Sunday, December 31, 2017

..:: delicious december day ::..

Hi! I hope everyone has had a great holiday season! I am ready for 2018, are you? Today I am sharing a project that I made using the December 2017 Hip Kit Club kits and a HKC sketch by fellow DT member Anna Komenda. Here's the sketch:

I used one of the HKC Exclusive papers found in both the main kit and the paper add-on. Fellow DT member Irit Landgraf designed it and these flowers are divine!  I'm not sure why I chose flowers for a boy layout with a Christmas-y theme (other than I love it) -- but it totally worked!  My grandson is eating Christmas cookies -- and loving them. :-) 

I replaced the snowflakes from the sketch with stars. There are tons of stars in this months kits. I used Pink Fresh Studio puffy stickers and also their stitched layered stars. I layered behind the photos with exclusive cards from the PL kit. I added a few extra splatters and sequins for good measure.

Here is a look at that exclusive paper by Irit .

For my title, I fussy cut "YAY" from a sticker on Crate Paper's Good Vibes sticker sheet included in the December PL kit. I used a die cut from the ephemera pack for the word "Delicious".  And I did some more fussy cutting with a exclusive card included in the PL kit. "Day" is also from the Good Vibes collection and included in the Main kit. It was fun to put together all of the different font combinations for this title!

I also made a video of my process if that's something that suits your fancy.

Thanks a lot for stopping by! I will see you again soon -- on to a great 2018!

Monday, December 11, 2017

..:: snow much fun ::..

HI friends! Back again with another layout using the 2017 November Hip Kit Club kits. I have really enjoyed working with these kits and I still have so much left! This week my assignment was to work with a sketch. Here is my take on the sketch.

And here are a few close ups!

I also made a process video, if that suits your fancy! 

I used quite a few Shimmerz products on this one! Next time you order Shimmerz from Shimmerz Paints, if you mention my name in the comment section, you will get a little surprise freebie in your order! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! See you again soon!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

..:: candy cane wishes ::.. Hip Kit Club 12 Days Of Giving Blog Hop

Hi friends! Have you heard? Hip Kit Club is having 12 Days of Giving -- free cut files and printables each day for the first twelve days of December! Today is my day to participate in the blog hop.

The DT is sharing projects featuring the free goodies.  I'm up for Day 10 with Michelle Whorwood, and we both have layouts showcasing today's free cut file designed by me!.  You can get it for free over at the Hip Kit website under the Cut Files Tab. Here is my layout:

And here is the cut file that I used:

I used the Citron Green Distress Oxide from the November Color Kit to"paint" my background. I also used a blending tool and the stencil included in the kit to add a few subtle snowflakes to the background. I also used the same distress ink to create an ombre effect on the word "wishes" in my title.

As for the cut file, I backed several of the small candy canes and the title with patterned paper. Then after gluing them down a bit, I stitched with gold thread to make it look as if the candy canes are handing from thread.

Here are a couple of close ups:

There are so many exclusives in the November kits -- and I used a little from from most of them for this layout! This was so fun to make. 

I also made a process video, if that suits your fancy!

Next stop Michelle Whorwood!

Monday, November 20, 2017

..:: remember this dream ::..

Hi friends! I am up on the {a flair for buttons} blog today with this layout about my daughter starting piano lessons.  I am using a whole bunch of leftovers from the October Hip Kit Club Kits, some lovely pieces from Color Cast Designs October release and two pieces of {a flair for buttons} flair.  Here is my layout:

And here are a few close ups:

This gorgeous flair is from {a flair for buttons} Black and Gold Flair set.

And this is from the Lovely Words 2 Flair set.

For my title I used the word "REMEMBER" from Color Cast Designs' Twinkling Lights Set, along with Thickers from the October Embellishment kit by Hip Kit Club and the word dream was from Maggie Holmes that I had in my stash!  I sprinkled around a few hearts from the Confetti Mix that was part of the October release from Color Cast Designs.

I also made a process video, if that suits your fancy!

Thanks for stopping by! See you again soon!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

..:: santa watch ::..

Hi friends!  I'm sharing the layout I made this past week for Hip Kit Club. This is my first layout using the November kits -- and they are fantastic. My assignment was to use a cut file. And I LOVE the cut files this month. Here's a look a my project.

The photos were taken last year, Christmas Eve, and she was so excited that Santa would soon be here.  Here is a close up of that gorgeous cut file:

I added lots of layers behind my photo. There is so much awesome in the kits this month that it was easy to find lots of elements to layer behind my photo.  A couple more close ups:

And I made a process video, if that suits your fancy!

Thanks for stopping by, see you again soon!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

..:: enjoy today ::..

Hi friends! I am up on the {a flair for buttons} blog with a layout for you about my silly daughter. 

I started by stitching random-length horizontal lines with red, white, or black thread along the left side of my layout. Next I created a base for my phone by painting AquaHuez Inter-BLACK-tic Shimmerz paints with a thick brush (I also splattered some of it around the page). I gathered all of the black, white and red items from the October Hip Kit Club Kits and added all the sentiments, arrows and vellum hearts.

