Thursday, May 17, 2018

I Heart Her / Shimmerz Education Team - NEW COLORS!

Happy Thursday, friends!  I have a new layout to share for the Shimmerz Education Team featuring three NEW Shimmerz colors.  I used a lot of Shimmerz products, but I included the new Lilac Blossom, It's Mint to Be and Limoncello paints as well.  I love creating my own color schemes on white cardstock.  I started by painting an entire sheet of it in stripes of color using those three colors as well as Creameez 1 Hot Mama, Vibez Jeni B Bleu, and Shimmerz Moulin Rouge.  I also added in bits of other colors which I will list below.

Once my paper was dry, I cut a bunch of different sized hearts using my Cameo.  I was inspired by a recent layout created by Paige Evans where she created a lot of stacked hearts.  I decided to stack a few of them and leave the rest of them to scatter around the page. I love how it turned out!


I didn't want to leave the background solid white, so I mixed in some of the same colors I used on the hearts.  I mixed them with white gesso and scraped it all over the paper to get lighter hints of the colors.  I wanted it to peek through all the hearts.  Look how shimmery these colors are!


I ran the stacks of hearts through my sewing machine to give them a finished and textured look.  I decided to vertically stack them so my photos could be tucked under them.  I pulled the purple color from my daughter's shirt.


I tucked in a bit of white tissue paper for a subtle border along with some tangled thread.  I scattered lots of sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps around the page.


Here on this stacked heart you can really see how pretty the three new colors are, and they work very well together.  I used some old Thickers for my title.


Here you can see the effect of mixing the paints with white gesso.  It does take out some of the shimmer, but that's okay.  I mainly wanted to have some subtle color back there to enhance the hearts and photos.  I also did a bit of splattering.


Here's a tip if you're going to stack your shapes like this:  only glue the center parts down.  Leave the edges along so you can flip or fold them up for dimension.


This was so much fun to create!  You can see that I hardly used any extra embellishments.  I felt like the hearts were enough to carry the page.  Sometimes you don't need a bunch of stickers or chipboard.  Just create lots of pretty shapes with your Shimmerz and you will be set :)

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



Here's a short video I created showing you each of the three new colors:


Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Shimmeringz--Goldie Lox
Creameez--1 Hot Mama
Spritz--Ruby
Coloringz--Well Blue Me Down


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Good Vibes / Hip Kit Club

Happy Tuesday, friends :)  Here is my first layout using the 2018 May Hip Kits!  They are filled with tons of bright and beautiful products from so many different manufacturers.  My theme for this was circles, so I decided to create my own background using them.  I used an old homemade circle stencil and painted circles using the Vicki Boutin Acrylic Paints from the Color Kit.  I just smudged the paint on using a foam ink blending tool.  I added more circles with the Vicki Boutin stamps.  They are the coolest!  My background paper is from Pinkfresh Studio, available in the Main Kit.


These colors...so gorgeous!  I wanted to add pops of black, so I used black archival ink to stamp the circles.  I also used an older Hip Kit exclusive tiny circle stencil from a few years ago to smudge more circles.  I added some black splatters as well.  I punched more circles from one of the black and white Heidi Swapp patterned papers and then stitched through those with black thread.


I also stitched a messy frame around my photos.  I used a few Project Life cards under the photos as well as some tissue paper and adhesive foam.  I love the title mix here...I used an Amy Tangerine clear sticker and combined it with some Simple Stories chipboard.  I layered a piece of a PL card  under that as well as a lime green die cut banner piece from Pretty Little Studio.


These photos are so adorable.  These were taken on our patio right before Hurricane Irma blew through.  Paige is so silly, and she was in a good mood here so naturally I took a million pictures :D  I layered a few more Pretty Little Studio pieces on top of the photos.



I added my journaling under the title and then built a small cluster of strips down at the bottom.  I brought in all the colors in the top of the layout to the bottom.




I know, I take a lot of close ups :D


I hope this inspires you to create some fun circles on your next background.  I highly recommend the Color Kits each month.  They last for a long time, and things always wind up matching the next month's kits.  I use all the goodies from previous kits all the time.  Very good choice to purchase if you like mixed media :)

Here's my process video:



Thanks for stopping by!  See you soon :)


Friday, May 11, 2018

Flower Canvas / Paige Evans DT

Hey, friends! It's Friday...yeah!  I have a fun and colorful canvas to share for the Paige Evans Design Team using Paige’s Spring Flowers cut file. I cut a few sets from white cardstock using a Silhouette Cameo and backed the flowers with papers from the Pick-Me-Up 6x6 Paper Pad, the Oh My Heart 6x6 Paper Pad, and the Take Me Away 6x6 Paper Pad. I wanted to add more texture to the cut files so I hand stitched around the center of each flower with coordinating embroidery thread. I had the idea of creating a landscape so I coated the canvas with clear gesso and then used several blue and green ink sprays. I spritzed the inks with water and let the colors blend and pool together by turning the canvas different directions. I love how it turned out!


I colored the stems and leaves a light green color but left the flower outlines white so the colors would stand out. I added some adhesive foam behind each flower and then overlapped them to create a ton of dimension. Here you can see the pretty Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine splatters I added.


I love how the pretty blue sky turned out! I wanted a few animals flying around the canvas so I fussy cut a few birds from the Turn the Page 6x6 Paper Pad and Paper 16. I also used a few of the butterflies from the Turn the Page Chipboard Stickers.


I love using quotes and I found this one on Pinterest. I used the Pick-Me-Up Alphabet Stamps and some white ink to create it along the left side. I finished it off with a few puffy flower stickers from the Oh My Heart Puffy Stickers.


If you haven't gotten your hands on some adhesive foam, you should get some very soon!  It makes such a difference.  The flowers just pop off the canvas just simply by adding some height to them.  And the stitching adds even more depth and texture.


Look at those rich colors!  You could totally do with this with watercolors or gelatos or even acrylics.  It would be fun to even mix and match all of those things.


I love how the splotchy stamping turned out.  It's not super bright, so it doesn't compete with the colorful flowers.


One more close-up of the flowers just because they're so pretty to look at :)


I hope this inspires you to give layouts a break and try something “off-the-page.” This was fun to create and I didn’t even miss working with a photo. The cut file and all those colors really helped this all come together.  Be sure to check out my process video for more details :)



Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Weekend!


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Sunny Days / Hip Kit Club

Happy Wednesday, friends!  I'm back today to share another layout for Hip Kit Club.  I used the 2018 April Hip Kits, and I focused on fussy cutting and layering.  I've been itching to create a bright, sunny pool layout, so that's what I did :)  I was inspired by the bold and tropical floral exclusive puffy stickers from the Main Kit.  I fussy cut some large pink flowers from a Crate Paper sheet as well as some leaves.  I mixed and matched all the flowers to create a fun tropical look.

I spent a lot of time on the background.  I used a sheet of the Pinkini cardstock from the Cardstock Kit as my background.  I coated a big vertical area with white gesso first.  I used the two Distress Oxides from the Color Kit as well as a few other colors from previous Color Kits to create all that beautiful color.  I applied it dry with a foam blending tool and then added water with a brush.  I let the colors run and pool together and then added splatters.


Layering is a great way to create dimension and depth.  I love to layer things under the photos, on top of the photos and in between the photos.  I am always careful to make sure I'm not covering up anything important in the photo.  I am loving all of these colors together!  I used a bit of pink thread here to add texture and finished it off with some of the puffy dot stickers.


Here's the other side...more layered flowers and stickers.  Here's how I came up with my background color scheme:  if you look at my pictures, you'll see that they're mostly all blue and green.  I wanted those colors to pop off the page, so I didn't add any blues or greens to the background.  If had added lots of blue to the background instead of pink, the photos would blend in and not be as striking.


I used some packaging from the exclusive alpha puffy stickers behind this photo as well as some tissue paper.  I jazzed up the ombre puffy stickers from the Embellishment Kit here with the pink Distress Oxides.  I love how they turned out!  I used a gold pen for journaling and then added the date.


Here's another look at all the layers.


The Distress Oxides react so beautifully with water.  Letting the colors fun and pool together creates such a cool effect.  I did add some gold Color Shine as well.


One more close-up just because :)


I hope this inspires you to try fussy cutting and layering on your next layout.  I had a lot of fun making this!  I have a video here if you're up for watching it :)



Also, did you know that Hip Kit Club has it's own YouTube Channel?  All the DT girls rotate uploading videos there every Tuesday!

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


Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sweet / Hip Kit Club NSD 2018

Happy Sunday, friends!  I'm back to share a layout I created for Hip Kit Club's NSD Online Crop.  My challenge was to use a cut file & mixed media, which are two of my favorite things :)  Today is the final day of challenges, and anyone participating needs to have all their projects uploaded to the correct albums by tomorrow night (Monday).  There is still plenty of time to join in!  Go HERE.

