Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February Kits for Scraps of Elegance/Scraps of Darkness!

From the Scraps of Darkness/Scraps of Elegance Blog! 


Today we're sharing both of our February kits!

First we have our (sold out) February Scraps of Elegance kit, Watercolor Wishes:

It features gorgeous elements by 49 And MarketKaisercraftBlue Fern StudiosPrima, a NEW Lindy's Magicals Shaker, and more! 

And here are the stunning papers by 49 And Market, BoBunny, and Kaisercraft you will find in the Main Kit, also available separately in our Patterned Paper Add On:

The Coordinating Papers are not included in the main kit, they are available in our Coordinating Paper Add On:

Our Floral Add On is filled with beautiful flowers by 49 and Market:

And our Elements Add On has a few fabulous things that will work wonderfully with the main kit, such as the Blue Fern Studios Butterfly Rings Chipboard and the Gabrielle Pollacco Clear Stamp set:

More Lindy's Stamp Gang goodies make up this month's Color Add On (sold out): 

And create beautiful handmade mixed media cards with our February Creativity Add On:

Last, but not least, our February Off The Page Add On, the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Assemblage Clock:

 And then, of course, we have the February Scraps of Darkness kit: Our Story (sold out):

The gorgeous papers include in the main kit are also available as our Patterned Paper Add On, and are from Blue Fern Studios' Memoirs collection and Prima's Love Clippings collection:

The Coordinating Papers (sold out) are all from the Blue Fern Studios Memoirs collection:

The Floral Add On for this month included beautiful flowers by 49 and Market and Prima:

And our Feb. Elements Add On (sold out), give you alot more embellishing choices for your projects:

The Color Add On Kit (sold out) includes a NEW Prima Color Philosophy Ink Pad, Art-C metallic acrylic paint tube, and Lindy's mist:

Our Mixed Media Creativity Add On (sold out) for February:

And the February Cardstock Add On (sold out):

If you'd like to subscribe to our kits (we have several plans available), you can do that here:  http://www.scrapsofdarkness.com/kit-subscriptions/, or you can simply stop by our store each month to pick up one of our limited edition kits before they sell out, if you're not sure you want to join the kit club, and you can find all of our current and available kits here:  http://www.scrapsofdarkness.com/kits/


Aren't those simply amazing! 
Thank you for coming by! 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

"Love" canvas ~ Scraps of Elegance Kit Club, January "Be Mine"

Hello, hello! 

It's time to share DT project #4 created with my January Be Mine Kit from Scraps of Elegance.
Since I'd already done 3 layouts, I decided to go with a canvas board which was included in the add-on Creativity Kit. 

My photo is another "wind shot" from our NYC girl's trip in December. I loved this display of shoes and handbags in black, red, gold and rhinestones.  My finished canvas will be perfect for setting on my display shelf to keep those fun memories alive. I've used the Main Kit, Creativity Kit, Flower add-on, the Elements Add-on and the Color add-on. 

I had fun preparing my background with mists and stamps from my stash along with a stencil and the CM Iridescent Creative Medium from the Creativity Kit. From that same Kit, I've use the Prills for texture and sacrificed a Love mask to use as my title. It was painted with the Art Alchemy paint in the Color add-on. 

I created layers with a few of the papers from the Main Kit (Blue Fern Studios Heartland Sweet on You, Red Rose Ball, Love Notes and XOXO) along with a simple white paper doily. I fussy cut the large floral heart from the Sweet on You paper and used it to add paper florals to my page. Of course, I added lots of flowers from the MK and from the Floral Add-on. Here you can see those Prills and also the Kaisecraft rhinestones from the Elements add-on. I also loved included the metal X and O paper clips from the Elements add-on. 

You can see that I strategically cut the "hem" from the BFS Heartland Red Rose Ball paper to add as a focal layer under my photo. I enhanced it with lace from the MK and other elements as already noted. I've also added KC ephemera from the Elements add-on. 

Finally found a chance to use one of the white paper hearts in the MK. I stamped it in black but it looks gray here. I tucked in under the black "happy" heart. 

More of the printed heart and some of the embellishments added to the upper right, including another one of the red rhinestone hearts and more gold clips. 
Note the CM texture paste here which created texture but also worked as a reverse resist and pulled colors from the background. 

