Friday, May 17, 2019

Happy / Paige Evans DT

Hey, friends!  Happy Friday...yay!!  I have a new layout to share today for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring the Horizon collection. One thing I love about Paige’s cut files is how they can also be used as stencils. I wanted to create a fun textured background, so I cut the Mandala Half cut file from white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo 3. I used thick smooth white cardstock as my background and scraped white modeling paste over the stencil. I wanted the design to cover half the background. Once it dried I used lots of ink sprays to add a colorful watercolor effect. I love how the colors spread and blended in between all the hills and valleys of the paste. The paste itself absorbed some of the color and I just love the end result.

I cut some fun flower shapes from one of the foiled papers in the 6x8 Paper Pad and scattered them around the bottom of the page around the photo. They have so many colors and I thought they made a great embellishment. I used a few tags from the Ephemera Die Cuts under my photo and added a little bit of cord through the ends. I also tucked a few other die cuts under there as well. I went simple with the title and used one of the Chipboard Stickers which I placed on top of the photo. I also had a leftover circle from my last layout that I punched from Paper 11 and adhered to the photo. I love all of the dimension here. Creating layers makes instant dimension!

Here you can see how cool the background texture is. This really was easy to do even though it looks complicated. I decided to use a black & white photo to really let all the colors shine. I used a bit of Paper 21 as a layer behind my photo.

I created a matching cluster over to the left of the page using the same fussy cut flowers. I added some sequins from my stash to the centers. I finished this area off with another fussy cut circle, an Epoxy Sticker, and tangled thread.

I added some sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps in the centers of the flowers for some added detail.  I just love how the flower petals easily pop off the page.

I tucked this blue label shaped die cut under the photo.  I had actually already cut it in half because I used the other half on another page.  Don't waste the parts of die cuts you can't see...might as well cut it and use it elsewhere.

I love how this background turned out.  It really was easy to do...the paste and ink does all the work.

Here are a few more up close shots of all the details:

I hope this inspires you to create your own stencil from one of Paige’s cut files. It’s so much fun to make your own backgrounds like this and stencils give you the opportunity to create some awesome textures! Be sure to check out my process video for even more details!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have an awesome weekend!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

One Happy Girl / Hip Kit Club

Hello again, friends!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Hip Kit Club.  Once again, I'm using the 2019 April Hip Kits.  This is my sixth page using these kits, and they continue to inspire me.  I used a lot of the Paige Evans Horizon collection for this.  I was in the mood to punch some papers, so I pulled out an old loopy loop Martha Stewart border punch and created some rainbow strips from that gorgeous Horizon sunburst Paper 03.  I layered them together and machine stitched through each row with matching thread.  I love all the texture!

I used thick white cardstock as my background, and I used lots of different colors behind the papers and embellishments.  I used several Shimmerz sprays from past Color Kits as well as the Fuzzy Navel Magical Powder from Lindy's Gang from the April Color Kit.  Here you can see the fun texture created from the punched strips.  I created a small cluster here using some die cut flowers, a flower cluster that I cut from a Pocket Life card, some Horizon stickers, and an exclusive puffy sticker.

I used a photo strip in black and white.  This allows all those bright colors to really pop.  I used so many colorful things here as layers...Horizon stickers, chipboard stickers, a Dear Lizzy dimensional sticker, a puffy sticker, and a fussy cut flower.  I also used a few of the 4x6 Pocket Life cards behind the photo.  I added a pop of darker blue with some tangled thread.

I added one of the Horizon tags here under the photo strip.  I cut it up instead of using it as is.  I mixed and matched the title using the navy exclusive puffy alphas with a Horizon sticker.

I've been wanting to use this green "weekend" puffy sticker, and I love how it looks here with the green spray on the background.

Here are even more close-ups of all the fun colors, details and textures.

I added this piece to the edge of the photo here.  It was actually a globe die cut, but I cut it and made it a circle.

This page was so fun to make :)  I hope you got some idea from this.  Do you have any older border punches like this one?  I need to use mine more.

Here's my video in case you'd like to watch :)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Hello Spring / Pinkfresh Studio

Happy Tuesday, friends!  Here is another layout I created for Pinkfresh Studio using the Joyful Day collection along with the Embroidered Blossoms Die Set.  I love using the Liquid Watercolors, and I was in the mood to create some flowers. 

