Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thank you to all who participated in our September blog hop as we revealed the new collection, Vintage Love! We appreciate your support!

Here are the winners:

 luv46kdz (Paula), this prize is yours:

li-bee-ti, you have won this gift card!

Debra Peloso, this is your prize:

Congrats, ladies! Please send your mailing address to Rae ( within 7 days to claim your prize!

We are THRILLED to announce that Helena Johansson will be joining the Swirlydoos design team starting in October!

Here's a little bit about her:

My name is Helena Johansson and I’m from the south of Sweden. I sometimes call myself Willea in scrap forums. I’m 42 years old and live in a small village with my dh and our two children, 8 and 12 years old. I have been scrapbooking for 7 years now, and I can’t imagine that I will ever stop! Scrapbooking is my passion and my therapy. It’s my way to have a little bit of time of my own, to relax. My style is shabby and romantic, sometimes with a touch of vintage. I use lots and lots of flowers on my pages, and also love to use chipboard and other embellishment – the more the better! I find it fun to try new techniques, and right now I use gesso, texture paste and embossing powder on almost everything. I currently design for the Dusty Attic and Petaloo.

I mostly scrap about my sweet children, even though they aren’t so little anymore and hardly want to be photographed. My daughter, who is 8 years old, loves to scrapbook too and it’s so fun to have this hobby and to be able to share it with her. She loves to invite her friends home and show them her mom’s scraproom!

Some fun facts about me: I am not very fond of chocolate. I drink way too much coffee. I love to sing out loud when I’m driving. I wanted to be either an actress when I was younger, but I became a social worker. I am not an organized scrapper, my scrap room is a mess. I do know where to find everything though. Well, almost everything.

I am super excited to join the Swirlydoos designteam! Swirlydoos kits are amazing and I have loved them for years. I really look forward to getting to know everybody and I hope I will be able to inspire you!

You can find my blog here:

Please join us in welcoming her on our forums!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Welcome to:
Swirlydoos Kit Club 
September Scrapbook Kit Reveal & Blog Hop!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful September collection:

Vintage Love

And check out these coordinating add ons that perfectly compliment our September scrapbook kit!

Video Tour of the "Vintage Love" Collection

Has it sold out? - become a subscriber and not only will you never miss a kit again, but you'll also pay less for your monthly scrapbook kits!
*Mention this blog hop and save 10% on your first kit*

 Never miss one of our kits again!

We have some absolutely beautiful scrapbook projects for you to see today!!  Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! 

Make sure you've "LIKED & FOLLOWED" us on Facebook to get sneak peeks and coupon codes good for the brand new, must have CHA goodies in our online store!

Look what our education team has created using our Mod Melts Project Add On kit! 

Our Education Team is going to show you how to make the PERFECT impressions from the "Mod Mold" today. Be sure to go to our home page for a link to a video tutorial using the project add on, and check back on Saturday for how to make the completed project shown!


September Sketch, created by our amazing sketch artist, Beggahuna!

This beautiful sketch is your inspiration, now get creating! Our September sketch challenge runs until October 15th, and is open to EVERYONE! Upload your layout into the "Vintage Love" section of the Swirlydoos Gallery and you will be entered to win a fantastic prize pack from Swirlydoos! Check the sketch challenge thread in our forums to see what the designers and other members have created using this sketch for inspiration!

This is the sketch challenge prize:

And, now for the prizes to be won during the Swirlydoos Scrapbook Kit September reveal blog hop!!!!!

Swirlydoos and some of our manufacturers are proudly offering up the following prizes:

So, let's get started! Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! 

You have until midnight, eastern time, on 9/17 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 9/18. In order to qualify to win here is what you need to do:
1: Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment on each. This way we know you were there. Take your time. There are REALLY beautiful things to see along the way.
2: Before you leave each blog, look for the “special” words and write it down. 
Once you have visited all the blogs and collected all the special words, they will create a sentence. 
3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had, tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you collected. Can't wait to hear from you.

The party starts at Paulien's Blog. Have fun!

Here is the blog hop order:

Sunday, September 14, 2014
Thanks to all who posted in the gallery this week! The layout of the week is this lovely page by Sherri:

I hear a lot of people say that they find muted colors difficult to work with, but Sherri executed this PERFECTLY. She drew out all the subtle hues on the paper and coordinated them in darker shades remarkably, while keeping such a soft feeling to the page. The cheesecloth placement is fabulous and I just ADORE how she used the Prima tiles. Congrats to Sherri and THANKS for sharing it with us. :)
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Hello crafty people! I'm sharing a video tutorial on how I made this card for Maggi's Rooster Challenge:

Check out the quick video tutorial:

Also, I used the September sketch from Die-Namites dies, who is our 2014 blog hop sponsor!

You can check out their challenge here:

Die-Namites Challenge

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Sunday, September 7, 2014
This monochromatic layout by Tracey Camburn is just stunning!

How wonderful is that picture of these happy little children! The punch work is beautiful, and I just adore the colors. The work Tracey did woth the butterflies is so awesome!

Thanks for sharing your layout with us, Tracey!

