Thursday, October 23, 2014

Amazing. ~Scraps of Elegance - "Mary's Song", September Kit~

Hello, my peeps! I bet you've been wondering where the heck I have been! It must of seemed I dropped of the face of this earth but I did not.  On September 17/14 my husband was is in serious motorcycle accident, and my life was put on hold. By the Grace of God and through the prayers of many many people my husband is doing very well and will hopefully be coming home in a couple of weeks! He is in an amazing rehab facility that work with brain injuries, plus working with physical and occupational therapies as well.  I have been living at my daughters' in winnipeg during this whole time and have only gone home on two separate occasions.  God is good! Soon we will resume life, but which a whole new appreciation for it and each other and God!

Because of this, I have had to step down from my design team obligations with Scraps of Elegance, and I only have 1 layout to share with you that I created the day before the accident.  I didn't get a chance to edit any close ups, and this is the only photo I have on my iPad to share with you. So let me introduce  "Amazing" using the September kit 'Mary's Song' from Scraps of Elegance !

I was really looking forward to create with this gorgeous kit and am glad I managed to get one project done! This layout features my great niece Cassidy. This beautiful child is truly amazing! She was born with Cystic Fibrosis, and once they found the diagnosis and started receiving testament, she has flourished and is a healthy happy girl. She is charming, talented, smart as a whip and a beautiful Child of God!

It's been so long now, but I am pretty sure I used bits of all the kit and add ons. I did lots of stencil/moulding paste work, and used some Blue Fern Studio chipboard. I know I used a sketch for inspiration, but since I am not home and don't have it with me, I can't remember whom it was by.

Well, thanks so much for looking! I don't know when I will be back with more, but hopefully I will be able to get back to scrapping in the not to far from now future!

Be Blessed!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Project3 with SOE and Raindrops on Roses

Hi everyone! I forgot to share my last layout using the August kit Raindrops on Roses from Scraps of Elegance. So many gorgeous papers in this kit. It's was hard to choose! I'm pretty sure I used a little bit from all the add ons, minus the embellishment add on.

Thanks so much for dropping by and stay tuned for some projects with the new September kit coming up called Mary's Song! Worth waiting for!

Be Blessed!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

"Mary's Song" Scraps of Elegance September Kit!

Its reveal day today at SOE, and I want to share the gorgeous September kit! It is filled with tons of gorgeousness you won't want to miss out on!

SOD/SOE September Inspiration Board!

Its time to share with you the gorgeous inspiration board that Melinda put together for us! For details on the contest and the rules, check out our blog!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Art Journalling with "Raindrops on roses" August kit and Scraps of Elegance!

Hi there! Sorry I haven't been very active herelately and few projects but my son just got married this past weekend, so needless to say I have been very busy and very preoccupied! The wedding was a smashing success, and the lovely couple are off on their honeymoon getting acquainted!

I wanted to try my hand at art Journalling. As it is all the rage lately, and it just so happens that in The Creative Add on kit has an art journal in it with a cute stencil and embossing powder and such. So I gave it a shot!  Here is my result!

For the first page I used a Butterfly stencil and some homemade modelling paste. I used the Lindy sprays from the color add on. I love how when some of the colours blended I got purple, and the blue took on a teal colour with the black spray. I coloured the butterflies with Stickles ( wow! Hadn't used those in a LONG time!) I used a Prima stitches stamp and some Lindy's embossing powder from my stash. I then used some black gelatos around the edges of the page.

For my second page I jut used the pink spray from the color add on. I used gesso on both pages, and I sprayed water on first, then the pink, and then hit it with the heat gun till dry. I just kept repeating this process till I was satisfied with the result. I did do a bit of dabbing with a paper towel as well.  I used the stencil that came in the Creative add on and used modeling paste. I used some black paint and a old gift card and made some random black lines, and also black lines in between each "sun ray" of the stencil. I used the embossing powder from the add on kit on the black flowers, but you can't see it I the photo. 

