Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Swirlydoos Kit Club January Reveal and Blog Hop

Welcome to:
January Scrapbook Kit Reveal!

Thank you for joining our blog hop this month! If you came here from Kim's blog, then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there.  Make sure you leave a comment on all blogs for a chance to win a prize! And, make sure you have LIKED & FOLLOWED Swirlydoos on Facebook!!!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful January collection:


VINEYARD
And check out these coordinating add ons that perfectly compliment our January scrapbook kit! 




Are you a subscriber? If so, your kit is on it's way if you don't already have it! If not, check out the Swirlydoos store to see if there are any January kits or add ons in the store!

Has it sold out? - become a subscriber and not only will you never miss a kit again, but you'll also pay less for your monthly scrapbook kits!
*Mention this blog hop and save 10% on your first kit*


 Never miss one of our kits again!


We have some absolutely beautiful scrapbook projects for you to see today !!  

"Live Your Dreams" Mini Album


You MAY have already seen this because it was on the Swirlydoos blog with a video tutorial this past Saturday. I used some Dusty Attic chipboard pieces on this cover that are NOT part of the kit, but one of the benefits of being a subscriber is getting to participate in special orders, and we recently had one for this magnificent chipboard, so I thought I would use a few pieces from it. 

Here are some closeups that showcase some of the details:




If you haven't had a chance to check out the video tutorial, you can find here:



And, be sure to check out the Swirlydoos blog on Saturday to watch part two that shows how to complete the inside!

"Love You" Layout


This is my layout based on our monthly sketch. Here's the sketch:

I flipped it to make it more of a funky take on the kit for this picture of me and my smallest guy. 

I added LOTS of distressing and layers, including some punched strips of the dictionary vellum which gives it a great texture peeking between the papers. 



I painted the Creative Embellishments chipboard from the embellishment add on with the Art Anthology velvet paint, then dry brushed some gold paint from my stash over it to highlight the texture from the black dimensional paint. 



I also added some gesso splatters using some diluted gessos (black and white) with the splatter brush from the mediums add on. The stencil is not from the kit, but one of Prima's new ones. The black and grey paper has the doily stencil from the mediums add on that I used some crackle paste on, then cut around it.  

"Always" Mosaic Canvas


I loved using the Ranger mosaic kit from the project add on this month! I used two of the greenish blue papers from the kit to create the base. I painted the chipboard with some blue paint and then added some aged silver embossing powder in some spots, then added some blue patina mist. 

I filled up the frame with flowers from the project kit and the flower add on kit to create a textured "bed" for the Prima resin piece from the embellishment add on, and added the lace that I made into a bow. I misted the resin piece, then added some gesso, then sponged it off to get that looked. 

I completed the project by adding some splats like the layout above, then added a Dusty Attic word title that I got form the Dusty Attic special order. I added the rhinestones in between the letters. 

"Believe" Layout


I was inspired by January Prima BAP for this layout.   I have been wanting to scrap this picture for a long time! This kit was perfect for it. I also had set aside that circle "fairy ring" that I bought from Angelica's etsy shop to go with the picture, but my youngest pulled off some of the flowers, and I wasn't sure I would be able to salvage it, however,  I used some of the daisies from the flowers in the main kit, as well as some from my stash to give it a makeover, and I think it works!


I used the Dusty Attic chipboard for a corner piece, and added a Prima patina metal trinket. I painted both pieces with some gold and turquoise paints, as well as the "believe" title, also from the Dusty Attic special order. 


I haven't used sequins on my pages in a very long time, but I thought I would give them a go since they were in the kit. I added some of the blue adhesive pearls to the middles, and I think I really like them!



You have until midnight, eastern time, January 22nd, to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 01/25.  In order to qualify to win here is what you need to do:
1: Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment on each. This way we know you were there. Take your time. There are REALLY beautiful things to see along the way.
2: Before you leave each blog, look for the “special” words and write it down. 
Once you have visited all the blogs and collected all the special words, they will create a sentence. 
3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had, tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you collected. Can't wait to hear from you.


My special word is : optimistic-


The party continues over at Jan's blog. Have fun!


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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Prima ArtVenture 2016 Projects!

I was lucky enough to go to Prima's ArtVenture event in Anaheim last week! This was an amazing experience, and I thought I'd share the projects I made during this intense two days of classes!

Class 1: Foiled Watercolor Canvas with Sharon Laakkonen


This class was awesome! I think Sharon is a wonderful teacher! For this class we got to use some amazing Prima products including a watercolor canvas, the foil and rub ons, and the BEAUTIFUL new Tales of You and Me paper collection. Just taking the products out of the bag was exhilarating!

Here's my canvas:

And here's some closeups:

The coordinating flowers for the "Tales" collection are to die for!

You can see the rose gold foil with the rub ons in the top left corner. 




And you can see the new stencil and stamps from the collection also. 


