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.
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