Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Day 3 of the Couture Creations & Imaginarium Designs Blog Hop

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Welcome to Day 3 of the

Couture Creations & Imaginarium Designs Blog Hop!  


We’re so excited to team up with Couture Creations sharing inspiring projects created with both our products with you this week. What could be more perfect than Embossing Folders and Dies and Imaginarium Designs gorgeous Chipboard designs.

Each day this week we will feature our Design Team projects and over on the 
Couture Creations Blog they will also feature their Design Team projects all created using Couture Creations and Imaginarium Designs products. So loads of inspiring projects for you to help get your creative juices flowing.
We will link to the tutorials on each Design Team members blogs,
please show all our designers some love and leave a comment on their blog.
We’ll be giving away Two $100 prize packages filled with Couture Creations & Imaginarium Designs goodness at the end of the week, so be sure to play along and check back on both Imaginarium Designs and Couture Creations blogs Monday 4th August 2014 to see if you’re the lucky winner!
Here are the different ways you can play along with us –
Like Couture Creations on Facebook.
Like Imaginarium Designs on Facebook.
Follow both the Imaginarium Designs and  Couture Creations Blogs. 
Share today's Imaginarium Designs blog post on your Facebook wall and tell them you did on our 
Facebook page.
 Leave a comment on today's blog post on the Imaginarium Designs blog post and on their Facebook page.
 Follow Couture Creations on Pinterest.
Follow Couture Creations on Instagram.
Hop over to the Couture Creations Blog and see what their Design Team has created using their Chipboard and Couture Creations products! 

They also have a  giveaway, so what are you waiting for – hop over!  

Oh, and don't forget to follow our Design Team Blogs!
Here is my project for the Blog Hop! 
I was inspired by the organic feel of the pattern in the Couture Creations embossing folder to create an "earthy" mixed media tag! This tag was so fun and easy to create with the Imaginarium Designs Chipboards and Couture Creations Die and Embossing Folder - here is a quick step by step:
  1. Emboss a piece of paper slightly larger than your tag base with the Couture Creations Embossing Folder - I have used the Large Peacock Fans Folder from "The Marriot Collection".  Glue the embossed paper to your tag base and trim around the edges and punch the hole.
  2. Gently ink the surface of the embossed tag - this will really bring out the embossing - also ink the edges. I've used Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
  3. If you wish, add some more detail with a mask and 3D paint - I've used the Mini Leaf Frame 6x6 template from The Crafter's Workshop with Art Anthology Velvet Dimensional Paint in Basil
  4. Cut three small frames using the Couture Creations Elegant Square die from "The Van Roe Collection". Layer the three frames using 3D foam adhesive. The layered frames become the centerpiece of the tag. I added flowers, fussy cut butterflies and a large square brad inside and around the frame as embellishments.
  5. Now for your chipboard elements - mist two of the Imaginarium Designs Art Deco Embellishments - I've used Art Anthology Colorations Spray in Mocha. Paint the Imaginarium Designs Word "grow"  (I've used the same paint as I used for the masking), then add Ranger Crackle Accents to the word. 
  6. Add the chipboard embellishments to the tag, layering the title on top of one of the Art Deco flourishes. I've also added a brad to the centre of each of the Art Deco Embellishments - they frame the brads perfectly!
  7. As a final step, if you want to - splatter your tag with a few drops of the same mist you used on your chipboards. 
Here are some close-ups of the tag!

Be sure to stop by the other Imaginarium Designs DT Blogs today:  Evgenia Sokolinskaya and Romy Veul.
Also - pop over to Couture Creations Blog to see what
Sue Smyth  &  Amanda-Jayne Baldwin
have created.
Don't forget to share the love!
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard Used
Denise's Art Deco Embellishment 1 - Tiny
 love, grow, hello

Couture Creations Products Used
Embossing Folder - The Marriot Collection
Large Peacock Fans
 Die - The Van Roe Collection
Elegant Square

Other Products Used
Patterned Paper - FabScraps  Fantasy Flight C65 005; Art Anthology Velvet Dimensional Paint - Basil; Art Anthology Colorations Spray - Mocha; Distress Ink - Vintage Photo; Ranger Crackle Accents; The Crafter's Workshop Balzer Designs 6 x 6 Template - Mini Leaf Frame;  Farmhouse Paper Company Norland Buttons, Brads & Metals; Prima Flowers - Time Traveler's Memories Collection; Burlap Ribbon. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Vintage Steampunk Dress - Mixed Media Canvas ~ Scraps of Darkness

