Share Your Mess!!

Ok so I’m gonna be honest, the thought of sharing my workspace is a bit of an anxiety inducing thought!  You see, I don’t really have a dedicated workspace exactly.  When you live in a tiny little house with two young boys and run small business from home on top of that, a lot of spaces have to play double duty…sometimes triple duty or more!

So my work space is also my dinning room table, homework station, office, and family coffee shop!  My dining room table is a small round wooden table that at one moment will be strewn with permission slips to be signed, homework assignments to be done and school projects to be completed and the next moment lined with dinner plates filled with a home cooked meal and mason jars filled with cold drinks and talk of the day’s adventures.  Some days at any given moment it could be surrounded by friends and family having coffee, sharing life, laughing or sharing a good cry and then just as easily switch gears to invoicing customers and packing jewelry orders to be shipped out.  You see my studio is very much a living, breathing space.  Teeming with life, love, art and inspiration.

Theres lots of boxes of treasures and stacks of “stuff” that really have no home to speak of but it all comes together at the dinning room table.  I normally work from a couple of mobile trays that are over filled with my favorite inks, paints and tools and there is always coffee within arms reach.

A clear piece of vinyl is unfolded to create my workspace without any fear of that well loved table getting too messy, although it doesn’t always escape the scars of painting and crafting.

A fresh bouquet of flowers is normally there but pushed to the side as to give adequate work space for whatever project is top on the list.

As for where I probably should be working on these things…well I do have a desk made from an old door just to the back of this tiny room.  This desk, however, is usually filled with jewelry supplies, tools, shipping supplies and random odds and ends that inspire me but just don’t have a permanent out of sight space to call home.

So there ya have it, my well love and well used work space!  I hope this inspires you to share your mess!!

Journey Layout with Junque!

Hello, everyone!

Today I am sharing a layout I made using the January scrapbook kit. This was the last project that I made with the kit, so it was the perfect time to come up with some junque to use because I had already used so much of the kit. I had already used the flowers from the kit, but those flowers really got me thinking about how I had some old artificial flowers that I had planned on tossing because they were falling apart, but I pulled them out to see what I could do with them, and they became the “junque” that I used on this layout.

Even though I pulled out these white leaves, I did not use them. The berry stems I did use however, after I painted them with some Bad Girls Couture gesso, which I also added to the photo, mat, and the rest of the layout to mimic snow.

I also added a broken resin frame from my stash, which was also “junque”! 🙂

In this closeup, you can see that I used some of the pink Tattered Angels Glitter Glam on some chipboard. I also used it on the white handmade roses.

I love how the Hambly Screen Prints Vellum paper looks over the 7 Dots paper! I also added some snowflake stenciling to complete the look.

 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today to check out my layout that’s “All Junqued Up” with artificial flowers. If you aren’t already a subscriber, go to the shoppes and grab yourself a kit!

 

 

BLOG HOP WINNERS!!!!

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you all are enjoying your day and the Super Bowl if you are watching!

I want to thank everyone for joining our first BLOG HOP…we had a GREAT TIME! As promised, I have your winners today….my only regret is that we could only draw 6!!! WELL…..because it’s Super Bowl Sunday I added one more!!!!  I truly wish I could give everyone a prize! There will be many more chances with more upcoming events we are having! So…without further ado….

  1. SUE WELSH
  2. BONNIE BLANCHARD
  3. STEPHANIE BLOCK
  4. DANA KEMP
  5. LUCY FOLCH
  6. PEGGY SNODGRASS
  7. DANA TATER

If you are one of the lucky winners please send an email to: WendyDesigner@me.com. Put BLOG PRIZE WINNER in the subject field and I will let you know what I need in order for you to claim your prize…HUGE CONGRATS and I hope you enjoy your prizes!!!

xoxo

Wendy La Croix

Live Inspired

 

Hi everybody! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week. Today I am back with another layout I created using the January kit. For this layout, I decided to play with my stencils, mists, acrylic paint and thread to create a fun layout! I just love the vibe here!! Such a fun layout! There’s so many little details I love about this layout. Let me share them with you.

I used the triangle stencil from the December kit to create multiple triangles. Once the paint was dry, I splashed some teal mist to add more color. Then I hand stitched little plus signs randomly throughout the layout. I matted the base of the layout onto teal cardstock to help frame the layout. I had a tag in my stash that I used to frame my photo that is approximately 2″x2″. I love this photo of me with my little man.

I grabbed some buttons from my stash to embellish my layout. I don’t know what it is about me and buttons this month… I went a little crazy with them… I’ve had them in a jar on my desk for awhile now, untouched until this month.

I added a few buttons at the bottom of the layout and on the tag. I love how pretty the word stickers look on this layout. The stitched plus signs really adds so much charm to this layout. I just felt like the triangles were missing something… and then I thought of the plus signs, thinking about Edward PLUS me… and it totally worked.

