Sunday, August 20, 2017

You - Cottage Chic from Scraps of Elegance!

Hello, everyone!
 Sandi here with you today sharing another project with the super gorgeous July Scraps of Elegance Kit, Country Chic. 
This Kit featuring 49 and Market paper and embellishments along with the lovely KaiserCraft Lilac Whisper papers and so much more! 


These are sweet granddaughters Zoe and Clara who currently are residing in Costa Rica. However, I didn't let their current tropical location deter me from using this cute photo for a Cottage Life theme!  For my background paper I actually used the packing from the Cottage Life papers and primed it with clear gesso, then watered down white gesso to reduce the shiny appearance and prep it for any mixed media.

 In the end, all I actually did was stamping (Blue Fern Studios Country Garden stamp from the Elements add-on and a few from my stash) and some splattering with the Lindy's Stamp Gang mist from the Color add-on as well as some sponging with white gesso. My fear was that molding paste might cause the packaging outer layer to separate from the cardboard. As a second paper layer I used the back of the Cut Outs sheet (blue) to add some contrast. 

Because I had a second sheet of the same, I fussy cut some elements to tuck here and there. Along with that, I used the 49 and Market 3D embellishments found in the Elements add-on. Of course, the Blue Fern Studios Picket Fence chipboard (Main Kit) was a perfect accompaniment as were a few florals from the Floral add-on. The sweet sunflower embellishments are popped out from the Papermania Country Life Decoupage sheets. Using the cute mini clothespin and the Craft Consortium linen ribbon was a given! These last three are all Main Kit items. 

Here are some fun close-ups for you! 









And lastly here is a close-up of the Main Kit: 


I hope you'll visit the Scraps of Darkness Store because there are some amazing products there and also information on signing up for the Kit Club! 

Thanks for coming and hope to see you soon! 
Sandi



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Wheeeeee ... a new Scraps of Elegance project!! So fun!

Hi there, lovely scrappers! 

Sandi here with you today and I'm so glad that you dropped by! 
I'm excited to share my first project created with the July Scraps of Elegance Kit "Country Chic."

"Branching Out"

This gorgeous Kit features the new 49 and Market papers and co-ordinating elements, Cottage Life. 49 and Market is creating some of the most gorgeous collections ever! Of course the Scraps of Elegance Main Kit is chock full of bits and bobs to create with and use as embellishments. For this project, I've also used the Elements Add-on, the Floral Add-on and the mist from the Color Add-on.

My photo is of sweet family member Olivia during her bridal shoot a few years ago.  I've scrapped it before but it certainly bears scrapping a second time ... so perfect for these photos!
I prepped my background on the Branching Out paper and used Provence as a second layer, then did some stenciling, shading and mist/paint splattering. When that was dry, I began organizing my florals and embellishments. Some of the embellishments were fussy cut from the Cut Outs sheet. Layering the 3D embellishments along with the one dimensional was fun to do!

Here are a few close-up for you to enjoy:


Squealing over the 3D elements this time, especially love the circular branch!
From there, I began tucking other things in. 




The sweet basket was created with a fussy cut element along with 3D. I had to include some butterflies as this sweet girl loves all sorts of natures creatures.




I super close look at the basket and florals. And the wonderful Lindy's mist found in the Color Add-on.




I included this photo because the wee cluster on the right side of the paper is just really gorgeous! Hats off to the graphic designer on this paper collection! And see the little bee?




Here's one of the angle shots ...



And here's another!

I hope you were inspired today! And you are enjoying your own Kit.

Here are some photos of the Kit and add-ons.

Main Kit

Elements add-on

Floral add-on

Color add-on


Here's a link directly to the STORE for you to see everything that Melinda carries! 

Thanks for coming by! Can't wait to see what you create! 

Sandi



Monday, August 7, 2017

Journey ~ Scraps of Elegance June Kit, project 4 (another Bergdorf Goodman photo)

Hello, scrappy peeps! 
Thanks for coming by the blog again today. 
Hopefully you'll find some inspiration or a new tip or trick to incorporate into your scrapping! 

