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Monday, July 14, 2014

Graphic 45 - An Eerie Tale

Graphic 45's An Eerie Tale is such fun and pretty paper.  Although it is their halloween collection, it has plenty of other applications for your favorite fall photos.  As always, the colors are so rich and deep.

This is my great niece  in the pumpkin patch, she is such a cutie with her little scarecrow and pumpkin dress!

That fabulous pumpkin border is a Creative Embellishments chipboard piece, just perfect for this layout.





Supplies:
Patterned paper:  Graphic 45 Eerie Tale collection:  green base - Abracadabra 4500940, floral - Enchantment 4500931, orange stripe & patterned - Grand Illusion 4500 939, Journaling chipboard 4500949, Decorative Chipboard 4500948
Chipboard:  Creative Embellishments Pumpkin Borders
Diecuts and punches: Martha STewart Wild Flowers, WRMK Lucky 8 Frilly Lace.
 Flowers:   I am Roses
 Ink:  Distress black soot, Prima Coltsfoot & Rusty Keys

Thanks for stopping by!  Can you hardly wait for G45's Raining Cats and Dogs collection?  I am excitied beyond words and can't wait to get it!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Fun with Prima and Creative Embellishments!

Oh I've been having some fun with Prima's Time Traveler, what a gorgeous collection!!  It's one of those collections that should have my name on it because the colors are everything that I adore!

I wanted to do a vintage styled LO with this collection so I chose this picture of my parents taken just after then end of WWII.  Dad was just home from France, they were young and so in love!

I did some subtle masking in the background with Tim Holtz's burlap mask and bronze Glimmer Mist.  The lace was white and it got sprayed with a lot of different colors and painted with white gesso!  I just couldn't quite get it be the color I wanted but I'm finally happy with it.


The gorgeous chippies I've used are Creative Embellishments Love Birds Set.  I heat embossed the birds with Antiquities Weathered White.  Then the birdcage and words are heat embossed with Stampendous aged embossing enamels.



I've use one of my favorite vines here, Prima's Bretton Vine.  I wish I have a couple dozen of these vines!!  The black diecut around the flowers is a Prima diecut doily that I cut in half and fitted in around the roses.  Its kind of a cool look don't you think?


Supplies:

Patterned paper:  Prima Time Traveler collection:  base - No. 70 813888, floral border punched - Forever Roses 813864, black stripe - Dark Lines 813895tags - Journal Spt Sticker Sheet from the Collection kit, outer frame - The Traveler,
Chipboard:   Creative Embellishments Love Birds Set
Embossing powder:  Stampendous aged gold, ivory; Ranger Antiquities Weathered White
Diecuts and punches:  Prima Doily
Flowers:   Prima Bretton Vine 552640, I Am Roses
Ink: Distress black soot
Mist:  bronze Glimmer Mist,
Masks:  Tim Holtz Burlap mask

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I appreciate your comments and your visit so much!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July Scrapbook Kit Reveal & Blog Hop!

Welcome to:
July Scrapbook Kit Reveal & Blog Hop!

If you came here from Debbie's blog, then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there. We have some amazing projects for you to see today !! Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! Make sure you have LIKED & FOLLOWED Swirlydoos on Facebook!!!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful July collection:


Celestial Summer 




And check out these coordinating add ons that perfectly compliment our July 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 July 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!
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We have some absolutely beautiful scrapbook projects for you to see!

The July kit features Blue Fern Studio's Ombre Dreams papers and I have to tell you, this paper ROCKS!! It is the heaviest weight paper I have used and thus works so well with wet mediums, masks, etc. AND it is absolutely GORGEOUS!! I love the soft color palette of this kit, it works so well with any theme.

The papers work so well with vintage styled layouts such as this one.   This is a vintage photo of a close friend's Mom, it's such a pretty photo, I had to scrap it for her!  I did some masking with Prima's Doily #3 and Crushed Shells Glimmer Mist in the upper left and bottom right corners.  Then I turned the mask over and pressed the mist that remained on the mask into the paper.  That makes a really pretty negative image.  The large roses are from the flower add-on kit and the small roses are from my stash as are the letters.



 That sweet fairy perched on the roses is Prima resin and a package of 12 fairies comes in the main kit!  Sweet!

The butterfly is another of Prima's wooden embellishments included in the embellie add-on.  That awesome garden sink is from a previous kit.