I layered two buttons and tied them together to create a fun, unique embellishment for the tag.

Here is a closer look at the triangles, misting and stitching!

What do you think? Is there anything in your stash that you have not touched in awhile? Why not pull them out and think of a creative way to use them with your kit!

Thank you for visiting today!

Share Your Mess

I love this theme! It’s always so interesting to look at how organized space is for creativity and storing scrap treasure! LOL… My desk is right at the window, I like a lot of sunshine)))

My motivational board))) This is a magnetic board and I can often change cards and post new photos. I really liked the book “Steal As an Artist” and I printed out a few phrases from a book that I especially liked!

For every little thing I use a chest of drawers. I decorated it myself and it was very fun. I painted it in white with a balloon of aerosol paint.

I made the handles for boxes using metal blanks from PRIM. But I needed a golden color, which I did with gold powder for hot embossing. Handles I just glued to the glossy

Black cardstock made black circles and roses. pasted them on the facades of the commode.

Relax place!

Vintage Lotto Card Mini Album

Hello, friends!

This month, the January kit has an amazing vintage mini album made of vintage lotto cards! This was such a fun project to make with the rest of the kit including storybook images beautiful 7 Dots papers, stickers, flair, and chipboard.

I started with painting the lotto cards with the pink Tattered Angels Glitter Glam. Once dry, I whitewashed them with some diluted Bad Girls Couture gesso.

I cut up the fabric that came in the kit into strips and added them to the rings.

There were some fabric flowers in the kit that I took apart and made more dimensional by rolling them together and holding together with wire thread. Two of the flowers on the cover are made like this and the one closest to the rings is from my stash- I painted it with the pink Glitter Glam.

I added one of the pieces of chipboard (scribble) and a word sticker on it. I cut out images of the little girl from the storybook page that came in the kit.

I gave the cover a black and white splatter treatment with India inks.

I added some of the 7 Dots Paint Chips papers to the back of each of the lotto cards, and added an image of the little girl with some of the word stickers to each. On the lotto card sides I added some photo mats that I will add photos to at a later date.

On the lotto card sides I added some photo mats that I will add photos to at a later date.

 

I added some of the “Northern Lights” stickers to some of the pages with the photo mats, as well as some of the flair.

I left some negative space on each of the pages with the little girl so I could add some journaling later if I wanted to.

I added some of the “Northern Lights” stickers to some of the pages with the photo mats, as well as some of the flair.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my mini album, and get to the shoppes and pick up one for yourself! Then, you can post how you used it in the Bad Girls gallery!

Altered Art Journal

Hello everyone! I am back today with a fun altered art journal I created using the chipboard from this month’s kit. I love creating mini books/altered art journals. They give me a chance to just paint, get messy and have fun. When I first pulled the album out, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do so I turned on some Taylor Swift, pulled out my paints, stickers, buttons, chipboard and just started painting some of the pages with the Glimmer Glam. The butterfly on the cover was a stamp that I stamped on to patterned paper then cut it out to use for the cover of my art journal. I cut the “art” sentiment from the Hambly vellum paper and glued it to the flair.

And for a few of the pages, I added white gesso so the paint really stood out… Then I painted the splattered chipboard pieces in pink. Wendy will be proud… I am normally not a pink person, but I like this shade of pink and it looks great with the teal!

I glued several pieces of the splattered chipboard throughout the journal. Then I added a few stickers that were perfect for an art journal. And I love buttons… so I added a few of those as well to add a certain charm to my journal. Some pages were left blank so I can go back and write down my journey…

I love the lotto pages! Totally vintage and cool!

What do you think? Honestly, this journal is super simple to make once your pages are prepped! I just love the green, teal and pink with a touch of black.

Thank you for visiting! Don’t forget to add your projects to our gallery. We’d love to see what you create using this month’s kit!

Use that Junque Wisely!

One of my favorite ways to use up the “junk” on my studio desk is to collage it all up! And, thats exactly what I did for this project.

To get started, I grabbed the binder ring from the mini book included in this month’s kit, and a couple of the old bingo cards.

I then just started layering up lots of bits…

Under paper from my desk, chipboard pieces from the kit…

I even took the plastic packaging from the flair badges in the kit, filled it with sequins, stitched it on, then hung some ribbon (that I dyed using the simmer paint from the kit) from it! What a fun addition to this collage!

Lots of paint, plenty of stitching, some face sketching, a couple of feathers, and some splatters pull it all together!

A magazine clipping inspired the title… “Wise.”

Now, all I need to to is frame it up in a lovely shadowbox and hang it!

I love turning “Junk” into something pretty!

Have fun getting junky today!

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

BAD GIRLS BLOG HOP…LET’S CELEBRATE..START HERE!!!!

