Nicole’s little space…

 

Good morning bad girls!! I am sharing my little space with you today! I used to have my own little room, but my husband kicked me out of it… he wanted a walk-in closet, but I decided we needed a guest room for his mother instead…for when she visits. I was getting tired of giving up my bedroom…

So, I took the dining room instead! We rarely eat in there anyway and we have a table in the kitchen so it worked out. I am still getting my new space set up, but here’s what it looks like so far. After seeing Rae’s space… I think I need some shelves in the corner. 🙂 Thanks Rae! You enabler… This is what my space REALLY looks like when I am scrapping. A hot mess, I know. I throw stuff where ever I can when I am crafting. I don’t have time to clean as I go… I worry about that later.

 

I bought these make-up holders a few months ago on Amazon to store some of my most used embellishments, paints, stamps etc. LOVE them. They are really good quality acrylic.

Love the “She’s badass with a big Heart” frame. I bought the print on Etsy then framed it.

I like the floral arrangement, however, I have to hide it because the cats keep trying to eat the petals! And yes… I am a feminist. 🙂 I store more embellishments and papers in my little organizers and paper holders. I bought these from Scrapbook.com. Since I do not have a really big space, it’s really important that I stay organized. Otherwise, I wouldn’t know where anything is.

I love this metal storage rack that I purchased from Scrapbooking.com last year. If I had the space, I’d buy another one.

Here is where I type all of my blog posts. 🙂

 

Here is what my space looks like after I tidy up. 🙂

Thanks for visiting today and I hope you have a great weekend!!

-Nicole

Baby Liam Layout – Antiqued!

My sweet baby bird…I have had this layout in my head for a while so it was so satisfying to get it out and see it on paper!

I mentioned to you before that when I see zig zag stitching it reminds me of old linens so it was a no brainer that I would include them on this layout for Antiqued Friday.  I also did some hand cutting on the Crate Paper for “Liam” and then stitched over it, giving it a vintage appliqué feeling.

I used a Prima stencil from a previous kit and my Bad Girls Couture Molding Paste to make the textured designs and then rubbed on some gold paint after it all dried.  You also see I did a lot of distressing along the papers edges with a distressing tool and inked everything with a brown stamp pad.

I used some clear crackle medium to make a crazed, antiqued effect that kinda reminds me of vintage china once rubbed with some brown ink.  I topped it all with a distressed Prima flower, inked with brown ink and rubbed with gold acrylic paint.

Lovely- A Repurposed Box

Hello, friends!

I’m sharing a box that I repurposed today! I love to alter boxes. I save all kinds of boxes- this is one from a Google wi-fi router. It’s a nice sturdy box, perfect for putting a gift in.

I started by covering the box with the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Delicate paper. The box was the perfect size for one 12×12 piece of paper.

I added some Prima Marketing Metallique Wax that was in the November scrapbooking kit. I love the look it gives- distressed and metallic!

I cut out a circle die and used some green chalk ink. I used the last of the Prima Marketing flowers from the package from the kit. (I wish I had more!) I added some small purple roses to show off that lovely muslin flower. The “lovely” sentiment is from the chipboard set from the kit.

The door pull is something I had in my stash. I added some more of the Prima Marketing Metallique wax as well.

Here’s a closeup that shows how the wax looks on the edges of the box.

I added some heart die cuts to each of the sides of the box. I used the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Royale paper.

I completed the box by adding lace trim which is from a past kit- Parisienne Paradise vintage kit.

Thanks for stopping by the Bad Girls Couture blog today!

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Where I Create…

Hi BAD GIRLS! I am here today to SHARE MY MESS!!!!! Where I create….hmmm….not only do I create here…sometimes I work here…sometimes I just come here to chill and unwind. I must say for the most part it is always organized. I try to clean up after everything I do. My last studio was always a complete mess and it makes me scatter brained more than I am already…LOL….

This is the only room in my entire house that has carpet…so I splurged and got leopard…I LOVE IT! Since it’s a small room I knew I had to contain a lot of supplies against the walls…so I purchased the two cabinets. They are very tall with tons of shelves. I purchased the wire bins to organize all my goodies by category and I love them cause they are canvas lined so you can’t see all the stuff in them. Some may say nahhhhh….cause they wanna see all their supplies but for this studio I wanted a cleaner look. I know what is in every single bin…LOL. At this desk I do most of my computer work and maybe embellishing and detail work. Next to this desk on the right is my Die Cut Station where I keep both of Cricuts…one is stationary but I put one on a movable cart and it works sooooo great for me. Since the space is so small I am able to pull the cart out and away from the wall when I want to use it and then back against wall when I am finished.

Did you notice my vintage Barbie collection I keep on my desk? I always look for them when I am antique shopping. I love.love.love. altering them! It’s crazy…wild..iconic…pure FUN!

