Thursday, January 12, 2017

Hello, everyone! I'm back with a winner for my Scrap Hoarder's anonymous prize.

The winner is Judy. Congratulations!!

Judy 
"Very pretty card and your chipboard prize looks amazing.
Thanks for being part of this blog hop."

Judy, please click on the contact tab at the top of the page where you will find my email address. Please email me your address and I will put it into the mail for you.

I would like to thank each of you who stopped by and left such lovely comments!

~ Blessings ~
Tracey

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Craft Hoarders Anonymous January 2017 Blog Hop

Welcome to the January Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop.

Your favorite Hoarders are back for our first quarter hop! All of the participating designers are offering prizes, so make sure you check each blog! I have a chipboard prize package this month for one of our lucky hoppers (from the US). Scroll down for the details and a photo.

You should be coming to my blog from Gloria Stengel. She's also the first blogger in the hop if you would like to start at the beginning. Then after visiting me, hop over to Pam Bray! You can scroll down to the bottom of this post for a full list of designers participating in this month's blog hop.

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I decided to create a love themed card. Really it could be used for a Valentine, birthday card, or even a feminine graduation card. This card is a bit of a twist for me. I tried to try to keep it flat so it could be mailed more easily. If you're a regular follower, You know that I generally use flowers and dimensional items that are pretty thick to put into an envelope to mail. With all the busyness of the Christmas and New Years holidays just behind me, I also wanted to make something that would be quick and easy to put together. 

"Love Completely"
I used the BoBunny Rose Cafe Collection gifted to me by my dear friend, Juliana Michaels. I have had it in my stash for a while now, so it was great to pull it out and create this sweet card with it.

Close-Ups
Of course I had to include mixed media elements. I stenciled this lovely butterfly into the corner with molding paste, and while wet, sprinkled with embossing powder then heat set to give an enameled finish. The focal paper is dry brushed with gesso, then spattered with thinned gesso for visual dimension.

This layered chipboard piece gives some nice dimension without being too thick. I tucked in some flower pieces from the Noteworthy pack. I used the edge of my scissors to distress the edges of the background papers as well as the sentiment and flags - a quick and easy way to add dimension without making the card too thick.

Now, it's prize time!!

I pulled together a selection of chipboard pieces to send to one of our hoppers. All you have to do is comment on this post. (Because of the cost of international shipping, the prize is available for US hoppers only.)

I will announce a randomly selected winner on January 12, so be sure to drop back by to see if it's you. In the event that I do not hear from the winner within one week, I will draw another name.


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Your next stop on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop is the talented Pam Bray. If you have dropped by my blog and would like to start at the beginning, be sure to hop on over to Gloria's blog HERE.

January Craft Hoarders

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Mixed Media Baby Congratulations Card for ScrapBerry's


We are looking forward to welcoming our first grandchild in February. Our son and his lovely wife are expecting a little girl. I’ve created this sweet card for their baby shower featuring gorgeous ScrapBerry’s papers and embellishments. Rachel’s shower colors are pink and grey, so these papers from The Art of Nature and In Bloom Collections worked perfectly.

I'm up on the ScrapBerry's blog HERE.
Thanks for dropping by their blog to leave a comment. 

FTC Disclosure: I am currently working as a freelance designer for ScrapBerry's. While I am compensated in product, I maintain the freedom as an independent designer to say what I truly think of these products and will not recommend something that I don’t personally use and enjoy.

Tips and Techniques
I arranged fabulous ScrapBerry’s flowers around the beautiful Rose Garden metal framed “Congratulations” piece which is dry brushed with gesso for a vintage look. 

The white Fairy Tale resin flowers and Wedding frame are painted with white gesso, then dripped with glimmer mist to color. The flowers and embellishments are dry brushed with gesso to soften.

I just had to tuck this sweet Kid’s Fun resin baby rattle into the cluster. It’s also brushed with gesso and mist to color. The ScrapBerry’s Birds of Paradise chipboard feathers extend the design so beautifully. To add texture, the background is stenciled with molding paste then sprinkled with glittered pink/white embossing powder while wet and heat set.

A mix of art stones and prills are adhered into the sweet resin frame from the Wedding Polymer Set for added texture. 


