For the Love of Books

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Evening, y'all!  I'm squeaking in this month's For the Love of Books pick just in the nick of time, as there's only a few hours left in January.  It is written for children ages eight to twelve but enjoyed by the young and old alike.  Matter of fact, I just finished reading this book aloud to my not-quite five-year-old; and he was enamored with it so much, we've already begun reading the sequel.
The Mouse and the Motorcycle, written by the renowned Beverly Cleary, tells the tale of a curious mouse, named Ralph, and his many adventures at the Mountain View Inn.  Ralph wasn't like the frightened, worrisome mice in his family.  He longed for excitement, danger, and speed.  Lucky for him, one day, a young guest, with a shiny, toy motorcycle in tow, befriended him.  Once Ralph settled into the seat of that motorcycle, grasped its handle grips, and whispered an excited "pb-pb-b-b-b", there was no stopping him.  He became fearless, dodging the vacuum cleaner, outwitting an unfriendly dog, standing up to Uncle Lester, and even escaping the hungry talons of an owl and the unknowns of the ground floor to help his new friend.  With a motorcycle to call his own, almost anything could happen.

Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit!  Happy reading, friends!

Pretty Little Studio: Cheers

Monday, January 28, 2019

Welcome to the work week, y'all!  Just stopping in to share a page which happens to be up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today.  I was rummaging through a box of old photos and knew that I had to get these two of my littlest, just being silly, holding that empty bottle of sparkling cider, onto a page.  I've used no less than ten different collections to get it done.  I've said it before, but I simply cannot say it enough.  I LOVE the way Pretty Little Studio's Collections work together so effortlessly.  Enjoy!
I started this page by adding puddles of aqua and blue watercolors to a 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page.  I then splattered it with those same shades of watercolor, as well as bright pink watercolor and Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  Once it was dry and just because I love them so, I added a heap of stars to my page, beginning with a trio of open stars, Cameo-cut from, in order from largest to smallest, our Feeling Creative, Jolly, and Stargazer prints and anchored with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  A number more of the stars came from the Destination Star Die-Cut, Frolic Word Die-Cut, and Summer Night Die-Cut packages.  I also threw in quite a few that were hand-cut from our Starry Sky print, as well as a trio each of Shining Star Stickers and silver, star sequins for good measure.
I then topped them all with my photos, which were matted with white cardstock and backed with a snippet of cheesecloth for texture.  A Good Cheer Clear Shipping Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, was tucked under the left photo and topped with a Let It Go Flair Button, backed with a tangle of silver thread.
The "Cheers" title was Cameo-cut from Basic Black cardstock; given a bit more dimension and shine with Glossy Accents; and grounded with a "holiday" Twinkle Word and "this" Rainbow Vibes Die-Cut Word, both of which were popped up with foam tape, as well as a "party time" Happy Day Color Sticker.
A "COLORFUL MEMORIES" Always Fun Word Flag, tucked in amidst a cluster of stars, anchors the entire design.
I used a Sunny Labels Cut-Apart to house the date and hint of journaling, which reads, January 1, 2016, You're such a ham!  I then adhered it, hanging off the top, right edge of the page and surrounded with a couple more hand-cut and die-cut stars; button, stitched with white string; and "beautiful days" Blue Fall Word Sticker to complete the look.

Thanks so much for visiting!  Have a blessed week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Paper Studio); Basic Black (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch); Feels Like Fall: Feeling Creative 8x8; Tales & Dreams: Stargazer 8x8; Home for Christmas: Jolly 8x8 & Starry Sky 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); foam tape (Super Glue); cheesecloth (Dritz); white string (Hobby Lobby); Glossy Accents (Ranger); button (Buttons Galore & More); silver star sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Cameo (Silhouette); Color Me Happy cut file (Cocoa Vanilla); Cheers cut file (; Feels Like Fall: Blue Fall Word Sticker; Tales & Dreams: Rainbow Vibes Die-Cut Word & Always Fun Word Flag; It's Your Birthday: Shining Star Stickers & Happy Day Color Sticker; Merry & Bright: Good Cheer Clear Shipping Tag; Holly Jolly: Twinkle Words Die Cut; Summer Vibes: Summer Night Die Cut; Wish You Were Here: Destination Star Die Cuts; Savannah Dreams: Frolic Die Cuts & Let It Go Flair Button; Sunny Memories: Sunny Labels Cut-Apart (PLS)

