Sunday, October 31, 2010
Swirlydoos November kit released! And it's "Irresistible!"

Our November kit; "Irresistible" is going to introduce you to the fabulously popular "Resist Technique!" Together, we will learn how to use the brand new House of Three - Parisian Anthology designer ink resist papers to create one-of-a-kind layouts and projects in which you have full creative control of everything, including the color theme!  This beautiful collection boasts brand new products hot off the press from some of the top manufacturers in the industry. You'll find brand new Pink Paislee  Prima, Dusty Attic and lots more yummy goodness in this beautifully coordinated scrapbook kit! We've also assembled a fine collection of add on kits that compliment our main kit beautifully. We sincerely hope you will enjoy this lovely collection that we have prepared for you.

Friday, October 29, 2010
Good morning everyone!! Sunday October 31st is Reveal Day for our ever so LOVELY November kit!! It is again packed to the hilt with GORGEOUSNESS!!! You will not want to miss out, so make sure to stay tuned into Swirlydoos........Oh these papers are so AWESOME, so much fun to create with!!! Just a couple sneek peeks below of my projects with this kit.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
OK, by George I think I've got it!!!! I just completed my very first video tutorial !! And stay tuned because reveal day is only 5 days away. Check the tutorials section at Swirlydoos, because that is where it will air on reveal day!! I am so excited to be bringing you live classes on techniques that you may want to learn. So if anyone has suggestions on what they would like to see, let us know because every month I will try to get a video up!! Here is a sneak peek of the elegant circle I will teach you how to create!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010
The month is nearing it's end. Don't forget about the Do It Yourself Contest!!!

Make sure to upload your project into the Do It Yourself Contest Gallery on or before October 31st. for your chance to win a sweet prize!!!

Were so excited to see what you create, GOOD LUCK and have FUN!!!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hi all!! I'd thought a do a quick tutorial on how I make my distress scallop edges. There are plenty of other tutorials out there, this is how I do it!! It's really easy and leaves such an awesome look to your pages.

I use the Bazzill Scallop Cardstock as my template.

Place the template on the back of your pattern paper and trace.

Following your trace marks, cut out.

Ink the edges. I use Chalk Eye Chestnut Roan.

I usually use my Zutter to distress large edges. But since this is a tight area I use a little scraper. Just run it along the edges. You can also use scissors.

Turn your pattern paper over and ink.I always ink the back of my pattern paper when I know I may be folding over.

Mist the edges with water, Glimmer Mist or whatever kind of mist you have.

Now, just fold or pinch the edges. Heat for faster drying time.

This is what it looks like done.

When applying to your background paper make sure the scallop paper is dry. Otherwise it may warp.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Tip of the week......

Today I thought I would share with you a tip from our Tips, Tricks and Techniques forum that Paulien van den Bosch shared with us on coloring your Puffy Paint. Here are Paulien's tips:

I would like to share my tip, to color Puffy Paint.
Squeeze a little white Puffy Paint onto your craft sheet.
Rub a distress inkpad (any color) over your craft sheet.
Add a little bit water, using a mini mister or something similar.
Mix the Puffy Paint and your distress ink together. Voila... colored Puffy Paint.
You can add the paint to your flower petals or anywhere else on your project.
Don't you worry about the puffing... it still does that, even when it is mixed with water.

Thank you Paulien, for sharing this fabulous tip with us!

Come check out our Tips & Tricks forum, or our Tutorials section for more great scrapbooking ideas!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
One Wednesday out of every month we would like to  to feature a Swirly Sisters' Blog. Our amazing ladies are incredibly talented and work wonders with Swirlydoos Kits.

This week our featured Blogger is Craftysprinkles A.K.A 
Mandy Harrell.

Please visit her blog for loads of scrappy inspiration: For Scrapping Out Loud

Mandy used Swirlydoos' gorgeous October kit, "Lavender Escape" to complete this lovely project. Thank you so much Mandy, for sharing your talent with us!

If you'd like to pick up a Lavender Escape kit of your own, visit the Kits section of the Swirlydoos store.

Sunday, October 10, 2010
Once In A While,
Love Gives Us A Fairytale...

And this one is Jennifer's fairytale. Let her tell you the story...

"My husband and I met when we were teenagers. I was at a small concert in SF and was stuck standing behind some tall guys and I couldn't see. Anyway through the crowd I see this guy smiling at me. He reached out his hand and pulled me through the crowd to stand next to him right in front of the stage. It was very gallant and sweet. It was love at first sight for both of us. We dated long distance for awhile but things sort of dissolved due to our youth, the distance, starting college, etc. Anyway ten years later I was stuck in a miserable relationship with my son's dad, trying to stick it out and avoid a nasty custody mess, when I found him on My Space. It happened to be his 30th birthday too! We became friends again online and then fell in love all over again. This time I just knew he was "the one." He gave up a great job and moved up to be with me. Two months later we were married on his 31st birthday! He rescued me from a very bad situation, became a second father to my son, healed my heart in so many ways, and re-connected me with a part of myself I thought was lost. He is my Prince Charming, my Knight in Shining Armor, and My Hero. I love this photo so much because I remember that moment so clearly. There was truly a sense of Sanctuary for us both and such joy and relief to finally be together as husband and wife."

