Sunday, February 26, 2017

The End of "Delicate"

After creating 5 layouts with the Delicate kit from Swirlydoos, I find that I'm able to create several cards and a tag from the scraps.

I wanted to keep the first card simple, focusing on  the beautiful Lemoncraft paper; I simply added a bit of the trim from the kit, a flower from my stash and a few of the leaves that were left from my "Family" layout.

*Swirlydoos Delicate Kit*
Lemoncraft - Gossamer Blue Collection - 03
Lemoncraft - Gossamer Blue Collection - Ribbon Set
Core'dinations - Glitter Silk Cardstock - Copper Shimmer

*Other Supplies*
Core'dinations - Textured Cardstock - Cappuccino
Kaisercraft - Textured Cardstock - Dark Brown
Prima - Box Flowers - Sweet Vintage #586706
Magnolia - DooHickeys Dies - Rose Leaf

I've given my tag a rustic look, using papers, a bit of fence and the second of the two feathers that came in the kit all layered on a stripped piece of corrugated packaging. I've added a Prima vine that I've owned for quite a while to tie it all together.

*Swirlydoos Delicate Kit*
Lemoncraft - Gossamer Blue Collection - 03
Lemoncraft - Vintage Time Collection - Ephemera Cut Out Sheet - 006
Lemoncraft - Gossamer Blue Collection - Ribbon Set
Midwest Design - Ringneck Pheasant Feather
Darice - Rustic Accents - Rusty Tin Fence

*Other Supplies*
Prima - Millicent Collection - Meadow Lark - Blue #556167
Corrugated Packaging

There was a leftover bit of the woodgrain textured cardstock, which fit nicely over my remaining piece of Glitter Silk. I colored it to match the pretty blue flowers on the ephemera cut out and my remaining Flair button. While I had the ink pad out, I rubbed the edges of my flowers along the surface to give them a bit of color.

*Swirlydoos Delicate Kit*
Lemoncraft - Vintage Time Collection - Ephemera Cut Out Sheet - 006
Core'dinations - Glitter Silk Cardstock - Copper Shimmer
American Crafts - Woodgrain Textured Cardstock
Lemoncraft - Gossamer Blue Collection - Set of Buttons/Flair
Kaisercraft - Paper Blooms - Coconut

*Other Supplies*
Bazzill - Textured Cardstock - Vibrant Blue
Jillibean Soup - Wordfetti - Celebrate
Ranger Ink - Distress Ink Pad -Tumbled Glass
Ranger Ink - Distress Ink Pad - Gathered Twigs

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February Card Challenge - Valentine's Day

Bec has started a new Card Challenge on the Swirlydoos forums and this month's theme is Valentine's Day.
I've created three cards, all using scraps from this month's projects and items that I've been hoarding for far too long.

For my first card, I cut out a 5x7 piece from paper that was left from the layout that I made for the Round Robin. The heart is actually an experiment gone wrong: I tried to use a thin Spellbinders die on thin chipboard and ended up with an outline pretty much cut out and a sort of embossed inside. I gave it a coating of gesso and then several layers of mist, finishing it off  with some distress inking.
To finish, I wrapped the stem of my flower with a bit of twine before gluing down and adhered a sentiment to the center of the pattern circle.
Prima - Strawberry Kisses Collection - Summer Picnic #841447
Prima - Winthrop Collection - Topaz #577674
Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Small Talk - Occasions T#93245
Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Jute String T#93139
Spellbinders - D-Lites Die - Vines of Passion
Golden - Gesso
Prima - Color Bloom - Peony #573904
Ranger - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory Smoke

The base of the second card is another Round Robin scrap: Devotion from Splash of Color's Cotswald Manor Collection. I tried the Spellbinders die again, this time with a cereal box and it was thin enough to make a perfect cut. After priming it with gesso, I heat embossed it in several layers to match the lace border that I placed on each side. I finished it all off with a cluster of flowers and two metal keys.
Splash of Color - Cotswald Manor Collection - Devotion #30304
Lemoncraft - Gossamer Blue Collection - Lace Trim
Mark Richards - Nailhead Stickers - Light Gold
Prima - Flower Embellishments - Charlston #590734
Wild Orchid Crafts - assorted flowers
Spellbinders - D-Lites Die - Vines of Passion
Stampendous - Frantage Embossing Enamel - Aged Ivory

