Monday, February 11, 2013

Welcome to Swirlydoos' "Upon a Time" Reveal Blog Hop Block Party!!

If you came here from the Swirlydoos blog, then you are on the right track. If not, go back and start from there. We have some amazing projects for you to see today !! Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! Check out Swirlydoos on Facebook and Like Us!!!

Oh my word, this kit is gorgeous! We were lucky enough to get ALL of the papers in the Graphic 45 "Place in Time" collection, and a ton of embellies to go with. This month's kit is a SMOKIN' DEAL. If you aren't a subscriber yet (WHAAAAAAAAT?), there just MIGHT be one left in the store, and if you are really lucky, there might even be some add-ons, especially the awesome technique kit this month! So, go check the Swirlydoos boutique now!

Here it is:


March Calendar Wall Decor

I have had the best time delving into this kit- I have sooooo many more projects I want to do too. I decided to start out with the main kit by creating a calendar for the month of March. I am going to do a wall hanging for each month, and I'm all set for next month. This is what I came up with:

I started out with a piece of circle cardboard I salvaged from a DiGiorno's frozen pizza- they are the perfect size! Then I prepped it by exposing the edges, using some purple gelato, and Tattered Angels Olive Vine. Of course, most of it is covered up, but it looks so nice as an accent around the edges, which are easier to see in real life, of course!

I then took a piece of the purple Core'Dinations cardstock from the cardstock add-on, and the "March" paper and traced the cardboard circle and cut them out. I distressed them both with the Prima Distress Tool, after inking them with distress and chalk inks. As my base, them added my goodies. 

"The Story of Us" Mini Album

Nearly every time I am on Pinterest, I run across this quote, and I think it's perfect. I don't know where it came from, but it's so heartfelt, and I wanted to make a project using it. Here it is:
           "First, we had each other. Then we had you. Now we have everything."
Isn't that just the sweetest? Well, I thought so, and that was the inspiration for my mini album that I created using this month's technique kit. I wanted to put pictures in there, but I will have to do that soon. 

I used a lot of things from this month's kit and add-ons, and a number of things from my stash to give it a completed look. 




 






You can check out my video where I show you three main techniques I used on my mini that include: using the TA paint system to create a faux leather cover, a inking/misting technique for chipboard, and creating a shabby chic cardboard piece to tear and use for layering in the album.

Here's the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vfdTkc2pEg


Thanks for looking, and enjoy the rest of the hop, dolls!

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Wednesday 2/13 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Thursday 2/14. 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 words are: A balanced 

The party continues on Vicky's blog. Have fun!

46 comments:

Kathi said...

Love the circle calendar and the mini album is precious

Barbara said...

Hi your mini is with so many details. It looks very well.

Bye
Barbara

Maletch's Mommy said...

LOVE that mini!! And yes that saying is the sweetest-- and its perfect with your title!

Lisa Valentine said...

You did an amazing job on that mini!!! AND, I love the circle calendar you created. Beautiful work.

Paulien van den Bosch said...

Oh dear, where to start? I love everything you created with the main and tech kit. Absolutely GORGEOUS work!!!!!

Peggy said...

Fantastic idea with the monthly wall hanging; love your awesome mini & techniques!!!!

Cathi ONeill said...

Everything is gorgeous!! Love them both!!

Angelica said...

Your projects are amazing,Rae!! The wall hanging is my fav...gotta love purple!!! I love all the techs. you used on your mini! Your videos rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lynn Good said...

Just LOVE your projects. Awesomely coordinated.

Cherished said...

Rae your mini album is gorgeous.

Cherished said...

Love your projects.

MZule said...

Cute album!

Anna said...

GORGEOUS mini!!!!

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Lisa said...

That ia just gorgeous Rae!!! I love it!!!

Becky Dunham said...

These are both absolutely gorgeous Rae! I love that you used a DiGiorno pizza cardboard for the first one - so clever! The mini album is so sweet and I love that quote - had not heard it before! Thanks for sharing! I am a new follower of your sweet blog :)

Robin (ddcdragonfly) said...

Awesome mini and calendar page; love the colors and details!

Vicky Alberto said...

All so very beautiful and romantic!

Vicky Alberto said...

All so very beautiful and romantic!

Amarilys said...

love that mini! It looks amazing!!!!

Kimberly said...

I love your mini album. So many beautiful details.

Shelley Schubert said...

Love EVERYTHING!! Love the March offering, and your mini is GORGEOUS!!

Shelley

Shelley Schubert said...

Love EVERYTHING!! Love the March offering, and your mini is GORGEOUS!!

Shelley

magicalmagpie said...

Your March Calendar is so beautiful, I just love the violets and lace that you have used. The mini is gorgeous too, Thanks for sharing.
Gail

magicalmagpie said...

Your March Calendar is so beautiful, I just love the violets and lace that you have used. The mini is gorgeous too, Thanks for sharing.
Gail

marcia said...

WoW! I absolutely love the pizza circle recycle! Amazing and beautiful!!

T Young said...

What a great idea to use the pizza cardboard! The calendar page turned out great, and your mini album is beautiful!

marylouh said...

The album is beautiful. I love the G45 papers and you made good use of them. Have to remember to keep the pizza pad. Thanks.

detra said...

Love the calendar! The mini is great also.

Sandra Smith said...

Your circle calendar is beautiful! I love the vintage look and that you went outside the box and used clipboard from frozen pizza. Your mini album goes so well with the saying. it's so sweet!

Merrihew said...

Amazing projects, Rae! I love the calendar wall hanging and the mini album has me thinking and planning!

Scrap2day said...

Oh goodness Rae! I love your idea of the pizza circle for making a round calendar each month! Genius!
And that mini...drop dead gorgeous! I so need to use that quote to make my daughter's one. As usual I leave here inspired!

nanatam said...

What a great idea, circle calendar! The mini album is adorable too! Thanks for the video!!

nanatam said...

What a great idea, circle calendar! The mini album is adorable too! Thanks for the video!!

Amy Voorthuis said...

Holy cow your mini is smoking hot .........just amazing! Ps love your other project too,,you are so lucky to be joining such a great kitclub........have a wonderful week xox Amy

Andiepants said...

I love your mini Rae!! The corrugation throughout the romantic mini is just awesome. And I love that quote...yes dear...it's very sweet.

Stephanie said...

Rae I love, love, love your mini album and March calendar!

Beatrice Lawson said...

Oh that mini album is gorgeous! Funny enough, I never heard that quote before... butnow I have to use it.

АВикторияА said...

Какой красивый миник. Попробую сделать такой для себя. Спасибо за идею.

Lissa R said...

Never would have thought of making a circle for the calendar....great inspiration!

Debbie L Gregory said...

Both of these projects are so pretty but I adore the purple!!!

Debbie L Gregory said...

Both of these projects are so pretty but I adore the purple!!!

Iryna Kittsteiner said...

Wonderful Hop! Love your mini!!

Greetings from Germany; Iryna

Nancy said...

Love that mini album! So many beautiful details.

Rachelle Olaridge said...

I love your gorgeous project and viedo. Love it!!!! Thanks for the inspiration.

Rachelle
xxx

Charles Sailey said...

Your project is absolutely breath taking!