Friday, August 22, 2014

She Explores / My Scraps & More

Happy Friday, friends!  Our first week back at school is over, and my girls really enjoyed it!  Thank goodness tomorrow is Saturday and we can sleep in a bit.  This week has been crazy trying to get used to getting up early again.  All in all, it has been a great week, though :)

Have you seen the latest sketch on the My Scraps Sketch Blog yet?  It's definitely different and challenging but really fun!  I panicked at first...but once I got an idea in my head it went pretty smoothly.  The triangular design was the toughest part for me.  I decided to use the MeOlogy line from Fancy Pants on this.  I used a 6x6 Crafter's Workshop stencil and modeling paste to create the parallel lines design.  After it dried, I put the stencil back down and used acrylic paints to paint the lines different colors.  Once that dried, I traced around each one with a black pen.  I think it turned out pretty neat!

I also added some gesso to the background and used some green acrylic paint to add some messy splotches to break up the white space.  I also added some stamping and some black splatters.

I know I sound like a broken record here, but layers are just so much fun to create!  You can layer just about anything...not just the papers.  Layer die cuts.  Layer Thickers,  Layer flair!  It's all good!

More layers....I added some washi and thread here.  And just by adding pop dots, that little pink bird now has a little shadow behind him.  I love that depth and dimension that is created.

Okay, here's a close up of the painting and paste.  Kinda messy up close, but I like it that way.  It was an experiment, and at first I said to myself, "what the heck are you doing?  this looks hideous."  But I kept working at it and now I like it :)  It's out of my comfort zone and something different, but that's the beauty of a challenge, right?!

Here's the sketch....I hope you give it a try!

If you play along, be sure to upload your layout HERE.

Thanks so much for visiting me today!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

How Do I Love Thee? / Chickaniddy Crafts

Hey there!  I hope your Wednesday is going well so far :)  Today, I'm sharing a layout inspired by this month's gorgeous Pinspiration Mood Board over at Chickaniddy Crafts.  This project was shared on the CC blog last week.  This gorgeous flower bouquet jumped out at me, and I was immediately drawn to the beautiful colors.

I pulled out the beautiful Date Night collection and started fussy cutting these flowers.  I knew I wanted to recreate the bouquet around my photo.  I printed the photo in black & white so it would pop against the corals and oranges.  I've also been wanting to use the numbers in this collection, so I worked them in here.  I layered all the flowers under the photo layers and added a fun circle die cut and some thread.

Here you can see all the dimension.  By layering shapes on top of one another, you can get really nice depth to your layouts.  I went a little layer crazy here...I tried to incorporate lots of different things here, and I really like how it turned out.  I love mixing up the alphas in my title, and this was a good time to use lots of different ones since it's a longer one.

Another angle of the layering.  I really love tucking things here and there, and I love how my vellum printing turned out.  I just ran it through my printer, and it worked great!

I used more little stickers, a few brads and a sentiment sticker here at the bottom.  Sweet and simple :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderful week :)

Supplies Used: DN140S10 Backwoods Lovin', DN140S01 Awesome Blossom, DN140S08 Wallflower, DN140S12 Plaid Is Rad, DN140S07 Spiffy Tags, DN14EB01 Alpha Stickers, DN14EB02 Sticker Sheet, DN14EB03 Mini Sticker Banners, DN14EB04 Mini Sticker Tags, DN14EB06 Brads; Other--Liquitex Gesso, Silhouette Cameo, Stampendous Ink, Pop Dots, Thread, Recollections Vellum, Heidi Swapp Color Shine, Studio G Washi Tape

Monday, August 18, 2014

Natural Beauty / My Mind's Eye

Happy First Day of School!  Also known as Monday.  Today I have a layout to share that I created for My Mind's Eye.  It was up on the blog last week.  I have been wanting to scrap some photos from Reese's 5th Birthday photoshoot for a while, but the colors in her clothes have made it difficult.  It's like a pinkish-purplish color.  I decided to use the Necessities Wood collection to really make the photo pop.  I had this idea in my head, and I'm pleasantly surprised that it actually turned out like I imagined it.

I went through the 6x6 paper pad and selected several patterns.  I found this beautiful flower design in the Silhouette store and used those papers to back the cut outs.  All the woods are very neutral and muted, and they allow the photo to really shine, which was what I was going for.  I embellished with the wooden shapes, brads, glitter tape, alpha and word stickers, cord and the big monogram letters.

Here's a close up of the die cut, the cord and the layers.  You can see by building up layers, you're able to add things like cord and tape underneath it all.  Plus, the dimension and texture is so cool!

I love the wooden pieces in this raw and natural.  And they're adhesive and stick really well.  I cut "beauty" on my Cameo and added "natural" by using the small alpha & word stickers.

More brads, wooden pieces and grey thread to finish off this side of the layout...

I hope this inspires you to give this Necessities Wood collection a try.  I didn't think I'd like it at first, but clearly I was wrong :)  I love how it allows bright colors to really be showcased.  I definitely recommend trying it.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Love These Moments / My Scraps & More

Happy Friday, friends :)  This is our last weekend before school starts on Monday...I think I might be in the minority here when I say I'm actually going to miss my girls when they go back!  I've enjoyed having them home with me the past few months.  We've been working on getting up early the past few days...and even I'm having trouble doing it...haha :)  Once you get used to sleeping in, it's hard to break that pattern.

