Thursday, March 20, 2014

More Blue Fern Garden Projects

Hello! Today I want to with you to share some more projects I have made using more of the Blue Fern Garden papers. They are so beautiful and I am down to scraps now, but I have had such a fun time working with this beyond gorgeous collection!

"Perfect" Layout

I'm trying to use up every part of each piece of paper, so I used this "Boudoir" piece that I cut an oval out of already for another layout, and went from there for this layout. The back has some green cardstock and the "Love Letters" paper that I fussy cut the lattice out of. 

Here's a closeup of the berry stems that I used as part of my floral cluster:

Primed with gesso, and then sprayed with some green gold mist, I then added some archival ink in black to these "berry stems", then added some Liquid Pearls in black for accents.

This is a close up of the "sweetheart dressform" that I treated with gold Ferro, then sprinkled black embossing powder over while still wet, and dried with a heat gun to get this distressed effect. 

"Follow Your Heart" Card

Another project I made using the Blue Fern Garden scraps. 

The bird is from the "little birds set." I just used black chalk ink on him. :)

The frame is from the "petite boutique frames set" that I primed with gesso, sprayed with patina mist in random spots, then used some gold embossing powder.

The scrolls under the flower are pieces I cut from the "large royal border." I painted it with dark olive paint, then added some bright green microbeads.

"Good Things Jar" Altered Project

And, lastly, here is an altered project I made using a mason jar. I've made a few of these, and I give them to friends as gifts. I saw this idea on Pinterest: keep a mason jar handy and when something good happens, write it down on a piece of paper, fold it up, and throw it in the jar. At the end of the year, take all of the pieces out and read all of the good things that have happened for that year. In the pin, the mason jar is plain, but it's much better to have an altered jar on the counter!

The jar is covered with a piece of "In Bloom" paper that I stamped and distressed. The little flag is from the bottom strip of one of the papers.

The bird cage is from the "grande cages set." I covered it with Perfect Pearls in heirloom gold, which gives it a perfect finish- not to shiny! I added pearl strips and accented the butterfly with Smooch inks.

Here's the back: 

Thanks for taking the time to look at my projects today!


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Swirlydoos Kit Club March Reveal and Blog Hop!

Welcome to:
March Scrapbook Kit Reveal & Blog Hop!

If you came here from Art Anthology'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 !! Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! Make sure you have LIKED & FOLLOWED Swirlydoos on Facebook!!!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful March collection:


And check out these coordinating add ons that perfectly compliment our March scrapbook kit!

Are you a subscriber? If so, your kit is on it's way! If not, check out the Swirlydoos store to see if there are any March kits or add ons in the store!

Has it sold out? - become a subscriber and not only will you never miss a kit again, but you'll also pay less for your monthly scrapbook kits!
*Mention this blog hop and save 10% on your first kit*

 Never miss one of our kits again!

We have some absolutely beautiful scrapbook projects for you to see today !!  

Oh my word, this kit is amazing! The rich colors are so beautiful and elegant! I'm having so much fun making things with the Salutations kit. Here's what I've made so far:

Imagine Layout

This is my take on the March sketch. The stenciling is done with the contents from the "mediums add on." I used part of the stencil and the new stone effects from Art Anthology. It was a little too light for this design, so I touched it up with some black chalk ink, and I love the variation it gave. 

The rings behind the picture are cut from a Memory Box die, available in the Swirlydoos Boutique HERE.

This picture is so funny to me! This is my youngest, and he is VERY imaginative. He keeps me laughing all day long with his observations, inferences, and imagination. Here, he is in his apple rocketship. It was JUST "MY rocketship," but when he swiped an apple from the counter and climbed back in, it became "MY apple rocketship!" 

Don't forget, anyone can enter our sketch challenge. All of the details are on the Swirlydoos blog.

Memory Lane Photo Carousel

The project add on this month is MIND BLOWING! It features an off the page project that you will definitely love. It was perfect to pair with the Prima Stationer's Desk papers from the main kit. I had a blast making this, and plan to give it to a friend as a wedding gift.

I have a video tutorial for this project that has two parts: assembling and a description of how I decorated this project:

I hope you liked my projects, and I really hope you are getting the March kit collection!

So, let's get started! Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! 

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Thursday 3/7 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Friday 3/8. 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. 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 : sunshine and

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

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Blue Fern Studios March Sketch Challenge

March Sketch Challenge!

I love the sketches from Blue Fern Studios! This is a fabulous one for March!

I didn't get a chance to use this sketch yet, but I definitely plan to!

So, here's how you can play along for a chance to win this amazing prize:

In addition to our prize winner, we will also select a Top 3 to feature in our winner post!
We have just a few simple rules to follow if you would like to participate in our sketch challenge:
1.) Feel free to interpret the sketch as you please by means of taking it as-is or flipping/turning/mirroring it to suit your needs! **Please note that you can do whatever type of project you please- a layout, card, tag, canvas, altered item- whatever suits your mood and style! We would love to see the different ways our sketch can be used.**

2.) You must use at least one piece of Blue Fern Studios chipboard- but you do not need to use the pieces featured in the sketch! You can find the store nearest you HERE{Do not use any other brand of chipboard on your project please!}

3.) Upload your project using the Inlinkz tool below by midnight EST on March 30th, 2014.
We look forward to your entries!

Enter Here!

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Swirlydoos Tutorial: Using Masks and Embossing Powder

Happy Saturday! We use lots of different media with our stencils and masks, from mists to all sorts of "goop," but did you know that you can also use embossing powders? I used a mask to achieve this look for the background of this tag:

Come see how in this video tutorial:

Let us know what you think!

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday!