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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Home is where the heart is (Pion Design and Green Tara)

I have been so busy this month but had to sneak some time to play with the new "For Mother" collection from Pion Design and Green Tara goodies I received. I was given a pink and white/cream themed challenge pack from Green Tara to work with (pink is my fave color to scrap) and combined everything with the Once Upon a Sketch challenge for April too - I just loved Nadia's sketch this month!

This is my daughter as a baby in our backyard wearing her favorite outfit at the time (I have a lot of pictures with her wearing this, LOL). Don't you just love the printed doily pattern on that paper? I enhanced it by using a Martha Stewart corner punch on the edge.

Here is a close-up of the Green Tara flowers and trims, plus the Dusty Attic "Rose Vine" piece that simply I chalk inked. NOTE: My Dusty Attic shipment has ARRIVED - I'm just working on getting out custom orders and loading the rest into my Etsy shop, hopefully all done by Monday :)

This is the OUAS sketch and theme for April, I just flipped it to suit my picture.

Green Tara Products Used:





CODE: L2862W

Friday, April 13, 2012

April SwirlyHues challenge and project

I really, REALLY love this month's SwirlyHues colors! I love them so much that this is my THIRD project with this palette.

Here is the card I made with the colors and my Swirlydoos April kit. NOTE: The SwirlyHues Challenge is open to ANYONE, including non-kit subscribers and there is an OPTIONAL sketch made available for inspiration to be used on ANY kind of project (if desired). Kit contents are not required for this challenge.

Check out the full challenge details and some inspirational work  from the Swirlydoos DT at http://swirlydoos.blogspot.ca/2012/04/april-swirlyhues-challenge.html

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Flower Girl Headband (Green Tara)

Seriously, you can make a gorgeous headband that would retail for about $25 in 15 minutes... for less than half the price! This one was actually inspired by a flower girl headband my daughter saw in a boutique - with a whopping $38 price tag. No way was I paying that much for a 3-year-old's play thing, since she is not in a wedding.

All I did was buy a plain faux leather headband (at my local dollar store) and hot glued some Green Tara lace trim (glue in the very centre only of the lace). I then added the twisted organza pearl trim with fabric glue (over-top the hot glued lace just in case of future yellowing). Then I added some GORGEOUS silk flowers with Swarovski crystals (3 cream and 3 pink) with fabric glue in an off-centre cluster. My daughter actually chose the pretty flowers and I coordinated the headband and trims to match. We make a pretty good crafting pair (only 34 years difference in age :) I still won't let her wear it out of the house yet though, LOL.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Swirlydoos April kit reveal and blog hop

Welcome to Swirlydoos' April "Whispers of Spring" Kit Reveal Blog Hop Block Party! If you came here from Lisa Gregory'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 and as a bonus we have Petaloo joining in the fun and offering a prize too! There are 2 prize packs up for grabs this month so make sure to follow along and have fun.

I was so excited to go to the "dark side" and play with the beautiful high contras in Prima's Almanac collection. This is me at 33 pregnant with my baby girl. After having 2 boys I was soooo excited to be having a girl. It was a very difficult pregnancy but worth it! I used the April Swirly Hues colors for this layout.
NOTE: The SwirlyHues Challenge is open to ANYONE, including non-kit subscribers and there is an OPTIONAL sketch made available for inspiration more to challenge details follow soon.

Here is a close up of all the gorgeous Prima goodies from the main kit and the flower add-on.

I used the pretty April Prima BAP sketch as inspiration and rotated it like this:

Here is a fun picture of my boys and the Prima collection was perfectly paired with this G45 butterfly sheet of paper. The Dusty Attic chipboard is from my stash.

Here is a close-up of some of the flowers in the main and the add-on kit.

Here is my little girl last summer at the beach. I used the April kit sketch for this layout. The doilies are from my stash and the cameo is from last month's kit.

Here is a close-up of the gorgeous Prima vine and flowers.

Here is the inspirational kit sketch this month:

Lastly for today, a little journal to use up some scraps from the above layouts and to make good use of some pretty Prima packaging :)

Here is a close up of some of the flowers and chipboard you'll receive in the main kit.

You have until midnight, eastern time, on April 11th to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on April 12th. 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 one. Take your time. There are 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 QUESTION

3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had AND tell us the QUESTION that was created with all of the special words you collected AND GIVE US YOUR ANSWERS.

My special word is : THREE

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