Friday, 28 October 2016

Story ***CSI- color, stories, inspiration - Case File 216***


This was a fun Case File to investigate! It made me work a little out of my comfort zone and do a style that I don't normally do but in doing this it has enabled me to use a photo/picture that would not have suited that 'normal' style, this is why I love CSI!

So here we are my layout for Case File 216!

This the Case File, I hope you can straight away where my layout comes from in this!
Williams Alien laminated school sign was perfect for this case file!

All colours used from the Colour Scheme.

The clues I chose from the Evidence list were:

* solid cardstock
* speech bubbles
* monsters, skulls
* googly eyes
* asterisks/stars
* sign/placard
* labels
* texture

The Clue I used from the Testimony list was:

* sign to hold story

Here are a couple of close ups;

Now its your turn! :)

To join in with this challenge visit the forums at 
- create your layout and enter it on the forum gallery. You may even win one of this months prizes!

Here are this months sponsors

                                                       Thank you for joining me today

                                                                            Ginny    :)

Rose Garden ***Swirlydoos October Kit Reveal***

Hey All!

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

We're proud to present:

“Rose Garden”

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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!

My sketch layout

My Masculine Layout

Come back on Tuesday 1st to see my full 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. 


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

This beautiful sketch is your inspiration, now get creating! Our October sketch challenge runs until November 30th, 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.


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
*gasp... yes!*

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, November 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!

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Shabby Chic Card

Hello all!

Today I'm sharing a card I have made with the Swirlydoos September 'Creamsicle' Kit.

This kit featured BoBunny papers from the Bella Rosa papers.

I cut a piece from the 12"x12" 'Reflection' paper to fit my card with distressed edges.

I used a piece of the floral Chippies, from the Embellishment Add On kit,  painted in gesso as a base to my flower cluster.

I used the word 'dream' from the Rosa Bella Combo sticker sheet.

I added some Wycinanka Corner die cut pieces from my stash in the corners.

The Prima butterfly was from a previous Swirlydoos kit.

The flower cluster ( Petaloo and Prima flowers) were finished off with some small white roses and dried flowers seeds from my stash.

Products used:

Swirlydoos Main September Creamsicle kit
Swirlydoos Embellishment Addd On September Creamsicle kit
Swirlydoos Flower Add On September Creamsicle kit
Wycinanka - Ornamental Wuthering 2
Dried Flowers - Anna Marie Designs
White small roses - Live And Love Crafts

Hope you have liked this card!

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Saturday, 15 October 2016

CSI Color Stories Inspiration Case File 215

Hello  all,

Today I'm sharing my Design Team Layout for CSI- Color stories Inspiration Case File 215.

I had fun with this layout using watercolours in my background.

Here is the Case File

The Evidence I chose to use for my layout from the Case file was;

* solid background
* flowers and leaves
* monsters
* circles
* feathers
* watercolour

My Testimony I used for my layout from the case file was;

* journal in wavy lines

I took a lot of inspiration from the 'Scene' and incorporated the stronger purple /pink colours into my layout as well. I also used the google eyes as these were the eyes looking at us from in the under growth!  

The Wycinanka die cut title I painted in a watercolour paint as I also did with the vines.

I used all the colours in the 'Scheme' in my watercolour background.

I used a Prima 'stitched circles' stamp in the background with a TCW stencil with texture paste.

Products used in this layout:

12x12 cream cardstock
pale green cardstock
Wycinanka: Bindweed Frames
Wycinanka: Bindweed
Wycinanka: Best Day
Spellbinder: Sue Wilson Dies: Fern
Memory Box die: Feather
Prima Marketing: Stamp: Circle Stitch
The Crafters Workshop: Stencil: Mini the Story
Finnabair White Crackle Texture Paste
Goggle eyes
Prima Marketing: Metallic Accents watercolours
Small Roses: Live And Love Crafts
Green flowers; Prima; Garden Fable
White and sea green flower: Prima: Seashore

Thank you for stopping by,

Don't forget to pop by the CSI forums an join in with us with this case file

Ginny  :)

Friday, 14 October 2016

Kaisercraft layout

Hello all,

I been a few days since I've posted, but this afternoon I'm feeling a bit lousy with a cold so have actually sat down and here I am!

Today I thought I'd share a layout I made for a challenge at Swirlydoos kit Club.

The challenge is the SGC challenge ( swirly girl challenge) hosted by a different Swirlydoos member each month. Our theme this month was finish the sentence, either in your title or journaling, of... 'Happiness is.....'

So here is my entry

And my 'happiness is'...... all of my family......

I used one of my favourite Kaisercraft paper lines 75 Cents.
The layout is made up of lots of torn paper layers from this lovely paper collection.
I added some black lace under the outer layers, embellished with some compass die cuts that I left nude, a Finnabair metal clock and some cute Prima flowers!

I covered this Wycinanka piece with the Nuvo crystal to give it a glittered look and used it for the dotty glitter line.

The compass pieces I left as they were and slotted them underneath the raised up paper layers.

Alpha stickers for my title.

The lovely black lace and the cute Prim Flowers add to the striking embellishments.

