The Studio Quote Challenge

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Morning, friends!  Just stopping in to share our second April challenge in The Studio.  We're asking you to use a quote on your pages this go around.  Fittingly, for the mom who has purchased over 1,300 children's books (Shhh!  Don't tell my hubby.), I couldn't pass on using Neil Gaiman's "A book is a dream that you hold in your hands," quote along with a few precious pics of my littlest reading just before bed.
I started this page by using a piece of plastic wrap to smudge Sky Mr. Huey's and Lobster Glimmer Mist onto the textured, white, cardstock, base page.  I then splattered it with those same mists, as well as Apricot Jelly Glimmer Mist and Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  I then anchored a couple of hand-cut, from patterned prints, banners, along with a happy stack of coordinating prints, behind where my photo grid would lie, with black-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  I also tucked a bit of folded vellum in behind the bottom half of my photos, which were matted with white cardstock.  My quote was then created, vertically and with Fresh Mint Mini ABC Stickers from Pretty Little Studio, down the right side of my photos.  The author of the quote was hand-penned at its base.
Citrus Twist's April Sophie Main Kit came with a fabulous mix of die-cut goodies, made by Pinkfresh, specifically for Citrus Twist; and I cannot tell you how much I adore each and every little treasure in that package.  Pure perfection!  A number of the die-cuts, that I placed down the vertical, left side of my photos, came from that package, beginning with the bright blue, "DISCOVER" tag, which I laced with yellow string, tied in a bow, as well as the little boy, looking through a magnifying glass, which I popped up with foam tape.
Moving down the column, the ticket; red-framed, journaling card, popped up with foam tape; open heart; and "take me anywhere" tag, which I laced with white string, clipped with a heart paper clip, and popped up with more foam tape, also come from that package.
The yellow arrow; "nose in a book" label, which I popped up with foam tape; and stapled, "take a CLOSER LOOK" die cut all come from that very same package.  I also threw in a "#cute" cut-apart and hand-cut, from patterned paper, "EXPLORE".  A trio of Pinkfresh Dream On Studio Puff Stickers and single, pearl button, laced with white string...
not to mention a playful, little, black-speckled triangle, anchored in the bottom left corner of the design with black-threaded, straight, machine stitching, complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Citrus Twist's April 9th Sunday Sketch...
and I'm doubling it up with their April 22nd 3-to-Inspire Challenge, to (1) add a hand-cut embellishment from patterned paper, (2) use some staples, and (3) add a triangle of patterned paper to any corner of your page, too.
You have until Sunday, May 7, 2017, to link up your takes, on this Quote Challenge and/or our April Sketch 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 wonderful week, y'all!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: vellum & white (Paper Studio); textured white (Bazzill); yellow triangles (Crate Paper); multicolored triangles & black speckles (American Crafts); orange graphic triangles (Pinkfresh); red grid & blue triangles (Citrus Twist) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Sky Mr. Huey's (Studio Calico); Lobster & Apricot Jelly Glimmer Mists (Tattered Angels); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); white string (Hobby Lobby); With All My Heart: Fresh Mint Mini ABC Stickers (PLS); "DISCOVER" & "take me anywhere" tags, boy, ticket, red-framed journaling card, multicolored striped heart, "nose in a book", arrow, & "take a CLOSER LOOK" die cuts (Pinkfresh for Citrus Twist); button, yellow string, heart paper clip, & "#cute" cut-apart (Citrus Twist); Dream On Studio Puff Stickers (Pinkfresh); Staple Board & staples (We R Memory Keepers)

