Pretty Little Studio: Apple Butter Gift Tags

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Note: This is my second post today.  Please be sure to scroll down and check out my previous, The Studio Sketch Challenge post, too.

Hey, y'all!  If you're a follower of my blog, you know that my family has a tradition of going apple picking every fall.  We then set aside a Saturday to turn our loot into dozens and dozens of pints of apple butter, which, other than providing us with a constant supply of delicious goodness throughout the course of the next year, become Christmas gifts for family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, our mailman, the trash men, etc.  I like to dress up those jars with a little, seasonal sparkle before they're gifted and thought, for my turn on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, that I'd share the ones heading to my hubby's place of work with you all.  Once again, I got my inspiration, for everything you see here today, from Heather Adams' new Holly Jolly Collection.  Enjoy!
As soon as I saw the Just for You Tags, I knew they would be perfect for my jars.  I started by popping each one up, with foam tape, off a slightly larger die-cut, from those fabulous, Christmas Confetti and Snowflakes Red Metallic prints, tag.  I cannot say enough good stuff about these metallic goodies.  They really bring the wow-factor to any project, and I'm super impressed with how well the shine stays put.  I then wrapped them up with a length of Baker's Twine, encircling the jar itself and tied, in a bow, through a red button, embellished with a couple of die-cut, from textured, Garden Green cardstock, holly leaves.  A tab, punched from our Gold Metallic Diagonal print and stapled to the left edge of the larger tag...
as well as a Gold Metallic Number Die Cut star, popped up with foam tape, and trio of Crystal 4mm and 8mm Sequins, completes the look.
There are 12 of those circular tags in the Just for You Tags package, and I used every one of them in the same way you see above.
However, I still needed a few more.  So, I reached for my Trim the Tree print; cut it down into a quartet of squares; punched their top left corners with a small hole; and added each one, with foam tape, to the same die-cut, metallic tags seen above.
They were laced up in the same way as above, too, with the exception of the Baker's Twine also being strung through an additional, skinny tag.  To create this tag, I cut short strips of white cardstock; topped them with a die-cut, from our Gold Metallic Diagonal print, tag topper; stamped them, in Jet Black ink, with the "SENDING HOLIDAY CHEER" sentiment; and punched their bottom edge to mimic the tag topper itself.
This particular jar got that peppermint square, topped with a "happiest of holidays" Magical Words Sticker, which I backed with white cardstock for durability and popped up with foam tape.
The other three jars were created in nearly the same way.  So, keep in mind the above details, and I'll just point out the differences.
This one got that little deer peeking out from behind the skinny tag...
as well as a "be merry" Remember Sticker.
This third one...
got a "holly jolly", paper square...
and different Remember Sticker.
And this fourth, or rather 16th, and final jar might just be my favorite.
It got a plaid, paper square, topped with Gold Metallic Number Die Cuts, as well as a "holly jolly christmas" Magical Words Sticker, treated in the same way as the other described above.
I know this was a long post.  Thanks so much for hanging in there, with me, until the end, friends!  I hope you've been inspired to create a few, Christmas tags of your own this week.  Thanks, as always, for humbling me with a visit!  Be blessed! 

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Heartfelt Holiday (Wplus9) Paper: white (Recollections); textured Garden Green (SU!); Holly Jolly: Trim the Tree 8x8, Christmas Confetti Red Metallic 8x8, & Snowflakes Red Metallic 8x8 & Here Comes the Sun: Gold Metallic Diagonal 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); buttons (Papertrey Ink); staples & stapler (office supply store); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); Hang Ups & Holly Confetti Cuts dies (Reverse Confetti); Timeless Tags 1 die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); Upper Crest Border punch (Fiskars); Tab & 3/16" Handheld Circle punches (SU!); Here Comes the Sun: Gold Metallic Number Die Cuts, Summer Vibes: Crystal 4mm Sequins & Crystal 8mm Sequins, & Holly Jolly: Just for You Tags, Magical Words Stickers, & Remember Stickers (PLS)

