Pretty Little Studio: Lovebirds

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hey, y'all!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, sharing a little more of what Claudia van Rooijen's new With All My Heart Collection can do.  In sticking with its love theme, I used a few of my favorite photographs from my cousin, Chris, and his beautiful bride, Betsy's, wedding nearly five years ago now.  So, let's just get started.  Shall we?
I started this page by adding a few puddles of pink and aqua watercolors, allowing them to blend into one another, to the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page.  I then splattered it with those same shades of watercolor, as well as a little yellow watercolor and Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  Once everything was dry, I used a doily stencil to add some texture, behind where my photos and embellishments would eventually lie, with modeling paste.  Once again, I allowed everything to dry before anchoring four circles, from Blooming Hearts' Metallic Clear Secret Garden paper, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches, over portions of those modeling paste doilies.  I then began building the design around the photos, which were all matted with white cardstock, beginning in the bottom right corner with the newlyweds themselves.  This photo was backed with both a square of our All I Need print, as well as the center of a Precious print, heart die cut, leftover from my last Pretty Little Studio project, anchored with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  A large Floral Bouquet Die Cut was tucked between the two...
and a couple of My Heart Cut Apart Flags ground the "lovebirds" title itself, which was created from a Lovebird Word Die Cut, popped up with foam tape.
Moving clockwise, I backed the next photo with a piece of our So Lucky print, anchored with more gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, as well as a My Heart 3x4 Journaling Card.  It also had a Flutter Tab, which I used to record the April 21, 2012 date, stapled to its top right corner and a dainty Floral Bouquet Die Cut, popped up with foam tape, near its top left.
A Makes Me Smile Die Cut, embellished with a simple button, laced with white string, and a couple of Lovebird Word Die Cut phrases, popped up with foam tape...
turn our attention to the top photo of my grandfather, which was backed with a square of our Together print, once again, anchored with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  Its bottom left corner was embellished with a Sweetheart Shipping Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, as well as a couple more Floral Bouquet Die Cuts.
Even more Floral Bouquet Die Cuts, along with an XOXO Flair Button, backed with a tangle of gold thread, dress up the top right corner.
I took the fourth and final photo to remember that my uncle officiated the wedding.  It was backed with both a folded strip of our Adore You Pink Vellum and a You & Me Bracket and dressed up with another Lovebird Word Die Cut phrase, popped up with foam tape...
and a Cherish Die Cut, stapled to the bottom right corner of the photograph, to complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Stuck?! Sketches' March 1st Challenge...
and Scrap Our Stash's March Tic Tac Toe Stash Challenge.  I used striped paper, gold, and flair for a tic tac toe vertically down the center of the board.
Thanks, once again, for humbling me with a visit!  Have a blessed weekend, friends!  Oh, and just in case you have some shopping to do, dive in!
{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Recollections); watercolor (Master's Touch); With All My Heart: Precious 8x8, So Lucky 8x8, All I Need 8x8, Together 8x8, & Adore You Pink Vellum 8x8 & Blooming Hearts: Metallic Clear Secret Garden 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Today Was Good cut file (Hip Kit Club); Cameo (Silhouette); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); staples & stapler (office supply store); white string (Hobby Lobby); button (Buttons Galore & More); watercolors (Kuretake); modeling paste (Liquitex); doily stencil (Prima); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); circle template (Fiskars); With All My Heart: You & Me Bracket, Floral Bouquet Die Cuts, Flutter Tab, My Heart Cut Apart Flags, My Heart 3x4 Journaling Card, Sweetheart Shipping Tag, Cherish Die Cuts, Lovebird Word Die Cuts, XOXO Flair Button, & Makes Me Smile Die Cut (PLS)

Poppystamps: Share the Love

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Morning, y'all!  I'm so excited to be up on the Poppystamps blog this morning, sharing a card, highlighting one of our new, Spring 2017 Release dies, Butterfly Trio, and Birch Press Design's gorgeous, Watercolor Wildflowers stamp set.  Enjoy!
I started this card by stamping the floral images, from the Watercolor Wildflowers stamp set, in layers of Tumbled Glass, Broken China, and Dusty Concord Distress Inks, as well as Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks, on watercolor paper.  Their stems were stamped in Peeled Paint Distress Inks, before everything was spritzed with a little water to blend and soften the colors.  Once it was dry, I splattered some of the same ink colors used above, along with Pure Black acrylic paint, across the background.  Everything was then sprayed with a Pearl mist, which I know isn't showing up in these photos, just for a little shimmer and shine.
The bottom center of the prepped piece was then stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "share the love" sentiment, from our Be Mine Penguins stamp set, before framing it with both Elegant Eggplant cardstock and gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.
It was then popped off the surface of the white, cardstock, card face with foam tape.  The Stitched Butterfly Trio was die-cut from vellum.  The larger two butterflies were layered one on top of the other; and all three were adhered, within the scene, just at their centers, in order to give their wings lift and studded with black pearls to complete the look.
Thanks so much for visiting!  Have a terrific Tuesday, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Be Mine Penguins (Poppystamps); Watercolor Wildflowers (Birch Press Design) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); Elegant Eggplant (SU!); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, & Dusty Concord Distress Inks & Jet Black (Ranger) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); black pearls (Want 2 Scrap); Pearl mist (Art Anthology); Pure Black acrylic paint (FolkArt); Big Shot (Sizzix); Stitched Butterfly Trio craft die (Poppystamps)

February Recognition

Friday, March 17, 2017

TGIF!  We've just wrapped up another nine weeks of school and have only one more to go, before we call it quits for the summer.  So, we're having a little, Spring Break celebration in our neck of the woods; but before we delve too far into that, especially since a few of us are under the weather and not up to much partying, I'm honored to share a couple of February recognitions.  This page made the February Theme - Snow lineup over at Scrapbook Campus...
and this card was named one of Cupcake Inspirations' Challenge 393 Sweet Seven.  Thank you to all those who had a hand in such!  I'm truly honored!
And thank you, to all of you, once again, for just being YOU!  Have a wonderful weekend, friends!  Mwah!

