Bloom Layout by Missy Whidden

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Missy Whidden always inspires me with her colorful, layered, textured pages and this layout is no exception! Hand stitching does usually take some time, but I feel like it's always worth it!
Hey friends! Missy back again and I have a fun layout to share that features lots of hand stitching. I was inspired by the new Oh My Heart cut files that were recently added to the Silhouette Store. I chose a floral cluster and used a Cameo Sketch Pen to draw it out. I used a thumb back to poke holes through all the lines and then used lots of bright thread colors to hand stitch each shape. It did take a while to finish, but the end result is so worth it! I used some gelatos to color in the flowers and leaves. I mostly used bits and pieces from Oh My Heart and Take Me Away to embellish. This was lots of fun and I hope it inspires you!
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Here you can see all the detail from the stitching. It also creates some amazing texture. I love how the messy gelato work looks. I wanted it to look a little artsy and abstract yet still have a bit of a realistic look as well. 
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On the other side of the layout, I brought in a few of the Oh My Heart flowers from the Ephemera Die Cuts. I fussy cut a few tiny orange flowers from Oh My Heart Paper 13. To add a pop of yellow, I brought in a yellow flower from the Take Me Away Chipboard Stickers. I layered in the cute pink die cut frame and added a flower Puffy Sticker overlapping the photo. I used the awesome Thickers for my simple title. I didn’t want to create a large or long title and take away from all those stitched flowers and leaves, so I kept it short. I used the yellow & white striped die cut frame from the Take Me Away Ephemera Die Cuts as a layer here as well. Above the photo I layered in a floral piece from the Oh My Heart Chipboard Stickers.
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I highly recommend hand stitching. Here you can see how awesome the detail is and if you love texture, then this is something you have to try! You should check out all the new cut files from Oh My Heart in the Silhouette Store. This is just one way you can use them.
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Here's a new process video for this layout:

I hope this gives you some fun ideas to try.! Using a template like this not only makes it easier to hand stitch, but it also makes adding paint or gelatos easier. You have a controlled shape to paint and you get a “messy” look yet you’re still painting in the lines. Thanks for stopping by!
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Have you tried hand stitching? Do you love it? Hate it? Feel so-so about it? I for one can't get enough and have several more pages with stitching in the works!

Pink Paislee Sweet Freedom Layout

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The new 4th of July collection from Pink Paislee called Sweet Freedom is hands down my favorite Independence Day collection EVER! I love its shabby feel, "buffalo plaid", and western vibes. Antique chic!
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4TH OF JULY by Paige Evans
DESCRIPTION: A single die cut star found in the Sweet Freedom ephemera pack inspired this entire layout!
JOURNALING SAYS: We had such a fun and memorable 4th of July with Tom, Margi, and Nick in our backyard!
HOW TO: Die cut the "4th of July Star" from any color of cardstock to use as a template to trace and cut 10 pieces of patterned paper from the 6x6 Sweet Freedom paper pad. Hand stitch around each paper piece then use foam adhesive to attach the star onto a subtle cream striped paper background. Tuck a photo under the right side and embellish with a journaling card, die cuts, and puffy sticker. Make a die cut cluster on the left side and a couple hearts in the center. Tuck a flower die cut and a fussy cut flower under the top right side. Machine stitch three die cuts in place. Journal with a black pen on the top left. Drop white paint in three places to finish.
SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, die cuts, puffy sticker: Sweet Freedom by Pink Paislee; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo 3; Star cut file: Paige Evans; Pen, adhesive: American Crafts
PROCESS VIDEO: Here is a start-to-finish process video showing exactly how this layout was made!
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I'm so inspired to scrap more 4th of July photos now!

