Monday, December 9, 2019

Holly Jolly / Pinkfresh Studio

Hello again, friends!  I'm back with a new layout for Pinkfresh Studio.  Although my YouTube channel is STILL down, I do have a video of this one up on the Pinkfresh Studio Channel...yay! 

I used lots of Pinkfresh Studio goodies on this...the Home For the Holidays collection, the Pine Bough Square Cut File, the Liquid Watercolors & the new Ink Cubes.  I began this page with the cut file.  I cut it on white cardstock twice.  I left one white and used the mini Ink Cubes to color the other one.  The Ink Cubes are awesome for using as watercolor, and it's really easy to do.  I just stamped the cubes onto some plastic, added water and then used a brush. I decided to layer the plain white cut file under the one I colored, and I just love the texture and dimension that created.

I used the Liquid Watercolors on the background.  I covered the white smooth cardstock base with clear gesso first and then used some plastic packaging as well as a brush to apply the color.  I also stamped a bit on the background.  I used some leaf stamps from the Abstract Builder Stamp Set.


I used a mix of red and pink to color the berries, a few brown shades for the stems, and a couple of green shades for the sprigs.  I did add gesso to the cut file first...this made the painting go a lot easier, and the colors blended together a lot easier.  My photo here had a lot of open space on the right side, so it was the perfect area to overlap the berries.


I went simple with the title.  I used the white puffy alphas from this collection and hugged them tight to the photos.  I machine stitched through them using white thread.  I used a silver metallic pen to write my journaling.


I tucked in a few die cuts on the left side of the other photo as well as a bit of patterned paper as a layer.  I wanted to pull in a bit more of the darker navy blue, so I tucked in some tangled thread in a few places.


I love working with leaves and sprigs like this...they are just made for dimension.  I only added glue to a few spots here so everything would bend and stand up off the page.  You can also see a cute little blue puffy bird sticker that I tucked in there.


I added a dark blue "joy" sticker here at the top as well as more puffy alphas and blue thread.


I took a lot of detail shots, so here are all the fun angles of the dimension and texture.





I love how this turned out!  I hope it gives you some fun ideas to try.  How often do you begin your pages with a cut file?  This one determined how the entire design played out.  I love using large cut files like this because it pretty much just gives you a space for your photos.  The rest is embellishing.

Be sure to check out my process video HERE.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Santa Baby / Hip Kit Club

Happy Weekend, friends :)  Here's my newest layout for Hip Kit Club featuring the 2019 November Hip Kits & December Documented Kits.  I wanted to start with one of the exclusive cut files for this month, so I used a few of the patterned papers, a bit of pink cardstock and some of the gold dotted vellum to back the words.  I cut the design on white cardstock, and I decided to add some silver to the snowflake and "baby."  I used the Nuvo Glimmer, and that stuff is AMAZING!

I used an exclusive patterned paper as my background, and I coated a lot of it with white gesso.  I added lots of the Lindy's Magical Powders from the Color Kit to create lots of red and pink.  I also used some blues from previous Color Kits.  I decided to use both metallic silver and gold on this page, and I love it :)


Look at this silver glittery shimmery goodness!  I just smudged this on with my finger.  It's very easy to use.  This Nuvo Paste is in the December Documented Kit.  You can see my adhesive foam that I added behind the cut file to pop it up off the page.  One of my favorite things...dimension!


I sprinkled the red and pink powders onto the paper, spritzed it with water and then let them run and spread.  I waited for them to dry and then came in with the blues.  I used the Jen Hafield Gold Glitter Spray to add the gold splatters.  It's identical to Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine...get some now!  I added more of the silver Nuvo Paste to these die cut snowflakes, and I also added some red and pink tangled thread here on the side of the photo.


I always thought that I'd only use silver OR gold on a page, but here I am being a rule breaker...haha!  I like them together.


Here I embossed one of the wood veneer die cuts with the Moxy Embossing Powder.  It's magical watching the heat gun melt the powder...it gets so metallic in seconds.


I used a few of the exclusive puffy stickers and cardstock stickers in a few places.




I used a Pocket Life card as a layer behind my photo.  I embellished around it with some of the puffy stickers and leatherette stickers.  I didn't want to use any green on this page, so I tried to use lots of the pink and aqua pieces.


And one more :)


I hope this inspires you today...these kits are overflowing with holiday goodness!  It's so hard to pick and choose what to use each time.

My YouTube channel is still down....boooooo.  However, I am still able to upload to the Hip Kit Club Channel, so there is a video for this page over there!  Go HERE to see it :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Love Adore / Paige Evans DT

Hey, friends! Happy Wednesday :)  I'm here today with a bright and colorful layout for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring Paige’s Truly Grateful collection. I also used her Flower Corner cut file and her Sunburst Rays stencil. I know it’s coming up on Christmas, but I don’t think there’s ever a bad time of year for a rainbow color scheme!

I began this page by cutting the Flower Corner cut file on white cardstock using a Silhouette Cameo 3. I backed it with several papers from Truly Grateful. I used Horizon Paper 14 as my background. The purple color was perfect. I smudged a lot of white gesso down using a palette knife and then used a rainbow variety of gelatos. I just scribbled down color, added a dot of water, and then used my fingers to smudge and blend the colors around. Backing the cut file was pretty simple. It’s a technique that I love doing, especially with flower cut files.  I made sure to use different colors on the background that were different from the flower above it. I added splatters later on using different Shimmerz sprays.


