Sunday, November 23, 2014

Best Friends ~ Bo Bunny's NEW 'Rose Cafe'


So, it always used to be me behind the camera, but lately both my girls have turned into a couple of shutter-bugs.  My youngest daughter took this photo of my oldest daughter Chloe and one of her BFF's.  Loving that I have so many fun photos to work with now (thanks Meggy!...and Chloe!).  Another exciting thing is that I finally got to start playing with some of the beautiful goodies sent to me by Bo Bunny, love this new 'Rose Cafe' collection!


For my corner accent, I did a little bit of inking with some Tim Holtz 'Victorian Velvet' distress ink, then I stamped over the area with some classic Bo Bunny Stamps (It is Written, and Distress Textures Stamps....as well as one of my word stamps 'Beautiful' done in my own hand writing). I also did a bit of fussy cutting (floral designs) and used some of Bo Bunny's Kraft wood Flourish accents, buttons and Noteworthy die cut pieces to finish off  the corner design.


I used some of the coordinating chipboard accents and die cuts from the Noteworthy package to make the banner and background design.  The fabric blooms are a gift sent to me by Lucy from Tresors de Luxe, I thought they were such a nice match to the colors in this collection. (thanks Lucy!) xo


I used one of the smaller stickable stencils from Bo Bunny with some Texture paste to add a textural element to the page.  I added some lace trim, cheesecloth and some Frosting Pearl Flourishes by Bo Bunny in the side panels.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, your sweet comments and feedback just make my day! xo


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

So Sweet {Dusty Attic & Maja Design}



Hi all, today I have another page to share with you using Maja Design papers and Dusty Attic Chipboard (as well as a few lovely page accents sent to me from Lucy at Tresors de Luxe).  As I was scrapping this recent photo of my youngest daughter, I was struck by how much she's grown up.  I can't believe she is a teenager now (turned 13 over the summer).  I miss her being my baby girl, but I also have enjoyed every stage of her life, this girl cracks me up with her funny sense of humour and quirky style. For this page I used a modge podge of Maja Design papers.  I more often than not combine a variety of Maja papers, coordinating them by color rather than collection name.

So Sweet_Sig_Layout_Gabrielle_Pollacco_Maja_Design_04 I used a variety of scraps in neutral tones and greens to make my rolled paper accents.  I rolled up the scraps and then bound them with some twine.  I added a fun l'il door hook on the side of my paper from Ingvild Bolme's Junkyard Findings.

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I used a variety of Dusty Attic chipboard as part of my page design, including a Skeleton Clock Frame, Foliage, and the 'So Sweet' title.  For the frame I first painted the pieces with some white Gesso.  Then I randomly dabbed on some 'Broken China' and 'Peeled Paint' Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  I did a little edging with Ingvild Bolme's 'Branch Bark' Chalk Ink.  Then I added a coat of Inksenttials Crackle Medium.  When it was dry  and crackled I dabbed on some 'Walnut Stain' Distress ink so that it got in the little cracks and whipped off the excess ink.

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I used the 11th of March-bs paper as the green background frame for my page and as the main background paper I used the backside of 'Flannel Shirt' paper from 'Walking in the Forest Collection'....this is one of my favorite papers to use as a nice neutral background, especially when I do some mixed media on the page as I did here.  I used a bit of Broken China and Peeled Paint Distress ink pads on the page and added some texture with home-made texture paste and a Crafter's Workshop Stencil called 'Mini Damask'.  The butterfly is an image that I printed on a piece of transparency and cut out.

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I wanted to keep my blossoms soft and clean, so I went with a burlap bloom from Petaloo and two white blossoms from Dusty Attic Designs.  The small sugared dots are from Prima.

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The strip of lace I used on the bottom of the page and the natural floral cluster (just above the title) are both from Tresors de Luxe.  I had a little fun with the title.  First I gave it a coat of brown chalk ink 'Knotted Wood' by Ingvild Bolme, then I used some 'Waterfall' Stickles in the center of my alpha's.  After it all dried I gave the whole thing a coat of gloss medium with some Glossy Accents.

