Sunday, January 25, 2015

This week I found this cute page with great design i our FB gallery. I love the colors, the cute photo, the delicate stencil/stamp in the backgroud and the over all design.

Big Congrats to Amanda =)


Saturday, January 24, 2015
Hi there! It's a fabulous Saturday and I hope you are getting some scrappy time in this weekend! Today, I'm sharing an altered frame I made using the January kit, Bejeweled, and a cheap wood frame from Michaels.


Making the background was really easy, and even though it didn't come out as I expected, I'm very happy with the results. 


I used mists, a stencil and clear gesso, and I have a start to finish video on how I created the finish on the frame, along with how I designed and added the finishing touches to it. 


             





I hope you get a chance to watch it. Thanks for stopping by!







Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The Swirlydoos Kit Club January Embellishment kit includes a Graphic 45 Staples tag album and you know how much I love tags!  Of course, I had to make a tag album with the fabulous Blue Fern Sanctuary papers featured in the kit.  I used the cut apart Calling Cards paper as the theme for my tag album and chose some sentiments from the Heidi Swapp Word Jumbles stickers, also in the Embellishment kit.

Here is the cover that I embellished with flowers from the Flower Kit as well as some roses from my stash.



I took the album apart to photograph the rest of hte pages so that you could see all the details.  The main kit includes a set of Bo Bunny stamps and I used one of those stamps to stamp  the bird cage and fussy cut it.

 

Flowers and lace from my stash.
I cut a Spellbinders frame and embossed it with Stampendous aged gold embossing enamel and layered behind the calling card.  The flowers are from the
Flower Kit.

The lace flower is from the Flower kit.  It was white but I misted it to change the color.  



The bird on the branch is a Prima wood icon, from an earlier kit, roses and doily from my stash, the lace flower and dangles are from the main and flower kits.







I embossed a Sizzix frame with aged gold embossing powder.

The doors are included in the Embellishment kit and the flowers are from the main kit.


The roses are from my stash and the butterfly is from an earlier kit.


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 and you can use anything in your stash for most of our challenges, so please come and join us!



Monday, January 19, 2015
Hello sweet swirly savages! Have you joined the fun for our challenges this month? There are a number to chose from and our ladies have been making some amazing projects for them!

First up is our Bejeweled Sketch Challenge which runs until February 15th, so there is still plenty of time to play along! Take a look at what Beggahuna, our amazing sketch designer came up with for the January kit:

Wow! How beautiful! Here's an example I found this beauty by Heather lurking in the gallery:


And, ANYONE can play along! Just click the challenge link above for all the details!

Next up is our SGC (Swirly Girls Challenge) Click the link for details! Each month one of our members hosts a challenge, and this month it's Paula, and she came up with the fun idea of scrapping your first love! How cool is that? Here's her example:


And, we've already had some entries! Check out Kathi's:

I can't wait to get started on mine!

Each month, design team member Angelica hosts an All that Flutters Challenge. Click on the link for the full details. Here's Angelica's example, a canvas she made using the technique add on kit this month: 


And, Peggy has already entered this amazing layout:

Our Round Robin Challenge is well under way, and Maggi is hosting this month, challenging us to pick a word for the year, then scrap it. This has been fun to do, and also see what the other ladies are doing. 

Take a look at these stunning creations:

Christy

Jan

Click on the link above to check out the rest of these layouts!

Think you want to play along next month? Keep an eye out for sign ups on the Challenges forums!

And, lastly, our newest challenge: The 12 Tags of Savagery! Click the link for an amazing tutorial and how you can join the fun! Maggi is hosting a monthly tag challenge and this is her example for January:


And, our members are super excited about this challenge, as there have been several entries in just a few days! Check out this gorgeous tag by Manda:



So, as you can see, Swirlydoos has great challenges, and you can see what amazing things our design team and subscriber make with the kits!  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. Mention my name (Rae) 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!!




Sunday, January 18, 2015

It´s Sunday again and time to show our Layout Of The Week found in our FB gallery. This weeks LOTW is this beauty made by Agnieszka.

