Sunday, November 23, 2014

My Scraps Sketch #94

***If you're here for The Cut Shoppe & A Flair for Buttons Blog Hop, go HERE!***

Happy Sunday!  Today I wanted to share the layout I created using the newest sketch up over at My Scraps & More Sketches.  It was designed by one of our awesome members, Michelle Gallant.  I'm a huge fan of her work, and I just love her sketch!  It leaves lots of room for interpretation.

I started with the new Elle's Studio Good Cheer collection and some white cardstock.  It's VERY hard to photograph mostly white cardstock...the lighting is never right.  So this photo is as good as it gets.  Sorry for the different variations in color on the background.

I used these photos from a few years ago.  Santa visited the school, and Reese wanted nothing to do with him!  I snapped a few pics before she bolted...haha!  And he was a great looking Santa, too!  Oh, well.  I used some clear gesso on my background and then I grabbed a chevron stencil and my Tim Holtz distress ink pad in Spun Sugar.  I added a little pink to the background and then added in some aqua watercolor. I used a red gelato as well.  I love mixing up the media!  I also used some silver ink and a triangle stamp to add more interest.

I added in lots of paper layers and a few die cuts I had laying around on my desk.  I layered in some shiny silver thread and some stitching as well as some silver star rub-ons from Studio Calico.  Those tiny little red stars are a stamp from Elle's Studio.

Here you can see the layers and textures on the background. I love how the texture of the cardstock shows through really well when you use gelatos.  If you wet it a lot, the texture gets covered up, but if you leave it a little drier, you can see it show through like this.  I had to get a little creative for my aqua rhinestone's actually a clear one that I inked. I wanted a pop of aqua there, and I don't have any aqua bling.  So I made it aqua.

I used the Elle's Studio alphas here as well as a title cut on my Cameo.  I love all the little stars around the perfect for Christmas!

Sometimes I get on a Cameo kick and just cut several different shapes in white. I keep them on my desk for random projects, and these circle hearts were one of those.  I like having extra little pieces lying around to add in.  These worked perfectly.  I added a sticker and another rhinestone here.  And I think I love silver as much as I love gold!  This thread is just gorgeous, and it looks awesome stitched or tangled.

One more angle...I love the dimension created here.  That's easy to do if you just curl up the edges of your layers and use pop dots under your photos.  It raises everything up a little without adding lots of bulk.

I hope you're inspired by this sketch and layout...if you play along and upload your layout HERE, you could win an awesome prize!  Go check it out on the blog HERE!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Flair for Buttons & The Cut Shoppe BLOG HOP!

Happy Friday, friends!  I'm so excited to be a part of the A Flair for Buttons and The Cut Shoppe Blog Hop!  This is going to be so much fun :)  You should have arrived here from Katrina Hunt's blog.  If not, you can start from the beginning at Heather Adams' blog.

We have so much awesome inspiration to share with you today, using cut files from The Cut Shoppe mixed with Flair Buttons from A Flair for Buttons!  There will also be a giveaway and coupon code for you to save in both shops!

Here is a layout I created using four different cut files from The Cut Shoppe and four different Flair Buttons from a A Flair for Buttons.

These tags are so fun and versatile!  They are from two different cut file sets, and as you can see, you can use cardstock or patterned paper.  I backed both of them with paper and even stitched around the edges!  I also added a Flair Button on the right.  A perfect combo :)

Here's another cut file and Flair Button together...they are both just the perfect accents.

Another close up of yet another Flair Button...this little camera is adorable and can be used on a project about anything!

Here are the sets of cut files I incorporated onto my page.  All of these are available in the store.

Here's a look at the awesome custom Flair set that Shelley Haganman created for the Hop, using some of the cut file designs from The Cut Shoppe.  Aren't they so cute?!

We are having a giveaway and offering a coupon code for The Cut Shoppe and A Flair for Buttons!  Here is all of the info:


Coupon CodeBLOGHOP2014 Take 10% off your order through November 28.

Giveaway:  Custom Flair set to four random winners who visit and leave comments on Design Team Members' Blogs.

The Cut Shoppe--

Coupon CodeSAVE25  Take 25% off your order through November 28.

Giveaway:  $15.00 Gift Certificate to one winner who comments on all blogs throughout the Hop and comments on the CS Blog to let us know you did!  Comments open until November 26. 

Now it's time to visit Daniela Dobson's blog.  In case you haven't been through the entire Hop list, here it is.  Have fun hopping!

Heather Adams
Els Brige
Amy Coose
Diane Payne
Gina Lideros
Sherri Funk
Allie Stewart
Mary-Ann Maldonado
Stephanie Strader
Katrina Hunt
Missy Whidden
Daniela Dobson
The Cut Shoppe
A Flair for Buttons

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Shimmerz Design Team!

Hey there, friends!!  Just stopping in to say that I have been asked to join the 2015 Shimmerz Design Team!  I am SO excited to be a part of this amazing group!  I have always admired the awesome products and projects created using Shimmerz goodies.  I can't wait to get started!

You can see who else made the team on the Shimmerz Blog HERE.  A huge thank you to Stacey for having me, and to my good friend and fellow DT member Tina Walker, for always being my mixed media inspiration! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Grateful for this Journey / My Mind's Eye

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I wanted to share my latest layout created for My Mind's Eye with you today.  It was up on the blog last week HERE.  I love all of the Jubliee collection...all the different lines within it are all so fun and different.   This layout features the Mint Julep range, and I just had a lot of fun creating this.

I know so many of us mothers usually scrap photos of our kids.  For the longest time, I never had any interest in doing a page about myself.  I thought it was a waste of time and kind of pointless.  But then one day I had to create a page for a DT assignment about myself.  Once I did it, I realized how therapeutic it was.  I realized that I do want to document things about myself...things I do, things I like, things I feel.  It does matter, and I have discovered that I love documenting these things.