ScrapBerry’s Supply List
The Art of Nature Collection ~ Tender (SCB220609104)
In Bloom Collection ~ Kaleidoscope (SCB220608809
Fairy Tale 2 ~ Resin Flowers (SCB25002019)
Kid’s Fun ~ Set of polymer items (SCB26001012)
Weddings 3 ~ Set of polymer items (SCB26001020)
Rose Garden ~ Set with metal frames (SCB34001073)
Birds of Paradise ~ Chipboard Elements No. 1 (SCB62000110)
Stemmed Lily ~ White & Pink (SCB290403)
Cherry Blossom ~ Pink & White (SCB300204
Cherry Blossom ~ Light-Rose (SCB300202)
Cherry Blossom ~ Violet (SCB300207)
Gardenias ~ Set 11 (SCB290114)

Other Products
Cardstock ~ White (Stash)
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Heather Flowers - 2-Tone Baby Pink
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Bead Berry Spray Clusters - Baby Pink
Prima ~ Art Ingredients - Finnabair, Art Stones
US ArtQuest ~ Prills - Lavender & Lace
US ArtQuest ~ Prills - Hot Mama
Liquitex ~ Gesso - White
DecoArt Media ~ Modeling Paste
Prima ~ Art Basics - Soft Matte Gel
Tattered Angels ~ Glimmer Mist - Black Cherry
Higgins ~ Drawing Ink - white
Ranger ~ Distress Ink - Victorian Velvet
Stampendous ~ Embossing Enamel - Shabby Pink
The Crafter’s Workshop ~ 6x6 Template - Mini Texturized
The Crafter’s Workshop ~ 6x6 Stencil - Mini Raven Mosaic
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ Crafty Power Tape
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar ~ Scrapdots

Thanks for stopping by! I Treasure your comments.
~ Blessings ~

Monday, January 2, 2017

"Love Story" Grungy Masculine Card for ScrapBerry's


Love is the theme of the new challenge at ScrapBerry’s, and the design team
has been busy creating projects to inspire you as you join along. 

I’ve created this non-traditional grungy guy valentine card for my husband featuring ScrapBerry’s amazing Edge of Town Collection. Stop on over at the ScrapBerry's blog for all the challenge details and to be inspired by the rest of the design team creations HERE.

Close-Ups
I just adore creating grungy, masculine projects. This ScrapBerry's Edge of Town Collection is a dream to work with and gave me a chance to use some of the rusty finds I collect.

The solid heart is die cut from corrugated packaging. I hand cut around the negative to get the open heart. I have an amusing story to share. I was working on these hearts while out with a group of friends. One of the gals brought her two granddaughters. They kept staring at me, then eventually came over to see what I was doing. It turns out they thought I was a bit crazy to be painting hearts black. Of course they agreed that their brother wouldn't like to get pink hearts and that when I added the rust paste, they would actually be pretty cool. What do you think?

There's a snippet of rusty wire screen behind the hearts and clock parts on top.

The "Love Story" sentiment was fussy cut from the same sheet of paper I used for the card. I just adore these rusty letters used for the font!! I used more rust paste on the arrow and chipboard hearts. I popped up the base and sentiment pieces to tuck my rusty pieces under and added a snippet of black screening around the bottom and left edges of the base.

My dear friend Valerie, knows that I adore rusty metal, so her husband is always on the lookout for me. These amazing washers are one of his finds.

The ScrapBerry's Holiday Romance Chipboard Elements includes this arrow that I brushed with rust paste and paired with a rusty washer.

Don't forget to hop on over to the ScrapBerry's blog for the
challenge details and gorgeous inspiration HERE.

FTC Disclosure: I am currently working as a freelance designer for ScrapBerry's. While I am compensated in product, I maintain the freedom as an independent designer to say what I truly think of these products and will not recommend something that I don’t personally use and enjoy.


ScrapBerry’s Products
Edge of Town ~ Metal & Memory SCB220608303
Edge of Town ~ No Parking SCB220608302
Holiday Romance Chipboard Elements No. 3 SCB62000106B
Butterfly Wings Clear Stamp SCB4907003B

Other Products
Cardstock ~ Black - stash
Corrugated Board ~ From packing box
Prima ~ Tiny Junkyard Findings - Vintage Trinkets, Clock Parts #891664
UmWow Studio ~ Confetti Hearts Chipboard
The Paper Studio ~ Spare-Parts - Metal Charms (Cupid’s Bow)
Bead Landing ~ Found Objects - Clock Hands, Gears
Rusty Washers ~ Stash
Black Mesh ~ Stash
Rusty Wire Mesh ~ Stash
Prima ~ Art Extravagance - Rust Effect Paste
Liquitex ~ Gesso, Black
Ranger ~ Distress Ink - Black Soot, Hickory Smoke
Memento Dye Ink ~ Tuxedo Black
Sizzix ~ Tim Holtz ~ Mini Hearts Movers & Shapers Dies
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ Crafty Power Tape
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ Crafty Foam Tape - Black
Home & Hobby ~ Premium Double-Sided Tape - 1/2”
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Tombow ~ Multi Mono Liquid Glue

Sunday, January 1, 2017

DIY Home Decor Snowflake with Christmas Cheer Scraps of Elegance November 2016 Kit


I simply adore texture, and the OTP Add On Kaisercraft Snowflake in the Scraps of Elegance Christmas Cheer Kit is the perfect base for the mediums in the Creativity Add On. Although this is a Christmas themed kit, this sweet snowflake will add cheer to our home throughout the winter season.