Hi EVERYONE! Welcome to our very first BLOG HOP!!! We have spent the past few months getting ourselves acclimated…whew!…it’s been quite the journey! Now we are ready to start our festivities. Next month we will be having our first crop…so keep your eyes open for that! We are also starting to have live video tutorials on our site starting in March…soooo very excited about that! Lots of new things up and coming so make sure you sign up in our forums and for our newsletter so we can keep you updated!

To make the hop more fun, we asked our Bad Girl Couture Artists to share more about themselves! Here is the order for the blog hop just in case you get lost along the way! Please be sure to invite your crafty friends. The more, the merrier! We welcome ALL bad girls and good girls too! 🙂

RULES:

YOU MUST COMMENT ON EACH BLOG ALONG THE HOP TO BE ELIGIABLE TO WIN A PRIZE! YOU HAVE UNTIL FEBRUARY 2 TO COMPLETE ALL YOUR COMMENTS. FOR AN ADDITIONAL ENTRY FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM. ALL WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON FEBRUARY 4 ON THE BAD GIRLS COUTURE BLOG. ALL WINNERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY TAXES AND SHIPPING FEES.

Wendy La Croix

Nicole Martel

Irina Volzhina

Ashli Oliver

Rae Moses

Michelle Sanders

My name is Wendy La Croix and I am the owner of BAD GIRLS COUTURE. I consider myself lucky to be able to do something I love for work! I am so happy to re-open BAD GIRLS…it has been a little bit of a challenge I must admit..I think I forgot about how hard it is to run a business..but I am slowly but surely getting settled in. I don’t know the meaning of start slowly…LOL…so please be patient while we get everything up and running and up to par. I haven’t been able to create art like I want to because running a new business is so challenging but I am catching up and am looking forward to posting some gorgeous creations soon…for now my Design Team has been doing an AMAZING job and I love these girls…they are the epitome of true artists!

I call home Ontario, California…and I am a native Southern Californian. I recently acquired an empty nest…so it’s just my husband Kenny and I here. I have three adult children who I still spend a lot of time with. I always say family first! When I am not working, which is pretty much 24/7…LOL…I enjoy reading a good book, shopping, gardening, and cooking. I’m sure my new hobby will become my new puppy I’m getting in a couple weeks! I welcome any potty training tips! lol

  1. 1. What’s your favorite color? PINK
    2. What’s your favorite song right now? LIVIN’ IT UP…JA RULE
    3. Who inspires you?  ANY ARTIST WHO BREAKS EVERY SINGLE RULE
    4. Favorite Book?  THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY BY KARLEEN KOEN
    5. Favortie Movie?  THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
    6. Favorite snack? ROASTED SEAWEED
  2. 7.What is your favorite food? MACARONI AND CHEESE (UNFORTUNATELY!!!)
    8. Where would you like to visit someday? LOUISIANA
    9. Who got you into scrapbooking? I WENT TO A CREATIVE MEMORIES PARTY!
    10. How many years have you been scrapbooking? 22 YEARS!…WOW!
    11. Favorite Manufacturer? 7 GYPSIES AND PRIMA
    12. Currently Reading:  THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST
  3. 13. Favorite Bad Girl Kit so far? KISSES: FIVE CENTS

14. Favorite artistic technique? USING CRYSTALS, FABRIC, PAINTS, AND MEDIUMS!

 

I created this Layout for the festivities today….I included what I love…crystals, fabric, and gesso! I love the process of applying crystals…it takes forever…I put them on one by one..but it’s so relaxing and therapeutic to me. I created this Layout using the January Kit, “A LITTLE BIT GAUDY”.

First I stamp the words “All of the Above” with GESSO. Let dry. Then I add the crystals. Then I add the Pink Glimmer Glam that’s in the kit. Notice the leaves under the flower? I painted them with BAD GIRLS COUTURE GESSO. Let dry. Them I stamped them with a script stamp. The fabric along the bottom I pleat and machine stitch. This silk fabric is included in the kit…it’s sooo pretty!

 

Your next stop is Nicole Martel…I love her creations…wait til you see what she made and she has a GREAT TUTORIAL for you!

I truly hope you will join us in our forums and learn and grow as an artist….the kits I create are meant to push you a little bit out of your comfort zone so that you learn to create with all elements, textures, and mediums…it is so fun and you learn to truly love art in all its guises…if you want to get our kits each month…please SUBSCRIBE! I guarantee you will grow and advance in your artistic endeavors! And you’ll have fun doing it…we are a fun bunch of gals who believe in NO RULES and NO FEAR…ART IS FUN!

Without further ado…here is the first prize of the day!!!!!!

 

Good luck winning a prize…don’t forget to comment below and have fun with the rest of the HOP!

xoxo

Wendy La Croix