Monday, May 22, 2017

Today Always / Hip Kit Club

Happy Monday, friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend :)  I'm here to share my newest layout for the Hip Kit Club using the 2017 May Hip Kits.  I was recently inspired by a layout created by Paige Evans where she used black cardstock as a background and added lots of small bright colored squares to it.  As soon as I saw this black and white grid paper in the Main Kit (and Paper Kit), I knew I wanted to use it as my background.  I fussy cut lots of beautiful bright flowers from one of the Shimelle papers and tucked them around the photo in a diagonal fashion.

To jazz up the background area, I used lots of white gesso first.  I love using my fingers to smudge it so it has a soft hazy edge.  Next, I used some of the Prima Watercolor Confections from the Color Kit and some gelatos from my stash. I also watered down some white acrylic paint and used my brush to splatter it.  And I finished off with some Gold Color Shine.

These flowers were too pretty to leave on a whole sheet, so I cut them out :)  I added in a few of the Crate Paper chipboard plus signs around the page for added pops of black and some dimension.  I decided to type my journaling on my computer since my background was so dark.  I felt that a black pen would just blend in too much. This way, they white strips show really well.

I fussy cut "Always" from one of the Pinkfresh Studio papers and used that as my main title.  I added in "today," which is an exclusive wood veneer.  The Shimelle die cut pack had coordinating flower die cuts, so I used them to create a third cluster over to the right side.  I popped up the smaller yellow flower with some foam and added some tangled thread under it.  That row of hearts is a Pinkfresh Puffy Sticker, and the shiny button is from Dear Lizzy.

I love all this dimension!  I added in another wood veneer piece above the photo and some Crate Paper buttons as well.  That cute little heart is a Dear Lizzy Puffy Sticker.

I love layering things on top of my photo when there's room to do it.  I had some open space to the right, and the slant of the A fits perfectly right beside the slant of her arm.  I didn't even plan just worked out like that!  Love when that happens :)

I love how these colors turned out on the dark background.  The white gesso helped tremendously with this.  I used my fingers to smudge the gelatos after adding the watercolor.

Here's one more close-up of the flower cluster at the bottom.

I really love how this turned out!  I probably never would've thought to combine the dark background with the bright flowers if it hadn't been for Paige's layout and this awesome kit.  Kimberly does such a fantastic job of pairing things up, and I really love all the mixing and matching.

I have a process video here for you :)

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a fabulous week, friends :)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Island Vibes / Hip Kit Club

Happy Thursday, everyone!  I'm back today to share a new layout for Hip Kit Club using the 2017 May Hip Kits.  This is my first one using these kits, and I love how it turned out.  Right away I was inspired by this beautiful Dear Lizzy paper from the Main Kit I used as a background.  It's like a pretty watercolor sky, and for the first time in a LONG time, I didn't do any mixed media work on the background.  It just didn't need was beautiful the way it was :)  You can also find it in the Paper Kit.

I used one of Jana's cut files and enlarged it.  The theme for this day was to supersize something, so I made the sun & cloud really big.  I cut it on white cardstock and then used the beautiful Prima Watercolor Confections from the Color Kit to color it.  Once it dried, I adhered some vellum behind the open sun.  It adhered it to the background and then used some matching embroidery thread to hand stitch around the edges.  I love how the sun's rays curl up off the page...such awesome dimension!  I embellished with a lot of the exclusive floral die cuts, some of the Shimelle clear floral stickers from the Sticker Book, some Dear Lizzy Puffy Stickers, enamel dots & a fussy cut floral cluster from a Project Life card.

I love how the title turned out.  I combined some of the exclusive blue alphas (LOVE that font!) with an exclusive wood veneer.  I fussy cut "today" from a Project Life card.  The colors were too perfect to pass up.  You can see all the dimension and layering here behind my photo.  I used a few Project Life cards and some floral die cuts under it as well as some tissue paper & adhesive foam.

I created another little cluster over to the left here using some Shimelle clear stickers, a flower die cut, a Crate Paper button, an exclusive puffy sticker, some tangled thread and a few enamel dots.  I love the texture created from the stitching here...such a great detail without taking away from anything.  To created this blue color on the cloud, I mixed some of the blue watercolor with some white acrylic paint.

