Cut Files & Mixed Media | Missy Whidden

Happy Monday, friends!  Missy here, and I’m just thrilled to be sharing my first layout using the new 2017 March Hip Kits!  Gorgeous doesn’t even begin to cover these goodies.  As soon as I saw this beautiful subscriber cut file designed by Kim Watson, I knew I had to use it on a layout.  I envisioned all those swirly clouds with some sun rays behind them.  I cut the clouds on white cardstock and then backed a lot of them with patterned papers from the Main Kit & Paper Kit and a few of the Project Life cards.  I also backed a few with vellum.  For my background, I drew some sun rays by tracing a sunburst stencil I have in my stash.  I used some of the new Shimmerz  Paste-eez from the Color Kit and mixed in some of the white AcriTonez from last month’s Color Kit and painted the rays in with a brush.  I embellished with die cuts and stickers.

I just love how this turned out!  I added fun foam adhesive under the cut file to raise it up and what a different it made!  Look at the shadowing and depth…I just love it.  I added that adorable die cut bird from the Dear Lizzy die cuts, and I fussy cut the word “LOVE” from one of the Shimelle patterned papers.

I machine stitched along the edges of all the rays using yellow thread.  This gives the rays a more crisp edge and adds some fun texture to the page.  I added a cute cloud sticker, which is from the Shimelle sticker sheet.

This beautiful floral sticker is also from the Shimelle sticker sheet, and I paired it with some of the Pinkfresh Studio bits…one of the Rubber Charms and one of the Leatherette Stickers.  I hand cut a tiny flower from the orange Project Life card to bring some of that color to this side of the layout.  I also used that beautiful Oh My Heart pink die cut frame as a layer behind the photo.

Here’s another shot of the cut file and the dimension.

I did add more watercolor behind my photo using more Shimmerz products from previous kits.  I used some blues, aquas and pinks to create some splotches and splatters peeking out from behind the photo.  I created my title using the fussy cut letters and that adorable die cut from Oh My Heart.  That little camera is from the Dear Lizzy die cuts pack.

Here’s my process video if you’d like to watch how I made this mixed media heavy layout.  It was surely a lot of fun to make!  I hope you get some ideas from it.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Enjoy your Monday!

Floral Cut Files & Mixed Media | Missy Whidden

Happy Monday, friends!  Missy here, and I’m sharing my newest layout using the 2017 February Hip Kits.  I decided to use one of Zinia’s flower cut files for this page, but I used it in a different way.  You can cut this out and then roll the flower around to make a nice dimensional flower.  I liked how it looked as is, so I duplicated a few of them, resized them and welded them together to make one big design.  I used a beautiful Maggie Holmes patterned paper from the Main Kit to cut it on and then placed it on some of the Butter cardstock from the Cardstock Kit.  I used a lot of white gesso on the background first and then used some of the new Shimmerz AcriTonez Paints from the Color Kit.  I used the pink and white together, added a little bit of water and then smushed it down using some plastic packaging.  I added in some more Shimmerz from previous Color Kits…blues, pinks and aquas.  I also used a few gelatos from my stash to add in a bit of orange tones.
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I love how these beautiful alpha Thickers from the Paige Evans Oh My Heart collection match everything perfectly.  These are in the Project Life Kit.  I staggered my one-word title here and machine stitched through it.  I punched a few hearts from patterned paper to add as little embellishments.  I also used one of the Maggie Holmes phrase stickers here and then added my journaling.
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I love how this cut file turned out!  That Maggie Holmes paper already looks like a mixed media piece…those fun messy brush strokes really are beautiful.  I machine stitched (very carefully & slowly!) around each of the spirals with yellow thread.  I just love the added detail stitching gives.  I added in a few of the small die cut flowers from Pretty Little Studio as well.  Those are in the Embellishment Kit.
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Here’s another look at the cut file and background.  I love the contrast of these soft colors.  I’m so glad I went with the soft yellow background.  I tried a few different patterned papers first and didn’t like how they looked.  I also added in some Crate Paper chipboard hearts and more of the Maggie Holmes phrase stickers.
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Here are more of the Pretty Little Studio flower die cuts that Claudia designed.  I layered in a Maggie Holmes flower as well.  I layered some of the Maggie Holmes ephemera pieces under my photo as well as some foam adhesive for dimension.  I’m so happy I chose this color photo to use.  I almost used a black & white one.  This one wound up matching the color scheme perfectly!
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Here’s one more close-up of the die cut and background.  Those beautiful flowers were the perfect piece to add here…I love using them for little clusters.
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I had a blast making this…it’s so much fun to experiment and get creative!  Sometimes your layout turns out very differently than you expected…and it’s even better!  Here’s my process video if you’d like to check it out.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a wonderful week!
missy-whidden

