Friday, July 30, 2010

August Kit Reveal #1

My first reveal with the August kit finally went up at KnK today! I've created two layouts that are very different from each other which I am really excited to share with you. For the first, I used the more muted colors in the kit, and added lot of distressing, ink, and stitching to further soften the feel of the page. I altered some Petaloo "Color Me Crazy" leaves with a Tsukeniko "Bamboo Leaves" Dew Drop, TH "Vintage Photo" distress ink, and Cinnamon Stickles. I love how the ink brings out the texture and pattern in the leaves...
The Jillibean Soup canvas flowers are nice and flat, so I could add my own centers to match my page. I used a Petaloo "Candies" flower (I LOVE those flowers!) for the center of the biggest canvas one, and drew a dot of Stickles for the centers on the rest, to match the leaves.

I didn't want to overwhelm this photo with a lot of patterns, so for one of the layers I turned a piece of the striped paper over. I didn't want it to be white either, so I gave it a good treatment of distress ink and Rock Candy crackle paint (which I discovered is surprisingly flexible when it's dry) and let it dry overnight. The corners curled easily to show a hint of the striped paper on the reverse.
In my second layout I wanted to really showcase the vibrant colors in the kit, so I started with three different colors of cardstock (green, yellow, and purple) for the base. The photos I had chosen were full of color also, so in order for them to stand out I decided to give the cardstock a good brushing of white paint. Hmmmm.... a good start, but not enough. I had also already cut out the string of lanterns -- and let me tell you that was no quick task so I was determined to use them! In my quest for a darker contrasting color (which in any other instance I would have reached for brown or black cardstock), I ended up punching all of the letters and numbers out of the 12x12 sheet of corrugated alphas and adhered the negative directly over the top of my tri-colored base. I brushed a little mango-colored paint around the edges for a little interest, and from that point just laid out my photos, title and embellishments the way I wanted them! I think it worked out well, and even though the result is way out of my norm, it was something colorful and fun, exactly what I wanted.
This layout also gave me the perfect opportunity to use the handmade pinwheels in the kit! They look really cute layered over a Petaloo flower which I left white instead of altering.

Look for more from me in a couple weeks, I am nowhere near finished with this amazing kit! Thanks for stopping by, leave a comment or just wave so I know you were here :) Happy crafting!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Check out the AUGUST KIT at KnK....

The August kit from Kit 'n Kaboodles has papers from Jillibean Soup "Summer Squash" and "Basics" (see that green grid paper? the other side is dots!) collections, paired with Core'dinations cardstock, some cute Jillibean Soup embellishments (just look at those corrugated alphas!!), white lace, and a KnK exclusive, some handmade pinwheels! I just received the kit yesterday and started scrapping away last night, the papers are adorable and full of summer. And *lucky me* I have about 500 new pics from my vacation to choose from LOL. I can hardly wait to get back to it today! Visit Kit 'n Kaboodles to check out the embellishment add-on kit (yes, you need it)... the canvas flowers are perfect! I'm headed to the scrap-room... well, ok... it's the kitchen table.... but it works for me :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

a little more Peacock Lane

Since I was gone on vacation I barely had a reveal this month! I created a couple more layouts with the July kit anyway, I am loving how surprisingly versatile this paper is. I've created four layouts with it and not a peacock to be seen LOL.
I can't take all the credit for this first layout (though I would love to because I absolutely adore this design!). It's actually a scraplift from a very talented someone over at FH2S (thank you Linda!) The next is a much more simple design but I prefer something a little less complicated for a double-spread. The blues in the kit worked really well with water-themed pictures....
I think this is it for me with this kit, I have a lot left over though so I am sure pieces of it will be making their way into some other projects! Thanks for stopping by, have a good week :)

Friday, July 16, 2010

CROP starts today!!

.... at FH2S! If you've never been to a FH2S crop, you are missing out :) Creative challenges, games, and fun in a supportive and positive environment, the site is free and registering only takes a minute. Crop forums open at 1 p.m. est. Come check it out!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

KNK July Kit Reveal

I have been a terrible blogger, I know, but I have a good excuse, I've been on vacation! A road trip in fact, for nearly three weeks. I took a few things to work on, but scrapping in a moving RV was not as easy as I had hoped LOL and when we were stopped we were busy being tourists and visiting family. At any rate, my kit was waiting for me when I got home and I was really ready to get some serious scrapping done! These papers are so beautiful..... lots of fussy-cutting in this first layout....
A simple card from scraps.....

I'll give you a little background on the photos in this next layout, the driveway at my parents' home is a pretty steep gravel hill going down toward their house. Getting the nerve to ride down that hill was tough for the girls at first (I think I would even have some butterflies -- that hill is steep to me, it must seem like a mountain to them!) but once they did it they must have spent an hour hauling their 3-wheelers back up the hill, over and over. It was so fun to watch them overcome the fear. Makes me realize how fast they are growing up!
That's all for now, thanks for stopping by! I hope to squeeze in one more reveal from this lovely kit, which you can see in its entirety at .
Have a fabulous week :)