Wednesday, December 31, 2014
It's time to bid 2014 a fond adieu!  Can you believe that when you wake up tomorrow it will be 2015?  Seriously, it seems like January 2014, t was just the other day.  I want to wish everyone a very safe and happy new year.  I hope that 2015 is a great year for you!

The Swirlydoos December kit was filled with gorgeous papers from Bo Bunny's Rose Cafe collection. Here I've  layered some scraps under the photo and added some journal pieces from the Rose Cafe collection Noteworthy Journal cards at the bottom of the photo.


I made the flowers using the Prima beads from the kit and Diamond Dust and stamen from my stash. I'll have a video tute on January 3rd to show you how to make these simple flowers.


Supplies:
Patterned paper:  Bo Bunny Rose Cafe collection:  Pink background - Rose Cafe,  brown and floral under photo - Espresso,  Rose Cafe Noteworthy Journaling cards
Diecuts and punches:  Alterations Tattered Floral, Martha Stewart Flourish Lace
Flowers:   handmade
Mist:  Lindy's Starburst Cosmopolitan Pink
Masks:  Prima Decor 1 & 2
Masking paste: 13 Arts  Ayeeda white gesso
Paint:      white
Other:  Diamond Dust, Prima beads, Darice stamen


I created the background on this layout by first tearing off a little strip of paper all along the edges of Bo Bunny's French Roast paper.  Then I inked and furthered distressed the edges a bit.  Next I stamped randomly with Mixed Media stamps and Stazon silver ink.  Then I did some masking in the upper right corner with a Prima Decor mask and Shimmerz Texturez.  I pressed some beads into the masking paste before it dried.  For a final touch to my background, I sprayed on some Shimmerzing Goldie Lox.  That just gives an overall shimmer to my background without adding much color.

I added a piece of cardstock to the back of my layout and I've used embossing enamel around the edges.





Supplies:

Cardstock: Bazzill Gem Onyx
Patterned paper: Bo Bunny Rose Cafe French Roast, Noteworthy Journal Cards,
Laser cuts swirls: Bo Bunny Clockwork Shapes
Embossing powder: Stampendous aged gold
Flowers: Petaloo Sugared Berry Cluster blue, Petaloo Jeweled Flowers Lavender
Ink: Stazon Silver, Distress Gathered Twigs.
Mist: Shimmerzing Goldie Lox
Masks: Prima Decor
Masking paste: Shimmerz Texturez Sandy Stone
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Mixed Media
Other: Prima Resins 572358, Bo Buny Film Sticker, Prima Beads - butter

Thanks for taking the time to visit the Swirlydoos blog!     If you are not a Swirlydoos Kit Club subscriber, please consider it so that you never miss any of our beautifully coordinated kits. Please visit Swirlydoos Kit Club and click on Join Our Club on the left side bar. Be sure to mention my name, Maggi, when you subscribe because you will receive a 10% discount on your first kit AND a coupon for 30% off an entire purchase in the Swirlydoos store. Your Swirlydoos store purchases are always shipped free when shipped along with your monthly kit. Swirlydoos also maintains a Forum where everyone can share their work, tell stories and have a ton of fun! We have monthly challenges too so please come and join us!


Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Hi everybody! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas. I had an amazing time with my family - I ate too much food and candy, watched lots of old movies on TV, played tons of games with my children and I have had some scrappy time too!
 
Today I have one layout and a card to share with you, made with the fabulous Swirlydoos December kit "Enchanted Evening". I adore the blue and purple shades in this kit!
 
The title of this layout is "1953" and that was the year this photo of my father and his little brother was taken. They look so handsome in their little suits! My father passed away a couple of years ago, and scrapbooking his old photos is my way to remember him.

 
I have used three of the papers from BoBunny, from the kit. I used a diecut paper as a template. I distressed the edges a bit to get a shabby look.
 
The background was created with a stencil and clear gesso, I then misted with purple mist and let the ink run a bit.
 
 
The wooden clock from BoBunny is from the embellishment add-on and just perfect for my vintage page! I painted the clockface and swirls with white gesso, just a bit.

 
I have also added a couple of wood embellies from a previous kit.


 
The pink flowers with yellow centers was a part of my Christmas gift in the secret sister swap on the Swirlydoos forum - thank you, Maggi!
 
