Sunday, September 30, 2012

Door of Hope -Scraps Of Darkness, CSI Case File 38 and OUAS



This was created for CSI - Colors, Stories, Inspiration case file #38 and for Once Upon A Sketch.  These two challenge sites have joined up for the month of September.  In addition to the challenges, I created this using elements from the Scraps Of Darkness September kit, My Guy and some retired kits.
  
My evidence:
Newsprint paper - Kaisercraft Sears and Sons Collection
Woodgrain - Fabscraps Shabby Chic collection

My Testimony: using the word Daily as inspiration...
This door stays open daily.  It's the Door of Hope.  It can never be shut.  While the door may look cracked, broken, and full of despair, it is only the outside appearance.  Step through the door and the possibilities are endless.  Keep your door of hope open daily.



Here is the palette, evidence list and testimony list along with the special twist of the month: the sketch for the week designed by Nadia Cannizzo, from Once Upon A Sketch.  She always comes up with amazing and inspirational sketches.




Here is the close up of the cluster detail. 



This is a photo I took of a crumbling building on a recent scrapping trip to North Carolina to meet up with some wonderful scrappy friends who also LOVE to snap photos.  We scrap a little, laugh a ton and then go about the countryside in search of interesting things to shoot.  

Special thanks are in order for our hospitable countryside escort, Dick Harding.  He is Maggi Harding's husband who puts up with a handful of obsessed women for 5 days.  This year, he did a little scouting ahead of time for us.  Actually not a little.  He spent hours of his free time finding and then noting where some cool places of photographic interest were around North Carolina.  All that just to keep us happy.  

Thanks Dick!  You're the best scrappy husband a gal can have and Maggi is lucky.

Thanks to Maggi also for hosting us with the best Southern hospitality and down home cooking. They both walked through the door of hope in having us invade their home with our traveling scrap bins.  


Please consider joining us at Scraps of Darkness- for the Alternative Scrapper. 
Thanks for looking and taking time out of your day.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Donna Salazar - September Challenge Part Two - Shelling


Donna Salazer's September Challenge was to create a gift for someone using some of her products. My gifts were for my husband's office at work.  He is an engineer and his office needs something other than wires and electrical panels and technical whatnots.  

I decided to create something from our summer vacation, which also happens to be a place we visit each year and consider our happiest place on Earth.   I hope this gift transports him to our happy place each time he looks at it.  



Recently my husband and I went on a boat tour of the Everglades.  When we reached the tour site, no one else showed up for the tour.  The guide said that he was happy to take just the two of us out since we had already paid and he was already there at the boat.  These are the sweet romantic times that I will remember with my husband well into my old age (I hope). 

So off we went - the destination was a small, very small island that had some great beachy shelling opportunities.  I found a few large shells and was thrilled.  My project has one of the shells on it.  I loved the fact that this shell was really rather imperfect.  My husband's only comment on my find..."It's missing a bit Jen.  Like most of the shell". 

hahahahahaha silly man.  That's why I  love it.   

Now for the ratty frame. My mom had a yard sale a few years back and I saw the broken frame in her garbage can.   This was a total garbage pick - yes, as in plucking from the garbage can  and storing in my basement until further notice. I did have to hide it in my basement so that husband did not also determine this to be a ratty broken frame and toss in the out in our garbage. 

So it's been hidden in our basement for a few years waiting...waiting.....waiting for these Pion papers to salvage and re-purpose it's ratty framed self.  

This first photo is the start of my project.  I sanded down the frame a little to soften up the green vines. Then I painted a wash of gesso thinned with water over the top in spots and brightened it up with some Jasmine Mixd Media Inx.

I used these Donna Salazar Products on my project:
• Clearsnap - Donna Salazar - Mix'd Media Inx - Jasmine 
• Spellbinders - Donna Salazar - Shapeabilities Collection - Die Cutting and Embossing Templates - Shadow Flowers







Thanks for looking and taking your time in my blog. 

Projects using Donna Salazar products



Donna Salazer's September Challenge was to create a gift for someone using some of her products. My gifts were for my husband's office at work.  He is an engineer and his office needs something other than wires and electrical panels and technical whatnots.  

The first is a canvas panel to replace his electrical panels on his desk.  hahahaha.  

This was a canvas that I really layered up with gesso, molding paste, clear gel medium, paper layers, masking tape, inking, stamping and mesh and some Mixd Media Inx.  

