Thursday, April 24, 2014

Lots of Layers / Chickaniddy Crafts

Hi there, friends!  Today I'm sharing a fun and festive Spring layout with you featuring the beautiful Twirly Girly collection from Chickaniddy Crafts.  This page focuses on Spring time and showing how adding lots of layers can really make your layout stand out.  You can also check out this page HERE on the Chickaniddy Blog today.

The Twirly Girl collection is just bursting with bright reds, pinks, yellows and greens.  The perfect line for Spring time photos.  The cute pictures of my little one running around in her pink dress showcase everything so well.  Layering really isn't all that difficult.  The hardest part is deciding which papers you want to use.  My process is always to find the smallest layer to go behind my photos, and it needs to be a color or pattern that doesn't compete with the photos.  The next layer is a contrasting color and pattern, and it's always a little bit of a bigger piece.  Then, depending on how many layers you want, you just keep adding another paper behind it while making sure it's a contrasting color and pattern.  They'll all just blend together if they are similar in color.  It really depends on the look you're going for, though.

I also like to layer my title stickers over die cuts sometimes.  I cut this circle pattern on my Silhouette Cameo and layered it into my photo layers.  Then I added my title on top of that.  I cut "spring" in white cardstock and then used watercolors to paint it a coordinating orange color to make it stick out. I also traced around the pink alphas with a gold pen since I was adding gold accents around the page.

Another fun way to add a layered look is to add pop dots to embellishments.  This big pink flower sticker creates a shadow and depth.  This is great for adding thread or other embellishments underneath it. I also added a brad and a little banner piece here.

Again, another shot of paper layers.  You really can create so much interest just by sticking little pieces in behind other pieces.  This green piece was one of the little card-sized pieces cut from a piece of patterned paper.

Another touch of gold here...I punched a few butterflies from the gold foil paper.  It's so easy to use!  It cuts and punches very clean and easy.

So don't be afraid to create lots of fun layers on your pages.  There are lots of ways to experiment with it...have fun trying!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Supplies Used: TG140S05 Paper Posies, TG140S10 Grandma's Quilt, TG140S11 Never Grow Up, TG140S01 Rosy Posy, TG140S02 Birthday Girl, TG140S04 Keepsakes, TG14EB01 Alpha Stickers, TG14EB02 Sticker Sheet, TG14EB04 Mini Sticker Tags, TG14EB06 Brads, CN14SP001 12x12 Gold Foil Paper, Recollections Washi Tape, Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine, thread, Silhouette Cameo, cardstock, Sharpie Black Pen, Pentel Gold Pen, Recollections Date Stamp, StazOn Ink.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Forgot to share this one...maybe because I don't like it...

Hello :)  I just realized I forgot to share this St. Patty's Day page here on my blog from last month.  It bugs me because no matter how many times I photographed it, I couldn't get the lighting right for some reason.  The right side is darker than the left.  I finally gave up and just edited it the best I could without overexposing the photos.  Some layouts photograph perfectly while others give me a hard time.  I photograph mine in front of a big bay window with natural light, but sometimes they just don't turn out that great.

Oh, still get the idea of all the colors, right? :)

I created this page for a challenge at My Scraps and More.  Obviously the girls were dressed in their "lucky" colors, so I decided to use my Cameo to cut out a big shamrock out of cardstock.  I watercolored a green piece and backed it.  Then I went crazy with rainbow colored washi tape over on the side....I really had no thoughts about this one...I just started sticking and painting.  Usually I love a rainbow, but something about this page just bugs me...haha.

I do love these hearts!  I stamped and Elle's Studio heart stamp with embossing ink and heated gold embossing powder over it.  Then I cut them out.  Super fun way to make your own embellishments!  I also traced around the shamrock with a gold pen.  I'm sort of on a gold kick these days :)

This sort of went wrong here, too.  Stamped more hearts to emboss....and didn't realize the gesso I had used over the tape wasn't completely dry.  So the glitter stuck to it.  Geez!  I act like I've never made a scrapbook page before...haha!  Rookie mistakes here.

Some REALLY old loopy Doodlebug alphas here and a Cameo cut.  I do love that Queen & Co. rainbow striped washi tape....although it tears really easily when I'm trying to peel it from the roll.

Thanks for stopping by and listening to me rant about this page....haha.  Have a great day!

Monday, April 21, 2014

You Are My Sunshine / My Creative Scrapbook

Happy Monday, everyone!  Today, I'm sharing another layout I created using the April Main Kit from My Creative Scrapbook.  I also used a sketch I created for the April Sketchathon at My Scraps and More.  This kit is full of the super bright & fun Garden Party collection from Pebbles.  It has so many bold Spring colors and flowers!

This was a pretty simple page...all the squares allowed me to use  a lot of embellishments, like cork, stamps and buttons.  Here I added pop dots to this title piece and added some tangled thread underneath it.

A few simple layers here.  I love the black and white photos...they really pop against the bright colors.

This button was a cheapy find from Walmart a long time ago!  I bought all the packs they had because I seem to use this color all the time it seems.

These cork butterflies are included in the kit...aren't they so cute?

Here's the sketch I created:

You can go HERE to see all the month's available kits, and you can go HERE to see the design team gallery as well as the guest designers.  You can go HERE to check out the April Sketchathon at My Scraps and More.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, April 18, 2014

My Scraps Sketch #77

Hey there, and Happy Friday :)  Today's layout is based on the new sketch that is up on the My Scraps Sketch Blog...and it's an awesome one!  I had lots of fun working with this one.  I used papers and embellishments from the new Studio Calico Lemon Lush collection.  My favorite part...the sequins!

