Junque It Up Candle Holder

Are you ready to get Junqie?!  I was so excited to do this project!!  As soon as I saw the Prima Moulds this is the vision that I had in my mind.

This dreamy vintage looking pillar candle holder that looks like it came from another time.  But I was nervous to work with the paper clay, I had never worked with it before and wasn’t sure how it would turn out.  So, in true junk fashion, I headed out to the scrap wood pile and found me a piece of wood and it was perfect for this!

Next I just pressed a good size piece of the clay into the mould and immediately removed it.

 

Since I needed it to take on the shape of the rounded edges I had to wrap it around the wood.  I thought I could just glue it and it would be ok…so I hot glued it and trimmed the extra pieces.  Then I attached an old junk brooch and layered a little brass clock charm on top right to the middle for interest and I headed to bed for the night while it dried.

 

Well it dried.  And cracked.  And all fell off.  Lesson learned.  But…it did hold it’s shape where I needed it to around the corners so I was able to piece it back together and reglue it.

But the cracks and gaps remained where the clay had shrunken.  So I pulled out my joint compound and began to patch the cracks with a pallet knife and the results were pretty good.

Next I gessoed the entire thing and then grabbed the Ivory Tattered Angels paint and painted over just the exposed wood section.

Lastly, I gave the clay and the metal pieces in the center a distressed antique finish.  As you can see on the scrap pieces of clay I played around with the finishes I wanted to use before I landed on the one I really liked.  I used a combination of paints by Plaid (layering and sponging until I like the effect) and then applied a layer of the Gold Glitter Tattered Angels that came in the kit to finish it off.

I hope you are inspired to go junking and find an old treasure to spruce up!!

October Kits are HERE!!!!

Hello my BAD GIRLS! I am so EXCITED about the October Kits…with a VINTAGE GYPSY theme these kits were so fun to create!

First up is the SCRAPBOOK KIT….“ROADSIDE THRIFT SHOPPE”

To subscribe so you never miss out on our Scrapbook Kit please GO HERE! You are under no obligation and can cancel at any time!

Bad Girls Loves Mixed Media and this kit…“PARIS FLEA MARKET” is AMAZING! It comes with 5 French Mirror Images and Bad Girls Couture Matte Gel Medium so you can create IMAGE TRANSFERS on the enclosed canvases.!!!! This kit is loaded with Vintage French goodies to create with…take a look at this months MIXED MEDIA KIT!!!!

Next up is our VINTAGE KIT and I have been saving the TINTYPES that are in this kit for a long time for something special. They are very expensive to purchase so I had to look for a long time to try to find them at a decent price so I could share with my BAD GIRLS. I have always been intrugued with tintypes. It fascinates me the trouble they went through in the Victorian era to display their little photos. They certainly spared no expense! Because I didn’t have that many tintypes or the cute little mini luggage you get there are not that many of this kit…if you absolutely love it please grab “VAGABOND GYPSY” before they sell out!

For our HOME DECOR KIT I once again went to my shelves that house all of our Vintage and Antique goodies…and the Antique Crystal Door Plates were a favorite of mine. Truth be told when I purchased them they were going to be fitted into my last house…alas I never got around to it and my new house in a true antique house and it already came with antique crystal knobs on every single door. So…what’s a bad girl to do??? Yep…share of course with her BADDIES!!!! LOL….So…these are really GORGEOUS…and I had to come up with a design that I thought would be pretty….with this design I added solid wood moulding to a solid wood base and then added two pretty little hooks that you can hang your keys or tea towels from…or ribbons if you put it in your art studio…whatever suits your fancy….take a look at “GYPSY SHACK”!!!!

I truly hope you enjoy all of our kits this month! If you have any questions please email me at: Admin@BadGirlsCouture.com. You can also call @ 909.247.0608. Not only do I offer Antique and Vintage kits with a vibe from yesteryears, but I also believe in good old fashioned customer service. In a world where everything is email and text now we like to answer your calls if you’re a little old fashioned yourself! Have a fabulous day and CREATE WITH PASSION!

XOXO

Wendy La Croix

 

 

 

Carousel

Today is Saturday which means it is time for some inspiration for you. Irina here, and today I’m sharing my layout using the September 2017 Scrapbook Kit “Hurry, Hurry, Step Right Up”. I love paper Maggie Holmes Carousel items we got in the kits for September. I took a sheet of paper Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes Carousel – Uplifting Paper for the background of my project. I found an old photo, it was a wonderful day in an amusement park and I have kept this photo for a long time. This photo looks great on this background paper.

I love a lot of embellishment in my project and this time I used Alphabet Chippoard, as well as the flowers of Prima. I posted a photo in the upper right corner. The band of tickets limited the part my layout. On the border of the tickets I made the title from the cardboard chipboard. I added a border with the name of flowers from the fabric of Prima. This gives the scope of my work and I like how it looks together. Two strips of yellow patterned paper added a page, I arranged one strip right under the photo, the second strip bounded the edge of the layout.

