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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fabscraps newest collection, Elegant Chic!

I don't like to let a single scrap of my gorgeous Fabscraps paper go to waste and so I save all my scraps and use them to make tags and cards.  This tag was made completely from left over scraps from Fabscraps new collection, Elegant Chic, and a scrap of white cardstock!



For this project you will need:
  • Fabscraps Elegant Chic C71 collection: 001 Pink Elegance, 004 White Lace, 005 Shabby Flowers, 007 Fleur,
  • Fabscraps ST71 001 and 002
  • Fabscraps DC071 009 Frame
  • White cardstock
  • Embossing enamel
  • Distress ink Victorian Velvet
  • Flowers, ribbon, cameo, etc. of your choice
  • Border and corner punches

Instructions:

  1. Cut a tag 3.5 x 8.5" from white cardstock.  Ink around the edges of the tag with Victorian Velvet or color of your choice.
  2. Cut a rectangle 3.25 x 7.25" from 001 Pink Elegance.  Border punch across the bottom.  Ink the edges.
  3. Cut a 4.5" circle from 005 Shabby Flowers and use a corner punch to punch around the circle creating a doily effect (You could also use a doily instead.)  Ink the edges.
  4. Take the large corner sticker (triangle shaped) from ST71 001 and stick onto white cardstock and then fussy cut the sticker.
  5. Border punch two strips 6.75" long and about .75" wide.  Glue these under the rectangle in step 2 so that the strips are peeking out from under the rectangle.
  6. Glue the rectangle with the border strips from the previous step onto the cardstock tag just up from the bottom of the tag.
  7. Now take the fussy cut sticker from step 4 and adhere to the top of the tag.
  8. Adhere the circle from step 3 about .75" from the bottom of the tag.
  9. Pop out the center piece from the Fabscraps 009 Frame.   Place the centerpiece on 004 White Lace and trace around it, then cut it out and glue the paper to the chipboard piece.  Add a Happy Birthday sentiment from ST71 002 sticker sheet.
  10. Heat emboss the frame with embossing enamel.  I used Stampendous Shabby Pink. 
  11. Arrange and glue the frame over the circle.  Then add the center chipboard piece popping it up with pop dots or foam squares.
  12. Embellish by adding a cameo to the center of  the corner sticker that you placed at the top of the tag.
  13. Add a ribbon at the top and embellish with flowers as you wish.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Time for a new Fabscraps collection!! Elegant Chic

Yippee, new Fabscraps!!!!  Elegant Chic is one of Fabscraps newest paper collections and it is truly elegant with it's vintage rose patterns and pink and gray palette.  The collection is perfect for your shabby chic projects with a vintage flair!

Still round the corner there may wait, a new road or a secret gate. J. R. R. Tolkien



I love the chipboard gate available with this collection and the matching diecut that perfectly covers the chipboard.  I've use the two together on the gate on my layout.





Here are instructions for this layout if you would like to scraplift.  You will need:

  1. Fabscraps Elegant Chic paper collection:  C71 004 White Lace, 005 Shabby Flowers,  007 Fleur,
  2. Fabscraps gate from Journal Book MC71 001A
  3. Fabscraps Picket Fence & Gate DC71 011
  4. 1 sheet white cardstock
  5. Fabscraps silver metal butterfly and bow
  6. Flowers, leaves, embellishments of your choice
  7. Water
  8. Embossing powder
  9. Masks and masking paste
  10. inks

