Wednesday, 31 August 2016

*** Swirlydoos August 'Tranquillity' Kit Reveal ***

Hi everyone!

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

We're proud to present:

See how you can win this kit below!

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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!

Here is my sketch layout 

And here is my Tag using the Technique kit

I will be doing Part 1 of my reveal on Saturday which will include my Saturday Tutorial showing you how I made this tag.

We have a great line up 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. 


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

This beautiful sketch is your inspiration, now get creating! Our August sketch challenge runs until September 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.


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, September 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... there's a 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 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!

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Case File 210 at CSI - Color, Stories, Inspiration

Hi all,

A new case file has opened at  CSI - Color, Stories, Inspiration. Here is my layout for Case File 210

Here is the Case File for investigation!

And here are the sponsors of this months prizes. There are some wonderful prizes up for grabs, or you have to do is upload your layout to one or all of this months case files to the CSI forum and your in with a chance of winning!

My evidence used:

* Clouds
* Trees
* Animals
* Mosaic Effect

My testimony used:

* Document something about your hometown
* Journaling strips

Here are some close ups:

I did some stamping to create the trees in the background and used a die to add the deer.

I painted the hexagons with white and blue acrylic paint and drew around the edges with a black pen. The clouds are a die cut.

The photo is matted on a piece of cardboard with the top layer stripped of and then painted lightly on the top of the grooves with gesso to give a distressed look.

This is the view from the road at the end of my drive. This is the road I walk my dog down and love watching the change of the land with the change of the seasons.

Thank you for stopping by

Ginny  :)

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Saturday Tutorial at Swirlydoos

Hello Everyone,

         Today I'm up on the Swirlydoos Blog with the Saturday Tutorial and a Snapguide tutorial
                                     to show you how to create this 'Handbag' Mini Album.

                                                            Here's the link to view



“This is a Design Team project I created for Swirlydoos Scrapbook Kit Club. If you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at 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!

Hope to see you on the Swirlydoos Blog

Happy Crafting!

Ginny  :)

Friday, 19 August 2016

Lets Get Sketchy Week 2

Hello all,

Just dropping in to share my entry for Lets get Sketchy Week 2 sketch challenge.

Here is the sketch we followed this week.

I used:


Fancy Pants: Fancy Aged Florals; Sweet Nothings  ( background paper)
Scrap Within Reach: Afternoon Tea; English Breakfast ( feature paper)
ScrapWithin Reach; Afternoon Tea; Green Peony (feature paper)
Pink Cardstock


Prima Marketing Flowers; Avante; Cedar #566647
Prima Marketing Flowers; Avante; Berry #566616
Prima Marketing Flowers; Debuante; Daniella #580704
Prima Marketing Flowers; Divine; #565251
Prima Marketing; Wood Buttons; #554491
Tando Creative; Mini Hearts chipboard
Freckled Fawn; Word Wood Chips
Holly and You; Acrylic petals pick; Gold
Pale Green Paper Roses

Here are some close ups

Thank you for visiting !

Happy Crafting

Ginny   :)

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Altered Mini Gift Caddy

Hey everyone!

I fancied a little change from Scrapbooking so decided to do an OTP ( Off the Page) project.

I have had this chipboard kit, Mini Gift Caddy, waiting to be put together from when  I purchased it from a Clare Charvill Workshop back in April. I was so inspired by her creations, I came home with several of Clare's Chipboard kits to alter. Her kits come under the her own branding 'My Creative Spirit' and can be found here;

I made the Gift Tray with the instructions provided via a web link.  It was very easy to make. I used Clare's black tape that she uses to assemble it with. This also then gives a nice black finish to the edges. Any other edges left bare I ran a black ProMarker along to make them black.
The papers I used to cover it with were Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea.
I edged the papers with Distress Ink Pad Black Soot.

I used the Chipboard pieces from the Voyage Beneath the Sea Chipboard collection to embellish it.

I kept the inside all one style of paper

This is the back view.

This is the front view. I used some ribbons and sprays from my stash to decorate the chipboard tags. I thought the greens looked a bit like seaweed!

I inked around the edge of this chipboard on the front of the caddy and added the Prima orange flower centres.

I hope you enjoyed looking at this project,

Happy crafting!

Ginny  :)

Monday, 15 August 2016

Challenges at Swirlydoos - SGC challenge

Hi everyone,

Today I want to share with you my layout I created for the SCG ( Swirly Girl Challenge) over at Swirlydoos scrapbook monthly kit club.  This month the challenge is being hosted by swirly member Linda, whom gave us the challenge of 'Christmas in August'! The idea is to use a non Christmas patterned paper and make it into a Christmas layout. We also had to make our own flowers.

I used a Blue Fern Studios 'Courtship Lane' paper, not at all a Christmas paper but I think it turned out ok as an alternative Christmas paper! I thought the street lamp had a old fashioned Christmas feel about it and by the time I'd added some 'snowy' sparkle with some glitter, it was perfect!

I  used a whole heap of dies in this layout! I chose coordinating papers to use with my dies to keep the pale pink/pale green theme going. I used a Memory Box Die for my Poinsettia flowers. I cut some Baubles out of a Kaisercraft Silver Bells paper. At this point the addition of some silver bells to the layout is quite apt!

My snowflake is a Joy! Crafts die 'Ice Crystal'.
I added some Finnabair Snowflake paste to the edges of my flowers and snowflakes to make everything snowy and Christmassy.

This is my Daughter Holly's 2nd Christmas. She was at that age when everything is intriguing and hands are everywhere! She was fascinated by the baubles on the tree, and this silver bauble had been very carefully fondled before it was sneaked off of the tree for a closer inspection!
I have wanted to scrap this photo for a long time but her jumper just clashes with most Christmas coloured papers, so this challenge was perfect as I could make the layout to fit her jumper colour!

My spiky foliage is also a Memory Box Die. I am not sure what brand the other snowflake is or the holly vine, they have been in my stash for so long and before I starting making a note of remembering the brand names for blog posts! They were a red coloured die if that helps!

The pine cones I added at the end as again I tend to associate things like cones with Christmas and winter. I apologise for those of you who have Christmas in your summertime, here in the UK we are always dreaming about 'a white Christmas'!

The icicle row die is a Joy! Crafts die. I cut it in vellum and then covered it in 'Icicle' Stickles glitter glue. The 'Merry Christmas' is a Tonic die from a Christmas Cracker set.

Come and see what everyone else is doing for this challenge

More info on Swirlydoos monthly kits delivered straight to your door is available here

Thank you for stopping by today,

Happy Crafting,