Friday, June 23, 2017

Amazing Altered Art with Kerstin

Welcome friends!

My next project with our awesome Scraps of Darkness May Kit 'Attic Finds'.

I was inspired to make a new (old) shadox box.
 Unfortunately I haven't such box in my stuff, but I saw this great background paper 'Upper & Lover' from 7 gypsies in our May Kit 'Attic Finds' and thought it looks like amazing and I will try this.

 I took an old canvas and use the backside as wooden frame.
With some acrylic paints (gold, black and brown) and a crackle paste, which I used only on some places I created a frame in altered art.

 the new stickers from the Architextures collection are very cool, it's very easy to work with it, you can cut, you can colored and they are self - adhesive. I added three books and the iron gates and not to forget this amazing lamp, she was glued with two chipboards and it's hanging from the frame for a 3D effect

brushes are a chipboard from my stuff, I colored with some acrylic paints and used a copper embossing powder

 yes and such a cool door handle was the perfect addition for my art room frame

I cut out some words from the paper Architextures 'Market signs' 
the 'Idea' piece were distressed and wrinkled, it adds more dimension on this altered frame

to complete the look I also added some alphabet tiles from our last month kit and the wonderful new paper dolls from Tim Holtz
which were a birthday gift from a very good friend

My third inspiration for our 
As I saw this beautiful woman on the 'Old Window' paper from the 7gypsies Architexture collection,
I was inspired to use this photo for a new home decor piece.
Somehow I saw in the woman a mermaid and so I used an old wooden frame as basic for a FantaSEA :-)

First I added some structure paste at  few places, then
I covered the entire surface with a chalky finish paint 'Vintage'
from Americana Decor.

Let dry it completely. 
I have added a lighthouse and rope stamp to complete a maritime look. Then I cut out the wordlet - Enjoy today - from the Architexture paper 'Market signs' and glued it on the frame.

Next I layered up embellishments, have you seen this amazing keys in our kit, wonderful, or?
a leftover from a deco fish net, starfish, shell, gauze 
and the Prima flower from our Main Kit together with a little bit
 Ice Resin  'Ocean' from our last month kit.

in the upper corner you can see a mermaid die from my stuff
  head can be seen at the top and the fish tail at the bottom

 I've glued a few self-collected shells to the photo
so she looks like a real mermaid.  I hope you like my inspiration!
Many thanks and have a wonderful day!
 x Kerstin x 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Stunning mixed media layout from Sandi!

Hello, everyone! 
Sandi here with you today sharing another layout using the May "Mix'd Media" Kit from Scraps of Elegance Kit Club. The Main Kit papers center around Blue Fern Studios Happy Accident papers and Prima Marketing Flowers plus loads of other, fun mixed media goodies to get your creative juices flowing. 

This little fella in my photo was actually at my house on Father's Day although the picture itself was taken last year. I'm telling you, this boy just makes my heart want to burst from joy! He is the most precious  combination of sweet, obedient, funny and all-boy. And yes, I know I'm prejudiced, haha! I wish he lived closer. 


Anyway, I've used the Happy Accident Quirk paper as my background. After applying clear gesso using the Ranger Craft Squeegee, I used the KaiserCraft Foliage Stencil and DecoArt Sand Paste all from the Main Kit. I emphasized those areas a bit with some mist that matches with some gold tones in the paper. When that was dry, I stamped around my focal area with the Blue Halftone stamp from the Elements add-on. BTW, where has that Craft Squeegee been all my life??? It is even better than using a credit card when applying your gessoes. Love it! 

I painted the Arrow Word as well as as the circle frame chipboard (from my stash) with the Prima Rust Paint from the May Scraps of Darkness Creativity add-on found HERE.  I also added a few none-pink flowers from the Flower add-on and tucked in a few of the ephemera from the Elements add-ons .. love, love the butterflies! 

You can note here that before mounting the chipboard, I tossed some black thread from my stash underneath it to mimic the upper corner design. Boy pages are hard for me, so I figured texture and insects would help me overcome! Those and a little paint! 

This is just a little closer-in photo to show the stencil texture and some of the stamping. 

And this is all across the bottom two thirds of the page. I finished with some white gesso and black mist splatters. 

Here is a photo  of the sold-out May Kit: 

If you've been hanging around here any length of time, you know that Melinda carries the newest products. I always look forward to getting my Kit and add-ons every month. I'll bet you would too! 

See you next time! 


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A masculine and a double page baby layout from Laura

Hi everyone!
Today I am excited to share a layout featuring a photo of our youngest and  the 'Attic Finds' kit from Scraps of Darkness!

This photo is from Ty's grade 8 grad!  He is really such a great kid...always willing to help and is a really loving kid with a kind heart! 
For this layout I used the awesome Authentique rugged papers from the main kit and paper add on

I added some metal from previous kits and the title piece is from the paper tab you trim off!  It is perfect for a boy becoming a young man!

The books - appropriate for a grad photo - are textured stickers from 7Gypsies and  are really cool!

Here is my next layout using the Scraps Of Darkness 'Attic Finds' kit!

This wonderful paper does not scream 'baby girl' layout but I could picture it.  I know I don't normally create  two page albums but since this is for my great niece's baby album I thought it would go well!  This little cutie and her daddy are such a sweet pair!

I fussy cut the banner from one of the papers and used it to tie the two pages together. I also cut out one of the doors as an accent on the first page!  The title is also a cut out! I sprayed the doilies with Tim Holtz Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stain from the color add on.  

I used flowers from the main kit, floral add on and previous kits!

Thanks for stopping by

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Two gorgeous mixed media pages from Annie

Hello everyone !! I am presenting my 1st layout for May kit : 
I started by cutting small squares of the beautiful papers from Blue Fern Studios Happy Accident collection.  I glued them on the background and put Gesso on the surface.  Then I used the stencil from Kaisercraft and the Sand Paste by DecoArt. I added some sprays from my stash and finished with the Blue Fern Chipboards, flowers, Tim Holtz Ephemera, Prima Metal Trinquets and Blue Fern chipboard for the title.

Here are some close-ups :

This is my butterfly layout :)  I just love those Tim Holtz Ephemeras ! I used the ones where there was Purple on them and painted some of them also.  I also used the metal trinkets from Prima but I put some Gesso on them. 

Thank you

Monday, June 19, 2017

Mixed Media Monday - Lisa Novogrodski

Good Morning Blog Friends-

The Attic Finds Kit from Scraps of Darkness is probably one of my all time faves!  I just love the ephemera of 7 Gypsies and Tim Holtz. This really is my style and what I enjoy doing the most. Collage style work, altering and funky artsy details.
If you missed the kit you can find our kits here.

So much inspiration in one box!

I created this artist trading block using the 7 Gypsies Architextures in my background. You can see the pattern paper add on in the kit here.

I added layer upon layer cutting out bits and pieces from these papers and adding in the ephemera found in the Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Emporium Pack found here.

The Creativity Add On included the Prima Finnabair Rust Effects Paste. I used this on my box edges, all of my metal embellishments including the chains. I added spools for feet and used this on them as well.

Along with the rust paste I used some blue toned paint to achieve a patina effect on my metal.

Also, I used a stencil and used the paste with that adding some texture to the pattern papers on the box.

One of my little art doll girls holding some letters from Papermania-Mr. Smiths Workshop Alphabet Stickers found in the Elements Add On. She is also popping out a suitcase. This is also in the Elements Add On - 7 Gypsies Architextures treasured adhesive stacked suitcases.