Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Awesome Day / My Mind's Eye

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I have another layout for My Mind's Eye to share today.  I used the beautiful On Trend collection here mixed with a little Fancy That and Jubliee lines.  I was first inspired by the Niche "On Trend" Frameables.  They are fun designs that are ready to be put into a frame to hang on the wall or display in your home.  I wanted to use this large "Awesome" on a layout, so I just cut it right out.  I found this awesome Heart Burst cut file from The Cut Shoppe and backed it with several patterned papers.  I stitched with gold thread through every other burst.

I used a bit of modeling paste down on the bottom part of the page and used Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint to bring some of the mint green down there. 


Here you can see the texture from the cut file and the stitching.  I added some tissue paper and some fun gold stickers behind my photo as well as some fussy cut leaves.  I added in a few chipboard buttons and some shiny gold rub-ons.


Modeling paste is so much fun to use...it gives such great texture and can be a very subtle design element.  I used some green paint to make it pop a bit more and then added some gold Color Shine.  I love this large title from the frameable...I love the scripty font!  I layered some gold tangled thread behind it and added a few chipboard banner pieces to the right and stitched them down.


Here's a better look at the banner.  I love the gold dots! Those fun "DAY" stickers are from Fancy That, and that cute brad is from the On Trend set.


I recently purchased some of Heidi Swapp's new gold texture paste, and it is just beautiful!  I used it with a lined stencil here and it turned out just gorgeous...very shiny and pretty.  I layered in some gold dotted washi tape, a sticky note from Jubliee Mint Julep and some fussy cut leaves.  There are also a few 3x4 Journal Cards layered in there.


Thank you so much for stopping by today...have a great Tuesday!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Little Busy Body / Hip Kit Club + a look at 2015 JULY KITS!

Happy Sunday, everyone!  I have another layout for Hip Kit Club to share with you today.  I used the 2015 June Kits for this, and I just love how it all came together.  I can't say enough wonderful things about the Hip Kit Club...every month the kits are just amazing!  Always full of color, patterns, and a huge variety of embellishments to play with.

For this page, I started off with some of the Fountain cardstock.  I chose a few pictures of my little Paige doing what she does, which is running wild...haha :D  I used a 2-inch circle punch and just created circles from several of the patterned papers.  I got my mixed media fix in by creating those fun embossed sunburst circles.  I show exactly how I made them in my process video down below.  They're super easy and fun to make!


This is one of the Project Life cards.  I used my craft knife to slice the ends and sides of each banner so it would layer over my papers and photo like this.  I used a few other PL cards as my layers here as well.  I used some gelatos to color that Evalicious wood veneer to the left and some of the Chickaniddy stamps from the May Project Life Kit to add those little arrows in.


Here's a better look at the wood veneer.  Gelatos (or paints or mist sprays) are a fun and quick way to give wood veneer some color.  I created a messy circle of thread under it and layered them both over a cute camera sticker from the Crate Paper sticker sheet from the Project Life Kit.  That cute yellow arrow is from the Crate Paper Poolside ephemera pack from the Main Kit.  I also added gold stitching through most of the circles.


I just love the look of shiny heat embossing!  I used that cute Shimelle sunburst stamp and the two Avery Elle ink pads included in the Color Kit and then stamped over it again using embossing ink.  I sprinkled the clear embossing powder (from Color Kit) over it, heated it with my heat tool, and there you have it....a super shiny and textured sunburst!  I just punched it out to make it a circle.


Here's a look at my process video if you're interested in watching...hope you enjoy!


And in case you haven't taken a peek at the 2015 JULY KITS, here they are!  Again, gorgeous goodies coming your way soon!

2015 July Main Kit
2015 July Embellishment Kit
2015 July Color Kit
2015 July Paper Kit (same papers from Main Kit, just extras)
2015 Project Life Kit
2015 July Cardstock Kit

Be sure to visit the Hip Kit Club if you have any questions or want to see the product lists in detail.  Stay tuned for more of my projects...I'm still using up my June Kits!

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

Friday, June 26, 2015

Dreamer / Shimmerz

Hey there, and Happy Friday!  I have another layout for the Shimmerz blog to share with you all.  I've had this sweet photo of my daughter sleeping on my desk for quite a while.  The colors intimidated me, and I knew I'd struggle finding the perfect papers and embellishments to scrap it.  My Shimmerz products always inspire me to make my own backgrounds to coordinate with these "hard to scrap" pictures.

