Friday, February 27, 2015

Sindi's sensational designs!

Good Friday morning!
The weekend is here!
Do you have any fun pans this weekend?

Today I am sharing a couple of sensational projects from Sindi
using the Scraps Of Darkness 'Karens Valentine' kit

'Walkin' in Memphis'

 She used strips of the patterned paper from the kit to create this funky, geometric background on her page. She cut them to the length she wanted and wrapped the end of one strip around another to give some dimension to the shapes. She topped it off with some buttons and splotches of india ink

Her next fabulous and fun project.....

'Um No'
She loved the paper in this kit! She said it is so very versatile. She created the squares in the background by painting over strips of drywall tape (which she secretly stole from the hubby's stash). She peeled the tape off before the paint had a chance to dry and it created this cool, pixel-ish effect.

 I am glad to see that I am not the only one that decided to have fun with all the snow!

'My Joy'

She used some of the patterned papers to cut into cloud shapes. she also cut the gold bunting apart to make smaller banner pieces to hang under the clouds. She also used some india ink to add dimension under the clouds and along the edges of some of the crumples paper.  She layered a ton of embellies behind her photo to create even more dimension.

and her final project....

I must admit I love the title!

'And all the colors I am inside have not been invented yet'

She had some paper strips left over from my "Walkin' in Memphis" layout, so she used them here. They are popped up on foam tape and have great dimension. She found this Shel Silverstein quote "And all the colors that are inside me have not been invented yet" and wanted to use it on a layout.

She cropped her photos to fit under the 'O's' - very clever

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lisa's gorgeous Vintage style layout!

Good morning everyone!
Today I am excited to bring a gorgeous shabby chic layout by
Lisa Novogrodski using the 'Lisa's Love Letters' kit!

This is a beautiful layout with so many stunning details!!!!

While she kept a shabby theme she incorporated lots of mixed media! Gesso, texture paste, sprays and mica flakes.

  She used chipboard from the kit which she cut apart and rearranged on her page and added a few pieces from her stash. She varied the coloring on them with different mists and Lumiere paints then used crackle over it.

For this hinge she used the same but added some distress embossing powder. 
gorgeous chipboard butterfly!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Kit info, beautiful layouts, and a video!

Good morning, it's Wednesday, and the week is half over!

I'm just going to start today's post with a little info we are not thrilled about - this month's kit is not premiering today.  Due to the labor problems in the West Coast ports (meaning the intentional work slowdown), many of the products I had pre-ordered for the kit have not yet been received by the manufacturers, and so, obviously, not shipped to me yet.  As this kit was planned out, and I wanted to bring you some of the newest gorgeousness from CHA, I decided it was better to wait and give you the quality, well-planned kit you expect me to give you, and not something I hurriedly threw together at the last minute.
As soon as I receive notification that these items have shipped, I will post an update on the new kit reveal date.

Enough of the no fun stuff, and on to the good stuff!  Today we have 2 gorgeous layouts to share, from 2 amazingly talented guest designers, and one fabulous video tutorial!

The first project I'm going to share is by Melenia Agapides, who is guest designing with our SOE "Lisa's Love Letter's" kit.  Melenia used both the Main Kit, and the Elements Add On to created this mixed media beauty:

Melenia says, "The theme of the page is about finding the strength to go beyond our limits and amaze ourselves with our abilities, that we didn't know they existed.  It's like an opening door to ourselves."

Just look at all the dimension and texture she's created on this  layout!

I just love this layout, and all the amazing details, and I can't wait to see what Melenia comes up with next!

Next up, we have another stunner from Wilma Voermans, who is guest designing with our SOD "Karen's Valentine" kit.  Not only did Wilma create this gorgeous layout, she did a video tutorial to go with it!

Check out the detail shots, and be sure to watch Wilma's video, it's hard to see all the texture and details in a photo, but when you watch Wilma at work, you will see just how amazing this layout is!

And here's Wilma's video - thank you for doing the video, Wilma, it's wonderful!

That's it for today, I hope you all have a beautiful one, and that you find some time to create something amazing!


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Renea's stunning creations......

Good Morning!
I hope you are all warm and cozy - it is still a deep freeze here!
Might be a good day to pull out some scrappy goodies and spend the day having fun and getting inky!

Today I want to show you a couple of gorgeous creations that are so imaginative from our
super talented Renea using the Scraps Of Darkness 'Karens Valentine' kit

First up it is this uber cool oversize tag

The tag is 4 1/2 Inches Wide x 11 1/2 Inches tall and has a back pocket that houses some smaller tags.
Papers from the kit were cut, distressed, torn, inked and stipple painted, then the layering began!

The top has some woven trim and brown rustic trim from some past kit pieces topped with a Tim Holtz Button, and the metal feathers are from the kit and she just rubbed over them with some of the same paint that she used on the papers.

She layered in some stash burlap and then fussy cut one of the larger dream catcher prints from the kit papers, and added a "Catch" sentiment piece with letters from a past kit. She then layered on some stash flowers and a feather, popped in a little TH pin with the sentiment "Your" tucked into it.  

