Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Not Lucky...BLESSED!

What better way to get over midweek than with a little COLOR!!  This is a layout I did for a great challenge over at Bad Girls Couture.

For this layout I just went all in.  I mixed it all up.  I cut up papers, I did machine stitching, I cut up the foam glitter sticker words to make them work for my page, I finger painted the edge of my picture, I stenciled molding paste, I inked edges, I water colored, I just went nuts y'all!
But sometimes we need to just unleash!

Here you can see how I cut the American Crafts Foam sticker words to customize them to fit what I wanted to say on my page.  I may have used an "n" or a "u" turned on it's side to make an "s" or trimmed another random letter down to make a "d" but when you put them all together it looks right!  LOL!

But you know, it still looks rather composed because the papers and supplies in this kit, although all very different really do mesh well together in a very hip and fashionable way.  I love how fresh it feels.

And lets talk about the stenciling molding paste on here, I use molding paste a lot but I don't normally do it on patterned paper.  (Just scrape it over your stencil with a palette knife then lift your stencil)  Can I just say how much I love the effect it made!  The texture was wonderful and when I came over it once it was dried with some bright just popped!  You have to try it!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Nostalgic Christmas Cottages!!

Who grew up with those sweet little vintage looking cottage houses with the white painted and glittered roofs either on their Christmas trees or on their tables at Christmas?  I know my grandma always had them and they were so sweet!  Well they are so easy to make!  And the papers in the Bad Girls Couture December kit are so cool and funky that you can make the neatest retro ones that have an updated twist that will be such a fun and add a fresh pop of color in your decor!

Using some basic card stock I had in my stash and some textured paper I created the base of it and then used all the beautiful papers from the kit to embellish it and bring it to life!  You really could create it just from the papers in the kit but I wanted it to have a little more structure.
So heres how what you need to construct the basic house

Cut two squares and two squares with a pointed rooftop from a heavier card stock or even cardboard if you want it really sturdy.  Then cut out a large rectangle out of whatever paper or material you would like to cover your roof.  I used texutred wallpaper for mine and trimmed the edges with decorative edge scissors.  I didn't include measurements because I really just eyed mine and you can adjust your depending on how large you want them.

Next you will tape the pieces together (from the inside) side by side till you form a cube constructing the outside of the house.

Lastly you will secure the roof on with tape from the inside as well.  Again, if you are using heavier materials like cardboard you may want to use a heavier adhesive like hot glue or something similar.
Now comes the FUN part!!  I used all the AMAZING papers and glitters in the kit to decorate!!

I covered the front of the house with one of my favorite papers in the kit because I just loved the graphic black and white of it and thought it was a great contrast to the colors.  Then I added a hand cut whimsical scalloped corner edge to the front sides.  I also cut out three identical trees and then folded creased them in half and glued them to themselves so they would form a three dimensional tree that would stand on it's own at the front of the house.  I used one of the large felt flowers as a door mat.  You can cut out a door, windows, or whatever you like.
The wreath over the door was created by punching out a bunch of branches with a punch and glue dotting them in a circular shape with a circle of the same paper as beneath it to appear there is a hole in the middle like a wreath.  Finally, I created "snow" along the roof top with some of the Bad Girls Couture Gesso and applied the glitter from the kit while it was still wet.
It was a fun project that could be adapted for kids projects, Halloween, Easter or any season really!  Y'all have fun creating!!

Friday, December 08, 2017

All the Sanders Ladies

Y'all ready to get your antique vibes on?!

I did this layout for the Bad Girl Vibe challenge over at BGC with the November kit.  For this layout I didn't actually use anything vintage or antique at all but I think it really has a wonderful vintage french victorian feel to it and it just suits the feeling of the photos and the event I was scrapbooking so well.

To create this feeling you have to have lots of details, layers and rich textures.  This kit was perfect to create that feeling.  The papers had plenty of wonderful elements you could select to focus on and cut out to make focal points and really use a embellishments rather than over all background papers.  I really loved the Prima paper with all the frames, this really helped to set the tone.  Also creating some little mini hat pins with the pearls gave some great dimension and richness.  To create these I just strung the pearls on some jewelry head pins and secured them between the pearls with a dot of hot glue.  The lace really gives texture and a vintage victorian feeling.

I really loved the pretty blue and metallic silver flowers in the pattered Prima paper but I thought a whole sheet of it would be too busy and overpowering for this layout.  Cutting out a few and placing them as embellishments worked really well again some the simpler pattern paper and some coordinating card stock I had on hand.

For the title work, I used the Prima stencil and the Bad Girls gesso and scraped a dollop of it across the stencil then pulled it up so it would be kinda think.  Once dried It gave a somewhat raised, embossed effect...not as raised as modeling paste but very lovely and perfect for durability in a scrapbook album.  Then I rubbed some of the silver Prima wax across it with my finger and dug through my alphabet stash to find the perfect letters.  I loved that I found some letters that were a coordinating color and had some texture to them, I think that added a lot to the overall feeling of the page.  If you didn't have letters with texture, you could smear a bit of thick paint, emboss them with embossing powder or glitter them and that would be great texture options as well.

