Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Another month at Swirlydoos, and its my turn to share some projects. The Autumn Bloom kit has the gorgeous papers and blooms from 49 and Market's Cottage Life Collection. I made a couple layouts and has some fun altering the OTP.
My first layout with the kit, I used the Garden Seeds, Cottage Cut Outs paper and did a small amount of background detials. This photo is of the Leeds Castle in Kent, England. I felt the paper works perfect with the greenary and the somber skyline of the photo.
Discover Swirly LO
Enjoy the video, I must appologize about the shakyness of the camera. I was at a retreat and the host set me up with the best light in the house. Only it was on a card table. Lesson Learned.








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Using the scrumptious blooms and the velium titles that came in the kit for my title. I also used the Distress Oxides from the kit to help obtain the background detials.
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For my second layout, I used the sketch challenge as my inspiration.
Sketch challenge autumn bloom
This is a simple and clean layout with minimal backgound work. The paper was just enough to add a few small flower clusters with some fussy cut elements.
Sketch Challenge Swirly Enchanted
Here is another video for you enjoyment, and again I appologize for the shaky camera work.







Another layout based on the Sketch Challenge.





Here are some close-ups
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Adding a few details with some stencils and pastes.
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The OTP project is a stickles holder. There is some assembly required but once its all put together, it works wonders.
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I used some gelli plates to add differnt colours and tesxtures to the OTP. I did a FB live on this project you can find on the youtube channel.
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Here are a few more close-ups.
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Thank you for stopping by today. Enjoy all the creativity and dotn forget to share in the Swirlydoos Gallery on Facebook.
DT--HEATHER

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Hello, happy scrappers!

Just stopping by to share my work with the Swirlydoos "Autumn Bloom" collection.

First, I worked on the sketch layout based on Kim's gorgeous sketch for the month.


Here's a few close-ups. I did touch the edges of the flower petals with some Glimmer Mist.

The garden tools were altered with some brown acrylic paint to match the layout better.

Here's Jax all dressed up for Easter.

Ok, I had to scrap another one of him just to show off his 'do. Yes, he did get his ears and feet colored to match his bowtie.

Just a close-up so you can see the altered chippy. I used Rae's technique with Perfect Pearls and embossing powders.

The metallic silver paper was from my stash.


Here's one for the ATF challenge this month. This picture was taken of me on my birthday while I still had Cody. He was my first Bichon Frise. 

I did have to add some flowers from my stash and then tucked in some microbeads.


I kept staring at this piece of paper and wondering what to do with it. The flowers were calling for me to fussy cut them but I kept ignoring them. I finally decided to flip the paper on it's side and then just add more flowers to the bouquet already on the page.

Remember Heather's Facebook live page last month? Well, that was the inspiration for this page. I really liked the vertical strips of torn paper and the twine wrapped around the page so I did it on this layout.


Then, I tried some more torn, layered papers with a little bit of lacing.

More cardboard tucked in for dimension and texture.

Here's the lacing with twine.

My dd about 18 years ago with her grandma.


For this one, I decided to white wash the background so it was more subtle.

Then I added some splats of Glimmer Mist.



How about a few cards with the scraps?

These were made with scraps from last two Swirly kits.


Here's a sneak of the Stickles holder. I have a video tutorial that will be published on Saturday, November 25th. Look for it here on the blog and Swirlydoos Youtube channel.

And, here's another project created with the last tidbits of the kit. Look for the video tutorial next month.









Monday, November 20, 2017


Happy Monday everyone!

It's the third week of Swirly Challenges for November and the Swirly Girls have certainly been busy!

First, the Sketch Challenge: DT Coordinator Kim has been designing some incredible sketches for us; here's what she's come up with for the Autumn Bloom  kit.

And here's Kim's amazing take on her sketch:

We love seeing what you do with the Swirly Sketches in the Forum. http://www.swirlydoos.com/forums/topic/september-autumn-bloom-sketch-challenge/ We can't wait to see YOUR gorgeous take!

Did you know? Swirlydoos is a CSI sponsor, where it's all about Color, Stories and Inspiration. There are two challenges every month and your Swirly Designers have been busy creating inspirational layouts for the second one. Here's Jan's page:
Why not take a stab at solving the Case? 

