Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Reveal Day at Swirlydoos *Divine Noel*

It's Reveal day for Swirlydoos December Kit "Divine Noel". No need to search on for that perfect Christmas Kit. Divine Noel has it all. From the new IOD and Bo-Bunny pattern papers to the new Prima and Petaloo Christmas vines. Everything you need to create such beautiful pages for your warm Christmas memories. With this kit I was able to bring out some of my old photos that I hadn't scrapped because I didn't have the right paper and embellishments. Enjoy!!

Merry & Bright
My boy and me.
I love the dark reds of the Bo-Bunny papers.

I misted the Dusty Attic Reindeers with Moonmist. Heated...then sprayed again to get layers of colors.

Aww, how I miss those little faces!!! They really do grow so fast. I love the look of the green and cream.

I made the poinsettia using my Cricut.

Just a little tip for those of you who don't have the Sizzix. I love Tim Holtz dies but don't have a the diecut machine. I found this shop on Etsy that sells precut die cuts from chipboard. You can find it HERE. I painted the chipboard and off whited, misted with green glimmer mist then inked the edges.

Tis the season to be JOLLY
My girls being silly....of course after they opened their presents...hehehe!

Just a close up of the layering and distressing I did with the Zutter. A must have tool if ya love to deep distress.

Spirit of the Season
These are my four kids and my two nephews. The smile on my nephew face is so funny...lol!!
I just want to note that this page matches in real life...lol!! I don't know why it photographed with the embellishments looking so red!! Blah!

Here's a little tip.... the poinsettia was a bit bright to match these burgundy papers. So, what I did was painted the flowers with Candy Apple Glimmer mist. Then just reapplied the glitter with gold stickles.

I made the roses and sprayed with glimmer mist.

This is my dd last year. Sorry the photo looks a little washed out. With the weather we're having it hard to take a good photo. For this page I did some fussy cutting and applied with foam dots do give a shadow box effect.

Just a close-up of the fussy cutting and foam dot layering to get some dimension.

The Exclusive Sketch
Merry Christmas
OMG...when I saw this sketch the first thing I thought was HOLY CRAP TRIANGLES!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't remember ever using triangles on my pages. It took me about an hour....and lots of scraps.....to figure out how to draw the damn things!! Overall, I LOVE how this page turned out!!

Just a close up of my triangles. I wrapped some fibers around the trees and added some stickles to the edges. Placed some rhinestones and Viola a triangle Christmas tree...hehee!!

Be sure to head over to Swirlydoos to get your Divine Noel Kit.

Thanks so much for taking the time!!!!!!


Monday, November 29, 2010

25 Tags of Christmas Blog Contest

Swirlydoos Kit Club is giving away 25 stunning Prima Keepsake Ornament Boxes in the month of December! Enter for a chance to win yours on our blog www.swirlydoos.blogspot.com beginning Dec. 1st and each day after until Dec. 25th! Every day we will post a theme & example for that day's tag. You create a tag based on the theme posted, upload it to your online gallery with the title reading, "Swirlydoos 25 Tags of Christmas - (enter theme) tag". Leave a comment on our blog with a link to your tag and that's it! We will use a random number generator to pick one winner each day all the way up to Christmas!

Please scroll down for the ZVA bloghop.

Zva Creative November DT Blog Hop

We have a NEW Zva Creative Design Team and we welcome you to join us this month for a blog hop that we feel is extra special!

There is now an added twist to our blog hops, YAY! As you know, Zva offers so many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals. We want to make sure that they shine bright for you, so each designer was asked to share a creation using a specific color or color combination on their blog hop project. We anticipate that our hops will become even more breathtaking with such stunning products to showcase by concentrating on color..

The Blog Hop begins at Kim Hughes' blog. She will have the complete list of all blogs that are participating in case there is a glitch along the way. If you would like to play along, just follow along the blog path. I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way. Hidden on FIVE of the blogs is a Zva Creative prize package ...YAY! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it's important to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can along the way.

The Blog Hop starts today, November 29th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, November 30th and the 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 1st on each of the five winning blogs. The full list will be found on Kim Hughes‘s blog as well (linked above). We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to all of the blogs once again on Wednesday...plus, you never know what kind of inspirational creation that you may find there. All you need to do is leave a comment on this Zva Blog Hop post...you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. The more times you leave a comment along the blog hop path though, the more chances you will have to be one of the lucky winners.

The colors I was given to work with were White and Cream.

I did some paper tearing and deep distressing. Then, placed some pearl strand on the layers.

The blog hop begins here: Kim Hughes Blog

Your next stop is here: Teri Anderson Blog

Thank you SO MUCH for joining us


Friday, November 19, 2010

Zva and Swirlydoos

I love it when I get Zva and Swirlydoos together. They mesh well, don't cha think? All the paper products came with the Simply Irresistible Kit along with the mist. All the blooms and bling are Zva.

Pretty Cute

The cardboard came with the kit. What I did was tear off the first layer. Then, painted with gesso. Gesso is a bit thicker than paint and gives a better cover. While it was still wet I misted with Tattered Angel Chalkboard Mist and heated.

Here is a close up of ZVA's new Leafy Vines. I love working with these. They are so unique, for no other company has made this design yet.

All the blooms are also new from Zva. You can find the bling and flowers HERE.
I am so happy that Lisa shared the tutorial on punched edged circle. It my new favorite technique. Now, I just gotta get me some more corner punches...lol! You can find the Tutorial HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!


Monday, November 15, 2010


This is one of my DT projects for Zva Creative. I used their gorgeous new mix of rhinestone and pearl leafy flourishes. You can find them HERE.

I've been somewhat stuck in a rut and feeling that all my pages are starting to look alike. So, I wanted to do something different. I lined up two differnt leafy flourishes along the top of the page and place flowers here and there. The stick pin is a gift from my good friend Mandy. The colors of the ribbon matched the page perfectly...thank you sweetie!!

Here is a close-up of the leafy flourishes. You can see that they are combined with pearls and crystals. I did some wet distressing on two different pattern papers and layered. You can find an awesome tutorial on Wet Distressing HERE.

I used the corner punch deco circle tutorial from Swirlydoos that you can find HERE.

Thank you for stopping by!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Prima Product Pick-November and a NEW Twist!

Each month we bring you some of Prima's finest products hand-picked to coordinate with one another!

Just look at those deep, rich flowers; sparkly golden Temple Leaves; beautifully-patterned Fairy Flora papers; beaded Caravan blooms; color-filled Autumn Leaves and exquisitely-detailed vines!

On top of all this--we have added a fun little twist this month!

Along with our Product Picks we are including a coordinating color swatch that you can use to create a project. So now you have two chances to win some of these FUN products:

  1. Repost the Prima Product Pick post on your blog/Facebook/other site and link back to Prima's blog for your first chance to win. A winner will be randomly chosen the first week of December.
  2. Create a Prima-based project using our new Prima Palette colorsshown above and email your project to: sharon@primamarketinginc.com for a second chance to win! Please put "Prima Palette" in the subject. Projects must be received by November 30th.