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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Welcome to Swirlydoos' January Blog Hop Block Party!!

Happy New Year and welcome to Swirlydoos January Kit Reveal Blog Hop BLOCK PARTY!!! If you came here from Lisa Gregory'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 and as a bonus we have 4 manufacturer blogs that are joining in the fun!! There are 5 prize packs up for grabs so make sure to follow along and have fun!!?


I have three layouts to share with you today for the Mystical Winter kit.

Here is the first one, based on this month's sketch:
"All That Glitters is Snow"
(Photo of me and my daughter)

I distressed the background paper with my fingernail- I find that I have a lot more control than with an edge distresser. I matted the photo using two pieces of white paper that I cut in a wavy pattern, then distressed and finished it off with some gray chalk ink.


"Sledding Beauties"
(Photo of my mother-in-law and her sister)
I was so excited to get my hands on this photo that sits on the dresser in my in-laws' guest bedroom- it is so sweet, and goes perfectly with the Bo Bunny papers in the kit.

I started out by heavily distressing the background paper, then using distress inks around the rips and tears, then I randomly stamped snowflakes using the stamp set that comes in the main kit. The brown border on the blue paper is cut from the Tim Holtz Vintage Lace die. I sewed it on the paper for added dimension. The white snowflakes are Dusty Attic that I painted, then dusted with Fairy Dust Glitter. Here's a close-up:




"Wonderland"
(Photo of my and my son)
I created this layout as an example for the Swirlyhues challenge. I had a lot of fun with these colors, but it was challenging not to add more shades of blue! In fact, at first I sprayed the doily with "Midnight Blue" Glimmer Mist that came in the "Bling" add on kit, but it was too light. I saved it by remisting it with "Bell Bottom Jeans" GM, and it matched perfectly! For the punched background, I used a Martha Stewart punch, then matted it on white paper. For added dimension, I then took scissors to the edge of the white paper and "dipped in" to make it curve around the snowflakes. I lightly touched the brown blooms with white paint. Here's a close up:

You have until midnight, eastern time, on January 15th to complete the hop. 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 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 here to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had AND tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you collected.


My special word is "themselves".


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




116 comments:

Lisa said...

Really beautiful Rae! I love all of the distressing and those photos are keepers!!!

Pips said...

Your layouts are sooo pretty! Filled with amazing details! Love your works!

Else Slipsager said...

loved your LOs. I got really inspired. Thanks a lot

Lynne Forsythe said...

Rae....LOVE LOVE LOVE...your layouts!!! BEAUTIFUL!!

Nadia Cannizzo said...

Just hopping along..love your work and already follow this blog :)

Ewelina said...

Your projects are beautiful!

Sandi Smith said...

Just beautiful....you definitely rocked this kit and I love that precious photo!

artbypam said...

Just hopping along at 6:30 am. Beautiful blog!

artbypam said...

Just hopping along at 6:30 am. Beautiful blog!

WendyG said...

Gorgeous work Rae, love all the deep distressing!!!!

Heidi Kelley said...

STUNNING work!!!!

Amarilys said...

ok, I have to say that I LOVE your distressing! It's amazing! Love your layouts and design too! TFS!

Ellie said...

LOVE your usage of colour!

Laura said...

Your lo's are so soft and warm looking, tfs

Wanda H said...

Beautiful!!!

scrappygal said...

Beautiful layouts!! I enjoyed each and every one!

Joelle said...

Fabulous! Gorgeous pages!! What a fabulous kit again!!

Merrihew said...

Rae, your LO's are gorgeous! Can't wait to get this kit!

Cheryl

Theresa said...

Love the layouts. Great inspiration. Already a follower by RSS feed.

Myrto said...

All of you girls impressed me with your projects this month.Congrats!

maggie warke said...

Gorgeous layouts, beautiful colours, finding lots of inspiration on this blog hop

Kim said...

Gorgeous layouts Rae. Love the one of you and Audra.

Marjie Kemper said...

Beautiful layouts! I admire the way you use all the gorgeous products yet keep the focus on your photos. Glad to be your newest follower.

