Museum Snob

It doesn’t get anymore antiqued than the ancient Myan Ruins of Mexico!  And that’s the subject of my “Museum Snob” layout.

Did I mention I’m loving’ this January kit?  I mean the combo of those 7 Dots papers and the Hambly velum splattered with that Tattered Angels turquoise paint…I mean come on!  What’s not to love!

I deconstructed a couple of the flowers in the kit and used the pretty brad that was in the center of one to secure my Hambly velum to the page.  There are lots of die cuts of leaves out of the 7 Dot’s papers, pretty much any of the papers that had green in them I cut them up for leaves!   The laser cut chipboard pieces from Um Wow were a perfect canvas for the Tattered Angels paint, it was so bright and bold on them!

I used the Daisy D’s paper as a mat behind the photo and distressed it with a distressing tool.  The title is one of the 7 Dots stickers and is pop dotted to the page.

Finally I inked every edge I could with a brown ink pad;)

Junque it up Mini Art Journal

Now you guys know I like to use some junk and reclaimed stuff in my projects.  But this month we had some pretty cool stuff in this kit, including this amazing mini book made with vintage game cards.  WHA?  That had to be utilized and showcased in all it’s Junque it up glory!!  So, I did what any bad girl would do and I rocked that journal!!  Those old cards could have been easily tossed out as junk but Wendy scooped these amazing treasures up and included them all bound with rings and ready for us to get our creativity on!

I really liked the idea of turning this little mini into an art journal and it turns out there was the perfect little title sticker in the 7 Dots stickers that came in the kit.  SCORE!  So that was really my jumping off point.  And there were some great square stickers that made the perfect tabs so I used them to tab off each game card as separate sections in my little art journal.

Then I just got into painting and layering and just laying on some texture to give the cover the look I was going for.  I wanted to have a really dimensional cover filled with texture and rich colors without being too bright.  The flower was perfect for that but I didn’t want it to too new or store bought.

So I went to work on deconstructing it, only using one layer of the flower.  I painted it with a generous coating of the Bad Girls Couture Gesso.  Once the gesso dried I applied layers of watered down brown acrylic paint with my finger till it was toned down and aged looking.  For the center I use a couple of the chipboard cut outs and painted them with the teal Tattered Angels paint.  I also mixed some texture beads into some gesso and applied it to the edges and over the center pieces for more texture and interest, then a bit more brown paint.  I did the same with the other chipboard cut outs and applied the 7 Dots “art journal” sticker with glue dots to give it a title.  Finally I filled it with water color paper between the tabbed sections and gave the cover and all the game cards and tabs a good inking.  Now it’s ready for all my art journaling and painting needs!

I really love how the flower is totally transformed and almost looks porcelain.  Hopefully you will find some inspiration to get junquey and painty and make a fun mini like this!

~Michelle Sanders

Inspiring Pilgrimage

Every year, my mother and I go on a tour of historic homes in our little town… The Holiday Pilgrimage. It is so fun! I don’t have a photo, as they don’t allow you to take pictures. But, I do have the program from the tour and wanted to scrap up a page about this fun time my mom and I have together.

To get started, I was equally inspired by the architecture of the tour and the fun little drawings from the old book page included in the kit…

That little girl kinda sums up how you feel on the tour! You are excited, and tired… all at the same time! HA!

I layered that book page up on some of the 7Dots paper that reminded me of architecture and created a pocket that the tour book could go in, along with my journaling.

I also cobbled together a mix of alphas from my stash and doodled some houses on top for added whimsy.

A flair badge from the kit, along with some paper that I scribbled on and a few sequins from my stash, pulls it all together.

Oh, and of course… some stitching and some of the chipboard paint splatters help to reinforce the movement of the little girl on the book paper

And there you have it!

I hope this has inspired you to get artsy today!

It’s Your Day

Ok ya’ll, I don’t know if I broke any rules here but I was certainly bring my sexy back with this little mini gift box!  I have been so inspired with these 7 Dots papers that I have just been creating my little heart out!

So here is another project I made with the January kit.

It’s a mini gift box!!  I used a Sizzix die to create the cut out of the box and after folding it all up I gave it a good inking along the edges with my brown stamp pad.

Next is the really fun part!  I took one of the layers of a silk flower that was in the kit and coated it with a generous coating of Bad Girls gesso.

Once that was dry I gave the center of the petals a good swipe of the Tattered Angels turquoise paint and then adhered some glitter to the edges and center with more gesso.  I cut out more flowers out of the 7 Dots papers.

Finally I made a sweet little tag with a scrap of the Daisy D’s paper and added one of the Um Wow flair buttons and tied it to the box with a scrap of the vintage French fabric.

It was a fast and fun project!

January Bad Girls Couture DT Challenge

Welcome! We are so excited to inspire you with the January Kit! There are so many possibilities with this kit. It is chocked full of gorgeous patterns, florals, fabric, a mini book, chipboard, flair and paint! This month, we challenged the girls to create something awesome using this sketch!

 

Take a look at what they created. We are so inspired with their creativity! We just love how everyone thought outside of the box to create such beautiful projects. If these aren’t inspiring enough, we aren’t sure what is?! We’ve also included their thoughts on the sketch; what inspired them to create the layout they created using the sketch as inspiration.

 Ashli Oliver
I love working from a sketch! It is always the perfect starting point for a layout. For this page, I turned the sketch on it’s side. I took a literal approach to the floral element and then layered up my photos. For the long rectangular element under the flower, I used one of the cool old bingo cards that came as a mini book in the kit. I was also inspired by the border element of the sketch and used one of my border punches to create some texture along the left side of the layout. I just love the way it turned out and it was the perfect jumping off point to scrap about hubby and I clearing out the creek on our property!
Nicole Martel
For this layout, I was inspired by the trio of frames and the scalloped edges of the sketch! Lots of layers and textures make me happy! 🙂
 
Michelle Sanders
The sketch inspired me to use multiple photos.  I used four photos as in the sketch and Sizzix dies to cut paper flowers and leaves to create a little bouquet as in the center of the catch but it didn’t really work in the center of my photos so I placed it more to the left of my photos.  I also took a little grouping and placed it at the bottom similar to the illustrated beading or string on the bottom of the large photo square in the sketch.    It seemed to come together well without looking too  literal and has a very natural flow.  Using the sketch really helped me gather my thoughts in my process.
 

 

Rae Moses

Sketches are so much fun! As for my take on this one,  I started by creating the background layers- I used the Daisy D paper for the base, which I “gutted” a 10X10 square out of so I could use it for the background and also for the layer on the left side. I used a Martha Stewart Border punch in a distressed way on the pink 7 Dots paper, and then curled it up with my fingers ro to make it more dimensional. Instead of using three square pictures, I decided to cut out some doilies from the grey 7 Dots paper: I inked them with black chalk ink, and added some of the Northern Lights circle stickers. I also added three flowers on top of the doilies- the light darker pink ands purple ones are from the kit- I took the brads out and out of the layers, and then reshaped them so they were more dimensional and smaller. The lighter pink flower is from my stash, as well as the resin corner. I added some pearl trim from my stash for a border around the design, and completed the layout with a light whitewashing of everything with some diluted Bad Girls Couture gesso!

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!! Don’t be afraid to flip  sketches to make them work for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.