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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!

Color of life

Hello my creative girls! The March Kit “With Sprinkles On Top” is so bright and life-affirming! I really love bright colors))) A juicy juicy photo and this bright striped sheet inspired me to a new page! I decided to combine a white sheet and a striped sheet:American Crafts – Glitter Girl Collection- Work Hard for the background of my layout. I cut two triangles from the patterned sheet of paper. 

First I glued one triangle into a strip on a white sheet. Then I placed the photo in the upper right corner. A strip of black and white scotch I selected the lower border of the photo.

Then I glued a second triangle into the white background to the white background. I had a small distance between the triangles, leaving a white strip of background.I liked this geometry. It is very fortunate that the photo also has strips. I cut out a rose from the patterned set paper. It has several layers. For leaflets, I also used two different sheets of paper with a pattern and made them from different sheets of paper. Small black enamel points are important accents in the layout. They lead a look to the photo. Strips on the patterned paper are very active and it is important to attract the look to the photo! A small coral banner with the inscription Perfect maintains the bright color of the dress in the photo. These techniques in work help to create harmony in the combination of colors in the project.

I always use in my work part of the sheet of patterned paper on which there is a patterned border on one side, and on the other hand information on the collection is placed. This is where the barcode stands. For work, I used a strip of yellow with hearts. she looks very nice next to the photo.

    I hope this bright and amazing Kit “With Sprinkles On Top”give you inspiration and creative energy! Thank you for visiting our blog, we are looking forward to seeing your projects in our gallery!

Greeting card with peonies

Creative girl, hello everyone! I gave this gentle postcard to my girlfriend for her birthday! she really liked it;)Do you like to create postcards? I do not do it often, but I love it!  Patterned paper – a favorite again inspires me))) and I very much hope that you, too, are encouraged! This antique pink, and asks him to do this background for a card with peonies)))) Am I right? Do you also think so? As a basis for a card, I took a gray cardboard oist and stuck a sheet of pink in it for the cover. I do not like chasing, but I really like the peonies in this set))) I am a pale pink powder, and then watercolor. I cut out a jar of tracing paper on the plotter, it seemed, was made of frosted glass. it looks really cool! 

A few glass drops became expressive accents! A small sticker from the set of stickers from American Craft looks very stylish on this postcard.

Each element has its own level for gluing. This is very important for creating volume. Share your work in the blog gallery! It’s so interesting to see what you are creating my girlfriends!

Irina

Altered Chipboard Album

Happy Friday Bad Girls!! I am excited to share my altered chipboard album with you. I used Bad Girls Couture’s molding paste to create a variety of textures throughout my album. The quality of this mix medium is amazing!!! Today, I am going to share with you how easy it is to use stencils and molding paste to create a one of a kind piece of art. I must admit, I am not an expert when it comes to working with mixed media products, but I am not afraid to just wing it… I kid you not, most times, I just look at the product and just do whatever comes to mind, whether it’s right or wrong. If I make a mistake, I cover it with an embellishment or two and I move on. 🙂

 

 

Products Used:

Maya Road Chipboard Album

Crate Paper Patterned Paper

Crate Paper Chipboard

Prima Marketing Inc. Color Bloom (Summer Sky, Sunshine)

Prima Marketing Inc. Art Alchemy Metallique Wax Paste (Rose Gold)

Prima Marketing Inc. 6X6 Stencil (Pochoirs Stampini Schablonen)

Bad Girls Couture Gesso

Bad Girls Couture Molding Paste

Buttons

Scissors

Palette Knife

Fabric-Tac Ribbon Glue

Mini Stapler

 

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Remove the chipboard album from the bag. Then remove the chipboard pages from the album and set them aside. Use a palette knife or a credit card to spread the molding paste over the stencil. Keep in mind, a little goes a long way. Carefully, spread the paste all over desired screen. Once the screen is completely covered in molding paste, gently lift the screen to avoid smearing the paste. Set the album aside for an hour to dry. And repeat the process using the chipboard pages.
  2. Once the molding paste is dry. Remove all of the pages from the chipboard album. Use a paint brush to cover each of the chipboard pages (front/back) and the chipboard album using white paint or gesso. Once the paint is dry, use a paint brush to paint the chipboard album and pages using the Sunshine Color Bloom. While the mist is still a little wet. Prop the chipboard album and pages on a plastic bag or in a box and spray the album and pages using the Summer Sky Color Bloom aiming down with the nozzle pointing down to create a dripping effect. Once the mist is completely dry, rub your fingers over the wax paste and gently rub the wax paste over the molding paste where the stencils appear to make the images pop. Then gently rub the wax paste over the album and on each of the pages to add a little rose color throughout the album.
  3. Using a pair of scissors, cut 6 book pages from the Crate Paper. Then add gesso to the edges of each paper to add a small white frame. Cut small strips of fabric about 1”x1”, fold the fabric in half at the top of the book pages and staple the ribbon to the pages using a mini stapler. Then thread string through a few buttons and tie the string into a cute little bow. Use glue to adhere the buttons at the top of each page. Then glue each page on the chipboard pages on the right side of the album.
  4. Using a Word Document, type your words of wisdom and print them on white cardstock. Cut the words out using scissors and glue them on the left side pages throughout the album. Use a foam square to add a piece of chipboard embellishment above or below each of your words of wisdom strips. Add a label and butterfly chipboard to the front of the book using foam squares. Then feed the white ribbon mesh through the binder rings, wrapping it around the bookbinding to create a nice bow for the album. Use scissors to trim the bow.
  5. Add other embellishments throughout the album as desired.

What do you think? There were a lot of steps to creating this project and I hope that I was able to inspire you to try using your stencils and molding paste on your chipboard album!! This project was very therapeutic for me. I just took my time and enjoyed the process. Thanks for visiting today!

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

Museum Snob

It doesn’t get anymore antiqued than the ancient Myan Ruins of Mexico!  And that’s the subject of my “Museum Snob” layout.

Did I mention I’m loving’ this January kit?  I mean the combo of those 7 Dots papers and the Hambly velum splattered with that Tattered Angels turquoise paint…I mean come on!  What’s not to love!

I deconstructed a couple of the flowers in the kit and used the pretty brad that was in the center of one to secure my Hambly velum to the page.  There are lots of die cuts of leaves out of the 7 Dot’s papers, pretty much any of the papers that had green in them I cut them up for leaves!   The laser cut chipboard pieces from Um Wow were a perfect canvas for the Tattered Angels paint, it was so bright and bold on them!

I used the Daisy D’s paper as a mat behind the photo and distressed it with a distressing tool.  The title is one of the 7 Dots stickers and is pop dotted to the page.

Finally I inked every edge I could with a brown ink pad;)