Friday, February 5, 2016

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans!

Happy Friday! I'm SOOOOO excited to share that I am being featured in the Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans over on the Scrapbook Expo Blog!  I can't tell you how fast my heart started beating when I saw I had an email from Paige...she is a scrapbooking goddess as we all know, so it was quite amazing to say the least.  A huge thank you to her for inviting me to be a part of this! 

You can see my full feature HERE.  I had fun answering questions about my life and my scrapbooking.  I created this layout especially for this feature, and I used mostly the Amy Tan Rise & Shine collection, which is one of my all time faves.  I used some cloud cut files from The Cut Shoppe, a few stickers from MAMBI, the little cloud stamp is from Echo Park, and I used watercolors, spray inks and gelatos to create the background and to color a few of the clouds.


I absolutely love backing cut files with patterned paper.   It's a great technique to use to get lots of color and patterns on your page in small doses.  I added a fun flair button here with some tangled thread and created some layering effects with other small cloud cut files.


I cut these clouds on white cardstock and then used inks and gelatos to color them.  I added a few Studio Calico word stickers and a Freckled Fawn arrow clip.  Those enamel dots are from Bella Blvd, and the "lovely" glitter sticker is from MAMBI.


I used a few Heidi Swapp ink pads and Distress Inks to stamp this cute cloud.  I fussy cut them out and stitched them down.  I fussy cut "Shine" from a MAMBI Project Life card and paired it with some Simple Stories alpha stickers.  I also machine stitched here with yellow thread.


I wanted to create a sun and sky for my cute clouds, so I first added ink sprays and watercolors in an aqua color to my cardstock.  On another piece of cardstock, I used a small sunburst stencil and some yellow ink spray to create the sun.  I fussy cut it out and glued it to my background.  I machine stitched through each ray, and I love how it turned out!  Just like the image I had in my head :)


I hope this inspires you in some way...I had a fabulous time creating it for the Expo.  Another big thanks to Paige for having me!  It was an honor to be a part of this.

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Smarty Pants / Hip Kit Club

Hey friends, and Happy Thursday to you!  Today I have another layout for Hip Kit Club to share.  I created this using the 2016 January Hip Kits, and I used a lot of the My Mind's Eye products included in them.  Most of this is from the My Story collection with the exception of the Basic Grey paper strips at the top and bottom of the page and the February calendar piece to the left of the photo.

I went very light on the mixed media for this page.  I began with the white cardstock and that fun circle die cut behind the layers.  I cut that using my Cameo and then layered the Feb card and my photo on top of it.  Since my daughter looks so smart and studious in the photo, I decided to use embellishments that reminded me of a bookworm :)  I fussy cut some typewriters and glasses and scattered them around the page and added in several hearts and a few Heidi Swapp gold stickers.


I fussy cut these adorable glasses from one of the MME Journal Cards, and that cute little brad is also from MME.  I used a black marker to color the Studio Calico wood veneer letters...I love how they turned out!  I also love the pops of shiny gold in these MME and HS goodies!


Aren't these little typewriters so cute?!  They came from a 12x12 piece of patterned paper.  Those black glasses are a sticker.  I added some tangled black thread before I machine stitched with gold thread.  I added black splatters at the end and a few little sentiment stamps.


I used my waterbrush to create a bit of pink and gold watercolor smudges around the edges of the photo.  I didn't want too much "mess" on this layout since there was so much going on already.  I like how subtle it turned out.


Finally, here's one more close up of the top area.  I added another Heidi Swapp sticker and a little Maggie Holmes stamp from my stash.


You can check out my process video here if you would like to see how this layout came about from start to finish.  I hope you like it!


Thanks for visiting me today, and have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Love This Fancy Girl / Citrus Twist Kits

Hey, friends!  I have another fun layout to share today for Citrus Twist Kits using the January Main "Verona" Kit and the Sprinkles Kit.  I just love this pretty pink exclusive patterned paper in the Main Kit...so I used a big portion of it on this layout.  I did some fussy cutting from the Maggie Holmes cut-apart sheet, lots of layering and some mixed media work.

These cute photos are of my youngest daughter from a few years ago.  She decided to sit inside her little toy box one day and thought it was the funniest thing.  So my title is kind of a funny take on that.


