The Ton’s Spring 2019 Release Blog Hop

We are celebrating The Ton’s Spring 2019 Release with 7 new designs! There are additional promotions with free gifts. Head over to The Ton’s blog for more details. 
Giveaways: Three winners will receive a stamp set of choice from our new Spring 2019 release (excluding Fantastic Feathers). To qualify, please leave a comment on each blog or youtube video. Comment period will close on 4/10 at 6pm EST. Winners will be announced on the The Ton’s blog after.

Hey again! I’m so excited I was asked to participate in this blog hop with The Ton! Here’s a look at the layout I created for today’s release:

I am IN LOVE with the Wildflower Bouquet Builder stamp set. I could see using this again and again. It’s the perfect size for layouts, TN spreads and cards. It’s definitely going to become a staple in my stash!

I started this layout by stamping all of the flowers and leaves a few times on Neenah solar white 110 lbs cardstock with Momento black ink since I knew I wanted to color with my Copic markers. I roughly cut out the images before coloring to get a general idea of where I was going to place the flowers.

Then I used another piece of Neenah solar white to stamp additional flowers. The fussy cut flowers would be bumped up on foam to add dimension and the background flowers would be filler for the layout.

I colored the daisies with Y26, Y15 and Y13

I colored the purple wildflowers with V01, V12 and R20.

And the stems/leaves were colored with G07 and YG17.

Once everything was colored, I fussy cut all the flowers and worked on placement some more. Before adhering my photo, I added some black splatters to the background.

After adding my photo, I decided my layout needed some of the cute bees. So I stamped a few of those and dotted them with a Y15 Copic marker. I finished off the layout by adding a chipboard “love” sticker as my title and a lavender label for my date stamp.

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure to head to Svitlana next. Here’s the entire lineup:

  1. The Ton
  2. Tae Eun Yoo
  3. Heba Alsibai(Youtube)
  4. Chris Dayton
  5. Vera Yates
  6. Kymona Tracey
  7. Amy Tsuruta
  8. Brenda Noelke
  9. Jana Millen
  10. Ilina Crouse
  11. Olga Matyushevskaya 
  12. Laura Jane Head
  13. Janette Kausen 
  14. Anna Kutcenko
  15. Kira Ness 
  16. Svitlana Shayevich 
  17. Amy Kolling 
  18. Mayline Jung

xo, Kira

“Make a Wish” Layout

Hey again, I’m back with a sporadic blog post. If I’m completely honest, I recently quit one of my design teams and it’s left me with this “What do I do now?” sort of feeling. So what I do now, is make some layouts for fun, from my stash!

My youngest turned three recently! I’m actually dying a little inside, because I still call him “Baby” and refuse to accept the fact that he’s actually in full blown toddlerhood. So, he’s three. And I probably should start calling him by his actual name because I’m not sure he knows it. Oops.

I got lots of cute pictures of him on his birthday so I’ll have a ton more to scrap but I just love this one of him. That right there folks is the look you get when an ice cream cake is making its way towards you.

I decided I wanted a cut file for this layout, so I went ahead and created this one. It was originally supposed to be an ice cream cone. But my four year old (aka my biggest critic) was all, “Mama, that’s not an ice cream cone, that’s a cupcake.” And after pouting for a brief second, I realized he was right and it did indeed look more like a cupcake. If you want to use it in your own projects, feel free to download here.

Most of the product used on this layout is from the Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Confetti collection that I bought in digital form from AC Digitals. I did add in some other elements from my stash though, to give it more texture.

My friend, Natalie, and I really love picking out the trends of the scrapbook world. And this is one I’ve noticed recently…ribbon “tabs”. I’ve been adding them in subtly in a few of my layouts. I love the extra texture it adds. Below this ribbon tab, I added in a little diy banner embellishment, which is another fun way to stretch your digital stash.

Thanks for stopping by!

xo, Kira

The Ton Washi Tape Release

The Ton is celebrating their first washi tape release with two new washi tapes! There are some free gifts with purchase promotions ongoing. Head over to The Ton Stamps’ blog for more details. 
GIVEAWAYS: Win one of The Ton’s new washi tapes! To enter, leave a comment on each blog. Effie will choose three winners and announce the winners on The Ton’s blog by March 9. The comment period for this giveaway will close on March 8 at 7pm EST.

Hey everyone!  I am super excited to be sharing this layout with you that I created using the new wildflower washi from The Ton!  First off, this washi is GORGEOUS!  I love the watercolor florals and I love that it is 3″ wide!  So many possibilities!

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I started by sticking the washi down on some white cardstock.  Then using my cutterbee scissors, I carefully fussy cut around all of the images.  There are some larger floral clusters, some smaller and some lone leaves as well.  I thought they would make perfect die cuts for a layout.

