Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Dream Layout for Bad Girls Couture

Hi, friends.

Today I'm sharing a layout I made using the Bad Girls Couture September scrapbook kit.

I have many more details on the Bad Girls Couture blog, as well as a tutorial on how to make a dimensional vintage bunting. If you get a chance, check it out!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

"Lady" Layout for bad Girls Couture

Hi everyone.

I'm up on the Bad Girls Couture blog today showcasing a layout I made with the September Kit, Hurry, Hurry, Step Right Up!

This layout is simple, but the stenciling on black cardstock gives it an interesting look.

You can checkout closeups and my tutorial on the Bad Girls Blog HERE.

Thanks for letting me share!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

"Fun" Mini Album for Bad Girls Couture

Hello, friends!

Today I'm sharing a fun mini album I made using recycling cardboard and the September Bad Girls Couture kit, Hurry, Hurry, Step Right Up! This isn't my typical style, but I loved playing with these papers!

If you want to see how I made this, CLICK HERE to check out some closeups and a tutorial on how to make a mini album out of recycled cardboard.

Thanks for letting me share my project with you!


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Bad Girls Couture Challenge Layout

Hello, friends!

Today I'm sharing a layout I made using the September Bad Girls Couture kit, "Hurry, Hurry, Step Right Up!" This month there are a set of six ColourArte Twinkling H2Os in this scrapbooking kit and they are AMAZING! I have many of these little sparkling watercolor pots, but it's been a while since I used them. They are a very versatile medium- let me show you:

The main way I used the Twinkling H2Os was using them with stamps.  First, I added some Distress Ink in Vintage Photo (brown) to a script stamp, and then I added the (Ancient Coin) gold H2Os with a paint brush over the brown ink, so parts of the script looks brown, and other parts look more mottled with gold for a distressed look. Then I stamped this image all over the Kraft cardstock to make my own patterned paper.

Using the Pretty Peridot (green) Twinkling H20s wonderful way to add color to the leaves that I die cut using the white cardstock. I started out with painting the white cardstock with the H20s, and then randomly dry brushed them with white gesso tone down the color in some spots.

Lastly, I made some splatters using the Ancient Coin, Sea Spray (blue), and Playful Pansy (pink) all over the layout, which are kind of hard to see in the picture of the whole layout, but really add a lot of sparkle and highlight the colors used on the layout.

Thanks for checking out my first project made with the September Bad Girls Couture kit! You can see how the rest of the team used the Twinking H20s as well on the Bad Girls Couture BLOG.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Endless Summer Altered Wood Decor

Hi friends!

Today I'm sharing a project I made for the July Make it Prima challenge, with only hours to spare. :)

Here's the challenge:

I just love the red and peachy colors mixed with the browns- it inspired me to think of beachy and nautical ideas for making something with this color palette, and here's what I came up with:

I started out with a 12x12 wood piece and dry brushed gesso, followed by a combination of Prima Impasto paints in Azure and Cobalt for a gradient/ombre effect. Then I added some stenciling with light paste and dry brushed the entire wood again with the gesso and paints I used for my first coat. To bring back some of the brown spots, I added some of the Prima Artisan Powder in Umber in random spots.

Next, I painted the large chipboard clock face with Prima Brown Rust paste. I dry brushed the clock face with gesso, then randomly added some Prima Metallique Wax in Bronze. I also added some of the wax to the doily, and the chipboard pieces that were previously treated with with a mixture of embossing powders for a distressed look.

I added Prima Sparks pain in Magical Pond to the Melange pieces, as well as the blue flowers, and Sparks paint in Unicorn's Hair to highlight the rest of the piece.

Here's a close up of the doily, which has the wax, paint, and also ink in Linen from the Prima Color Philosophy inks to give it an aged, stained feel to it.

Thanks for taking a look at my project for the July Make it Prima challenge. Good luck to all of those who have entered!


Monday, May 29, 2017

Two Projects Made in Classes from Anna Dabrowska

Hi, friends! 

In April, Anna Dabrowska came to my local scrapbook store, The Paper Bunny, here in Las Vegas. And, I was lucky enough to be able to go! It was an amazing experience. Anna is an amazing teacher, and I always learn so much when I take her classes. (I've been to Art Venture twice- class junkie here!)

Class One: Tangled Mixed Media Canvas

I LOVED creating the layers of this canvas, which is 8X10. I could take many closeups, but it could never accurately show the layering of all that was done to this piece! I went for a teal/green/brown color scheme, and I love the results.

 Here's a close up that shows the stenciling, clustering, priming, misting and painting.

I can see myself combining all of these techniques for many future projects!

Class Two: Frozen in Time Journal Cover

So, I chose my focal point in advance for this class- I ADORE the image of that gypsy woman that on paper and ephemera from Prima's Wild and Free collection. I knew that I'd have to use pink because the flowers in the gypsy's hair are pink, and that definitely took me out of my comfort zone, but I love the result!

I chose the Prima Color Bloom 2 Black Tulip for my pink color, and added brown and gold to create a vintage/grungy look.

This class also has many layers to it- I love how the copper and blush microbeads look in the embellishment cluster.

Combining two colors of waxes was a great tip for the finishing touches of the embellishments.

 If you ever get a chance to take classes from Anna, DO IT- you will learn so much and bring some treasured projects home!

Thanks for taking a look!


Friday, May 26, 2017

"Bliss" Altered Clock

Hi, friends! I've made this altered clock to add to my beach gallery wall table. The clock is from Prima Marketing. 

I used chalk paint and Prima pastels for a faux patina finish on the outside of the clock. 

Here's a closeup of the "shadow box" part of the clock. I used paper from the Prima French Riviera collection for the background.

The chipboard vines are from Dusty Attic. I added some Stampendous Frantage embossing powder to them in "Aged Ivory." I also added a fence from Darice, sisal, a couple of sand dollars, and a piece of driftwood that I picked up from our walk on the beach the day the picture was taken on Coronado Beach last summer.

I matted the photo with a Prima Mechanicals clock and a piece of map paper, also from the French Riviera line.

Here's a closeup of the top of the clock- LOTS of pretty Prima flowers! I added shells and Say it in Crystals around the outside, 

And here's the back:
I know that no one will ever see the back, but I like to decorate the backs of my projects. :)

Thanks for taking a look at my altered clock!