Lastly, I added a generous touch of gesso on the Prima flower and a heavy inking all around the page as well as a silver wax rub around the edge of the photos.
These little inking and gesso touches really do give them a finishing vintage feeling.  I hope you can take some of these touches to give your next layout or project a vintage vibe!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Flip Frame Fun!

Time to remix and repurpose over at Bad Girls Couture so I'm sharing with you too!  This is always a fun challenge for me, I love turning something intended for one thing or even intended for trash, into something wonderful and new!  Today I'm gonna share a fun flip frame with you that I created with the large resin Prima frame.

From the moment I got the kit I tinkered with this flip frame idea, I think the frames were my favorite part of the kit.  But in order to make it a proper functioning frame, it needed something to adhere it to and stand it up.  Once again I turned to my handy dandy scrap wood pile (have you guys started a scrap pile yet LOL).  I found this great old pallet board that was already nice and weathered and cut down to the perfect size and even had two holes at the top where the nails were.

I used those holes to pass a small piece of the lace from the kit and make a sweet little knot.   It needed a little embellishing and being that I'm a jewelry maker at heart I used those pearls in the kit to make some faux mini hat pins with some jewelry headpins from my jewelry stash (you can grab these on any hobby isle).  I just threaded them on and secured them with a little bead of hot glue.

Next I lined up where I wanted my frame and glued it in place.  I went to my junk drawer and gathered a couple of brass cup hooks (you can get these at the hardware store or the hardware isle) and just screwed them into the soft wood.  This is perfect for flip pages.   All that was left was the pages.

Just holding the paper up to the frame I measured how big the pages needed to be and made a template with where the holes needed to be.  Lining it all up was the hardest part but once my template was done I just punched all the holes at once with my crop a dile punch.  I did use a pair of pliers and slightly bend the hooks almost closed so the pages won't easily come off completely.  For a finishing touch I rubbed a bit of the Prima silver metallique wax over the entire frame to add a bit more silver.
It was really an easy and fun project that you could use for lot of different uses, photos, a mini calendar, birthdays, quotes, scriptures, you name it!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ship Life Mini

So I shared this for the Colour Splash challenge over at Bad Girls Couture and wanted to share here too!  What better subject matter to share on Colour Splash than a journal about ship life?!  Get it?  Splash...ok that was bad...moving on.  LOL!

Ok, so the reeeeeeasonn I am sharing this for Colour splash is not exactly for the irony, although it I though it was genius...I didn't realize that till after!  I'm sharing this with you today because I mixed colors in this project that I probably wouldn't normally think to put together.  Honestly, I really went for it and mixed really victorian florals with really retro looking graphic prints and that's not something I would normally do either.  I didn't realize it till I started flipping papers around and mixing the companies together that the BGC November kit really lends it self to some awesome color mixing that pushed me out of my norm, which was really fun on this journal!!

The Cover was made with two different papers in the Prima "Welcome to Paris Collection" and accented with cut outs from the Prima "Zella Teal Collection" and the Prima "French Riviera Collection.  I really love how the nautical feeling of the "French Riviera Collection" set the tone for the "Ship Life" theme of the journal that will establish what will be my cruise journal and the flowers of the "Zella Teal Collection" give it a very victorian and feminine feeling with beautiful metallic touches of silver.  I carried the metallic silver touches over to the paper Prima flowers with the Metallique wax that was in the kit (which is divine by the way).  To also give it some texture and pizazz I scrapped some Bad Girls Couture Gesso along the bottom of the cover and adhered some gold corse glitter to the wet gesso.  I love that it kinda looks like sand but more glamorous;)

I added a couple pockets on the inside cover to hold some little journaling cards and tags I cut out of the Prima "French Riviara Collection" paper.  Also, since the back of the paper I used for the cover was a bright burgundy with a pattern that I didn't think went well with the rest of the project, I used a thin coat of the Bad Girls Couture gesso to cover and distress it, along with a little swipe of my brown stamp pad.  Worked out pretty well.

Finally I just cut some plain white paper to size and folded it in half to fit inside, punched two holes in the spine and ran some elastic (you could use string or ribbon) and tied it together to bind it.  I like the idea of elastic because it gives a bit if I want to add some memorabilia like folded brochures or tickets later.  Then just tied a bit of the scrap lace from the kit to the top of the elastic binding.

It was such a fun project to play with mixing colors and patters.  Have y'all check out the BGC kits yet?  Well what are you waiting for?  GO!

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Ready to Break Some Rules? - For BGC

SOOOO Excited to share this with y'all!!  Today we are breaking rules and getting crazy!  And on this layout I had to do a two page spread, I know, kicking' old school!  LOL  But lets be real, we need to be working on double page spreads for out books with multiple pictures because we take tons of pictures.  And for me, I have two boys that are both artsy and the theme of this page includes them both but I wanted them to each have their own dedicated space and feel for the page so I did a double page spread.

