Friday, January 31, 2014

Shabby Chic Mini Shadowbox: Video Tutorial

Happy Saturday, everyone! Today, I'm sharing a "start to finish" video of a project using the Shabby Chalet kit. It's a mini shadowbox!

And, here's the video so you can see how it's done:

Shadowbox Video Tutorial 

Thanks for taking the time to check it out!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Swirlydoos Saturday Tutorial: Make Friends with your Mists!

Happy Saturday! There's been some buzz this week on our forums about mists, and why some people are just not in love with them. Seeing how our mediums add on for January has five bottles of mists, I thought it would be good to go over some tips and tricks for the Lindy's mists, and some general misting techniques.

Watch the video:

Be sure to join us if you have questions and/or tips about mists RIGHT HERE on our forums!

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Vote for Swirlydoos Kit Club!

Krissy, the owner of Swirlydoos, has entered a FedEx contest:

FedEx is awarding grants of up to $25,000 in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest and I just viewed Swirlydoos, LLC's profile. Help your favorite small business win by voting for them! Go to to vote or enter a small business for your chance to win up to $25,000.

Please, help a single mother (who has two children, one with special needs) win a grant to expand her business!

DON'T FORGET: You can vote everyday!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

My January Projects for Blue Fern Studios

Today I am sharing the projects I have made for January for Blue Fern Studios. I am so thrilled to be a part of this team. There is some amazing talent on the team, and I am so honored to be among them! Here are a couple of my first projects I have made for this month:

"Delightful" Layout 

If you follow my blog or the BFS blog, then you've seen this layout already because it's my take on the January Sketch Challenge. :)  But, I thought I would share some closeups of how I treated the chipboard. 

For this snowflake dangle, I painted it with gesso, then added some Distress Glitter.

I also painted this dangle with gesso, and once it was dried, I used some purple chalk ink on the bows and outlined the heart. I finished it off with Tattered Angels Glitter Glam.

 For the "delightful" piece, I painted it with gesso, then I pressed the purple chalk ink onto it in a random fashion.
Chipboard used: Winter DanglesThe Optimist Word Set

"Beautiful You" Card

I just adore this Shabby Layered Frame! I thought it would make a perfect fit for a card, so I made one with it. And, because I was going for a basic distressed look, I decided to cover the bottom layer of the frame with paper. I simply traced the frame on the paper I wanted to use, and cut it out and glued it to the chipboard, and then used a file to sand the paper to show the fine details of the outline.

For the top layer, I decided to simply "brush" it with black archival ink, careful to leave some of the raw chipboard showing.

Chipboard used: Shabby Layered Frame

"Blooming Beauty" Layout

There is A LOT of chipboard on this layout!

For these Graduated Circles, I used basically the same technique that I did for the card above, but I used brown archival ink.

On this Spring Branch, I started out with a heavy layer of gesso, then I randomly poured clear microbeads on it while the gesso was still wet. Once dry, I used Silks Acrylic Glaze paint in Guatemalan Green. It was a little brighter than I wanted, so I applied Distress Ink in Walnut Stain to make it match better with my color scheme of my layout.

For this frame from the Petite Boutique Frame set, I put on a heavy coat of Croco paint from Viva Decor. Once it dried, I dabbed on some Vintaj Patina paint, and finished it off with brushing it with Distress Ink in Walnut Stain.

And, for my title, I used the Blooming Beauty piece. I used the technique I used on the frame above for the "Blooming" part, then I covered the "Beauty" with black glitter.

Chipboard used: Graduated CirclesSpring BranchPetite Boutique FramesBlooming Beauty

Thank you for taking a look at my projects! And, thank you so much to Leslie and Valerie for having me as part of this team!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

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

If you came here from Amy'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!!! Check out Swirlydoos on Facebook and Like Us!!!

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

So, this is the Shabby Chalet kit:

Shabby Chic Heart Frame

This is my project that I made using the project add on this month: 

And, here are some closeups:

And here is the back:

And, I have a video tutorial on how I made this great piece of home decor:

Be You Tiful Layout

This is my take on our sketch this month:

I experimented with embossing powders and the Silks paint on the clock chipboard piece, and I used the mists from the mediums add on by flicking some of it all over the page. I also used the mist to color the lace and the wood clock. The alphas are Making Memories from my stash.

This is my daughter's 3rd grade school pic. She looks so grown up!!!

Eleven Layout

So, I wanted to challenge myself by using this super "girly" kit to make a masculine page. This is the result. My son just turned eleven last weekend, so I thought it would be nice to have his birthday pic on display this month, and I really wanted to use the kit. I like the results.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my projects, and hopefully the video!

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Thursday 1/9 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Friday evening 1/10. 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 : wisdom

The party continues over at the Swirlydoos blog. Now post your phrase in the comments section!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Blue Fern Studios New Paper Line Giveaway!!!!!

GIVEAWAY: Blue Fern Garden {Our NEW Paper Collection!}

Today is a very exciting day, because we finally get to reveal to you {in its entirety} our BRAND NEW paper collection:

 Blue Fern Garden

AND we're giving some away- how would you LOVE to win this one for yourself? First take a look at these gorgeous papers, and then scroll down to see how you can make it your OWN!

Are you in love yet? I know we are!

Now, for your chance to WIN:

-You can gain {one} entry by simply entering the link to your blog using the Inlinkz tool below. 

-Gain a {second} entry by sharing this giveaway on your blog {in a blog post}; simply enter the link to that post using the Inlinkz tool.

-Please be sure you are following us!

-We'd love to see this shared on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. Why? By getting the word out there, we get more entries- but what does that mean for you? 

*~*Every time we reach an additional 50 entries, we will give away ANOTHER paper collection! Therefore, if we get 50 entries, we give away 1 collection. 100 entries, we give away 2, and so on...The more you share, the better your chances of snagging one of these collections for yourself!*~*

So enter, share, and cross your fingers! This giveaway runs through January 20th, 2014 at midnight {Central Time}. The lucky winner{s} will be chosen by random draw shortly thereafter.

Good luck!
                                      Enter HERE!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Blue Fern Studios: January Sketch Challenge

Happy New Year, everyone!

I'm so excited to share my FIRST projects as a design team member for Blue Fern Studios! My layout is based on the BFS January sketch, designed by the amazing Michele Singh. 

Here is my take on the sketch:

For this layout, I used Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Winter Dangles and The Optimist Word Set (Delightful). I also used Maja papers from the Vintage Frost collection, Zva flourishes, and Prima flowers from various collections. 

Here are a couple of closeups to show you how I treated the chipboard:

For these Winter Dangles, first, I primed them with Gesso, then used purple chalk ink on the edges of the heart, stars, and the bows. Once dry, I painted a heavy coat of Glimmer Glam in Chandelier. I added white glitter to the snowflake charm. 

For the "Delightful" chippie, I primed with gesso, then lightly pressed purple chalk ink on it to get a faded/uneven effect. 

Thanks for looking!

Be sure to check out the Blue Fern Studios blog and check out what the other designers have done with this beautiful sketch! I hope you get to play along with us this month! there is an awesome prize up for grabs!