Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Each week, a layout is selected from our Facebook gallery to be showcased as our layout of the week. At the end of the month, the design team votes on the layouts that were selected each week, and the winner gets the honor of being layout of the month. At the end of the year, we vote for Layout of the Year, and the winner of that title will receive a prize, which may include a guest design team spot!

This month, our winner is Cheryl. Not for a layout, but for this STUNNING tag:

These layers are beautiful and the embellies are perfect! Congrats, dear!
Hey Savages, Kim here sharing a few layouts created with the February *Artful Blues* kit. I didn't officially design with the February kit, but it was so pretty I had to create a few things.

First up is a layout I did for Rae's something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue challenge. My old is the photo. It's of my nephew who is now in high school, so I guess this is old enough. My new is the chipboard frame, my something borrowed is the chicken wire and cheesecloth. My blue is again the kit papers.

Next up is a layout that started as a joke with a friend. I used a couple of selfie pictures of me in the car.

I had a lot of fun creating this one.I added a piece of chipboard from my stash, but everything else is from the kit.

My last project was inspired by DT member Helena. I'm sure you have all seen her canvas she created. I created one as well. I used her idea of putting the frame paper over the canvas.

I used a photo of my parents. I love how it turned out and now I have a great piece to show off my parents wedding photo.

Thanks for stopping  by and checking out my projects today.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
What I love most about the February Swirlydoos kit is its versatility.  I've done heritage pages and bright mixed media pages all from the same kit!

This layout shows a picture of my husband's grandfather and what was written on the  back of the photo was a door to the past.  His grandfather was born in NYC and when he was 11 years old he was put on the Orphan Train and traveled to Kansas where he was taken in by a family and then in 1907 he was in Oklahoma when it became a state.  He ended up in Illinois where he married and raised his family.

I read a novel about the Orphan Trains a year or two ago, so I was just fascinated to find that my husband's grandfather was actually part of that history.  The Orphan Trains operated from 1853 through the early 1900's placing homeless and neglected children from the slums of NYC with families to the west where they would be another pair of hands to help with life on the farm.   More information on the Orphan Trains here.

I kept this simple, I wanted to focus on the photo and the writing from the back of the photo.

I used the Kaisercraft black roses from the kit but I misted them with Lindy's Kiwi Glitz Spritz and Shimmerz Shimmeringz Goldie Lox.  The effect of both of these mists is to just add sparkle and is perfect for application on dark colors.  Then I dabbed gold paint on the edges of those as well as the Petaloo flowers from the kit.

I used Stampendous aged gold embossing powder of the chipboard title.

This was a fun project.  I took a sheet of white cardstock and layered it in with the Kaisercraft Blue Bay papers from the kit.  I used Shimmerz TextureZ patina molding paste to do some stenciling on the right side and white paste from the kit on the left side.  At this point I had used every single flower from the main and the add on kits so I dipped into my stash and used these Prima pink flowers that I got from the store.  The tiny blue roses are some that have been in my stash forever.  The white frames are from a previous kit.

I also did this layout for the challenge Rae is hosting to use something old - the mask and patina masking paste is at least 2 years old, something new - everything from the kit, something borrowed - chicken wire, something blue -  the papers and roses.  Fun challenge Rae!

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Sunday, March 1, 2015
This weeks LOTW goes to Ginny. Ginny created this beautiful layout showcasing her dear departed Nana. The masking on the background and all the beautiful floral clusters highlight her priceless photo. She created great layers on her page. Great layout Ginny and congrats!!

Saturday, February 28, 2015
It's Saturday! Today I'm sharing a video tutorial of this layout that I made using the Authetique papers from the Artful Blues kit:

I love the Authentique papers so much! There are perfect for masculine layouts. (I ALWAYS add flowers though. :) )

And I had the most darling burlap stars in my stash to add to "boy it up."

I decided to use a gesso technique I learned in an Ania Dabrowska class a couple of years ago.

So, I hope you get a chance to check out the video today:

Friday, February 27, 2015
Hi =) Today it´s my turn to inspire you with some project made with the February kit " Artful Blues". I have 3 layouts to show you so lets begin.

