Sunday, April 29, 2012

Do you know how much you mean to me?
As you grow into what you will be.
You came from within, from just beneath my heart
it's there you'll always be though your own life will now start.
I know sometimes to you I seem harsh and so unfair,
But one day you will see, I taught you well because I care.
The next few years will so quickly fly,
With laughter and joy, mixed with a few tears to cry.
As you begin your growth to manhood, this fact you must know,
You'll always be my source of pride, no matter where you go.
You must stand up tall and proud, within you feel no fear,
For all you dreams and goals, sit before you very near.
With god's love in your heart and the world by its tail,
You'll always be my winner, and victory will prevail.
For you this poem was written, with help from above,
To tell you in a rhythm of your Mother's heartfelt Love!





This week we bring to you a very beautiful layout created by the very talented Misha. Misha tells us that
her true joy in life are her children, Melania 6 & Maddox 2, whom she features frequently in her LOs. And watching them grow is what inspired her to get into scrapbookihg 7 yrs ago. Capturing their priceless moments in photos paired with paper crafting makes her feel like an artist.
This layout features Misha's son Maddox. He is mesmerized by the little chicks fluttering around behind the glass wall. We love how Misha used the papers that look like little ATC cards, and cut out the letters to form the title of the page. The flower cluster is beautiful and love how she weaved the measuring tape trim through the flowers that tie in so well with the title. This layout is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us here. Dont forget to visit the gallery where you can see more of Misha's work. We love this creatiive work of art!!
Just a little fun fact about Misha. She is a Chef who specializes in Asian Cuisine. She tells me that she loves her work and feels completely comfortable on the line with her cooks. Now that is a true Chef!! Can you imagine what her food creations look like?? Well if they are as beautiful as her layouts, she is one talented artist!!!
Saturday, April 28, 2012


Hope everyone is having a fabulous week. I am here to share with you my Mixed Media Album.

This Album was so much fun. I love that I still have so many pages I can add. I made a few layouts within the clear page protectors. In the video below you can see how I created one. It is a good idea if you want to leave your album out to let people look through it so the fingerprints don't get all over the pictures.


You can see below the other pages I created. I don't have a "tutorial" but if you have any questions please feel free to ask.





Again please feel free to ask me any questions! Thanks so much for stopping by! I love to read your comments!
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Happy Wednesday Swirlies!! Today I would like to share with you my canvas album using the April Project kit. I don't dabble much in mixed media, although I had tons of fun putting this together. Lynn, our mixed media expert, did a video tutorial working with the kit. She gave us lot of tips that followed and made it easy. You can find the video HERE. Also, please check out out gallery for the other DT member's projects.

Here is the front cover.




This the first page.

Second page

Third page

fourth page

And finally the back cover.


If you've purchased this add-on, please oh please, put your finished project in the Swirlydoos Gallery so we can all drool over it :D
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Another card challenge and tutorial is uploaded to the All about cards thread.
The challenge is to make a card or tag using the colors:
Blue - Green - White and Tan or brown.
I made this beach theme card for today

and explained a little about Iridescent Medium, That stuff makes everything SHIMMER!!!!
 So hop over, to the All about Cards thread. It would be great fun, if you play along too!
Sunday, April 22, 2012
My Children

© Bertha C. Blankenship

My children are very smart,
Both of them have a great big heart.
They both are growing up each and every day,
In their own unique and special way.
Both of my children are filled with joy,
I love them dearly both my girl and boy.
When I am sad and have a bad day,
Both of my children know how to make my hurt go away.
I love my children more than words could ever say,
I am very greatful that they are alive each and every day.
They mean more to me than anyone will ever know,
When the children are not around me the days seem to go by so slow.
Everyday brings a brand new start,
After all my children are my heart.
I thank God each and every day,
That he sent two beautiful angels my way
.






