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:

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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 ~

Friday, February 3, 2017

Forever Valentine for ScrapBerry's

"Forever Valentine"

Welcome back to my creative space. I'm back to share a new project featuring the gorgeous ScrapBerry's Juliet Paper Collection along with an assortment of their fabulous embellishments.

I've been sharing my excitement of becoming a grandmother for the first time through my paper crafting projects. Recently our son and lovely daughter-in-law revealed the name they've given our coming granddaughter ~ Avery. I've created this heart wall hanging for her. It's her first Valentine from me, a "Forever Valentine." I hope she'll be reminded of my love for her as she grows up seeing it hanging on her wall. 

Tips and Techniques
ScrapBerry's creates such beautiful flowers in an array of lovely colors to go with any of their paper collections I've featured a sweet gardenia and curly rose here. I've also tucked in a few tiny flowers from my stash. See the purple rose below the gardenia? Its's one of the Rosebud Charms that I brushed with gesso, then colored with Distress Ink. The crystal flourish is from the Curls for Wedding 1 set.

The edge of the heart was painted with white gesso, then a stenciled design was added with molding paste. I highlighted the texture by rubbing lightly with ink.

From this angle you can see the love piece from the Weddings 3 Polymer Set topped with a Versailles Resin Chrysanthemum and chipboard key right below it from the Holiday Romance Collection. Tucked in at the top of the cluster I've used hearts from the Kid's Fun Polymer Set along with the sweet Winter Joy Bottle Cap. (The heart flourish chippie is from my stash.) 

**Tip**
Water based mediums will bead up on resin/polymer and not stay true to color on raw chipboard, so I apply a quick coat of white gesso to these items and allow to dry before adding water based color. For these elements, I layered two colors of Distress Ink to coordinate with the gorgeous Juliet papers.

 
A little handcrafted heart I created from corrugated cardboard. I've used a mixture of Prills, tiny seed beeds, and microbeads from my stash here and around the flower cluster for added texture. The smaller purple hearts are more chippies from the Holiday Romance Collection.

For this banner with Avery's name, I simply cut triangles from Juliet paper and inked the edges. I laid them out and adhered them in place, then added a strip of lace across the top that I colored with Distress Ink. The wooden letters from my stash were colored with ink and spritzed with Iridescent Glitter Dust spray for some sweet girly sparkle (before adhering to the project).

My dear friend, Juliana Michaels, gave me this wood heart, and I knew right away that it would be perfect for creating a Forever Valentine for Avery. (You can visit Juliana's creative blog at 17turtles.) I traced and cut out the heart onto the Juliet paper, then used gel medium to adhere it to the wood heart. I rolled over it firmly with a brayer to make sure the paper was securely adhered, then set it aside dry for a few minutes. Once the paper was set in place, but the gel medium was still damp, I cut into the wood grooves to show the slats, then used a sanding block lightly over the paper to reveal the wood grain below. I also added a touch of spatter with drawing ink. I adore the texture this created on the background.

I hope you've been inspired to grab your ScrapBerry's products
and create a Valentine for someone special in your life. 

Don't forget, love is the theme of the ScrapBerry’s January/February challenge.
Be sure to stop by the ScrapBerry's blog for all the challenge details
and to be inspired by the rest of the design team creations HERE.

ScrapBerry’s Products

Juliet Collections ~ Victoria (SCB220608403)
Juliet Collections ~ Juliet (SCB220608407)
Gardenia Mix ~ Pink  (SCB300107)
Paper Flowers ~ Curly Rose – Lilac (SCB280605)
Winter Joy ~ Set of decorative cork (Bottle Cap) (SCB340982)
Weddings 3 ~ Set of polymer items (SCB26001020)
Kid’s Fun ~ Set of polymer items (SCB26001012)
Versailles  ~ Set of chrysanthemums 1 (resin) (SCB250001088)
Curls For Wedding 1 (pearls swirl) (SCB250001078
Charms Set ~ (Rosebud SCB250122474)
Holiday Romance Chipboard Elements No. 3 (SCB62000106B)
Birds of Paradise ~ Chipboard Elements No. 1 (SCB62000110)

