Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hello Lucky Girl / The Cut Shoppe

Hey there, friends!  I hope you're having a great day :)  Today I'm sharing my latest layout for The Cut Shoppe.  I know St. Patrick's Day has come and gone, but I wanted to create a fun and festive layout using the new Lucky Charm cut file.  I was inspired by the rainbow and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.  I have a process video at the bottom if you'd like to see how I created this layout :)

Here is what I came up with.  I enlarged the rainbow and gave it some color with gelatos.  I wasn't sure at first what I wanted my background to look like, but in the end I decided to create an abstract landscape with a blue sky, green grass and bright yellow sun.  I coated the cardstock with clear gesso and used a circle stencil with gelatos first...they blended in when I started adding watercolors.  You can see exactly how I did this in my video.

I didn't use any particular collection for's mostly white cardstock with a few pieces of random patterned papers thrown in...they are both Recollections brand from Michael's.  There is also a piece of vellum in my layers as well.

I also cut the word "lucky" from this file.  I first traced it with a gold pen and then decided to scribble in the space.  I figured I need gold touches on a rainbow layout, right?  I also used gold thread to stitch.  I colored that wooden veneer "hello" with gelatos, paint and a bit of ink spray.

I love the dimension of the rainbow.  I didn't lay flat, and I actually like that.  I added some yellow stitching on the sun's needle got sticky at one point and made little tiny can see it here.  It doesn't bother me,'s not that noticable.

I cut these cute shamrocks from the file, too.  I simply colored them with green watercolor and added touches with a green gelato.  I layered some flair buttons in there, too.  I used gold foil on the wooden hearts....I showed how I did this in my video.  Super easy and fun!

One more close up of the layers and the cute shamrocks.  I topped them off with some rhinestones.

I hope this gives you some ideas on how you could use this file to scrap your St. Patty's Day photos!  I love combining gold with rainbows...they just seem to go together.

Here is my video...I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Peace & Quiet / Shimmerz

Hey there, friends, and Happy Wednesday!  Today I'm sharing my latest project for the Shimmerz blog.  I was in the mood to create a nature-related layout, and so I went with this photo of my daughter sitting on a bench examining some leaves she collected at a local garden near our home.  I wanted to echo the feel of nature, so I started with some wood grain patterned paper and went from there.  The papers and embellishments are from American Crafts, Heidi Swapp, Simple Stories, Crate Paper, A Flair For Buttons and The Cut Shoppe.

I pulled several Shimmerz products in various green tones and then decided to add in some aquas to match the colors in her shirt.  Once I decided to add in the flower die cuts, I added in the peachy tones to give it a Springy feel.  I started with some white gesso and a Crafter's Workshop square stencil.  I used the Coloringz in Keep Palm to begin and then came in with Well Blue Me Down and Heidi Ho Blue.  I used another CW stencil with these colors blended with some modeling paste to create those lines on the background.

Here you can see the lines more closely.  You can get an endless amount of colors when you mix your products together!  It only took a couple of sprays of each of the Coloringz mixed with the paste to get this gorgeous aqua color.

I used my finger to smudge on some of the Dazzlerz in Dreamsicle to color these flowers, and the peachy tone is gorgeous!  The leaves are so shiny in person.  I dabbed some of the Shimmerz in Green Olive on them and they are so pretty!

I used a few of those Coloringz on this Heidi Swapp Color Magic die cut...I love the light bluish-aqua color, and it looks so nice paired up with the peachy tones.

Here's another shot of the mixed media work.  That Keep Palm Coloringz is a great color for matching photos with leaves or trees or anything nature-related.  Very pretty.

One last shot of my left cluster...some stitching, flair, die cuts, stickers and wood veneer.  The perfect touch for the layout, I think.

I hope this inspires you create something nature-related and use some earthy tones  mixed with some brights and pastels.  I would never have thought I would've liked this color combo until I started experimenting with it.  Turns out, it's beautiful all put together!

Products Used:
Coloringz--Keep Palm, Well Blue Me Down, Heidi Ho Blue
Vibez--Jeni B Bleu
Shimmerz--Green Olive, Jilted Jade

Don't forget to visit the Shimmerz store and check out all the gorgeous products!  If you mention my name at checkout in "Notes to Merchant," you can score some free product!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I Am So Lucky / My Scraps & More + a process video!

