Saturday, December 31, 2016

Prima December PPP

Hi everyone! I only had time to do one of the Prima challenges this month, so I did the PPP.

I loved the color scheme of the PPP challenge this month, and it made me wish that I had bought the Sweet Peppermint collection insread of just a couple of the flower packs, but I just have so much Christmas stuff, I really couldn't justify it! So, I had to improvise, digging out some new and old Prima stuff.

Here's what I came up with:

I picked up this circle wood pallet from Michaels a while back. I painted it with some Chalkboard Paint in Eggshell, randomly added some of Finnabair's snowflake paste, then added some of the new fresh mint chalk ink.

Here's a close up of what the surface/texture looks like:

The letters are also Prima, from the wood alphabet hexagon boxes. I lightly pressed both of the new red chalk inks on the letters to give them a distressed and rustic look.

Next, I treated the chipboard frame with white gesso and misted it with the empress gold Color Bloom spray. I cut up some of the ruby Relics and Artifacts rhinestone chain in the three different sizes to adorn the chipboard frame.

Then I added the flowers- I used some of the new Sweet Peppermint leaves and fabric flowers, and also some OLD, OLD Prima flowers- the Baroque red ones, and the gold pearl holiday sprays.

I finished up by adding a resin angel and a Shabby Chic metal lamp post.

Thanks for taking a look at my project.

Happy New Year!


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Prima Challenges for November

Hello, all!  Just wanted to share some projects that I made for the Prima November challenges. It was so great to be able to play along this month! :)

"Fun Guys" Canvas using the Prima Product Pick (PPP)

I love the softness of this color combo. It has somewhat of a feminine look to it, but I really wanted to see if I could make a masculine project with this palette, focusing on the grey and brown, and making the green/teal and purple highlighting colors. I came up wth this canvas:

This picture is one of my all time favorites of my husband and the boys!

I started with a a thick newsprint canvas from Michaels, which was a great background for all of these Prima goodies! I used a Prima stencil and crackle paste, then added soft teal Color Bloom spray, and water and little heaps of the purple mica powder that you can see in the closeup below.

I painted the metal barn starts with gesso, rose gold opal magic paint, and then added a little bit of rose gold Liquid Pearls to give it the brownish rose color from the palette.

I added some grey metals from the Junkyard Findings (the pipe frame and the spark plug) and the Finnabair heart. I added some more brown from the palette with the metal bird and the rusty washer.

And then to round out the colors I added teal, purple, and grey flowers, and brown leaves.

 And that is my masculine take on the PPP. :)

"Lovely" Layout using the BAP

I love this sketch! I had an idea for this layout using this picture of my daughter. I was kind of bummed that she took this selfie in Snapchat with that funky filter!

So, I made it better making a Prima flower headband. :)

I thought this picture would be nice with the Butterfly collection, so I flipped the sketch to make the top paper work.

In the middle of making this layout I bought the new IOD moulds and stamps so I used the script stamp all over, and made some leaves from the moulds with ice resin, which I colored with chalk ink.

 I also made one of the key holes and sprayed it with a gold color broom spray.

And I used color bloom sprays on the chipboard. 

I really love this sketch, and I think I will use it again. 

"Beautiful" Card using the Cards and Tags Sketch

Here's my take on it. I used the Bella Rouge collection, and I even used one of my coveted Prima pistachio branches to create the circle.

The red frame is a Shabby Chic Treasures resin frame that I painted using the royal red metallic paint and brushed it with black artisan powders. I also used green artisan powder on the lace sticker at the bottom right of the page. 

Thanks for stopping by to look at my latest projects! I hope you got a chance to play along this month! :)


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Wood Plank Wall Decor for Swirlydoos Kit Club

Happy Saturday!

I have a video tutorial that I did for Swirlydoos Kit Club using their October project kit. The kit was built based on a project I designed a couple of months ago, so if you follow me and this project looks familar, that's why. ☺

This project is so simple, and can be made in a matter of minutes!

With the exception of using embossing powder on the chipboard, everything you see comes in the October project add on kit, including ALL of those gorgeous Prima flowers. You can purchase this kit, as well as a wide variety of others in the Swirlydoos store.

Check out the quick video tutorial here:

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog today!


Friday, July 29, 2016

Submissions for the Prima July 2016 Challenges

Hi, everyone! I wanted to share some projects I've made the past couple of weeks. I love a good challenge, and my favorite ones are the Prima monthly challenges!

