Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Altered Mixed Media Frame - June Seaside Kit

Hello Blog Friends!
Today I am sharing the "Multicraft Import Wood Photo Frame" included in the Creativity Add On of the June Scraps of Darkness Seaside Kit.
You can find the kit here and the creativity add on here.

Here I go with the Art Dolls again! This one went fishing!

I painted on a layer of gesso then used the Tim Holtz Burlap stencil and scraped a layer of the white Impasto Paint found in the Creativity Add On over the stencil. I used this all over the frame. The Impasto Paint is a very thick acrylic and works well for this. Once that dried and I did help it along with a heat tool I painted over it randomly. I watered down the Cobalt Impasto Paint (also in the Creativity Add On) and used both the Prima Art Alchemy "Sparks Unicorn Hair and Metallique Coral Reef" paints. I also used a Lumiere Paint in Bronze found in my stash. 

My Art Doll takes center stage. He has gone fishing and caught the 49th and Market Sand and Sea Layered Embellishments... a Starfish to be exact. He is holding it all together with the Blue Fern Studios Anchors Away Chipboard. Both found in the Elements Add On.  The Main Kit included the WOW Whirlpool Embossing Powder. I painted on some Artisan Powder then embossed with the WOW. It created a beautiful sparkle!

Surrounding my little fishing man are a host of florals included in the Floral Add On. A mix of 49th and Market and Prima.

Melinda always includes special details in our kits. I couldn't help but create with these tiny white shells and USArtQuest Ice Queen Prills found in the Creativity Add On. They really add a special touch to your project!

A few close ups for you...

Monday, July 24, 2017

Mixed Media Monday: a gorgeous layout w/the Birds Of A Feather kit

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."

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


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: 

Thanks again for coming by! 


Friday, July 21, 2017

Weekend inspiration: mixed media beach layout w/the June Seaside Kit

Hello dear scrappy friends!!!  It's Kathy with you today with a layout using the new Scraps of Darkness June Kit "Seaside".  Wow!  Can you say beautiful (I mean the kit)?  This photo is very special to me, as it is my Dad many years ago before he passed.  He was a Navy Veteran and loved to visit lighthouses.  My sister, Cindy took this picture and when I saw the beautiful 49th and Market papers included in the Coordinating Paper Add On, I knew it would be perfect!  I did a lot of mixed media work on this one, which is not usually my comfort zone....you just have to go with the flow.  I am never sure how it will turn out, or if I will like it.  I think this one falls in the later category.  Enjoy!

I always cover my background paper with clear gesso first to make sure that the inks and other media will work best with the paper.  I used 2-3 different Lindy's Inks in blues and teals to create a focal for my photo.  I added some stamping afterwards because I thought the color was too bright and wanted to tone it down a bit.

Last week I bought some cantaloupe at Costco and the netting packaging looked perfect for this lo. So I cut it up and stretched it across the left side of the layout.  I realized that it would also work around the photo to give it a little more texture.  To make it really shine I added some Ice Resins that came in a previous kit.

I love chains and anchors so I was really tickled to find the Blue Fern Studios chipboard in the Elements Add On.  I used the Wow embossing powder from the Main kit which heats up to this incredible sparkly finish.  LOVE IT!!

Along the edge of the netting (did I mention that the netting contained cantaloupe last week?), I used the gorgeous floral vine from Prima "French Riviera" collection that is included in the Floral Add On. I tucked in some of the fabulous flowers from 49th and Market included in the Creativity Add On, added a few little seashells, and that pearl glazed pebble from the Main Kit, to create my collage. Once I was finished I frosted it with more Ice Resins to blend with the photo.

The title is 2 Crafty chipboard from my stash on which I used Archival Ink.  And at the top right I created a little grouping which I stamped around.  I used one of the stickers from the Main Kit from Kaisercraft.

I so hope you enjoyed my sharing the creative process.  Please stop by again to see what the rest of the gals have created using this fabulous kit!

Big Alaska Bear Hug!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mixed Media Baby Layout Tutorial - May Mix'd Media kit

Hi everyone! It's Tracey Back with a layout of our darling little granddaughter. Grandma had a photo session with her a couple weeks ago, and I managed to capture her oh so sweet smile.

