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Baby Liam Layout – Antiqued!

My sweet baby bird…I have had this layout in my head for a while so it was so satisfying to get it out and see it on paper!

I mentioned to you before that when I see zig zag stitching it reminds me of old linens so it was a no brainer that I would include them on this layout for Antiqued Friday.  I also did some hand cutting on the Crate Paper for “Liam” and then stitched over it, giving it a vintage appliqué feeling.

I used a Prima stencil from a previous kit and my Bad Girls Couture Molding Paste to make the textured designs and then rubbed on some gold paint after it all dried.  You also see I did a lot of distressing along the papers edges with a distressing tool and inked everything with a brown stamp pad.

I used some clear crackle medium to make a crazed, antiqued effect that kinda reminds me of vintage china once rubbed with some brown ink.  I topped it all with a distressed Prima flower, inked with brown ink and rubbed with gold acrylic paint.

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!!

Vaca Layout on this Antiquated Friday!!

Hey y’all!  Today I bring to you my “2017 Vaca” Layout!  And as you see today’s theme is “antiqued” so I thought I would just walk you through a few things I did on this page to give it a bit of an antique vibe without using anything vintage on it at all.

I ran across this super cute dolly Sizzix die and knew I had to get it to give my projects some sweet vintage vibes!  And I feel like it certainly did that.  I used the vintage looking pretty floral patters of the Maggie Holmes Crate Paper sheets to make these sweet little dollies and they really ramped up the vintage feeling on this page.

The machine stitching always make me think of antique linens with the zig zag stitches.  I also gave the bright yellow a little of a tone down with a thin coat of white Bad Girls Couture gesso.  It’s all accented with various botanical and leaf cut outs using Sizzix dies.  I find this is a wonderful way to play with my patterned papers and add interest and dimension to my pages.

And finally as normal with most of my work, I inked it all up with a brown stamp pad to soften edges and give it all an antiqued, aged feeling.

Thank you for stoping by today, now go get your antique on!

Over the Rainbow Love

This page was totally inspired by those beautiful bohemian flower halos and crowns that are so beautiful and colorful.  I was using a photo of my husband and I at a fancy anniversary dinner we had on our 15 year anniversary cruise.  The dress I was wearing was very colorful and abstract so I wanted the page to reflect that color and the love and feeling we were experiencing at that dinner.

I came across this beautiful photo of a couple, presumably a wedding photo.  The woman was wearing a wonderful flower crown.   This is the feeling I had that night, and perfect inspiration for this page!

photo credit: www.margheritacalati.com

This is the page I made from that inspiration…

To create the flower crown look, I got to work looking through my stash and found a great stencil that worked well with my gesso.  I applied the gesso with a pallet knife and once dry I was able to paint it with the Tattered Angels paints from the kit (the gold is from a previous kit) and I accented the leaves with some green water color.

Next I wanted to add some dimensional flower accents to the page.  I removed the center from one of the silk flowers in the kit and used just one layer of it.  I folded it in half and applied a generous layer of Bad Girls Couture gesso to the flower.  Next I layered a little of the teal Tattered Angels paint for added color and depth.  Then I mixed some texture beads and gesso and applied that to the outer edges of the flower and gave the entire thing a little watered down brown acrylic paint touch with some finger painting.  I sewed the flower down to the paper to secure it and add some interest.  For the center I just painted a couple of the chipboard cutouts with the Tattered Angels paint and dabbed a bit of the textured gesso mix with my finger.

The title is a couple of the 7 Dots stickers, layered with an American Crafts foam glittered word from last month’s kit.

I did the same treatment as with the flowers on leaves at the bottom with the textured gesso mix and give it a brown wash as well.

Using a photo or an object is such a great inspiration since we have so many beautiful things around us to inspire us and these 7 Dots papers are so colorful and versatile that they can go from muted to blazing color!  That’s enough to fuel your creativity!

 

Off the Beaten Path

There is so much inspiration in this kit!  I mean look at these beautiful colors in those 7 Dots papers!

The deep saturation of teals and greens inspired this page.  I absolutely had to use this beautiful paper “Aquamarine” 7 Dots paper as a bold colorful background.  As I was thumbing through my already printed pics that are waiting to be scrapped I found the perfect match.  This picture of my husband and I sitting on the dock of a beautiful Mexican cenote just jumped out at me and the colors of the paper really brought me back to that day when I placed the photo on it.  I was smitten and completely inspired!

