Sunday, 15 January 2017

***CSI - Color Stories Inspiration Case File 222***

Hi All

Its time for a new Case File, the 2nd Case File of 2017 and its a beauty! I loved the colours in this scheme, this layout just flew together!

                                                                        Here's my layout....

For this months Case Files we have some amazing sponsors generously providing prizes for our challenges.

As you an see Swirlydoos Kit Club has teamed up with CSI this month…so much fun!

I am currently on the Swirlydoos Design Team so I have combined this Case File with products from the present and previous Swirlydoos kits.

All 5 colours from the scheme were used.
My evidence used was:
* floral patterns
* snowflakes/ stars
* jewels/ pearls
* something fuzzy
* decorative border
* fabric, ribbon,
* flowers/ leaves
* glitter

My Testimony used was:

* Document something about winter

This photo was taken just before Christmas 2016, the beginning of the UK winter.
My Mum, daughter  Holly and myself took our dog Evie for her walk on a very foggy day where we could hardly see anything! It was lovely to have my Mum with us as we don't get to be able to walk the dog together very often as they live away from us.
My Journaling is on the back of the tag hanging in the bottom right of my layout.


I added pearls to my BFS Chippie & around the layout.

The Bobunny  Winter Wishes Snowflake die cuts are from the latest Swirlydoos Kit. 
Ribbon bling layered on top of the crocheted velvet lace.

I altered my photo to black and  white to fit the page better together with a range of material and paper flowers.

I used pale powder blue Candi Core.

The tag with the Distress Grit paste stencilling in the background

The reverse side of the tag with my journaling.

The Queen & Co Stick Em's leaves covered in the Silver Halo glitter. This had the 'blue' colour init too.

The chippie embossed with BFS Imagine Ink embossing powder Mushroom.

Now for my products list

SWIRLYDOOS KIT products used on this layout

* Kaisercraft: Always & Forever: Commitment
* Grey Cardstock
* BoBunny Winter Wishes: Diecuts
*Blue Fern Studios: Chipboard: Deja Vu Dangles
* Black Peg
* Red bling ribbon
* Black crochet velvet lace ribbon
* Red Berries
* Kaisercraft: Paper Blooms Black
* Queen & Co: Stick Em's: Foliage
* Blue Fern Studios: Imagine Ink Embossing Powder: Mushroom
* Kaisercraft Adhesive Pearls: Snow
* Prima Marketing: Brads: Salvage District
* BoBunny: Bella Rosa: Combo Stickers
* Tim Holtz: Distress Grit Paste
* Echo Park: Stencil 6x6: Winter Snow

Other products used

* Stampendous Frantage Glitter: Silver Halo Mix
* Snowberries
* Prima Marketing: Poinsettia flowers #543150
* String
* Candi Core: Pale powder blue.

That is it for me for today! Don’t forget to check out all the other Swirlydoos challenges and come play along with us at CSI! Make sure to share all of your creations on the CSI and Swirlydoos Facebook pages… Take care and happy Scrapping!

Ginny  :)

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!

Friday, 13 January 2017


Morning all,

I was having a little look through my blog last night and noticed my 'tutorials' page hadn't been updated in ages!

So I sat down and I've updated it!

All my photo tutorials and SNAPGUIDE tutorials are now listed on that page. These include the tutorials I have done for Swirlydoos Kit Club as well, as a designer for their kits.

There are links to take you straight to the specific tutorial you want to look at to make very easy to view.

I hope you enjoy having a look through.

Have a good day

Ginny  :)

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

***Swirlydoos December 'Vintage Winter' Kit reveal***

Hi ladies!

Here we are with the gorgeous Swirlydoos Kit Club December Kit 'Vintage Winter'! I loved this one! Beautiful papers from BoBunny, this collection Winter Wishes could be used as a Christmas/winter paper collection but equally could be sneaked into non Christmas/winter layouts fairly easily too! We also had a very fun Technique kit this month, Prima IOD moulds and Ice resin. I've never used Ice resin before so this was a fun experiment! You can see what I did with my Ice Resin mould pieces later in the post.

