Thursday, April 28, 2016

NEW Video Tutorial! Mixed Media Canvas {Dusty Attic and Shimmerz Paints}

Hi Everyone! I know it's been a while since I shared a public video tutorial with you all so I'm happy to share this one with you today!  This was so much fun to make, I think you all will really enjoy this one!  Here is a head on view of the canvas....

This video is a few minutes longer than my usual videos because I take the time in the beginning of the video to show you how to make the polymer clay octopus.  So without further ado, here's the tutorial...enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed watching my video tutorial!  Here is a list of some of the products I used in this project ...

Dusty Attic Chipboard & Stencil:
~ Rustic Charm Frame
~Skeleton Clock Frame
~ Fish Net
~ Nuts & Bolts
~ Locks & Keys (small)
~ Key to My Heart (locks & Keys)
~ Sea Grass #1 (small)
~ Sea Grass #2
~ Cogs
~ Cogs Stencil

You can order Dusty Attic Chipboard directly from their website in Australia or if you are looking to order in North America The Scrapbook Diaries has a huge supply of Dusty Attic Chipboard.

I used the above listed Dusty Attic mixed media products...the rusting powder is sprinkled onto the wet paint, then sprayed with a vinegar/water solution (50/50) and left to rest for about a half hour to rust.

Above are the Shimmerz Paints products I used to color/paint my canvas.  I recently got a package with some of the NEWEST Shimmerz Paints products and I have to say I'm in LOVE with the new Shimmerz Paints pots....really rich deep pigment and loads of iridescent shimmer!  You can order your Shimmerz Paints online HERE.  NOTE:  Be sure to mention my name 'Gabrielle' in your order to get a FREE/Bonus Shimmerz Paints product in the color of your choice

Here are a few closeup and other angle views of this project....I like to create projects that can be enjoyed from different angles :)

I used Pearlex mica powder to color my octopus....just randomly rubbed on a blue, green and violet color and used a gold for the suction cups.  Although the color sets pretty good as my piece bakes, I like to give it a light spritz with some hair spray to make sure the color stays on.

The polymer clay piece gets baked in a 275 degree oven for about 20 minutes, when you remove it from the oven and it cools, it becomes rigid and hardened.

As always I had a lot of fun creating an underwater vignette using a variety of Dusty Attic the bottom of my canvas I incorporated a bunch of  turquoise and aqua color sequins that I got at a local dollar store.

Another cool mixed media product I've been enjoying using in my projects are seed beads.  Here I added the Licorice color seed beads by Prima.  I applied them using the clear Gloss Varnish by Dusty Attic.  I felt adding them around my octopus helped meld the design into the background canvas.

I hope you enjoyed todays post!  As always I appreciate your kind words and feedback, you comments make my day! xo

Friday, April 15, 2016

A Special 2 Page Kit!! (plus an extra Dusty Attic Kit!) {The Scrapbook Diaries}

Hello friends!  I'm back after some surgery on my left arm....doing a lot better now! And I've got a special Double Page kit to share with you today that I made for The Scrapbook Diaries!   I had so many pretty papers and beautiful embellishments to use here, that I decided this one had to be a double kit....that's right, 2 page with 2 instructional videos.....and as always you get all the products I used to create these pages so you can make them exactly as I have or tweak it for your own style :)

Lots of lovely chipboard pieces in this one, including this beautiful title chippie.  I like to choose titles that will work for anyone's pages...just choose your family photo and add it in :)

I just fell in love with the blooms in this kit....such a lovely variety....and I just love the little berries, they add such a whimsical touch!

Lots of yummy Dusty Attic chipboard in this kit as favorite zippers...and that Marrakesh Trellis is such a favorite for me as well!  I used up every bit of it on these two pages.

You also get a gorgeous TCW (The Crafters Workshop) stencil in this kit with my newest favorite mixed media product....Shimmerz 'Blushing Bride' Vibez spritz!  It is so pretty!  It is a beautiful rosey pink with hints of gold!

.....Now for the second layout.....

Again, I used a chipboard title that can work for anyone ordering the kit.  For this one I used the gorgeous paper collection designed by Frank Garcia called 'Tales of You and Me" for Prima Marketing....I'm so in love with this paper collection!  All the elements I adore in paper!

Here's a closeup of some of the lovely page elements included in this kit.  ...

I didn't capture it as well in my photo as I would've liked, but the roses in this kit are so glittery and beautiful!  Not knock you in your face glittery but that beautiful iridescent shimmer with a fine dusting on the it! (no pun intended LOL)

As always I did a full video tutorial for both kit pages and Janene Meyerowitz (owner of The Scrapbook Diaries) has done a beautiful Bonus page as well.  This kit is just packed full of pretty things to get your scrapping on..... you can order your kit today HERE!

But.....I also have another little something to share with you before you leave today!  .....

