Thursday, October 17, 2019

Hey Reese / Hip Kit Club

It's me again...another new layout to share for Hip Kit Club :)  I used the 2019 September Hip Kits, and this time I focused on the Dear Lizzy She's Magical Stamps.  I used one of the cute little rainbow stamps to create fun scalloped borders.  I used textured white cardstock and several colors of the Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays from previous Color Kits.  I simply sprayed some ink onto some plastic packaging, stuck the stamp to a stamping block, dipped the stamp into the color and pressed it onto the cardstock.  I love the messy splotchy look it created!

I love this messy effect of stamping with the Lindy's.  I made a few rows using different colors and then cut them out.  I wanted to layer them over each other and create a fun background design element.

I embellished around the photo with some of the Dear Lizzy frames and stickers as well as some of the Pretty little Studio die cuts.  I punched some holes in these sticker tags and added some cord from my stash.

I mixed and matched the title using some of the big white Thickers and some letters I fussy cut from a Pocket Life card.  It had the word "September" on it, so I was able to cut my daughter's name.  I kept going with the diagonal direction here and created a small cluster using a Truly Grateful die cut and more Dear Lizzy stickers.  I turned these rainbow stickers upside down to mimic the scallop borders.

I fussy cut this beautiful flower cluster from another Pocket Life card.  It matched perfectly!  I added in a few colors of tangled thread under it to continue to pull colors from above to this area of the page.

I added a branding strip from a Dear Lizzy paper above the scalloped borders.  I decided to add some texture, so I machine stitched along the top edge using matching threads.

I did add some of the Lindy's to my background.  I used thick white cardstock, and I coated a lot of it with clear gesso first.  I used a brush to add the blue and yellow here and some pink up top.  I used the same Lindy's sprays as I used to make the scallops.  They have all been included in past Color Kits.

A few more shots of the details...

I had lots of fun making this....the scallops were a nice surprise!  I hope it inspires you in some way.  The Hip Kits have so many fun possibilities.  I show how I did this entire layout in my process video, so check it out if you're interested:

Thanks so much for visiting me!  Have a lovely day :)

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Hard at Work / Pinkfresh Studio

Hello again, friends!  I'm back again today to share another new layout for Pinkfresh Studio.  I mixed and matched the Office Hours and Just a Little Lovely collections again, and I just love that challenge.  I used the Floral Notebook cut file, which is available in the Pinkfresh Studio Store.  I cut it once on white cardstock, and then I altered it and removed the floral element and cut it four more times on patterned papers from both collections.

I wanted lots of layers and embellishments around the photos.  I also wanted some watercolor peeking around from behind everything.  I used the Liquid Watercolors for that.

A quick note about these photos...I was at my desk one day trying to get some projects done, and my silly child decided to sneak up behind me and start trying to smudge my glasses...haha.  She has nonverbal autism, so she has a ton of funny little quirks.  Smudging my glasses is one of them :)  She saw herself in my phone and did her sweet little wave.  I just love these memories!

I started by backing the cut file with papers from both collections.  I love this pretty floral.  I chose lots of stickers and die cuts that matched these colors.  I wanted to add in some yellow, so I started with adding it to the background.  I coated the white cardstock with clear gesso and then used the Liquid Watercolors and a brush to apply the paint.

Since I had yellow on the background, I chose some die cuts and stickers that had yellow on them.  I also really love this soft coral color mixed pretty.  I did fussy cut some of these pieces from an Office Hours paper.

I used the Office Hours white puffy alphas for my sarcastic title...haha :)  I also tucked in some blue thread for some extra color & texture.  I love the fun Fabric Tags from Office Hours, too!

This cut file makes great texture!  I love this notebook edge.  I tucked in several circle elements at the top here and a "wake up & be awesome" sticker as well as more blue thread.

I love these little clocks!  It's so fun to mix and match elements....flat die cuts & stickers, puffy stickers, enamel's all good :)

I tucked in another die cut at the top here and machine stitched through it.

Here are a few more close-up shots...

I machine stitched through my title using white thread.

I hope this inspires you was so fun to make!  I love taking two completely different collections and making them work together.  I also love how this color scheme turned out.  You can check out my process video here for all the details!

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

Monday, October 14, 2019

Pinkfresh Studio Ink Pad Release Blog Hop

Hello, friends!!  Welcome to the Pinkfresh Studio October 2019 Ink Pad Release Blog Hop!  I couldn't be more excited to be a part of the release of these beautiful new inks!  There are 48....yes...48 NEW Ink Pads that coordinate with the Pinkfresh Studio Liquid Watercolors.  There are four shades of each color, and they're all beautiful!

You should have arrived here from Lea's Blog.

Here's the layout I created using lots of the new Inks.  I wanted to create a rainbow color scheme, so I chose six sets of the Mini Ink Pad Cubes.  I also used the Pretty Paisley Stamp &  Die Set.  I created an ombre effect on each paisley by stamping all four of each color onto the stamp.  I used the matching die to cut the shapes out and then arranged them to make a fun background design.

Obviously these Ink Pads are perfect for stamping.  But they're also perfect for using as watercolor!  I used the same colors to create my messy background.  I stamped the ink pads onto some plastic packaging, spritzed it with water and then used a brush to paint around the edges of each paisley.  It worked perfectly!

I used a few older collections to embellish with.  I used die cuts, stickers, puffy stickers and chipboard pieces from Everyday Musings and Joyful Day.  I decided to go tone-on-tone, which means I matched the ink colors to the embellishments.  Example:  all green stickers went on the green paisley.

