Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Boys ~~Graphic 45~~

Hi My Dear Friends,  It was a cold and rainy day so I decided to get out some G45 papers to lift my spirits.  This is a photo of all three of my Grandsons last week, I loved having them all here in one place for a change!!  I used my Vagabond and made the flowers with the papers I had left over.  Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned, I'll have two projects featuring some Imaginarium Design Team work to share.  As soon as they are released on the Imaginarium Design Blog I'll be posting them.  Thanks some much for dropping by and I hope you enjoy!!

Father and Son Close-Ups

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Sweet Melissa

Happy Saturday My Friends,  This is a layout using some beautiful Prima "Ledger" Collection along with some 6x6 Prima Pixie Glen.  I just love both collections!!  This is a photo of my dd's friend and her hubby who are expecting in a few months.  I did a lot of distressing and inking along with lots of layers.  Thanks so much for taking a peek and I hope you enjoy!!  Have a wonderful weekend!!
Here's a close-up of the flowers cluster, the flowers are all from I Am Roses, I just love the tiny little buds!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Scrap of Darkness February Reveal

Good Morning My Friends,  Today is my favorite time, reveal day!!  This month Mel put together a beautiful kit called "Victoriana" featuring Prima's gorgeous Printery Line along with some Kaisercraft Madame Boutique papers.  It's gorgeous and full of goodies, you should go to Scraps of Darkness and pick one up before they sell out!!

Below are Design Team layouts that I created using this beautiful kit!!  Thanks for taking a peek and I hope you enjoy!!!

Romance In Paris ~~Scraps of Darkness~~

Good Morning,  This is some DT using my beautiful new February Kit, Victoriana  featuring Prima's Printery Collection,  A very fun and beautiful kit!!!  This is a photo of my niece.  I'd been looking at photos of Paris on Pinterest and this one just seemed to go with Amber's pretty photo, so romantic.  The Imaginarium Chipboard were gessoed in white and then embossed with Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powders (Seafoam White and Tattered Rose).  I also used a couple of pieces from a previous kit.  The metal pieces from the kit are from vintaj.  This is my take on the beautiful sketch this month by SuePup.  Thanks for dropping by and I hope you enjoy!!

Sisters ~~Scraps of Darkness~~

Hi Everyone,  This is some DT work revealing our beautiful new February kit here at Scraps of Darkness featuring Prima's gorgeous Printery Collection.  I loved working with this kit and the colors of the Printery Collection.  This is a photo of 2 of my niece's Savoie and Marcie.  The flowers were made with my Vagabond using the Decorative Strip Paper Rosette.  For the tag I ran it through a Tim Holtz Texture Fade and inked.  Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you enjoy!!!

Vintage Steampunk ~~Scraps of Darkness~~

HI Everyone,  This is some DT work for our wonderful February Kit featuring Prima's beautiful Printery Collection.  I had to get my steampunk on so I decided to do a canvas piece.  I tore some paper up and made a sort of collage out of this one.  I also used the Prima brick wall mask to ink the background.  I used some Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Vintage Photo and  Scattered StrawStraw).  I also used some of his Distress Stains (Brushed Corturoy, Wild Honey, and Antique Linen ).  I used a great steampunk chippie piece and gearsfrom Imaginarium Designs!  I altered the chippie with some Vintage Photo and then sprayed them with some Glimmer Mist.  The Placettes and light bulbs are from Tim Holtz, and the Rose Buds are from I Am Roses.  The watch pieces are from my antique watch parts collection.   Thanks so much for dropping by and I hope you enjoy!!

The Girls ~~Scraps of Darkness~~

Hi Everyone, This is some more DT work using the beautiful February Kit here at Scraps of Darkness.  It's full of the gorgeous Prima Printery Collection, so fun!!  This is a photo of my friend's daughters.  I kept  this one pretty simple.  I did a lot of layering and then stamping with some Tim Holtz Masks.  The small clips are also from Tim Holtz and will holds some small journaling paper.  The white flowers are from Prima and the small brown/black flowers are from I Am Roses.  Thanks for dropping by and I hope you enjoy!!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Scraps of Elegance Blog Hop Kit Winner!!!!

