Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Joy / Shimmerz Education Team

Hey, friends!  Today I have a layout to share for the Shimmerz Education Team using a stencil and lots of fun Shimmerz Paints.  I love using Shimmerz to create my own embellishments and big statement pieces for my pages.  I used a leaf stencil for this that I found at Michael's.  I combined some Dazzlerz and Texturez to create some dimensional and textured leaves.  I used a palette knife to scrap the texture paste over the stencil.  I combined Dazzlerz Pucker Up Pink, Lemon Drop & Spun Sugar with Texturez Crushed Coral and Mari-Gold Digger.  I also sprayed a bit of Coloringz Pretty in Pink and Vibez Sweetheart.  After everything dried, I fussy cut the leaves out...and these beautiful leaves were brought to life.

They turned out so pretty!  They're shimmery and shiny with lots of fun texture.  I adhered them to the background with a bit of glue and then machine stitched with gold thread down the centers.  I scattered some SpiegelMom Scraps sequins all around the page as well.

Look at this bumpy texture!  I love it!  I pulled out some papers and embellishments from the Illustrated Faith Gratitude Documented collection to add a bit more.  I used some papers for layers behind the photo and a few die cuts.

I just love all this dimension going on here.  The leaves really look life like with all the texture and pretty color.  For my background, I decided to add some blue shades.  I used some plastic packaging with Vibez Jeni B Bleu & Snow Way Man and Coloringz Mama Sings the Blues.  I splattered and added lots of fun dots.  I also added in some beautiful gold using Inklingz Miner Miner 49er & Old Yeller.  I even used a gold pen to write my journaling.

I hadn't even planned on using the Illustrated Faith collection, but I noticed it matched the leaves.  It was the perfect addition, and I think it ties everything together.

Creating these leaves was really easy.  If you can scrape paint over a stencil, then you can totally do this with any shape!  And any color scheme you want.

Here's one more close-up just because :)

I hope this gives you some fun ideas to try with your Shimmerz Paints.  You could also try with with some of the ink sprays.  So many possibilities!

Be sure to check out my process video to see these leaves in action:

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Supplies Used:
Dazzlerz--Spun Sugar, Lemon Drop, Pucker Up Pink
Texturez--Crushed Coral, Mari-Gold Digger
Vibez--Sweetheart, Snow Way Man, Jeni B Bleu
Coloringz--Pretty in Pink, Mama Sings the Blues
Inklingz--Miner Miner 49er, Old Yeller

Monday, November 20, 2017

Family Together / Elle's Studio Guest Designer

Hello again, friends!  I'm back again to share my second layout as the November guest designer for Elle's Studio. For this page, I used the November Kit and the Family Fun collection. As I was sorting through the papers of the collection, I noticed how beautiful and bright the colors were, and decided to create a rainbow color scheme to scrap this photo of me, my sisters and our grandma. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out some open block letters to spell FAMILY and used some of the patterned papers to back them. I used one of the Family Fun Puffy Stickers as a secondary title, and I love how the script looks against the block letters. I centered my photo and embellished around it.

Backing cut files with paper is one of my favorite techniques, and it’s really easy! It’s a great way to get lots of color and patterns on your page without it being overwhelming or too busy. I stitched through the word with my sewing machine for added texture, then added blue tangled thread and adhesive foam under the puffy “together” sticker from the Family Fun Puffy Stickers. I love the dimension this creates!

The Family Fun collection has the best die cut pieces in the Bits and Pieces! I just had to use the two beautiful flowers on both sides of my photo. I used one of the 3″ x 4″ Family Fun Double-Sided Journaling Tags behind my photo to add a pop of orange, and I also added a touch of pink with the little heart die cut. I wanted to add a bit of something more to the background, so I did a little stamping using the open plus sign from the Family Fun Stamp.