Pretty Little Studio: Adore You

Friday, April 21, 2017

Morning, friends; and happy Friday!  I hope you all have wonderful plans for the weekend.  After having lots of activities for several weekends in a row now, we've got a more relaxing one to take advantage of; and it looks like it's going to be a beautiful one, weather-wise, to boot.  Before it gets started, though, I wanted to pop in here to share a page that's up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this am.  Enjoy!
I started this page by anchoring a number of 3" strips of paper, from Claudia's With All My Heart Collection, horizontally and with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching, down the right edge of the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page.  I also added a vertical, skinny strip of our The Best Thing print and secured it, too, with more silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  I then added a little gesso to the prints themselves, before painting lots of soft, colorful watercolors over the background.  A punchinella stencil was used to smudge Pumice Stone Distress Ink behind where my photo would lie, before everything was splattered with more of those same shades of watercolor used above, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  My photo itself was then matted with white cardstock and backed with lots of happy, coordinating prints, all anchored with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching, and a folded sheet of vellum.  A Sweetheart Shipping Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, was tucked under its right side...
and a combination of Floral Bouquet Die Cuts and Peonies Stickers embellish its top right corner.
Its top left corner was decked out with a "you+me" My Favorites Sticker, which I backed with white cardstock and popped up with foam tape.
An Adore You Word Art Die Cut, backed with that darling Bingo Bear Vintage Die Cut, both of which were popped up with foam tape, creates the title.
A Happy Heart Flair Button, backed with silver thread, grounds the photo...
and turns our attention to the journaling, which begins with a "today" My Favorites Sticker, surrounded with Love Story Word Stickers and Lovebird Word Die Cuts.  The journaling begins above the photo and ends below it.  It reads, Your entire year was made when you met Miss Weiler.  She asked you...
lots of questions to see how well you paid attention in class, and you knew every single answer.  She even did a few teacher spins with you, which totally made me cry.  We took far too much of her time, as she was helping with the curriculum booth, but she was super kind and went out of her way to make you feel extra special.
A couple of extra strips of patterned paper, anchored with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching, along the vertical, left edge of my design, as well as an April 23, '16 Flutter Tab and a My Favorites label Sticker, which I used to include 1st grade, complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from The Memory Nest's Make It Monday No. 86, which I mirrored in order to better suit the photograph.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend, y'all!  XOXO 

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: watercolor (Master's Touch); white (Recollections); vellum (Paper Studio); With All My Heart: All I Need 8x8, Gray Always 8x8, So Lucky 8x8, Precious 8x8, The Best Thing 8x8, You & Me 8x8, & Together 8x8, Here Comes the Sun: Sunrise 8x8, April Showers: Rose Bed 8x8, Winter Joy: Candy Cane 8x8, & Black Polka Dot 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Pumice Stone Distress Ink (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); gessso (O'Leary Paint); watercolors (Kuretake); punchinella stencil (Prima); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); With All My Heart: Floral Bouquet Die Cuts, Happy Heart Flair Button, Lovebird Word Die Cuts, Sweetheart Shipping Tag, Flutter Tab, Peonies Stickers, Love Story Word Stickers, Bingo Bear Vintage Die Cut, & My Favorite Stickers, & Adore You Word Art (PLS)

Poppystamps: Watercolored Birthday Shakers

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Morning, y'all!  I trust you all had a fantastic, holiday weekend!  We had a truly wonderful, resurrection celebration together in the morning and were blessed to get to spend a little time with extended family in the afternoon.  Easter Sunday happened to also be my dad's birthday; and if it's okay with you, I'd like to share the card I made for his special day, which just so happens to be up on the Poppystamps blog this morning, with you all, today.
I started this card by adding a gradient of blue watercolor to the 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" watercolor paper, card base.  Once it was dry, I adhered a variety of sizes in a gradient of cardstock, Pinpoint Balloon die cuts, trailing just right of vertical center, using Brilliant Blue, Ballet Blue, Brocade Blue, Bordering Blue, and Bashful Blue cardstocks.
The Happy Birthday Bold die cut serves as my sentiment.  It was die-cut from a wide strip of white cardstock; backed with a sheet of clear acetate; and secured, in its present, angled position, with both silver and blue-threaded, straight machine stitching.  Before sealing off the sides of the prepped piece with liquid glue, I snuck a number of Sparkling Clear sequins, along with lots of large and small, silver, star sequins, in behind the sentiment panel.
The ends of the blue thread were tied, to the front of the card face, in a textural bow; and a couple strips of silver, glitter paper, adhered to either side of the sentiment panel, complete the look.
I'm always running low on birthday cards.  So, I decided to use this same design to knock out a couple more in different colors.
The green alternative was made in the exact same way as above with the exception of using a gradient of green watercolors, green thread, and the combination of Hunter Green, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Lucky Limeade, and Certainly Celery cardstocks for the Pinpoint Balloons.
The pink number used a gradient of pink watercolors, bright pink thread, and the combination of Rose Red, Strawberry Slush, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, and Pink Pirouette cardstocks for the Pinpoint Balloons.
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit!  Have a terrific Tuesday, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Bazzill); silver glitter, Night of Navy, Brilliant Blue, Ballet Blue, Brocade Blue, Bordering Blue, Bashful Blue, Rose Red, Strawberry Slush, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Hunter Green, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Lucky Limeade, & Certainly Celery (SU!); watercolor (Canson Studio); clear (unknown) Other: silver, blue, pink, & green thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); watercolors (Kuretake); small silver star sequins (Hobby Lobby); large silver star & Sparkling Clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Big Shot (Sizzix); Pinpoint Balloons & Happy Birthday Bold craft dies (Poppystamps)

