Sunday, October 22, 2017

Keep Your Chin Up / Hip Kit Club

Hello, and Happy Sunday, friends!  I'm back today to share a new layout for Hip Kit Club using the beautiful 2017 October Hip Kits.  I was immediately inspired by the Pinkfresh Studio Chase paper from the Main Kit and the large chipboard titles by Dear Lizzy from the Embellishment Kit.  I had my photo ready to go, and as I was sorting through the Pinkfresh Studio die cuts in the Main Kit, I saw the circle piece that says “Keep Your Chin Up & Never Give Up.”  I knew I had to use it since my daughter is pulling my chin toward her.  A perfect match!  I used a sheet of watercolor paper and used all three Shimmerz from the Color Kit.  I fussy cut the arrows from the patterned paper and arranged them in a circle.

I jazzed up this large chipboard title with some of the Old Yeller Shimmerz and then added some gold embossing at the bottom.  I wanted it to look like it was dipped in gold glitter, and I love how it turned out!  I tilted it and added a flower cluster at the bottom.  I fussy cut that from one of the exclusive Project Life cards.  It matches perfectly!  I also added a few of the Pinkfresh Studio die cuts here.

I added a bit of adhesive foam under the photo, the title and the flowers here.  I touched it up with a bit of coral tangled thread, a fabric die cut and a fun Pretty Little Studio phrase sticker.

These arrows turned out really nice.  I machine stitched through them to accentuate the idea of the circle and bring your eye to the photo.  That big title really created some awesome dimension.

Check out these beautiful Fall colors!  The Old Yeller Shimmerz might be a new favorite of mine.  It’s so shimmery once it’s dry, and it’s the perfect golden color.

Here’s one more look at the large title.  These are fun to play with…they’re different and really make a statement on a page.  And they take paint really well, so you can alter them and make them whatever color you want!

I hope this inspires you and gives you some fun ideas to try with your October Kits!  They are truly beautiful and just full of so many goodies!  Be sure to check out my process video if you’d like to watch how I put this page together.

Thank you for stopping in today, and have a great week ahead!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Happy Halloween / Thermoweb

Happy Friday, friends!!  I’m really excited about sharing a fun Halloween mixed media layout today for Thermoweb!  I used lots of Thermoweb products here, and the first one you probably notice is the shiny Deco Foil.  I used two colors on this layout: Deco Foil Transfer Sheets in Champagne and Gina K. Designs Fancy Foil Sweet Mango.  I think those colors look really good against the black background.

I began with a sheet of the Gina K. Designs Black Onyx Premium Cardstock.  I cut a fun spider web cut file from Paige Evans on my Silhouette Cameo and jazzed it up with some of the Deco Foil.  I added lots of gold ink spray and orange acrylic paint to the background to really help the photo stand out.  I went light on the embellishments since the background and spider web was the main focus.

I wanted the spider web to look splotchy and messy.  To get this look, I used the Deco Foil Liquid Adhesive first.  I just squirted some onto the shape and smudged it around with my finger.
Once it dried, I laid a sheet of the Champagne Deco Foil on top of it and applied pressure with my fingers.  The foil just peels right off, and it sticks to every part that was covered in the adhesive.  To get more coverage, apply the adhesive generously.

Look how beautiful it turned out!  This would look so cool with any color combination.  The gold really stands out on the black cardstock. I wanted lots of gold and orange showing through and around the spider web, so I sprayed down some gold ink spray and splattered some watered down orange acrylic paint.  It dried beautifully on the black cardstock.

I went minimal with embellishments so I wouldn’t cover up a lot of the spider web and background and I used some of the Crate Paper After Dark collection.  There are cardstock and puffy stickers as well as a few glitter Thicker stars and one chipboard star.  Here you can also see that I added in some orange foil. Next, I punched these tiny circles using a confetti punch.  I used one of the iCraft Easy-Cut Adhesive Sheets and a sheet of the Gina K. Designs Fancy Foils in Sweet Mango to create them.  You simply peel the backing off the adhesive sheet, stick to some cardstock, apply the foil, peel it off, and your area is covered.  I wanted to create the look of little orange confetti, which I glued down using the iCraft Mixed Media Adhesive.

To add a bit more interest and texture to the background, I machine stitched some lines using metallic gold thread.  I also used another Crate Paper chipboard piece here.  This cute owl just seemed perfect right here.

Here’s one last look at the right side of the photo.  I used some of the 3D White Foam Squares to pop my photo right off the page.  I also added in some gold metallic thread.

I hope this inspires you to try a dark background with some of your Deco Foils!  It looks so cool, and the effects of the foil’s shine is just amazing.  Give it a go next time!  And be sure to check out my process video here to see just how I created this.

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

Love This / Hip Kit Club

Happy Monday, friends!  I'm back to share a new page for Hip Kit Club.  I used the 2017 September Hip Kits, and I also used another cut file designed by DT Member Jessica Fabiano.  I used the sketchy frames and cut them on different patterned papers from the Main Kit.  Just about everything I used on this page is from Paige Evans' Turn the Page collection.

