Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Beautiful / Hip Kit Club

Happy Wednesday!  I have a new layout to share for Hip Kit Club today :)  I used the 2019 February Hip Kits to create a soft floral page.  I began with one of this month's FREE Subscriber cut files.  I cut it on white cardstock and then I coated it with white gesso.  I wanted to add color to it, so I used the three Art Alchemy Opal Magic Paints from the Color Kit.  I sprayed some water down first and then dabbed on some paint and let it run and blend.  These paints are so cool because each color has a shimmer of another color in it!  I used some Carta Bella papers and embellishments as well.

The kits also have a lot of the Pinkfresh Studio Joyful Day collection.  My title is from one the PFS puffy sticker sheets.  I love the colors and pretty font.  Here you can see the soft colors of the opal paints.  I did lots of fussy cutting with some of the Carta Bella floral papers.

My pool photo matched the teal paint so perfectly, so I had to use it!  I added a few sentiment stickers here on the right side.  The pink one is from Crate Paper, and the others are from Pinkfresh Studio.

I created lots of dimension by adding some adhesive foam under my photo.  I love the depth and shadowing here.  Layers are fun to create because they really do make your page pop!

These Carta Bella flowers are so pretty!  I couldn't resist fussy cutting them out to layer around the photo.  I tucked in some yellow thread for an extra pop of color and texture.  I added in a few Pinkfresh stickers here as well.

I created a cluster in the upper right corner of the cut file using more of the Carta Bella flowers as well as a CB die cut and Chipboard Sticker.  The "enjoy today" stickers is from Pinkfresh Studio.

I used another Carta Bella paper as the background.  I coated a lot of it with white gesso to blend out some of the stripes.  I used the same Opal Magic Paints to create some color behind the cut file.  I also pulled in some Shimmerz Paints from previous Color Kits.  I like the way the background color pops through the holes in the cut file.

Here are a few more shots of the details :)

I really enjoyed making this...I hope it gives you some fun ideas to try on your next layout.  Let me know if you try out those Opal Magic Paints!

Check out my video here for lots more details and seeing the paints in action:

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

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Love Love Love / Paige Evans DT

Hello again, friends!  I'm here today with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team using the Whimsical collection and Paige’s LOVE cut file. As I was thumbing through the patterned papers, I noticed a few colors that I really liked together. I had the perfect photo to scrap with this modified rainbow color scheme. My sister and I were at the Dancing With the Stars Live Tour and there was a green screen with props for photoshoots. We had a blast wearing the feather boas! I cut the word LOVE using the five papers I chose and made them the background design. I covered the white cardstock background with clear gesso first and let it dry. I chose matching colors of Distress Oxides and lightly scraped them horizontally across the page. I spritzed a bit of water on them and used a small acrylic block to smudge the color around.

I wanted to create a tone-on-tone look, so I added aqua Distress Oxides behind the aqua paper and did the same for the other colors. I glued them down and then machine stitched through each word. I sorted through all of the Whimsical embellishments and added lots of flowers, sentiments, and hearts from the Floral Die CutsStickersChipboard Stickers, and Puffy Stickers. Again, I kept the embellishments color coordinated with each section.

I added adhesive foam behind a few of the flowers to create dimension. I wanted some texture in those areas, so I tangled up colored thread. I wrote my journaling down at the bottom of the design using a metallic gold pen.

I just had to use these awesome Tassel Paper Clips. The threads on the tassels echoes the feathers in the boas! Too perfect. I removed the strings from the paper clips and glued them down below the photo.

I love when the colors in the photo match everything so perfectly.  Photos like this need to be printed in color.  Sometimes I change them to black & white depending on the colors or the quality.  This one looked great in color!

Here are a few more close-ups of all the details.

I added a gold flower border sticker from the Sticker book here above the journaling for a bit of added detail.  I used a gold metallic pen to write in my thoughts.

