Monday, July 14, 2014

Shabby-Chic Mixed Media Canvas & Tutorial {Shimmerz Paints, Maja Design, Dusty Attic}

Hi everyone! I have another fun mixed media canvas to share with you today, another 8x10 canvas I made using a variety of Shimmerz products, Dusty Attic Chipboard and Maja Design papers!  This time around I thought I would go for a Shabby-chic design. 

For this project I used the following  Shimmerz products:

I used the following Dusty Attic Products:
~ Baroque Corners
~ White Mini Roses
~ Divine Divas (winged dress form)
~ Ornate Frame #3
I used the following Maja Design Collections:
~ Coffee In the Arbour
~ Crea Diem


As always I thought it would be best to show you all my process by making a video tutorial that shows all the steps in creating this canvas.  I did make the actual corset embellishment that is the centerpiece of the project with some Martha Stewart air dry clay, it's easily made so I figured that you didn't need a tutorial on making the embellishment.  (BTW, I know that many of you asked for a video tutorial on how I made the Mermaids Tail in the last video I made for Shimmerz so I got that done over the weekend, you can find the video tutorial for the Mermaids Tail HERE.  So if you needed that extra little bit of help to make your own mermaid project just click on the link and you've got it :)   So here you go, enjoy! xo

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and will give some of these techniques a are a few close-ups that you can view at your own pace...

I love the deep bronze shimmer the Shimmerz Brass Knuckles Inklingz, it really got me the look of a vintage mirror frame (Dusty Attic's Ornate Frame #3) that I was going for.

The soft pearly look of the Tutti-Frutti dazzlers gives the corset a lovely feminine shabby-chic look.

It's hard to see it in this photo but there are these beautiful shimmery bits of mica in the Sugar Plum Shimmerz paint that adds a subtle amount of glitter to the background design (you can see it better in the video). I feel like the plums and pinks from Shimmerz are a really good match for the colors in the Maja Design papers!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and hope that you will give these wonderful products and fun techniques a try in your mixed media projects!  And don't forget to get your BONUS/Free Shimmerz product in your next order, just put my name "Gabrielle' into the INSTRUCTIONS FOR MERCHANT part of your order and your will receive a FREE Bottle of Shimmerz or Dimensionz or a sample size jar of Dazzlerz or Texturez in the color of your choice!  xo

Saturday, July 12, 2014

VIDEO TUTORIAL: How To Make a Polymer Clay Mermaid Tail

Okay my friends, you asked and I answered!  After posting my Video Tutorial on making the 'Imagine' canvas design that I made for Shimmerz Paint, I got tons of emails, messages on YouTube and Facebook asking if I would create a tutorial to show how I made the Polymer clay mermaid tail that was the centerpiece for my canvas. Above is a photo of the bare clay piece that I will show you how to make.  So sit back and enjoy! xo

Hope you enjoyed the video and that you are now able to create your own sea-scape design :)  ....If you missed the video Tutorial on painting the mermaids tail and putting together the canvas design, you can find that Video Tutorial HERE.

Here is a photo of the finished/painted mermaids tail...

I used the gorgeous NEW Shimmerz Paints 'Inklingz' to get the two toned shimmery effect....You can find Shimmerz Paints HERE.  NOTE:  You can get a free/Bonus Shimmers product (a full sized bottle of Shimmerz or Dimensionz or a sample sized jar of Dazzlerz or Texturez) if you put my name "Gabrielle" in the INSTRUCTIONS TO MERCHANT part of your order :)

Have a wonderful and creative weekend! xo

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Cup of Spring {Bo Bunny's Enchanted Garden}

I'm so crazy about this beautiful collection 'Enchanted Garden', the whimsical color combinations in this one really appeal to me.  For this layout I did a bit of inking and spritzing and a fair bit of stamping.  For this page I created a video tutorial to show the layout being made step by step.  Enjoy!

Here are a few close-ups of the page elements....

I mixed and matched a few packs of the Bo Bunny blossoms to create my floral cluster and added a twine bow and some cheesecloth to finish the cluster.

I love whimsical look of the book paper with the butterfly specimens.  I also used some of the 6x6 paper pade to create a matting for my photo, ...a great way to paper save, I love not having to cut up a 12x12 paper for a bit of matting, don't you?

