Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sketch Challenge for Citrus Twist

I'm excited to be sharing with you my second project for Citrus Twist using this wonderful sketch. I was drawn to the title on the vertical border, and I ended up staying true to the sketch.

The products that I used for this layout come from the Main, Embellishment, and PL kits.

These photos are from the first day of school. I love the phrases in the collection and find that they are extremely versatile. These phrases would also be great for a new job, moving, friendships...the list goes on and on. 

One of my favorite things on this page is this sweet bird and the speech bubble. It is so stinking cute!! Layering the labels underneath the bird gave him a sweet perch plus adds interest to the cluster. 

The main kit this month included doilies which are one of my favorite things to use to embellish my pages. 

I messed up on the stamping so I stamped on plain cardstock and covered it up. While it is not perfect, it is good enough and definitely not worth me tearing up the page like I've been known to do :)

Be sure and check out the Citrus Twist blog so that you can see what Veera created using the same sketch. Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope that you have a great day! I have included a link to my process video below if you'd like to take a closer look at how it came together.

Stuck?! Sketch Reveal

 It's time for another sketch to be revealed at Stuck?! Sketches and as always it is one that I love.

I challenged myself to scrap a photo that has been mocking me...the colors in it were challenging, and to top it off it is of a special place and I really wanted to do it justice. My jumping off point for this sketch was the black scallop border on the top. I'm not going to lie to you and say that this was an easy layout to make. The most challenging bit was finding colors that worked well with the photo, but having a sketch to help made creating the layout much easier.

The supplies that I used are from various Felicity Jane kits with the exception of the camera puffy sticker, small tile alphas, the chipboard phrases and enamel dots. They are all from Freckled Fawn

Although it is barely noticeable, I layered and distressed a thin border of pale pink paper between the top strip and the scallop border. I didn't want the top border to be too thick and heavy so keeping it thin helped to give it some extra texture without making it too heavy.

Black intimidates me yet I love it. It is hard for me to find a good balance without making the page feel dark and overwhelming. I envy other scrapbookers that effortlessly use dark colors and make them look fabulous.

I chose not to add journaling to this layout, but may go back and add it at a later date. Right now my plan is to create a couple of more pages that tell the story but I haven't figured out exactly which ones I want to use and how I am going to address the journaling. 

We'd love for you to join us and use our sketch! If you choose to do so, be sure and link up your creation on the blog to have a chance to win a prize from one of our sponsors. We are so thankful to have their support!

Here's the process video if you'd like to take a closer peek at how the page came together. Thanks so much for joining me today, and I hope that you have a great day :)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Sweet Moments with Citrus Twist

I'm excited today to be sharing my first layout for Citrus Twist. The main scrapbook kit this month is right up my alley with the colors and patterned papers.

The rose gold foil accents in the collection are lovely. This butterfly is my favorite embellishment and I stitched through it not only to secure it, but for some added texture.

Hand stitching has been a love of mine since I was a little girl. These die cuts come to life with a bit of stitching in the centers. Choosing embroidery floss to match the die cuts made my stitching easier and gave me a bit of wiggle room in case my stitches were not quite on target.

To jazz up the background I chose a heavyweight acrylic paint by Liquitex and used a large dry brush to paint it on the background. I find that using the heavyweight paint that my paper does not buckle nearly as much, nor do I need to use gesso.

We all know that Thickers are notorious for not sticking to the page. These alphas have a gorgeous design which allowed my stitching to blend in. Subtle details are some of my favorite to add to my pages.

All of my supplies can be found in the Good Vibes Scrapbook Kit . I have a process video if you'd like to see how this page came together. Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a great day!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October 1st Reveal for Stuck?! Sketches

Today I am excited to share with you another fabulous sketch designed by Laura for Stuck?! Sketches

I chose to stay pretty true to the sketch, but flipped the orientation since my photos looked better on the left side of the page.

Most everything used on this layout is from Maggie Holme's Carousel collection with the exception of the ivory button (unknown) and the pale blue flower sequins which are from Spiegelmom Scraps

The floral paper in the collection is perfect for fussy cutting. I love the way that the flowers look in the clusters around the page. 

As always, we'd love for you to play along with us at Stuck?! Sketches. If you do so, please upload your project to the blog to have a chance to win a prize from one of our sponsors listed below.

I have linked my process video if you'd like to take a peek on how the page came together. Thanks so much for joining me today, and I hope that you have a great day!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Hello friends!  We have something special going on for our September 15th challenge!  Along with the reveal of a new sketch challenge, and 2 amazing sponsors, we have loads of bonus inspiration for you, in the form of a blog hop with our generous friends at My Creative Scrapbook!!

