The Studio Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Morning, friends!  We've got another new challenge up, for you all, over in The Studio.  It's a Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge to simply use any line from the board below and include those items in your layout.  I've chosen the diagonal of wood, thread, and twine.  Most of what you see here came from Citrus Twist's September and October Main Kits, which included lots from Maggie Holmes' Gather Collection and some fabulous die cuts from Indigo Hills by Pinkfresh.  I absolutely adore all the blues!
I started this page by placing a piece of watercolor paper, at an angle, over a corner of a black, polka dot print and securing it with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  I then added washes of blue/aqua watercolor behind where my photos would lie.  A few strategically stamped, in Jet Black ink, flowers prep the page for a little splattering using the same watercolors mentioned above, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  Both of my groupings were then grounded with a number of hand-cut prints, anchored with more gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, as well as the Infinity Hearts cut file from Just Nick, which I Cameo-cut from Night of Navy cardstock.  After arranging my photos, which were matted with white cardstock, I grounded the entire design with my "BATHROOM Magic" title, created from Dear chipboard Thickers and a "Magic" die cut...
as well as a couple of stamped, in Jet Black ink, phrases and a bit of hand-penned journaling, potty training - July 2010.
Just above that, not to mention the die-cut, scallop strip, which I snuck under both bottom photos, I created a grouping consisting of a "lovely", circle die cut; cork, glitter heart; "SWEET" flair button, backed with a tangle of gold thread; "Always", veneer heart; and a couple of floral die cuts, popped up with foam tape.
A couple of tags, one of which was laced with blue twine, tied in a bow, and the other of which was laced with white string, tied in a bow, and embellished with a snippet of ivory lace, were tucked under the combined top edge of those same photos.  A pink ticket and floral die cut, dressed up with a button, laced with white string...
turn our attention to the upper grouping with its "THE LITTLE THINGS ARE OFTEN THE BIGGEST THINGS" and "All smiles here" die cuts.  The latter was backed with another tangle of gold thread.  A couple more veneer hearts flank the two...
and "THIS MAKES ME SMILE" and "Remember" die cuts, not to mention a playful scattering of blue sequins, complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Stuck?! Sketches' October 1st Challenge.
Here's your Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge board to get you off and running in the right direction.
You have until Sunday, November 6, 2016, to link up your takes, on this Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge and/or our October Sketch Challenge, in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of my talented team was inspired.  We've got a trio of talented new designers sharing their debut pages, for The Studio, with this challenge, too.  So, please be sure to stop by the blog and give them a warm welcome.  Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit!  Have a blessed week, friends!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Little Flowers (SU!); "happened this week" & "learn new things" (Citrus Twist) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Night of Navy (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch); aqua weave (Dear Lizzy); black polka dot, pink bird, & blue sheet music (Maggie Holmes) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Infinity Hearts cut file (Just Nick); Cameo (Silhouette); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); white string (Hobby Lobby); "THIS MAKES ME SMILE", "THE LITTLE THINGS ARE OFTEN THE BIGGEST THINGS", & pink ticket die cuts & blue floral tag (Maggie Holmes); blue "HOLD" tag & black scallop (Dear Lizzy); "All smiles here", "Remember" flag, "Magic", floral, & "lovely" die cuts (Pinkfresh); wood veneer hearts (Cocoa Vanilla); cork glitter sticker (Pink Paislee); Dear chipboard Thickers (American Crafts); button, sequins, lace, & blue twine (Citrus Twist)

Creative Scrappers October Sponsor

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Welcome to the weekend, y'all!  I just wanted to stop in, while you might have some weekend scrapping going on, to remind you all of Creative Scrappers' October Sketch #299.  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.
This month's sponsor is Cocoa Vanilla.
Don't forget to share your pages, on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Pinterest, with the tag #CreatingWithSketches.  We'd also love for you to add them to the inlinkz found at the challenge links above and below; and Kristine will announce a random winner, of the Cocoa Vanilla prize, on Monday, October 31, 2016.  Be sure to check out all the amazing inspiration from the Creative Scrappers Design Team, as well as the Cocoa Vanilla Design Team, too.

