Faux Metal Tutorial

This was so much fun!!! My page titled The Journey (above this tut) features this faux metal. Here are the supplies you'll need...

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Crepe Paper Carnations

How much do I love thee? Let me count the ways!! Isn't this flower adorable!? I ran across this tutorial on the web months ago and it has been rolling around my head ever since. It is so versatile making it perfect for every one one of your gorgeous creations. Let's go!

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Calla Lily

I fell in love with this flower when I saw a video for it on the Heartfelt Creations website. So, if you don't want to read my tutorial you can click here to watch it over at HC. I did distress this up a little bit, which is not on the video. All right! Let's get started......

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Faux Leather Tutorial

Making faux leather is easier than you think. I know, I say that about a lot of my tutorials. Have I been wrong? LOL...

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Snowy Poinsettia

These flowers are just too cute! They are beyond easy to make too...BONUS!

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Emerging Color Stamping Technique

Ok, I'll admit it...I really love stamping and the more I stamp the more I want to stamp. It's a wonderfully vicious circle. Emerging Color is one of those techniques that have some very basic and constant elements to it, but the creative license is all yours in how you present it. I'm sure if you Google or YouTube you will find a ton of tutorials and a lot of them will be very similar. Emerging Color boils down to this one word: resist. This is at its very core a resist technique. The whole trick to doing this is to remember that you will work in layers.

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Swirlydoos Reveal Day!!!! Introducing Retro Tapestry!!!!

Oh Baby!!!!  January's kit is vibrant and gorgeous!  This month's kit combines paper from Glitz and GCD Studios, flowers from Petaloo, the add on kits include ribbon and trim, chipboard wings and hearts and SO MUCH MORE!!!!  You may notice that I rarely used ink on these pages *gasp*!  It's true!!  The paper is so fresh, funky and colorful that I wanted it to stand on it's own.

I call this page Lakeside Dreaming.  My DD and her cousin about 5 years ago.  We were staying at a friend's camp on Lake Ontario.  They were sitting on this giant rock sticking out of the water and it just begged to be snapped with my camera.  I decided to distress my paper by ripping and using water.  No ink involved. I added a piece of Dusty Attic that I used some Liquitex ink and a pinch of Diamond Dust glitter on it.  I wanted it to stand out so I strategically placed some card stock behind it.  I also used the chip board hearts that came in my lovely package.  I dabbed on some white paint and while it was still wet I dropped them into a pile of lemon yellow glitter that also came in the kit.  I added some stamping and pearls along with some gorgeous butterflies to finish it off.

I did this page for the monthly sketch that comes in the kit.  I used one of my favorite Donna Salazar stamps.  Click Here to go and see it.  If you never tried her stamps, you really should.  They are gorgeous in their detail. I filled in the flowers with some Liquid Pearls that came in the kit, and edged my scalloped paper the same way.  Isn't the frame at the bottom HOT?!  

This is my attempt at using a clean and simple style.  LMBO!!!  It's not really clean and simple, but it is for me. This paper is really, really pretty in person.  I used PSE8 to change my photo to a high contrast black and white and I added texture to it as well.  It was just begging to be used with this paper and I didn't want to take away from the light, airy and fluid motion of it all....so I attempted to keep it simple. (BTW, I'm still laughing.)   I added a rub on next to my photo and decided to use one of my stencils.  This page is really different for me, sort of, but I really like it.

The Design Team was asked to create a masculine page with what would ordinarily be considered a feminine kit.  This is what I came up with.  See....it is totally possible to create a "guy page" using this kit, or any other one for that matter.  When I told my DH that we were asked to make a guy page from a Swirlydoos kit he made the funniest face.  He said "No way you are going to take a picture of mine and put it on a girlie page!"  For the record, he was pleasantly surprised when he saw the finished product.  He smiled, a lot!  Yay!!!  The paper, flowers, Curiosities tag and phone dialer came with the kit.  I used some of the coordinating card stock and created the faux leather background behind the photo.  I also used Fimo Clay to make the faux leather tag as well.  I will be putting together tutorials on that for you this weekend.  It is painfully simple and you will LOVE it!  Promise!

Thanks a ton for stopping by on reveal day!!  If you haven't signed up for the kit club, or have been on the fence about it, let me just say that you won't be disappointed.  The forums and ladies that call Swirlydoos home are the best around.  
I hope you all have a tremendous 2011!!!  Thank you for your past support and for your comments.  I appreciate them from the bottom of my heart!


Robin Shakoor said...

Totally fabulous! These layouts are beautiful. I love all the techniques. You rock as usual!

Dana Tatar {datatar} said...

Gorgeous layouts! I've had this paper pad in my stash for months and I really needed some fresh inspiration to get me motivated to use these pretty papers again. Thanks so much for getting me excited about these papers again! Happy new year!

Crystal Thomas said...

You did a great job with these papers! The layouts are fabulous as usual!

Nadia Cannizzo said...

Wow...just got my kit and I have been inspired in so many ways by you. Thanks so much for sharing. Happy new year.

JustYolie said...

Gorgeous layout! Lovethe techniques used! :)

Lisa aka Raining said...

Beautiful work Lisa!!!!