Monday, April 6, 2015

Announcing the Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance April Kits !!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and that you are seeing some signs of spring!
Time to introduce the April Kits!

First up is the Scraps of Darkness kit - 'Laura's Wish'. It is, of course, named after our wonderfully talented designer, Media Director and my good buddy, Laura Gilhuly. 

The two main collections featured in this kit are Kaisercraft's brand new Antique Bazaar and Authentique's new Durable collections, but we've also got some new Tim Holtz goodies in there, beautiful Prima Timeless Memories flowers and bling, Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals in Tainted Love Teal (if you've been wanting to try them, but not wanting to buy a full set to do it - here's your chance to see just how amazing they are!), and lots more - stop by our store to see everything that's included and our available kit add ons.

Next up is our new April Scraps of Elegance kit - Lynne's Garden Terrace. This kit is named after another of our wonderfully talented designers, the lovely Lynne Joncas.

The two main collections in this kit are Prima's Butterfly collection and BoBunny's Garden Journal collection. These two collections, look beautiful together! I just know there will be some gorgeous creations!

Come stop by our Facebook group to see our challenges, inspiration boards and have fun with like minded creative people.!  

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Scraps of Darkness' March kit projects

I've had a fabulous time with the March Scraps of Darkness kit! Here are my projects:

First up is a layout inspired by the March Inspiration board. One of the pictures featured a cluster of hearts that ended up becoming this trio of stars:

The kit included some fun copper steampunk shapes and I added some lovely Renea's butterflies from the Scraps of Elegance kit.

Next up is a layout with a different color scheme:

The kit included mica, which I'd never worked with before. I peeled apart the layers until they were pliable, then colored them with a mix of warm toned alcohol inks. I ran them through my cuttlebug with a fall leave die and used them to back my flowers.

I like how they flowed with a favorite fall pic of Naomi. There are lots of journaling slips and such in the kit so I cut one down for my title.

My 3rd project is an altered cell phone box:

I always keep the boxes,not sure why, but upon cleaning out my closet found quite a few of them. Since they are so sturdy I re purposed one into a fun little gift box.

I love the mechanical pieces in the kit and combined some to add a quasi-steampunk flavor. The laces on the edge are positioned above and below the box seams so it can still be opened and closed.

Lots of fun tags included that I distressed and layered. The top is blank until I decide who the recipient will be.

For my last project, I wanted to use the 5 x 7 canvas in an unusual way.

I colored with turquoise glimmer mist and with the black texture paste from last month's kit and the stencil from the SOE kit,I created the small canvas. 

I do love to layer but wanted to keep the darker tones and chose not to distress the edges, just lightly crease them.

Both the SOD and SOE kits came with these elegant charms that I "hung" from my vintage ribbon.

Stay tuned to see the upcoming April kits!
Wishing you a wonderful Easter!
Honored to be on the

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Angel Canvas with Leaky Shed Studios

Hello, lovely scrappy folks! Today, I'd like to share my latest project using the wonderfully versatile Leaky Shed Studio Chipboards. Using just this Large Damask Flourish piece, I was able to separate 5 separate sections of detailed chippies for my project.

I separated the side sections to use as angel wings. They were painted white, then stamped using the same script stamp as I used on the burlap canvas. As the glossy accent was wet, I sprinkled large cellophane glitter on it. Once dry, I added small pearls as accents.

I then used the 3 remaining pieces as Cornishes by first applying gesso, then Tattered Angels' Glitter Glam. I added crackle as it was still wet to pull up the color into the gel. I layered the top 2 as shown:

Then used the remaining piece to counter balance the dollar store frame.

Some more pearls add to the glamour and add some smooth texture to the burlap canvas and crocheted doily. As always, this is a very 3D project!

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to stop at the Leaky Shed Studio Store to see all the new collections!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March Scraps of Elegance Kit is Here!

Spring is in the air!
Well,it's snowing over here in New England, USA
 but one look at this kit will have you in the spring spirit!

This month's kit is named after after our wonderfully talented designer, Anna Rogalska. I think this kit captures Anna's beautifully romantic style perfectly, and hope she loves it... We are thrilled to present our March Anna's Daydream Kit:

Melinda has paired up Prima's Timeless Memories collection with 7 Dots Studio's Thoughts Keeper collection, added a Finnabair stamp, some Blue Fern Studios chipboard, Reneabouquets butterflies (created specially for this kit), and a few other goodies in this kit. We think it's one of the most versatile kits you can find, with vintage browns, beautiful blues and soft pinks. 

We didn't stop with just the Main Kit, though, we (of course) have some beautiful add on kits this month:

Our Patterned Paper Add On (these are the same papers that are in the Main Kit):

Our Coordinating Paper Add On (these papers are not included in our Main Kit):

And last, but certainly not least, our Floral Add On:

Don't hesitate if you like what you see because these tend to sell-out fast!
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Scraps of Darkness March kit reveal!

Our February 25th Scraps of Darkness kit was delayed due to the labor problems on the West Coast ports, but it's here now!


This kit is named after DT member Michelle Phillips (as you can see...) and she named it herself!

