Sunday, September 3, 2017

Creative Embellishments September Challenge

Hello, hello!
A little personal creative time is way past due, don't you think?

Today I'm playing along with the Creative Embellishments September Challenge which can be found Right Here!  I decided to create a much needed card for my card stash.

Here is the inspiration photo. Initially, I thought I'd create something with numbers and letters in mind but the color palette was too good to resist!! So .. away I went. 

Above is a collage of all the Creative Embellishments products used: 

Foliage 18 chipboard
 Circle Bokeh Stamp
Distressed Crackle Stamp
Life 3x4 Wood Veneer
Seasons Change Flair

Just another quick look at the card. I've used some Blue Fern Studios Chesterville paper that I thought would be perfect for this inspiration photo palette. I used 4 different papers for my foundation. Then I used the CE wood veneer grounded (on a Prima doily die cut) as my anchor. Since it was light in color, I used some gelatoes to age it.

Here are a few of the yummy Prima flowers used to accent to card.  And of course, the oh so-perfect-for-Fall CE flair button.

My Creative Embellishments chipboard flourish was painted with Distress paint and then ink with the same color. In the end, I dabbed some Stickles on it for a little shine.

Swooning here because I have a thing for polka dot flowers! But seriously, I included this shot because much of my stamping (which is the twist) got hidden  under the wood veneer and the florals. However, you can see it here I you look closely.

I added some more florals on the upper right side to balance the card.

And there you have it ... a finished card!
And a challenge entry!
I'm glad I played as I wouldn't normally put these colors together but they look great!

Thanks for coming by!
I hope you'll visit the Creative Embellishments store. There is currently a 20% off sale.
See you soon!


Monday, August 28, 2017

Lucy Collecting Eggs ~ Scraps of Elegance, project #4

Hello, scrappy peeps! 
It's time for me to share another project created with the July Scraps of Elegance Kit which features 49 and Market's Cottage Life collection as well as KaiserCraft's Lilac Whisper along with tons of embellishments. 

"Collecting Eggs"

I found this wonderful old "still" photo of Lucille Ball among my Lucy photos and knew I wanted to use it if it possibly worked out at all. (The photo was taken by John Springer and is part of the Corbis collection now available through Getty images.)

I've used the back side of Cottage Life: Fresh Delivery as my base layer and included a torn layer of side B from Bicycle Alley. You can see that I've fussy cut images from Watering the Garden and Cottage Cut Outs.

To add some interest, I threw some watered down gesso across the center of the page before adhering a Blue Fern Studios Swirly Circle chipboard piece from my stash. Everything was built upon those layers.
Once my basic composition was figured out, the layout went together fairly quickly.

I adore the sweet Papermania notelets which serve as doily layers. The remainder of the layout relies heavily on the Cottage Life layered embellishments from the Elements add-on as well as flowers from the Floral add-on.

My title was computer generated and adhered to a piece of the striped side of the Garland paper.

More flowers tucked all around and dabbed with white gesso to blend. 

My "Lucy" subtitle was just small alphas from my stash. I had one last layered butterfly and used it here!

Just a quick dimensional shot.

Here's photo of the July Scraps of Elegance Main Kit. Last time I checked it was still in stock ... but they go quickly! To ensure that you never miss another Kit, you'll want to visit the Scraps of Darkness/Elegance Store and begin you Kit subscription. Personally, I order all the add-ons, so that I'll have plenty of co-ordinated supplies. 

Elements add-on, sold out

Floral add-on, sold out

I guess that wraps it up for today. 
As always, we so appreciate your dropping by and supporting us! 

See you next time! 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Sweet ~ More Scraps of Elegance July DT work

Hello, everyone! Thanks for coming by the blog today. 

Sandi here with you to share my third project created with the July Scraps of Elegance Country Chic Main Kit and add-ons. This month's featured papers are 49 and Market's Cottage Life as well as KaiserCrafts's Lilac Whisper. 

This Kit is also full of wonderful embellishments to create lots of great crafty projects! Look at all that scrappy goodness! 


If you're like me, you have lots of graduation and "other occasion" photos to scrap. Above are happy granddaughters MacKayla and MacKenzie. I decided to mix paper collections on this one and have used the Kaiser Craft Lilac Whisper White Wood (Main Kit) along with the 49 and Market Garland paper from the Coordinating Paper add-on. For photo layers I've used the striped back side of the Garland paper, some notes from the Cut Outs paper (Main Kit) and the fussy cut door image from the Bicycle Alley paper (Coordinating Paper add-on.)  I also tucked in a sweet Papermania Notelets  doily from the Main Kit.

The background was treated with clear gesso, stenciling, mists and paints from my stash. The paper has so much detail, one doesn't really need to do much. My large florals are from the Floral add-on and were misted for a better match to  this particular paper.

