Saturday, August 30, 2014

Video Tutorial Accordion Fold Tag Pocket Mini Album

Hello Friends! 
Today I want to share my video with you in case you missed it on the BoBunny Blog last week!

Here a few photo shots of this project.

This is a cute mini album that was a ton of fun to create. Lots of little pockets to hold tags, photos, tickets, etc.

 I used some mixed media techniques as well as punching to make this album my own. 
Check out the video and let me know if you make one for yourself. I would love to see it! 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Scraps of Darkness Weathered and Worn Second Layout

Hello Friends! Today I have another layout to share featuring the August kit from Scraps of Darkness. You check out this months kit and the shop here

 I used the Fabscraps and Teresa Collins papers on this page. I used the lace paper in the embellishment add on and tore that up tucking in the edges so just the lacy flowers stand out. I've stamped over them... well I stamped over everything! Lot's of stamping, a little masking, misting, drips...oh my!

My new thing is to decorate my photo. Why not? Who says the photo has to be matted and untouched right? Mist it, mask it, stamp on it.!

I used some shimmerz textures and Lindys mist on the bird. (Included in the color add on) I broke my chipboard up and used the bird on one side of my page and the rest of the beautiful Blue Ferns Studio chippee on the other side.

Just a final close up. 
Have a great weekend and thank you soooo much for stopping by!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Scraps of Darkness August Design Team Reveal

Weathered and Worn...Shabby and Rustic... Right up my alley!!!!
If you love shabby, pretty, grunge, mixed media, tattered, torn or dare I say...Elegant? Well this kit is all of the above depending on your style and what you do with it.

You can grab one of these for yourself right here!

You may have noticed I took some time off from designing for Scraps of Darkness (or maybe you didn't- not sure if anyone actually looks at my blog! LOL)
Well I'm back and I have a new layout to share with this gorgeous kit!

Main Kit

 Pattern Paper Add On

 Coordinating Paper Add On

Cardstock Add On

Embellishment Add On

Color Add On

Floral Add On

 Color Add On

Creativity Add On

My first page features the Fabscraps Industrial Chic paper for the background with bits of Teresa Collins Life Emporium and Marion Smith Garment District.

The little envelope flap is a Tim Holtz die that I cut in half and punched a hole an eyelet. I've added some washi tape torn up and sprinkled here and there. 

I've learned to blend my love of punching with a more mixed media style. I don't punch my whole page anymore but find ways to tuck in punched strips to allow for a pretty touch to soften the more grungy edges. 

 I love collage style. I've explored shabby chic "pretty" and still enjoy that for sure but I really love a little bit more grungy, artsy, still pretty but edgy.

Above all I love to layer... and layer...and layer...

Until next time...stay tuned there is more to come...

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sneak Peek -Accordion Fold Tag Pocket Mini Album Video Tutorial - BoBunny

I have an awesome project to share with you all today! A super fun Accordion Fold Tag Pocket Mini Album with Video Tutorial. That's a long title isn't it?

This project was inspired by the beautiful mood board this month at BoBunny. 

This project was so much fun to create and I know you will enjoy it and want to make one for yourself.

I've got a full reveal on the BoBunny Blog along with a video tutorial on how to do this. You can see it all here.

Here is a peek at the project. I've mixed up several collections to create this mini album-and love how beautifully they blend together. Come along and check out my full reveal and tutorial here and play along with the mood board this month!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BoBunny Gift Wrap and Tag

Hi Everyone!
 Today I am sharing a project created for BoBunny featuring their Kraft Bag collection! I've got some sneak peeks here for you. You can see the entire project on the BoBunny Blog right here.

 I adore these bags and love to try and find different ways to use them. I love layering that is no secret and I've combined several bags here. One is my base which is filled with some yummy cookies. I layered another bag over it to form a pocket for my tag. The final bag layered over that one I punched a hole in with a little tie. That one is good to tuck a gift card in. 

This image is fussy cut from "Somewhere In Time" and embellished with thread which I laced through her corset and some bling.

This Tag was created with a backdrop of Distress Ink for staining then I torn up some bags and layered them with Washi Tape.

I've also used stickers from "Somewhere In Time." I cut them apart and layered them among the wooden embellishments and stamping.