The Studio Sketch Challenge

Morning, y'all!  A new month means our first bi-monthly challenge over in The Studio, and Anna has cooked up a lovely sketch to start things off right.  I flipped it to better showcase these pics of my sweet, little niece with her mom and dad.
I started this page by anchoring a large heart, Cameo-cut from a black, plus, patterned paper, to a woodgrain, patterned, base page, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  I then played with white gesso, watercolors, and Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints to create the background effect before adhering my photos, which were secured into a large, white, cardstock square.  The "Ada Rose" (my niece's name) title ended up fitting best in the bottom left corner of the photo grid and was created from chipboard Thickers.  A couple of stamped, in Jet Black ink, phrases...
turn our attention to the opposite corner of the grid.  All of the flowers, branches, and leaves were hand-cut from cut-apart prints and patterned papers.  Some of them were popped up with foam tape to create dimension, and others were secured fast to the base page.  A number of gold, leaf sequins were also tucked into the cluster; and a darling, deer die cut takes center stage amidst it all.  The "heaven sent" phrase was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a cut-apart label and popped up with foam tape.
Those same flowers, branches, and leaves extend up the right side of the photo grid, past vertical center.  A "WEEK 1" die cut, embellished with a couple of chipboard hearts, tops it all; and a white-embossed on vellum and hand-cut butterfly...
directs us to the cluster at the top of the design.  Here you'll find another, smaller, vellum butterfly, as well as a butterfly die cut, amidst a heap more hand-cut flowers, branches, and leaves.  I also tucked a hand-cut, "celebrate" tab, as well as a "handle with care", phrase sticker into the mix.  A scattering of ivory and mint sequins, as well as a number of stamped, in Jet Black ink, bitty flowers, complete the look.
Here's your December Sketch Challenge to get you off and running in the right direction.
You have until Sunday, January 1, 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 blessed week, friends!  XOXO

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Baby Basics (Market Street Stamps); Love You More, Fresh Cut Florals, & Flora & Fauna 1 (Wplus9) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); black plus signs (Simple Stories); woodgrain (Citrus Twist); branches & blooms (Maggie Holmes) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); gesso (O'Leary Paint); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); white embossing powder (Zing!); watercolors (Kuretake); "WEEK 1" die cut (Maggie Holmes); chipboard hearts & phrase sticker (Pinkfresh for Citrus Twist); mint sequins, "celebrate" tab, leaf cut-aparts, & mint label (Citrus Twist); chipboard Thickers (American Crafts); Monarch & Lucky the Fawn die cuts (Pretty Little Studio); ivory sequins (The Ribbon Reel); gold leaf sequins (Jenni Bowlin); Basic Hearts cut file (Creative Scrappers); Cameo (Silhouette)

