Monday, March 2, 2015

Lucky Us Vase - SRM

I am so excited to share a new product being carried by SRM Stickers with you today! The chalkboard trend is not going away any time soon, and SRM is bringing you something that will make creating chalkboard surfaces so much easier than the typical bottle of paint and a brush.

This isn't a chalk marker. It's a chalkBOARD marker. Think of it like a paint pen, but instead of regular paint, it applies chalkboard paint. Once you have followed the directions, the surface can be used like a chalkboard, especially with the Bistro chalk markers that SRM is also now carrying.

I experimented with the marker on a glass vase. The marker is not recommended for glass because it isn't permanent on glass, but you can still have a lot of fun creating with it so long as you don't mind the chalkboard being fairly temporary. I have a list of tips for working on glass on the SRM Stickers blog today.

Next I am going to try turning a framed piece of glass into a chalkboard, or maybe a mirror. So many possibilities! And, of course, I'll be trying it out on a layout soon, too.

For more details about this amazing marker, head on over to the SRM blog. Thanks for visiting today! Have a good one! Tessa

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I Am - The Studio Challenges, Scrapbook Circle

I'm excited for March! The calendar is full - fun stuff, challenging stuff, projects, events, birthdays, etc. Although we would rather have the rain, the spring-like weather we are enjoying is beautiful! Blossoms in the trees, poppies growing everywhere...I love it!

I also love the new challenge up today at The Studio. The design team suggested items to include on a layout, and the challenge is to include as many of those things as possible. I managed to include every single one:

I wouldn't normally reach for all of these things for the same layout, so this was definitely a challenge. To get it done, I used two strategies: use small amounts of everything, and use the same color for most of it.

One chipboard heart, three tiny brads, two sequins, a bit of thread - all in gold. The mist was easy as I almost always include a little bit of mist anyway (that was my contribution to the challenge), and the vellum was also a simple addition. The stamping was intimidating at first, but after turning to this row of triangles stamp by Scrapbook Circle, I thought the stamping was a great finishing touch.

Speaking of Scrapbook Circle, almost all of my materials for this page came from the March kits. The thread, sequins, brads and mist are from my stash, the stamp and chipboard heart are from past kits, but the papers, stickers and die-cuts are all from Here's the Story and the add-ons. Lots of "I Am" by Simple Stories, "On Trend" by My Mind's Eye here. The kit also includes quite a bit of the new papers and embellishments by Pinkfresh Studios (one of my favorite booths at CHA this year!). Be sure to check out the kits here.

You can find the challenge details at The Studio here. Thanks for visiting today! I hope your March is fantastic :). Tessa

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I Love this Hair

I just realized that you'll see another layout for Chickaniddy Crafts on my blog next month with Addie wearing this same sweatshirt. I swear, she has more than one shirt! And I guess it just really coordinates with Chickaniddy ;). Anyway, did you see this one on their blog Monday?

I really enjoyed making the big, colorful title. For my process, be sure to see my post over there.

Seriously, how cute are these pigtails?! They don't always stand up like this. Sometimes they fall out around the elastic perfectly so that they look like little messy buns.

I'm having so much fun being a mama to a girl :). Well, stay tuned for that other pink sweatshirt layout, haha! Thanks for stopping by! Tessa

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Serendipity Stationery Set - SRM Stickers

Hello and happy Tuesday! When I make cards, I like to make several at a time with the same kit or collection. Using the Serendipity 6x6 paper pad from Scrapbook Circle's February add-on, as well as some of my favorite SRM Stickers products, I put together this stationery set:

I love how different these three patterns are - lemons, a navy/periwinkle floral, and a multi-colored floral. I thought they'd make a great set of cards, especially paired with the green "hello beautiful" sticker from SRM. It's actually a long strip, a border sticker, but I cut it up to be my sentiment.

Tip: Be careful how you place a sentiment like this. When I adhered my first sticker, I realized I had created a new word (think "hello" minus the last letter) as the sticker ran off the edge of the card. Oops. Not quite the sentiment I was going for ;). I had to very carefully pull up the sticker and try again, but I was much more careful with the other two.

SRM Stickers now carries these fantastic clear card boxes (they also come in kraft with windows!). I chose an A7 box and added patterned paper to the back of it as a background for my stationery set.

I added a Target dollar spot pen, as well as an SRM glassine bag filled with sequins and envelope seals that I made from leftover patterned paper.

