Monday, October 8, 2012

Welcome to Swirlydoos' October "Belle Chanson" Kit Reveal Blog Hop Block Party!!


If you came here from the fabulous Lisa V'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 !!  Also, as an extra special twist, 2 of our designers are hiding secret prizes on their blogs!!!!!  Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!!  Check out Swirlydoos on Facebook and Like Us!!!

It's true: I love every Swirlydoos kit, BUT, whenever the kit has blue in it, it makes me sooo happy! Belle Chanson is one of my favorite kits to date. The patterns are classic, yet chic, and you can use them for any subject. I found myself wanting to scrap my favorite pics, again! Krissy did a fabulous job, as always, putting this one together. :)


And click here to watch a video of our Lisa V unveiling this fabulous kit, and be sure, if you aren't already a subscriber to get to the Swirlydoos store and see if there are any left to buy! 


"Demure" Layout



As soon as I saw these papers, I thought of this pic: it's one of my favorites of my daughter. I've used it on a couple of layouts before, but I couldn't help using it again! To be honest, I was having trouble deciding what papers to use, hence all of the layers. I ran all of the layers except the punched parts through the Distrezz-it-All, The script paper has masking using a chicken wire template and faux stitching, which is my new favorite technique. I'm too lazy to sew!
I sanded the edges of punched mat because it's Coordinations cardstock, and sanding reveals a different color. The green leaves in the flower clusters were cut out using the Cameo. This image comes with the software.

"Love." Layout 

 So this is my take on this month's exclusive Beggahuna sketch. I added more layers and didn't include three pics. Again, this is one of my favorite pics. My husband took it when we were sitting on the beach two summers ago. I will probably scrap this many more times.
For the background, I lightly colored the white flowers on the black paper with the pretty teal chalk ink and a paintbrush. I used more of the Coordinations from the card stock add on for the punched border and sanded it. Again, I made faux stitching on the music paper which I intentionally placed upside down on the layout. It's symbolic of all of the discord in our lives, and we still love each other.
The rest of the layout has nearly everything from the bling add on! I used the Martha Stewart Cherish punch around the page for both the photo mat, and the black frame- I cut the middle out and put on the teal rhinestone strips to border it. I used lots of pop dots on nearly every layer to give this one a lot of dimension. The clock under the masking tape sentiments are from the Prima packaging of the pearl and lace border. I love how it's faded- more symbolism- time fades and is irrelevant.

"Hello Forever" Card


It's funny how some projects just kind of create themselves. I had a project, not Swirlydoos related, that I want to do, so I pulled out these skeleton cameos I had in my stash and set them on my table so I wouldn't forget I had them. Later that day, the teams for our new Card Round Robin challenge (Please check it out and join us!) were posted and I had the first spot for my team. I started looking through the Belle Chanson kit, and saw the cameo die cut, and I just knew I had to pair it up with the skeleton one. This is what became of it!
There were three twists for this challenge: be inspired by a picture, use stamps, and metal. So, I started with the music note paper, using a small swirl stamp and the teal chalk ink from the main kit as a border for the card. I added the frame and cameo die cuts from the embellishment kit after distressing and inking. Then wrapped the ribbon and placed the other cameo on there.The black rhinestone strip is from the bling add on.  I wasn't sure what sentiment I was going to put on the card, but then I remembered the sentiments that we got in the kit, and how I was not fond of the "hello forever" one and I thought I would never use it. :) It just fit here! 


Fairy Mixed Media Album (Technique Kit)

So, I was sooooo excited about this month's technique kit! This summer I was sooo lucky to be able to take a class from Anna Dabrowska making one of these Prima mixed media albums, and I have been dying to make another using the techniques I learned from her class and also put my own twist on it. This is what I came up with:
 First, I want to make a note that I added the Dusty Attic vine chipboard and Prima resin fairies from my own stash. I just want to make note of that because if you ordered the kit, you are not getting these embellishments.  But, the Prima brick mask DOES come in the kit! (YAY!)

