Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I was very pleased to see some
AWESOME cards, being posted in the gallery.
And here we are again, getting ready for a new round of the
Blog Card *For Fun* Challenge.

But first, as promised,..... Here are the entries from last week's sketch.

Such a Gorgeous card!!!! made by Sherri

Love the way, she framed that awesome stamped and colored image.

The next card is made by Cheryl.

It was her first try, on a card and wow.... I'm so glad she did cause it is sooo Gorgeous!!!!!

Now for the next week I have chosen another sketch from the gallery.
It is the Mon Amour sketch, which can be found in the Sketch Gallery.
And here's my sample card:
I wanna say a BIG Thank you to last week's players and I hope to see some extra entries this week.

Remember to post them in the Card gallery before next Tuesday.
Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Got a surprise especially for you,
Something that both of us have always wanted to do.
We've waited so long, waited so long.
We've waited so long, waited so long.

I'm gonna take you on a trip so far from here,
I've got two tickets in my pocket, now baby, we're gonna disappear.
We've waited so long, waited so long.
We've waited so long, waited so long.

I've got two tickets to paradise,
Won't you pack your bags, we'll leave tonight,
I've got two tickets to paradise,
I've got two tickets to paradise.

I'm gonna take you on a trip so far from here,
I've got two tickets in my pocket, now baby, we're gonna disappear.
We've waited so long, waited so long.
We've waited so long, waited so long.

I've got two tickets to paradise,
Won't you pack your bags, we'll leave tonight,
I've got two tickets to paradise,
I've got two tickets to paradise.

Eddie Money

With summer coming to a close for some, marking the end of getaway vacations, We bring to you Rae's version of Paradise...Toes in the sand, looking out over to the clear blue water and skies. No worries in the world..Well, at least not while you are momentarily lost in Paradise....The photo reads like a romance novel...Love love the colors chosen for this layout! The soft blues and greens that mimic the water and sky. The layering of the different patterns softened by the flow of flowers and vines. The sweet little birds flitting around the title gives this layout a sweetness to it. Yes...Looks like paradise to us!! Enjoy the rest of your summer...The autumn leaves are about to head our way..And that's another story...
Friday, August 26, 2011
Happy Friday scrappers!! 

First and foremost, for those of you in the path of hurricane Irene, please evacuate if you must and stay safe!!!!  I'm crossing my fingers for all of you and hope that she looses power quickly.

This past week we saw some more jaw droppng projects from everyone involved in the Monthly Kit Sketch challenge, the Round Robin challenge as well as our Misting, Masking & Gesso challenge and our Get Your Weave on challenge.  I am forever amazed and inspired by our members.  Every single one of you amaze me in your own way.  Very unique and creative ideas all over the place!  Click HERE to see our current challenges.

We also have a fabulous tutorial section (click HERE) and a 101 Class for Gesso was just uploaded.  There will be more 101 Classes coming up.  They will all be leading up to a very cool series of classes and videos that we are working on!!!  Can't wait!

Invoices went out for the September kit and everyone is patiently awaiting their click-n-ship notifications.  This upcoming kit is full of new stuff from CHA!!!

I really hope everyone stays safe and out of the hurricane's way this weekend!! 
Thursday, August 25, 2011
When was the last time you made a minialbum? Seeing this gorgeous castle mini in the Swirly store really makes me want to make one. It is from Kaisercraft and is perfect for a mini about a little prince or princess.If you need some more inspiration to get your mojo running, just visit our gallery. Here are some projects made by Swirlydoos members.

Minialbum by CamillaE

Minialbum by Tracey
Happy crafting!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

One Wednesday out of every month we would like to feature a Swirly Sister's Blog. Our amazing ladies are incredibly talented and work wonders with the Swirlydoo's Kits.

This week our featured Blogger is: Tammy a.k.a *simplyme*

Please visit her blog for Swirly inspiration: My Scrapping Place

Agree to Disagree

Tammy's layout was done with the August Kit Poetry en Prose. This was also her entry in the 'Get your weave on" Challenge.

Thank you so much Tammy for sharing your talent with us!

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

Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Today I would like to share this Gorgeous card with you, created by one of our members:
Linda (lindapekrul)

Many Thanks to you Linda, for sharing this lovely card!!!!!

                                  and then
************** FOR FUN***************

I would like to challenge you all!!!!
Create a card after the sketch below, and load your card in the
Swirlydoos Gallery in the card section. Load it before next Tuesday
so that we can SHOW your work here on the blog, next Tuesday.

This sketch can be found in the Swirlydoos Gallery in the
Sketch Gallery section. It is called: Simply Irresistible Sketch

I'd already go ahead and made this sample with this month's kit: Poetry and Prose.