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Once I got all the pieces fussy cut out, it was just a matter of placement around my page.  I chose this cute photo of my youngest son on our most recent trip to the farmers market.  I placed one of the large floral clusters underneath my photo, and then layered another small flower behind it along with a puffy sticker.

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I decided to cover up a lot of the black table in the photo with a smaller floral cluster and layered a tiny word sticker on top of it.

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Then I added two large floral clusters at the top and bottom of my page, layering both with gold foil die cuts, puffy stickers and paper die cuts.

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I finished off the page with a short title and some black enamel dots and splatters.  Here’s another look at my layout using the new washi from The Ton:

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Next stop is Heba.

Here’s the entire list of participants, so make sure you don’t miss anyone!

  1. The Ton
  2. Olga Matyushevskaya
  3. Anna Kutsenko
  4. Amy Kolling
  5. Mayline Jung
  6. Ilina Crouse
  7. Vera Yates
  8. Laurel Beard
  9. Tae Eun Yoo
  10. Kymona Tracey
  11. Brenda Noelke
  12. Janette Kausen
  13. Svitlana Shayevich
  14. Amy Tsuruta
  15. Lisa Harolle
  16. Laura Jane
  17. Jana Millen
  18. Kira Ness (You are HERE!)
  19. Heba Alsibai (Youtube)

xo, Kira

The Ton’s 4th Anniversary Blog Hop – Day 3

The Ton is celebrating 4 years this month and Effie has introduced 9 new designs for this release. There are some free gifts with purchase promotions ongoing. Head over to The Ton Stamps’ blog for more details. 
GIVEAWAYS: There are also giveaways everyday on these mini hops! Win a stamp of choice from The Ton’s new release. To enter, leave a comment on each blog each day. Effie will choose one winner per day (4 winners total) and announce the winners on The Ton’s blog by January 12. The comment period for these giveaways will close on January 11 at 7pm EST. 

I am so excited Effie asked me to create with some of her beautiful stamps today! If you guys aren’t familiar with The Ton, make sure to check them out here. I’ve been a fan for awhile, but this is my first time using the stamps, and oh my gosh, I was not disappointed.

I decided the Today’s Cosmos stamp set needed to come live in my craft room forever. I’m a sucker for floral stamps, and even better if they’re large and fussy-cuttable (totally a thing, lol).

Immediately after receiving this stamp set in the mail, I stamped a bunch of the cosmos and leaves on some Bristol Smooth white cardstock with Versafine Onyx ink. I spent a little bit of time fussy cutting everything out. Since I wasn’t 100% sure if I would leave the flowers black and white or paint them, I started with the fussy cutting so I could decide later.

I printed my photo on an 8.5×11 piece of glossy photo paper. I have been loving this technique lately where I frame a large photo with cut files, die cuts, or stamped images!

After all of my images were cut out, I tested some coloring with my Zig markers on a few to see if I liked it better than the white/black. It’s safe to say that I did!

The coloring went fairly quick, and I love how the petals sort of curled up when the paper dried. I added some foam to some of the flowers to add even more dimension to the page.

I added one of the phrase stamps directly to my photo to serve as my title. I love how it’s tucked in to the flowers and just looks like it’s a part of the photo.

And here’s my final layout:

Next on the hop is Susan, make sure to stop by and see how she used some of these new release stamps!

Blog hop lineup:

The Ton (Heba)

Tazhiana Gordon

Marsha Farris

Me! *you are here!

Susan B.

Olga Matyushevskaya

Ilda Dias

Happy Hopping!

xo, Kira

CITRUS TWIST KITS NSD 2019 BLOG HOP

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:

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Here’s a look at my final layout again:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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

“Have Fun” Layout

Here’s another layout I whipped up recently:

My youngest son is now an only child three days a week due to Fishy’s preschool schedule. To say he loves it is a bit of an understatement. I’ve never felt more loved than when we spend the day together. My husband joins us for lunch during the day and my son just whines, “Nooooooo!” because daddy is clearly interrupting the greatest playtime he’s ever experienced. Lol.

In the picture I decided to scrap, we’re playing with a cardboard rocket (a fast food kids meal toy of sorts). We’d count down from ten and then I’d launch the rocket into the air. I snapped a picture during the countdown and you can just feel the excitement radiating from him, can’t you?

I decided to use my April kit from The Wild Hare Kits for this layout. There’s a paper I received from the Vicki Boutin paper pad that has pretty clouds on it. This paper served as my jumping off point for the layout. Clearly, I needed a rocket cut file to complete the aesthetic I wanted to create.

I didn’t own a rocket cut file, so I created this one. (Feel free to download and use on your own projects). Since I didn’t want to cover up the cloud paper, I backed the rocket with vellum.

The rest of the layout came together really quickly using my kit. I switched out a white background paper for a star paper from my digital stash.

Thanks for stopping by!

xo, Kira