Sunday, July 31, 2011

This week we bring you the beautiful work of Beverly Sams. For those of you who do not know, Beverly is more than a scrapbook artist, she is an artist who puts a brush to canvas and creates shear magic. See for your self... CLICK HERE
But this week, she is our spotlight artist with her beautiful layout "Believe".

The beautifully framed photo is Beverly's niece. The soft colors and lacy techniques Beverly used compliment the photo so beautifully. Love the ribbon weaving and the sweet bow with the tiny fairy dangling as if dancing in the air. The floral clusters frame the layout to perfection. Love how Beverly used the DA fairy as a mask, very creative!! Color perfection! Thank you for sharing your work with us in Swirlyville!! We love it!!
Visit Beverly's scrapping blog for more inspiration!

Friday, July 29, 2011
Hi there scrappers and swirly savages! I wanted to take this moment to send out prayers and hugs to all those in Norway who have been affected by such a senseless act of terrorism; then again all terrorism is senseless.  We are so very sorry and you are all in our thoughts!!  Much love and many hugs!!

CHA is over and everyone is home.  The Swirlydoos workshop with Ingvild and Trish were a success!  For all of us attending the classes live on Ustream it was a lot of fun!!  The projects are gorgeous.  There are still a few kits available in the Swirlydoos store and the Ustream classes were recorded so you can still take the class!  

Everyone is anxiously awaiting August's kit, Poetry en Prose.  A few of the DT members have already received their kits and I all I can tell you is that you WILL NOT be disappointed, not that you ever are, but I LOVE this kit!

We have another blog hop coming up on August 5th.  There will be a Bo Bunny kit up for grabs to this month's winner so set your alarm clocks and mark your calendars so you can be sure to be here and participate!

Have an amazing weekend and remember to make someone smile!
Thursday, July 28, 2011
OMG!!! The Swirlydoos Store has got the Mistables from Pink Paislee!!! Just think of all the variety that can come out of this collection. Just spray, ink, paint...and it'll be a very unique project.

You can find the papers:

And the fabric flowers:

Get yours today!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Do you ever get scrappers block? I know I do!!! I would suggest taking a look at the Swirlydoos Challenge Forum. We have plenty of on going challenges that'll lift that scrappers block and get your creative juices flowing again. One challenge in particular is the Round Robin Challenge. How much easier can it be to scraplift the person before you? But, with your creative spin. 

I would like to spotlight Team 2 Entries. These girls out did themselves. Kudos to Tracey for her beautiful design that motivated the rest of the team .
Usually it takes me 2-3 hours to complete a page. Shell's lift (spot 3) inspired me so much that it only took 45 minutes to finish my layout!!! I love this challenge because you can see how a layout can be lifted. Yet, still have your style. No scrappers block!!

Spot 1 
layout by Tracey

Spot 2
layout by Kim

Spot 3
layout by Shell

Spot 4
layout by Angelica

To see the other team's layouts visit the July Round Robin Challenge.
 Or to jump right into a challenge visit the Challenge Forum.

Scrap on ♥
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
                                   Did you know that:

                               Swirlydoos is THE place
                                *Stretch your creative skills.                                       
                                *Think outside the box 
                                * Try new techniques

While I was browsing through the Gallery I came across
                 this beautiful card from Peggy                               
I was so stunned by her perfect stamped image
            and the coloring is amazing too.

The second card I want to share is by Lisa (Feathers)
Look at all those gorgeous layers and awesome distressing.

Hope you all get inspired by these two beautiful cards.
We sure want to see your cards too.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

This month, the gallery was full of magical fairytale layouts. Everyone of them was as beautiful as the next. and the challenges are also amazing!! Tammy entered this gorgeous layout in the Budget Blooms Challenge. Who needs Prima and Petaloo??!! (shhhh, I didn't really say that..The fairy did...). Tammy worked magic with her store bought blooms. She worked magic with the paper. She worked magic with the Dusty Attic. She worked magic when she placed the wings on the fairy in the photo. Tammy just worked her magic on it all!! Just look at all of the sweet little fairies sprinkling their magic all over. If you didn't believe in fairies before, i bet you believe in them now!! Tammy, this layout is just magically beautiful!!
Please visit Tammy's Blog for more inspiration.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- Eleanor Roosevelt
Friday, July 22, 2011
Happy Friday CHA Shoppers!