Hi Everyone,  Before I announce the winner of the blog hop, I want to thank all of you for joining us on the blog hop and all your wonderful comments, it was a fun hop and I hope you got some inspiration from all the talented designers!!!  And a big thanks to Gabi for helping us introduce our new Scraps of Elegance Kits!!

And now, drum roll please…..the winner of the Blog Hop is JENNAROO!!!!!

JENNAROO, please e-mail Melinda at so we can get you set up with you 3 month subscription!!!!!

The winner of my blog contest is…..COLLEEN (SCRAPNURSE)!!!!!

Here's what Colleen's comment:
"I particularly appreciate the details on how you accomplished some of the work.  I'm new to man of these techniques.  Thanks, Scrapnurse"

Colleen, please e-mail me at: to get you set up for your gift certificate to the Scraps of Darkness/Elegance Store!!!  Congrats my friend!!!!!

Stay tuned, we'll be giving away another prize later this month!!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Scraps of Elegance Blog Hop Announcement and Reveal Kickoff!!!

You may know Scraps of Darkness already, she is on the edge and daring side and is always the "pushing the envelope" kit of diversity.

Now we would like to introduce you to her new sister---"Scraps of Elegance", she is the alter ego of her sister club.  Her style is more on the sweet and romantic side…a true classic beauty!

Today is the reveal of our very first "Scraps of Elegance" kit!

We've carefully chosen these beautiful papers from Kaisercraft's "Sweet Nothings" Collection, Webster's Pages "Western Romance", Collection, and some Melissa Frances's "5th Avenue" Collection.  We have also added some wonderful embellishments and unique vintage items for you to create something beautiful to compliment your most treasured photos.

You can see the full list of kit ingredients on our website:
  Scraps of Elegance

We are proud and honored to introduce one of the most coveted designers in the industry helping us show off our new line of kits!!!

February Guest Designer:   Gabrielle Pollaco

You won't want to miss the gorgeous work she's done with this kit!!!

We know how much you look forward to the sketches of our ever-talented artist SuePup creates each month for Scraps of Darkness.  We are excited to announce she will be designing sketches for each Scraps of Elegance kit, as well!!

Now we are sure you don't want to just hear about her sketches, so we are pleased to share this month's inspirational sketch with you!

We also would like to introduce you to some of the most talented designers in the scrapbooking community…our 2012 "Scraps of Elegance" Design Team:

Lisa Novogrodski - Lead Designer
Charlotte Jenkins - Sketch Artist
Jennifer Synder - Designer
Mandy Harrell - Designer
Karen Zueger - Designer
Renea Harrison - Designer
Rachelle Sigurdson - Designer

And we are quite certain "Escape Kitty" will sometimes mke off with some of Jennifer's Scarps of Elegance goodies to create something beautiful!

We are kicking off the Reveal of our first kit by way of a blog hop this month.  You can enjoy not only the full Reveal but a chance to win an incredible prize!!!

We will be awarding a three month subscription to the Scraps of Elegance kit club on this blog, Scraps of Elegance to one lucky winner!!!  You will win not one, not two, but three Scraps of Elegance kits!!!!  The subscription will start with our March kit and end with our May kit.

The winner will be announced on the Scarps of Elegance blog on February 5th.  You will have until midnight, February  4rd Pacific Time to post your comment.  Many of our designers are giving away their own prizes on their blogs, I will be giving away a $10 gift certificate for the Scraps of Darkness store, so there will be many chances to win.

All you need to do to win is to become a follower of the Scraps of Elegance blog.  Visit each designer and leave a comment on their blogs.  When you have completed the hop come back to Scraps of Elegance and leave a comment letting us know you have completed the hop and are a follower.  (If you are already a follower, after commenting on the designers blogs, leave a comment here letting us know!)  International entries are welcome.  International entries are responsible for shipping costs in excess of $15.00.  (The designers will address the eligibility of international participants on each of their blogs.)