More fussy cutting for the bottom of the canvas … which I kept fairly simple. 
Some splattered paint and gold mist rounded off my canvas. 

Fun close-ups! 

Truly love those Prills from the Creativity Kit. 

So, that's all from the Janaury Scraps of Elegance Kit. The Main Kit is sold out but there are still some add-ons available when I checked last. Please visit The SOD/SOE Store to see what is still available! 
You can also see everything that is in the already introduced February Kit! 
Although I still have tons left from my January Kit, it's time to move on to the next Kit! 

Thanks for coming by! 

(the one thing I haven't used yet!)

Monday, February 13, 2017

Just the 2 of Us ~ Scraps of Elegance Kit Club

Is there anything sweeter than babies? Especially when one meets his sister for the first time? 
This "melt my heart photo" was the inspiration for a soft, tender layout created with my January "Be Mine" Kit from Scraps of Elegance Kit Club. I've used the Main kit, the Co-ordinating Paper add-on, the Elements kit,  the Color add-on and the Flower add-on. 

I've use the ScrapBerry's Fairytale paper as my base along with torn strips from Blue Fern Studios Heartland Bicycle for Two (both sides.) For photo layers I've used the Heartland Love Notes paper as well as the Kaisercraft ephemera pack. My florals are a mix of Main Kit Heartland Roses and Blooms along with Prima and Petaloo flowers from the Floral add-on. The Heartland bloom was tinted peach so that it would co-ordinate better with the peach tones found in the papers. These warm tones are so "me" and make creating so enjoyable! 

I finally had an opportunity to use the silver hearts from the MK. I misted and gessoed my twine to make it less red. Here I've added some art stones and a flower from my stash. 

The rhinestones in the MK are wonderful and there are so many of them! I'm all set for the rest of the year, LOL. 

Before starting my layout, I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a stencil to add some dimension and character to the background paper. I knew I wanted to do less mixed media on this paper, so went with the dry ink. You can also see my Blue Fern Studios chipboard which was embossed with BFS Sage (stash) and BFS Cotton Candy embossing powder from the Color Add-on. I also dabbed it with gesso to blend the entire page. The large peach bloom was originally pink but altered to match these particular papers. 

I had to add the music note wood icons from Kaisercraft because the parents of these sweet babies are both musicians. And the Kasiercraft ephemera add so much to the layout. 

Just a larger view of the chipboard .. which looks little darker green than it actually is. 

In the lower left corner, I wanted to add some balance, so layered a subtitle or two from Kaisercraft along with some of the Blue Fern Studios Bicycle for Two. More flowers from the Floral add-on! 

I love taking dimensional shots of my pages, so you can appreciate it's true depth and texture. 

And lastly from the other side. 

This is project #3 from the January Kit but I still have so much product left! 
And eecckkkkkkk, my February Kit is here! I am so ready to dive in but first I need to finish up my "Be Mine" Kit! 

If you are not a Kit Club member at Scraps of Elegance/Scraps of Darkness, I can't encourage you enough to take a look at these great kits that Melinda puts together and all the marvelous add-ons available. Not to mention that she has an online store full of scrappy treasures! 

Thanks for coming by! 
See you soon! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Bergdorf Goodman's The Book Club ~ DT work for Scraps of Elegance

Hello, scrappy friends! 
I'm excited to share my second creation with the January "Be Mine" Scraps of Elegance Kit. 
This kit features so much! You'll get plenty of projects out of this baby! 
If you missed out, be sure to sign up for a subscription and never lose out on another Kit! 

On my recent trip to New York City in early December, one of my assigned duties was to take photos of the holiday windows of the major department stores. This window at Bergdorf Goodmans was titled "The Book Club." Bergdorf started the preparation for this window back in March of 2016. It debuted in late November, so you can just imagine the level of artistic design and minute details, It was simply enchanting and I couldn't wait to scrap it! 

My base layer is Blue Fern Studios' Heartland Love Song Serenade. The colors were perfect for my photo. Although this layout is not about Love per se, I do so love seeing what other artists create … especially those pieces that really stir my soul. So, I made this work! And created it with the Main Kit, the Flower add-on, the Elements Kit, and the Color add-on. 

