Friday, December 9, 2016

Me and Mini Me

When I unpacked the November Market Street kit from Swirlydoos, I instantly knew that I'd be scrapping this mother/daughter photo of my beautiful DIL and my look-alike granddaughter, complete with matching outfits, that I took several weeks ago. Not only were the colors and patterns absolutely perfect, but the included (and incredible!) sketch by Swirly DT Coordinator Kim Heard is just the road map that I needed!

The kit itself is packed full of gorgeous papers and embellishments from 49 and Market's Heirloom Botanicals collects, along with coordinating papers from Kaisercraft and Bo Bunny, trinkets from Prima and a huge roll of Darice bling.

This sheet - The Patch - with its subtle background colors and pops of pretty blooms around the borders makes a perfect background. I started by stamping around the area that I planned to place my image, using several of my old Prima stamps (including one of my first scrappy purchases from years ago - that wonderful heart). I attached the photo to a Prima resin frame and then on to my embellishments...
First, I die cut a couple of strips of Concord cardstock from the March kit with the Kaisercraft Lacy Borders die. After measuring them to size, I glued on single strips that I cut from the Darice bling roll.
I've used flowers from the Main Kit as well as the Flower Add-On along with some blooms and berries from my stash. Here and there, I've tucked in some more of the bling, one of the pretty Prima trinkets and some metal pieces - a heart and several butterflies.
The borders strip on top is actually a bit of the title strip from the bottom of the paper, given a pattern to match the die cut with yet another Prima stamp.

Thanks so much for looking: I truly appreciate your visits... And thanks, Kim, for your wonderful inspiration!!!!!!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Enjoy the Moments Wall Hanging

This wall hanging that I made using the October Project Add-On from Swirlydoos was surprisingly quick and easy. I've made it "mine" by switching out a few of the included embellishments with items from my stash of pretties.

To start, I colored the Dusty Attic chipboard phrase with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and put it aside to dry. (Distress Inks are water-based and take a few moments to set.)
Next came the part that I thought was going to be hard - applying the Iron Orchid Design rub-on transfer to the wood plank base - and turned out to be so easy. Despite the roughness of the surface, it attached perfectly and I was done in no time.
By now, the chipboard was ready for a coating of Wink of Stella - just enough to give it a bit of glimmer. 
And now for the fun part - the embellies! From my stash, I took a Prima vine from the Salvage District collection and cut it in half. I placed it where I thought my cluster would begin and end. I played around with flowers from the kit (more Salvage District blooms from Prima) until I got the look I wanted.
When I was satisfied, I glued it all down, starting with the chipboard phrase.
I decided to use some Kaisercraft pearls around the medallion to give my project an elegant look and to match the several Memory Hardware pearls that I placed in my flower cluster.
I finished it all off with a black resin butterfly that I've had for a long while; it matched the rustic look perfectly!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

The World Awaits Us

This mother/daughter photo and the gorgeous Rossibelle collection by Prima are a perfect fit for this month's Swirlydoos All That Flutters Challenge.

For the most part, this page was made with the Rose Garden kit from Swirlydoos; I've added a few pieces that I've had for a while.
I'm usually not so heavy with details and embellishments, especially when using such a busy piece of pattern paper as Nostalgia for my base, but somehow I just couldn't help myself and in the end, I must admit that I like the results.
The Dusty Attic Hanging Bulbs chipboard pieces that came in the main kit were primed with black gesso. I painted the bottoms with Prima's Opal Magic acrylic paint in Rose Gold and sprinkled some Micro Beads in Blush on the bottoms. After adhering them to my page, I added some tiny bows fashioned out of the sheer ribbon trim that were also in the main package.
I matted the photo with a bit of black cardstock, then on a scrap from a previous layout and placed it on a couple of Melissa Frances' Paper Lace doilies and two more that were cut from Core'dinations cardstock in Sassy with Cheery Lynn's French Pastry die. When that was all done, I tucked in a few pieces of  Rossibelle ephemera here and there and placed a sticker from the package on the bottom of the photo for my title.
Next, I had fun with flowers - some from the Flower Add-On and others from my stash that blended in perfectly. I added some Druzy Stones and a few Cottage Cutz Leafy Vines left from my Calle D Chartres layout to my clusters.
Last are the flutterbies - cut from the same Sassy Core'dinations cardstock with two of my dies - Mini Butterflies by Cheery Lynn and Flutter of Butterflies Lace by Die-Namics - with bits of Kaisercraft pearls in the centers.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Say Cheese

The twin's school photo captures them perfectly - V looking all innocent and N obviously cooking up some mischief...

