For the Love of Books

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Afternoon, y'all!  I'm popping in to share a favorite, new book of ours, which just so happened to be in my littlest's Easter basket earlier this month.  He has taken to reading about as easy as he took to riding his two-wheel bike, so I thought it would be a fitting share for this month's For the Love of Books pick.  It is written for children ages three to five and, no doubt, will be quite familiar to those of you who love children's books as much as I do; as it is only one in a series that has gained notoriety on the New York Times Best Sellers list and, more recently, been adapted into a children's television series.
In Llama Llama Loves to Read, written by beloved author Anna Dewdney and her partner Reed Duncan and illustrated by JT Morrow, Llama Llama learns to do just that.  From letters and words to sentences and stories, Llama Llama gets rhythmical at school to discover the magic of learning new sounds, songs, and signs from the 26 letters of the alphabet.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Happy reading, friends!

Pretty Little Studio: Wild Thing

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Morning, y'all!  Happy Sunday!  I'm super excited to share, with you all, the sweet, birthday card, that I recently made for my nephew.  It happens to be up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today; and believe it or not, this tiny canvas utilizes elements from seven different collections.  Check it out!

I started his card by anchoring a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of an old, Pretty Little Studio, black and white, polka dot print, to the white, cardstock, card face, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  I then set it aside to trim the bottom of a Just Relax 3x4 Pocket Card with a portion of a woodgrain Shine 4x6 Card.  Their combined edges were framed with more gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching; and their connection was wrapped, three times, with a length of white string, tied in a bow.
It was then popped off the surface of the prepped, card surface with foam tape and topped with the precious Amos Cowboy Vintage Die Cut, popped up with more foam tape.
A Cactus Die Cut, which had a Fall Away Arrow shot right into its pot, was tucked behind the cowboy's left side.
His right side was topped with "HAPPY DAYS" Feeling Blessed and "BIRTHDAY BOY" Party Hat Word Flag Cut-Aparts, as well as a "wild thing" Good Things Black Word Sticker, which I used as the main sentiment for this creation.
A kiss of Glossy Accents gives a little, extra shine and dimension to the apple; and a trio of Spain Star Die Cuts complete the look.
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit!  Have a blessed week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Paper Studio); black polka dot (PLS) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Super Glue); white string (Hobby Lobby); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Let's Go: Spain Star Die Cuts; Here Comes the Sun: Shine 4x6 Card & Cactus Die Cut; Feels Like Fall: Feeling Blessed Word Flag Cut-Apart; Oakley Avenue: Fall Away Arrow; Savannah Dreams: Just Relax 3x4 Pocket Card; It's Your Birthday: Party Hat Word Flag Cut-Apart ; Bohemian Dreams: Good Things Black Word Sticker; & Amos Cowboy Vintage Die Cut (PLS)

PLS: Pre-Order Document Life

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Pretty Little Studio's newest collection, Document Life, is available for Pre-Order today.  Don't miss out!

