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Be Our Guest: Missy Whidden






We are so happy to share the talented works of this month’s guest designer, Missy Whidden! Missy is one of those scrappers whose work appeals to just about everyone, and she has a style that brings fresh and innovative ideas to every page she creates. Whether you scraplift one of her pages or find yourself wanting to try a specific technique that she used, there is no doubt you will be inspired by the beautiful layouts she created using BasicGrey’s Sun Kissed collection. Read on to learn more about Missy!




Hi there! I’m Missy Whidden, and I’ve been scrapping for almost ten years now.  Right before my first daughter was born, my mother-in-law asked me to help her create a scrapbook of all my husband’s baby photos. I was instantly hooked on the paper and stickers! Fast forward to present time, and I’m more in love with scrapping than ever before. I love patterned paper and die cuts created on my Silhouette Cameo. I love anything mixed media related – paints, inks mists, gelatos – especially watercolors. I love getting messy and creating artsy-type layouts.  I am honored to have served on many design teams over the years including My Mind’s Eye, Chickaniddy Crafts, Hip Kit Club, Shimmerz, The Cut Shoppe and My Scraps & More. I live in Central Florida and have been married to Marshall for over 15 years now. We’ve been a couple for almost 22!  We have two beautiful daughters, Reese and Paige. When I’m not scrapping, you can find me in the gym teaching fitness classes.


Layout 1: Fabulous Flier

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I just had to dive into all of these beautiful Sun Kissed patterned papers right away. I used several of them to die cut some butterflies on my Cameo. I wanted to have the element of flying since my daughter is flying through the air in the photo. I love how the light blue background paper reminds me of the sky, and these gorgeous colors look so pretty against it. The die cut word “fabulous” made it easy to create my title, and I paired that with some of the pink alpha stickers.



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Layout 2: Main Squeeze

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When I saw the cute lemon die cut, I knew I had to use that on a layout about me and my husband. I went with the lemon theme and used that adorable lemon patterned paper. I stuck to a blue, yellow and green color scheme with bits of the cork stickers added in. I added some white gesso to the papers and then came in with a few shades of yellow spray ink. I used a piece of plastic packaging to smudge the inks around, creating a fun watercolor effect. I die cut a messy circle and put my photos and most of the embellishments in and around it. I love the matching buttons in this collection! They look perfect mixed into the clusters.



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Layout 3: Beauty



I wanted to go light and airy for this layout, and I decided to use more butterflies.  I started with white cardstock and used a big floral die cut as a mask.  I used pink and yellow spray inks over it to create the background design.  I used a bit of blue spray ink as well for another pop of color.  I used a few papers as layers behind my photo and then layered lots of die cuts and stickers to the right going across the page.  I fussy cut that beautiful butterfly and the yellow trimmed oval from one of the patterned papers.  I love all the colors mixed together, and the die cut word “beauty” was perfect for my title.


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Layout 4: Sun Kissed




Since this collection is called Sun Kissed, I just had to create a layout using a cute pool picture! I cut a quilted design on my Cameo on white cardstock. I used quite a lot of the patterned papers to back the open spots. I left two rows open and used blue spray inks to create a water effect. I wanted to mimic the blue in the photo and make it look like water. I cut the title on one of the grey papers and split it on either side of my photo. I didn’t want to cover up any of the patterned paper areas, so I added a few long banner stickers toward the bottom of the page. I also added in some buttons and enamel dots and did some machine stitching. I love that those beautiful patterned papers take center stage on this layout!



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I had so much fun working with the Sun Kissed collection. The colors instantly drew me in. I love bright colors and fun patterns, and this line is full of both. I love that it’s so versatile; there are lots of general sentiments, but there are also pieces relating to food, nature and love. I love how Basic Grey has such unique patterns, and they look amazing layered together or backed behind a die cut. I did a bit of both of those techniques for my projects. It’s a really fun and vibrant collection.


Before we let Missy go, we asked her the BG Baker’s Dozen.


Favorite color:  Blue

Buttons or brads:  Brads

Dr. Phil or Dr. Oz:  Dr. Phil

Dots or stripes:  Gosh….both!

Mac or PC:  PC

Ribbon or twine:  Twine

Ninjas or pirates:  Ninjas

Google or Yahoo:  Google

Sweet or salty:  Sweet

Chipboard or wood veneer:  Wood Veneer

Mountains or beach:  Beach

Dog or cat:  Cat

Cake or pie:  Cake.  Lots of cake.



Missy, thank you so much for being our November guest designer!



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Updated Freebie Links



Hello all! Thank you so much for your patience with our technical issue on the past couple of freebie downloads. We love and appreciate you all so much, thanks for letting us know about the issue. We apologize and have the updated links below for you. Again thanks so much for your patience.


November 6th Freebie: Click HERE



November 13th Freebie: Click HERE



November 20th Freebie: Click HERE



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Holiday Decor with Audrey Pettit




AudreyPettit BG Typeset Poinsettias I am always a big fan of project ideas that can do double-duty, especially during the rush of the holidays. At this busy time of year, I’m looking for projects that can add a festive touch to my home decor, dress up packages, or gift to family and friends. And these pretty paper poinsettias, made with papers from the new Typeset collection, definitely fit the bill.

AudreyPettit BG Typeset Poinsettias2 Dies have really made our crafting lives so much easier, haven’t they? These poinsettias, with all three layers, can be created in bulk quickly and easily with just a few simple passes through a die cutting machine. I die cut several Typeset patterned papers until I had a variety of pieces to choose from, and then just stacked up the layers to get some fun mix-and-match designs.

AudreyPettit BG Typeset Poinsettias3 If you’d like to create paper decorations that can stand the test of time, here’s a quick tip for you. Try adhering two pieces of patterned paper together with a craft glue stick before die cutting. That will give your project lots of added strength and structure, in case you’d like to pull out these poinsettias again next year.

AudreyPettit BG Typeset Poinsettias4 I added a bit of ink to the edges of my petals using an ink blending tool, and then coated the flowers with a light dusting of diamond dust glitter. Then a trio of berries were attached to the center.

The finished poinsettias can then be used in so many different ways. Tied up in napkin rings, tucked into a gift bow, added as ornaments to the tree, filling a basket as home decor, and so much more. Now that’s double-duty!

Let’s take a closer look.

AudreyPettit BG Typeset Poinsettias Tut1 Begin by cutting a variety of Typeset patterned papers into panels that are slightly larger than your die. For durable, long-lasting flowers, go ahead and adhere two pieces of paper together using a glue stick.

AudreyPettit BG Typeset Poinsettias Tut2 Die cut all the pieces of paper using your favorite poinsettia die. I used the Tattered Poinsettia Bigz die by Tim Holtz and Sizzix. I also die cut the largest flower shape from solid green patterned paper to do a bit of paper piecing for leaves. Ink the edges of each flower using an ink blending tool, and then lightly bend and shape each petal to give them some life-like dimension. Stack the flower shapes and adhere in the center with strong adhesive or tacky glue.

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Dip an old junky paintbrush into watered-down white craft glue, and brush the adhesive onto a few areas of the flower. Sprinkle the glue with diamond dust glitter and set them aside to dry completely.

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Once the poinsettias are dry, punch a hole in the center and thread some glittered berries through the hole. I used berry picks by Petaloo for mine. Secure the berries with strong liquid adhesive or even hot glue.

At first glance, you would never know that this holiday project was made with non-holiday papers. Imagine the possibilities in your collection of patterned papers!

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