Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Let's Make Today Beautiful

I was inspired by Très Jolie’s November Mood Board to create this layout featuring a photo that my Daughter-In-Law took a year ago.

Lots of layering and a bit of fussy cutting, along with plenty of flowers and other embellishments all came together to achieve this rustic look.

I love the papers that came in the kit with the jewel-like colors and touches of gold foil; there are several sheets of cut-aparts to make this a very versatile collection. (Luckily, Kim loaded our kits with two of each design so it was a lot easier to pick and choose just which papers to use!)
I decided to use one of the “B” sides for my background. Not only did it allow me to load my layout with a lot of details, but the ledger design captured part of the Mood Board perfectly.

I lightly distressed all of the edges before inking them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
The edges of the photo were treated with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink.

The typewriter was fussy cut out, inked and backed with packaging before I tucked it behind the photo.

I altered the Rose Flourish chipboard from Creative Embellishments to match the foil in my layers above the photo. After cutting the vine in two, I painted the stems and leaves with Metallique paint. Once it had dried, I colored the roses with the Prima Chalk Edger from the kit that I watered down and applied with a paint brush. 

After selecting a few of the wood embellishments from Kaisercraft, I colored them with more of the Chalk Edger and tucked them under my flowers.

I tucked another piece under my title card and then attached that gorgeous butterfly that came in the package of flowers.

I treated one of the Melissa Frances keys and one more wood embellishment with the same Metallique paint that I used on the chipboard vine.

I added some excelsior here and there to fill some gaps and called my layout “done”.



***Très Jolie November Kit***
Prima – Darcelle Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – The Biggest Step of Your Life with Foil Accents #849450
Prima – Darcelle Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Plot Twist with Foil Accents #849429
Prima – Darcelle Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Just Wing It with Foil Accents #849443
Prima – Darcelle Collection – Flower Embellishments – Glamorous Moment #644413
Prima – Darcelle Collection – Flower Embellishments – Sweet Notes #644444
Creative Embellishments – Laser Cut Chipboard – Rose Flourishes
Kaisercraft – Lucky Dip Collection – Wooden Flourish Pack – Bollywood #FL601
Melissa Frances – Vintage Resin Appliqué – The Key to My Heart #CX881
7 Gypsies – Architextures Findings Adhesive Embellishments – Iron Fence #7G25024
Très Jolie – 5” Doily
Prima – Ingvild Bolme – Chalk Fluid Edger – Blossom Bud #891350

***Other Embellishments***
Michael’s – Excelsior

***Other Mediums***
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Mini – Vintage Photo #TDP40262
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Oxide Ink Pad – Faded Jeans #TDO55945
Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Acrylic Paint – Metallique – Gold Rush

As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Listen to Your Heart

The Très Jolie Mediums Kit for November is packed with a variety of mediums, a wooden heart, a package of flowers, and – best of all – an 8” x 10” metal piece, perfect for an incredible piece of home decor.
Here’s what I came up with…

A few close-ups…


And here’s how it all came together…

I decided to use a canvas from my stash for a background full of Heavenly stars.
First, I mixed a small amount of the DecoArt Media Crackle Paint with a healthy serving of Distress Stickles Dry Glitter.

I applied my mixture through a Creative Embellishments stencil onto the canvas. The paint is thinner than actual paste, but leaving it out for a few minutes thickened it enough to work.

Once the stenciled image was completely dry, I sprayed it with a mist made with the Prima Mica Powder and water.  

After removing the twine on top, I covered the wood heart with a thick coating of crackle paint to ensure a lot of texture.

Once the paint was set, I applied Inka Gold Paint (this is more like a wax) over the surface, using a stipple brush. (I like to pass the loaded brush over a paper towel before applying it to the surface to prevent clumping.)

After allowing this to set for a while, I sprayed the surface with my DIY mica mist.

I attached my wings to the canvas using a nut and bolt through back mount along with E6000 glue.

I cut and layered 3 pieces of packaging and attached the pile to the center of the wings.

I waited for the glue to set, and then attached the heart.

I selected a few of the Prima flowers and treated them with Metallique Wax to match the metal wings.

I applied the same treatment to a sweet fairy that I had molded some time back.

I highlighted the flowers and fairy with Inka Gold Paint.

I arranged the flowers around the heart, using Beacon 3-in-1 glue.

Next, I glued the fairy down, allowing her to appear to dangle from the twine.

I applied a very thick coating of the Crackle Paint to a couple of Creative Embellishments chipboard vines that had come in an earlier kit.