This kit is available NOW in the Swirlydoos Store while stock lasts - go get yours!

So now for my projects created with this kit!

First up I have my Sketch challenge layout. This is one of the challenges that can be found on the Swirlydoos Forum under the challenges thread.

Here is the December sketch

I went with the pink colours of the kit for this LO. I did add couple of pink glittered roses from my stash just to finish it off. The chippie I painted with gesso and then added the Glitter Snow on top. the rusty bells were tied up on string to get that whimsical feel from the sketch.  I inked my edges with some Distress ink Frayed Burlap to give a bit of an antique/vintage feel to the piece. I used the stencil from the mediums Add on (loved that) and then I have painted with Shimmerz Inklingz First Blush to give the pink sheen background. My photo I altered to get that vintage feel.

Next up is my layout for the December All That Flutters challenge. This challenge can also be found on the Swirlydoos Forum challenges thread.

I had GREAT fun creating this one! My main objective with this one was to make SNOW!
I used the 3D balls, gluing them with gel medium to create the height of the snow and then covered it with the Glitter Snow to create my 'drifts'. The Creative Embellishment snowflake chippies were covered with the Whispers glitter embossing powder, which is super sparkly! Again a little inking with frayed burlap on the Christmas tree and girl just to 'bring them out' a little. This photo was taken in a completely snow free zone but from this layout you would never know!

                                  This photo shows the popped up layers of the Christmas trees.

Another Christmas layout.

I did some fussy cutting with this one, the girls with lanterns and peg piece and the snow scene snowflake were fussy cut. I tore the pink paper back to create the rolled opening. I used the Echo Park stencil again and painted the cut up pieces of the Prima felt gates with the Viva silver paint from the Mediums kit. The Poinsettia flowers were from my stash but are Prima.

Now for a non- Christmas layout.
This LO just by adding summery flowers and embellishments works really well for  fresh feel.

I used torn paper layers to create the background and the larger pieces from the BoBunny ephemera collection to mat the photo. I used the Prima lace/bling flourish, the brads and the Metal trinkets with Alphas from the kit to embellish this. I also used one of the keys which I painted (actually DD painted it - I will get in trouble if I don't mention that!) with pink acrylic paint. The flowers and leaves came from my stash.

And now for the Technique Kit!

This is a magnetic Tag card. The tag is attached to the card with magnets allowing the recipient to be able to keep the tag as a keepsake / fridge magnet.

There is a SNAPGUIDE TUTORIAL to show you how I made this project, which can be found here

I did a matching pair of cards. The second one doesn't have the magnets, the tag is stuck to the card.

I used two different pieces from the Prima IOD moulds made with the Ice Resin for these cards. I added a tiny amount of a pale coloured Perfect Pearls Mica powder to give the Ice resin pieces a cloudy look. Then I altered them once they were dry. To see how I did that visit the Snapguide Tutorial. The photo below shows the crackled silver paint in the middle and the opal blue paint around the edge.

Lastly Christmas Decorations.

These gorgeous silver snowflake decorations came in the main kit and the embellishment kit.
I altered mine with flowers and embellishments from the kit and added some re berries from a previous Swirlydoos kit to finish them off and add a spark of colour!

Don't forget.....

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!

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you are all inspired!

Ginny  😊

Monday, 9 January 2017

**The RR (Round Robin) Challenge at Swirlydoos Kit Club**

Hello all!

The RR (Round Robin) challenge is back this month! Yay!

Here is how it works,  the first person creates their layout based on the theme and twist and posts it on the due date. The next person on the team “lifts” or uses the first layout as a blue print to create their layout and so on. So each person “lifts” the person before them. There are four people to a team to take us through the month with each person getting a week to create their masterpiece.
This month we have 3 teams. More details on the Swirlydoos Forums HERE 

The topic this month is 'NEW BEGINNINGS'

Here's my layout for TEAM 3 WEEK 1

My new beginning is really for Holly (DD). She has had a torrid time the last few years suffering with Acute Tonsillitis bringing on her asthma as well, which has led to a lot of time off school and hospital visits and generally being really ill a lot. In December as many of you know, she finally had her tonsils out, which was equally traumatic! So now we are looking forward to a new start this year with NO tonsillitis! This photo is of Holly in hospital on the evening she had her tonsils out after two trips into the theatre! She looks remarkable bright, bless her!