Warm soft colors of the title and background look very cute))) I like how it looks.This was such a fun creative project to make. I let myself go and enjoyed the entire process. I hope I’ve shared some ideas that have stirred up your own creative juices. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Thanks for stopping by!

Irina

Me & You

Hello everyone. I created this layout for Bad Girls Couture using the September kit. Today, I want to share with you, how I created this fun, colorful layout. The Twinkling H20’s are so vibrant on this layout. It just screams fun!
Before, I started doing anything with this layout, I coated the white cardstock with gesso and let it dry overnight. Once dried, I splashed the pink Twinkling H20’s onto the cardstock. I used a black Sharpie to draw a 1/2″ border around the layout.
I coated the chipboard alphas using the gesso. Once dry, I splashed blue and pink watercolor paints on them and let them dry.
I matted the collage of photos using a few pieces of patterned paper then I hand-cut the hot air balloon and photo corners from the Crate Paper and colored them using markers.

I recycled the packaging from the Crate Paper embellishments to use as a fun border for the bottom of my photo collage. Since I was running low on embellishments, I stamped flowers onto patterned paper then used scissors to cut it out. I used a foam square to pop it up off the page. Also, I painted the Prima flower using the Twinkling H20’s so that the flower would blend in more with the layout.
Thanks so much for visiting today!

Repurposing Your Extra Scraps with Michelle

Hello fellow crafters, Michelle here sharing how I repurposed a box to hold a special gift. Having been a crafty girl for 20 years I find that I have a lot of left over scrapbook paper. I have a drawer full of scraps, from paper, trim and flowers. I usually reach for my scraps when I need to make a quick card.

Here I had a small little kraft round box that held tiny little paperclips. I thought it would be a perfect project to use those leftovers and create a ring box for a present.

With  pencil and paper trimmer I got to work. Using my vintage floral paper from the Bag Girls Couture kit, I went through my other extras scraps and found this left over gem strand, and paper flowers. I used acrylic paint to paint a matching grey to outer edges of my box. After gluing my paper on, I added the finishing touches. I carefully adhered the gem strands around the outer edges, and using a leaf paper punch I created these beautiful leave elements from the same paper and tucked them underneath the flowers on the lid of ring box.

I still had some paper left to make a cute matching gift card using the white and kraft cardstock paper, and topped it off with this beautiful little bow from ribbon both from my kit.

Thanks for stopping by…….Always, Michelle

Playing with Watercolors with Elena

Hello everyone

I am very happy to share my very first post made for Bad Girls Couture kit.

Well, this was fun to wok with the watercolors paints, exactly Twinkling H2O’s. Their colors are vibrant with a slight shimmer. All you need is to add the water to them and leave for 15 mins to set.
Then you enjoy mixing the colors.

I started with cutting out the vines from the paper sheet, they coordinate will with the IOD paper sheet ready to color.
I also cut out the castle from the embellishment package- don’t forget to use the junk , it will save you some money.

But my main focus was the soap bubbles. I used the photos of my youngest son, he played with the soap bubbles in the square. He was surprised how large they were. So I took several shots of him and decided to stretch the soap bubbles from the picture into my my background

I mixed almost all the colors that goes in the set for the kit. and I like how colorful they are.
I partly drew the bubbles and partially colored the rhombs

I’ve added a few paper layers , not large and added the chipboard alphas, they repeat the rhombus pattern and match the colors perfectly.

To make it look more festive I added the tickets with the golden foil. It works great as a title and the embellishment too.

Making a Dimensional Vintage Bunting

 

Hello, craft people! Today, I’m sharing a layout I made using the September kit, and some of my “Junque” I have lying around. I think most people have a “junk drawer” but I probably have three, and then there’s just random things I have here and there, that I should probably get rid of but haven’t YET. I did, however, manage to take some of that JUNQUE and add it to this layout to give it a real vintage “odds and ends” feel.

 

When I first saw the 7 Gypsies Vintage Bunting paper in the September kit, I immediately paired it with the popcorn bag that was also in the kit. Using a color combo with red (popcorn bag) and blue (from the bunting) is one of my favorites for a masculine, vintage layout when added with cream, browns, and greys.

My only issue was how am I going to incorporate more blue to balance the red- so I used my junque.  I have two boys, and after my youngest has grown out of the hand-me down clothes. They aren’t fit for donating because they are WORN OUT! And, because the school year has just started, I had cleaned out the drawers to make room for new school clothes, and there were a stack of very sad looking jeans and I didn’t know what I was going to do with them. And, then it was time to make my layout for the Junque It Up post, and I finally had an answer, for at least one pair!

I cut some of the fabric into some circles, and cut the rivets off of the pockets and used those. I added some of the circles under the cluster with the picture, and also by the title, along with some other junque (a button and a key):

I used some other random things in the cluster where the picture is, including some old coins, a washer, buttons, and even a bar code that I cut from one of the pieces of paper in the kit that I placed in the Crate Paper heart clip.

