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IT’S MESSY AND I LOVE IT!

Good morning girlies! Hope you’re having a fabulous week. Today I’m sharing a wooden plaque that I altered. It’s been sitting on my desk for some time and I thought I could alter the back of the plaque. That way, I can flip them every now and then when I want to look at something different.

To begin, I coated the plaque with white gesso. Once the gesso was completely dry, I splashed acrylic paint (Drop Dead Gorgeous, Kiss & Don’t Tell, Last Sin) using strips of patterned paper. Then I ripped a page from a book and adhered it to the plaque using Matte Gel.

Then I stamped the “It’s Messy And I Love It” sentiment on patterned paper and mounted it onto the plaque using foam squares. To complete the look, I punched a few butterflies out from the book page and added some gems. As an after thought, I splashed some white mist to make it even messier.

This was such a fun project to make. If you’re looking for the stamp set I used for this project, check out Precious Remembrance Shop. In the meantime, stop by our shop to pick up a few paints and gesso to help motivate you to create something fun!

Thanks for visiting today!

Art-journal page Funny Granny by Elena

Hello, lovely friends! Elena here with my latest page for the Bad Girls Couture in my “COBBLESTONE LANE” Art Journal.

I have prepared a small tutorial for you, it will be a little lower.

Old age is not always sadness, disease and grumbling. It’s time to release your inner demons (or butterflies, who have both) and live the rest of  life to the fullest :)))

At least when I’m 80, that’s what I’ll do. :)))

My mini-tutorial:

First I made one layer of Clear Gesso.

Now it’s time to use paint! I chose these shades:  X-Rated, Drama Queen,

Million Dollar Baby,Naked, Bye Felicia and Oops! My Bad

Struck archival ink through the stencil. Once everything was dry, I complicated the background with stamps, tapes and archival ink.

Added stickers and a photo. 

Glued a butterfly aand  decorated sequins with Clear Gesso.

I hope you like my page today! Thank you for dropping by and until next time! Happy crafting!

WHAT’S UP DOG?

Hi everybody! I have a fun canvas journal page to share with you today! I’ve been itching to scrapbook this photo of me and Goofy from Epcot! When we went to Disney, I made sure the guys knew that I NEEDED a picture with Goofy… I didn’t care what else we did that day, but I needed my picture. LOL

Initially, I was going to leave the left-side alone and use it for another page, but after thinking about it, I decided to use my inks and a stencil to add some fun flowers in the colors of yellow, blue and orange to kind of blend in with the colors on the right-side of the art journal spread.

I made a video of the majority of this spread. After I finished, a few hours later, I still was not happy with the layout… so I added a few more embellishments which you do not see in the video.

I had some stamps from Jillibean Soup and one said “What’s Up Dog?” Totally perfect for this page. I was so excited. LOL

You’d think I had a mad crush on Goofy or something with all the hearts, but I just like hearts… and I happen to have a good amount of them in my stash. I have been all about using up my stash lately. Every time I turn around, there’s a new collection that I want, but I am not buying. LOL

More hearts and buttons to pull this journal spread together. I am much happier with this page with the added embellishments. What do you think? Have you seen these Art Journals in the shop? Check them out! They are fab! Click here to see the video!https://youtu.be/BoGc-_YUbSI

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Products used: French Script Canvas: Post Cards from Paris Art Journal, Haute Mess Acrylic Paints: First Crush, Drama Queen and Make it Rain

 

HELLO LOVE

Good morning! I am excited to share this bright, vibrant, layout with you today! You might want to put sunglasses on because it’s pretty bright. LOL, I love yellow… whenever I’m creating with it, it makes me so HAPPY. Today, I’m going to share a fun tutorial with you on how you can use gesso, paints, stencils, and stamps to create a fun, vibrant layout. I am also going to share with you, how you can create your very own die cuts! Super fun!!

To begin, I covered a sheet of white cardstock with gesso. Once the gesso was completely dry, I added a few different colors of acrylic paints. Do not skip the gesso. The gesso helps harden the paper so it’s easier to cut out the images. I got messy and blended the paints here and there.

I let the paint sit for about 20 minutes. These paints dry fast, but I wanted to make sure the paint was completely dry before I moved on to the next step.

