Monday, May 15, 2017

My Besties - GDT for Stuck?!

Hey hey hey!

I'm so excited to be the guest designer for this month's second sketch over at Stuck?! sketches. I love all of Laura's sketches, and I use them outside of challenges - they're so wonderful! The sketch today is no different!

I wanted to try something a little new today, so I created a monochromatic layout with only white papers and embellishments. I really like how it has turned out. I must say it is difficult to translate into a photo, a bit, but I tried!

I used some white wood grain bits, some laser cut flower paper, and a few other white lightly patterned papers.

Here is the original sketch:

They're always so great!

Also, I cannot get enough of these little Tim Holtz labels!

The sequins are all tones of white, but the iridescence showed up purple on the photos. There are splatters below the layers on the sketch. For my splatters, I splattered white Heidi Swapp Shine and then sprinkled iridescent embossing powder to compliment the sequins before it dried!

I sprayed the laser cut paper with white Shine, but it still had a tint, but that was fine since my flowers had a little  bit of a gold tint as well.

I just topped it off with a tag and a feather, nbd.

We actually don't take a lot of wonderful photos together, so this one that turned out great of the besties and myself had to be scrapped!

I loved being GDT for Stuck?! today! I hope you will go play along!

Thanks for looking!!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Jambo - a Lasting Memories challenge

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope you're having a wonderful Sunday. I'm here with another challenge from Lasting Memories. This week's challenge is to use paper strips or washi tape in a BIG way!

I was searching from some inspiration on Pinterest, found a gem over at Scrap with Rachel, and I totally scraplifted it.

I created this page for my Disneyworld album - my family at Animal Kingdom.

I stuck down all the paper strips, and then I sewed on about half of them.

I felt like the paper strip background was busy enough that my photos didn't need backing.

Jambo is Swahili for Hello!

I had a lot of fun creating this layout, and I hope you will join us for this week's challenge at Lasting Memories!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Today I'm bringing you the Mother's Day cards I made for my mom & my mother in law.

I used a fun sketch from Sketches in Thyme.

I rotated the sketch. My parents and my family are going on a cruse soon, so I was in a tropical state of mind making these!

Here is the original sketch:

I used Heidi Swapp Shine on this one, and watercolors on the other. I cannot really decide which I prefer!

I attempted some hombre embossing on the pineapple stamp.

Happy Mother's Day to you all!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Celebrate 91! - a Creative Sketch layout

Hey everyone!

Today I'm bringing you a layout inspired by the wonder April sketch from My Creative Sketches.

I went bold with this layout & used some girly papers I do not often have a chance to use. I mixed the WRMK Urban Chick & Fancy Pants Millie & June collections.

Here is the original sketch:

Some of the tags and ephemera of the Urban Chic line are tres girly, so these photos of my Granny's 91st birthday party. There is a photo of her, she and I and she and my mother and her sisters.

I sewed some glitter ribbon atop a messy tissue ruffle to tie in the black with the thread.

 I used this heart ephemera to tie the purple from the flowers on the top to the bottom of the page.

Those Thickers from the Urban Chic collection are some of my faves! I also cannot get enough of this gold, leather embellishment ribbon.

I hope you enjoyed the page. There is still a little time left to play along with this sketch too.

Flower paper, thickers, & ephemera - We R Memory Keepers Urban Chic
Lined papers and puffy stickers- Fancy Pants Millie & June

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

4 on the 4th - a Lasting Memories Challenge

Hello, friends!

I hope you will join us over at Lasting Memories today for the kick off to our May challenges - yes, tomorrow is May. WHAT?!

This week's challenge is to use small embellishments (buttons, brads, bling, enamel dots, etc) to create BIG number(s) or letter(s) on your page.

Here is my layout for this challenge:

I used pompoms, star sequins, round sequins and a few other bits to create the number 4 for my title.

I love making fourth of July pages sparkly!

With two small boys, sometimes you just get what you get with group photos, as was the case with these two.

I hope you will play along with us over at Lasting Memories for this fun month of challenges!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

First Glimpse at Magic - a Stick It Down sketch

Happy Weekend, y'all!

Today I'm bringing you a fun, Disneyworld layout I created with this month's single-page sketch from Stick It Down. I LOVE this sketch! And it's very likely I may use it again! :)

Here is the original sketch:

I took a little liberty to add some additional feature at the bottom. Since I accented with gold, I had these little glitter pockets I got on clearance at Hobby Lobby a while ago, but had yet to use. It was a perfect chance. I put a little ephemera piece with the date and the location - as if one wouldn't know the location?!

I recently got this black, Heidi Swapp texture paste on clearance at Michael's and I thought it was really different - I feel like you don't see black very much. So I was excited at a chance to use it for my Disney layout with my new Echo Park castle stencil.

I used an Echo Park stamp for the large castle - which is always tricky and nerve wracking when you're applying it directly onto your background paper. But, success!