I used the new Bo Bunny Stitch stamps and washi tape for my corner interest on my page, and accented with some wood embellishments and trinkets. 

Another peek at some of the wood embellishments I added, tucked in around the photo frame. I also used a bit of Bo Bunny's smal size paper doily tucked in the edge.
Bo Bunny Product used in this project:
Patterned Paper: Fantasy, Mosaic, Spellbound, Periodical/Enchanted Garden
6x6 Paper Pad: Enchanted Garden
Combo Stickers: Enchanted Garden
Stamps: It Is Written Large Stamps, NEW Stitches Stamp Set, Distressed Textures Large Stamp, Stained Textures Large Stamp
Kraft Wood Shapes/Elegant
Paper Doilies/Small
Blossoms: Bouquet, Pansy, Daisy/in Plum Purple
Trinkets: Country Garden
Washi Tape: Black and White

I hope you enjoyed watching the process on making this page and hope you will give this gorgeous collection a try for yourself!


Friday, July 4, 2014

NEW! Page Kit from The Scrapbook Diaries {with Video Tutorial}

I have to say creating this page was so much fun!! I love designing with beach themed embellishments, and I find the colors of sea-side and beach style papers soothing. This page kit from The Scrapbook Diaries is just packed with so many fun elements, super-fine cut wood scrolls, cute chipboard accents, natural floral pieces, natural sea elements (starfish), mists, pearl strands, texture elements, fish netting and so much more! Couple it all with beautiful premium papers and a gorgeous set of Prima stamps and you will have a beautiful summer kit to create with. 
As always purchase of this kit comes with unlimted access to a video tutorial I made to show step by step how I made the above page design so that you can re-create one of your own.  You can make it exactly the same as I did or tweek it to your taste.
Here is a close up of some of the beautiful embellishments and stamps in this kit. Isn't the stamp detailing beautiful?  I know I will be using that stamp often. 

Here is more of a close up of some of the lovely embellishments in this kit.  I personally just love the natural floral accents and the intricately cut wood scrolls. The resin Prima frames are always wonderful for adding a pretty shabby chic touch to a page as well.
Another close-up of the page details...there is a really cool pearl strand in this kit that adds the look of treasure caught in a net.  Janene at The Scrapbook Diaries is a master at seeking out unique and beautiful embellishments, from lace to blooms to stencils and inks, she is always coming up with something new and fun to add to a page!
And how cute is that title script?  I love the font used on this one!  ....Do you like what you see?  Would you like to create this page for yourself?  Then head on over to The Scrapbook Diaries and grab one while you can (and when you are there check out the gorgeous BONUS page Janene made up to go with the kit)!  I know this one will go fast! You can order your own page kit HERE.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, I wish you all a lovely, scrappy Summer weekend! xo 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Saying Thanks in Style {Maja Design}

Thankyou tag

Hi all,  I just have a quick little post today to share, a little tag I made using some blue paper from Crea Diem and a creamy/yellow color paper from Vintage Spring Basics from Maja Design.



Thankyou tag close

I used the Spellbinders Rose Creations floral dies with the cream color paper and tinted the centers with some Ingvild Bolme chalk ink. The vine flourish was cut from a Cheery Lynn die called Fancy Flourish. I added a little texture with a Crafters Workshop stencil and texture paste.

Finishing the design off with a few adhesive pearls. If you are like me and don't want to waste a bit of your Maja papers, then creating cards and tags are a great way to make good use of them.

Timeless cards with Bo Bunny

I'm a big fan of making my patterned papers stretch as far as they can, so I usually start by making a layout first (you need larger pieces for 12x12 layouts)....then I take the scraps and create cards out of them.  The tag (above) was made from some paper I had left over from the last layout I made with the Somewhere In Time collection.

I used a fabric flower to accent the tag and for the smaller blooms I used a punch on the 'Antiquity' paper, gave it a little crinkle and some chalk inking on the edges.  I tucked a little bit of cheesecloth in to help give more of a tattered look.

I love the 'You're Invited' stamp set, I think I've used this set over and over. I used the simpler font style stamps for this card because I felt it matched the look of the card/tag better.

Bo Bunny Products:
Patterned Paper: Antiquity, Timeless/Somewhere In Time
Cardstock Stickers: Somewhere In Time
Stamps: You're Invited Large Stamps

I was going for a more elegant look for this card. I love the ornate fence stamp, so I thought I'd create a little gardent scene.  I did a little fussy cutting of floral and clock elemtns and punched some blooms from the coordinated paper as well.

