Sunday, December 30, 2012

Fabulous Contest at Swirlydoos!

Check this out:

Seriously, this is soooo awesome! If you would love to win a spot on the Swirlydoos Design Team, this is your chance!

Grungy Tags with Flourish with a Bling

Last month, I had the opportunity to work with Gelatos with Faber-Castell, and I came up with a way to use them mixed with Smooch Spritz. I used a whole pack of the Ranger manilla tags just playing to perfect the technique. You can see exactly how I made the background in this video tutorial I made for Swirlydoos Kit Club:

So, these tags have been sitting on my scrap table, and I just can't stop making them! And, it was a nice break from all the Christmas tags! Here are two tags that made using the fabulous Grace Pearl flourishes:
For this tag, I added a small doily, then the beautiful teal Grace Pearl flourish from FWAB. I cut up the flourish to fit the way I wanted it to fit on the tag, then added this beautiful Prima flower that I have had for years. And, it just makes me laugh because I keep saying that I am so done with the peach and blue color combo that has been so popular this year, but I keep using it.
 For this tag, I used another FWAB Grace Pearl Flourish, this time in Copper, which is perfect with the rest of the colors on the tag. I used the same background as the first tag, but I covered it with some polka dot paper  for added dimension.

Thanks for having a look. If you would like more information on the wonderful flourishes, click here!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Welcome to Swirlydoos' December Kit Reveal Blog Hop Block Party!!


If you came here from Lisa V's blog, then you are on the right track.  If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there.  We have some amazing projects for you to see today !!  We have 3 manufacturers hopping and 3 designers from Webster's pages!!!  Also, as an extra special twist, 2 of our designers are hiding secret prize on their blog!!!!!  Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!!  Check out Swirlydoos on Facebook and Like Us!!!!

Take a look at the wonderful Believe kit:



This kit, like all of the others is amazing! It's been so great to work with it this month! "Believe" is certain to be perfect for all of your holiday projects. It features the newest, most elegant collections by Kaisercraft, and other classically gorgeous embellishments! You haven't subscribed to Swirlydoos yet, there just MIGHT be a few of the kits left in the store, but I doubt they will be there for long!

Believe Layout



I've been waiting all year to scrap this pic I took of my son last year! Good pics of him are few and far between! I jumped right into this kit to get it scrapped. I kept the design as basic as it gets for me because the picture is quite busy with color. I tried to pull out all of the colors and add splashes of red. The lace, alphas, and pearls are from my stash.


Magic Gift Boxes


I got the idea for these gift boxes from Leah Killian's blog, and she graciously allowed me to borrow her idea! I have adapted her design into a shorter box with room for a gift card and holiday treats, perfect for teachers, co-workers, and neighbors alike! They are SUPER easy to make and a blast to embellish! If you'd like to see how I made these boxes, along with the white snowflakes with casting resin and stamps, be sure to check out my video on YouTube. NOTE: it is long, because I am showing how to make the resin snowflakes, and giving you a list of things of what not to do with the products, so you don't waste yours like I did with a lot of mine. And, there are step by step instructions on how to make the box.

Here are close ups of the three gift boxes:

Sugar Plum Fairy Gift Box




This is what the inside of the box looks like:

And, here is a close up of the top:

Winter Wonderland Gift Box


Inside:
 Top:



Father Christmas Gift Box



Inside:

Top:

Thanks for having a peek at my projects!


You have until midnight, eastern time, on Friday, 12/14 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Saturday 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. Become a follower if you're not already. 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 : through

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

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

More Swirlydoos Projects with the November Kit

I have to say that I love the Nouveau kit this month. There are so many beautiful papers and the blue is perfect. Here are some more projects that I made with November's kit:

Tags

At first, I wasn't too sure if I would like the gelatos that came in the technique kit, but I have discovered how versatile they are and you can really use them with anything! I know that they are super "blendable" and great on canvases, but I always like to see what else can be done with different mediums. I tried out a lot of different ways to use them, but I think my favorite way is to combine them with mists. For these to tags that I made, I mixed them with the Smooch Spritz that also came in this month's technique kit to get the background for my tags. AND, if you would like more details, I have a video tutorial  how to create this background on the You Tube



"Inspire" Layout


I had a lot of 12X12 "scraps" from the paper left over from my wall hanging that I made (see post below), which were perfect for adding lots of layers for other layouts. the Dusty Attic frame is not in the kit, but it just went so well with my design, that I had to add it. I painted it with Silks paints, one from the kit, and the green  is "Fern" that I already had. The black paper is punched with the Martha Stewart Embroidery Deep Edge punch. I used Perfect Pearls to trace around the paper under the photo.

