Autumn Vibes, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello crafty peeps!

I was challenged to make an autumn layout using a cut file, so that’s what I will be sharing today.  I am using the October 2018 Hip Kits.  I am using the Main kit, Cardstock kit, Embellishment kit, and Project Life kit.  I am also using an October cut file, which you can access here once you’ve logged in to your account;  I am using the Autumn Vibes Subscriber cut file, designed by Kim Watson.

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When I was in high school, living in the South, fall meant football season.  I was in the marching band, and I have so many fun memories of sitting in the stadium…so happy when the weather got chilly because it meant we could have hot chocolate, cheering on our football team playing fan favorite tunes.  My husband and I met in high school band, so we both share those memories.  It’s come full circle for me, as my daughter is now entering this season of her life.  She’s only in middle school now, but she’s in band and on the dance team, so she’s already at the football games.  Now, I get to experience these games in a new way, as a parent, and perhaps a chaperone.

Back to the layout:  I die cut the sentiment, my title, out of the Arroyo cardstock from the kit.  I knew I wanted a vertical layout, so I added some mixed media to the background down the middle of my paper.  I added some shimmerz splatters from older color kits, and I also used a paint brush to paint on a little bit of color where my photo will be placed.  Then, I used a stencil from a previous color kit to add some white embossing paste for a tone on tone look.

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Next, I chose some flowers and leaves from the Paige Evans whimsical floral embellishment pack to frame my photo.  I fussy cut some of the labels from the PE Whimsical 08 paper, and machine stitched them on my layout.  I also used some of the Jen Hadfield phrase stickers.

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Then, I just looked for little embellishments to fill in some of the spots on my layout.  I used stickers, puffy stickers, and rub-ons for the PE whimsical collection.  I also used the Happy tag from the Vicki Boutin embellishment pack.

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I added my journaling strips that I typed up on the computer.  When I was designing this layout, Kenny Chesney’s “The Boys of Fall” song popped into my head, so I did a little play on the lyrics, and made my journaling about the girls of fall.  I thought it was cute, but is it cheesy?  haha!

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To finish off my layout, I just added a couple of torn edges on each side of the layout, backed it with pattern paper, and added machine stitching, a la Missy Whidden.

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That’s it for me today friends!  I hope you liked my layout, and I hope you’re inspired to get crafting!  If you haven’t checkout out these kits yet, I highly encourage that you do!

Happy Wednesday!

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Peace, Joy, and Mad Love holiday card, featuring Mama Elephant

Hello friends!

Today I’m sharing a holiday card I made using Mama Elephant stamps.

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I am a dog Mom 100%, but when I saw the Oh Kitty Tree stamp in Mama Elephant’s new release, I had to have it!  It is so cute!  I also used the snow flakes and the sentiment from Mama Elephant’s City Sidewalks set.

I will have these stamps and supplies linked below.

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To make my card, I first stamped the kitty tree image with gina k. amalgam ink onto neenah white cardstock.  Then, I colored the image with copic markers.  I didn’t keep track of all the colors I used, but I will list as many as I can remember.

110, C7, C5, C3, C1, C00, W1, W00, E70, E74, YR27, Y21, E50, E21, R20, R24, R46, R39, BG02, BG05, RV21, RV04, & RV06.

After I colored all the kitties, I was undecided on how I wanted to finish my card, so I created a poll on my Instastories on whether I should fussy cut the image out (I didn’t purchase the coordinating dies), or whether I should color the background and make it a one layer card.

Going along with the majority, I decided to carefully fussy cut the image…it was really tough going around the ornaments the kitties on the edges were holding, but I managed to do it!

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Next, I decided to concentrate on the background.  First, I used an ink blending tool to get some distress ink on the background.  I used Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, and Spun Sugar…my favorite combo for winter skies.  Then I used Perfect Pearls shimmer spray to get some shine on the background.

Once fully dry, I used some of the snowflake stamps from the City Sidewalk set with white embossing powder to heat emboss the images.