Supplies

Cardstock:      Core'dinations Persimmon
 Patterned paper:  Blue Fern Ombre Dreams collection:  base - Leslie's Dream, longest rectangle - Ginger's Dream, floral rectangle - Prima Princess Collection Lily 950989
 Letters:  Pink Paislee foam letters
Diecuts and punches: Martha Stewart Flourish Lace
 Flowers:   I Am Roses mini roses, Prima Roses 574932
 Ink:  Color box rose coral, Prima Pastel Peach, Shabby Tote
 Mist:  Glimmer Mist Crushed Shells
 Masks:  Prima Doily #3
 Masking paste:  Liquitex super heavy gesso
Other:  Prima Wood Embellishments Princess 572907, Prima resin icons 573324, Prima Shabby Chic Treasures 

These next two layouts are a bit unusual for me as I seldom work with purples.  Why?  'Cause they don't usually work for me but these gorgeous papers just brought out my inner purple, LOL!!

This layout was done with our July sketch.  The lace is included in the Embellishments add-on and was a pretty off white, however, I wanted it to be purple so I dyed it with the Snapdragon Silks paint that was included in the main kit.  You can easily dye fabrics and trims with paint; all you need to do is water down the paint a bit and I find it easier to apply if I dampen the fabric or trim first.


This gorgeous bridge came in the main kit and is Blue Fern's Layered Iron Bridge that I have heat embossed.


I've added a Manor House pink vine and some small fuschia roses from my stash to the purple flowers from the flower add on.





 
This next layout shows a photo of my sweet great niece, I love the sparkle in her eyes!


I first painted this paper with clear gesso.  I do this so that I have more control of my mists and inks, i.e. if I don't like how it looks I can use a damp paper towel and remove all or most of the mist and reapply.  I used this technique on this page and the previous.


I used Mix'd Media Inx in wisteria and Prima's pastel peach inks to color this paper.  First I lightly mist my paper and then lightly swipe on the ink.  Often I dip the ink applicator in water so it is somewhat like painting with water colors.

One product that came in the Embellishment add-on that I really liked is Darice wire.  Its what looks a bit like stitched circles on this layout.  Its actually a crinkled wire that I wrapped into circles, love how it looks!



 The chippy is Blue Fern and comes in the Embellishments add-on.  I first painted it with white gesso and then randomly applied here and there Ranger Antiquities Tanzanite embossing enamel.  Then I dabbed on Emperor's Gold Silks.  After that dried, I covered the entire chippy with Ranger Frosted Crystal embossing powder.

These two large flowers are handmade from cardstock (addon) and fabric like paper included in the main kit.  I used McGill's Floriano and Retro Flower punches and followed the techniques in this tutorial:  cardstock and woven paper flower.  The pretty berries and leaves are from the flower add-on.



Supplies:

Patterned paper:  Blue Fern Ombere Dreams:  Background - Juliana's Dream,  Prima Princess collection scraps under photo
Letters:  Maya Road chipboard letters
Chipboard:  Blue Fern Corner Flourish
Embossing powder:  Ranger Antiquities Tanzanite & Frosted Crystal
Diecuts and punches: McGill Floriano & Retro Flower
Flowers:   Petaloo Epherma Lavender/purple 1100 107, Petaloo Spring Berry Clusters Lav/purple
Ink:  MIx'd Media Inx Wisteria
Mist:  Prima Color Blooms Pressed Petal
Masks:  Prima Doily #3 under photo
Paint:      Silks Vavoom Red & Emperor's Gold
Other:  Darice wire, cardboard, Petaloo butterfly, Prima wooden Embellishments


My special word is : Battle

So, let's get started! Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! 

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Thursday, 7/10 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 7/11. 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.
I'm the end of the blog hop so go back to the Swirlydoo's blog from here.  Hope you enjoyed the hop! 
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

More Swirlydoos June KOM projects, Rose Bouquet

The June Swirlydoos kit has been fabulous!!  I seriously love Kaisercraft's Storyteller collection that was featured in this kit.

On this page I've layered scraps underneath my photo and the title card.  From my stash I added the beautiful Creative Embellishments swirl underneath the photo.  It has been heat embossed with Lindy's embossing powder from the main kit.  Love how that turned out!






Supplies:

Cardstock: Bazzill French Vanilla
Patterned paper: Kaisercraft Storyteller collection: orange frame - Memoir P1501, light base - Feature P1505, title card & blue dotted - Journal P1508, striped - Anecdote P11506, Collectables CT793, light orange - Ruby Rockit Heritage Old News, coral cardboard - Fancy Pants
Chipboard: Creative Embellishments flourish
Embossing powder: Lindy's Coral Blush
Diecuts and punches: Martha Stewart Deco Flower
Flowers: Petaloo Botanica Ephermera Coral, Petaloo Botanica Spring Berry Clusters yellow/greenKaisercraft paper blooms coral
Mist: Lindy's Maidenhair fern green, wild honeysuckle coral geranium
Masks: Prima
Masking paste: Shimmerz TextureZ Tidy Widy
Other: wood frames - Prima Wood Embellishments Time Travelers Memories

This Prima frame was in the technique addon kit for June.  Don't you just adore this frame?  That is my favorite photo of Chena peeking at you!  I've added some flowers, metal pieces and Leaky Shed Studios chipboard from my stash to complete this look.





