For the Love of Books

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Evening, y'all!  Just stopping in, with a couple of hours to spare, with this this month's For the Love of Books pick.  About four and a half years ago, I introduced you to this story's heroine, Grace, in her book Grace at Christmas.  Well, today, she's back in full, watercolor glory in a gem that was written almost 30 years ago for children ages four to eight.  It holds the honor of being one of Seven Stories' Diverse Voices titles, meaning that it was named one of the top 50 children's books celebrating cultural diversity, as well as Booktrust's 100 Best Books for children in the last 100 years.
Amazing Grace, written by Mary Hoffman and illustrated by Caroline Binch, is the story of a "girl who loved stories.  She didn't mind if they were read to her or told to her or made up in her own head.  She didn't care if they were from books or on TV or in films or on the video or out of Nana's long memory.  Grace just loved stories."  And most of all, from Joan of Arc and Anansi to Mowgli and Aladdin, she loved to act them out.  So, when her teacher announced that her class was going to be doing the play of Peter Pan, Grace was determined, despite protests from her classmates, to be the beloved Peter, "a part she had often played at home".  Before the auditions took place, she shared with Ma that "Raj said I couldn't be Peter Pan because I'm a girl."  Ma revealed that Peter Pan is always played by a girl.  Then Grace remembered that her friend Natalie had said that she couldn't be Peter Pan because she is black.  Grace's Nana chimed in this time with, "You can be anything you want, Grace, if you put your mind to it."  A trip to the ballet, to see her Nana's friend's beautiful, Trinidadian daughter play the part of Juliet, convinced Grace that she truly could be anything she wanted, even Peter Pan, for which part she auditioned and won the votes and praises of her entire class.

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

Pretty Little Studio: Best Dad

Sunday, June 21, 2020

The Pretty Little Studio Design Team shared Father's Day projects, in honor of all the dads out there, last week; and I got to help wrap that up with a page of my own, which happened to be on the Pretty Little Studio blog last Friday.  It utilizes goodies from nine different collections, which continues to prove that all of the collections in the shop work together so effortlessly.  I'd love to take today to share it right here on my blog.  Check it out!
I started this page by adding puddles of green and blue watercolors to the center of the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page.  I then splattered it with those same shades of watercolor, as well as yellow and lime green watercolors and Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.  Once everything was dry, I hand-cut triangles, from Indian Summer's Persimmon print; Fun in the Sun's Let's Get Lost and Sunny Day prints; Document Life's La Fresca Rose Gold Metallic print; and Savannah Dream's Daydreams print, and anchored them, in four columns, with black-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  My photo, which was matted with white cardstock, was then tucked into the top, left corner of my design on a stage of Fun in the Sun's Sand Rose Gold Metallic print and Ain't Life Grand's You + Me print, both of which were anchored with black-threaded, straight, machine stitching, as well as a torn piece of Summer Vibes' Sun Tan Vellum print, split Document Life Jazzy Bookmark Pennant Card, and snippet of cheesecloth for added texture.  I then tucked an Indian Summer Goodbye Summer Die-Cut tab under my photo's top edge and topped it with a Chasing the Sun Watermelon Flair Button.
The "BEST dad" title was Cameo-cut from Glorious Green and Basic Black cardstocks and laid atop a Here Comes the Sun Label Medley Die Cut.  It was then surrounded with a "memories" September 2019 Freebie Die Cut; "right here, right now." Sweet Life Live Simply Clear Sticker; and "Sunday" Document Life Days of the Week Die Cut, popped up with foam tape.
I then trimmed the left side off a Document Life Highlights Journaling Card and used it to record a little information about the day this photo was taken.  It reads, Celebrating Father's Day with a big bag of goodies you've been needing for a bit, lunch at Olive Garden, and a trip to see How to Train Your Dragon 2 with the big kids.
The Daniel Vintage Die Cut was popped up, just to the right of my journaling, with foam tape, over a Fun in the Sun Good Vibes Die-Cut cactus.

A collection of phrase stickers and die cuts, including a Baby Clair & Jack Baby Words "daddy"; Beautiful Day Park Bench Cut-Apart "today is a good day", which I popped up with foam tape, after I punched it with a little hole and laced it with white string, tied in a bow; "when you smile your face shines" Savannah Dreams' A Birdy Told Me Black Word Sticker; and Indian Summer Goodbye Summer Cut-Apart "this was incredible!!", complete the look.
Thanks so much for visiting!  Have an amazing week, friends!  And happy Father's Day, dads!

