Hello! it’s that time of week again where we take a sketch designed by one of our DT members and  use it as inspiration for our layouts. This week we’re using this fun sketch by Missy Whidden and our gorgeous March kits.

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Sketch 7 by Missy Whidden


Happy Life by Kim Watson


Not just family by Tanya Hubbard


Love U so much by Jana McCarthy


be Happy by Christin Gronnslett


Thanks for stopping by!

Tanya Hubbard

Creative Titles | Missy Whidden

Happy Monday, everyone!  Missy here again, and I’m sharing another layout using the 2017 March Hip Kits.  Today we’re focusing on Creative Titles.  I was immediately drawn to all those big and colorful words on the Shimelle patterned paper found in the Main Kit & Paper Kit.  I decided to fussy cut FRIENDS out and start there.  My photo is of me and my bestie, so “friends” was perfect.  I combined “life” from the Shimelle stickers and “long” from the gold dotted Thickers, which are also all in the Main Kit.  Mixing and matching colors, sizes and fonts is a great way to make your title stand out and become part of the design instead of just an after thought at the end of your creative process.  I actually started with the title, and that dictated the rest of the layout.

To make FRIENDS stand out even more, I lightly traced around the edges with a black pen.  I added in that cute shiny gold banner sticker from the Shimelle sticker sheet as well as that cute cloud.  I used some white gesso and Shimmerz sprays on my background.  I also used some of the Raspberry Sherbet Paste-eez from the Color Kit on the background as well.

For my embellishments around the photo, I combined a few die cut hearts from the Oh My Heart Ephemera pack with some Pinkfresh Studio items and a Shimelle sticker.  I used all three kinds of Pinkfresh stickers here…the cardstock sentiments, a few leatherette stickers and some puffy stickers.  I also used one of the rubber charms.  I added in some tangled thread for an extra pop of color and texture.  These are all found in either the Embellishment Kit, Main Kit and Project Life Kit.

Here’s another look at the title area.  You can see the machine stitching along the sides and through a few of the stickers.  I just love that banner sticker!  That subtle metallic gold is so pretty.

My base background is the adorable house paper from Dear Lizzy.  I added the white cardstock in the center to take away some of the busy-ness of all those houses.  I like the doodled houses, and the black and white are perfect for my photo.  I did add some fun foam behind my photo as well as some patterned paper and a Project Life card.  And that beautiful gold is some Heidi Swapp Color Shine!

I have one more close-up here of the left side of the photo.  I added in a few more cute flower stickers from Pinkfresh Studio.

I love how this turned out!  I hope you are inspired and maybe got an idea or two to try when you make your next layout.  Here’s my process video if you’d like to check it out!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a terrific week!

You are my favorite person | Anna Komenda

Hello. It’s Anna here, or I should rather say – a poor copy of Missy Whidden 🙂 My project for this week was inspired by Missy’s style and her favourite techniques. I wanted to try her messy style with gesso and adding mists with plastic foil. Not that I have never done this before but my “mess” usually looks different.


This is what I ended up with. I chose this contrasting paper from Dear Lizzy “Lovely day” collection. You can find in both in March Main Kit and March Paper Kit.


I used cut files designed by Jana to cut the wreath and flowers using different patterned papers. I also cut polaroid frames and “favorite” inscription. Before I started gluing them, I first cover the inside of the wreath with gesso and dry brush. Then I added a blue mist using a plastic foil.


Next, I added my leaves and flowers and sew them around with back thread. It was an experiment – I didn’t know where I was going with that. After adding a pictures and “favorite” inscription I started embellishing my page using Pinkfresh Studio puffy stickers from Project Life Kit and leatherette stickers from Main Kit.


I went crazy adding more flowers from “Oh my heart” ephemera pack and two flags from Dear Lizzy “Lovely day” collection. You can find them in Embellishment Kit.


I finished my tittle by adding YOU ARE MY PERSON letters from black foam Thickers from Project Life Kit.

To be honest, I must say that this is not my most favorite page. I like it, but I still prefer more pink mess 😀 But I am happy that I tried something new. Maybe someday I will create some Anna – Missy hybrid 😀

Thank You for stopping by and see You next week on Facebook.




Hey, hey it’s that time of the week again; where a few of our Design Team members get together and give their take on the weekly sketch 🙂 The sketch was designed by team member Anna Komenda and here’s what we all came up with. Remember to play along with us in the Facebook Forum; we love to see what you create!

Sketch 4 by Anna Komenda – 28 March 2017


Wonder On by Missy Whidden



Hello by Tanya Hubbard



Love by Jana McCarthy


Less work by Terhi Koskinen


Thanks for stopping by!

Tanya Hubbard

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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!