A full supply list appears here.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Dress Form Frame - Scraps of Elegance

Hey Everyone! Today I have a dress form frame I created with the July Scraps of Elegance Kit "Chasing Rabbits" 
This is such a gorgeous kit  and you can find our kits here. This one is sold out but you can sign up to become a kit club member and never miss another one! Whoo hoo!

 I adore pink and green! It speaks to me and such a perfect backdrop for a shabby chic frame.  This one was created as a custom order for my etsy shop

I purchased a cream color frame and distressed it lightly. Then I painted over it with Lumiere in shimmery gold. I punched some paper with a Martha punch and trimmed it close to the edges. The punching was then inked and painted with the Lumiere.

All of the chipboard is Dusty Attic and coated with Gesso, Inka Gold and Silks Acrylic Glaze. On some of the chipboard where I wanted it to remain just gold and white I used the Inka Gold and Lumiere.

Prima resin wings, resins roses and lots of florals and ribbon.

This dress form was created 3D style. I have been taking this to a new level experimenting with different 3D styles. I just love it!

Stay tuned for some upcoming projects for BoBunny and a video tutorial of a super fun project I created for them. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Scraps of Elegance August Kit Reveal

"Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles with warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things"
Maria sang this in The Sound of Music, and we couldn't agree more!  We thought it was the perfect name 
for this kit, and we hope it will be one of your favorite things...

This is our beautiful August kit featuring Authentique, Carta Bella and Heidi Swapp! You can get one for yourself right here. Join our scrapbook facebook community here.

We have an amazing kit club with the most gorgeous creative coordinating kits and supportive community!

Main Kit

Pattern Paper

Coordinating Paper

Floral Add On

Embellishment Add On

Color Add On

Creativity Add On

Monday, July 28, 2014

Big Blog Tour Nomination!

I was nominated as a creative blogger by one of my beautiful scrapbook friends Lisa Gregory. We are joining up as a chain of fun blog hop tours where so many of us will get to meet new bloggers, get new inspiration and connect with blogs that will open up our creativity. This hop is sure to get your mojo going!

I was so blessed to have been nominated by my friend Lizzy Wurmann last week so this week I'll keep it short and sweet!

Here are my 4 questions that need to be answered before I pass along my nominations. I'll give you my answers then lead you to 3 amazing artists you will love visiting!

1. What am I working on?
Right now I am working on my two August projects for BoBunny, a custom order for my etsy shop and I need to be working on a dress form for a swap I am participating in with our Scraps of Darkness Community Swap.

I can only give you a sneak peek of one of BoBunny projects! Stay tuned for the full reveal on August 14th.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I love to layer and mix patterns in my work. When I begin my designs I work with the pattern papers and layering first and then add in mixed media elements. I notice most artists that consider themselves mixed media start with creating their backgrounds from different mediums. I enjoy working with the paper patterns and colors and having those be the main focus of my design. The mixed media portion is more the "icing on the cake" than the cake itself.

3. Why do I create what I do?

When I am working on design team projects I create based on my assignment. When I create on my own it really just depends on what i am working with and what inspires me.

4. How does your creative process work?

My creative process comes in bursts! I'll have tons of ideas and everything wants to show itself at once. Then I'll need time off to recharge that battery. I'm not an artist who creates every day or feels I should. I actually need breaks for my creative energy to restore itself.

Now onto these next 3 ladies who are all amazing artists in their own right.

1. Juliana Michaels is my incredibly patient design team coordinator at BoBunny. She does an amazing job keeping our team organized and answering our endless questions without ever missing a beat! She is on several major manufacturer design teams and creates beautiful cutting files that she shares for free on her blog! She has a wonderful traditional scrap style and I know you will be inspired by her!

2. Karolina Stopyra is a multi talented mixed media artist and designer. She has launched the wonderful stamp company 3rd Eye . Some of you may know it. If not you must check it out! I have had the great pleasure to work with Karolina on our Scraps of Darkness team. I love her interesting, innovative quirky style and I know you will too!

