Sunday, August 30, 2015

August Sketch from Blue Fern Studios

When I saw the sketch from Blue Fern Studios this month, I knew I had to play along! Check out this beauty:

I have the Love Story paper collection that I have been itching to use! This is what I came up with:

 Besides the fabulous Love Story paper, I also used some BFS chippies. In this closeup, you can see the rings panel portion peeking form the right side of the layers. I used some pink, red, and black chalk inks, blending them on the chipboard. 

And, I used the majestic frame under the picture. I painted it with black embossing paste, and added some Prima Art Sugar in silver. 


Here's a closeup that shows the bottom of the majestic frame and part of the romantic page heart dangle. I just sponged on three colors of Inka Gold for that effect.

Lastly, I added the "Happy" title. I treated it with Prima Art Sugar in pink, but all of the pictures I took have it washed out to a white color. 



Thanks for stopping by and checking out my take on the sketch!

Rae

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Swirlydoos Kit Club August Reveal and Blog Hop!

Welcome to:
August Scrapbook Kit Reveal!


Thank you for joining our blog hop this month! If you came here from the Creative Embellishments 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 August collection, Sunkissed:








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 August 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 !!  


This kit is to die for! I rarely work with YELLOW! It's not that I don't like it, per se, it's just that I rarely come across it in an elegant, sophisticated paper line, but Authentique did a fabulous job this beautiful line, and of course Swirlydoos adds the perfect embellishments and everything else to make it AMAZING! It's been a blast to work with! Here are some projects I have made with the kit so far.

"See the Beauty in Everyday Things" Layout

This is based on the monthly sketch by Beggahuna. You can find out more details on how to join us for the sketch challenge on our challenge forums!


I made this layout first. I love to start working with the kits with the monthly sketch. And, I have to admit, the yellow was a tiny bit intimidating, so I wanted to pair it with the teal accent color. I treated the teal paper with a crackle stencil and grey distress ink, then added some gold splatters with the mist from the mediums add on, and then add more with watered down black and white gesso. I used both gessos and also some Shimmerz Inklingz on the flowers and also the die cut vines, which is out die add on this month! Here's a closeup of the vines and some of the flowers:




I decided to use doilies from my stash for this sketch, and I thought it was the perfect pairing with the pretty yellow lace paper. I fussy cut that border that you see using two borders and gluing them next to each other, then added the black pearls from the embellishment add on kit, two I also cut that heart out from the coordinating sticker sheet, also from the embellishment kit. I polished off the layout with blue and yellow bling. 

And, the picture is of my Owen with the best ABA therapist EVER, Miss Courtney! So sorry that we couldn't bring her to Las Vegas with us! 

Altered Butterfly Decor



There is an awesome shop about 5 minutes away from my house that sells wood decor for you to decorate yourself, and it's AWESOME! My sister-in-law invited me to a class there when we first moved back to Vegas,  and I fell in love with the whole store! I had to buy this butterfly decor, and the Sunkissed kit is perfect for it. 

I kept the design pretty simple- I thought the colors and textures were enough to keep this project pretty and interesting. I colored all of the pieces with grey distress stain in case any wood would show through, which you can see on the stick. Then I covered the butterfly and block with paper. I also lined the block with some of the velvet lace from the embellishment add on. The sentiment was on one of the notecards from embellishment add on that I cut up to go with the design, and added a bunch of flowers from the main kit, as well as the flower add on. 


Here's a nice view of the side- I added laces that we have had in past kits to outline both the wings (in white), and the body (in grey and black), which adds to the elegance of the piece. For the middle, I used the yellow Petaloo flowers from the flower add on- even though they are the same size, I made two of them two smaller sizes by gathering them up and cinching them with wire to keep the smaller, more dense shape. Also, the black flourishes are from a past kit, but they make perfect butterfly wings!





"Be Happy" Layout



My creative juices have been flowing a little slow this past week. We've hit some major roadblocks with my oldest and getting him into school. It's been really stressful, and it seems like we have quite an uphill battle ahead. I'll spare you the details, but just know that the struggle for getting a special needs child what they need and deserve is REAL. It put me in quite a mood, so I need some scrap therapy, and I made this layout of myself as a reminder to BE HAPPY. There's a tons of journaling that I'll be writing on the back of this layout!

Again, this is another somewhat simple layout for me. I used some scraps from my other projects rather than cut into some unused paper, which I let dictate my design. I also had this circle that I got a long time ago- some chipboard outline from another piece that I wrapped with wire ribbon just to see what it would look like. It's been sitting on my desk for some time, and it just went well with this design. The black swirls were made with the stencil from the mediums add on- LOVE IT!

