Friday, 29 July 2016

** Swirlydoos 1st Reveal July Kit with Ginny **

Hello All,

What can I say?! This kit is gorgeous and full of my favourite colour combos, what a fabulous kit to start my DT off at Swirlydoos! These gorgeous papers from Pion and Kaisercraft are full of inspiration and can be used in so many ways as our fabulous DT will be showing you over this week.

Sketch challenge

I'm starting off with the Sketch Challenge which runs till the 31st of August. Anyone can enter and it doesn't have to be using Swirlydoos kits, so come on over to the challenges on the forum and join in!

I adored this Pion paper 'Mr Tom's Treasures' collection, so pretty, so I kept this layout quite 'clean'. A little texture paste using a 'Doily' stencil from Prima in the background and a Spellbinders die for the swirls. This layout was made entirely from the Main Kit this month, I even used one of the Kaisercraft packaging tags as they were this gorgeous teal colour that matched the kit perfectly!

This is a reminder of the sketch by Beggahuna.

And a couple of close ups - you will get used to my close ups, I love them!!

All That Flutters Challenge

This is one of my favourite challenges on the Swirlydoos forum. You just create a layout and as long as it has something on the layout that has wings/ can fly its job done! So come on....butterflies, bees, fairies.....

As you can see I used the 'butterfly ribbon' and a fussy cut butterfly from the Pion papers for my 'fluttering' element. This layout is made with the Kaisercraft papers. I used two different papers, did some tearing up of both and used both sides of one sheet and bits of the other. I layered in some of the pale blue lace. I used some of the Art Alchemy blue paint from the Mediums kit spread on in tiny strokes with one of the Finnabair paint brushes applicator ends. The leaves are cut using my new 'fav' die , that I borrowed from my Mum, its a Sue Wilson die, another item on 'the list'!
And the close ups!

Shadow Box - Project Kit

I LOVE 'Off the Page' projects (OTP)  I can get so carried away with them and I am rapidly running out of space for them all in my house as I like to keep them all!! I think my Mum is going to have to have  a collection soon! Swirlydoos kits have a Technique/Project Kit Add on every month with a wide variety and fun projects to do! This month we had a Shadow Box - right up my street!

I have done a Snapguide  tutorial of the making of this project using some of the Pion Papers and a piece of cardstock from the Cardstock Add on.

More close ups!

And lastly....

Layout - Family

This layout I have used the Kaisercraft Storybook papers but used the 'browns'. It is one piece of PP (pattered paper) with the middle cut out and turned over and placed back in the  hole and mounted onto cardstock, with lace layered up in the cut line. I used a lot of the Storybook ephemera in my layers and the 'Atlas' ribbon dabbed with Walnut Stain Distress Stain and crumpled up and dried to distress it.
The close up's :)

So that's it for today, I will be back early next week with Part 2 of my reveal!

Ginny  :)

Don't forget we have a competition to win the July Scrapbook Kit, which is open until the 3rd August at Midnight eastern time!

Click on this link to enter on our Facebook page  COMPETITION

Please come and check us out at, visit our scrapbook store at, and If you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at Be sure to mention my name (Ginny) when you subscribe and you’ll receive 10% off your first kit, AND a coupon good for 30% off your entire purchase in the store!


Wednesday, 27 July 2016

July Kit reveal at Swirlydoos & Contest - 'Moments Captured' kit

                                                              Welcome to

                              *** Swirlydoos Kit Club ***

Our July scrapbook kit has just hit the pavement, and we hope you're gonna LOVE IT!

We're proud to present:

“Moments Captured”

See how you can win this kit below!

Love it, right? Why not get one of your own? Let us 
"Inspire Your Obsession!"

 Never miss one of our kits again!

become a subscriber and not only will you never miss a kit again, but you'll also pay less for gorgeous, perfectly coordinated monthly scrapbook kits!
*Mention this blog hop and save 10% on your first kit*

Each designer will post their complete reveal on the Swirlydoos Blog in the days immediately following our reveal. But for now, let me tease you with a couple goodies from me!

I will have a Snapguide tutorial for this project in my full reveal part 1 on Friday !

Here are a couple of peaks  to tease you of two more layouts for Part 1 of my Reveal.

We have a great lineup of video tutorials, as well as step-by-step photo tutorials for you this month!
If you haven't already, (stern look) be sure you're connected with us on all our various social media outlets so you never miss a (free) learning opportunity. 


July sketch, created by our amazing sketch artist, Beggahuna!

This beautiful sketch is your inspiration, now get creating! Our July sketch challenge runs until August 31st, and is open to EVERYONE! 

Upload your layout into the "Sketch" section of the Swirlydoos Facebook Gallery and you will be entered to win a fantastic prize from Swirlydoos! 
Check the sketch challenge thread in our forums to see how others were inspired by this same sketch.

Here is my take on the sketch


This month we decided to change things up a bit, see if you're still paying attention ;-) You're still going to get to see what our FABULOUS designers have in store for you, but you're also going to get the chance to win THIS MONTH'S KIT*gasp... yes!*

(Don't worry subscribers!! We gotcha covered! If a current subscriber wins the contest, we will substitute this prize for your choice of either a CS, FLW, PP, MED, or DIE add on next month!) **limited to availability**

This promotion will run until midnight, eastern time, August 3rd. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Facebook Page and on our Blog.  Here's all you have to do...

1. Like/Follow our Facebook page, and SHARE THE CONTEST POST! (must like/share to be entered at all) = 1 entry
2. Tag your scrappy friends in the contest post = 1 additional entry

3. Make any purchase in the swirlydoos store = 5 additional entries

4. Become a monthly subscriber = 10 additional entries

5. Refer a friend during the contest = 10 additional entries (if they subscribe).


And finally, remember... HUGE SALE!

