I'm sharing my latest Design Team layout for Scrap Our Stash! If you follow my instagram, you've likely seen this photo before, as it's been my avatar for awhile. I've wanted to scrap this photo for awhile and this recently acquired rainbow paper (used in the background) and unicorn paper (used to mat the photo) was the perfect choice. During last year's pride I threw a Unicorn and Rainbow theme party. It was essentially the party of my dreams and what I hope will become an annual tradition. It was also a crafty wonderland, as I made a bunch of unicorn horn party favors, my tutu and headpiece, and rainbow decorations of all sorts - banners, streamers, signs. I hope to keep adding to the decorations and coming up with more ideas as the years progress.
Want to play along with this month's challenge? Create a layout and include an item from your stash for each letter in the word S-T-E-N-C-I-L. For my layout this was: S - stitching, T - thickers, E - enamel dots, N - numbers, C - chevron, I - ink, L - letters. Please remember to list what items you used for each letter when posting your entry. Entries linked up without a list will not be eligible for the monthly prize drawing. All entries are due March 29th.
More fringe! I so loved my last fringe card that I wanted to create a layout with fringe. I picked paper from my stash (DCWV and Basic Grey) to create a layered rainbow background before cutting it into fringe. Then, I added matching color-coordinated ephemera (mostly Heidi Swapp that I staped onto the page), buttons, brads, and enamel dots. I also added the usual suspects, some stitching, a title cut from my Cameo, and some splashes of black ink. Here's my favorite part of this layout - the closeups!
Today Scrap Our Stash (SOS) introduced me on their blog and revealed my first layout as part of their design team! I wanted to scrap this photo of my cousin's daughter Isabella. She may be the most chill baby I've ever met and she's one sweet kiddo. During our last visit she was just starting to walk, giving kisses, and stared at me ever so intently.
For this January challenge I created a layout with items from my stash representing letters in the word TWINE. In addition to ever type of star in my stash, I added the following:
T = Theresa Collins rub-on
W = Wood veneer stars
I = Ink
N = Nursery Rhyme (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
E = Ephemera from Heidi Swapp
I started by cutting out the nursery rhyme with my Cameo on this great constellation paper from Dear Lizzy. I'd seen this negative cut idea used several places recently and I was looking forward to trying it myself. I imagine I'll play with this style more, as I really like the look. I added watercolor behind the lettering using an assortment of inks and then I outlined the words in pen. I layered a bunch of stars cut from Heidi Swapp's September Skies papers. Then, I added an assortment of embellishments. Here's the closeups...
Play along with us at SOS for a chance to win a $20 gift card from the January sponsor 17turtles. I love the cut files designed by Juliana Michaels and will be using them for my next SOS layout. Thanks for visiting and I'll be back to share that layout later this month!
Here's the latest Creative Scrappers layout! This is a baby Bruno photo, likely taken about 8 years ago. How is that even possible? She's always been a ball of energy, but she's suddenly started to show her age, tiring out quickly when we play ball and going to bed early every night. She's my first dog, raised from a puppy, and I want her to stay my baby forever. Getting a dog was truly one of the best decisions I've ever made. We have two now and I have to stop myself from getting a pack of them.
This layout was inspired by Creative Scrappers Sketch 284. I used my new silhouette cameo and the circles within circles cut file from this month's sponsor, 17turtles. To win a $20 gift certification to the 17turtles Etsy Shop all you have to do is create a layout using Sketch 283 and/or 284 and enter them on the Creative Scrappers blog. The deadline to submit your layout is December 31st.
I've wanted to use the Heidi Swapp September Skies collection and I chose this photo, because Bruno's harness matches the background paper perfectly. Truth be told, I have a love/hate relationship with this layout. It did not come together easily or quickly. I added gesso, modeling paste circles, and watercolor to the background, but decided it was too bright. I almost scrapped the background all together, but kept trying to salvage it. I added more gesso to tone it down. Still, it was bugging me. I kept playing around with embellishments before finally adding layers upon layers of flower die cuts in one area. I decided to continue collaging flowers along the edges. It's grown on me, but I still waver between thinking it's too busy and really enjoying the overall effect.