I love this sunflower stamps so used this stamp to stamp all over the painted cardstock. Then I cut the images out using a pair of scissors. Here are the colors I used on this layout. I decided to go a little crazy with the colors, but I love the outcome!

I used my butterfly punch to use up all of my scraps. I did not want to waste any of the painted paper… My thought was, I can keep these in a drawer to use on another project! Saves me a lot of time and work!

Here are a few close-ups of the completed project. What do you think? This is such a fun technique and it’s sooooo easy to do!

Thank you for visiting today! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

 

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Altered Wall Art

Hi everyone! Today, I have a very fun project to share with you! A few weeks ago, I was thinking I needed something for my wall in my scraproom. I searched online for something pretty with lots of color and shapes/patterns and saw some paintings that were a few hundred dollars…and I didn’t even like them that much! So, I sat at my computer searching other websites and I just wasn’t feeling it. Then I talked to Wendy for a little bit on the phone and was like, I gotta go… LOL, I have an idea. hahaha, I just love when that happens.

I didn’t waste any time. I pulled out a piece of white cardstock and applied lots of Bad Girls Couture’s gesso to it. While it was drying, I pulled out stencils, paints, mists, Nuvos, stickers and buttons. I had a vision!!

When applying gesso to cardstock, I don’t worry about making sure it’s completely smooth because I want to add some texture to my project. Notice the messy look… You’ll see what I mean later in the post. :)

I used several stencils on this piece with a variety of different bright colors. I started with the darker color (blue) first using a mini circles screen. The brayer helped flatten the acrylic paint. Then I added some orange mist and blended it in with a baby wipe. Initially, I was going to use a pink butterfly. If you look closely, it’s there… but isn’t really clear. I decided to use the white paint to mute it down some. I used the cap to add a few bigger circles in the background, here and there. I used a scribble stencil at the top left-side of the paper using the orange mist to give it a rougher appearance. Once the paint dried, I added a little bit of lime to break up the orange, blue and pink a bit by applying a small dot on the brayer and rubbing in on the layout… By using a little at a time, I had more control over the color.

Here is a glance at the stencils I used…

I used Bad Girls Couture’s Molding Paste and a triangle stencil to add more dimension to the background. I decided to keep it white so it would pop off the page more… rather than mix it with some acrylic paint.

I was going to stamp a girl with wings to the center and it didn’t turn out well… so I covered her up with some more paint and splashed some more orange paint to the background. That is one thing I like about creating a mixed media piece…you can easily cover up your mistakes!

I love a little touch of black with bright colors… So I used this splatter stamp and some black ink. Then made swirls in the center of the splatters. Once the Nuvo dried, I added Jillibean Soup Buttons to the center using Tombow Glue. This glue is awesome… Nothing is coming off this page with this glue.

As an after thought, I added the chipboard hearts as well. I left them in their natural color since I had enough color… These chipboard hearts are by 7 Dots Studio. I glued some Doodlebug rhinestones to the center of the buttons just for fun.

And here is the final piece! I just love this piece and I especially like the fact that I didn’t have to pay a few hundred dollars for it! What do you think?

And here’s what it looks like framed. I was looking for a 12 x 12 metallic frame, but then I decided to just go with a gray frame.

Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope I’ve inspired you to experiment with your mixed media products. It’s sooooo therapeutic and fun. I totally want to try this again. :)

Make Craft Storage Pretty with Bad Girls Couture

In today’s culture, we are definitely working towards more recycling, re-purposing and up-cycling which is phenomenal for the earth and our pocket books.  When thinking of re-purposing an item as I sit at my craft desk, I come across a pet peeve of mine.  I like pretty storage, it helps to inspire me in my creating.  So as I sat there looking at my very un-inspiring small stack of drawers on my table, I had an idea.  Let’s make it PRETTY!  A sheet of paper, some ribbon, an alphabet stamp set, kraft paper and some glue…easy peasy!

 

You can see here just how uninspiring this little storage unit is, so lets make this bad boy PRETTY!
Cut out strips of paper to the height of each drawer, measure across but give yourself some extra length as this unit has a dipped in middle.  So I accounted for that.

