Saturday, December 9, 2017

Merry Joy / Hip Kit Club 12 Days of Giving BLOG HOP

Hello, and welcome to Hip Kit Club's 12 Days of Giving Blog Hop!  You can get tons of inspiration each day and FREE CUT FILES & PRINTABLES until December 12th...woo hoo!  The Design Team is sharing bonus projects featuring all of the free goodies.  I'm up for Day 9 with the awesomely talented Irit Landgraf, and we both have layouts showcasing this beautiful Kaleidoscope cut file designed by Kim Watson.  You can get it for free over at the Hip Kit website under the Cut Files Tab.

Here's what I created.  I cut the design on some white cardstock and made it fit the entire sheet.  I used papers from the 2017 November Hip Kits to back all the open areas.  I used some of the light blue cardstock as my base.  I smudged a bit of white gesso down first and then added some gold, aqua and pink sprays.


This cut file is so pretty and very versatile.  I used lots of Christmas colors and machine stitched through several of the lines using gold metallic thread.  I even smudged a bit of the white gesso on top of it just to soften it up a bit.


I tucked my photo in over on the side here, and I layered one of the gold foiled Pinkfresh Studio chipboard frames under it along with some tissue paper.  I used lots of fun embellishments from the Kits including puffy stickers, die cuts, leatherette stickers, buttons, wood veneer buttons, star buttons and good old fashioned stickers!  Let's not forget the tangled thread :)  I did pop the big circles up with some adhesive foam...the dimension is fantastic.


Above my photo I added in an exclusive wood veneer circle sticker and wood veneer button, some thread, a gold star button and a brand sticker.  I love how all these colors pop against the black & white photo.



I went simple with my title and did a little mixing and matching.  These are the metallic gold Thickers and "joy" is from the exclusive puffy sticker sheet.  I love how the mix of fonts looks!  I also used a few stickers from the American Crafts sticker sheet...this cute bird and house.


Here you can see the dimension from the circles and how I tucked the alphas under the edge.  I really loved the curved title...it's fun to play with the shapes of things like this.


I hope this gives you a fun idea to try with this cut file...so go download it for FREE!  I'd love to see what you create with it ;)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend!

Winter Cutie / SpiegelMom Scraps Guest Designer

Hello, friends, and Happy Weekend!  I’m really excited to be the December Guest Designer over at SpiegelMom Scraps!  I’ve got four projects and process videos coming up every Tuesday.  This month’s theme here is Winter.  I live in Florida, so we don’t really have a true Winter like the northern states.  So for this page, I went with a wintry color scheme.  And my photo was taken in January, so that counts as Winter, right?  I used some beautiful sequins from the Aquarius and Peachy Keeny packs.

I used a paper from the Altenew Reflections Scrapbook Kit for this.  This color blue reminds me of icy Winter time, so I went with it and paired it with some silvery grey ink.  This was really easy to put together because it's just fussy cut flowers and butterflies.  I jazzed up the white cardstock background with some Shimmerz Thunderstorm Creameez, which is a gorgeous shimmery grey silver color.  I also used some Blue Lagoon Inklingz.





I just adore these flowers...and they were all from a patterned paper!  I wish I could draw and paint that well :)  I used some Dear Lizzy floral washi tape as well...I just fussy cut some of the flowers from it and placed them around the page.  They kind of look like stamps.  I scattered the beautiful sequins all around the page kind of like confetti.  I used some older Thickers from my stash to create the title.


I added some adhesive foam behind my photo to pop it up a bit, which makes the overlapping flowers a bit more dimensional.  The key with flowers and leaves is to not glue the whole piece down.  Just add dots here and there and let the ends rise up off the page.


This is such a pretty blue, and it goes so well with the grey.  The sequins matched perfectly!


Here's the top of the photo...more watercolor, washi tape and sequins.


I'm so glad I hoard my Thickers...haha!  You never know when they'll be perfect for a page.  I haven't used these white glitter ones in forever, but they just seemed like the perfect ones for this layout.  I added my journaling beneath it.


