Monday, September 16, 2019

Weekend Good Times / Pinkfresh Studio

It's Monday...again :)  I wanted to share my newest layout for Pinkfresh Studio.  I combined the two newest collections (Office Hours & Just a Little Lovely) on this page, and I also used the Liquid Watercolors

I began with one of the exclusive cut files coming very soon tot he Pinkfresh Shop.  They should be loaded any day now :)  I love the fun geometric shape combined with the pretty floral.  I paired that with some of the new Adorable frames washi tape.  It matches the geometric shape perfectly, and each shape has the prettiest watercolor effects.  I rolled the large washi onto some scrap cardstock and cut the shapes out.  I used them as layers behind my photo.  I used those colors to determine my background color choices.


I used some smooth white cardstock as a background, and I coated most of it with clear gesso.  Once it dried, I used the Liquid Watercolors to create a fun rainbow color scheme.  I used a brush to apply the color and also so create splatters.  Once that dried, I glued the cut file over it.  I finished it off with some machine stitching using metallic gold thread.


Here are some embellishments from the Office Hours collection.  I used a puffy sticker, a die cut and a fabric die cut here right on top of the photo.  I also used another die cut as part of the title.  I also layered some white tissue paper behind the photo for a fun messy layer.  I raised the photo up by adding some adhesive foam under it.  Finally, I tucked some tangled thread under the photo.


Here you can see the dimension from the layering.  I love how the watercolor turned out...so pretty and vibrant!  I decided to add some gold splatters, so I watered down some metallic gold acrylic paint and used a brush to splatter it.


I tucked in some more thread on the right side here and then finished off the title.  I mixed and matched with some of the puffy alphas from the Office Hours collection.


I layered the floral part of the cut file under the photo and then tucked in a floral die cut from Just a Little Lovely.


Here are some more close-ups of all the details :)


I did create a cluster under the title...I used pieces from each collection again.  I used the Liquid Watercolors to paint the blue flower here on this die cut, and then I popped it up with adhesive foam.



And that's it!  I hope this gives you some ideas for your next project.  It was a lot of fun to put together, and it was a fun challenged to mix and match collections.  Be sure to check out my process video here if you're interested:



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

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Sunshine Girl / Hip Kit Club

Happy Wednesday, friends!  Today I'm sharing a fun mixed media layout for Hip Kit Club using the 2019 August Hip Kits.  I have been wanting to use some of the Pretty Little Studio frames as a background design element, so I did that on this page.  I glued them down in a vertical fashion all along the left side of some white cardstock.  I coated most of the page with white gesso to soften up some of the frames.  Once that dried, I used several colors of the Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical Powders from the Color Kit to create some pink, yellow and blue watercolor areas.


Once I had the vertical background done, I wanted the embellishments to go horizontal across the page.  I used lots of flowers from the Paige Evans Truly Grateful collection (stickers and die cuts) as well as more of the Pretty Little Studio frames.  I layered some papers behind my photo as well as some thread.


I love how textured the frames turned out with all the gesso and liquids.  I also used a few of the Pretty Little Studio clear stickers in a few places for extra pops of color.  Here you can also see that I used some of the PLS plaid packaging as a layer behind the photo as well.


More thread over on this side…this time hot pink.


I mixed and matched my title using one of the large Truly Grateful Epoxy Sticker words and some of the matching Thickers.  I used a few more flowers here and some of the Truly Grateful sentiment stickers.


I created a cluster over on the far right side using part of a frame, more flowers and leaves and some more pink thread.  All those little dots are from the Epoxy Sticker sheet.


Here you can see all the dimension from the flowers and the texture from the thread.


I added another Pretty Little Studio sticker under the photo and then wrote my journaling down below using a black Sharpie.


Here are a few more close-ups of the background with the frames and mixed media.  I like that it’s a little bumpy and imperfect!



I hope this inspires you to try something fun with those frames!  They make a great background design.  I do have a process video here, so check it out if you’d like to see exactly how this layout came together.



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

Friday, September 6, 2019

Together Grateful / Paige Evans DT

Happy Friday, friends!  I am sharing my newest layout for the Paige Evans Design Team today.  I used Paige's new Truly Grateful collection for this, and I love how it turned out!

I could not wait to use Paper 07 with all those gorgeous trees!  I knew I wanted to fussy cut them out right away and create a fun landscape design with them.  I used thick white cardstock as my base and coated it with clear gesso first.  Once that dried, I used a few blue and green Shimmerz sprays to create a sky and some grass.  I Just sprayed the colors down, spritzed it with water and then tilted the paper from side to side and let the colors run and blend.


I placed my photo in the center of the page and then layered lots of trees on either side.  Some of them are glued flat and others have adhesive foam behind them.  This creates a lot of dimension and depth.  I used several Truly Grateful Puffy Stickers...a few birds, this cute squirrel, some mushrooms and some butterflies.  They are so tiny and cute!  I mixed and matched some pieces for my title here...and big word from the Ephemera Die Cuts and a Puffy Phrase Sticker.  I also added a Sticker here with some thread.


Look at this green!  I'm not even a huge green fan, but this turned out so rich and pretty.  I also splattered some gold Shimmerz after everything dried.  Here you can see lots of thread.  I used some green, yellow, pink and purple under the photo and big title.


In the sky, I added two puffy butterfly stickers.  I machine stitched some trails...I love doing that whenever I use butterflies.  It adds such fun texture and detail!  I also fussy cut this fun from Truly Grateful Paper 14.


