Sunday, March 27, 2011

Love: Swirlydoos March Kit

Our Girl Peggy over at Swirlydoos decided to have a challenge
I just couldn't resist!  Strictly Homemade.  Meaning we could really use any store bought flowers...unless they were used as flower centers.  So since I had my paints out from that gorgeous
Painted layout I did last week...I thought...why not do a little more.
So here is the main sheet I used, it is Prima Paper...and I LOVE it!
You can see where I used my Kraft knife to cut out around the chic..and at the top and right side.  That was so I was able to cut out another square shape to set on point.  This too is from the Fabulous March Swirlydoos kit.  Notice it is lined...which will be great when I decide what I want to say in my journaling.
The first thing I did for my home made...I used a Martha Stewart punch and painted it.  If you like to paint, the colors I used are Forest green and Mulberry acrylics by Delta.  I used a 1/2 inch Lowell 7000 series brush to do the leaves and petals.  I used a size 1 liner brush for the veins.
Next I used Ranger ink in Vintage photo after I distressed all my page edges.  I also used my own favorite background stamp (which I drew and carved myself) with Ranger's Chipped China (looks a little greenish on the paper...due to the yellow hues in the paper..which was PERFECT).
Some of you will be thinking...hmmm...this kind of reminds me of something...what could it be?  Here is what you are
The Dusty Attic March Sketch, here is the sketch below.
Isn't it beautiful!  So you might be able to see this in my layout.  I just changed it a  But I feel pretty good about how it turned out.  I used my Angle brush and the mulberry paint to shade on the beautiful ladies dress, hair and flowers.
That really made the dress "pop."  I even gave her a little eye  I used my Tim Holtz flower die and cut these out.  I used the same mulberry paint, and painted all the edges.
I got a little tired of taking it is finished  Took too much time getting up and  This is a picture of my parents when they re-newed their Wedding vows.
I accidentally dropped my brush (which is common) I got to get some matching paint ..because it looks like she did a bad job putting on lipstick (the paper chic).  Here are some close ups of the details.
That gold stuff....that is dusty attic scraps!  It is the left over pieces from the "Corner pieces" that I used.  I just cut them to create this faux frame on the side.  I embossed them with gold embossing powders and then glued down glass seed beads along all the edges.  This way they should count in Peggy's challenge.  The swirls were cut using the Tim Holtz die, and using a darker purple paper from the kit, and I just used Lisa Pink by Delta to do some hi lighting.
Above the glass seed beads show up pretty well on the dusty attic pieces.  You can also see the leaves that I cut out free hand and painted.  I also used a #2 filbert brush (lowell cornell 7000 series) to paint the little leaves through out my flowers.  Some of the flowers were punched out individually with a fiskars punch, and painted.  I used stickles in Mairgold for these flowers.  I used gems for the centers of the flower borders I did with the Martha Stewart punch.
I added antique buttons (I would almost say I do that with all my projects) with gold beading wire and beads to the flower centers.  I used beading wire and a few beads to create the necklace.  I also used a perfect medium pen and drew around a few of the flowers and dusted with perfect pearls in perfect copper.  The shading on the dress shows up really great here.  
I matted the photo with some of the darker prima paper from the kit, distress it and inked in vintage photo.  I made my title with left over strips, that I just had wrote "love" on, distressed and curled.  The leaves and flower center show up pretty good here.  Oops...almost forgot...I used one of the mists by Ranger that came in my Swirlydoos kit.  It is a light blue color!  I will post it later.
I sure hope I got it all down...LOL.  
Thank you for visiting!


  1. Wow!! What a fabulous layout! Your detail work is just amazing. I am so in awe of all your techniques here.
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I love to meet new bloggy friends. :)

  2. Keep it up Heather, you are going to make me have to go out and buy some paint brushes so I can try some of these techniques. You did a great job with everything. Love it! Hugs Bella!

  3. Big Wow! This is such a gorgeous and detailed layout! Love all the stunning details!

  4. Very very pretty. That's a lot of details!


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