Friday, August 24, 2012

Swirlydoos 2nd Reveal for the Vintage Traditions Kit

Hello there! Here are some projects that I created using more of the August Vintage Traditions Swirlydoos kit.

"Life" Canvas

So, I started out with a canvase I bought from Michaels, and used a technique that I learned in Anna Dabrowska's class, which consists of using paper pieces and gesso, but I used molding paste instead, just to see what would happen. I pulled out some scraps from the kit paper that I had from the other projects I had made. Normally, these would either sit or get thrown away, so this is a great way to get rid of them!

After applying the molding paste, I misted the canvas with Smooch Spritz in blue, yellow, and green, then hit it with a heat gun. I added some stamping around the edges. the stamp came in the embellishment kit. Then, I took some embellishments from my stash, the fence and grass from FWAB. I painted the fence white, and inked the grass to make them fit with my color scheme.

Here are some closeups:
 I used Walnut Stain Distress Paint on the tree.
I inked and embossed the alphas to get the distressed look on them.

Family Tree Project

This month, Krissy offered a fabulous project kit using this Kaisercraft Family Tree.

 In these closeups, you can see some small details on how I achieved this look. I started off my covering the background of the tree with some cream paper from this kit. I used a variety of Distress Inks to turn it a green hue, then I used a branch stamp that came with the embellishment kit over the "green" paper.
For the actual tree, I misted it using brown Chalkboard mist, then took a craft knife and randomly carved some lines to make it look like a real tree, then I inked over the whole tree.
I used a frame that came in the kit, and backed it with the blue kit paper, "bleaching" it out with white Distress Stain. I fussy cut the banner fromthe brown kit paper that also had the frames on it. the sentiment is from the main kit, and the little flowers are Primas from my stash.

Hello Card

I made this using Paulien's card challenge. There is a sketch, and the requirements were to use Prima packaging, and some lace.
I used paper from the kit, a doily that I misted, and some old prima packaging that some Say it in Pearls came in. I accented the lace and doily with little pearls, then added the the vines and pink rose form the kit, The white flowers are Dusty Attic. 

I hope you enjoyed looking at my projects, Thanks for stopping by!!!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

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

If you came here from the 7 Gypsies 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 !!

 The August kit, "Vintage Traditions", is so unique! I really enjoyed working with the papers in this kit- such an amazing variety, yet each perfectly complimenting the other. I love all things vintage, and try to add a vintage flair to most of my project, but this kit is really versatile, and you can create a number of styles from it. I thought I was going to just use some of my heritage photos for my layouts, but it turned out that everyday pics work just fine with this gorgeous collection!

Here are my projects that I have made so far with "Vintage Traditions":

"Beauty" Canvas

So, I just dived into this kit by ripping up paper! I had just came back from taking a class from Anna Dabrowska, and my kit was waiting for me when I got home. In the class, we were ripping up pieces paper and making masterpieces with them- it was fresh in my head, and I just had to try it for myself, unsupervised!    I decided to make a canvas, and this is the result. I started with a thin canvas I purchased from Michaels- I love how thin they are! So, I put all of the ripped "scraps" in random places on the canvas for a background, then applied gesso over it using an old credit card. You can still see the pieces, but they are faded. Next, I used Red Velvet Glimmer Mist in random spots after the gesso dried. I inked the edges, then used a "net" stamp on them. 
Here's a close up of what the stamping looks like:

The piece of paper with the rose on it is a card from the main kit. I touched the rose with Diamond Stickles, then sprinkled some Diamond Dust over that. I used alphas and Tim Holtz "Chitchat" words from my stash to add one of my favorite quotes: "Find Beauty in All Things". The swirls and iris leaves are made with Cheery Lynn dies. I finished up the project by adding some Tim Holtz Baubles and 7 Gypsies chain to hang it up. 

