Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mixed Media Floral Spring Box for ScrapBerry's



Welcome back to my creative space! Today I'm sharing a mixed media spring floral box featuring ScrapBerry's gorgeous In Bloom Collection paired with lovely blossoms, resin and polymer pieces.

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
A mix of gorgeous ScrapBerry's Cherry Blossoms and Stemmed Lily's with a few flowers and leaves from my stash for a floral spring bouquet to decorate the top of the box. The paper mache box is covered with In Bloom Abundance paper.

The lovely ScrapBerry's French Journey polymer clock and Fairy Tale resin daisies are tucked into the cluster.

I embossed craft metal adhered to a piece of chipboard with a floral design to coordinate with the paper. It was brushed with white gesso, allowed to dry, then randomly rubbed with crackle paint across the surface. I let this sit over night to allow the crackle to dry naturally, then spritzed with two colors of mist.  I also added texture around the cluster with Prills.

**Tip**
If you will be applying gesso or acrylic paint to craft metal, be sure to lightly sand the
surface before embossing to help the gesso stick to the surface.

ScrapBerry’s Supply List
In Bloom ~ Abundance (SCB220608810)
Fairy Tale ~ Set of Flowers 1 (Resin) (SCB25002019)
French Journey ~ Set of polymer items 3 (SCB26001010)
Cherry Blossom ~ Violet (SCB300207)
Cherry Blossom ~ Light-Rose (SCB300202)
Stemmed Lily ~ White and Pink (SCB290403)

Other Products
Craft Metal ~ Stash
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Magnolias - White
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Hip Rosebuds - White
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Gypsophila Flowers - White
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Bead Berry Spray Clusters - Baby Pink
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Lily Flowers - Mixed Colour
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Large Wild Rosebuds - Baby Pink
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ 10mm Open Roses - 2-tone Pink
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Miniature Sweetheart Blossoms - Mixed Pastel
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ 30mm Leaves - white
Floral Lace ~ Stash
US ArtQuest ~ Mini Prills - Minnie Pearls; Hot Mama
Liquitex ~ Gesso - White
Prima ~ Art Basics - Soft Matte Gel
Viva Decor ~ Crackle Paint - White
Heidi Swapp ~ Color Shine - Blush, Primrose
Prima ~ Metal Dies - Leaves #572839
Cricut Cuttlebug ~ Anna Griffin - Embossing Folder, Poppy
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Tombow ~ MONO Multi Liquid Glue
Krylon ~ Spray Adhesive - All Purpose
Sizzix ~ Big Shot


Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Thursday, March 16, 2017

"Beautiful" Baby Mixed Media Layout and Technique VIDEO TUTORIAL with February Scraps of Elegance Kit


Welcome to my creative space. I have a new project and technique video tutorial to share with you today created with the fabulous Scraps of Elegance "Watercolor Wishes" February Kit.

It's such a delight to create layouts for our sweet granddaughter who is a week old in this photo. The February Kit featuring gorgeous 49 and Market paper and flowers paired with beautiful Blue Fern Studios chipboard worked so perfectly for this sweet photo.

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've created a technique video sharing how to achieve the
crackled/mixed media finish on the chipboard used for this layout.

Enjoy!


Please subscribe to my channel HERE.

Here's the fabulous Watercolor Wishes February Scraps of Elegance Kit:


Additional add ons and kit details can be viewed HERE.


Here are a few detail photos of the chipboard and layout:










A video tutorial for this sweet butterfly can be viewed HERE.



Supply List

Scraps of Elegance February Watercolor Wishes Main Kit (Sold Out):
49 and Market Heirloom Botanicals Collection:  Faded Bloom
49 and Market Heirloom Botanicals Collection:  The Patch
Momenta: 4" Bright Watercolor Doilies (4 assorted doilies)
49 and Market: Shimmer & Shine Lilac Fleur Des Champs Flowers
Blue Fern Studios: 'Beautiful' laser-cut chipboard title
2 Silver Heart Sweetheart Charms

Elements Add On:
Blue Fern Studios Laser Cut Chipboard - Butterfly Rings
Prima Love Clippings Say It In Crystals

Mixed Media Creativity Add On:
49 and Market Gabrielle Pollacco Clear Stamps (4x6"): Gabi's Hibiscus

Floral Add On:
49 and Market Dusty Shale Garden Vine

Color Add On (Sold Out):
Lindy's Stamp Gang Frenchy's Pink Pouf Flat Fabios Mist

From the Scraps of Elegance Store:
Prima Art Basics Mixed Media Essentials - Gesso (Clear Gesso, Heavy Gesso - White)
Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium - Matte
Prima Floral Lace Trim - Magnolia, Daisy
No longer available. Other Laces and trims can be found HERE.

