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Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Swirlydoos gallery is moving!

I am excited to share the big news with you!  Swirlydoos is moving its gallery to Facebook for easier posting! 

Here's a list of advantages that you will love:
*You will no longer have to resize your pictures! 
*You will be able comment on projects without typing in a captcha code.
*This gallery will be a closed Facebook group, so you can comment and "like" projects all you want without "clogging up" your non-scrappy friends' feeds! (But, please invite your scrappy friends!)

So, here's how you can get started:

  1. You will need a Facebook account. 
  2. Here is our group link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1479028899001842/https://www.facebook.com/groups/1479028899001842/
  3. Request to join!
  4. You might already be added if you are friends with members of the design team who have already added you. 

So we can maintain some ORDER in the group and be able to find layouts posted to challenges and monthly kit projects, we will be posting to ALBUMS. Posting to albums keeps things organized and prevents posts from "getting lost"  in cyberspace which happens with a lot of Facebook groups.
Here's how we post to albums:
Right under the Swirlydoos header for the group, there is a line that gives you some options to click on: 

Members     Events     Photos     Files

  1. You need to click on PHOTOS.
  2.  A list of albums will come up, and you can add your pictures to any of these albums. For example, if you want to post your picture of a layout you made using the "Vintage Love" Sketch Challenge, there is an album for that! So, CLICK ON THE APPROPRIATE ALBUM.
  3. Clicking on an album takes you to another area. At the top right corner, CLICK ON "ADD PHOTOS." This will direct you to your photos on your computer, so grab it, add a description, and you are done!
If you want to add projects to the group that don't fit in a Swirlydoos category, you can create your own album! Here's how:

  1. Click on PHOTOS.
  2. Add an Album- title it with your name.
  3. Start adding pictures. 

PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT post pictures of projects made with OTHER kits. DO NOT advertise for other kits, or your album will be removed. Thank you for understanding.

We hope you will join us and post your inspirational projects in our gallery!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It's Raining Cats and Dogs!

It rained cats and dogs at my house all weekend long as my bff scrapping gals all came for the weekend and made Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs mini tag albums like this one that I shared with you a few days ago.  I made a couple more pages for my tag album too and I must get those photographed so I can share with you.

 After finishing up our minis we decided that we needed to make a tag using this Prima Julie Nutting stamp and die set ( you can get this set at the Swirlydoos Kit Club boutique)!  This is Halie with her cute little poodle and you know I had to have this set!!




 This is a simple tag to make.  I used Cats Meow paper to make the base of the tag which is 3.5"W x 8.5"L.  I cut the oval from off-white cardstock with the largest Spellbinders Floral Ovals die and then stamped it with a script stamp.    The doll, her clothes and the poodle are all cut from Raining Cats and Dogs scraps left from making our mini tag albums.  The poodle's hair is accented with Ranger Antiquities Weathered White embossing powder.  I've used a button sticker from the collection behind the poodle and mounted that on a small Spellbinders Teardrop Circles diecut popped up with foam dots.   The other two pieces are also stickers from the collection that I've popped up.  I added some beads and punched strips at the  bottom and a ribbon at the top to finish it off.

Here you can see how I've popped up the various layers to give the tag some depth.




I just adore this tag with it's cute little paper doll and poodle, it appeals so much to my inner child, LOL!  I loved paper dolls when I was a kid and I guess I'm still a kid at heart!!

My scrappy girls just before leaving.  These girls are the best, love all of you!





Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Layout with the Sept kit from Swirlydoos Kit Club

This is a very special photograph to me.  Yes. its old and tattered, and, even though I tried to restore it a bit, it still shows the signs of extreme wear and tear.  But that's no matter, the photo is of my parents and it's one that my Dad has carried in his wallet forever. Now my parents have been married for 70 years!! and this photo was taken before they were married, no wonder the photo is well aged!

The Swirlydoos embellishments add on kit included a Kaisercraft transparency of photo negatives and I've cut the giant negative strip on my layout from that.  The main kit features Prima's Time Traveler Memories collection and I love the tags that are included with the papers in the main kit.  I've used one of those tags as my title, Together Forever.  I think that appropriate for a couple that's been married 70 years!

I did a little stenciling in the right corners using Prima mask Decor 1 and Shimmerz TextureZ in sandy stone.  I also lightly stamped randomly with a foam dots stamp using Claudia Hellmuth traditional tan and blank canvas acrylic paints.

