For the Love of Books

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Evening, y'all!  It's hard to believe that tomorrow is April.  Wasn't just yesterday the first day of March?!  We've been busy, little bees, working our way through our spring studies and visiting so many great places around our new home, that time has completely slipped away from me.  I had scheduled to pop in here to share this month's For the Love of Books pick last week.  Obviously, that day came and went; but I made it here today with a precious story, written for children ages four to eight, about growing up.
The Growing Story, written by Ruth Krauss and illustrated by the well-loved Helen Oxenbury, is the story of a inquisitive, little boy, growing up on the family farm.  As spring approaches and days grow longer, the boy assures the puppy and the chicks, "We're growing too."  With his winter clothes tucked safely away on a shelf and summer in full bloom, the evidence of growth, from the grass and flowers to the trees and corn, becomes unmistakable.  He begins to doubt his own growth, telling the dog and chickens, "You both have grown up.  I haven't grown up.  I am still little."  A need for the boys' warm, woolen clothes develops, once again, as the days grow shorter and the leaves begin to fall.  When they are pulled from the shelf and slipped back on, he is thrilled with joy at seeing his own growth through those ill-fitting clothes and exuberantly does cartwheels across the closing pages, announcing all the while, "I'm growing too."

While this book is sweet to the core, from the front to the back cover, it makes me long for my kiddos to be little again.  My youngest turned five-years-old just last month, and he'll be starting kindergarten in the fall.  At this point with my older two, I was expecting another baby.  It breaks my heart to know that Kaden is and always will be the baby.  I know that means a new phase in life is beginning.  No doubt, it will come with more freedom and adventure for myself.  I know it's a good thing.  I'm just having a difficult time accepting it and finding joy and comfort today in this book's portrayal of the innocence of youth.

Thanks so much for reading, friends!  I don't have any new projects scheduled for a little over a week; but during now and then, I'm hoping to begin to share a bit of what we've been up to since our move to El Paso last July.  Until then, have super start to your work weeks.  Hugs!

Pretty Little Studio: Good Vibes

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Morning, y'all!  I'm thrilled to be back up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, sharing another page inspired by the Bohemian Dreams Collection.  I thought that I'd pop in and share it here, for those of you still following along, too.  Enjoy!
I started this page by trimming the right edge of a 8-1/4" x 12" piece of watercolor paper with a 3-3/4" x 12" piece of the Out of the Box print and secured them together with bright-pink-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  I then smeared a little gesso over the patterned piece before adding aqua and bright pink, watercolor puddles and splattering everything with those same shades of watercolor, as well as orange and yellow watercolors and Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.  Once everything was thoroughly dry, I added my photos which were matted with white cardstock.  Additionally, the top photo was backed with a snippet of cheesecloth and wrapped, three times, with a length of white string, tied in a bow.
A "GOOD VIBES" Dreamy Die Cut, popped up with foam tape and flanked with a happy mix of Lazy Daisy Die Cuts, creates the title.
The Lazy Daisy Die-Cut florals, some of which were popped up with foam tape for dimension, continue down the left side of my photos, mixed with a trio of Floral Fantasy Die Cuts; Happy Floral Outlines Clear Stickers; and a combination of hand-cut, from the 2x4 Paper Pack and Dreamy Die-Cuts packaging insert, medallion flowers.
The largest, floral die cut was topped with a "playtime" Noah Flair Button, anchoring a My Tribe Cut-Apart label, boasting the stamped, in Jet Black ink, "JUL 22 2012" date.
A "pretty as a picture" A Great Day Flag Sticker, popped up with foam tape; "HAPPY LIFE" My Tribe Cut-Apart phrase; and a little journaling, Loose Park Spray Park, MO, ground the design.
Another hand-cut, medallion flower leads the way to the "LOVE life" phrase, created with a Dreamy Die-Cut "LOVE" and Beautiful Acrylic Word "life", as well as a happy, little, Happiness Cut-Apart, heart detail.
A trio of Dreamy Die-Cut and Lazy Daisy Die-Cut butterflies, adhered, just at their centers, throughout the design, and scattering of Crystal 4mm and 8mm Sequins complete the look.
Thanks so much for visiting, friends!  Have a blessed Thursday and an extra-relaxing weekend ahead.  Mwah!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: date (Qwikmark) Paper: white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); Bohemian Dreams: Out of the Box 12x12 & 2x4 Paper Pack (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: bright pink thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Super Glue); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); white string (Hobby Lobby); cheesecloth (Dritz); gesso (O'Leary Paints); Bohemian Dreams: Dreamy Die Cuts, My Tribe Cut Aparts, Happiness Cut Apart, & Lazy Daisy Die Cuts; Savannah Dreams: Floral Fantasy Die Cuts; Sunny Memories: Happy Floral Outlines Clear Stickers; Summer Vibes: Crystal 4mm Sequins & Crystal 8mm Sequins; Beautiful Day: A Great Day Flag Sticker & Beautiful Acrylic Word; & Baby Jack: Noah Flair Button (PLS)

