Thursday, May 23, 2019

My Pretty Dress

Back in June 2009, my Daughter-In-Law sent me a few photos of a three-week old Sophia in her pretty dress. I actually scrapped one of them and coughed up the courage to post it online – my first upload to the scrappy world.
Ten years later, I decided to create a re-do and the May Kit from Très Jolie with the beautiful papers from Lemon Craft gave me the perfect opportunity.

Here's how my re-do came together:

 After selecting on my base paper (and deciding to turn it sideways), I selected a second sheet to create most of my embellishments. I started by using a circle cutter to cut out the clock image in the center.

Next, I fussy cut the flowers from each side of the page, being sure to include the brown-tinted clusters on the bottom.

I cut a few pieces from my scraps and added two bags that came packed with goodies from The Funkie Junkie. How perfect are these? Just the right size, just the right color and – yes – just the right polka dots to match Sophia’s dress…
After inking all of my elements, I played around with them until I was satisfied with the arrangement. Using a combination of staples, chipboard and glue, I adhered all of the parts together and put it aside.

I wanted to use the pretty stamp that came in the kit, but lightly because the paper design is somewhat busy. I determined where I would place the edges of my fussy cut flowers and using chalk ink, I stamped an image to the side and heat embossed it with clear powder. I repeated this step on the other side.

I used the same chalk ink to treat one of the Creative Embellishments chipboard filigree pieces, giving it a soft peach color.

I began to assemble my page. I backed some chipboard with Scor-Tape and adhered it to my base paper. This allowed me to glue my matting piece down without warping the paper underneath. (I prefer to use glue for this step; it gives me a chance to make sure that I don’t end up with a lopsided design!)
Next came the photo, backed with chipboard and matted and backed again with a smaller bit of chipboard in the middle to ensure that it would lie flat. Once that was done, I placed the altered filigree piece on the bottom, easing the top under the photo.

A few finishing touches: One of the planner clips that came in the kit…

…and a few butterflies, fussy cut, inked, and mounted on tiny bits of chipboard for dimension.


Lemon Craft – Grow Old with Me Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – 01 #LP-GROW01
Lemon Craft – Grow Old with Me Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – 02 #LP-GROW02
Lemon Craft – Grow Old with Me Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – 08 #LP-GROW08

Lemon Craft – Grow Old with Me Collection – Vintage Time Ephemera 037 #LP-VT037
Prima – My Prima Planner Collection – Clips – Sweet Toffee #593773
Creative Embellishments – Laser Cut Chipboard – Filigree Set 3
The Funkie Junkie – Kraft Treat Bags

Prima – Ingvild Bolme – Chalk Fluid Edger – Pastel Peach #891756
Range Ink – Basics Embossing Powder – Super Fine – Clear #EPJ37385
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink – Vintage Photo #40262

Prima – Rosarian Collection – Clear Acrylic Stamps – Mix 2 #559489
EK Success – Cutter Bee – Scissors EK-CB01
Kreaxions – Circle Cutter

Scor-Tape – ½”
Duncan Enterprises – Aleen’s Original Tacky Glue

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Looking Back

My father would have turned 101 this month, so this photo must be from 100 years ago.

 I decided to scrap it using the Mood Board that was included with the May kit from Très Jolie.

I liked the clock theme – so appropriate for my subject, so I decided to create layers using a variety of materials.

After coating my paper with clear gesso, I used a Stamperia stencil and Rust Paste to create my first layer, adding some script here and there around the page.

 While that was drying, I took out a very old (and beloved) die and created a clock from chipboard which I colored with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

The May kit came with two sheets of images: one full of clocks and one full of butterflies. I selected the ones I wanted for my layout and after fussy cutting them, inked them around the edges.

I backed my photo with a piece of packaging to give it depth and stability, then measured and cut my matting layers. These were lightly distressed and inked around the edges and then adhered behind my photo. I glued one more piece of packing in the back and attached it all to my paper.

I halved my die cut clock and placed the left side along the photo, putting the remainder aside for another time. Next, I started layering the fussy cut clocks on top, using more packaging underneath to allow them to pop up away from the base.
I played around with the flowers that came with the kit until I was satisfied with their placement, and then glued them down.

I added a bit of the beautiful vintage lace that was included in the March kit.

I repeated these steps along the right side of the photo.

I added a piece of flair (or button, as described by Lemon Craft), a word sticker from my stash, and my fussy cut butterflies.

To finish my page, I took a bit of the Halo paint from the Mixed Media kit, watered it down, and proceeded to color the left side of the photo and the bottom of the stenciled clock, misting the latter part to allow it to run down the page.


