Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Scraps Of Darkness August Reveal

 Scraps of Darkness just revealed it's August Kit, Jamaican Sunset, and it is so packed full of yummy, summer colors and embellishments, you will find yourself lost in the endless possibilities of directions you can go! Whether you love technique, girlie grunge, Vintage, masculine or mixed media, this kit, teamed with the amazing add ons this month will have you creating project after project.

The main kit includes the following:
My Minds Eye Indie Chic - Ginger Adventure Boquet, Direction Brocade, Nutmeg Family Laurel Burst, Hanging Out Roses
The ScrapCake- Summer City, Banana Boat, Sunny Delite Blue Lagoon, On the Beach, Watermelon Splash, Paradise

And the following Embellishments and Items:
Lindys- Mango Mania, Webster's Pages blue ric rack trim, Prima Velvet Rainbow Vintage- Indie Chic-Ginger Travel Garland- Indie Citron Grow Border Stickers, Flourishes with a Bling- Jasmine Teal, Websters Fabric Tickets-Palm Beach, Indie Chic Time Label, The Scrapcake- Summer City Alpha, Studio Calico Mr. Huey Mask- Chevron

Each Kit comes with a gorgeous sketch created by our own Sue Pup that is always inspiring!

And here is my take on that Sketch (I flipped the sketch 180 degrees to fit how I wanted my photos to look):

 This layout features lots of technique and represents how you can use the kit to create a super feminine, shabby chic layout. Over in the Scraps of Darkness/Elegance forums, Lisa (Raining) hosts this amazing challenge called "Skeleton's In The Closet". This challenge's theme is "Escape" Asking how we escape from life. Well, as you can see, my escape is books. I started reading at the age of 4 and all through my childhood books helped me to escape my very dysfunctional home life. As a teenager they took me places I could not afford to go, let me meet characters that I never would have met and in general were my favorite past time. As a young adult they educated me, taught me alot about myself and helped me to understand so much about who I am, and the world. I am still an avid reader, and prefer a good book to T.V. or the movies any day. I swallow books whole and can sometimes be found reading more than one at a time. I love books!!!

I used lots of technique and layering on this layout, and the base layers are lots of those delicious Scrap Cake papers from the kit and paper add on.  The photo is one that I found on Pinterest and then recolored to create two different looking images from the same image.

I distressed almost every paper on this layout, and the middle base layer is a piece of cardstock that I covered with tissue paper and then edged with the gesso that was in the Creativity Add On that Melinda offered this month, and then glittered heavily. I used lots of lace and cheesecloth to add softness. I randomly punched some of the edges, and here you can see where I stamped the top corner using puff paint to get even more dimension and texture onto my page. There is also a corrugated board layer that I covered in gesso and glittered the edges on.

 I layered the thank you card that Scrap Cake sent us with their papers and then layered on a Scrap Cake Die Cut from the Romance Add On. The flowers and leaves were from the Flora & Fauna Add On that I mixed in with some Shabby White Texture Roses from my Etsy Shop.

 At the bottom of the photo, I tore the paper off, and then added in lots of layers of tissue paper, lace and cheesecloth.

 Here you can see a better shot of the gussied up corrugated piece that I created and tucked into the punching of the layout. The title work was created using some of the Scrap Cake Die Cuts from the Romance Add On and the Scrap Cake Summer City Alphas that were in the kit.

 To add even more dimension, I added a set of my Soft Pink Baby Renea Butterlies from my Etsy and lots of bling from my stash~

This kit so screamed "I want to do lots of mixed media work!"  to me, and I just couldn't resist doing some of that masculine work that I so love.

 I used the Girlie Grunge August Challenge Sketch to create this layout, and it features a photo of my son, Draven and our dog Jack when we were on a hike at one of my favorite place to run and hike, Greenway Farms. It is a gorgeous park that runs through the fields, up the ridge and through the query about five minutes from my house. My son and I took the day and just shot lots of photos and hung out together, a very perfect day for me :) I started with a layer of the My Minds Eye paper from the kit, then took a piece of Scrap Cake paper cut it in 1/2 and then cut a strip out of the center, distressed the edges, set eyelets and connected them using some ball chain. I then took another piece of Scrap Cake paper and distressed it, then punched the corners and used it for my photo mat.