I am quite happy with how it turned out, being my first time. But next time I will not use such dimensional flowers as now the book won't close properly! I have to change my mind set when it comes to art Journalling! Lol. Thanks so much for dropping by! Time to get working on my next project!

Be Blessed!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Scraps of Elegance and Raindrops on Roses = Gorgeous Inspiration Board!

Hello Peeps! This month at SOE/SOD Melinda decided to forgo the usual monthly sketches and go for an Inspiration Board! The super cool thing is that it works for both of the kit clubs! As I am designing for Scraps of ELegance, I used the August kit, Rain drops on Roses. What a fun kit to play with and design, and the Inspiration board helps you think outside the box.  So, this is the layout I came up with using the Inspiration board! you can find the info to our inspiration board and challenge here-

 What I took for inspiration was the frames, the b/w and color photo, and the trail of flowers. To create this layout, I used the Main Kit, the Coordinating paper add on, the Floral add on,the Color add on, and the Creativity add on.

isn't this beautiful? I bet you could create something equally if not more beautiful with this to inspire you!

 For the title, I cut out a phrase from the Authentic Life Cards that came in the main kit and placed them inside one of the frames. I used the sprays from the color add on behind it to make it pop and embellished the top corner with flowers from the kit.  I used a boarder punch some what randomly around the background paper.

 Here is a close up to one of the flower clusters. I used a Prima mask and homemade modeling paste and the pink and blue sprays from the kit. I dry brushed the flowers and leaves with gesso.

 Same idea on this flower cluster. You can see I outlined the circles from the stencil with a black pencil making them pop and did some random stamping with a prina stamp. Don' t you just love this photo? I found it on line for free!

 I placed my photo on pop dots on top of  theses super cute frames that I layered on top of each other, and I fussy cut the black clock from the middle piece of one of the frames. I also used a embossing pen and the embossing powder that came in the Creativity add on. It is very subtle but if you look closely you can see the squiggled lines coming off the four corners of the central part of the layout.  I also splattered some of the sprays.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and please go to the blog and check out the inspiration board and get inspired!

Be Blessed!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Scraps of Elegance Guest Designing for Scrap Around The World!

What an exciting day! Today is the reveal of the August 2014 Challenge 16 Mood Board for Scrap Around The World, and it was designed by the lovely Marilyn Rivera! Here is the link to their challenge:

 Isn't it just beautiful? So many different items to inspire you! I just love the whole board! This is actually my first time using a mood board so it was quite fun for me!

Now I will tell you what from the mood board inspired me! Quite a lot actually! I was first inspired by the aqua color of the dress in the top left corner.  I was also inspired by the cork board and the spools of thread, and the gold dress. Below is my creation and detailed photos, I will warn you, this post is quite photo heavy!

I decided to make a reverse canvas/layout, something I've wanted to do for quite some time but just didn't have the right challenge for it......till now!  I used the SOE August kit, Chasing Rabbits, and had saved this paper particularly for this challenge. I did lots of fussy cutting, and I used the Main Kit and the flower add on.

 Here is a view of the side and all the details. I used a couple of stencils, and used some homemade modeling paste and some Viva Decor Inka Gold, to bring in the gold from the mood board.  I also used some Lindy Stamp Gang spray in pink. You get to see some good dimension from this view!

 I used the pretty paper from the kit to line all edges of the canvas, and used a 12 x 12 sheet of cork to cover the back. I used lots of flowers from the add on and from my stash. I used the Inka gold on the Prima resin letters to give more definition.

 I love these vintage spools of thread that a friends daughter gave me from a garage sale she went too! Perfect for the mood board! I dry brushed gesso over most areas of this GDT piece.

I have lots of pretty layers under the photo, unfortunately they got covered by the all the layers.... you can see a few poking out on the right side of the photo. 

thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed my piece for the SATW August mood board! Don't for get to go to their site to see all the other GDT creations!  Here is the link to their blog once again!

