Pretty Little Studio: Merry Everything

Monday, December 28, 2020

Merry Monday, y'all!  I trust you all had a blessed Christmas!  We're still enjoying a little break from school this week and getting ready to usher in 2021.  Gosh, I pray that it is full of so much more freedom and joy than 2020 has delivered.  Anyhow, I'm stopping in today to share my latest, Pretty Little Studio project, which happens to have been inspired by the newest collection, Christmas Cheer.  Friends, I cannot put this collection down; so, just be prepared for lots more to come in the new year.  Without further adieu, enjoy!

I started this page by splattering the Boughs of Holly background page with Titanium White, acrylic paint.  While it was drying, I used Stocking Stuffer Die-Cut flags and tiny, scalloped borders to create ornament toppers for my Cameo-cut photos, which were also matted with white cardstock.

I then tucked layered, Joyous Word Die-Cut branches; die-cut, from white cardstock, mistletoe sprigs; and stamped, in Lucky Limeade ink, on white cardstock, and hand-cut pine bits in behind the ornament tops with lengths of Baker's Twine, tied in bows.

This top-most ornament was also dressed up with a Stocking Stuffer, "love this day with you", phrase die cut and popped up with foam tape.

Another Stocking Stuffer, "magic in the air," phrase die cut tops the Joyous Word Die-Cut, "MERRY everything" title.

The dotted-line hanging the star on the original, background page inspired black-threaded, straight, machine stitches to hang all of my ornaments and lots more stars.  Most of those stars came from the Kris Kringle Die Cuts package and were popped up with more foam tape.

However, a few were stamped, in Marina Mist and Pretty in Pink inks, on white cardstock and hand-cut out.

All of the stars, with the exception of this sweet, little, stamped, in Jet Black ink, star outline, were covered with an extra-fine, glitter detail; and the berries were coated in Glossy Accents to add more texture and shine and complete the look.

Thanks so much for visiting, friends!  Have a safe and blessed New Year!  XOXO

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 25, 2020

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

Pretty Little Studio: Advent Calendar

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Happy Sunday, y'all!  I'm just stopping in today to share a project that I had up on the Pretty Little Studio blog late last week.  I was inspired by a single package of the Christmas Cheer: Countdown Die-Cut Tags to create an advent calendar.  Check it out!

I started this project by spray-painting a kraft-colored, advent calendar, that I purchased from Hobby Lobby, inside and out, in white.  I then die-cut half circles, to match the tops of the calendar drawers themselves, in the tops of each of the tags.  Once everything was secure, I splattered the drawers with Titanium White, acrylic paint.  Then, once everything was dry and although it is difficult to tell here, I added lots of extra details with glitter for snow and fluffy trims...

Glossy Accents for eyes, noses, mouths, berries, buttons, and bells...

and Baker's Twine bows throughout.

A couple, layered, wire-rimmed bows top the calendar and complete the look.

I hope my project inspires you to create a little something festive for your own Christmas celebrations.  Thanks so much for visiting, friends!  Have a blessed season!

Pretty Little Studio: Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Happy Sunday, y'all!  I trust that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are prepping for a blessed, Christmas season.  Before my family and I get in over our heads in that prep work, I wanted to share a page that I had up on the Pretty Little Studio blog late last week for our week of Thanksgiving Day projects.  Enjoy!

I started this page by adding puddles of yellow and bright pink watercolors to the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page.  I then splattered it with those same shades of watercolor, as well as orange, green, and purple watercolors and Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.  While everything was drying, I Cameo-cut our Fall Leaves Cut File from textured, white cardstock and backed it with the Indian Summer: Fall Sunset print.  It was then topped with my photo, which was matted with white cardstock and backed with a trio of prints, including Potpourri: Acorn Granola and Pile of Leaves and Fun in the Sun: Coral Sand, as well as a folded piece of the Feels Like Fall: Feeling Warm Gold Metallic Vellum print, Potpourri: I Love Fall Clear paper, and a snippet of cheesecloth for texture.  Before anchoring most of those prints with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, I tucked an Ain't Life Grand: Easy Breezy Shipping Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, into the right side of those prints and topped it with a Dream Big: Courage Flair Button.

The top, left corner of my photo was topped with two Beautiful Day: Happy Tickets, as well as an itty bitty, Indian Summer: Goodbye Summer Die-Cut heart, all secured in place with a simple staple.

A Woodland: Rose Bush Tab, which was topped with an April 2019 Freebie butterfly and backed with an Indian Summer: Happy Place Die-Cut basket, holds my 2019 date and crowns my design...

while a quartet of phrases, including a Love Clear Word, anchored with a trio of staples; Indian Summer: Inline Alpha Clear Stickers to spell my "THANKSGIVING" title; and a couple of Indian Summer Goodbye Summer Die-Cuts, ground it and complete the look.

