Monday, June 29, 2015

Family {A NEW Scrapbook Diaries Kit Page & Video Tutorial}


So excited to share with you my latest kit page I designed for The Scrapbook Diaries!! Lately I find myself intrigued by watercolor designs.  When I saw these beautiful Prima flowers that seem to have a pretty watercolor wash to them, I was inspired to create a page using a variety of color washes. I chose some Shimmerz Paints watercolor paints ('Power to the Purple' and 'Ride the Tide' Creameez)....these are activated by adding water and allowing them to sit (stirring often).  Here I used them with lots of water to get a nice wash to my background design.  

The awesome part is that you can make this very same page with all the products I used, including the paints, chipboard, papers flowers....everything! all in a one stop shopping trip to The Scrapbook Diaries! This kit includes all the products I used to make this page PLUS unlimited access to a full step by step video tutorial created by me :)   Here are a few close-ups of the page....


How cute is that delicate little trellis.....Janene (owner of The Scrapbook Diaries) is always finding these unique and hard to find products to add to the kits, she always surprises me with her newest finds!


And how cute are those watercolor blossoms, right?  I'm often asked what inspires my designs....sometimes it's a photo but in this case my whole thought process was developed around these lovely blooms :)


I did a little easy fussy cutting for this one....just some blooms and butterflies, but I find it's little  things like this that can add a lot of impact to a page design. (and YES! the clocks are included in the kit as well!)


Here is a close-up of the intricate little scrolls I used on this page as well....another fun little find by Janene!  I know, I sometimes use a lot of chipboard on my pages, the cool thing is that you can get all these accents for your page as well in this one fun filled kit!


I know there are a lot of you out there that just love adding butterflies to their projects as much as I do, so I had to be sure to add just a couple to this page as well!  

As always Janene also created a gorgeous bonus page to the kit, so your product will take you a long way.  I did use one of my stamp sets on this page that Janene is selling a la carte as this one was already used in a previous kit (this way you are not getting product you may have already purchased...but for those of you that did not get that previous kit, the option is there :)

Seen enough?  Want to give this kit a try for yourself?  Then hop on over to The Scrapbook Diaries to get yours, they do go fast!   I had so much fun creating this page and I think you will enjoy this one too....just the colors make me happy! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, your lovely comments and feedback always make my day! :)


Easel Card and Template {Bo Bunny Boardwalk}


Good morning friends! I have a fun easel style card to share with you today using BoBunny's beautiful Boardwalk collection.  The last two cards I made up using this lovely collection got used up quickly by my family (they are just so perfect for a card for either man or woman!).


For this card I used an 11" x 4.5" piece of BoBunny's Double Dot Cardstock (in Khaki), and did a little cutting and scoring (see measurements below).  It was a quick easy fold job....then the fun part, decorating it!   I used cut pieces of board from the 6x6 paper pad, adding some metal brads on the end of each board for an accent.  I cut out a Seahorse from one of the patterned papers and added some crackle varnish to it to give it a little shine and texture.  Then I cut out some more of the cute beach/nautical accents in this collection (anchor, starfish, shells) and added with some foam pop dot adhesives and finished with a few BoBunny jewel accents.


Here are the basic measurements I used to make my card.  You want to start with a 11" x 4.5" piece of paper.  You'll then make a cut 1" in from the left side starting at the 4.5" mark to the 10" mark.  Then simply score at the 4.5" mark, the 9" mark and the 10" mark.  Fold and then move on to the fun part, decorating it!


I had some fun using BoBunny's awesome new Die's!  Here I used the Elegant Border die for the bottom edge of my card design.