Here you can see a few fun items that were tucked here and there: the Craft Consortium linen ribbon which I frayed for a shabbier look, some leaves and butterfly from the Cottage Life Layered Embellishments found in the Elements add-on as well as the metal Scrapberry's Heart taken from the same add-on. 

The Sold Out Creativity add-on included some Prima Paper Clay and molds! I was excited to give these a try and was surprised how easy they are to use. I used a leaf mold found in the Martha Stewart package, which was one of 3 mold sets included in the add-on. I simply colored it with ink and mists as well as a few dabs of white gesso. These would be fab used with waxes! Also check out the sweet decorative stick pin included in the Main Kit. 

Here are a couple of dimensional photos for you. (The chipboard title is from my collection.) 

This was a bit of a floral overload for me but I thought it went well with the theme of the paper!

Here are those wonderful add-ons used on my project:

Elements add-on

Creativity add-on

Co-ordinating paper add-on

Floral add-on

For information on how to become a Kt Club subscriber visit this Link. Also, please browse the STORE for lots of other fun items! 

We are having some rain outside today, so that means a perfect day to scrap some more, right? 

See you soon! 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

You - Cottage Chic from Scraps of Elegance!

Hello, everyone!
 Sandi here with you today sharing another project with the super gorgeous July Scraps of Elegance Kit, Country Chic. 
This Kit featuring 49 and Market paper and embellishments along with the lovely KaiserCraft Lilac Whisper papers and so much more! 

These are sweet granddaughters Zoe and Clara who currently are residing in Costa Rica. However, I didn't let their current tropical location deter me from using this cute photo for a Cottage Life theme!  For my background paper I actually used the packing from the Cottage Life papers and primed it with clear gesso, then watered down white gesso to reduce the shiny appearance and prep it for any mixed media.

 In the end, all I actually did was stamping (Blue Fern Studios Country Garden stamp from the Elements add-on and a few from my stash) and some splattering with the Lindy's Stamp Gang mist from the Color add-on as well as some sponging with white gesso. My fear was that molding paste might cause the packaging outer layer to separate from the cardboard. As a second paper layer I used the back of the Cut Outs sheet (blue) to add some contrast. 

Because I had a second sheet of the same, I fussy cut some elements to tuck here and there. Along with that, I used the 49 and Market 3D embellishments found in the Elements add-on. Of course, the Blue Fern Studios Picket Fence chipboard (Main Kit) was a perfect accompaniment as were a few florals from the Floral add-on. The sweet sunflower embellishments are popped out from the Papermania Country Life Decoupage sheets. Using the cute mini clothespin and the Craft Consortium linen ribbon was a given! These last three are all Main Kit items. 

Here are some fun close-ups for you! 

And lastly here is a close-up of the Main Kit: 

I hope you'll visit the Scraps of Darkness Store because there are some amazing products there and also information on signing up for the Kit Club! 

Thanks for coming and hope to see you soon! 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Wheeeeee ... a new Scraps of Elegance project!! So fun!

Hi there, lovely scrappers! 

Sandi here with you today and I'm so glad that you dropped by! 
I'm excited to share my first project created with the July Scraps of Elegance Kit "Country Chic."

"Branching Out"

This gorgeous Kit features the new 49 and Market papers and co-ordinating elements, Cottage Life. 49 and Market is creating some of the most gorgeous collections ever! Of course the Scraps of Elegance Main Kit is chock full of bits and bobs to create with and use as embellishments. For this project, I've also used the Elements Add-on, the Floral Add-on and the mist from the Color Add-on.

My photo is of sweet family member Olivia during her bridal shoot a few years ago.  I've scrapped it before but it certainly bears scrapping a second time ... so perfect for these photos!
I prepped my background on the Branching Out paper and used Provence as a second layer, then did some stenciling, shading and mist/paint splattering. When that was dry, I began organizing my florals and embellishments. Some of the embellishments were fussy cut from the Cut Outs sheet. Layering the 3D embellishments along with the one dimensional was fun to do!

Here are a few close-up for you to enjoy:

Squealing over the 3D elements this time, especially love the circular branch!
From there, I began tucking other things in. 

The sweet basket was created with a fussy cut element along with 3D. I had to include some butterflies as this sweet girl loves all sorts of natures creatures.

I super close look at the basket and florals. And the wonderful Lindy's mist found in the Color Add-on.

I included this photo because the wee cluster on the right side of the paper is just really gorgeous! Hats off to the graphic designer on this paper collection! And see the little bee?

Here's one of the angle shots ...

And here's another!

I hope you were inspired today! And you are enjoying your own Kit.

Here are some photos of the Kit and add-ons.

Main Kit

Elements add-on

Floral add-on

Color add-on

Here's a link directly to the STORE for you to see everything that Melinda carries! 

Thanks for coming by! Can't wait to see what you create!