He told me that a salesman paid him a visit to his office and asked if he could have this canvas.  My husband got a bit possessive and said "absolutely not!  My wife made this for me".  Sweet man.  

I used a technique of image transfer I recently learned  from a couple of sources:  Drycha (Karolina Stopyra) and from Alda Stevens.  The bike image is from a stock image program just so you know.

These are the Donna Salazar products I used:
• Clearsnap - Donna Salazar - Mix'd Media Inx - Leather 
• Clearsnap - Donna Salazar - Mix'd Media Inx - Black 
• Stampers Anonymous - Donna Salazar - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Bubble Wrap






Thanks for looking and taking your time in my blog. 

Prima September BAP



Precious Moments
Here is my entry for the Prima September BAP (Build a Page) Challenge and here is the Prima BAP (Build A Page) sketch designed by Hege Lundquist. (update - featured at Prima 10-12-12)



Very cool sketch....so off to my scrappy table I went.  I used the Prima Romantique Collection for this.

The photo is of my sweet little 5yr old niece.  I dressed her up and we went to high tea at a tea house.
Here are the close ups.



I used lot and lots of punched layers and inking for this.  I wanted to replicate the ruffles in her skirt without using lace.

Thanks for looking.

Here is my Prima product list:

• Prima - Pebbles Collection - Self Adhesive Pebbles with Gems - Annalee
• Prima - Stencils Mask Set - 7.5 x 7.5 - Fence 2 (brick wall)
• Prima - Almanac Collection - Chipboard Pieces 
• Prima - Velvet Rainbow Collection - Fabric Flower Embellishments - Vintage 
• Prima - Pankita Rose Collection - Flower Embellishments - Winter Mix 
• Prima - Laraine Collection - Flower Embellishments - River Rock 
• Prima - Romantique Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Gazette 
• Prima - Romantique Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Ha'Penny 
• Prima - Stencils Mask Set - 6 x 6 - Mix 7 
• Prima - Ingvild Bolme - Chalk Fluid Edger - Old Rose

September Prima PPP Layout - Scraps of Darkness






This layout is called  Winter's Simple Beauty.  (this was featured in Prima's PPP Challenge)

It's my entry for the Prima September PPP Challenge.    You must use the products shown in this image and/or the palette that is provided.

I love the woodsy fall natural colors that were picked and alas I have a photo that really accentuates these so I paired my photo with Prima's Craftsman Collection featured in the September Scraps of Darkness kit, My Guy.   Lucky me!  The kit had the perfect papers and the perfect collection.
Luckier yet, background paper I selected from the Prima line made my job super easy because it included almost all of the palette colors already, taking the stress out of the challenge.

I took this photo of my backyard after a small snow dusting in March 2012.  The trees in our woods looked like they had been sugar coated.  Truth be told, the winter had not been as snowy as usual so I was really desperate to take some photos after a snowfall.  I just love snow covered scenes.  Snow covered anything looks halfway decent.  I ended up glamorizing my husbands storage shed in our backyard.

Heck - desperate times result in desperate photos.  My husbands shed is really desperate.  Yet the trees are really pretty to me here.

I love to put the "crap" back in scrap.  I can't stand to see my co-worker, friends, family toss stuff away without first running junk past the "Jen approval process".  Is it worthy to save or can that garbage be honestly tossed.  Well well well..... the "Jen approval process" nabbed some wood bark off a dead flower arrangement that was delivered to my workplace.  My co-workers were scratching their heads asking what I was going to do with wood bark - me being a paper crafter and all.

"Oh don't worry your pretty little heads."

I hot glued a piece of heavy corrugated cardboard to the back to get it flat and voila!  usable reclaimed "junk".  hahahahahaaaaa.


Anyway, here are the close ups.
I used the Dusty Attic Twigs DA0129 to replicate my sugar coated woods.  I embossed the twigs with Stampendous  Shabby White Embossing Enamel - super cool stuff.  It's white embossing mixed with some gold and the results are fabulous.


I also used a Prima mask - one of the new gears masks.  I know you already realize this, but you don't need to use the whole mask.  You can use elements and sections of the mask to fit your needs.  I did not need gears.  I needed something to resemble snow falling so I picked the circles from this mask.


Prima Stencils Mask Set - 7x7 Gears 2


This image is here to show the dimension I used in the layout.  I added a lot of layers to help with my winter wooded scene.


Scraps of Darkness - for the Alternative Scrapper.  Please visit us and start creating all that you imagine.