I started with some white cardstock and a few stencils.  I pulled out several Shimmerz products in different shades of pinks and blues.  I used an alphabet stencil, a lined stencil, a circle stencil and a big flower stencil.  I used them in different ways.  I sprayed through them and I also sprayed onto them and then flipped it over and used it as a stamp.   I used my finger and some of the Pucker Up Pink Dazzlerz through the alphabet stencil, and it dried so pretty and shiny!

I used some of the Tidy Widy Texturez on the clouds...the texture and look is amazing!  And I stitched right through them after they were dry with no problem at all.  I went around the edges with a little bit of No One's Chrome Inklingz.


Here you can see how pretty the Dazzlerz dry...so shiny and pretty.  I love these blues and pinks together...such a beautiful combo.  I used some older Doodlebug papers for my layers as well as a Crate Paper tag and lots of tangled thread.


I used a small brush and dipped it in the Magenta Shimmerz to give this corrugated cardboard some color.  Very easy and quick to do.  I cut my title on my Cameo in white, and it contrasts nicely against the background mix of colors.


Here's a great close-up of the clouds coated with Texturez.  I love the grainy bits in this product.  I really adds depth, dimension, and of course, texture.  I think it makes things look more life-like.  I also added a coat of Pixie Dust Blingz, which makes them look like they're wearing a coat of sparkly glitter.  I added a few phrase stickers from Cosmo Cricket and stitched them all down.  I layered a flair button and some thread also.  These pretty reds and pinks are a mix of Magenta Shimmerz, Pretty in Pink & Pink Stiletto Coloringz, and Ruby Spritz.


Here's one more look at the clouds and the background.  Those beautiful blues are a combination of Gummy Berry Blue Dazzlerz, Ultra Marine Shimmerz, Heidi Ho Blue Coloringz, Sapphire Spritz and Jeni B Bleu Vibez.


Thanks so much for taking a look today!  Have a wonderful day!

Products Used:
Dazzlerz--Pucker Up Pink, Gummy Berry Blue
Shimmerz--Ultra Marine, Magenta
Coloringz--Pretty in Pink, Heidi Ho Blue, Pink Stiletto
Spritz--Sapphire, Ruby
Texturez--Tidy Widy
Inklingz--No One's Chrome
Blingz--Pixie Dust
Vibez--Jeni B Bleu


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summer Lovin' / The Cut Shoppe

Hey there, friends!  I'm sharing a layout full of Summer fun today for The Cut Shoppe!  I used two different cut files for this page:  Picture Perfect and Let's Do Summer.  I just love scrapping pool photos, so I really had a great time putting this one together.

Here are the cut files I used:


Here is my layout.  I used the beautiful Simple Stories Summer Vibes collection.  I started by resizing the oval frame into more of a round circle shape.   I took a foam brush and some acrylic paint and made a messy circle on the white cardstock.  I wanted it to look like pool water, and it wound up matching the water in the photo perfectly.  I backed some of the open spots in the die cut with patterned paper and then stitched the frame down.  I cut the title on two separate pieces of patterned paper.  The rest is just layering and embellishing.


I also added some acrylic paint splatters...I love how bold they look.  I just watered down the paint a bit and splattered it from the brush.  I used some patterned paper and tissue paper under my photo and used several embellishments around this area.  I love how the die cut looks placed over the painted circle.


Here's another look at the stitched die cut, layers and journaling.


I really love how the paint looks behind the die cut.  I love that it looks a bit splotchy...it fits the pool theme.


And here's the Summer Lovin die cut...perfect for a title!


You can check out how I put this layout together if you're interested :)  Hope you enjoy!



Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

My Scraps Sketch #108 / Sugary Sweet Thumb

Hey, friends!  Happy Tuesday, and welcome back to my blog :)  I hope you're enjoying your week so far.  Have you seen the newest sketch up on the My Scraps Sketch Blog?  Our guest designer this month is Katrina Hunt, and I really love her sketch.  Check it out...


I used the new American Crafts Fine & Dandy collection for this with a few other pieces thrown in.  I decided to use two photos instead of three, and in place of the third one I layered  several of the cut apart pieces above the photo on the rights.  I love the color combo in this collection.  I used a Heidi Swapp triangle stencil and some modeling paste on the background papers and then came in with a bit of the Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint to add more of that mint color.  I used an old loopy loop border stamp and then stitched around the whole thing with black thread.


