Sunday, May 25, 2014

May Scraps of Darkness Kit Reveal ~~~ And Wild Child Layout

May 2014 - Twisted and Tangled Kit
Tangles are all the rage, and our May kit brings this fun style right to your front door! We've paired the oh-so-gorgeous Cold Country Collection from 7 Dots Studio with the funky and colorful Retro Twist Collection from Fabscraps, and then added embellishments both traditional and unique - a Zen Doodle collage sheet created just for us, some hand-painted, hand-cut glass tiles, Prima/Ingvild Bolme metal Jean Plates, and more... And don't forget to check out our May Kit Add Ons - they all coordinate beautifully with our Main Kit, and we have a fabulous Marker Airbrush tool in the Creativity add on kit!
Main Kit
Patterned Paper
Coordinating Paper
Floral Add On
Color Add On
Creativity Add On
Wild Child
My first layout with the Twisted and Tangled Kit features a fun photo of my son acting silly - sticking out his tongue that had turned blue thanks to his freezie! I had lots of fun playing with the 7 Dots Studio papers and the Dylusions from the Colour-Add-On - adding lots of texture, colour and layers to this layout. I also used this month's SOD Sketch as the inspiration for the layout design. Here is my layout and this month's sketch!
And here are some close-ups of my layout!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today - I can't wait to get back to creating with this kit - it is fantastically fun! Don't forget to visit the new Scraps of Darkness Facebook Community - we have lots of fun happenings and you do not have to be a kit club member to join!!!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

With Love ~ Scraps of Darkness

I have another project created with the Scraps of Darkness April His & Hers Kit to show you today. After creating some Gothic ATCs and a couple of boyish layouts with this kit, I decided to change things up and create a romantic layout featuring a honeymoon photo of my husband and me.
I did some masking in the background with two The Crafter's Workshop Masks - one with Art Anthology Dimensional Paint in Truffle Velvet and the other with light molding paste then spritzed with Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Mist in Steampunk Sepia - I let some of the Steampunk Sepia  mist drip down the page as well. I used lots of distressed layers of the Prima Stationer's Desk collection papers and the Prima chalkboard paintables. I used a black and white photo to coordinate with the black elements in the layering - and scraped the edges of the photo with my distressing tool and then painted them with Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio in Sandra Dee Sepia - I also splattered the layout with the Sandra Dee Sepia. The paper clips, gorgeous lace, ribbon and flowers from the kit - and the incredibly cool metal flower flourish - made embellishing this layout so fun! The title is a Stationer's Desk tag from the Embellishment Add-On - though I replaced the more rustic twine from the tag with the burgundy crinkle ribbon from the Main Kit. Here are some close-ups!

Thanks for visiting my blog today! Happy Scrapping!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Snapshots ~ Scraps of Darkness and Imaginarium Designs

This layout was created with the Prima Stationer's Desk collection included in the Scraps of Darkness April His & Hers Kit, along with some Prima flowers and metal embellishments from previous kits and some Art Anthology dimensional paint from my stash. The fun photos of my son are from May the Fourth - hence the Star Wars shirt in the photos. . . May the Fourth be with you.....
I based this layout on the April SOD Sketch - I've used the masked rulers instead of paper strips. Once the gold masked areas dried, I rubbed them with Inka Gold in Hematite to get the silvery-gold combination. I stapled some of the ruler ribbon from the Main Kit to the layering and added in some Prima flowers a Prima clock (cut in half) from previous kits. I really wanted a lot of metallic elements in this layout! Before adding the photos, I splattered the layout with Gold Izink and Liquitex Acrylic Ink in Black Marble.
I used one of the Imaginarium Designs Snapshots Frames, which I painted with Art Anthology Gold Sorbet dimensional gel paint. This is the same paint I used for the ruler masking on the layout - I just love the metallic glittery finish. I added in one of the Tim Holtz clips from the Creativity Add-on to one of the pictures as another metallic element. Here are some close-ups!

Imaginarium Designs Chipboard Used
Family Snap Shots in Frame Square Corners

Other Products Used
Scraps of Darkness April 2014 "His and Hers" Kit:  Patterned Paper - Prima Stationer's Desk collection; Ruler ribbon, Tim Holtz Hinge Clip. Stash: Art Anthology Dimensional Gel Paint - Gold Sorbet; Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Measured;  Prima Mechanicals Clock Face; Izink Pigment - Gold; Liquitex Acrylic Ink - Carbon Black; Inka Gold Metallic Rub - Hematite; Thread; Aleene's Tacky Glue; 3D Foam Adhesive
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. Don't forget to leave a comment on my post on the Imaginarium Designs Blog for a chance to win some Imaginarium Designs chipboard!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Today ~ Scraps of Darkness

I have a layout created with the stunning Scraps of Darkness April His & Hers Kit to share with you today. This kit is a dream to work with - I just love the Prima papers and embellishments and have used the Stationer's Desk collection (along with some Cartographer flowers) to create this layout, featuring a sweet photo of my son.
I started out layering strips, squares and circles to create my background and the small clusters on either side of the page. Once I had the background papers in place, I rubbed all the layered areas with Inka Gold Champagne rub included in the Creativity Add-On. I did some stamping with a Prima Clear Stamp from my stash and embellished with some Stationer's Desk Flowers, Tags & Tickets, Cartographer flowers and some black rhinestones and heavy black upholstery thread from my stash. As a final touch, I did some splattering with Dylusions Ink in Black Marble.  Here are some close-ups!
I can't wait to get back to creating with this kit! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Spring ~ Mixed Media ATC

