Monday, July 31, 2017

Summer / Hip Kit Club

Happy Monday, friends!  I'm starting out this week by sharing another layout I created for the Hip Kit Club.  I used the beautiful 2017 July Hip Kits again.  I am truly blown away by how pretty everything is!  I played along with this week's sketch challenge.  I decided to use flowers in place of the triangles.

I love how this turned out!  I used the beautiful floral Dear Lizzy paper and painted in all these flowers.  It's in the Main Kit and Paper Kit.  I used the Prima Watercolor Confections from the May Color Kit as well as some of the Shimmerz from this month's Color Kit.  I also smudged the centers of them with a metallic gold gelato.  I fussy cut them all out and placed them around the page.  I used one of the Maggie Holmes papers for the background.  I coated a lot of that with some white acrylic paint and then used the watercolors & Shimmerz over it.

I was so pleased with the flowers...they look so pretty!  I blended multiple colors together to create different shades.  I didn't do too much  more embellishing because the page just didn't need it.  I used the flamingo from the Amy Tan On a Whim Sticker Book here as well as one of the Echo Park clear epoxy stickers.  I also placed some of the exclusive Hip Kit chipboard plus signs from the Embellishment Kit around the page.

You know I love tangled thread...haha.  I used that a few times around the page as well.  I tucked in a few of the Echo Park chipboard circles in a few places.  I used a Project Life card under the photo.

This Dear Lizzy floral paper is just gorgeous.  The flowers are really easy to color in, or you can just leave them black & white.  So pretty either way!  I stuck this flamingo on some white paper and then cut it out.

Here's the top area of the layout.  More flowers, chipboard and epoxy stickers.

I was really impressed with how all of the exclusives pieces coordinate together.  Seriously, everything matches and looks so good together!

I love this photo of Reese.  She just looks so happy and content :)  I tucked in an Amy Tangerine floral die cut here and an Echo Park chipboard circle.

I fit my journaling under the photo and added a chipboard sticker and a few epoxy heart stickers.

One more close-up just because they're so beautiful! :)

I hope this inspires you in some was a blast to put together!  And I used only two patterned papers.  I do have a process video if you'd like to check it out.

Thanks so much for visiting me today, and have a great week!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Live For This / Thermoweb

 Hello again, friends!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Thermoweb.  I was up on the blog Friday wrapping up the week-long feature of Waffle Flower Stamps.  I used the “Flower Circles” stamp set to create lots of fun circles on my white background.  I enhanced those circles using various colored gelatos and added in a few metallic foiled circles using the iCraft Easy Cut Adhesive Sheets & iCraft Deco Foil Transfer Sheets in Champagne.  This was fun and quick to make, and I love how the stamps and the foil look mixed together.

After stamping the circles with grey Archival Ink, I added a coat of clear gesso.  Adding this before using the mixed media allows the gelatos to blend and smudge a lot easier.  It protects the cardstock from coming apart during the blending.  I drew around the stamped circles with the gelatos and then used my finger to smudge the color to create a smoky and hazy effect.  I used a few papers and embellishments from the Dear Lizzy Documentary collection around the page.

I used the embellishments I had to create my title, including some metallic gold alpha stickers from My Mind’s Eye.  I love that the alphas match the other shiny gold elements on the layout.  I added in a few punched patterned paper circles and some sequins as well.
To get these beautiful gold textured circles, I used the iCraft Easy Cut Adhesive Sheets.  I punched circles out of it and then stuck them down to some Gina K. Designs Premium 8.5×11 Cardstock.  I peeled the top layer off and covered the sticky side with the Champagne Deco Foil Transfer Sheet and rubbed it with my finger. When you peel the Transfer Sheet away, you’re left with a gorgeous shiny image.  To add texture to it, just bend it back and forth a few times and it will crinkle up.  You can keep it smooth if you want, but I love the texture!  I love this pretty gold color up next to the background colors.  I added a few more Dear Lizzy stickers because they matched so well and just simply looked cute.

I tucked in a few of the foiled circles under the photo as well as some floral stickers and tangled thread.  I went simple with the title since I had them in front of me.  The title isn’t always the most important part of the page, so using what you have is a good way to go when you have it right there.

Here’s another look at the stamps and foil.  It’s really fun to mix and match products like this.  I also did a bit of machine stitching around the layout using metallic gold thread.

I never thought I'd find a use for this cute little deer, but it just seemed to work for this page :)

I hope this gives you some fun ideas to try with your stamps and foil :)  Let me know if you have any questions about any of these products!  You can check out my process video if you'd like to see how I made this.

