Thursday, March 22, 2018

Beautiful Forever / Mixed Media Layout

Hey, friends!  I have a fun layout to share today using lots of white cardstock and lots of mixed media goodness.  I was totally and completely inspired by Paige Evans.  She recently created a layered butterfly layout where she used a lot of mixed media and her Butterfly Background cut file.  I fell in love with the process and her end result and I just had to try it and make my own layout!  I am loving how it came out so much!

My favorite part of this page is that it's basically made from plain white cardstock.  I coated one sheet with white gesso first and then pulled out lots of my gelatos.  I scribbled lots of color onto an acrylic stamping block, spritzed it with water and then "stamped" it down onto the cardstock.  Paige did this with art crayons, and like I said, I felt compelled to try it :)  Once the paper was covered with lots of color and was dry, I ran it through my Cameo and cut out all the butterflies.  I continued to color them by adding more gelatos and Shimmerz.  Then I stacked them all together and ran them through my sewing machine.

Would you look at how pretty these turned out?!  This looks complicated, but it really was just making a mess and then letting the Cameo do all the work.  I finished each stack off with a little sequin in the center.  I loved how Paige added black paint to her background, so I tried something similar.  I squirted a bit of black acrylic paint on the cardstock and then just scraped it over the page with a palette knife.  I did the same with some light blue paint.

I watered down the paints and added some splatters, and I also splattered down some Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine.  I decided to leave the white thread nice, long and loose on the butterflies to add to the messy factor :)

I used these two photos of my daughter, and since I had some black empty space here in the center, I added a smaller butterfly stack on top of the photos.  I also added in a few older Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss puffy heart stickers.

I also added in some Tim Holtz phrase stickers in a few places.  I'm really loving these butterflies...they're just so pretty!

I used a few random MAMBI stickers here at the bottom for the title and added the date.  I added some pink and orange Distress Ink down here below the photos to add another pop of color along with some pink tangled thread.

Here are a few more close-ups just because....all the heart eyes!

I really hope you give this a try if you love making mixed media projects.  It was SO MUCH FUN!  And you could do this with any shapes.  Circles would be cool!  I do have a process video here so you can see how easy this really is.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Egg Toss / Hip Kit Club

Hello again, lovely friends :)  I'm back today with my newest layout for the Hip Kit Club.  This is my first page using the beautiful new 2018 March Kits.  Kimberly created this gorgeous egg cut file for subscribers, and I couldn't wait to use it on a project.  It's very intricate, so it took a while to cut.  I attempted to back it with patterned paper but quickly decided against that once I realized how long it would take...haha!  I opted to cut it using the beautiful marbled Dear Lizzy paper from the Main Kit, and I love how it turned out.  I added lots of color behind the cut file using the Color Kit, which contains the new Vicki Boutin Watercolors!

I wanted pinks, yellows and teals on the background, so I smudged some gesso down first and then came in with the watercolors.  I used some plastic packaging to smoosh the color around, and I also used my brush.  I love how it looks with the cut file on top!  I also used my palette knife to scrape on some of the Dina Wakley Lemon Yellow paint from last month's Color Kit.  I adhered the cut file and then machine stitched around it a few times.

I went simple with my title and used these pretty fabric print Thickers from the Embellishment Kit.  I fussy cut a few flowers from one of the Dear Lizzy papers as well as some butterflies from a Project Life card.  I love all this fun texture and dimension!

I love Spring photos, and these are of my youngest wild child throwing her Easter eggs around the yard.  She had no interest in finding them...she just wanted to toss them around :)   Here under the photo I layered a piece of a chipboard frame, a Maggie Holmes flower sticker and another fussy cut butterfly.

More lovely fussy cut flowers and some yellow thread.  I layered the other half of that frame under the bottom photo along with another Maggie flower sticker.

