The Studio Colour Challenge

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Morning, y'all!  Just popping in with a new challenge from The Studio.  I've picked out a gorgeous palette to wet your creative appetites this go around.  I was inspired to use one of the large title pages, from Pinkfresh's new Live More Collection, as the foundation for my take; and while I have to admit that the parameters of the page terrified me at first, I'm SUPER happy with the outcome.  Enjoy!
I started this page by smudging Piglet Mr. Huey's and Leap Frog and Pink Bubblegum Glimmer Mists, above the built-in "LIVE MORE" title, behind where my photo, which was matted with white cardstock, would eventually lie.  I then splattered everything with those same mists, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  The photo itself was then backed with a trio of prints, helping to pull in those scrumptious colors below, as well as a snippet of cheesecloth for texture.  I also tucked a quartet of pie circle die cuts throughout the page for movement.  The top edge of my photo was then dressed up with a heart tab die cut, and a "YOU MAKE ME happy" puffy sticker adds a kiss of black right where it was needed most.
A couple of tags, one of which boasts the "CURRENTLY LOVING" cousin time phrase and both of which were laced with white string and Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, respectively, were tucked under the left side of the photo.  A couple of floral, puffy stickers, backed with a tangle of gold thread, soften all those straight edges.  Tip: To create dimension with stickers, back them with foam tape; but before peeling off the paper protecting the sticky portion of the tape, dust the back of the sticker with baby powder.  Doing so ensures the tape keeps the sticker raised long after it has been pressed in a book.
The opposite side of the photo was dressed up with a couple of palm die cuts, as well as a gold, foil flamingo and a "CAPTURED" paper clip.
My May 29, 2011 date was handwritten, vertically, along the right side of the "M" in the "LIVE MORE" title; and the center of the "O" was embellished with one of those pie circle die cuts, popped up with foam tape.  In turn, the latter was dressed up with a polka dot, heart, puffy sticker; "can't get enough" die cut; "today" puffy letters; and a "THE LITTLE STUFF" phrase sticker to complete the look.
Here's this month's Colour Challenge to get you off and creating in the right direction.
You have until Sunday, June 4, 2017, to link up your takes, on this Colour Challenge and/or our Recipe 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 the team was inspired.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed Sunday, y'all!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Paper Studio); Live More (Pinkfresh); black/white stripe & red weave (Citrus Twist); pink palms (Maggie Holmes) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Leap Frog & Pink Bubblegum Glimmer Mists (Tattered Angels); Piglet Mr. Huey's (Studio Calico); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); white string (Hobby Lobby); cheesecloth (Dritz); heart & floral puffy stickers (Maggie Holmes); "YOU MAKE ME happy" & "today" puffy stickers (Heidi Swapp); palms, foil flamingo, & pink tag die cuts (Crate Paper); circles, heart tab, "CURRENTLY LOVING" tag, & "can't get enough" die cuts, "CAPTURE" paper clip, & phrase sticker (Pinkfresh)

Guest Designing with Scrap Our Stash

Monday, May 15, 2017

Morning, y'all!  I'm so excited to be back guest designing with the talented ladies over at Scrap Our Stash this month!  We started the month out right with a Stash Challenge; and if you can believe it, we're already bringing it to a close with a brand, spankin' new sketch.  I don’t know what it is about pictures of my kiddos reading, but they’ve been the inspiration for a number of my pages this month.  I love that I caught my littlest in his underpants and with his book upside down in the photo featured here.  It’s such an accurate depiction of everyday life in my household.  Enjoy!
I started this page by adhering a 4-1/2" x 12" strip of a gray, gingham, patterned paper down the left side of the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page and a 1" x 12" strip of the same print, over an angled, black, plus signs, patterned paper, down the right side of the base page.
I then applied a little gesso to the larger, patterned paper strip.  Once it was dry, I painted shades of teal and yellow watercolors behind where my photos would lie.  I also splattered everything with those same watercolors, as well as red watercolor and Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  The previously adhered prints were then anchored with white-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  Several of the patterned papers behind my photo, which was matted with white cardstock and wrapped with a length of white string, tied in a bow, were anchored with the same stitching.  I also threw a folded sheet of vellum behind my photo and adhered five triangle cut-aparts, from top to bottom, just left of its vertical center.
The "home" die cut was backed with a tangle of white thread and topped with a floral die cut, popped up with foam tape.
I then journaled in a semicircle around the right side of my photo.  It reads, I just "LOVE" these precious moments when all is far too quiet for life with an ornery two-year-old and I come to check on you and you're just being "you".  I love you!  {heart}, MomTip: Pencil in your semicircle, using the rim of a bowl or lid of a hat box as a pattern, in order to ensure your journaling maintains the desired shape.  Die cuts were used to spell one of the words "LOVE" in the journaling...
and puffy alphabet stickers for one of the words "you".  Their combination creates the "LOVE you" title.
A yellow, cut-apart label was then tucked under the right-side, patterned paper strips; used to record the 4.1.16 date; and embellished with a leafy, cut-apart bar; triangle cut-apart; and "story of my life" die cut, backed with a tangle of white thread and popped up with foam tape.  A sprinkling of teal sequins completes the look.
Here's Scrap Our Stash's May Sketch Challenge to get you off and creating in the right direction.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a fabulous work week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); gray gingham & black plus signs (Maggie Holmes); aqua hexagon (Crate Paper); multicolored floral (Dear Lizzy); yellow striped triangles & red grid (Citrus Twist) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); gesso (O'Leary Paints); watercolors (Kuretake); "LOVE", "home" defined, floral, & "story of my LIFE" die cuts (Pinkfresh for Citrus Twist); sequins & triangle, leafy bar, & yellow label cut-aparts (Citrus Twist); white string (Hobby Lobby); Dream On puffy alphabet stickers (Pinkfresh)