I hope everyone is staying as cool as possible.  This heat wave is over a good portion of the states and has even made temps go over 100 here in Upstate NY.  That's saying a lot!  Please stay safe and drink lots of water. 

Our fearless leader is at CHA this week with a few of our members.  This morning is the Ustream Class with Ingvild and Trish!!!  I'll be at work but will be logging on later tonight to check it out.  Can't wait!!!

The August add-ons are nearly all sold out.  I hope you were able to get what you wanted.

We've had some awesome new tutorials posted this month; flowers, a matchbook mini album and a card.  So beautiful.  If you haven't taken a look at our tutorial section lately, you should.  Click HERE to check it out. 

We have some activities coming up.  Our next blog hop is taking shape AND the Design Team has been working really hard at putting together something really special.  This will be something that members and NON members alike can participate in.  Keep checking the blog for more information coming soon!!!

I went perusing through the gallery this morning and just have to show you this gorgeous layout that Lisa (Featherss) created using our July Vintage Fae kit!!  Isn't this just the sweetest!!!

Have a wonderfully creative weekend!  Enjoy the Ustream Classes!!!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Chipboards....Dusty Attic chipboards... Now I can hear you all sigh of excitement. LOL
Their arches and gates are so stunningly beautiful and easy to use. Just look at these gorgeous examples from the gallery.

Layout by Jan:

Layout by Shelly:

Layout by Robin:

Swirlydoos still offers some DA chippies in the store even though they sell out fast. You can for example find these:

Wednesday, July 20, 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: Phamil *a.k.a Patti Hamil*

Please visit her blog for Swirly inspiration: My Pieces of Time

Patti is our newest member and we are so lucky yo have her. She used her very first Swirlydoo's kit, Vintage Fae, to create this gorgeous page. 

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

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

Happy Scrapping!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
How do you start your day?
I start mine with a smile. How come, you may ask.... well
I grab a cup of coffee and turn on my computer. Open up the Swirlydoos site and go to the Gallery.
Which is the most greatest source of inspiration. You can find the most GORGEOUS projects there.
From, layouts, ATC's, mini album's, altered art, etc.
And Yes, they make me smile, because .... I can feel the love.
The love for the *creating* process, as well as the love we feel for our beloved ones, which we scrap about or for.
Love is our starting point.
Today I would like to share some amazing cards, that I found whilst browsing the gallery.
First up, a Gorgeous card from Shell
She said that this is her new favorite die, which she dressed up so gorgeously, and made this beautiful card with.

The next card I saw, is from Pips
She created this Gorgeous card with her first Swirlydoos kit and said, that she loved her kit.
Pips.... we love your card!

Another great inspiration is the next card from Linda.
She created this Awesome Guy card.
I simply just Love it!!!!

And then the last two *Gorgeous* cards are by Camilla.

They represent this month's Vintage Fae kit so well.
Full of Gorgeousness!!!

Go take a peek, in our AMAZING Gallery.
Get yourself,  inspired and creative.
We'd love to see your creations.

Sunday, July 17, 2011


This week I bring you a special LO. It was created by Patti Hamil, who is one of our newest subscribers. This LO happens to be her first LO with the new kit! And it is amazing. The enhancing of the papers with masking, the beautiful floral cluster with handmade leaves, the little tag, and the sweet tie around the letter in the title. It is the little touches that can fill a LO with personal style. The photo is Patti's beautiful daughter and her son in law on their wedding day. The LO reminded me of the beautiful song Magic by Colbie Caillat. It is all about love. And we sure do LOVE this layout.
To see more of Patti's work, please visit her blog. You will surely be inspired!
Friday, July 15, 2011
HAPPY FRIDAY Scrappers!!

I never, ever get tired of saying that.  Seems like lots of stuff is going on.  Krissy is getting ready to head of to CHA as well as host a most AWESOME workshop featuring Ingvild and Trish.  For those of  us that are suffering through the fact that we can't be there, we are comforted by the idea that we will be able to attend this workshop via Ustream!!!  Wa-hoo!  I believe that the kits are in the process of being sent to those of us who purchased a ticket.  