I used some light pink cardstock as my base and added lots of Shimmerz to it.  I used all three colors from the Color Kit after smudging down some white gesso.  I used the packaging technique as well as spraying and splattering directly on to the paper.  I went pretty simple with the design by tucking in some fussy cut flowers around the photos.

I resized the frames in the Silhouette software before cutting them so they would fit over my photos.  I added some adhesive foam and tissue paper behind them to add some dimension and interest.  These flowers were pretty easy to fussy cut from patterned paper.  I also added some of the butterflies from the Chipboard Stickers and Puffy Stickers as well as some sequins.

I love these colors...just so pretty!  I wanted to bring out the colors in the papers, and the Shimmerz on the background did just that.  I kept everything pretty minimal on this page...sometimes you don't need a lot.

I also went simple with the title.  I combined some of the Hip Kit exclusive alpha stickers with some of the Turn the Page stickers from the Sticker Book.  I traced around "this" with a gold metallic pen to make them stand out a little more.  I also added in some of the Amy Tangerine puffy heart stickers and some tangled thread.

Here's one last close-up of the left side...a pretty butterfly and some sequins :)

I hope this inspires you create a fun background to match your papers and embellishments.  It was fun to make :)   Here's my process video if you'd like to check out...

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

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Weekend / Precious Remembrance Shop

Happy Saturday, friends!  I have a new layout to share today for Precious Remembrance Shop combining two stamp sets and some of the new stickers and die cuts available in the shop.  I always look through my stamps and see what inspires me at the moment.  For this page, I began with my photos.  They’re of my girls about to ride our 4-wheeler, so I wanted to create a messy and somewhat muddy layout to showcase them.  I knew the scribble stamp from the Happy Art Stamp Set would be perfect, so I chose that to use on my background.  I also used a sentiment from the New Day Stamp Set.  I incorporated some of the new Coffee Love Stickers and Journey Bits & Pieces on the page as well.  The pink in those helped me with my color scheme.  I didn’t use any patterned paper on this layout, and it was a lot of fun to just use stamps and embellishments along with watercolors and sprays.

Happy Art Stamp Set

New Day Stamp Set

I absolutely adore this scribble stamp.  It’s perfect for so many things, and it symbolizes mess and dirty for this page.  I used a thick smooth cardstock without any gesso.  I used some brown distress inks as well as some Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine and some Shimmerz.  I thought adding some pink would add a feminine touch to the brown splotches.  My title is one of the stickers, and I simply adhered it to some cardstock and then cut it out so I could move it around.  I glued it to my photo and then machine stitched through it with gold thread.  A lot of the gold embellishments around the page are from my Crate Paper stash.

Here are a few of the fun stickers.  These are perfect for planners, but I like the challenge of making them work on a layout.  I used them as layers and smaller subtitles.  Here is where I used the New Day Stamp Set.  This quote was just right for these photos.

I really love how the pinks and browns look together.  I don’t normally go for browns, but the pictures suited it.  I used one of the camera die cuts here available in the Journey Bits & Pieces.  There are three different sizes of these cameras!  Again, the other embellishments are from various Crate Paper collections.

Here’s a closer look at the camera and the background stamping.  Stamping doesn’t always have to be front and center;  you can use them for subtle elements, too.  I did more machine stitching here to add more pops of shiny gold.

Here's the top of the design.  I love layering bits and pieces behind my photos, and it was fun to use up some of my random embellishments.  I love how this scribble stamp looks here!

I hope this has inspired you in some way to create a fun layout using your stamps!  And be sure to check out the shop for all the new stickers and die cuts.  They’re very versatile and can be used in so many ways.  Also, be sure to check out my process video if you’d like to see how I created this page.

You can also check out more videos on the Precious Remembrance Shop's YouTube Channel!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a fabulous weekend :)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Mom's Day / Paige Evans DT

Hello again, friends! It's Friday...yessss!  Today I’m sharing a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring the Scalloped Circles cut file.  I enlarged to fit my entire page. I did a little mixing and matching with Paige’s collections on this. I used a patterned paper from the Fancy Free 12x12 Paper Pad to cut the design. I love the watercolor look of it, and I placed it on some white cardstock so it would stand out. I used some Shimmerz sprays, some Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine, and a few gelatos to create the watercolor effect on the background. I spent lots of time fussy cutting flowers for this page! I pulled out the Turn the Page 12x12 Paper Pad and cut all the gold foiled flowers from one paper. I also cut the hot pink tiny flowers from a sheet in the Fancy Free 12x12 Paper Pad. It’s fun to combine bits and pieces from different collections to make things interesting!

I did even more mixing and matching for my title. I used some of the Take Me Away Thickers for half of it and the Turn the Page Thickers for the other half. I curved the title to fit the cut file. I also added a smaller subtitle over on the left side. I used the “today” sticker from the Turn the Page Sticker Book, stuck it to some vellum, and fussy cut it out.

