Thursday, March 15, 2018

Sisters / Shimmerz Education Team

Hey there, friends!  Happy Thursday!  I have a fun layout for the Shimmerz Education Team to share today with lots of texture.  I decided to play around with some glass bead gel I have in my stash.  I pulled out an old stencil and scraped the gel over it onto some smooth white cardstock.  I created a vertical design with it and then let it dry.  I added lots of color using some Shimmerz sprays -- Spritz Ruby, Vibez Sweetheart, Jeni B Bleu, Snow Way Man & Glorious Day.  I also used a brush to add some water.  The dimension from the gel looked so cool once the color hit it, and the water allowed the ink to run and blend together.  This was super easy to do...the inks and water did all the work.

Here you can see the tiny glass beads.  It's so pretty!  I got it at Michael's in the same area as the gesso.  It's so bumpy and rough when you touch awesome.  You can see where the colors blended into each other.  I deepened the pink by adding in some Creameez 1 Hot Mama and the blue with some Coloringz Mama Sings the Blues and Shimmerz Peacock's Plume.  To embellish this page, I used some random goodies from my stash.  I used some gold MAMBI stickers, some Amy Tangerine clear stickers and some SpiegelMom Scraps sequins.

To add to this golden yellow color, I added in some Shimmerz Bumbly Bee and Moonrock.  I absolutely love how this turned out!  All the texture and shine...oh my goodness!

These stickers here are so old.  I think they were like $1 at Hobby Lobby years ago.  But they matched, so I used them.  I also added in some matching thread around the photo.

I layered in more thread here along with some messy circles die cuts and more stickers.  I added some splatters on both sides of the photo using the same colors.  The papers behind my photo are from Jane Davenport.

Here's another angle of the awesome layers and dimesnion.

And just because it turned out so gorgeous, here are more close-ups of the color and texture.

I can't say enough how much I love Shimmerz!  It doesn't matter what you add them to, it always turns out awesome.  You could do this with texture paste or modeling paste as well.  I hope this inspires you in some way.  It was certainly fun to make!

Be sure to check out my video here to watch how this all came together.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Supplies Used:
Vibez--Sweetheart, Jeni B Bleu, Snow Way Man, Glorious Day
Coloringz--Mama Sings the Blues
Creameez--1 Hot Mama
Shimmerz--Moonrock, Peacock's Plume, Bumbly Bee

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Love Thursdays / Hip Kit Club

Hello, and Happy Tuesday!   I have a new layout to share for the Hip Kit Club featuring the 2018 February Hip Kits.  This week’s theme is Flowers & Butterflies, and I think I used more butterflies than flowers…haha!  I began by fussy cutting some of the butterflies from the Maggie Holmes Flourish paper from the Main Kit.  I also used the Color Kit on my background.  I used the floral stencil from the Color Kit first along with some of the Shimmerz Paste-eez from a past Color Kit.  I went over that with the Lemon Acrylic Paint and the Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide.  I also blended in a bit of  the Jeni B Bleu & Well Blue Me Down Shimmerz sprays from previous Color Kits as well as some of the Sweetheart Vibez.  I love how the background turned out!

These cute butterfly cut files are under March Cut Files on the Hip Kit website.  I cut a few in white cardstock, and I like the white-on-white look.  It creates texture without adding a lot more color.  I machine stitched little trails from all of the butterflies on the page.

 I tucked one of the butterflies under the corner of the photo here.  I added in one of the fussy cut butterflies and some die cuts from Paige Evans and Pinkfresh Studio.  I fussy cut this little circle element from one of the Project Life cards.  I also added in a small green heart puffy sticker from Amy Tangerine and a wood veneer flower from Pinkfresh Studio.

This is another March cut file.  It’s a cute frame with this floral stem attached.  I created an ombre look by backing it with different shades of green patterned paper.

On the left of the photo I tucked in another butterfly and added in a few yellow hearts.  I tucked in some tangled thread here in blue and pink to add pops of those colors in that area.  I also stitched around the edges of the frame.

Here’s another look at all the awesome texture and dimension from all the layering.

For my title, I combined some of the large gold glitter Thickers with some of the small Paige Evans navy blue Mini Thickers.  I added a small leaf Leatherette Sticker from Pinkfresh Studio under it along with my journaling.  That pretty pink butterfly is a Paige Evans Rub-On from the Embellishment Kit.

