Monday, April 27, 2015
 
 
 
Happy Monday everyone!
This card tutorial is up a little later than planned, due to updating the site.
But, here it is!
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And here's how it came together.
 
I cut my base card at 5.3/8 x 7.1/2. The fold is on the left.




I cut another piece of PP at 4.1/8 x 7.1/4 I distressed and inked the edges.

The first 2 layers were glued like this.

Then I cut this piece of PP at 3.3/8 x 5.3/4

I tore it like so, and lightly distressed the edges and inked them up.
 
          The triangle piece was also inked using Walnut Stain Distress Ink. See those thin stripes?

To create them I simply pinched the paper

 And dabbed the crease onto my inkpad (walnut stain)
And this is how it came out. I love the delicate distressed inked marks
 

 I glued the triangle peace right to the pink paper.
The floral piece was raised using a piece of cardboard.
However, I didn't glued it down yet.
 I cut another strip of PP at 1.1/4 x 6.3/8 The patern of this strip. is on the back of that pink paper below in the picture.

I spritzed the paper strip with water. Once on the front, once on the back. Then start to crumple it
up/ruffle it up, till I liked it. Then I wrapped some thread around it and glued the ends of the thread
to the backside, using hot glue.
 From the smallest doily that comes in the Main Kit, I used the marked piece
And glued it from under the floral paper. The ruffled strip was glued at the right top and I added 3 Pearls on top of the thread.
 
 I cut a little tag (from cardstock) at 3.1/2 x 2.7/8
I distressed and inked the edges and added some thread.
 Yes, it is true, I cut this beautiful piece in half, and used the bottom half on my card.

I placed it under my tag, which was raised with cardboard. I started to shuffle my other embellies around until I liked it. The butterflies were first treated with Distress Paint Picket Fence.
Whilst the paint was still wet, I sprinkled 1 of the butterflies with Diamond Dust Ultra Fine glitter. The other one got sprayed with a plum color mist.
Ater that dried I added some Stickles in Diamond.  
 
After I glued everything down, I added some beads under the doily sticker that comes in the Main Kit.
 
Using Stazon in Jet Black, I stamped my sentiment.

 The pearls on the tag were glued down using Beacon's Gem-Tac.
I was about to call it done, but found that it was missing something.
 So I took the little half, sticker doily and glued a few beads to the backside and on the bottom part
of the doily I added 2 layers of (leftover) chipboard.
When the beads were dry I placed this little sticker, from under my tag. Like so
 
This is how the sticker flows above the background paper, only because of the added beads underneath. I often use beads to raise things. Especially when I work with acetate pieces.
And now, I officially called it done.
Below are some close up's of the card.
I hope you like it and that the tutorial gave you some inspiration.
 




THANK YOU, for being your patience and for your ever so lovely comments.


 
 

Sunday, April 26, 2015
I'm a sucker for vintage photos! So, when I saw Steph's page I knew it would be the chosen one for this week! The photo is of  her mom's older sister Lillian taken in 1945. Not only is the photo stunning, but the design work is gorgeous!! All pulled together with such pretty colors! Congrats Steph!
Stephanie Dinnell's photo.




Friday, April 24, 2015
Hi everyone! I'm up first with the Swirlydoos Designer Spotlight with the April Kit. There were some shipping delays with the company. So, aren't having a blog hop this month. Needless to say, things are back on track and good to go. Instead, all the design team members will have there own day to show you their lovely creations. Here are mine....4 pages and card.
 
First I'd like to mention that my So Chic Butterfly Embellishments from my Etsy Store, Little Scrap Shop, are featured in the Embellishment Add-on. If you a butterfly fanatic, like me, you can always find them there if you would like more!  :)
 
My first page is based off the April Sketch. I always do the sketch first when getting started on the kit. I did a lot of misting on the paper to get the pink color.
The Sketch
 
Again, I did a lot of misting with pink and did some masking. The cream flowers that came in the Flower add-on are really cool! The look and feel almost like a real flower!
 
