Friday, April 18, 2014
Thank you to all of the lovely ladies who joined us for our March sketch challenge! We have a winner, and it is this gorgeous layout:


Congrats, Kim Heard! Not only is this take on the sketch awesome, that picture is AMAZING!!!!!

Don't forget to join us for the April sketch challenge! ANYONE can play. :)
Monday, April 14, 2014
A HUGE "Thank You" to everyone who participated in our blog hop this past weekend. We truly appreciate all of your kind comments!

The winners of the April blog hop are as follows: 

Sulema Jimenez, you have won the Die~Namites gift card!


Robin B, this Authentique prize pack belongs to YOU!





Misha McClain, this Authentique prize is yours!


This "Be Youtiful" prize pack is going to Melissa S



UTs Hobby Time, you have won the acrylic mini album!



You lucky ladies need to send an email to rae@swirlydoos.com within seven days to claim your prize. Please include your shipping address!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

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

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful April collection:

Tiffany's



And check out these coordinating add ons that perfectly compliment our April scrapbook kit!






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!



Video Tour of the April Collection






Look what our designers have created using our Flower Making Project Add On kit! 

Our Education Team is going to show you how to create handmade flowers with ribbon and crepe paper. Be sure to go to our home page for a link to a video tutorial using the project add on!





SKETCH CHALLENGE!!!


April Sketch, created by Beggahuna, specifically for the Tiffany's Collection!



April's sketch prize winner will receive this prize:




This beautiful sketch is your inspiration, now get creating! Our April sketch challenge runs until May 15th, and is open to EVERYONE! Upload your layout into the "Tiffany's" 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 the Swirlydoos Scrapbook Kit April reveal blog hop!!!!!

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












And, in other news, Swirlydoos is having a design team call! You are read all about it here: Design Team Call.



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 4/13 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 4/14. 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 at Maggi's Blog. Have fun!





Here is the order and blog addresses:

Maggi http://scraptravelbark.blogspot.com/

Angelica http://angelicascrappenings.blogspot.com/

Paulien http://paulienvandenbosch.blogspot.com/

Authentique http://blog.authentiquepaper.com/

Irene http://scrapperlicious.blogspot.com/

Georgia http://startingtoscrap.blogspot.com/

Die-Namites http://www.die-namitesblog.com/

Tracey http://lifetimeofpages.blogspot.com/

Rae http://scrappingfancy.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, April 8, 2014







Swirlydoos Kit Club - Design Team Call

Are you passionate about Scrapbooking? Do you enjoy teaching and inspiring other crafters? Can you gab with the best of us? Swirlydoos Kit Club is looking to add amazing talent to our outstanding Design Team for a 6 month term that will run from our June, 2014 kit to our November, 2014 kit. We will be adding 2-3 fabulously creative Designers who are energetic, outgoing, talented, versatile individuals and who are committed to the beautiful art of scrapbooking.


 Our designers must be able to devote the time necessary to our community, to our members, and to their artwork. We are especially interested in designers who make awesome video tutorials!


This DT call will close at midnight MST on April 25th, 2014. 
This call is open to talented scrapbook designers all around the globe

Design Team Requirements:
  1. You will create a minimum of 4-5 layouts/projects, and as many cards, tags etc as you can per main kit sent to you.
  2. Create at least one tutorial of your choosing during your 6 month term, and add content to our tips, tricks and techniques area in the forum.
  3. Create a minimum of 3 “blank” cards during your 6 month term to send in to the home office.
  4. You must upload your projects to all major scrapbook galleries and blogs you are affiliated with, along with Facebook and Pinterest.
  5. Advertise for Swirlydoos kit club with Blinkies, blog banners, badges and other social media tools.
  6. BE EXCITED about being on the team! Be very ACTIVE on the forum and in our gallery!
  7. You will participate in our monthly blog hops.
  8. You will occasionally be asked to send us some of your completed projects for display at trade shows that Swirlydoos is participating in.


