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Locker Room: Use Those Scraps

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Hi friends,

Melissa here with you today with my last cards created using the beautiful June Aquarelle kit. This is a Locker Room post which, for me, dreams up half time. You know, it’s the Super Bowl and the teams are playing their game. Maybe one team just needs that extra pep talk to keep the energy flowing. That talk may contain some new inspiration that keeps the game fresh. So, that’s what we’re doing today. June is drawing to a close and the July kit is ready for you BUT, I know you still have some scraps and leftover embellies to use. So, let’s have a pep talk and I’ll give you some fresh ideas for how to use them all up on a card.

I am also sharing a process video with all the juicy details. Here are the two cards I’m sharing in the video…

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Alright, to see all the ideas and tips on how I created these two cards, I want to invite you to check out the Cards with Melissa video below and happy creating!

 

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Study Hall: Let’s Get Dazzled!

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Hello friends!

Melissa here with you today and I’m sharing a card using the June Aquarelle Kit. For this card, I wanted to highlight the awesome Shimmerz Dazzlers you can get as an add-on from the shop. This stuff is so much fun! It’s, essentially, modeling paste that already has the color and lovely sheen to it.

I googled some ideas on how to use it. I loved what I found and definitely wanted to translate it to the smaller scale of a card. Here is the full photo:

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I just love how the Dazzlers give this card a little “oomph” for the background.

What I did was super simple – I used a mask that I had in my stash and smoothed the dazzlers over it with a palette knife. I was careful to not leave it took think but still have enough dimension. I also love the messy look in which it seems as if I scraped off some of the Dazzlers off.

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It didn’t take long to dry so, I was able to complete this card rather quickly. At least, quickly when I think of how long modeling paste can normally take to dry!

While it was drying, I begin to layer the top part of my card. I used bits and pieces from the patterned paper, the vellum and die cuts. I even broke out the sewing machine and added a little bit of stitching.

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Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

I hope you enjoyed this card today. And, I hope you get a chance to go dig around in the shop for add-ons. While June is winding down, I know many of you are just now digging in to those June kits. Don’t forget to use up the scraps to make a few fun cards, too!

I’ll be back next week with another card and the fabulous Dazzlers!!!

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Art Studio – BEAUTIFUL – Love Yourself –

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Hello Clique Kits Fans!

 

I am back with a fun new layout using the oh so gorgeous “Aquarelle” main kit.   This month’s kit features one of my favorite paper collections to date, Cocoa Vanilla Studio’s Wild at Heart.

 

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I have been saving the picture featured in this layout for the right paper, but when i got to document it, pieces from both the Double Dot, and Mariposa papers  have been cut – no complete pages that could be used as a background.   So i set to combine both papers, and create my own butterfly designs for the page.  Here is a small video on how the page was created, enjoy!

 

 

 

You guys know i am obsessed with butterflies!  and since i needed quite a few of them, i doodle a butterfly, and used it as a cut  file to create the different size butterflies on my Silhouette Cameo.  Before taking the butterflies from the cutting mat, a light sprinkle of blue and mint ink was sprayed on them.

 

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I wanted to give the butterflies  a watercolor finish, so I used Distress Oxides (you can use all sort of media for this method) and a crafting mat -you can use an acrylic block, or a plastic sheet/package-.  I stamped a few inks  separately on the mat, and diluted them with a bit of water -making sure little droplets of color formed on the surface-.   Each butterfly then was put in contact with the water droplets, i made sure to smoosh the butterfly a bit, and then left it to dry.  Once they were completely dried, a precision pen was used to draw a thin line around the edge of the butterflies, and voila!  I had my embellishments.

 

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Fortunately,  i was able to match the papers on an angle to form the mat.  A bit of machine stitching secures them to the page.   The seam was the line i used to create the group of floating butterflies from the title at the bottom right of the page to the picture at the top left corner of the mat.   If you haven’t checked this month’s add ons, then rush to the Clique Store.   There you will find the Wild at Heart add ons, including the wood veneer used in this page.

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The picture was backed with one of the exclusive cards from the Aquarelle kit.   A few clusters made of ephemera pieces, the exclusive printables, fussy cut pieces and the lovely rubber charms -all included in the main kit– were created around the picture.  A few drops of gold ink complete the layout:

 

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I am so glad that the butterfly idea worked perfect for this page.  Like i mentioned, the Aquarelle kit is so beautiful, you will use even the paper scraps.   Unfortunately, subscriptions for kits are sold out, but there are still a few a la carte Aquarelle kits available at the Clique Store, so you better rush to pick one.

If you have any questions on how this layout came together, do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Geek Lab: Shine Like The Stars

Hello, everyone!

