Repurpose that old piece of jewelry!

Hey y’all!  I’m ready to get you digging through your grandma’s jewelry stash or your old junk jewelry/button bins with this project!

This was such a quick and pretty project to do with stuff you have in your stash and the March BGC kit.  I used the wooden clipboard (don’t you just love that clipboard?!) and just lightly rubbed on some of the blue paint from the March kit.

Next I moved on to the flower.  I took apart one of the flowers in the kit and rubbed some Bad Girls Couture gesso in the middle of both flower sections.  When that was just about dry, I came over that with some of the yellow paint in the kit.  I loved rubbing it on instead of brushing it because it gave it such a natural effect and really made it look like the inside of a flower.  I then brushed on some clear crackle paint and allowed it to dry.  Once the crackle dried I rubbed on some brown ink to give added dimension and highlight some of that beautiful cracking.  Finally, I added some glitter to the edges of the petals with some gesso before glueing both pieces of the flower back together.  And as the crowning touch to this lovely flower, in the center I placed a beautiful vintage rhinestone earring.  I removed the clip from the back and just adhered it with a bit of hot glue.

The flower is attached to the clip with another touch of hot glue and it’s now ready for use!  Fun for displaying mini pieces of art, pictures or cards!

Now go digging in your junk jewelry and buttons and find a treasure to REPURPOSE!!

REPURPOSE those book covers!

I hope you gals have a few old books or book covers laying around because trust me…you are gonna WANNA make this!

I have recently gotten a love (perhaps obsession) of making art journals!  And this one was no exception.  I just loved the process of making it and know that I will love creating in it.

So I started out with an old book cover and since I didn’t have the entire book to make the back as well I used a piece of cardboard cut down to the same size.  I also gathered some other supplies like some canvas pieces to make the pages as well as some twine for binding it all together.  For the inside cover I used some of the patterned paper from the kit and I backed the back of the book with solid black paper.

I applied the patterned paper to the inside of the front and back covers then painted a thin coat of Bad Girls gesso and wiped it off with a baby wipe before it dried to give it an old streaky, whitewash effect.  Once dried it inked them both up well.

Then I moved on to the pages, I gave them a good heavy coat of gesso on the pages, leaving some pages with none so it leaves me art options when I go to use my journal.

Then I took a wide strip of the same canvas fabric and sewed along the edges for a finished look and attached the front and back cover on the inside to create the spine.

 

I bound all the pages in the cover by grouping them into sections (3 sections in all) and punching holes in the spines of the pages as well as in the spine of the binding cloth.  I used some jute twine to string them all together and bind them into the cover.

I used some corrugated cardboard and an old house charm to embellish the front cover and hold it all together with a band I created by running one of the enamel charms from the kit through a piece of black elastic and tying it together.

Now go look through your book collection and make you a cool journal!

Lovely- A Repurposed Box

Hello, friends!

I’m sharing a box that I repurposed today! I love to alter boxes. I save all kinds of boxes- this is one from a Google wi-fi router. It’s a nice sturdy box, perfect for putting a gift in.

I started by covering the box with the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Delicate paper. The box was the perfect size for one 12×12 piece of paper.

I added some Prima Marketing Metallique Wax that was in the November scrapbooking kit. I love the look it gives- distressed and metallic!

I cut out a circle die and used some green chalk ink. I used the last of the Prima Marketing flowers from the package from the kit. (I wish I had more!) I added some small purple roses to show off that lovely muslin flower. The “lovely” sentiment is from the chipboard set from the kit.

The door pull is something I had in my stash. I added some more of the Prima Marketing Metallique wax as well.

Here’s a closeup that shows how the wax looks on the edges of the box.

I added some heart die cuts to each of the sides of the box. I used the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Royale paper.

I completed the box by adding lace trim which is from a past kit- Parisienne Paradise vintage kit.

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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!!

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!

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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Make Craft Storage Pretty with Bad Girls Couture

In today’s culture, we are definitely working towards more recycling, re-purposing and up-cycling which is phenomenal for the earth and our pocket books.  When thinking of re-purposing an item as I sit at my craft desk, I come across a pet peeve of mine.  I like pretty storage, it helps to inspire me in my creating.  So as I sat there looking at my very un-inspiring small stack of drawers on my table, I had an idea.  Let’s make it PRETTY!  A sheet of paper, some ribbon, an alphabet stamp set, kraft paper and some glue…easy peasy!

 

You can see here just how uninspiring this little storage unit is, so lets make this bad boy PRETTY!
Cut out strips of paper to the height of each drawer, measure across but give yourself some extra length as this unit has a dipped in middle.  So I accounted for that.

Using a small alpha stamp set, stamp on kraft paper the category of items in each drawer. Cut them out, ink the edges and adhere to the drawer. Then add your choice of ribbon, this one was over an inch thick with design on each edge, I decided to cut it down the middle and then alternate the textures.

 

Do not forget the top to complete the look.

 

Hope this inspires you to repurpose not only items on your craft desk but all around your home.  The possibilities are endless.

 

Repurposed Tin Tile using GLITTER!

Hello, crafters!

It’s Rae with you today, sharing a repurposed tin ceiling (or backsplash) tile. I’ve had this tile for a while in my box of treasures to repurpose or alter. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it when I first got it, but when the December kit came in the mail, I knew this tin tile would be perfect to showcase the colors and glitter collection!

To get started, I pulled out some of my stuff from past Bad Girls Couture kits: the Prima Metallique Wax, and the Bad Girls Couture brand of Matte Gel Medium- OH MY WORD- this is high-quality stuff! I used this matte gel medium for a photo transfer about a month ago, and it works like a charm! It’s a very versatile medium, and in my opinion, one of the best ways to apply to glitter to your projects where it will REALLY STICK!

My first step was to give the dimension some shading using the Prima Metallique wax. I used a small amount with my finger to create this look:

The next step is quite simple, and I didn’t take any pictures, but I simply traced the lines of the patterns using a small brush and matte gel medium, and poured glitter over the matte gel medium. I focused on small sections, using one color at a time. I was fine if some of the glitter came off- I wanted this project to have a faded look to it.

Below is a close up that shows the impact of the Prima Metallique Wax on the whitewashed tile.

The glitter on the white/silver tile needed some added pops of color, and I really wanted to capture the essence of this bold kit, so I used some black glitter from my stash to the Thickers title, “Life is Beautiful” which was gold, but after applying the Thickers, I felt it needed more of a contrast.

I added purple butterflies from the Hambly Screen Prints transparency, which really made the purple colors of glitter used pop.

I added a Prima velvet flower from my stash to balance the “Life is Beautiful” and also because it matched perfectly with one of the blue glitter tubes.

Thanks for checking out the blog today! I hope this gives some ideas on how simple it is to use glitter on projects!

 

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!

Flip it and Reverse it…REPURPOSE!!

Time to remix and repurpose!  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!