Where I Create…

Hi BAD GIRLS! I am here today to SHARE MY MESS!!!!! Where I create….hmmm….not only do I create here…sometimes I work here…sometimes I just come here to chill and unwind. I must say for the most part it is always organized. I try to clean up after everything I do. My last studio was always a complete mess and it makes me scatter brained more than I am already…LOL….

This is the only room in my entire house that has carpet…so I splurged and got leopard…I LOVE IT! Since it’s a small room I knew I had to contain a lot of supplies against the walls…so I purchased the two cabinets. They are very tall with tons of shelves. I purchased the wire bins to organize all my goodies by category and I love them cause they are canvas lined so you can’t see all the stuff in them. Some may say nahhhhh….cause they wanna see all their supplies but for this studio I wanted a cleaner look. I know what is in every single bin…LOL. At this desk I do most of my computer work and maybe embellishing and detail work. Next to this desk on the right is my Die Cut Station where I keep both of Cricuts…one is stationary but I put one on a movable cart and it works sooooo great for me. Since the space is so small I am able to pull the cart out and away from the wall when I want to use it and then back against wall when I am finished.

Did you notice my vintage Barbie collection I keep on my desk? I always look for them when I am antique shopping. I love.love.love. altering them! It’s crazy…wild..iconic…pure FUN!

For all my painting and messier work I work on the desk on the opposite side of the room….I keep it covered with black chalkboard paper and its so fun cause I don’t have to worry about anything…I can even doodle on it! This desk is also my sewing station. I love to stitch on everything so it was a must to have a sewing table. My husband had the idea to cut down our old dining room table and make it work for this space and he did a great job! I keep all the things I use frequently on this table and above in the cabinet mounted to the wall. I also have a small printer on this table and another laptop…this way if I have a meeting in the room I can accommodate 4 people and we can all work together via computer. I also want to mention I totally stepped out of my comfort zone with this room design. I am very well known for very white shabby chic decor. I almost ordered everything in white and then I was like…nahhhh…I want contrast this time and got the new desk in grey and the cabinets in dark chocolate.

In another corner of the room I added one of my favorite little cabinets I have had like forever and I added another cart…gotta love IKEA carts!!! A lot of my paints, watercolors, pastels, colored pencils, etc. are kept in this cart. In the two turpuoise cases I keep a lot of my foam stamps. I keep a lot of my supplies in my warehouse where I have (4) 6 ft. tables to create on. I do some of my creating there too, but I am trying to gravitate here and pare down my supplies. I would be embarrassed for anyone to see how many stamps I have….OMG…I have to admit…I LOVE to SHOP!!! *wink wink* I brought to this studio some of my favorites that I frequently use.

It’s been fun sharing my little piece of heaven with you. Have a blessed day and Create Something Pretty…and maybe a little bit BAD. 😉

xoxo

Wendy La Croix

 

Greeting card with peonies

Creative girl, hello everyone! I gave this gentle postcard to my girlfriend for her birthday! she really liked it;)Do you like to create postcards? I do not do it often, but I love it!  Patterned paper – a favorite again inspires me))) and I very much hope that you, too, are encouraged! This antique pink, and asks him to do this background for a card with peonies)))) Am I right? Do you also think so? As a basis for a card, I took a gray cardboard oist and stuck a sheet of pink in it for the cover. I do not like chasing, but I really like the peonies in this set))) I am a pale pink powder, and then watercolor. I cut out a jar of tracing paper on the plotter, it seemed, was made of frosted glass. it looks really cool! 

A few glass drops became expressive accents! A small sticker from the set of stickers from American Craft looks very stylish on this postcard.

Each element has its own level for gluing. This is very important for creating volume. Share your work in the blog gallery! It’s so interesting to see what you are creating my girlfriends!

Irina

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Altered Chipboard Album

Happy Friday Bad Girls!! I am excited to share my altered chipboard album with you. I used Bad Girls Couture’s molding paste to create a variety of textures throughout my album. The quality of this mix medium is amazing!!! Today, I am going to share with you how easy it is to use stencils and molding paste to create a one of a kind piece of art. I must admit, I am not an expert when it comes to working with mixed media products, but I am not afraid to just wing it… I kid you not, most times, I just look at the product and just do whatever comes to mind, whether it’s right or wrong. If I make a mistake, I cover it with an embellishment or two and I move on. 🙂

 

 

Products Used:

Maya Road Chipboard Album

Crate Paper Patterned Paper

Crate Paper Chipboard

Prima Marketing Inc. Color Bloom (Summer Sky, Sunshine)

