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

Thursday, February 12, 2015

My first Project with Leaky Shed Studios!

I have missed playing with theses fabulous chippies! The details are beautiful and they come in such a range of styles to fit your style.
My first project is a altered faith Journal.

I really should have taken a before picture. I've been writing in this journal about my prayers, answered prayers and times God showed my clarity and miracles when i did,t expect them.
The original cover was a blah green with plaid.

I used the Blowing Leaves Frame and started by using white gelatos for my base coat.
All the pastel colored sections are also gelato with various sections coated with glossy accents for texture and shine.

I went all shabby with this one, layering distressed papers with thrift store ribbons,buttons and pearls.

After adding lace to both front and back covers,I painted to outside of the pages in a coordinating blue. I fastened a closure with a Tim Holtz large pin and lace to use as a tie.

I hope you enjoyed my project. Look around your house and maybe you can see a good book to alter?
Stop by the Leaky Shed Store to see all the newest products!
 Happy crafting!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Steampunk cards with Scraps of Darkness January kit

I'm having so much with the Scraps of Darkness January kit! 
Everything is perfectly coordinated to make creating a breeze!

Today I want to share 2 steampunk style cards I made yesterday.

I love how the Blue Fern chippies match the BoBunny papers!

You know I can never resist crackling something so I highlighted the balloon heart and chippie basket. The little hearts pop out of the balloon chippie so I colored them with gelatos, reinserted the large one to mimic the pattern and scattered the tiny hearts around the card. Everything on the card except for the one Kaisercraft label comes from the kit and add-ons. I highlighted details with a copper pen, including the butterflies.

My second card features Wonderland's famous rabbit.

Everything on the card is from the kit and add-ons-see how coordinated it is?

The watch part chippies are also Blue Fern which received treatments with metallic rub n buff in gold and pantina. I brought my stickles out to play to created more texture and crackled my chess pieces.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will come and visit our store to see more about our fabulous kits!

Honored to be on the

Sunday, February 8, 2015

First Projects with Scraps of Darkness' January Kit, "Karen's Valentine"!

This is my first official post as a Scraps of Darkness DT member and I am having so much fun with this kit!

You get BoBunny's Star-Crossed collection, Carta Bella's Words of Love collection, some lovely Black Modeling Pate, Blue Fern Chipboard, and so much more! Stop by our store and get yours before they sell out - and while you're there, check out this month's kit add ons!

Here is my first page, created for one of my dearest friends,Maryanne as she holds her newly born granddaughter

I'd had this pic printed up for awhile and the reds and blues of the kit were a perfect match!

These sweet butterflies came in the add-ons and I added some Diamond Stickles, 'cause you have to have bling :) I fussy cut the feathers from the BoBunny paper, glittered those as well and included them in my cluster. The red roses are from my stash and the other Prima blooms on the page are from the Scraps of Elegance Flower Add-on. Sweet!

The mesh you see tucked in here and there is actually from a dollar store scrubby thing. Tthe older I get,the more "whosee whatsits" and "thingamabobs" I see.. :)

There's lots of romantic Blue Fern Chipboard to work with as well! I painted my winged heart with gelatos, added stickles to the feathers and crackled the patina colored heart. The "Love" was also colored with red and white gelatos-sweet and simple!

My next page was inspired by February's Serene Mood Board created by DT member, Renea. See how to enter the challenge at the bottom of this post.

Here's my take:

I was inspired by the soft greys,whites and the robin's eggs to scrap this Thanksgiving day photo in a non-traditional color scheme. I was taking pics of my 4 kids with the backdrop of the first snow of the season for the annual Christmas Card. My niece,Vivian,was inside and wanted to get in the picture too. My sister in law explained the pic was "for family". She frowned and said,"Well,I'm family." How could I resist?

Seriously cute!

I created the white poinsettias using coffee filters and Tim Holz's Tattered Poinsettias die cut. I used a starburst punch for the centers and used the cardstock (add-on) as a layer. The ruffled outer border is also from coffee filters. The large swirl chipboard is from Leaky Shed Studio. I covered it in white puffy paint and glitter.

These sweet Prima resin frames are in the main kit-love them! I cut out the titles from a DCWV stack and filled them in with glossy accents to make little windows!

Like most of my layouts, this one is definitely 3D! It will go into my yearly Christmas page album which,really is now a box!
Thanks for stopping by and I will have some more projects coming up soon!

Check out the rules for the Inspiration board and hope to see you there!

