Saturday, November 18, 2017

Tis the Season to Sparkle / Thermoweb

Hey, friends, and Happy Weekend!  Today I have a fun & festive holiday layout for Thermoweb to share using some of the Gina K. Designs Fancy Foils and some Simple Stories Oh What Fun goodies.  I wanted to create a page with a wintry feel, so I used colors that reminded me snow and ice.  Although what you don’t see is my daughter not wearing any pants because, in Florida, it’s usually still hot at Christmas…haha!

I began with the cut files I used, which are a block font and the scripty word “sparkle.”  I found this quote on Pinterest and thought it was perfect.  I used some of the Simple Stories papers and one Carta Bella paper to back the letters with.  I knew I wanted to add some “sparkle,” so I used some of the Gina K. Designs Fancy Foils to add some shine to it.  I cut it on white cardstock, and I used the iCraft Deco Foil Adhesive Pen to add glue to it.  This pen is super easy to use and a great way to add foil if you don’t have a laminator.

After you use the pen, let it dry until the glue is tacky.  You simply place the foil on top of it (foil side up) and press over it with your fingers.  When you peel it back, the foil will stick to the glue.  The pen is great because you can easily control how much you want or only in a certain area.  I combined the Gina K. Designs Fancy Foils in Sparkling Silver and Turquoise Sea here.  I glued down just parts of it with the iCraft Mixed Media Adhesive so the ends would curl up off the page and overlap the photo.  I added a few of the Simple Stories stickers around the page and also a few vellum snowflakes.

Here you can really see the beautiful shine from the foiling.  On my background, I mixed some light blue and white acrylic paint and used a palette knife to smudge it down.  I wanted a soft and light color to really make the other colors pop off of it.  The photos really stand out, and the foil shines so nicely against it.

Backing these letters with patterned paper was a quick and easy process.  The fun part is sorting through all the papers and finding the perfect piece to add.  This is a great way to get a lot of color and pattern on a page without it being too busy.  I machine stitched through the letters here with silver metallic thread.

With all the color going on, I wanted to add something to the background without it being overwhelming or distracting.  Vellum to the rescue!  It’s perfect because it’s so light and it just gives a subtle hint of the snowflakes.

Here’s one last close-up of the beautiful foil.  I love how it turned out!

I hope this inspires you to create something fun and shiny for your next project.  Get your hands on the iCraft Deco Foil Adhesive Pen and see how easy it is!  Be sure to check out my process video to see the pen in action!

Watch my process VIDEO below…

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

Friday, November 17, 2017

Hello / Paige Evans DT Sticker Book Layout

It's Friday....yeah!!  Today I wanted to share a layout I created for the Paige Evans Design Team featuring her new 30-page #Sticker Book.  Everything on this page came from the Sticker Book!  I combined all the circle stickers to create a fun and colorful background.  I also used one of Paige's cut files called Hello Circle Frame available in the Silhouette Store.

I stuck all the circle stickers to cardstock first and then cut them out.  I wanted to be able to move them around, so that made it easier.  I even cut around the edges of the parts of the circles that were left on the sticker sheet and used those as open circles.  I jazzed up the white cardstock background using some Shimmerz Paints and some Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine.

These stickers are fantastic!  And there are so many of them.  I just clustered all the circles together and added in some smaller ones.  I used some of the small black and white alphas here and combined them with a piece of a sticker.  I cut "beautiful" from another sticker.  There are also a lot of clear colored stickers.  All of the stickers are from Paige's latest two collections:  Turn the Page & Oh My Heart.

I used a few of these cute clipboard stickers as layers behind the photo.  Again, I stuck them to cardstock first and cut them out.  I layered in more circles as well, and I also tucked in some tangled thread.

I just adore all of these colors together!  I love how they look so soft around the photo.

I added my journaling down at the bottom and added a border sticker underneath it.  I used one of the planner stickers to write my date.

