Thursday, May 31, 2012
The latest Dusty Attic releases are here in the store! Here are a few must-haves for your hoard:

Pretty corner flourishes:

Awesome bar codes, perfect for so many layouts, especially masculine ones:

And, this romantic heart, perfect for wedding projects! Do you see the faces? GORGEOUS!

There are other new releases in the store. Go check them out!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
First off, ALERT! if you want to play in the June Round Robin Challenge, sign up NOW! Sign ups close tomorrow night! Don't worry- it looks like all of the first spots will be filled up, so there is no pressure there! But, please sign up- it's so much fun!
And, please vote for your favorite layouts for the May Round Robin. ANYONE can vote. Just PM the hostess.
Let's examine one team's transformation:

Peggy kicked off round one with this stunning layout:

And, here is Lisa V's take on it:

Lisa used many elements that Peggy did: the stenciling with gesso or molding paste; the tag, ATC, and frame layers. She added another larger layer, stitching, and lace, and added a larger title under the pic, which is a different shape.

It was Linda's turn next:

So, she also added the stenciling, tag, and the ATC. Her layers under the pic are there, just a little different. She added another larger layer, and used a die cut paper for the border. Her colors are more contrasting than Lisa's. And she used a color pic instead of black and white.

So Sherri finished the transformation, and her layout really encompasses all of the previous layouts.
She used the die cut paper like Linda, but in a different way. She kept the tag and ATC, and the stenciling, but she colored hers and cut it out. She added butterflies and similar layers under the pic like Linda. She added punched out images and also a stamp.

Each of these layouts are gorgeous; a lift, yet completely each talented ladies own style. It's so much fun to see the evolution of the layouts each Monday (or before, if you are a Rebel!). It also gives you a reason to look forward to Mondays! (WHAAAAT?) If you don't already, please consider joining us.

Monday, May 28, 2012

A Mother's Love

A Mother's love is something
that no on can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away . . .
It is patient and forgiving
when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters
even though the heart is breaking . . .
It believes beyond believing
when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty
of the rarest, brightest gems . . .
It is far beyond defining,
it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret
like the mysteries of creation . . .
A many splendored miracle
man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence
of God's tender guiding hand.

Mothers Day has passed, but when you think about it, every day is Mothers Day. The layout gives you a feeling of walking through a gorgeous fall garden. We love the little beautiful touches that draw your eye to the page. The ripped and corset laced spot gives the LO character. The subtle hint of chicken wire masking adds to the warm charm on the page. The floral sprays in their gorgeous blue green and yellows draw the eye to the beautifully framed photo. Adding an ATC is the perfect spot for journaling. The gorgeous butterflies fluttering around the page are very sweet and the swirls of pearls fill in the small gaps very nicely. Beautifully done Debbie. This page is a winner in our scrappy memory book!!
Saturday, May 26, 2012

Hi there. Hope everyone had a fabulous week and is ready for a long weekend (for most).

Today I am sharing another flower tutorial. This one is so easy and it honestly is very relaxing.

You can use any type of petals to make this flower. I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Die. Love that die.

Hope you enjoy the tutorial. If you have any questions please ask!

Thank you for watching.

P.S. I love reading your comments!!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
This month Project Add-on is a plethora of  new items to make Artist Trading Cards. These little mini projects are fun to do. Here are a few that I made.

 Not sure what to do with your ATC's? I added the above ATC to my scrapbook page.

For more ATC ideas please visit the Swirlydoos Gallery!
Also, keep an ear out for the upcoming ATC contest at Swirlydoos!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
A new card challenge is posted in our All About Cards thread.
Of course there can be found a step by step tutorial too.
I came to this idea, when I read throught the BlogHop comments.
(which we all wanna Thank You for)
I don't know who made the post (sorry for that)
But it said something about wanting to see more use of buttons....
Well,.... I have listened!
So here's my take, at using more buttons, Swirly style.

So, Thank you lady for this awesome idea!

Rules for this week:
Make a card using:
* Buttons
* Gesso
* Lace

Please post your gorgeous creations, HERE and in our Gallery.

