Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Happy Tuesday, Swirly Savages! It's my turn to share some of the projects that I've made with the August 2017 "Sunshine" Kit and Add-Ons.

This kit, featuring the Wanderlust collection from Blue Fern Studios is perfect for all of your vacation memories, but it also works so well with vintage photos. And there is  the highlight of the Main Kit: an original sketch created by Swirlydoos Design Team Coordinator Kim Heard.
Here is this month's sketch.

And my layout, featuring a vintage photo of my McCormick Great-Aunts taken in 1878. (I've chosen to leave the image "as is", forgoing the option to touch it up as I did for a previous layout. (Yes, this is a redo!))


As you can see, the Sketch seemed to take on a life of its own; I've kept the main design, but switched out the spots for photos and embellies. I kept the background and layering very simple, simply tearing a bit of the Moments paper to create two matting layers.
I adhered the trim, letting it flow up toward the image. Next came the flowers from the Prima Amber Moon collection and I still wanted a bit more. I selected a few of the 49 and Market blooms from the Project Kit and gave them a heavy dose of Color Bloom mist. The Prima swirl was cut apart and tucked here and there around the cluster. From my stash, I chose a few Vintage Trinkets and filled them with scraps before adhering the domes. I ran a bit of trim through the tops and topped them with flowers. A resin frame and a wood icon, also from my stash, and I called it done!
Here are a few closeups...



Supplies

*Swirlydoos August 2017 "Sunshine" Kit*
Blue Fern Studios - Wanderlust Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Memento
Blue Fern Studios - Wanderlust Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Ocean Voyage
Prima - Valenciennes Collection - Jeweled Trim - Mercy #547776

*Swirlydoos August 2017 Flower Add-On*
Prima - Amber Moon Collection - Flower Embellishments - Aspen #597023

*Swirlydoos August 2017 Embellishment Add-On*
Momenta - Foam Word Stickers - 78 pcs
Prima - 7-Inch It In Pearls - Self-Adhesive Jewel Art - Fairy Wings with Flowers - Antique #535339

*Swirlydoos August 2017 Project Add-On*
49 and Market - Floral Mixology - Champagne #FM-85694

Other Supplies
Prima - Vintage Hardware - Vintage Trinkets - Bourdeilles #991135
Prima - Wood Embellishments - Decorative Clocks #554613
Prima - Color Bloom - Spray Mist - Tea Stain #573836
Ranger - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Vintage Photo

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I'm up for the monthly Anatomy of a Layout, using the Main Swirlydoos Kit and I thought that this photo of my granddaughter kissed by the sun would be perfect.

This was a quick and easy layout to assemble; here's the "how to" on Snapguide.
And a close-up...

Supplies

*Swirlydoos August 2017 "Sunshine" Kit*
Blue Fern Studios - Wanderlust Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Calling Cards
Blue Fern Studios - Wanderlust Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Seascape
Blue Fern Studios - Wanderlust Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Souvenir
Blue Fern Studios - Flower Embellishments - Wanderlust Lilies
Prima - Beaded Vines - Candy Gems - Blue Berry #549336
Prima - Valenciennes Collection - Jeweled Trim - Mercy #547776
Prima - Donna Downey Collection -Flocked Iron Ons - Live #921170
SA Crafters - Laser Cut Chipboard - C-Circle Borders
Prima - Watercolor Confections - Hurricane 15 #596125
Darice - Scrappy Cat - Stamp Effects - Glitter Glue - Yellow w/Rainbow Glitter #SCR712


Other Supplies
Gesso
Matte Medium
Prima - Art Ingredients - Mini Art Stones #963712
Waterbrushes

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My September Saturday Tutorial was all about DIY flowers using the Watercolor Confections that were included in the "Sunshine" kit; here's the Snapguide "How To".
I've created this page, featuring my son and his family at the Jersey Shore, to showcase some of my creations.


The Lakeside sheet, with the newsprint edges made a perfect background, so I left it as is, simply cutting and tearing up the Road Trip paper for the layers behind my photo. I dusted off my Weathered Clock die and cut a few shapes to tuck under the corners and to add a little interest to the design.
In keeping with the DIY theme, I altered the alphas from the Embellishment Add-On by stamping with archival ink and coloring with layers of Distress ink.
Here are a few closeups of my handmade flowers.



