Paper Sweeties Winter Inspiration Day 3

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Welcome back to Day 3 of Paper Sweeties' Winter Inspiration series!  I've whipped up a sweet, little, monochromatic number that could be used for anything from celebrating a new birth to expressing one's thanks.  Check it out!
I started this card by adhering a 3" x 5" piece of a bright pink, patterned print to the left side of my white, cardstock, card face.  I then set it aside to stamp the "Sweet as can be" sentiment, from the Be Happy stamp set, in Jet Black ink, in the bottom center of a separate, 3-1/4" x 4-3/4" piece of white cardstock.
I then added a smudge of Strawberry Cream Glimmer Mist just above it; splattered it with Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints; framed it with a piece of white cardstock, as well as white-threaded, straight, machine stitches; and wrapped a length of white string, three times, around it, just above horizontal center.  The ends of that string were then tied, in a bow, just right of vertical center and topped with a Rectangle Scallop Frame, die-cut from Strawberry Slush cardstock.
The Homegrown strawberry was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a watercolor paper die cut; watercolored; given a hint of shine, to match that scrumptious Glimmer Mist mentioned previously, with Clear Wink of Stella; and splattered with more Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints, before it was backed with a snippet of cheesecloth and popped up with foam tape.  The entire prepped piece was then popped off the surface of the prepped, white, cardstock, card face, with foam tape, to complete the look.
I'll be back early next week with a fun project for Pretty Little Studio.  Until then, thanks so much for visiting me!  Don't forget to stop by to see what the rest of the Paper Sweeties Design Team has cooked up; and be sure to get your name in the hat for my ginormous Birthday Giveaway.  Be blessed!


{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Be Happy & Homegrown (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Strawberry Slush & patterned print (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scotch); cheesecloth (Dritz); white string (Hobby Lobby); Strawberry Cream Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paint (FolkArt); Clear Wink of Stella (Zig); Big Shot (Sizzix); Home Grown & Rectangle Scallop Frames Sweet Cuts dies (Paper Sweeties)

Paper Sweeties Winter Inspiration Day 2

Monday, January 14, 2019

Evening, y'all!  Just stopping back in with another Paper Sweeties card trio to keep the Winter Inspiration flowing.  Enjoy!
Let's get a little up close and personal.  Shall we?
I started this card by watercoloring a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of watercolor paper in shades of blue, green, and pink.  Once it was dry, I stamped a trio of packages, from the Let's Party and Snow Time stamp sets respectively, in London Fog ink, across the background; framed it with Pacific Point cardstock and silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching; and popped it up, with foam tape, off the surface of the white, cardstock, card face.  I then stamped the "Let's Party!" sentiment, in Jet Black ink, on a Sweet Borders, die-cut, vellum pennant...
tucked under the right side of a stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a watercolor paper die cut and watercolored lollipop.  A little Glossy Accents brings a dose of shine to the lollipop, which comes from the same Let's Party stamp set mentioned above and was popped up, with foam tape, off the surface of a For You, die-cut, patterned, print tag.
In turn, the tag was popped up, with foam tape, in the center of the prepped card face and over a snippet of cheesecloth for texture.  A length of white string, laced through the tag itself and tied in a bow, as well as a sprinkling of Cupcake Sequins, completes the look.
The second card...
was made in the same way as the first with the exception of swapping the Pacific Point, cardstock frame for a Pool Party, cardstock frame...
and a different patterned print was chosen for the die-cut tag, not to mention a soft green watercolor for the lollipop...
and Merry and Bright sequins to complete the look.
The third and final card...
was designed and created in the same way as the two above.  It, too, however, uses Strawberry Slush cardstock rather than either of the two used above...
as well as a different patterned print for the die-cut tag; pretty pink watercolor for the lollipop...
and Bubblegum sequins to wrap things up in style.
That covers things for today.  I ran out of time and steam to continue making multiple cards for Day 3 of our Winter Inspiration series; but I will be back, tomorrow, with one final creation to wrap things up with style.  Until then, thanks so much for humbling me with a visit; and please be sure to stop by to see what my teammates have cooked up, just for your viewing pleasure, as well.  Hugs!


