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

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