Saturday, December 16, 2017

Oh So Cold / SpiegelMom Scraps Guest Designer

Happy Saturday, friends!  I'm back today to share another layout I created for SpiegelMom Scraps as the December Guest Designer.  The theme on the blog this month is Winter, so I dug into my stash of photos and found this one of me and my husband in Las Vegas a few years ago.  We went right after Christmas so it was cold!  I used a lot of the Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa collection and mixed it with some random washi tapes and a few bits from last year's November Hip Kit.  I topped it all off with sequins from the On Pointe and Aquarius packs.  I didn't have a plan when I started this page, so I just went for it by tearing some patterned paper and adding in a few washi strips.



I used some Distress Oxides on the background along with some Shimmerz sprays.  I wanted to pull the colors from the papers and tapes onto the background.  I also added gold...it's in the dotted washi tape, and I machine stitched up the edge of the green plaid paper with gold thread.  And, of course, I added GOLD Color Shine :)  I used one of Paige Evan's snowflake cut files and cut them on vellum to scatter around the page in a subtle way.  I fussy cut those little trees from a Crate Paper paper and tucked them in here on the side.


I decided to add a few paper strips over to the left hand side to jazz up all the white space over there.  I machine stitched through it, added a vellum snowflake and some pink sequins.


Here you can see all the fun paint splatters...I love the layers of color.


You know I had to add some tangled thread!  I mixed pink and white here.  And I forgot to mention that I did add white gesso over the background before I added the watercolor.  I also used a circle stencil and smudged some white acrylic paint over it...I love how all the white looks like snow :)


I used one of the Crate Paper acetate pieces for my title here...it was perfect!  My journaling fit perfectly under the snowflake here.  I scattered even more sequins around the page...lots of blues, pinks and silvers.


I had a great time making this page. I hope you enjoy it...and I hope it inspires you in some way.  Be sure to check out my process video to see how I made it!


Thanks for stopping in, and have a great weekend!  Don't forget to use this discount code in the SpiegelMom Scraps Store!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Holidays Canvas / Paige Evans DT

Hey there, friends!  Happy FRIDAY...yeah!  I have a fun and colorful Christmas canvas to share today for the Paige Evans Design Team. I’ve been making so many layouts lately, so I decided to create something I could display during the holidays. I haven’t made a canvas in a long time, so I just jumped right into it. I began with Paige’s Christmas Tree Background cut file. I had an idea of a whole bunch of brightly colored trees, so I sorted through lots of papers and chose several from Turn the Page as well as the Fancy Free 12x12 Paper Pad. I ungrouped the tree cut file and arranged small rectangles of each paper on my Cameo cutting mat. I cut enough to create three lines of trees. The fun part was getting messy for the background! I used lots of watercolors, Shimmerz, Color Shine, and white acrylic paint.

I applied some clear gesso first and then came in with the paints. I sprayed some water down first and then used a brush to apply the paint.  I let it bleed and blend to create a pretty rainbow effect. Then I came in with some spray inks and added Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine. I splattered some watered down white acrylic paint at the end to create the effect of snow. I very messily machine stitched through each tree with gold metallic thread and then added adhesive foam behind them. I think the dimension makes this project really stand out. I added some Turn the Page Thickers and a piece of washi tape from the Turn the Page Washi Tape Book. The colors matched beautifully. I also added some of the gold stars from the washi tape. I fussy cut the cute birds from the Turn the Page 6x6 Paper Pad.


I love how rich this blue looks! It’s so much fun using non-traditional colors for Christmas projects. For some added gold shine, I added in some tangles of gold thread in a few places. Look how pretty the gold and white splatters turned out!


This canvas is 12x12 and will be very easy to hang on the wall or prop up on the mantle. You could do this with so many different shapes or colors and create one for every season in your home!


