Saturday, September 29, 2018

Mixed Media-is so fun!

It's been awhile since I've posted. Swirlydoos closed her doors and I was without a scrappy monthly kit for awhile. Didn't do much scrapping until Tres Jolie came along in June.

Here are some pages made with the first kit.

This one was made for the Sketchy Boards challenge. It was chosen as a winner for the August challenge. Very surprised and honored.

It's a page of the kids on Easter way back in 2001. This one was actual the "kill the kit" page. Used all the bits and pieces to create it.

A mixed media one of the fur babies. Loving the scattered sequins on the pages right now.

This was actually the first page I made with the kit. Did a little Photoshopping to get rid of the photo bombers. A lot of mixed media here.

Going back in  time to Swirly Camp in Colorado. Fun times once I got over the altitude sickness.

Just loving the mixed media and the snarky phrases from TH.

This was my first entry into Sketchy Boards and was chosen as a winner for the July challenge. The colors and sketch were the inspiration for this page. The teal and black ribbon was actually from the packaging of something I ordered via Amazon.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Tutorial Saturday with Jan

Hello, Swirly scrappers!

This Saturday tutorial is a simple one. I am sharing how I put together the SACrafters stickle holder that was the technique add on for Swirlydoos Autumn Bloom.

Here's a few pictures.

Check out the video on our Youtube channel.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

**Autumn Bloom** kit reveal with Jan

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.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Swirlydoos kit Reveal: Autumn Bloom

Our September scrapbook kit has just hit the pavement, and we know you're gonna LOVE IT!

We're proud to present:

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Each designer will post their complete reveal on the Swirlydoos Blog in the days immediately following our reveal. But for now, lemme tease you with a couple goodies from me!

Make sure you stop by our other designers blogs for more monthly inspiration: 

We have a great lineup of video tutorials, as well as step-by-step photo tutorials for you this month!
If you haven't already, (stern look) be sure you're connected with us on all our various social media outlets so you never miss a (free) learning opportunity. 


September sketch, created by DT Member Kim Heard

This beautiful sketch is your inspiration, now get creating! Our September sketch challenge runs until November 30th, and is open to EVERYONE! 

Upload your layout into the "Sketch" section of the Swirlydoos Facebook Gallery and you will be entered to win a fantastic prize from Swirlydoos! 
Check the sketch challenge thread in our forums to see how others were inspired by this same sketch.

CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration for November

The design team at Swirlydoos was honored with guest designing for CSI again this month.

What a great sketch and color combo! Both were certainly inspiring for me. I hope you give this case file a go. You can check out the major case at CSI and see how past cases have been solved.

Here's the sketch for November.

The scene included pale grey, khaki, white, moss green, and coffee brown surrounded by leaves, branches, stamps, string, flowers and paper clips.

The evidence I found to solve the case included: text on the washi tape, textured cardstock and cardboard, Tim Holtz index clips, string, clothes pin, flowers, leaves, buttons, ribbon, and even a letter text stamp on the patterned paper.

My testimony is documenting something I love to do-scrapbooking. I was inspired by the word, "think."

49 and Market patterned paper
49 and Market flowers and leaves
Tim Holtz washi tape
Tim Holtz index clips
Tim Holtz small talk phrases
Tim Holtz gems
Frank Garcia crown
Darice hemp string
Creative Embellishments chipboard "joy"
Ingvild Bolme chalk ink