Grace's HB2U

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Welcome back, y'all!  Just stopping in to share my friend's Felicity-Jane-inspired, birthday card as promised.
I started this card by anchoring a piece of the soft green, floral print, with white-threaded, straight, machine stitching, to the white, cardstock, card face.  I then set it aside and used that same thread to secure a scrap of the green, gingham print to the bottom edge of a scrap of the rainbow print.  The result sets the stage for the green, stripe tag, which was laced with white string and topped with puffy stickers to create the "HB2U" sentiment, as well as puffy-sticker, "HAPPY" and chipboard, heart circles.
The prepped piece was then sandwiched between the darling die cut of Grace on the left...
and a black and white, polka dot label, stapled in place, on the right.
A length of white string was then wrapped around its bottom edge and tied, in a bow, just to the left of puffy-sticker gingham and colorful, striped, die-cut pennants, tucked under the bottom edge of the embellished tag.  The entire thing was then, popped up, with foam tape, in the center of the prepped, card face, to complete the look.
I'll be back, first thing next week, with a playful, Father's Day page, inspired by some fabulous goodies from Pretty Little Studio.  Until then, thanks so much for humbling me with a visit, friends!  Be blessed!

Guy Happy Birthday

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Evening, y'all!  I've been busy using up the last little bits and pieces of my April Felicity Jane kit to make a couple of cards.  I've got my hubby's birthday card to share, with you all, today; but I promise to be back soon with another birthday card that I made for a friend.
I started this card by die-cutting the "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" sentiment, from a 4-5/16" x 3-3/4" piece of white cardstock, using Poppystamps' Happy Birthday Bold die.  I then backed it with the green, gingham, patterned print; sandwiched it between the soft green floral and black and white, polka dot prints; and anchored everything, to a white, cardstock frame, with black-threaded, straight, machine stitching.
That set the stage for a little stack of stamped phrases.  From top to bottom of the stack, the "celebrate", from Wplus9 Design's Fresh Cut Wreaths stamp set, was stamped in Jet Black ink.  The "TODAY" was stamped in Garden Green ink, and the "REAL LIFE" was stamped in Pistachio Pudding ink.  Both of the latter are from the stamp set that came in the April kit.  The stack was then anchored with a chipboard "HAPPINESS"...
as well as a length of white string, tied in a bow.
Before adhering the prepped piece, to the Basic Black, cardstock, card face, with foam tape, I stapled the black and white, striped label, stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "for you" phrase, from the same Wplus9 Design stamp set mentioned above, to its upper, right corner and scattered clear sequins from the kit, as well as two different sizes of silver, star sequins, throughout the design to complete the look.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed week, friends!

Pretty Little Studio: Sweet Dreams

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Morning, y'all, and welcome to the weekend!  I'm just stopping in to share another page inspired by Pretty Little Studio's newest collection, Color Me Happy; but I've tossed in tidbits from a variety of other collections, as well.  It happens to have been up on the Pretty Little Studio blog a couple of days ago.  Check it out!
I started this page by adding puddles of aqua and teal watercolors to the center of a 12" x 12" watercolor, paper, base page.  I then splattered it with those same shades of watercolor, as well as pink watercolor.  Once it was dry, I smudged Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink, through a star stencil, across the background.  I used that same star stencil to outline a few stars, as well, and then splattered everything once again, but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.  I then created my grid design, beginning with a "SHINE" Be Cool Pocket Journaling Card, whose moon was coated with Clear Wink of Stella, in the upper, left quadrant.
The moon itself was grounded with a "sweetheart" You & Me Mini Word Cut-Apart and sandwiched between the "SWEET dreams" title, which was created with Bee Happy Alphabet Stickers to spell "SWEET" and a March 2018 Freebie "dreams" die cut...
and a sweet photo of my daughter, at just a week old, all bundled up in her baby towel, setting atop another Be Cool Pocket Journaling Card, which extends behind the lower, right-side quadrant, and scraps of the Crazy Cool and Starry Night prints, all anchored with white-threaded, straight, machine stitching, as well as a torn and folded piece of Over the Rainbow Vellum.
Moving clockwise, I hand-cut the "BE STILL MY {HEART}" Ain't Life Grand Love You 3x4 Pocket Card into the form of a pennant; backed it with a Starlight Starbright mat and a Dream Big Beautiful Bookmark 3x4 Journaling Card; punched all three of them with a couple of holes from a 3/16" Circle Punch; and laced the holes through with a length of white string, tied in a bow.  A sweet Merry Go Round Die-Cut owl, popped up with foam tape...
Here Comes the Sun Label Medley Die Cut, etched with baby's 1st bath, 11.08.08; duo of Starbright Words Stickers; and a "little girl" Baby Claire & Jack Baby Words Sticker ground the design.
The fourth and final quadrant houses another bath time photo of my cutie patootie.  The photo itself was backed with scraps of the Rainbow Parade and Oh So Geo prints, anchored with white-threaded, straight, machine stitching, as well as a snippet of cheesecloth for texture.  A "November" Sunny Memories Get Tabbed Die Cut was stapled to the photo's top, left edge.
Lots of Over the Rainbow Die-Cut constellations and clouds, some of which were popped up with foam tape...
a number of Savannah Dreams Frolic Word Die-Cut stars; and one less It's Your Birthday Shining Star Sticker complete the look.
Thanks so much for visiting!  Have a wonderful weekend, friends!