Friday, April 3, 2020

Hello Sunshine / Paige Evans DT

Hey friends!  I'm here today with a new Bloom Street layout for the Paige Evans Design Team. I’ve had my eye on these beautiful watercolor dots on Paper 20, so I tore a big chunk of it to use as the main part of my design. I love that is has all the colors, so I pulled lots of matching embellishments to go around and below my photos. I layered a torn piece of Paper 09 for another textured layer, and I love the pop of pink that adds. I adhered those papers to some smooth white cardstock. I used modeling paste over Paige’s Polka Dots Stencil to create texture and then added yellow Shimmerz.

Look at all that awesome texture! I created a cluster of embellishments under the photos with the Ephemera Die Cuts4-Page Sticker BookPuffy Vinyl Stickers, and Cardstock Stickers. I love the birds in this collection! I added adhesive foam behind several of the pieces to pop them off the page. I also created more texture by adding in tangled thread in a few places.

I fussy cut a few flowers and leaves from Paper 02 to layer around the photos. Behind my photos I used pieces of Ephemera Die Cuts and Paper 14 as layers.

I smudged white gesso on the patterned paper behind the photos to fade out some of the circles. I added blue and purple Shimmerz and then added that awesome sunshine piece and this beautiful bird from the Ephemera Die Cuts.

I love using suns on bright pages like this.  They just keep things sunny, which I love :)  I used a few more stickers here to bring more pops of color above the photos.

I decided to print my journaling instead of write it since my background was so textured.  You really can't write on top of modeling paste.  Here you can see the effect of the dimensional foam under the butterflies and bird here.

Here are more close-ups all the fun details :)

There are few shiny metallic silver stickers in this collection.  I toned down the shine a bit by smudging some white gesso over it.  It's still shiny, just not as much.

I just love how colorful and fun this turned out! I hope it inspires you to use a big piece of a patterned paper on your next layout. This whole layout was inspired by Paper 20! It’s fun to see where one piece of paper and can take you.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Sweet / Hip Kit Club

Happy Thursday, friends!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Hip Kit Club.  I used the 2020 March Hip Kits and an adorable exclusive cut file.  I decided to use lots of colors, and I love how it turned out!

I started by cutting the tassels on white cardstock.  I backed them with various patterned papers in the Main Kit.  I also cut some of the loose pompoms on white cardstock and later colored them to match.  Once I had the tassels backed, I chose a light blue background.  It's a paper from Heidi Swapp.  I coated a lot of the area with white gesso and let it dry.  I pulled out a rainbow variety of Lindy's Gang Starburst Sprays from older Color Kits to color up the background.  I wanted the color to be soft and show through and around the cut file but not overpower it.

I used the same Lindy's Sprays to color the pompoms.  I used Grab a Guy Gold, Mad Hatter Mint, Hibiscus Rose, and Blue Hawaiian Blue.  I popped them all up with some dimensional foam.  I backed the oval frames with a few of the cute animals from the Jen Hadfield die cuts and stickers.

I know I say this all the time, but the effect of using dimensional adhesive is so awesome!  It just brings everything to life.

I did some fussy cutting for this as well.  I cut a few flower clusters from some Pocket Life cards to use as embellishments.

Here's another one on this side of the photo.  I also fussy cut one of the pink frames from another Pocket Life card.  I used some matching thread in a few places, and I added a cut Bloom Street butterfly sticker here.

How cute is this fox?  There are so many little animals...I want to use more of them soon.  My title is short and's from the Bloom Street Vinyl Thickers.

This llama....all the heart eyes!  I did use my black Sharpie to add some dots around the scalloped frames.  I had originally wanted to machine stitch on them, but I totally forgot to do it before I glued it all down...haha.

More Heidi Swapp stickers above the photo.

This "Oh, Hey" is a vellum sticker.  I stuck it to white cardstock and then punched it out.

This cute!  I fussy cut it from a Pocket Life card.  It doesn't even have anything to do with this page, but it was too precious to not use somewhere.

I used some pink and yellow embroidery thread from my stash to create a little bow on the bigger tassel cut file.

Ahhhh...there is the bicycle.  Bravo, Kim Watson, on this gorgeous design!

One more close up of the journaling area.

And that's it!  I really love how this one came out.  I hope it inspires you in some way today.  We need all the help we can get these days to inspire creativity.  Be sure to check out my process video HERE on the HKC channel.

Take care, stay healthy, and I'll see you soon!

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Paradise / Shimmerz (Cardstock Only Layout)

Hello again, friends!  I'm here with a new layout for the Spring Challenge over at Shimmerz Paints, which is to create a layout using NO patterned paper.  I love this's my favorite kind of page to make!

To play along with us:
1. Create a layout, card, watercolor canvas or journal process background using Shimmerz Paints products. Any color, any technique, any texture. Just try not to use pattern paper at all. Watercolor, textured and smooth cardstock of any color is welcomed. Ephemera, embellishments and cut files are welcomed as well!

2. Upload your project to our Shimmerz Paints Facebook group Shimmerz Sharez or any other form of social media using the hashtag #shimmerzspringchallenge 

3. The challenge begins March 1st and goes through March 31st. One winner will be chosen on April 1st, 2020 to receive a $50.00 Shimmerz Shop store credit. Our winner will be tagged and contacted via social media.

