Saturday, August 31, 2013

You're My Treasure Layout and Mixed Media Recipe Book ~ Scraps of Darkness Rustic Kit ~

Today, I am sharing two more projects created with the Scraps of Darkness August 2013 Rustic Kit. This kit is so fantastic to work with and I especially loved this month's creativity add-on!
First up is the second layout I have created with this kit, entitled "You're My Treasure". I just love this sweet picture of my son - and the Kaisercraft "Basecoat" papers were perfect foundation to create a masculine, mixed media layout to showcase the picture. 
I started off by doing some masking with a stencil from my stash and some modeling paste. Then I misted the layout with the Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst mist included in the Main Kit and some blue mist I made using Luminarte Primary Elements Artist Pigments. I then did some stamping with two of the new Prima Clear Stamps from Finnabair's Elementals collection and some Memento Dye Ink in Rich Cocoa.
Once I had finished creating the background, I layered some strips of paper and added the photo, which I wrapped with twine and added two mini-paper clips to (from the Creativity Add-On). I had a few 'bare spots' so I went back and did a little bit more stamping before adding the final embellishments.
For the embellishment cluster, I used Petaloo flowers (Flower Add-on), burlap butterflies and Mandy's Signature Stick-Pin (Embellishment Add-On) and some Prima Metal pieces ('Special Screws' from the Main Kit and the key from my stash). I spritzed the butterflies with the Lindy's Starburst Mist and then stamped them with one of the Prima stamps I had used to create the background. The title was created with Authentique 'Natural Elements' stickers (Main Kit). 
Next, I have a Recipe Book created using this month's Creativity Add-On and using techniques I learned in one of the classes I was lucky enough to take with Finnabair in July. I used Luminarte Silks Acrylic Glaze for the paint colours on this layout and a combination of embellishments from the Creativity Add-On and from my stash to create the collage. The chain on the 'spine' of the book is saved from a purse I had that I used until it fell apart - but I saved this gorgeous chain as I knew I'd find a use for it!
That's it for me today - I'll have a few more projects made with this kit to share over the next couple of weeks. It is such fun to create with! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today - I appreciate your visits and comments so much!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Steampunk Bride Tag - Scraps of Darkness Tag Exchange

Well, this post is a little late, but . . . .well, it is summer and I haven't stayed on top of my blog posting! In July, I played along with a Tag Exchange at Scraps of Darkness and was paired up with the amazingly talented Karen Zueger-Brownell (aka LostCoastScrapper). Now, I knew Karen was getting married in July, so I wanted to create a wedding-themed tag for her, but I wanted it to suit her 'style' (check out her fabulous blog to see her gorgeous work) - so I created this "Steampunk Bride" Tag using Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutante!
I painted the top with Shimmerz black paint and then did some masking of the gears with molding paste, followed by some Perfect Pearls in Charcoal and Gold. I used fussy cut elements from the Steampunk Debutante papers around the tag, along with some rub-ons (e.g. the bride's wings). I added black lace at the bottom and top and embellished with metal Prima/Tim Holtz embellishments and a Prima mini light bulb.

That's it for today - short and sweet! Hope you liked the tag Karen!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Dance - Imaginarium Designs & Scraps of Darkness

Today, I'm sharing a bright and colourful layout using the Scraps of Darkness July Kit Gypsy Summer and some gorgeous Imaginarium Designs Chipboard!  The design of this layout was inspired by the August Sketch challenge on Graphic 45's Facebook page.The picture, which I took while on my honeymoon, is just ideal for the Graphic 45 "Bohemian Bazaar" collection papers.
There are lots and lots of layers on this layout incorporating the Graphic 45 papers, postcard cutouts, tags & pockets and stickers. I also added lots of bling around the page to embellish the flower and flourish designs in the papers.
I needed a way to make the photo really stand out on these bright/busy papers - so the Imaginarium Designs Chipboard frame was a perfect embellishment to enhance the photo! 
I also used an Imaginarium Designs border to anchor the bottom of the layout and balance all the heavy layering at the top. I just love the coordinated border and frame together!
The chipboard elements were first painted with gesso to get a smooth, white base. I then used Faber-Castell Gelatos in Margarita Mix and Gold and rubbed them onto the chipboards with my fingers. Finally, to lighten the effect and reveal some of the white base, I rubbed a finger moistened with water over the chipboards.
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard Used
Anna Frame - IDFR0013

LongSwirlyFlourish - IDFL0005

Other Materials Used:  Scraps of Darkness July Kit - Patterned Paper - Graphic 45 "Bohemian Bazaar" - Lap of Luxury, Kaleidoscope, Vivid Splendor, Opulent Sunset, Dazzling Delights, and Stickers and Tags & Pockets; Bo Bunny Blossoms  - Buttercup Zinnia; Faber Castell Gelatos - Margarita Mix & Gold; Queen & Co. Rhinestones - Orchid.
Supplies from my stash: Bazzill Basics Self Adhesive Jewels - Multi-Colour; ProArt Gesso; Leaves; Memory Tape Runner XL; Aleene's Tacky Glue.

