Tuesday, February 21, 2017

No One Will Ever Be / Paige Evans Design Team

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend :)  I'm excited to share my newest layout for the Paige Evans Design Team...woo hoo!  The theme this week is Stamping.  Did you know there is a cute little Acrylic Stamp set in the new Oh My Heart collection?  I used three of them on this layout...the tiny hearts inside some of my letters, the three bullet dots and the three lines for my journaling.  I'll talk more about those later.

I used Paper 01 as my background paper.  That teal color is just beautiful, and I thought it was a great contrast to all the other colors.  I used most of Paper 10 and some of the 6x6 Paper Pad papers to cut all those fun letters on my Cameo.  I just cut a bunch of 2x2 squares, stuck them to my cutting mat and then cut one letter per square.  I found this awesome quote on Pinterest...it fits this picture of me and my sister perfectly...haha!  Yeah, we're just a pair of goofs!


I added some white gesso first to my background paper...I just used my fingers to smudge it until it looked faded.  Then I added some Shimmerz Paints in blue, aqua and pink to create those watercolor areas.  I arranged the quote like I wanted it and decided where my photo was going to go.  After sticking down each letter, I machine stitched through each one with some light pink thread.  I did minimal embellishing since the quote itself was quite colorful and busy.  I used some of the Sticker Book stickers and some Chipboard Stickers.


I used some tissue paper from my stash as well as a few pieces of 6x6 papers to layer under my photo.  I used a few strips of the washi tapes from the Sticker Book above and below the photo as well.  I can't get enough of Paper 06...that gorgeous floral paper!  I fussy cut a few flowers from it and layered those in here, too.


Here you can see the fun stamps I mentioned earlier.  These are perfect for lists...and you could totally use these in a planner or on a calendar or even for art journaling.  I love how it allows you to break up your journaling and makes it easier to read.  Instead of a long paragraph, you can break it up and make it more of a list.  I just wrote down some funny memories about me and my sister here...and it worked out great!


Here you can see the dimension...I added some adhesive foam under my photo and it gives some lift.  I love the washi tapes from the Sticker Book!  They appear to be transparent before peeling them up, but they actually aren't.  You can see this pink scalloped piece looks great on the teal background paper.  I wish I had a ton more of that washi paper!


Here's one more look at the quote...and the cute little heart stamps in the centers of the letters.  It comes in a vertical row of three hearts, actually, but I just added ink to one and used it as the center point for all the big letters.  Such a cute detail!


Here's my process video for this layout...I hope you enjoy!  Thanks for watching!


Thanks for stopping by, friends, and have a great day!


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Love Your Face / Simple Stories

Happy Saturday, friends!  The weekend is here...yay!  Today I wanted to share one of my newest layouts for Simple Stories.  I used the beautiful new Love & Adore collection.  I think it's probably one of my favorite lines in a while...the colors, the patterns...all of it :)  As soon as I saw the Sealed With a Kiss paper featuring all those big XOXOs, I knew I had to cut some of them out and create a design with them.  I used the Crazy For You paper as my background paper.  I love that deep red/pink color, and the other colors just pop right off of it.

I decided to create three rows with the XOXOs and place my three photos in each row.  I used a lot of white gesso on my background first and then added a lot of Heidi Swapp Color Shine and Shimmerz in yellows, blues and pinks.  I also added some black splatters.


The embellishing came together pretty quickly and easily for me after I had the XOXOs figured out.  I  machine stitched through each row with black thread and used lots of die cuts, stickers and chipboard around the photos.  I used a sticker from the 4x6 Stickers and a die cut to create my title.  I thought it was perfect for these sweet and silly pictures of my little goosie!


Around each photo, I added some heart die cuts & stickers as well as some flowers and tangled thread.  I added tissue paper and foam adhesive under them to give them some dimension.


I love the black and white scripty word chipboard pieces...they were so perfect for this layout.  I think the black and white really pops against all the pinks, yellows and blues.


I think my favorite thing about the Simple Stories chipboard is that it isn't super thick.  It adds depth to the layout without being super bulky.


I hope this gives you some inspiration...I truly love this collection and think it is just adorable!  I do have a process video for this layout if you'd like to check it out...


Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Maho Bay / A Flair For Buttons

Hey there!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for A Flair For Buttons.  I was in the mood to scrap something bright and tropical, so I pulled out this amazing photo of the beach in Maho Bay, St. Maarten.  We went there in December 2015, and this beach is the coolest!  The airport is on the other side of the shore, so the planes come in really low.  It was such a neat experience!

I used the new Amy Tangerine On A Whim collection for this and paired it with two flair from the Tropical Flair Set.  They were a perfect match!  I created my large title in my Silhouette software using a font called Beyond the Mountains. I welded the letters together and then did an offset to create an outline.  What this does is it cuts the outlines of the letters instead of the middle of them.  This allows me to back the open areas with patterned paper.  I used a sandy colored cardstock as my background.  I smudged a lot of white gesso down in the center of the paper and then came in with lots of blue Shimmerz as well as some gold Color Shine.  With all the bright colors in the papers, I wanted to really have the look of sand and water on the background.