I have a mixed media canvas to share with you today that I had so much fun making with papers, embellishments and media from the June Perfectly Stunning Kit from Scraps of Darkness. One of my favourite 'paper artists' is Gabrielle Pollacco - and my canvas was inspired by this tutorial on her youtube channel. So, here is my 'darker' interpretation of her tutorial - a Vintage Steampunk Dress Mixed Media Canvas.
I started off by adding some bits of drywall tape to the canvas and then priming it with the Art Anthology Gesso included in the Creativity Add-on. Then I misted the canvas with three Lindy's Stamp Gang Mists (from my stash) - Midnight Rendezvous Raven and Cocoa Bean Copper Starbursts and Steel Shimmer Glitz Spritz. I added torn bits of the "Chrononaut" paper from the Bo Bunny Somewhere in Time collection which I distressed and inked with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. I added the torn papers to the canvas with matte Mod Podge - I love how they look like old leather! I then did some masking with a mask from my stash and a mix of two of the Art Anthology paints from the Colour Add-on - the Stone Effects Dimensional Medium in Sandstone mixed with the Velvet Dimensional Paint in Kona. Here are some different angles of the full canvas.

Now we come to the dress! I fussy-cut the corset from the "Elegance" Bo Bunny paper and inked it with the Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I added some dimension to the bodice by flipping it over and rubbing 'appropriate' areas with a ball tool. I created the skirt using a section of a sewing pattern and some black lace from a previous SOD Kit (Oct. '13) and splattered it with the black and copper mists. I added the chain from the Creativity Add-on to the watch fob from the Embellishment Add-on and used it as a belt for the dress. To embellish the canvas, I added the small black wings (Embellishment Add-on) and Prima flowers (Main Kit & Flower Add-on). The letters for the title (inked with distress ink and painted with black/copper mist mixture) are from my stash and the bling is from a previous SOD Kit. I also added in parts of a Dusty Attic Chickenwire panel that are embossed with Distress Embossing Powder in Black Soot. Here are some close-ups of the dress and embellishments on the canvas.

I hope you liked my Vintage Steampunk Dress Mixed Media Canvas - I had such a blast creating it! I definitely want to create more canvases like this!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Everyday Moments Make the Best Memories ~ Scraps of Darkness

This is the second layout I've created using the Scraps of Darkness June Perfectly Stunning Kit. The style of this layout is inspired by the work of Georgia Heald. I've used the Kaisercraft Heirloom collection papers and collectables, burlap ribbon and Prima flowers from the kit/add-ons, along with the gesso and two colours of gelatos (Iced Coffee and Iced Chai) from the Creativity Add-on. I also used some Distress Ink (Walnut Stain), Prima stamps, white ink, black ink, drywall tape, metal fence, and chipboard tickets and birds from my stash. Here is the layout, featuring my adorable son, and some close-ups!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today - I appreciate your visits and comments so much.

Happy Scrapping!

Collector of Memories - Camera ATC ~ Scraps of Darkness

I have a really quick share for you - an ATC created with the Marion Smith Designs Nirvana papers, which are included in the Scraps of Darkness June Perfectly Stunning Kit. This ATC was created for the June ATC swap - so my partner is getting it a bit late - hope she likes it!
I fussy cut the paper pieces from the Nirvana papers. The embellishments include some handmade flowers,  a metal flower, a wooden film strip piece, Tim Holtz film strip ribbon and a Tim Holtz rub-on from a previous SOD Kit.

That's it for now! Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Remember ~ Scraps of Darkness

This is my first layout with the gorgeous Scraps of Darkness Perfectly Stunning Kit for June 2014. This will also be my last kit designing for Scraps of Darkness - I have had an amazing year with SOD and can't say enough about how wonderful Melinda (the owner) and the SOD/SOE Design Teams are - they have made my DT experience truly fantastic!

Now, to share my first layout - based on Suepup's Sketch for the June Kit. Here is my layout, using the kit's fantastic Marion Smith Designs Nirvana papers, Prima flowers and embellishments (Main Kit, Flower Add-on and stash) and the Art Anthology media included in the Colour Add-on.
And here is the June Sketch:
Rather than using paper for the large circle element in the background, I started out by masking a large clock face using a The Crafter's Workshop 12 x 12 Time Travel  template with the Art Anthology Velvet Dimensional Paint in Kona. I used the Tim Holtz Clockwork layering stencil (previous SOD kit) with the same paint on the right side of the layout. Once that had dried, I used the Prima Stain 12 x 12 Mask and misted the background page with the Art Anthology Mocha Colorations Spray. Then I started layering my torn and distressed papers along the bottom, adding in some drywall tape and pieces of Tim Holtz Tissue Tape (Sketchbook pack). Once that was in done, I did some more masking in a few places using The Crafter's Workshop 12 x 12 Well Rounded template with the Art Anthology Stone Effects Dimensional Medium  in Sandstone and then some stamping with black ink and a mesh stamp. The last bit of layering was the distressed matting for the photo and the fussy-cut clocks. As a final touch I did some splattering using Liquitex Ink in Carbon Black. To complete the layout, I added the photo, the Prima Flowers and Embellishments and included a chipboard heart from my stash that I painted with the Kona paint. Here are some close-ups!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today - I appreciate your visits and comments so much.

Happy Scrapping!