Hip Kit Club: Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Happy Sunday, y'all!  Just popping in to share a page that I created for Hip Kit Club's Facebook page and the new Sketch Challenge last Friday.  Aside from the sketch below, my assignment was to use my favorite products from the kit.  I adored the Floral Die Cuts, in the November Main Kit, the minute that I saw them.  So, they were the first thing that I pulled; and the ornament Die-Cut Stickers, from the Embellishment Kit, have been calling my name since the beginning of December.  They just haven't seemed to fit my other assignments.  So, between those two things specifically, not to mention my last two Wood Veneer Holly Shapes and that fabulous, White Christmas 12" x 12", background print, as well as the Cardstock Kit and a few Leatherette Stickers from the Pocket Life Kit, an idea formulated.  This is where it led me.
I started this page by splattering that amazing, White Christmas 12" x 12", background print mentioned above with Gold Color Shine and Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  I then separated the ornaments from the words in the Exclusive Merry Christmas Cut File; Cameo-cut them from textured, white cardstock; and filled them in with the Fa La La and 'Tis the Season prints, as well as my photo.  Their tops were backed with textured, white cardstock, punched across their bottom edges with the scallops.
My photo itself was then embellished with lots of Floral Die Cuts, some of which were popped up with foam tape, as well as a Wood Veneer Holly Shape, Puffy Sticker holly, and length of Baker's Twine, tied in a bow.
It was grounded with the "MERRY Christmas" title, which was created from a Die-Cut Sticker, backed with white cardstock, hand-cut out, and popped up with foam tape.  The title itself was further anchored with "CHEERFUL" and "Our home was filled with the sounds of Christmas." Puffy Sticker phrases.
The remainder of the ornaments were embellished with more of those same Floral Die Cuts, as well as a few of the Mixed Die Cuts and another Wood Veneer Holly Shape....
and topped with Baker's Twine bows...
one of which trails into the Mixed Die-Cut ice skates, which were popped up with foam tape.
Die-Cut Sticker ornaments dangle throughout the design amidst Acetate Die-Cut ornaments, all stretching from the top of the design with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  A little Glossy Accents top a few of the berries.
Another Die-Cut Sticker ornament hangs from one final, Floral Die-Cut cluster at the top of the page...
and a Mixed Die-Cut luminaria, once again, popped up with foam tape, as well as a few Leatherette Sticker stars, completes the look.
Before I run, here's that sketch I mentioned above.  Be sure to stop by the HKC Facebook Group to  join in the fun and play along.
Thanks, as always, for humbling me with a visit!  Have a safe and blessed New Year, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: textured white (American Crafts - HKC); Make a Wish: White Christmas, 'Tis the Season, & Fa La La (HKC) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); Scallop punch (SU!); Gold Color Shine (Heidi Swapp); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Cameo (Silhouette); Make a Wish: Merry Christmas cut file, Floral Die Cuts, Acetate Die Cuts, Mixed Die Cuts, Leatherette Stickers, Wood Veneer Holly Shapes, Puffy Shape Stickers, & Die-Cut Stickers (HKC)

Pretty Little Studio: Glitter & Ice Mini Album

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Morning, y'all, and welcome to the weekend!  I'm just stopping in to share a Glitter & Ice Collection inspired mini album that I have up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today.

