Friday, March 29, 2013

Welcome To The Scraps Of Darkness Blog Hop!!!!

Welcome to the Scraps of Darkness March Blog Hop!!

If you have arrived from Mandy Harrell's Blog-
you are in the right place :)

We  have just  unveiled our March kit
“Day Glo”
and our designers will be sharing a project from this kit with you

We have a special guest joining us this month


Our kit this month features Gina’s
chipboard corners that were designed exclusively for us!!!!

     Scraps of Darkness is giving away our fabulous

 March Kit
 to one lucky winner!

We have 5 prizes hidden on our Designers Blogs! Be sure to comment on each blog to be eligible for the prizes!

Our Scraps of Elegance Designers are sharing their work with the March

“Spring’s Promise” 


All you have to do is become a follower of the Scraps of Darkness blog and “like us” on Facebook. Visit each participating blog, become of follower of those blogs and leave a comment.

When you have visited everyone return to Scraps Of Darkness  and leave us a comment letting us know how much fun you had!

If you post about this blog hop on your own blog you or share it on facebook you will be entered into the drawing twice for an extra chance to win!

We are sure you will be inspired by our talented design team!
The March kit is stunning and you won’t want to miss out on grabbing one for yourself!
    **Open to international entries **

You have until 
                    Sunday March 31st  1:00 AM PST to complete the hop.
The winner will be announced on this blog on Tuesday April 2nd.
Be sure to check back on that day to see if you have won…

Have Fun!

Blogs to visit:

Ginas Designs -
Mandy Harrell-
  <You Are Here >

And here is a project that I created using that gorgeous March Simple Pleasures Kit:

I just love all the burlap and canvas bags that I am seeing out there in the crafting world, and so I decided to create a gift bag made from burlap. I am just a beginning seamstress  myself, so this project is one that even a novice can put together ;) I used a Canvas Corp 12 x 12 burlap sheets to create the base for this bag. I love these sheets, they are so much more easy to cut and work with than when you buy yardage of burlap, and if you catch them on sale, they really aren't any more expensive, if you count that you have a lot less waste.

I cut 2 elongated panels and then machine sewed them together on the bottom and sides, leaving the top open. I did a tight zig zag stich so that even if my burlap frayed some it would still hold together tightly. I was going to turn it inside out, but I loved the rough texture of the burlap edges and the stitching so decided to use it like this.

I took multiple layers of those gorgeous Prima Sunrise/Sunset papers from the kit and heavily distressed them, then inked the edges. I printed out a Vintage Mom & Daughter image from Magic Moonlight Studios, and inked the edges on it as well. I then took some stash crochet trim and pleated it across the bottom a flower from last month's kit, some stick pins from a past kit, a stash Tim Holtz Bookplate that I layered one of the SEI stickers over, and then added some pearl accents to.

 At the bottom I added some stash bridal lace then overlayed it with some of the gorgeous, peachy rose ribbon from the SEI trims that were in the Embellishment Add On.

I ran some more of the SEI trims from the Embellishment add on across the top and added a pearl center button to the middle to gussy it up.  For the "handle" of the bag I took 2 stash Tim Holtz Metal Clips and colored them with Alcohol ink, then added pearl centers. I then twisted Prima Tea Dyed crochet lace with hand dyed seam binding , and clipped each end to my bag.

Here is a peek at the inside to show how you can tuck in a gift, cards, money, or any small treasure you would like. 

And here is the back view.

This bag turned out so Vintage beautiful, I am tempted to use it for a small money purse, for those days when I don't want to carry a full size bag. I have a feeling I will be trying some more of these :)

This next project is one that I made with the Scraps Of Elegance  March  Kit- Spring's Promise:

I love, love, love the G45 Secret Garden pieces in this kit, so magical, and fairy tale perfect, and I wanted to create a little "nook" book so that I could capture that Secret Garden feel once again. I took a little paper mache book, painted it with gesso, and then got to work with the kit, layering on lots of paper layers, and a fussy cut piece from some of the G45 papers. 

