Monday, May 22, 2017

An Altered Journal ~ Scraps of Elegance April Kit!

 Hello, scrappy friends! 

Sandi Clarkson here with you today sharing my latest creation with the April Scraps of Elegance "A Song of Spring" Kit along with the co-ordinating add-ons. 

I love, love, love to alter journal covers.  So, when I saw the 7 Gypsies Mix & Match Book in the Creativity Add-on, I knew I would be altering it! In fact, I'm surprised it wasn't my first project. 

"The Forgotten Moments" 

After removing the cover for altering, I prepared the surface with clear gesso and then covered it with crackle paste and left it to dry overnight. Then I added some color with sepia, wine and light pink mists from my stash and did some stamping for depth and interest. To anchor the focal creation, I added a fave Creative Embellishments chipboard which was darkened with Walnut Ink. There is some random embossing all over the cover with some chunky, gold embossing powder. 

Next I began adding layers of flowers, paper and embellies. A tag was created using the 49 and Market Hold on Me paper from their Scents of Nature collection, distressed and adorned with some seam binding at the top. Behind it are some of the Rambling Rose die cuts from the Elements add-on as well as flowers from the Main Kit and from the Floral add-on. I also tucked in some of the sweet Flair from the Main Kit and some of the pieces from the 49 and Market 3D embellishments also included in the Elements add-on. 

Here you can see some of those 3 D pieces but this also highlights the Ice Resin German Glass Glitter Shards in Primrose ... and which has momentarily gone missing. The result of a messy desk! 

I love how the crackle paste crackled on the journal cover. I promised myself that I wouldn't cover too much of it but indeed I did cover more than I intended. Because there was some great texture on the book, I darkened these higher areas ... although it's a bit hard to tell in photos. 

One of the papers from the Main Kit that I haven't used yet  is called "The Forgotten" and is by 49 and Market. Being intrigued with the title, I decided to work the tear strip into my creation as part of the title. The Flair which is partly hidden says Moments. Thus "The Forgotten Moments" journal was created! 

Just more of the fun altering and playing with mediums and emebellishements form the Kit and add-ons. It is so hard to know when to stop when you're having fun! 

This glorious purple bloom is from the Main Kit, as are most of them with the exclusion of the green one from the Floral add-on. I even tucked in some from the 49 and Market 3D embellishments. 

The very last thing I did was add the glitter glass and wow, does it ever glisten! I couldn't begin to capture the shine! 

Thanks for coming by today. 

Be sure to visit the online  STORE for shopping and to see about getting signed up for the Kits! 
We appreciate your visiting out Blog and other Social Media sites. 

~  Sandi ~ 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

American Beauty ~ more Scraps of Elegance fun!

Hey, hey! 
Sandi Clarkson here with you today sharing my second project from the April Scraps of Elegance Kit  "A Song of Spring." 

My granddaughter MacKayla was fortunate enough to attend the Kentucky Derby for the first time this year. She is doing an equestrian internship and was beyond thrilled to actually be there for both race days. This selfie photo shows off one of the gorgeous hats she wore! 

I'm not usually one to reach for the color blue very often (I'm more of a teal girl), so this is a bit of a departure for me. I've used the 49 and Market paper (Scents of Nature "Blue Petals") from the Main Kit and did some mixed media work to create some depth and texture. For photo layers I've used tags from the Elements add-on. From there I began working my floral layers using some colorized flowers from the Main Kit as well as some from the Floral add-on and from my stash. On the right, I've tucked in the Blue Fern Studios chipboard from the Main Kit to create additional layers and texture as well as a favorite Creative Embellishments chipboard frame from my stash. 

Here you can see a branch I've tucked in from the 49 and Market 3D elements in the Elements add-on. Reaching back to previous kits, I've included some bronze mica flakes and rhinestones. Of course, I included some cheesecloth as a base layer. 

I loved the butterflies from the 3D elements in the Elements add-on but I wanted them to look more natural, so I put a slight bit of heat to them to crumple them. You might not like the look but I sure do! 