This page is about stopping and smelling the roses, so to speak.  Taking a step back and just being thankful for the simple things you have in life that we take for granted most days.  Our health.  Our home.  Food to eat.  Family who loves us.  It's easy to get caught up in the rat race, and sometimes we need a reality check.

Onto the layout!  I started by doing what I usually do...haha...give the background a makeover.  I added gesso and then used a Crafter's Workshop stencil and modeling paste to add those big circles.  Watercolors were next, and I also did some heat embossing with gold powder.  The pattern didn't turn out as nice as I'd expected...probably because the background wasn't 100% dry when I did it.  Note to self...don't be so impatient and DRY it completely first!  Then you won't have gold smudges everywhere.

Here you can see more of the gold smudges...oh well.  On the bright side, you can't have too much gold, right?  I added some black and gold stitching throughout the page.  I also used lots of elements from the collection...including the Sticky Notes and rub-ons. 

Here you can see lots of the different pieces I used.  Chipboard, vellum (from Necessities), stickers, die cuts, brads...I just love going through it all and using as much as I can without going overboard.

Now this big "Journey" rub-on I adhered to a separate piece of white paper. I knew I wanted to layer it and overlap it, so I did it this way.  The "Grateful" stickers are from the Just Sayin' line.  I like that dimension this technique gives, and these rub-ons really go on very smoothly.

I hope this inspires you to create some layouts about YOU and things about YOU.  It really is fun, and it's neat to document all the things you love and feel.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Creative Scrappers #282

Happy Sunday, friends!  It's already time for another new Creative Scrappers sketch!  If you love layering, then this one is for you.  Lots of fun opportunities for paper layers and embellishment layers!

Here's what I created.  I used the Crate Paper Open Book collection.  This line is just beyond beautiful, and it's overflowing with embellishments.  It's really hard to choose which ones to use because there are so many.  I decided on using this striped paper as my background and add lots of color on top of it.  Although I'm happy with this layout, it's not my favorite.  I can't pinpoint why...I love all the elements, but I just feel like something is missing.  That's just me over-analyzing's just scrapbooking, right?! :D

Here's a closer look at the layers I created.  In place of the circles on the sketch, I used vellum.  I also added in sequins and gold thread.  I love this scalloped chipboard banner...I just had to use it here.

More layers.  I used pop dots under the photos and the title.  It's amazing how raising up a few of your elements can really add some depth to the design.  Aren't those little gold banner pieces so cute?  There is an entire sheet of gold stickers in this collection.

One last image of the top layers.  I did use several rub-ons throughout the page as well.  They're really pretty and so much fun to use.  And I wish I could just use gold thread to stitch on everything in's soooo pretty.

Don't forget the prize up for grabs this month is sponsored by Paper Camellia, an awesome kit club.  Be sure to upload your layouts using sketches 181 and/or 182 over on the blog to be eligible to win.  The deadline is at midnight EST on November 30th.

Also, if you'd like to purchase one of the Creating With Sketches V3 Sketchbooks, you can get 20% off if you use the code V3Creative.  Go HERE to purchase one!  It's FULL of gorgeous sketches and sample layouts.  Amazing work!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

My Sweet Darling @ 2 / My Scraps & More

Hey there, friends :)  Have you had a chance to check out our fun Pinspirational Crop going on this week on the My Scraps boards?  Everyone is still working on all the challenges...there are 15!  I hosted three of them, and this layout is the one I created for the Children's Toys Challenge.  I chose a pin of a Rubik's Cube...remember those things?  I could never get it straight once I turned it all different directions.  I took my inspiration from the grid of squares on the cube.

I pulled out the beautiful Shimelle line and punched a lot of little squares from various patterned papers.  I took my background paper and added gesso on it. I used my Ingvlid Bolme chalk inks to create my watercolor effect here.  I just dabbed the chalk ink onto a piece of plastic packaging and then spritzed a bit of water on it.  Then I smudged the plastic onto the paper.  It creates such a gorgeous watercolor look!  Plus it's fun because you never know what design you're going to get :)

I stitched my squares down and added a few embellishments.  I didn't want to add to much since the squares really stood out.

Here's a closer lok at the watercolor and the stitching.  Oh how I love my sewing machine!  I still wish I would have bitten the bullet and gotten one years ago...

I love the messy look of the gesso and ink here.

I really love how the red and orange blended together here.  And the black Thicker really pops!

If you'd like to join our Crop, there's still a few days left.  We'd love to have you!  Go HERE to join our boards.

Thanks for visiting me!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Long Drive to Georgia / The Cut Shoppe

Hey there, everyone!  I'm so excited to share my very first layout as a Design Team Member for The Cut Shoppe!  It was up on the blog HERE yesterday.

The hardest part about creating a layout with Ashley's amazing cut files is narrowing down which ones to use!  I decided on two for this project.  I wanted to scrap this picture of my best friend and me headed on a road trip to Georgia last year.  I love these chat bubbles, and they were perfect because what else do you do in a car with your friend for eight hours?!  Haha!  We talked and chatted up a storm.  I used different patterned papers from Elle's Studio to back the cuts and layered my photo on top.  I added gesso, watercolors and modeling paste to the background to add even more color.

I also used the Alpha Junior cut file to create the word "drive."  I love the hearts in so many of the cute!  I added some machine stitching here and there as well.

Here's another angle of the Chit Chat cut file.

And one more.  These cuts are just so fun and easy to use for your background or a major design element in your projects.

If you're interested, here are the exact cut files I used, which are available in the store HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!