Friday, August 29, 2014

Chickaniddy Crafts Design Team 2014-2015!

Happy Friday, friends!  I'm so excited to announce that I've been invited to continue on with the Chickaniddy Crafts Design Team for 2014-2015!  I couldn't be more excited!  The past six months have been awesome, and I'm really looking forward to creating with Heidi's amazing products.

The team is just beyond amazing...there are some seriously talented ladies on the team!  Check out the DT announcement on the Chickaniddy Blog.

Here is a little sneak peek of what I've been working on with the new Scrumptious collection!  We'll start revealing our projects in September.

Thank you SO MUCH to Heidi and Pam for having me back another term!  I'm just thrilled!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello Cutie Buns / My Scraps & More

Hey scrappy friends!  I have another layout to share with you today.  I created this one for My Scraps & More last week.  I hosted yet another summer challenge which was to TEAR SOMETHING.  I almost always tear my paper layers and washi tapes.  I just like the uneven look tearing gives.  It's so weird that I like tearing because I'm so detail oriented and want everything just perfect.  You'd think I'd want all the edges just perfectly cut, but I really like the uneven look!  It's my Jekyl and Hyde personalities of scrapping...haha!

Anyway, I used mostly the Brighton Pier line from Studio Calico for this.  I really love this sunburst paper and decided to only use a piece of it.  I used some other papers for my layers.  I added tapes from my own stash, as well as cord, rhinestones and buttons.  That wooden "hello" is also SC...isn't it SOOOO cute?!  The cute little puffy pink scallop is from Pinkfresh Studio.

I used some gesso and watercolors on my background.  I wanted it subtle and light, and I think I achieved that pretty well.  I didn't want the background to compete with that sunburst paper, but I didn't want to leave it stark white, either.

Here you can see the benefits of layers.  It makes it very easy to tuck things underneath.  I also like to crinkle up my layers...that makes it even more dimensional.

I have a secret about this striped washi tape....I got it from the Dollar Tree!  It was a year or so ago, but I found it there.  It's really cheap, but the color is fabulous.  You can see that it doesn't stick really well, but I actually like that it doesn't.  It makes the torn edges stand up and gives it more texture.  I have to add some adhesive to make it stick, but I still love it.

See how it curls up?  I like the effect of that.  This cute stamp is a new one I found at Michael's by Heidi Swapp.  I love that you can fill in the blank!

Thank you so much for always stopping by to visit me!  I love sharing my projects with you.  I hope you are somehow inspired to tear's a lot of fun!

Have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

She's Wild / My Scraps & More

Hey there!  I have another project to share with you today.  I have really been trying to use up some of my stash.  It's seriously out of shelves are full.  I get a collection, and usually, I'll make one or two pages and then I put it away.  It's like I need a break from it.  So away it goes, and in the meantime, new collections get bought and the old stuff gets forgotten.  I don't mean to forget just takes a backseat to all of the newer goodies.  I'm sure you know exactly what I'm talking about, right?! :D

Well, I decided to peruse my shelves and realized I still have a lot of my Glitz collections.  I won this Wild & Free collection last summer by leaving a blog comment.  So I pulled it out and created this layout for a challenge at My Scraps & More.  I challenged everyone to use at least three patterned papers and use them to back a hole created from a die cut.  It didn't have to be a huge die cut like this could be from a simple punched shape.

I just love this circle cut from the Silhouette store, and I chose lots of papers to back it with.  I think there is even one sheet from the Color Me Happy line in there.  I love this blended watercolor-ish background paper, and I just love how this turned out.

Backing die cuts is really so easy.  To me, it's like putting a puzzle together...trying this paper here, and that paper there to see what looks good.  One like this where there lots of holes to fill is just so much fun.  I layered some stickers & a rhinestone on the corner of my photo.

I love this heart die cut...I used several pop dots to raise it up.

If you haven't tried this technique, I highly recommend it.  It's not only fun, but it's also fast.  If you use a big one like this, it sort of takes the place of having to decide what goes where.  Once you get the die cut finished, you only need a little bit more to add to it.

I hope this gives you a little bit of inspiration.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to School sneak at Chickaniddy Crafts

Hello, scrappy friends!  I just wanted to hop on really quick and show you a fun sneak peek at a project I created for today's blog post over at Chickaniddy Crafts.  It's a back-to-school layout, and if you'd like to see the entire page, you can click HERE :)

Have a GREAT Monday, friends!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Creative Scrappers & The Cut Shoppe Reveal!

Hey, y'all!  Happy Sunday.  I'm so excited to share the new Creative Scrappers' reveal with you!  It's a very special one.  The CS team partnered up with The Cut Shoppe this time and used some of the amazing cut files from the store!

Our fellow CS Design Team Member (and my good scrappy friend) Ashley Horton owns The Cut Shoppe and personally designs all the cut files.  Let me tell you...if you haven't checked it out, you MUST.  They are all awesome and make scrapping even more fun!

Here's Sketch #276.  It's a grid style, and it's awesome...especially for you scrappers who love Project Life or do pocket pages.  I do traditional scrapbooking, so I took this design and shrunk it down a bit.

