Friday, April 29, 2011
It's FRIDAY!!!!!!!!  OMG and I have my gorgeous May kit to work with!!  It doesn't get much better than this.

ANNOUNCEMENT - the Swirlydoos site will be down for maintenance this morning, 4/29 for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 5:30 est.  Thanks in advance for your patience.

Really, really, REALLY BIG NEWS!!!!  One of our favorite Swirly sisters had a baby boy on Wednesday!!!!!!  Congratulations Rae!!!!  Baby Elijah is gorgeous! 

The schedule for our National Scrapbook Day Swirly-bration all set!!  We also had our first Ustream video class last night.  Lisa G did a trial run and showed everyone how she makes those jaw dropping leaves of hers.  We had sooooo much fun.  Lisa will be doing 2 more on National Scrapbook Day.

The Chipboard Palooza contest is winding down and I have to give all of our participants a standing ovation.  Really outstanding work.  *clapping*

The May monthly kit shipped to our ER subscribers and some lucky ladies already stalked and mugged their postal delivery man for their most precious prize box.  You go girls!!!  Can't wait to see this month's creations.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Creatively yours,
Friday, April 22, 2011
Happy Friday!!!  For those of you celebrating the holiday; Good Friday and Happy Easter to you!!!

There never seems to be any shortage of things going on at Swirlydoos and this week was no exception!
  • Our Designer of the Month, Anna, has been busy fielding questions from our members.  Everyone loves her style and the questions have been good ones.  Click HERE to read the questions and Anna's answers.
  • Lisa G posted ANOTHER flower tutorial.  I just scratch my head in wonderment.  Where does she come up with all of these tutorials?  Answer:  Don't really care as long as they keep coming!  LOL...luv ya Lisa!  Go HERE for the tutorial.
  • Our monthly challenges are coming into the home stretch.  I know I say this all the time, but I really mean it; the participants in our monthly challenges constantly leave me picking my jaw up from the floor.  I am so inspired by each and every one of you!!!  Check out all of our challenges by going HERE
  • Chipboard Palooza contest is bringing out some not-so-naked chippies. *whistle* In fact, they are dressed to the "nines" and ready for a night on the town.  Absolutely stunning techniques and finishes on the chippies and they are being integrated into pages and cards so perfectly.  Click HERE to check out that thread and don't forget the PRIZES that are going to be given out to the winners!!!!
  • A special order thread has been opened up to subscribers of Swirlydoos Kits for new releases from Dusty Attic; one more value added service that Krissy makes available to subscribers.  I have to tell you that the posts in that thread have me laughing.  You are all ENABLERS!!!!!!  And we love you!
  • We are finalizing our schedule for our National Scrapbook Day Swirl-e-bration!!!!  We will be posting the final schedule next week.  There will be games and a live class, new tutorials, a challenge or two....and PRIZES!!!!!
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend full of fun, family and creative moments!!!
Creatively yours,
Lisa XO
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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Friday, April 15, 2011
Happy Friday Swirly Savages!!!!

Everyone has been so busy entering the all of the challenges going on this month.  It's almost like I can hear scissors and paper shredding and bling popping all over the floor!

  • National Scrapbooking Day Swirl-a-bration!!!!!  On Saturday, May 7th we will be hosting a party like only Swirly Girls can!  There will be challenges, classes, games and prizes....that's right PRIZES!!!!  Come on by and join in the fun.  A full schedule will be posted soon.
  • Chipboard Palooza is starting to kick into high gear and the chippies are all dressed up and ready to party!  All of the submissions are fabulous.  I just love all of the techniques everyone is using.  Click HERE to check out the contest rules and the PRIZE!!!  
  • Lisa G has posted two more GORGEOUS flower tutorials. How does she keep coming up with these?  I don't know, and honestly I don't care as long as she keeps doing what she's doing.  *clapping*  Thanks have the best tuts around! ;)
  • Swirlydoos DT work with the April kit was noticed by Bo Bunny and Petaloo!!!!  Congratulations girls!  Not only are you talented beyond compare, but you are also classy, wonderful women.  
  • To follow up on last week's "A savage was heard saying....", one of our members was going through a tough time with her DH being ill and in the hospital.  So many of our members offered prayers and words of support.  I'm happy to report that her DH is back on the long road to recovery!!!  
I think that's it for now.  Have a great weekend!
Creatively yours,
Friday, April 8, 2011
OMGoodness what a week we've had at Swirlydoos!!!