Here's one more close-up of the top area of the page.  I used one of the clear stickers here, and I just stuck that one right onto the background.

I hope this inspires you to give the #Sticker Book a try.  There are a TON of stickers in here, and you can clearly create a layout using it all by itself!  You can also find them at and Hobby Lobby.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hooray for Today / Paige Evans DT

Hey, friends!  I'm up on the blog today for the Paige Evans Design Team, and this week we are featuring leaves on our projects. I knew right away I wanted to use Paige’s Dipped Leaves cut file available in the Silhouette Store. I also went for a softer color scheme for this so I chose three lighter patterned papers from the Turn the Page collection: Paper 01Paper 16, and Paper 23. I cut several leaves in each color and heat embossed the ends with gold powder. I wanted to create the idea of leaves falling all around the photo so I scattered them around the page. I used several floral stickers from Paige’s new 30 page #StickerBook to embellish.

I did some watercolor work on the white background using some pinks and corals and I used quite a bit of gold Color Shine. I used the packaging technique and created lots of splatters with my brush. I lightly glued down the leaves and machine stitched through some of them using gold thread. They turned out beautiful! All these pink floral stickers are from the new Paige Evans #StickerBook.

I used the scraps from the leaf cut files to add layers behind my photo. I distressed the edges and tucked in some light pink thread for added color and texture. I highly recommend heat embossing. It really makes these cute leaves sparkle!

I used more of the leaves to create a cluster on the left side of the page. I used a Turn the Page Chipboard Sticker here as well as more florals from the #StickerBook. I also hand cut some leaves from some of the Turn the Page Ribbon and machine stitched through them. The gold looks so pretty against the cream crochet leaves. I tucked my title in here, which is a combination of Turn the Page Thickers#StickerBook alpha stickers, and a fussy cut “hooray” from an Oh My Heart 6x6 Paper Pad paper. I finished the page off with using a gold pen to write my journaling.

I just kept snapping close-ups of this gorgeous's so shimmery and beautiful!  All those pink and gold splatters....sigh.

Here you can see how the machine stitching adds such great detail.  You could also hand stitch, and that would look fantastic as well.

Leaves are great for adding dimension because you can curl the ends up off the page like this.  Just glue down the stem and you have instant dimension.  Even if you stitch through the centers, don't go all the way to the top and the edges can still curl up.

One last close-up.  I'm so glad I enjoy fussy cutting...haha!  It allowed me to create this fun title, and it's always fun to mix and match your fonts and alphas!

I hope you’re inspired by this page! This is the perfect season to use leaves on a project and there are so many possibilities. Be sure to check out Paige’s cut files in the Silhouette Store for even more inspiration! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll check out my process video:

Thanks for stopping by, and I'll see you again soon!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Christmas Morning / Elle's Studio Guest Designer

Hello, friends! Happy Monday :)  I’m super excited to be the November guest designer at Elle’s Studio. Today I am sharing a Christmas layout I created using the November 2017 Kit along with a bit of the Family Fun collection. The November Kit is full of red and green holiday goodies, so I decided to scrap a cute picture of my daughter jumping on her trampoline on Christmas morning.

I used a white cardstock background and cut some of the snowflakes in white from this month’s Digital Cut Files, to create a tone-on-tone look, lightly spritzing them with gold ink spray. I also used the three large wood veneer snowflakes from the kit, which I heat embossed with gold embossing powder to make them sparkly. I used gold, green and aqua watercolor sprays on the background to create a fun and artsy backdrop for all of the snowflakes.

Here you can see all the gold shine. The wood veneer embossed beautifully, and I love how they turned out. I created a cluster down here under the photo using some die cuts from the November Kit as well as the Everyday Banner Stickers. I also used a few of the Christmas Puffy Heart Stickers in a few places. To add some finishing touches, I machine stitched with metallic gold thread around the page.

