Happily Ever After

Here’s a photo from when my son Nick and his fiance Aron were first engaged. There was supposed to be a professional photo shoot happening, but down by the water in Galveston, winds were gusting up to 60 mph. Not very good for hair and make-up so carefully done by professionals hired for the occasion. Aron decided to postpone the shoot, but she had her dad take photos anyway. Rich and I were invited to the beachfront hotel also, and of course I took as many photos as I could. Imagine all the emotions here with both families so thrilled about the kids finding someone wonderful, and settling down! There are just no words for that.

To make this page I took some 7 Gypsies paper and glued on some cheesecloth. I layered the cheerful Prima papers and put the photo on top. I used a couple layers of foam core board to add dimension. I surrounded the layers with lots of flowers I made. I used plain cardstock, water colors, and a flower die to make them.  I got the stamens in the cake decorating section at a local store.  I cut the flowers, and dunked them all in the watercolor, spread them on a craft sheet, and dried them using both a heat gun and just air drying.I glued the layers together, curled them with tiny round tipped jewelry pliers. and glued in the stamens.

 

I added a big felt flower, Thickers, Bohemian Crystals,fussy cut flowers, grey pearls, metal glitter, micro beads and a ribbon.

The blue on the ribbon is one of my favorite colors, and I dyed the paper for the flowers to match it.

 

The butterflies were fussy cut from a Hambly acetate overlay. It’s no coincidence that all the colors in the kit coordinate.

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great Bad Girl day!

 

 

 

 

Life is beautiful

Hello, crafty friends! Happy new year! I am glad to meet you in the New Year! I love this photo, it conveys the mood!It was a wonderful day and I wanted to keep it in my memory. I wanted to create a light and airy page, such as my mood on this day!

I did not use many colors, it’s only white, black and gold! On the page are different golden accents and they play with each other! These gorgeous gold glitter stickers! Oh! I can not take my eyes off this flicker)))I love the gold accents of foil. I used Reactive mist from Heidi Swapp. Just spray with Heidi’s spray, put a sheet of foil over it and rub it with your finger. These golden splashes look great! I like that when you hold a spray you do not know what the result will be))) You get what you get!I did not think at all what composition this layout would be))) I just created! First, spray sprays and foil, then I cut off put the photo on the sheet, it became clear that it should be highlighted. A piece of black and white sheet in stripes was what you need!

I printed out a photo from instagrams in a special machine – the device that stands in the mall. I like that the photo goes to press together with the comment. It acts as a journalist))) I do not like my handwriting, it is always difficult for me to make a juranling handwritten text. I love Nicole’s handwriting on her pages!

 

The title ideally fits the meaning and mood of the layout. I made this layout very quickly and easy, try how to just create with these awesome sets!

Enjoy your time and creative inspiration! Thank you for visiting me today! Have great days!

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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Fussy cutting- this is one crabby layout

Hi everyone! This has been such a fun kit to work with. I’ve been doing a lot of fussy cutting lately. I love looking through my patterned papers for fun little patterns to use as die cuts on my projects. It’s super easy to do and it helps me save money on embellishments! Most of the time, I cut the patterns out using a pair of scissors, then I use foam squares to adhere them to my projects.

This layout has quite a bit of fussy cutting and lots of layering. I cut the tag from the cut-apart sheet to help frame my photo. The crab, celestial sun, boat and “the seashore” word flag were all cut from patterned paper. I stamped the “love this” rectangle onto patterned paper then cut it out using scissors to add another layer to the photo. The green and brown paper behind the photo is actually the packaging from the Prima flowers that I decided to recycle onto the layout! I am all about recycling… My husband thinks I am nuts… I may be… just a little nuts and crazy, but a fun one! haha

Since this is a beach layout, I added some torn paper at the bottom to make it took like ripped tides…

I cut the “Remember” title using my Silhouette Portrait to complete the layout. This is as about a junked up I could manage considering I tend to be more of a simple scrapbooker. 🙂 I hope I was able to inspire to try fussy cutting on your next project. I find that it can be very therapeutic!

 

Thanks for visiting today!

Engaged to be Married

 

Hi everyone! Here’s my very first post for Bad Girls Couture.  I’ve used a photo from around the time my son and his fiance first got engaged. It turned out to be too windy to have the photos done professionally, but we took a lot of photos anyway. This is at a hotel right on the beach in Galveston, Texas, so I felt the maritime theme was fitting.

 

 

To make this page I have used Prima’s Zella Teal Floral Stories with Foil Accent for the background. I used pieces of Prima’s French Riviera Un Petit Mot De La Mer.  I mixed gesso from the kit with baby powder so that I could have texture paste, and applied it to the Prima stencil in the kit. Using a cosmetic sponge I applied gesso over it. I used watercolor pencils to outline the raised areas,and rubbed on Prima wax. I glued on lace, pearls,flowers,bling, and a few strands of cheesecloth.

 

 

I put the photo on the packaging from the flowers.

 

 

You can see the Prima silver wax here pretty well at the right.

 

 

I outlined all the added pieces of paper with watercolor pencil, then softened the lines with a wet brush.

 

 

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!

 

Shabby Box

              Hello my scrap friends! Today is Tuesday and we are back with you! In the Kit of October Main Subscription Kit “Roadside Thrift Shoppe” magnificent molds from Prima, I made myself a box for ribbon. I sew vintage teddy bears and I love to make them ribbons. New hobby – new materials and place for their storage LOL… 

I had an old box. I already wanted to throw it away. I turned it in my hands and thought that if I tore off the lid, it would suit me! I painted box on all sides it acrylic  white gesso. I did not use the brush to work. It is better to use sponge. This will give a more uniform coating.

