Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Dream Chaser / Paige Evans Design Team

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I'm still playing catch up since being off the grid last week.  Today I have a fun layout to share today for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring “leaves.” I used the beautiful Turn the Page collection for this and I enlarged a leaf cut file from The Cut Shoppe. I used a few patterned papers I had already cut into for another project. I used Paper 24 and Paper 08 as well as some of the 6x6 Paper Pad papers to back the cut file. I used a beautiful light coral ombre paper from the 12x12 Paper Pad as my background. I went around the edges of the leaves with some white gesso first and then used some gold Color Shine and a few gelatos to add some color around the edges. These photos of my daughter looking for leaves were perfect for today’s theme. I kept them in color because they looked so pretty with this collection.


I did a bit of metallic gold machine stitching through the center of each leaf. I mixed and matched with embellishing here. I tucked some floral elements under the photo, which include an Ephemera Die Cut and Chipboard Sticker. I decided to use a sticker from the Sticker Book as my title, which I adhered to some vellum first and then cut out.


Over on the right side I added a Wood Veneer leaf sprig and topped it off with some fussy cut flowers. I cut those from one of the 6x6 Paper Pad papers that has rose gold foiling… so pretty! I cut that cute little piece in between the photos from one of the 2x2 Paper Pads. I finished off this area with a strip of the rose gold Washi Tape Book flowers.


Above the photos, I tucked in a rose gold butterfly from the Ephemera Die Cuts and a butterfly sticker from the Sticker Book. I love how all the gold looks! To finish everything off I added some aqua splatters.


I think these birds are just adorable!  The larger one is from the Ephemera Die Cuts, and I fussy cut the smaller one from a 6x6 Paper Pad paper.  I tucked in some metallic gold thread there and added a gold phrase sticker from the Sticker Book.


Here's one more close-up of the photo area.  I tucked in some rose gold flowers from the Ephemera Die Cuts and some yellow flowers from the Chipboard Stickers.  I also added a row of rose gold flowers at the bottom from the Washi Tape Book.


I hope this inspires you in some way...it sure was fun to create!  Check out my process video here if you'd like:



Thanks so much for visiting me today!


Monday, September 18, 2017

Sweet / Hip Kit Club

Hey, friends!  I haven't posted in so long...oh my goodness.  Hurricane Irma came right over us here in Florida last Sunday.  We've been out of power for over five days.  Many in our little town still don't have it.  It has been a rough week.  We are still trying to get back to normal.  None of our parents have electricity.  My mom is staying here with us...she still doesn't even have running water at her house.  We were very fortunate to have come out of this with no damage to our home.  Others here had trees crash through their roofs and have water up to their windows.  It was such a long and powerful storm.  The recovery is going to take a while for so many. 

I am just very thankful and lucky to be back to somewhat of a reality over here.  I have several layouts that I created prior to the storm that I never got to share.  I'll start with this one.

I created this one for Hip Kit Club for the week before last.  This page features the August 2017 Hip Kits.  I used one of Kimberly’s cut files, some fun mixed media and lots of Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Carousel collection.  I used the scalloped border piece from Kimberly’s cut file set and made square frames with it.  I made them small and cut them on a few different patterned papers.  I used a Pink Paislee patterned paper from the Main Kit and Paper Kit as my background and covered a big part of it with white acrylic paint first.  Then I used the Shimmerz from the Color Kit along with the Echo Park stencil.  I also used a few gelatos from my stash to add a few different shades of color.  I added lots of embellishments including some of the exclusive wood veneer buttons, lots of Crate Paper Ephemera Die Cuts and Puffy Stickers from the Main Kit as well as those cute little pom poms and tangled thread.


I split my photo strip so I could add this “sweet” die cut as my title.  I used some of the Project Life cards and exclusive die cut frames as layers here along with the die cuts.  All of these colors are just so yummy together!


