Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Scraps Of Darkness Aug Reveal - Jamaican Sunset

Jamaican Sunset - Aug Scraps Of Darkness

Welcome to the August reveal for Scraps of Darkness.  
The great thing about the Scraps of Darkness kit is that it is packed with versatile products that allow you the freedom to create art to fit your mood.  And the mood of this months kit is fun, flirty Summer boldness.  Summer seems to be slipping past us rather quickly.  This kit will help us capture a little more of summer 2012 to hold onto forever.
This magnificent kit, thoughtfully assembled features the papers from:
The Scrap Cake - Summer City
My Minds Eye  -Indie Chic
Stick pins by Mandy Harrell

Urban Chic
These are photos of my co-worker repelling down buildings in Downtown Rochester for a charity.  Each year the BoyScouts in our town hold a major fund drive with the entertainment being your very own stroll down a 21 story building.  It's not for the faint of heart. 

I did NOT take these photos - just so you know.....because I do have a faint heart.  hahaha. The photos are professionally taken by the event coordinator.

This was also created using the sketch from Charlotte Jenkins, suepup.  Thanks again, Charlotte for your continued inspiration.

I used some cool embossing paste by Dreamweaver in Glass Black.  I used it with a Prima brick stencil. 
I also used the Dusty Attic Wrought Iron Trim DA0547 and covered it with Ranger Black Puffs Embossing Powder from the August Scraps Of Darkness Color Add-On kit. 

I find the Color Add-On kits that Melinda assembles is an excellent way to try new items and expand your product base with interesting new items that I perhaps would not even think about trying otherwise.  Mel makes it easy. She does the research and the coordination and I get to play.

World Marketplace
This photo is one I took at Universal Studios in Florida, June 2012 in the world marketplace.   We took my son and his friends for their 16th birthdays.  (I saved for 18 months to pay for the trip- just so you don't think I'm "Jen moneybags".....hahaha).

The trip was supposed to be perfect.  With saving that long, I had every detail in my mind covered.  This is gonna be a SPECIAL trip.  It's Florida and it's gonna be sunny and warm and beautiful.   The ONLY detail of this trip I could not control in fact went wildly out of control.  The weather.

BAM!  We land in Florida and the sun shines so perfectly to welcome us to what's called "The Sunshine State".   Which is then followed by Tropical Storm Debby where it rained crazy amounts of rain for a solid 4 days.

Yet we managed to have a wonderful time.  Due to the rain and rather horrible weather forecast, attendance was significantly down at the Universal Theme Park.  Instead of several thousand coming through the gate daily, we barely hit 1000.  The park and all rides were open so we owned the park with no lines.  And we were grateful for NO people because we all wore white plastic rain ponchos every day and looked rather silly - wet and silly.  Not really a picture perfect vacation BUT memorable.

These flowers are metal pieces by Graphic 45.  The Staples collection by the way.  I ran them through my Tim Holtz Vagabond using the  Sizzix - DecoEmboss Die - Vintaj - Embossing Folders - Moonlit Night.  I got this in a previous Scraps Of Darkness Add-on kit featuring the Vintaj Embossing folders.

After embossing the metal flowers, I sanded the edges to bring out more gold tones, rubbed some Adirondack acrylic paint in Pool color to match my photo and then used some Rub 'N Buff around the edges of the flower to gild them in gold a little more.  Topped them with the McGill Starburst punch -just perfect for flower centers.

I used the Dusty Attic Vintage Frame DA0254 and painted it with gold Adirondack acrylic paint. I get an uneven quality with the Adirondack gold paint when I dab it on the chippy instead of wiping it on or painting it on.  It sort of bubbles when I apply it with a hard dab.  Then it dries a little bubbly.

I also wanted to mimic the blue in the photo so I took some blue tissue paper and  covered it with matte finish ModPodge, topped with some gold and white glitter.  I love ModPodge - really fun stuff. Reminds me of all the scouting projects I made when I was a kid. 

Tropical Storm Debby soaks Florida's Gulf Coast June 27, 2012

As Tropical Storm Debby hovers in Gulf, Florida gets more rain.

Well you get the picture.  It rained every day of our trip - buckets of rain.

Costa Rican Sunset
The kit is called Jamaican Sunset, but I only had a Costa Rican photo to use.  This photo was taken by a talented 17yr old on his class trip to Costa Rico in Spring 2012.  I happened to get the gorgeous photo from him  to scrap.  It goes so well with the Scrap Cake Summer City papers.

I used the Dusty Attic Shells 6pack DA0048 here as accent pieces.  I covered them in thick molding paste. 

Thanks for spending the time looking and reading.  I appreciate this a great deal. 

Please check out  Scraps of Darkness and the art created by the rest of the wildly talented design team.  


  1. Lots of glorious eye candy for sure!

  2. I bet the guys had a great time and Kitty was jealous of this adventure!
    Oh my...that storm looks very scary!
    That sunset page is just stunning..the photo and colors are just stunning!