Friday, September 27, 2013

Vision*** Scraps Of Elegance September Kit "Simply Shabby Chic"

 Here is my 3rd layout for Scraps Of Elegance. These FabScraps papers from the Shabbylicious collection are just beautiful!! The whole kit is beautiful and full of shabby chic love...The Prima and FabScraps papers pair beautifully. I did a little sewing, masking and border punching on this layout.

I did a few peekaboo cutouts around the page and inserted some inked Wilton doilies.

I took apart the flowers in the main kit to get an additional flower from each one and added pearls to the larger pieces. You would never know they were once 1 flower. The little flowers were die cut and rolled using Spellbinders Donna Salazar Bitty Blossoms die.

I loved this cutout from the paper and was going to create a tag, but instead I used it for my title spot.
I did some sewing on the page.

I created a banner from some of the scraps and strung it on some thin jute that I had in my stash. I hung the keys to either side of the banner by tying them down. I adorned the banner with handmade flowers and some pearls.

The name of the website I used to transform my photo. PhotoFunia...Lots of fun with that one!!

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Autumn Butterfly ***Splash Of Color*** Guest Designer

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Splash Of Color, Cheryl Mezzetti and Lynne Forsythe for believing in my work and inviting me to Guest Design here. Thank you for allowing me to represent Splash Of Color products. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed my time there and working with the wonderful products.
I chose to use Kraft paper again to represent one of the colors of Autumn. Once those brilliant colors of fall are gone, the leaves turn the color of Kraft...Still a beautiful color in nature.

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I decided to mix store bought and my handmade flowers. But I kissed the store bought flowers as well, with the Viva Colour Inka Gold Metallic Rub in gold. It made them blend in nicely with my handmade flowers. I used the Spellbinders Donna Salazar Grand Peonies die to create my flowers. The smaller yellow buds were die cut from my Sizzix Tattered Florals die. Still one of my favorite dies.


I dotted the die cut frame using the Viva colour Peral Pen in Copper Pearl. The pens make gorgeous pearl dots!!! They look like tiny little rivets!! I have a file of butterflies, and I printed a few up on thick white cardstock. I found Silks Acrylics in colors close to the ones on the butterfly and painted over them to enhance the colors. Since the colors are brilliant but sheer, one coat was enough to let the details of the butterflies shine through and still leave agorgeous shimmery color. For this particluar butterfly, I used Silks in Fire Opal. I went over the antennae with the Viva Pearl Pen in Copper.


Here is a closeup of the little die cut florals. I painted them with Luminarte Silks Acrylic Glaze in Yellow Rose, Apricot Nectar and Plumaria. For the stems I used Silks Acrylic Glaze in Olive Vine with a touch of Pretty Peridot.


My hand made flowers were die cut using a thick white cardstock. They were then painted with Silks Apricot Nectar and Plumeria with a touch of Love Struck. The stamen were puched out and rubbed with Viva Inka Glod metallic Rub. The pearls in the center were also rubbed with the Metallic Gold.


I am usually a 1 photo layout kind of girl, but I fell in love with the frames I created from 2 Sizzix dies, that I had to make 2 for the layout! It was those Pearl Pens!!  I wanted to make more pearl dots!

Just another closeup of the flower I dressed up with Inka Gold.


I created a file for the scrabble tiles. I printed the file up on a 5x7 peice of Kraft card stock and cut out the individual letters. Then I edged each one with Inka Gold Metallic Rub in Copper.


 Here is the file to save and print up for your personal use. I used a 5x7 piece of Kraft to print mine up for this particular layout. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Kicked Up Kraft *** Splash Of Color Guest Designer***

I am sharing another layout I created for my Guest Design Spot at Splash Of Color. Who knew that Kraft paper could be so darn beautiful just by adding a little bit of Splash of Color product!! Ok I added a whole lot of Splashes of Color!! To start off, I edged punch a 12x12 piece of plain old Kraft card stock. Added a not of soft inking using a Prima  mask around the perimeter of the paper. I then used Viva Inka Gold Metallic Rub in Bronze and Indian Yellow rubbed around the inside edges all around the page. I did a bit of sewing as well. The edge was punch using one of my fave Martha Stewart punch around the page sets "Cherish".

