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Inspire Me! Old Archie and NEW Archie!

Hello everyone!

It’s Rae, and today I am sharing a mini album I made that came in the December Kit. This mini album is simply AMAZING- real vintage Archie comics for the pages! This is so unique, and I loved it so much, I almost felt guilty for covering up the pages! However, out with the old and in with the new, as the saying goes! And that’s what came to mind when I was thinking about what I would do with the album, and it was actually quite easy- I was inspired to make a fan book of the TV show Riverdale, which is a new twist on the Archie Comics- same characters, new time period and way more modern stories! My daughter is a huge fan of this show, so I thought it would be fun to make this for her.

Take a look:

I love how the felt flowers and gold and white Thickers from the kit coordinate so well.

For these first pages, I added some pictures of the main characters of the show to the Melissa Frances envelopes and tags. I doodled on the them for an added effect with a white acrylic paint pen. The tags are blank for now- I figured that I would let my daughter write what she wants to about the characters in there. I added black and gold twine from my stash, then clipped them all in the album using the colored clips from the kit.

Here are a couple of random pictures I grabbed off of the internet of the characters. I added the Thickers from the kit and added some of the blue glitter (also from the kit to match the hearts on the paper I used to mat the photo on the left. I cut up some of these letters and flipped them around to make my own words from the phrases.

I really did try to keep the design simple so you could still see the old comics, and I think it works well to keep the details to a minimum, which isn’t typically how a go about making projects, but I am happy with the results!

It was fun to try to pair the comic pages with the characters from the Riverdale show.

 

Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog post today- if you didn’t already get a December kit, be sure to check out the shoppes to see if there are any still available- you don’t want to miss out on the entire kit, but especially the handmade Archie mini album!

Junque it Up! Upcycled Cell Phone Case Box

Hello, friends!

Who doesn’t love boxes? I am such a box hoarder- I save all boxes, and while most people think they should go in the trash after opening, that’s the kind of “JUNQUE” that holds a special place in my heart! I save boxes of all kinds so that they can be upcycled, and this box that held a cell phone case is going to be the perfect gift box for my daughter’s new cell phone for her upcoming birthday.

 

This was just an ordinary white box that got a hefty coat of Bad Girls Couture Gesso- you HAVE to get some- the quality and consistency is PERFECT! There’s a jar of the gesso in this month’s kit, so if you definitely don’t want to miss it- it is a must-have item for all of your projects!

After I primed the box with gesso, I used the flourish Prima Marketing stencil (also in the kit) with some modeling paste in random spots. Once dry, I added some green and grey/black color sprays/mists from my stash. Then, I dried the box with a heat tool and applied the Prima Marketing Metallique Wax in Old Silver over the stenciled modeling paste for nice distressed and blended look.

Now that I had my foundation/background done, it was time to work on the design, which  wanted to somewhat simple and girly. I fussy cut out one of the little ladies from the Prima Marketing “Welcome to Paris” paper, and used the Prima Marketing “French Riviera” paper to die cut a fancy oval.

I used black archival ink to color the little lady from yellow to black for a classic silhouette appearance. I diluted some of the Bad Girls Couture Gesso and gave the oval a lighter appearance, then slightly misted it with a green spray so it would blend in with the colors on the box. Then, I inked the scroll part of the oval with black chalk ink.

I added the Prima Marketing Peridot rhinestone chain- I cut pieces to add larger rhinestones for added interest.

And, because I am hopelessly addicted to flowers, I added some small roses and leaves from my stash.

Lastly, I added a sentiment and put the elastic strap that came with the box to complete the look.

Thanks for stopping by the Bad Girls Couture Blog and checking out my project today, and if you haven’t already subscribed to this amazing kit club, click on this link to the Shoppes and grab a kit!  https://badgirlscouture.com/shoppes/

Flip it and Reverse it…REPURPOSE!!