Here I layered in one of the G45 stickers from the kit, cut a large Daisy that my scrappy sister Mish (Bubbachooka) had gifted me, and tucked it in. I then crackle painted a little Scrapmatts window from my DT stash and layered it on top of one of the postal stickers from the kit. The butterfly is a Lavender Ice Glitter Glass Butterfly from my Reneabouquets Etsy Shop.

I then created a flower vine using a foliage piece from a past kit, and lots of Petaloo flowers, all from past kits. I tucked in little pearl and crystal accents, then took one of the G45 sticker tags and poped it on then added some tiny metal keys on a ring. The bottom is layers of Vintage look trim from my stash.

The binding of the book box is lace and rose ribbon.

I crackle painted the sides in a two tone process to give it a cracked, aged look, and used lace to tie the book closed.

This is the Back of the book with lots of paper layers.

On the left inside of the book, I added Vintage Lace from my collection and then crackle stamped the base and added a cut out from the G45 paper, and then attached little hand crafted paper clay photo corners to the image.

I just love nooks and cubbies, so on the right hand inside of the book I created little "nooks", and added lots of garden elements from the kit and from my stash to finish out the box. 
I just love these little boxes, and this one evokes the feel of a magical garden where you can get lost and day dream your day away!!

I hope you have enjoyed my projects from both the Scraps Of Darkness, and the Scraps Of Elegance Kits, and I so have my fingers crossed for you to get your scrappy, little hands on either one of those kits. Melinda puts together the most gorgeous, innovative and multi directional kits out there, so Good Luck!!!

Next up is the super talented  Karen Zueger's Blog-,
her work is amazing and always inspiring so have fun, and give her a scrappy sister hug from me!!!
Hugs to you ~Renea

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Scrapmatts Australian Chipboard Monthly Reveal

Good morning everybody!! Hope you are having a great week so far. It is time for my monthly reveal over at Scrapmatts. They have so many wonderful chipboard pieces and I just love creating with them, because they add so much visual interest to my projects, and with all the different styles they carry, there is truely something for everyone. 

My first project is a layout that was done with the March Sketch that was created by one of our DT members Anne Patterson:

I rotated the sketch 90 degrees Counter Clock Wise, and this is my layout using her beautiful inspiration. Thank you Anne!!

This layout features a self portrait that my son Draven did of his self, and I used my gorgeous Scraps Of Darkness February Kit that was loaded with all those amazing Prima Engraver Papers and Embellshments that were perfect for pulling off the masculine look that I was going for. I did lots of inking, tearing, paper rolling, distressing, gesso overlaying, and staining on this one to give it an aged, well worn look. The matting behind my photo is a piece of used sand paper. I just love the texture of sand paper and it made a perfect backdrop for the photo, plus allowed me to up cycle which is a biggie with me  :)

Here I first took a Scrapmatt's ATC10-021 Film Strip 05,  and painted it with  a Ranger Paint Dauber in Snow Cap and then stained it randomly with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Stain. I then layered it over the photo to draw interest to Draven, and then took a Scrapmatt's CB1072 Gears 01  and stained it with some Tim Holtz Rusty Hinge Distress stain then layered on a Prima Engraver Metal watch part.

I added another Scrapmatt's Gear, and another Prima Engraver piece at the top of the layout.

Then repeated the gear, and watch part pattern at the bottom. The piece with the journaling on it is a piece of broken up Balsa Wood that I stained and pressed one of the Prima watch parts into then added my journaling to. I love using Balsa Wood in my masculine layouts, because it is light weight and really thin, so it is easy to work with.

Here is a shot of the finished layout at an angle where you can see all the dimension.

This next project was created to meet the "Heritage" criteria for this month. I decided to create a small keepsake box that is just perfect for storing old photos of loved ones, and  trinkets and treasures that have been passed down throught the generations. 

