Saturday, November 22, 2014
Hi there all you sweet swirly savages!!  It's a beautiful sunny day here in eastern NC and I've been busy getting ready for the coming holidays,  making gifts and such.  I also like to make things for myself, and here's a project that I recently finished that I did just for me!

This is a Prima birdhouse that I altered using the November kit and a few bits and pieces from my stash.  This is the perfect way to preserve a cherished picture and makes a delightful gift!

There are lots of great alterable projects in the store.  

Here's a great gift idea for a scrappy friend.  Just imagine how fun it would be to load up all those little bottles and jars of mist, paint, paste, etc onto this set of spinning shelves.

AND, you seriously NEED these gorgeous Prima Winthrop flowers for whatever projects you are working on.  There a 5 different colors in the store.  I am in love with these vines, definitely one of my favorites!!

Be sure to stop by the Swirlydoos Boutique and peruse the selection of alterable gift ideas.  Then pick up some fabulous flowers and other embellishments to gussy up your selection.  And then you'll have two great things: 1) An afternoon of fun altering your project and 2) a fabulous gift when you're done!

Monday, November 17, 2014
This weeks LOTW goes to Ginny. Ginny created this beautiful layout showcasing her little girl. The delicate embossing on the background and all the beautiful floral clusters highlight her great black and white photo. the treatment on the chippie just adds so much dimension to the page. Great layout Ginny and congrats!!

"Pretty, Pretty Pigtails"

Pretty, pretty pigtails
waving in the air.

Pretty, pretty pigtails
bouncing here and there.

Rascally little smile.
Happy little hands.

Pretty, pretty pigtails
making my heart dance.

Author: Maria Renee Kim
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Today I'd like to share a giftbox I made, using the November *Beloved* kit.
You may think it is a bit complicated, but it is not. I photographed each step to make this as easy as possible, but if you do have a question, feel free to ask.

Here's the box:

and here's how it came together.

For my giftbox I started with a piece of cardstock, cut down to 8.1/4 x 10.1/4

From left to right I scored at 1.1/2 - 2.1/4 - 3 - 5.1/4 - 6 and 6.3/4 Make your folds.

I rotated my cardstock and if you look closely to the picture you can see that I only scored the middelest section. (between the tiny black dots) From left to right I scored at 5/8 - 1.3/8 - 2.1/8 - 8.1/8 - 8.7/8 - 9.5/8

Cut the lines till the marks.

Repeat this on the other side.

I first made straight cuts and then a little extra snip with an angle. (I hope you get what I mean. look closely to the picture)

As you can see in this picture... cut the 2 little flaps a little shorter. Repeat on the other side.

See the black lines in this picture? Those need to be cut off. I did one, in the left bottom corner, for you to see.

Fold the little flaps in. You could secure with a drop of glue if you want.

Fold the top inwards, over the little flaps.

Like so

Secure with a dot of glue! And repeat on the other side.

For the long side: add glue to the top part, like in the picture

Fold it inwards and press it to the bottom.

Repeat at the other side and your box is now finished.

For the cover of the box I cut a piece of cardstock at 6 x 8.3/8. BUT you might want to cut it at 6.1/8 x 8.3/8 Then it will fit a little better.

Score from left to right at 1.7/8 - 2.3/4 - 5.1/8 - 6

Add glue to the left part and glue it together.

You have now both of these pieces.

Your cover will be little wider than your box is. I did this on purpose, cause I wanted to dress up the sides of my box.

******* Pardon me for the light difference*******

As you can see here I added some lace all around my box.

I made 2 holes at the top and made a loop using twine - knotted it on the inside.

Then I selected my papers to dress up my cover and box. I just eye-balled it and cut it to size.

I lightly distressed and inked the papers.

And glued them to the cover.

Then I cut a strip of PP at 3/4 of an inch by 12 and scrunched it up

I glued it around the bottom of the cover.

From the sticker sheet I chose this border

And glued it all around the top of the cover.

These are my main embellishments, and that white flower is made from texture paste.
Let me show you how I did that.

I used a piece of vellum, (used it before to die cut some flowers) I wanted my flower to be as big as the,(earlier) biggest die cut flower, so that is my guide.....

I scooped some texture paste on my spatula (which has rounded corners)

And I simply pressed with my spatula onto the vellum and dragged towards me.

I repeated that a couple of times to form petals

Till I had formed a flower. The last petal was the hardest and I had to use my finger to give it the right shape. Then I let the flower dry overnight, and carefully cut around the petals, the next morning.

So these will be my main embellies, but first let me show you something fun using the raffia.

From the raffia, I shaped some leaves. First open up the raffia - then, hold your thumb in the middle and twist the top - cut it to size - if you like you can add a stamen, you want to put a little glue on the stamen - and twist the bottom.

I added some pearls, a sticker and a butterfly to my embellishments I want to use to decorate my box.

And started to glue them down using Beacon Fabri-Tac. Even the texture paste flower, which has a vellum back, was glued down with Fabri-Tac

In this picture you see my "gluing down process"

And I finished it off with some pearls and a butterfly.

I decieded that the inside of the box would look a little prettier with a piece of lace glued down on both ends.

And there you have it.
I hope you like it.
Have a lovely weekend!



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