Monday, May 18, 2015

This week’s LOTW goes to Shannon B. 

Shannon created this adorable layout using the April Kit. Shannon created some gorgeous floral clusters to highlight that cute picture. Even thought this is a masculine page, the bling give it the perfect touch. Her title is “perfect” for her page.
Great layout Shannon. Congratulations!!

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

This was a really fun tag to make! I hope you'll join me for this month's Swirlydoos Tag of Savagery challenge. The supplies you will need are as follows:

Prima Julie Nutting tag or a tag cut to 3.5 x 8.5"
Aluminum foil
Embossing folder
Double sided tape
Stamp and Archival ink
Clear gesso
2 colors of mist
Black mist, if you don't have black, you could use a dark brown probably
Stencil and masking paste
Washi tape

Step 1:
Get a piece of aluminum foil large enough so that when it is folded in quarters it is slightly larger than your embossing folder.

Run a couple strips of tape on one side of the foil and then fold in half.

Step 2: 
Run a couple more strips of tape down the foil and then fold in quarters. The tape is to hold the layers of foil together. Once it is embossed it will easily stay together. Place the foil inside an embossing folder and emboss.

This is what the foil looks like after it has been embossed.

Step 3:
Cut a tag 3.5 x 8.5" or use a Prima Julie Nutting tag.  Do some stamping at the top with Archival ink.  Use Archival ink so that when you add mist, the ink doesn't run or smear.  I've used Creative Embellishments Distress Corner stamp.

Step 4:
Adhere the foil to the tag.  I used scor-tape on the back and folded the foil around the tag using the scor-tape to secure it.

Tag with foil secured.

Step 5:
Paint the tag with clear gesso.

Step 6:
Select 2 colors of mist and mist the tag.  Be sure to dry one color before adding the 2nd color.

I used Lindy's Grab a Guy Gold and Tibetan Poppy Teal.

Step 7:
Now add some masking.  I used Crafter's Workshop mini time travel stencil and Art C gold embossing paste.

Step 8:
Now let's prepare our chippy.  I'm using Creative Embellishments' Mantle Steampunk Time Piece.   Rub over the chippy with black archival ink.  You don't want to cover the chippy, just ink it here and there.

Step 9:
Then mist the chippy, I've use Lindy's Grab a Guy Gold.

Step 10:
Mist the tag with black spray and then blot up the mist leaving black ink in the crevices.   Allow to dry before going to the next step.

Step 11:
I wanted to intensify the gold mist in the center so I misted again but I covered up the parts of the tag that I didn't want misted.  

Step 12:
Add a piece of washi tape at the seam between the foil and tag.

Step 13:
Add ribbon or trim at the top and add the chipboard piece.  Now the tag is ready to embellish.

Step 13:
The back of my tag was a mess with dribbles of mist etc so an easy way to cover that is to use washi tape and trim to fit the tag.

The finished tag after I embelishments.  I used an old Making Memories metal piece for the quote.   It was pewter so I used a gold rubz to change the color. Then I added some metal pieces that I got off eBay.  I really love that winged heart in the center of the chippy!

When I received the May kit, I wanted to make a tag with it just to  show you a different look but using the same techniques.  The only thing I didn't do on this tag was spray with black mist.  As often happens,  I ended up covering a large part of the foil but you can see it a bit near the top and on the side.  I used the pink and antique gold mists from the mediums kit on the foil.

I love the Creative Embellishments mini frames that came in the main kit and I used one to frame the cameo.  I used the same technique as I did above on the Steampunk clock but this time I stamped on a little silver Staz-on ink and then misted with Lindy's Winter Jasmine Gold.  The effect doesn't show up great in this photo but it is a mottled antique look.  I flipped one of the silhouette wood icons over and stained it with dark brown stain.  You can see some of the gold masking behind the silhouette and the foil on the right side.

There at the bottom of the tag you can see where I stamped with archival ink and misted over it with pink mist.

From the Main Kit -
Oh so Lovely Specialty Paper Gloss - This is the frame paper and  I fussy cut the flowers from this sheet.
Creative Embellishments Mini Frames
Prima Wood Icons
Bo Bunny Double Dot Jewels

From the Mediums Kit -
Kaisercraft Mists in antique gold and pink
Prima Elementals Weaving stencil

From the Flowers Kit -
Petaloo Mums & Butterflies pink
Petaloo Calla Lilies & Berries pink

From my stash -
Teal seam binding
Petaloo mini Botanicas teal and pink (from an old kit)
Prima Manhattan Times Square flower (from an old kit)
Coffee Archival ink
Silver Staz-on
Lindy's Winter Jasmine Gold
Prima Finnabair small doily stamps (from an old kit)
Clear gesso
aluminum foil
Art C gold molding paste

I hope you'll join my challenge at the Swirlydoos Kit Club Forums.  You do not have to use Swirlydoos kits to participate in the challenge.  And there will be a randomly awarded RAK of some of my favorite tag making supplies to someone.  All the details are posted in the challenge thread.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Hi =) Today it´s my turn to show you Swirly readers what I have done with the April kit. I also have a small "messy" background tutorial for you. Hope you want to join me... so let´s begin!

