Sunday, October 30, 2011

What a perfect way to end the month...Creepilicious is all we have to say!!! Cheryl, what a great Shadow Box piece of art you have created here!! Just outstanding! Love how the moon glows and just lights up the whole design! Very creative. Our favorite part of the whole LO??? Oh, they are all out favorite parts, from the creepy tree with the hanging jack-o-lanterns to the haunted house that contains the things we fear the most...But the Prima vine with the bats...How very unPrima is that!!! LOVE IT!! Congrats on a project very well done!!
Happy Hallows Eve Everyone!! May your ghosties whisper sweet nothings in your ear!!!
Friday, October 28, 2011
Hi Girlies!!  Happy Friday to everyone! :)  The weekend is coming, the weekend is coming!!!!!

I wanted to start your weekend off with some inspiration.  These are recently added projects to our gallery.  The photo above was submitted by Nadia Canizzo.  Isn't it breathtaking????

Look at the fussy cutting and gorgeous flower clusters that Patti Hamil did on this gorgeous page!

I just had to finish this off with a Halloween project submitted by Cheryl Merrihew.  Isn't it awesome?!  

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!!!!!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Oh my world! Look at these blooms from the Swirlydoos store. They really are must haves. The first ones are fabric flowers and I love the neutral colours.

Then there are more colourful ones. The vibrant colours can add so much to your layouts.

Visit the Swirlydoos store to see even more flowers!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I wanted to show you some of the projects that have been submitted for our challenges.

 Kathi submitted this stunning piece of work for our October SwirlyHues Challenge!   

Check out this beautiful page from Connie

There is still time to enter the SwirlyHues challenge.  Click on the link over on the 
right for the details.

This is a beautiful entry into our Round Robin challenge from our member Lynnise.

Here is a link to our challenges forum.  Head on over and jump on in!!!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Today I would like to present the cards that has been entered for the Blog Inspired Card Challenge.

First up is a card mady by Jackie (aka Jax)

Jackie used Swirlydoos  *Rendezvous*  kit for this BEAUTIFUL card. She combined these papers and embellishments so gorgeously.

The next card is made by Peggy:

Look at the Beautiful stamping!!! Peggy colored her stamped image with distress inks and wow.... it looks AMAZING.
Thanks for playing along girls!!!!
Here's your next sketch:

Now for the deadline..... let's see.... How about getting your cards uploaded in the card gallery by November 8. That is 2 weeks from now. I can't wait to see your cards. I'll get one ready for next week and share it here with you.
Happy card making!~!
Sunday, October 23, 2011
I needed the shelter of someone's arms and there you were
I needed someone to understand my ups and downs and there you were
With sweet love and devotion
Deeply touching my emotion
I want to stop and thank you baby
I just want to stop and thank you baby
How sweet it is to be loved by you ...

This beautiful layout was created by Christy. The distressing and the masking is absolutely beautiful. Love the new Crafters Workshop Chicken Wire stencil, just fantastic. A touch here and a touch there is all you need!! Of course the photo is the highlight of this page. The look on your daughters face is PURE BLISS. So precious! Christy altered the background paper by dry brushing gesso over it and after it dried, she sprayed on some Glimmer Mist in Candle Glow. The to top it off, she used some Prima Ink with her Chicken Wire mask in a couple of random places. The perfect touch of creativity. The photo is matted on corrugated paper from Creative Imaginations and layered over twine, flowers and vintage lace from my Grandmother's collection. The layout is pure bliss..Thank you for sharing!
Friday, October 21, 2011

Woo Hoo!!!  The weekend is coming! 

Take a look at this gorgeous entry in our SwirlyHues challenge!  Patti submitted this and we LOVE it! She decided to use a few of our distressing tutorials and it looks great! Click on the link to the right for October's challenge and make sure to submit your entry!

Our October Kit Sketch Challenge will be going up in a few days and so make sure to check that out.  Speaking of kits, invoices have started going out for the November kit!!!!!   