Pretty Little Studio: Loving You, Mom

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Morning, y'all; and happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there!  I'm just stopping in, while I'm hopefully still snoozing as my family and I had a big night at Kansas Speedway last night, to bring you all my mom's Mother's Day card.  It's up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this am.  Enjoy!
I started this card by trimming the top of our Gray Always print with a strip of our All I Need patterned paper.  I then anchored them, to the white, cardstock, card face, with horizontal, double, silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches; adhered a My Heart 3x4 Journaling Card in their combined center; and secured a sheet of vellum, that was cut 1/4" smaller than the combined patterned prints, over everything, with more silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  Tip: Vellum softens everything!  A Cherish Die-Cut tag was then popped up, in the center of the journaling card, with foam tape and laced with white string, tied in a bow.
The tag itself was already split into two patterns.  So, I simply magnified that feature by placing a Cherish Die-Cut "hello", popped up with foam tape, along that diagonal.
A "loving you" Sweetheart Mini Word partial sentiment was tucked, parallel to the bottom edge of the tag, under the "hello" die cut's bottom left edge and overhanging the right side of the tag.  A Silver Metallic Label was then stapled just below that and filled in with Fresh Mint Mini ABC's to spell "MOM" and complete the "loving you, MOM" sentiment, as well as the look itself.
Further inspiration for this card came from Sunday Stamps' Challenge 152: Sketch Fun.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  And have a blessed Mother's Day, moms!  XOXO

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); With All My Heart: All I Need 8x8 & Gray Always 8x8 (PLS) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white string (Hobby Lobby); staples & Staple Board (We R Memory Keepers); With All My Heart: Fresh Mint Mini ABC, Sweetheart Mini Word, My Heart 3x4 Journaling Card, & Cherish Die Cuts & Gold Mine: Silver Metallic Label (PLS)

Poppystamps May Blog Blitz: Large Nimble Faerie

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Welcome to the weekend, y'all!  I'm super excited to be up on the Poppystamps blog today, sharing a few new goodies from our May 2017 Release.  Enjoy!
I started this card by watercoloring a scrap of watercolor paper, moving from left to right, in a rainbow of shades.  Once it was dry, I spritzed over it with Pearl mist for a little shimmer and shine and die-cut our new Floribunda Collage florals out of it.  I then backed it with a piece of white cardstock and anchored a split panel of white, glitter paper to either side of it with white-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  More white-threaded, straight, machine stitches secure a vertical strip of vellum, which was white-embossed with the "THANK YOU fairy MUCH" sentiment from our new Fairy Greetings stamp set.
A length of white string was then wrapped, vertically, around the prepped piece, between the connection of the vellum strip and everything else and tied, in a bow, near the top edge of the prepped piece, before the latter was popped off the surface of the white, cardstock, card face with foam tape.
I then die-cut our new Large Nimble Faerie from white cardstock; popped her body up with foam tape; and applied three shades of glitter to her wings, before adhering them to her back.  A sprinkling of clear, sequin blossoms completes the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from House of Card's May Challenge: Add Sequins and/or Colors.
Be sure to stop by the Poppystamps blog every day through next Sunday, May 21, 2017, to see what my talented teammies have cooked up, using all the newly-released goodies, just for your viewing pleasure.  AND don't forget to leave lots of love as you visit; because a new, May Release product is being randomly given away on EACH AND EVERY Poppystamps' blog post.  You have until Monday, May 22, 2017, to do so.  Winners will be announced, on the Poppystamps blog, the following Wednesday, May 24, 2017.  I've got that fabulous Large Nimble Faerie craft die, that you see in action above, to giveaway today.
That's it, from me, for today; but there truly is so much left to see.  You simply don't want to miss out.  Have fun!  Good luck with ALL the glorious prizes; and have a wonderful weekend, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Fairy Greetings (Poppystamps) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); glitter (Recollections); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: watermark (VersaMark) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); Pearl mist (Art Anthology); white embossing powder (Zing!); white string (Hobby Lobby); pink, turquoise, & purple glitter (K&Company); sequins (Paper Sweeties); Big Shot (Sizzix); Large Nimble Faerie & Floribunda Collage craft dies (Poppystamps)

April Recognition

Friday, May 12, 2017

Afternoon, y'all!  Just popping in here live to share that this sweet page made the Top 3 at Scrap Our Stash last month.  Eeek!  Thanks, Scrap Our Stash!
I'll be back tomorrow morning with a shimmery card, celebrating Poppystamps' May Blog Blitz.  Until then, be sure to stop by the blog to check out all the fabulous creations the rest of the team has already whipped up, not to mention the amazing stash of new goodies gracing the shop.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  TGIF!  Be blessed!