Friday, March 24, 2017

Everyday / Simple Stories

Happy Friday, friends!  Today I'm sharing my final layout for Simple Stories Creative Team.  I will not be returning to the team for the next term.  I have had a wonderful year with the team, and I know the new team will knock your socks off with inspiration!  A huge thank you to Layle for giving me a chance and for always being so supportive of my crazy mixed media style :)

For this page, I used the adorable Domestic Bliss collection.  I was inspired by the "Home is where my bunch of crazies are" 3x4 cut apart and knew I had to use that.  I decided to go with a grid design and used two photos about the same size.  I used another cut apart with a house to echo the "home" part.  These silly photos are of my children wearing a pair of goofy glasses, and they just make me laugh!  They are definitely my little "crazies" and I love them that way :)

Overall, this is simple page for my style.  I used some kraft cardstock as my background and covered a lot of it with white gesso.  I used some Shimmerz sprays using the packaging technique to create four sections of color.  I stitched right through the center using grey thread.


I decided to use a really big title in the center, and I used the Shoreline font and cut this on my Cameo on white cardstock.  I stitched through it for added detail.  here you can see the fun little stickers I added, including Clear Stickers and some from the 4x6 sheets.  I did add some foam under everything to give it some lift.


I used a few bits of patterned paper behind my photos as well as some tissue paper and tangled thread.  I used some cute LOVE stickers here.


On the side of this photo, I used some TODAY letters I fussy cut from patterned paper.  Again, I added tangled thread and a cute "Work it, girl, sticker.


Finally, I had to add this cute chipboard house and a brad.  I just love how simple and fun this turned out!  The products shine as well as the photos.


Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I've had a wonderful year sharing my Simple Stories layouts with you.  I hope you've enjoyed them!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bloom / Paige Evans Design Team

It's me again....I'm back!  I have a new layout up on the Paige Evans Blog today, and this week we are all about stitching.  There have been some really beautiful Pink Paislee Oh My Heart cut files added to the Silhouette Store recently, and I just had to use one as a stitching template.  I used a Sketch Pen in my Cameo and drew the shapes.  I punched little holes all through the lines and then hand stitched with different colors of embroidery thread.  It did take me over the course of three days to get it all stitched, but the end result was worth it!  I used gelatos and some Shimmerz Paints to color inside the flowers and leaves.  It was a lot of fun adding all the shading.

I used mostly embellishments for this page.  I used some Oh My Heart Ephemera, Chipboard Stickers and a Puffy Sticker.  I also used some of the Take Me Away Chipboard Stickers and Ephemera.


I think this turned out absolutely beautiful!  I love the awesome texture the stitching gives.  It was fun coloring and smudging the gelatos to create different shades.  I also used a tiny brush with my Shimmerz to add even more lights and darks.


I layered in two frames behind my photo...one from each collection.  I layered in some of the Oh My heart flower die cuts and a cute Puffy Sticker.  I fussy cut a few of the small orange flowers from Paper 13, which was left over from my previous layout.  I went simple with my title and used the colorful Oh My Heart Thickers.


I used three different colors of thread for the leaves just to make it a little more interesting.  I love that once you have an area stitched, it makes the rest of the layout come together pretty quickly.  It's a fixed design and you can't move it around, so it limits what you can do on the rest of the page.


Here's a closer look at all those layered flowers...so pretty!  For my background here, I used some of the gelatos and Shimmerz again with some plastic packaging to create some smudges and splotches behind my photo area.


And one final close-up of that gorgeous flower.  I really love adding color, texture and dimension to my pages...it makes all the difference :)


Here's my process video if you'd like to check out how I made this...I hope you enjoy!


Thanks again for stopping by!  See you soon!


