Sunday, July 26, 2015

MIxed Media Layout and a chance to win a free Scraps of Darkness "Tracey's Artful Adventure" July kit!

Hi there! Today I'm sharing my latest project with the Scraps of Darkness "Tracey's Artful Adventure" July kit and the details on how to win one of these fabulous kits for yourself!
First, here is my mixed media page:

Did you know that Scraps of Darkness also has great tutorials? Want to try the Mixed Media look but not sure how to begin? Check out our Tutorials here.

While I am a Shabby scrapper at heart, I do love to try new products and play! Scraps of Darkness offers a monthly Creativity and Color (sold-out) Add-ons to inspire the artist in you!
The beautiful window chippies are from Blue Fern and came from the Scraps of Elegance July kit. I altered with various colors of embossing powders, backed with clear plastic from the flower packaging and filled in with crackle medium.The copper prills were a new item to me but how much fun to add to dimension to the patina toned paper! I just love the many metal wings in the kit and finished mine off with clock brads and tinted gesso. The nature themed butterflies are crafted by Renea Harrison, fellow DT member and can be found on her Etsy site.

Now for the details on how you can win

 one of these fabulous kits!

There are two ways to enter:

Step One: Follow us @scrapsofdarkness
Step Two: Tweet a photo you'd like to scrap with this kit, with a link to this blog post, and mention us { @scrapsofdarknes }, and one of your friends that you think would also like to enter the contest in your tweet.


Step One: Follow us on Facebook: Scraps of Darkness
Step Two: Post a photo you'd like to scrap with this kit, with a link to this blog post, and tag us and one of your friends that you think would also like to enter this contest.

That's it! You can enter as many times as you'd like, and with as many photos as you like, but each entry must meet all of the above requirements.

The contest ends on August 8th at 11:59 pm EST, and is open to international entries as well as US entries. We will choose our favorite photo from all entries, and the person who posted/tweeted it will win our July Tracey's Artful Adventure main kit. We will ship the kit free to a US winner, or if the winner is outside the United States, we will pay for shipping up to $10.00 and the winner will be responsible for any additional shipping cost.

Thanks for stopping by and can't wait to see what you create!

Honored to be on the

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

"Hope as an Anchor" : Layout with Scraps of Darkness July Kit

I am really enjoying creating with the July Scraps of Darkness Kit, "Tracey's Artful Adventures".
Here is my second project with the kit:

The picture is from my son, Hayden's graduation from USCG boot camp at Cape May, New Jersey. I am so proud of him for choosing to follow his heart for adventure and service to our country. I was inspired by this month's Inspiration Board:

For information how to enter this inspirational challenge click here

I love the worn and weathered wood which is captured in the BoBunny papers and perfect for my semi-nautical page. 

The scripture :"We have as this hope an anchor for our souls" Hebrews 6:19 was one that gave me strength while praying for him and his troop as they worked through the hardest part of the journey. It was very difficult being separated with out any type of communication so our online Facebook community of parents became a close, supportive group. I used the mini alphas from the kit and backed the Bo Bunny diecut with cardboard before gluing to the rope corner. I love the fun little copper prills in the kit-I had never worked with them before but they add such a fun dimension!

The anchor itself was an unfinished wood shape at Jo-Anns that I first embossed with a patina, then used the kit's copper powders to accent it. I used Blue Fern pieces from last month;s kit and embossed them with distress powder from Tim Holtz-the holes were filled in with a bronze Viva pen. I doubt my knot is sea worthy but I did try to follow a tutorial on nautical knots :)

As usual, I do like my layers. I truly love the scripted tissue paper and keep hoarding little bits to stuff in every project! There are still a few of the main kits available but the Add-ons have been sold out. Don't want to miss out on a kit? Stop by and see our newly designed store for the latest and loveliest of scrapping goodies.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

An Altered Clock with "Tracey's Artful Adventure!" from Scraps of Darkness

Hello there! So glad you could stop by! Today I want to share my altered alarm clock using the goodies from my Namesake kit,"Tracey's Artful Adventure", the July Scraps of Darkness kit.
I've a had a silver retro style alarm clock that I found at a thrift store, sitting dismantled on my scrap desk and awaiting inspiration. When I opened this kit full of my favorite colors and lots of wings and clocks and lace and immediately started creating!

