Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Perfect Day - Scraps of Elegance June Kit, 2017

Hello, everyone! 

Sandi here with you today sharing my first project using the June Scraps of Elegance "Birds of a Feather" Kit. This gorgeous kit features BoBunny's Serendipity paper collection which is simply amazing! All the colors work so well together!

"Perfect Day"

I started by layering the BoBunny Serendipity Aviary (Paper Add-on) and Flight papers together. I love the look of wooden slats (Flight)  and tried to play those up with a bit of distressing here and there before adhering to the Aviary paper. Both of these same papers were used as photo layers and built up with cardboard from the shipping package.




I pulled a Blue Fern Studios chipboard frame from my stash and covered it with white gesso. After that dried, I colorized it with the Ranger "Faded Jeans" Distress Oxide from the Color Add-on. It seemed the perfect soft blue for my project. I also used the Distress Oxide to shade around my focal area. This is sweet granddaughter Esther who was born last summer. Yes, I'm always behind but that's okay! And even though these colors are blue, I thought the bird image was ideal for a newborn photo!




After working on the background with a stencil and super heavy gesso,  I began my photo cluster. I've taken various flowers from the Floral Add-on and some of the Serendipity Noteworthy Die Cuts from the Main Kit to create a three dimensional cluster with lots of texture.




Just to play up the texture a bit, I added some art stones from my stash to finish off the project and bring the layers together. Of course, white gesso was used to blend everything.




Just a little close-up of the background and distress work.




I added a few of the butterfly die cuts to give the page a little "lift."



As of this writing, there are still some June "Birds of a Feather" Kits available in the STORE. Hop on over if you haven't signed up as a subscriber or if you need to do some extra shopping! I order all the add-ons and get a wonderfully heavy package each month! 

Thanks for coming by today! 
Sandi





Monday, July 17, 2017

June Scraps of Elegance Kit "Birds of a Feather"

We have another kit to share, our June Scraps of Elegance kit, Birds of a Feather:

 This month, we're featuring BoBunny's beautiful new Serendipity collection, as well as sweet little butterflies by PrimaBlue Fern Studios flowers, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, and more.

Here's a collage photo of the Add Ons for this kit, and you can see them in detail on the Scraps of Elegance kits page of our website, here.


Our designers are busy creating gorgeous projects with this kit, and we'll be sharing those over the few weeks, so you'll want to be sure and follow Scraps of Elegance so you don't miss a single one!

We still have a few of these kits and most of the add ons available in our store, so stop by HERE, pick one (or two, or a few!) up today, because they are, of course, limited edition, and once they sell out, they are gone for good!

Be back soon! 


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Free ~ Scraps of Elegance May Kit "Mix'd Media"

Hello, scrappy friends! 

Sandi here today! 
I was a girl with a mission on this particular project! I'd been wanting to scrap this photo of my friend Holly but hadn't gotten around to it as sometimes happens. Suddenly, I realized her birthday was coming up soon .. as in REALLY soon!!!  So I got busy .... fast! 


As I shuffled through my May Scraps of Elegance Mix'd Media Kit, there were so many ways to go with this one. I had lots of great paper choices. However, when I stumbled upon the 7 Dots Cotton Candy Dreams Sugar Haze, I  knew it was "the one." With the beautiful greens and oranges, half the work was already done for me. It just needed some personal touches. 

After preparing my background, I did some random stamping and applied some super heavy gesso through a stencil for interest and depth. Of course, I got the mists out and played with those as well. While that was drying, I took some chipboard from my stash and painted them up with the Finnabair Rust Paints from the Scraps of Darkness May "Attic Finds" Creativity Kit. This particular Kit as a whole was full of my fave earth tones, so I had to grab them up while I could!!! Not ashamed! 

Just to bring more texture toward my photo, I've used a scrap of wide burlap ribbon underneath my photo and layered lots of the floral ephemera as well as some flowers from the Kit and from my stash. 



The Free title chipboard piece is from the coordinating Blue Fern Studios Happy Accident collection and is found in the Main Kit. I thought it counter-balanced nicely here. 




Here I've tucked in one of the Prima Metal pieces. Perfect for an outdoors photo. Of course, I added a butterfly in keeping with outdoors. 



The photo was taken several years ago, so I must note that the horse and rider take much bigger jumps now. But I love this particular photo for some reason. My friend has trained really hard to enter into "eventing" and compete again younger women. 