First up is this page with lots of stamps and mixed media. I´ve used some Gelatos, modelling paste and a stencil. Some torn papers and several of the gorgeous Die Cut frames that comes with the Embellishment Kit.

My next page is a simple one... only papers and embellishments. Love those wooden doors from Prima.

And here is my last page with earthy color tones. I´ve used the Authentique papers from the kit.

Thanks for stopping by =)

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Hi everybody! I have more inspiration from the February kit, Artful Blues, to share with you today. I adore the colors in this kit - from dark gray til deep blue, such a gorgeous color combo!
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I just love the large, blue flowers that comes with the flower add-on. They really make any page or project pop! The felt border in the background is amazing, it adds so much to this layout!

Just look at this fantastic flower!
I cut small pieces of the chicken wire and added here and there, this and the background paper gives a rustic feel to this otherwise romantic layout.

My second layout for today is a mixed media one. I have played with gesso, clear gesso, masks, mists and then I did a lot of layering. I have also used the scraps from the felt border from the first layout - so don't throw that away, it can be used!
Chicken wire, cheese cloth and lots of flowers!

I simly love the mirror feathers!

The chipboard fence is from Dusty Attic. I painted it white and distressed the edges. It goes so well with the fence in the photo.

Thank you for stopping by today!
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Happy hump day! I'm sharing today a layout and a card I made using the February Kit, Artful Blues.

 I loved that Krissy was able to get in two shades of blue and some grayish brown. So for this layout I wanted to use the darker shades and do a some layering.
 For the BFS chipboard I painted it with a heavy white gesso giving it some texture. Then just misted and dabbed on a bit of Sorbet Dimensional Paint that came in the Mediums add-on.

 This is a close-up of the cluster in the upper right corner. I used one of the die cut frames and sayings from the embellie kit.  

 I'm not the greatest at making cards. But sometimes I get an itch to work on a smaller scale. After working with the dark brown and blues I wanted to use lighter tones.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Although I LOVE making and seeing layouts of our beautiful families for general purposes, taking joy in the everyday moments, I love a layout that tells of an event. I really love Heather's layout she has made for the Artful Blues sketch challenge!

Heather recently had a stroke and didn't even know it. This is a picture of her eye after the stroke. It's really amazing, not to mention the fine details on the layout. It's a beautiful design, and kind of dark in a way, which I love. Thanks for sharing this, Heather, and congrats on getting Layout of the Week!
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Happy Saturday! By now, our subscribers have received their AMAZING Artful Blues kit, and hopefully you are creating something with it this weekend! Today, I have a video for you using the "mediums" add on from the February kit that features some really cool Art Anthology products. (There are still some kits in the store HERE.)

If you have been a subscriber for a while, you may have used the "sorbet" dimensional paints from past kits, and you already know how wonderful they are. But, new for us is the "stucco" texture paste, so I've experimented with it to find out what works and what does not and I'm showing you that in the video, in addition to creating a mixed media background for a layout with all of the products, along with some gesso and mist from my stash. This is the result:

And here are some closeups of the completed layout that show how it works with the rest of the items on the page.

 The cheesecloth gives it an extra softness and flow.

I love that drip! 

And, here's the video:

I hope you get a chance to play with these products, or at least get to do something scrappy today!

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Each week, a layout is selected from our Facebook gallery to be showcased as our layout of the week. At the end of the month, the design team votes on the layouts that were selected each week, and the winner gets the honor of being layout of the month. At the end of the year, we vote for Layout of the Year, and the winner of that title will receive a prize, which may include a guest design team spot!

You ladies out did yourself for the month of January and we had ties, which is the reason for the delay, but ultimately, our winner is Agnieszka with this stunning layout:

The combination of the feathers, pearls, and "goop", along with the snowflakes create such an enchanting winter feel! Such a beautiful design!


Monday, February 16, 2015
Thanks to all who participated in our February blog hop!

Here are the winners:

 Ddcdragonfly, you have won this Authentique paper pack!

And, Ginny Hickmott, you are the winner of these Bo Bunny papers!

Ladies, please contact Rae ( within seven days to claim your prizes!




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