An ideal candidate for being on the design team will:

 -Have the ability to take excellent, clear pictures of projects
 -Be dedicated to promoting the kits and personal projects to social media on reveal day,      including Facebook  
 -Already have an active blog, Facebook and scrapbook.com accounts
 -Be an active member of our community on the forums and commenting in the gallery at  least four times a week
 -Be willing to partake in design team duties and help with any other promotions or contests we  may have


If you are interested in joining the DESIGN TEAM - Send an email to "DesignTeam@swirlydoos.com" with "DESIGN TEAM CALL" in the subject line. Include all of the following information:
  • Your name
  • address
  • telephone number
  • email address
  • blog address
  • any online galleries where we might see more of your work
  • YouTube address and or UStream Channel link,  if you have one
  • 3 samples of your current work that best reflect your style
  • a list of all design teams you have been on, past and current (prior experience is not necessary)
  • Please tell us what you consider your strengths (where you excel) and why you would make a good designer for the Swirlydoos community.







What you can expect from Swirlydoos:

An honest, fun, dedicated team who supports you and your art and encourages you at every turn.
A FABULOUS tight knit community of smart assed, super talented scrapbookers from around the world
CHA invitations and passes
Free monthly main kit for Design Team
Free monthly main kit
50% discount on all other kits and store purchases during your term




The new design team will be announced April 30th on our blog
Monday, April 7, 2014
Here at Swirlydoos, we LOVE challenges! 
We have many going on and many beautiful entries each and every month!

Our site-sponsored challenge is our monthly sketch challenge. This challenge runs until the 15th of every month and it is open to EVERYONE. So, even if you aren't a subscriber, you can still enter and are eligible for a prize. This is our current March sketch by the talented Beggahuna:


Look at this sweet entry by Ginny:

Click to view full size image



Our amazing designer, Angelica, also hosts a a butterfly challenge every month, and it runs through the 15th of each month as well.

Here is Angelica's Inspiration page:



And here is an adorable entry created by a long-time subscriber,Peggy:

Click to view full size image



We also have three member-hosted challenges each month:

Kimberly is our SGC hostess for April.
 Her challenge is titled "All About Me". 
Yup, time to get in front of the camera,ladies and gents!
 Click on the link above for the details. 

Look at Kimberly's beautiful inspiration page:


And our subscriber, Barbara has created an jaw-dropping entry:



Subscriber Peggy hosts this every month.The theme for April is "Spring Cleaning". Time to look through that stash for some long forgotten goodies! You do not have to use our kits to play. Signups happen before the first of the month, so it's too late to join for April, but please stop by and see the beautiful Monday reveals!

Our Subscriber,Stephanie is hosting the April Challenge. 
Click on the link above to read the details. First reveal is April 12th!

We hope you will come check out our very active forum here and come join in the fun!











Sunday, April 6, 2014
While peeking through the gallery this week, this particular layout popped out at me. I loved the layering and masking! The pulled down corner is awesome!! The layering with embellishments is perfect!! But, most of all the photo is so sweet!!





Congrats, Misha!!
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 April is.....

Erica Ortiz
 
 
Here's a bit form Erica:
 

Hi everyone! My name is Erica Ortiz aka Mimi402 aka Lil Mimi. I am married to a wonderful man named Roberto (Bob) for almost 6 years. We actually met online and I couldn’t believe how we just clicked on our first date. I can still remember the nervousness I felt when driving to meet him for the first time.  I kept thinking to myself..he could be a stalker, crazy person or a big weirdo (lol).  But as life turns out, this man that I met online became my husband a year later and since he has been my number one supporter, partner and better half. I couldn’t have been so blessed to have found the man I was meant to spend the rest of my life with. 
As for me, I work full time for the federal government and have a Bachelor’s in IT (Information Technology).  I don’t love my job (being honest) but I’m very grateful for it.  My husband and I don’t have any children and our fur baby passed away in October of last year. So we’ve had our tough times BUT I have always had my creative hobbies to help me get through those moments. 
 
