California Sunshine

Hi everyone, Melissa here with a page for Bad Girls Couture!  I took this photo a long time ago when I lived in Southern California. My friend in the photo is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.

I was amazed by the beaches there, and it seemed like it was always sunny,warm, and dry. I think this 7 Gypsies paper fit well with the colors of the photo, and the elements of the kit.

To make this page I applied gesso with a cosmetic sponge, then stenciled on texture paste. I made the paste by mixing baby powder with the gesso to get a thicker consistency. When it was dry I rubbed on some Prima silver wax.



I took some of the top layer of paper off a piece of cardboard, and sponged it with gesso. I added color to the page with watercolor pencils and some gold metallic paint. I put cheesecloth under the cardboard to add detail.


I added part of the chain of Bohemian crystals around a glass pebble I’d painted. I used a bottle cap to hold them, and sprinkled in some micro beads.

I applied flowers, pearls, and rhinestones. I glued on microbeads to the flower for more texture.

I glued on gold embossing powder to sort of bring the sand onto the page. I also rubbed on gold mica powder.

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!





Happy Friday bad girls! Are you ready for the weekend? I have am sharing a vintage layout today using one of my favorite photos from my birthday celebration in September. My husband surprised me with a party with all of our neighborhood friends! It was a lot of fun… he even bought me a tag, hat and some other fun birthday goodies that said 21. Haha, it was a joke… I just turned 39. He did good… He even got me a Chocolate Truffle Bomb cake and it was da bomb! Seriously… so good.

Enough about my birthday party… Here’s a layout I created of my friend Angel and I at the party. I altered the photo using PicMonkey to make the photo look more vintage looking so it would blend nicely with the papers.

I used a stamp to stamp my title at the top of the photo. Also, I cut a piece of the Tin Foil stickers in half to use as photo corners for the photo. Oh, and what did you think of the Hambly screen print? OMG, I was so excited… yet, sad that they are no longer in business. I hope Wendy has some more of their screen prints somewhere… maybe she’s hoarding them, I don’t know, but I am not greedy and I will gladly take a few more sheets. LOL In the mean time, I think I’ll hold on to my scraps. :)

I cut the frame from the 7gypsies paper to use as a frame for the photo.

I cut the spades and date strip from the Prima Paper to use as embellishments for this layout. Since none of dates on the date print had September, I used my stamp to add September at the bottom. It was bothering me… teehee
Thanks so much for visiting today!

Inspire Me: Paint Color Palette

Hello, Bad Girls!

It’s Rae with you today, sharing a layout I made with the October kit, inspired by a paint color palette that I found on Pinterest. I confess: I am a Pinterest Junkie! I use Pinterest every day- I have thousands of pins including recipes, craft projects, beautiful backyards, dream homes, and paint color palettes! I pin so many of these color palettes- some of them are definitely combinations I want in my house, and others I save just for scrapbooking inspiration. This one is so beautiful, I couldn’t wait to use it:

And, I saw all of these colors in the October kit, so I decided to use it for inspiration for this layout of my littlest man, all dressed up on Kindergarten Graduation Day. I edited the picture to coordinate with the color palette, as that shirt was quite a bright teal.

I printed out a small, wallet sized picture for this layout, so to make sure it was still the focal point, I cut down the blue Websters Pages blue paper, distressed it, and glue it to the Melissa Frances ledger paper. The blue and ephemera/script style paper was a prominent theme in the kit, so I was able to repeat those layers in my paper cluster.

I added some of the 7 Gypsies Architextures stickers (the wood, tin tiles, and the door) to my layers for added interest and dimension as well, mixing in some of the blue and brown/grey tones from the color palette.

I also added in some greys and silver tones by adding the frame that I fussy cut from the 7 Gypsies paper, and a metal heart from my stash on the little tag.

I added the title with some alphas from my stash, that are actually a greenish grey that are from the same line/ collection as the Websters Pages paper I used.

I also made the clock using the Prima Marketing paper clay that was in the kit, and a mould that I already has. I painted it with the ivory Tattered Angels High Impact paint, and then used some silver metallic wax to accent the groove for definition.

I also die cut some leaves from the Websters pages ledger paper, and colored them blue and distressed them.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my project today. I definitely recommend browsing through color palettes on Pinterest for some amazing inspiration!


Bad Ass Vibe = Using Embossing Powders for Borders!

