Some of my Loves – Altered Work with a Tutorial

by Scarlett | 1 Comment

Hi ScrapFX Peeps!  Scarlett with you today sharing up a couple altered pieces featuring some of my loves.  I have a step out tutorial on how I created the background for one of them so no time to waste – on to the projects!

First up an altered frame featuring not only one of the loves of my life, my son, but it also shows off him and his girlie – the other gal who has his love. ;)

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I used one of those inexpensive wooden frames you can get at the craft store to start this project and gave it a quickie coat of gesso along with some stamping of a music script and some through the Random Dots Stencil (2013172) though you can hardly tell now that its finished.  It did contribute to the depth of the piece overall and that is what matters, right?  Then I slapped on some paste through the lovely new Marrakech Stencil (2014055).  I can see this design being used in so many ways, can’t you?  I’m looking forward to playing with it more.

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I used the Romantic Silhouette (2014041) ,since I thought it was fitting to go along with pre-dance picture, and altered it with some acrylic paint.  The girl is done with metallic, the gent is matte with some faint stamping over.  To make sure the photo is always remembered I used a banner from the Banners A (2014042) pack to write down the dance and year on.

My boy’s girl has only seen a sneaky peek of this project so far and is anxiously awaiting getting her hands on this, LOL.  So love that I can spread crafty joy so easily with ScrapFX.

Products Used

Random Dots Stencil (2013172)

Marrakech Stencil (2014055)

Romantic Silhouette (2014041)

Banners A (2014042)

Another love of mine is my country homestead.  As you may know from the last group post and my sneak peek of an upcoming mini album on chooks, I’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new flock of chickies (they are here now!!) since losing our last to predators.  Well, this year we are also adding some cutie lil’ baby goats to mix next month and starting a larger scale garden.  Yahoo!!!

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I figured it was about time I started a Homestead Journal.  Not only will it be helpful for planning, but a great place to document the many fun things along the way as well.  I thought you all might like a peek at how I created this background on my Moleskin Journal so I took pictures along the way.

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Step One: Cover the front of the journal with a generous amount of heavy gesso.  If you don’t have heavy gesso apply several coats of regular gesso, allowing each to dry in between, until you have built up a thick base coat.

Stamp into gesso using the Numbers Stamp (2014017) while it is still wet.  Set aside to dry.  *If using the regular gesso method, stamp into the last layer you have applied while it is still wet.HappyDay2_SS

Step Two: Color over dried background using mediums of choice.  I used NeoColors II and scribbled color on in certain areas.  Once I had color applied I blended it in using my waterbrush. *Note purple and green don’t like to play together – they will make a muddy color if mixed.  In order to avoid this I made sure I didn’t let those colors blend with one another. ;)

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Step Three: Add some more depth and interest by splattering some mist droplets about and creating some drippage.  To make this more interesting I decided to have my drips come up from the bottom rather than the top.  Highlight some numbers with the color you’ve chosen to pop – in my case this was the orange and I highlighted the numbers 3, 6, and 5 to symbolize 365 days a year.

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Step Four: Pounce gold acrylic paint onto the Diamond Flourish Stamp (2014052) and stamp onto the notebook.

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Step Five:  Ink up the Oh Happy Day Stamp/Stencil (2014053) with black ink (I used Archival ink) and stamp in the center of the Diamond Flourish image.

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Step Six: Alter and adhere chippies relative to your theme.  I used the following to suit my homestead theme: Tractors (2009313), Vegetable Patch Set (2012071), and a portion of a banner from the Banners B (2014043).  Once chippies are adhered, outline them with some type of coloring medium.  I used a water soluble pencil so I could blend the color to create a shadowy look.

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Step Seven: Outline the Diamond Flourish Stamp with some black ink/paint as a finishing touch to make it pop.  I found that after looking at the cover with the chippies added this was need to bring it all together a bit more.

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Step Nine: Spray cover with a sealer or go over it gently with a wax candle to seal it.  This will ensure your hard work doesn’t get rubbed off while you put your journal to good use!  *This is just a fun shot to see all the great texture achieved by stamping into mediums with ScrapFX stamps.

And a look at the final product one more time:

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I’d love to see your take on this tutorial if you try it on your own journal cover or use it for other projects so be sure to share on our Facebook page.  Give me a holla’ too so I make sure to check it out!!

