Friday, February 24, 2017

Two Cards *** My Creative Scrapbook LE kit ***

Today I'm sharing two cards I prepared using the My Creative Scrapbook Limited Edition kit and some Tim Holtz stamps from my stash. I have a hard time sitting still and doing nothing, so when we travel I have to take something creative with me to keep me occupied; when we went to Mexico last month I took down a folder of stamped images waiting to be coloured, along with my Distress Markers and aquarelle pencils.

These two images are perfect for the colour-scheme of the Elegy papers from this month's kit, and the roses and bits of trim from the kit were perfect accompaniments to glitz them up a little.

A couple close-ups:

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Chipboard Alteration Tutorial *** My Creative Scrapbook ***

I am up on the My Creative Scrapbook blog today with a tutorial for altering the Blue Fern Studios chipboard corner included in this month's Limited Edition kit. Chipboard is one of my favourite embellishments because it is so very versatile and can be altered in so many ways, from being left naked to treated with mists, paints, embossing powders and any imaginable combination of media. With this month's chipboard piece I've opted to be a little more fancy.

As you can see, there are many colours and textures on this piece, which help it to be a focal point on the finished layout.

To start, I painted a couple sections (the checkered bit and the scalloped bit) with embossing ink and a paintbrush, which allows for more precise application than using the dabber.

I then heat embossed it with my first embossing powder, Aged Ivory from Stampendous.

Next, I repeated the process with the swirl, arrow, fletched area above the scallop and squiggle, and heat embossed it with Aged Black embossing powder.

As you can see from the photo above, even where the two heat embossed areas meet there is not significant bleeding of colours.

Next, I painted a couple of the blooms with the embossing ink, and heat embossed then with some Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder.

For the leaves, I heat embossed with Antiquities green embossing powder from Ranger.

For the remaining blooms, I first embossed then with Weathered White embossing powder from ranger, then gently dabbed on some embossing ink in the centre using the paintbrush and heat embossed on top of it with Red Cinnabar embossing powder from the Ranger Antiquities line.

I wanted a bit more of a textured effect on the bird, and achieved it using Distress Embossing Powder in Vintage Photo.

To help the heart stand out, I applied Prima Glass Beads.

And here it is in place on the finished layout.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Yum! *** My Creative Scrapbook ***

You know those photos that you love, and you hang onto waiting for the perfect piece of paper to come along to complement them? I love this photo of my youngest, Colby, in Greece, waiting for our meal. The food there was sublime, and looking at this photo takes me right back to that cafe on the beach, and the Blue Fern Studios Heartland paper from the February My Creative Scrapbook LE kit was just perfect for it.

In order to carry over some of the blue from the photo, I added some stencilling in two shades of blue using Shimmerz Dazzlerz through the stencil included in the kit.

I fussy cut a strip from the Special Event paper from the Elegy collection in the kit, and layered it with corrugated cardboard, the cut strip from the base paper, lace from the kit and the clock and roses from the Blue Fern Studios chipboard wrapper. I then added Ceramic Stucco to the background, and added gold glitter to the background while the stucco and paint were still tacky.

I love these Blue Fern Studios roses! They are perfect nestled with the resin frame, gauze and tiny roses from the kit.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Me & My Ball *** My Creative Scrapbook ***

I'm back today with another layout created with the February My Creative Scrapbook Limited Edition kit. I love the dramatic reds of the Elegy papers by Scrapberry's paired with the neutral grays and blacks.

I selected a non-Valentines photo again this time; I think it's the fate of parents of young kids that either one or the other of you are in photos, but seldom both together.

To add a little colour and some added interest to the background, I started by colouring through the stencil from the kit using two Distress Markers (Candied Apple and Broken China) and a waterbrush. I didn't care if the effect was messy; I traced the shapes through the stencil using a journaling pen for some added definition. I fussy cut around the floral images on the top of the Happiness paper, and added torn strips from the Venus and Elegy papers underneath it. I layered the banners and words piece that I fussy cut from the Poetry paper under my photo (the photo itself is mounted on the cardboard backing of the Prima resin frames included in the kit - I loved the pop of blue and the distressed edges).


I had a lot of fun altering the Blue Fern Studios chippy included in the kit, but won't share any details here as I've prepared a tutorial on it for a future blog post. I love the versatility of chipboard; how you can do anything from naked chipboard to something layered and elaborate.


I finished everything off with the small resin frame (which I broke in half by hand so I could use the bit that would normally be hidden on a different project), one of the BFS glitter roses, a couple of the mini roses from the kit and a bow with the trim in the kit.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Tender Moment *** My Creative Scrapbook LE Kit ***

I love the blacks and reds of this month's My Creative Scrapbook Limited Edition kit featuring the Elegy collection from Scrapberry's. It is my first time working with Scrapberry's papers, and they did not disappoint!

The Elegy papers can be used as gorgeous standalones; most pages have a gorgeous decorative strip along one side. I decided to mix it up, cutting the damask/lace/rose border from the Tango sheet and adhered it to the Dreams sheet, along with some details from the Elegy and Baguette papers along the bottom edge.

For the background, I started by scraping white gesso roughly across the background, then spritzed the background with the Chrome spray included in the kit. Once that was dry, I added some stamping in black archival ink. I then applied heavy gesso through the stencil included in the kit randomly.

I fussy cut some of the frames from the Baguette paper for my background, and paper strips and butterflies from the Elegy paper, and adhered those as a background for my photo, a charming shot of my husband and youngest son courtesy of Brandie Coe Photography.

I love these beautiful blooms from Blue Fern Studios included in the kit; I tucked in some fussy cut leaves from the Elegy papers to plump up the cluster a little. To finish everything off, I dabbed some white gesso on the Thickers included in the kit for my title, and voila!

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My Creative Scrapbook February Kits On Sale Now

Have you seen the gorgeous February kits on offer from My Creative Scrapbook? It's another stellar line up for the month.

The Main Kit

The Limited Edition Kit

The Creative Kit

The Album Kit

I got a late start with the Limited Edition kit this month (featuring the gorgeous Elegy collection from Scrapberry), but I have been having a blast playing with it and can't wait to share my projects with you!

Remember to check out the My Creative Scrapbook blog throughout the month for tutorials and inspiration from the Design Team.

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