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. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Blue Fern Studios December Sketch Challenge

Hello! I hope December finds you well! It's a busy month, but surely you have time to play along with us at Blue Fern Studios this month for our December sketch challenge. :)

Here is our December sketch, designed by Michele Singh, exclusively for Blue Fern Studios.  You have the entire month to create a project using our sketch and linking it below. 

Here's my take on the sketch using the AMAZING new paper collection, Sanctuary!

So, play along and show us how you interpret this sketch!

One lucky winner, selected by a random draw, will receive a prize package of Blue Fern Studios chipboard!

In addition, we will also select 3 layouts to feature.
We have just a few simple rules to follow if you would like to participate in our sketch challenge:

1.) Feel free to interpret the sketch as you please by means of taking it as-is or 
flipping/turning/mirroring it to suit your needs! 

2). Please note that you can do whatever type of project you please- a layout, card, 
  canvas, altered item- whatever suits your mood and style! 
We would love to see the different ways our sketch can be used.

3.) You must use at least one piece of Blue Fern Studios chipboard OR use Blue Fern Studios paper on your project. Please note that you do not need to use the pieces featured in the sketch
- use whatever suits your fancy! You can find the store nearest you HERE.
 {Do not use any other brand of chipboard on your project please!}

4.) Upload your project using the Inlinkz tool on the Blue Fern Studios blog by midnight EST on December 31st, 2014.

We look forward to your entries!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Blue Fern Studios Projects for November

Hello! Today and I'm sharing some projects I made with the Montage and Ombre Dreams paper lines from Blue Fern Studios.

"Twinkle" Layout

For this layout I used the Montage paper collection.  It's based on our November sketch. Check out the sketch challenge HERE. There's still time to play along!

Here's a closeup of the Quatrefoil Panel piece that I cut to size. I used pink, white, and gold embossing powders to get this effect.

Here's a closeup of the title that I used from the Winter Titles set. I kept this treatment simple by using gold embossing powder. 

In this close up, you can see the piece of the Heart Border that I cut and painted with a whitewash.

I also cut up the Organic Vine Corner. I painted it with a dimensional green paint, and sprinkled it with green embossing powders and heated it up until the paint was bubbly.

"Follow Your Dreams..." Card

I really wanted to fit this card in a standard envelope, so I made it as flat as I could! I used some of my scraps from the Montage line. 

Here's a closeup that shows the treatment of the Mixed Chains and part of a Ginger's Poppies piece. I used grey and black ink pads directly on the chipboard without priming it.

Mommy's Boy

I used papers from the Ombre Dreams and the Montage lines. 

In this closeup, you can see the Corner Flourish. I also used a Mini Flourish on the other side of my flower cluster. I scraped these pieces with a black archival ink pad that desperately needs to be reinked, but it worked for this layout. :)

For the Mommy's Boy title piece, I used a turquoise embossing powder, then used that same archival ink pad to give it a worn look.

For the Romantic Page Dangle, I used grey chalk ink, then some black distressed embossing powder in random places. I also touched it with some blue chalk ink to soften the look of it. 

Thanks for stopping by to check out my projects today! Check back often- our team is always posting amazing creations!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Swirlydoos November Kit Reveal!

Welcome to:
November Scrapbook Kit Reveal!

We are not having a blog hop this month, but there will still be ways to win some prizes and, of course, beautiful projects to see from our talented design team!  Go to the Swirlydoos blog to find out how you can win some fabulous prizes by pinning our posts, projects, videos and kit pics!  Make sure you have LIKED & FOLLOWED Swirlydoos on Facebook!!!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful November collection:


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

Are you a subscriber? If so, your kit is on it's way! If not, check out the Swirlydoos store to see if there are any November 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!

This month, designer Kim challenged the design team to use this picture on a layout.

And, we are challenging YOU to figure out which designer made each layout! 
Here is a link to the contest: 
And, here is a collage of all of our layouts:
Can you guess which one is mine? 

