Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Keepin' it Cozy / Pinkfresh Studio

Hello again, friends!  Before I share my project for today, I wanted to let you know that my YouTube Channel has been hacked.  I cannot log in or access it.  It's being investigated by Google as we speak, and I'm hoping that they can get this resolved.  So if you see anything strange or suspicious going on over there, please know it's not me.  The process video of this layout is over there, but be careful about watching my videos.  The hacker has removed my photo, my banner photo and has renamed the channel in a foreign language.  I'll update you when I know what's happening.

Here's my newest layout for Pinkfresh Studio using the new Home For the Holidays collection.  It's so cute!  It has lots of traditional colors as well as some blues and yellows.  This cute Mistletoe Kisses cut file is available in the Pinkfresh Store.  I also used the Liquid Watercolors on this page.

I used smooth white cardstock for my background, and I coated most of it with clear gesso.  I wanted to add a light and wintry color on the background, so I mixed the Sky Blue & Aquamarine Liquid Watercolors.  When that dried, I added "snow" by watering down some white acrylic paint and splattering it down.  (Although we are in Florida and were wearing shorts in these photos...haha!)  I backed the cut file with papers from the collection, added adhesive foam behind it and tucked my photos around in a few places.  I mixed and matched the title using the white puffy alphas from this collection and the smaller green alphas from an older collection.

At first I wanted to use my photos in a strip...that's how I printed them.  But later I decided to cut them and scatter them around.  I added some dark blue thread in a few places and wrote my journaling with my metallic gold pen.

I wanted to add a frosted effect to the cut file, so I used my fingers to smudge some white gesso over the patterned papers.  I used white cardstock for the berries...I used the Candy Apple Liquid Watercolor to paint them.  I embellished around the page with Home For the Holidays stickers, puffy stickers, die cuts and epoxy stickers.

Even though I never get to experience snow where I live, it doesn't stop me from adding it my layouts...haha :)  Here you can see the awesome effects of the adhesive foam...I love that dimension and shadowing!

I used a few of the cute birds on this page.  One is a sticker and one is a puffy sticker.

I fussy cut "joy" from a patterned paper for a pop of red in this area of the page.

Even more close-ups...

That's it for this layout!  I hope it inspires you in some way...it was so fun to make.  This is a darling collection, and I hope you'll use it for your holiday projects!

I'll keep you posted on my YouTube drama....

Have a great day!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

She Loves Leaves / Hip Kit Club

Hey there, friends!  Just popping in today to share my newest layout for Hip Kit Club.  I created this using the 2019 October Hip Kits.  These kits are full of beautiful Fall leaves, and I've already used a lot of them on previous pages.  I decided to create my own leaves by fussy cutting them from patterned paper.  All these leaves were cut from those adorable trees from Truly Grateful Paper 07 by Paige Evans.  This is just a fun new way to use that paper if you've already used the trees and want to try something different!

These cute photos of my daughter were perfect for this...an believe it or not, these photos were taken in May...haha.  Here in Florida, we don't really get a true Fall season, so I made it work for me :)  I used a Pinkfresh Studio patterned paper as my background.  I cut one of the exclusive cut files (Leaf Rows) and used it as a stencil on the background.

I scraped modeling paste over the stencil using a palette knife and let it dry.  It makes some amazing texture!  I used all three colors of Lindy's Starburst Sprays from the Color Kit over the paste.  I sprayed the colors down, spritzed it with a bit of water and let it spread around and blend.  I didn't want to get too crazy with the background colors because the leaves were so colorful.  I created some more dimension by adding some adhesive foam behind some of the leaves.

After I arranged the leaves in a "falling" pattern, I decided to add a few more.  I pulled out a very old Martha Stewart leaf punch and punched some leaves from white cardstock.  I used the Lindy's Glittering Gold Magical Powder from a previous Color Kit to color them metallic gold.  They turned out so pretty!  I sprinkled those around the page.

I love this texture!

I went light on the embellishments since the leaves were the star of the layout.  With all that pattern and color, the page didn't need much more.  I did add a few colors of tangled thread in a few places.

I went simple with the title.  I mixed and matched some of the puffy alphas with the puffy words here.  I just had to use the word "leaves."  It was meant to be :)  I did add glue behind the smaller alphas since I had used so much paste and gesso.