On a separate piece of white cardstock, I used the “peace. joy. and mad love” sentiment from the City Sidewalk set and gold embossing powder to heat set the sentiment.  Then I die cut a snowy hill using the landscape trio dies.

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I put all my background elements together using some foam tape for dimension.  Then, to add an interactive element to my card, and a little bit more fun, I attached the fussy cut kitty tree to my background with an action wobbler.  I will have a video in my Instagram if you’d like to see it in action.

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I love love love how this little card came out!  It’ll be hard to let it go, LOL!

 

Here are links to a supplies used:

Mama Elephant Oh Kitty Tree stamp set:  ME, BRI

Mama Elephant City Sidewalks stamp set:  ME, BRI

Mama Elephant Landscape Trio:  ME, SSS

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80 lb:  SSS

Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle dies:  SSS

Gina K Amalgam Ink:  SSS

Copic markers: BRI

Distress Ink Chipped Sapphire:  SB

Distress Ink Salty Ocean:  SB

Distress Ink Spun Sugar:  SB

Perfect Pearls:  SB, BRI

Ranger White Embossing Powder:  SB

Ranger Gold Embossing Powder:  SB

Action Wobble Springs:  BRI

 

Happy Wednesday!

 

Some things never change, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!

Today I’m sharing an all-about-me layout inspired by the October mood board.  This is my first project using the October 2018 kits, and I have to say, I am in love!  I am using the Main Kit, Project Life Kit, and Embellishment Kit.

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Here is the October mood board:

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I was inspired by the top middle image.  I love the layered look, the torn edges, and the colors.  I also like that there was some white space left in the top of the image.

I started off by cutting up some pieces of pattern paper from the kits into various widths, tearing some of the sides.  Next, I arranged the pieces of paper how I liked them on white cardstock, making sure to keep the adhesive close to the bottom edge only, as I wanted the tops of the papers to raise up from the cardstock to add texture and depth.  I added some machine stitching to the pieces as well.

Next I added some gold splatters (Heidi Swapp gold color shine) and let it dry.

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Then it was time to add my photos.  Since I was challenged to make a layout all-about-me, I chose a recent photo of myself and my high school cap and gown photo.  My 20 year high school reunion recently passed, and my husband and I couldn’t help but remember our time together in high school.  We were band nerds, haha!  On my layout, I decided to talk about how some things never change.

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Next, I added my title, and some journaling strips that I typed on the computer.

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To finish off my layout, I just looked for embellishments that helped compliment my story, keeping in mind the color scheme I wanted to stay with.  I really love all the crafty themed embellishments in Paige Evans’ new Whimsical collection!

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I am really pleased with how my layout turned out.  I really love all the texture and dimension in my project!  Without the mood board, I am not sure I would ever have come up with this layout idea!ahsang HKC some things 1

I hope you like my layout, and I hope I’ve inspired you to dig into your Hip Kits.  If you haven’t gotten your hands on the October kits yet, stop by the website and take a look!

Happy Monday!

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a Pair of Cards, featuring the Spellbinders October large die of the month kit.

Hello friends!

Today I’m sharing 2 cards that I created using the October 2018 Large Die of the Month from Spellbinders.  You can get all the information about the kits and how to join on their website here.

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I absolutely love these metal dies!  Living in Texas, you see a lot of trucks, and I think the older ones are so photogenic, so to speak…

The truck die reminds me of a truck that I like to take photos of, on, in… here is an example:

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This photo is from a few years ago.  Isn’t the truck, my girls, and my baby bump cute?

Back to the cards…

I used colored cardstock, silver cardstock, glitter paper, and pattern paper to die cut the different elements of my card.  Before I glued everything together, I used distress inks to age the truck, and a few Copic markers to add just a little bit of shading.

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For the Christmas card, I used distress inks to create a chilly, early morning background.  I added some snow flurries using white ink.  I hand cut a snow bank, and added another sentiment.  Then, I attached the entire thing to a white card base, added red & white twine, and called it done.  I love how this card turned out!!!