I've said it a million times, but I just love these bright rainbow colors so much.  I created some dimension here by adding some adhesive foam under the cut file.


I wanted to add a little something extra at the top behind the photo, so I used the Sunburst Rays stencil. I used a foam ink blending tool with a yellow Distress Oxide to create the rays and then fussy cut a small sun from Paper 14. I went light on the embellishing and kept it tight around the photo. I used a few birds from the Epoxy Stickers. I also tucked in matching colors of tangled thread which creates wonderful texture.


I added the title above the photo and I mixed and matched an Epoxy Sticker with a Puffy Phrase Sticker. I liked how the title looked here as opposed to down where the flowers were. I felt like the title would’ve gotten lost on top of the flowers. Here at the top they stand out.


Here are more close-ups:



I highly recommend gelatos if you've never tried them.  They are so easy to use, and they smudge so easily.  I always use my fingers...I get the best results that way.




I hope this gives you some ideas to try on your next layout. I’m always in the mood to scrap summer colors even in December!

I'm still waiting on my YouTube channel to be fixed...ugh.  No news yet :(


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


Monday, December 2, 2019

Joy / Pinkfresh Studio December Challenge

Another Monday is here...already!  Where is the time going?!  The Pinkfresh Studio December Challenge is up over on the blog, and I wanted to share it with you along with the layout I created for it.  It's all about the holidays, and all of the festive colors are in the Home For the Holidays collection.


I used all the pretty colors as well as the Home For the Holidays collection.  This Christmas Tree cut file is available HERE.   I decided to shrink the trees down and I cut two of them.  Instead of backing them with patterned paper, I used the Liquid Watercolors.  I mixed a few blues and greens together on some white cardstock and used that to back the trees.  I backed the small ornaments and candy canes with papers.  I also used a lot of the Liquid Watercolors on the background.  I tore a big chunk of patterned paper to go across the top of the background and then smudged a lot of white gesso over a big area of it as well as the white cardstock.


I fussy cut a lot of these cute little trees from another patterned paper to layer around the cut file trees.  I popped a lot of these images up off the page using adhesive foam.  I just had to add in this adorable little deer puffy sticker :)


I used lots of the blue Liquid Watercolors here on the background.  To get the white, I watered down some white acrylic paint and used a brush to splatter it around.  I also smudged a little bit of it on the trees to add some "snow."  I tucked in some blue thread and added some yellow enamel dots from the collection.


I love this big "joy" puffy sticker...it was perfect for the title.  It was just the right size and color.  I added a "filled with wonder" sticker over it, and again, it was the perfect pop of blue for this area.  My journaling fit perfectly under the title area.  I used a gold metallic pen.


I love mixing nontraditional colors with reds and greens like this.  It still has the Christmas vibe, but it's just a little more festive, I think :)  I did add some gold ink splatters at the end because I think all holiday pages should have some sparkle :D


I tucked in a little more thread here on the left side and added a "Merry" epoxy sticker.


Here are more close-ups...



I love the texture of torn paper :)


I hope this inspires you to play along with us this month!  Go HERE to see the other inspirational projects from the DT.  You should join in because you could win a $50 Gift Card to the Pinkfresh Studio Store!

Thanks for stopping by, and I'll see you again soon.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Christmas Holidays / Hip Kit Club

Happy Weekend, friends!  I'm back today to share a new layout for Hip Kit Club.  I used the 2019 November Hip Kits & December Documented Kits.  There are a ton of exclusives this month.  I started this page with all those little die cut trees from the Color Kit.  They come white, so I used lots of the Lindy's Stamp Gang products to color them.  I used a mix of the red, pink and green that come in the kits this month as well as the Jen Hadfield Gold Glitter spray.  It's almost identical to Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine, so YAY for that!

I used white cardstock as my background, and I coated it with clear gesso first.  I pulled out some blue Lindy's sprays from older Color Kits to create the blue on the background.  I also splattered some watered down white acrylic paint to create "snow" and more of the gold spray.


I did add gesso to the trees before adding color.  It just allows for more blending and shading.  I mixed in a little white paint also before they dried.  I really love how these turned out!  I used a big chunk of the large gold glitter scalloped ribbon here as well, and I stitched through it using gold thread.  The kits also contain a set of holiday die cut frames from Pretty Little Studio.  I didn't use the actual frame, but I fussy cut this tree & flowers from one.


There is an entire pack of beautiful die cut flowers...lots of poinsettias.  I created dimension here by adding adhesive foam behind the photos and tucking in some thread.


I love using nontraditional colors for Christmas pages.  Too much red and green gets overwhelming for me, so I like to use them sparsely.  Also, using different shades of those colors helps a lot.


This Christmas piece here is actually from a die cut.  I just fussy cut around the edges and mixed it with some of the exclusive puffy word stickers.  The Holidays alphas are actually black, but I painted them with white gesso and then added some of the Gold Glitter spray.  I stitched through it once it was dry.  I added a few more stickers under the photo and then wrote my journaling at the bottom using a metallic gold pen.


More pretty die cuts here at the top...



And one more up close photos of all the details:


I hope this inspires you in some way today :)  There are SOOOOO many things in the kits this month.  I don't think I'll ever run out!  More apologies for not having a video again...my channel is still down and being investigated.  I feel pretty lost without it.  Hopefully it will be resolved soon....this is driving me crazy!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!