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I die cut a tag using Sizzix Tag and Bookplate die. I cut 2 pieces. One in Kraft paper the other in thin chipboard. I ran the kraft tag through my machine with a Sizzix Embossing folder. I sewed around the perimeter of the tag. Using the same 2 Inka Gold colors, I lightly rubbed them over the embossed parts of the tag. Then I adhered the embossed tag to the chipboard making it nice and sturdy. I used a cream colored seam binding and colored it with Silks Acrylic Glaze in Nutmeg adding a spray of water to blend it into the ribbon. When the ribbon was dry, I rubbed in some more of the Inka Gold in Brinze and Indian yellow to give it a bit of a varigated look. It came out gorgeous.The die cut swirl on the tag was rubbed with Inka Gold in Bronze. No primer needed. The butterfly is a Blue fern Studios piece that I absolutely love. It is from the Brigitte Butterfly set.


I created a Mat for my photo. Using a 1 inch foam brush, I painted the perimeter of white cardstock with Viva Crackle Base coat For Porous Surfaces. When it was dried I then brushed on Viva Croco Crackling Color in white. When that was dry and crackles, I rubbed on some Silks Acrylic Glaze in Nutmeg and Apricot Nectar. Then finished the edges with Inka Gold in Indian yellow. I also edged my photo in the Indian yellow before I adhered it to the mat.


Here is just a close up of the embossed tag. I added some tiny dots inbetween the diamonds with a Viva Pearl Pen in Gold. The Blue Fern Studios Brigitte Butterfly was primed with some white gesso. Then it was painted with Silks Acrylic Glaze in Apricot Necter and Plumaria. Oh the colors are so so beautiful and rich!! It was then topped off with the Pearl Pen in Gold.


Another piece of Blue Fern Studios Optimist Word Set chipboard was primed and painted the same way with the same colors as the butterfly.


The flowers were die cut from white Mulberry paper. They were painted with Silks Acrylic Glaze in Apricot Nectar, Coral Berry and Plumeria. They were topped with a pearl and surrounded with dots created with Viva Pearl Pen in goal. The leaves were all die cut from Kraft paper and rubbed with Inka Gold in Green/Yellow then lightly kissed with Silks Acrylic Glaze in Olve vine and when dry, rubbed with Inka Gold in Indian yellow and Bronze.


LuminArte Silks Acrylic Glaze in: Apricot Nectar, Nutmeg, Plumaria, Coral Berry, Olive Vine
Viva Colour Inka Gold Metallic Rub in: Indian Yellow, Bronze, Green Yellow
Viva Colour Crackle Paint: Crackle Base Coat For Porous Surfaces, Croco Crackling Color White

Thank you for visiting to see my creation toady!! I have fallen in love with the marriage of Kraft paper and Splash Of Color Product that I am doing another one..Stay tuned!!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Scraps OF Elegance Second Reveal*** Simply Shabby Chic*** / Splash Of Color Guest Designer!!

 I was away at a scrap retreat this past weekend and worked on my Scraps Of Elegance projects. It was a fun weekend with friends and I had a blast just relaxing and creating with this gorgeous kit, Simply Shabby Chic. For my first layout I used the Prima Delight paper. I recently added the new Prima masks to my arsenal and thought I would take this opportunity to use one of them. I did some machine sewing around the layouts and the tags. YES, I did bring my sewing machine with me to the retreat. I actually had another scrapper come over and take pics of my machine!! One of my 6 beloved Singer Featherweights. They seemed fascinated that I sewed on paper!! I seemed fascinated that they never had...And I also took the opportunity to use Scraps Of Elegance kit to showcase my first project reveal as Guest Designer for Splash Of Color..Silks, crackle paint, Inka Gold Metallic Rubs, oh my.....SUPER EXCITED!!

 I created the flowers using the cream piece of card stock from the Card Stock add on kit. 1 sheet made all of the flowers and leaves as well as the flourishes. I used Splash Of Color Silks Acrylic Glaze to color the flowers. And I used Silks Acrylic Glaze in Fuzzy Peach,  Nutmeg and Coral Berry and rubbed with Inka Gold Metallic Rub in Old Silver. Then I used Silks Acrylic Glaze in Pretty Peridot and  Inka Gold Metallic Rub in Yellow/green to color the leaves. The flowers were die cut from one of Sizzix  Susans Garden dies. The middles were created with a little brown Flower Soft and Splash of Color Pearl Pen in Copper Pearl.