I accepted the challenge and created this tropical page using only white cardstock and lots of gorgeous Shimmerz.I began with a beautiful cut file from AnettsDesigns. I just love the tropical flowers and leaves, so I cut it on white cardstock twice.  I coated it with clear gesso to prep it for painting.  My background is thick white cardstock, which also has clear gesso on it. 

Colors Used:






I used a variety of these colors to paint the cut files.  I started with the large pink flowers.  I blended a few of the pink colors together with a brush and a bit of water.  I moved on to the yellow/orange & purple flowers, then the leaves.  I love mixing and matching colors to get lots of depth and variation.  I wanted the leaves and flowers to have lights and darks.  I lightly added some pink color to the petals of the large flowers and popped them up with adhesive foam.  I love how that looks!

The best part about using flowers and leaf cut files is it is really easy to get dimension.  The petals and leaves curl up naturally, so nothing is flat.  I dug through my stash and found some very old dew drops, which are these little clear beads.  I don't even remember where I got them, but I used them in the centers of each of the flowers.  I also tucked in some matching tangled thread in a few places for extra texture.

I blended a few of the pinks and the yellow together to get this orange color...I love blending to get new colors!  To add more flowers, I pulled out an old flower punch.  I punched six flowers on white cardstock and painted them using lots of the same colors already listed.  I didn't add gesso to those.

See what I mean about the edges curling up?  If you like dimension, these shapes are wonderful.  Adding some adhesive foam behind larger shapes gives even more depth.  I did add some behind the punched flowers.

I'm not a huge green fan, but when it comes to leaves, I LOVE IT.  And I really can't choose a favorite green Shimmerz.  So I blend them all together...haha.  I really can't talk enough about the beautiful shimmer these paints give.

My photo was perfect for this design.  Believe it or not, the layout was pretty much finished before I chose my photo.  This is a shot of my oldest daughter out by the pool.  We have lots of plants and palm trees out there, so this one was a great match.  There is a lot of empty space in the photo, so I was able to overlap flowers and leaves on top of it.  I went short and simple with the title and used some old Thickers from my stash.  I toned down the gold by smudging some white gesso over them.

I did add some vellum behind these leaves to try and make them stand out a bit more, but in the end the vellum really didn't make a big difference.  I did add some white gesso behind the cut file on top of the blue because I felt like the cut file was kind of getting lost.  It was blending in too much against all the blue, so I whitened it up a bit to create some separation.

One more...because I took a ton of close-ups :)

Whew!  That's a lot of photos.  I hope this inspires you to create a layout using only white cardstock.  Or colored cardstock.  Just no patterned paper!  I truly love making layouts "from scratch" like this.  It really allows you to make your own things, make your own color's so fun!

Be sure to check out my process video of this HERE.  Its has alllll the details!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Stay safe and healthy, friends!

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy / Hip Kit Club

Hello from the depths of Quarantine!  I don't know what day this is, but the Whiddens are still hanging in there.  I hope you all are doing okay and staying healthy (and sane) in the midst of all this crazy chaos.

Hopefully this layout will brighten your day!  It's my latest page for Hip Kit Club using the 2020 March Hip Kits.  I am in love with all the beautiful Heidi Swapp goodies.  The warm yellows, oranges and coral/pink tones are gorgeous.  I decided to focus on those colors from one of her cut apart patterned papers.  I started by cutting it up and playing around with layering everything behind my photos.  I got my title from one of those pieces.  Once I figured out where I wanted my photos to go, I chose my background.  It's a striped patterned paper.  I also wanted to use a lot of the citrus pieces.

I mixed and matched my large title by using part of the cut apart paper, the Heidi Swapp coral alpha stickers and the black & white Thickers.  I arranged all the oranges & lemons around the title.  Most of these citrus pieces are transparent stickers, so I stuck them to white cardstock first and cut them out.  I popped most of them up with adhesive foam and added some machine stitching to give them a little shelf to sit on.

I applied a lot of white gesso to the background.  Since this is patterned paper, it's pretty thin and not strong enough to handle a lot of liquid.  The gesso preps the paper and allows for the liquid.  It also fades out some of the pattern.  I mixed the yellow and pink Nuvo Mousses from the Color Kit to create a pretty orange color.  I started with the packaging technique and also used a brush with some water to help spread the color around.  I mixed in some of the Lindy's Cocklebells Coral Magical Powder from an older kit to create a deeper pink color.  It turned in to a big mess (haha), but in the end it dried really pretty.  The paper did warp a bit, but that is to be expected from patterned paper.  I tucked in a few more Heidi Swapp stickers...some pretty flowers and stems.

Here are more layers behind the photo.  I fussy cut this floral cluster from the same patterned paper and tucked in some metallic gold leaf stickers as well as this cute sunshine die cut.  I'm obsessed with all of these Heidi pieces!

The large orange is a vellum die cut.  I put white cardstock behind it so it would stay its true color and not let the background change it.  For the "LEMON" part, I also stuck those letters to white cardstock and then cut them out.  I just love all this dimension!

I added the same things to the bottom photo.  I used a black fine tip Sharpie to write my journaling.

Here are a few more close-ups...

At the end, I added some splatters from some of the Lindy's Sprays from older kits.

 I hope you are finding some time to get creative during all of this madness.  I have days where I want to create and days where I just want to nap.  Hopefully this will brighten your week and give you some inspiration for your next project.

The process video for this is up over on the HKC channel HERE.

My personal channel is almost fixed!  There are still a few things being worked out, but my older videos are back up.  I am not going to upload anything new until everything is back to normal.  Hopefully that will happen soon!

Have a great day, friends!