Friday, December 15, 2017

Archie Comics Mini Album



Hi everyone, Melissa here with a mini album for Bad Girls Couture!



This adorable mini album is part of the December kit,it is filled with lots of bright cheery colors and patterns! What better fit for a comic book theme. To decorate the front I sponged on a little gesso, then glued on some cheesecloth. I added the glittery Thickers, and drew around them with a watercolor pencil. I softened the pencil lines with water on a paintbrush. I wanted the gold glitter and bold colors to really pop.






I made some flowers with plain cardstock and a flower die,the glitter on them is in the kit.The grey pearls are from last month's collection.





I fussy cut pieces from the kit's Prima paper, and also used the clips included.  I'm going to use this in my kitchen to keep notes and receipts in, so the clips will be useful. 



I added embossing powder by glueing it on, I heat set it a little. The Bohemian Crystal green bling is from last month's kit. You can also see micro beads, and sequins. 

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week! I hope you enjoy having your own Archie Comic theme mini around if you get this month's collection!





Happily Ever After





Hi everyone! Melissa here with a design team page for Bad Girl's Couture. This is a photo from when my son Nick and his fiance Aron were first engaged. There was supposed to be a professional photo shoot happening, but down by the water in Galveston, winds were gusting up to 60 mph. Not very good for hair and make-up so carefully done by professionals hired for the occasion. Aron decided to postpone the shoot, but she had her dad take photos anyway with her camera. My hubby Rich and I were invited to the beachfront hotel also, and of course I took as many photos as I could. Imagine all the emotions here with both families so thrilled about the kids finding someone wonderful, and settling down! There are just no words for that.





 Here's a photo from when my son Nick and his fiance Aron were first engaged. There was supposed to be a professional photo shoot happening, but down by the water in Galveston, winds were gusting up to 60 mph. Not very good for hair and make-up so carefully done by professionals hired for the occasion. Aron decided to postpone the shoot, but she had her dad take photos anyway. Rich and I were invited to the beachfront hotel also, and of course I took as many photos as I could. Imagine all the emotions here with both families so thrilled about the kids finding someone wonderful, and settling down! There are just no words for that.

To make this page I took some 7 Gypsies paper and glued on some cheesecloth. I layered the cheerful Prima papers and put the photo on top. I used a couple layers of foam core board to add dimension. I surrounded the layers with lots of flowers I made. I used plain cardstock, water colors, and a flower die to make them.  I got the stamens in the cake decorating section at a local store.  I cut the flowers, and dunked them all in the watercolor, spread them on a craft sheet, and dried them using both a heat gun and just air drying.I glued the layers together, curled them with tiny round tipped jewelry pliers. and glued in the stamens.






I added a big felt flower, Thickers, Bohemian Crystals,fussy cut flowers, grey pearls, metal glitter, micro beads and a ribbon. 








The blue on the ribbon is one of my favorite colors, and I dyed the paper for the flowers to match it.







The butterflies were fussy cut from a Hambly acetate overlay. It's no coincidence that all the colors in the kit coordinate.

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great Bad Girl day!






Happy Together




Hi everyone! Melissa here with a page for Bad Girls Couture!  I have used a pic from the day a  photo shoot didn't happen. With 60 mph winds my son's fiance Aron, and the professional photographer decided to postpone. I do have a few pics with the water in sight where there were high winds, but this one was at a pool at the hotel right on the water there in Galveston. Aron had her dad take photos with her camera, and fortunately Rich and I were invited too. Both families are just so thrilled with the way things are working out with the kids, and pretty soon, the wedding dress is going to be picked out! And I'm invited to that occasion too. 






To make this page I sponged gesso on, glued on dyed cheesecloth, and added layers of paper and foam core board for a dimensional look. I did some fussy cutting from the papers, and also from the pink butterfly Hambly Acetate Overlay, and glued them on.





I think the sparkly gold Thickers were perfect for the happy occasion. 





I added micro beads, sequins, splashes of teal metallic water colors, and more.





I love the paper with the little coffee cups, and had to include a few pieces.




I used some grey pearls and peridot Bohemian crystals from last months kit. I liked them so much, I've used almost all of them. Check out the cute pink felt flower, there are other colors and sizes in the kit, I used almost all of them this month.  They add a nice cheerful touch.

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great day!  I hope you have as much fun with this wonderful kit as I did! 






















Sunday, December 10, 2017

California Sunshine

Hi everyone, Melissa here with a page for Bad Girls Couture!  I took this photo a long time ago when I lived in Southern California. My friend in the photo is one of the nicest people I've ever met. 
I was amazed by the beaches there, and it seemed like it was always sunny,warm, and dry. I think this 7 Gypsies paper fit well with the colors of the photo, and the elements of the kit.



To make this page I applied gesso with a cosmetic sponge, then stenciled on texture paste. I made the paste by mixing baby powder with the gesso to get a thicker consistency. When it was dry I rubbed on some Prima silver wax. 



I took some of the top layer of paper off a piece of cardboard, and sponged it with gesso. I added color to the page with watercolor pencils and some gold metallic paint. I put cheesecloth under the cardboard to add detail.


I applied Prima flowers, pearls from the kit, and rhinestones. I glued on microbeads to the flower for more texture. 


I added part of the chain of Bohemian crystals around a glass pebble I'de painted. I used a bottle cap to hold them, and sprinkled in some micro beads with clear glue.


