Wednesday, March 25, 2015
I love the days when my kit arrives on my doorstep, it's kind of like opening a Christmas gift!  The first thing I do is take the embellishment and flower addon kits and put them in a plastic shoe box container and label it.  I always keep two months of those addons in a plastic shoe box.  That way the embellies and flowers are contained but easy to sort through.  I have plastic drawers underneath my scrappy table and that's where the papers and anything that won't fit in the shoebox go.  All of this happens, of course, after I have looked over all the pretties in the kit!

I can't work in a mess and so, when I start to work with the kit, the embellies are put in one basket and the flowers in another.  I pick out some photographs and start playing with the papers seeing how the papers will go with my photos.  I will usually pick 3 to 5 papers that I think will work and put the rest of the paper back in the drawer.  After pushing paper around for a few minutes a design starts to form in my head and I go ahead and cut some of the paper and lay  them out.  Then I sort through embellies and flowers and push those around on the papers.  I select what I think is going to work and they go into yet another basket.  Yeah, I am an organization freak and in spite of these measures I still manage to routinely lose things on my desk.  Well now really, I don't lose them, that damn scrap fairy comes and takes them!!  Eventually, the layout comes together and I repeat the process all over again for the next layout.  Like Kim, I usually start with the sketch and get that out of the way.

If I am doing the anatomy page I deviate from the above method and put everything but the main kit away and work with that only since the anatomy page is done with the main kit only.

Enough about all that, let's look at some layouts!  This is an old photo, but I love it so much!  This is Fifi and she was the flower girl at our poodle's breeder's daughter's wedding.  She carried that sweet little basket down the aisle like a little princess and held it in her mouth for about 20 minutes and then very calmly set it down in front of her.  She never made a sound or moved about during the entire ceremony!  Her brother poodle was the ringbearer.  The wedding was outside  and was just beautiful.  I think I loved it so much because as a child I always dreamed of a wedding gown with a really long train and my dogs to help carry the train, LOL LOL!!  I think I must have gotten that from a Disney movie.

The kit features Fabscraps Elegant Chic papers and a couple sheets of Blue Fern Studios Love Story.  For this first layout I used all Fabscraps and flowers from the main kit and add ons.




I embossed the chippy with Stampendous Shabby Pink embossing enamel.

This layout was done with the Blue Fern Studios papers in the kit.  Most of the red roses are handmade rolled roses done with two different dies.  I cut the Love Story title from the edge of the paper.







Here's a quick and easy card you can make in less than a half hour with Fabscraps.  I've included a Snapguide tutorial.  The lace flowers are from a prior kit.





Check out How to Create a Simple Card With Fabscraps Elegant Chic by Maggi HARDING on Snapguide.

And finally, a fun little Easter basket.  This is easy to make and it's something you could make with your children or grandchildren.


I have a video that shows you how to make this basket too.  Here's a link to the video.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Hello friends! It's my turn for Designer Spotlight using the March Kit, Garden Romance. We didn't have blog hop this month, instead we are doing a designer spotlight.  I'll be sharing my projects and tell you bit on how I work my creative process.

The hard part is the wait! I'm constantly checking my CNS to track where my package is. My mail comes late...hate that! Usually right when I'm in the middle of cooking dinner for the family. The door bell rings and one of the kids brings in my box of goodies. When they see Swirlydoos on the shipping label they know to put it on Mommy's scrap desk! Now, I know it's here but can't rip it open until dinner is served, eaten, and cleaned up. Once everything is done, I  head to my scrap room and begin the petting process...lol! I pull out all the  packages and open all the add-ons first and the Main kit last. I admire and organize  all the flowers, papers, and embellishments. Then leave it! I can't scrap at night. The next morning is when I pick and edit my photos. I print them out and begin!

I always scrap the sketch first. For the March kit I used the sketch twice. I pick the papers I'm going to use. Always a cardstock for the Cardstock Add-on and usually 2-3 pattern papers. I love to layer and distress the paper so I get the Pattern Paper Add-on as well.


 
March Sketch
                                     

Once I have design done with layering of paper and mixed media,then I add all the embellishments. I love flowers and other goodies so I also get the Flower and Embellishment Add-on.
On my fourth page,  I start to run out of embellies and honestly....ideas! LOL! So, it's usually what I like to call a "lighter page".