I love the awesome Blue Fern Studio Frame! I first painted it with gesso then just sprayed it with glimmermist. The Prima LOVE letters are cool! I just misted and inked them, then let them dry before I added them to the frame.
Here, I went with the more natural tones of green, brown, and cream. I sprayed the white flowers and seam binding with the mist that is in the Medium- Add-on.
 
 Lastly, I made a card with all my left over bits.

 Thanks for stopping by. Remember, If you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at www.swirlydoos.com. Mention my name (Angelica Franssen)) when you subscribe and you’ll receive 10% off your first kit, AND a coupon good for 30% off your entire purchase in the Swirlydoos.com store!



Monday, April 20, 2015
It's always hard to choose one layout a week! We have some amazingly talented subscribers to pick from!

This week winner is Donna! I love the garden theme! The perfect placement of the flowers really gives to that theme but isn't overwhelming. Fantastic layers! Congrats Donna! This is a beauty!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Hi all you swirly savages out there!  It's time for a new monthly tag challenge!  This month we'll be using distress and archival ink, masking, and stamps to create a fun tag.

I've recorded a video for you showing how I created my tag.









Join our challenge in the Forum and you might win a RAK from me!  I'm looking forward to seeing all the beautiful tags everyone creates!





Sunday, April 12, 2015
Layout of the week goes to Heather. This is Heather's entry for the Sketch Challenge.....man did she rock it! I love that she used 3 large photos of her and her kids. The leafy vines are so pretty and really round out the page design. Such a beautiful page to display those priceless family photos!




Congrats Heather!
Saturday, April 11, 2015
 
 
 
Happy Saturday Everyone!!
I've got something different than a card this time, and I hope you like it.



The base of this wall hanging is a heart shaped mdf, but you could also make this on a card base, or even on a layout.

Here's my How To:


Like I said, my base was a mdf heart, which I painted with Prima Blackboard paint (which came in an previous Medium AddOn.


From the March, Main Kit, I used the metal bead chain, and wanted to repeat the heart shape with it.


With a pencil I drew a rough sketchy line, to know where to add glue.


to give the chain a little more stability I re-wired it on metal-wire. I found that the quickest way to do that, was to leave the Original thread in it and just poke through the holes of the beads.


I didn't comit to tie the knots at the end just yet, I gave it some room, because I'd like to be able to shape it.


First I add Beacon Gem-Tac to one half, let it sit for 2 minutes.


In the meantime I cut randomly a piece of the bling-sheet we got and spritzed it with the darkest color spray from the medium AddOn. You can also fill the little circles with liquid Pearls or stickles, whatever you like.


Back to the bead-chain. I pressed the beads into the glue, holding it down for a minute and then place something heave on it, and gave it 5 minutes to dry. I repeated this step for the other half as well. I also glued the randomly cut bling to the side of the heart.


These flowers are going to be stack. I inked the edges of the lightest flower


I used Fabri-Tac to glue the flowers together.
(I believe Krissy has these adhesives in the store)


These are the main embellies I'm going to use on my heart shaped base.


I move them around, till I like the way it looks. This process can sometimes take me a lot of time.


I pretty much stayed to my layout and glued everything down. I still think that there is missing something


So I got my box of bits of metal pieces


And finally selected these ones. The Arrow is cut from grungeboard and got treated with Silver and Gold Paint Dabbers, and after heatset it, I ran Archival inkpad (Jet Black) over it.


I glued the Arrow and circle right under the Petaloo flower


And the other parts around the Prima Antique Cloch.


At the right top, I added another bliece of bling-sheet, and I added a piece of seambinding ribbon, to hang it up.


Because all of the adding stuff on the front, I needed to balance it. To do that I glued, flat, metal pieces to the backside. I keep adding till it was balanced out.


And I called it done. I hope you like it.
 
Have a lovely weekend!



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