Hey, friends!  Happy Tuesday :) I hope you're enjoying your week so far!  The layout I'm sharing here was for last week's Mix It Up Monday challenge over on the My Scraps & More forum.  The challenge was to use a die cut or cut file, something with stripes and flowers.

I used the new Simple Stories I Am collection, and boy is it gorgeous!  I had a hard time narrowing down which pieces to use.  I seriously wanted to use ALL of it at once.  I started with the background cut file.  You can find it for FREE in the store HERE.  I always have to jazz up my backgrounds, so I added some paint.  You can see how I did it in my process video down below!  (I just started a YouTube channel sharing my process videos, so I hope you'll check it out!)

Here's my stripes element....this border sticker from the sticker sheet. I layered it under the die cut and over the painted background.  You can also see my tangled thread and stickers layered here.  That arrow  is a stamp.

I added some washi tape, some stitching and a few flair buttons.  I love how the cut file doesn't lay completely gives nice depth.

Here's a shot of the's a mixture of tape, stickers, stitching, chipboard....and a date stamp.  I used another flair button here as well.

I really love how the title turned out.  I paired some of the stickers from the collection with this Lucky die cut.  I used a sheet from the 6x6 paper pad to cut it.  I really love this's called Mf Queen Leela.

 Here's the video if you'd like to see how my crazy brain works when I'm scrapping :)

I hope this inspires you to try one of our challenges!  Every day brings something new and fun.  Hope to see you there!!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sweet Reese / Hip Kit Club + a process video!

Happy Sunday!  I'm so excited to share my first layout using the 2015 March Hip Kits from Hip Kit Club!  They are so gorgeous...everything is just so well put together.  I did make a process video showing how I created this layout, so you can watch it and check that out if you'd like.

I started off with white cardstock and the goodies from the Color Kit.  I created the circles using one of the Dylusions stencils and some of my own gelatos.  The green colors are from the Distress Paint included in the kit.  I mixed in some teal watercolors for the darker drops.  For some reason, I was in the mood to create a banner, so that's what I did.  I grabbed my triangle punch and a few of the patterned papers and made one.

I recreated the mixed media from the top of the layout here on the bottom portion and made sure each of the colors was represented.  I added a flair button, one of the cute exclusive die cuts, some puffy stickers, some Crate Paper sentiment stickers, some patterned paper, some alphas and my journaling.

Here's a close up of the banner.  I used my machine to stitch it down and flipped up the points.  I also used the paint to color that "Cutie" wood veneer.

Here's another angle of the bottom...I did add some gold stitching and some tangled white thread for added texture.

I can't get enough of the shiny gold in the kits!  It just adds some pizzazz to the page, I think.  That "Hello Everyday" card is from the Project Life Kit.

I hope this gives you some inspiration on what you can do with the items in the kits!  Here's my video if you'd like to check it out:

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Bundle Up, Darling! / My Scraps & More

Hey, friends!  Happy Friday :)  Today I'm sharing another layout I created a few weeks ago for the Cabin Fever Crop over at My Scraps & More.  This challenge was to include something wood grain, some fabric and layers...all of those things that remind you of keeping warm in a house during Winter!

I used some American Crafts wood grain paper to start.  I used other patterned papers from American Crafts, Studio Calico and Crate Paper to create layers.  I knew I wanted to pull the bright pink from her jacket in my papers and embellishments.  The oranges and blues were afterthoughts....mainly after I decided to use an actual piece of denim as a layer.  Yep, those are my husband's old jeans :)  That's my fabric part of the layout (and the burlap Thickers).

Here you can see the jeans really well.  I distressed the edges after I cut out this square.  I added a bit of gelato smudges and some vellum for extra interest.  I also added that cute heart cut file from The Cut Shoppe and colored it with a few blue gelatos.

That's an Elle's Studio wood veneer that I colored and a flair button from a Michael's collection.  I used some watercolor to splatter some blue around the page.  I was happy with how it pops off so brightly against the brown of the wood grain.

More Elle's Studio wood just used more gelatos to color it pink and orange.  You can do so much with gelatos.

I finally used this American Crafts rub-on.  As you can tell, I almost waited too long because all of it didn't rub off.  I've found that some rub-ons definitely have shelf life and dry out if you don't use them pretty quickly  I used a pink pencil to help fill in gaps.  I like how it looks, though.  And the bold colors are just awesome!  I used a gold pen for my journaling.

