Friday, June 22, 2018

This Sweet Girl / Paige Evans DT

Hey, friends! It's Friday...yeah!  Today I'm sharing a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team.  I think it may be my most favorite one yet!  I based this layout around these gorgeous flowers. I used Paige’s new Layered Flower cut file, and it’s just amazing. I used a ton of patterned papers from Pick-Me-UpOh My Heart, and Fancy Free to create them. It’s super easy and fun because you simply choose all the papers you want, cut each flower separately, and then layer them all together. Bending up the edges creates some incredible dimension. I just love how they turned out! I tucked a cute photo in the middle of the flowers and added some mixed media to the rest of the page. I used the Pick-Me-Up Mini Thickers for my title, and I used Distress Oxides inks to add some color to the bottom of the letters.

These really are easy to put together. I added some matching buttons to the centers and they were complete. I sorted through all the Pick-Me-Up embellishments and used color coordinating bits and pieces from the Haberdashery Multi-PackChipboard StickersStickers, and Rub-Ons. I love the tone-on-tone look against the mixed media.

To add color to the background, I first added gesso.  I used Distress Oxides inks  and simply rubbed the ink pad on the paper in a downward motion. I used a few different blues, pinks, and yellows and then spritzed it with water. I held the cardstock up to let all the color drip down the page. It turned out so cool!

Here you can see the beautiful colors and how all the small embellishments match so perfectly.  I even cut a piece of the Cut Apart Vellum Paper to use on the blue section.

These flowers look complicated, but they were super easy to assemble.  It took longer to pick out all the papers to use than it did to put them together.  But just look at the result!  The most amazing dimension ever!

These Mini Thickers were really easy to color.  I just used my ink foam blending tool and a bit of Distress Oxide and smudged the color onto the bottoms of the letters.  This helps them to pop off the page and yet stay subtle at the same time.

Here's one more close-up because I just love it all so much :)

You simply must check out this Layered Flower cut file! It made this layout come together really fast and I love that it allowed me to use so many patterned papers together. I hope this has given you some fun ideas to try on your next layout!  Be sure to check out my process video to see more:

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

You're the Best / Hip Kit Club

Happy Wednesday, friends!  I'm back today to share a new layout for Hip Kit Club.  This is my first page using the 2018 June Hip Kits.  I began with the Pretty Little Studio die cut tags from the Project Life Kit and worked my design around them.  There are a ton of them, and I chose three.  I created a horizontal design with one photo.  I used the Shimmerz paints from the Color Kit to add color behind the open spots on the tags.  I mixed the colors on some scratch paper and glued it behind the tags.  I also smudged some of the paint on the edges.  To break up all the white, I layered lots of Pretty Little Studio & Pinkfresh Studio die cut flowers on them.

I love all these bright colors!  Layering small die cuts like this can really create lots of dimension and add tons of color to your page.  I did add some adhesive foam behind the tags to pop them off the page.

This circle die cut fit perfectly right here, so I layered it over the photo.  I also added a Pinkfresh Studio epoxy sticker as well as a Pinkfresh Studio photo frame.

To make the letters on this tag stand out a bit more, I lightly traced around the letters with a pencil.

I used some Turquoise Mist cardstock as my background.  I smudged a lot of white gesso over it first and then used the Shimmerz again to create a watercolor effect.  These fun stamps are by Vicki Boutin, and they’re also in the Color Kit.  I topped the photo with a Pinkfresh Studio puffy sticker.

I used some embroidery floss from my stash to top all the tags.  I also added some black splatters.

Here’s one last close-up.  I tore a strip of the floral Bella Blvd paper for the bottom of my page.

I hope this gives you some ideas to try with these fun tags.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with!  I have a process video here for you showing how I put this all together.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  See you soon :)

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Summer Feeling / Shimmerz Education Team

Happy Sunday!  I have a new layout to share today for the Shimmerz Education Team.  I began this page with a fun cut file.  I cut Paige Evans' Folded Circles cut file on white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.  Before peeling everything off the cutting mat, I covered the entire sheet with various Shimmerz.  I used lots of pinks, oranges, blues and golds including Coloringz, Vibez, Shimmerz (original paints) and Inklingz.  (I'll list all the colors I used below).  I basically sprayed, splattered and scraped the paints and inks all over the paper and let it dry.  Once I peeled all the circles off, I used the score lines on the circles to fold the edges up.  I love how it all turned out!

In the beginning, it seemed like I was just making a big colorful mess.  That's the fun part of coloring a plain cut file.  When you peel it up, it turns into magic.  I made the circles different sizes so I could create a collage or a mosaic type of design with them.

Here you can really see the shimmer and shine from all the paints.  After I used the sprays, I coated a few areas with some of the original Shimmerz Paints in two of the newest colors: Pool Me Closer and Pink-o de Mayo.  I also painted on some Bumbly Bee and Candlelight for extra gold shine.  Those gold splatters on the left there are from Inklingz Miner Miner 49er.

