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”

Is giving away prizes to

Will receive “Inkadinkadoo  Stamping Gear Deluxe Starter Set

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.  


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.

Thanks so much for spending the time.  Please consider the Scraps of Elegance kit.


  1. I just love your blog!!! And the splendid work you do:) This LO is sooo beautiful. I love the colors and the details. Thanks for the bloghop!!!

  2. Jen, I always admire and am in wonder of how you take old unwanted or unused items and turn them into such beautiful creations. The beach frame is genius!!! Thanks for all the hard work on putting this blog together. Love the lo reveal for this mths. SOE!!!

  3. OMG! Your layout and frame are amazingly beautiful - I want to be able to scrap like you! I'm lost for words, gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS!!

  4. This blog hop just gets better and better, I love what you have created and that frame!!!! stunning. I love how you have written your stories behind these wonderful pieces... thank you.

  5. What beautiful work this is! Pion papers are such a treat and so precious. Thanks for the chance to win such a super candy. Judy x


  6. These are just gorgeous creations Jen! I also love that photo of you.
    What sweet guy. :)

  7. Terrific beach themed projects on this post! That ecg stamp is pretty cool and subtle, I want to play with that one.

  8. Jen, these are gorgeous! Thanks for the great ideas.

  9. Gorgeous layout and frame! I love how u created the sand.

  10. layout is amazing and your price is really cool. I'm really inspired. I'm follower like Sara Burchert becouse it's my real name. XOXO Sara :)

  11. Absolutely beautiful work as always, and what a lovely relationship with your husband, love hearing about your trips!

  12. Found your site thanks to the blog hop - and wooow it's so beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration. I subscribed!

  13. WOW! Your work is so amazing!!! I love following your blog. Thank you for sharing everything and for the sweet stories, too...makes me want to take a vacation (a much needed one!)

  14. Your work is so whimsical and beautiful! Now I need to go and bury my toes in the sand :)

  15. Jen, you rocked those Pion papers! Stunning work and you know I think you are amazing! xoxoxo

  16. Sooo beautiful layout. Amazing colors and i can "feel" the beach!! Great decoration of the frame :) Anne Lill

  17. what a different layouts. i was looking with the tutorials, there great. hope to come back here.

    groetjes eline

  18. Amazing layout!!! Love every single piece of it! Gorgeous work! Thank you for the chance to win, I'm happy to be your new follower! Elizabeth x

  19. STUNNING work my friend, I just love what you've done with the frame and shells!!!!!!

  20. Such gorgeous work Jen! i Love how you did the sand in your layout! Husbands can be sweet at times can't they :) TFS!

  21. Stunning work Jennifer, and a wonderful blog, thank you for the chance to win a great prize too. Hugs Teresa xx

  22. I just have to say that your work is STUNNING. Both projects are beautiful beyond words!!

  23. Your lay-outs always have such a wonderful mix of textures, which really give them that beautiful beachy feel. Fabulous lay-outs!

  24. stunning work my friend, and your husband sounds like such a doll!!

  25. I love the way you have used your found shells, and combined everything in such a stylish way!

  26. Always enjoy your detailed stories and I am in awe of your layouts. Beyond gorgeous. Thank you for sharing how you accomplished some of the details!

  27. Love love your creative writing and the amazing LO's you use to draw us in~ hanks for sharing your work with us !

  28. I love your romantic style. Your works are truly amazing!

  29. Oh my goodness! I have to say that I am completely blown away by your work! This beach layout is absolutely breathtaking! I'm so pleased to have found your blog through this hop!!!

  30. WOW. Your beach layout took my breath away. Going to have to start playing with some molding paste. Incredible.

  31. Amazing detail to your layouts. Your use of textured mediums is outstanding! Wonderful work. Thanks for the chance to win your prize package as well! Sherry

  32. Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love what you did... and to find that imperfect shell on your perfect tour! love all your techniques.

    Awesome that we get to win prizes! Very cool!

  33. wow. I love the frame and the shelling- wow!

  34. Jennifer, what a fabulous idae with the frame, I have to do it too. and your lo as always full of fantastic ideas. love it all

  35. Jennifer, I am just in AWE of your artistic talents. The layers and colors and textures on the beach layout are absolutely STUNNING! Everything you create is a work of art! I am already a HUGE fan and follower of yours and also of Scraps of Elegance.

  36. Wow Jenny, this frame is really wonderful!! I love the shell frame and the little details of your decorations. Huray for the basement for keeping this frame for the right time for you to use it!! :-)