Make the Most of It!

I love using every single last bit of my supplies! And, it’s a great way to repurpose too. For this layout, I used the packaging that the Prima Stencil came in. I mean, really… it was too pretty not to!

It was so easy to do a bit of fussy cutting… for both the script word, “cherish,” and that awesome key…

I also cut out bits of the lacy black border. Once I had those pretties, and all of my pattern paper bits, I simply lined them up at the top of my page, and stitched across it all with black thread. Easy peasy!

Some messy gesso, applied with a palette knife and some watercolors really set off all the fun patterns. Oh, and the gorgeous foam embellishments from the Thickers included in this month’s kit are the perfect touch too!

I also added the cute pink flower from the kit, as well as some enamel dots, sequins and buttons from my stash.

Yes! This layout was capital FUN to put together!

I just love using up every last bit, even if it’s just packaging. I hope this has encouraged you to find some use in things you have lying around and to do some repurposing of your own too!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. See you soon!

Welcome to the December Bad Girls DT Challenge!!

 

Welcome! We are so excited to inspire you with the December Kit! The colors in this kit just screams fun!! And they totally made us happy. Do you find yourself in a happier mood when playing with pretty, colorful kits? I know I do! This month’s kit is chocked full of colorful patterns, florals, ribbon, transparency and glitter to get your mojo going! The girls were challenged to use this magazine cover as inspiration for their projects! When I first saw this cover, I immediately thought of using two photos, some flowers and thickers for the title, but then I saw that everything on this cover is symmetrical… So, I couldn’t wait to see what the girls did. I just knew that everyone would spin this a complete different way.

 

Take a look at what they created. We are so inspired with their creativity! We just love how everyone thought outside of the box to create such beautiful projects. If these aren’t inspiring enough, we aren’t sure what is?!

 Ashli Oliver
I was immediately taken with the pattern on the floor, shown in this beautiful photo. With that in mind, I chose the Amy Tangerine paper with the blue hash lines, mimicking the diagonals from the floor. To further reference the photo, I placed the pattern toward the bottom of my page. I then used glossy accents to “write” a title and cover it with the hot pink glitter from the kit. This is a direct nod to the magazine’s title, of course. And finally, inspired by the plant life featured on the table in the photograph, I fussy cut some leaves and flowers to tuck around my page as embellishments. I just love how it came together and had so much fun taking inspiration from this cover!
Irina Volzhina
 I was inspired by the color palette of the VERANDA store cover. I cut out floral motifs from a sheet of patterned paper and added golden colors. First I made glimmering watercolor stains on the ball, and then I placed a LED garland from Prima inside the balloon, and then decorated the top with flowers.
 
Michelle Rossibell

 For this layout, I used an oversize backer card for my background and pulled the colors of the frame and duplicated it around the picture of my Niece, also adding florals to tie the whole look in together. 

 
Michelle Sanders
 I was inspired to use the visuals as a guide to my overall placement and flow on my layout.  I knew I wanted to use the Hambly overlay and it would be perfect to mimic the flowers coming out of the vases so I just had to find something that they could be flying out of.  The trees seemed like a natural thing to use so I used my Sizzix and cut some out of the papers in the kit and it worked out perfectly.  As for the pattern on the floor, it just made sense to me to use the stencil and some molding paste to create the arrow pattern at the bottom of the page.  I really love these types of challenges!!  They push me in great ways!!

Rae Moses

Doing this month’s design team challenge based on the inspiration photo was so much fun! The bold color combo in the December kit really made it easy to get started. Here’s how the photo inspired me: the first thing that I noticed in the picture were many colors (that I would probably never pair myself), and they had a bold, yet natural flow to them in the ivory room with beautiful gold accents. When I looked through the kit,  I chose the teal green and oranges, and paired with black, white and gold/beige, and I felt like these colors in these patterns gave me a lot to work with and balance! The result is something that I don’t think is my typical style, but I definitely enjoyed leaving my comfort zone to play with bold colors and patterns! I added some gold gems to the black triangles, and some flowers, some handmade and some from my stash, which I felt gave some balance and softness to the layout.

Candy Rosenberg
My inspiration was playing off the colors of the cover and the overall minimalist feel and clean lines.
 
Melissa Larson
I was inspired by the title of the Challenge photo, The Joy of Color. I noticed there were two paintings over the table with bright colors.
Thanks so much for visiting today! Please don’t forget to check out our gallery for more inspiration. We would love it if you would follow us on Instagram (BadGirlsCouture2007) so you don’t miss out on all the crafty inspiration that our Design Team has created! We are here to inspire you and motivate you to create something fun, challenging and new for yourself!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s Play With Backer Cards……………

Hello Bad Girls

 

Well it to Junque it up Tuesdays…….This week I created a layout using another vintage photo that will go into my family album.