I really love the texture and dimension of these circles.  Look at all that shiny shimmer!  So pretty.

I didn't go too heavy with embellishments since the circles took up most of the page.  I used some Amy Tangerine clear stickers around the photo as well as some tangled thread.

Another look at the pretty shimmer here...the Candlelight and Miner Miner 49er really shine in the light.

I used more Amy Tangerine hearts here on the right side of the picture.  I mixed and matched some gold Thickers with some Amy Tangerine chipboard for my title.

Here's one last close-up of all the colors and texture.

I hope this gives you some ideas to try on your next project.  This idea allows you to "make a mess" first and then make it more of a controlled look by using the cut file.  It's really fun to do!  I have a process video here showing how I made it all come together.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Inklingz--Miner Miner 49er

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sweet & Shady / Hip Kit Club

Hello again, lovely friends!  I'm back today with a new layout for Hip Kit Club.  I used the 2018 May Hip Kits to create a fun and tropical page.  I used a lot of the Color Kit on this as well as lots of products from past Color Kits.  I was first inspired by the sunglasses on one of the Subscriber cut files this month.  I also cut several of the flowers from the cut file using some of the pink Heidi Swapp papers from the Main Kit.  I jazzed them up with some of the Vicki Boutin paints.  I tore the green leaf Heidi Swapp paper to take up half the background.  I attached it to white cardstock and then scraped blue Vicki Boutin paint on the bottom half.

I wanted some yellow glasses, so I cut them on white cardstock first.  I used some gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine first and then painted on some of the yellow Dina Wakely acrylic paint from a past Color Kit.  To make the shiny lenses, I painted some of the Vicki Boutin Iridescent Glaze on some plastic packaging.  It turned out so cool!  I added some adhesive foam around the glass frames to pop them off the page.

I scattered the layered flowers around the photos.  The pink contrasts against the blue so nicely.  I finished them off with some yellow enamel dots.

I tucked in some of the Crate Paper rose gold glitter Thicker leaves in a few places as well as some coordinating tangled thread.

I created a little cluster over on the right side of the glasses.  I used a Pretty Little Studio banner shaped die cut, an Amy Tangerine die cut and some fussy cut glasses from a Crate Paper paper.

Layers and dimension....yesssss!

I added some foam behind my photos.  The dimension is my favorite :)

Here's that cluster I mentioned earlier.  I love how these lenses look darker in some light and really shiny when you tilt the page!

And one last close-up of all the pretty things :)

I hope this inspires you to make something cool with the Color Kit!  Check out my process video if you'd like more details :)

Thank you for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Fashionista / Paige Evans DT

Hey, friends!  I'm here today with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team.  Do you ever get inspired by a single sheet of patterned paper?  I’ve had the Pick-Me-Up collection for months, and after eyeballing Paper 24 the perfect idea popped into my head.  These photos are of my silly daughter.  She wriggled one of her arms out of her pajama top one morning.  I found her standing in the front window like a store model with her “off-the-shoulder” outfit…haha!  She looked too cute, so I decided to use these shirts as a design element.  I fussy cut several shirts out and arranged them into two clotheslines.  I added a photo in each line and machine stitched across the top.  I left the threads loose and messy to accentuate the look of the shirts hanging.

I used some dark blue cardstock as my base, and I added lots of gold metallic paint down first.  I smudged it with a palette knife and then did the same with some light blue & green paint.  I added more layers with some gesso, more paint and even some pink ink spray.  I tucked in some gold thread to enhance the pops of gold from the background.  I embellished with bits and pieces from the Pick-Me-Up Puffy Stickers, Chipboard Stickers and Rub-Ons in this area.

I overlapped the shirt sleeves and glued them together.  I added dimension by adding adhesive foam under each shirt.  I wanted little details on the shirts, so I topped each one with either a Pick-Me-Up Chipboard Sticker or Puffy Sticker.  I also used a few of the Oh My Heart Puffy Stickers.  I pulled some banner pieces from the Pick-Me-Up Stickers as well.

I created my title in the center between the clotheslines using a fussy cut banner piece from Pick-Me-Up Paper 13.  I used the Pick-Me-Up Mini Thickers for the actual title and tore a piece of the Pick-Me-Up Washi Tape Book right under that.  I touched the area up with some gold machine stitching.

These pictures crack me up :D  She was so proud of herself...haha!  She's holding a chip in one hand and a Dora book in the other.

If you've never tried a dark colored cardstock as a background, I highly recommend it.  These bright colors looks so pretty on it!  Especially the gold...oooooh!

Here's one more close-up of all the fun little shirts.  This was fun to make, and I love how the clothesline look turned out!

This was a lot of fun to create!  I hope you pulled some fun ideas to try on your next layout.  Here's a process video if you'd like to see how this all came together.

 Thanks for stopping by!