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!

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