This gorgeous kit (May Mix'd Media kit) featuring the gorgeous Blue Fern Studio Happy Accident Collection paired with their Chipboard Arrow Words was such a dream to work with. The smile arrow couldn't have been more perfect for this page. I was also able to create some wonderful textures with the DecoArt Texture Sand Paste. I hope you'll take the opportunity to view the video below to see how I put it all together.

Enjoy the video!

Supply List

May Scraps of Elegance Main Kit:
Blue Fern Studios Happy Accident Collection:  Fluke
Blue Fern Studios Happy Accident Adhesive Printed Chipboard
Kaisercraft Mini Designer Template (3.5" x 5.75"): Foliage
DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste (4oz)
Ranger Craft Squeegee
Prima Timeless Memories Recollection Metal Trinkets

Elements Add On:
Blue Fern Studios Clear Stamps: Halftones
Blue Fern Studios laser cut chipboard: Arrow Words
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Ephemera: Botanical

Floral Add On:
Prima Love Clippings Sweet Kisses Flowers
Prima Waverly Flowers

Color Add On:
Prima Art Alchemy Butterfly Spells Sparks Acrylic Paint

Items from our Store:
Blue Fern Studios Chipboard - Splattered Arrows
Blue Fern Studios Chipboard - Graduated Circles
Petaloo Penny Lane Mini Daisies - Robin Egg Blue
Prima Art Basics Mixed Media Essentials - Gesso, Clear, White
Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium - Matte

Previous Kits:
March 2017: Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Honey Resin Kit
December 2016: Ranger Perfect Medium Clear Bullet Tip Pen
October 2016: Prima: Rossibelle Druzy Stones
April 2016: BoBunny Secret Garden collection Brads
January 2016: Dovecraft Sweet Paris Collection - Decorative Pins
January 2016: Poppystamps Die: Cheviot Butterfly
October 2015: Prima - Metals - 11 (chandelier drops)
June 2015: Trimcraft/Dovecraft: Back To Basics Doilies

Sharing Photo Details:

You can find my video sharing how to create this Honey Glittered Butterfly HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!

~ Blessings ~

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

DIY Video Tutorial: Mixed Media Beach Layout - June Seaside Kit

Hello everyone!  This is my fourth project using June's amazing Scraps of Darkness Seaside Kit and my layout is titled "Perfect".  As a bonus, I have made another mixed media layout tutorial to share with you.  And as always, most of the video is in fast forward, and for the parts that involve a lot of gluing, I only briefly show those and cut them short.  You can watch it at the bottom of my blog entry.

For this layout, I used both the main kit and Elements Add-On Kit.  Here is a preview of the kits, and don't forget to go to the Scraps of Darkness online store for all the newest kits before they're sold out!

Here are some close ups and angle pictures showing the details on my layout using the 49 and Market paper the gorgeous kit embellishments:

My video tutorial will give you a lot of extra details on my project, and I love to hear what you think!  Comments and suggestions are always appreciated.  Thanks for checking out my layout today and I hope you enjoy the video!  Have a great day! :-)

~Jessica McFall~

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Two Wonderful Beach layouts - June Seaside Kit

Hi everyone!  Laura here!
We love the beach and I tend to take a lot of photos while we are there!  Which is awesome because this months Scraps Of Darkness kit is PERFECT for all those beach photos!

When I use more than one photo I usually make them smaller than 4x6.  Here I decided to use two 3x4 photos.
I used the awesome  Kaisercraft Hight Tide papers and stickers from the main kit.

I wanted to create some drama on the layout so I used a lot of flowers from the main kit and floral add on.  I then added some butterflies from the elements add on and added a few shells from my stash!

 I LOVE the new 3D embellishments from 49 & Market in this months Scraps Of Darkness 'Sea Side' kit.  They are so cool!

The wonderful and graphic 49 & Market Sand & Sea paper made a perfect background for this photo of Ty enjoying sitting in the surf!

With such a fabulous background paper I did not want to do much to the background.  I added some of the awesome 3D embellishments

The chipboard title I had in my stash.  I used the unicorn's hair paint from the color add on to paint the word 'Sand' then added some prills from a previous kit. For the rest of the title I inked it with the Prima Color Philosophy Summer Vibes Stackable Ink Pad
also from the color add on then added the WOW! Whirlpool Embossing Powder from the main kit....it really sparkles.

 The Blue Fern chain and anchor is from the elements add on.
I painted it with the unicorn hair paint, then used the Ken Oliver Color Burst Liquid Metals in Platinum from a previous kit. I then finally added some prills!