I finally ordered a kit from Swirlydoos last week. It was delivered on Saturday (while I was at work). I was so excited to open it up on Sunday. My parents came for a visit, and after they left, I started on my first layout.
I started out with the awesome Pink Paislee "House of Three" Parisian Anthology papers. You can see above how the paper has the resist elements in the corners. I inked the whole page using Ranger's Distress inks in: Worn lipstick, peeled paint, vintage photo, old paper, and scattered straw.
First I scanned an old Wedding photo of mine. Then I used Picasa to edit the photo (change to sepia tones). You will notice I used my favorite background stamp (that I carved myself) to add gold embossing around the edges of the paper. I also used Stazon Jet black ink, and a few other stamps I carved to stamp all over the paper. I distressed the edges of all paper with scissors. I wadded it up into a ball, so I could ink all the little lines it created.
The "Dusty Attic' chipboard I embossed in black. I also spray painted the Teresa Collins Blingage...black. The circle around the photo is Pink Paislee's Artisan Elements, circles. These along with the tickets that I altered and the white trim, all came in my Swirlydoos kit. Along with the cameo.
In the upper right you will see I used Karen Foster's "Page pin ups" in black. These are really kewl! Prima flowers, some leaves, tiny roses and charms all came from Michaels. I also used some antique buttons! I love buttons!
I added out Initials in the upper left. I also used some pip berry twigs that I got from JoAnns (I took a "pick" and tore it apart).
I am happy with how this turned out. Thanks for looking, and enjoy your day!