We would love it, if you'd play along!!
Can't wait to see you creations!
The Little Mermaid
By Hans Christian Andersen


Far out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower,
cornflower, and as clear as the purest glass.
But it is very deep too.
It goes down deeper than any anchor rope will go,
and many, many steeples would have to be stacked,
one on top of another to reach from the bottom to the surface of the sea.
It is down there that the sea folk live.

Click here for the rest of the beautiful story... CLICK HERE

This is not what we think of when we think of the little mermaid....Holy Hot Damn Joyce!!! This is the most beautiful mermaid we have ever seen, and not only a gorgeous mermaid, but the layout is SMASHINGLY BEAUTIFUL!!!!...The creative techniques are just so incredible, from the netting to the adorned Dusty Attic to the Mermaid Tail!! And those little seahorses are just tooooo CUTE!!! And all the beautiful pearls!!! Preeeeetty!!The seaweed is swaying and we hear Calypso music playing in our heads!!! Under the sea....Oh we love this Lo Joyce. Your creative touches took it to a new level!! Congrats on LOTW!!
Friday, August 19, 2011
Good Morning and Happy Friday to all of our friends!

I hope you have all been having a wonderful summer. I know it has been very hot and very dry for some of you. I hope that the fall will bring some better weather your way.

Lots going on this week. Add-ons have been delayed. There was a typhoon in Thailand which delayed a big shipment of Prima. I hope that the typhoon went through with minimal damage and no one was hurt. Keep checking back in with us. I'm sure you will see that birdie flying around soon. :) 

Our July Sketch challenge came to an end. We had a random drawing and the winner is our friend Shell!!!  Isn't her son just as cute as he can be!!!  Love the little backpack.  Gorgeous job Shell!!  Congratulations.

Our August Kit Sketch challenge is underway.  I hope you can join us!  Have a great weekend everyone!!!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
There is a challenge going on at the forum this month hosted by one of our lovely members. The challenge is about using misting, masking and gesso. The Swirlydoos store has recently added NEW glimmer mist and glimmer glam from Tattered Angels. Lots and lots of different colours! How about these?

Cool, huh?!

Here are some STUNNING layouts from our gallery. Just look at the gorgeous misting! Such a cool effect.

Layout by JoelleLayout by Peggy
Happy misting!
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
We all know that Irene's pages are out of this world. Well, for her turn at the Anatomy, she is doing something a little different. She is giving us a tutorial on how she created her background on this STUNNING page!!!! Here we go!

12x12 paper
Iron Gate die cut
Palette Knife
Shimmerz – 2 colors
Distress Ink

 Step 1
Put the mask over the patterned paper and randomly apply some white gesso on it using a palette knife. Let it dry. Do not remove the mask.

 Step 2
Mist two colours of Shimmerz mist on it. Later, use a wet wipe and wipe off any inks which are on top of the areas with gesso. Let it dry. Do not remove the mask.

 Step 3

Enhance the masking with Faded Jeans distress ink and a sponge or the distress ink applicator. Then only remove the mask.

 Step 4
Use a brush and Peeled Paint distress ink to color part of the masked image. (Swipe some distress ink onto a non stain mat and mist of water over it. Use a brush to pick up the colours to paint.) 

Step 5
Cut a portion of the die cut gate piece and attach it to the right of the layout.

Step 6
Then, add your photograph and some embellishment around it.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011
I'm a little late with posting this blog post, due to NO internet.
I was really upset by it, cause I so badly wanted to share the next two cards.

First, this Gorgeous card, by Rae

Look at how well balanced this is. The gorgeous punch-work has such a lovely finishing touch,
 because Rae added the pearl strand. The frame around the sentiment, is just so beautifully decorated. An awesome piece of work!!

The second card is by Linda:

Linda got inspired by this month's (tutorial) card. Look at the delicate distressing and careful chosen colors.
Her way of using the trims are so gorgeous. All topped of with that lovely tag and beautiful flowers.

I was so pleased to see a few cards being submitted to the gallery this week. Think about how happy you make someone, when they recieve such a beautiful card. Cards are so fun to make and awesome to recieve.
And Krissy has the most amazing stuff in the Swirlydoos Store, to create the most beautiful cards.

Sunday, August 14, 2011
Don't Blink!

Two tiny footprints these may be
But soon a much bigger pair you'll see
Walk, run, jump, hop or even ski
Leaving prints that will make you smile with glee.
This face will change to a certain degree
These feet will also grow and it's a guarantee
So please don't blink I hereby decree
Or else you won't be able to recognize me!

This week we bring you this incredibly beautiful LO by Meg...The photo's are of her husband and sweet, sweet boys that are growing from babies to big boys!! And soon, they will be young men, so as the title suggests, Dont Blink...Love the love the grunge clock representing time as it slips away. The film strips that hold memories of capturing time and making it stand still while all the while, it keeps slipping away. Love love the flowers and the clock hands on that one. The design is shear perfection. the layering and distressing and the stamping is a perfect touch!! Beautiful job Meg!! We really adore this one!!So those of you with little ones, love them and hold them tight while you can, because...

