Sunday, April 13, 2014

Alice Art Journal Page - "Who are you?" ~ Scraps of Darkness

Today, I'm sharing an art journal page created in my new Art Journal that came in the Scraps of Darkness March "Radioactive" Kit - Creativity Add-On. I'm planning to do a series of "Alice" Art Journal pages - so I decided to kick it off with this one, entitled "Who are you?". If you are familiar with the Alice in Wonderland, you'll recognize this as a quote from the book - by the caterpillar to Alice.
I started with a sheet of watercolor paper cut to 5 x 7.5 in. to fit inside the Art Journal. I fussy cut the strips out of the Studio Calico Lemon Lush Analytics paper from the kit and randomly layered the strips on the base page. Then i added a light coat of heavy gesso using a credit card. Next, I added the fussy-cut Alice in Wonderland image using heavy gel medium (this works great as a glue/sealer). I used the Balzer Bits mask  by The Crafter's Workshop that came in the Creativity Add-on with some Art Anthology Velvet Dimensional paint in Limeaid. Once the paint had dried I used some Inka Gold in Cobalt Blue to highlight the stenciled area and randomly rubbed some around the edges of the page as well. I used the white foam letters from the kit and coloured them with Inka Gold in Haematite. Finally, I used the small feather stamps from the Creativity Add-On with some Lindy's Stamp Ganag Embossing Powder in Midnight Sapphire. I had so much fun experimenting and playing with the different art mediums creating this page! Here are some close-ups!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

click it ~ Scraps of Darkness

Hello Scrappy Friends! I'm back with another layout created using the fantastic and fun March "Radioactive" Kit from Scraps of Darkness. This layout is based on this month's sketch by the talented Suepup.

I used some older photos from a trip to Niagara Falls that I went on with three of my very best girl friends back in 2008. I used "click it" as the title because it is so important to take pictures of special times like these! I had a lot of fun using different media on the layout - I started out with some gesso that I put on the base page using an old credit card. Next, I used five different colours of watercolour pencils and messily sketched two circles on the layout and then brushed over the cirles with a wet paintbrush to soften and blend the colours. I did some stamping with an awesome large rose stamp I picked up at Michael's and the small rose stamp from the Creativity Add-on. Finally, I used a Prima circles stencil with three different colours of Distress Ink (Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmelade, and Peacock Feathers). All the papers on the layout are from the Studio Calico "Lemon Lush" Collection. The base paper is the Wordsmith page, and I used strips of paper and circles cut out of the Passionate and Impulsive papers for the coloured layering. Finally, I embellished with some chipboard and flair from the Prima Bloom Girls collection and some sequins from my stash. Here are some close-ups!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you're having a great weekend!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Wish Upon A Star ~ The Color Room - HeART & Soul and Scraps of Darkness

I am so excited to be designing for The Color Room - and this month is my first reveal as part of the Design Team for the newly revamped site. The Color Room has gone through some changes, with a change of name, reflecting the direction it is heading, an amazing new team, and loads of inspiration. In addition, The Color Room - HeART & Soul will be offering classes (for a small fee), all created by its very talented Creative Education Team, which will be launched very soon, so keep your eyes out for that.

TCR has merged with Scrap for Help (which was the brainchild of Cynthia Llorens) and we will incorporate a household item to use with the Palette, making the challenge even more fun, creative and 'green', using some of the throw away items in our crafting.

Welcome to the April 2014 release color palette release! You have an entire month to load your creations to the InLinkz tool in the sidebar of the TCR - HeART & Soul blog, to be in the running for the Monthly RAK. Just load BEFORE the 1st of each month!

The household item this month is clothing tags. These are so much fun to alter. You already have the base. just add paper, paint and embellishments and you have ready made accents for tour projects and they are great for cards! The colours this month are so fresh in our inspiration picture - there is a pale grey, a bright yellow, a beige colour and a dark charcoal/black. See what you can do with these colours this month!

Here is my layout inspired by this month's palette!
I used the Scraps of Darkness March "Radioactive" Kit for this project. The black cardstock is from my stash and the amazing yellow stars were created using using a Crafter's Workshop template with the Shimmerz Dazzlerz in Lemon Drop that was included in the SOD Colour Add-On. Also from the SOD Kit, I used two of the mini-washi tapes from the Embellishment Add-on (the yellow stars and black/white dot), the wooden shapes (as the neutral/tan colour) and the black/gold calendar circle. I thought the white foam letters from the SOD Embellishment looked a lot like Walt Disney style font - so I've used a Walt Disney quote as my title and a picture of my little boy asleep, snuggling his Disney "Thumper" toy. As the light grey element, I added some 'platinum' pearls from my stash. Here are some close-ups!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today! Happy Scrapping!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Art Journal Cover: Live, Love, Inspire, Create ~ Scraps of Darkness

The Scraps of Darkness Creativity Add-On for March Radioactive Kit includes a 5.5 in. x 8 in. Strathmore Visual Journal. I was so excited to see the journal, as I have wanted to try some more "experimental" art journalling, so I decided that I would use this journal for that purpose. But, before I could get to creating inside the journal, I had to alter the cover! The covers on the Strathmore Visual Journals look like this:
They serve their purpose - but are kind of boring for an Art I used the March Kit and created a bright, fun altered cover!
First, I took the cover pieces off the binding and then I used a sheet of the Amy Tangerine Plus One paper and glued it to the cover pieces using Claudine Hellmuth Studio multi-medium. Then, I used a prima floral stencil with three of the colours of Shimmerz Dazzlerz included in the March Colour Add-on (Dreamscicle, Grapetastic and Lemon Drop. I love these bright, dimensional flowers - so fun! I coloured the frame using several different colours of watercolour pencils and then rubbed it with a baby wipe to blend the colours. I used some of the Prima Bloom Collection chipboard elements from the kit to complete the cover. I just love the teacup with the paintbrushes in it - so perfect for an Art Journal Cover and funny because I have a coffee cup on my craft table that I use for by brushes. The final addition to the cover was two coats of glossy mod-podge brushed over everything to protect it.