Can you believe that Jennifer has only been scrapbooking for a few months??? You are a natural.
I love the words that have been used to describe this LO.
Fairytale like
All we know is that it is just incredible and stunning...
Congrats Jennifer on such an inspiring piece of art. And Congrats on finding your Hero...He sounds like an incredible man.

Friday, October 8, 2010
We had some really fun challenges running last month as always. We have all voted and here is our winners....

"Mon Amour" Sketch Challenge ~ Lisa

Round Robin ~ Manda

Swirly Girls Club Challenge ~ Peggy

Congratulations to you ladies!!! And big THANKS to everyone who puts time and effort in joining us, we love seeing everyone's creations!! 

To see what all are Challenges are about visit us at Swirlydoos on the  CHALLENGE THREAD
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Swirlydoos is proud to bring you another fabulous contest with yet another sweet prize! This time we want to see just how creative you can get. We want you to take nothing (or close to it) and turn it into something wonderful!
The winner of this contest is going to win this brand new collection of Smooch Spritz inspired by Donna Salazar!

This Spritz collection has a retail value of $36.00 and includes the following 8 colors:

River Mossy

Mixed Berries

Sea Breeze

Tea Party

Caramel Latte

Green Olive

Pralines and Cream

Wood Stain

Here's how to win:

We want to see you create your own pattern paper for a layout. It's as easy as that. Use whatever techniques you can imagine for your project. You may use punches, mists, resists, stamps, inks, masks, stencils... whatever you can imagine! Let your creativity flow and show us your best!

* You do NOT have to be a Swirlydoos Subscriber to enter
* Contest ends October 31st, 2010
* Contest is open to all countries/entrants
* Winner will be announced on November 5th, 2010 in the announcement section of
our forum
* Winner will have 7 days to claim their prize
* You may enter as many "NEW" layouts/projects as you like
* Submitted projects MUST be newly created for this contest.

Simply upload your completed project into our "Do it Yourself" contest gallery before midnight on October 31st to be considered for the prize. The winner will be chosen by the Swirlydoos Design Team and announced in the ANNOUNCEMENT section of our forums.

Let us jump start your creative mojo with this fabulous Technique Kit by Swirlydoos!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Our lucky winner for the September's Mon Amour Butterfly Challenge is Peggy' s Sparkle layout.

Congrats Peggy and thanks for playing along.

Anyone can join the Butterfly Challenge....please visit the Challenge Forums at Swirlydoos
Monday, October 4, 2010
The holidays are approaching fast. Before you know it, the new year will be upon us.
Well, we would love to send you a special holiday gift that will surely put a smile on your face.
So we decided to run this contest that will end just around the height of the holiday season at the end of the year. This will be your chance to win one of two beautiful prizes.
We all love great conversation and wonderful compliments. It makes us feel good. We absolutely love to see the comments that are left on our gallery uploads as well. And you know when new projects are uploaded to the gallery, it gives us new and exciting inspiration. It gets our MOJO going!!
Here are 2 simple ways to place yourself in the running for 1 of 2 beautiful Prima Flower Packages.

1. Leave "LOVE" in the Swirlydoos gallery. We will tally up your comments and the person who has the most comments will win a Prima Prize Pack of beautiful flowers.

2. We want to see your work. We want to be inspired. So start loading your work into the gallery. Of course we want to see what you do with our kits, but we also want to see everything else you do. If you scrapped it, just upload it to the gallery. All sizes, styles and altered projects apply. The person that has uploaded the most work into the gallery, will win the 2nd Prima Flower Pack.

Share the "LOVE!!!"

Friday, October 1, 2010
Ladies it's a start of a new month. New Challenges, the new super GORGEOUS " Lavender Escape " kit and October sketch to go along with it. Our creativity should be refreshed to dive in and create! Swirlydoos holds a number of challenges each month. It's a great way to get motivated, receive inspiration and spark your creativity and use all our SWIRLY goodies!! There is something for everyone.

Were just starting out the month, so you have not missed anything yet. On all the challenge threads we share our tips and ideas with each other and have friendly chat! Come over and join us TODAY!!

Our October kit; "Lavender Escape" is a lovely collection of brand new products laced with beautiful hues of lavender and aqua. This beautiful collection boasts brand new products hot off the press from some of the top manufacturers in the industry. You'll find brand new Webster's Pages, Prima, Pink Paislee and lots more yummy goodness in this beautifully coordinated scrapbook kit! We've also assembled a fine collection of add on kits that compliment our main kit beautifully. We sincerely hope you will enjoy this lovely collection that we have prepared for you.

Then head on over to the Design Team Gallery to see what our designers have created with this kit! You will be inspired! Here is a sampling of their work.


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