Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I wanted to showcase some of our entires for the Swiryhues Challenge. Just look how beautifully some of the entries are for this palette. The tutorials mixed with the sketch are bringing stunning creations to our gallery.

By Jennie

By Pascale

 By Amber

Here is our beautiful Storyboard

For more inspiration, rules and good old fashion fun you can visit the Swirlydoos Gallery and/or Swirlyhues Challenge Thread.

Please have your gorgeous creation in the SwirlyHues album in our gallery no later than midnight eastern time on December 10th.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
The trunk smelled of mildew and dust
As I opened the latches covered with rust
So many memories lie there asleep,
A long, lacey dress and dried rose bouquet
Placed lovingly there from my wedding day
Still dance with aroma in thoughts I keep.

A photograph book now yellowed with age
Brings smiles as I fumble through each precious page
And tears for the loved ones now gone,
How often I wonder what Mother would say
If she were alive and could see me today
I close the book slowly and sadly look on.

Bronzed baby shoes from when I was small
Newspaper clippings I vaguely recall
And trinkets from years quickly passed
Fill that old trunk I treasure so dear
It holds my whole life, my childhood so near
And each day henceforth until it's my last.

This gorgeous layout from Kathi takes us back to a day when little girls kept the things they loved most in a trunk under the bad. The sepia toned photo is a modern day version of that old vision, it is Kathi's granddaughter Madison kneeling on top of that old trunk (valise) and the photo is stunning. So Kathi has created the perfect frame in her scrapping for the photo. She has carried on the theme of old lace with her wonderful punching and distressing. She brings the feeling of old antique doilies with paper and ink. Superb!! There is a touch of stitching with pearls and pearl flourishes,just like you would find on an old lacy garment. The addition of tea roses and a few ornate pieces just brings this whole beautiful layout together. Just beautiful Kathi, we really love this one!!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
I have seen lots of gorgeous creations in the gallery where you ladies have used different masks. So perfect to create a background of your own. The Swirly store carries some of Prima's latest masks, like this one:

You can use mists or ink to create a pattern. Here are some awesome layouts I found in the gallery:

Layout by Joyce:Layout by Peggy:
Thanks for the inspiration, ladies!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
This months featured blogger is also our  Guest Designer Natasha. If you played along in the blog hop you seen just how talented she is. Her blog is filled with tutorials, tips and information. Not to mention her gorgeous scrapbook pages with how to's.

Please visit Natasha blog at : moments-of-tranquility


Natasha guest designed with our November Kit "Beau Jardin". We at Swirlydoos would like to thank her for her beautiful creations and spending time with us on the Swirlyboards.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Today is a bit special, as it is the last Day of our Blog Inspired Card Challenge.
It aches a little, BUT I'm very proud to show the FANTASTIC entries.
You ladies have done an  amazing job.

This was the sketch we worked from:

and here are the entries,
first up, this beautiful card from Peggy
and this super cute one from Jackie
another beauty by Cheryl

and mine

I wanna thank all the ladies who participated in the last couple of weeks.
You all have been such a great source of inspiration.
Keep your cards coming into our Gallery, cause we really love them!!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
“The road of life twists and turns,
and no two directions
are ever the same.
Yet our lessons come from the journey,
not the destination.”
Enjoy the journey...

This is the week of Thankfulness. I know that we are all thankful for something. Jan is thankful that her sister in law allowed her to use this beautiful photo of her nephews for her LO. Her sister in law shared the whole album with her. What a beautiful LO Jan. Your technique on the DA is just awesome!! Jan mixed some copper UTEE, TH Distress embossing powder in Vintage Photo and Black Soot which she then used to emboss the DA autumn circle. Such a rustic feel to it!! Her flowers were all collected from various Swirlydoos kits and all of the papers were from the "Rendezvous" kit. This LO is Jan's entry for the November Round Robin Challenge. Gorgeous Jan, we just love this one!!

On a personal note, We want to thank Peggy, for her endless work on taking charge of Round Robin month after month!! We are Thankful for all that she has done for Swirlydoos in keeping us creatively entertained with all of the wonderful twists that we are challenged with every month. It forced us to work outside of our comfort zone sometimes, and made us better scrappers!! This month, Peggy is stepping down as hostess to take a much needed breather. Jan is one artist who has offered to help out with Round Robin when she can, but she will need help. Swirlydoos will welcome any creative artist's who are willing to assist in a group effort to keep this wonderful challenge going!! Let us know if you are interested!! You all have very creative minds, we would love to see you host this challenge!!