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L. Akins said...

Congrats on your first reveal! Lovely layouts!

Monica said...

Gorgeous!!!

Sherrenae - Sherri said...

Stunning - great job.

.:| Angela |:. said...

Lovely layouts! Thanks for sharing.

Regina aka Mrs. Ham said...

Rae, your layouts are simply stunning. I can't wait to get my kit. I will be lifting a few things from you....

Женя Joy_L said...

so cute lay out abd baby is so sweet

Vicki said...

Gorgeous projects! Love everything.

Jessica Wekenman said...

Awesome LO's! I love the colors and your pages feel so cozy! Beautiful work!

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Miranda's Place said...

You create lovely projects!

Shanna Shands said...

I love all the snowy stamps. The first layout is so cute. I love the bling bracket as well!

pooky said...

So inspiring! lovely layouts!

nanatam said...

Love the vintages pictures and the great distressing you did. I really like the snowflake border you created! TFS!

Lillian Child said...

WOW - fabulous creativity!

Rae, I just discovered your blog on this fun hop and am now a follower. So very nice to meet you! Stop over to my blog sometime and give me a shout out!

http://lillianchild.blogspot.com
lillianchild at cox dot net

scrappin_in_AK said...

wonderful projects

Renate said...

Beautiful is the word! :)

Scrapbookdoll said...

oh, these layouts are stunning!
marie-anne

Ayelet {Jenny} said...

Amazing lay outs! Happy hopping! x TFS

Rosjen said...

I love you, girl and all your amazing artist work!! Nevet stop!! :-) xxx

Jerzey Girl said...

LOVE your LO. Your work is soo beautiful Thanks for sharing cant wait to see me.

Tracy said...

Just gorgeous!!! Thanks for the inspiration :)

grammypame said...

Thanks for sharing and the blog hop love your layouts! I love sewing on paper.

xoxobye said...

Love the colors of your projects and the blog.

kantig34 said...

Just such wonderful pages!!

Shelly said...

Great DT LO's, my friend!!!!!!!! love that pic that you liberated, goes beautifully with the kit!!!
now i NEED my kit :D

eyes2theocean said...

Gorgeous layouts... Thank you for sharing. :)

Debbie Flowers said...

Wonderful work! Love your style.

Andrea Diaz said...

Love your sledding beauties LO. That photo is a treasure and works perfectly with your LO.

izunika said...

Beautiful projects

JaniceA said...

Just love the way you do your LOs torn paper and all. They look great!
janiceaeschliman.blogspot.com

marla said...

Beautiful layouts. I love the vintage feel they have!!

4Him said...

I love your layouts. Very pretty!!

Leonie Castro said...

Beautiful layouts! Detail work is great! Love the photos and your titles. Wish I can have snow pics live in LA must go to mountains to get snow lol !
tyfs
hugs,
Leonie

KimberlySue said...

I really like your first layout. I'm going to use your idea for outlining the smaller paper with bling.

KimberlySue said...

I really like your first layout. I'm going to use your idea for outlining the smaller paper with bling.

Lynda said...

Beautiful layouts!!Thanks for sharing!!

Nicole said...

Beautiful layouts!!! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

Nancy S said...

What a fun blog hop! Beautiful layouts.

Lisa Fowler Windsor, CO said...

Beautiful work on all your layouts. Love the colors--and the sepia photos.

sharon g said...

The blue berries are wonderful. I'm going to try to find some...

Heidi Bound said...

LOVE those paint-dipped flowers!

Kimberly said...

Your layouts are beautiful!

Crafty Chick Designs said...

Your layouts are beautiful! That picture of your MIL is such a great find!!

PlumTuckered's Paper Plays said...

Your Layouts are stunning, love all of the little tips and tricks you've shared. I'll be following your blog, can't wait to see more of your work!!

Maria Harms said...

Love the deep distressing on your 2nd page. They are all gorgeous but that's my favorite!

Amanda said...

Your LO's r amazing & your kids r adorable;) Following via GFC! Thanx~prhmangel at gmail dot com
blog~www.scrappinangel-amanda.blogspot.com

Angelica said...