I hope this inspires you to put together a fun color scheme that matches one of your favorite photos. Choosing the right papers and embellishments can really make your photo pop right off the page.  Be sure to check out my process video here for all the details!

Thanks so much for visiting me today!  Have a great day!

Monday, February 18, 2019

It's Not All Sunshine & Rainbows / Pinkfresh Studio

Happy Weekend, friends!  Today I wanted to share another layout I created for the Pinkfresh Studio Design Team.  I was inspired by one of the die cuts in the Everyday Musings collection.  I loved the sentiment on it so much that I decided to make it a big title.  I used the Adore Alpha Dies to cut letters from various patterned papers from Everyday Musings.  I love what this quote means to me because it is so true!  And this photo is so representative of my girls...things are usually imperfect and happen in a blur.  But that is what makes these moments sunshine and rainbows!

I wanted to go bright for this page and play on the reds, blues and yellows.  I created a very subtle sunburst pattern on the background using a stencil and the Liquid Watercolors.  I also used some gelatos.  I love having a watercolor background with all of the papers and embellishments on top of it.  Here you can see that I added some of the Everyday Musings layered heart stickers with some puffy heart stickers and some floral die cuts.

I added some adhesive foam under this bigger potted plant to create some depth.  I also added some machine stitching through each line of the quote.

I kept the embellishments to a minimum since the quote and colors were pretty busy.  I also tucked in some blue tangled thread for another pop of color.

I took apart some of the layered heart stickers and just used the little sentiment tabs in a few places.  Here you can see some of the starburst pattern on the background.  I cut the word "sunshine" on plain watercolor paper and used the Liquid Watercolors and gelatos to color them yellow.

 I really love how this turned out.  Have you ever been inspired by a die cut or an embellishment?

I used some of the colorful Everyday Musings Puffy Alpha Stickers here.  I love these beautiful colors.

Here's one more close-up just for fun :)

I hope these layouts give you some fun ideas to try on your next project!  I love that you can get such different looks from the same collection.  You never know where one idea might lead once you start playing with those Liquid Watercolors!

Here's my process video:

Thanks for stopping in!  See you soon :)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Love These Smiles / Pinkfresh Studio

Happy Thursday, friends!  I'm back today here with a new mixed media layout for Pinkfresh Studio featuring the Everyday Musings collection.  I recently got my hands on the Embroidered Blossoms Stamps and Dies, and I couldn't wait to use them on a project.  I began this page with a Love Heart cut file by Paige Evans.  I cut it on the beautiful white and soft purple ombre paper and used the Pinkfresh Studio Liquid Watercolors to add some messy color behind it.  I used some of the floral and leaf stamps and dies to embellish all around my silly photos of my daughter.

I created these watercolor flowers by using the dies only.  I cut three different sized flowers on some watercolor paper and then coated them with water.  I mixed some of the watercolors together and dripped the color onto the flowers.  The paint spread and blended together to create these gorgeous flowers!  I stamped a few leaf and stems using black archival ink and then colored them in with the watercolors.  I used the matching dies to cut them out.

These flowers and leaves layer together so nicely.  I love how they add such pretty details to the large heart cut file.

I how crisp and pretty these leaf and stem stamps are.  They make the perfect little detail to tuck inside the flowers.

I added some adhesive foam under my photos to give them some dimension and then added one of the dimensional heart stickers with a die cut sentiment on top of it.

These flowers were really easy to create since the dies do all the work.  If you love the look of fussy cut images, these are wonderful since you don't actually have to fussy cut anything.

I mixed and matched some of the puffy alphas for my title.  I curved it to match the shape of the cut file.  To get the color onto the background, I used a brush as well as some plastic packaging.

Here's one more close-up of this layout showing all the fun details under the photos.