The rules:

1. The challenge starts today and ends Feb. 28th at midnight.
2. Create a layout, canvas, art journal page, or altered item, taking inspiration from this month's Inspiration Board: You can choose inspiration from just one of the images, or several of them. This inspiration can be the quote, the colors, the overall feel of the board, something in one of the pictures on the board - your imagination is the only restriction you have on this!
3. Upload your project into Facebook album, and tell us in the description what you used from the board as your inspiration.

4. For a double entry - post your project on your blog along with the photo of the board and a link to this challenge, and put a link to your post in the description of your photo when you upload here.
5. That's it!

A winner will be chosen on or about March 3rd, and will receive a $40.00 credit in our store (that's enough to buy a main kit of your choosing, or anything esle you like - no expiration on the credit!). 

Have fun! ·

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Exciting News!!

Hi there! I am delighted to share that I
am returning to the Leaky Shed Studio Design Team!

The quality of Leaky Shed Studio chipboard is top-notch! It's sturdy an able to take on any amount of mixed media you can throw at it! Check out the stores new additions here.
I'll be back in a few days to share my first project.
Have a creative day!

Scraps of Darkness & Scraps of Elegance Educator Call!!

Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance Kit Clubs are looking for one or more Educators to join our Design Teams!

Could this be you?

Do you enjoy working with the newest "quality" scrapbook products on the market, making your own embellishments and flowers, altered items, and/or exploring mixed media - and sharing your knowledge? If so, you don’t want to miss out on this call!

As an Educator at Scraps of Darkness or Scraps of Elegance, you will be working with our Main kit, as well as two of our kit add ons each month. We want to offer our club members a wide variety of tutorials, perhaps a new style of flower you've created, or some fun techniques with mixed media, how you created your latest layout or off the page item, etc.

Responsibilities Include:
2 completed projects utilizing our Main Kit and/or our kit Add-Ons each month, to be uploaded to specified online galleries, as well as your blog/facebook/etc.
2 video tutorials to accompany the projects which are to be available for viewing on YouTube.
Be an active presence in our Facebook Community Group – our club members want to get to know you!
Check in daily in our design team group.

What you will receive in return for your commitment:
Our Main Monthly Kit
Our exclusive Creativity Add-On, and one other kit add on of your choosing.
A generous discount on any additional add-ons you may want, as well as items in our store.
A Design Team/Educator Badge with your photo and a link to your blog on our site.
You will work alongside our other amazing, talented designers, and be part of a design team that is appreciated and valued by management.

This call is open to US and International Applicants

How to Apply:
Please send all applications to lisa@scrapsofdarkness.com with your name and Educator Call in the subject line.
Include your full name, address, email, phone number
Include links to your blog, on line galleries, resume if you have one
Provide links to three of your video tutorials
Submit photos of 3 projects that demonstrate your style
Please list all current design team commitments that you have

Note: Our designers are exclusive to us. You are permitted to design for manufacturers, challenge sites, etc., but no other kit clubs are to be promoted or advertised please.

Applications must be received by February 24th, 2015.

You will be contacted via email if you are selected for our team. 

That's it - Good Luck!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I 'm back with exciting news to share!

Hello Scrappy Friends!

I've been gone for awhile to tend to a family health crisis but now that things are stable I am ready to start creating again!

I am thrilled to share that I am on the Scraps of Darkness Design team!

So...(drumroll please)...today is the reveal for the January 2015 kit-Check out all this gorgeousness!

Yes, it's Valentine's Day, Scraps of Darkness style! A love themed kit with an edge, We've included BoBunny's Star-Crossed collection, Carta Bella's Words of Love collection, some lovely Black Modeling Pate, Blue Fern Chipboard, and so much more! Stop by our store and get yours before they sell out - and while you're there, check out this month's kit add ons!

Follow our blog to see what the DT creates and be inspired!

Have a great day!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Palette #174 is up at HeArt & Soul !

