Monday, May 30, 2011
What kind of alphas do you like? Chipboards, small, large, stickers...? Swirlydoos has got them all.

I am in love with these tiny alphas from Glitz.

And these cool stickers from Echo Park.

And these alterable chipboard alphas from Kaisercraft.
Which is your favourite?
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Wowza! I came across some beautiful cards in the Swirly gallery. They are made with the gorgeous May kit. All the details are just stunning! Lots of inspiration for the rest of us...

Card by Nadia Cannizzo

Card by skeehnsic/Shona

Thanks for sharing your amazing cardmaking skills!
Friday, May 27, 2011
Happy Friday and more importantly, happy Memorial Day!!

First thing I would like to say is that our hearts and prayers are with all of you in Joplin as well as the other areas that have been devastated by severe weather and tornadoes.  With broken hearts, we are all thinking of you and praying for you all.

  • There are still a few tickets left for the Swirlydoos Workshop with Ingvild Bolme and Marion Smith with the Prima Road Show.  This workshop is going to be at CHA in Chicago.  Click the link to the right and get your ticket!
  • The June Swirlydoos kit is getting delivered to our subscribers right now.  There is a lot of ewwwing and ahhhing going on.  The kit is AWESOME and there are so many little extras in there.  The kit will be revealed on 6/5.
  • The 2nd Annual Swirlydoos Camp is about to take place.  A few VERY, VERY lucky ladies are getting ready to head to a cabin in Colorado for some scrappy fun!! Have the best time!!!!
  • Our monthly challenges are winding down and our challenges for June are in the wings.  Great news for our international ladies, the monthly kit sketch challenge has been changed so that it runs until the 15th of the following month.  So, our June sketch challenge will run until 7/15, and so on.  
On this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, we would like to take a moment and think about the men and women in our military.  I know that they are in our hearts and minds always, but Memorial Day is the time when we can nationally celebrate them and their sacrifices.  Please take some time to go to a local parade, visit your local cemetery and look for the flags, say a prayer, leave a flower, shake a hand and say thank you.  We appreciate who you are and what you are willing to do!!!!  Never forget.

Have a fabulous weekend!
XO, Lisa
Monday, May 23, 2011
The Swirlydoos monthly kits always include lovely blooms. Many of us use lots of flowers on our layouts and may even be perma on the flower add-on. And if that's not enough...(I know that I'm a bloomoholic) can always pop by the Swirly store to shop some more flowers to add to your beautiful projects. There are flowers from several manufacturers in store. For example:

PetalooAnd Prima
Check out these fabulous bloomy layouts made by our talented members:

A colourful layout by Manda_K

A more soft layout by Helga Lind

Thanks ladies for sharing your talent in our gallery!
Have a great week!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
I hope you all have had a fabulous week! It is Sunday and time for some card inspiration. We have some really talented card makers among us here at Swirlydoos. Just look at this stunning folded card made from the May kit. Thank you, Karin/essmo, for sharing this in our gallery!

Card by Karin/essmo
Friday, May 20, 2011
Happy Friday!!!!

I, for one, am beyond relieved that the end of the week is finally here.   I hope you all had a fabulous week.  Here is a recap of the savagery that has taken place on the Swirlydoos forum:
  • There is going to be a Swirlydoos Workshop at CHA in Chicago with some real heavyweights in the industry; Ingvild Bolme and Marion Smith!  Check out the right-side tool bar and click on the image to learn more about the workshop.  Seating is limited so you need to hurry!
  • The final prizes were awarded from our NSD celebration.  Peggy won the Tutto Tote!!!! What an awesome prize.  Hey...Peggy, better keep a savage grip on that tote 'cuz Jen has been working over the heavy bag and has mastered the art of the hip check.  Just sayin'...  Also Erica won the Inpiration Challenge and got a smoking prize pack full of Glitz product.  Congratulations ladies~
  • We are in the middle of a few challenges right now.  We have our monthly Round Robin, the monthly kit sketch challenge, Angelica's Butterfly challenge and 2 Swirly Girls challenges that are hosted by our savage members.  Click here to see the challenge thread.
  • Some of you may be aware of the Adventures of Escape Kitty, well now we have two *ahem* alter egos to add; L'il Mimi and Big Mimi.  Don't even ask.......LOL  Wanna know more?  Grab a cup 'o whatever and come and join the conversation.  We have the craziest and funniest members on the web. 
  • Lisa G is going to do another Ustream video this Saturday at Noon on the Swirlydoos Ustream Channel.  She will be doing the Paper Bag Album, Part 2.  Make sure you come and join the crowd!
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!!!
Creatively Yours,