Be Blessed!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Raindrops on Roses Kit-August 2014 ~Scraps of Elegance Kits!

It's time to reveal the gorgeous August Kit from Scraps of Elegance Kits! this kit features papers from  Authentique, Petaloo flowers, Chipboard from Blue Fern Studios, and lots of Prima yuminess! 

Stay tuned for gorgeous designs from the design team!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fabulous with SOE July kit 'Chasing Rabbits'

Today I want to share with you my second layout I created with Scraps of Elegance July kit "Chasing Rabbits. I really love the floral papers in this kit and all the cute clocks. This layout is featuring my favourite sisters to scrap, Cassidy and Lucia! They are so cute, and I am sure you can tell why I love to scrapbook them so much!

For this layout, I kept the mixed media to a minimum, using only one stencil and some homemade texture paste. I felt the words described the girls quite well! I did lots of edge distressing, some paper ripping and inked the edges as well.

On this close up you can see the Blue Fern Studio double frame that I altered. I first primed everything with gesso. And then on the top part I used Liquid Pearls to create raised flourishes and designs following the pattern of the frame. Unfortunately, after it dried it flattened out much more than I would of liked, losing most of the detail! I then embossed it with a Shabby Chic ivory embossing enamel and used black distress ink on the outer edges. The large clock is from a die that I own and I used Inka Gold, distress inks in brown shades,  with a few splatters of black and white sprays.

I did a little ripping on this side of the layout and I added a bit of lace to bring attention to this area. I used the cool word stickers from Heidi Swapp that was part of the main kit. I wanted it to sit on top of the frame so I just fussy cut it right on the acetate it was stuck onto to keep it stiff, and the. Just glued it on.

I fussy cut out some clocks and some flowers and used these as the base for this cluster at the top of the page. I added a few flowers from my stash and a cute resin frame.

Here you can see a close up of my main flower cluster using flowers from the Floral add on and from my stash. I used one of my MS butterfly punches and added them in a few stragic places on the layout. Finally, I dry brushed all the flowers with Gesso, and along the outer edges I used more Inka Gold and gesso for definition.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, and I hope you gained some insight on how I like to add character to some of my layouts, some inspiration, and I hope you will leave a few kind words of encouragement!

                    Be Blessed!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Guest Designing for Something Tattered Stamps!

Hi! today I am guest designing for Something Tattered Stamps, and I wanted to share with you what I made with their beautiful stamps! The stamps are so delicate and elegant and perfect for a wedding project, so I decided to make a Wedding Card Box! This is actually something very practical for me to make, as my son is getting married this coming August!

  I bought a large round paper mache box from Michaels and  sprayed it white with Gesso in a spray can, as I didn't want the brown showing through. I then took a few sheets of white tissue paper and using black Archival ink and the Den Wallpaper Stamp, and stamped the image onto the tissue paper.  I wanted a softer image, so I used the palm of my hand instead of an acrylic block, to hold the stamp. I was really pleased with the result.

I then  carefully glued the tissue paper to the box with Modge Podge.  I then continued decorating the card box with sheer wired ribbon, white lace, various flowers that I had inked with purple inks and dry brushed with gesso, wooden hearts with chipboard words and a bit of bling!  Voila! There you have a beautiful Wedding Card Box any Bride would be proud to have on her Guest Book table! At least our Bride is!

Thank you to Something Tattered for having me and I hope you have been inspired to make your own card box, but most of all, to try out the beautiful stamps of Something Tattered.

Here is the result!

Thank you to Something Tattered for having me and I hope you have been inspired to make your own card box, but most of all, to try out the beautiful stamps of Something Tattered!  Thank you to everyone who has stopped by to take a peak and I hope you enjoyed my Wedding Card Box!

Be Blessed!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Scraps of Elegance 'Chasing Rabbits' kit & "He asked, She said YES!"