Monochromatic Layout | Missy Whidden

It’s Monday again…woo hoo!  Missy here again to share another layout using the beautiful 2017 January Hip Kits.  I began this page by going through all the embellishments that I hadn’t used yet.  I noticed I hadn’t used those fun metallic Heidi Swapp chipboard frames from the Main Kit yet.  I pulled three of them out and arranged them on the Fountain cardstock from the Cardstock Kit.  I liked the way that looked with my photo layered on top, so I went with it.  I also pulled out all the pieces that were either blue, mint, aqua or green and decided to go with a monochromatic color scheme.  I jazzed up the background with some white gesso.  I used some of the Teal Heidi Swapp Texture Paste from the Color Kit.  I watered it down on some plastic packaging and then added in some of the Shimmerz Jeni B Bleu Vibez from the May Color Kit.
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I created a lot of dimension here because of the thickness of the frames and the layering.  I added some adhesive foam under that blue camera sticker to make it even with the frames.  I combined some of the Hazelwood stickers from the Project Life Kit and rub-ons from the Main Kit with some of the exclusive Hip Kit die cut flowers from the Embellishment Kit and wood veneer pieces.  I colored the fabric Thickers with some Shimmerz and a gelato.
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I love how these frames look on the watercolor background.  I did some machine stitching through each one and then at the bottom and top of the design with some light blue thread.  My journaling fit nicely to the right of the bottom frame.
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I love this metallic gold!  I added some Gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine to echo the frames.  That beautiful butterfly sticker is from the Hazelwood sticker sheet, and I added some navy blue thread under it.
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Here you can see more of the dimension.  The frames automatically create it, and it’s awesome.  I made sure they were glued down well on the mixed media background.  I layered in more wood veneer, stickers, cut aparts and rub-ons here.
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Here’s one last close-up of the top area.  I love these colors together.  It’s fun to limit your color scheme sometimes and see what you can come up with!
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Here’s my process video if you’d like to watch how I put this layout together.  I hope you enjoy and are inspired!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a great day!
missy-whidden

