Thursday, August 13, 2020

Happy in the Bahamas / Hip Kit Club

Hey, friends!  I'm back with another layout for Hip Kit Club featuring the 2020 July Hip Kits.  I created a light summery page using one of the exclusive cut files...I just adore this lined palm tree sunset scene!  I cut it on one of the Dear Lizzy papers and then painted the background to loosely match the colors.  I wanted a soft ombre effect in the background, and I love how it turned out!

I used thick smooth white cardstock as my base, and I coated it with clear gesso first.  I used a variety of mixed media products from a few different past Color Kits.  I used some of the Blush Art Philosophy Watercolors, the Stamp Market Ink Pads, some blue Lindy's Starburst Sprays from older kits.  Down at the bottom I used the scalloped stencil from the June Color Kit to create some "waves."  I used the Nuvo Mousse from the July Color Kit over that.

This striped paper instantly reminded me of a pretty sunset.  I did wind up cutting it and removing some of the colors and then gluing it back together since the colors were in a different order.  I popped up the entire cut file using adhesive foam so it would look more dimensional.  I used this cute palm tree die cut as well as some of the other exclusive die cuts.

I used a mix of products here around the photo...Maggie Holmes clear flower stickers & puffy stickers, Dear Lizzy vellum stickers, Simple Stories chipboard flowers.  So many pretty things all blended together :)

I finally found a home for this cute little toucan bird that I cut a few weeks ago from a Pocket Life card.  I put him here so he can sit on the title :)  I mixed a large Simple Stories puffy word sticker with some of the clear black Maggie Holmes alphas to make the title.  I tucked in some pink thread and added more stickers and die cuts in a few places.

I created another cluster here to the left side using more stickers, die cuts & chipboard.  To create the "waves" here at the bottom, I mixed in some modeling paste with the Nuvo Mousse to lighten the color up a bit.  I added gold splatters at the end (spray from November Kits).

I was so happy to finally use this cute birdie.  I trimmed the white border around her and placed her here so she's looking at the palm trees.  I popped her up and added some lighter pink thread under her.

I fussy cut this sun from a Dear Lizzy patterned paper.  I used the two cloud die cuts, but I added some gesso to them and smudged some yellow & orange ink onto this one.  Those little gold starbursts are from the Pink Paislee embellishment pack...I thought they looked like shiny suns!

I added a few of the tiny Maggie Holmes puffy butterfly stickers in a few places.

Here are a few more close-ups :)

I love the black Maggie Holmes clear stickers...they look like stamps!

I absolutely love how this turned out!  I hope it inspires you...this cut file is amazing, and I already have ideas to use it in a different way.  Be sure to check out my process video here for all the details on how I put this together:

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I'll see you again soon :)

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Oh Girl / Hip Kit Club

Happy Weekend, friends!  I have another new layout to share for Hip Kit Club.  I used the 2020 July Hip Kits again, and I wanted to make a non-summer page this week.  I used a lot of the Kate & Ash collection from Simple Stories.  I was first inspired by the three washi tape rolls, and I used all three patterns to create the hearts.  I added layers of each tape onto some scrap white cardstock and then used a large heart punch to create three large hearts.  I then cut around the edges of the left over tape on the cardstock to make heart outlines, which I layered in there as well.

I used a Dear Lizzy patterned paper as my background, and it suffered a lot of mixed media madness along the way...haha.  I first coated it with white gesso.  I used the wonky dots stencil from the Color Kit along with the mint Nuvo Mousse.  I scraped the mousse over it, and right away realized it was just a tad darker than I wanted it.  I wound up just wiping it all off...(UGH) which just added a light minty color to the background.  I mixed in some white gesso and a bit of blue spray (from Lindy's...older kit) and scraping to back over the stencil.  That time it was perfect!

I used lots of the Simple Stories chipboard pieces to embellish as well as some of the exclusive die cuts & Maggie Holmes stickers.  I also used a bit of the glitter cardstock from the Cardstock Kit as a layer behind the photo.
The title is one of the exclusive cut files for July, and I love it!  I cut it twice on white cardstock.  I coated one with gesso and then used a mix of yellow and orange ink pads from The Stamp Market (from older kits) to paint it yellow.  I used the second cut to off set behind it and create a little shadow effect.  I popped it up with adhesive foam and layered those adorable chipboard shoes over it.  I also tucked in some black thread for more texture.