Previous Kits
January 2016: Poppystamps Die: Theo Butterfly (Memory Box)
January 2016: Prima Finnabair Art Ingredients: Pearl Glitter Glass

Other Products:
Vintage Dictionary Paper - Stash
Martha Stewart ~ Microbeads - Apatite
Beadies ~ Microbeads - Silver
Faber-Castell ~ Whipped Spackle
Viva Decor ~ Crackle Paint - White
Ranger ~ Distress Ink - Dusty Concord, Spun Sugar
TSUKINEKO ~ Versafine - Onyx Black
TSUKINEKO ~ StazOn - Dove Gray
Higgins ~ Drawing Ink - White
Lindy’s Stamp Gang ~ Starburst - Screamin’ Banshee Black
Prima Metal Die - Doily 2
The Crafters Workshop ~ 6x6 Stencil - Mini Art Is
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ E-Z Dots - Repositionable
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Tombow ~ MONO Multi Liquid Glue
Spellbinders ~ Tool’n One
Sizzix ~ Big Shot
Ranger ~ Heat It - Craft Tool
Liquitex ~ Free Style - Palette Knife #5
Darice ~ Foam Stencil Brush

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Friday, March 3, 2017

"Spread Your Wings and Fly" Mixed Media Card for ScrapBerry's

Welcome back to my creative space! Today I have a card to share with you that I created with the gorgeous ScrapBerry's Juliet paper collection. I adore how this collection lends itself perfectly to combining a shabby chic style with touches of mixed media.

It's also time for the new March/April ScrapBerry's challenge. The theme is Spring and is open to anyone is the world using ScrapBerry's products. Hop on over the the ScrapBerry's blog HERE for all the details and to be inspired by projects the talented design team has created.

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
The focal point of this sweet card is fabulous ScrapBerry's Flowers. I lightly dry brushed them with white gesso to soften the color. 

I'm trying to use something "old" that's been hanging around my studio for a while (as in years and years) on each project I make. Yes, we all have those treasures in our stash. I picked up a bargain sale pearl and beaded lace cuff several years ago that I thought I'd figure out how to use in my paper crafting. I finally cut it up and tucked pieces into the edges of the cluster. Now, I know you most likely don't have a fancy cuff laying around, but any kind of lace, pearls and beads will get the same effect. Be sure to watch for more bits and pieces of this cuff in future projects.

Several strips are cut from papers in the lovely Juliet collection with the tops and bottoms torn off to place under the flower cluster on the right side of the card for texture. The ScrapBerry's Butterflies Wings clear stamp set is used for the sentiment, "Spread your wings and fly," and I just couldn't resist tucking in a sweet white feather.

The text image from the same set is stamped randomly across the card. I die cut a doily from Juliet paper to tuck beneath the cluster. For visual texture, color mist is spattered across the background. 

I simply adore ScrapBerry's polymer and resin pieces. This sweet rose is from the Colorful Dreams Set. I brushed the piece with white gesso, then spritzed with color mist, and dabbed lightly with brown Distress Ink. Don't you just adore how the color settled down into the crevices? I applied molding paste with two different stencils in layers diagonally across the card and spritzed with color mist and water to highlight the texture. I also scattered a mix of gold microbeads and clear mini marbles around the cluster.

**Tip**
Water based color mediums do not adhere well to polymer or resin. A quick coat of
white gesso that has dried allows the color to cling to the piece.