Diagonal Design with Missy Whidden

Hey, friends!  Happy Monday 🙂  Missy here with a new layout featuring the 2017 January Hip Kits.  Aren’t they so beautiful?  I wanted to create a fun and unique color scheme for my page, so I decided on the pink and coral watercolor paper from Pink Paislee Moonstruck and paired it with the two blue and white exclusive papers.  All of these papers are in the Main Kit & Paper Kit.  I created vertical strips to make a base for my photo and embellishments, and then I decided to go diagonal with the design.  I started with my photo in the upper right area and worked my way down to the lower left corner with the embellishments and title.  I used some white gesso on the background before coming in with some of the Heidi Swapp Teal Texture Paste from the Color Kit and some Shimmerz Jeni B Bleu Vibez.  I mixed and matched a lot of the embellishments, and I love how it all turned out.
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I loved adding some blue watercolor effects to this beautiful patterned paper.  I used the packaging technique first with the Texture Paste by watering it down.  It created a really soft blue look, and to darken it up a bit,  I added the Shimmerz.  I also added in some pink Shimmerz from my stash and added a little bit of a red gelato to get the right pink shade.  I used the HAPPY letters from the exclusive die cut pack and paired it with some of the One Canoe Two butterfly rub-ons and stickers as well as a few of the exclusive wood veneers from the Main Kit.
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I did use the stencil from the Color Kit with the Texture Paste.  I used a brush to apply it instead of a palette knife, and I like the subtle shapes I got.  I printed my journaling on my computer and glued it to this label sticker from One Canoe Two.  I added one of the cute metal clips and added foam under it for some dimension.  I fussy cut that cute flower from one of the 4×6 Project Life cards and added a bit of blue watercolor to it.  I finished off this area with one of the exclusive cut apart phrase pieces and a Moonstruck puffy sticker.
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I fussy cut these pretty flowers from one of the exclusive patterned papers and added some blue watercolor to them to jazz them up a bit.  I added some tangled thread under them as well as an exclusive flower die cut and wood veneer.
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I gave the butterfly rub-ons dimension by applying them to some scrap cardstock and cutting them out.  All I had to do was add a dot of glue to the centers so I could bend up the wings.  I also punched a few of the blue circles from the patterned paper I used on the left side to bring in more of that color on the right.
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Here’s a look at the title area.  I love how it turned out!  I combined some of the Moonstruck pieces here with the white puffy alpha stickers from Studio Calico.  I also stitched through HAPPY for some added interest and detail.  I just love those butterflies!
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Here’s my process video if you’d like to check it out.  I hope you are inspired to try something fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a fabulous scrappy week!
missy-whidden

Cut Files & Hand Stitching with Missy

It’s Monday again, friends!  Missy back today to share another layout using the beautiful 2016 December Hip Kits.  I began with one of the new January cut files designed by Jessica.  It’s a gorgeous cluster of butterflies, so be on the lookout for it on the Hip Kit website under the Downloads tab.  I cut it on the beautiful striped paper in the Main Kit and Paper Kit from the Take Me Away collection and adhered it to white cardstock from the Cardstock Kit.  I used some clear gesso on my cardstock first and then used a few Shimmerz Paints to add some watercolor splotches.  I didn’t do a lot of embellishing since the butterflies are the star of the page, but I did hand-stitch around the entire cut file using coordinating colors of embroidery thread, and I really love how it turned out.
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I love hand stitching, and this cut file just begged for it!  I love it finishes off the edges and really makes it stand out.  I added some aqua and pink shades of Shimmerz here and embellished with some of the exclusive Hip Kit die cuts designed by Kim Watson.  I also used a few of the white foam flowers from the Amy Tangerine sticker sheet.
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I combined some of the Amy Tan Thickers with the Take Me Away Thickers to create my title.  I love mixing and matching to get a fun look.  I also threw in some enamel dots here and there as well as some tangled thread from my stash.  You can also see the tissue paper and patterned papers I used to layer behind my photos.
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I love the light shades of purple in the kits this month.  I was so happy to see that I did indeed have purple embroidery thread in my stash!  It was a perfect match.  I did add some adhesive foam under my photos to make them a bit more dimensional.
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To add a bit more to these foam flowers, I fussy cut a few leaves from one of the exclusive patterned papers.  I love the pop of black from them.  I think it balances everything out with the darks in the photos and the scripty words.
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Here’s one more close-up of the top of the page. I really love how these colors look, and I’m so happy how this page turned out.
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Here’s my process video if you’d like to check it out…I hope you enjoy and get some fun ideas to try!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week, friends!
missy-whidden