Here you can see the washi tape hearts...they were really easy to make.  I used some of the Maggie Holmes clear stickers here and tucked in more black thread.  I wound up adding some stamping to the background as well.  I used a few of the exclusive stamps with black ink to give this page a bit of a grungy feel.

I almost didn't like how the stamping turned out, but in the end I think it works okay.  You can see some pink here, too, on the background.  I wound up adding some pink watercolor around the edges of the photo using the Blush Art Philosophy that we got in an older kit.

I used part of a Maggie Holmes dimensional sticker here...I took off the gold glitter heart and just used that part.
Here are a few more close-ups :)

It was so fun making this...I wanted to try to make a page that wasn't a pool layout, haha!  I hope it gives you some ideas to try for your next page.  The cut files this month are amazing, and I am loving all the projects created using them.

Here is my process video for this...I hope you enjoy it :)


Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Love This Girl / Paige Evans DT

Hey friends! I'm here today with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring Paige’s new Chevrons stencil, her Love This Girl cut file, and a mix of papers and embellishments from four of her collections: Bloom StreetPick-Me-UpTruly Grateful, and Whimsical.

I first cut the Love This Girl cut file from Pick-Me-Up Paper 04 using my Silhouette Cameo. Once I had it arranged with the photo, I started working on the background. I used textured white cardstock as my base, and I coated it with clear gesso first. Since the large title was mostly blue shades, I wanted bright contrasting colors on the background. I used Distress Oxides with an ink blending tool over the Chevrons stencil. I used a water brush to blend a lot of the ink, giving it a runny effect. I also splattered some white acrylic paint to give it more interest.

I did a bit of embossing with a piece of wood veneer from the Truly Grateful Mixed Embellishments. I used gold embossing powder to give the “yes” piece some sparkle.  I chose to cut the smaller flowers from the 6x8 Paper Pads instead of the 12x12 papers because the bigger flowers would cover up the title.  I needed smaller bits to enhance it so it would still be visible.  And I love that you can easily bend up the edges :)

I wanted to bring in a pop of the navy blue here under this flower die cut, so I did that with dark blue thread.

Once I had the background and title complete, I instantly thought of adding lots of flowers in those rich colors. I fussy cut lots of them from the Truly Grateful 6x8 Paper Pad and 12x12 Paper Pad papers. I wanted a few larger ones to layer around the photo and even more smaller ones to layer around the title. I popped the title up using adhesive foam to create dimension and also tucked in tangled thread in a few places.

I love the contrast in these colors. You can see the stencil work on the background and how the water allowed the inks to bleed and blend together. I layered lots of the flowers on top of some of the letters. I did cut a few from the Bloom Street 6x8 Paper Pad, too. The multi-colored leaves are from the Truly Grateful 6x8 Paper Pad. I decided to add gold splatters all over the page since I had embossed the wood veneer in gold.

Here’s a close-up of the background. I like using textured cardstock for this technique because it just adds to the awesome effect once it dries. This is a fun way to do “watercolor” without getting too messy. It starts out as ink, but just the tiniest bit of water gives a whole different look. Adding foam under the title really makes a big difference. I love the shadow effect and how it makes everything just pop right off the page.

I smudged a white ink pad around the edges of the title letters to give them a bit of interest.  This is an easy & subtle way to make a solid paper look a bit distressed.  And just by popping them off the page makes such a big impact, I think.

I also wound up adding smaller butterflies that I fussy cut from a Whimsical 12x12 Paper Pad paper. Here you can see the effect of the splattered white paint.  It lightens things up, adds texture and it just looks cool!

One more :)

I hope this gives you some ideas to try on your next layout. Be sure to check out Paige’s stencils and cut files - they are matches made in heaven!  I have a process video is you're interested :)

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

Monday, August 3, 2020

Pinkfresh Studio August Challenge / You

Happy Monday, friends! The August Challenge is up over at Pinkfresh Studio, and it's all about florals.  The color scheme is perfect for the new Celebrate collection.  This special collection is a collaboration with Altenew, and it's full of pretty flowers.

Here is what I created using Celebrate.  I started by fussy cutting these large flowers from one of the patterned papers.  They are pretty big, so I wanted them to encompass my photo and be the biggest design element on the page.  I used minimal embellishments because I wanted to keep things clean and focused on the photo & the flowers. 

My background is textured white cardstock, and I used a combination of the Pinkfresh Mini Ink Cubes & Liquid Watercolors.  Since there was a lot of pink and coral going on, I wanted to pull more from the yellow flowers and add that color the background.

