Lake, July 13, 2014, as well as a stamped, in Jet Black ink, "Sun, please." phrase.  They were topped with a lemon die cut, which was, in turn, stacked with a "lazy days & sun rays" banner die cut and dressed up with a length of white string, tied in a bow.
A lemon, epoxy badge and scattering of gold, glitter and yellow enamel dots...
as well as the trimmed, left side of my black and white, journaling die cut, complete the look.
Here's your September Sketch #153 to get you off and creating in the right direction.
To be considered for the Featured Designer spot, you must add your entry to the linky by October 10, 2018.  Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit, friends!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Bugs & Kisses, Tart & Tangy, Petite Petals, & Little Flowers (SU!); "TODAY", "BEACH.", & "Sun, please." (Citrus Twist) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); textured white (Bazzill); black/white lemons & flowers (Pinkfresh) Ink: Barely Banana (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger) Other: foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Wedding Pink & Aquamarine Glimmer Mists (Tattered Angels); Pearl Colorations Spray (Art Anthology); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); white string (Hobby Lobby); cheesecloth (Dritz); black embossing powder & Petite Petals punch (SU!); all die cuts & lemon epoxy badge (Pinkfresh); gold glitter & yellow enamel dots (My Mind's Eye); Double Banner Garland Confetti Cuts die (Reverse Confetti); Big Shot (Sizzix)

Paper Sweeties September Release Sneak Peek

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Evening, y'all!  Paper Sweeties' September Release is here; and we're kicking things off tonight with a few sneak peeks of a darling, new, stamp set, I'm So Proud of You.  So, let's just get right to how it inspired me.  Shall we?
I started this card by stamping the ruler, in Jet Black ink, lots of times, over a soft gray, diamond, patterned print.  I then framed it with Ruby Red cardstock and anchored it, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching, to the white, cardstock, card face.
A wide strip of multicolored, numbers print was secured, with more of that scrumptious, silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching, across the horizontal center of the card face and wrapped with a length of Frosting seam binding ribbon, straight from the Paper Sweeties Shop.  The ribbon itself was tied in a double bow and embellished with an ivory button, laced with Baker's Twine, tied in a bow.
Madison was then stamped, in Jet Black ink, on watercolor paper; watercolored; detailed with a white Gelly Roll Pen; and dressed with a denim, patterned, paper skirt and watercolored sweater, both of which were stamped in Jet Black ink and hand-cut out.  The sweater was also stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the apple, which was watercolored and given a little shimmer and shine with both Clear Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.  She was then die-cut using the Oval Scallop Frames Sweet Cuts die; framed with a turquoise, stripe, patterned paper, die-cut using that same Sweet Cuts die; and popped up, with foam tape, in the center of the card face, just to the right of the embellished ribbon, to complete the look.
Thanks so much for visiting, friends!  Be sure to stop in to see what the rest of the designers have whipped up just for your viewing pleasure.  Then, I'll be back, at the same time and place tomorrow, to share more of what I'm So Proud of You can do.  Hope to see you then!  And to those of you on the east coast, stay safe!  You're in my thoughts and prayers.  Hugs!


{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: I'm So Proud of You & Madison (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Ruby Red (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch); gray diamond (K&Company); denim (MME); turquoise stripes (Elle's Studio); multicolored numbers (Echo Park) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Clear Wink of Stella & White Gelly Roll Pen (Zig); watercolors (Kuretake); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); button (unknown); Big Shot (Sizzix); Oval Scallop Frames Sweet Cuts die & Frosting seam binding ribbon (Paper Sweeties)