I started by painting all the silver parts with off white chalk paint. Using the script tissue paper from the kit, I mod-podged it over the 
clock, then did some sanding and distress inking.

The large chipboard is by Blue Fern Studios and from the kit-I used gessos and glitters from the add-ons for dimensions. I added beaded greenery and leftover elements from previous kits. 

Lots of BoBunny die cuts and embellishments in this kit to perfectly coordinate your projects. Here I added pearls from the creativity kit to embellish the "time flies" chipboard element. The lovely lace from the kit was wrapped and glued around the clock to add softness and cohesion.I borrowed the feathers from the Scraps of Elegance kit and touched the flowers and other elements with gesso and light glitter.
Have something hanging around that you never got around to altering-well, get this kit and get gluing! Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

"Tracey's Artful Adventure"-the Scraps of Darkness July Kit

I am so excited to share "my" kit for the month of July at Scraps of Darkness! Each month,Melinda hand selects a theme inspired by our DT and this month it's me!

This kit combines two new fabulous collections:  BoBunny's Penny Emporium and Kaisercraft's Scrap Yard.  Then added some must have elements from BoBunny, Lindy's Stamp Gang, Petaloo, Blue Fern, and more.  I can see this kit going in so many different directions, Vintage, Steampunk, Masculine, Grunge, Girly, and the list goes on...

And if you want to add some sparkle and shine to the main kit, our Creativity Add On is the perfect thing:

And if you'd like an extra set of the papers in the main kit, our Patterned Paper Add On is just that:

Or if you'd like different paper choices to go with the Main kit, the Coordinating Paper is for you:

Need more embellishments?  Check out the Elements Add On:

And who doesn't need more flowers?  Our Floral Add On:

And, of course, our signature Color Add on:

If you'd like to purchase our main kit or add ons, just stop by the store:  Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance and pop into the Available Kits Category.

I've just finished my first project and will post it soon-I'm probably biased but I am loving this kit!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

More projects from the June Scraps of Darkness kit!

Today I want to share 2 contrasting pages created with the June Scraps of Darkness Kit.
My first is a Clean and Simple, inspired by the June Mood Board here.

And some close-ups:

I added in punched layers of vellum and the pretty aqua blue papers to add depth while keeping the lines clean,

My next page has more of a messy feel to it:

And some close-ups:

I added items from past SOD kits as well as items from the add-ons to create a more whimsical page fitting my niece's simple joy from dancing and twirling at a family wedding. Check out our available kits and add-ons here-if we're sold out (as we often are) you can also learn about becoming a subscriber here.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you get to create today!

 Honored to be on the

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Creating with June's Scraps of Darkness Kit: "Sindi's Summer Day"

Hello! Today I want to share with you my first page using the Scraps of Darkness June Kit, titled "Sindi's Summer Day". Melinda loves to coordinate kits inspired by our Design Team Members. This months kit is named after the effervescent and uber talented Sindi Jeffers.

The kit features BoBunny's gorgeous "Sweet Life" and Webster's Pages' "Life's Garden" papers. Together they were the perfect combination for scrapping this picture of Naomi. I love to play with the editing features of PicMonkey and I love the soft glamour of this one. Everything on this page came from the June SOD Kit, the June SOE kit, the April Kit or the SOD store. The store also sells Blue Fern Studio chippies, which I altered with different combinations of gelatos for my page.

I always get the available Flower-Add on, where I found these stunning pink beauties !(Petaloo - Textured Elements Burlap Blossoms - Fuschia)
The sweet key is from the SOE kit.

After painting the large Blue Fern piece with the Shimmerz - Creameez Paint in Berry Hot, I stamped all over it using Prima - Finnabair Clear Stamps in  Dot Grunge.
I adorned the circle accents on the Blue Fern Piece with Prima brads from the April SOE kit.

