Saturday, July 19, 2014

Chickaniddy / Pool Party + New Collections Giveaway!

Hey there!  Today I wanted to share a layout I created for Chickaniddy Crafts earlier this week.  You can find the blog post HERE.

I couldn't wait to use the bright and beautiful Twirly Girly line for a fun and bold summer layout!  I wanted to scrap this photo of my little girl in the pool, and since there is a ton of blue in it, I decided to add bits of more blue around the paper since there are no blues in it.

I started with some gesso on the background.  This is a very busy patterned paper, and I didn't want it detract from the photo.  The gesso helps soften edges and sort of fade out colors.  Once that was dry, I used a rainbow array of watercolors.  I added splatters of blue around the page.  I added lots of background stamps and some blue thread as well.  I love that the blue works well in this, even though it was a color I added in on my own.  The layers underneath my photo all represent the rainbow and look great up next to the blue photo.

Here's a close up of the watercolor, stamping and doodling.  I love tracing around my titles to make them pop a little more.  I like that it's messy and not perfect.  I also traced around the sentiment sticker and the days of the week stickers.

I just love these fun banner stickers, brads and enamel hearts!  They add such fun details to layouts.  I used them like little flags on the side of my photo.  I curved up the edges of some of the layered papers to create more depth.

More stickers and layers!  I have more information on how I colored these cute days of the week stickers at the end of the post :)

I really love the alphas in this collection.  Not only are they super cute, but the thickness is really great.

I wanted to use these stickers on my layout, but I wanted them each a different color.  I simply took some gesso and covered the orange edges a few times.

Once it was dry, I went over each one with a different color watercolor.  Easy!  Now I have rainbow days of the week stickers.

I hope this inspires you to get out those summer photos and create something bright and bold!  And also to use your photo as inspiration to create something unique on your page, like I did with the blue elements.  You can make it work if you get creative!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Supplies Used: TG140S10 Grandma's Quilt, TG140S02 Birthday Girl, TG140S12 Piggy Tails, TG140S04 Keepsakes, TG140S08 Itty Bitty Ballerina, TG14EB01 Alpha Stickers, TG14EB02 Sticker Sheet, TG14EB03 Mini Sticker Tags, TG14EB05 Mini Sticker Sentiments, TG14EB06 Brads, TG14EB07 Enamel Hearts, TG14EB03 Mini Sticker Banners, DN14EB03 Mini Sticker Banners; Other--Liquitex Gesso, Watercolors, StazOn Ink, Recollections Stamps, Thread, Sharpie Black Pen, Silhouette Cameo, Cardstock, Crafter's Workshop Template, Tim Holtz Distress Ink.


And now, on to the GIVEAWAY!  In case you didn't see earlier this week, Heidi's two new collections were debuted on the blog, and they are to die for!  They really are so bright and fun.

All you have to do is LEAVE A COMMENT on each collection's blog post to be entered to win!  Super easy!  Click HERE to see the new Scrumptious collection.

 And click HERE to see Jolly Good.

They are both AMAZING! 

And one more thing before I sign off, Chickaniddy is also having a Craft Team Call!  You can see all the details HERE.  It's a GREAT company to design for, so I hope you give it a shot!

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


  1. I love the way you used the Gesso and water colors on this layout, Missy!! Such a fun and happy page!!