Wednesday, July 19, 2017

All Smiles / Precious Remembrance Shop DT

Hey there, friends!  Today I'm sharing a new layout for the Precious Remembrance Shop Design Team.  A few months ago I was a Guest Designer and had a ball playing with some really awesome stamps.  Dyane, the owner, asked me to join the team as a video designer, and I happily agreed!  I fell in love with her stamps and love using them on my layouts.  Thank you for having me!!

 I’m sharing my first layout today, and I used the cute heart stamp from the Love Coupon Stamp Set.

I wanted to create lots of little colorful hearts for a background design.  I pulled out some of my Distress Inks and some textured white cardstock.  Sometimes I like going for a distressed and messy look, so using these inks and the textured cardstock is perfect.  I stamped the heart multiple times in various colors, and some of them I overlapped the colors.  I then fussy cut them all out.  I was inspired by my daughter’s shirt and all the fun colors.  I tried to match them all and create a colored heart explosion.:)

I love how all the hearts turned out.  I really love how you can see the texture from the cardstock.  I like when the stamped image isn’t perfect.  I layered all the hearts in groups of the same color to create a rainbow effect.  I can’t resist a rainbow color scheme, especially when it’s in my photo!

I did a little watercolor work on the background before I glued down the hearts.  I used mostly the same color inks as I used to stamp the hearts, and I also added in some other spray inks.  I didn’t want to cover up the hearts too much, so kept most of the embellishing light and below the hearts.  I layered in two big skinny die cut hearts behind the photo and added my title on the bottom of the hearts. I added in a cute Fancy Pants flair button, but the hearts are still visible.

I created a smaller cluster under the title with some of the Fancy Pants die cuts, more washi tape, some thread and more sequins.  I did a bit of journaling underneath that.

Here you can see the work I did around the photo.  To the left, I added in matching strips of washi tape.  I just wanted splashes of color in a messy & artsy fashion, so I just layered them and tore them.  I used a few colors of thread to machine stitch for added texture and detail, and then added in a few Fancy Pants die cuts.  I found a cute Hip Kit Club puffy sticker and then added a few sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps.

I stitched through my title and created a little cluster of washi tape and die cuts down at the bottom.  I love the dimension of the hearts!  You could easily do this with any stamp and any color scheme.  I love fussy cutting because then you can move it around anywhere you want.

I hope this inspires you to create a fun background design with a single stamp.  And don’t be afraid to take a little extra time to do some fussy cutting.  You don’t have to just stamp on your background paper.  The possibilities are endless!  You can check out my process video if you’d like to see how I put this layout together if you’d like.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and be sure to check out the Precious Remembrance'll find some amazing stamps and other goodies!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Explore / More Than Words Guest Designer

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I'm back today to share a layout I created as a Guest Designer for the More Than Words Challenge Blog.  Thank you so Nicole for inviting me to join in...I had a great time creating with this month's inspiration.  Each month, scrappers are given a word and an image to jump start their projects.  I knew just what I wanted to create when I saw the word "Explore" and the fun arrows :)

I decided to create a travel layout.  I pulled out the You Are Here collection from Simple Stories and got to work.  I used this amazing arrow cut file from Just Nick and cut it really large on a multi-colored striped paper.  I used a light blue patterned paper for my background, and I used white gesso and Shimmerz Paints on it.  In all honesty, I had created this background for a different project months ago.  I wound up not using it then, so I saved it and made it work for this page.  I used some blues, pinks, greys and some gold.  The arrow cut file worked so nicely over it.  I used an older white puffy sticker from Freckled Fawn as my title, and the stamps are from Crate Paper Oasis.

We were in St. Maarten here, so I wanted a tropical vibe going on with lots of flowers.  Some of the flowers I layered in are die cuts, some are stickers, and some I fussy cut from paper.  I also tucked in some wood veneer, some chipboard, some enamel dots and some sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps.

I used a few torn pieces of patterned paper behind my photo as well as some tissue paper & foam adhesive.  I used one of the chipboard frames under the photo, too.  I love all the fun wood veneer and chipboard flowers!

I used enamel dots on a few of the flowers and tucked in a few die cut tags & a clear sticker tag as well.

