Monday, May 21, 2012

Swirlydoos "So Chic" Second Reveal

Wow, this kit has been so fun to work with! Here's some more projects that I made with this fantabulous kit:

 "1947" Layout

This layout is actually my take on this month's Swirlyhues challenge. The picture is a wedding photo of my paternal grandparents. The colors fit so perfectly with the "Swirlyhues", I just had to use it!
I cut out the banner from the Melissa Frances paper that came in the kit, and the alphas are from my stash (Making Memories and Recollections). The heart is from the Calligraphy Cricut cartridge. I used the cute little resin charms from the ATC kit to adorn the wood keys. I also used the Distress Markers on them to add some color. The purple crystals and pearls are ZVA- I cut them up to fit the design of the Prima branches that I cut the flowers off off and replaced them with the purple Prima roses from the flower add on.

Shabby Chic Frame

 I pulled out a couple of those Michaels "dollar" frames from my stash, and decided to make a couple to have ready to give as gifts. I started out by using pink Distress Stain on the wood, (I'm going to have a photo tutorial on how to do this tomorrow.), then painted over it with white paint. Then  I wrapped lace around the edges and added some pearls to accent the oval. The frame comes with an oval piece of cardstock that I used to trace on the blue paper. The inner frame is one of the notecards from the main kit that I cut out the center of, then stickled the foliage. The saying is "Your Heart Sings, and My Soul Listens". The branches are from Prima, and I added the white and blue roses from the kit, along with a couple of pink ones of my own.

"Live Laugh Love" Frame

I did the same thing as the first frame with distress stain and paint to get the "weathered" look on this frame. It's pretty simple to do. I cut off the flowers of the Prima vine to add my own that came with the kit. The middle is another notecard from the kit that I distressed, then add my own stuff: the "live" and "laugh" are Dusty Attic Chipboard that I colored with the "Tin Can" chalk ink, and covered with Glossy Accents. The "Love" charm is a trinket from Prima, and the crystals are  Heidi Swapp.

"Duet" Layout

I haven't been on the Dusty Attic site in a long time, but I decided to venture over there and see what's new, and I stumbled across a great sketch, that is for their May challenge, so I decided to go ahead and give that a try. I love the layers of the sketch! I pulled out this picture of my oldest two that I took a few years ago,a couple of pieces of Dusty Attic (music notes and the flourish corner), and what I have left of the "So Chic" kit, and started to play. This is what I came up with. 
I cut up some lace from the kit, and added it to the second layer after "Zuttering" the hell out of all the layers. I colored the music notes with Stazon ink by scraping it against the piece. The corner piece  had "Tin Can" chalk ink on it. I placed roses about the layout from the flower add on and used my own black flourishes (K & Co.) underneath them. The title has white microbeads on it. 

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Flourish with a Bling Design Team

A couple of weeks ago I saw that Flourish with a Bling was having a DT call. I considered trying out, but I have never done anything like that before. Then, my Swirly DT Pal Vicky sent me the info, and I decided go ahead and submit the application, and... I made the cut!!!
Take a look at this team:

Natalie Elphinstone – VIC, Australia
Suzette Edmond – United Kingdom
Jenifer Evans – USA
Jennifer Hodge – QLD, Australia
Cathy Lane – South Africa
Kate McCulloch – NSW, Australia
Rae Moses – USA (That's me!!!)
Jeni O’Connor – Canada/Australia
Donna O’Leary – New Zealand
Elena Olinevich – Belarus
Angella Peardon – NSW, Australia
Ro Philippsen – South Brazil
Amanda Reddicliffe – WA, Australia
Candy Rosenberg – USA
Sandi Smith – Canada
Ilene Tell – USA
Sonia Thomason – WA, Australia
Sharryn Thomson – NSW, Australia
Chantal Vandenberg – SA, Australia
Emilia van den Heuvel – the Netherlands

I'm so excited to be designing with these talented ladies! I can't wait to get my box of goodies and start adding them to my projects! Thanks, Maggie, Kate, and Lucy! 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

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

If you came here from Angelica'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 special guests joining in the fun and offering a prize!!There are 6 prize packs up for grabs so make sure to follow along and have fun!! Also, since May is National Scrapbook month, we are saving some of our projects and will be revealing them all month long. Make sure to come back and check our Design Team's blogs to see their wonderful work!!