"This Boy Loves his Flowers" Layout

I was still on my Anna "high" when I made this layout, which explains the "grungy-ness" which I LOVE. It also follows the sketch that comes with the kit. 
I started with the the background newspaper sheet (Bazzill)- it's actually gray, but I used Antique Linen Distress ink to give it a yellow hue. I cut out the middle so I could use it for other pieces on the layout. I used the Distrezz-it-All on the second layer, and did some faux stitching as the outline. I also used the distress ink to get the worn look around the edges. The circles are "coffee stains" that I made with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and water and a coffee cup. Inside each of the circles, I used the circle stamp that came in the embellishment kit with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I used my Cricut (GASP!!!!) to cut the heart out of the red cardstock from the cardstock add-on. 
The flower cluster corner has black flowers that came with the kit, but I added my own Prima cream roses. The fern leaves were cut with Cherry Lynn dies. The paper is the Bazzill script print that I inked green and used a polka-dot stamp on. I finished up the cluster with canvas fibers that I curled between my fingernails. The alphas are all from my stash. The buttons and arrow came in the embellishment add-on in the Maya Road Junk Box.
Here is a close up:

"Such a Doll" Layout

I took this pic of my daughter a couple of months ago, and have been waiting for the perfect papers to scrap it- these 7 Gypsies ones are it! I cut the gray paper with a wavy motion, and distressed and inked the edges. I cut a 10 inch circle out of the pink script paper, (again, using my Cricut! I think I should get a prize for busting that thing out!) Then inked and distressed it. I also did faux stitching on the edges. I used some beautiful old Prima lace from my stash because it went so well with the papers! I placed tiny beige pearls on each "pleat". Then, I used the Prima brick mask with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and blending tool. 
In the flower clusters you will notice a couple of little blue roses- I added those because my daughter is wearing a blue bow in her hair, and it just "fit". The dies in the flowers are from Memory Box, as well as the leaves in the right-hand corner with the two Maya Road heart trinkets.
In this close-up you can see the title better I inked the letters with pink ink and used a polka dot stamp to black dots on them, but they didn't show up well at all on the layout, so I used gold embossing power on them. The "O" is the metal Prima frame that comes in the main kit, and the bird is from the flower add-on. 

"A Magical Day" Card

The background of this photo (green) is a piece of patterned paper that is NOT part of the card. (I only placed the card on here because I can't get a good angle with lighting with the card standing up- my lights that came with my lightbox are not working, so I apologize! :) )

This is a birthday card for one of my friends, hence the saying, "A Magical Day". I started with a couple of 5X7 pieces of  pink paper (Kaisercraft, and 7 Gypsies), and distressed and inked the edges, then layered them. I curled up the edges for added dimension. The lace is inked to give it a worn look. The lined paper is the back side of a journal card from the main kit, distressed, and embossed with gold embossing powder and a stamp from the embellishment add on. The flourish is from a Cherry Lynn die - I also painted it with Smooch Glitz in pink for extra sparkle. I added a heart trinket from the Maya Road junk box set to the center of the flower, added the title and pearls, then one last small feature- the TH paper clip with a bauble. 

So that's it for now. I hope you enjoyed looking at my projects and found some ideas you can use on your own! Thanks for having a peek!

AND, in case you missed this info:
You have until midnight, eastern time, on Sunday, August 12th to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Monday the 13th.  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 sentemce.
3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had, tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you collected.     Can't wait to hear from you.

My special word is : right in

The party continues over at the amazing Lisa Gregory's blog.  Have fun!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Flourish with a Bling August Challenge

This month at FWAB, the lovely Sonia is hosting a winter challenge. All you have to do is use a winter-based photo and use any FWAB product! Then, upload it to the FWAB gallery! How easy is that? And the winner of the challenge will receive this fabulous prize pack:

Of course, only the photo has to be winter-based, but I have all this wonderful Bo Bunny winter paper from three different lines, and I wanted to use it:

