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.

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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. 


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! 


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sweet Smile ~ Scraps of Elegance May Kit

Hello, Scraps of Darkness/Elegance fans! 

Sandi here with you today sharing my first project with the May 2017 Scraps of Elegance Kit "Mix'd Media Kit" as well as a few of the add-ons. I believe that this kit is already Sold Out, so if you've been wavering on joining the Kit Club, now is the time to get signed up and never miss another great Kit again! 

Let's get started! 

The Main Kit focuses around Blue Fern Studios Happy Accident paper collection with lots of wonderful embellishments included to round things out! I've also used the Tim Holtz ephemera from the Elements add-on as well as the Slue Fern Studios Halftone stamp and Arrow Words chipboard also included in that add-on. 

This layout began as what I call my obligatory "pink" layout for the month, wink, wink! With a multi-colored kit, I always try to highlight a variety of colors. As you can see, my pink layout got peach-y very quickly which is much what I prefer anyway ... but my intentions were good, lol. I've used the Happy Accident Fortuity as my base layer and used Layering cards for my vertical piece and photo mats. As is my normal practice, I began with gesso, stamping, stenciling and some random misting. The mist was painted on and spritzed with water to run. This being a Mix'd Media Kit, I felt the need to showcase that. The Happy Accident papers are also part of Blue Fern Studios Artisan Collection which has fewer distinct vintage images and more of a mixed media art feel to them. 

After adding a gessoed Creative Embellishments doily chipboard from my stash to anchor my photos, I began adding my florals which are a combination of the Prima Main Kit flowers as well as the Floral add-ons which are all also by Prima. There are a few random Blue Fern Studios Attic Charm flowers from the Scraps of Darkness online store that I've mixed in.  You can find them Here and HERE. I consider them must-haves!  In this close-up,  you can see part of the Tim Holtz ephemera from the Elements add-on as well as some of the Happy Accident co-ordinating chipboard found in the Main Kit. 

The Blue Fern Studios Arrow Words have long been a fave of mine. Here I've layered two of them on a Happy Accident cardstock sticker to create my title.  The chipboard is embossed with Blue Fern's Peacock embossing powder which Melinda carries in the store. You can buy it HERE.  I've tucked in a few of the Prima Metal trinkets and pieces of Blue Fern Happy Accident cardstock stickers. (Both from the Main Kit.) 

Another floral cluster in this corner. You can see that I've used pink and peach together and they blend nicely with these papers. The Blue Fern Studios Halftone stamp is actually part of my stash but comes in the Elements add-on. I've used it all over the page to create depth and interest. Of course, I've added some of my usual cheesecloth and art stones. 

I love the butterfly ephemera from the Elements add-on. So perfect as a filler on most any project! Some splattered gesso everywhere to blend everything. 

Got to take those angle photos, you know! 

I love that I ended up with a rich array of color! 

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Dream ~ April Scraps of Elegance (Lucy layout)

Hello there, scrappy friends! 
Sandi Clarkson here with you today sharing another project featuring the April "A Song of Spring" Kit from Scraps of Elegance. This Kit is built around the gorgeous 49 and Market Scents of Nature paper as well as Blue Fern Studios Spring Parade. 

For my base layers I've used the Scents of Nature Fly Away paper as my foundation and layered it with Beauty Abound where I tore the corner to reveal that gorgeous dark purple from underneath. 

My mixed media work consisted mostly of stamping with a variety of 3 different stamps and misting. No texture paste on this one! Just some clear and white gesso here and there. Of course, I had fun altering the Memory Hardware Resin Frame by Frank Garcia (found in the Elements add-on) with the Art Alchemy. paint and Artisan Powder unclouded in the Color add-on. 

My photo layers (Lucille Ball) were ephemera from the Elements add-on. And of course, lots of florals from the Flower add-on. I've been in a bit of a monochromatic mood with my flowers lately, so  on a couple of this month's projects you'll note less variety but deeper color intensity by staying with the same color familiar or neutrals. 

My frame is turned sideways and tucked under the photo and ephemera. I've been generous with flower laying and completed my composition with the addition of color using the Spectrum Noir pen in Fig from the Creativity Kit. 

A single gorgeous butterfly from the Wings and Things 3D pieces found in the Elements add-on kit. The watch piece is from my stash of goodies. 

For my title I snagged a die cut from my stash and colorized it with the Spectrum Noir pen. 

Here's a close-up of the lower right focal point created with ephemera, florals and a Flair from the Main Kit. 

I love creating dimension. This is really a gorgeous page but it was hard to capture that in my photos. 

One last dimensional shot showing how I added water to the color to create some flow. Coating your paper with clear gesso in the beginning helps the color to move with water application. 

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Monday, May 29, 2017

May Scraps of Elegance Reveal~

The May SOE kit is here, and it's a beauty!

(as seen on the Scraps of Elegance Blog) 

These are the gorgeous papers you will find in the kit, also available as our Patterned Paper Add On:

We also have the Coordinating Paper Add On (these papers are NOT in the main kit):

This month, we have two separate Creativity Add Ons!

And our OTP Add On: (imagine how pretty this would be if you combine it with the Creativity Add Ons for this month!)

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you are having a beautiful weekend, and would like to take this opportunity to thank all our vets... all you've done for our country is appreciated, and thank you...

This month's kit and add ons are sold out, but you can always find our available kits in our store here, or you can join the club and never miss out on a kit!  You can purchase a kit subscription here.

My kits have arrived and I can't wait to dive in! 

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 Viney Flourish Frame 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! From the Elements add-on, I've used the Spectrum Noir Peony Sparkle glitter brush pen around the outline of my chipboard. 

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. 

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~  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~