Prima Marketing Inc. Art Alchemy Metallique Wax Paste (Rose Gold)

Prima Marketing Inc. 6X6 Stencil (Pochoirs Stampini Schablonen)

Bad Girls Couture Gesso

Bad Girls Couture Molding Paste

Buttons

Scissors

Palette Knife

Fabric-Tac Ribbon Glue

Mini Stapler

 

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Remove the chipboard album from the bag. Then remove the chipboard pages from the album and set them aside. Use a palette knife or a credit card to spread the molding paste over the stencil. Keep in mind, a little goes a long way. Carefully, spread the paste all over desired screen. Once the screen is completely covered in molding paste, gently lift the screen to avoid smearing the paste. Set the album aside for an hour to dry. And repeat the process using the chipboard pages.
  2. Once the molding paste is dry. Remove all of the pages from the chipboard album. Use a paint brush to cover each of the chipboard pages (front/back) and the chipboard album using white paint or gesso. Once the paint is dry, use a paint brush to paint the chipboard album and pages using the Sunshine Color Bloom. While the mist is still a little wet. Prop the chipboard album and pages on a plastic bag or in a box and spray the album and pages using the Summer Sky Color Bloom aiming down with the nozzle pointing down to create a dripping effect. Once the mist is completely dry, rub your fingers over the wax paste and gently rub the wax paste over the molding paste where the stencils appear to make the images pop. Then gently rub the wax paste over the album and on each of the pages to add a little rose color throughout the album.
  3. Using a pair of scissors, cut 6 book pages from the Crate Paper. Then add gesso to the edges of each paper to add a small white frame. Cut small strips of fabric about 1”x1”, fold the fabric in half at the top of the book pages and staple the ribbon to the pages using a mini stapler. Then thread string through a few buttons and tie the string into a cute little bow. Use glue to adhere the buttons at the top of each page. Then glue each page on the chipboard pages on the right side of the album.
  4. Using a Word Document, type your words of wisdom and print them on white cardstock. Cut the words out using scissors and glue them on the left side pages throughout the album. Use a foam square to add a piece of chipboard embellishment above or below each of your words of wisdom strips. Add a label and butterfly chipboard to the front of the book using foam squares. Then feed the white ribbon mesh through the binder rings, wrapping it around the bookbinding to create a nice bow for the album. Use scissors to trim the bow.
  5. Add other embellishments throughout the album as desired.

What do you think? There were a lot of steps to creating this project and I hope that I was able to inspire you to try using your stencils and molding paste on your chipboard album!! This project was very therapeutic for me. I just took my time and enjoyed the process. Thanks for visiting today!

Happy Heart Mini

For this “Happy Heart” mini, I used the Maya Road chipboard binder (which is uber cute by itself) and grudged it up a bit with some crackle paint and various acrylic paints to give it a weathered look.

Then I just stared layering on things that I liked together since this is a happy project after all!  I painted and distressed one of the little prima flowers from the kit as well as one I had left over from the January kit.  I gessoed them and then added some acrylic paints and texture paste to the edges to add some more interest and dimension.

I did some hand cutting on the Crate Paper sheets to make some little buds peeking out behind the American Crafts metallic bird chipboard sticker.  The “happy” chipboard tag is also from the American Crafts stickers in the kit and I just tied a bit of scrap silk to the top.  Another feature I did for some dimension was to sew a little pouch made from the tulle in the kit and I suspended some leaf sequins inside.  Finally I added the metallic “heart” chipboard sticker with some pop dots on top.

As for the inside, well that’s where my “repurpose” comes from!  I used the clear dolly printed packaging inside the prima flowers and cut out little transparent dividers for my mini!  I really love the look it gives.

Well I hope you enjoyed my little mini and I hope you are able to squeeze some scrappy love in your life today to make your heart happy!!

Care Bear Colors!

February’s kit is FULL of lovely colors! For this page, I was inspired to use strips of most of the papers included, to showcase all the prettiness that this kit includes!

And, I am such a sucker for a rainbow of pastels!

I layered them up, including strips of the fabric in the kit as well, and stitched them down!

Some watercolor action, along with some of the beautiful Prima flowers in the kit finish it off!

My journaling tag is in a pocket behind the photo and it holds the story about how when I was little, all I wanted was a Care Bear. They were quite spendy, so my crafty mother made me one instead. I had a one-of-a-kind Care Bear! It doesn’t get much better than that, right?!?!