This was a lot of fun to create...the colors of the sequins inspired me.  Have you ever used sequins on your pages?  Check out SpeigelMom Scraps for some if you want to stock up, and I have a discount code here for you to use!

I also have a process video if you'd like to see how I put this together.  Enjoy!



Once again, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 8, 2017

All the Wonderful Trees / Precious Remembrance Shop

Hey, friends!  Missy here again, and I have a fun Christmas layout to share today for Precious Remembrance Shop featuring the Sketchy Christmas Stamp Set.  I was inspired by those cute trees and decided to make several embellishments out of them for my page. 



I began with a few different green ink pads and some scrap paper.  I mixed and matched the inks to create different shades and tones of green.  I used all three trees in the stamp set.  I fussy cut them out and then arranged them around my photo, which is of my daughter at the Christmas tree lot last year.  I decided to bring in some gold and pink to the background, so I used some spray inks and plastic packaging to create the watercolor look.  I also added lots of splatters with the nozzles of the spray inks.


I love how these trees turned out!  I lightly spritzed them with gold spray ink before cutting them so it looks like gold snow.  So sparkly and pretty!  I layered them all together and popped a few of them up with adhesive foam. I also fussy cut some trees from some Crate Paper patterned paper to add some color to all that green.  To finish it off, I tucked in some gold metallic thread.  I used some alphas from an old Hip Kit Club kit to create some of the title.


I also used a circle die cut from the Oh Christmas Bits & Pieces pack.  I cut it in half and used half above the photo and half below.  I added in some green thread and did a bit more mixing and matching with my title.  I pulled in some older gold Thickers and some older washi tape.


Here’s the other half of that circle die cut…so cute!  I used an old 3×4 card from that Hip Kit as a layer here as well as more thread and some sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps.


I'm obsessed with how these layered trees turned out!  Look how pretty the gold looks in the light....ahhhhh.  Gold Color Shine makes everything prettier :)  I raised up the front two trees with some foam adhesive, and I think it makes all the difference.


I mixed and matched my title with some chipboard alphas, some older Thickers and some washi tape.  I love how it turned out!


Here’s another tree cluster to the right of the photo.  I love the depth and dimension created here.  I wanted it to look like a little forest of trees, and I think I accomplished that.


I hope this inspires you to pull out your Christmas stamps and create something festive!  Be sure to check out my process video here to see how this all came together. 

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Ho Ho Ho / Thermoweb + Tis the Season

Hello and Happy Thursday, friends!  I'm back again today to share a new layout for Thermoweb and the 'Tis the Season YouTube Hop with Audrey Yeager.  I am so excited to be a part of this again this year...so many fun scrappers play along with Audrey each day.  I used lots of Thermoweb goodies to create this page.



I began with some white cardstock and a fun digital cut file.  I cut it pretty large to take up most of the space on my page, and I decided to foil it.  I used the Deco Foil Transfer Gel over it along with the Deco Foil to get that gold shine.  I love how it turned out!  I used blue, green and red watercolors with some plastic packaging on the background as well as some gold ink spray.  Details ahead!


To use the Deco Foil Transfer Gel, all you need to do is smooth it over your paper.  I used a palette knife and scraped it all over the cut file while it was still on my Cameo cutting mat.  Let it dry until it feels sticky and tacky.  Place the image inside a folded piece of parchment paper and place the foil (foil side up) on top of the image.  The parchment paper is kind of like a folder.  Feed it through a hot laminator and watch the magic happen!  When it comes out, simply peel away the excess foil and you're left with a super shiny image.  I went with gold because I love using it on Christmas pages!


 To embellish this page, I fussy cut some ornaments from a patterned paper from the Carta Bella A Very Merry Christmas collection.  I love those bright blues and deep greens.  I created two little banners or strings of ornaments across the page.  I used the iCraft Mixed Media Adhesive to glue them down, and then I stitched through the tops with gold metallic thread.