It's Sandi here sharing my fourth project using the June "Birds of a Feather Kit" for Scraps of Elegance Kit Club. I still have so much product leftover that I'm sure there will be many more personal projects completed from this one Kit and the add-ons!    
When cleaning up, I realized there were several items left untouched that I had intended to use and just forgot! 


"Journey"

This Kit and the add-ons really took me by surprise in how much I loved it!
 My favorite paper from the BoBunny Serendipity collection is surely the gorgeous "Love" paper. It's a pink pattern paper with sweet bird images and it snagged my affections from the get-go. Now, if you know me, you know that pink is definitely not my "thing." However, this paper is just extra special ... and after seeing team member Annie Carnigan use it,  I knew I couldn't resist it any longer!

Of course, I prepped my background with clear gesso and did a lot of white gesso work before working with my photo and embellishments. I also adhered my paper to chipboard to prevent any warping due to moisture of the wet media. With heavier papers this isn't a necessary step but with thinner papers it's a must if you plan any wet media.

I tore a vertical section of the "Life" paper and adhered it slightly offset to the left on my layout. Tearing paper is current my favorite technique. As I created my layers, I grabbed some of the BoBunny die cuts that co-oridinate perfectly with particular paper. These are found in the ephemera (Noteworthy) pack in the Main Kit. I also incorporated some of the co-ordinating chipboard stickers from the Kit.

My florals are all from the Kit and Floral add-on with the exception of the small blue flowers. 




Here you can see the dimension of the layout. I love texture. I've also used the gorgeous Memory Hardware spoon which goes so well with my colors. I've also snagged a black and silver piece of netting from my stash to bringing out the black and charcoal tones. 




And from this angle you can see the florals from the side. I also did some stamping with a random stamp on my desk and that adds a bit of depth as well. As a finishing touch, I added some small art stones from my stash. 




Don't you love that sweet bird die cut? He's perfect for this particlular layout. My photo is one I took of a Bergdorf Goodman store window photos on my NYC trip back in December. I love it so much that I am currently using it as my desktop photo. 

This June Kit has such a wide variety of colors and embellishments! I can see lots of projects in my future! 

Here's a look at the June Kit: 


The last time I checked it was not yet sold out, so hurry on over to the STORE and do some shopping! 

Thanks again for coming by! 

Sandi



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Remember ~ Scraps of Elegance June Kit

Hello, scrappy peeps!
I hope you're having a good week. 

Sandi here with you sharing my next project using the June Scraps of Elegance Kit "Birds of a Feather." And of course, lots of the add-ons! 

"Remember"

This is my granddaughter, MacKayla. My photos unfortunately don't capture how pretty this layout is in real life. It has lots of dimension and interest as well as a fair amount of sparkle.

I used the BoBunny Serendipity Love as my base and layered it with some punched Aviary Paper from the same collection. After doing my background mixed media work, I layered Branches and Treetops under my photo. 



The Blue Fern Studios Curling Corner chipboard piece is from the Elements add-on and was heat embossed with the Blue Fern Studios Summer Breeze embossing powder from the Color add-on. I've used lots of blooms from the Main Kit as well as from the Floral add-on. Co-ordinating chipboard and ephemera were tucked in randomly here and there. 



This is a pretty good close up of the mixed media work I did.  Stencils and mists were from my stash but I did use the awesome 49 and Market Script Squared stamp from the Elements add-on.



You can see I let loose and had some splatter fun on this one!



My photos are less than stellar this time. I am having computer issues which are causing me a few hurdles this week.



I enjoy showing you all the dimension created by the elements used on my projects! I love getting all the add-ons and having plenty of options on my projects!



Here is a photo of this month's Kit. Last time I checked there was at least one available. Better hurry on over to the STORE if you want to snag one!