I also wanted to use the Bo Bunny metallic rub ons, so I added the border, and also the script at the bottom. And, learn from my mistake- those rubons do NOT take well to chipboard! I thought I would use one of the larger ones to add to my "happy" title, and it would have, but it covered the entire piece, including the holes. Luckily, it did rub off as easily as it rubbed on! I think it looks better black anyway! And, by the way, that title is a Creative Embellishments chipboard, so if you don't already have it, and you are hopping along, you just might win the CE prize and be able to snag one for yourself!

Also, did you see those butterflies? Those are made by our fellow design team member, Angelica, and she sells them in her wonderful etsy shop! 

In this close up, you can see the flowers- the large yellow one is from the flower add on- I rolled the edges to give it more dimension. I also added some Petaloo from my stash, as I went overboard with the flowers on other projects, so I am falling a little short at this point!



Altered Bottles

Our project add on kit this month is so AWESOME! There are bottle and jars to alter. I chose to start with the bottles:


I was totally excited about the finish on these bottles! I love to experiment- I wasn't sure what the end result would be, but I couldn't be happier with it! I used the chalk paint that came with the kit, as well as some crackle paint in lieu of the Crackle Accents, along with the mists from the mediums kit, and some other paints from my stash.

Here's a closeup of one of the backs of the bottles:

I'll be doing a video tutorial on how you can get this same finish in just a few weeks in September, so be on the look out! 

Thanks for taking the time to look at my projects today! If you aren't already a subscriber, and are ready to start getting these fabulous kits so you can let your creativity go wild, 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!


You have until midnight, eastern time, August 28th to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 8/30.  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 : a


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


Blog Hop Order: 
Creative Embellishments http://creativeembellishments.com/blog/





Thursday, July 23, 2015

Swirlydoos Kit Club July Blog Hop!

Welcome to:
July 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 July collection:

Belle Fleur






​You will LOVE this July kit loaded with Prima and Blue Fern Studios paper and more! After taking a month off to move, I was super inspired by this kit! Here's what I've made so far:

Untitled Layout

This is was my first project I made with the kit. I have a step by step tutorial that will be up on the Swirtydoos forums in the Anatomy of a Layout section by Thursday afternoon, so you can see all of the detail there!

What a Wonderful World Layout

I took this picture at a cemetery in Denver last fall. I've scrapped it before, but I really love it!

This is based on the monthly sketch. It kind of took on a life of it's own! I just used the rectangles and circle elements on the sketch and rearranged them and added a couple of layers. 

I used translucent embossing paste on the window stencil that we received in a past kit, and then used blue distress ink to highlight it. The black swirly chipboard aligned with the picture is from my stash, but you could easily add a similar element from a die cut.

The outlined flowers are a Memory Box die that I cut out of cardstock from the cardstock add on, and inked with a dark moss color.

The white circle was cut from one of the notecards in the main kit. The lower left cluster with the brad has a pink paper with a frame- that's one of the matchboxes from the embellishment add on kit that I cut up. 

"Love" Card



I used a paper rolling technique for the base of this card. The bottom layer has two different stencils with the circles and then the butterflies, which is from Crafter's Workshop.

I love those rolled flowers from the flower add on! They are quite chunky! I added some minor elements form my stash- a gold button, some white flower trim, and some whispy strands from the floral section at Michaels. 

I finished off the card by softening up the design with gesso, and Silks paints.

"Beauty is True" Layout



For this layout, I followed the July Blue Fern Studios sketch. To pull this off, I used the Boston Lattice chipboard from my stash, but we did get it in the January kit. I painted it with a white paint dauber, then randomly used the silver gelato from the mediums add on to give it a distressed white look. 

I used Prima and Kaisercraft stencils with black embossing paste under the floral clusters. 

The title is from the embellishment add on- it's one of those cute matchboxes!

Garden Fable Gatefold Album



This is the album from the project kit, which I LOVE! Garden Fable is a perfect summery line! I have a video on how to prep the album and decorate the cover. Part two will be coming soon and that will be all about finishing the inside this album!

You can check out part one here:

I hope you enjoyed checking out my projects for Swirlydoos! 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!




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 July 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!

You have until midnight, eastern time, 7/24 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 7/28.  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 : is


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


Blog Hop Order:

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Swirlydoos Kit Club Design Team Call!

WooHoo! The best kit club is having a design team call! 


Swirlydoos Kit Club - Design/Education Team Call
Are you passionate about Scrapbooking? Do you enjoy teaching and inspiring other crafters? Can you gab with the best of us? Swirlydoos Kit Club is looking to add amazing talent to our outstanding Design/Education Team for a 6 month term that will run from our September, 2015 kit to our February, 2016 kit. We will be adding 2-3 fabulously creative Designers who are energetic, outgoing, talented, versatile individuals and who are committed to the beautiful art of scrapbooking.