Funny story here...my cut file has some wavy texture going on because I accidentally fed it through my laminator crooked.  It got caught in there and I had to manually pull it out.  I thought it was ruined, but I saved it and now it has some character...haha!  I ran it through my sewing machine for some added interest.


I can't resist photographing this shine!  It's gorgeous!  It's a lot of fun playing with all the foil colors and adding watercolors.  I love how this gold looks against the pretty blues!


I used minimal embellishments here.  I used a few of the Carta Bella stickers, including this adorable Santa.  I also used a few stickers from the Simple Stories Oh What Fun collection.


I hope this inspires you to give the Deco Foil a try.  The results are always awesome!  Here's my process video if you'd like to see my laminator mishap...haha :D



Thanks so much for stopping by, and I'll see you again tomorrow with more Christmas goodness!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Life Doesn't Have to be Perfect / Paige Evans DT

Hello again, friends!  Today I'm sharing my newest layout for the Paige Evans Design Team.  This week we are featuring layouts using our signature styles. I think my signature style is definitely mixed media. But I also use cut files and I sew and fussy cut a lot on my pages. So I combined all of those together for this layout! I did a bit of mixing and matching with papers and embellishments from the Turn the PageOh My Heart, and Take Me Away collections. I also used the Life Doesn’t Have to be Perfect cut file designed by Paige, which is available in the Silhouette Store. I enlarged parts of the cut file and made it fit my entire page. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut it from white cardstock and used a mix of Turn the Page Paper 12 and the 6x6 Paper Pad to back the open spots. I love the mix of patterns and colors. I pulled a paper from the Take Me Away 12x12 Paper Pad to use as my background. I love the big yellow block at the top and the white striped bottom part allowed for lots of fun watercoloring.


I chose this cut file because it’s a perfect statement for me and my family. And these photos say it all… haha! We never get a perfect photo, so I have come to embrace the imperfect. I jazzed up this background paper by smudging a lot of white gesso down first. Next I used some pink, yellow, gold and aqua spray inks with plastic packaging. I smooshed and splattered until a great deal of the paper was covered. I wanted it to show through the letters and around the photos. Once it dried and I arranged the letters, I ran each word through my sewing machine. I fussy cut a few birds from the Turn the Page 6x6 Paper Pad and added a few chipboard heart stickers from the Oh My Heart Chipboard Stickers and the Take Me Away Chipboard Stickers.


I knew I wanted to have lots of color on the layout, so I printed my photos in black & white. I backed them with some tissue paper and adhesive foam for dimension and tucked in some aqua thread on both sides. I used a few chipboard flower stickers from the Oh My Heart Chipboard Stickers as well. I wanted a pop of hot pink under the pictures so I fussy cut the scalloped border piece from Oh My Heart Paper 17.


I love adding embellishments on top of the edges of my photos if there's room.  I had a little bit of open space here, so I added this yellow flower from the Oh My Heart Chipboard Stickers.


As a final touch, I added in a few phrase stickers from Paige’s 30-page #StickerBook. They’re so fun because they go with any theme you’re working with. I did add a bit of journaling down at the bottom as well as few more splatters of ink.



I hope this inspires you to create something using your signature style! And don’t forget to check out Paige’s amazing cut files over in the Silhouette Store. There are a ton to choose from, and they’re the best!


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

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Happy Holidays / Hip Kit Club

Happy Sunday, friends!  Today I'm sharing another layout for Hip Kit Club featuring the 2017 November Hip Kits.  There are so many 3x4 cards this month.  There are a stack in the Project Life Kit and the December Documented Kit.  I was inspired by all the bright colors in them, so I sorted through all of them and chose some to create a fun grid design.  I loved all the colors in the "Happy Holidays" card, so I used that one as my title piece.  I used the Color Kit on the background.  I used the Ranger Embossing Powder to create the white snowflakes and the Distress Oxides to create the blues and greens over them.