PLS Feature Friday: I Say, You Say Journaling

Friday, December 2, 2016

Morning, friends!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today with a page featuring journaling.  I've tapped into both our 3x4 and 4x6 journaling cards to memorialize a moment in time that I truly hope, for the sake of all her future roommates, that my daughter outgrows.  Even if she doesn't, though, I'll still love her; and if need be, she can always probably, depending on what kind of mood her dad is in, move back home.
I started this page by watercoloring a piece of 12" x 12" watercolor paper and splattering it with those same shades of pink and yellow, in addition to orange watercolor and both Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  Once everything was dry, I stamped a number of flowers, in Melon Mambo and Jet Black inks, throughout the design.  I then layered a handful of coordinating prints, including a folded piece of Confetti Black Vellum and a couple of strips of scalloped, white cardstock, haphazardly together with black-threaded, straight, machine stitching, before adhering them near horizontal center and topping them with my photo, which was matted with white cardstock and embellished with the Oct. 11, 2015, date, etched on a Black Label Sticker.
Just to the left of my photo I adhered an Apple Cider 3x4 Journaling Card, which reads, Every time I ask you to clean your room & you tell me that you have, this is what I find... more than 40 things that do NOT belong.  You always have a specific reason why each item is right where it belongs.  Whatever is a mom to do?!  And just to the right of the journaling card, I popped that sweet, little Camilla Vintage Die Cut up with foam tape.
Below my photo grouping, I used Noir ABC and Vellum ABC Thin Mints Slate Stickers to create the "I SAY... YOU SAY" title, as well as the designated words in each column.  A "happy" was stamped, in Jet Black ink, just above it.
Above my photo grouping, I secured chipboard Thickers to create the "MY GIRL" phrase...
which overlaps a black envelope, embellished with a trio of Think Positive Phrase Stickers...
and stuffed with a Shine 4x6 Journaling Card, which I trimmed down to 4" x 5-1/4"...
and used the back of to journal the 40+ things that DID NOT belong on my daughter's dresser after a cleaning and at the time these photos were taken.
I also included a few closeups, because that one photo just doesn't do it justice ;).
Finally, I embellished with lots of blooms, some of which were popped up with foam tape and all of which were hand-cut from our Flower Crown, Roses Clear, and Pretty Poppies prints.  I tossed in a couple of leftover Flower Crown Stickers, a Fawn Flair Button...
pair of Monarch Die Cuts, and a heap of Primrose 8mm Sequins to complete the look.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by!  Now, get out there and make your weekends creative ones.  Oh!  And don't forget to embrace the messy ;).  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Happy Everything & Petite Petals (SU!); Fresh Cut Florals (Wplus9) Paper: white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); Summer Vibes: Flower Crown 8x8, Berry Sundress 8x8, & Roses Clear 8x8; Holly Jolly: Santa's Bag 8x8, Here Comes the Sun: Confetti Black Vellum 8x8, Marigold: Calla Lily 8x8, Let's Go: Amsterdam 8x8, & Oakley Avenue: Pretty Poppies 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Melon Mambo (SU!); Jet Black (Ranger) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Scalloped Trim punch (SU!); chipboard Thickers (Dear Lizzy); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); black envelope (American Crafts); Wonderland: Vellum ABC Thin Mints Slate Stickers, Here + There: Noir ABC Stickers, Oakley Avenue: Apple Cider 3x4 Journaling Cards, Summer Vibes: Flower Crown Stickers & Primrose 8mm Sequins, Woodland: Fawn Flair Buttons & Monarch Die Cuts, Here Comes the Sun: Think Positive Phrase Stickers, Shine 4x6 Journaling Cards, & Black Label Stickers, & Camilla Vintage Die Cut (PLS) 

Creative Scrappers December Reveal

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Morning, y'all!  Welcome to December!  A new month means a fabulous, new sketch is up over at Creative Scrappers.  We're hosting a blog hop in conjunction with the reveal of Sketch #301 and our sponsor Spiegelmom Scraps, who generously donated a fabulous, little package of goodies to the Design Team.  (Thank you, Jody!)  I hope you can take a few minutes, from your busy day, to join us today, as well as on December 15, 2016, for another blog hop with the Spiegelmom Scraps Design Team.  You should be coming here via Christine Beuzit's blog; but if you didn't or simply want to start at the beginning, you can find a complete list of hop participants below.  So, let's just get started.  Shall we?
I started this page by painstakingly using my Cameo to die-cut the snowflake cut file from white cardstock.  I was more drawn to the mismatched lengths of the strips in the sketch below and knew almost immediately I was going to use this cut file.  I'm not sure where it came from, but I could not get it to cut well at all, which is why I said "painstakingly" above.  It wouldn't cut through glitter cardstock at all, and I was stuck on those flakes needing glitter.  So, for my fifth attempt (Ugh!  Talk about your ears beginning to ring from all that beeping and buzzing and rolling and... Ugh!), I used plain cardstock; hand-cut all the little bits and pieces that didn't cut on their own, not to mention the ends off the 12" x 12" piece in order to achieve those irregular lengths; adhered it to that fabulous, gradient, peach, wash print, which I loved so much that I altered only slightly by stamping a few, small snowflakes in Jet Black ink; and glittered it all by hand.
After adhering my photo strip, which was matted with white cardstock, I created the "HELLO beautiful GIRL" title from a "HELLO" die cut and foam phrase and chipboard, letter Thickers.
The title itself was grounded with a stack of phrase stickers and cut-apart labels.  One of those labels was anchored with a couple of staples; and the other was used for my journaling, which reads, Ringing in the New Year '13 with a little snow play.
A plaid tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, as well as a "bundle up", cut-apart tab and Spieglemom Scraps, wax envelope, was tucked under the photo strip's left edge.
The flower and its leaves, near the top of the design, were hand-cut from patterned paper; popped up with foam tape; backed with a simple, white doily; and embellished with a triplicate stack, to create depth, of cork hearts.  The latter two cluster ingredients are from Spiegelmom Scraps.
Another hand-cut bloom and "BEST OF TIMES", cut-apart emblem, as well as a happy scattering of aqua and snowflake sequins from Spiegelmom Scraps and gold, puffy dots, complete the look.
Here's your December Sketch #301 to get you off and running in the right direction...
Kristine's got another cut file to make this one easier on you.  You can download it absolutely FREE here.
AND please take advantage of this 20% off discount, with promo code sketchy20, on your next purchase from Spiegelmom Scraps, until December 31, 2016.
Don't forget to share your pages, on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Pinterest, with the tags #CreatingWithSketches and #Spiegelmomscraps.  We'd also love for you to add them to the inlinkz found at the challenge link above; and Kristine will announce a random winner, of the Spiegelmom Scraps prize, on Saturday, December 31, 2016.  She's also adding a prize from Creative Scrappers, as well as a copy of her NEW Creating with Sketches, Volume 4!  Matter of fact, she's letting each of the Design Team members give away a digital copy of that same Creating with Sketches, Volume 4 absolutely FREE.  Woohoo!
Just follow Creative Scrappers on Facebook and/or Instagram and leave me a comment below telling me that you've done so.  I'll pick my winner next Friday, December 9, 2016.  Thanks, as always, for humbling me with a visit, friends!  Your next stop on the hop is Joefil E. Cate.  Have a blessed December!

