Thursday, March 5, 2015

Happy Days

Since I only dabble a little bit, and not very often, in Mixed Media, I thought it would be fun to sign up for the Color Theory class at Studio Calico, taught by Wilna Furstenburg.  The first lesson was posted on Tuesday, and I couldn't wait to get started.  I wanted to stop in today and share the layout, that I created using the Impasto technique and the primary color, Yellow.

Yellow is my favorite color, so I just couldn't resist using it as my primary color.  I used a Lemon Yellow acrylic paint, several different Yellow patterned papers and I dug through my embellishments and chose coordinating Yellow pieces.  Since the Elle's Studio heart wood veneers were not colored, I used a bit of the same acrylic paint, to add the Yellow to them.  The title is from one of the cut files that Wilna provided for the class, and I also used some of the flower cut files from the Funky Florals set, that is available in The Cut Shoppe

I had so much fun putting this layout together, and I'm looking forward to the upcoming lessons!  If you didn't get a chance to sign up, Studio Calico extended the class deadline, if you would like to check it out!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hip Kit Club | Hello Good Stuff

I am currently waiting for the awesome March Hip Kit from Hip Kit Club, and while I'm waiting I thought I would share one more layout using the February 2015 Hip Kit & Add-On Kits!  I wanted to add several of the awesome patterned papers from the Kit, onto my layout, so I cut strips and placed them across my page.  And instead of doing a 12x12 format this week, I decided to do 8.5x11!

I also wanted to incorporate the gorgeous Gold Thickers from Crate Paper into my design, so I placed them horizontally under my photos to line up with the patterned papers.  To add some more interest to my layout, I stitched across each of the patterned papers and added some Black mist splatters.  I brought in a little bit more Gold, using some of the Chipboard pieces from the Crate Paper sheet included in the February 2015 Embellishment Kit.

This was a fun layout and I liked doing the 8.5x11 size this week!  But I think I'll mostly stick to the 12x12 size, because it gives me lots of room to add all of the awesome goodies that are included in each month's Kits!!

And if you haven't picked up your March Hip Kits yet, make sure you visit the Shop and place your order before they are sold out!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Rubber Cafe Guest Designer

During the month of March, I will be guest designing for The Rubber Cafe!  You can check out my intro post, that's up on the Blog today!  And look for my first project with their March Kit, coming up next week!!

Friday, February 27, 2015

American Crafts | Love Is a Verb

This week on the American Crafts Blog, the Design Team has been sharing projects using the DIY Shop 2 collection.  I love that DIY Shop 2 includes great neutrals mixed with Gold and a ton of amazing embellishments.  I thought it would be great to pair the collection with a Black & White photo of our son, and bring in touches of the Gold.


How to: Cut white cardstock to 11.5x11.5" then adhere to the Gold Foil on Black paper. Splatter black spray mist on the background. Cut the Dictionary on Vellum paper to 7.5x7.5", place in the center of your page, and machine stitch with white thread. Layer your photo over the Chevron Muslin Bag and adhere the bag to the left side of your page. Place one of the Mercantile Tags inside the Muslin Bag. Use the Black Letter Stickers to create the title on your page and stitch your letters onto the page. Use a die cut machine or punch to create heart shapes and place them in the Shimelle Embossing Folder. Once your heart shapes are embossed add them to your layout and finish embellishing with Gold Sticker Hearts, Enamel Dots, and Letter Stickers.

Thanks for stopping in today, and I hope you have a great weekend!!

Supplies: DIY Shop 2 (369024) - Gold Foil on Black Paper, DIY Shop 2 (369029) - Dictionary on Vellum Paper, DIY Shop 2 (370059) - Muslin Bags, DIY Shop 2 (369047) - Mercantile Tags, DIY Shop 2 ( 369129) - Black Letter Stickers, DIY Shop 2 (369051) - Gold Heart Stickers, DIY Shop 2 (369131) - Self Inking Stamp, Shimelle ( 368178) -  Embossing Folder, Serendipity (369210) - Phrase & Letter Stickers Serendipity (369215) - Enamel Dots

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hip Kit Club | Enjoy the Journey & Lovely

Today I have not one, but two layouts to share with you for Hip Kit Club!!  I thought it would be fun to do something a little bit different this week, so I mixed in a few items that I had left in my January 2015 Hip Kit and some Thickers from the December 2014 Hip Kit.  I love how the products fit so easily together and you can extend the life of your kits, by mixing in previous Kits.

