Monday, June 14, 2021

Fantastic Fun Adventures / Paige Evans DT

Happy Monday, friends!  I'm sharing my newest layout for the Paige Evans Design Team today.  I used Paige's Wonders collection along with one of her older cut files.  It's called Wonky Plaid Background, and I cut in on Paper 02 from Wonders.  I just love the rainbow colors!  I tore the paper and added parts of it to a sheet of thick white cardstock.  I coated most of the background with clear gesso to prep it for some fun mixed media :)

I used a variety of Shimmerz sprays...I used Deep Blue Sea, Jeni B Bleu, Elfin Magic, Mustard Seed, No Yoking, Pop Art Pink, Cotton Candy and Princess.  I embellished with lot of the large flowers from the Floral Die Cuts.

I just love these giant flowers.  They seemed intimidating at first, but once I started playing with them they were really fun to use.  I layered two over here on the right side and tucked in some green and blue thread.  I also used a gold foiled heart that I took off of one of the Lollies stickers.

I created another flower cluster over on the bottom right area using more of the large flowers.  I also fussy cut a few smaller ones from a tag on Paper 12.  The white spots are from some white acrylic paint that I splattered with a brush.
For the title I mixed and matched one of the Puffy Phrase Stickers with some of the little mini alphas from the 8-page Sticker Book.  I stuck the letters to some white cardstock and then cut it out so it would be one word.  I popped it up with some adhesive foam, and then I added "adventures" which I cut from Paper 12.  I mixed two blue threads here as well.
I couldn't resist making a cute banner border out of these cute Puffy Stickers.  I stuck them to some white cardstock first and then cut them out.
More big beautiful flowers over here on this side along with some orange and pink thread.  I just love how the flowers and leaves curl up like this :)

At the top of the photo I layered in a few more big journaling spot die cuts and a few more smaller flowers.

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

I really had fun putting this page together...I just love using ALL the colors like this!  I hope this gives you some ideas to try on your next layout.  

Be sure to check out my process video to see the journey this page took...haha :D

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

Monday, June 7, 2021

A Good Day / Pinkfresh Studio June Challenge

Hey there, friends!  The Pinkfresh Studio June Challenge is up, and it's all about DIE CUTS. The color scheme coordinates with the Happy Blooms collection.  Check it out!

Here's what I came up with :)  I thought I'd start by creating some die cuts.  I used the Phrase Builder: You Die Set to cut a bunch of "awesome" words.  I used six papers in rainbow shades from the Happy Blooms 6x6 Paper Pad.  I played around with them and decided to create an actual rainbow using the words.  I love how it turned out!


I used thick, smooth white cardstock for the background.  I coated it with clear gesso first and then used the Sky Blue Liquid Watercolor to create a big color wash.  I wanted a sky and some water since I used a pool photo.  I let that dry and then arranged the die cuts.  I lightly glued them down and then machine stitched through each arc using white thread.

I love creating a "sky" and "water" when I use pool just looks like the photo is part of the background.  I used some of the floral die cuts in a few places to embellish.  For the title I used some of the green puffy alphas, but I changed the color.  I used my finger to smudge some white gesso over them and let it dry.  Then I painted them with the same watercolor I used on the background.  It worked great!  I layered another "awesome" over that.
I did pop up this pink flower with some adhesive foam.  I topped all the flowers with some of the Essentials Jewels...such great texture and sparkle!  I also added some around the flowers & title as well.
I tucked in more flower die cuts here around the photo.

I wanted to jazz up the "sky" area, so I hand cut some fluffy clouds out of some scrap white cardstock.  I used a grey gelato to smudge a bit of color on them and then machine stitched through the bottoms to give them a bit of texture and interest.  I popped them up with some adhesive foam and then sprinkled some Jewels around them.
I did splatter some watered down white acrylic paint and some metallic gold spray.
More close-ups of all the fun details :)

I hope this inspires you in some way today :)  And please come join us for the challenge!  You could win a $50 Gift Card to the Pinkfresh Studio Store...woo hoo!

Here's my process video if you'd like to see how I made this:

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

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Hello Lovely You / Paige Evans DT

Hey friends!  I'm back today to share a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring Paige’s Wonders collection. This layout and color scheme was inspired by the cute little rainbow from the Chipboard Stickers. It was the first item I pulled to use and I based the rest of the page around it. 

I used the Peony Pop-Up Die to cut five large flowers using various patterned papers from Wonders using my manual die cutting machine. I chose papers that matched the colors in the rainbow sticker. I wanted lots of background texture, so I used Paige’s Polka Dots Stencil with modeling paste over a sheet of thick, smooth white cardstock. I did coat it with clear gesso first. Once the background was dry and I had the flowers arranged, I used a mix of Distress Oxides and Shimmerz sprays to create lots of color over the paste. I wanted to create a tone-on-tone effect with the colors.