I love texture and detail and Scrapmatts Chipboard is a perfect way to add both. Here I used lots of technique to create this box. I used distressing, painting, staining, dimensional layering, gel medium work, stamping and embossing. 

I layered in lots of different paper layers and cheesecloth, and then added some Scrapmatts CB1125 Hinges 02  that I colored with a Tim Holtz Marker then added some little ZVA Pearls to. I used a canvas tag then added a Scrapmatt's CB1134 Assorted Words 01 that I colored with a Tim Holtz Marker, and added a little crystal to.

Here I took 2 Scrapmatt's CB1017 Keys 01 and embossed them with a metal look powder, added a little crystal accent and tied them together with some burlap string.

And here are some close ups of the sides and back:

Thank you for joining me for my reveal day!! I hope you enjoyed my projects using that yummy chipboard. Thanks for taking the time to visit me~you know I appreciate it!! Hugs, ~Renea

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Scraps Of Darkness March Kit Design Team Reveal-Day Glo

The unique and so very gorgeous Scraps Of Darkness March Kit Day Glo has been revealed and now it is the Design Teams turn to reveal their projects! This kit features the Prima Sunrise/Sunset Papers by Finnabair, and loads of the latest Prima products, and Gina's Design Chipboard that is packaged exclusively for the kits.

Here I have this month's sketch created just for the kit by our very own Sue Pup:

And here is my take on the sketch:

I loved all the Paris elements to this kit, so I created a dreamy, romantic scene using a post card theme, and a Vintage Image that I found on Pinterest a while back. I did lots of distressing, distress embossing, inking, fussy cutting, stamping, tearing and layering on this one. 

Here you can see where I fussy cut out the Eiffel Tower image from some of the papers, as well as a postcard piece. I tore one of the sheets of paper into pieces, heavily inked the edges and stamped them with a script stamp. I used the Ingvild Bolme ink that was in the kit and loved how well it matched my colors and the Vintage, distressed look it gave my papers.  The butterflies are Chocolate Truffle Butterflies from my Reneabouquets Etsy Shop.

I layered in some of the trim from the Embellishment Add On and then some stash crochet lace and then really distressed up a chipboard bracket and script stamped it to match my post card look.

That big, gorgeous zipper flower is in the kit, and I layered lots of stash, past kit, and flowers from the Flora & Fauna Add on, as well as some Textured Terra Cotta Flowers from my Etsy. The wooden Prima clocks were from a past kit, and I fussy cut out some of the postal stamps from the kit paper tucked it into a Tim Holtz Memo Holder then tucked in a  burlap scrap for lots of texture.

This is a piece of the Gina's Design Chipboard from the kit that I distress embossed then added flowers to. The circle with the sentiment "Collect Moments not things" is one of the SEI stickers from the Embellishment Add On.

Here  is a side shot so that you can see all the dimension and layering.

With this next layout, I took the kit in a  Girlie Grunge direction. I did loads of machine sewing, texture paste work, distressing, paint dripping, and layering to achieve this look. The colors in these Prima papers are just so vibrant and striking~love them!!

The doillies are fussy cut pieces from the kit paper that I punched around the edges, added some of the SEI trim from the Embellishment add on two and then added flowers from my stash. The "strips" were created by cutting out some of the "lace" look papers, distressing the edges, then sewing on pieces of hand dyed seam binding to them.

At the corner of the photo is a damask pattern that was created with a stencil and you can see where I dripped pink acrylic paint onto my layout and just let it dry in blobs. The butterflies are Lili Ann Glitter Glass Butterflies from my Etsy Shop.

I loved the metal time pieces that were in the kit, and here I used them as rings to drape misted cheesecloth through then added a large flower from the Flora & Fauna, some stash, hand tinted roses, and one of the buttons from the Creativity Add on. I then took some chipboard bricks, punched some of the bricks out, texturized them and added the panel beneath the cheesecloth and the others randomly onto my layout.

Here is a closeup of all the sewing and distressing. The stick pin bellow the photo was created just for our kits by Mandy Harrell (Craftysprinkles). Thank you Mandy for the gorgeous pieces of jewelry you make for our kits each month!!

