Friday, July 28, 2017

Vacation Vibes / Shimmerz Education Team

Happy Friday, friends :)  I have a new layout to share today for the Shimmerz Education Team.  I've been in a Summertime scrappy mode lately, so I went all fun and shimmery for this page.  I've had the new Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection for a few weeks and finally dove into it.  It's gorgeous!

I wanted to recreate my mirrored sunglasses, so I pulled out some gold Deco Foil from Thermoweb and used a sunglasses die cut from the Silhouette Store.  I took two pictures of my final layout to show how they shine in the light!  I used some of the NEW Shimmerz Creameez on my background.  I think they match perfectly with this line.  I used 1 Hot Mama, Dandy-Lion and Purple Peony.  I used the packaging technique along with my brush and then added some splatters.  Before applying all the Shimmerz, I coated a big portion of my background with white acrylic paint to create a barrier.

Here you can really see the shine on those glasses :)

This photo is of me having a nice fruity beverage in Las Vegas, so I wanted to showcase how much fun it was.  I used a few patterned papers from the 6x6 Paper Pad behind my photo and embellished here with some metallic gold thread.

I used a few of the Summer Lights Stickers, Ephemera and Chipboard Stickers as well.  They all look so good with these new Creameez colors.  I did add some adhesive foam under the sunglasses to create a bit of dimension.  I also added some foam under that camera sticker as well as some purple tangled thread.

I created a small cluster down here at the bottom using die cuts and stickers.  My title is a sticker, and matches the background so well.  There is always a matching Shimmerz Paint!

Here's another shot of the dimension.  Something as simple as adding some adhesive foam makes such a big difference.

Check out the 1 Hot Mama color's such a gorgeous pink!  Probably my new favorite :)  I also did a little bit of machine stitching with gold thread.

In addition to the new Creameez, I splattered some Inklingz Miner Miner 49er. That is also what I used to lightly paint the outer edges of the sunglasses die cut.

One more close-up just because....colors!

I hope this inspires you create something fun with your Shimmerz Paints!  The new colors are totally amazing, and I can't wait to use them again!  I do have a process video showing how I created this page from start to finish.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Supplies Used:
Inklingz--Miner Miner 49er
Creameez--1 Hot Mama, Dandy-Lion, Purple Peony

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Love That Smile / Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Happy Thursday, friends!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  I decided to create something a little different here, and I mixed and matched a few collections.  I used You Rock, Life is Beautiful and Make a Wish.  They came together beautifully :)  I also used one of the CVS exclusive cut files from the Colour Me Happy line.  I cut lots of XOs on various papers from the three collections.  The wood grain background is from You Rock, and I decided to jazz it up with matching colors using some paints and watercolors.

I coated the center portion of the background with some yellow acrylic paint.  I used a palette knife to smear it down and then let it dry.  I came over that with lots of Shimmerz Paints...I used some of the AcriTonez as well as some sprays and other watercolors.  I wanted to echo all the colors in the papers, and I think it turned out really pretty.

I love how these die cut and embellishment layers turned out!  They created some really awesome dimension.  I used some die cuts from Life is Beautiful, a flair button from Make a Wish and some wood veneer from You Rock.  I love how everything looks against the background here.

I added in a wood veneer word from Life is Beautiful here.  I tucked in a few floral die cuts from that collection under the photos here.

I broke up the area in the center of the photos and added this fun circle sticker from Make a Wish.  I added some foam under it, and it serves as the title.

Here's another look at the background.  It's so much fun to create a messy background like this from scratch.  You can customize with whatever color scheme you want :)

I wanted the big blue XO to show more even though the photos were on top of them, so I layered the first photo under the bottom part of the X.  I layered in a label sticker here under the end photo for a pop of yellow.

Layers!  I can't say enough about layering.  I'm all about creating texture and dimension, so layering is a great way to get that.  I did add a bit of tissue paper under my photos as well as some tangled thread.  I put in another flair button and die cut piece up top from Life is Beautiful.

Here is one more close-up just because I love it :)

I hope this has inspired you in some way.  Mixing and matching collections is a great way to get a fun and unique look!  Give it a go :)  Check out my process video if you'd like to watch this layout in action :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day :)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Altenew Blog Hop Winner!!

Hey, friends!!  I wanted to announce the winner of the Altenew $30 Gift Certificate!  Thank you to everyone who visited my blog and left such beautiful comments.

The random winner is:


Congrats, Cynthia!  Email me at: and I'll pass along your information to Altenew.

