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)

PLS Pinterest Inspired: Happy Birthday, Beautiful!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Evening, y'all!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, sharing a page inspired by the watercolored background in the Pinterest photo below.  I took the scrumptious shades of green, blue, and purple from it; pulled a few photos, depicting Adina's 7th birthday celebrations; combined everything with Zinia Amoiridou's Tales & Dreams Collection; and came up with this.  Enjoy!
I started this page by adding green, blue, and purple watercolor puddles and splatters to the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page.  I then rubbed Spun Sugar Distress Ink through a heart stencil for a little added texture and dimension and splattered everything once again but this time with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.
 
I then matted my photos with white cardstock; backed them with trimmings from Faded Dreams, Sweet Dreams, Night Thinker, and So Dreamy, all anchored with teal-threaded, straight, machine stitching, as well as a folded sheet of Don't Grow Up Vellum and snippet of cheesecloth.  The foundation of the celebratory banner came from a combination of the Live in Color Cut-Apart Flags and Dream Mix Garland Flags, popped up with foam tape and dressed up with an "I love you" Adore You Phrase Strip; a Dream Shipping Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow; watercolor pennant from the June 2017 Freebie package...
Make It Happen Wood Veneer pennants; and Always Fun Word Flags.
The centers of a couple of Floral Dreams Die Cuts were dressed up with embroidery-floss French knots.  I just love the texture this creates!  They were then adhered, with foam tape, to the bottom right of the center photo.  A Beautiful Day Bookmark Journaling Card butterfly; Blooming Dreams Flair Button; and split, floral Soul Mates Sticker round out the cluster.
A secondary cluster, near the bottom of the page, includes another Floral Dreams Die Cut, dressed up with those same embroidery-floss French knots and popped up with foam tape; another floral Soul Mates Sticker; and another Blooming Dreams Flair Button, backed with a tangle of teal thread.  In addition, it includes a You & Me Bracket Die Cut bear and Spring Fling Animal Die Cut butterfly...
and grounds the left side of my "happy birthday beautiful" title, which was created from "happy" and "beautiful" Rainbow Vibes Die-Cut Words and Doodle Diary Clear Alpha Stickers to spell "birthday".  The addition of a Love Clear Word Art strip and "you" Daily Dream Die-Cut Word, popped up with foam tape, finishes things off perfectly.
Another Rainbow Vibes Die-Cut Word, popped up with foam tape, and a Beautiful Bookmark Journaling Card, tucked behind the far right photo and stapled with a length of white string, tied in a bow, to help with the ease of its removal from behind the photo itself, complete the look.  Tip: Create a hidden journaling pocket behind your photo by adding tape to three of its four backside edges.
 
The journaling card was used as per its original intention and reads, November 1, 2015, From lunch, after church, @ Red Robin to a short trip to pick up an extra special, birthday gift, your 7th birthday celebrations carried long into the night to coconut bunny cupcakes & the biggest smile ever.  Happy birthday, beautiful!
Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!  Have a terrific Tuesday!  XOXO

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Kuretake); Tales & Dreams: Faded Dreams 8x8, Sweet Dreams 8x8, Night Thinker 8x8, So Dreamy 8x8, & Don't Grow Up 8x8 Vellum (PLS) Ink: Spun Sugar Distress Ink (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: teal thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); heart stencil (Jenni Bowlin); staples & stapler (office supply store); cheesecloth (Dritz); white string (Hobby Lobby); blue embroidery floss (DMC); Tales & Dreams: Make It Happen Wood Veneer, Live in Color Cut-Apart Flags, Dream Mix Garland Flags, Blooming Dreams Flair Buttons, Always Fun Word Flags, Doodle Diary Clear Alpha Stickers, Daily Dreams Die-Cut Word, Rainbow Vibes Die-Cut Words, Floral Dreams Die-Cuts, & Dreams Shipping Tag; Dream Big: Beautiful Day Bookmark Journaling Cards & Spring Fling Animal Die Cuts; With All My Heart: You & Me Bracket Die Cuts; Blooming Hearts: Soul Mates Stickers; You & Me: Adore You Phrase Strip; Love Clear Word Art & June 2017 Freebie (PLS)

The Studio Colour Challenge

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Hey, y'all!  Just popping in with our first October challenge in The Studio.  I had my plate a little too full to pull off this one, but I didn't want you all to miss a single second with it.  It's an absolutely gorgeous, fall Colour Challenge and, no doubt, calling your name.
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 in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed week, friends!

