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Find Your Muse…

It’s Wednesday! And, you know what that means, don’t you? It’s time to get colorful!

I recently went on a little day trip to a local/not so local knit shop with a dear friend of mine. It was as fun and inspiring as it was colorful!

With the shimmer paints included in the kit, I was well on my way to scrapping this colorful adventure!

I layered up a tag from my stash, a scrap of the fabric from the kit, a flair badge (also from the kit), and created a happy little grouping.

I also sprinkled around a couple of the 7Dots stickers, added plenty of watercolor, the Chipboard paint splatter shapes, and some gesso…

TA DA!

I just love how it turned out!

So, how will you get colorful today?

Stay Thankful Mini

The Antiquated challenges always are my fav and this one was pretty fab!  This month we had a great little vintage comic mini in our December kits to have fun with!!

Coming off of Thanksgiving and seeing everyone listing everything they are thankful for last month on social media but then going into December that stopped I got to thinking…WHY?!  We need to STAY thankful!  With that message deep in my heart I received this kit and knew I had to make my mini a “Stay Thankful” themed mini to at least get us though the rest of the holiday season and remind us we need to stay thankful more than just in November.

So the pages are super cute before you even get to decorating but I got to layering and painting!

I added inserts like this tag I made by using my Sizzix to cut a tree out of the center of the paper and then machine sewing the Hambly overlay behind it.  Another insert I did was to use the large butterfly on that same overlay as a single cutout, punched a hole in the top of the wing and made it an insert towards the back of the book as well

This tassel keyring was made with some of the ribbons from the kit and then attached to the binder ring that holds the book together.

The Cover is embellished by painting a rough square in the center with gesso and then sticking the word “stay” on in the American Craft foam letters and painting over them with gesso.  I added some texture beads to the gesso to give some added dimension and interest.  When that was all dry I added the work “thankful” with some letter stickers from my stash.  Then I layered on a bunch of die cuts I made using the papers from the kit and then place the arrow and leaf glitter foam stickers.  Looking at it now I wish I would have inked up the die cuts but oh well!

This mini had so many  possibilities and I’m not even done with mine, It’s ready to be filled with all my thankful moments!

Black and White With a Punch of Color!

I never grow tired of a black and white photo paired with lots of bright color. And, that’s exactly what I did on this layout! Ashli here with you today to share a fun layout using an old, cherished photo of my mother and I.

I knew I wanted to pair this photo with lots of color, and the December kit was just the thing for this. I grabbed some of the boldest papers and patters and set about layering them up, under my photo…

I cut some edges, and tore some others to create nice layers of texture. Once that was all set, I used the Prima triangle stencil to create some graphic elements and to help bring all that color together through the use of white paint…

When that was dry, I went back in with some watercolors to really create a fun and colorful, yet painterly feel. And, I have to mention how much I love that sweet patterned paper with the children playing. Perfect for this layout, I’d say!

For an embellishment, I cut the heart out of the Amy Tangerine patterned paper, stitched around it, and added some white paint. Set up on pop dots, this is the perfect hand made touch!

I cut the orange flower from my kit in half and tucked it around too, followed by some sequins and dots from my stash. And finally, a title from the gorgeous set of Thickers included in the kit…

Ta da! Doesn’t all that color set off the black and white picture perfectly? I think so!

 

And, now it’s your turn. Go make something colorful!

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!

 

 

 

 

Bad Ass Vibe: White Washing a Layout

 

Hello! It’s Rae, sharing some tips to create a Bad Ass Vibe to your projects! So this December kit was bursting with bold colors, and mixed in with some black and white, which was excellent for balancing all of the colors. I love the look of dark backgrounds with patterns, but sometimes it’s nice to smooth it out, and whitewashing your papers is a great technique for doing that.

My reason for whitewashing this particular layout is that I wanted to use this photo of my kids- it’s a rare occasion when I can get all three of them looking cute and attentive in one shot, and the paper in the kit that had the quote reminded me of this picture I took in 2016- “The little things are the big things.” Such a true, true statement!” However, when I pulled out the picture, I couldn’t see it working with what I had left of the kit, so took a different approach and made the papers work for me.

