Lost Among the Clouds ~7 Dots Studio

Hello all, I want to send out a thank you to Nick and Tusia for giving me this opportunity,  a dream come true, I am over the moon excited to share that I have a great opportunity to create for 7 Dots Studio, A big shout out to Nick and Tusia for this wonderful chance to work for a great company.

So without further delay. I am sharing a layout today made with the new collections Hazy Days and Dreamscapes. The best of both worlds. I wanted to capture the true beauty of the photo and the various tones and colours.


This serene picture of the clouds rolling in, on a lone quiet beach, the calm before the storm. A moment, a chance to get “Lost Among the Clouds”


I have a video tutorial to share and hope you enjoy!

Enjoy the close-ups




I look forward to sharing many more with you all. Thank you for stopping by today!~


7 Dots Studio – Dreamscapes Clear Stamps

7 Dots Studio – Dreamscapes Narwhal 12×12

7 Dots Studio – Dreamscapes Tags

7 Dots Studio – Dreamscapes Word Stickers

7 Dots Studio – Dreamscapes Die-Cut Elements

7 Dots Studio – Hazy Days Clear Stamps

7 Dots Studio – Hazy Days Zip 12×12

Other Supplies:

Creative Embellishments: Wave Boarder 3

Lindys Stamp Gang – Flat Fabio Cafe au Lait, Moon Shadow Mist Bluebeard Blue Violet

UmWowStudio – Fishnet Stencil

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Stars & Stripes

Hello, another layout today for the new challenge at Creative Embellishments. And another fun mixed media layout to share with you.


This was such a fun layout to do, lots of texture and the pictures of course out of the 200 plus  taken, I did manage to get a couple good ones.

Here is the video along with some close-ups.

Starting out with background stamping with the halftone trio stamp and the distress crackle stamp, I added to the background work with  the Independence Stencil.


I did simple heat embossing with the title from the Independence word set along with the Grunge Corner Stars.


I hope you join us this month at Creative Embellishments, Its a great inspirational picture and don’t forget the twist, use stars and stripes. You don’t have to use CE products to join.




Creative Embellishments: Half Tone Trio Stamp, Distress Crackle , Independence Day Stencil, Grunge Star Corner, Independence Word Set.

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Spring Grunge ATC’s

Spring Grunge ATC’s
Hi all. I want to share a set of ATC’s made with Swirlydoos May Kit “Spring Grunge”. This kit has so much fun stuff in it. So many possibilities with it.

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Along with a short video tutorial on my creative process, I have some close ups of the Cards. These ATC’s can be so addicting to make.

The fun part is you can make as many as you want and they all can be different.


And by just adding some small element from my stash I have these fun ATC’s with some mixed media techniques.


I added paste from the Project kit and added it to the stencil. I used plain gesso, and dabbed through another stencil to get the pops of white.


Using the Inkgold from the mediums kit, I highlighted the metal portions of the cards to make them shine more.


I hope you enjoyed and if you haven’t played around making some ATC’s I highly recommend it. I have slowly expand my collection of ATC’s from fellow artists around the world.


Products featured in the May Main kit and elements from the Add on Kits.

If you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at http://www.swirlydoos.com. Mention my name (Heather) when you subscribe and you’ll receive 10% off your first kit, AND a coupon good for 30% off your entire purchase in the Swirlydoos.com store!

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Creative Embellishments Dad tags

June is always such a busy time of year, with birthdays, holidays and Father’s Day. Today I am sharing a tag and card set made just for him. Each one of the kids will have their own card/tag to give to their daddy.


While at a weekend away at Maggi’s, I got to play with her scrappy stash. I even attempted to make my own flowers. So when It came to a masculine looking card, the combo of paper, embellishments  and flair was just perfect.


Using the Flourish 12 with some distress ink and embossing powder I matched it to the paper UHK Gallery. I also made the flowers out of the left over papers using some dies.


I liked the masculine look and adding the touch of #1 Dad Flair give the extra touch and I heat embossed the titles on both the card and tag.


Creative Embellishments: Flourish 12He’s So FineWith Love#1 Dad FlairBirds of a Feather Flair.


Other Supplies:

UHK Gallery Paper Monsieur

Seam binding.

Cherry Lynn Dies Flowers.

Stampendous Embossing Powder White, Embossing Powder PearlLustre Sapphire.

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Faded Jeans


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Altered Tin – A Dad’s Gift

With a heavy heart, I have to say this is my last post for Petaloo, I want to put a big thank you out there to Jeff and Cheryl for giving me this opportunity and trusting in me to showcase their product, Their kindness and caring is over the top. Thank you so much for your friendships. Not a good bye but a see you later.

I want to thank the followers, consumers  and supports of Petaloo and the rest of the Design Team, for your support,  compassion and kind words.

So I will share a fun altered tin and card made especially for dad! You cant go wrong with rust, gears and steampunk. The tin is to hold all of Daddy’s sweet treats.


Enjoy the video and creative process.