Have a gorgeous weekend!

Thursday, October 20, 2011
I spotted those fabulous flower vines in the Swirlydoos store.

And just look at this stunning layout by Nadia Cannizzo where she uses that exact flower vine. So inspiring.
Our lovely Manda has just recently revamped her blog and it looks fantastic (even though she calls her blog "Let's Not Get Too Fancy"...LOL). I just love Manda's scrapbooking style and I love the fact that she writes a bit about how she's created her layouts. Make sure to pop by herblog. Thanks for the inspiration, Manda!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Hello friends,
Today is actually Card Day, but since all the members are playing with their fresh arrived October kits....
I'm gonna extend the deadline. How about getting your cards in, in the Swirlydoos Card Gallery by October 25th! Remember... if you gonna get your card uploaded in the gallery, we will share it here on the blog.
Here's the sketch again, for reminder:

Lets give it a try girls!!!!!

Instead of showing you a card, I;m gonna share a tiny sneak from our October kit, which will be revealed SOON!!!!!
Here's my peek:

I tell ya..... this kit is so versatile and full of brand new stuff. You don't wanna miss it!
Monday, October 17, 2011
If we let our children explore the world in their own way, and let them grow with confidence that they can achieve anything they want to in life...

Bravo to Sandi for creating a beautiful layout full of texture and color. It certainly does not distract form the gorgeous photo of "one" of her 16 (yes I said 16!!) grandchildren... Sandi is a wonderfully sweet and very talented Scrap Artist. Layering paper, lace and trim is something Sandi always seems to do with perfection. Her eye for design always compliments her layouts. This one is no exception. All the elements just seem to melt into place on the page. Beautiful work Sandi. We love it!!
Please visit Sandi at her blog for more beautiful inspiration.

Friday, October 14, 2011
It's FRIDAY!!!!!  

Is it just me or has this been a long week?  

Lots of stuff went on this past week:
1.  We announced our first SwirlyHues Winners
2.  Our new SwirlyHues challenge started up
3.  Our monthly challenges are in full swing
4.  October kits are shipping and lots of people already received their CNS *yay*
5.  The DT unveiled their September projects
6.  We are anticipating the November Add-On reveal to be imminent
7.  October kit will be unveiling SOON.

PHEW!  I'm sure I missed something. LOL  

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  I will be working with my October kit :)
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Thank you so much to all who participated in our first SwirlyHues challange.  We were really blown away by everyone's gorgeous projects and all of the techniques and tutorials used.

Can I tell you how difficult the voting was?  Seriously, two votes later we have our very first SwirlyHues Blog Challenge WINNERS!!!!!!! Soooooooo, without further ado,

Our first place winner is Sandi Smith!!!!  Her gorgeous page Me @ 38 is just stunning.  She chose to use our Altering Chipboard with Crackle Paint Tutorial and she did a gorgeous job!  Here is a link to her blog page if you want more details Click HERE.  Sandi, make sure to email me at so I can send you your blog badge and get your mailing address cuz you also won that incredible Trish Ladouceur Special Edition Swirlydoos CHA kit that is valued at $67!!!!!!!!  Congratulations!!!!!

Our 2nd place is winner is one of our own!!!  Cheryl Merrihew!!!!!  Cheryl's page is called Serene and she chose to use Lisa G's Fairy CosmoFlower Tutorial and can you say WOW?  I thought that she bought them from Lisa.  She did a gorgeous job with the colors and her interpretation of the sketch is gorgeous.  Cheryl doesn't have a blog.....YET, but you still need to email me so I can send you your badge.  You can add it to your signature line as well as your bio at other online galleries. Congratulations!!!!!!!

Congratulations once again ladies!  We posted October's SwirlyHues challenge on Monday.  We have a link on the right side that will take you to it.  We hope to see your beautiful creations in the gallery!