Instructions:
  • Cut a 8" square from the center of C71 007 Fleur and set aside for a future use.   Heavily distress the edges of the remaining frame. Then rub a little water along the edges of the paper and push the paper edge inward so as to create a distress edge that is crease and ruffle as in the photo.
  • Cut a 10" square from the center of the white cardstock and set aside.  Adhere C71 007 Fleur to the cardstock, centering.  Ink and distress the edges of the cardstock.
  • Cut a 10.25" square from C71 005 Shabby Flowers.  I used a WRMK Lucky 8 (Lace Kerchief) punch to cut my paper.  You could use punch around the page punches or even leave unpunched.  Ink and distress as desired and then adhere so to C71 007 Fleur so that it is centered on the page.
  • Select a Picket Fence and Gate from MC71 001A Journal Book and adhere to the chipboard fence and gate DC71 011.  Ink as desired.
  • Cut a  7" circle from C71 004 White Lace.  It looks nice to punch around the circle's edge, see photo.  Ink and distress the edges.
  • Use a mask and white masking paste to mask over the upper right corner of  C71 005 Shabby Flowers and to mask on the C71 004 White Lace circle.
  • Adhere the circle to the left side of the page as shown in the photo.
  • Adhere the gate on the right side, centering vertically.
  • Mat your photo with some of the left over white cardstock.  Pop up the photo with cardboard, pop dots, or foam tape so that it lies flat overlapping the chipboard gate.
  • Embellish with flowers, leaves, a metal butterfly and bow, as desired.
Thanks for stopping by today!


 Maggi

Monday, October 13, 2014

Swirlyoos Kit Club October kit!!

Welcome to:
October Scrapbook Kit Reveal!

We are not having a blog hop this month, but there will still be ways to win some prizes and, of course, beautiful projects to see from our talented design team!  Go to the Swirlydoos blog to find out how you can win some fabulous prizes just by being a part of our NEW Facebook gallery! Make sure you have LIKED & FOLLOWED Swirlydoos on Facebook!!!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful October collection:


Treasured Yesterdays




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




Are you a subscriber? If so, your kit is on it's way! If not, check out the Swirlydoos store to see if there are any October 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!




The Swirlydoos Kit Club October kit is just delightful filled with Prima's Epiphany and Blue Fern Studio's Montage collections.  The add ons compliment the main kit so perfectly that you're going to want those too!

I've used a couple sheets from the Epiphany line for this layout and I painted the base page with clear gesso before misting and masking.  I like to use clear gesso underneath as it allows me to control the mist better.  If I don't like the mist I can clean it off when there is clear gesso underneath.

On this LO I have used a Prima mask and heavy white gesso for my stenciling.   I've completed my look with flowers and embellishments from the add on kits.


 The circle chipboard came in the embellishments kit and it's a gorgeous Blue Fern chippy.  I've heat embossed it with Stampendous Shabby blue embossing enamel.



Swirlydoos includes a sketch with each kit and this is my interpretation of this month's sketch.  I love the black lace and printed white flowers that came in the add on kits.  I've used a Crafters Workshop mask on the circle, a chicken wire stamp, and a dots foam stamp with paint to complete my look.


The main kit includes a canvas honeycomb resist paper.  I tore off strips and inked them and then fashioned the strips around my circles.




 This is my favorite layout from the kit!  The photo is of my Mom and her little sister.  Again, I chose Prima's Epiphany papers for this layout and painted the base paper with clear gesso.  I misted and then masked overtop the misting.

The chipboard flourishes that I've used came in the main kit and I've embossed them with Ranger Antiquities embossing powder.  The flowers  I've used are from the flower add on.   The flower add on is always my favorite add on, but this month's is even better than usual and it is a moost have!!!  All the flowers are Prima and they are just divine!



Be sure to check out projects from the rest of the design team here:

Linda (Guest Designer!) http://blueskyscrapping.blogspot.com/


If you are not a Swirlydoos Kit Club subscriber, please consider it so that you never miss any of our beautifully coordinated kits. Please visit Swirlydoos Kit Club and click on Join Our Club on the left side bar. Be sure to mention my name, Maggi, when you subscribe because you will receive a 10% discount on your first kit AND a coupon for 30% off an entire purchase in the Swirlydoos store. Your Swirlydoos store purchases are always shipped free when shipped along with your monthly kit.  Swirlydoos also maintains a Forum where everyone can share their work, tell stories and have a ton of fun!  We have monthly challenges too so please come and join us!




Sunday, October 5, 2014

Swirlydoos Round Robin!