When I saw this paper from 7 Gypsies in this month’s kit I instantly knew what I wanted to create with it. I love the deep blue colors and the velvet polka dots are amazing. It was perfect to capture the vintage vibe I needed for this picture of my parents.

To stay on theme for the Junque It Up Tuesday, I used the packaging from this month’s stencil that we would normally throw away, and used it as a border for the back drop of the picture. I ripped the edges to give it a jagged look. I loved how the border tied all of it together.

 

Tucked away are the personal details of this picture in theblack envelope & tags by Melissa Frances, I added a gold ribbon to end of tag so that it can be easily pulled and read.

One of my favorite embellishments in this kit are the gold glitter words by American Crafts. The words Life Is Beautiful seems to convey and capture the essence of time in the late 1960’s.

Hope I was able to inspire you, thanks for stopping by.

Inspire Me! Old Archie and NEW Archie!

Hello everyone!

It’s Rae, and today I am sharing a mini album I made that came in the December Kit. This mini album is simply AMAZING- real vintage Archie comics for the pages! This is so unique, and I loved it so much, I almost felt guilty for covering up the pages! However, out with the old and in with the new, as the saying goes! And that’s what came to mind when I was thinking about what I would do with the album, and it was actually quite easy- I was inspired to make a fan book of the TV show Riverdale, which is a new twist on the Archie Comics- same characters, new time period and way more modern stories! My daughter is a huge fan of this show, so I thought it would be fun to make this for her.

Take a look:

I love how the felt flowers and gold and white Thickers from the kit coordinate so well.

For these first pages, I added some pictures of the main characters of the show to the Melissa Frances envelopes and tags. I doodled on the them for an added effect with a white acrylic paint pen. The tags are blank for now- I figured that I would let my daughter write what she wants to about the characters in there. I added black and gold twine from my stash, then clipped them all in the album using the colored clips from the kit.

Here are a couple of random pictures I grabbed off of the internet of the characters. I added the Thickers from the kit and added some of the blue glitter (also from the kit to match the hearts on the paper I used to mat the photo on the left. I cut up some of these letters and flipped them around to make my own words from the phrases.

I really did try to keep the design simple so you could still see the old comics, and I think it works well to keep the details to a minimum, which isn’t typically how a go about making projects, but I am happy with the results!

It was fun to try to pair the comic pages with the characters from the Riverdale show.

 

Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog post today- if you didn’t already get a December kit, be sure to check out the shoppes to see if there are any still available- you don’t want to miss out on the entire kit, but especially the handmade Archie mini album!

Nostalgic Christmas Cottage!!

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 this month’s 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!!

Some Serious Bad Ass Fussy Cutting

When I see full sheets of paper with flowers and designs that can be cut out, I tend to go to town on it.  I am a true fussy cutter and find that when I am doing this fine cutting that it completely relaxes me. It is one of the few times that I can push out all the other thoughts and stay focused on what I am doing.  With the beautiful papers that came in the kit, there was a plethora of designs to cut out and go crazy with on this layout.

Just keep cutting out all kinds of designs and layering them with foam squares to give it dimension.

To add a little extra effect, cut and curl some paper and tuck it behind a piece that is adhered to a foam square, distress and ink the edges and add some pearl effects.

 

Thank you for stopping by!

 

 

Archie Comic Mini Book!

Happy Friday ladies!! Our December Bad Girls Couture kit reveal is TODAY and I just love the 42nd. St. Soda Shoppe kit. I love using bright colors on my layouts/projects. They make me so happy, but what made me even happier this month was receiving the adorable mini album that Wendy made by hand using Archie comic books!! AH, IT IS SO AWESOME. I wanted to hoard mine, but Wendy made me use it. 🙂 I am not sure what she used to glue the pages to the chipboard pieces, but it’s nice and sturdy. Nice job Wendy on making such  a one of a kind piece for this month’s kit.

I decided to use the gold thickers throughout the mini. The gold looks so pretty against the album pages. And I am not a big gold person…but it looks pretty… and masculine. For this album, I decided to focus on the silly, happy photos of my son. He is ALWAYS happy… he’s such a happy kid.

For the inside, I used some cut-apart labels and word stickers from my stash to help tell my story. I wanted to keep this mini simple, focusing on the photos. ;0

I love these crazy pictures of Edward. He asked me to do a photo shoot before his soccer game and I captured his personality PERFECTLY.

That smile…I can’t get enough of it. Yes, there’s pink in this album. Who says you can’t use pink, flowers and butterflies in a boy’s mini book? It’s perfectly OK.

