Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Love Love Love / Citrus Twist Kits

Happy Tuesday, friends!  Today I'm sharing a new layout for Citrus Twist Kits using the February Main "Stories" Kit.  It is so beautiful, and it's full of pretty pinks, yellows, teals and lots of floral elements.  I've had this photo ready to scrap for quite some time, but the papers were never right.  This kit is perfect...it has just the right colors and elements.  I knew right away I had to get it scrapped!

I used a few cut apart pieces from one of the Maggie Holmes Bloom papers and paired it with some of the Pink Paislee ephemera pieces and stickers.  I did a bit of mixed media work on the background and used a flower stamp from my stash to create a few subtle hearts on some vellum.

I love how this cluster turned out.  I fussy cut the YOU banner from the cut-apart printable exclusive sheet and machine stitched it down.  I fussy cut that tea cup of flowers and layered it with the Pink Paislee ampersand.  The yellow tab and green label are from the exclusive printable as well.

I just adore these Thickers!  There are so many...including two different sizes of upper case letters.  I mixed and matched here to spell my daughter's name.

I used a flower stamp, ink and vellum from my stash to create a few subtle flowers for layering here, and I also added in some tangled thread.  I love how the pretty light blue contrasts with the pinks, yellows and greens in the papers and my photo.

I love that the Pink Paislee ephemera pack contains die cuts and acetate pieces.  I paired this piece here with one of the puffy stickers.  I also added in one of the white exclusive doilies as a layering piece.

Here's a look at my process video if you'd like to see how I put this page together from start to finish.  I hope you find some inspiration!

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

Monday, February 8, 2016

Seas the Day / My Mind's Eye

Hey there again, friends!  I have a new layout for My Mind's Eye to share today.  I am totally loving the new releases.  I used the beautiful new nautical collection By The Sea for this page.  I'm so excited to use it because I have a lot of fun travel pictures to scrap.  These photos are from our recent vacation to St. Maarten, and this line is just perfect for it.

I used a cut file from The Cut Shoppe to create the big wheel on some MME Kraft cardstock.  I backed the open spots with various patterned papers and added in lots of little bits and pieces.  I used white gesso to create that foggy look around the wheel, and then I added some watercolor.

One of my favorite things about MME collections are all the bits and pieces that come with them.  Good old fashioned brads...enamel dots & shapes, flair, chipboard...stickers...you name it.  I couldn't resist clustering those things here.  I did do some machine stitching through the wheel with silver thread.

I decided to use the shape of the wheel to add my title.  I used the shiny silver alpha stickers there, and I love how it turned out.

I absolutely LOVE this title!  I can't take credit for it, though...I punched these letters from one of the Journal Cards.  I added some red watercolor and then traced around them with a white gel pen.  How clever is this phrase?  I just love it.  I added my journaling around the outer edges.

Here is one more close-up of the top area.  I added this cute chipboard piece and a few enamel dots and a cute star.  I used a Journal Card as a layer behind my photos.

I hope this gives you some fun ideas of how to use this collection...if you have boating photos, this line is perfect!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Love My Crew / A Flair For Buttons

Happy Sunday, friends!  (Super Bowl Sunday, that is!)  I hope you've enjoyed your weekend.  Today I am sharing my latest layout for A Flair For Buttons.  I used flair from two different sets:  Minimal 1 and Best Summer Ever.  I focused on using buttons that were mostly black and white and jazzed them up with teal thread.

I used the Dear Lizzy Documentary collection to document this photo of my husband playing with our two girls in the pool.  It's rare that they are all in the photo together, so I just had to get pictures of the moment!  I have several of them, so I printed this one in black and white so the colors would contrast nicely around it.  I used a little bit of Shimmerz Coloringz in Say Can U Sea on the white cardstock using the packaging technique.  I also added some Heidi Swapp gold texture paste through a small lined stencil for added interest and texture.

I love adding flair to my projects, and I love creating little nests of thread for them to sit in. I like how it anchors them down and gives an extra pop of color.  I layered this one right on top of the photo.  I hand cut those circles out of patterned paper to layer around the page.  I also used several of the coordinating rub-ons.