First up, I tried the Prima Product Pick (PPP). Here's the super fun summer palette:

This was a real challenge for me because I don't really love red or yellow, especially together, so this was a real challenge! :) I thought I'd try it out using the Prima watercolor coloring book and confections. Here's what I came up with:

I ended up using the oil pastels for the yellow flowers. I also used the art alchemy paints in rusty red to paint tiny dots on the yellow flowers and the word "beauty." The blue words were painted with the art alchemy deep waters paint. I finished off the color palette adding the brown by placing the watercolor paper in a beautiful Prima wood frame. I would have never thought I would like these colors together, but it's growing on me. :)

Next, I used the Build a Page sketch.

I followed the sketch, but I made some adjustments: I rotated the design vertically, and didn't use stars, but circles. I added some journaling at the top. I used the new Heaven Sent collection, as well as some Prima vines and alphas. 

This is the first of many layouts going into this little man's first year book, and I'll be using the Heaven Sent collection!

Lastly, I tried my hand at the newest Prima challenge for cards and tags. 

I love this sketch, and I knew I wanted to use the Heaven Sent collection because I'm not using the girly pinks for my boy book, but it's too cute not to use!

I love how the sketch showed the large layers, so I decided to curl mine for dimension. I love the look! I added a Prima doily die cut to the middle of the card, and I misted the paper with Color Blooms sprays in cotton candy and peony to kind of blend all of the pinks from the papers and flowers I chose. I fussy cut the baby and the "Baby" title from the papers and popped them up with foam tape. The heart resin is misted with the pink sprays that I used on the doily. I stuck in some of the vellum ephemera under the rolled paper, and added some of the pink crystals on the doily. 

Thanks for taking a look at my projects! I hope you get a chance to play along with these fun challenges too!


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

"Different is Beautiful" Wall Decor

Hello! I'm sharing a piece of wall decor I made using the Prima wooden trays and Salvage District collection. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Salvage District! I already made the same kind of piece using the Tales of You and Me collection, and I really liked how it came out, so I decided to make another one with the Salvage District collection.

So, here it is:

I started out with giving the wooden tray a coat of paint, which was a mixture of black gesso, and the "silver spoon" metalique paint from the Art Alchemy line. Once dry,  I put a wash of diluted white gesso over it. Then I added paper on the inside of each of the trays.  

I fussy cut the "Different is Beautiful" journaling card and placed it in the largest tray over a pice of 2 Crafty chipboard that I inked black. I added some of the Say it in Crystals and a metal piece I had in my stash on the outline of the tray.

On the top of the trays I added the Salvage District vine, and I inked some white flowers from  the French Riviera collection with some VersaMagic "ocean mist" chalk ink. I added some Prima flower trim, as well as some more 2 Craft chipboard in the floral arrangement.

And, I used one of my last cherubs!

 For the middle sized box, I added some more 2 Crafty chipboard, a resin window, and some of the Salvage District ephemera that I white washed. The metal pice with chain is also from Prima. 

For this smallest box, I glued it on top of the other two for added dimension. I thought the bottles/vases ephemera pieces would look great in here, so I added them, layering some of them with glue dots, and added some real glass bottles. The vine coming is Prima. I added some gesso and color bloom mist in "soft teal."

The clock is also Prima. I painted it with gesso, filled it with art stones, sprayed it with more soft teal mist, and added the clock from the ephemera pack. I added some rhinestone chain around the face, and a pretty key to complete the look. 

Here's a closeup that shows the dimension of the bottles and vases. 

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Prima Challenges for June

Today I'm sharing my layouts I made for the Prima BAP and PPP challenges for June. I've had them done for a while now, but I'm just now sharing them. :) I have A LOT of Prima products in my scraproom, and I love playing along with these challenges because it gives me a chance to pull out some things I'm saving, instead of using!

Build a Page

Here's the wonderful sketch by Riikka:

And here's my take on it:

I used the beautiful Salvage District collection, as well as some Prima trim, stencil, white crackle paste, and an IOD mold. I kind of flipped the sketch and added some more layers. The picture is of me and my dad on my wedding day. I'm thinking of doing a whole album of my wedding with this Salvage District paper.

Prima Product Pick

Here was the color palette this month:

I love these colors together, and it was really easy to pick out some OLDER papers that worked with this color palette. I chose some papers from the Something Blue, Rondelle, and Romantique collections. 

Here it is:

I also used a carnation vine that IU've been hoarding because the blue went perfectly with the palette, and I added some newer peachy/cream flowers from the Vintage Emporium collection. The chipboard is from the Something Blue collection. I also used an adhesive rub on with some brassy foil which you can see peeking out under the vine and flowers. That foil can be kind of tricky to photograph! 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you get a chance to play along with this fun challenges. 