Giveaways & More

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Afternoon, friends!  I just wanted to pop in to share a number of giveaways going on for a few of the teams I'm so blessed to serve.  Ashley Horton is giving away a little something from her brand spankin' new Ain't Life Grand Collection from Pretty Little Studio.  Just leave a comment, on this post, telling her your favorite item(s) from the collection.
Creative Scrappers is having a giveaway sponsored by Spiegelmom Scraps.  Winner will be announced tomorrow, so don't waste any time.
We're also halfway through the month with Sketch #304, and we'd love to have you play along!
You can find all the details, closeup shots, and supplies used in the making of my interpretation here.
And finally, the Spring Blog Blitz, showcasing lots of amazing, new dies from the Spring 2017 Release, is still going on over at Poppystamps.  You have until this coming Tuesday, March 21, 2017, to comment for your chance to win one of the dies being given away EVERY DAY on the blog.  I'm giving away the Snowy Mountaintops craft die.  Just leave a comment, on this post, for your chance to win it.  Winners will be announced, on the Poppystamps blog, the following Saturday, March 25, 2017.
That covers things for now, folks.  I'm off to make sure my kiddos aren't hurting one another.  Gotta love free time!  Thanks for stopping by, and good luck with all the giveaways.  Hugs!

PLS Pinterest Inspired: You Have My Heart

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Morning, friends!  I trust you've all had a great start to the work weeks.  Ours has been a little chaotic, but that's beginning to be more the norm than the exception in my life.  I just need a little time to relax and unwind.  I'm hoping that can happen, when we take our Spring Break, here in just a few days; but until then, I've been using my nights, since my days are filled with that chaos alluded to above, to work on a number of projects featuring Claudia van Rooijen's new With All My Heart Collection.  I'm so excited to be showcasing one of them on the Pretty Little Studio blog this morning.  Enjoy!
I started this page by adding a few watercolor puddles and speckles to a 12" x 12", watercolor paper, base page.  I then used a number of delicious prints from the collection, including strips of Pink Adore You Vellum and Gold Metallic You & Me paper, to frame and surround each element.  Some of those papers, including a My Heart 3x4 Journaling Card, which I used as my "you have my heart" title, were even anchored with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, before everything was splattered with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.
Moving clockwise, you'll find my photo, which was matted with white cardstock; backed with a Cambridge 4" Doily; and surrounded with a Cameo-cut, from Precious paper, heart.  I also stapled a Cherish Die Cut tab to its top right edge...
and grounded it with another My Heart 3x4 Journaling Card, which I used to house my journaling, along with a number of Love Story Word Stickers.  It reads, This photograph of you & me was taken @ one of the most exciting times in my life.  We were celebrating Jana & Corey's marriage; & I was leaving for CO, to take my dream job, the next morning.  We were so in love.  You're my world.  But I wasn't going to be the girl who gave it all up to have us not work out.  I had & still have faith in us.  You have my heart.
A We Belong Together Gold Metallic 3x4 Journaling Card, from our other new Blooming Hearts Collection, which you'll see lots more of, from me, in the near future, backs a You & Me Bracket Die Cut in the bottom left corner.  The latter was then topped with a Yellow Rose Vintage Die Cut, surrounded by a Flutter Frame + Tab Die Cut and embellished with an XOXO Flair Button, backed with a tangle of gold thread, and a Cherish Die Cut label, used to house my July 29, 2000, date and an "on this day" Love Story Word Sticker.
A Sweetheart Shipping Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, and topped with a pink button, laced with white string, as well as a Sweetheart Mini Cut-Apart Word, secured with a staple...
and sprinkling of My Favorite and Love You Sticker flowers complete the look.
And here's the pinterest photo that inspired me to use this collection, in particular, to showcase one of my favorite photos of my hubby and I, long before we were such.  I was also drawn to throw in lots of that scrumptious aqua color, as well as one of Claudia's hallmark, watercolor hearts in the form of the XOXO Flair Button.
Thanks so much for visiting me!  Have a terrific Tuesday!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Very Vintage Florals (Wplus9) Paper: white (Recollections); watercolor (Master's Touch); With All My Heart: Gold Metallic You & Me 8x8, Precious 8x8, So Lucky 8x8, You & Me 8x8, & Pink Adore You Vellum 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); button (Buttons Galore & More); Today Was Good cut file (Hip Kit Club); Cameo (Silhouette); white string (Hobby Lobby); staples & stapler (office supply store); With All My Heart: Sweetheart Mini Word, Sweetheart Shipping Tags, You & Me Bracket Die Cuts, XOXO Flair Button, Love Story Word Stickers, Cherish Die Cuts, Flutter Frame + Tab, My Favorite Stickers, Love You Stickers, Yellow Rose Vintage Die Cut, & My Heart 3x4 Journaling Cards, Blooming Hearts: We Belong Together 3x4 Journaling Card, & You & Me: Cambridge 4" Doily (PLS)