This week we bring to you this gorgeous creation by Pascale. She scrapped a photo of her beautiful children that was taken during Christmas. Pascale is also a very talented Flower Creator!! She Created the beautiful Roses that were fashioned after the Prima Coventry Rose. They are amazing!! And this proves that you should not miss out on ordering Dusty Attic when Krissy opens those special orders!! Pascale painted over the Dusty Attic with PearlEx powder then went over it with Crackle Accents. The touches of Gesso and inking bring the whole layout together. Please visit Pascale's blog for closeups and details. And dont forget to check out her tutorial on the flowers in our Flower Tutorial Section under "Coventry Style Rose". You're going to love it!!
CLICK HERE

Saturday, April 21, 2012



 Good Saturday Morning to you!!!

Lynne here ~ today I am going to give you a
LITTLE TIP....on how to spruce up
those BEAUTIFUL flat flowers you have.

A Swirlydoos ~ Imagination  Lab Tutorial!!


Here is a picture of the ATC I created using......
my Transformed flatties!


 (hmmmmmm an ATC.....where have I heard mention of this before???
May Add On Kits???)

So here you have it.......


Hope you enjoyed my "mini" tutorial.....
and that you will be inspired to turn your BEAUTIFUL "flatties" into 
3 dimensional GOOOODNESS!!
Friday, April 20, 2012
Hellooooooo out there in Scrappy Land!

Krissy just revealed our May Kit add-ons.....*drool* OMG!!  The savages went wild and we've already had some of the add-ons sell out.  

We will begin revealing our National Scrapbook Day schedule starting tomorrow in the forum.  We want to get you supply lists and give your mojo time to kick into high gear.

Don't forget that our April challenges are still open.  Check out our SwirlyHues challenge.  Links along the right side to the current challenge.   Other challenges and events are listed along the right side as well.

We will be announcing our next Blog Hop Kit Reveal soon.  We are going to have MAJOR announcement during our hop!!  You don't want to miss it!!

Have a beautiful weekend!
Thursday, April 19, 2012
We ALL love butterflies, and can never have enough! Here are some that are in the store:

Jenni Bowlin rub ons

Prima Butterflies

More Prima butterflies and coordinating flowers!


There are many more in the store!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
I think I can say, that all our members are IN LOVE with our April kit.
Full of pet-able Prima GORGEOUSNESS!!
This kit is sooooooo AMAZING and perfect for making cards too.
I wanted to challenge myself for a while now, to make a card without using premade embellishments, and this kit... made it an easy peasy job.
Instructions and tips & trics can be found in the *All About Cards* thread, as well as the rules on how to play along.

Monday, April 16, 2012
You are my home
You are the one that I come to
You are the shelter
I run to
To keep me safe from the cold
You are my home
You are the love
That completes me
You are the touch
That has freed me
I look in your eyes
And I know

You're my home
You were the light in the window
When I couldn't find my way
You led my heart to
A warm tender place
Here beside you
...

Chayenne




This week we bring to you a beautiful layout by our very own Erica. Erica chose to use some of the words to a beautiful song by Chayenne, and wrote them on a tag for some hidden journaling. The beautiful photo is Erica and her handsome hubby!! Erica worked in some wonderful techniques such as the inking, stitching and distressing using acrylic paint. Check out the suble pops of stamped bubble wrap..Very cool indeed. She followed a wonderful flower tutorial from Natasha Naranjo Aguirre's for the cabbage rose and then added other flowers from the kit to complete the floral clusters. Love the eyelet corset stiching as well. Erica worked this layout like a fine Michaelangelo painting. With tender loving care and lots of love. We love it!!
Please visit Erica's blog for more creative inspiration.
CLICK HERE
Saturday, April 14, 2012



 Good Saturday Morning to you!!!

Lynne here ~ to bring you this month's
Technique Tag.

A Swirlydoos ~ Imagination  Lab Tutorial!!


Here are a few picture of the tag......




and here is how I made it!!




Hope you enjoyed the tutorial.....
Pull out some goodies

AND CREATE!!!




Friday, April 13, 2012
Woo hoo!!  The weekend is coming!!

What a week this has been.  We had an unbelievably gorgeous kit reveal and an awesome blog hop earlier this week.  Then we unveiled our April SwirlyHues Challenge.  What a beauty it is.