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

Somewhere there's a river, looking for a stream
Somewhere there's a dreamer, looking for a dream
Somewhere there's a drifter, trying to find its way
Somewhere someone's waiting to hear somebody say

I believe in you, and I can't even count the ways that
I believe in you, and I want to do is help you to believe in you

Somewhere someone's reaching trying to grab that ring
Somewhere there's a silent voice learning how to sing
Some of us can't move ahead we're paralyzed with fear
And everybody's waiting, to hear somebody say

I believe in you, and I can't even count the ways that
I believe in you, and all I want to do is help you to believe in you

I will hold you up
I will help you stand I will comfort you when you need a friend
I will be the voice that's calling

I believe in you and I can't even count the ways that
I believe in you and there are just so many ways that
I believe in you and all I want to do is help you to believe in you

This week we bring you the beautiful work of Helena, all the way from Sweden. I hope you grabbed that gorgeous Dusty Attic frame in the last special order, because it is beautiful!! Then pair that with the sweet bird cage and alter them the same way, and you have a match made in Heaven!! Helena has a way with arranging flowers on her LO. Looks like a summer garden! Go visit Helena's blog CLICK HERE and you will be sure to be inspired. Congrats on a beautiful job with the kit!! We love it!!
The Swirlydoos Store have lots of really cool and beautiful items from Dusty Attic. They are perfect for altering or just to use as they are. They create the perfect touch to your project whether it is a layout, a card or something altered.

Shona/skeehnsic has used some lovely Dusty Attic products on this amazing layout of her daughter and grandson. So precious!

Sunday, May 15, 2011
I often make cards when there is a special occasion, but really I should make more cards just to tell people I appreciate them in my life.

I found this stunning card by katex in our lovely gallery. The quote is so true and beautiful.

Card by katex

And sometimes we have friends who go through tough times and need a bit of comfort from a friend. Just look at the fantastic embellies on this thinking-of-you card by m4gnj/Peggy.

Card by m4gnj/Peggy
Saturday, May 14, 2011
The lucky winner in our iPads for Autism raffle won an amazingly fabulous scrapbook tote by Tutto! This tote is the end-all, be-all of craft totes and we are PROUD to be able to give it away to one lucky lady!

Thank you to all who purchased a raffle ticket, and in turn helped out a child with Autism! 


Wednesday, May 11, 2011
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: Maggi

Please visit her blog for Swirly inspiration: Scrap, Travel, and Bark

Denali National Park

Maggi used the beautiful May Kit, Grandma's Attic. We love Maggi's gorgeous handmade flowers. Please visit the tutorial section were our amazing designers teach us how to make lovely handmade flowers.

Thank you so much Maggi, for sharing your talent with us!

For more information on the Swirlydoos Monthly Kits, please visit our website.

Happy Scrapping!

Monday, May 9, 2011
I hope you have seen the new cool Tim Holtz Alteration dies in the store. They are perfect for your projects!

Just look at the Sewing Room die:

And the Sizzlits Decorative Strip die:LisaG made an awesome tutorial on how to use the Tim Holtz dies in the Cuttlebug when she made her gorgeous flowers on UStream this Saturday. And in the gallery I found a beautiful layout by Jennifer where she features one of those flowers. Isn't it stunning? Tim Holtz dies are a must-have!

