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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!!

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!

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things…

The December kit includes a super fun vintage book card. Or perhaps it should be called a library card or a flash card. Whatever you choose to call it, it is so fun! Mine had the word “like” or “likes” on it and because of it’s oblong size, I just knew I had to make a mini book!

So, what to put in as the pages? Well, the fun black pockets filled with tags were just the thing!

As you can see, I used some patterned paper to create a quick little accordion binding. To do this, all you need is paper that has been folded back and forth, as if to make a fan. You then glue your page, or black pocket in this case, onto one side of each fold. Ta da! Instant book. And, it’s so cool how it folds out!

And here you can see it all stacked up…

I went to town on the cover, stenciling with the Prima stencil, painting, collaging, etc…

One of the gorgeous gold Thickers points to my inspiration word. And what’s that about anyway? Well, I am going to journal on all of those tags inside those black pockets all the things I am loving right now as a 39 year old. Fun, right? Things like favorite tv shows, foods, colors, etc…

The inside got the same messy, painty fun…

See all that yummy stitching? I used some of the ribbon in the kit to reinforce the spine and simply stitched it on. Practical and pretty. YAY!

And as you can see, one of the cool clips included in the kit keeps all the goodness closed up tight.

I made sure to tie some lovely ribbon bits from my stash and from the kit to each of the tags in the black pockets so that the mini has lots of texture. I just love the way this came out and I think it will be so fun to look back on what I was loving at this time in my life.

Thanks for stopping by today! What will you make with some of your vintage kit goodies?

 

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!!

Magic Time

What inspires you? You never know where inspiration comes from ….? When the inspiration comes to you? I was inspired by the first snowflake in this photo))) This little snowflake and so beautiful ….

To select a photo, I put it on the substrate, and added a few snowflakes of chipboard on the top of the photo. I love making statement elements like this interact with my photo because it makes my photo part of the scene.

A piece of lace and wool knitwear added warmth and comfort. This lace of a set of November is very textured, and beautiful! Composition strip of paper is complemented with a wood pattern.

Snowflakes began to snow-white after painting premium white gesso on @Bad Couture girls. A few bumps and give a little time to dry.

I used the name of chipboard «Magic Time» I love the headlines in the newspaper))) This header is painted using wax pearly silver color!

The strip of patterned paper under light wood texture background will be for the title. I like this almost monochrome composition. It looks stylish and expressive due to the texture of different materials. Knitted piece provides comfort and warmth in this scheme. Small buttons look incredibly cute. 

I kept this cute cup piece of wood from Prima for so long. She was in for a long time and waited for this page … LOL   I added a little red dot, to attract attention)))  Rich set of textures complemented stripe lace pastel colors. Roll lace complete November, it was very useful))) My favorite part of the page is a cup on a knitted wool flap.

Page was really about winter. For the background, I used a wonderful sheet from the new collection Zella Teal from Prima. Color on the photos and circles on the patterned paper perfectly match. I like the layouts on a light background, they give a lot of opportunity for using different urksheny and shadow. The first snowflake is documented for memory and this layout will store memories of this day.

Thanks for stopping by today everyone and I hope you’ve been inspired!

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!