Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Roam / Pinkfresh Studio

Hey there, friends!  Today I'm here with a new mixed media layout for Pinkfresh Studio featuring the Out & About collection.  I just love the bright colors in this line, and I love that it has so many possibilities when it comes to travel photos.  This photo isn't really about travel; it's my little family walking home from the local park close to our house.  But this collection has so many awesome embellishments that fit it perfectly!  I decided to back a cut large cut file for my main design and title.  This alpha cut file is from The Cut Shoppe.

I used thick smooth white cardstock as my background.  I coated a lot the watercolored area with clear gesso to begin.  Once that dried, I used the Liquid Watercolors to create a pretty blue area behind the photo and cut file.  I used the packaging technique as well as a brush to apply the color.  I went through all the embellishments from the collection and used several around the page as well as some pieces that I fussy cut from patterned papers.

I love the different shades of blue here.  I fussy cut the GO piece from patterned paper.  I pulled some of the Die Cut Ephemera to use as well as a few Puffy Stickers from the Joyful Day collection.  I added my journaling right under the photo and tucked in some pretty aqua thread.

I chose four patterned papers to back the cut file with.  I just love the bright rainbow colors mixed with the different shades of blue.  I popped everything up off the page with some adhesive foam.

Here you can see the dimension and shadowing effects from adding the adhesive foam.

Here above the photo I added in a label that I cut from paper, a die cut speech bubble and a sticker.  These embellishments made this layout come together so quickly because everything matched so well and looked great in every spot.

One final close-up here.  I just had to use this Exploring the Neighborhood Die Cut since that is exactly what we were doing!  I added some foam under it to raise it up.  All of the large circles around the page were fussy cut from patterned paper.

I hope you are inspired by this in some was so much fun to put together!  Be sure to check out  my process video here for more details!

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

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Together / Paige Evans DT

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I'm back with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team.  I love when Paige uploads new cut files to the Silhouette Store, and as soon as I saw the Wildflowers design, I knew I had to use it right away :)  I cut it several times on various bright patterned papers from the Horizon collection.  I decided to create a landscape design and layered the flowers across the page in a horizontal fashion.

I absolutely love these bright colors!  I decided to add a sky and some grass using more patterned papers from Horizon.  I did add some mixed media to the background using some different blue and green Shimmerz.

I was actually inspired by the colors in this Epoxy Sticker.  I wanted to pull in lots of pink and orange, so I made sure to incorporate that in to the flowers.  I went light on the embellishments since the flowers were so bright and busy.  I layered a big pink Die Cut Ephemera here with the Epoxy Stickers and another Sticker below that.  I also had one floral Shaped Paper Clip left in my stash, so I added that to my photo.  I finished off this area with some tangled thread to add a bit more texture.

Here's a good look at the background.  I did smudge a lot of white gesso over the background areas behind the flowers.  I used some Shimmerz Vibez Jeni B Bleu and Vibez Deep Blue Sea here to add some darker variations to the sky.  I also fussy cut some butterflies from patterned paper to add here as well as a few butterfly stickers.  I machine stitched trails behind them for some fun detail.

I used several green Shimmerz here for the grass:  Coloringz Oh Say Can You Sea & Don't Citron Me and Vibez Velveteen Green & Elfin Magic.  I used some green thread to stitch a fun line beneath the flowers.

Since the green paper is so dark and bold, I used a white gelly roll pen to write my journaling.

Here are more close-ups of all the fun details.  I love how the ends of these flowers just pop off the page!  Amazing dimension without even trying :)

 I really loved putting this together...I hope it inspires you in some way.  Have you ever created a landscape design?  It's a lot of fun!  Be sure to check out my process video here for more details:

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

Monday, June 10, 2019

Summer Sippin' / Hip Kit Club

Happy Monday, friends!  I have a new layout to share for Hip Kit Club featuring the 2019 May Hip Kits.  I am definitely in summer scrap mode, and I decided to use lots of fun summer colors for this page.  I really wanted to use the Dear Lizzy peach paper, so I started with that and fussy cut a few of them out.  I sorted through all the kits and picked out things that were orange and decided to match it up with other things that were pink and blue.  I mixed and matched some Pocket Life cards, patterned papers and lots of embellishments in those three colors.