Maja Design Products used in this project: 

Vintage Spring Basics (11th of March-bs, 7th of April, 7th of April-bs), Antiglen (Kaffe på trappan), Walking in the Forest (Flannel Shirt-bs), Sofiero (brown dot). I hope you enjoyed today's project and hope you find yourself some time this week to get your Maja on.

Dusty Attic Products used in this project:

~ Skeleton Clock Frames
~ Foliage
~ 'So Sweet' title chippie

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, you ladies are all awesome, the comments you leave here really touch my heart, thanks for that! xo xo


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

NEW! Kit Page & Video {The Scrapbook Diaries}


Hello friends! I'm super excited to share with you the latest Kit Page I've made for The Scrapbook Diaries!  This one includes one of my Stamp Designs, the Corset Lacing design! This is my first time using it, and I have to say it played out just as I imagined it would :)

This kit has so many pretty elements, premium Prima flowers, one of my favorite NEW Shimmerz Paints called Moody Mauve, as well as some lovely chipboard designs and of course my new stamp! (Janene has set it up as a Basic, Basic Plus or Complete set, so no worries if you've already got my stamp, you can order the Basic kit and not end up with an extra of a stamp set you already got).


Here's a close-up of my stamp design, ....love that Prima paper as well, has to be one of my all time fav's of Prima papers, such a cute design!


Such fun chipboard designs and some lovely Glass Pebbles in this kit as well.  


Here's a close-up of the gorgeous bloom embellishments in this kit!  As always I've also created a full Step-by-Step Video Tutorial to go with this kit, Janene will send you a link to a special private thread where you have unlimited access to this (online) video.

If you would like to get your hands on this kit, just head on over to The Scrapbook Diaries and get your order in!  I'd move fast on this one, the last few kits I designed for The Scrapbook Diaries sold out very quickly, I don't want anyone to miss out on this one! (there is also a lovely bonus page that Janene designed as part of the kit :)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, your comments and feedback always bring me so much joy!



Monday, November 10, 2014

VIDEO TUTORIAL: Making a Fun/Easy Watercolor Card {Dusty Attic & Shimmerz Paints}


Hello friends!  Gabrielle here with you today!  I have a fun and easy little card tutorial to share with you all today.  It's the weekend and I wanted to have a little fun playing with some of my Shimmerz Paint products, and some of my Dusty Attic chipboard.  So I gather up a few supplies, some watercolor paper and got playing!

Here is a quick l'il video tutorial I made up to show how I put it together!  (Note:....my lighting is bright when I film so the card appears softer in color in the video...above is the actual colors)  Enjoy!


Here are a couple of close-ups of the card design: 


I used some old stash for this card, some Prima Hydrangea blooms I had from an old kit.  I also used Martha Stewart leaf punch for the green leaves (just punched from cardstock and given a bit of a wrinkle.


I used one of my stamp designs, the Dandelion, as my center piece.  I used some white embossing powder with it....I would recommend not to press as hard as I did for this card as I feel I lost a lot of my detailing because of this :)


Products Used in this project:

Dusty Attic Chipboard:  Filigree Frame


Shimmerz Paints Products:
~ Moody Mauve Coloringz
~ Don't Citron Me Coloringz
~ Plum Pudding Sprtiz
~ Punked Up Purple Coloringz
~ Blue My Mind Inklingz

I hope you enjoyed watching me create this card today and hope you have some fun just gettin' loose and playing with your Shimmerz Paints!  You can shop for Shimmerz Paints HERE. NOTE:  Don't forget to mention my name "Gabrielle" in the Message to merchant part of your order to get your FREE/Bonus Shimmerz product in the color or your choice!  Go check out the shop, there are lots of amazing deals on Seasonal color groupings going on right now! xo


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Scrapping Greens & Neutrals {Maja Design & Dusty Attic}


Hi all!  I recently got a whole bunch of photos of my adorable little great-nieces from their sweet mom Danielle.  Lots of pretty autumn photos, so I decided to scrap them using a variety of Maja design collection papers and some NEW Dusty Attic chipboard designs.  Green has always been one of my favorite colors to scrap, but lately I've been scrapping a lot of pinks and purples.  I thought it was high time to play with some of my old favorite green toned papers mixed with some soothing neutrals.

