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Sketch Challenge #14

Leave a comment with a link to your layout/card/project. We would love to see your creations!

Two people will be randomly chosen to receive a

Prize package worth $50

This week we challenged Celine, Kate and Irit to create Layouts with this sketch.


Celine Le Guay

For this page, I used Instaplus on my I Phone to make some pictures of my little girl and I in our sofa…so easy to capture every moment!

Products Used: Antique Store Collection Papers: Retro and Charm, Little Princess Vintage Tags, Antique Store Bunting Flags,1″ Fresh Eggs Vintage Tags, Polar Ice Apothecary Cutout Shape


Kate Codina

I have been waiting to scrap this photo and when I saw these papers from the Antique Store collection I knew I wanted to combine the two. This is a photo of the porch from a family vacation to Navarree Beach, FL. We have been going there since I was a little girl and it is a very beautiful and special place. As I began creating this layout I found myself pulling only blues and greens to work with. (totally outside of my box) I wanted to document the date so I circled the month and day on the train ticket, I also wanted to add some circular imagery with the bunting flags and circles in the top right corner. I tend to follow the rule of three and this layout turned out to be a great example of that. I visually created a triangle with the circles in the top, to the banner on the left, continuing to the banner pieces in the bottom right. All items are cut from Antique Store paper and Bazzill Avalanche White card stock and all items are in groups of three. To fill the white background I splattered with two different mists. No spraying here, just unscrew the cap and tap the sprayer over your project.


Irit Shalom

My tip here is to use Puffy paint and glitter all over the big paper cuts to add more interest and to make journaling clusters for handwritten journaling.

Products Used: Hopscotch Paper: Bunny Hop, Hare and the Turtle, Peter Rabbit, Thumper; Fancy Bracket Journaling Cards, Vintage Bunny Cookie Cutters Labels, Hopscotch Paper Ribbons, Hopscotch Mini Bunting Flags, Vintage Bunny Lemon Sliced Garland Flags, Bunny Face Vintage Cutouts, For You Valentine Cards

Other: Glitz cardstock, AC alphas, Puffy Liquid-Marvi white, Uniball pen, twine, Ranger glitter and enamel paing, Epiphany crafts vontage settings and epoxy shapes


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September 20, 2011 - 11:29 am

Mustangkayla - Oh darn! I was looking for a sketch last night and this one would have been PERFECT! Too bad I already adhered most of the layout! :-( Guess it gives me a good excuse to start another one! :-) Love the sketch and great takes on it by the DT!

September 20, 2011 - 7:42 pm

photochic - This is my favorite my sketch EVER! I loved using it on my layout! Cute cute examples from the DT too! http://craftyscrapbooker.blogspot.com/2011/09/pretty-little-studio-sketch-challenge_20.html

September 20, 2011 - 8:42 pm

ShawnaW - I thought i would give this sketch a try. It was lots of fun. Great job to the designers as well! Loving all their creations!


September 22, 2011 - 12:43 pm
September 23, 2011 - 5:30 am
September 23, 2011 - 2:51 pm

Jennifer J - Love these layouts!! Such a versatile sketch and I like how each designer made it their own. Thanks for sharing.

September 25, 2011 - 4:54 pm

Lisa L. - I sent my layout in via email. Hope you received it. Thanks for letting me participate. Lisa L.

September 26, 2011 - 8:54 am

keika - Here is my take

I like this sketch!!

September 26, 2011 - 4:51 pm
September 26, 2011 - 5:37 pm

April W - LOVE this sketch!! Here’s my take on it…


Thanks for letting me play along!
- April W

September 26, 2011 - 11:49 pm

KimR - Loved this sketch! Here is my take. I used the Vintage Bunny Paper ribbons.


September 26, 2011 - 11:50 pm

KimR - I loved this sketch! Here is my LO. I used the Vintage Bunny Paper ribbons:


Sneak Peak of Jingle Bells & Giveaway

Our new Christmas Collection

Jingle Bells” is coming soon!!

Here is a sneak peak!

Leave a comment below about your Favorite Christmas Tradition!

To win a Jingle Bells 8×8 Paper Pack, Garland Flags, Bingo Cards and Gift Tags

Contest ends: September 20th

This collection will be available for “Pre-Order” on September 21st.