I cut lots of different sized flowers and leaves on some white mixed media paper using my manual die cutting machine.  I spritzed them with water and then added some of the watercolor using a small brush.  The water helps the color to spread and blend, and I just love all the fun colors.  I painted the leaves the same way using a few of the green watercolors.  I also cut a few flowers using some of the Joyful Day patterned papers.  I added a touch of the watercolors to them as well to add some shading.

I decided to create a half circle arc for my design.  This Spring photo of my daughter was perfect for this!

I love all the colors and textures from the flowers.  Before adhering anything, I added some watercolor to the white cardstock background.  I first added some clear gesso, and then came in with the pink and yellow watercolors.  I used a brush mostly.  I tucked in a bit of tangled thread in matching colors here and there and then very carefully glued it all down.  I always like to leave room for the ends to bend up.

Here you can see how cool the effect of the watercolor is on the flowers & leaves.  And I love how the plain flowers look mixed in with the patterned paper ones.

To get this half circle shape just right, I used a large bowl and traced it with a pencil.  So high tech...haha!

I went very simple for my title.  I combined both sets of puffy alpha stickers from the collection.  I love how the block letters look mixed with the scripty ones.  I added my journaling at the end, and I used a pink fine tip Sharpie.

A few more close-ups...

One last shot of the cluster I created in the upper left hand corner using the same things.  I also used a few of the Joyful Day Die Cut Ephemera pieces.

I hope this inspires you in some way, or at least gives you a few ideas to try on your next page.  I truly love these's really fun to paint your own flowers!  Be sure to check out my process video here for more details:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Rare & Beautiful / Hip Kit Club

It's Friday...woo hoo!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Hip Kit Club.  I used the 2019 April Hip Kits.  I realized I hadn’t used any stickers from the Dear Lizzy Sticker Sheet in the Embellishment Kit, so I began with that.  I love the yellows, oranges, pinks and reds together.   I used a few photos of my daughter standing by a therapy horse at school, and I think they match really well.

I began with some of the Tutu Pink Cardstock from the Cardstock Kit as my background.  I covered a lot of it with white gesso and then came in with some of the Lindy’s Gang Starburst Sprays from last month’s Color Kit as well as some of the Fuzzy Navel Peach Magical Powder from the April Color Kit.  I also used a few Shimmerz from previous kits to create a fun watercolor design behind everything.  I layered in a lot of the cute fruit stickers and hearts around the photos.

I added more of the Dear Lizzy stickers on the left side.

This cute banner sticker fit perfectly under the photos.  I hadn’t used any of those metallic gold Maggie Holmes shapes, either, so I incorporated them onto my page.  I muted the gold brassy effect by smudging some white gesso over them.  This gives them more of a softer shine.  This row of hearts was perfect for the space under the banner.  I also added an exclusive puffy sticker there as well.

Here you can see how they still shine, but with more of a muted effect.  I think this matches well with the soft gold on the Dear Lizzy stickers.  I did add some adhesive foam under the banner here to create some dimension.

I wrote my journaling in gold pen instead of black.  I wanted to keep the softness going, and I felt gold was a better choice since the page has no black on it.

This balloon sticker is adorable, and it was perfect for the center of the two photos.  I tucked in some metallic gold thread here as well as a piece of Horizon paper.

One more close-up of the details and dimension!

I hope this inspires you to use something from the kits that you haven’t touched yet.  I need to challenge myself to do this more often.  Be sure to check out my process video here if you’d like to see this layout come together.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Love Sweet Reese / Pinkfresh Studio

Happy Thursday, friends!  I have a new layout for Pinkfresh Studio to share today.  I was sorting through the Joyful Day collection and the packaging for the Chipboard Frames jumped out at me.  I decided to use it as a featured design element on my layout.  I love how it turned out!

I used thick white cardstock as my base, and I coated it and the chipboard with gesso.  I glued the chipboard down and then pulled out the Liquid Watercolors.  I thought a rainbow color scheme would be pretty, so I watercolored each frame a different color.  I added some white acrylic paint in the mix to lighten the colors up and add some variation.  I used a black and white photo to really enhance all those bright colors.


