Sunday, September 30, 2012

Forever Friends

© Amber S. Pence

The friendship we have is so rare to find,
We hate to see each other in a bind.
We have made each other laugh so hard we've cried,
We feel each other's pain if we are hurt inside.
We always can find the right words to say,
To help us get through any dreadful day.
We have told our darkest secrets, with feeling no shame,
We will tell each other the truth even if we are to blame.
Thinking of you not being here makes me feel so sad,
We will have to look back on our crazy memories to make us glad.
The Miles between us can't keep us apart,
Because we will keep each other close at heart.

This week we bring you a special layout that was inspired by our current Round Robin Challenge. Scrapping about your best friend. Patti tells us that the photo is of Patti and her oldest and dearest friend Jane, taken back in the early to mid eighties which explains the crazy hairdo and god awful glasses.. Patti loves this picture of her and Jane because it shows just how much fun they used to have together just sitting on the stoop in her parents backyard. For those of you who dont know what a stoop is, it is a set of concrete stairs that lead from a front or back door...(It's a Brooklyn thing!!!) Now that we know a little of the history, we love it too.
Patti used an Swirlydoos older spotlight kit created with Prima product and the Pastiche collection. The scallop circle is an older Technique Tuesday chippie that we got in a kit a couple of years ago. She used Gilders Paste in antique gold and lightly added some Patina over it. Patti also used a Kaisercraft wood gate and altered it with the same Gilders Paste colors. The flowers are Prima, and were in her stash unopened until she did this beautiful layout. She even broke out some Distress Stickles and added to the bodies of the butterflies that were punched with the MS punches. Well we think this layout is special. Special in meaning and special because it is beautifully crafted. Congrats Patti. We love this one!!
Saturday, September 29, 2012

Good Saturday Morning to y'all!!!

Lynne here ~  

today I will be showing you how I created
a beautiful broach using
September's Technique Kit....
using ICE RESIN!!!

Hope you enjoy it! is a picture of the Ice Resin Broach!!

.......and now for how I made it!!!

Thursday, September 27, 2012
Journaling can be difficult to add to a page. Somehow, it seems, for me at least, that there is rarely a great spot in my page designs. But, Kaisercraft helps solve this problem with their journal tags. The designs are elegant and enhance your sentiments, like these tags that coordinate with their "Bonjour" line:

And, journaling is only one way you can use them. They are decorative enough to add to a page without putting anything on them, or even use them as layers on any project, such as a card. Each booklet has multiples of each design.

Lisa V, talented design team member, used one of these tags as a place for the title of her layout:

Here, Angelica, also on the design team, added two tags for layers, matting her photo:

And, here is one page by subscriber EFI, that beautifully showcases her journaling:

Congrats, EFI! Because your layout was featured using this weeks product, you will receive 10% off of your purchase in the Swirlydoos store!

And, these tags are offered to everyone today at 10% off. You can click here to purchase!
Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Where do you find your inspiration?
It is a question I get asked a lot, and I often say that inspiration is all around us.
Today I found a better way to explain where I draw my inspiration from.
I was cleaning up and threw some scraps of paper onto my counter, on top of that I threw some embellies, twine and scraps of lace. I tossed it all around and when it fell down I took a picture.

Do you see what I see???
Needless to say, that cleaning was off!!
It was time to use these beautiful scraps and create some tags!
I challenge you all to:
 just throw your scraps at your table, throw some embellies on it, some twine and lace and shake it up a little. THEN see how it falls down. Take a picture of it, and start to create with the picture in front of you... You will be amazed with what you come up with.
Have Fun!!!

Remember that the signs up, for the *Round Robin for Cards* are (still) open to everyone.
Subscribers and non-subscribers. We will welcome you with open arms!
Sunday, September 23, 2012

Ever wonder why God gives us two?
A right hand to show the left what to do.
One ear to listen and one to hear
the problems of others,
their laughter and fears.
One eye to watch and one to behold
the beautiful treasures
that life has to hold.
One foot to travel and one to stand tall.
Two feet to land on if we should fall.
One man to stand by a woman's side;
One woman to cherish being his bride.
The love between partners
comes shining through
and that is the reason
God has made two.

author unknown

For those of you who do not know, our Jan just got married. And her last few layouts have been created around some of her beautiful wedding photo's. This multi photo layout is no exception. They capture a series of events right before our eyes. And talk about a fairytale..This is how Jan tells us how the day began.

