Poppystamps: Be Mine

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Hey, y'all!  I'm up on the Poppystamps blog today, sharing my hubby's Valentine.
I started his card by adding a little interest to the Pool Party, cardstock, card face, which had its bottom corners rounded, by rubbing Pumice Stone and Broken China Distress Inks through lattice and heart stencils respectively.  I then popped a white, cardstock Stitched Tunnel Tag up, just right of vertical center, with foam tape.  The tag itself was topped with a piece of watercolor paper, watercolored in shades of blue and speckled with those same watercolors, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  The watercolor piece was then stamped, in Jet Black ink, with a trio of hearts and topped with the die-cut, black, cardstock Playful Deer Collage, which I white-embossed with a "be mine" sentiment.  I have no idea why the black is photographing as though it is speckled with white spots.  I promise they aren't there in real life.  Grrr!  So frustrating!  Maybe I'd better take a closer look at my camera lens.  It's been keeping pretty busy lately.  Anyway, both the stamped hearts and sentiment came from our playful, Be Mine Penguins stamp set.
The completed tag was then laced with a length of hemp twine and embellished with a length of white, seam binding ribbon, tied in a double bow and dressed up with a sheer, turquoise, polka dot ribbon, tied in a bow, as well as a turquoise button, laced with a white, string bow.
Our Powell Butterfly, die-cut from Island Indigo cardstock and dressed up with a coat of Clear Wink of Stella, and a trio of wood veneer hearts complete the look.
It will most likely be a bit quiet around here over the next week.  I have a little time before my next DT assignment and will definitely be using such to try to get ahead on a number of projects coming down the line, especially now that basketball season is officially coming to a close.  But I look forward to being back with lots more creativity to share and will, without a doubt, be around to visiting a few of you in the meantime.  Anyway, I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Be Mine Penguins (Poppystamps) Paper: Pool Party & Island Indigo (SU!); white (Recollections); black (Bazzill); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: watermark (Versamark); Jet Black, Pumice Stone, & Broken China (Ranger) Other: foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers); lattice & heart stencils & wood veneer hearts (Jenni Bowlin); white seam binding ribbon (Hug Snug); sheer turquoise polka dot ribbon & white string (Hobby Lobby); hemp twine & button (SU!); Clear Wink of Stella (Zig); white embossing powder (Zing!); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Big Shot (Sizzix); Powell Butterfly, Playful Deer Collage, & Stitched Tunnel Tags craft dies (Poppystamps)