I love all the details here...I paired up a few bits from the DIY Boutique line from Simple Stories.  I love the washi tape strips in this AC line....I stuck this piece to white paper first so it wouldn't lay flat.  Also, I wanted the true colors to show up and not blend in with the background.  I love the acetate hearts and stars....so pretty!  I stapled them down.  I also added in a few die cuts on black cardstock....part of my title and this cute little "photo" piece (from The Cut Shoppe).


Here's a shot of the layers...these colors are just so yummy :)  The stickers are from Simple Stories.


Here's a look at the texture....and I love how the staples look through these stars.  That "hello" die cut is from the Silhouette store, and it has been sitting on my desk for a while, so I decided to use it here.


One last close-up here...more washi tape and a border strip (the hearts).  I also used some washi from my stash.  That cute acetate bow is in the AC collection, and the yellow rhinestone is from my stash.  The "sugary sweet" alphas are from the Basic Grey Prism line...they matched perfectly!


I hope you'll play along with us over on the Sketch Blog!  There's a huge prize pack up for grabs, so go check it out HERE!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Simple Sweetness / Hip Kit Club

Happy Sunday, everyone!  I'm here to share my latest layout for the Hip Kit Cub using the beautiful 2015 June Kits.  I have to say that this background paper from Simple Stories is the most gorgeous piece of patterned paper to ever cross my desk.  Seriously.  It's stunning.

I didn't feel the need to add much to the background...it's gorgeous on its own.  I added a touch of modeling paste through a lined stencil and a bit of gold Color Shine, but that's it.  I added in a lot of layering with some of the Project Life cards and Fancy Pants tags.  I love that the tags come with strings attached already!  I also used a few Crate Paper embellishments, some Evalicious wood veneer and some embossed stamping.


I show how I created these fun embossed cameras in my process video down below, but it was super easy to do.  I used the Avery Elle inks and the embossing powders included in the Color Kit.  You can also see all the layering going on here.


The color combos in the kits this month are just so pretty.  These light teals, reds, oranges mixed with the kraft and gold...oh my gosh!  I love it so much.  I added in some gold machine stitching as well.


Here's one final close-up of this awesome wood veneer.  I just stuck my finger on the two ink pads and blended the two colors together to create this beautiful hombre look.  I paired a Crate Paper die cut with a Fancy Pants die cut and stitched them together.


Here's my process video if you'd like to see how this layout came together from start to finish.  I hope you enjoy!


Thanks so much for visiting my blog today....have a wonderful day!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Summertime Love / My Scraps & More

Hey there, friends!  Happy Friday!

I'm excited to share my latest layout with you.  I created for this week's Word Up Wednesday challenge over on The My Scraps & More forums.  The challenge was to use the most obvious word of the season....SUMMER!  Easy peasy, right?!

I was in the mood to use up some of my washi tapes, so I pulled out several colors and patterns that coordinated with the new I Love Sunshine collection from Echo Park.  I tried something new on this page.  I filled a sheet of white cardstock with washi tape strips and then ran it through my Cameo, cutting this giant swirl cut file (from The Cut Shoppe).  I LOVED how it turned out!  It cut right through the cardstock and the tape and created this super fun and bright background piece.

I added some distress ink in Mermaid Lagoon to the background for some pool water contrast and layered everything on top of it.  The "Love This" and "Hello" are from the DIY Boutique Simple Stories collection.


I decided to make my title vertical, so I created the word "Love" in a scripty font and cut it out large.  I cut Summertime from one of the 6x6 papers and adhered that down.  I used rainbow colored threads to stitch over the "Love" die cut.  I added in some tangled yellow thread and added a flair button from my stash.


Here's a close-up look at the washi taped die cut.  Super fun and and easy way to get lot of color and pattern on your page :)  Those little circles are from the Snap Simple Stories line.  I added pink machine stitching through them all.


Here's one more look at the title area.  I just love the colors!


I hope this inspires you to use your washi tape in a new and fun way!  I really enjoyed this, and it was fun putting all those tapes together.  You could coordinate tapes in any color scheme to match up with any collection!

Have a great day!