Other Products
Craft Essentials ~ Wall Hanging (Wood Heart)
Prima ~ 3D Wood Alphas Hexagon(587413)
Donna Salazar with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - Lace Ribbons
Prima ~ Trims - Magnolia #583033
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ 10mm Open Roses - 2-Tone Pink
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Hip Rosebuds - Mixed Pink Tone
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ 30mm Leaves - White
Martha Stewart Crafts ~ Microbeads - Kunzite
Darice ~ TOHO Beads - Round Rainbow Clear
US ArtQuest ~ Mini Prills - Lavender & Lace; Minni Pearls
Darice ~ Finishing Accents - Wood Shapes, Butterflies
The Charm Shop ~ Heart Charms
Bead Landing ~ Hemp Cord (Lavender)
Flower Stamen ~ Stash
Prima ~ Art Basics -Soft Matte Gel
Liquitex ~ Gesso - White
Liquitex ~ Matte Medium
Golden ~ Light Molding Paste
Ranger ~ Distress Ink - Pumice Stone; Seedless Preserves; Victorian Velvet
Therm O Web ~ Glitter Dust - Iridescent
Higgins ~ Drawing Ink - White
The Crafter’s Workshop ~ Mini Butterfly Collage Stencil
Therm O Web ~ iCraft - Mixed Media Adhesive
Helmar ~ Premium Craft Glue
Ranger ~ Dina Wakley Media - Gel Medium
Other project - stamped bunny
Bunny My Little Star - Set of stamps - Baby Bunny (SCB4907044)
Ranger ~ Archival Ink - Jet Black
Kuretake ~ Zig Clean Color Real Brush - Dark Gray, Light Violet, S. Almond Pink, Oatmeal



Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Thursday, February 2, 2017

True Love Is Forever Mixed Media Card for ScrapBerry's


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

Be sure to 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.

My parents will be celebrating 58 years of marriage this year, so I wanted to create a special card for them. I just adore this paper from ScrapBerry's Cherished Jewels Collection that includes the sweet sentiment "True Love Is Forever." How perfect for this card. I've included mixed media touches which I'll talk about below with the close-up photos.

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 sweet flower cluster featuring ScrapBerry's Clove, Daisy, and Cherry Blossom Flowers along with a few tiny flowers tucked in from my stash. 

ScrapBerry's has beautiful gems and jewels. I've tucked in a pearl flourish from the Holidays 1 Collection as well as the sparkling Crystal Sticker and sweet resin rose from the Fairy Tale Flowers 1 Set. I used gel medium to adhere Prills around the cluster for extra texture.

The Holiday Romance Chipboard Set has pieces perfect for Valentine's Day and love themed cards. I heat embossed this key with embossing enamel for a vintage shabby feel and placed it to accent the sentiment.

Here's a close-up of the mixed media background I created. I applied molding paste with a flourish stencil first. When that design was dry, I added the hearts. I spritzed them with blush and gold mist, then dry brushed with gesso for a soft frosty finish.

**Tip**
Start by brushing the background paper with clear gesso when planning to use mixed media products, especially wet product like spray mists. This will help reduce warping on the paper.

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


Product List
ScrapBerry's Products
Cherished Jewels Collection ~ 6x6 Paper Set (SCB220612008X)

Holiday Romance Chipboard Elements No. 3 (SCB62000106B)
Pearl swirl Happy Holidays 1 (SCB25002042)
Crystal Stickers Decoration ~ Floral Embroidery (SCB53000007)
Fairy Tale ~ Set of Flowers 1 (Resin) (SCB25002018)
Paper Flowers ~ Clove - Pink (SCB280408)
Paper Flowers ~ Daisy - White Cream
Cherry Blossom ~ Pink & White (SCB300204)
Clear Stamps ~ Butterfly Wings (SCB4907003B)