Fussy Cutting Patterned Paper with Missy

Happy Monday, friends, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Missy here, and I have a new layout to share using the 2016 December Hip Kits.  I decided to do some fussy cutting for this page.  I’ve learned to always take a close look at my patterned papers to see if you can cut out any of the designs.  This beautiful paper by Maggie Holmes jumped out at me, and so I took some time and cut out all the plus signs.  They look like they’re all made from washi tape.  I arranged them in the shape of a heart on my background paper, which is one of the exclusive Amber Star papers designed by Kim Watson.  I love the gorgeous blue color!  I jazzed up the area behind the plus signs with white gesso, Shimmerz and some gelatos.  Both of the papers I used are found in the Main Kit and Paper Kit.  One of my favorite parts about this page is the fun little tassel banner I created at the bottom.  Those pieces are from Crate Paper and are in the Main Kit.
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Here you can see the background color.  I used some of the Shimmerz Well Blue Me Down Coloringz from last month’s Color Kit and mixed it with the Heidi Swapp Sweet Mint Color Shine from this month’s Color Kit.  I also used colors from my stash.  I wanted to make those plus signs pop, so I made the background colors really bold by using the packaging technique, my brush and my fingers.  I did some machine stitching around the heart and on some of the plus signs with silver metallic thread.  I mixed and matched my title using the Thickers from the Main Kit and Project Life Kit.  I also added in the cute die cut banner from the Paige Evans Take Me Away collection.  That cute “remember this” die cut is an exclusive this month.
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I love all of these beautiful colors!  I used a few more patterned papers to layer behind my photo as well as a bit of the Lilac cardstock from the Cardstock Kit.  I also added a few bits of tangled thread.
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To jazz up this white Thicker, I used a silver metallic pen to create a bit of shading on the edges of the letters and then smudged with with my finger.
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I added one of the cute decorate clips from Pink Paislee right onto my photo and added some purple tangled thread.  I punched a large yellow circle from one of the Pink Paislee papers to use as a layer, and that pink “love ya” tag is also Pink Paislee.
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I love how this tassel banner turned out!  I used some pink thread and hung them all on it and then arranged it under the photo.  I added some glue under each one so they would stay put.  My journaling fit nicely under it.
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I had a great time putting this together!  I hope it inspires you and gives you some fun ideas to try with your patterned papers.  Don’t be afraid to cut them up!  Here’s my process video if you’d like to see how I created this.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week, and Happy 2017!
missy-whidden

Mixed Media & Cut Files with Missy

Happy Monday once again!  It’s Missy, and I’m so excited to share my first layout using the 2016 December Hip Kits!  As always, they are super pretty, and I couldn’t wait to get to creating with them.  I decided to start with a bright and bold background, so I went with this beautiful coral patterned paper from the Take Me Away collection by Paige Evans.  I used this beautiful flower cluster wreath cut file designed by Kim Watson as my main design element, and I used papers from the Main Kit & Paper Kit to back some of the flowers.  I used white gesso on my background and then came in with some pink and light purple Shimmerz spray from my stash as well as the Heidi Swapp Sweet Mint Color Shine from the Color Kit.  I also used the Echo Park Stencil from the Color Kit with some of the Shimmerz Coral Me Crazy Dazzlerz from the October Color Kit to create some beautiful texture.
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I love how the cut file turned out.  I used some green Shimmerz from my stash to paint the leaves a pretty Spring green color.  Here you can see how beautiful the texture is.  I was so excited to see some purple in the kits this month!  I added this exclusive purple label die cut here and then came in with some of the Take Me Away sequins in yellow and purple from the Main Kit.
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Here’s a closer look at the cut file again.  It does have a lot of small pieces, so I wouldn’t cut it super small.  This size worked out okay.  I added some tissue paper and Take Me Away die cuts under my photo strip and then layered a fun ampersand and tangled thread right on top of it.  I also added a few pieces of the pretty glittery turquoise American Crafts tape from the Embellishment Kit.
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Lots of layering going on here…this cute tag is another Take Me Away piece.  The exclusive die cuts are so cute and versatile…like this “Details” tab.  They’re in the Project Life Kit.  The gorgeous gold acrylic pieces are from My Mind’s Eye, and they’re in the Embellishment Kit.
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I think this ampersand brought a little bit of color & interest to my photos without covering up anything important.  That’s the fun part about having extra space or white space in your photos.  You can use embellishments over them sometimes!
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I love how the cut file curled up here.  It gives it a lot of dimension.  I also added some foam under my photos, so that helped raise up the edge of the cut file.  I added in some bright pink tangled thread for an extra pop of color.  You can also see some of the sequins peeking out.
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I really like how my title turned out.  This is an Amy Tangerine Thicker that I colored with some pink Shimmerz and Sweet Mint Color Shine.  I also brought in some of the gold Color Shine from my stash. I layered one of the MME acrylic shapes on top of it.  I love the mix of the fonts!  My journaling fit perfectly underneath it all.
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Here’s my process video if you’d like to check it out.  I hope you are inspired in some way!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful week!
missy-whidden