Pretty Little Studio: Deluge

Friday, March 22, 2019

Morning, y'all!  It's seems like forever, since I was here last.  So, I'm super excited to be back here and up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, sharing a little more of what the Bohemian Dreams Collection can do.  Enjoy!
I started this page by adding a layer of gesso to the center of the Boho Geo 12" x 12", patterned, paper, base page.  Once it was dry, I added puddles of teal and yellow watercolor; splattered it with those same shades of watercolor; rubbed Wild Honey Distress Ink, through a stencil, across the background; and splattered everything once again, but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  That set the stage for my photos, which were matted with white cardstock; backed with choice, Bohemian Dreams 6x6 Paper Pack prints, anchored with black-threaded, straight, machine stitching; and adhered in a grid format with a Groovy 3x4 Pocket Card filling the top, right quadrant.  I used it to house my stamped, in Jet Black ink, "March 23, 2008", date and journaling, which reads, We thought spending Memorial Day weekend @ Melvern, away from it all, was just what the doctor ordered; but the weather had different plans.  The rain flattened our tent, during the night, right on top of us.  We found refuge in the car, until the storm had passed; or so we thought.  A hot breakfast, @ the truck stop in BETO Junction, revealed a television forecast of more of the same for the entire weekend.  Ezekiel got a little fishing in, while we broke camp.  Then, we headed home.
The card was topped with a Destination Star Die Cut; Rainy Days Die-Cut cloud, popped up with foam tape; and an Untamed Sticker moon, backed with white cardstock, hand-cut out, and popped up with more foam tape.  A length of white string was wrapped, three times, around the latter and tied in a bow.
It's long end was then laced around three Wander Often Sticker feathers, prepared in the same way as the moon itself.
A "the story" All Together Word Sticker leads into my journaling...
and a "DELUGE" title, created from Say What ABC Die Cuts; grounded with a March 2018 Freebie "remember" die cut; and topped with a Wander Often Sticker arrow, anchors the journaling's right edge.
A "STAY WILD" Dreamy Die Cut, along with a "SO MUCH FUN ALL TOGETHER" All Together Word Sticker, popped up with foam tape, trim out the bottom, left corner of my top, left photo...
while a portion of a 4" Cambridge Doily, paired with a couple of Dreamy Die-Cut scallops dress up the far, left edge of my design.
A trio of gold, star sequins and quartet of Tree Topper Sticker stars complete the look.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: date (Qwikmark) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Bohemian Dreams: Boho Geo 12x12 & 6x6 Paper Pack (PLS) Ink: Wild Honey Distress Ink & Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Super Glue); white string (Hobby Lobby); star stencil (Jenni Bowlin); gesso (O'Leary Paints); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); gold star sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Bohemian Dreams: Groovy 3x4 Pocket Card, Say What ABC Die Cuts, Untamed Stickers, Wander Often Stickers, & Dreamy Die Cuts; Savannah Dreams: All Together Word Stickers & Rainy Days Die Cut; Wish You Were Here: Destination Star Die Cut; Tinsel Town: Tree Topper Stickers; March 2018 Freebie & 4" Cambridge Doily (PLS)

