Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Do What Makes You Happy


I love the Bold and Beautiful collection from 49 and Market that came in the June Très Jolie kit; it’s filled with soft grays and pinks and lavenders, perfect for a variety of styles.
I chose to use “The Lovely” to scrap these photos taken by my daughter-in-law last December. 

We’ve had a series of late winters here in the Northeast. Last year’s hunt for a Christmas tree was done in lightweight jackets and rubber boots, rather than the usual cold weather gear. The kids found a puddle that begged to be jumped into. 
These shots of Sophia are so filled with joy that I just had to scrap them…



I decided to borrow a few things from the June Cards, Tags and More kit, starting with a stamp and ink to create a little more texture around the page. I think these images blended in perfectly with the overall design of the paper.

I also borrowed the stencil to create even more texture with the chalk ink that came in the main kit.

I used another sheet of paper to cut out matting for my pictures and glued them to bits of chipboard, then to the photos. I added another layer of chipboard under each piece and then glued them to a strip of packaging to add even more dimension.

Once the photos were adhered to the paper, I started adding some of the beautiful 49 and Market flowers that came in the kit.

To celebrate the first anniversary of the Très Jolie Kit Club, Kim added a surprise bonus to our kits: a pad from Lemon Craft, filled with green patterned papers to die cut and punch and a lot of leafy images to cut out by hand. I’ve used several of these leaves and vines to embellish my flower clusters.

I’ve place a few of the laser cut shapes to fill in the “holes” around the photos.

Another “borrowing” – this time from the Mixed Media kit – using a few of the mini roses to match my purple flower and those awesome yellow boots…

And to finish it off – a polymer bird by Scrapberry’s and the title: part of the beautiful chipboard set by 49 and Market.

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*****Supplies*****

***Paper***
49 and Market – Bold and Beautiful Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – The Lovely #BB-88121
49 and Market – Bold and Beautiful Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – To the Point #BB-88176

***Embellishments***
49 and Market – Handmade Flowers – Blossom Blends – Bluebell #BB-96196
49 and Market – Handmade Flowers – Garden Seeds – Watermelon #GS-86288
49 and Market – Handmade Flowers – Seaside Blooms – Natural Blush #SB-86059
Darice – Floral Embellishment – Mini Sachet Roses – Pastel – 25 Pack #30062044
Lemon Craft – A2 Basic Paper Pad – Leaves #LZP-LVS01
Scrapberry’s – Polymer Embellishments – French Journey #SCB26001009
49 and Market – 6 x 6 Archival Chipboard – Treasure #AB-88718

***Mediums***
Prima – Ingvild Bolme – Chalk Fluid Edger – Pastel Violet #891749
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pads – Mini – Black Soot #tdp39860

***Tools***
Prima – Finnabair – Cling Mounted Stamps – Old Paperwork #967031
Prima – Stencil Mask – 6 x 9 – Passiflora #966676

***Other***
Duncan Enterprises – Aleen’s Original Tacky Glue



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Monday, June 10, 2019

Butterfly Lamppost

 When I opened my July kit from Très Jolie, I immediately spied a large, long box on the side of the package. Curious, I held off going through the papers from the Main Kit, which is my usual habit, and instead tore that box open. And what a wonderful surprise: Kim had sent us a metal lamppost measuring just under 12 inches, all ready to be altered and decorated, along with plenty of mediums and embellishments to do the job. I decided right then and there that this would be my first project.

Here’s what I came up with…


And here’s how I put it all together…

After carefully removing the glass panes, I coated all but the base and hooks with the texture paste, making sure that the surfaces were completely covered. I let this set overnight. This resulted in a wonderfully gritty finish.


Using a stipple brush, I applied the wax in varied amounts as I went along to create a mixed appearance. Again, I let it set overnight.

   
Meanwhile, I took one of the polymer pieces from the main kit and used a few markers to color the flowers and basket.

The rest of my project came together very quickly. I adhered the moss to the base with gel medium and took it outside to give it a good coat of fixative so the moss would stay put. (I like the one by Krylon; it does the job without leaving any residue. It does contain fumes; that’s why I do this outside.)
I started to twist the light string around the bottom of the post; once I reached the top, I twisted the remainder into a small circle with the switch on top and placed it inside the lantern.



The polymer bench was glued to the moss and the post; a few of the mini roses were placed here and there.








To finish my project, I scattered those beautiful butterflies up and down the lamppost. 


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*****Supplies*****

***Tres Jolie Mixed Media Kit***
Prima – Art Extravagance – Texture Paste – Graphite #961497
Darice – Floral Embellishment – Butterflies – Green/Blue – 2 Inches – 3 Pieces #30062035
Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Metallique Wax – Peacock #966775
Darice – Candle Holder – Lantern with Stand – Metal – Black – 3.54 x 3.54 x 11.6 Inches #6569-061
Prima – Lumies – LED Lights – 3 Yards – Warm White #584771
Darice – Floral Embellishment – Mini Sachet Roses – Pastel – 25 Pack #30062044
Très Jolie – Moss

***Embellishments***
Scrapberry’s – Polymer Embellishments – French Journey #SCB26001009

***Mediums***
Golden – Matte Gel Medium
Ranger – Tim Holtz – Distress Marker – Carved Pumpkin #TDM43447
Ranger – Tim Holtz – Distress Marker – Fossilized Amber #TDM43461
Ranger – Tim Holtz – Distress Marker – Mermaid Lagoon #TDM43492
Ranger – Tim Holtz – Distress Marker – Ground Espresso #TDM43515
Ranger – Tim Holtz – Distress Marker – Twisted Citron #TDM43539

***Other***
Krylon – Matte Finish #1311



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Friday, May 31, 2019

My Hero


In my last post, I told a story about the album that my father kept while serving in World War II. Most of the photos were of family and friends “back home”, but he also included a lot from his life in the Army Air Force: various bases, leisure time, planes that came back damaged and his fellow crew members, on the B-17 “Esky”. There is a series of single photos of each of the members, dressed in flying gear, across several pages, with names and ranks inked in. Dad inserted his own photo in this group; he captioned this “My Hero”, hence the title that I chose for my layout.


