Thursday, October 30, 2014

An Eerie Tale pumpkin layout and quick tutorial!

I had so many plans for some great Halloween projects...but sometimes life gets in the way and there has been no time!  But on the bright side of things, we did get in a  great two trip to the mountains.  We enjoyed the fall color so much, the Blue Ridge Parkway is such a great drive in the fall!  We also bought 4 bushels of apples and you know what that means?  Yep, 3 very busy days in the kitchen canning applesauce and sliced apples!

Finally yesterday I got to use some of Graphic 45's An Eerie Tale for this layout. Aside from being great Halloween papers, they are perfect for fall layouts too!

I've put together a quick build-a-page for you.  Enjoy!

1.  Begin by cutting an 8" circle from Fanciful Fable and a 7" circle from Enchantment.  Punch around the circles with a Martha Stewart corner punch if desired and adhere the smaller floral circle centered over the larger. ( I used laurel leaf on the floral paper and 3 dot on the owl print paper.)

2.  Fussy cut the pumpkin and florals from the An Eerie Tale paper.  Then cut the Magical card from the cut aparts on the Fanciful Fables paper.  Use a craft knife to cut along the florals and pumpkins to create a pocket that your photo will slip into.  In the photo below I have inserted a blank piece of cardstock to show you where I cut.

3. Well, as so often happens, at the last minute I made a design change so you will have to imagine that the black print paper has been border punched already.  At this point you should use a wide edge Martha Stewart punches and punch around the page.  Adhere this to a piece of orange cardstock.  The layout also looks good without the punching so you can choose which way you want to go.  (I used the double arches wide edge punches on my layout)

Cut two rectangles 3 x 5.25" from orange dotted paper, Wicked Whimsy.  Glue both rectangles to the background paper as shown, about 3/4" from the sides and 3 5/8"  from the top.

4.  Now glue the circles an inch from the right side and 2.5" from the top of the paper.  Add your title on the left as shown.  My titles are Prima Wood Embellishments that I've inked with Black Soot Distress Ink.

5.  Mount your photo on cardstock and then insert into the slit that we cut into the cut apart in step 2.  Attach to your layout lining up the left side of the card with your title on the left.

6.  I have added a Creative Embellishments Ivy Wreath over the photo that I painted with Silks Emperor's Gold and Art Anthology Sorbet Leaf. You can use any kind of round chipboard, frame or omit completely.  

Now adhere the fussy cut floral pumpkin piece using foam tape to pop it up.  Add a Journaling Chipboard on the right, cover the hole with bling and that's it!  


Note how the fussy cut piece is popped up.

 Detail look at the painted chipboard.


Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale collection:
Base - Unsolved Mystery 4500934
Fussy cut pumpkin/floral piece - An Eerie Tale 4500930
Floral circle - Enchantment 4500931
Light owl print circle - Fanciful Fable 4500932
Orange rectangles - Wicked Whimsy 4500941
Cut apart card - Fanciful Fable 4500932
Journaling Chipboard - 4500949

Silks Emperor's Gold
Art Anthology Sorbet Leaf
Creative Embellishments Ivy Wreath chipboard
Prima Wood Embellishments
Kaisercraft Sparklet coral
Orange cardstock

Swirlydoos Kit Club Treasured Yesterdays Creations

I was so happy to get home from vacation and play more  with the Swirlydoos Kit Club October kit!  I was only able to do 3 layouts before we left so I have lots more design team projects to share with you today!

I think I have finally conquered my fear of cards!!!  LOL, you know cards have been the monkey on my back for years.  This is a step birthday card made with Blue Fern Studios Montage papers.  Blue Fern papers are so heavy weight, they are great for card making. I used a sheet of "Now & Then" for making the card and side trimmings from "Fairyland" for the bottom and side panels.   I completed the card with Prima flowers and a stick pin from the add on kits.

The Prima Epiphany collection is showcased in our October kit and I used Epiphany papers for this layout.  Everything except the mask and modeling paste are from the main kit and flower and embellishment addons.  I cut the swirls with a new die I got from the Swirlydoos store; it's a Kaisercraft large flourish wafer thin die.  I love it!!

For this layout of my parents and the great grandchildren,  I used Blue Fern Studios Montage papers and added some masking.  I especially love the Blue Fern mini flourishes that came in the main kit! I've used flowers from the flower addon and embellies from the embellishment addon.

And finally a tag that I made from my leftover kit scraps.  The tag itself is Blue Fern Montage "Wisdom, and the circles are Epiphany paper scraps that I inked and added a bird rubon from my stash.  The white lace and stick pin are from the main kit, the other ribbons and flowers are from my stash and are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

 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 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


  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.  I've used flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.
Thanks for stopping by!!  Maggi

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.

My flowers are a Prima vine and Wild Orchid Crafts small carnations and gardenias.

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

  • 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!


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!
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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!)

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!


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