Monday, September 15, 2014

Swirlydoos Kit Club Sept Kit Reveal, Vintage Love

Welcome to:
September Scrapbook Kit Reveal & Blog Hop!
If you came here from DieNamite'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 September collection:

Vintage Love

And check out these coordinating add ons that perfectly compliment our September 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 September 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*

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 Never miss one of our kits again!

We have some absolutely beautiful scrapbook projects for you to see today !!  

I did this first layout for the Anatomy of a Layout feature that we do every month with our kit.  The Anatomy is a build a page tutorial with step by step instructions.  You can see my tutorial for this layout here.   I've used just the main kit papers and flowers, and punches and a mask from my stash to make this layout.

I made the larger flowers with McGills Floriano and Starburst punches.  The small flower is made with McGill's Retro Flower punch.

Next up is an altered plastic lettuce box! I love wrapping a gift in a unique way and so I've been saving these boxes.

I've used a Leaky Shed Studios flower corner chippy underneath all those roses.  

Here's a simple card that I did with the kit.  I added the beads and flowers from my stash and the butterfly is from a previous kit.  The Happy Birthday is cut with a Memory Box die.

Each kit includes a sketch and every month we have a  challenge with that sketch.  Be sure to check that out! Here's my interpretation of the sketch with this kit.

The gold flowers and leaves come in the flower add on.  The flowers are sort of a kraft color but I have sprayed them with Lindy's Grab A Guy Gold to add a bright punch to my page.

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, 9/16 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 9/17. 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 words are:  to begin
The party continues over at Debbie's blog. Have fun!

Blog Hop Addresses in Order

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Steampunk Spells card!

We're having a card round robin at Swirlydoos Scrapbook Kit Club and I made a card!!  LOL, I'm not a big card maker but I am working on it.

 I love how this came out, that owl is from ScrapFx and I just think he's adorable!  The owl's body is heat embossed with Stampendous aged black embossing enamel, I popped out the gears and flourishes  & painted those with  Silks in Emperor's Gold. The beak is done with Stampendous Aged Spice embossing enamel. The gears are chipboard and are rusted with Tiddlybitz Rusting Powder.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Come join me in a fun challenge at Swirlydoos!

I'm hosting a fun challenge for all my rooster and hen loving friends at Swirlydoos this month.  It's a real simple challenge, all you have to do is create a project that has a rooster and/or hen on it.   It can be a tag, layout, off the page, card, you dream it up and I'm good with it and it can be chipboard, photo, diecut, stamped, whatever you want!  You can use any products you wish for my challenge, it does not have to be a Swirlydoos kit.  We will all vote for our favorite chicken project and the winner will receive a RAK from me!  You will get an extra vote if you use this quote "The rooster may crow, but the hen delivers the goods."  on your project.

Here are a couple or chicken projects to inspire you.  I've used papers and chipboard from Prima's Almanac collection.  It's perfect for this challenge as it includes several chicken images.

Here's another project that I did some time ago, it's a box with a mini inside from Graphic 45's French Country collection.  That awesome weather vane chippy is from ScrapFx.

The flowers are all handmade and I have a tutorial for them here.  

Did you know that Swirlydoos Kit Club sends out a beautifully coordinated kit 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 look good together.  So many bricks and mortar shops have closed up that it's getting harder and harder to even find a place to shop for all the latest and greatest supplies.  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. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog, hope to see your work in my challenge at Swirlydoos!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea card

If you know me very well, you know that I don't "do" cards, however, I decided that 2014 would be my year of THE CARD!  Meaning that I was going to make cards and get comfortable with doing so.  So over the last several days I have made 3 cards and I am finally getting the hang of it and finding it to be a pleasant experience.

I used Graphic 45's Botanical Tea 8 x 8 collection pad for this.  I find the smaller size works easier for me in making cards and tags.  Even then, this is a large card at 6.5" square.

I fussy cut some of the flowers from the collection to layer underneath my Petaloo flowers.  I also fussy cut a couple of the butterflies.

I like to pop up my layers on my cards and tags and you can see that effect in this photo. 


Botanical Tea 8 x 8 Pad 4500888
Botanical Tea Tags & Pockets 4500892
Core'dinations Cottage Porch cardstock
Petaloo Teastained Blue Dahlias
Spellbinders Floral Ovals die
Prima Dry Sand ink
Martha Stewart Cherish and Leaf Branch punches

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I do appreciate it!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fabscraps Oh Sew Beautiful

Oh Sew Beautiful is such a lovely romantic collection!  Here I've torn and distressed the papers to give it all a shabby look.  Laces from my stash help accentuate the shabby chic look.