"Life is But a Dream" Layout


Again, more use of my gutted paper from the wall hangings. This layout is based on this month's sketch, with WAY more layers. The butterflies are from Angelica's etsy shop. the dainty vines are from a Memory Box corner die. 

Thanks for looking!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Welcome to Swirlydoos' November Kit Reveal Blog Hop Block Party!!


If you came here from Miss Lisa V's blog, then you are on the right track.  If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there.  We have some amazing projects for you to see today !!  Also, as an extra special twist, one of our designers is hiding secret prize on their blog!!!!!  Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!!  Check out Swirlydoos on Facebook and Like Us!!!

Take a look at what Krissy has prepared for you this month with the fabulous "Nouveau" kit, along with amazing add ons :

If you haven't already subscribed, be sure to check out the Swirlydoos store to see if there are any November kits left!

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, I am super excited that I have moved to the Swirlydoos Education Team with Lynne and Miranda!!!! This is a wonderful opportunity to do something new, and I am LOVING IT! I want to give a special shout out to Lynne- THANK YOU for all of your tips and tricks on making videos. There is a link to my first one below. I'm sure I'll get better, but this one is kind of LOOONG. So, this is what I did with the technique kit this month, along with the paper and other goodies from the main kit and add ons:

"Never Give Up" Wall Hanging

The November technique kit features Faber-Castell Gelatos, which are basically a creamy pigment, super blendeable media. It was really fun to play around with these and find out how I like to use them. After trying many different things with them, I found a couple of techniques that are fun, and unique. 
 One of those techniques is applying Distress Ink to the gelatos to give them a different hue. In the picture below, I used this technique below on the cardboard (exposed on the edge of the wall hanging) with blue gelatos and brown ink. Neither color gets lost!

The other way I used the gelatos is to create a mixture of them with Distress Ink again, and adding Smooch Spritz in Vanilla Shimmer (It also comes in the kit!) to make a liquid, which I then used for soaking my wood flourish. You can see it has a creamy, translucence to it.
I also explain in my video o how to do this type of heavy distressing, so I hope you check that out!

I also mentioned in my video, but wanted to point out that I used Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac to make sure that my stuff stays stuck!!

And, I loved making this wall hanging so much, I am making a few more to make a set. Here is the second one I made:

"Imagine" Wall Hanging


I used the same exact techniques on this one. I used more papers from the main kit, and some of my own wood roses.

Here are some close ups:



Here is my video on how to create this wall hanging and using the gelatos:



Thanks for letting me share my creations and video with you! I enjoy reading your comments.

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Wednesday, 11/14 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Thursday 11/15.  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. Become a follower if you're not already. 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 : manners

The party continues over at the fabulous Paulien's blog.  Have fun!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

More Projects Using the Swirlydoos Bell Chanson Kit

I have had the best time using the Bell Chanson kit! I love the updated colors with a classic, elegant look. So unique. Today, I'm going to share my last projects made with this beautiful kit.

"That Crusty Face" Layout (featuring Flourish with a Bling, and Sketch Inspiration)


This week, Swirlydoos is sponsoring the sketch challenge at Sketch Inspiration! That was my inspiration for this layout, and this cute pic of my youngest sitting in the grass this spring. I love that crusty little face! Check out this lovely sketch: 
And, here is the prize: The Belle Chanson kit. (I really wouldn't mind having another, as I have used most of it!) 

And, I also used the FWAB Jack Vine on this layout:

"Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" Layout 


So this is another layout with a pic of my and my husband. I just think they go so well with the kit colors. I used faux stitching on the big background paper and the Martha Stewart Swirling Lace punch. I also used Frayed Burlap Distress Ink on the paper, using wiping it directly on the paper instead of using a blending tool. I wanted it to have that ragged look and also put enough color to contrast with the resin pieces and doily. I cut up the chipboard title from Fabscraps, and used the new bronze metallic Distress Stain, then I painted the pieces with Silks glaze paint in Guatemalan Green, and finally pressed on black chalk ink.

"Rock-a-Bye Baby" Layout

So, this layout is for the October Round Robin at Swirlydoos. I got to lift Hanne's beautiful layout that you can see HERE. I used faux stitching on most of the layers. All of the flowers were touched with Silks Glaze acrylic paint in Georgia Peach.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Flourish with a Bling Layout and Tutorial

Hi all! I busted out some gorgeous Pion paper and lovely FWAB, and made this layout of my darling daughter in one of my favorite pictures:


I used these wonderful FWAB products on my project:

Elise Flourish and flower Pack (black, with dark green and silver grey)


There is a tutorial on how I used the floating bling technique using the sivler rhinestones, on the FWAB blog.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Welcome to Swirlydoos' October "Belle Chanson" Kit Reveal Blog Hop Block Party!!