I decided to go for a tone-on-tone look.  I embellished with lots of little goodies...Stickers, Mixed Embellishments, Die Cut Ephemera, Puffy Stickers and some images I fussy cut from the Simple Pleasures paper.  I also machine stitched through the chipboard with some white thread for added texture and detail.

At first I wanted to keep the watercolor inside all the frames.  Later on, I felt like the rest of the layout was too white and clean.  I decided to extend some of the watercolor to the outside of the frames, and it made a big difference.

It's fun to mix and match all the bits & pieces like this.  I always look closely at the patterned papers to see what I can fussy cut.  In a few of the frames I tucked in some coordinating colors of tangled thread.  I even kept the color blocking going with the title.

I added some adhesive foam under some of the embellishments to make sure the height stayed even with the chipboard.

Have you ever used packaging like this on a layout?  It makes is so easy to create depth.  And this big piece kept my background from bending and warping since it's so big :)

More details of the textures...

I was so happy to see that this space was perfect for this big "love" puffy sticker.  The "l" drops so low, and it fit so nicely beside the photo.  And it was the perfect color!

One more!

I hope this gives you some inspiration to try on your next page!  It was a lot of fun to make.  The frames created the best little spaces for embellishing.

Check out all the details and more here in my video:

Thank you so much for stopping by, and I'll see you again soon!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Ice Tossing Adventure / Paige Evans DT

Hello again, friends! I'm back today with my newest layout for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring the beautiful Horizon collection. I was inspired to use the Washi Tape for two reasons—first, I hadn’t used it at all yet. Second, I really love the color scheme. I started by covering a big chunk of white cardstock with strips of the Washi Tape. Once it was filled up, I used a 1 ½" circle punch to create lots of circles. I was also inspired by Paper 11 which has all those colorful globes on it. My punch was the perfect size to create even more circles from that paper. I spent lots of time trying to configure the circles and finally decided to create rows under the photo. Yes, that’s my little Paige throwing ice into the pool… one of her favorite activities… haha!

 I used Paper 20 as my background. I wanted to add in more of that periwinkle blue and lime green color so I tore some pieces from Paper 10 and Paper 21 and added them to the top. I smudged white gesso onto the background so I could add in some mixed media. I used a combination of Distress Oxides and Shimmerz spray inks to create a watercolor effect with some plastic packaging. I also added in a lot of splatters.

I wanted to showcase all those beautiful colors in the circles so I created a few rows of circles under the photo. I topped a few of them with Stickers and Epoxy Stickers. I also machine stitched through all the rows with metallic gold thread.

I mixed and matched my title using a Chipboard Sticker and the navy Mini Foam Thickers from the Pick-Me-Up collection. I layered in a Floral Die Cut and a floral Chipboard Sticker under the left of the photo. I added a pop of dark blue with tangled thread. I layered a punched circle on top of the open space of the photo. That phrase fits my child so well lol.

I love how the white gesso softens up the print on the background, but it's still slightly visible.  This just helps the embellishments to stand out a bit more.

I really love this blue, green & pink color scheme.  I knew I wanted to add in a few flowers, and these pretty pink ones were perfect.

Another reason I wanted to use circles as my main design element was because Paige's swimsuit has circles on it.  I get excited about layouts when I can pull ideas like that and make it come to life...haha!

I love how this little cluster turned out on the upper left side.  I added in a pop of dark blue with some thread, and then I splattered more white acrylic paint.  I always love how the white pops off darker backgrounds.

I added two washi tape circles above the photo because I felt like something needed to go up there to break up some of the solid blue.

I wanted to echo the circles on the upper left side of the page, so I adhered a few of the punched circles. I topped the cluster off with a floral Sticker and leaves from the Floral Die Cuts. I really love this deep pink mixed with purple and periwinkle. That pop of purple is from the Epoxy Stickers. Here you can also see the rolled up edges of the patterned paper which instantly creates dimension.

And one more for fun!

Ohhhh I had so much fun making this one!  As you'll see in my video, it did take some twists and turns before coming to fruition, but that's the fun of it.  Experimenting and playing around until you get it just like you want it :)

Check out my video for all the details:

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