My title is computer generated and is actually a bit of a faux pax.  I meant to title this "Always Dreaming" because that's the name of the horse who won the Race. Guess I'll be changing that! LOL
(But KK is a down to earth American Beauty for sure.) I love the leaves from the 49 and Market flowers in the Floral Add-on, so I've used a few on this layout. Tucked in just a wee bit of that yellow ribbon from the Main Kit. 

Everything got a bit of bit of both blue ink and gesso splatter or dabs. I think that just blends everything nicely. 

This last photo is more or less the center focal point of the layout, so I thought I'd capture it for ya! 

Thanks for coming by today. 
I hope you'll visit the online Scraps of Darkness/Elegance Store because I think there are some remaining April Kits as of this writing!  Also, there are details about subscribing to the Kits. 

~ Sandi~ 

Monday, May 8, 2017

"Fly" - Scraps of Elegance April Kit

Hello, Scraps of Elegance fans! 

Sandi here with you today sharing my first layout with April's gorgeous "A Song of Spring Kit."

I've been waiting for an opportunity to scrap this awesome photo of my grandson Isaac taken on Easter, 2016.  He's been part of our family since 2010 and he's truly a sweetheart. Funny, highly intelligent and get this ... a paper crafting dude! Give him some paper and he can make anything! So, I'm not sure if he'll be a rocket scientist or another Tim Holtz. I guess time will tell! 

For my base layer I've used the B side of 49 and Market's Tree of Life paper from the Scents of Nature collection. This paper is part of the Co-ordinating paper add-on. It's a little more sage green than it appears. I began by doing some mixed media work on the background using a stencil and some super heavy gesso from my stash. Then I began stamping with the 49 and Market Enjoy Every Moment stamp by Valerie Ouellet (Creativity add-on) as well as finishing off the edges with the 49 and Market Line Stitch Stamp by Gabrielle Pollacco found  HERE in the Scraps of Darkness online store. I also used a Creative Embellishments Bokeh stamp from my stash. 

Additional photo layers were created with a lined paper from the Seven Gypsies journal found in the Creativity add-on as well as some Rambling Rose Die Cuts found in the Elements add-on. I've also used a Creative Embellishments chipboard panel from my stash. The sweet Flair button is found in the Main Kit. 

I loved how the Rambling Rose Die Cuts made for easy layers.  For interest, I printed my photo both in black and white and in Vintage and used each of them. Everything is stacked on of lots of cardboard cut from the shipping box. All of my florals were from the 49 and Market Vintage Shades, Sage Bouquet, found in the Floral add-on. I curled some of the wires for an extra twist. Those awesome 3D butterflies are also 49 and Market and are included in the Elements add-on. 

A close-up of the Flair button, the florals and you can also see some stamping. The Creativity add-on included some Spectrum Noir Sparkle glitter brush which I've used to add Sage green color to my layout in random places. 

You can find the scrabble tiles Right Here in the online Scraps of Darkness store.  Peeking out underneath is some of the stamping with the Enjoy Every Moment stamp. If you look carefully, you'll also find my discreet uses of the "washi" tape found in the Main Kit. 

I love the crackle found on this 49 and Market paper and also how the Die Cuts also appear to be stamped. I tried to find and use as many masculine elements as I could.  Kept my flowers, of course! 

Here's a photo from the right side. 

And here's one from the left. 

Here's a photo of the Main Kit " A Song of Spring."  The last I checked, you can still purchase the Main Kit as well as all the add-ons with the exception of the sold-out Creativity add-on. 

Thanks for coming by today! 
Happy crafting! 

~ Sandi~ 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Zoe ~ One of a Kind ~ Scraps of Elegance

Hello again! 

Sandi Clarkson here with you today sharing Project #4 with the March Scraps of Elegance Kit "Hello, Beautiful."  And what a beautiful Kit it is! These warm, earth tones get my creative juices flowing! 

Quick story! As I was creating this fun layout, I had a totally different photo chosen, printed, cropped and matted. At the very last moment, I decided to try a new one of sweet granddaughter Zoe.  The crisp black and white along with her sweet expression was a more perfect choice! Moral of the story: last minute changes can be a good thing! So don't be afraid to branch out. 