There's brand new gorgeousness from Prima's The Archivist collection and Kaisercraft's Betsy's Couture, as well as some super fun chipboard from Blue Fern Studios, a beautiful Starburst mist from Lindy's Stamp Gang, and metal, galore!

Here's a pic of the papers that are included in this kit:

And the Coordinating Papers (because you always need more paper!)

Our Cardstock Add On:

And our Elements Add On (check out that new Prima stencil!):

It's always fun to play with color, so here is our Color add on for this kit:

And for those who just can't get enough flowers, our Floral Add On:

And last, but no way least, our Creativity Add On for this month - we're so excited to bring you a NEW Finnabair Stamp, a NEW Gelatos set, a NEW Crafter's Workshop Remnants template, and more:

As always, if you'd like to see a detailed list of what's in the kit, and each add on, please just stop by our website - all the details are listed there.

I cannot wait until all these goodies arrive at my doorstep!
If you see something you like,don't hesitate because they sell out fast!

Honored to be on the

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Leaky Shed Studio reveal: Blackbird

Happy Tuesday! 
Today I want to share with you my latest project using Leaky Shed Studio chipboard.
 I've seeing a trend of silhouette paintings on Pintrest so I thought I would give it a try using chipboard. Here is the result:

I finger painted the night sky background on to a burlap canvas. I smoothed it out with a wide brush until I was satisfied with the appearance. 

I painted the chipboard bird matte black. I used the flourish chippie  to make the large bird branch. 

I painted the smaller swirled chippie branch and adhered it to the top right corner for perspective.

The song, "Blackbird" by the Beatles was my inspiration for the canvas.

        "Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise."

Have a wonderful day and can't wait to see what you create!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Warm and Fuzzy Baby Project with Leaky Shed Studios!

Hello! Hope the weather isn't too crazy in your neck of the woods. Living in New England, we are buried with over 3 feet of snow! Today's project is a burlap canvas embellished with all things warm,soft and fuzzy. The sweet baby is my dear friend's daughter. 

I love her "fierce" pose! She is the baby sister to 2 older brothers so bring on the pink!
The burlap canvas is 12" by 12" and layered with a large crocheted doily and a strip of pink burlap.
I wanted to keep the feel of the project as soft and cozy, just like Maddy snug in her baby blanket.

Using the Leaky Shed Studio Hot Air Balloon chippie, I colored it in with yellow gelato then layered pieces of stretchy baby headbands,lace and some soft pompom trim. I added a "sweet" light bulb embellishment from Prima as a basket. The final touch was adding a small felt flower.

Keeping with the soft and fuzzy theme, I altered the Spring Small Butterfly chipboard. I first glued some pink felt petals to the back of the gessoed chippie. Using baby yarn, I layered in the fluffy wings. The body was created with 3 cut pompoms-I left the strings on the head for antennas. Add 2 sweet pearly eyes and you have a set of adorable butterflies.

Because the chipboard is so sturdy it holds it's shape no matter how much paint, material or glue you add. All my felt flowers were created with the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die and layered. The pink ceramic frame was from the dollar aisle at Michael's and just the right size to balance the hot air balloon chippie. 

As you can see, there is lots of depth and soft texture to this project. I hope my friend likes it!
Don't be afraid to load up materials on these chippies and have some fun with your scraps!
Have a creative day!

Tracey G.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Neutral Side if the Scraps of Darkness January Kit

One of the fun parts about being on a kit club DT is challenging myself to use every aspect of the kit. I stay true to my "style" but I like to show how versatile a good kit it-like this one!
So today, I'd like to share a layout created with the neutrals in the kit plus add-ons and some of my own stash. Here is my result:

I'm lucky to have a photogenic daughter who is a good sport about doing photo shoots-I always have a pic for (most) any color scheme. She is an avid book worm and music lover so I knew these papers were perfect!
All the papers shown are from the kit and paper add-ons. I covered an old frame by mod-podging one of the BoBunny cut outs. I fussy cut multiple layers of papers and distressed then inked them.

I love the "smile" embellishments and colored mine in with gold sharpie and affixed it to a beaded ribbon from my stash with glossy enamel. The large ivory doily is also from my stash but the lovely gold lace trim is from the kit-it feels like luxory! I used it again as trim on the right side of my page.

The flowers are from the floral add-on of the February Scraps of Elegance Kit. The metal feathers from the kit were attached to the large flower to add a bit of edge and variety of textures.

These sweet bird chippies are by Blue Fern and included in the kit. First I colored them with peach gelatos and stamped them in brown with a Something Tattered stamp. I added white highlights before covering them with glossy accents. I found some chicken wire chippies from my stash that I added because they coordinate with the BoBunny background paper. I left them bare with Bisque stickles at the joints.

Here's my second bird on the left corner of my page. I added peach gelato to all the black and white flowers to add warmth. The sweet little buttons are from my thrift store stash as well.

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek!

This stunning is kit completely sold out so if you never want to miss out on these fabulous kits, come see how you can become a subscriber here and please stop by our store for all your scrappy goodies!

Have a wonderful day and stay warm! 

Honored to be on the