I also used a flair button from A Flair For Buttons matched so perfectly!

I created a fun little cluster at the top with more flowers, thread, enamel dots and sequins.

I hope this inspires you in some way!  Be sure to check out the More Than Words Challenge Blog for a LOT more won't be disappointed!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sweet Things / Hip Kit Club

Happy Sunday, friends :)  Here's my newest layout for Hip Kit Club using the 2017 June Hip Kits.  My theme for last week was to use feathers.  Honestly, I was a little hesitant at first.  I think I've only used feathers in one other layout I've ever made, and I couldn't really come up with an idea on how to use them.  I decided to just go abstract and use them in a random way.  I cut several feathers using a few patterned papers from the Main Kit (and Paper Kit) using my Cameo.  The feather cut files are by Kim Watson, and they're available on the Hip Kit website.

I used the Lilac Cardstock for the background.  I chose these bright color photos of my girls...they're actually in the same shot...together!  That rarely happens.  At first I wasn't sure about using the periwinkle blue color mixed with the bright aqua in the photos. I added in some aqua in various places around the page, and I really love how it turned out.

I used some white gesso on my background first to give me some white space and to create a barrier for some watercolor.  I used some of the Prima Watercolor Confections from last month's Color Kit and some Shimmerz to create some watercolor splotches.  I went back and forth on where to place the feathers, and in the end, I decided to overlap them horizontally.  I machine stitched through them with some metallic gold thread, and I embellished with some stickers and chipboard.

 I love that the feathers have a lot of open spaces so you can see the background through them.  That creates a lot of depth and leaves room for more color.  I used one of the large Amy Tan chipboard pieces here for my title and layered part of a Vicki Boutin frame under it.  The frames are in the Embellishment Kit.  That cute wood veneer button is a Hip Kit exclusive this month, and I added some aqua thread to pull the color from the photos.  The heart is also Amy Tan, and the pink sticker is from the Crate Paper Oasis Sticker Sheet.

I used more of the Vicki Boutin frames and some of the exclusive Project Life cards as layers under the photos as well as some pink & coral thread.  I really love the colors in the photos, and I love the color mix here.

I added another wood veneer button here and a gold glitter leaf sticker.  It reminded me of a feather, and I wanted a pop of gold right there.

The fun thing about using these kinds of cut files is how you can create dimension with them.  I didn't completely glue them down...just enough for them to stay so I could stitch through them.  This leaves the ends to raise up off the page a little bit.  I love this fun frame here that I added to the photo on the left.  I didn't think I was going to like the periwinkle and aqua that close together, but I think with the pinks and corals mixed in they look great.

I wrote my journaling in gold.  I usually use black, but I wanted to keep the gold pops coming, so I used a metallic gold pen instead.

I hope this inspires you to use a shape you wouldn't normally use on your page.  Feathers aren't my typical go-to shape, but I love how this turned out.  It challenged me to be creative.  So go for it!  Here's my process video:

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

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Happy Summer / Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello again :)  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  This week we are celebrating SUMMER, and I'm excited about it!  I love creating Summer pages (duh!), and I love how this one turned out.  I used the gorgeous Make a Wish collection.  Even though it's technically a birthday line, it's very versatile.  I'm obsessed with the gorgeous florals, and I used my favorite patterned paper to cut my large title.  There are BRAND NEW Summer cut files available in the CVS store now, and I just had to use one here.  I stretched it to span across the entire page, and I think it turned out so pretty.  I hand stitched around the entire title with light blue thread to add some texture and to make it stand out.

Before I added the title, I added some pink, coral, golden yellow and blue Shimmerz on the background.  I didn't add much blue since there is so much of it in the photo.  I like to contrast my colors based on the photo's colors.  I think the stitching really sets the title off against those pinks and corals.  I embellished around the photos with floral die cuts and fussy cut flowers.

Hand stitching does take a little bit of patience and time, but the results are so worth it!  The dimension and texture is awesome every time.

I had open space on both sides of my photos, so I layered in a few flowers.  I added a bit of tissue paper under my picture as well as some thread.  I fussy cut "Happy" from patterned paper and stitched it down above the photo.

I think my favorite technique is creating some beautiful watercolor under embellishments like this.  This creates some really fun depth.

