Saturday, February 21, 2015

Mixed Media Background Tutorial for Swirlydoos Kit Club

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!






Friday, February 13, 2015

Swirlydoos Kit Club February Reveal and Blog Hop

Welcome to:
February Scrapbook Kit Reveal!

Thank you for joining our blog hop this month! If you came here from Kim's blog, then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there.  Make sure you leave a comment on all blogs for a chance to win a prize! And, make sure you have LIKED & FOLLOWED Swirlydoos on Facebook!!!

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! 





Are you a subscriber? If so, your kit is on it's way if you don't already have it! If not, check out the Swirlydoos store to see if there are any January kits or add ons in the store!

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 !!  

Here's what I've made with this awesome kit so far:

"Enjoy the Little Things..." Layout



This is my take on the February sketch. I rotated it and added some embellishments in the corner. I started out by cutting up the blue wood grain paper to make some panels and went from there. I cut up the Prima felt strips and used a mitering technique by adding the scallops of the felt around the half circle. Several of the small layers, including the title on the tag are from the Kaisercraft Blue Bay Collectibles set that came in the embellishment kit. The black lace is from my stash. The brown vines are diecuts I made out of the brown cardstock from the cardstock add on using a older Marianne die. I finished off the layout by using white gesso and Silks paints on the flowers, then added some paint drops and mists all over.



"Besties" Layout

 This picture is of my daughter and her best friend. These two girls are very cute together, and I have been waiting for the perfect kit to scrap this pic and this month was perfect.

I cut out the middle of the die cut paper, and added some mist and embossing fragments powder to distress it up a bit. I cut up some random layers from the kit papers to create the design, and used a Spellbinders die that I cut in half and placed the two pieces to under the photo and mat.

For the chipboard, I used the Liquid Pearls that came in the man kit to randomly cover it, then I added some embossing powders and hit it with a heat gun. Once dry, I misted it with a dark green mist.

I added the teal and white flowers from my stash, as well as the resin cherub.




"Cherish Yesterday..." Altered Chalkboard

I have a process video for this altered chalkboard that you can see here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btENkTN3SUQ





You have until midnight, eastern time, February 14th 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.


My special word is : GRATEFUL


This concludes the blog hop. Go back to the Swirlydoos blog and comment with the sentence! Thanks for joining us!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

"Live in the Now" Canvas

I'm so excited that I got a chance to play along in the Prima Product Pick Challenge this month! I love this color palette, and it was perfect for me to use my Swirlydoos January project add on with tons of Prima flowers!



Here's the canvas that I came up with:

I started by using the Prima "bubbles" stencil on the inner part of the canvas, then using their "crackle" stencil on the edges. Then I misted the canvas with various mists, including a Color Bloom spray in Precious Stone after I added some cheesecloth. 



I misted the Prima Rodanthe Seaboard flowers in various colors to match the palette, then added a couple of pieces of Shabby Chic resins- a corner and a large bird on the Prima Vintage Trinkets clock. I finished up the piece by adding some Say it in Crystals on the chipboard from the Epiphany line.

Thanks for checking out my project!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Swirlydoos Bejeweled Altered Frame

Hi there! It's a fabulous Saturday and I hope you are getting some scrappy time in this weekend! Today, I'm sharing an altered frame I made using the Swirlydoos January kit, Bejeweled, and a cheap wood frame from Michaels.


Making the background was really easy, and even though it didn't come out as I expected, I'm very happy with the results. 


I used mists, a stencil and clear gesso, and I have a start to finish video on how I created the finish on the frame, along with how I designed and added the finishing touches to it. 


             





I hope you get a chance to watch it. Thanks for stopping by!








Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Swirlydoos January Reveal and Blog Hop!

Welcome to:
January Scrapbook Kit Reveal!

Thank you for joining our blog hop this month! If you came here from Maja's blog, then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there.  Make sure you leave a comment on all blogs for a chance to win a prize! And, make sure you have LIKED & FOLLOWED Swirlydoos on Facebook!!!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful January collection:

Bejeweled






And check out these coordinating add ons that perfectly compliment our January scrapbook kit! 





Are you a subscriber? If so, your kit is on it's way if you don't already have it! If not, check out the Swirlydoos store to see if there are any January kits or add ons in the store!

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 !!  

I am so in love with the Bejeweled kit. The Blue Fern Studios Sanctuary collection is definitely on my top five list of the best papers of all time. 

Here's a few projects I have made with the Sanctuary line:

"Happiness" Layout

I have a step by step tutorial for this layout on the forums, so you can find MANY more details HERE.

Forever Layout

This is my layout based on our sketch this month.

I used a lot of the embellishment add on kit on this layout and a handful of things from my stash to complete this look. 