  Sheadded more of the woven trim to the bottom and then layered lace and popped on a "Dreams" sentiment cut from paper from the kit,  to complete the "Catch Your Dreams" theme of the tag.

On the back, she added a layer of matching kit paper, some trim and a fussy cut "You are the definition of Beauty" piece from the papers. She formed a burlap pocket and added more flowers and feathers on.

The tags are chipboard tags that she added distressed cut outs from the kit papers to, and then added more trim, one of those kit metal feathers, and a stash brad for 2 double sided tags that can house journaling or small photos and the pocket can house some more small treasures and photos for a unique/functional piece. 

her next project is so fun and wonderfully designed!

She created a layout that features a photo of my son, with his grandparents at one of his High School Events. 

She started with a layer of kit paper then layered another layer of paper over it, rolling the bottom layer to expose the under paper, then taking a 2nd sheet of the same paper and fussy cutting out the honeycomb pattern and adding them on randomly. 

Behind the photo, she cut, then tore the edges on more of the papers, and then inked them heavily, added the photo and then added lots of flowers from the kit and this month's Floral Add On.

She then created a hot air balloon by fussy cutting out one of the hot air balloons from the paper, giving it a corrugated board background that she grunged up using some gold crackle paint and  Microbeads. She topped it with some of the chipboard from the kit that I grunged up using the same technique as on the corrugated piece then I added one of the little time pieces and the TH gears from the kit.  

She fussy cut more hot air balloons from the papers and added more flowers from the kit and Floral Add On. 

The Moths are pieces that she created by using a stamp, and stamping onto some TH Frosted Sheets and then adding on the little stamp & add faucets.

Here you can see where the paper rolls back and she overlayed the roll with burlap string that she taped down then added some gold safety pins to.

Hope you have a warm and wonderful day! 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Anna's stunning projects.....

Good morning!
We are in a deep freeze here today...
right now with the wind chill it feels like -27...Anchorage Alaska is warmer right now
they are sitting at a warm 28!  I am so tired of winter!  
BUT to brighten up today I am going to share a few stunning projects from uber talented 
Anna using the Scraps of Elegance 'Lisa's Love Letters' kit

First up....

'A Love Like No Other'

now for the stunning details....

I love all the layers

 a gorgeous cluster....

Next I want to share a couple of gorgeous tags

now for the details.....

Beautiful layers

look at all those details....

And finally is this masterpiece....

Now for these amazing details....

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

2 Days Left...

To get applications in for our 2015 Educator Call!

Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance Kit Clubs are looking for one or more Educators to join our Design Teams!

Do you enjoy working with the newest "quality" scrapbook products on the market, making your own embellishments and flowers, altered items, and/or exploring mixed media - and sharing your knowledge? If so, you don’t want to miss out on this call!

As an Educator at Scraps of Darkness or Scraps of Elegance, you will be working with our Main kit, as well as two of our kit add ons each month.  We want to offer our club members a wide variety of tutorials, perhaps a new style of flower you've created, or some fun techniques with mixed media, how you created your latest layout or off the page item, etc.

Responsibilities Include:
  • 2 completed projects utilizing our Main Kit and/or our kit Add-Ons each month, to be uploaded to specified online galleries, as well as your blog/facebook/etc.
  • 2 video tutorials to accompany the projects which are to be available for viewing on YouTube.
  • Be an active presence in our Facebook Community Group – our club members want to get to know you!
  • Check in daily in our design team group.

What you will receive in return for your commitment:
  • Our Main Monthly Kit
  • Our exclusive Creativity Add-On, and one other kit add on of your choosing.
  • A generous discount on any additional add-ons you may want, as well as items in our store.
  • A Design Team/Educator Badge with your photo and a link to your blog on our site.
  • You will work alongside our other amazing, talented designers, and be part of a design team that is appreciated and valued by management.

This call is open to US and International Applicants

How to Apply:
  • Please send all applications to us with your name and Educator Call in the subject line.
  • Include your full name, address, email, phone number
  • Include links to your blog, on line galleries, resume if you have one
  • Provide links to three of your video tutorials
  • Submit photos of 3 projects that demonstrate your style
  • Please list all current design team commitments that you have

Note: Our designers are exclusive to us. You are permitted to design for manufacturers, challenge sites, etc., but no other kit clubs are to be promoted or advertised please.

Applications must be received by February 24th, 2015.

You will be contacted via email if you are selected for our team.

That's it - Good Luck!!!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Wilma's striking layout... WITH a video!

This month, Wilma Voermans is guest designing for us, as we had announced previously.

Wilma's first project is in, and it's a mixed media stunner!

Wilma's design is amazing, and I love the effect she got using Transfer Spray (she shows you how in the video she did, below)!

A few close-ups of this fabulous layout:

And as we promised here is the video that Wilma so graciously created to go along with her project:

I just love this layout, and would like to thank Wilma for creating something so wonderful for us - can't wait to see what she does next!