I fussy cut the blue heart and the "LOVE" letters from patterned paper.  I wanted to be able to move the letters around a bit.  I paired them with one of the Heidi Swapp puffy word stickers.  I used some inks and watercolors to give some color to the letters.  I added in one of the exclusive wood veneers, one of the printable labels, a Simple Stories heart sticker and some machine stitching.


I used a few alpha stamps from my stash to create the word "girl" and added my journaling under it.  Mixing and matching fonts is a really fun technique.  It breaks things up and keeps it interesting :)


These white and silver stickers are so much fun, and the sayings on them are great!  I layered in a few scrap pieces of patterned paper here at the bottom and stitched through them.  I like to bring in all the colors from the main portion of the page to any other clusters I create.


I used some gelatos and acrylic paints to add some shading to this part of the page.  I didn't want to completely cover up this gorgeous pink paper, so I only added a bit of yellow and pink.  I did add some white gesso over it all first.  I also added some machine stitching and some loose tangled thread.


This doilie was a perfect embellishment here...I love the pop of yellow.  It also makes a great layer.  I used the excess blue paper from where I cut the heart out earlier.  Scraps make great layering pieces!


Here's one more close-up of the bottom...this cute little flair button matches that blue heart paper perfectly.  I layered it on top of a printable label and Simple Stories sticker.


Here's my process video if you'd like to check out how I made this page from start to finish.  I hope you enjoy!


Thanks so much for stopping by, and I'll see you again soon!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Awesome & Cheeky / Citrus Twist Kits

Happy Monday, friends!  Today I'm sharing another layout for Citrus Twist Kits using the January Main Kit and Sprinkles Kit.  I decided to showcase this cute photo of my daughter in the pool, and since there was a lot of aqua in it, I used bits and pieces of lots of other colors around it.  I used a star cut file from The Cut Shoppe and backed the stars with various papers from the Main Kit.  I used a big Heidi Swapp sunburst stencil and some Mustard Seed Distress Ink to create the sun rays, and I also added a bit of Color Shine.  The blue splatters are acrylic paint.

I really enjoyed working with the January kits...the colors were just my style!


I added pop dots behind the star cut file to raise it up and create some dimension.  I added some tangled thread for added interest.  Those cute sentiment strips above the photo are from the branding strip of the exclusive patterned paper in the  Main Kit.  I also used one of the exclusive stamps.  I stamped it on scrap cardstock and punched them out to use around the page.


I added white gesso to this wood veneer, which comes in an aqua color.  I used gelatos and inks to color it.  I added in one of the Heidi puffy stickers to complete my title.  That space created a fun little area for my journaling.


Here's one final close-up of the bottom of the cut file...I think adding the pop dots really makes a big difference.  I love the added pops of blue from the paint.  It helps pull some of the blue from the photo.


Here's my process video if you'd like to check it out!


Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out the February Kits HERE!  

Have a great day!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

XO Love Always / Hip Kit Club

Hey, friends!  I have another layout to share today for Hip Kit Club using the 2016 January Hip Kits.  I used a lot of Crate Paper goodies for this one, and I created my mixed media background with some Shimmerz products.  I decided to go bold for my background with this black and white striped paper.  I added some white gesso using an old gift card and then used the Pucker Up Pink Dazzlerz from the Color Kit mixed with some distress paints to create a few different shades.  I also added some teal spray from my stash.  I also did a lot of hand stitching on the XO for some added detail.  I cut the XO and "love" from one of Nicole's cut files.


Here you can see the texture from the gesso and texture paste. I love how the colors blended together.  I used pop dots to raise the XO up.  I added in some of the Crate Paper stickers and a butterfly puffy sticker.  That cute brad is from My Mind's Eye, and those clear gold stickers are from Heidi Swapp.  I love the detail from the hand stitching!


I love the pops of teal...this flower chipboard piece was perfect for this spot.  I created a little cluster with some of the MME chipboard buttons and added a CP glitter sticker.


I blew up the cut files and cut them really large so they would be the basis of my design.  I used a black pen to trace around the "love" so it would stand out a bit more.  I also machine stitched through the chipboard Thickers with gold thread.


I added a few more stickers here...I did have to glue them down since they didn't want to stick that well on top of the thread.


Here's a look at my process video if you'd like to see how this page came together...I hope you enjoy!