3. Laura Gilhuly is our social media director at Scraps of Darkness and a huge asset to our little family. She always goes out of her way to contribute whatever she can to make our community a little brighter and fun! Laura has a wonderful shabby grunge style and pulls it off beautifully with her flair for combining mixed media with distressing. I know you will find loads of inspiration on her blog! 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Scraps of Darkness July Reveal

"Believe Kit"

Our July Kit is here! Let us take you to a magical land with our "Believe" kit. Don't forget to check out our add on's! They coordinate beautifully with our Main Kit!

You can find our 
Scraps of Darkness kits 

Main Kit

Pattern Paper

Coordinating Paper

Cardstock Add On

Floral Add On

Embellishment Add On

Color Add On

Creativity Add On

Don't forget to stop by and join our facebook community here!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Bellelive Blog Tour Nomination

Hey All! It's very exciting here today in blog land! I have been nominated by one of my wonderful artsy friend Lizzy Wurmann to join this creative blog hop! Lizzy is an educator on our Scraps of Darkness Design Team and has become a close friend of mine. I love her style and her creative inspiration.

With this blog hop we have the opportunity to get to know new artsy bloggers we might not otherwise have found- see their styles, learn about their techniques and create new experiences.

Check out my dear friend Lizzy Wurmann's blog post and her unique quirky style which a true favorite of mine.

There are four questions all participants need to answer before they nominate three other bloggers to continue the tour. I will answer my questions before leading you to three other talented artists I've selected who are more than worthy of this nomination.

1. What are you working on?

I'm currently taking a few workshops one being Jamie Dougherty's "Blooming Through The Seasons" where I just completed my first lesson (July's Bloom Girl)
Here is a closer look at her!

Another project I am working on is a combined design team project for Scraps of Elegance with a custom order for my etsy shop. I am the "Chasing Rabbits" kit for July. You can find it here.

This is a shabby dress form frame. This is a work in progress. Still playing around with placement and finishes. Nothing is glued down yet. :)

One more thing I am up to is making clay embellishments for my etsy shop.
You can find my shop here.

Here are a couple of new clay items I will be listing.

2. How does your work differ from others in this genre?

Hmmm.... always a tough question. I don't like to box myself in with a definition. Right now I am enjoying work that is heavily layered, mixing patterns of papers, stamps and mixed media techniques. I am working more in a collage style fashion both in an artsy and shabby chic style depending on what papers I'm working with.

I'm taking many workshops this year and working on my drawing and painting skills. I love to draw. It's a big passion of mine and right now I see myself wanting to grow in this genre. It is a dream to take it to a higher level. Not sure if I will get there as life has a way happening while you are making other plans but we shall see. :)

3. Why do you create what you do?

I am on several design teams. The work I do for the kit clubs are to showcase the kits. Melinda the owner of Scraps of Darkness and Elegance gives us complete creative freedom. When I create for her it is whatever comes from within. It's not something I can explain. I can visualize a scrapbook page, tag, mini album or altered item from the kit contents. They speak to me- they really do- and tell me what they want to be.
Manufacturer work is always given as assignments to showcase their products. I work with the assignment I have been given.

Drawing and painting really come from my soul. I really consider my drawing to be my soul speaking.

Now on with our blog tour:

Meet my 3 ever so talented nominees:

Lisa Gregory - I met Lisa in cyber world when I first got involved with scrapbooking and she has a been a mentor and a friend ever since. I had the great pleasure of meeting her in person several years ago on a scrap retreat and hope to meet up with her again someday. Lisa's work is extraordinary and I am sure you all know her as she is a popular gal! Her flowers are her signature and try as might I can never get mine quite as beautiful as hers.

Renea Harrison - Renea is my design team sister on the SOD and SOE kit clubs and we have known each other in this way for a long time. She is one of the sweetest people I know and has become a good friend over the years. I love her vintage, romantic shabby style. I admire her ability to make anything into a shabby delight.

Michelle Phillips - Michelle is also a design team sister on the Scraps of Darkness team. I adore Michelles fun and witty personality and her artsy grunge style of artwork. She is one of those people who can brighten up even the cloudiest day. She has no idea how many times she has made me laugh out loud at my computer!

I know you will be greatly inspired by these gals. Please have a peek and they will be up with their own nominations on the 28th.