Happy Saturday!

It’s Rae with you today, sharing a Bad Ass layout I made with the October kit:

First, I’ll talk about how I created this layout, and then how I used a SIMPLE, yet BAD ASS technique to create the border around the page. For me, a Bad Ass layout has a lot of details- details that you don’t necessarily notice at first glance, but when you look up close, there they are!

I started with painting the main paper with clear gesso. After adding the embossing powder around the edges, I added some stenciling, pink mist, and some pink wax over the stenciling. In the close up below, you can all of that, AND you can see a bunch of the small details, including some faux stitching on the heart! And, the embossing powder on the page. :)

On the other side of the layout, you can see some of the layers from under the photo- the 7 Gypsies pink Architextures distressed wood, and some paper images I cut from the Prima Wild and Free Paper, as well as the 7 Gypsies paper with the frame. Fussy cutting images from paper is always worth the extra effort and adds wonderful layers and dimension.

Because pink was one of the major colors on this layout, it was great to have so many pink tones in the layout. However, the brightness of the pink Prima Marketing felt flowers felt like too much of a POP to me, and I didn’t want the flowers to be the first thing that was noticed on the layout- the picture is always my focal point! :) So, I decided to tone them down with some Bad Girls Couture white gesso! ( I added gesso to the pink felt bow at the top of the picture as well.

I added some fussy cut flowers under the felt flowers.

Here, you can see more of the fussy cut images peeking under the photo, and that super cute distressed tag from the kit that was perfect for a small title.

And now for the simple tutorial on how to use embossing powder to create a distressed edge. You need embossing medium, embossing powder, a heat gun, and paper.

First, I used an embossing medium dabber. But you can use an embossing pad as well. I just like the dabber. Any embossing powder will do. I used this aged one from Stampendous! because it’s what I have, and I like the color combo, but you could mix any powders that you have to create a mottled look: this powder has black, gold and silver, mixed.

Add the embossing medium to the edges in a random fashion. Use as much or as little as you want. I tend to put more than I think I will need because you can always take some off with your finger or paper towel. The shiny part at the bottom corner of the paper is the embossing medium. If you use an embossing medium pad, it may be a little difficult to get the same pattern, but adding the medium from the pad with a sponge should be helpful.

I used a dinner plate under the paper when I pour on the embossing powder, but you could use scrap paper if you wanted. This way is just easier for me because of the size of the paper I’m adding the powder to.

Shake off the excess powder. Decide if this is how you want it to look- rub off what you don’t want on there.

TIP: if you feel like it’s not enough, as though you didn’t add enough embossing medium and want more coverage with the embossing powder, that’s okay- you can add more after you heat emboss your first attempt. :)

Because this is a 12X12 paper, I work in sections, doing one side at a time, to heat emboss them so I don’t smudge off the powder before it’s dried on there.


Here’s a closeup after using the heat tool. You can see some “splatters” of the powder- this happens when you curl your paper in your hand, creating a barrier so the powder doesn’t fly away, and melt, even if there is no embossing medium there!

Since I have added clear gesso, and the embossing medium, and also heat, the paper is now warped/curled. This is where a magnetic mat is very handy. You can see in this picture the magnets are making the paper flat. I keep it this way overnight. If it’s still warped when I get back to my project, I will place it under the mat and put some heavy objects on there for a while and/or glue the paper to a piece of 12X12 heavy card stock. a combination of these things always work. :)

It really add a BAD ASS VIBE to my layout!

Thanks for taking a look at my project today!




Making a Dimensional Vintage Bunting


Hello, craft people! Today, I’m sharing a layout I made using the September kit, and some of my “Junque” I have lying around. I think most people have a “junk drawer” but I probably have three, and then there’s just random things I have here and there, that I should probably get rid of but haven’t YET. I did, however, manage to take some of that JUNQUE and add it to this layout to give it a real vintage “odds and ends” feel.


When I first saw the 7 Gypsies Vintage Bunting paper in the September kit, I immediately paired it with the popcorn bag that was also in the kit. Using a color combo with red (popcorn bag) and blue (from the bunting) is one of my favorites for a masculine, vintage layout when added with cream, browns, and greys.

