Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Swirlydoos' French Quarter Second Reveal

Hello there!
Today I am going to share my second set of projects using the FABULOUS Swirlydoos French Quarter kit! This kit is absolutely amazing- you can use it for any kind of layout or project. I adore it's versatility and the textures.

First, I made cards! I am trying to do more cards, but I find them challenging. But, it's a great way to use scraps!

Birdcage Card:
Lots of distressing on the papers, to begin with. I hand-stitched the background paper. I used the Cutterbee sewing bug to make an outline in crooked lines. I used a Fiskars lace corner punch on the Glitz "Whatnot", which is the piece of paper with the birdcage on it. Then I used Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain distress inks and blender on the papers. Then I added a few pretties to complete it: green Zva pearl strands on the birdcage, then a scrap of Prima lace and crystals, and finally, one of the gorgeous cameos from the kit.

C'est tres Magnifique Card:
Nothing too fancy here, just using some scraps. Again, I distressed the papers, and used distress inks with the blending foam. The sentiment is from the Glitz Whatnots. The little vine is a part of a Cheery Lynne die that I had cut for a different project. The black velvet paper was punched with an older EK Success punch. To finish it off, I added some green rhinestone strands and black pearls, both from Kaisercraft.

"Welcome to Holland" Layout:

So this is a picture that I took of my darling son, Owen. He is such a happy guy. The genesis of this layout is for a challenge at Swirlydoos- the challenge is to scrap one of your male loved ones. I have had this layout in mind for a long time- I've always want to use this essay written by Emily Perl Kingsley about having a special needs child, and now was a good time. Other mothers have done an awesome job using it too, so I thought I would give it a shot. It is very small in this picture, but here is the essay that you can actually read:

When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum, the Sistine Chapel, Gondolas. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting. After several months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, “Welcome to Holland!” “Holland?” you say. “What do you mean, Holland? I signed up for Italy. I’m supposed to be in Italy. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy.” But there’s been a change in the flight plan. They’ve landed in Holland and there you must stay. The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place full of pestilence, famine, and disease. It’s just a different place. So, you must go out and buy new guidebooks. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met. It’s just a different place. It’s slower paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you’ve been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around. You begin to notice that Holland has windmills. Holland has tulips. And Holland even has Rembrandts. But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy, and they’re all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life you will say, “Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned.” And the pain of that experience will never, ever, ever, go away. The loss of that dream is a very significant loss. But if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things about Holland.

I also have hidden journaling which can be pulled out at the top of the layout. I used an acrylic tag and brad as part of the design. The journaling is personal: a little message to Owen how he makes me a better person because he is in my life.

Some notes about the design- the frame is Dusty Attic Chipboard, which I painted with black gesso, then misted with black magic Glimmer Mist, dotted on picket fence distress stain, to make some parts lighter, then hot those parts with black distress stickles. I cut the flags using my Cricut with the Lyrical Letters cart. the vine on the bottom has little Dusty Attic chipboard keys hanging from the branches.

"Memories" Layout

This is one of my all-time favorite pics. It's of my daughter and our beloved cat, Tido, who recently passed. He and his sister would have been 16 a few days ago, and I did this layout to honor him. He was THE coolest cat ever. He loved to fetch and give kisses- so not typical cat behavior!
I did deep distressing on the background paper, then tucked in burlap pieces in the tears. The black punch is the classic Martha Stewart doily punch. I used three colors of chalk ink to color the Dusty Attic chipboard scroll, then added some Prima pearls. The butterfly is a die from Cheery Lynne. I matted the photo with three pieces of green cardstock that I distressed and curled the edges for added dimension.

I hope you enjoyed taking a little peek at my projects! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Welcome to Swirlydoos' March 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 2 manufacturer blogs that are joining in the fun and a 3rd manufacturer offering a prize!! There are 4 prize packs up for grabs so make sure to follow along and have fun!!

"Adore" Layout
This month it's my turn to host the March Swirlyhues, and this is my example using this month's "French Quarter" kit. The picture is of my paternal grandmother. It went so well with this kit, I just had to use it! I used a deep distressing technique on the main paper (You can find this technique in the tutorial section of the Swirlydoos forum.), and inked it with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. The punching on the green velvet paper was done with the Martha Stewart Vintage Floral Punch Around the Page. I only used the corner punch on the vertical strips on the ends, and the border on both sides of the horizontal strip. The green vines are Dusty Attic chipboard- I painted then with old clumpy white paint, then used Glimmer Mist and Smooch Spritz to get the green color. 

 "Forever and Ever" Layout
So this is my take on the monthly sketch. I used wet distressing on the background paper. I FINALLY figured out how to do this without messing up my paper, or getting "out of control" results! I just cut out a 10X10 square of cardstock, then placed it on the paper I was wet distressing as a guide for shaping the paper. I just distressed, misted and layered the rest of the cardstock pieces and papers, nothing overly fancy or complicated. The circle around the pic is a border strip that I mitered and placed on the back of the picture. The blooms are Petaloo, and the brown vines are Prima. The green vines are a die cut by Cheery Lynne Designs.
The picture is of me and my son, Owen. He LOVES to watch Pooh and the ending is his favorite part, so I decided to make the phrase before the song the title.

"Remember" Layout
There is one piece of pink patterned paper in the kit, and it fits in with the rest of the kit so perfectly. I used the Martha Stewart Vintage Floral punch around the edges of the background paper, then cut that out and flipped the paper around to use the sheet music side. I used some of the burlap printed paper inside the metal trinket, added "Us", then glued down the bauble with Glossy Accents. I finished it off by tying a bow through the hole using the May Arts ribbon that came in this month's embellishment kit. I painted the Dusty Attic chipboard word with Smooch- first with Tuxedo, then a pink to make dots. The dress form has gesso, then pink distress stain, and pink Glimmer Mist.
The picture is of me and my daughter, Audra, taken a couple of years ago on Mother's Day.

"My Rose" Layout
This picture of my cat, Rosie, who passed a while ago really went well with these papers. I actually lifted the layering part of this from one of my older layouts. The layers are distressed and inked with black chalk ink. I used the Martha Stewart Iron Gate punch on the black velvet paper for the photo mat. The tag with the title is from this month's project kit. I used brown distress stain on the edges, then put an eyelet on the end, and used the extra strands of burlap that I took off of the tag to put through the eyelet. The rose frame is from the Bling kit. The alphas are from my stash- Making Memories Diva font.

I hope enjoyed peeking at my projects!
You have until midnight, eastern time, on March 15th to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on March 16th. 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 : those

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