This is my Prima product list.  
• Prima - Blossom Branches Collection - Branch Embellishments - Pistachio 
• Prima - Back Stage Collection - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Mix 1 
• Prima - Wood Embellishments - Decorative Clocks 
• Prima - Velvet Rainbow Collection - Fabric Flower Embellishments - Vintage 
• Prima - Genie Stones - Black Wrap 
• Prima - Laraine Collection - Flower Embellishments - River Rock 
• Prima - Stencils Mask Set - 7 x 7 - Gears 2 
• Prima - Bel Canto Collection - Flower Embellishments - Brown 
• Prima - Craftsman Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Tools of the Trade 
• Prima - Ingvild Bolme - Chalk Fluid Edger - Branch Bark 
• Prima - Ingvild Bolme - Chalk Fluid Edger - Dry Sand

Thanks a bunch!  What fun I had.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Scraps of Darkness - "Pin to Win" Contest

We are excited to announce we are now on PINTEREST!!!!

Want to win a September "My Guy" kit?
All you have to do is stop by our blog and click on the "Pinterest" button to follow us. Visit our Scraps of Darkness "Pin to Win" board and follow the instructions there.

You have from now until October 8th to enter!!!
So go ahead - head to the blog and get pinning.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

You Always Inspire Me - Scraps Of Darkness, CSI #37 and OUAS


You Always Inspire Me
This was created for CSI - Colors, Stories, Inspiration case file #37 and for Once Upon A Sketch.  These two challenge sites have joined up for the month of September.  In addition to the challenges, I created this using elements from the Scraps Of Darkness September kit, My Guy.  

Something about angels that I find comforting and peaceful.  I took this photo a few years back in very  old cemetery.  I chose this title for a few reasons.  Angels are a reflection of my faith and I find them very inspiring, helping us along the path of goodness.  The second reason is that my husband always inspires me.  His loving and helpful nature makes him my living angel. 

Here is a song from Jane Sibbery and k.d. lang that I used for my inspiration.  It's called "Calling All Angels".  Jane Sibbery may very well be my favorite artist of all time. 

About 20 years ago, my friend dragged me to a concert in a small cozy venue to see this lady, Jane Sibbery, perform.  I had no idea who she was.  From the moment she began to sing, I felt like I was in the presence of an angel.  Ohhhh, what a gloriously melodic voice.  

Calling All Angels

Here is the palette, evidence list and testimony list along with the special twist of the month: the sketch for the week designed by Nadia Cannizzo, from Once Upon A Sketch.  She always comes up with amazing and inspirational sketches.

My evidence:
I used book pages and buttons

My Testimony: excerpt from The song "Calling All Angels"
 Calling All Angels - Jane Sibbery and k.d.lang


....calling all angels calling all angels
walk me through this one
don't leave me alone
calling all angels calling all angels
we're tryin' we're hopin'
we're hurtin' we're lovin'
we're cryin' we're callin'
cause we're not sure how this goes


I used the Heartfelt Creations leaf stamp here and just cut the stamp out.  Then  I used the heartfelt Creations crackle stamp in pewter.  barely visible here, but noticeable in person.  



Lyrics:  

Calling All Angels
Jane Sibbery and k.d.lang
Santa Maria, Santa Teresa, Santa Anna, Santa Susannah
Santa Cecilia, Santa Copelia, Santa Domenica, Mary Angelica
Frater Achad, Frater Pietro, Julianus, Petronilla
Santa, Santos, Miroslaw, Vladimir
and all the rest

Oh, a man is placed upon the steps, a baby cries
and high above you can hear
the church bells start to ring
and as the heaviness, oh the heaviness, the body settles in
somewhere you can hear a mother sing

then it's one foot then the other
as you step out onto the road of hope
step out on the road
how much weight? how much?
then it's how long? and how far?
and how many times oh, before it's too late?

calling all angels calling all angels
walk me through this one
don't leave me alone
calling all angels calling all angels
we're tryin' and we're hopin'
but we're not sure how...

ah, and every day you gaze upon the sunset
with such love and intensity
why it's ah, it's almost as
if you could only crack the code
then you'd finally understand what this all means

ah, but if you could...do you think you would
trade in all, all the pain and suffering?
ah, but then you'd miss
the beauty of the light upon this earth
and the sweetness of the leaving

calling all angels calling all angels
walk me through this one
don't leave me alone
calling all angels calling all angels
we're tryin' and we're hopin'
but we're not sure...