We've bought the Card Challenge back; why not join in? Cards are not only quick and easy, but they're an excellent way to use up your scraps. This month, we're feeling sentimental, adding a sentiment to the front of our cards. For an extra point, you're invited to create a DIY background. (More details here in the Swirly Forums.) http://www.swirlydoos.com/forums/topic/november-2017-card-challenge-feeling-sentimental/
Swirly Girls Steph and Betty have been rocking this challenge. Here are two more of their gorgeous entries:
From Swirly Newbie Betty:
And from Swirly Veteran Steph:


And now for the ATF (All That Flutters) Challenge - this has always been my favorite and now it's even more so because the hostess is ME!!!
We're doing things a bit differently; we're now running the challenge from the beginning to the end of the month, Swirlydoos kits are not required (but they WILL give your an extra chance to win!) and there will be a RAK given out at the end of each Challenge to one lucky winner selected by random draw. Curious? I've posted all of the details here on the Forum. http://www.swirlydoos.com/forums/topic/november-2017-all-that-flutters-challenge-all-about-family/
This month's theme is "Family". Donna has created gorgeous page, full of layers and layers of details:


We can't wait to see YOUR gorgeous projects!

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Saturday, November 18, 2017
The "Autumn Bloom" Kit, with all of the rustic elements, made me think of creating a garden setting. The Mediums Add-On, featuring Distress Oxide Inks from Ranger, made me think canvas. Here's how the two ideas came together.


I had intended to wipe the ink off the stenciled butterflies, but I think that the Martha Stewart glitter paint works a lot better.


Fun cut-outs and gorgeous blooms and foliage make such a pretty setting...




Supplies

*Swirlydoos September 2017 "Autumn Bloom" Kit*
49 and Market - Cottage Life Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Cottage Cut Outs
Swirlydoos - Jute - 2-ply

*Swirlydoos September 2017 Flower Add-On*
49 and Market- Handmade Flowers - Cottage Blooms - Cantaloupe #CB86127

*Swirlydoos September 2017 Embellishment Add-On*
Darice - Rustic Accents - Rusted Shapes - Wire Garden Fence with Pick - 3 Pcs #6612-035

*Swirlydoos September 2017 Project Add-On*
Martha Stewart Crafts - Multi-Surface Glitter Acrylic Paint - Sugar Cube #32185

*Swirlydoos September 2017 Mediums Add-On*
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Frayed Burlap
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Abandoned Coral
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Vintage Photo
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Faded Jeans
Martha Stewart Crafts - Multi-Surface Glitter Acrylic Paint - Night Sky #32184


Other Supplies
9" x 12" Canvas
Prima - Finnabair - Elementals - 6.5 x 10.5 Stencil - Butterflies #961329
Liquitex - Super Heavy Gesso
Liquitex - Matte Medium
Foam Tape

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Happy Thursday, Swirly Savages! It's my turn to share some of the projects that I've made with the September 2017 "Autumn Bloom" Kit and Add-Ons.

This kit, featuring the Cottage Life collection from 49 & Market is so versatile - perfect for all of your elegant and vintage images, but the rustic feel makes it perfect for all of your "boy" photos, too. And there is  the highlight of the Main Kit: an original sketch created by Swirlydoos Design Team Coordinator Kim Heard.
Here is this month's sketch.

And my layout, featuring this sweet, sweet photo of my Granddaughter, taken by my Daughter-In-Law last summer.


I started by coating both sides of the paper with clear gesso to cut down on the "warpage"; when that was dry, I used a stencil and crackle paste to create bricks. These were heat dried until they bubbled to give them some texture, then colored with Distress Oxide ink. Meanwhile, I die cut several doilies from the gorgeous cardstock that came in the Add-On. And now it was time to assemble my page with matting created from several of the pretty patterns on the "B" sides of the paper and a lot of packaging between the layers to give it all some dimension. I added a frame from one of the flower packages after giving it a coat of gesso. My flower clusters from the Main Kit and the Flower Add-On, along with one of the pretty clips from the Embellishment Add-On. A bit of a cut-out, lace from the flower package and a sprinkling of gems and I was almost finished. The last step: the title cut from those awesome vellum sheets that Krissy packed in the kit!
Here are a few closeups...


