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Inspire Me: Altered Frame

 

Hello crafty friends! It’s Rae, and today I am sharing a project I made using some items from the March scrapbook kit, and some things from my stash. I collect images of color palettes on Pinterest and all over the internet. Here’s the color palette that inspired me:

 

Here’s what I came up with:

 

The green paper from the kit was perfect for this palette, so that was what I started with as my base. I have picture frames that I am not using, so I decided to use one for this project- I painted one that was 8 X 10 in size. I started with black gesso, and then dry brushed the pink paint from the March kit. Here’s a close up of what the finish looks like:

I added some large roses from my stash to each of the corners. The green leaves are made from the green ribbon in the kit- I sewed them for added dimension.

For center of the design, I added the red playing cards from the March kit in a way that they look fanned out. The ribbon is also from the kit. The small green flower petals are also from the kit and the cover up the cows on the cards, which didn’t really go with this design, and it  helps blend the green with the rest of the design of the frame. The heart and the crown are from my stash. I painted the heart, which was white to start, with the pink paint from the kit, then added some pink wax to give it a mottled look. I added one of the Prima Marketing Junkyard Findings metal pieces “Home” to the heart.

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Lovely- A Repurposed Box

Hello, friends!

I’m sharing a box that I repurposed today! I love to alter boxes. I save all kinds of boxes- this is one from a Google wi-fi router. It’s a nice sturdy box, perfect for putting a gift in.

I started by covering the box with the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Delicate paper. The box was the perfect size for one 12×12 piece of paper.

I added some Prima Marketing Metallique Wax that was in the November scrapbooking kit. I love the look it gives- distressed and metallic!

I cut out a circle die and used some green chalk ink. I used the last of the Prima Marketing flowers from the package from the kit. (I wish I had more!) I added some small purple roses to show off that lovely muslin flower. The “lovely” sentiment is from the chipboard set from the kit.

The door pull is something I had in my stash. I added some more of the Prima Marketing Metallique wax as well.

Here’s a closeup that shows how the wax looks on the edges of the box.

I added some heart die cuts to each of the sides of the box. I used the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Royale paper.

I completed the box by adding lace trim which is from a past kit- Parisienne Paradise vintage kit.

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Bad Ass Faux Stitching

 

Hello friends!

One of my favorite techniques to use on my projects is stitching! However, I don’t always have the sewing machine out, and hand stitching can take waaaaay toooooo loooong! That’s why I fudge it with faux stitching with a sewing wheel cutter (one of those wheels with spikes), and a black pen. Here’s the result:

Here’s a close up of how the faux stitching looks:

I usually drag the pen over the line of holes a few different times, and I don’t worry about it being perfect because I love the look of messy stitching! It’s a tiny detail that makes a big impact on the design of a layout, and the best part is that it’s simple and quick.

As for the some other aspects of my design, I added some black leafy die cuts to contrast with all of the pastel papers.

 I added a handful of the “Chasing Dreams” printed chipboard, including the title. I love all the different pieces in the package- titles, butterflies, hearts and banners add some much variety and added interest to the layers. And I used some of the Prima Marketing flowers to frame the picture that I matted using some black card stock, again, to add some contrast with the lovely pastels.

I finished the layout by adding some splatters in black and white. I used some India ink of my own and a fan brush.

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Family

Good morning! Happy Monday! I have another bright and colorful layout to inspire you with today. I used this image from Pinterest. I love white, teal and orange together and there was plenty of it in this month’s kit so I had fun with it!

For the background, I used the watercolor paint from the September kit. Once the triangles were dry, I took the blue watercolor paint and tapped the brush all over the paper to create a fun, colorful background for my layout.

Here is what I came up with. Lots of layering here. Initially, I was going to paint the white “family” thicker, but decided to leave it white. I think I have enough color on this layout, what do you think?

I used the same ribbon technique as last Monday! Totally, fun.

Here are some close-ups:

I cut the heart from the patterned paper and painted it with blue watercolor to use as an embellishment for my layout. I think it frames the photo nicely with the felt flower and button.

Here is a closer look at the painted triangles. Don’t they look cool? I think I need some more of these 12×12 stencils by Prima!

Thanks for visiting today!

Archie Comics Mini Album

Hi everyone, Melissa here with a mini album for Bad Girls Couture!