What do you think? Are you ready to try making one of these? I just love how this turned out. This little mini is going into a baggie then into Edward’s baby box.

Paris

Happy Monday, Candy here to inspire you with some European flair!
Who is not inspired by Paris?  The city, the lights, the romance and of course, the Eiffel Tower!  I was so pleased to find so many Paris themed papers and elements in the November kit to play with and this picture frame, whoa, so perfect.  My fireplace mantel in my living room has Paris themed items on it and this is perfect to add to it.  Have you ever been to Paris?  It is most definitely on my BUCKET LIST and I will get there someday soon!

 

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Map of Paris

Map of Paris, France

This finished frame is sitting on my mantel.  It is so cute.

Techniques To Enhance Any Project:
I love old school and new techniques and like to incorporate whenever I can on many projects.  Here are a couple of techniques to keep in mind:
– Use wax to enhance the frame to give it an even more weathered look than it already had
– Fussy cut elements from patterned paper, like these girls and use a dimensional foam dot to add dimension
– Roll cut pieces of paper around a pencil and glue together.  Then line up and add to your project.  Here I added it directly to the frame.
– Add fussy cut elements to other parts of your project to give it dimension

Junque it Up! Upcycled Cell Phone Case Box

Hello, friends!

Who doesn’t love boxes? I am such a box hoarder- I save all boxes, and while most people think they should go in the trash after opening, that’s the kind of “JUNQUE” that holds a special place in my heart! I save boxes of all kinds so that they can be upcycled, and this box that held a cell phone case is going to be the perfect gift box for my daughter’s new cell phone for her upcoming birthday.

 

This was just an ordinary white box that got a hefty coat of Bad Girls Couture Gesso- you HAVE to get some- the quality and consistency is PERFECT! There’s a jar of the gesso in this month’s kit, so if you definitely don’t want to miss it- it is a must-have item for all of your projects!

After I primed the box with gesso, I used the flourish Prima Marketing stencil (also in the kit) with some modeling paste in random spots. Once dry, I added some green and grey/black color sprays/mists from my stash. Then, I dried the box with a heat tool and applied the Prima Marketing Metallique Wax in Old Silver over the stenciled modeling paste for nice distressed and blended look.

Now that I had my foundation/background done, it was time to work on the design, which  wanted to somewhat simple and girly. I fussy cut out one of the little ladies from the Prima Marketing “Welcome to Paris” paper, and used the Prima Marketing “French Riviera” paper to die cut a fancy oval.

I used black archival ink to color the little lady from yellow to black for a classic silhouette appearance. I diluted some of the Bad Girls Couture Gesso and gave the oval a lighter appearance, then slightly misted it with a green spray so it would blend in with the colors on the box. Then, I inked the scroll part of the oval with black chalk ink.

I added the Prima Marketing Peridot rhinestone chain- I cut pieces to add larger rhinestones for added interest.

And, because I am hopelessly addicted to flowers, I added some small roses and leaves from my stash.

Lastly, I added a sentiment and put the elastic strap that came with the box to complete the look.

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Magic Time

What inspires you? You never know where inspiration comes from ….? When the inspiration comes to you? I was inspired by the first snowflake in this photo))) This little snowflake and so beautiful ….

To select a photo, I put it on the substrate, and added a few snowflakes of chipboard on the top of the photo. I love making statement elements like this interact with my photo because it makes my photo part of the scene.

A piece of lace and wool knitwear added warmth and comfort. This lace of a set of November is very textured, and beautiful! Composition strip of paper is complemented with a wood pattern.

Snowflakes began to snow-white after painting premium white gesso on @Bad Couture girls. A few bumps and give a little time to dry.

I used the name of chipboard «Magic Time» I love the headlines in the newspaper))) This header is painted using wax pearly silver color!

The strip of patterned paper under light wood texture background will be for the title. I like this almost monochrome composition. It looks stylish and expressive due to the texture of different materials. Knitted piece provides comfort and warmth in this scheme. Small buttons look incredibly cute. 

I kept this cute cup piece of wood from Prima for so long. She was in for a long time and waited for this page … LOL   I added a little red dot, to attract attention)))  Rich set of textures complemented stripe lace pastel colors. Roll lace complete November, it was very useful))) My favorite part of the page is a cup on a knitted wool flap.

Page was really about winter. For the background, I used a wonderful sheet from the new collection Zella Teal from Prima. Color on the photos and circles on the patterned paper perfectly match. I like the layouts on a light background, they give a lot of opportunity for using different urksheny and shadow. The first snowflake is documented for memory and this layout will store memories of this day.

Thanks for stopping by today everyone and I hope you’ve been inspired!