Thursday, March 15, 2018

Junk Journal ~ Treasures from Daddy ~ Tresors de Luxe

Hello there, everyone! 

I'm here with you today sharing my first Design Team creation for Tresors de Luxe.
 And boy, am I ever pumped! 

My first Design Team box was loaded with tons of gorgeous items from Lucy's Etsy shop and I just couldn't wait to start creating with them. 

My project was a trifecta of ideas, products and some very cherished letters from my Dad that collided and made for a joyful labor of love and creativity. 

 * First of all,  I've recently became interested in junk journaling .. and have always loved to alter journal covers. 

* Next,  I randomly stumbled (yet again) over my "letters from Dad" while trying to straighten my scrap room/office area in our new house. 

*  And lastly, Lucy's Tresors de Luxe products were delivered and ready to be showcased!

So ... my massive "treasured junk journal" project was born. 

(Seriously though, people, I have to share that my mom was the letter writer of the family, not my dad  ... So, when he wrote a note, a card or a letter, it was a heart-stopping profound moment for this Daddy's girl! Needless to say, I kept all of them for all these years! From my college days to right before he passed away. Even though I only have 13 of these treasures, they are so very precious to me .. and have needed a proper "home.")

"Love, Daddy" 

After removing the cover of a 7 Gypsies journal for altering, I prepared the surface with clear gesso and then covered it with crackle paste and left it to dry overnight. Then I added some color with teal, sepia and gold mists from my stash and did some stamping for depth and interest. To anchor the focal creation, I added a fave Creative Embellishments chipboard piece which was darkened with Walnut Ink. There is some random embossing all over the cover with some chunky, gold embossing powder. 

A couple of side views: 

(Check out the gorgeous off-white wide Venice Lace trim that is wrapped around the 3 signatures! Swoon!) 

Next I began adding layers of flowers, paper and embellies but more importantly, the Teal blue appliqué  from Tesors de Luxe along with the Rustic Shabby Chic Floral from there as well as the Rhinestone  Owl brooch and the Fox rhinestone and pearl dangle. 

A tag was created using my all time fave Blue Fern Studios Serendipity paper collection, distressed and adorned with some seam binding at the top. Behind  it are other tidbits from my stash. 
 I wanted my Owl (love his green eyes) to be dominant as well as the Teal trim. Unfortunately, I got a little too dark with my teal mist, so I've tried to highlight the trim by applying gold near the edges. 

I included a close-up of the chipboard piece because I love altering them! And they help anchor my design. 

Here you can see the Fox dangle referred to above. It is so sparkly! 
I went a little overboard on embellishments but oh, well. I'll curate next time, lol. 

I've tucked another piece of the Teal appliqué right here. 
Just more of the fun altering and playing with mediums and emebellishements. It is so hard to know when to stop when you're having fun! 
The very last thing I did was add the gold microbeads and wow, do they. ever glisten and highlight the gorgeous teal lace appliqué. 

I love how the crackle paste crackled on the journal cover. I promised myself that I wouldn't cover too much of it but indeed I did cover more than I intended. Because there was some great texture on the book, I darkened these higher areas ... although it's a bit hard to tell in photos. 

And a sneak peek for next time: 
My junk journal contains 3 "signatures" and I'll be sharing those as we move through the next few weeks. Signature  #1 and #2 are mostly done but #3 is only partly done. So, lots of pretty laces and trims for you to ogle .... Next time .... 

Be sure to visit the online  SHOP for shopping and to browse around Lucy's shop. 

Thanks for coming by today. 

~  Sandi ~ 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Lucy's Hope ~ International Scrapbook Garden

Hello, everyone! 
Sandi here today sharing another project created with the January Kisses and Snowflakes Kit from the International Scrapbook Garden. Along with all the fabulous add-on kits. 
This time it's a Lucy page! 