Products Used

Numbers Stamp (2014017)

Diamond Flourish Stamp (2014052)

Oh Happy Day Stamp/Stencil Set (2014053)

Tractors (2009313)

Vegetable Patch Set (2012071)

Banners B (2014043)

Thanks for stopping by today and sharing in my loves with me.  Hope you have a great rest of your week.

Take care!!

My first video and a seaweed stem of thoughts

by Maria Schmidt | 1 Comment

Hello Peeps! Here Maria with you today! And I have got something special for you! I have made my first video! Yeah!

It´s my very first video and please be lenient with me! It´s  more an example, how  you do not have to make a video ;-)

I´m not very patient with technology… So I just give you a Link to my Vimeo place.

I´m sorry, I forgot to start my video so the background is not seen on the first video. But I´ve done a second one, where I show you my technique.

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I have used:

Damask Stencil 2014054

And here is the link to the video! Enjoy it!

http://vimeo.com/91946790

And the second one:

This card is an example too. I have tried to paint my roses. I have used the roses stencil and modeling paste. After drying I have used some colors to give it more dynamic. The steampunk lady fits perfect with the flourish.

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I have used:

Rose stencil 2012353

Flourish 2014049

Steampunk Woman 2012336

That´s a very special Art Journaling page for me. It is an expression of my thoughts and my feelings. A mess and yet so natural for me. In everyday life there is usually no time to listen to his thoughts and feelings. But at some point you have yet to hear back. And sometimes knowledge can be like a trip to hell. Or to heaven.

I have played with the number stencil, modeling paste and a lot of colors. I have painted the Seaweed stem and stamp on it. The paths of the branches / thoughts I have continued and partly written thoughts that I can supplement from time to time.

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I have used:

Numbers Collage Stencil 2014020

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Mindful Woman Silhouette 2013378

Seaweed Stem 2011308

Timeless Beauty and a Journal Cover

by Misty | 1 Comment

Hi!  Misty here to share a layout and journal I created with the new products!

First up is my layout.  I cut up some of my pieces here to fit my page a little better.  That’s what I love about Scrap FX chippies…they are so intricate and beautiful and easy to customize to suit your style.

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 Products Used:

Marrakech stencil

Flourish 6

Flourish 7

Diamonds

Next up, a journal I created using the Marrekech stencil again.

 It’s such a fun stencil and I think the door knobs from a past release is one of my favorite embellishments for journals! :)

follow your heart journal

 

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“follow your heart and live your dreams”

Door plates and handles

Flourish 8

Thats all I have for today!

Thank you so much for stopping by!!!

Guest Designer Denise Jensen

by admin | 3 Comments

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Hello! My name is Denise Jensen and I’m from North Dakota. I work at a center for children with special needs as their Recreation Coordinator. The best job in the world to me! I have two children of my own (ages 14 and 22) and two step-children (ages 16 and 18) all of whom I adore. I’m also a very proud grandmother of a 3 year old! I’ve been scrapbooking for over 15 years now. I love where my scrapbooking journey has taken me! Currently I’m the Creative Team Director for Flying Unicorn, and I enjoy it so much! I love how this craft keeps evolving and I look forward to always learning something new. Whether it be traditional, mixed media, vintage, or any other style, scrapbooking is an expression of oneself and there is always something out there to inspire me!

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On the first LO I used the Scrap FX  Chicken Wire heart. I snipped out a little out of the center and used a mix of embossing powders on it.

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For my next layout I used Heart Vine Flourish and the three piece Light Bulb set.  I used Smooch, TimHoltz Paint Dabber and stamping on them.

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A close up of the detail:

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Heart Vine Flourish     Light Bulbs

And for my third LO I used the small Iris Circle and put Smooch products on that as well.

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A close up of the detail on the iris circle:Iris Flower Circle, small

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Thank you for sharing your beautiful creations with us Denise!

 

yoU Rock!

by Claire Barrin | 3 Comments

Good morning dear followers,

Claire here to share some more designs.

First layout is quite simple and “empty”… perfect to enhance the chipboard.

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I know the title was an easy pun regarding the picture… but I couldn’t help it!