Once the color was dry, I began arranging the embellishments around the photo and flowers. I used the Chipboard Sticker rainbow, one from the Lollies that I took apart, and one that I fussy cut from Paper 24. I layered them and popped them up with adhesive foam. I used a few of the Paper Flowers in matching areas and a few hearts from the Cardstock Stickers. For the title I used the Hello Lovely stamp from the Acrylic Stamps and mixed it with one of the Epoxy Phrase Stickers. I even used a few of the tiny flower stickers from the 8-Page Sticker Book. I used the crepe paper from one of the Lollies and layered it at the bottom of the photo.

This blue is my favorite! I just love the awesome texture from the Polka Dots Stencil and that beautiful deep blue color. This blue flower was cut from Paper 6. I used a few blue pieces here including a bird from the 8-Page Sticker Book that I attached to white cardstock and cut out. I also used a bit of the Washi Tape here as well as matching thread. I added gold splatters after everything was finished to give it a bit of shine.
Lots of yellow over pretty :)  I used a Paper Flower and a sticker from the 8-page Sticker Book.  It's so fun to go through the collection and pick things of a certain color.
Ahhhhh texture :)  Some of the circles were squished when I moved the stencil around, but I actually love that it's not perfect.  And look how cute this ladybug is!  I popped her up with some adhesive foam.  I made sure to add lots of glue to everything to make sure it stayed down on top of all this bumpy texture.  I use the Scotch Tacky great!
I fussy cut this "sunshine" piece from a Die Cut and added it above the orange flower.  I love that it arcs, so it was perfect.
I used the Seedless Preserves & Wild Honey Distress Oxides with this stamp to create a fun matching ombre effect, and it turned out so nice!  I just love all of these fun elements here...hearts, flowers, rainbows...all my faves!
Here are more close-ups because I couldn't stop taking them :)

I did add three layers of adhesive foam under the middle rainbow since there was so much dimension. 

I really had a great time making this page, and I hope it inspires you in some way.  I have to say it was so fun to start with that little chipboard rainbow and base the whole page around that.  In the past I tend to just jump right in with intentions of using a particular piece, but then by the time the layout is almost finished I can't make it work.  So I started with it and that guaranteed that it would be used.

Be sure to check out the process for this's a journey!

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

Monday, May 17, 2021

Home Sweet Home / Paige Evans DT

Happy Monday, friends!  I'm excited to share a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team that features a new cut file.  This is the Butterfly Wreath cut file that is part of Paige's 20 Days of Spring Cut Files.  You can purchase them HERE.  I used Paige's Wonders collection.

I started by cutting the butterflies once on Wonders Paper 15 and again on plain textured white cardstock.  I wanted to create some depth and layers, so I glued them together and arranged the wreath on some smooth white cardstock.  I wanted a dark blue color behind it, so after using clear gesso on the background, I used a few blue Distress Oxides.  I just scraped the pads directly onto the paper in the shape of the wreath and then sprayed water onto it to activate the inks.  I did a few layers of this to get it darker.  I wanted the blue butterflies to stand out. 

Here you can see the layers on the cut file...I love how the edges curl up!  I popped up the entire thing with adhesive foam to create even more dimension and shadowing.  I decided later to add a few more colors of ink next to the blue.  I fussy cut lots of different colored butterflies from Paper 08 to scatter around the page as well.

I added pink and orange here under where the photo strip is.  I used a mix of Distress Oxides and Shimmerz sprays.  I layered some white tissue paper and a few patterned papers under the photo strip as well as some adhesive foam to give it some lift.  I went small with the title and used a little sentiment that I fussy cut from Paper 12 that has all the tags.  I also added a navy blue "Today" from the Puffy Phrase Stickers.
I wanted a pop of the dark blue here on the right so I tucked in a tag from the Ephemera Die Cuts.
I glued all the fussy cut butterflies all around the layout to spread all the colors around and break up all the blue.  I also tucked in some green thread here down at the bottom.

I added a few stickers above the photos from the Cardstock Stickers and the 8-page Sticker Book.

I finished off the big butterflies with large sequins that I glued to the centers.  I love how that looks!
A few more close-ups just because :)

I really love how this turned out!  I hope it inspires you to check out the 20 Days of Spring Cut Files...they are all amazing (as usual).  

Here's my process video if you'd like to see the journey this layout took:


Thanks so much for stopping in, and have a wonderful week!