Paper Sweeties March Release Rewind

Friday, March 15, 2019

Evening, y'all; and more importantly, welcome to the weekend!  I hope you can find some time to get creative this weekend and that today's posts, as we're wrapping up Paper Sweeties' March Release Week, might help inspire you to do so.
I started this card by stamping the rainbow, from Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and partial "Sorry you're s{ick}" and "soon" sentiments, from the new, Get Well, stamp set, in Jet Black ink, on a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of watercolor paper.  The larger "get well" portion of the sentiment, also from Get Well, was then stamped, in Island Indigo ink, near the bottom of the card face.
The rainbow was then watercolored; and the entire prepped piece was splattered in the same colors of watercolor used on the rainbow, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.  Once it was dry, a couple of white, felt, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, die-cut clouds were added to anchor the rainbow; and the prepped piece was framed with Island Indigo cardstock and gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.
Finally, I wrapped the top of the prepped piece, three times, with a length of Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, and popped it off the surface of the white, cardstock, card face, with foam tape, to complete the look.
Thanks so much for your continued support of my work through visits, emails, and comments.  It means ever so much to me.  Have an eventful weekend, friends!  Mwah!

Maria Patrick 

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Somewhere Over the Rainbow & Get Well (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Island Indigo (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Island Indigo (SU!) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Super Glue); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); felt (Hobby Lobby); Somewhere Over the Rainbow Sweet Cuts (Paper Sweeties)

Paper Sweeties March Release Party

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Welcome back, Paper Sweeties' friends!  I'm back, showcasing more of what the newest additions to the shop, Get Well and its coordinating, Sweet Cuts die, can do.  Let's get right to it!
I started this card by using a bone folder and my cutting board to emboss door panels into a 3-5/8" x 4-7/8" piece of white cardstock.  I then slightly distressed its edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink; framed it with Gray Granite cardstock; and popped it off the surface of the white, cardstock, card face with foam tape.  The wreath was stamped, in Jet Black ink, using Kindness Matters, on a white, cardstock, die-cut from the coordinating, Sweet Cuts die; paper-pieced; popped off the surface of the door with foam tape; and topped with the "get well", black, cardstock, die-cut, from our new Get Well Sweet Cuts die, sentiment, which was given lots of dimension and texture with Glossy Accents.
A length of Bubblegum seam binding ribbon, tied in a double bow and embellished with a white button, laced with Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, hangs the wreath from the top of the door...
and a stamped, in Memento ink, on a white, cardstock die cut, Happy Mail snail adds a touch of whimsy and cuteness to complete the look.  I used a simple, black, artist pen to retrace the snail's eyes, which were also given a little dimension with Glossy Accents; and his shell was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a bright pink, polka dot print; hand-cut out; adhered in its respective position; and coated with Clear Wink of Stella.
The Design Team will be back, at the same time and places tomorrow, to wrap up this month's release.  Until then, thanks so much for stopping by; and have a great day, y'all!

Maria Patrick 

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Happy Mail, & Kindness Matters (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Gray Granite, soft green polka dot, bright pink polka dot, heart, & text & soft pink stripe (SU!); soft pink chevron (Echo Park); bright pink medallion (MME) Ink: Pumice Stone Distress Ink & Jet Black (Ranger); London Fog (Memento); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: foam tape (Super Glue); button (unknown); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Clear Wink of Stella (Zig); Bubblegum seam binding ribbon & Get Well, Happy Mail, & Kindness Matters Sweet Cuts (Paper Sweeties)

Paper Sweeties March Release Sneak Peek

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Hey, y'all!  I trust you're all having a wonderful week so far.  We're in our last week of school before spring break, and it simply cannot come soon enough.  I'm exhausted and sooo ready for a break from the day to day; but getting to play with a brand spankin' new, Paper Sweeties stamp and coordinating die set recently has brought some life back into that routine.  Woohoo!  The Design Team is so excited to be introducing Get Well over the next few days.  Enjoy!
I started this card by anchoring a berry print with a teal, chevron, patterned paper and anchoring them both, with navy-threaded, straight, machine stitching, to both a Not Quite Navy, cardstock frame and the white, cardstock, card face.  I then stamped a watercolor paper For You Sweet Cuts tag, in Jet Black ink with the sunshine, from Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and the "feel better" sentiment from the new, Get Well stamp set.
The space between them was filled with the floral basket and tissue box, both of which were stamped, in Jet Black ink, on watercolor paper and watercolored.  The later was then die-cut with the new, coordinating, Get Well Sweet Cuts die; but the basket was hand-cut out, before they both were popped up with foam tape.
All the images received a healthy dose of Clear Wink of Stella, before dressing up the tag with hemp twine, tied in a bow, and a length of Frosting seam binding ribbon, tied in a double bow and embellished with a single pearl, and popping it off the center of the card face with foam tape.
Thanks, as always, for visiting!  I hope to see you all right back here, at the same time, tomorrow.  Be blessed!

