Saturday, March 31, 2012
Happy Saturday!  

Lynne and Tiffany are busy working on their next set of videos for you, so I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you all some fun things that are taking place on the Swirlydoos YouTube channel.  As you all know, our Education Team Designers Lynne and Tiffany (the wonder twins), have been wowing us with their weekly videos of tutorials and techniques.  We've even had a few of our other designers get into the action as well. :)

We get a lot of emails from people who are just breaking into this wonderful craft of ours and at Swirlydoos we wholeheartedly believe in paying it forward. With the newly anointed scrapper in our thoughts, we created Playlists within our YouTube channel.  Take a look...

They are really easy to find.  Use this link, Swirlydooskits, to get to our channel.  It will open up showing the featured videos.  Just underneath our logo are three menus; Featured, Feed, Videos.  Click on Videos.  Then along the left side, next to the videos are two more menus going down; Uploaded Videos and Playlists.  Click on Playlists.  That is when you will see what is in the screen shot above.  Click on any of the Playlists and all of the videos in that category will be front and center.

We are going to being working on Imagination Lab 101 videos.  As a matter of fact, I think Lynne is going to have one for us shortly. :)  This playlist is for our new family members and will have in it everything you need to get started creating gorgeous scrappy pieces of art.  

We have some other very exciting plans for our YouTube channel, so stay tuned!  Also, remember that our blog keeps thumbnails of all of the recently posted videos along the right side.  You can always click on one of those to get to our channel as well.  

I hope you enjoy the videos!!!!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
It's HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you don't already have it, you NEED it! 

Tim says, "The creativity continues with Volume II of Compendium of Curiosities filled with new ideas, new products, and new techniques. Just like the first volume this is not your typical "how to make" book, but "how to create" so you can explore and apply these new techniques however you decide. I hope to lead you on another artful journey filled with unexpected inspiration..."

This is a moost-have!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Here is a quick and easy flowers to place in those little spots as fills ins.


Step 1
Take 3 stamens, fold in half, twist ends then ink with color you prefer

Step 2
Punch one flower bottom. Ink edges then spray with water lightly. Pinch petals

Step 3
Punch two of the large flower and 1 on the small flower. Lightly mist with glimmermist. Heat to dry

Step 4
Ink the edges and center

Step 5
snip into the petals

Step 6
Spray with water to blend ink

Okay, don't laugh at my makeshift petal wrinkler. It just clay with ridges to impress into the petal.

Step 7
Press into petals while wet to make impression(Use a foam pad). Or you can just pinch and wrinkle

This what it will look like:

Step 8
Take clean pliers and curl edges.

Step 9
Take one of the flower and glue the ends of the petals on top of each other. It will look like a cup once dry

Step 10
Layer on top of the other flower

Step 11
Glue flowers to green bottom

Step 12
Take the small flower and curl with pliers.

Step 13
Poke hole in middle and thread stamens through. Glue to other flowers

Here is the finished flower

and the layout I used them on

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
For today I have made a little Puffy or Pillow box.
You can find a step by step tutorial here
As well as a printable template (PDF)
I hope you'll join us in this challenge, to create a fun little box.

Sunday, March 25, 2012
I am a tiny angel

I'm smaller than your thumb;

I live in people's pockets

That's where I have my fun.

I don't suppose you've seen me,

I'm too tiny to detect;

Though I'm with you all the time,

I doubt we've ever met.

Before I was an Angel

I was a fairy in a flower;

God, Himself, hand-picked me,

And gave me angel power.

Now God has many Angels

That He this eyes, and ears, and hands

We become His special tools.

And because God is so busy,

With way too much to do;

He said my assignment

Is to keep close watch on you.

When He tucked me in your pocket

He blessed you with Angel care;

Then told me to never leave you,

And I vowed always to be there.

This week we bring you a precious layout by Barbara. The little fussy cut angel seems to be peeking out from behind a garden, and watching over the precious little girl. Love the touches of pink in the layout. The glimmer on the butterflies, and the bird cage tucked behind your beautiful flower clusters, The pearl swirls along the side of the photo are fabulous, and Barbara you must share how you did them!! Love the border on the bottom of the photo and if you go to Barbara's Blog, she will give you details on this. The layering is just wonderful!! The arrangement of the photo's is sheer perfection! Great job on this beautiful page!! We love it!!
Visit Barbara's blog for more inspiration.
Friday, March 23, 2012

Good Saturday Morning to you!!!

Lynne here ~ to bring you my creation made with
this month's Technique Kit.

A Swirlydoos ~ Imagination  Lab Tutorial!!

I will be sharing with you how I created the pieces parts to my
Canvas Corp ~ Canvas Pocketbook!
Here is my creation.


I will be working on a sample canvas to show you how I colored the canvas!

So put your creative thinking caps on......and let's play!

Thursday, March 22, 2012
OMG! This week the product is more like an opportunity of a lifetime! A class taught by....................
  Anna Dabrowska!!!

