Bad Bad Girl Couture

A longtime favorite paper crafting subscription club on mine has recently changed directions and are discontinuing all their kits. I took advantage and purchased a few for 50% off. Bad Girls Couture created the edgiest vintage kits around. This is what I did with a couple of them.

For this page I used a stencil by Prima and Nuvo mouse to give it some texture. Layering was a big part of the success of it all. The little ribbon trim with gems was one of my favorite things included in the kit.

The same techniques were used to create this layout. The leaf is my favorite element on the page.

By incorporating simple techniques creating stunning pages is easy.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Make 16 Christmas Cards from Three Sheets of Paper

One of my favorite things to do for Christmas is make all my cards. I love to send snail mail at this time of year. This year, however, is jammed packed with tons of activities. I just don’t have as much time as I would like, but I still want to make them! I decided to spend two hours on them and this is what I came up with — 16 cards!

Here is the video on how to create 16 cards in 2 hours:

The measurements for the half sheet (I used Rinea Foiled Paper ) is as follows:
You will need two of each:
8C: 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches
7B: 2 3/4 by 1 3/4
2E: 3 1/2 by 2
1D: 2 by 1 3/4
3C: 2 1/4 by 1/2

Here is the measurements for the cardstock:
Here is the measurements for the pattern paper:
If you have not watched the video, now would be a good time to do that. I share how to cut the paper without any waste and how to lay each card out. Once you get done watching it head back here and use these pictures as your guide to create your own.
Card 1:

 Card 2:

 Card 3:

 Card 4:

Card 5:

 Card 6:

 Card 7:

 Card 8:

The Nuvo Drops can be found here
The sentiment dies can be found here
Rinea Foiled Paper can be found here
I am so excited to have cards to mail out to family and friends that did not break the bank or take a long time.
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Art From the Heart

Have you ever found something that you love, but want to use it differently than how it is intended to be used? That is what happened when I found this to make heart charms. I really wanted to make a mixed media canvas with the hearts as part of the body and a beautiful clay doll head from Lisa Kettell Designs to create this:

 I also had some medal wings and crown by Tim Holtz as well as angel wings from 7Gypsies that were perfect for this piece. I used the new Prima rust paint system with some modeling clay to create the background and used Nuveo Dew Drops to outline the hearts in the body. I recorded the process as a segment in my “Behind the Art” showcasing how it came together. You can watch it here:  
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Mermaid Canvas

The family and I took one last vacation of the summer to Santa Monica California over the Labor Day weekend. One of the things we enjoyed doing the most was collecting sea shells. My very favorite were the little ones that reminded me of butterflies. I knew I wanted to create something with them when I got home so I came up with this:

I have been wanting to create a mermaid canvas for several months and have been collecting my supplies to do so. The Mermaid I found at Calico Collage . It actually is a digital download of paper mermaid dolls! The next thing I found were the pretty little wood laser cut mermaids. Finally, I was browsing Lisa Kettell Designs and found mermaid clay tails that I could paint. 

 I used several different metallic paints on the tails as well as a little glitter glue on the tails. The last thing I had left to find were the shells and I found those on the beaches of Santa Monica.

Here is a video of the process:
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Spring Flowers!

It is getting warm in the valley and the sun is shining everyday! Flowers are blooming and I thought it was time to bring a few indoor. Only thing is, I tend to have a black thumb. I also wanted to hang them on my wall. So, what is a gal to do? Make here own! 

 I have several of these awesome wood divider trays in my stash from Prima packaging. They held beautiful resin pieces! I decided they would make a perfect back drop for my flowers.

 Since I am using the beautiful shiny metallic foil paper by Rinea I decided to paint the trays black to really make the flowers pop!

 I used 527 by Beacon to adhere three trays together for the piece. I set it aside to dry as I made my flowers.

 Each flower will take almost one piece of Rinea foil paper. I used my Scan n Cut to cut the hearts needed to make the pedals of the flowers.

 Each flower used 1 heart measuring .5 inches, 2 hears measuring .75, inches, 3 hearts measuring 1 inch, 4 hearts measuring 1.25 inches and 5 hearts measuring 2 inches (though after I made the first one I realized it was to big, so I put the 2 inch hearts away for another day 😉

 Take a brad and place it on it’s back with the prongs up….

 Put a hole at the bottom of each heart. It is easy and fast to add a hole to each set of hearts.

 Place the hearts on the brad in order of size.

 Adhere the brad making sure none of the hearts can slip off.

 There are a few ways to create the pedals. You can roll them using a pencil.

 Make sure to separate out each heart to create the flower

 Keep rolling until all of your hearts are fashioned into a flower. You can see this flower in the picture above with the three trays adhered.

 Or, and this is my favorite way to make them, you can crumple each heart individually around the center….

 until you get a little ball….

 Slowly pull it apart……

 Until the center is revealed.

 I suggest the assorted pack for crafters to do this project if you want a lot of different color flowers! It  has ten gorgeous colors and metallics included. I also added a few embossed flowers just to mix it up.

 Once you are done you can leave it as is with the brads or you can pop another center into the flowers. I had these lovely flower resin pieces in my stash and decided they would be the perfect finishing touches to this piece.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!