My photo is a publicity photo of Lucille Ball from her early movie making days.  I love these more glamorous photos of Lucy because they show a different side of her from what people usually associate with her. 

My base layer is 13 Arts Dream paper. It's so beautiful but was hard for me to capture with our rainy days here in Texas. I primed with clear gesso and then sprayed and dripped a generous amount of the Shimmerz Grape in the center. My photo collage got larger than I expected and covered most of it. Story of my life! So, I added more. For texture I've used the Prima stencil and the Lilac Nuvo mousse. To increase the depth, I did some random stamping as well. 

The 7 Dots tags were used as layers along with some of Prima Zelle Teal ephemera and cheesecloth. Next I began layering my other loose embellishments.

The wood veneer snowflakes add a wintry feel.

All the flowers in the Kit and add-on co-ordinate in such a great way with all the papers.

"Hope" ephemera for my title. And a heart from the Main Kit because don't we all "love" Lucy?

An example of the purple Prills added as another layer.

Lastly, I did some paint splattering with the Shimmerz and with white paint.

Here is a list of supplies used:

13 Arts Dream paper
7 Dots Northern Light Tags
7 Dots Northern Lights Die Cut Elements
Inkadinkado Clear Stamp Snowflakes Aplenty
Dovecraft Perfectly Pink Adhesive Gems
Shimmerz Grape Escape Vibez
Prima Stencil #585020
Nuvo Embellsihment Mousse, Lilac
Prima Color Philosophy Poison Love
Scrapberry Create Wonder Flair
Plum Crazy Prills
Aleene's Glitter Snow
Prima Flowers #597153
Petaloo Mixed Blooms
Petaloo Burlap Blossoms, Fuchsia
Wood Veneer Snowflakes
Prima Blossom Red Chalk Edger
Prima Zella Teal Ephemera
Ribbon from my stash

That's about it for me today. 
Hurry on over to the Kit Store to get your goodies or to reserve your Kit! 

See you soon! 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

New Design Team announcement ~ Tresors de Luxe

I'm over the moon excited to announce that I've been invited to join the Tresors de Luxe Design Team! Woot, woot! 
And what a lovely group of ladies to design alongside. 

Tresors de Luxe is the most amazing Etsy store ever! 
When you are in the market for fine laces, trims and unique embellishments for all your paper craft needs, I hope you will visit Lucy's store. 

Thanks to Lucy Oh for inviting me! 
Here's to getting creative! 


Monday, February 26, 2018

Let The Wind Kiss your Face - International Scrapbook Garden

Hello, scrappy friends! 

Sandi here with you today sharing another DT project created with the January Garden Kit and bonus kits from International Scrapbook Garden Kisses and Snowflakes.

For this layout, I opted to go cold and wintry and decided to go with more of the gray, silvery tones of the Kit with just a wink of teal. When I look out the window of my craft room, all I see right now is gray.  While I'm anxious for Spring, there is beauty to be found in Winter's colors. 

I did less mixed media on this project but still primed with clear gesso and then added streaks of the Glitter Snow. For color, I used white gesso and some of the teal Prima chalk edger. I prepared the Creative Embellishments chipboard pieces (Blizzard Word Set and Dripping Hearts Lace Border) with gesso and then painted them white. To make the title a little more chilly feeling, I used some white embossing powder from my stash. 

Also from my stash, I've used some paper doilies and cheesecloth for layers. 

The Snip Art chipboard Frame was also painted white and used as a layer, as was the Dripping Hearts Border. For more layers I used the Emphemera from Prima's Zelle Teal collection.  A pretty silver flower was created with the singles in the Kit along with a brad from my stash.
In the background, you can see some of the stamping done with the KaiserCraft Clear Stamp.

More beautiful Prima flowers from Zelle Teal along with a tiny vintage Prima flower.

I've tucked in more ephemera and used the wonderful Snowflake brads from the Main Kit. And although, you wouldn't look for butterflies this time of year, I've added one for color and texture.