I couldn't stop photographing it close up...haha!  So here are few more shots of all the colorful goodness :)







I hope this inspires you in some way to create something festive for the holidays. And don’t be afraid to venture out away from just red and green - Christmas is colorful, so embrace it and use ALL the colors!



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


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Holiday Memories / Hip Kit Club

Hey, friends!  I'm back again today to share a layout I created for Hip Kit Club last week.  It was for Mixed Media Monday, I used the 2017 November Hip Kits.  I was inspired by the colors in my photo.  I cut out several stars from various patterned papers from the Main Kit and December Documented Kit.  I used some pink and light blue watercolors from my stash to create the mixed media background and embellished with lots of snowflakes.  I used stickers, puffy stickers and die cuts.  I also used a few of the Hip Kit exclusive Wood Veneer shapes and buttons.  I love the pops of gold in the kits this month, and it really makes all our Christmas pages so festive!



 I have been wanting to use this cute wood veneer piece, and it worked great for this page.  I have really enjoyed using non-traditional colors for my Christmas pages.  I really love all the pinks, light blues and golds in the kits this month.  I created some dimension by adding some adhesive foam under the photo and then layering pieces on top of it.


I did a little bit of machine stitching around a few of the hearts using gold metallic thread.  It's such a small detail but it really makes a big impact.  I used some of the exclusive wood veneer buttons and stars along with some puffy stickers.


I cut this “Holly Jolly” piece from the exclusive cut apart sheet.  And how adorable is this gold star clip?!  I cut the "Holly Jolly" piece from the exclusive cut apart sheet.


I layered a few circle die cuts with this circle puffy sticker to create a little embellishment here.  I layered some tangled thread to add another pop of that pretty blue.


Here's one more close-up...I love that cute little wood veneer tree!


I hope you enjoyed this page...I love how it came together.  Be sure to check out my process video here to watch the process:



Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a fabulous day :)


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Best Christmas / Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hello there, and Happy Tuesday!  I have a festive holiday layout to share today for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using non-holiday papers & embellishments.  I had lots of fun making this one!  I started with this beautiful tree cut file from Paige Evans called Christmas Tree Scalloped, which I cut on white cardstock.  I pulled several papers from various Cocoa Vanilla collections to back all those scalloped shapes.  I went for a pink, peach and light blue color scheme, and I think it turned out really pretty.  I pulled papers from Bohemian Dream, Hello Lovely, Wild at Heart, Hello Sunshine, Make a Wish and Life is Beautiful.  I went light on embellishments to let the photo and the tree stand out.


After backing the tree, I ran it through my sewing machine and stitched along each row using gold metallic thread.  I used white cardstock as my background and used lots of Gold Color Shine as well as some pink and blue Shimmerz sprays.  I used the plastic packaging technique and added lots of splatters.  Here you can see my journaling along the bottom row, which I wrote in gold.  I added some word and phrase stickers from the Bohemian Dream Accent Sticker Sheet as well as some enamel dots.  They remind me of little lights on the tree!


I mixed and matched my title using some Hello Lovely alpha stickers and some Hello Sunshine Puffy Stickers.  The Hello Lovely stickers are a wood color, but I painted some Gold Color Shine over them to make them sparkle.  I used a few Bohemian Dream Chipboard Stickers as well as a Life is Beautiful sticker.


I used a bit of blue paper behind my photo as well as some tissue paper and adhesive foam.  I stamped my date at the top instead of the bottom on this page.


I colored the star at the top gold, and I love how subtle it looks.  It was a lot of fun backing this cut file because I got to use so many papers from so many collections!


I think of birds when I think of Christmas, and instead of red birds I used these darling pink ones.  They’re from Bohemian Dream.  I cut one from a sticker and the bigger one is chipboard.  I love using non-traditional colors for Christmas pages!


I hope this inspires you to create a Christmas or holiday layout using products not made for holidays.  It was a fun challenge, and I love how it turned out.  I have a video here if you’d like to check out the process of this layout.


Thanks so much for stopping in today :)

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!