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

Friday, July 28, 2017

Vacation Vibes / Shimmerz Education Team

Happy Friday, friends :)  I have a new layout to share today for the Shimmerz Education Team.  I've been in a Summertime scrappy mode lately, so I went all fun and shimmery for this page.  I've had the new Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection for a few weeks and finally dove into it.  It's gorgeous!

I wanted to recreate my mirrored sunglasses, so I pulled out some gold Deco Foil from Thermoweb and used a sunglasses die cut from the Silhouette Store.  I took two pictures of my final layout to show how they shine in the light!  I used some of the NEW Shimmerz Creameez on my background.  I think they match perfectly with this line.  I used 1 Hot Mama, Dandy-Lion and Purple Peony.  I used the packaging technique along with my brush and then added some splatters.  Before applying all the Shimmerz, I coated a big portion of my background with white acrylic paint to create a barrier.

Here you can really see the shine on those glasses :)

This photo is of me having a nice fruity beverage in Las Vegas, so I wanted to showcase how much fun it was.  I used a few patterned papers from the 6x6 Paper Pad behind my photo and embellished here with some metallic gold thread.

I used a few of the Summer Lights Stickers, Ephemera and Chipboard Stickers as well.  They all look so good with these new Creameez colors.  I did add some adhesive foam under the sunglasses to create a bit of dimension.  I also added some foam under that camera sticker as well as some purple tangled thread.

I created a small cluster down here at the bottom using die cuts and stickers.  My title is a sticker, and matches the background so well.  There is always a matching Shimmerz Paint!

Here's another shot of the dimension.  Something as simple as adding some adhesive foam makes such a big difference.

Check out the 1 Hot Mama color's such a gorgeous pink!  Probably my new favorite :)  I also did a little bit of machine stitching with gold thread.

In addition to the new Creameez, I splattered some Inklingz Miner Miner 49er. That is also what I used to lightly paint the outer edges of the sunglasses die cut.

One more close-up just because....colors!

I hope this inspires you create something fun with your Shimmerz Paints!  The new colors are totally amazing, and I can't wait to use them again!  I do have a process video showing how I created this page from start to finish.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Supplies Used:
Inklingz--Miner Miner 49er
Creameez--1 Hot Mama, Dandy-Lion, Purple Peony

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Love That Smile / Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Happy Thursday, friends!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  I decided to create something a little different here, and I mixed and matched a few collections.  I used You Rock, Life is Beautiful and Make a Wish.  They came together beautifully :)  I also used one of the CVS exclusive cut files from the Colour Me Happy line.  I cut lots of XOs on various papers from the three collections.  The wood grain background is from You Rock, and I decided to jazz it up with matching colors using some paints and watercolors.

I coated the center portion of the background with some yellow acrylic paint.  I used a palette knife to smear it down and then let it dry.  I came over that with lots of Shimmerz Paints...I used some of the AcriTonez as well as some sprays and other watercolors.  I wanted to echo all the colors in the papers, and I think it turned out really pretty.

I love how these die cut and embellishment layers turned out!  They created some really awesome dimension.  I used some die cuts from Life is Beautiful, a flair button from Make a Wish and some wood veneer from You Rock.  I love how everything looks against the background here.

I added in a wood veneer word from Life is Beautiful here.  I tucked in a few floral die cuts from that collection under the photos here.

I broke up the area in the center of the photos and added this fun circle sticker from Make a Wish.  I added some foam under it, and it serves as the title.

Here's another look at the background.  It's so much fun to create a messy background like this from scratch.  You can customize with whatever color scheme you want :)

I wanted the big blue XO to show more even though the photos were on top of them, so I layered the first photo under the bottom part of the X.  I layered in a label sticker here under the end photo for a pop of yellow.

Layers!  I can't say enough about layering.  I'm all about creating texture and dimension, so layering is a great way to get that.  I did add a bit of tissue paper under my photos as well as some tangled thread.  I put in another flair button and die cut piece up top from Life is Beautiful.

Here is one more close-up just because I love it :)

I hope this has inspired you in some way.  Mixing and matching collections is a great way to get a fun and unique look!  Give it a go :)  Check out my process video if you'd like to watch this layout in action :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day :)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Altenew Blog Hop Winner!!

Hey, friends!!  I wanted to announce the winner of the Altenew $30 Gift Certificate!  Thank you to everyone who visited my blog and left such beautiful comments.

