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Hip Kit Club | Guest Design Team

I have another layout on the Hip Kit Club blog as a guest designer.  I hope you will head on over to the HKC blog and read the how-to!


Gossamer Blue | Unboxing Video

Hello!  I'm sharing a quick unboxing (or unbagging) video of the October Gossamer Blue Main Kit and Bits & Pieces kit.

You can also watch the video on my YouTube Channel HERE.

Get excited ;)

Pretty Little Studio | That's Life

Hello!  I have a new layout with a Thursday Tip on the Pretty Little Studio blog HERE.


Today | Scrapbook Layout

I've been using the -ish out of my mom's sewing machine.  I don't know how it happened, but suddenly the sewing thing came together after I had fought it for a few years.  Maybe it was just my time?

I received some Maya Road products recently and I have to say I really really like their dies.  They have been the inspiration for several pages lately :)

I cut the scallop heart and heart shapes with the Maya Road dies then sewed them to my layout in this curvy banner.

I also received Maya Road trims and metal embellishments, hand stitching some items to my layout and machine stitching others.

I used lots of Maggie Holmes Gather collection on this page as well.  Such great ephemera that I cut into tag shapes and added the Maya Road trims to.

A sweet little wood veneer tucked behind the photo with that acetate ballerina.  So cute!

The background is two patterned papers sewed together.  It's a current favorite look ;)

Create memories,

Hip Kit Club | Laugh Out Loud

I'm doing guest spots at Hip Kit Club this month, making several layouts and writing posts for their blog.  I created a few pages to use up all the goodies in the kits (and still have tons left) and just for fun :)

I started by cutting the title using a HKC exclusive cut file, then hand-stitched around it.  I added some zigzag stitches around the perimeter of the page.  I wanted to add more color to the white background, so I used Great Fruit and Anchor's Away Shimmerz from the Color Kit.

My paper got a bit warped from gesso and paints so it wasn't too easy to get good photos!

The photo has a few layers of project life cards behind it and I also used Maggie Holmes ephemera along with a Crate Paper tassel and twine from my stash.

I'm still machine-stitching just about everything I can get my hands on ;)

Laugh out loud!

Hip Kit Club | Guest Designer

I used this adorable cut file designed by Kim Watson as the inspiration for my page today.  Check out the Hip Kit Club blog to read the how-to and see the card I created as well.

Learning to fly....

Hip Kit Club | Keep Music In Your Heart

Miss Q's piano teacher just celebrated her birthday and it inspired me to make this layout.

I started by using a cut file as a stencil and used Great Fruit Shimmerz over the stencil.  I then fussy cut a few Maggie Holmes flowers to use as embellishments.

I used some Dear Lizzy gold alphas from my stash to mix in with the Pinkfresh alphas from the September Hip Kits.  I love this combo of blue, gold and ballet slipper pink.

Simple Stories die cuts and Pinkfresh chipboard hearts keep this page feminine and pretty.

My only regret is the journaling is a bit difficult to read.  But we know how special Miss Jo is, so it's ok.  I finished the page with Simple Stories enamel dots.

Sing your song today...

Gossamer Blue | Fun

I've been on a roll now that I've got my sewing machine figured out!  And I'm loving every single minute of it.

I cut some squares of 6x6 papers from the Gossamer Blue September Bits & Pieces kit, placing them raondomly on my white background paper.  I think stitched through each line of squares with gold thread.

I didn't want to cover up the work I had done for the background, so I placed my 3x4 photo towards the bottom of the layout after doing a bit of mixed media work with Shimmerz sprays.

To embellish I used some of the Take Me Away die cuts behind and around the photo.  I layered a Crate Paper tassel on one of the Pink Paislee tags and tied it with twine from my stash.

A few gold foil puffy stickers tied in the gold machine stitching.

I left a few threads dangling from the ends of the stitch lines for additional texture.

Have FUN!

Pretty Little Studio | Say Cheese

I have a bright and fun, cheesy layout on the Pretty Little Studio blog HERE.  Isn't the girly's smile the absolute cheesiest?  I love it!

Say cheeeeeeese,

Gossamer Blue | My Girl

Another layout with the Crate Paper Cute Girl line?  YES PLEASE.

I did a bit of mixed media in the middle of the page to add a bit of whimsy to my page.  I was going for a fun and festive vibe and I think Shimmerz are the perfect way to add some sass to your page!

I layered the photo with some scraps leftover from other projects, then started the embellishing.  I used the Cute Girl sticker sheet, Thickers, a tassel and a few items from my stash.  Just for fun I added some gold thread tangles.

I sprayed the wood veneer "love" with No Yolking Shimmerz before adding it to my page.  The gold epoxy heart ties in to the gold on the tassel and the gold thread.