If you came here from the fabulous Lisa V's blog, then you are on the right track.  If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there.  We have some amazing projects for you to see today !!  Also, as an extra special twist, 2 of our designers are hiding secret prizes on their blogs!!!!!  Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!!  Check out Swirlydoos on Facebook and Like Us!!!

It's true: I love every Swirlydoos kit, BUT, whenever the kit has blue in it, it makes me sooo happy! Belle Chanson is one of my favorite kits to date. The patterns are classic, yet chic, and you can use them for any subject. I found myself wanting to scrap my favorite pics, again! Krissy did a fabulous job, as always, putting this one together. :)


And click here to watch a video of our Lisa V unveiling this fabulous kit, and be sure, if you aren't already a subscriber to get to the Swirlydoos store and see if there are any left to buy! 


"Demure" Layout



As soon as I saw these papers, I thought of this pic: it's one of my favorites of my daughter. I've used it on a couple of layouts before, but I couldn't help using it again! To be honest, I was having trouble deciding what papers to use, hence all of the layers. I ran all of the layers except the punched parts through the Distrezz-it-All, The script paper has masking using a chicken wire template and faux stitching, which is my new favorite technique. I'm too lazy to sew!
I sanded the edges of punched mat because it's Coordinations cardstock, and sanding reveals a different color. The green leaves in the flower clusters were cut out using the Cameo. This image comes with the software.

"Love." Layout 

 So this is my take on this month's exclusive Beggahuna sketch. I added more layers and didn't include three pics. Again, this is one of my favorite pics. My husband took it when we were sitting on the beach two summers ago. I will probably scrap this many more times.
For the background, I lightly colored the white flowers on the black paper with the pretty teal chalk ink and a paintbrush. I used more of the Coordinations from the card stock add on for the punched border and sanded it. Again, I made faux stitching on the music paper which I intentionally placed upside down on the layout. It's symbolic of all of the discord in our lives, and we still love each other.
The rest of the layout has nearly everything from the bling add on! I used the Martha Stewart Cherish punch around the page for both the photo mat, and the black frame- I cut the middle out and put on the teal rhinestone strips to border it. I used lots of pop dots on nearly every layer to give this one a lot of dimension. The clock under the masking tape sentiments are from the Prima packaging of the pearl and lace border. I love how it's faded- more symbolism- time fades and is irrelevant.

"Hello Forever" Card


It's funny how some projects just kind of create themselves. I had a project, not Swirlydoos related, that I want to do, so I pulled out these skeleton cameos I had in my stash and set them on my table so I wouldn't forget I had them. Later that day, the teams for our new Card Round Robin challenge (Please check it out and join us!) were posted and I had the first spot for my team. I started looking through the Belle Chanson kit, and saw the cameo die cut, and I just knew I had to pair it up with the skeleton one. This is what became of it!
There were three twists for this challenge: be inspired by a picture, use stamps, and metal. So, I started with the music note paper, using a small swirl stamp and the teal chalk ink from the main kit as a border for the card. I added the frame and cameo die cuts from the embellishment kit after distressing and inking. Then wrapped the ribbon and placed the other cameo on there.The black rhinestone strip is from the bling add on.  I wasn't sure what sentiment I was going to put on the card, but then I remembered the sentiments that we got in the kit, and how I was not fond of the "hello forever" one and I thought I would never use it. :) It just fit here! 


Fairy Mixed Media Album (Technique Kit)

So, I was sooooo excited about this month's technique kit! This summer I was sooo lucky to be able to take a class from Anna Dabrowska making one of these Prima mixed media albums, and I have been dying to make another using the techniques I learned from her class and also put my own twist on it. This is what I came up with:
 First, I want to make a note that I added the Dusty Attic vine chipboard and Prima resin fairies from my own stash. I just want to make note of that because if you ordered the kit, you are not getting these embellishments.  But, the Prima brick mask DOES come in the kit! (YAY!)

So, here are a couple of things I did on this cover that are really wonderful tips I got from Anna's class: 1- spray the album with water before you mist to get better blending between covers, and 2- add the binding ribbon to the covers, then place embellishments on top, so it is secure.
I used the bamboo Primary Pigment that came in the kit to mist, along with a Moonshadow Mist to get the brown color. I also used Tattered Angels Patina, very lightly. I love how it came out!
Next, I used the gesso and brick mask from the kit to accent the top and bottom corners. Once dry, I went back in with a brush with the pigment and a small amount of water to make the "mortar" darker. I added some stamping and inking around the edges.
I painted the vines with gesso, then the Silks paint in Olive Vine. I heat set them, then glued them on, along with the rest of the embellishments. Under the door is a piece of muslin. Next, I covered all of the embellishments with the gloss gel medium. It seals them and really adheres them to the cover- they will not come off once you apply this stuff, and it protects them too, Those paper roses are now hard as rocks!
TIP: the gel medium will react with the Silk paint and cause a pooling effect as you can see in the picture below. I'm not sure why it happened because it was dry, but then I read on the paint label that it's not cured until 24 hours, so that may be why. So, if you are impatient like me and aren't going to wait for it to cure, this is what it will look like, which I think is AWESOME!!



