dinsdag 16 december 2014

Welcome to:

December Scrapbook Kit Reveal!

Thank you for joining our blog hop this month! If you came here from Jamie's blog, then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there.  Make sure you leave a comment on all blogs for a chance to win a prize! And, make sure you have LIKED & FOLLOWED Swirlydoos on Facebook!!!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful December collection:

Enchanted Evening

And check out these coordinating add ons that perfectly compliment our December scrapbook kit, and a special Christmas project!

Are you a subscriber? If so, your kit is on it's way if you don't already have it! If not, check out the Swirlydoos store to see if there are any December kits or add ons in the store!

Has it sold out? - become a subscriber and not only will you never miss a kit again, but you'll also pay less for your monthly scrapbook kits!
*Mention this blog hop and save 10% on your first kit*

 Never miss one of our kits again!

We have some absolutely beautiful scrapbook projects for you to see today !!
Starting with the cards I made using this beautiful kit....
 I did a step by step tutorial on these 2, which you can find --->>> HERE
 It is no acception that I like to use my scraps, and this card is just that! I used the cut out and cut off's from the card below. Krissy Always JAM-PACKS our kits so I used some stuff from previous kits as well.
This card is so pretty in RL (if I may say so myself) I wished that my picture would show you the delicate shimmer and texture it has.
Out Riding
These colors are perfect for a masculine layout. And what is wrong with flowers on a masculine page? In My Opinion ..... Nothing!
This is one of my favorite pictures of my DGS. The twinkle in his little eyes, I just love it.
This heart was hand-drawn (2 times) and I cut out the center of the top layer. Then covered it with a little piece of PP that came in the Mainkit. I also love the blue twine that came in the kit as well as the micro beads by prima. I added Multi Medium in a random patern and then sprinkle the beads over the adhesive. Let it dry for about 10 minutes and then shake off the excess.
These chipboard letters came in a previous Swirlydoos Mainkit. I painted them with Smooch and sprinkled them with ultra fine glitter. The on top of that I added some Viva Decor Perlen pen.
This flower was hand made. The big organza flower was made by cutting lots of petals and I lightly kit the edges with a lighter. Then glued them, like a flower, on a 1 inch circle base. The dark blue flower was actually a little fabric rose that comes in the Mainkit. I gently pulled it apart and stacked the layers. Then added a blob of Multi Medium in the center and sprinkled some Micro Beads
(from the Mainkit) on top of the adhesive. Then I lightly hit the petals with some more Multi Medium and sprinkle some Diamond Dust Glass glitter on the petals.  After it dried I glued a Bo Bunny rhinestone in the middle, which also comes in the Mainkit.

Here is an even more better vieuw.
Recently I got this Magnolia Rose leaf die, and I LOVE IT! Got it colored with
Art Anthology Sorbet - Dimensional Paint in leaf, which came in a previous Swirlydoos Multi Medium AddOn. I love the sparkle in it and it dries soooooo fast! Love that stuff.
Everytime I see this picture I go: awwww
This is our sweet dog Dasha. She really is the BEST!
This page contains lots of handmade flowers, that I had lying around and were a perfect match for those Beautiful BoBunny paper that came in the Mainkit.
I was jumping up and down when I found this little chipboard piece in the Mainkit. Actually there are 2 of them in the Mainkit. So Awesome. They fit on every page!!! I first geve it a coat of Gesso, then
(leaving the birds still white) a coat with Arth Anthology Dimensional Paint in leaf. On the little leaves I highlighted them with Stickles in lime (also from a previous Swirlydoos kit) and the birds got their belly and beak colored with Inklingz that come in this month's Medium AddOn.

I spritzed the (light pink colored) paper with water first. Let it set for a minuted and then roughly ruffled the bottom. Got some thread out and secured my ruffled paper. Tied the green thread and made a bow.
 This is another handmade flower. I did the same  as I did on the flower that I used on the
"Out Riding page"
Colored my flower using Distress Inks in Tattered Rose - Victorian Velvet and Aged Mahogany.

You have until midnight, eastern time, 12/17 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 12/19. In order to qualify to win here is what you need to do:
1: Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment on each. This way we know you were there. Take your time. There are REALLY beautiful things to see along the way.
2: Before you leave each blog, look for the “special” words and write it down. 
Once you have visited all the blogs and collected all the special words, they will create a sentence. 
3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had, tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you collected. Can't wait to hear from you.

My special word is : SELF

The party continues over at Maggi's blog.
Have fun!

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zaterdag 6 december 2014

Swirlydoos Saturday Card Tutorials

Today I have the honor, to give you a huge sneak peek of Swirlydoos new December kit.
Some elements I used are from previous kits and others from my stash, but I know that you savages have "something like it"
The link below, will take you right to the step by step photo tutorial.
December Card Tutorials

This is a Design Team project I created for Swirlydoos Scrapbook Kit Club.
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 (Paulien) 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!
Happy Crafting!!

donderdag 27 november 2014

More Swirlydoos......