I remember the first day I came across Swirlydoos and was blown away! I thought to myself, holy moly..people do this with paper..its freakin awesome! I was hooked, I couldn’t wait to get my first kit in the mail. I joined Swirlydoos in Jan of 2011. And that is around the time when I first started scrapping. I ran to my local scrap store to buy my necessities and ended up buying more than I would actually use and still have in my craft room to this day. Total rookie mistake, like seriously..who needs 5 paper pads of glittered card stock? LOL I look at my first layouts and can’t help but giggle. I can’t believe how much I’ve grown since then and my style has changed so much since I’ve been here. My style is totally shabby and what I like to think romantic. I just love adding tons of flowers and product to my layouts. I totally have a problem with negative space, I just can’t do it. But I’ve seen others, and they make it look so easy and gorgeous.  The round robin is hands down my favorite challenge at Swirlydoos because it gave me a sense of guidance to be able to lift something that someone else had created. And the members here, they are seriously one of the most nicest and encouraging group of people that I have ever met. Without them and their constant support I wouldn’t have had the courage to show others my creative side.  I have learned so much from the swirly girls and I owe it all to my swirly family.  Thanks guys! 
 
Here are a some of my favorite projects of Erica'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, April 5, 2014
Happy Saturday!

So... I've been working on making my scrap space more functional. One area that I really need to work on is organization my media, but my space is limited. I wanted a way to be able to "see" what I have without changing my storage, and I found this WONDERFUL idea from one of my scrappy friends, Patter Cross in her studio video tour for cataloging inks using a 7 Gypsies Library Drawer. Here's the drawer:
    FRONT VIEW:


SIDE VIEW:

TOP VIEW:


And, here's the video showcasing the altering of the drawer an how I am cataloging my inks, mists, and more!



Thanks for letting me share my project with you. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Every week our design team searches are gallery looking to showcase a beautiful creation posted that week. At the end of the month, the design team votes on each of these layouts to be recognized as Layout of the Month. At the end of the year, we vote on Layout of the Year, and the winner gets an amazing prize!

For March, the design team REALLY struggled, but we voted to make ERICA is the winner of LOTM for March! Congrats, dear!



Thank you to everyone who posts their gorgeous creations in our gallery! Keep posting!



Sunday, March 30, 2014
I've been looking in the gallery this week and this amazing layout caught my eye! I love the colors and how she layer. Gorgeous!!!



Congratulations Erica!!



Saturday, March 29, 2014
Happy Saturday!

Our guest educator, Patty, has done an amazing job showing us the best tips for art journaling, and today she is sharing a video tutorial about what you can do with deli paper! Check out this video!



Thank you so much for guesting for us this month, Patty! 

Friday, March 28, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
I sooooo love this GORGEOUS kit.... I simply couldn't stop making cards.
Here's one for you with step by step instructions.



And here's how it came together:


For the base of my card, I folded a piece of red cardstock double, and cut it down to 5.6 x 6.6 I distressed the edges a little and inked it up using Paper Soft.


Then I cut a piece of cream cardstock at 5.5 x 6.3 and randomly inked it up.


A piece of lace, (from my stash) was glued at the top, using Beacon 3 in 1 Craft Glue. Krissy has this in the boutique.


Then I cut another piece of cardstock at 5.1 x 5.2


I didn't do anything to the edges, just glued it on top of the lace.


I cut a paperbag at 4.4 x 5.3 and scratched the bottom edge with my nails. The notecard on the right side came in the Salutaions Main Kit.


I glued both pieces like so. First the piece of paperbag, then the notecard.


this "Documented Daily" strip was found on 1 of the papers. I slightly distressed it.


Then... OMW how I love this bling!!!! I cut a piece of it and glued it down, with the backside up.


I had a hard time, figuring out what to do with these beautiful wood icon scissors, so I tranformed them into a new embellishment.


I glued them together like this....


And put the rose on top of it.


Then I wanted to use this "With Love" tag and slightly distressed the edges and glued it down. I also glued down a piece of the red trim, using Beacon Fabri-Tac.


The transformed embellishment, was glued at the right top, bringing all the layers together.




I placed my flowers.(I rubbed some inka gold on my flowers) And for the finishing touch I added some copper liquid pearls.

I hope you like it, and give it a try.

Here are some more cards, just for some extra inspiration


Jij bent jarig means: It is your Birthday.


een nieuwe woning means: A new home

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