Saturday, February 16, 2019

Smile


The February Kit from Tres Jolie is packed with so many goodies: paper, flowers, ephemera and a mould from Prima’s Midnight Garden collection, black resin pieces (also from Prima) and papers from 13 @rts’ Aqua Flora collection. The pretty colors and the watercolor feel of the designs from the latter have given me a chance to scrap this photo that my Daughter-In-Law took last fall. In addition, the Prima wax and concentrated watercolors that came in the Mixed Media kit inspired to take the watercolor look even further with my design.

To start, I took out one of my favorite stencils and stone effect paste and created a series of “bricks” here and there around the paper that had been pretreated with clear gesso. (I ended up covering most of what I did in the center.) Once the paste was set, I used a stipple brush to apply the wax to all of the “bricks”. I used my heat gun to help the wax spread a bit, and then applied another layer.

  Next, I went over the surfaces with diluted watercolor (these are really concentrated!) and spritzed the page with water. I stood the paper on edge and used my heat gun to spread and dry the colors.
Next came my layering, using the reverse of one of the Midnight Garden papers, as well as another piece from 13 @rts. To add a bit of interest, I punched part of the edge of one of my layers and added some blue corrugate from my stash. Once everything (except the photo) was glued in place, I used the black watercolor (again, very diluted) to outline the varied layers and some of the “bricks”.

Meanwhile, I had created a flower and two leaves with the Prima mould and allowed them to set overnight before coloring them. I added flowers, some from the kit, and some from my stash and further embellished my photo with one of the resin pieces and a few pieces of ephemera.

I scattered a few micro beads here and called it “finished”.



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*****Supplies*****

***Paper***
13 @rts – Aqua Flora Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Blue Dreams #616504
13 @rts – Aqua Flora Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Countless Love #616528
Prima Marketing – Midnight Garden Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Traveling Tickets #849092
Die Cuts with a View – The Corrugate Stack #MS-019-00002

***Embellishments***
Prima Marketing – Georgia Blues Collection – Flower Embellishments – Wilcox #636609
Prima Marketing – Midnight Garden Collection – Flower Embellishments – This Place #637903
Prima Marketing – Midnight Garden Collection – Ephemera 1 with Foil Accents #636043
Prima Marketing – Resin Collection – Resin Icons in Wood Box – Words #573362

***Mediums***
Prima Marketing – Finnabair – Art Basics – Clear Gesso #961466
Prima Marketing – Finnabair – Art Extravagance – Stone Effect Paste – Limestone #964368
Prima Marketing – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Opal Magic Wax – Turquoise Satin #964276
Prima Marketing – Art Philosophy – Concentrated Watercolor – Bora Bora #633806
Prima Marketing – Art Philosophy – Concentrated Watercolor – Onyx #633813
Prima Marketing – Finnabair – Art Ingredients – Glass Beads – Zinc #961695
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pads – Mini – Hickory Smoke #129691

***Tools***
Prima Marketing – Stencils Mask Set – 7.5 x 7.5 – Fence 2 #550011
Prima Marketing – Midnight Garden Collection – Mini Mould #636128
Prima Marketing – Re-Design Collection – Modeling Material – Air Dry #638290
EK Success – Paper Shapers – Edger Punch – Binding Edge #EKPL8002
Ranger – Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

***Other***
Art Institute – Art Glitter – Liquid Adhesive



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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Sistahs!


September evenings can be a little chilly on Cape Cod and what could be a better solution than sharing a flamingo fleece blanket with my sister-in-law? My brother captured this moment with his phone and sent it on to me.

The mojo is still a bit lazy, so I looked through some of my past work for a bit of inspiration and came across this layout from August 2012 https://www.scrapbook.com/galleries/332343/view/3702533/-1/144/0.html and this lift is what I came up with.


As you can see, I found the perfect paper to frame and embellish my photo, a design so bright and bold that I chose to use a very muted sheet from the December Tres Jolie Kit as my background.
I was able to use one piece of the Carta Bella paper to cut two circles to use as matting with plenty left for my banners.
The title is a Cameo cut from thin cardstock that I colored with a couple of layers of Distress ink.
The Darice flowers (also from the kit) blended perfectly with the image and paper. I started filling in the gaps with small blooms from my stash.


 I cut a Creative Embellishments chippie (a gift from my good friend Maggi Harding) into four pieces, inked them with Distress ink and misted with a bit of Color Bloom and adhered them on the sides of my cluster.

I finished it all with scattering a few shells around the flowers.


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Supplies

Maja Design – Joyous Winterdays Collection – Ephemera #JOY-948
Carta Bella – Summer Splash Collection – Flamingo Fun #CBSPL83004
Darice – Sweetwater Roses – Mint #30062031
Wild Orchid Crafts – Sweetheart Blossom Flowers
Open Roses
Shells
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Picked Raspberries #131275
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Hickory Smoke #129691
Prima – Color Bloom Spray Mist – Cotton Candy #573737
Silhouette Cameo – Cotton Candy Font
Kreaxions – Circle Cutter

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Found It!