I've had this flip flop flair for so long, and this was just the layout for it.  The only paper not from On a Whim here is this blue paper, which is from Michael's.  I needed that pop of bright blue, and I love how it matches.  I did add some foam behind my title to give it some depth, and I added some tangled thread in here as well.


Here's the other flair.  I overlapped it onto the edge of the photo along with some tangled thread.  That is a cute pineapple die cut layered in there, which is perfect for my tropical photo.


Those pretty flowers are from the clear sticker sheet.  I stuck them to white cardstock and them fussy cut them out so I could place them here.  Plus, since they're clear stickers, adding them to white keeps their true colors without blending into whatever color it's stuck on.  I love the shadows created by the dimension!


So I thought gold was the perfect addition here...these gold clear stickers were perfect!  Here you can also see the gold Color Shine on the background.  I used it with some plastic packaging and also added splatters.


I added more gold at the top here...I can't get enough of the metallic shine!


Here's the Tropical Set from the store:





Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Be sure to visit the A Flair for Buttons Etsy Store and check out all the amazing flair!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Love Love Love This / Hip Kit Club

Hello there and Happy Tuesday!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend :)  Today I'm sharing another layout for Hip Kit Club using the 2017 January Hip Kits.  I was inspired by one of the exclusive patterned papers...the one with the blue and white triangles. I decided to go with that shape and I cut several triangles out different sizes.  There are specks of orange-red and light yellow in the paper, so I made that my color scheme.  I tore a big chunk of white cardstock to place on top of my background paper, which is another exclusive paper.  I smudged a lot of white gesso over all of that...you can see how some of the plus signs are faded.  I used one of the cut triangles to trace some over the background, and then I used some of the Teal & Pink Heidi Swapp Texture Paste from the Color Kit to paint in those triangles.  I just added a bit of water to make it more liquid and painted it on with a small brush.  Once it all dried, I hand-stitched around each one with matching embroidery thread.


I love how all the triangles turned out.  You can really see the texture of the cardstock showing through the texture paste.  I place the paper triangles in random places and then machine stitched through the tops of them with white thread. I left the strings hanging just to add to the messy factor.  I also did a little bit of plastic packaging with some Shimmerz and gelatos and then added some grey splatters.  I also added in some of the exclusive washi tape and some sequins from last month's kit.


I decided to repeat "Love" three times for my title.  I used some of the Pink Paislee Moonstruck Puffy Stickers, the big One Canoe Two Hazelwood "love" cork piece and the Hazelwood "love" sticker from the Sticker Sheet.  The "this" wood veneer is an exclusive piece this month.  I added some tangled thread here as well.  For the cork piece, I covered it with white gesso and then used a gelato to add some blue shading to it.


Do you ever tear your papers?  I love tearing them sometimes, and I did that to this cardstock.  I like that it's uneven, and the way the edges curl up makes it look dimensional and fun.  I added some of the Hazelwood enamel triangles here and there, too.


Here's another angle...I really love how those triangles turned out!  I'm so glad I hand stitched around them...such a great detail.


I used some of the Project Life cards behind my photo for layering, and then I used a few pieces of the washi tape as well.  I finally used one of the gold metallic clips here, too.


Here's my process video if you're interested in watching how I made this.  I hope you enjoy and get some fun inspiration!


Thanks a bunch for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Sunday, February 12, 2017

I Love You / Bella Blvd

Happy Sunday, friends!  Today I'm sharing my newest layout for Bella Blvd.  Our theme last week was LOVE, of course, and we featured the Illustrated Faith You Are Loved collection.  The focus was on using the Gift Tags.  I used four of the circle tags here, and I also fussy cut the word "LOVE" from another tag.  There are so many uses for tags...and you don't just have to use them on gifts.  I love turning them into embellishments!

I used the Exclusive Kit Collection Bonus Paper as my background.  I love the light soft pink watercolor wash on it and those fun black dash marks.  I saw this beautiful circle heart cut file from Just Nick and knew I had to use it for this page.  I cut it on the beautiful pink Eden paper and then used papers from the 6x8 Paper Pad, Gift Tags and other various papers to fill in the circles.  I used my circle punches a lot.  I added black thread to the tags and raised them up using adhesive foam.


I usually back cut files from behind it but these circles worked perfect right on top.  I love that a lot of the pink is still visible around each one.  I tend to cut big files like this on white, but I love how the pink looks here.  I love all these colors and patterns...oh my goodness!  I chose a black & white photo since I knew it would pop against all those bright colors.  I used a few bits of patterned paper behind it as layers.


Here's a close-up of one of the tags.  It was the perfect item for this circle, and to keep it in true tag fashion, I added the thread.  I also used some of the Clear Stamps from this collection.  I stamped "i" for my title.  It fit perfectly in that circle!  Some of the circles I did back from behind...you can see a bit of both in this photo.


Here's where I cut "LOVE" from another tag.  It makes a great title piece!  I also stamped "you" from the stamp set.


