Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Zutter Bind it All is the perfect answer to making mini albums, and you can get yours, along with other accessories right here in the Swirly Boutique!
It's a great system for making an album that has a polished look to it, and a great alternative to the rings that you see on others. I can't wait to get mine!

Take a look at what our very own lovely Lynne has done with this machine:

(The binding is inside the cover)

Thanks for sharing with us, Lynne!

After seeing these gorgeous creations, how could you NOT have a Bind it All??

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Hello ladies! Here's what's been shakin' with our fabulous challenges:

First, June Round Robin is done. VOTE NOW!
Second, July Round Robin sign ups are going on- Sign up NOW!

Jackie's SGC is almost over, so get yours done and post it. Take a look at what others have done:



Fabulous work, ladies!

You have until the 10th to get your Swirlyhues layout done. Check out what Jeannie created using these colors:

The Antiquities sketch challenge ends on the 15th.

Look what Sherri did with it:

And, last but certainly not least, Ang's butterfly challenge runs until the 15th too.
Here's what our fabulous DT's LisaG posted for extra inspiration:

Thanks for your participation, ladies! We love to see all of your fabulous creations!!
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Last week I asked the girls on the forum, what their color wishes were, for this weeks new Card Challenge.
They choose some lovely soft summer colors.
 light blue - pinks - purple - green and I added yellow to it.
 Here's the card I came up with:

I used a few different techniques and I made the lavender, organza flower.
You can all learn about the challenge, and see my step by step Photo tutorial, for this card
right HERE
Come on in, and play along!!

Friday, June 22, 2012
Happy Friday!!!  Today I wanted to share with you design work from our newest design team member Larissa.  She was unable to participate in the blog hop, and since her work is truly off the hook, I felt compelled to share her work with you on our blog.

Take a look at the layouts she created using our June Antiquities kit!!!

If all of that wasn't enough to get your mojo started, take a look at what she created with our Technique/Project kit!!!

Thank you Larissa for kicking some serious butt with our June kit.  Your work is amazing!!!

BTW - Mark your calendars because our next blog hop will be on 7/5!!! 
Thursday, June 21, 2012
With the June SwirlyHues Challenge under way, I would like to take this opportunity to reveal and congratulate the winners of our May  "So Chic" SwirlyHues Challenge...All of the entries were so dang gorgeous and we had a tie in votes a couple of times!!! But the final vote is.

PASCALE is our Scarlet Siren

DEBBIE is our  Blue Betty
Thank you to all of our entries for the month of May. What a wonderful inspirational segment it was!!! You are all winners in Swirlydoos book!!
Pascale and Debbbie, dont forget to contact LisaV for your Blog Badge at

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Hello all!! Today I wanted to reveal two more of my layouts using the June Antiquities Kit. I loved working with this kit, so many goodies to chose from!! I tired to pull different color combos from my photos to get stylish looks for each page.

As time goes by

Harley and me

Hope your inspired!!
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Last week we posted a new challenge which is all about Maculine cards.
Today I would like to spotlight one of the entries (so far) cause it realy caught my eye.

Here's Jackie's, Father's day card:

Isn't it awesome?!!!
I love the way Jackie used the Bo Bunny sticker, with those cute Tim Holtz mini paperclips, on the front of her card.  The banner on the inside is just so cute, and how about those perfectly distressed edges. A perfect Father's day card! Well done Jackie!!!

The challenge still runs so, if you would like to play along, feel free to stop by and play.
Saturday, June 16, 2012

What Makes a Dad

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it ... Dad

Good Saturday Morning to you!!!

Lynne here ~ Today I will be showing you
how I created the paper I used
to cover my "manly" Trinket Box
Hope you enjoy it!

A Swirlydoos ~ Imagination  Lab Tutorial!!

Afters seeing the GORGEOUS papers from this months Kit
and the Trinket Box......I decided to go very "manly"
with my box.....
can I tell you was no easy feat!

Here is what the paper will look like....

......and here is this months Technique Tag......

So......without any more jibber jabber.....
here it is!!

Thursday, June 14, 2012
So, in case you wanted to add to your collection of silicone molds, Martha Stewart has an awesome little set here:
Of course, they are designed to work with the Martha Stewart Crafter's Clay, but you can use these babies with other clay, resin, and plaster. Just look at that frame!  And, the flourishes- oh my! 
Check out these frames in the store. There is a video that shows you how to use these.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Lots of fun things are happening here in our Swirly world. Our June kit has just been revealed, SwirlyHues is lounged, lots of challenges in our forums.... simply too much to mention.
Our Card Challenge is on summer schedule, which means that every other week, will be posted a new challenge. And today there's a new challenge posted, *Masculine Only*  and of course a tutorial for a Fathers'day card is posted too. So join in, and share your creations.... We'd LOVE to see them!
Monday, June 11, 2012

She's a little bit of sunshine
She's a smile to light your days
She will steal your heart and keep it
With her warm endearing ways
She's your precious little daughter
With a sweetness from above
Who will fill your years with laughter
And your lives with lots of love

This week we bring to you a lovely layout created by Elizabeth. The photo is a school photo of her beautiful daughter Sarah. What a gorgeous smile!! She's a natural beauty!! The colors of the papers and embellies were perfect for the photo!! The colors just seem to blend into each other!! The design s so pleasing to the eye and the flower cluster is perfect paired next to the pink rose on the paper. Like a little garden in the corner! Looks like Elizabeth used the micro beads with the sticky letters giving them an elegant look. Love the use of the journaling card. You must visit Elizabeth's Blog to see details and closeups of this wonderful layout! Congrats Elizabeth! We love this one!!
Today we are unveiling our June SwirlyHues Challenge, and announcing our Blog Hop Winners!!!

This month's SwirlyHues Hostess is none other than the gorgeous and incredibly talented Vicky Alberto!!  She has chosen some amazing colors and a beautiful, optional sketch for you!  Also, please note that we have changed the rules with respect to using tutorials. So, make sure to read the rules below. :)

Here is this month's storyboard:

Take a look at what our design team!!!  *warning*  hold your bottom jaw now*  :)

Vicky Alberto

Angelica Franssen

Rachel Moses

Irene Tan

Karola Witczak

Paulien Van den Bosh

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 can choose to 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!

6) You have until midnight eastern time on July 10th 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 July 10th!
 ********DRUM ROLL**********
Thank you so, so very much for all of the love and time you put into our blog hop.  Your comments are so sweet and kind!!
We have 2 winners this month, both drawn via  PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU HAVE 7 DAYS TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE.  Please email me at with your contact and mailing information.  Thanks again and we'll see you at our next hop!!
 The winner of the Swirlydoos Prize is......
The winner of the Bo Bunny Prize is....... 


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