Pretty Little Studio: Clear Happy Birthday Minis

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Welcome to the weekend, y'all!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, sharing a couple of 4" square, mini, birthday greetings.  They were inspired by my last two Christmas Favs 3x8 Pocket Cards and a couple sheets of our scrumptious, clear cardstock.  Enjoy!
Let's get a little up close and personal.  Shall we?
I started this card by cutting a piece of Achieve It Clear paper into the 4" x 4" card base.  I then topped it with the kraft, trees Christmas Fav 3x8 Pocket Card, cut down into 3" x 3" squares and secured in the center of the card face.  This pocket card is where the birthday greeting will be.  The folded, clear, card base only helps serve to support the card when standing.
I added a solid, white, cardstock, 3" x 3" square to the backside of the inside front of the card in order to hide the adhesive.  Tip: Glue dots last long and adhere super snug to clear cardstock.  A For You Shipping Tag was then laced with white string, tied in a bow, and adhered, with foam tape, just right of vertical center.  That Twinkle Die-Cut arrow was a last minute addition, which I couldn't love any more.
The tag itself was then topped with the Grandma's House Die-Cut cardinal, adhered with foam tape, backed with a bed of cheesecloth, and perched atop a teal, Home for Christmas Die-Cut banner, stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "happy birthday" sentiment.  A few Grandma's House Die-Cut branches peek out from behind the bird, and a trio of Always Aqua Sequins complete the look.
The second card was created in nearly the same way as the first.  So, let's just call attention to the differences, beginning with the 4" x 4" square, card base being made from You Make Me Smile Clear paper.  Because the Christmas Fav 3x8 Pocket Card boasts a grid design, which doesn't have an obvious up or down pattern, I didn't have to split it into two 3" squares, as I did above.  I simply sliced two inches from one end, folded it in half, and adhered it to the card base, backed with white cardstock, on the inside front of the card, in the same way as above.
A different tag, albeit from the same For You Shipping Tags package, was chosen for the card face and laced with white string, tied in a bow, in the same way as above.
A Twinkle Die-Cut buck takes center stage, backed with another snippet of cheesecloth and anchored with a bright pink, Home for Christmas banner, stamped in the same way as above.  A trio of Twinkle Die-Cut stars and scattering of Seaspray Sequins complete the look.
Thanks, as always, for humbling me with a visit!  Have a blessed weekend, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Monkey Business (Reverse Confetti) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Beautiful Day: You Make Me Smile Clear 8x8; Dream Big: Achieve It Clear 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: white string (Hobby Lobby); cheesecloth (Dritz); foam tape (Super Glue); Christmas Joy: Christmas Favs 3x8 Pocket Cards; Home for Christmas: Home for Christmas Die Cuts, For You Shipping Tags, & Grandma's House Die Cuts; Tinsel Town: Twinkle Die Cuts; Summer Vibes: Seaspray Sequins; XOXO: Always Aqua Sequins (PLS)

Birthday Giveaway Winner

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Morning, y'all!  Just popping in with the announcement of my Birthday Giveaway winner as determined by
Congratulations, Karen!  Email me your snail mail address, and I'll get your goodies in the mail to you ASAP.  All of your comments totally made my heart happy, friends.  Thank you for just being YOU!  Have a wonderful Wednesday!  Mwah!

