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?

Dance

 

Good morning ladies!! Happy Monday! Today I am sharing a layout I created using the January kit! This kit is sooooo pretty. I just love all the 7 Dots Studio Paper and stickers and the chipboard is totally fun! And let’s not forget the beautiful flowers!

I came across this photo from a long time ago… this was my 21st birthday party and it brought a smile to my face… occasionally, I like to scrapbook older photos to look back on those fun times!! And this was such a great night…one of my best birthdays ever.

For this layout, I decided to make my flowers work for my layout… and since using pink was out of the question, I decided to use the pretty Glimmer Glam paint to paint them! They add such a gorgeous shimmer too! I coated the flowers a few times to add a few layers of paint to make the flowers more opaque.

I love the word stickers in this kit. They are fabulous! I cut a few of the words from some of the sentiments to make them work for me. I used the circle stickers to create a fun little border at the bottom of the layout to help pull it together. And for fun, I added a button on top of the circle sticker below the flower just because I wanted more circles on this layout. 🙂

I coated the chipboard with a few coats of paint to use as a chipboard leaf. It totally works! Also, I painted the brad too. Yea, I got a bit out of control with the paint… I LOVE PAINT. It’s so fun getting messy after a crazy day of work… I was totally in my zone when I created this layout.

What do you think? Are you ready to get messy? You really can’t go wrong with paint, chipboard and flowers… just paint and have fun! Enjoy the process! If you are interested in subscribing, click here! We promise you deliver gorgeous mixed media kits to your doorstep every month! You will not regret it.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Sweet Fun

Hello, crafty friends! I’m compressing this December set! There are so many beautiful papers in it, and a paper from American Crafts – Hustle and Heart Collection – Rise and Shine is my favorite))) He gives a feeling of comfort and warmth. I have a long time waiting for my time, one photo, On it my daughter with a jar of jam)))) I love this photo. When I saw this patterned paper, I immediately realized which photo I want to take for the layout with it.

The December Scrapbook Subscription Kit “42nd St. Soda Shoppe” brought me a great set of puffy stickers with different headers, I chose for my layout “Sweet Fun” This bright white headline focuses on the place with the photo. This is very important, because the patterned paper is very bright and mottled. For each layout I use clippings on the Cameo plotter. I cut out these lovely cottages of lsite paper from American  Crafts – Hustle and Heart Collection – The Bright Side. And I must admit that it’s better not to do so))))) It’s very long, cut every little detail of a certain color. But the result I’m happy! It looks very nice))) I posted a photo on a white background in a Polaroid frame from a red cardstock. Below the white part, I made a border of a strip of yellow paper from the sheet – The Bright Side. Sprigs are cut from a sheet of paper from the American craft – Floral Sensations. I drew a bit of gold acrylic paint from the Kit of November)) I needed a few white accents to refresh the layout, I added white snowflakes and a sprig of white paper.

Thank you for visiting me today))) I think the layout was very emotional! I hope he inspires you and we will see in the Gallery your layout! With impatience we will wait in the Gallery for your models! Inspiration friends!

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!

Make Craft Storage Pretty with Bad Girls Couture

In today’s culture, we are definitely working towards more recycling, re-purposing and up-cycling which is phenomenal for the earth and our pocket books.  When thinking of re-purposing an item as I sit at my craft desk, I come across a pet peeve of mine.  I like pretty storage, it helps to inspire me in my creating.  So as I sat there looking at my very un-inspiring small stack of drawers on my table, I had an idea.  Let’s make it PRETTY!  A sheet of paper, some ribbon, an alphabet stamp set, kraft paper and some glue…easy peasy!

 

You can see here just how uninspiring this little storage unit is, so lets make this bad boy PRETTY!
Cut out strips of paper to the height of each drawer, measure across but give yourself some extra length as this unit has a dipped in middle.  So I accounted for that.

Using a small alpha stamp set, stamp on kraft paper the category of items in each drawer. Cut them out, ink the edges and adhere to the drawer. Then add your choice of ribbon, this one was over an inch thick with design on each edge, I decided to cut it down the middle and then alternate the textures.

 

Do not forget the top to complete the look.

 

Hope this inspires you to repurpose not only items on your craft desk but all around your home.  The possibilities are endless.

 

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!

 

 

 

 

Family

Good morning! Happy Monday! I have another bright and colorful layout to inspire you with today. I used this image from Pinterest. I love white, teal and orange together and there was plenty of it in this month’s kit so I had fun with it!

For the background, I used the watercolor paint from the September kit. Once the triangles were dry, I took the blue watercolor paint and tapped the brush all over the paper to create a fun, colorful background for my layout.

Here is what I came up with. Lots of layering here. Initially, I was going to paint the white “family” thicker, but decided to leave it white. I think I have enough color on this layout, what do you think?

I used the same ribbon technique as last Monday! Totally, fun.

Here are some close-ups:

I cut the heart from the patterned paper and painted it with blue watercolor to use as an embellishment for my layout. I think it frames the photo nicely with the felt flower and button.

Here is a closer look at the painted triangles. Don’t they look cool? I think I need some more of these 12×12 stencils by Prima!

Thanks for visiting today!

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!

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?