 

This adorable mini album is part of the December kit,it is filled with lots of bright cheery colors and patterns! What better fit for a comic book theme. To decorate the front I sponged on a little gesso, then glued on some cheesecloth. I added the glittery Thickers, and drew around them with a watercolor pencil. I softened the pencil lines with water on a paintbrush. I wanted the gold glitter and bold colors to really pop.

I made some flowers with plain cardstock and a flower die,the glitter on them is in the kit.The grey pearls are from last month’s collection.

 

I fussy cut pieces from the kit’s Prima paper, and also used the clips included.  I’m going to use this in my kitchen to keep notes and receipts in, so the clips will be useful.

 

I added embossing powder by glueing it on, I heat set it a little. The Bohemian Crystal green bling is from last month’s kit. You can also see micro beads, and sequins.

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week! I hope you enjoy having your own Archie Comic theme mini around if you get this month’s collection!

Some Serious Bad Ass Fussy Cutting

When I see full sheets of paper with flowers and designs that can be cut out, I tend to go to town on it.  I am a true fussy cutter and find that when I am doing this fine cutting that it completely relaxes me. It is one of the few times that I can push out all the other thoughts and stay focused on what I am doing.  With the beautiful papers that came in the kit, there was a plethora of designs to cut out and go crazy with on this layout.

Just keep cutting out all kinds of designs and layering them with foam squares to give it dimension.

To add a little extra effect, cut and curl some paper and tuck it behind a piece that is adhered to a foam square, distress and ink the edges and add some pearl effects.

 

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Archie Comic Mini Book!

Happy Friday ladies!! Our December Bad Girls Couture kit reveal is TODAY and I just love the 42nd. St. Soda Shoppe kit. I love using bright colors on my layouts/projects. They make me so happy, but what made me even happier this month was receiving the adorable mini album that Wendy made by hand using Archie comic books!! AH, IT IS SO AWESOME. I wanted to hoard mine, but Wendy made me use it. :) I am not sure what she used to glue the pages to the chipboard pieces, but it’s nice and sturdy. Nice job Wendy on making such  a one of a kind piece for this month’s kit.

I decided to use the gold thickers throughout the mini. The gold looks so pretty against the album pages. And I am not a big gold person…but it looks pretty… and masculine. For this album, I decided to focus on the silly, happy photos of my son. He is ALWAYS happy… he’s such a happy kid.

For the inside, I used some cut-apart labels and word stickers from my stash to help tell my story. I wanted to keep this mini simple, focusing on the photos. ;0

I love these crazy pictures of Edward. He asked me to do a photo shoot before his soccer game and I captured his personality PERFECTLY.

That smile…I can’t get enough of it. Yes, there’s pink in this album. Who says you can’t use pink, flowers and butterflies in a boy’s mini book? It’s perfectly OK.

What do you think? Are you ready to try making one of these? I just love how this turned out. This little mini is going into a baggie then into Edward’s baby box.

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!

 

 

 

Nick and Aron

Hi everyone, Melissa here with a page for Bad Girls Couture about my son and his fiance. Aron and Nick make a great couple, they laugh at each other’s jokes, and really enjoy being together. They met in high school, but didn’t start dating until college.

 

To make this page I used a piece of Prima paper Zella Teal With Foil Accents for the background. I thickened the gesso from the kit with baby powder to make texture paste. I applied it with the stencil,and when dry colored it with a teal watercolor pencil. I rubbed silver Prima wax on top.

 

 

I made layers with Prima Welome to Paris paper. I sponged on gesso, then colored with watercolor pencils. I placed the layers on cheesecloth, then added some more around the edges. I attached flowers, pearls, bling, and lace to complete the page.

I put a little clear glue on the back of some flower petals to make them stand up. I added a lot of dark brown watercolor pencil around the edges of the texture paste, and around the layers to add definition.

 

I added some micro beads and glitter.

 

I sponged  gesso onto the page, I wanted the picture and detail of the stenciled areas to show up more.

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

 

 

Mini Mannequin!! Totally sexy!!

Hello, Candy here bringing sexy back with this mini mannequin form.  Making these beauties is my passion and I have made them smaller all the way up to full size.  I have even created a wearable dress out of paper.  I am a  true vintage girl, so 7Gypsies is close to my heart and it made it pitter patter when I got some in the November kit.

I took a punch and made small flowers.  Layering them from the bottom up to create the main dress.  The middle corset is more paper that is layered vertically to create the look.  These metal balls were just perfect to complete the look up the corset as well as finish off the necklace.  And don’t even get me started on the mini picture frame.  So vintage and cute!

 


Close up of the details in the corset and top