Here's another tag raised up with foam adhesive.  I also added some tangled thread under my photo as well as a cute red heart sticker. I did add white gesso to my background before adding in some pink and orange watercolors.


The piece at the bottom of the photo that says "I Love You" is part of a tag, too.  I layered in a few die cuts here and more tangled thread.


I hope this inspires you to pull out your gift tags and get creative with them!  You never know what you may come up with!

Have a great day!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

I Love Us / Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Happy Weekend, friends!  I'm excited to share my very first layout for the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Design Team today :)  I used the gorgeous Make A Wish collection for this.  If a collection was ever made to suit me, this is it.  All the bright colors and gorgeous patterns...be still my heart!  And even though it has a lot of birthday themed things in it, it is very versatile and can be used in so many different ways.  I just received my DT box of the new Wild At Heart collection, and it is simply stunning!  I'm still over the moon excited that I received a box all the way from Australia!!

Okay, so for this layout, I used one of the Cocoa Vanilla cut files.  I repeated the XO a few times and created a design and then welded it together in sort of a vertical / diagonal design.  I knew I wanted to place my photo in the upper right corner, so this created a space for it.  I used papers from the collection to back all those lines in the XOs.  I love how it turned out!  I did a little bit of watercoloring on the background to soften up all the white and keep it light and airy looking.  My photo has a lot of white in it, so I wanted to keep it in color.


Backing cut files like this does take some time, but it's always worth the end result.  I think using white as a base like this for the cut files allows all those other colors to really pop.  I machine stitched through each row once I was finished backing.  I added in several die cuts and stickers as embellishments, and my journaling fit nicely over on the lower right.


I love tucking in die cuts, and the florals in this collection are just gorgeous.  They have a watercolor look to them, and the colors are just beautiful.  I also used one of the flair buttons here, which I layered right on top of the photo with some tangled thread.  I also used one of the chipboard pieces...that pretty pink and white frame.  I also used some label-type stickers as layers.


I went simple and subtle with the title since the page is filled with big XOs.  I used the alpha sticker sheet for this and it fit perfectly right in this space.  There is another cluster under that consisting of die cuts and stickers and even a little vellum heart.


Speaking of vellum...check out these gorgeous flowers!  There is a whole pack of vellum die cuts, and these flowers...oh my gosh!  They are amazing.  I had to layer a few here under my photo.


Here's my process video showing how I made this from start to finish if you're interested to watch.  I hope you enjoy!


Thank you so much for watching and for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Friday, February 10, 2017

You Are My Bright Side / Paige Evans Design Team

Happy Friday, friends!!  I'm so ready to get this weekend started...woo hoo!  Today I'm sharing my newest layout for the Paige Evans Design Team.  I am seriously in love with her new Oh My Heart collection.  It contains all my favorite things...bright colors, amazing patterns, lots of fussy cutting opportunities...flowers, hearts, scripty words...you name it.  I knew right away I wanted to fussy cut out the hearts on Paper 02.  It's filled with a rainbow array of little hearts, and so I got busy cutting some of them out.  I had an idea of making them look like confetti coming out from behind my photo, so that's what I went with.

Our theme this week is LOVE, so to celebrate that, I scrapped this photo of me and my husband eating lunch at a beach shack right on the water in Aruba.  I love the colors in the photo, and these papers complimented it perfectly.  I used Paper 04 for my background.  That gradient inky blue is so gorgeous.  I already had a lot of pink in the layout, so the blue is a nice contrast.  I cut a giant wonky heart on the blue paper using my Cameo and then used white cardstock behind it.  I used some Shimmerz Paints from my stash to create a rainbow wash of color behind the hearts.  It dried a little too bright for what I wanted, so I went over it with some white gesso to fade it out a bit.  It was the perfect backdrop for all those hearts.


The fussy cutting did take some time, but these are easy shapes to cut.  Plus the end result was totally worth it :)  I placed them closer together at the base and then dispersed them out wider as they went up.  I used a few die cuts from the Ephemera pack as layers behind my photo as well as some of the flower cluster die cuts.  I also added a bit of tangled thread under there.


I'm obsessed with these colors...ahhhhh!  I tried to bring in all the colors down here in this cluster.  I used a very colorful tag as a layer and then added in another flower die cut.  That yellow flower is from the Chipboard Stickers, and there are a few Puffy Stickers in there as well.  I fussy cut a few of the scalloped borders from Paper 17 to used here as well.  My journaling fit right underneath there.


More hearts....sigh.  I love the added navy blue color here.  Here you can see that I machine stitched around the heart using pink and orange thread.  I originally was going to use all the colors, but I liked how it looked with just two outlines.  I used another chipboard piece here above the photo.


The upper left part of the big heart was wide open, so I created a cluster here.  I used several die cuts, chipboard pieces and puffy stickers.  I love that ticket piece, and so I used that as my title.  Again, I brought in all the colors here for this cluster.  I like to try and repeat the colors used in each of my clusters and finish it off with some tangled thread.


Here's my favorite part...the process video!  I hope you enjoy it and get some fun ideas.



Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful weekend, friends!