I hope this gives you some fun ideas to try on your next page!  It’s so much fun creating your own background with the Color Kit!  Give it a go next time :)    I have a process video here if you’d like to see how this layout came together from start to finish.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Forever is Composed of Nows / Paige Evans DT

Hello again, friends! Three cheers for FRIDAY...yeah!!  I'm back with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team, and I used mostly the Pick-Me-Up 2x2 Paper Pads. One of my favorite designs is to create a large title using a quote. The 2x2 Paper Pads are perfect for cutting out letters. I decided to not use my Cameo for this(!), so I hand drew the letters and cut out each one by hand. Since the letters were pretty big, I knew I wanted to have them on the top half of the layout and center my photo under it. I used white cardstock as my base and I covered almost all of it with clear gesso first. Next I came in with coordinating colors of Distress Oxides inks mixed with some Shimmerz sprays. I used the packaging technique and a brush to add splatters.

The awesome thing about these 2x2 Paper Pads is that all the papers look good mixed together like this. I didn’t have to think twice about anything not matching because all the colors and patterns are so bright and bold. After I arranged the title, I lightly adhered them to the cardstock and then machine stitched through them. I used some bits and pieces from the Pick-Me-Up Haberdashery Multi-Pack to embellish some of the letters. I also added a tiny shadow around the letters using a fine tip Sharpie to make them pop off the page a bit more.

I went light with embellishments around the photo since the title was pretty busy. I fussy cut this floral cluster from Paper 02 and added a sentiment Chipboard Sticker on top of the photo. I used a piece of Paper 05 and a frame from the Pick-Me-Up Ephemera Die Cuts as layers behind the photo. For an extra pop of pink, I tangled up some thread.

On the left side of the photo I used a Rub-On and a small fussy cut piece from the phrases 2x2 Paper Pad. I stitched through it for more texture and detail. I topped it off with a cute Pick-Me-Up Puffy Sticker. I also added a frame Rub-On under the photo and then wrote my journaling.

Here you can see a few more Rub-Ons that I added under the photo along with my journaling and date.  I love layering bits and pieces on top of my photo when it allows.

Here are a few more close-ups of the fun title, stitching and little added details.

I hope this gives you some fun ideas to try on your next layout! It’s fun to fussy cut letters and create your own large title and the 2x2 Paper Pads are perfect for it!  Be sure to check out my process video for all the details:

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

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Two Silly Girls / Studio Calico Guest Designer

Hello again, friends!  Today I'm sharing my final layout for Studio Calico as the March Guest Designer.  I used the Bookmarked Kit, Pen Name Kit and some of the monthly stamps on this page.  I kept this one pretty simple and sweet.  I used the sheet of kraft cardstock as my base and cut the words "silly girls" on my Cameo.  I used the Impact font.  I backed the letters with the patterned papers in the kit and then embellished with several goodies.

I used light blue acrylic paint behind my photos.  I scraped it on with a palette knife ad then added some white, black and gold ink splatters. 

I love creating large titles like this because it gives you a starting point.  Once your title and main design is complete, you only have so much room left to arrange your photos.  I stacked mine on the right side since we were looking to the left.  Here you can see that I machine stitched through the words with gold thread for some added shine and texture.  I added a few of the light blue alpha stickers and stamp right above that.

I fussy cut a few small scalloped borders from one of the 4x6 cards for a little detail here and at the bottom of the photos.  I also added a few of the Maggie Holmes Crate Paper phrase stickers.

I added a bit of pink and yellow color here with some tangled thread from my stash.  I also punch a few yellow and white hearts from one of the papers.

I used one of the epoxy word stickers here as well as more of the Maggie Holmes stickers and another fussy cut scalloped border.

I love all of these pretty colors soft and beautiful!  I traced lightly around the edges with a black pen to make them stand out a bit more.

Here's one final close-up of the big title.

Thanks for checking out my layout...I had a blast working with Studio Calico this month!  Thank you so much to all the awesome ladies over there for having me!

See you tomorrow with a new layout for Paige Evans!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Fantastic Times / Hip Kit Club

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Hip Kit Club.  I’m so excited to be returning to the Design Team for another term!  I made a mixed media layout featuring the 2018 February Kits.  I have been itching to use this beautiful coral/orange striped paper from Pinkfresh Studio (Main Kit) as a background, so I did that for this page.  It took many twists and turns, but I love how it looks.  I covered a lot of the right side with white gesso.  This helps protect the paper and allows me to add a lot of water with the paints and to be able to blend and smudge everything together easier.  I used the Dylusions and Distress Oxide from the Color Kit as well as a few other paints from previous Color Kits.

I used the packaging technique here as my brush to create splatters.  I wound up adding the inks and sprays and then spritzing it with water to make it blend and run together even more.  I added some adhesive foam and tissue paper behind my photos and staggered them.  I used some of the Paige Evans Pick-Me-Up Chipboard Stickers from the Main Kit and Rub-Ons from the Embellishment Kit as well as some Pinkfresh Studio Epoxy Stickers and Puffy Stickers.

