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!!

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

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!

A Little Vintage With Archie Comics

I absolutely loved this months 42nd Street Kit Soda Shoppe December kit. In this kit included was a die cut mini album created using old vintage Archie Comic books. I thought it was perfect with old vintage photos of my twin sister and I taken in 1970s.

The ribbon stash in this months kit is not only vibrant and rich in color, but full of texture too!

The kit had beautiful bright colored patterned paper from the Amy Tangerine collection for American Craft. It was full of floral blooms, and tons of little odds and ends mini banners that had me fussing cutting like crazy, which I love to, so its very important to have intricate scissor that you are able to cut in between the small areas of the designed pattern.

Going through my sticker stash I was able to find alphabets and numbers to add to special details to each page.

 

Pictured here in full December is the 42 St Soda Shoppe kit, full of amazing embellishments, glitter & papers in fabulous vibrant colors.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you soon

Always,

 

 

Let’s Play With Backer Cards……………

Hello Bad Girls

 

Well it to Junque it up Tuesdays…….This week I created a layout using another vintage photo that will go into my family album.

When I saw this paper from 7 Gypsies in this month’s kit I instantly knew what I wanted to create with it. I love the deep blue colors and the velvet polka dots are amazing. It was perfect to capture the vintage vibe I needed for this picture of my parents.

To stay on theme for the Junque It Up Tuesday, I used the packaging from this month’s stencil that we would normally throw away, and used it as a border for the back drop of the picture. I ripped the edges to give it a jagged look. I loved how the border tied all of it together.

 

Tucked away are the personal details of this picture in theblack envelope & tags by Melissa Frances, I added a gold ribbon to end of tag so that it can be easily pulled and read.

One of my favorite embellishments in this kit are the gold glitter words by American Crafts. The words Life Is Beautiful seems to convey and capture the essence of time in the late 1960’s.

Hope I was able to inspire you, thanks for stopping by.

Repurpose My Packaging…….Why Not?

Hello Bad Girls,

For my repurpose post this month I wanted to show you a great way to Go Green by reusing the packaging that my stencil came in.

 

For years Prima has added beautiful designs on their packaging, and as you can see this beauty is of no exception. As I pulled my stencil out I could already envision of what I wanted to create using the backer card before thinking about the stencil. I knew that I wanted to back it up with black cardstock to make it pop as I did here.

Next I had to think of what I would create using the stencil. In my craft stash I found this mini would frame that I picked up at my local craft retail store. I thought a cute doll would fit perfectly within the frame. Using watercolor paper and archival ink I stamped my doll and water colored her skin. For her clothing I knew I would incorporate the stencil. Using my BAG GIRL GESSO included in this month’s kit, I applied a generous amount over my stencil onto my cardstock for the dress, and used a heat tool to speed up the drying process after it was applied.

Once my gesso had completely dried I was ready for the next step. Using a sponge I rubbed the wax paste in Old Silver color all over the design. Although it looked beautiful, I felt like it still needed color, so I added my water color paint in a burnt amber with a fine brush to follow the swirls in the design.

Once I had all my pieces glued together I added a black spray of glittered stars and beads to frame. I then used pop dots to add dimension to design. Once it was all glue on I knew it still needed something to make it stand out, so I added more glitter on her dress and hair. I then went back to my kit and found these beautiful beads to make her a necklace for that finishing touch.

Hoped I was able to inspire you…….Always, Michelle Rossibell

 

Full Of Color Layout

 

Hello Bad Girls,

For my Color Splash posting I wanted to share this beautiful paper called Welcome to Paris from Prima Marketing. I loved the reds and yellow tones in this collection and thought the picture of my niece Erin would be perfect for me to create with this paper collection.

I knew I needed to make the layout colors stand out so I needed to find a color that will make it pop…….and I choose black as my accent color. Using my Fiskars boarder punch I started creating a lot of strands of scalloped edges. I then cute stripes of the paper collection and started gluing the borders to then.

Once I had safely glued all the pieces to my layout, I started to look for the finishing pieces to tie it all together. These beautiful flowers in this month’s kit are from the Zella Teal collection by Prima. As I added them to my page I felt like I still was missing something so back into my stash I went and found these canvas adhesive letters and painted them to match the flowers.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by…….Always, Michelle Rossibell

Welcome November Guest Designer Mou Saha!