Pink clouds

Good day my creative girls! Today I want to show my most airy page !!! How do you like this pink fantasy? Sometimes I’m asked to remove pink glasses))) Yes, yes! I like to dream!   In the photo, my daughter and she is a big dreamer! This patterned paper – Garden Club from  February Kit is my love! I immediately chose him as my favorite))) And even it was a pity to cut it, but he inspired me! I rarely make pages of this format. but the composition of the balls and basket was stretched vertically, this determined the choice of the format of the page. At the edges I made two strips from another sheet. They also create an additional vertical.

I really liked the February kit! I love stickers of  Chipboard Ephemera and Words (Gold Foil Accent): American Crafts. This mix set is simply gorgeous. in it there are inscriptions and birds and frames and hearts))) all that we love so much girls!For the basket I used the second part of the sticker. This black frame had a strange shape and I cut it into two parts. The first part I used in my work with Celenge. And the second is now for the basket)))) The title in the page is very important: it sets the meaning of the work, tells something about its design, but at the same time it is a decorative element.

This page is very simple, the balloons I made from Vellum. I have a balloon knife and I used it, but such balls can be cut on a plotter or simply with scissors. The usual pen with black color I drew the strings for the balls. Small hearts from a set of stickers decorated with balls added to the work of additional volume.

I wish you a rosy mood and creative inspiration! I hope you liked my page and it will inspire you to dream! Until early meetings in the blog of bad girls)))

Ashli’s Messy Studio…

Hi there!

Welcome to my mess!

I am blessed to share a studio space with my four daughters. We all have our own little space and love being in there creating together.

Here, you can see what my desk area looks like as you are headed into the room…

Filming lights, and quite a mess!

As you can see in the next photo, we have an awesome window seat that allows for great natural light. And, my daughter has put one of her pastel pieces on my desk for me to spray with fixative. It’s important to me that my girls know they have access to my desk too. Its an equal opportunity studio!

Next up, you can see a closeup of the pile that lives to the right of my work space on my desk. Its a mess, yes?!?! HA! It works for me… I am always pulling from that when I create.

The next photo shows you what is behind my back when I am at my desk creating. It’s probably the cleanest part of my space because it’s mostly storage… albums, art journals, and stamps. Plus, you can see my studio lights as I am too lazy to fold them up after each filming session.

And finally, a view of what I see when I look up while at my desk… the entrance to the rest of the house, as well as some industrial storage, and lots of other things!

Our studio space used to be the two car garage in our house. The previous owners converted it into an interior space and it’s one of the things that sold us on this house. We love it and spend a lot of time in the space. Thanks for visiting!

Dreams- A Vintage Layout

Hello, everyone!

I adore all things vintage, and even though “vintage” doesn’t come to my mind when I look at this amazing kit, the pinks certainly could be seen as vintage, so that my inspiration for creating this vintage layout.

I love old post cards and ephemera- I have a whole book of these kinds of layouts with antique images, and here is the latest:

I started with the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Garden Club paper- I added clear gesso and let it dry. Then I added some stenciling using the Prima Marketing Salvage District stencil from the kit after I planned out where I wanted the layers to go so the stenciling would be peeking out from under them.

I then added some pieces of tulle under the layers, and used some Bad Girls Couture Matte Gel Medium to the tulle to glue it down, and then sprinkled some pink micro beads in random spots.

I also used the matter gel medium and pink micro beads on the flowers. The yellow flower is from the Prima Marketing flower pack from the kit, and the pink ones are from my stash.

I used the Prima Marketing flower packaging to fussy cut out the doilies- doilies are very vintage!

I added some pink and gold splatters to complete the look of the layout.

Thanks for stopping by the Bad Girls Couture blog today!

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Positive paper cup!

Hello my creative girl! How is your weather like today? We have drifts and blizzard, so I sit at home and rest with a great inspiring set of February! I can iterate endlessly paper and watch the patterns on sheets of paper and cardboard decorations! I’m a fan of the American Kraft))) and adore foil stickers chipboard! This time I caught a paper cup Kraft – paper! there was a desire to decorate it))) and I took to create.
I twisted it in his hands and put a sticker on Birdie – sparrows. I liked the way he looked … A complete picture of the composition immediately appeared in my head!

I took a molding paste and stencil @ Badgirlscouture2017 from Prima Marketing.That stencil does not move, it should be fixed with adhesive tape. Followed by patience, so that the paste is dry, and only after drying, remove the tape and stencil.

I like the way this snow simulation looks at a paper cup.

I chose a small golden inscription of a set of labels for this composition. I also added the composition with small white paper snowflakes.

I think it’s nice to get a paper cup of tea on a cold day. I hope that has inspired you! Now paper cup can serve you more than once! Thus, we can preserve our natural resources and make the world a better place!

Excellent creative week! See you soon!