I used scraps from the Swirlydoos Delicate kit, along with layers of cardstock and a piece of stripped corrugated packaging to assemble my third entry. A bit a Prima vine, a metal heart and a length of upholstery thread and I called it done.
Lemoncraft - Gossamer Blue Collection - 03
Lemoncraft - Vintage Time Collection - 06
Core'dinations - Textured Cardstock - Brownie
Core'dinations - Textured Cardstock - Cappuccino
Prima - Engraver Collection - Solid Flower Vine - Natural #546506

Saturday, February 18, 2017


This seems to be my month for do-overs with some of my old family photos; the Delicate Kit from Swirlydoos, featuring Lemoncraft's Gossamer Blue collection, full of blues and coppers made me want to take out these images and scrap them again.
This is a studio portrait of my Great-Grandparents, Elisa and Augustus Heinick, who immigrated from Hamburg, Germany in 1887, along with the eldest of what would be nine children. Great-Aunt Elsa is seated on her mother's lap and Great-Uncle Augustave is next to her. Behind them is my Grandmother, Johanna Marie.

I used the last of my full sheets from the Lemoncraft Gossamer Blue collection - #2 - as the base and a few scraps from earlier pages under my photo.
Also included this month was a sheet of Core'dinations Glitter Silk in Copper Shimmer, which I used to cut a bit of frame using the Spellbinders' Blooming Collections Frame die.
The title was cut from thin chipboard with my Cameo machine and primed with gesso, then colored with a thick coat of Hot Cocoa Liquid Pearls.

I used a bit of the Lemoncraft trim and Mark Richard nail-head stickers to embellish the bottom of the photo. For my flower cluster, I dug into my stash and found these beauties from Prima's Bella collection. I tucked some pretty leaves that I cut using several of my favorite dies: Rose Leaf by Magnolia and Garden Greens by Sizzix.

The stone pillar going down the side of the photo is actually Ice Resin cast in an IOD Mould - Baroque #6. I gave it a good coat of black gesso and put it aside for a few hours. When it was completely dry, I went over it with chalkboard paint using a fan brush to make sure that this would be a light coating and that a lot of the black would show through.

I've gotten a lot done with this  kit - five layouts, but I still have plenty left to create a few cards and tags. I'll be back soon with some of these; meantime, I want to thank you again for stopping by!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mr. and Mrs. Davis

An old layout of mine that popped up on my "On This Day" feature on Facebook caused a moment of "aha!".
The January 2017 Delicate Kit from Swirlydoos, full of gorgeous papers, trims and flair from Lemoncraft's Gossamer Blue collection, also comes with a lot of fun embellishments, among them woodgrain textured cardstock from American Crafts, a package of Kaisercraft blooms, tin fencing from Darice and best of all, two pheasant feathers! These and the Prima Melody Blue package of embellishments from the December kit gave me a perfect opportunity to scrap this photo of this wonderful couple, neighbors of my childhood.
We addressed Mr. and Mrs. Davis with the courtesy titles of Aunt Lutie and Uncle Clarence and they really were like elderly relatives to generations of children, starting with my father's generation.
Born in the 1870's they were able to entertain us all with stories of long ago, before telephones, cars, and all electronics. In the dining room was a pump organ that we could play. In the living room was a real wind up Victrola that came with cylinders that Aunt Lutie called "my funny records". On occasion, Uncle Clarence would take out his violin and play for us all as we sat on the floor in a circle.
Mr. Davis was a carpenter; I can still remember the smell of wood in his workshop at the back of the house behind the kitchen and the many wood shavings that covered the floor.
Mrs. Davis loved nature, especially the birds that she fed throughout the year and she loved to tell us all about the different ones that came to visit.

To form the base of my layout, I cut a 10 inch square from the center of the textured cardstock and put it aside. I then colored the remaining outside with Ranger Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy to bring out the woodgrain pattern and adhered it to an 11 inch square of thin chipboard to give it stability.
The Lemoncraft Gossamer Blue 01 sheet was trimmed to an 11 inch square, lightly distressed and fastened to the base. Next, I tore the Gossamer Blue Bonus Sheet down the center at a diagonal, cut the width to 11 inches and fastened it to the center after lightly distressing the sides. 

I've placed a lot of odds and ends under my photo - bits from the Bonus Sheet (some of them fussy cut), more of the textured cardstock that I inked, scraps from previous layouts, bits of Prima packaging and a few inched of the tin fence.

To form my flower cluster, I chose one of the Kaiser blooms from the kit and a few flowers from my stash ( using the Distress Ink to tone down the white blossoms), along with bits of Lemoncraft flair and trim.
Lastly, in honor of Aunt Lutie I placed one of those marvelous feathers along the bottom of the photo and topped it with a beautiful Melody Blue bird.