You can see how I made all these flowers in my process video.  I hope you give it a try because it was fun and easy!  You can make whatever colors you want :)

Thanks for stopping in today, and have a great day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Just What I Need / Hip Kit Club

Hey there, friends!  Today I'm here with a Mixed Media Monday layout for Hip Kit Club using the 2019 January Hip Kits.  We’re celebrating Valentine’s Day this week, and I’ve got lots of hearts on my layout today.  I’ve really been inspired lately by some fellow DT members and their pages.  Irit used a pretty rainbow color scheme on a recent layout, and Lisa just created one using lots of hearts.  I decided to do both.  I pulled out a heart punch from my stash and several papers from the Main Kit.  I punched two hearts of each color and then trimmed one to create a smaller one.  I kept the trimmings and used those as well.  I used a Pinkfresh Studio paper as the background, and I used a lot of the Color Kit goodies to create some watercolor splotches.

I coated a lot of the background with white gesso to blend out some of the pattern and to prep the paper.  I sprayed all three of the Prima Blooms onto the page and then spritzed them with water to let them run and blend.  I also used some Shimmerz from previous Color Kits to create some different color shades.  I wanted the hearts to have some dimension, so I stitched through the center of each set and then added some adhesive foam under the top hearts so they couldn’t lie flat.

I added in some coordinating colors of tangled thread in a few places to add some more “messiness,” color and texture… my favorite things!

I mixed and matched the title using both sets of Pinkfresh Studio Puffy Alphas.  This title was perfect for these photos of my daughter attacking me with a big kiss!  I tucked in Chipboard Sticker and another puffy leaf stem sticker.

I kept the hearts theme going and embellished with some Pinkfresh Studio Puffy Stickers and Dimensional Layered Stickers.  They are both in the Embellishment Kit.

It’s amazing what a little big of dimensional adhesive can do to a layout!  I love how the hearts pop off the page.

One more close-up of all the fun details!

I hope this inspires you to give a rainbow color scheme a try.  And if you have some punches, you can totally create a die cutting machine look without using one!  Be sure to check out my process video here for more details.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I'll see you again tomorrow :)

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Pool Fun / Cheeky Studio Guest Designer

It's the Weekend...yay!  I have a new layout to share.  I am one of the February Guest Designers for Cheeky Studio, and I received lots of beautiful bright floral elements to play with.  I couldn't resist doing some fussy cutting and making a pool page :)  All of the flowers around the photo were on patterned paper or cut apart sheets.  I created a big floral cluster to tuck my photo into.  I also used a floral cluster cut file from Cheeky Studio as a big design element.  I cut it on white cardstock and then used Shimmerz and gelatos to color it.

To create this background, I glued the plain cut file to my white cardstock background.  I coated all of it with clear gesso to prep the surface.  I sprayed some blue and green Shimmers sprays right onto it and then spritzed it with some water.  I tipped the paper to let the colors run and blend together and then let it dry.  I came in after it was dry with some gelatos.  I smudged the color down and blended it with my fingers.  You can see more how I did this in my process video down below.

I love these beautiful colors!  Fussy cutting does take time, but I think it's always worth the end result.  I love using bright pinks, yellows and greens with my pool photos.  There is always so much blue in the photos, so the other colors pop against it.

Here you can see how awesome the gelatos look against the textured cardstock.  I made sure not to glue down the edges of the flowers so I could bend them up.  This gives them some more dimension and depth.  I also added a Cheeky Studio flair button here on the pink flower.  I decided to add more detail with a little bit of hand stitching on some of the flowers.  I show how I did this in my video.

One of the last things I added was a variety of sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps.  I love how they add even more texture and color.  I did add some tangled thread as well.

I love pool photos...have I ever mentioned that?  Haha...I just love the colors in them!


Here is another cute cut apart's so true about my girls!

And one more just because :)

I absolutely love how this turned out.  These colors just make me happy!  I hope you enjoyed it and got some fun ideas to try.  A huge thank you to Tuesdae from Cheeky Studio for having me this month!

Here's my video:

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