Thanks for coming by today!
See you next time.

Sandi

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Lucy ~ Scraps of Elegance June Kit

Hello, scrappy friends! 
Thanks for coming by the blog today. 
Hopefully you'll find some inspiration and then get a little something created in your own scrappy space!

Sandi here sharing my second project using the June "Birds of a Feather Kit" for Scraps of Elegance Kit Club. 

"Beautiful"

Even before my Kit arrived, I knew I wanted to use the Khaki side of the BoBunny Serendipity Feathers paper. It's like a wonderful blank slate with a little Boho look going on in the left lower corner. It pairs beautifully with the pinky/peach tones in the Kit, especially the lovely pink and peach print paper called simply Serendipity that I tore in wide strips, punched randomly and layered under my photo of Lucille Ball (circa 1974, Mame publicity photo.)

Of course, I prepped my background with clear gesso and did a bit of stencil work before starting my photo cluster. I adhered my paper to chipboard to prevent any warping due to moisture of the wet media.

I pulled a Blue Fern Studios Shrine chipboard frame from my old design team stash and covered it with white gesso, misted it with charcoal and sprinkled some charcoal glitter chunks here and there. As I created my layers, I grabbed some of the BoBunny die cuts that co-oridinate perfectly with particular paper. These are found in the ephemera (Noteworthy) pack in the Main Kit.



This is not a great photo but shows you a close-up of the stencil work, chipboard, layers and the magnificent Prima Memory Hardware spoon from the Elements add-on. I filled it with a few art stones and filled my sweet little bottle (also Elements add-on) with a few stones and adhered that.

My florals are all from the Floral add-on.



I adore the bright green butterflies (Main Kit die cut pack) against the khaki paper. I attached those using foam squares to give them lift. Lastly, I splattered white gesso all around the photo cluster area. 



Here you can see the dimension of the layout. I love texture.



This June Kit has such a wide variety of colors and embellishments! I can see lots of projects in my future! 

Here's a look at the June Kit: 


The last time I checked it was not yet sold out, so hurry on over to the STORE and do some shopping! 

Thanks again for coming by! 

Sandi




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Perfect Day - Scraps of Elegance June Kit, 2017

Hello, everyone! 

Sandi here with you today sharing my first project using the June Scraps of Elegance "Birds of a Feather" Kit. This gorgeous kit features BoBunny's Serendipity paper collection which is simply amazing! All the colors work so well together!

"Perfect Day"

I started by layering the BoBunny Serendipity Aviary (Paper Add-on) and Flight papers together. I love the look of wooden slats (Flight)  and tried to play those up with a bit of distressing here and there before adhering to the Aviary paper. Both of these same papers were used as photo layers and built up with cardboard from the shipping package.




I pulled a Blue Fern Studios chipboard frame from my stash and covered it with white gesso. After that dried, I colorized it with the Ranger "Faded Jeans" Distress Oxide from the Color Add-on. It seemed the perfect soft blue for my project. I also used the Distress Oxide to shade around my focal area. This is sweet granddaughter Esther who was born last summer. Yes, I'm always behind but that's okay! And even though these colors are blue, I thought the bird image was ideal for a newborn photo!




After working on the background with a stencil and super heavy gesso,  I began my photo cluster. I've taken various flowers from the Floral Add-on and some of the Serendipity Noteworthy Die Cuts from the Main Kit to create a three dimensional cluster with lots of texture.




Just to play up the texture a bit, I added some art stones from my stash to finish off the project and bring the layers together. Of course, white gesso was used to blend everything.




Just a little close-up of the background and distress work.




I added a few of the butterfly die cuts to give the page a little "lift."



As of this writing, there are still some June "Birds of a Feather" Kits available in the STORE. Hop on over if you haven't signed up as a subscriber or if you need to do some extra shopping! I order all the add-ons and get a wonderfully heavy package each month! 

Thanks for coming by today! 
Sandi