This layout was created mainly from the October Rose Garden Kit from Swirlydoos that features not only the Prima Rossibelle collection of pattern papers, but a wonderful variety of coordinated embellishments.
I thought I'd try the torn paper layering that's so popular right now, and I do like the results. First, I cut an eight inch square from the Pebbles Basic Black Dot paper and put it aside for later. Then I tore strips from the top and bottom of the Prima Rossibelle Vintage Memories sheet. After adhering large piece to the center of the bottom paper, I tucked the reverse side of the strips underneath. When that was done, I used the Tim Holtz Bubble stencil and Ranger Distress Ink in Black Soot to add a little more texture to the background.
I adhered some of the leftover Black Dot paper to the black burlap sheet from the kit with Score Tape before cutting out some flowers with a few Sizzix Tim Holtz dies - Movers and Shapers Tattered Florals Set and Bigz Tattered Florals. The smallest shape was cut from the Black Dot paper alone.
The Studio Calico Hearts & Arrows wood icons were colored with Black Soot Distress Ink, then painted with watered-down Prima Rust Paste. I used the brown, slightly dried that with my heat tool, then applied the red.
I'm still trying to make a dent in my chippie hoard and I found this perfect piece - a frame that Rae Moses gave me a few months ago. I simply treated it with the same Distress Ink and adhered it to my photo.
And now it was time to assemble my page. I glued the last of my Black Dot paper to a slightly larger piece of the black burlap on a slant and adhered it to my base. Next, I taped a bit of packaging to the back of the photo to give it some lift and placed it slightly off center.
I wrote on one of the chalkboard hearts that came in the kit and glued it on the side. Next, I placed the die cut flowers around the photo, tucking in some Finnabair Rusted Gears from my stash. The arrow and the lettering on the photo are both epoxy stickers from Heidi Swapp.
To finish my page, I scattered the hearts and arrows around until I got the effect that I wanted.
Thanks so much for stopping by; I do so appreciate your visits <3

Saturday, October 29, 2016

She Leaves a Little Sparkle

Sophia loved the Mardi Gras mask that I bought for her while on vacation - all girly pink with feathers and a gem in the center. My DIL took a few pictures of her modeling it before putting it on a high shelf in her room, hopefully beyond the reach of her brothers.

This layout is based on the October sketch by Beggahuna that was included in the Rose Garden Kit from Swirlydoos, featuring Prima's gorgeous Rossibelle collection. I've taken advantage of the varied pinks in my papers, using the B side of Wildflower as the background and the B side of Notes and Scribbles for the circle layers.
I decided that it was time to dig into my collection of chippies and found several packages from Creative Embellishments that were perfect: Girl Word Set, Flourish 15 and Feathers. I selected "Lovely" from the word set and one of the flourishes (from a package of 2) and inked them heavily with Ranger's Distress Ink in Black Soot, then applied some Wink of Stella to make them sparkle. I wanted to give my feathers some dimension, so I gave them a good soaking with my mister and then pried the edges apart. I doused them with Prima's Color Bloom in Peony, but the effect was more gold than pink, so I gave them a coat of Finn's Metallique acrylic paint in Vintage Rose, being sure to hit the layers with a bit and the results were perfect.
Next, I selected some of the Studio Calico wood hearts from the kit and colored them with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and more of the Wink of Stella.
The flourish was large enough to cut in half and use on both sides. I've used flowers from the Main Kit and the Flower Add-On as well as one from my stash around the photos and a few pieces from the Ephemera package as further embellishments. . As a matter of fact, the title of my page comes from the top sentiment - "She leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes".