Tuesday, October 6, 2015

I Found You / My Scraps Sketch #114

Hey, friends!  I wanted to share the layout I created for My Scraps & More's Sketch #114.  The super talented  Melissa Mann designed the sketch, and I had so much fun creating a grid design.  I used the Echo Park Creative Agenda for this, and I scrapped some photos of my little silly goose hiding behind the curtain.  I could see nothing but her little leg sticking out of the bottom, so I had to grab the camera and get a few pictures :)

Here's the sketch...

I punched out lots of squares from different patterned papers to begin, and then I arranged them on the background paper.  I adhered them all down and then went over most of it with some white gesso.  I came back in with some gelatos, inks and paints to create a watercolor look.  Once that was all dry, I machine stitched through each row of squares and added some washi tape strips.

I added lots of fun stickers fro the collection as well as a few chipboard elements.  I love how the gesso sort of blends away some of the crisp edges and colors and mutes it a bit.  I added pop dots behind the "Today" sticker and added some thread under it for more interest and depth.

This clock was so cute, so I popped it up as well.  Paige was three here, so I used the "3" circle.

One more close-up here...I love this plus sign background paper.  It's busy, but not too busy to add things to it.  And the gesso helps with that, too.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  You can check out the Sketch Blog to see the sketch and to play along with the next two sketches!

Have a great day!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

She's A Wild One / Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!  I am back today to share another layout for the Hip Kit Club using the 2015 September Hip Kits.  The zebra and giraffe from the Main Kit were what inspired me to make this "wild" layout.  I decided to scrap this photo of my youngest child who is without a doubt my "wild child."  So these animals were perfect to tie into that theme :)

I also decided to create a grid design this time.  I like doing that from time to time because it's fun to embellish each section.  I like to make sure most of the colors all over the page are each represented in the four parts.  I used a bit of white gesso to create a bit of lighter shading and then used some yellow paint to create some smudges on the background.  I didn't do a lot of mixed media on this page because I knew I'd be adding a lot of die cuts and stickers.

I love all of these colors mixed together.  I used yellow paint to color this wood veneer and then layered it right on to of the photo.  I've been trying to make that "Totally" piece fit on other pages, but it looked just right on this one here.

I used a lot of little pieces on this quadrant.  That cute camera is acetate, but I stapled it to white cardstock and then cut around the edges.  I didn't want the colors to be muddied up by laying it directly over the background.  I added pop dots to it and layered it over the big die cut and some tangled thread.  I cut that "happy" banner piece from one of the Project Life cards.

I love this zebra!  I raised him up, added tangled thread and a rub-on under him.  That red circle is a rub-on that I adhered to white paper and then cut out.  That's a great way to use your rub-ons if you're not sure where you want them to go just yet.  I also added a puffy sticker, a few enamel hearts and an Elle's Studio stamp from the April Kits.  And those balloons...aren't they so pretty and bright?

This quadrant is made up of the Amy Tan washi tape.  This giraffe was perfect here, and I added a puffy sticker, a die cut and a stamp to finish it all off. 

I had to have my title reflect all of the "wild" elements :)  And since Paige's hair is standing straight up, it makes her look even more wild than she is...haha.  I love these green skinny Thickers!

Here's my process video if you'd like to check it out.  Thanks for watching!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Love You Card / World Card Making Day @ My Scraps

Happy Saturday, and Happy World Card Making Day!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far.  I have a card to share with you today to celebrate :)  Over on the My Scraps & More forums and Facebook page, we have several card challenges going on.  Each Design Team Member has created a card and a challenge.

I made this card using the Maggie Holmes Styleboard collection from Crate Paper.  I used the Pie Hearts cut file from The Cut Shoppe and backed it using some of the papers from the 6x6 Paper Pad.  I used some Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink to create a watercolor effect on the background.  I used some plastic packaging to create a clear pocket for the sequins and then stitched around it with gold thread.

Creating a pocket is a fun technique to try for cards, and you can do it with sequins or confetti.  I cut the "love you" sentiment on my Cameo and then used gold Color Shine to give it some sparkle.  I finished it off with a coordinating flair button from the collection.