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

"You and Me" Layout for Prima's May Build a Page Challenge

 Prima had a lovely sketch for their May Build a Page Challenge, so I thought I would play along. 

Check it out:

And, this is my take on it:

I used the Tales of You and me collection, as well other Prima goodies including alphas, resin butterflies, hearts from the Mechanicals collection, some floral lace trim, and my coveted pistachio vine! The chipboard is from Dusty Attic, but I did treat it with the new Prima rust paste and copper acrylic paint. 

In this closeup, you can see the stenciling I did with clear crackle. I added some brown distress ink, as well as some purple chalk ink over it to blend the colors of the layout together. 

Thanks for checking out my layout. I hope you had time to play along!


Monday, May 23, 2016

Art Venture Seaside Projects!

This past April, I went to Prima's Art Venture Seaside event in Coronado, CA, and it was fantastic! Of course this was the perfect getaway for me getting to experience my two favorite things in the world: scrapbooking and the beach! Take a look at the view we had while crafting:

There were three mixed media classes, each taught by some of the best people in the crafting world! 


Class #1: "Hope: Altered Doll, Part One with Anna Dabrowska

 This was my third time taking a class from this remarkably talented woman, and this class is my favorite so far because the project was so unique! 

Here's a look at the class sample:

I cannot begin to express my excitement to make something like this!

The class was done in two parts. On the first day, we made the dress which had to dry for a few hours. We set the headless dolls outside, and it was quite a sight!

(I didn't take this picture, but I believe Denny Dupra-Ruffner did, as he posted it on Facebook. :) )

And, the last part was decorating the head of the doll. Here's what my lady looked like after the first part of the class:

The dress still needed time to dry completely, so we put them aside for the next day! 

Class #2: Relics Romance Necklace with Debby Anderson

I LOVED making this necklace with the Relics and Artifacts line! At first glance of the necklace sample, it looks like its not going to take three hours to make, but the amount of detail that Debby puts into her pieces is incredible! She is an amazing teacher! She took the time to explain the "how and why" of all of the steps, and I learned so many ways to add FINE details to make a piece of jewelry that is finished to perfection. The layers of mixed media on the relics give it an amazing look, and no picture can accurately showcase that! But, here is my finished project:

And, here's a closeup of the heart:

It was a great day of classes, and we ended early enough to enjoy being on the island for a beautiful sunset on the beach.


Class #1: "Hope: Altered Doll, Part Two with Anna Dabrowska

The second part of the altered doll class was an incredible experience. The day before it was exciting to see how everyone had the same products, but managed to make such unique dresses for their dolls! Day two was equally exciting seeing how everyone was adorning, and then coloring their dolls! We all wandered around in awe of what was going on at every table. 

Take a look at these pictures to get an idea of the variety:
(Again, I snagged these pictures from Facebook, taken by Denny Dupra-Ruffner.)

I was pretty happy with how my doll came out, but I knew she would need some work when I got home. Some of the blue mist did get on my doll's "skin" and I wanted her to have a cleaner look. This is what her face looked like at the end of class:

I tried painting her with white gesso, but it wasn't coming out as "clean" as I wanted to, so I decided to start over with her entire head and sprayed her with gesso spray.

I attempted to paint her face giving her some eyebrows and pretty plum lips. 

But, ultimately I decided she should have a mask, so this is what she looks like, all finished:

Here's a couple of shots of her in her entirety:

And some close ups of the dress details: 

And a view from the back:

After making this doll, I have a feeling I will be making a few more!

Class #3: Amour Relic Shrine with John Creighton Petersen

 This is my second time taking a class from John, and I just love how fun he is and how he makes the projects seem so easy to make! The first part of the class was making this beautiful shrine:

The techniques we use with black gesso, opal magic paints, micas, and texture paste make this a stunning piece of decor.  And, I learned about Liquid Fusion glue, which I used to adhere the relics to the shrine. It changed my life! :) There's no way that those pieces are EVER coming off using that stuff!

Here's a closeup of the heart locket:

Even the back of the shrine has an awesome finish: 

There is a second part to the class- a heart bracelet, but I didn't get a chance to make that YET. I decided to leave class a little early to beat that crazy Southern CA traffic back to Las Vegas!

Thanks for taking the time to check out my projects from Art Venture Seaside! If you ever get a chance to go to an Art Venture event, DO IT! You won't be sorry!