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 :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Beauty in the Everyday Details / Hip Kit Club

Happy Tuesday :)  Here's a new layout for Hip Kit Club featuring the 2018 November Hip Kits.  I wanted to create a light and airy page using lots of patterned paper.  I began with the black and white text paper from Jen Hadfield, and I tore a big chunk of it to use on the top half of the design.  I tore a few more Heidi Swapp papers as well as one of the Heidi stencils.  I layered all the torn edges to create some fun and messy dimension and texture.  I glued these to a sheet of white textured cardstock and then smudged down some white gesso behind where the photo was going to go and over to the right behind the cluster.


I used one of the floral Heidi Swapp stencils on the background here.  I scraped some modeling paste over it to create some really bumpy texture.  I painted over it with some the Shimmerz Paints from the Color Kit as well as a few from previous Color Kits.  I decided to stick with a pink and yellow/gold color scheme.  Here you can see lots of products...including some of the Heidi Swapp die cuts and stickers as well as some of the exclusive puffy stickers and acetate leaves.


I love these big gold Thickers!  I bent this one to give it a slight arc...they are very easy to bend and curve.  I finished the title with some of the exclusive small alphas and a fun puffy floral sticker with some thread under it.


Do you ever tear your papers like this?  It creates texture and dimension without even trying.  I love how uneven it looks.


I fussy cut this floral cluster from a Project Life card and layered it in under the photo along with a Heidi Swapp vellum die cuts.  I really love these exclusive acetate leaves...this golden color is gorgeous!  Here you can see lots of splatters I added using the Shimmerz.


I went back a few Color Kits and sprinkled some Shimmerz Inklingz Miner Miner 49er here...it's a gorgeous gold.


This pretty shimmery color is from last month's Color Kit...Sunflower.  Very yellowy/golden and very shimmery in the light.  The pink colors I used are Creameez Good Ol' Summertime and Spritz Cotton Candy.


I used a black fine-tip Sharpie for my journaling.


I used one of the Jen Hadfield wood veneer circles in the cluster over on the right as well as another of the Heidi Swapp stencils.  I cut the flowers up and used them as layers.  I love the white!


I hope this inspires you in some way.  I had fun making it...as always :)  Check out my video here if you're interested...



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


Saturday, November 24, 2018

Using Older Supplies / Yeah Yeah Summer Vibes

Happy Saturday, friends!  I'm back today to share a new layout I made using up some older supplies.  I pulled out the Studio Calico Print Shop paper pad that I've had sitting on my shelf for years.  I pulled two papers to use as my background.  I was in the mood to create a summery mixed media page, so I did just that.

I tore the pink and yellow paper and attached it to the black and white tiny grid paper.  I smudged down a lot of white gesso to prepare the papers for the liquid sprays and paint.  It also gave me some white space to work with.  I hadn't planned on going "grungy" with this page, but it just sort of took that turn.  I embellished with pieces from the Basic Grey Highline collection, some Vicki Boutin die cuts, some Crate Paper Good Vibes pieces and some MAMBI stickers.


I used lots of Shimmerz on the background here.  I love that you can still see some of the grid background through the color.  I pulled out some of my older wooden stamps here and stamped them on the background.  I mixed and matched the title with some Basic Grey chipboard, some Vicki Boutin Thickers and a "vibes" die cut.  I traced around the black Thickers with a white pen to make them show up a bit more and then stitched through the letters with blue thread.


The first thing I did behind the photo is create a painted frame onto the background.  I used some light blue acrylic paint mixed some blue Shimmerz.  I scraped it down with a palette knife and made it look messy and uneven.  I also splattered some of the paint around with a brush.  I did wind up machine stitching around the frame with some black thread.  I used a lined wooden stamp here to create some sketchy lines on the background as well as a flower stamp.  I used the black paint to create the black splatters and then added in some black clear MAMBI stickers.


I raised the photo up by layering a Crate Paper pom pom frame under the right side and some adhesive foam behind the rest of it.  I sprayed some white cardstock pink and used it as a layer behind the photo as well as a black & white polka dotted bag from my stash.


I printed my photo in black & white so it would pop against all the background colors.  I love this look because everything stands out and doesn't blend together.


I did add some adhesive foam behind the YEAH chipboard piece to add some dimension, and I used a few of the Basic Grey stickers on top of the photo.


Here are a few more close-ups...



I created a cluster over on the right combining more of the same pieces.  The blue strip is a piece of  a Project Life card I had left over from a Hip Kit Club kit.  I really love how all these colors & pieces look together.


This was so much fun to put together!  I hope it inspires you in some way or at least gives you some ideas to try on your next page.

I have a process video here if you're interested:



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

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Grateful Love / Hip Kit Club

Hey, friends!  I have a new layout to share today for Hip Kit Club featuring the 2018 November Hip Kits :)  Our theme this week is Family/Gratitude.  I used one of this month's free cut files (available on the Hip Kit website).  I played around with the placement of it and eventually decided to place it on the bottom left side, kind of crooked and running off the page.  I used some soft pink cardstock from the Cardstock Kit as my background.  I used some white gesso first and then came in with the Shimmerz from the Color Kit.  I also used a few colors from previous Color Kits.  I used the packaging technique as well as my brush to add splatters.

These photos are of my husband and daughter at their school's Thankgsiving Dinner a few years ago.  I printed them in color because they have mostly neutral colors in them and worked well with the kits.


Once the background was dry, I lightly glued down the cut file and then machine stitched through each letter with navy blue thread.  I love the color and texture it adds.  I used some of the Heidi Swapp vellum and paper die cuts as well as some of the exclusive leaves from the kits.  I love the colored acetate leaves!  These blue ones are gorgeous.  I also used a few of the exclusive black clear phrase stickers.


I used a few Project Life cards as layers behind the photos as well as some tissue paper from my stash.  Here you can see more of the vellum and acetate pieces.  I punched a circle from one of the woodgrain Project Life cards here and added an XO clear sticker.  I noticed I had a few more circles on the page and wanted to add one to this area of the page.


These adorable wood veneer pieces are also exclusive this month, and they have adhesive on the back.  And gold foiling!  What's not to love?  :)


I love creating mixed media backgrounds like this to show through cut files.  Sometimes I like to back cut files, but I left this one open.  I cut it on one of the Heidi Swapp patterned papers.  At first it was a bit too dark, so I smudged some white gesso over it to soften it up.


I love these matte gold Thickers.  They are nice and big and perfect for titles.  I layered this one over the bottom of the photos and tucked in some dark blue thread under it.


I wanted a bit of a pattern behind the pink cardstock, so I crookedly sliced off some of the cardstock along the top and right side.  I attached one of the exclusive patterned papers behind it...a beautiful blue and white gingham pattern.  I machine stitched around the edges with gold thread and created a small cluster in the upper right corner.  I fussy cut this pink flower from a Heidi Swapp paper and layered in some leaves, a circle die cut and some thread.


And one more close-up of all the details :)


I really love how this turned out, and it was fun to make.  I've said it a million times, but these kits are always amazing.  They make it so easy to put together great pages!  I have a process video here if you're interested.



Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week :)