Inspire Me: Altered Frame

 

Hello crafty friends! It’s Rae, and today I am sharing a project I made using some items from the March scrapbook kit, and some things from my stash. I collect images of color palettes on Pinterest and all over the internet. Here’s the color palette that inspired me:

 

Here’s what I came up with:

 

The green paper from the kit was perfect for this palette, so that was what I started with as my base. I have picture frames that I am not using, so I decided to use one for this project- I painted one that was 8 X 10 in size. I started with black gesso, and then dry brushed the pink paint from the March kit. Here’s a close up of what the finish looks like:

I added some large roses from my stash to each of the corners. The green leaves are made from the green ribbon in the kit- I sewed them for added dimension.

For center of the design, I added the red playing cards from the March kit in a way that they look fanned out. The ribbon is also from the kit. The small green flower petals are also from the kit and the cover up the cows on the cards, which didn’t really go with this design, and it  helps blend the green with the rest of the design of the frame. The heart and the crown are from my stash. I painted the heart, which was white to start, with the pink paint from the kit, then added some pink wax to give it a mottled look. I added one of the Prima Marketing Junkyard Findings metal pieces “Home” to the heart.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by the blog today!

BEST FRIENDS

Good morning!! The other night, I was bored so I grabbed a patterned paper from the February Bad Girls Jardin des Tuileries Kit and started cutting out the flowers…

Once I had a few patterns cut, I had an idea as to what I wanted to do with them. Initially, I was going to create a quick card, but then I decided to create a layout using photos of my sister with her BFF, Maddie. The photos are pure bliss and they make me smile every time I look at them. Oh, to be young, free and fearless again!!

I used Creative Memorie’s Circle Cutting System to cut circles from more patterns to frame the photos.

Then I just moved the matted photos and flowers around until I was satisfied with the arrangement. This took me some time…

I tore a few pieces of patterned paper and added them at the bottom of the layout to fill in the space a bit. Then added a few die cuts and the chipboard title to complete the layout.

What do you think? Do you ever have a hard time cutting into pretty paper? I do, but sometimes, it’s so worth it!!

Thanks for visiting today. I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

Altered Wall Art

Hi everyone! Today, I have a very fun project to share with you! A few weeks ago, I was thinking I needed something for my wall in my scraproom. I searched online for something pretty with lots of color and shapes/patterns and saw some paintings that were a few hundred dollars…and I didn’t even like them that much! So, I sat at my computer searching other websites and I just wasn’t feeling it. Then I talked to Wendy for a little bit on the phone and was like, I gotta go… LOL, I have an idea. hahaha, I just love when that happens.

I didn’t waste any time. I pulled out a piece of white cardstock and applied lots of Bad Girls Couture’s gesso to it. While it was drying, I pulled out stencils, paints, mists, Nuvos, stickers and buttons. I had a vision!!

When applying gesso to cardstock, I don’t worry about making sure it’s completely smooth because I want to add some texture to my project. Notice the messy look… You’ll see what I mean later in the post. 🙂

I used several stencils on this piece with a variety of different bright colors. I started with the darker color (blue) first using a mini circles screen. The brayer helped flatten the acrylic paint. Then I added some orange mist and blended it in with a baby wipe. Initially, I was going to use a pink butterfly. If you look closely, it’s there… but isn’t really clear. I decided to use the white paint to mute it down some. I used the cap to add a few bigger circles in the background, here and there. I used a scribble stencil at the top left-side of the paper using the orange mist to give it a rougher appearance. Once the paint dried, I added a little bit of lime to break up the orange, blue and pink a bit by applying a small dot on the brayer and rubbing in on the layout… By using a little at a time, I had more control over the color.

Here is a glance at the stencils I used…

I used Bad Girls Couture’s Molding Paste and a triangle stencil to add more dimension to the background. I decided to keep it white so it would pop off the page more… rather than mix it with some acrylic paint.

I was going to stamp a girl with wings to the center and it didn’t turn out well… so I covered her up with some more paint and splashed some more orange paint to the background. That is one thing I like about creating a mixed media piece…you can easily cover up your mistakes!

I love a little touch of black with bright colors… So I used this splatter stamp and some black ink. Then made swirls in the center of the splatters. Once the Nuvo dried, I added Jillibean Soup Buttons to the center using Tombow Glue. This glue is awesome… Nothing is coming off this page with this glue.

As an after thought, I added the chipboard hearts as well. I left them in their natural color since I had enough color… These chipboard hearts are by 7 Dots Studio. I glued some Doodlebug rhinestones to the center of the buttons just for fun.

And here is the final piece! I just love this piece and I especially like the fact that I didn’t have to pay a few hundred dollars for it! What do you think?

And here’s what it looks like framed. I was looking for a 12 x 12 metallic frame, but then I decided to just go with a gray frame.

Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope I’ve inspired you to experiment with your mixed media products. It’s sooooo therapeutic and fun. I totally want to try this again. 🙂

Junque it Up: Embroidery Hoop Wall Decor

Hello friends!

It’s me, Rae, and today I am sharing a project that I made using items from the October Mixed Media kit, Paris Flea Market, and some broken embroidery hoops I had bought for a different project some time ago, and accidentally stepped on the bag the y were in and cracked them. I knew I’d be able to use them for something else, so I didn’t throw them away. All I had to do was cover up the broken parts, and that huge purple flower totally works!