Here you can see one of the cute puffy birds :)  I also added some "clouds" using some white acrylic paint and my foam ink blending tool.  I just smudged it down in a circular motion.


Here is a good angle of the dimension.  This is why I use adhesive foam a lot...it just makes things pop right off the page.


Here are even more close ups of all the details :)


I typed my journaling and cut it into strips. Sometimes I like to do that instead of hand writing it.




I hope you guys enjoyed this...I sure had a blast making it!  I love me a mixed media background with lots of bright colors :)  Have you used any of the Truly Grateful collection yet?  It's "truly" gorgeous, and I have so many more ideas for it in upcoming projects.

Be sure to check out my process video here for more details:



Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a great weekend!


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Right Now / Hip Kit Club

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I have a new layout to share today for Hip Kit Club.  Look at how gorgeous the 2019 August Hip Kits are!  I am in love with these colors and all these beautiful florals.  The theme for Monday was Fall or Back to School, and I chose Fall.  I live in Florida, so I don't have many typical Fall photos.  This is a picture of Paige on our 4-wheeler in the middle of October, so it is a Fall photo...haha!

I began with some of the Vicki Boutin packaging.  I fussy cut it out, and it created an L shape, which was perfect for a design starter.  I was able to tuck the corner of my photo in the corner of the L.  I used that as my starting point.  I wanted to layer lots of leaves and flowers around it as well as create a cluster in the upper right area.  I actually began this layout with a totally different background, but it turned into a disaster.  (((See the hot mess in action in my video...haha)))


I struggled with my title towards the end, but finally settled on Right Now from the Paige Evans Truly Grateful collection.  I love this deep pink color!  I stacked the words and added in a few of the exclusive stamps from the Color Kit.


I added some color to a few of the Pretty Little Studio white die cuts.  I used two of them here.  I used the Lindy's Stamp Gang Magical Powder in Golden Sleigh Bells from the Color Kit.  I did add gesso to them first.  I layered them in here and then added in a Truly Grateful tree and blue leaf.  I used a few Pretty Little Studio stickers and some orange thread as well.


I love the dimension here from the leaves!  Leaves are easy pieces to create depth because they curl up nicely like this.


On my background, I first added gesso.  I wanted to add some purple behind everything here, so I mixed some of the Lindy's sprays from older kits with some white acrylic paint.  It turned into a big mess, but I still scraped some of the paint onto the background.  It dried way lighter than I was expecting, so it winds up being very subtle.  You can still see it peeking around the edges of everything here.  Once I glued it all down, I machine stitched through the Vicki Boutin packaging here with some pink thread.  I wanted to enhance the L shape.


Here's the cluster over on the right side.  A combo of Truly Grateful flower & leaf die cuts, a tree sticker, a Pretty Little Studio black & white frame and sticker, and some purple thread.


I didn't add any adhesive foam behind the photo, but with all the layers, I still achieved lots of dimension.


More details :)  I added more flowers here as well as a Pocket Life card behind the photo.  I trimmed off the white border on this big flower sticker and then tucked in more leaves and flowers around it.



I am loving how this turned out, even if it was a challenge to get there...haha!  See what I mean in my video :D  I hope you get some ideas from this to try on your next project.

Here's my video:



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


Sunday, September 1, 2019

Love You / Pinkfresh Studio September Challenge

Hey there, friends!  It's a long holiday weekend here, so even thought it's Sunday, it kinda feels like a Saturday.  That is always a good thing!  I'm popping in today to share the new Pinkfresh Studio September Challenge.  We have a beautiful color palette to play with along with watercolor/mixed media.  Check it out:


Here is the layout I created using these colors and lots of mixed media :)  I started with one of the new cut files that will soon be for sale in the PFS shop.  I wanted to mix and match the two new collections: Office Hours & Just a Little Lovely.  I chose a few papers from both lines to back banner pieces with.  I used the PFS Liquid Watercolors to back the flowers (I'll explain that further down).  I used an Office Hours paper as my background as well as a few stickers.


I've been wanting to use some of these beautiful floral acetate pieces from Just a Little Lovely, and I love the dark and bold colors.  These show up best with white paper behind them since they are transparent.  Anything colored behind them is going to change the color of the images.


Once I had the cut file backed, I added some adhesive foam behind it to raise it up off the background.  I love the dimension this creates.  On the background, I used a lot of white gesso first to prep the paper.  I used the liquid watercolors to add some blues and purples.


Instead of using patterned papers to back the flowers and leaves, I used the Liquid Watercolors.  I pulled out some scrap paper and painted big splotches in green, blue, yellow, pink, purple and light coral.  Once they dried, I used those areas to back the flowers and leaves.


Once the cut file and background were complete, I glued the entire thing down and went to work on embellishing.  I created a little cluster here with a fussy cut flower, some puffy flower stickers, some leaf die cuts all from Just a Little Lovely and a Be Awesome Today sticker from Office Hours.  I also wrote my journaling down below with a white gel pen.


I added some yellow thread up around the photo since I felt like it needed a pop of something light up there.



A few more close-ups because I always take a ton :)



My title is short and simple...both sets of puffy alphas are from Office Hours.


I hope you'll play along with us this month!  You can upload your project HERE.  I loved how this turned out, and it was a fun challenge to mix and match the collections.  And as always, I love using the Liquid Watercolors!

Here's my process video of all the details:



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