Welcome to Swirlydoos February Kit Reveal Blog Hop BLOCK PARTY!!! If you came here from Karola'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 2 manufacturer blogs that are joining in the fun!! There are 3 prize packs up for grabs so make sure to follow along and have fun!!
Here are my projects that I made with the gorgeous Bonjour Mon Doux kit for the FIRST reveal:
"Lullaby (& Good Night)"
Here is my take on the sketch for this month. I opted for heavy distressing and inking on this layout because it is a boy layout, and I knew I was going to gussy it up with flowers and hearts, so I thought it would add some balance. I used three different shades of distress ink so achieve this effect. First, I used Antique Linen heavily, then I followed with Frayed Burlap over that, leaving some of the Antique Linen showing, and did the same thing with Vintage Photo to the edges. Then I distressed the edges with my fingernail, and made deep marks to reveal the border strips ( I used the Tim Holtz Antique Lace die). I rubbed Frayed Burlap distress ink on the bird cage. I also gutted the brown roses and replaced the centers with Kaisercraft flowers.
So, it's my turn to do the "Anatomy of a Layout" this month, and this is my creation. I have to tell you that this was a real challenge for me because the rule is that we can only use the main kit! I always grab stuff from the monthly add-ons and stuff from my own stash for every layout, but not this time! If you want the details, check out the "Anatomy of a Layout" thread on the Swirlydoos forums!!
I just adore portraits, and this is one taken from my little man's one month session. I really try to keep the focus on the picture when I do layouts of these kind. For the background, I started with a piece of dark brown cardstock, then I cut the polka dot paper using a template, that is just a Technique Tuesday chipboard piece from the funky frames collection. It's an old embellishment, but I love the look, and can't bear to use it, so I just keep it for a template. I finished that off by distressing it with my fingernail, again!
I matted the photo on paper I punched using the Martha Stewart "Cherish" punch around the page, then I hand stitched the holes (a lot of work, but worth the effort). The vines are from Cherry Lynn designs. The title is Dusty Attic- I used chalk ink around the edges, leaving parts naked for dimension.
I hope you enjoyed seeing these projects!
You have until midnight, eastern time, on February 10th to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on February 11th. 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 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 : not
The party continues over at Paulien's blog. Have fun!
Ohhhhh Rae.... You have done such AWESOME work with this month's kit. Beautiful pages, so sweet and so gorgeous!!!!
SENSATIONAL layouts Rae!!
WOW Rae! Your layouts really stand out! LOVE them!!!
Gorgeous LOs Rae..
Hust wonderful work with the kit this month. And how cute is that little man? Always fun to look at such beautiful work.
The pics are so cute!!
so pretty, so sweet. it is inspirational for me, and for my daughter.
What beautiful babies and layouts. Glad I found this HOP!
Rae, these pages are awesome and especially inspiring for me...second granddaughter arrives this May! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!!
What sweet, pretty layouts!
All so pretty and your pictures are just TOO SWEET!
Gorgeous LO's with this kit, Rae! Can't wait for the kit to arrive! I so enjoy visiting you blog!
Can't wait to get my kit! Beautiful layouts...
wow!! that's so cute!
Aww.... your photos are so adorable and your pages are the loveliest! Thanks so much for sharing!
Precious adorable layout!!! Love all of the colors and the picture is too adorable!!! Thank you for sharing :)
Beautiful work Rae!!! Really sweet!!!
Sweet layouts of a beautiful baby!
WOW!! Such beautiful art here!! I am a new follower!
Love your work, Rae! See you back at "home."
Love the way you treated the paper to achieve a masculine look. Great layouts Rae. Soinspired.
Oh my gosh, I love your layouts and the babies are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
...oh so cute, love your layouts and I enjoyed your Blog.
Beautiful layouts! Such gorgeous work!
Very sweet and pretty! Blessings, JJ
Beautiful pages and what a cutie pie! Amazing work!
These are so precious! I love making layouts of my little girl
Wonderful pages - the pictures are showcased and not overwhelmed by the details.