The vintage bunting paper is so awesome! I wanted to add some details to make it more dimensional, and I have a simple tutorial to show you how I turned it from flat to fab!

This is the bunting cut out with the “string”- it wasn’t going to hold up well because it was really skinny.

So, I cut apart each of the banners and pennants, and used a distresser on the bottoms and sides of each.

Now they look distressed and more dimensional.

I added brown ink to the all of the edges.

After inking, I slightly bend/shaped some of the ends for even more dimension.

I really wanted the bunting to pop off the page, so I added some cardboard to the backs of each of the pieces. Foam dots or squares work just as well, but cardboard is free. 🙂

I curled up the tops of each piece of the bunting, and glued some string, and folded the tops over.

And, now I have a dimensional vintage bunting that can be manipulated into any formation on my page, and was a great addition to my dream layout!

Thanks for visiting the blog today and letting me share my layout and tutorial with you!

 

Inspired By the Obvious with Michelle

 

We all know inspiration can come from anywhere and everywhere!  But sometimes we overlook the obvious.  Sometimes we get our kits or our new scrapbook supplies and we just get so excited by how pretty they are we immediately just try to “match” them to our pictures without really taking a good look and getting inspired by them.  This month when I got my kit I saw that 7 Gypsies paper with the big graphic numbers on it and was inspired to use them as big bold title pieces.  I knew I had just taken the boys back to school pics and they would be perfect to use for that.

So basically the entire page was inspired by those big graphic letters!  I built the whole page around them.  I love how the bold graphic of the letters were still simplistic enough to allow the photos on my multi photo layout shine, which was important to this layout.  And they really do pop on that robbins egg blue card stock that I adore!  All all it really took was cutting the letters out of the paper, inking them up and stapling them on, yes I stapled in my scrapbook…I told you i’m a rule breaker!  LOL!  I added some ribbon to give some texture and I love the effect that added.

So I hope this has inspired you to look more closely at your papers and supplies and truly get inspired by them and get to cutting!

Using those punches to stretch your supplies

Hi everyone. Hope you’re having a fabulous weekend! Today, I am sharing a fun layout using my 2″ circle punch. Usually, when I am running low on my kit paper, I will pull out my punches to use on my scraps to stretch the kit. While I’m at it, I will look at the patterns on my scraps to see if I can hand-cut an image to use as a die cut on my project. I just love making the most things possible from  my kit!

 

I hand-cut strips of patterned paper to create my own banners for the top of the layout. Then, I used the ribbon from the packaging of this month’s kit to create a nice, big bow at the top of the layout. It’s been a long time since I created a vintage layout and I LOVE it! It’s nice to try new things every now and then.
I punched a few 2″ circles from my scraps and layered them to the center of the layout. Then I added the hand-made frame with the banner and the gold puffy word sticker. The gold looks so good next to the 7gypsies vintage papers. Since I felt like the layout was missing something, I decided to pull my gold mirror stickers from my stash to add beneath “dream”. I think it was the perfect touch.
I used a fine-tip Sharpie pen to hand-journal my story at the bottom of the layout. I think with the 7gypsies paper, you’d have a hard time writing on the paper with a regular pen because it is a glossy paper, not matte.

Remember, the next time you’re running low on your kit, pull out those scissors and punches and see what types of embellishments you can create on your own.
Thanks so much for vising today!

Recycling trash into a beautiful mini album

Hello everyone. I have a fun mini album to share with you today. I used Bad Girls Couture’s September kit to create this adorable mini. As soon as I saw the adorable Carnival patterned paper from Crate Paper and popcorn bag, I knew exactly what photos I’d use to create a cute little mini album. I took several photos last year at the fair and never really scrapped them. This is nothing new for me. Sometimes, I’ll hold onto certain photos until I have the right papers and embellishments to scrapbook them. I do not scrapbook in chronological order. I scrapbook photos that inspire me at that moment.
I am an avid re-cycler. I recycle anything I have at home so that it doesn’t need to go into the trash. It makes me feel like I am helping our community! My husband just shakes his head at me. Having said this, I hate throwing away pretty packaging. This month, I decided to re-cycle the packaging from the embellishments into a cute little mini album cover or insert. I used the packaging to trace onto the patterned papers to create my insert pages so they were the same size then cut them out using a pair of scissors.
I tore the Bingo Card in half to use with on a layout last month so that I could use it on more than one project. I like to stretch my embellishments as far as they will go.
I painted the Twinkling H20’s onto the paper by Prima Marketing Inc. using the Sea Spray and Playful Peony watercolor paints. This is such a pretty color combination. These paints look so vibrant once dry. I am thinking I am going to need lots more of these Twinkling H20’s.
Once I had my pages cut down, I punched a hole at the top of each page then used the ribbon from this month’s add-ons to bind the album together.
I used the tickets throughout the mini album to keep a nice balance between the pages.

 

I cut the puffy word sticker in pieces to stretch it out.
What do you think? Are you inspired to create a mini album of your own?
Thanks for visiting today!