This technique is so simple: it requires gesso, a small bowl or container, water, and a paint brush.

I stared with creating the first part of my design- layers under the photo. I whatewashed these three pieces first- I diluted some gesso with water in a container, and painted it on. (I also did this to the banners (paper and ribbon)sticking out under the photo, I just didn’t take a picture of that, but it’s the same technique.)

I also whitewashed the background papers the light one sticking out from behind the black paper. Because I was using so much blue/teal, I wanted to blend the colors out to not have such a contrast in the colors.

I added water to the whitewashed paper, then added two different colors of mist. Then, I randomly blended out the mist and water with a wet baby wipe. This is the end result:

Adding the rest of the elements on the page, it all came together. I cut out banners from ribbon and paper. The heart is also cut out from the paper.

You can also see that I used a piece of circle chipboard from my stash- I painted it black, added some blue glitter from the kit while the paint was wet, and once dry, I also whitewashed that. 🙂

I also added some of the blue mists to the ribbon to make it match better. The texture was great, but the color was slightly off from what I had in mind.

I added a couple of flowers- one of them was from last month’s kit that I added pearls to, but I ended up not using it on any projects last month, but it was perfect for this page, so I added one that was similar to that one from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by the Bad Girls Couture blog today!

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!

Happy New Year

In a few days the New Year !!! We have a lot of snow and it’s cold! But today my layout about the New Year in Thailand))) LOL My daughter now lives there, and she will meet the New Year without a Christmas tree and snow.

I made it so funny – the main symbol of Santa Claus))) I cut this layout on a plotter. He is very funny in these shorts for swimming in polka dots))) My daughter has a hobby of freediving. In the photo she and her boyfriend in a special suit for swimming. I used a sheet of flesh-colored cardboard from the December set. To have a volume, I glued the details to the volume pads of double-sided adhesive tape.

In St. Petersburg in the winter there is little sun and I could not make a beautiful photo of the inscription. It is very bright, beautiful and shiny! I used blue foil for this task.I used a conventional glue stick to create a sticky layer. First, I cut out the letters from the white cardstock on the plotter. Then I took one letter and made glue smears with glue-pencil. While the euclaia does not dry up very quickly, we put the foil on top and press it tightly with a finger on the foil several times. We remove the foil, the shiny layer is left on the letter! The letters merged on the mottled background of the sheet, I added a substrate for each letter and glued them to volumetric pads of glue tape.

This Santa makes me smile))) He likes you as much as me ????)))) He is clearly at a loss that so many bright colors are surrounding him))) He is buried in these magnificent colors. I cut out these flowers from a sheet of diaper paper AMY TANGERINE HUSTLE AND HEART   from the KIT of December.

I count on your smile and admiring comments! It looks crazy fun! LOL  Happy New Year! I wish you many happy and bright moments in your life! See you in the new year))))

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!

 

Not Lucky…BLESSED!

What better way to get over midweek than with a COLOUR SPLASH?!

For this layout I just went all in.  I mixed it all up.  I cut up papers, I did machine stitching, I cut up the foam glitter sticker words to make them work for my page, I finger painted, I stenciled molding paste, I inked edges, I water colored, I just went nuts y’all!

But sometimes we need to just unleash!

Here you can see how I cut the American Crafts Foam sticker words to customize them to fit what I wanted to say on my page.  I may have used an “n” or a “u” turned on it’s side to make an “s” or trimmed another random letter down to make a “d” but when you put them all together it looks right!  LOL!

But you know, it still looks rather composed because the papers and supplies in this kit, although all very different really do mesh well together in a very hip and fashionable way.  I love how fresh it feels.

And lets talk about the stenciling molding paste on here, I use molding paste a lot but I don’t normally do it on patterned paper.  (Just scrape it over your stencil with a palette knife then lift your stencil)  Can I just say how much I love the effect it made!  The texture was wonderful and when I came over it once it was dried with some bright watercolors…it just popped!  You have to try it!

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!!