Pretty Little Studio: The Best Is Yet To Come

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Happy Wednesday, y'all!  It's been a crazy busy week in my neck of the woods, and I feel like it's just getting started.  So, I'm going to jump right into the reason for today's post.  I've got a couple of masculine cards up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this am.  Guy cards are ever so difficult for me; but I'm really liking the way these particular ones, made with my dad's and my brother's birthdays in mind, turned out.  Enjoy!
I started these cards by anchoring 2-1/2" x 5-1/2" pieces of one of the Bohemian Dreams 6x6 Paper Pack prints, with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches, against the right sides of my white, cardstock, card faces.  I also added a little additional, black stitching to the left sides of the card faces for added interest and secured a couple of 3x4 Crisp Air Pocket Cards, with even more stitching, in the centers of each.  I then used Bohemian Dreams 2x4 Paper Pack prints to create tags, which were backed with cheesecloth and popped up, with foam tape, over the pocket cards, simply by hole-punching their top centers and framing them with rings, die-cut from other 2x4 Paper Pack prints.
I don't remember if my stamping went wrong or if I didn't care for the print on the bottom half of this particular tag.  Either way, it was replaced with half of another 2x4 print.  The top half was stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "THE Best IS YET TO COME" sentiment...
and laced with white string, tied in a bow...
which trails down to hold a couple of Feather Die Cuts, popped up with foam tape.
The "PERFECT DAY TO DREAM" Stories & Tales Word Sticker was popped up with foam tape in the bottom half of the tag and anchored, at its left end, with a Fall Memories Flair Button.  A Fall Away Arrow Die Cut, popped up with foam tape, and trio of blue sequins, from the Falling Leaves Sequin Mix, complete the look.
I went with the exact same look for the second card.
Of course, I swapped out the previous, Bohemian Dreams 2x4 Paper Pack tag for another, leaving this one just as it was.  It was stamped in the same way as above...
and laced with another length of white string, tied in a bow, through yet another pretty print, die-cut in the shape of a ring.
It's long end, just like the one above, holds a couple more Feather Die Cuts, popped up with foam tape.
I used another Stories & Tales Word Sticker to add the secondary, "HAVE FAITH IN YOUR DREAMS" sentiment, anchored, at its left end, with a Fall Favorites Flair Button.  Another Fall Away Arrow Die Cut and the same trio of blue, Falling Leaves Sequin Mix sequins complete the look.
Thanks, as always, for visiting on this busy, posting week!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: "The Best Is Yet to Come" (Heidi Swapp) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Bohemian Dreams: 6x6 Paper Pack & 2x4 Paper Pack (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); cheesecloth (Dritz); white string (Hobby Lobby); Tags 2 die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); Feels Like Fall: 3x4 Crisp Air Pocket Cards, Fall Memories Flair Button, & Fall Favorites Flair Button; Tales & Dreams: Stories & Tales Word Stickers; Potpourri: Falling Leaves Sequin Mix; Let's Go: Feather Die Cuts; Oakley Avenue: Fall Away Arrows (PLS)

Paper Sweeties April Release Rewind

Monday, April 15, 2019

Welcome to the work week, y'all!  We have a bit of a shorter week due to the Easter holiday this week, and I couldn't be any happier.  These last couple of months of school have been brutal.  It's so hard to keep up with everyone and still find time for my own sanity.  The Midwest Parent Educator's Conference, which takes place the first part of April back in Kansas City, used to carry me through these tough, final days of the school year and empower me to end the year with style.  The El Paso Homeschool Conference doesn't take place for a couple more weeks; and while I'm all set to attend, it's past due in my book.  So, I'm trying to "just keep going" on nothing but fumes.

Anyhow, I know that you didn't come here to read my of my woes.  So, let's dive right into one last project, for now, showcasing Paper Sweeties' April Release, the Hello stamp set and its coordinating, Hello Sweet Cuts die.  Woohoo!
I started this card by stamping a 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" piece of vellum, in StazOn Jet Black ink, with the Hello "friend"...
and Tackle Life One Cup at a Time "Hang in there... a cup of coffee solves everything!" sentiment.  I then used it to overlay a slightly larger, blue, Ikat print and secured them both, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, to a Night of Navy, cardstock frame, popped off the surface of the white, cardstock, card face with foam tape.
The scallop frame, from A Friend Is, was glitter-gold-embossed on a white, cardstock die cut; adhered in the center of the prepped piece; and filled in with a number of stamped images, beginning with the coffee cup, from Coffee, Yes Please, which was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a white, cardstock die cut; paper-pieced; and popped up with foam tape.  The flower, which was leftover from my Paper Sweeties April Release Sneak Peek post, received an extra dose of shine with Clear Wink of Stella.  It, too, was popped up with foam tape.  The beans and pastry, both of which are from the But First, Coffee stamp set, were stamped, in Jet Black ink, on watercolor paper die cuts; watercolored; and, once again, popped up with foam tape.
The latter was done up right with Clear Wink of Stella, Dazzling Diamonds, and even Glossy Accents.
A Frosting seam binding ribbon double bow, studded with a single pearl, completes the look.
Be sure to stop by the newly-designed shop to pick up your April goodies TODAY!  Just click on the images below to be taken right to them.
https://papersweeties.com/product/hello/
https://papersweeties.com/product/sweet-cuts-hello/
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit!  Have a blessed week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Hello, Coffee, Yes Please, But First, Coffee, A Friend Is, & Tackle Life One Cup at a Time (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); Night of Navy (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch); blue Ikat (Basic Grey); light blue chevron (Jillibean Soup) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn); watermark (VersaMark); Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue, Garden Green, & Lucky Limeade (SU!) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Super Glue); gold embossing powder (Recollections); Big Shot (Sizzix); watercolors (Kuretake); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); Glossy Accents (Ranger); pearl (Paper Studio); Clear Wink of Stella (Zig); Frosting seam binding ribbon, Hello Sweet Cuts, Coffee, Yes Please Sweet Cuts, But First, Coffee Sweet Cuts, & A Friend Is Sweet Cuts (Paper Sweeties)