For all my painting and messier work I work on the desk on the opposite side of the room….I keep it covered with black chalkboard paper and its so fun cause I don’t have to worry about anything…I can even doodle on it! This desk is also my sewing station. I love to stitch on everything so it was a must to have a sewing table. My husband had the idea to cut down our old dining room table and make it work for this space and he did a great job! I keep all the things I use frequently on this table and above in the cabinet mounted to the wall. I also have a small printer on this table and another laptop…this way if I have a meeting in the room I can accommodate 4 people and we can all work together via computer. I also want to mention I totally stepped out of my comfort zone with this room design. I am very well known for very white shabby chic decor. I almost ordered everything in white and then I was like…nahhhh…I want contrast this time and got the new desk in grey and the cabinets in dark chocolate.

In another corner of the room I added one of my favorite little cabinets I have had like forever and I added another cart…gotta love IKEA carts!!! A lot of my paints, watercolors, pastels, colored pencils, etc. are kept in this cart. In the two turpuoise cases I keep a lot of my foam stamps. I keep a lot of my supplies in my warehouse where I have (4) 6 ft. tables to create on. I do some of my creating there too, but I am trying to gravitate here and pare down my supplies. I would be embarrassed for anyone to see how many stamps I have….OMG…I have to admit…I LOVE to SHOP!!! *wink wink* I brought to this studio some of my favorites that I frequently use.

It’s been fun sharing my little piece of heaven with you. Have a blessed day and Create Something Pretty…and maybe a little bit BAD. 😉

xoxo

Wendy La Croix

 

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

FREE KITS ALL WEEKEND!!!! DON’T MISS OUT!

 

 

HI EVERYONE! Once a year we do our “GET TO KNOW US BOGO BASH WEEKEND”. We want all BAD GIRLS to be able to get to know our kits and see how FABULOUS they are! So every first weekend in March we open up our SHOPPES to BOGO….BUY 2 KITS AND THE LOWER PRICED ONE IS COMPLETELY FREE!!!! USE CODE: BOGOBASH

THIS CODE IS ONLY GOOD MARCH 3-MARCH 5.

This offer cannot be combined with any other promotions or coupon codes. This coupon is only valid for KITS. ALL KITS ARE ELIGIBLE. SCRAPBOOK, MIXED MEDIA, HOME DECOR, VINTAGE, PLANNER, AND TRAVEL PLANNER! VERY LIMITED QUANTITIES….FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. ENJOY AND SEE HOW FUN CREATING WITH A BAD GIRLS KIT CAN BE…BUT BEWARE…YOU WILL BE HOOKED! 🙂 HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND! XOXO

Wendy La Croix

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!!

Care Bear Colors!

February’s kit is FULL of lovely colors! For this page, I was inspired to use strips of most of the papers included, to showcase all the prettiness that this kit includes!

And, I am such a sucker for a rainbow of pastels!

I layered them up, including strips of the fabric in the kit as well, and stitched them down!

Some watercolor action, along with some of the beautiful Prima flowers in the kit finish it off!

My journaling tag is in a pocket behind the photo and it holds the story about how when I was little, all I wanted was a Care Bear. They were quite spendy, so my crafty mother made me one instead. I had a one-of-a-kind Care Bear! It doesn’t get much better than that, right?!?!

Pink clouds

Good day my creative girls! Today I want to show my most airy page !!! How do you like this pink fantasy? Sometimes I’m asked to remove pink glasses))) Yes, yes! I like to dream!   In the photo, my daughter and she is a big dreamer! This patterned paper – Garden Club from  February Kit is my love! I immediately chose him as my favorite))) And even it was a pity to cut it, but he inspired me! I rarely make pages of this format. but the composition of the balls and basket was stretched vertically, this determined the choice of the format of the page. At the edges I made two strips from another sheet. They also create an additional vertical.

I really liked the February kit! I love stickers of  Chipboard Ephemera and Words (Gold Foil Accent): American Crafts. This mix set is simply gorgeous. in it there are inscriptions and birds and frames and hearts))) all that we love so much girls!For the basket I used the second part of the sticker. This black frame had a strange shape and I cut it into two parts. The first part I used in my work with Celenge. And the second is now for the basket)))) The title in the page is very important: it sets the meaning of the work, tells something about its design, but at the same time it is a decorative element.

This page is very simple, the balloons I made from Vellum. I have a balloon knife and I used it, but such balls can be cut on a plotter or simply with scissors. The usual pen with black color I drew the strings for the balls. Small hearts from a set of stickers decorated with balls added to the work of additional volume.

I wish you a rosy mood and creative inspiration! I hope you liked my page and it will inspire you to dream! Until early meetings in the blog of bad girls)))