These inks stamp VERY well, and the colors are so pretty.  I added some adhesive foam behind the paisleys to raise them up off the page and create dimension.


I also used the inks to color the points of each paisley.  These inks definitely have multiple uses!

I smudged some white gesso over this gold die cut to tone down some of the shiny gold.  I love how it fits perfectly under the photos as the title :)

 Here is my process video if you're interested in seeing these Ink Pads up close and how I created this layout.

Of course, there are GIVEAWAYS!!  You can win the full size ink pads here on the Blog Hop, and you can also win the Mini Ink Pads over on the Pinkfresh Studio Instagram feed.  Each designer will be giving away a $25 Gift Card, and all you have to do is leave a comment on all the blogs.  The winners will be announced on Monday, October 21st over on the Pinkfresh Studio GIVEAWAY PAGE.  You must check there and claim your prize within two weeks.  
Also, there is FREE SHIPPING on all orders in the US over $100 in the Pinkfresh Studio Store without having to use a code. 
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter
Now head on over to Natasha's Blog and see what she created!  Happy Hopping!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Yes / Paige Evans DT

Happy Friday, friends!  I'm here today with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring Truly Grateful and the Horizon Washi Tape. I love trying my hand and mixing and matching collections and there are lots of darker pinks and blues that match the Washi Tape perfectly. I covered a sheet of white cardstock with Washi Tape strips and then cut Paige’s Flower Bunch Cut File using my Silhouette Cameo. I wanted to use this as a big background element mixed with some ink sprays. I used thick white cardstock as my background and I coated it with clear gesso first. I used lots of pink, blue, and green Shimmerz to create a fun and messy watercolor background.

I love all the different colors and patterns that the Washi Tape created on these flowers. I sprayed the colors down on the background, spritzed it with more water, and then used a brush to help spread the paint around. I wanted all the color to be visible beneath and around the flowers. I used matching patterned papers from Truly Grateful for the centers of the flowers. I also covered  a few of them with Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine. To make them look a little hazy and chalky, I smudged some white gesso over them and then added adhesive foam under them to pop them up off the page.

I embellished around my photo using the Truly Grateful Ephemera Die Cuts and Wooden Buttons. To add in pops of the dark blue, I used the small dots from the Epoxy Stickers.

I love the matte gold items in Truly Grateful and I used this big YES as my title from the Ephemera Die Cuts. I love how it shines in the light! I had some blank space on my photo, so I overlapped it to create a little more dimension. I finished it off by splattering some of the Gold Color Shine around the page.

More shiny gold goodness :)

I just love this picture of my daughter....she was so happy to be swinging!  Here you can see all the different layers and dimension.  Do you ever overlap die cuts on top of your photos?  This particular photo had some plain black space that created the perfect spot for an overlap.

More close-ups of all the details:

I added in a few of the Truly Grateful Puffy Phrase Stickers in a few places.

I hope this gives you some ideas to try on your next layout. Have you tried to mix and match any of Paige’s collections lately? You’d be surprised at how many items coordinate together. Be sure to check out my process video here for all the details!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Sunshine Day Dreams / Hip Kit Club

Hello again, friends!  I have a new layout to share for Hip Kit Club, and I just love it so much!  I used the 2019 September Hip Kits.  I could not wait to use that beautiful Dear Lizzy She's Magical rainbow paper from the Main Kit.  I wanted to make my own wonky rainbow out of it, so I cut out strips of each color.  I used some of the light blue cardstock from the Cardstock Kit as my background to enhance the sky effect.  The green strips were smaller on the patterned paper, so I cut two of them and glued them together.  The arc was definitely different and didn't stay in line, but I still love how this turned out!

I smudged a lot of white gesso down first behind where the rainbow is.  I used some of the blue Lindy's Magical Powders and some of the Starburst sprays to create some various blues behind the rainbow.  I used the Tweedle Dee Denim from the Color Kit as well as some from older kits.  I used some white acrylic paint with a foam blending tool to smudge down some fluffy clouds, and I also used the Heidi Swapp stencil from the Color Kit with some modeling paste to create the textured stars.

I love all this fun texture!  I did machine stitch through all the rainbow strips with matching thread.  You can see that my paper did warp slightly, but that's okay with me.  I think it just adds to the interest of the rainbow!  I used an old Martha Stewart butterfly punch to create some vellum butterflies, and I also hand cut some clouds from the vellum as well.

More fussy cutting here....I cut a few flowers from another Dear Lizzy paper and tucked in a few other die cuts.  I used a flower from the Pretty Little Studio die cuts and the green piece is from Paige Evans Truly Grateful.  I love when my photo allows me to overlap a piece on to of it like this!

Here's another fussy cut flower, a cute button and a Truly Grateful Puffy Sticker.  I also tucked in some darker blue thread for added texture.

I added in some of the Truly Grateful Puffy Phrase Stickers along some of the rainbow strips in coordinating colors.  I did add glue behind each letter since nothing really likes to stick to gesso :)

After I stitched down the rainbow strips, I decided to smudge some more clouds on top of it.  I love how dimensional it all looks!

I used this fun matching piece from one of the Truly Grateful 2x2 Paper Pads...that rainbow was meant to be!

I went big with the title and used the shiny white Thickers.  I love that they're white!  They echo the white clouds and keep everything soft and neutral.  I added in another Truly Grateful Puffy Phrase and a Dear Lizzy sticker.  This created the perfect space for my journaling.

Here are a few more detailed shots:

This is one of my favorite pages that I've made in a while...I just love how it turned out!  I hope you enjoyed it and that it gives you some ideas on how to use the rainbow paper.  You can watch my process video here to see how it all came together!

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