I traced a few rectangles for my background.  I painted the aqua one with watercolors and used sequins to fill in the other one.  I used a few patterned papers from the collection, and then added in lots of random goodies from my stash.  Washi tape, wooden veneers, Cameo cuts, buttons, and stamps.

I had this circle cut left over from another project.  I painted it with watercolors to match that yellowish-green color.  I added in some thread...I can't believe it matched perfectly :)  Those sequins...I just love the colors!

I pulled out some really old Thickers, but they matched!  And I just grabbed a purple marker and wrote "friends" out on cardstock and then cut it out.

I believe this wooden tag came from a pack of various shapes I picked up from Michael's not long ago, and that button is a Walmart special :)  I painted the tag with watercolors, too.

Here's the sketch:

Be sure to come over to the blog and see what the other team members created using the sketch.  I hope you play along with us...there's a great prize up for grabs!

Have a great day!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Sketch for My Scraps & More

Happy Thursday!  Man, this week has been busy and fast!  I just realized I hadn't posted since Monday.  Now I have a sick little girl home with me, so she's missing her school Egg Hunt today :(  Vomiting is for the birds!!  Ugh.

On a brighter note, I'm sharing a layout I created for the April Sketchathon going on over at My Scraps and More.  I didn't realize how fun it is to create sketches!  All the Design Team Members are creating their own sketches, and a new one is posted every day this month.  Here's one of the sketches I came up with...

And here's the layout.  I used primarily the Lemon Lush collection from Studio Calico.  I love the bright colors and fun patterns.  I'm usually not a crazy green color lover, but this background paper matched the green in her shirt perfectly.  I added some gesso to blend out some of the text, and then modeling paste over a stencil, then some watercolors.  I wanted to bring out the blues in the patterned paper.

There are a couple of American Crafts embellishments thrown in here, too.

Lots of texture right here.  Modeling paste, tape, paper and thread.

And the other side.  I just love these fun red alpha stickers from SC!  The SUMMER stickers are from my stash...I think they're Doodlebug from years ago.  I painted them a darker blue to match.

One more shot...I had a blue button that matched the other blues.  This yellow piece is one of the vellum cards in the SC collection.

I hope you can join us for the Sketchathon!  There's still time to play with's only the 17th.  Still lots more sketches to be revealed!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Inspired by Patterned Paper / My Mind's Eye

Hey there!  I'm so excited about this project share's my latest layout for My Mind's Eye, and I love it so much!  It's up on the blog today.

As soon as I saw this sheet of patterned paper, I knew just what I wanted to do with it.  I was very inspired by all those frames.  I printed out small photos and used a craft knife to cut out the middle of each frame.  I adhered the photos behind it, just like you would a real frame.

This is the only 12x12 patterned paper I used on the entire layout.  The rest is embellishments from the Now & Then Mildred collection.

I love this large chipboard flower!  I wanted it to help the center photo be the focus, so that's where I put it.  That little Hello piece is one of the Sticky Notes...just like little Post-It Notes!  So fun.  I added a few pop dots to the Little Lady sticker to finish up my title.  I love when pre-made stickers make the perfect title.

I used more chipboard here, and I also fussy cut these little round flowers from a piece from the 6x6 paper pad.  The patterns are smaller, so they were perfect for helping to frame the photo.  I added some gesso around the page to give a faded look to certain spots.

I'm sort of obsessed with gold these days...shiny gold, glittery gold, you name it.  For a few of the empty frames, I painted gold glitter paint over a small circle stencil.  It's a fun and easy way to add some shimmer.  I LOVE these gold enamel hearts...oh my goodness!  It doesn't get any better than that!

Here you can see the layers I created with a few chipboard pieces and pop dots.  I added in a little bit of gold thread for some extra shine.

I hope this inspires you to really look at your patterned papers and be inspired by them.  Sometimes all it takes is just one paper to create something fabulous!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Creative Scrappers #266

Hello there, and Happy Sunday!  It's time for another awesome sketch reveal at Creative Scrappers.  This is a really fun sketch designed by the super talented Jenny Evans....check it out:

I used some of the new Elle's Studio products for this one...Love You More and Everyday Moments.  I love all the little bits you can add here and there.  A few of the circles I used were die-cuts, and a few of them I punched myself.  I added a few vellum circles and a few from patterned papers.  I used a few of the adorable wooden veneer pieces as well as an Elle's heart stamp.  I broke into my very old stash of colored brads and found the perfect matching orange :)

I know I say this about every one of my layouts, but I just love layering!  It creates such a fun effect, and I love having pieces peek out from underneath.  Pop dots work wonders, too!

I hope you're not tired of seeing my tangled thread everywhere because I love adding it to my projects :D  It's a fun, easy and cheap way to add interest and a pop of color.

Another angle of the circles, one of the wooden hearts, a flair badge, a brad...random little pieces all thrown together.

I painted this wooden heart...I wish I had a never ending supply of these!

Be sure to check out the BLOG to see what the rest of the team created and to upload your project.   Don't forget about our awesome sponsor this month...all you need to do is create a layout based on sketches 265 or 266 and upload them on the blog.  Deadline is midnight EST April 30.

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Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!