November brings a palette challenge at Heart and Soul (aka the Color Room) that is perfect to capture your fall pics!
Check it out below:

Here is my inspiration page:

I saturated my paper towel with orange,pink and kiwi green mists and crumpled them. After drying them under the heat gun,I unfolded it and used it as my matt.
Here are some close ups:

Thanks for peeking and now it's your turn to play along!
 Don't forget to link back up at HeArt and Soul

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wistful Blues:Tracey's Second Reveal and a Fond Farewell

I am so grateful for my time as a Swirlydoos Design Team member. It's been my dream since joining Swirlydoos 3 years ago as my first experience with a kit club. It changed the course of my scrappy "career".  I learned how to challenge myself and learn new techniques. I learned to have faith in my scrapping enough to try out for publications and other DTs. Most of all,I met some of my dearest friends and for that,I am truly grateful. 
I will still be around,you can't get rid of me :) but my family needs some extra attention at this stage in my life and we all know,family comes first.
Before I sail off into the sunset,I have one more page to share with you using the serene August kit,"Wistful Blues." The kit has a pink side to it as well:

The pic is my beautiful ballerina niece with impossibly long legs. I added 2 older Prima flowers,a Leaky Shed Studio chippies and doilies to the kit contents.

Look at the beautiful pink beads Krissy found for us! I chose to cluster mine and tuck into the Petaloo paper blooms.

As usual, I love to layer! I added paper doilies and the Prima packaging for more depth.

I hope you will enjoy this kit as much as I did and I can't wait to see what you create!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Berry71Bleu August Sketch Challenge!

Hello Scrappy friends! It's time for the new months's challenge at Berry71Bleu.
Sandra is the host for August and she has designed this awesome Sketch Challenge:
Here is my creation:

I created this mixed media piece on a cardboard that I prepped with white gesso to use as a canvas.

The large clockpiece is from our sponsor, Creative Embellishments. I gave it a patina treatment along with some older Prima Chippies.

Chantal Vandenburg creates these whimsical felt embellishments! I altered my butterfly by covering the wings with texture paste and stamping it with a rubber stamp that had been colored with alcohol markers. I then gave it some misting with Lindy's Stamp Gang Industrial Chic colors. The "body" is a Holtz pen nib.

Check out the fabulous prizes donated by our generous sponsors:

First Prize: Lemon Owl - Around The Corner Collection
 (12-12x12 patterned papers, epoxy stickers, die-cut embellishments,
1-12x12 sheet with cards and two sheets with frames. )

Second Prize: Creative Embellishments Gift Certificate 

Random Prize: 2 Berry71Bleu Handmade Tags
(Please note that the photos are just samples and are not the actual tags the prize winner will receive.)


Lemon Owl 

Lemon Owl is an Ukrainian scrapbook and paper crafting brand created in the end of 2012. We put our first collection, Attic Door, on sale right before the New Year – the magical time between old and new, past and future, when dreams can come true. We like to experiment with colour combos and interesting patterns while creating our unique designs. Our style is fresh and bright, sometimes it is eclectic, and sometimes it is clean and elegant.

Creative Embellishments is a new family owned company created by Michael and Nicolle Kramer. They are a husband and wife team who design and manufacture unique, high quality chipboard, rubber stamps, flair and wood veneer products. It is their mission to offer fun and inspiring products that can be creativity added to any project. In the near future, they will be expanding into other mediums such as stencils!

Zeus and Zoe is the sister Etsy Shop to Berry71Bleu and sells one-of-a-kind crafting embellishments for scrapbooking, crafting, altered art, home decor and collage art. All tags are handmade and can be designed according to your preference. Please contact Marivic through her Etsy Shop to request a custom order.

If you have clicked on one of my creations and smiled then I consider my work a success! My name is Chantal and I live in beautiful Adelaide, South Australia. I began scrapbooking 5 years ago and since then I've never looked back. I've always loved art (particularly cartooning) and through scrapbooking, this passion has been dusted off and reignited tenfold! Yay! I would describe my scrapbooking style as fun, funky, colourful and whimsical. I love to inject lots of personality into my work and I really enjoy bringing memories to life through creativity.

I'm very fortunate and blessed to be a 2014 Scrapbooking Memories Master, and to have my work published regularly in scrapbooking magazines in Australia and worldwide. Plus now I'm also having so much fun designing and making my own scrapbooking embellishments - so that you can enjoy crafting and creating with a lovely collection of cute bits and pieces to play with too! If you see something you like, but would like a larger quantity, please feel free to convo me. I'm also always happy to make up custom orders.

Have lots of fun looking around and thank YOU for considering byChantalVandenberg! :)

A special thanks to Creative Embellishments and Chantal Vandenberg for sponsoring our design team this month!

Please note that if the winner(s) of this challenge are international they will be responsible for shipping costs. Make sure you follow our CHALLENGE RULES.
Thank you and we hope to see your beautiful creations!

We appreciate each and every challenge entry and share the designs that catch our eye on our facebook page and Pinterest Boards. Look for your work there!