Here are a few more close-ups of the beautiful egg cut file just because I love it so much :)

I hope this inspires you in some way.  It was fun to put together!  Here's my process video showing how I made this from start to finish:

Thank you for stopping in today, and have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Happiness / Paige Evans DT

Happy Tuesday, friends! I have a fun & bright layout to share for the Paige Evans Design Team using the Pick-Me-Up collection. I began by cutting Paige’s Rainbows Background cut file from some white cardstock and using it as a stencil. I placed it over some smooth white cardstock and then used a palette knife to scrape lots of colored texture pastes over it. I also used a few ink sprays. I wanted to get a lot of the deep and rich colors on the background, mainly the pinks, reds, and mustard yellow. I decided to scrap a pool photo since it had lots of blue in it and I love how it contrasts against the deep background colors. I fussy cut a few flower clusters from Paper 02 and layered them around the photo.

Using cut files as stencils is another fun way to add interest to your layout. I love the shapes this one created. It makes such a cool background. Once it was dry, I came back in with more of the sprays and used the packaging technique to spread more color around. I added in some blue sprays to play off the color in the photo. To add even more texture, I layered in some coordinating colors of thread along with some floral Stickers.

Since I had some white empty space on the left side of my photo, I layered the flower clusters over it.  I tucked in some Stickers and a Rub-On. I added my journaling right under the bottom of the mixed media area of the page.

I created a title cluster down on the bottom half of the page using lots of items from the Pick-Me-Up collection. I used some of the Chipboard Stickers and Mini Thickers to create the title and then added some more Rub-Ons and Stickers.

I really love how these bright colors blended together.  Here you can see lots of dimension created under and around the photo.  I layered in some tissue paper and adhesive foam under the photo as well as some pink and coral tangled thread.

Here are a few more close-ups of all the awesome color & texture.  I get carried away with close-ups...haha!

I really love how this turned out. I hope it inspires you to try using a cut file as a stencil to make your own background design or embellishments or even patterned paper.  Be sure to check out my process video here for more details on how I put this all together:

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Sisters / Shimmerz Education Team

Hey there, friends!  Happy Thursday!  I have a fun layout for the Shimmerz Education Team to share today with lots of texture.  I decided to play around with some glass bead gel I have in my stash.  I pulled out an old stencil and scraped the gel over it onto some smooth white cardstock.  I created a vertical design with it and then let it dry.  I added lots of color using some Shimmerz sprays -- Spritz Ruby, Vibez Sweetheart, Jeni B Bleu, Snow Way Man & Glorious Day.  I also used a brush to add some water.  The dimension from the gel looked so cool once the color hit it, and the water allowed the ink to run and blend together.  This was super easy to do...the inks and water did all the work.

Here you can see the tiny glass beads.  It's so pretty!  I got it at Michael's in the same area as the gesso.  It's so bumpy and rough when you touch awesome.  You can see where the colors blended into each other.  I deepened the pink by adding in some Creameez 1 Hot Mama and the blue with some Coloringz Mama Sings the Blues and Shimmerz Peacock's Plume.  To embellish this page, I used some random goodies from my stash.  I used some gold MAMBI stickers, some Amy Tangerine clear stickers and some SpiegelMom Scraps sequins.

To add to this golden yellow color, I added in some Shimmerz Bumbly Bee and Moonrock.  I absolutely love how this turned out!  All the texture and shine...oh my goodness!

These stickers here are so old.  I think they were like $1 at Hobby Lobby years ago.  But they matched, so I used them.  I also added in some matching thread around the photo.

I layered in more thread here along with some messy circles die cuts and more stickers.  I added some splatters on both sides of the photo using the same colors.  The papers behind my photo are from Jane Davenport.

Here's another angle of the awesome layers and dimesnion.

And just because it turned out so gorgeous, here are more close-ups of the color and texture.

I can't say enough how much I love Shimmerz!  It doesn't matter what you add them to, it always turns out awesome.  You could do this with texture paste or modeling paste as well.  I hope this inspires you in some way.  It was certainly fun to make!

