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!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Think Happy Be Happy / My Creative Scrapbook

Friday has arrived!  Yesssss!  This has been a busy week...I'm finally getting time to post a layout.  This is a page I created using the April Main Kit from My Creative Scrapbook.  I based it on Sketch #75 from My Scraps and More.  I wanted to keep this simple and sweet.  I love the pinks and reds together in this Pebbles collection.  I added in the touches of blue, and I think it turned out really nice.

The kit contains a huge pack of die-cut flowers and butterflies.  I added in a few of them, and I added in a few die-cut file tab pieces behind my photos.  I used pre-made tags in the other spots and added some cord.

Pop dots make something simple so much more interesting, I think.  It helps to create depth and shadows to an otherwise flat page.

I did add a bit of modeling paste to my background just to give it a little texture.  I also added in a few stamps.

More cute little flowers and paste dots next to the journaling :)

Here's last week's sketch over at My Scraps.  You have all of April to join in...and there's a new sketch today!  Every sure to check'em out!

You can go HERE to check out all the My Creative Scrapbook Kits, and HERE to see the Design Team's Gallery.  We have some amazing Guest Designers this month!

Thanks for taking a peek today, and enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Easter Baskets / My Scraps and More

Happy Tuesday!  The layout I'm sharing today was created a few weeks ago for a Throwback Thursday challenge over on the My Scraps and More boards.  The challenge was to use a collection that is at least a year old, and use some vellum.  Vellum is definitely making a comeback.  I remember seeing it when I first started scrapping years ago, and I had no idea what it was for or how to use it.  You can do so much with it!

I used the very pretty & soft Sweet Day collection from Echo Park.  It's from 2012, but it's still gorgeous.  I decided to scrap some pictures of my girls with their Easter baskets.  I think the colors are perfect here.  I used vellum behind my patterned papers (I tore and inked the edges) and then I stamped hearts onto the vellum and embossed them with gold powder.  Then I cut them out and used them around the page.

I raised this cute sticker up with pop dots...I love that a little shadow is created underneath it.  You can really see the depth.

I popped up the banner, too, and added more thread.  I still love banners :)

A close up of the gold embossed hearts...this was so fun and easy to do!

I am just obsessed with gold these days!  I drew some circles with my gold pen and added some gold Color Shine drips.  

I hope this inspires you to get out the vellum and do something fun with it!  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

My Creative Scrapbook April Kit Reveal

Hello, and Happy Sunday :)  I hope you've been enjoying your weekend.  I can't believe it's already time to share the April kits from My Creative Scrapbook!  Time is just flying's crazy!  I got to work with the Main Kit this month, and it's full of Pebbles Garden Party.  It's very bright, springy and fun!  Check it out:

Here is the first page I created with the kit.  I used a Summer photo of my little Paige in the pool.  The colors worked well with it, and I threw in lots of blue.  My background was easy to create.  I wanted it to resemble water, so I took a plastic wrapper from a Crafter's Workshop 12x12 stencil.  I sprayed some blue mist all over it and then sprayed water over that and mixed it all together randomly with a brush.  Then I laid my white cardstock on top of it and smoothed it out with my hands.  This was the result...a nice splotchy watercolor effect.  Just perfect for pool photos :)

The kit is full of fun little embellishments, like these cute arrows.  I added in a few little things from my stash, like a bit of tape and thread.

I knew I wanted to use this fun Sunshine card as part of my title.  I outlined with a black pen and layered die-cut flowers and a butterfly around it.  I also used pop dots behind my photo so I could layer things underneath it.

More layers....papers and thread.  Another thing I love doing is inking the edges of all my paper.  I just think it gives it a finished and more dimensional look.

Here's a closer look at the watercolor.  Whether you use paint or mist, it's a really easy technique to try.  I like to hold my page upright when I use my heat tool to dry it.  It helps the paper not to warp.  I also dry the back of the paper as well.  If there is warping, I will lay the paper flat with something heavy on top of it for a while.  That always smooths out any bumps.

Be sure to check out all the different April kits HERE.  The Design Team Gallery can be viewed's just bursting with gorgeous designs and inspiration this month!

On a side note, I used one of my own sketches for this layout.  We're having a Sketchathon this month over at My Scraps and More.  Here it is...I used a mirror image of it.  You should come join us.  We have a new sketch every day this month!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!