For the Love of Books

Friday, April 14, 2017

Hey, y'all!  With it being Good Friday, the day we choose to remember Christ's ultimate sacrifice for our sins (Isaiah 53:5), I thought it fitting to share one of our favorite Easter books for this month's For the Love of Books pick.  Written for children ages four and up, it teaches a valuable lesson of love and self-sacrifice and reminds the reader that true beauty comes from within.
Little Rose of Sharon, written by Nan Gurley and illustrated by Tim Jonke, tells the story of a little rose who grew taller and more beautiful with each passing day.  She hoped the Creator would be pleased with her beautiful petals and "felt her heart would burst with joy... [when] He bent down and breathed her sweet smell."  Then, one night, a storm threatened to take that beauty away.  The little rose "held on to her petals with all her strength" and made it through only to discover a dove's egg had not been so lucky.  It had fallen from its nest during the storm.  "All day the doves searched for the tiny egg, but they never saw it in the grass beneath the rose."  The rose knew the baby dove inside would die if the egg was not kept warm.  So, carefully, she dropped each one of her beautiful petals to provide a cozy blanket to protect the egg against the chilly night.  The next morning, she excitedly awoke to the sweet, chirping sounds of the new baby dove; but when the rose saw the Creator walking on the hillside, she hung her head in shame.  "When the Creator stood before her, He gently reached out and touched her stem.  'You have given all you had to save the life of the baby dove,'" He said.  "'Because of the love you have shown for the baby dove, I will call My Son the Rose of Sharon, for He too will give everything He has and show the world My love.'"

Thank you so much for reading!  Have a wonderful weekend and a blessed Easter!  Hugs! 

March Recognition

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Morning, y'all!  I trust you all are having wonderful weeks.  On top of all our regular weekly business, I was at a conference for a couple of days last week.  We also had the Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair, not to mention baseball, for Ezekiel.  So, this week has been a welcome reprieve with only having baseball and our studies to worry about.  I'm hoping to even sneak away for a little this evening, leaving my hubby in charge, in order to get some goodies for my kiddos' Easter baskets.  They're always with me.  Aaah!  Such is the life of a homeschool mom, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.  I'm blessed.

So, today, I'm super excited to get to share a couple of projects that received recognition last month.  Woohoo!  This page was named a January 15th 3-to-Inspire Winner at Citrus Twist...
and this layout was honored with the title of Top 3 at Scrap Our Stash.  It also earned me the opportunity to guest design, with their inspirational team, next month.  Yay!
Thank you so much to all the designers who had a hand in such!  I'm such a lucky girl.  And a big thanks to all of you for just being YOU!  It's so fun to get to come here and share one of my passions with all you creative types who love paper... almost... as much as I do ;).  XOXO