Be sure to check out my video here to watch how this all came together.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Supplies Used:
Vibez--Sweetheart, Jeni B Bleu, Snow Way Man, Glorious Day
Coloringz--Mama Sings the Blues
Creameez--1 Hot Mama
Shimmerz--Moonrock, Peacock's Plume, Bumbly Bee

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Love Thursdays / Hip Kit Club

Hello, and Happy Tuesday!   I have a new layout to share for the Hip Kit Club featuring the 2018 February Hip Kits.  This week’s theme is Flowers & Butterflies, and I think I used more butterflies than flowers…haha!  I began by fussy cutting some of the butterflies from the Maggie Holmes Flourish paper from the Main Kit.  I also used the Color Kit on my background.  I used the floral stencil from the Color Kit first along with some of the Shimmerz Paste-eez from a past Color Kit.  I went over that with the Lemon Acrylic Paint and the Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide.  I also blended in a bit of  the Jeni B Bleu & Well Blue Me Down Shimmerz sprays from previous Color Kits as well as some of the Sweetheart Vibez.  I love how the background turned out!

These cute butterfly cut files are under March Cut Files on the Hip Kit website.  I cut a few in white cardstock, and I like the white-on-white look.  It creates texture without adding a lot more color.  I machine stitched little trails from all of the butterflies on the page.

 I tucked one of the butterflies under the corner of the photo here.  I added in one of the fussy cut butterflies and some die cuts from Paige Evans and Pinkfresh Studio.  I fussy cut this little circle element from one of the Project Life cards.  I also added in a small green heart puffy sticker from Amy Tangerine and a wood veneer flower from Pinkfresh Studio.

This is another March cut file.  It’s a cute frame with this floral stem attached.  I created an ombre look by backing it with different shades of green patterned paper.

On the left of the photo I tucked in another butterfly and added in a few yellow hearts.  I tucked in some tangled thread here in blue and pink to add pops of those colors in that area.  I also stitched around the edges of the frame.

Here’s another look at all the awesome texture and dimension from all the layering.

For my title, I combined some of the large gold glitter Thickers with some of the small Paige Evans navy blue Mini Thickers.  I added a small leaf Leatherette Sticker from Pinkfresh Studio under it along with my journaling.  That pretty pink butterfly is a Paige Evans Rub-On from the Embellishment Kit.

I hope this gives you some fun ideas to try on your next page!  It’s so much fun creating your own background with the Color Kit!  Give it a go next time :)    I have a process video here if you’d like to see how this layout came together from start to finish.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Forever is Composed of Nows / Paige Evans DT

Hello again, friends! Three cheers for FRIDAY...yeah!!  I'm back with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team, and I used mostly the Pick-Me-Up 2x2 Paper Pads. One of my favorite designs is to create a large title using a quote. The 2x2 Paper Pads are perfect for cutting out letters. I decided to not use my Cameo for this(!), so I hand drew the letters and cut out each one by hand. Since the letters were pretty big, I knew I wanted to have them on the top half of the layout and center my photo under it. I used white cardstock as my base and I covered almost all of it with clear gesso first. Next I came in with coordinating colors of Distress Oxides inks mixed with some Shimmerz sprays. I used the packaging technique and a brush to add splatters.

The awesome thing about these 2x2 Paper Pads is that all the papers look good mixed together like this. I didn’t have to think twice about anything not matching because all the colors and patterns are so bright and bold. After I arranged the title, I lightly adhered them to the cardstock and then machine stitched through them. I used some bits and pieces from the Pick-Me-Up Haberdashery Multi-Pack to embellish some of the letters. I also added a tiny shadow around the letters using a fine tip Sharpie to make them pop off the page a bit more.

I went light with embellishments around the photo since the title was pretty busy. I fussy cut this floral cluster from Paper 02 and added a sentiment Chipboard Sticker on top of the photo. I used a piece of Paper 05 and a frame from the Pick-Me-Up Ephemera Die Cuts as layers behind the photo. For an extra pop of pink, I tangled up some thread.

On the left side of the photo I used a Rub-On and a small fussy cut piece from the phrases 2x2 Paper Pad. I stitched through it for more texture and detail. I topped it off with a cute Pick-Me-Up Puffy Sticker. I also added a frame Rub-On under the photo and then wrote my journaling.

Here you can see a few more Rub-Ons that I added under the photo along with my journaling and date.  I love layering bits and pieces on top of my photo when it allows.

Here are a few more close-ups of the fun title, stitching and little added details.

I hope this gives you some fun ideas to try on your next layout! It’s fun to fussy cut letters and create your own large title and the 2x2 Paper Pads are perfect for it!  Be sure to check out my process video for all the details:

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a great weekend!