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I love the warm green in the Ska vi ta en Fika collection, so I used one as my backdrop for my layout design.  I then chose one of the neutral papers from the same collection for my next layer.  I wanted to play a bit with the side edges so I chose to use a chipboard Zipper design From Dusty Attic, moistened the sides of the papers and pulled back the paper in the center, creating small pleats.  I then attached the zipper chipboard pieces (painted with some Bronze 3D paint (Scribbles) and glued it behind the edges of the paper.  The title and the number chippies are from Dusty Attic as well.

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There are some tag images in the Walking in the forest collection, so I cut these out to used along the top of the photo as a page accent and a place to put a little journaling.  I also cut another tag out of a Coffee In the Arbour paper and stamped one of my Signature Word stamps 'fabulous' that I recently released. These are all words I like to use on my scrapbook pages, done in my own handwriting.  (My word stamps can be found at The Scrapbook Diaries, along with all my other stamp designs).  The title is from a new collection of hash tag words from Dusty Attic :)

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I wanted to keep the page accents naturalistic so I chose a new Dusty Attic chipboard piece called Wildflowers #3 to add alongside my photo of my two little great nieces.

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And finally in the corner of the photo I accented with a few blooms from a tin of flowers from Recollections.  I did a bit of background stamping as well with some green Moss Lawn color from Ingvild Bolme.

Maja Design Products used in this project:
Ska vi ta en Fika? (Smulpaj m Applen, Havrerujor, Pratstund), Walking in the Forest (Klippark, Flannel Shirt), Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI), Vintage Frost Basics (Days of December), Coffee in the Arbour (Feel the Grass Between Your Toes). Thanks so much for stopping by the Maja blog today!  Hope you get a chance to play today! xo 

You can find Maja Design papers at The Scrapbook Diaries, Janene has a large selection of Maja Design papers in a variety of collections, including the newest Maja paper line called "A Gift for You'.  She also has a nice variety of Dusty Attic Chipboard....you can find Dusty Attic Chipboard in Canada at The Scrapping Bug as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, I can't thank you all enough for the kind feedback I've been receiving, you all make my day! xo xo

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Braided Edge Cards {Bo Bunny}


I had so much fun making these cards! Again, I was trolling Pinterest for fun card ideas.  I don't know who did it first, there were a few people that had posted a version of this braided edge card, but the one I got my info from was a girl named Brandy Cox from Stampin' Up.  I know it looks complicated but it's really easy-peasy to do (I can see making a lot more of these in the future!).  It's basically just cutting a bunch of diagonal slits in the fold of your card, opening it up, and then folding down every second section.  She has a little video clip on how she does this, and also provides a printable template to use on a folded 8 1/2  x 5 1/2 piece of cardstock.  You can find her tutorial and template HERE.


Bo Bunny's Double Dot Cardstock is just perfect for the base of these cards.  I particularly like the Vintage Double Dot, the distressing and deep rich colors really appeal to me.  For this card I used the Vintage Decaf Double Dot for my base.  I then fussy cut some designs from Bo Bunny's 'Somewhere In Time' collection, using small pieces of patterned paper from their 6x6 paper pad to create layers.

Bo Bunny Products used to make this card:
Patterned Paper:  Somewhere In Time/Elegance
6x6 Paper Pad:  Somewhere In Time
Cardstock: Vintage Decaf Double Dot
Noteworthy: Somewhere In Time
Copper Glitter Paste (NEW Bo Bunny Mixed Media Product)
Stickable Stencil: Brocade (NEW)
Lace: Clover
Jewels: Double Dot Jewels/Emerald, Citrus


Okay, so ya, I couldn't resist making another card after I made the first!  This time I used Enchanted Garden collection.  I started with Violet Dot paper for the base. Again I fussy cut some of the whimsical images from the Enchanted Garden papers, added a bit of texture with Bo Bunny's NEW Silver Glitter paste and one of their Stickable Stencils (Brocade).


