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Lucky is a State of Mind

Ok, Ok, so this isn’t a real repurpose…but I had an idea and I rolled with it so bear with me!  LOL!

This page is done with Tim Holtz photos and paper dolls but it could totally be done with repurposed old photos!  So there is my repurpose!  See…I redeemed myself!  LOL!   Anyway, let me fill you in on my thought process behind this page and how I made it happen.

I’ve had a lot on my mind lately and with the balance of life and juggling different hats so when I came across this phrase “lucky is a state of mind” I had the perfect idea for it.  I decided what if I showed my state of mind and what’s on it.  What if I could hedge back my little head and show you all that things bouncing around in it.

I started by diluting some “hippie in high heals” Haute Mess acrylic paint and making an abstract poof like shape on the black page of Cobble Stone Lane journal.  While it was still some what wet I added some “make it rain” acrylic paint and continued to dab it with water to blend it a bit.  Then I blended in a bit of diluted “Torrid” acrylic paint just at the lower left corner of the poof and made some shading.

As it dried I added some Haute Mess glass bead gel to random areas then dripped some Haute Mess “naked” acrylic paint in as well as a bit of gold metallic from my stash.  Next I took a plastic gift card and dipped it in a bit of “bad and tatted” acrylic paint and sort of stamped it at different angles to form the design in the corner.  Finally, I  rubbed the raised glass bead areas with the same metallic gold I used earlier.

Lastly, I applied all my Tim Holtz photos and paper dolls (using pop dots) around the title sticker.

I hope this inspires you to get your paints out and get creative with some old (or reproduction) photos!

Supply List:

Haute Mess Cobble Stone Lane Journal
Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel
Haute Mess Acrylic Paints – Bad and Tatted, Hippie in High Heals, Torrid, Naked, Make it Rain

Love is In the Air – Custom Cover for My Paper Doll Palace Art Journal!

Hey all you Bad Girls!  This is Dale Ann here with you, with a Bringing Sexy Back Sunday!  My post today is proof that love is in the air! With Valentine’s Day coming up this week, I was inspired to create this romantic, dreamy custom cover for my Paper Doll Palace art journal, from the Haute Couture Collection!

This beautiful art journal comes with a beautiful pink canvas cover already, which made it the perfect base to create a masterpiece on!  You have to hold this journal in your hot little hands to get just how luxurious it is!  For my cover I decided to go with my favorite colors from the Haute Mess Paint collection and the fantastic texture building mediums also included in this collection!

I started building my layers with paint and molding paste scraped through a stencil . . .

Just look at that crazy texture!  Be sure to let that layer dry really well, and that texture will stay raised and awesome!  I painted over all the raised texture with some Couture Pink! Next, I made some paper cutouts using my Cricut Air Explore machine.  I painted these pieces with some of my favorite colors . . . Fallen Angel, Plastic Angel, Naked, Broken Doll, Last Sin and Mannequin. These paints are so creamy and dreamy, y’all!

I started layering the pieces on the canvas, adhering with the Matte Gel medium.  I also applied more Molding Paste and some Glass Bead Gel medium, as well as some Deco Art crackle medium.

I layered on leaves, butterflies and a swirly frame.  I also added some glitter, then flicked some Bad & Tatted paint (watered down a little) all over for some contrast.

Next, I adhered a cutout of the word “love,” and a tiny flower I made from some rolled scrapbook paper.

It all came together in soft and sweet muted colors, a little sparkle and a whole lot of love!

I hope you enjoyed following along with me, and I hope I’ve inspired you to create all the crafty love projects this week for your special loved ones!  Be sure to follow me on Instagram at @lovingoutloud_ministry to keep up with all my crafting!

Til’ next time, Dale Ann

 

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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)))

Positive paper cup!

Hello my creative girl! How is your weather like today? We have drifts and blizzard, so I sit at home and rest with a great inspiring set of February! I can iterate endlessly paper and watch the patterns on sheets of paper and cardboard decorations! I’m a fan of the American Kraft))) and adore foil stickers chipboard! This time I caught a paper cup Kraft – paper! there was a desire to decorate it))) and I took to create.
I twisted it in his hands and put a sticker on Birdie – sparrows. I liked the way he looked … A complete picture of the composition immediately appeared in my head!

I took a molding paste and stencil @ Badgirlscouture2017 from Prima Marketing.That stencil does not move, it should be fixed with adhesive tape. Followed by patience, so that the paste is dry, and only after drying, remove the tape and stencil.

I like the way this snow simulation looks at a paper cup.

I chose a small golden inscription of a set of labels for this composition. I also added the composition with small white paper snowflakes.

I think it’s nice to get a paper cup of tea on a cold day. I hope that has inspired you! Now paper cup can serve you more than once! Thus, we can preserve our natural resources and make the world a better place!

