Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Wicked Cute / Hip Kit Club

Happy Halloween!  I have a fun and festive layout to share today for Hip Kit Club.  Our theme this week is Halloween, and I used the 2018 October Hip Kits to create this.  Although the kits are not Halloween related whatsoever, there are quite a few orange, black and purple elements.  Plus we have several Halloween cut files available this month.  I was so pleased to see how easy this came together once I pulled out everything orange, black and purple :)

I used three cut files.  I cut the spider web and bat using patterned papers from the Main Kit.  I cut the ghost on white cardstock.  I decided to center my photo and keep all of the fussy cut pieces and die cuts close to it, sort of in clusters.  I used the Pop Art Pink and Sunflower Shimmerz from the Color Kit to create the orange watercolor and I pulled the Wisteria Lane from the September Color Kit.

I cut some of the hexagons from a Whimsical Paige Evans paper.  I also cut some of the word and phrase banners from another Whimsical paper.  I threw in a few Vicki Boutin black circle die cuts and some Jen Hadfield black phrase stickers.  I also used some of the Heidi Swapp stamps on the background.  I mixed and matched the title using some of the shiny gold Thickers and the small Whimsical alpha stickers.

How cute is this ghost?!  I added some black ink on a scrap piece of paper and glued it behind the eyes and mouth to make it stand out more.  I raised it up off the page with some adhesive foam and then added some black thread under it.  Here you can see more of the stamping detail as well as some of the Whimsical Rub-Ons.

I was really surprised at all the purple and orange in the first I was scared that I couldn't make it work for a Halloween page.  But it wound up coming together really easily!  I layered an orange and purple Project Life card behind the photo for even more color.

Here are a few more close-ups of all the fun details...

I love the little bat!  So cute.

I hope this inspires you to create a Halloween layout using the October Kits!  I really enjoyed making this.  Be sure to check out my process video here:

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a haunted day :)

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Using Older Supplies / Sisters & Friends

Happy Sunday, lovely friends :)  I finally had some time to create a layout just for fun.  I try and use up some of my older supplies whenever I can, and for this page I used some scraps from my very first kit from Hip Kit Club.  It was the February 2015 Kits, and of course I kept what I had left.  It had lots of We R Memory Keepers, My Mind's Eye, Heidi Swapp and Webster's Pages.

I was inspired to try this chevron technique when I saw one of Paige Evans' layouts.  I wanted to try it, and I love how this turned out.  I used a 1-inch square punch and created lots of little squares from bits of the patterned papers I had left.  I cut them in half to make little triangles and then positioned them to create these chevron shapes.  I love the quilted look it creates!

I used some soft pink textured cardstock as my background, and I coated a lot of it with white gesso first.  I used some Shimmerz sprays on the background to create lots of splotchy color.

I didn't want to cover up any more of the chevrons than I needed to, so I kept all of the embellishments close to the photo.  I used some My Mind's Eye and Crate Paper pieces from the kit as well as some pieces from some Me & My Big Ideas sticker sheets from my desk scrap bin.  I also recently bought a cute watercolor sticker book from Walmart, and I used a few of those stickers here.

I pulled out some of my American Crafts foam word Thickers that I've been hoarding.  I wanted to use this "friends" piece even though this photo is of me and my sister.  So I found these Pinkfresh Studio light blue alpha stickers from my desk stash bin and created "sisters."  I also found a black clear sticker from Simple Stories in my stash bin to use here.

I forgot to mention that I did some machine stitching over the chevrons before adding anything on top of it.  I added some foam under some of the pieces to create some depth and added some black tangled thread under the circles.

I used a few patterned papers under the photo as well as some stickers, die cuts and enamel dots.

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

I hope you enjoyed was fun to create!  It's always fun to dig into my older supplies and make them look new again.  I have a process video here if you'd like to see it....

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

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Sunkissed at the Lake / Hip Kit Club

Happy Thursday, friends!  I have a nontraditional Fall layout to share today for the Hip Kit Club.  I used the 2018 October Hip Kits.  I don’t have typical Fall photos since I live in Florida, so our Fall kind of resembles Summer…haha.  This photo was taken on Thanksgiving, so technically it is a Fall photo.  I used a leaf cut file from one of this month’s subscriber files, and I cut it on three patterned papers from the Main Kit.  I went with a tone-on-tone look by using all three Shimmerz from the Color Kit on the background.

I used clear gesso first on the white cardstock.  I sprayed a bit of the Vibez Pop Art Pink and then used a palette knife to scrape the color down into a big stroke shape.  I also used the Creameez Ride the Tide and Shimmerz Sunflower.  I positioned the leaves on the matching colors.  I also used a leaf punch from my stash and created a few more leaves using some Project Life cards and more patterned papers.

I machine stitched through the centers of each leaf for some added texture and shine.

I used one of the Thickers from the Main Kit as my title and completed it with some of the Whimsical Mini Thickers.  I love the soft pink color.

I embellished with some of the Whimsical Flower Die Cuts and Rub-Ons.  I also used some Project Life cards as layers behind my photo.

I used a Vicki Boutin Ephemera Die Cut here above the photo as well as another Whimsical Flower, a sticker strip from the Whimsical Sticker Book, and a Jen Hadfield word sticker.

Here are a few more close-ups of the die cut leaves and mixed media background.

I hope this inspires you to create a Fall themed layout with your October Kits.  This was fun to do even though my photo isn’t the typical Fall photo.  These kits can be stretched to work with any theme if you think outside the box :)

Here's my process video:

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

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Sunshine All the Time / Paige Evans DT

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I’m so excited to share my first layout using the new Whimsical collection for the Paige Evans Design Team! I had a hard time choosing which papers to begin with because I have so many favorites. I decided on Paper 15 because all of those little clouds are just adorable. I wanted to use the back of Paper 15 as my background, so I pulled the cloud paper from the 12x12 Paper Pad and fussy cut a lot of them out. I cut Paige’s Clouds Background 8.5x11 cut file on white cardstock using a Silhouette Cameo and used that as my base design then placed the fussy cut clouds inside all the cut out shapes.

