Sunday, January 15, 2012

Scraps Of Darkness Reveal Day - Jan 2012 - Escape (and exciting announcement)

Welcome to the January Reveal for the Escape Kit from Scraps of Darkness.  Reveal day is filled with enough excitement for most of us however we have one big announcement at Scraps Of Darkness to put you on the edge of your seats.

We are expecting a new baby! We (not me).  No, no one at Scraps of Darkness is pregnant, that we know of, but SOD is getting a new little sister.

On Feb 1st, we reveal a new line of kits, Scraps Of Elegance.  Different than the SOD line but coordinated by the same talented folks who prepare the Scraps Of Darkness kit so you know it will be the highest quality, most extraordinary assemblage of goodies.

We are honored to have a very special guest to help with the launching of the kit.  Ohhhhhh I can't wait to see what she creates with the Scraps Of Elegance kit.  We are also having a blog hop with prizes on Feb 1st to welcome the new arrival.

So join us for the reveal and the fun all starting Feb 1st.

Oh how I love reveal day!  The excitement of showing off the new kit from Scraps Of Darkness.  Well it's here and it's filled with warm tropical delights to take your mind off the cold stark winter.  At least it's cold and stark outdoors where I live.  Inside?  Not a chance.  This kit brings the bold colors of the tropics right into your creative area. 

Featuring these paper lines:
Pink Paislee-
Nantucket- Jumbo Shrimp, Clam Bake, Lobster Bisque
G45- Tropical Travelogue
Oceana, Hibiscus Heaven, Rainforest, Island Jewel, Tropical Travelogue, botanica, Garden Isle

Coordinating Paper-
Authentique- Gathering, Harmony, Bloom
Pink Paislee- Nantucket, Crab Cakes
G45- Tropical Travelogue, Tiki Voyager, Seaside Holiday

So with that, lets show you what I did with the kit?  

Walk on the Pier

 I took this photo of my nieces in Sept. 2011.  We had some laughs that day getting them to cooperate.  But guess what?  I realized Aunt Jennifer can only be in control of her camera and the rest is up to the mood of the subjects I am shooting.    A simple "no, No NOOOOOO, don't look at me, just walk" and my sweet niece could not refuse to turn around and look at me.  

Every parent knows what I am talking about.  A "no" is really a dare.  So this dare was captured as such and I love it!  It could not be a cuter picture if I'd actually told her to turn and look.

This was based on the wonderful creative sketch of Suepup, Charlotte Jenkins and features the G45 Tropical Travelogue paper line.
 I used some sea glass from the January Kit and some cheesecloth spritzed with Tattered Angels Glimmermist in Bahama Blue.  I added the Pink Paislee wood shapes for accent and stickled them. 

This shot features the wonderful butterflies from the kit created by Renea Harrison

The green paper pieces are rips off the green cardboard on the right of the lady.  t was a cool piece of cardboard that came in some perfume I received for Christmas. The cardboard packaging was every bit as cool as the fragrance. 

Paradise Destiny

This is a photo of me in our favorite vacation paradise, Naples Florida, July 2011.  The kit was perfect for the photo and the feeling I get when I am there on vacation. 
Here I used a Dusty Attic Decorative trim Set  DA0435 piece that was inked with Tim Holtz vintage photo distress ink, then I used a little Tim Holtz Distress embossing powders in Vintage photo and Scattered Straw.  

Vintage Fairy

This is a photo that I used from Magical Moonlight Free Studios.  This layout features the Pink Paislee Nantucket paper collection. 

Dusty Attic Snowflake DA0501 treated as follows:
1.  coat of  Adirondack Paint in Snow Cap
2.  coat of Adirondack Paint in Sandal
3. 4 coats of UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel)
4. gold micro beads added and then heated with heat gun to set into the  UTEE
5.  peals and feathers added

Dusty Attic Garden Fairy #2 DA0277 treated with the following:
1.  coat of  Adirondack Paint in Snow Cap
2.  coat of Adirondack Paint in Sandal
3. Wings coated in Shimmerz Enamelz Sparkliscious
4.  feathers and beads added in addition to the pink tulle wrapped dress

Fly From the Nest
This is a reverse canvas that I created with the new CSI Case file #1 in mind.   

My quote:  "Grant me the strength, wisdom and courage to enable my children to leave the nest well prepared."

My husband suggested I stop the quote at the "leave the nest part" - no need to continue - just get the kids out someday.   He's such a kidder that one is!  

Anyway, a little story about this photo:

 Summer 2010 I placed a hanging geranium planter from my front  porch.  A  mama bird proceeded to think this hanging plant was a dang cool place for a nest - nice homey feel I guess. 

Only one egg hatched and I was officially a grandma.  Proud moment for me!   In order for me to see down into the nest, I had to hop on a step stool.   Every morning before work, every evening after dinner, out came the step stool.

A few weeks went by and I watched the baby grow and listened to his mommy holler sassy chirping words at me when I peered at her baby.

We were leaving on a vacation and I had a sense that when we came back, baby and mama would be long gone so I hopped on the step stool with my Nikon and clicked some bragging baby photos.  

Next morning after coffee, I grabbed my step and went to check up on Junior.  Mama was no where to be seen or heard - hmmmm that was very strange indeed.  Junior was standing on the edge of the planter in a pensive position.  Then he looked at me as if to say, "Thanks Granny" and he made his first leap of faith that sent him soaring away forever.  Bye Bye Birdie!

Now don't be getting all excited on me....I still have a few teens left at home so my hubby and I are not empty nesters yet - but I do know this particular  nest is empty.

For a brief few weeks, I had me a sweet lil grandbaby of sorts.  All you grandparents out there, hug and enjoy your little people because it's only a matter of time before they grow and fly the coop, just like Junior.

This reverse canvas is a hope and a prayer that I do my very best to prepare my kids and teach them well.
This is a Dusty Attic Scroll Border #1 piece I finished in Tim Holtz Peeled Paint and Spiced Marmalade then covered with  Crackle Accents. 

These are leaves cut from the  G45 Tropical Travelogue papers and coated with crackle accents.
That is a piece of bark from my woodpile.  I stuck it in the microwave for 2 min to kill any crawling stuff - ick.  Then I added a touch of Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade to the bark. 

Here is the CSI -Case file #1 with color palette and evidence list to use. 

You can find all the Dusty Attic goodies that I reference above here . 
You can also see the rest of the Creative Team Kit reveals HERE.

Thanks for looking and please join us Feb 1st.
Have a great day.


  1. Stunning work Jennifer! I could not pick a favorite if I tried! I love them ALL so much! xo

  2. woot woot you rocked this kit sweetie and I LOVE that photo of you :)

  3. Jennifer, I came to your blog via CSI. Just love your work, i've seen on there. Thought i'd pop by and say hello. Your fly from the nest project is inspirational and I love the emotions and story behind it. Keep up the great work xo