BTW - our September kit is revealing today and our October is revealing next week!!!!! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Helga is the wonderful owner of My Happy Place in Blogger land..And what a beautiful creative Blog it is! Helga's style is incredibly beautiful and her layouts are a feast for the eyes! I always enjoy a cruise through her blog. She has been a Swirly Girl for quite some time!! Helga lives in Iceland with her husband and 2 beautiful children.
Please go check out Helga's Blog
Her work with Swirlydoos kits is truly beautiful!!
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Yep that's right. And today we are getting back on track with the weekly "Blog Inspired Card Challenge"
I've selected the next sketch for you:

This sketch was made by Beggahuna, our sketch artist, and can be found in the Sketch Gallery

I already gave it a go and came up with this sample card:
Hope you get some inspiration, and play along with us.

Then, I really need to share this next card with you:

I found this beautiful card, from Peggy, in our Gallery. She was inspired by this month's card tutorial and
made this BEAUTIFUL Anniversary card. Look at the delicate distressing and that darling heart. 
Gorgeous work Peggy!!!

Remember, if you play along with the Blog Inspired Card Challenge, upload your card in the Card Gallery before next Tuesday, and we will share your entries, right here on the blog.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Hi everyone!  It's time for another SwirlyHues challenge.  Our inaugural challenge went soooooo well.  We loved the entries and the techniques that everyone used from our tutorial section.  You still have a few hours to submit a project for our first contest.  You have until midnight eastern standard time tonight! Click HERE to go to our first challenge. We will be posting the 1st and 2nd place winners on the 13th so stay tuned to see if you won!!!

Design Team member extraordinaire, Robin Schelin, is your hostess for this month's challenge.  She picked some fabulous colors for you, and our kit subscribers will find these colors in our card stock add-on for October's kit!  Woo Hoo.

Here is this month's storyboard.

RGB Values: 
1. Yellow-Orange / R: 237, G:157, B:6
2. Blue /  R: 0, G: 68, B: 100
3. Greyish-Tan /  R: 180, G: 161, B: 128

Here is Robin's gorgeous example:

The Rules:

1)  Must stick to the hues provided.  You may add black or white, but it can NOT be more than 5% of your total page and can NOT be a main element.
2)  You must interpret the sketch provided.
3)  Now for the Swirly-fying element – you MUST use one of our tutorials on your page.  Here is a LINK to our tutorials.  You can choose anything your beautiful, creative heart desires.
4) Create a post on your blog for your SwirlyHues entry.
5) Upload your gorgeous creation to the SwirlyHues album in our gallery no later than midnight eastern time on November 10th.  Click HERE to get there.  You will need to register to upload photos.  It's free! Use the following format to name your item: SH Oct 2011 (insert your project name here).  Your photos can be no larger than 600x600.  In the description please tell us what tutorial you used and a link to your blog post. If you don't have a blog, just let us know that.
6)  2 winners will be chosen; 1st and 2nd place.  Each winner will receive one of our highly coveted blog badges (see the right-side bar).  Winners will be posted to the Swirlydoos blog on the 13th of the month (unless otherwise noted), as well as our Facebook page.  Check back here to see your name and then contact LisaV at  She will make sure you get your blog badge and then we'll add you to our blog for the month! Superstahhhhhh *strike a pose*
7) The next challenge will be uploaded to our blog on November 10th!

Sunday, October 9, 2011
In Life, you don’t feel too guilty;
God knows our human frailty;
Don’t worry, your life was worthy;
God’s ways are strangely noteworthy.

Sometimes, as mothers, we feel challenged...Are we good moms?? Are we doing right by our children?? We are always asking for strength. And sometimes we pray. And we are ever so grateful when our prayers are answered. Yes Motherhood can be challenging at times. But we don't give up!!
If anyone knows a little about my friend Nadia, she has been going through some rough spots in the past few months, (she needs your prayers...) Rough, I mean, she thinks she lost her MOJO!!!! She didn't scrap for months!! Absolutely NO desire to scrap!! What???Then something magical happened..She opened up her Vintage Fae kit and her Mojo came creeping back!!! And with a vengeance! Dont you love it!!?? Look at this gorgeous page of her precious girls. The softness just conveys a calmness in Nadia's life right now. Your journaling says it all..He delivered..
So glad you are feeling better Nadia. And sooooo happy that you are creating your beautiful art again.
And for those of you who don't know, Nadia is the creator of Once Upon A Sketch.And even though she temporarily lost her mojo, she kept up the challenges like a true champ...Thank You for all of your inspiration!! Congrats on LOTW..We love this Layout to pieces...
Friday, October 7, 2011
Happy Friday Scrappers!