Here is a picture of the card opened out, so you can see the braided edge design. Here are the products I used to make this card:

Patterned Paper: Enchanted Garden/ Fairies, Enchanted Garden
Cardstock: Violet Double Dot
Glimmer Paste: Silver
Stickable Stencil: Brocade

I hope you enjoyed checking out my cards today! I encourage you to give these a try, they are really a lot of fun to make! Thanks for stopping by today, and for the lovely comments, your kind feedback makes my day! xo xo


Monday, October 27, 2014

Video Tutorial: Shabby Chic Wall Art


Hi all! I have something a little bit different to share with you today.  I love browsing Pinterest, lots of inspiring artwork to be found there.  I've been admiring the fashion drawings of Katie Rodgers and thought I'd like to try doing a little fashion sketch of my own using my Shimmerz Paints.


Here are the Shimmerz Products I used for this project:

~ Tuscan Sun Spritz
~ Pumped Up Purple Coloringz (NEW)
~ Cotton Candy Spritz
~ Hot Fudge Vibez
~ Shades of Grey Coloringz (NEW)
~ Peek-a-boo Pink Inklingz
~ Imperial Amethyst Inklingz (NEW)
~ Blue My Mind Inklingz
~ Pugnacious Purple Inklingz

As always, I've created a video tutorial to show this project from start to finish...sketching out the design, painting it right to completion.  Enjoy!....



I hope you enjoyed watching the process, ...here are a few close-ups of the project to enjoy at your leisure...


One of my favorite parts of this project was using the masking fluid with the water color paints, and then rubbing it off to get the almost glittery look to the dress.


I couldn't resist adding a bit of texture to the design with some texture paste and a stencil (Tim Holtz)....then giving the design a wash of  a variety of colors from the Shimmerz Inklingz collections.

I framed this project and will be giving it as a gift for my beautiful sister for her home office.  She has a bright and pretty shabby chic theme going in her office so I thought this would be a nice surprise for her.

Before I sign off for today I just wanted to make sure you are all aware of the amazing sale going on at the Shimmerz Store, they have 5 beautiful Seasonal Sets for a reduced package price, along with a Special offer.....


With any purchase of $50.00 or more you get the above gift set for FREE!  And don't forget, if you mention my name "Gabrielle" in your message to seller, you will get a FREE/Bonus Shimmerz product in the color of your choice!  How awesome is that! You can find the Shimmerz Store HERE.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, I hope I've inspired you to get your paints out and play! xo


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mixed Media Canvas & Video Tutorial {GUEST for Paper Crafter's Library}


I was asked earlier this year if I would do a Guest spot for The Paper Crafter's Library.  This is a really cool blog site that share's projects, tutorials and features new and exciting products from many manufacturing companies in the craft world.

I agreed to do a project for them for this month and decided to do a video tutorial to go with the project as well.  Lately, as you know, I have really been loving mixed media.  So for my project, I've done another canvas design using some Dusty Attic chipboard as well as some Shimmerz Paints products as well as some Tim Holtz papers and Distress Inks.

Here I'm just giving you a little peek at my project.  To see the whole project and Video Tutorial, be sure to pop by The Paper Crafter's Library Blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! xo xo


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Scrapping Girl Style {Dusty Attic & Maja Design}


Hi all, Gabrielle here with you today to share my latest layout I made of one of my adorable little great-nieces.  I felt like doing a more feminine shabby-chic style page today so I used some papers from the newest Maja Design collection called 'A Gift For You' mixed in with bits and pieces of some of the other Maja Design collections.  And of course I accented with lots of my favorite Dusty Attic chippies!


One of my favourite scroll/flourish chippies is the Corner Flourish #1, which I used in the corner of the page design.  A way I often like to treat my chipboard pieces is to give it a coat or two of gesso, stamp some random script words on the piece, rub the edges with a bit of brown chalk ink (here I used Ingvild Bolme's 'Branch Bark' ink) and gave the whole thing a coat of crackle varnish.


