Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Pretty in Pink......

Good morning!
Pink is such a pretty color.....and I love how Lisa Griffith created this beautiful pink layout!


She noticed some light butterflies up the right hand side of the paper 'Bliss' so she grabbed a black watercolor pencil and traced them all out, then went back over them with a small wet paintbrush and it really brought them to life! She added lots of black stamping and built up some layers using lots of goodies from the kit.



  She used one the pink doilies from the kit and painted it messily with a black paint dauber to get it looking really distressed, and also fussy cut some flowers and butterflies from the different papers.
Thanks for stopping by!
~Laura

Monday, July 25, 2016

Mixed Media Monday - July 25

Good morning!

Nicole created this super sweet canvas using the Scraps Of Elegance 
'Sunshine & Sweet Tea' Kit.


 She decided to do a jar of flowers using the a jar chipboard piece from Blue Fern Studios and many of the flowers from the Floral add-on.


Her base was covered with many layers of different paints and pastes and inks.  


She took several pieces of the Prima twine and made a crisscross pattern on her base.

 
And, as a final touch, some of the sweet little bees from the BoBunny Butterfly Kisses chipboard set! 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by
~Laura
 
 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

DIY Gel Press Monoprints 3 Layer Technique Tutorial

Our July Scraps of Elegance Creativity Add On featured a Gel Press reusable gel printing plate, brayer, and 3 colors of Momenta Art C stencil paint, and Tracey has done a wonderful technique tutorial based on the items in this add on. Tracey will show how easy it is to create an amazing 3 layer background for your handmade cards, tags, atc's, or whatever else you may want to use it on.  Here's what Tracey used hers for - a gorgeous mixed media wedding card and gift tag set:
 And here's the video tutorial for the monoprinting technique:



Tracey used various items from the kit to complete her card and tag, and here's a detailed list:
Items from our July Scraps of Elegance Sunshine & Sweet Tea Main Kit:  BoBunny Butterfly Kisses Collection Butterfly Kisses Paper, Blue Fern Studios Attic Charm Daisies Flowers, Papermania Pearl Flower Buttons, BoBunny Butterfly Kisses Collection Printed Chipboard, American Crafts Knock Outs Mini Butterfly Punch

Items from our July Scraps of Elegance Creativity Add On: Gel Press 3x5" Gel Printing Plate, Speedball Art Products 4" Brayer, and Art-C Pink, Purple, and White Heavy Body Semi Gloss Acrylic Paint

Items from our July Scraps of Elegance Elements Add On: BoBunny Butterfly Kisses Buttons, Prima Salvage District Wood Variety embellishments, Blue Fern Studios Watermelon Glitter, Docrafts' Bright Spot Paper Doilies

Items from our July Scraps of Elegance Floral Add On: Petaloo Coral Botanica Anenome Flowers and Prima Rose Gold Boxed Flowers (Leaves)

Items from Previous Kits:
May 2016 Creativity Add On ~ Prima Art Basics Gesso set (Clear, Heavy White)
February 2016 Main Kit ~ Petaloo: Antique Rose Penny Lane Flowers
February 2016 Elements Add On ~ Craft Consortium Always & Forever - Duck Egg Resin Roses
January 2016 Main Kit ~ Buttons Galore Fancy Hearts Theme Pack
January 2016 Main Kit ~ Prima Royal Menagerie Chipboard/Metal/Sequins
December 2015 Elements Add On ~ Prima A Victorian Christmas Velvet/Mulberry Paper Leaves & Berries 
November 2015 Elements Add On ~ Prima Plumeria Lace Trim June 2015 Elements Add On ~ US ArtQuest Mini Prills - Lavender & Lace

Other Products: Prima ~ Floral Lace Trim - Daisy, Prima ~ Art Basics Soft Matte Gel, Transparent, Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Ink - Peacock Feathers, Tsukineko ~ VersaFine - Onyx Black, Lindy’s Stamp Gang ~ Magical - Sweet Violet Purple Teal
Higgins ~ Drawing Ink - White, Tim Holtz with Stampers Anonymous ~ Layering Stencil - Latticework, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ 3D Foam Squares - Regular, white, Helmar ~ Premium Craft Glue, Darice ~ Heat Tool

 And here are a few close up photos of Tracey's beautiful card and tag:






Thank you for spending a bit of your day with us today, we hope you are inspired by Tracey's tutorial.  Have a beautiful weekend!

~Melinda


Friday, July 22, 2016

weekend inspiration from Nicole!

Good morning!

Welcome to another Friday which means it is time for a weekend inspiration post....to help get your creative juices flowing this weekend!
Do you feel like making some fabulous cards?


These wonderful cards were created by Nicole using our Scraps Of Elegance July kit, Sunshine & Sweet Tea.

All 3 cards are different from one another, each in a different color palette, but still from the same gorgeous papers from the BoBunny Butterfly Kisses collection included in the kit.

First there's this soft pink card using the cute chipboard hummingbird (main kit) and the lovely Salvage District stamp from Prima (Elements Add On). Nicole also used one of the Bright Spark doilies that was in the Elements Add On, and the sweet flower is by Blue Fern, and is in the main kit.  The chipboard key is also by Blue Fern, and was in our May main kit.




With the 2nd card, she decided to go with teal blue and fussy cut these adorable jars out of the paper!



The final card she created she used a peach color scheme....



Maybe this weekend you would like to create a layout or two - to inspire you here is a beautiful layout, also from Nicole....


