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":
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!