In order to carry the color and feeling of that experience through to the entire page I used a layer of one of the flowers to create a great dimensional grouping.  I folded the flower layer up so it looked more like an emerging bud (I stapled it at the base to hold it in that shape) and painted the entire thing with Bad Girls Couture gesso.  I was just about dry before I added a brush of color with some of the teal Tattered Angels paint then I applied some watered down brown acrylic paint to give it a more blended, muted effect.  After that had pretty much dried I brushed the tips with some Mod Podge and applied some thick glitter.

I added layers of the 7 dots papers cut into great flower and leave shapes with my Sizzix.  You can see I used a few left over Prima flower buds from a previous kit that seemed to work perfectly with this little flower.

And how handy where those 7 Dots Word Stickers?!  I loved them, really!  I choose two that best described that day and adventure and used one as a title (applied to another 7 Dots sticker and then pop dots added for dimension) and one as an accent at the bottom of the page.   The lace border is created using a Fiskers punch and the 7 Dots paper.

Oh and how can I forget the Hambly velum?!  It really gives depth and softness to the page.  I love it!!  And of coarse I had to ink it all up with some brown ink.

~Michelle Sanders

Junque it up Mini Art Journal

Now you guys know I like to use some junk and reclaimed stuff in my projects.  But this month we had some pretty cool stuff in this kit, including this amazing mini book made with vintage game cards.  WHA?  That had to be utilized and showcased in all it’s Junque it up glory!!  So, I did what any bad girl would do and I rocked that journal!!  Those old cards could have been easily tossed out as junk but Wendy scooped these amazing treasures up and included them all bound with rings and ready for us to get our creativity on!

I really liked the idea of turning this little mini into an art journal and it turns out there was the perfect little title sticker in the 7 Dots stickers that came in the kit.  SCORE!  So that was really my jumping off point.  And there were some great square stickers that made the perfect tabs so I used them to tab off each game card as separate sections in my little art journal.

Then I just got into painting and layering and just laying on some texture to give the cover the look I was going for.  I wanted to have a really dimensional cover filled with texture and rich colors without being too bright.  The flower was perfect for that but I didn’t want it to too new or store bought.

So I went to work on deconstructing it, only using one layer of the flower.  I painted it with a generous coating of the Bad Girls Couture Gesso.  Once the gesso dried I applied layers of watered down brown acrylic paint with my finger till it was toned down and aged looking.  For the center I use a couple of the chipboard cut outs and painted them with the teal Tattered Angels paint.  I also mixed some texture beads into some gesso and applied it to the edges and over the center pieces for more texture and interest, then a bit more brown paint.  I did the same with the other chipboard cut outs and applied the 7 Dots “art journal” sticker with glue dots to give it a title.  Finally I filled it with water color paper between the tabbed sections and gave the cover and all the game cards and tabs a good inking.  Now it’s ready for all my art journaling and painting needs!

I really love how the flower is totally transformed and almost looks porcelain.  Hopefully you will find some inspiration to get junquey and painty and make a fun mini like this!

~Michelle Sanders

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!

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!!

A whole new world

Today is Saturday, and I come to you with a new page from the set in November “joie de vivre”. And again on my daughter page). This year, she went to live in Thailand, and in front of her new life. I had to buy my princess motorcycle helmet LOL … I just opened one of his photos in the Instagram, but I did not use the entire picture, I cut it on a motorbike through the contour.

And I created a landscape of artistic means. Let’s see what happens)).

For the background I used a sheet of paper from Prima and  Gesso Bad Girls Couture from  a set of November “joie de vivre”. Then I did some texture work, using my favorite stencil and plaster Couture Girls Bad . I gave some time to completely dry.

I added a little metallic luster, I just picked up the wax and put it on the surface texture background. I liked the texture and even the smell  Metallique Wax))) from Prima. 

I would like to mark the outline of the road, have I had a lot of ideas, but they were all rejected))) And wax came to my aid, I drew the road and cut it out of the paper. Then I put it in the background and outlined the contours of togo  Metallique wax. Old silver has the effect: we seem to see the road, and it does not seem to exist. …. It seems to dissolve this in mind!

To make your project more beautiful, I’m an alcoholic ink and played with them a bit. I like to meditate with alcohol inks. I like the way they are laid out on paper. You do not know what you’ll see in a moment, and it’s interesting.

I love my assistant plotter, I cut out a lot of palm leaves from green patterned paper. I tore some strips of green paper. Then I stained the edges slightly. so that no white remains.

With the title, I also helped plotter, first I cut out of black paper. Then I set the premium and cut terracotta paper.

To give some texture to the leaves, I used hot stamping. I just splashed water and sprinkle it with a transparent powder. She baked small raindrops on the leaves. It looks really cool!

Thank you for being with us today! Creative weekend!