For this project you will need:

  • Fabscraps Oh Sew Beautiful paper collection:  C68 001, 008 x 2, 002,
  • Chipboard piece DC68 002 Stitch in Time
  • Fabscraps stencil Square Stripes DS010
  • White mist such as Dylusions white linen
  • Embossing powder
  • Ink
  • Laces, flowers, diecut frame

  1. Cut a piece of C68 008 Haberdashery about 9 x 10.75", tear a small strip from all the edges, distress and ink.   Stencil over the entire page with Fabscraps stencil DS010 and a white mist.
  2. Cut out an oval about 6 x 9" from Stitch in Time 001.  Adhere to the lower right side of the paper in step 1.
  3. Glue lace all around the oval.
  4. Cut Floral Pattern 002 10.5 x 11.5"  Distress and ink the edges.
  5. Distress and ink the edges of 2nd sheet of C68 008 Haberdashery.  Glue a wide piece of lace to the left side.
  6. Assemble the papers as shown in the photo, curling the left top corner of the smaller Haberdashery paper.
  7. Use embossing powder to ecover the Stitch in Time chipboard piece DC68 002.  Adhere to the left side of the layout.
  8. Mount photo on a diecut frame or simply mat your photo.  Use foam to pop up the photo and adhere in the center of the oval.
  9. Add flowers and embellishments of your choice.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fabscraps Industhrial Chic Layout

I love love love Fabscrap's Industrial Chic collection! It is just perfect for so many things!  On this layout I've used one of Tim Holtz's Found Relatives as my photo.  I used an old Fiskars punch to make my vintage photo frame and a WRMK Lucky 8 punch to cut the circle.  That is definitely my favorite of the Lucky 8 punches.

I've used two of Petaloo's burlap blossoms, they go perfectly with this paper and the Fabscraps rose I made.

The floral vine is a Memory Box diecut, Caserta Blooms,  that I've painted with Art Anthology paints.

Love that little Fabscraps clear chest sticker tucked in there!

For this layout you will need:

  • Fabscraps Industrial Chic paper collection:  C67 - 001 Wood Chic, 002 Wood Chic 2, 007 Steel Chic, 008 Steel Chic 2, 006 Paint Chic
  • Fabscraps Chipboard piece DC67 008 Decorative Border
  • Fabscraps Sticker sheet ST67 001
  • Fabscraps Journal Box MC67 001A
  • 4" white doily
  • Embossing powder
  • Embellishments - flowers, diecut vines, lace, bling

  1. Cut an 11.5" square from the center of Wood Chic 001forming a 1/4" frame. 
  2. Ink the frame and then glue the frame to the outer edges of Steel Chic  007 as shown on my layout.
  3. Cut an 11" circle from the remaining  Wood Chic  001 paper.  (I used a WRMK Lucky 8 Frilly Lace punch to cut my circle)  Adhere this circle to the base paper, Steel Chic 007.
  4. Cut a 4 x 8" rectangle from Paint Chic 006, border cut or distress and ink  the edges. 
  5. Cut a mat for your photo using Steel Chic 2 008, distress and ink the edges.
  6. Cut a 3.25 x 6.75" rectangle from Wood Chic 2 002, border cut or distress and ink  the edges.
  7. Layer the papers from steps 4, 5, and 6, as well as a doily, as shown.  Use cardboard or adhesive foam to pop up the photo.
  8. Paint or heat emboss the chipboard decorative border, DC67 008.  I used Stampendous Aged Aqua embossing enamel.  Layer a scrap underneath the chipboard and adhere to the right of your photo.
  9. Assemble rose(s) from Fabscraps Journal Box MC67 001A using the directions printed inside the packet.
  10. Remove the chest from Fabscraps Sticker Sheet ST67 001 and stick to a white piece of cardstock, then fussy cut out the chest.  Pop up and place on the layout underneath the chipboard.
  11. Add rose(s), flowers, lace, vines, bling as desired.
Thanks for your visit!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Creative Embellishments challenge with Graphic 45 French Country!

Creative Embellishments' August challenge inspiration photo made me think of blooming sunflowers and their rich colors.  Here's the inspiration photo provided by Creative Embellishments and a link to the challenge .

I collect chickens and roosters and I love sunflowers, what could be more perfect for this challenge than Graphic 45's French Country collection?  I made a gift box by altering a plastic lettuce box. The twist for this month's challenge was to use a song title as a title on my project.  Thank you Alice in Chains for recording a song titled Rooster, it's a perfect for my project!  I've also added a subtitle, Le Coq which is the rooster in French.  I used Creative Embellishments' icicle border  as grass by turning it upside down and painting it green with Silks.

These lettuce boxes make great gift boxes don't you think?  

I must confess, I am hooked on making these boxes and I've a tutorial for making a similar box here along with some other examples.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Altering a plastic lettuce box - video tutorial for Swirlydoos Scrapbook Kit Club

The other day in the Swirlydoos Kit Club forums we were discussing uses for plastic boxes that come from the grocery store with lettuce and such in them.  I've been saving these lettuce boxes for a while now with the plan to alter them and that conversation prompted me to get with it!

This first box I've altered using the Swirlydoos Kit Club August kit of the month, Wistful Blues.   Below is a step by step video tutorial on how I altered this box.  Enjoy!

Here's another box I did,  this one done with Graphic 45's By the Sea Collection.  Lots of fussy cutting on this one.


Here's one more, this one  I altered using Marion Smith's Garment District collection.  Love this collection so much, there are so many wonderful images to fussy cut.

I want to see what you can do with your plastic boxes.  It really doesn't take long to do these and they are really pretty and unique ways to box your gifts.


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