The Studio Sketch Challenge

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hey, y'all!  Just popping in with our first February challenge from The Studio.  We've got a playful sketch, based upon Vivian's take on last month's Mood Board Challenge, for you all, this go around.  Here's how I was inspired.
I started this page by applying a little gesso, to the busy, multicolored background, just to soften it and create a less penetrable surface for my watercolors.  After watercoloring and adding a little texture, through a punchinella stencil, with modeling paste, everything was splattered with more of those same watercolors, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  Once everything was dry, I began placing each element, beginning with the cut-apart "NOTES:" journaling prompt, which was stapled to the background and reads, Birthdays are so hard for me.  I hate being the center of attention & watching my family scramble to put something special together.  I don't really mind getting older, though.  Older is wiser & closer to the woman I delight in becoming... a woman who has taught her children to dream big & not to be afraid of failure; who can see true beauty even in the midst of difficulty; who is satisfied right where God has put her; whose friends & family don't doubt her love; and who doesn't doubt she's worth celebrating.
A bright, orange, puffy "delight" was stuck, vertically, along its left edge...
and an orange label, housing a hand-penned, Me @ 37 yrs. Jan. 22, 2015, and anchored, at its right edge, with a hand-cut, from patterned paper, butterfly, secured with messy, white-threaded, machine stitching, tops it.  A trio of stamped, in Jet Black ink, phrases were also added to the mix.
A "LIFE is lovely" cut-apart, which was used as my title, was secured, tucked under and just to the right of my journaling, with white-threaded, straight, machine stitching and embellished with a hand-cut, from a patterned print, butterfly, fastened with more messy, white-threaded, machine stitching.
A couple of Polaroids were tucked under the bottom right corner of the title piece, as well as the stack of machine-stitched prints found under my photo, which was matted with white cardstock.  I just love the way the banner die cut, which was popped up with foam tape, pulls all the colors and elements together perfectly.
I stamped a couple more phrases, just above a die-cut, scallop edge, which, along with the navy, starburst print, found along the bottom edge of the background print, anchors the entire design, and tucked a wax envelope, housing a manila tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, under the right side of the photo.
The tag itself reads, My poor, little bear has been having such a difficult time getting his teeth.  Thus, the reason for his swollen, red eyes.  BJ made my fave... Apple Crumb Cake.  Yum!
The opposite side of the photo was embellished with a white doily; a trio of stacked, butterfly die cuts, all anchored, down their combined center, with more messy, white-threaded, straight, machine stitching; and a couple of hand-cut pennants, popped up with foam tape.  A sprinkling of clear, sparkle sequins throughout completes the look.
Here is your February Sketch Challenge to get you off and scrapping in the right direction.
You have until Sunday, March 12, 2017, to link up your takes 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.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: all phrases (Citrus Twist) Paper: white (Recollections); teal polka dot (Maggie Holmes); pink speckled (Crate Paper); multicolored background, navy starburst, & mint triangles (Pink Paislee); yellow arrows (Citrus Twist) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); manila tag (Paper Studio); orange puffy "delight" (Fancy Pants); orange label (Pinkfresh for Citrus Twist); polka dot Polaroid, yellow butterfly die cut, yellow scallops, wax envelope, & clear sparkle sequins (Citrus Twist); teal & orange butterflies & banner die cuts (Cocoa Vanilla); "LIFE IS LOVELY", "NOTES:", green butterfly, & "CURRENTLY" & "REMEMBER THIS" phrase cut-aparts (1 Canoe 2); white string (Hobby Lobby); staple & stapler (office supply store); yellow polka dot butterfly & mint Polaroid (Crate Paper); gesso (O'Leary Paint); modeling paste (Liquitex); punchinella stencil (Prima); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt)

Poppystamps: Thank You for Your Kindness

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Morning, friends!  I'm up on the Poppystamps blog today, sharing a collection of thank yous I sent out for my birthday gifts last month.  Kansas seems to have completely forgotten how to produce snow, and winter really isn't much fun without such.  So, I'm willing the warm weather back with these springtime beauties.
Let's take a look up close and personal.  Shall we?
I started this card by die-cutting the Floral Stem Collage craft die from Coastal Cabana cardstock and its flower, in three layers thick, from Ballet Slippers cardstock.  I then anchored the center of the layered bloom with a soft yellow button, laced with white string; and embellished the petals with a sequin butterfly.
The "thank you for your kindness" sentiment was white-embossed, vertically, along the right edge of the die-cut window, which was backed with clear cardstock.
I then machine stitched a white-threaded, double, straight-stitch frame around the prepped piece's outside edges, before framing its backside with foam tape to house the shaker elements.  I couldn't decide whether I wanted to do a double or single, machine-stitched frame; and while the stitching does help anchor the clear cardstock to the backside of the window, a single layer is sufficient.  So, a few of the cards have only a single layer of such.
A piece of white cardstock was then adhered to the kraft, cardstock, card face, before adhering the window in place over a healthy dose of heart, Sparkling Clear, and Seaspray sequins, as well as silver seed beads and those sweet, little, white, cardstock, Bunny Hop die cuts.  I just love how cute these tiny die cuts look in a shaker!
Further inspiration for this collection came from Cupcake Inspirations' Challenge 393.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope to see you back here, on Sunday, for a new challenge from The Studio.  Until then, have a wonderful rest of your week!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Grateful Heart (Poppystamps) Paper: Coastal Cabana (SU!); Kraft & Ballet Slippers (Wplus9); white (Paper Studio); clear (unknown) Ink: watermark (VersaMark) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); buttons (JoAnn Fabrics); white string, heart sequins, & silver seed beads (Hobby Lobby); white embossing powder (Zing!); Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Summer Vibes: Seaspray Sequins (Pretty Little Studio); butterfly sequins (Maggie Holmes); Big Shot (Sizzix); Bunny Hop & Floral Stem Collage craft dies (Poppystamps)