I used the Gossamer Blue Main Add-on and Bits and Pieces kits for this page.

Stay lovely!

Hip Kit Club | Guest Designer

I am so happy to share that I will be on the Hip Kit Club blog starting today + the next 3 Fridays as a Guest Designer!  I get to use the gorgeous September kits and have been crafting up a storm with these lovely items.

These week I've got a layout and a gift tag to share:

Check the Hip Kit Club blog later today to read my post and check out the detail photos.


Gossamer Blue | Like A Girl

The September Gossamer Blue kits include some really fabulous items from We R Memory Keepers.  I think the bright, bold colors are so refreshing!

I started this page using the exclusive Main Kit cut file from Traci Reed.  I trimmed off one edge and adhered a patterned paper strip, just to add a bit more color and whimsy.  The cut file was machine-stitched to white cardstock from my stash.

I added in hand cut layers, die cuts and gold thread.  This is one of those pages where I threw caution to the wind and just went for big and bold :)

So many great die cuts in this collection, I used a ton!  And there's a sticker sheet in the kits too, icons and alpha's (do you like my secondary title, haha!).

The gold thread ties in all the elements.

Be a bada#@.

Gossamer Blue | Playing House

Stamp, fussy cut, stamp, fussy cut, stamp, fussy cut......

It's worth it when you get an awesome look on your page!

I used the Cute Girl stamp set included in the September Bits & Pieces kit from Gossamer Blue, along with some items from the Main Add-on and Main Kit (MK is sold out).

I started my page by cutting a strip of the black scallop paper and sewing it to the pink paper to use as the basis of my page.  Next I stamped a ton of those little houses on 6x6 papers from the Bits & Pieces kit, fussy cutting them and adhering them in rows on the background.  I stitched through each row with gold thread.

To mat my photo I used the black & white houndstooth pattern plus a doily from my stash.

I sewed through my Thickers title as well as some small word stickers from the Cute Girl line.

I added in a few more stickers and chipboard stickers to embellish, finishing the page with the gold foil word at the top of the layout and some splatters of black and white spray inks.

Stay fab!

Gossamer Blue | Take Me Away

Lately I've been mixing it up with my background paper; using a strip adhered with washi or machine-stitched to add a little something extra to my layouts.  I also like doing this because it stretches my papers further.  Since I'm not using an entire 12x12 I've got a little extra to use for embellishing or matting photos.

I watercolored white cardstock (I used gesso first) and then stitched a piece Take Me Away patterned paper to the left side.

I adore this die cut couch.  Even though it's slightly random (and I love random!), I think it fit the feel of the layout.  My girly is lounging with her head on my leg and drawing in the photo, so why not use a pink couch on my page?

You can count on seeing these die cut feathers again on my pages.  I have had this Silhouette file in my library for ages and finally remembered to use it on a page!

A soft, random, pretty little layout for you today.

Enjoy the journey.

Pretty Little Studio | Find Joy in the Ordinary


Need I say more?

New layout on the Pretty Little Studio blog HERE.

Be Joyful!

Gossamer Blue | Make-up?

What a lovely new line from Paige Evans/Pink Paislee!  I received the Bits and Pieces kit from Gossamer Blue this month and knew I wanted to use those fabulous patterned 6x6 papers to back this cut file from Just Nick Studio.

I used another 6x6 paper and cut apart a few of the framed sayings to use as embellishments.

Needless to say, when my girly showed me her make-up job I just about freaked!  Thank goodness it was washable marker ;)

Stay wild.

Gossamer Blue | Dream Big Sweet Girl

I'm up on the Gossamer Blue blog with this scalloped ruffly layout featuring the Cute Girl collection from Crate Paper.  Click on over to read the how-to.

Dream Big.

Gossamer Blue | Hey Girl

I find myself getting inspired by my Gossamer Blue Design Team mates on a regular basis.  One of my all-time-love-everything-she-makes designers is Eunyoung Lee.  There is nothing but good stuff coming from Eunyoung, I hope you'll click over to her blog and take a peek.

I wanted to capture the light and airy feeling of Eunyoung's pages, so I went for some patterned paper strips and a bit of stitching this time.

I also admire how Eunyoung uses embellishments with a whimiscal touch.  She adds random elements to a page and they look completely planned and purposeful.  She is truly a talented scrapper.

I used a mix of the Main, Main Add-on and Bits and Pieces kits on this page.

Hey girl, hey.

Pretty Little Studio | Feeling Nostalgic

Who misses 90's grunge, flannel and Doc Martens?  This girl.  Check out my new page on the Pretty Little Studio blog HERE celebrating some Mazzy Star and lots of memories.

Fade into you...