Bo Bunny Products used:
Patterned Paper: Boardwalk/Bliss, Drift, Seaside, Sandcastle
6x6 Paper Pad: Boardwalk
Cardstock: Double Dot/Khaki
Jewels: Emerald
Dies: Elegant Border

I hope you enjoyed checking out my easel style card today and hope you give it a try, I think you'll have as much fun making it as I did! :)


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Picture Perfect {BoBunny's Juliet Collection}


Hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful start to their summer.  The weather has been beautiful here,...I find myself outside doing a fair bit of gardening, my backyard is in need of some TLC!  But I did find a little time to play with my new Bo Bunny products! For this page I used the Juliet collection from Bo Bunny, so many lovely floral images to fussy cut....and to accent I used some of the Laser Cut chippies (Butterflies & Tags).  Also had some fun with the new Bo Bunny Foil rub-on's...I used the scripted quote, some cross stitching and vine images from the rub-ons. I just love them, they are so easy to apply!


For my centerpiece flower I used one of my favorite fabric blooms from my friend Lucy's etsy shop Tresors de Luxe, I thought the fluffy pink bloom would go nicely with the lovely rose images found in the BB Juliet papers. If you haven't seen all the lovelies in her etsy shop you are in for a treat! You can find her shop by clicking the link (shop name) above.


For my laser-cut butterflies, I opted to paint them white with a little Gesso (using a sponge dauber)....I liked the contrast against the darker background, it helps to see the intricate detailing on these lil embellishments.  Finally I also added some gold glitter to the edges of the butterflies.


I hope you enjoyed todays project, and hope you all find time this summer for a little crafting! My oldest daughter is finishing exams this week and my youngest will be finishing next week....I'm looking forward to a little creative time with my girls....how about you?  What do you have planned for the Summer?


Thursday, June 11, 2015

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


So I recently got my design team package from Dusty Attic and was so thrilled to see these gorgeous pearl strand chippies (Elegant Pearls)....and started dreaming up fun ways to use them! At the same time a dear friend sent me some really pretty Prima blossoms and shabby chic resins (Thanks so much Kimberly Lau, you are such a sweet heart!), a cluster of which were a pretty pinkish poppy design to them (From Fairy Belle collection).....so I thought I would also incorporate the New Poppies chippies from Dusty Attic as well into the page design to mimic their soft colors.

Dusty Attic Products:
~ Elegant Pearls
~ Poppies
~ Vine Frame #1
~ Word Pack #14

Once I decided on the chipboard pieces I would use, I thought about what color combination I would like to put together for my page.  I decided I wanted some soft pinks with peaches and a hint of soft green. So I chose the following Shimmerz Paints products for my page design.....


As I often like to do when making up a mixed media page, I thought I'd do a video tutorial so show step by step how this page was made. Time to grab yourself a cup of coffee, relax and enjoy!



I hope you enjoyed my video tutorial today.  Here are a few close-ups of the page design that you can view at your leisure....


I used a piece of corrugated cardboard between my paper layers to leave a little room to tuck my embellishments.


I used a Faber Castell black Pitt pen to draw out the Poppy petal designs on all my chipboard pieces before I began to add my color wash using a paint brush and Shimmerz paints. You can also see some  of the stamp work I used to create my background design...one of which is my new Crackle/Peeled Paint texture Stamps (you can find my stamps at The Scrapbook Diaries HERE.


I just love these cute blooms from Prima's Fairy Belle collection, I thought they added just the nice feminine touch combined with the Dusty Attic Elegant Pearls.


Here's a close-up of the other cluster of poppies....and you can see close-up some of the paint wash and stamping I did to create my background design.


I just love all the NEW Word Packs Dusty Attic has come out with!  They are just the perfect size and have such a pretty delicacy.  For me, size is key, because I tend to have a habit of making up my whole page design and then later trying to figure out how I'm going to add in my title! :)

You can order Dusty Attic Chipboard online at the following places:
The Scrapbook Diaries (USA...ships Internationally)
Dusty Attic Website (Australia....ships Internationally)

NOTE:  You can purchase Shimmerz Paint Products directly from their website HERE. Be sure to mention my name 'Gabrielle' in the 'Instructions to Merchant/Seller' part of your order to get a FREE/Bonus Shimmerz paint product in the color of your choice!