Check out the dimension from the die cuts! It’s fun to not glue down every inch of them so the edges will curl up off the page. Aren’t those puffy hearts so adorable? I wanted to use them all, but I also wanted to save some for future projects! I wrote my journaling with a gold pen. I think it added the perfect touch.

There are a lot of beautiful journaling tags in the kit, and I used a few of them here behind my photo as layers. They give hints of all of the colors used on the layout and make the photo stand out from the background. I also added some tissue paper and adhesive foam from my stash for extra dimension and texture. I added this fun star die cut from the November Kit and topped it with a white puffy heart sticker and some stitching. I love that there are touches of aqua here and there to add some extra fun colors to the traditional red and green.

I decided to create a long vertical title along the left side of the page using the Stanley Alphabet Outline Stamps. They are amazing, and since these are open letters, I was able to watercolor inside of them. I used a small brush and some aqua and blue watercolor to fill in the bottoms and create some shading. I fussy cut those circles from a 3″ x 4″ journaling tag in the November Kit and stitched them down on the left side.

Here's one more close-up of the beautiful gold embossing.  It's a great way to add some sparkle and shine to just about anything.  These big wood veneer snowflakes were perfect for this!

I hope this gives you some fun ideas to try using the November Kit and add-ons! There are so many fun products to work with, and it really got me into the holiday crafting spirit! Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you again next week!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

You / Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Happy Sunday, friends!  Today I wanted to share my newest layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using the gorgeous Bohemian Dream collection.  I can’t resist using all the beautiful florals, so I went with a floral theme.  I cut a fun flower cut file on white cardstock and used a lot of the Beautiful Mess paper and 6×6 Paper Pad to back it.  I just wanted a bold and colorful bloom of flowers coming off the page.  I used the Flower Child striped paper as my background and coated a big portion of it with white acrylic paint and white gesso to blend out some of the stripes.  I used lots of watercolors on top of that to create a nice artsy background.  I wanted it to peek out around the flowers and in between the gaps.  I tucked my photo underneath a flower and layered some die cuts and stickers around it.

I decided to add a bit of hand stitching to the centers of most of the flowers.  I love the added texture this gives.  I went through the Die Cut Ephemera and added a few flowers and leaves around the page.  I raised the cut file off the page by adding some adhesive foam under it.


Here I tucked in a Flair Button and some soft pink thread.  Under the photo I added an Accessory Sticker and Chipboard Accent Sticker.  There are so many bits and pieces in this collection!

I went simple with the title and used one of the white Chipboard Title Stickers.  I left it white since there were so many colors surrounding it.  It stands out against them.  I added a few more die cut flowers and a chipboard butterfly.

I seriously can’t get over how pretty these colors are.  It’s hard to narrow down a color scheme because I just want to use them ALL!  So I do…haha!

Here’s one last close-up of the top area of the photo.  I cut a few die cut label pieces in half and used them as layers and used a few of the Accessory Stickers.  I also used one of the Clear Stamps above the photo.

I hope this inspires you in some way.  This collection is so pretty, and despite all these colors, you can narrow it down and do fewer colors.  I’ve seen other DT layouts using just blues or just purples.  I just can’t help myself from using them all!  Be sure to check out my process video if you’d like to see how I made this.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a fun scrappy week :)

Friday, November 10, 2017

Grateful Heart / Hip Kit Club

Hey, friends, and Happy FRIDAY!  I’m sharing my newest layout for Hip Kit Club today.  I was excited to be back for Mixed Media Monday on the blog this week.  I used the 2017 October Hip Kits for this page, and I just love how it turned out.  I wanted to focus on mainly the pinks in the kits, but I eventually wound up adding in some mint, yellow and gold.  Color schemes evolve as you go, and sometimes the end result is completely different than how you envisioned.  And that is okay!  I used the beautiful pink and white diagonal striped Jen Hadfield paper from the Main Kit as my background and added a lot of Shimmerz from the Color Kit to the background.  First, I smudged lots of white acrylic paint and gesso onto the background to prime the paper.  I used the Mango Tango Vibez and the Old Yeller Inklingz as well as a few other colors from previous Color Kits.  I used some plastic packaging and a palette knife to spread and smear the paint.