I made the flowers on this page using a patterned paper in the Maja collection called 'A Gift For You'....I went with the scripty paper called 'Hope to See You Soon', it used both sides of this paper using a EK Success floral punch 'Retro Flower' in 2 medium and large size.  I partially inked the edges of the petals with a pink ink (Colorbox Dusty Rose) leaving some areas natural.  I then gave them all a light spritz of water and wrinkled the petals.  I added some stamen centers to complete the floral design.  As an extra accent around the photo I added one of the Dusty Attic Corset chippies and a piece of the Wrought Iron Fence chippies treated with a 3D bronze paint and a dab of Dusty Attic Oceana paint to give it a tarnished look.  I also added a small accent in the mini Lock & Keys (under the floral cluster).


Another favourite chipboard piece for me is the Zippers set, here I used it on the inside edge of the banner piece that I cut from a piece of  dotted paper from the Maja Design Vintage Spring collection.  I used a title chipboard piece from the Dusty Attic Word Packet #4, giving it a similar treatment that I gave the corner flourish.  The little butterflies were cut from 'Butterflies are Free' from Maja's 'Coffee In the Arbour' collection.

Maja Design Papers used in this Project:
~ A Gift For You (Handwritten Postcards-bs, My Dear Friend-bs, Hope to See You Soon, Hope to See You Soon-bs, Wrapped In Old Newspaper-bs)
~ Vintage Spring Basics (7th of May)
~ Coffee In the Arbour (Buttterflies Are Free, Raspberry Jam Cookies-bs)
~ Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI)

Dusty Attic Products used in this Project:
~ Lacing Tash (corset lacing)

I hope you enjoyed checking out my project for today.  I know many of you are asking where to get Maja Design Paper and Dusty Attic Chipboard.   You can find this newest collection (Plus many other Maja Design papers) at The Scrapbook Diaries HERE (Janene ships USA and International as well).  Dusty Attic chipboard can also be found at The Scrapbook Diaries HERE.  Another site that carries a large variety of Dusty Attic Chipboard is Moments of Tranquility HERE.  I also just found out that The Scrapping Bug (Canada) has Dusty Attic chipboard in their online store as well HERE.  And NEW news is that Dusty Attic now also sells their chipboard directly from their own website AUS (you no longer have to be a retailer to order) HERE.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, your kind words and feedback just make my day! xo xo


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Summer Hike {Bo Bunny 'Madeleine'}


We did a little hike on a past long weekend, so I totally took this time for a photo op!  My girls get along pretty well, they are always there for each other, but like all siblings, there is always that little bit of rivalry....this picture says it all, lol.  For this page I used a variety of papers from the Bo Bunny Madeleine collection.


I like to do a corner cluster to balance a page. For this I used some of the Bo Bunny wood embellishments along with some chipboard and buttons from the Madeleine collection.


For my corner cluster of embellishments I used some beautiful handmade blooms sent to me from Lucy at 'Tresors de Luxe' mixed with some chipboard accents, buttons from Madeleine collection and more wood accents.


I began my design by spritzing some of the NEW Tutu Spritz from Bo Bunny, and then applied some texture paste with a couple of the new stencil designs from Bo Bunny.  LOVE their script design!

Bo Bunny Products used on this layout:
Patterned Paper: Madeleine, Charm, Elegance / Madeleine
Combo Stickers: Madeleine
Chipboard: Madeleine
Wood Shapes:  Iron Works, Camera Kraft Wood Shapes
Buttons: Madeleine
Jewels:  Primrose
Glimmer Sprays: Tutu
Stencils: Brocade, Bliss Stickable Stencils

I still have lots of summer photos to scrap, even though we are moving into Fall.  So I know I better get my scrappin' on, because soon I'll get to scrap my Fall/winter photos with Bo Bunny's newest releases.  Have you seen the peek at the newest collections coming out from Bo Bunny??  I love them all!!  Here is a link to their website in case you missed them .... Bo Bunny Website .... Just click on the collection name to view all the new goodies.  I can't decide which collection is my favorite, I think Rose Cafe, is for sure in the running, but I love the colors and designs in Altitude and Star Crossed as well....loving the alphabet sticker sheet in Star Crossed, just the perfect size for me!  Which is your favorite collection?

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