I also have a card to share today, a pretty simple one with just a piece of paper from the main kit, a diecut from the embellishment add-on and Petaloo flowers and berries from the main kit.
 
 
Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you all a Happy New Year!
 
xoxo
Helena
 
 
 
 
Monday, December 29, 2014
Swirlydoos is incredibly lucky to have such talented members sharing their amazing projects with us in our online gallery! Each week, our design team picks a project to showcase as layout of the week. At the end of each month, we pick a layout of the month from these gorgeous creations, and here are our monthly winners for 2014:



January- Kim H.

February- Kim H.

March- Erica O.

April- Misha M.

May- Jan P.


June- Ginny H.

July- Barbara P.

August- Ginny H. (2)

September- Tracey C.

October- Jan P. (2)

November- Peggy G.

December- Steph D.


Now, the design team will vote for the layout of the year, and this will be no easy task! In the past our prizes have included gift certificates to the Swirlydoos Boutique, and even an opportunity to  guest design in the upcoming year. What will the prize be this year? Wait and see!

So, be sure to upload your projects to the online gallery on Facebook for YOUR chance to win in 2015!











Saturday, December 27, 2014
Hello and happy late Saturday!

Today, I'm sharing a new watercolor chipboard technique. All you need is chipboard, gesso, clear embossing powder and Shimmerz Inklingz. You know, like the ones that came in the mediums add on this month? :)

Here's what it looks like:


And it looks great on a layout:

So, check out the video tutorial and try it out for yourself!




Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Friday, December 26, 2014
Hello Friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! It comes so quickly and before you know it, it's New Year's. Are you ready for 2015?

I have some more projects to share using the Swirlydoos December Kit, Enchanted Evening. 

For my first project I made a canvas. Using the Clear Gesso and Ferro Paint from Mediums Kit, I made the texture base.   From there I just layered up the embellishments.

 
The second project I made is a layout. I usually get  inspired by the paper or embellishments. This time around the title of the kit, Enchanted Evening, made me want to scrap a sultry yet romantic photo.
 
Remember if you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at www.swirlydoos.com. Be sure to mention my name (Angelica) when you subscribe and you’ll receive 10% off your first kit, AND a coupon good for 30% off your entire purchase in the Swirlydoos.com store!
Have a safe New Year!
 


Thursday, December 25, 2014
Hi =) First of all Merry Christmas to you all. Today I´m here to show you two more layouts made with the December kit Encanted Evening.

My first one is about some winter fun.Three days before chirstmas we still didn´t have any snow... and I live in the north of Sweden were it´s rare to not have snow in December but two days before it starded snowing so now the kids ( and adults) can go out and play in the snow.


For this layout I´ve used the Main Kit, Flower Kit, Embellishment Kit and Mediums kit. From the Mediums Kit I´ve used the InkLings.

My next page is just a happy one =). I really love being a mum. It´s the best thing in life for me. Love my boys the give me so much love and good times.



For this Layout I´ve used the main Kit, Flower Kit and Embellisment Kit.


Thanks for stopping by =)


Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Hey Savages, Kim here to share my second reveal layouts with you. This kit was so fun to work with (I know I say that every month), but it was so diverse in colors. You could do a totally shabby girly layout with the yellows, then turn around and do something grungy with the blues. Plus there are enough neutral colors to please anyone.

So here is a masculine layout I did with the kit. I loved that the blues in this kit were a true navy blue.
I used elements from the main kit and the embellishment kit. I love this photo of my dh. I finally found the right papers to highlight it properly. I heat embossed the chippie with 2 different colors, then brushed it with the inklings form a previous kit.

Next I worked with the project kit. I created this book box to hold my cards that I received from my swirly sisters in a Christmas Card swap we did.

The papers that came with this kit were gorgeous, as were the flowers. I just used some gold embossing powder on the chippie.

Here is the side of the book. I applied a layer of gesso, then some silks acrylic paint in gold. Once that dried I used some kroma crackle on it. It looks like worn leather. I love it.

Here is another side view. I covered the other side using a simpler sheet of paper in the kit. Just look at all the dimension on the book. Again, everything on the book came in the kit, except for the piece of twine I used for the bow.
 

