Saturday, October 22, 2016

Cute Lil Ghouls / Shimmerz Education Team

Happy Saturday, friends!  I have a fun and festive Halloween layout for the Shimmerz Education Team to share today.  I used Shimmerz products from the new Halloween set, which includes two new Coloringz (Freshly Squeezed & Vivacious Violet, two Creameez (Crow's Feet & Lettuce Get Together) and Dazzlerz in Spun Sugar.  I also added in touches of Inklingz Good As Gold.  I was inspired by my daughters' shirts for my color scheme, and I began by creating the word "ghouls" for my big title.

I cut it on my Silhouette Cameo and then painted it before removing it from the cutting mat.  I didn't use a lot of liquid so it didn't harm my mat at all.  I used a brush, my finger to smudge color and the packaging technique to apply the messy color.  I love how it turned out, and it's the perfect title for these photos :)

I used lots of washi tape from my stash to create a frame around my photos and down below them to create a darker background for my title.  I used the same colors behind my photos using the packaging technique and splatters.  The embellishments & one patterned paper came from a really old cheap pack of goodies I found at Walmart a few years ago.

I did a little bit of light background stamping with black ink and some circle stamps just to give it a little more interest.  I also used lots of matching thread.  I thought these stickers & brads were really cute and went with the theme of the page.

Here's the other side of the layout.  I added that purple spider paper under the photos for an extra pop of color against the dark backgrounds of the photos.

Here's one more close-up look at the big title area.  I added some thread under it and then stitched through it all with shiny gold thread.  I smudged some Coloringz A Shade of Gray down below it and then added my journaling.

Here's the top of the can see the stamping, stitching and washi tape.  Sometimes it's fun to combine all kinds of products together :)

Here's my process video if you'd like to check it out...I hope you enjoy and get some inspiration!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Remember to mention my name when you place an order in the Shimmerz store.  You'll get a FREE product of your choice!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Aruba Sunset / A Flair For Buttons

Happy Wednesday, friends!  I'm back today to share a new layout for A Flair For Buttons.  Although it's technically Fall, I'm still in the mood to create Summer pages :)  This is a photo from our trip to Aruba several months ago, and I used the beautiful Simple Stories You Are Here collection.  I pulled two flair buttons from the Travel Stories 1 and Enjoy Summer 2 sets that worked beautifully.

I used a few different shades of Shimmerz Paints on the background along with some gold Color Shine.  I wanted this layout to be light and soft to match the photo.  I used two chipboard frames and machine stitched with gold thread and layered them together.  I did add some foam under my photo so it wouldn't cave once I placed it on top of them.  I did have a cute cloud already cut and just sitting on my desk, so I used that as well.  It's from The Cut Shoppe.

I love this flair button.  It reminds me of a sunset with the pretty gradient.  I fussy cut that cute little flower cluster and then layered it under the flair.  With the frames being layered, this page definitely has lots of dimension.

I layered the other flair button under the photo.  I like that it's very simple and almost serves as a secondary mini-title.  Since a lot of this area was really light, I added some light teal/mint thread under the flair to make it pop a littl more.  Those cute die cuts are from the same SS collection.

I love how this turned out!  This wood veneer palm tree is in this collection as well.  I colored it with some Shimmerz and then embossed it with clear embossing powder to make it shiny.  I love how it looks!  I added a slender piece of foam under it to raise it up to the height of the photo and added gold thread under it.  I fussy cut the camera and added a few flower stickers under it.

For my title, I combined some gold glitter Thickers with a Cameo cut.  I lightly colored the "sunset" word with Shimmerz to give it a little bit of color.  My journaling fit perfectly under the title, and I added a few more phrase stickers, more stitching and an enamel dot.

Here's a close-up of the title...I love how it turned out!  Mixing and matching fonts, colors & products for a title gives a great effect :)

Here are the flair sets I used that are available in the A Flair For Buttons store.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

It's Not the Home / Hip Kit Club

Hello again, and Happy Sunday!  Today I'm back sharing a layout for Hip Kit Club using the 2016 October Hip Kits.  They are SOOOOO pretty....I can't stand it!  As soon as I saw those cute little houses from the We R Memory Keepers Honey I'm Home collection in the Embellishment Kit, I knew I had to create a home-themed layout.  I found a great quote on Pinterest and cut it on some white cardstock (from the Cardstock Kit) on my Cameo.  I created two clusters in opposite corners using those adorable house die cuts.  I used some of the Shimmerz Texturez from the Color Kit on the background as well as some of the Prima Oil Pastels from the August Color Kit to bring in some of the navy blue.  I combined goodies from Simple Stories on this page as well.

I think my favorite part about this cluster (besides the photo) is the dimension.  I added foam under it all, and it creates such a great shadow.  I added some navy blue thread, a few stickers and some shiny gold machine stitching.  That cute wood veneer piece added even more dimension...but not enough that this layout can't still fit into a page protector.

