Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Go Girl / Hip Kit Club

Hey, friends!  I'm here today with my first layout for Hip Kit Club using the new 2019 May Hip Kits…yay!  They are so gorgeous and colorful.  I started with one of this month’s exclusive title cut files and cut it on one of the bright Horizon papers from the Main Kit.  I made it pretty big, so it also serves as the main design element.  I arranged my three photos around the cut file and embellished all around them.  I went with black & white photos so all those colors would really pop.  I used this beautiful black and white star paper from the Crate Paper All Heart collection as my background, and I used all three Lindy’s Gang Magical Shakers from the Color Kit as well as some sprays from past Color Kits.

I love creating watercolor backgrounds that are visible behind a cut file.  I first added some white gesso to the background to prep the paper and to fade out some of the stars.  I used some plastic packaging and a brush to apply the color.  The powders are easy to use;  I spritzed some water down, sprinkled some powder and then used a brush to spread it around.  I popped the cut file up with some adhesive foam.

These kits have so many fun stickers!   I used several from the Crate Paper All Heart collection as well as some from the Simple Stories Oh Happy Day collection.  All of these are in the Pocket Life Kit.

I was so excited about these exclusive fabric bows!  They’re very easy to assemble, and you can mix and match them if you want.  I also used a few of the All Heart clear stickers from the Embellishment Kit, which look so awesome on backgrounds.

More fun stickers here…and a great shot of the pretty blue powder.  Here you can see where I mixed in some of the sprays from previous kits to get a few different shades of blue.  I love how the Color Kits from the past always seem to match future kits!

I added in some matching colors of tangled thread in a few places to add color and texture.

I fussy cut this rainbow from an exclusive Pocket Life card.  Don’t be afraid to cut those cards up if you see something you like on one of them!

This yellow is so pretty.  These Lindy’s Gang Shakers are the coolest.  Here I added a few more Simple Stories stickers.

This cute speech bubble is from the exclusive Die Cuts.  They match everything so perfectly!  And I love the All Heart clear stickers…they give a stamped effect.

I always take too many close-ups, but I like to show the layout from every angle.  So here are a few more.

I hope this gives you some ideas to try with your new kits!  This was a lot of fun to make, and this cut file helped this page come together pretty quickly.  Be on the lookout for it over on the website soon.  And I have a process video for this layout here, so check it out to see all the details!

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

Friday, May 17, 2019

Happy / Paige Evans DT

Hey, friends!  Happy Friday...yay!!  I have a new layout to share today for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring the Horizon collection. One thing I love about Paige’s cut files is how they can also be used as stencils. I wanted to create a fun textured background, so I cut the Mandala Half cut file from white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo 3. I used thick smooth white cardstock as my background and scraped white modeling paste over the stencil. I wanted the design to cover half the background. Once it dried I used lots of ink sprays to add a colorful watercolor effect. I love how the colors spread and blended in between all the hills and valleys of the paste. The paste itself absorbed some of the color and I just love the end result.

I cut some fun flower shapes from one of the foiled papers in the 6x8 Paper Pad and scattered them around the bottom of the page around the photo. They have so many colors and I thought they made a great embellishment. I used a few tags from the Ephemera Die Cuts under my photo and added a little bit of cord through the ends. I also tucked a few other die cuts under there as well. I went simple with the title and used one of the Chipboard Stickers which I placed on top of the photo. I also had a leftover circle from my last layout that I punched from Paper 11 and adhered to the photo. I love all of the dimension here. Creating layers makes instant dimension!

Here you can see how cool the background texture is. This really was easy to do even though it looks complicated. I decided to use a black & white photo to really let all the colors shine. I used a bit of Paper 21 as a layer behind my photo.

I created a matching cluster over to the left of the page using the same fussy cut flowers. I added some sequins from my stash to the centers. I finished this area off with another fussy cut circle, an Epoxy Sticker, and tangled thread.

I added some sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps in the centers of the flowers for some added detail.  I just love how the flower petals easily pop off the page.

I tucked this blue label shaped die cut under the photo.  I had actually already cut it in half because I used the other half on another page.  Don't waste the parts of die cuts you can't see...might as well cut it and use it elsewhere.

I love how this background turned out.  It really was easy to do...the paste and ink does all the work.

Here are a few more up close shots of all the details:

I hope this inspires you to create your own stencil from one of Paige’s cut files. It’s so much fun to make your own backgrounds like this and stencils give you the opportunity to create some awesome textures! Be sure to check out my process video for even more details!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have an awesome weekend!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

One Happy Girl / Hip Kit Club

Hello again, friends!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Hip Kit Club.  Once again, I'm using the 2019 April Hip Kits.  This is my sixth page using these kits, and they continue to inspire me.  I used a lot of the Paige Evans Horizon collection for this.  I was in the mood to punch some papers, so I pulled out an old loopy loop Martha Stewart border punch and created some rainbow strips from that gorgeous Horizon sunburst Paper 03.  I layered them together and machine stitched through each row with matching thread.  I love all the texture!