Kristine has also added 25 new cut files to the Creative Scrappers Etsy Shop and is currently offering 10% off with coupon code Creative10.  Woohoo!  Go pick some up today, and make your weekends creative ones!  Hugs!

PLS Pinterest Inspired: Together

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Morning, friends!  I hope you all had wonderful weekends!  Ours was busy from the get-go.  Plus, my little bear came down with a fever, which kept me home, caring for him, for most of it.  I think he really enjoyed and, even more than that, needed the one-on-one time, though.  Anyway, I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, sharing a page inspired by the open windows, leaves, and fall colors of the pin below.  I had such fun playing with Ashley Horton's fabulous, debut Oakley Avenue Collection for this one.  Enjoy!
I started this page by watercoloring a background of blues and yellows onto a piece of 12x12 watercolor paper.  I then stamped a number of leaves, trailing throughout the design, in More Mustard and Coastal Cabana inks.
All of the Polaroid frames, from the Weathered Frames package, were used to highlight the Leaf Love and Crisp Air prints, which were cut in the form of rectangles and anchored, long sides together, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  After splattering everything with more of the same watercolors used previously, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints, those same prints were topped with a folded portion of our Cross My Heart Gold Metallic Vellum, as well as a couple sheets of white tissue paper and my photo itself, which was matted with white cardstock.  An Orchard Words "together" die cut serves as my title; and a Hello Fall Cut-Apart "OCTOBER" was tucked in, among the frames, near the top of the page.
A trio of Fall Faves Die-Cut pies provide a bit of movement to the entire design.  One pie was dressed up with a fussy-cut, from our Pretty Poppies print, bloom, which was popped up with foam tape and used to anchor the left side of a Pumpkin Mini Words "today".  A couple of Fall Words Stickers, as well as a stamped, in Jet Black ink, "Adventures" round out the top right corner.
A manila tag, laced with Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, was tucked under the left side of my photo and topped with another hand-cut bloom, as well as a Weathered Frames "I {heart} fall" die cut, which I popped up with foam tape.
Opposite the tag, you'll find a quartet of Gold Metallic Number Die Cuts, which were used to spell out the year my photo was taken and topped with a Weathered Frames arrow.
The bottom right corner of my photo was dressed up with a couple more of those hand-cut blooms, as well as a Foxy Fall Flair button, backed with a tangle of gold thread.
Another Pumpkin Mini Word, as well as a "FEELING FALLISH" die cut and stamped, in Jet Black ink, "Life", not to mention the scattering of perfectly-color-matched Seaspray 4mm Sequins, completes the look.
I'm linking this one up to Picture This!'s October 1st Challenge (layers + fussy cutting + 1 photo).  I'm also hoping to share those Branson pics later this week; but I've been keeping super busy with my kiddos' various activities and homeschooling itself, so it may be a little quiet around here this week.  I do have a number of creative posts coming your way next week, though.  So, if you don't hear from me until then, know that all is well and that I'll be back soon.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Season of Thanks (Wplus9); Calendar Stamp Set (Precious Remembrance) Paper: white (Paper Studio); tissue (unknown); watercolor (Master's Touch); Oakley Avenue: Pretty Poppies 8x8, Leaf Love 8x8, Crisp Air 8x8, & Cross My Heart Gold Metallic Vellum 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black & Wild Honey (Ranger); More Mustard & Coastal Cabana (SU!) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); watercolors (Kuretake); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); manila tag (Paper Studio); lattice stencil (Jenni Bowlin); Oakley Avenue: Hello Fall Cut-Aparts, Orchard Words Die Cuts, Foxy Fall Flair, Weathered Frames, Pumpkin Mini Words, Fall Words Stickers, Fall Faves Die Cuts, & Feelin' Fallish Die Cuts, Summer Vibes: Seaspray 4mm Sequins, & Here Comes the Sun: Gold Metallic Number Die Cuts (PLS)