ScrapBerry’s Supply List
Juliet ~ Juliet - (SCB220608407)
Juliet ~ Victoria - (SCB220608403)
Juliet ~ Ballerina - (SCB220608401)
Juliet ~ Ballet Shoes - (SCB220608410)

Curls For Wedding 1 (pearls swirl)(SCB250001078)
Set of Polymer Items ~ Colorful Dreams (260001031)
Gardenia ~ Pink  (SCB300107)
Gardenia ~ White  (SCB300103)
Paper Flowers ~ Clove - Pink (SCB280408)
Set of clear stamps ~ Butterflies – Wings

Other Products
Prima ~ Junkyard Findings - Heart Gears #891794
Prima Flowers ~ Jodie Lee - Butterfly, Aile
Crochet Flowers - Handcrafted
Beadies ~ Mini Marbles
Touch of Nature ~ Feathers - White
Pearl and Beaded Lace Cuff ~ Stash
Martha Stewart ~ Microbeads - Florentine Gold
Prima ~ Art Basics - Soft Matte Gel
Liquitex ~ Gesso - Clear, White
Golden ~ Light Molding Paste
Ranger ~ Dina Wakley - Gel Medium
Ranger ~ Archinval Ink - Jet Black
TSUKINEKO ~ Versafine Ink - Onyx Black
Heidi Swapp ~ Color Shine - Blush, Primrose
Prima ~ Metal Die - Doily 2 #572792
Stampers Anonymous ~ Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Flourish, Dot Fade
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ Crafty Power Tape

 Thanks for taking the time to stop by and view my card!

I hope you've been inspired to pull out your
ScrapBerry's products and create something special.



Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mixed Media Thank You Cards & TECHNIQUE VIDEO Featuring Prima Soft Oil Pastels with the February Scraps of Elegance Kit.



Welcome to my creative space!! I'm back to share a technique video with you featuring the Scraps of Elegance Watercolor Wishes February Mixed Media/Creativity Add On.

I'm so excited each month to see what fresh new mixed media product(s) Melinda has included in the kit and add ons. The February Creativity Add On includes Prima Soft Oil Pastels. I've not worked with oil pastels before, so enjoyed spending some time experimenting with several types of paper and inks to see what would work best to color the 49 and Market Gabi's Hibiscus flowers that I fussy cut for the focal flowers on a set of mixed media thank you cards.

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 share how I used Prima Soft Oil Pastels to color a stamped image in this 
DIY Technique Video:

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Here's the fabulous Watercolor Wishes February Scraps of Elegance Kit:



Additional add ons and kit details can be viewed HERE.


Close-Ups
 
The Kaisercraft Oui Oiu paper is dry brushed with white gesso then edged with blue oil pastels. I used the Kaisercraft Cherry Blossom stencil to apply texture then rubbed with Aquamarine Viva Gold to highlight. Pastel Art Gems add such lovely dimension.

 
I wanted a soft backdrop for these sweet flowers, so layered cheesecloth, white feathers, and burlap threads over one of the Momenta Watercolor Doilies.

 
I adore texture so used a mix of Minni Pearl and Coral See Prills sprinkled with Prima Pearl Glass Glitter across the card. You  can see a little of the stenciled texture peeking out from under the cheese cloth too.


Supply List
Mixed Media Creativity Add On
Prima Marketing Soft Oil Pastels 24/Pkg
49 and Market Gabrielle Pollacco Clear Stamps (4x6"): Gabi's Hibiscus

Scraps of Elegance February Watercolor Wishes Main Kit (Sold Out)
Kaisercraft Ooh La La Collection:  Oui Oui
Momenta: 4" Bright Watercolor Doilies (4 assorted doilies)
Kaisercraft: Cherry Blossom Mini Designer Template 3.5"X5.75"
Pastel Mix Art Gems - approx. 15 to 16 gems

Elements Add On
Prima Metal Patina Trinkets - Birds

Scraps of Elegance Store
Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium - Matte
US Artquest Prills - Minnie Pearls
US Artquest Prills - Coral See
Prima Art Ingredients Glass Glitter: Pearl

Previous Kits
August 2016: Vintaj Solid Brass Metal Accents: Dragonfly Fern
December 2015: Viva Decor Inka Gold: Aquamarine

Other Products
A2 Card Base White - Stash
Stathmore ~ Windpower  - Mixed Media Vellum Surface 140 lb. 400 Series
Burlap Remnant Threads
Touch of Nature ~ Feathers, White
TSUKINEKO ~ Versafine Ink - Onyx Black
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ Crafty Power Tape
Hampton Arts ~ Stamp Perfect
Studio 71 ~ Blending Stumps

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

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mixed Media Floral Tags for ScrapBerry's

ScrapBerry's Birds of Paradise Mixed Media Tags
Welcome back to my creative space. Today I'm sharing a set of tags featuring the beautiful ScrapBerry's Birds of Paradise Collection along with sweet embellishments that coordinate perfectly. A complete product list can be found at the bottom of this post.