Other Products
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ 30mm Leaves - White
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Bead Berry Clusters - White
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ 4mm Rosebuds - White
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Hip Rosebuds - Mixed Pink Tone
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ 15mm Open Roses - 2-Tone Champagne Pink
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ 10mm Open Roses - 2-Tone Champagne Pink
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Miniature Sweetheart Blossoms - White
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Gypsophila Flowers - White
Liquitex ~ Gesso - Clear, White
Golden ~ Light Molding Paste
Donna Salazar with ColorBox ~ Mix’d Media Inx - Stormy
Ranger ~ Perfect Medium
Heidi Swapp ~ Color Shine - Gold; Blush
Stampendous ~ Embossing Enamel - Shabby White
Tim Holtz with Stampers Anonymous - Layering Stencil Flourish
UmWow Studios ~ Mixed Media Stencils - Heart Confetti
Tombow ~ MULTI Mono Liquid Glue

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Winter Tufted Titmouse DIY Mixed Media Layout with Christmas Cheer Scraps of Elegance Kit


I am awed by our Lord's creation. My sweet friend, Sandee Setliff, took this amazing photo and has graciously granted permission for me to create with it. This little tufted titmouse is taking in the snow while clasping a seed in her mouth. Such a serene and beautiful photo capturing the essence of winter.

**Photo Credit - Sandee Setliff.
You can view Sandee's amazing mixed media
work and more gorgeous photos on her blog,

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 seen several mixed media pieces recently with layered stenciling that caught my eye. I thought I'd give it a try on this layout and simply adore the effect. You can see how in this process video tutorial along with how I achieved the wintry texture on the chipboard.

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/

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Main Kit
Blue Fern Studios Vintage Christmas Collection:  Auld Lang Syne
Prima: Sweet Peppermint 3x4 Journaling Cards
Prima: Sweet Peppermint Texture Stamp
Blue Fern Studios: Holiday Vine laser-cut chipboard
Simplicity: Hanging Cluny Lace - 1 yard

Elements Add On
Fabscraps 8x8 Holly Corner Stencil

Creativity Add On
Kaisercraft Lucky Dip Wood Snowflakes
**Jacquard Lumiere Pearlescent White Acrylic Paint
**US Artquest Silver Lining Prills
Darice White Iridescent 5mm Cupped Sequins

Floral Add On
Blue Fern Studios Christmas Blooms
Ultimate Crafts Season's Greetings Metallic Daisies
Ultimate Crafts Season's Greetings Small Poinsettias

Color Add On
Prima Color Bloom 2 Fir Needles Spray Mist
Prima Art Alchemy Gold Rush Acrylic Paint

Scraps of Darkness/Elegance Store
Blue Fern Studios Chipboard - Shabby Flakes
Prima Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint: Metallique Light Patina
Prima Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint: Metallique Rich Turquoise
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad - Broken China
Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium - Matte
Prima Art Basics Mixed Media Essentials - Gesso

Previous Kits
October 2016: Mixed Media Creativity Add On ~ Prima Metallic Accents Watercolors
December 2015 ~ Elements Add On: Cousin - Tis The Season Charms - Silver Tree & Snowflakes

Other Products
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Stamen - White
The Paper Studio ~ Gemstones - AB Round
Rhinestones ~ Mother of Pearl, Red - Stash
Martha Stewart ~ Microbeads - clear
Viva Decor ~ Croco Crackling Color - Transparent
Golden ~ Light Molding Paste
Ranger ~ Glossy Accents
Ranger ~ Archival Ink - Jet Black
Ranger ~ Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
The Crafter’s Workshop ~ Rebekah Meier Designs - 12x12Stencil, Grid Sketch
Wagner ~ HT 400 Heat Gun
Prima Marketing ~ Finnabair Art Basics Mixed Media Silicone Brush, 1" #963897

Liquitex ~ Free Style - Palette Knife #5

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Thursday, January 19, 2017

New Winner for the Scrap Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop

Hello, everyone!

I haven't heard back from Judy, so I've picked another winner for my Scrap Hoarder's Anonymous Blog Hop Prize

The winner is Rebecca Yarling. Congratulations!!

Rebecca said: 
"This is so pretty & feminine.
I love the stenciled butterfly!"

