Thursday, May 5, 2016

Life is Better With You / Hip Kit Club

Hey there!  Hope you are all doing great today :)  I have another layout for Hip Kit Club to share today.  I used the 2016 April Hip Kits for this, and it went up on the HKC Facebook page last week.  I was kind of intimidated by this bold Pinkfresh Studio Paper.  It's in the Main Kit & the Paper Kit, and it's very different.  I decided to take on the challenge and make a layout.  I have to say, I love how it turned out!  I used some white gesso to tone down those big red letters and came in with some blue watercolors.  Since my photos are pool pictures (sort of), I wanted to create some "water" on the page.  I quickly discovered after I made my background that with this large title already on the paper my photos had a natural place to go.

I have lots of different things going on here...I used one of the Amy Tangerine papers as a layer behind my photo as well as some tissue paper.  I cut the clip part off of the metal paper clip from Shimelle, and I treated it like a brad or a flair button with lots of tangled thread under it.  Those are in the Project Life Kit.  I continued my title using some of the transparent American Crafts alphas with the Pinkfresh Studio yellow puffy alphas.  I colored the Simple Stories wood veneer heart with some Shimmerz and then added my journaling.

I altered this Simple Stories ampersand wood veneer with some gold glitter embossing, some Shimmerz and some gelatos.  I fussy cut this Shimelle clear sticker and added it to the ampersand. I tried to mimic the stripes in Paige's swimsuit.

I seriously cannot get enough of aqua/teal, yellow and pink together.  It's the color combo I tend to gravitate toward, and half the time I don't even realize it...haha.  I created another yellow triangle in the lower left corner with a Project Life card and some of the No Yoking Shimmerz from the Color Kit.  I stitched through it and added one of the Pinkfresh Studio acetate words with one of the rubber charms.

The color.....eeeeeek!  So so pretty.  I fussy cut this piece from a Project Life card, which are all designed by the fabulous Kim Watson.  I popped it up and added another acetate word and an Amy Tangerine rub-on.  I also stitched through all those big red LIFE letters.

Okay, here's my process video if you'd like to see how I created this layout.  I hope you get some inspiration from it!

Thanks so much for watching and for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Beautiful Dream / Citrus Twist Kits

Happy Tuesday, friends!  If you are on Instagram, then you need to hop on and visit the Citrus Twist Kits account.  There is a first-time ever Instagram Hop going on with lots of the Design Team, and there are 3 huge giveaways!  You could win one of three $25 Gift Certificates to the CTK Store.  Each DT member has created a project and a challenge to go with it to get you inspired for (Inter)National Scrapbooking Day this weekend!

You don't have to do the challenges to be entered for the giveaways.  They are just there to get you in the mood to create :)

Here's the layout I created using the May Main Kit and the Sprinkles Kit.  I used various patterned papers to back this cut file (it's called the Open Letter Alpha from The Cut Shoppe).  I used a big butterfly die cut as a stencil and sprayed aqua mist over it.  I used some of the Fancy Free ephemera as layers as well as an exclusive doilie.  I am loving these aqua glitter!

My challenge is to use ink or spray mists in some way, use a doilie and create a big title.

I added pop dots under the title for some height and dimension...what a difference that makes!  I also added some tangled thread and some of the CTK exclusive sequins.

Aren't these colors so pretty?!  I added a glitter heart to the A, and I stapled a silver heart banner piece to my photo.

I just love this photo.  It's not the greatest quality, but the moment is precious and priceless.  Both our girls crawling all over their daddy...these moments are few and far between because you know how busy kids are...haha :)  I added more ink splatters and thread as well as a glitter arrow Thicker.  And more sequins...yes!

Be still my heart....this "now" piece is just amazing.  The color...the glitter...the font...all of it!  I added my journaling under it and added the date.  Done!

I hope you join in on our Hop!  The name for Citrus Twist on IG is @citrustwistkits and mine is @missywhidden.  You can click the IG link up higher on my blog to take you straight there.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Sweet Tooth(less) / The Cut Shoppe

Hey, friends!  Happy Monday!  I have a fun layout for The Cut Shoppe to share today.  I used the A Way With Words and Quirky Quads Cut Files.  I love all of Ashley's background cut files, and you can't ever go wrong with scripty words!

