It’s February 1st…which means a couple of things.  It’s a new kit release and staff challenge at The Urban Scrapbook, where I teach classes…and it’s time for a new Sketchy Challenge over at Canadian Scrapbooker magazine!

Today I’ll post my Urban staff challenge layout and next week I’ll show you my CS Sketchy challenge.

I promised myself to use some of my Mexico photos (WITHOUT the teenagers in them!)

HOLA!  and POW…how’s that for colour???

Aren’t those flowers gorgeous? I cannot believe they are real and growing outdoors there…amazing.

This month’s Urban kit has the wonderful new Basic Grey “Kissing Booth” papers, alpha sticker sheet and die cuts package….plus a bunch of other lovely embellishments.  I’m usually not a big fan of large floral patterns, but this one I LOVED and knew right away I wanted it to be the background.

Here are some close ups….

Metal lock and key courtesy of Tim Holtz and Martha Stewart butterfly border punch.
Really cute tiny alpha stickers are on the Kissing Booth Alpha sticker sheet.
Banners are in the Kissing Booth die cut package and ANOTHER alpha from that sticker sheet!
The Prima “Say It In Crystals” have beautiful facets that catch the light. The green ruffle is ribbon tucked behind the paper layer.
I created a circle of yellow butterflies with another Martha Stewart punch.

I have a little tutorial on how I made the two pink flowers for the layout using 7Gypsies tape (a technique I saw Tim Holtz do).

I coloured the tulle flower below with alcohol ink and mist.

It is so easy to alter the colour of the tape to suit your project. I find that alcohol ink works best.

Here is what you need….

Tissue tape, Blending Tool and felt pad, Blending Solution, Snow Cap Mixative and Red Pepper Alcohol Ink

First you cut a circle roughly out of scrap paper…the size of the circle depending on how large you want you flower to be….

The Snow Cap Mixative (white) makes the alcohol ink more opaque. I also used it to change the Red Pepper to Pink Pepper!

You need very little Snow Cap on your felt to adjust the colour of the red.  The piece of tape should be MUCH longer because you will be pleating it (as shown below) but for the demo I used a short piece here.

Start anywhere on your scrap circle and just fold and pleat around the centre.
For this flower, I put 2 layers of pleating, to make the flower fluffier (more dimensional).

The centre can be anything, a pearl, a gem….here I used a Prima light pink crystal.

So come on over to The Urban Scrapbook (or order online) and pick up your wonderful February kit! You’ll also see all the layouts the Design Team has created….so many talented scrapbookers!

And remember….if you can’t go to Mexico to see the beautiful flowers, then you can make some at home in your studio!

19 Comments on Hola!

  1. scrappyhappymom
    February 1, 2012 at 8:21 am (5 years ago)

    Kelly…this is FABULOUS! I love to see what you are going to create next! I really love what you did using this collection. You inspire me my friend.

  2. Charlotte Brochu
    February 1, 2012 at 8:44 am (5 years ago)

    What a gorgeous LO! I love those bright, bold colors. They really bring out the beauty of Mexico! Thanks for the little tutorial on the flower! I’ve pinned it so that I can remember to make it. It’s adorable!

  3. Renee
    February 1, 2012 at 9:08 am (5 years ago)

    Such a beautiful LO, that orange flower is amazing!! Love the tutorial, thanks for sharing it!

  4. Miae
    February 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm (5 years ago)

    Your page is overflowing with color and I love it! Quintessentially Mexico and yes I agree that flower is amazing!! Thanks for the tutorial and I love that butterfly cluster!

  5. Kay
    February 1, 2012 at 5:13 pm (5 years ago)

    Wow…those flowers really are beautiful and this page did them justice. Such a bright & happy page! That cluster of butterflies is just amazing & really adds a nice touch! Thanks for sharing your tutorial on those flowers…

  6. Cindy Gay
    February 1, 2012 at 7:25 pm (5 years ago)

    Great colors and very neat flower.

  7. Melissa
    February 2, 2012 at 6:34 am (5 years ago)

    Thanks for the great tutorial. I love stumbling upon talented fellow Canadians. New follower here.

  8. Michelle
    February 2, 2012 at 11:06 am (5 years ago)

    Wow! so bright and tropical ! I’m feeling all warm and toasty [ which is a miracle seeing as my feet are freezing! LOL}Love the flower and the butterfly bunches are awesome! They remind me of pics of monarch buuterflies all clumped together when they migrate to Mexico for the winters! so cool. Is there no style of pp that you can’t turn into a work of art my friend?????

  9. misty
    February 2, 2012 at 6:29 pm (5 years ago)

    Such a bright beautiful page! I love that butterfly circle!

  10. Lynn Biermann
    February 2, 2012 at 8:19 pm (5 years ago)

    This is just a great bright & cheery lo! I love the feel good feeling of this! Tfs:)

  11. Izzyb
    February 4, 2012 at 7:56 am (5 years ago)

    I love your bright, happy page! It’s gorgeous. You do layering so well. All the little elements are just right. LOVE the flower. Thanks for the tutorial. I’m so going to try that.

  12. Sandra D
    February 4, 2012 at 9:45 am (5 years ago)

    Another beautiful layout Kelly! You used those papers so well – the circle of butterflies is my favourite element. It really draws one’s eye to the gorgeous flower photo.

  13. Sharon
    February 5, 2012 at 4:17 am (5 years ago)

    Oh my goodness, Kelly! Your page is absolutely gorgeous! I love the beautiful, bright colors and your AMAZING photos!!!!! Your attention to detail astounds me sometimes! Your page is Stunning!!!!!!!

  14. Jan Hennings
    February 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm (5 years ago)

    very the little banner 🙂

  15. Jody
    February 6, 2012 at 7:37 pm (5 years ago)

    I love the butterfly circle and the banner of course! Great job!

  16. Roxanne
    February 7, 2012 at 10:14 pm (5 years ago)

    So nice to see bright colours at this point in winter.
    I nominated you for the Liesbster award…check it out on my blog!

  17. scrapbookertink
    February 12, 2012 at 7:21 am (5 years ago)

    This is one of my favourites from you, it is amazing, love the butterfly circle the best, take care, Doreen x

  18. Sandi Cl~
    February 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm (5 years ago)

    Holy moly! It is bright but boy do I love it! Great little banner too!

  19. WillieburgScrapper
    February 14, 2012 at 8:29 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh MAN! I love that stream of yellow butterflies! LOVE IT! I’m going to “lift” this page- will let you know when I post it!!! I wish I could go to Mexico- the flower photos ALONE make me want to buy the airline ticket right this very moment.


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