I used lots of my favorite Hambly that Wendy included in the kit (THANK YOU WENDY!!) and paired with with the Melissa Francis and 7 Gypsies papers.  Since Zane's drawing was very architectural and almost blueprintish and I printed it with a little bit of a sepia filter it really set the tone.  But I needed a title and I wanted something bold and big but not too bright to distract too much from the large picture of the drawing.  So I wen to last month's kit and pulled out the big chipboard letters and just rubbed some gesso over them with my finger to give them a white washed weathered look and added some letter stickers from my stash for a little pop of color.  I also smeared some of that gesso and some aqua paint randomly over the page for some color and interest before attaching some Hambly overlay bits I was carefully rationing!  LOL!

For the facing page I pretty much did the same thing, layered the papers, smeared the gesso and teal paint and layered the Hambly overlay piece before placing the pictures in an interesting cluster.  Then added my title in a variety of different alpha stickers for additional interest.  I really felt like I was free to just have fun on this layout.  The letters I used for "Raising" were letters from the hardware store that I loved.  And the teal letters are letters I use in my bible journaling so I just pulled from everywhere.  Lastly, you guessed it, I just inked everything and stapled the last of my Hambly scraps

So go grab some unconventional supplies or do some techniques you have been scared to try and break some rules!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Let's Get Vintage - For BGC

Happy Friday y'all!!  Today we are getting vintage at the BGC Blog (have y'all checked us out yet)!!
I've been itching to scrap these pics of our family ladies tea for a couple of reasons, first of all, we were all dressed up and looking fancy and often do you get a photo op with the queen?!  LOL! Well a cardboard cut out of her but still.  So needless to say this layout required just the right combination of class and style but I couldn't lose my usual grit I normally like to have on a layout.  Then the October kit came and I knew this was the kit to tackle these pics!  I mean, hello...that Hambly overlay?  *swoon*  I was in my element to say the least.  Well enough talk...let's take a closer peek, shall we?
Let me start with the Prima flower in the middle I toned the bright pink down a bit with the Tattered Angels Ivory paint in the kit and glittered the edges up with the Gold Glimmer paint.  Took a while for paint to dry on that felt but it was worth the effect I think.
I knew I wanted to use that glorious Hambly overlay (which I cut up in bits and pieces and cherished).   So I cut the large frame and started layering from there.
I loved the way it looked on top of the 7 Gypsies Architectures Floral Guide Paper but as I cut and layered more pieces and then stencil some painted feathers with the Tattered Angels Ivory paint (and by the way the paint covered really well on that transparency),  I decided to place a plain sheet of clear transparency over the 7 Gypsies paper.  I begin attaching everything to the clear transparencty so everything had an even "transparency" gloss and the seems didn't appear so harsh and evident.  Then I started hand stitching!  I stitched the little tag on to include some journaling, I'm not much on a lot of journaling text so that was perfect.
Then I knew I had to include some vintage linens,'s Antiqued Friday!  So I pulled out my linen stash and found these wonderful cross stitched pieces and sewed them on.   I was pretty happy with the look of how it turned out.  All that was left was the title so I just searched through my alphas and popped on some trusty 'ol alpha stickers from my stash and inked up all the edges and I was done.  It all really came together and suited the mood of the pics pretty well.   I hope y'all are inspired to get your vintage on today on your layouts and projects today!!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Junque It Up Candle Holder - For BGC

Are you ready to get Junqie?!  I was so excited to do this project!!  As soon as I saw the Prima Moulds this is the vision that I had in my mind.

This dreamy vintage looking pillar candle holder that looks like it came from another time.  But I was nervous to work with the paper clay, I had never worked with it before and wasn't sure how it would turn out.  So, in true junk fashion, I headed out to the scrap wood pile and found me a piece of wood and it was perfect for this!

Next I just pressed a good size piece of the clay into the mould and immediately removed it.
Since I needed it to take on the shape of the rounded edges I had to wrap it around the wood.  I thought I could just glue it and it would be I hot glued it and trimmed the extra pieces.  Then I attached an old junk brooch and layered a little brass clock charm on top right to the middle for interest and I headed to bed for the night while it dried.

Well it dried.  And cracked.  And all fell off.  Lesson learned. did hold it's shape where I needed it to around the corners so I was able to piece it back together and reglue it.

But the cracks and gaps remained where the clay had shrunken.  So I pulled out my joint compound and began to patch the cracks with a pallet knife and the results were pretty good.

Next I gessoed the entire thing and then grabbed the Ivory Tattered Angels paint and painted over just the exposed wood section.

Lastly, I gave the clay and the metal pieces in the center a distressed antique finish.  As you can see on the scrap pieces of clay I played around with the finishes I wanted to use before I landed on the one I really liked.  I used a combination of paints by Plaid (layering and sponging until I like the effect) and then applied a layer of the Gold Glitter Tattered Angels that came in the kit to finish it off.

I hope you are inspired to go junking and find an old treasure to spruce up!!