Please visit Jan's Blog for more creative inspiration!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

What a crazy week.  I just realized that Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK!!!!!!  I don't have my Christmas lists complete yet.....OMG!!!  Time has certainly crept up on me.

Well, around the Swirlydoos forum there is a LOT going on.  First...ADD ONS ARE COMING, ADD ONS ARE COMING!!!  I've seen the goods for December and as usual Krissy is going to rock your scrappy dreams!  I think, I said will see the add ons revealed sometime today. *big toothy grin*

Coming up on Monday, 11/21 at 7pm eastern time, we are going to have a live chat with our Guest Designer Natasha Naranjo Aguirre!!!  Make sure to be in the Savage Chat room!!!

We crowned two new SwirlyHues Winners.  They are Kathi and Peggy!!!!!  Here are their pages

STUNNING work girlies!!!  Make sure to click the link to the right for November's SwirlyHues challenge.  Remember, you DO NOT have to be a subscriber to play along.  It is open to anyone!!!!!

Have  a fabulous weekend!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Swirlydoos is offering magnificent kits every month and on top of that....sometimes Krissy puts together SPOTLIGHT KITS. The most recent one is called "Romantique" and is filled with gorgeousness from Prima. Don't miss out on this fantastic kit!

Get yours here!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
With the holidays quickly approaching, what better way to get your scrap on with fun and easy challenges. The Swirlydoos November Challenges are up and running!!! Ready to play??

Here is the sketch for November. If you would like to join in on the forum fun, please visit the Sketch Challenge Thread

This layout was made by our fabulous guest designer Natasha. Have a question for Natasha? Please visit the Get to Know Natasha Thread.

 LisaG is hosting this months SwirlyHues Challenge. We just love the soft color palette and beautiful sketch to round out this month's kit. Remember anyone can play!!! Please visit the Swirlyhues Thread for more details.

 When I saw MandaK's layout in the SwirlyHues gallery

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

And wow... do we have some PRETTY ones to share.
While I was browsing through our Gallery I came accross some Gorgeous Fall cards.
First card is made by Christy

and then Peggy her card



and another beauty from Shell:

All these gorgeous creations represents Fall Season in a BEAUTIFUL way!!!!
Awesome job ladies.

Last week I posted, the last sketch for this year, for our Blog Inspired Card Challenge.
You still have another week to complete your card, which we would love to see, with a Christmas feel to it.
Please load your cards into the Card section of our Gallery.
Here's the sketch again, for reminder

I have created this card, with our B E A U T I F U L  November ***Beau Jardin***kit

Of course I did a "step by step" photo tutorial for you, which can be found HERE
Hope you like it and we are looking forward to see your Blog Inspired Cards. So.........
Let's create!!
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Posted: Sun Nov 13 2011, 06:42AM

G randpa when I think of all those hours on you knee.
R eminiscent of the times you've had such faith in me.
A nd how you boasted to your friends how somehow you “just know”…In
N ot too long I'd make you proud but I'm so proud of you!
D earest Grandpa you're the reason life is so complete.
F or teaching me of victory and not to fear defeat.
A nd through your gentle nurturing my confidence has grown.
T o me you've been the greatest blessing life has ever known.
H eartfelt love and blessings are my wishes for you know.
E xpressing that your kindness be returned to you somehow.
R ecalling how you've touched my life with long-lasting impressions

I pray you feel my love for you through all my small

Wow....This page is pure floral fantasy!! Look at those soft colors. Look how soft those petals look. Just like velvet rose's on a sweet summer morning. Love the berry vine with the beautiful leaves, perfectly clustered. And the sweet flower tucked into the corner. Very nice..Lisa started out with a vision of this LO and not wanting to make it to girlie frilly as her husband is in the picture, but as the LO evolved she thought to herself, her husband is a big softie when it comes to the grand babies. When she showed it to him he didn't say anything about to many flowers!!! Now that's LOVE!! So, the star of the show? The photo. Grandpa and his brand new granddaughter. It doesn't get any better than that!! The layering and the title work finish up this page beautifully. Thank you Lisa for sharing this wonderful page with us! We absolutely love it!!
Visit Lisa's Blog CLICK HERE for closeups and details.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
The lovely and talented Lisa Gregory will be your host for this month's SwirlyHues Challenge! *clapping & cheering*

Here is the month's storyboard!

