The Studio Sketch Challenge

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Hey, y'all!  Just stopping in to share this month's second challenge over in The Studio.  Anna has whipped up a playful sketch to get your creative juices flowing.  I tapped into my newest October Citrus Twist kit and came up with this.
I started this page by smudging and speckling Cherry and Patina Glimmer Mists onto the "LOVE THIS DAY!" patterned paper, base page.  I then splattered everything with Ballet Pink, Pure Black, and Titanium White acrylic paints before matting my photo with white cardstock; backing it with a snippet of cheesecloth; and adhering it, with foam tape, in its respective location.  Hand-cut, from patterned paper, black and white blooms were tucked under three of the photo's four corners.  A colorful, floral die cut was also tucked under its bottom left corner which was further embellished with "MAGICAL" arrow and bunny die cuts, both of which were popped up with foam tape.
A "yes to this" label, etched with the Easter 2016 date, was stuck fast to the top edge of the photo itself...
and several more floral die cuts, as well as a copper, butterfly die cut, dress up its bottom right corner.  Die-cut and chipboard tags, laced with white string, tied in a bow and knot respectively, were then tucked under the floral elements; and a glitter, BINGO card brings us full circle.
A "whole lotta lovely", chipboard banner, as well as a couple of stamped, in Jet Black ink, phrases...
which carry over to the top of the design, and both glitter heart and bird die cuts, popped up with foam tape, complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Citrus Twist's October 14th 3-to-Inspire Challenge to use (1) four or more die cuts, (2) patterned paper for your background, and (3) stamps.
And here's this month's Sketch Challenge to get you creating in the right direction.
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, November 5, 2017, to link up your takes, on this Sketch Challenge and/or our previous, October Colour Challenge, in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: (Citrus Twist) Paper: white (Paper Studio); black & white floral & "LOVE THIS DAY!" (Maggie Holmes) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); cheesecloth (Dritz); Ballet Pink, Titanium White, & Pure Black acrylic paints (FolkArt); Cherry & Patina Glimmer Mists (Tattered Angels); "MAGICAL" arrow, bunny, bird, butterfly, multicolored tag, & floral die cuts (Paige Evans); glitter heart & BINGO card die cuts (Maggie Holmes); "whole lotta lovely" & heart tag chipboard Thickers (American Crafts); white string (Hobby Lobby); "yes to this" scallop label (Citrus Twist)

September Recognition

Friday, October 20, 2017

Evening, y'all, and welcome to the weekend!  I hope you all have fabulous plans for your weekends.  Adina's horse camp and Ezekiel's fall baseball season have officially come to an end; so before basketball season begins occupying every one of our weekends, we're sneaking in a few fun activities.  This weekend's agenda will carry us straight through into next week; but before that gets started and since it's been awhile since my last post, I thought that today I'd share a memorable page that was named the August 19th 3-to-Inspire Challenge Winner over at Citrus Twist.
I sooo wish that I could allot more of my time to playing with my Citrus Twist kits.  Who knew that being a homeschool mom would keep me so busy?!  LOL!  But thanks so much for humbling me with a win anyhow, Trina!  I can't wait to play with my new goodies!  And thanks ever so much, to my faithful followers, for your continued visits and comments!  I know that I've been a terrible blog friend lately.  Please know that I'm trying and love each and every one of you.  I'm just continually overwhelmed with life and all that it takes to balance such.  I know that all of you who have or have had teenagers understand completely ;).  Deep down, I know that I'm so blessed and wouldn't change a thing.  Hugs!

Paper Sweeties October Release Rewind

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hey, y'all!  I'm back today to help wrap up another release for Paper Sweeties.  I mixed the new Home Is Where Your Story Begins stamp set with a couple of oldies but goodies and came up with this sweet scene.
I started this card by stamping the house image from Home Is Where Your Story Begins and the basket of apples, from Stand Add-On: Fall Harvest, on a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of watercolor paper.  I then masked the basket of apples and stamped the tree image again from Home Is Where Your Story Begins.  Finally, I masked the tree and stamped the sun image from Island Time.  All images were stamped with Jet Black ink and watercolored.
The apples were then given a kiss of shine with Glossy Accents, the sun lots of sparkle with Dazzling Diamonds fine glitter, and the windows a few highlights with a white Gelly Roll pen.
The entire scene was then grounded with the stamped, in Jet Black ink, "Welcome to the neighborhood" sentiment, which is just another one of the scrumptious phrases found in Home Is Where Your Story Begins.
A strip of a teal, floral print dresses up the top edge of the prepped piece, which was then anchored, with teal-threaded, straight, machine stitching, to the textured, Ruby Red cardstock, card face; and a length of Baker's Twine, tied, in a bow, around the card face, between the watercolor and printed pieces, completes the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from Sunday Stamps' Challenge 163: Bold and Beautiful.
Be sure to stop by to see what the Design Team has created today, too.  Thanks so much for all your visits and sweet comments!  You all have blessed me so very much this month.  I'm honored to get to be a part, even a temporary part, of all the fabulousness that Debbie has created and continues to create over at Paper Sweeties.  Have a wonderful, work week, friends!  XOXO

