Tuesday, May 26, 2015

It's a Sister Thing / CREATE Magazine

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I have another layout to share with you today.  It's another layout for Scrapbook Generation's CREATE Magazine 2015 May issue.  This one was for the My Favorite Things feature.  I used a few stamps, stencils and dies from MFT, and let me tell you they are awesome!  I LOVE the quality of these products. 

Be sure to download your FREE copy of the magazine HERE so you can see what the other Design Team members created with their products.

I used two different stencils and used pink and yellow distress inks over them.  I used my mini ink blending tool.  I love how the pinks and yellows blended so nicely together.  Then I used those same inks spritzed with water on plastic packaging and smudged them over it all.  I then came in with the stamps and some black Archival Ink.  I love the random look to it all, and the black really pops.


These dies are so fun to play with!  I just ran them through my Cuttlebug with white cardstock.  I did add several paper and vellum layers behind my photo, and I did a lot of machine stitching.


I just love this pink color...oh my goodness.  I think it looks so pretty up next to yellow and orange.  And with my "made from scratch" background I was able to pull some REALLY old random patterned papers from my shelves to use.


I mixed up my title and added a messy paint streak stamp under it.  You could really do so many things with those stamps!


Here's a look at the background.  It's really not that hard to do...mostly because it's random.  Just don't be afraid of messing it up....just go for it!


And lastly, one more close-up of the upper right corner.  I added in tangled thread circles around the page as well.


I hope this inspires you to get a little random with inks and stamps!  It really is fun :)

Here are links to the products I used:

Diagonal Bars Stencil
Stencil Grid Stencil
DC Trendy Triangles Stamps
DC Abstract Art Stamps
Die-Namics LLD Accent It - Celebrate
Die-Namics LJD Rustic Hearts

Have a great day!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

This Grin / Hip Kit Club + a Process Video

Hey, friends!  I've been a busy bee this month...and I have another layout to share for the Hip Kit Club using the 2015 May Kits.  The very first item I picked out for this layout was the bright blue and white star paper from Chickaniddy.  I hadn't used any of it yet, and so I wanted to make it a primary element in this layout.  At first, I didn't plan on using any yellow...but you can see that changed. 

After I got my background papers where I wanted them, I smudged down some white gesso and then went over it with some of the Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink and the Lemon Twist yellow Paint Dabber.  I also used two of the small American Crafts stencils once that was dry.  The Chickaniddy stamps (the open triangle) also made it onto this page.


Here you can see the mix of alphas and chipboard used to create my title.  I layered the enamel "Awesome" on top of the big ampersand from Pink Paislee.  I really love how the background looks here, too.


Here's a look at the top layers.  I added some blue machine stitching, some tangled thread, and I painted the wood veneer with the Electric Lime Paint Dabber.  These kits have so many possibilities!


These orange triangles were made using one of the AC stencils.  I pulled some orange ink from my stash and used my blending tool to make them.  And since distress inks react with water, I used a few drips to smudge the triangles a bit.


And one more close-up of the title area.  I did trace around GRIN with a pink pen to make it pop out a little more.


Here's the process video of this layout from start to finish if you'd like to watch.  Enjoy!


Make sure to check out all the awesome kits over at the Hip Kit Club...the June kits should be coming soon, and they're gorgeous!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

More Jillibean Soup Guest Designer Projects!

Hey, friends!  Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  We have no plans except to play with the girls in the pool.  Sounds good to me! :D

Today I wanted to share my other two projects I created for my Guest Design spot at Jillibean Soup earlier this month.  I used the Saffron Yellow Pepper Soup collection to create this page.  The background paper is from the Soup Staples III line.  There are a lot of umbrellas and rain elements in this line, and these pictures of me and my friend Jennifer getting caught in the rain at Universal Studios were perfect.  We wound up getting caught in a huge downpour right in the middle of the Harry Potter part of the park, so we found ice cream to take away the blues...haha!

I started with a triangle stencil and some gelatos.  I also added in some watercolors and inks.  I wanted to add in some yellow and teal into my background, so the watercolors and inks are perfect for that.  I added several patterned papers behind my photos and then added some machine stitching.  I decided to use the die cut "I've got Sunshine on a cloudy day" as part of my title....and then added in "also known as ice cream" because we all know that ice cream IS sunshine...haha!


I used some of coordinating stamps throughout the page.  I also threw in some tangled thread.  I cut "ice cream" on my Cameo and used some {} Thickers from my stash.  Here you can also see the mixed media pretty well.  I love the splotches!


Here's a look at the top right.  That today stamp is part of the collection.  I love the pops of yellow here.


I used one of the tab stickers here on the side.  I love how these triangles turned out.  I like that they sort of have an edge to them, yet they still look kind of faded and messy.


One more close up of the title area.  Pop dots sure make a huge difference, don't they?  I love all the dimension here.


Here's the second card I created.  I love how it turned out!  I used a sunburst stencil and some Distress Ink in Mustard Seed.  I just blended it with my small blending tool.  Then I added a little bit of blue watercolor and let it dry.  Then I just added in a few stickers and some tangled thread.  I colored the wood veneer flower yellow and glued it down.  I did add pop dots under the sentiment.


Thank you so much for your visit today!  I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Jillibean Soup Guest Designer

It's Friday!  Yay!  Earlier this month, I had the honor of Guest Designing for Jillibean Soup.  I made two layouts and two cards, and today I'm sharing one of each.  I was thrilled when I made the list of Guest Designers last year.  For this layout, I used the beautiful Summer Red Raspberry Soup collection.

