Friday, July 25, 2014

Smooching Cheeks / My Scraps & More

Yep, I said smooching cheeks!  Haha!  That's what my layout is all about.  I can't get enough of soft squishy baby cheeks.  This picture of my little Paige is almost three years old, and she's five now.  But she still has these cheeks, and I still have to pry myself away from them most days.  They're just so soft and sweet, and my favorite time to smooch her is first thing in the morning.  I'm a crazy mom, I know :D

Anyway....back on topic.  I created this layout for a Got Talent Challenge last week over at My Scraps and More.  The challenge was to use a busy background, create a complete sentence for the title, and to mix up the alphas.  I used the Capture Life collection from Echo Park.  I'm in love with this line....holy cow is it gorgeous!  I picked this very busy and loud patterned paper for my background, but I altered it up a bit.  I added gesso and then some watercolors and gelatos.  I added lots of separation from the background and my photo with lots of layers of solids.  Plus I added a bit of vellum in there, too.  I never want to the photo to be drowned out, so I always make sure that nothing overpowers it.


I added a fun die-cut to the background.  This one was made by Wilna over at Two Peas a while back, and I just LOVE it.  I cut it in white and then "messied" it up with a stamp.  I wanted it to show, but not too crazy since the background is busy enough.


A close up of the gesso and gelatos.  I also added some striped washi tape here and there....I LOVE this striped tape.  I use it A LOT.  It's from Michael's.


Messy thread is a great way to add texture and interest to your layouts.  I used a random wooden veneer heard here that I painted blue.  You can also see that I used four different fonts for my title.


The other side of the photo...more thread and a fun arrow paper clip from Hobby Lobby clearance! Score!


I hope this inspires you to use a busy background...it's really fun to challenge yourself to do something you don't normally do.  I'm getting more comfortable with these busy backgrounds.  It's all about finding the balance and not letting it overshadow your photo.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Vegas! / Stuck?! Sketches & My Scraps

Hello again!  I hope your Wednesday is off to a great start.  Today, I'm sharing a layout I created using a sketch from Stuck?! Sketches.  As soon as I saw it, I was inspired.  I love all of the triangles and layering. 

I also created this page for today's challenge over on the My Scraps & More boards.  Since my layout is about one of my favorite places....VEGAS...the challenge is to use some glitter and something shiny on your project :)  I used a gold glitter frame (from Crate Paper), some MME gold glitter tape, some gold embossed chipboard stars and some shiny gold thread.

I used the absolutely gorgeous Capture Life collection from Echo Park...this bokeh background reminded me of all the lights in Vegas, so it was perfect for my background!  I usually like to use paste and paints on my backgrounds, but this one needed no extra help...it's gorgeous AS IS!


Here you can see lots of the gold shine and glitter!  I'm obsessed with all things glittery and shiny these days!


Even when I make a mess with embossing powder...it still looks great on a layout about Vegas...haha!  That's because it practically rains glitter there :D  I found a pack of these cute arrow paper clips on clearance at Hobby Lobby weeks ago...I love them!


These big bold alpha stickers just seemed perfect for my title...Vegas is bold and loud!


Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pie Charts / My Mind's Eye

Happy Tuesday!  I'm so excited to share my latest layout for My Mind's Eye today!  It was up on the blog HERE yesterday.

I have really been inspired lately by die cuts.  If you own a Silhouette Cameo or another type of die cutting machine, you know how easy it is to get almost any shape you want or need.

I love this pie chart shape!  It's one that Two Peas had, and I've always wanted to create a layout like this, backing the pie charts with different patterned papers.  I used the beautiful Market Street Ashbury Heights line for this.

I love the shiny gold in this collection, so I incorporated the metallic tape in gold to the mix as well.  I cut a few smaller pie charts that I didn't back with paper to add some texture and interest to the white space.  This collection is so versatile and can be used for many types of photos.


The chipboard words are amazing in this line.  The colors are so pretty, and the fonts are awesome.  I layered one of the mixed bag banners with chipboard here as part of my title.


Don't these colors and patterns go so well together?  I love how they all look up next to one another like this.  That gold glitter tape....I can't stop using it!  It adds such a brilliant sparkle anywhere you use it.  I added in some gold thread underneath my photo.  I love the look of a neat page with a bit of a messy factor thrown in :)


Lots of layering going on here...chipboard, stickers, paper, thread.  It all coordinates so well together.  I like making sure all the colors in my layout are sort of evenly distributed around the page, and the chipboard pieces make that easy to do.


I hope this inspires you to incorporate die cuts into your layouts.  They really do add that little something extra to your designs, and it's fun to play with them.  They make great layers as well as focal points.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Chickaniddy / Pool Party + New Collections Giveaway!

Hey there!  Today I wanted to share a layout I created for Chickaniddy Crafts earlier this week.  You can find the blog post HERE.

I couldn't wait to use the bright and beautiful Twirly Girly line for a fun and bold summer layout!  I wanted to scrap this photo of my little girl in the pool, and since there is a ton of blue in it, I decided to add bits of more blue around the paper since there are no blues in it.

I started with some gesso on the background.  This is a very busy patterned paper, and I didn't want it detract from the photo.  The gesso helps soften edges and sort of fade out colors.  Once that was dry, I used a rainbow array of watercolors.  I added splatters of blue around the page.  I added lots of background stamps and some blue thread as well.  I love that the blue works well in this, even though it was a color I added in on my own.  The layers underneath my photo all represent the rainbow and look great up next to the blue photo.


Here's a close up of the watercolor, stamping and doodling.  I love tracing around my titles to make them pop a little more.  I like that it's messy and not perfect.  I also traced around the sentiment sticker and the days of the week stickers.