Look at that adorable dog embellishment! It's perfect for a layout with one of my french bulldogs. So cute!
I can't believe it's almost December. How is that even possible? It's been a relaxing long weekend full of craftiness and some baking mishaps. I'm definitely better at the former than the latter. Today I'm excited to share my latest layout for Creative Scrappers. I used my favorite photo of our little family, the only professional photo taken of the two of us with our two pups.
This was inspired by Creative Scrappers Sketch 283. Head over to the blog for the reveal, as I think it's my favorite to date. To win the December prize from 17Turtles create a layout and enter the challenges using the inlinkz widget at the end of the reveals for Sketches 283 or 284. The deadline to submit your layout is December 31st at Midnight EST. Also, go visit 17Turtles -- Facebook / Shop / Blog for some fantastic cut files!
A few years ago I took a quilting class and was hooked. I wanted to adapt this sketch to look like a quilt. I cut and pieced strips of Amy Tangerine papers before sewing on top of them and zig zagging around the edges. Seeing as if the background papers were very busy, I limited (for me!) my use of embellishments. I added some randoms from my stash, which included a pink doily, some Heidi Swapp die cuts, and Amy Tangerine thickers.
I'm going cut happy with my new Cameo! I made this layout using the pie heart cut files from The Cut Shoppe. I love that I can cut the file and then back it to show off the assortment of different papers. While I love subtle and light-colored layouts, I am usually drawn to create with more vivid colors and bold pattens. Case in point.
I used this sketch from Paper Issues Sketch Saturday. I followed it pretty closely. I started with gesso, modeling paste, and watercolor. The usual suspects in my layouts. The larger papers are from Amy Tangerine, while the heart is backed with papers from Heidi Swapp. I think they coordinated well. I used foam dots to raise the photo and journaling. For me, this isn't a lot of embellishments, because the page was already pretty busy. There are alphas and heart stickers from Heidi Swapp. Lastly, I added drops of color shine, black ink, stitching, and thread.
Here's the closeups...
Here's my latest Creative Scrappers layout! These pups, they are so cute I can hardly stand it. These two were not amused by costume time, but luckily for them, it doesn't last long. I once thought I wasn't an animal person, especially dogs. I was wrong. I spent my teen years living a small farm in Iowa. We had pigs, horses, dogs, cats, birds, gerbils, you name it, but taking care of them was always my sister's passion and I never became invested. I was too busy trying to escape my small town, reading books, and hanging out with friends. Now these two dogs have changed everything and I can't imagine a life without them. I sometimes fantasize about escaping the business of present and returning to a quiet farm life with a bunch of animals.
This came together so easily and I enjoyed the creative process from start to finish. This is great news, because lately I've been laboring over layouts and struggling to get them to come together. I make a layout and then I'm annoyed with it afterwards. However, I think it's one of my favorite layouts to date and I find more things to like when I look at it. I especially love the close ups, which I shared below.
Here's the sketch that inspired this layout, Creative Scrappers Sketch 282. Check out the blog for more inspiration and play along with us for a chance to win the November kit from Paper Camellia!
As you can see, I'm a little obsessed with pink lately, especially when mixed with teal. I can't get enough. Here's a couple process photos where you can see the early stages of this layout. I actually started with a completely different background, but after spending a morning trying to make it work, I gave up and started over. This one came together so much easier and I'm glad I didn't try to force the other. I started with gesso and mist and then mixed Heidi Swapp's color shine and modeling paste before applying to the heart stencils. Inspired by my love of free-motion quilting, I sewed different patterns on the bottom circles and sewed around the paper edges. I added different wood embellishments that I tinted with color shine. I use that stuff on everything.
Dimension, stamping, layers, and mixed media = all of my favorite things. Here's some closeups...