I decided to create a big layered design using the cards and papers.  I fussy cut the peaches and some of the gold foiled vellum flowers and then used some of the Crate Paper frames, chipboard and stickers.  I also used a few of the exclusive acetate butterflies and a fabric bow.

I actually went kind of light on the mixed media, which is rare for me.  I used thick white cardstock as my background.  I did coat a lot of it with clear gesso first and let it dry.  I pulled the Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray in TiffanyLou Blue from an older kit. I love how this color matches the blue in the Pocket Life card perfectly.  I also mixed some of the Yodeling Yellow Magical Shaker Powder with the Fuzzy Navel Magical Powder to get an orange color.  I splattered that color on the background as well.  I also finished it off with some Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine from a kit that's a few years old.  The Color Kits keep on giving!

Here I layered more papers together and then topped them with die cuts and stickers.  I also machine stitched in a few places with metallic gold thread.

I mixed and matched the title using some of the light pink exclusive puffy alphas with the light pink foam Thickers.  My title is Summer Sippin' since Paige was taking drinks from the water hose...haha!  I remember doing that as a kid :)

I added in a little bit of light pink thread here for some added texture and detail.  Here you can see that pretty blue on the background.  I used the packaging technique as well as a brush to apply the color.

I did add some adhesive foam behind some of the embellishments to create some depth.  I also bent up the edges of most of the papers.

Here are a few more detailed shots of all the pretty goodness :)

I love how this page turned out!  It's really gotten me in the mood for summer.  I hope you pulled some ideas from this to try on your next layout!  I have a process video here if you're interested.

Thanks for stopping in, and have a great week!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Good Times / Hip Kit Club

Happy Wednesday, friends!  I'm here today with a new layout for Hip Kit Club featuring the 2019 May Hip Kits…woo hoo!  I was inspired by a recent Jen Schow layout where she scrapped a few photos from this year’s Creativation.  I decided to scrap one from last year.  That’s me, Hip Kit owner Kimberly and Lorilei Murphy, who was a past DT member.  I began with some of the Pinkini Cardstock and the dotted paper from Crate Paper.  I tore the cardstock and attached it to the patterned paper.  I covered a lot of it with white gesso and then used the stencil from the Color Kit with some modeling paste.  I used the Lindy’s Gang Alpine Ice Rose Magical Shaker from the Color Kit along with a few pink sprays from previous kits to add all the color.

I decided to add some of the Afternoon Delight Denim here at the bottom, mixed with a little bit of Shimmerz from an older kit.  I used lots of embellishments on the page, including a lot of Crate Paper Chipboard Stickers, Cardstock Stickers, & Clear Stickers as well as some Simple Stories stickers.

I was also inspired by another one of Jen Schow’s layouts where she used a lot of chipboard pieces on one layout.  She pieced them together like a puzzle, and I just loved that idea.  I did this here on a smaller scale with lots of different images and shapes.  I used one of the exclusive fabric bows here as well.

I love the texture from the stencil and modeling paste!  I did add extra glue to all the embellishments to make sure they stuck to all of that background goodness.  I also added black and yellow splatters once everything was glued down.

These have to be my favorite Thickers font of all time!  I mixed and matched upper and lower case letters, and I love how they all fit together perfectly.  I over lapped the torn cardstock over “Good”, and I love the dimension here.  I also added some fussy cut flowers & leaves from a Dear Lizzy patterned paper.

I love this fun color scheme.  It’s definitely different for me, but I love how it really enhances the colors in my photo.  And I also adore those peace sign hands!

Here are more of the fussy cut flowers from the Dear Lizzy peach paper.  They were really easy to cut out.

Do you use a lot of chipboard?  It is pretty thick, so I actually peeled a layer off of each of these pieces before gluing them down.

I went heavy on the journaling on this page, and the left side was perfect for it.  I left that side nice and clean and free of any mixed media or embellishments.

I hope this gives you some ideas to try on your next layout.  Have you ever tried using a bunch of embellishments like this?  It was a lot of fun to make!  I do have a process video here, so be sure to check it out!

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

Monday, June 3, 2019

You Are a Star / Pinkfresh Studio

Hey, friends!  I have a new layout to share for Pinkfresh Studio today.  I created this as part of the June Challenge.  You can check it out and play along HERE.