I just love these fun banner stickers, brads and enamel hearts!  They add such fun details to layouts.  I used them like little flags on the side of my photo.  I curved up the edges of some of the layered papers to create more depth.


More stickers and layers!  I have more information on how I colored these cute days of the week stickers at the end of the post :)


I really love the alphas in this collection.  Not only are they super cute, but the thickness is really great.


I wanted to use these stickers on my layout, but I wanted them each a different color.  I simply took some gesso and covered the orange edges a few times.


Once it was dry, I went over each one with a different color watercolor.  Easy!  Now I have rainbow days of the week stickers.


I hope this inspires you to get out those summer photos and create something bright and bold!  And also to use your photo as inspiration to create something unique on your page, like I did with the blue elements.  You can make it work if you get creative!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Supplies Used: TG140S10 Grandma's Quilt, TG140S02 Birthday Girl, TG140S12 Piggy Tails, TG140S04 Keepsakes, TG140S08 Itty Bitty Ballerina, TG14EB01 Alpha Stickers, TG14EB02 Sticker Sheet, TG14EB03 Mini Sticker Tags, TG14EB05 Mini Sticker Sentiments, TG14EB06 Brads, TG14EB07 Enamel Hearts, TG14EB03 Mini Sticker Banners, DN14EB03 Mini Sticker Banners; Other--Liquitex Gesso, Watercolors, StazOn Ink, Recollections Stamps, Thread, Sharpie Black Pen, Silhouette Cameo, Cardstock, Crafter's Workshop Template, Tim Holtz Distress Ink.


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And now, on to the GIVEAWAY!  In case you didn't see earlier this week, Heidi's two new collections were debuted on the blog, and they are to die for!  They really are so bright and fun.

All you have to do is LEAVE A COMMENT on each collection's blog post to be entered to win!  Super easy!  Click HERE to see the new Scrumptious collection.


 And click HERE to see Jolly Good.

They are both AMAZING! 

And one more thing before I sign off, Chickaniddy is also having a Craft Team Call!  You can see all the details HERE.  It's a GREAT company to design for, so I hope you give it a shot!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a great weekend!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Birthday Fun / My Scraps & More

Happy Friday, friends!  Have you been over to the My Scraps Sketch Blog today?  There's a new sketch up, and this is the layout I created using it.  

Sometimes I don't know where my ideas come from.  I saw the sketch and started browsing through my photos.  I always have a lot of birthday pictures, so I picked four that featured my daughter with various family members.  I decided to use some of the Birthday Bisque line from Jillibean Soup.  I love bright colors, so this one was perfect.  I mostly used the stamps from this collection...oh my goodness are they awesome!

I used the big numbers stamp to create the background.  I used watercolors to paint in each number to created a rainbow effect.  I love how it turned out!  The yellow background sheet was a random sheet from my stash, and I drew the long rectangles, outlined them with black pen, and used gelatos to give some colorful smudgy shadows.  The rest is bits and pieces from JS...and more of their stamps.



I just love the nickels and sticker buttons!  And the bits and pieces contain lots of fun arrows.  So great for layering and adding interest.  



More stamping, buttons, arrows....and my title.  I cut "birthday" on my Cameo and watercolored it blue.  The yellow "Fun" is the JS Beanboard Alphas.



Here's one more close up of the other side of the layout.  More fun goodies!  I tell you, the stamps were so much fun to use here.  You can really get creative and created your own embellishments and/or backgrounds.



Be sure to check out today's sketch as well as the My Scraps Store!  It's still full of goodies, and SO MUCH MORE is on its way!  You won't want to miss out on what's coming :)

Have a GREAT weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Mama's First Sunroof / 123 Challenge Blog

Happy Wednesday, scrappy friends!  I have a layout to share today that I made just for fun.  I came across the current challenge over at 123 Challenge Blog, and I just had to create something to submit.  The bright colors are so me!  I don't remember the last time I created a layout to enter into a challenge...it feels great! For this challenge, you had to incorporate all three of these on your project.


I pulled out some of my Jillibean Soup stash for this.  I decided to go bright with the blues, so I used watercolors and gelatos to paint my own blue background on white cardstock.  This is my FAVORITE blue color!  I went with this busy and bold houndstooth background, but I toned it down with gesso and watercolors.  And the blue piece helps break it up.  I cut a lot of the cute circles from patterned paper, and the rest are just bits from the sticker sheet or ephemera pack.  I added in some vellum, stamping, buttons, tape and thread for extra touches.  I also used a few cut-aways from the American Crafts Plus One line.


I used lots of pop dots to create depth and make it easier to add layers and pieces underneath.  I also stamped on this vellum circle...I just love the look of vellum.


I stamped the word {awesome} and I cut up one of the little cards from the JS line.  Since I was enjoying some sun through my sunroof, I needed this saying on my page!  I mixed up my alphas...the yellow letters are JS, and the FIRST is from the set of JS alpha stamps.  I cut "Sunroof" on my Cameo and watercolored it pink.  Those pink splatters are from the Picked Raspberry Distress Ink over a Tim Holtz stencil.


I cut up one of the circle placemats and used it as a layer.  Thread is such a great tool to use...not only does it give wonderful texture, but it adds whatever color you need right in the spot where you need it :)


Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A super BRIGHT layout for Chickaniddy!

Hey there!  Just wanted to show you a close-up of a project I have up over on the Chickaniddy Crafts blog today.  It's full of bright colors and just screams SUMMER!  I also show a small tutorial on how I changed the color of some of the stickers :)

Head on over HERE if you'd like to see the whole layout :)


Thanks for taking a peek!