FTC Disclosure: I am currently working as a freelance designer for Scraps of Elegance. While I am compensated in product, I maintain the freedom as an independent designer to say what I truly think of these products and will not recommend something that I don’t personally use and enjoy.

In this process video I share techniques used to add texture and color to this fabulous Kaisercraft wood snowflake as well as how I tied the triple loop bow on my fingers. Enjoy!!


Please subscribe to my channel HERE.

Here's the fabulous "Christmas Cheer" Kit:

More details and Add Ons for this gorgeous kit can be viewed HERE.

Scraps of Elegance Links:
Store: http://www.scrapsofdarkness.com/
Blog: http://scrapsofdarkness.blogspot.com/
Online Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/scrapsofdarkness/

Close-Ups

Flower Cluster Details


Yummy Texture


Beautiful Bow



Product List

OTP Add On
Kaisercraft Lucky Dip Wood Flourish: Star Snowflake

Creativity Add On
Jacquard Lumiere Pearlescent White Acrylic Paint
US Artquest Silver Lining Prills
Stampendous Spoonful of Snow Embossing Powder and Elements
Cottage Mills Needloft Solid Silver Craft Cord (2 yards)

Main Kit
Blue Fern Studios Vintage Christmas 2 Collection:  Holiday Cards

Floral Add On
Ultimate Crafts Season's Greetings Metallic Daisies
Ultimate Crafts Season's Greetings Small Poinsettias

SOD/SOE Store
Prima Art Basics Mixed Media Essentials - Gesso
Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium - Matte

Previous Kits
October 2016: Mixed Media Creativity Add On ~ Prima Metallic Accents Watercolors
May 2016 ~ Creativity Add On: Prima Art Basics Double Sided Texture Brushes Set 1 (3 pcs)
April 2016 ~ Creativity Add On: Prima Water Brush Pens 3 pack
December 2016: Main Kit~ Ranger Perfect Medium Clear Bullet Tip Pen

Other Products
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Bead Berry Spray Clusters, White
Hug Snug ~ Rayon Seam Binding - white
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ 3D Foam Squares - Small, White
Helmar ~ Premium Craft Glue

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.
~ Blessings ~

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

"Remember this Moment" DIY Mixed Media Layout with Scraps of Elegance Petals Kit


I enjoy the artistic outlet that scrapbooking provides, but it's also all about capturing special memories. Our sweet daughter-in-law's grandfather recently passed away. This is one of her favorite photos of them together. They both look so happy waving at the camera. I gave this to Rachel for her birthday this week and she was so happy to receive it. She would like to display it in their home, so I'll be framing it for her. 

The gorgeous Kaisercraft papers with the memories sentiments couldn't be more perfect for this sweet page!

FTC Disclosure: I am currently working as a freelance designer for Scraps of Elegance. While I am compensated in product, I maintain the freedom as an independent designer to say what I truly think of these products and will not recommend something that I don’t personally use and enjoy.

I hope you enjoy learning from my creative process in this
DIY Process Video:


Please subscribe to my channel HERE.

Here's the gorgeous "Petals" October Kit:


Also using
Mixed Media/Creativity Add On

Elements Add On

Floral Add On

Color Add On


Close-Ups









Product List

Main Kit
KaisercraftCottage Rose Collection:  Welcome
KaisercraftCottage Rose Collection:  Framed
KaisercraftCottage Rose Collection:  Weatherboards
Prima: Savanna Flowers
Blue Fern Studios: Rose Medley laser-cut chipboard Title
Prima: Rossibelle Druzy Stones

Elements Add On
Blue Fern Studios laser-cut chipboard - Quatrefoil Panel (11.75x11.75)
Carabelle Studios Concentric Circles A6 Template
Kaisercraft Cottage Rose Collectibles Die Cuts