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

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hey You / Shimmerz Education Team

Happy Wednesday!  Today I'm sharing a new layout for Shimmerz that I created using one of the new PickPocket Stakz cards.  If you love to color or paint, these are perfect for you!  I love these small 3x4 sized cards because they're small and they can be worked into a scrapbooking layout design pretty easily.  I painted this one and used it as a big embellishment.

I used a lot of Shimmerz products on this page.  I used mostly Creameez and Iklingz to color the card with a few touches of Coloringz and Vibez.  I used a small paint brush and just painted everything on...I'm definitely not a professional painter, and this is really easy to do.  The color combos are endless, and it didn't take that long to do.

I used some papers from my stash including the Studio Calico Wanderlust collection and the original Maggie Holmes line.  My flair buttons are from A Flair For Buttons.


Here's a look at the Stakz card up close.  As you can see, it's not perfect.  I love that it's kind of messy.  I tried to create a pinkish/orange blend on the flowers using Creameez Piggy Pink, Berry Hot & Daffodil mixed with Inklingz Can't Elope.  The leaves are painted with Inklingz The Holly and the Ivy.  The blue background is a mix of Creameez Ride the Tide and Vibez Jeni B Bleu.  I used a black pen to color in the words.  It really is fun to mix similar colors together to create different tones.  I added some machine stitching, some hand cut flowers, tangled thread and a few stickers.


I cut the two large scribbly circles on my Cameo (from a file I purchased in the Silhouette Store).  I used them as stencils first.  I put some Creameez Ride the Tide onto some plastic packaging and smushed it over the die cuts to create a messy design on the cardstock and then added some Vibez over them.  Once that dried, I glued the die cuts down and went over them with some white gesso to blend out the pattern a bit.  I came in with some Coloringz No Yoking on some plastic packaging.  Once I knew where the card and my photo were going to go, I added a bit of the Piggy Pink Creameez with a brush to pick up the color from the card.


Here you can see some of the layering I created using some of the Maggie Holmes flower paper and a few die cuts.  I added some tangled thread under my flair button here and added lots of ink splatters to the background.


I brought in a few die cuts from the Simple Stories Carpe Diem collection as well as a few Elle's Studio stamps.  I also added in some washi tape strips from my stash.


Here's a look at my process video if you'd like to see how this whole layout came together...I hope it inspires you to get your hands on some of the Shimmerz Stakz!


Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Supplies Used:
Creameez--Piggy Pink, Daffodil, Berry Hot, Ride the Tide
Inklingz--Can't Elope, The Holly & The Ivy
Vibez--Jeni B Bleu
Coloringz--No Yoking, Pink Stiletto


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Always Time For a Dancy Party / The Cut Shoppe

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I hope you all enjoyed your weekend.  Today I'm sharing a fun layout for The Cut Shoppe using two of the newer cut files:  Kitschy Cursive and Snap to It.  They are both very versatile and can be used on just about any project.  You can create anything with this alphabet, and cameras are suitable for any and every layout!


I used the Cocoa Vanilla Life is Beautiful collection.  I've had it for a while and just haven't had the chance to use it.  It's really pretty, and it went perfectly with my photos of my daughter in her yellow shirt.  She decided to have herself a little dance party one day and I had to get pictures of it :)

I did a lot of mixed media work on this layout.  I used white gesso first, and then I came in with some of my Shimmerz watercolors and texture pastes.  I wanted to bring in more yellow, and so I added a lot of it to the background.  I used papers and a die cut frame as layers behind the photos and then added the title beneath it.  I created the word "party" using the Kitschy Cursive cut file.  I simply traced each letter and then welded them together.  I also cut that little camera from Snap to It.


I cut them both on white cardstock and then painted them with Shimmerz watercolors.  I also added some gelatos to them to get some variation in shading.  I used some October Afternoon alpha stickers for the first part of my title and then added in some flair.  This particular flair button is part of the collection.


This flair is from A Flair For Buttons, and it matched perfectly.  I added in some machine stitching in a few places.  I really love that little banner piece from the collection...it fit perfectly in that spot.  Plus, it goes with my "party" theme :)


Here's another AFFB flair.  Here you can also see the texture paste...it really does give great texture and it's just really pretty, I think.  I added in a lot of tangled thread in various places.  I think it gives great pops of color and great texture.


Here's one more close-up...lots of fun texture, die cuts and dimension.  This was really fun to put together!


Here's my process video if you'd like to see how this layout came together.  I hope you enjoy it and get some fun ideas!


Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!