What would Swirlydoos be without our wonderful subscribers?!? It's a pleasure getting to know these ladies on the forums and from the stories they tell through their layouts. Yes,we are an amazing community, but most of all, we're a family! We appreciate each and every member and they deserved to be spotlighted. With that being said, our featured member for September is.....

Paula Calvanico

Here is a bit from Paula:
I am so happy to be a featured member of Swirlydoos!  A bit about me, I have been scrapping since 2005.  The bug didn't bite me right away.  Some gals at school were showing off their scrapbook albums and I just thought "ugh what work"  Then one had a Creative Memories party and I bought some stamps, which I still have, and the rest is history as they say!

I love this hobby, I love everything about paper-crafting from the wonderfully kind and generous people who make up this art to all the different styles that now encompass it.  I would say my style is a combo of shabby-chic and formal romance.  Sometimes I get a little wild and go steampunky or grunge oh my! Lol.

I joined Swirlydoos kit club in April.  I was a stalking researcher since about the holidays jumping all around to the various clubs trying to decide where I'd fit and I just found Swirlydoos to be that place.  Everyone here is welcoming and uplifting.  I'm glad to call myself a Swirly-Sistuh :)
Here are a some of my favorite projects of Paula's, sure to inspire you!!
Click to view full size image
Click to view full size image

Please come back and visit every first Sunday of the month to see who our next featured member will be! We love our Swirlygirls!!
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Happy Saturday! Today I'm sharing a SIMPLE start-to-finish layout using the Wistful Blues kit that you can do in under 30 minutes. 

So, check out the video, and see how I did it:

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Every week our design team searches are gallery looking to showcase a beautiful creation posted that week. At the end of the month, the design team votes on each of these layouts to be recognized as Layout of the Month. At the end of the year, we vote on Layout of the Year, and the winner gets an amazing prize!

Congrats to Ginny! This is the August LOTM:

This is a TRULY beautiful layout- a mixed media MASTERPIECE!

Thanks to everyone that uploads their projects to the Swirlydoos gallery!
Hey Savages, can you believe it's September already? I know, where did the year go? I don't even want to think about it yet, but the holidays will soon be here, along with the cold and snow. The one good thing about the winter months, more time to scrapbook. What's scrapbooking with out a few challenges?

We've got plenty of them going on over on the forum. The *Wistful Blues* sketch challenge is open until September 15th. If you haven't seen the gorgeous sketch, here it is:

here are some of the entries for this challenge:


Remember you DON'T have to be a kit subscriber to play along in the sketch challenge. A new sketch will be posted shortly, so stop by and check it out.

Next,  we have our monthly butterfly/dragonfly challenge hosted by Angelica. This challenge gives us swirly girls the opportunity to show off our love of all things butterfly/dragonfly.

Each month Angelica post an amazing inspirational layout to get us all started. Check out this months inspirational piece.

Here is a beautiful entry into this challenge.



You do have to be a kit subscriber to join this challenge. Never fear though, becoming a subscriber is easy. Just go here to join, don't forget to mention my name for new subscribers goodies.

The next challenge up is our monthly SGC (Swirly Girl Challenge). This challenge is hosted by a different member each month. They get to set ALL the rules. Septembers challenge is being hosted by Barbara (Palapala).  Barbara decided to do a chandelier challenge. Come check out her rules here.

Barbara posted this amazing layout as an example for her challenge.


I hope you are still with me, because we have a couple more challenges going on. Told you, there is a lot happening over on the forums. 

After taking a summer break, our Card  Round Robin is back for September. Sign ups have been taken and we are eagerly awaiting the posting of week 1 cards. We do have one savage who works at the speed of light and has already posted a sneak peek of her card. Check it out. 



Last, but definitely not least the Cock challenge. We have several ladies that are obsessed with Roosters and Hens, so Maggi is hosting this challenge. Her rules are simple. Just post any project (tag, layout, off the page, card, you dream it up and I'm good with it) you create that has a cock or a hen on it. For an added twist, you have to use the following quote on your project, "The rooster may crow, but the hen delivers the goods!"

Maggi created this stunning tag for inspiration.



This challenge is open to all Rooster and Hen lovers. 

Whew, you have now been caught up on all the challenges over on the forums. Told you there was a lot going on.

Next month, along with our other challenges we will also see the return of our most coveted Layout Round Robin. Right now it's still enjoying summer break. 

Thanks for stopping by Swirlydoos blog.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
This weeks layout just jumps out of the gallery and grabs your attention. From the design to the perfectly placed embellishments. Both highlighting the fabulous photo of Peggy's dgd Sophia.

This layout screams summer, and I just can't stop looking at it. Congrats to Peggy!

Ode to Surf
Crashing wave, power, intensity.
Pushing me forward into the teeth of uncertainty.
Exhilaration over comes as i stand and,
For a moment i'm locked in a near perfect state of being.
My troubles fall away and,
I'm whole if only for a fleeting moments reflection.
My determination is made new,
I throw myself back through in my search for your salty perfection.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Happy Saturday!

Did you get the Wistful Blues Medium Add On Kit? It's loaded with some fabulous new products including milk paint and some Shimmerz Inklingz, and they are amazing to use. Here's a little mixed media caddy I made with all the products to showcase what you can do with them.

So, check out the video so you can see how I've used these  mixed media products:

So, enjoy the rest of your weekend!



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