I love it when layouts practically put themselves together- this one only took about two hours. Lots of layering and coloring on this one! The bottom paper is from the Kasiercraft Timeless like with with a script. I inked the edges of it with Dusty Concord Distress Stain. You can only see it poking out through the tears, but it works; you can also see the Dusty Attic Snowflakes in there, and they have FWAB purple pearls from the  I also used that ink for the next layer after running it through my beloved Distrezz-it-All, which is from the Bo Bunny Snowy Serenade line. I used Pink Paislee Mistables paper for the next layer. I punched it , then misted it with Moonlight Blue and Juneberry Wine Glimmer Mists. I love how it curled the paper- it's a thick paper, so when it curls on the edges, it creates such perfect dimension. (And's here's a tip for that curly paper that you get from mists: use a liquid adhesive on the back, and take a brayer to it to flatten the middle well for layering.)
The next layer is also from that Bo Bunny Serenade line- it's the die cut paper- I just cut out the smaller artisan shape, then distressed it. Next, I used some snowflake Glimmer Screens with Dusty Concord and Tumbled Glass Distress inks with the blending tool. I finished up that layer by adding some old lace around the edges.
Next, I added the smaller layers: I started with two banner strips I cut from the Bo Bunny Winter Whispers line, added a distressed cardstock ring, and a mat from the Bo Bunny Winter Joy line, and to that my photo. I took this a few years ago when it snowed in Las Vegas! It's one of my faves of my daughter. Lots of editing on that pic.
Embellishment time! First, I added some purple ribbon with fibers at the bottom of the page. And then the best part: adding the FWAB Bling to the corner. I used the Chloe Pearl Flourish (in pearl), then I cut up pieces of Kate's Corner Flourish (in silver) to add some "icy-ness" to the swirls. I topped of the flourishes with Prima flowers that I dabbed with gesso, and some Dusty Attic snowflakes that I treated with gesso and Fairy Dust Glitter from Clearsnap.
I finished off the layout by adding the title using Basic Grey stickers, and added some Maya Road chipboard wings to the photo that I painted with gesso and dipped in Diamond Dust.

Let us at FWAB see what you can come up with for this challenge, and post your gorgeous creation HERE! We can't wait to see what you make!!!!!

"Prima Goes Inky" Class Project with Finnabair

Oh, I feel soooooooooo lucky to have attended Anna Dabrowska's "Prima Goes Inky" class in Chino, CA last week! That woman is a mixed media GODDESS! And, she's also such a doll. I learned so much from Anna, but what I will take away from the class is how to think differently about scrapbooking: both the process of creating, and also how to use embellishments in a multitude of ways.

The class involved making a journal. It was amazing at how fast time went by: it took almost 5 hours just to create the cover! Here how mine turned out:

I have been trying to get good pics of this for days! The lightbox gave me the best image, but it just doesn't reflect the colors and dimension accurately!
About making this: My friend Krissy has taken one of Anna's classes before, and she gave sound advice when she said to start making a trinket box full of metal embellishments, and I'm glad I had a lot of little things of my own to add to the cover of the journal. We did get some really nice Prima embellies though.
It's so funny- before class started, I saw people taking things out of the class kits, and one thing I noticed was that everyone canvas words like, "journey", "art", "create", and "dream". I was SOOOO hoping for "dream", but I got "create" instead. It wasn't all bad, though- I decided just to spell my name! I painted them with white Distress Stain, added rhinestones to the letters after I got home to accent them- they weren't visible enough for me.
Here's a closeup:
You can see that I out some small paper roses on there- I wouldn't use those again- they don't hold up as well as fabric and metal. I love the colors on here!


If you ever get the chance, take a class from Anna- it will be a wonderful experience for you!

Swirlydoos Second Reveal with "The Paper Doll" Kit

I've had these projects done for a couple of weeks, but I have been so busy, this is the first chance I've had to share them!

Altered "A" Bottle

Fellow design team member, Tiffany, created some gorgeous bottles with this month's kit, and it inspired me to give it a try too. I have been in love with altered bottles ever since my friend, Bonnie, aka La Bonita, to the scrap world, shared hers a couple of years ago. Anyway, I found this little round one at Cost Plus World Market.
I decided I wanted an opaque bottle, so I painted it with gesso and let it dry. Next, my plan was to randomly touch it with Weathered Wood Distress Stain, so I did that, and the gesso started coming off! I should have known because the stain is water-based! DUH! (I never know what the hell I am doing! :) ) So, I knew that I needed something more permanent- I then painted it with Glimmer Glam in Chandelier, and it came out beautiful! (I love happy accidents!) Next, I randomly stamped over it with that fabulous Prima stamp from the Moulin Rouge collection. With the bottle finished, I then added all my junk: ribbon, flowers, a frame using the Martha Stewart air dry clay from the technique kit, and and alpha: an "A" for Audra. I thought I was done, but Audra informed me that vases are for flowers, so I added the Petaloo vine!
Here's a view from the back:

"Just You" Layout

I decided to make a leaf circle- man that was a lot of work! I punched out the leaves with the Martha Stewart Rose Leaf punch. I inked them and drew centers to look like the leaves on the page, but I covered up most of those. I used Tattered Rose Distress Stain on the wood letters on the butterflies, and made splotches on the paper.

Thanks for looking!