Also before I finish here today, I wanted to remind everyone about the awesome monthly challenge we run at Dusty Attic!  Use Dusty Attic chipboard and the inspiration board for the month (see below) on your next project....be sure to link you project at the Dusty Attic blog (see right side column) and you will have a chance at winning the SUPER generous prize of a $100.00 gift certificate to purchase your favorite Dusty Attic chipboard at the DA website!


I hope you enjoyed todays project and hope that my video tutorial will provide you with some inspiration in creating your own mixed media scrapbook page!  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, your kind comments and feedback always make my day! xo


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Shabby Chic Wall Art {Bo Bunny & Dusty Attic}


Hi all!  So a couple weeks ago I got my design team pack for all the mid season releases from Bo Bunny.  One of the new collections is called Juliet, and it is absolutely gorgeous! So many pretty, feminine images in this collection!  In my package I got these cute lil Misc Me pocket squares.  Now I'm not much of a pocket album person, so I don't generally get the Misc Me stuff sent to me, but they do send me some of the coordinating products to make use of in other things. When I saw these cute little squares, it made me think of this wonderful Dusty Attic Fleur de Lis Frame set that I've had in my stash for some time now.  I was delighted to see that the little pocket squares fit perfectly into each of the windows!.....So I began by giving the whole frame set a coat of Gesso, then a coat of a cream color acrylic paint.  I rubbed some brown chalk ink (Ingvild Bolme's Branch Bark) on all the edges for a little aging. Then I did a little random stamping with an older scripted title stamp from the Bo Bunny Enchanted collection.


I chose one of the gorgeous new scripty titles that Dusty Attic recently released....I thought the word 'Charming' would work nicely with this wall art.  Dusty Attic Word package #27


Once I chose all the pretty little pocket square designs that I wanted to use, I then went about adding a little bit of machine stitching to each of the squares to add a nice homespun feel to the design.  Then the really fun part started....embellishing the little vignettes.  First I chose a couple of the new little laser-cut designs Bo Bunny came out with at the last CHA. Above you see one of the butterfly designs.  I attached this and added a bit of glitter with their Frost and Gold Glitter Pastes.


For another square I used one of the clock laser-cut chippies from Bo Bunny.  Here again, I added some glitter accents with Bo Bunny's Wasabi and Gold Glitter pastes.


I used some vintage mother of pearl buttons, cheesecloth and lace to give a nice aged, tattered look to some of the squares.


For this square I used another of the wood accents from the Ironworks wood embellishments (Bo Bunny) and topped that off with a pretty brad from the coordinating brad collection from Juliet.


I so much love the beautiful vintage images in this collection, the antique dress form is so pretty I thought it could just stand on it's own, no embellishing needed.  I did however use a layered chipboard design from the Juliet collection to add a floral topper for my wall art design.


In the bottom left corner I used a wood flourish accent from the Clock Works wood embellishment package from Bo Bunny.  I gave this the same treatment as I gave the frame. My final touch was to add pearl dots all around the framework using Bo Bunny's Butterscotch Pearlescents.

Bo Bunny Products used on this project:
Misc Me Pocket Squares: Juliet
12x12 Combo Stickers Sheet: Juliet
Layered Chipboard: Juliet
Wood Embellishments: Iron Works, Clockworks
Stamp: Enchanted
Jewels: Mocha Double Dot Jewels
Pearlescents: Butterscotch, Chocolate (on key)
Glitter Paste: Gold, Wasabi, Frost
Brads: Juliet

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, and as always I want to say how much I appreciate all the lovely comments and feedback, I appreciate  and read them all! xo


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

NEW Scrapbook Diaries DOUBLE Kit! G&G Special Edition Kit!