Creating Winter Scenes on Ornaments

Happy Monday, everyone!  Missy here, and this week the Design Team is sharing off-the-page ideas for the holidays.  I decided to create some cute ornaments for our Christmas tree using the 2016 November Hip Kits.  I punched 3-inch circles from white cardstock and then sorted through the patterned papers and embellishments.  I was first drawn to the adorable Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa papers with the little houses, birds and trees on them. You can find those in the Main Kit and Paper Kit.  I fussy cut some of them out and created a fun little snowy scene.  I fussy cut the bear from the cut apart sheet and that darling snowman from a die cut.  The squirrel and birds on the first ornament are from the Hip Kit exclusives.  These were really fun to create, and I was even able to work in the Shimmerz products from the Color Kit!
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For this cute bear ornament, I sprayed some pink Shimmerz from my stash and then machine stitched with some bright pink thread.  I adhered the bear and then added some of the exclusive puffy stickers designed by Kim Watson in the Embellishment Kit.  For the snowman ornament, I added some of the Shimmerz Coloringz Well Blue Me Down from the Color Kit this month and a paper strip of trees from one of the CP papers.  I added some tangled thread under the snowman and then glued down some of those little white pom pom balls.  I also added a few of the exclusive phrase stickers from the Embellishment Kit.
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If you remember my first layout using these kits, I cut a bunch of Irit’s trees from her cut file set.  I had these left over, so I added them to this ornament with the squirrel.  Again, I added some of the Shimmerz and even some splatters from the Vibez Glorious Day from last month’s Color Kit.  I stitched around the edges with gold thread and attached the trees and animals.  I also added some of the Pinkfresh Studio gold acrylic pieces from the December Documented Kit and an exclusive phrase cut apart.  I used an older Hip Kit stencil and the Shimmerz Dazzlerz for the other ornament to resemble snow.  I also added some torn vellum to the bottom of these.
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These look adorable on our tree!  I just punched a hole in the top and added some cord.
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Here’s my process video if you’d like to see how these cute little ornaments came together.  They were fun to make!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a great week!

missy-whidden

#itsbeginningtolookalotlikechristmas

HA! I am seriously getting into the Christmas mood…I mean how can one not after unpacking the GORGEOUS November Hip kits???

It is so pretty with amazing colors & fabulous exclusives…I am itching to get creating!

This is my first page…

Season of Joy by Kim Watson

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For this page I used only the Main November Hip Kit kit. By keeping the color palette simple, I was able to create a more sophisticated vibe even though the elements are so whimsical.

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A cluster in the top left corner of the page adds interest & draws ones eye to the photo collage. Plain paper glittered & diecut into a bow, star & tab shape add gorgeous bling.

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Paper layers remind me of gift wrap…a little finger curling makes them nice & 3D.

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Black borders around the photo adds emphasis & punch to the photos helping them to stand out. Sequins on top of punched snowflakes are a great way to fill space without clutter.

I love that adorable face! Just looking at this page has me humming carols under my breath! Now to get some Christmas shopping done LOL. Thanks for stopping by…I am so glad you did!

Remember to visit our member forum on Facebook for more inspiration & our website for exclusive printables & cut-files.

Have an awesome day!

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