Pretty Little Studio: Holiday Baking

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Morning, friends!  I'm super excited to be back up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today with another Christmas-themed page, boasting goodies from all three of our newest Christmas collections.  I just love how well they work together!
I started this page by anchoring strips of some of our gorgeous, Christmas prints, vertically, near center of a piece of 12x12, watercolor paper, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  I then added a little gesso over the prints, before watercoloring aqua puddles behind where my photos would lie and splattering everything with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  A number of additional, stacked, Christmas prints, as well as a couple of folded, vellum sheets, were then adhered (Some were secured with more stitching.), once again, behind where my photos, which were matted with white cardstock, would lie.  A Merry Tag, laced with Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, was then tucked behind the bottom far left photo.
Moving clockwise, a "COOKIES + MILK" Nice List Cut-Apart was popped up with foam tape.
A Cozy Home 3x4 Pocket Card was then tucked under the right edge of the top photos and used to journal, Baking/decorating Christmas sugar cookies is one of our favorite traditions.  I also journaled a couple of phrases, Delicious & festive, vertically, near the card's top right corner.
Just to the right of the card, I created my "HOLIDAY baking" title with Gold Metallic A to Z Die-Cuts and a "baking" Clear Word.  I cannot tell you how much I'm still in love with those Gold Metallic A to Z Die-Cuts from our Here Comes the Sun Collection!  I just ordered more vowels ;).
Both the title and my journaling were then embellished with a small cluster, which includes a Wish List Flair button, backed with a tangle of gold thread and flanked with a couple of white, cardstock, holly leaf die cuts; a Gold Metallic Label Tag, which I used to house a couple of Nice List Words Stickers; and a Winter Berries Mini Vintage Die Cut.
The darling Christmas Cookies Vintage Die Cut is right where it should be at center stage...
and a Winter Joy Tab, secured with a couple of simple staples, trims the right side of the bottom right photo.  A scattering of stars, collected from our With Glee and Jingle Bell Words Die-Cut packages, not to mention buttons, laced with white thread, and lots of Winter Wonderland Clear Stickers, complete the look.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Recollections); Tinsel Town: Holly Jolly 8x8, Very Merry 8x8, Oh Christmas Tree 8x8, & Stocking Stuffer Vellum 8x8, Winter Joy: Candy Cane 8x8 & Peppermint 8x8, Holly Jolly: Deck the Halls 8x8, Stocking Stuffers 8x8, & Snowflakes Vellum 8x8, & Here Comes the Sun: Gold Metallic Confetti 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); buttons (JoAnn Fabrics); white string (Hobby Lobby); Holiday Holly craft die (Poppystamps); Big Shot (Sizzix); staples & stapler (office supply store); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); Tinsel Town: Nice List Words, Wish List Flair, Merry Tags, & Nice List Cut-Apart, Winter Joy: With Glee Die Cuts, Jingle Bell Words Die Cuts, Cozy Home 3x4 Pocket Cards, & Winter Joy Tabs, Holly Jolly: Winter Wonderland Clear Stickers, Here Comes the Sun: Gold Metallic A to Z Die-Cuts, Gold Mine: Gold Metallic Label Tags, Baking Clear Word, Christmas Cookies Vintage Die Cut, & Winter Berries Mini Vintage Die Cut (PLS)

Poppystamps Valentine Blog Blitz: Thank You

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hey, y'all!  Poppystamps' Valentine Blog Blitz, in celebration of the January 2017 Release, continues this afternoon with another creation of mine up on the Poppystamps blog.
I started this card by watercoloring a piece of watercolor paper in shades of green and purple.  I then speckled it with those same watercolors, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints, before using the new, Tulisa Collage craft die to die-cut its center.  I then backed it with a piece of white, glitter cardstock, before securing everything, with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches, to the white, cardstock, card face.  The Corden Butterfly was die-cut from a piece of watercolor paper, prepped in the same way as the background itself with the exception of using different shades of watercolor.  I then topped it with a die-cut, Pacific Point, cardstock Powell Butterfly and secured it, just at its center, in the top center of the card face, with silver-threaded, messy, machine stitches.  A little foam tape, tucked under the wings themselves, ensures they will never lie flat.
A die-cut, from white cardstock, Scribble Thank You, adhered in the bottom center of the design, completes the look.
Be sure to stop by the Poppystamps blog every day, TWICE a day, through Monday, October 23, 2017, to see what my talented teammies have cooked up, using all the new goodies, just for your viewing pleasure.  AND don't forget to leave lots of love as you visit; because a new, January Release product is being randomly given away on EACH AND EVERY Poppystamps' blog post.  You have until Wednesday, January 25, 2017, to do so.  Winners will be announced, on the Poppystamps blog, the following Saturday, January 28, 2017.  I've got the versatile, Scribble Thank You craft die, that you see in action above, to giveaway today.

