Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Sweet Moment

I am playing along with the new Paper Issues Challenge called PI Partners Up.  This month we are partnered with the CSI Scrapbook blog site.  They have fun "cases" each month to solve by creating something from the case file that inspires you.  The Hawaiian case photo or tropical beach image had me all inspired to pull out our Hawaii vacay pics!

The CSI Case #247 was a tropical scene and that screamed Hawaii to me!

I used lots of Amy Tangerine Hustle &Heart for this tropical scene.  How perfect is the Sweet Sensation pineapple paper for the border?! It fit the colors in the CSI scene.  The tropical pink flowers were a must to scatter throughout my design and pick up the photo included in the CSI case for February.
I used a PI free cut file for the pineapple and backed it with more AT Hustle & Heart papers.

I added acrylic paint splatters to tie in the white Thickers and cut file outline. 

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Free File Free-For-All

I am over on the Paper Issues blog today because It's Free File Free-For-All!
It's Friday!! Annnnnnnd...it's Groundhog day....so in the spirit of seeing shadows, 
I created a fun black and white design using the heart wreath cut file today! 
 I love the Forever My Always collection from Pebbles. 
 These papers were so much fun to get creative with!  
Let's check out my take for February and Paper Issues Free File Free-For-All!

My why-
This guy--he is literally the sweetest.  
He will randomly say multiple times a day...."Mom?" 
 "Yes, Ryan?"
  "Mom, I love you."
  I mean my heart melts each and every time.
  He gives us all kisses.  
He makes sure we are happy.  
He just started opening my car door 
for me each morning before school...
and he waits outside so he can close my door, too.
Yes, so much love for this kid.  
I don't want to forget these moments. 
 We know they grow up in a blink!

Here are a few close ups:
Gesso and mixed media in the background. I used gelatos and the packaging technique for the color to bring color to the black and white background. I wanted the cut file heart wreath popped up with foam dots to create more of a shadow and depth from the bold text patterned paper.

  Still a fan of a touch of gold shimmer to a few of the embellishments scattered throughout.  Enamel dots and hearts are the perfect sprinkle!

See what I mean?!  All the Groundhog Day homage with the dark shadowy colors, black and white photo, and popped up layers!  The ephemera for Forever My Always, is just perfect for layering.

 I love the pink stitching against the dark backdrop.  Also, I just had to rough up the edges to curl back the patterned paper to show the soft pink and cute hearts.It ties in the colors of the cut file and the mixed media gelato colors that I layered.

So that's how I kicked off the new challenges at Paper Issues!  I sure hope you will join me and post your new creations using cut files or other PI free files in the February album!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Always be the Color

It's Scraplift Sunday at Paper Issues and today we are lifting the amazing design by Amanda!  
Go stop by the blog and check out her awesome
 starry original using Dear Lizzy Star Gazer  
and the PI design team members unique takes on it!
For my take I used a mini paper art spinner
 that was originally designed for little 2x2 pieces of paper, 
I used heavy duty tape to secure my paper and I was in business for spin art background.

Here's a look at the process:

Jillibean Soup Shades of Color paper spinning
 after I added a dropper of Jillibean white watered-down acrylic paint 
to several rings on the background.

After:  Wet paint from the spin art machine.
 Isn't it kind of cool?  It was hard to cover it up!!
 I definitely will be trying out some other colors and layering colors
 to see how rad it can turn out to be for a magical background!

To fill in the burst color areas I added lots of Jillibean Soup Shades of Color ephemera.  I raided my sequin stash and found colors that coordinated in each section of the background.  I also included chipboard bits and Girl Power stickers from Pink Paislee Wild Child, and Dear Lizzy Star Gazer.

The Jillibean word sticker worked so well as a layer over the Wild Child rainbow.  The mix of embellishments wasn't too overpowering in the background as the white edges blended with the white paint spin splatters and they were mostly tone on tone. A part that I love is the "My Girl *bee* heart" cluster, as we often call Brooklyn "B" or busy Bee.

I absolutely love this photo of Brooklyn playing in the fresh powdery snow from Christmas break.  It makes my mom heart happy when she still wants to play outside and lets me take pictures!

So there you have it.  Play--
Play with new methods.  Try new mediums.
Give this a whirl.
Push yourself to use those papers and supplies you haven't touched!
I dare you to play--right now!
Capture your family or friends being playful.
Or take some time just for you--
have some creative play time.
We can't wait to see you play along with the challenges at Paper Issues.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Free File Friday: Winter Wonderland or Winter Woes?

I am up on the PI blog today with a look at winter from a few perspectives!  I hope you are inspired to grab your cutting machines and download all of the free files that you need to get some memories documented this weekend!
I love this black text paper from American Crafts Sweater Weather and it was the perfect base for my wintery skiing pictures from last year!

Grab this winter title from the Very Merry Holiday file and the snowflakes from the Circles and Snowflakes cut file. Both in the Free File section in the Paper Issues store.

 I added stitching to all of the snowflakes scattered throughout the page as I love the white on white look! The added texture it brings the design is perfect.

I love adding mixed media to the background.  This is a mix of white acrylic paint and water to give a light transparent snowy look along with the more opaque drops for variation and depth.

Join us on Paper Issues Friends and Fans to share all of your latest creations.  
Enter your projects in the January Challenges for more chances to win the monthly gift card.
 I hope you'll play along with Paper Issues free files and add to our post full of projects. 
Tag us on social media so we can see your creative takes using free files!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

XOXO Swag Bag

Swag Bag kits for January "All the Hearts" are in the house!  Check out the blog today at Paper Issues to be inspired on how to use these awesome swag bag kits. As it was such a kit full of heart, I went with it and used a PI free cut file to cut hearts out of the kit papers!

I started by splattering the acrylic paints in a ring shape on the Simple Stories woodgrain paper.

I cut the heart grid background cut file multiple times to use up the paper included in the kit.  I trial and error messed around with placement in the circle before adding a small amount of adhesive and sewing each heart down the middle so they could be lifted for dimension on the page.  See my workspace and the additional swag bag items I didn't use on this project!  So much to still play with!!

Cassie includes so many amazing embellishments with each month's kit.
 I love the tassel heart and rosette heart.  I still have the washi tape roll,wood veneer, and several more paper cards, paper scraps, ephemera, and sequins to use!

I challenged myself to use a lot of this gorgeous January kit in this project and I was successful.  But, honestly there is still always so many beautiful kit pieces left to use on other projects!

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they are packed full each month!