I used the dotted paper from the Family Fun 12″ x 12″ Paper Collection as my background, but I wanted to fade out some of the black dots, so I covered a lot of the center with white acrylic paint. Once that dried, I used some aqua and bright blue ink sprays with plastic packaging to create the watercolor look. I wanted to add some pops of red, so I reached for some of the small die cuts from the November 2017 Kit, like the “moments like this” speech bubble I added right on top of the photo. I also added a bit more stamping using the Family Fun Stamp above the picture.

I just adore the cute acrylic shapes in the Family Fun Acrylic! I loved how this yellow heart looked down by the title. The rainbow letters really pop off the page, and the photo pops as well with the black and white. I added some black, pink and yellow splatters around the page to finish things off.

I really love how all of these colors and pieces came together.  The good thing about using all the colors is you can pretty much work in any of the embellishments and they'll match :)

I hope this inspires you in some way! This layout was fun to make, and it shows how versatile the kits and collections are. I’ll take a rainbow color scheme any day!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Making Spirits Bright / Hip Kit Club

Hello again!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Hip Kit Club.  This is my first page using the beautiful 2017 November Hip Kits...and they are FULL of pretty Christmas goodies!  There are a lot of Pinkfresh Studio products as well as a lot of Hip Kit exclusives.  For this page, I was inspired by one of the exclusive 8x8 patterned papers from the December Documented Kit.  It's full of little ornaments, and I decided to fussy cut them all out and make a few little strings or banners.

One of the Pinkfresh papers has these cute light strings on it, so I tore the top half off and adhered that to some white cardstock.  Before arranging the ornament strings, I used some Shimmerz Paints from my stash to add some watercolor behind my photo.  I also used a bit of light pink and some gold Color Shine.  Those did not come in the Color Kit...those are from my own personal stash.  I arranged the ornaments across the page and then stitched through them with grey thread.  I love how they turned out!

I added some tissue paper and adhesive foam under my photo to raise it up off the page a bit.  I added a few Pinkfresh die cuts on both sides of the photo, and I fussy cut the red & white scalloped border piece from a December Documented Card.

Aren't these ornaments adorable?  I knew right away they needed to be cut out :)  I used one of the Pinkfresh die cuts as my title, and I tucked it under some of the ornaments.  I also added in some tangled gold thread and scattered around some of the exclusive sequins.

Many of the die cuts have gold foiling on them, and they just shine in the light.

I created a little cluster under the title here using a sticker from Crate Paper, some exclusive Puffy Stickers, another sequins, a wood veneer button and fussy cut tiny tree.  I tried to bring in all the colors that were scattered around the page.  I also wrote my journaling with a gold metallic pen.

I cut and curved this sentiment sticker to make it fit on this line of lights, and I love how it looks!  It fit perfectly between the red bulb and the bird.

Here's one more close-up of the top area. I tucked in a striped label die cut as well as a few Project Life Cards under the photo for layers, and the "JOY" sticker is from Crate Paper.

This was super fun to many pretty things to choose from.  It was hard to get started :)  I will be back next week with a layout using the Main Kit only, so stay tuned for that :)

Here's my process video if you'd like to check it out:

Thanks so much, and I'll see you soon!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Tis the Season to Sparkle / Thermoweb

Hey, friends, and Happy Weekend!  Today I have a fun & festive holiday layout for Thermoweb to share using some of the Gina K. Designs Fancy Foils and some Simple Stories Oh What Fun goodies.  I wanted to create a page with a wintry feel, so I used colors that reminded me snow and ice.  Although what you don’t see is my daughter not wearing any pants because, in Florida, it’s usually still hot at Christmas…haha!

I began with the cut files I used, which are a block font and the scripty word “sparkle.”  I found this quote on Pinterest and thought it was perfect.  I used some of the Simple Stories papers and one Carta Bella paper to back the letters with.  I knew I wanted to add some “sparkle,” so I used some of the Gina K. Designs Fancy Foils to add some shine to it.  I cut it on white cardstock, and I used the iCraft Deco Foil Adhesive Pen to add glue to it.  This pen is super easy to use and a great way to add foil if you don’t have a laminator.

