For the Love of Books

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Well, hello there, friends.  Seeing as today is the last day of August, I thought I'd better sneak in this month's For the Love of Books pick for all you book lovers.  It is written for children ages three and up and cleverly illustrated with playfully-detailed, full-color images.
"A Guest Is a Guest, and we must show them our best," written and illustrated by John Himmelman, is Farmer Beanbuckets' family motto, even when it comes to the four-legged and feathered kind.  But when their son, Billy, invites the piglet into the house for a sleepover, the whole farmyard learns of the household comforts they're missing and moves in.  Soon, the kitchen is full of hungry pigs; all the pillows are occupied with roosting hens; the television is continually playing programming that interests the animals; the morning paper is persistently in shambles; and there is always a line for the bathroom.  Farmer Beanbuckets declares, "when enough is enough, you have to get tough!"; and Billy devises a plan to trick the animals back to their natural habitats with a few creature comforts.

This book holds a special place in my heart, as our bunny, Snowflake, was always meant to be an outdoor pet.  Then, one cold, snowy night, Adina convinced me to let her stay indoors; and she never left.  She uses a litter box; and with the exception of being put in a pen when we're away from home or asleep for the night, she roams the house at her leisure.  I'm such a sucker for all things living.  Please don't send me your castaways!  Thanks so much for reading!  Be blessed!

The Studio Sketch Challenge

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Morning, friends!  We've got a new Sketch Challenge up over in the The Studio, and I'm popping in to share my take on it today.  I've tapped into my August Photobooth Citrus Twist Kit to bring it to life.  Enjoy!
I started this page by adding puddles and splatters of green and blue watercolors to the 12" x 12" watercolor paper base page.  I then rubbed Spun Sugar Distress Ink, through an alphabet stencil, behind where my photo, which was matted with white cardstock, would eventually lie and outlined those letters with a black artist pen.  Everything was then once again splattered but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  Once it was dry, I anchored a number of prints with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching and tucked a Cameo-cut, bright, pink, designer pattern, as inspired by the circles in the sketch below, as well as a sparkled and die-cut, number strip and snippet of cheesecloth, between them all.  A die-cut tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, peeks out from behind the photograph itself...
and a "RISE AND SHINE" phrase sticker, which also serves as my title, dresses up its bottom left corner.
The top of my photo was embellished with a "DELIGHTFUL DAY" die-cut banner, popped up with foam tape; black and white, floral die cut; stamped, in Jet Black ink, on white cardstock and hand-cut blooms; couple of punched, vellum flowers, which you'll also find scattered throughout the design, embellished with simple, black, enamel dots; and a sweet, little, puffy, bird sticker.
Amidst that cluster, I also added a duo of black and white, striped buttons, laced with white string, and popped one of the Cameo-cut, bright pink, designer paper circles up with foam tape.  A couple of other circles were additionally scattered throughout the design.
"HAPPY" and "MAGICAL" tickets ground the Cameo-cut, from Basic Black cardstock, word "Remember" along the vertical, right side of the page.  You'll also find a trickling of elements from the main part of the design here, including the third of a trio of gold, star sequins, as well as my hand-penned, March 26, 2016, date.
Lots of journaling, down the left side of the design, completes the look and reads, It had been a rough spring with us continually passing around the ickies, but we were all finally feeling well enough to join our Sunday school class, as well as a number of other people from our church, in passing out Easter baskets to children and Bibles to one and all; witnessing; and praying with people, as we walked door to door through a couple of apartment complexes in our city.  It was cold and rainy, and the egg hunt we had planned got canceled; but this is what it's all about.  We had the time of our lives!  We were so thankful for this tangible opportunity to be His hands and feet.
Further inspiration for this page came from Colorful Creations' August 15th Fussy Cutting Challenge...
and Citrus Twist's August 19th 3-to-Inspire Challenge to (1) use three or more words in your title, (2) number it, and (3) incorporate paper strips.
And here's your Sketch Challenge graphic to get you off and running 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, September 10, 2017, to link up your takes, on this Sketch Challenge and/or our previous, August, Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge, in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Spring Fling (Teresa Collins) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); Basic Black (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch); blue diamonds & multicolored stripe (Citrus Twist); black/white floral, teal swirl, & pink designer (Maggie Holmes) Ink: Spun Sugar Distress Ink & Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); alphabet stencil (Jenni Bowlin); cheesecloth (Dritz); Tiny Text phrase sticker (Cosmo Cricket); enamel dots (Simple Stories); Petite Petals punch (SU!); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); all die cuts, buttons, & gold star sequins (Maggie Holmes); white string (Hobby Lobby); puffy bird sticker (Citrus Twist); Poppy Remember & Shaker Sun cut files (Laura Whitaker); Cameo (Silhouette)

