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)