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!
*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!

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.


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.


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! 


  1. Beautiful layouts, so soft and pretty.

  2. Aww, your little brother lo is just so delicate. I love it!

  3. Your LO's are gorgeous, Maggi! You definitely rocked the color purple!

  4. Gorgeous layouts...your great niece is beautiful.

  5. Love your work! All your layouts are beautiful!

  6. I am very impressed by your layouts, love the embellishments, kinda bummed I missed out on the add on. Very beautiful.

  7. Gorgeous layouts! I like your style! So glad this month I got everything! All the best!

  8. Gorgeous!!! especially the 'purple' layout with the chippie!

  9. Such beautiful work!
    Great colors in this
    kit and love the fairy.
    Carla from Utah

  10. I love your "Mom" layout. What a perfect kit for that picture!

  11. lovely pages...I really like the embossed bridge.

  12. I have to say the subjects are the best. But I also want to thank you for the tip on dying the lace (watering down the paint) great tip, I think I will use it. :)

  13. Stunning pages, Maggi (and you do purple very well!!!!), and what gorgeous flowers you've created!!!

  14. Lovely layouts. Thanks for blogging great examples.

  15. WOW! What great layouts. Mothers colors are making me drool!!!

  16. Lovely pages with such gorgeous details! The flowers are fabulous and look so beautiful the way you arranged them on each layout! Love that pretty bridge! Fabulous kit!

  17. Gorgeous pages! I love all the details!

  18. Maggi, purple is your color! The layouts are stunning.

  19. Wow, absolutely gorgeous layouts Maggi!

  20. Stunning!! Such beautiful work
    Loving that bridge and that swirl!

  21. beautiful and romantic projects

  22. Ahhhhh, sigh of pleasure, they are just WONDERFULLY beautiful Maggi! I always appreciate the extra time you take to explain what you've done and what you've used. On the first layout I would have sworn you used modeling paste! The effect with the glimmer mist is so lovely. That photo of your great niece is just adorable... look at those sweet dimples!!

  23. You rocked the kit, Maggie! But I am so into purple right now! Feast for the eyes!

  24. All your layouts are stunning, but the mom page is my favourite, beautiful.

  25. The layouts are so beautiful. Some are soft and others are vivid in their coloring. thanks so much for sharing some amazing pages.

  26. Gorgeous! I especially like your last layout.

  27. WOW Maggi.... Such GORGEOUS pages! I love them all. And I love how you used the wire on your last page. I was sure it was


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