Happy 4th BDay Layout for Scrapbook & Cards Today

Monday, March 20, 2017

The design team is celebrating the 11th birthday of Scrapbook & Cards Today with some fun birthday-themed projects! Here is my contribution to the festivities:
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HAPPY 4TH BDAY by Paige Evans
DESCRIPTION: I've seen paper rosettes making a comeback lately and I wanted to give them a go again! But, I reeeeeally didn't want them to be too thick - bulky embellishments means I can't fit as many pages into a scrapbook (despite my last scrappy post, HA! But I did make this layout before that one ;) and I need all the space I can get! So, I made them only 1/8" thick. It was a labor of love but it was 1000% worth it!
JOURNALING SAYS: Happy birthday sweet & adorable Jane! How did you grow up so fast? You bring us so much laughter and joy with your hilarious self!
HOW TO: I started by trying to figure out if this technique was even possible in such a minute scale. Using a scoring board I scored every 1/8" on one of the papers from the Oh My Heart 12x12 Paper Pad - there are 6 papers that have rose gold foiling and 6 that are die cut and ready to layer! I used the tiny rose gold hearts paper and attempted to make a thin rosette. Let's just say I gave up on the first attempt. Then I made one that had scored lines every 1/4", but like I predicted, it was just too darn thick for my layout, albeit much much much easier to make. I tried again at 1/8", this time not trying to rush the process and tweaked my folding technique until I got it right! Once I figured out how to make one, I couldn't stop. I varied the width of the papers to get different sized rosettes. My favorite part is seeing the new pattern that emerges when the paper is looped together - I LOVE the top right rosette on the layout - that paper is triangles of color but look at the beautiful design it makes once it's a rosette! Swoon. After all the rosettes were made (I had to stop when my fingers were too numb to do any more minuscule folding and creasing lol), I picked a background paper. Since I chose Oh My Heart papers that were mostly bright colors on a white background for the rosettes I needed a darker background to help them stand out and become the focal element. I hadn't used the periwinkle stripes paper yet and it looked beautiful as the background so that was that! I splashed white acrylic paint over the background and let it dry. Then I layered the rosettes on top, trying not to overlap them a whole heckuva lot because that would have defeated the purpose of making them so thin lol. I punched three photos of Jane on her birthday into 2" circles and matted them with white cardstock. I made them circles to continue with the round theme - round rosettes, round splashes, round photos. Next I tied a rainbow of baker's twine into bows and added one to the center of each rosette. On the largest rosette I created the title with Thickers and mini alphabet stickers. I fussy cut a white scalloped border from a 6x6 paper, stamped journaling lines above, and wrote my journaling to finish! You can watch the entire process in a YouTube video below!
SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, Thickers, mini alphabet stickers, journaling lines stamp: Oh My Heart by Paige Evans / Pink Paislee; Scoring board, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Baker's Twine: Divine Twine; Paint: FolkArt; Circle punch: EK Success
PROCESS VIDEO: Watch how this layout came to be and how to make these 1/8" paper rosettes:
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Happy 11th birthday to Scrapbook & Cards Today!

Stratford-upon-Avon, England

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Our last stop this trip was in the hometown of William Shakespeare: Stratford-upon-Avon.

We stopped by Anne Hathaway's house (not the actress but Shakespeare's wife) and passed this row of colorful-doored brick homes along the way.

This half-timbered, thatched roof home was Anne's house. To visit and walk around the grounds cost a pretty penny so we opted out, but I'm glad we still got to see it since it's right on the street.
At the harbor is a wonderful monument to Shakespeare complete with statues of some of his most famous characters such as Hamlet.

Boats on the River Avon.
Our little Jane is chock-full of personality and she wears her emotions on her sleeve. She was a little grumpy.
Even without the connection to Shakespeare, Stratford is full of half-timbered charm and an appealing core to stroll and explore.

The pedestrianized Henley Street near Shakespeare's birth home.
We stopped bringing our stroller on adventures awhile ago. It's working out well ;)
This is the house where William Shakespeare was born.
Town details.

