Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hello Love / Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello again!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  I was up on the blog last Friday.  I used the new Wild At Heart collection, and I just love all the deep rich colors.  I decided to go a bit abstract and artsy with this, so I chose a neutral patterned paper for my background.  This light grey and white wood grain was perfect.  I covered a lot of it with white gesso first and then used a lot of coordinating Shimmerz sprays.  I used the packaging technique as well as just directly spraying the mist onto the paper. 

I used a fun cut file from The Cut Shoppe and cut several pinwheel shapes from different papers.  I arranged them messily on the background along with some tangled thread. I adhered them down and stitched through a lot of them with my sewing machine.  I embellished with Chipboard Stickers, Wood Veneer, Cardstock Stickers and a Flair Button.


I love how this came out.  Sometimes I just like random shapes just because they look cool :)  I've used this cut file a few times on previous pages, and it always looks awesome.  I used the large LOVE chipboard stickers as part of my title here, and I added a few arrow stickers.  I love how the background work shows through the shapes.


To add to the messy factor here, I added some tangled thread throughout the page.  That's one of my favorite things to do, and I don't even know why...other than I love how it looks!  I added three wood veneer hearts around the page, and that piece down below is a Rubber Charm...it's adorable!


I love this dimension!  I used one of the Flair Buttons to complete my title here.


The fun thing about using shapes like this is the ends curl up.  This works with flowers and leaves, too.  Just glue down the centers and not the whole piece, and the edges will lift off the page and create a fun 3D effect.


For layering behind my photo, I added a bit of tissue paper from my stash as well as a few scraps left over from cutting the shapes.  I added a cute "perfect" tab sticker up top.


Here's one more look below the photo.  I added another sticker and a chipboard arrow piece and then my journaling.


This is such a beautiful collection to work with...I hope you love it, too!  Here's my process video if you'd like to check it out...



Thanks so much for visiting me today...have a good one!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Happy Happy / Hip Kit Club

Happy Monday, y'all!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend :)  Today I'm sharing my newest layout for Hip Kit Club.  I used the 2017 March Hip Kits, and they are just so pretty.  I decided to use all the items from the Color Kit, which includes two Shimmerz Paste-eez and a fun lattice stencil.  I combined the Raspberry Sherbet and Hold the Mustard over the stencil on white cardstock.  I got some pretty orange tones where they overlapped.  Once that dried I added some blue sprays from my stash to get that pretty periwinkle color. 

I was first inspired to start this layout with the patchwork squares paper from the Paige Evans Oh My Heart collection.  Originally, I planned to have half scalloped circle banners going all across the page, but once I created my background it just seemed too distracting and busy.  So I just used a few of them to create one small banner.  I wanted to create that pretty periwinkle color in the banner andin some of the floral die cuts, so that's what inspired by color scheme.


Once I got my background and the banner finished, I started embellishing.  This cute bird die cut is from the Dear Lizzy Lovely Day collection, and it looked adorable perched on top of the banner.  I added some foam and tangled thread under it.  I combined one of the Pinkfresh Studio Puffy Stickers with the Dear Lizzy metallic Thickers for my title.


I just love these gorgeous flower die cuts!  Especially the rose gold one...look how it shines!  I layered them here as well as some more of the Pinkfresh Puffy Stickers.  Those black flowers are from the Dear Lizzy Washi Tape.  I fussy cut them and I love how they look!  Almost like stamps.


More Dear Lizzy here...this cute wooden flag fit perfectly right here.  I also added in some of the Pinkfresh Studio phrase cardstock stickers and stitched through them.  I love how the background looks...such a fun blend of colors.


Beneath the photo area, I did some machine stitching and my journaling.  I added in more of the washi tape and one of the exclusive Hip Kit flair buttons and enamel dots.


Look how awesome the washi tape looks!  It looks hand doodled or stamped...I love it!  I also tucked in one of the Pinkfresh Leatherette stickers...what a cool product those are!


Here's one more close-up of the background...my favorite!


If you'd like to see how I made this page, you can see it here!  I hope you enjoy and get some fun ideas to try!