Hello! Happy Friday! I am so happy to finally be able to share with you my first DT project for SOE! I am totally in love with the gorgeous papers from this kit! There are papers from Marion Smith, Kiasercraft, and Websters Pages.
 I chose to use a engagement photo of my son and his fiancee. The photo is intentionally fuzzy as the focus is to be more on her hand and the engagement ring.  I knew this chipboard title I had in my stash would be perfect for this photo!  First I went to town on the papers that I chose.  I did some tearing and border punching, stenciling and misting and stamping! So messy and so much fun!

 Most of the flowers on this layout are from the Floral add on and a few from my stash.  I love to dry brush them with gesso, so I did that here as well as on the edges of all the papers and other embellishments.

 There are some really cute word stickers from Heidi Swap in the main kit and I used some of the stars from it, saving the gorgeous words for later projects to come.  The chipboard title is from my LSS and from a local business called Lasered Edge that is now designing for them. 

  In the main kit there is also some watercolor tags by Heidi Swap. I inked mine with chalk ink, stamped some swirls onto it with embossing ink and then used clear embossing powder to make the design pop but not too much.

I used some Blue Fern Studio chipboard, and painted it black and dry brushed it abit with gesso. I also used a date sticker from the kit to document the day the kids had their engagement photos taken.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed my debut layout as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Be Blessed!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Exciting News!

Finally, at last I can share my exciting news that I have been holding in for what seems like forever!  As of July 1/14 I will be designing for Scraps of Elegance! I can't wait for my first kit to arrive so I can start creating with the yummy goodness that is within! I hope you all will continue to drop in and follow my journey as I strive to be an inspiration to all who stop by! Stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

June kit from C'est Magnifique and fond farwells

Hi all! It's time to share with you all what I have created with the June Kit from C'est Magnifique Kits!. It's been a bitter-sweet month for me both personally and creatively, with saying good bye to my Mother-in-law and working with this amazing kit which is my final kit for C'est Magnifique. I have so enjoyed designing for CM but it seems we are both going forward in new ways!  I want to thank Leslie for taking a chance on me and I want to wish Deonna all the best as she takes over C'est Magnifique Kits!

Now for my projects!  My first project I want to share with you is called "Moments" This kit has so many wonderful elements to choose from I put a little of everything on this layout! Here is little Lucia, who is stunning in her pink flower headband!  I did alot of mixed media type techniques from stamping to stenciling with home made modeling paste, to distressing and using paints and gelatos. I even took threads off the brown burlap trim and used them around the little roses on the outer edge of my layout! Such fun!

 To create this layout I used the Main Kit, the flower add on, the embellishment add on and the MMM Kit. From my stash I used: stencil, home made modeling paste,gesso, stamp, archival ink,string, leaves.

Close  ups:

This layout is in memory of my loving Mother-in-law who passed away May 16/14 and now rests in the loving arms of Jesus.  "Mother".  This photo is of my MIL and my dear hubby, taken almost 3 yrs ago at our daughters wedding, and she had just celebrated her 90th birthday. She always had this smile and light in her eyes when she talked with any of her children,  grandchildren and great grand children. She is fondly remembered and sadly missed. I wanted to keep this layout C&S, which is not really may style at all, but suits Mom.

I used papers from 7 Dots from the Main kit and got out my Martha Stewart punches and punched away! I very lightly inked the edges just to define them a bit more. I used lots of flowers and the cute Prima doily stichers. I altered the Blue Fern Calligraphic Border with distress paints in the metallics and teal chalk ink by Prima.

 To create this layout I used the Main kit, the flower add on, and the embellishment add on. From my stash I used: distress paint and inks, border punches, clock die, Inka Gold, and teal chalk ink.

Close ups:

Time for some fun! I bought this wooden plaque from Michael's some time ago with just this kind of project in mind!  I call it "She Knew". I made good use of the MMM kit for this one! Lots of paint and sprays and rub on's and gleatos! 

 To create this project I used the main kit, the flower add on, the embellishment add on and the MM Kit. From my stash I used: gleatos, mists, stencil, home made modeling paste,doll stamp and archival ink.