After you use the pen, let it dry until the glue is tacky.  You simply place the foil on top of it (foil side up) and press over it with your fingers.  When you peel it back, the foil will stick to the glue.  The pen is great because you can easily control how much you want or only in a certain area.  I combined the Gina K. Designs Fancy Foils in Sparkling Silver and Turquoise Sea here.  I glued down just parts of it with the iCraft Mixed Media Adhesive so the ends would curl up off the page and overlap the photo.  I added a few of the Simple Stories stickers around the page and also a few vellum snowflakes.

Here you can really see the beautiful shine from the foiling.  On my background, I mixed some light blue and white acrylic paint and used a palette knife to smudge it down.  I wanted a soft and light color to really make the other colors pop off of it.  The photos really stand out, and the foil shines so nicely against it.

Backing these letters with patterned paper was a quick and easy process.  The fun part is sorting through all the papers and finding the perfect piece to add.  This is a great way to get a lot of color and pattern on a page without it being too busy.  I machine stitched through the letters here with silver metallic thread.

With all the color going on, I wanted to add something to the background without it being overwhelming or distracting.  Vellum to the rescue!  It’s perfect because it’s so light and it just gives a subtle hint of the snowflakes.

Here’s one last close-up of the beautiful foil.  I love how it turned out!

I hope this inspires you to create something fun and shiny for your next project.  Get your hands on the iCraft Deco Foil Adhesive Pen and see how easy it is!  Be sure to check out my process video to see the pen in action!

Watch my process VIDEO below…

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

Friday, November 17, 2017

Hello / Paige Evans DT Sticker Book Layout

It's Friday....yeah!!  Today I wanted to share a layout I created for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring her new 30-page #Sticker Book.  Everything on this page came from the Sticker Book!  I combined all the circle stickers to create a fun and colorful background.  I also used one of Paige's cut files called Hello Circle Frame available in the Silhouette Store.

I stuck all the circle stickers to cardstock first and then cut them out.  I wanted to be able to move them around, so that made it easier.  I even cut around the edges of the parts of the circles that were left on the sticker sheet and used those as open circles.  I jazzed up the white cardstock background using some Shimmerz Paints and some Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine.

These stickers are fantastic!  And there are so many of them.  I just clustered all the circles together and added in some smaller ones.  I used some of the small black and white alphas here and combined them with a piece of a sticker.  I cut "beautiful" from another sticker.  There are also a lot of clear colored stickers.  All of the stickers are from Paige's latest two collections:  Turn the Page & Oh My Heart.

I used a few of these cute clipboard stickers as layers behind the photo.  Again, I stuck them to cardstock first and cut them out.  I layered in more circles as well, and I also tucked in some tangled thread.

I just adore all of these colors together!  I love how they look so soft around the photo.

I added my journaling down at the bottom and added a border sticker underneath it.  I used one of the planner stickers to write my date.

Here's one more close-up of the top area of the page.  I used one of the clear stickers here, and I just stuck that one right onto the background.

I hope this inspires you to give the #Sticker Book a try.  There are a TON of stickers in here, and you can clearly create a layout using it all by itself!  You can also find them at and Hobby Lobby.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hooray for Today / Paige Evans DT

Hey, friends!  I'm up on the blog today for the Paige Evans Design Team, and this week we are featuring leaves on our projects. I knew right away I wanted to use Paige’s Dipped Leaves cut file available in the Silhouette Store. I also went for a softer color scheme for this so I chose three lighter patterned papers from the Turn the Page collection: Paper 01Paper 16, and Paper 23. I cut several leaves in each color and heat embossed the ends with gold powder. I wanted to create the idea of leaves falling all around the photo so I scattered them around the page. I used several floral stickers from Paige’s new 30 page #StickerBook to embellish.

I did some watercolor work on the white background using some pinks and corals and I used quite a bit of gold Color Shine. I used the packaging technique and created lots of splatters with my brush. I lightly glued down the leaves and machine stitched through some of them using gold thread. They turned out beautiful! All these pink floral stickers are from the new Paige Evans #StickerBook.

