Thursday, May 21, 2015

Turks & Caicos Sunset / CREATE Magazine

Happy Thursday, friends!  Have you seen the 2015 May issue of Scrapbook Generation's CREATE Magazine?  Here's the link if you'd like to download your own free copy.  It's FULL of gorgeous scrapbooking and crafting inspiration...319 pages!!  I'm so excited to have three layouts, one card and one tag published in this issue.  Today, I'm sharing one of my layouts.

Paper House was one of the manufacturers featured in this month's issue, and several of the Design Team members were sent product to create with.  I received a beautiful beach line.  I pulled out an old photo of me and my husband from 2005.  We took a Spring Break trip to Turks & Caicos.  Talk about perfection....I sure wish I could go back!

I wanted to use all of the fun beachy colors in the papers, so I created a fun pie chart design and backed the open spots with papers.  The fun palm trees were perfect for this island page and the cork stickers were so cute.  I added a little bit of gesso and mist to the background.

Here's closer look at one of the pie charts.  I added some machine stitching for more texture and interest.  My alphas are from my stash...they're October Afternoon.  I cut "sunset" on my Cameo.

I really loved the small square filtered photos with paper clips...they look like little Instagram photos.  And these little sticky epoxy buttons were the perfect pop of color to add in.

One last look at these fabulous palm trees...they're very realistic and match this collection perfectly.  I'm so happy I had some island pictures to document!

Be sure to check out the magazine...there are SO many amazing projects in there.  And I'll be back to share my other projects.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sister Selfies / My Scraps Sketch #106

Hey, friends!  Have you seen the latest sketch over on the My Scraps Sketch BlogAna Castro designed it, and it is nothing short of awesome!  Honestly, if I wouldn't have seen this sketch, I would never have come up with this layout.  And I really LOVE how it turned out.  You simply must play along with us this month!!

Check out this sketch...the film strips are SO cool!

Here's what I created.  I hardly EVER start out with colorful cardstock, but this just sort of happened.  I started with cutting some film strips in black cardstock on my Cameo.  I pulled out the Simple Stories Snap! Life Documented collection, and the turquoise blue color jumped out at me for some reason.  I only have the 6x6 Paper Pad and the embellishments, so it was perfect for this.  I only need some papers for my layers and then stickers, brads and chipboard pieces to embellish.

I did add some white gesso to my background and then came in with some Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.  I used the same ink with a foam blender through a My Favorite Things square stencil to add a little more interest to the background.  I felt that I didn't need a whole lot of mixed media for this.  I love the small nature of everything in this design.  The stickers and this chipboard camera are my favorites!

I love these clear stickers...they come in black and white.  They just fit so perfectly in these little open spots of the film strips.  I added in lots of little bits and pieces throughout the page.  And I cut "Selfies" on my Cameo.

Here's a look at the subtle square pattern created with the ink and stencil.  I also love the addition of the tangled thread and the stitching.

One last close up of the title area.  I used white tissue paper under my photos as part of the layers.

This was SO much fun to put together!  I love that it's different than what I usually make.  You should definitely give this sketch a's my favorite so far, I think :)

Go HERE to check out the My Scraps Sketch Blog and play along!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Still Us / My Mind's Eye

Hey there, friends!  I have a new layout to share today for My Mind's Eye.  I used the new Fancy That collection.  It's designed to be a wedding line, but I made it work for a romantic love-type layout.  If you love blush, black, grey and gold, this collection is for you.  This line was a challenge for me to use because I'm so used to bright colors all the time.  I do love the gold touches and the pretty blush colors...very classic, I think.

I did add a bit of distress ink to the background before adding my layers and embellishments.  I used quite a bit of various products here.  I used some of the 3x4 Journal Cards and a Photo Overlay for the layers behind my photo and only one piece of patterned paper.  The rest is chipboard shapes, rub-ons, die cuts and stickers.

I love these transparent photo overlays...especially the ones with gold touches!  They make awesome layering pieces.  And the Journal Cards are fun because they're already cut and great for tucking in behind a photo.

This line has some cute acetate die cuts like this Happy circle.  I added some rub-ons here as well as some stickers and chipboard.  I tacked it all down with some stitching.

Shiny gold is always a good thing, right?  I think so :)  I love how this chipboard looks layered together.  It made a great spot for the tangled thread and all these fun elements around the cluster.

