Friday, March 25, 2011

After long hours and much anticipation...

Yes, that's first Swirlydoos page is finally done. This kit was from March and is called Cabaret. I LOVED it. There were so many gorgeous papers that it was difficult to decide which ones to use in order to create my page for the sketch challenge. I even got to use some stuff that I bought on a whim way long ago and have been dying to find the right use for. 

This is a picture of my son Colin. I took the picture at the mall in December 2009 while I was playing with my camera. The picture was so dark it looked black but I knew there was a gem hidden within. During my recent photoshop class I altered the color, blurred the background, and cropped. The slight wash out of color was perfect to go with the dusty blue's in this kit.

The flowers were cut from the Tim Holtz accordion flowers die run through a Big shot. I couldn't bring myself to cut the gorgeous papers into flowers so I used the background stamp that came with the kit and did a bunch of ink blending with Tim Holtz distress inks. The butterfly is actually from a previous download through Swirlydoos. I used liquid glass, some black Stickles, and curled the wings. I took the liberty of removing the antenna. They are way too complex to cut out and I don't have any wire, so this butterfly is NOT anatomically correct.

My hinges turned out FANTASTIC!! Yes, they took me all day at the crop last Saturday but were oh so worth it. I used the tutorial over at Swirlydoos for making rusty hinges. I have some hinge stamps from my previous kit club Scrapgoods and I stamped and cut them out of chipboard. Then I punched the holes and followed the rest of the tutorial. I also used distress ink over the paint, before the distress powder so that it grunged them up just a bit more and I added an extra step of spraying with patina glimmer mist. I gotta say, the tad bit of shimmer is fabulous. The vines were purchased in the floral section at Michael's for 50% off. Score one for the thrifty scrapper.

That piece that I purchased and had forever...this is she. Isn't it awesome? It was some sort of jewelry making line at Jo Anne's that had an Alice in Wonderland theme. It's one long chain and they are a beautiful pewter.  I have yet to find another item that was this cool. This was an excellent find. You can also see some of the paper distressing. I really enjoy the way that turns out and with these really thick heavy papers they end up looking like fabric when they are done.

I had to show the ticket because I am just so proud of the ticket. Yes, it's just a plain ol' raffle ticket. I used coffee and patina glimmer mists to grunge it up a tad. It's been in my stash for a while. I love being able to use stuff like this on my page. I have  TONS of it and plan on digging in and making use of what I have saved much more in the future.
Thanks for looking


  1. This layout is absolutely stunning! I mean beautiful. There is so much rich detail in every inch! I love your butterfly! I thought it was a prima until I read you made it. Holy cow girl! You are talented.
    I didn't know you used to subscribe to scrapgoods. Thats where my mica stash came from (still waiting to be used) Were you active on the boards? We have a website where some of us still hang out - come join us.

  2. Geri - bust into those mica's girlfriend. That's where I got mine! They sent me a poweder with gum arabic and I had NO CLUE what to do with the two of them...Wow was I surprised at all the fantastic stuff that can be done. I'll look you guys up. I was not on the board very often because my dial up connection was terrible.

  3. Awesome layout! Love the jewelry element circling the page! Cool, cool, butterfly! Love your style!