Sunday, March 26, 2017

March Card Challenge at Swirlydoos: It's All About Dies!



For the Swirlydoos March Card Challenge, Bec has asked us to dust off our die cutting machines and choose among all of those dies that we absolutely HAD to own to create our entries.
 
I decided to use this beautiful Spellbinders die to create several layers, one from plain cardstock and one from a bit of the Kaisercraft Soul Mates pattern paper that I had left from my layouts.
Once I had my pieces cut out, assembly was quick and easy: a base of April Lovely, a layer of Sea Otter cut just a bit smaller, then my die cut pieces. The sentiment is from the Kaisercraft Valentines cut-apart sheet; the small Prima flowers are from my stash.
And there you have it - a pretty card that quick and easy, what could be better than that?

Supplies

*Swirlydoos February 2017 Love Letters Kit*
Kaisercraft - P.S. I Love You Collection - Soul Mates
Kaisercraft - P.S. I Love You Collection - Valentines

*Swirlydoos February 2017 Cardstock Add-On*
Core'dinations - Textured Cardstock - April Lovely
Core'dinations - Textured Cardstock - Sea Otter

Other Supplies
Spellbinders - Nestabilities - Elegant Labels 4
Prima - Charlston #590734

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

We're Big Boys Now



I've created this layout for the February "Love Letters" All That Flutters Challenge now going on at Swirlydoos.

The February kit is packed with beautiful papers from Kaisercraft and Anna Griffin; the colors and patterns are perfect for so many kinds of projects, be they romantic, heritage or girly. But I wanted to scrap these photos of my grandsons showing off their Big Boy haircuts, so I challenged myself to create a page with a masculine feel.
Despite its title, the Romantic sheet, with the grey hues and subtle pattern, makes a good background for what comes next. I've taken a 6" x  5" piece of the Valentines paper (saving the reverse side for later) and cut it down the lines of the pattern. After lightly distressing and inking the edges, I glued the pieces to thick cardstock to give them some dimension. I did the same with the photos, adding one small bit under the edge of the left one, so it would lie down evenly.
After determining where I would be placing the photos, I used a Tim Holtz stamp to add a bit of interest and a bit of a masculine element to the page. Next, I glued the Valentine strips down in a slightly staggered pattern and fastened the photos on top.




This page is all about being Big Boys and I wanted to stay away from flowers and butterflies as embellishments. I selected some of the Teresa Collins wood elements that came in the kit and raided my stash for gears, clocks and a bottle cap that I've inked up and layered together before adding to the layout. The little critter that qualifies my page for this challenge was fashioned from air-dry clay using a Mod Podge mold that was part of the September 2013 Technique Add-On kit.

Supplies

*Swirlydoos February 2017 Kit - Love Letters*
Kaisercraft - P.S. I Love You Collection - Romantic
Kaisercraft - P.S. I Love You Collection - Valentines
Teresa Collins - Save the Date Collection - Decorative Wood Pieces

*Swirlydoos September 2013 Technique Add-On Kit*
Mod Podge - Mod Molds - Royal Icons

Other Supplies
Prima - Stationer's Desk - Wood Icons #572877
Prima - Wood Embellishments - Wood Clocks #554613
Prima - Wood Embellishments - Wood Gears #556563
Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Steampunk #CMS107
Memento Ink - Tuxedo Black
Prima - Ingvild Bolme - Edger - Rusty Bucket
Premier - Lightweight Stone Clay
Amazon - Metal Gears



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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Luck o' the Irish for the Swirlydoos Round Robin



I'm up for Team 1, Week 3 in the March Round Robin at Swirlydoos. The theme is "Going Green", so appropriate for the month of St. Patrick's Day and the beginning of Spring, and the challenge is to Go Green in several ways. Along with including the color green in the layout, we're asked to include some greenery, aka foliage and to use a recycled item.
There are some twists, of course, and the first is to see outdoor pictures. We're also challenged to either grunge it up or make a true Swirly style page. The last twist is to dig into our embellishments - chipboards, metals, flowers...

As soon as Kim posted this challenge, I knew that I just had to scrap this photo - 3 of my Darby uncles in 1943. Given the year, Uncle Vinny (dressed in civies) would have been on leave from the Merchant Marines and Uncle Paul (in uniform) would have been on leave from the Army before shipping out to Europe. Uncle Pat was a mere 11 years old and in the 6th grade.

Not only did I select the photo, but I unearthed my leftover Graphic 45 Time to Flourish paper, crossing my fingers that I would find me some March papers. My Irish luck held out and I found enough for this page, with a bit left over.


Sherri's layout and Ginny's lift gave me a wonderful roadmap, with a great design, including a patchwork of 1" squares on either side of the photo. I've taken the liberty of flipping the page to the side to go with the orientation of my photo and I've taken a few more liberties here and there, but that's what lifting is all about, right?


