Tuesday, January 15, 2019

This is Perfect / Shimmerz Education Team

Hey there, friends!  I'm here today with my first layout of the new year for the Shimmerz Educatin Team using lots of beautiful Shimmerz.  I was in the mood to create some layered butterflies, so I did just that.  I used a sheet of white cardstock and coated it with white gesso.  I pulled several original Shimmerz Paints and began adding them to the cardstock.  I used the packaging technique, water sprays and a brush to basically color the entire sheet.  I also added in some Vibez, Coloringz, and Spritz to add even more color variations.  Once it was all dry, I cut out the butterflies using my Silhouette Cameo.  These images are the Butterfly Background cut file from Paige Evans.

Once I peeled them off the mat, I stacked them, glued them together and then stitched down the middle.  I love how colorful and dimensional they turned out!

Creating a layout "from scratch" using only cardstock is a lot of fun.  The butterflies took up so much space on the page that I didn't need much else to finish it.  I pulled a few alphas from my stash to use for my title as well as a few heart stickers.

I am in love with these butterflies!  I used so many colors, and they blended so well together.  This green color is Vibez Elfin Magic which has a gold powder shimmer finish.  The yellow color is Vibez Mustard Seed, and the blues are a mix of Shimmerz Peacock's Plume & Coloringz Well Blue Me Down.  The wings are easy to bend up once they're stitched together.  I added a sequin to the middle of each stack.  Those are from SpiegelMom Scraps.

I took a lot of close-ups of the details.  Even though these butterflies look complicated, they were honestly very easy to make.

I used a soft pink cardstock for the background.  I added some white gesso first and then came over that with a blend of Dazzlerz Tutti Frutti (a soft pink texture paste) and Shimmerz Pip Pip Cherry-O.  I used a palette knife to smudge the two together to create a pink color.  I added a few of the spare butterflies on the cardstock and then stitched some trails behind them.

I left the messy strings from the thread on the butterflies...I love the whimsy effect it creates.

The Dazzlerz are so shimmery!  I used Coloringz Night Moves after everything was glued down to add some black pops.


More close-ups!

I hope this inspires you in some way.  I really enjoyed creating it...make sure you watch my process video to see how I made it from start to finish!

Supplies Used: 
Dazzlerz--Tutti Frutti

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Merry / Hip Kit Club

Happy Friday, my friends!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Hip Kit Club.  I'm still using up the 2018 December Hip Kits, and they continue to inspire me.  I wanted to use this adorable frame paper from the Main Kit, so I fussy cut a lot of them out.  I played around with the arrangement and settled on a vertical design.  I chose two photos of different size and added them behind some frames.  I treated each square like a tiny layout and used lots of embellishments on them.

Mot of the embellishments are exclusive this month.  Here you can see that I raised up all the frames using some foam adhesive under them.  I used some of the exclusive chipboard stickers, puffy stickers, die cuts and sequins.

I used white cardstock as the background.  I coated it with clear gesso first and then pulled out the Color Kit.  I used the Red Necking and The Holly & The Ivy to add lots of red and green.  I also used a few colors from previous kits, including Miner Miner 49er.  Those cute black clear stickers are in the Project Life Kit.

Here you can see more embellishments...more puffy stickers, die cuts and even a wood veneer button.  To tone down the brassy gold on the puffy stickers, I smudged on some white gesso.  It works so well, and it creates more of a matte gold look.

I added some machine stitching detail to a few of the squares.  I backed them all with either patterned paper or Project Life cards.  I love how they turned out, and the dimension really makes them pop of the page.

I wanted some extra texture peeking through the frames, so I added in some tangled thread in matching colors.

I used one of the die cut labels for my journaling and stuck it on the left hand side.

Okay, here are even more detail shots because we all know I take too many...haha.

I hope this inspires you to cut up this frame paper and make a cool layout with it!  This was fun to make, and the frames actually helped the layout come together really easily.  Be sure to check out my process video here.

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

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Happy New Year / Paige Evans DT

Happy New Year, friends! I'm back today to share a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team using the Whimsical collection. I used Paige’s Fireworks cut file to showcase these cute photos of my daughter from a few years ago. I always think of fireworks on New Year’s Eve, so this was perfect. I used Paper 02 as my background and I cut the fireworks on it first. Before peeling it off the mat, I coated most of it with white gesso to prep it for some mixed media. I used a few ink sprays on it before backing the open spots. I wanted lots of color pops, so I backed most of it with Paper 15 and all the stars with various patterned papers.