Don't Blink
Just like that you're six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you're twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife
Don't blink
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your "better half"
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you're praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think
So don't blink...

Friday, August 12, 2011

I don't know about you but boy am I happy that it is finally Friday.  What a week this has been.

First things first.  I want to congratulate Jan once again.  Our random draw chose her as our blog hop winner.

Second, have you seen those spotlight kits?!  OMGoodness!!!  You should hurry and place your order because they are always in limited supply and ALWAYS ROCK YOUR WORLD!!!!  Hop over to the store and check them out.  Click HERE

Have you noticed the countdown clock to your left?  The Design Team has been working REALLY hard on something that we are proud to put the Swirly label on.  We are really excited and hope you will be too!  Stay tuned for more details. :)

Our July Kit Sketch Challenge will be winding down in a few days and our August Kit Sketch Challenge will be starting up!  I can't wait to see what you all do with the kit and the sketch.

BTW~  the bird watching has begun!!  If you are a subscriber to Swirlydoos kits then you know what this means!  Get on in here and get your add-ons before they are gone!

I hope everyone has a fabulously creative and inspiring weekend!

Thursday, August 11, 2011
I cannot believe Krissy's talent in building gorgeous kits! She constantly amazes us not just with the monthly kits, but also with spotlight kits every now and then.

Right now she has put together TWO spotlight kits and added them to the Swirly store:

It contains lots of beautiful fairy stuff from Kaisercraft, but also gorgeousness from Prima, Tattered Angels and more.

This kit is jammed with stuff from Glitz Design, as well and Petaloo and others.

Which will you grab?
Wednesday, August 10, 2011

This week we bring to you the gorgeous work of Helena ala Finnabair style!! We were blown away at the mix of 2 very distinct styles rolled into one knockout page! Helena created this layout for a Dusty Attic challenge to lift one of their designers. So she chose to lift Ann's style which is very unique. Helena used Swirlydoos July kit and lots of misting and inking. The blue colors are just incredible as she blends them perfectly. The way the photo's are framed is just sheer magic. Helena, you have "Hit this one out of the ballpark" as we say in America!! A true Swirlydoos Home Run!!!
Please visit Helena's blog for more gorgeous inspiration!!
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Today I want to share an amazing tag with you which is created by Scrap2day.
She created this lovely tag from our previous Vintage Fae kit and the other items came in earlier kits.
I think this tag is so pretty in details.

Tags are great, to try out some new techniques or using up your scraps and little, left over embellies.
I would love to see some more tags in the gallery so......
how about... we all give it a try, with our left overs, from previous kits or maybe even this month's

The card tutorial for this month will be up by tommorow so keep your eye on the tutorial section.

Monday, August 8, 2011
Woo Hoo!!!!  We have our August 
Blog Hop Winner!!!!

*drum roll*  Our winner is JAN from Ipswitch, Suffolk, UK!!!! Jan please email Krissy at Krissy@Swirlydoos.com  to claim that awesome Bo Bunny Kit!!!  Congratulations!!!!

Thanks everyone for another successful hop. BTW - Stay tuned for an announcement on Wednesday! 

Friday, August 5, 2011
Welcome back everyone to our 
August kit reveal blog hop!!!  

This month's kit is oozing rich color and sumptuous embellishments. There is lots of gorgeous KaiserCraft paper, stamps, rub ons, Tim's Film Strip, tags, ribbon, lace....OH MY! The Design Team really knocked it out of the ballpark this month and the projects are just so full of inspiration.

This is the starting point for the blog hop!  REMEMBER, to qualify for the grand prize you need to:
1) visit all of the blogs, including this one, in order to qualify.
2) Be sure to leave a comment and become a follower of each blog (if you haven't already). This way we know that you have joined in the party!

You have through 5pm Eastern time on Sunday August 7th to complete the hop!! All entries will be entered into the drawing for our Grand Prize!!! This month's prize will this completely gorgeous kit made up of Bo Bunny product!!  Check it out~

Now head on over to Angelica's blog where you will see some more beautiful projects made with this month’s kit, Poetry en Prose.  Winner will be announced on this blog on August 8th. Good luck and thank you for joining us!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
The winner of the Vintage Fae Butterfly Challenge is:

Demure by Simplyme


The girls in the challenge were blown away with Tammy's paper folding technique.

Tammy is so sweet to share with us the Paper Folding Technique in our Tips and Technique Forum.

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

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
I stumbled at this gorgeous card from Beverly. Which, in my opinion, fits perfectly with this lovely summery weather.
This cards shows some beautiful stamping, a lovely butterfly and a great use of bling.
I hope you all have some awesome, summer weather.
Enjoy it!!!
Relax and create some cards.


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