For the Love of Books

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Morning, book lovers!  Just stopping in to share this month's For the Love of Books pick.  This one was a recent, random pick from the shelves of our local library but quickly became a must-have for our home library shelves.  Its clever illustrations tell a story all their own and are sure to capture the attention of young and old readers alike, despite the book's target age of six to ten years.
The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School, written by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Ard Hoyt, tells the story of Zoe Fleefenbacher, who "had one blue eye and one green eye and bright red hair that [not only] went on... forever," but also had a mind of its own.  By three years of age, Zoe's "hair could turn on the TV, pour a glass of juice, pet the cat, and play on the computer," all while Zoe napped; and by the time she turned four, it had learned to fly.  Her kindergarten teacher put it to work for her, picking up trash, erasing the board, and even setting the table at snack time.  But Zoe's first grade teacher, Ms. Trisk, said, "School has rules.  No wild hair in my class!"  This stance made Zoe's hair act out in frustration.  To no avail, Zoe tried to tame it with a ponytail and braids.  Then, she "tried scrunchies, barrettes, clips, headbands, rubber bands, bobby pins, and duct tape - all at the same time.  It worked!" but Zoe "felt like all the rules in the world were sitting on top of her head."  Will Ms. Trisk ever learn the value of Zoe's handy, helpful, amazing hair and give it a place in first grade?

I just love this book's emphasis on the importance of learning to embrace one another's differences and work together to accomplish our goals.  What a great book to share any time of the year!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Happy reading, friends!

PLS Pinterest Inspired: Grade 3 Memories

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Morning, friends!  I'm up again on the Pretty Little Studio blog, sharing a page inspired by one of our September Pinterest Photos below.  I was drawn to the striking, black and white palette, with its pops of scrumptious greens and yellows, in the room design below, not to mention the trio of photos hung on the wall, and let it lead the way to this.
I started this page by using Creative Scrapper's Boxed In cut file to Cameo-cut the pattern from textured, white cardstock.  That same cut file was used to cut a number of the shapes from a variety of different black and white prints.  I then nestled them into the original cut-outs; smudged Key Lime Glimmer Mist, onto the page, behind where my photos, which were matted with white cardstock, would eventually lie; and anchored a number of colorful prints, over that, with black-threaded, straight, machine stitching, before splattering everything with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.
Both Chrysanthemum and Salt Lake Clear Shipping Tags were tied up with white string and tucked behind the top center of my photo strip.  They were then embellished with a Catmint Tab, which I used to stamp my "JAN 12 2012" date in Jet Black ink; All Day Flair Button, backed with a tangle of black thread...
and a gold metallic word bubble, stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "you're DOG-GONE awesome" phrase and popped up with foam tape.
The darling, little pup was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on watercolor paper; watercolored; hand-cut out; embellished with a Basic Black cardstock, die-cut bow; and popped up with more foam tape.  A hand-cut Camellia Phrase Strip was then tucked under its left side.
The opposite diagonal corner was embellished with a simple gold metallic arrow, secured with a couple of staples.
I then created my "GRADE 3 memories" title with Gold Metallic Number Die Cuts and a chipboard "memories", which I painted with Pure Black acrylic paint; grounded with a Bonjour Die Cut; and embellished with a scattering of Baby Avery Yellow Confetti Mix and gold metallic stars, which can be found throughout the design...
not to mention a happy collection of die-cut and sticker phrases.
My son's name was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a hand-cut, vellum pennant and tucked into the title itself to complete the look.  My dear blog friend, Julie Tucker-Wolek, surprised me with the Concord & 9th, Sophisticated Script stamp set used here just last week.  Gosh, I love it to bits!  Thank you again and again, Julie!  You truly are simply amazing ;).
Thanks, as always, for visiting, folks!  Have a terrific Tuesday!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Furry Friends (Avery Elle); Sophisticated Script (Concord & 9th); date (Dear Lizzy) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); Basic Black (SU!); white textured (Bazill); Here Comes the Sun: Sunrise 8x8, Summer Night 8x8, Flowers 8x8 Vellum, & Confetti 8x8 Vellum, Marigold: Dahlia 8x8 & Wax Flower 8x8, Let's Go: Amsterdam 8x8, Hello Heather Here + There: Night Stroll 8x8, & Hello Heather Summer Vibes: Love Summer 8x8 & Sundress Lime 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark): sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Boxed In cut file (Creative Scrappers); Cameo (Silhouette); "memories" chipboard (A2Z); Key Lime Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); white string (Hobby Lobby); staples & stapler (office supply store); String Ribbon Bow die (Poppystamps); Big Shot (Sizzix); watercolors (Kuretake); Here Comes the Sun: Gold Metallic A to Z Die Cuts, Gold Metallic Number Die Cuts, & Think Positive Stickers, Marigold: Camellia Phrase Strips, Chrysanthemum Shipping Tags, & Catmint Tabs, Let's Go: Salt Lake Clear Shipping Tags, Hello Heather Here + There: Bonjour Die Cuts, Hello Heather Summer Vibes: All Day Flair Buttons, Woodland: Bloom Word Die Cuts, & Baby Claire & Jack: Baby Avery Yellow Confetti Mix (PLS)