The frame was die cut with a Sizzix die, and painted with Splash Of Color Crackle Paint in white. It is amazing and dries shiny!! Then it was rubbed with a very light coat of Silks Acrylic Paint in Nutmeg using a foam applicator and rubbing it into the frame. Because the crackle dries shiny, the paint sunk into the cracks and left a light coat on the crackle. I love the look.

I used some texture paint mixed with a little gesso to thin it out and spread it over a brick mask using a wide palette knife. Then I rubbed more of the Silks Acrylic Glaze watered down a bit in Nutmeg  over the dried stones. Then I stippled just a little more over the stones when they were dry.  Using a charcoal pencil I outlined each stone for definition. 

Just another view. I left the tag banner blank for the moment as I try to figure out what the title of this layout will be.

The flourish is another Sizzix die cut using the same technique as on the frame.

 Here is another view of the cluster of flowers I created.

 Thank you for coming to visit to see my latest creation with the Scraps Of Elegance September Kit, "Simply Shabby Chic". Go visit the Scraps Of Elegance Gallery where you can see the other creations done by the Design Team. And be sure to check out how to get your very own subscription to the kits  if you LOVE Elegance. The kits are truley amazing. I will be revealing my 3rd creation shortly, so stay tuned. And visit Scraps Of Elegance Blog for more inspiration!!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

I am September Guest Designer at The Color Room!!

Hey there my artist friends!!! I am posting the first of my layouts as Guest Designer at The Color Room for September. Color palette #159 is up and I think it is beautiful and elegant. Lydell Quin is absolutely awesome when it comes to color palettes and sketches!! I adore each and every one of them every month!!

 Here is the beautiful sketch which I will be using with one of my next Color Room layouts.

 This is the layout for palette #159. I used a vintage Basic Grey collection for my colors.

 I found the quote on Pinterest. I printed it it up in Photoshop, then cut out the words and inked them.

The flowers are a combo of Prima and store bought Joanns Fabric flowers. The leaves are a Magnolia DooHickey die that I love.

I printed up a butterfly from one of my files, spread some Rock Candy Stickles on it and cut it in half to create the wings.

 I used a Martha Stewart punch for a light and lacy affect. And did a little machine sewing on the photo.

Just another closeup of the beautiful flowers.

Head on over to The Color Room Blog to see what the other designers have created with this palette and learn a little about me and the other designers.
Here is a file of the butterfly I used on my layout.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

BoBunny Style Swap

I have the most wonderful BuBunny Assignment this time around. Well, they are actually all wonderful. But this one is extra wonderful for me. I had to do my project based on the style of another BoBunny Designer. Well some of you know that Gabrielle Pollacco has been a huge inspiration to me in scrapbooking. Her style is unique and like no other, so I decided to do Gabrielle's  style. I pulled bits and pieces from her trademark signs, but the thing that always impresses me is the way she can take a holiday themed paper and use it in a non holiday way. I must admit that I have the hardest time creating with Holiday themed papers, so using the Silver And Gold Collection was awesome for me. Can you tell that it is Christmas paper?? If you can't, then I did my job well....

 This is a closeup of the photo of my paternal grandparents on their wedding day. I chose to use a scalloped border and using a Uniball while pen, creating  the little dots on each scallop like Gabi does.

I freehand cut the hearts and did a little sewing around each one.

  I did a pullback with the paper which Gabi did a video on, and used one her signiture butterflies as if the butterfly was pulling back the paper.

I love the BoBunny doilies, as they come in 3 sizes. I used the smaller one and cut it in half for this little cluster. I used the medium one to  mat my photo.  I die cut the leaves from the extra paper left over, and rubbed them with a little Viva Inka Gold in Green. I love that the pattern still shines through giving the leaves a little textured look to them. To grunge up my holiday paper I used some BoBunny stamps on it.

All of the flowers are from BoBunny. I love them!!

Here is the medium sized doily that mats the back of my layered photo cluster. I just inked the edge a bit using a foam applicator for softness.

I created the little banners using the paper I trimmed off of the top paper and used the opposite side.

I printed up the journaling in Photoshop, ran it through the printer on the patterned paper, trimmed the words, inked the edges and adhered them to my layout. 

So there you have it. A layout done in the style of Gabrielle Pollaco. Thank you Gabrielle for the inspiration you give me every time I visit your blog  Such a Pretty Mess...