I added lots of little embellishments from the various kits...you really can mix and match all over the place this month!


In one of my previous layouts this month I cut some snowflakes on my Cameo.  I saved the scraps and used them as stencils here.  I embossed the snowflakes and then used an ink blending tool to smudge some of the Distress Oxides over them.  The embossing resists the color so the white stands out.  I did pull some pink and gold sprays from older Color Kits to add in as well.  Here you can see all the layers behind my photo.  I used 3x4 cards, labels and stickers as well as some tissue paper and adhesive foam for even more dimension.  I added in gold foiled stars, washi tape stickers and sequins as well.


I love adding blues and pinks on my Christmas pages!  It just brightens everything up.  Here I added some light green stitching to the card cluster as well as puffy star stickers, sequins, wood veneer buttons and some die cuts.


This particular 3x4 card had December 24th on it, but my photos are on the 25th.  So to hide that, I added some white gesso and lots of embellishments over it.  I mainly wanted to use it for the light blue color.  Look at that wood veneer tree!  So gorgeous.  And I love this little leatherette string of lights from Pinkfresh Studio!


On this cluster I did more of the same.  I stitched on it and added all the goodies including a gold glitter frame and tangled thread.


I decided to jazz up these Hip Kit exclusive puffy alphas by wrapping colored thread around each letter.  I love the pop of color it gives!  I love these alphas because they blend in without being overpowering to the rest of the photo, but you can still see it and read it.


I hope this inspires you and gives you some new ideas to try.  I loved making it!  Be sure to check out my process video here to see how I made it.


Thanks so much for visiting me today...have a nice day!


Friday, December 1, 2017

Shine Bright / 12 Days of Christmas YouTube Series

Hello, and Happy Friday!  Also, Happy December :)  I'm so excited to be part of the the 12 Days of Christmas YouTube Series this year hosted by TinaGale and Heather's Crafty Life.  They're sharing scrapbooking videos every day for the next 12 days, and each of those days they have a guest scrapper joining them.  Today it's me!



Each day has a different theme, and mine was watercolors and paints.  You know I love me some messy goodness, so I got right to work :)  I started with a Paige Evans cut file called Christmas Icons Heart.  As you can see it has a ton of little holiday shapes that form a big heart.  I pulled out some scrap white cardstock and my watercolors and created some blocks of colors.  I cut little squares out of all the colors and backed each of the open spots with them.  I love using nontraditional colors on Christmas pages, and this cut file allowed me to use a ton of them!  I didn't really start with a collection, so I just made most of it from scratch.


I did use a few patterned papers in a few spots.  I also did some machine stitching through some of the circles and around the inner perimeter of the heart.  I used gold thread because I LOVE GOLD :)  I went with a simple title and mixed and matched some old Thickers from my stash.


These little shapes are so cute!  You also have the positive pieces from the cut, so you can save those and use them on another project if you want.


I had to use glittery gold Thickers on this page.  I'm still on a gold obsession kick, so they were perfect.  I used some solid white ones for the word "SHINE" so I could add some paint and color them up.  I used a little Bella Blvd tree die cut along with some tangled thread to the left of the photo, and I topped it with an old Hip Kit Club flair button.


For my background here, I used more watercolors & some Shimmerz sprays with plastic packaging.  I tried to bring in most of the colors from the big heart.  I added some pink thread here on the right and then decided it needed something more.  I hand drew a star and spritzed it with Gold Color Shine.


I love the dimension here...by adding adhesive foam under the photo it creates instant height.  Everything you tuck under it automatically looks better, I think :)  I also added a lot of splattering with all the watercolors & Shimmerz.


Here's one more shot of the beautiful cut file and watercolor :)


I hope this inspires you in some way!  I want to thank TinaGale and Heather for inviting me to join them.  This was a lot of fun, and make sure you tune in for the next 11 days because they'll both have videos up along with a different guest!  You'll be blown away by what's coming!

Here's my process video:


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