Sunday, August 6, 2017

Clique Kits August Challenge

Hey all! 

The August Challenge over at Clique Kits is live! If you haven't seen the August Malibu Kit yet, click HERE. Don't forget the BACK TO SCHOOL sale is going right now, too. Head over to the shop and then use code SCHOOL17 at checkout to save 25% off your total order!

Now, on to the challenge. We have an awesome sketch by Kristine Davidson of Creative Scrappers to use as inspiration. The challenge this month is Title Play: create a fun title with a mix of thickers, stickers, cut files, etc.! Head over to the CK blog post here to see the sketch and other design team member's take. 

Here is the card I created with a couple of close ups:

Thanks for swinging by today! Happy creating!


Thursday, August 3, 2017


Hey friends, 

The August Malibu Kit from Clique Kits is so perfect for those beach layouts! So, when we got it, and after I whipped up a few cards, I knew I wanted to do a couple of layouts too. I shared the first one in my last post. And, I was so excited after actually spending time at a local beach to have some photos to do a REAL beach layout! Yay! It's always fun when I get to use themed collections for their intended theme! My creative brain can relax.  All that to say, this layout is a bit out of my usual style. I've dubbed myself as clean and simple with a touch of whimsy. That whimsy might include some ink splatters or a little stitching or just a little of somethin' somethin' to add some not so "clean" touches. This page, though, has a lot!

First, I was drawn to the piece of patterned paper with all the words on it. I added some gesso and inks and mists to it using a couple of techniques - packaging paper technique and splattering till the cows come home.

Fun, right???

I love that background paper and the life it brings to this page! And constructing a grid design was so easy. I did some layering and then added little embellishment clusters to ground each photo. I am digging those shells! Aren't they awesome???

When I originally made the grid, it was missing something. So, I decided to add those purple strips and layered on top a thin strip of striped paper. It really did bring everything together. 

I threw in some enamel dots from my own stash to just add a little something.

And that's it! Love this collection from Pink Paislee! Head over to Clique Kits for more inspiration AND to shop till you drop! Use code melissa10 to save yourself 10%. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Ferry Hair Don't Care {Clique Kits}

Hello friends, 

I have a fun layout to share with you today using product that's included in the GORGEOUS August Kit - Malibu - from Clique Kits. It features the Summer Lights collection from Pink Paislee. I just love the colors and icons and patterns in this kit. Plus, all the exclusives from CK (flair and sequins, oh my!) coordinate so perfectly. This kit will have you dreaming about Summer memories in no time!

While my focus is usually cards, and I've got some cards and videos in process, I wanted to document a fun photo from my recent staycation. I took the ferry over to a sweet little town called Port Townsend. I love where I live! With the ferry, it was only an hour and a half long trip. The ferry ride made it so much more fun, too! 

I see all the phrases, lately, "mermaid hair don't care". So, I decided to do a twist on that - Ferry hair don't care!

There was a die cut in the collection that actually had the phrase "mermaid hair don't care" so, I cut out the mermaid hair and then used the Thickers to add the words Ferry Hair. (I love these thickers!!!) 

When I add my little ink splats and embellies, I usually run for my enamel dots or wood veneers. This time, I wanted to take advantage of the big ole bag of exclusive sequins in the kit. So, I used Glossy Accents to do some little dots here and there and then, put some sequins down. It adds a really fun look!

The next thing was, I wanted to jazz up my page. There was some space that just felt empty. I kept staring at that bag of sequins. Could I do a little shaker element? Maybe some clusters? Then, I thought, what about a shape??? So, I grabbed the Glossy Accents again, did a heart and shape and.... wah la!

There are so many other great things in this kit that will help complete your projects. I loved the frames in the die cut bag. I actually cut those and used the top parts of the frames as layering elements. You can see those at the top part of the patterned papers. 

Also, you may not notice but, it's bugging me. My layout got a bit warped when I spilled some water on my desk. I was so mad! So, the photo of my page is a little crinkled. As irritated as I am, I'm glad it didn't actually RUIN the page. That would have been a very sad day!

Well, thanks for swinging by! Go grab YOUR August kit NOW
And enjoy a 10% discount by using my code melissa10 at check out. You can use that code for any purchase through the Clique Kits shop, too! Enjoy!