Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Swirlydoos Vintage Chic Kit Second Reveal

I can't even begin to express how much I LOVE the Prima Engraver line! The papers are FABULOUS! They are great for all projects, but I chose to scrap the men in my life with them because there aren't many lines out there that are fit for masculine layouts.

The first layout is based on our monthly sketch:

"Not All who Wander are Lost" Layout

This is a picture of my husband taken a few years ago in Death Valley at a place known as the Wandering Rocks, which is really weird! The rocks actually move, and because of the climate, they leave a trail. 
So, I used the Zutter distresser on all of the layers. I I folded and crumpled up the map paper, smoothed it out, then rubbed Distress Ink over the rumples. I did faux stitching to complete the background. The hanging vines  and branch are from Memory Box dies.

"You Make Us Proud" Layout

This layout is based on this month's Prima BAP. This is my son's school picture this year. 

I used a 12X12 cardboard base for the background- I ripped up the edges then painted it with black gesso, then with the Olive Vine Silks paint. I folded the paper to accentuate the lines that were already on the paper, then inked the folds.  To complete the background, I used a Prima mask (polka dot) with Wendi Vecchi Embossing paste. (Seriously, this stuff is amazing- if you have trouble getting crisp images from your masks, this complete solves the problem.) I used a piece of Blue Fern Studios border coming from the bottom of the picture.

"The Tiniest Feet" Layout

These feet are my youngest's taken when he was just one month. To get that background I cut the papers in a wavy motion, then distressed the edges with a tool, then my fingers.  I used that same technique with the photo mat. The heart punch is from Martha Stewart, and the vines are chipboard from Blue Fern Studios. 

Thanks for looking! 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Swirlydoos Anatomy of a Layout: Vintage Chic Kit

Hope you are all having a fabulous Saturday! I wanted to share a layout I made using the fabulous Vintage Chic kit.
I thought I would do a travel layout. Years ago my husband and I were on vacation, and as we travelled through Iowa, we visited a unique place The Grotto of the Redemption, and picture on my layout is a post card from there.

I have a video tutorial on this layout, so feel free to check it out!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Welcome to Swirlydoos' March 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 !! Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! Check out Swirlydoos on Facebook and Like Us!!!

We also have a DT call for Educators!! As you know we have a kick-butt Education team and we are looking to add to our family. If you love to create tutorials and share your love of the craft with others, we would love to have you on our team. The deadline is looming!!! Please click on THIS LINK to learn more!!

And, without further ado, we present to you... VINTAGE CHIC, the fabulous new March kit featuring the Prima Engraver line!
And, the add-ons, as always are to die for, so make sure, if you are not already a subscriber that you hit THE BOUTIQUE and see what, if any March kits are still available!

The education team has the great honor of working with and showcasing the monthly Technique/Project kit. This month, Krissy out together a fabulous ensemble featuring the Bo Bunny Life Journal Day Planner- a very practical and beautiful project. Here's what I came up with:

Side View:

Front Cover:

Front Cover Closeups:

Inside Front Cover:

Inside Front Cover Closeup:

Inside Back Cover:

Inside Back Cover Closeup:

Be sure to check out the video too!

Thanks for joining us on the blog hop today!

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Wednesday 3/13 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Thursday 3/14. 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: If it

The party continues over at our guest designer's blog, the fabulous Manda Kurtz!!!!  Have fun!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Shabby Chic Tag/Card

Hey, all! Check out this tag that I put on a card. I used black gesso, embossing powder, and paint for the background.

Go to YouTube to see the video:

Have a great day!

Friday, March 1, 2013

FWAB/Scrapmatts Swap Blog Hop!

The FWAB DT had the wonderful opportunity to play with fabulous Scrapmatts chipboard, and we are having a blog hop on the FWAB BLOG to showcase our projects! 

Here is the link to it: FWAB BLOG

You can get more details on my projects there, but I thought I would post them on my blog too.

"You are My Sunshine" Layout:

 I used the Prima Sun Kiss line, along with many FWAB products. The kite, bird bath, and black birds are all Scrapmatts chipboard! Somewhat simple for me without more flowers, but the goal was to showcase how fabulous your layouts can look just using the chipboard and FWAB! The picture is of my smallest when he was about eight months old.

"Timeless Romance" Layout

So, that Scrapmatts chair inspired me to create a vintage layout, and this is the result. I used some older paper from TPC Studio from a couple of their heritage lines. I decided to edit one of my wedding photos to match up the paper. 

"Be Free" Altered Frame

I adore these oval frames that you can pick up for a dollar- they are perfect for som many projects. I used some Kaisercraft and Maja Designs paper, and some Petaloo flowers to help showcase the birdcage and Chloe flourish. 

Also, the FWAB monthly challenge is up for March: Valentine's Day! So be sure to join us, and you can win a fabulous prize pack. Lots of prizes to be won this month with the challenge and the hop. Hope you play along!!!!!