September 17, 2011 - 8:25 pm

Jasmine Ford - What a great collection! Love those playful journaling tags and flashcards and can’t wait to see what the paper looks like! Our favorite Christmas tradition is hanging out the Santa Key. After we’ve put out his milk and cookies (and of course a treat for his reindeer) we hang a hand carved wooden key on our front door knob….since we don’t have a fireplace, it’s so Santa can get in the front door. He leaves it on the kitchen table when he’s come and gone!

September 17, 2011 - 8:28 pm

Margie Visnick - My favorite Christmas tradition is baking Christmas cookies and Gingerbread with the kids!Your new collection looks fantastic, thank you for the chance to win!

September 17, 2011 - 8:45 pm

Cynthia - LOVE the vintage look to everything–I’m so excited to see more!

My favorite tradition is to turn off all the lights, except for the Christmas tree, put on some peaceful Christmas music and drink hot chocolate, while thanking God for the True meaning of this season.

September 17, 2011 - 8:52 pm

Laurel S - Love the Santa sticker, I love everything about Santa! My favorite tradition is baking cookies to leave for him and sprinkling some reindeer food.

September 17, 2011 - 9:05 pm

Barb Jolly - My favorite Christmas tradition is having all my kids and grandkids together!

September 17, 2011 - 9:05 pm

Alanna N - Oooh what a gorgeous collection! I can never have enough of Christmasy things! Last year, my partner and I made cute little chocolate reindeer and I think this is going to become a nice little tradition in the future :)

September 17, 2011 - 9:10 pm

Keri - This is awesome, my favorites so far are the genius-shaped ornament journaling cards and the vintage-ad shipping tags…can’t wait to see it all!

September 17, 2011 - 9:11 pm

Vikki - Such an adorable collection, it brings those wonderful childhood memories flooding back. One of our traditions is to drive around looking at all the lights on Christmas Eve while singing along to our favorite carols.

September 17, 2011 - 9:17 pm

Melissa Saxton - opening presents on christmas day but not before having breakfast of bagels and lox.

September 17, 2011 - 10:53 pm

KellyG - Great stuff, can’t wait to see it all!! I love going with my husband and son and finding the perfect Christmas tree to cut down, our own little tradition!

September 17, 2011 - 11:16 pm

Debbie - What a wonderful collection! It brings so many childhood memories! Gosh am I giving away my age???? My favorite Christmas Tradition is making and decorating cut out sugar cookies. We use a recipe that my mom found 50+ years ago and use her original cookie cutters!

September 18, 2011 - 12:16 am

heaney - My favourite Christmas tradition is putting up Christmas tree, decorate and light it up. Just enjoy the flickering christmas bulb!

September 18, 2011 - 1:35 am

Michelle Whitlow - Just adorable!!! We have many Christmas traditions but I love giving my kids new pjs on Christmas Eve. We usually go to church that night, come home & the kids open their new pjs, one present (usually from each other) and then put out cookies and milk for Santa :)

September 18, 2011 - 3:02 am

Kristin Perez - Yummy vintageness -can’t wait to see more!

September 18, 2011 - 4:42 am

Kaz - Great colors!
My favorite thing, if I have to chose one, is Christmas tree decoration, with the whole family, trying to figure the best place for every little thing and then turn off the lights and see how it sparkles.

September 18, 2011 - 8:00 am

Diane - I love the new collection! One of my favorite Christmas traditions is Secret Santa at my workplace. I started this tradition 20 years ago, and love creating almost all of my gifts. This year, I plan to use the new collection! So cute!

September 18, 2011 - 11:22 am

Mustangkayla - Very very cute! Love the reindeer! So cute!

September 18, 2011 - 12:20 pm

Renee VanEpps - These are so adorable! My new fave tradition is 3 generations (my mom, myself, my daughter) baking cookies for Santa :) Thanks for the chance to win!

September 18, 2011 - 2:05 pm

Gretchen - I LOVE Christmas!!! My favorite memory as a child was having our special Christmas Eve dinner, watching ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and opening presents. :-) Now I get to make new traditions with my own kids.

September 18, 2011 - 4:57 pm

tooteecha - ey ey ey !!! my favorite tradition is to dress up my dogs like santa claus and to eat a lot of chocolates !!!!
I need this new collection !!!PLEASE !!!kiss

September 18, 2011 - 9:58 pm

cindy barriga - I love all the cooking. We gather more in this one month than another time of the year.