Anna Dabrowska, an incredibly talented mixed media artist from Poland is coming to Chino, CA in July, 2012! Anna will be teaching this gorgeous mixed media album cover in her “Prima goes Inky I” class, and teaching six inside pages of the album in her “Prima goes Inky II” class! Anna is going to be sharing all of her design secrets, as well as her tips and tricks on how you can use your own scrappy stash in new and innovative ways!
Anna’s unique style, and gentle personality are in great demand in Europe. Do NOT miss this opportunity to learn from this amazing artist in a very intimate and personal setting. Anna will be personally available to ALL students to answer questions and and offer suggestions. She can’t wait to share her love of all things ART with you!

This is an in person class, held at Prima Marketing headquarters in Chino, CA
 This class will NOT be taught online - all ticket sales are final

For information on hotel accommodations, airports etc please check out the information page on

This is going to be some SERIOUS fun! There ain't no get together like a Swirly Girl get together. This promises to be out of this world! Can you just imagine being at the Prima building???  Hope to see you there!!!!!! 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

FIRST, Erin is hosting the April Round Robin challenge, and sign ups are taking place now! Reserve your spot to play along NOW!

We have the best challenges here at Swirlydoos, and the most talented subscribers EVER, and here are some fabulous layouts that were submitted this week:

The March Round Robin challenge is almost over as week 4 layouts will be posted on Monday. It's been such an adorable challenge using baby pictures as the twist. I was just squealing with cute overload when I saw Christy's sweet layout featuring her daughter:

I found this gem of a submission for the March Swirlyhues challenge by Tracey:

And, the sketch challenge this month is starting to get some submissions as subscribers get their kits. Take a look at Manda's interpretation:

Great job, ladies! 

A new Card sketch, provided by Beggahuna, is posted in the All About Cards thread, as well as the rules on *How to play*

A couple of weeks ago, Beggahuna made us a sketch too, and here are some GORGEOUS entries from our members


After seeing these beautiful cards....
Don't you just want to make some?
Check out the threads and come play along.

Monday, March 19, 2012

kali mera
This week, we bring to you the beautiful work of Effie Stamateli from Greece. Kalós orísate!! (That's Welcome in Greek ya'll!!) Look deep into your Swirlydoos stash of leftovers (you have leftovers??) and you may find all of the ingredients to create this page if you are so inspired, as we were!! Love the way the column was fussy cut and how the paper under the matted photo was shaped and stitched. The flower cluster and flourishing pearls add a beautiful elegance to the page. This is a photo of Effie, and she tells us it was taken many years ago on the Rhine in Düsseldorf, Germany. Gorgeous photo of you!! Effie tells us that in creating this page about herself, she says she doesn't talk a lot, but she is very good at understanding people and therefore is a good listener. Now we know, she is also a great Scrapbook artist as well!! Beautiful work Effie!! We would love to see more!
Please visit Effie's Blog for more inspiration!!
Saturday, March 17, 2012

Good Saturday Morning to you!!!

Lynne here ~ to bring you my March Technique Tag
Swirlydoos ~ Imagination  Lab Tutorial!!

The inspiration for this months tag came from the
A~MAZING Technique Kit.....
If you haven't ordered yours yet.....
you don't wanna miss this one!!

 Here is a little sneak to entice you to watch the tutorial!!!

Along with pieces parts from the Technique Kit....
I will be using LOTS of Distress Stains
and Perfect Pearl Mists....
I quit yabbbajabbering so we can get on with the tutorial!!!

Friday, March 16, 2012
Happy Friday!!!! 

Phew~  What a whirl wind of a week this has been.  We had our March kit revealed on the 13th and then BOOM our April kit add ons were revealed to our subscribers.  Giddy-up!  This upcoming kit is stunning!  Of course all of the kits are stunning, and the next one will not disappoint!!

Swirlydoos and the design team members want to extend many hugs, kisses and thank yous.  We are always so blown away by the generosity of the comments.  We are really humbled.

We also want to thank our manufacturers for sponsoring the hop with prizes and for playing along.  Huge thanks go out to Ginger at Glitz, Cheryl at Petaloo and Jenn at Canvas Corp.  You ladies have been so generous with your time and gifts.  Thanks so much.

Now, here are the winners!!!!

Margie is the winner of a custom made Kit from Swirlydoos!!! 

Magicalmagpie is the winner of the French Kiss
collection from Glitz!!

Iszalil is the winner of this spring Darjeeling
collection from Petaloo!!!

Shelly is the winner of this awesome collection from
Canvas Corp!!

Congratulations to our winners!!!!!  You have 7 days to claim your prize!  Please email with your full name and mailing address.

Thanks again and we hope to see you at next month's hop!!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
How sweet are these Timmy alpha cards? These would be great for any project, especially mini albums or altered art. They just arrived in the store! There are 72 cards in all, with both letters and numbers, as you can see. They are about 1 1/2X2 1/2.


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