Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Swirlydoos "Bonjour Mon Doux" Second Reveal

So, here are the last coupl eof projects I made using the February kit:

Free? Layout
So, last week my husband bought a new book, and was reading a quote in the introduction to me, and it really got me thinking about the way I see things. Here is part the quote:
Weak things have power.
...only the truly weak are free of
the temptation to dominate, harm.
Even though the quote is about politics, it made me think about my Autistic son, who is "weak", and I thought about how I feel like he is a prisoner in his mind, locked inside himself. I don't find an upside to his disabilities, and this quote got me thinking about how he is free from some of the hardships of the world. It inspired this layout:

I cut the background cardstock using wavy motions while cutting, then distress the edges, then used twine to "sew" the border. I took apart the small Petaloo vines, then rearranged them, adding some Prima twigs. I used the green trim that came in the kit for the edges on the patterned paper by cutting it into strips. I ripped the papers under the photo, then inked and distressed them.

Technique Kit: Chest of Drawers

 I just adore all Kaisercraft "Beyond the Page" projects! I decided to make this one to store my mini flowers, sorted by color! The wooded pad locks came in a kit from a few months back, but they went so well with what I was doing, I just had to add them. These drawers actually have openings to pull them out with ease, but I decided to use Tim Holtz Hinge Fasteners for little knobs for something different, and it allowed me to have more space for designing each box.
I used Weathered Wood Distress Stain (several coats) on the wooden keys that are on the left side, and also added some TH baubles.

Top View:
 I used the die cut paper that came in the main kit for a border around edges of the top of the chest.

Back and side View:
I cut up more of that die cut paper for the side, putting two strips together to make circles, then used the pearl strips that came int he "Bling" kit in the middle.
I continued that look on the back for the top border, then added a Dusty Attic gate. I treated the gate with the Weathered Wood Distress Stain, then outlined the gate using Platinum Liquid Pearls to give it the metal look, then shaped and  placed the Petaloo vine over it. The butterflies are from a piece of patterned paper from the kit that I cut out.

Thanks for looking!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

February Swirlyhues Challenge

This month at Swirlydoos, Angelica is hosting the Swirlyhues challenge, which is open to everyone! While the colors she chose for the challenge go perfectly with this month's kit, you can use whatever you have on hand that matches these colors.

Here is my take on the sketch using this month's color scheme:
I just adore this sketch! I have used it a few times- it's beautiful! I used the layering technique from the tutorial section. For the fairy, I painted it with gesso, then added stickles, hoping for the best with getting the dress, skin, and hair right. I was pleased with how it came out. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Welcome to Swirlydoos' February Blog Hop Block Party!!

Welcome to Swirlydoos February Kit Reveal Blog Hop BLOCK PARTY!!! If you came here from Karola'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 2 manufacturer blogs that are joining in the fun!! There are 3 prize packs up for grabs so make sure to follow along and have fun!!

 Here are my projects that I made with the gorgeous Bonjour Mon Doux kit for the FIRST reveal:

"Lullaby (& Good Night)"
Here is my take on the sketch for this month. I opted for heavy distressing and inking on this layout because it is a boy layout, and I knew I was going to gussy it up with flowers and hearts, so I thought it would add some balance. I used three different shades of distress ink so achieve this effect. First, I used Antique Linen heavily, then I followed with Frayed Burlap over that, leaving some of the Antique Linen showing, and did the same thing with Vintage Photo to the edges. Then I distressed the edges with my fingernail, and made deep marks to reveal the border strips ( I used the Tim Holtz Antique Lace die). I rubbed Frayed Burlap distress ink on the bird cage. I also gutted the brown roses and replaced the centers with Kaisercraft flowers.

"Heaven Sent"
So, it's my turn to do the "Anatomy of a Layout" this month, and this is my creation. I have to tell you that this was a real challenge for me because the rule is that we can only use the main kit! I always grab stuff from the monthly add-ons and stuff from my own stash for every layout, but not this time! If you want the details, check out the "Anatomy of a Layout" thread on the Swirlydoos forums!!

I just adore portraits, and this is one taken from my little man's one month session. I really try to keep the focus on the picture when I do layouts of these kind. For the background, I started with a piece of dark brown cardstock, then I cut the polka dot paper using a template, that is just a Technique Tuesday chipboard piece from the funky frames collection. It's an old embellishment, but I love the look, and can't bear to use it, so I just keep it for a template. I finished that off by distressing it with my fingernail, again!
I matted the photo on paper I punched using the Martha Stewart "Cherish" punch around the page, then I hand stitched the holes (a lot of work, but worth the effort). The vines are from Cherry Lynn designs. The title is Dusty Attic- I used chalk ink around the edges, leaving parts naked for dimension.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these projects!

You have until midnight, eastern time, on February 10th to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on February 11th.  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 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 : not

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