Now, I can't wait to get creating inside the journal!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Be in Love with Your Life...Every Minute of It ~ Scraps of Darkness

I have one final layout created with the Scraps of Darkness February A Touch of Grey Kit to share with you today. I used the amazing Kaisercraft Art of Life collection and stuck with a neutral palette for this layout featuring my son on his third birthday - he LOVED his cake!
For the background, I did some masking with a Crafter's Workshop template and modeling paste mixed with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals in Gag Me with a Spoon Grey and a hint of Midnight Rendezvous. I also did some stamping (with a Tim Holtz Ticket Stamp) using watermark ink and Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing powder in Golden Angel Wings. The final step on the background was some stitch stamping with gesso around the edge and then a whitewash of Gesso over the background page.
Next, I layered pieces of the Thankful and Love papers with some of the Kaisercraft Art of Life collectables, along with some Prima packaging and some vellum view-master reels I cut on my Silhouete Cameo. I used a collectables piece for the title and also used the #3 domino on the "Today" card to show that he was three on that day! I didn't feel the layout needed a lot of embellishing so I added a Prima metal clock-face and some Basic Grey grey pearls. I finished the layout off with splatters of Dylusions in Black Marble and Lindy's Stamp Gang Glitz Spritz in Steel Shimmer. Here are a couple more close-ups!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I've got more projects coming soon from the new Scraps of Darkness March  "Radioactive" Kit - check out the kit reveal and my first project here!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Scraps of Darkness March 'Radioactive' Kit Reveal and 'This is a Happy Life' Layout

Welcome to the Scraps of Darkness March Kit Reveal - this month's kit is Radioactive - and it is  incredible!
Main Kit

Patterned Paper

Coordinating Paper






This is a Happy Life
I completed my first layout with this kit - and I had SO much fun playing with the bright colours. Winter seems to be hanging on forever this year - so I decided to create a happy, summery layout to bring me out of my winter doldrums! 
This sweet picture of my son playing with his pool floaty perfectly coordinated with the colours in the Amy Tangerine Plus One papers - and I had to throw in some of the awesome Sour Apple Shimmerz Dazzelerz from the Colour Add-on.  I love the Prima stamps included in the March Kit/Add-ons - I used the chevron stamp (Main Kit) and chevron flower stamp (Embellishment Add-On) as the pops of black on this layout. I also used a Imaginarium Designs Cross-Hatch chipboard piece behind the photo - I had painted it an olive green - but then I added some of the Lemon Drop Shimmerz Dazzelerz on top. Here are some close-ups!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today - be sure to check back over the next few weeks for my other projects created with this awesome Radioactive Kit!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Altered Spool Pincushion ~ Scraps of Darkness

Good Evening Scrappy Friends! I have a quick share for you tonight - a ribbon spool I altered using goodies from the February A Touch of Grey Kit from Scraps of Darkness. I created a pincushion top for the spool from some foam and cheesecloth and used elements from the February Kit to dress it up.
I used a cardboard ribbon spool and covered it with the gorgeous Fabscraps papers included in the Coordinating Paper Add-On. I added some black ribbon/lace from the kit and Embellishment Add-on and some rhinestone trim from last month's kit. I added some gorgeous Petaloo flowers and, as a final touch, gave everything a spritz with Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Mist in Bodacious Blush.
The finished result? An elegant pincushion to replace the "tomato" (you know what I'm talking about) that has been sitting on my craft table for years.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Little Treasure ~ Imaginarium Designs

My second project for Imaginarium Designs this month is a mixed-media layout that was inspired by this tutorial by the wonderfully-talented Aida Domisiewicz. I find myself using more and more mixed media on my layouts - it is so much fun - and the Imaginarium Designs Chipboard are perfect for this type of crafting since they are such good quality and stand up so well to multiple medias! I have called this layout Little Treasure - and the title piece is one of the Imaginarium Designs new release chipboards.
For the chipboard elements for this layout, I have used the title, the Tulip Flourish and one corner of the Anna Frame. I coated the chipboard with a light coat of gesso and then let it take on the colour of the media added to the layout. The pink tones on the flourish/corner are from Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals in Bodacious Blush and the darker grey on the title is from Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals in Midnight Rendezvous (both in the Totally '80s Magicals Pack). I also did some misting on the layout with Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Mist in Wild Honeysuckle Coral. The splatters are Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Mist in Cheshire Cat Cherry and diluted Distress Ink (re-inker) in Black Soot. Once I finished the misting/painting with the colours, I dry brushed some gesso on top of the chipboards and lace to help them stand out. Here are some close-ups:

I am entering this layout in the March Color Challenge at Lindy's Stamp Gang; I've used the top three colours in the palette part of this layout!

Imaginarium Designs Chipboard Used
Little Treasure - New Release Title

Anna Frame - IDFR0013 

Tulip Flourish - IDFL0007

Other Products Used: Patterned Paper -  13 Arts All is Love and Frosted Life collections; 13 Arts All is Love Stickers; Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso; ProArt Gesso; Lindy's Stamp Gang Starbursts - Cheshire Cat Cherry, Wild Honeysuckle Coral; Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals - Bodacious Blush, Midnight Rendezvous; Distress Ink (re-inker) - Black Soot; Lace - Tresors de Luxe Etsy; Tissue Paper; Golden Heavy Gel Medium.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog today! Don't forget to leave a comment on my post on the Imaginarium Designs blog for a chance to win some fabulous Imaginarium Designs Chipboard!