Creative Scrappers February Reveal

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Morning, y'all!  We've got a super fun, new sketch up over at Creative Scrappers; and today, it's my turn to share my take on it.  I tapped into my January "Jameson" Citrus Twist Kit, once again, to bring this one to life.
I started this page by anchoring a number of colorful prints, in messy, horizontal lines, with white-threaded, straight and zig-zag, machine stitching.  I then splattered over everything with Purple Lilac, Pure Black, and Titanium White acrylic paints.  Once everything was dry, and my photos were matted with white cardstock and adhered as you see here, I tucked a little, woodgrain tag, laced with blue twine, tied in a bow, under the bottom photo's left side.  The tag itself was then topped with my "CELEBRATE you!" title, which was created from puffy, alphabet stickers and a Cameo-cut, from Almost Amethyst cardstock, and glittered "you!"
The center photo was backed with a bit of vellum for softness and texture, as well as a die-cut, floral Polaroid.  An "a bit of magic" die cut was tucked under its bottom left corner.
The top photo was sandwiched between a "1" ticket, which was stapled to its top corner, on the left...
and both hand-cut and die-cut pennants on the right.
I used all the triangles and flags, from the die-cut package that came with my "Jameson" Scrapbook Kit, to create the banner.  Each die-cut was popped up with foam tape; and little, white, string bows anchor either end.
A trio of die-cut, from Brilliant Blue, Daffodil Delight, and Pool Party cardstocks, balloons embellish the right center of the design.  I also tucked a cut-apart, Emporia, KS Jan. 31, '15, label in between the balloons.  Each balloon was given lots of shine with Glossy Accents and tied, with white string...
to a stamped in Jet Black ink, watercolored, and hand-cut elephant.  The elephant itself was popped up with more foam tape and backed with another colorful Polaroid, a hand-cut clothespin, and a tangle of white thread.  A scattering of iridescent and blue sequins completes the look.
Here's your February Sketch #303 to get you off and scrapping in the right direction.
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 link above.  Thanks, as always, for humbling me with a visit, friends!  XOXO

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Birthday Celebration (Simon Says Stamp) Paper: white (Recollections); textured white (Bazzill); Almost Amethyst, Brilliant Blue, Pool Party, & Daffodil Delight (SU!); vellum (Paper Studio); mint triangles & multicolored stripe (Pink Paislee); yellow stars & aqua/blue triangles (Citrus Twist); blue gingham (Maggie Holmes) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); staples & stapler (office supply store); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Purple Lilac, Pure Black, & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); white string (Hobby Lobby); blue twine, cut-apart label, & sequins (Citrus Twist); puffy alphabet stickers, tag, banner, & all die cuts (Pinkfresh for Citrus Twist); Pinpoint Balloons craft dies (Poppystamps); Big Shot (Sizzix); clothespin & plaid banner (1 Canoe 2); watercolors (Kuretake); Celebrate You cut file (Felicity Jane); Cameo (Silhouette)

Pretty Little Studio: Summer Lovin'

