Friday, December 14, 2018

Trees / Hip Kit Club

It's Friday...yay!!  Today I'm sharing my newest layout for Hip Kit Club using the 2018 November Hip Kits.  The December Kits have been shipped and are on their way.  I'm stalking the front porch!  My assignment for this week was to use cut files, so I chose this awesome forest of trees.  This is one of the Freebie 12 Days of Giving cut files available over on the Hip Kit website.

I cut the trees on patterned paper but wound up covering up most of the pattern.  I added some white gesso first and then used some green Shimmerz sprays from my stash.  I added the Vibez Deep Blue Sea from the Color Kit, and that mixed with the greens created the perfect dark forest green color.  I wanted to match the deep greens in the photos.  My background was pretty simple to create.  I coated the white cardstock with clear gesso first and then used Shimmerz Creameez Ride the Tide to create a light blue color wash.  I wanted a light sky behind the trees.  I watered down some white acrylic paint to splatter down some snow.  Even though we live in Florida...haha.


I also splattered on some of the Inklingz Miner Miner 49er for a pop of gold shine.  I wanted to go soft with embellishments to contrast against the dark green, so I used some light pink pieces from the kits.  I used a Project Life card behind the photos and added a heart die cut.  I also added some of the small gold dots from the Thickers sheet.


I created a cluster beneath the photos here.  I love these Heidi Swapp stencils...I fussy cut this flower from one.  I wanted some color under it, so I tucked in a few Heidi die cuts as well as some of the blue exclusive acetate leaves and pink & blue thread.  I also tucked in a few exclusive puffy stickers and some Heidi gold foiled stickers.  I went simple with the title and kept it short since there really was no room left for a big one.


Gold shimmer!  I will never get tired of that :)


I tucked in another tree here...this is the cardstock I cut them on, and this one here is one of the negative pieces.


Even though it doesn't snow here, I love creating it on my winter pages.  Plus it's so easy to splatter acrylic paint!


I also added one of the exclusive banner die cuts here on top of the photos as well as some of the gold Thickers.  I love those leaves!


Ahhhhh texture and dimension is the best!


And one more close-up...


I hope this inspires you in some way!  It's a fun challenge to make a Christmas page out of non-Christmas products.  I do have a video here if you're interested...



Thank you for dropping in!  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Holly Jolly Holiday Hop / Holly Jolly

Hey, friends!  I'm excited to be participating in Ashley Horton's Holly Jolly Holiday Hop over on YouTube.  A bunch of crafters have holiday layouts up on their channels today, and there is so much awesome inspiration.  Ashley is offering this adorable cut file set, and you can find the link to get it on any of the designers' channels.  My video is HERE


Here's my layout :)  I pulled out some older stash from my shelves.  This is the My Mind's Eye Sugar Plum collection.  I used a lot of the washi tape to back the big Holly Jolly cut file.  I also used a few washi tapes from my stash.  I simply applied the tape to some scrap cardstock and cut it to fit behind the letters.  I used some clear gesso and lots of pink and gold Shimmerz on the background.




I love how a messy mixed media background looks behind a cut file like this.  It has such a cool effect when you can see it peeking through.  I added some adhesive foam behind the cut file to create some dimension and added a bit of thread here and there.



I wanted a bit more gold, so I machine stitched around the O here before attaching it to the background.  I also added some glittery gold enamel dots.


This beautiful "believe" piece was part of a print meant for framing, but I fussy cut it out and used it as an embellishment.  I love all the glittery gold!  And the font is awesome.


I fussy cut these trees from one of the MME patterned papers.  I also added a sticker and more patterned papers behind the photos as well as some green thread and enamel stars.


I love all this dimension!  I added a chipboard piece down at the bottom and then wrote a bit of journaling in gold pen.


More trees, thread, stickers and stars on this side :)


Look at this kid's face...haha!  She is the silliest little thing.  She makes me laugh with her goofiness!  I added a cute chipboard piece here between the photos and added some thread at the top.


Here are a few more close-ups...I always take too many :)



I really had a great time making this...I hope you are inspired!  I hope you use this awesome cut file on your next holiday page.  Be sure to watch my video here, and then hop around and watch all the videos.  I have all the links listed in the description box below my video on my channel.