I used a lot of the Swirlydoos December kit on this layout. The papers, the larger blue flowers and the beaded blue flower. I used mixed media, TH Distress Grit Paste stencilling, pink acrylic paint, pink Art Sugar on the hearts, gesso on the chippie, and stamping with Black Soot distress Ink in the background. There is metal on the beaded blue flower. Lots of flowers, chipboard and bling with the sequins and crystals for a Swirly style LO!

                                                       Products used on this layout.

                           *  BoBunny Winter Wishes Paper collection - Glistening
                                                                                                                 - Frosted
                                                                                                                 - Flurries
                                                                                                                 - Wishes
                                        *  BoBunny Double Dot - Whisper
                                        *  Pink & Cream Cardstock
                                        *  Prima Clear Stamps - Rosarian
                                        *  TH Distress Ink Black Soot
                                        *  Darice Glitter Gems - turquoise
                                        *  Indigo Blu English Cottage Garden acrylic paint - Pink Iced Gem
                                        *  Tando Creative Mini's - chipboard Hearts
                                        *  Kaisercraft - tiny alpha stickers - cotton candy
                                        *  Prima flowers - French Riviera #586133
                                        *  Prima Flowers - Angel Eyes Celebrate
                                        *  Kaisercraft collectables - Provincial
                                        *  Sequins
                                        *  Tim Holtz - Distress Grit Paste
                                        *  Blue fern Studios chipboard - Rose Medley
                                        *  Prima Flowers - Audrey Rose - Blue Ice
                                        *  TCW stencil - mini harlequin
                                        *  Prima Art Ingredients - Art Sugar Light Pink
                                        *  Gesso
                                        *  Small paper pale pink roses - Live and Love Crafts
                                        *  Bright pink material roses - Swirlydoos boutique.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Don't forget we have other challenges on the Swirlydoos forum for you all to join in with!

Ginny  :)


Saturday, 7 January 2017

***Swirlydoos Saturday Tutorial***

Hi all,

I'm up on the Swirlydoos Blog today with the Saturday tutorial.

I have created a Magnetic Tag Card made with the December Swirlydoos Kit. The tag is attached to the card with magnets, allowing the tag to be removed and kept as a keepsake, a fridge magnet.

On this card I have used the Ice Resin and the Prima IOD moulds from the Swirlydoos December Technique Kit Add On.

There is a SNAPGUIDE tutorial for this project which can be found via the Swirlydoos Blog page

For more information on subscribing to Swirlydoos Scrapbook kit Club visit

Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you've time to go visit the Snapguide tutorial!

Happy crafting!


Tuesday, 3 January 2017


Swirlydoos Kit Club - Design/Education Team Call

Are you passionate about Scrapbooking? Do you enjoy teaching and inspiring other crafters? Can you gab with the best of us? Swirlydoos Kit Club is looking to add amazing talent to our outstanding Design/Education Team for a 6 month term that will run from our March, 2017 kit to our August, 2017 kit. We will be adding 1-2 fabulously creative Designers who are energetic, outgoing, talented, versatile individuals and who are committed to the beautiful art of scrapbooking.

 Our designers must be able to devote the time necessary to our community, to our members, and to their artwork. We are especially interested in designers who make awesome video tutorials!

This DT call will close at midnight MST on January 31, 2017. 

This call is open to talented scrapbook designers/educators all around the globe

Design Team Requirements:

1.  You will create a minimum of 4-5 layouts/projects, and as many cards, tags etc as you can per main kit sent to you.

2.  Create at least one tutorial (video or photo. Video preferred) per month, and add content to our tips, tricks and techniques area in the forum.

3.  Create a minimum of 3 “blank” cards during your 6 month term to send in to the home office.

4.  You must upload your projects to all major scrapbook galleries and blogs you are affiliated with, along with Social Media.