I first added clear gesso to the cardstock to prep it.  I started by scraping a few of the ink pads right onto the cardstock and then spreading the color around with a water brush.  When some of the ink pads reacted with the water and gesso, they changed colors slightly.  I brought in some of the Liquid Watercolors and add more of the shade I wanted.  It took a while, but I kept working at it until it was right.  The Ink Cubes I used were Peach Fuzz, Ballet Slipper, Sparkling Rose & Coral Reef.

I added some white tissue paper and part of a pretty pink patterned paper behind the photo as well as some adhesive foam.  I added a few die cuts to the right of the photo as well as a small yellow flower that I fussy cut from a larger paper.  I also tucked in some matching thread in a few places around the photo.  The title I cut on white cardstock from the You Die Set.  I cut it twice and glued them together to make it a little thicker.

I also popped the flowers up using adhesive foam.  I love the depth and dimension this creates.  I also had a scrap left over from a previous page that had some leaf stem bits left over, so I cut them out and used them.

I used a few of the Celebrate stamps as well on the page.

I used another sentiment stamp as part of the title.

Here are more close-ups :)

I hope this inspires you to play along with us this month!  Go HERE.  As always, you could win a $50 gift card to the Pinkfresh Studio Store!  That's a GREAT gift, and there are SO many awesome products there.

Check out my process video to see how I made this:

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

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Summer Relax / Hip Kit Club

Happy Saturday, friends!  I have a new layout to share today for Hip Kit Club.  I used the 2020 July Hip Kits, and they are bursting with summer goodness...yay!  I used a lot of Dear Lizzy Here & Now as well as some of the exclusive Pocket Life cards.  I also used one of the many gorgeous summer cut files for this month.  This layout has many moving parts, so it took a while to finish, but I love how it turned out.

I cut the SUMMER cut file on white cardstock and chose a pink and orange patterned paper to back it.  I smudged white gesso on that paper and then splattered some white acrylic paint over it.  I wanted to create a faded and distressed look.  I tore a strip of the Dear Lizzy rainbow paper to add beneath that.  I used thick smooth white cardstock as my background.  I did coat it with clear gesso first.  I used a mix of the Nuvo Mousse from the Color Kit and a blue Lindy's Spray from an older kit to create the blue color wash on the background.

I wanted to have a variety of rainbow colors on this, so I made sure to spread the colors around.  I decided to add color to the actual cut file, and I wanted it to be yellow.  I used a Stamp Market ink pad from the May Color Kit...I just stamped the ink onto some plastic and then used a brush with water to "watercolor" the paper.  I machine stitched with blue thread as well once it was all dry.

I created a little cluster on the bottom half of the page under the photo.  I fussy cut "relax" and "HOT" from Pocket Life cards.  The pink flower & flamingo are Dear Lizzy stickers.  The flip flops are an exclusive die cut, and I cut the glasses from a Dear Lizzy paper.  I added in lot of thread here...some green, yellow & pink.  I used two of the Dear Lizzy label stickers to write my journaling.

I used another Dear Lizzy paper as a layer behind the photo.

Above the cut file I created another cluster.  I based it on this Dear Lizzy sticker.  I backed it with white cardstock first and then cut it out.  I hand cut a few wonky clouds and used one of the exclusive stamps to create another little sunshine.  I popped the sticker and most of the clouds with adhesive foam to create some dimension.  I also went around the edges of the clouds with a grey gelato to give them a tad of color.

I love all this color & texture!

This cut file is very detailed.  It has some palm trees, an umbrella...a few suns.  There are a few more tiny images that actually tore when I pulled the cut file off the cutting mat.  I didn't worry about it...I just concentrated on the trees and umbrella.  I recreated the suns, making them larger.  I punched two yellow circles from a Pocket Life card and smudged some yellow and orange ink around the edges to make them a little more dimensional.  I added "rays" behind the circles by punching stars from white cardstock.  I added the yellow and orange ink to those and glued them to the circles.  Instant suns :)  I used gelatos from my stash to color the trees & umbrella.

I added in a cut flamingo sticker and a few more die cuts in a few places.

I added a mix of yellow & orange thread under the suns and popped them up with adhesive foam.

A few more details...

I hope this inspires you in some way today.  The kits and cut files this month are off the charts awesome!  I can't wait to make my next page.  Be sure to check out my process video for all the MANY details of this layout...haha :D

Thanks so much for stopping by!!  Have a great weekend :)