Monday, March 27, 2017

March Scraps of Elegance Kit debut!

Announcing the March Scraps of Elegance Kit! 

What could be more elegant than Graphic 45's Portrait of a Lady collection, which we feature in our March Scraps of Elegance kit - Hello Beautiful

You can always see our current kit and add ons in our store here: Scraps of Elegance kits. And here are photos of this month's kit Add-Ons:

Patterned Papers (included in the main kit, but also available separately as an add-on):

Coordinating Papers (not included in the main kit):






This one arrived at my door yesterday and I can't wait to dive in! 
Sandi

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Love Card ~ Creative Embellishments March Challenge

Hello, hello! 


Wow, it seems like forever seems I've actually done a project just for myself! And boy, it sure felt good! 
And even longer since I've played along with a Challenge. Whoa! Can't believe it! And this is just for fun as far as I'm concerned  ... not for the prizes. 

Now that I'm a "free agent" again chipboard-wise, who better to play along with than my fave Creative Embellishments  chipboard peeps?! Right?!! Not only do they have amazing chipboard, they also have the best stamps EVER, not to mention their flairs, stencils and wood veneer. 

So, here's a link to the challenge for you:

The inspirational photo (seen below) inspired me to work with some jewel tones  .. pinks, purples and green.  Which reminded me of my Prima Love Clippings that I hadn't touched yet. I was needing to send a Get Well type card to my sweet sister-in-law, so I went shabby chic and girly! 

Now, the twist on the challenge is to add something that flies. Well for me, that would be time! LOL So, I added a clock, specifically the Steampunk Clock, placing the clock hands behind the clock for a different arrangement. For more layering I added one of my fave CE products which is their 6x6 chipboard panels … this time using a remnant of the Simple Quatrefoil Panel. I've also used their Flouirsh 22 set tucked in my flowers. If you haven't checked out their flourishes, you must! They have tons! 

Just for good measure on the "twist" I added one of their Butterfly Flair.  Better safe than sorry, I say! And then to top off the Steampunk Clock, I added the Love from This is Love which is simply heat embossed and gessoed. As is the clock. 

Here are some close-ups for you:


The Panel and Flourish were both inked and the Flourish got some additional misting, then gesso. 



Here you can see the Bokeh stamping. Love that thing!! 



A good close-up of the Steampunk Clock and This is Love chippys. Also, all my florals are Petaloo. 



And here is the inspirational photo.

I guess that's it for today. 
Thanks so much for stoping by! 


Creative Embellishments Products Used:

Circle Bokeh Stamp
Butterfly Flair
Chipboard:
Simple Quatrefoil Panel
Steampunk Clock
This is Love Word Set
Flourish Set 22

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

You Make Life Beautiful ~ Scraps of Elegance

Hey, there! 
Sandi here with you today sharing project #4 with my February Scraps of Elegance Kit "Watercolor Wishes." 


For this last project I went a bit more simplistic and stayed with lots of layers of papers and embellishments from the Kit. I stayed with the peach, purple and teal color scheme but brought in some brown tones as well to use for this sweet photo of granddaughter MacKenzie. 

I prepped by background papers (49 and Market Heirloom Botancials, Harmony and The Patch) with clear gesso and then did some light stenciling with super heavy gesso. I tore away the corner pieces to layer on my base which was so fun! And then added more for my photo layers but also included a KaiserCraft Ooh la la sheet, Je t'aime. I randomly punched the edges of the layers for a more modern, shabby take on paper punching. I also distressed them for some final oomph! Additional layers and the title piece were built from notecards taken from the Kaisercraft Tres Chic paper. I also added in another die cut doily from the Main Kit. And of course, I added flowers! 

Lastly, I dabbed everything with white gesso and splattered some gesso droplets across the page. 



I used so many flowers this month that I was down to scraps … almost! But they went together beautifully by adding the 49 and Market vine, Dusty Shale Garden Vine, which was snapped into pieces. You can also see some of my stamping, a rhinestone (both from the Elements add on)  and a fussy cut clock from the Cut Out sheet in the Main Kit. 



I'm notorious for adding a title and covering it with elements! Which I've done here with some seam binding from my stash. Tucked into it are an art gem (Main Kit) and a flower from the Flower add on. 



The Momenta doilies from the Main Kit are so pretty and were perfectly co-ordinated for the rest of the Kit. 



You can  just barely see some of my stamping done here using the 49 and Market Haute Couture stamps by Gabrielle Pollacco.  And I finally used the larger butterfly from the Helrloom Cut Out sheet. 


Here are a few bonus close-ups for you:





Thanks for coming by today! 
Please visit the STORE for more information on how to sign up to get the Kits .. or just to shop the store in general! 

~ Sandi ~ 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Loyal Friends ~ Scraps of Elegance Feb Kit "Watercolor Wishes"

Hello, everyone! 