A just and reasonable modesty
does not only
recommend eloquence,
but sets off
every great talent
which a man
can be
Joseph Addison

This week we bring you a gorgeous layout created by Melenia. She is a wonderful scrapbook artist from Greece. You may be familiar with her work from Once Upon A Sketch. She has many other talents and she decided to create this LO and tell you how she feels about being modest. It is so creative the way she uses the same photo and repeats the photo in layers revealing the different facets of her creativity. The design is just fantastic and very creative. All of different the butterflies fluttering around the page are simply divine. This may inspire some of you to dig into the butterfly archives here and create your own version of Melenia's LO. The bit of Dusty Attic and the layered torn papers give this LO an edge. Love the journaling which describes what is meant by the title. Just the right splash of ink spots set off the whole page...We love this one Melenia. We are so inspired by it. Thank you for sharing your art with us.
To see more of Melenia's beautiful work, Please visit her blog. CLICK HERE
Saturday, May 19, 2012

Good Saturday Morning to you!!!

Lynne here ~ and it's that time again for my
May Technique Tag

A Swirlydoos ~ Imagination  Lab Tutorial!!

The focus of this month's Technique Kit
has been the AMAZING collection of ATC goodies
from Creative Imaginations!

I don't know about your but I just love working
on a small canvas!!

I created this family my life....

and then created a holder for my ATC....a tag!

Please join me as I share my creation!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012
One of my favorite embellishments EVER, are VINES! They add so much to your projects with little effort. You can use them just they way they are, bend them to fit around shapes or pictures, or cut them up to put under your own blooms. You can add your own flowers to them too. The possibilities are endless, and you can get some of the prettiest ones right here in the store or "boutique", as the link says.

Here are just a few:

Here are a few layouts from our design team that show what you can do with them:
Lisa V


Lisa G

Add some of these vines to your hoard, or buy them and USE them! 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Here's a look at some fabulous layouts designed by our super-talented subscribers that have been posted this month.

Christy's "4 or More" Challenge prompted Kathi's beautiful travel page:

NOBODY can crate a travel layout like Kathi!

Can you say, "GORGEOUS"? Look at what Lisa D made for Angelica's Butterfly Challenge:

Amazing, Miss Lisa!

And, look at this beauty posted by Jodie for the April Sketch Challenge:

Love that vintage feel!

So, if you haven't already, join us in posting your lovely layouts! We love seeing them!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Today I have some beautiful cards to share, that our members created,
but first I need to correct myself, cause I forgot to mention last week that our
*Summer schedule*
 has started.
Which means that a new card challenge, and a step by step tutorial,will be posted every other week, instead of every week.

Next week it is *requesting week*
So if you want to see/try a specific technique - card design or a special product,
send me a PM or speak your mind, in the All about Cards thread.
Now on the the BEAUTIFUL cards, I saw in the forums and gallery.

JennieA created this gorgeous card.

and this one is from Jackie:

I was speechless when I saw these beauties!!!

Are you feeling inspired already? I know I am.
Come play with us, and remember, if you have an idea for next weeks Request challenge,
you can tell us!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Hope everyone is having a fabulous week.

Today I bring you a little review/demo. One of my favorite tools ever. The quickutz quick stick. It is a perfect tool to get all those gorgeous pearls and bling in place. I love the tool so much. It is very helpful when I am wanting to put some tiny pearls or bling on my projects. Which is almost every single one of them. Makes it very easy.
In the video I share a little bit about the tool and how I use it. I hope you find this video helpful.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, May 11, 2012
Today I wanted to share with you some really gorgeous work from one our design team members, Irene Tan.  Sometimes shipping delays keep our very talented international team from being able to join us in our blog hop.  This was the case for Irene this month.  Her work is too amazing not to share. 

I think you'll agree with me when I say that Irene's work with our May So Chic kit is absolutely breathtaking.  

This first page is one that she did for our May SwirlyHues Color Challenge.  Take a look at the blog post before this one to get all of the details and see how you can play along.

This next one is based on the sketch that came with our So Chic kit.  Every Swirlydoos kit comes with a sketch to inspire you.

Here are a few more that she did.