Thanks again, everyone!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Anguilla / Hip Kit Club

It's Monday again...I hope you all had a fun weekend :)  Today I wanted to share my newest layout for Hip Kit Club.  I couldn't wait to tear into the 2017 July Hip Kits and put together a fun Summer page!  I just had to use one of Irit's gorgeous papers.  The watercolor effects are just beautiful.  I also incorporated one of the flamingo cut files available on the Hip Kit website

My photo is of me and my husband on the beach in Aguilla a few years ago.  I am having a blast making Summer projects, and these embellishments were perfect.  I used lots of Hip Kit exclusives including chipboard flowers, wood veneer, puffy alphas, epoxy stickers and Project Life cards.  I also used a few Amy Tangerine On a Whim die cuts and stickers as well as an Echo Park chipboard sticker.  I used some Shimmerz on the background and a bit of Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine.

I fussy cut this adorable flamingo from a Project Life card and layered in an exclusive chipboard frame under the photo.  I love how tropical everything is!  That foiled pink flower is from Amy Tan.

Aren't these puffy pineapples just adorable?  I couldn't decide on a title, so I used a few things here.  Some wood veneer, an Amy Tan clear sticker and some blue puffy alphas.

I cut this large flamingo on white cardstock and used the Sweetheart Vibez to color it.  I layered my photo under the beak...I love how it looks layered in like that.  I love all these tropical flowers!

Adding layers under a photo creates really nice dimension.  I tucked in a bit of blue tangled thread and a few more gold clear stickers.

Here's one more close-up of the exclusive embellishments layered together.

This was fun and fast to create because of how awesome the kits are!  I hope you're having fun with your kits...I would love to see your projects!  Here's my process video if you'd like to check it out:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Good Times / Thermoweb

Happy Sunday, everyone!  I'm back today to share my newest layout for Thermoweb.  Can you spot all the shiny foiled pieces on this layout?  My focus for this page is the Deco Foil Transfer Gel and Deco Foil Transfer Sheets.  I used a few stencils and three beautiful colors of the Deco Foil Transfer Sheets to create the pretty Flamingo and pineapples.  I used the Pink Melon for the flamingo and the Lime and Champagne for the pineapples.  The process is simple, and the results are always gorgeous!

The Deco Foil Transfer Gel is easy to use.  I placed the stencils on top of a sheet of Gina K. Designs White Premium Cardstock and used a palette knife to apply the Transfer Gel.  After letting it dry completely, I cut the shapes from the cardstock and placed the Deco Foil Transfer Sheets over the images.  I placed them in between a folded piece of parchment paper and ran it through my laminator.
The heat presses the foil onto the gel, and when you peel the sheet off, you get a gorgeous foiled image.  I fussy cut around the edges and used the images as large die cut embellishments.  I also used lots of pretty die cuts from Fancy Pants and some Pink Paislee chipboard.

To give the flamingo some fun texture, I bent it back and forth a few times.  It made the foiled part a little wrinkled, and I love how it turned out.  All these fun layered pieces together created some really great dimension.  I used a big hibiscus stencil and some distress inks on the background as well as some white gesso.

Look at that shine!  These pineapples couldn’t have turned out any more perfect.  They look so awesome mixed with this little flamingo and all these flowers. I love the contrast of the colors with the blue in the photo. Here you can see more of the background.  I used yellow, pink, orange and green distress inks to create some large background flowers and some blue spray ink and a blue gelato to add some contrast.

I love the dimension created from fussy cutting an image from cardstock or paper.  These foiled pineapples were the perfect embellishment to tuck underneath my photo.  I added some foam behind the photo to raise it up a little bit, and the die cuts worked well right under the edge.  I did add some Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine for some added shine.

I used some older metallic gold Thickers for my title...they were a perfect match for the foiled pieces.  I love how the dimension looks here with the die cuts tucked in here and there.  I added some metallic gold thread under the photo.  Under the journaling, I added in a few strips of washi tape and some machine stitching.

I love how the background turned out with the distress inks!  The gesso really made a big difference with keeping the ink colors brighter instead of blending right into the pink paper.

To complete the layout, I used some metallic gold Thickers for my title.  I love how it looks with all the bright colors and the light pink background.  I wrote a bit of journaling down below and added a bit of washi tape and machine stitching.

Here's one more shot of all the pretty things :)

I hope this gives you some inspiration.  The foil is so fun to play with, and the shiny results are so pretty!  You can check out how I made this in my process video:

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

Friday, July 21, 2017

Summer Mini Album / Paige Evans DT

Hey there, friends, and Happy Friday!  Woo hoo!  Today I have a fun mini album to share for the Paige Evans Design Team.  This week the focus is on flowers, so I made sure to include a lot of them here.  I went with a Summer theme since I have so many pool photos of my girls.  I must say that mini albums don’t come easily for me, so I wasn’t sure where to start.  I finally decided to start going through the Oh My Heart 12x12 Paper Pad and I chose several bright and Summery papers.  I had several different sized photos printed, so I knew I’d be mixing and matching things.  The size of the album is 4x6, so I cut a few papers in that size.  I made a few of them smaller, and I punched a few.  I liked the look of having different sized and shaped papers.  I also used papers from the Fancy Free 12x12 Paper Pad and the 6x6 Paper Pad.  I wanted to add some fun die cut elements to the album, so I used the laser die cut sheet from the Oh My Heart 12x12 Paper Pad.  I did lots of machine stitching, especially on the cover.  I stitched some of the Take Me Away Thickers for my title.