Sandi here with you again today sharing another layout created with the gorgeous February Kit from Scraps of Elegance called Watercolor Wishes. This Kit is filled with so many beautiful elements based around the gorgeous 49 and Market Heirloom Botanicals papers and flowers. Along with lots of extra bits and bobs to make your projects complete!


"Loyal Friends"

For this layout, I've used the 49 and Market Heirloom Botanicals Faded Blooms as my base. Layered across that I've placed a torn piece of the 49 and Market Heirloom Botanicals Serenity papers. I die cut a couple of doilies from the Harmony and Sanctuary scraps from a previous project for this month .. just to create a few more layers. I've also fussy cut a few elements (barrel, butterfly, clocks) from the Heirloom Botancials Cut Outs paper to tuck in under and around my photo. As an extra grounding photo layer, I've used an old ecru crochet doily and a piece of chipboard both from my stash to add a little more texture and dimension. (This sweet photo is my granddaughter MacKayla and her much loved horse.)




I was really blown away at how beautiful the 49 and Market Ecru and Bouquet flowers were and thoroughly loved using them on this project. These are found in the February Flower add-on for the Scraps of Elegance Kit.  I also tucked in a leftover of the 49 and Market Shimmer and Shine Lilac flowers from the Main Kit as well as a few roses from the rose bundles included in the Flower add-on.  You will love using the metal trinket birds from Prima!



The glass gems from the Main Kit brought some shine to the  page. And here is just a close-up of the die cut and fussy cut elements.




I also took the opportunity to use the Kaisercraft Cherry Blossom mini stencil template included in the Main Kit. It would be perfect for cards or canvases as well!



For my title, I've cut another saying from the KaiserCraft Ooh la la Tres Chic paper.  I mounted it on cardboard and tucked it beside my crochet doily.

I think that's it for today!
I'm  finishing up one last project for this Kit but wow,  I have tons of product left to  use.  Because I'm passionate about my scrapping, I always grab ALL the add-ons! You should too!

Please visit the STORE for more info on how to sign up to get the Kits ... or just to shop the store itself!

~ Sandi ~


Sunday, February 26, 2017

"Perfect Harmony" ~ Scraps of Elegance February Kit, project 2


Hello, everyone! 
Sandi here with you today sharing another layout created with the February 2017 Scraps of Elegance Kit called "Watercolor Wishes." This time I decided to go a teeny bit more masculine. Emphasis on "teeny" as it turned out! 

"Perfect Harmony" 

These are my sweet twin grandons, Danny and Bobby. I admit to having a tough time scrapping boys, so I just create like normal but throw in some metal, chipboard and other natural elements. 

My base layer is the 49 and Market Heirloom Botanicals Conservatory, side B (the woodgrain) while my long photo layers are the same paper side A and a neutral paper from the KaiserCraft Ooh la la Collection, Je t'aime. To create some masculine vibe, I randomly punched the KaiserCraft paper with a notebook punch from my stash .. then inked and distressed it. The base paper was treated with clear gesso and then splattered with watered down white gesso and misted with more water. 



The Blue Fern Studios Butterfly Rings chipboard is from the Elements add-on. It was coated with gesso and then heat embossed with a variety of embossing powders from my stash as well as the Lindy's Stamp Gang Bavarian Blue Magicals from the Color add-on, applied with the other embossing powders were still hot. The florals around through the entire page are the 49 and Market Amber Melange found in the Floral add-on. For me, the floral add-on Kit is always a must! 



Here I took the opportunity to use one of the Finnabair vintage clock trinkets found in the Main Kit. They would be so cute around the clock images in the paper collection! I've added some cheesecloth and art stones from my stash to add texture. I love the flowing fern-like leaves found in the 49 and Market Amber Melange pack! 



The Elements add-on included these sweet Steampunk clear glass bottles which I've filled here with some random art stones. These bottles are made by Solid Oak Ins. After filing one, I just adhered it to the paper and tucked it in the floral cluster. 



My title was created with a word note from the KaiserCraft Ooh la la Tres Chic paper along with a product cut away from one of my 49 and Market Harmony papers. 



This is really the same general image but it's a good close-up of several of the products I've just mentioned above. 



In the lower right corner I created a cluster with images fussy cut from the Herloom Botanicals Cut Out papers, more florals and the other metal clock from the Finnabair metal trinkets package. It helped balance the page and made the 2 corners more cohesive. Of course, I used more cheesecloth and art stones to get that texture I love. 



Another angle of the same corner. 



And lastly, a couple more close-up photos to show you the dimension created on the page. 



Last one! 

So, there you have it … a masculine page using the gorgeous and oh so romantic Watercolor Wishes Scraps of Elegance Kit. Although the Kit is sold out, many of the add-ons are available in the Scraps of Darkness online STORE. Please visit and shop away! 

See you soon! Have fun creating!
~ Sandi ~