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Off the Beaten Path

There is so much inspiration in this kit!  I mean look at these beautiful colors in those 7 Dots papers!

The deep saturation of teals and greens inspired this page.  I absolutely had to use this beautiful paper “Aquamarine” 7 Dots paper as a bold colorful background.  As I was thumbing through my already printed pics that are waiting to be scrapped I found the perfect match.  This picture of my husband and I sitting on the dock of a beautiful Mexican cenote just jumped out at me and the colors of the paper really brought me back to that day when I placed the photo on it.  I was smitten and completely inspired!

In order to carry the color and feeling of that experience through to the entire page I used a layer of one of the flowers to create a great dimensional grouping.  I folded the flower layer up so it looked more like an emerging bud (I stapled it at the base to hold it in that shape) and painted the entire thing with Bad Girls Couture gesso.  I was just about dry before I added a brush of color with some of the teal Tattered Angels paint then I applied some watered down brown acrylic paint to give it a more blended, muted effect.  After that had pretty much dried I brushed the tips with some Mod Podge and applied some thick glitter.

I added layers of the 7 dots papers cut into great flower and leave shapes with my Sizzix.  You can see I used a few left over Prima flower buds from a previous kit that seemed to work perfectly with this little flower.

And how handy where those 7 Dots Word Stickers?!  I loved them, really!  I choose two that best described that day and adventure and used one as a title (applied to another 7 Dots sticker and then pop dots added for dimension) and one as an accent at the bottom of the page.   The lace border is created using a Fiskers punch and the 7 Dots paper.

Oh and how can I forget the Hambly velum?!  It really gives depth and softness to the page.  I love it!!  And of coarse I had to ink it all up with some brown ink.

~Michelle Sanders

Museum Snob

It doesn’t get anymore antiqued than the ancient Myan Ruins of Mexico!  And that’s the subject of my “Museum Snob” layout.

Did I mention I’m loving’ this January kit?  I mean the combo of those 7 Dots papers and the Hambly velum splattered with that Tattered Angels turquoise paint…I mean come on!  What’s not to love!

I deconstructed a couple of the flowers in the kit and used the pretty brad that was in the center of one to secure my Hambly velum to the page.  There are lots of die cuts of leaves out of the 7 Dot’s papers, pretty much any of the papers that had green in them I cut them up for leaves!   The laser cut chipboard pieces from Um Wow were a perfect canvas for the Tattered Angels paint, it was so bright and bold on them!

I used the Daisy D’s paper as a mat behind the photo and distressed it with a distressing tool.  The title is one of the 7 Dots stickers and is pop dotted to the page.

Finally I inked every edge I could with a brown ink pad;)

Junque it up Mini Art Journal

Now you guys know I like to use some junk and reclaimed stuff in my projects.  But this month we had some pretty cool stuff in this kit, including this amazing mini book made with vintage game cards.  WHA?  That had to be utilized and showcased in all it’s Junque it up glory!!  So, I did what any bad girl would do and I rocked that journal!!  Those old cards could have been easily tossed out as junk but Wendy scooped these amazing treasures up and included them all bound with rings and ready for us to get our creativity on!

I really liked the idea of turning this little mini into an art journal and it turns out there was the perfect little title sticker in the 7 Dots stickers that came in the kit.  SCORE!  So that was really my jumping off point.  And there were some great square stickers that made the perfect tabs so I used them to tab off each game card as separate sections in my little art journal.

Then I just got into painting and layering and just laying on some texture to give the cover the look I was going for.  I wanted to have a really dimensional cover filled with texture and rich colors without being too bright.  The flower was perfect for that but I didn’t want it to too new or store bought.

So I went to work on deconstructing it, only using one layer of the flower.  I painted it with a generous coating of the Bad Girls Couture Gesso.  Once the gesso dried I applied layers of watered down brown acrylic paint with my finger till it was toned down and aged looking.  For the center I use a couple of the chipboard cut outs and painted them with the teal Tattered Angels paint.  I also mixed some texture beads into some gesso and applied it to the edges and over the center pieces for more texture and interest, then a bit more brown paint.  I did the same with the other chipboard cut outs and applied the 7 Dots “art journal” sticker with glue dots to give it a title.  Finally I filled it with water color paper between the tabbed sections and gave the cover and all the game cards and tabs a good inking.  Now it’s ready for all my art journaling and painting needs!