The paper bits are from the Simple Stories Say Cheese III collection, and the side pieces are mostly branding strips - a great way to use them up. The Mickey and Minnie are buttons, and I cut off the back bits & popped them up with foam.

I chose the Say Cheese magic sticker in gold for my title, so accented with gold otherwise with HS shine and gold glitter ribbon. I also added the red sequins to tie the red into the bottom vignette, and because sequins make every page better!

I have a video filmed & edited, just awaiting voice-over, and the process for this page will be on YouTube.

Background paper - Dear Lizzy Documentary
Patterned Layer paper and Stickers - Simple Stories Say Cheese III
Stencil and stamp - Echo Park
Doily - Recollections by Michael's
Frames - Simple Stories Say Cheese I (i think)

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Adventure with these boys for sure - A Stuck?! sketch

Hey everyone!

Today I'm bringing you a layout I created with a sketch from the amazing Laura Whitaker over at Stuck?! sketches. I just adore all of her creations & love working with her inspiring sketches!

Here is the original sketch:

So fun, right?!

This photo is one of my FAVORITES that I took in Disneyworld on our last trip - and it's not even Disney related, so go figure!

I liked this colorful wall where we stopped for lunch at the Animal Kingdom, so I had my wild boys pose. I didn't even have a great phone camera at that time, but this was taken on my phone, and I love how it turned out!

I fussy cut these acetate medallions from a piece of 12x12 paper, and I used gel medium to stick these sequins and shiny little bits on. I added the cork to man it up a bit - LOL.

I just got these little Tim Holtz sentiments stickers that look like typewriting, and they're just great! So subtle.

Haha - poor Lachlan. We tell Heath, the older one, that soon Lachlan will be bigger than him, so watch out!

This was a super fun page to create. I'm definitely feeling all about the colors lately!

Grey paper - I Lowe Scrap
Life is an Adventure paper ephemera - Recollections by Michaels
Patterned paper and labels - Studio calico
Cork - The Paper Studio by Hobby Lobby
Glitter domes - Docraft Papermania
splatters - Heidi Swapp Shine

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bear Cub

Hey everyone!

Today I'm bringing you a layout I created for my youngest little cub. I adore bears and cubs and what not, so of course I loved making this page!

I have this one coveted sheet of white cardstock embossed with a wood grain pattern that I got at the Studio Calico sale last year and that I wish I had about 100 thousand other pages of! I used it for this page, so I knew I had to make it one of my favorites. I started with one of my favorite outfits of my Lachlan, any outfit with animal ears will get me every time!

These Jasmine Jones letters from a December Daily kit I also got at the sale have lasted me a surprisingly long time.

I wanted to pull out the navy from the photo, so I chose a navy bear. I did some navy splatters, and added gold because of the photo background and I needed another accent.

I stuck with a wood grain theme and used this little frame & sticker as embellishments. Seriously that face - 5 days old - **sobs**.

To separate my paper layers, I sewed a "pleat" on some vellum, and I tied some twine together in red, blue and gold. I adhered that with gold staples.

I added some gold rub-on stars for a final touch. I'm happy with how this sweet photo layout of my babe turned out :) I miss the baby stage!

Embossed White cardstock *swoon*, hi sticker and gold stars - Studio Calico
Wood grain frame - Pink Paislee Cedar Lane ephemera
Tree sticker - Remarks
Splatters - Heidi Swapp Shine
Light wood paper - Craft Smith Pumpkin Spice collection
Red x paper - Studio Calico Thataway collection
Arrow - American Crafts
Alphas - December Daily Jasmine Jones collection
Bear ephemera - Recollections by Michaels
Chipboard Perfect - Me and My Big ideas

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hello Bro!

Happy Hump Day!

Today I'm bringing you a layout I created with a splatter technique I've been noticing as "on trend" lately and wanted to try out. I've been seeing layouts with colorful, almost rainbow-like splatter patterned backgrounds, and we all know I am a sucker for rainbows.

I really love how it turned out!

I had this super busy, colorful photo of my boys in their sleeping bags, and rather than do something to tone down all the colors in the photo, I embraced it!

I used almost all of the colors of spray and shine that I have and kept it in a concentrated area.

I added side borders with my sewing machine. I have also been loving seeing rainbow & black and white together.

 I used some lime embellishments to pull out the lime in the embellishing paper, and I matched my writing to the title green, just to bring a cohesiveness to the page. When you repeat colors or elements, it makes the page balanced.

I love how the enamel stars and dots added to the splatter section.

Those sweet, happy little faces are too cute - they get me every time! I'm sure this "sleep over" was the first of many!

Black and white stripes and chipboard stickers - Me and my big ideas
Rainbow paper and hello paper, enamel stars, stamp sticker - Studio Calico
Camera paper and circle paper, green letters, fabric banners - Amy Tangerine
Splatters - Heidi swapp shine & Tattered Angels glimmer mist
Hello title - simple stories

Thanks for looking!