Mixed Media Creativity Add On
Prima Metallic Accents

Floral Add On
Prima Rossibelle Aubree Flowers
Petaloo DIY Ruffled Roses

Color Add On
Prima Limited Edition Magic Stone Color Bloom 2 spray mist

Scraps of Darkness/Scraps of Elegance Store
Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium - Matte
Prima Art Basics Mixed Media Essentials - Gesso
DecoArt Media Modeling Paste
US Artquest Prills - Minnie Pearls

Previous Kits
January 2016 Elements Add On: Prima Art Ingredients ~ Micro Beads - Blush

Other Products
Other Products
Stampendous ~ Pearlized Mica
Beadies ~ Mini Marbles
Liquitex ~ Gesso - White, Clear
Liquitex ~ Ceramic Stucco
Ranger ~ Distress Ink - Shabby Shutters, Victorian Velvet
Lindy’s Stamp Gang ~ Starburst - Bayou Boogie Gold
Jacquard - Lumiere Metallic Acrylic Paint - Metallic Olive Green
Viva Decor ~ Croco Crackling Colour - Transparent
Higgins ~ Drawing Ink, Clear
Spellbinders ~ Nestabilities - Fleur de Elegance
Prima Dies ~ Moraccan Foliage
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ Crafty Foam Tape, White
Helmar ~ Premium Craft Glue
Tombow ~ Mono Multi Liquid Glue

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Monday, December 19, 2016

"Merry Christmas" Ornament for ScrapBerry's


We have a tradition of adding a handcrafted ornament to our Christmas tree each holiday season. I created this sweet ornament featuring the beautiful ScrapBerry’s Winter Joy Collection to add to our tree this year. I adore the gorgeous vintage graphics and non-traditional colors in the Winter Joy Collection. 

I framed this lovely holiday sentiment with a chipboard ornament base that’s brushed with crackle paint and topped with scattered golden microbeads.

I'm up on the ScrapBerry's blog HERE.
Thanks for dropping by their blog to leave a comment. 

FTC Disclosure: I am currently working as a freelance designer for ScrapBerry's. While I am compensated in product, I maintain the freedom as an independent designer to say what I truly think of these products and will not recommend something that I don’t personally use and enjoy.

Tips and Techniques
To add dimension, I added a flower cluster over the printed floral design. Texture and sparkle is added to this beautiful ScrapBerry’s Clove Burgundy Flower with Prills and chunky glitter. 

More sparkle along the bottom of the ornament. Matte gel medium is a great way to adhere glitter to any paper project.

I tied a simple bow for the top with ScrapBerry’s lovely White Shabby Ribbon. A few dabs of glue keep the ends in place across the top of the ornament. For a bow that lies nice and straight, tie the bow then attach it with a piece of thin wire.


ScrapBerry’s Supply List

Winter Joy ~ Cards (SCB220605412b)

Shabby Ribbon ~ White (SCB510101)
Paper Flowers ~ Clove Burgundy (SCB280409)

Other 
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ 4mm Rosebuds - white
Leaky Shed Studio ~ Photo Christmas Ornament Chipboard
Prima Art Basics ~ 3D Matte Gel
Acrylic Paint ~ Red - Stash
Viva Decor ~ Crackle Paint, white
US ArtQuest ~ Prills - Minnie Pearls
Martha Stewart ~ Micro Beads - Florentine Gold
Twinklets ~ Diamond Dust
Helmar ~ Premium Craft Glue
Tombow ~ Mono Multi Liquid Glue

Thanks for dropping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Monday, December 5, 2016

Make a Wish Card for ScrapBerry's


Hello my sweet paper crafting friends. I've created this sweet Christmas card featuring the beautiful ScrapBerry's Once Upon a Winter and Happy Holiday's Collections. I’ve blended my shabby mixed media style with this adorable image from the Once Upon a Winter collection. 

I'm up on the ScrapBerry's blog HERE.
Thanks for dropping by their blog to leave a comment. 

FTC Disclosure: I am currently working as a freelance designer for ScrapBerry's. While I am compensated in product, I maintain the freedom as an independent designer to say what I truly think of these products and will not recommend something that I don’t personally use and enjoy.

Tips and Techniques
I’ve used ScrapBerry’s Magnolia and Clove flowers edged with snowflake paste as the focal point of the cluster and edged some of the background paper layers with snowflake paste as well. The ScrapBerry’s Shabby Ribbon ties up into a gorgeous bow.

I tucked in a Once Upon a Winter snowflake and holly brad next to the sentiment. The background is stenciled to add texture using a blend of whipped spackle and super fine glitter. It’s a great way to get the sparkle of glitter without the mess. To add more texture, the edges of the paper layers are inked then distressed.