First up is my sketch layout.

This is the sketch for April.

For my next layout I have used the Tech kit with Primas watercolor pens and paintable papers. To get more of the watercolor feeling I have also used my Distress Stains from my own stash.

My next layout is calmer and softer. It suitet better for my photo of my baby boy <3.

Now my last layout that I made. I plan my pages quite in detail before I glue anything down. I lay all the layers and embellisment in place... and when that is done I often get an Idea of what more in mediums I want to add. So this is how my layout looked when I had put all in place... without gluing anything ;)

It looked nice, but I wanted more color and texture to it to frame the photo even more. So I once again went for my Distress Stains and Distress Ink Pads ( love them), some stamps, a stencil and modelling paste.

I started to add the Distress Stain splatters on the background paper and let the colors blend in together.

The paper gets very wet so I put a paper towel on the top to dry up some of the wet color.

When that is done and it has dried it´s time for the stamping. This is the fun part =) I used 4 different stamps. One of them from the April kit. The other three from my own stash. I stamped with different colors.

When this is done I use the stencil and modelling paste.
Now I put back my layers of papers, photo and embellisments. This time I use glue ;) As a last touch I used some gesso on the craft doillie and flowers.

And this is how the layout turned out in the end.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015
Hello everyone. Today it is my turn to share my projects which were made with the April kit.
We had some huge delay, with product coming in, so we are not on our regular schedule.
Anyway... I need to warn you, cause this post is photo heavy!
When my kit came in, I started on the sketch (shown above) right away.
I did mirrored it and left the center piece without a picture.
This sketch is so gorgeous.

The buttons are wood buttons from my stash, which I sprayed with the pink shimmer that came in the Medium AddOn. The metal lamp post came in a previous Swirlydoos kit.

I added a few layers of lace to the bottom of the page and used up some older Prima flowers. The chipboard pieces you see here are from a special, Dusty Attic order. It was a gate chippie which I cut apart.

The ornate scroll was treated with Dimensional paint and while that was still wet, I sprinkled some of the glitter on it. Both the paint and glitter came in the Medium AddOn.

Here's a mix of flowers. Some came in the kit, some in previous kits and there are some handmade flowers as well. The leaves, is a Magnolia die, I LOVE this die, and I used the paper that came in the kit, do diecut the leaves. Then sprayed them with an olive color spray.

The little blue flowers are handmade. I first sprayed white cardstock with a light blue mist and then punched 2 flowers, inked them up, added stamens and stacked them together, using Beacon 3 in 1.

On this center piece, which is actually a Prima marketing box (wood embellies) I added some PP and a little piece of canvas, which is a little raised. I'm planning on doing a little journal album, which will be hold by the white twine. And then using a picture of the Dutch ladies, which I crop with.

 Here you can see the dimension this page has.
Enjoying the Spring sun.
I sooooo loved that border on the left side. It was on one of the papers and I just had to fussy cut it.

There were also some flourish designs which I fussy cut, and to get even more of these... I traced them with a pencil a cut out quit a bunch.
The stenciled crackle was made using a crackle stencil of course, but the colored goop, is Gesso mixed with the glitter from the Medium AddOn.

When you look closely to the right bottom you can see 1 of the Transperant Bo Bunny Doilies.
And ohhhh how much I love these butterflies!!!!!!!

 Here another Bo Bunny doily and a gorgeous Butterfly by one of our DT member, ANGELICA.
She sells them on her Etsy shop, and so much more. It is so worth to pay her a visit
Cutie Pie
I had so much fun with this page. Lots of playing with mist, stamps, stencils.... love that. And of course That smiling face of my little grandson.

I loved the metal fence that came in the Main Kit, just gave it a coat of white Gesso.
The stamping you see in the background are some older Prima clear stamps, and a Kaisercraft stamp.

A few years back, doodling was one of a thing, your layout couldn't do without. And to be honest I loved it then, and still use this technique. Again, I used some older Prima flowers and some handmade ones.

Some more handmade flowers. The doily came in a previous Swirlydoos kit, and If I'm not mistaken.... this is from Melissa Francis or Martha Stewart.... I'm not complete sure.

 The title was made from a Prima Marketing sticker sheet, that came in a previous kit. The capitals, are just plain wood feneer alpha's which you can probably buy in any craftstore.
Blanco card 
 If you only could see this in person.
I really put my heart into this card and I love how it came out
 The little resin came in a previous Swirlydoos kit. The frame was printed on one of the papers in the kit and I just fussy-cut it out.
 Love how dimensional this card is. The (olive colored) paint is by Dusty Attic. I just put a blob on my finger and spread it on the edges
 I did some stenciling and inking and then by using glossy accents, I splattered it in the center of the frame. The rose is handmade out of fabric and treated with some Iridescent Medium.
Also in the Main Kit there comes white seambinding ribbon. I colored mine by spraying it with an olive color mist and then I added some Distress paint (Shabby Shutters) this gives it a really nice sturdy feel to it.
I hope you enjoyed watching my projects.




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