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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.
























"Live"
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. 





"Soar"

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!

78 comments:

Sherrenae - Sherri said...

Awesome, your working is amazing.

Kim said...

Love your atc cards. Great layouts.

Lisa said...

Wow! Rae, your work with this kit is so beautiful. I love your ATCs.

Elisabeth said...

such pretty layouts. Love the negative space layout! Have to check out the challenge

T Young said...

Beautiful layouts. Love the softness of them!

Kathi said...

I love your ATC's and the LO's are beautiful

Merrihew said...

Fabulous projects with this kit, Rae! I can't wait for it to get here so I can play!

csparky61 said...

I am absolutely amazed at all the talent as I hop along. Your layouts are beautiful.

LISA said...

Such beautiful layout's
Rae!! Love your faux negative space!! And your ATC's are awesome!! Love them all! xoxo

Anita Braddock said...

beautiful love the Distressed look all the Elements are Amazing. thank for sharing

Tracie said...

Your layouts are amazing...so pretty!

"Midge" said...

Each project is such a delight! Wonderful work!
TFS
Midge :)
midge@emcitydotnet
scrappintoxicmidgedotblogspotdotcom

Aunt Prissy said...

I'm a fan of your ATCs. Love the layers and textures!

ShelleyJo said...

Pretty layouts!!

Romy said...

Both your layouts and your ATC-cards are absolutely gorgeous!

Naiara said...

Beautiful beautiful beautiful!
Congratulations!
kiss
Naiara

Suz said...

wonderful projects I love your ATCs & that negative space layout. happy nsd thanks for sharing and inspiring

scrappygal said...

Absolutely gorgeous layouts and ATC's!!

jaclee said...

your ATC's are so pretty! love all the delicate details. thank you.

ILuvVintageScrap said...

Gorgeous layouts and atcs amazing!!
Hugz
Juliana

ILuvVintageScrap said...

Gorgeous layouts and atcs amazing!!
Hugz
Juliana

ms.schwiet said...

GreAt ate card and I love all the details especially around the pic in the first layout

bethann said...

wowza, these are all so fantastic. i'm green w envy

Dana Tatar {datatar} said...

Stunning work! Thanks for the inspiration! =)

wings love'n crafts said...

will be back shortly! love your blog!

Stephanie said...

Awesome layouts and ATC's you've done!

Vicky Alberto said...

totally cute, especially love that first lo

Kate said...

Your atc's and layouts are beautiful and full of vintagy goodness!

Cindy said...

Loved all of your different layouts but probably enjoyed the generations one the best. Especially for mother's day.

Andiepants said...

love love love your cards. You nailed the faux negative space LO perfectly!

Jackie Clark (aka Jax) said...

Gorgeous LOs! I love your negative space LO and can't wait to play along, and you girls have me so fired up to get my hands on my ATC Add-On!

MZule said...

Great wk!

eleele said...

Your ATCs are just stunning, like the ideas. The LOs are great, thank you for sharing

Anonymous said...

wow you got so stunning beautiful works amazing done.
hugs magi
magi_g@hotmail.com

mamadonald said...

Rae beautiful layouts and awesome ATC's!!

Denise said...

So many fabulous projects with one kit!!! You are so creative :) Looking forward to seeing what else you make with this kit.

Hanne said...

Awesome! Beautiful projects, both the layouts and the ATC's.

Melissa said...

love it all but esp the distressed curled edge and inking

Tammy said...

Just awesome Rae. Love your work....

Penny said...

your art is awesome. Great blog hop. I am a follower

Amy said...

Your designs are just wonderful....I'm already a follower just love your work thanks for sharing hugs Amy :)

peggylee said...

always a joy to come to your blog and be blown away with your beautiful artwork..thanks for sharing.

rlovew said...

Fabulous layouts and ATCs!

Beth said...

Great hop and lovely layouts and ATC's love looking through all these wonderful blogs.

María Castillo said...

Beautiful work, love the ATCs.

kantig34 said...

Awesome ATC designs, Rae! Your pages are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Hera said...

This blog is so beautiful and inspiring! Kisses and hugs!
Hera Sugitani - from Brazil

Tina in Texas said...

Rae! It's all so pretty. Love it!

Erin Blegen said...

What a hoard of GREAT projects!!! Nice work! :)~

craftlyn said...

Love your ATC's! Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

Maureen Hayes said...

I have two nephews with Autism and special needs and they bring so much joy to our lives. God bless you and your children! Your pages and ATC cards are beautiful. I really like the papers you worked with and shabby chic affect you got. I am following you via Google Friends Connect and look forward to what you create next.

Happy NSD,
Maureen

Rosjen said...

Love all your creating work! Thank´s for yor inspiration! xxx Jannike :-)

L. Akins said...

I adore your ATCs

brenda said...

Really like your amazing work!

brenda said...

Really like your amazing work!

pia u said...

thanks for charing!

Paulien van den Bosch said...

My gosh Rae.... You really worked your butt off. So many projects and all so very very gorgeous!!!! You totally blew me away hon!

Tulipinha do Cerrado said...

This blog is so beautiful and inspiring!

Moêmia de Sousa

fusiafscrapping said...

Beautiful! I love the photos and the colours.
So gorgeous papers.

Sault said...

Love the layouts.

Lisa said...

Beautiful Rae!!!

Renee said...

WOW, I am seriously blown away by your beautiful creations!!! I'm following your blog now! Fabulous work!!

Dottie said...

Wow! Loved your blog.. I'll be following you on yahoo.

Jennie P. said...

I love the jewels on the lace.

Cherished said...

awesome work

jasann said...

What lovely pages, your work is so beautiful

Bashful said...

Nice Work! Thanks!

Tracey ~ GardenOfGrace said...

What amazing pages and ATC. Your attention to detail and techniques are fabulous!! I am a new follower.
~ Blessings

http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

Kimberly said...

Your projects are amazing!!

berlykim37 said...

Love you layouts...tfs

Paper N Lace said...

Your "Together" Layout is my favourite. Love the style

Jeni O'Connor said...

Wow so many lovely pieces of beauty. Gorgeous work.

Neliva said...

Love your work. I never mada an ATC...but by seeing yours i think i give it a go :-)

Beachstudio said...

I love Generations! It's so amazing!!!

detra said...

Your layouts and cards are beautiful!

Linda Pekrul said...

Pure gorgeousness and love that challenge!!

Dee in N.H. said...

Beautiful stuff! Love your style!!

Shelly said...

Your ATC's rock and I LOVE your Generations LO. So many unique ideas in one LO, I'm totally lifting it!!