Thanks so much for stopping by, and have an awesome day!


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Embrace Being You / Shimmerz Education Team

Hey, friends!  Happy Weekend....yeah!  I'm back to share a new layout for the Shimmerz Education Team combining a ton of Shimmerz Paints.  I've had this gorgeous geometric heart cut file in my files for a while.  It's from Just Nick Studio, and I decided to cut it on some white cardstock and create my own stencil.  I placed the stencil over another sheet of white cardstock and went to town with all kinds of Shimmerz.

I used some of the new Paste-eez and Acritonez as well as some Coloringz, Vibez, Inklingz and Creameez.  I used an old credit card to smudge some paste over the stencil, and I used some plastic packaging, a brush, my finger...a little bit of everything!  I embellished with some bits and pieces from an old Hip Kit, including some exclusive die cuts and stickers.  I also fussy cut some flowers from a Simple Stories paper, some Crate Paper rubber charms, some wood veneer and a Freckled Fawn puffy word sticker.


To get this beautiful and colorful background, I used some washi tape to hold the stencil to the background paper.  Since the inner pieces are so thin, I had to apply all the Shimmerz very carefully so I wouldn't tear them.  I mixed and match so many of the colors.  I also added some splattering.  Here you can see how gorgeous the colors look together.  This is a mix of Paste-eez Raspberry Sherbet & Hold the Mustard as well as Acritonez Pinkadelic, Coloringz Pretty in Pink, Mandarin Mai Tai, Vibez Sweetheart and Inklingz Beets Me.


I used lots of blues and aquas including Acritonez Blue My Top, Coloringz Well Blue Me Down & Heidi Ho Blue, Vibez Snow Way Man, Inklingz Me & Blue and Blue Lagoon.  I used a few of the Hip Kit Project Life cards as layers behind my photo and then layered the flowers around the edges.  I also added some fun foam under it for dimension as well as some tangled thread.


I just love how this turned out!  I made sure to let the pinks dry first before coming in with the blues.  You can see how the blue stands out on top of the pink.  That's because I let it dry before mixing.


I love how easily the Shimmerz products blend and work together.  The pastes blend with the acrylics, and they blend with the liquids as well.  You can't beat that :)


Here's one more close up of the photo area.  The dimension here turned out really nice.  I love the shadowing it creates!


I have a process video to share of this page...I hope you enjoy and get some inspiration!



Supplies Used:
Paste-eez--Raspberry Sherbet, Hold the Mustard
Acritonez--Pinkadelic, Blue My Top
Coloringz--Pretty in Pink, Mandarin Mai Tai, Well Blue Me Down, Heidi Ho Blue
Vibez--Sweetheart, Snow Way Man
Inklingz--Me & Blue, Blue Lagoon, Beets Me
Creameez--Just Peachie


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Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!


Friday, March 24, 2017

Everyday / Simple Stories

Happy Friday, friends!  Today I'm sharing my final layout for Simple Stories Creative Team.  I will not be returning to the team for the next term.  I have had a wonderful year with the team, and I know the new team will knock your socks off with inspiration!  A huge thank you to Layle for giving me a chance and for always being so supportive of my crazy mixed media style :)

For this page, I used the adorable Domestic Bliss collection.  I was inspired by the "Home is where my bunch of crazies are" 3x4 cut apart and knew I had to use that.  I decided to go with a grid design and used two photos about the same size.  I used another cut apart with a house to echo the "home" part.  These silly photos are of my children wearing a pair of goofy glasses, and they just make me laugh!  They are definitely my little "crazies" and I love them that way :)

Overall, this is simple page for my style.  I used some kraft cardstock as my background and covered a lot of it with white gesso.  I used some Shimmerz sprays using the packaging technique to create four sections of color.  I stitched right through the center using grey thread.


I decided to use a really big title in the center, and I used the Shoreline font and cut this on my Cameo on white cardstock.  I stitched through it for added detail.  here you can see the fun little stickers I added, including Clear Stickers and some from the 4x6 sheets.  I did add some foam under everything to give it some lift.


I used a few bits of patterned paper behind my photos as well as some tissue paper and tangled thread.  I used some cute LOVE stickers here.