Supplies

*Swirlydoos August 2017 "Sunshine" Kit*
Blue Fern Studios - Wanderlust Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Lakeside
Blue Fern Studios - Wanderlust Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Road Trip
Prima - Watercolor Confections - Hurricane 15 #596125

*Swirlydoos August 2017 Cardstock Add-On*
Bazzill Basics - 12 x 12 Grasscloth Texture Cardstock - Truffle

*Swirlydoos August 2017 Flower Add-On*
49 and Market - Seaside Blooms Collection - Paper Flowers - Sea Breeze #SB-86073
Prima - Amber Moon Collection - Flower Embellishments - Aspen #597023

*Swirlydoos August 2017 Embellishment Add-On*
Momenta - Foam Word Stickers - 78 pcs
Darice - Adhesive Pearls - Flat Back Self Stick Pearls - Brown #121711
My Minds' Eye - All Things - Die Cuts - Alphas and Numbers - White #JASDC10

*Swirlydoos August 2017 Mediums Add-On*
Art Anthology - Stone Effects - Dimensional Medium - Bone

*Swirlydoos August 2015 "Sun Kissed" Kit*
Authentique - Classique Collection - Petite Diction Journaling Stickers - Beauty

Other Supplies
Stampin' Up - 12 x 12 Cardstock - Whisper White
Unity Stamps - Christine Tomlinson - Classified Newsprint
Ranger - Archival Ink - Black
Ranger - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink - Broken China
Ranger - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink - Aged Linen
Ranger - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink - Gathered Twigs
Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations - Weathered Clock
EK Success - Paper Shapers - Large Daisy
Silhouette - Cameo Cut - Lilyflower #26771
Pearls
Stamens
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I guess I've already mentioned how perfect this Kit is for vacation memories. As I was unpacking my kit, I immediately knew that I'd be using the "B" side of the Pacific Coast paper to scrap this lovely image of my son and granddaughter.


Using my paper trimmer, I cut the strips along the lines of the pattern, then lined them all up and ran them through my Distrezz-It-All. Next, I glued the strips to a piece of USPS packaging that I had cut to 11½" x 11½". (If you look very closely, you can see the print between the "boards".)
I punched two sides of cardstock and one corner of the bottom Memento layer. It still needed something, so I grabbed one of my favorite non-scrappy "go-to"s: corrugated cardboard, stripped it to the ribs and cut and tore it to size.
Next came the embellishments: 49 and Market blooms from the Flower Add-On and several shells and bits of vintage costume jewelry from my stash. (The crystal beads were once part of a dangle earring that I found in an antique shop.) The shells were given a bit of sparkle with the BFS Glitter from the Mediums Add-On.
The last thing I did was to adhere the title - part of the Foam Word Stickers from the Embellishment Add-On.


Supplies

*Swirlydoos August 2017 "Sunshine" Kit*
Blue Fern Studios - Wanderlust Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Pacific Coast
Blue Fern Studios - Wanderlust Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Memento
Prima - Watercolor Confections - Hurricane 15 #596125

*Swirlydoos August 2017 Flower Add-On*
49 and Market - Seaside Blooms Collection - Paper Flowers - Sea Breeze #SB-86073

*Swirlydoos August 2017 Embellishment Add-On*
Momenta - Foam Word Stickers - 78 pcs

*Swirlydoos August 2017 Mediums Add-On*
Blue Fern Studios - Imagine Ink - Glitter - Vintage Jade


Other Supplies
Core'dinations - 12 x 12 Cardstock - Admiral Blue
Martha Stewart Crafts - Punch Around the Page - Craft Punch Set - Deco Fan
Zutter - Distrezz It All - Electric Distressing Tool
Packaging
Sea Shells
 Vintage Jewelry

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I couldn't wait to unpack the Sunshine Project Kit - a wall hanging made with MDF pieces from SA Crafters, acrylic paints and crackle medium and several packages of gorgeous blooms from 49 and Market - because I had the perfect photo to add to the mix: my grandchildren at the Jersey Shore.

First, I gave all of the pieces a good coat of the Real Brown paint. Except for the title piece, I wasn't that careful; I just made sure that all of the pieces were covered. After allowing it to dry thoroughly, I applied a light coat of the Crackle Medium to the three main pieces, making sure that I covered all of the surfaces in one direction. Again, I allowed it to dry thoroughly. (I didn't use the heat tool; the medium works much better if air dried.) Next, I added the Antique White paint and watched the crackles form!
Because I added a photo to my project, I didn't use a lot of embellishments, just most of the package of the Blossom Blends and a few from the Mixology collection. I wanted the white flowers to blend in with the browns, so I tried spraying them with Worn Leather mist. The results were much more gold than I wanted, so I mixed some Artisan Powder and water in a mister and came up with the perfect shade.
And now for the assembly: I matted the photo with a bit of cardstock (and some packaging in between) and glued it to the surface, added the title and arranged the blooms, leaves and that wonderful tied bamboo piece and I called it done!