The Studio Watercolor Challenge

Sunday, September 25, 2016


Morning, y'all!  We've got a brand new challenge up, over in The Studio, for you all.  We're looking for your use of watercolors this go around.  My hubby surprised me with a set of Kuretake's Gansai Tambi Watercolors last fall, and I haven't been able to put them down since.  I love them so!  The soft colors, that I used for my background wash here, show up much better in real life.  I also added them to those bitty stamped flowers for a little more interest with the perfect color match.  I had so many beautiful pics of this special day for Adina, that I couldn't possibly even get them into a two-pager.  So, my pocket pages came to the rescue for the overflow.  Shall we get started?
I began this page by watercoloring two 12x12 sheets of watercolor paper behind where my photos, which were matted with white cardstock, would eventually lie.  I then anchored both the houndstooth and houses prints, stretching across both pages, with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches; stamped a bunch of bitty blooms in Jet Black ink; and splattered everything with those same shades of watercolor mentioned above, as well as yellow and pink watercolors and Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  Once everything was dry, I trimmed the bottom edge of those stitched prints with hand-cut, from a patterned paper, scallops.
That sets the stage.  Now, let's get a little more up close and personal, beginning with the left side of the page.

The top of my photos was dressed up with a cluster of acetate, die-cut, and wood veneer blooms and leaves, some of which were popped up with foam tape.  I also tossed a number of the previously-mentioned, stamped, in Jet Black ink, on punched, watercolor paper cut-outs and watercolored flowers throughout; topped it with a "REAL life" chipboard circle...
and sandwiched it between "best day" and "#rememberthis" ephemera (The latter of which was used to etch my 10/12/12 date.) on the right...
and a number of hand-cut and sticker phrases on the left.
An acetate ballerina has another one of those stamped and watercolored flowers tied around her waist with a length of twine, tied in a bow.
A bit more of that houndstooth print, as well as a mustard, triangle print, were then secured, with more black-threaded, straight, machine stitching, to the top of the page and carried over to the right side of the design.
An acetate, "gather memories" wreath serves as my title.  It was grounded with black, puffy letter Thickers, used to spell the word, which was repeated with Cameo-cut, Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock, "dance" and dressed up with more wood veneer and stamped/watercolored blooms.
A couple of tags, laced with twine, fill the space between photographs.
One of those tags was dress up with a wood veneer, "love YOU" phrase and an "XO" cut-apart.
Just to the right of both tags, you'll see another of those cut-apart phrases, as well as one of the two sticker phrases found on this side of the design...
and a floral cluster, with all the same ingredients as the one from the left side of the design, not to mention a number of aqua, enamel stars scattered across both pages, completes the look.
You have until Sunday, October 9, 2016, to link up your takes, on today's Watercolor Challenge and/or our previous, September Frames Challenge, in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  I can't wait to see what you all cook up!  Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of the team was inspired.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Petite Petals & Little Flowers (SU!) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Crisp Cantaloupe (SU!); mustard triangles, multicolored houses, pink houndstooth, & black scallop (Crate Paper); watercolor (Master's Touch) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); acetate & paper ephemera pieces (Maggie Holmes); cut-apart phrases (Citrus Twist); mustard word stickers & chipboard bits (Pinkfresh for Citrus Twist); aqua enamel stars (Shimelle); wood veneer flowers & leaves (Cocoa Vanilla); Good Vibes Puffy Letter Thickers (Dear Lizzy); pink/green twine (Queen & Co.); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Dance Like No One Is Watching Layered Phrase cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); Petite Petals punch (SU!)