I chose the fancier font style stamps for this card because I wanted to continue the elegant styling into the title as well. 

Bo Bunny Products:
Patterned Paper: Timeless, Antiquity/Somewhere In Time
Cardstock Stickers: Somewhere In Time
Stamps: It is Written Large Stamp, Gateway Large Stamp
Jewels: Somewhere In Time
Blooms: Tresors de Luxe esty shop
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, your kind and generous comments are so appreciated! xo

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Guest Designer for Graphic 45!! Plus...{VIDEO TUTORIALS}

Goodmorning everyone!!  A little warning, this post will be photo heavy and have not one but TWO Video Tutorials to enjoy.  So grab a cup of coffee/tea, sit back and enjoy, I hope you have as much fun checking it all out as I had creating these projects! 
When I got my package from Graphic 45 to do a guest spot for them, I was overwhelmed by the gorgeous products and their kind generousity!!   For my first project I did a layout using the beautiful Botanical Tea collection.  I've been waiting for the perfect collection to scrap this photo of my nephew Jared and his two little girls, Botanical Tea had all the pretty elements I was looking for.
I began by fussy cutting a bunch of the lovely design elements in the patterned papers.  I cut out the tiny pink flowers and attached them to a Dusty Attic Branch.

I made the flowers by using a Spellbinders die and a pink paper from the small 6x6 paper pad that coordinates with the Botanical Tea collection papers. I also added some of the amazing metal embellishments (Keys, key holes) from Graphic 45's Staples collection.

Here is a close-up of the key-hole,...I just love their metal embellishments, so intricate and beautiful!  I bordered my photo and patterned paper with some of the brown cardstock paper that coordinates with this collection.  I trimmed with a scallop edge scissor and added a dot of white gel pen to the center of each scallop.

I used a few Cheery Lynn die cut pieces for my corner designs and moistened the paper with a little waterto pull down the edge.  I finished by adhering a butterfly cut from the patterned paper.

There are so many wonderful coordinating pieces that come with this collection including cardstock I used some for embellishing.
For my second project I thought I would do a fun 'off the page' project using Botanical Tea collection.  I took a few (empty) liquor bottles and turned them into painted Vintage Decor Bottles.  Here is a quick little step by step video to show how I made them....

These were a lot of fun to make, I hope you'll give it a try!  Next I decided to do some projects with the fresh and beautiful 'By The Sea' collection....

I've always wanted to make a 'reverse' style canvas, that is a canvas turned around using the backside, it creates a kind of shadow box design.  For this project I began by fussy cutting a bunch of the picture elements from this the mermaid, shells and starfish!
I used one of the postcard designs as the background and added some Dusty Attic chipboard elements (painted and stamped) to embellish the frame.

I cut out some of the sea elements (starfish, shells) and used a scissor handle to create a 3D effect .  Here I made another little step by step video on how I created this canvas...

.....and finally I have a couple of nautical style cards to share with you that I made using the 'By the Sea" collection....

I have a lot of 'girly' style cards I've made in my stash, ready to use, but I wanted to make a more masculine card for the men in my life.  I used the gorgeous stamp set that coordinates with the By the Sea collection as my centerpiece to the card...
You get such a nice crisp image with the rubber stamp don't you think?  I also added a chipboard button and more of their Staples metal accents (brads) with some hemp twine.

I like to use lots of natural products like burlap and twine with the navy and sky blues in these papers.  I feel like they are colors and textures that work well with a masculine style card.
For my other card I used a similar color combination but I made this one so that it can be used for a girl or guy.  I ended up using this as a card for my niece who is into boating and loves nautical designs.

I made the plank design by just cutting strips of the cream color cardstock in the coordinating 6x6 paper pads and inking the edges with a bit or soft brown chalk ink (Ingvild Bolmes pastel brown).  I also love the nice thickness of the patterned paper because it allows you to form it into 3D shapes as you can see with the starfish design I cut out of one of the patterned papers.

I hope you enjoyed checking out all the projects I created with Graphic 45's beautiful products! I want to thank Graphic 45 for this wonderful opportunity to guest design for them and their generousity in the product they sent.  I know I will be making many more projects with these goodies in the future! xo


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