Friday, 30 October 2015

More Guest Designer layouts for Swirlydoos October kit.

Happy Friday Everyone !

I'm up on the Swirlydoos blog today with my final Guest Designer post for the October Kit, Garden Harvest.

I have another 3 layouts to share with you done with the main kit, flower and embellishment add on kits.  These 3 layouts are very different to each other and show how varied layouts/projects can be made with our Swirlydoos kits. The Blue Fern Papers 'Autumn Anthology' are beautiful papers and  I have thoroughly enjoyed creating with them. Then there was the 'Ceiling Tile', that was so much fun to create with !

Here's a couple of sneaky peaks,

I have been very honoured to join the talented team at Swirlydoos this month and thank them for this opportunity. I'm now looking forward to next months kit! See you in the forums :)

Please hop over to the Swirlydoos blog to see the full layouts.

Thanks for stopping by my blog  

Ginny  :)


Monday, 26 October 2015

Swirlydoos Round Robin Challenge

Hi All,

Today I'm sharing my layout for Swirlydoos Round Robin Challenge - Team 3 Week 4 following Linda, Andie and Jan’s gorgeous layouts, thanks ladies!

The twist were  * to use Bordeaux as the main colour and fall/autumn colours 
                         * a vintage/ heritage page
                         * To use a Swirlydoos tutorial
                         * to use some texture
                         * to add some mixed media

 For my vintage/heritage page I have photos of my Mum when she was a little girl.
 I used Rae’s filigree chipboard tutorial (I love this technique), burlap flowers and I copied Jan’s burlap banner for the texture. I used a mixture of Prima Colorbloom sprays ( Antique Gold, Sunshine & Vintage Coal) and Perfect Pearls Mist ‘Forever Red’ on the burlap banner as the mixed media.
 My paper was out of my stash and quite old, the Bordeaux flower paper is a Simple Stories paper and the spotty paper is My Minds Eye ’29th Street Market’.
Swirly stash was the yellow Petaloo flowers, the Martha Stewart metal filigree shapes and burlap sheet. The other flowers and leaves were from my stash.

Here are some close ups of the beautiful embellishments.

Hope you enjoyed looking at my work today, please leave comments, I would love to know what you think and don't forget to have a look at Swirlydoos blog and forums for more inspiration. Follow the links below.

Swirlydoos Forum

Swirlydoos Blog

Have a good day,

Ginny  :)


Friday, 23 October 2015

Swirlydoos Challenges 'Changes'

Hi All,

Here at Swirlydoos we have lots of fun challenges every month, some using our Swirly kits and others using your own stash or a mixture of both. One of the monthly challenges is the SGC ( Swirly Girls Challenge). The theme is chosen each month by a different Swirly Girly and we do have some great subjects to challenge ourselves with!
This month Paula challenged us to take one of our first ever layouts and do a 'redo', to see how our style has changed and we have developed in our scrapbooking skills and loves.

So here is mine!
When I first started scrapbooking I did 8x8 layouts as at the time a 12x12 layouts seemed huge with all that space! This layout is a 8x8, flat, NO flowers (!!!!) but I do like the colouring and LOVE the photo!

About 7 years later, here is what I did with it now!
Its now a 12x12 layout done with Prima Divine papers. The extra space allowed me to add the other two photos that went with the original photo. The layers are scraps from my scrap paper box. I like the colour scheme so I kept it the same colour palette. Then I've added my favourites, layers under the photos, distressing the edges, texture paste with a mask and FLOWERS!!! These are all Prima flowers. Also used are a bunting die from Joy!  a chipboard title from a previous Swirlydoos kit covered in Vintage Champagne embossing powder, a Prima Chalk Ink pad Blossom Bud and Tattered Angels mist 'Crème de Rouge'.

I hope you like the 'redo'!! Have a go yourself and see how much your style has changed.
To see what the rest of us Swirly Girlies have done with this challenge visit the Swirydoos forum and look for the SGC challenge 'Changes' under the Challenges section.

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Thank you for taking a peek!



Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Swirlydoos Kit Club October Blog Hop and Reveal

Welcome to:

October Scrapbook Kit Reveal!

Thank you for joining our blog hop this month! If you came here from Jan's blog, then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there.  Make sure you leave a comment on all blogs for a chance to win a prize! And, make sure you have LIKED & FOLLOWED Swirlydoos on Facebook!!!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful October collection:


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

Are you a subscriber? If so, your kit is on it's way if you don't already have it! If not, check out the Swirlydoos store to see if there are any October 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*

 Never miss one of our kits again!

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

The first layout  I did with this gorgeous kit is based on this months sketch.
I used the Main kit and the Flower and Embellishment Add ons. I just loved the clear plastic balloons and coloured mine in using ProMarkers, with the basket filled in with a 'Rose Gold' Liquid Pearls.
The photo is one I took in 2009 of a balloon going over the kennel buildings outside my house. We have a lot of balloons going over, with a balloon launch site just down the road from us. So when I saw this sketch and the plastic balloons, I just knew what photo I wanted to use and the effect I wanted to create.
I used a brick stencil and texture paste to extend the look of the buildings brickwork onto my layout and used the Art Quest Mica Colour set from Septembers Tech kit to paint the brickwork. The metal border strip was to mimic the metal railings in the brick walls.