Final touches were to splatter some mists around the focal area. 



That's about it! 
I've left my project untrimmed because I plan to shadow box it and I'm unsure how my dimensions will turn out. 

Thanks for coming by! 

Please check out the STORE and see what new things Melinda has for you! 
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See you next time! 

Sandi 


Monday, June 26, 2017

Lucy ~ Born an Original ~ Scraps of Elegance May Kit

Hello, everyone!

Sandi here with you today sharing another project using the May Scraps of Elegance Kit "Mix'd Media."


"Lucy - Born an Original"

This time I've incorporated papers from the Paper Add-On: some tranquil, soothing 7 Dots Cotton Candy Dreams papers ... specifically Pucker Up as my base and then  just Cotton Candy Dreams in torn strips. I prepped the background with clear gesso, let it dry and then did random stamping with the Blue Fern Studios Halftone stamp from the Elements Add On. I brought out the DecoArt Sand Texture paste once again (Main Kit) and did some stenciling around my focal area.

While that was drying, I colorized the white seam binding that came in the Main Kit and secured it with a clip and left it to dry.

As everything was drying, I began choosing flowers and ephemera as well as co-ordinating chipboard from the Main Kit, Floral Add On and Elements Add On.  



This, of course, is a photo of the lower left floral cluster area. You can see that I used the Lucky chipboard piece, struck out the K and used it for my LUCY title. I wove it some of the seam binding. Tucked in a Prima Metal Trinket from the Main Kit and added some Mica flakes from a previous Kit.



I went for broke here and used the "born an original" chipboard from the Co-ordinating Chipboard from the Main Kit. I'm sure it will be overdone but it's perfect here for this old publicity photo of Lucille Ball, so why not??? Love all these beautiful flowers from the Flower Add on.

I decided to use the Artisan Powder from the Color Add On to emphasize my focal areas. It is a gorgeous patina color.




I used the round shapes simply because I thought they worked nicely with the chevron in the patterned papers.



Right angle. The wee flower represents Lucille being one of a kind.



Here's the other side!

Okay that's it from me today.

I hope you've made your way over to the STORE.
Melinda has so many great scrapping supplies as well as information on how to sign up to become a Kit subscriber to be sure you are always ensured getting a Kit if you choose.

Thanks for coming by!
Sandi






Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Passion ~ Scraps of Elegance May Kit "Mix'd Media

Hello, everyone!

I'm here with you today sharing another Design Team layout using the May "Mix'd Media" Kit from Scraps of Elegance Kit Club. The Main Kit papers center around Blue Fern Studios Happy Accident papers and Prima Marketing Flowers plus loads of other, fun mixed media goodies to get your creative juices flowing. 

This little fella in my photo was actually at my house on Father's Day although the picture itself was taken last year. I'm telling you, this boy just makes my heart want to burst from joy! He is the most precious  combination of sweet, obedient, funny and all-boy. And yes, I know I'm prejudiced, haha! I wish he lived closer. 

"Passion" 

Anyway, I've used the Blue Fern Happy Accident Quirk paper as my background. After applying clear gesso using the Ranger Craft Squeegee, I used the KaiserCraft Foliage Stencil and DecoArt Sand Paste all from the Main Kit. I emphasized those areas a bit with some mist that matches with some gold tones in the paper. When that was dry, I stamped around my focal area with the Blue Halftone stamp from the Elements add-on. BTW, where has that Craft Squeegee been all my life??? It is even better than using a credit card when applying your gessoes. Love it! 



I painted the Arrow Word as well as as the circle frame chipboard (from my stash, Creative Embellishments Out of this World Frame) with the Prima Rust Paint from the May Scraps of Darkness Creativity add-on found HERE.  I also added a few none-pink flowers from the Flower add-on and tucked in a few of the ephemera from the Elements add-ons .. love, love the butterflies! 



You can note here that before mounting the chipboard, I tossed some black thread from my stash underneath it to mimic the upper corner design. Boy pages are hard for me, so I figured texture and insects would help me overcome! Those and a little paint! 




This is just a little closer-in photo to show the stencil texture and some of the stamping. 




And this is all across the bottom two thirds of the page. I finished with some white gesso and black mist splatters. 

Here is a photo  of the sold-out May Kit: 


If you've been hanging around here any length of time, you know that Melinda carries the newest products. I always look forward to getting my Kit and add-ons every month. I'll bet you would too! 

See you next time! 

Sandi