Time to remix and repurpose!  This is always a fun challenge for me, I love turning something intended for one thing or even intended for trash, into something wonderful and new!  Today I’m gonna share a fun flip frame with you that I created with the large resin Prima frame.

From the moment I got the kit I tinkered with this flip frame idea, I think the frames were my favorite part of the kit.  But in order to make it a proper functioning frame, it needed something to adhere it to and stand it up.  Once again I turned to my handy dandy scrap wood pile (have you guys started a scrap pile yet LOL).  I found this great old pallet board that was already nice and weathered and cut down to the perfect size and even had two holes at the top where the nails were.

I used those holes to pass a small piece of the lace from the kit and make a sweet little knot.   It needed a little embellishing and being that I’m a jewelry maker at heart I used those pearls in the kit to make some faux mini hat pins with some jewelry headpins from my jewelry stash (you can grab these on any hobby isle).  I just threaded them on and secured them with a little bead of hot glue.

Next I lined up where I wanted my frame and glued it in place.  I went to my junk drawer and gathered a couple of brass cup hooks (you can get these at the hardware store or the hardware isle) and just screwed them into the soft wood.  This is perfect for flip pages.   All that was left was the pages.

Just holding the paper up to the frame I measured how big the pages needed to be and made a template with where the holes needed to be.  Lining it all up was the hardest part but once my template was done I just punched all the holes at once with my crop a dile punch.  I did use a pair of pliers and slightly bend the hooks almost closed so the pages won’t easily come off completely.  For a finishing touch I rubbed a bit of the Prima silver metallique wax over the entire frame to add a bit more silver.

It was really an easy and fun project that you could use for lot of different uses, photos, a mini calendar, birthdays, quotes, scriptures, you name it!

Bringing Sexy Back with this adorable Gift Box


Hello bad girls,

I am going to be bad today and do something totally different using the items in this month’s fabulous kit.

I was very pleasantly surprised to receive the new gesso created by Wendy for the Bad Girls Couture Club, I love love gesso so much.

It is a must have staple item that everyone should have in their mixed media stash.

 

I took a plain black box with lid and with a brush covered the whole box with gesso. Using my heat tool I was able to dry it real quick to start my next step.

Once the gesso had dried I put my stencil from this months kit on lid and added a generous amount of gesso again to give my lid some texture, and dried the bottom edge so that I could repeat the pattern on bottom lid because the stencil was not big enough to cover the whole area. I just simply matched the designs and again added a generous amount of gesso. I then used my heat tool to completely dry the second layer on lid. To paint my lid I used the High Impact paint from last month’s kit and brushed it until it was completely covered .
To add the finishing touches I used a sponge and wax paste in Old Silver to the textured areas in the design to make it pop! I then added a sheer white ribbon with flowers and sprays to top it off.
The box is perfect to add a special gift under the tree this year for that special someone.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hoped I have inspired you to create beautiful gift boxes this holiday season.

Always, Michelle Rossibell

Junque It Up Candle Holder

Are you ready to get Junqie?!  I was so excited to do this project!!  As soon as I saw the Prima Moulds this is the vision that I had in my mind.

This dreamy vintage looking pillar candle holder that looks like it came from another time.  But I was nervous to work with the paper clay, I had never worked with it before and wasn’t sure how it would turn out.  So, in true junk fashion, I headed out to the scrap wood pile and found me a piece of wood and it was perfect for this!

Next I just pressed a good size piece of the clay into the mould and immediately removed it.

 

Since I needed it to take on the shape of the rounded edges I had to wrap it around the wood.  I thought I could just glue it and it would be ok…so I hot glued it and trimmed the extra pieces.  Then I attached an old junk brooch and layered a little brass clock charm on top right to the middle for interest and I headed to bed for the night while it dried.

 

Well it dried.  And cracked.  And all fell off.  Lesson learned.  But…it did hold it’s shape where I needed it to around the corners so I was able to piece it back together and reglue it.