Friday Faves

Friday, August 25, 2017

Evening, y'all!  So sorry that it's been a bit quiet around here lately.  I've had my hands full with just being a mom.  It's truly a full-time job in and of itself.  Plus, it's been so beautiful outdoors; that I've been playing in my gardens lots.  We've been harvesting bunches of tomatoes, onion, peppers, lettuce, kale, zucchini, and cucumbers, not to mention a heap of spices, all summer long; but I also just fixed my first two homegrown eggplants for dinner this week.  Yum!  And I'm super excited about our growing baby pumpkins and butternut squash.  Eeek!  I'm having a ball!  We also took in a Royals game yesterday afternoon and visited the Kansas City Zoo today.  So, it's just been a little bit of summer, for us, all over again, now that we've got three full weeks of school under our belts.

All that said, I did want to pop in here, before the day completely gets away from me, to share a few things that have caught my attention this month.  Let's kick things off with Simon Says Stamp's Encouraging Words stamp set.  These images are just as precious as can be, and I adore all the punny sentiments.
Neat and Tangled's Schoolhouse stamp set released in perfect synchronization with the back-to-school season; and while I feel like it might be missing a few sentiments and/or images to really make the set complete, I couldn't resist throwing it up here.  You all know that I'm a sucker for anything school-themed, and those little mice are the icing on the cake.
I own a couple of Noonday Collection's wrap bracelets and couldn't possibly love them any more.  So, when I saw their new Bonfire Wrap Bracelet, I knew that it had to make the lineup. Dusty blues and grays are really calling to me right now.
So much so, that I'm planning a bit of a makeover for our entire house.  I'm hoping that it can coincide with a kitchen renovation, which is long overdue, soon.  Our biggest problem, aside from finding a trusted contractor that sees our vision, is five people, not to mention a dog, bunny, and fish, living in 920 square feet while everything is morphing.  I know that it's been done.  I just wonder if those people maintained their sanity in the process.  Anyway, Nate Berkus' Mini Fringe White and Silver Curtain Panels hopped into my basket while Target was having a 30% off sale last week; and I can't wait to paint the walls and get these babies up.
There you have it, folks.  I do have a page coming your way later this weekend, and I promise to try to keep you all coming back often for more inspiration and tips/tricks for your own creations.  Until next time, thanks so much for humbling me with a visit.  Have a blessed weekend!  XOXO

