Monday, August 21, 2017

COUNTRY GIRLS - Single Page Layout
(Scraps of Elegance DT - 'Country Chic' Kit)

There's some brand new Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance kits in town,
 and I will share with you today my first project created with
the Scraps of Elegance July 'Country Chic' kit.

I fell immediately in love with this kit the moment I saw it!
The combination of gorgeous 49 and Market and Kaisercraft papers
is perfect (so much fussy cutting opportunities) and it comes with 
so much embellishments that the creative possibilities are endless!

I fussy cut lots of the beautiful flower patterns on the 49 and Market
'Cottage Life' collection papers.

 I then dded a few of  the Layered Embellishments as well as several flowers 
from the Floral Add-On to create gorgeous flower clusters to frame my photo.

I had the perfect photo to scrap for this 'Country Chic' kit...
My friends' adorable daughters posing in their cowgirl hats!

To find out all about Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance kits,
make sure to visit the website right HERE!

The Scraps of Elegance 'Birds of a Feather' kit includes:
49 and Market - Cottage Life 12x12 Patterned Papers
(Branching Out, Fresh Delivery, Provence,
Rooster Row, Watering the Garden, Cut-Outs)
Kaisercraft - Lilac Whisper 12x12 Patterned Papers
(Illusion, Echo, Mist, Neutral)
Papermania - Eau de Nil Die Cut Notelets
Papermania - Country Life Decoupage Sheets
Blue Fern Studios - Country Picket Fence Chipboard
Lindy's Stamp Gang - Pop Rock Purple Embossing Powder
Craft Consortium - Tell the Bees Cotton Linen Ribbon
49 and Market - Aqua Teal Roses
5 Mini Clothespin
2 Decorative Pins

The Elements Add-On includes:
49 and Market - Cottage Life Layered Embellishments
Blue Fern Studios - Country Garden Clear Stamps
Blue Fern Studios - Imagine Ink Gulf Coast Glitter
ScrapBerry's - Elegy Metal Charms

The Floral Add-On includes:
49 and Market - Pina Colada Floral Mixology
49 and Market - Vintage Shades Orchid Blossoms
Prima - Love Clippings Little Bits of my Heart Flowers
Petaloo - Purple Teastained Mini Mix Flowers

Come back tomorrow for more!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

SISTERLY LOVE - Single Page Layout
(Dusty Attic DT)

It's my turn again on The Dusty Attic blog to share another DT project
featuring lots of Dusty Attic chippies, flowers, paints and more!

Since I didn't use the August mood board sketch as inspiration for my mixed media canvas shared with you earlier this month, I decided to use it for this layout.  As on the sketch, I went with 2 small prints for my pictures framed with diagonal flourishes and lots of flowers.

Definitely some of my favorite newly released pieces are the Lacey Trim and the Quoted Sentiments that now come in black.  These black chipboard pieces are awesome as you can use them as is - no need to color them - and they pop out of any project.

On the Lacey Trim above and the Layered Flourishes seen below, I used a combination of Oceania and Faded Denim acrylic paints with some dabs of white. I then added a bit of Clear Gloss Varnish to give them a little shine. The Leaves were covered with Crushed Olive.

In my flower clusters, you see Dusty In Bloom Blue Bonnet and Bridal Veil flowers
along with some other pieces from my own stash.  I love the blue colour palette!

On my background, I dabbed some Crushed Olive paint and then used
 modeling paste with the Sparkle stencil to add texture and design.  
After coloring the Monarch Butterflies with a black Copic marker, I dabbed them 
with white paint and then added rust colored ink for a dual color effect.

These beautiful little girls are my friends' daughters!

Now let's take a closer look at all the Dusty Attic products used!

Dusty Attic Supply List

Quoted Sentiments #1 Black - DA1796

Dusty in Bloom:
Dusty in Colour:
Crushed Olive - DA0917

To learn more about all the fabulous products available from The Dusty Attic, click HERE to visit their website.  And view their blog HERE for constant inspiration from their DT.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

AHOY! - Single Page Layout
(CSI DT - Case File #236)

I solved another Case File from CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration
and it's a m-ARRRR-velous one!

To find out more about Case File No. 236
and see lots more DT inspiration, click HERE.

Let me explain how I solved this case!

Arrr-gust is International Pirate Month so the Scene offers an adorable pirate-inspired image so I decided to celebrate pirates too with my layout featuring my friend's son looking quite dashing in a pirate costume.

The Scheme consists of these colours from the Scene:
light teal green, black, white, light warm gray and crimson.

I opted to use many elements from the Evidence list:
stripes, polka dots, gold (sequins), flag (tags), wet medium (gold mist), 
lots of nautical elements, wave shape (background patterned paper), twine,
skull/crossbone, buttons and ombre (also on the background patterned paper).

In my Testimony, which I've added on a tag hidden behind the photo, 
I journalled about how all boys dream of being pirates... the thrill of adventure, 
sailing on the beautiful vast sea and exploring for treasure!

And now let's look at some close-ups:

As soon as I saw this case file, I knew I had the perfect paper collection for it: Scrapberry's The Pirate Treasure.  This collection offers lots of gorgeous pirate themed designs and cutouts which matched perfectly my photo and went along well enough with the Scheme.  My light teal green turned more into a sky blue, but you can still see some teal in the wave design.

I found some pirate chipboard set in my stash and I added some gold sequins
to represent treasured gold coins that pirates constantly seek.

I cheated a little and added some extra colour to my page, but I found that
these gold elements from the Scrapberry's paper line were too good to not use.

Here is a sneak of my hidden journaling...