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  Item used: You Rock, mini chevron stencil.

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second layout is really romantic and different from what I’m used to do. but I like it anyway!

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I used one of the new Banners to underline my picture.

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and again the mini chevron stencil that I outlined.

Item used: mini chevron stencil, Banners A.

Thanks for stopping by.

Bling it up!! – Anita Bownds

by Anita Bownds | 2 Comments

Hi everyone,

Anita here sharing some fun cards I’ve made using the new fab chipboard and stencils.

I started off with this patterned paper from studio calico “lemon lush”

it has this awesome watercolour look using green and blue.

Using mont marte impasto and watercolour I added some texture using this cool new stencil

Damask Stencil Model: 2014054

and I wanted to use this fabulous chippy

Peacock, fantasy Model: 2014040.

I painted it white then used blue and green watercolour to paint the peacock,

heat set it, and added sequins and bling and some ribbon and a flower.

Loving all the colours of this paper collection i just had to use this chipboard bit

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I painted it white and added glitter to her hair ,flowers and dress.

Here are some other creations you may have seen using

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Monumental Scrap

by Claire Barrin | 2 Comments

Hello dear Scrap FX readers!

Claire here to share a really special project.

A few weeks ago I was asked to participate to a Monumental Scrap Exhibition for the biggest French scrapbooking fair in Paris.

This was a really new challenge for me but I did it!

I had to make design more than 48×48″ width (1m20x1m20).

As it was revealed yesterday, I can share it with you today:

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and a picture with me standing next to my design to understand its size…

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and now some closer views…

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I used stencils that I outlined on my background…

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 and loads of chippies…

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Sorry for the long long post… I hope you liked it!

You can go and have a look here how I processed to realize my design…

And here are the items I used:

Chipboards:

Light bulbs,

Word Set C Documented,

Mini Rainbows,

Memories Words,

Adore Words,

Fish Bones,

 Mini Moustaches

Stencils:

Chevron Stencil,

Random Dots stencil,

Numbers Collage stencil.

A Memorable Day and Central Park

by Cindy Porter | 1 Comment

Hi everyone Cindy here with you today,  thanks for joining me …

I have created  a couple of layouts to share with you using the latest Scrap FX releases, first up “a Memorable day

I absolutely loved creating with the new Marrakech stencil.

I loved the new “a Memorable day” title and really loved how I could curve it a little instead of leaving it in it’s original straight line form… and check out that gorgeous texture from the Marrakech stencil

 

A close up of the new Diamond Flourish Stamp…. Scrap FX foam stamps are so great to use, they stamp so well with all types of ink, here I’ve used archival ink…

 

A close up of all the gorgeous texture created with the  Marrakech stencil, modelling paste and Lindys Stamp Gang sprays…

Scrap FX Products used:
Marrakech stencil
Diamond Flourish Stamp
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Next up I have another layout to share with you “Central Park

As soon as I saw the newly released Central Park wordlet, I knew I had the perfect photo to use with it…. When Bill and I were in New York  a few years back we took a horse drawn carriage ride in the famous Central Park, such a wonderful memory.

When I saw this months new products I immediately fell in love with the Marrakech Stencil, and have used it to border my layout, and for the fab Central Park title I created leafy texture  on the tree using some modelling paste and chalk inks. I used the great Itty Bitty Bets Serif letters for the rest of my title.

Behind my photo layering I used the new Damask Stencil, this is a fabulous new flourish shape with great detail…

I used the Moroccan Tile Stamp to decorate the extra large Prima tag behind my photo, along with some of the Prima Cartographer ATC cards.

Scrap FX products used:
Damask Stencil
Central Park
Marrakech Stencil
Itty Bitty Bets Serif
Moroccan Tile Stencil
till next time
Happy Creating
xC

A Month of Romance!

by MichelleL | 2 Comments

A big hello to a new month of new products that I am sure will delight everyone!

We have lots to play with so lets get started, here is a sneak peek at what the FX Design team have their hands on this month:

First up some Stencils and Stamps, surely everyone loves playing with these!

Damask Stencil
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Marrakech Stencil

Marrakech Stencil

We have 2 stamps this month and this one below is kind of special! we have made it a set than can be used as a basic shape stencil (the backing) as well as a stamp.

