Friday, April 24, 2015
Hi everyone! I'm up first with the Swirlydoos Designer Spotlight with the April Kit. There were some shipping delays with the company. So, aren't having a blog hop this month. Needless to say, things are back on track and good to go. Instead, all the design team members will have there own day to show you their lovely creations. Here are mine....4 pages and card.
 
First I'd like to mention that my So Chic Butterfly Embellishments from my Etsy Store, Little Scrap Shop, are featured in the Embellishment Add-on. If you a butterfly fanatic, like me, you can always find them there if you would like more!  :)
 
My first page is based off the April Sketch. I always do the sketch first when getting started on the kit. I did a lot of misting on the paper to get the pink color.
The Sketch
 
Again, I did a lot of misting with pink and did some masking. The cream flowers that came in the Flower add-on are really cool! The look and feel almost like a real flower!
 
I love the awesome Blue Fern Studio Frame! I first painted it with gesso then just sprayed it with glimmermist. The Prima LOVE letters are cool! I just misted and inked them, then let them dry before I added them to the frame.
Here, I went with the more natural tones of green, brown, and cream. I sprayed the white flowers and seam binding with the mist that is in the Medium- Add-on.
 
 Lastly, I made a card with all my left over bits.

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Monday, April 20, 2015
It's always hard to choose one layout a week! We have some amazingly talented subscribers to pick from!

This week winner is Donna! I love the garden theme! The perfect placement of the flowers really gives to that theme but isn't overwhelming. Fantastic layers! Congrats Donna! This is a beauty!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Hi all you swirly savages out there!  It's time for a new monthly tag challenge!  This month we'll be using distress and archival ink, masking, and stamps to create a fun tag.

I've recorded a video for you showing how I created my tag.









Join our challenge in the Forum and you might win a RAK from me!  I'm looking forward to seeing all the beautiful tags everyone creates!





Sunday, April 12, 2015
Layout of the week goes to Heather. This is Heather's entry for the Sketch Challenge.....man did she rock it! I love that she used 3 large photos of her and her kids. The leafy vines are so pretty and really round out the page design. Such a beautiful page to display those priceless family photos!




Congrats Heather!
Saturday, April 11, 2015
 
 
 
Happy Saturday Everyone!!
I've got something different than a card this time, and I hope you like it.



The base of this wall hanging is a heart shaped mdf, but you could also make this on a card base, or even on a layout.

Here's my How To:


Like I said, my base was a mdf heart, which I painted with Prima Blackboard paint (which came in an previous Medium AddOn.


From the March, Main Kit, I used the metal bead chain, and wanted to repeat the heart shape with it.


With a pencil I drew a rough sketchy line, to know where to add glue.


to give the chain a little more stability I re-wired it on metal-wire. I found that the quickest way to do that, was to leave the Original thread in it and just poke through the holes of the beads.


I didn't comit to tie the knots at the end just yet, I gave it some room, because I'd like to be able to shape it.


First I add Beacon Gem-Tac to one half, let it sit for 2 minutes.


In the meantime I cut randomly a piece of the bling-sheet we got and spritzed it with the darkest color spray from the medium AddOn. You can also fill the little circles with liquid Pearls or stickles, whatever you like.


Back to the bead-chain. I pressed the beads into the glue, holding it down for a minute and then place something heave on it, and gave it 5 minutes to dry. I repeated this step for the other half as well. I also glued the randomly cut bling to the side of the heart.


These flowers are going to be stack. I inked the edges of the lightest flower


I used Fabri-Tac to glue the flowers together.
(I believe Krissy has these adhesives in the store)


These are the main embellies I'm going to use on my heart shaped base.


I move them around, till I like the way it looks. This process can sometimes take me a lot of time.


I pretty much stayed to my layout and glued everything down. I still think that there is missing something


So I got my box of bits of metal pieces


And finally selected these ones. The Arrow is cut from grungeboard and got treated with Silver and Gold Paint Dabbers, and after heatset it, I ran Archival inkpad (Jet Black) over it.


I glued the Arrow and circle right under the Petaloo flower


And the other parts around the Prima Antique Cloch.


At the right top, I added another bliece of bling-sheet, and I added a piece of seambinding ribbon, to hang it up.


Because all of the adding stuff on the front, I needed to balance it. To do that I glued, flat, metal pieces to the backside. I keep adding till it was balanced out.


And I called it done. I hope you like it.
 
Have a lovely weekend!


Wednesday, April 8, 2015
 
 
 
 
 
Hi everybody!
Today I can finally share my projects made with the Gorgeous March kit from Swirlydoos 
Garden Romance.
This kit is filled with beautiful papers by FabScraps and Blue Fern Studios,  and Krissy made sure we got the most gorgeous embellies to go with the papers.
 
When my kit arives, I can't wait to open it up.
I get the Main Kit and the Medium AddOn, and when eveything is opened up, my family knows that they have to leave me for half an hour, to pet and study all the goodies!
Then I take it all upstairs to my scraproom, and spread it out on my work surface, to come back the next day to play. 
I usually start with the sketch first.
 
 and here's my take on it
 
 With my exacto knife, I cut around the frame to slide my picture in.
 
 I did some stenciling, using the stencil from the Medium AddOn and I covered my chipboard piece with gesso first, then sprinkled some, Shabby Shutters Distress embossing powder over it and heatset it. The tiny Pearls were glued on using Beacon Gem-Tac. We also got a whole package of black feathers in all sort of formats. I just love them!
 
 Some more stenciling and masking.
 
I cut some flowers from fabric and stamped on them using Archival ink in Black Jet. I topped them of with an older Prima flower and a metal piece.
 
My next page:
This page has a lot of dimension, IRL, It is too bad the picture does not show it.
I started with painting a circle, using glimmermist, on my background and added some stenciling, mixing texture paste and Dusty Attic acrylic paint to get a nice green color. Then I cut a circle from that gorgeous Fabscraps paper and added some lace from my stash to the back. I glued it (raised) to my background and found this lovely pink lace, Krissy send me once, and glued it across.
 

 On the chipboard piece I did the same as on the above one, only this time I used Rae's Faux Filligree technique on it. Love how it turned out.
 
Another close up! I made the bigger white flower from fabric.
And some more close up's: 



 
On my next project I wanted to use the Medium Addon.
I started out with a white piece of cardstock and highlighted the section behind the picture with Distress Paint in Picket Fence. Then I began spritzing with the lightest color - heatset and then the darker color.
 

I draw this frame, cut it out and covered it with gesso first. Then spritzed it with both colors that came in the Medium AddOn. I highlighted ramdomly with the creamz and Inklingz that also came in the Medium AddOn.
 

The doily came in a previous Swirlydoos kit and was a perfect fit for my B/W page.
In the Main Kit we got this sheet of bling. I cut it radomly and filled it with liquid Pearls in Onyx. 
 
some more close up's.

 
And here are some cards that I made with this beautiful kit:

 
Thinking of you


 
With Sympathie
 I always find these the hardest to do.
 
Just wanted to say Hello
 
And another Thinking of you card
These are my projects made with this month's kit, and I still have papers and embellies left. So I can go on creating for a little while.
 
I have a tutorial coming up, this Saturday, and here's a little sneak peek for you:
 

 
Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Don't forget if you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at www.swirlydoos.com. Mention my name (Paulien) when you subscribe and you’ll receive 10% off your first kit, AND a coupon good for 30% off your entire purchase in the Swirlydoos.com store!
 
 
 
 


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