Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Swirlydoos Kit Club January Reveal and Blog Hop

Welcome to:
January 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 January collection:

And check out these coordinating add ons that perfectly compliment our January 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 !!  

"Live Your Dreams" Mini Album

You MAY have already seen this because it was on the Swirlydoos blog with a video tutorial this past Saturday. I used some Dusty Attic chipboard pieces on this cover that are NOT part of the kit, but one of the benefits of being a subscriber is getting to participate in special orders, and we recently had one for this magnificent chipboard, so I thought I would use a few pieces from it. 

Here are some closeups that showcase some of the details:

If you haven't had a chance to check out the video tutorial, you can find here:

And, be sure to check out the Swirlydoos blog on Saturday to watch part two that shows how to complete the inside!

"Love You" Layout

This is my layout based on our monthly sketch. Here's the sketch:

I flipped it to make it more of a funky take on the kit for this picture of me and my smallest guy. 

I added LOTS of distressing and layers, including some punched strips of the dictionary vellum which gives it a great texture peeking between the papers. 

I painted the Creative Embellishments chipboard from the embellishment add on with the Art Anthology velvet paint, then dry brushed some gold paint from my stash over it to highlight the texture from the black dimensional paint. 

I also added some gesso splatters using some diluted gessos (black and white) with the splatter brush from the mediums add on. The stencil is not from the kit, but one of Prima's new ones. The black and grey paper has the doily stencil from the mediums add on that I used some crackle paste on, then cut around it.  

"Always" Mosaic Canvas

I loved using the Ranger mosaic kit from the project add on this month! I used two of the greenish blue papers from the kit to create the base. I painted the chipboard with some blue paint and then added some aged silver embossing powder in some spots, then added some blue patina mist. 

I filled up the frame with flowers from the project kit and the flower add on kit to create a textured "bed" for the Prima resin piece from the embellishment add on, and added the lace that I made into a bow. I misted the resin piece, then added some gesso, then sponged it off to get that looked. 

I completed the project by adding some splats like the layout above, then added a Dusty Attic word title that I got form the Dusty Attic special order. I added the rhinestones in between the letters. 

"Believe" Layout

I was inspired by January Prima BAP for this layout.   I have been wanting to scrap this picture for a long time! This kit was perfect for it. I also had set aside that circle "fairy ring" that I bought from Angelica's etsy shop to go with the picture, but my youngest pulled off some of the flowers, and I wasn't sure I would be able to salvage it, however,  I used some of the daisies from the flowers in the main kit, as well as some from my stash to give it a makeover, and I think it works!

I used the Dusty Attic chipboard for a corner piece, and added a Prima patina metal trinket. I painted both pieces with some gold and turquoise paints, as well as the "believe" title, also from the Dusty Attic special order. 

I haven't used sequins on my pages in a very long time, but I thought I would give them a go since they were in the kit. I added some of the blue adhesive pearls to the middles, and I think I really like them!

You have until midnight, eastern time, January 22nd, to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 01/25.  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 : optimistic-

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

Blog Hop Order: 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Prima ArtVenture 2016 Projects!

I was lucky enough to go to Prima's ArtVenture event in Anaheim last week! This was an amazing experience, and I thought I'd share the projects I made during this intense two days of classes!

Class 1: Foiled Watercolor Canvas with Sharon Laakkonen

This class was awesome! I think Sharon is a wonderful teacher! For this class we got to use some amazing Prima products including a watercolor canvas, the foil and rub ons, and the BEAUTIFUL new Tales of You and Me paper collection. Just taking the products out of the bag was exhilarating!

Here's my canvas:

And here's some closeups:

The coordinating flowers for the "Tales" collection are to die for!

You can see the rose gold foil with the rub ons in the top left corner. 

And you can see the new stencil and stamps from the collection also. 

I can see myself making many more watercolor canvases using Sharon's great techniques!

Class 2: Carte Blanche Regalis Home Decor with John C. Petersen

John is sooo fun! I really loved his presence during all of the classes. I really love the design of this project! We got some new flowers from the Salvage District collection that weren't part of the original design, but I just had to add them. 

Here in this closeup you can see the stencil with paste and microbeads under the Relic pieces. 

What I like most about this project is that it got me thinking about using different metallic colors on the same project. I tend to keep to one at a time, and mixed golds, bronzes, and silvers is quite wonderful!

Class 3: Plage de la Bouillabaisse Mixed Media Album with Frank Garcia

There's no doubt that Frank makes the most exquisite mini albums, and this one is no exception! This French Riviera collection we used is perfect! I love anything beachy or ocean-themed, and this line is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen!

I fell in love with the idea of putting the pearls in the shells, and I can see myself using that idea over and over. 
Unfortunately, I didn't get to finish this album in class, but my cover is done, and it's definitely at the top of my list to complete it. 

Class 4: Altered Mixed Media Clock with Anna Dabrowska

Anna's techniques are always amazing, and this clock class was exactly WHY I wanted to go to ArtVenture. When I saw the example posted, it was thrilling to know (and HOPE) that I would be bringing home a project that looked even remotely like what Anna created!

We got to use new Mechanicals, Melange, flowers, AND the new acrylic paints, which are a MUST-HAVE! I didn't finish this project in class, and LUCKILY, these paints were in the Prima store set up just for ArtVenture. (We won't talk about how much I spent there.)

The inside of the clock has a lot of detail so here a couple of different closeups.

 And a side view:

Using the new Opal Magic acrylic paints was MAGICAL! 

Class 5: Vintage Emporium Altered Frames with Vicki Boutin

Vicki's class was great! I love her teaching style, and her intricate design of this project. At first glance you might not think it's super detailed, but she gave us SOOO many ways to use the Prima pastels, that my box of pastels has to sit on my desk at all times now so I can use it all of the time! We used the new Vintage Emporium  collection on these altered frames, and I adore how Vicki added teal to it to make this project pop!

This top box has so much detail- we added flowers to the vines that we colored, with pastels.

The butterflies were also colored with pastels, as well as the inside of the box with multiple colors.

And this bottom frame has an interactive little mini album, which is too cute.

The ephemera pack has metals and glass bottles that make this project over-the-top wonderful!

Class 6: Statement Necklace Wall Art with Sandra Evertson

I was in awe of seeing the example for this class! I find Sandra's relic resin pieces to be so unique and amazing, and they really get me thinking how I would use these on my own projects. I enjoyed listening to her stories on where these relics and artifacts came from as she collected the original pieces from her time traveling as a model, and now we can all use these replicas.

 I have no experience with making jewelry, so I was excited to make my first piece based on Sandra's design. And, the display on the Carte Blanche wood with easel is so ideal!

Here's the middle relic- I still can't believe how easy it was to make this part! For some reason, the glue I used made this bauble cloudy, but I still love the look.

Another closeup:

I will definitely be incorporating more jewelry and resin ideas to my own projects now that I know how!

I just wanted to say thank you to all of the teachers, volunteers from Charity Wings who did an amazing job helping out, and also to Denny for organizing this unforgettable experience! Hope I get to go to another!