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PinkFresh Studio – Two Layouts with Indigo Hills 2

Hello friends! I’m very excited to share two layouts with you today using the gorgeous Indigo Hills 2 collection.

I love the deep tones and gorgeous floral elements of this collection; they are just too pretty, and I wanted to include as many as I could in my designs. When it comes to incorporate a variety of colors and patterns, cut files are my go-to tools.

For the first layout, I used the Flower Heart cut file by Paige Evans. I cut it from white cardstock and backed it with the following patterned paper: EminenceGorge, and Ridge. I left some of the flowers as is, so to have the rich color of the Meadow paper come through. Once I had the cut file ready, I adhered it in the center of the page with foam adhesive for dimension.

I then cut my photo to fit one of the frames in the Chipboard stickers set – I love how the colors in the photo match the ones in the collection perfectly! I layered a few die cuts and a sentiment from the Ephemera pack in the lower left corner of the frame; to add more interest in the same spot and draw the eye to it, I fussy cut some foliage from the Meadow paper and tucked it behind the cluster.

I created a similar cluster in the opposite corner, with fussy cut flowers from the same paper. As a finishing touch, I added enamel dots in coordinating colors.

For my second layout, I went with huge flowers. Once again, lots of layers and dimension.

I resized the cut file (ID #26942) a few times in order to create a more natural look. I grouped the flowers in a big cluster towards the left side of the page, alternating colors and sizes. To fill in the empty spaces and brighten the background a bit, I added some gorgeous flowers from the Ephemera pack.

For the photo, I used the same scalloped frame as in the first layout, and built several layers behind it before adhering it down with foam adhesive. You can see the fussy cut leaves from the Meadow patterned paper and a few die cuts in the lower right corner of the photo.

That’s all for today. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope I have given you some ideas for your next scrapbook layout.

Until next time!

Blog · Cards · Tools

We R Memory Keepers – Valentine’s Day Cards with the Stitch Happy Pen

Hello everyone! Today I’m bringing you a set of cards created with the new, super fun Stitch Happy Pen by We R Memory Keepers.

I have always loved hand-stitching, especially on paper; I think it adds a lovely texture and accentuates the handmade feel of your projects. I usually use a cut file as my template, or draw my own design and then pierce the holes to make it easier to stitch. With the Stitch Happy Pen Kit, you have everything you need – you get a punch needle, a magnetic frame, threaders, and six stencils to create cute embroidery designs.

Since Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, I thought I would make a couple of cards using two of the stencils included in the kit. I started with the “love” sentiment. Normally, you would just mark the holes with a pencil first and then place the paper in the magnetic frame; but I found out that positioning both paper and stencil in the frame and then lightly piercing the holes before removing the stencil and starting to stitch made things a bit easier – the stencil stayed in place thanks to the magnetic frame, and the fact I had already pierced the paper required less pressure with the punch needle, avoiding any unwanted marks or creases.

I used the beautiful La La Love collection by Crate Paper for both cards.

The hand-stitched “love” sentiment is the focal point on the first card, and all the other elements just complement it by bringing in more color and texture.

For the second card, I used the flower stencil.

I used Bazzill embossed cardstock as my base. Once I finished the design, I simply backed it with more colorful patterned paper and washi tape.

I love how these cards turned out. The embroidery designs add such a beautiful touch, and with the Stitch Happy Pen it’s easier than ever.

Thank you for stopping by!

Blog · Scrapbooking · Stamping

Altenew – Sketch Challenge #13

Hello, Altenew fans!

I am excited to be hosting Altenew’s Sketch Challenge #13, the first of the new year!

The sketch I made is based on one of my favorite layouts, which features the Frosted Garden Stamp Set; you can find it here.

Rainbow layout by @enzamg for @Altenew using the Frosted Garden Stamp Set. #scrapbooking #altenew #rainbow #layoutI followed the sketch pretty closely. Other than the variation in color, the design is pretty much the same as my previous layout.

The Build-A-Flower: Cattleya Stamp Set was perfect to create my background and wreath elements. The colors are brighter and more intense here, and the rainbow effect is given by the combination of different shades found in the beautiful layers. Here are the Altenew Crisp Dye Inks I used:

  • coral: Peach Perfect, Coral Bliss, Heart Beat
  • pink: Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious, Cosmic Berry
  • purple: Wisteria, Hydrangea, Andromeda
  • teal: Dew Drops, Aqualicious, Teal Cave
  • green: Firefly, Grass Field, Shadow Creek, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades.

As in the original layout, I created a circular opening in the middle by tracing a round shape onto my paper as a guide for the stamping. With the help of a stamping block, I stamped the outline of the cattleya all around the circle, making sure to vary the direction of the images for a more natural look. Once that was ready, I adhered the flowers down with foam dots.

I layered patterned paper from the Pastel Dreams Paper Pack behind the photo and used the green cattleyas to create an extra layer and bring in more color. The beautiful butterflies from the Butterfly Acetate Die Cuts pack give a romantic touch to the page, while the “sweet” wood veneer sentiment worked perfectly as my title – I colored it with Pinkalicious Crisp Dye Ink.

Enamel dots in coordinating colors finished the page.

Hope you have fun playing along! Visit the Altenew blog for details on how to participate 🙂