If you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at Be sure to mention my name (Ginny) when you subscribe and you’ll receive 10% off your first kit, AND a coupon good for 30% off your entire purchase in the store!

Come back on Friday 29th July for my full reveal Part 1 of this beautiful kit!  

And then later into next week for Part 2 of my reveal where I will show you this project along with a masculine layout and a card!

                                                              Thanks for looking today,


Saturday, 23 July 2016

Swirlydoos Saturday tutorial

Hi all, today I'm on the Swirlydoos blog with the Saturday Tutorial.

I have done a Snapguide tutorial on creating a layout using layers and punches and inks to really bring those layers out and make the most of the gorgeous papers we all have!

All the items used on this layout are from Swirlydoos kits, mainly the Purple Haze kit, which may I say the papers are still available in our Swirlydoos store clearance sale that is going on at the moment. There has never been a better time to try a Swirlydoos kit or just stock up on some gorgeous goodies. Please go to the store via this link to see what there is!

So here is the completed layout;

You can view the Tutorial on Snapguide here:

Please come and check us out at, visit our scrapbook store at, and If you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at Be sure to mention my name (Ginny) when you subscribe and you’ll receive 10% off your first kit, AND a coupon good for 30% off your entire purchase in the store!

Thanks for stopping by

Ginny   :)

Friday, 22 July 2016

CSI - color, stories, inspiration Case File 207

Hi all,

We have had the most glorious weather here in Wales this week, its been a long time coming! I must confess its a little bit too hot for me and we have had to have the fans going at night just to get  a decent nights sleep! But the nice weather has turned up in time for the summer holidays as our kids have broken up from school. Lets hope it lasts a bit longer.

It's a new case file at CSI - color, stories, inspiration! And this one is gorgeous!
So here is my layout for Major Case File 207.

This is case file 207.

So for my Testimony I used the topic - * Document time spent at the beach.

For my Evidence I used: * nautical elements
                                        * animals
                                        * wood
                                        * Postcard
                                        * twine
                                        * triangle
This is my dog Evie in the photo, at Newgale, in Wales earlier in the year. This is a gorgeous long beach and Evie goes slightly loopy with all the space to run around in. I love her footsteps that she has left behind her in the damp sand.

I did a mixed media background for this layout.

Here are some close ups.

Product list:

Papers:  Prima Marketing; French Riviera 12x12 collection kit.

Other:  Prima Marketing; Seashore; Journal cards
            Prima Marketing; Cling Stamp; Circle Stitching #570491
            Prima Marketing: Garden Fable; Sprout #580803
            Prima Finnabair: Texture Paste; White Crackle
            Scarpberrys: Cherry Blossoms; sky/white
            ZVA Creative: flowers; 04-CA-135
            The Crafters Workshop: Stencils; Mini Ledger
            The Crafters workshop: stencil; Mini Harlequin
            Memory Box: stencil; Rings & Puddles
            Staz On; Black Ink pad
            Kaisercraft: Paint; Raw Umber
            Kaisercraft: cling stamp; Triangles
            Ranger: Archival ink; Coffee
            Distress Ink pad; Walnut Stain
            Shimmerz: Inklingz; Me & Blue
            Gesso, cheesecloth, string

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have enjoyed looking at today's case file. we would love to see you over at CSI - color, stories, inspiration. Come and join in with this case file and add your entry to the forum. Please visit us at

Ginny   :)

Friday, 15 July 2016

Summer Birthdays!

Hello all,

I'm sharing with you my layout for the July SGC challenge at Swirlydoos kit club.

This month the theme was summer/birthdays and there had to be two photos. There had to be some elements on the page that were in two's and  a verse/poem.
The theme was easy, my Dad and my Husband both have birthdays in July, in fact they are both on the same day!
I had 2 metal hearts, 2 chipboard hinges, 2 people in the photo and the layout was about 2 birthdays.
I then added the verse 'And in the end it's not the years in your life that count its the life in your years'.
And I did use 2 photos! This I was wondering if it was a cheat or not?!? I used two identical photos but cut one a lot smaller then the other. I then layered them up so they aligned perfectly like doing a decoupage. So its two photos in one!
The BoBunny papers were a Prize I won from a Sketch Challenge at Swirlydoos.
The chipboard Hinges by Southern Ridge Co. were in a Blog Hop prize I also won from Swirlydoos.

Here are some close up's.

The 2 chipboard hinges were painted with the Viva gold paint.

The foam hearts were part of the Amy Tangerine Alpha set.

I rolled the end of the filmstrip up and fastened with a paper clip.
This photo also shows the layered up photos really well. The top photo is layered up with cardboard to give it better dimension.

I used the Jazz glitter glue on the edges of the flowers as well as some glitter glue dots around the clusters.

Products used were:

BoBunny; Star-Crossed; Unlocked
BoBunny; Star-Crossed; Belonging
BoBunny; Star-Crossed; Love
BoBunny; Star-Crossed; Altered
Prima Marketing; Color Bloom Spray; Antique Gold
Cosmic Shimmer Mist; Red Firefly
Jazz; Glitter Glue; Black
Viva; Precious Metal Colour; Gold
Prima Marketing Flowers; School Memories #570750
Prima Marketing flowers; Something Blue; At the Alter #575298
Petaloo; Daisy Layers; Burlap canvas Natural
Eyelet Outlet; Jewels string; Black
Fabscraps; Everlasting chipboard DC46022
Amy Tangerine Thickers; After Glow; Black
Finnabair Mechanics; Metal; Tin Hearts #963361
BoBunny Film Strip; Rose Café
Distress Ink; Walnut Stain
Swirls from a Spellbinders Die.

Hope you've liked this one.
Please feel free to leave comments, I love hearing from you all!

Ginny  :)