We are teaming up with My Creative Scrapbook to bring you a super fun blog hop, to share loads of inspiration from both design teams and to give you an extra chance to win their prize!  The My Creative Scrapbook design team members will be using a variety of their fabulous September kits to showcase our sketch. Each of the blog hop commenters will earn a ballot and have the opportunity to win one of My Creative Scrapbook's gorgeous September main kits (shown below)!  Read on to find out how you can earn a second ballot to win this prize!

As usual, we have a second sponsor! Thank you also to the amazing, supportive and long-time friend to Stuck?! Sketches, Creative Embellishments  who are also sponsoring this challenge with a $25.00 gift certificate to their online shop for our second randomly chosen winner!

Creative Embellishments is a new family owned company that was created by Michael and Nicolle Kramer. We are a husband and wife team who design and manufacture unique, high quality chipboard, wood and rubber stamp products. It is our mission is to offer fun and inspiring products to bring out your inner creativity that you can add to any project. In the near future we will be expanding into other mediums such as rubber/acrylic stamps and acrylic embellishments.

ALSO, We want to show you how much we appreciate that you play along with us and share your designs and talent with us so we will be choosing one scrapbooker from this challenge to guest with us for our November 15th challenge!

Of course, we still need to share our sketch with you, check it out:

And now here is your hop order!

You can also earn a second chance to win the My Creative Scrapbook September main kit by playing along with our September 15th sketch challenge and linking up your entry as usual!  As always all winners will be chosen randomly, though we will be doing a random manual draw for the My Creative Scrapbook prize, and our usual draw for the Creative Embellishments prize.

Here's my layout that I created using a Felicity Jane kit. 

I decided to use two photos of my sweet baby girl instead of one. They are sized at 3x4. The photo quality is not the best, however, I would rather make a layout and work with the photos that I have and document the memory.

Everything used with the exception of the trim (Crate paper), doily, sequins (Spiegelmom Scraps) and word stickers are from a Felicity Jane kit. 

This may seem like a weird photo, but this is a close up shot of my layout after I used a craft knife to scrape Versafine ink off the layout. The ink was on the inside of my finger and I did not see it until after it was on the page. Hopefully you won't make this mistake, but if you do at least you know a method of fixing it!

I have a process video if you'd like to take a closer peek at how I created this layout. Thanks so much and I hope that you have a great day!

Friday, September 1, 2017

September 1st Stuck?! Sketch Reveal

Today I have a fun layout and sketch to share with you that Laura from Stuck?! Sketches designed. This sketch is perfect to use up your scraps, branding strips, or washi and I ended up using all three on this layout.

All of the supplies that I used for this layout are from Felicity Jane with the exception of the chipboard camera which is from Crate's Oasis collection, the photo corners (Chatterbox), tag, ribbon, and the silver apple paper clip (unknown).

There really isn't a need for much journaling on this layout. I have adhered a glassine envelope to the back of the photo mat so that I can easily slip the tag in and out if I decide to journal.

 This sketch is also a great way to use your border punches. I used two on this page, but could have easily incorporated more styles.

Sewing the strips of patterned papers adds a bit of whimsy to this page. I love stitching and the texture that it brings to a layout.

We'd love for you to join us this month and create a project based off this sketch. Be sure and link it up to Stuck?! Sketches for a chance to win a prize from one of our sponsors.

I do have a process video for this layout if you'd like to take a closer peek at my process. Thanks so much and I hope that you have a great day!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

It's Time for Another Sketch!

Today I am sharing a fabulous sketch that Laura created for Stuck?! Sketches

 As soon as I saw it I knew exactly which paper I wanted to use to fussy cut the flowers. This has been done before, but I still wanted to do it and I love the end result!

Fussy cutting these flowers and then stitching them did take me several hours, but I love doing it so I don't mind it at all. My wrist did hurt a bit afterwards...this is the biggest hand stitching project I've done since spraining it, but the pain was oh so worth it :)

Everything is from Paige Evan's "Oh My Heart" collection with the exception of the enamel dots, the butterflies, and the chipboard "Hello". 

To make sure that the journaling was legible, I adhered the strips close together. Another option was to paint white acrylic paint or gesso over the area, but I wasn't in the mood to get my hands dirty and this worked just fine.

We'd love for you to play along with this sketch. If you do, please be sure and link your project up to the site. You'll have a chance to win a prize from one of these two sponsors this month.

Here's a link to my process video if you'd like to take a peek at how the page came together. Thanks so much and have a great day!