Poppystamps: Happy Easter

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Morning, friends!  I'm up on the Poppystamps blog today, sharing an Easter card that I made for my dear, sweet neighbor.  Enjoy!
I started this card by creating a puddle of various shades of blue watercolor on a 3-1/2" x 4-7/8" watercolor paper rectangle.  I then splattered it with those same shades of blue watercolor, as well as pink, yellow, green, and purple watercolors and Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  Once it was dry, I framed it with Perfect Plum cardstock and white-threaded, straight, machine stitching, whose ends were tied in a little bow just for a dash of extra texture.
The Happy Easter Curve title, too, was die-cut from Perfect Plum cardstock; adhered near the top of the design; given a bit of shine with Glossy Accents; and grounded with a stamped, in Jet Black ink, "from all of us", which comes from our Christmas Friends stamp set.
I then made the row of critters by die-cutting, from left to right, the Tiny Frog from Pear Pizzazz cardstock; Bunny Hop from textured, white cardstock; Simple Sheep from Very Vanilla and kraft cardstocks; the Purrfect Holidays chick from a soft yellow cardstock; and the single Young Fox Pair from an apricot cardstock.  Each one, with the exception of the bunny itself, was given a set of Bunny Ears, which were die-cut from Bashful Blue or Pink Pirouette cardstock, and popped up with foam tape.  The entire panel, too, was popped up with foam tape in the center of the white, cardstock, card face to complete the look.
Thanks so much for visiting!  Have a terrific Tuesday, y'all, and a blessed Easter season!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Christmas Friends (Poppystamps) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette, Bashful Blue, Pear Pizzazz, & Perfect Plum (SU!); Kraft (Wplus9); textured white, apricot, & soft yellow (Bazzill); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Big Shot (Sizzix); Bunny Ears, Bunny Hop, Simple Sheep, Purrfect Holidays, Tiny Frogs, Young Fox Pair, & Happy Easter Curve craft dies (Poppystamps)

Pretty Little Studio: You Bring Magic in My Life

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Morning, y'all!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today sharing a little of how Zinia Amoiridou's newest Blooming Hearts Collection has inspired me.  Enjoy!
I started this page by adding soft, watercolor puddles to the 12x12, watercolor paper, base page, which was torn down its right side.  Once it was dry, I speckled it with more of those same soft shades of watercolor, before smearing Patina Distress Ink through a stitched stencil and, once again, speckling everything, but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  While everything was drying, I used my Cameo to cut a Pie Heart from watercolor paper and backed it with lots of happy, colorful prints, before securing it over my pretty "mess" with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  While I had my machine handy, I also stitched a strip of Bashful Blue cardstock down the right side of that torn edge to create a 12x12 base again.  My photo was then backed with a folded sheet of Raining Love Vellum, as well as a little, white, tissue paper for texture and a piece of our Gold Metallic You & Me print for shine.  It was then grounded with the "you bring magic in my life" title, which was created from a Soul Mates Die Cut, and a snippet of journaling, which reads, Loving on Ms. Debbie @ her retirement party from Cedar Roe Library.
The photo was also sandwiched between a Salt Lake Clear Shipping Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, on the right...
and a Picture Perfect Die Cut tab, etched with Treasure, Jan. 7, 2012, as well as a playful cluster of blooms, on the left.  The latter consists of two Blooming Die Cuts, popped up with foam tape; three hand-cut, from our Gold Metallic Lovely print, flowers; and a punched, vellum flower, embellished with a single, black pearl.
I stapled a couple of Soul Mates Die Cut pennants to the top of the photo and used our Noir ABC Stickers to create the word "LOVE" around the outside edge of the heart itself.
Another floral cluster can be found just right of top center of the heart.  It includes the same elements as the one described previously, as well as a Soul Mates Sticker flower, Just Saying Flair Button, and Soul Mates Die Cut "I ADORE YOU" banner.
Yet a third floral cluster can be found along the right edge of the Cameo-cut heart.  It, too, contains all of the same elements as the initial cluster, in addition to a couple of extra, punched, vellum blossoms and a large, Soul Mates Die Cut flower.  I've made sure to give you a different angle on this one in order to try to catch the sheen on those gold metallic bits.  They are so striking in real life.
A trio of Words from the Heart Stickers and single, trailing, Blooming Die Cut flower, popped up with foam tape, complete the look.

Further inspiration for this page came from Stuck?! Sketches' April 1st Challenge...
and Scrap Our Stash's April Tic Tac Toe Stash Challenge.  I used stitching, flowers, and ephemera for a tic tac toe horizontally across the center of the board.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by!  Have a blessed week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: Bashful Blue (SU!); watercolor (Master's Touch); tissue (unknown); white & vellum (Paper Studio); Blooming Hearts: Sky Confetti 8x8, Lovely Sunrise 8x8, Love Without Borders 8x8, & Raining Love Vellum 8x8, With All My Heart: Metallic Gold Lovely 8x8 & Metallic Gold You & Me 8x8, Summer Vibes: Berry Sundress 8x8, Here Comes the Sun: Gold Metallic Confetti 8x8, & April Showers: Rose Bed 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Patina Distress Ink (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Petite Petals punch (SU!); black pearls (Want 2 Scrap); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); stitched stencil (Jenni Bowlin); staples & Staple Board (We R Memory Keepers); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Pie Hearts cut file (The Cut Shoppe); Cameo (Silhouette); Blooming Hearts: Blooming Die Cuts, Picture Perfect Die Cuts, Our Story 3x4 Pocket Cards, Just Saying Flair Button, Soul Mates Stickers, Words from the Heart Stickers, & Soul Mates Die Cuts, Let's Go: Salt Lake Clear Shipping Tags, & Here +There: Noir ABC Stickers (PLS)