Summer is almost here, and it's time for one of  The Scrapbook Diaries Special Edition Kits!  This kit is call the G and G kit.....why?....because it features the design work of not only myself, Gabrielle, but also another page design and video tutorial by a good friend of mine Gerry Van Gent! Get it? G and G? lol....This is such a special kit, because not only does it have all the beautiful and unique papers and embellishments that The Scrapbook Diaries is known for, but it also has a full set of some wonderful watercolor pencils by Prima...
Not only did I have a lot of fun using these amazing mixed media products on this particular project but I know I will have a blast working with this product for years to come! 


Just a couple of close ups of the yummy stuff in this kit....Some super cut vellum butterflies, gorgeous glitter blossoms and this lovely intricate lace that I've just fallen in love with!


The roses in this kit are so beautiful!  I love the soft shimmer on them, not over glittery, just enough to add a pretty touch.  


Lots of lovely chipboard and wood accents as well!  How cute are those lovely Wyncinanka buds!  And check out the cute floral stamps (that I used the watercolor pencils on)....it's a stamp set designed by my friend Gerry, also included in the kit!


I'll show you in the video tutorial how I used the watercolor pencils to add a pretty touch to the stamped designs as well as to the title chipboard design.


As always, I've created a FULL VIDEO TUTORIAL to which you will have unlimited access to with the purchase of the kit.  And you will have full access to a video tutorial that Gerry has created for her page as well.  Add to that 2 more bonus pages designed by Janene Meyerowitz, her work is always so lovely....and you have one awesome summer kit to get your crafting on!

If you want to jump in of this beautiful new Special Edition kit you can find more info here at The Scrapbook Diaries! The kit is limited so grab yours while the gettin' is good! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, I always look forward to your comments and feedback! xo xo


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Nautical Cards with NEW BoBunny 'Boardwalk' Collection!!

Nautical Cards made by Gabrielle Pollacco using the BoBunny Boardwalk collection papers and embellishments

Hello my friends!  Just a few days ago I got my new Bo Bunny collections in the mail and was so excited about them, that I immediately stopped all other projects just to give this adorable 'Boardwalk' collection a play!  I just LOVE the nautical/beach elements in this collection, lighthouses, ships, starfish, weathered wood.....I just had to take a moment and do up a couple of cards!

Nautical Cards made by Gabrielle Pollacco using the BoBunny Boardwalk collection papers and embellishments

For my first card I used the Boardwalk 6x6 paper pad for my background (I chose the weather wood paper for this), and then cut out the lighthouse image from the 'Sandcastle' paper as my focal point image.  


I then took 2 of the Misc Me Boardwalk pocket square designs (the starfish) and mounted one on the card and then cut out the starfish/title from the other.  I gave the starfish a little dimension by using an embossing tool on the back and rubbing along the lines of the legs.  I also cut out some smaller starfish images from the back of the 'Beach Bliss' paper and did the same with an embossing tool.  It takes a minute to do but makes a big difference in the finished look of the card.  I finished the design with a bit of burlap, some hemp twine and a piece of trim (netting) I got from my sweet friend Janene, at The Scrapbook Diaries.

Nautical Cards made by Gabrielle Pollacco using the BoBunny Boardwalk collection papers and embellishments

For my second card I used the ship postcard design from the Boardwalk 'Beach Bliss' paper as my focal point, and matted it on the dark blue 'Sail Away' paper.  I sandwiched a piece of burlap between the two layers. 


I made the fun anchor design by using a piece of die cut paper (anchor) from the matching 'Noteworthy' pack (this is a pack full of really fun nautical and beach die cuts).  I used Bo Bunny's Chocolate Pearlescents to add a metalic 3D effect.  I added a layered chipboard medalion and added some hemp twine and some bits of denim of some old jeans.

Products used in these cards:
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny Boardwalk/Beach Bliss, Sail Away, Sandcastle
6x6 Paper Pad: Bo Bunny Boardwalk
Noteworthy: Boardwalk
Layered Chipboard: Boardwalk
Pearlescents: Chocolate
Hemp Twine
Burlap

The new Bo Bunny products should be in your local stores now (or on their way)!  Thanks for stopping by my blog today and for the lovely comments and feedback, they always make my day! xo

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