Thanks so much for visiting, friends!  Have a wonderful week!  XOXO

Pretty Little Studio: Baby's First Christmas

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Happy Wednesday, y'all!  I'm so excited to get to share my very first project, which happens to have been up on the Pretty Little Studio blog earlier this week and boasts our newest collection, Christmas Cheer, with you all, today.  This collection is pure perfection and deliciously sweet!  Check out how it has inspired me to scrap a couple pictures of my littlest kiddo's first Christmas.

I started this page by adding green and aqua, watercolor puddles to the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page.  I then splattered it with those same shades of watercolor, as well as red and bright pink watercolors.  Once everything was dry, I smudged Spun Sugar Distress Ink through a star stencil and stamped stars, in Lucky Limeade ink, across the background before splattering everything once again, but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.  All of the stamped images you'll see here today came from the Glitter & Ice: Be Merry Clear Stamp Set.  That set the stage for a trail, from the top to the bottom of the page, of Merry & Bright Frame Die Cuts.  The topmost frame was filled in with a bit of the Tree Farm Pink Vellum print.  Moving our way down, the largest, red, striped frame was backed with a "HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE Christmas" Made a List Journal Pocket Card.

A sweet, little stack of Holly Jolly Tag Die-Cut presents...

leads to another Merry & Bright Frame Die Cut, which was backed with another frame, filled in with a bit of Caroling Vellum, as well as a Claus Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, and houses one of the photos of my youngest.

It was also embellished with an Animal Christmas Die Cut, popped up with foam tape...

and grounded with a trio of Merry & Bright Frame Die Cuts.  One of those frames was backed with a piece of Star Bright Vellum.  Another was filled in with a "December 25" Made a List Journal Pocket Card and topped with a "ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE" Merriest Word Sticker.

Another frame, which was filled in with a piece of Minty Stick Candy Vellum and topped with a Holly Jolly Tag Die-Cut label, as well as an "OH WHAT fun" Much Joy Flair Button, crowns it...

and serves as the anchor for my second photo, which (Surprise!) was framed with another Merry & Bright Frame Die Cut, popped up with foam tape...

and sandwiched between a couple Merry & Bright Frame Die-Cut squares...

and a die-cut, "favorite" pennant, from that same frame package, popped up with foam tape and embellished with a stamped, in Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler inks, on white cardstock and hand-cut holly sprig.  The bit of holly was dressed up with Xmas Red Stickles for a little shimmer and shine.

A stamped, in Jet Black ink, "MERRY CHRISTMAS" emblem and scattering of silver, Christmas Cheer Sequin Mix stars complete the look.

Thanks so much for visiting!  Hang in there; and have a wonderful rest of your week, friends!

Pretty Little Studio: Let It Snow

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Welcome to the weekend, y'all!  Just stopping in to share my most recent, papercraft project, which happened to have been up on the Pretty Little Studio blog earlier this week.  Enjoy!

I started this page by adding puddles of blue and pink watercolors to the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, background page.  I then splattered it with those same colors before stamping a couple of different sizes of snowflakes, from the Glitter & Ice: Be Merry Clear Stamp set, in Bashful Blue and Jet Black inks, throughout the design.  I then splattered everything once again but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.  Once everything was dry, I hand-cut the pennants from the Wonderland: Warm Scarf 8" square print and anchored them, in the way you see above and covering the right half of my page, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  My photos, as well as the bottom, "at home chilling out" portion of a Wonderland: Chill Out Journaling Card, were then framed with Wonderland: Flurries Die-Cut Frames and positioned in a cluster just below the vertical center of the page.  The bottom portion of the Wonderland: Chill Out Journaling Card was also topped with a Winter Joy: Snow & Hot Cocoa Die-Cut "blessed"...

and its top portion was hand-cut out into three, individual houses, grouped to either side of the photo cluster.  The right-side grouping also includes a Glitter & Ice: Fir Tree Die Cut, as well as a Tinsel Town: Noel Frames + Extra Die Cut and that adorable Dot #2 Vintage Die Cut.  The latter two were popped up with foam tape for added interest and dimension.

The left-side grouping, additionally, includes a Glitter & Ice: Fir Tree Die Cut and two Tinsel Town: Noel Frames + Extra Die Cuts, the latter of which were popped up with foam tape, layered over Christmas Joy: Joy Die-Cut and Glitter & Ice: Silver Lining Die-Cut tags, both of which were laced with white string, tied in bows.

A couple of Glitter & Ice: Oh What Fun phrase stickers and the "Let It Snow", Wonderland: Winter Mini Word title, popped up with foam tape, not to mention a sweet, little, Home for Christmas: Happy Memories Die-Cut cardinal, crown my design.

A trio of Home for Christmas: Vellum Snowflake Die Cuts, as well as a duo of Winter Joy: Snow & Hot Cocoa Die Cuts, popped up with foam tape, and a little journaling, complete the look.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

PLS: EPISD Marching Contest

Friday, October 9, 2020

Hey, y'all!  Just stopping in, before the weekend gets busy, to bring you all a project that happens to have been up on the Pretty Little Studio blog earlier this week.  It was inspired by all the fall goodies that I still had lying out on my work table from our fun week of fall projects last month.  I love fall!  Check it out!