I used the gorgeous Good Day Sunshine from Simple Stories to make my summer page :)  I used two different cut files.  One is my title "summer lovin" and the other is the the center half-circle design.  It was hard to narrow down which ones to use.  I still kept the grid design for this, but I made it smaller and toward the center of the page.  I added in strips at the top and bottom and added some stickers and brads.  I also used a confetti punch on the sides and backed it with yellow paper and then used the actual dots to scatter around the page.

Isn't this cut file awesome?  I love that you can back it with anything for a different look every time.  You can shrink it or make it large.  Cameos are SO awesome like that!

A little bit of layering here with paper, washi tapes and thread.  I think I have this style of striped tape in almost every color.  I use it so much!

Here you can see the other cut file I used.  It's such a fun border shape!  I layered a lot of embellishments here...chipboard, stickers and enamel dots.  Such a fun (and full) collection!

Be sure to link up your layouts HERE for your chance to win $20 worth of awesome cut files from The Cut Shoppe!  **The winner must have an electronic cutting device in order to utilize the files.

Also note the following:
Deadline to submit for sketches 274-275 is August 31st at midnight ADT.  Visit Pinkfresh Studio on the following sites:  Facebook / Shop / Blog

Deadline to submit for sketch 276 is August 31st at midnight ADT.  Visit The Cut Shoppe on the following sites:  Facebook / Shop / Blog

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you've gained a little bit of inspiration to get creative!

Friday, August 22, 2014

She Explores / My Scraps & More

Happy Friday, friends!  Our first week back at school is over, and my girls really enjoyed it!  Thank goodness tomorrow is Saturday and we can sleep in a bit.  This week has been crazy trying to get used to getting up early again.  All in all, it has been a great week, though :)

Have you seen the latest sketch on the My Scraps Sketch Blog yet?  It's definitely different and challenging but really fun!  I panicked at first...but once I got an idea in my head it went pretty smoothly.  The triangular design was the toughest part for me.  I decided to use the MeOlogy line from Fancy Pants on this.  I used a 6x6 Crafter's Workshop stencil and modeling paste to create the parallel lines design.  After it dried, I put the stencil back down and used acrylic paints to paint the lines different colors.  Once that dried, I traced around each one with a black pen.  I think it turned out pretty neat!

I also added some gesso to the background and used some green acrylic paint to add some messy splotches to break up the white space.  I also added some stamping and some black splatters.

I know I sound like a broken record here, but layers are just so much fun to create!  You can layer just about anything...not just the papers.  Layer die cuts.  Layer Thickers,  Layer flair!  It's all good!

More layers....I added some washi and thread here.  And just by adding pop dots, that little pink bird now has a little shadow behind him.  I love that depth and dimension that is created.

Okay, here's a close up of the painting and paste.  Kinda messy up close, but I like it that way.  It was an experiment, and at first I said to myself, "what the heck are you doing?  this looks hideous."  But I kept working at it and now I like it :)  It's out of my comfort zone and something different, but that's the beauty of a challenge, right?!

Here's the sketch....I hope you give it a try!

If you play along, be sure to upload your layout HERE.

Thanks so much for visiting me today!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

How Do I Love Thee? / Chickaniddy Crafts

Hey there!  I hope your Wednesday is going well so far :)  Today, I'm sharing a layout inspired by this month's gorgeous Pinspiration Mood Board over at Chickaniddy Crafts.  This project was shared on the CC blog last week.  This gorgeous flower bouquet jumped out at me, and I was immediately drawn to the beautiful colors.

I pulled out the beautiful Date Night collection and started fussy cutting these flowers.  I knew I wanted to recreate the bouquet around my photo.  I printed the photo in black & white so it would pop against the corals and oranges.  I've also been wanting to use the numbers in this collection, so I worked them in here.  I layered all the flowers under the photo layers and added a fun circle die cut and some thread.

Here you can see all the dimension.  By layering shapes on top of one another, you can get really nice depth to your layouts.  I went a little layer crazy here...I tried to incorporate lots of different things here, and I really like how it turned out.  I love mixing up the alphas in my title, and this was a good time to use lots of different ones since it's a longer one.

Another angle of the layering.  I really love tucking things here and there, and I love how my vellum printing turned out.  I just ran it through my printer, and it worked great!

I used more little stickers, a few brads and a sentiment sticker here at the bottom.  Sweet and simple :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderful week :)

Supplies Used: DN140S10 Backwoods Lovin', DN140S01 Awesome Blossom, DN140S08 Wallflower, DN140S12 Plaid Is Rad, DN140S07 Spiffy Tags, DN14EB01 Alpha Stickers, DN14EB02 Sticker Sheet, DN14EB03 Mini Sticker Banners, DN14EB04 Mini Sticker Tags, DN14EB06 Brads; Other--Liquitex Gesso, Silhouette Cameo, Stampendous Ink, Pop Dots, Thread, Recollections Vellum, Heidi Swapp Color Shine, Studio G Washi Tape