I love The snowy feeling and how the photo blends into the background.

CONGRATS AGNIESZKA



Saturday, January 17, 2015
 
 
 
Happy Saturday!
 
Today I want to share my latest tutorial for this giftbox with you
 
 Here's a close-up of the front
 
You can find the tutorial AND template ----->>>> HERE
I hope you like it, and give it a try.
And when you do, please share it with us, in our FaceBook Gallery
Happy Crafting!
 
 

Friday, January 16, 2015
We are pleased to announce that Jan is the winner of Layout of the Year for 2014! 

Each week, our design team picks a layout form our online gallery to showcase, and each month those layouts are voted on to receive the title as Layout of the Month. Then, at the end of the year, we vote on all of the layouts of the month for a layout of the year, and THIS is it:



This layout is just perfect in every way! From the layers, to the misting, the banners and all of the small details, not to mention the stunning picture, this project is so stunning! Congrats, Jan!

Jan will receive a gift certificate to the Swirlydoos store and will be our guest designer for the month of March! We can't wait to see what she designs with that amazing kit!



Thursday, January 15, 2015
Join me every mid-month around the 15th for a tag tutorial and challenge at Swirlydoos Kit Club.  We're going to explore different techniques each month with our tags and hopefully have lots of fun!

This month we're going to think about layers.  When I make tags, I love lots and lots of layers and dimension.  With a tag, you don't have to worry about it being too thick to fit in an album so I say pile on the goodies!

Ok let's get started on this month's tag.  Below I've listed the supplies I used, most of which, comes from the January Swirlydoos kit.  You can certainly go free style and use whatever you want!

Supplies:
  1. Tag - 3.5" x 8.5" cut from Bo Bunny Double Dot Shadow Vintage
  2. 3" x 4" card - your choice cut from BFS Calling Cards paper
  3. Fussy cut birds - from Blue Fern Studios (BFS) Birdsong paper
  4. Green cardstock for leaves
  5. Masking paste - Art Anthology Sandstone from the Mediums kit
  6. Mask - Art Anthology Cracked from the Mediums kit (I used Prima's crackle mask as I did not get the mediums kit.)
  7. Mask - Crafter's Workshop chicken wire (from my stash)
  8. White paint or gesso (from my stash)
  9. White lace or trim (from my stash)
  10. leafy vines - diecut with Die-namites large ivy die from a kit several months ago. You could use a chipboard vine, leaves, or a floral vine in its place.
  11. Mist - two colors, I used Lindy's Ponderosa Pine Olive and Frosty Forest Green (from my stash)
  12. ribbon (from my stash)
  13. 5" white doily -  diecut with Kaisercraft's doily die, (from my stash) you can use a commercial 6" doily, as I don't think I've seen a 5" doily
  14. Cheesecloth - from the embellishment addon
  15. Cardboard or sticky foam to pop up layers
  16. Flowers - I've used roses from I Am Roses (stash) and Petaloo Chantilly Velvet Hydrangeas (blue) from the main kit. ( I sprayed them with a blue mist to make them a bit darker.)
  17. Prima Velvet Baubles - from the main kit
  18. Ink - Prima Old Road, I believe this came in an earlier kit, it goes perfectly with these Blue Fern papers.  If you don't have it, black or brown would work fine.
  19. Some sort of adhesive, glue, tape, etc.

Step 1:
Use the Cracked mask and Sandstone paste to randomly mask on your tag.  Let that dry and then using a chicken wire mask, pounce white paint randomly on the tag. 

Note:  The masking and paint dribbles are almost covered up in the final tag - that happens to me alot!  :-)  It is nearly invisible in the final photo but it shows a bit more IRL.  You can omit these steps if you wish.


Put a little white paint on your craft mat and then add a few drops of water to make it thinner and then flick onto your tag.


Step 2:
Distress the edges of your tag,  I did not ink my edges as I wanted a white edge. Cut a piece of white lace or trim and glue to the bottom of your tag.



