Thursday, February 25, 2016

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:


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 February 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 !!  

So, I just ADORE the papers in the kit this month. They are so elegant and the colors are amazing!

"Sweet" Layout (Based on the sketch.)

I started this layout by cutting up my layers, placing them where I wanted them and made some pencil marks so I knew exactly where to put my stamping and stenciling. I used Prima grey and purple sprays for splats. I added some chipboard pieces from my stash for the oval part of the sketch; I used the Minx from Art Anthology on the top chipboard layer to get that rich gold color!
I painted the metal butterflies that came in the embellishment add on with some paint and black gesso, an did the same thing for the title. I added some clocks from the ephemera pack in the main kit, and the beautiful pink lace, from the embellishment add on.
I finished it up by adding some flowers from the main and flower add ons, and some green bling. 

"You Make My Heart Sing" Layout

I don't get many good pictures of my Owen, but I snapped this one on his 13th birthday, and I really wanted to scrap it. Not an easy task with this elegant kit, but I enjoyed the challenge to create a masculine layout with it!

I made a bunch of banners and ripped some large layers for the background. I did a lot of distressing, added some stenciling using the stencil from the mediums add on. I whitewashed the background with white gesso and highlighted the banners with black ink and brushed over it with water.

The music notes are from the embellishment add on, as well as the metal heart. I placed that metal heart in a bottle cap I filled with graphite texture paste, glued on the numbers, painted with black gesso, then painted over with some metallic paints, and placed it in the corner of the picture with some flowers from my stash and the flower add on. 

"Together" Canvas

So, we got this cute wood frame in the main kit, and I wanted to add it to a canvas. This is a cheap 12x12 canvas from Michaels. I painted the sides and edges with the green paint from the mediums add on, then cut one of the papers to size. I adhered it using soft matte gel on the back and front of the paper. 

I added vines I cut from the green paper in the kit. It didn't show up as well as I wanted, so I outlined the vines with a white pen, then added flowers from the flower add on. I also added flowers from the main kit and used a vine from my stash under those ones. 

I covered the frame with paper. The flourishes on the front are Blue Fern Studios chipboard pieces that treated with paint from the mediums add on, crackle paste and black ink. 

On the inside of the frame, I added more vines, with daisies from the flower add on. I decided o not to put the glass from the frame on, and added a picture and some embellishments for more of a shadow box effect. 

Lastly, I gave the rusted butterflies from the embellishment add on a good wash of the Minx in the mediums add on. The rust still shows through, but they are also sparkly. :)

"Love" Decor

I made a process video tutorial for this project and you can see all of the details here:

Thanks for taking the time to look at my projects today, and every month for more than four years! It's a bittersweet day for me as this will be my last design team post for Swirlydoos. I'm taking some time to explore some career opportunities. So, thank you for all of your comments and support!


You have until midnight, eastern time, February 28th to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 03/01.  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 : KIND

The party continues over at the Blue Fern Studios blog. Have fun!

Blog Hop Order: 


Unknown said...

I just saw your projects on FB and fell in love with them all! Great job!

Linda Pekrul said...

Oh my gosh Rae... I'm going merrily through all your projects... ooohhh and ahhing at one after the other and then I get to your last paragraph. No.. say it's not so! I can't imagine a Swirlydoos Blog Hop without you! :( You are so talented... I hope your new job will allow time for you to continue scrapping! Best of luck as you look around and explore possibilities.

Sandi Clarkson said...

Gorgeous projects! Sad to see you leave Swirlydoos! Thanks for featuring the Timeless collection ins such a beautiful way!

Unknown said...

oh my word Rae! You cant leave us!! I love seeing your work every month, it will not be the same at Swirlydoos without you :( Wish you all the luck in the world and best wishes for what ever turns up next for you! Thank you for your inspirational work and fab tutorials.
And your final projects are no exception! Love your interpretation of the sketch and your canvas but my fav this month is 'Love' OTP project. I'm going to finish the blog hop then will come back to see the video :)
Keep in touch!!

Unknown said...

Rae, your creations are gorgeous, as always! I love your OTP project and the masculine LO is perfect for showing how versatile these papers can be! I have learned so much from your tutorials and will miss you on the DT so much!!! Best wishes for whatever is coming next for you!

Jean Bullock said...

Oh my gosh! These are fabulous projects. I love how the papers can be used for either feminine or masculine pages. Your LOVE project is wonderful and I LOVE that you included a photo in it. Last but not least the doors frame is awesome. You are a wonderfully talented designer! Well done.

Agather Garrett said...

Your projects are All beautiful! The frame and Love projects are really inspiring and since I'm looking for OTP ideas, I really appreciate your ideas. Thanks!

langeatheart said...

Love your take on the sketch challenge!! You did a great masculine page and I so love your canvas idea I might have to scrap lift it!With credit to you of course!! Sad to hear you're leaving but glad you have exciting new opportunities to explore! All the very best! :)

Kimberly said...

Beautiful page from the sketch, and I love your frame and how you added to a canvas!!! Thanks for the off the page tutorial video!!!

Asphodel said...

I absolutely love you framed canvas it's awesome! The beuatiful vines and added embellishments look great and your layouts are lovely. You do such beautiful work. Best of luck to you in your future endeavours!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful creations! Having fun perusing each blog!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful opportunity.

Bonnie said...

Beautiful projects! TFS, Bonnie S :)

Unknown said...

I loved what you did with the frame on the canvas, and also loved your sketch layout. The Love project is fantastic.

Leona Folkerts said...

the frame on canvas is gorgeous! all your projects are!

Mary Holshouser said...

Gorgeous projects.
I love the set of photos on the first layout.
the banners on the second are a fun idea - good way to get
a masculine feel to the page.
the kids are darling.
I love the LOVE. Will be good for wedding and
anniversary gifts.
the frame is a fun addition to a page.
thanks for sharing so many wonderful ideas.

Karen Lynn M said...

This kit is a wonderful starting point for your talents. You really have done a beautiful job with this kit. Love the masculine layout, the love project and the creative use of the frame.

Andiepants said...

Your sketch was my fav LO of yours from this kit. The bits of MM around the pics and page were grungfully fabulous. However, your take on the LOVE sign was out of this world! I adore the color and can't wait to see the video.

Sherrenae - Sherri said...

Love the canvas and frame. Wonderful work.

scrappygal said...

Beautiful projects!! I love the sketch challenge layout!! Gorgeous!

STEFF said...

Great idea to use the frame on a canvas as a shadow box. The result is gorgeous.

SteffyC said...

Great idea to use the frame on a canvas as a shadow box. The result is gorgeous.

Peggy Giovanetti said...

You've made this kit girly AND masculine, Rae, and I love the variety of uses that you've demonstrated. Your frame/canvas project is such a great idea, but my fave has to be the "O" page - love the banners and torn paper and notes.
Your last comment is indeed bittersweet; promise that we'll see lots more of you!!!

Scrapper said...

All your projects are beautiful Rae.