More close-ups of all the details :)

I fussy cut this "beautiful" from a Pocket Life card...I love the pop of this green color here, and it gave me a nice spot to add my journaling.

I hope this inspires you to try something new...like cutting leaves from trees :)  Always take a second look at your patterned papers.  There is no rule saying that you MUST use the images as they are. 
Don't be afraid to cut things up or change their shape or color.  Just go for it!

Here's my process video if you're interested:

Thanks so much for visiting me today!  See you soon :)

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Thankful / Pinkfresh Studio November Challenge

Happy Sunday, friends!  The Pinkfresh Studio November Challenge is up, and I have it here to share with you :)  It has a gorgeous color scheme that coordinates with the Just a Little Lovely collection, and the theme is THANKFUL.  I hope you'll check it out and join us! There are prizes to win, as always :)

Here is the layout I created based on the color scheme.  I began this page with the Painted Florals Washi Tape.  It is so gorgeous, and there are matching dies, too!  I rolled the tape onto some white cardstock and then used the dies to cut them out.  This instantly created some large die cuts that I could move around the page.  There are big clusters like I used here, but there are also a lot of smaller clusters as well as a wreath. 

Everything I used is from the Just a Little Lovely collection, and I tore one of the patterned papers to use on my background.  I love tearing paper because it gives you easy dimension along the torn edges.  I stuck it to some smooth white cardstock and then coated a lot of the the background with clear gesso.  I wanted to incorporate some stamps from the Abstract Builder Stamp Set, so I used the large geometric frame shape on this page.  I used some of the NEW Pinkfresh Studio Ink Pads to stamp it onto some scrap white cardstock.  I cut them out and used them as die cuts behind my photo and flowers.

I love that these washi tape flowers look watercolored.  I  cut two of the large flower clusters to layer behind my photo.  I layered four of the stamped wonky frames behind my photo.  I tucked in some matching colors of tangled thread as well, and I used one of the puffy alpha word stickers as one of my titles.

I used the white puffy alphas to create another subtle title here at the bottom.  I like the white-on-white here.  You can still see it, but it's not something that's going to stand out and take away from the rest of the page.  I used my metallic gold pen to write my journaling.

To create all the watercolor effects on the background, I used the Ink Pads.  I stamped them on to some plastic packaging, added water and then smooshed the plastic onto the page.  I also used my brush to spread the color around.  I used the following Ink Pad colors:

  • Regal Kiss
  • Ocean Breeze
  • Ballet Slipper
  • Peach Fuzz
  • Marigold
  • Storm
 I love to experiment by using the Ink Pads in different ways.  One thing I did notice was that some of the colors did change when I used them as watercolor vs. when I stamped them directly down.  It was really cool to see how that happened.  You can get so many different colors using them this way!

One of the colors in the challenge is metallic gold, so I did pull out a metallic gold ink pad from my stash.  I used some of the leafy stamps from Abstract Builder to add subtle hints around the page.

One of the last things I did was add some gold splatters.  I did that by watering down some metallic gold acrylic paint.  Just dip your brush into it and flick it around :)

Here are some more close-ups of all the fun details, textures and dimension!

One more thing I did here...This "you" sticker had orange on the top part.  I wanted to change that color since I didn't have any orange on this page.  I simply smudged some white gesso over the orange part, let it dry and then used the pink Ink Pads to add hints of pink.

I did add adhesive foam behind the photo and the floral clusters to raise them off the page.  It makes such a huge difference!

I hope this inspires you to play along with us this month!  Go HERE to check it out.  You could win a $50 Gift Card...woo hoo!!

Here's my process video if you'd like to check it out:

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

Friday, November 1, 2019

Halloween / Hip Kit Club

Happy Friday, friends!  I have a new Halloween layout to share for Hip Kit Club today.  I used the 2019 October Hip Kits as well as one of the exclusive cut files available on the website.  There are tons of purples and oranges in the kits this month, and those are my favorite Halloween colors!  I added in some hot pink and light blue as well.

I used some of the gorgeous deep purple Velvet cardstock from the Cardstock Kit as my background, and I added lots of the Lindy's Starburst Sprays from the Color Kit on it.  I first cut the Boo cut file on an Amy Tangerine black patterned paper and decided where I wanted it to go.  I then smudged a lot of white gesso down on the cardstock behind where the cut file would be.  I let it dry and then started adding the sprays.  The colors are very rich and bold, but when they dried on the gesso, they dried significantly lighter.  I wound up having to add several layers to achieve the colors I wanted, and I love how it came out!  I also used a pink gelato to finish it off.

