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! 


Monday, August 7, 2017

Journey ~ Scraps of Elegance June Kit, project 4 (another Bergdorf Goodman photo)

Hello, scrappy peeps! 
Thanks for coming by the blog again today. 
Hopefully you'll find some inspiration or a new tip or trick to incorporate into your scrapping! 

It's Sandi here sharing my fourth project using the June "Birds of a Feather Kit" for Scraps of Elegance Kit Club. I still have so much product leftover that I'm sure there will be many more personal projects completed from this one Kit and the add-ons!    
When cleaning up, I realized there were several items left untouched that I had intended to use and just forgot! 


This Kit and the add-ons really took me by surprise in how much I loved it!
 My favorite paper from the BoBunny Serendipity collection is surely the gorgeous "Love" paper. It's a pink pattern paper with sweet bird images and it snagged my affections from the get-go. Now, if you know me, you know that pink is definitely not my "thing." However, this paper is just extra special ... and after seeing team member Annie Carnigan use it,  I knew I couldn't resist it any longer!

Of course, I prepped my background with clear gesso and did a lot of white gesso work before working with my photo and embellishments. I also adhered my paper to chipboard to prevent any warping due to moisture of the wet media. With heavier papers this isn't a necessary step but with thinner papers it's a must if you plan any wet media.

I tore a vertical section of the "Life" paper and adhered it slightly offset to the left on my layout. Tearing paper is current my favorite technique. As I created my layers, I grabbed some of the BoBunny die cuts that co-oridinate perfectly with particular paper. These are found in the ephemera (Noteworthy) pack in the Main Kit. I also incorporated some of the co-ordinating chipboard stickers from the Kit.

My florals are all from the Kit and Floral add-on with the exception of the small blue flowers. 

Here you can see the dimension of the layout. I love texture. I've also used the gorgeous Memory Hardware spoon which goes so well with my colors. I've also snagged a black and silver piece of netting from my stash to bringing out the black and charcoal tones. 

And from this angle you can see the florals from the side. I also did some stamping with a random stamp on my desk and that adds a bit of depth as well. As a finishing touch, I added some small art stones from my stash. 

Don't you love that sweet bird die cut? He's perfect for this particlular layout. My photo is one I took of a Bergdorf Goodman store window photos on my NYC trip back in December. I love it so much that I am currently using it as my desktop photo. 

This June Kit has such a wide variety of colors and embellishments! I can see lots of projects in my future! 

Here's a look at the June Kit: 

The last time I checked it was not yet sold out, so hurry on over to the STORE and do some shopping! 

Thanks again for coming by! 


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Remember ~ Scraps of Elegance June Kit

Hello, scrappy peeps!
I hope you're having a good week. 

Sandi here with you sharing my next project using the June Scraps of Elegance Kit "Birds of a Feather." And of course, lots of the add-ons! 


This is my granddaughter, MacKayla. My photos unfortunately don't capture how pretty this layout is in real life. It has lots of dimension and interest as well as a fair amount of sparkle.

I used the BoBunny Serendipity Love as my base and layered it with some punched Aviary Paper from the same collection. After doing my background mixed media work, I layered Branches and Treetops under my photo. 

The Blue Fern Studios Curling Corner chipboard piece is from the Elements add-on and was heat embossed with the Blue Fern Studios Summer Breeze embossing powder from the Color add-on. I've used lots of blooms from the Main Kit as well as from the Floral add-on. Co-ordinating chipboard and ephemera were tucked in randomly here and there. 

This is a pretty good close up of the mixed media work I did.  Stencils and mists were from my stash but I did use the awesome 49 and Market Script Squared stamp from the Elements add-on.

You can see I let loose and had some splatter fun on this one!

My photos are less than stellar this time. I am having computer issues which are causing me a few hurdles this week.

I enjoy showing you all the dimension created by the elements used on my projects! I love getting all the add-ons and having plenty of options on my projects!

Here is a photo of this month's Kit. Last time I checked there was at least one available. Better hurry on over to the STORE if you want to snag one!

Thanks for coming by today!
See you next time.