Eventually we made our way back towards the river to see Shakespeare's final resting place in the Holy Trinity Church.
The church is surrounded by an evocative graveyard but the Bard is entombed inside.
The church also marks the ninth-century birthplace of the town which was once a religious settlement.
Inside the church.

The grave of the poet William Shakespeare.

It was an absolutely luscious day weather-wise.
Americans have made a lot of important contributions to the town, including funding entirely the Swan Theater renovation for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
One of these is not like the other (the little white/brown house sticking out from the red brick ones).
Short video of Stratford-upon-Avon (mostly Jane doing her thing outside the church):
Our family in Stratford-upon-Avon on Monday March 6th 2017:
The next day we headed back to Germany! We had such a fun time exploring the Midlands of England! Can only hope to be back soon :)

Warwick, England

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The quaint little town of Warwick is home to Britain's finest medieval castle which dominates the banks of the River Avon.

Despite having one of the most visited sights in Britain, Warwick town itself seems to just go about its business. 
After we parked near the castle we had a few minutes before it opened so we went out to explore.
I love England. I want to live here.
MINT DOOR! Be still my heart.
Colorful doors galore.

Love these tiles on the steps and the mossy rocks.

The most photogenic building in town is the Lord Leycester Hospital, a gaggle of higgledy piggledy adjoining 14th century half-timbered houses.
More half-timbered charm
So British, amiright?!
Spring is coming! Spring is coming! 'Cept, these aren't real haha.
When we first drove into town and were trying to find the castle we passed by this beautiful timbered building and I had to go back and get a photo of it. Mission accomplished.
Looking down towards St. Nicholas church.
Which way should we go?
St. Nicholas. You can climb the tower (which I did).
Inside the church there are some lovely tombs of some of the old earls.

Views from the top of the tower.

I spy Warwick Castle. It was cool to see it from afar before seeing it up close.
Back at street level we walked over towards Market Place.
Even without the castle this town is so cute it warrants a stop.
After exploring the town we headed back to what we came to see: the castle!
The castle is a 14th and 15th century fortified shell holding an 18th and 19th century royal residence all surrounded by a marvelous landscape.
The cash-strapped but enterprising current Earl of Warwick hired Merlin Entertainment (owners of many of the UKs big attractions) to revamp the castle and grounds and make it into almost a medieval theme park.
They've packed the place with entertaining exhibits and demonstrations wile still preserving the history of the place. There were school tours galore and the kids seemed to be loving it.
Inside the residence the cavernous great hall is full of arms and armor.
Throughout the castle they've staged it with wax figures to give visitors a sense of what life was like in the castle circa the turn-of-the-century. I've never seen anything like this before in all of the palaces and castles we've toured and I LOVED it! It was neat to feel like flies on the wall seeing what life would have looked and sounded like - there were people "talking" and babies "crying", bath water "running" etc.
Although it was a little disconcerting to walk into a room and be startled by a life-like figure! It got me every time I swear! But ultimately it was a super duper cool addition.
Window details.
My hubby and immaculately detailed wood.

While touring you get to see Waterford crystal chandeliers, coffered ceilings, and more.
The study. One of the wax figures here was a young Winston Churchill.
A grander version of our library, complete with pink couch ;)
It was fun to trace the development of the castle from formidable defensive fortress to a genteel Victorian manor home.

Mirror selfie.

For reals!
Fox and a giant soup pot and the castle.

Back outside we climbed The Mound which is where the original Norman castle of 1068 stood.

Looking down on the main residence portion of the castle from the mound. I wouldn't mind living here.

Lovely surrounding English countryside. I wish we had had the time to walk around the grounds!
Cutest. PINK. Caretaker cottage. Ever.
The River Avon.
While driving to our next destination we stopped on the bridge so I could snap some more photos.
Warwick snippets:
Our family at Warwick Castle on Monday March 6th 2017.

Last destination of this adventure through the Midlands: Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford-Upon-Avon!
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