Beauty of Nature Kit and a Video!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hello friends! Jean here!

I love sketches! They give me that extra boost when I want to start a project. Did you know that Sketches are not just for layouts? Did you know that you can change a sketch? And the wonderful part of this kit, is that it has everything you need  to get this done!!

Here is Lisa's wonderful sketch for the April kit challenge


As you will see, I will now show you some different ways to use a sketch!


video

Here is my finished Photo Album cover. 


I lust love the look of the Magicals painted on chipboard and wood! This creates the perfect finishing touch for this album cover!

I hope you will try Lisa's sketch with your kit! 

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to visit the Frosted Designs Store!





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Beauty of Nature Kit altered Bird Cage

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hi everyone! 
Today I am having the pleasure of playing around with the newest kit,
and 
I want to make sure you know that there is an extra bonus for this month only:

If you sign up for a subscription (3 or 6 months) you can select one of our 2013 kits for FREE! (This includes Sea Breeze, Family Blessings, Season of Stars, October Mixed Media Kit, November Mixed Media Kit, or December Mixed Media Kit.) Leave a note telling us which kit you would like when you checkout. If you have questions, send an email to barb@frosted-designs.com! 


Now I admit, I can be a bit of a nut when I get one of these fabulous kits, because I visualize not only cards and lay outs but all sorts of home decor items that can be created from the papers and embellishments! This particular kit just makes me itch for being outdoors, sitting on my balcony and sipping a cool ice tea while the hummingbirds and butterflies go whizzing by, so I decided to upgrade my old birdcage with this gorgeous line of goodies!

Last year I had patinated the cage, but I wanted to add a little pizzazz to the metal so I painted on some Mission Bells Brown Magicals to the bars here and there to create a little shimmer. ( I did cover this with Helmar's Crystal KOTE Gloss Varnish to protect it against the outdoor elements. )

Next came the butterflies, you get 3 different kinds of butterflies: Prima's Wood Die-Cut Icons, Marion Smith's Junque & Gems MetalUm Wow's Nature Walk Insect Chipboard. I wanted them to all look similar to the metal one, so the wood and the chipboard ones got a layer of the Mission Bells Brown Magical.
( You can also see how I twisted on the KaiserCraft Paper Blooms to the branch. )

I even created my own custom color by combining equal parts of the Mission Bells Brown and the Bells of Ireland Green Magicals to get a subtle Olive color which I used to paint the branch with...
neat, huh?
I found that the Magicals mix so well together, just think of the colors we can make?

Next I added some of beautiful pattern papers to the base of the birdcage:

My last step was to decorate the door of the cage with one of the Marion Smith Junque & Gems Metal Butterfly Embellishment, a Chipboard Flourish from Maya Road ( covered with my Olive Magical creation ), and a Prima Crochet Icon.

Now that's thinking outside of the cage....box! 



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25% OFF Sale & NEW Fancy Pants Chalk Tape!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Here in the States, it is tax day… the deadline for filing our 2013 Taxes. Some people like it because they actually get some of their tax money back. However, some people do not like it… kind of puts them in a grumpy mood! Either way, we have a sale that is sure to put a smile on your face! Right now, everything in the Frosted Designs Store is 25% OFF when you use the code: SAVE25 at checkout! This sale includes all scrapbooking and mixed media items, even those already on sale or clearance! What a deal! The only thing it doesn't include are the Frosted Designs Kits!

Have you seen the new Chalk Tape by Fancy Pants?! I can tell this is going to be a very popular product in my house! Of course it can be used on scrapbooking layouts and cards but it is also great for many other things! You could label everything in your house with this stuff!! It is seriously becoming an addiction to me!! lol!! 


In the photo above, we used the tape on glass containers to label items on the Candy Bar at my daughter's birthday party. She made Fortune Cookies to thank her friends for coming to her party. We used the 1.5 inch Pinking Decorative Edge Chalk Tape to wrap around the container and then we used the Signo White Pen (also in the store) to write on the label. Chalk worked but the white Signo pen was a little brighter and wouldn't smear when the kids were handling the container. I really wish I would have gotten some better photos but with 35 kids in my house, I was lucky to get the few that I did! 

We have even more new products arriving daily! Be sure to stop back often to check them out! 





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If You're Happy and You Know It - Scrap It!

Hi, everyone!  Brenda here with my turn to post a project on the Frosted Designs blog.  There are so many cool things in the store right now that I had a hard time deciding what to use!  I started with the Jillibean Soup mini placemat, since that could double as my title and an embellishment.  Then I added some papers, stickers, twine, and a little bling and ended up with this page of my almost-always-happy grandson!