 Our designers must be able to devote the time necessary to our community, to our members, and to their artwork. We are especially interested in designers who make awesome video tutorials!

This DT call will close at midnight MST on August 15th, 2015. 
This call is open to talented scrapbook designers/educators all around the globe
Design Team Requirements:
  1. You will create a minimum of 4-5 layouts/projects, and as many cards, tags etc as you can per main kit sent to you.
  2. Create at least one tutorial (video or photo. Video preferred) per month, and add content to our tips, tricks and techniques area in the forum.
  3. Create a minimum of 3 “blank” cards during your 6 month term to send in to the home office.
  4. You must upload your projects to all major scrapbook galleries and blogs you are affiliated with, along with Facebook and Pinterest.
  5. Advertise for Swirlydoos kit club with Blinkies, blog banners, badges and other social media tools.
  6. BE EXCITED about being on the team! Be very ACTIVE on the forum and in our Facebook gallery!
  7. You will participate in our monthly blog hops, plus challenges and special events (NSD, WCMD) on our forums.
  8. You will occasionally be asked to send us some of your completed projects for display at trade shows that Swirlydoos is participating in.

An ideal candidate for being on the design team will:

 -Have the ability to take excellent, clear pictures of projects.
 -Create educational videos to be added to our YouTube Library using Swirlydoos main kit, Project add-on kits or products form our Swirlydoos boutique.
 -Be dedicated to promoting the kits and personal projects to social media on reveal day,      including Facebook and Instagram. 
 -Already have an active blog, Facebook and scrapbook.com accounts
 -Be an active member of our community on the forums and commenting in our Facebook gallery at  least four times a week
 -Be willing to partake in design team duties and help with any other promotions or contests we may have

If you are interested in joining the DESIGN TEAM - Send an email to "Kim@swirlydoos.com" with "DESIGN TEAM CALL" in the subject line. Include all of the following information:
  • Your name
  • address
  • telephone number
  • email address
  • blog address
  • any online galleries where we might see more of your work
  • YouTube address and or UStream Channel link,  if you have one (preferred, but not necessary)
  • 3 samples of your current work that best reflect your style
  • a list of all design teams you have been on, past and current (prior experience is not necessary)
  • Please tell us what you consider your strengths (where you excel) and why you would make a good designer for the Swirlydoos community.
What you can expect from Swirlydoos:
An honest, fun, dedicated team who supports you and your art and encourages you at every turn.
A FABULOUS tight knit community of smart assed, super talented scrapbookers from around the world
CHA invitations and passes
Free monthly main kit for Design Team
50% discount on all other kits and store purchases during your term

The new design team will be announced August 30th on our blog


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Projects made with the May Swirlydoos kit, Spring Chic

Happy Saturday! I'm excited to share my projects that I have made with the beautiful Swirlydoos May kit, Spring Chic. I love the Spring colors and the feminine feel to this kit, featuring the Kaisercraft "So Lovely" and Bo Bunny "Garden Journal" collections.

"Shine" Layout

This is my layout based on the monthly sketch. When I first took a look at the kit, I was a little overwhelmed with all the pink- I am not a pink girl! So, I thought I would start with a NO PINK layout.

The picture is of my daughter- this was her 4th grade Spring school picture that I edited to coordinate with the colors of the papers and embellishments, which was a good starting point for me. I used faux stitching on the layers and cut the large paper where the patterns on the bottom changed, then stuck some black lace from a past kit in between. 

A love the black stripes on my daughter's dress, so I wanted to add lots of black elements like the silhouette, lace, and the flourishes, which were all cut using different dies from my stash. I also outlined the title with black. 

Gold was a fantastic highlight color for the teal and black, so I added the gold Kaiser mist from the mediums add on to the background, as well as on the chipboard frame.

"Isn't She Lovely?" Layout

I LOVE this wood heart frame from American Crafts! I cut up a lot of the papers to fill up the different spaces, and I love how it came out. It's a busier page than I normally make, but the patterns and colors just work for a frame like this, and really create a lot to look at on it's own. I loved using all these different shades of pink!

I inked the fairies with black chalk ink, then used the pink Zazz on their wings. 

"Sweet Girls" Layout


This layout came together so quickly- these papers were just so easy to work with! The large paper is perfect, and the Collectibles that coordinate with it had a nearly identical flower cluster that was at the top left, so I tried to replicate the cluster on the bottom right. I wanted a darker pink flower, so I used the pink mist from the mediums add on. Also the dark pink and top blue flowers are from the same set as the ones that looked larger, but I needed them to be a little smaller in diameter, so I tied them at the base with a rubber band. The butterflies are from Angelica's Etsy shop, and went perfectly with this kit. 