Hi Bad Girls!

I am so excited this month to bring to you our Guest Designer: MOU SAHA!

I have always admired Mou’s artwork…she is very creative and is great at thinking OUTSIDE THE BOX which is very evident in what she created using the Vintage Kit this month: PARISIENNE PARADISE….

Lots of Authentic Vintage goodies from France in this kit!!!! Including hand painted french silk fabrics and Lotto cards and wooden lotto markers! Here’s a couple of the pictures of the project and  tutorial Mou created with this kit…

To read all about Mou and see the TUTORIAL for this project please CLICK HERE and to purchase this AMAZING KIT please CLICK HERE. This kit would also make a GREAT GIFT for someone who loves to create unique and gorgeous mini books!

If you don’t have the mediums in your stash and you need the GEL MEDIUM or MOLDING PASTE used in this project you can purchase HERE IN OUR SHOPPES.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and please share what you create with our kits here in our GALLERY…we look forward to seeing all your creations!

Happy First Day of FALL

Hello Bad Girls,

My favorite time of the year is here, so HAPPY FALL YA’LL

The Fall season is so full of rich colors and this layout is full of it.

I wanted to add texture and dimension to my layout so I pulled out my hexagon die punch, and also went through my floral stash to find just the perfect shades of Fall to tie in the papers and embellishments.

In my October kit I was pleasantly surprised and happy to find the clear acrylic pages that had these amazing beautiful frames, and how awesome does the distressed print look over my Vincent’s face. It kind of looks like it a very vintage photo.

I cannot wait to see what you create with this months kit, I hope I was able to inspire you today.

Thank you for stopping by, and also wanted to say that I just received my November kit and it has me dancing like a crazy maniac……I love it so much, and I cannot wait to show you what I have created.

Always,

Flying by the Seat of your Pants is Soooo BAD GIRL SEXY!

I’m just gonna be honest…most times when I sit down to create I have no idea what I am going to do. Rarely do I plan ahead. I just sit down and let my supplies inspire me. And that is what being a BAD GIRL is all about…and that is how we are BRINGING SEXY BACK! If art is something that was going to stress me then why would I do it??? So that is what I encourage you NOT to do…NO STRESS…just play girlies…and most of all HAVE FUN!

So when I sat down to create this Layout, again my mind went to the book that I started making for my husband to hold love notes. So this is another page. I really love the Gypsy on the 7 Gypsies paper so I decided to highlight her. But I love the fabric and the moulds and the flash card…and the transparency…yep…her we go…I have to put it all on the page…*sigh*….lol…

I went a little crazy with my sewing machine…*gasp*…what else is new???!!! hahaha…

I cut out the numbers on the flash cards and grunged them up a bit with the cream paint…holy crap I love that paint…when they say HIGH IMPACT they really mean it…super opaque…gets the job done in one swipe! Take notice that all that is holding my numbers in place is the stitching and to add interest I put half the numbers behind the transparancy…who’d a thunk??? lol….

The Gypsy photo is held in place with the 7 Gypsies ephemera as hinges and I added a shabby half frame around Ms. Bad Ass Gypsy that I created with the Prima moulds and I colored them with the Gold Glimmer Glam. I wanted to #keepitreal which is why I left the frame white where I have the break…I wanted it to appear like a worn broken frame…another reason why I didn’t trim neatly around it.

I added turquoise paint to the background to add contrast in a #badassway! Look closely and you will notice I also added a touch of the Gold Glimmer Glam over the paint on the bottom to create harmony with the gold frame and the gold in the fabric.

I formed pockets to the side by stitching and made three tags with assorted papers in the kit. Take notice at the top I folded the fabric backward at the top and created a place to put a pen…this way I can grab the book at any time and not have to look into the black hole where all the pens disappear into…LOL…

Here’s a closeup of the gorgeous 7 Gypsies ephemera…gosh I am so in love with it…it adds so much interest and texture…and look at how amazing the fabric looks with the transparency on top of it. So girlies…get your kits out and just PLAY…have fun and DO NOT be afraid to be BAD and just try ANYTHING…mx it all up and create something SEXY! Have a fabulously BAD ASS DAY!

xoxo

Wendy La Croix