I started this layout by cutting frames from the WRMK patterned paper and the Webster’s Pages patterned paper and layering them over White cardstock.  Once I had the two patterned papers in place, I used the heart stencil from the January Kit, to add a spray misted heart design on the White cardstock.  I wanted to create a large title on my layout, using the American Crafts Thickers and Journey rub-on from the My Mind’s Eye rub-on pack.  I embellished using a mix of the Crate Paper Chipboard, Evalicious Wood Veneers and My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots and then pulled in some of the Heidi Swapp Ephemera and the Wood Veneer Frame from the January 2015 Hip Kits.

For this second layout, I wanted to create a lot of layering and a faux Mixed Media look.  The WRMK Secret Crush patterned paper gives you an instant water color look, without having to put a lot of work into it.  But I did want to separate my layers and photo from the background paper, so before I added my elements, I added some Black water color paint to the background.  Then I built my layers, using some of the papers from the WRMK 6×6 Paper Pad included in the February 2015 Embellishment Kit.  To finish my layout I used a few more of the Heidi Swapp Ephemera pieces, Wood Veneer Frame and Elle’s Studio Cork Embellishment from the January 2015 Hip Kits.  They worked great with the Crate Paper Chipboard, Evalicious Wood Veneers and My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots, included in the February 2015 Hip Kits!  And the American Crafts Dear Lizzy Thickers from the December 2014 Hip Kit, were perfect for adding a little touch of Gold to my layout!

I also created a Process Video for this second layout, if you would like to check it out!!

Soon you'll be seeing projects with the March 2015 Hip Kit & Add-On Kits, so be on the look out for those!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Flair for Buttons | Hello Magazine Street

Today I'm here to share a layout with you, using some of the newest Flair Buttons that I received a couple of weeks ago! I used a total of 5 Flair Buttons on this layout from 4 different sets: Point and Shoot, Black and White Words1, Just Hearts2, and Capture The Moments.

I wanted to create a layered look on my page, so I started out by adding some watercolors to the background.  Then I cut the Geo To Go background cut file from The Cut Shoppe and placed it over the watercolors.  I also wanted to add some circle elements to my page, and use them to ground my Flair Buttons.  And I also used one of the Flair Buttons as a part of my title and layered it over the photo.

I also have a Process Video for today's layout, if you would like to check it out!!

Thanks for visiting today!! 

Supplies:  Flair Buttons:  A Flair for Buttons; Patterned Paper, Wood Veneers, Puffy Stickers, Epoxy Stickers & Wood Beads:  Pinkfresh Studio; Geo to Go cut file:  The Cut Shoppe; Color Shine:  Heidi Swapp; Enamel Dots:  Freckled Fawn; Thickers & Date Stamp:  American Crafts; Die Cut Machine:  Silhouette Cameo

Friday, February 20, 2015

Scrapbook Expo Guest Spotlight | More to Love

This past Wednesday, I was honored to be in the Guest Spotlight on the Scrapbook Expo Blog.  The post featured some of my favorite layouts, a little bit about me and a new layout, that was created specifically for the Scrapbook Expo Blog.  I shared a sneak here on Wednesday, but wanted to stop in today and share the full layout.  And I just wanted to say thanks to those of you that stopped by the Scrapbook Expo Blog and left some love on my post!!  :)


I wanted to create a bold title area down the center of the layout, so I used the Love Letters cut file from The Cut Shoppe and cut the word Love from White cardstock.  Then I used three colors of Gelatos and just blended the color on each of the cut files.  I also wanted to add some stitching, so I used the Amy Tangerine Embroidery Stencil from the Stitched collection, to add three hearts that coordinated with the Gelato colors.  And to create one more layer on the title, I die cut the word Lucky from the Amy Tangerine Stitched Dies and added some machine stitching for a little bit of texture!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today!  I hope you have a great weekend!!

Supplies:  Patterned Paper, Die, Bits, Enamel Dots, Date Stamp, Embroidery Stencil, Thickers & Stickers:  American Crafts; Flair Button:  A Flair for Buttons; Love Letters Cut File:  The Cut Shoppe; Gelatos:  Faber-Castell; Wood Drop Stickers:  Pinkfresh Studio; Paperclip & Enamel Dots:  Freckled Fawn; Color Shine:  Heidi Swapp; Wood Veneer:  Elle's Studio; Die Cut Machine:  Silhouette Cameo