I really love how the flower is totally transformed and almost looks porcelain.  Hopefully you will find some inspiration to get junquey and painty and make a fun mini like this!

~Michelle Sanders

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!

January Bad Girls Couture DT Challenge

Welcome! We are so excited to inspire you with the January Kit! There are so many possibilities with this kit. It is chocked full of gorgeous patterns, florals, fabric, a mini book, chipboard, flair and paint! This month, we challenged the girls to create something awesome using this sketch!

 

Take a look at what they created. We are so inspired with their creativity! We just love how everyone thought outside of the box to create such beautiful projects. If these aren’t inspiring enough, we aren’t sure what is?! We’ve also included their thoughts on the sketch; what inspired them to create the layout they created using the sketch as inspiration.

 Ashli Oliver
I love working from a sketch! It is always the perfect starting point for a layout. For this page, I turned the sketch on it’s side. I took a literal approach to the floral element and then layered up my photos. For the long rectangular element under the flower, I used one of the cool old bingo cards that came as a mini book in the kit. I was also inspired by the border element of the sketch and used one of my border punches to create some texture along the left side of the layout. I just love the way it turned out and it was the perfect jumping off point to scrap about hubby and I clearing out the creek on our property!
Nicole Martel
For this layout, I was inspired by the trio of frames and the scalloped edges of the sketch! Lots of layers and textures make me happy! :)
 
Michelle Sanders
The sketch inspired me to use multiple photos.  I used four photos as in the sketch and Sizzix dies to cut paper flowers and leaves to create a little bouquet as in the center of the catch but it didn’t really work in the center of my photos so I placed it more to the left of my photos.  I also took a little grouping and placed it at the bottom similar to the illustrated beading or string on the bottom of the large photo square in the sketch.    It seemed to come together well without looking too  literal and has a very natural flow.  Using the sketch really helped me gather my thoughts in my process.
 

 

Rae Moses

Sketches are so much fun! As for my take on this one,  I started by creating the background layers- I used the Daisy D paper for the base, which I “gutted” a 10X10 square out of so I could use it for the background and also for the layer on the left side. I used a Martha Stewart Border punch in a distressed way on the pink 7 Dots paper, and then curled it up with my fingers ro to make it more dimensional. Instead of using three square pictures, I decided to cut out some doilies from the grey 7 Dots paper: I inked them with black chalk ink, and added some of the Northern Lights circle stickers. I also added three flowers on top of the doilies- the light darker pink ands purple ones are from the kit- I took the brads out and out of the layers, and then reshaped them so they were more dimensional and smaller. The lighter pink flower is from my stash, as well as the resin corner. I added some pearl trim from my stash for a border around the design, and completed the layout with a light whitewashing of everything with some diluted Bad Girls Couture gesso!

Thanks so much for visiting today! Please don’t forget to check out our gallery for more inspiration. We would love it if you would follow us on Instagram (BadGirlsCouture2007) so you don’t miss out on all the crafty inspiration that our Design Team has created! We are here to inspire and motivate you to create something fun, challenging and new for yourself!! Don’t be afraid to flip  sketches to make them work for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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!

We Love This

Happy New Year!!! It’s hard to believe that another year has flown by. What the heck happened to 2017? It seems like I blinked and now it’s 2018. Today, I have a colorful layout to share with you using an image I found on Pinterest as inspiration.

I was inspired to use lots of blues and pink on my layout! Oh, and I LOVE that butterfly pillow. GORGEOUS. I wonder if I can find that pillow somewhere. For the background of my layout, I sprayed white cardstock with light blue mist. Once it was dry, I used a stencil and a darker blue to create a fun Damask background.

I love ribbon! I used the green and blue ribbon to add a little funk to this layout. LOVE how it looks. I used a mini stapler to staple the ribbon on to the bottom of the card. I stapled one end, then pulled back the ribbon to cover the staple, stapled randomly a little to the left of the ribbon, then pulled the ribbon right and repeated the process again to create the ripples.

Here are a few close-ups. This layout is so pretty. Well, at least, I think so. It’s so different from what I am used to creating… Every now and then, I like to mix it up a bit. I layered the felt flower with a purple flower from the September kit.

I didn’t like how the end of the blue ribbon looked without the button. It looked too plain so I pulled a blue button from my stash and some pink ribbon and hand sew the button on to the ribbon. It turned out just how I saw it in my mind… Love when that happens.

I hope you have a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by.