My challenge for this is to use the following on your card:

1.  Something gold.
2.  Sequins (or enamel dots)
3.  A heart as the main design element.

If you'd like to play along, you can do it on our Facebook page or on the forums.

Hope to see you there!  Have a great day!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Miss Hot Wheels / My Scraps & More

It's Friday!  Yay!  Today I'm sharing a layout that I created for last week's Throwback Thursday Challenge over on the My Scraps & More forums.  I challenged our members to create a layout using older product, old Thickers and a shaped photo.

I pulled out some older Studio Calico papers from the Wanderlust and Brighton Pier collections.  I did a lot of mixed media work on the background.  I began with clear gesso and then used blue, green and yellow gelatos to create a watercolor effect.  I used my 1.5" circle punch to punch out a bunch of circles from various patterned papers and then cut them all into fourths.  I mixed and matched them all, creating a lot of little uneven pie charts.  All the colors and patterns were really busy, so I went over a lot of the background with white gesso to tone it all down.

I love how white gesso blends and fades away some of the brightness and pattern.  You can still see it, but it's just not as bold.  I also used a circle stamp from my stash to stamp around some of the circles, and I machine stitched some criss cross patterns on some of them as well.

I have been wanting to use this "Love" Thicker ever since it came out, but it just hasn't worked for whatever reason.  This was the perfect design to finally use it!  After I added these strips of paper, I went over them with white gesso and some pink gelatos.  I added in some washi, some flair buttons and a few stickers from Simple Stories DIY Boutique.

I used a 3" punch to create some layers behind my photo, and I machine stitched around it.  I love all the color going on here and the dimension from the pop dots under the photo.

Here's one more close-up...I added in more machine stitching and tangled thread.  I think I may have a thread addiction :)  That cute arrow clip is from Evalicious.

You can check out my process video if you'd like to see how this layout came together from start to finish.  I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Ridin' / Hip Kit Club + Design Team Announcement!

Hey there!  I have a second layout for Hip Kit Club for this week, and I also have some exciting news to share!  First up is the layout.  The 2015 September Hip Kits are full of bright royal blues, yellows and other bold colors.  Also, you can find these wood grains, soft teals and yellows as well as this pretty magenta pink color.  I decided to challenge myself to not use any of those blues and create a more rustic layout.  The wood grain paper and elements from the Crate Paper Wonder chipboard sheet remind me of being outside and being in the woods.  So I scrapped this picture of me and my daughter riding 4-wheelers in the woods. 

I framed the photo with the Crate Paper chipboard frame and worked everything else around that.  I used some of the light yellow cardstock and one of the cut files from the September cut file sets (the Yes Yes Yes).  You can have access to these FREE cut files if you just register as a member on the Hip Kit website!

I added some white gesso to the background and then added some teal watercolor.  I used a lined stencil and yellow paint dabber from the May Color Kit as well.  I used up a lot of the Dear Lizzy Rub-Ons to add in the pretty magenta color.

I never thought of putting these colors together, but once I started putting the page together, they looked really pretty next to each other.  The background turned out really cool, and that teal piece with the plus signs is from the Amy Tan cut apart sheet.

This cut file is so fun!  I layered the frame over it and used gold thread to stitch through it.  I used some ink and mist from my stash to color the wooden "oh yeah."  Those cork Thickers are also in the Hip Kit this month.

I added in this Amy Tan die cut and stitched over it.  I love the detail that machine stitching adds...especially shiny gold :)  That pink thread is from my stash.  I couldn't believe I had that color!  It matches perfectly.

I fussy cut "do what you love" from one of the Project Life cards.  I can't tell you enough how awesome the PL Kits are...they are made exclusively for these kits, so they coordinate.  I always use them on my layouts.

And now for the news...today is the new Hip Kit Club Design Team announcement...and I'm so excited to be returning for another term!  These ladies are all amazing, and I'm so grateful to Kimberly for having me back.  I can't wait to get started with the lovely October Kits!

