Thursday, June 23, 2016

What I Did at Swirly Camp

Swirlydoos Camp - a long weekend of creating and chatting lubricated by a bit of wine - has been a tradition since 2010, when Krissy Mosbarger hosted our first retreat in Bailey, Co.
What is not a tradition is the venue; we've met up in Illinois and Michigan and last year we traveled to Louisiana for an evening in New Orleans and then on to Camp at the Lazy Lucy in Lafayette.
Lazy Lucy was so perfect that Krissy arranged for us to meet there again this year and so I flew down on June 7 for an evening and morning of great food, music and sight-seeing with the other ladies before making the 2 hour trek to Camp for 5 days and 4 nights of fun.

I actually got a lot done: 6 layouts, a wall hanging and (best of all) this year's Camp Project: Kim Heard's tutorial on a Finnabair-style canvas.

Of course, there was a bit of shopping - what would Swirly Camp be without shopping? Donna Lanclos, the Lazy Lucy owner took us to a vintage store owned by a lady who had inherited some wonderful stuff.  I bought a couple of post cards, a necklace that I've pulled apart to use the beads and trinkets, some great music paper and best of all, a couple of doilies. I used a few of my haul right away, but the rest is now being lovingly hoarded.

Some of the layouts were created for Challenges and I'll be posting them separately, but I'd like to share the rest of my work, starting with that canvas.

The highlight of Swirly Camp is The Project and this year, Education Director Kim Heard outdid herself, teaching us how to make a Finnabair-style self portrait on canvas.
After gluing down squares of paper (Prima's Salvage District) in this case onto black canvas, we evenly spread heavy body gel over the surface and went to work creating grooves with Prima's new texture brushes and letting it all dry.
Then came the fun: fussy cutting our selfies, adhering them to the canvas and then adorning them with lace, zipper parts, metal pieces, buttons, flowers, art stones, beads, whatever our hearts desired. Next, we covered "us" with a paper towel and misted the entire surface with colored mica sprays. When all was dry, we selected several colors of the new Prima Opal Magic acrylics and painted all of the embellishments. I wish you could see this in person - the colors are indeed magic, changing with ever change of light and direction.

The Always & Forever collection from Kaisercraft makes a perfect background for this picture of my great-grandparents, Jane and John McCormick.
The main sheet, Romance, along with the bit of Admire that I used as the bottom matting piece give this page an old-fashioned look. The script of Commitment contains perfect phrases to surround the photo; in fact, I've taken my title, "A True Love" from the words at the top.
I used one of my favorite stencils, Text by 13 Arts, and a mixture of modeling paste and Prima La Chapeliere Artisan Powder in the background.
A big thank you to Andie Templeton for the flowers that embellish this photo so well!!!

 I found this sweet girl on Pinterest some time ago and I decided that it was time that I scrapped her image.
The background paper and the strip of color are from the Kaisercraft Always & Forever collection, part of the May 2016 Peach Blossom kit from Swirlydoos. Also included in that package is the Déjà Vu Dangle chipboard from Blue Fern Studios that I colored with Prima's Color Bloom mist in Empress Gold.
The music paper and all of the dangles are from the vintage shop that I spoke about. Best of all are the small bits of lace from Andie Templeton and the metal trinket from Donna Lanclos; thank you, ladies! 

The sun-burned couple you see are my son and daughter-in-law in Aruba in 2007.
I used more of the Kaisercraft Always & Forever collection, Promise, from the Swirlydoos Peach Blossom kit, along with the Prima Tu es Tres Belle flowers which I confess to pulling apart so I could used the lovely lace on its own.
The Prima Antique Cloche in the corner was included in the Embellishment Add-On.
The burlap, flowers and metal pieces were taken from my stash.

I wanted to get one more layout done before packing up for the trip home and so I kept this one featuring my grandsons playing with Mom's I Pad fairly simple, using a piece of packaging with the front ripped off and layers of circles and banners and gears, along with a sole metal piece to embellish these cuties.


  1. Wow, Peggy! You got a lot done at camp! LOVE everything! That canvas is gorgeous!!!