  • You have one more day to submit your take on the sketch for our June kit, The Looking Glass.  Click here.
  • The sketch challenge for this month's kit, Vintage Fae has been posted and you have until 8/15 to post your entry.  Click here.
  • There are 4 other challenges going on right now as well; the monthly and infamous Round Robin, Angelica's gorgeous Butterfly challenge, and 2 SGC challenges hosted by our members.  Click here to check them out and jump in.
  • CHA sneak peeks are being posted daily and everyone is weighing in.  Click here and see what all the hub-bub is about.
  • Add-ons for the August kit will be unveiled today for our subscribers!!!!  Let the swirling begin!  Bring your body armor and stretch out your hips for all of the hip checking that will be going on.  We don't want anyone to get hurt.  LOL  j/k
  • We will be having another Kit Reveal Blog Hop.  We had so much fun that we are going to do it again!  Be sure to sign up to get our blog postings by email so that you don't miss any of our upcoming announcements!!!!
Check out these gorgeous pages submitted by our members using our July kit, Vintage Fae! 

This one is by Joyce.

This one is by one of our newest members, Patti. 

Have a great weekend~
XO, Lisa
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Through the Swirlydoos kits I have discovered the joy of stamping on layouts. Every now and then Krissy adds some gorgeous stamps in the kits. We've had stamps from Tattered Angels and from Prima in some of the latest kits. Irene is a pro at using stamps on her projects. Here is a layout she made for the June kit where she has used kit stamps.

But you will find more stamps in the Swirlydoos store's stamping section.

This one is from Prima:

And this one is from Tattered Angels:

Happy stamping everyone!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
This is the basic instruction to make a Paper Bag Matchbook. How you embellish is completely up to you.

I used items from the July Vintage Fae Kit


Paper Bags (3) 5 1/8 X 10 5/8 inches
Card Stock
Lots of Embellies

Take your card stock( this will be the cover) and cut 12 x 5 1/2
optional: ink and distress

Score the cover at 1", 6.5" and 7"

Fold at the score lines
I used regular size white paper bags. I only used three, but you can use up to six.

Measuring from the top of the paper bags, cut off the bottom sections at the 5 1/2" mark

At this time you want to embellish your bags. Ink, mist, distress. Even add thin embellishments

Now you can stack your bags and place them in the small fold of the cover. Staple

For the insert for the paper bags pockets, cut three pieces of card stock at 4.5" x 5"
Embellish these insert to your liking. You can add photos, journaling ephemera....whatever.

Depending how chunky you want your mini is up to you.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Swirlydoos July Kit Reveal Blog Hop!!!

First I want to thank YOU all, for playing along
with our First Blog Hop. You made it a great succes and I think I can say:
There will be many to come.
Now for the winner...... drumroll please!!!!!




you won a $25 gift certificate for the awesome Swirlydoos Store.
How cool is that?!!!!
Please email your addy to Krissy.

I would also like to thank Lisa V for coordinating our blog hop. She did an AMAZING job!!
Thank you Lisa.
And of course Krissy, for sponsoring the Blog Hop.
On Tuesday, we usually have Card day on our blog, but this time
it is a little different.

Every month I'll do, a step by step *CARD* Photo Tutorial, which was created from the Main Kit.
Here's the card for this month's tutorial:

You can find the tutorial HERE

Hope to see you all there, and to finally see your cards
into the card-section of the Swirlydoos Gallery.
Sunday, July 10, 2011

If you haven't seen this LO, read the incredible story that Maggi tells us.
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Photo of my Mom in Verdun, France taken in 1953. She is standing in the doorway of the house we lived in. I have to change the journal as I didn't get all my facts quite right, but it will read:

1953 Verdun, France – Dad had already gone to his duty station in Verdun, so you had to fly to France with a baby, Margaret, and Craig, almost 5 at the time. The plane was struck by lightening and caught fire so the plane made an emergency landing in Newfoundland. By that time, you must have been scared out of your mind and wondering why on earth you were traveling to this foreign land.

But there you were, in France, living in a house with a bullet holes from WWII in the front door. Our french landlady & her son had hidden in a cabinet in the kitchen when the Germans forced their way into her home. Fortunately they didn’t look there and she was ok.

