Monday, September 15, 2014

Another term with Creative Scrappers!

Hey, friends!  I'm so excited to announce that I've been asked to return for another term on the Creative Scrappers Design Team!  I love this team, the sketches, and especially Kristine!  I'm looking forward to continue working with her sketches.  We have another awesome Sketch Designer as well...the awesome Juliana Michaels!

Here are a few of my favorite layouts created over my past few terms using sketches from Creative Scrappers.  I can't wait to get creating with new ones!  Yay!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Monday!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

High Roller / My Scraps & More

Hey, friends!  Happy Weekend...woo hoo!  Do you have any papers or collections that you love, but you just haven't found the right photo to use with it?  I've had the Everyday Eclectic line from Echo Park since it came out, and I've used it a few times.  But I never had the right photo to use for this awesome background paper.  It's all about the fair, and I haven't been to a fair in ages.  My husband and I have made a few quick long weekend trips to Vegas this year, and I just had to go and see this new High Roller in person.  It's not a fair, but it's a giant ferris wheel with pods that hold up to 40 people in each one!  We didn't ride it, but it looks really cool, and I love how my picture turned out!  This paper was just right for it :)

I created this layout for a My Scraps "Throwback" challenge to use a collection at least two years old and to hand draw something.  I started by adding gesso to the background, and then I used some of the gorgeous blue Dylusions ink and a brush to make some large sketchy circles.  I didn't want them perfect.  Then I drew over that with a black pen.  It was a great way to tie in more of the blue color from my photo.

What's a page about Las Vegas without some form of glitter, right?  Love these silver glitter Thickers!  Here you can see some of the ink close up.  I just love getting messy :)

I used a lot of the stickers in this collection, and I did add a lot of pop dots for dimension.  That "best day ever" is a stamp on vellum that I cut out, and the "see" flair pin is from Studio Calico.  The date stamp is the new Heidi Swapp from Michael's...I love the cursive font!

More stickers, layers and vellum stamping.  I highly recommend stamping on not only looks cool, but it allows you to put it wherever you want it without having to actually stamp onto the background paper.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A layout for MME + a Chickaniddy Sneak!

Happy Thursday, friends!  I'm really excited to share my latest layout for My Mind's Eye with you today!  It went up on the blog a few days ago.  It features the new Jubilee Wild Berry collection, which is just amazing.  I saw this background paper and it was just begging for some color!  So I grabbed my gesso and watercolors and gave it some :D

I was inspired by the 3x4 journaling cards in this line.  This one (You are such a gem) was already painted with a pink watercolor effect, so I tried to recreate that look in the background.  I knew I wanted to use that as my title.  I love the black against the pink, and that font is awesome.  I did use a few decorative tapes from other MME lines as well.

Here I layered lots of goodies...die cuts, frames, chipboard, thread,'s all so fun and easy to put together in a cluster.  I also like the visible texture from the gesso and watercolors.

These little days of the week sticky notes are so fun!  And there's a whole stack of you probably won't run out any time soon.  I added a chipboard button and flower, a brad, an enamel heart and a die cut.

Flair pins...eeeeek!   Need I say more?!  I felt the need to layer things on top of my photo in this layout.  It just worked.

And a final shot of the watercolors down at the bottom.  I can't get enough of paint these days!

And before I go, I am up on the Chickaniddy blog today!  I'm sharing my first layout as a design team member for the new term.  It's a cute Halloween layout, and I hope you like it!  Check it out HERE.  Here's a little sneak of it....

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I am so thankful for all of my blog readers!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

La La La Love You / My Scraps & More

Hello there :)  The layout I'm sharing today features an older Glitz collection...Finnley.  I worked on going through some of my stash last month, and my Glitz lines were the target.  I made four pages using a few of my stashed away collections.  I made this one for one of the summer challenges over at My Scraps & More to use a HUGE title on a layout.  I chose this adorable cut file from The Cut Shoppe and blew it up really large.  It just seemed to be meant to work with the design of this layout, and I really love how it turned out.

I jazzed up this beautiful green background sheet with a stencil and modeling paste and a little watercolor.  I used black & grey to add a little bit of darkness here and there since there are black elements scattered around the page.  I doodled an outline around the title to make it pop a little more.

I used lots of stickers from the collection as well as some of the pocket cards, die cuts and giant rhinestones.  This line is actually a baby collection, but it reminds me of Christmas. I made a layout about neither, and it still works!  I think it's because of all the green in my photos.  I also added lots of stamping on my background.

Layers are so much fun to build.  I think my favorite part is building a layer cluster and tucking things in underneath.  I added pop dots to my just adds that little something extra to the page.

I hope this inspires you to use a really big title on a layout.  Don't be afraid to go bold!  It's really fun!