Rae, you sooo rocked the kit this month!!! So happy to have you on the team!!! ((HUGS))

Linda Pekrul said...

Every one is a beautiful layout. Love that deep distressing look.

Noaleen said...

Truly beautiful layout, love the colors

terriK said...

beautiful lo's

Memories by Manda said...

Lovely layouts - thanks for sharing

Machelle Nelson said...

Your pages are beautiful! And what a lovely way to display that treasure of your mom and her sister!

Karen said...

I would love to see a video of how you use your fingernail to distress. I'm sure I'd have paper cuts all over my hands if I tried it! LOL!! Your work is beautiful!! I love it all!!

migglymax said...

You have a great eye and love all the little details.

Dil said...

loving those blues!

Rea' said...

Beautiful layouts, those clors are just so pretty, love the distressing detail,photos are adorable!

Julia Cheang said...

Lovely layouts - simple and elegant, yet full of details. Thanks for sharing.

Cynthialoowho♥ said...

Beautiful layouts and photo's you have amazing talents♥

Cindy Lou said...

Absolutely beautiful, love all your distressing and details, I am just drooling over you LO's. Fantastic job, thanks for sharing and inspiring!

Kathy said...

Very pretty.

Paulien van den Bosch said...

Wow Rae...... your work with this kit is sooooooo stunning!!! really really BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Amy 29 said...

Love you touch of winter in those pretty lo's... i'm now a followers to you amazing blog...... yeh love this blog hop it's so much fun..
Amy:)

rush said...

wonderful winter layouts. thank you for sharing.

samara84 said...

Fantastic LO's.

michaela said...

winter mood, like it so much :) Michaela

Sandydee said...

Rae, thse layouts are so pretty and they just add to the fun that the pictures you used show. What great projects to add to my favs.

Amy said...

Beautiful pages!

Michelle said...

I love the lay out, so pretty!!

Lisa said...

First congrats on the DT!!! Beautiful work Rae!!!

csparky61 said...

What talent and creativity. Your layouts are stunning.

Keren Tamir said...

beautiful work!!!

skbelka said...

Your LO's are sooo pretty! Beautiful blog!

detra said...

Your layouts are beautiful!

Kisha said...

Beautiful work and I love your distress work. I've got to try this on some of my LO's.

Elisabeth said...

Rae, this is so beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration

Tina in Texas said...

Wow, I love your layouts and your photography. It really evokes a sense of being there. Very pretty. I'm now a follower.

Jan Garber said...

Such pretty colors and terrific layouts!

Debbie Buckland said...

Awesome destressing!

MezzaNotte said...

All your LO are so wonderful!! You have done amazing works!!

Peggy said...

Beautiful!!!!! Love the fun in the snow pics, love your details and "how tos" thanks so much for the inspiration!!!!!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Each LO is gorgeous! I can only imagine what your scrapbooks must look like! Thank you so much for sharing these with us!
Lisa

Amazon Recycled said...

I really like your blog. Thanks.

Rene' said...

Very Very pretty layouts!! Such talent.

Andrea Slee said...

All your pages are just gorgeous!Fabulous work!

Colleen O said...

FaNtastic photo in your wonderland layout. Love your pages

Bev said...

These are Beautiful Layouts and I just Love all the Distressing and little extra touches you added. I have become a Follower and will be a frequent Visitor. Gorgeous.....

peggylee said...

Rae I really love your layouts, i love how you layer....simply beautiful work..I am a new follower and can't wait to read on...thanks for sharing.

Penny said...

Beautiful work! Love Penny

ewilliams1328 said...

Thanks for sharing the beautiful pages.

ingrid said...

just LOVE your layouts!! they are all GORGEOUS!!

mia.t said...

I really love those photos and the layouts are so pretty!
Hugs mia

Kristin said...

So pretty!! Got some great Ideas now!

Oh, this new pack will go lovely with my Dutchess collection.. aka my Wedding book! Used Dutchess from KraiserKraft as my colr pallette for my wedding!