Umm, wow...right?!  Thank you Irene for some serious inspiration.  
Thursday, May 10, 2012
It's time to unveil our May Swirlyhues Challenge!
Me, Lisa Gregory, will be the hostess this month
Here is the storyboard I have designed for you.

The Palette

The sketch

Here is my take on the Storyboard colors and sketch,

And here are the gorgeous creations and their interpretations from the Design Team




Important to know: This challenge is open to EVERYONE; members and non-members alike.
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) SKETCH IS OPTIONAL. You can submit a card if you'd like too. :)
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) If you have a blog, please use our link in the right hand side bar to upload your challenge entry. (look underneath the SwirlyHues links) to your blog page with this challenge, not just your blog in general. If you DO NOT have a blog, you can still use the link to the right and link us to your online gallery page! OR, you can upload your gorgeous creation to the SwirlyHues album in our gallery no later than midnight eastern time on May 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 MAY 2012 (insert your project name here). Your photos can be no larger than 600x600. In the description please tell us what tutorial you used. If you don't have a blog, just let us know that.
6) You have until midnight eastern time on June 9th to submit your entry. 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 June 10th!


I am happy to announce the winners of the Creative Imaginations prize pack!!!  You will each receive a prize valued at $25!!  All you need to do is contact Lisa Valentine at with your contact information!!!  Congratulations!!!

LaQuette Akins!

Dana Tatar!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
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: Barbara A.K.A kahlan

Please visit her blog for Swirly inspiration: Scrappygal's Scraphappening's

Our Pride and Joy
Barbara used the April Kit " Whispers of Spring" and the monthly sketch. Such a gorgeous page to showcase such a pretty little girl!

Thank you Barbara for sharing and inspiring us!!

Saturday, May 5, 2012
Welcome back!  We have a really fun blog hop all set for you today.  Our May kit, So Chic, is well.....just chic!  This kit is packed with gorgeous papers, colors and LOTS of extras!

Before we get into the hop business, I have a very, very special announcement.  Our Design Team family is growing again!!   Please welcome Larissa Albernaz!!!  Larissa's work is nothing short of amazing.  Here is a link to her blog CLICK HERE If you get a chance, please stop by and welcome her to Swirlydoos!!

Now for the hop!!  We have some special guests joining us today; Donna Salazar and Teresa Collins are hopping with us!!  Woot woot!!!  We also have prizes from May Arts and EK Success!!  Lots of chances to win AND enough inspiration to kick your mojo into high gear for National Scrapbook Day!!!! In observance of National Scrapbook MONTH, some of our designers are holding back a few of their projects.  They will be revealing projects all month long so make sure to follow their blogs and keep checking back with them!!

Check out our May kit, So Chic!  There is sooooooo much deliciousness in this kit. AND YES, alllllll of that is in the main kit!  To get more information on this kit and the available add ons, please visit our home page.

Take a looky at the prizes that you have a chance at winning today!!!

From Swirlydoos

From Donna Salazar

From Teresa Collins

To win this French General gift pack, you need to visit EK Success on Facebook; like them and leave a comment!

May Arts has supplied us with a gob of ribbon that can be yours too!!

Let's get the party started!!!  

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Monday, May 7th to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on May 8th.  In order to qualify to win here is what you need to do:

1: Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment on each. This way we know you were there. Become a follower if you're not already. Take your time. There are REALLY beautiful things to see along the way.

2: Before you leave each blog, look for the “special” words and write it down.
Once you have visited all the blogs and collected all the special words, they will create a QUESTION. 

3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had AND tell us the QUESTION that was created with all of the special words you collected AND GIVE US YOUR ANSWERS.

The party starts over at Vicky's blog.  Have fun!

In case of internet, Blogger or Typepad problems, here is the order and blog addresses.

Swirlydoos CLICK HERE
Vicky Alberto CLICK HERE
Lisa Gregory CLICK HERE
Lynne Forsythe CLICK HERE
Tiffany Morgan CLICK HERE
Lisa Valentine CLICK HERE
Angelica Franssen CLICK HERE
 Back to Swirlydoos!!!


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