 The photo that I used on this layout comes from the Library of Congress and is part of a series of photos done about children working in textile mills.  This photo was taken in 1908 at a NC mill.



This gorgeous Creative Embellishments chippy is from my stash.  I've embossed it with Stampendous Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel.


Supplies:

Patterned paper:  Kaisercraft Storyteller collection: stripe - Anecdote P1506. white misted - Myth P1503, diecut circle - Confession P1502, floral - History P1504, dotted swiss - Journal P1508, black patterned - Reminisce P1507
Chipboard:  Creative Embellishments
Embossing powder:  Stampendous aged ivory
Diecuts and punches: EK Success Flower Burst, Lucky 8 WRMK Frilly Lace
Flowers:   Prima
Ink:  Distress walnut stain
Mist:  Tattered Angels Gumdrop


For this tag, I cut a tag 3.5 x 8.5" and layered  some of the Kaisercraft Storyteller journal cards.  Along the side I fussycut the flowers from the Reminisce paper and popped them up over some white lace from my stash.  I've embossed some Creative Embellishments leafy vines (from my stash) with Stampendous shabby green embossing enamel and cut the vines apart and tucked in here and there on my tag.
 These flowers are from the flower addon kit.



Thanks so much for stopping by!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Swirlydoos June Scrapbook Kit Reveal and Blog Hop!


Welcome to:
June Scrapbook Kit Reveal & Blog Hop!

If you came here from Maja's blog, then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there. We have some amazing projects for you to see today !! Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! Make sure you have LIKED & FOLLOWED Swirlydoos on Facebook!!!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful June collection:

Rose Bouquet



And check out these coordinating add ons that perfectly compliment our June 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 June 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 !!  Be sure and hop to all the design teams' blogs to view them all.

This kit has so much shabby goodness in it, you will love it. The corals and greens are so pretty paired with the Prima white resin frame that I've used in this layout. Everything you see on this layout comes with the main June kit too!! Be sure to visit our forum to see my Anatomy of a Layout where I show you all the steps to make this layout.







Supplies:
Patterned paper: Kaiserkraft Storyteller: Peach base - Reminisce P1507, floral Confession P1502, dark coral punched - Ruby Rockit Heritage Old News, floral strip and mint striped pp - Anecdote P1506, Ruby Rock-it cardstock stickers Heritage
Embossing powder: Lindy's Geranium Coral Blush
Diecuts and punches: La La Land rolled rose die, Martha Stewart swirling lace punch around the page
Flowers: Petaloo Botanica blooms peach
Ink: Distress bundled sage, Mixd Media Inx peaches
Paint: Ranger white paint dabber
Other: white frame -Prima Shabby Chic Treasures frame 892098, wooden keys and hand - Prima Wood Embellishments Time Traveler 572860, green ivy vine thread, stick pins.


I've added, from my stash, the two chipboard pieces you see on this layout. They are heat embossed with Stampendous Aged Ochre Embossing Enamel.







Supplies used for this layout (from the kit and addons unless otherwise noted)
Patterned paper: Kaisercraft Storyteller collection: black print base - History P1504, floral - History P1504, dotted swiss & title journal card - Journal P1508, stripe - Anecdote P1503,
Chipboard: Creative Embellishments Heart flourishes (from my stash)
Embossing powder: Stampendous Aged Ochre Embossing Enamel (from my stash)
Flowers: I Love Roses cream daisies(from my stash) , Prima First Dance 575311, Veil 575236
Ink: Distress black soot, Mix'd Media Inx Vintage(from my stash)
Mist: Dylusions White Linen (from my stash)
Masks: Prima Crackle, (from my stash)
Masking paste: Golden Crackle Paste (from my stash)
Other: Prima Wood Embellishments 572860


I always like to get a little crazy with mixed media when I'm working a kit and here's is this month's craziness!    I love Prima's Bubbles mask so I used it over the entire page.  Around the edges I have tucked in some wallboard tape.  






Supplies from the kit unless otherwise noted:
Patterned paper: Kaisercraft Storyteller collection: orange base - Memoir P1502, Collectibles CT 793 - Ruby Rock-it Heritage collection: brown - Passing Time, light orange cut circle - Old News, Fancy Pants Coral corrugated cardboard
Chipboard: Leaky Shed Studios circle frame
 (from my stash)
Flowers: Prima Veil 
Ink: Distress Walnut Stain (from my stash)
Mist: Lindy's Tiger Lily Red Orange, Dylusions White Linen
 (both from my stash)
Masks: Prima Bubbles
 (from my stash)
Masking paste: Shimmerz TextureZ Tidy Widy
 (from my stash)
Paint: Silks Spicy Tomato 
 (from my stash)
Other: Wooden veneer banners - American Crafts DIY Shop,  Stampers Anonymous Mixed Media Stamp and Coffee Archival Ink
 (from my stash), dry wall tape  (from my stash)

My special word is : Mind


So, let's get started! Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! 

