Thursday, February 26, 2015
Hi everybody! I have more inspiration from the February kit, Artful Blues, to share with you today. I adore the colors in this kit - from dark gray til deep blue, such a gorgeous color combo!
 
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I just love the large, blue flowers that comes with the flower add-on. They really make any page or project pop! The felt border in the background is amazing, it adds so much to this layout!

 
Close-ups:
 
Just look at this fantastic flower!
 
 
I cut small pieces of the chicken wire and added here and there, this and the background paper gives a rustic feel to this otherwise romantic layout.


 
My second layout for today is a mixed media one. I have played with gesso, clear gesso, masks, mists and then I did a lot of layering. I have also used the scraps from the felt border from the first layout - so don't throw that away, it can be used!
 
 
Close-ups:
 
 
Chicken wire, cheese cloth and lots of flowers!

 
I simly love the mirror feathers!

 
The chipboard fence is from Dusty Attic. I painted it white and distressed the edges. It goes so well with the fence in the photo.

 
Thank you for stopping by today!
 
xoxo
Helena
 
 
 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Happy hump day! I'm sharing today a layout and a card I made using the February Kit, Artful Blues.

 I loved that Krissy was able to get in two shades of blue and some grayish brown. So for this layout I wanted to use the darker shades and do a some layering.
 For the BFS chipboard I painted it with a heavy white gesso giving it some texture. Then just misted and dabbed on a bit of Sorbet Dimensional Paint that came in the Mediums add-on.

 This is a close-up of the cluster in the upper right corner. I used one of the die cut frames and sayings from the embellie kit.  

 I'm not the greatest at making cards. But sometimes I get an itch to work on a smaller scale. After working with the dark brown and blues I wanted to use lighter tones.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Although I LOVE making and seeing layouts of our beautiful families for general purposes, taking joy in the everyday moments, I love a layout that tells of an event. I really love Heather's layout she has made for the Artful Blues sketch challenge!




Heather recently had a stroke and didn't even know it. This is a picture of her eye after the stroke. It's really amazing, not to mention the fine details on the layout. It's a beautiful design, and kind of dark in a way, which I love. Thanks for sharing this, Heather, and congrats on getting Layout of the Week!
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Happy Saturday! By now, our subscribers have received their AMAZING Artful Blues kit, and hopefully you are creating something with it this weekend! Today, I have a video for you using the "mediums" add on from the February kit that features some really cool Art Anthology products. (There are still some kits in the store HERE.)

If you have been a subscriber for a while, you may have used the "sorbet" dimensional paints from past kits, and you already know how wonderful they are. But, new for us is the "stucco" texture paste, so I've experimented with it to find out what works and what does not and I'm showing you that in the video, in addition to creating a mixed media background for a layout with all of the products, along with some gesso and mist from my stash. This is the result:


And here are some closeups of the completed layout that show how it works with the rest of the items on the page.

 The cheesecloth gives it an extra softness and flow.


I love that drip! 


And, here's the video:




I hope you get a chance to play with these products, or at least get to do something scrappy today!







Thursday, February 19, 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!


You ladies out did yourself for the month of January and we had ties, which is the reason for the delay, but ultimately, our winner is Agnieszka with this stunning layout:

The combination of the feathers, pearls, and "goop", along with the snowflakes create such an enchanting winter feel! Such a beautiful design!

Congrats!



Monday, February 16, 2015
Thanks to all who participated in our February blog hop!

Here are the winners:

 Ddcdragonfly, you have won this Authentique paper pack!



And, Ginny Hickmott, you are the winner of these Bo Bunny papers!


Ladies, please contact Rae (rae@swirlydoos.com) within seven days to claim your prizes!
Sunday, February 15, 2015
This month we're going to make a mixed media background on our tag using molding pastes, mists, and paint.   We're going to be messy and make drips and splats and let the paint run.

Here's the tag and be sure to watch the video below for a tutorial on how I did the background and put it all together.



Come join our  monthly Savagery Tag  February challenge in the Swirlydoos Kit Club forums.   There will be a RAK of my favorite tag making supplies awarded to one randomly selected participant!






Supplies:
Blank tag 3.5 x 8.5"

From the March 2014 Swirlydoos kit and add ons:
Prima Stationer's Desk tags and chipboard
Prima wood butterfly embellishment
Prima Shabby Chic Treasures - Tassle
Tim Holtz pen nibs
Tim Holtz filmstrip ribbon
Art Anthology Red Velvet Sorbet dimensional paint

Other supplies:
Memory Box Rings and Puddles mask
Tim Holtz Bubble and Burlap masks
Gesso
Viva Decor Ferro Altgold masking paste
Lindy's Toto Tornado Black mist
Lindy's Winter Jasmine Gold mist
Lindy's Cajun Carnelian Red mist
Petaloo Mixed Texture Red Blossoms
Black soot distress ink
Ribbon, trim and/or fibers

Friday, February 13, 2015

Welcome to:
Swirlydoos Kit Club 
February Scrapbook Kit Reveal & Blog Hop!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful February collection:

Artful Blues


And check out these coordinating add ons that perfectly compliment our February scrapbook kit.



Video Tour of the "Artful Blues" Collection





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*





 Never miss one of our kits again!