I love how versatile this cut file is. Usually I back all the open spots with patterned papers, but I decided to leave all the spots open. I wanted the background to show through. I added some shiny gold here with some machine stitching. The background gold really shines and it’s a perfect complement to the gorgeous flowers. The fussy cutting was well worth it!

The best part about combining collections is coming up with your own color scheme.  I love the hot pink added in this mix.  Here you can see the clear sticker from the Turn the Page Sticker Book.  I attached it to some vellum first and then fussy cut it out.

I pulled out the Oh My Heart Chipboard Stickers and found a yellow one that matched perfectly. I added in some of the Turn the Page Ribbon through the hole to finish it off.

I wanted to cluster some of the flowers on top of the photo so I did that in a few places. I added one of the Turn the Page Pennant Paper Clips to the corner edge here and layered a flower on top of it.

Here's one last close-up of the beautiful cut file.  I am just in awe of how pretty it looks mixed with the gold on the background as well as all those colorful blooms!

This was so much fun to create! I highly recommend checking out Paige’s Silhouette cut files. They are really awesome and give you so many possibilities to create with!  Be sure to check out my process video here:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Bahaha! / Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello, friends!  Happy Wednesday :)  I have a funny (and fun) layout to share today for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using the You Rock collection.  I have really loved the challenge of using this “boy” collection for layouts about my silly girls.  This photo makes me laugh…look at that goofy face!  This week we are featuring projects that showcase our individual style.  I used mixed media, which is my favorite.  I was also in the mood to play with washi tape, so I took all the You Rock Washi Tape and stuck it all down on some white cardstock.  I used my circle punches to create lots of different sized circles to use around the photo.  I actually loved how the scrap paper looked after punching all the circles, so I cut it in half and used it as well.  My background paper is the Artisan paper from Wild at Heart, and I smudged a lot of white acrylic paint on it first.  I used coordinating colors of ink sprays to get the color behind everything.

I went through all the embellishments and discovered there are tons of circles!  I used one from the Chipboard Stickers, several from the Ephemera Die Cuts and even some tiny ones I punched.  I used more of the Washi Tape here with these cute phrases.  The Accessory Sticker Sheet is full of really funny phrases, so I used a few of those around the page, too.

I added some foam adhesive under a few of the circles to create some depth.  I topped this big circle with a few sentiments.  One is a die cut and one is a Rubber Charm.  I used the navy alpha stickers from Hello Sunshine.  You can also see some black machine stitching on the background.  I did some zig zag stitches as well as some messy straight stitching.  I like how it adds to the messy background.

I used a chipboard frame over my photo and then topped it with another chipboard circle.  Here you can see the scrap paper that I punched the circles from.  It looked too cool to throw away, so I used it!

Here’s one more close-up of the top area.  I did add a few bits of tangled thread in two spots for added texture and color.

It's really fun to layer lots of products together like this.  Creating these washi circles was really easy, and you can do this with any tapes to create your own color scheme.  It's fun to think outside the box and do something different :)

I really love how this turned out!  It’s a lot of fun to make a collection work for something that it’s not intended for.  Even though most of the pieces in the You Rock line are meant for boys, I have made it work for several girl pages.  Give it a try!  Here’s my process video if you’d like to check it out:

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

Friday, October 6, 2017

Happy Days / Hip Kit Club

Hey, friends!  It's FRIDAY...yeah!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Hip Kit Club.  I used the 2017 September Kits.  I decided to pull out an old chevron punch from my stash to create a large textured heart.  I was inspired by the beautiful striped Shimelle paper from the Main Kit and Paper Kit.  I also used a few papers from the Turn the Page collection.  I hand cut a big heart from patterned paper and then glued down all the punched strips.  I chose the beautiful Ash card stock from the Cardstock Kit as my background.  I went around the edges of the heart with white gesso and then used the Shimmerz from the Color Kit on top of it.  I also smudged some white gesso on some areas of the heart and added more of the Shimmerz.  I just love the look it gives, and it creates nice depth.

Here you can see the amazing texture from the paper strips!  I did a bit of machine stitching with metallic gold thread through a few of the strips.  I went simple with my title and used one of the Shimelle Thickers from the Embellishment Kit and some of the Hip Kit exclusive gold chipboard alphas from the Main Kit.  I embellished around the photo with some Turn the Page die cuts.

I went simple with the title and combined one of the Shimelle glitter Thickers with the metallic gold Hip Kit exclusive chipboard alphas.  I love how they stand out against the background.

I also used one of the Amy Tangerine bows.  Here you can see how the Sunset Strip Shimmerz created a nice solid yellow area for my title to go. This breaks up the colorful background and make the title pop off the page a bit more.

In the upper right area, I created a little cluster using more of the Turn the Page goodies.  I used one of the 2×2 Paper Pad papers, one of the Paper Clips, some Puffy Stickers and a Wood Veneer.  I added some aqua Shimmerz from my stash behind it.

Finally, I added one of the cute Turn the Page birds and finished everything off with some gold Color Shine splatters.

I hope this inspires you to try using the Color Kit to create your next project!  Be sure to check out my process video here if you'd like to see how I made this.

Thanks so much, and have a great weekend!