Guest Designing for Technique Tuesday: Perfect Potions

Hey there!  I am back today with another layout using some goodies I received from Technique Tuesday.  Here’s a look at the layout I made:

My oldest son is obsessed with Harry Potter, possibly even more than I am.  And when he started to understand that he was going to be starting at a new school, he was convinced it would be like Hogwarts.  He started requesting that we practice making potions to get him prepared for school.  Since I am not one to deny my children of a little Harry Potter fun, I obliged.

I wanted to play off the idea that we were making “potions” in this photo, by creating a potion cut file.  I found a simple potion bottle shape off of google images, and imported it into my Cricut design space software.  Then I cut the image at 10.5″ tall on white cardstock.

I used The Story stamp set to stamp my “potion” in the bottle.  I used a lavender color ink, the “what matters the most” stamp and then used the same ink to add splatters over my stamping.

I used the Essential Stitched Label dies to add my potion label to my bottle using patterned paper cardstock.  I wanted to add some more texture to my page so I wrapped some bakers twine around my bottle/label a few times.  I added “Potions” as my title in some pink foam thickers, letting the final tie of bakers twine rest over the top of them.

I finished the layout by adding some embellishment clusters around my page, along with some black splatters.

Thanks for stopping by!

xo, Kira

Guest Designing with Technique Tuesday

Hey there!  This is my second month guest designing for Technique Tuesday and today I am working with The Story Stamp Set.  We recently took a trip to the beach for my son’s fifth birthday (and I recently got a new phone that takes amazing photos), so I am going to be creating an entire album of our trip in a Citrus Twist Kits Life Crafted album.

August Project #1-1

I love the story prompts of this stamp set and decided to start with “Where we were”.  I took a beautiful shot of the beach and ocean and stamped directly on the photo with that stamp.  I added a little Color Cast Designs acrylic fish next to the stamp as well.

August Project #1-4

The journaling card below my photo explains exactly where we were, and why we love that spot best.  Do you have a favorite beach?  I’d love to know in the comments!

August Project #1-3

On the left side of my layout I created my own patterned paper with the journaling lines stamp included on the stamp set.  I love versatile stamps like this.  Obviously it’s great for adding journaling, but you can create some great patters with it too!  I went with a grid pattern because #gridpatternsarelife.

August Project #1-2

I topped my custom patterned paper with a cut file (from The Cut Shoppe) and added a fun title with some die cut pieces and another Color Cast Acrylic piece.

I hope you check out the latest release at Technique Tuesday, and get your stories told!

xo, Kira

Technique Tuesday Giveaway!

Hey friends!  I’m joining Technique Tuesday for a fun blog hop and giveaway!

Hop Along and Comment for a Chance to WIN a $20 Gift Certificate!

The Technique Tuesday Design Team members have been busy making some amazing new projects for this blog hop that are sure to inspire you. Plus don’t forget to leave comments as you go! The winner of a $25 gift certificate will be chosen at random from the comments left on all the posts. Just click on each of the Technique Tuesday design team member’s names and leave a comment on one, some, or all of their blogs. The more comments you leave the more chances you have to win. This giveaway is open to internationally. We will announce the winner here on this blog the week of July 7th!

If you’re following me on Instagram, you are well aware that I am plugging away on my vacation album, after a recent trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, FL.  I thought this month’s stamps would be perfect to document the story of our pool time (or lack thereof) while we were on vacation!

I got this really great photo of a storm rolling in while we were at the pool.  This was the first day we were there, but it was a daily occurrence!  The weather would be gorgeous and then all of the sudden dark clouds would appear, sometimes for minutes, sometimes for a couple of hours.  I printed my photo out at 4×6 and stamped “unplanned memories” directly on the photo.

I used the journaling pocket to type up a little something describing the events.  And left a little area where I would be able to stamp “life happens”.  I felt the card was lacking a little color, so I added a pink flower die cut and stamped directly on top.

On the reverse page, I decided to pull out my Cricut and cut a cute little palm tree, backed with patterned paper.  I used the History in the Making banner, along with the phrase “the normal routine” to create a custom die cut.  I layered it among some more die cut flowers for a pop of color.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hop along for more chances to win!

xo, Kira


Happy iNSD friends!  I can’t wait to get scrappy today and hope you are able to join us for some of the challenges we have planned for the day!

The Citrus Twist Kits team has a blog hop prepared, so hop along for your chance to win prizes!

I’m joining Lydia for a Recipe Challenge.  We have each picked one item to use on our layout, and challenge each of you to use those three things as well.  Our prompts are:

  1.  Stamps
  2. Stash
  3. Stitching

Here’s a look at the layout I made using the May kits:


I started this layout by stamping my background.  It is super subtle but I love the bit of color it brings to my page!  I used the Life Crafted stamp set and chose to repeat stamp “I’ll Always Choose This” all over my white cardstock.



For the “stash” prompt, I used a piece of the book page from the LC kit.  So even if you don’t have your May kit yet, you could grab an old book page from your stash!  I layered mine among die cut pieces, a piece of packaging, and even a glassine bag!