I just had to get another photo of the stitching :)

I left the top part of the layout pretty clean so the letters here would stand out.

I created a little cluster down at the bottom using a few die cuts, some chipboard and a few stickers.  I added a bit of thread and some machine stitching to finish everything off.

I had a really fun time creating this...I hope it inspires you to create something bright and fun for Summer!  And maybe try using papers & embellishments that aren't necessarily meant for it.  It's fun to change things up and challenge your creative brain :)

Here's my video if you'd like to check it out...

Thanks so much for stopping in, and have a wonderful day :)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Altenew Scrapbook Collection Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello and welcome to the Altenew Scrapbook Collection Blog Hop & Giveaway!  I'm so excited to be participating in this, and I hope you follow along.  There are prizes to be won and LOTS of amazing inspiration from some seriously talented ladies.

All of the participating designers are using this gorgeous Reflections Scrapbooking Kit from Altenew.  It really is stunning...the colors, the florals, the gorgeous!  

Check out this awesome promotion:

o    Receive a FREE Enamel Dots when you order the Reflection Scrapbook Collection 7/12 through 7/16/2017 at 11:59 PM EDT. The free gift will be added to cart automatically. Not valid on previous orders.
o    There is more! Receive a FREE Scrapbook Class when you purchase the Reflection Scrapbook Collection. Send Altenew an email at with your order number and Altenew will set you up with free access to the Timeless Floral Layouts Class.


I'm also doing a giveaway for a $30 Gift Certificate to Altenew!  Just leave a comment down below, and I'll choose a winner on July 21st!
Here is the layout I created.  I absolutely love how it turned out.  There are a few rainbow style patterned papers in the kit, so I decided to play on those colors.  I found this beautiful butterfly cut file from Just Nick and backed it with two different patterned papers.  I used this pretty blue watercolor circles paper as my background, and I coated a lot of it with white acrylic paint.  I wanted to fade out some of the circles so the rainbow butterflies would stand out.  I used some Shimmerz Paints on the background as well as some gelatos.  I love this photo of my has the perfect colors, and I love how it looks like she's looking at the butterflies :)

Aren't these colors just so delicious?!  I machine stitched through the centers of the butterflies and left the strings hanging.  I also added some adhesive foam behind them to raise them up.  The dimension turned out really awesome!  I added some tangled thread in various places and used some of the wood veneer buttons from the kit.

I wanted the blue circles to show on the sides of the layout but not under the butterflies.  That would've been way too busy.  The white paint does a fabulous job of covering them up.

Here's the top of the layout. I fussy cut "moment captured" from a sticker.  I decided to go small with the title since there was so much else going on.  I used a few stickers from the kit here and there, more wood veneer buttons and some of the chipboard pieces.  I also added in this "love" acetate piece.

I thought about printing my photo in black & white, but I'm so glad I didn't!  These colors look so good with the colors of the papers.  Sometimes the colors and photos just come together so well and look like they belong together :)

If you've never used adhesive foam or foam dots, you must try them!  Adding a little height to parts of your layout makes such a huge difference.  The shadows  here look so awesome, I think.

I just love these chipboard pieces!  The watercolor effect is stunning, and the colors...swoon!  I added a bit of journaling down below here.

I have a process video if you'd like to check it out:

Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Wednesday, July 19th at 11:59pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew Scrapbook Blog on Saturday, July 22nd.

Here is the list of designers:

Enza Gudor
Paige Evans
Missy Whidden *You are HERE!*
Sandra Dietrich
Meghann Andrew
Stefanie Ried
Flora Monika Farkas
Claudia van Rooijen
Elsie Robinson
Kymona Tracey
Irit Landgraf
Elena Morgun
AhSang Jung
Eunyoung Lee
Anna Komenda
Lilith Eeckels
Terhi Koskinen

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sweet Sunshine / Paige Evans Design Team

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for the Paige Evans Design Team.  Our theme this week is "Something New."  I decided to use a new punch that I have had for a few months but hadn't even opened yet.  It's a Tab Punch from We R Memory Keepers, and I used it in a different way.  I made little banners from lots of punched tabs!