Here's the bottom cluster.  You can see those beautiful WRMK rub-ons, which go on very smoothly.  I paired that with a Simple Stories flower cluster sticker, another WRMK die cut and wood veneer heart and a piece fussy cut from a Project Life card.

Aren't these the prettiest colors?  I'm usually not one to use cutsey die cuts like this because I can never seem to make them work for me.  But these houses just blew me away and I had to use them!  Plus they are awesome for a family-type layout.

I backed all those letters individually with various patterned papers from the Main Kit & Paper Kit.  I lightly traced around the inside of each one with a pencil to make them pop a bit more.  These colors look so pretty together, and I loved using one of my favorite go-to techniques...backing a cut file with paper!

Here's one last close-up.  Again, the dimension created with the foam is really cool.  You're able to layer things a lot easier and really make things just pop off the page.

You can check out my process video if you're interested...hopefully you can get some fun ideas to do with your Hip Kits1

Thanks so much for visiting me, and have a great day!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Using Older Supplies / Cute & Fun

Hey there, and Happy Friday!  I'm back today to share another layout in my Using Older Supplies series I've been doing for a few months.  I dug into my random patterned paper stash as well as my ribbon and washi tape stash.  I didn't use a specific collection, and I only used a few strips from patterned papers.  This is something fun you could try if you have minimal supplies.  A little bit can go a long way, that's for sure!

I decided to create a grid design because I wanted to mimic the stripes in my daughter's shirt.  I needed the photo up top to be in that position because she's looking down and to the left.  These photos aren't even the same size, but they were still cute and scrapworthy, so I made them work :)  I recreated the stripes using the paper, washi tapes and ribbon.  I went over a lot of the area with white gesso and added lots of pretty Shimmerz Paints in coordinating colors.  This is another great tip if you don't have a lot of supplies...use watercolors or sprays to get your color down. 

I used a lot of random embellishments here.  I basically went through the bin on my desk and picked out things that matched in green, blue, purple and white.  I've got Simple Stories stickers & chipboard, Freckled Fawn puffy sticker and random buttons & rhinestones!  Talk about stash...I've had those for years!

Thread is another easy and affordable embellishment to use.  It not only gives you great pops of color, but you get awesome texture as well.  I added some striped washi tape to the side of each photo and added more doo dads.  That's some random blue cardstock behind the photo as well as some tissue paper.

Here's the other photo....same thing.  Washi, thread, cardstock, tissue paper and embellishments.  I did add foam under the photos to give them some dimension.

I was so excited to break into my old rick rack stash...oh my gosh!  I've had that stuff for so long.  It felt great to use some of it!

Check out my process video if you're interested in how I came up with this page.  It was a lot of fun to put together!

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

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Hello I Am So Sweet / Simple Stories

Hey friends!  Hope you are all doing well :)  I have another layout for Simple Stories to share today.  I used the Posh collection for this, and I used a lot of the washi tapes.  I didn't use any of the patterned papers.  This is a fun thing about washi can create your own bits of pattern :)  I punched several sized circles from some scrap cardstock and then covered them all with the washi tapes.  I created a vertical design with them and then used one of the 3x4 Snap cards as the big focal element.  I layered my photo over that and added Fundamentals alpha stickers to finish the title.  I used some Prima Oil Pastels and some Shimmerz to create the smudges and watercolor look in between all the circles.

I really love how this turned out!  I machine stitched through most of the circles with coordinating colors of thread in a cross pattern.  I embellished with various stickers, brads and chipboard stickers.  I love how the smudges of color look on the was fun mixing the mediums to get just the right colors.

Here's another angle of the circles.  I love this mix of navy blue contrasts so nicely with the coral, teal and yellow.  In my previous layout with this collection, I didn't use any navy blue, so it was fun to bring that color in here.

I raised my photo up using foam and then fussy cut this floral tag piece from a Snap card.  I used my craft knife to slice around some of the flowers so they could overlap the edges of the photo.  I added some tangled thread and some shiny gold clear stickers.  I love how all these products create such fabulous texture and detail.

I decided to use this Snap card as my title area and just fill in the rest of it with stickers.  It made the design come along a lot quicker and it was easier to create my title.  I love using the Snap cards on my layouts because they really help come up with some great ideas that I wouldn't normally think of.  

Here's one more close-up of the title area.  More brads, circles, it all!