The final prompt was stitching, which was actually MY choice, and yet I ended up with the tiniest bit on my layout!  Ha!  I added some stitching to the left side of my page, just on top of some pattern paper strips.


Here’s a look at my final layout again:


Now it is time to visit Lydia, and continue hopping along until you end up on the Citrus Twist Kits Instagram page. When you get to Instagram after visiting all of our Creative Team contributions, just do the following:

* Like us – @citrustwistkits
* Tag us in a message to let us know you completed the blog hop on our NSD post
* Tag a friend in your message

xo, Kira

“Let’s Go” Layout

I finished up my petite kit from The Wild Hare Kits recently, creating this layout:

I really wanted to create something that would use up the bits and pieces from this month’s kit and last month’s kit. I thought the best way to do this would be to layer all the pieces under a cut file.

My original idea was a seahorse, because my son is always complaining about these little toy seahorses that won’t stand up. That’s not really what this layout is about, but the picture makes me think about the seahorses too. I ended up choosing a sea turtle instead just because I thought there would be more surface area to fill.

I found an image on google by searching “turtle silhouette”. Then I cut that image out of white cardstock. Since some of the pieces I had planned on using were acetate and vellum, I decided I needed a patterned paper underneath the turtle. I just grabbed the closest one to me, which happened to be a white with black polka dots and larger mint polka dots.

Then I started layering my die cuts, chipboard and puffy stickers. Once everything was adhered, I put foam behind the white cardstock.

I finished off the layout with a title that doesn’t really make sense, my journaling and some Shimmerz splatters (in Coloringz Pink Stiletto) (P.S. enter my name at checkout and Shimmerz will send you a free gift!).

Thanks for stopping by!

xo, Kira

Butterfly Layout

Are your kids addicted to the Target dollar section?  Mine are.  I don’t know that we can even walk in Target without browsing, and most often buying something from there.  My kids are totally spoiled.


The other day while Fishy was in school, Ellie and I took a trip to Target.  Of course we found ourselves in the dollar section.  And Ellie found some butterfly nets.  He had to get one for Fish since he wasn’t there too; he’s sweet like that.  We made our way through the store with Ellie trying to catch everything he could in his net, I knew it was well worth the $1 price tag.


When we got home, Ellie took his butterfly net out back to catch some “buh-flies”.  I snapped some pictures because he was too cute.  And was thrilled when The Cut Shoppe released the Butterfly Wings cut file since I knew it would be perfect for this photo.


I sized the cut file as large as I could to fit on my 8.5×11 page.  Then I used lots of colorful paper from my stash to back it.  I bumped it up on some foam and embellished with a mix of embellishments from my stash.


I chose the title, “Catch the Buh-fly” since that’s what Ellie kept saying the entire time he was outside with his net.


Until next time,

xo, Kira

“Goodbye Hello” Travelers Notebook Layout

I’m still working my way through Ellie’s birthday photos. I always like to take a selfie with my kids on their birthdays and then scrapbook about how I’m feeling about them growing up. Problem with Ellie is that he doesn’t really like to sit still for photos. So this is the best I could do. Lol.

I added this layout to my personal TN, where I keep all of my own stories. And since I just received my Ink Road Stamps DT box, I knew I needed to use the new Days-E Bouquet stamp. I also just took a trip to Tuesday Morning, and grabbed the My Mind’s Eye Splendor 6×6 paper pad. So I used the paper pad as inspiration for my Copic coloring.

After coloring the bouquet, I fussy cut it out to use as a die cut on my layout. I used a few papers from the paper pad and layered them on my TN spread.

I used die cuts from my stash to embellish the page, along with stickers from the Maggie Holmes sticker book, Maggie Holmes washi tape and some enamel dots.

I titled my page “Goodbye Hello” using some Citrus Twist Kits puffy alphas.

Thanks for stopping by!

xo, Kira

“Wowza!” Layout

Before Ellie’s birthday, Fish and I took a trip to Target to shop for a birthday present from Fish. While driving there I asked him to start thinking of things Ellie might like. He told me, “Baby likes slime, and dinosaurs, and bugs, and sharks!” And he is exactly right. Those are all of Ellie’s favorite things.

Fish ended up getting Ellie a baby shark fishing game (that was a huge hit) but we went back to Target on Ellie’s birthday to spend a gift card that he received. Ellie found another shark game, that’s been equally as loved. Luckily I snapped this super cute photo of him playing with it.

I decided this photo called for a shark cut file, which is just a stock shark photo I found on Google. I cut it out on some Paige Evans Whimsical paper and stitched around it with blue thread. I chose some yellow patterned paper from the Confetti collection to serve as my background paper.

I stuck with a simple yellow, orange and blue color scheme for my embellishing and just grabbed some random pieces from my stash. I decided I wanted some leaves, so I used one of my Ton Stamps sets and created some blue leaves to tuck in around the page.

I finished the page with a title. I am actually quite horrible at coming up with titles, so most of the time I rely on thicker phrases to help me out. For this layout, I chose the word “Wowza” from an older Crate Paper collection thicker pack. The black felt a little bold by itself on the page so I added some stars around the page to balance it out.

Thanks for stopping by!

xo, Kira