I used two pieces of flair from the "Black and White Words Flair 2" set. One says "this happened" the other says "that happened".  These pieces were totally perfect for this layout.

The second part of the title, Today was Awesome, and the title red acrylic hearts are all from the October release from Color Cast Designs. I absolutely love the releases and cannot wait to use many of them with my December Documented this year!

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon!

Friday, November 10, 2017

..:: autumn splendor ::..

I was up on the Hip Kit Club blog with another layout this week. We are talking about gratitude this week, and I have so many things to be grateful about. For this layout I chose "autumn splendor" as my thing to be thankful for. This photo was taken about three autumns ago, and the maple trees are simply beautiful (and match that Pinkfresh Studio paper perfectly).

I used this fabulous cut file by Kim Watson to cut leaves out of several different patterned papers from the October Main Kit. I used the same papers for various sizes of rectangles to put behind some of the leaves to create a grid. I stitched around all of the rectangles as well as around the border of the page to add some texture and definition to the shapes.

I used the exclusive alphas from the main kit as part of my title and used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the word "splendor". I actually cut the file out twice and glued them together to give the word a little more thickness.

And I made a process video if that suits your fancy.

 Thanks for stopping by, see you again soon!

Monday, October 30, 2017

..:: love & hugs ::..

Hi friends! Thought you might want to see the layout I made for Hip Kit Club this week!  I made this layout in about 15 minutes with scraps from the October Hip Kits that were laying on my desk! It was awesome! I've never had a layout come together that quickly!  Here's a look:

I had fussy cut some flowers and cut a cut file for an earlier layout and didn't use them all, so they were sitting there on my desk staring at me! So I threw them on the page. 😀

I kept this layout simple, with just a few pieces of patterned paper, some ink splatters with the Shimmerz Paints found in The Color Kit (Lapis Dance and Old Yeller) and the flowers. The splatters  bring out the blue from the photo, and that golden yellow is to die for! I added a Hip Kit Club Exclusive Project Life card behind the photo for another pop of blue.

The flowers on this Jen Hadfield paper are gorgeous, and I love the little sprigs from that Hip Kit Club cut file (designed by Jessica Fabiano). 

I made a process video if that suits your fancy!

Thanks for stopping by, see you again soon!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

..:: choose your own path today ::..

Hi friends! I have another layout for you using the October Hip Kit Club Kits! Here is what I came up with this week!

I started with the watercolor paper that came in the Color Kit and added a bit of color to it! I also used a torn strip of the HKC exclusive paper by Kimberly. 

I used all the leaves I could find in the kit (except the green ones). And I cut out one of the free cut files, and backed it with patterned paper. 


The title is another one of those gorgeous giant words by Dear Lizzy -- I painted it with Shimmerz Mango Tango!

I also made a process video, if that suits your fancy!

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon!

Monday, October 23, 2017

..:: adventure ::..

Hi friends! Today I have a layout for you that I made using the October Hip Kit Club Kits! My assignment this week was a sketch  and here is my take on it:

I pretty much love everything about the October kits and this lovely color that I focused on is to die for. There are papers, embellishments and Shimmerz that all work together perfectly.

I thought this was the perfect phrase for this layout of me and my daughter trying something for the first time (her, not me)! She was brave and didn't let her "head" get in the way as she was learning to skate.

I cut some stars and stitched them down with gold thread. I also added color to that giant title from Dear Lizzy (spoiler alert, you are going to see more of these)! 

I absolutely love this Shimmerz color --- Old Yeller Inklings --- it's a perfect golden, shimmery, yellow. I made a process video, if that suits your fancy!

Thanks for stopping by! See you again soon!

Friday, October 20, 2017

..:: wonderful first lesson ::..

Hi friends! I am up on the {A Flair For Buttons} blog today with this layout I used using flair from the Black and Gold Flair set

Here is a close up of that lovely flair.

I am supper lucky to be on a few design teams. As a result, I was also able to use items from the Color Cast Designs September release that I got from Color Cast Designs. The wood veneer items on this page are from CCD and I love them! Here are a few close ups:

Finally I was able to use several items from Shimmerz Paints on this layout for my background.  I had so much fun making this one!

I also made a process video, if that suits your fancy!

Thanks for stopping by! See you again soon!

Monday, October 16, 2017

..:: celebrate making memories ::..

Hi friends! I'm here today with a project using a couple of the September Release sets from Color Cast Designs. These confetti leaves are completely awesome. Here is my project:

Here are a couple of close ups of those amazing leaves: 

I used one of these Currently Tags (also from the Color Cast September Release) as part of my title (I used the word "making").

Most of my other supplies are from the Paper Issues Store. My background paper and the huge "memories" word are from Dear Lizzy's most recent collection, Star Gazer.  And all of the other cards and embellishments are from the Rocktober Kit (like a swag bag on crack) from Paper Issues. I also based my layout design on this Sketchy Saturday sketch.

But don't take my word for it...I made a video of my process, if that suits your fancy.

Thanks for stopping by! See you again soon! October Hip Kit is here!  Watch for a new layout using the kit, by the end of the week! :-)