Don't you just love the Blue Fern Studios chandelier in the right corner?  I painted it with Silks Emperor Gold.  It is not as red as it appears, photographing metallics can be so tricky!  We're having a challenge in the Swirlydoos forum to use a chandelier so I did this layout as challenge inspiration.  Please note that you do not have to use Swirlydoos kits or products to enter this challenge so come on over!




Supplies:

Patterned paper: Prima Time Traveler: base - Love, circle - The Traveler, stripe - Dark Lines, center strip - No. 70, large square - Tickets Only, square behind photo - Forever Roses, Tag Me - Tags and Tickets Set, Kaisercraft Art of Life Negatives
Chipboard: Blue Fern Elegant Chandelier
Diecuts and punches: Martha Stewart 3 Dot, Memory Box Large Ringlets
Flowers: Prima Millicent Vine - En Francais, Prima Sandbark flowers,
Masks: Prima Mask Decor 1
Masking paste: Shimmerz Texturez Sandy Stone
Paint: Claudia Hellmuth Traditional Tan and Blank Canvas, Sils Emperoro's Gold
Other: American Crafts Cork Stickers, May Arts Lace Ribbon

Did you know that Swirlydoos Kit Club sends out beautifully coordinated kits every month? Swirlydoos has been sending out top of the line and ever so elegant kits all over the world since 2009. I love getting a box of goodies that all work together so that I don't have to go out and search for things that coordinate.So many bricks and mortar shops have closed up that it's getting harder and harder to find a place stocking all the latest and greatest scrapbook goodies. While Micheal's and Hobby Lobby are great for supplies, you sure can't find the newest papers and embellishments in those stores.

If you are interested in receiving Swirlydoos monthly 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.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Raining Cats and Dogs, Finally!!

Ever since Graphic 45 revealed its Raining Cats and Dogs collection, I have been dying to own it!!  Finally I received my shipment of these lovely papers, chippies, tags, etc.  Oh yeah, I ordered LOTS of this collection with all the embellishments!!  I even got all the stamps.  So if you know me, you know that this is expected behavior as I am crazy about my dogs, they are my children and I love them to pieces!

My first project with this collection is this tag mini that I made using a Graphic 45 tag album.  I adore the rich colors!


The poodles were diecut withCottage Cuts dies.  I used Ranger black puffs embossing powder to get that "curly" look on the black poodle.  It was perfect for making the poodle's coat!  The white poodle was embossed with Ranger weathered white Embossing Antiquities.  That, too, made great poodle hair!


Really, what more does this girl need, but a dog?  Well, I need two dogs, LOL!!


Here's the 2nd page.  It has a pocket where you can slip in some photos.  The little stamp near the bottom is me holding my sweet Chena when she was just a pup.  She is giving me a sweet poodle kiss!

Here are a couple of tags partially out of the pocket.


I have always loved the comic strips and one of my very favorites is "For Better or For Worse".  I saved this particular strip because it really expresses my emotion as far as new puppies are concerned!


The page flips up to reveal these two pages.


Because I am really quite silly, :-), I send out adoption announcements when we adopt a new puppy.  On the bottom right, I've added a litle pocket that holds the adoption announcements for all four of our poodles.


 In 2010 we went to Alaska for 2 1/2 months.  We had just lost Chili to autoimmune diseases so Chena was an "only dog".  Oh my, did she ever enjoy that!  While in Alaska, we campground hosted at Denali National Park and Chena was the "official" campground dog!  We had so many visitors from all over the world and they were missing their furbabies so they were thrilled that Chena would allow them to love all over her!


I'm sure many of you are familiar with the tales of Chena and Escape Kitty.  This is one of my favorite pictures of those two hooligans.  Thank you to Escape Kitty's Mom, Jen Synder for allowing me to use her photo!  You can read all about Escape Kitty and Chena on Kitty's blog.

 After we lost Chili, we adopted the sweetest poodle in the world, Nika.  Ah sweet Nika, she is most often called Noodle.  Why?  Well she's just kinda noodley and she loves to cuddle more than any dog I've ever known!

I love the letters in this collection!




I've got a little pocket on this page behind the umbrella girl that holds a tiny mini.
 Here you can see the tiny mini partially slipped out of the pocket.