Using a small alpha stamp set, stamp on kraft paper the category of items in each drawer. Cut them out, ink the edges and adhere to the drawer. Then add your choice of ribbon, this one was over an inch thick with design on each edge, I decided to cut it down the middle and then alternate the textures.

 

Do not forget the top to complete the look.

 

Hope this inspires you to repurpose not only items on your craft desk but all around your home.  The possibilities are endless.

 

4/29

Happy Monday baddies! I’ve been having so much fun playing with this month’s “Joie De Vivre” kit and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. There’s so many different things you can create with this kit! I don’t know how Wendy does it… she’s da bomb! For today’s layout, I used a photo from Pinterest to inspire me!

When I first came across this image, I immediately thought of using the frames in the kit. I decided to make my first Christmas present! I will be framing this layout for my sister.

For the bottom of the layout,  mixed some blue watercolor paint from the September kit with the gesso then gently painted the gesso and paint over the screen. LOVE how smooth the Bad Girls Couture gesso is! It’s so nice.

I let the gesso dry overnight. Then I used the Wax Paste to  paint the corners of the Prima frame.

I added the brass clock from my stash then framed the larger frame with the flowers.  The butterfly is a Prima stamp I have in my stash. I used markers to color the butterfly then I glued a silver pearl to the center of the butterfly. I stamped the 4/29 on to patterned paper then I cut it into a banner using a pair of scissors.

Here is a closer look of the screen print. Isn’t it beautiful?!

I cut the key out from the stencil package to use as a die cut for my layout. I added some wax to a little copper heart charm I had in my stash then stamped the xoxo onto paper to add to the charm.

What do you think? I hope my sister likes this as much as I do. A lot of love went into this layout. Here is the layout framed. I had to take the metal ball off of the butterfly because it was too bulky. Next time, I need a deeper shadow frame…

Thanks for visiting today!

Fussy cutting- this is one crabby layout

Hi everyone! This has been such a fun kit to work with. I’ve been doing a lot of fussy cutting lately. I love looking through my patterned papers for fun little patterns to use as die cuts on my projects. It’s super easy to do and it helps me save money on embellishments! Most of the time, I cut the patterns out using a pair of scissors, then I use foam squares to adhere them to my projects.

This layout has quite a bit of fussy cutting and lots of layering. I cut the tag from the cut-apart sheet to help frame my photo. The crab, celestial sun, boat and “the seashore” word flag were all cut from patterned paper. I stamped the “love this” rectangle onto patterned paper then cut it out using scissors to add another layer to the photo. The green and brown paper behind the photo is actually the packaging from the Prima flowers that I decided to recycle onto the layout! I am all about recycling… My husband thinks I am nuts… I may be… just a little nuts and crazy, but a fun one! haha

Since this is a beach layout, I added some torn paper at the bottom to make it took like ripped tides…

I cut the “Remember” title using my Silhouette Portrait to complete the layout. This is as about a junked up I could manage considering I tend to be more of a simple scrapbooker. :) I hope I was able to inspire to try fussy cutting on your next project. I find that it can be very therapeutic!

 

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Weekend

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
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Me & You

Hello everyone. I created this layout for Bad Girls Couture using the September kit. Today, I want to share with you, how I created this fun, colorful layout. The Twinkling H20’s are so vibrant on this layout. It just screams fun!
Before, I started doing anything with this layout, I coated the white cardstock with gesso and let it dry overnight. Once dried, I splashed the pink Twinkling H20’s onto the cardstock. I used a black Sharpie to draw a 1/2″ border around the layout.
I coated the chipboard alphas using the gesso. Once dry, I splashed blue and pink watercolor paints on them and let them dry.
I matted the collage of photos using a few pieces of patterned paper then I hand-cut the hot air balloon and photo corners from the Crate Paper and colored them using markers.

I recycled the packaging from the Crate Paper embellishments to use as a fun border for the bottom of my photo collage. Since I was running low on embellishments, I stamped flowers onto patterned paper then used scissors to cut it out. I used a foam square to pop it up off the page. Also, I painted the Prima flower using the Twinkling H20’s so that the flower would blend in more with the layout.
Thanks so much for visiting today!