Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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

If you came here from the Swirlydoos 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 !!

This kit is aptly named Inspiration because it is beyond inspiring! It was a complete pleasure to work with this kit, and I am still playing with it and have about 5 more projects planned- it's that good! I will use up every scrap of this one!

"Be You Tiful" Layout

I jumped right in making this page. I will tell you a little about it, but I also did an "Anatomy of a Layout" of this page, which is on the the Swirlydoos forum sometime very soon today (Wednesday). The anatomy has been a challenge for me in the past because I am lucky enough to get all of the add ons that compliment the main kit, and I love to add that swirly goodness on every project. However, this one came together quite easy because the main kit ROCKS.

Lots of layers on this layout! I cut the artisan shape from two different papers in the kit using a template from an old piece of die cut paper, and added border punch strips around the edges and faux stitching. The black swirls are cut from a Memory Box die. I used pop dots on the alphas that were cut from one of the pieces of paper.

"Come Away with Me" Altered Hat Box

I bought this hat box from Michaels a while back, and these Prima Romance Novel papers are perfect for it! 
I covered the box with the pink paper and used some punched border strips. The lace (Darice) and pearls (Kaisercraft) around the box top are from my stash that I wanted to use to add some texture. I cut a tiny hole in the lace to add the bottle cap charm.

The paper layers on the top are both cut outs from patterned paper, and notecards from the main kit. I used a Cherry Lynn flourish die for the black and green die cuts under the flowers. I used a small Memorybox die for the small flourishes bordering the box, connecting them with crystals from the bling add on kit. I also used one of those gems on the key.

This resin frame is not in the kit- It's a small photo frame I found in the clearance bin at Michaels. I used some gold Rub and Buff to give it an antiqued look. The images in the frame are washi tape from the embellishment add on, balloon and saying from a notecard in the main kit, and a dictionary page from the technique kit. I filled the frame with Ice Resin, also from the technique kit.
I plan on using this box to hold a mini album. 

Sketch Page: Untitled

 So, this is my take on the fabulous Beggahuna sketch. I decided to use some cardboard as a background.
I tried to follow the clustering and layering from the sketch. Here is a close up of it:
 I used some patina Rub and Buff on the cherub, but I used a little too much , so I painted over it with white Distress Stain, then rubbed it off on the wings and bird.

Here is a close up of the paper that I covered with a couple of coats of white Distress Stain, crumpled while damp, and let dry before inking on the folds with black and blue chalk inks.

"Good Things" Jar
I got the idea for this project from Pinterest: the post said to keep a mason jar out and when something good happens, write it on a small piece of paper and put it in the jar to read later. I love that! But, I can't just have a plain jar sitting on MY counter! It must be pretty, so I altered it!
I made a border punch strip and glued it to a piece of paper 12X4. I made faux stitching at the bottom. It reached mostly around the jar, but it is a little short, so I laced the paper ends together. (See below) Once the paper was on, I just put the title plaque on- It's from the bling add on. I used white Distress stain on the chipboard, then used a water pen with pink and green Magical Micas. I used the black flowers from the add on kit on the back of the chipboard. I used washi tape on the lid, and added some tulle from my stash.
Here is a close up of the key ring:

Close up of the lacing:

I hope you enjoyed looking at my projects. I hope you are lucky enough to get a kit of your own and create beautiful things!

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Friday, September 7th to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Saturday the 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 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 : The

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