Next, misted the whole album some more with Bronze Glimmer mist, then I glued my fairied down with the gel medium and painted them with it. After dry, I used other colors of the silk paints (not included in the kit) on the wings, dress and hair, then sprinkled on some Clearsnap Fairy Dust Glitter.

Here is the back of the album using the same techniques:

And a closeup of the design:

I can't wait to start working onthe inside of this album!

Thank you for taking time to check out my projects! I really appreciate it! :)




You have until midnight, eastern time, on Wednesday, 10/10 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Thursday 10/11.  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. Become a follower if you're not already. 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 the super-talented Angelica's blog.  Have fun!






Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Welcome to Swirlydoos' September Kit Reveal Blog Hop Block Party!!


If you came here from the Swirlydoos blog, then you are on the right track.  If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there.  We have some amazing projects for you to see today !!


This kit is aptly named Inspiration because it is beyond inspiring! It was a complete pleasure to work with this kit, and I am still playing with it and have about 5 more projects planned- it's that good! I will use up every scrap of this one!

"Be You Tiful" Layout

I jumped right in making this page. I will tell you a little about it, but I also did an "Anatomy of a Layout" of this page, which is on the the Swirlydoos forum sometime very soon today (Wednesday). The anatomy has been a challenge for me in the past because I am lucky enough to get all of the add ons that compliment the main kit, and I love to add that swirly goodness on every project. However, this one came together quite easy because the main kit ROCKS.


Lots of layers on this layout! I cut the artisan shape from two different papers in the kit using a template from an old piece of die cut paper, and added border punch strips around the edges and faux stitching. The black swirls are cut from a Memory Box die. I used pop dots on the alphas that were cut from one of the pieces of paper.

"Come Away with Me" Altered Hat Box

I bought this hat box from Michaels a while back, and these Prima Romance Novel papers are perfect for it! 
I covered the box with the pink paper and used some punched border strips. The lace (Darice) and pearls (Kaisercraft) around the box top are from my stash that I wanted to use to add some texture. I cut a tiny hole in the lace to add the bottle cap charm.

The paper layers on the top are both cut outs from patterned paper, and notecards from the main kit. I used a Cherry Lynn flourish die for the black and green die cuts under the flowers. I used a small Memorybox die for the small flourishes bordering the box, connecting them with crystals from the bling add on kit. I also used one of those gems on the key.

This resin frame is not in the kit- It's a small photo frame I found in the clearance bin at Michaels. I used some gold Rub and Buff to give it an antiqued look. The images in the frame are washi tape from the embellishment add on, balloon and saying from a notecard in the main kit, and a dictionary page from the technique kit. I filled the frame with Ice Resin, also from the technique kit.
I plan on using this box to hold a mini album. 

Sketch Page: Untitled

 So, this is my take on the fabulous Beggahuna sketch. I decided to use some cardboard as a background.
I tried to follow the clustering and layering from the sketch. Here is a close up of it:
 I used some patina Rub and Buff on the cherub, but I used a little too much , so I painted over it with white Distress Stain, then rubbed it off on the wings and bird.

Here is a close up of the paper that I covered with a couple of coats of white Distress Stain, crumpled while damp, and let dry before inking on the folds with black and blue chalk inks.



"Good Things" Jar
I got the idea for this project from Pinterest: the post said to keep a mason jar out and when something good happens, write it on a small piece of paper and put it in the jar to read later. I love that! But, I can't just have a plain jar sitting on MY counter! It must be pretty, so I altered it!
I made a border punch strip and glued it to a piece of paper 12X4. I made faux stitching at the bottom. It reached mostly around the jar, but it is a little short, so I laced the paper ends together. (See below) Once the paper was on, I just put the title plaque on- It's from the bling add on. I used white Distress stain on the chipboard, then used a water pen with pink and green Magical Micas. I used the black flowers from the add on kit on the back of the chipboard. I used washi tape on the lid, and added some tulle from my stash.
Here is a close up of the key ring:


Close up of the lacing:

I hope you enjoyed looking at my projects. I hope you are lucky enough to get a kit of your own and create beautiful things!

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Friday, September 7th to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Saturday the 8th.  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. Become a follower if you're not already. 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 sentemce.
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 : The

The party continues over at the ever-so-talented Lisa G's blog.  Have fun!