Oh Happy Day stamp/stencil set
Oh Happy Day Stamp Set

 

Diamond Flourish Stamp
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Who does not love a peacock or 2? One even comes with a cute set of tail feathers, has to be my fave!!

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I have used the Marrakech stencil and one of the beautiful Peacocks on this page. I have to say the peacock was just divine to play with!

I have tried out the damask stencil on this page with some texture paste, love the shape that is so versatile you can use just a little or the whole lot!!

The stencil combines beautifully with the damask corner flourish that we already have in our range:

I had a play with the Diamond flourish stamp, deciding on a more subtle image made with the watercolour paint I used on the background. It was super easy, I just dropped the stamp (of course it was on purpose!!!!) on to the puddles I had made on the background before it was dry. Then just stamped away on different parts of the page….. it worked a treat…..a happy accident!

I just loved how it turned out!!

I tried my hand at lettering with a brush, the trick is ….. hold your breath and just do it quickly!

I said we were getting a little Romantic, so of course we had to get some diamonds in, I am still bonding with these babies!

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There are so many more products that you can feast your eyes on for truly magic wedding page:

Limousines

LImousines

Romantic Silhouette

Romantic Silhouette

These banners are perfect size for pages and project life:

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Best Day Ever Banner
Best Day Ever Banner

We also have a new mini chipboard alphabet set!

Bag of Letters mini

And of course we have more wordlets and flourishes:
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Flourish 6
Flourish 07
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Together is a wonderful place to beGolden AnniversarySilver Anniversary
a Memorable dayMoments of Joy

I hope this wets your appetite to get your craft groove on!

Stay tuned to see some amazing work from our Design team!

A Blast from the Past – Eye Candy Group Post Part 2

by Scarlett | 2 Comments

Hi Again ScrapFX Peeps!  Hope you have enjoyed the first round of DT member shares over the weekend.  We’re back again with some more eye candy and insights to favorite products.  As in the last post these projects feature a mix of older products sprinkled with some more recent releases.  Perhaps you’ll find some hidden gems you missed in the store while delighting in the inspiration!

Grab your Monday cuppa’ and enjoy.

Anita

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Anita’s pages are always a stunning mix of luscious layers balanced with beautiful white space and this one is no exception.  She has created an elegant yet playful page by using various elements.  One of the favorites she chose, and a highlight of the page, is the Victorian Frame (2011110).  All decked out in black (perhaps shimmery??) this immediately draws your attention to her picture.  To keep this element from floating about the page she built up some spectacular layers beneath it, including some gorgeous stamping!  Do you spy it??  I do.  It is so soft and subtle.  Anita used the Blossom Stem Stamp (2013256) to create this effect and if you look closely at the other clusters about her page you’ll notice she has repeated this in those areas as well.  I have feeling she may have used watercolors to stamp with since she is quite smitten with them these days.  Take a scroll through the blog and you’ll notice she shares a lot of fun techniques using them.  And what is a LO without a title, right?  Anita reached for her packet of Adore Words (2013065) to help her out with that.  I think all of us on the DT can agree these are so handy in many ways.  Anita has used hers beautifully as an addition to her main cluster and the size off sets the larger portion of her cut title nicely.  Its such a sweet and playful way to mix up the fonts/textures for it too!

Anita’s All Star Products Used

Victorian Frame (2011110)

Blossom Stem Stamp (2013256)

Adore Words (2013065)

Maria

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Maria has created a darling page featuring her adorable daughter.  Her ability to use a variety of chipboard pieces on one page always amazes me.  I’m always inspired to use more free spirit combinations after looking at her creations.  Here Maria has started with a favorite item of hers – stamps – in this particular case the Numbers Stamp (2014017).  This is another showcasing of subtle color with big impact.  I really adore how those light numbers look on the cream colored cardstock don’t you?  I think we need to inquire what she used.  I’m on it. ;)

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Mini Feathered Wings (2013130) can be found on many of Maria’s creations.  She uses them in a variety of clever ways and here this one provides a sweet little touch to her photo eluding to the fact her girlie is her angel.  Another cleverly used chippie here is the Bracket (2006145) – I tend to struggle with these and use them in rather boring ways.  Maria however shows they can add to a playful theme and be more than just word holders, know what I mean?