Happy Friday!!!!  We have had an exciting week at Swirlydoos.  So much going on.  Here is a quick run down:
  • April Kit revealed this week and my fellow DT members knocked this kit out of the park.  outstanding pages ladies.  *clapping* 
  • CHIPBOARD PALOOZA CONTEST!!!  No more naked chippies ladies!  We want to see them all dressed up and ready to rock.  Click HERE to check out the totally awesome and drool worthy prize packs!  We can't wait for you to show us your chippies!!!
  • We have a guest DT and I know she will knock your socks off.  Please come over and help us welcome Guest DT Miss Anna Dąbrowska - Pękocka, aka - Finnabair!!  She is a source of inspiration to many of us.  She has already created some gorgeous things with our April kit Bella Volo.
  • Anatomy of a lay out~  This month's lay out is from our very own, and crazy talented DT member Camilla Ekman.  She takes us step-by-step through her creative process and offers up a tutorial for the gorgeous treatment to her Dusty Attic chipboard.
  • We have 3 new VIDEO tutorials that features our very fearless leader...KRISSY!!!  She shows us 3 different ways to dress up your chippies.  The videos are fabulousssssss!  We also have another new tutorial that shows you how to make a faux leather tag out of fimo clay!  
  • We had our first ever DT Challenge.  We were challenged with scrapping another DT's family member.  We had to use the picture 2x and it had to be altered in some way.  We didn't tell the subscribers which DT which page and we had them vote for their favorite.  Click HERE to the entries and to find out who the winner is!!
  • Our savage subscribers will be lurking the boards all day today.  It is quite possible that the Birdie is going to unveil the May kit add-ons!!!!  Get your face masks and body armor ready.....just sayin'.
  • This weeks "A savage was heard saying" has to do with a sister in need.  One of our members posted about a family emergency.  Some scary stuff is going on and she wanted to share.  So many of our members posted thoughts of support, prayers and a lot of hugs.  Members check in pretty regularly and post that they are thinking about her and still praying.  We have such a caring community and I am always awe struck by how everyone comes together.  Kudos Savages!!!  You bring a tear to my eye and joy to my heart.  Thank you for being you.
  • Week 1 of April's Round Robin challenge started up.  Today is reveal day and we are all anxiously awaiting!!!!!
 Phew~  I think that's it.  I hope you have a fabulous weekend!
Creatively yours,
Lisa XO
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
The winner of the Cabaret Butterfly Challenge is:

Congrats Cheryl!!!

Your adorable photo is a perfect match for this kit. Thank you for the inspiration!!

If you would like to join in on the Butterfly Challenge please visit the Swirlydoos Challenge Forum
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Swirlydoos is proud to offer you -

"Bella Volo"

Swirlydoos - April, 2011 collection - Bella Volo

Bella Volo, or “Beautiful Flight” seems a perfect title for our whimsical April Collection. Bo- Bunny’s newest paper release was nothing short of exquisite, and we are proud to offer them to you. We’ve paired these lovely, colorful papers with an array of fine, newly released scrapbooking goodies all set to coordinate perfectly. Creativity abounds in this Spring inspired collection, and we’re excited to see how you transform this collection into your own beautiful piece of art! We have also assembled a fine collection of add-on kits that compliment our main kit beautifully. We sincerely hope that you will enjoy the inspirational collection that we have thoughtfully prepared for you.

Please head on over to Swirlydoos to check out all of the new tutorials on altering chip board, we have Anatomy of a Layout where Camilla Eckman will show you step by step instructions on creating one of her works of art. Krissy has uploaded 3 new video tutorials on altering chipboard in the tutorials section. Plus more!!

Our Swirlydoos April Guest Designer is the incomparable

Anna Dąbrowska - Pękocka

aka - Finnabair

Come help us give her a warm welcome to Swirlyville and see the creative beauty that Anna has created with Bella Volo. You are going to be amazed by what the design team has done with the beautiful Bo Bunny papers from the Gabrielle Collection.

Then come and join the fun as Dusty Attic has paired with Swirlydoos to bring you the CHIP BOARD PALOOZA CONTEST. Rock your chip board, upload it to the gallery and you could win 1 of 2 beautiful prizes filled with the newest Dusty Attic Chip board!!

Swirlydoos has packed April with lots of challenges, tutorials, prizes and creative inspiration. Come on over and join us!!

Friday, April 1, 2011
Happy Friday and Happy Fools Day for all of you pranksters out there!

This week everyone has been busy getting in their submissions for our monthly challenges.  All of them are closed and the voting has begun!  Good luck to all who participated.  Here is this week's summary:
  • iPads for Autism - We are soooooooooo close to getting a third iPad.  Just a few more dollars and we've done it!  Can you help us?  Thanks to all who have already brought so much joy to 2 children!
  • Our first EVER DT Challenge went up yesterday.  DT members were given pictures of another DT's family member to scrap. We had to alter the photo and use it at least twice.  The savages have to vote on their favorite page.  The twist is that they don't know who did what!!  Fun!  Click HERE to go to the challange.
  • Our next round of SGC Challenges kick off today.  Camilla and Joelle are hosting the challenges.  I can't wait to see what they have up their sleeves.
  • Our subscribers know that Krissy opens up special orders on product like Dusty Attic.  If you have never experienced Swirly Savagery then you must check out that post.  BUT, I'll give you this warning....come with body armor! LOL  It's all good fun. 
  • Our Subsribers also started receiving their kit packages in the mail.  I think that is probably the only day of the week that the post man or the UPS driver get hugs and kisses.  Everyone is oooooh-ing and aahhhhhh-ing over the lovely things in their boxes this week.  Ok, I'll admit it; I've been petting my lovelies too!
  • All of this brings us to "A savage was heard saying".  This is something new I will be adding to our Friday News.  This will be a comment that was made by one of our savages.  It could be something funny, or it could be very heartwarming.  This week's comment comes from the Dusty Attic Special Order thread in our Subscriber's section.  Erica was thinking that she would need to start hiding all of the DA pieces she was buying so that her DH wouldn't begin to question how much she was spending.  She thought that putting them in her underwear drawer would be the way to go.  Our dear Peggy replied with "Silly Erica!!!! You put CAKE in your underwear; the DA goes into the vault!!!!   All Swirly girls know what she means by CAKE!!  LOL
Have a great weekend!!!!
Creatively yours,
Lisa XO


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