 This is the back cover, I always include this crazy poodle image and quote when I make a dog mini.  Wonder if Henry thinks poodles are part of some weird cult??

Closeup:

Thank you for taking a look at this looooong post!  I hope that I given you a taste of just how beautiful Raining Cats and Dogs is.  The colors are so vibrant and the images so sweet and inviting!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Swirlydoos Kit Club Sept Kit Reveal, Vintage Love


Welcome to:
September Scrapbook Kit Reveal & Blog Hop!
If you came here from DieNamite's blog, then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there. 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!!! Make sure you have LIKED & FOLLOWED Swirlydoos on Facebook!!!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful September collection:


Vintage Love

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






Are you a subscriber? If so, your kit is on it's way! If not, check out the Swirlydoos store to see if there are any September kits or add ons in the store!

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*


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 Never miss one of our kits again!



We have some absolutely beautiful scrapbook projects for you to see today !!  

I did this first layout for the Anatomy of a Layout feature that we do every month with our kit.  The Anatomy is a build a page tutorial with step by step instructions.  You can see my tutorial for this layout here.   I've used just the main kit papers and flowers, and punches and a mask from my stash to make this layout.

I made the larger flowers with McGills Floriano and Starburst punches.  The small flower is made with McGill's Retro Flower punch.



Next up is an altered plastic lettuce box! I love wrapping a gift in a unique way and so I've been saving these boxes.


I've used a Leaky Shed Studios flower corner chippy underneath all those roses.  


Here's a simple card that I did with the kit.  I added the beads and flowers from my stash and the butterfly is from a previous kit.  The Happy Birthday is cut with a Memory Box die.

Each kit includes a sketch and every month we have a  challenge with that sketch.  Be sure to check that out! Here's my interpretation of the sketch with this kit.

The gold flowers and leaves come in the flower add on.  The flowers are sort of a kraft color but I have sprayed them with Lindy's Grab A Guy Gold to add a bright punch to my page.





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, 9/16 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 9/17. 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.

My special words are:  to begin
The party continues over at Debbie's blog. Have fun!
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Blog Hop Addresses in Order



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Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Steampunk Spells card!

We're having a card round robin at Swirlydoos Scrapbook Kit Club and I made a card!!  LOL, I'm not a big card maker but I am working on it.


 I love how this came out, that owl is from ScrapFx and I just think he's adorable!  The owl's body is heat embossed with Stampendous aged black embossing enamel, I popped out the gears and flourishes  & painted those with  Silks in Emperor's Gold. The beak is done with Stampendous Aged Spice embossing enamel. The gears are chipboard and are rusted with Tiddlybitz Rusting Powder.





Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Come join me in a fun challenge at Swirlydoos!

I'm hosting a fun challenge for all my rooster and hen loving friends at Swirlydoos this month.  It's a real simple challenge, all you have to do is create a project that has a rooster and/or hen on it.   It can be a tag, layout, off the page, card, you dream it up and I'm good with it and it can be chipboard, photo, diecut, stamped, whatever you want!  You can use any products you wish for my challenge, it does not have to be a Swirlydoos kit.  We will all vote for our favorite chicken project and the winner will receive a RAK from me!  You will get an extra vote if you use this quote "The rooster may crow, but the hen delivers the goods."  on your project.

Here are a couple or chicken projects to inspire you.  I've used papers and chipboard from Prima's Almanac collection.  It's perfect for this challenge as it includes several chicken images.







Here's another project that I did some time ago, it's a box with a mini inside from Graphic 45's French Country collection.  That awesome weather vane chippy is from ScrapFx.


The flowers are all handmade and I have a tutorial for them here.  


Did you know that Swirlydoos Kit Club sends out a beautifully coordinated kit every month?  Swirlydoos has been sending out top of the line and ever so elegant kits all over the world since 2009.  I love getting a box of goodies that all work together so that I don't have to go out and search for things that look good together.  So many bricks and mortar shops have closed up that it's getting harder and harder to even find a place to shop for all the latest and greatest supplies.  While Micheal's and Hobby Lobby are great for supplies, you sure can't find the newest papers and embellishments in those stores.

If you are interested in receiving Swirlydoos monthly 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. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog, hope to see your work in my challenge at Swirlydoos!









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