Wednesday, March 4, 2015

My Anthem!

So I am hosting the
Music Inspires Creativity challenge  at Scraps Of Darkness

Music is everywhere around us....we listen to our favorite bands, the themes of our shows, the background of the movie we are watching, commercials and nature - the wind in the willows, the birds singing, music is everywhere. In my house it is a big thing. There is always music on somewhere in the house. Our oldest plays the guitar but both boys are eclectic in their music preferences and it is always on. They will be listening to Metallica, then Johhny Cash then Maroon 5. It is pretty cool. So, when I was thinking about challenges I could do, music seemed a natural choice. So for your first challenge I want you to create a paper layout using any products and materials that represent YOUR ANTHEM....
according to;
A rousing or uplifting song identified with a particular group, body, or cause:
ie - the song became the anthem for hippie activists
So I want you to figure out what your anthem is...a song that you identify with, a song that helps define you, a song that when you listen to it either makes you say 'hey thats me' or 'I want that to be me' and create your layout using that song as inspiration.

the rules:
*you have until March 31st to upload your layout into the appropriate folder.
*can not be used with Lisa's mixed media challenge
*when you upload your project please let us know which song and why it is your anthem
*I will do a random draw for the winner of a wonderful prize donated by Melinda

and I created my example!

I used lots of Scraps Of Darkness previous kit goodies and some Leaky Shed Studio chipboard

I made some of the flowers, others are from my stash and some I sprayed with mist.
I applied some gesso

I love the weight of the Leaky Shed Studio Chipboard because it takes well to being altered.

I inked, then I misted them.  I used some glossy accents to adhere diamond dust, then sprayed some more and of course gesso!

The journaling is under the photo and it reads:

'When I hear the song 'Hand in my Pocket' by Alanis Morissette I can't help but sing along!
I really feel like this is my 'anthem' because I really identify with it!
There are two side to the songstress, there is something bad but something good.  She sees the bright side and even though she doesn't have the answer she's ok.  Just like me.  I don't have the answers, I don't know whats going to happen in the future, I know life is not all unicorns & rainbows and its ok to not be, 'cause everything's just fine, fine fine'

Leaky Shed Studio Products Used

Monday, February 16, 2015

More from the Scraps Of Darkness 'Karens Valentine' kit

Good morning everyone!
Today I wanted to share a couple of projects I made with the 
Scraps Of Darkness 'Karen's Valentine Kit'

This first one I made for a dear friends birthday...
this is her and her wonderful family...


I bought the frame from a craft store, then painted it black, added crackled medium, then painted it bone.  I then added the papers to the base!

For the title I sprayed the chippie from Blue Fern with the Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain Spray in Fired Brick from the color add on, allowed to dry, then with my finger painted the Ranger Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint in Sky and finally added the
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Glitter in Fired Brick

I made most of the flowers and die cut the leaves.

I used the beautiful butterflies from the elements add on

I made the bricks and highlighted them with the
Ranger Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint in Sky


I fussy cut the hot air balloon from one of the patterned papers! 

My next project is of our oldest....

'A Moment in Time'

I love this photo of Cody!

I used the flowers from the floral add on and main kit, the Fabscraps clock face, and Tim Holtz mini metal gears, the Blue Fern Studios Chipboard - Spare Parts and the Maya Road metal feathers

I used the deco art black molding paste and my clock stencil and
layered the really beautiful gold lace

I cut a bunch of papers layered them.

Well thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

My new Scraps Of Darkness projects!

Hi everyone!
It's getting closer to the weekend and I am looking forward to having some relax time....

I opened up my kit from Scraps Of Darkness and was so excited by what I saw!
I LOVE working with reds!

So here is my first project...

This is of our my awesome hubby & I

I used the beautiful Carta Bella papers that were in the kit!

I made a few of the flowers and the others are from the kit and floral add on!
The large red ones are made from coffee filters I sprayed with the distress stain from the color add on

The title I thought was perfect for this photo...I was really inspired by this months mood board challenge...romantic and of course this is where I got the title!

My next layout is of my oldest Cody and his two best friends....

these guys are always together!  They are good kids!!!

I did lots of layers and made it a bit whimsical using the Bo Bunny star crossed papers from the kit

The leaves were green so it clashed with the layout I think
so I sprayed them with the Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain Spray in Fired Brick from the color add on, then added some of the Ranger Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint in Sky, then the
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Glitter in Fired Brick.

I made the red bloom and also added the distress glitter to it too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

A beautiful moment between father and daughter

Good morning everyone....Laura here to share a layout
I created about my wonderful stepson and his beautiful daughter
When I saw this photo I knew I wanted to create a layout that captured the sentiment of the beautiful moment between father and daughter.....

I kept the layout soft and sweet....

I LOVE the Leaky Shed Studio picket fence and it fit this layout perfectly!

to create this effect of a cracked mossy old distressed fence I painted it grey, let it dry then applied crackle medium.  When the medium was dry I added some bone colored paint.  I let that dry and randomly inked with 'peeled paint' distress ink.  I randomly added some gesso and distress stickles!

I added the title and some flowers dabbed with gesso - both bought and handmade, to create a soft cluster.

With the Willow flower I wanted to keep it soft but not cracked like the fence.

I painted it with gesso, then layered different colors of mists, added some embossing powders and the ink!

the ribbon  I misted with the same mist from the edges of the white handmade flowers and the doilies!
Leaky Shed products used

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Scraps Of Darkness New Kit and New Designer!

We have a new kit today, and some exciting news to share...

As we announced with our January Scraps of Elegance kit, "Renea's Charm", we've started something new in 2015 - We have an AMAZING Design Team - not only are these ladies talented, they are dedicated, great friends, and a joy to work with, so I wanted to do a little something to honor them.  In 2015, each of our designers will have a kit named after them.
So our first Scraps of Darkness kit in 2015:  Karen's Valentine
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!

And we move from a new kit... to a new Designer!
We are thrilled to announce that Tracey Gregory has joined our Scraps of Darkness Design Team!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

my last 'Northern Lights' projects

Good morning everyone!

Today I am sharing my last 3 projects from the Scraps Of Darkness 
'Northern Lights' kit

'I love Snow'

I love the look of determination on Tylers face- he was really enjoying himself making the snowdragon! (a snowman is not as much fun lol)

I cut the 'I Love Snow' from the patterned paper, used a dabber on the snowflakes
and flowers!

this is one of the clusters

I love the little metal snowflakes!

'Crisp and Cold'

This is the boys with the finished 'snowdragon'

I used gesso, mist and ink on the chipboard mittens from Blue Fern Studios!

'Winter Wonderland'

Sometimes summer toys can be as much in the winter!
Ty was having so much fun sliding down the slide into the snow (even though he had slightly outgrown the slide)

I used the flowers from the floral add on, some I bought from the SOD store and a couple from my stash

I scattered the Bo Bunny pearls randomly and also on the snowflakes

The buttons from the embellishment add on were so cute!

Thanks for stopping by

Friday, January 23, 2015

Furbaby Love!

Hi everyone!
I want to share a layout of our youngest son and our furbaby!

Our dog really thinks she is a lap dog - shes not - she too big but she tries anyways and we give her cuddles until our laps go numb from under her weight! (about 125 pds I think)

Our youngest seems to be able to withstand her weight longer than the rest of us lol!
And trust me Mia takes full advantage of 'snuggle time'

I used the Leaky Shed Studio - Wildwood Flower
To alter it - I sprayed the flower with mist, then I used liquid pearls om 3 different colors.
I added some vintage gold embossing powder and set it with my heat gun to make it a little more distressed!

and fun a little cluster!

Leaky Shed Products Used