Pretty Little Studio: No Place Like Home

Monday, December 11, 2017

Morning, y'all!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this am, sharing my first Christmas page of the season.  It was inspired by Marie-Pierre Capistran's newest Home for Christmas collection (Although, you'll find a number of others were used, too.) and an oldie, but a goodie, Quilt Prints stamp set from Wplus9 Design.
I started this page by stamping the Quilt Prints, in Jet Black ink, on the watercolor paper, base page.  I then added puddles of soft, blue and purple watercolors before splattering everything with those same watercolors, as well as bright pink watercolor and Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  The Quilt Prints flowers were then paper-pieced, using a heap of scrumptious papers from the shop, to set the stage for my family photo, which was matted with white cardstock and backed with a snippet of cheesecloth for texture.  It was then topped with a "no place like home" Home 3x4 Pocket Card, which serves as my title, and a cute, little, heart, word bubble Snow & Hot Cocoa Die Cut, popped up with foam tape.
A For You Shipping Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, was tucked under the title's left edge and topped with a couple of Grandma's House Die Cuts, as well as a darling, Happy Memories Die-Cut deer, popped up with foam tape.
To its right, I added a stunning, large, floral Grandma's House Die Cut, which trails down the right side of the photo thanks to the Holly Leaves Vintage Die Cut.
A number of additional, smaller Grandma's House Die Cuts add layers; and a sweet, little Wood Partridge Vintage Sticker, backed with white cardstock, hand-cut out, and popped up with foam tape, crowns them all.
The entire design was then grounded with a "family" Happy Memories Die Cut, popped up with foam tape and embellished with a "Merry Christmas" Kris Kringle Flair Button; Grandma's House Die-Cut holly leaves, studded with a single, red button, laced with white string; and a combination of Nice List Words and Magical Word phrase stickers.
A Silver Label Die Cut, etched with the Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, date and popped up with foam tape, as well as a happy scattering of Clear Skies Sequins, completes the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Scrap Our Stash's December Tic-Tac-Toe Stash Challenge.  I went with mist/ink spray, holiday theme, and sequin for a diagonal tic-tac-toe from the top left to bottom right.
 
Be sure to add December's gorgeous, vellum, Freebie of the Month die cuts to your orders of $24 or more.
 
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit!  Have a wonderful work week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Quilt Prints (Wplus9) Paper: white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); Home for Christmas: Christmas Town 8x8 & Jolly 8x8; Winter Joy: Snowy Night 8x8; Clowning Around: Birthday Cake 8x8; Tinsel Town: Very Merry 8x8; Here + There: Posh 8x8; purple houndstooth (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white string (Hobby Lobby); button (Papertrey Ink); cheesecloth (Dritz); Home for Christmas: Happy Memories Die Cuts, Grandma's House Die Cuts, For You Shipping Tag, & Home 3x4 Pocket Card; Winter Joy: Snow & Hot Cocoa Die Cut; Woodland Christmas: Wood Partridge Vintage Sticker; Tinsel Town: Nice List Words; Holly Jolly: Magical Word Sticker; Beautiful Day: Clear Skies Sequins; Kris Kringle Flair Button; Holly Leaves Vintage Die Cut; Silver Label Die Cut (PLS)

Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Friday, December 8, 2017

Morning, y'all!  I'm super excited to get to participate with the Paper Sweeties Design Team in the Winter Coffee Lover's Blog Hop today!  Here's how I was inspired.
I started this card by stamping the "Christmas blessings" sentiment, from Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, in Jet Black ink, in the top center of a 5" x 3-3/4" piece of vellum.
I then ran that vellum through my Big Shot to achieve the textured polka dots before machine-stitching it, with red-threaded, straight stitches, over a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of aqua, medallion print, to the white cardstock, card face.
The little table was created by die-cutting two of the Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts dies from white cardstock and a gingham print.
I then topped it with a stamped and watercolored, in Pumice Stone Distress Ink, mug, which I dressed up with a stick of peppermint and white-embossed snowflake and puff of steam, as well as a stamped, in Antique Linen Distress Ink, and watercolored cupcake.  All images were stamped and/or embossed on watercolor paper die cuts and popped up with foam tape.  A couple of red sequin berries; length of Baker's Twine, tied in a bow; and white, Gelly Roll pen details complete the look.
Link up your winter-themed coffee, tea, and/or cocoa projects at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog for your chance to win a heap of fabulous prizes.  Paper Sweeties is offering a stamp and die set of the flash prize winner's choice...
 
