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!

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Using Adhesive Rub-Ons Tutorial for Swirlydoos Kit Club

Happy Saturday!

Chances are, you have seen the new Prima Adhesive Rub Ons- they come in a lot of styles, and they are very versatile! Prima also sells foil sheets to go with them, but you can use a lot of other things too. Here's a project I made using foils, glitter and embossing powder with these amazing rub ons:

And, here's a quick video tutorial showing how easy it is to use the rub ons:

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 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 store!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!