"Precious Moments" Flip Frame


Lastly, I have started my flip frame from the project add on. I love this frame- what a sweet way to display projects. This will be a mini album for my daughter when I finish, but so far, I have made the base and the "cover."

So, here is a quick tutorial on how YOU can make a base for your flip frame:

To start out, you will need a 12X12 paper (I used black), a ruler, pencil, a hole punch, and paper trimmer (not pictured). 


The size of paper that works best for the inside of this frame 3 1/4 X 5 1/4. You can get six panels from a 12X12 piece of paper.

Once you have cut your panels, you will need to cut to holes for the rings. In the picture below, on the black panel, you can see a line- I measured a half inch down and drew the line. Then a half inch in on each side, I marked where the holes should be, then hole punched, using the smaller hold on the Cropadile. I did the same thing on the paper I used to cover the panel.

Here is a picture that shows how straight it is:

But, it all depends on where the rings are placed on the frame. If the middle of the clasp, where the bolt is, is in a different spot, it can look like this:


That is the same panel that I measured and cut, but those rings move and it won'y always look perfect!

In this picture you can see that I cut the top of the blue flower die cut. Even thought I loved the look, the top interfered with flipping that panel over, so when you design your panels or pages for your flip frame, just be aware of putting embellishments at the top can be in the way for a good "flip." However, the sides and bottom can have over flowing items with little trouble.



Thanks for letting me share my projects with you, as these will be the last I make for some time, as I prepare for a big move. I hope to be back to being an active Swirly Girl by September! 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, March 28, 2015

Garden Romance projects for Swirlydoos Kit Club

Hello! I have a tutorial using the project add on kit to share with you today, and I'm also sharing the rest of my projects that I made with the Garden Romance kit, and walk you through how I used the kit.

I'm super lucky, because I always get my kit before anyone else: the perks of living a few miles away from the Swirly Queen! Once it's in my hands, I take everything out and hang it up on my "kit" carousel so I can see exactly what I have and GET STARTED playing as soon as I can!

I typically start with the sketch when I use the kit. BUT, this month was my turn to do the anatomy tutorial, and that is done using only the main kit, so I decided to do my tutorial page first, which you may have already seen on reveal day:

And you can check out the tutorial HERE.

For my next project, I used the sketch:


I recently celebrated my 38th birthday, and I'm feeling really awesome about a lot of things in my life and I wanted to commemorate that with a layout! I tried to do some journaling, but decided to just do that on the back. 

I started out by doing some faux stitching around the large layer. It's one of my favorite techniques! That large paper layer is such a beautiful piece of paper, I couldn't cover it up. I love layers, but I really wanted to see as much of that paper as possible, so I kept this layout simple. 

I used my Crafter's Workshop circle template on some grey cardstock for the large circle, insanely distressed it, and added some lace from my stash to tuck under the circle. 



The flowers from the add on are just gorgeous, so I used a lot of them. I added some of the grey pearls to the center of the large flower. I also aded a few grey roses from my stash, and some chipboard swirls. The pearls are BoBunny from the embellishment add on. Here are a couple of closeups of the small details:


And you can see that beautiful pink dragonfly from Angelica's etsy shop!



When I finished the sketch page, I was in a layout making mood, so I moved on and made this one to hang in my daughter's bedroom:




I used a doily and some older Prima vines from my stash, tucking in the Martha Stewart berry stickers and flowers and rose leaves from the kit this month to make the flower cluster. 

Here's a closeup of that and also a piece of chipboard that I bought when we had a Dusty Attic special order. I covered that with the rose gold Liquid Pearls from the embellishment add on.



In this closeup, you can see the chipboard title, also from the embellishment add on that I heat embossed with some shabby pink embossing powder. AND, look at that little fairy! It's also from Angelica's etsy shop. (Can you tell how much I LOVE her store?)


And, lastly, I made my acrylic box from the project add on this month:





And, I will let you see how I made that here in my video:



Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Don't forget 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, March 16, 2015

Swirlydoos March Reveal!

Welcome to:
March Scrapbook Kit Reveal!

Thank you for stopping by today! We aren't having a blog hop, but I'll be sharing more of my projects, including a video tutorial for the project add on kit, featuring the new Clear Scraps acrylic box on March 21st!
Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful March collection:

Garden Romance









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 March 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!

This kit is so perfect for scrapping the ladies, girls, and romantic pictures! I have a lot of plans for this kit, and this is my first layout I have made:



I made this layout using ONLY the main kit, besides some mixed media and tools. The title was cut with my Cameo. You can check out my photo tutorial on how I made this layout on the Swirlydoos Forums.

Thanks for check it out and I hope you check back this coming Saturday to see the rest of my projects!