Ohhhh How I love these Swirlydoos kits!!!!!
They are so JAM PACKED and filled with the latest and coolest items.
This month DT member Kim challenged the DT to use the same picture, and create a layout.
She made it into a contest for our members to guess which designer made which page.
It was so much fun!
I felt very honored to work with the picture, which came from one of our members, Peggy.
and so here's my entry
 This picture is just sooooo Beautiful! And I really wanted it to pop from the page.
 In a previous Swirlydoos kit, came this lovely craft envelope and I thought it was the perfect touch to use on this page.
Also, those gorgeous thread flowers, were a gift from Ingrid. She handmade these Beauties.
Thank you so much Ingrid!!!!
 In the November "Beloved" kit came these gorgeous Ingvild Bolme's closures, don't you just love it?!
And I have some cards to share. First is a blanco card
 I Always love to use up the scraps from creating layouts. They are perfect for a quick card.
I die-cut the flowers from fabric and sprayed them with the Lindy's Stampgang mist that came in the November Medium AddOn. 
 This card has some layers!!!!!! lol 
I was working on a layout but it didn't quit go where I wanted it to go, so I put the page a side and later I decieded to cut it up in 4 squares and create cards from it. I die-cutted the doily and gave it a washed look by rubbing Distress Stain, in Picket Fence over it. The lovely chipboard BlueFern Studio's flourish came in the MainKit. I colored the stemps with one of the sprays that came in the Medium AddOn and added Kaisercraft paint to the lavender tops.
 I gave it a pretty thick layer and hold my heatgun close to it, to create a bubbly effect. Then I added some Stickles (Magenta) over it.
Christmas Wishes
This card was made for Swirlydoos, Card Round Robin Challenge.
I had the honor to follow Jennie, and gosh... I loved her card so much that I didn't wanted to change anything. I just added some extra sparkles, and of course my own embellies.
I used Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die to create my flower. The leaves were crackle painted first. Then I rubbed on some Inka Gold over them and then Rock Candy stickles, and for extra sparkle I sprinkled some Ultra Fine glitter over them.
Thank you Jennie, for the inspiration you provided.

These are all Design Team projects I created for Swirlydoos Scrapbook Kit Club.
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 (Paulien) 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!

zaterdag 15 november 2014

Swirlydoos Saturday tutorial.

Today I'd like to share a giftbox I made, using the November *Beloved* kit.
You may think it is a bit complicated, but it is not. I photographed each step to make this as easy as possible, but if you do have a question, feel free to ask.

Here's the box:

and here's how it came together.

For my giftbox I started with a piece of cardstock, cut down to 8.1/4 x 10.1/4

From left to right I scored at 1.1/2 - 2.1/4 - 3 - 5.1/4 - 6 and 6.3/4 Make your folds.

I rotated my cardstock and if you look closely to the picture you can see that I only scored the middelest section. (between the tiny black dots) From left to right I scored at 5/8 - 1.3/8 - 2.1/8 - 8.1/8 - 8.7/8 - 9.5/8

Cut the lines till the marks.

Repeat this on the other side.

I first made straight cuts and then a little extra snip with an angle. (I hope you get what I mean. look closely to the picture)

As you can see in this picture... cut the 2 little flaps a little shorter. Repeat on the other side.

See the black lines in this picture? Those need to be cut off. I did one, in the left bottom corner, for you to see.

Fold the little flaps in. You could secure with a drop of glue if you want.

Fold the top inwards, over the little flaps.

Like so

Secure with a dot of glue! And repeat on the other side.

For the long side: add glue to the top part, like in the picture

Fold it inwards and press it to the bottom.

Repeat at the other side and your box is now finished.

For the cover of the box I cut a piece of cardstock at 6 x 8.3/8. BUT you might want to cut it at 6.1/8 x 8.3/8 Then it will fit a little better.

Score from left to right at 1.7/8 - 2.3/4 - 5.1/8 - 6

Add glue to the left part and glue it together.

You have now both of these pieces.

Your cover will be little wider than your box is. I did this on purpose, cause I wanted to dress up the sides of my box.

******* Pardon me for the light difference*******

As you can see here I added some lace all around my box.

I made 2 holes at the top and made a loop using twine - knotted it on the inside.

Then I selected my papers to dress up my cover and box. I just eye-balled it and cut it to size.

I lightly distressed and inked the papers.

And glued them to the cover.

Then I cut a strip of PP at 3/4 of an inch by 12 and scrunched it up

I glued it around the bottom of the cover.

From the sticker sheet I chose this border

And glued it all around the top of the cover.

These are my main embellishments, and that white flower is made from texture paste.
Let me show you how I did that.

I used a piece of vellum, (used it before to die cut some flowers) I wanted my flower to be as big as the,(earlier) biggest die cut flower, so that is my guide.....

I scooped some texture paste on my spatula (which has rounded corners)

And I simply pressed with my spatula onto the vellum and dragged towards me.

I repeated that a couple of times to form petals

Till I had formed a flower. The last petal was the hardest and I had to use my finger to give it the right shape. Then I let the flower dry overnight, and carefully cut around the petals, the next morning.

So these will be my main embellies, but first let me show you something fun using the raffia.

From the raffia, I shaped some leaves. First open up the raffia - then, hold your thumb in the middle and twist the top - cut it to size - if you like you can add a stamen, you want to put a little glue on the stamen - and twist the bottom.

I added some pearls, a sticker and a butterfly to my embellishments I want to use to decorate my box.

And started to glue them down using Beacon Fabri-Tac. Even the texture paste flower, which has a vellum back, was glued down with Fabri-Tac

In this picture you see my "gluing down process"

And I finished it off with some pearls and a butterfly.

I decieded that the inside of the box would look a little prettier with a piece of lace glued down on both ends.

And there you have it.
I hope you like it.

Have a lovely weekend!