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Here is another one of those words again.  Do you see a theme here yet with so many DT loving on these?  This is a love word from the Love Words, Fancy (2013051) Pack.  The pop of red for the heart is magnificent amongst the white.  You really don’t have to be all jazzy all the time with your chippies – just grab some gel pens or a little white paint and go.  Sometimes going with one color is truly striking and can pack a powerful punch like it does here on Maria’s page.

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To create some balance to the red heart the Moments Word (2013054) was decked out in red.  If you’ll notice, this in combination with the little reddish/pink brad creates a visual triangle – thought I’d share that quickie little design note because it truly helps contribute to the fantabulous flow this page has. The Mini Feather (2013233) Maria added gives that final whimsy touch to this girly page and just leaves everything feeling light, airy, and dreamy.  Just as it should with little ones.

Maria’s All Star Products Used

Numbers Stamp (2014017)

Mini Feathered Wings (2013130)

Brackets (2006145)

Love Words, Fancy (2013051)

Moments Words (2013054)

Mini Feathers (2013233)

Scarlett

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For my first share I have a card.  Being a cardmaker it can sometimes be difficult to find things that are flat enough to use on your creations and still be able to send them without feeling like all your hard work will be ruined in the mail.  Creating with ScrapFX chippies has made this much less challenging.  The chippies stand up to a lot and my worries are eased.  Some of fav go to items for birthdays include these adorable Balloons, small (2009087).  A bit of handmade glitter glue always makes them sparkle and shine so pretty.  The Celebrate word came from the Celebrate, Party, Hip Hip Hooray, Cake (2010322) wordlet pack and I cannot tell you how much use I’ve gotten out of this set.  Its really versatile and the mini wordlet sets are definitely a favorite of mine for this precise reason.  The last chippie I used on this card was an Instant Photo Frame (2012114).  As I mentioned in the last post I’m so thankful for having to dig through my stash because this was a hidden gem I’d forgotten how much I loved.  For all you peeps out there Instagramming you surely want to snag some of these.  They frame up those shots perfectly!!

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My background was fully inspired by our very own Luckie a.k.a Claire.  I though I’d give a whirl with outlining the Numbers Collage Stencil (2014020) in the manner she goes about her work with stencils.  There is no doubt about it, I love ScrapFX stencils, but my typical usage involve some type of goops.  This time I took my Micron pen and outlined the Numbers Collage Stencil.  After that I colored in certain portions with some NeoColors II.  To blend down the color I used my waterbrush and it was as simple as that.  I really had fun doing this and thank Luckie for the inspiration.

Scarlett’s All Star Products Used

Numbers Collage Stencil (2014020)

Balloons, small (2009087)

Celebrate, Party, Hip Hip Hooray, Cake (2010322)

Instant Photo Frames B (2012114)

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For this project I had to feature a regular sized wordlet.  There is a VAST array to choose from and there is always the just right saying/phrase I need/want.  On this mini album cover I’ve used The Land Down Under (2014030) piece – ha!  Who would have thought a girl living in the U.S. that has never visited Australia would do such a thing??  I just had to though because I’ve got Aussie in my heart I believe and I adore the fact you all call your chickens chooks!!!  I’m about to get my new baby chicks soon and I thought starting my mini album for them this way would be so cute – what’cha think? My other all time favorite hands down is featured here as well – the mighty Itty Bitty Bets Alphas.  I use these constantly.

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To get the spectacular texture going on my background, I heaped on the heavy gesso and then stamped into it using my Chicken Wire Stamp (2013382) of course.  I love all the foam stamps but this new one had to be used on this project.  What is great about these stamps is they wash up so easily and can be used with so many different mediums and in many different ways like above.

I’d love to show you more of what I have going on with this album, but you’ll just have to wait until my chooks arrive next month!!

Scarlett’s All Star Products Used

Chicken Wire Stamp (2013382)

Itty Bitty Bets, Groovy (2005104)

The Land Down Under (2014030)

Thanks for swinging by today.  Remember we’d love to hear about and see what some of your favorite past and present ScrapFX products are so be sure to stop by our Facebook Page and share your projects with us.  You never know, you could be the next Facebook Fan Feature here!!

Take care and have a great start to your week!