Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Cut to You Anniversary YouTube Hop / Silly Beautiful Girls

Hello again, friends!  I'm so excited to be part of the Cut to You 2nd Year in Business Celebration YouTube Hop!  My wonderfully talented friend Gwen owns Cut to You and creates gorgeous cut files.  When she asked to me to help her celebrate, I immediately said yes!  To follow along with the video hop, start HERE.

Throughout July, you can get 20% off of everything in the store.  Use code CELEBRATEMISSY when you check out...woo hoo!  Even if you don't have an electronic diecutting machine like a Cameo or Cricut, you can order them and have them cut & sent to you.  Gwen ships international, so anyone can purchase them.

I used the Leaf Edge cut file for my layout.  I cut it on textured white cardstock and then painted the inside leaf pieces.  I coated them with clear gesso first and then used a water brush to apply different green & blue Shimmerz sprays.  My background paper is thick, smooth white cardstock.  I also coated it with clear gesso.  I used a mix of navy blue, purple and pink Shimmerz to create a big watercolor area that would show through the cut file.

I used lots of flowers and leaf die cuts from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Bohemian Dream collection.  I decided to turn the cut file upside down so the leaves would cascade down the page.  Once I had all the leaves painted, I added adhesive foam behind them all to pop them off the page.  I glued down the actual outline of the cut file and then placed the leaves back like puzzle pieces.  I placed lots of flowers on top of the cut file.

I also fussy cut some of the flowers from patterned paper.  I love the mix of these colors against the green leaves!  I was originally inspired by this collection, which includes some navy blue.  I like how you can see some of that peeking through here.

I love how the background looks right here.  I didn't want to cover it up, so I created a small title using a chipboard piece as well as some older small white Bella Blvd alphas.  I had to glue them down since they weren't sticking to the background gesso at all.  Nothing hardly ever sticks to gesso...haha.  Older stickers definitely don't :)

I tucked in a few floral chipboard pieces on both sides of the photo and then added a few more flowers that I fussy cut.  I also used a few of the black & white phrase stickers and some matching thread in a few spots.

I pulled in some more of the navy blue in a few places with some vellum leaf die cuts.

I took a lot of close-ups, so here they are...

I hope this inspires you in some way!  I had a lot of fun making it, and I love how it turned out.  Be sure to check out the YouTube Hop all month long. You can start HERE.  Don't forget to check out the Cut to You store for a ton of gorgeous cut files...all 20% off using CELEBRATEMISSY.

Here's my video:

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day, my friends :)

Monday, July 6, 2020

Summer Days / Pinkfresh Studio July Challenge

Happy Monday, friends!  The July Challenge is up over at Pinkfresh Studio...yay!  Check it out...it's all about SUMMER and bright colors.  I hope you'll play along with us for the chance to win a $50 Gift Card...woo hoo!

Here's what I created.  I used the new Pinkfresh Studio Let's Stay Home collection for this, which is full of beautiful rainbow colors.  I wanted to create a mixed media background, so I pulled out some of the Mini Ink Cubes that matched these colors.  I used textured white cardstock as my background, which I first coated with clear gesso.  I scraped each ink cube right onto the cardstock and then smudged the strokes with a bit of water.  I love that effect!

 I love using textured cardstock for this technique because you can see the texture through the color.  I rubbed the ink pads on lightly, leaving a big stroke of each color.  I used a water brush to squirt just a bit of water in a few places to make it run and blend into the next color.  I wanted a big title to match, so I used the Adore Alpha Die Set and cut each letter a different color from patterned paper.  I love this die set because you get the letter as well as the open outline.  I used the open outline here, creating a tone-on-tone title.

I embellished with stickers, die cuts, chipboard stickers and fussy cut images from Let's Stay Home.  I added adhesive foam behind most of the pieces and scattered them around the inked area.  I tried to keep those tone-on-tone a well.

I love using small embellishments like this because I can still see a lot of the background.  I wanted a lot of it to show, so big embellishments would have completely covered it up.

I created a little cluster here using more stickers, die cuts and even part of a big pocket that I cut up.  I used most of it under the photo as a layer, and I cut the "together" circle from that as well.  I added blue thread here since this was the blue section.

This side was more of the reddish color, so I embellished with mostly that color.

Before I glued down any embellishments, I splattered some watered down white acrylic paint.  I love doing that against bold colors...it just gives it a fun touch.

I fussy cut "days" from a die cut to complete my title.

I hope this inspires you to play along with us for the July Challenge!  I had a great time making this, and I love how it turned out.  You can find all the information for the Challenge HERE on the blog.

Be sure to check out my process video here to see exactly how I made this!

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

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Homebody / Hip Kit Club

Happy Saturday, friends!  I'm sharing my newest layout for Hip Kit Club today :)  I used the 2020 June Hip Kits, and I went a little stamp crazy.  There are a total of three exclusive stamp sets in the kits, and I used these adorable houses to create my own patterned paper background.  There is a ton of the new Let's Stay Home collection from Pinkfresh Studio, which is perfect for scrapping all your lockdown photos :)

I used textured white cardstock as my background, and I first coated it with clear gesso.  I used three different house stamps from the Stamp Kit with all three colors of the Color Philosophy Ink Pads from the Color Kit.  I used my water brush to blur the ink and make it bleed and spread.  I am loving this effect!  It looks like my page was left in the rain, and it's so neat!

This technique looks complicated, but it really is easy.  If you can stamp, you can do this.  The key is using gesso and small amounts of water.  I wanted to blend the ink, but not so much that the shape of the houses was lost.  I went through all the kit contents and chose items that were blue, pink or orange.  I used a lot of these cute exclusive vellum hearts.  I did back them with white cardstock to make them less transparent and then popped them up with adhesive foam.

