Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Our September mood board!

Can you believe it is September already?
This year seems to have flown by!

Here is this months awesome mood board


The rules:
1. The challenge starts today and ends September 30 at midnight.
2. Create a layout, canvas, art journal page, or altered item, taking inspiration from the Inspiration Board: You can take inspiration from just one of the images, or several of them. This inspiration can be the quote, the colors, the overall feel of the board, something in one of the pictures on the board - your imagination is the only restriction you have on this!
3. Upload your layout into this album, and tell us in the description what you used from the board as your inspiration.
4. That's it!
The ladies on our Design Team will be providing you with their takes on the board as examples throughout the month.
A winner will be chosen on or about October 1st, and will receive the following items from Kaisercraft's Kaleidoscope collection: 9 double sided patterned papers, 1 single sided varnish paper, a 6x6 paper pad, 2 different 12x12 Cardstock sticker sheets, and the Collectible Die Cuts. This prize is valued at over $33.00, and will be shipped to the winner free.
Have fun!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Kit reveal info and... A NEW TUTORIAL!

First, just a quick note about our September Scraps of Elegance kit:  it will reveal on Wednesday, September 3rd instead of the normal reveal date which would have been today, so be sure to stop back on Wednesday to see our gorgeous new kit!

And on to the good stuff.  Lizzy Wurmann has been working on an absolutely wonderful new project, and she has a great tutorial to show you how she made it!  Lizzy used our August Scraps of Darkness Weathered and Worn kit, Color Add On, and Creativity add on to create this gorgeous and fun work of art:


And here's that video tutorial I promised...




I don't know about you, but Lizzy has ME wanting to create one of these!  If she's inspired you, too, be sure to stop by our community and share what you made!

Hoping you all have a wonderful, creative day today...
~Melinda

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Mixed Media Backgound Tutorial

Good morning, my paper crafting friends, and Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Our title today says it all!  We have a wonderful mixed media background tutorial for you, which our design team member Amy Lassiter has been so kind to create!

Before I share the tutorial, I'd like to show you the amazing finished layout!  She used our Weathered and Worn kit to create it, and the subject of her layout is her dad.  Not because he is "weathered and worn" she says, lol, but because of his love of "all things “fix it,” antiques, seeing the potential in something run down, farm life, and everything this kit encompasses".





And as promised, here's Amy's video tutorial for the background she created on this fabulous masculine layout!



Thank you, Amy, for sharing some of your creative process with us!

I hope you are all having a beautiful Labor Day Weekend, filled with both family, and creative time, and that we've inspired you just a little bit today to create something amazing...

~Melinda

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bonnie's projects with our Raindrops On Roses Kit

Good morning crafty peeps!

Today I get to share a couple of projects that are gorgeous!  I mean GORGEOUS from the ever talented Bonnie!


She created this fabulous layout with the August Raindrops On Roses Kit, using this months mood board for inspiration!

now lets check out all the beautiful details...


She cut out a phrase from the Authentic Life Cards that came in the main kit for the title and placed them inside one of the frames. I used the sprays from the color add on behind it and embellished the top corner with flowers from the kit.  I love how she used a boarder punch randomly around the background paper.


She used a Prima mask and homemade modeling paste and the pink and blue sprays from the kit.  She dry brushed the flowers and leaves with gesso. 



She placed the photo on pop dots on top of  theses super cute frames that I layered on top of each other, and she 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.  She also splattered some of the sprays.



Next I want to show you this amazing art journal.....


Can you believe she has NEVER did an art journal before and her first one turns out this amazing? She did this with the Creativity Add On from this month's kit!

For the first page she used a Butterfly stencil and some homemade modelling paste and the Lindy sprays from the color add on. When some of the colours blended I got purple, and the blue took on a teal colour with the black spray....mists are so awesome!!!!  She coloured the butterflies with Stickles and used a Prima stitches stamp, some Lindy's embossing powder from my stash and some black gelatos around the edges of the page.

For the second page she used the pink spray from the color add on. She also used gesso on both pages. She sprayed water on first, then the pink, and then hit it with the heat gun till dry. She kept repeating this process till she was satisfied with the result. She also did do a bit of dabbing with a paper towel.  She used the stencil that came in the Creative add on and used modeling paste, some black paint and a old gift card to make some random black lines, and also black lines in between each "sun ray" of the stencil, and the embossing powder from the add on kit on the black flowers.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Di's gorgoeus Weathered and Worn kit debut!

Good morning everyone!
Today I get to share a simply stunning layout by Di using the 
Scraps Of Darkness Weathered and Worn kit.....


See told you - STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!

now check out the details



I love the background work and the beautiful layers of fussy cut flower



gorgeous layers!!!


Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Introducing our August/September Guest Designer!

We have a bit of exciting news to share today - We have an amazingly talented lady guest designing for us with our August and September Scraps of Darkness kits!

Dorota Dolega


My name is Dorota Dołęga and I live with my family in Gif-sur-Yvette, a small town about 30 km from Paris. I'm a paper crafter since 2010. My favourite forms are layouts and art journaling, but sometimes I make also cards, notebooks and other useful or useless objects. I love textures and colours, recycling and unusual materials. Since the beginning I'm in love with mixed media techniques and I can't imagine nothing more exciting than playing with paints, inks and mists. I can't define my style, because I like to experiment and my worse nightmare is to stuck in my "comfort zone" forever. When I don't craft, I climb, read, sew, write, cook.
Dorota's Blog

Dorota creates gorgesous pieces, I am sure you've probably seen her work at Scrap Around The World, but just in case you haven't, here's one of her past layouts - it's simply gorgeous!






We can't wait to see what she does with our kits, and we hope you'll stop back for some wonderful inspiration from her!

~Melinda


Monday, August 25, 2014

Our SOD August kit is here!

And it's filled with shabby chic, rustic gorgeousness!

Weathered and Worn Kit

When we saw Fabscraps' Industrial Chic collection, we just couldn't resist!  We matched it with some beautiful Marion Smith Designs Garment District, a little Teresa Collins Life Emporium, some gorgeous Blue Fern chipboard, and Melissa Frances' Glamour and Grunge for a kit you can take in so many different directions!  Go girly with the Fabscraps Wood Chic papers and the Blue Fern chipboard... go rustic with the Teresa Collins and Darice Craft Designer Jute!  How about a little shabby chic with the Fabscraps Paint Chic Papers, Maya Road Bird in a Circle Charms, and Magnolia Ruffled Cherry Blossoms?  So many possibilities, so little time...  If you want to see the full list of what's included or pick up this beauty for yourself, just stop by our store.

And we think we came up with the perfect Creativity Add On to compliment this month's main kit...

Is that a wood pallet?!  Yes it is!  It's Walnut Hollow's Rustic Wood Pallet (11.5" x 11"), and we've got a wonderful 6x9 stencil from Art Anthology - Cracked, along with some brand new white Milk Paint from Imaginisce, and there are a few other goodies tucked in there, as shown in the pic.  Imagine the beautiful wall hanging you could create!

We know you don't just want to see the kit, you want to see what you could create with the kit!  Well, Renea's done a stunningly beautiful layout to show this kit off, and if you couldn't tell, we think it's gorgeous!


That's it for today - thank you so much for stopping by, and be sure to follow us so you don't miss all the other beautiful projects to come this month...

~Melinda