My only issue was how am I going to incorporate more blue to balance the red- so I used my junque.  I have two boys, and after my youngest has grown out of the hand-me down clothes. They aren’t fit for donating because they are WORN OUT! And, because the school year has just started, I had cleaned out the drawers to make room for new school clothes, and there were a stack of very sad looking jeans and I didn’t know what I was going to do with them. And, then it was time to make my layout for the Junque It Up post, and I finally had an answer, for at least one pair!

I cut some of the fabric into some circles, and cut the rivets off of the pockets and used those. I added some of the circles under the cluster with the picture, and also by the title, along with some other junque (a button and a key):

I used some other random things in the cluster where the picture is, including some old coins, a washer, buttons, and even a bar code that I cut from one of the pieces of paper in the kit that I placed in the Crate Paper heart clip.

The vintage bunting paper is so awesome! I wanted to add some details to make it more dimensional, and I have a simple tutorial to show you how I turned it from flat to fab!

This is the bunting cut out with the “string”- it wasn’t going to hold up well because it was really skinny.

So, I cut apart each of the banners and pennants, and used a distresser on the bottoms and sides of each.

Now they look distressed and more dimensional.

I added brown ink to the all of the edges.

After inking, I slightly bend/shaped some of the ends for even more dimension.

I really wanted the bunting to pop off the page, so I added some cardboard to the backs of each of the pieces. Foam dots or squares work just as well, but cardboard is free. :)

I curled up the tops of each piece of the bunting, and glued some string, and folded the tops over.

And, now I have a dimensional vintage bunting that can be manipulated into any formation on my page, and was a great addition to my dream layout!

Thanks for visiting the blog today and letting me share my layout and tutorial with you!


Repurpose – Farmhouse Sign

Today we are talking about repurposing!!

For me, repurposing can come from anywhere.  And I do mean anywhere.  For this particular project, I used scrap pieces of our porch deck that was tossed in a scrap pile to make a farmhouse style sign for our house!

As I was pouring over this amazing kit I couldn’t help but just crush over the amazing “Market Signs” paper by 7 Gypsies.

With the fresh visions of all that I had just seen in this beautiful kit I walked to the yard to bring something to my husband and my eyes were drawn to our scrap wood pile.  Naturally my wheels began to turn on this repurpose challenge!!  I love all things vintage and I’m a big fan of a lot of the new farm house trends as well so making a sign like this was just a no brainer for me.  Annnddd it was super easy.

So I’m gonna break a few rules here…(you’ll learn I’m a rule breaker LOL)  and make this super quick and easy for ya!

One of the scrap pieces were already stained the color of our porch so that was easy.  The other two were still unfinished wood, which was good because I wanted to give all three pieces a different look.  So I watered down white paint and gave one a white washed look and I did the same with the other one but used a dark grey paint.  Once it was all dry I cut out the Market Sign words I liked from the 7 Gypsies papers and Mod Podged them down to the boards and sealed them over the front with an additional coat for extra gloss.

Then on the back I secured all three boards together with another scrap board and nailed them all together.

The longest part was waiting for the Mod Podge to dry!  It was an instant gratification project and classy enough for Christmas gifts!

Bringin’ it back y’all!!

Today our theme is “bringing sexy back” so how am I bring it back?  Well remember those old paper bag books we used to make years ago that were so fun and cute?  Here is the BGC version of it using the retro popcorn bag in this month’s kit!

This book was so fun to make!  I used a lot of the scraps from the wonderful papers in this kit and pulled a few bits and pieces from my vintage paper stash to mix in to create the pages.

It was constructed by simply folding all the pages in half between the popcorn bag and securing it with the polkadot ribbon include in the kit.  The ribbon was a little too bright white for the vintage look I was going for in this mini so I distressed it up a bit with some brown ink.

Finally, I made a couple little slide out cards to slip in the pocket that was created in the opening of the bag with some card stock and a scrap this awesome 7 Gypsies Architextures paper as the tab.  You will notice I just used staples to secure these pieces to make the tabs on the card stock so they can withstand being pulled in and out, plus I like the additional texture it gives.  You can also cut a slit in the back cover to make another pocket for another slide out card as well.  Then finished it off by embellishing it with that OH SO CUTE Prima flower and some hand cut leaves.  Ink it all up (cause it wouldn’t be complete without ink) and I was done!

Hopefully you are inspired to bring this sexy lil number back because it is certainly one you will LOVE to create!  Happy Scrapin’!