We have some absolutely beautiful scrapbook 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've "LIKED & FOLLOWED" us on Facebook to get sneak peeks and coupon codes good for the brand new, must have CHA goodies in our online store!

And, join our Facebook online gallery for amazing inspiration! 



Our education team has created an altered chalkboard frame with the project/technique add on kit: 




Check the homepage for a link to this video tutorial!


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






SKETCH CHALLENGE!!!


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



This beautiful sketch is your inspiration, now get creating! Our February sketch challenge runs until March 15th, and is open to EVERYONE! Upload your layout into the "Artful Bllues 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:


And, now for the prizes to be won during the Swirlydoos Scrapbook Kit February reveal blog hop!!!!!

Swirlydoos and some of our manufacturers are proudly offering up the following prizes:





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 2/14 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 2/16. 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.


The party starts on Angelica's blog.

Blog Hop Order



Saturday, February 7, 2015
 
 
 
 
Hello everyone,
I would like to share my latest card with you, using the January kit.
One of our members asked me to do a turorial on the card I showed you earlier,
so I thought, why not make another one? And to be honest, I like this one even better.
I hope you do too!




This card opens like a normal card, but it also has a flip up element. The front panel can be lift up and underneath there's a pocket with a tag. Of course you can add whatever into that pocket, but for this tutorial I chose to do a little tag.

The lightning in the photo's are a bit unregular, cause I shoot pictures at night as well as during the day so, I apologize for that. Grab yourself a cup of coffee, cause this tutorial is photo heavy!!! Okay let's get to it!


I started out with cutting a base card at 4.1/16 x 6.1/16 My fold is on the left.


My fisrt layer was cut at 4.3/4 x 6.1/8 slightly bigger than my base card.


I distressed and inked the edges, and then glued it to my base card.


Then I cut this next piece of PP down to 4.3/8 x 3


I distressed and inked all the edges and glued the paper like a pocket at the bottom of my card. I used a circle punch, to punch out a half circle, which makes it easier to slide a tag in and out.


Next I cut this piece of PP at 4.3/8 x 5.3/8 This is going to be my top-background. (I hope this makes sense)


I flipped it over and made a scoreline at 3/8 of an inch at the top. **** I decieded later on that it needed to be 5/8 from the top***


Then I took a pencil, placed it just above (or below, it depends how you look at it) the scoreline and started rolling the paper around the pencil. Not all the way down, just a little, till you get a nice round fold. It will give you lots of dimension.


The red-marked strip will be glued to the card later on.


I distressed and inked the edges and at the top, I cut the glue-strip in and angle on both sides.


Then I took 3 pearls,


and glued them to the bottom like this. The white dots of glue is where they are going to be placed. I used Beacon Gem-Tac for glueing the pearls.


Then I took this die-cut cardboard that I have, (but you can use lace for this part too, or cut a piece of cardboard scallops-wise) and cut off a little piece. Wide enough to fit my card.


I glued it right under the pearls.


Flipped it over, cut off the excess and inked the edges.


I cut a piece of the lace that came in the kit, and glued it at the top of my card like this.


As I said earlier I made a new scoreline at 5/8 from the top (for better hold) and glued that part, just a tiny bit, overlapping the lace.


This is how it looks now. The pearls that are glued to the backside of the top layer, holds it perfectly balanced.


I fussy cut this bird and inked the edges with Gathered Twigs distress ink.


From the box my kit came in, I cut 2 thin strips. Then I split the strips to create some twigs.


And glued them like this.


I used foam adhesive to the back of the bird, added some extra glue, just to make sure


And glued him in place.


I fussy cut some flowers and inked the edges. I also used one from the flower package that came in the Main Kit.


I tore a few pieces of netting


And glued them in different spots on my card, using Beacon's Fabri-Tac.



I foam-dotted my flowers and glued them in place.


For stamping my sentiment on the front, I need something to, lay under my dimensional front layer. So, I used the lid of a distress inkpad. It was perfect to give me a stable base, for my stamping.


I used Archival ink, in Jet Black, to stamp my sentiment.


As you look very closely, just above the word Thinking, you can see the white embossing powder.....I wanted to, somewhat, frame my sentiment and I used the stamps that came in the Main Kit.


The frame didn't came out perfectly straight, but I was okay with it.


I found that my bird was a little to plain so I added some Rock Candy Distress Stickles to his belly.


And also to my leaves.


Using the Cinnamon Stickles that came in the Main Kit, I stickled up the twigs that I cut earlier.


I placed some liquid pearls at the left top of my card


And in a different color, some at the bottom of my card. Set it aside to dry.


For the tag that is going inside the pocket, I cut a piece of PP at 2.3/4 x 4.3/8 I rounded the corners and made 2 marks at the top, where I want my holes to be.


I distressed and inked the edges of my tag, made the holes using a crop-a-dile, and using the cord and a Prima velvety dangling, which both came in the Main Kit, I dressed up my tag.


I placed the tag in the pocket like so


and called my card done!
Here are some close up's:













I hope you like it and give it a try! If you do, please share your card here in this thread and of course our Facebook Gallery.
 
Have a lovely weekend!
 
 


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