Kim Watson & Kimberly Hutchinson did such a beautiful job with these exclusive flower die cuts.  Even the leaves are fabulous!  The clouds are also in that ephemera pack.  I think I used them all on this one page :)

Here's one of the clouds.  I love the gold metallic dots on it.  I tucked it in here under the sun and then added some enamel dots.  I also machine stitched through the white clouds.

I just had to fussy cut this flower cluster from a Project Life card.  The colors were perfect, and I love how it looks layered under the photo.

Here's one more close-up to show the colors, texture and dimension.

I hope this inspires you.  I had such a great time putting it together!  Here's my process video if you'd like to check it out!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  See you soon :)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Wall Heart Home Decor / Paige Evans DT

Hello, and Happy Tuesday!  I'm sharing something a little different today for the Paige Evans Design Team.  Our theme this week is to create a project of some sort using the Take Me Away collection.  This was a challenge for me because I couldn't come up with an idea at first.  I tried something else that I saw on Pinterest, but that didn't pan out.  I wanted to make something with mixed media on it, so I finally decided to create a fun wall hanging heart.

My main design element are the big hand-stitched flowers from Take Me Away Paper 14.  I took about two days to stitch them.  I love that paper because the flowers are made from little Xs which makes stitching very easy.  I used a small needle and some matching embroidery thread, so it did take a while.  I fussy cut them out once I was done and then used some watercolor sprays & my water brush to add some color to them.  The big heart is just a piece of really thick kraft cardstock.  I hand drew a heart and cut it out.  I painted the whole thing with white acrylic paint first and then used some Shimmerz sprays and some gelatos to color it.

Here you can see all the awesome detail from the hand stitching.  I love how the watercolor turned out on them.  I wanted to add some light and dark shades of pinks and oranges, and I love how that turned out.  I added some foam adhesive under the flowers to give them dimension.  I also fussy cut some flowers and leaf stems from Paper 2.  I tucked several of them in under the stitched flowers.  I topped this area with a shiny gold die cut from the Ephemera Die Cut Pack and a Fabric Bow.

I love how bold the background colors turned out.  I wanted deep shades of bright pinks, reds and orange/yellow/gold tones.  I also added in some Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine.  I cut the Happy Day circle from Paper 20 and tucked that into the upper right flower cluster.  I also used shiny gold thread to machine stitch around the edge of the heart.

Here you can see more of those fussy cut flowers and leaf stems I added in.  I love the texture from the brush strokes on the heart.  I used a paint brush to first apply the white acrylic paint, so the texture looks really neat!

You know I love some tangled thread (haha) so I couldn't let this project go without adding in some.  I used a golden yellow color and tucked in a few tangles here and there.  I just love the depth that the adhesive foam adds under everything.

Here's one more close-up of the top area.  I love how the leaves go "off the page" here.  This is going to look so pretty hanging on the wall in my house :)

This was fun to make (once I finally decided on the idea...haha).  I hope it inspires you to try something other than a layout every once in a while!  Here's my process video if you'd like to check it out.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...have a great day!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mom Life / Bella Blvd + How To Tips

Hey there, friends!  Happy Mother's Day :)  Today I wanted to share my newest layout for Bella Blvd.  I wrapped up our Pandas & Popsicles Week with a fun and festive layout about being a Mom.  This collection is lots of fun, and I decided to go all floral with it.  I chose the Picnic patterned paper as my background.  I knew I wanted to add lots of colorful flowers to it, so I used some white acrylic paint to fade out some of the design.  This is something pretty easy to do if you want to use a busy patterned paper.  The paint (or you could use gesso) gives you some white space to work with while still letting the pattern show through around your design.  I used a palette knife to smear the paint.

I used a flower cut file from Just Nick and cut several kinds of flowers using papers from the 6x8 Paper Pad.  After my paint was dry, I scattered them around the page to see how it would look.  I like to test things out before I ever glue anything down.  You can see how the white paint makes the flowers pop off the page and not get lost in the gingham background.

One of my favorite techniques is adding watercolor to my backgrounds.  I love using plastic packaging to smudge the paint all around the paper.  This is another fun thing to do if you don't want the brush stroke look on your layout.

Here is my finished layout.  I added pink, coral, blue and yellow spray inks to my background on top of the white paint.  You can see how lots of the blue and white gingham is still showing, yet all the flowers are jumping off the page.  This would look totally different without the white paint; the flowers would blend in more with the background design.  I didn't feel like the page needed a lot of embellishing since the flowers were such a bold statement.