I can see myself making many more watercolor canvases using Sharon's great techniques!

Class 2: Carte Blanche Regalis Home Decor with John C. Petersen

John is sooo fun! I really loved his presence during all of the classes. I really love the design of this project! We got some new flowers from the Salvage District collection that weren't part of the original design, but I just had to add them. 


Here in this closeup you can see the stencil with paste and microbeads under the Relic pieces. 


What I like most about this project is that it got me thinking about using different metallic colors on the same project. I tend to keep to one at a time, and mixed golds, bronzes, and silvers is quite wonderful!


Class 3: Plage de la Bouillabaisse Mixed Media Album with Frank Garcia


There's no doubt that Frank makes the most exquisite mini albums, and this one is no exception! This French Riviera collection we used is perfect! I love anything beachy or ocean-themed, and this line is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen!

I fell in love with the idea of putting the pearls in the shells, and I can see myself using that idea over and over. 
Unfortunately, I didn't get to finish this album in class, but my cover is done, and it's definitely at the top of my list to complete it. 


Class 4: Altered Mixed Media Clock with Anna Dabrowska


Anna's techniques are always amazing, and this clock class was exactly WHY I wanted to go to ArtVenture. When I saw the example posted, it was thrilling to know (and HOPE) that I would be bringing home a project that looked even remotely like what Anna created!

We got to use new Mechanicals, Melange, flowers, AND the new acrylic paints, which are a MUST-HAVE! I didn't finish this project in class, and LUCKILY, these paints were in the Prima store set up just for ArtVenture. (We won't talk about how much I spent there.)


The inside of the clock has a lot of detail so here a couple of different closeups.


 And a side view:

Using the new Opal Magic acrylic paints was MAGICAL! 


Class 5: Vintage Emporium Altered Frames with Vicki Boutin


Vicki's class was great! I love her teaching style, and her intricate design of this project. At first glance you might not think it's super detailed, but she gave us SOOO many ways to use the Prima pastels, that my box of pastels has to sit on my desk at all times now so I can use it all of the time! We used the new Vintage Emporium  collection on these altered frames, and I adore how Vicki added teal to it to make this project pop!


This top box has so much detail- we added flowers to the vines that we colored, with pastels.


The butterflies were also colored with pastels, as well as the inside of the box with multiple colors.


And this bottom frame has an interactive little mini album, which is too cute.

The ephemera pack has metals and glass bottles that make this project over-the-top wonderful!


Class 6: Statement Necklace Wall Art with Sandra Evertson


I was in awe of seeing the example for this class! I find Sandra's relic resin pieces to be so unique and amazing, and they really get me thinking how I would use these on my own projects. I enjoyed listening to her stories on where these relics and artifacts came from as she collected the original pieces from her time traveling as a model, and now we can all use these replicas.


 I have no experience with making jewelry, so I was excited to make my first piece based on Sandra's design. And, the display on the Carte Blanche wood with easel is so ideal!


Here's the middle relic- I still can't believe how easy it was to make this part! For some reason, the glue I used made this bauble cloudy, but I still love the look.

Another closeup:


I will definitely be incorporating more jewelry and resin ideas to my own projects now that I know how!

I just wanted to say thank you to all of the teachers, volunteers from Charity Wings who did an amazing job helping out, and also to Denny for organizing this unforgettable experience! Hope I get to go to another!

Rae




Monday, December 28, 2015

Advent Calendar using Swirlydoos Kits

Hi, everyone! Even though the holidays are over, I've made an Advent calendar using the "All That Glitters" kit, along with some items from my stash and past kits. I love, love, love, the blues and pinks! 

The Advent calendar is from Kaisercraft. It's so funny- I thought that this Advent house was super awesome because it has all that extra space at the top, and I ASSUMED it was going to open up, which is ideal for giving the kids larger candies some days! Boy was I WRONG- The top of the house didn't open at all! That just would not do, so I modified it! I sanded the parts that would have normally been glued together on one side, and went to Lowe's and grabbed a small pair of hinges to create an opening at the top.


And this is what the inside of that opening looks like. I added some poinsettias from past Swirlydoos Christmas kits, as well some cotton fluff for the floor. Now, I have a space for larger Advent gifts, and no one is happier about that than my littles! 



Here's what the other side that doesn't open looks like:


I added some of the foil ornaments from the specialty paper, and some pearl strands. I kept the design of the boxes pretty basic, using Tim Holtz metal number circles. The frame is from the dollar bin at Michaels- I used two different embossing powders on it to achieve that effect. The image inside the frame is from the kit papers. 


Here are the view from the sides:

The side without any boxes had a Memory Box window die, and a Tim Holtz metal wreath from a  past kit. 





Thanks for checking out my blog today!

This is a Design Team project I created for Swirlydoos Scrapbook Kit Club. If you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at www.swirlydoos.com. Mention my name (Rae) when you subscribe and you’ll receive 10% off your first kit, AND a coupon good for 30% off your entire purchase in the Swirlydoos.com store!