I’ve chosen to keep my first layout of 2019 pretty simple, taking advantage of the pattern of the background paper and the pops of red from the matting and the beautiful flower spray.

I’ve made a point of scrapping my son’s hunt for the perfect Christmas tree every year since 2010, when a tired little girl became so very upset when Daddy cut the tree down. https://www.scrapbook.com/galleries/332343/view/3035567/-1/288/0.html
That same little girl has grown into a young lady and has acquired a pair of twin brothers since then, but the annual hunt has gone on, with the kids getting bigger and somewhat more cooperative when it’s time for the photo shoot.
We’ve been having a lot of warm weather here in the Northeast, so rather than bundling up, we’ve been wearing sweaters and sweatshirts and rain boots for the mud, hence the very un-Winter-like image.


As I mentioned above, I found the paper a little too busy for a lot of adornment, so I decided to simply use a stenciled image to frame the photo. I backed each layer of matting with a bit of packaging to add some dimension before gluing it all down.


The larger flowers from Darice are actually mint, so I sprayed them with mist for a color that would blend in with the tree, using only a bit on one flower and more on the other two.
That cute shovel was broken in half to allow both ends to show on either side of the cluster.

With the exception of the mediums, the stencil and the red roses, all that you see here was created with the December 2018 Kit from Tres Jolie Kit Club.

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Supplies

Maja Design – Joyous Winterdays Collection – Evergreen #JOY-933
Maja Design – Joyous Winterdays Collection – Make Decorations #JOY-936
Prima – A Victorian Christmas Collection – Poinsettia Kiss #583507
Darice – Sweetwater Roses – Mint #30062031
Wild Orchid Crafts – Red Open Roses
Darice – Mini Snow Shovel #2424-27
13 Arts – Mixed Media Stencil – His Time
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Hickory Smoke #129691
Liquitex – Super Heavy Gesso
Prima – Color Bloom Spray Mist – Lime Wedge #573850

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Have Dreams


I decided to take a break from Christmas preparations and scrap this photo that my daughter-in-law took of my grandsons using the November Kit from Tres Jolie.

This kit is full of lots of goodies: flowers and chippies and lace, along with a stencil and a small stamp. But the best part of the package is the paper: the Dreamland collection from AB Studio, a new company located in Poland. The colors and images are just gorgeous: pinks and greens and blacks and golds and flowers and feathers and all sorts of pretty images. Fortunately, a few of the sheets are perfect for more masculine layouts, with more neutral colors and patterns.  


For inspiration, I used the Sketch that Kim created for the December Kit, flipping it from left to right.
Once I had chosen my base sheet, I chose another piece of paper and cut out a couple of rectangles to use as matting. Next, I fussy cut a few tags, punched holes in the tops and threaded them with trim from my stash. There are two sheets with images begging to be fussy cut; I selected a few feathers and gears.
Next, dug into the chippies and selected a few feathers and a few keys. I gave them all a coating of Bronze Age was and put the keys aside.
 I wanted my chipboard feathers to capture some of the colors of my cut-outs, so I applied Red Amber wax on one of them, with varied streaks here and there until I got the result I wanted. The other two were given the same treatment with Turquoise Satin wax.

Now for the keys. To give them a more textured look, I coated them with VersaMark and then embossing powder and heat dried. I wasn’t satisfied with the result (a bit too thin), so I repeated the steps one more time.

I played around with all of my embellishments until they looked “just right” and glued them down. The last detail was the title, cut from one of the UPC strips.

When everything was glued down, I covered the photo and added some splatters in black and gold to give it all a bit more texture.

A big, big thanks to my wonderful Daughter-In-Law for the photo of her Little Guys.

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Supplies

AB Studio – Dreamland Collection – Amazing Landscapes
AB Studio – Dreamland Collection – Have Dreams
AB Studio – Dreamland Collection – Incredible Adventure
AB Studio – Dreamland Collection – Flowerful Life
49 & Market – Vintage Shades Collection – Yellow Cluster #VS-85991
49 & Market – Seaside Blooms Collection – Natural Blush #SB-86059
49 & Market – Blossom Blends Collection – Linen #BB-86226
Prima – Trim – Wax Cord – Biscuit #576820
Creative Embellishments – Laser Cut Chipboard – Feathers
Creative Embellishments – Laser Cut Chipboard – Keys 10
Tres Jolie – Patina Metal Gears
Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Metallique Wax – Bronze Age #964023
Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Opal Magic Wax – Turquoise Satin #964276
Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Antique Brilliance Wax – Red Amber #964313
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Hickory Smoke #129691
Ranger Ink – Antiquities Embossing Powder – Topiary #EAJ00419
Ranger Ink – Paint Dabber – Metallic – Gold #RAD43768
Tsukineko – VersaMark – Watermark Ink Stamp Pad






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