I used thick white cardstock as my background, and I used lots of different colors behind the papers and embellishments.  I used several Shimmerz sprays from past Color Kits as well as the Fuzzy Navel Magical Powder from Lindy's Gang from the April Color Kit.  Here you can see the fun texture created from the punched strips.  I created a small cluster here using some die cut flowers, a flower cluster that I cut from a Pocket Life card, some Horizon stickers, and an exclusive puffy sticker.

I used a photo strip in black and white.  This allows all those bright colors to really pop.  I used so many colorful things here as layers...Horizon stickers, chipboard stickers, a Dear Lizzy dimensional sticker, a puffy sticker, and a fussy cut flower.  I also used a few of the 4x6 Pocket Life cards behind the photo.  I added a pop of darker blue with some tangled thread.

I added one of the Horizon tags here under the photo strip.  I cut it up instead of using it as is.  I mixed and matched the title using the navy exclusive puffy alphas with a Horizon sticker.

I've been wanting to use this green "weekend" puffy sticker, and I love how it looks here with the green spray on the background.

Here are even more close-ups of all the fun colors, details and textures.

I added this piece to the edge of the photo here.  It was actually a globe die cut, but I cut it and made it a circle.

This page was so fun to make :)  I hope you got some idea from this.  Do you have any older border punches like this one?  I need to use mine more.

Here's my video in case you'd like to watch :)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Hello Spring / Pinkfresh Studio

Happy Tuesday, friends!  Here is another layout I created for Pinkfresh Studio using the Joyful Day collection along with the Embroidered Blossoms Die Set.  I love using the Liquid Watercolors, and I was in the mood to create some flowers. 

I cut lots of different sized flowers and leaves on some white mixed media paper using my manual die cutting machine.  I spritzed them with water and then added some of the watercolor using a small brush.  The water helps the color to spread and blend, and I just love all the fun colors.  I painted the leaves the same way using a few of the green watercolors.  I also cut a few flowers using some of the Joyful Day patterned papers.  I added a touch of the watercolors to them as well to add some shading.

I decided to create a half circle arc for my design.  This Spring photo of my daughter was perfect for this!

I love all the colors and textures from the flowers.  Before adhering anything, I added some watercolor to the white cardstock background.  I first added some clear gesso, and then came in with the pink and yellow watercolors.  I used a brush mostly.  I tucked in a bit of tangled thread in matching colors here and there and then very carefully glued it all down.  I always like to leave room for the ends to bend up.

Here you can see how cool the effect of the watercolor is on the flowers & leaves.  And I love how the plain flowers look mixed in with the patterned paper ones.

To get this half circle shape just right, I used a large bowl and traced it with a pencil.  So high tech...haha!

I went very simple for my title.  I combined both sets of puffy alpha stickers from the collection.  I love how the block letters look mixed with the scripty ones.  I added my journaling at the end, and I used a pink fine tip Sharpie.

A few more close-ups...

One last shot of the cluster I created in the upper left hand corner using the same things.  I also used a few of the Joyful Day Die Cut Ephemera pieces.

I hope this inspires you in some way, or at least gives you a few ideas to try on your next page.  I truly love these dies...it's really fun to paint your own flowers!  Be sure to check out my process video here for more details:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Rare & Beautiful / Hip Kit Club

It's Friday...woo hoo!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Hip Kit Club.  I used the 2019 April Hip Kits.  I realized I hadn’t used any stickers from the Dear Lizzy Sticker Sheet in the Embellishment Kit, so I began with that.  I love the yellows, oranges, pinks and reds together.   I used a few photos of my daughter standing by a therapy horse at school, and I think they match really well.

I began with some of the Tutu Pink Cardstock from the Cardstock Kit as my background.  I covered a lot of it with white gesso and then came in with some of the Lindy’s Gang Starburst Sprays from last month’s Color Kit as well as some of the Fuzzy Navel Peach Magical Powder from the April Color Kit.  I also used a few Shimmerz from previous kits to create a fun watercolor design behind everything.  I layered in a lot of the cute fruit stickers and hearts around the photos.

I added more of the Dear Lizzy stickers on the left side.

This cute banner sticker fit perfectly under the photos.  I hadn’t used any of those metallic gold Maggie Holmes shapes, either, so I incorporated them onto my page.  I muted the gold brassy effect by smudging some white gesso over them.  This gives them more of a softer shine.  This row of hearts was perfect for the space under the banner.  I also added an exclusive puffy sticker there as well.

Here you can see how they still shine, but with more of a muted effect.  I think this matches well with the soft gold on the Dear Lizzy stickers.  I did add some adhesive foam under the banner here to create some dimension.

I wrote my journaling in gold pen instead of black.  I wanted to keep the softness going, and I felt gold was a better choice since the page has no black on it.

This balloon sticker is adorable, and it was perfect for the center of the two photos.  I tucked in some metallic gold thread here as well as a piece of Horizon paper.

One more close-up of the details and dimension!

I hope this inspires you to use something from the kits that you haven’t touched yet.  I need to challenge myself to do this more often.  Be sure to check out my process video here if you’d like to see this layout come together.

Thank you so much for stopping by!