RGB Values:
Pink: R249, G202, B212
Green:  R195, G210, B129
Brown: R150, R127, B86

Here is Lisa's gorgeous example:

Here is another example created by DT member Angelica:

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. It is really to our forum.  Just scroll down.  Our tutorials are separated by category.  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 December 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 Nov 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 December 10th!
************DRUM ROLL*********
First , Krissy and the Design Team want to take a moment to give a heartfelt thank you for another successful Hop.  We were all just taken aback by your very kind and generous comments.  
Here are the lucky winners of our November Blog Hop Block Party:
Karen!!!!  You've won the Swirlydoos Glitz Prize Pack!!!!!!!!
Becky Dunham!!!!  You've won gobs of ribbon from May Arts!!!!!!
MerryStamper!!!!!  You've won 5 Templates from Crafter's Workshop!!!!
Jennifer!!!!  You've won the $50 prize pack from Clearsnap!!!!
Larissa Heskett!!!  You've won a pile of blooms from Petaloo!!!!
YAY!!!!!!!  Noise makers and confetti!!!!!  Please email Lisa at with your full name and mailing address so we can have your prizes mailed to you!!  Congratulations!!!!  You have 7 days to claim to your prize!!
Keep checking back for upcoming information on our December Kit Reveal Blog Hop Block Party!!!  Thank you everyone *mwah*
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
November "Beau Jardin" Anatomy of a Layout

By: Robin Shelin

Hey everyone!!

This month it's my turn to do the anatomy! Yay!!! I thought and thought about what to do, because when I saw that fabulous, sequined blingy blue vine I knew exactly the picture I wanted to use with it!! I wanted something artsy, kinda funky!! This is what I came up with!

I used an old Martha Stewart punch, my trusty rusty edge distresser, black ink, Denim and Indian Corn Glimmer Mist and that FABULOUS chicken wire mask, which I LOVE to pieces!!! I distressed the white paper here with the distresser and glued it onto a piece of black cardstock.

I didn't get the cardstock add on because I wasn't quick enough (Savages!!) So I used a piece of paper that I had that was close in color, and punched all the way around it. Then I glued it on top of the white paper.

Then I laid the mask down on the lined paper we got in the kit and misted with the Denim Glimmer Mist. Then I misted over it with the Indian Corn. After the mist was right, I punched all the way around it.

When I punched the paper, I punched it , then punched over it again in random spots. I wanted it messy and torn up looking.

Then I glued that paper on top of the red one. The misting caused the paper to warp really bad, so I used a lot of Zip Dry glue and used a brayer to get it flat. I kinda lifted up the punched edges a little to get a more textured look.

Ok, that takes care of the background!! Now, on to the embelishments...

I had fun with the rub-ons!!! First I rubbed the small tower on a piece of transparency paper. If you look a the flowers on yours, you will see that they are green. Although pretty, not the color I needed. So, after I rubbed it, I colored the flowers with the Indian Corn Glimmer mist. I used a very small paint brush, let it set a few minuted then dabbed it off randomly with a q-tip, still leaving color on and around the flowers. Then I scanned it into my computer and printed it out 8x10 on transparency paper. Did it twice so I could get more flowers. I also scanned the phrase and the butterflies so I could print them out bigger. Here you see the original small rubs and the larger scans.

Here are the flowers I used and that fabulous sequined vine!!! I changed the color of the butterflies in photo shop. The original ones were green.. Again, pretty, but not the color I needed. I used some glossy accents and Diamond Dust on the wings to get them sparkly like the vine.

The shoes in this pic are the shoes my niece wore on her wedding day last July. I thought they were so awesome that I had to get this pic! Her sister in law is a scrapper, and she is the one who put the bling on them!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

We had set the deadline, of our Blog Inspired Card Challenge,  on today.
We are very happy and proud, to share the next cards, here on our blog.

This was the sketch, we were working from:

And here are the cards that were entered.




See, how fun it is, to use a sketch, that was originally designed for a layout, to use it as inspiration for a card.
Each one of the entries are simply Gorgeous!!!!!

Today I'll post the last sketch for this year. The Holidays are sneaking upon us, and that means
Christmas cards and projects. So.... let's give it a twist and create a Christmas card after the sketch.
The deadline for this sketch will be November 22th.

Can't wait to see your entries ladies!!!!!!


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