I used some of the Amy Tangerine Puffy Stickers for my title, and I love the colors!  This wound up having a rainbow color scheme in the end, and I am perfectly cool with that!  Here are a few goodies from Paige Evans and Pinkfresh Studio.

I love how the inks, paints and sprays turned out.  I think adding gesso first really makes a difference.  This blue is a bit of the Peacock Feathers & Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxides mixed with a bit of Shimmerz Jeni B Bleu.  I cut up a small Pinkfresh Studio phrase sticker here at the top.

More Paige Evans and Pinkfresh Studio goodies here.  I love the pop of color they give against the white and blue on the background.

I fussy cut this cute camera a few weeks ago from a Project Life card but wound up not using it.  So I pulled it out, and it was perfect for this page.

Here’s one last close-up of the colorful background.

I hope this inspires you to get a little messy on your next page!  I highly recommend the monthly Color Kits.  The products will last you a while, and you will build up quite the stash of mixed media items.  Shimmerz Paints of all kinds, Distress Oxides, acrylic paints, watercolors…so many awesome things you can collect and use over and over again!

Here is my process video for this page… I hope you enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Hello Love / Studio Calico Guest Designer

Happy Monday, everyone!  I'm back today to share another layout I created as the March Guest Designer for Studio Calico.  I used the Bookmarked Scrapbook Kit only for this page. I used the ledger style patterned paper as my background since it was pretty neutral.  I cut strips from another patterned paper that had text on it and alternated it with some light blue paper.  I covered a lot of the area with white gesso to fade out some of the text and give me a bit of lighter area to work with.  I used some Distress Oxide in Peacock Feathers and combined that with some aqua Shimmerz from my stash.  I also added in some gold and pink sprays and splatters.  Once that dried, I machine stitched a bit through the strips with gold thread.

I love the texture from the gesso and mixed media products.  I sorted through the kit, and I really liked these giant aqua chipboard letters.  I used LOVE as my title and layered my photo over the O.  I fussy cut the flower clusters from patterned paper and layered some thread under it here.

I created a smaller cluster under the title using one of the kraft and white die cuts, some of the light pink pom pom ribbon trim and another fussy cut flower cluster.

I used a yellow and white patterned paper as a small and subtle layer under the photo as well as another flower.  I tucked in some pink thread as well.  I love the pop of color it gives as well as more texture.

I love how this turned out!  Such a pretty pop of color.

The kit contains three metal pieces like this one.  They have adhesive on the back, so you just peel and stick.  They are adorable and very sturdy.

Here's one last close-up of the bottom area.  Once everything was done, I added the date and the journaling, and I also curled up some of the edges of the paper strips for even more texture.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I'll have my final layout for this Guest Design spot coming up soon!

Have a great week, friends!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Story of J&M / Studio Calico Guest Designer

Happy Saturday, friends!  I'm the March Guest Designer over at Studio Calico, and today I'm sharing one of the layouts I created.  I used the Bookmarked Scrapbooking Kit along with the Pen Name and Stamp Add-On Kits for this page.  I began with the 6x8 Scalloped Pattern Builder Stamps to create my background.  I stamped a crooked row of the scallops using black Archival Ink and then filled in some of the scallops using the fill-in stamps with Distress Oxides.  I used those same Oxides with some plastic packaging to create a watercolor effect.  I just stamped them onto the plastic, spritzed with a bit of water and smooshed the packaging down.  I embellished with bits and pieces from the kits and added in some machine stitching.

These awesome aqua chipboard letters are in the Bookmarked Kit, and they're perfect for making a giant statement title.  I went with initials since my photos are of me and my sister.  I added in lots of stamps from the kits, and they summed up the silly photos.  I wrote a lot of journaling under the title.

I stacked the photos in a messy vertical design over on the left side of the page and overlapped them.  I added in a few die cuts from the Pen Name kit as well as more stamping.

These die cuts are neat...they're all black with gold foiling.  They pop off the page, especially up next to bright colors.  I used a piece of patterned paper here to back this middle photo.

Here's a shot of the awesome background...I love how it turned out!  It's random and messy, and I love it :)  Sometimes I just enjoy making something random.

Here's one more close-up of these goofy photos...haha!  We had just eaten dinner on a random Tuesday and we were taking selfies in the parking lot.  The wind was blowing and we had nasty gym hair...that's what made it even funnier ;)

I hope this inspires you to use some fun stamps to create a background.  It's fun to just make something from scratch and build your page around it.  I really enjoyed working with the Studio Calico kits this month...thank you so much for having me!

Thanks for stopping by, and stay tuned for my other two projects coming soon ;)