Another Fabulous Sketch!

Happy Sunday y’all! It’s Ali again ūüôā The Sparklers are working with another amazing sketch this week,¬† and it is designed by our very own, Laura!

I was so inspired by the circles this week, these clusters instantly made me think of a cute photo I snapped one day at a restaurant with my son. We had ordered a virgin margarita to share, and the server was super confused…”isn’t that just lime juice?” he was baffled. But my son and I absolutely love lime juice! So those circles quickly became limes on my layout!

I started by water coloring the limes, which was a bit labor intensive, but well worth it in the long run! Then I added the details of the larger circles with a black pen. When that was finished I added a bit of stamping here and there, my title, and the small amount of journaling. I wanted to keep the rest of the layout pretty simple, so I just layered a but under my photo and added some vellum leaves here and there. Then onto the fun part!

Adding sequins was so simple with the stamping clusters I already created, I knew exactly where to scatter them. The Cunning Ones mix was beyond perfect for my limey layout, the green and black combo, with a pop of silver, who could ask for more? I feel like these sequins did their job…they tied the entire layout together and I could not be any happier about how this turned out!

Oh My Gourd!

Hey y’all, Ali here! Okay…did October sneak up on anyone else? Wow! Here it is! Everyone’s favorite time of the year. I have a layout today all about one of my favorite fall things…gourds! This month all of the Sparklers are documenting about leaves and fall and all of our favorites! Hope you will keep coming by to check it out!

We always go to a nearby farm for the fall events. One of my favorites is the archways with hanging gourds (this is a fave and a fear, I am always terrified one may just drop on my head at any moment! HA!). I love fall colors, and I also love how some lines are using non traditional colors, like teals to document fall. That is where I based this layout. I used Echo Park’s collection, Fall is in the Air, because it has some fun blues! So I also really wanted a good excuse to use the Aquarius sequins, which have become a fast favorite! I love the blues and the pops of orange from those tiny little flowers!¬†I also added in some Just Beachin’ It sequins, because those browns and greens were perfection for this photo!

As much as I love this season, it is really busy -with school starting and activities! It can be hectic. For me, scrapping is therapy. Whether I get to sit and glue for hours, or just ten minutes, I need that time. I loved creating this layout, because it was quick and fun! A couple of watercolor splatters and some layering behind my photo. I think the sequins pull it all together, like scattered leaves across the layout! What are some of your favorite ways to document fall?

Don’t forget the sequins!

Summer Smiles with Ali

Hey scrappers! It’s Ali here, this week we are scraplifting Jenn Gagne. I chose this colorful layout, I love the diagonal design with the doily center, so much fun!

For my layout I started with¬†picking my paper for my¬†layers and used a punch to create a doily-like layer¬†in each of the patterned papers I was chose. Once I finished the layers for the center I mixed up some watercolors to match. I also punched some 1 inch circles to emulate that diagonal design from Jenn’s original. I stuck those down and painted right on top of them. When my paint dried,¬†I removed the circles.¬†I love¬†the end result, it was so quick and easy, but it added a lot of interest to¬†the¬†background.

When my watercolor background¬†was dry, I added my layers, my photo and a title. I¬†used the “summer” banner¬†that went with the Echo Park Summer Dreams collection and the “smiles” thicker (I believe from Amy Tan). When it came time to add the sequins, it was super easy to choose, Orange Blossom was perfect for my orangey side, and Ferris Wheel was great for my teal side! Plus, these two mixes are some of my most favorite, so it was a no brainer!¬†A few stickers and embellishments in matching colors and this layout was done. I love quick layouts. This one was so fast. One of my favorite ways to create a quick layout is by picking a few colors to work with, and grouping paper, embellishments, and sequins by color.

Thanks for great inspiration Jenn! Hope you all enjoyed this summery layout! It’s still summer here in Texas, but I am keeping my fingers crossed for Fall soon!

Cards with Karla – Quick and Easy Artsy Thank You Card!

Hello friends! Karla here today with a quick and easy Thank You card! I don’t know about you, but I always find myself in need of an extra Thank You card – so that’s something I need to make an effort to make more of. This month, our SMS theme is ‘Artsy’ – so the perfect opportunity! When I think of artsy, the first thing that comes to mind is watercolour, so this watercolour paper pad I recently picked up at Michaels was the perfect thing to pair with this month’s beautiful new sequin mixes – Painted Gardens and On Pointe.

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I cut out the Thank You sentiment from the cut apart sheet included in the paper pad and added Distress Oxide Ink around the edge as well as a hand drawn stitching line. I found a few stickers that went well and then stamped on the circle stamps from the Wild Whisper Out & About stamp set. This created the perfect area to place these beautiful sequins!

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Here’s a look at these beautiful sequin mixes –Painted Gardens and On Pointe.¬†Inside, I stamped the Wild Whisper circle stamp again and added more sequins. I just love adding sequins to the inside of my cards!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful, crafty week!