On the inside cover, I went simple with some fussy cut flowers from the Oh My Heart 12x12 Paper Pad and Chipboard Stickers.  I punched a fun little heart and added a rose gold sticker from the Oh My Heart Sticker Book.  The first page is a smaller piece that I tore and added some watercolor to.  I also added in some flowers from the Oh My Heart Ephemera Die Cuts and Sticker Book.

On the back, I kept it white with some embellishments:  a fussy cut circle from the Fancy Free 12x12 Paper Pad, a rose gold phrase from the Oh My Heart 12x12 Paper Pad and some Oh My Heart Puffy Stickers.  The sequins are from SpiegelMom Scraps, and I used them throughout the album.  On the right, I watercolored a piece of white cardstock and added two photos.  I made this piece a little bit wider so I could use a border punch on the side and fold it in.  I held it together with a Take Me Away Epoxy Paper Clip.  When you remove it, the entire photos are visible.  I added some of the Oh My Heart Sticker Book washi tape & a puffy sticker.

I used a flower stencil and some watercolors for the back of that piece and added some Oh My Heart Chipboard Stickers, a die cut and some more sequins.  I added in one of the Oh My Heart 12x12 Paper Pad die cut pieces and backed it with various patterned papers.  On the back, I punched  a lot of circles from a Fancy Free 6x6 Paper Pad paper and created some fun scallops.  The page behind that has a longer photo that I embellished.  I fussy cut another circle from the Fancy Free 12x12 Paper Pad and added an Oh My Heart Chipboard Sticker.  That pretty yellow and pink layer is from the Oh My Heart Ephemera.  I finished this page off with some metallic gold Take Me Away Foam Phrase Thickers.

For the next page, I kept it simple with just added a few paper strips around the edges, a punched heart and an Oh My Heart Chipboard Sticker.  I mixed in a circle punched piece here just for fun.  The right side is a piece of paper from the Fancy Free 12x12 Paper Pad, which I watercolored.  I added an Oh My Heart Ephemera floral die cut and a fussy cut flower.  I layered in some vellum & tissue paper as well as an Oh My Heart Puffy Sticker.  

Next up is another die cut piece from the Oh My Heart 12x12 Paper Pad that I backed with patterned papers.  I added an Oh My Heart Ephemera die cut and some Take Me Away Foam Phrase Thickers.  On the opposite side I journaled on a cut apart piece from the Oh My Heart 12x12 Paper Pad and stitched through it.  When you flip it, you see a fun photo with some Oh My Heart Puffy Stickers and some Oh My Heart Sticker Book washi tape and alphas.  On the right I used yet another die cut piece and backed it with papers.  I kept it simple with just a few ink splatters, the photo, and a fussy cut heart from the Fancy Free 12x12 Paper Pad.

The next spread is another fun mix of color.  I used a floral paper on the left from the Fancy Free 12x12 Paper Pad and added some tissue paper behind my photo.  I tucked in another fussy cut flower and another rose gold sticker.  The page on the right is a combination of papers from both paper pads and an Oh My Heart Puffy Sticker.

On the back of the pink page, I added in a few smaller pieces just for fun.   I fussy cut more large flowers from the Fancy Free 12x12 Paper Pad and paired those with a cut apart from the Oh My Heart 12x12 Paper Pad and added some thread.   I fussy cut those circles together and threw in another cut apart from Fancy Free.  I added in another piece of watercolored cardstock next.  I wanted to create a fun sky and sun with sprays.  I had this cloud die cut sitting on my desk, so I added that in.  I finished it off with an Oh My Heart Puffy Sticker and a few sequins.

I love how this next page turned out.  I had another longer photo, so I folded the outer edge and added a punched tab.  I hid some Oh My Heart Puffy Stickers underneath the folded part.  I sprayed the paper with some bright pink spray and bordered the photo with some washi tape from the Oh My Heart Sticker Book.  The right side is another journaling piece.  When you flip it over, there’s another photo behind it.  Behind that is another die cut piece from the Oh My Heart 12x12 Paper Pad that I stitched on using different color thread.

The final bit here is more watercolored die cut pieces, fussy cut flowers, and puffy stickers.  

I hope this inspires you to try your hand at a mini album!  I struggle with them, but the more I got into it, the more fun it was.  I always appreciate a challenge, and this hit the spot.  

I do have a rather long process video showing how I made this album.  I do show a flip through and close-ups at the end if you'd rather just skip to that part.  I just wanted to include as much as the process as I could.

Thanks so much for stopping in and reading this lonnng post :)  Have a great weekend!