Rebecca, 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.
You have until midnight on Wednesday, January 25 to respond.
In the event that I do not hear from Rebecca,
I will post another winner on January 26.

~ Blessings ~
Tracey

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sweet Baby Gift Tags for ScrapBerry's



Hello my dear paper crafting friends!!
I'm back to share my latest project featuring gorgeous ScrapBerry's products.

We are so excited about the coming arrival of our first grandchild who is due to arrive in about a month. As you might guess she is a sweet baby girl. Earlier this month I shared the card I created for the baby shower, and today I have two coordinating gift tags. 

I've combined the beautiful ScrapBerry's In Bloom and The Art of Nature Collections to coordinate with the pink and grey color scheme of the shower.

Here are some close-ups of the first tag
The doily is die-cut from The Art of Nature Collection with a cluster of gorgeous ScrapBerry's flowers on top. I just adore how bits and pieces of different collections coordinate so perfectly. The sweet bottle cap is from the Winter Joy Collection. I've also tucked in a diadem and heart metal charms as well as chipboard from the Holiday Romance collection.

For added texture I stenciled molding paste across the tag, sprinkled with embossing powder, and heat set. The chipboard and charms are painted with white gesso, then colored with a spray mist that is brushed on. The flowers and other elements are dry brushed with gesso to soften the color and highlight textures.

Of course this is a baby tag, so I just had to include a little resin teddy bear from the Kid's Fun Polymer Set. The silver swirls on the background are stamped with the Fairy Tale clear stamp. I tied a bow with ScrapBerry's white Shabby Ribbon with tied white and beige Wax String at the top.

 . . . and the second tag
 
I've used the same lovely ScrapBerry's flowers on both tags along with the Diadem metal charms; however, on this one, I've tucked in a heart from the Floral Embroidery Crystal Stickers Decoration pack. I've also used more of the Holiday Romance Chipboard pieces.

This sweet horse rattle also comes from the Kit's Fun Polymer Set. **Tip** Resin resists water based color products, so if you want to color them with a product like color mist or watercolor paint, brush the resin piece with gesso and allow to dry. Then your color will stick to the decoration.

More mixed media textures.

I hope you've been inspired to grab your ScrapBerry's supplies to create a sweet tag for the next gift you give.

ScrapBerry's Supply List
The Art of Nature Collection ~ Tender (SCB220609104)
In Bloom Collection ~ Kaleidoscope (SCB220608809)
Fairy Tale ~ Set of Stamps (SCB4904025)
Metal charms set For Wedding  (SCB250001056)
Charms set Diadem (SCB250122898)
Crystal Stickers Decoration ~ Floral Embroidery (SCB53000007)
Holiday Romance Chipboard Elements No. 3 (SCB62000106B)
Winter Joy ~ Set of decorative cork (Bottle Cap) (SCB340982)
Kid’s Fun ~ Set of polymer items (SCB26001012)
Shabby Ribbon, White  (SCB510101)
Wax String ~ White and Beige  (SCB20020333074)
Cherry Blossom ~ Pink & White (SCB300204)
Stemmed Lily ~ 2-Tone Purple Inside (SCB290404)
Gardenia Mix ~ Pink  (SCB300107)
Paper Flowers ~ Curly Rose – Lilac (SCB280605)

Other Products
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Bead Berry Spray Clusters - Baby Pink
Donna Salazar with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ Girlie Grunge Gauze
Heidi Swapp ~ Embellishments (Chipboard Hearts)
Chipboard Butterlies - Stash
Liquitex ~ Gesso - Clear, White
DecoArt ~ Media ~ Modeling Paste
Tattered Angels ~ Glimmer Mist - Black Cherry
Tsukineko ~ Brilliance - Archival Ink, Starlite Silver
Stampendous ~ Embossing Enamel - Shabby Pink
Prima ~ Metal Die - Doily 2 #572792
The Crafter’s Workshop ~ Mini Butterfly Collage
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ Crafty Powder Tape
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Ranger ~ Multi Medium Matte
Darice ~ Heat Tool



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