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Friday, July 12, 2013

Summer Display Layout Tutorial (Swirlydoos)

The July Swirlydoos "Madame" main kit was so easy to create with - so many beautiful embellishments. These Prima and Kaisercraft papers look like they are already masked and stamped on too - so awesome! I decided to make this a summer display layout for my mantle so I used a stock image. Here is a tutorial of my layout made with just the MAIN kit contents - without any add-ons!

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STEP 1 - PREPARE THE BACKGROUND
I cut a small bit off the edges (a quarter inch?) of the light Prima paper, heavily distressed it and adhered it to a darker Prima paper. TIP: Only glue the middle of the papers together, leaving 3 inches all around to be freely rolled back later on (easier to do this at the end).

STEP 2 - FUSSY CUT AND/OR DISTRESS YOUR LAYERS
I cut out a few photo mat layers (approx. 4x6 or 5x7 sizes) from the Kaisercraft papers (the frame and tan paper) and used the Prima flowers packaging as a layer too.

STEP 3 - START POSITIONING
I placed the 3 paper layers and one of the element sticker borders, plus a chipboard piece (splattered with gesso the Silks paint in the kit) on top of my background.

STEP 4 - ADD MORE EMBELLISHMENTS
I added more chipboard, sticker elements and a flower. The chipboard birdcage was treated with gesso, Silks paint (from a previous kit) and brown chalk ink. TIP: I fussy cut some of the sticker flowers apart.

STEP 5 - THE FINISHING TOUCHES
I added the photo image, even more sticker elements (again fussy some apart), plus added more flowers, punched some butterflies (from kit scraps) and rolled back the edges in a few places.

STEP 6 - SECURE THE EDGES
Lastly, I added a bit of glue in spots that were not rolled back to secure the edges of the layout. NOTE: I also used this month's stunning kit sketch as inspiration...

Here is a peek at the Swirlydoos July 2013 "Madame" main kit and add-ons. To become a subscriber and never miss a gorgeous Swirlydoos kit click here.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Swirlydoos July Kit Reveal Blog Hop

Welcome to the Swirlydoos "MADAME"
July kit reveal blog hop party!

If you came here from our EXTREMELY talented guest designer - Gerry's blog, then you are on the right track. If not, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and start from there. We have some amazing projects for you to see today! Make sure to leave a comment on ALL of the blogs for a chance to win prizes for participation in this hop. Also, be sure to check out Swirlydoos on Facebook and "Like Us" too!

Oh my... I have been waiting to get this "Madame" kit - delicious Prima and Kaisercraft papers with perfect embellishments. I am really "digging" teal and peach this season so this was my ultimate PERFECT kit! I decided to make this first project a summer display layout (for my fireplace mantle) so I used an elegant stock image (from Pion Design) instead of a personal photo.

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Note that I have ONLY used the main kit contents for this layout and a step-by-step layout tutorial will be posted on the Swirlydoos forum later today. This is the amazingly beautiful kit sketch that I used as inspiration - so gorgeous!

Here is a close up of the yummy flowers in the main kit!

For my second layout, this is a picture of my dad posing with his family when he was just a little boy. They were re-united once immigrating to Canada from Portugal. I added some bits Dusty Attic chipboard flourishes and title from my stash but everything else is from the kit.


I used this Kaisercraft sketch (Saturday sketch for July #1) as inspiration -- so easy to make it "your own". I flipped it to better suit my photo.


Here is a closer view of details.

Lastly for today, I made a card using the kit contents (papers, flowers and bling) to surround my Dusty Attic "trinkets and treasures" themed ATC. I started off by using the casing from DA words and some mini shells.

Here is a close-up of the ATC portion surrounded by the amazing bling in the main kit.

You have until midnight, Eastern time, on Wednesday 7/10 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Thursday 7/11. 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. Become a follower if you're not already. 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.

Here is a peek at the Swirlydoos "Madame" main kit and add-ons. To become a subscriber and never miss a gorgeous Swirlydoos kit click here. Got to www.swirlydoos.com to see more details about this beautiful kit.

My special words are: WHO
The party continues over at Lisa's Blog
Have fun!

I still have LOTS more of my kit to play with and will be back soon to reveal 3 more projects. Please note that some of these projects above are made with 80% the kit contents and a few items from my stash or past Swirlydoos kits.

Blog hop order:
Swirlydoos -CLICK HERE
Paulien -CLICK HERE
Andie -CLICK HERE
Angelica  -CLICK HERE
Irene -CLICK HERE
Rae Moses -Click Here
Gerry vanGent - CLICK HERE
Vicky - YOU ARE HERE!
Lisa V - CLICK HERE
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