For this next project, I took the kit off the page and created an Altered Memory/Keepsake Box.  I loved the  Velvet Paper in the kit, it just reminded me of a sewing box for some reason, so I wanted to create a box that would remind one of their Mother's sewing box. The little tray was actually the Prima piece that housed some little wooden flowers. I just put my flowers into a baggy and then stained the tray in multiple layers of color and then script stamped it to give it a Vintage look. 

I then added Vintage photos, lined some of the squares with pieces of the kit papers that had sewing elements on them, and then added little "sewing embellishments" from my stash. The little button with family fun on it, was from the Prima buttons in the Creativity add on and the trim inside the tray was from the Embellishment Add on. The large flower and leaves was in the Flora & Fauna Add On.

 All the trims on the rim of the box were stash pieces. I just love to collect old crochet laces, trims, and Vintage lace. I have boxes full and just love them!!

 For the sides and inside of the box, I repeated the multiple stain layers that I used on the tray, then stamped the sides with a Glitz Stamp that we had gotten in a past kit. I then added a stash button, a metal bobbin and a pearl to create a faux drawer pull look.

As usual, Mel has provided us with a kit that is as versatile as our imaginations. I just love that she gives us such unique elements in our kits, that take our work to another level.

We are having a Scraps Of  Darkness/Scraps Of Elegance Blog hop on March 29th. There will be lots of hidden prizes and inspiration along the way, so I hope that you can join us!! 

Thanks for the visit! Lots of big Southern Girl Hugs~ Renea

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Spring's Promise Card & Altered Jar Set

I am having so much fun playing with the March Scraps Of Elegance Kit-Spring's Promise. So many beautiful elements that are just perfect for creating those wonderful, sweet Spring projects that having been forming in my mind all Winter. 

Here, I have an Easter Card that I created using cardstock, distressed and sewn layers from the kit papers, and even some glittery tissue paper thrown in as well. I used a sweet Vintage Post Card Image from the Magical Moonlight Studio website. I used the kit trim and interlaced it with some dyed silk bias from a previous kit. I then the vine look, by taking the Gina's Design Chipboard Frame from the kit, and cutting it into pieces, then misted and glittered it, and layered on Prima flowers from a past kit and some hand tinted mulbery roses. The little "for you" sentiments is from the Prima Divine Chipboard that was also in the kit. 
I just love the shabby soft look of it, so perfect for a feminine card :)

OK, so I am a little vain and every night I pile some CQ10 Cream onto my face before I go to bed in hopes of combatting some of the wrinkles that insist on showing up on my face. I don't know if it is working or not, but one of the perks, is that when I am finished, I have these sweet little, peach colored glass jars left over. I have been hoarding them, and when I saw the colors of this kit, just knew that they would make a great altered project. I used the Prima Fabric Tape from the Embellishment Add On to cover the lips of the jars. I then took the Graphic 45 Ticket Stickers from the kit and placed one on the front and one on the back. I put hand tinted mulberry flowers on the sides, and added some leaves to one, and some more G45 stickers to the other jar. 

The Butterfly Jar was topped with Reinder Moss, some cheesecloth, a Prima flower from the Flora & Fauna Add on.

I then topped the flower with a Scrapmatts Butterfly that I had painted with gesso, embossed, then texture painted, added seed beads to and then accented with some Stash Prima E-pearls.

 For the Bird Jar, I added Reindeer Moss, cheesecloth, feathers, hand tinted mulberry roses, a stash Prima nest and popped in a Scrapmatts Chipboard Bird that I colored with Tim Holtz Markers.

Here you can see the back side of the bird jar and the sides.

I just love how naturally sweet these turned out, so reminiscent of things you would see in a garden, plus they have 2 upsides-1. They were upcycled. And 2. They can be used to store small treasures like, beads, buttons, and glitters.

Thank you for taking the time to visit!! Hugs to you ~Renea