So, here are a couple of things I did on this cover that are really wonderful tips I got from Anna's class: 1- spray the album with water before you mist to get better blending between covers, and 2- add the binding ribbon to the covers, then place embellishments on top, so it is secure.
I used the bamboo Primary Pigment that came in the kit to mist, along with a Moonshadow Mist to get the brown color. I also used Tattered Angels Patina, very lightly. I love how it came out!
Next, I used the gesso and brick mask from the kit to accent the top and bottom corners. Once dry, I went back in with a brush with the pigment and a small amount of water to make the "mortar" darker. I added some stamping and inking around the edges.
I painted the vines with gesso, then the Silks paint in Olive Vine. I heat set them, then glued them on, along with the rest of the embellishments. Under the door is a piece of muslin. Next, I covered all of the embellishments with the gloss gel medium. It seals them and really adheres them to the cover- they will not come off once you apply this stuff, and it protects them too, Those paper roses are now hard as rocks!
TIP: the gel medium will react with the Silk paint and cause a pooling effect as you can see in the picture below. I'm not sure why it happened because it was dry, but then I read on the paint label that it's not cured until 24 hours, so that may be why. So, if you are impatient like me and aren't going to wait for it to cure, this is what it will look like, which I think is AWESOME!!



Next, misted the whole album some more with Bronze Glimmer mist, then I glued my fairied down with the gel medium and painted them with it. After dry, I used other colors of the silk paints (not included in the kit) on the wings, dress and hair, then sprinkled on some Clearsnap Fairy Dust Glitter.

Here is the back of the album using the same techniques:

And a closeup of the design:

I can't wait to start working onthe inside of this album!

Thank you for taking time to check out my projects! I really appreciate it! :)




You have until midnight, eastern time, on Wednesday, 10/10 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Thursday 10/11.  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 sentence.
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 : is

The party continues over at the super-talented Angelica's blog.  Have fun!






55 comments:

Lisa said...

Rae, I really love the layering on your pages. They are so beautiful and your album cover is out of this world!!

Kim said...

Rae, the layouts are stunning, but that album is by far my fav.

LISA said...

Your layouts and card are so beautiful , but my fave is your Mixed media album!! Very gorgeous!! I love love the mystical colors you chose. Beautiful!!

Merrihew said...

OMG, Rae! The cover to your mixed media album is absolutely FABULOUS!!! It looks just looks so magical! LOVE it!!! Gorgeous LO's and love the card!

Paulien van den Bosch said...

OMG Rae.... I don't know where to start. Your pages... are simply amazing. Love the layering and your details work. Your card is just SUPER GORGEOUS and your album.... Is to die for!!!!!

Vicky Alberto said...

I love how you mixes the papers so different than I "saw" them - so much eye candy on here!

Cathi ONeill said...

All of your work is gorgeous but love the album the best. Wonderful work!

Cathi ONeill said...

All of your work is gorgeous but love the album the best. Wonderful work!

Sandi Cl~ said...

Wow, Rae, what gorgeous projects! I so love that first layout .. but they are all beautiful. And the album .. omigosh! Thanks for all the great inspiration!

Andiepants said...

I adore your LO's but I truly think the mini is my fav. Oh...and that pic of you and your DH...very scrapable many times over. Gorgeous work.

Heidi Kelley said...

So,so,so beautiful!! That cover is seriously to die for!!

Scrap2day said...

So Gorgeous Ray! Coloring in the details on the paper in the teal ink was something I would not have ever thought to do! That mixed media creation is to die for! Each creation is a piece of art!

Beverly32440 said...

Rae,I love all of your projects, but the album is gorgeous! I am now following you so I can keep up with all of your neat projects!

Pam said...

Love the pop of red on the card and that fairy album is just GORGEOUS !

Manda_K said...

WOW Rae, you totally outdid yourself! Love all the layering you did and the album is amazing!

Margo :-) said...

Fantastic!!!

Anouk said...

I love the project Fairy Mixed Media Album (Technique Kit)

Elisabeth said...

Rae! I am with you - blue makes me happy! This way I can scrap the pictures of my sweet girl and my baby boy! Your layering on the page is divine - really special

Lisa said...

Beautiful work Rae!!! Love that album you did and can't wait to see the rest of it!

Erica Ortiz said...

Holy sh*t Rae! You did such fabulous creations! I just love, love, love your album! I can totally smack myself for not getting the technique kit..after the inspiration you've given me! Beautiful Rae!