I allowed the paint to set; then I coated the vines with Metallique Wax…

… and highlighted them with the Inka Gold Paint.
Using Beacon 3-in-1, I tucked the stems under the flowers.

I selected a few Tim Holtz quotes and backed them with thin strips of packaging, then ran the edges through the wax that was left on the paper towel to create outlines.
I glued them to the heart and called my project “done”.



***Très Jolie November Mediums Kit***
BCI Crafts – Salvaged – Metal Craft –Metal Angel Wings – 8 x 10 – Copper Patina #METANG
Viva Décor – Inka Gold Paint – Turquoise #VD1204-92236
P. Graham Dunn – Craft Décor – 3.5 x 3.25 Craft Ornament – Heart #CRA0069
DecoArt Media – Crackle Paint – White #DMM15
Prima – Paper Flowers – 16 Pcs #599454
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Stickles Dry Glitter – Clear Rock Candy #TDR35879
Prima – Finnabair – Art Ingredients – Mica Powder – Silver #962517


AC Moore – 8” x 10” Canvas

Creative Embellishments – Laser Cut Chipboard – Flourish 30
Advantus – Tim Holtz – Idea-ology Collection – Metallic Stickers – Quotations #TH93559

Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Metallique Wax – Bronze Age #964023

Creative Embellishments – Stencil – Falling Stars
Art Prosvet – Mold – Three Fairies #ARTMA0012
Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics – Small Stencil Brush Set #965228

E6000 – Permanent Craft Adhesive
Beacon – 3-In-1 – Advanced Craft Glue

As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Autumn Sunset: A Trio of Tags

I’ve used the October Cards, Tags and More Kit from Très Jolie, along with some scraps from the Main Kit and some odds and ends from my stash to create a few tags.

First up: “Shine On”…

I selected a sheet from the Autumn Sunset pad and cut it to size. After adhering my paper to a chipboard tag and inking the edges, I applied Paper Texture Paste through a Tim Holtz stencil and allowed it to dry. The tag was given a bit of sheen with a few blasts of Color Bloom mist.

I used cut-aparts from the paper pad and some die cut tags, along with a word strip from the Main Kit to create layers, inking the edges and tying bits of jute through the tags before gluing them down.
A bit of lace from my stash, a bloom from the kit and a final length of jute on top and I was done!


My second: “Wings”…

Well, I just HAD to use that fox somewhere and so I fussy cut the entire image from the bottom corner of one of the papers.
Meanwhile, I cut the plaid sheet to size and the print sheet ¼” smaller. After inking the edges, I adhered the pieces to another chipboard tag, using a piece of packaging between the layers to give it some depth.

 I had used one of the chipboard vines from the kit on a layout earlier this month; I attached part of the remaining one (already inked) to the side. The fox and pumpkin piece was then glued to some packaging and then to the tag.
I finished my piece with a few fussy cut butterflies, a title word from the Quotes sheet and a bit of seam binding that I colored with watered-down chalk ink.


My third: “Violet”…

The focal point of this tag is a sweet vintage image from the Craft O’Clock die cut sheet that I attached to a molded frame from my stash. I backed this with a few layers of the cut-aparts and a strip of lace before adding a few flowers from the kit.

The title piece itself was one of the cut-aparts; I think it’s a perfect way to embellish this beautiful little girl.


***Très Jolie October Card, Tags and More Kit***
Prima – Autumn Sunset Collection – 8 x 8 Paper Pad #995485
Prima – Autumn Sunset Collection – Flower Embellishments – Harvest Moon #642778
Creative Embellishments – Laser Cut Chipboard – Tag Album – 5 Pcs
Creative Embellishments – Laser Cut Chipboard – Fall Leave Corners – 2 Pcs
Très Jolie – Seam Binding – Cream – 1 Yd
ColorBox – Cat’s Eye – Fluid Chalk Ink Pad – Pumpkin Spice #18310

***Très Jolie October Kit***
Craft O’Clock – Vintage Bisou Collection – Die Cuts
Craft O’Clock – Vintage Bisou Collection – Quotes
Kaisercraft – Kaiser Ink Pad – Forest #IP748

Prima – Art Extravagance – Paper Texture Paste #965259
Prima – Color Bloom – Spray Mist – Sultry Shimmer – Gilded #573911
Ranger – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Mini – Gathered Twigs #TDP40002

Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz – Layering Stencil – Mini Set 25 #THMST025
EK Success – EK Tools – Nesting Punch – ¼ Inch Circle #54-10060
Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz – Paper Distresser #TON-370
American Crafts – Ribbon Value Pack – Jute – 24 Spools #89424
Beacon – 3-In-1 – Advanced Craft Glue

As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.