On the side of this photo, I used some TODAY letters I fussy cut from patterned paper.  Again, I added tangled thread and a cute "Work it, girl, sticker.


Finally, I had to add this cute chipboard house and a brad.  I just love how simple and fun this turned out!  The products shine as well as the photos.


Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I've had a wonderful year sharing my Simple Stories layouts with you.  I hope you've enjoyed them!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bloom / Paige Evans Design Team

It's me again....I'm back!  I have a new layout up on the Paige Evans Blog today, and this week we are all about stitching.  There have been some really beautiful Pink Paislee Oh My Heart cut files added to the Silhouette Store recently, and I just had to use one as a stitching template.  I used a Sketch Pen in my Cameo and drew the shapes.  I punched little holes all through the lines and then hand stitched with different colors of embroidery thread.  It did take me over the course of three days to get it all stitched, but the end result was worth it!  I used gelatos and some Shimmerz Paints to color inside the flowers and leaves.  It was a lot of fun adding all the shading.

I used mostly embellishments for this page.  I used some Oh My Heart Ephemera, Chipboard Stickers and a Puffy Sticker.  I also used some of the Take Me Away Chipboard Stickers and Ephemera.


I think this turned out absolutely beautiful!  I love the awesome texture the stitching gives.  It was fun coloring and smudging the gelatos to create different shades.  I also used a tiny brush with my Shimmerz to add even more lights and darks.


I layered in two frames behind my photo...one from each collection.  I layered in some of the Oh My heart flower die cuts and a cute Puffy Sticker.  I fussy cut a few of the small orange flowers from Paper 13, which was left over from my previous layout.  I went simple with my title and used the colorful Oh My Heart Thickers.


I used three different colors of thread for the leaves just to make it a little more interesting.  I love that once you have an area stitched, it makes the rest of the layout come together pretty quickly.  It's a fixed design and you can't move it around, so it limits what you can do on the rest of the page.


Here's a closer look at all those layered flowers...so pretty!  For my background here, I used some of the gelatos and Shimmerz again with some plastic packaging to create some smudges and splotches behind my photo area.


And one final close-up of that gorgeous flower.  I really love adding color, texture and dimension to my pages...it makes all the difference :)


Here's my process video if you'd like to check out how I made this...I hope you enjoy!


Thanks again for stopping by!  See you soon!


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Love Wonderful You / Hip Kit Club

Happy Tuesday, friends!  Today I'm sharing a new layout for Hip Kit Club.  I used the beautiful March 2017 Hip Kits for this, and I also used this completely gorgeous cut file designed by Kim Watson.  I love all those swirly clouds!  When I saw it, I thought of a sky, and then I thought of a sun.  I used an older Heidi Swapp sun burst stencil and traced it onto some white cardstock.  I used some of the Shimmerz Paste-eez in Hold the Mustard from the Color Kit to paint the sun bursts.  I lightened it up a little bit using some of the white Acritonez from last month's Color Kit.  I backed the clouds with patterned paper, some Project Life cards and some vellum.  I added some foam to it and and popped it up.  Before gluing it down, I machine stitched along all the edges of the rays.  I love how it all turned out!


Ahhhh..the dimension here just makes me happy :)  Check out that cute little bird...he looked perfect perched up on the cloud there.  I fussy cut "LOVE" from one of the Shimelle papers and used that as part of the my title.


Here you can see the background paint, splatters and stitching.  I love adding lots of color and texture to my backgrounds :)  I layered in a cute gold foiled cloud sticker from the Shimelle sticker sheet.  I also layered in some yellow tangled thread under the clouds.


This floral sticker is probably my favorite one on the whole sheet!  That aqua blue color is my favorite, and paired with yellow and pink...a total win!  I layered it here under the corner of the photo along with some stems from Pinkfresh Studio.  I hand cut that little orange flower to bring a pop of that color to this side of the page.  I used the orange PL card behind some of the clouds on the other side.  That pink frame behind the picture is from the Paige Evans Oh My Heart collection.


