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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Swirlydoos December Kit Blog Hop

Welcome to Swirlydoos' December Kit Reveal
and Blog Hop Block Party!

If you came here from LuminArte's blog, then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there. We have some amazing projects for you to see today. We have 3 manufacturers hopping and 3 designers from Webster's pages too! Also, as an extra special twist, 2 of our designers are hiding secret prizes on their blogs. Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win. Check out Swirlydoos on Facebook and Like Us too!

To kick things off I am sharing a layout made entirely with the "Believe" main kit contents (no add-ons or items from my stash at all) and a tutorial is posted here on the Swirlydoos Forum on how to make it from start to finish! This is a picture of my boys a few years ago. I love preschool pictures, before kids lose their baby fat and all their teeth.

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Here is a close-up of the flowers and awesome zipper.

This is a giant gift topper "layout". Sometimes the box is just too big to wrap but this will look pretty on it instead of just a big bow. I added a doily and some ribbon from my stash.

Look at the gorgeous flower and berry spray from the add-on kit!

This layout started out with inspiration from the kit sketch and took on a life of it's own, LOL. I added some Dusty Attic trees from my stash (painted and added glitter snow-tex on them, then inked over top). Around the pictures, those are layered snowflake die cuts made from plain white cardstock. I've always liked this picture of my boys as babies taken at sundown but found it dark. I never found the right winter paper to scrap it - until now! Love the antique look of this paper and the pretty flowers from the add-on kit to match.

This is a Dusty Attic chipboard piece in the main kit. I primed it with gesso, painted it with the "ice" Silks glaze that's included in the main kit and lastly, I added plain white snow-tex (from Michael's Crafts) randomly with my finger. BTW - Silks are a new favorite of mine, gotta collect them all!

Here is the gorgeous kit sketch to get your creative mojo going! i know, mine ended up looking nothing like this, hee, hee... but it gave me the idea to use the chipboard trees that were collecting dust in scrappy stash.

Lastly today, I have a simple cone. I like the elegance of simple projects at Christmas time since the colors are so rich. A variety of flowers from the main kit and add-on kit were used for this project. Just fill the cone with chocolates or candies and then top with flowers to decorate. Makes a great teacher gift!

I've just gotta say... Kaisercraft has really fantastic Christmas collections this year and Swirlydoos combined a few of them so perfectly well in this amazing kit. Click here to become a Swirlydoos Subscriber!

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Friday, 12/14 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Saturday 12/15. 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!
My special words: A CHILD

The party ends over at Swirlydoos' blog.
It's a special lucky day for the hop 12/12/12.
Two weeks until Christmas :)

NOTE: These projects were created with the special help of Helmar Adhesives - especially my favorites: the Premium Craft glue for paper and 450 Quick Dry for flowers and embellishments. I also used the fantastic acid-free glue for the chipboard too!