Supplies


*Swirlydoos August 2017 Live for Today Wall Art Project Kit*
SA Crafters - MDF Wood - W-Wall Art - Victorian - Live for Today
49 and Market - Blossom Blends - Aloe #BB-86134
49 and Market - Floral Mixology - Champagne #FM-85694
Deco Art - Americana -Acrylic Paint - Antique White #DAO58
Plaid Enterprises - Folk Art - Acrylic Paint - Real Brown #231
Plaid Enterprises - Folk Art - Crackle Medium #694


Other Supplies
Core'dinations - 12 x 12 Cardstock - French Roast
Prima - Color Bloom - Spray Mist - Worn Leather #573829
Prima - Memory Hardware - Artisan Powder - La Chapeliere #991203
Ranger Ink - Inkssentials - Mini Mister
Foam Brush
Aleene's Tacky Glue


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



Monday, September 25, 2017


Happy Monday everyone!

It's the fourth week of September and the last week to enter this month's Swirly Challenge! (A reminder: You have until the 30th to post your entries.)

First, the Sketch Challenge: DT Coordinator Kim has been designing some incredible sketches for us; here's what she's come up with for the Sunshine  kit.


We love seeing what you do with the Swirly Sketches in the Forum. We can't wait to see YOUR gorgeous take!

We've bought the Card Challenge back; why not join in? Cards are not only quick and easy, but they're an excellent way to use up your scraps. This month, it's all about The Men in Our Lives. (More details here in the Swirly Forums.)

And now for the ATF (All That Flutters) Challenge - this has always been my favorite and now it's even more so because the hostess is ME!!!
We're doing things a bit differently; we're now running the challenge from the beginning to the end of the month, Swirlydoos kits are not required (but they WILL give your an extra chance to win!) and there will be a RAK given out at the end of each Challenge to one lucky winner selected by random draw. Curious? I've posted all of the details here on the Forum.
This month's theme is "The Great Outdoors". Here's Steph's gorgeous entry - a layout featuring this wonderful photo from her son's wedding.
 

We can't wait to see YOUR gorgeous projects!

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




Thursday, September 21, 2017
Our August scrapbook kit has just hit the pavement, and we know you're gonna LOVE IT!

We're proud to present:

“Sunshine”

 

***All of our monthly scrapbook kits are available in our store while supplies last!***





See this gorgeous collection up close & personal in our Facebook Live video unveiling with Kim! C'mon - she doesn't bite! (hard)





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 Each designer will post their complete reveal in the days immediately following our reveal. (and can be found in our FB gallery today) But for now, lemme tease you with a couple goodies from the team!

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See what they did there? Magic. Well, maybe it's not "magic." Why don't you come check out our scrapbook tutorials & challenges. Most of our designers create tutorials on our forums & YouTube channel to show YOU how they work that "magic!"

Wall Hanging Project Kit 

  Here is what the DT Members have done with the Project Kit:

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Later this week our DT will be sharing their incredible  video tutorials showing you how-to use your August Project kit:



ANATOMY OF A LAYOUT 

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  Peggy has prepared an awesome step-by-step photo tutorial using the August Main Kit! You can find this tutorial (as well as other months) in the "Anatomy of a Layout" section of our forums! Follow along as she creates this beautiful page using the exact same kit you have!

 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. 

 

SKETCH CHALLENGE!!


August sketch, created by DT Member Kim Heard
This beautiful sketch is your inspiration, now get creating! Our February sketch challenge runs until September 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.

That's all I have for now, so thanks for stopping by. Don't forget, if you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at www.swirlydoos.com. Mention my name (Kim) when you subscribe and you’ll receive 10% off your first kit, AND a coupon good for 30% off your entire purchase in the Swirlydoos.com store!


DT-KIM

Monday, September 18, 2017


Happy Monday everyone!

It's the third week of September and the month is more than half over; have you tried any of our Swirly Challenges yet? A reminder: You have until the 30th to post your entries.

First, the Sketch Challenge: DT Coordinator Kim has been designing some incredible sketches for us; here's what she's come up with for the Sunshine  kit.

We love seeing what you do with the Swirly Sketches here in the Forum. We can't wait to see YOUR gorgeous take!

We've bought the Card Challenge back; why not join in? Cards are not only quick and easy, but they're an excellent way to use up your scraps. This month, it's all about The Men in Our Lives. (More details here in the Swirly Forums.)

And now for the ATF (All That Flutters) Challenge - this has always been my favorite and now it's even more so because the hostess is ME!!!
We're doing things a bit differently; we're now running the challenge from the beginning to the end of the month, Swirlydoos kits are not required (but they WILL give your an extra chance to win!) and there will be a RAK given out at the end of each Challenge to one lucky winner selected by random draw. Curious? I've posted all of the details here on the Forum.
This month's theme is "The Great Outdoors". What a great way to start scrapping those vacations photos!

We can't wait to see YOUR gorgeous projects!

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




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