I decided to create a fun little cluster over to the left side using more Project Life cards, Crate Paper Die Cuts, a scalloped frame and more.  I also created a fun banner and machine stitched through it.  Those Crate Paper Banner Stickers are my favorite!  They are in the Project Life Kit.


I just love these little pom poms.  I scattered them around in a few places like I would enamel dots or sequins.  I raised my photos up with some foam adhesive to create some depth. This also makes the layers look really good and allows you to tuck some things under neath...like the wood veneer buttons.


I know I created a little banner like this on a layout already with these kits, but I couldn't resist doing it again!  It's just the easiest thing to do with these little sticky banner pieces.  I machine stitched through it to make it look even more like an actual banner blowing in the breeze.  I tucked in a few things over on the left to create a little cluster.  My journaling fit nicely right under the banner.


Here’s another look at the left side of the photo strip.  Everything in these kits just works so well together, and I love how this turned out!  My silly child makes my photo taking so much fun…haha!


Here's one more look at all the layering from the upper right hand side.  I almost didn't use those black and white flower die cuts, but I'm glad I did!


I hope you enjoyed this…be sure to check out my process video so you can see how I created the background and built the layout.


Thanks so much for stopping in today, and have a great Monday!


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Our Crazy Family / Bella Blvd

Happy Wednesday, friends!  I have a fun layout to share for Bella Blvd today.  We are featuring the new Mind Your Manners collection this week over on the blog.  It's a great line to scrap your family photos with, and that's what I did on this page.  It's a challenge trying to get everyone to pose for a family photo around here, so I have learned to take what I can get...haha.  Neither of our daughters like to stand still for photos, so you can see how these turned out.  But that's okay!  I have embraced the "not so perfect" photos because that is just how it is around our house :)  I used the 6x8 Paper Pad papers to back this beautiful leaf cut file from Just Nick.  I used the Be a Good Guest paper as my background.  I smudged a lot of white gesso down first to whiten it up in some areas.  I used some watercolors to add some color splotches to the paper before adding the embellishments and photos.


The 6x8 Paper Pad is perfect for backing cut files.  Not only are the papers smaller, but the patterns are as well.  Plus you get lots of solids in there, too.  I love this fun color scheme.  I added some foam under the cut file to create some dimension.


I created my small title using some of the Tiny Text Alpha Stickers.  I mixed and matched with grey and pink and then machine stitched through them.  I added in an orange Chipboard frame here under the photos for a pop of color and finished off the title area with some Fundamental Heart Stickers.


I added several Paper Pieces here, including a few flowers and a tab that says "family time."  I tucked in a few small floral Funamentals Stickers here and the other half of the orange Chipboard frame.


I wanted a pop of orange down in this leaf cluster, so I added this cute little chipboard bird.


And to echo the orange in the upper right area, I added this cute owl.  I also added in some tangled thread in a few places for some extra color and texture.


I hope this gives you some fun ideas to try with your family photos!  This collection is truly adorable and perfect for so many themes.  Be sure to check out this week's process video here:


Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful day :)

Monday, September 4, 2017

Family Circus / Hip Kit Club

Happy Monday, friends!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Hip Kit Club.  I also wanted to share that I'm returning for another term on the Creative Team!  Yay!  Here's the new group of designers...I'm so excited about this!  I'm in awe of this group...seriously!



Here's my layout I created for last Monday.  As you know, the 2017 August Hip Kits are full of the Maggie Holmes Carousel collection.  I have ZERO carousel photos.  So I made the theme work for me and created a "Family Circus" layout.  Our family photos are always like a circus...haha!  I used Kim Watson's gorgeous carousel cut file and enlarged it.  I used a few pieces of patterned papers to back the open spots.  I used some of the Shimmerz Paints from the Color Kit to jazz up a white cardstock background and placed the cut file over it.  I was able to use several of the large die cuts to embellish.



I didn't think I was going to be able to use any of these carousel embellishments.  Then I came up with this fun idea, and it worked!  I added a bit of pink Shimmerz around the edges of the cut file so it wouldn't be so stark white, and I machine stitched in places with metallic gold thread.  I combined a chipboard zebra and a cardstock sticker unicorn here.


