Sunday, May 24, 2015

Beach Canvas Video Tutorial {Shimmerz Paints & Dusty Attic Designs}


Hi All! I'm so happy to share with you today some summery fun with Shimmerz Paints and Dusty Attic chipboard! I'm super excited because I just recently got my nice stash of  Dusty Attic chippies in the mail, and I am head over heals in love with the new scripty titles Jennifer Hedger just released! One of my favorites from the new selections is the Word Pack #10.....love the soothing summery words!  I used one of them for this beach canvas.  And so much fun to get out my Shimmerz Paints again and get playing!


Shimmerz Paints Used in this project:
~ Taupe of the World Spritz
~ Don't Be Suede Coloringz
~ Glorious Day Vibez
~ Jeni B Bleu Vibez
~ Oh Say Can U Sea Coloringz
~ Lime Shimmerz
~ Olive Green Shimmerz
~ Golden Wheat Shimmerz



Dusty Attic Products used on this page:
~ Crooked Fence
~ Word Pack #10
~ Anchors
~ Seagulls
~ mini Seagulls
~ Grass Clusters #1


I used the Dusty Attic Inspiration Board as a jumping off spot for my canvas design, I just love this months serene peaceful colors and words!  And I easily found the colors I wanted to match it in my Shimmerz stash ....If you haven't played along this month, there still is time!  Just be sure to link your project to the right column of the Dusty Attic Blog to be entered into the challenge and have a chance at the AWESOME monthly prize!

So, rather than explain each step in creating this canvas I thought I'd share another Video Tutorial so you can just sit back relax and watch! Enjoy!


I hope you enjoyed my video tutorial today, I had lots of fun making it!  Here are a few close-ups that you can view at your leisure....


Here you can see some of the chipboard designs close-up so you can see in more detail how I finished the chipboard designs.  I also made a few embellishments out of air dry clay (Martha Stewart, ...the Starfish and barnacles).


I just love the crooked fence design!  This is my first time using this chippie and I love the way it looks for this beach scene!


I added some sand color seed beads to the beach area just for a little added texture to the canvas.


Here you can see a close up of the title chippie and the stamp work I added using my own stamp design (peeled paint)....the stamp can be found at The Scrapbook Diaries.


I was really happy with the way the anchor came out too!  I used some 3D Bronz metalic paint on the anchor and then spritzed it with Shimmerz Taupe of the World Vibez paint.


I hope you enjoyed today's project and hope you feel inspired to enter the Dusty Attic May Inspiration Board challenge!  You can find Dusty Attic Chipboard direct from the Dusty Attic Website - http://www.dustyattic.com.au/ or in North America at http://www.thescrapbookdiaries.com/product-tag/dusty-attic/ and  http://moments-of-tranquility-shop.com/chipboard/.

NOTE: If you are looking to order some of these yummy paints I used you can find them HERE.  Be sure to mention my name "Gabrielle" in the message to merchant/seller part of your order to get your FREE/Bonus Shimmerz Paint product!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and for the lovely comments, I appreciate and read them all! xo


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Video Tutorial: Steampunk Style Glasses Case {Bo Bunny}


Mixed Media Tutorial by Gabrielle Pollacco using Bo Bunny Pearlescents, Ironworks wood accents, Stickable Stencils and Glitter paste

Hi everyone!  A little while back someone suggested on one of my posts that I should do a steampunk style phone cover.  I thought it would be a fun idea but then wasn't sure how well that would hold up with the beating it would take in my purse and pockets! lol!   So I thought I would instead, do a Steampunk style eye-glass case using a variety of Bo Bunny's gorgeous mixed media products and one of my favorite wood embellishment collections called Ironworks.  I have an eye-glasses case that I keep on my night table so I thought I could give that a nice make over :)

Mixed Media Glasses Case tutorial by Gabrielle Pollacco using Bo Bunny Ironworks wood accents, Pearlescents, Glitter Paste, Lasercut chipboard and Stickable stencils.

Have you tried these beautiful new lasercut chippies by Bo Bunny?  I was lucky enough to get my hands on this stunning butterfly chippie, they have such intricate cut-work, love them! So I decided to make this, and a lovely scroll from the Ironworks wood accents collection the centerpiece of my OTP (of the page) project.  I thought it would be nice to make a video tutorial up to show how this thing went together.... so grab a cup of coffee (or tea) click on the arrow below and enjoy!



