Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Current Mood / Pinkfresh Studio

Hey there, friends!  I have a new layout to share for Pinkfresh Studio.  I started out wanting to make a circle themed page, but my plans changed and I wound up making a soft summer pool page.  I used the Keeping it Real collection to showcase these cute photos of my daughter.

I decided to create a "sky" background.  I did some stencil work on the smooth thick white cardstock.  First I coated it with clear gesso.  I created the clouds using the Cloud Builder stencil.  It looks complicated, but it's really easy!  You just smudge some ink over the edge of it and it instantly creates a line of clouds.  I used the Ink Cubes to do that with an ink blending tool.  I created the yellow sun using the Layered Sunburst Stencil.  It contains three stencils, but I just used one.  Once that was done, I used  a bit of water on a brush to blend some of the color, giving it that "left out in the rain" look.  I used the same color inks to add some color below the photos.  I just scraped the actual ink pad across the paper and used water to blend it.


I used some of the floral die cuts to embellish around the photos, and I layered a few patterned papers behind them.  I love using blue on pool layout backgrounds because it looks like water, and these colors matched the photos perfectly.

I used some of the puffy alpha word stickers for the title.  I changed the color of them a bit by smudging some white gesso over them and then a few of the pink ink pads.  Worked great!  I also added "happy" in a few places.  I used the Heather Lowercase Dies to create them on white cardstock.  I machine stitched through it using blue thread and then created a small cluster of flowers below it.
I love these pretty spring colors.  I used some of the Essentials Jewels & Crystals to add a few spots of sparkle & shine.  They make excellent center pieces for flowers, too!
I added two more "happy" pieces at the top along with a few clouds that I fussy cut from white cardstock.  I used the Cloud Builder stencil and inks again and then cut a few out.  I wanted the top of the layout to be a little more dimensional, so these did the trick.  I machine stitched through them and added some of the Jewels.

I love all this wonderful dimension!  Here you can see the difference in the smooth background cardstock and the textured cardstock I used for the clouds.  A little texture makes a big difference :)
Here are some more close-ups of all the details :)

I hope this inspires you in some way today.  It was a lot of fun to make, and even though I had a different idea when I first started, I love how it evolved into this design.  Sometimes you just have to go with what you're feeling at the time.

Here's my process video:

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

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

This is My Favorite / Pinkfresh Studio April Challenge

Happy Monday, friends!  I'm back today to share the Pinkfresh Studio April Challenge over on the blog.  The color scheme is gorgeous, and the theme is GOLD!  Yesssss!  As always, if you join us, you could win a $50 gift card to the Pinkfresh Store!  Check it out:

Here is what I came up with.  I immediately thought of the beautiful new washi tapes for this challenge because they have gold foiling on them.  I have the Anemone Magic, English Garden & Joyful Bouquet tapes.  I started with those and cut a strip of each one on my manual die cutting machine.  I stuck them to white cardstock and it cuts easily.  I decided to create a gold mixed media background to enhance all the gold in the flowers.  I used some metallic gold craft paint and gold stitching.  I used bits and pieces from the two new collections Keeping it Real and Some Days.


I used a color photo strip and went with a sort of vertical design.  I layered lots of the washi flowers on both sides of the photo strip and then also tucked in some die cut flowers.

I used the packaging technique for the background, meaning I squirted some paint onto some plastic packaging, added some water to dilute it and then smushed the plastic on to the paper.  (I did use clear gesso first).  I also used a brush to add splatters using the paint.  Once that dried, I went back and forth with my sewing machine to add all that fun stitching texture.  Here you can see the shine on the flowers!
I layered some torn patterned paper, a few cut apart pieces & one of the large envelopes behind the photos.  I did pop all of that up with some adhesive foam.  Here you can see some of the die cut flowers and even puffy sticker flower down here with the washi flowers.  I also added some of the Essentials Jewels & Crystals around the page.
I fussy cut this cute circle from a patterned paper and popped it up.  In addition to the gold splatters, I used a few of the blue Ink Cubes to add some blue splatters.  I just smushed the pads onto some plastic, added water and then splattered it around like watercolor.
For the title, I fussy cut this piece from the same cut apart sheet.  I also machine stitched on that with the same gold thread, and I textured up the edges.  I just had to add this "good for the soul" sticker...it was too perfect.
I tucked in some of the die cut leaves as well as some tangled thread in a few places.
I took lots of close-ups, so here are the rest of them :)

I hope this inspires you to come join us!  Get out your gold goodies and make something shiny! I love how this turned out.

Be sure to check out my process video to see how I made it:

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day :)

Sunday, April 4, 2021

So Much Fun / Paige Evans DT

Hello, friends!  Long time no scrap :)  I'm here today with a layout for the Paige Evans Design Team.  It's my first layout featuring Paige’s new Wonders collection and I couldn’t be more excited! It’s so colorful and full of beautiful patterns & designs. After staring at all the papers for days, I finally decided to cut into Paper 1 and create a background design using all of the bright mandala shapes. I also wanted to use the pretty yellow backside for my background. I used the mandala side from the 12x12 Paper Pad and fussy cut them all out and then arranged them on the yellow paper. I wanted a kaleidoscope of colors, so I filled the top part of the page with the mandalas and then created a smaller cluster of them at the bottom. I used a pool photo that pops against all those colors and I also used Paige’s Doily Stencil to add fun texture to the background.