I mixed and matched my title using some Crate Paper Puffy Stickers and Clear Stickers with some Hip Kit exclusive Puffy Alphas and some metallic gold Thickers.  This was the only spot left after putting everything down, so my title had to go right here.


I also tucked in some more of the Carousel die cuts here, like the circus tent and the tickets booth.  I also used a few die cuts with gold glitter on them.  I cut some of the hearts from the Simple Stories Washi Tape and placed those around the page.


I love the detail from the stitching.  Even though it's white on white, it still adds a little something extra.


Gold glitter!  It also adds a little something extra :)


I really hope this gives you some ideas on how to use the Carousel pieces!  Think outside the box and make it work for you :)  I have video here...yay!



Thank you so much for stopping in, and have wonderful Labor Day!


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Precious Sunshine / Shimmerz Education Team

Happy Sunday, friends!  I have a fun layout to share today for the Shimmerz Education Team.  I decided to try painting over some die cut flowers I cut on my Cameo.  It turned out way better than I anticipated!  This is a super simple technique that you cannot mess up.  All I did to create this background was lay down a floral die cut and paint over the edges with some Inklingz and Creameez.  I didn't use much water, so I didn't have to prep my background with gesso or acrylic paint.  After I painted around the edges, I peeled it up and I was left with these gorgeous flowers and leaves.  And before I forget to mention, the floral cut files are from Just Nick Studio.



I used several color to create these shapes.  The pinks are a combination of Inklingz Hot Stuff and Creameez 1 Hot Mama, Good Ol' Summer Time, Piggy Pink and Great Fruit.  I also added some matching splatters using the same colors and a paint brush.  To embellish, I used chipboard and die cuts from the Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness collection.


For the greens, I combined Creameez Jolly Green Giant and Lettuce Get Together with Inklingz The Holly & The Ivy.  I love how they look mixed together.  I tucked in a fussy cut sun here at the top since these were outdoor photos, and "Sunshine" is one of my daughter's nicknames :)


I love how the negative shapes turned out.  It's such a fun and different look than just using the actual die cut.  I added in some matching colors of thread around the photos and embellishments.


I always love to create dimension on my pages.  To raise the photos up a bit, I added some adhesive foam.  I went simple with the title and used some Simple Stories alpha stickers and part of a die cut.  I wrote a few lines of journaling under that.


To add some texture and dimension to the top of the page, I hand cut a few messy clouds and tucked some pink thread under one.  I like how this is subtle and doesn't really take away from the photos or make the page too busy.  You can still see them, but they're kind of hidden since they're white.


I hope this has inspired you in some way.  It was fun to try a new technique (new to me, anyway!) and get a fun and pretty result.  Here's my process video where you can see exactly how I created those flowers.





Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies: 
Creameez--1 Hot Mama, Good Ol' Summer Time, Piggy Pink, Great Fruit, Dandy-Lion, Lettuce Get Together, Jolly Green Giant
Inklingz--The Holly & The Ivy, Hot Stuff
Aqua Huez--Blue Me Away (no longer available)


Friday, September 1, 2017

You Are The Best / Paige Evans DT

Hello again, friends! Happy FRIDAY...yeah!  I have a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team to share today.  I had a blast creating this page using the Turn the Page 2x2 Paper Pads. They are the cutest things and they are perfect for getting lots of color and patterns on your layout. I decided to create a big title using lots of different pages from the little pattern pad. I hand drew the letters and then fussy cut them out. I like that they look imperfect - that’s the beauty of hand cutting them! I went with Paper 07 as my background - I love how the colors popped against the neutral gray color. I covered a lot of the center area with white gesso and then used several colors of Shimmerz to add the watercolor areas. I arranged the letters and situated my photos towards the bottom so they overlapped together.