That is it for me today - I hope you liked my layout. Also, don't forget to stop by and leave a comment on my post on the Imaginarium Designs Blog for a chance to win some fantastic Imaginarium Designs Chipboard! Thanks for visiting my blog today - I appreciate your visits and comments so much!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

it's a Sweet Life ~ Scraps of Darkness August Kit Reveal ~ Rustic

Scraps Of Darkness has just released it's August Kit ~ Rustic, and it is utterly fantastic! This kit features perfectly coordinating papers by Farmhouse Paper Company, Authentique and Kaisercraft and outstanding complementary embellishments - Melinda has outdone herself in putting this kit together!
This month's sketch was created by new Design Team Member Laura Gilhuly. Here is Laura's sketch:
And here is my take on the sketch! We celebrated my son's third birthday recently and I took this photo of him 'helping' make some birthday cupcakes. I converted the photo to sepia (heavy on the red tones) to coordinate with the layout (since my son had a very bright red Spiderman shirt on that totally clashed with the red on the layout). I used one of the Authentique stickers from the kit as the title for this layout - "it's a Sweet Life".
I used the Farmhouse Paper Company papers and flowers from the kit and added some burlap and twine from my stash! I did some stamping and paint splattering too! I used a Kaisercraft Distressed Clear Stamp and brown ink to stamp the top right and bottom left corners and used a Bo Bunny Stained Textures Clear Stamp with the same ink (but sprayed with water to lighten it slightly) for the rings and splats. Once I had finished layering the papers, I added a really fine splatter with watered-down acrylic paint in Antique White to make it look as if the LO had been dusted with baking flour. 
The Farmhouse papers are a nice heavy weight and were perfect for tearing/distressing to create the layers for this layout! And, I just loved the recipe cards - they were perfect for this fun picture! The Farmhouse flowers in the Flower Add-On are perfectly coordinated with these papers, and I also added a couple of Petaloo butterflies (from the July SOD Embellishment Add-On) to my flower cluster.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today to see my first layout with the AMAZING Scraps of Darkness August Kit! I'll have some more projects with this kit to share with you later in the month - so be sure to come back for another visit!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Gypsy ATC Wall Hanging ~~Scraps of Darkness~~

Today, I'm sharing another project created with the outstanding Scraps of Darkness July Kit Gypsy Summer. I decided to venture into the world of Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) using the awesome Digital Collage images included in the July kit! I have never made an ATC before and am still trying to 'figure them out' - but I had a great time making these and love how the full project looks as a wall hanging!
I mod-podged the images onto heavy cardtock, cut them out and then inked the edges with Distress Ink in Black Soot. I made my own black texture paste using Gabrielle Polacco's baking soda recipe; however, I substituted black acrylic craft paint for the white paint and added some Ranger Perfect Pearls pigment (Charcoal colour) too. I used the Crafter's Workshop Mini Grandma's Lace Doily Stencil with the texture paste to frame the faces of the images. Once the stenciled areas had dried, I dry-brushed the tops with Luminarte Silks Acrylic Glaze in Emperor's Gold.  I used the kit's pom-pom ribbon (coloured black with Dylusions in Black Marble) and the beaded trim and some gold lace from my stash along the bottom edges of the cards. Here is a close-up of each of the ATCs.
Hope you liked my first foray into ATCs - definitely want to try out some more of these!

Friday, August 9, 2013

My Boy ~~Scrap For Help~~

This month's challenge at Scrap for Help is to use a tea bag in your project! How much fun is this challenge?! The ladies on the design team have come up with some fantastic ways to use tea bags in creating their projects - so be sure to stop by the Scrap for Help blog and check out all the Design Team projects -- and play along too!
For my project, I created a layout and used tea bags to brew very strong tea, which I splashed on my page and used to make tea rings on the page. This layout was inspired by a class a took with Finnabair in July, so there is also lots of misting!
I started out using an older collection of Iron Orchid Designs papers by Creative Imaginations - love the barbed wire and newsprint pattern of this. I distressed and inked the edges of all the papers with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. The embellishments are all by Prima, including resist canvas shapes, cotton tape, Craftsman wooden embellishments, Craftsman wooden buttons, a Sunrise Sunset zipper flower, Sunrise Sunset 'Say it in Crystals', metal stickpin, and some Prima packaging. I used the wet tea bag directly on the resist-canvas elements and the larger rings on the paper were created with the tea as well. The mists were created with Luminate Primary Elements Pigments and the paint splatters and paint rings were created with Luminarte Silks Acrylic Glaze. Here are a couple of close-ups!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you'll play along with us at Scrap For Help this month!