But the cracks and gaps remained where the clay had shrunken.  So I pulled out my joint compound and began to patch the cracks with a pallet knife and the results were pretty good.

Next I gessoed the entire thing and then grabbed the Ivory Tattered Angels paint and painted over just the exposed wood section.

Lastly, I gave the clay and the metal pieces in the center a distressed antique finish.  As you can see on the scrap pieces of clay I played around with the finishes I wanted to use before I landed on the one I really liked.  I used a combination of paints by Plaid (layering and sponging until I like the effect) and then applied a layer of the Gold Glitter Tattered Angels that came in the kit to finish it off.

I hope you are inspired to go junking and find an old treasure to spruce up!!

Repurposing Your Extra Scraps with Michelle

Hello fellow crafters, Michelle here sharing how I repurposed a box to hold a special gift. Having been a crafty girl for 20 years I find that I have a lot of left over scrapbook paper. I have a drawer full of scraps, from paper, trim and flowers. I usually reach for my scraps when I need to make a quick card.

Here I had a small little kraft round box that held tiny little paperclips. I thought it would be a perfect project to use those leftovers and create a ring box for a present.

With  pencil and paper trimmer I got to work. Using my vintage floral paper from the Bag Girls Couture kit, I went through my other extras scraps and found this left over gem strand, and paper flowers. I used acrylic paint to paint a matching grey to outer edges of my box. After gluing my paper on, I added the finishing touches. I carefully adhered the gem strands around the outer edges, and using a leaf paper punch I created these beautiful leave elements from the same paper and tucked them underneath the flowers on the lid of ring box.

I still had some paper left to make a cute matching gift card using the white and kraft cardstock paper, and topped it off with this beautiful little bow from ribbon both from my kit.

Thanks for stopping by…….Always, Michelle

Candlestick made of flower pots

Today is Tuesday and we are creating with junk! Are you ready to create with us? I have to show you an old flower pot made of clay)))) We will look at how to turn an old flower pot into a candlestick.
I will use the flickering colors Twinkling H20’s of the September 2017 Scrapbook Kit “Hurry, Hurry, Step Right Up” in this project. These colors Twinkling H20’s can be used on a variety of surfaces and these include paper and cardstock, wood, plastic and even old ceramic flower pot (LOL) – and they are ideal for many altered art projects.

How Are Twinkling H20’s Used? Twinkling H20’s can be used in the same way as any watercolor paint and different stampers have their own favorite way to use these shimmering colors. The colors are highly pigmented giving strong and vibrant colors. Twinkling H20’s are excellent paints and are extremely versatile. The colors are bright and the shimmer is a proper ‘shimmer’ and not a glittery finish, making these paints ideal for my project.

Before I started, I cleaned the surface of my ceramic pot. I added a lot of water to the watercolor paints and freely applied them to the surface with a brush. I let the paint dry and watched the gorgeous flicker of colors on the ceramic pot surface. It looks great! You should try it !!!


I let the paint dry and watched the gorgeous flicker of colors on the ceramic pot surface. It looks great! You should try it ! I tied some burlap twine around pot. This piece of twine looks stylish and gives an artistic texture. Does it look like an old flower pot ???

I cut out the oak leaves from white paper and painted them Twinkling H20’s. Our September Kit includes colors of autumn colors and they can be freely mixed to achieve the effects of autumn leaves. Each of the colors is bright and vibrant and blends well. I used colors: Pretty Perido, Spiced Pumpkin and my favorite Ancient Coin.

I could not wait for my oak leaves to dry … Lol ))) They flickered in the sun and I admired them. I made a composition of leaveses and twigs and pieces of fabric flowers from Prima. I put a candle inside the flower pot and it changed into a candlestick. I really liked the result! I hope you also like it))) Treasure is everywhere….you just have to open your eyes and look for it!

See you my creative girls. Thank you for coming in!

Irina