I decided to use the Quirky Quads as a background design element but on a smaller scale.  I traced only four of the squares and then copied it four times.  I used four patterned papers from the Amy Tan Better Together collection and staggered them on my white cardstock.  I used a bit of my Shimmerz watercolors to create a bit of mixed media messyness on the background.  I love how the paint peeks through the cut files!

All of my embellishments are also from the same Amy Tan line, and I combined a few different alphas from my stash to complete my title.

I just love these squares!  So much fun.  I love that you can shrink or enlarge them to customize the look you're going for.  I cut "sweet" twice -- one is a little thicker than the other, so I layered them up to create a shadow effect.  The pink "sweet" is from a Dear Lizzy Happy Place paper.

I fussy cut all these flowers and leaves from a patterned paper, and I created my own "brad" from this metal paper clip.  I used my Tim Holtz scissors to snip off the clip part and just glued it down with a little thread under it.

Here's a look at the top part of the page...more awesome squares and pretty watercolor.

I decided to go with this title since the photo is of my daughter with her two missing front teeth...haha!  She looked so adorable...and this title seemed like the perfect one!  I made another "brad" here and layered it up with a flower and more thread.

Here's my process video if you'd like to see how this layout came together.  I hope you enjoy!

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

Friday, April 29, 2016

Life is Better When You're Laughing / Simple Stories

Well hello there, Friday!  I've been waiting for you!  Before the weekend gets started, I wanted to share my second monthly layout for Simple Stories.  I used the Life in Color collection, and I had lots of fun with my Silhouette Cameo.  I found this awesome quote on Pinterest, and I found a fun font for it.  I enlarged it to fill most of the paper and then tilted it diagonally.

I backed the open letters with lots of different patterned papers and then went over most of the paper with white gesso.  I wanted to blend out some of the yellow and white stripes so they didn't compete or overpower the letters.  Plus I wanted to prime the paper for the watercolors.  I love how the gesso fades away patterns.  I applied it mostly in the center so you can still see plenty of the yellow stripes around the perimeter of the page.

I really love this backing technique.  It allows you to use lots of color and patterns in small doses.  I wound up using a black pen to outline each letter to make them stand out a little more.  I used my Shimmerz watercolors to create this, and I used my water brush mostly.  I also used some of the clear stickers, and I did some machine stitching.  I combined some chipboard pieces and some die cut florals as well.

Here's another angle of the page.  I love these fun and bold colors mixed with pops of black.  I wanted to show how you can make these colors stand out with a light background.  I love how this red heart contrasts with the yellow.

I used a few papers behind my photo as well as some tissue paper from my stash.  I added a few stickers and some grey tangled thread.

Here's one final close up...I used a few more clear stickers, chipboard and die cut stickers.  I love those brush stroke fun!

Thanks so much for stopping in...have an awesome Friday!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dream XOXO / Hip Kit Club

Hello again!  I'm back today with a layout for Hip Kit Club.  I created this with the 2016 April Hip Kits.  The kits are gorgeous, as always, but I have to say that this was not one of my most favorite layouts.  But now that I've had some distance from it, I think I like it a little bit more.  For some reason, I just had a lot of trouble putting it together.  I don't know if it was the color scheme or what, but I just struggled.  I love the products.  I love the photos.  I just wasn't feeling the "mojo" while I was creating it.  Does that make sense?

Obviously I did a lot of mixed media work on it.  I used Ashley Horton's geometric heart cut file, and I backed it with lots of the patterned papers and even a Project Life card.  I tried to stay with the blues and corals color scheme to play on the Shimelle Starshine look.  I used white gesso on the heart once all the spots were filled, and then I used some blue gelatos to create that pretty blue watercolor.  I created a strip of photos, and I used one of the Shimelle stickers in place of a fourth photo.

I used the "dream" sticker for my title.  I used some paint to color the Simple Stories XOXO wood veneer.  I added a strip of the think Amy Tan washi tape here, and I fussy cut that camera from a PL card.  I added some of the Shimelle floral stickers under it to give it some contrast.