Pretty Little Studio: Letterboxing

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Morning, y'all!  I'm up again on the Pretty Little Studio blog today sharing a two-pager.  Woohoo!  It's been a long time since I've taken on one of those; but Ashley Horton's new Wish You Were Here Collection inspired me to pull out some old photos of a Colorado vacation, that my family, along with some friends of ours, took over nine years ago now.  Ezekiel wasn't quite five-years-old, and I was just over four months pregnant with Adina.  Kaden wasn't yet even a glimmer in our eyes.  It seems like a lifetime ago!
I started this spread by adding puddles of teal watercolor across both sides.  I then splattered it with teal, red, dusty orange, yellow, and green watercolors, not to mention both Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  Both sides had snippets of Bon Voyage, Wafarer, and You Are Here anchored, with teal-threaded, straight, machine stitching, behind where my photo towers would eventually lie.  I then turned my focus to the left side of my design, which just so happens to have been inspired by the sketch below.
After my photos were matted with white cardstock, I added a Travel Plans Frame behind the top photo...
and dressed up its left side with a Travel Plans Frame hexagon, topped with a Stop Here Die-Cut heart, popped up with foam tape, as well as an "ON AN ADVENTURE" On the Go Word Sticker and Off the Grid Label, used to house my hand-written, Tuesday, June 17, 2008, Colorado Springs, CO, details.
The "let's go" Stop Here Die-Cut outline of the U.S. was popped up with foam tape to the left of the top two photos and, in turn, topped with a "now" Daily Dream Die-Cut Word, which also was popped up with foam tape.
The bottom photo was surrounded by a couple of additional Travel Plans Frames, as well as a One Way Flair Button, backed with a tangle of teal thread.
A couple of Baggage Claim Shipping Tags, laced with white string and Baker's Twine, tied in bows, respectively, were tucked behind the fourth and final photo on this page.
The photo itself was then sandwiched between a collection of Stop Here, Fernweh, and No Prob-Llama Die Cuts on the right...
and another One Way Flair Button on the left.
Both hand-cut, from the Beach Umbrella print, hexagons, tossed in amidst an additional few from the Travel Plans Frames and Stop Here Die Cuts packages, and that darling, No Prob-Llama Die Cut llama...
carry over onto the right side of the design.
My "LETTERBOXING" title was Cameo-cut from the Roam print; topped with stamped, in Jet Black ink, letters to spell out our "garden of the gods" location; and grounded with an "extraordinary" Daily Dream Die-Cut Word.
A trio of Travel Plans Frames were tucked in behind the top of my tower of photos, all of which were matted with more white cardstock.  They were then dressed up with a "sight seeing" Baggage Claim Shipping Tags phrase, popped up with foam tape.
Another One Way Flair Button, backed with a tangle of teal thread, and Hello Word Die-Cut hearts create a sweet, little cluster between the top two photographs.
Two final Travel Plans Frames, paired with a Hello Word Die-Cut "vacation" anchor the bottom photos...
and more of those Travel Plans Frames and hand-cut, Beach Umbrellas hexagons complete the look.
As I mentioned above, further inspiration for this page came from Stuck?! Sketches' October 1st Challenge...
as well as Show Us Your Stuff's October Challenge.  I've included Fernweh die cuts, frames, flair buttons, and lots and lots of foam tape.
 
I can't wait to see what you all cook up with this collection!  Thanks, as always, for visiting my little neck of the woods; and have a truly amazing weekend, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Sophisticated Script (Concord & 9th) Paper: white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); Wish You Were Here: Beach Umbrella 8x8, Bon Voyage 8x8, Roam 8x8, You Are Here 8x8, & Wayfarer 8x8 (PLS) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger) Other: teal thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); white string (Hobby Lobby); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); Cameo (Silhouette); Wish You Were Here: One Way Flair Buttons, Fernweh Die Cuts, Stop Here Die Cuts, Travel Plans Frames, Baggage Claim Shipping Tags, No Prob-llama Die Cuts, Hello Word Die Cuts, On the Go Word Stickers, & Off the Grid Label & Tales & Dreams: Daily Dreams Die-Cut Words (PLS)

Pretty Little Studio: Two-Year-Old Birthday

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Morning, y'all!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today, sharing the card that I made my nephew for his second birthday.  Enjoy!
 
I started this card by anchoring our Shine from Within and Beach Bum prints, onto the white, cardstock, card face, with bright-blue-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  I then adhered the Pirate Anchor Mini Word strip, trimmed down to size, along their combined, vertical, left edge.  Everything was then topped with the I'm Two Today Vintage Die Cut, popped up with foam tape...
and anchored with both a "what a special day" I Heart You Die Cut...
and Spring Fling Animal Die Cut, both of which were popped up with more foam tape.
Before the large I'm Two Today Vintage Die Cut was adhered in place, I also wrapped the entire card face, along the vertical, right edge of the Pirate Anchor Mini Word strip, three times with a length of white string, tied in a bow near its top edge.  A Fluffy Clouds Die Cut, Spring Fling Animal Die Cut butterfly, and GeoTag Sticker complete the look.
And just for good measure, I couldn't resist including a different angle to showcase all that fabulous dimension and wrap things up.
 
Before I run, I also wanted to share October's exclusive freebies.  They're designed by Melissa herself and available with any $24 or more purchase.  Go get yours today!
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit, friends!  Be blessed!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Paper Studio); Dream Big: Shine from Within 8x8; Summer Vibes: Beach Bum 8x8 (PLS) Other: blue thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white string (Hobby Lobby); Treasure Island: Pirate Anchor Mini Word; Marigold: Fluffy Clouds, Dream Big: Spring Fling Animal Die Cuts; Blooming Hearts: I Heart You Die Cut; Let's Go: GeoTag Sticker; & I'm Two Today Vintage Die Cut (PLS)