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Love Wonderful You / Hip Kit Club

Happy Tuesday, friends!  Today I'm sharing a new layout for Hip Kit Club.  I used the beautiful March 2017 Hip Kits for this, and I also used this completely gorgeous cut file designed by Kim Watson.  I love all those swirly clouds!  When I saw it, I thought of a sky, and then I thought of a sun.  I used an older Heidi Swapp sun burst stencil and traced it onto some white cardstock.  I used some of the Shimmerz Paste-eez in Hold the Mustard from the Color Kit to paint the sun bursts.  I lightened it up a little bit using some of the white Acritonez from last month's Color Kit.  I backed the clouds with patterned paper, some Project Life cards and some vellum.  I added some foam to it and and popped it up.  Before gluing it down, I machine stitched along all the edges of the rays.  I love how it all turned out!


Ahhhh..the dimension here just makes me happy :)  Check out that cute little bird...he looked perfect perched up on the cloud there.  I fussy cut "LOVE" from one of the Shimelle papers and used that as part of the my title.


Here you can see the background paint, splatters and stitching.  I love adding lots of color and texture to my backgrounds :)  I layered in a cute gold foiled cloud sticker from the Shimelle sticker sheet.  I also layered in some yellow tangled thread under the clouds.


This floral sticker is probably my favorite one on the whole sheet!  That aqua blue color is my favorite, and paired with yellow and pink...a total win!  I layered it here under the corner of the photo along with some stems from Pinkfresh Studio.  I hand cut that little orange flower to bring a pop of that color to this side of the page.  I used the orange PL card behind some of the clouds on the other side.  That pink frame behind the picture is from the Paige Evans Oh My Heart collection.


I love how the vellum looks behind the clouds.  Vellum is a great product to use, and it's so versatile.  I use it as layers sometimes, and I've even cut out shapes with it on my Cameo.


Here's one more close-up.  I added some foam behind this adorable Dear Lizzy camera and layered it over the edge of my photo.  I finished my title by adding the "Wonderful You" banner piece from the Oh My Heart Ephemera Pack.


Here's my process video for you...I hope you love watching the process as much as I did making it!


Thanks so much for your visit today...have a great day!


Monday, March 20, 2017

Beautiful Moments / Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello again, friends!  I completely forgot to share my newest layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio last week!  For some reason I thought had shared it...oops!  The Design Team has been featuring the beautiful new Wild at Heart collection, and I was very excited to make my first layout with it.  I used a lot of the chipboard pieces and chipboard frames. 

I am in love with this gorgeous watercolor paper I used for my background.  I love the gradient from a soft peachy pink to a darker shade...just gorgeous.  I created the word "moments" in my Silhouette software using the Impact font and cut it out.  I backed with white cardstock and then went over a lot of the area with white gesso.  I used some of my Shimmerz watercolors to add some variation in color to the background paper, and I also added some of the blue tones.  I used two black & white photos and overlapped them onto the big title.  I used some of the frames as layers behind the photos and then at the bottom as a cluster for my journaling.  I used a lot of the chipboard stickers as part of my title and as accents with those cute hearts.


I love how the gesso created some gritty texture here.  I added even more texture (and color) with some machine stitching under the title.  Here you can really see the dimension created from all the chipboard.  I just love that!  To really make my journaling stand out, I printed it on my computer and layered the strips on top of the small stacked frames.


Using frames as layers is a great way to use them....you don't always have to use them on top of the photo.  I must admit I'm quite in love with these gorgeous watercolor floral die cuts!  They seriously are so beautiful.


I love how the journaling spot turned out.  I used vellum instead of paper.  I layered in some tangled thread, a few die cut flowers and a sticker.


I tried to use my gold metallic thread for stitching, but it kept popping and breaking off.  I'm no expert at sewing, so I switched it to the blue thread and it worked better.  Again, you can see the depth here created by the chipboard.


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


Here's my process video for this page if you'd like to check it out.  I hope you enjoy and get some fun ideas!



Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have terrific week :)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spring Beauty / Bella Blvd

Hey, friends!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Bella Blvd.  Our theme this week was Spring or St. Paddy's Day and the new Barnyard collection.  I chose to create a Spring themed page.  When I think of Spring, I think of pretty bright colors, sunshine, flowers and butterflies.  I used a butterfly cut file from the Silhouette Store to cut several of them using papers from the 6x8 Paper Pad.  I used the back of the Borders paper (yellow) as my background.  I went over a lot of the center area with white gesso and then added in lots of blue, aqua and pink watercolors.  I love how the mixed media creates a messy yet dimensional look.  I embellished with some adorable die cuts and stickers.



The fun thing about using butterflies is you can easily bend the wings up to make them look like they're in flight.  I lightly adhered them here and then machine stitched through the centers using white thread.  I added some tangled thread under some of them for extra texture and pops of color.


How cute are these die cuts?!  I layered in a little tree and some darling little chicks around my photo.  Chicks definitely scream Spring!  I used some of the new Wonky Alpha Puffy Stickers for my title, and I combined them with a cardstock die cut I created using my Cameo.  I used a bit of blue gelato at the bottom of it to give it a little bit of color.


I love how this turned out!  I love that those wings are popping off the page.  And I couldn't resist using that cute sun with the little clouds!  Too adorable.


I layered in one of the Designer Clips here as a layering piece.  I love that even though a lot of this collection is centered around a farm or barnyard, there are still some general elements.  You really can use this for lots of themes.


I used another cute chick here on the left of the photo, and I also added in a few of the stickers from the Fundamentals sheet.


Here's one more look...I did add some foam under two of the chicks and then wrote my journaling underneath the title.


I hope this gives you some fun ideas to try...and remember to think outside the box if you have a themed collection.  You don't always have to use it as it's intended :)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Hot Mess / Simple Stories

Happy Saturday, friends!  Three cheers for the weekend...woo hoo!  I'm back today to share one of my newest layouts for Simple Stories.  I used the super adorable Domestic Bliss collection, and I was immediately inspired by the big MESS letters on one of the patterned papers.  This line has a lot of bits and pieces centered around the home and the life that's lived there, so I thought about our home and things that are everyday occurrences.  I knew I had this photo of my daughter in her room after she strung every single toy in her room all over the place.  She was quite proud of her handy work...haha!  I thought of the title "Hot Mess" and that's how this page began.

I decided to use this beautiful blue and white gingham paper as my background.  I wanted to use the scribbly cut file from Just Nick since it totally reminded me of messy chaos...perfect for this photo!  In order for it to stand out, I "whited out" some of the background with some white gesso.  I smudged a lot of it around with an old gift card and my fingers.  I used some Shimmerz Paints in aqua, golden yellow and pink to add some watercolor splotches behind the cut file.


Since I wanted this page to scream MESS, I took this "mess" a step further and added lots of tangled thread under these big letters that I fussy cut.  Even though there's a lot of busy things going on, each piece stands out and doesn't take away from the other.  I think the contrast of the colorful letters up against the white cut file really helps each piece to be clearly seen.  I used a label sticker for my journaling and added a sentiment sticker under that.


I layered a bit of patterned paper, tissue paper and foam under the photo.  I also added some vellum in there and did some white machine stitching around the edges.  I love this cute house die cut!  It was perfect for layering in here.


I fussy cut this heart from a 6x8 Paper Pad paper and then dismantled a brad so I could glue it down without the prongs getting in the way.  I also added some pink tangled thread here.  I love the dimension!


I hand drew "hot" on some patterned paper and then just fussy cut it out.  I just realized you can still see my pencil marks...oops! :D  I added a "hello life" die cut...and I love that the arrow is pointing to the mess.


I hope this inspires you in some way...it was fun to put together and get a little messy!

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

More of This / Pinkfresh Studio Guest Designer

Hello again!  I wanted to share my other project I created for my Guest Design spot over at Pinkfresh Studio last week.  I was thrilled to be asked by Kinnari, and I worked with the new Live More collection.