You can read my post over at the SRM Stickers blog here. Thanks for stopping by today! Tessa

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hello February! Totally Random Tuesday

Yes, I realize that February has been around for a couple of weeks, but I'm just now coming up for air! Here's a "totally random Tuesday" update for you:

I still can't believe that I see myself up there! The design team is getting all settled and I'll start sharing Pink Paislee projects soon :). If you don't already, feel free to connect with Pink Paislee here: Facebook / Blog / Instagram / Pinterest / YouTube / Twitter

This is the time of year that dance really ramps up. Our first competition was last weekend, and I am really happy about how things went. My 7-8 year olds took 1st overall and my 5-6 year olds (all first time competitors!) took 4th overall. The soloists all made the top ten, with one taking home 1st overall and the title. More importantly, everyone had fun and enjoyed the experience. It was really a great weekend and I am excited to get back to rehearsal to improve upon our performances.

I'm also about to start a HUGE project with a local elementary school - their first dance festival. I will choreograph, direct, write the script, and probably a million other things ;). PTO and teachers are on board, and I have a wonderful partner in the music teacher, so I'm sure it will be a success and a lot of fun!

A few people have reached out about the status of my Etsy shop, Precocious Paper. You may have noticed that I emptied my shelves at the end of 2014. I am not closing my virtual doors, but I am taking time off. When I started my Etsy shop, it was just for fun. A year later, Precocious Paper was my creative outlet, having just moved to a new state and taken time off from teaching dance. Now, my circumstances are much different and I am blessed with several creative opportunities. In order to strike the right balance, I am using this hiatus to step back from Etsy, re-charge and re-direct. I have a tentative re-opening date in mind and will share when those plans are more solid :).

As always, instead of waiting on blog updates, you can keep up with me on Facebook and more so on Instagram. I hope you are having a great week! Thanks for stopping by :). Tessa

Friday, February 6, 2015

SRM Stickers Design Team!

I am so very happy to share that I have been invited to join the SRM Stickers design team! I have been on their design team twice before, as well as the challenge blog design team, and I am absolutely thrilled to be returning once again! Susan is one of the sweetest, smartest, and lovely people in the papercrafting industry, and I love that I get to support her company in this way.

The announcement is on their blog today, which you can read here. I'm sharing a new layout, too:

Since she turned one a couple weeks ago, I've been really nostalgic and scrapping a lot of baby photos. I think she might actually fit these sunnies now ;).

I used the Valentines border stickers for this page. The "I love you" and "xoxo" and pennant banner come from this sheet. I especially loved the red border stickers and how they brought out the red in the floral patterned paper.

I decided to just go with just her initial for the title. I didn't have a red alpha that matched the pretty red of the stickers (they were all too dark), so I decided to paint a blank chipboard "A". When the paint dried, it was still a bit too dark, so I used some Glossy Accents to make it shiny. I was happy to see that the Glossy Accents brightened the "A", too :).

I am seriously in love with these Pinkfresh Studio arrows. I've been hoarding them, and now I'm almost all out!

So, watch this space! More SRM Stickers projects are coming. Thanks for stopping by today, and if you haven't already, be sure to check out SRM. Have a good one!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Easter Best - Pretty Little Studio

Before I share today's project, I have to celebrate for a moment:

She's one. Today. I cannot believe it. Seriously, where did the time go? As fast as it has sped by, I am grateful for every moment. The good and the hard. She has grown so much, but at the same time, I have grown even more. Adlyn has inspired me to be better in so many ways. The way she wraps her arms around my neck, even while we're sleeping, makes me want to love more fiercely. The way she reaches out to people (even strangers) and shows them love with smiles, pats of her little hands and even cuddles makes me want to be a better friend. The way she glows when she sees her brothers come home from school makes me want to spend more quality time with the people I love. The way she absolutely adores her daddy makes me love him more. I am so grateful to be her mama. Truly, truly blessed.

All this birthday milestone stuff has had me looking over photos of the past year, and these photos caught my eye:

I realized that I hadn't scrapped them yet, and they were perfect for an assignment from Pretty Little Studio to feature the word flags (one of my favorite PLS embellishments). You can read more about them here.

This is Adlyn in her first Easter dress. She was awfully wiggly, so I had a hard time getting photos, but I think the blurry pictures tell the story well.

It's funny - I was just telling a friend at CHA that I was "so over" the yellow and gray trend. Huh, looks like I'm not, really ;).

Thanks for stopping by today. For those of you looking for sneak peeks of Adlyn's birthday party, see my IG feed. Her party isn't until next weekend, so you've got a week until I blog it all. I'll be sharing photos of the DIY on IG fairly regularly, though! Have a good one! Tessa