{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Let's Party & Snow Time (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); Strawberry Slush, Pacific Point, Pool Party, & all pattered (SU!) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn); London Fog (Memento) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scotch); cheesecloth (Dritz); watercolors (Kuretake); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Big Shot (Sizzix); Let's Party, Sweet Borders, & For You Sweet Cuts dies & Bubblegum, Cupcake Sprinkles, & Merry & Bright sequins (Paper Sweeties)

Paper Sweeties Winter Inspiration Day 1

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Evening, y'all!  Just popping in to kick-start the week with Paper Sweeties' Winter Inspiration series.  There are no new stamp sets or dies for the month of January, so we're spending what would normally be release week digging into our stashes to create new projects that might give y'all some ideas to use what you already have.  So, let's just get started.  Shall we?
There are a LOT of people in my family, and it seems that I'm ALWAYS running out of birthday cards.  So, I was inspired by our newest, Merry Christmas Y'all stamp set and its coordinating die to create a trio of birthday cards with a similar design.
I started this first card by trimming the left side of a 3-3/4" x 5" gray, star, patterned print with a couple of strips of two different colorful prints, which were equal in height to the original, and framing them all with white cardstock and silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  The space between the colorful, patterned, paper strips was then wrapped with a length of white string, tied, in a bow, near the top of the prepped piece; before I adhered such, to the white, cardstock, card face, with foam tape.
The entire card was then overlaid with a snippet of cheesecloth for that scrumptious texture that I love so much.  The "HIP HIP HOORAY wishing you an AMAZING DAY" sentiment, from the Hugs & Kisses stamp set, was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a cut-apart label; framed with white cardstock; tucked under the white, string bow with foam tape; and embellished with a trio of aqua, acrylic stars.
The truck image, from Merry Christmas Y'all, was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a watercolor paper die cut; watercolored; popped off the surface of the card face with foam tape; and given a hint of shine with Glossy Accents.  The truck bed was then filled with the stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a watercolor paper die cut, and watercolored, gift image, from the Snow Time stamp set, to complete the look.
The second card was made in the same way as the previous...
with the exception of two different strips of colorful prints to back the bulk of the card...
and a different color of sentiment label and acrylic stars...
to coordinate with the pink, watercolored truck.
The same can be said for the third card...
with its new, patterned, paper strips...
sentiment label; acrylic stars...
and truck color.
This way of making birthday cards totally needs to become my standard in 2019.  So much so, that I've done it again for Day 2 of Paper Sweeties' Winter Inspiration series; but you'll have to meet me right back here, at the same time and place, tomorrow to see how they turned out.  Thanks so much for your visit today!  Please be sure to visit all my talented teammates, too.  Have a wonderful start to your work weeks!  Hugs!

Maria Patrick 

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Merry Christmas Y'all, Snow Time, & Hugs & Kisses (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); gray star & yellow speckled (Citrus Twist); multicolored floral (Jen Hadfield); teal/pink floral & blue diamond (Crate Paper); pink polka dot (Paige Evans); aqua triangles (One Canoe Two); watercolor (Master's Touch) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scotch); cheesecloth (Dritz); white string (Hobby Lobby); Glossy Accents (Ranger); watercolors (Kuretake); acrylic stars (Citrus Twist); cut-apart labels (Maggie Holmes); Big Shot (Sizzix); Merry Christmas Y'all & Snow Time Sweet Cuts dies (Paper Sweeties)

PLS: My Favorite 2018 Collection

Morning, y'all!  We've been reminiscing, over at Pretty Little Studio, about our favorite collections from 2018; and I'm up on the blog today, sharing that hands-down mine is Heather Dolittle's XOXO Collection.
https://jinnynewlin.blogspot.com/2018/03/pretty-little-studio-100-irish-today.html
I love the bold lettering; kisses of rose gold; happy mix of patterns and prints; and most of all, that the color palette works for both masculine and feminine designs.  I also love that it includes everything from hearts and flowers to coffee and ice-cream, even light-bulbs and typewriters, making it deliciously versatile and appealing for highlighting a wide array of everyday photographs.
Here are just a few more pages that I've designed with this collection.  All layouts are linked to their original post for closeup photographs, supplies used, and details of their making.  Just click on them to get a little more up close and personal.
https://jinnynewlin.blogspot.com/2018/04/pretty-little-studio-easter-ears.html
https://jinnynewlin.blogspot.com/2018/05/pls-love-this-crazy-beautiful-life.html
https://jinnynewlin.blogspot.com/2018/05/pretty-little-studio-so-fabulous.html
Thanks so much for visiting!  Have a blessed 2019, friends!