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my second reveal for the December *Enchanted Evening* kit. Remember if you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at www.swirlydoos.com. Be sure to mention my name (Kim Heard) when you subscribe and you’ll receive 10% off your first kit, AND a coupon good for 30% off your entire purchase in the Swirlydoos.com store!

Sunday, December 21, 2014
This weeks LOTW goes to Stephanie. She created this gorgeous layout using the October *Treasured Yesterdays* kit.

I love her fussy cutting and the placement of her embellishments. The floral cluster on the bottom is a great addition to a great photo.

Congrats Steph.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Hey Savages, Kim here with a quick Saturday tutorial. I altered a cardboard bottle holder. I plan on using this to hold a bottle of wine I'm giving to someone for the Holidays. This is a wonderful way to transport and display a nice gift for someone.

I had a lot of fun creating this. The best part is that is was very quick to do. I dug deep into my Christmas stash, pulled out a bunch of goodies and got to work. Everything I used on this came from a Swirlydoos Christmas kit from 2010.

Here is the final product.



If you want to see my step by step process, come on over to the forums and check it out. It can be found right here.


Remember a subscription to Swirlydoos kit club is a great gift to give or receive for the crafter in your lift. Perfectly coordinated kits are delivered to your door step every month. The forums are fulled with inspiration, challenges, tips and tricks. Be sure to mention my name (Kim Heard) when you subscribe and you’ll receive 10% off your first kit, AND a coupon good for 30% off your entire purchase in the Swirlydoos.com store!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Thanks to all who participated in our blog hop and everyone who has liked and shared us on Facebook!

Here are our winners:

Barbara Macaskill

Leona Folkerts

Mary Holshouser

Kathleen White

Beatrice Lawson

Sue Kendrick

Sherrenae-Sherri

Merrihew

Heather Thompson

Dawn Dotson

Tracey Moloney

Amy Martin Jones

Debbie Palmer Fagnant

Cheryl Pierce

Lynn Penguin Hayes

Bridget Larsen

Linda Sheller Huffman

Elizabeth Brown Pipkin

Sharon D. Estes


And, THIS is the prize:


Now all you have to do is send your info to rae@swirlydoos.com so we can send out your prize!

Thanks, everyone!
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Welcome to:
Swirlydoos Kit Club 
December Scrapbook Kit Reveal & Blog Hop!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful December collection:

Enchanted Evening


And check out these coordinating add ons that perfectly compliment our December scrapbook kit, and a special Christmas project!




Video Tour of the "Enchanted Evening" Collection






Has it sold out? - become a subscriber and not only will you never miss a kit again, but you'll also pay less for your monthly scrapbook kits!
*Mention this blog hop and save 10% on your first kit*





 Never miss one of our kits again!


We have some absolutely beautiful scrapbook projects for you to see today!!  Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! 


Make sure you've "LIKED & FOLLOWED" us on Facebook to get sneak peeks and coupon codes good for the brand new, must have CHA goodies in our online store!

And, join our Facebook online gallery for amazing inspiration! 



Look what our education team has created, along with a video tutorial using our Christmas Card Holder Project Add On kit! 



Our Education Team has also prepared a video on how you can use the different products in the "mediums add-on kit! 



Helena has prepared an amazing tutorial that you can find in the "Anatomy of a Layout" section of our forums on how you can create this amazing page:



SKETCH CHALLENGE!!!


December Sketch, created by our amazing sketch artist, Beggahuna!





This beautiful sketch is your inspiration, now get creating! Our December sketch challenge runs until January 15th, and is open to EVERYONE! Upload your layout into the "Enchanted Evening" section of the Swirlydoos Gallery and you will be entered to win a fantastic prize pack 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!

This is the sketch challenge prize:





And, now for the prizes to be won during the Swirlydoos Scrapbook Kit December reveal blog hop!!!!!

Swirlydoos and some of our manufacturers are proudly offering up the following prizes:

We have NINETEEN (19) of these fabulous MDF "WISH" Mini Album Kit prizes to give away! That's 19 Chances to win!

Here's How to Win!

  • Refer a friend to Swirlydoos during our Dec. Blog hop and win AUTOMATICALLY!
  • Participate in our December BLOG HOP
  • Like and Share us on FACEBOOK
  • Upload projects to our Facebook Scrapbook Gallery



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 12/17 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 12/18. 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. 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 on Helena's Blog







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