Ready to see the rest of the kit?

the Color Add-on (Sold Out):

As always, you can find the kit and add ons in our store, or you can subscribe to any or all of them and receive them each month!

Thank you so much for stopping by-I hope you get to create today!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Military cards with the April Scraps of Darkness kit

So, I had to change things up a bit.
 My oldest son is currently in boot camp for USCG. 
He cannot receive mail that is thick,bulky or draws attention. 
I knew I could create something using the April Scraps of Darkness kit (Laura's Wish).

For the first one, I collaged the die cuts with the fun rub ons to a 5 x 7 size card, 
The postal themes in the kit were perfect!

I made the second one elongated to fit a regular letter sized envelope and fussy cut the clocks from the pp.

 Yes-I made flat cards!
 I love how quickly I could pull these together and the little date card where I circled his graduation date :) 
Again, these SOD kits are so versatile-no matter what your style of scrapping.

I am counting down the days to his graduation on June 12!
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Beauty and her Daddy with Scraps of Darkness April kit

May is Cystic Fibrosis awareness month!
 Many you of you may know my sweet niece,Vivien, who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis as a newborn and you have seen her grow up to be a fun loving 4 year old. Today was the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's fundraiser, Great Strides, where our families come together, donate funds to CF research and walk. Our team, Viver's Givers was one of the top fundraisers-since our first walk 5 years ago, we have raised over $50,000 toward a cure. So Vivi had the honor of cutting the ribbon to start our walk this morning!

Using the official colors of the CFF (hence the Tye-dye colors) , I created this layout of Vivi and my brother, one of the most awesome Dads around who will wear a beast costume at home dancing or at Disney.

I am really loving the colors and rich tones in the Scraps of Darkness April Kit, named "Laura's Wish" for our awesome Media Coordinator, Laura Gilhuly. 

The add-on kit has this cool circle stencil, which I colored with gelato after using texture paste. The butterflies were punched out of the patina patterned paper. I loved the large die cut circle and chose to position it on the side so I could bring in the smaller photos.

So many fun pieces to fussy cut and layer!

How sweet are little frames? Perfect for my wallet size pics of Belle dancing with her "Beast" aka Daddy. Like most 4 year olds she dreamed of meeting the princesses and her dream came true last fall as she got star treatment as a special guest at Disney World.

Thanks for stopping by! For more information about CF and Vivi's personal struggles click on the highlighted links above. Be sure to check out the Scraps of Darkness store and come join us on Facebook for fun, challenges and inspiration!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Second Project with "Laura's Kit" by Scraps of Darkness!

I know the April kit was aimed at a more masculine palette but I am just loving the rich patinas and rusts and the beautiful "tainted love teal" Magical powder by Lindy's Stamp Gang. I think I now need every color they make. Time for a new cabinet anyway!

So here is my second page, where I get to show another picture from Naomi's fall photo shoot:

I started with my treatment to the Blue Fern Tangier Panel-which tied in with the chain link fence in Naomi's picture. First, I embossed it with a Lindy's Stamp Gang "Cleopatra's Copper" embossing powder. I then worked in the Magical from the kit in Tainted Love Teal in various places to get the patina look. Finally I rubbed it over with Black Soot distress ink and with my Viva pearl pen,added bronze beads to the fence.

I am pretty happy with the way it turned out and it looks cool with the Kaiserscraft patina paper.
The "wooden planks" paper was burned around the edges (yes, water was near by) to give it a more authentic look and to add something unexpected.

The deep turquoise flowers are from Prima and they allow you to mix and match as you wish. I centered mine with Prima beads. The fall leaves and twine were in my stash and they add some more texture and color. 

The kit comes with some fun Prima butterflies and 2 packets of ephemera which I used throughout the page. Clear and chunky embossing powder was used on the circular title, then cracked.

I hope you enjoyed my page and thanks for stopping by!
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