Excellent creative week! See you soon!

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!

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?

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!

Black and White With a Punch of Color!

I never grow tired of a black and white photo paired with lots of bright color. And, that’s exactly what I did on this layout! Ashli here with you today to share a fun layout using an old, cherished photo of my mother and I.

I knew I wanted to pair this photo with lots of color, and the December kit was just the thing for this. I grabbed some of the boldest papers and patters and set about layering them up, under my photo…

I cut some edges, and tore some others to create nice layers of texture. Once that was all set, I used the Prima triangle stencil to create some graphic elements and to help bring all that color together through the use of white paint…

When that was dry, I went back in with some watercolors to really create a fun and colorful, yet painterly feel. And, I have to mention how much I love that sweet patterned paper with the children playing. Perfect for this layout, I’d say!

For an embellishment, I cut the heart out of the Amy Tangerine patterned paper, stitched around it, and added some white paint. Set up on pop dots, this is the perfect hand made touch!

I cut the orange flower from my kit in half and tucked it around too, followed by some sequins and dots from my stash. And finally, a title from the gorgeous set of Thickers included in the kit…

Ta da! Doesn’t all that color set off the black and white picture perfectly? I think so!

 

And, now it’s your turn. Go make something colorful!

Happily Ever After

Here’s a photo from when my son Nick and his fiance Aron were first engaged. There was supposed to be a professional photo shoot happening, but down by the water in Galveston, winds were gusting up to 60 mph. Not very good for hair and make-up so carefully done by professionals hired for the occasion. Aron decided to postpone the shoot, but she had her dad take photos anyway. Rich and I were invited to the beachfront hotel also, and of course I took as many photos as I could. Imagine all the emotions here with both families so thrilled about the kids finding someone wonderful, and settling down! There are just no words for that.

To make this page I took some 7 Gypsies paper and glued on some cheesecloth. I layered the cheerful Prima papers and put the photo on top. I used a couple layers of foam core board to add dimension. I surrounded the layers with lots of flowers I made. I used plain cardstock, water colors, and a flower die to make them.  I got the stamens in the cake decorating section at a local store.  I cut the flowers, and dunked them all in the watercolor, spread them on a craft sheet, and dried them using both a heat gun and just air drying.I glued the layers together, curled them with tiny round tipped jewelry pliers. and glued in the stamens.

 

I added a big felt flower, Thickers, Bohemian Crystals,fussy cut flowers, grey pearls, metal glitter, micro beads and a ribbon.

The blue on the ribbon is one of my favorite colors, and I dyed the paper for the flowers to match it.

 

The butterflies were fussy cut from a Hambly acetate overlay. It’s no coincidence that all the colors in the kit coordinate.

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great Bad Girl day!

 

 

 

 

Bad Ass Vibe: White Washing a Layout

 

Hello! It’s Rae, sharing some tips to create a Bad Ass Vibe to your projects! So this December kit was bursting with bold colors, and mixed in with some black and white, which was excellent for balancing all of the colors. I love the look of dark backgrounds with patterns, but sometimes it’s nice to smooth it out, and whitewashing your papers is a great technique for doing that.

My reason for whitewashing this particular layout is that I wanted to use this photo of my kids- it’s a rare occasion when I can get all three of them looking cute and attentive in one shot, and the paper in the kit that had the quote reminded me of this picture I took in 2016- “The little things are the big things.” Such a true, true statement!” However, when I pulled out the picture, I couldn’t see it working with what I had left of the kit, so took a different approach and made the papers work for me.

This technique is so simple: it requires gesso, a small bowl or container, water, and a paint brush.

I stared with creating the first part of my design- layers under the photo. I whatewashed these three pieces first- I diluted some gesso with water in a container, and painted it on. (I also did this to the banners (paper and ribbon)sticking out under the photo, I just didn’t take a picture of that, but it’s the same technique.)

I also whitewashed the background papers the light one sticking out from behind the black paper. Because I was using so much blue/teal, I wanted to blend the colors out to not have such a contrast in the colors.

I added water to the whitewashed paper, then added two different colors of mist. Then, I randomly blended out the mist and water with a wet baby wipe. This is the end result:

Adding the rest of the elements on the page, it all came together. I cut out banners from ribbon and paper. The heart is also cut out from the paper.

You can also see that I used a piece of circle chipboard from my stash- I painted it black, added some blue glitter from the kit while the paint was wet, and once dry, I also whitewashed that. :)

I also added some of the blue mists to the ribbon to make it match better. The texture was great, but the color was slightly off from what I had in mind.

I added a couple of flowers- one of them was from last month’s kit that I added pearls to, but I ended up not using it on any projects last month, but it was perfect for this page, so I added one that was similar to that one from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by the Bad Girls Couture blog today!