Here's the process video for this page...I hope you enjoy and get some fun ideas to try on your next page!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Grandma Sandwich / Hip Kit Club

Hey there, friends!  Happy Sunday :)  Today I am sharing another layout for Hip Kit Club using the 2016 September Hip Kits.  This went up on the Hip Kit Facebook page last week.  My theme for this page was "Alpha Stickers," and I honestly struggled to use them in a unique way.  I tried creating a long title but it just didn't work.  I settled on mixing and matching the Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills alpha stickers with the scripty gold Maggie Holmes alphas and coming up with a creative title.  This photo is blurry because it's a still shot from a video.  My girls plopped down on top of my mom one night on the couch, and they were all laughing and giggling.  It was such a sweet moment, so I joined in and had to get a video of it.  I had to scrap it even though the quality isn't that good.  Sometimes it's the memory...not the clarity of the photo :)

I used some of the pink flamingo cardstock from the Cardstock Kit as my base and covered a lot of it in white gesso.  I used a mix of the Shimmerz Creameez Great Fruit from the Color Kit & the Prima Oil Pastels from the August Color Kit to create the background.  I decided to bring in a lot of die cuts & ephemera to layer in behind my photo.  Since my girls are wearing navy blue, I brought in pops of that.

I love this mix of product & color here.  I stitched through the Pinkfresh Studio alphas with gold thread.  I created a little cluster underneath the title using some of the Maggie Holmes chipboard and gold foil stickers & a Simple Stories Posh floral sticker & brad.  My journaling fit right under the title very nicely.  Behind the title I used a "LOVE" die cut that was from one of the cut file sets this month.  It's mainly just a small detail.

Here's a great shot of the background.  Those oil pastels are awesome, and they look fabulous when you smudge them with your finger.  I also added ink splatters using some other Shimmerz from my stash.  I used some Simple Stories paper behind my photo and then used foam to raise it up.

I fussy cut this ampersand from one of the Dear Lizzy papers and layered it on top of a Simple Stories tag and a fussy cut flower from Maggie Holmes.  I also fussy cut some of those cute foiled hearts from a Simple Stories patterned paper.  I love mixing and matching products like this...paper, chipboard, brads, enamel get some really fun detail & texture.

Here is the top of the photo.  I layered in one of the Pinkfresh Studio wood veneer pieces, some Crate Paper chipboard and more of the foil stickers.  I added in some teal tangled thread for extra pops of that color.

I fussy cut this "gather memories" piece from the Crate Paper die cut pack.  It's an acetate piece, and it tucked in very nicely right here.  I had to splatter some Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine to finish it off.  We did get that in a Color Kit several months ago :)

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

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  See you soon!

Friday, October 7, 2016

80s Hair Rock On / Bella Blvd Pinterest Inspired

Happy Friday, friends!  I am so happy to be able to post this morning because of the potential threat of Hurricane Matthew barreling up the coast of Florida.  Thankfully, my area of the state didn't get hit very hard at all...just rain and some wind.  Luckily, we never lost power.  I'm hoping those on the coast made it through okay!

I have a new layout for Bella Blvd to share today, and I used the new beautiful and colorful Illustrated Faith Bright & Brave collection.  I found this gorgeous image on Pinterest to use as inspiration.  I love the black & white vertical stripes mixed with all those bright florals.  This collection was perfect for this!

I used black & white Bible Journaling paper to create the stripes first, and then I used a lot of white gesso over it.  I used the new IF Watercolors (Shanna's Favorites) to create all that colorful watercolor on the background.  Instead of using flowers for this, I fussy cut a bunch of those cassette tapes from the Jesus is My Jam paper and layered them behind the photos.  I knew my photos were all about my daughter's big messy hair, so I decided to go with the music theme and make this an 80s Hair Band type of page...haha!

I fussy cut 80 from the Count the Ways paper and cut "hair" on my Cameo using an orange solid paper from the 6x8 Paper Pad.  I created "rock on" using the new IF Homespun Alpha Stamps.  I stamped them on patterned paper with music notes and then fussy cut them out.  Those stamps are amazing!!  I added several stickers, including some washi stickers.  I did lots of machine stitching and added tangled thread under the "Os" as well as pop dots.  I fussy cut the yellow & pink hearts from the Clear Cuts pack.

Here's another angle of the layout's details.  I used more IF stamps here...those cute music notes.  I also used one of the new Designer Clips.  They are so fun, and you can slide them onto paper or photos just like a paper clip.

This watercolor is amazing!  I love this new set.  I did a little bit of stamping over it here and added some more stickers and stitching.  I love fussy cutting images from patterned papers.  Always look at your papers and see what jumps out at you for cutting out.

Aren't those tapes just adorable?  I layered some patterned papers behind my photos and popped the left one up a little bit.  I love how the black & white photos pop against all those bright colors behind them.

Finally, for these arrows...I fussy cut them from the Clear Cuts pack and stitched them down.  The aqua one is a sticker, but the rest are clear.  I love how you can see through them!  Such a fun embellishment :)

Before I go, I also wanted to share the Bella card I made for last week's World Card Making Day.  I used the new Addison collection for this, and it's so fun and girly.  I used some of the "sweet" die cuts and did a little mixed media work on the background.

I used white gesso, gelatos and some Shimmerz to get that pretty blue smudged look on the background.  I combined alpha stickers from the Fundamentals sheet with Tiny Text alphas and a Tabby to create the sentiment.  Machine stitching and tangled thread finished it off.

Thank you so much for stopping by today....have a wonderful weekend!