I just love the way the Pearlescents adhere so well to almost any surface, I didn't even have to pre-coat my piece with Gesso!  Here are a couple of views of this project from other angles...

Mixed Media Glasses Case tutorial by Gabrielle Pollacco using Bo Bunny Ironworks wood accents, Pearlescents, Glitter Paste, Lasercut chipboard and Stickable stencils.

This is the backside of the glasses case, you can see the nice texture I got using the Cascade Stickable Stencil with a combination of  Licorice, Graphite and Chocolate Perlescents streaked across it.

Mixed Media Glasses Case tutorial by Gabrielle Pollacco using Bo Bunny Ironworks wood accents, Pearlescents, Glitter Paste, Lasercut chipboard and Stickable stencils.

I finished my design with some Bo Bunny Trinkets and Mocha Jewels. 

Mixed Media Glasses Case tutorial by Gabrielle Pollacco using Bo Bunny Ironworks wood accents, Pearlescents, Glitter Paste, Lasercut chipboard and Stickable stencils.

A view of the left side.  I also added some little hits of the Bronze Glitter Paste to the wings o the butterfly and on the metal flowers.  This project came together quick and easy and now I have a pretty eye-glass case to keep on my night table.

Product used in this project:
Bo Bunny Stickable Stencil/Cascade
Bo Bunny Pearlescents/Licorice, Graphite, Chocolate
Bo Bunny Glitter Paste/Bronze
Bo Bunny Laser cut chipboard/Butterfly
Bo Bunny Wood Accents/Iron Works
Bo Bunny Double Dot Jewels/Mocha
Bo Bunny Trinkets/Apple Cider collection

Hope you enjoyed my tutorial and hope this has inspired you to use Bo Bunny's fabulous wood accents and mixed media products! Thanks to all my lovely blog readers for the sweet comments and feedback, they make my day! xo


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Heritage Style Altered Notebook {Bo Bunny}


Hello my friends!  It's been a crazy busy time around here for me.  I'm in the middle of a laundry room renovation and oh boy! is it a mess here!  What we thought might take a few days, has turned into 2 and a half weeks (so far!)....but I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, finally!  We have the new drywall put up on the ceiling and walls, the new floor and cabinets are in, I just have to add a few little things like shelves and hook up the washer and dryer and I'm in business again!  

In the meantime I had to shove a few boxes aside and make myself a little scrapping space in all this mess!  It's nice to get a little creative break.  My daughters are both voracious little note takers, so I thought I would take one of these plain notebooks my DH brought home from a trade show and turn it into a pretty little notebook for one of my girls. (I'll probably have to make another for the other :)


This notebook cover came together fast and easy using some of the elegant papers in the Bo Bunny Heritage collection.  I then just added a few chipboard accents from the same collection, a little bit of hemp twine and ....this is so cool....one of Bo Bunny's NEW Gold Foil Transfers!  They go on so smooth and easily!!  Just rubbing with your fingertip is enough pressure to release the rub-on, and the effect is brilliant.  I used the gold script design (see above) on this project and was so happy with the effect!

Bo Bunny Products Used in this Project:
Patterned Paper:  Heritage/Anthology, Lifetime, Key
Layered Chipboard: Heritage
Buttons & Brads: Heritage
Gold Foil Transfers: Filigree

Okay, I've had my little break, ....back to work.  I'm off to Ikea to get some floating shelves and Amazon to find a cute Laundry room vinyl wall rub-on. ....I'll post a pic when I'm done! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, your kind comments and feedback always make my day!! xo xo

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sweet Life Cards {Bo Bunny Design Team}


I know, we are all in the mood for Spring! That's why this week I chose Bo Bunny's cheerful and beautiful 'Sweet Life' collection papers and embellishments to make a couple of cards.  Spring is synonymous with weddings, so I thought it would be fun to create a bridal shower invite using 2 sizes of the Bo Bunny paper doilies.


It's super easy to create this cute little invite card using the Bo Bunny Doilies, some Sweet Life paper and some double dot cardstock.  Here is a quick little step by step on how to fold the dress design....


The key to getting a nice frothy look to the skirt is folding slightly off center so that you can see the layers.  Here is a close-up pic of the finished dress....