Layout by jrabs/Jennifer
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Today we have some Card inspiration for all of you Swirly sisters. What's more appropriate than a Thank you card, since we had a fabulous day together yesterday at the NSD festivities in the forum. Thank you all! We had so much fun.

Card by CamillaE
Saturday, May 7, 2011
OHHHH MY GOODNESS. If it was your intention to make this the most difficult contest EVER to judge - YOU SUCCEEDED!!!   Everyone was back and forth, back and forth, and narrowing the field? Impossible!  After many days of pulling our hair out - we've FINALLY got our winners!

We want to thank Dusty Attic Chipboard for sponsoring this contest, and also thank their very talented design team for choosing one of our fabulous winners! 

Please help me to congratulate our two EXTREMELY talented winners:

Jennifer Scott
"Home Sweet Home"


"Your music fills my heart with love"

Please email me at EMAIL with your shipping information, and your prize will be sent out next week!

Welcome to our National Scrapbook Day Swirl-A-Bration!
May 7, 2011

**NOTE** - All events are on Eastern Standard Time

12:00pm - Lisa G Ustream Flower class
 - make sure you are all signed up on Ustream and have joined the Swirlydoos Ustream channel.  Lisa will be providing a list of supplies so that you can make your flower right along with her. This is a live show, anything can happen! LOL Post your questions and Lisa will answer them. 

1:00 - Inspiration Challenge - This is one of our favorite types of challenges!!! Be here at 1:00 and the challenge will be revealed.

1:30 - Scavenger Hunt - This will be fun! There are some Swirly trivia questions and a thing or two that you might have to hunt down! Also, check ahead of time to make sure that you can get into the Chat Room. Just sayin'...  

3:00 Swirly Bingo - Those who wish to participate will pm me for a bingo card. If you could PM me on the day before that would be great. This will give me enough time to get everyone a Bingo card who wants one. I have 40 of them already made and randomly generated on my desktop. I will upload the bingo card to you via pm. A word will be pulled every few minutes until we get a BINGO! All of the words on the Bingo cards have something to do with Swirlydoos.

4:00 Ustream - Lisa G Paper Bag Album - Yes, you read it right. Lisa G is going to do ANOTHER Ustream video for us. A supplies list will be made available for this too. I can't wait for this one because I have never made a paper bag album *gasp*! 

**ALL DAY LONG VIRTUAL CROP** - Crop while you chat live with all the Swirly-Girls (and guy) in our chat room!  Krissy will be running around like a mad rabbit handing out prizes here and there to keep you on your toes!

Week-long raffle, to benefit our own charity - iPads for Autism!
Purchase a raffle ticket for $5.00 and be entered to win a $180.00 Tutto Craft Tote!! There's no limit to the number of raffle tickets you may purchase and all proceeds go directly to putting iPads into the hands of children with Autism! Our winner will be drawn, and announced on May 14th!

Happy Scrapping, from your friends at Swirlydoos Kit Club!

Friday, May 6, 2011
TGIF!!!!! This is has been such a crazy busy week and I am so happy Friday is finally here.


We have games and prizes, a scrapping challenge and 2 Ustream videos by our own Lisa G!!  I am so excited.  Click HERE for the schedule of events.  Grab a cup of coffee, wine or what ever blows your skirt up and join us in the fun!!!

The Chipboard Palooza
contest has come to an end and the voting has started.  The entries into this contest are awesome!  It is tough to vote.  The winner will be announced soon!!!

Have a fabulous weekend and I hope to see you tomorrow!!!

Creatively Yours,
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
The Winner of the Bello Volo Butterfly Challenge is:

Congrats Peggy!!!

You definitely brought out the vintage feeling of this kit! Thank you for the inspiration!

If you would like to join in on the Butterfly Challenge please visit the Swirlydoos Challenge Forum


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