Pretty Little Studio: Baseball

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Hey, y'all!  Welcome to the weekend!  I'm up again on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, sharing a page that showcases pics of Ezekiel playing fall baseball about this same time last year.
I started this page by using my Cameo to cut the Three Gears cut file from a 12x12 piece of watercolor paper.  After backing each gear with its own print, I added a little blue watercolor to everything.  Once it was dry, I stamped a few strategically-placed stars in Jet Black ink and splattered everything with that same blue watercolor, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  I then placed my photos, which were matted with white cardstock, over a piece of Spiderweb vellum and sandwiched between a journaling card from the new Summer Vibes Collection...
and that darling Henry Vintage Die Cut.  Isn't he a doll?!
The "baseball" title was Cameo-cut from Brilliant Blue cardstock and placed over the Cameo-cut, from our Night Stroll print, "TODAY".  A Nature Word Flag Sticker helps to emphasize the whole theme of the page.  The title itself was topped with both a hand-cut, Camellia Phrase Strip, anchored with a Happy Journey Flair Button, and a Sunny Clear Word Art; and a happy mix of Spain Star Die Cuts and hand-cut, from our Metallic Big Silver Star print, stars dress up the entire design.
My photos were topped with a France Frame and Catmint Tab, which I used to etch my Sept. 9, 2015, date...
and grounded with a Lantana Cut Apart Label, to which I stabled a "happy" Bloom Word Die Cut, as well as a Salt Lake Clear Shipping Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow.  A little journaling, which reads, Every day is a good day for baseball; trio of phrase stickers...
scattering of Ocean Blue Confetti; and an All Day Flair Button, backed with a tangle of silver thread, complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Picture This' September Challenge: Wish Upon a Star.  Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit, friends!  Now, get out there and make your weekend a creative one.  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Birthday Celebration (Simon Says Stamp) Paper: Brilliant Blue (SU!); white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); Hello Heather Here + There: Night Stroll 8x8, Let's Go: Atlanta 8x8, Treasure Island: Jewel Archipelago 8x8, Marigold: Wax Flower 8x8, Gold Mine: Metallic Big Silver Star 8x8, & Woodland: Spiderweb Vellum 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); watercolors (Kuretake); Three Gears cut file (Kristine Davidson); Today Forever Always cut file (Just Nick); Cameo (Silhouette); staple & stapler (office supply store); white string (Hobby Lobby); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Hello Heather Summer Vibes: Let's Go Outside Journaling & All Day Flair Buttons, Let's Go: Salt Lake Clear Shipping Tags, France Frames, & Spain Star Die Cuts, Treasure Island: Ocean Blue Confetti & Happy Journey Flair, Marigold: Camellia Phrase Strips, Lantana Cut Apart Labels, & Catmint Tabs, Woodland: Bloom Word Die Cuts & Nature Word Flag Stickers, Baby Claire & Jack: Baby Words Stickers, Henry Vintage Die Cut, & Sunny Clear Word Art (PLS)

Poppystamps Sept. Blog Blitz: Season's Greetings

Friday, September 23, 2016

Afternoon, y'all!  I'm back, as promised in my earlier Poppystamps Blog Blitz: Merry Christmas post, on the Poppystamps blog today, sharing a card that's dressed for the Christmas season.
I started this card by watercoloring the space behind where the Ornament Tree die cut would eventually lie on a piece of watercolor paper.  I then splattered it with those same shades of green watercolor, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints, before framing it with both Lake House cardstock and gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  The tree itself was die-cut from white cardstock, and the "season's greetings" sentiment was stamped, in Jet Black ink, along its right edge.
A number of turquoise, red, and crystal buttons were sewn, using gold thread, into the nearly-solid white spaces on the tree; before it was popped off the surface, of the white, cardstock, card face, with foam tape.
Die-cut, Garden Green, cardstock  Pine Twigs, as well as a Real Red, cardstock Lovely Bow, which was coated in a healthy dose of Clear Wink of Stella, complete the look.
Be sure to check out all the Design Team's fabulous creations, showcasing goodies from the September Release, on the Poppystamps blog, every day through Tuesday, October 3, 2016.  And don't forget to leave lots of love as you visit, because a new, September Release product is being randomly given away on EACH AND EVERY Poppystamps' blog post.  You have until Friday, October 7, 2016, at 12 am EST, to do so.  Winners will be announced, on the Poppystamps blog, the following Monday, October 10, 2016.  I've got the stunning, Ornament Tree die, that you see in action above, to giveaway this afternoon.
That's it, from me, for this Blog Blitz; but there truly is so much left to see.  You simply don't want to miss out.  Have fun, and good luck with ALL the glorious prizes, friends!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Christmas Greetings (Poppystamps) Paper: White & Lake House (Wplus9); Real Red & Garden Green (SU!); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); watercolors (Kuretake); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Clear Wink of Stella (Zig); red & turquoise buttons (JoAnn Fabrics); large crystal button (SU!); small crystal button (unknown); Big Shot (Sizzix); Ornament Tree, Lovely Gift Bow, & Pine Twig dies (Poppystamps)