Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Hi everyone! Today I want to share with you my second reveal layouts with the November Kit Beloved. I really enjoyed working with this kit...as always it is loaded with beautiful paper and embellishments!
The paper is from the KaiserCraft Rustic Harmony collection and the flowers are gorgeous Prima flowers along with so much more!!  Here are the layouts I created with this gorgeous kit.

Hope you enjoyed my layouts and be sure to stop by daily for more inspiring reveals from out designers.


The November kit has been a favorite for me!  I love the color palette of the featured papers, Kaisercraft's Rustic Harmony.  It appeals to my love of vintage scrapping!

This layout features one of my favorite subjects, sometimes not so sweet Tisha!  Peggy and the girls gave Tisha a nickname when they visited me back in September, Me-Me.  Why Me-Me?  Well 'cause in Tisha's mind, it's all about me.  She insists on being the center of attention and will joyfully push poor Noodle out of the way so that she is getting all the petting and treats!

I wanted to add some sparkle to my layout so I dabbled a bit of paint and Stickles on the Kaiseercraft roses that came in the flower add on and then nestled the flowers in a vine from the Swirlydoos Boutique  to create my floral cluster.  This vines are just leaves and are perfect for creating your own cluster.  There are 5 different but similar vines in the store, you really need some of these!  ;-)

These letters came in the embellishment add on and I just inked over them a tad and then outlined the edges with a gold Sharpie pen.

For this layout I used a really vintage photo from my husband's side of the family.  I used some borders from the sticker sheet in the main kit on the edges of my layout and layered some texture from my stash underneath.  I used Art Anthology's Stone Effects in Sandstone to do some stenciling in the background.

The brown flowers are from a previous kit and the others are from my stash.

That's a Creative Embellishments swirl  underneath the photo embossed with Shimmerz EnamelZ Molten Metal embossing powder, both from my stash.

And last, a simple layered card.  I used some Core'dinations cardstock for the card.  Then I layered on the green floral paper that I diecut with a Spellbinder's die, added a tag, a sentiment sticker, a few embellies and all done!

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Monday, November 24, 2014
Hey Savages, It's Kim here with more layouts from the November *Beloved* kit. This was such fun and versatile kit to work with. You could do romantic, vintage, girlie or masculine layouts with this kit. It just appeals to all styles. Plus all the extra add-ons, just so much you can do with this kit.

I created this layout for a friend. Her daughter was pregnant and she chose a photo from the photo shoot they had done. 

I get really nervous when I do projects like this. I think it says a lot when people ask you to create for them. personally, I want to create something that they will love. 

The photo she gave me says a lot about her daughter and her style. This kit was perfect for it, and I let the picture dictate the mood and style. 

I tried to incorporate lots of texture in the layout. I didn't want it to be too feminine. there are lots of layers going on here. I didn't do any mixed media (gasp) on this layout, as it wasn't really my friends style.

I used elements from the main kit, the embellishment, cardstock and flower add-ons. The doily, lace and die cut are from my stash.

I am happy to report that my friend and her daughter loved the layout. My friend is also a proud new grandmother to a beautiful granddaughter.

My next layout is another travel picture of dh and I in Europe. This photo was taken while we were visiting Windsor Castle.

Now this layout has lots of mixed media. I used some gesso on the background paper and added some mist. Then did a bit of stenciling with some dreamscicle  shimmerz. After that I added some stamping with a few different texture stamps. 

I just layered up on the goodies after my background was complete. I used some scraps and the journal cards that came in the embellishment add-on. I dug around in my chipboard stash and used a few pieces here and there. Again, lots of texture going on. 

If you can see the little tag buried by the flowers on the top left side. That tag actually has journaling on it (BIG GASP!!)! Shocked, I know so am I. I'm terrible at titles and journaling on my pages.

This layout is also my entry into one of the challenges on the forums. I am bringing up the tail end for my team in the round robin. 

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Many of us are busy preparing for the holidays and here in the US we will be celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday so I want to wish everyone a very safe and happy Thanksgiving.  I hope you get to enjoy the day with loved ones.

This month Linda is hosting a great Christmas card round robin.  WOW, the Swirly savages are putting out some fabulous cards!

Take a look at this one from Manda.  This is so  creative.  I adore the wreath she made for her Christmas door card!

Peggy added mica flakes to her modeling paste to get this fabulous effect.  It looks so much like a fresh fallen snow that has yet to cover the ground.

Jennie delighted us with her elegant card, isn't this a beauty?

The design team has completely stumped most of the savages, LOL!  The challenge was to figure out who designed each of these layouts.  There are only 40,320 possible answers!  We've stumped the girls good, only 3 have managed to figure out who did which layout.
Our layout round robin is always fun and there's always some fantastic and creative work coming out of this challenge.   This month's theme is family, stop by the forum and take a look at all the great layouts.






The All that Flutters challenge has inspired some great works!  I love this one that Portia did using the technique kit!

Take a look at this incredible creation from Jennie!  She's altered a lager bottle for Debbie's Pinterest challenge.  Isn't this amazing?

I love what Jan did with the sketch, her layout features her sweet new puppy!

Christy rocked it too with this great take on the sketch!

I'm hosting a Tell Me a Story challenge this month but I haven't heard too many stories, LOL!  It's hard to journal that's for sure!

Paula delighted us with her sweet story of how her furbaby, ZuZu came into her life.  What a cutie!

Come join in the fun!!  You can use whatever supplies you like in our challenges, everyone is welcome!

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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