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!




Saturday, March 7, 2015

Distressed Faux Filigree Chipboard Technique for Swirlydoos Kit Club

Happy Saturday! Today I'm sharing this incredibly simple technique today to give your chipboard this distressed faux filigree look, and all you need is Liquid Pearls, mist, and a heat gun!


It gives the perfect touch to any project!



Here's my project that I made using some remnants from the Artful Blues kit, as well as some things from past kits:

Take a few minutes and watch the video! 


Enjoy the rest of your weekend!







Sunday, March 1, 2015

Artful Blues Start to Finish Layout Tutorial for Swirlydood Kit Club

Today I'm sharing a video tutorial of this layout that I made using the Authentique papers from the Artful Blues kit:


I love the Authentique papers so much! There are perfect for masculine layouts. (I ALWAYS add flowers though. :) )

And I had the most darling burlap stars in my stash to add to "boy it up."



I decided to use a gesso technique I learned in an Ania Dabrowska class a couple of years ago.


So, I hope you get a chance to check out the video today:









Saturday, February 21, 2015

Mixed Media Background Tutorial for Swirlydoos Kit Club

Happy Saturday! By now, our subscribers have received their AMAZING Artful Blues kit, and hopefully you are creating something with it this weekend! Today, I have a video for you using the "mediums" add on from the February kit that features some really cool Art Anthology products. (There are still some kits in the store HERE.)

If you have been a subscriber for a while, you may have used the "sorbet" dimensional paints from past kits, and you already know how wonderful they are. But, new for us is the "stucco" texture paste, so I've experimented with it to find out what works and what does not and I'm showing you that in the video, in addition to creating a mixed media background for a layout with all of the products, along with some gesso and mist from my stash. This is the result:


And here are some closeups of the completed layout that show how it works with the rest of the items on the page.

 The cheesecloth gives it an extra softness and flow.


I love that drip! 


And, here's the video:




I hope you get a chance to play with these products, or at least get to do something scrappy today!






Friday, February 13, 2015

Swirlydoos Kit Club February Reveal and Blog Hop

Welcome to:
February 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 February collection:

Artful Blues





And check out these coordinating add ons that perfectly compliment our February 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 !!  

Here's what I've made with this awesome kit so far:

"Enjoy the Little Things..." Layout



This is my take on the February sketch. I rotated it and added some embellishments in the corner. I started out by cutting up the blue wood grain paper to make some panels and went from there. I cut up the Prima felt strips and used a mitering technique by adding the scallops of the felt around the half circle. Several of the small layers, including the title on the tag are from the Kaisercraft Blue Bay Collectibles set that came in the embellishment kit. The black lace is from my stash. The brown vines are diecuts I made out of the brown cardstock from the cardstock add on using a older Marianne die. I finished off the layout by using white gesso and Silks paints on the flowers, then added some paint drops and mists all over.



"Besties" Layout

 This picture is of my daughter and her best friend. These two girls are very cute together, and I have been waiting for the perfect kit to scrap this pic and this month was perfect.

I cut out the middle of the die cut paper, and added some mist and embossing fragments powder to distress it up a bit. I cut up some random layers from the kit papers to create the design, and used a Spellbinders die that I cut in half and placed the two pieces to under the photo and mat.

For the chipboard, I used the Liquid Pearls that came in the man kit to randomly cover it, then I added some embossing powders and hit it with a heat gun. Once dry, I misted it with a dark green mist.

I added the teal and white flowers from my stash, as well as the resin cherub.




"Cherish Yesterday..." Altered Chalkboard

I have a process video for this altered chalkboard that you can see here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btENkTN3SUQ





You have until midnight, eastern time, February 14th to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 2/16.  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 : GRATEFUL


This concludes the blog hop. Go back to the Swirlydoos blog and comment with the sentence! Thanks for joining us!