I used the journal cards from the 75 Cents collection to back my photos on.

The Finnabair clock I added between the layers and layered up with the Wycinanka title piece.

Products used on this layout;

Kaisercrafts 75 Cents; Shilling
Kaisercraft 75 Cents; Journal Cards
Wycinanka; Compass
Wycinanka; Best Day
Nuvo; Crystal Drops; Glitter drops; Aquatic Mist
Finnabair; Vintage Trinkets; #960278
Prima Marketing flowers; French Riviera; #586133
Black Lace; Live and Love Crafts

Thanks for stopping by,

Ginny   :)

Saturday, 8 October 2016

'Happy Photos' **CSI Color, Stories, Inspiration Case File 214**

Hello All,

Today I'm sharing my Design Team layout for Case File #214 at CSI Color Stoies Inspiration.

 This case file was a lot of fun and I loved the theme I used from the Testimony and Scene! My layout is about a gathering of friends at a Halloween party. I do love Halloween!

Here is Case File 214 and the sketch that goes with it.

The 'Evidence' I used in my layout was;

* dots/ stripes
* monsters
* bones/ antlers
* vinyl/ plastic

The Testimony used in my layout was:

* Journal about a gathering

Here are some close ups!

The title chipboard was covered with the white embossing powder.

The cobwebs were painted with white gesso and then i added some Grit Paste to add texture.

I used white and black gesso and red paint for the splatting over the design. 

Products used in this layout;

  7 Gypsies; Paddington; Piccadilly
Dusty Attic; chipboard Word Pack #34 DA14506
Blue fern Studio; Chipboard Cobwebs
Stampendous; Embossing Powder; white detail
Washi tape
Spellbinders die; cascading Circles
Teresa Collins; Sequins
Buttons and Pegs
Cardstock; Grey
Cardstock; black
Indigo Blu; English Cottage Acrylic Paint; Pillar box red
Gesso; white & black
stapler and staples
Tim Holtz; Distress Grit Paste

Thank you for stopping by

 Please pop by the CSI forums and come and join in the fun!

Ginny  :)

Saturday, 1 October 2016

***Swirlydoos September kit Reveal & Saturday Tutorial***

Hello everyone and welcome to my Reveal of the 'Creamsicle' Kit and my SATURDAY TUTORIAL featuring a canvas!

Its my turn today to reveal my Design team projects for the reveal of the September kit 'Creamsicle' From Swirlydoos Kit Club.

This kit features BoBunny paper collection Bella Rosa. These papers had a wide range of colours in them as you will see from my projects, enabling some really different layouts!

Here's the first layout, as always, for the Sketch Challenge. You too can enter this challenge too, on the forum. This runs until the  31st October 2016.

This is the beautiful sketch by Beggahuna.

Here is my take on the Sketch.

This layout is made entirely from the Main kit with just the addition of some texture paste and distress ink...........

................ and embossing powder on the chipboard filmstrip. I used the BFS embossing powder 'Mushroom' from last months kit.

Next up is the All That Flutters Challenge. This challenge is also open until the 31st October 2016.

This is what I came up with for this challenge.

The torn paper edges were inked with Frayed Burlap Distress ink.
The metal trinket was covered with the Vintaj Patina Turquoise and then had  the Artisan Powder rubbed into it as did the BoBunny Chipboard pieces.

I used the Nuvo on my butterfly centres and added the seed beads with soft mat gel.

I covered the chippie in a white embossing powder and finished it off with some of the Memory Hardware Pearls.

Now for another layout featuring the 'oranges' in these papers and my gorgeous Labradoodle, Evie!

I used the die of the month 'Cascading Circles' on this layout.
The chipboard filmstrip was dabbed several times with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

And some stamping with Distress Ink Black Soot.

The heart trinket was covered with the Vintaj Patina Sandstone.

This last layout goes with a completely different colour scheme. This Core'dinations paper was also in the main kit and I teamed it up with the Anna Griffin Die cut paper.
I have done a SNAPGUIDE TUTORIAL showing you how I created this really simple layout.

Here is the link to view -

I inked around the edges with Prima Chalk ink pad Farmers Jeans.
I added a Kaisercraft Die Title and some Teal Petaloo flowers from a previous Swirlydoos kit.

                                                               Now for the Technique Kit! 

                             *** SATURDAY TUTORIAL ***                     

I did get 'carried away' with my canvases this month. I ended up creating 3 canvases!

This is the canvas created with the technique kit and the Tim Holtz Distress Crayons - I LOVE these!!!

There is a SNAPGUIDE TUTORIAL available for you to watch to show you how I created this canvas.

Here is the link to view -

I used the Memory Hardware Pearls and torn pieces of the glitter tape.

The feature butterfly card was created from the Tim Holtz Distress Crayon Watercolour Ink Kit.

This is the other canvas I created that is also featured in the SNAPGUIDE tutorial and used the stamps etc in the Distress Crayon Watercolour Ink kit.

And then I created this one too, to show you another version using a photo. You can see I enjoyed doing these ?!

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!

                                                           Happy Scrapping!

                                                                                Ginny    :)