Very beautiful work! Thanks for sharing!
Beautiful layouts - you guys are all so talented :)
These layouts are breathtakingly beautiful ... the work through this blog hop is divine. Thanks so much for sharing :)
Such lovely LO's Rae - simply wonderful work! Love how you changed the flowers to suit - great idea! Thank you for letting me peek at your blog.
Gorgeous LOs, Rae. Is your little man handsome or what (and Audra, too, of course)!
very beautifull layouts
Beautiful portraits and well done in your layouts. Love the pages.
Beautiful layouts. I'm a follower of your blog, and always love seeing your work!
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
Such beautiful creations...love them all!
gorgeous projects thanks for sharing
WOW!!!! Gorgeous pages!!
Well done I am inspired.
This is seriously fun, thank you ladies. Such gorgeous work.
Your creations are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing :)
Rae, your pages are both precious AND stunning: the images of your babies are so wonderful and your designs and details are amazing!!!!
Love your LOs! Thanks for sharing!
Your layouts are beautiful!! Love them.
Your layouts are gorgeous!!!!
Really beautiful layouts!
Cute baby and gorgeous layout.
love the baby layouts, just had a new grandbaby yesteday so these are inspiring.
Gorgeous layouts! You do amazing work. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Heaven Sent layout is my favorite but I really like the distressing on all the pages!
Absolutely beautiful! I´m a new follower of your Pretty work!
Your beautiful photos caught my eye right away. I love how you showcase them so beautifully through your work.
Gorgeous work!!! I'm a new fan of your blog. ;-) Thanks for sharing.
great balance and gorgeous photos :)
Awesome work just love it all :)
Great layouts. Already a follower.
new follower! You rocked this kit! The lullabye is my fave :)
A new follower. Just love the photo's.
Beautiful layouts! Love that you have some much warm color in them!!
Beautiful, beautiful layouts and that baby is just to precious for words. :)
Love your "Cherish" LO. What a handsome little one!!! Thank you!!!
beautiful works of art
So much talent :) Thank you for sharing :)
Rae, loved your layouts. I think they showcased the baby (what a cutie) perfectly.
Very sweet layouts you made, I wonder what size you use. They look smaller.
I'm a 9"x9" scrapper and thought I recognize the size... :))
kind regards, Corina
Gorgeous pictures in fantastic layouts.
Thanks for the wonderful inspiration and the use of the new swirly kit!!! love love the Blog Rae. Tammy
It's nice to see some of the blue featured from this kit. Most of the layouts have been in the pink zone :). I have a daughter so tend to use pink a lot. Nice to be inspired to use other colors!
Fantastic work! Very talented you are!
Wow these are great! Bravo!
These took my breath away. Thank you.
You have cute children to photograph for your lovely layouts!
RAe, you are soooo flippin awesome girl!!! Love each and everyone of your pages!!!!!!!!
Really nice work you did here. Looking forward to seeing more of your creations.
ahhhhh, so sweet and cute. Love it and I am going to "steal" some ideas for the photos of my baby boy!
Your layouts are so pretty and sweet! Such sweet baby pics to work with;)TFS!
Beautiful!!! Such sweet little darlings!
Gorgeous pages! I just love what you did with this kit!!
Fabulous job with the kit!!!
Very beautiful layouts. I especially love the first one -- wonderful colors!
Beautifully simple layouts!
Lovely layouts and adorable babies!!
wow - gorgeous!
Rae - lovely layouts. Looking forward to your Anatomy of a Layout tutorial.
The beautiful babe in the LO's is so very precious and is the perfect finish to perfect LO's. Your art is sensational, loving, detailed and very well balanced. Love them!
Love your layouts! Really gorgeous
Breathless layouts and soooo inspiring!!
What beautiful LO's of your babies!
Love your layouts!
Nice work Rae. Love the picture of your "little man".
Hello - I'm here via Lisa Gregory via LinkedIn - REALLY Lovely projects you have done!! Come visit me sometime - ;-}
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