Share Your Mess: Rae’s Desk


Hello friends!

It’s Rae with you today, and I’m sharing MY MESS!  I am lucky enough to have a whole room for crafting, but today, I am sharing my desk. It’s not exactly a mess right now, but it usually is! 🙂


So this is my workspace:

This is my new glass top desk that is height-adjustible, which is wonderful for sitting or standing! I have all of my mists/sprays, pastes, and some of my paints on these shelves that are IKEA photo shelves. I have these right in front of my face so I can see all of the colors I have and USE them! The mists are arranged by brand.

Under the shelves are some metal sheets that I hung on the wall for my Prima Artisan Powders and Art Alchemy Waxes.


On the left side of my desk, I have  storage shelving that has my heat tool, adhesives, and other things that I frequently use.

I keep a regular self-healing mat and glass mat on top of my desk. (I just upgraded my glass mat with the new one from Tim Holtz (Tonic Studios). I have a few bins that I keep on my desk as well- one for supplies I am using for whatever project I am working on (the larger metal one), one small bin for inks, and one for flowers. I TRY to clean up after every project, and emptying out these bins every time I complete a projects helps me to that. When I am working with a Bad Girls Couture kit, this is where all of the products go, but I am in between kits right now and working on something else. 🙂


On the right side of my desk is my old tool carousel- it has all of my brushes, pens, and other tools I may need in a compact space.


Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Bad Ass Faux Stitching


Hello friends!

One of my favorite techniques to use on my projects is stitching! However, I don’t always have the sewing machine out, and hand stitching can take waaaaay toooooo loooong! That’s why I fudge it with faux stitching with a sewing wheel cutter (one of those wheels with spikes), and a black pen. Here’s the result:

Here’s a close up of how the faux stitching looks:

I usually drag the pen over the line of holes a few different times, and I don’t worry about it being perfect because I love the look of messy stitching! It’s a tiny detail that makes a big impact on the design of a layout, and the best part is that it’s simple and quick.

As for the some other aspects of my design, I added some black leafy die cuts to contrast with all of the pastel papers.

 I added a handful of the “Chasing Dreams” printed chipboard, including the title. I love all the different pieces in the package- titles, butterflies, hearts and banners add some much variety and added interest to the layers. And I used some of the Prima Marketing flowers to frame the picture that I matted using some black card stock, again, to add some contrast with the lovely pastels.

I finished the layout by adding some splatters in black and white. I used some India ink of my own and a fan brush.

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February Release… “Jardin des Tuileries”

Hi Bad Girlies! I hope you have been creating some amazing art …I am always inspired by old architecture, lots of texture, and plenty of color. For this months kit I was completely inspired by “Jardin des Tuileries” in France…

I am really excited about this kit and all the possibilities….look at all the different textures you get to create with…paper, moulding paste, fabric, ribbon, tulle, metal, chipboard, mini album…can you just imagine all the fun you’ll have creating!!?? You can truly let your imagination run wild…and that is what being a BAD GIRL is all about!

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Vaca Layout on this Antiquated Friday!!

Hey y’all!  Today I bring to you my “2017 Vaca” Layout!  And as you see today’s theme is “antiqued” so I thought I would just walk you through a few things I did on this page to give it a bit of an antique vibe without using anything vintage on it at all.

I ran across this super cute dolly Sizzix die and knew I had to get it to give my projects some sweet vintage vibes!  And I feel like it certainly did that.  I used the vintage looking pretty floral patters of the Maggie Holmes Crate Paper sheets to make these sweet little dollies and they really ramped up the vintage feeling on this page.

The machine stitching always make me think of antique linens with the zig zag stitches.  I also gave the bright yellow a little of a tone down with a thin coat of white Bad Girls Couture gesso.  It’s all accented with various botanical and leaf cut outs using Sizzix dies.  I find this is a wonderful way to play with my patterned papers and add interest and dimension to my pages.

And finally as normal with most of my work, I inked it all up with a brown stamp pad to soften edges and give it all an antiqued, aged feeling.