I love Round Robin challenges, they are so fun!   Peggy, one of my favorite swirlygals, heads up our Round Robin challenge at Swirlydoos Kit Club and she does a marvelous job!  Come join us, you don't have to use Swirly products to participate!

I'm leading off for my team this month and its all about being SPOOKY! I've used some Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale papers to scrap this photo of a HUGE black widow spider that I found in my compost bin. Eeeekkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!!


Petaloo textured blossoms were perfect for this layout!



Did you know that Swirlydoos Kit Club sends out beautifully coordinated kits every month? Swirlydoos has been sending out top of the line and ever so elegant kits all over the world since 2009. I love getting a box of goodies that all work together so that I don't have to go out and search for things that coordinate. So many bricks and mortar shops have closed up that it's getting harder and harder to find a place stocking all the latest and greatest scrapbook goodies. While Michael's and Hobby Lobby are great for supplies, you sure can't find the newest papers and embellishments in those stores.

If you are interested in receiving Swirlydoos monthly kits, please visitSwirlydoos Kit Club and click on Join Our Club on the left side bar. Be sure to mention my name, Maggi, when you subscribe because you will receive a 10% discount on your first kit AND a coupon for 30% off an entire purchase in the Swirlydoos store. Your Swirlydoos store purchases are always shipped free when shipped along with your monthly kit.

Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A Prima Time Traveler tag tutorial

Welcome to Saturday, that's always a good day!  I have a tag tutorial up on the  Swirlydoos Kit Club blog for this tag that I made with the Swirlydoos September kit, Vintage Love,  that features Prima Time Traveler Memories.







Did you know that Swirlydoos Kit Club sends out beautifully coordinated kits every month? Swirlydoos has been sending out top of the line and ever so elegant kits all over the world since 2009. I love getting a box of goodies that all work together so that I don't have to go out and search for things that coordinate. So many bricks and mortar shops have closed up that it's getting harder and harder to find a place stocking all the latest and greatest scrapbook goodies. While Michael's and Hobby Lobby are great for supplies, you sure can't find the newest papers and embellishments in those stores.

If you are interested in receiving Swirlydoos monthly kits, please visit Swirlydoos Kit Club and click on Join Our Club on the left side bar. Be sure to mention my name, Maggi, when you subscribe because you will receive a 10% discount on your first kit AND a coupon for 30% off an entire purchase in the Swirlydoos store. Your Swirlydoos store purchases are always shipped free when shipped along with your monthly kit.

I hope you'll join me at the Swirlydoos Kit Club blog and maybe leave a comment.  I'd appreciate it!  Thanks for your visit!




Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Swirlydoos gallery is moving!

I am excited to share the big news with you!  Swirlydoos is moving its gallery to Facebook for easier posting! 

Here's a list of advantages that you will love:
*You will no longer have to resize your pictures! 
*You will be able comment on projects without typing in a captcha code.
*This gallery will be a closed Facebook group, so you can comment and "like" projects all you want without "clogging up" your non-scrappy friends' feeds! (But, please invite your scrappy friends!)

So, here's how you can get started:

  1. You will need a Facebook account. 
  2. Here is our group link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1479028899001842/https://www.facebook.com/groups/1479028899001842/
  3. Request to join!
  4. You might already be added if you are friends with members of the design team who have already added you. 

So we can maintain some ORDER in the group and be able to find layouts posted to challenges and monthly kit projects, we will be posting to ALBUMS. Posting to albums keeps things organized and prevents posts from "getting lost"  in cyberspace which happens with a lot of Facebook groups.
Here's how we post to albums:
Right under the Swirlydoos header for the group, there is a line that gives you some options to click on: 

Members     Events     Photos     Files

  1. You need to click on PHOTOS.
  2.  A list of albums will come up, and you can add your pictures to any of these albums. For example, if you want to post your picture of a layout you made using the "Vintage Love" Sketch Challenge, there is an album for that! So, CLICK ON THE APPROPRIATE ALBUM.
  3. Clicking on an album takes you to another area. At the top right corner, CLICK ON "ADD PHOTOS." This will direct you to your photos on your computer, so grab it, add a description, and you are done!
If you want to add projects to the group that don't fit in a Swirlydoos category, you can create your own album! Here's how:

  1. Click on PHOTOS.
  2. Add an Album- title it with your name.
  3. Start adding pictures. 

PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT post pictures of projects made with OTHER kits. DO NOT advertise for other kits, or your album will be removed. Thank you for understanding.