PLS Thursday Tip: Happy Birthday

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Hey, y'all!  I'm up again on the Pretty Little Studio blog with a tip for the week.  I thought that I'd share that tip through a cute card I made for my nephew, who just celebrated his first birthday last week, using our Rocky Road Vintage Die Cut as the focal.
I started this card by piecing, from top to bottom, strips of our Blue Sky, Wax Flower, and Pink Lemonade prints onto the white, cardstock, card face.  I then masked off the base itself and splattered everything with a little Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints, before securing those prints with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  A die-cut, vellum tag softens the center of the design and provides a landing pad for Rocky, who was popped up with foam tape.
Baby Word Stickers were used to create the "happy birthday little boy" title; and I stamped a little "roar!", with Jet Black ink, just for fun, above it.
A scattering of Ocean Blue Confetti and Crystal 4mm Sequins keeps your eye moving throughout the design and adds a little more party atmosphere.  I then wanted to bring a bit more presence to the vellum tag.  So, I had some fun doodling along its bottom, scalloped edge...
and topped it with a length of white seam binding ribbon, tied in a double bow and embellished with a black, chevron, ribbon bow, as well as a wood veneer button, laced with white string, tied in a bow.
This is where my Tip of the Week comes into play.  You may have noticed that I like to use string, Baker's twine, hemp twine, etc. to add texture, dimension, and movement to my paper projects.  To ensure that my layouts stay preserved for generations to come and that my cards arrive in the same condition they appear here on my blog, I use a little liquid glue, not only to adhere their centers in place, but also to tack down their ends.  Those teeny knots I tie, to keep the ends from fraying, make the perfect, hidden, landing spots for the glue.  My glue of choice is Ranger Multi Medium Matte with a ScraPerfect Small No-Clog Writing Cap.  For an even quicker dry, I use a dab of Ranger Glossy Accents with a ScraPerfect Medium No-Clog Writing Cap.

I have to admit that I really struggled with where to go with this tip-giving business.  So, I hope this one helps; and if there's something, on my projects, that catches your eye and makes you wonder, "How did she do that?", I'd love to hear from you.  Leave a comment below, and I'll try to answer those questions directly and/or in future Thursday Tip posts.  Thanks, as always, for stopping by!  Have a blessed day, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Leaping Lions (Reverse Confetti) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); Marigold: Wax Flower 8x8, Woodland: Blue Sky 8x8, & Here Comes the Sun: Pink Lemonade 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Gift Card Holder Tag die (Reverse Confetti); Big Shot (Sizzix); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); black chevron ribbon (Maya Road); wood veneer button (Jenni Bowlin); white string (Hobby Lobby); Treasure Island: Ocean Blue Confetti, Hello Heather Summer Vibes: Crystal 4mm Sequins, Baby Claire & Jack: Baby Word Stickers, & Rocky Road Vintage Die Cut (PLS)

Poppystamps: Merry and Bright

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Morning, y'all!  I'm up on the Poppystamps blog today, sharing a card, boasting a colorful winter background, created with Distress Inks.
I started this card by inking a piece of white cardstock, from bottom to top, with Spun Sugar, Dusty Concord, Tumbled Glass, and Faded Jeans Distress Inks, blending each layer of color into the next.  I then grounded the colors with die-cut, from more white cardstock, Stitched Hills.  The "may your days be MERRY and BRIGHT" sentiment was white-embossed just above those hills, near the right edge of the prepped piece...
before creating the rest of the winter scene.  The Trim Tree and Prancing Deer were die-cut from Crumb Cake and Baked Brown Sugar cardstocks respectively; and one of the deer was dressed up with a simple, red, gemstone nose.
I then splattered everything with Titanium White acrylic paint and couldn't resist covering those snowy hills in glitter.  Once everything was dry, I anchored the entire piece, to a white, cardstock, card face, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching and wrapped up its top edge with a length of Baker's Twine, tied in a bow.
I'll be back tomorrow with a simple Thursday Tip for Pretty Little Studio.  Until then, thanks so much for humbling me with a visit!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Christmas Greetings (Poppystamps) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Baked Brown Sugar & Crumb Cake (SU!) Ink: Spun Sugar, Dusty Concord, Tumbled Glass, & Faded Jeans Distress Inks (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); Titanium White acrylic paint (FolkArt); gemstone (Paper Studio); white embossing powder (Zig); Big Shot (Sizzix); Prancing Deer, Stitched Hills, & Trim Tree dies (Poppystamps)