One more close-up of the title area.  I combined some white Thickers with the gold alphas.  I love the dimension of the chipboard flower piece...thank goodness for pop dots :)

Be sure to check out the NEW My Mind's Eye blog!  It's still being worked on, but it's up and running now.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a great Tuesday :)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Lovely Ladies / Hip Kit Club (with Process Video) + JUNE Hip Kit Reveal!

Hey there, friends!  I have a lot to share with you today.  First up is my latest layout for Hip Kit Club using the 2015 May Kits. I also used a few bits from the April and March kits.  I began this whole design around the American Crafts Dear Lizzy Washi Tape booklet.  It's full of fun and bright colors, so I started with using various strips on white cardstock. 

I added a bit of gesso and then came in with some of the yellow paint dabber in this month's Color Kit.  I also used the Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink from the March Color Kit.  I love the messy and random look of this, and I'm quite happy with how it turned out.

The FUN FUN FUN is from one of the adorable little stencils, and the LOVELY piece is from last month's Thicker sheets.  I love that these kits are easy to mix and match together.

These cute wood veneer pieces are from Evalicious, and I colored this one with yellow paint.  I also used some of the fun circle stamps from Chickaniddy.  I did add my own machine stitching in black...such a fun and quick way to add interest and texture.

The Paint Dabbers work beautifully through stencils, and they dry pretty quickly.  I love the mixture of colors here...the washi tape was so fun to work with, and it took the paint nicely after I added the gesso first.  Those HELLO enamel stickers are from Chickaniddy, and the pink 3 epoxy sticker is AC and it's from last month's kit.

This piece is actually from a Project Life card, and I just cut this part out and stitched through it.  I also added in a Pink Paislee transparency and tag and a cute Evalicious puffy sticker camera.

Here's a look at the layers and stamping...I love stamping on layouts!  These circles remind me of messy tangled thread when they overlap like this.

And one more close up of the title area.  This is a mix of Thickers, Chickaniddy, Elle's Studio and more Thickers.  Mixing up alphas is such a fun way to keep things interesting!

Here's the video of how this layout was put together if you'd like to watch.  Enjoy!

And here is the reveal of the incredibly gorgeous 2015 JUNE KITS!!  I cannot wait to get my hands on them!!

2015 June Main Kit

2015 June Embellishment Kit

2015 June Color Kit

2015 June Project Life Kit

2015 June Patterned Paper Kit

2015 June Cardstock Kit

Aren't the colors just soooo pretty?!  Make sure to visit the Hip Kit store to reserve your kits today!

Thanks so much for visiting me....have a GREAT day!  And don't forget to visit my YouTube channel...I have a 500 Subscriber Giveaway going on through next weekend!  There are few prizes up for grabs!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

She's Flying / Chickaniddy Crafts

Hey there, and Happy Saturday!  I have another layout for Chickaniddy Crafts to share today.  I was so excited to put together this Spring layout featuring bright and happy Spring colors!  Those are my favorite...sunny, bold and fresh.  Spring makes me think of all these things.  I wanted to create a bright and fun background for this one, and so I incorporated some mixed media into the project.  I used products from Twirly Girly, Date Night and Scrumptious for this.

Supplies Used:  Date Night--Downtown DN140S03, Enamel Hearts DN14EB07; Twirly Girly--Mini Sticker Sentiments TG14EB05, Alpha Stickers TG14EB01, Enamel Hearts TG14EB07; Scrumptious--Autumn Haze SC140S06, Frolic in the Leaves SC140S11, Fall Bouquet SC140S01, Check Please SC140S09, Nutmeg SC140S07, Friends & Family SC140S08, Clear Stamps SC14ST01, Die Cut Tags SC14EB04, Journal Tags SC14EB03, Mini Sticker Tags SC14EB06, Mini Sticker Sentiments SC14EB07, Mini Brads SC14EB08; Liquitex Gesso, Brother Sewing Machine, Coats Thread, Silhouette Cameo, Recollections Washi Tape, October Afternoon Date Stamp, American Crafts Roller Stamp, pop dots, Ranger Archival Ink, Sharpie pen

Here's how I created this layout:

1.  I coated my background paper with some clear gesso so that my paint would have a place to settle.  Without the gesso, a lot of water can tear right through it.  After that, I used a lined stencil and some modeling paste to create those subtle lines.  I also used a circle stencil, an orange gelato and my finger to smudge those orange circles all over the page.

Here you can see the circles and the paste a bit closer.  I love the texture it creates!