Since I had so many colors in these mandalas to work with, I wanted to look for smaller embellishments from the collection to tuck in here and there.  I popped up some of the mandalas with adhesive foam to create some dimension.  I love that effect :)

To create this background texture, I first used white gesso on the yellow background. I used white to blend out a bit of the yellow and to create white space. I scraped modeling paste over the Doily Stencil using a palette knife in three places and let it dry. Next I sprayed aqua and blue Shimmerz over it and then sprayed lots of Jen Hadfield Gold Glitter Spray. I wanted gold shine on the page and this was perfect. I love how the color makes the texture from the stencil come to life and jump right off the page!
I added a few of the Cardstock Stickers in the bottom cluster of mandalas.  I popped them up and tucked in some purple tangled thread.  I used a metallic gold pen for the journaling.
I decided to go with a smaller title and my photo had the perfect open area for that. I stuck these Puffy Phrase Stickers right onto the photo and then machine stitched through them using metallic gold thread. I layered tissue paper behind the photo and a sliver of a darker blue paper from the 6x8 Paper Pad. I wanted a darker color to separate the photo from the background and this paper did that. I also tucked in bright pink thread.

There is a whole sheet of gold metallic mandala shapes in the Sticker Book, and I used a few of these.  I stuck them to white cardstock and then cut them out so I could move them around the page.
I just love looking at these bright and beautiful colors!
Colors + textures + dimension = my fave!
I didn’t want to add too many embellishments and I did add a few circle & metallic mandala stickers from the 8-Page Sticker Book and a few Chipboard Stickers. I also fussy cut another mandala from one of the 2x2 Paper Pads to add to the bottom cluster.
A few more close-ups of all the pretty things :)

 I hope you are inspired by this in some way, and that it gives you an idea or two to try on your next page.  Do you have this collection yet?  The possibilities are endless, and I can't wait to create with it again.

Here's my process video if you're interested in seeing how I made this:


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

Thursday, March 18, 2021

This is Us / Paige Evans DT

Happy Thursday!  I'm back today with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring Paige’s Go the Scenic Route collection. I used her Penny Tile Circles cut file because I was in the mood for circles. As soon as I cut it on Paper 3 using my Silhouette Cameo and peeled it off my cutting mat, I instantly fell in love with the negative piece and decided to use that as an abstract background element instead! I love when something unexpected completely changes your entire design.  

Paper 3 has all the colorful stamps on it and I mainly used it for all the color. I coated a sheet of white cardstock with clear gesso and used some Shimmerz in matching colors to add pretty watercolor effects behind where the cut file would go. Once I laid the circle piece over all that color, it seemed a bit too colorful. I smudged white gesso over a lot of it to soften things up. That made things a little too light for me, so I layered another chunk of the circle die cut paper over it again. It was a process that I just kept working on until I got it just right… haha. I love how the background turned out… finally!


I decided to embellish with lots of colorful flowers. I used a few from the Floral Die Cuts and I cut a few from patterned papers. I created a flower cluster on the left side of the page and I popped some of them up with adhesive foam to create dimension. I hand cut the orange flower from Paper 7 to bring some orange over to this side of the page. I also added in a few Chipboard Sticker dots, a Cardstock Sticker, and dark blue thread.

I was happy to use more of the Chipboard Stickers on this page.  I used a lot of the small hearts and dots.  I also made sure to use contrasting colors for the papers I layered behind the photos.  I did use a pink scrap behind them, but it is separated by the other colors.  So the pink in the photos doesn't touch the pink layer...if that makes sense :)
I was happy with how the background finally turned out.  I love getting surprised like this...when your original idea just vanishes as soon as you see something else that sparks an idea.  I feel like it has been a while since I had that happen.  This background reminds me of bubble wrap...haha!
I layered a few paper scraps from the 12x12 Paper Pad & 6x8 Paper Pad behind the photos and mixed and matched the short title. I used some of the Foam Thickers and combined them with blue Mini Foam Thickers. I layered in another fussy cut flower, a large Chipboard Sticker heart and yellow thread. I love how the cut file looks here. I wanted it to look artsy and random with lots of color and I love how the navy blue pops against it.
Here you can see all the layering...you can see what I meant about the pink layer on the very bottom.  I wanted the contrasting colors to be closer to the photos to break up the pink. 
I haven't used a lot of the metallic blue foiled pieces in this collection yet...until now.  I cut this mandala piece from a die cut and tucked it in the corner here.

I tucked in a few more flowers here as well as more Chipboard Sticker dots and Puffy Phrase Sticker dots. I wanted to use lots of pink shades without going into pink overload and I think all the other colors mixed in helps balance it all out.
Wow I took a lot of close-ups..haha!

I hope you'll watch the process video for this...you can see exactly how this background was born :D  I also hope this inspires you in some way...it was a lot of fun to make.


Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!