I used one of the new May subscriber cut files (coming soon!) and the 2018 April Hip Kits.  I cut the branches on white cardstock and then before peeling it off the mat, I smudged white gesso over it.  I used art crayons and Distress Oxides to color the branches and flowers.  I used some Shimmerz spray inks to color the inside flower pieces.  To jazz up my white cardstock background, I mixed some light blue acrylic paint with white gesso.  I scraped it on with a palette knife.  I used a bit of Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide in a few places to give it a little color variation and then added lots of splatters.


I layered my photos under a few of the branches.  I wanted to fill in some of the open flowers, so I did that in a few spots.  I added some tiny pieces of foam adhesive under some of them to raise them off the page.  For my title I used a piece from the kit...this is one of the metallic gold Thickers.


Here you can see how some of the flowers have dimension.  I love how this turned out.  I used matching Shimmerz sprays to add splatters.  I also watered down some white acrylic paint for the white splatters, and pulled out the gold Color Shine as well.


I used a Pick-Me-Up floral die cut here under the photos for more flowers and pops of color.


I used a gold metallic pen to write my journaling.


I used this adorable puffy butterfly sticker from the exclusive Hip Kit puffy stickers.  So pretty!  I machine stitched a trail using white thread.  Around the photos, I used more floral stickers from the kits.  This one is a layered piece from Pebbles.


I really think I could scrap with flowers and/or butterflies for the remainder of eternity and be perfectly happy about it...haha!


I used some of the Project Life cards to layer behind my photos as well as some tissue paper and adhesive foam.


I hope this inspires you in some way!  Hop on over to the Hip Kit Club FB Group and see all the amazing inspiration.  And be sure to check out my process video if you have time:



Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!


Saturday, May 5, 2018

Dancing With the Stars / Paige Evans DT for NSD

It's the weekend!!  And it's National Scrapbooking Day!  And it's Cinco de Mayo!  Does it get any better??!!  I'm kind of excited about all of this...haha!  I have a fun and colorful layout to share today especially for NSD.  It's for the Paige Evans Design Team, and all of the DT girls created pages featuring either the Pick-Me-Up Specialty Vellum or the 2x2 Paper Pads.  I used both.

I began with Paige's Cut & Fold Stars cut file.  I resized and rearranged the stars to create an overlapping cluster.  I cut it on white cardstock and then used the 2x2 Paper Pad papers to back the open areas of the stars.  The cool thing about this cut file is that the other half folds over.  I wanted to add lots of color behind the white fold over parts, so I used some gelatos, Shimmerz & Distress Oxides to do that.  I smudged the gelatos with my hands, used the packaging technique with the Shimmerz and used the foam ink blending tool to smudge the Distress Oxides.  I also added lots of splatters.  Once it was all dry, I used various thread colors to machine stitched through the centers of the stars.

Oh!  My photos :)  If you are a DWTS fan, you'll know who these ladies are.  My mom, sister and I went to DWTS Live back in 2016 and got to meet some of the dancers before the show.  This is Lindsay and Emma, who have both won the Mirror Ball!  Very sweet girls, and it was so cool to meet them.


I really love how these stars turned out.  This is a great way to get lots of colors & patterns on a page without it being too overwhelming.  To add a bit of detail around the stars, I used a white jelly roll pen to roughly trace around the stars.


I used the Pick-Me-Up Mini Thickers in white for my title, but I added a bit of gold ink to the bottom. I love the shine this gives and makes them pop off the white background a bit more.  I also added a star button on top of the photos, which is from the Pick-Me-Up Haberdashery pack.


I created a little cluster down on the bottom left using a piece I cut from the Specialty Vellum (look at that gold shine!), a Pick-Me-Up Rub-On, and a few stickers from Paige's 30-page #StickerBook.  I added some foam behind the bigger piece to create some dimension along with some yellow thread.


I went through the 30-page #StickerBook and found lots of little star stickers, so I used all of them around the page as well.  I used a few pieces of paper from the 6x6 Paper Pad behind the photos as well as some tissue paper and adhesive foam.


Color, dimension and texture...three of my favorite things to create!


Here you can see how adding layers and adhesive foam really lifts things off the page.  It makes it so much more dimensional and not so flat.  It's hard to see, but I did add a bit of color at the bottom of the page.  I cut a crooked line out of the background and backed it with the rainbow packaging that comes in the Mini-Thickers.  It's perfect for using on your projects, too! 


This "WOW" piece is also from the Specialty Vellum.


And one more picture of the all those stars just because! :D


I hope this inspires you in some way!  I hope you're having a great scrappy weekend and participating in lots of challenges.  I've seen a ton of things going on, so get in on the action somewhere :)  I have a video here if you'd like to see how I put all this together:



Thanks for stopping in, and have a fabulous weekend!