Here you can see the different color variations.  I fussy cut a lot of flowers from another Jen Hadfield paper and used them around the page.  That fun leafy wreath cut file should be available soon on the HKC website.  It was designed by Tehri.  I used some of the exclusive wood veneer leaves and the Pretty Little Studio alpha stickers from the Project Life Kit here paired with the gorgeous gold Thickers from the Embellishment Kit.  The “about us” was fussy cut from a Project Life card.

I love the matte look of these gold Thickers.  Under my photos, I added a Project Life card and a Pinkfresh Studio striped tag that I cut in half. Those tags are in the Embellishment Kit.   I used the other half above the other photo.  My journaling fit nicely right under the title.  After I made the title, I needed some splashes of that deeper blue color, so I mixed up some acrylic paint and a bit of aqua Shimmerz and splattered some around the page.

To add dimension behind my photos, I added some adhesive foam.  It makes such a difference and really gives the layout some life.  The flowers just seem to jump right off the page.

I used some of the One Canoe Two enamel shapes around the page as well.  I tore off this gold “XO” from a Pinkfresh Studio tag.

Here’s another close-up of the top area.  I couldn’t resist using a few of these gorgeous Pinkfresh Studio black & white butterflies!  They were perfect for this page.

I think I'm addicted to layering...haha!  It just gives such a great dimensional effect, especially when you use foam dots or foam adhesive to raise some pieces up.  The butterfly, flower, leaf and cut file are flat on the page.  The photo is raised up, and the flower I added on top of it looks even higher.  It's great to get all the different colors, shapes and textures all mixed together like this.

I hope this gives you some inspiration and fun ideas to try on your next page.  Don’t be afraid to fussy cut images from patterned paper or use Project Life cards in a way other than for Project Life.  Get creative!  You can check out my process video if you’d like to see how I created this.

And don't forget....the gorgeous NOVEMBER Hip Kits are shipping NOW!  If you want one of these beauties, go get it now before they're gone!  I just received mine yesterday, and everything is making me swoon!  Go HERE.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT weekend!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Have Fun / Paige Evans DT Sticker Book Layout

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I'm back today to share a fun layout I created using Paige Evans' new #StickerBook.  You can find it HERE.  I used one patterned paper from the Turn the Page collection and one of Paige's cut files, but everything else is from the Sticker Book.  There are SO many possibilities with these stickers, and there are a TON of different images.  If you're a planner, there are even a few pages just for you!

The cut file is called Hearts Background and you can find it in the Silhouette Store.  I cut it on white cardstock.  I covered the light yellow patterned paper background with some white gesso and then used a few different Shimmerz sprays on top of it.   I decided to go with a heart theme, so I used almost all of the hearts from the Sticker Book.  I stuck them onto white cardstock first and then cut them out.  I wanted to fill in lots of the open hearts with them. 

I did add a bit of ink spray on top of the cut file so it wouldn't be so stark white.  I love the dimension of the hearts.  I just glued down the ends so the curved parts would kind of rise up off the page.  Before doing that, though, I machine stitched through each row of hearts. 

I added a bunch of smaller stickers here there.  More smaller hearts and several clear colored transparent phrase and word stickers.  I created a small title using some of the colorful alphas as well.  My title is some of the clear rose gold stickers.

I just love the mix of colors bright and fun.  There are even rose gold hearts...I used a few of those as well.

Here you can see the shine from the rose pretty!

Here's one more close-up.  I added another rose gold sticker and little planner type sticker for my date.

I hope this gives you some ideas on what you could do with the #StickerBook.  It's very versatile and it's FULL of stickers!

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