My chippies were coated with gesso and then covered with some of the Blue Fern Studios that came in the August 2016 Swirlydoos Main Kit. Also from that kit are the last of the Flower Add-On blooms - the small rosebuds that I've tucked in with the larger flowers.

I mentioned taking liberties; Sherri and Ginny tucked bits of cheesecloth among their flower clusters. Somehow, bits of excelsior seemed to go with this more masculine page.

Oh, yes! The challenges! Well, despite my off-white background, I've included plenty of green, using paper, flowers and glitter. I've let my die-cut  leaves do double duty here: as foliage and as a recycled item - they're actually the packaging from my tea bags.





Supplies

*Swirlydoos August 2016 Kit - Tranquility*
Blue Fern Studios - Imagine Ink Glitter - Army Dust

*Swirlydoos August 2016 Flower Add-On Kit*
Petaloo - Burlap and Canvas Collection - Mini Garden Rosettes - Green #1213214

Other Supplies
Graphic 45 - Time to Flourish Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Pad
Graphic 45 - Time to Flourish Collection - 6 x 6 Patterns and Solids Paper Pad
Core'dinations - Signature Series - 12 x 12 Cardstock Pack
Prima - Eminence Collection - Mix 1 #564144

Prima - Eminence Collection - Mix 9 #546236
Petaloo - Printed Darjeeling Collection - Wild Blossoms - Soft Green #147-8311
Blue Fern Studios - Laser Cut Chipboard - Royal Heart Frame
Creative Embellishments - Laser Cut Chipboard - Celebrate Word Set
Prima - Wood Icons in a Box - Clocks #569853
Prima - Metal Dies - Forest Leaves #584092
Golden - Gesso
Michaels - Excelsior




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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday Morning Tutorial for Swirlydoos





Good Saturday morning! 
 
Time to grab you favorite stencil and dig into that pile of canvases that you bought on sale - we're going to create a quick and easy (I promise!) wall hanging with the February "Love Letters" kit!



I've created a tutorial on Snapguide; here's the link.

And a few closeups...









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Friday, March 17, 2017

Pretty Girl for the Swirlydoos February "Love Letters" Sketch



Kim has been doing an amazing job of designing the sketches for Swirlydoos since last November; this is what she came up with for the February "Love Letters" kit.

And here is my take on this gorgeous sketch.

The February kit is packed with beautiful papers from Kaisercraft and Anna Griffin; the colors and patterns are perfect for so many kinds of projects, be they romantic, heritage or girly. I've obviously gone for the girly theme to scrap this photo of my granddaughter.
I liked the dictionary design of the Beloved sheet and thought it would make a perfect background for my layout. After trimming 1/2" from the top and side, I applied a light coat of Distress Ink all around to give the borders a bit of definition. I used one of my favorite punches here and there and ran the rest of the edges through my Distrezz-It-All. When I was satisfied with the results, I taped it to the Anna Griffin Black Vines paper.

The pink doily under my photo was cut from a Cheery Lyn die from Core'dinations cardstock. The bottom doily is a silver one from my stash that I flipped over to take advantage of the off-white shade. I took a few of the scraps left from my "Always and Forever" layout and fussy cut and punched them before placing them around the photo. Next, I colored a resin piece with the same Distress Ink and adhered it to the side.

And now for the flowers! I'm really trying to make a dent in the packages of blooms that I've managed to accumulate and this is a pretty good start. Some of these pretties (and the butterfly) are several years old; time to let go and take advantage of the fact that they match my layout so well. I've added some greens cut from watercolor paper with a Sizzix die and colored with Twinkling H2O paint.


A few finishing touches - wood icons from the kit, a few pearls and a scattering of hearts (scraps from my doily die cut) and I'm done!

Supplies

*Swirlydoos February 2017 Kit - Love Letters*
Kaisercraft - P.S. I Love You Collection - Beloved
Kaisercraft - P.S. I Love You Collection - Companionship
Kaisercraft - P.S. I Love You Collection - Soul Mates
Anna Griffin - Willow Collection - Black Vines
Teresa Collins - Save the Date Collection - Decorative Wood Pieces

*Swirlydoos February 2017 Cardstock Add-On Kit*
Core'dinations - Textured Cardstock - April Lovely

Other Supplies
Prima - Mini Bouquet - Bethany #538576
Prima - Le Mia #571535
Prima - Esperanza Generosa #581893
Prima - Salvage District - Marble Court #586478
Prima - Trim - Plumeria - #583026
Prima - Memory Hardware - Pearls II #991944
Prima - Iron Orchid Designs - Vintage Art Decor Mould - Baroque 6 #814823
Strathmore - Watercolor Paper - 140 lb.
Ranger Ink - ICE Resin
Ranger Ink - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory Smoke
Luminarte - Twinkling H2O - Heavenly Bamboo
Martha Stewart - Craft Punch - PAP - Eyelet Edger
Cheery Lynn Designs - Sophia's Heart
Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Garden Greens



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