I simply added a strip of the green (Clover) double dot paper and made a little 'ribbon' for the dress and added a tiny white rose to finish the look.


A dear family friend just passed away and I wanted to make a sympathy card that could bring a little cheer to the family. So I used one of the pretty floral papers from Sweet Life, fussy cut some of floral images from another of the papers and added another folded doily and some coordinating buttons from this collection to add a finishing touch.


I also added a pretty pink blossom from the Blush package of Bo Bunny Blossoms. I attached my fussy cut little flowers with some foam adhesive dots to help them stand out from the page a little.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I really appreciate all the kind comments and feedback :)


Thursday, April 23, 2015

I Wish I Could Scrap Like Her.... {The Scrapbook Diaries Kits!}


I have some of the nicest people in the scrapbooking industry stopping by my blog and Youtube channel.  The comments and feedback is always so sweet and thoughtful!   One comment that I hear often though is, "I would love to do pages like your's but I can't get my hands on some of the products you use".  Well, now you can!  Janene at The Scrapbook Diaries makes it easy for you to create either the exact same page I created here (or you can tweak it to fit to your taste).  I provide a full step by step Video Tutorial on how this page was made (you get full unlimited access to this with the purchase of the kit).....and Janene puts together all the product used to create this page.....Yep, that's right, the specialty ink, the unique chipboard, the pretty blossoms and page accents, stamps and papers.....all of it! On top of it Janene creates a gorgeous bonus page that can also be made with the kit ingredients (and believe me, she created a beautiful bonus page for this one!).  


 Smokey greys and buttery yellows have long been a color combination I love, so when I saw those beautiful Prima roses, I was inspired to create this page.  They have such subtle color variations and the gentle shimmer that just make them glow!


Also included in the kit is this unique and lovely Dusty Attic layered chipboard. I show you in my video tutorial how I prepped and finished these pieces.


This kit also includes my NEW Textures #2 Stamp Set!  This set has lot's of fun textures includeing the chicken wire design you see above, as well as the crackle finish I used on the chipboard (as well as three other unique textures and designs).  Janene offers the kit 2 ways, as a Basic or a Complete set.  This way if you've already got my stamp set you can go with the Basic set making it more economical for you :)


Isn't that butterfly cute!  It's such a lovely design printed on vellum, so the butterfly has a sheer airy look to it!


If you would like to try this kit for yourself, just hop on over to The Scrapbook Diaries and order yours now, the kits do go fast!  I had so much fun creating this page and I just know you are going to love this one as well!  You can order your kit HERE.  


NOTE:  Many of you asked if my Mischief layout would ever be put out as a kit!  Well, Jennifer Hedger (Dusty Attic) and Janene (The Scrapbook Diaries) worked together to make up a kit for this one!  This kit is PACKED with gorgeous chipboard and even has the Dusty Attic Rusting Powder in  it!  Now, I gotta warn you, she only has this kit in a very limited small number so it's first come first serve, but I thought I'd let you all know about this one incase you want to save in shipping and add it to your package if you are ordering the kit above! :)  You can find the Mischief kit HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I so appreciate all the lovely comments and feedback I get from my dear blog readers, hope you all have a lovely weekend! xo xo


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Got a Bo Bunny Layout Published in Somerset Magazine!!



Hi All, I just thought I'd post a little message about some exciting news for me!  I got a Bo Bunny layout I made using the gorgeous Madeleine Collection published in the newest issue (April 2015) of Somerset Memories Magazine!  I've always been a big fan of this magazine!  They are not afraid of artistic style in this magazine, lots of creative work to be seen in this publication, so I'm super thrilled that they asked to pub one of my pages! (I can see one of my dear friends, Heather, has been pubbed in this one as well! Congrats Heather!)







Sunday, April 12, 2015

Everday Pages with Bo Bunny's Safari Collection


Hello my friends! I'm sharing with you today my latest layout using Bo Bunny's Safari collection and featuring their brilliant Aqua Jewels!  ...So, you bought the Safari collection to scrap all those photos you took with the kids at the Zoo or on a special vacation.  But now you've got some leftover paper. What I love about Bo Bunny's themed collections is that they can be used for everyday photos as well!  I was just crazy about these grungy wall papers, so I started with these as my base for this page of my dear husband and me.