calling all angels calling all angels
walk me through this one
don't leave me alone
calling all angels calling all angels
we're tryin' we're hopin'
we're hurtin' we're lovin'
we're cryin' we're callin'
cause we're not sure how this goes

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License:


Standard YouTube License

Thanks for looking and taking time out of your day. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Prima Aug BAP winner and PPP Feature

Oh gosh, oh golly. What a morning. Dark and rainy outside with a touch of fall weather.  But who cares! Inside the scrappy world, I have Rays of Sunshine. 
 Prima picked this as winner for the  Aug 2012 Prima BAP - Build A Page .
This is Rays of Sunshine,  If you click on the link, you will see the original post with the details.



This was the August Prima PPP -Prima Product Pick  (and Palette) and was Featured. 
This is Girl With Hat.  You can see the original post with details here.


Thanks a million to the Prima folks and to all those talented artists mentioned at Prima. 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Scraps Of Darkness Sept. Kit - My Guy

Welcome to the September Scraps Of Darkness -My Guy

This edgy creative kit features Prima Craftsman Collection and Kaisercraft Sears and Sons Collection.   very cool combo.

Guest Designer - Martha Richardson.  Martha is one amazing artist, designing for Helmar and Tattered Angels. 


Bike
This was a canvas that I really layered up with gesso, molding paste, clear gel medium, paper layers, masking tape, inking, stamping and mesh.

I used a technique of image transfer I recently learned  from a couple of sources:  Drycha (Karolina Stopyra) and from Alda Stevens.  The bike image is from a stock image program just so you know.




King of the Alley Cats
This is a photo I took last winter of a junk yard.   I was actually looking around for a cool place to take some photos with my son and the junk yard said "here I am, over here!".  
Some artist painted google eyes on the junk yard -very interesting  and colorful place pitted against the clean fresh snowfall.

The kitty image is also the same image transfer technique that I did above in canvas in my "Bike" piece.  I wanted to see how well it would work on paper to paper. 


I used the Dusty Attic Chicken Wire Panel DA0177 and stained it with Tim Holtz stain in Rusty Hinge.  Then I coated with Glossy Accents.  

The big Prima light bulbs are from their Junk Yard Findings collection.  Pretty funny considering my photo origins. 

I used three 3rd Eye stamps by Drycha.  You really need to check them out.  The Small Skull is stamped on the cards.  The Chic Corner is above the Kitty image and my favorite, the Kardiogram, is here and there about the page.  Love them to pieces.   More please Drycha.  Keep on designing. 



I used the "Widgets" paper from the Prima Craftsman collection and placed behind the Prima Junk Yard light bulbs to give them more dimension.  I inked with Tim Holtz Mustard Seed before adhering to the light bulbs with Glossy Accents.   Made them pop  little more with color. 


Thanks for looking
Come for a visit over to Scraps Of Darkness

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Scraps of Darkness Sept Nostalgia Reveal and Blog Hop




Welcome to Nostalgia, the Sept. Scraps Of Elegance Kit.

If you have arrived from Renea Harrison's blog, then you are on the right track.  Your next stop is listed at the bottom of this page, so enjoy!

*** This month we have 3 manufacturers joining us on our hop***


~~ We also have a special announcement~~

Please welcome our newest designer to the Scraps of Elegance team!!!


We are thrilled to have Rachael joining our team and are sure we will be inspired by her talent…

~~And meet our special guest designer this month~~



We are so happy to have Lynne joining us this month and can’t wait to see her work with our kit throughout September…

The hop begins at the “Scraps of Elegance” blog
Where our September kit “Nostalgia” has just been revealed!
This kit is featuring Pion Design's “Grandmas Schoolbook”
&
Flourish with a Bling beautiful “Adhesive Pearls”

SCRAPS OF ELEGANCE
Is giving away prizes to
TWO
***LUCKY WINNERS***

**1**
WINNER
Will receive “Inkadinkadoo  Stamping Gear Deluxe Starter Set


AND
**1**
Winner
Will receive the “Inkadinkadoo Stamping Gear Intro Set


In addition to this the manufacturers participating in the hop are giving away their own prizes, as well as our designers!!!
Lot’s of chances to win!