Moldes from Prima Marketing are great! I made decorative elements  modeling material Paper Clay. This modeling material very pleasant in work, velvety, plastic, does not stick to hands. Easily ironed with fingers and a tool. Air dry modeling material. 

This multilayered flower I made of gray paper. I cut out several colors on the plotter of different sizes. Then I dampened the paper blanks with water and pressed in the center of each petal to shape it.I added pink plaster stamens. I made a hole in the middle of the flower and stuck a bunch of stamens through the flower. Not on the front side of the flower, I bent and glued the tail of the beam. Also a little painted the edges acrylic white gesso. 

I added a felling of the leaves of the rose to the composition. The final process add to is a little marshy green and the color of lavender)))

Prima Marketing Rossi Belle Say It In Crystals created beautiful accents. They are good in style and color. My Teddy bears like a box for ribbons)))Now the tapes will be stored in a beautiful box. This box will decorate my place for creativity and hobbies.

I do not know English well enough, google translator helps me)))) I really hope that you understand me;) I continue to spend my time playing with the Kit of October. Join now! Have excellent creative and productive day! Thank you for being with us) 

Junque It Up Candle Holder

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 ok…so 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.  But…it 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!!

Making a Dimensional Vintage Bunting

 

Hello, craft people! Today, I’m sharing a layout I made using the September kit, and some of my “Junque” I have lying around. I think most people have a “junk drawer” but I probably have three, and then there’s just random things I have here and there, that I should probably get rid of but haven’t YET. I did, however, manage to take some of that JUNQUE and add it to this layout to give it a real vintage “odds and ends” feel.

 

When I first saw the 7 Gypsies Vintage Bunting paper in the September kit, I immediately paired it with the popcorn bag that was also in the kit. Using a color combo with red (popcorn bag) and blue (from the bunting) is one of my favorites for a masculine, vintage layout when added with cream, browns, and greys.

My only issue was how am I going to incorporate more blue to balance the red- so I used my junque.  I have two boys, and after my youngest has grown out of the hand-me down clothes. They aren’t fit for donating because they are WORN OUT! And, because the school year has just started, I had cleaned out the drawers to make room for new school clothes, and there were a stack of very sad looking jeans and I didn’t know what I was going to do with them. And, then it was time to make my layout for the Junque It Up post, and I finally had an answer, for at least one pair!

I cut some of the fabric into some circles, and cut the rivets off of the pockets and used those. I added some of the circles under the cluster with the picture, and also by the title, along with some other junque (a button and a key):

I used some other random things in the cluster where the picture is, including some old coins, a washer, buttons, and even a bar code that I cut from one of the pieces of paper in the kit that I placed in the Crate Paper heart clip.

The vintage bunting paper is so awesome! I wanted to add some details to make it more dimensional, and I have a simple tutorial to show you how I turned it from flat to fab!

This is the bunting cut out with the “string”- it wasn’t going to hold up well because it was really skinny.

So, I cut apart each of the banners and pennants, and used a distresser on the bottoms and sides of each.

Now they look distressed and more dimensional.

I added brown ink to the all of the edges.

After inking, I slightly bend/shaped some of the ends for even more dimension.

I really wanted the bunting to pop off the page, so I added some cardboard to the backs of each of the pieces. Foam dots or squares work just as well, but cardboard is free. 🙂

I curled up the tops of each piece of the bunting, and glued some string, and folded the tops over.

And, now I have a dimensional vintage bunting that can be manipulated into any formation on my page, and was a great addition to my dream layout!

Thanks for visiting the blog today and letting me share my layout and tutorial with you!

 

Candlestick made of flower pots

Today is Tuesday and we are creating with junk! Are you ready to create with us? I have to show you an old flower pot made of clay)))) We will look at how to turn an old flower pot into a candlestick.
I will use the flickering colors Twinkling H20’s of the September 2017 Scrapbook Kit “Hurry, Hurry, Step Right Up” in this project. These colors Twinkling H20’s can be used on a variety of surfaces and these include paper and cardstock, wood, plastic and even old ceramic flower pot (LOL) – and they are ideal for many altered art projects.

How Are Twinkling H20’s Used? Twinkling H20’s can be used in the same way as any watercolor paint and different stampers have their own favorite way to use these shimmering colors. The colors are highly pigmented giving strong and vibrant colors. Twinkling H20’s are excellent paints and are extremely versatile. The colors are bright and the shimmer is a proper ‘shimmer’ and not a glittery finish, making these paints ideal for my project.

Before I started, I cleaned the surface of my ceramic pot. I added a lot of water to the watercolor paints and freely applied them to the surface with a brush. I let the paint dry and watched the gorgeous flicker of colors on the ceramic pot surface. It looks great! You should try it !!!

I let the paint dry and watched the gorgeous flicker of colors on the ceramic pot surface. It looks great! You should try it ! I tied some burlap twine around pot. This piece of twine looks stylish and gives an artistic texture. Does it look like an old flower pot ???

I cut out the oak leaves from white paper and painted them Twinkling H20’s. Our September Kit includes colors of autumn colors and they can be freely mixed to achieve the effects of autumn leaves. Each of the colors is bright and vibrant and blends well. I used colors: Pretty Perido, Spiced Pumpkin and my favorite Ancient Coin.

I could not wait for my oak leaves to dry … Lol ))) They flickered in the sun and I admired them. I made a composition of leaveses and twigs and pieces of fabric flowers from Prima. I put a candle inside the flower pot and it changed into a candlestick. I really liked the result! I hope you also like it))) Treasure is everywhere….you just have to open your eyes and look for it!

See you my creative girls. Thank you for coming in!

Irina