The punch is the classic Martha Stewart "Cherish" punch. I used a black marker to trace the dots for a faux stitching look. On that paper I used one of my favorite Prima stencils from a past kit with some embossing paste. I misted the Perfect Pearls from the mediums add on in random spots for that darker blue.


The chipboard is a Blue Fern Studios frame that I embossed and painted. It's also from the embellishment add on, as well as the teal velvet trim that I layered on the Prima trim from the main kit. 



A couple of the blue flowers are older Prima from my stash, along with the metal corners and circles and the resin Roman column. 

I finished off the layout by touching it with some gesso and Silks glaze paints. 

Live in the Now Canvas


This is my project that I made with the technique kit, featuring the Marion Smith Designs Color Lab kit. 

 I have a video tutorial for this canvas that shows how EASY it is to make the mists, and use them on the seam binding, flowers and canvas that you get in the kit. Here's the video:


You have until midnight, eastern time, January 8th to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 1/10. 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.


My special word is : EVERYTHING


This concludes the blog hop! Now go back to the Swirlydoos blog and share your phrase in the comments to be eligible to win!

Friday, December 19, 2014

My Last Projects for Blue Fern Studios

Hello all. sharing my last projects for BFS! It's been an exciting year for me, and I feel so honored to to have been a part of this team! I made all of these projects with the Sanctuary paper collection.

"Remember" Layout


This is my layout that I made for the December Sketch Challenge. You still have time to play along!

I am absolutely obsessed with cemetery statues. I took these pics a few months ago at a huge cemetery here in Denver, and I knew they would be perfect for the Sanctuary papers!

Here's a closeup of two pieces of chipboard that I layered (the ornate frame and a piece of the small Roman clock set). On the ornate frame, I used embossing powders and chalk ink to get that effect. I pressed my black archival ink pad on the clock piece, and used some gold paint.

Untitled Layout

I love all the rich colors in Sanctuary collection and how they are paired with such soft complimentary colors, so I wanted to play with all of them for this layout.





Here's a close up of the small spring iris piece. I treated it with a heavy layer of gesso, then randomly sprinkled clear embossing powder over it, and dried it with a heat gun. Once dry, I used some acrylic glaze paints and water to get this effect.

You can also see the Boston lattice- nothing fancy there- just a coat of gesso!

I used some of the Bohemian flowers from that set under the flower cluster, along with a key from the vintage key set. I used a platinum embossing powder and once it was hot, I pour small amounts of black embossing powder over it, so it only slightly melded on to the platinum.

I used the same technique on the manor hinges.


"Smile" Card

For this card, I used the Bordeaux Layered Frame. I traced the bottom piece on to the Conservatory paper, then adhered it to the chipboard, and filed the edges for a clean look. 

 In this close up, you can see the top layer of the frame- I used several colors of embossing powders, layering them to achieve this effect.

I did the same thing with the "Smile" title. 


I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at my projects today, and this past year!

Congrats to the new Blue Fern Studios design team- it's going to be an amazing year!


Rae

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Swirlydoos Kit Club December Reveal and Blog Hop!

Welcome to:
December Scrapbook Kit Reveal!


Thank you for joining our blog hop this month! If you came here from Kim's blog, then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there.  Make sure you leave a comment on all blogs for a chance to win a prize! And, make sure you have LIKED & FOLLOWED Swirlydoos on Facebook!!!


Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful December collection:

Enchanted Evening



And check out these coordinating add ons that perfectly compliment our December scrapbook kit, and a special Christmas project!


Are you a subscriber? If so, your kit is on it's way if you don't already have it! If not, check out the Swirlydoos store to see if there are any December kits or add ons in the store!

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 !!  

Wowee! This kit is simply stunning! I adore the colors in it and I can't wait to make more things with it! This is what I've done so far:

"9" Layout (Based on the sketch)

For this layout, I picked one of my favorite pictures of my daughter when she was nine. It is base don the sketch, but I added a circle frame that I cut with my Cameo, and added some more layers. :)


I treated the Prima resin heart frame with some of the Inklingz in french twist from the mediums add on, and also some brown mist from my stash. I also used the stencil from the mediums add on in the top right corner and added some of the Inklingz.


In this close up, you can see the wood flourishes from the embellishment add on. I added some brown and green chalk inks to them. 



Christmas Card Holder 

I made this using the project add on. 


I used some extra berry clusters from my stash to complete this look.



Here's a closeup that showcases the bricks I made using a Prima stencil, puffy paint, and distress ink.

This is the inside. I kept it very simple because it's going to hold cards- I want as much room as possible in there!

I have a start to finish video of this project that you can see here:




You have until midnight, eastern time, 12/17 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 12/19. 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.

My special words are: no competition

This stop concludes the blog hop! We hope you enjoyed seeing our projects! Take all the words you jotted down during the hop and post the sentence on the Swirlydoos blog to be eligible to win a prize.