The list of Swirlydoos events (along the right side of the blog) shows how much fun we are all having in the forums with the challenges.  There is something there for everyone...even non-subscribers!!  Who says kit clubs have to exclusive??  NOT US!!!  Come on in and party with us. We don't bite.  Well....one of us nibbles.  LOL

The DT and I are planning National Scrapbook Day Activities as we speak.  Make sure to clear your calendar and come and join us on May 5th for a day of fun.  Lisa G is going to do another Ustream class for us.  Last time this happened we all had sooooo much fun!!!  Love chatting with my swirly girls in real time.

We have a really special challenge wrapping up today.  We call it Spread The Love.  The person who leaves the most love in our Swirlydoos Gallery will get a handmade prize from several of our design team members!!  The comment totals that have been tallied so far are breathtakingly impressive.  

We also voted on March's SwirlyHues entries.  Once again you have made this really tough on us.  But, we do have our winners!!!  Without further ado.....

Our first place winner is KIM!!!!!!

Our second place winner is our very own Hostess with the Mostess PEGGY!!!

Congratulations girls!!!!!  Remember to get your badges!!!  

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!!!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Wow, wow, wow!  You are all the best blog hoppers around.  Swirlydoos and the DT send you their sincerest thanks for all of your generous comments.  You ROCK!!!

Here are this month's blog hop winners!!!!

QUIRT!!!!  You have won the Swirlydoos Prize Pack!!!


MORMOR!!  You have won the Petaloo Prize Pack!!! 

Congratulations ladies!!!  Please email me at Lisa@Swirlydoos.com with your contact information so we can get your prizes out to you.

You have 7 days to claim to prize!!!
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
One Wednesday out of every month we would like to feature a Swirly Sister's Blog. Our amazing ladies are incredibly talented and work wonders with the Swirlydoo's Kits.


This week our featured Blogger is: Erica Ortiz A.K.A Mimi402


Please visit her blog for Swirly inspiration: Mimi's Paper Dreams

Enjoy every magical adventure

This enchanting page was Erica's submission for the Swirlydoo's April Round Robin Challenge. She mixed items from 2 different kits and made her own gorgeous flowers!!
Thank you Erica for sharing and inspiring us!!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
 It's time to unveil our April Swirlyhues Challenge!
Your beautiful hostess this month is the uber talented Paulien!
Here is the storyboard she has designed for you this month:


Check out the inspiration from our design team...

Paulien

Heidi

Irene

Karola

Lisa V

Rae

Vicky

Angelica


Important to know:  This challenge is open to EVERYONE; members and non-members alike. 

The Rules:
1)  Must stick to the hues provided.  You may add black or white, but it can NOT be more than 5% of your total page and can NOT be a main element. 
2)  SKETCH IS OPTIONAL.  You can submit a card if you'd like too. :)
3)  Now for the Swirly-fying element – you MUST use one of our tutorials on your page.  Here is a LINK to our tutorials. It is really to our forum.  Just scroll down.  Our tutorials are separated by category.  You can choose anything your beautiful, creative heart desires.  
4) Create a post on your blog for your SwirlyHues entry.  
5) If you have a blog, please use our link in the right hand side bar to upload your challenge entry. (look underneath the SwirlyHues links) to your blog page with this challenge, not just your blog in general.   If you DO NOT have a blog, you can still use the link to the right and link us to your online gallery page!  OR, you can upload your gorgeous creation to the SwirlyHues album in our gallery no later than midnight eastern time on March 10th.  Click HERE to get there.  You will need to register to upload photos.  It's free! Use the following format to name your item: SH Apr 2012 (insert your project name here).  Your photos can be no larger than 600x600.  In the description please tell us what tutorial you used. If you don't have a blog, just let us know that.  
6)  You have until midnight eastern time on May 9th to submit your entry.  2 winners will be chosen; 1st and 2nd place.  Each winner will receive one of our highly coveted blog badges (see the right-side bar).  Winners will be posted to the Swirlydoos blog on the 13th of the month (unless otherwise noted), as well as our Facebook page.  Check back here to see your name and then contact LisaV at Lisa@Swirlydoos.com  She will make sure you get your blog badge and then we'll add you to our blog for the month! Superstahhhhhh *strike a pose*  
7) The next challenge will be uploaded to our blog on May 10th!
Monday, April 9, 2012
Welcome!!!  