On my second layout I did a lot of paper layering with the banners. My ornate chippie sign was covered in a Vanilla white embossing powder. All the paper edges were edged in Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. I then used lots of gesso and the Mica colour set again to wash a little colour under the edges of the outside paper layers. Lots of distressing and some liquid Pearls. This photo is of me many years ago, the first time my husband took me to his homelands in Devon, to this little picturesque place called Fingle's Bridge.
I love these photos I've used on my third layout of my daughter a couple of years ago. She was so busy investigating in the sea water puddle on the beach she never noticed the photographer in action. The blue colour of the paper and torn layers perfectly matched the blue tones in the water and the pink flowers just made Holly's dress pop.
I did some distress punching, as Angelica showed us in a previous Saturday Tutorial, and distressed my papers till they started to tear ( I love doing that to my papers !!! Lol) and then ripped a couple of places more to create the envelope areas for the flowers. A little bit of masking with texture paste, doily and some pearls and voila !
Next I did a card. I cannot do a simple card, I do tend to throw everything at them, but that is me !! So again, lots of distressed layers and inking and splatting. The flowers had the edges covered in some Distress Glitter and then more gesso !
Here's a close up of the detail on the flowers.
Lastly here is what I did with the Tech kit Add on. I loved this and the fact it came with everything white was perfect, its so me !! The frame, after it had been covered in Gesso, had a mixture of stamping with a script stamp in Dove Grey Staz on and masking with texture paste with a Prima mask. I then added Shabby White Stampendous Frantage embossing powder to some of the masked texture paste. I also love a technique of 'Tissue stamping' and then applying the image with a coat of 'Slap it on' (available from Indigo Blu but Mod Podge would do the same thing) There are four flowers around my frame done in this technique.
After all that I then added my embellishments. I did add a few extra white roses to the ones from the Tech kit and a Crystal/Pearl leaf flourish from Prima, cut up and added to the arrangement. This now hangs in my kitchen with some favourite little photos of my children.
Here are some close ups of the detail

Thank you for looking at my post today, enjoy the rest of the Blog Hop :)

You have until midnight, eastern time, October 23rd to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 10/25.  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 word is :   be

The party continues over at Angelica's blog. Have fun!

Blog Hop Order:

Sunday, 18 October 2015

September kit Layouts


Our Swirlydoos September kit time is nearly at an end and I haven't showed you anything of it yet ! I have been busy with the October kit to be ready for the Blog Hop and everything else has been on the back burner!!!
The kit has the Kaisercraft Time Machine collection in it with a wonderful selection of flowers and embellishments. I love the colours in this, anything blue and I'm happy, mix in a few browns and even better!!
So I have three layouts to show you today, the first was the my take on the sketch challenge below.

Here is my take on the sketch. I loved this paper with the steam engines wheels I view at the bottom, it seemed perfect for my steam train photos !  I covered my chippie title and clock with Gold UTEE to get a very thick coverage. I also used Finnabair Art Extravagance Gold Crackle Texture Paste ( love this ! ) to do the splats through a mask.

Next up is a layout of my hubby on our honeymoon in the Lake District. I thought the two sizes of the same photo would be interesting arrangement on the page.
I used strips of the Time Machine tissue tape as a background with some masked dots of texture paste and then layered up all the Time Machine ephemera from the collectables pack.
Lastly for today is this more feminine page for a family photo. I LOVE the acetate clock sheet in this collection and didn't really want to cover it up too much so I left this page a bit simpler and just used the design of the clock to add flower clusters round and the bling circle. I covered my chippie clock with Wow embossing powder Antique Peacock and die cut some leafy swirls in co-ordinating paper.
Thanks for looking and go take a look at Swirlydoos Kit Club via the link below

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Saturday Tutorial with Ginny at Swirlydoos

Hi All,

Its Saturday and that means I'm up on the Swirlydoos Blog today doing my first post as a Guest Designer for October! Today on Saturday Tutorial, I am going to go through how to make an Off the page project using up all those left over embellishments and paper from our Swirlydoos kits or any other supplies you have hanging around!

I am creating a plaque as a piece of home décor but it would also make lovely gift, and dare I say it, Christmas is fast approaching if you need hand made present ideas!!!!

Here is a peek of what I'm creating but if you want to see more, then follow the link below and pop over to the Swirlydoos Kit Club blog and join me there!

Thanks for stopping by
Ginny   :)

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Guest designer for Swirlydoos

Hello All,

 I am super thrilled to tell you that I  have joined the Swirlydoos Design Team as a Guest Designer for October!!!

To say I'm excited is an understatement! I have been a Swirlydoos member and subscriber for 17 months and absolutely love the monthly kits and add ons, and all the challenges every month.
I cannot wait to get started with the Blog Hop, but firstly I'm up on the Swirlydoos blog on Saturday for 'Saturday Tutorial'.

Hope to see you there, here's the link to the Swirlydoos blog

Happy Scrapping :)