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

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Creative Scrappers #278

Hey there, friends!  It's time for another awesome reveal over at Creative Scrappers!  I had a lot of fun with this sketch...check it out:

I love layering, white space and triangles.  There is a lot you can do with this sketch.  I hope you play along with us!

I used some of the new American Craft's Shimelle collection for this.  To begin, I created a messy background on white cardstock.  I took several mists, sprayed them onto plastic packaging, and used that to smudge the color around.  I used grey, orange, teal and reddish-pink to bring out all the colors in my papers and embellishments.

The washi tape strips were all from my stash...the striped one came from Walmart!  Yep...they have a little selection of tapes now.  The red & white star one I found at the Dollar Tree last year!  Random!  It doesn't stick very well, but I still like it...and there's always glue...haha :D

I love all the fun travel embellishments in this collection.  I decided to fill up some of that white space on the sketch.  Since the photo was taken on a road trip to Georgia, I wanted to use the red bus, the suitcase and the "Go Somewhere Lovely" sticker.  I also pulled out a bicycle rub on from an older collection.  It was kind of scratched up and didn't rub on very well, but I like the sketchy way it looks.
I also layered in some Tim Holtz rubons I have in my stash as well as some triangle stamps.

Here you can see my photo layers a bit better, the stamping and the rub ons.  I also found a cute bicycle flair pin from Studio Calico in my stash.  We had just finished an RPM class, which is a stationary bike workout...similar to Spinning, which is what I teach.

See those black dots?  That's from the stamp in the Shimelle line...I LOVE IT!  You can add little texture dots onto any project with that...I really love how that looks.  I also used some Studio Calico alphas for my vertical title on the right.

I hope you join us with the sketch :)  The prize up for grabs is from My Creative Scrapbook!  Awesome kits with awesome goodies!  Don't miss out on that!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Friday, September 5, 2014

We're So Fancy / My Mind's Eye

Happy Friday, friends!  I wanted to share my latest project for My Mind's Eye with you today.  I was asked to create a layout for September's Glitter Challenge, so I jumped at the chance to use some of the new glitter products in the Just Sayin' collection!  I used glitter paper, glitter die cuts, glitter chipboard and glitter enamel arrows.  That's a whole lotta glitter! :D

You can see the post on the MME blog HERE...and play along for your chance to win a collection of your choice!

I chose a set of busy photos to scrap.  My friends and I went out to dinner to celebrate a birthday a few months ago, and we couldn't stop singing that crazy "Fancy" song.  It eventually turned into a joke, and I knew I had to use it as my title.  I was inspired by the handwriting in this collection, so I grabbed a black marker and wrote out "fancy" and cut it out.  I also knew right away that I had to use that sticker "lovin' this group of humans" perfect for this!

I used a little bit of watercolor on my background to add more of that pretty green/teal color.

As usual, the chipboard pieces in this line do not disappoint.  They are pretty and bold, and the colors are just beautiful.  And check out the rub ons!  I forgot how much I love those!

I'm also loving these enamel shapes...the glitter is amazing!  I added in some thread, as well.

This crown die cut was another perfect piece for my "fancy" page...haha!  It was just meant to be.  I love when you get an idea and the pieces just fit.  Another fun element to this collection is the alpha stickers...they have this awesome colored shadow.  Love!

Glitter mania!  This really sparkles in real life...sometimes the photos don't do it justice.  You can't have enough sparkle...especially on a fancy layout :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Saturday Love / GDT @ The Cut Shoppe

Hey there, and Happy Thursday!  I wanted to share the fun layout I created for my Guest Designer spot over at The Cut Shoppe!  I was featured there on Monday, and you can see the blog post HERE.  I was thrilled when my awesome friend Ashley Horton asked me to be a GDT for her new cut file store.  If you haven't checked it out yet, you MUST!  She's constantly adding designs each week, and they are ALL amazing.  Her designs make using your Cameo so much fun!

I started with the Arrows with Attitude cut file and enlarged it so it would fill up my entire background.  I used white cardstock, gesso and watercolors to create the background.  I pulled colors from the various American Crafts and Studio Calico papers and embellishments I chose.  Once I cut the arrows, I simply adhered it over the painted cardstock.  I traced and doodled on the left side, and then I left the right side alone.  I liked the way it kind of went from darker to light as your eye moves to the right.

This is from the Say Anything file.  I cut it in white and then painted it to match.  I LOVE this font and the little heart attached!  I paired it with a die cut to create my title, and I popped it up to add dimension.

Here's a close up of the file....I like the way it pops up in various places.  I think it adds more interest to the textures.

And one last shot of my layers.  I layered papers, stickers, chipboard and thread...the more layers, the better :)

Here are the files I used, and they're available in the store.

Make sure to check out The Cut Shoppe's STORE and BLOG.  You won't be disappointed!  So much inspiration!

A huge thank you to Ashley for welcoming me as a Guest Designer!  I had a blast and will continue to use her cut files.  They're awesome!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!