Here are some close ups for your enjoyment

Because Brown is not a favorable colour for flowers, sometimes you just have to make them yourself. I used the Dajeerling Teastained   for the larger flowers and sprayed them golden yellow, with the Mini Mix I simply ink distressed them for the grunge look.


For the tin I used a rust technique to grunge it up and added the flowers and metal embellishments.


So the kids and I will fill this with daddy’s favorite sweet treats and leave the extras close so he can finish those off as well. (A sweet tooth in denial)

Thank you for stopping by today!


Petalooby Flroa Craft:  Darjeeling Mini Mix 1462-105 Dahlias Teastained 1467-105

Graphic 45: Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection

Prima: Crackle Texture Paste Copper, Texture Crackle Paste Gold, Soft Matte Gel

DecoArt Media: Quinacridone Gold, Paynes Grey, Raw Umber, Texture Sand Paste, White Gesso.

13@rts Gold Micro Beads.

Lindy’s Stamp Gang: A Bit o’Bubbly

Art Anthology Lattice Stencil

TCW Harlequin 12×12 Stencil.

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Altered Tag made with “Spring Grunge”

Today I am sharing an altered tag I made based of the sketch challenge at Swirlydoos Kit Club. The altered tag kit has these tags from Tim Holtz and they are big. I choose to make this one a wall hanging with some pictures of the kids on there.

Altered TAg

The tag is based loosely off the sketch challenge.


Here is a video tutorial of the creative process:

I added lost of background details with many of the supplies that came in the various kits that are available.


I love the texture that comes from the Ferro and to highlight with the various waxes and mediums that are available just make any piece stand out.


This kit has so much to work with I cant wait to see what your take on the challenge is.

More info can be found here at http://www.swirlydoos.com

Products featured in the May Main kit and elements from the Add on Kits.


If you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at http://www.swirlydoos.com. Mention my name (Heather) when you subscribe and you’ll receive 10% off your first kit, AND a coupon good for 30% off your entire purchase in the Swirlydoos.com store!

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Swirlydoos Kit Club “Spring Grunge”


Our May scrapbook kit has just hit the pavement, and we know you’re gonna LOVE IT!

We’re proud to present:

“Spring Grunge”

See how you can win this kit below!

Love it, right? Why not get one of your own? Let us 
“Inspire Your Obsession!”

become a subscriber and not only will you never miss a kit again, but you’ll also pay less for gorgeous, perfectly coordinated monthly scrapbook kits!

*Mention this blog post and save 10% on your first kit*

Each designer will post their complete reveal on the Swirlydoos Blog in the days immediately following our reveal. But for now, lemme tease you with a couple goodies from me!

An Altered Tag  based off the Sketch Challenge.



Along with some Spring Grunge ATC’s. Watch for the video tutorials to go with these!


We have a great lineup of video tutorials, as well as step-by-step photo tutorials for you this month!

If you haven’t already, (stern look) be sure you’re connected with us on all our various social media outlets so you never miss a (free) learning opportunity.

Swirlydoos Facebook page

Swirlydoos Gallery






May sketch, created by DT Member Kim Heard

This beautiful sketch is your inspiration, now get creating! Our May sketch challenge runs until June 30th, and is open to EVERYONE!

Upload your layout into the “Sketch” section of the Swirlydoos Facebook Gallery and you will be entered to win a fantastic prize from Swirlydoos!

Check the sketch challenge thread in our forums to see how others were inspired by this same sketch.


This month we decided to change things up a bit, see if you’re still paying attention 😉 You’re still going to get to see what our FABULOUS designers have in store for you, but you’re also going to get the chance to win THIS MONTH’S KIT!
*gasp… yes!*

(Don’t worry subscribers!! We gotcha covered! If a current subscriber wins the contest, we will substitute this prize for your choice of either a CS, FLW, PP, MED, or DIE add on next month!) **limited to availability**

This promotion will run until midnight, eastern time, June ??. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Facebook Page and on our Blog.  Here’s all you have to do…

1. Like/Follow our Facebook page, and SHARE THE CONTEST POST! (must like/share to be entered at all) = 1 entry

2. Tag your scrappy friends in the contest post = 1 additional entry
3. Make any purchase in the swirlydoos store = 5 additional entries
4. Become a monthly subscriber = 10 additional entries
5. Refer a friend during the contest = 10 additional entries (if they subscribe).


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Wind Chime

As many of you know I not only create art inside, but I also create art outside. I have been gardening for as long as I have been working. I use art both inside and out as a release from the stress of work. So whither its in the gardens or in the studio. It relaxes me, it frees me.


So for me to be able to make something I can enjoy for my gardens is a bonus. To sit in one of the many places in my gardens and enjoy the true art of nature. And to see a beautiful piece of art that shimmers and shines in the patches of sunlight breaking through the leaves.


Nature and Art, they go their separate ways,

It seems; yet all at once they find each other.

Even I no longer am a foe to either;

Both equally attract me nowadays.