2018 Year in Review

Friday, January 11, 2019

Just stopping in with a little, creative inspiration to start the weekend, not to mention the New Year, off right.  In years past, I've created two separate posts for my Year in Review, one each for my ten favorite cards and layouts.  This year, however, I've combined all of my projects into one deliciously-paper-crafted post and tossed in a couple of additional favorites, for a total of twelve, just for good measure.  Each photograph is linked to its original post, in calendar order of when the posts were written, I might add, for all the details and supplies in its making.  So, just sit back, and enjoy!  And if you want to get a little more up-close-and-personal, feel free to click away.
https://jinnynewlin.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-studio-snowflakes-challenge.html
https://jinnynewlin.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-studio-mood-board-challenge.html
https://jinnynewlin.blogspot.com/2018/02/pretty-little-studio-toddler-boy.html
https://jinnynewlin.blogspot.com/2018/02/the-studio-kraft-challenge.html
https://jinnynewlin.blogspot.com/2018/03/pretty-little-studio-anapara-mx.html
https://jinnynewlin.blogspot.com/2018/03/pretty-little-studio-phil-48.html
https://jinnynewlin.blogspot.com/2018/05/paper-sweeties-may-release-sneak-peek.html
https://jinnynewlin.blogspot.com/2018/09/sketchabilities-153-september-reveal.html
https://jinnynewlin.blogspot.com/2018/10/pretty-little-studio-sunny-memories-tags.html
https://jinnynewlin.blogspot.com/2018/11/pretty-little-studio-fall-family-fun.html
https://jinnynewlin.blogspot.com/2018/12/25-days-of-christmas-with-paper-sweeties_12.html
https://jinnynewlin.blogspot.com/2018/12/pls-have-yourself-merry-little-christmas.html
These last two projects have to do less with papercrafting and more with renovating our Kansas City kitchen and organizing my studio, for showings, before the sale of said Kansas City home and our move to El Paso; but they brought more traffic to my blog, in 2018, than I ever dreamt they might.  So, I'm linking them back up, just for your viewing/inspirational pleasure, too.
https://jinnynewlin.blogspot.com/2018/05/kitchen-reno-part-5-complete.html
https://jinnynewlin.blogspot.com/2018/07/pretty-little-studio-in-my-studio.html
Maybe 2019 needs to bring more home-related projects here to my blog.  The good Lord knows that I'm working on them all the time; and now, that I have a garage, I've been building and refinishing everything in sight.  It's been such fun, but I didn't realize everyone else would be as interested in that kind of stuff as I am.  Hmmm?  Well, thanks so much for helping make 2018 great and for supporting all of my creative adventures in your own unique ways.  It just wouldn't be the same around here without you.  Mwah!  I'd love for you to stick around to see what I've got in store for 2019.  Have a wonderful weekend, friends!  XOXO

Birthday Giveaway

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Morning, y'all!  I apologize for it being a bit creatively quiet around here lately.  We just started back to school, after our Christmas break, yesterday; so, we've been enjoying the downtime, that the last two weeks have brought to our family, to celebrate our Savior's birth and the start of 2019.  We've also been taking advantage of the lack of routines to accomplish a number of tasks around the house, including getting the final coat of polyurethane on my great aunt's hand-me-down, dinning-room set and reupholstering the chairs.  I'm so excited to finally have it done and setting center-stage in our schoolroom.  It's simply beautiful, long-awaited, and already getting a ton of use.