I used the scraps from the leaf cut files to add layers behind my photo. I distressed the edges and tucked in some light pink thread for added color and texture. I highly recommend heat embossing. It really makes these cute leaves sparkle!

I used more of the leaves to create a cluster on the left side of the page. I used a Turn the Page Chipboard Sticker here as well as more florals from the #StickerBook. I also hand cut some leaves from some of the Turn the Page Ribbon and machine stitched through them. The gold looks so pretty against the cream crochet leaves. I tucked my title in here, which is a combination of Turn the Page Thickers#StickerBook alpha stickers, and a fussy cut “hooray” from an Oh My Heart 6x6 Paper Pad paper. I finished the page off with using a gold pen to write my journaling.

I just kept snapping close-ups of this gorgeous's so shimmery and beautiful!  All those pink and gold splatters....sigh.

Here you can see how the machine stitching adds such great detail.  You could also hand stitch, and that would look fantastic as well.

Leaves are great for adding dimension because you can curl the ends up off the page like this.  Just glue down the stem and you have instant dimension.  Even if you stitch through the centers, don't go all the way to the top and the edges can still curl up.

One last close-up.  I'm so glad I enjoy fussy cutting...haha!  It allowed me to create this fun title, and it's always fun to mix and match your fonts and alphas!

I hope you’re inspired by this page! This is the perfect season to use leaves on a project and there are so many possibilities. Be sure to check out Paige’s cut files in the Silhouette Store for even more inspiration! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll check out my process video:

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

Monday, November 13, 2017

Christmas Morning / Elle's Studio Guest Designer

Hello, friends! Happy Monday :)  I’m super excited to be the November guest designer at Elle’s Studio. Today I am sharing a Christmas layout I created using the November 2017 Kit along with a bit of the Family Fun collection. The November Kit is full of red and green holiday goodies, so I decided to scrap a cute picture of my daughter jumping on her trampoline on Christmas morning.

I used a white cardstock background and cut some of the snowflakes in white from this month’s Digital Cut Files, to create a tone-on-tone look, lightly spritzing them with gold ink spray. I also used the three large wood veneer snowflakes from the kit, which I heat embossed with gold embossing powder to make them sparkly. I used gold, green and aqua watercolor sprays on the background to create a fun and artsy backdrop for all of the snowflakes.

Here you can see all the gold shine. The wood veneer embossed beautifully, and I love how they turned out. I created a cluster down here under the photo using some die cuts from the November Kit as well as the Everyday Banner Stickers. I also used a few of the Christmas Puffy Heart Stickers in a few places. To add some finishing touches, I machine stitched with metallic gold thread around the page.

Check out the dimension from the die cuts! It’s fun to not glue down every inch of them so the edges will curl up off the page. Aren’t those puffy hearts so adorable? I wanted to use them all, but I also wanted to save some for future projects! I wrote my journaling with a gold pen. I think it added the perfect touch.

There are a lot of beautiful journaling tags in the kit, and I used a few of them here behind my photo as layers. They give hints of all of the colors used on the layout and make the photo stand out from the background. I also added some tissue paper and adhesive foam from my stash for extra dimension and texture. I added this fun star die cut from the November Kit and topped it with a white puffy heart sticker and some stitching. I love that there are touches of aqua here and there to add some extra fun colors to the traditional red and green.

I decided to create a long vertical title along the left side of the page using the Stanley Alphabet Outline Stamps. They are amazing, and since these are open letters, I was able to watercolor inside of them. I used a small brush and some aqua and blue watercolor to fill in the bottoms and create some shading. I fussy cut those circles from a 3″ x 4″ journaling tag in the November Kit and stitched them down on the left side.

Here's one more close-up of the beautiful gold embossing.  It's a great way to add some sparkle and shine to just about anything.  These big wood veneer snowflakes were perfect for this!

I hope this gives you some fun ideas to try using the November Kit and add-ons! There are so many fun products to work with, and it really got me into the holiday crafting spirit! Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you again next week!