I overlapped the flowers over the watercolor, and I love how that turned out.  I used a few of the Puffy Stickers beside my photos.  I love this vase of flowers!  I added a bit of pink tangled thread here for extra color and texture. 

I gave my photos some dimension by adding foam adhesive under them.  I also added part of a scalloped border sticker from the Fundamentals sheet under the pictures.  Here's another Puffy Sticker, too. 

I combined some of the alphas from the Fundamentals sheet with some of the Blueberry Wonky Puffy Alphas for my title.  I also added a few heart stickers.  That's a Punch Mix Puffy Heart and a small pink sticker from the Illustrated Faith You Are Loved Fundamentals sheet.  I love the dimension of these flowers!

I added in a fun Designer Clip here, but I just tucked it in as a layering piece.  A few of the smaller flowers are from the Paper Pieces pack.  That little banner sticker above the photo here is another You Are Loved sticker.

Here's one more close-up of all those die cut flowers.  The dimension is so cool with the edges curled up!  And I love how the watercolor peeks through all the open spaces.

I hope this inspires you to use a fun patterned paper as your background and maybe get a little messy with some paint!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, May 12, 2017

So Very Beautiful Together / Cocoa Vanilla Studio

It's Friday....yessss!  I've been waiting all week for this day to come...haha!  Today I'm sharing my newest layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  Our theme this week is Mother's Day, so I scrapped a picture of me, my sister and my mom.  I used the beautiful Wild at Heart collection, and I decided to start with this pretty polka dotted patterned paper called Double Dot.  When I used a busy patterned paper as a background, I like to create some "white space" behind the main parts of my page.  I used some white acrylic paint and coated a lot of the paper with it.  It faded out some of the dots and made them more of a subtle background element.  This allowed me to really make the photo and embellishments pop off the page without getting lots in the dots.

I used some pink, blue and golden yellow Shimmerz Paints on top of the white paint.  I used some plastic packaging to smoosh the paint around, and I also sprayed it directly onto the paper.  I smudged on some periwinkle blue paste with a palette knife as well, and I also added in a red gelato to get that deep pinkish-red color.  I was trying to pull all the colors from the dots and those butterflies onto the background.  That big butterfly is from a cut file from Just Nick, and I kept it white as a subtle background element.  Even though I left it white, the background work makes it quite visible.

I love layering, so I did a lot of that on this page.  I fussy cut all the butterflies from the Mariposa paper and scattered them around the page.  For my title here, I layered in a Rubber Charm and a fussy cut piece from the Fussy Cuts paper.  Under all that I added some tangled thread and a sticker from the Accessory Sheet.  I fussy cut the "love" piece from patterned paper and then added in some of the most gorgeous glittery Enamel Dots.

I love these pretty colors together!  I fussy cut the scalloped border piece under my photo from paper.  Always look at your patterned papers for fussy cutting can create your own embellishments so easily just by cutting something out.

I love how you can see the paint and paste on the background showing through the butterfly here.  It turned out exactly like I was thinking in my head!  I did add some foam under my photo to raise it up, and what a difference that makes :)

This deep red-pink color is so rich and pretty!  I sprayed a lighter pink color first and then smudged a tiny bit of a red gelato and smeared it in with my finger.  Mixing and matching colors & products can really give you some gorgeous colors.  I added in more Enamel Dots here and a few more Accessory Stickers.

Here's one more close-up of more butterflies and stickers :)

I do have a process video for you if you'd like to check that out:

I hope this gives you some inspiration and/or ideas to try!  Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a wonderful Mother's Day Weekend!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Love the Good Life / Hip Kit Club

Happy Thursday, friends!  Today I wanted to share the layout I created for iNSD over at Hip Kit Club.  We had so much fun last weekend with all the challenges and games going on.  My challenge was to use a Color Kit and create a unique background with it.  I used the April Hip Kits and Color Kit which contained the Vicki Boutin Art Crayons and Watercolor Sticker pack.  I started with some light yellow cardstock and a big chevron stencil from my stash.  I went over the center area of the cardstock with white gesso first and then started scribbling the crayons over the stencil.  I used my fingers to smudge the color around, and the gesso allowed them to smudge every easily.  A little of the crayons goes a long way!  I blended some reds, pinks, yellows and oranges together.  I had the perfect photos that matched of my daughter wearing the same colored swimsuit :)

I embellished with some of the Watercolor Stickers, some fussy cut Crate Paper flowers, some Paige Evans Chipboard flower stickers and some exclusive Hip Kit sequins.