Pretty Little Studio: Sunshine

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Morning, y'all!  I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!  We've been super busy, especially for not having much on the calendar just yet, trying to take advantage of the nice weather to get some things done around the house.  All this sunshine has put me in the mood for scrapping some older, summer pics, which resulted in a page that's up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today.  You'll probably immediately see traces of our Here Comes the Sun, Dream Big, and Blooming Hearts collections; however, I've also managed to squeeze in some goodies from Summer Vibes, With All My Heart, Let's Go, and Marigold.  There I go mixing collections again.  I'd apologize, but it's just too. stinkin'. fun!
I started this page by anchoring triangles of the Shine from Within and Miss You Much 8x8 prints, in the center of the textured, white, cardstock, base page, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  I then Cameo-cut the Sunburst Background from Confetti Vellum and secured it with more gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.
My photo, which was matted with white cardstock, was backed with a trio of paper prints, two of which were anchored with, yet again, gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, as well as a couple of folded, vellum sheets.  Tip:  Don't throw away those packaging inserts!  Use them to bring in needed colors and patterns into your design.  I've used a Summer Vibes polka dot, packaging insert here to bring a kiss of teal to the right side of the design.  I then tucked a few Soul Mates Die-Cut diamonds behind the photo...
along with a Salt Lake Clear Shipping Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow.
The photo itself was sandwiched between a Picture Perfect Die-Cut tab, which I used to house the June 19, 2012 date...
and a Here Comes the Sun Die-Cut flamingo and Our Story Pocket Card.  I added a little color to the card with colored pencils and mineral spirits for shading and used it to journal, I just love to watch you enjoying yourself on a hot summer day.
A Gold Metallic A to Z Die Cut letter A for Adina; Summer Flair Button, backed with a tangle of gold thread; "EVERYDAY WITH YOU" With You Cut-Apart Word Flag; "I ADORE YOU" Soul Mates Sticker banner; and a couple of yellow buttons, laced with white thread, round out the cluster.  Tip:  Add a little baby powder to remove a portion of the adhesive on the back of your stickers for dimension.
A trio of Day Dream Die-Cut clouds and an Aloha Die-Cut "sunshine" title complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Stuck?! Sketches' August 15th Challenge.
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit!  Have a blessed week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: textured white (Bazzill); white (Paper Studio); Here Comes the Sun: Miss You Much 8x8, Confetti Vellum 8x8, & Diagonal Pink Vellum 8x8; With All My Heart: Loving You Gold Metallic 8x8; Dream Big: Shine from Within 8x8; Summer Vibes: Lemonade Vellum 8x8 & teal polka dot packaging; & Marigold: Dahlia (PLS) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white string (Hobby Lobby); buttons (Buttons Galore & More); colored pencils (Prismacolor); mineral spirits (Inky Antics); Sunburst Background cut file (Creative Scrappers); Cameo (Silhouette); Here Comes the Sun: Summer Flair Button, Gold Metallic A to Z Die Cuts, & Here Comes the Sun Die Cuts; Dream Big: Day Dream Die Cuts; Summer Vibes: Aloha Die Cut; Blooming Hearts: Soul Mates Sticker, Our Story Pocket Card, Soul Mates Die Cut, With You Cut-Apart Word Flag, & Picture Perfect Die Cut; & Let's Go: Salt Lake Clear Shipping Tag (PLS)

Pretty Little Studio: Silly Monkey

Monday, August 14, 2017

Evening, y'all!  Just popping in to share a page that's up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today.  I utilized lots of elements from our new Beautiful Day Collection, which I simply can't get enough of, as well as some oldies but goodies.  Matter of fact, some of the older pieces that I've got going on today aren't even in the store anymore; but that just goes to show how easy it is to put some of those bits and bobs that you may have purchased awhile back but were saving for just the right project to good use with your newer treasures.  I can't say enough how much I love the way all of our collections work so well together.  So, let's just dive right in.  Shall we?
I started this page by sketching a trio of pie charts throughout the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page and watercoloring each one in shades of red, blue, and green.  I then used those same watercolors, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints, to splatter the page before stamping a number of stars, in Jet Black ink, throughout.  Several papers from the Beautiful Day 6x8 Paper Pack, as well as one Currently Journaling Card, were then die-cut into circles and framed with black-embroidery-floss, hand stitches.  I just love the Perfect Day Cut-Apart and My Life Flair Button you see here, too!
Once my photos, which were matted with white cardstock, were adhered in their respective locations, I began embellishing.  Moving clockwise from the photo above, I layered a couple of Colorful Blooms, separating the two with foam tape, and pulled a bit of that black embroidery floss to the front of the page to tie in a simple bow.  You'll also see a little Easter Sunday 2016 journaling around one of those die-cut circles here.
The Silly Monkey Word Die Cut, popped up with foam tape, creates my title.  It was grounded with an Explore Word Die Cut...
 
as well as a Silly Disco Mini Vintage Die Cut, peeking out from behind a couple of Greenery Die Cuts.  This exact die cut is no longer available; but if you love Silly Disco as much as I do, you can get him in his larger, die-cut size, as well as in his same mini, pink and blue counterparts, here.  A simple, bold, black "WHAT A PERFECT DAY" Perfect Day Cut-Apart, popped up with foam tape, draws the eye from the top straight down to the bottom of the page.
Another Perfect Day Cut-Apart...
brings us back to the top of the page with a June 2017 Freebie word bubble, which I used to journal, "Peek-a-boo, Mommy!"  You love to find ways to make us laugh.  It's bottom left corner was embellished with a couple more Greenery Die Cuts, as well as a Park Bench Cut-Apart.  All three elements here were, once again, popped up with foam tape.  Gotta love a little dimension!  And a scattering of Ocean Blue Confetti stars complete the look.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by!  Have a remarkable work week, friends!  XOXO

