Saturday, February 21, 2015

Mixed Media Background Tutorial for Swirlydoos Kit Club

Happy Saturday! By now, our subscribers have received their AMAZING Artful Blues kit, and hopefully you are creating something with it this weekend! Today, I have a video for you using the "mediums" add on from the February kit that features some really cool Art Anthology products. (There are still some kits in the store HERE.)

If you have been a subscriber for a while, you may have used the "sorbet" dimensional paints from past kits, and you already know how wonderful they are. But, new for us is the "stucco" texture paste, so I've experimented with it to find out what works and what does not and I'm showing you that in the video, in addition to creating a mixed media background for a layout with all of the products, along with some gesso and mist from my stash. This is the result:

And here are some closeups of the completed layout that show how it works with the rest of the items on the page.

 The cheesecloth gives it an extra softness and flow.

I love that drip! 

And, here's the video:

I hope you get a chance to play with these products, or at least get to do something scrappy today!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Swirlydoos Kit Club February Reveal and Blog Hop

Welcome to:
February Scrapbook Kit Reveal!

Thank you for joining our blog hop this month! If you came here from Kim's blog, then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there.  Make sure you leave a comment on all blogs for a chance to win a prize! And, make sure you have LIKED & FOLLOWED Swirlydoos on Facebook!!!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful February collection:

Artful Blues

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

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!

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 !!  

Here's what I've made with this awesome kit so far:

"Enjoy the Little Things..." Layout

This is my take on the February sketch. I rotated it and added some embellishments in the corner. I started out by cutting up the blue wood grain paper to make some panels and went from there. I cut up the Prima felt strips and used a mitering technique by adding the scallops of the felt around the half circle. Several of the small layers, including the title on the tag are from the Kaisercraft Blue Bay Collectibles set that came in the embellishment kit. The black lace is from my stash. The brown vines are diecuts I made out of the brown cardstock from the cardstock add on using a older Marianne die. I finished off the layout by using white gesso and Silks paints on the flowers, then added some paint drops and mists all over.

"Besties" Layout

 This picture is of my daughter and her best friend. These two girls are very cute together, and I have been waiting for the perfect kit to scrap this pic and this month was perfect.

I cut out the middle of the die cut paper, and added some mist and embossing fragments powder to distress it up a bit. I cut up some random layers from the kit papers to create the design, and used a Spellbinders die that I cut in half and placed the two pieces to under the photo and mat.

For the chipboard, I used the Liquid Pearls that came in the man kit to randomly cover it, then I added some embossing powders and hit it with a heat gun. Once dry, I misted it with a dark green mist.

I added the teal and white flowers from my stash, as well as the resin cherub.

"Cherish Yesterday..." Altered Chalkboard

I have a process video for this altered chalkboard that you can see here:

You have until midnight, eastern time, February 14th to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 2/16.  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 word is : GRATEFUL

This concludes the blog hop. Go back to the Swirlydoos blog and comment with the sentence! Thanks for joining us!