For a number of reasons, I rarely do mini albums; but recently, I have begun incorporating some of the precious messages, that my family receives over the holidays, into ones similar to the 'Tis the Season Mini Album that I created for Pretty Little Studio last year.  We're still receiving this year's cards in the mail.  I think everyone is a bit more behind with Thanksgiving having been later than usual this year.  So, I decided to go back and organize our cards from 2017 for today's mini.  Keep in mind, this little book is not an exhaustive collection; however, it does house all of the photos we were sent, as well as some of my favorite cards, which includes most of the beautiful, handmade cards we received.  A couple of the latter were too thick to punch holes in; but fortunately, at least one of those came with a family photo.  So, without further adieu, 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 Frozen Sky 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 Merry & Bright Pocket Card, which I punched and laced with Baker's Twine.  That set the stage for every other embellishment, beginning with the "Sparkle bright" Sparkle Silver Metallic Tag Polaroid, which frames the top, left corner of the pocket card.  It was topped with a "MERRY Christmas" Warm Wishes Die Cut, which was laced with Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, as well as a "JOY TO THE WORLD" Sparkle Silver Tag Die Cut, both of which were popped up with foam tape...
crowned with a couple of 'Tis the Season Die-Cut snowflakes, as well as a Sparkle Season Flair Button...
and anchored with a duo of Warm Wishes Die-Cut pennants.  The Merry & Bright Pocket Card itself was also sandwiched between a stacked row of Fir Tree Die Cuts with a Happy Season Die-Cut raccoon...
and 'Tis the Season Die-Cut Christmas ball thrown in.
That turns our attention to the inside of the book, where I used a 5-3/4" x 7-3/4" piece of the Tree Scatter print to tuck away all the folded, Frozen Sky ends.
I then pulled in a Merry & Bright 3x8 Pocket Card to house the "2017" year, which was created with Advent Black Stickers and centered in the given, double, red frame.  It was then topped with my last two Wonderful Die-Cut Frames pennants, one of which was popped up with foam tape.
The bottom center of the pocket card boasts the Nut Cracker Vintage Die Cut, popped up, with foam tape, over a Merry Die-Cut tree and topped with a "HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS" Happy Season Die-Cut banner.  A couple of Merry Die-Cut birds complete the look.
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 Merry & Bright 3x8 Pocket Card...
was dressed up with the Santa Claus Vintage Die Cut, popped up with foam tape and embellished with a little Glossy Accents for the berries on his hat.  A Warm Wishes Die-Cut tab was stapled to the pocket card's top, right edge...
and a trio of phrase die cuts, including two from the 'Tis the Season Die-Cuts package and a tag, which was also popped up with foam tape and laced with Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, from the Warm Wishes Die-Cuts package.
The third Merry & Bright 3x8 Pocket Card might just be my favorite.
I dressed up each of the given frames with elements, some of which were popped up with foam tape, from the 'Tis the Season, Happy Season...
and Sparkle Silver Metallic Tags Die-Cuts packages...
and grounded them with a "Cheers" Warm Wishes Die-Cut tag, laced with Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, as well as a 'Tis the Season "Merry Christmas AND HAPPY NEW year!" circle, popped up with foam tape.
A few hand-written checks were all that was needed to complete the "CHRISTMAS PHOTO checklist" Merry & Bright 3x8 Pocket Card...
which was placed directly in front of a Sparkle Bright Journaling Pocket Card.  The latter obviously houses many of my thoughts from the holiday season.
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 Under the Mistletoe print, which compliments the fifth and final Merry & Bright 3x8 Pocket Card.
A simple, "MAKE A WISH", Happy Season Die-Cut banner tops the given, block-letter "CHRISTMAS"...
and a Merry Silver Metallic Label anchors the 'Tis the Season Die-Cut potted plant, which was popped up with foam tape.  A little more hand-written journaling rounds out the look.
I covered the back panel with a different print, from the Document Life Collection, Candy Stripe, 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, "SEASON'S GREETINGS" 'Tis the Season Die Cut, complete the look.
Thanks so much for visiting!  Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: Glitter & Ice: Frozen Sky 12x12, Tree Scatter 8x8, & Under the Mistletoe 8x8; Document Life: Coral Candy Stripe 12x12 (PLS) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Glossy Accents (Ranger); staple & stapler (office supply store); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); Jumbo brads (SU!); ribbon & lace trims (Hobby Lobby); Glitter & Ice: Advent Black Stickers, Metallic Silver Merry Label, 'Tis the Season Die Cuts, Happy Season Die Cuts, Sparkle Season Flair Button, Warm Wishes Die Cuts, Fir Tree Die Cuts, Sparkle Silver Metallic Tag Die Cuts, Wonderful Die-Cut Frames, Merry & Bright Pocket Cards, & Sparkle Bright Journaling Pocket Card; Merry Vintage Die Cuts, Santa Claus Vintage Die Cut, & Nut Cracker Vintage Die Cut (PLS)

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!  And may you always remember the true reason for the season.  Blessings!
And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.  This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.  So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. 

Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.  So it was, that while they were there the days were completed for her to be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.  Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign to you:  You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger." 

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" 

So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, "Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us."  And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.  Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning the Child.  And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.  But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.  Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them. - Luke 2:1-20

Hip Kit Club: Let's Bake Cookies

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Morning, y'all!  Before the week completely gets away from me, and my kiddos have me running them here and there and everywhere in celebration of them being on Christmas vacation, I wanted to sneak in here and share a page that I had up on the Hip Kit Club Facebook Page earlier this week.  My assignment was to use the Exclusive November Cut Files to document my favorite thing from the holiday season.  I was also to "add sparkle".  I tapped into the November Main Kit, Pocket Life Scrapbook Kit, Embellishment Kit, Color Kit, & Cardstock Kit and pulled a couple pictures of my big kiddos decorating Christmas cookies to get the job done.