The holly image is fussy cut then edged with snowflake paste. The shimmer on the berries is added with a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. There are two more holly cut outs tucked into the flower cluster as well.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you’ve been inspired to grab your ScrapBerry’s Christmas paper to create cards for the special people in your life.


ScrapBerry's Products
Once Upon a Winter ~ Fun & Joy SCB220605609
Once Upon a Winter ~ Bullfinches SCB220605603
Happy Holidays Collection ~ Holiday Fun SCB220605502
Once Upon a Winter ~ Brad Set #SCB340978
Once Upon a Winter ~ Set of Metal Embellishments with Epoxy #SCB340997
Paper Flowers ~ Clove Burgundy SCB280409
Paper Flowers ~ Gardenia - 7cm, White SCB300103
Shabby Ribbon, light brown SCB510107

Other Products
Cardstock ~ Kraft - Stash
Prima ~ Trims - Magnolia, Posey #583033
Tim Holtz ~ Idea-ology - Trimmings
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Gypsophila Flowers, white
Explorer by Traditions ~ Jewelry Findings - Medallion 
Liquitex ~ Gesso - clear
Donna Salazar with Clearsnap ~ Twinkle Dust Glitter - Sugar Shimmer
Prima ~ Art Extravagance - Snowflake Paste #962906
Faber-Castell ~ Whipped Spackle
Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Ink - Pumice Stone, Black Soot
The Crafter’s Workshop ~ 6x6 Stencil - Mini Well Rounded
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ Crafty Foam Tape, white
Helmar ~ Premium Craft Glue

Thanks for dropping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Sunday, December 4, 2016

ScrapBerry's December Christmas Challenge ~ Vintage Mixed Media Tag


It's a Christmas Challenge at ScrapBerry's, and the design team has been busy creating projects to inspire you as you join along. Here's my vintage mixed media tag featuring the gorgeous Winter Joy Collection. Stop on over at the ScrapBerry's blog to see what the rest of the team has created HERE.


Close-Ups
On the flowers, I brushed gold Glimmer Spray across the edges of the petals as well as brushing randomly with glue to adhere chunky glitter. The ScrapBerry's Trumpet Charm is a perfect Christmas  trinket to tuck into the cluster. 

The Winter Joy Cards sheet included this sweet sentiment along with the vintage girl tag image. I just adore all the options the gorgeous image sheets add to my projects!! The Scrapberry's Pearl Sticker Applique is a perfect touch. It is cut into two pieces to stretch across both sides of the cluster.

I die cut this doily from Kraft cardstock as well as the leaves around the cluster. I've added texture by adhering Art Stones and glitter around the cluster and to the center of the die cut doily. To add a bit of shimmer, I brushed the Art Stones with Gold Glimmer Spray. For a wintry feel, I've spattered white drawing ink across the background layer as well as dry brushing most of the elements randomly with white gesso.

If you scroll up to the project photo at the beginning of the post, you can view the beautiful bow tied with ScrapBerry's White Shabby Ribbon and Wax String.

FTC Disclosure: I am currently working as a freelance designer for ScrapBerry's. While I am compensated in product, I maintain the freedom as an independent designer to say what I truly think of these products and will not recommend something that I don’t personally use and enjoy.


 ScrapBerry’s Products
Winter Joy ~ Garland SCB220605406
Winter Joy ~ Cards SCB220605412b
Christmas Carol ~ Pearl Sticker Applique SCB25002041
Shabby Ribbon ~ White SCB510101
Wax String ~ White and Beige - SCB20020333074
Charms Set Brass Trumpet SCB250113834
Paper Flowers ~ Clove Burgundy SCB280409
Winter Joy Wooden Buttons SCB3409108

Other Products
Ranger ~ Craft Tags - #8, Manila
Lace ~ Stash
Petaloo ~ Flower
Prima ~ Art Basics - Soft Matte Gel
Liquitex ~ Gesso - White, Clear
Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
BoBunny ~ Doubledot - Glimmer Spray, Gold
Higgins ~ Drawing Ink - White
Prima ~ Art Ingredients - Art Stones, Mini Art Stones
Stampendous ~ Glass Glitter - Champagne
Prima Metal Die ~ Doily 1
Craft Dies by Sue Wilson ~ Faux Quilled Leaves
Sizzix ~ Die - Snowflake #24
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ Crafty Power Tape
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ Crafty Foam Tape - Black
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Collage Brush
Spellbinders ~ Tool’n One
Sizzix ~ Big Shot
EK Success ~ Honey Bee Scissors
Crop-A-Dile ~ Big Bite

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments

~ Blessings ~