Paper Sweeties April Release Party

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Welcome back, Paper Sweeties' fans!  I've got another card to showcase our newest release, for you all, today.  Enjoy!
I started this card by stamping the long, "hello, sunshine, you make me smile" sentiment, all of which can be found in the new, April Release, stamp set, Hello, in Barn Door Distress, Daffodil Delight, and Jet Black inks, on a 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" piece of watercolor paper.
The sun and cloud, both of which come from Somewhere Over the Rainbow, were stamped in Jet Black ink.  The sun was stamped on the card face itself; and the cloud on a watercolor, paper die cut.  They were both then watercolored.  The cloud was popped up with foam tape; and everything was splattered with the same yellow watercolor used on the sun itself, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.
The entire prepped piece was then framed with Brilliant Blue cardstock and blue-threaded, straight, machine stitches, before being wrapped, three times, with a length of Baker's Twine, tied in a bow just right of vertical center, and popped up, with foam tape, in the center of a white, cardstock, card face.
I look forward to seeing you all right back here tomorrow for the final day of April Release projects from Paper Sweeties.  Until then, thanks for stopping by today!  Hugs!


{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Hello & Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Brilliant Blue (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch) Ink: Jet Black & Barn Door Distress Ink (Ranger); Daffodil Delight (SU!) Other: blue 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); Somewhere Over the Rainbow Sweet Cuts (Paper Sweeties)

Paper Sweeties April Release Sneak Peek

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Evening, y'all!  I hope your weekends are off to a great start.  We went to the lake today, mostly because my eldest needed to get some water samples for his biology lab... not that we didn't want to go.  There are just a lot of things nagging for attention at home; but we all really did enjoy the afternoon playing in the water, and it was nice just to get away from all the reminders.  Anyhow, I'm popping in today to share the start of a trio of projects, highlighting a brand new Hello stamp set and coordinating Hello Sweet Cuts from Paper Sweeties.  Let's just dive right in.
I started this card by running a 3" x 4" piece of white cardstock through my Big Shot to get a little dotted texture.  I then trimmed its bottom edge, from top to bottom, with a bright blue, medallion, patterned paper; strip of gold cardstock; and my favorite, watercolor, star print.  Everything was then anchored, to the white, cardstock, card face, with white-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  The space between the gold cardstock and my favorite, star, patterned paper was wrapped, three times, with a length of white string, which I tied, in a bow, just right of vertical center.
I then die-cut the "hello" sentiment, using the new Hello Sweet Cuts die, from the same gold cardstock found above the bow and framed it with a heap of gorgeous, blue flowers.
The largest flowers, from the new Hello stamp set, were dual-stamped, in Bashful Blue and Brocade Blue inks, on watercolor paper, just to make the ink a little more malleable with water.  I added Brilliant Blue ink to that lineup for the Hello buds, including the one trailing down the left-side tail of the string bow.  The unlined, Hello leaves were treated in the same way with the exception of being stamped in Lucky Limeade and Garden Green inks rather than the blue inks.
The black-outlined flowers and leaves, from the Hello Spring and Planner Series: All Occasions stamp sets, were stamped in Jet Black ink and watercolored.  All of these tidbits were then die-cut using their coordinating dies and adhered, in their respective locations, some with foam tape, amidst a quartet of Blue Raspberry sequins, to complete the look.
Thanks so much for visiting!  I hope that you're loving what you see as much as I'm loving playing with these beautiful images.  I have a little something more playful, for you all, tomorrow.  Until then, be sure to stop by to see what the rest of the designers have cooked up, just for your viewing pleasure; and we'll see you back, at the same time and places, tomorrow.  XOXO