"Some pictures of our surprise wedding 9-8-12. We invited our friends and family to what they thought was a housewarming party and engagement dinner. After the DJ arrived we announced that the engagement was off because we were getting married in one hour. Everyone was asked to bring nice clothes for the evening dinner so they all changed while we got ready for the wedding. For our grand entrance, we rode Roger's Big Dog Chopper. Apparently, we are the talk of the neighborhood because all the neighbor ladies saw me riding the motorcycle in my wedding dress! We had a perfect day!"

How flippin awesome is that!! What else can I say about this beautiful layout except that the stamping, misting, and composition are simply divine!!
Congrats Jan, may you and Roger live happily ever after!!
Saturday, September 22, 2012

Today I am bringing you a video of a layout I made using the "inspirations" kit. What a gorgeous kit...right?  

I just had to make a layout using the main kit. I hope you enjoy and if you have any questions please feel free to ask. 

Here is the Video. It is a fast play with a voice over. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Last week I told you about upcoming changes in our Card section.
Well, today I'm going to share what is on our minds.
We are setting up, "Round Robin for Cards" challenge.
We are curently looking who wants to participate. So if you feel like, wanting to play...
Look HERE and sign up.
The Round Robin for Cards, is open to everyone, who likes to play.
This Round Robin will be a bit different then the regular RR.
For instance, it will be in a 3 weeks schedule.
The last Tuesday of the month we will be having a surprise challenge.
This can be anything. Fun things.
Like boxes or a different cards shape or a quick mini album etc, etc.
If you click on the link above, you can learn all about it, and chit chat with us.

Monday, September 17, 2012


Grandparents bestow upon their grandchildren
The strength and wisdom that time
And experience have given them.

Grandchildren bless their Grandparents
With a youthful vitality and innocence
That help them stay young at heart forever.

Together they create a chain of love
Linking the past with the future.
The chain may lengthen,
But it will never part..

~Author Unknown

Our gorgeous heritage layout this week was created by Sherri. Sometimes those old black and white photo's are the most striking, and by adding a little punch of color around them, it brings out their real beauty as it did in this LO with that vibrant yellow! Love how cutting out the diamond design adds to the texture of the page so easily. Tucking in the flower petals here and there gives the appearance of an old textile trim. It is amazing how an accent color can go a long way in showcasing the beauty of a page. Beautiful work Sherri!! What a beautiful way to display such a wonderful photo. This one is a Keepsake...
Saturday, September 15, 2012

Good Saturday Morning to y'all!!!

Lynne here ~  Over in the Swirlydoos Forum....

some of the savages were talking about Gelatos. 
So I thought a little video about using them would be fun!!

Hope you enjoy it!

A Swirlydoos ~ Imagination  Lab Tutorial!!

Here are some pictures of what I will be sharing in the video.

Hope you enjoy the video!!!

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Vines are the perfect embellishment! (In MY opinion!) This truffle vine by Prima has to be one of my favorites. I am pretty sure I have at least three of these on hand- the put the perfect touch on any project. And, today, you can stock up on these gems at 10% off! 

And, we found this beautiful layout using the Prima vine, created by Ms. Elisabeth B, hanging out in the gallery! 
Congratulations, Elisabeth! Thanks for posting your work in our gallery. You can shop in the store and take 10% off your entire order today!

Here are a couple of other projects by our fabulous DT that showcase this lovely product:



So hop on over to the store and pick up your vines before they are gone!
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
We are going to get, some changes in our Card section, in a couple of weeks.
But for now, we are sticking to the regular schedule, which means....
That it was time to post a new Card Challenge.
And this one's topic is color.
I got soooo in love with the JAM PACKED September kit,
and in this kit came these gorgeous Prima Marketing - Romance Novel Notecards.
Are you curious yet??
You can find the details HERE 
come on in and play along!

Sunday, September 9, 2012
Well I'm not braggin babe so don't put me down
But I've got the fastest set of wheels in town
When something comes up to me he don't even try
Cause if I had a set of wings man I know she could fly
She's my little deuce coupe
You don't know what I got

Beach Boys

Our pick this week is a wonderful layout created by Jeannie. You may know her at as Dollscrap. First off, the fabulous black and white photo is a perfect compliment to the beautiful colors in the layout. Jeannie's mother is in the middle with her older sister and their mother in the drivers seat around 1941. What an awesome photo to treasure. The three of them are gorgeous!! The layering of the papers and labels is a perfect balance to the design. Love how the black matting sets them apart but brings it all together. The floral cluster is the perfect color blend of flowers. Love how they drape the photo in beauty and ends with a hanging velvet trinket. The sweet punched butterfly is all dolled up with a flower and pearls. Just the little bit of edge distressing gives this layout a nostalgic look. This one is special Jeannie. We love it!
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Hi there!!!  We had another successful hop THANKS to ALL OF YOU!!!!!  

I hope some of you were able to take advantage of the special sale for new subscribers on the day of the hop.  I have no doubt that after going through our hop and seeing what our incredibly talented team did with the kit, each letting their own style shine, that you had to just press the "BUY" button and subscribe!!  I can't wait to see your work with our kits and get to know you in our forum!!

Here is this month's blog hop winner......MONICA

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!  Please email me at within the next 7 days to claim your prize!!!!!!!

I have some news about our upcoming blog hops.  We are going to mix things up a bit and give YOU more chances to WIN WIN WIN!!!!!!!!!  Make sure to sign up to receive emails when we update our blog, and like us on FB so that you can stay notified about when our next and future hops will be!

Hey, did you know that we have our own YouTube channel?  Ustream channel?  Well, we do!!  Here is a link to our YouTube channel and to our Ustream channel   Our Education Team has been doing a phenomenal job with creating videos showing you how to do things from beginner to advanced techniques.  Sign up and follow us so that you can learn with us!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Woo Hoo!!  Welcome to our September kit reveal.  If you are looking to overdose on Prima - Our September Collection is the one for you.  The main kit as well as the add on kits are quite literally DRIPPING in Prima.  Absolutely stunning.  Our designers are leaving you nothing but serious eye candy along the way.   Take a look at the kit!!  Visit the home page at to see this fabulous collection, or hit up the Boutique to grab yours before they're gone!

For one lucky winner, Swirlydoos is offering this as a prize!!
The complete "Old School" mini album kit by Pink Paislee!

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Friday, September 7th to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Saturday the 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 sentence.
3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had, tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you collected.    Can't wait to hear from you.

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

Here is the order and blog addresses.  Copy and paste what you need into your post and please TEST THE LINKS:

Swirlydoos CLICK HERE
Tiffany - CLICK HERE
Angelica - CLICK HERE
Paulien - CLICK HERE
Back to Swirlydoos!!

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Have you checked out last weeks challenge???
If you have not... than please do.
It is a fun, masculine card challenge, full of techniques.
Click HERE to see for yourself.
There are still a few card challenges in which you can participate.
September 4
July 24th - Technique
October 2
August 14th - Sketch
October 23
So please, enter your creations in the forum and in the gallery.
Make sure you'll be here cause wow..... all I can say is that
You absolutely don't want to miss it!!!!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

There’s no one else like you. You truly are unique.
The thoughts inside your head and the words inside your speak.
Only you and no one else could ever be so rare.
Not a soul in the whole wide world can quite compare.
Remarkable and special, specific peerless too
Un-repeated and exclusive, distinctive that is you
But here’s the thing (and I sure hope you know I mean in fun)
Yes, you are unique of course, but so is everyone!

Sean Platt

This week we bring you a beautiful Layout my Misha. The very feminine page is embraced with pink flowers and pearls. A little girls most favorite things!! We love the cluster of flowers with each one being so different and giving the cluster dimension. The layering is perfect and the softness if the frills and distressing give the page movement. Love the way you framed the sweet photo. And using the words in the paper is perfect for a title, when one is lost for the right words. Perfect!! You have used this kit beautifully!! We love it!!
What would Swirlydoos be without our wonderful subscribers. It's a pleasure getting to know these ladies on the forums and from the stories they tell through their layouts. Yes,we are an amazing community, but most of all, we're a family! We appreciate each and every member and they deserved to be spotlighted. With that being said, our featured member for September is.....
  Kathi Simmons

Here's a bit about Kathi.

I started scrapping in 2002 a friend took me to a CM home party and I was hooked. It didn't take me long to realize that I didn't care for white backgrounds or cutout photos. I discovered a LSS and everything changed. I was basically a flat scrapper until I found Swirlydoos thanks to Robin aka Robinberdz on SB.C.

I have been a member of Swirlydoos since the very first kit and it has changed my style dramatically. I am now definitely a chunky scrapper. I love flowers ribbon, punches all things 3D. I guess I would call my style Shabby chic meets soft grunge

I have found this club to be both educational and inspirational. It's members are delightful and helpful. I have made some very good friends through these forums.
These are a few of my favorite layouts and projects that Kathi has added to our gallery. Let me tell you, it was hard to chose!!!
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Please come back and visit every first Sunday of the month to see who our next featured member will be.
Saturday, September 1, 2012

Hi there. I have a super fun project to share. 

I used the gorgeous Vintage Traditions August Kit. I made a shadow box out of a box I had found at a local thrift store. 

Thrift stores and Garage sales are always great places to find things to alter. 

Here is the Video. Thanks for watching.

I hope you enjoy the video. If you have any questions please feel free to comment below. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. 


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