The Studio Sketch Challenge

Morning, friends!  We've got our first April challenge up over in The Studio.  Anna has cooked up a sketch based upon Rachel's take on our January Inspired by a Song Challenge.  I rotated it 90 degrees to the right and used paint swatches, as per a secondary challenge below, for the large square.  I hope that I haven't totally butchered it.  Well, let's just see what we see.  Shall we?
I started this page by using an old gift card to smear my Crumb Cake, cardstock, base page with gesso and True Blue acrylic paint.  I then smudged Faded Jeans Distress Ink through a triangle stencil and stamped lots of triangles, in Jet Black ink, throughout, before splattering everything with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  As I said above, I used a number of paint swatches, some of which were anchored with simple staples, to form the large square from the sketch below.  My photo was matted with white cardstock, backed with a folded and torn sheet of vellum, and popped up with foam tape in the center of them.  I then began embellishing throughout the page, beginning just to the photo's left with a star chart die cut and "Wild and Free" cut-apart, stamped, in Jet Black ink, with a trio of phrases.
An "ALWAYS DREAMING OF..." cut-apart, completed with a stamped, in Jet Black ink, "FUN", rounds the top left corner of the photo...
and a cloud, cut-apart label, stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "JUL 15 2012" date, as well as "TWINKLE" and "ADVENTURE" cut-aparts, crowns it.
A green, scribble die-cut was tucked under the top right corner of the paint swatches...
and a "JUST BEING ME IS FUN" cut-apart under the top right corner of the photo itself.  A "YOLO" cut-apart was turned into a tag; laced with white string, tied in a bow; and popped up with foam tape.  Another cut-apart was tucked under the right center of the paint swatches.
A "from the heart" die cut was tucked under the bottom right corner of the photo.  In turn, the die cut's bottom right corner was dressed up with a simple, journaling square, upon which I wrote, What if I fall?  Oh, but darling, what if you fly? - Peter Pan.
A "NEVERLAND IS MY HOME" cut-apart, popped up with foam tape, and puffy, "Always" sticker, which creates the title itself, ground the entire design.
I then tucked an "untold story", cut-apart tab under the photo's immediate, bottom right corner and added an acrylic "e", for Ezekiel, to the photo itself.
A "ONE OF A KIND", cut-apart flag, anchored, at its left end, with a blue button, laced with white string, as well as a number of white, cardstock, cloud die-cuts and sprinkling of black foam and wood chip stars, not to mention lots of black-threaded, machine stitching, completes the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Kraft +'s April Challenge: Swatch It Up!...
and here's this month's Sketch Challenge to get you off and creating in the right direction.
You have until Sunday, May 7, 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 the team was inspired.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  XOXO

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: triangles, "do great things", "CAREFREE", & "XOXO" (Citrus Twist); date (Stamp-Ever) Paper: Crumb Cake & Whisper White (SU!); white & vellum (Paper Studio); cut-apart bits (Pinkfresh); wide/arched paint swatches (Sherwin Williams); narrow paint swatches (Porter Paints) Ink: Faded Jeans Distress Ink & Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Rainbow & Cloud die (Li'l Inker); Big Shot (Sizzix); Pure Black, Titanium White, & True Blue acrylic paints (FolkArt); gesso (O'Leary Paint); triangle stencil (Prima); white string (Hobby Lobby); button, cut-apart phrases & tab, star wood chips, & acrylic "e" (Citrus Twist); Joy Parade puffy "Always" sticker (Fancy Pants); star chart & green scribbles die cuts (Dear Lizzy); staples & Staple Board (We R Memory Keepers); foam stars (Freckled Fawn)