I kind of went "old school" on this one and brought out a punch and my distress tool to customize the edges of the peachy Josephine paper from Graphic 45s Portrait of a Lady collection included in the Main Kit.  I layered it over the pretty floral Catherine paper. The vertical strip is from the Blanche paper as are the photo mat layers. Of course, there are some layers of fussy cut flowers from the Victoria papers along with a few Cardstock die cuts included in the Main Kit. 

I misted some of the Prima florals from the Floral add-on and incorporated some of the Petaloo flowers (also, Floral Add-on) as well as the Craft Consortium Resin Flowers from the Elements add-on. I couldn't resist adding a shabby chic Prima resin clock from my stash. Using the Cardstock Sticker sheet, I added Zoe's name along with some of the word phrases here and there. Note the glass beads which were included in the Creativity add-on. Some were painted with white gesso while others were colorized to green using the green gelato in the same add-on. Also, the Adhesive gems from the Main Kit made for some nice bling to scatter around. They look like wet dew on the roses. 

A little close-up of those beads and gems. You might note that I also incorporated a piece of chipboard from my stash to use for anchoring my photo. 

The Heidi Swapp stamp set is such a great one! Although my elements went a little outside of my original boundaries, the stamp still added a nice subtle subtitle. 

I love how all the florals work together in this Kit! Melinda has a great eye for co-ordintating elements but this is just over the top this month! To bring focus to main cluster, I used the Iced Rose gelato from the Creativity add-on and went all the way around my central elements with color. 

My dimensional shot! 

And from this side! 

Although the Main Kit is sold out, I believe there are still some add-ons in the store that you can grab! For example, you can find the Graphic 45 papers right HERE.  While you're there, do some shopping and check out the Kit subscriptions! 

Thanks for dropping by today! 
We appreciate your support! 
~ Sandi ~

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Altered Clock ~ March Scraps of Elegance

Hello, hello! 

Sandi here with you today sharing another project from the March Scraps of Elegance Kit "Hello, Beautiful!" This Kit was full of gorgeous papers and embellishments .. as always. In particular, it features Graphic 45's Portrait of a Lady papers that are full of vintage charm and wonderful images and colors. 

I decided to take a break from layouts and created something altered. The Tim Holtz clock was included as an Off the Page in the February Scraps of Elegance Kit and was still laying unused next to my scrap table. So, I decided it would be a fun project to try and see if I could adapt it for these papers. 

I first covered it with white gesso and then with Glass Beads texture gel. Then, I set about misting with a variety of greens and golds. The green seemed to want to dominate and I was okay with that. However, I used the Viva Cinnamon Color from the Color Add-on on the bells and added some vintage photo ink and patina powder. 

My primary background paper was from the Portrait of a Lady sheet in the Co-ordinating Paper add-on. Using the back of the clock as a guide, I cut a circle around the image and glued it on using the Honey Medium from the Creativity Add-on. I also decoupaged that over the top of the paper with a bit of the Caramel Gelato mixed in the Honey Medium ... for color. 

The inside of the Clock is lined with florals from the Kit, the Floral Add-on and with flowers from my stash. I also included a random feather and a piece of chipboard from the Elements add-on. 
I wanted to use the Prima Memory Hardware jeweled trinkets from the Elements add-on and rummaged through my stash to find some hardware to hang them. They are hooked to one of the upper stems. The chandelier was also from my stash but I added it for a finishing touch.  That little "Happiness" title was from the Sticker sheet found in the Main Kit. 

More Patina and flowers on the sides. 

It was hard to get great photos once I put the glass front back in place but I took this close-up to give you and idea of the inside contents which also includes some of the yummy gold floral lace from the Elements add-on. 

Here are the Memory Hardware pieces.  They are so pretty. 

Just a little view of the opposite side to show you the remainder of the flowers. 

This was originally going to be my primary project photo but I opted to go with the first photo above because I thought it had a bit more character. 

I guess that's about it for today! 
Time to finish my taxes! 

See you soon!
~ Sandi ~