September 18, 2011 - 11:10 pm

Jody - My favorite tradition is watching all the “old-school” holiday TV specials (Peanuts/Rudolph/Frosty) with my children.
Thanks for the chance to win these adorable goodies!

September 19, 2011 - 10:39 am

Hester - This looks so much like christmas! i love the shipping tags and the calendar!

September 19, 2011 - 1:49 pm

Betsy - My favorite tradition is opening one gift on Christmas eve.
It is always new pajamas, we having been doing it since we were were teenagers now now my kids look forward to it too!

September 19, 2011 - 3:49 pm

photochic - Adorable line! I love the little tags and the garland flags!! :) :)

September 20, 2011 - 5:53 pm

Debbie - Love this new line so vintage and adorable. Favorite Christmas tradition is watching A Christmas Story all day with my family while we exchange stories of our favorite christmas.

September 21, 2011 - 8:16 am

keika - Thanks for the chance to win !!Very very cute!


The more I travel and see the world, the more I find that so much of what we buy is the same no matter the country! The same manufacturer, same colors, same look. That is why for my fall birthday parties I wanted something pretty, creative and unique just like the loved ones whose birthdays I am celebrating. No store bought decorations required. I immediately thought of the Pretty Little Studio Clowning Around Collection‘s Star 8×8 Cut-Out Shapes. I can’t wait to share how I used these stars to create beautiful party decorations!


First I bought several different colors of the Pretty Little Studio 8×8 Cut-Out Shapes.

I used buttons to create a polka dot mask on the background.

I then used my favorite mists to soften the white, lined background. Didn’t the buttons create a great mask?

I cut out images from the clowning around 8×8 Make-A-Wish background paper, inked doilies as shown in this tutorial, cut paper circles and pennants and collected supplies that included circle tags, buttons and felt.

To apply letters around a circle, I first attach the circle tag as an accent and then lay the letters down carefully only pressing down to secure after I like the alignment.

I used a lot of hand stitching on my decorations. I first poke the holes with a tiny awl to make it easier to stitch and ensure my stitches are even, I liked the little holes that the awl make so much I even left some without stitches as decoration.

I used glitter stickles to add sparkle and depth to each star.

In addition to party decoration the star die cuts make great over-size birthday cards. I hope this tutorial inspires you to pause, and make something beautiful for your loved ones this year. Remember to post your inspiration pieces on the Pretty Little Studio facebook page.



Thanks for reading and happy creating!

100 Days Old


Tip for this project: ” Small bottle cap tags are great for button making – it can be with a real button maker as I did here or just as is. Make some holes, add some 3D glaze over it and tie with a twine. Add some – not too much glitter over the paper for the shining effect and for more interest”




  • PLS Products Used: April Showers Papers: Rainbow Bright and Sunshine, Bingo Cards, April Showers Word Flashcards, Fruit Punch Bottle Cap Calendar Cards, Rainbow Note Cards, Bunny Spots Note Cards, 2″ Orange Juice Vintage Tags, 1″ Fresh Eggs Vintage Tags, Assorted Rainbow Paper Ribbon Flats, April Rainbow Cookie Cutter Labels,
  • Other: DCWV cardstock, Baker’s twine, SU ribbon, PP chipboard alphas, Epiphany craft buttons, Ranger glitter
September 18, 2011 - 11:21 am

Mustangkayla - Cute layout!

Giveaway Winners

One Person Won the entire “Scaredy Cat” Collection


Those are soooo cute! Good luck everyone


One Person won a “Scaredy Cat” Paper Pack


Thank you for the chance to win such a cute line!


One Person won a $25 Gift Certificate


WOW, I love the new Scaredy Cat Collection! Halloween is almost here!



Winners: Email your addresses  to info@prettylittlestudio.com

to claim your prize.

Happy Birthday


“The clowning around papers are perfect for a quick birthday card. The colors are vibrant and catch your attention so your next birthday card made with the PLS clowning around collection will sure to be a hit!”





Inspiration Challenge #7

The Pretty Little Studio Design Team was challenged to “Think Outside the Box” using a pillow as an example. Check out how Pretty Little Studio Design Team members Jennifer, Karen and Laura interpreted the “Think Outside the Box” challenge this week!