This month's "So Chic" kit is just that! So many fun and pretty products to work with! My favorite thing about this kit is the variety of colors! Krissy always does such an awesome job creating the very best kits! Here are the layouts I have completed so far using "So Chic":

"Sweet Pea" Layout

For NSBD (today!), I am hosting a "faux negative space" challenge, and this is my example. Check out the challenge HERE. I'm not good at negative space layouts, but it helps when there is already a design on the paper! :) 
I used the Martha Stewart "Scroll Heart" punch on both sides of a strip of cardstock, then glued some beautiful lace down the middle. I used purple chalk ink on the white circle and "fingernail" distressed it, then used pop dots (or squares) to lift it from the page because that lace with pearls is pretty thick. I did the same with the picture. The gems on the circles are Swarovski crystals from the kit. The chocolate pearls around the picture are Kaisercraft from my stash. I finished off  the layout using some Sizzix branches die cuts, and two pretty little Prima flowers from the flower add-on. I used Making Memories tiny alphas and the new DIY Thickers with white microbeads. 
The picture is of my darling daughter that I shot a few years ago- she was hiding under the table while we were playing "hide-and-seek".

"Together" Layout

This is one of my favorite pictures of me and my daughter. I took it using my phone when we were on the "Teacup" ride at Disneyland a couple of years ago. 
I distressed the main paper with the Prima distressing tool, then used my all-time favorite distress ink, Frayed Burlap. I then glued the middle of the paper to dark brown cardstock, and used the new EK Success lace to tuck under the distressed part of the paper. I picked out some papers to layer, and distressed those too. The blue frame is carstock that I punched with the Martha Stewart Vintage Lace punch, and cut out the middle. The flower cluster was made with the flower add on, and the Cheery Lynne flourish die.

"Generations" Layout

This layout is based on the amazing May sketch, created by Beggahuna. The picture is bad, I know, but my dad took it, and it's the last picture taken with my grandma before she died, so it's special to me. Four generations in one picture! 
I busted out my Distrezz-it-All and used it on the mauve paper. Then, I used platinum Liquid Pearls to doodle around the edges. The circles have Dusty Attic chicken wire on the inside, then I used pop dots to adhere them to the page. The photo is matted using three layers of distressed cardstock. I free-cut the blue in a wavy motion to get that look. I used Websters alphas from my stash for the title, then used the Melissa Frances pearls from the bling kit to give it some focus. 
I adhered the blue gems to the EK Success lace with jump rings from a previous kit.

ATC Project Kit

This month, the technique/project kit is centered around ATCs! I had a lot of fun playing with this kit, and can't wait to use it up! Here are some that I have completed so far:

"Dare to Dream"

This one kind of looks like a mini layout! Flowers are from the add-on kit, and the leaves are OLD Jolee's. The lace is EK Success, and the paper and alphas are from Creative Imaginations. I used Diamond Stickles to make dots inside the circle. The edges are distressed and touched with black chalk ink.

 "In everything, love."

I heavily distressed the top layer, then glues it to another ATC with script print. I colored the foliage on the card using Distress Ink markers and a water pen. I love the results! I used black chalk ink on the words, which are from my stash (Cosmo Cricket), and then took the black chalk ik and lightly pressed it on the blank part of the card. I ounched the black heart, then colored it with Diamond Stickles, and topped it off with a keyhole.

Again, I distressed the edges of the card, then used the grey chalk ink that came in the kit on the edges. The black dies cuts are from Memory Box. I colored the bottle with a Victorian Velvet Distress Ink marker, then added some diamond Stickles. 


The paper is from the main kit, distressed, inked with grey chalk ink, and adhered to the cardboard ATC from the kit. I used Diamond Stickles on the flowers. The alphas are Kaisercraft, from the kit, along with the little name plaque.
The green rose is from the flower add-on. 
I colored the resin butterfly with Distress Ink markers, and then added a pearl flourish from my stash.

I hope you enjoyed have a "look-see" at my projects! Happy hopping!!!

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Monday, May 7th to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on May 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 QUESTION.
3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had AND tell us the QUESTION that was created with all of the special words you collected AND GIVE US YOUR ANSWERS.

My special word is : us

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