2.  Next, I brought out the watercolors and dabbed lots of pink, yellow and blue around the page.  There was no rhyme or reason...just painting and dabbing here and there so it would show where I wanted it to throughout the page.  Here you can see it better.  I also added some machine stitching in various colors.  I didn't use green watercolors, so I used green thread to stitch with.

3.  Next, I added my paper layers under the photo and decided what embellishments I wanted to use.

4.  Lastly, I added these fun die cuts to the bottom of the page and paired them with some stickers and a cute enamel heart.

These adorable frames are in the Die Cut cute!

I hope this inspires you in some way to use some Spring colors on a project....the Chickaniddy lines are perfect for it!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Date Night Shenanigans / My Scraps & More

Happy Friday!  I hope you're ready for a fun weekend :)  Today I'm sharing a layout I created for yesterday's Throwback Thursday challenge over at My Scraps & More.  I pulled out some October Afternoon Daily Flash and Midway for most of this.  The background is Amerian Crafts Plus One.  The challenge was to use product at least a year old, use at least one speech bubble and use at least one camera on a layout.  The pictures are of my husband and me being goofy in the car on a date night.  The perfect time for crazy selfies...haha :D  Sometimes I just can't resist being a cheeseball...

I first decided on which patterned papers I was going to cut into strips. I wanted to add a bit of background color, so I used gelatos, spray inks and mist to add the messy splatters.  I added some machine stitching and then played around with the embellishments before deciding on homes for each of them.

I cut "shenanigans" in white cardstock and then used distress ink to color it.  I wasn't sure in the beginning what color I might want it.  And the font is called Olympic case you wanted to find it :)  I mixed in some Thickers with the Midway alphas for the title.

I love all the little die cut embellishments in this line...they all were perfect for this page.  Just the right shape and colors.  I love this red up next to the inks and that blue piece.

Love adding tangled adds wonderful texture and interest.  Aren't these speech bubbles so cute?

That's white tissue paper behind my's a great substitution for vellum if you don't have any.  I just love all these colors together.  I can't get enough of the brights!

I used some Lemon Zest Dylusions and some plastic packaging to get this yellow here.  I've been wanting to use that cute camera for a long time, and this was perfect for it.

I did create a process video for this it is if you're interested in watching how I made this from start to finish.  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

It's a Beautiful Day / Shimmerz

Hey there, friends!  Today I'm sharing another rainbow inspired layout for the Shimmerz blog, and I used lots of yummy Shimmerz products to create it.  I started with white cardstock and my black and white photo.  My photo printed out a lot lighter than I wanted, but I decided to scrap it anyway.  As I sorted through my box of Shimmerz goodies, I decided to use some bright and cheerful colors.  I used some Coloringz and Vibez and sprayed them onto some white cardstock.  I then took a large Jillibean Soup flower stamp and stamped it over the color.  I fussy  cut them out and then built the rest of my page around them.

I cut my title on my's a cut file from The Cut Shoppe, and I lightly traced around it with a silver pen to make it a bit more visible.

I used these same products and sprayed them on plastic packaging to create the smudges on the background.  I wanted lots of white space on this page, so I limited the mixed media to the bottom portion of the layout.

These smudges here were made with Dazzlerz and a foam brush.  I just dipped the tip of the brush into the Dazzlerz and brushed it over the page.  I used Gummy Berry Blue and Sour Apple.  I chose a few papers from my stash and then colored a white piece of corrugated paper with No Yoking Coloringz.  I added a bit of white tissue paper behind my photo, and I used Dazzlerz and Vibez to color the wood veneer.

The colors...oh my goodness!  LOVE.  The pink is Coloringz in Pretty in Pink.  I also used Sunset Strip Vibez and Kermit the Frog Vibez, as well as some Jeni B Bleu.  And my layout wouldn't be complete without some tangled thread :)

Here's another shot of the flowers...they turned out so pretty.  I added some rhinestones and some stitching to finish them off.

One last shot of the upper right corner.  I used a Crate Paper rub-on and added lots of washi tape as well as more rhinestones to complete this cluster.

I hope this inspires you to create something bright and colorful using minimal patterned paper.  A little bit of Shimmerz can go a long way :)

Visit the Shimmerz Paint Store and check out all the amazing goodies!  Mention my name in the box when you checkout, and you can receive some free product!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Products Used:
Coloringz--No Yoking, Oh Say Can U Sea, Pretty in Pink, Heidi Ho Blue
Vibez--Sunset Strip, Jeni B Bleu, Kermit the Frog
Dazzlerz--Sour Apple, Gummy Berry Blue, Lemon Drop