I layered in tons of texture and detail; Mesh panels, corrugated board, metal spinners and clips,  and some of the My Minds Eye Indie Brad Pieces from the Romance A.O.,   ric rac trim from the kit, rolled paper pieces, seed beads from the Creativity Add On. I then remove the photo and misted the whole layout with the Lindy's mist from the Color A.O., Dylusions mist from a past CAO, and some stash Tattered Angels Mist, layering in the colors.  I then took some of the Jacquard Lumiere Paint from the Project A.O. and dry brushed it onto any place I wanted to add that shimmery color (the photos do not do that paint justice).

 I cut lots of Donna Salazar Sprightly Sprockets out of corrugated board that I had misted with the Lindy's mist from the CAO and added eyelets and brads to them and set them at the corners and around the photo.

 I added some Tim Holtz Metal Gears to the centers. Layered in ball chain and fibers (from a past kit), and some of the Webster's Pages Beaded Trim that I cut apart for lots of metal shine.

 I then added some stash Tim Holtz Word Sticks and tied some of the twine from the Romance add on. I went over the letters that had gotten faded from all the color layers with a Tim Holtz marker so that you could see the journaling.

I love the way this layout turned out, such a wonderful way to capture that day!!

 For this layout, I wanted to create a fun, collage feel. It features a photo of my son, Draven when he was about 2 1/2 playing in his little kiddie pool.

 I did lots of stamping, using the gesso and Lumiere paint that was in the Creativity Add On. The little word circles are some of the Scrap Cake Die cuts that I backed with burlap.

 I used a stash Acrylic Block and stamped it with the Heartfelt Creations Crackle stamp from the Color Add On, then embossed it with some of the Antiquities from the same AO. The little fabric tickets tucked in, are the Prima Tickets from the kit, and the yellow flower is from the Flora & Fauna Add On.

I created some visual interest and texture by setting some of the Indie Brads from the Romance A.O. and wrapping them with the twine from the same add on. The zig zag was fussy cut from some of the Scrap Cake paper, and I then layered on some of the kit ric rac, and added the tag, and brad from the same Indie Brads.

The Florish With A Bling from the kit was perfect to replicate water and the wave pattern.

I created a collage with lots of texture, by painting an area with gesso (from the project A.O.) and snow tex then layering on a Indie sticker from the kit, some sea shells and some pieces of acrylic that I broke a part and alcohol inked.

This turned out so fun and cute, perfect for that sweet,  toddler photo of Draven!

When Melinda let us know that she would be carrying an extra add on this month and that it would be a technique based, Creativity Kit, my hand went immediately in the air, and I said, "me, me, I want one, oh do I want one!" Was I ever so glad I got in on it, because it was loaded with mixed media goodies that this technique junkie dove into first thing!!

I first took the 5 x 7 canvas from the Add On and painted it with the Lumiere Paint, I then layered fiber onto the canvas and covered it with tulle. I then used the Chevron Stencil from the kit and modeling paste from the Project add on to create the pattern, with the stencil still on, I painted the design with another color of the Lumiere paint, and then sprinkle it with the seed beads that were also in the Project add on. I removed the stencil and then painted around the edges of the pattern with the 3rd color of Lumiere paint.

I took a mermaid image that I found via Google, fussy cut her out, sprayed her with adhesive and sprinkled her with glitter, I then added crystals, pearls and a little flower from the Romance Add On and one of the little metal flowers from the Project add on that I set a Swarovski crystal in.

I attached some stash beaded trim at the bottom and then added a spray from a paste kit, a jeweled flower from a past kit as well as one of the some of the flowers from the kit and one of the resin ones from the  Romance AO. I then added on some seashells for lots more texture.

I took a large Sea Shel and painted the edges with some of the Lumiere paint, then using glossy accents, puddle some of the seed beads, Vintaj metal pieces and Swarovski scrystal into the bed of the shell. I alcohol inked the metal lady on the moon and star pieces and added them to the shell. I created my title and then added on some more flowers and shells.

I loved playing with this Project Kit!! The colors are amazing! My photos really don't do them justice. It has been so dark and rainy here all week and I couldn't get really good shots without shadow, but the colors are so vibrant and shiny. The whole add on was a technique junkies dream, so I was truely "Dreaming In Color".

Thank you for stopping by for reveal! I hope you get a chance to check all of my other talented Dark Sisters work with this amazing kit. Until next time  ~Renea


Sandi Cl~ said...

Outstanding reveal, Renea! Lots of gorgeous detail!

Shona said...

wow these are all just gorgeous :)

Cindy Gay said...

I really like the young Draven page with all the dimension. All are very nice!

Desire Fourie said...

Rne these are just all amazingly gorgeous. You are so talented. Hope you are having a fab Monday.
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