Now let's get started!!!  We warmly welcome you to the first Scraps of Elegance Blog Hop:

Scraps of Elegance
Gabrielle Polloco
Lisa's Living In Color
Jennifer Snyder's Scrap Escape
Karen Zueger's Lost Coast Scrapper
Renea Harrison's My Glitter Coated Life
Cheryl Casas's Cheryl's Passion
Karolina Stopyra's Drycha's Blogspot
Nancy Hanttula's Just About The Details

The next stop for you is Renea Harrison at My Glitter Coated Life.  You should have come from Rachelle Sigurdson's blog at Rachiebabe56's blogspot, and if you did not you are on the "right track", if you get lost along the way a full list of the blogs can be found above or on the Scraps of Elegance blog.

Thanks for letting me share in our exciting news and I hope you all have fun with the hop!!!

I have some DT work for our new Scraps of Elegance to share with you, they are posted below, I had so much fun with this style, so much so that I'm decorating my studio in Shabby Chic, lol!!

My next post is some more exciting news from IMGAGINARIUM DESIGNS about a great competition for some amazing prizes!!!

Be sure to check it out!!!

Savoie & Madi ~~Scraps of Elegance~~ with Imaginarium Designs

Hi Girlies,  This is some more DT work using the beautiful NEW Vintage Shabby Chic kit from our new sister kit club Scraps of Elegance!!  This kit was a gas to work with, I'm falling in love with the Shabby Chic style for sure!!  This is a photo of my niece Savoie with her niece Madison.  I did some more stitching (still need some practice with that), along with some distressing and inking.  The "You And Me", dressform, and small birdcage chipboard are all from Imaginarium Designs where I'm now on the Design Team and so excited to be sharing they're beautiful items with you!!  For the dressform I used white gesso and stamped it with a script stamp and inked the edges in the same.  The mini hangers are from a previous kit.  For the "You and Me" ID chipboard I gesso it and while still wet I misted with some Glimmer Mist (Charlkboard) Cotton Candy and Mint Chocolate.  After that dried I adhered some glitter flakes.  After that I used a black copic pen to outline the chippy.  I did a lot of layering and inking and the beautiful lace I used is from Green Tara and is so beautiful irl!!  Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy, and I hope to see you all at the blog hop, lots of prizes to win!!

Imaginarium Designs Chipboard Close Ups For Madi and Savoie

Here's a couple of close-ups of the Imaginarium Design Chippies I've used on this layout.  For the mini birdcage (IDT 0014) I altered it with some gesso and then sprinkled some glitter dust to let dry.  For the dress form (IDT S0007) I gessoed first, then stamped with a script stamp inked with Tim Holtz's Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  For the Phrase (IDP0023) I used some white gesso and while still wet used some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists Chalkboard (Cotton Candy and Mint Chocolate) and then sprinkled with some glitter.  I then outlined it with a black copic marker.

Simple Things Matter Most ~~Scraps of Elegance!! with Imaginarium Designs

Hi Everyone,  Here's another layout using the 1st "Scraps of Elegance", the new sister club kit of  Scraps of Darkness.  This is a layout using the Melissa Frances, 5th Avenue Collection included in the kit.  I used some Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo, and Weathered Wood).  I also did a scallop stitch around the border using my We Make Memories sewing kit.  I also used the rest of my Prima tiles for this one, love those tiles!!  There is a close-up below of the Imaginarium Designs chipboard that I'm showcasing as my 1st month on the Design Team for ID!!   I altered the chippy with white gesso.  While it was still wet I sprayed it with some Glimmer Mists (Chalkboard) "Cotton Candy" and "Mint Chocolate".  After that dried I adhered some glitter flakes to it and then used a black copic pin to age it!!  I hope you enjoy and thanks so much for your sweet comments!!  Hope to see you all on the blog hop!!!