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For the Fall card, I used pattern paper and green cardstock for my background.  I used the same sentiment as the Christmas card.  I mounted it all with foam adhesive to a craft colored card base, added a string orange and white twine, and I was done.  I really like how the plaid paper really gives the card a farm/country look.

This die kit is awesome!  You could make so many different cards with it, because you get so many different pieces!  These would make perfect masculine cards too.

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I really love how these 2 cards turned out!  Don’t forget to check out the Spellbinders shop for more goodies and inspiration!

Happy Saturday!

Smile, featuring Hip Kit Club, and a YT process video

Hello friends!

Today I’m sharing a layout I made with the September 2018 Hip Kits.  I was challenged to use fall leaves in my layout, as well as concentrate on the Main Kit.  I must admit that I forgot about the Main Kit part, and I started off by using the Main Kit, Color Kit, Project Life Kit, Paper Kit, and Cardstock kit…ha!  If you watch my video, I tried to fix my mistake, and the majority of the layout is the Main Kit.

I am scrapping photos of my girls in their Texas Tech jerseys…I am documenting how hard it can be to get that “perfect” photo.  LOL!

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I have my second process video on this layout:

I started out by fussy cutting the wreath from the Pinkfresh Studio Meadow paper.  I absolutely love this paper…I’ve already fussy cut this wreath and used it on a layout before, which you can see here.  I also used one of the Hip Kit Club subscriber cut files from September, and cut it out of white cardstock.  Since the cut file is supposed to mirror the Pinkfresh Studio wreath, I thought it would be a perfect layer behind the wreath to create some depth and dimension.

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I used the blue cardstock, and 2 of the Shimmerz products to create splatters in a circular pattern.  I attached the wreath cut file, then layered the cut file on top, slightly off set, and attached them to the cardstock with a little machine stitching.

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I backed my photos with some HKC exclusive project life cards, and then embellished them with gold vellum leaves that I fussy cut from the Maggie Holmes specialty paper, and a few leaves from the Pinkfresh Studio ephemera pack.  I added a Smile black puffy thicker as my title.

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I typed my journaling and added the strips to my layout.  To finish off my layout, I added 3 black puffy heart stickers, and 3 gold dots from the Pinkfresh Studio gold puffy alpha.

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I really love how my layout turned out, and I hope you do too!

Happy Friday!

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It’s Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello crafty peeps!

I was challenged to make a grid project, so I used some HKC exclusive Project Life cards, and made it happen.  Grid layouts are one of my go-tos, so I was more than happy to make this layout!  Today I’m using the September 2018 Main Kit, Color Kit, Project Life Kit, and Embellishment Kit.

I’m so happy it’s October!  We always go trick-or-treating with friends and family, and I look forward to it every year!  (Probably because we always go eat barbecue after, haha!)  These photos are from a few years back…aren’t my Hermione Granger and Little Red Riding Hood the cutest you’ve ever seen?!

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I used a piece of black cardstock from my stash, and made a grid by machine stitching some wonky lines (which I carefully measured out before hand, haha!).  I used the 3 shimmerz products that we got in the color kit to splatter each section with one color…I really love the way these shimmerz pop on the dark background.  I don’t know if the photos do it justice, but on the top row from the left, I used Wisteria Lane, then Cotton Candy in the middle, and Mustard Seed on the right.

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Next, I just got to work embellishing the sections with Project Life cards (the yellow is one that I cut out of one of the pattern papers), photos, stickers and other embellishments.

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I made some layered hearts embellishments by die cutting different sized hearts from some of the pattern papers, and then machine stitching them down the middle.  You can see another layout, where I used a bunch of these heart embellishments in my blog post here.

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For my title, I stamped the labels included in the Vicki Boutin stamp set from this month’s color kit, and added the purple Pinkfresh Studio mini puffy alphas.

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I really love how this layout turned out, and I hope you do to.  If you haven’t made a grid layout yet, you should totally give it a try!  If you need more grid layout inspiration, you can check out my blog posts for more examples here, here, and here.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a lovely day!

Happy Sunday!

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