Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tomorrow is Reveal Day for the October Kit. Let me tell DO NOT want to miss this kit!!! It's filled with so many gorgeous goodies..and don't get me started on the Add-ons. Oh, and the colors!!!!!! Okay, I can go on and!! So, here is a sneak peek of my pages. Be sure to check out the gallery on Reveal Day (last day of every month) for the inspiring pages of the awesome Design Team.


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Amy did this beautiful LO for the September Round Robin Challenge. She added some techniques for the challenge. She put a twist on the photo by using a sepia color. She also added the frame around the pic with itty bitty white flowers in the corners. Love how she framed the Prima pebbles and journaling spot with the Prima felt border. The chipboard piece is just fabulous!! Amy alcohol inked the chipboard and then added Stickles over it to give it luster and sparkle. To add to the beauty of the vine she added the twisted pearl and crystal vine underneath. Very beautiful. Amy created the perfect edge for the circle in the background by edging it with pearls and lace. There is so much to look at on this layout, and she made the most of creative techniques.
A little something you may not know about Amy...She is a wonderful mini album artist!! Go check out some of her work. You may be inspired!!!
Friday, September 24, 2010
I thought I would share my Acrylic lo and a few little ideas to create it. This 12x12 Acrylic piece came right in the Main Kit. I have been wanting to do one for awhile, just a bit reluctant. This was so much fun, so for those of you that have not tried it........DO IT!!!

Using the Main Kit and a little something pulled from each of our Add on kits, I had a beautiful mix of product to work with. And this is what I did.......

I covered the Acrylic with a thin layer of craft paint, using a sponge. Placed the patterned paper underneath the Acrylic so the pattern came through slightly under the paint.

And from that point I started putting my patterned paper in layers until I had the arrangement I wanted. I used the distress ink vintage photo heavily on my papers. I tore the edges of the papers and then ran them through the Zutter. Really getting rough with the paper edges along with inking gives you that worn old look.

I love to use lace with my papers! I cut a small circle of lace inked it and placed it on the Vintage accent piece. It matches the lace along the other side. Making random cuts to your lace and inking it quickly and gluing it on, will add to your page and that antique look. It's so easy!

Pull out your Acrylic and other product goodies from your September "Mon Amour" kit and have fun creating!!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Every other Wednesday I'm going to feature a Swirly Sisters Blog. These ladies are super talented and work wonders with Swirlydoos Kits.

This week our featured Blogger is Elisabeth
Please stop by and visit her blog for loads of inspiration: My Schnipselblog

Forget Paris

Elisabeth used the Parisian inspired September Kit "Mon Amour"

Thank you Elisabeth for sharing your talent with us.

Stop by the Swirlydoo's store to get your "Mon Amour" Kit

Sunday, September 19, 2010

If you don't know Darien Anderson, now is your chance to get to know her work. It is amazing. She did this LO with Websters Pages, "Lifes Portrait"..
Here is what she said...
"Hi Everyone. I Want to share a LO using Websters Pages line Life's Portrait. I love the sophisticated colors and elegant designs. I couldn't think of a better picture than one of my husband and I. Hope you like it.
I used Gesso, again!!! I love it!!! I think it is going to become My new addiction besides flowers lol!
What I did for the background is stamp using an old script stamp from Purple Onions Designs. using Coffee Color Archival Ink, Than I used a thin layer of Gesso, so it could tone down the stamped background, then I paint with a gauze using GM.(frost)

Just amazing techniques used on this lovely LO. The fussy cutting, the lace border and the beautiful Petaloo flowers. The photo of Darien and her husband Jerry is just classically gorgeous!!! It's just a beautiful LO..
Go visit Dariens blog "Loving Life" for more inspiration. You will be inspired!!
Friday, September 17, 2010
Using the tattored floral sample die we received in our September Project kit, I created a Rose Tutorial. This is my spin on creating a rose with this die. I used the die cut pieces we received in the kit to trace and cut out, since I don't have this die.

Here are the supplies you will need

Step 1

Ink all your petals. I used vintage photo and antique linen distress ink.

Step 2

With your mini mister using water or a sheer glimmermist, generously spray your petals. Let the water absorb into the petals. 

Step 3

While petals are still damp, start crumbling them. Let set a couple minutes.

Step 4

Start arranging your petals. Layer by layer, turning one petals layer down and the next layer up. Continue to arrange your petals until you are satisfied with the result. 

Step 5

Using a dab of glue to each center of the layers, build your bloom. There are 4 large layers, 2 medium layers and 1 tiny layer.

Spritz a small rosebud with smooch spray, for the center of your bloom. I used black velvet. Secure medium layers to large layers to complete your rose bloom. You may also give a spray to your whole rose with glimmermist to finish. I used iridescent gold. 

Completed Blooms

Have fun creating coordinated custom blooms using your Swirlydoos Kits!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Okay, it's no secret that I love Diamond Dust. And so do a lot of the ladies over at Swirlydoos. Expressing this love, Krissy put some in the Shabby Ambition Kit. So, I thought I do a quick little tutorial on how to dye the stuff.