Here's another button...black and white with teal thread.  I've got a lot going on down here at the bottom:  rub-ons, washi tape, paper, stickers, puffy glitter stickers.  I love layering to create little clusters.  The 123 stickers are from Simple Stories, and the "we laugh" sticker is from a MAMBI sticker pack.

I've been hoarding these awesome black Thickers.  I'm sure you've seen them...everyone has them, right?!  This "My Crew" was the perfect title.  I fussy cut "Sunday" from patterned paper and added in some of the shiny gold Dear Lizzy washi tape, a sticker and a puffy heart.

Here's a look a the texture paste...I just love this lined stencil.  I think it was the very first stencil I ever purchased years ago.  Here, I've got more circles, rub-ons and stickers.

Here's my third flair...this simple yet very bold heart.  I love it!

One more close-up of the cluster on the right side.  I just love this gold washi tape...it's from the washi tape strip pad from the collection.  And I love those glitter puffy hearts...those are from Pinkfresh Studio.

Here are the two sets of flair I pulled from:  Best Summer Ever

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Be sure to check out all the flair Shelley has in the store...there are sooo many to choose from, and she's always adding new ones in!

Have a great day!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans!

Happy Friday! I'm SOOOOO excited to share that I am being featured in the Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans over on the Scrapbook Expo Blog!  I can't tell you how fast my heart started beating when I saw I had an email from Paige...she is a scrapbooking goddess as we all know, so it was quite amazing to say the least.  A huge thank you to her for inviting me to be a part of this! 

You can see my full feature HERE.  I had fun answering questions about my life and my scrapbooking.  I created this layout especially for this feature, and I used mostly the Amy Tan Rise & Shine collection, which is one of my all time faves.  I used some cloud cut files from The Cut Shoppe, a few stickers from MAMBI, the little cloud stamp is from Echo Park, and I used watercolors, spray inks and gelatos to create the background and to color a few of the clouds.

I absolutely love backing cut files with patterned paper.   It's a great technique to use to get lots of color and patterns on your page in small doses.  I added a fun flair button here with some tangled thread and created some layering effects with other small cloud cut files.

I cut these clouds on white cardstock and then used inks and gelatos to color them.  I added a few Studio Calico word stickers and a Freckled Fawn arrow clip.  Those enamel dots are from Bella Blvd, and the "lovely" glitter sticker is from MAMBI.

I used a few Heidi Swapp ink pads and Distress Inks to stamp this cute cloud.  I fussy cut them out and stitched them down.  I fussy cut "Shine" from a MAMBI Project Life card and paired it with some Simple Stories alpha stickers.  I also machine stitched here with yellow thread.

I wanted to create a sun and sky for my cute clouds, so I first added ink sprays and watercolors in an aqua color to my cardstock.  On another piece of cardstock, I used a small sunburst stencil and some yellow ink spray to create the sun.  I fussy cut it out and glued it to my background.  I machine stitched through each ray, and I love how it turned out!  Just like the image I had in my head :)

I hope this inspires you in some way...I had a fabulous time creating it for the Expo.  Another big thanks to Paige for having me!  It was an honor to be a part of this.

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Smarty Pants / Hip Kit Club

Hey friends, and Happy Thursday to you!  Today I have another layout for Hip Kit Club to share.  I created this using the 2016 January Hip Kits, and I used a lot of the My Mind's Eye products included in them.  Most of this is from the My Story collection with the exception of the Basic Grey paper strips at the top and bottom of the page and the February calendar piece to the left of the photo.

I went very light on the mixed media for this page.  I began with the white cardstock and that fun circle die cut behind the layers.  I cut that using my Cameo and then layered the Feb card and my photo on top of it.  Since my daughter looks so smart and studious in the photo, I decided to use embellishments that reminded me of a bookworm :)  I fussy cut some typewriters and glasses and scattered them around the page and added in several hearts and a few Heidi Swapp gold stickers.

I fussy cut these adorable glasses from one of the MME Journal Cards, and that cute little brad is also from MME.  I used a black marker to color the Studio Calico wood veneer letters...I love how they turned out!  I also love the pops of shiny gold in these MME and HS goodies!