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I decided to print out my photo “as is”, with the photo corners and the caption in my father’s handwriting included. I did change the color to a sepia shade to blend in with the colors of the layout.

The Lemon Craft Grow Old with Me collection that was included in the May Très Jolie kit is filled with pinks and peaches and images of flowers and laces, with just enough vintage rustic elements to make it perfect for feminine layouts. I selected the “B” side of sheet 06 for my layout and let myself be guided by the colors and design…
I knew that my final layout would be heavy with metals and mediums, so after coating both sides of the paper with clear gesso, I used Scor Tape to adhere it to a heavy piece of packaging so that it would end up with a minimum of warping.
I took another piece of that heavy packaging, cut it to fit as matting, and ripped it down one side. Before I taped it to the page, I tore off most of the top layer to expose the corrugate underneath.
And now the fun began… I used gel medium to adhere layers of metals and buttons under the matting and allowed it to set. I placed the die cut half left over from a previous layout down the side and embellished it with a clock face and star from my stash.
I used two sizes of Art Stones to add texture and interest here and there around the layout, starting with the larger ones and allowing them to set before adding the smaller stones.
 Next, I went over all of the metals and stones and some of the corrugate with Rust Effect Paste, starting with a heavy application of the darkest color, and dry brushing the succeeding layers to allow all of the varied hues to come through.






Before adding my photo, I watered down a little of the dark paste and used a fan brush to create splatters all around the page.
As a finishing touch, I added a metal band to the bottom corner…

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*****Supplies*****

***Paper***
Lemon Craft – Grow Old with Me Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – 06 #LP-GROW06

***Embellishments***
Prima – Wood Embellishments – Decorative Clocks #554613
Hobby Lobby – Rusted Metal Star – Small
Metal Clocks and Gears
Buttons

***Mediums***
Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics – Clear Gesso #961466
Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics – 3D Matte Gel #961398
Prima – Finnabair – Art Ingredients – Art Stones #963705
Prima – Finnabair – Art Ingredients – Mega Art Stones #964672
Prima – Finnabair – Art Extravagance – Rust Paste Set #963576

***Tools***
Sizzix – Tim Holtz – Alterations Collection – Bigz Die – Weathered Clock #657190

***Other***
Corrugated Packaging
Scor-Tape – ½”
Beacon – 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Mary Jane 1942


During World War II, my father served as a waist gunner in the Eighth Air Force on a B-17 Flying Fortress. While he was stationed in England, he kept a photo album filled with pictures of his companions, the planes that came back damaged, and most of all, of friends and family back home.
One of my nephews spent countless hours scanning the album as well as a pocket diary and a scrapbook filled with newspaper clippings that my grandmother put together.
I’ve selected this image from my father's album for this year’s Mother’s Day layout. It’s simply captioned “Mary Jane 1942”.


When I opened my May Kit from Très Jolie and started examining the pretties, I immediately put this sheet to one side, knowing that I’d want to use it for this page. I love the design, with the weathered frame and background of equally weathered whitewashed boards and flowers and lace on top.


My first step, after deciding where to place the photo and that large flower, was to figure how to arrange one of the corner chippies that came in the kit. I ended up cutting it into three pieces and colored it with Color Bloom mist and Sparks paint from my stash. 


While that was drying, I cut a slit on the edge of the “frame” and slid one side of the fussy-cut border piece (part of the 035 ephemera sheet) underneath, so that the other side would end under the flower.
Next, I cut three of the images from the back of the cover sheet, inked them, and fanned them out to fit behind the photo. 


Once that was done, I began to embellish my page, using more flowers from the kit along with a fussy cut clock and butterflies from the ephemera sheets.


The larger flower and the vintage lace are left over from the March kit.


The main part of this trinket from the April kit is actually cork. I altered it to blend in with the rest of my page by stamping it with chalk ink.

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*****Supplies*****

***Paper***
Lemon Craft – Grow Old with Me Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – 04 #LP-GROW04
Lemon Craft – Grow Old with Me Collection – 12 x 12 Cover Sheet #LZP-GROW01

***Embellishments***
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-VT037
Prima – Lifetime Collection – Flower Embellishments – Brown #564476
Prima – Divine Collection – Fabric Flower Embellishments – Peach #564612
Prima – Pretty Pale Collection – Flower Embellishments – Meadows #637682
Prima Marketing – Zella Teal Collection – Flower Embellishments – Made with Love #597177
Creative Embellishments – Laser Cut Chipboard – Rose Page Corners
Prima – Vintage Trinkets – Wood Dangles with Beads #560829
Très Jolie – Vintage Doily
***Mediums***
Prima – Ingvild Bolme – Chalk Fluid Edger – Pastel Peach #891756
Prima – Color Bloom – Spray Mist –  Sultry Shimmer – Lime Wedge #573850
Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Sparks Acrylic Paint – Butterfly Spells #964122
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink – Vintage Photo #40262

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

***Other***
Scor-Tape – ½”
Beacon – 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue

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