I am in awe of these gorgeous colors on this purple background...just wow!  I did add some white splatters...it's just watered down white acrylic paint.  I also mixed in some of the Lindy's Magical Powder with the white paint to make light blue splatters.  That powder was from an older Color Kit.  Here you can see lots of layers behind the photo.  I used a few patterned papers for that.  I used lots of the exclusive leaves in the kits to embellish around the photo....some acetate and some vellum.  I also make some of my own leaves by stamping them.  The stamps are exclusive this month!

I did a lot of fussy cutting here.  I cut flowers from one of the Paige Evans papers and paired them with some of the exclusive floral stickers.  I didn't add the light blue until the end, and I just love the light pop of color it gives.  I also used an old Martha Stewart leaf punch with some light blue paper.  I used one of the exclusive puffy word stickers for my simple title.

How cool are those acetate leaves?  They are colored, but they can easily change depending on what you put behind it.  If you want them to be true to color, back them with white paper before you use them.  I like how they look here with the purple behind them.  I made the cut file dimensional by adding some adhesive foam behind it.  You can see the shadowing here...I love it!  I tucked some light blue thread under it.

To make this black cut file stand out a bit more, I added some white paint around the edges.  I love how something that simple makes such a big impact.  I also wrinkled up the edges of some of the die cut leaves for more texture.

This purple color is just sooooo pretty!  I took so many pictures of it...haha :D

I fussy cut this floral circle element from a Pocket Life card and tucked it in behind the corner of the photo.

More details...


I am completely in love with this page...it was so fun to make!  I love these colors together.  Have you made any Halloween pages with your October Kits yet?  Lots of great colors for it!

Here's my video sharing exactly how I made this page:

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

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

BeYOUtiful / Paige Evans DT

Hey, friends! I'm back today to share a fun mixed media layout for the Paige Evans Design Team using lots of Paige’s products. I used Paige’s BeYOUtiful cut file, her Doily stencil, and lots of the Truly Grateful collection.  I am loving these deep rich colors!  This was so fun to make :)

I cut the design from Paper 21 and used Paper 10 as my background. I wanted lots of texture and color on this page so I used a few patterned papers to back the letters in the BeYOUtiful cut file. Before I glued the papers down, I added small strips of adhesive foam behind it to create dimension. Once I had my color scheme down, I began work on the background. I wanted three big texture spots on the background, so before using the Doily stencil, I smudged a lot of white gesso down. Then I placed the Doily stencil over those areas and scraped modeling paste over it using a palette knife. Once that dried, I used several Shimmerz sprays that matched the golden yellow, deep blue, and bold pink colors. I sprayed the colors right onto the paper, spritzed it with a bit of water, and used a brush to help spread the colors around.

I sorted through lots of embellishments and chose leaves from the Floral Die Cuts and I also fussy cut smaller flowers from Paper 15. Here you can see all the amazing texture and all that rich color…so good! The shadow effect from the dimension really makes this pop off the page. I added more fussy cut flowers here and then added an Epoxy Sticker along with tangled thread underneath.

I did more of the same in this area. I wanted to keep the embellishments to a minimum since the background was so textured and beautiful. I did add a matching Epoxy Sticker above the photo and I tucked in tangled thread in a few spots.

I took lots of close-ups of all the pretty textures and colors :)  Here's a good shot of the cut file's dimension.  Adhesive foam makes such a big impact!

I used some Truly Grateful die cuts here on the right side of the photo.  I overlapped this circle piece right onto the photo since it had some open space.  I like overlapping onto photos if it doesn't cover anything important or make the photo look too busy.

More dimension and texture :)  Do you ever look closely at your patterned papers to see if any images can be fussy cut?  Paige's papers always have tons of flowers that are perfect for cutting.

I wish you could touch this modeling paste!  So bumpy and cool!

And a few more...

I hope this gives you some ideas to try on your next layout. It was a lot of fun to create! Have you tried Paige’s stencils yet? They make a huge impact on layouts. Give them a go! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out my process video for more details.

Have a great day!