I used white gesso on the background first and then used some matching ink sprays to add some color behind the clouds. I also diluted some white acrylic paint to add lots of white splatters. I placed the cloud cut file down and then randomly placed the fussy cut clouds over it. I added adhesive foam under each cloud to create dimension. I added matching tangled thread under a few of them for added texture and interest.

I loved how this cute photo of my daughter at the pool looked, so I placed it down below the clouds.  I embellished under it with floral & leaf stickers from the Sticker Book. I mixed and matched the title using a Sticker and some of the adorable rainbow Foam Mini Thickers. I wrote my journaling below the photo using a metallic gold pen.

Aren’t the colors in this collection just so beautiful? I love how easy it is to create a rainbow color scheme. I added a bit of white tissue paper behind my photo to create a little separation from the background and help it stand out a little more against all the pretty colors.

I added a bit of matching thread underneath some of the clouds.  I really love the messy look it gives and the texture it creates.

One more close-up of all the fun dimension...

I hope this inspires you to create something fun and colorful with the new Whimsical collection. It’s all gorgeous!

I have a process video here if you'd like to watch:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Live Love Create / Hip Kit Club

It's Saturday...woo hoo!  Today I wanted to share my newest layout for Hip Kit Club.  This is my first page using the new 2018 October Hip Kits, and they are soooo pretty!  They're full of the new Paige Evans Whimsical collection, and I couldn't wait to tear into it.

Our theme this week is All About You, so I created this fun layout about me and my love for scrapbooking.  The Whimsical line has a lot of cute little crafty icons, so it was perfect.  I started by fussy cutting the large flower cluster from a patterned paper and then went on to cut out several of the fun phrase banner pieces.  I used white cardstock as my background (from the Cardstock Kit) and used a brayer to roll on lots of color.  I used all three Shimmerz Paints from the Color Kit as well as a few more from previous kits.  A brayer is a great way to smudge down color, and you don't even need gesso to get this effect.

Look at all these fun phrases!  I think all of us scrapbookers will love this because every one of these statements fits us, right?!  I used some of the stickers from the Whimsical Sticker Book here...those little scissors are so cute!  I also used some flowers, leaves, buttons, and even a little glue bottle.  I did add some stitching in coordinating colors here and there.

I also added in some of the Whimsical Die Cut Flowers and some of the Puffy Stickers...those tiny clouds!  Here you can also see where I added some adhesive foam underneath the big flower/leaf cluster to give it some dimension.

No messy mixed media layout is complete without splatters, right?  I added in a few of the Whimiscal Rub-Ons, and they went on like butter!  I used some white thread to stitch some butterfly trails from the bigger butterflies.

Here you can see how cool the background color looks from using the brayer.  You really can't mess it up.

I used some of the Whimsical Mini Thickers here...they're rainbow and as adorable as can be!

More close-ups because as always, I take too many :)

I really love the Thickers we get in the Main Kit.  This "create" piece was perfect for this, and I just love the font and color.

I hope this inspires you to create a layout about your favorite hobby, which is probably scrapbooking, right?  This was so fun to make...all the pieces about this hobby are just awesome.  I have a process video here if you'd like to watch.

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

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Every Single Time / Shimmerz Education Team

Happy Thursday, friends!  I have a new layout to share for the Shimmerz Education Team featuring one of my favorite colors -- Vibez Pink Moscato.  This month all of the DT members are choosing one Shimmerz color to focus on.  I began this page with a blank slate...white cardstock and some white die cuts.  I cut the Leaf Wreath and Leaf Branch cut files by Paige Evans on white cardstock.  I covered them with clear gesso first and then colored them with Pink Moscato and Spritz Treasured Hymn before peeling them off the cutting mat.  I love how deep and rich the Pink Moscato is, and to lighten it up I just added water.  It's one of those colors that look beautiful dark or light.

I sprayed the color onto the cut files and then used a brush to spread more of it around.  These are some of best types of cut files to use if you love dimension because the leaves curl up and pop right off the page.  The specks of gold here are from Inklingz Miner Miner 49er.  I chose this photo of me trying to get a photo with my two can see how that turned out!  My daughter's shirt matches the pretty pink color.

Since there is a bit of blue in my younger daugther's shirt, I used a matching color for the background.  It's Creameez Ride the Tide, and I applied it with a brayer as well as the packaging technique.  I stitched around in some large messy circles using some dark pink thread to add some fun texture and detail behind the cut files.

I embellished with lots of goodies from the Paige Evans Pick-Me-Up collection.  The colors matched so nicely, and I love all the florals and stickers.  I used some of the Mini Thickers to create my title, which describes my photo...haha!

This beautiful shimmery brown color is Spritz Treasured Hymn.  It is perfect for a Fall color scheme, and it blends nicely with the Pink Moscato.  I fussy cut these floral clusters from a Pick-Me-Up patterned paper.

Have you ever used a brayer to apply paint?  It's awesome because it really doesn't take much paint.  It rolls the color onto the background and makes it nice and thin.  It dries really quickly that way as well.  Here you can see how pretty that blue is.  I added more chipboard hearts, some puffy stickers, some small plastic pieces and some tangled thread.

Here are a few more close-ups of the beautiful colors.

I hope this inspires you to start from scratch and use your Shimmerz to create a layout.  The possibilities are endless when you start with white cardstock and a few embellishments.  People often ask me what my favorite Shimmerz colors are.  I highly recommend Pink Moscato!

I have a process video here for you:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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