Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Scraps Sketch #92

Hey there, and happy Tuesday!  Have you seen the newest sketch over on the My Scraps Sketch Blog?  It's by our own DT member, Tracy, and it's a great one.  I've been trying to get through my massive stash of Crate Paper goodies lately.  I have the new Open Book collection ready and waiting on me, but I still have so much of the Styleboard line.  I tried to use as much as I could on this layout.  If you'd like to play along with us, you can see the sketch HERE.

I pulled out some of my acrylic paint for this and added lots of blue to the background.  I created lots of layers with embellishments around my photos.  The bottom was fun to create with lots of paper strips.

Layers, stitching and die cuts....it doesn't get any better than that!  Love all of this combined.  The "sweet" and "Paige" stickers are really old Glitz that I've had for a few years.

I couldn't wait to use up some of the CP chipboard frames.  I used a couple of them on this page.  They're great for adding dimension.

Stitching...can one possibly get tired of stitching?!  Not me!  I love it so much and now that I've learned how to do it, I can't imagine not stitching on my pages.

Thanks so much for stopping by....have a great day!  

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Creative Scrappers #280

Happy Sunday, everyone!  I'm so excited to share the newest sketch from Creative Scrappers!  That's right...it's reveal day, and there's an awesome sketch by the wonderfully talented Juliana Michaels today.  I just love it!

I created this layout using the Styleboard collection from Crate Paper.  When I saw the circles on this sketch, I immediately thought of using pie charts.  They're really popular right now, and I just can't get enough of them.  I love backing die cuts with patterned paper, so that's what I did here.  I love the look of the color and pattern mix.  I also added some gesso and watercolor to the background.  I embellished with a chipboard frame and flowers, along with vellum and cardstock die cuts.

I am in love with gold thread...oh my goodness.  Metallics are my favorite right now!  Isn't this cute arrow paper clip adorable?  It's from Freckled Fawn.

Lots of fun chipboard layers here.  I love the primary colors together here up against the kraft striped background.

Lovely watercolors...always one of my favorites!  I used some gelatos to color my cardstock title.  The texture of the cardstock makes for a really cool look.

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Can't wait to see what you create with this one!  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thankful Layout / Chickaniddy Crafts

Hey there, everyone!  I'm so excited to share a layout I created for Chickaniddy Crafts that centers around being Thankful.  There is nothing I am more thankful for than my two sweet girls!  It's a rare occasion that they're in a photo together, so I just had to scrap these.  This layout was up on the Chickaniddy blog a few days ago HERE.

Supplies Used:  SC140S06 Autumn Haze, SC140S02 Home Sweet Home, SC140S05 Hay Ride, SC140S03 Pumpkin Spice, SC140S11 Frolic in the Leaves, SC140S08 Friends and Family, SC14EB02 Alpha Stickers, SC14EB02 Shape Stamps, SC14EB08 Mini Brads, SC14EB07 Mini Sticker Sentiments, SC14EB02 Sticker Sheet, SC14EB03 Journal Tags, SC14EB04 Die-Cut Tags; Other--cardstock, Silhouette Cameo, thread, sewing machine, Heidi Swapp Color Shine & Ink, Tiny Attacher, Stampabilities Ink, washi tape.

Here is how I created my layout:

1.  I just had to start with this gorgeous Autumn Haze paper as my background.  The denim paper is another favorite, and I love how the pretty blue contrasts against those Fall colors.  I created lots of patterned paper layers first, and then decided where to place my photos.  I had the circle die cut laying on my desk from another project, so I layered that in as well.

2.  I used a few of the flowers from the Sticker Sheet and then used stamps to create the blue flowers. I wanted to mimic that denim color, so I pulled out a blue Heidi Swapp ink pad and stamped the image onto cardstock.  I was very pleased that the texture of the cardstock made the flower look denim!  VERY cool!  I like how it ties in that blue color around the page.

I don't know if you've seen these new stamps, but they're so much fun to play with!  Check out how I used the flowers on this layout.

3.  I added one in this corner cluster on top of a die-cut frame, journal tag and sticker.  And the mini brads make perfect centers for these flowers!

Here are the coordinating brads.  Aren't those colors so yummy?  Yes!

4.  I used more of them here.  Something I just added to my scrapping style is machine stitching!  I finally gave it a try, and now I'm hooked.  Love how it ties the whole layout together.

I hope this inspires you to scrap what you're thankful for!  And I hope this has shown you some fun ways to use this amazing collection!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Forever Beautiful / 123 Challenge Blog GDT Layout

Hey there, friends :)  I hope your day is going well so far!  I was so excited when I read that I was selected by the amazing Design Team over at the 123 Challenge Blog to be a Guest Designer for October!  The challenge was to use the color apricot, the word "forever" and swirls.  I got all three of those in on this layout.  You can see the blog post where this layout was featured HERE.

I used some papers from Carta Bella and Chickaniddy, some embellishments from American Crafts, October Afternoon & Fancy Pants, and some stamps from Jillibean Soup.  I really just dug into my stash for anything apricot :)  I decided to scrap pictures with blue in them, so I added that in around the page, too.