Anyway, today I'm sharing a layout I created a few weeks ago for a challenge over on the My Scraps & More boards.  Our Got Talent contest is winding down at the end of this month, and then we'll be back to our regular daily challenges.  For this challenge, the rules were to use stamps to create an embellishment.  I used a circle heart stamp from Jillibean Soup.  I stamped it a few times in different colored inks, cut it out, added pop dots, and that's it!  A handmade embellishment :)  I also created one using the "hello life" stamp, but I can't for the life of me remember what brand it is.

I used some gorgeous My Mind's Eye products for's a mix of Necessities Wood, Record It and Now and Then.  There's also some American Crafts goodies thrown in the mix.

I know I say it every time, but I just love layering.  I don't think I could create a layout with layers!  The "love" part of my title is a Cameo cut.  I used white cardstock and then watercolored it the pink to match.  I layered in some AC Mayberry die cuts as well as some chipboard from Cut & Paste.  My big white circles were cut from my Cameo and I backed each one with MME papers.

I just love the color mix here.  That green is from the watercolors I added to the wood background.  I'm kind of obsessed with watercolors....but you probably already knew that...haha :)

Another angle of the layering and you can see where I added gesso to the background.  And that cute arrow paper clip was from a clearance pack at Hobby Lobby several weeks ago.  You just never know what you may find while browsing around!

Thanks so much for stopping by today :)  I hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A little sneak for Chickaniddy Crafts

Hey there, friends!  I have a layout up over on the Chickaniddy Crafts blog today.  It's based on our August Pinspiration Board.  Here's a little sneak peek at my page.  You can see all of it HERE.

I hope you have a wonderful day!  Thanks for popping in :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It's Rough Being 2 / Hip Kit Club

Oh, the days of little toddler temper tantrums!  Haha!  My sweet Paige is now five, but in these photos she was only two.  And in her defense, we were stuck and stranded waiting on her pediatrician in those tiny little doctor rooms.  We waited and waited and naturally she got antsy.  Of course a whiny fit was bound to happen.  I almost had one myself...haha!  What to do when this happens?  Break out the camera and snap away, of course :D

This is my fourth layout using the July Kits from Hip Kit Club.  I really wanted to use the October Afternoon sheet with all these cute speech bubbles, so I fussy cut a lot of them out.  They seemed to go perfectly with her facial expressions :)

I used the Sweet Cherry Heidi Swapp Color Shine (included in the Color Kit) and my own Mister Huey's Water Coolor and Gold Color Shine to make my messy background.  I'm really loving squirting the color onto plastic packaging and then using that to press it onto the paper.  I added splatters, too.

I love these speech bubbles!  I used pop dots on a few to really create a fun layered & dimensional look.

That big 2 is from the Teresa Collins chipboard sheet from the kit, and I mixed up my alphas using Thickers and little Lily Bee stickers.  I did add in my own washi tape in several places.  I think I used four different tapes!

More Teresa Collins chipboard and stamps from Simple Stories.

This was a fun kit to work with.  I know the August kits are already out!  I really enjoyed this one because it was made up of things I didn't already have.  It challenged me to work with colors I don't normally choose, and the papers really gave me fun ideas (like the speech bubbles).

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Creative Scrappers #275

Happy Sunday, scrappy friends!  It's time yet again for another amazing reveal over at Creative Scrappers!  I tell you, I just can't get enough of these sketches.  I'm always so inspired by them, and I always love what I created based on them.  Check out the latest one!

Here's what I came up with.  I used goodies from the July Kit from Hip Kit Club.  I started with some white cardstock.  I used the Heidi Swapp Color Shine and the Ingvlid Bolme Chalk Ink to create the background.  I used some plastic product packaging to smudge it everywhere.  I just sprayed some of the Color Shine onto the plastic, added a bit of water, and then laid the plastic down onto the cardstock.  It created a messy watercolor effect.  Then, I stamped the chalk ink onto the plastic, added water, and did the same thing.  I added a bit of Mister Huey's Water Coolor color (from my stash) to the blue in the background as well.  VERY fun way to make a messy background :)

I layered some Teresa Collins papers, some vellum and some chipboard elements around my photo.  I just love how it turned out...I really love the colors mixed together.

I just love adding thread to my projects...I love the look and texture it gives.

Lots of layering going on here!  You can't have too many layers...even with chipboard :)  I cut my title on my Cameo and messily (is that a word?!) outlined it in black pen.

A close up of the background paint job...I love that the texture of the cardstock shows through so well...LOVE that so much!  The "Love" border stamp is one I got from Michael's last year in a Valentine's Day stamp set from Recollections.

Be sure to head over to the Creative Scrappers blog and check out the rest of the DT's inspiration.  You should definitely be able to get some ideas of how to use this awesome sketch!  And don't forget to upload your layout for a chance to win a prize from Pinkfresh Studio!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!