Here we are....October!  Aahhhh....for those of us who get to experience a change in seasons, this is undoubtedly my favorite.  There is nothing quite like the gorgeous New England fall colors and the cooler nights.  

Our first SwirlyHues challenge will be coming to end on Monday and the next will be starting up the same day!! We will be announcing our 1st and 2nd place winner a few days after that so make sure to stay tuned and see if you are a winner!!!

We have some fabulous Swirly Girl Challenges going on right now that have all of the fun and flavor of this Halloween and fall season.

We will also be introducing some Guest Designers that we have lined up for November and December!!!  We are very excited to have these brilliant and talented ladies working with our kits.  Stay tuned!

Have a tremendous weekend!!!  Make someone smile.

Thursday, October 6, 2011
I'm in love with these new Say it in Crystals borders from Prima. The Swirlydoos store has them in different colours and I cannot wait to use them on a layout. They have such great texture - both lace and crystals. And they are so elegant - perfect for a layout "swirly style".
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hi Everyone!!  I wanted to show you a few of the pages that have been submitted so far for our SwirlyHues challenge.  All of the submissions so far are just divine!!!  It is so great seeing everyone using tutorials and trying something new.  In short, you are rocking our world!!!  You have until midnight Eastern Standard Time on the 10th to submit your page to the gallery!  We have a prize pack worth $67 for our inaugural prize AND we have those kick ass blog badges to the right!  Bragging rights my sistahs!

We have lots of other challenges that go on EVERY month in Swirlyville.  Click HERE to go to our Challenges Forum and jump on in, the water is perfect!! 
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Here's a card I made with this month's RENDEZVOUZ kit.
That kit is  A M A Z I N G!!!!
You can find a step by step photo tutorial right HERE

We have prospone the weekly card challenge a bit, because every member recieved their
Rendezvouz kit, and really.... everyone just wanted to play with it. Lol.
I don't blame you girls!!!!!
So, the challenge will be back, and an announcement and sketch will be posted here on the blog.

In the meantime.... Have you seen the Swirly Hues Gallery????
WOW..... so many awesome pages over there. Check it out!!
Sunday, October 2, 2011

Located along the Douro river estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centres, and registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. Its settlement dates back many centuries, when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire. Its Latin name, Portus Cale,[7] has been referred to as the origin for the name "Portugal," based on transliteration and oral evolution from Latin. In Portuguese the city is spelled with a definite article as "o Porto" (English: the port). Consequently, its English name evolved from a misinterpretation of the oral pronunciation and referred to as "Oporto" in modern literature and by many speakers.

One of Portugal's internationally famous exports, port wine, is named for Porto, since the metropolitan area, and in particular the adegas of Vila Nova de Gaia, were responsible for the production and export of the fortified wine.

We thought you may have wanted a little history lesson on the place of Sherri's travels. Back in 2005, Sherri visited Oporto, Portugal where she took a cruise down the River Duoro, while enjoying a glass of Port with new friends. Looks like you had a flippin fabulous time Sherri. Well, this LO is a knock out!!! So beautiful!! The color combo is AMAZING!! The techniques you used , you created to perfection! The design is off the hook as are your use of multiple photos!! You look beautiful!! Wow, we love it!! The zipper almost makes the viewer want to unzip it and let all of your travel stories spill out. Very creative feature indeed. Outstanding work here Sherri..It really caught our eye in the gallery this week!!


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