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jinny Newlin  * October Guest Designer *
Karen Letchworth

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Home Is Where Your Story Begins, Stand Add-On: Fall Harvest, & Island Time (Paper Sweeties) Paper: textured Ruby Red (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch); teal floral (Jenni Bowlin) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: teal thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); watercolors (Kuretake); Glossy Accents (Ranger); white Gelly Roll pen (Sakura)

Paper Sweeties October Release Party

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Welcome to the weekend, y'all!  I'm so excited to have you back to see more of what October has brought to Paper Sweeties!  I'm showcasing more of what the For You stamp set and its coordinating Sweet Cuts die has to offer today.  Enjoy!
Each of these tags was die-cut, from white cardstock, using the new For You Sweet Cuts die; stamped with sentiments from the coordinating, For You stamp set; and laced with Baker's Twine.
I then personalized each with a simple, single, paper-pieced image.  The sweet bunny comes from Hippity Hoppity.
The Kansas sunflower comes from Stand Add-On: Fall Harvest...
and the festive turkey fittingly comes from Gobble Gobble.
The floral one, attached to a loaf of Pumpkin Banana Bread with Creamsicle Seam Binding Ribbon, already made its way next door to my neighbor.  Yum!
Be sure to stop in to see what the Design Team has been working on.  Thanks, as always, for visiting!  Enjoy the rest of your weekends, friends!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jinny Newlin  * October Guest Designer *
Karen Letchworth

{Supplies & Tools} 
Stamps: For You, Hippity Hoppity, Gobble Gobble, & Stand Add-On: Fall Harvest (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white (Paper Studio); green polka dot & solid pink (unknown); gray stripe (K&Company); yellow checkered & newspaper print (Jenni Bowlin); woodgrain (Jen Hadfield); black gingham (Pink Paislee); orange circles (SU!); red plaid (Crate Paper); green plaid (MME); pink polka dot (Fancy Pants) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); For You Sweet Cuts die & Creamsicle Seam Binding Ribbon (Paper Sweeties); Big Shot (Sizzix)

Paper Sweeties October Sneak Peek

Friday, October 13, 2017

Evening, y'all!  It's the middle of the month, and that means a new Paper Sweeties release to wet your creative appetites.  Debbie's rounding up this month with two sweet, new stamps sets, both with coordinating dies.  So, let's just get right to it.  Shall we?
I started this card by framing a 3-1/2" x 5" piece of ivory, text, patterned paper with white cardstock.
Before securing the two together with pink-threaded, straight, machine stitching, I stamped a strip of vellum, in Jet Black ink, with the "Home is where your story begins" sentiment from the new Home Is Where Your Story Begins stamp set and attached it near its base.
Everything was then adhered, to the Ballet Slippers cardstock, card face, with foam tape.  I then die-cut the tag, from the new For You Sweet Cuts die, using a blue, gingham print; adhered it in the center of the card face; and laced it with a length of white string.  It was topped with images from Home Is Where Your Story Begins, all of which were paper-pieced; die-cut, using the coordinating, Sweet Cuts die; and popped up with foam tape.
A double, Cupcake Seam Binding Ribbon bow, embellished with beige lace and a pink button, laced with a hemp twine bow, crown the tag and complete the look.
That gets us rolling, but I'd love to see you all right back here at the same time and place tomorrow to see even more of what Paper Sweeties has to offer this month.  In the meantime, be sure to stop in to see what the Design Team has whipped up for your viewing pleasure.  Thanks so much for peeking; and have a wonderful start to your weekends, friends!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Jinny Newlin  * October Guest Designer *
Karen Letchworth

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Home Is Where Your Story Begins (Paper Sweeties) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); Ballet Slippers (Wplus9); blue gingham (Pebbles, Inc.); pink damask (MME); pink polka dot & gray woodgrain (Fancy Pants); blue glossy (Nikki Sivils); aqua diamond & ivory text (SU!); red plaid (Crate Paper); green floral (Jenni Bowlin) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: pink thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Home Is Where Your Story Begins & For You Sweet Cuts dies & Cupcake Seam Binding Ribbon (Paper Sweeties); Big Shot (Sizzix); white string (Hobby Lobby); pink button (unknown); hemp twine (SU!); beige lace (JoAnn Fabrics)