I fussy cut "together" from a Pocket Life card.  I love how it looks on the white background...white on white.  Subtle yet still visible.  I used a piece that I cut from a Stamp Market paper also for the date and place.  I trimmed off the pink parts because I felt that it sort of disrupted this soft white area of the layout.  I stitched through it with blue thread and then added my journaling underneath it.

Under my photos, I created a loose cluster of torn paper, stickers, stamps, sequins and a smaller secondary title.  As you can tell from the photos, we have been lazy bones for a while now...haha!  Just had to add that.  The sequins are an exclusive mix as are the stamps.  The alpha stickers are from the Pinkfresh Studio collection.

I tucked in some matching thread in a few places and added a few sequins to this side.  Behind my photos I used a few Pocket Life cards and some orange cardstock as layers.

I made a small circle cluster here at the top.  The pink circle I created using one of the stamps and the pink ink pad.  I cut it out and distressed the edges.  A very easy way to make another embellishment!  I used the "Homebody" die cut as my main title, which I overlapped onto the photo here.

Here are a few more close-ups of the details :)

I really love how this turned out, and I hope it inspires you to try this stamping technique!  I love that it's more abstract and not perfect.  Using textured cardstock adds to the imperfections, and I like that the textures show through the inks.  If you received the stamps in your kits, give this a try!  It's really fun :)

Here's my process video showing how I did this:

Thanks so much for stopping in today, and I'll see you again soon!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

St. Maarten Paradise / Paige Evans NEW CUT FILES

Hello yet again, friends!  I've had a busy scrappy week :)  I'm back today to share a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring one of her new 20 Summer Cut Files.  Would you look at these adorable flip flops?!  The coolest thing about them is the floral design inside them is the same design as Paige's new Flower Stencil!  A match made in heaven :)  I just had to combine the two.

I used Paige's Horizon collection on this layout.  I started by cutting the flip flops on Paper 20 because it was so colorful.  I used thick white cardstock as my background, and I coated most of it with clear gesso first.  I placed the stencil over the cardstock and scraped modeling paste over it.  Once that dried, I sprayed a few blue Shimmerz sprays over it.  I spritzed a little water over it and let it run and blend.  Very easy with a big impact :)

I traced the smaller details on the flip flops on Paper 09, cut them out and then popped them up using adhesive foam.  I chose this colorful paper because it allowed me to use any color for embellishing.  I really love how this blue background makes the cut file pop.

I pulled out the navy Mini Foam Thickers from the Pick-Me-Up collection...I love that darker blue color.  I went simple and just used the location as my title.  I fussy cut "paradise" from Paper 04 and tucked it in.  I also fussy cut a few green & pink flowers from paper to use in a few places.

I tried to mainly use stickers and pieces that were more on the solid side, meaning they weren't very patterned.  The flip flops were extremely patterned, so in order to break that up, the solid colors were needed.  And I didn't want to add too much since the floral pattern was busy enough.  I used some Cardstock Stickers and a Puffy Sticker as well as a globe circle that I cut out.

I love this small bit of dimension here.  I think it makes such a big difference!

I used a few scraps of patterned papers behind my photo as layers along with some tangled thread.

I used a floral sticker on the right.  I love that it echos all the colors in the flip flops.

I am loving this texture so much!

I hope you are inspired...I sure was when I saw this cut file!  Be sure to check out the Happy Scrappy Facebook Group to see all the cut files being revealed every day until July 20.  You can purchase them HERE.  They are ALL so cute and summery!

Here's my process video if you'd like to see how I put this together:

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


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Love You / Shimmerz Paints

Hello there, friends!  I'm here today with a new bright and bold mixed media layout for Shimmerz Paints using lots of pretty Shimmerz.  I was in a yellow mood, so that's where I began.  I pulled out the Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness collection from 2016 to use, and I paired it with the Love You cut file & Star Confetti stencil from Paige Evans.  I wanted a yellow background, so I used patterned papers that weren't yellow inside the cut file.

Colors Used:

I used thick smooth cardstock as my background, and I coated most of it with clear gesso first.  I made this simple background by spraying the yellow sprays onto an acrylic stamping block and "stamping" it down.  I also sprayed directly onto the paper.  I combined the three yellow sprays and then let it dry.  Later I used modeling paste over the star stencil to create some fantastic texture.  Towards the end of the page, I added a bit more by mixing in a tiny bit of Shimmerz Pumpkin.  I also splattered some Pretty in Pink and Hint of Mint.

Instead of backing the cut file with papers, I added adhesive foam behind the letters and popped them up inside the open spots.  I glued the actual cut file down and treated it like a little puzzle.  Here you can see the awesome background texture...so cool!  I sorted through all the collection I was using and picked out lots of matching goodies...stickers, die cuts, & chipboard.

These pictures of my daughter are sooooo her...haha.  I based my color scheme on her yellow shirt.  I like to use my color photos to help me determine my products & color scheme.  I love all the textures and dimension here.

I also tucked in some matching tangled thread in a few places.  This collection had so many little bits & pieces so it was fun to layer them around the photos & cut file.

I decided to use the white hearts initially cut from the cut file.  I machine stitched with pink and blue threads to give them some texture and detail.  Then I traced them onto a rainbow striped patterned paper so it could peek around the edges.

Here are a few more detail shots of all the colors and textures :)

I hope this inspires you in some way.  Do you ever make your own backgrounds like this?  It might look complicated, but it's really a simple technique.  You could achieve this look with the plastic packaging technique as well.

Be sure to check out my process video to see exactly how I made this:

Thanks so much for stopping by!