Lemon Craft – Grow Old with Me Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – 05 #LP-GROW05
Lemon Craft – Grow Old with Me Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – 02 #LP-GROW02

Prima – Lifetime Collection – Flower Embellishments – Brown #564476
Prima – Pretty Pale Collection – Flower Embellishments – Meadows #637682
Lemon Craft – Grow Old with Me Collection – Vintage Time Ephemera 035 #LZP-GROW01
Lemon Craft – Grow Old with Me Collection – Vintage Time Ephemera 037 #LP-VT035
Lemon Craft – Grow Old with Me Collection – Buttons/Badge #LD-GROW01
Tres Jolie – March 2013 – Vintage Lace

Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics – Clear Gesso #961466
Prima – Finnabair – Art Extravagance – Rust Effect Paste – Brown Rust # 964696
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink – Walnut Stain # 40279
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink – Vintage Photo #40262

Stamperia – Stencil – Steampunk Man #KSD281
Sizzix – Tim Holtz – Alterations Collection – Bigz Die – Weathered Clock #657190

Duncan Enterprises – Aleen’s Original Tacky Glue

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Golden Girl

The May Mixed Media package from the Tres Jolie Kit Club, containing an artist’s palette and plenty of embellishments and mediums (including three jars of Lumiere Halo paint) gave me the perfect opportunity to create a project featuring this photo of my granddaughter, taken by my daughter-in-law.

I started by covering the entire palette with black gesso from Liquitex, taking care to brush side to side. (Because this is much thinner than most brands, I prefer to use it as a primer.) Once it was completely dry, I sprayed the front of the palette with Nuvo mist from Tres Jolie’s April kit.

After determining my final photo placement, I used the texture paste and stencil that were included in the kit to create a brocade-like flourish that would show above and below the image. This dried to an almost transparent surface, so I applied chalk ink (again from the April kit) with a thin paint brush to make it stand out a bit more.

The corrugate squares are backed with a very thin wooden layer, so I used my heavy duty scissors to cut and tear them into pieces to go along the sides of my photo. I covered large sections of each piece with black gesso, and then painted them here and there with Nuvo mist.

I selected several of the plaster flowers and coated them with the same black gesso. Next, I took out the Halo paints and started to paint the surfaces, using all three of the colors, and then lightly misting them with water. I used my heat tool to dry the surfaces before applying more layers of color, repeating these steps until I got the results I wanted.

Meanwhile, I created my title with my Cameo, using the Cotton Candy font. Because the machine requires very thin chipboard, I duplicated the design so I could cut two layers. Using a blending tool, I covered the surfaces with Archival ink and then glued the layers together. I gave the surfaces a heavy coating of matte medium, and then poured on the glitter.

Time to assemble: I glued down both sides of the corrugate in layers, and then attached the photo that I had backed with several layers of packaging to ensure that it would lay flat. I cut several of the straws into smaller lengths before gluing them down, leaving a few pieces for my corner cluster.
Once I had determined the final placement of my flowers, I adhered them, along with the metal keyholes, using Art Glitter glue. (The plaster flowers are very heavy and I needed an adhesive with strong bonding properties.)
I added some texture with cheesecloth and Art Stones from my stash.
The title was placed to the side of my photo.
I poured out a small amount of each of the Halo paints and diluted them with water to color my embellishments in layers, again using my heat tool between applications.


***Tres Jolie Mixed Media Kit***
Darice – Studio 71 – Wooden Palette Set #30061945
Prima Marketing – Stencil – 6” x 6” – Flourish #564278
Prima – Sunrise Sunset Collection – Paper Roses – Gold #565169
American Crafts – Metallic Straws – Stripe – Gold – 5 Pcs #373832
American Crafts – Metallic Straws – Dot – Gold – 5 Pcs #368997
Darice – Glitter Tube – Gold – .75 oz #1146-36WAL
Prima – Finnabair – Art Extravagance – Texture Paste – White Sand #963002
Darice – Corrugate Cut-Outs – Square – 3 Pcs #30011909
Graphic 45 – Staples Collection – Ornate Metal Key Holes – 2 Pcs #4500546
Prima – Archival Cast Collection – Relics and Artifacts – Plaster Embellishments – Flora #942663
Jacquard – Lumiere Light Body Metallic Acrylic Paint – Halo – Pink Gold #555
Jacquard – Lumiere Light Body Metallic Acrylic Paint – Halo – Blue Gold #556
Jacquard – Lumiere Light Body Metallic Acrylic Paint – Halo – Violet Gold #557


Liquitex – Professional – Black Colored Gesso
Liquitex – Professional – Matte Medium
Liquitex – Professional – Matte Gel Medium
Ranger Ink – Archival Ink Pad – Jet Black #31468
Prima – Ingvild Bolme – Chalk Fluid Edger – Tin Can #891152
Nuvo – Mica Mist – Antique Gold #571N
Prima – Finnabair – Art Ingredients – Art Stones #963705

Prima – Stencil – 6 x 6 – Flourish #564278
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Mini Ink Blending Tool #40965
Silhouette America – Cameo – Electronic Cutting System

Art Glitter – Dries Clear Designer Adhesive

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