I started by using a square punch to create a grid design full of patterned paper squares.  I adhered them and stitched them down with my Brother.  Next, I came in with a little bit of gesso and watercolors to add a bit of messiness behind my photo.  I used a few pieces of patterned papers to layer behind my photo and then embellished around it with wood veneer, stickers and die cuts.


Here you can see how some of the squares aren't lying flat...that's because I added the watercolor there.  I like how it does this...it adds a bit more dimension.  I added in some tangled thread in between my layers here.


I love using my Cameo to create part of my titles, and so I cut the word "joy."  I used some of the Mini Alphas in the collection as well.


Here's one more look at the stitching and the watercolor.


Here's one of the cards I created.  I'm not the greatest card maker, so I just approached this like I would a layout without a photo.  I used the triangle placemat as a stencil and blended some Peacock Feathers Distress Ink over it.  I hand cut the wonky circles from patterned paper and then punched the large center one.  I used some white gesso to blend out some of the color right behind my die cut title.  Some thread finished it off.  I used the Saffron Yellow Pepper Soup collection for this.


Thank you so much for looking today!  I'll be back in a few days to share my other two GDT projects here.

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Turks & Caicos Sunset / CREATE Magazine

Happy Thursday, friends!  Have you seen the 2015 May issue of Scrapbook Generation's CREATE Magazine?  Here's the link if you'd like to download your own free copy.  It's FULL of gorgeous scrapbooking and crafting inspiration...319 pages!!  I'm so excited to have three layouts, one card and one tag published in this issue.  Today, I'm sharing one of my layouts.


Paper House was one of the manufacturers featured in this month's issue, and several of the Design Team members were sent product to create with.  I received a beautiful beach line.  I pulled out an old photo of me and my husband from 2005.  We took a Spring Break trip to Turks & Caicos.  Talk about perfection....I sure wish I could go back!

I wanted to use all of the fun beachy colors in the papers, so I created a fun pie chart design and backed the open spots with papers.  The fun palm trees were perfect for this island page and the cork stickers were so cute.  I added a little bit of gesso and mist to the background.


Here's closer look at one of the pie charts.  I added some machine stitching for more texture and interest.  My alphas are from my stash...they're October Afternoon.  I cut "sunset" on my Cameo.


I really loved the small square filtered photos with paper clips...they look like little Instagram photos.  And these little sticky epoxy buttons were the perfect pop of color to add in.


One last look at these fabulous palm trees...they're very realistic and match this collection perfectly.  I'm so happy I had some island pictures to document!


Be sure to check out the magazine...there are SO many amazing projects in there.  And I'll be back to share my other projects.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sister Selfies / My Scraps Sketch #106

Hey, friends!  Have you seen the latest sketch over on the My Scraps Sketch BlogAna Castro designed it, and it is nothing short of awesome!  Honestly, if I wouldn't have seen this sketch, I would never have come up with this layout.  And I really LOVE how it turned out.  You simply must play along with us this month!!

Check out this sketch...the film strips are SO cool!


Here's what I created.  I hardly EVER start out with colorful cardstock, but this just sort of happened.  I started with cutting some film strips in black cardstock on my Cameo.  I pulled out the Simple Stories Snap! Life Documented collection, and the turquoise blue color jumped out at me for some reason.  I only have the 6x6 Paper Pad and the embellishments, so it was perfect for this.  I only need some papers for my layers and then stickers, brads and chipboard pieces to embellish.


I did add some white gesso to my background and then came in with some Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.  I used the same ink with a foam blender through a My Favorite Things square stencil to add a little more interest to the background.  I felt that I didn't need a whole lot of mixed media for this.  I love the small nature of everything in this design.  The stickers and this chipboard camera are my favorites!


I love these clear stickers...they come in black and white.  They just fit so perfectly in these little open spots of the film strips.  I added in lots of little bits and pieces throughout the page.  And I cut "Selfies" on my Cameo.


Here's a look at the subtle square pattern created with the ink and stencil.  I also love the addition of the tangled thread and the stitching.


One last close up of the title area.  I used white tissue paper under my photos as part of the layers.


This was SO much fun to put together!  I love that it's different than what I usually make.  You should definitely give this sketch a try...it's my favorite so far, I think :)

Go HERE to check out the My Scraps Sketch Blog and play along!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Still Us / My Mind's Eye

Hey there, friends!  I have a new layout to share today for My Mind's Eye.  I used the new Fancy That collection.  It's designed to be a wedding line, but I made it work for a romantic love-type layout.  If you love blush, black, grey and gold, this collection is for you.  This line was a challenge for me to use because I'm so used to bright colors all the time.  I do love the gold touches and the pretty blush colors...very classic, I think.

I did add a bit of distress ink to the background before adding my layers and embellishments.  I used quite a bit of various products here.  I used some of the 3x4 Journal Cards and a Photo Overlay for the layers behind my photo and only one piece of patterned paper.  The rest is chipboard shapes, rub-ons, die cuts and stickers.


I love these transparent photo overlays...especially the ones with gold touches!  They make awesome layering pieces.  And the Journal Cards are fun because they're already cut and great for tucking in behind a photo.


This line has some cute acetate die cuts like this Happy circle.  I added some rub-ons here as well as some stickers and chipboard.  I tacked it all down with some stitching.


Shiny gold is always a good thing, right?  I think so :)  I love how this chipboard looks layered together.  It made a great spot for the tangled thread and all these fun elements around the cluster.


One more close-up of the title area.  I combined some white Thickers with the gold alphas.  I love the dimension of the chipboard flower piece...thank goodness for pop dots :)


Be sure to check out the NEW My Mind's Eye blog!  It's still being worked on, but it's up and running now.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a great Tuesday :)