I wanted some shiny gold on the layout so I used Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine on some of the stars left on the cutting mat. I also punched a few smaller ones and scattered them around the page. I embellished around my photos with stickers from the Whimsical Sticker BookStickers6x6 Paper Pad, and Floral Die Cuts. I also used a few paper scraps as layers behind the photos as well as some tissue paper and adhesive foam. I also added a few star Rub-Ons right onto the photos.

I went simple with the title. I used the “Happy” Rub-On and applied it to white cardstock and then fussy cut it. This allowed me to move it around and add it on top of my photos. I completed the title with the Foam Mini Thickers. I love those rainbow colors! I used some shimmery ink sprays to color the green star behind the rub-on. I also fussy cut the sentiment piece below the title from a patterned paper and stitched through it.

I really love how this background turned out. I decided to stitch lines through all of the cut file dotted lines with rainbow thread colors. I love the texture and color this gives! I added tiny pieces of dimensional adhesive behind the little gold stars to give them some dimension as well.

I started out this page not wanting to use flowers, but that changed...haha!  I love tucking them in as layers, and here they add great pops of color.

I added in some tangled thread in various colors in a few places.  I love getting to use purple!

And here are a few more close-ups of all the fun details...

I hope this inspires you to create something fun and bright this week! Be sure to check out Paige’s cut files for inspiration. I always get ideas for my pages just by browsing through them and finding ways to use them. Thanks so much for stopping by and here’s to another fun-filled year of scrapping!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Jolly Good Laughter / Hip Kit Club

Hello, friends!  Happy New Year!  I have a new layout for Hip Kit Club to share today using the December 2018 Hip Kits.  There are a ton of these gorgeous ornament die cuts in the Embellishment Kit, and I had the idea to use a lot of them hanging from the top of my page.  So I did just that!

I used the light blue patterned paper from the Main Kit as my background.  I coated a lot of it with white gesso so the ornaments would stand out a bit more.  I tinted the gesso slightly with some of the Shimmerz from the Color Kit.  I splattered down some of the Creameez Red Necking & Inklingz The Holly & The Ivy and then scraped some of the Dazzlerz Spun Sugar over it.  It gave a very light tint of the colors with some added shimmer.  I also just splattered the colors down along with some of the gold Miner Miner 49er from an older kit.

These silly photos were perfect for this page since there were red & white striped ornaments to match her shirt!  Look at her goofy faces...haha!

You know I'm a huge Paige Evans fan, and she has perfected the Chain Stitch.  I finally got brave enough to try it, and I really love the effect it creates!  My lines aren't perfectly straight, but I still love how this looks with the ornaments.  I used light pink, light blue and metallic gold thread.  The gold was pretty stiff and didn't want to stitch very well, but I was forceful with it...haha.

I added some "snow" to the background as well.  It's easy to do...just water down some white acrylic paint and splatter it with a brush.  I embellished around my photos using some of the shiny gold die cuts, chipboard pieces and that cute ticked die cut.

I took way too many close-ups of these ornaments...haha!

I added some chipboard pieces under the photos as well as some packaging.  I also tucked in an epoxy circle.  I mixed and matched my title using different puffy stickers.  I toned down the gold shine on the "Jolly Good" stickers by smudging some white gesso over them.  I also added gesso to "Laughter" and painted them with Shimmerz Well Blue Me Down to make them more aqua.

Here's a closer look at the chain stitch.  Not perfect, but pretty decent for my first try :)  It's easier to watch how I did it than explain it here.  You can probably get an even better explanation watching Paige Evans do it...she's the master!

Here you can see how I altered the puffy stickers.  You can change the color of anything...there is always a way :)  I usually include gesso in that alteration.  I added a few more puffy stickers to the right as well as another chipboard piece.  I wrote my journaling in gold pen.

And a few more close-ups...

I hope this inspires you in some way.  Maybe you'll give the chain stitch a try or try a new technique you've never done before.  You never know if you'll love something until you give it a go :)  I really loved making this and how it turned out.  I do have a video here...woo hoo!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I can't wait to share more projects coming in the new year!  Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019 Pinkfresh Studio Design Team

Happy New Year, my wonderful scrappy friends!  I wanted to start the new year off by sharing some great news.  I am joining the 2019 Pinkfresh Studio Scrapbooking Design Team!  I'm more than excited to be a part of this group of amazingly talented ladies.  I can't wait to get started!

Here are all the designers:

Amy Jo Vanden Brink
Anett Gelencsér

Flóra Mónika Farkas
Jung AhSang
Lorilei Murphy
Missy Whidden
Vincenza Gudor
Zsoka Marko

I'm so grateful for this fantastic opportunity and to make even more friendships in this wonderful crafty community!  Thank you to Kinnari and Lea for having me!

Have a great New Year's Day!!