I was recently asked by Jennifer Hedger (owner of Dusty Attic Chipboard in Australia) to create a kit with a photo tutorial for their special retreat that they went on a few weeks ago.  Last time I did this the ladies on this side of the pond were wanting to get their hands on this kit as well!  So Janene at The Scrapbook Diaries worked with Jennifer Hedger to get all the chipboard specially cut for this kit and Janene put together the kit with all it's mixed media products, papers embellishments etc. so that you lovely ladies can get your hands on this kit as well!   She saved it to release with my double kit so that you can save on the shipping! Yay!

This kit includes Dusty Attic chipboard, blossoms, paints and mixed media embossing powder that adds a lovely texture and shine!

I'm just loving the fine lattice included in this kit....randomly cut and peeking out from behind torn's such a fun design element.

I show you step by step how I added the finishes to my chipboard pieces in the photo tutorial included in the kit...

Here is more of a close-up of one of the leafy chippies so you can see the effect I got with the mixed media products included in the kit.

I just love the mixed font titles that Dusty Attic has put out lately as well! They are so delicate and pretty!

So if you'd like a go at this kit as well, you can order your's today at The Scrapbook Diaries....this is a special order that Janene put together so it's first come first serve, you may want to get your's before they run out.  You can find this kit HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  It's good to be scrapping again!  As always, I so appreciate your kind comments and feedback, you ladies make my day! xo

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Saying Farewell ~ All Smiles {Maja Design & Dusty Attic}

Hello friends, I'm happy today to share with you all a very special project that is dear to my heart.  As many of you know I have been with the Maja Design team for over 4 years now.  Today will be my last post for this wonderful team.  It was very hard for me to come to this decision as I have very much enjoyed creating with these beautiful papers.  But as I have a lot on my plate as of late, I felt it was time to make a few changes.  I decided to end my journey as I began.....the very first project I did for Maja Design was using their signature blue's and today I finish my journey using these classic colors.


As always I used a variety of collections in one layout (5 in all), but I mainly chose papers from the Life by the Sea collection.  I drew my inspiration from the navy and white stripe top my oldest daughter is wearing in the photo above of her and our dog.  These are the papers I used on this project:

Maja Design Papers used in this project:
~ Life by the Sea (Seaside Cottage, Bottle Message),
~ Vintage Summer Basics (1945-bs),
~ Vintage Autumn Basics (XXIII-bs, XVI).

Dusty Attic Chipboard used in this project:
~ Chains
~ French Flourish
~ Lattice (small)
~ Vintage Frames #4
~ Word Strips
~ Mini Captions #9
~ Mini Tabs #2
~ Clear Gloss Varnish
~ Dusty Attic Blossoms (Blue Bonnet)

  All Smiles closeup1

I chose the fresh and pretty 'Seaside Cottage' strip paper as my matting paper....and the softly scripted 'Bottle Message' paper as my background.  I decided on my photo and embellishment placement and then softly tinted the surrounding area with some Colorbox Mixed Media Inx in a Patina color.

  All Smiles closeup2

Before adhering my background paper to the matting paper, I added a little accent by tearing the two papers and curling back the edges to reveal the pretty check paper from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection with a little peek of lace as well. I added a small zipper pull from Prima Marketing to finish the look.  I also sandwiched a strip of burlap between the two papers before I finally adhered the two pieces together.  As an added finishing touch I added two 'hinge' designs by cutting a Dusty Attic 'French Flourish' chipboard design in half and glued them to the top and bottom of the right side.

  All Smiles closeup3

I double matted my photo with papers from Vintage Autumn Basics and Vintage Summer Basics, sandwiching the Dusty Attic 'Vintage Frame #4' between the two layers.  Then I added some butterflies (just some images I printed off from the internet), blossoms and clock images that I fussy cut from the Vintage Autumn Basics XVI paper, and applied with pop dots, adding a border with Platinum Stickles (glitter glue).

  All Smiles closeup4

I also added some randomly cut sections of Dusty Attic chipboard Lattice.....and as a final touch used some Dusty Attic Clear Gloss Varnish to attach some seed beads in around the lattice (Prima - Licorice seed beads).  To add another bit of curvy design to the page, I slightly bent a strip of Dusty Attic Chain under the photo and attached it with a 'screw' brad.

I hope you enjoyed checking out my project as much as I enjoyed creating it!  It has been my absolute pleasure being on this wonderful design team and want to thank Marie Janson for her kind generosity and support all these years, as well as Camilla Lillieskold, our awesome design team coordinator and Jennifer Snyder, our social media coordinator for all their hard work on our behalf. Suffice it to say I will be using all the lovely product I still have in my stash for years to come! xo

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Cherish ~ New Kit & Video Tutorial {The Scrapbook Diaries}

Hello friends! I'm so happy to share with you all today the latest kit page I've made up for The Scrapbook Diaries, so much fun to scrap this pic of my sweet little great nieces! I always feel so fortunate to get to have such lovely products to play with in creating my scrapbook pages....and I feel even happier that all the products I use are available to everyone to create the same or similar pages through The Scrapbook Diaries Kits!