5.  Advertise for Swirlydoos kit club with Blinkies, blog banners, badges and other social media tools.

6.  BE EXCITED about being on the team! Be very ACTIVE on the Forum (A MUST!!) and in our Facebook gallery!

7.  You will participate in our monthly Kit reveal on your blog, plus challenges (sponsored challenge blogs, etc) and any other Swirlydoos special events (NSD, WCMD) on our forums.

8.  You will occasionally be asked to send us some of your completed projects for display at trade shows that Swirlydoos is participating in.

An ideal candidate for being on the design team will:

 -Have the ability to take excellent, clear pictures of projects.

 -Create educational videos to be added to our YouTube Library using Swirlydoos main kit, Project add-on kits or products form our Swirlydoos boutique.

 -Be dedicated to promoting the kits and personal projects to social media on reveal day,      including Facebook and Instagram. 

 -Already have an active blog, Facebook, YouTube and accounts

 -Be an active member of our community on the forums and commenting in our Facebook gallery at  least four times a week

 -Be willing to partake in design team duties and help with any other promotions or contests we may have

If you are interested in joining the DESIGN TEAM - Send an email to with "DESIGN TEAM CALL" in the subject line. Include all of the following information:

·  Your name

·  address

·  telephone number

·  email address

·  blog address

·  any online galleries where we might see more of your work

·  YouTube address and or UStream Channel link,  if you have one (preferred, but not necessary)

·  3 samples of your current work that best reflect your style

·  a list of all design teams you have been on, past and current (prior experience is not necessary)

·  Please tell us what you consider your strengths (where you excel) and why you would make a good designer for the Swirlydoos community.

What you can expect from Swirlydoos:

An honest, fun, dedicated team who supports you and your art and encourages you at every turn.

A FABULOUS tight knit community of smart assed, super talented scrapbookers from around the world

CHA invitations and passes

Free monthly main kit for Design Team

50% discount on all other kits and store purchases during your term

The new design team will be announced February 15th on our blog

Sunday, 1 January 2017

**CSI - color stories inspiration Case File 221**

Happy New Year everyone!!!

CSI - color stories inspiration challenge site are celebrating their 5th birthday today!!!

5 years worth of Case Files keeping us all busy and stretching our creative minds and preserving all those memories!

I have enjoyed doing many of these case files and hope that CSI continues for many years to come!

So here is our celebratory Major Case File #221 with sketch.

Here is how I solved the Case File!

I turned the sketch round by 90°.

My Evidence used:

* tiny dots, grid
* triangles, circles
* string, banners
* different coloured letter stickers

My Testimony used.

* document a birthday

I used the party banners from the Simple Stories chipboard stickers.
Some of the balloons have a dotty grid on them and I have drawn strings on them with a black pen.

This banner also has the different coloured letter stickers on it,

Holly's name was created with stamps coloured in with distress markers.

My photos are slightly overlapped unlike the sketch.
The banner has triangle shapes.
The balloons and the banners I lined with a thicker black pen to make them 'pop' off the layout.

It was Holly's (DD) 8th birthday in December, so this layout was about her birthday.
We celebrated her birthday with Granny & Grandad and had a lovely Christmas roast carvery dinner at Toby Carvery.
The next day my poor girl had to go into hospital to have her tonsils out!

Products used on this layout:


Kaisercraft: Save the Date: Balloons
Three Bugs in a Rug: Snow Much Fun: Mittens
Echo Park: Here & Now
Scrap Within Reach: Afternoon Tea Collection


Tim Holtz: Distress Markers: Worn Lipstick
                                                 : Shabby Shutters
Paper Artsy: Jofy Stamps: 21 Alphabet
Simple Stories: Let's Party: Chipboard Stickers
Black Promarker pen
Pigma Micron 02 Archival Ink Pen Black
Ranger: Enamel Accents White

I really enjoyed doing this layout! Hope you like it!

Happy New Year to you !!! 🎉🎉🎉

Ginny  😊