Friday, April 21, 2017

So Sweet / Trimcraft + A Flair For Buttons

Hey friends!  I'm back today to share another layout I created as a guest for Trimcraft.  I'm also using a flair button from A Flair For Buttons.  I used the Storyteller paper pad for this, which is available in Michael's stores.  I only had the paper pad to work with, so I added in some embellishments from my stash.  Since I wound up with a busy and colorful design, I went light on the embellishments.  Flair buttons are always my go-to items for embellishing, and I had the perfect one for this page!

I used the Rosette cut file from Just Nick and backed it with lots of patterned papers.  The colors are so vibrant and the patterns are really cool.  There is a lot of gold glitter accents as well.  I love how these roses turned out!  I used a purple patterned paper as my background.  I smudged a lot of white gesso around the edges of the cut file with my fingers so it would create a faded look.  I used some Shimmerz and gelatos to create the watercolor effect coming out from behind everything.


All the sequins I added around the page are from SpiegelMom Scraps.  I love how they give small yet beautiful detail.  I also added some foam under the cut file to create a lot of dimension...and what a difference it makes!


Here you can see the pretty sequins as well as the shiny gold elements.  To bring out more of the gold, I added some splatters of Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine.  Look how awesome it reflects on the purple paper!


Here's my cute purple heart flair button.  It's from the Just Hearts 2 flair set, and I added some aqua thread under it for a pop of color.  I also added some vellum and a scrap piece of patterned paper under my photo.


I couldn't resist adding some metallic gold thread under the roses :)  That "shine on" sticker is from a MAMBI sticker book.  All the fun epoxy stickers are from the Amy Tangerine Rise & Shine collection.


Here's another angle of the cut file...such pretty colors!


I went simple with the title.  I pulled out some older pink glitter Thickers from my stash and traced around them with a white gel pen.


Here's my process video if you'd like to see how this was made...I hope you enjoy!



Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend, friends!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Paradise / Trimcraft

Hey, friends!  I'm back today to share a layout I created for Trimcraft.  I was contacted by Claire from Trimcraft and she asked if I'd like to design a few layouts using a few of their beautiful paper pads.  Of course I said yes!  This a UK based company, and the Paradise Crush and Storyteller paper pads are available now in Michael's stores.  My first layout features the Paradise Crush pad which is right up my alley.  There are lots of fun and bright tropical colors and patterns.

I chose to scrap a photo of me and my husband on the beach in Aruba last summer.  I sorted through the papers and chose the ones that screamed "tropical paradise" to me.  I did a lot of fussy cutting, and I love how it turned out. I used lots of Shimmerz products on my background.


I love this bird paper!  It's super shimmery, and I decided to cut them out and layer them on top of the photo.  They're lovebirds...haha!  I added some foam under them to raise them up a little bit.  My background has a lot of product on it...gesso first and then I used some Shimmerz Dazzlerz and Texturez along with several sprays.  I also added some Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine.  It looks gorgeous on the aqua background!


Here you can see the awesome texture on the background.  To add to that, I added some tangled thread.  Isn't this flamingo gorgeous?  It's another fussy cut piece from one of the papers.  I love how it looks like it's about to peck my head...haha :D  I added foam under it, and I also added a flair button from A Flair For Buttons.


I fussy cut a few big flower clusters from another paper...you can really see how shimmery and shiny those papers are when they hit the light!  I went simple with my title...just "paradise," and I used some gold glittery Thickers from my stash.


Another beautiful shimmery shiny flower here...they are really beautiful in real life!


Here's another shot of the dimension and texture of all the products together.  I did use a stencil with the Texturez, but I wound up smudging a lot of it with a palette knife.  I love how it turned out.


Here's one more close-up of the journaling and title area.  I created another little flower cluster down at the bottom.


Here's the process video for this layout if you'd like to check it out.  I hope you are able to get your hands on this paper pad if you have a Michael's close by...it's a great stack!



Thanks for stopping in, and have a great day!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Life Long Friends / Hip Kit Club

Happy Monday, friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend.  Today I'm sharing a new layout for Hip Kit Club.  I used the 2017 March Hip Kits, and I love how it turned out.  My theme for this day was "Creative Titles," so I decided to mix and match some items to make a really big and bold title.  I actually started this page with the title...even before I chose the photo.  I fussy cut "friends" from one of the Shimelle papers and paired it with one of the Shimelle stickers and some Thickers.  I had been wanting to use that cute Dear Lizzy house paper, so I made it my background.  I added a big strip of white cardstock down the center to give me some white space to work with, and it breaks up the busy house pattern.  I lined the edges of the cardstock with some of the bright yellow floral Maggie Holmes paper.

I did a little bit of mixed media work on the background.  I used white gesso first and then used some blue, aqua and pink Shimmerz on the background.  I wanted to keep this light, airy and simple, and I think I achieved that look.