AND a super sponsor prize of $25 to spend in the Paper Sweeties shop.  Woohoo!
 
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit!  Be sure to stop by my talented teammies' blogs; and have a wonderfully blessed winter, friends!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz
Karen Letchworth 
Nancy Salkeld
Maria Patrick
Jinny Newlin (You're here!)
Kathy Schweinfurth
Lisa Bzibziak
Larissa Heskett
Lori Turner 

{Supplies & Tools} 
Stamps: Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, Snow Friends, & Homemade with Love (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); watercolor (Canson Studio); gingham (SU!); aqua medallion (Echo Park) Ink: Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, & Barn Door Distress Inks (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: red thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); polka dot embossing folder & embossing gun (SU!); Big Shot (Sizzix); white embossing powder (Zing!); white Gelly Roll pen (Sakura); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); sequins & Homemade with Love & Sweet Borders Sweet Cuts dies (Paper Sweeties)

For the Love of Books: Christmas

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Hey, y'all!  I'm just stopping in with this month's For the Love of Books pick a little earlier than usual; as I also wanted to share the fantastic list of children's Christmas books that grace our own library shelves, just in case you've still got a little shopping to do.  But before I get to that, I've got a favorite, seasonal treasure for you all.  It is written for children ages two to eight and comes from the bestselling creators of The Bear Books.
 
Mortimer's Christmas Manger, written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman, tells the tale of a little mouse, named Mortimer, who ditches his cold, cramped, creepy hole for a cozy house just his size.  The house even has a little, wooden bed perfect for Mortimer.  Unfortunately, it is filled with statues that Mortimer has to drag back out every time he leaves to go exploring.  One day, Mortimer hears a man tell the story of the first Christmas and realizes that he made Jesus' manger his home each night.  Reverently, he places all of the statues back where they belong before saying a prayer asking for Jesus to bring him a new home.  Just as quickly as the prayer leaves his lips, he spies something new, something wonderful, something that makes him sigh with delight.