(I have no idea why my photo of my layout is's not blurry anywhere else.  Must be a Blogger thing....)

I really love how the bold colors turned out on the yellow cardstock.  I wanted to keep this bright and sunny, so I layered in some fussy cut Crate Paper flowers here and combined them with some Oh My Heart Chipboard flower stickers.  My title is from that same sticker sheet.  I did add some foam adhesive under my photos for dimension, which you can see here.  I layered the "love" piece on top of the flowers and then added "the good life" piece under that.  Layering is a great and easy way to add depth.  All those pretty sequins matched so well, and they are exclusive this month.

Gosh I love this!  I did add a little bit of water to some of the crayons after scribbling them on some plastic packaging.  I smushed the packaging down on top of the chevrons to get a little bit of a watercolor splash.  Once all that was dry, I ran it through my sewing machine adding some straight stitching with pink and orange thread.  Those circle stickers are the Vicki Boutin Watercolor Stickers, an I just scribbled and smudged the crayons on them.

If you keep the crayon smudging dry and don't add any water, you can really see the awesome texture of the cardstock.  I love how that looks!

More layering....more flowers....more sequins :)  You can't go wrong with any of those things, right? :D

Here's one more close-up just because I couldn't resist the colors again.... :D

This was so much fun to make.  I truly love getting messy and making my own backgrounds.  I hope this has given you some ideas to try :)  Take a look at my process video if you'd like to see how I created this.

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

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hey Sunshine / Hip Kit Club

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  I wanted to share a layout I created last week for Hip Kit Club.  I used the 2017 April Hip Kits, and I love how it turned out.  I'm loving the awesome Vicki Boutin Art Crayons, so I decided to use them on my white cardstock background.  I started with the Vicki Boutin Rub-Ons and tried to create some fun shaped clusters with them, but you just can't see them.  They're clear, and I wanted to use them as a resist with the crayons, but they just blend in.  So I decided to just focus on smudging all that color around and then added in lots of fun embellishments.

You can sort of see the rub-on shapes back there.  I especially love how you can see the cardstock's texture here.  That's a perk of smudging the crayons dry with your fingers :)  I fussy cut some of those gorgeous flowers from the Crate Paper sheet and layered them in.  My title is a combo of the exclusive Hip Kit chipboard alphas and the Crate Paper shiny gold puffy word stickers.  I added in a few chipboard hearts from Paige Evans Oh My Heart, a few exclusive sequins, and some Vicki Boutin stickers.  I also punched the gold glitter dots from the Crate Paper specialty paper from the Paper Kit.

I also fussy cut that beautiful flower wreath from one of the Project Life cards.  I added in more Vicki Boutin circle stickers...I left these white and didn't add any color to them.  That fun circle on top of the photo is an acetate piece from Pinkfresh Studio, and I added some white paper behind it so it would show up better.  I glued down a few sequins on it, and I love how that looks.  That cute rainbow is a chipboard piece from Pinkfresh Studio.

For the top part of the design, I used more of the Vicki Boutin stickers.  I used the yellow crayon to color one and then added it to a piece from the exclusive cut apart sheet.  I stitched through it to add more detail and color.  I used a Project Life card behind my photo as well as some tissue paper from my stash.  I also used the colorfully patterned chipboard frame from the Oh My Heart Chipboard Sticker sheet and a label sticker above that from My Mind's Eye.  And of course, more sequins :)

I did add some adhesive foam under my photo to give it some lift and then layered another Crate Paper fussy cut flower under it.  I also tangled up some aqua thread here.  I added in a few My Mind's Eye Puffy Stickers and a Pinkfresh Studio Leatherette Sticker.  I also added a few splatters of Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine....we received that in a Color Kit over a year ago!

I did leave some white space at the top and bottom of the page.  I tore a few strips of pink & white striped paper from Crate paper, sewed them down and rolled up the edges.  A few Vicki Boutin stickers finished those areas off.

Here's one more close-up of all those gorgeous colors!  I can never get sick of using them together....always so pretty!

I do have a process video if you'd like to see how I made this...I hope you enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by...see you again very soon!  Make sure you check out Hip Kit Club to see all the kits and gorgeous goodies!