I started by adhering the mini placemat to yellow patterned paper. I added some pen stitching around the edges, then colored in the words "HAPPY" and "YOU" with a yellow glitter marker, to add a little sparkle and emphasis.  After adhering the chipboard stars, I added a little bit of Mercury Glass Stickles to them for more sparkle.  Here's a closeup:

It's always nice when different manufacturers and collections work well together.  The colors in the navy polka dot paper served as my base, so I pulled from those colors for my papers and stickers, and keeping them against a white cardstock base kept a clean and bright feel to the page.  Check out the Frosted Designs store for these products and so many other new items!

 


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Welcome our Newest Designer - Megan!

Monday, April 14, 2014

We are thrilled to welcome a new Designer into the Frosted Designs Family! Megan is super talented and is joining our team! You can read a little bit about her today as she shares her first project with us! 


Hello! My name is Megan and I recently moved from Portland, Oregon to Milwaukee, Wisconsin with my husband of almost ten years, Andrew, our two-year-old son, Liam, and our one-year-old golden retriever, Scout. The move was truly bittersweet as we fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and enjoyed our six years in Portland, but decided that for the sake of our son, it was more important to move back to the midwest to be close to family. Before getting the best job ever – being a stay-at-home-mom – I worked for a private dental practice as the office manager and was in advertising account services before that. 

I am an avid scrapper and have been scrapping in one form or another since high school. I turned to scrapping because I had so many pictures lying around as photography was my first artful passion and I wanted to do more with them than just shove them into basic photo albums. If you asked me to describe my scrapbooking style it would be “clean and linear with a little eclectic flair.” I truly love preserving our family history for years to come and also watching the smiles on my family and friends faces as they flip through my scrapbooks. 

Besides scrapping and photography, I enjoy hiking, skiing, camping, eating lots of good food, and listening to music and NPR.


 I am so excited to be sharing my first creations as a member of the Frosted Designs Team! I am thrilled to join such a wonderful group of ladies and grateful to Barb for giving me this opportunity!

So, onto my first reveal! When I saw the Glitz 77 collection in the store, I fell in love. See, I was born a couple decades too late. I am a huge fan of the 60s and 70s - the music, the culture, the history - and the 77 collection does an amazing job of capturing that 70s spirit but with a modern twist. The colors, patterns and various elements in the collection are amazing and it can really be used to scrap any topic. I have it planned for a couple travel layouts, some everyday moment layouts and it will probably show up among my Project Life spreads too since it comes with lots of sentiment stickers and a sheet of fun 4x6 and 3x4 cards.

First, I am sharing a travel layout with you. When I laid eyes on the puffy stickers and saw that old school VW van and the sentiment sticker with the title from one of my favorite Fleetwood Mac songs, I knew right away what my layout would be. It's a sort of "photo essay" of our cross-country road trip as we just moved from Oregon to Wisconsin. You'll learn quickly that I take lots of photos so I have a tendency to gravitate towards multi-photo layouts...

And here are some closeups featuring the fun embellishments found in this collection. I am totally in love with the puffy stickers and those big rhinestones! I also happened to pick up the Studio Calico Printshop heart wood veneers and thought they went perfectly with all the hearts found in the 77 collection...

And, because I just couldn't put this collection down, I have a second layout to share with you all! I love this shot of my husband and son taken during a recent family portrait session and when I saw the quote from John Lennon's Imagine, I knew I wanted to use it on a page with this photo. For this layout, I decided to take the orange found in the collection out of the equation altogether and I love the way the black, white, gray, teal and gold play together - especially with the black and white photo.

Now for some closeups! Again, I couldn't get enough of the puffy stickers and used three of them to create a visual triangle. And, of course, I had to include one of the giant rhinestones. Also, the Kaisercraft mini blooms in sea breeze matched this collection perfectly, so I added one of those for a little texture.

There you go! My first Frosted Designs reveal! Now, head on over to the store to pick up the Glitz 77 collection and lots of other fun new goodies!


Products used from the Frosted Designs store:

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Sundays with Sandee - Getting Inky!

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Handwriting plus inks = heaven!
I admit, I am head over heels in love with Lori's challenge and it happens to fit perfectly with this Sundays with Sandee series! 
PLUS, you can win this....
( I am green with envy to whoever wins this, just sayin')

Here is an art journal page I created using my Bar Lettering and lots of inks!

And here is my video:
( please excuse the sniffling, allergies are killing me!! )

I also have discovered yet another way to use the Tim Hotlz Distress Marker tool!!
Which is awesome!! You're gonna' love this!

And 2 ways to play with the Mini Harlequin stencil !! Plus some tips on how to maintain your Distress markers so they will last longer!

I hope you play along with us and enter your creation into this week's challenge!!



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