Thank you for stoping by today, now go get your antique on!

You are my happy

Good morning baddies!!! We are sooooo excited to share the February kit with you. If you love mixed media kits, this kit is perfect for you! This month’s kit includes Crate Paper, a chipboard album by Maya Road, Prima Marketing stencil and flower, a variety of vintage fabrics. And last, but not least, Bad Girls Couture’s molding paste. Our molding paste is premium quality made in the United States and it works well with stencils. What do you think?! Are you ready to get your scrap on?!!

Before you go, check out this layout I created using the kit. I love using circles on my layouts, especially when I am working on a mixed media layout. They add so much impact to a layout. I used Creative Memories Custom Circle System, but you can use a bowl and pen to trace a circle around your layout. Before I traced the circles on the cardstock, I covered the paper using white gesso. Once the gesso dried, I splashed a few colors of mists and paint onto the cardstock. Then I traced the circles once the paint and mist dried. I used the pink Glimmer Glam paint and a paintbrush to paint another circle around the circle to add more color.


I love the packaging of the flowers in this kit. The flowers are adhered to a hard plastic sheet that has doilies on it! It was too pretty to throw away so I cut a few of them out to use on my layout.

I cut a piece of doily in half and tucked behind the bottom of the photos. I used the chipboard frame to frame the picture of my sister and used foam squares to adhere the “You are my happy” chipboard to the bottom of the frame.

I added a few jewels, metal stars and buttons from my stash to decorate the circle. The chipboard hearts were part of the kit. I added a few other pieces of chipboard to the layout to help frame the photos nicely.

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Over the Rainbow Love

This page was totally inspired by those beautiful bohemian flower halos and crowns that are so beautiful and colorful.  I was using a photo of my husband and I at a fancy anniversary dinner we had on our 15 year anniversary cruise.  The dress I was wearing was very colorful and abstract so I wanted the page to reflect that color and the love and feeling we were experiencing at that dinner.

I came across this beautiful photo of a couple, presumably a wedding photo.  The woman was wearing a wonderful flower crown.   This is the feeling I had that night, and perfect inspiration for this page!

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This is the page I made from that inspiration…

To create the flower crown look, I got to work looking through my stash and found a great stencil that worked well with my gesso.  I applied the gesso with a pallet knife and once dry I was able to paint it with the Tattered Angels paints from the kit (the gold is from a previous kit) and I accented the leaves with some green water color.

Next I wanted to add some dimensional flower accents to the page.  I removed the center from one of the silk flowers in the kit and used just one layer of it.  I folded it in half and applied a generous layer of Bad Girls Couture gesso to the flower.  Next I layered a little of the teal Tattered Angels paint for added color and depth.  Then I mixed some texture beads and gesso and applied that to the outer edges of the flower and gave the entire thing a little watered down brown acrylic paint touch with some finger painting.  I sewed the flower down to the paper to secure it and add some interest.  For the center I just painted a couple of the chipboard cutouts with the Tattered Angels paint and dabbed a bit of the textured gesso mix with my finger.

The title is a couple of the 7 Dots stickers, layered with an American Crafts foam glittered word from last month’s kit.

I did the same treatment as with the flowers on leaves at the bottom with the textured gesso mix and give it a brown wash as well.

Using a photo or an object is such a great inspiration since we have so many beautiful things around us to inspire us and these 7 Dots papers are so colorful and versatile that they can go from muted to blazing color!  That’s enough to fuel your creativity!


Splatters, Rips, and Flair, Oh My!

Hello, friends!

Today I’m sharing a grungy layout I made using the January scrapbook kit with the FABULOUS 7 Dots Paint Chips papers! My style is usually shabby chic-like, but I have two boys, so it’s fun to do some grunge-type layouts, and this kit was perfect for that!

I started out by adding some circle stenciling with distress ink, and also some faux stitching to the edge of the base layer. This is easy to do- if you have one of those sewing wheels, you can just run along the paper, and then pierce the holes with a needle, then trace it with a marker. I also ripped the paper and used some black cardstock in between those layers for added dimension.