Here's the layout I created using these colors, and I mixed and matched bits and pieces from the three newest collections: Everyday Musings, Out & About, and Joyful Day.  I started with the Starburst cut file from Just Nick Studio.  I pulled papers from all three collections and backed all the open stars.  I used the cut out stars as layers on top of the solid white stars.

I used the Liquid Watercolors on the background.  I used smooth white cardstock as my base, and I gave it a coat of clear gesso first.  Once that dried, I used the watercolors in the area behind the star cut file.  I wanted the color to show through the cut file and around the edges.  I didn't need a lot of embellishments since the stars were so prominent.  I mixed and matched my title using the two alpha puffy sticker sets from Joyful Day.

I did raise the entire cut file up by adding lots of adhesive foam behind the stars.  I love the shadowing and dimension that creates.

I did add a few sentiment stickers in a few places.

Here are a few more close-ups of all the fun color and dimension :)

How often do you mix and match collections from the same manufacturer?  This was fun to do, and I love how there are bits and pieces from each line that really look nice together.  I hope you'll play along with our challenge this month!  Go HERE to see more inspiration layouts and upload your project.

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

Saturday, June 1, 2019

New Shimmerz Missy Whidden Color Kit + Layout

Happy Saturday, and Happy June!  I'm here today to share the new June Color Kitz from Shimmerz Paints with you...yay!  First up is the Missy Kit.  It contains four Shimmerz, three exclusive Dotz and a beautiful exclusive cut file designed by Paige Evans.  This kit is available TODAY, June 1st.  Go HERE to get it!

Colors include:
  • NEW Spritz Hint of Mint
  • Spritz Chance of Rain
  • Shimmerz Pink Caviar
  • Inklingz Dear John Letter
PRICE:  $18.95

Here's the layout I created using everything in the kit.  I began by cutting the heart four times using white cardstock.  I also used smooth white cardstock as my background.  I like to use white to really showcase the colors in the kit.  I did coat the background with clear gesso first to allow the colors to spread and blend.  I decided on a horizontal design with the hearts, so I painted a messy watercolor area behind each one.

I went with a tone-on-tone look here, meaning I embellished on each section using items of the same color family.  Here you can see how shimmery the Inklingz Dear John Letter is.  It's a pretty light peachy color, and the finish is extra shimmery.  I went through my stash of "stuff" and found several die cuts, hearts and epoxy stickers to use here on top of the heart.  I didn't have any thread this color, so I painted some light pink thread to match.

The Spritz Hint of Mint is a brand new color, and it's so pretty!  It has a light shimmery powder mixed in it, so it has a light shimmer when dry.  I have learned that if you add water to it, some of the shimmer is dulled a bit.  Again, I used a few bits and pieces in the same color to add to this area of the page.  Here you can also see the top of the Shimmerz Pink Caviar.  It's a pinkish salmon color with lots of sparkle.

The Shimmerz original paint is a lot thicker than the Inklingz, and it has lots of sparkle when dry.  It's almost like glitter was blended into it.  Here you can see I used one of the exclusive Dotz here.  This set is very versatile and can be used on any type of layout.

This pretty blue is the Spritz Chance of Rain.  Again, it has a light shimmer to it.  I embellished here with some Pinkfresh Studio die cuts, some Pink Paislee puffy stickers, some old Hip Kit Club exclusive stickers and some Crate Paper stickers.  Lots of things from my old stash bin!  Again, I added in some thread and another Dotz.

I decided to add in this large Crate Paper chipboard butterfly to add something up top since there was so much white space.

This color here is definitely worth getting this's a gorgeous shade of mint!

I mixed and matched the title using some Pinkfresh Studio & some Crate Paper.  I also added in some older Simple Stories black heart clear stickers.

One last close-up of all the pretty things :)

I do have a process video here.  You can see more of these colors up close and in action as well as the layout process.  I hope you'll check it out!

Also available today is the original Shimmerz Color Kitz.  It contains four Shimmerz colors and a set of Dotz.

Colors Include:
  • Coloringz Scarlett's Fever
  • Shimmerz Key Lime
  • Creameez Crow's Feet
  • Inklingz Old Yeller
PRICE: $13.95

I hope you'll grab these kits...they're really beautiful! And the kits are a great way to build up your Shimmerz stash because these prices are a STEAL!

Go HERE to purchase yours!

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