It takes me about 3-4 hours to complete a layout. So, when I'm pinched on time I'll make a card with left over scraps. Making a card takes about an hour.
 
Thanks for taking reading about my creative process!
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Saturday, March 21, 2015
Hey Savages it's Kim here, today I am sharing my projects I created with the March *Garden Romance* Kit. Instead of a blog hop this month, we are doing a designer spotlight. Not only will I be sharing my projects, but I will tell you a bit of my process when working with the kit. Plus, I will be revealing a new challenge for March/April.

First off, let's talk about how I use the kit. When I get my box of goodies, I take it and go to a quiet room in the house. I don't like too be disturbed when I am opening my scrappy goodies. I start with my add-ons first and save the main kit for last as that is always the surprise.

Once I have gone through everything, I combine it all into one kit. Then I start planning my pages. Since I already have an idea of whats in the kit from the add on reveal, I already have specific pictures in mind. I typically start my scrapping with the sketch of the month. Have you seen this months sketch it is a beauty.

 Here is my interpretation of the sketch. This kit is perfect for me to scrap more of my wedding photos. Can you believe my wedding colors were pink and grey. How lucky was that? 

I used the mostly the main kit for this layout. The chippie, resin and a few of the pink flowers are from my stash.


For my next layout I continued on with the romantic feel. I love this photo of us and really wanted it to shine. Again, I used mostly items from the main kit, the flower and embellishment add-ons. I also grabbed a few items from past kits. The chippies and resin once again came from my stash.




Next up is the acrylic box from the project add on. Typically I don't get my project add on done right away, but this box is so cute. It was just calling to me.This project didn't take much time at all. There are these wonderful stencils in this kit, I used those and some shimmerz dazzlers to do the design on the top of the box. 

The big grey and pink roses came from my stash. The small grey flowers and the vine are in the kit. I did some stamping on the sides of the box. The chippies are also in the kit, I mixed 3 colors of embossing powder to get that look on them.


Now I would like to announce another challenge for March/April. This is going to be a color challenge. I just love the colors of this kit, so why not do a color challenge. Here is the color palette for this challenge.


Hold on my savages there is more to this challenge than just color. You will have to create your own ephemera to use as well. How you say? with stamps, that's how. Never fear, I have created a video (gasp did I just say video) tutorial on using your stamps to create your own ephemera. Please be kind, this is my first ever video, I promise to get better. 
You can check out the video you tube..

Here is my sample for the challenge. All the details of the challenge are posted here.


If you have gotten this far, thanks for hanging in there with me. I hope you enjoyed my projects as much as I enjoyed sharing them with you.

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 (Kim Heard) 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!”



Monday, March 16, 2015

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March Scrapbook Kit Reveal!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful March collection:

Garden Romance



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There is no blog hop this month, however, some of the designers will be sharing some of their Garden Romance projects on their blogs today. Every designer will be sharing all of their Garden Romance projects on the blog this month, as well as sharing some secrets and details about how they work with the kit!



Rae has prepared tutorial that you can find in the "Anatomy of a Layout" section of our forums on how you can create this page:




SKETCH CHALLENGE!!!


March Sketch, created by our amazing sketch artist, Beggahuna!




This beautiful sketch is your inspiration, now get creating! Our March sketch challenge runs until April 15th, and is open to EVERYONE! Upload your layout into the "Garden Romance Sketch" section of the Swirlydoos Gallery and you will be entered to win a fantastic prize pack from Swirlydoos! Check the sketch challenge thread in our forums to see what the designers and other members have created using this sketch for inspiration!

This is the sketch challenge prize:


We hope you get a chance to stop by some of the designers blogs today to see what they have made with the March kit so far.



Sunday, March 15, 2015
This weeks layout of the week goes to Cheryl M.

Cheryl has created a wonderful masculine page featuring her super cute grandson. Look at that smile, just makes you all warm and fuzzy inside doesn't it?

I love all the texture she has created on this page. From the dry wall tape to the cardboard and even the background pp she chose. Just a great layout.

Congratulations Cheryl.


Saturday, March 14, 2015
 
 
 
Hello Everyone,

Gosh, the last couple of days, the weather was so nice here in The Netherlands, it really puts me in a Spring mood. That's why todays card has a Spring feel to it.
To learn how I made this card click the link below.
 