I layered some paper underneath my photos with this cardstock die cut.  I actually layered two die cuts together to create more swirls.  I also mixed and matched my title.  I used a Heidi Swapp stamp and combined it with some Thickers and some Chickaniddy alphas.

I have this huge swirl rubber stamp that I finally put to work on this layout!  I also added my new favorite thing...machine stitching.  I added in several cardstock circles that I watercolored to add more blue around the page.

One more angle of the layers.  That "R" is a $1 rubber stamp from Michaels that I've had forever.  I just love layering up lots of things and creating depth and texture!

Thank you so much for having me as a Guest Designer, Alicia and crew!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Creating With Sketches V3 / Body Combat

Happy Monday, friends!  In case you haven't heard or seen yet, you need to know that Kristine Davidson's newest creation is here!  Creating With Sketches V3 is ready to be purchased...woo hoo!  It is overflowing with amazing sketches and beautiful layouts for your inspiration.  You can purchased the eBook right now, and you can get 10% off if you use the code V3Missy.  Visit the Creative Scrappers blog to get more information.

I had an AWESOME sketch to work from, and this is the layout I created for the Sketchbook.  I used some really bright and fun papers from October Afternoon and a few from my stash.  Those fun paper clip arrows are Freckled Fawn, and the green Here We Go above the photo is American Crafts.  I had lots of fun getting messy with this, and I incorporated my newest technique...machine stitching!

I decided to stitch my grid down with black thread.  I printed my journaling out for this one instead of handwriting it.  I love changing things up from time to time!

Here you can see the gesso and watercolors I used on the background paper.  I also added paint splatters and stamping.  And more stitching...isn't this green thread so pretty?

More gesso & watercolor here...I like the challenge of starting with a busy background and using mixed media products to tone it down.

If you'd like to purchase a copy of this amazing V3 Sketchbook or eBook, check out all the details HERE.   Don't forget to use the discount code!

You will not be disappointed...so many talented designers have projects in the Sketchbook, and there are SOOOOO many brand new sketches for you!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Freeze Today / My Scraps & More

It's the weekend, ya'll!  Everyone in my house slept until 8am...that hasn't happened in a very long time.  It was awesome!  Today I'm sharing a layout that I created a few weeks ago for a Throwback Thursday Challenge over on the My Scraps forums.  The challenge was to use an older collection at least 2 years old and add vellum and bling.

I used the DIY Crate Paper collection from 2012.  I played around in my Silhouette software and created a welded background of numbers.  Since my layout was about making time stand still, I thought the numbers would go perfectly.  I love the look of a large die cut in the background.  This measuring tape background paper was also perfect because of the numbers, but also because it's pretty neutral.  I used a big piece of vellum and stitched it down and just wrote my journaling right on top of it.  I added in lots of embellishments from this collection and topped it off with some red rhinestones, which I've had in my stash for years.

Oh, and I added lots of stitching...can you tell I'm obsessed with my sewing machine?  I'm kicking myself for not getting one years ago...

Here's a close up of the layers and stitching.  A really easy way to create layers is to use pop dots under your photos.  Super easy to tuck things underneath!

Lots going on here...first, I love the texture that the background die cut creates.  The stitching also adds texture.  I like to curl up the edges of my papers and add thread in between them.  I used my Tiny Attacher to staple that Yes, Please tag onto my paper.

Gold thread....yum!  I also added a bit of watercolor onto my background.  That's something else I'm obsessed with.  I think nowadays I use watercolors and/or gelatos and stitching on every page.  Is this a problem?!  Haha :)

Thanks so much for visiting me today...have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Chipboard Layout for My Mind's Eye

Hey, friends!  I hope you're having a wonderful week!  Today I'm sharing my latest layout for My Mind's Eye.  This week we're featuring all the awesome chipboard in the various collections.  I used the new Jubliee Sherbet collection.  It's full of pretty colors, and I just love all the floral designs and the overall girly feel of it.

I decided to create a vertical design by using strips of paper.  I jazzed up the white background first with some modeling paste and a chevron stencil followed by some watercolors.  I also outlined the paste with a silver pen for a little added detail.  I played around with different stitch features on my sewing machine...LOVE that thing!  And I LOVE this silver thread....be still my heart!

I embellished with lots of chipboard...the colors are just gorgeous in this line!  These adorable photos are of my sweet Reese from a few years ago.  She was outside at my granny's house, just enjoying the fresh air and swinging her arms all around.  I just love her :)

Beautiful chipboard...it doesn't get any better than that!  I added in some enamel hearts and brads...and some glorious glitter tape from the Necessities line.  I really want to stick that stuff on everything in sight!  Haha :)  It's just amazing.

Here's a shot of more chipboard...and shiny silver piece at that!  Lots of stitching going on...such a fun way to add interest and texture to a page

I really love these chipboard words...gosh, scrapbooking supplies have come so far, haven't they?  Scripty words are just awesome.  Here you can also see a better angle of the paste and watercolors.

One more close up.  I love that pretty flower chipboard piece and the fun word strips.  They look great as stand-alone pieces or layered.

I hope this inspires you to create something awesome using chipboard!  It really is versatile and can be used in a lot of different ways.

Thanks for stopping by today...have a nice afternoon :)