Today is a beautiful day to reveal our April kit, Whispers of Spring.  Take a look at how pretty this kit is!  I have to tell you that when I opened my main kit I nearly fell over because of the sheer amount of gorgeous bits and bobs that were in there.  Take a look!  Go to our home page to see details on the main kit and the add ons.



We have 2 prizes up for grabs this month.  Take a look at this beauty from Swirlydoos.

Petaloo has put together $70 worth of products!!  The entire Shabby Beige collection.  10 pieces!!!  PLUS 5 packages of their brand new chipboard collection!!!

 

I wanted to take a quick moment to remind you to stop by the blog tomorrow and see our April SwirlyHues challenge.  It is open to ANYONE, including non-kit subscribers and there is an OPTIONAL sketch made available for inspiration. Come back to our blog on April 10th to check it out.

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 You have until midnight, eastern time, on April 11th to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on April 12th.  Winners have 7 days to claim their prize.  In order to qualify to win here is what you need to do:

1: Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment on each. This way we know you were there. Become a follower if you're not already. Take your time. There are beautiful things to see along the way.

2: Before you leave each blog, look for the “special” words and write it down.  Once you have visited all the blogs and collected all the special words, they will create a QUESTION

 3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had AND tell us the QUESTION that was created with all of the special words you collected AND GIVE US YOUR ANSWER.


The party starts over at Angelica's!  Have fun!


In case of catastrophic internet and/or blogger issues, here is the hop order and links.

Angelica Franssen CLICK HERE
Rae Moses CLICK HERE
Lisa Gregory CLICK HERE
Vicky Alberto CLICK HERE
Lynne Forsythe CLICK HERE
Petaloo CLICK HERE
Heidi KelleyCLICK HERE
 Karola Witczak CLICK HERE
Irene Tan CLICK HERE
Lisa Valentine CLICK HERE
Paulien van den Bosch CLICK HERE

Back to Swirlydoos!!!
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Moonlight Cocktail
Glenn Miller & his Orchestra
1942


Couple of jiggers of moonlight and add a star,
Pour in the blue of a June night and one guitar,
Mix in a couple of dreamers and there you are:
Lovers hail the Moonlight Cocktail.

Now add a couple of flowers, a drop of dew,
Stir for a couple of hours 'til dreams come true.
Add to the number of kisses, it's up to you.
Moonlight Cocktail - need a few.

Cool it in the summer breeze
Serve it in the starlight underneath the trees.
You'll discover tricks like these
Are sure to make your Moonlight Cocktail please.

Follow the simple directions and they will bring
Life of another complexion where you'll be king.
You will awake in the morning and start to sing
Moonlight Cocktails are the thing.






The photo in this beautiful vintage layout is Kathi's parents on their wedding day in 1942. We can almost hear Glenn Miller and his orchestra belting out a song. Swing was the distinctive style back then. The carefree good ole days. The beautiful distressing is perfect for the layout and the pop of red hues really shines through and brings this page to life. Love the layered design coupled with all the punch work that gives this page so much texture. It makes the old worn theme seem so fresh and new. Really beautiful Kathi. What great photo's to preserve and treasure!! We love this one a lot!!!
Saturday, April 7, 2012


Today I bring you a quick tip on how to sharpen your scissors, dies and punches. Hope you find this tip helpful. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Hello there my lovlies!  Today I am going to share with you a veritable tonage of sneak peaks from our April kit! 

Our reveal day blog Hop Block Party will be on Monday, April 9th!!  We hope to see you there.  :)  Without further ado......















Thanks for stopping by!!  Have a fabulous weekend and if you celebrate it, a wonderful Easter!! 

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