These small 2x2 Paper Pads are perfect for something like this. The designs are smaller as well which gives you a different look than the bigger papers. Here you can see how the gesso created some texture on the background. I added even more texture with some machine stitching through all the words. I embellished around the page with lots of Turn the Page Puffy Stickers.


On either side of the photos, I tucked in a large flower die cut from the Turn the Page Ephemera Die Cuts. I added in a few more Puffy Stickers and some tangled thread. Down at the bottom I decided to overlap the letters on top of the photo. I added some foam adhesive behind the photos and the letters to raise them up off the page a little bit. This helps emphasize the word BEST and makes it stand out.  I added a cut floral Puffy Sticker here as well as a pretty bird from the Ephemera Die Cuts.


I really love all of these fun patterns and colors!  Everything just seems to match and go so well together.  I love the look of some simple stitching.  Such great texture!


I added some foam under these letters so they'd be the same height as the photos.  I love the shadows this creates!  I added a fun floral Puffy Sticker on top of the B to break up some of that red.


I felt like the upper right area needed a little something, so I created a small cluster using a heart die cut from the Ephemera Die Cuts and two Puffy Stickers. The birds in this collection are so adorable!


Here's one last close-up.  I think this bird is the cutest.  It looks like it's about to kiss my cheek...haha!  I love situating faces so it looks like they're looking at something.


I hope this inspires you to give the Turn the Page 2x2 Paper Pads a try! They are really fun and versatile and made putting this layout together very easy! I hope you’ll check out my process video and see how I created it.


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Sisters Love / Precious Remembrance Shop

Hello again, friends!  I have a new layout to share for Precious Remembrance Shop using stamps from four different stamp sets.  I combined the Blossom Stamp Set, the Fall Colors Stamp Set, the Happy Art Stamp Set and the Date Stamp Set on this page.  Here are all the stamp sets:


Blossom
Date
Fall Colors
Happy Art

I began with the flower stamps from the Blossom set, some black Archival Ink and a scrap sheet of white cardstock.  I created several flowers and then added color to them using some Prima Watercolor Pencils.  I fussy cut them all out and arranged them around my photo as separate embellishments.  I used a light pink cardstock for the background and played off several shades of pink throughout the page.  I used a few random patterned papers as layers behind my photo and tucked the flowers in around it.  On the background, I added a bit of white gesso first and then I used a few stamps in a random way along with some gelatos.


Check out how awesome these flowers turned out!  They’re from the Blossom Stamp Set.  Cutting them out and using them as embellishments really creates some nice dimension.  It was really easy to color them in with the colored pencils.  You could do this with any type of mixed media products and any color scheme.


Here you can see the stamping on the background.  I used a messy grid stamp from the Fall Colors Stamp set, and I just held it in my hand instead of sticking it to a stamping block.  I was going for a bit of messy texture, and this stamp worked great.  I traced a big circle behind everything and machine stitched around it.  I also added some black tangled thread behind the photo and layers.  I embellished with a few Me & My Big Ideas stickers, and my title is from the Crate Paper Cute Girl collection.


Here’s another look at the flowers.  I really love how they turned out.  There are stems with leaves in the Blossom Stamp set as well, so you could add those to the flowers and get a totally different look.


Down at the bottom I used the grid stamp again.  I also used some of the small open triangles from the Happy Art Stamp Set to create some subtle shapes on top of the big circle.  I used a pink Prima chalk ink for those.  I drew some lines and added my journaling down below everything.


I think it's fun to go monochromatic sometimes and limit yourself to different shades of one color.  It limits what you can use and so you don't have to spend lots of extra time wading through all of your products to find things to use!  I'm glad I mixed in the black...I think it really pops.


Here's one more close-up of the top area.  I like how the circle looks...something very simple that makes a fun design element.


I hope this inspires you to mix and match your stamps!  And don’t be afraid to use them in a different way.  It’s fun to get creative with them!  I hope you’ll check out my process video to see how I created this.


Thanks so much for stopping in today :)  Have a great day!