Donna here with another layout I created using the June kit “Aquarelle” featuring the gorgeous collection Wild at Heart by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.s254461307115203172_p1805_i1_w1200

First, let me show you how I used one of this month’s cut files and the canvas star.

I remembered I have these metallic acrylic paints and thought I’d use them for this project. I combined green and blue metallic acrylic paints to color the cut file. Then used a gold paint marker to color the middle part of the cut file. I also used a pink metallic acrylic paint to color the canvas star. After it has dried, I used gold embossing powder (brushed embossing ink randomly first) and set it with a heat tool. I like the sparkly effect afterward.

 

Here is my finished layout

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I cut 3 strips of patterned papers and adhered to the left and right sides. I used the same acrylic paints to splatter colors onto the white cardstock. Just a few to add subtle colors.

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I used a couple of the journal cards as mats to the photo and a couple of the frames as well.

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I used the canvas star as a base and clustered a few die cuts and flair on it.

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That’s all from me today! Don’t forget to check the store for some fab deals!

Happy crafting,
xoDonnaxo

 

 


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Yearbook: Smile

Hello!

Donna here today to share my second project using the June Kit “Aquarelle”.

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One of the things I love about the monthly kits is their exclusive cut files and printables. You can find all of them here.

For my layout, I used one of this month’s exclusives. The Floral Crown cut file.

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Before showing my layout, I want to share how I “weed” through cut files especially intricate ones like the Floral Crown cut file.

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I use a spatula like the one in the image to lift each cut carefully. I find this very helpful especially when I use a new mat (it’s super sticky compared to mats that have been used several times already).DSC_6535

I love how my layout turned out with the cut file and fussy cut flowers and butterflies. The watercolor effect in the Wild at Heart collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio is just beautiful!

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I lined up the series of photos in the middle and I used scraps of thin cardboard to add a bit of height to them. I also added some messy threads under the photos.

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This rubber charm is just so pretty!

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That’s all from me today!

I hope you liked my project today and don’t forget to check out more cut files and printables in the store!

Happy crafting,

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June Kick Off!

Hello Everyone and happy June 1st!  We are so excited for this month and our 2 June kits!  If you did not already know we have added a new monthly subscription with our travelers notebooks!  We have only a few spots left so if you are interested you can check it out HERE!

Our main kit subscriptions for July are now full but we do have some June kits available in the shop for single purchase!!  You can see all our available kits HERE!  This month we have Heather Doolittle as our June Guest Contributor!  Heather will be sharing projects this month using the June kit and we can not wait to share what she has created!  You can check our Heather’s blog HERE!

This month we you will also see a spotlight on our digital shop!  The team has created project not only using our current cut files but also digging deep into our older files!  Here are a few peeks at some of their projects!!

You can check out all the fabulous files HERE in our digital shop!  We also have some freebies there and also freebies in our Clique Facebook group!  We hope you will join in this month and create with some fun Clique Cuts!

I have been busy cleaning out and organizing the Clique Kits Warehouse and have added a lot of products to the shop including exclusive flair, exclusive die cuts, tons of thickers and a few past travelers notebook kits!  We also have a few new limited kits added to the shop!  And I mean very limited!  The Elle’s Studio mini kit is my favorite!  It is jam packed with so many goodies you will just love it!  It even includes a stamp set!  We also have 2 limited Halloween kits also filled with yummy goods!  Last but not least we have our Washi Tape Grab bags!

So much going on and in a couple weeks we will be revealing our June kits!!  Yikes!  We know you are going to love them!!  Winners for our NSD challenges will be posted soon so make sure to check the Clique Facebook group for that!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!!  We hope to see you sharing your projects this months in The Clique!


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Art Studio: Happy Moments

Hello scrappers. I’ve been anxiously waiting to share this layout with you.  When I started creating this layout, I had no idea what I was going to do. The one thing I was sure of, is that I wanted to use lots of patterned paper. The papers in this months’ kit are so pretty. Wouldn’t you agree. It’s hard not to use them all. LOL I even cut the branding strips from the papers and used them as a fun border for my layout on the left-side of the layout.

I’ve had an acrylic frame in my stash for some time now and after watching Finnabair share the new Metallique Paints, I was inspired to use some of the Metallique paints from my stash. I painted the frame using the Deep Waters and Blue-Gold paints. SOOOOO Pretty! I love how vibrant these paints are.

I fussy cut the flowers from the floral paper and added buttons and jewels from my stash to the center of the flowers to add more texture to the flowers. I used foam squares to adhere them to the layout.

Here is a closer look at the branding strips used on this layout.

I fussy cut the butterfly from one of the patterned papers to use as a die cut for the bottom right-side of my layout.

Thank you for visiting today!