Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall is Perfection / My Scraps & More

It's Friday!  Yesssss!!

Here's a layout I created a few weeks ago for a challenge at My Scraps & More.  Every Tuesday we issue a challenge around our monthly theme, and this month it's Fall.  I'm just excited that I actually have Fall photos to scrap!  Living in Florida doesn't really give much opportunity for Fall color.  Last November, some friends and I took a weekend road trip to Georgia to visit a friend.  We spent a day hiking and the scenery was just so pretty.

I started with some kraft cardstock.  I ran a piece through my Cameo and cut out several different leaf shapes.  That yellow piece of patterned paper is from my random stack of yellow papers...who knows what brand it is or how old it is.  I added some texture to the background with some modeling paste and a stencil, and then I ran a yellow gelato over it to add more pops of that bright yellow.  I used a lot of the Urban Autumn collection from Lily Bee with a few bits from October Afternoon and My Mind's Eye.

I love these outlined leaves, and I love how they look tone on tone.  I also added some gold thread...pops of gold are my favorite these days :)

I also stitched a lot here and there.  I love how the leaf stitching turned out!

I cut my title in white cardstock and then used a gelato and my finger to dab color onto it.  I love how you can see the texture of the cardstock.

I just love how this turned out...and it came together pretty quickly.  I hope you've gained some inspiration from this in some way...I really loved putting it together :)

Thanks for visiting me, and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Eeeeek!! American Crafts Guest Designer!

Hey, friends!  I can't believe I'm actually getting to make this post today...omg!  I am this week's Guest Designer at American Crafts!!  What!?!?  Yep!!  I'm beyond excited to share some fun Haunted Hollow projects with you!  I was so thrilled when I was asked to do this, and I'm very happy with how all of my designs turned out.

Thank you so Paige and the rest of the team for having me!

I knew I wanted to use this spider web die cut on one of my layouts.  I decided to cut three in different sizes.  I used mostly the 6x6 paper pad for this and backed each opening with a different patterned paper.  It took some time....not gonna lie....but I love the end result!  I also added some gesso and watercolor to my background.

Here's a close up of one of the webs.  This was really fun to create!

My next layout features my lovely little daughter, AKA The Hulk.  Haha!  If you know her, then you know this costume suits her perfectly.  I love how the bold orange and black background papers really allow the purple & green in the photos to pop.  I added some gesso to the background to make the black a little foggy here and there, and then I added some modeling paste through a stencil and added watercolor for interest.  I used a lot of the stickers in the collection on this page.  They're so cute and fun!

I love tearing the edges of my patterned paper.  I just like the uneven look of it.  And for my "Hulk" cut, I combined a few letters from different fonts to create it.

I think I'm becoming more and more obsessed with die cuts these days!  This one is from The Cut Shoppe.  I love the overlapped circles & hearts, and I knew it would make these sweet photos of Reese stand out.  I didn't want to make a scary page, so this helped sweeten it up!  I filled in a few of the circles and embellished with the wood veneer, die cuts and stickers.  I did add some gesso and watercolor to my background (surprise...haha).  I also added lots of stitching.

Here you an see the paste and watercolor in the background.  These glitter Thickers are so pretty in person...very sparkly!  I adhered them to a light colored piece of patterned paper to make them stand out more.

I used some fun orange thread here and some black thread for around the edges.  And I added some orange ink to the edge of this round wood can do a lot with those.

Here's the card I made.  I used papers from the 6x6 pad and cut them into oblong triangles and stitched them down.  I added the full moon die cut and the fun Happy Halloween banner die cut.  And lots of stitching :)  I love how this turned out.

Lastly, I created a few home decor frames.  The stickers and tags are really easy to use for something like this.  These add a festive kick to any shelf during October, and you can easily do this with a Christmas line or Fall line...and change them out each season!  These are 5x7 frames, and it took me no time at all to embellish these.

I am so honored to be on the AC blog today sharing these projects!  I had a blast creating them, and I hope you've gained some inspiration from them somehow.  Thanks again for having me!

And in case you missed my earlier post, I made The Cut Shoppe Design Team!  Yay!  You can see the full post, some of my sample layouts, and the rest of the team HERE...or just scroll down to my previous post :)

Thanks for looking, and have a GREAT day!

The Cut Shoppe Design Team!!

Happy Wednesday, friends!  I'm so excited to share the news that I have been asked to join The Cut Shoppe Design Team!  I have loved Ashley's amazing cut files for a while now, and I'm so thrilled to get to design with even more of them now!  I was the September Guest Designer, so I'm really happy to get to work with Ashley again and this fun team.  If you haven't checked them out yet, go visit her store HERE. The team is just bursting with talent, and I can't wait to get started.  Thank you to Ashley for having me this term!

Check out this awesome group of scrappy ladies!

Here is the layout I created for my Guest Design spot.

Here are a few more layouts I created for a few of my other teams using some of The Cut Shoppe's cut files...

Thanks for checking in, and have a great day!  Stay tuned for another blog post coming soon...with even more FUN news!

Have a great day!

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 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'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!