Some honest toil’s required; then, phase by phase,

When diligence and wit have worked together

To tie us fast to Art with their good tether,

Nature again may set our hearts ablaze.

All culture is like this; the unfettered mind,

The boundless spirit’s mere imagination,

For pure perfection’s heights will strive in vain.

To achieve great things, we must be self-confined:

Mastery is revealed in limitation

And law alone can set us free again.

-Selected Poetry of Johann Wolfgang van Goethe,  ‘Natur und Kunst’ (2005: 124-125)


I wanted to make something functional but yet stunning, a piece special for my gardens.

 Enjoy the process of this piece.

But with all artists there is the idea, implementation of the idea, following through, altering the idea, and then through many other steps, set back, a-ha moments there is the completion of the idea. And then to capture the completed idea so others can envision in their own eyes the true beauty and elegance of a piece.


And with any creative process, getting the picture to capture its true essence is sometime just as long, complicated, and tedious as the project itself. And what we wont do to try and get the perfect picture.



Thank you for stopping by today!



Relics & Artifacts®:CrosseIcons, ChadelierPendantsI, Chandelier Pendants II, Chandelier Pendants III, Facia Familiaris, CAmeos, Flaming Hearts Exi Votos, Medallions.

DecoArt Media: Fliud Acrylics Titan Buff, Paynes Grey, Quinacodone Gold, Transparent Yellow Oxide, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Antiquing Cream English Red Oxide,  Antiquing Cream Patina, Gesso White, Gesso Black, Crackle Glaze.

Swarovski Crystals: Copper, Clear, Smokey Topaz,

Iced Resin®:Iced Resin, Anctient Gold German Glass Glitter Shards, Sterling German Glass Glitter Shards, Onxy German Glass Glitter Shards, Iced Resins Cyrstal Opal, Iced Resins Fire Opal, Bronze Shattered Mica.


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Butterfly Cage Featuring Maja Design

For the first two weeks of June, Petaloo is doing a product spotlight featuring the amazing papers from Maja Design, a paper company out of Sweden with such soft and elegant papers.


My project is an altered Butterfly cage made with the softness of the vintage spring collection.


I detail cut almost the whole page of butterflies from the paper, not knowing how many would be enough, after I matched them front and back I added them to wire to make them look like they were flying within the cage.


I even had some escape from the cage, but as most butterflies are attracted to flowers I used the Penny Lane blossoms to keep them where they should be.


Adding the effect of moss and grass I added some mushrooms and more blossoms to the floor of the cage, making it a cozy little home.

Using a layer of paper on the background I added some subtle texture with a stencil.


Don’t forget there is a giveaway! Who cant resists these goodies


Join the giveaways by joining us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram too. Thank you for stopping by today.


Heres where to find Maja Papers Near you http://majadesign.nu/store-finder/




Maja Designs: Vintage Spring Basics 6th of May, 6th of March.

Petaloo By FloraCraft: Penny Lane Mixed Blossoms Antique Rose 1836-059, Mixed Blossoms Soft Lavender 1836-057, Mini Dasiy Petites Soft Lavender 1839-057, Mini Daisy Petites Antique Rose 1839-059.

Shimmers Paints Texturez Muddy Buddy.

13 @rts: Postcard Stencil.

Lindy[s Stamp Gang Starburst Cocklebells Coral.

Faber-Castell Texture Luxe Pearl.

Prima: Birdcage.

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Hi All, I am  wanting to share a layout featuring some of my flowers and one of my many visitors to my gardens. We frequently get a variety of little creatures and tons of tree frogs. They bask in the sunlight amongst the shelter of the lilies.


Enjoy the creative process.

Here are some closeups.

You can see I used simple inking on the Fern Foliage and using 2 different ones adds to the wild little garden I have going on in this layout.


So many fine details with stamping using the checkered stamp and the distress screen stamp.  and using stencil in the background really adds to the texture I always try to achieve. In this case I used the Greek Key Stencil.


Adding more details with some Fly Away Flair and Small Flourish and topping it off with some splatters and dry brushing completes the layout.

Thank you for stopping by today.


Entered in:

Mixed Media Place





Creative Embellishments: Fern Foliage, Small Flourish, Fly Away Flair, Fern Foliage 2, Lupine, Delphinium, Distressed Crackle Stamp, Distressed Checkered Stamp, Distressed Screen Stamp, Greek Key Pattern Stencil.

7 Dots Studios: Home Grown Collection: Happy, 6×6 Paper Pad, Word Stickers, Elements 6×12, elements 6×12, Hazy Days Stamp, Cotton Candy Dreams Stars Stencil, Home Grown Floral Stencil

Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Starburst, Pretty in Pink Pink, Black Orchid Silver, Cotton Candy Pink.

Prima: Light Paste, Micro Beads Blush, Microbeads Black.

13arts: Modeling Paste, Gesso.

Petaloo By Flora Craft: Darjeeling Garden Rosettes Pink, Darjeeling Anemone Pi9nk, Darjeeling Garden Rosette Spice, Darjeeling Hydrangeas

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