To make my photos stand out against that busy background, I anchored them on some of the mint cardstock.  It gives them a solid base and separates them from the background patterns.  I also stitched around the border of the big heart.

Here you can see the watercolor up close.  I also added dark blue tangled thread under the heart for added texture and interest.

I love this cute wood veneer paper clip!  It works like a real one, and so I added it to my photo strip.  I also added more of those pretty Shimelle floral stickers to my photos.

Here's the process video if you'd like to see how I struggled my way through making this!  They can't all be your favorite pages...but the process should always be fun!  Sometimes we forget that.  I hope you enjoy watching!

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

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Love You / Citrus Twist Kits

Hey there's me!  I have another layout for Citrus Twist Kits to share today.  I used the April Main "Santorini" Kit for this, and a few pieces from the Embellishment Add-On.  I decided to use that beautiful Pinkfresh Studio bird and branches paper in a different way for this page.  I took some time and fussy cut some of the branches and leaves.  I used watercolors to give the leaves and flowers some color.  I knew my photo would look great right in the center, and I love how the birds are in the perfect spots!

I used the packaging technique and some blue watercolors to create the "sky" on the background.  I just love how this turned out!

I used my Shimmerz watercolors and my water brush to color the leaves and flowers.  Those cute yellow acrylic stars are exclusives this month.

Here I combined the Pinkfresh yellow puffy alphas with the Basic Grey alphas.  I used the watercolors & gelatos to color them.  I added one of the Pinkfresh puffy stickers and then used pink ink to stamp "This I Know."  I love the exclusive stamps each month!

Here's another look at the fussy cutting and watercoloring.  I used a few of the patterned papers as  layers behind my photo, and that pink heart is part of the Basic Grey alpha set.

I used one of the exclusive cut apart labels for my date.  I love how it looks like she has a flower in her hair!  I didn't even plan just happened :)

Thanks for stopping in today...I hope you have a great day!  Be sure to check out all the awesome kits over at Citrus Twist!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Hey Cuteness / Shimmerz Education Team

Hey there!  I have a new layout for Shimmerz to share today.  I created a fun and bright layout featuring lots of washi tape and Shimmerz goodness.  My color scheme was inspired by the package of washi tape I used to create this page.  It's a pack from Michael's, and they are all rolls of beautiful & bright watercolor tape.  I pulled out several Shimmerz products that matched the tapes.

I've created a few layouts like this before, but not with washi tape.  I took a spare piece of white cardstock and covered it with strips of the washi.  I covered most of it with a light coat of white gesso and then started adding Shimmerz.  I added some Vibez, Coloringz and Shimmerz Paint.  After it dried, I punched several sized circles out and placed them around my background.  I decided where I wanted my photo and then I had my design ready to go.

I used clear gesso on my background cardstock and then used a small circle stencil with the Mari-Gold Digger Texturez.  I love the pretty orange color, and it was the perfect shade that matched the orange in the washi tapes.

Here you can see the washi tapes and the Shimmerz on top of them.  I used the packaging technique with some Pretty in Pink Coloringz here.  The smaller orange circles were made by smoothing some of the Texturez onto scrap cardstock and punching them out with a 1-inch punch.  I also machine stitched with gold thread through all the washi circles.

I love the texture from the Texturez!  It's very gritty and looks so dimensional on the paper.  To contrast that, I added some green thread.

More beautiful colors!  I added a few Amy Tangerine clear stickers on the layout, including this teal flower and the cute cameras.  That gorgeous blue is Vibez in Jeni B Bleu.

Here's one ore close-up.  I added some splatters of Vibez Sunset Strip. I also added a few flair buttons, and my title is a few glittery green Thickers mixed with a Heidi Swapp puffy sticker.

You can check out my process video to see how I put this layout together from start to was super fun to create!

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

Products Used:
Coloringz -- Pretty in Pink, Don't Citron Me
Vibez -- Jeni B Bleu, Sunset Strip
Texturez -- Mari-Gold Digger
Shimmerz -- Royal Red, Magenta