For this layout she used a Blue Fern Studios paper from the romantic Courtship Lane collection (included in the main kit) as her background, and then accented with some BoBunny Butterfly Kisses papers (also from the main kit), chipboard and buttons.  She used the Prima stamp (in the Elements Add On) to form part of the title and even stamped some pretty butterflies that she cut out and popped up against her background.



One of her favorite part of this kit are the gorgeous Attic Charm Daisies from Blue Fern Studios.  



Thanks for stopping by
~Laura

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Another beautiful Sunshine & Sweet Tea kit layout by Nicole....

Good morning!


Nicole did a lot of layering on this page, wanting to showcase lots of the pretty kit papers from the July Scraps Of Elegance Sunshine & Sweet Tea kit. She used the American Crafts Knock Outs butterfly punch included in the kit and popped up the negative to give a shadow effect.


She loved the Prima Salvage District stamp included in the Elements Add On. And she dabbed some Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint in turquoise on the Blue Fern Studios flowers(from the main kit) and the Prima flowers and leaves (from the Floral Add On) and tied a bow on the tag with the Prima twine. That gorgeous chipboard mason jar is by Blue Fern, and was included in the Elements Add On.



Thanks for stopping by!
~Laura

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

New layouts by Kathy and Nicole....

Good morning!

Today I have two amazing layouts to share...

Nicole used the Scraps Of Elegance 
Sunshine & Sweet Tea kit to create this sweet layout 


Nicole used the BoBunny Butterfly Kisses papers from the kit!


She added some stenciling with modeling paste on the right side of the page and lined up the 2 different paper patterns with fussy cut butterflies from the BoBunny papers.  She sprinkled a bit of Blue Fern's Imagine Ink Watermelon Glitter (included in the Elements Add On) on the wings and added a Prima wooden heart into the center of each.




Using our 'An Ocean Tale Kit', Kathy created this wonderful multi-photo layout!


  She cut the little orange stripe from one of the G45 Voyage Beneath The Sea papers included in the Main Kit then glued it 1" from the edge of the paper.  She then centered the large doily from the Main Kit on top.


She matted the photos with Graphic 45 paper included in the Coordinating Paper Add-On.  On the right side she fussy cut the really neat mermaid from the Main Kit.  Underneath the image, she crumpled up some of the turquoise netting included in the Main Kit then glued down the mermaid and added some little gems from a previous kit. 



She fussy cut another mermaid and she used a Prima / Finnabair gear from the Creativity Add On behind her head, then placed a gorgeous Prima French Riviera flower from the kit behind the gear.



At the bottom of her tail she used another flower from the Floral Add-On.  And added lots of cardboard pieces on the back of the image to make it stand up past the flowers.  


She created a flower cluster using flowers from the Floral Add-On and another metal gear from the Prima Mechanicals included in the Creativity Add-On.  She placed a gem from her stash in the center of the gear. 



In the top center she used the chipboard phrase from G45 included in the Elements Add-On for her title.


At the very bottom of the layout she used another G45 chipboard tag and some more gears, both from the Elements Add-On, then  added little gems around the layout for a little sparkle!


Thanks for stopping by!
~Laura

Monday, July 18, 2016

Mixed Media Monday: Beachy Tags and ATC's

It's July, the perfect time of the year for all things beachy, and we've got two wonderful beach themed projects to share with you today.


The first is a set of 5 beautiful ocean themed Artist Trading Cards, created by Monica Lowrance with items from our store.
Here's what Monica says about these beauties:

I wanted to use these ATC's that I made for the Scraps of Darkness Store for a personal ATC swap.
I've seen so many beautiful beach themed items out there. It was easy to be inspired.
Here are some close ups. Basically I started with the background. I used a Prima stencil and some modeling paste. I used Wow Embossing Powder: Atlantic Seaspray and various inks and sprays to give it that beach feel. I sped up dry time by using my heat gun and then used some Gel Medium to adhere the cheese cloth. I rolled my Blue Fern paper and then adhered my little beach related pictures.


I used cheesecloth under each of the images.

I used a Prima stencil on the background. The Scraps of Darkness online store carries a wide variety of Prima products. And I used some various Stickles  and inks from my stash.

 I rolled some Blue Fern Serendipity collection Contemplation papers. The Scraps of Darkness Online Store has lots of Blue Fern products as well.

 

 I used some Prima bloom spray and other mists to get the various colors.








These items you can find in the Scraps of Darkness Online Store:

Blue Fern Serendiptiy collection Contemplation paper

Faber Castell Gel Medium

Dritz Cheesecloth

Currently sold out:  Wow Embossing Powder : Atlantic Seaspray (However, we have this Wow Embossing Powder: Opaque Pastel Blue - I think this would work wonderfully).


And next we have two gorgeous tags by Denisa Gryczova:


Denisa was working with our July Scraps of Darkness kit, An Ocean Tale, as well as the July Elements Add On.  Here's what she says about her tags:

Welcome sea lovers. Today stepping out of my comfort zone with these two oversized sea themed tags.  I used the fabulous An Ocean Tale Kit by Scraps of Darkness.
You can subscribe to kits here.

Full of texture and all shades of teal. Gorgeous colours for any sea projects. From the Main Kit I was playing with Art-|C |Metallic Teal Heavy Body Acrylic paint, Assorted Seashells, Falk Teal Tulle. From the Element Add Ons I used Blue Fern Studios Chipboard Seaside Seashells, Craft Consortium Always & Forever Self-Adhesive Pearls and Finnabair´s Rusty Gears Mechanicals.

Some close ups:







Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope we've inspired you to break out your supplies and create some summer goodness for yourself!
~Melinda