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Thursday, 6/12 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Friday 6/13. 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.

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




Sunday, June 8, 2014

My Hero My Dad layout with Fabscraps Gentlemen's Club

Here is a layout honoring my Dad who served in the US Army for 28 years. We lived in France, Germany and Japan while following him around the globe.  He also served in Korean and Vietnam but we were not allowed to accompany him to those places so we lived in NC during those times. It was an interesting way to grow up!

We have a Round Robin challenge at Swirlydoos every month and this is my entry for my team 4.  You should join us in the fun, you do not have to use our kits to participate in the Round Robin.

I used Fabscraps Gentlemen's Club for this layout.  It's a perfect collection for scrapping the guys in your life!  Lots of masking and misting on this layout.  Fabscraps makes great chipboard pieces to go with their collections.  Here I've used their hot air balloon, title and clock chippies.  What I love the most is that there is also diecut paper to cover the hot air balloon chippy available.


These are metal flowers that I've dabbed with embossing ink and Stampendous aged gold embossing enamel.  I love this effect on metal embellies.


I used a gold Sharpie pen to outline the title.  It really makes it stand out.


For this project you will need:

  • Fabscraps Gentlemen's Collection paper range:  C66 003 Airship x 2, 005 Gentlemen's Attire,  007 Thoroughbred
  • Fabscraps Mask  DS 010 and masking paste
  • Fabscraps chipboard pieces DC 004 My Hero My Dad, 013 Clock, 015 Hot Air Balloon
  • Fabscraps Journal Box MC66 001A
  • Fabscraps Sticker sheet ST66 002
  • Mists
  • Light and dark brown paints
  • Balloon
  • Gold pen
  • Embellishments - flowers, twin
  • Instructions:

  1. Cut a 10" square from the center of 003 and set this aside to use in another project..  Distress and ink the edges of the frame that is left.
  2. Fussy cut the half globe from the second sheet of 003 paper.
  3. Cut the clock strip 2 1/4 x 8" at the bottom from the 2nd sheet of 003.  Distress and ink the edges.
  4. Use a deep border punch (I used Martha's Stewart's Scrolled Hearts)  to cut an 11" border from 003 and then ink the edges
  5. Cut a strip 2 3/4 x 8" from 007 Thoroughbred.  Distress and ink the edges.
  6. Cut 1/4" from all the edges of 005 Gentlemen's Attire.  Mask in the lower right corner with Fabscraps Mask DS 010.  I also masked on the top with Prima's  different mask but I think the Fabscraps Mask would look great over all the page.) After the masking paste dries fit the mask back over the masked pattern and paint over the mask in a color to blend with the layout.  I used Distress Paint Antique Linen. 
  7. Mist the page randomly with colors of your choice.  I used Lindy's Creme Brulee Cream and Mission Bells Brown.
  8. Paint the chipboard clock and title with a dark brown paint.  I used Viva Cacoa.  Use a gold pen to outline the words on the title chippy.
  9. Select one of the die cut hot air balloons and adhere to the chipboard hot air balloon.  Ink around the edges.
  10. From the sticker sheet 002, select 2 of the small clocks and one of the men standing on a clock and stick on a scrap of neutral cardstock, fussy cut around the three stickers from the cardstock.
  11. Cut 3 banners from your scraps.  The largest should be 1.75 x 8.25", the other two should be about an inch wide and two inches long.  Outline with the gold pen.
  12. Assembly:
Center and adhere 005 to the frame cut from 003
    • Adhere the deep border punch to the top of 005 as shown
    • Adhere the clock strip 003 to the 007 strip.  Adhere these to your page about 5" from the top.
    • Use foam tape, squares etc. to pop up the hot air balloon and attach to the right side of the page as shown.
    • Attach the title over top the hot air balloon and use foam tape as necessary to make it level on the page.  Add the man on a clock over the title as shown.
    • Cut cardboard to fit under the half globe (or use foam tape) and glue to the globe.  Attach to the bottom left corner.
    • Add the chipboard clock near the bottom overlapping the half globe.
    • Layer the banners underneath the photo and then adhere your photo to the layout.  Tuck the two small sticker clocks underneath the photo on top of the chipboard clock.
    • Embellish with flowers of your choice and a piece of twine at the top along the border cut.
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