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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Welcome to Swirlydoos' September Kit Reveal Blog Hop Block Party!!

If you came here from Prima's blog, then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there. I hope you are enjoying yourself as you peruse through the designers' blogs and seeing what the manufacturers are sharing with you! Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! Check out Swirlydoos on Facebook and Like Us!!!

Here's a peek at the September collection, Gilted Pleasure. Surely you notice the gold highlights, paired with fantastic vintage blues, yellows, and browns. This is such a fun collection to work with!



Altered Cigar Box

This month our technique kit is featuring Mod Melts resin and molds! Here is the project I created to showcase what you can do with these fabulous resin pieces when you finish them. On the top of my cigar box, there is a bee on top of the clock that I painted with black gesso and Inka Gold.
Here's a side view of the box:

The fleur d lis border is also a resin piece I made from the mold in the tech kit. 

Here's another closeup so you can see the bee better.




I have all sorts of tips for getting the Mod Melts to come out well in my video, and I also share some tips for coloring/painting them so you can customize them for ANY project. 



MOD MELTS VIDEO TUTORIAL 

"This Moment" Layout


This is a picture of me and my husband on our wedding day in 1999. (I'm feeling OLD.) For this layout I used only the main kit except for the leaf behind the photo that was a cream color, but I misted it with Glimmer Mist in "Piece of Heart". This was a limited edition color, and some of the profits went to Autism research, a cause that is very close to my heart.

Every month at Swirlydoos, one designer makes an anatomy page, creating a step-by-step picture tutorial, and it's my turn, and this is it. To see this tutorial, CLICK HERE, and then find the "Gilted Pleasure Anatomy" thread! 

"When it Rains" Layout

I fell in love with the September sketch this month, designed by Beggahuna!

This is my take on the sketch:


I was inspired to use this sketch for a layout I've had in my head for a few weeks now. I found the quote on Pinterest, and it made my cry. The pics are of me and my oldest son, Owen, who is 10. Owen has Autism, and right now Autism really has a hold on him. We are going through the hardest time we have been through with him since he had heart surgery and a feeding tube placement when he was six months old. We've had ups and downs with him, but this is a very low time. We are working very hard to get him the help he needs, but it's also crushing our spirits at the same time. When I saw this quote, it reminded me to keep pushing on, and try to find the good things.

On this layout, I used Memory Box dies- the fence and the foliage. The mask is Heidi Swapp- I used it with the modeling cream from the Mediums add on. I distressed the edges of everything with Viva Paper Soft. 

"Paper Dolls" Layout


This is a layout I made based on an old Beggahuna sketch. I went Paper Soft CRAZY on this layout! I LOVE Paper Soft. I was so happy to find out it was part of the Mediums add on! I used the Prima crackle mask on the background, and used the Paper Soft to distress and color everything on this page, except the flowers- those were perfect as is! THANK YOU, PRIMA! Even though the yellow is really bright, I loved the pop of color it gave the layout against the "dusty" hues from the papers.

The foliage dies are rom Craft-Ann. The lace, doily, and blue roses are from my stash.

The picture is the group photo from Swirly Camp 4, the funnest YET! I titled it "Paper Dolls" because our camp was hosted at an amazing retreat called "The Paper Doll House" outside of Chicago.

Thanks for having a peek at my projects. (It's been a LOOOONG hop, hasn't it!)



You have until midnight, eastern time, on 9/5 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Friday 9/6. 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 : THOUGHTS

Now go back to the Swirlydoos Blog, and leave a comment and the sentence that all of the special words compose. Thanks for hopping! 

75 comments:

Stephanie said...

Love the altered cigar box Rae and the layouts are beautiful!

Kim said...

Your cigar box turned out amazing. Loving the layouts. I think the one of you and Owen is my favorite. Stay strong.

luv46kdz said...

Your cigar box is beautiful. I love you layouts, the one with you and your son is just lovely. What an amazing quote, wonderful words to keep in ones heart. Thanks for sharing your story,

Paula

Tigrulya said...

What a beautiful works!

Taking paper to a whole new level! said...

Wow!!!! As always stunning. Love the altered art box!

Manda_K said...

Awesome project Rae! Love the layouts too!!

Paulien van den Bosch said...

Dang girl!!!! You have give me some breath taking moments!! STUNNING PROJECTS!!!!!!!

Monica said...

Gorgeous as always, Rae! Loooove that cigar box!

Ann said...

Everything thing is beautiful, but your cigar box is stunning!

CT Johnson said...

Awesome, lovely layouts. Thanks for the instructions and detail! You have stretched me creatively, I think I can do it too!! Or at least scraplift! Thanks for the chance and the opportunity to follow on Pinterest!

Buffy Esser said...

your altered cigar box is gorgeous but I love the layout you made with the sketch...its just beautiful and so heart warming!

Kavitha Vadhri said...

wonderful layouts, thanks for sharing.

Erin Smetak said...

Absolutely stunning projects, Rae! What a fabulous and inspirational way to end the hop!!!

Christina L said...

Love this cigar box!!!!!

Chantelle Zur said...

Great layouts, thanks for sharing!

Janie Boots said...

Wowowowowowowo these projects are beautiful

DogsMom said...

Mod Melts is my next must have product!

Tasha said...

Great projects Thanks for sharing!

melanie wilson said...

All the products and projects are amazing! I am trying to do more layered projects...found some cool ideas!!