After preparing my background with stenciling and super heavy gesso, I added layers of the Heartland Love Notes paper, flowers, Kaisercraft ephemera and of course, the Blue Fern Studios Heartland chipboard which was covered in Black Gesso and then treated with Nuvo Embellsihment Mousse from the Color Add-on. The Mousse was also used on my butterflies and applied to most of the flowers. 
I filled in my floral cluster with some Spanish moss and some green microbeads from my stash. 

Here is a good look at the Blue Fern chipboard. That mousse was a perfect  finishing touch for adding some character to my chippy. I've combined some Blue Fern Heartland blooms (Main Kit) along with Prima flowers from the Flower add-on. Note how I've tucked in the Baker's twine form the Kit, 

Just another angle of the same corner with a bit more detail. I used some of the Kaisercraft ephemera to write my title, The Book Club. 

Here is a closie of the other corner where you can see the Kaisercraft wooden pieces and ephemera. I used a black photo mat to make my photo really pop. I did also use some green mist from my stash to bring focus and dimension to my photo. You'll notice that I used 2 of the same photo. One is simply tucked in as a layer .. mostly to hide a design on the paper that I didn't want to show. 

I also used another of my sweet Petaloo blooms form the Flower add-on  to use along with the Prima flowers. Again another wooden butterfly icon with mousse. 

Two last photos and I'll wrap this up! I just want to show you where I hid the more Valentine image with the second photo. And also to give you a glimpse at the height of the page. 

One last angle shot. Wow, that photo makes me want to take that trip al over again! 

Thanks for coming by! 
Be sure to watch for more designs from the Scraps of Elegance and Scraps of Darkness Design Teams! 


Monday, January 30, 2017

Scraps of Elegance January Kit ~ Lucy, 1940

Hello, hello! 
It's good to be back with you again today after a bit of an absence … holidays, vacation and work have kept me super busy! 

So, I'm very excited to share my first DT project with the Scraps of Elegance January "Be Mine" Kit featuring Blue Fern Studios Heartland, Scrapberry (miscellaneous collections), Prima, Petaloo and so much more! I opted to get all the add-ons, so I've incorporated some of them into this page  .. the Elements, Flower and Creative Kit add-ons. 

"Lucille Ball, 1940" 
 photo rights: Ernest Bachrach

I've been itching to create a new "Lucy" layout and this seemed like the perfect opportunity! 
I've used the back side of the All You Need paper from Blue Fern Studios Heartland collection as my base layer and then fussy cut from the Kiss Kiss paper and Love Notes papers! My layers were built with Love Notes, Ephemera from Kaisercraft, flowers, cheesecloth (stash) and lace, all from the Kits. 

I was thrilled to incorporate some of the sweet Prills from the Creativity add-on. My florals are mix of Kit flowers and other from the Flower add-on. Of course, the background has some stencil work and the addition of some of the Irresisitible Texture Spray from the Creativity add-on. Aren't those Blue Fern Studios Heartland Flowers and the Pataloo just the bomb? 

This kit was just packed with embellishments and I loaded them on every chance I got! That Ken Oliver heart for Maya Road is amazing! And the sweet rhinestone hearts from Kaisrcraft were calling to be used … because everybody loves Lucy, right? 

I snipped pieces of the lace from the  kit and tucked it here and there. The wooden pieces from Kaisercraft made for a perfect title. When my page was nearly complete, I splattered more of the Irresistible paint, let that dry and then splattered with a white acrylic paint. You might note some stamp work done with BFS stamps from my stash. 

I love clocks, so I went big on this one from the ephemera pack and also incorporated another decorative piece to add Lucy's name, the date of the photo and the copyright holder of the photo. Because there was a twine bow lying on my desk, I tucked it into my floral cluster to give it a finished look! More Prills, oh be still my heart! 

And this last close-up just shows more of the Prills, some of the ephemera and  bits of the lace and flowers from the Flower Add-on! A couple of butterflies and I was done! 

I can't wait to begin project #2. The colors of the Kit are amazing! Please be sure to check out the Store to see this Kit as well as the Scraps of Darkness Kit and so much more! If you are not already a subscriber, you will want to get yourself signed up ASAP! 

Okay, I'll be back soon with more Creative Work! 
Thanks for coming by!