I glued on gold embossing powder to bring the sand onto the page. I also rubbed on gold mica 
powder.

Thank you for looking, and have a great week!





Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Nick and Aron

Hi everyone! Melissa here with a page for Bad Girls Couture about my son and his fiance. Aron and Nick make a great couple, they laugh at each other's jokes, and really enjoy being together. They met in high school, but didn't start dating until college. 






 To make this page I used a piece of Prima paper Zella Teal With Foil Accents for the background. I thickened the gesso from the kit with baby powder to make texture paste. I applied it with the stencil,and when dry colored around it with a teal watercolor pencil. I rubbed silver Prima wax on top.






I made layers with Prima Welome to Paris paper. I sponged on gesso, then colored with watercolor pencils. I placed the layers on cheesecloth, then added some more around the edges. I attached flowers, pearls, bling, and lace to complete the page.



I put a little clear glue on the back of some flower petals to make them stand up. I added a lot of dark brown watercolor pencil around the edges of the texture paste, and around the layers to add definition.



I added some micro beads and glitter.



I sponged  gesso on the page, I wanted the picture and detail of the stenciled areas to show up more.
Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!


























































Saturday, December 2, 2017

Woman With Lace


Hi everyone! Melissa here with a new design team page for the Mixed Media Warriors Challenge Blog.  I was inspired by the festive holiday theme of the moodboard.




To make this page I applied gesso to a piece of Prima paper from the Wild and Free collection. I stenciled on two snowflakes with texture paste.  I put bridal lace on that I bought at Hobby Lobby. I dyed cheesecloth with Tattered Angels mists and Distress Ink.  I applied the photo on top of the dyed material.




I painted all the lace with Prima Art Alchemy paint in Ancient Coin, the white gesso was sponged on later. To add visual interest I added Swarovski crystals, gold mica flakes, metal glitter,distress glitter, seed beads, micro beads, mica powder, pearls, metal charms, bling, and more.





I added purple mica powder to set off the yellow and green.




The flowers are from Prima and Dusty Attic, the chipboard snowflakes are from my stash.
Thank you so much for looking, and have a great day!







Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Engaged to be Married

 Hi everyone! Here's my very first post for Bad Girls Couture. I've used a photo from around the time when my son and his fiance first got engaged.







To make this page I have used Prima's Zella Teal Floral Stories with Foil Accent for the background. I used pieces of Prima's French Riviera Un Petit Mot De La Mer.  I mixed gesso from the kit with baby powder so that I could have texture paste, and applied it to the Prima stencil in the kit. Using a cosmetic sponge I applied gesso over it. I used watercolor pencils to outline the raised areas,and rubbed on Prima wax. I glued on lace, pearls,flowers,bling, and a few strands of cheesecloth.





I put the photo on the packaging from the flowers.



You can see the Prima silver wax here pretty well at the right.




I outlined all the paper with watercolor pencil, then softened the lines with a wet brush.




Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!





Dancing on the Beach


Hi everyone! Here is a design team inspiration page for Mixed Media Warriors. Is there anything more beautiful than the beach at sunset? I love to walk right at the water's edge on the firm sand.





To make this page I stenciled texture paste onto a piece of watercolor paper. I dyed a piece of cheesecloth with a mix of Sweet Violet Purple Teal and Bachelor Button Blue. I sponged gesso onto the page where I planned to paint.  The black is Der Went Inktense watercolor pencil.  I used   Mission Bells Brown  in the background. The gold is mica powder and water. Click this link for Lindy's Challenge Info   https://lindysgang.blog/ 






To add visual interest I added metal glitter, seed beads, micro beads, charms, bling, shells,lace, glass marbles, sequins, mica flakes, pearls,distress glitter, and more. 





I bought the big chipboard pieces from Michael's. They're actually wood,and I layered on gesso, Prima Clear Crackle, Lindy's, Ranger Clear Crackle, gold mica powder, and more Lindy's.




This is my entry to the following:

Lindy's November Challenge





 Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!

















Monday, November 20, 2017

Altered Art Journal Cover

Hi everyone! Melissa here with a new challenge project for Bad Girls Couture. The challenge is to use Wendy La Croix gesso and Prima -Finnabair -Art Alchemy - Metallic Wax - Old Silver. The gesso goes on really smooth, and covers well. I bought this little book about ten years ago at a garage sale, and thought, oh how cool, my metallic ink pens will show up so well on this colored paper. It turned out they didn't look " all that," but the book was too cute to throw out. How terrific that it finally has found it's purpose. The size was just right for the wonderful Prima Shabby Chic Treasures Baroque Frame.





To alter this I sponged gesso on the cover, used a piece of 7 Gypsies Paper I'd cut to fit,and glued it on the frame. I put a piece of cheesecloth under the frame for more texture. I applied lace, Prima Bohemian Crystal Chain Pack pieces, a Prima flower, and pearls. 





I used Prima Metallique Wax, and also some blue and gold metallic paint to cover the frame and cover.




To make the details on the cover stand out, I mixed black acrylic paint and water, applied it on the frame with a brush in small areas, dabbed it off with a paper towel, and applied more silver wax and metallic paint. What wasn't dabbed off stayed in the crevices. I took a black water color pencil and drew around the image.



I glued on micro beads and metal glitter too.
Thanks for looking, and have a great week!