Saturday, May 4, 2013

My First Reveal by Nicole Doiron

 I never thought this day would come!  Finally, it's time for my very first
 DT reveal on the 2Crafty Chipboard blog. I am beyond excited 
to be part of this team with so many talented ladies and to be able to
 create with an amazing array of chipboard products.  I had so much fun
 these last couple months, sorting through my fat pack of 2Crafty Chipboard 
and creating these 3 brand new, never before seen, projects!
2 of Us
This layout is my favorite of the three so I thought I'd share it first.
 The gorgeous papers are from Maja Designs.  I used a hexagon
 mask and embossing paste to create the textured background 
and added a lot of flowers and bling for dimension.

 I distressed all the chipboard in this layout, like the
 Just the 2 of Us title shown here, using the same technique of
unevenly dabbing each piece with different color distress inks
to give it a marbled effect.

 With white gesso, a little purple Smooch paint and some textured paste,
I made the little flowers of the Corner Flower Vines match the
different flower clusters all around the page.

 I LOVE everything doily-related and this Doily Border is certainly
no exception.  It is one of my favorite pieces of the entire 2Crafty variety.
 I find it looks gorgeous against the painted corrugated cardboard
strip at the bottom of my layout.

 I cut my 2nd piece of Corner Flower Vines using only the longer side
 and saving the leftover piece for another project.

A Mother is a Special Kind of Friend

They say that everything that glitters is not gold...  well,
it sure IS on this layout! :)  When I first started creating this page,
I had no intention of putting any gold tint on it whatsoever - it was
going to be all browns and black.  Little did I know what my
scrapbooking Muse had in mind!

It all started with these Corner Whispy Vines, and whispy they sure are!
 For the first time, I decided to experiment with microbeads.
 After putting a thick coat of brown acrylic paint on my chipboard,
I added a little glaze and then sprinkled some brown beads on top.
After the chipboard was dry, I wanted to make the beads stand out more so
 I started by dabbing just a little gold Perfect Pearls here and there.
 And that's when my Muse took over and went GOLD crazy!

 I then added more gold to the chipboard, the flowers, the doilies, the pearls, etc...

 Even these Cutesy Dragonflies were covered in gold,
as well as their stitched swirly paths.

 I used the same hexagon mask on the background of this layout
as on my previous one, this time with black crackle paint.
The Round Flourish Frame was cut in 2 pieces and covered with
distress ink, then dabbed with brown and gold chalk.

I love my MOM!  I can honestly say that she is my best friend so the title,
 A Mother is a Special Kind of Friend
 (which was also covered in microbeads and gold Perfect Pearls)
was a perfect fit for this beautiful picture of her & I !  :)

BirdSong Wall Plaque

My final project this month is an altered wooden plaque that I bought
at my local Dollar Store and embellished with beautiful Carta Bella paper
 flowers, bling and of course 2Crafty Chipboard.

This quote was great inspiration for this project.
 Being a very logical person, I tend to always search for a reason
behind everything in life.  Sometimes, it's just easier to just go with the flow...

The Birdcage 4 was exactly the chipboard piece I needed to create this plaque.
 I simply covered it with white crackle paint and then dabbed it with
Spun Sugar and Scattered Straw distress inks.

Remember the Corner Flower Vine that I cut and used a piece on my
'2 of Us' layout?  Well, here is the leftover piece which was just the
 perfect size and shape for this project. I used the same crackle paint
and inks treatment as with the bird cage.

I adore the 'mesh' look on any of my layouts and altered projects.
As soon as I saw the Fencing Wire Panel in the 2Crafty Stocklist, I knew
that I had to have it!  I used just a little piece on here and
saved the rest for later use.

Birdcage 4 comes with a cute little chipboard birdie.
 I covered it with gesso, followed by Deco-Art Snow-tex and
 then added a little pearl for the eye.

I hope that I was able to inspire you today and that
you will come visit my blog at 
to see more of my creations using 2Crafty!

Remember to pay us a visit on FACEBOOK too
so you don't miss anything. It is updated daily.
Nicole  :)



Elena Olinevich said...

Great projects, love all of your techniques

Keren Tamir said...

So fabulous Nicole!! I love love love the rips in the first one a beautiful reveal!

Vanessa said...

Fantastic post Nicole, so much to see and learn. Love all your attention to detail and love your projects. Thanks for inspiring us, welcome to the team.

Di Garling said...

FABULOUS projects Nicole, love all your little tips too, also loooove your attention to detail. Fantastic first post & again, welcome to our team. Cheers Di xo

Heather Jacob said...

wow wonderful , exquisite, beautiful pieces of art .. big hugz x

Lynne Forsythe said...

Nicole....your creations are BEYOND STUNNING....what a FABBY reveal!! Sooo psyched to be working with you!!

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Wow - Nicole your creations are amazing! What a rip roarer of a first reveal! Yay!!!

Jan Rankine said...

Beautiful work Nicole.

Sarah said...

Stunning projects Nicole - really beautiful!