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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!

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!

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!

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!

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!!

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!

Making a Splash…A “Colour Splash”!

Happy Hump Day peeps!!  What better subject matter to share on Colour Splash than a journal about ship life?!  Get it?  Splash…ok that was bad…moving on.  LOL!

Ok, so the reeeeeeasonn I am sharing this for Colour splash is not exactly for the irony, although it I though it was genius…I didn’t realize that till after!  I’m sharing this with you today because I mixed colors in this project that I probably wouldn’t normally think to put together.  Honestly, I really went for it and mixed really victorian florals with really retro looking graphic prints and that’s not something I would normally do either.  I didn’t realize it till I started flipping papers around and mixing the companies together that this kit really lends it self to some awesome color mixing that pushed me out of my norm, which was really fun on this journal!!

The Cover was made with two different papers in the Prima “Welcome to Paris Collection” and accented with cut outs from the Prima “Zella Teal Collection” and the Prima “French Riviera Collection.  I really love how the nautical feeling of the “French Riviera Collection” set the tone for the “Ship Life” theme of the journal that will establish what will be my cruise journal and the flowers of the “Zella Teal Collection” give it a very victorian and feminine feeling with beautiful metallic touches of silver.  I carried the metallic silver touches over to the paper Prima flowers with the Metallique wax that was in the kit (which is divine by the way).  To also give it some texture and pizazz I scrapped some Bad Girls Couture Gesso along the bottom of the cover and adhered some gold corse glitter to the wet gesso.  I love that it kinda looks like sand but more glamorous;)

I added a couple pockets on the inside cover to hold some little journaling cards and tags I cut out of the Prima “French Riviara Collection” paper.  Also, since the back of the paper I used for the cover was a bright burgundy with a pattern that I didn’t think went well with the rest of the project, I used a thin coat of the Bad Girls Couture gesso to cover and distress it, along with a little swipe of my brown stamp pad.  Worked out pretty well.

Finally I just cut some plain white paper to size and folded it in half to fit inside, punched two holes in the spine and ran some elastic (you could use string or ribbon) and tied it together to bind it.  I like the idea of elastic because it gives a bit if I want to add some memorabilia like folded brochures or tickets later.  Then just tied a bit of the scrap lace from the kit to the top of the elastic binding.

It was such a fun project to play with mixing colors and patters.  Now y’all go splash into your kits!!