Monday, April 25, 2016

Citrus, Stitching & Sunshine - The Crafter's Workshop!

Hi there!  I wanted to share a scrapbook page I made using one of the newly released stencils from The Crafter's Workshop, Citrus Montage.  I had plans to use this stencil after I first saw it, but after this lunch date, I knew this would be the perfect way to document the story!

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.
I started by using mini Distress Inks directly onto the stencil, overlapping the colors from the pale green to orange.

Then, I misted the stencil with water.

I pressed the paper onto the top of the wet stencil, instead of trying to flip the stencil around muddling the color.  I wanted the reverse of the stencil, so there would be loads of color for the background.

While the background dried, I misted a couple tags, one plain and one that I used as my title, that was already die cut.

Since the background was fairly simple, I wanted to add some definition around the border & used the 6×6 stitched detail stencil.  I used washi tape to isolate the one piece of each stitching piece I planned to use.  This made it easier to avoid over inking the area I was working on.

Using the tiny cross stitch pattern and another t-shaped stitch, I inked the border of the entire background.

Finally, I layered my photo on top of the misted tags and a added a couple more embellishments.

I added my journaling to the bottom of the page and the date to a tag I placed onto the photo itself. To me, this stencil screams for summer and sunshine and bright beautiful lemon-lime colors! 

Thanks for stopping by today!  You can follow the link below to the stencils I used:
TCW614 – Doodled Template – Citrus Montage
TCW603s – Doodling Template – Mini Stitched Art
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Monday, April 18, 2016

explore H A P P Y - Scrapbook Circle April

Hi there!  I am sharing a page I made using the April kit from Scrapbook Circle,
'One Fine Day' and the 'Stay Cool' Add-on.

 I was inspired by this watercolor wash paper from Dear Lizzy.  I thought it made a perfect sky for
background with some watercolor for a day at the softball field!

 I fussy cut some of the clouds in this Simple Stories paper and painted the edges in gold to help define the cloud shapes.  Inspired by the gold dipped Thickers from the February Scrapbook Circle kit, I painted the bottom half of the phrase stickers from Bella Blvd., also included in the main kit.

 I love taking inspiration from the products themselves, either by color, pattern or technique.
Adding a few puffy stickers, enamel brads and machine stitching I finished the layout.
Thanks for stopping by today and checking out the blog!
Have an amazing Monday!
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Hope Art Journal - The Crafter's Workshop April

Hello friends!  I am excited to share a new Art Journal spread I created for my April post at The Crafter's Workshop using lots of the new Winter release stencils.  I also made a video of my process.

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.

I started by added an ombre layer of gelatos ranging from light pink to almost red.  After adding another a layer of transparent tissue paper, I started stenciling.  Using the 12×12’s with spray mist and acrylic paint I created a background for the smaller 6×6 stencils I chose.

I used a combination of stamp ink, more acrylic paint and modeling paste with the remaining 6×6 stencils.  After letting the paint dry between each layer I used modeling paste with the angel wings and butterfly stencil along the spine of my journal.
Finally, I added some more black paint, India ink and gold drips.
I finished up by doodling all over the pages with a white gel pen and several different black pens.
You can follow the link below to the stencils I used.

Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing day!
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Friday, April 1, 2016

Scrapbook Circle - One Item Wonder March

Hi friends!  I know it is April, but today I am sharing one of my last posts for March, a One Item Wonder using the Maggie Holmes clear stickers from Crate Paper.  The March kit ‘Oh Happy Day’ is full of lots of colors, but because of the theme, I decided to stick with black, white and bright pink.
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I wanted to leave a pretty large area blank because I intended to use the stickers in combination with my own writing to do the journaling.  I love the current handwriting and calligraphy trend, especially combining script and block letters.
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After creating a strip on the right side for my photo and some embellishments, I added lots of watercolor onto the seam where all the papers met.
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I knew basically what I wanted to write, and the words and phrases from the sticker package helped jump start that thought as well!  I did write it down beforehand to try to plan out how much space I would need and how many of the stickers I would be using.  The theme of the sticker sheet was obviously perfect for a page about flowers from my Valentine!
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Part of me hated not hoarding the stickers and spreading them out, but at the same time, it was fun to make a big impact!  Thanks for stopping by the Blog today.
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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter with The Crafter's Workshop Stencils!

Hello and Happy Easter!  This is my post from yesterday at The Crafter's Workshop!  I have 3 cards to share I made using the same formula and stencils with different embellishments.  I used 3 of the small stencils, two 6×6’s and one of the fragments.

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.

I made the card bases using a vanilla cardstock and used a large pre-made tag for layering.
Using mists and Distress Ink, I stencils this 6×6 Mini Pebble pattern onto all of the card bases.
Next, I use this light pink Color Shine onto the tag and the 6×6 ‘Mumsy’ stencil.  It is so delicate and lovely and I can’t wait to use it in another application as well!

Layering the tags onto the top of the cards, I decide to use a slightly darker pink ink and a dauber to stencil the ‘Bunny Fragment’ onto each tag.  I also used brown ink on one of the tags.

Finally, I add some gold glitter corners, a little cluster of different embellishments, a sentiment and a couple tiny heart pins.
I love the way the cards turned out, the pebbles reminding me of dying Easter eggs.  And they are perfect for giving to my nieces on Easter!

Thanks for stopping by today!  You can follow the link below to the stencils I used:


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Thursday, March 24, 2016

hooray today - Scrapbook Circle March

Hi there!  The Scrapbook Circle March kit is so inspiring, I made several extra layout this month.
Using both the main kit 'Oh Happy Day' and the 'Good Vibes' Add-on I made a quick page using a couple Instagram photos.

I used scissors to cut out squares of patterned paper to use as photo mats and loosely arranged them on the page.  I added the black foam Thickers next to each of the squares.

Amazingly, the Amy Tangerine clear stickers that are included in the kit have lots of musical themes.  I staggered a few of those stickers and lots of the music notes around the background.  I also mounted the entire page onto another piece of patterned paper in a bright yellow for contrast.

Finally, I added some random stitching around the page.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

you + me = we - Scrapbook Circle March Designer's Choice

I am sharing my Designer’s Choice layout from Scrapbook Circle using the March ‘Oh Happy Day’ kit and the ‘Good Vibes’ Add-on.You + Me = We border 2
I love the fun angles in this patterned paper from BasicGrey.  I anted to use it as a large part of the background, but wanted to break it up a little and give it some punch of color!You + Me = We (7)
I decided to layer another pattern underneath the confetti/angled paper.  I cut triangles out of the background with an Xacto blade, concentrating more of them at the bottom and less towards the top.
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Adding a layer of watercolor wash, in an ombré blend from dark pink to very pale pink.  It added a nice, contrasting pop of color, but wasn’t overpowering.
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I placed my black & white photo on top of layers of stickers, washi and a few of the canvas banner pennants.  My layouts tend to be more squared off and orthogonal, so this was a fun exercise in being loose.You + Me = We (4)
Thanks for stopping by!  Have an end of the weekend!
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