Saturday, December 26, 2015

Swirlydoos Kit Club Tutorial: Comparing Pastels and Gelatos

Happy Saturday! For those celebrating Christmas, I hope your holiday was wonderful, and that you can sneak in some tutorial viewing today!

We recently received oil pastels in a project kit, we've had some people ask about what the difference between pastels and gelatos are. So, I decided to do a comparison video of the two media so you can see the differences. Check out the video here:


Thanks for check out my blog today!

This is a Design Team project I created for Swirlydoos Scrapbook Kit Club. If you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at www.swirlydoos.com. Mention my name (Rae) when you subscribe and you’ll receive 10% off your first kit, AND a coupon good for 30% off your entire purchase in the Swirlydoos.com store!








Monday, December 21, 2015

Untitled Layout using Prima Pastiche Papers

Today I'm sharing a layout I made using loads of Prima goodies for a couple of challenges. It's for the round robin challenge at Swirlydoos, and also the December Prima Product Pick challenge. 

I loved the blues and red combo of the PPP this month!


And here's what came up with: 



Thanks, Miss Kathi for your beautiful inspiration for the round robin challenge!

I used an older collection, Pastiche, for most of the papers and I also used some Stationer's Desk paper for some reds, and the  Finnabair Vintage Vanity paper pad to get some variety of blues.


Here's a closeup that shows the Prima different flowers I used:


I used some Prima Bloom sprays in Glistening Waves and Frost which you can see in this pick. And, some of the blue wired cord, and the new patina metal trinket leaves. And, I found some blue pearls from the "e." line in my stash to add to the doily die cuts.


 Here's a couple of closeups showing all the different layers.



Thanks for looking!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Swirlydoos Kit Club December Reveal and Blog Hop!

Welcome to:
December Scrapbook Kit Reveal!


Thank you for joining our blog hop this month! If you came here from Kim's blog, then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there.  Make sure you leave a comment on all blogs for a chance to win a prize! And, make sure you have LIKED & FOLLOWED Swirlydoos on Facebook!!!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful December collection:


ALL THAT GLITTERS
And check out these coordinating add ons that perfectly compliment our December scrapbook kit! 




Are you a subscriber? If so, your kit is on it's way if you don't already have it! If not, check out the Swirlydoos store to see if there are any December kits or add ons in the store!

Has it sold out? - become a subscriber and not only will you never miss a kit again, but you'll also pay less for your monthly scrapbook kits!
*Mention this blog hop and save 10% on your first kit*


 Never miss one of our kits again!


We have some absolutely beautiful scrapbook projects for you to see today!!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this kit! The pinks and blues make these papers so magical! 

Here's what I've done with the kit, so far:

First, I started with our fabulous December sketch by Beggahuna!

How beautiful is that? Here's my take on it:

I started with using the stencil and snowflake paste that came in the mediums add on on the left and bottom of the paper, then distressed the edges and inked them with two pink distress inks. In this closeup, you can see the snowflake paste- it's gorgeous! AND, look at that little snow fairy! I purchased that from Angelica's etsy shop. I also used some pink glitter alphas from my stash from the title. 

Instead of adding pictures in the squares in the sketch, I decided to just use those for layers. I also used the snowflake dies from the die add on under the squares and added pink pearls from the embellishment add on.  Then, I cut out an ornament from one of the papers to use a photo mat over the squares. 
The circles that look white are actually little mirrors from the kit. They are very difficult to photograph, but well worth putting on, and they look amazing in real life!

I finished off the layout by adding some tiny snowflake stamping with pink chalk ink, then splatted some diluted gesso over it.

Next, I made this layout:

I went with a more classic looking design for this picture, and I really love how the Blue Fern Studios winter dangles chipboard pieces look. I did lots to them!

First, I painted them with gesso, and each dangle got it's own unique treatment. There are a few different shades of blue on these papers and also the flowers, so I used a few different blue products. 

I used blue chalk ink  to accent the heart and bows. The star was painted with the dimensional paint from the main kit. Both of these were then painted with clear Gimmer Glam for an extreme glittery look. 

I used distress ink on the snowflake. All of the dangles have pearl accents from the main kit also. 



And, next I have these hanging ornaments I made from this month's project add on:



There are many more details in my video tutorial that you can see here:


Thanks for checking out my projects! 


You have until midnight, eastern time, December 13th to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 12/15.  In order to qualify to win here is what you need to do:
1: Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment on each. This way we know you were there. Take your time. There are REALLY beautiful things to see along the way.
2: Before you leave each blog, look for the “special” words and write it down. 
Once you have visited all the blogs and collected all the special words, they will create a sentence. 
3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had, tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you collected. Can't wait to hear from you.


My special word is : open


The party continues over at Jan's blog. Have fun!


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