Aren't these little typewriters so cute?!  They came from a 12x12 piece of patterned paper.  Those black glasses are a sticker.  I added some tangled black thread before I machine stitched with gold thread.  I added black splatters at the end and a few little sentiment stamps.

I used my waterbrush to create a bit of pink and gold watercolor smudges around the edges of the photo.  I didn't want too much "mess" on this layout since there was so much going on already.  I like how subtle it turned out.

Finally, here's one more close up of the top area.  I added another Heidi Swapp sticker and a little Maggie Holmes stamp from my stash.

You can check out my process video here if you would like to see how this layout came about from start to finish.  I hope you like it!

Thanks for visiting me today, and have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Love This Fancy Girl / Citrus Twist Kits

Hey, friends!  I have another fun layout to share today for Citrus Twist Kits using the January Main "Verona" Kit and the Sprinkles Kit.  I just love this pretty pink exclusive patterned paper in the Main Kit...so I used a big portion of it on this layout.  I did some fussy cutting from the Maggie Holmes cut-apart sheet, lots of layering and some mixed media work.

These cute photos are of my youngest daughter from a few years ago.  She decided to sit inside her little toy box one day and thought it was the funniest thing.  So my title is kind of a funny take on that.

I fussy cut the blue heart and the "LOVE" letters from patterned paper.  I wanted to be able to move the letters around a bit.  I paired them with one of the Heidi Swapp puffy word stickers.  I used some inks and watercolors to give some color to the letters.  I added in one of the exclusive wood veneers, one of the printable labels, a Simple Stories heart sticker and some machine stitching.

I used a few alpha stamps from my stash to create the word "girl" and added my journaling under it.  Mixing and matching fonts is a really fun technique.  It breaks things up and keeps it interesting :)

These white and silver stickers are so much fun, and the sayings on them are great!  I layered in a few scrap pieces of patterned paper here at the bottom and stitched through them.  I like to bring in all the colors from the main portion of the page to any other clusters I create.

I used some gelatos and acrylic paints to add some shading to this part of the page.  I didn't want to completely cover up this gorgeous pink paper, so I only added a bit of yellow and pink.  I did add some white gesso over it all first.  I also added some machine stitching and some loose tangled thread.

This doilie was a perfect embellishment here...I love the pop of yellow.  It also makes a great layer.  I used the excess blue paper from where I cut the heart out earlier.  Scraps make great layering pieces!

Here's one more close-up of the bottom...this cute little flair button matches that blue heart paper perfectly.  I layered it on top of a printable label and Simple Stories sticker.

Here's my process video if you'd like to check out how I made this page from start to finish.  I hope you enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I'll see you again soon!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Awesome & Cheeky / Citrus Twist Kits

Happy Monday, friends!  Today I'm sharing another layout for Citrus Twist Kits using the January Main Kit and Sprinkles Kit.  I decided to showcase this cute photo of my daughter in the pool, and since there was a lot of aqua in it, I used bits and pieces of lots of other colors around it.  I used a star cut file from The Cut Shoppe and backed the stars with various papers from the Main Kit.  I used a big Heidi Swapp sunburst stencil and some Mustard Seed Distress Ink to create the sun rays, and I also added a bit of Color Shine.  The blue splatters are acrylic paint.

I really enjoyed working with the January kits...the colors were just my style!

I added pop dots behind the star cut file to raise it up and create some dimension.  I added some tangled thread for added interest.  Those cute sentiment strips above the photo are from the branding strip of the exclusive patterned paper in the  Main Kit.  I also used one of the exclusive stamps.  I stamped it on scrap cardstock and punched them out to use around the page.

I added white gesso to this wood veneer, which comes in an aqua color.  I used gelatos and inks to color it.  I added in one of the Heidi puffy stickers to complete my title.  That space created a fun little area for my journaling.

Here's one final close-up of the bottom of the cut file...I think adding the pop dots really makes a big difference.  I love the added pops of blue from the paint.  It helps pull some of the blue from the photo.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out the February Kits HERE!  

Have a great day!