Here are my other projects I have made with the Beloved kit so far:

"Lil Miss Sunshine" Layout

(Based on the November Sketch)

I kept pretty close to the sketch, which was a big challenge for me. :) 
The circles on the sketch has scallops, so I decided to take out my border punches and make strips to add to them. I learned this trick years ago from Ms. Jan. 

I colored the chipboard by dragging a distress ink pad over it. I added some yellow pearls that came in the kit. I wanted to add more circles to the design, so I used a circle stencil in two of the corners with embossing paste, then I used the brown mist from the project kit to add more circles by taking off the sprayer and dotting the paper within the space I used the stencil.

I used a Memory Box butterfly die.
For my title, I used the alphas from the main kit and the Thickers from the embellishment add on. They were quite subtle, so I opted to trace the Thickers with a white pen. I added one of the burlap bows to dot the "I."

Love Always Wall Decor

This is my project I made with the project add on this month. I LOVE this Kaisercraft wall decor, and it was serendipitous to get it in a kit because during my move, my shadowbox that I had made using this picture of my grandparents got crushed. I was able to save the picture though. 

Here are some closeups. 

You can see exactly how I created this altered project in my video tutorial:

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Blue Fern Studios Sanctuary and the November Sketch

If you haven't heard, you will be DELIGHTED to know that Blue Fern Studios has yet ANOTHER paper collection coming out! Take a look at this sneak peek!

 Keep an eye out for this collection in stores SOON!

And, here is the monthly sketch for November:

We hope you play along with us this month! You can find out all the details and enter your project in the challenge here on the Blue Fern Studios blog.

Have a great day!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Blue Fern Studios: October Projects

Hello everyone! Today I'm sharing three layouts I have made with the Montage paper collection from Blue Fern Studios.

"Sweet as Honey" Layout

I used a handful of papers from the Montage paper collection to create this layout, and ripped the papers to create dimension. I had fun playing with these light colors, adding a lot of white with the ripped edges, doily, frame, and bunting!

Here is a close up of the Twilight Garden Frame. I primed it with a heavy layer of gesso, then sprinkled glass filler over it to give it a sugared look. I use the same technique on pieces of the Organic Vine that I cut up and tucked under the flower cluster.

The title is from The Latest Buzz set. I treated it with multiple colors of embossing powder to get this look.

I used the same technique on this small piece of doily bunting.

"Happy Memories" Layout

I just adore this piece of Montage paper, Mercantile. It's a very busy pattern, so I tried to keep my design simple by adding black accents and also choosing a black and white picture that wasn't too busy.

Here is a closeup that captures both pieces of chipboard I used.

For the Large Circle Frame, I simply painted it with one coat of black chalkboard paint, allowing hints of the natural color of the chipboard show through the paint. I added some pearls to the circles in the design, and some flowers over the flower silhouettes on the frame.

The title is two pieces from the Chunky Word Set that I treated using some multicolored embossing powder.

Untitled Fall Layout

Again, I used Montage paper, but added a piece from the Ombre Dreams collection for the layers under the picture. I found this picture on Pinterest. 

Here are two closeups of the Floral Wreath that show the distressing of the piece. I sprayed the chipboard with water, and separated the edges to create a level of dimension and "realness" of the leaves and flowers. Once it was curly, I dried it with a heat gun, then added some green and brown mists.

I cut a piece of the Country Picket Fence to add to the bottom corner, and scraped it with a distress ink pad to get that finish.

Lastly, I added a bird from the Little Birds Set. I used brown and gold embossing powders.

Thanks for checking out my projects! Have a great day!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Swirlydoos Kit Club Project: Altered Mason Jar

Happy Saturday!

The October kit is simply fabulous, and I have so many plans to use it all up! Here's an altered mason jar I made last night.

I am using this as a "good things" jar. I got the idea off of Pinterest to keep a jar on the counter and every time something "good" happens, write it down on a piece of paper and throw it in the jar. You can read them once a month or once a year. It's pretty fun and helps remind you of all the good things in your life. I recently moved, and my good things jar BROKE. So, it was time to make a new one.

Here's the video tutorial:

This is a Design Team project I created for Swirlydoos Scrapbook Kit Club. 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 (Rae) 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!

Thanks for checking out my blog today!