I cut some circles from the blue/green paper, then stamped each of them using a stitched circle stamp with embossing medium, and added black embossing powder. I added flair to 3 of the four circles.

On the bottom circle, I added some stars, and some numbers from my stash, which is the title of the layout (15, because this pic was taken on my son’s 15th birthday).

I inked the paint splatters chipboard with black archival ink, and added the layout. I also added some  word stickers.

Lastly, I added many splatters over the entire layout, except for the photo. I added both black and white India ink from my stash, and some of the blue Tattered Angels Glitter Glam.


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Share Your Mess!!

Ok so I’m gonna be honest, the thought of sharing my workspace is a bit of an anxiety inducing thought!  You see, I don’t really have a dedicated workspace exactly.  When you live in a tiny little house with two young boys and run small business from home on top of that, a lot of spaces have to play double duty…sometimes triple duty or more!

So my work space is also my dinning room table, homework station, office, and family coffee shop!  My dining room table is a small round wooden table that at one moment will be strewn with permission slips to be signed, homework assignments to be done and school projects to be completed and the next moment lined with dinner plates filled with a home cooked meal and mason jars filled with cold drinks and talk of the day’s adventures.  Some days at any given moment it could be surrounded by friends and family having coffee, sharing life, laughing or sharing a good cry and then just as easily switch gears to invoicing customers and packing jewelry orders to be shipped out.  You see my studio is very much a living, breathing space.  Teeming with life, love, art and inspiration.

Theres lots of boxes of treasures and stacks of “stuff” that really have no home to speak of but it all comes together at the dinning room table.  I normally work from a couple of mobile trays that are over filled with my favorite inks, paints and tools and there is always coffee within arms reach.

A clear piece of vinyl is unfolded to create my workspace without any fear of that well loved table getting too messy, although it doesn’t always escape the scars of painting and crafting.

A fresh bouquet of flowers is normally there but pushed to the side as to give adequate work space for whatever project is top on the list.

As for where I probably should be working on these things…well I do have a desk made from an old door just to the back of this tiny room.  This desk, however, is usually filled with jewelry supplies, tools, shipping supplies and random odds and ends that inspire me but just don’t have a permanent out of sight space to call home.

So there ya have it, my well love and well used work space!  I hope this inspires you to share your mess!!

Journey Layout with Junque!

Hello, everyone!

Today I am sharing a layout I made using the January scrapbook kit. This was the last project that I made with the kit, so it was the perfect time to come up with some junque to use because I had already used so much of the kit. I had already used the flowers from the kit, but those flowers really got me thinking about how I had some old artificial flowers that I had planned on tossing because they were falling apart, but I pulled them out to see what I could do with them, and they became the “junque” that I used on this layout.

Even though I pulled out these white leaves, I did not use them. The berry stems I did use however, after I painted them with some Bad Girls Couture gesso, which I also added to the photo, mat, and the rest of the layout to mimic snow.

I also added a broken resin frame from my stash, which was also “junque”! 🙂

In this closeup, you can see that I used some of the pink Tattered Angels Glitter Glam on some chipboard. I also used it on the white handmade roses.

I love how the Hambly Screen Prints Vellum paper looks over the 7 Dots paper! I also added some snowflake stenciling to complete the look.


Thanks for stopping by the blog today to check out my layout that’s “All Junqued Up” with artificial flowers. If you aren’t already a subscriber, go to the shoppes and grab yourself a kit!




Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you all are enjoying your day and the Super Bowl if you are watching!

I want to thank everyone for joining our first BLOG HOP…we had a GREAT TIME! As promised, I have your winners today….my only regret is that we could only draw 6!!! WELL…..because it’s Super Bowl Sunday I added one more!!!!  I truly wish I could give everyone a prize! There will be many more chances with more upcoming events we are having! So…without further ado….


If you are one of the lucky winners please send an email to: Put BLOG PRIZE WINNER in the subject field and I will let you know what I need in order for you to claim your prize…HUGE CONGRATS and I hope you enjoy your prizes!!!


Wendy La Croix