Why not visit the Swirlydoos forums to see how YOU can enter our Sketch Challenge? http://www.swirlydoos.com/forums/topic/september-autumn-bloom-sketch-challenge/
Supplies

*Swirlydoos September 2017 "Autumn Bloom" Kit*
49 and Market - Cottage Life Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Provence
49 and Market - Cottage Life Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Bicycle Ally
49 and Market - Cottage Life Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Cottage Cut Outs
49 and Market- Handmade Flowers - Cottage Blooms - Cotton #CB-86097
Core'dinations - Quotes & Titles - 3.37" x 3.37" Vellum Sheets - Inspirational

*Swirlydoos September 2017 Cardstock Add-On*
Darice - Core'dinations - 12 x 12 Vintage Cardstock - Bloom
Darice - Core'dinations - 12 x 12 Vintage Cardstock - Serene

*Swirlydoos September 2017 Flower Add-On*
49 and Market- Handmade Flowers - Cottage Blooms - Bluebell #CB-86110

*Swirlydoos September 2017 Embellishment Add-On*
Darice - Self-Stick Gems - Glitter Royal Blue - 40 Pcs #1216-914
Prima - My Prima Planner Collection - Clips - Sweet Toffee #593773

*Swirlydoos September 2017 Mediums Add-On*
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Faded Jeans

*Swirlydoos July 2017 Flower Add-On*
49 and Market - Floral Mixology Collection - Paper Flowers - Assorted Sizes - Ocean Breeze #FM-85762

*Swirlydoos August 2017 Project Add-On*
49 and Market - Floral Mixology - Champagne #FM-85694

 Other Supplies
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Vintage Photo
Cheery Lynn Dies - English Tea Party #DL101
Cheery Lynn Dies - French Pastry #DL102
Prima - Stencil - Fence 2 #550011
Gesso
Clear Gesso
Crackle Paste

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I mentioned that this kit was perfect for "boy" pages, and here's proof: my twin Grandsons' school photo and a design that captures their personalities.

I started by tearing some of my papers, along with a piece of deeply ribbed packaging. After adhering the first sheet, I created a border by stamping a few barbed wire stamps. Next, I attached the packaging and another torn piece that I stamped to create a bit more interest. I used the same paper to create a photo mat from the corner and added a bit of burlap on the bottom. I kept the actual embellishments simple: a bit of the chippie that came in the Embellishment Add-On, some pine cones from my stash, and a cart and a few lady bugs that were fussy cut from the pattern paper.
And a couple of close-ups...


Supplies

*Swirlydoos September 2017 "Autumn Bloom" Kit*
49 and Market - Cottage Life Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Cottage Cut Outs
49 and Market - Cottage Life Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Fresh Delivery
49 and Market - Cottage Life Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Garden Seeds
49 and Market - Cottage Life Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Rooster Row

*Swirlydoos September 2017 "Autumn Bloom" Embellishment Add-On*
SA Crafters - Laser Cut Chipboard - C-Vive Circles

*Swirlydoos September 2017 "Autumn Bloom" Mediums Add-On*
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Abandoned Coral
 
Other Supplies
The Scrapbook Diaries - Gabrielle Pollacco - Gabi's Textures
The Scrapbook Diaries - Gabrielle Pollacco - Gabi's Crackle
Ranger - Archival Ink - Jet Black
Burlap
Pine Cones
Packaging

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My two older sons took a road trip to Buffalo, NY a few weeks ago and stopped in LeRoy (look it up!) to visit with my sister and her family. My oldest managed to get this incredible shot near the Oatka Creek, featuring a refurbished Statue of Liberty/

I deliberately put aside a sheet of the Rooster Row paper for this page, knowing that the color and the pattern would make a good background. After coating both sides with clear gesso, I used Scor Tape to adhere it to some USPS packaging (I'll explain "why" later) and applied a thin coat of crackle paste through a favorite stencil and allowed it to dry naturally. Meanwhile, I took some scraps and a lot of fussy-cut images (this collection is a fussy cutter's paradise!) and played around until I was satisfied. I stapled the layers together, then adhered it to the page. I attached my photo, then added a few more bits and pieces, including the tag that holds the hand-written title. My flower cluster is made with one of the packages from the Flower Add-On, along with some blooms from the July and August kits. I finished my layout by hammering a few of the nail heads from the kit (and that's why I used the USPS packaging).