I used lots of papers from the Oh My Heart & Take Me Away 6x6 Paper Pads and the Fancy Free 12x12 Paper Pad.  I used white cardstock as my background, and I added some Shimmerz Paints using some plastic packaging.  I overlapped the banners and machine stitched through them all.  I bent up the edges of the tabs to make them look more realistic. I went light on the embellishing since the tabs created a pretty busy background design.

I used pink, coral, golden yellow and periwinkle inks on the background to pull from the colors in the papers.  I just wanted a little bit of messy color behind everything.  I tucked in some floral die cuts from the Oh My Heart Ephemera Die Cut pack, some Oh My Heart Puffy Stickers, and a fussy cut circle from the Fancy Free 12x12 Paper Pad.  I also added in a few Oh My Heart Chipboard Stickers.

These tabs made it really easy to create dimension here.  You could also create banners with a triangle punch or a circle punch.  Just cut the circles in half and you have a banner :)  I wrote a line of journaling above one of the bottom banners.

For my title, I fussy cut "Sunshine" from the Oh My Heart Gold Foil Specialty Paper and paired it with some of the small alphas from the Oh My Heart Sticker Book.  I also used a few papers from the Oh My Heart 6x6 Paper Pad as layers behind the photo.

Here's another look at the dimension and shadowing effects.  I added in a sticker below the's a row of tea cups, but I used it on its side.

Adding in layers is a great technique to create depth and dimension.  I like doing this around my photos, especially when the photos are black & white.

I just couldn't stop taking pictures of the banners :)

I wish I had a never-ending supply of these beautiful flower die cuts :)

I hope this inspires you to try something new!  Even if it's something small, like trying a new punch.  This was lots of fun to create :)  Check out my process video if you'd like:

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

Saturday, July 8, 2017

With My Sister / Hip Kit Club

It's the weekend...yeah!  I hope you are all enjoying your Saturday so far.  Today I wanted to share my newest layout for the Hip Kit Club using the 2017 June Hip Kits.  For this page, I was inspired by this beautiful scalloped paper from the Oh My Heart collection.  I didn't want to use it "as is," so I fussy cut lots of the scalloped borders out.  My background paper is also from Oh My Heart, and I thought the colors of the scallops looked perfect with it.  I kept the design in the center of the page and worked within the square of scallops.

I smudged some white gesso over some areas of the scallops and then used some Shimmerz over it as well as some of the Vicki Boutin Acrylic Paints from the Color Kit.  I wanted some pretty darker aquas on the background around the photo and embellishments.  I tucked in lots of goodies around the photo and created a smaller cluster at the top. 

I really love how the dimension turned out with the scallops.  I machine stitched through each of them using lots of different stitching patterns.  This allowed me to ruffle up the edges of them and create some awesome depth.  That's some gold Color Shine there...I just had to add some of that.  We got that in a Color Kit a lonnnnng time ago, and I still have some!  Behind my photo, I added some tissue paper, a Project Life card and some die cuts.

I did a lot of mixing and matching here...aVicki Boutin floral die cut, a Pinkfresh Studio leaf die cut, a Bella Blvd puffy sticker, and an exclusive Hip Kit wood veneer.  I also added some orange tangled thread from my stash.

On this side of the photo, I used the beautiful floral sticker from Dear Lizzy, a pink circle Bella Blvde sticker and puffy sticker, and another Hip Kit wood veneer.  I just adore all of these beautiful colors together!

I used a few Vicki Boutin and Pinkfresh Studio die cuts here to create a fun cluster.  I added some thread and foam under it and then added a Crate Paper phrase sticker above it.

If you subscribe to Hip Kits, you probably know about these alphas.  They were sent to Kimberly in completely the wrong color.  They didn't match at all...they were an awful mustard brown color instead of yellow.  She sent them to me to alter them, and I did just that.  I used the Vicki Boutin paints to cover them, and I love how they turned out!  They look a little rough, but they wound up having some great texture.  And the color stuck very well.  So now you know that you can change up the color of any alphas if you want to :)

I hope this inspires you to get creative with your patterned papers and alphas.  Remember, you don't HAVE to use things as they are.  You can cut them out, you can paint's your project, so make it work for what you want!

Here's my process video:

Thanks a million for stopping by!  Have a fabulous weekend!