We hope you will join us and post your inspirational projects in our gallery!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It's Raining Cats and Dogs!

It rained cats and dogs at my house all weekend long as my bff scrapping gals all came for the weekend and made Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs mini tag albums like this one that I shared with you a few days ago.  I made a couple more pages for my tag album too and I must get those photographed so I can share with you.

 After finishing up our minis we decided that we needed to make a tag using this Prima Julie Nutting stamp and die set ( you can get this set at the Swirlydoos Kit Club boutique)!  This is Halie with her cute little poodle and you know I had to have this set!!




 This is a simple tag to make.  I used Cats Meow paper to make the base of the tag which is 3.5"W x 8.5"L.  I cut the oval from off-white cardstock with the largest Spellbinders Floral Ovals die and then stamped it with a script stamp.    The doll, her clothes and the poodle are all cut from Raining Cats and Dogs scraps left from making our mini tag albums.  The poodle's hair is accented with Ranger Antiquities Weathered White embossing powder.  I've used a button sticker from the collection behind the poodle and mounted that on a small Spellbinders Teardrop Circles diecut popped up with foam dots.   The other two pieces are also stickers from the collection that I've popped up.  I added some beads and punched strips at the  bottom and a ribbon at the top to finish it off.

Here you can see how I've popped up the various layers to give the tag some depth.




I just adore this tag with it's cute little paper doll and poodle, it appeals so much to my inner child, LOL!  I loved paper dolls when I was a kid and I guess I'm still a kid at heart!!

My scrappy girls just before leaving.  These girls are the best, love all of you!





Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Layout with the Sept kit from Swirlydoos Kit Club

This is a very special photograph to me.  Yes. its old and tattered, and, even though I tried to restore it a bit, it still shows the signs of extreme wear and tear.  But that's no matter, the photo is of my parents and it's one that my Dad has carried in his wallet forever. Now my parents have been married for 70 years!! and this photo was taken before they were married, no wonder the photo is well aged!

The Swirlydoos embellishments add on kit included a Kaisercraft transparency of photo negatives and I've cut the giant negative strip on my layout from that.  The main kit features Prima's Time Traveler Memories collection and I love the tags that are included with the papers in the main kit.  I've used one of those tags as my title, Together Forever.  I think that appropriate for a couple that's been married 70 years!

I did a little stenciling in the right corners using Prima mask Decor 1 and Shimmerz TextureZ in sandy stone.  I also lightly stamped randomly with a foam dots stamp using Claudia Hellmuth traditional tan and blank canvas acrylic paints.

Don't you just love the Blue Fern Studios chandelier in the right corner?  I painted it with Silks Emperor Gold.  It is not as red as it appears, photographing metallics can be so tricky!  We're having a challenge in the Swirlydoos forum to use a chandelier so I did this layout as challenge inspiration.  Please note that you do not have to use Swirlydoos kits or products to enter this challenge so come on over!