You and Dad lived on the French economy and with the grace that you’ve had all your life, you accepted the situation and set about learning to speak French. You and our landlady, Madam Gaillard, sat with the French/English dictionary and learned to communicate. By the time we came home from France, you were speaking fluent French.

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This LO is just amazing in fine detail. The doorway scene, blended from paper and photo is incredible. The lamp post, the flowers, the title. All scrapped with love. We don't know what else to say Maggi, except, you have created a stunning LO. And thank you so much for sharing the intimate history behind the photo. That just makes it more the sweetest!!
Friday, July 8, 2011
Happy Friday Scrappers!

What a fabulous week this has been.  Happy belated 4th of July!  I hope you all had safe and happy celebrations.  Here is a brief run down of the past week:

1) We had our first Swirlydos Blog Hop and revealed our July kit, Vintage Fae.  It was a great success thanks to all of you.  You have until July 9th to do the hop.  I will be randomly drawing a name on the 10th and the winner of the $25 store gift certificate will be announced here, on the blog, on July 12th.  Good luck to you all and stay tuned for next month's hop!!

2) We had two new Swirly Girls Challenges start up.  These are challenges that our members host.  Click HERE to check them out.

3)  Everyone has been posting links to upcoming product releases at CHA; and everyone has been weighing in on whether they like it or not.  Go check it out.  Click HERE.

The Design Team has been putting the finishing touches on something fun.  Keep checking back often for the announcement.

Have an inspiring weekend!!!  
XO, Lisa
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Do you alter a lot? I found this stylish and fabulous Kaisercraft drawer in the gallery. The creator is Tammy/tamh3030. I love how she's decorated it with gorgeous papers, stamps, bling and stuff.

The Swirlydoos store carries some alterable items... like these for example:

Have a great day!
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
If you are looking for the Reveal Blog Hop....just scroll on down!!

The winner of the Looking Glass Butterfly Challenge is:

All American

Congrats Tammy!!!

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

 Introducing Vintage Fae
Check out our home page for details on the kit and the Add On kits!

Welcome to Swirlydoos July Kit Reveal Blog Hop!!! 

This month's kit, Vintage Fae, is packed with paper from Pink Paislee's Butterfly Garden collection as well as some Graphic 45 and Kaiser Craft.  Let's not forget all of the gorgeous embellishments, including Dusty Attic, that have been carefully chosen for you to create your masterpiece with.   :)

First stop on your “hop” is this blog, so if you are here you are in the right place!
We have some beautiful blogs for you to visit today, and trust me when I tell you that the projects you are about to see are nothing short of amazing!

Here is what you need to do in order to qualify for the prize:

1) you need to visit all of the blogs in order to qualify.
2) Be sure to leave a comment and become a follower of each blog INCLUDING this one(if you haven't already).  This way we know that you have joined in the party!  ;)
3) Stop by our Facebook page and Like Us!
4) Winner will be announced on this blog on July 12th. 

All entries will be entered into the drawing for our Grand Prize!!!  This month's prize will be a $25 gift certificate to the awesome Swirlydoos Store!!!  
Here is the order of the blog visits today:
1) Here :)  Swirlydoos
2) Lisa Gregory
3) Angelica Franssen
4) Paulien van den Bosch
5) Lisa Valentine
6) Irene Tan
7) Camilla Ekman

Let's get the party started!!  Your first stop is Lisa G.'s blog .  Have fun and get inspired!
Sunday, July 3, 2011
A Tiny Kiss,
Sweet and Tender.
A Precious Moment,
We always Remember.

Something about sweet sweet kisses we give our children, can make our heart skip a beat! Amazing that this is a self portrait Rae did of herself planting a sweet smooch on her son Owens darling cheek.
This week our beautiful LO was chosen for not only it's beauty, but for the love it shows coming from a mom to her child. It is simple, it is complex..But most important, it is love...The softness and warmth of the colors give off a glow perfect in reflecting the mood of this LO. The beautiful frame is altered to look like a beautiful old gilded frame. The masking is soft and invites you to enter a garden of plantings and butterflies. Love the ribbon work to tie it all together. Just beautiful Rae..You, Owen and the layout...


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