Decorating cookies is a special, Christmas tradition in our house; but these particular pictures were taken at a time when my family was really struggling.  My hubby was living and working out of state and not home for most of Christmas day.  We had also just buried a pet that morning, not to mention that I was in the third trimester with Kaden; so I was pulling all the stops in an attempt to bring on the Christmas joy.  Check it out!
I started this page by adding a patch of white gesso to the 12" x 12" Deck the Halls print.  Once it was dry, I added puddles of color using Lindy's Oom Pah Pah Pink and Cuckoo Clock Cardinal Magical Shakers.  I splattered the design with those same colors.  I then Cameo-cut the Star Wreath from textured, white cardstock and paper-pieced its back with both sides of the Fa La La print, the Silent Night print, and vellum.  Once it was adhered in place, I splattered the entire design, once again, but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.
My photos were then matted with white cardstock; backed with a snippet of cheesecloth for texture; and topped with the "Let's bake cookies" title, which was Cameo-cut, using the Cookies + Candy cut file, from textured, red cardstock.  The title itself was anchored with a "JOY" Leatherette Sticker, embellished with a Mixed Die-Cut holly; wood veneer holly; and a length of Baker's Twine, tied in a bow.
The far left photo was embellished with a cluster of goodies, including a trio of Floral Die Cuts; a couple of branches, as well as a cookie jar, from the Die-Cut Stickers package; a cupcake Mixed Die Cut, popped up with foam tape; Leatherette Sticker heart...
Chipboard Sticker mouse; and two more wood veneer hollies.
A simple "SWEET TREATS" Leatherette Sticker; lots of glitter to check off that "add sparkle" assignment mentioned above; quartet of Die-Cut and Leatherette Sticker peppermints; and scattering of Puffy Sticker Shapes dots, including the larger "HOLLY JOLLY" one pictured above, complete the look.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed rest of your weeks, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Paper Studio); textured white, textured red, & vellum (American Crafts - HKC); Make a Wish: Silent Night, Fa La La, & Deck the Halls (HKC) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); cheesecloth (Dritz); gesso (O'Leary Paint); Cuckoo Clock Cardinal & Oom Pah Pah Pink Magical Shakers (Lindy's Gang - HKC); Cameo (Silhouette); Make a Wish: Star Wreath & Cookies + Candy Cane cut files, Floral Die Cuts, Die-Cut Stickers, Puffy Sticker Shapes, wood veneer holly, Mixed Die Cut, Leatherette Stickers, & Chipboard Sticker (HKC)

Hip Kit Club: Kaden's First Zoo Trip

Monday, December 16, 2019

Welcome to the work week, y'all!  Just stopping back in to share a page that I made for the Hip Kit Club Recipe Challenge, to use a cut file or punch, stamps, ink splatters, stitching, and three patterned papers, last week.  I used the November 2019 Main Kit, Pocket Life Kit, Embellishment Kit, Color Kit, and Cardstock Kit to get the job done.
I started this page by adding a large puddle of water to blend Lindy's Gang's Oom Pah Pah Pink Magical Shaker dust across the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page.  This was my first time using any product of theirs, and I cannot tell you how much I adore the shimmer and shine it creates.  I then used it to splatter a little of that same color, as well as red, periwinkle, and blue watercolors and Pure Black & Titanium White, acrylic paints.  Once it was dry, I rubbed Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, through the Exclusive Make a Wish Stencil, across the design; framed all of my photos with white cardstock from my stash; and began embellishing each one individually.  The top photo was backed with the Fa La La print, as well as a Pocket Life Card (which, in case you're counting, I didn't count as one of my three pattered papers in the Recipe Challenge above) just to add a little more of that gorgeous, periwinkle blue color, both of which were anchored with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  That same photo was topped with a couple of Puffy Shape Sticker and Leatherette Sticker phrases.
The bottom photo was backed with the Deck the Halls print, anchored with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching, as well as a torn piece of folded vellum; topped with a penguin Die-Cut Sticker; and grounded with the stamped, in Jet Black ink, "MAR 12 2014" date.
The penguin photo was backed with the Oh Christmas Tree print, once again, anchored with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching, and embellished with a trio of darling penguins, including a Mixed Die-Cut penguin, popped up with foam tape; Leatherette Sticker penguin; and Cameo-cut, from the Exclusive Penguin Cut File, penguin.  The latter was paper-pieced with white and red, textured cardstocks from the November 2019 Cardstock Kit and Only Orange and Basic Black cardstocks from my stash.  Its hat was also topped with a little Dazzling Diamonds for shimmer and shine.
A couple of Die-Cut Sticker snowflakes; lots of Acetate Die-Cut snowflakes; handful of stamped, in Jet Black ink, Make A Wish snowflakes; and a trio of Build-A-Scene Bits snowflakes, dressed up with more Dazzling Diamonds for shimmer and shine, were scattered throughout the design.
The "KADEN'S FIRST ZOO TRIP" title was created using both sets of Puffy Alphabet Stickers from the kit; dressed up with a length of Baker's Twine, wrapped around one of the letters and tied in a bow...
and anchored with a trio of Puffy Sticker words...
as well as stamped, in Jet Black and Riding Hood Red inks respectively, Make a Wish phrases.
Thanks, as always, for humbling me with a visit!  Have a blessed day!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: date (Dear Lizzy); Make a Wish (HKC) Paper: watercolor (Master's Touch); white (Paper Studio); Only Orange & Basic Black (SU!); textured white, textured red, & vellum (American Crafts - HKC); Make a Wish: Deck the Halls, Oh Christmas Tree, & Fa La La (HKC) Ink: Jet Black & Tumbled Glass Distress Ink (Ranger); Riding Hood Red (SU!) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); Oom Pah Pah Pink Magical Shaker (Lindy's Gang - HKC); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paint (FolkArt); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); Cameo (Silhouette); Make a Wish: Penguin cut file, Build A Scene Bits, stencil, Pocket Life Cards, Acetate Die Cuts, Mixed Die Cuts, Die-Cut Stickers, Puffy Stickers, Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Puffy Alphabet, Puffy Shape Stickers, & Leatherette Stickers (HKC)