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Saturday, August 31, 2013

More Swirlydoos Passion Berry Projects

Happy Saturday to all of you lovely crafters! In the August Mediums Add-on kit we received Ferro from Viva Decor. If you've never used it before, you must get some! It's a thick metallic texture paste and it is the "in thing" to use with masks and stencils. Did you know that you can also use with stamps? Well, you can, and in this Saturday's video tutorial, I show you one way to incorporate this technique into your projects. Here is a tag I made with the green Ferro and the fence from the August main kit:

And a close up for more detail:

Here's another:


So check out the video tutorial:



Here are a couple of other projects I made with the Passion Berry kit:


"Just for You" Card


I had these scraps form some other projects I made with the kit. I added a doily that I misted with my favorite pink: Tattered Angels Vintage Pink. I also stuck in some cheesecloth remnants for a soft effect.

"Fashionista" Layout


I made this layout for Christy's SGC (Swirly Girl Challenge) this month. The challenge is to "transform" a sheet of paper using different media. Check out her challenge and all of the fabulous entries HERE. I loved every sheet of the paper in this kit, so I wasn't sure I wanted to transform it! This is an excellent challenge for getting messy, and I just couldn't pass up an opportunity like this, so thanks, Christy!

Here's a close up to see exactly how I transformed the paper:



I started by spreading a quick layer of Martha Stewart Crackle Medium and let it dry. It was a really thin coat and didn't result in any crackling, I was still happy with the texture it created. Next, I wiped a distress ink pad over it to tone down the starkness of the white medium. Next I used two mists: black Smooch spritz and Lindy's Stamp Gang teal. The sprayers on both mists clogged, so I just took them off and flicked the bottom of the nozzle and decided to embrace whatever would happen. I LOVE how the black came out! To finish the transformation of the paper, I used the pink Smooch ink that came in the kit on a script stamp roller.


Thanks for taking the time to check out my projects! Be sure to watch the video tutorial about the Ferro and stamping!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Monday, August 5, 2013

Welcome to Swirlydoos' August 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, 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 are pleased to share our August collection, Passion Berry:



It's the PERFECT time to subscribe, so if you've been draggin' your feet, jump in so you can have a chance to win this amazing prize! DO IT NOW!!!!!

I was in pink heaven with this kit! Pink is NOT my color, but I really had a great time playing with this kit! The colors are so perfect for summer pics.

Here are my projects that I made with the kit:

Silkscreen Wall Hanging

My first project is a wall hanging I made with the August tech/project kit, featuring Martha Stewart silkscreens and Clear Scraps Acrylic. 







Check out my video tutorial on how I created this project from start to finish:





Sketch Page: "Floral Flamingo of the Prairie" Layout

EXCITING NEWS!!!!!! Our monthly sketch challenge is now open to EVERYONE! So, even if you don't have a kit, you can play along! Here's our signature Beggahuna sketch for August:

And, this is my take on the sketch:



The picture is of my pal and fellow education teamie, Andie. We did a photo shoot a couple of months ago at Swirly Camp 4, and this is a shot that I just LOVE! I flipped some aspects of the sketch to work with this fabulous Bo Bunny paper,. The top layer has some wet distressing and lots of Chestnut Roan chalk ink to accent the vintage feel of the papers and picture. I added some mini roses and a Zva flourish from my stash.


Untitled Layout


This was my first page I did with the kit. I loved the cream/pink/green combo so much, and wanted to throw some black in the mix. The pic is of me from the Swirly Camp photo shoot. The "greenery" is a Crafty Ann die. I created some faux stitching around the layers. I used a Heidi Swapp mask at the top: first with the Silks paint from the kit. Then, I moved the mask slightly and used black embossing paste for a layered mask look. 

"Different from the Others" Layout


Holy fussy cutting! That's most of the technique for this layout. The sign at the top is fussy cut, along with the right side and bottom of the page. I used the pink Art Anthology Velvet paint on a mask on the inside the circle on the top layer of paper. The pic is one of my faves of my daughter looking sweet. She can be very difficult for me, but I am so proud of her for not being afraid to be different. She could care less what everyone else is doing, saying, wearing, etc. She has her our style and ideas, and she's very comfortable being that way. It takes courage to be this way and only being 8!


Thanks for checking out my projects!

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Wednesday 8/7 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Thursday 8/8. 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 : We're all


The party continues at  amazing guest designer, Tara Orr's blog.  (OMW, she did some awesome things with this kit!!) Have fun!


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