Ahoy, matey!  Little Tristan looks like a very happy pirate indeed!

Now, how will YOU solve Case File 236?

I hope I have inspired you to play along!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

DREAM ON - Mixed Media Canvas
(Dusty Attic DT - August Mood Board Challenge)

I am so thrilled to be sharing with you my very first DT project
for the Dusty Attic.  Being a part of this fabulous team is truly
a dream come true so this canvas that I created that I call 'Dream On'
is the perfect project to start off this marvelous creative adventure!

I was inspired by the gorgeous August mood board that is country, rustic,
shabby chic, and elegant all into one.  Hopefully you will play along and 
link up your project in the Dusty Attic blog sidebar by the end of August.

Since I was making a mixed media canvas, I decided to save the lovely sketch
for inspiration for my 2nd DT project which I will be sharing with you
a bit later on this month.

Let's take a closer look at my canvas!

As you can see, it's actually a canvas upon a canvas.
I started off with a 8x10 canvas and affixed a smaller 4x6 canvas 
on top of it.  I wanted to make the focal piece of my project,
the stunning Dusty Attic Dream Catcher #2, pop out even more.

My canvas was primed with white gesso after which I some modeling paste
with the Feathers and Arrows stencil to create some textured design on the base.
I then added layers upon layers of different mists, stains and paints
until I achieved the marble white and aqua blue effect that you see.

On all my chipboard pieces, I used some blue and white embossing powders,
and then I dabbed the pieces with shimmery white paint to also give them
a dual colour effect.  There is so much medium on each piece 
that I'm sure that they have easily doubled their weight.

Below you can see details of the flowers I used including some vintage 
blooms from Dusty Attic in the ivory color and a lovely 
Page Pebble that went perfectly with the theme of my canvas.

Without a doubt, one of my favorite Dusty Attic set is the Boho Feathers set.
I used 2 feathers on my canvas and still have 3 left for future projects!

I have a very messy style when it comes to mixed media,
and even on most of my layouts, as you will see with future shares.
I tend to go crazy with the white paint and mist on most of
my embellishments, from flowers to badges to chippies.
I also like to sprinkle lots of micro beads here, there, everywhere!

And here is one final look at my canvas
which I really hope has inspired you today.

Here is a list of the Dusty Attic products used:

Dusty in Bloom - Champagne Kisses

Click HERE to see my first DT reveal on the Dusty Attic blog
and I would so appreciate if you left me some comment love on there.

Until next time!

Monday, August 7, 2017

BIRDS OF A FEATHER - Set of 3 Cards
(Scraps of Elegance DT - 'Birds of a Feather' Kit)

With a kit called 'Birds of a Feather' and the lovely bird die cuts 
from the BoBunny Serendipity collection included in the June 
Scraps of Elegance kit, I just knew that I had to create this card set!

I created 3 birthday cards (sentiment in french), each one
with different color birds and birdhouse on a ivory and yellow base.

I think this one is my favorite simply because I love the look 
of this birdie in flight.  In the BoBunny chipboard set from the kit, 
there are some framed images of the same birds. I used one on each card.

I love creating cards with leftovers from the kit.
I had more than enough die cuts, stickers, chipboard shapes, flowers
to use on these cards, and I certainly could create more.

And there  you go!

This concludes my DT work with the Scraps of Elegance June kit.

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click HERE.  Do not miss the chance of subscribing to this fabulous kit club!

I hope you enjoyed!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

PEACE - Single Page Layout
(Scraps of Elegance DT
+ Mixed Media & Art July Challenge)

Here I am again today to share with you
another layout created with the Scraps of Elegance June kit.

My page was also inspired by the July challenge at Mixed Media & Art.

This mood board brings on such a peaceful feeling whenever I look at it.
The sketch is simple and so versatile.  I love the beautiful feathery designs of the BoBunny Serendipity papers and all the die-cuts and chipboard shapes that went along with it.
I thought they were perfect for creating a whimsical and rustic page 
with a shabby chic twist to express the 'peace in my heart'.

The Scraps of Elegance main kit and floral add-on contain
gorgeous blooms from Prima, Petaloo and 49 and Market.
It is no surprise that flowers are my #1 crafty embellishment!

I sprinkled a fair share of glitter glass I received in a previous kit 
and sprayed on some white mist over my embellishments.

I found that this quote was a great complement to my overall design as well as the photo used that was taken at dusk on the boardwalk in my town. I try to find peace within myself every day which is a challenge, but sure is worth it in the end. Creating art always brings me a sense of peace and I'm ever so grateful for the ability (thank you Scraps of Elegance) and the inspiration (thank you Mixed Media & Art) to create.

Make sure to share with us your creations on the Scraps of Darkness
We would love to see what you have created!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

ENJOY TODAY - Single Page Layout
(Scraps of Elegance DT - 'Birds of a Feather' Kit)

I am back today with some more inspiration
featuring the Scraps of Elegance 'Birds of a Feather' kit.

For this layout, I combined roses and leafs patterns
and added the gorgeous chipboard piece from the Elements add-on.
I simply colored it with Copic markers and then dabbed a bit of white.

This piece of Prima MetalWare also from the Elements add-on
was the perfect addition to my page amid gorgeous roses from the Floral.

I added some stenciling on my background
and used many of the butterfly die cuts and chipboard shapes.

This picture was taken almost 10 years ago
near this time of year.   How time flies!

Here is the 'Birds of a Feather' kit and the add-on kits
with which I've created this layout and the projects 
I will be sharing with you over the next couple days.

Elements add-on kit

Floral add-on kit

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the Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance kit clubs.