Supplies

*Swirlydoos September 2017 "Autumn Bloom" Kit*
49 and Market - Cottage Life Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Enjoy the Sweet Life
49 and Market - Cottage Life Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Garland
49 and Market - Cottage Life Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Rooster Row
49 and Market - Cottage Life Collection - 12 x 4 Double Sided Paper - Bonus Cut Outs
Darice - Jewelry Designer Collection - Round Nailheads - Nickel - 40 Pcs #1892-39
Swirlydoos - Jute - 2-ply - 2 Yd

*Swirlydoos September 2017 Flower Add-On*
49 and Market- Handmade Flowers - Blossom Blends - Poppy #BB-86172

*Swirlydoos July 2017 Flower Add-On*
49 and Market - Floral Mixology Collection - Paper Flowers - Assorted Sizes - Ocean Breeze #FM-85762

*Swirlydoos August 2017 Project Add-On*
49 and Market - Floral Mixology - Champagne #FM-85694

Other Supplies
Prima - Royal Menagerie Collection - 6 x 6 Stencil - Decor 1 #582975
Prima - Art Extravagance - Texture Paste - White Crackle #961503
Clear Gesso

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This layout was created as my example for the November All That Flutters Challenge that I'm hosting for Swirlydoos. (Details here http://www.swirlydoos.com/forums/topic/november-2017-all-that-flutters-challenge-all-about-family/) As the theme says, it's all about family; the lady second to the left is my Great-Grandmother McCormick, the bewhiskered gentleman in the center is my Great-Grandfather McCormick and the smiling lady holding the baby is my Grandma Darby with my Uncle Jack back in 1917.
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I dug out a stamp from a long-ago Swirlydoos kit to create a border and a birdcage dangling from a cluster of flowers. The matting was kept simple with a died cut from one of the papers. Next, I framed the photo with one of the pieces of the Dusty Attic shapes from the Embellishment Add-On. There's actually a lot going on with the cluster: blooms from the Main Kit and Flower Add-On, resin feathers and a lot of fussy cut images (I think I already mentioned that this collection is a fussy cutter's dream). I finished by adding a Dusty Attic butterfly (altered with Distress Oxide ink) and, from the same package, my title.



Supplies

*Swirlydoos September 2017 "Autumn Bloom" Kit*
49 and Market - Cottage Life Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Garland
49 and Market - Cottage Life Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Bicycle Ally
49 and Market - Cottage Life Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Cottage Cut Outs
49 and Market- Handmade Flowers - Cottage Blooms - Cotton #CB-86097
Prima - Resin Collection - Resin Embellishments - Feather #573355

*Swirlydoos September 2017 Flower Add-On*
49 and Market- Handmade Flowers - Seaside Blooms - Natural Blush #SB86059

*Swirlydoos September 2017 Embellishment Add-On*
Dusty Attic - 49 and Market - Laser Cut Shapes - Archival Board - Happy Moments - White

*Swirlydoos September 2017 Mediums Add-On*
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Faded Jeans

*Swirlydoos August 2017 Project Add-On*
49 and Market - Floral Mixology - Champagne #FM-85694

*Swirlydoos July 2011 Embellishment Add-On*
Pink Paislee - Butterfly Garden Collection - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Impressions #00445

Other Supplies
Spellbinders - Nestabilities - Card Creators - Elegant Labels 4 #S6005

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Check out this month's Project Kit - a Stickles Storage Carousel from SA Crafters that will hold 48 individual bottles of Stickles, Liquid Pearls and similar sized items! (I'm also using it for Alcohol Inks, as you can see.)

I've made mine Shabby Chic, covering it with gesso, then painting it with the Martha Stewart Glitter Paint that came in the kit. I've added some lace to the sides, then flowers from my stash, all topped with a ginormous metal butterfly.

Supplies
 
*Swirlydoos September 2017 Stickles Bottle Holder Project Kit*
SA Crafters - MDF Wood - Stickles Carousel Storage
Ranger Ink - Liquid Pearls - Dimensional Paint - Rose Gold
Ranger Ink - Stickles Glitter Glue - Sprinkled Sugar
Martha Stewart Crafts - Multi-Surface Glitter Acrylic Paint - Sugar Cube #32185

Other Supplies
Gesso
Lace Trim
Flowers
Metal Butterfly
Paint Brush
Matte Medium
Aleene's Tacky Glue


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