The random winner is:


Congrats, Cynthia!  Email me at: and I'll pass along your information to Altenew.

Thanks again, everyone!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Anguilla / Hip Kit Club

It's Monday again...I hope you all had a fun weekend :)  Today I wanted to share my newest layout for Hip Kit Club.  I couldn't wait to tear into the 2017 July Hip Kits and put together a fun Summer page!  I just had to use one of Irit's gorgeous papers.  The watercolor effects are just beautiful.  I also incorporated one of the flamingo cut files available on the Hip Kit website

My photo is of me and my husband on the beach in Aguilla a few years ago.  I am having a blast making Summer projects, and these embellishments were perfect.  I used lots of Hip Kit exclusives including chipboard flowers, wood veneer, puffy alphas, epoxy stickers and Project Life cards.  I also used a few Amy Tangerine On a Whim die cuts and stickers as well as an Echo Park chipboard sticker.  I used some Shimmerz on the background and a bit of Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine.

I fussy cut this adorable flamingo from a Project Life card and layered in an exclusive chipboard frame under the photo.  I love how tropical everything is!  That foiled pink flower is from Amy Tan.

Aren't these puffy pineapples just adorable?  I couldn't decide on a title, so I used a few things here.  Some wood veneer, an Amy Tan clear sticker and some blue puffy alphas.

I cut this large flamingo on white cardstock and used the Sweetheart Vibez to color it.  I layered my photo under the beak...I love how it looks layered in like that.  I love all these tropical flowers!

Adding layers under a photo creates really nice dimension.  I tucked in a bit of blue tangled thread and a few more gold clear stickers.

Here's one more close-up of the exclusive embellishments layered together.

This was fun and fast to create because of how awesome the kits are!  I hope you're having fun with your kits...I would love to see your projects!  Here's my process video if you'd like to check it out:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Good Times / Thermoweb

Happy Sunday, everyone!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Thermoweb.  Can you spot all the shiny foiled pieces on this layout?  My focus for this page is the Deco Foil Transfer Gel and Deco Foil Transfer Sheets.  I used a few stencils and three beautiful colors of the Deco Foil Transfer Sheets to create the pretty Flamingo and pineapples.  I used the Pink Melon for the flamingo and the Lime and Champagne for the pineapples.  The process is simple, and the results are always gorgeous!

The Deco Foil Transfer Gel is easy to use.  I placed the stencils on top of a sheet of Gina K. Designs White Premium Cardstock and used a palette knife to apply the Transfer Gel.  After letting it dry completely, I cut the shapes from the cardstock and placed the Deco Foil Transfer Sheets over the images.  I placed them in between a folded piece of parchment paper and ran it through my laminator.
The heat presses the foil onto the gel, and when you peel the sheet off, you get a gorgeous foiled image.  I fussy cut around the edges and used the images as large die cut embellishments.  I also used lots of pretty die cuts from Fancy Pants and some Pink Paislee chipboard.

To give the flamingo some fun texture, I bent it back and forth a few times.  It made the foiled part a little wrinkled, and I love how it turned out.  All these fun layered pieces together created some really great dimension.  I used a big hibiscus stencil and some distress inks on the background as well as some white gesso.

Look at that shine!  These pineapples couldn’t have turned out any more perfect.  They look so awesome mixed with this little flamingo and all these flowers. I love the contrast of the colors with the blue in the photo. Here you can see more of the background.  I used yellow, pink, orange and green distress inks to create some large background flowers and some blue spray ink and a blue gelato to add some contrast.

I love the dimension created from fussy cutting an image from cardstock or paper.  These foiled pineapples were the perfect embellishment to tuck underneath my photo.  I added some foam behind the photo to raise it up a little bit, and the die cuts worked well right under the edge.  I did add some Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine for some added shine.

I used some older metallic gold Thickers for my title...they were a perfect match for the foiled pieces.  I love how the dimension looks here with the die cuts tucked in here and there.  I added some metallic gold thread under the photo.  Under the journaling, I added in a few strips of washi tape and some machine stitching.

I love how the background turned out with the distress inks!  The gesso really made a big difference with keeping the ink colors brighter instead of blending right into the pink paper.

To complete the layout, I used some metallic gold Thickers for my title.  I love how it looks with all the bright colors and the light pink background.  I wrote a bit of journaling down below and added a bit of washi tape and machine stitching.

Here's one more shot of all the pretty things :)

I hope this gives you some inspiration.  The foil is so fun to play with, and the shiny results are so pretty!  You can check out how I made this in my process video:

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!