Maria Patrick 

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Thank You, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, & Get Well (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Not Quite Navy (SU!); berry & teal chevron (MME); watercolor (Master's Touch) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: navy thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Super Glue); watercolors (Kuretake); Clear Wink of Stella (Zig); hemp twine (Hobby Lobby); pearl (Paper Studio); Frosting seam binding ribbon & Get Well & For You Sweet Cuts (Paper Sweeties)

Pretty Little Studio: Sun City

Friday, March 8, 2019

Morning, y'all! Just popping in to share a page inspired by Ashley Horton's Bohemian Dreams Collection.  It happens to be up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today.  Enjoy!
I started this page by splattering the 12" x 12" Tie Dye patterned, print background with Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.  Once it was dry, I anchored a collection of prints, from the 6x6 Paper Pack, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching and topped them with my photo, which was backed with a snippet of cheesecloth for texture.  A Picnic Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, was tucked under the left side of my photo...
just above a trio of Cactus Die Cuts, popped up with foam tape and embellished with a simple, Lazy Daisy Die-Cut flower.
A My Story Die-Cut "family" and "choose happiness" Everyday Words Flair Button dress up the opposite side of my photo.
A Dreamy Die-Cut "TODAY" label, topped with Mini ABC Yellow Stickers to form the year this photo was taken and trio of April 2018 Freebie, Good Things Black Word Sticker, and My Tribe Cut-Apart phrases ground the entire design.
My "SUN CITY" title was made from a combination of Gold Metallic A to Z and Say What ABC Die Cuts, the latter of which were popped up with foam tape.
A quartet of April 2018 Freebie and Untamed Sticker clouds, in combination with a couple of Lazy Daisy Die-Cut butterflies and "sunshine" In the Sand Flair Button, complete the look.
Before I run, I wanted to share the March Cut-Apart Freebie with any purchase...
and the March Freebie with any purchase of $35 or more.  Don't they just ooze springtime?!  LOVE!
The 2019 Design Team has also been introducing themselves on Instagram @prettylittlestudio, and today happens to be my day for taking the account over.  I'd love for you to stop by and say hi.  Thanks, as always, for humbling me with a visit!  Be blessed, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Paper Studio); Bohemian Dreams: Tie Dye 12x12 & 6x6 Paper Pack (PLS) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Super Glue); white string (Hobby Lobby); cheesecloth (Dritz); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Bohemian Dreams: Good Things Black Word Sticker, Wander Often Sticker, Untamed Stickers, Mini ABC Yellow Stickers, Lazy Daisy Die Cuts, Dreamy Die Cut, My Tribe Cut Apart, & Say What ABC Die Cuts; Here Comes the Sun: Gold Metallic A to Z Die Cuts & Cactus Die Cuts; Treasure Island: In the Sand Flair Button; Sweet Life: My Story Die Cut; Beautiful Day: Laura Tab & Everyday Words Flair Button; Summer Vibes: Picnic Tag; April 2018 Freebie (PLS)

Pretty Little Studio 2019 Design Team

Friday, March 1, 2019

I'm absolutely thrilled to announce that I will be continuing designing for Pretty Little Studio throughout 2019.  Yay!  I couldn't ask for a better papercraft blessing!  I adore the variety of products Melissa offers in the shop, and everything about this team is super easy going and extra fun.
While seven other members of our previous Design Team will be continuing along with my myself, we are welcoming four new, uber-talented ladies, on a number of social media outlets, throughout the month of March.  Be sure to stop by to welcome them and introduce yourself.  We love our Pretty Little Studio family!  Have a wonderful weekend, friends!