I started this page by smearing clear gesso over the Christmas Joy: Dear Santa 12x12 background print.  This is my first time using clear versus white gesso; and while I like its clear quality, I really don't like its grainy texture.  Maybe I'm not using the right brand?  I purchased Liquitex Professional on Amazon.  Please leave me a comment below if you know of or use a smoother brand, and thanks in advance!  Once it was dry, I added puddles of yellow and red watercolor across the background.  I then splattered it with those same shades of watercolor, as well as teal watercolor and Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.  The largest photo, which was matted with white cardstock, was set atop a bed of Feels Like Fall prints, including Feeling Adventurous, Feeling Refreshed, and Feeling Thoughtful, all three of which were anchored with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, as well as a folded sheet of Feels Like Fall: Feeling Warm Gold Metallic Vellum.  The remaining photos, which were also matted with white cardstock, were added vertically below the largest.  One of those three was wrapped, three times, with a length of Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, and popped up with foam tape.  All four photos were then anchored with a collection of October 2019 Freebie, circle die cuts, some of which were popped up with foam tape; Wish You Were Here: Destination Star Die Cuts...

and Document Life: Star Stickers, some of which were backed with white cardstock, hand-cut out, and popped up with more foam tape.  An "everyday life" Feels Like Fall: Blue Fall Word Sticker...

and "HIGH LIGHT" Document Life: Insta-Worthy Flair Button...

turn out attention to the "EPISD Marching Contest" title, which was created from Here Comes the Sun: Gold Metallic A to Z Die Cuts, topped with a Feels Like Fall: Fall Phrases Die-Cut "good stuff", popped up with foam tape, and Feels Like Fall: Cozy White Mini ABC Stickers.  A "HOME SWEET HOME" Indian Summer: Goodbye Summer Die Cut tops the title itself.  I also tucked in the hand-written October 5, 2019, date, as well as a little journaling on the opposite side of the page, to complete the look.

Thanks, as always, for humbling me with a visit!  Have a wonderful weekend and a blessed October, friends!


Pretty Little Studio: Perfect Weather

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Hey, y'all!  Just popping in to share a page that kicked off a week of fall-inspired projects over on the Pretty Little Studio blog earlier this week.  It was inspired by our Feels Like Fall and Indian Summer Collections.  I've also managed to incorporate bits and pieces from six additional collections throughout my design.  I know that I've said it before, but I'm going to say it again.  I love the way Pretty Little Studio's collections weld together so effortlessly for endless hours of creative fulfillment.  Check out how they inspired me this go around!

I started this page by adding puddles of bright pink and yellow watercolors to a 11-1/2" square piece of watercolor paper.  I then splattered it with those same shades of watercolor, as well as purple, aqua, and orange watercolors, and Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.  I also rubbed a little Spun Sugar Distress Ink, through a lattice stencil and over the watercolor work, behind where my photo would set, before trimming the right and bottom edges of the prepped piece with the Indian Summer: Fall Sunset 12" x 12" print.  The photo itself crowns a stack of prints, including the Indian Summer: Pear Salad and Feels Like Fall: Feeling Lovely and Feeling Refreshed Gold Vellum prints, the first two of which were anchored with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, as well as a snippet of cheesecloth for added texture.  A couple of Happy Place and Beautiful Colors Die-Cut pumpkins, popped up with foam tape, dress up its bottom, right corner.

Feels Like Fall: Fall Adventures 3x4 Pocket Card, which serves as my title, houses a bit of journaling, and was backed with a Document Life: Jazzy Bookmark Pennant Card, grounds the photo...

while a sweet, Indian Summer: Happy Place Die-Cut fox crowns it.

I then sandwiched that same photo, as well as the smaller one, which was framed with an Indian Summer: Timeless Die Cut and topped with an Indian Summer: Goodbye Summer Die-Cut, "CUTE FAMILY" tab, on a length of Baker's Twine, between a collection of fall-themed ephemera, including a "collect moments" Beautiful Day: Everyday Words Flair Button...

Indian Summer: Vellum Leaves Die Cuts; Beautiful Day: Greenery Die Cuts; Tales & Dreams: Rainbow Vibes Die-Cut "remember"; Potpourri: Fall Leaves Vellum Die Cuts; Indian Summer: Happy Place, "cherish this", phrase die cut, popped up with foam tape... 

Let's Go: Feather Die Cuts; Oakley Avenue: Fall Away Arrow; and a "picking a pumpkin" Feels Like Fall: Fall Word Sticker, popped up with foam tape.  I also threw in a couple of Freckled Fawn metal leaves and leaf pin for added texture and interest.  A scattering of Potpourri: Falling Leaves Sequins and stamped, in Jet Black ink, OCT 25 2019, date complete the look.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful Wednesday and an even more terrific fall, friends!  XOXO