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 TechniquesScrapBerry's Birds of Paradise Mixed Media Tags
I paired a Pink Clove paper flower with a sweet Versailles Resin Chrysanthemum for this delicate cluster.

I like to have a selection of all occasion gift tags on hand for when I am putting gift packages together so this "delight" flair button is simply perfect for the sentiment.

ScrapBerry's Birds of Paradise Mixed Media Tags
The flowers are dry brushed with white gesso to soften. I brushed gel medium around the cluster and sprinkled with Prills and microbeads for added texture.

I inked the edges of the chipboard birds with Distress Ink, then lightly dry brushed with white gesso. The background is stenciled with molding paste, then spritzed with beige and primrose mist. Once dry, I added a bit of white spatter with drawing ink.

ScrapBerry's Birds of Paradise Mixed Media Tags
A close-up of the second tag. Here I used a pink daisy in place of the clove flower. The sentiment is stamped with the Happy Day Clear Stamps Set.

ScrapBerry's Birds of Paradise Mixed Media Tags
In this shot you can see another of the delicate resin Chrysanthemums. Don't you just adore how the dry brushed gesso brings out the texture?

ScrapBerry's Birds of Paradise Mixed Media Tags
I just adore the bird chipboard in the Birds of Paradise Set and it was so easy to color them by edging with Distress Ink and gesso.

My dear friend, Juliana Michaels recently gave me a set of Jillibean Soup Chipboard Tags. I traced the tag shape onto the paper and adhered with soft matte gel. To make sure the paper was securely attached, I rolled over the paper firmly with a brayer while the gel was still wet. Once dry, I trimmed off any excess paper then sanded the edges. You can view Juliana's amazing work on her blog, 17turtles.

 I hope you've been inspired to grab your ScrapBerry's
products to create some tags of your own.

ScrapBerry's Supply List
Birds of Paradise ~ At Sunset (SCB220606304)
Birds of Paradise ~ Warbles (SCB220606301)

Birds of Paradise ~ Chipboard Die-Cuts No1 (SCB62000110)
Versailles ~ Set of Chrysanthemums (SCB250001088)
Flair Embellishments (SCB340001082)
Paper Flowers ~ Daisy - Pink (SCB280307)
Paper Flowers ~ Clove - Pink (SCB280408)
Wax String ~ White and Beige (SCB20020333074)
Happy Day Clear Stamps (SCB4907084)

Other Products
Jillibean Soup ~ Chipboard Tags
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Rosebuds - Mixe Pink Tone
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Hip Rosebuds - Pastel Tone
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ 10mm Open Roses - 2-Tone Pink
Prima ~ Art Basics - Soft Matte Gel
Liquitex ~ Gesso - Clear, white
Golden Regular Gel (Matte)
Golden ~ Light Molding Paste
Ranger ~ Distress Ink - Pumice Stone
TSUKIMEKO ~ Archival Brilliance Ink - Pearlescent Chocolate
Lindy’s Stamp Gang ~ Starburst - Clam Bake Beige
Heidi Swapp ~ Color Shine - Primrose
Higgins ~ Drawing Ink - White
US ArtQuest - Mini Prills - Silver Lining
Martha Stewart ~ Microbeads - Pink Sapphire
The Crafter’s Workshop 6x6 Stencil - Mini Butterfly Collage
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Tombow ~ MONO Multi Liquid Glue
Hampton Art ~ Stamp Perfect
Speedball Roller (Brayer)



Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Love Baby DIY Mixed Media Layout and PROCESS VIDEO TUTORIAL with the January 2017 Scraps of Elegance Kit


What an amazing experience it is to become grandparents. Our granddaughter, Avery, was born just over a week ago. In this photo she's just a few hours old and so content to be in her mother's loving arms. She came 2 1/2 weeks early and weighed in at 6lb 13oz. I had originally planned this layout around one of her baby shower photos, but couldn't resist swapping it out. She's our sweet Valentine this year and this Blue Fern Studios paper collection and kit products were absolutely perfect to showcase this adorable photo.