All that aside, though, it's been far too long since I've had a giveaway; and I don't know about you all, but I think it's about time to end that streak.  So, because I've got a birthday coming up, I wanted to celebrate by giving a package of fabulous goodies away to one of my faithful followers, just for being such.
You totally can't see all that this package has to offer from that photo.  It's stacked two inches deep, friends!  So, let's get up close and personal.  Shall we?  That's (1) two each 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock sheets of Wplus9 Design's Sweet Gelato, Cupid's Bow, Cranberry Crush, Green Acres, Lake House, Soft Honeydew, Cashmere, Steel Mill, Nautical Navy, & Oatmeal (my favorite!), for a total of 20...
(2) 4 double-sided 12" x 12" sheets from Pinkfresh's Christmas Wishes and Felicity Collections; (3) Old World Travel 12" x 12" Collection Kit by Carta Bella...
(4) Maya Road Clear Acrylic 3-Ring Tab Swatch Book; (5) Maya Road Wings Chipboard Album; (6) huge collection of Maya Road chipboard in a cute, little, window lunchbox; (7) fabulous sheet of beachy chipboard (I cannot believe that I don't remember who manufactured these.)...
(8) Cocoa Vanilla Totally Rad Alphabet Stickers; (9) Crush gold foil, Memo and New Day printed, and Ali DIY fabric chipboard letter Thickers from American Crafts; (10) Jenni Bowlin Grey Skinny Alphas; (11) Noted Dear Lizzy cork letter Thickers...
(12) Love Die-Cut Cork by Jillibean Soup; (13) Cork Confetti from Speigelmom Scraps; (14) Pink Paislee C'est La Vie and Moonstruck foil cork stickers; (15) Gold Days cork shapes from Fancy Pants; (16) Paper Studio Happy cork word die cuts; (17) Hazelwood cork shapes by One Canoe Two...
(18) wood hello and heart (They came to me in a scrapbook kit years ago, but I'm so sorry that I cannot remember who designed/manufactured them.); (19) wood shapes and seasonal stick pins from Little Yellow Bicycle; (20) wood flags by Jillibean Soup; (21) Paper House canvas stickers; (22) Maggie Holmes Shine wood veneer; (23) Pinkfresh Felicity color block wood stickers...
(24) June and July 2011 issues of CARDS Magazine (I hope you all still love a paper magazine as much as I do.); (25) Everyday Alpha photopolymer clear stamps from Wplus9 Design; (26) Clipboard photopolymer stamps from Paper Smooches...
(27) Christmas Wishes Studio puffs from Pinkfresh; (28) Crate Paper Journey puffy stickers; (29) Endless Summer Cocoa Vanilla enamel shapes; (30) Eyelet Outlet enamel dots; (31) enamel dots by Shimelle; (32) You Rock Cocoa Vanilla enamel shapes; (33) My Mind's Eye Now and Then enamel shapes; (34) wedding puffy stickers (Again, I don't know the manufacturer for these.)...
(35) Heidi Swapp foil labels and word stickers; (36) Pink Paislee Color Wash stickers; (37) Maggie Holmes Carousel stickers; (38) Little Yellow Bicycle Handwritten Love journaling stickers; (39) gold foil stickers from Studio Calico; (40) Pinkfresh Dream On leatherette shape stickers and Felicity Washi stickers...
(41) Pretty Little Studio's Blooming Hearts shape and word phrase stickers; (42) and journaling cards; (43) Marigold journaling tags; (44) seasonal Vintage Die Cuts; (45) November 2017 Freebie flair buttons...
(46) Citrus Twist epoxy stickers; (47) leatherette stickers; (48) Studio puffs; (49) Outline Alphabet polymer stamps; (50) die-cut paper ephemera; (51) wood veneer palms...
(52) Pinkfresh Boys Fort fabric pennants; (53) Pink Paislee C'est La Vie ephemera; (54) Crate Paper Kiss Kiss resin heart brads; (55) Classic Cozy sequins from Spiegelmom Scraps; (56) Halloween cat stencil from Jenni Bowlin; (57) Washi tape from an unknown manufacturer; (58) Neptune Nuvo Crystal Drops; and (59) I couldn't resist throwing in one of my most favorite tools, Fiskars titanium non-stick scissors.
For your chance to win, simply leave me a comment below telling me who you most like to celebrate your birthday with and why.  You must be a follower of my blog to win.  I'll leave the giveaway open, to U.S. residents only (So sorry!  Shipping is a booger, and this package is HEAVY!), for two weeks, through Tuesday, January 22, 2019, and announce a winner here Wednesday, January 23, 2019.  Good luck, and have a blessed day, y'all!