Source: http://pinterest.com/pin/53459466/

Inspiring Ideas

Use a Monogram letter on a layout

Create a button monogram on a layout

Use blue buttons on your layout

Make a blue and white layout

Use buttons on your layout

Laura Achilles

For this outside the box challenge I took the largeness of the monogram letter and created a large monogrammed shape that mimicked the shape in the photos. Having some of the same color scheme as well as adding buttons helped tie into the ad theme perfectly!

Jennifer Chapin

I was inspired by the grouping of buttons in the photo to create this layout. I punched a circle of kraft cardstock, then adhered buttons and stitched them down with thread. I adhered a heart in the center to use as an embellishment on my page about my daughter and her new cousin.

Karen Lim

For the outside the box challenge this month Design Team member Karen Lim used buttons to help record her memories of cherries using the Pretty Little Studio Cherry Chocolate collection. Aren’t Karen’s digital buttons created from Pretty Little Studio digital patterned paper great?

September 15, 2011 - 11:35 am

Mustangkayla - The star on Laura’s layout is fabulous! LOVE it! Love the circle of buttons with a heart on top in Jennifer’s layout! I like Karen’s design and placement of buttons!

How to make a Fall Banner

Step 1: Cover chipboard scalloped banner shapes with White acrylic paint and let it dry. Ink the edges with some brown ink. (I used Ranger’s Tea Die)

Step 2: Ink the edges with Tea Die distress ink

Step 3: Cover the scalloped edges with Ranger Clear crackled paint and let it dry

Step 4: cover the inside straight edge banners with Pretty Little Studio’s Antique Collection papers, ink them a bit to get this stained antique look with the same ink. Adhere the covered paper banners over the scalloped ones.

Step 5: Go wild and crazy with embellishing your banners. I used everything I could here: PLS lemon slices to make the round banner on the left flag, using some Baker’s twine. Fall flashcards were added as a triple, covered with Bottle Cap Co cap with 1” Orange Juice vintage tag inside, heavily inked for the old vintage look. Then I added some Prima swirls and a silk flower and this flag was done.

Step 6: The right flag was embellished with Vintage Feedsack Paper Ribbons and two train tickets one form the tickets tag set and one hand cut from the Antique Store Paper Collection Cutout Sheet. Another bottle cap was added and a bare Orange Juice vintage tag was also added on this cluster of embellishments. To make it symmetric I added a piece of the same brown blink as on the left piece

Step 7:  The central piece got a special treatment. I used Tando Creative Bird cage chipboard covered with white crackle Ranger paint and inked a bit after it was dry. The chipboard birdie on a branch was glued over, and then covered with Ranger Glitter Glues. The big cluster of Pretty Little Studio goodies was added using Bingo cards. The Old Maid flashcard was torn and glued on top. The old phone (Antique Store Cutouts) was the final touch. Making Memories metal charm sealed the cluster. Some pearls and a sentiment just finished this flag.

Connect all three flags with ribbons, add some twine for hanging and enjoy your beautiful altered project made with our fantastic Pretty Little Studio papers, cards, tags and other embellishments.

September 15, 2011 - 4:23 pm

Beth W - The banner is gorgeous and the tutorial is outstanding. I can’t wait to give this a try-thank you so much for the inspiration.

September 15, 2011 - 4:36 pm

Christine America Real - Thank you so much for this tutorial, I am going to make this! So fun!

Sketch Challenge #13

Leave a comment with a link to your layout/card/project. We would love to see your creations!

One person will be randomly chosen to receive a $5 gift certificate.

This week we challenged Leanne and Robyn to create Layouts with this sketch.

Leanne Allison

Products: Antique Store Paper Collection, Train Ticket Tags, Starburst Number Tags, Cookie Cutter Tags

Robyn Schaub

The strips along the edge of the sketch inspired me to create journaling strips and mix them with patterned papers from the Scrumdidlyumptious collection. I created accents by punching cupcakes with my circle punch and matting them on the polka dot paper. I also added a Fruit Punch Bottlecap Calendar.
September 13, 2011 - 11:53 am

Mustangkayla - What a fun sketch! Hopefully I can get this one done this week!

September 13, 2011 - 2:15 pm

Paisley Petals {Karen} - This is a fun sketch!

September 17, 2011 - 8:25 pm

Margie Visnick - What a great sketch!! I did a layout using the sketch, and you can see it on my blog here:

September 18, 2011 - 10:04 pm
September 19, 2011 - 5:39 pm