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

Friday, December 7, 2018

Happy For Christmas / Hip Kit Club

Happy Friday, friends!  It's the weekend...yay!  I'm back today with a non-traditional Christmas layout for Hip Kit Club using the 2018 November Hip Kits.  I like using pinks and golds for the holidays, and so that is where I began with this page.  I fussy cut some of the large flowers from one of the Heidi Swapp patterned papers in the Main Kit and used some of the Shimmerz from the Color Kit to paint them.  I used the Good Ol’ Summertime and Sunflower and added in a few other colors.  I also painted some of the leaves using some green inks from my stash.  My background went through some changes.  At first I tore some patterned paper strips and glued them down.  I covered it all with white gesso and then decided I didn’t really like it.  So I pulled up the paper strips, and they tore.  It left a really cool texture on the background, so I went with it and added more of the Shimmerz to it.


The fussy cut flowers turned out so shimmery, and I love how the edges curled up when they dried.  I tucked my photo in between the flowers, overlapping the leaves on top of it.  I also tucked in a few of the wood veneer leaves and pink acetate leaves.  I used an exclusive puffy sticker here as well as some of the acetate leaf stems.  This cute Christmas tree cut file is a FREEBIE!  I cut a few of them on vellum and layered them in.


Here you can see some of the fun background texture that I created by mistake…haha.  I used one of the large gold foam Thickers for my title under the photo.


I also used a few of the black clear exclusive stickers in a few places on the layout.  I really love how the dimension turned out…so many details popping off the page in different places.


Here are a few more close-ups of the details…




I finished the title by adding in some of the small exclusive puffy alpha stickers and then wrote my journaling in metallic gold.


I did add one of the Jen Hadfield dimensional stickers here on top of the photo.


Do you enjoy making non-traditional Christmas layouts?  Or do you prefer using red and greens?  I like to do both, honestly.  This one was fun to make, and I hope it inspires you!  I have a process here if you’d like to check it out:



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


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Just Because / Paige Evans DT

Hello again, friends! I'm back today with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring the  Whimsical  collection. I cut Paige’s Flower cut file using multiple patterned papers in three different sizes with a Silhouette Cameo for this page. I created a vertical scattered design with the flowers creating a bright rainbow effect. I pulled the rainbow striped background paper from the Whimsical 12x12 Paper Pad. I covered a lot of the left side with white gesso first and then used my palette knife to scrape on several colors of spray inks.


Once the background was dry, I glued the flowers down lightly so the edges could pop off the page. I placed the photo down towards the bottom half of the page and embellished around it. I layered in some the Chipboard Stickers and stickers from the Sticker Book. I wanted to stick with the flower theme, so that’s what I chose to layer in. I used a purple frame from the Ephemera Die Cuts as a layer behind the photo as well as some white tissue paper. I really love how the mixed media shows through the die cut flowers.


I have been waiting to use one of the Tassel Paper Clips and this layout was perfect for it! I clipped the yellow one on the bottom of the photo and then overlapped a Sticker Book sticker on top of it. I used the Chipboard Thickers for my simple title. I just love all of the patterns and colors! I machine stitched through them for some added texture.


Below the title I added a border sticker from the Sticker Book as well as a Rub-On phrase. I used the Sticker Book again to create this little flower cluster to the right of my journaling. To finish it off, I added a big butterfly from the Ephemera Die Cuts and a few butterflies from the Rub-Ons then stitched trails from them.


I love using cut files like this because you can get lots of patterned papers on your page in small doses.  All of these colors make me so happy!


I created this fun border here by applying one of the Rub-Ons onto some scrap white cardstock and cut it out.  That is a great way to turn your Rub-Ons into embellishments that you can move anywhere on the page.  Behind my photo I layered in a purple frame from the Whimsical Ephemera Die Cuts and a scrap piece of patterned paper that I used to cut the flowers.


This is one my favorite effects to create...letting the background mixed media show through the cut file shapes.


Stitching butterfly trails is such a fun detail...nice and subtle and lots of texture.


One more close-up of all the pretty colors :)


I hope this gives you some fun ideas to try on your next page using Whimsical! This one was really fun to create. Be sure to check out my process video for more details!


Thank you so much for stopping by :)


Thursday, November 29, 2018

My Sunshine / Birds of a Feather Guest Designer

Hey, friends!  I wanted to share another layout I created a few months ago for the November Birds of a Feather Retreat.  I can't share any specific details about how I created it since I made it for a paid class, but I wanted to share it along with the close-ups.  I used the Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Willow Lane collection.



I hope this inspires you in some way...it was a pleasure making it.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Have an awesome day :)