Swirlydoos Kit Club, Ultimate Designer Challenge Week 1

I’m so very excited to have begun participating in Swirlydoos Ultimate Designer Challenge.  There are many amazing and talented people sharing all their beautiful projects.  I hope you will go visit the Swirlydoos gallery!

We were asked to create a multi-dimensional embellishment for use on a scrapbook page, card or altered item.  Our guidelines for making this embellishment were to use a die cut or piece of chipboard as the base and turn it into a dimensional (layered) usable embellishment.  We had to include TWO art mediums (gel, gesso, paint, pastes, glazes, etc.) and showcase it on a layout, card or altered item.


I did this layout on a 9″ x 12″ canvas using one of my wedding reception pictures of my wonderful husband and me on our wedding day.

Here is a close up of my embellishment.


I made the embellishment base by die cutting the largest heart (Sizzix Tipsy Hearts ) out of medium weight chipboard.  I tore pieces of More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!  and used gesso to collage/decopage the paper pieces onto the chipboard overlapping and leaving torn edges showing.  I added a touch of red acrylic paint onto the top of the layered paper once the piece was totally dry .

The second layered heart was embossed using Stampin’ Up! products.  The products are :  card stock -Very Vanilla, embossing powder-Pool Party, stamp set & framelits dies-Hearts a Flutter.  For the finished look on the embellishment  I took a few pieces of thin silver wire and bent and twisted them together to make a small spray to hold the beads.  I added a touch of ivory acrylic paint onto parts of the wire to give the embellishment that “shabby chic” look.


I decided the embellishment needed a touch of glitter to make it pop once my project was completed….I just can’t stop adding LOL.  In the picture below I added  some  Ice Stickles in Coffee Ice.


Each week our entries are reviewed and we are informed whether we move onto the next week.  Each week there will be eliminations until the final decision revealing the Ultimate Designer!  I will continue posting my entries as long as I remain in the competition…..holding my breath LOL.

I used some white rub-on’s and hand doodled throughout the layout with a glitter pen.  I even smudged some red acrylic paint and  stamped a heart image on the edges of the canvas.  To complete the layout I included a few items from the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Embellishments Kit.

  Hope you like it 🙂

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