This is what you'll need:
Diamond Dust
plastic spoon
tray (something that you won't mind scratching up)
Alcohol ink

Step 1:
Depending on how much of one color you want, spoon Diamond Dust into a resealable baggie. I used a whopping spoonful.

Step 2:
Add a least 2 -3 drops of Alcohol Ink( more for a larger batch) . I used Shell for Pink.

Step 3:
Close the baggie. Shake, rub, roll and squeeze. You know, mix it all together!!

Step 4:
Once the Diamond Dust is colored dump the contents on your tray. It may look a bit clumpy.

Step 5:
Now with your spoon rub and push to get the ink to dry and get rid of the clumps. If you like it clumpy skip this step.

See, back to it's fine shards. Pour it back into your baggie and use anytime needed!!

You can do this with any of the colors!!! Here is Copper....

and silver.

Here is a butterfly that I made with the pink Diamond Dust. Pretty huh??

Be sure to stop by the Swirlydoos Gallery Shabby Ambition Album to get some inspiration with pages using Diamond Dust.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Is it because her name is Lisa??
Is it because she chose my edit on her incredibly beautiful photo??
Is it because one of my favorite songs is "She's Country" by Jason Aldean?
Is it because Jason Aldean sang my wedding song on Crossroads with Brian Adams?? (lol)

I think NOT!!!!!!

This LO won out this week on it's own merit...Created from a challenge in mind, Lisa so creatively used more than a couple of techniques to compensate for the absence of patterned paper...
"What pray tell???? No patterned paper??? Surely you jest!!!"
Does it matter??
I think not...
Lets talk about that background paper.Lisa said , the first thing she did was break out her distress inks and a white piece of card stock. She used Bundled Sage and Stormy Sky for the page. Then she took one of her favorite stamps from Donna Salazar and stamped it along the bottom in two different colors.
Her other techniques used on this LO??
Faux Metal technique
SVG cutting
Please go visit Lisa's blog on details of how she created this gorgeous page. Her talent is just incredible!! A true "Savage" in this place we call Swirlyville!! Congrats Lisa...We love it!!

Lisa's Blog

She's County

Friday, September 10, 2010
Have you taken a peek around the Swirlydoos online store lately? Stop in and see all the fabulous products,  there are waiting to be seized up for one of your newest creations!!

There is lots of NEW prima..................... and the GORGEOUS featured spotlight kit for this month!!

Grab yourself a drink....sit down for a break.......and take a LOOK AROUND

Have a GREAT weekend all:)
Monday, September 6, 2010
I found this floating around our rockin' forum and thought it best shared with all....  

"I just finished this LO in honor of my dd's 22nd B-day. Katey has always loved this photo of herself at age 2, sitting in her "bucket seat" watching her "Sleeping Beauty" video. (To this day, she still thinks she's going to grow up to be Princess Aurora!) I started to dabble w/scrapbooking when I was about 13-years-old. Nine months ago, I found myself between full-time jobs and decided to use the time before my new job started [Sept. 14] to take my scrapbooking skills to the next level. This is where YOU all come in! After I finished this LO, I was struck by just how much YOU all have influenced me! Before stumbling onto, I had no idea that Prima pp's and flowers even existed!!! I won't even start to write the individual names of those whose tutorials made this LO possible...(the list would be far too long!) Suffice it to say that w/o Krissy and my Swirly sisters, I wouldn't even know about: MS paper punches, water distressing, Moon Shadow mist, Glimmer Mist, DUSTY ATTIC, or Zva self-adhesive crystal swirls--ALL the things that my daughter treasures so much about "her" page! I just really wanted to thank you ALL for sharing your talents! You are an amazing and generous bunch of creative scrapbook "Savages!"

"Fairy Tale Wish" by Karin Olsen

Saturday, September 4, 2010
The lucky winner for the Swirly Challenge is Cassandra Chen's layout, Love.

Congratulation Cassandra! Your layout is gorgeous! Please email us at here with your address so that we could send your prize to you!

Thank you so much for those of you who had played along! We've enjoyed looking at all the beautiful layouts. Do check out Swirlydoos Forum for more challenges and contest!
Friday, September 3, 2010
Hey everyone, have you been over to the Swirlydoos Challenge forums?  Get on over there and check out the NEW September Challenges!

I know you all have your to die for.........." Mon Amour " kits by now. Looking for ideas, tips, inspiration? Want to do something different and step out of your comfort zone? The Challenge forums are a great place to start for motivation and getting new, fresh ideas to use your kits to the fullest. Of course you may also use any of your previous Swirlydoos kits and goodies, that I know you're collecting!!

Come on over and PLAY we would love to have you!!!!

Here are some examples to start off our challenges this month.

Thanks for joining us and sharing your creations with us!! See ya over there!!!
Thursday, September 2, 2010

Our lucky winner for the August Shabby Ambition Butterfly Challenge is Lisanovo' s whimsical Garden Fairy Layout.

Congrats Lisa and thanks for playing along.

Anyone can join the Butterfly Challenge....please visit the Challenge Forums at Swirlydoos


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