Monday, December 28, 2015

Advent Calendar using Swirlydoos Kits

Hi, everyone! Even though the holidays are over, I've made an Advent calendar using the "All That Glitters" kit, along with some items from my stash and past kits. I love, love, love, the blues and pinks! 

The Advent calendar is from Kaisercraft. It's so funny- I thought that this Advent house was super awesome because it has all that extra space at the top, and I ASSUMED it was going to open up, which is ideal for giving the kids larger candies some days! Boy was I WRONG- The top of the house didn't open at all! That just would not do, so I modified it! I sanded the parts that would have normally been glued together on one side, and went to Lowe's and grabbed a small pair of hinges to create an opening at the top.


And this is what the inside of that opening looks like. I added some poinsettias from past Swirlydoos Christmas kits, as well some cotton fluff for the floor. Now, I have a space for larger Advent gifts, and no one is happier about that than my littles! 



Here's what the other side that doesn't open looks like:


I added some of the foil ornaments from the specialty paper, and some pearl strands. I kept the design of the boxes pretty basic, using Tim Holtz metal number circles. The frame is from the dollar bin at Michaels- I used two different embossing powders on it to achieve that effect. The image inside the frame is from the kit papers. 


Here are the view from the sides:

The side without any boxes had a Memory Box window die, and a Tim Holtz metal wreath from a  past kit. 





Thanks for checking out my blog today!

This is a Design Team project I created for Swirlydoos Scrapbook Kit Club. If you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at www.swirlydoos.com. Mention my name (Rae) when you subscribe and you’ll receive 10% off your first kit, AND a coupon good for 30% off your entire purchase in the Swirlydoos.com store!





Saturday, December 26, 2015

Swirlydoos Kit Club Tutorial: Comparing Pastels and Gelatos

Happy Saturday! For those celebrating Christmas, I hope your holiday was wonderful, and that you can sneak in some tutorial viewing today!

We recently received oil pastels in a project kit, we've had some people ask about what the difference between pastels and gelatos are. So, I decided to do a comparison video of the two media so you can see the differences. Check out the video here:


Thanks for check out my blog today!

This is a Design Team project I created for Swirlydoos Scrapbook Kit Club. If you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at www.swirlydoos.com. Mention my name (Rae) when you subscribe and you’ll receive 10% off your first kit, AND a coupon good for 30% off your entire purchase in the Swirlydoos.com store!








Monday, December 21, 2015

Untitled Layout using Prima Pastiche Papers

Today I'm sharing a layout I made using loads of Prima goodies for a couple of challenges. It's for the round robin challenge at Swirlydoos, and also the December Prima Product Pick challenge. 

I loved the blues and red combo of the PPP this month!


And here's what came up with: 



Thanks, Miss Kathi for your beautiful inspiration for the round robin challenge!

I used an older collection, Pastiche, for most of the papers and I also used some Stationer's Desk paper for some reds, and the  Finnabair Vintage Vanity paper pad to get some variety of blues.


Here's a closeup that shows the Prima different flowers I used:


I used some Prima Bloom sprays in Glistening Waves and Frost which you can see in this pick. And, some of the blue wired cord, and the new patina metal trinket leaves. And, I found some blue pearls from the "e." line in my stash to add to the doily die cuts.


 Here's a couple of closeups showing all the different layers.



Thanks for looking!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Swirlydoos Kit Club December Reveal and Blog Hop!

Welcome to:
December 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 December collection:


ALL THAT GLITTERS
And check out these coordinating add ons that perfectly compliment our December 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 December 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!!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this kit! The pinks and blues make these papers so magical! 

Here's what I've done with the kit, so far:

First, I started with our fabulous December sketch by Beggahuna!

How beautiful is that? Here's my take on it:

I started with using the stencil and snowflake paste that came in the mediums add on on the left and bottom of the paper, then distressed the edges and inked them with two pink distress inks. In this closeup, you can see the snowflake paste- it's gorgeous! AND, look at that little snow fairy! I purchased that from Angelica's etsy shop. I also used some pink glitter alphas from my stash from the title. 

Instead of adding pictures in the squares in the sketch, I decided to just use those for layers. I also used the snowflake dies from the die add on under the squares and added pink pearls from the embellishment add on.  Then, I cut out an ornament from one of the papers to use a photo mat over the squares. 
The circles that look white are actually little mirrors from the kit. They are very difficult to photograph, but well worth putting on, and they look amazing in real life!

I finished off the layout by adding some tiny snowflake stamping with pink chalk ink, then splatted some diluted gesso over it.

Next, I made this layout:

I went with a more classic looking design for this picture, and I really love how the Blue Fern Studios winter dangles chipboard pieces look. I did lots to them!

First, I painted them with gesso, and each dangle got it's own unique treatment. There are a few different shades of blue on these papers and also the flowers, so I used a few different blue products. 

I used blue chalk ink  to accent the heart and bows. The star was painted with the dimensional paint from the main kit. Both of these were then painted with clear Gimmer Glam for an extreme glittery look. 

I used distress ink on the snowflake. All of the dangles have pearl accents from the main kit also. 



And, next I have these hanging ornaments I made from this month's project add on:



There are many more details in my video tutorial that you can see here:


Thanks for checking out my projects! 


You have until midnight, eastern time, December 13th to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 12/15.  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 : open


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


Blog Hop Order: 



Friday, December 4, 2015

More Scarlet Elegance projects for Swirlydoos Kit Club

I have loved working with the Scarlet Elegance kit! The colors are amazing! I've made a couple more projects with it, and I'm sharing them today.

"Eleven" Layout

I love the slight blue accents of the kit, and I wanted to use that with the gorgeous pinks and black highlights.



I started with my large layers with border punching the black paper, then adding some wet distressing on the edges of the Prima paper, and then using grey distress ink along the edges. I also used a large script stamp to poke out from the design layers.

I used a couple of doilies from my stash, and centered them with some of the pink brick wall paper, and again added some grey distress ink to tone the pink and the white. The pink wood paper strips have the same treatment. 



From there, I started tucking in the Kaisercraft collectibles from the embellishment add on, picking the ones with the pretty blue floral accents. I colored the wood fern from the embellishment add on with different chalk inks to match the leaves on the paper. 



I used a chipboard corner flourish from my stash that I inked black, added some pink flowers, and finally cut up the pink bling strip for some small accents. 


"Love" Mini Album (Cover)



So, I'm not finished with the inside yet, but the cover is done!

I started by placing that "Love" sticker on the cover. Then, I added some ivy stenciling with the white crackle paste from the mediums add on. Once dry, I painted it with some green mist. I did this on my other projects too- it's just the perfect accent! And, those antique red Petaloo dogwood flowers from the flower add on are so beautiful, I had to add them too. :) I used some green pearls from a past kit also. 





This part of the design is stuff from my stash, but it went so well with the design I had in mind, that I just had to use it! I inked the doily with grey chalk ink. The dressform is a wooden flourish from Kaisercraft that I inked with black archival ink in a distressed fashion. Then I finished it off using some scraps- a small piece of lace, and a pearl strip remnant. 

I added the black lace form the main kit, and layered it with some cord fro the project add on, and completed the look by stamping the edges with a chicken wire stamp. 


I'm looking forward to finishing this album up soon. 

Thanks for taking a look at my projects today!

This is a Design Team project I created for Swirlydoos Scrapbook Kit Club. If you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at www.swirlydoos.com. Mention my name (Rae) when you subscribe and you’ll receive 10% off your first kit, AND a coupon good for 30% off your entire purchase in the Swirlydoos.com store!