Friday, February 28, 2020

Hello Happiness / Paige Evans DT

Hello again friends!  I'm here with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring Paige’s Bloom Street collection. I’ve been eyeing the beautiful diamond shapes from Paper 10 so I decided to cut some out and create a design with them. I arranged them in a horizontal fashion in rainbow order and added matching watercolors behind them. For the most part I went tone-on-tone with the embellishments and I love how it turned out!

I used smooth White Foundations Media Paper as my background and I first coated it with clear gesso. I used coordinating colors of Distress Oxides to add the color. I just scraped the ink pads onto the paper and then spritzed it with water. I used a brush to help the colors blend and spread. I used Shimmerz sprays to add ink splatters. I sorted through the Bloom Street products and used some of the shapes from the Puffy Vinyl Stickers, floral stickers from the 4-Page Sticker Book, and some Cardstock Stickers. I used black & white photos so all the rainbow colors would really pop off the page. I added a bit of white tissue paper behind my photos for a subtle border.

I machine stitched through all the diamonds for added texture and I popped them all up using adhesive foam. I love this big sunshine sticker from the Cardstock Stickers. It was perfect for the yellow section of the layout. To add even more color and texture, I tucked in matching colors of tangled thread around the page. I used more flowers from the 4-Page Sticker Book and a few hearts from the Puffy Vinyl Stickers and Cardstock Stickers. I also added a few words from one of the Washi Tape rolls.

I love these soft blue colors. I added more the same elements here including leaves from the Floral Die Cuts and then added my title down below. I used two word stickers from the Cardstock Stickers. Lastly, I wrote my journaling using a black fine-tip Sharpie.

I love this washi tape!  It's perfect for adding little touches on the layout.

Birds & butterflies...such a great combination :)  I popped these guys up with dimensional foam, and what a difference that makes in the overall effect.

Here are a few more close-ups :)

I can’t wait to see what you all make with the new Bloom Street collection! It’s so beautiful. I hope this layout gives you some ideas to try with it. The rainbow color scheme is something you can easily do with this line because it has ALL the gorgeous colors!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Love is Magic / Hip Kit Club

Hello, friends!  I have a new layout to share today for Hip Kit Club.  This is my first page made with the 2020 February Hip Kits.  They are so pretty...full of the Paige Evans Bloom Street collection!  I started this page with one of the Hip Kit exclusive cut files, and I cut it on pink cardstock.  I usually use white, but I thought I'd change it up this time :)

Instead of backing the cut file, I decided to raise the actual cut file up using adhesive foam and place the papers behind it flat on the background.  I love that dimensional effect!  I went with a rainbow color scheme.  I chose papers from the Main Kit, traced the letters and cut them out.  The background is smooth white cardstock, and I covered it with clear gesso first.  I then came in with some of the Lindy's Powders from the Color Kit.  I used Raspberry Lemonade for that nice hot pink color and mixed in a little bit of Oom Pah Pah Pink which has more of a reddish tone.  I finished off the background with some of the Nuvo Mousse from the Color Kit as well as one of the Vicki Boutin stencils.

After I glued down the letters, I machine stitched through them using white thread.  I wanted to give it a bit more texture before adding the cut file.  I cut very thin pieces of adhesive foam to place on the back of the cut file before gluing it down.  Here you can see the lift it creates.

All of the embellishments I used are from the Bloom Street collection as well as the Pinkfresh Studio My Favorite Story collection.  I mixed and matched some die cuts, stickers and puffy stickers here.

Some of the Bloom Street pieces have silver foiling on pretty when it shines in the light.  You can see here how shiny the Nuvo Mousse is!  It's beautiful and it spreads over the stencil very easily.  Also, I touched the edges with a wet brush and it dilutes like watercolor very well.  To add a pop of blue here, I tucked in some tangled thread under the bird.

Here's a good look at the stencil work.  There are three of them in the Color Kit, and they are perfect for adding some fun texture to your background.  I added in more thread above my photos along with more stickers and a few enamel stickers.

I couldn't resist using this beautiful rainbow heart chain matched so perfectly, so I placed it below the cut file and added my journaling beneath it.  I did add adhesive foam behind it to pop it up.

I added a small flower and leaf cluster here on top of the photos.  I wanted to break up all the pink, so I went with purple and blue with green leaves.  I actually cut the blue one from a piece of a die cut.

One more just because :)

I hope you've gotten your February Kits by now.  I was so excited to tear into them...they are SO pretty!  I hope this layout inspires you in some way.  I do have a process video up on the Hip Kit Channel HERE.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

Saturday, February 22, 2020

XOXO Sweet Cute / Hip Kit Club

Happy Weekend, friends!  Here's a new layout I created for Hip Kit Club.  I used the 2020 January Hip Kits, and I am loving every little piece in them.  I used one of the exclusive cut files for this month as well as lots of different patterned papers.  I love blue, yellow and pink together, so this was fun to make :)

I cut the hearts on white cardstock first.  I chose the papers I wanted to use and traced the hearts with a pencil.  I cut them out and backed them with adhesive foam.  This was like putting a puzzle together since I placed the hearts on top of the cut file.  This is just another way to use cut files and get some dimension in there.

I used smooth white cardstock as my background, and I coated most of it with clear gesso.  I used a few blue Lindy's products to create the watercolor area.  I mixed in the Silent Night Silver Magical Powder from the Color Kit with some blue spray from a previous kit.  I decided to add in a bit of pink, yellow and black splatters to echo the colors in the papers.