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Happy Sunday, y'all!  I'm up again on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, sharing a page boasting such a conglomeration of collections, that I wasn't even sure where to file this one.  Bits and pieces from our Woodland and Summer Vibes Collections stand out immediately; but one also can't miss those scrumptious, Oh Deer Wood Veneer stars from the new Tinsel Town Collection or the hand-drawn clouds from our Here Comes the Sun Collection.  It's just a mix of everything, which I couldn't possibly love any more; and it all surrounds a photo of my brother-in-law and his beautiful bride on their wedding day this past summer.
I started this page by watercoloring large puddles of blue watercolors onto a piece of 12" x 12" watercolor paper.  I then speckled the page with those same shades of blue, as well as a little purple watercolor and Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints, after smudging Pumice Stone Distress Ink through a punchinella stencil.  A number of prints were hand-cut in the shape of pennants and anchored, vertically, over the watercoloring, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  I then filled the top portion of those pennants with a stack of prints, as well as a couple sheets of vellum.  The prints themselves were anchored with more silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  A couple of Robin Garland Flags were also added to the stack; and everything was topped with my photo, which was matted with white cardstock.  The photo itself was sandwiched between a Salt Lake Clear Shipping Tag, laced with Charcoal twine; Chrysanthemum Shipping Tag, laced with blue Baker's Twine, tied in a bow; and a Winter Joy Tab on the left...
and a Picnic Tag, laced with hemp twine, tied in a bow, on the right.  Die-cut, from Always Artichoke and white cardstocks and vellum, branches were tucked in behind the stunning Lilacs Vintage Die Cut, which really inspired this whole page.
It was then topped with a Monarch Die Cut, partially backed with a tangle of silver thread and a die-cut, from Bashful Blue cardstock, butterfly.  A Heart You Flair Button can be seen through a butterfly wing, and a "LOVE THIS" Nature Word Flag Sticker juts out just below it.
The "summer LOVIN'" title was created from an Aloha Die Cut, popped up with foam tape, and indispensable ABC Noir Stickers and grounded with a stamped, in Jet Black ink, "oh happy day".
I also stamped a "love warms our hearts" phrase, as well as the "BIG DAY MAY 21 2016" date just across the hand-cut and stitched pennants from the title and topped them with a "cherish this" Magical Words Sticker.
Another stamped "HELLO", along with a couple of Bloom Word and Aloha Die Cut phrases top the design...
where you'll also find a lone Here Comes the Sun Die Cut cloud, popped up with foam tape and tucked in behind a Cambridge 4" Doily.  I couldn't help but share one final closeup, just to show off the woodgrain detail in this Tree Topper Sticker star.  I've thrown a couple more onto the page, but they share only the color, not the design, of this one.  A scattering of Oh Deer Wood Veneer and Yellow Confetti Mix stars, as well as a trio of large stars, hand-cut from our Metallic Big Silver Star print, complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Show Us Your Stuff's February Challenge.
Thanks, as always, for humbling me with a visit!  Have a truly amazing week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Oakley Avenue: Cedar Stamps (PLS); Grateful Heart (Poppystamps); date (Dear Lizzy) Paper: white (Recollections); Bashful Blue & Always Artichoke (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch); vellum (Paper Studio); Let's Go: Atlanta 8x8 & Latitude Light Blue Vellum 8x8, Gold Mine: Metallic Big Silver Star 8x8, Woodland: Clover Navy 8x8, Here Comes the Sun: Up in the Air Paper Pack 6x6 & Flowers Vellum 8x8, Here + There: Let's Go 8x8, & Oakley Avenue: Cross My Heart 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black & Pumice Stone Distress Ink (Ranger) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Powell Butterfly craft die (Poppystamps); Big Shot (Sizzix); Charcoal twine (The Twinery); blue twine (AR Designs); hemp twine (SU!); Under the Mistletoe die (Wplus9); punchinella stencil (Prima); Woodland: Robin Garland Flags, Nature Word Flag Stickers, Bloom Word Die Cuts, & Monarch Die Cuts, Here Comes the Sun: Here Comes the Sun Die Cuts & Heart You Flair Button, Here + There: ABC Noir Stickers, Summer Vibes: Picnic Tags & Aloha Die Cuts, Tinsel Town: Oh Deer Wood Veneer & Tree Topper Stickers, Holly Jolly: Magical Word Sticker, Marigold: Chrysanthemum Shipping Tags, You & Me: Cambridge 4" Doily Pack, Let's Go: Salt Lake Clear Shipping Tags, Baby Claire & Jack: Yellow Confetti Mix, Winter Joy: Winter Joy Tabs, & Lilacs Vintage Die Cut (PLS)