Step 3:
Diecut several leafy branches from cardstock and then color with two different mists.  I use two mists because leaves in nature are not a flat single color so using two colors makes the leaves more realistic in appearance.  I use a dabber top on my Lindy's but you can spray on your mist or use a paintbrush to apply.  Be sure to allow the mist to dry before adding the 2nd mist.


After the leaves are dry, give them some shape with a stylus ball.  If you don't have one of these,  I have used the end of a mechanical pencil and I bet the end of a Sharpie pen would work.


Step 4:
Take one of the notecards and give it a good wrinkle as shown and ink the edges. We are going to layer some flowers under the wrinkle so be sure you have room to nestle in some blooms.



Step 5:
Add a doily to the tag, letting it hang off the right side.  Then cut a couple of pieces of cheesecloth and glue over the doily.  Pull the threads and "mess it up" a bit.


Step 6:
Now add the note card.  The only adhesive I used at this point is a foam square on the upper left corner and on the lower right corner.



Step 7:
Fussy cut the birds and ink the edges.  Then add two layers of foam or cardboard so that when you place them on the tag they will fit over the popped up notecard.  (Note, I ended up cutting the leaves off the bottom.)  Place on the left side of your tag so that they cover part of the notecard.



Step 8:
Arrange the leafy vines on the tag, tucking some under the birds so that it appears they are sitting in the flowers.


Step 9:

Now add flowers.  On the right side be sure to tuck some flowers under the notecard such that they are peaking out.  Tuck some hydrangeas under the bird and around the upper right corner of the notecard.    In the lower right rose cluster I've tucked a couple of Prima Velvet Baubles into the cluster.

I tucked a bit more cheesecloth under and around the birds.  And to finish it off, I added a bow that I tied with the Bow-it-all.



If you want to use the tags that came in the main kit, here's a simpler version of the January Savagery tag. 

Here are the two tags together.  Note that I changed the ribbon on the larger tag.



Be sure to enter your tag in our January tag challenge that is open to everyone.   You do not have to use our kits to enter this challenge so come on over to the  forum and join us!




Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Thanks to all who participated in the Swirlydoos January blog hop!

We got sidetracked with going to CHA and forgot to post the winners. 

Here they are:

Peggy


Sherrenae - Sherri

Send your mailing info to rae@swirlydoos.com to claim your prize!

We hope to see you all join us next month!
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
How many time do you tell yourself that you are going to organize you scrappy stuff for the new year? I know I've said it dozens of time. Well never fear, we are actually going to do in 2015. 

Join us every Tuesday as we show you the different ways to organize your scrappy supplies. Last week we covered mist. It doesn't matter if you have a lot of mist of just a few, here are some ideas on keeping them organized.

This is how Rae keeps hers. This is great if you have the vertical wall space for them.

 

Next up is this vintage inspired wood wall storage from Manda. Again, great if you have the wall space.

 


The ultimate wall space belongs to Paulien. How about having this in your scraproom? Isn't it amazing. Paulien is one lucky swirly girl, as her dh made this for her.

  

For those of you who don't have tons of mist, how about this from Angelica.

 


Or even this. It doesn't take up a lot of space but holds at least 100 bottles of mist on the lazy susan alone, according to Maggi.


Hope these photos give you some ideas on how to get started organizing your stash of mist. Now we are going to move on to punches. 

Punches can be hard to organize due to their shape and size. Basically they are the awkward scrappy supply. That's ok, we have some ladies that have found a few ways to corral those punches.

First up again is Rae. Once again she made great use of an abundance of wall space. This is a perfect solution if you have the space. Your punches are right out there. I know for me, if I see it, I use it and that is the point, right.



Next is Kim. She has here punches stored in the great little drawer system. Each drawer has a different type of punch.

 

Hope these punch storage ideas have been helpful. Come back next week, we will be showing was to organize flowers. If your flower stash is anything like mine, then next week will be a must see. 

If you want to check out all the post on our 2015 Scrappy Organization they are here. come on and join us in the forums, we would love to have you. 

Plus don't forget to check us out at www.swirlydoos.com, visit our scrapbook store at www.swirlydoos.com/store, and 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!”



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