                                                          BoBunny Products Used:
BoBunny Blossoms-Harvest Orange Daisy
BoBunny Doilies-Small and Medium
BoBunny Trinkets-Silver and Gold Collection
BoBunny Stamps-Stained Textures
BoBunny Silver And Gold papers-Gold & What a Guy/Gold & Gift Shoppes
BoBunny  DoubleDot Designs paper-Chocolate

Here is one of the Gabrielles pages that inspired me... LOOK HERE

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Blue Fern Studios + 7 Dots Studio = Love...My Blue Fern Studios September Blog Post

Hi Blue Fern Studio Fans!!I have a new set of layouts for your viewing pleasure. I hope to inspire you this week with my work.  What a delightful surprise when we found out that we were doing an awesome swap with 7 Dots Studio. It was like a match made in heaven!! But then again, Blue Fern Studios chip board will go with any paper or medium!! This first layout was done with the 7 Dots Studios collection Messy Head. I simply adore the wood grained pattern paper. I topped it with the print pattern paper and edge punched it. The paper and Twiggy Branch inspired me to use this photo of Flamingo's I took at Sunken Gardens a few years ago. They truly are "delightful" creatures.

I decided to leave the branch in a more natural color considering the wood grained paper went with it so well. I did rub a little Ranger Rock Candy Stickles on it to give it a little sparkle. Then I just added some tiny flowers that I die cut.

  I love the word sets. I base coated the word with gesso and after it was dry, I dabbed on 2 different color glazes. I used Splash Of Color  Luminarte Silks Acrylic Glaze in Apricot Nectar and Coral Berry.

I used a white acrylic gesso to coat the BFS Doily Bunting and the butterflies, and while the paint was thick and still wet, I sprinkled some Martha Stewart Micro Beads in 2 different colors onto it and pressed them into the wet  paint.

A detailed look of the microbead/gesso technique. 

This is just a little tearout with some tiny Recollection roses and Sizzix leaves to fill them.

Twiggy Branch

Doily Bunting
The Optimist Word set
                                                                   Brigitte Butterfly Set

For this next layout I used 7 Dots Studios Messy Head once again. I cant tell you how beautiful the 7 Dots paper is!!

On the flourish I used some Viva White Crackle Paint. When the paint was dry and crackled, I rubbed some soft chalk ink over it so that it seeped into the cracks. Then I just dry rubbed the ink off of the paint leaving it on very lightly in some spots. .

I did the same Viva White Crackle Paint treatment to the Circle Motifs. Then I added a bit of Luminarte Silks Paint in Pink Grapefruit and rubbed it lightly over the whole surface. You can see some splashes of splats and circles that look like I layed a wet glass on my paper. It is actually new wonderful stamp from BoBunny. It is the Stained Textures Stamp. I painted some Luminarte Silks Acrylic Glaze in the same pink Grapefruit onto the stamp surface and stamped away on my paper!! I love the look as the glaze is transparent and the pattern on the paper shows through.

I took one of the circle Morifs and cut it in half. I positioned the pieces on the edges of the layout. They look like 2 different pieces. I only used 1 piece, and there are 3 pieces in the set.

 I love the little cutouts in the Messy Head Collection. I just edge inked them and used pop dots underneath to give them dimension. All around the photo and the peek-a-boo tearout I used a  Viva Pearl Pen in Ice White. They look like little pearls.

 I ripped and folded back the paper creating some peekaboo spots, and used a bit of lace from Tresors de Luxe. If you haven't seen these laces, you must go visit and grab some. They are gorgeous!! 

Just a closeup of the flowers and butterflies. I inked the butterflies for a more weathered look and rubbed them in Rock Candy Stickles.

                                                                   Blooming Flourish

                                                                        Circle Motifs
You can buy a lot of your Blue Fern Studios chip board at BlueMoon Scrapbooking!! Scott and the BlueMoon family is absolutely the best in customer service!!! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and check out my creations this week. I surely had a wonderful time with my Blue Fern Studios chip board pairing it with 7 Dots Studios. Be sure to check back frequently at the Blue Fern Studios Blog often as the designers share their work and techniques. You are sure to be inspired.  You might be wondering why I am using Splash Of Color products on my layouts...hhhmmmm Stay tuned and you will soon find out!!!! xoxo

Here is the Butterfly file that I created for your use. I hope you enjoyed my post this week.