Loved embossing this little guy and mounting him on a strip of ephemera and foam tape.

I've scattered some of the KaiserCraft Teal Pearls around and dabbed everything with a coat of white gesso. Lastly, some watered down gesso was splattered about.

If you don't have a Kisses and Snowflakes kit, I hope you'll try to grab one before they are gone.

Here is a list of supplies used:

7 Dots Northern Light Frayed Knot
KaiserCraft Clear Stamp PS I Love You
KaiserCraft Teal Pearls
Prima Aire Collection flowers
Prima Color Philosophy Poison Love
Aleene's Glitter Snow
Prima Flowers #597153
Prima Sweet Peppermint Leaves #590680
Silver Flowers
Creative Embellishments Blizzard Word Set Chipboard
Creative Embellsihements Dripping Hearts Lace Border Chipboard
Prima Attic Dust Chalk Edge
Prima Zella Teal Ephemera
Prima Zella Teal Word Stickers
Darice Snowflake Brads
Snip Art Chipboard Frame

Thanks for coming by the blog today. See you next time!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Dream ~ International Scrapbook Garden "Kisses and Snowflakes" Debut

Hello there, everyone!
Thanks for bearing with me during the very long process of packing, moving and unpacking. It's gone on far too long ... but we are finally getting settled.

I'm here today with my DT debut of The International Scrapbook Garden Kisses and Snowflakes kits.
I have recently joined the Design Team there and will be designing with the Garden Kit.
They have such beautiful Kits with gorgeous supplies including bonus kits ... and they focus on the "harder to find" international paper collections.

So, here is my first project where I'm using the 7 Dots Boardwalk paper as my base. Love this paper!
The photo is of my granddaughter MacKayla working with her horses in the bitter Kentucky cold. I hoped for a frosty look, so there is lots of shine that doesn't quite come across in photos. After doing some background mixed media work using the Bonus Kit supplies, I started layering and adding my embellishments.

Here is a photo of the Main Kit and a link to the store.
Kisses and Snowflakes kits

Here are some close-ups:

On the background I've used clear gesso to prime, then pushed super heavy gesso through the Prima Stencil included in the Embellishment Bonus Kit. Then I added depth with the Main Kit Kaiser Craft stamp using both black ink as well as the purple Color Philosophy found in the Mixed Media Kit.

I added color of course, using the Shimmerz Vibez in Grape Escape from the Mixed Media Kit.
It pairs beautifully with the Purple Prills from the Main Kit. I grabbed embellishments from all the various kits but was sure to include the Prima Zelle Teal Ephemera.

I adore the wood veneer snowflakes from the Main Kit! I've tucked them in amongst my flowers which are from both the Main Kit and from the Flower add-on.

Scrapberry makes the most divine Flair and these are included in the Main Kit. And there are lots of pearls and rhinestones to embellish. with.

Just a couple of views from the side. The colors all played so well together!

Here is a list of supplies used:
7 Dots Northern Light Board Games
7 Dots Northern Lights Frosted
7 Dots Northern Light Tags
7 Dots Northern Lights Die Cut Elements
7 Dots Northern Lights Word Stickers
KaiserCraft Clear Stamp PS I Love You
KaiserCraft Teal Pearls
Dovecraft Perfectly Pink Adhesive Gems
Shimmerz Grape Escape Vibez
Prima Stencil #585020
Prima Color Philosophy Poison Love
Scrapberry Create Wonder Flair
Plum Crazy Prills
Aleene's Glitter Snow
Prima Flowers #597153
Prima Sweet Peppermint Leaves #590680
Petaloo Mixed Blooms
Silver Flowers
Wood Veneer Snowflakes
Prima Attic Dust and Blossom Red Chalk Edger
Prima Zella Teal Ephemera

The Bonus Kit:

Thanks for coming by today!
I'm so happy to be scrapping again!!!

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