{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Hello, Hello Spring, & Planner Series: All Occasions (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); blue medallion & gold (Bazzill); watercolor star (Jenni Bowlin) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Brocade Blue, Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue, Lucky Limeade, & Garden Green (SU!) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Super Glue); dotted embossing folder (SU!); Big Shot (Sizzix); watercolors (Kuretake); white string (Hobby Lobby); Blue Raspberry sequins, Hello Sweet Cuts & Hello Spring Sweet Cuts (Paper Sweeties)

Pretty Little Studio: Friends

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Morning, y'all!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, sharing a page inspired by the free cut file Ashley designed to coordinate with her Bohemian Dreams Collection.  I cannot believe the photos, that I've chosen to highlight them, are already seven years old.  My beautiful girl is growing up so fast!
I started this layout by adding a puddle of aqua watercolor to a 12" x 12" piece of watercolor paper and splattering it with that same shade of watercolor, as well as bright pink, yellow, and deep green watercolors and Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.  I then stamped a number of medallions, in Jet Black ink, strategically throughout the design, before adhering the free cut file, Cameo-cut from white cardstock, near horizontal center and overhanging the right side of my design.  It was then topped with my photo which was matted with white cardstock, as were all of my photos; backed with scraps of our Merry and Birthday Cake prints, anchored with white-threaded, straight, machine stitching...
dressed up with a snippet of the 2x4 Paper Pack, which had its top corners rounded and was hole-punched and laced with white string, tied in a bow, as well as a "you make me happy" Destiny Flair Button...
and anchored with the Say It Clear Sticker "Friends" title, as well as a couple of phrase strips from last year's (2018) March Freebie package.
A "HIPPY LIFE" Dreamy Die Cut, popped up with foam tape, and a little journaling ground the left side of the page, whose photos were backed with both a folded piece of Cross My Heart Vellum and a Bohemian Dreams 6x6 Paper Pack print, anchored with more white-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  The journaling reads, Silly girls just having fun on a cold, winter's day.
Another "treasure today" March 2018 Freebie, popped up with foam tape, crowns the top photo which was backed with a couple more prints from the Bohemian Dreams 6x6 Paper Pack, as well as one from the XOXO 6x6 Paper Pack...
and a Feb. 15, 2012, My Tribe Cut-Apart label, not to mention a scattering of colorful medallions, hand-cut from the Dreamy Die-Cuts packaging insert, complete the look.
Before I run, I wanted to share the April Cut-Apart Freebie with any purchase...
and the April Freebie with any purchase of $35 or more.  No stash is complete without these butterfly die cuts!
Be sure to add some Here Comes the Sun embellishments to your carts, too.  They're 50% off during the entire month of April.  Woot!
Thanks, as always, for visiting!  Hope to see you all back, beginning this Saturday, April 13, 2019, for Paper Sweeties' April Release week.  Until then, have a wonderful Wednesday, friends!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Lacey Layers (Wplus9) Paper: white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); Bohemian Dreams: 6x6 Paper Pack & 2x4 Paper Pack; Christmas Joy: Merry 12x12; XOXO: 6x6 Paper Pack; Oakley Avenue: Cross My Heart 8x8 Vellum; Clowning Around: Birthday Cake 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); white string (Hobby Lobby); foam tape (Super Glue); Tags 2 die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers); Cameo (Silhouette); Bohemian Dreams: free cut file, My Tribe Cut-Apart, & Dreamy Die Cut & packaging insert; Dream Big: Destiny Flair Button; Savannah Dreams: Say It Clear Sticker; March 2018 Freebie (PLS)