Thursday, 29 September 2016

***Swirlydoos September Kit 'Creamsicle' Reveal***

Hey Everyone!

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

We're proud to present:


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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 canvas made with the Technique kit this month.


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. 


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

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


Thank for stopping by


Friday, 23 September 2016

School Days **CSI color Stories Inspiration Case File 213**

Hi crafters!

Today is reveal day of the next CSI Case File Scrapbook challenge at CSI- Color Stories Inspiration. Case File 213 is open until the 14th October 2016.

To get you straight into some inspiration here is my 'solving' of this case file!

And here is the case file


Here are the EVIDENCE clues I used;

* Grid pattern/ mesh
* numbers/ maths symbols
* flowers, leaves
* ruler/ tape measure

Here is the TESTIMONY I used;

* Document something about school


Here are some close ups.

You can see the stamping here. I used the orange from the colour scheme to stamp the grid stamp and a Distress Ink Black Soot to stamp the drawing pin.
I did lots of fussy cutting from the Graphic 45 papers.

I used the Nuvo Crystal Drops to colour the numbers on the Wycinanka Die cut.

Layers of pieces cut from the Graphic 45 papers.

Product used on this layout were;

Papers;  GRAPHIC 45; ABC Primer; Games & Playtime
          GRAPHIC 45; ABC Primer; Bedtime Stories
         GRAPHIC 45; ABC Primer; School Days
          GRAPHIC 45; ABC Primer; Building Blocks
         GRAPHIC 45; ABC Primer; AN ABC  Primer
       Coredinations; Foundations Cardstock; Canvas Texture


Wycinanka Die Cut piece; BG Numbers
Prima Marketing; Cling Stamps; Sunrise Sunset
Blue Fern Studios; Attic Charm; Glitter roses
Anna Marie Designs; Dried Flowers
Prima Marketing; Flowers; Garden Fable; Spring
In House Crafts; Miniature Sweetheart blooms
Live & Love Crafts; Yellow roses
Nuvo; Crystal Drops; Wedgewood Blue
GRAPHIC 45; ABC Prima; Chipboard Pieces
Prima Marketing; Chalk Pad; Rusty Keys
Tim Holtz; Distress Ink; Black Soot

If this has made you feel like you might like to join in with this challenge please come over to the CSI forums and take a look around and when you have completed your layout add it to the gallery. As always there are some amazing prizes to be won from these fabulous companies!

Happy Case Solving Crafters!!

Ginny  :)

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Mermaid Chest with Graphic 45

.Hello All,

Today I'm sharing a little project that I was 'playing' with over the weekend!

I bought this little Paper Mache chest from In House Crafts in Milford Haven and decided to alter it with Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea paper collection.

My aim was to create a 3d scene within the chest of an underwater scene all created by fussy cutting the Graphic 45 papers, all revolving around the beautiful Mermaid.

Here she is......

The Paper Mache chest I painted in Verday Bronze paint and altered it with the Verday Patina solution to give it a corroded metal feel. This Verday Paint Kit came as the Technique kit in my Swirlydoos kit in August. It is fantastic stuff, I Love it!

I did LOADS of fussy cutting from the Voyage Beneath the Sea Papers. All edges were inked with Distress Ink Frayed Burlap.
Obviously I cut the Mermaid, the diver and a seahorse but also loads of starfish, seaweed and plants and a shell. Its a little time consuming but I do find it relaxing to snip away whilst watching something on the TV!

I used a Silky Crush ribbon in parrot green, Webbed Weave in Olive and  lime green Burlap to mimic seaweed and plants and to help fill out the chest.

I placed a concertina folded paper in the base of my chest to give me places to fix different elements to at different  depths with in the chest. I decorated the outside and layered up pieces as well to keep creating the 3d effect even on the outside. I used my glue gun for most of the gluing, its easy to add a good 'gloop' of glue to make an element stand up 'off' from the layer underneath.

I finished off by using a Nuvo Crystal Drops to add a little sparkle to all the teal coloured pieces and the Mermaids Tail.

Thanks for stopping by

Ginny  :)

Sunday, 11 September 2016

***CSI- Color, Stories, Inspiration Case File #212***

Hello all,

Case File #212 is now open for investigation at CSI-  Color, Stories, Inspiration challenge site. Are you ready to come and investigate with us and sole the case?!

Here is the Case File 212

Lovely colours on this one right?

So here is my masculine layout for my solved case!!
Will's first day at Comprehensive School! Time flies!

The evidence I used from the case file was:

* Solid background
* Watch/clock elements
* clips
* label
* staples

The Testimony used from the case file was:

* Document something that happened this week
* Lined note paper

Products used:

Kaisercraft; 12x12 weave cardstock; Denim
Kaisercraft; 12x12 weave cardstock; Mocha
Tando Creative; Mini Stars chipboard
Finnabair; Vintage Trinkets; clocks #960278
The Crafters workshop; stencil; Mini the story
The Crafters Workshop; stencil; Mini the ledger
Boutique buttons; Stash Panache badge
Prima; Chalk ink pad; Pastel Peach
Wycinanka: Big Numbers die cut piece
Tim Holtz; Idea-ology: Game spinners
American Crafts; Thickers alphas black
Kaisercraft; acetate film strip
Texture paste; white
staples and paperclips
Odd papers from stash

Come and join in with us on the CSi site and join in with this Case File!
Lots of prizes up for grabs.