My prize 
(Winner of this prize will be randomly selected - must comment in my blog and follow my blog)
Prize includes:   Crafters Workshop 6x6 chicken wire Template
                          3rd Eye rubber stamp - Wind Corner
                          Dusty Attic Chipboard - shells 6 pk
                          Blue Moon - metal butterfly
                          various laces, netting, trim and pearls ( my stash favs)




How to win the prizes?  
All you have to do is become a follower of the Scraps of Elegance blog AND become a become of follower of My blog and leave a comment.
When you have visited everyone's blogs, return to the Scraps of Elegance blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had!
If you post about this blog hop on your own blog you will be entered into the drawing twice for and extra chance to win!

We are sure you will inspired by our talented design team to
 ~create something beautiful today~


This Blog Hop is open to both US and international entries.

You have until Sunday September 2nd 11:00 pm PST to complete the hop
The Scraps of Elegance winners will be announced on this blog on September 4th.  Our Designers and participating manufacturers will be making their winners on their own blogs.
Be sure to check back on that day to see if you have won…


Have Fun!
Your next stop is Mandy Harrell.
 A complete list of blog hop participants can be found on the Scraps of Elegance blog


And now for the design reveals:


My Evenings on the Beach 
We go to Florida every year in the summer.  We love the heat.  We have a routine and we rather like our boring, repetitive evenings.  I take my camera and tripod to the beach.  Husband takes his beach chair and book.  He totally lets me "do my thing" with my camera while he reads. 

This year my husband clicked a few photos of his own with his new phone. I had no idea. I did not see them till we got home.  Lo and behold husband liked watching me  "do my thing" on the beach.  He said this was his favorite photo of me in Florida.   This is how he wants to remember our evenings on vacation.   Such a man!  

But I have to say that it was interesting seeing me from his point of view.   Are those seriously sneakers on in the sand?  Yep. This is exactly how I am when I am taking my photos....purposeful.  Sand has no business between my toes when I am on a mission to capture the photo I want.  

In order to get my tripod into the suitcase, I do honestly sacrifice several pairs of shoes.  Shoes need to stay home.  What will make me happier in the long run?  Not pretty feet - but a cool photo?  oh yeah.

I am also very excited to show how I used the new 3rd Eye Kardiogram stamp all around the page. These stamps are design by Drycha, (Karolina Stopyra) and couldn't be any cooler.  They will be available soon from the Scraps of Elegance and Scraps Of Darkness Store. So keep checking back.


My background sand:
  1. Wouldn't ya know...Melinda stuck the perfect colored Ingvild Bolme ink in the kit this month. I dabbed my Pion paper with the ink pad to create some water.  
  2.  I cut some mesh in a strip, laid  it down, then applied molding paste over the top of it. Let dry.  
  3.  I had a few pieces of blue ribbon that I laid down and covered with molding paste. Let dry.
  4.  Reapplied some fresh molding paste and sprinkled some sand  that I collected on vacation.  I sprayed the sandy area with spray adhesive.   Let dry.  


I also used the Dusty Attic Scroll #2 DA0215 and simply slapped some gesso and a little molding paste on it, all sloppy like.  






Shelling


Recently my husband and I went on a boat tour of the Everglades.  When we reached the tour site, no one else showed up for the tour.  The guide said that he was happy to take just the two of us out since we had already paid and he was already there at the boat.  These are the sweet romantic times that I will remember with my husband well into my old age (I hope). 

So off we went - the destination was a small, very small island that had some great beachy shelling opportunities.  I found a few large shells and was thrilled.  My project has one of the shells on it.  I loved the fact that this shell was really rather imperfect.  My husband's only comment on my find..."It's missing a bit Jen.  Like most of the shell". 

hahahahahaha silly man.  That's why I  love it.   

Now for the ratty frame. My mom had a yard sale a few years back and I saw the broken frame in her garbage can.   This was a total garbage pick - yes, as in plucking from the garbage can  and storing in my basement until further notice. I did have to hide it in my basement so that husband did not also determine this to be a ratty broken frame and toss in the out in our garbage. 

So it's been hidden in our basement for a few years waiting...waiting.....waiting for these Pion papers to salvage and re-purpose it's ratty framed self.  

I used the Pion Design papers and various elements from the kit to recreate my secluded beach scene from our wonderful and romantic vacation.  

I also used the Dusty Attic Mini Scrolls DA0685 and covered with Stampendous Aged Aqua Embossing Enamel

This first photo is the start of my project.  I sanded down the frame a little to soften up the green vines. Then I painted a wash of gesso thinned with water over the top in spots and brightened it up with some Jasmine Mixd Media Inx.













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