Pretty Little Studio: 'Tis the Season Mini Album

Monday, January 21, 2019

Welcome to the work week, y'all!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, sharing a mini album, inspired by our newest collection, Christmas Joy.
For a number of reasons, I rarely do mini albums; but I thought that incorporating some of the precious messages, that my family received over the holidays, into one, might just be the perfect way to treasure them for years to come.  Keep in mind, this little book is not an exhaustive collection; however, it does house all of the photos we were sent this Christmas, as well as some of my favorite cards, which includes all of the beautiful, handmade cards you crafty people sent my way.  So, let's just jump right in.  Shall we?
The front cover of my 6" x 8" album was covered with an 8" x 10" piece of the Merry print.  It was cut two inches larger than the front, cardboard panel itself in order to give myself enough extra to fold onto the inside, which I'll get to in just a moment.  I then dressed it up with a 'Tis the Season Die-Cut wreath, filled in with a "25" from that same die-cut package and dressed up with a length of Baker's Twine, tied in a bow and tucked under a 'Tis the Season Flair Button.
A quartet of die-cuts, from the combined efforts of the 'Tis the Season and Joy Die-Cuts packages and all of which were popped up with foam tape, embellish the space to the bottom right of the wreath.  The marshmallows were dressed up with a little Dazzling Diamonds, and the ornament received a healthy dose of Glossy Accents for shine.
A Joy Die-Cut mitten, popped up with foam tape and dazzled with more glitter, can be found on the opposite side of the wreath.
A couple of Merry & Bright Die-Cut word phrases, as well as a 'Tis the Season Die-Cut ticket, popped up with foam tape...
turns our attention to the inside of the book, where I used a 5-3/4" x 7-3/4" piece of the With Love print to tuck away all the folded, Merry ends.
I then pulled in a Christmas Favs 3x8 Pocket Card to house the "2018" year, which was centered within the printed wreath and made from the Potpourri Collection's School Number Clear Stickers.
The wreath was topped with a quartet of word phrases, one of which was popped up with more foam tape, from both the Merry & Bright and 'Tis the Season Die-Cut packages.
A 'Tis the Season Die-Cut house, popped up with foam tape, and tree rest, over a field of Winter Wonderland Clear Stickers, below the wreath.
I won't share all of the cards that were included in my album, because I'm here to show off all these fabulous, Pretty Little Studio goodies, not my friends and family ;); however, I did snap a quick shot of my beautiful family's Christmas card.  I'm not biased or anything.  Tee hee!
Another Christmas Favs 3x8 Pocket Card...
houses a little journaling, which reads, Our first Christmas in El Paso was filled with family time, good food, new games, & so much fun.  Navidad, the hamster, joined our family; & we all got "just what we wished for", as Kaden would say.  Can't wait for many more!
Yet another Christmas Favs 3x8 Card...
was embellished with three "peace", "joy", and "love" Merry & Bright Die Cuts, popped up with foam tape...
and a fourth...
was dressed up with a couple of Joy Die Cuts, as well as a 'Tis the Season Flair Button...
and a trio of combined Joy and Merry & Bright Die-Cut word phrases finishes it off.
I couldn't resist throwing in a Love Clear Word Art strip simply because it was the perfect size, not to mention that I love playing with clear papers.
All the folded ends of the back panel of the book were covered with a 5-3/4" x 7-3/4" piece of the Forest print.
I did cover the back panel with a different print, from the Christmas Joy Collection, Let It Snow, than the front.  I failed to order enough of any print to cover both the front and back of the book; but I think that them being different just adds a touch more whimsy, which is kind of my style anyhow.  So, I'm going with it.  Obviously, everything was hole-punched in order to tie it all together with metal rings; but the front and back covers' holes were extra reinforced with Jumbo pewter eyelets.
Lots of fabulous ribbons and trims, all of which came straight from my scrap basket, I might add, and one final, "it's beginning to look a lot like christmas" Merry & Bright Die Cut, complete the look.
Before I run, I also wanted to share the darling January Freebie with any $35 or more purchase.
But if $35 is too much for you to swing, especially with tax season quickly approaching, you can still get the January Cut-Apart Freebie with any $1 or more purchase...
and be sure to add some Ain't Life Grand embellishments to your carts.  They're 50% off for the entire month of January.  Woot!
Finally, my Birthday Giveaway ends tomorrow, friends; and I'd love to give one lucky follower a heap of scrumptious goodies just for being such.  So, stop by the link above and tell me whom you most like to celebrate your birthday with and why.  Thanks, as always, for visiting!  Have an amazing week!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: Christmas Joy: Let It Snow 12x12, Merry 12x12, Forest 8x8, & With Love 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: cardboard (stash); foam tape (Scotch); Dazzling Diamonds, pewter Jumbo eyelets, eyelet setting tool, & aqua, green stripe, & lime grosgrain ribbons (SU!); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); Mod Podge (Plaid); silver rings & green & red gingham, saddle-stitch, red polka dot, sheer stripe, & pink trimmed ribbons (Hobby Lobby); sheer polka dot ribbon (Papertrey Ink); pink pom-pom trim (Target); Christmas Joy: 'Tis the Season Flair Buttons, Merry & Bright Die-Cut Words, 'Tis the Season Die Cuts, Joy Die Cuts, & Christmas Favs 3x8 Pocket Cards; Potpourri: School Number Clear Stickers; & Holly Jolly: Winter Wonderland Clear Stickers; Love Clear Word Art (PLS)

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)