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}
Paper: white & glitter (Recollections); Pacific Point (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Big Shot (Sizzix); Corden Butterfly, Powell Butterfly, Tulisa Collage, & Scribble Thank You craft dies (Poppystamps)

2016 Card Review

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hey, y'all!  Just popping back in to share my top ten cards of 2016.  Once again, I apologize profusely for this post's tardiness but hope that it is still thoroughly enjoyed and fills you with a heightened level of creativity that you can call your own.  Oh, and each photograph is linked to its original post for all the details and supplies in its making.  Just click on it, and enjoy!
There you have it.  This is me and my style.  It's changing all the time, but it is what it is, and it makes me ever so happy.  If you're new to my blog or considering becoming a follower, like I said in yesterday's 2016 Layout Review post, what a great way for you all to get to know me!  And if you've been around for the long haul, thank you from the bottom of my heart!  It just wouldn't be the same around here without you.  Mwah!  I'd love for you to stick around to see what I've got in store for 2017.  Thanks again!  XOXO

2016 Layout Review

Monday, January 16, 2017

Morning, y'all, and welcome to the work week!  So, I'm super tardy with this post.  My family got hit with the stomach flu after Christmas.  Basketball season keeps our calendar full, and I've been busy wrapping up grading periods for my big kiddos on top of getting reorganized for and beginning the remainder of our school year.  I've just been running.  But I love doing these posts.  They're such a great way for you all to get to know me!  So, without further adieu, here are my top ten layouts, which I wholeheartedly admit was super hard to narrow down, of 2016.  Each photograph is linked to its original post for all the details and supplies in its making.  Just click on it, and enjoy!
I'll be back tomorrow with my 2016 Card Review.  Until then, thanks so much for humbling me with a visit, and have a truly amazing Monday!  Hugs!

The Studio Mood Board Challenge

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Morning, friends!  It's a new week, and that means a new challenge is up in The Studio.  I've picked a gorgeous mood board to wet your creative appetites.  Poised Taupe, the gray color near right center of the graphic below, is Sherwin Williams' Color of the Year; so, I thought it would be fun to start 2017 off on trend.  Here goes!
I started this page by using Creative Scrappers' Ice Cream Stick cut file to cut the background from textured, white cardstock.  I then filled in the open spaces with lots of scrumptious, color-coordinating, masculine prints; added gesso behind where my photos would lie; threw a little more color on the background with watercolor paints; stamped a number of stars in Jet Black ink; and splattered everything with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  A number of additional, coordinating prints, including a notebook journaling card, were adhered (Some were anchored with navy-threaded, straight, machine stitching.) behind were my photos, which were matted with white cardstock, were adhered.  A couple of large, die-cut, cork stars and puffy, cloud punch outs were tucked in behind those prints.  I even squeezed a little more navy thread in between the clouds.
"HAPPY THE ONLY WAY TO BE" and "LOVE" cut-apart phrases were secured, vertically, near the top of the design; dressed up with a couple more cork stars, as well as a blue button, laced with white string; and...
used to ground my "Batter Up!" title, which was Cameo-cut from Marina Mist cardstock, adhered over a third cloud punch out, and layered with a "now" acrylic.
Behind the left edge of the title and top edge of my photos, I tucked a wax envelope to house a manila tag, laced with navy twine, tied in a bow.
The tag itself holds my journaling, which reads,  We LOVE to watch you play ball!  It makes you so happy, which makes us so happy.  You got super comfortable @ 1st base this season.  Eric Hosmer would be so proud, and you just love to steal those bases.  Go get 'em!
A couple of additional, cut-apart phrases, along with a "the best time of the year" phrase sticker, because it truly is the best time of the year, round out the left side of the design...
and an "EXCELLENT MOMENT enjoying the time together" cut-apart, as well as a navy, "DATE:" Summer 2015, label complete the right.
Further inspiration for this page came from Let's Get Sketchy's January Week 2 Challenge...
and Citrus Twist's January 15th 3-to-Inspire Challenge to (1) use blue, (2) journal on a tag or label, and (3) make a title with a die cut.
And here's your January Mood Board Challenge graphic to get you off and creating in the right direction.  This palette had me at hello and made me think of the colors of Ezekiel's old baseball team.  I couldn't resist tying in a little bit of denim, and the cut file I chose for the background was inspired by the graphic design in the bottom right corner.
You have until Sunday, February 12, 2017, to link up your takes in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  Have fun with this one, and 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, y'all!  XOXO

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: stars (Citrus Twist) Paper: white (Recollections); textured white (Bazzill); Marina Mist (SU!); kraft chevron, yellow triangles, & gray gingham (Crate Paper); blue polka dot (American Crafts); yellow arrows & speckled (Citrus Twist); blue triangle & woodgrain (Maggie Holmes); multicolored plaid & denim (MME); blue quilt stars (Fancy Pants) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: navy thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Ice Cream Stick cut file (Creative Scrappers); Cameo (Silhouette); cork (Mega Brands, Inc.); Clear Cut Stackers: Stars die cut (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); manila tag (Paper Studio); blue twine, two-tone cork stars, "now" acrylic, notebook journaling card, wax envelope, cut-apart phrases, & navy "DATE:" label (Citrus Twist); phrase sticker (Pinkfresh for Citrus Twist); cloud punch (Fiskars); button (JoAnn Fabrics); white string (Hobby Lobby); watercolors (Kuretake); gesso (Liquitex); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt)