Saturday, November 30, 2013
Happy Saturday! I hope everyone who celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful day! Today, I'm sharing a video tutorial on a layout I made using the Autumn Rose kit, from start to finish:

Look! It's Krissy!

And, here is the video for your viewing pleasure:

Also, DON'T FORGET: Our 12 Days of Christmas kicks off tomorrow, so be sure to come back to the blog and see what we have in store for you!

Friday, November 29, 2013
December is going to be here in a couple of days, and we are excited to announce that we will be holding a "12 Days of Christmas" contest! So, here's a run down of how it works:

For twelve days, starting December 1st, one of our designers will post a Christmas project. It could be a tag, a card, a gift box, etc.! The designer will then give an "assignment" based on her project, and you will have until midnight EST to complete the assignment and post it to the contest gallery. There will be a winner EVERY DAY!!!!! That's 12 prizes to be won!!!!

We know that sometimes scrapbooking can take a backseat for the holidays, but hopefully you see this as an opportunity to add a personal touch to your gifts this year.

We hope you will join us!!!!!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Hi everyone,
Today I'd like to share my latest card tutorial,
using the November  "Autumn Rose"  kit. 
This tag has an "open up" function and a pocket inside.
You can find a step by step tutorial right --->>> HERE

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I'd like to share my last project with the Swirlydoos November kit, Autumn Rose. This kit was so lovely with all the lush colors and romantic feel. I love to collect vintage images and wanted to use this one wit the kit, romantic and vintage! I heavily distressed two layers of pattern paper for that worn aged look. Then misted and stamped randomly. Once that was all dry I added some molding paste using a Prima mask. From there I just started adding embellishments. I've designed the butterflies and you kind find them HERE.
My layout was based of the November sketch over at Once Upon a Sketch.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Hello everyone. Elena here today and I have some cards to share with you.
You know, I am more a Layout girl, but Christmas is coming, and I can admit that almost everyone is busy with making some handmade cards for their friends and relatives.
Moreover Krissy prepared a great add on - Christmas Card Kit this months and it is packed with everything you need to get started creating Holiday Cards.

It was really difficult to stop creating and here it is one more card

I have prepared a video tutorial for you.
So please make a cup of your favorite drink and enjoy it

And s i have already told you,
nothing could stop me creating more and more cards:

Just add any of the Holly embellishments you have ( even from the previous kits), and you have some pretty cards.

And the last card, it is not Christmas, it is more Autumnal, as I really liked the papers went in the main Kit.
I just made a mixed media background and distressed the layers. 

And my last share for this month is this layout I made based on the Sketch for November Sketch Challenge

I hope you have enjoyed my creations this month.
I am not saying goodbye,
as I will come back nest month too.

Friday, November 22, 2013
Hi Everyone! Amarilys here sharing with you some of my Autumn Rose November Kit projects!
This kit is simply amazing and full of gorgeous Kaisercraft Lady Rose papers and matching embellies! 

Here are two layouts that I made:
For this one, I used the die cut Kaisercraft paper included in the kit and added it over a distressed light green paper. This kit was begging to be used in a little girl's page so I 'borrowed' a few pictures of my friend's adorable baby girl when she was 6 months old!

The outer layers (red and light beige) on this layout are actually the leftovers of a die cut paper that I cut and used in another page this month. Instead of tossing these two layers, I distressed them and added them over another pattern paper and I instantly had another layered 'die cut' background paper to work with! For this layout, I used a picture of my hubby and I back in 2008 when we made our own masks for a masquerade party. I made some roses with the cardstock included in the kit and the Spellbinders Rose Creations dies. I also used some Heartfelt Creations dies for the leaves.

Of course, by the time I was done making layouts, I ended up with a bunch of smaller size leftover pieces of pattern papers and embellies. Instead of putting those away, I turned them into cards!

This kit also included a Prima wooden box with a bunch of little wooden leaves and flowers which I used throughout my pages this month. I thought the box was just too cute to throw away so I made a mini shadow box with it!

I used tiny (1.5"x1.5") pictures from a mini photo-shoot that my hubby and I did ourselves when we found out last week we were expecting a little boy next April! The word boy is actually just added to the photo in Photoshop and I used Glossy Accents to make it stand out a bit more. This is the first altered project I've made for our unborn baby boy and will go in his nursery once we finish it!

Here's a close up picture of it:

Thanks for taking your time to check out my projects! If you want to see all the projects I made with this kit, please stop by my blog!

Thursday, November 21, 2013
Thank you to everyone who participated in our October monthly sketch challenge! We had many lovely entries, and voting was very difficult for the DT, but we managed to choose this fabulous layout by Misha!

Congrats, Misha! You'll be getting a prize sent out with your December kit!
Sunday, November 17, 2013
I was meandering around the gallery this week, and when I saw this layout by Misha....

I was knocked off my chair. The colors are simply delicious, and that center cluster - creative perfection. Her attention to details within the layers is stunning, and the different angles, well, I am just in love. Misha, congratulations!! Thank you so much for sharing in our gallery!!

xx Heidi
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Happy Saturday to you all!

We are so pleased to have Elena Olinevich guest designing with us! 

Elena has created a video tutorial sharing her tips for using Silks Paints and Magical Micas on your 
layouts! Here's the layout that she made to share these tips with you:


 "The Silks and Maigicals are quite versatile and can be used not only for their direct purpose - coloring, but I used silks for my stamping and distressing, silks for creating come watercolor effects and adding some glimmer for chipboard pieces.

Also I colored Heidi Swapp Invisibles - Borders with Silks using my fingers, and on the video I am showing the difference between when you apply it with the brush and with your finger."