Girls Just Wanna Have Sun

Happy Sunday everyone, Ali here, with a super sunny scraplift! We are devoting the entire week to scraplifting the fabulous Missy Whidden! Now let me tell you, that is a tall order and I was super nervous about this! But I actually really enjoyed it and I love the layout I created!

Here is the layout I chose to scraplift, I absolutely love everything about it! Missy has such a distinctive style, and it is totally her own! I wanted to do it justice, without just copying it completely.

I had these fun selfies of my mom, sister, and me at the pool. So I knew I wanted to use the new awesome echo park collection Summer Dreams. So instead of the large star die cuts, I went with suns! I started with some watercolors to create a background in the color scheme. Then I added the suns and machine stitched around them (which was definitely a task!) and I absolute love the look this creates!

After the background was complete it was so simple to add my photos and some layering behind them. I used one of the stickers from the collection as my title. And of course, the best part, sequins! I mixed one of the mini packs with Orange Blossom  and sprinkled those around. Then I picked out a few of the light blues from the Ferris Wheel mix, just to tie it all together! Those little shells are perfect for summer scrapping, I just want to sprinkle them on everything!! Lastly, I typed my journaling and printed on some vellum. It is one of my favorite things to do, especially with a mixed media background, because I sometimes hate covering up all of that hard work!

As you can see, I tried to make this my own, but the inspiration from Missy definitely shines through!

Here are some close ups so you can see those amazing sequins up close, aren’t they fabulous?

Thanks for joining me for this scraplift week, be sure to come back next Sunday, I will have another Missy lift for you! And as always, save some money on your gorgeous sequins with this coupon code!

 

 

Baby Shower Gift

Hey y’all!, Ali here! It is stitching week! Yippee!! I absolutely love stitching on layouts, either hand stitching or machine stitching, I just love the detail and depth it adds to a layout. This week I decided to take¬†stitching to a different project, and make a baby shower gift for a good friend. I know she is decorating the nursery with grey, teals, and yellows and the main focus will be giraffes. So I wanted to make a cute piece of home d√©cor for her to put in her nursery!

I started with the giraffe. I found a cute clip art image of a giraffe and printed it out. The hardest part of this project is assembling the giraffe. I picked out the patterned papers I wanted to use, and got to cutting! I cut out each piece of the giraffe and then glued him together!

After I added a bit of water color to my background, I adhered the assembled giraffe. Then…the fun part, stitching! I use a paper piercer and simply go around the image exactly where I want to stitch. When all of my holes are made, I watch TV! Well, I watch TV and stitch! This project took me about an hour to complete (or three episodes of Young and Hungry).

TIP-New to stitching on paper? I know it can be intimidating, I was super nervous the first few times I did it too. I also would get really frustrated when my embroidery floss would get tangled and knotted. Then I discovered a super sweet trick, beeswax. If you pull your thread through beeswax before you start stitching, it holds together and never knots up on you. I didn’t have any beeswax on hand the first time I did this, I had used all of mine for lotion bars. So I just used the lotion bar which is mostly beeswax with a little lavender. So my thread smells lovely and doesn’t make me frustrated-win, win!

Now, for me, no project is complete without sequins! The brand new Ferris Wheel sequins were absolutely perfect for this project, they went with the color scheme and the different sizes and shapes add just the right amount of detail without taking away from the focus (his name and the giraffe).

A simple frame, and voila! This makes a great little gift for a baby shower!

I love how this little project turned out, and I hope the happy mom-to-be will love it too!

Add some sequins to your next project! Be sure to grab up those new releases, they are amazing and I bet they will go fast!!!

Creative Cards With Karla – Motivational Retro Card Set!

Hi there! Karla here today with a set of motivational cards to get you moving and excited about life! Since our theme here on the SMS blog this month is ‘Take Us Back June’ we’ve been thinking up lots of retro inspiration for you – and these cute workout animals from Pretty Cute Stamps wearing their adorable headbands totally brought me back to the ’20 Minute Workout’ videos of the 80’s! I’m pretty sure my sister and I wore our own headbands and bodysuits while we worked out in front of the TV ūüėČ I thought the sentiments included in the set were perfect to create a trio of cards that would be great to give to anyone who is working hard on something.

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I recently found this fun retro paper pad at Michaels and thought the images would be awesome for this month’s theme! How cool is this cassette?! After I added layers of paper and some shiny washi tape on each card, I used a button and some of the wonderful Raspberry Burlap String¬†from the SpiegelMom Scraps shop as well as a cork star from the Shooting Cork Stars package.

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I grabbed A Mermaid’s Tale, Morning Dew Drops, You Are My Sunshine, and What’s Up Buttercup sequin mixes to embellish my cards – I just love mixing and matching!!

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I stamped these cuties on watercolor paper and used some Mermaid Markers from Jane Davenport and Prima Watercolor Pencils to colour them in while the kids were playing in the park. I had so much fun creating these, and I hope whoever receives them will feel like they can accomplish whatever they want!

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Here’s a look at the inside of each card and the fun and motivational message that coordinates with the front! Of course I had to add some gorgeous sequins inside too!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a fun and crafty week!!