Happy Crafting!

Ginny  :)

Monday, 5 September 2016

**Swirlydoos August kit 'Tranquillity' 2nd Reveal**

Good morning Swirly ladies,

I am back with my 2nd reveal for Swilrydoos Kit Club August kit 'Tranquillity'!

I loved the range of themes/looks that one could create with this months beautiful papers from Blue Fern Studios.
This next layout I'm going to show you is my favourite theme - the 'beach', I love anything nautical and seaside, it usually includes my favourite colours and I just love getting carried away with a bit of mixed media too!
 Here it is...

Beach Layout

I cut the wood panels out of the 'Calling Card' paper and stuck them onto the 'Patience' paper and then did some mixed media over the top. I used a gesso wash in the photo area and then layered up stencilling with the Tim Holtz Grit Paste, texture paste mixed with some blue paint, some embossed areas with the Blue Fern Studio embossing powder 'In The Navy', I stamped with Coffee Archival ink and the Crackle stamp from the Mediums Add on. I used some Nuvo crystal pearls from my stash and finished with some Gesso splats. I also incorporated some pieces of the gold trim from the main kit altered with the VerDay Iron paint and patina solution from the Technique Add on kit.
My BFS chippie and picket fence piece was covered with the BFS embossing powder Mushroom.
The wood signs were altered with the VerDay Brass paint and Patina solution and I used the alphas from the main kit for my title.

Layout with Tutorial                                                                                                                             

Next up is a layout I have created with a Snapguide tutorial. This is another example for inspiration for the All That Flutters Challenge on the Swirlydoos Forum.

I tore up the 'contentment' paper and mounted it onto the 'Serenity' paper I used some leftovers pieces of PP from my previous layouts to mount my photo on. I used Archival ink 'Coffee' on my brick chippies. My gold foil trim this time was altered with the Brass paint and patina from the VerDay kit. I covered the sticky Queen & Co leaves, from the embellishment kit,with the BFS glitter 'Army Dust' from the main kit. I used the die of the month and cut it into 3 pieces, covered it with the BFS embossing powder 'Magenta' from the main kit. The butterfly pieces that fall out from the die when its cut I also used with inked edges in walnut Stain.

Here is the link to view the Snapguide tutorial

Tranquillity Card                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Lastly I have done a card.

For this card I used a piece of blue cardstock from the Cardstock add on and embossed it with an embossing folder. I then used my sand block to rub over the raised pattern to distress it a little.
I then embellished it with the gold trim from the main kit, the Magnolia Lane ephemera, pearl strings, the cameo, a piece of the picket fence and the blue flowers from the flower add on. The white flowers are from my stash. It was finished off with some Nuvo crystal pearl drops from my stash.

Thank you for stopping by today.

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!

Saturday, 3 September 2016

**Swirlydoos August Kit 'Tranquillity' 1st Reveal & Saturday Tutorial

Morning All,

It's Ginny here with you today for my 1st reveal of my projects made with Swirlydoos August kit 'Tranquillity'.  A beautiful kit featuring Blue Fern Studios Tranquillity papers.

Sketch Challenge

I am starting with the Sketch challenge for August. We had a beautiful sketch made by Beggahuna for Swirlydoos.

Here is my layout

I used two layers of the BFS papers on top of the burgundy cardstock. I used an around the page punch around the edge and then distressed it. I used the Tim Holtz Grit paste (Mediums kit) through a stencil in the background. The Blue Fern Studio Chipboard pieces I covered with the BFS Mushroom embossing powder, from the Mediums Add On kit. I then added some of the BFS Glitter 'Army Dust' to add some sparkle from the Main kit. I used a Nuvo (not in kit) dimensional paint to add the 'blue' around the layout.

Here are some close ups.

All That Flutters Challenge                                                                                                                  

Next up is the All That Flutters Challenge. I used one main piece of BFS paper mounted on a piece of cardstock. Some small amounts of distressed punching around the page. I used two different stencils with the Grit Paste in the background and the BFS crackle stamp (Mediums Add on) with the BFS Magenta embossing powder, from the Main kit it. I painted the BFS chipboard brick pieces with gesso and then covered some patches with the BFS Mushroom embossing powder. My butterfly is fussy cut from one of the BFS papers. My photo and flowers are layered up with some of the Ultimate Crafts Ephemera set from the Embellishment add on.

Here are some close ups...

Mini Handbag Album                                                                                                                        

 This mini album you may have already seen from my Saturday Tutorial a couple of weeks ago.
It was created from one piece of cardstock and embellished with items from the Tranquillity kit and Add on kits.

The Snapguide to view this tutorial can be found here

Some close ups....

Technique Add on Tag    Saturday Tutorial                                                                                        

Lastly for today, for Saturday Tutorial, is my Tag which I created using the Technique Add on kit.

Here is the Snapguide Tutorial link to show you how I created it using the amazing Verday Paint kit from Ten Seconds Studio. These products are such fun to create with! With endless and unique results to really spice up your projects!! You are going to love it!

And as always the close ups!

I will be back on Monday with part 2 of my reveal for this gorgeous August kit.

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!