I love the colors in this collection, and I wanted to combine a lot of them on this page.  I created a diagonal pattern by putting two papers together.  I stitched down the center and then to keep the business to a minimum, I added a lot of white gesso over it.  It helped to fade out the stripes and plus signs and gave the paper a bit of tooth.  I used a plus sign stencil from my stash and some modeling paste on the background to echo the patterned paper.  Once that dried, I used some blue, green and coral colored Shimmerz Paints.  I fussy cut the big MORE from a patterned paper and worked with three small photos on an angle.


I love big titles, and these letters were perfect.  I layered them over the textured background and then added a chipboard sticker to the center of the O and a sticker over the R and E.  I machine stitched through the whole word, and I love how it looks.  I created a vertical cluster above the title with puffy stickers, cardstock stickers and some stamping.


I popped up my photos using fun foam adhesive.  I added a fun colorful die cut to the left of this photo to break up the design.  I cut "this" on white cardstock on my Cameo to mix up the fonts.  I love how the watercolor looks here...it pooled around the modeling paste in such a cool way!


I love these big acetate letters.  They're pretty subtle here, which is what I wanted.


Here you can see the texture and dimension...just by adding pop dots you can create an entirely different look.


I created another cluster at the bottom with a label for my journaling, a few stickers, a circle die cut and a metal arrow clip.  I cut the clip part off and just used the arrow piece.  I also added some stamping and some stitching.


I did film this, so here's the process video if you'd like to check it out.  I hope you enjoy!



Thanks a bunch for stopping by, and have a great Wednesday!

Monday, March 13, 2017

If You Think My Hands Are Full / Hip Kit Club

Happy Monday!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for the Hip Kit Club.  I used the 2017 February Hip Kits for this, and I created a fun grid design. I decided to start with the geometric heart cut file designed by fellow DT member Zinia. I cut it four times on my Cameo using four different patterned papers from the Main Kit & Paper Kit.  I used some of the Fountain cardstock from the Cardstock Kit as my base, and I did some fun mixed media work on it.  I smudged down a lot of white gesso first to prime it and to give me a little bit of white area.  I used some of the Shimmerz AcriTonez from the Color Kit as well as some sprays from my stash (and older Color Kits) to create the watercolor look.  I built clusters on each heart using lots of fussy cut pieces as well as stickers and chipboard pieces.


I think this is the prettiest color combination!  The Paper Kit included a specialty paper from the Paige Evans Oh My Heart collection, and I fussy cut out the words "If you think my hands are full you should see my heart."  I split it up into two clusters and paired it with some of the blue gradient Thickers.  I fussy cut some of the beautiful butterflies from the Maggie Holmes Crate Paper paper as well.  I also did lots of metallic gold stitching.


I used some patterned papers and die cuts as layers behind my photos as well as some tissue paper and fun foam for dimension.  I love all the floral elements in these kits!  They're the perfect embellishment...especially next to my sweet photo :)


I just love the rose gold in the title work here...it's so shiny and pretty!  These Thickers are so awesome...and they're pretty thin, so they were easy to stitch through.  Here I added a fun plus sign banner sticker from the Maggie Holmes sticker sheet, and you can see I used another gorgeous floral and more layers under the other photo.


I love how this background turned out.  The blues and mints look so nice mixed in with the pinks and greens.  And I did add some Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine.  We got that in a Color Kit over a year ago, I believe.  That never goes out of style, right?!


My favorite part about these fussy cut butterflies is bending the wings up.  If you just glue down the center of them, the wings will pop up and give a nice dimensional look.  I added a few small chipboard hearts and some rose gold stickers from the Oh My Heart Sticker Book.


Here's one final close-up...lots of beautiful color and texture going on :)


Here's my process video if you'd like to check it all out...I hope it inspires you!


Thank you soooooo much for visiting me today!  Have an awesome day!