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Blast Off (Market Street Stamps) Paper: white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); Beautiful Day: 6x8 Paper Pack (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); circle template (Fiskars); Clear Cut Stackers: Circles dies (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); black embroidery floss (DMC); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Beautiful Day: Greenery Die Cuts, Park Bench Cut-Apart, My Life Flair Button, Currently Journaling Card, Colorful Blooms, & Perfect Day Cut-Aparts; Treasure Island: Ocean Blue Confetti & Explore Word Die Cut; Silly Monkey Word Die Cut; Silly Disco Mini Vintage Die Cut; June 2017 Freebie (PLS)

The Studio Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Morning, y'all!  Just popping in to share our first August challenge in The Studio.  I'm hoping to pull something together a little later this week.  I've been a bit preoccupied to have hit the deadline for today's post, but I didn't want you all to have to wait a second longer to get started.  So, without further adieu, it's a Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge this week.
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, September 10, 2017, 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!

July Recognition

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Welcome to the weekend, y'all!  Well, we've officially completed our first, full week of school; and I think that I'm ready for summer to come back.  LOL!  Truthfully, as a family, we've had a lot of difficult stuff, outside of the realm of our studies, thrown our direction this week; but my kiddos haven't missed a beat.  They've picked up right where they left off last May and make the perfect 9th and 3rd graders respectively, not to mention my ornery, little three-year-old, who just wants to be them so badly.  I'm proud of them all, even when they're driving me crazy.

We've got a couple of swim parties later today and lots of cleaning up to still accomplish from our most recent storm; but before I head outside to get started, I wanted to share that I was named Let's Get Sketchy's June Winner for this precious page...
and this playful number.
Thanks so much to Brenshevia and her uber talented team for this honor!  I never fail to be inspired every time I visit the challenge.  And thanks so much to you all for continuing to humble me with your visits and comments!  I've been a terrible blog friend lately and truly don't deserve the love, but you all never fail to surprise me.  I'll never be able to fully express how grateful I am for that.  Have a wonderful weekend, friends!  Hugs!

Poppystamps Holiday Blog Blitz: Holly Twig

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Morning, y'all!  I'm super excited to be up on the Poppystamps blog today, sharing a few new goodies from our latest 2017 Holiday Release.  Please forgive my photography skills, though.  White is super hard for me to photograph, but it's ever so striking in real life.  Enjoy!
I started this card by rubbing Broken China Distress Ink, through the Winter Scattered Snowflakes designer stencil, onto the center of the white cardstock, card face.  Over the stenciling, I created the scene with die cuts, beginning with an older Ava Snowflake, die-cut from white cardstock.  The rest of the die cuts all came from this latest release.  The Double Pine Cone Collage was die-cut from Chocolate Chip cardstock.  Tip:  Use the negative die cut as a template for gluing each of those little bits into their proper places.  The Wispy Pine Needles were die-cut from Old Olive cardstock.  The Holly Twig, which you have the opportunity to win on the blog today (Woot!  Woot!), was die-cut from Soft Suede and Garden Green cardstocks; and Xmas Red Stickles was used for the berries.  Finally, the Cute Fawn was die-cut from watercolor paper and watercolored.
I then die-cut the largest jar, from the new Jar Collection craft dies, in the center of a piece of 4" x 5-1/4" white, glitter paper.  A strip of vellum was gold-embossed with the "season's greetings" sentiment, taken from our Christmas Greetings stamp set, and adhered along the vertical, left edge of the backside of the die-cut jar, sandwiched between the glitter paper and a sheet of clear cardstock.  The edges of the glitter paper were then framed with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  Tip:  Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, machine-stitching the glitter paper and clear cardstock together also ensures that they stay put for the long haul.
The prepped, jar panel was then popped up, with foam tape, over everything else; but before it was adhered in place, I added lots of white glitter, to the scene itself, to create a shaker effect.  Tip:  Apply a thin layer of baby powder over all the glued bits, as well as to the backside of the clear cardstock, to prevent the glitter from sticking itself in all the wrong places.  The lid was die-cut from gold cardstock; hand-cut along its bottom edge; adhered to the top of the jar; and embellished with a couple of Garden Green cardstock, Holiday Holly die cuts, as well as a double, white, seam binding ribbon bow, studded with a single, white pearl, to complete the look.
Be sure to stop by the Poppystamps blog every day through next Tuesday, August 14, 2017, to see what my talented teammies have cooked up, using all the newly-released goodies, just for your viewing pleasure.  AND don't forget to leave lots of love as you visit; because a new, Holiday Release product is being randomly given away on EACH AND EVERY Poppystamps' blog post.  You have until Thursday, August 17, 2017, to do so.  Winners will be announced, on the Poppystamps blog, the following Friday, August 18, 2017.  As I said before, I've got that fabulous Holly Twig craft die, that you see in action above, to giveaway today.
 