Anne Keller
Stamps: Rustic Greetings (The Craft's Meow) Paper: white (Paper Studio); floral (Maggie Holmes); gradient peach wash (Paige Evans) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: snowflake & aqua sequins, cork heart, doily, & wax envelope (Spiegelmom Scraps); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Dazzling Diamonds (SU!); snowflake cut file (unknown); Cameo (Silhouette); foam phrase & chipboard letter Thickers (American Crafts); "HELLO" die cut & plaid tag (Maggie Holmes); white string (Hobby Lobby); "bundle up" cut-apart tab, "BEST OF TIMES" emblem, & aqua & pink labels (Citrus Twist); phrase stickers (Pinkfresh for Citrus Twist); gold puffy dots (Fancy Pants); staples & stapler (office supply store)

Poppystamps: Warm Christmas Wishes

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Morning, y'all!  I'm thrilled to be up again today, on the Poppystamps blog, sharing a card, boasting a paper door all dressed up for the holidays.  So, let's get right to it.
I started this card by embossing vertical grooves, into a wide strip of Oatmeal cardstock, to resemble bead-board and topping it with a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  A strip of vellum, stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "WARM CHRISTMAS WISHES" sentiment was carefully held in place near the bottom of the prepped piece, as all three paper bits were then anchored, onto a white, cardstock, card face, with brown-threaded, straight, machine stitches and their edges distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks.
The door was Cameo-cut from Crumb Cake cardstock; distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks, as well as a little, Titanium White acrylic paint; backed with a piece of white cardstock, which had been coated with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Inks, rubbed through the Winter Scattered Flakes stencil; and adhered, tucked under the vellum, sentiment strip, in the center of the card face.  Our Home for the Holidays Wreath was then die-cut from Garden Green, Ruby Red, Certainly Celery, and Ballet Slippers cardstocks, as well as vellum, and stacked one on top of the other, while tucking each limb, leaf, and berry into the other, until it was full and fluffy and perfectly fit to hang on the door.  I also weaved in a few Always Artichoke, cardstock, Pine Twig die cuts.
It was then topped with a length of white, seam binding ribbon, tied in a double bow, and embellished with a lone pearl, backed with a Baker's Twine bow, to complete the look.
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit, friends!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Christmas Greetings (Poppystamps) Paper: Oatmeal & Ballet Slippers (Wplus9); Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Ruby Red, Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, & Garden Green SU!); white & vellum (Paper Studio) Ink: Jet Black, Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Tea Dye, & Antique Linen (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: brown thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Titanium White acrylic paint (FolkArt); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); pearl (Paper Studio); Build a House - Windows cut file & Cameo (Silhouette); Winter Scattered Flakes stencil (Memory Box); Big Shot (Sizzix); Home for the Holidays Wreath & Pine Twig dies (Poppystamps)