To make my title pop a little more, I lightly outlined the letters with a black pen.  I love the the "life" sticker and Thickers above the big letters.  I added in that adorable "Yay!" banner sticker and that cute cloud, which both came from the Shimelle sticker sheet.


I layered some vellum, patterned paper and a Project Life card behind my photo.  I tucked in a few of the Paige Evans Oh My Heart heart die cuts here along with a Shimelle tree sticker and some cute Pinkfresh Studio puffy stickers.  I also added some aqua tangled thread.  I love how it adds a bright pop of that aqua color.  That little Rubber Charm is also from Pinkfresh Studio as is the Leatherette sticker & cardstock sticker underneath the cluster.


I think light kraft / soft gold goes so well with this soft pink color.  I think it looks really pretty with the aqua in the background.  I did do a little bit of machine stitching up and and down the edges of the cardstock.


I also used some Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine on my background.  Here you can see the pretty shimmer it gives!  You can also see how some of the house pattern is a little faded.  That's the gesso doing it's magic :)


Here are more Pinkfresh Studio flower stickers.  I think they looked cute right here by the photo.  I did add some foam behind my photo to raise it up off the page.


Here's one more close-up...I really love all the colors and textures from all of these awesome products!


I have a process video for you...I hope you enjoy and gain some inspiration!


Thanks so much for stopping in today...have a wonderful day!


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Totally Grown / Precious Remembrance Shop Guest Designer

Hey, friends!  I'm back today with my third layout as the Guest Designer for Precious Remembrance Shop.  A huge thank you to Dyane for inviting me!  The stamps I worked with are just amazing!



Here's my page.  I used the Totally Stamp Set and the Date Stamp Set.  I decided to sort of create my own patterned paper using one of the patterned stamps.  I used black archival ink on white cardstock in a vertical line down the page.  I coated the paper with white gesso first, and I really love how the texture of the paper shows through the stamping.  I chose a photo with some dark and bright colors, so I used those same colors of Shimmerz sprays on my background.  My pattern wound up being slightly busy, so I softened it up by adding some vellum over part of it.  I think this makes the photo stand out while still being able to see it.

I didn't use too many embellishments...just a few fussy cut circles from a Paige Evans Fancy Free paper, some Thickers, a flair button, a clear sticker from Amy Tan On a Whim, and a random glasses sticker from Hobby Lobby.


I really love how this turned out.  These brush strokes with triangles are such a great design.  I love the bright colors of ink on top of the stamping.  I used a few MAMBI Project Life cards as layers behind my photo as well as some tissue paper.


I used another stamp to create part of my title.  I stamped "totally" on some scrap cardstock and then fussy cut it out so I could move it around.  I love how you can see the texture of the cardstock through the stamping. I paired it with some bright pink Thickers.  I used a Fancy Free circle with some yellow thread behind it and tucked in a glasses sticker under the photo.  I stuck that down on vellum and cut it out so the lenses would look more realistic.


Here's the Date Stamp...I love that it includes the days of the week, all the months and all numbers.  Plus the font is awesome!  I added some blue stitching above the journaling.


Here's another shot of the watercolor and stamping.  I added a flair button from A Flair For Buttons.


I stitched back and forth through the vellum here to add some texture and pop of color.  I added another Fancy Free circle and thread to the right of the photo.


I've had those glasses stickers in my stash for so long...this was the perfect page to use them on!  I love how they look, and they give the title something to rest on.


The "Wicked Smart" clear sticker is from the Amy Tan On a Whim sticker sheet.  I love how the letters are open and give a fun pop of black.


This was so much fun to create...I hope you've enjoyed reading about it.  Here's my process video if you'd like to check it out.



Thank you so much for visiting me...have a great day!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spring Snapshots / Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello again!  I have a new layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio to share today.  Our theme this week is Spring or Easter, so I decided to go with Spring.  I pulled out some of the Life is Beautiful collection.  It matches my photos perfectly.  My daughter was out running around and playing, so of course I had to get some pictures!

I decided to go with a large impact title, so I created the word "Snapshots" using the Open Letter Alpha cut file from The Cut Shoppe.  I used various patterned papers to back those letters and added some foam to raise it up.  I love the dimension it creates!  I went pretty mild with the blue watercolor on the background.  I used some blue Shimmerz to create a pretty sky color behind everything.  I embellished with some flower die cuts, wood veneer, a flair button and some fussy cut flowers.



I love how this turned out.  I tucked in a pretty flower cluster die cut in between the title pieces and then layered "spring" on top of it.  I cut that on my Cameo as well using the Shoreline font.  I added some blue tangled thread underneath the title, too.


I added another flower die cut here as well as a wood veneer flower and more thread.  I fussy cut a few smaller darker blue flowers to layer on top of the title.  I love that pop of darker blue.  Did I mention that I love this awesome dimension? :)


I added in a fun flair button here for another pop of that darker blue.  It's so pretty up next to all the lighter colors.


Sometimes I like to alter wood veneer and add some color to it, but these butterflies looked great as they were.  I like the natural color of the wood, and I like how it looks with all these other pretty light colors.


Here's one more close-up of the journaling area.  I added a fun little sticker down at the bottom and machine stitched through it with the same blue thread.


Here's my process video if you'd like to see it...I hope you enjoy it!


Thanks a bunch for stopping in!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Fantastic Day / Paige Evans DT

Happy Tuesday, lovely friends :)  I'm back today to share my newest project for the Paige Evans Design Team.  This week we're focusing on using our Silhouette Cameos.  One of my favorite techniques is backing the open spaces of die cuts, so that's what I did for this layout.  I found a cute pie chart cut file in the Silhouette Store and arranged four of them in various sizes.  I cut them on this gorgeous pink plaid tone-on-tone paper from Oh My Heart...it's Paper 19.  I wanted something bright and bold.  I use white backgrounds so much, so I thought I'd challenge myself to go bold :)

I used lots of papers from the Oh My Heart 6x6 Paper Pad to back the pie charts as well as Paper 01, Paper 07 and Paper 16.  After they were backed, I smudged a lot of white gesso around all the circles with my fingers.  I just wanted a subtle white haze around them.  I used some Shimmerz sprays and gelatos to create some messy color on top of the gesso.  I like to use blue watercolors a lot on my pool layouts to mimic water.  I embellished with lots of chipboard, fussy cut flowers, ephemera and buttons from all three of Paige's collections.


I combined some of the Take Me Away Chipboard Stickers with the Oh My Heart Chipboard Stickers and Thickers to create my title area.  I couldn't really write my journaling because of the paper's texture, so I printed it on vellum and cut it into strips.  I love how it looks, and you can still see the colors behind them.  I fussy cut those cute sunglasses from Oh My Heart Paper 16 and used the bigger piece as a layer behind my photo.  I also fussy cut those cute flowers from Fancy Free Paper 01.


I added some wonky machine stitching around the pie charts using yellow thread.  I love how it turned out!  I also added some black splatters and some Fancy Free Buttons.


Swoon at these gorgeous colors!  I added some foam and yellow thread in this little flower cluster to add dimension, color and texture, as well as another button.  I love to overlap items, and my title overlaps just a bit onto the flowers and chipboard.


I added some tissue paper behind my photo as well as a few cut apart pieces from Oh My Heart Paper 16.  I added another Fancy Free Button and one of the die cut Ephemera pieces right onto the photo.


This was lots of fun to make...I really loved playing with all the bright colors!  I hope you get some ideas from this.  I have a fun process video of this layout if you'd like to watch.


Thank you so much for stopping in today...enjoy your Tuesday!


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Reese Love / Hip Kit Club

Hello and Happy Sunday, friends!  It's been a few days, but I'm back today with a new layout for Hip Kit Club.  I used the bright and colorful 2017 March Hip Kits, and I started out with a beautiful flower cut file designed by DT Member Jana McCarthy.  I enlarged it and created two of them to use as a big background design element.  I cut them on white cardstock and then used various patterned papers and a few Project Life cards to back the open petals.  To make them stand out against my white background, I used white gesso first and then traced around the flowers with a pencil.  I used blue gelatos to trace around the pencil lines and used a dab of water on my finger to smudge the color until it had a faded edge.  I used some Shimmerz and Heidi Swapp Color Shine to create some splatters.

I embellished with pieces from the Paige Evans Oh My Heart collection from the Main Kit, some Pinkfresh Studio Puffy Stickers and Cardstock Stickers from the Project Life Kit  as well as a few exclusive enamel dots from the Main Kit.


Backing cut files is really an easy technique.  This one wasn't too intricate, so it didn't take that long to do.  The longest part is going through all the papers trying to decide which ones you want to use.  After I had everything backed and my background finished, I adhered the big flowers and then machine stitched through all the petals using white thread.  I had to be careful to guide my page through the machine without messing up.  I love how this gives some subtle texture.


I used a Project Life Card under my photo as a layer as well as some tissue paper.  I tucked in some ephemera from the Oh My Heart collection, and this "feel beautiful today" piece is also from Oh My Heart.  I added some foam under it to create some depth, and I love how it fits right in over the negative space in the photo.  I also added in some pink and yellow tangled thread for extra pops of color.


For my title, I combined some of the kraft & gold dotted Thickers with this Dear Lizzy foiled die cut.  I love overlapping things, and I angled the "love" piece so it would overlap her name.  I added some pink thread just to make it stand out a bit more.  I love the shine on that foil!  The Dear Lizzy ephemera is in the Project Life Kit.


I used one of the Dear Lizzy tickets up top here as well as a few Pinkfresh Studio puffy stickers.  Those little hearts are adorable!


Here's another look at the title area.  I did do some stitching here through the Pinkfresh Studio sticker with some aqua thread.


I hope this has inspired you in some way...just to have fun and play around with color and cut files.  There's no right or wrong way to do this.  It's all in what you love to create and make!

Here's my process video if you'd like to check it out:



Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day, friends :)