I hope this has inspired you in some sure to check out the forums for new challenges every day!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hello Spring / CREATE Magazine

Hey, friends!  Today I wanted to share one of the layouts I had published in the March issue of CREATE Magazine from Scrapbook Generation.  I really love how it turned out.  The theme was pretty obvious....Spring!  I started from scratch with white cardstock and a few cut files from The Cut Shoppe.

I used lots of inks, paints and gelatos to create the background and to color the clouds and flowers.  I didn't want to take away from the bold colors of the photo with a lot of patterned papers, so I tried to recreate a sky somewhat and a few flower accents.

These flowers are actually from a background cut file, but I just cut a few and gave them some color.  I added some big yellow brads to the center.  I love how the watercolor turned out here.

I added a few strips of washi tape, some sequins, a Studio Calico butterfly and a Freckled Fawn arrow paper clip.

I love smudging gelatos with my finger...and I love how the texture of the cardstock shows through!  I stitched through the clouds and then pulled them up a little bit to make them stand out.  Finally, I added a cute sunburst button from A Flair For Buttons.

I hope this gets you in the Spring mood since I know many of you are still experiencing Winter!  It has been in the upper 80s here the past two weeks....and I'm loving it!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Love Her! / Chickaniddy Crafts

Hey there, friends!  I hope you're doing well today :)  I've got a new layout up for Chickaniddy Crafts today.  This month, the Crafts Team is featuring lots of crafty trends we all know and love.  We will be sharing a new trend each day this month, so keep checking back and see what each day has in store!

One of the trends I'm playing with is Mixed Media.  If you follow me, you know I absolutely love playing with inks, paints, modeling paste, gesso...anything wet and messy!  With Spring coming soon, I decided to create a super bright and bold layout.  I love creating my own backgrounds.  To do this, I used a stencil, modeling paste, a stamp, distress inks and water.  It looks complicated, but really it isn't.

Supplies Used: Twirly Girly--Sentiments Mini Stickers TG14EB05, Tags Mini Stickers TG14EB04, Enamel Hearts TG14EB07, Piggy Tails TG140S12; Scrumptious--Home Sweet Home SC140S02, New Harvest SC140S10, Autumn Haze SC140S06, Check Please SC140S09, Mini Stickers SC14EB06, Sentiments Mini Stickers SC14EB07, Journal Tags SC14EB03, Sticker Sheet SC14EB02, Die Cut Tags SC14EB04, Mini Brads SC14EB08; Jolly Good--Alpha Stickers JG14EB02, Banners Mini Stickers JG14EB05, Mini Brads JG14EB08, Snow Play JG140S09, Happy New Year JG140S12; Other--cardstock, Liquitex Gesso, Golden Modeling Paste, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Shimmerz Coloringz, Brother Sewing Machine, Coats Thread, Ranger Archival Ink, October Afternoon Date Stamp, Sharpie Pen, pop dots, washi tape

Here's how I created this background.

1.  After coating my entire page with clear gesso, I used a palette knife to smudge white gesso over a triangle stencil.  After letting that dry, I took the banner shaped stamp from the Scrumptious collection and used various colors of distress inks to stamp it in a rainbow color scheme.

Since distress inks react and blend with water, I knew these would be the best to use so I could create a watercolor effect.

2.  After stamping the shapes, I simply dabbed my finger into some water and started smudging a little.  I love that you can see some of the triangles and some of them blend in to the background.  I love this look, so I kept smudging.

3.  After the cardstock dried, I started going through my Chickaniddy collections to choose papers and embellishments that coordinated with all of those bright colors.  I pulled items from Scrumptious, Jolly Good and Twirly Girly.  I wanted to continue the rainbow effect at the bottom, so I tried to include something of each color...die cuts, brads, stickers and stitching.

4.  I continued adding embellishments and choosing papers to layer under my photo.  Here a few of the pieces I pulled from:


5.  I punched some hearts from patterned papers and stitched through them...I love creating little clusters like this.  It allows for another grouping of all the rainbow colors.

6. Finally, I added some machine stitching in the bold turquoise color.  Here you can really see the bold orange and how the triangles create such great texture and interest.

I hope this inspires you to give Mixed Media a try.  It's really fun, and it's always an never know what your background is going to look like until you start playing around with different mediums.  There are different types of paints and inks to play with...even gelatos!

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