That's it, from me, for today, friends.  Actually, that's it, from me, for Poppystamps.  It's my time to move on; but before I do, I have to send out a massive thank you to Jeanne for her friendship and loyalty.  She has unwaveringly believed in me and, without a doubt, been my biggest cheerleader.  I also wanted to thank Dave for giving me the opportunity to work with his gorgeous and intricate dies.  I have been stretched creatively beyond my wildest imagination but, truly, in such a good way.  And finally, thank you to each and every one of YOU, my faithful followers.  I hope this won't be the end for us and that you'll continue to come along with me on my creative journey.  What's in store is sure to surprise you as much as it does me, but I can't wait to see what it may be!  Thanks so much for stopping by, and good luck with ALL the glorious prizes during release week!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Christmas Greetings (Poppystamps) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, Old Olive, & Garden Green (SU!); gold (Bazzill); watercolor (Canson Studio); glitter (Recollections); clear (unknown) Ink: Broken China Distress Ink (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); Xmas Red Stickles & gold embossing powder (Ranger); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); pearl (Paper Studio); glitter (K&Company); Winter Scattered Flakes designer stencil (Memory Box); Big Shot (Sizzix); Cute Fawn, Holiday Holly, Jar Collection, Ava Snowflakes, Holly Twig, Wispy Pine Needles, & Double Pine Cone Collage craft dies (Poppystamps)

PLS Pinterest Inspired: Fun Times

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Evening, y'all!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, sharing a page inspired by the Pinterest photo below.  I was drawn to the soft palette and all those fabulous stars; and the yummy ice-cream swirls reminded me of the super-fun, shaving cream marbling art technique, which I hadn't done in a far too long.  So, my kiddos and I decided it was high time we put an end to that fast and had a little marble-making morning together to help highlight a couple of photos, taken on the first and last days of class for our 2015-2016 school year.
I started this page by adding puddles and splatters of teal, aqua, and bright pink watercolor to the 12"x12" watercolor paper, base page.  After stamping a number of stars, in Jet Black ink, throughout the design, I splattered everything once again; but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.
 
I then took one of the results of our creative play with shaving cream and Vivid Pink, Sunshine Yellow, and Paradise acrylic paints on watercolor paper; die-cut it into a variety of star sizes; and anchored most of those stars, throughout the page, with yellow-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  A couple were popped up with foam tape.  A quartet of prints, from several different collections, were anchored, with bright pink and aqua-threaded, straight stitches, behind where my photos, which were matted with white cardstock, would lie.  Both photos were then backed with a snippet of cheesecloth; and the left-side photo was additionally backed with a folded sheet of our Confetti Vellum, as well as a Dream Big Shipping Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow.
A "FUN TIMES" So Lovely Bingo card serves as my title.  It was backed with a striped Currently Journaling Card and topped with a Happy Ticket; "Be happy" June 2017 Freebie Die Cut, popped up with foam tape; My Life Flair Button; and Walk in the Park Die-Cut pennant, laced with white string...
to anchor the June 2017 Freebie Die-Cut balloon, popped up with foam tape.
A couple of labels house my stamped, in Jet Black ink, dates.  The bright pink one, as well as the black ampersand between the two, come from that same June 2017 Freebie Die Cut package mentioned twice already above; and the yellow one is a cut-apart My Everyday Picnic Label.
A "Hooray" foam phrase Thicker and my journaling ground the photos.  The journaling reads, Beginning and ending the school year right with a celebratory dinner @ Red Robin.
And a couple strips of patterned prints already used elsewhere on the page, both of which were anchored with machine-stitching, as well as a Park Bench Cut-Apart banner; Walk in the Park Die-Cut scallop; and another Happy Ticket, popped up with foam tape, ground the entire design.  Lots of pink and gold puffy and sequin stars, the latter of which come from our Baby Avery Yellow Confetti Mix, complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Stuck?! Sketches' August 1st Challenge.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a terrific Tuesday, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Blast Off (Market Street Stamps); date (Qwikmark) Paper: white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); Beautiful Day: 6x8 Paper Pack; Dream Big: Start Today 8x8 & Shine from Within 8x8; Here Comes the Sun: Confetti Vellum 8x8 & Gold Metallic Stars 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: bright pink, aqua, & yellow (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Vivid Pink & Sunshine Yellow acrylic paints (Anita's); Paradise acrylic paint (Delta Creative); cheesecloth (Dritz); Skyler foam phrase Thickers (American Crafts); pink & gold puffy star stickers (Freckled Fawn); Clear Cut Stackers: Stars dies (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); white string (Hobby Lobby); Beautiful Day: So Lovely Bingo, Happy Tickets, My Life Flair Button, Walk in the Park Die Cuts, Currently Journaling Card, Park Bench Cut-Apart, & My Everyday Picnic Label; Dream Big: Dream Big Shipping Tag; Baby Claire & Jack: Baby Avery Yellow Confetti Mix; June 2017 Freebies (PLS)