And, here's the video:

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Today I want to share my latest card tutorial,
using the November  "Autumn Rose"  kit.
I created a step by step photo tutorial, to let you peek into the creative process.
You can find the tutorial ------>>> HERE
I hope you like it.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Jodie put this layout in our gallery last week:

I don't think of yellow as a color that I want to use that often on my layouts, and when I do, it's usually just for accents. I just adore the way Jodie used yellow on this layout. The clustering is fabulous, and the layers are PERFECT! Such classically beautiful layout!

Congrats on getting LOTW, Jodie!!!!
Saturday, November 9, 2013
I hope you are all having a lovely Saturday! This week, I asked for some suggestions for video topics from our subscribers, and one of them was showing what you could do with the mediums that come in our latest kit add-on: the mediums add on. So, today, I will share with you some way you can use the mediums we got in the add-on with the Autumn Rose collection.

So, I spent the evening playing around with the Heidi Swapp Color Shine in white, the Viva Croco Paint, and the Lindy's embossing powder. Viva Paper Soft also came in the kit, but I already made a video based on that medium, which you can find HERE.

But, here is where you can see the new video about the rest of the mediums:

Hopefully, this will be useful for getting started using these mediums!

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday!!!

Thursday, November 7, 2013
THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our Autumn Rose blog hop- thank you for all of your wonderful comments!

And the awesome prizes from the November blog hop go to...

The Kaisercraft Christmas paper line goes to


These papers are going to...
Beatrice Lawson!

And, this bunch of Petaloo flowers are going to 

Peggy Giovanetti!

Congrats, ladies! 

Please send your mailing info to within seven days to claim your prize!

Be sure to join us for our December blog hop on 12/5!!!!!
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Welcome to:
Swirlydoos Kit Club 
November Kit Reveal & Bloghop!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our November collection:

Autumn Rose

**All collections are available in our scrapbook boutique while supplies last***
is it sold out? - become a subscriber and never miss a kit again!
*Mention this blog hop and save 10% on your first kit*

We have some amazing projects for you to see today !!  Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! Check out Swirlydoos on Facebook and Like Us!!!

Using the Swirlydoos November Project Kit

Our Education Team is going to show you how to make fabulous card toppers from Hot off the Press into beautiful Christmas Cards! Be sure to go to our home page for  a link to a video tutorial using the Christmas Card add on!

We are excited to share with you that Elena Olinevich is guest designing with the November kit, and we will share her amazing projects later this month!

November Sketch, created by Beggahuna specifically for the Autumn Rose Collection!

This beautiful sketch is your inspiration, now get creating! Our November sketch challenge runs until December 15th, and is open to EVERYONE! Upload your layout into the "Autumn Rose" section of the Swirlydoos Gallery and you will be entered to win the fantastic prize pack pictured below from Swirlydoos! Check the sketch challenge thread in our forums to see what the designers and other members have created using this sketch for inspiration!

And, now for the prizes to be won during this blog hop!!!!!

Swirlydoos and other manufacturers are offering up these following prizes:

So, let's get started! Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! 

You have until midnight, eastern time, on 11/6 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Sunday 11/7. 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 at Angelica's blog. Have fun!

Subscribe to Swirlydoos Kit Club between November 1st - 30th and be entered to win this awesome Kaisercraft Prize pack!

Sunday, November 3, 2013
When I spotted this beauty by Pala in the gallery this week, I couldn't keep my eyes off of it. I LOVE her use of color in "The Beach" and her perfect placement of embellishments give such great movement to the project. Gorgeous...!!  Makes me want to step into some sand right now!

Congratulations, Pala! Thank you so much for posting in the Swirlydoos gallery!
xx Heidi
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 November is.....

Maria Harms

Here is a bit from Maria:

I am Maria Harms, married to my husband Luke for almost 24 years (Holy Batman - I was only 17 when I met him!). We have two children - a son who is 22 and a 14 year old daughter. 

I am currently employed full time as a paralegal for a personal injury attorney and live in sunny Florida where I am already complaining about the cold mornings, at a bitter 68 degrees.  Unfortunately, I have a Lupus and it seriously messes with my ability to craft as much as I would like.  I would love to participate in more round robins and challenges, but find that my current treatment, which involves being in the hospital for 9 days every 3 months is just down right time consuming and inconvenient. 

I started scrapbooking in January of 2009, after my DH watched an infomercial on the Cricut and decided I would like it and bought me one.  I loved it and ended up with a regular one, a mini, and the last one that did print and cut.  Sold them all and bought a Silhoutte Cameo which is even better.  I joined Swirlydoos in August of 2011 after a short stint at another kit club that didn't live up to my expectations.  I don't thinking have really settled on a style yet, but out of necessity, due to energy and the fact that I am just slow, I think cards and tags is my future.  I will put everything and the kitchen sink on my projects and will take a girly frilly project over having to do something masculine anyday. 

Here are a some of my favorite projects of Maria's, sure to inspire you!!

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Please come back and visit every first Sunday of the month to see who our next featured member will be! We love our Swirlygirls!!
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Happy Saturday! Today I am sharing a video tutorial I made of a start to finish layout using the 7 Dots Studio paper collection, 9th Wave. So, join me on a short adventure of distressing and embellishing!

You can see the video here:

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, and don't forget to join us November 5th and 6th for our blog hop as we reveal our November collection!!!

Friday, November 1, 2013
And, the Layout of the Month honor for October goes to Erica Ortiz!!!!!

Here's what Paulien had to say about Erica's masterpiece when she chose it for LOTW, and the DT agrees:
"The photo, which is totally adorable, is surrounded by so many gorgeous layers. Some are distressed, some are punched, lace is being tucked in. And look at that beautiful stenciling and misting! The flower clusters are perfectly placed and the treatment of the chipboard pieces is just beautiful. I also love the inking, of the punched layer that frames this beautiful page."

Congrats, Erica!!!!!!


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