Thursday, January 26, 2012

Swirlydoos Mystical Winter Second Reveal

So, these are the last of my projects made with the January Swirlydoos kit.
"Too Cool" Layout
This is a picture of my daughter, acting like a complete goofball in the snow. 
I used a white piece of cardstock for the background: I used different blue distress inks for shading, then to stamp the snowflakes in the corners, which I topped off with some little rhinestones.
The leaves were cut using Spellbinders foliage dies.

Snowflake Card
I don't make a lot of cards, but I thought I would try to start! I wanted to keep the design basic so it would fit in an envelope so I could actually send it through the mail. 
I cut out the snowflake from a paper from the kit. The doily was misted with Bell Bottom Jeans Glimmer Mist.

"Snow Angels" Layout
This is the other pic of my mother-in-law and her sister that I just had to scrap! I went a little crazy with the mists, but I think it still looks okay, maybe just a grungier than I was going for. I tried to balance it out with all the pearls everywhere!
The flowers were white, but I used a peach Chalkboard Mist. Then I bent the metal trinket flowers that we got in the main kit, then I but big blue pearls in the centers.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

"Baby Doll" Layout

 This is a layout that I made for the round robin challenge at Swirlydoos. Manda K started off our team with a wonderful Christmas layout, and then Christy lifted it- it was a cute layout with her daughter holding a lizzard. I went in the other direction, using baby pictures. These pics are from a portait session when my daughter was one!
I started by using some wavy layers for the background paper- distressed, then inked. I framed the inner square with some white Kaisercraft pearl strands. I love those wood butterflies, but I wanted them ti have a tinge of color, so I rubbed some Spun Sugar distress ink on them.
I matted the photos with paper that I distressed using my fingernail, then slightly pushed up the paper for dimension.
The alphabet stickers were white, and heavily treated- first, I used a fan brush to lightly color them with Inchworm Chalkboard mist, then did the same thing with some Mossy Green Shimmerz. I wasn't very happy with the contrast against the background paper, so I inked them slightly with Vintage Photo distress ink, but they were still missing something. I decided to add some Baby Blue Stickles, and that gave me a look I was happy with!

Here is a close up:

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Welcome to Swirlydoos' January Blog Hop Block Party!!

Happy New Year and welcome to Swirlydoos January Kit Reveal Blog Hop BLOCK PARTY!!! If you came here from Lisa Gregory'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 manufacturer blogs that are joining in the fun!! There are 5 prize packs up for grabs so make sure to follow along and have fun!!?

I have three layouts to share with you today for the Mystical Winter kit.

Here is the first one, based on this month's sketch:
"All That Glitters is Snow"
(Photo of me and my daughter)

I distressed the background paper with my fingernail- I find that I have a lot more control than with an edge distresser. I matted the photo using two pieces of white paper that I cut in a wavy pattern, then distressed and finished it off with some gray chalk ink.

"Sledding Beauties"
(Photo of my mother-in-law and her sister)
I was so excited to get my hands on this photo that sits on the dresser in my in-laws' guest bedroom- it is so sweet, and goes perfectly with the Bo Bunny papers in the kit.

I started out by heavily distressing the background paper, then using distress inks around the rips and tears, then I randomly stamped snowflakes using the stamp set that comes in the main kit. The brown border on the blue paper is cut from the Tim Holtz Vintage Lace die. I sewed it on the paper for added dimension. The white snowflakes are Dusty Attic that I painted, then dusted with Fairy Dust Glitter. Here's a close-up:

(Photo of my and my son)
I created this layout as an example for the Swirlyhues challenge. I had a lot of fun with these colors, but it was challenging not to add more shades of blue! In fact, at first I sprayed the doily with "Midnight Blue" Glimmer Mist that came in the "Bling" add on kit, but it was too light. I saved it by remisting it with "Bell Bottom Jeans" GM, and it matched perfectly! For the punched background, I used a Martha Stewart punch, then matted it on white paper. For added dimension, I then took scissors to the edge of the white paper and "dipped in" to make it curve around the snowflakes. I lightly touched the brown blooms with white paint. Here's a close up:

You have until midnight, eastern time, on January 15th to complete the hop. 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 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 here to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had AND tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you collected.

My special word is "themselves".

The party continues over at Paulien's blog. Have fun!

Monday, January 2, 2012

"Holly Jolly" Layout

I snapped this pic of my sweet baby a few days before Christmas. He was incredibly excited about being close to the tree and pulling of the ornaments.
I used the Swirlydoos "Christmas Wishes" kit to make this layout, along with the beautiful sketch.
The red border was made with the Tim Holtz "Vintage Lace" die, and then lightly touched with pale brown chalk ink. I also lightly painted the red and green berry sprays with white paint to soften the colors.