Here’s the finished project:

In the kit there are pieces of canvas and some amazing transfers. I love this one with the birds, so I used the Bad Girls Couture Matte Gel Medium to transfer it onto the canvas. It was a pretty, bright white, but I wanted it to be somewhat dingy, and even looked a little stained, so I added some light brown mist to achieve that look.

I painted both of the hoops with blue Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam, then added some brown ink for an antiqued look. I added the canvas to the smaller hoop, then adorned it with pearls that I glued on individually, and I also added the resin “shell” that I painted with the pink Tattered Angels Glitter Glam, also in this mixed media kit.To complete the design of the smaller hoop, I added this amazing vintage purple flower and leaves.

I traced the larger hoop on the 7 Gypsies paper, then cut out and glued to the back.

On the outer hoop I added the beaded trim, also in the mixed media kit, so it would hang below once it was hung up.

There are still some of the Paris Flea Market kits in the store and it is FILLED with amazing stuff, so be sure to grab one HERE!

 

Thanks for stopping by the Bad Girls Couture Blog today!

 

What’s in my closet…

Hey there, Nicole here with you today! So, us bad girls want to know what’s in your closet? Are you a plain Jane kind of girl, solid colors, or patterned kind of girl? Does your closet look like your patterned paper? Hey, if it does…no shame there… We just wanna know!

Just recently, I decided to do some spring cleaning so I went through my clothes and started a giveaway pile. I did Edward’s as well. Gotta do it when the mood strikes because it doesn’t happen often. LOL, while I was going through my clothes, I realized that I wear lots of patterns in all sizes and shapes. My favorite colors are blue and green. At one time, my closet was mostly blues and green until a co-worker asked me once, “Nicole, is blue your favorite color?” And so…I though, I should add some more colors to my wardrobe. 🙂

I never considered myself a flower kind of girl until I looked into my closet. I do wear a lot of flowers. Also, I wear plaid, paisley and birds. I am NOT a big fan of red. You will see a shirt in here that is red, but when I bought it online, It looked pink…but since it’s not a solid red, I wear it occasionally. 🙂

I wear a lot of solid pants (olive green, black and blue) but I do love my palazzo paints with it’s fun patterns and fun shapes. I need to add a few more pairs to my collection. Oh, and let’s not forget polka dots! The ladies laugh at me when I wear them.

Toby wanted to help me organize. 🙂

 Where do you shop for your clothes? I love New York & Company.

Thanks for stopping by today!

-Nicole

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!

March Bad Girls DT Challenge

Welcome! We are ready to inspire you with challenge projects that we created using the March Kit! This month, we let the designers challenge themselves… to create whatever inspired them at the moment with no limitations or boundaries. We wanted them to have fun and just create… and enjoy the process. We are excited to share these fabulous creations with you! These projects will blow your minds.

This month, I challenged myself to play with the acrylic paint and screen. I created this gorgeous background by squeezing three big globs of acrylic paint on to white cardstock. Then I took another piece of cardstock and placed it over the acrylic paint and smeared it a bit. Once the paint was dry, I toned the colors down by applying gesso on top of the paint. I used a credit card to smear lime paint around the edges of my layout.
Nicole Martel
 
Irina
 
 “Hello Gorgeous” Frame – I made this one for this month’s challenge.  I challenged myself to sue the chipboard pieces in a different and functional way.  I knew I wanted to make a display type piece for a photo or one of the word cards that was in the kit but I needed to figure out how to make it functionally possible so that the card would stand on it’s own.  I figured out that I could stand the chipboard pieces up and make sort of a rail for the card to slide in and out of so it’s changeable.  I painted and altered one of the silk flowers in the kit then layered some green moss to form sort of a nest.  I then painted a plastic egg with the blue paint from the kit and speckled it with some brown ink.  For the photo/card “rails” I stood the chipboard pieces up and glued them down and slid the card in.  The card itself is just decorated with some of the canvas resist letters that were lightly brushed over with a green ink pad and sewn on the card.
Michelle Sanders
 
This is my attempt at creating a simple layout! I started with a piece of white card stock that I added some stenciling to with Bad Girls Couture Molding Paste. Then, I sponged on some of the blue paint from the kit onto the stenciling. I cut 4 circles from the blue papers int he kit in various sizes and used black chalk ink on the edges. The chipboard from the kit was painted white and stamped with the coordinating stamp with black archival ink, then slightly inked with teal chalk ink. I added some black accents from my stash (the flowers and crystal swirl).
Rae Moses
Thanks so much for visiting today! Please don’t forget to check out our gallery for more inspiration. We would love it if you would follow us on Instagram (BadGirlsCouture2007) so you don’t miss out on all the crafty inspiration that our Design Team has created! We are here to inspire and motivate you to create something fun, challenging and new for yourself!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Snow Breakfast With a Rainbow?

Wait, snow and a rainbow? YEP! When you have a picture of a snowstorm and some watercolors, anything is possible!

This layout is all about how my girls and I ate breakfast and watched the snow fall. You see, here is Georgia, snow is quite rare, so it was a treat to sit inside, all warm and cozy, and watch the snow collect all over our garden.

To give this page the warmth of the story it tells, I decided to paint out some rainbow inspired watercolor goodness!

I then cut out some frames from the frame patterned paper to embellish with, and included one on the top of this interactive photo mat. It opens to reveal another picture, and the journaling.

I just love the vibrant paint against the cool and calm snow photo!

I hope this has inspired you to get colorful with your paints today!