I love how the vellum looks behind the clouds.  Vellum is a great product to use, and it's so versatile.  I use it as layers sometimes, and I've even cut out shapes with it on my Cameo.


Here's one more close-up.  I added some foam behind this adorable Dear Lizzy camera and layered it over the edge of my photo.  I finished my title by adding the "Wonderful You" banner piece from the Oh My Heart Ephemera Pack.


Here's my process video for you...I hope you love watching the process as much as I did making it!


Thanks so much for your visit today...have a great day!


Monday, March 20, 2017

Beautiful Moments / Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello again, friends!  I completely forgot to share my newest layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio last week!  For some reason I thought had shared it...oops!  The Design Team has been featuring the beautiful new Wild at Heart collection, and I was very excited to make my first layout with it.  I used a lot of the chipboard pieces and chipboard frames. 

I am in love with this gorgeous watercolor paper I used for my background.  I love the gradient from a soft peachy pink to a darker shade...just gorgeous.  I created the word "moments" in my Silhouette software using the Impact font and cut it out.  I backed with white cardstock and then went over a lot of the area with white gesso.  I used some of my Shimmerz watercolors to add some variation in color to the background paper, and I also added some of the blue tones.  I used two black & white photos and overlapped them onto the big title.  I used some of the frames as layers behind the photos and then at the bottom as a cluster for my journaling.  I used a lot of the chipboard stickers as part of my title and as accents with those cute hearts.


I love how the gesso created some gritty texture here.  I added even more texture (and color) with some machine stitching under the title.  Here you can really see the dimension created from all the chipboard.  I just love that!  To really make my journaling stand out, I printed it on my computer and layered the strips on top of the small stacked frames.


Using frames as layers is a great way to use them....you don't always have to use them on top of the photo.  I must admit I'm quite in love with these gorgeous watercolor floral die cuts!  They seriously are so beautiful.


I love how the journaling spot turned out.  I used vellum instead of paper.  I layered in some tangled thread, a few die cut flowers and a sticker.


I tried to use my gold metallic thread for stitching, but it kept popping and breaking off.  I'm no expert at sewing, so I switched it to the blue thread and it worked better.  Again, you can see the depth here created by the chipboard.


Here's one more close-up of the bottom cluster area.


Here's my process video for this page if you'd like to check it out.  I hope you enjoy and get some fun ideas!



Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have terrific week :)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spring Beauty / Bella Blvd

Hey, friends!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Bella Blvd.  Our theme this week was Spring or St. Paddy's Day and the new Barnyard collection.  I chose to create a Spring themed page.  When I think of Spring, I think of pretty bright colors, sunshine, flowers and butterflies.  I used a butterfly cut file from the Silhouette Store to cut several of them using papers from the 6x8 Paper Pad.  I used the back of the Borders paper (yellow) as my background.  I went over a lot of the center area with white gesso and then added in lots of blue, aqua and pink watercolors.  I love how the mixed media creates a messy yet dimensional look.  I embellished with some adorable die cuts and stickers.



The fun thing about using butterflies is you can easily bend the wings up to make them look like they're in flight.  I lightly adhered them here and then machine stitched through the centers using white thread.  I added some tangled thread under some of them for extra texture and pops of color.


How cute are these die cuts?!  I layered in a little tree and some darling little chicks around my photo.  Chicks definitely scream Spring!  I used some of the new Wonky Alpha Puffy Stickers for my title, and I combined them with a cardstock die cut I created using my Cameo.  I used a bit of blue gelato at the bottom of it to give it a little bit of color.


I love how this turned out!  I love that those wings are popping off the page.  And I couldn't resist using that cute sun with the little clouds!  Too adorable.


I layered in one of the Designer Clips here as a layering piece.  I love that even though a lot of this collection is centered around a farm or barnyard, there are still some general elements.  You really can use this for lots of themes.


I used another cute chick here on the left of the photo, and I also added in a few of the stickers from the Fundamentals sheet.


Here's one more look...I did add some foam under two of the chicks and then wrote my journaling underneath the title.


I hope this gives you some fun ideas to try...and remember to think outside the box if you have a themed collection.  You don't always have to use it as it's intended :)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!