Merrihew said...

Oh my, Rae! Your cigar box is FABULOUS!!! All of your projects are gorgeous!

Shanna Shands said...

Your take on the sketch if my favorite. So very inspirational!

Sharon said...

Wow I love all of your projects and your layouts.

Hanne said...

Love your cigar box and great layouts.

JustCardsBy Sara said...

Amazing creations as always rae just love the cigar box wow girl u are talented .. Thanks for sharing your work and joining in sara

Kaatje said...

love the layout with the long text. will think of it when i'm in bed and see the stars

artoutwithyourheartout.com said...

All your projects are completely gorgeous Rae! Great titles and sentiments.

Debbie L Gregory said...

Beautiful creations and I love you shared the story and showed the heart in your art. Will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers Rae. I know you son is very lucky to have a mom with such a soft and beautiful spirit.

Hope Amen said...

Love all the projects. You gave me inspiration for a cigar box that I have been holding onto for just the right project!

Anita's blog said...

What a great projects, love the box

Anna Giller said...

Just came back here again because I forgot to leave a comment for the blog hop... and stopped for another look at the layouts. I just can't get enough of the brilliant ideas you have put to live! Great work!

Wendy said...

Beautiful project and gorgeous layouts! Love how well you used this kit. Thanks for the inspiration!

langeatheart said...

I think you've sold me on joining up with Swirlydoos your layouts are amazing! Thanks for sharing and all the best!

pattyb said...

Love the cigar box and your pretty layouts! thank for sharing!

Regina Hamilton said...

Love your work. That altered box is AMAZING.

GA said...

Love your design! Thanks for the inspiring tutorials! Now, I know what I can do with my old cigar boxes I got from grandpa!

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Big Apple Jovi Girl said...

Okay..that cigar box is downright fantastic. I'm planning on making a gorgeous mini-album with this kit..would look AWFULLY good in that box. *wink* LOL

Jodie said...

Beautiful projects! Love your cigar box.

MARCH said...

une jolie boite et magnifique travail :-)

aallen66 said...

beautiful Pinterest quote - beautiful layout to go with it

MZule said...

Your box is just darling!

Scrapycandy said...

The sketch layout is so very pretty! Just love your blog. Thank you!

Sherrenae - Sherri said...

What an incredibly bunch of gorgeous paper dolls. LOL

Wonderful work!

linda161 said...

The cigar box and layouts are beautiful!

Cherene said...

Love the one of you and your son GL with getting back to a happy place :)

Robin said...

Love love love that quote! I may have to use that for my daughter's Christmas present (she is off at college this year).

Your layouts / projects are awesome. Thank you for the inspiration. I can't wait to receive my kit.

Debbie said...

Wow Rae!!!! Love your box, it is gorgeous.....

ginger jarnagin said...

I am so happy to see all of these beautiful projects - what great inspirations. Can't wait to get to playing!!!

cghundley said...

Beautiful work on
all the blogs. Have
enjoyed seeing all
the great works.
Carla from Utah

Marianela Guevara said...

A phenomenal work you accomplish!! I saw this excellent video and the way you make the figures in the molds! Thanks for sharing!! and congratulations on so Beautiful work!

Diana Adams said...

Such beautiful projects! Love the video tut. Thanks so much for sharing!

Colette Nederhoff said...

fantastic! thanks for the inspiration

Lura said...

i love cigar boxes so much and you did an amazing job. beautiful products, great designers. a real fun and fantastic blog hop. xoxo

Lura said...

i love cigar boxes so much and you did an amazing job. beautiful products, great designers. a real fun and fantastic blog hop. xoxo

Karen said...

Did they save the best for last? I think so. :P

Lynn Good said...

Great projects and layouts. Thanks for sharing.

Amante del Papel said...

I've become a fan of all the DT since they are a fantastic work!

Susan Goodell said...

What a beautiful altered box.

Lisa Reynolds said...

Thanks for your tutorials and sharing your creativity. Beautiful work.

Art4me said...

I LOVE cigar boxes! Thanks for sharing!

Annette

Lore Harris Olmedo said...

Love the altered cigar box... the layouts are awesome..! Thanks for sharing! Gretting from Colombia!

Lynne said...

Such beautiful layouts - love all of them. Looking forward to watching the video.

MiMi63 said...

All of your LO's are beautiful. I really got inspired by your mixed media on the cigar box!

Patti Katai said...

Pretty Altered Cigar Box! Love your layouts too! Thanks for sharing!!!

Kimberly said...

Beautiful projects Rae! I love your pages, but the altered box is gorgeous too!

LuvinMyCricut said...

Beautiful projects! Loved them all.

paperpapier said...

beautiful altered cigar box!

L. Akins said...

Gorgeous cigar box!! Lovely and sentimental pages! I will continue to pray for you and your family!

Linda Pekrul said...

Gosh Rae, all your projects are beautiful, but that one of you and Owen really grabbed my heart! It is SO beautifully done! Keep looking for the rainbows and the stars, they are there!

Erica Ortiz said...

I have tons of cigar boxes Rae, thanks to my DH! Gorgeous projects, thanks so much for your inspiration!

Svetlana said...

Wonderful box so many details

Amy Lou said...

That box is beautiful!

Vicky Alberto said...

Love all your projects... that cigar box is to die for!

Sonja said...

Beautiful things!! Love them!!

LindaSS said...

I simply adore that cigarbox..