A super-quick share today - of a mixed media ATC I created for the Scraps of Darkness/Scraps of Elegance March-April ATC Swap. I created this fun ATC using Imaginarium Designs Chipboard, some Prima flowers and some Authentique letter stickers. I used several different colours of Silks Acrylic glazes to paint the ATC.
Thanks for popping in today! Happy Spring!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Altered Typography Mini Clipboard ~ Imaginarium Designs

This is the second of two projects I created in April for Imaginarium Designs. I altered a mini-clipboard using Graphic 45's Typography collection and embellished it with some Imaginarium Designs Tags and Chevrons.
I used two different sizes of Loolabelle's Chevrons #2 and simply painted them with Distress Crackle Paint in Aged Mahogany. I mod-podged sections of the Typography paper onto the tags, inked the edges with Distress Ink in Black Soot and then tied the tags together with some black twine. I finished off the embellishing with some fussy-cut bits from the Typography paper, some Tim Holtz Idea-ology metal embellishments (pen nibs and mini-paperclips) and a cool metal typewriter embellishment I picked up at a local craft store. Here are some close-ups!

Imaginarium Designs Chipboard Used
Loolabelle's Chevrons #2
Five Tags in a Board

Other Products Used
Patterned Paper - Graphic 45 Typography Collection; Mini Clipboard - Dollar Store; Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint - Aged Mahogany; Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Black Soot; Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Pen Nibs and Mini Paperclips; Black Twine: Metal Typewriter Embellishment - Michael's; Mod Podge - Matte; Aleene's Tacky Glue; 3D Foam Adhesive.
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!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Scraps of Darkness/Elegance Loves the Library - National Scrapbook Day Crop Challenge

Scraps of Darkness is celebrating (inter)National Scrapbook Day with a 5-day crop with some fun challenges and Amazing prizes - check out the Scraps of Darkness/Elegance Facebook page for more details!

I LOVE books - and I read a lot of different genres, but one of my favourites is gothic/horror fiction - so I decided to challenge you to get in touch with your Dark Side and create a project (i.e., a layout, card, ATC or Tag) inspired by the gothic/horror genre! For my project, I used the amazing Scraps of Darkness April His & Hers Kit to create a pair of Artist Trading Cards inspired by the tales of Edgar Allan Poe.
For playing along with my challenge on the Scraps of Darkness/Scraps of Elegance Facebook page you'll be entered into a random draw to win this awesome prize pack from Scraps of Darkness/Scraps of Elegance.
Here are the crop rules!
  • All projects must be new and created for this crop
  • Projects can only be entered in one SOD/SOE Crop challenge 
  • You can enter as many times per challenge as you want as long as they are new and only entered in one challenge (i.e., you can enter each challenge as many times as you wish but you cannot enter the same project in multiple challenges)
  • Everyone is eligible to win
  • All draws will be random
  • The challenges begin May 2nd and you have until May 6th to upload your projects/link into correct challenge thread.
Have fun and Good Luck! Happy National Scrapbook Day!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

You ~ Imaginarium Designs and Page Drafts

Imaginarium Designs has teamed up with Page Drafts as a sponsor for the One of a Kind Challenge for the month of May and, as an Imaginarium Designs DT member, I got to play along with the challenge reveal.

Its all about celebrating that
extraordinary someone, something, experience or event!

You can of course scrap about your beautiful mother, the experience and wonderment of motherhood or maternal bonds that are the glue that keeps your family together, but lets keep that optional. You may instead want to scrap about something extraordinary or that special something because its unique and there is nothing else quite like it. Or alternatively you could include the phrase 'ONE OF A KIND' in your title work, journaling and or quote.

You must use one of the 5 sketches from the 'ONE OF A KIND' Page Drafts Release #30.
You may rotate the sketches any which way your heart desires however your creation must remain as close as possible to the original sketch design. 
NB: You are more than welcome to submit more than one page, digital, traditional, cards and canvasses are all welcome so long as your project clearly shows a sketch has been used from release #30.

FOR FULL Challenge Details and to see ALL the sketches - visit the Page Drafts Blog!
Here is my layout for the challenge and the sketch that inspired it!

I've used a combination of Kaisercraft Basecoat and Art of Life papers, as well as some Timeless Tags Collectables on the layout, along with some crumpled sewing pattern paper for texture/dimension. The Imaginarium Designs chipboard pieces were first painted with white (banner/butterflies) or black (Title) gesso and then I used Lindy's Stamp Gang Moonshadow Mists in Bucket o' Blood Red and Buccaneer Bay Blue to mist/splatter them. I have also used white gesso and the mists on the background, with additional splatters of the white/black gesso. I finished the layout by adding some white thread and some flowers/wood elements from my stash. Here are some close-ups!

Imaginarium Designs Chipboard Used
Butterfly Border 1
Just You

Other Products Used
Patterned Paper - Kaisercraft - Basecoat  and Art of Life; Kaisercraft Timeless Tags collectables; Kaisercraft Art of Life collectables sewing pattern; white gesso; black gesso; Lindy's Stamp Gang Moonshadow Mists - Bucket o' Blood Red and Buccaneer Bay Blue; Farmhouse Paper Company Flowers;  Studio Calico Lemon Lush Wood Veneers; White Thread. 
Thanks so much for visiting my Blog today - be sure and play along with the Page Drafts challenge this month for a chance to win some amazing Imaginarium Designs Chipboard!