Scrapbook page by Gabrielle Pollacco using Bo Bunny's Safari collection papers and embellishments

I took the grunge look a little further by tearing out sections of the turquoise wall paper and exposing the aged brick paper behind it. Before I glued it together I sandwiched some tattered cheesecloth between the layers.  I used the Chocolate to add 'rivets' to the edges of the paper.

Scrapbook page by Gabrielle Pollacco using Bo Bunny's Safari collection papers and embellishments

I began creating a background for my photo area by first dry brushing some Gesso on the area, then I used the NEW Cascade stickable stencil with some texture paste on the same area.  Then I added some richness to the design by adding a bunch of the small gems from the Aqua Jewels pack at the cross sections of the Moroccan.design.

Scrapbook page by Gabrielle Pollacco using Bo Bunny's Safari collection papers and embellishments

I tucked a wood piece from the Ironworks Wood designs package behind the photo, removing the center disc (to be used in my floral cluster - below), and then filled the cavity with a variety of gems from the Aqua Jewels packet. 

Scrapbook page by Gabrielle Pollacco using Bo Bunny's Safari collection papers and embellishments

Finally, I wanted some rustic looking blooms for this page so I used a daisy floral punch on some neutral color papers from a 6x6 paper pad from the Heritage collection.  I layered a few of the punched blooms and added a circle of burlap to the center.

Bo Bunny products used in this project:
Patterned Paper: Safari/Corrugated, Jungle, Outback
6x6 Paper Pad: Heritage
Combo Stickers:  Safari, Star-Crossed (title alphas)
Stickable Stencils: Butterflies, Cascade
Wood Accents: Ironworks, Kraft wood Keys & Butterflies
Jewels: Aqua
Stamps: Floral Stamps

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, hope you enjoyed this project and feel inspired to give these yummy product a try! I appreciate all your kind comments and feedback! xo

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Elongated Steampunk Canvas VIDEO TUTORIAL {Dusty Attic & Shimmerz Paints}


Hi All! I'm thrilled to bring to you today a new VIDEO TUTORIAL using a unique elongated canvas and some really fun Dusty Attic Chipboard and Shimmerz Paints products! I've always wanted to try doing one of these long canvas's and I found myself one in a nice manageable size for my first try, this is a 4x12 inch Artist Loft Canvas that I found at my local Michaels Craft store.


Here are some of the Dusty Attic products I used to create this canvas design:

~-Decorative Frame #1
~ Nuts & Bolts, Hinges
~ Pen Nibs
~ Cogs #1
~ Mini Cogs
~ Mini View Finders
~ Chains, Corner Flourish #3
~ Decorative Keyhole
~ Dusty In Color Cranberry (on heart)
~ Dusty in Bloom Mini Roses



I was going for a metalic/verdigris look for this one so I chose these colors and products for this project:
~ Mandarin Mai Tai Coloringz
~ Olive Branch Spritz
~ A Shade of Grey Coloringz
~ Chocolate Brownie Coloringz
~ Before the Dawn Coloringz
~ Ride the Tide Creameez
~ Miner Miner 49er Inklingz
~ Giddy about Green Inklingz

I will take you through the whole process of creating this project, from making the heart centerpiece embellishment to layering on all these lovely paint products.  So grab yourself a cup of coffee/or tea, relax and enjoy!....



I hope you enjoyed watching my step by step on creating this canvas!  Here are a few close-ups of my page .....


Close-up of the air dry clay heart I made as centerpiece for this project as well as some of the Dusty Attic chipboard pieces I used to make up the canvas design.


I added some textures with molding paste and some stencils and used the Shimmerz NEW 'Ride the Tide' Creameez and 'Giddy About Green' Inklingz with 'Miner Miner 49er' Inklingz to get the verdigris (aged metal) look.


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! You can order your paint products at the Shimmerz Paint Store HERE.   Remember if you would like to have a FREE/Bonus Shimmerz product in the color of your choice, just put my name 'Gabrielle' in the 'Instructions to Merchant/Seller' part of your next order!  xo

Dusty Attic products can be ordered directly from their website (Australia) HERE, or another source in North America is at The Scrapbook Diaries HERE, Janene (owner of The Scrapbook Diaries) has recently added loads of new Dusty Attic product to her shop! xo


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