Pretty Little Studio: HB2U

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Evening, y'all!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, playing with one of our newer collections, Dream Big, and some pics of my niece, celebrating her 9th birthday.  I'd love to share the result of that with you all here, too.  Enjoy!
I started this page by anchoring lengths of the Imagine and Shine prints, along the vertical left side of my 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  I then applied a little gesso over them to prevent the aqua and pink, watercolor puddles, that I created next, from absorbing into the prints too much.  A few stitched blooms, which were later embellished with Crystal 4mm Sequins, were then stamped, in Jet Black ink, throughout the design; before everything was splattered with aqua, pink, teal, and yellow watercolors, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  That set the foundation for my photos, which were matted with white cardstock; trimmed, along their combined left side, with a Cameo-cut, from textured, white cardstock, scallop edge; and adhered, in their present positions, over a trio of prints, not to mention the hand-cut, Stay Awesome arrow, all anchored with more silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching.
A couple of Cameo-cut, from textured, white cardstock, blooms, both of which were grounded with color-coordinating buttons, laced with white string, flank my photo column.  One can be seen above, peeking out from behind the Olivia Vintage Die Cut, which I popped up with foam tape.  A "dream big" Hello There Word Flag, was tucked in just behind her bouquet.
Another Cameo-cut bloom can be found in a cluster with a "hello" Love You Sticker, adhered to white cardstock, hand-cut out, and popped up with foam tape; Courage Flair Button, embellished with a length of white string, tied in a bow; and a trio of So Sweet Word Die Cut flowers, which you'll find scattered throughout the design, popped up with foam tape.
The "HB2U" title was made from Polka ABC Die Cuts, partially overlaid with the Love Clear Word Art and embellished with a Beautiful Bookmark Journaling Card butterfly.
A quartet of So Sweet Word Die Cuts, a couple of which were popped up with foam tape, trail down the right side of the page over another hand-cut section of that Stay Awesome print...
and a little bit of journaling, along with a stamped, in Jet Black ink, "HAPPY DAY APR 12 2009" date, completes the look.  My journaling reads, It's always such an honor getting to be with you as you celebrate your big day.  Happy birthday, beautiful!
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit!  Have a wonderful rest of your week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: In Stitches (Skipping Stones Design); date (Dear Lizzy) Paper: white (Paper Studio); textured white (Bazzill); watercolor (Master's Touch); Dream Big: Stay Awesome 8x8, Imagine 8x8, Hello You 8x8, No Regrets 8x8, Perfect Dream 8x8, & Shine 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); gesso (O'Leary Paints); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); white string (Hobby Lobby); buttons (Buttons Galore & More); June cut file (Hip Kit Club); Cameo (Silhouette); Dream Big: Beautiful Bookmark Journaling Cards, Courage Flair Button, Polka ABC Die Cuts, Hello There Word Flag, & So Sweet Word Die Cuts; Summer Vibes: Crystal 4mm Sequins; With All My Heart: Love You Sticker; Love Clear Word Art & Olivia Vintage Die Cut (PLS)