Since I had pops of black up in the hearts, I used a black and white photo.  I also wrote my journaling in black and created a smaller cluster of hearts down at the bottom.  I cut some hearts using the same papers and used a few puffy stickers.  I machine stitched through it for some added texture.

Most of the papers and embellishments are from the Pinkfresh Studio My Favorite Story collection.  I used some die cuts here as well as stickers, puffy stickers and even part of a chipboard frame.  I used a few Pocket Life cards as layers behind my photo.

Here you can see the dimension...I love the shadow effect.  I filled in a few blank hearts with the white ones from the cardstock.  I glued them flat so I could stitch through them with black thread.  I topped a few of the hearts with more pink puffy stickers.

I added in some matching colors of tangled thread under a few of the hearts.  I just love the pops of color and texture the thread gives :)

I decided to mix and match my title with some XOXO puffy stickers and some Pinkfresh Studio puffy stickers.  I love how these two words fit into each other.

A few more :)

I hope this gives you some ideas to try the next time you use a cut file.  Try placing paper on top of it instead of behind it.  Something different!

I have a process video up of this on the Hip Kit Channel HERE.

Thanks for stopping in, and have a great weekend!

Monday, February 17, 2020

This Sweet Beautiful Girl / Pinkfresh Studio

Happy Monday, friends!  Here's my newest layout for Pinkfresh Studio using the new Noteworthy collection.  It's such a beautiful line...oh my gosh!  When I can't decide on which papers to use, I just try to create a design that allows me to use a lot of them.  Punches are awesome for that!  I used a circle punch to create these fun little banners to string across the page.

I used smooth white cardstock as my base, and I used the Liquid Watercolors to add some watercolor goodness to it.  I first applied clear gesso.  I mixed the Bubble Gum & Lavender together to get that pretty pinkish-purple color.  I mixed in tad bit of Candy Apple and some white acrylic paint drops.  Once that dried, I cut the circles in half and arranged them into banners.

I used a lot of the Ephemera Die Cut flowers & leaves here beside the photo as well as this cute bird.  I did add some adhesive foam behind my photo to raise it up off the page.  I used some tangled thread in pink and yellow here to add more texture and color.

I ran each half-circle through my edge distresser to create some messy texture to them.  I lightly glued the edges down and then machine stitched with white thread.  I always love to stitch through banners like this!  I found another adorable bird here...a Puffy Sticker.  And I love that it's yellow.  I love that pop of color right there.

By only gluing and stitching the straight edges, I could easily bend up the circle parts.  This makes them much more dimensional and gives them the effect of blowing in the breeze :)  I used some of the multi-colored small Puffy Alphas here for a title and added in a sticker.

Since my photo had a lot of black on it, I was able to layer a few things on top of it.  I used a circle sticker here with a heart epoxy sticker on top of it as well as more leaf die cuts.  I also used this cute green camera puffy sticker, more pink thread and some enamel dots.  All of these goodies are in the Noteworthy collection.

More close-ups of all the beautiful banners :)  I wrote a little bit of journaling here along the curved lines using a black fine-tip Sharpie.

I couldn't stop myself from adding more things....haha.  Here's another puffy sticker.  I seriously love every single piece in this collection.

 More die cuts, puffy stickers & enamel dots down here.  You can see the difference adding adhesive foam makes.

And a few more...

I hope this inspires you to get your hands on this's definitely one of my favorites.  I love how this turned out!

Be sure to check out my process video over on the Pinkfresh Studio Channel.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Love You the Most / Hip Kit Club

Happy Friday, and Happy Valentine's Day!  I have a new layout to share for <3 a="" for="" have="" href="" i="" layout="" nbsp="" new="" share="" to="">Hip Kit Club today.  I used the 2020 January Hip Kits, and I am still loving them!  My assignment for this week was to focus on the Lucky Us paper.  I also wanted to show how you can create a "cut file" look without actually using one.  I drew all these letters and fussy cut them out.  All you need is a pencil and maybe a ruler :)

I originally started this layout with using only the blue patterned papers and the Lucky Us light pink paper.  I noticed a deep orange Pocket Life card, and I loved the mix of orange with the other colors.  I hand drew the letters and "you" and cut them out.  I sorted through my photos and found this one of me and my husband in the Bahamas...and it matched these colors PERFECTLY.  I literally gasped when I scrolled passed it because it was the exact color scheme I was working with.

I used some of the textured white cardstock from the Cardstock Kit.  I coated a lot of it with clear gesso first and then added lots of bright blue color.  I used a mix of the Lindy's Stamp Gang Magical Powders & Sprays from previous kits.  I wanted a bright bold color that would contrast against the colors in the big title.  I let it all dry and then glued down the letters.  I machine stitched through the letters and a lot down here at the bottom.

Here you can see the cardstock's texture.  I used lots of the orange elements here...some puffy heart stickers as well as some matching thread.  I added some white tissue paper and adhesive foam behind my photo.

I love this big title!  I didn't do a very good job of erasing my pencil lines...haha.  I added in a bit of the darker blue color here with some more thread.  There are so many cute little hearts in the kits this month!

Here you can see the dimension from the YOU...I added foam behind it.  I love how these hearts look tucked in here.  I added a few circle chipboard pieces on the Os.

I couldn't finish this page without adding in a few of the blue Pinkfresh Studio flowers.

Here are some more close-ups because I love taking them :)

Here's the bottom of the page...another big word sticker and a fun flower & heart cluster.  I added in a pop of orange with you guessed it...thread :D

I know I say this every time, but I really did love putting this together!  It was fun making these letters without a cutting machine.  I hope it inspires you to give it a try!

My process video for this page is HERE on the Hip Kit channel.

Have a great weekend!