Janene Meyerowitz (Owner of The Scrapbook Diaries) always looks far and wide for the newest most exciting products on the market....yup, doesn't matter if the products need to be ordered from as far away as Poland or Australia, she brings them in so we can play!  Here you can see some of the lovely layered wood embellishments she brought in from a company called Scrapeniec in the delicacy of these pieces!  

Included in this kit are these wonderful new Shimmerz Paints products, Strawberry Fields Creameez and Ruby Lost Her Slippers Inklingz!  Love these colors combined!

I'm a sucker for butterflies on scrapbook pages, this kit includes a beautiful two-sided cut-out strip of butterflies....the hard part was picking my favorites for this page!

Another fun cut-out strip in this kit is a lily floral design.  I love these, with just a little bit of fussy cutting and some foam adhesive tape, you get a really unique and pretty page embellishment!

As always, the kit comes with all the products included on my sample page....I'm crazy about those adorable little LemonCraft buttons!

And that vine!  One of my all time favorite Prima Marketing Vines.....Janene was able to get in a limited number of these vines, so if this is a kit you want, be sure to move fast on it as this particular kit is quite limited and will go fast!

Also included in this kit is the Organic Matter stencil I designed for The Crafters Workshop!  As always Janene offers the kit in Basic and Complete kits so that if you happen to already have certain items in your stash you can save a little money by taking the Basic kit.

And of course, this kit also comes with unlimited access to a private online video tutorial to show you how this page was made so that you can follow along and create the same page for yourself or you can tweak it to suit your own style! She also provides you with enough materials to create a bonus page (be sure to check out the bonus page Janene created with this kit! It's so beautiful!).  I know you will have a lot of fun with this one! You can order your kit at The Scrapbook Diaries today!  Fair warning, this one is quite limited so act quickly if you want it! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, I always appreciate the kind comments and feedback I get from my friends! Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Window Easel Framed Card {Maja Design - Vintage Baby}

Hi all!  I'm excited to share with you today this uniquely shaped baby card I recently made.  I tend to be a bit frugal with scrap supplies, I save everything!  Those plastic/transparent pieces that many of your embellishments come on (blooms etc.), I don't throw them out, just in case I can use them later.  I recently found a fun use for them....making easel cards with a peek-a-boo window.  The Maja Design 'Vintage Baby Collection' had all the perfect elements to create the card I envisioned.


I used a variety of papers from the Vintage Baby collection (Die Cuts, Die Cuts-bs, Ephemera, Expecting, Our Little Miracle and Flowers for Mom), I also did a little fussy cutting from Vintage Spring Basics (5th of May) and Coffee In the Arbour (Butterflies are Free).

The bottom part of the card has an area for you to write in your own personal thoughts.  I added some fussy cut blossoms attached with foam adhesive dots so that the window part of the card has something to prop against.

  Baby card photo1

Here is a picture of the card with it's folded shut.  To make the card I cut out the framed baby design from the Vintage Baby Ephemera paper, also cutting out the area behind the baby inside the frame with an exacto-knife. I then laid the card cut out on the brown gingham paper (backside of the Die Cuts paper) and cut a piece slightly larger in wide to the frame piece...and kept the length of the strip the full 12 inches.  I then cut a second piece of the gingham paper to frame the baby frame piece, making sure there is about a 1/4 inch edge.  I then made a fold crease in the long strip at the 6" mark and at the 3" mark.  I cut out the center of the upper part of the 6" rectangle and also out of the matting piece I cut for behind the baby frame.

  Baby card photo5

I then put the card together by attaching the gingham matting paper to the upper 3" of the long card strip and then sandwiching the transparent plastic piece between the matting and the actual baby frame piece.  Now you have a cute peek-a-boo window on your easel card.  The last steps are just adding a few decorations.  I cut out a second baby image from another piece of the Ephemera paper and added it with foam pop dots, I thought it gave the card that extra pop.  I also fussy cut some flowers from the Vintage Spring Basics paper and butterflies from the Coffee In the Garden collection and added them as decorations to my card front.  A few seed beads for my flower centers and bingo, your unique baby card is done!  The cool thing?  Maja also has a beautiful baby boy framed image in this collection so you can make the card for either sex.

  Baby card photo3

It's hard to show in a photo the effect of the see through window so I thought I'd post an extra pic from the other angle, but believe me, in real life the effect is quite striking.  I had a lot of fun creating this special baby card and think you'd enjoy it too!

Don't know where to find Maja Design papers in North America?  An awesome source is The Scrapbook Diaries.  

I based this card on this months Moodboard challenge at Maja Design, I chose to work with the pinks and is a pic of the Moodboard for February....

You can win a wonderful Maja Design paper collection if you play along using this months board as your inspiration for your project using Maja Design papers.  The winner is announced on the last Monday of every month.....This month that would be Monday February you still have time to play and possibly win a lovely Maja prize! You can find the challenge rule HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and for the kind comments and feedback, your words always make my day! xo


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