Now, on to that list.  The last four have been added since last year.
  1. A Christmas ABC by Alice Gold
  2. My First Treasury: The First Christmas by Leslie Lindecker
  3. Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
  4. The Pine Tree Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs (LOVE all of Liz's parable stories!)
  5. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry (a favorite of mine)
  6. The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola (another favorite of mine... It never fails to bring tears to my eyes, though.)
  7. Santa's Favorite Story by Hisako Aoki (yet another favorite of mine)
  8. The Berenstain Bears Trim the Tree by Jan and Mike Berenstain
  9. Clifford Celebrates the Year: Clifford’s Christmas by Norman Bridwell
  10. Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
  11. God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren
  12. Winnie the Pooh: The Merry Christmas Mystery by Betty Birney
  13. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston (another one for which you'll need the Kleenex box)
  14. Dream Snow by Eric Carle
  15. Snow Happy to be Here: The Slightly Silly Story of the Snowblatt Family by Cheryl Hawkinson
  16. You Can Do It, Sam by Amy Hest
  17. The Dinosaurs' Night Before Christmas by Anne Muecke (super fun music CD with it) 
  18. The Twelve Days of Christmas by Anne Geddes
  19. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (This one will always be a classic.)
  20. The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg (still another favorite of mine)
  21. The Snow Must Go On: A Way, Way Off-Broadway Adventure by Molly Wigand
  22. The Legend of the Christmas Tree by Rick Osborne (great history here)
  23. Merry Christmas, Curious George by Cathy Hapka
  24. If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff
  25. Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney (great rhyme)
  26. It's Christmas, David! by David Shannon
  27. The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt
  28. On This Special Night by Claire Freedman
  29. My First Read and Learn Countdown to Christmas by Mary Manz Simon
  30. Bear Stays Up For Christmas by Karma Wilson
  31. Mortimer's Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson (Adina's favorite)
  32. The Christmas Star by Marcus Pfister
  33. Charlie and the Christmas Kitty by Ree Drummond (Kaden's favorite)
  34. The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck (Ezekiel's favorite)
  35. Little Golden Book: Christmas Favorites
  36. A Very Marley Christmas by John Grogan (So glad we have a good dog ;)!)
  37. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Robert L. May
  38. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell! by Lucille Colandro
  39. Grace at Christmas by Mary Hoffman (Christmas is changed forever for a little girl reluctant to welcome strangers into her celebrations.)
  40. Tacky's Christmas by Helen Lester (Gotta love that Tacky!)
  41. A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz
  42. The Christmas Candle by Richard Paul Evans
  43. The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado
  44. The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore (This is a Hallmark recordable storybook read by Ezekiel to Adina.  It was his gift to her for Christmas 2013.)
  45. Tallulah's Nutcracker by Marilyn Singer (such a tender lesson in humility)
  46. Home for Christmas by Jan Brett
  47. Disney's Mickey's Christmas Carol
  48. The Poky Little Puppy's First Christmas by Justine Korman (a Little Golden Book)
  49. The Animals' Santa by Jan Brett
  50. Santa is Coming to Kansas by Steve Smallman
  51. Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini
  52. The Legend of the Christmas Cookie by Dandi Daley Mackall
  53. The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving by Jan and Mike Berenstain
  54. The Nutcracker from the story by E.T.A. Hoffman
  55. Christmas Is Here illustrated by Lauren Castillo (words from the King James Bible)
  56. Goodnight, Manger by Laura Sassi
Thanks so much for reading!  I hope you found something here to give or add to your own bookcases this year.  We've already got a great start on our mission to, once again, get through every one of our titles before Christmas.  Wish us luck!  And have a truly blessed, Christmas season!  Hugs!

The Studio Sketch Challenge

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Happy Sunday, y'all!  Just popping in to share our first December challenge over in The Studio.  Anna has cooked up a sketch to inspire your creative appetites and start the month out right.  Here's how I was inspired.
I started this page by applying a thin layer of gesso to the woodgrain, patterned paper base page.  Once it was dry, I added teal and blue watercolor puddles and splattered it with those same colors of watercolor, as well as orange watercolor and Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  I then layered a number of prints, one of which was torn down its right end, vertically, near the top of the page, anchoring some of them with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  They were topped with a trio of photos which were matted with white cardstock and embellished with a gold foil, "ONE FOR THE BOOKS" tab...
and "my favorite" die cut, popped up with foam tape.  I also wrapped the base of the far right photo with a length of white string, tied in a bow.
The "BIRTHDAY Cheer" title was created from gold foil chipboard Thickers to spell "BIRTHDAY" and a foam glitter "Cheer"; topped with a "loving" die cut, popped up with foam tape...
and grounded with a "LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU'RE laughing" die cut.  A "FUN" die cut, popped up with foam tape...
leads the way to my journaling, which reads, Celebrating your 38th with new BBQ goodies & a carrot cake, your favorite.  June 10, 2016.  A trio of patterned prints, two of which were torn across their top edges and one of which was secured with more gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, ground the entire page...
where one final photo, matted with white cardstock and embellished with a cork heart, topped with a gold foil, arrow die cut and backed with a combination of leaf and flower die cuts, as well as a tangle of gold thread, can be found.  A scattering of aqua enamel dots completes the look.
Here's your December Sketch Challenge to get you off and creating in the right direction.
 
Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see what my talented teammies have cooked up just for your viewing pleasure.  Then, you have until Sunday, January 14, 2018, to link up your takes in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Paper Studio); blue diamonds (Elle's Studio); teal leafy (Shimelle); orange floral & yellow triangles (Citrus Twist); aqua triangles (1 Canoe 2); woodgrain (Cocoa Vanilla) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); gesso (O'Leary Paints); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); enamel dots (Simple Stories); white string (Hobby Lobby); "ONE FOR THE BOOKS" tab, "my favorite" label, & "loving" & leafy die cuts (Citrus Twist); Sparkle foam glitter & Swing gold foil chipboard Thickers (American Crafts); "LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU'RE laughing", blue flower, & gold leafy die cuts (Pinkfresh); gold arrow & "FUN" die cuts (Bella Blvd.); cork heart (Pink Paislee)

Visions of Sugarplums

Morning, y'all!  I'm so excited to be participating, as part of the Paper Sweeties Design Team, in the Visions of Sugarplums blog hop today.  I decided to put together a quartet of Christmas cards, for some of my nieces and nephews, just for the occasion.  Enjoy!
I started these cards by stamping the Snow Friends snowmen, in Jet Black ink, just right of horizontal center, on 3-3/4" x 5" pieces of watercolor paper.
 
I then masked the snowmen before stamping the Sent From My Heart mailboxes, in Jet Black ink, just left of horizontal center.  The entire pieces were then watercolored.  Before splattering everything with blue watercolor and Titanium White acrylic paint, I paper-pieced the snowmen's hats and scarfs on watercolor paper die cuts and adhered them in their respective locations.
 
 
 
Once they were dry and a little glitter had been added to the snowmen's hats, I white-embossed a trio of Snow Friends snowflakes across the top of the prepped pieces and black-embossed the "Sending holiday hugs and kisses" sentiments, from You Better Not Pout, in their bottom centers.
Each prepped piece was then framed with colored cardstock, including Perfect Plum, Pink Pirouette, Apricot Appeal, and Pool Party, to coordinate with their chosen hat and scarf prints, as well as silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches.
Their top halves were wrapped, three times, horizontally, with lengths of white string, tied in bows near their left sides, and embellished with snippets of white lace as well as color-coordinating seam binding ribbon, double bows, including Robin Egg, Creamsicle, Cotton Candy, and Grape from the Paper Sweeties shop, each studded with a single, white pearl.  They were all then secured, with foam tape, to the front of white cardstock, card faces to complete the look.
 
 
 
That covers things from me, folks; but there is a heap of inspiration still to come in the blog links below.  Be sure to leave lots of love as you visit, as the more comments you leave, the more opportunities you have to win some perfectly glorious prizes, including a $25 gift certificate from Paper Sweeties.
 
You can also join in the Visions of Sugarplums Christmas/Winter Challenge for the chance to win a $20 gift certificate from Mama Elephant.  Woot!  Woot!  You have through Saturday, December 9, 2017, to join in the fun.  Prize winners will be announced the following Sunday.  Debbie is also offering 30% off all Paper Sweeties holiday products not already on sale, with coupon code sugarplum, for today onlyThanks so much for stopping by, friends!  Now, get hopping!  XOXO 

Lori
Jinny (You're here!) 
Kathy
Mackie 

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: You Better Not Pout, Sent From My Heart, & Snow Friends (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Perfect Plum, Pink Pirouette, Apricot Appeal, & Pool Party (SU!); watercolor (Canson Studio); plum polka dot (Jillibean Soup); pink plaid (K&Company); apricot gingham (Creative Memories); aqua floral (Studio Calico) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white string (Hobby Lobby); lace (JoAnn Fabrics); pearls (Paper Studio); watercolors (Kuretake); Titanium White acrylic paint (FolkArt); white embossing powder (Zing!); black embossing powder, embossing gun, & Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); Big Shot (Sizzix); Snow Friends Sweet Cuts die & Grape, Cotton Candy, Creamsicle, & Robin Egg seam binding ribbons (Paper Sweeties)