This card was inspired by:
the weather
 - Tammy Tutterow  (Linen look background technique)
and
Rachel Moses  (Distressed Faux Filigree Chipboard Technique)
Thanks for sharing ladies!
 
Have a lovely, crafty weekend.
 
 
 
 

Sunday, March 8, 2015
This weeks LOTW goes to Jeannie for this gorgeous layout. Jeannie used the January *Bejeweled* kit to create her layout.

Love the design she created in the background using hexagons. The colors perfectly compliment the great photo. Her lace and floral clusters are a perfect embellishment.

Congrats Jeannie!!!

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Happy Saturday! Today I'm sharing this incredibly simple technique today to give your chipboard this distressed faux filigree look, and all you need is Liquid Pearls, mist, and a heat gun!


It gives the perfect touch to any project!



Here's my project that I made using some remnants from the Artful Blues kit, as well as some things from past kits:

Take a few minutes and watch the video! 


Enjoy the rest of your weekend!






Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Each week, a layout is selected from our Facebook gallery to be showcased as our layout of the week. At the end of the month, the design team votes on the layouts that were selected each week, and the winner gets the honor of being layout of the month. At the end of the year, we vote for Layout of the Year, and the winner of that title will receive a prize, which may include a guest design team spot!


This month, our winner is Cheryl. Not for a layout, but for this STUNNING tag:









These layers are beautiful and the embellies are perfect! Congrats, dear!
Hey Savages, Kim here sharing a few layouts created with the February *Artful Blues* kit. I didn't officially design with the February kit, but it was so pretty I had to create a few things.

First up is a layout I did for Rae's something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue challenge. My old is the photo. It's of my nephew who is now in high school, so I guess this is old enough. My new is the chipboard frame, my something borrowed is the chicken wire and cheesecloth. My blue is again the kit papers.


Next up is a layout that started as a joke with a friend. I used a couple of selfie pictures of me in the car.

I had a lot of fun creating this one.I added a piece of chipboard from my stash, but everything else is from the kit.

My last project was inspired by DT member Helena. I'm sure you have all seen her canvas she created. I created one as well. I used her idea of putting the frame paper over the canvas.



I used a photo of my parents. I love how it turned out and now I have a great piece to show off my parents wedding photo.

Thanks for stopping  by and checking out my projects today.

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 (Kim Heard) 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!”


Tuesday, March 3, 2015
What I love most about the February Swirlydoos kit is its versatility.  I've done heritage pages and bright mixed media pages all from the same kit!

This layout shows a picture of my husband's grandfather and what was written on the  back of the photo was a door to the past.  His grandfather was born in NYC and when he was 11 years old he was put on the Orphan Train and traveled to Kansas where he was taken in by a family and then in 1907 he was in Oklahoma when it became a state.  He ended up in Illinois where he married and raised his family.

I read a novel about the Orphan Trains a year or two ago, so I was just fascinated to find that my husband's grandfather was actually part of that history.  The Orphan Trains operated from 1853 through the early 1900's placing homeless and neglected children from the slums of NYC with families to the west where they would be another pair of hands to help with life on the farm.   More information on the Orphan Trains here.

I kept this simple, I wanted to focus on the photo and the writing from the back of the photo.


I used the Kaisercraft black roses from the kit but I misted them with Lindy's Kiwi Glitz Spritz and Shimmerz Shimmeringz Goldie Lox.  The effect of both of these mists is to just add sparkle and is perfect for application on dark colors.  Then I dabbed gold paint on the edges of those as well as the Petaloo flowers from the kit.

I used Stampendous aged gold embossing powder of the chipboard title.

This was a fun project.  I took a sheet of white cardstock and layered it in with the Kaisercraft Blue Bay papers from the kit.  I used Shimmerz TextureZ patina molding paste to do some stenciling on the right side and white paste from the kit on the left side.  At this point I had used every single flower from the main and the add on kits so I dipped into my stash and used these Prima pink flowers that I got from the store.  The tiny blue roses are some that have been in my stash forever.  The white frames are from a previous kit.

I also did this layout for the challenge Rae is hosting to use something old - the mask and patina masking paste is at least 2 years old, something new - everything from the kit, something borrowed - chicken wire, something blue -  the papers and roses.  Fun challenge Rae!





Thanks for taking the time to visit the Swirlydoos blog! 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 and you can use anything in your stash for most of our challenges, so please come and join us!


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