Supplies:

Patterned paper: Prima Time Traveler: base - Love, circle - The Traveler, stripe - Dark Lines, center strip - No. 70, large square - Tickets Only, square behind photo - Forever Roses, Tag Me - Tags and Tickets Set, Kaisercraft Art of Life Negatives
Chipboard: Blue Fern Elegant Chandelier
Diecuts and punches: Martha Stewart 3 Dot, Memory Box Large Ringlets
Flowers: Prima Millicent Vine - En Francais, Prima Sandbark flowers,
Masks: Prima Mask Decor 1
Masking paste: Shimmerz Texturez Sandy Stone
Paint: Claudia Hellmuth Traditional Tan and Blank Canvas, Sils Emperoro's Gold
Other: American Crafts Cork Stickers, May Arts Lace Ribbon

Did you know that Swirlydoos Kit Club sends out beautifully coordinated kits every month? Swirlydoos has been sending out top of the line and ever so elegant kits all over the world since 2009. I love getting a box of goodies that all work together so that I don't have to go out and search for things that coordinate.So many bricks and mortar shops have closed up that it's getting harder and harder to find a place stocking all the latest and greatest scrapbook goodies. While Micheal's and Hobby Lobby are great for supplies, you sure can't find the newest papers and embellishments in those stores.

If you are interested in receiving Swirlydoos monthly kits, please visit Swirlydoos Kit Club and click on Join Our Club on the left side bar. Be sure to mention my name, Maggi, when you subscribe because you will receive a 10% discount on your first kit AND a coupon for 30% off an entire purchase in the Swirlydoos store. Your Swirlydoos store purchases are always shipped free when shipped along with your monthly kit.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Raining Cats and Dogs, Finally!!

Ever since Graphic 45 revealed its Raining Cats and Dogs collection, I have been dying to own it!!  Finally I received my shipment of these lovely papers, chippies, tags, etc.  Oh yeah, I ordered LOTS of this collection with all the embellishments!!  I even got all the stamps.  So if you know me, you know that this is expected behavior as I am crazy about my dogs, they are my children and I love them to pieces!

My first project with this collection is this tag mini that I made using a Graphic 45 tag album.  I adore the rich colors!


The poodles were diecut withCottage Cuts dies.  I used Ranger black puffs embossing powder to get that "curly" look on the black poodle.  It was perfect for making the poodle's coat!  The white poodle was embossed with Ranger weathered white Embossing Antiquities.  That, too, made great poodle hair!


Really, what more does this girl need, but a dog?  Well, I need two dogs, LOL!!


Here's the 2nd page.  It has a pocket where you can slip in some photos.  The little stamp near the bottom is me holding my sweet Chena when she was just a pup.  She is giving me a sweet poodle kiss!

Here are a couple of tags partially out of the pocket.


I have always loved the comic strips and one of my very favorites is "For Better or For Worse".  I saved this particular strip because it really expresses my emotion as far as new puppies are concerned!


The page flips up to reveal these two pages.


Because I am really quite silly, :-), I send out adoption announcements when we adopt a new puppy.  On the bottom right, I've added a litle pocket that holds the adoption announcements for all four of our poodles.


 In 2010 we went to Alaska for 2 1/2 months.  We had just lost Chili to autoimmune diseases so Chena was an "only dog".  Oh my, did she ever enjoy that!  While in Alaska, we campground hosted at Denali National Park and Chena was the "official" campground dog!  We had so many visitors from all over the world and they were missing their furbabies so they were thrilled that Chena would allow them to love all over her!


I'm sure many of you are familiar with the tales of Chena and Escape Kitty.  This is one of my favorite pictures of those two hooligans.  Thank you to Escape Kitty's Mom, Jen Synder for allowing me to use her photo!  You can read all about Escape Kitty and Chena on Kitty's blog.

 After we lost Chili, we adopted the sweetest poodle in the world, Nika.  Ah sweet Nika, she is most often called Noodle.  Why?  Well she's just kinda noodley and she loves to cuddle more than any dog I've ever known!

I love the letters in this collection!




I've got a little pocket on this page behind the umbrella girl that holds a tiny mini.
 Here you can see the tiny mini partially slipped out of the pocket.


 This is the back cover, I always include this crazy poodle image and quote when I make a dog mini.  Wonder if Henry thinks poodles are part of some weird cult??

Closeup:

Thank you for taking a look at this looooong post!  I hope that I given you a taste of just how beautiful Raining Cats and Dogs is.  The colors are so vibrant and the images so sweet and inviting!

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