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 fabulous January Scraps of Elegance Kit:

Also Using
Elements Add on

Mixed Media/Creativity Add On

Floral Add On

Color Add On

Scraps of Elegance Links:

Close-Ups







Product List
Main Kit
Blue Fern Studios Heartland Collection:  XOXO
Blue Fern Studios Heartland Collection:  Love Notes
Nuvo: Strawberry Coulis Jewel Drops
Kaisercraft: Love Themed Wood Embellishments
Blue Fern Studios: Heartland Roses & Blooms 
Simply Creative: Pink and Blue 6mm self-adhesive gems

Mixed Media Creativity Add On
Imagine Crafts Rosebud IrRESISTible Texture Spray
Imagine Crafts Pink Creative Medium Iridescent Texture Paste

Elements Add On
Ken Oliver Vintage Embellishments - Heart & Key Charms
Kaisercraft - PS I Love You Die CutsA
Kaisercraft - Hearts Sparklets Self-Adhesive Rhinestone Clusters

Floral Add On
Prima Sweet Peppermint Underneath The Christmas Tree Flowers
Prima Charleston Flowers

Color Add On
Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Royal Red Acrylic Paint
Blue Fern Studios Cotton Candy Embossing Powder

SOE Store

Other Products
Ranger ~ Perfect Medium
Prima ~ Resist Chalk Edger - Vintage Pink
Prima ~ 12x12” Stencil - Flourish
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ EZ Dots - Repositionable 
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar ~ Scrap Dots
Tombow ~ MONO Multi Liquid Glue
Wagner ~ HT 400 Heat Gun
Liquitex ~ Free Style - Palette Knife #5

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Saturday, February 4, 2017

"Love Forever" DIY Home Decor Heart and PROCESS VIDEO TUTORIAL with the January 2017 Scraps of Elegance Kit


I'm so excited to share my latest project for Scraps of Elegance with a process video tutorial. This Crate Paper Color Reveal Watercolor Heart Panel is the January exclusive OTP Add On and was a dream to work with. It is a watercolor panel stretched over a heart frame. So it has the feel of a canvas, but the properties of watercolor paper. Just perfect for a Valentine's home decor project when paired up with all the gorgeous elements in the Main Kit and Add Ons.

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 fabulous January Scraps of Elegance Kit:


OTP Add On


Also Using
Elements Add on


Mixed Media/Creativity Add On


Floral Add On


Color Add On


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

Close-Ups










Product List
OTP Add On
Crate Paper Color Reveal Watercolor Heart Panel 10.5"x8.75"

Main Kit
Kaisercraft: Love Themed Wood Embellishments
Blue Fern Studios: Heartland Roses & Blooms

Mixed Media Creativity Add On
Imagine Crafts Rosebud IrRESISTible Texture Spray

Elements Add On
Ken Oliver Vintage Embellishments - Heart & Key Charms
Kaisercraft - PS I Love You Die Cuts
Kaisercraft - Hearts Sparklets Self-Adhesive Rhinestone Clusters

Floral Add On
Prima Sweet Peppermint Underneath The Christmas Tree Flowers
Petaloo Teal Ruffled PeoniesKai
Petaloo Robin's Egg Mini Daisies

Color Add On
Blue Fern Studios Cotton Candy Embossing Powder
Nuvo Mother of Pearl Embellishment Mousse

SOE Store
US Artquest Prills - Minnie Pearls
Prima Art Basics Mixed Media Essentials - Gesso (Heavy White)
Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium - Matte

Other Products
Ranger ~ Perfect Medium
Tim Holtz with Stampers Anonymous ~ Layering Stencil - Flourish
Helmar ~ Premium Craft Glue
Helmar ~ Liquid Scrap Dots
Tombow ~ MONO Multi Liquid Glue
Wagner ~ HT 400 Heat Gun
Liquitex ~ Free Style - Palette Knife #5

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~