Thanks so much for stopping in today.   Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Adore / My Mind's Eye

Happy Wednesday, friends!  I have a new layout for My Mind's Eye to share with you all today :)  I used the My Story collection again, and I did a little mixing and matching with the Fancy That and Market Street collections.  I pulled this background paper from Fancy That and used some of the Chipboard Elements and Decorative Tape from the Market Street lines. 

I was instantly inspired by this gorgeous floral paper from My Story.  I took some time and fussy cut out a huge flower cluster.  I knew right away I wanted to use that behind my photo.  I added some white gesso and pink and gold watercolors to the background.  I added the gold dotted decorative tape to give a bit more gold back there, and then I came in with some black ink splatters.  I used the beautiful gold foil scalloped banner from the Mixed Bag and added some die cuts, stickers, a brad, a chipboard heart and a few fussy cut pieces.  There are also some gold diamond-shaped Rub-Ons on there as well.

Sometimes fussy cutting can be tedious and it takes patience, but I think it's so worth it in the end.  I love the dimension this creates, and it looks awesome with gold thread behind it.  I added some gold thread to the center of that gold butterfly so it appears stitched down.

This "adore" piece is from Market Street, and it matches the look of the layout perfectly, I think.  I like how the layers under it look, and they add that pop of bright pink that you see in the flower cluster.

If you're a fan of shiny gold, this collection does not disappoint.  I love adding bits and pieces of it here and there, and this banner was the perfect addition.  I fussy cut more small flowers to layer over the end of the banner so it looks like it's hanging from them.  I fussy cut that string art heart from one of the 6x6 Paper Pad papers and then added in some word stickers from the Sticker Sheet.

Finally, I added in a few of the light pink and gold alpha stickers here at the bottom and topped it off with a Rub-On and some stitching.  I also added a small tear of tape and then added my date stamp under the golden arrow Rub-On.

I hope this gives you some ideas on what you can do with the My Story collection.  Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Lake Hike / The Cut Shoppe

Hey there, friends!  I'm back on this rainy Tuesday to share my latest layout for The Cut Shoppe.  I created a Fall-themed page, and I used the Autumn Acorns and Tall Type cut files.  They are just so much fun!

I used the Pink Paislee Cedar Lane collection for this.  I decided to scrap this photo of me and some of my friends on a cold November day by a mountain lake in Georgia.  We hiked all through a mountain trail that day and made our way down to the lake, and it was just beautiful.  I think the colors in this line really bring out the Fall "feel" of the photo.

I used some light kraft cardstock to cut the acorns.  I used some iridescent watercolors and gelatos to give the die cut some shading.  I wanted it to look somewhat weathered and dirty, so I used some browns.  I also splattered a bit of blue ink onto it.  I also used some of the blue watercolors on the background and then stitched with gold thread through each row of acorns once I adhered it down.

I used several patterned papers to back some of the acorns.  I didn't want them all backed, so I left a lot of them open.  I used some items from my stash, such as this flair button and wood veneer piece.  I love the idea of mixing light blue into a fall collection.

Here's a close-up of the acorns.  A few of the little thin strips did tear, but I like the way it looks imperfect.  My cutting mat is almost not sticky anmore, and my blade is close to needing to be replaced.  I used a 5 setting when I cut this, and it came through okay.  I like how you can see a lot of the watercolor from the background through the cut file.  I fussy cut that large flower from a piece of paper and layered it over the photo with some of the coordinating die cuts.

I love these letters turned out!  I cut them using a piece of light grey wood grain paper from the collection, but they blended in too much when I put them down.  So I took some white acrylic paint and dabbed some onto the letters using my finger.  I then used a dark brown gelato to cover the bottoms of the letters to make them look like they had been dipped in mud.  Finally, I added some gold glitter washi tape to back the open spots for a bit of sparkle.  Sometimes dirt and sparkle go together, right?  :D


Here's one more look at the acorns.  I also added some gold splatters and did my journaling at the bottom of the design.

Here's the process video if you'd like to see how this layout came together.  I hope it inspires you in some way!

Thanks for stopping by!