Beatrice Lawson said...

Wow.... I just loved the card and the fairies mixed media piece. I have to check out the tutorial you mentioned. The layouts were gorgeous. Beautiful work!

Frank Garcia said...

Rae wow... What stunning projects I am in love with each one!!! I adore the cover you made for the album such beauty!!!

grammypame said...

Wow love your projects! the mini is amazing!!! thanks for sharing all your tips and explaining things so well. Thanks for sharing!
Hugz
Pam

Sandi Smith said...

Wow girl...you are on a creative roll...gorgeous projects!

Sandy said...

I love everything you've done, but I especially like that first photo and the layout that you created to showcase it. Lovely!

Linda Pekrul said...

No wonder you love that pic of your daughter... it is ADORABLE. Love all the punchwork you did ... especially the Cherish frames ... gorgeous. And the idea of combining the skeleton cameo with the other one and labeling them "Hello forever"... wonderfully creative! And then there's the album... double gorgeous... and thanks for the tips on how to create it!

langeatheart said...

Just gorgeous! I love the fairies and the doors, your layouts are beautiful! Trying hard to become a follower but my computer is giving me grief! But I will definitely add you to my favourites button! TFS!

Debbie said...

OMG Rae, I love what you have done with your album, it is stunning gorgeous!!!! Might have to get you to do mine, lol

Dana Tatar {datatar} said...

Wow! Fabulous work! I love the bright focal points on your layouts. Your attention to detail is amazing. The album cover is just fantastic. Thanks for the inspiration! =)

nanatam said...

I love your layouts! The album...WOWWWWW....it is amazing! the detail and colors are stunning!!TFS!!

tracy said...

wow what beautiful layouts. The grungy distressed look is my favorite. Your work is amazing. Hugs Tracy

Peggy said...

Gorgeous layouts full of layering and trims and (love) the chicken wire masking, beautiful card with the artisan frame.
But Rae, Oh My Oh My Oh My that album cover!!!!! Out of the ballpark stunning!!!!!!!!!

Nicole Doiron said...

I am totally in awe over your projects! Each one is absolutely gorgeous!

Maria Harms said...

Great layering and I LOVE the mixed media album! Great color selection and of course, that brick wall mask is fabulous:)

Dee in N.H. said...

OMG! I love that cover and your pages are amazing! I think you have convinced me that I have to have the Distresser!

Irene Tan aka Scrapperlicious said...

stunning projects and layouts!!!

Pakrat said...

Love your creativity,beautiful

Pakrat said...

Love your creativity, so beautiful

L. Akins said...

I love your layering on the layouts! Your album is gorgeous

Kimberly said...

Pages are beautiful, and I love the card. The album cover is Ga Ga Gorgeous!

Tammy said...

OH My Rae, you can really see how much love went into that album!! Its unbelievably gorgeous! your pages are just beautiful, thank you so much for sharing with us all

Jan said...

Rae, I really love what you did with the album covers! Wow! I bet the pictures do not do them justice. You will have to teach me what you learned from Anna next time I see you.

MZule said...

Phenomenal work Rae! Gosh I just love your faux switching. And your album, very inspiring!

Shelley Schubert said...

Beautiful work and so many fantastic techniques!

Shelley
DizzyBlondDesigns.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Rae I love your layouts and especially the picture of you and your hubby. My favorite is the tech kit -- it was fantastic.

Kathy Layne

Luv2scrap said...

Wow such intricate techniques! Great projects.

Stephanie said...

Wow Rae I love your work on this gorgeous album!

Electra said...

Your cover is really amazing! Lovely work , all of it!

LindaSS said...

Ohhh how I wish as would be getting the tech kit... oh my.. other then that I cant stop looking at your card...

Pascale B. said...

Beautiful LOs!! Love every details!!

Sherrenae - Sherri said...

Wow what an amazing array of projects.

Monica said...

Wow!! The mixed medai album cover is fantastic!!!

detra said...

Great pages, but your album is gorgeous!

Lynne Forsythe said...

OMW Rae....you Album is BEYOND STUNNING!!!

Hanne said...

Beautiful pages and the cover of the album is gorgeous.