Close ups:

For my last but not least layout I have "Brotherly Love" to share with you. Jacob just loves his little brother Seth sooo much! When I saw this paper from the Kiasercraft papers that came in the June kit, I knew I would be using this photo with it! I had such fun using the turquoise paint from the MMM kit to make those yummy paint drip at the bottom of the layout. I painted the Blue Fern chippies black, and I made black dashes along each letter in the banner part of the title. 

 To create this layout I used the Main kit, the flower add on, and embellishment add on and the MM kit. From my stash: memory box die, stencils, home made modeling paste, mists, black paint and pen and cardstock,, wire string, leaves.

Close ups:

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you gained some inspiration on different ways to use this glorious kit!
I have some great scrappy news to share with you in a couple of weeks, so please stay tuned! 

Be Blessed!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Full reveal of C'est Magnifique's June Kit - Lazy Days of Summer!

This kit is just Heavenly! The beautiful Kiaser Craft papers and 7 Dots Studio papers work together so wonderfully.  You will enjoy working with this kit as much as we all have! Unfortunately for me I couldn't get all my projects done due to a loss in our family that took quite abit of my time, energy and emotion. Getting back into the swing of things has been a bit difficult.

Without further delay, here is the amazing Lazy Days of Summer kit!
Kit Paper:
7 Dots Studio: Nature Walk: Songbird
7 Dots Studio: Nature Walk: Musical Blooms
7 Dots Studio: Nature Walk: Cotton
7 Dots Studio: Nature Walk: Gray Day
7 Dots Studio: Nature Walk: Cloudy
7 Dots Studio: Nature Walk: Winged Vines
KaiserCraft: Kaleidoscope: Collage
KaiserCraft: Kaleidoscope: Decoupage
KaiserCraft: Kaleidoscope: Expression
KaiserCraft: Kaleidoscope: Impasto
KaiserCraft: Kaleidoscope: Mosaic

Kit close ups:

 Kit Embellishments:
Prima: Divine: Large Canvas Alphabet
Manor House Ivory Roses
Prima: Something Blue: Tie the Knot Flowers
Shimmerz: Spritz: Caribbean Sunset
Manor House Frames: Black and White
American Crafts: Rose Ribbon: Peony
Kaisercraft: Kaleidoscope: Cardstock Die-Cuts 
Prima: Resin Angels (1/2 package)
Maya Road: Linen Burlap Trim

Embellishment add on:

Prima Crochet Icons 1
Prima: Ingvild Bolme: Junkyard Findings: Black Metal Street Signs
KaiserCraft: Kaleidoscope: Sticker Sheet
Webster's Pages: Metal Frame
Prima: Hello Pastel: Buttons
Prima: Lace Sticker: Doily 3
American Crafts: Thickers Alphabet
Blue Fern Studios: Chipboard: Calligraphic Bord

Flower Add on:

Prima: Princess: Glass Slippers
Prima: Parfait: Wintergreen
Manor House: Black Roses
Petaloo: Botanica Blooms: Teal
Prima: Songbird: Button Vine
Petaloo: Mini Blossoms: Pink

 MMM Kit Add on:

Ayeeda Mist: Pastel Pink
Ayeeda Paint: Matte Turquoise
Gelatos: Tropicals Set
KaiserCraft: Texture Stamp: Victoria
Tim Holtz Ideology: Botanical Remnant Rubs
My Mind's Eye: Chalk Studio Tags
Maya Road: Wood Hearts 
Prima: Free Spirit: Wood Embellishments (1/2 package)
Ingvild Bolme: Jean Plates (3 pieces)
Petaloo: Teal Berry Spring Cluster
Prima: Jutes Flowers
Petaloo: Botanica: Pistachio 
Blue Fern Studios: Chipboard: Techno Rings

I will be back to post my projects on June 5th so please come back to see what I have created with the kit!

Be Blessed!