Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Hi everyone, Maggi here with my first blog post for Swirlydoos!!  I am so excited to share with you some of my kit creations.

First up is a very special layout for me because it is a photo of me with my beautiful Chena who I miss so much.  Chena crossed over the bridge Sept 5, 2013 and there is not a day that goes by that I don't miss her and think about her sweet soul.  Ah, but such is the nature of pet ownership, their time on our earth is much too short.  I have to thank my dear friend, Jen aka jrabs, for taking this beautiful photo of me and Chena conversing in our own special way.  AND I must note that my hair is not red, its just the beautiful late afternoon soon making it look that way.

Ok so let me tell you a little about this layout.  The base paper was a beautiful black/white sheet but I thought it would be fun to color it so I used Silks paint from my stash to paint the flowers and leaves.  Then I sprayed on a little of the Luminarte Radiant Rain Bashful Blue included in the mediums add-on kit. I also popped up the layers to give my layout more dimension.  All the flowers are from the kit and add-ons except for the silver flower and the tiny black and silver rolled roses which are handmade.

Oooh I really love the mediums add-on, that gorgeous turquoise embossing powder that I used on my chippies is Ranger Antiquities turquoise embossing powder.  LOVE this stuff!!!  And the silver paint on the chippy?  Yep, that's from the mediums add-on too!  The chippies are from my stash but all the other embellies are from the kit and add-ons or are handmade.  

I first painted this swirled chippy with Viva Precious Metal Color - silver (in the mediums add-on) and then painted on a little embossing ink, sprinkled with embossing powder and this is the effect.  I love this two toned effect!

Supplies - from the April kit and addons:
Cardstock: Core'dinations Bluebell
Patterned paper: Authentique Classique - Elegant collection: black dotted - Twelve, white floral print - Six, fussy cut header - Two
Embossing powder: Ranger Antiquities Turquoise
Flowers: Prima Vermont leaves black 553623, Prima Audrey Rose blue ice 546700, Prima Plume black 575526
Mist:  Luminarte Radiant Rain Bashful Blue
Ink: Prima turquoise stone
Paint: Viva Precious Metal silver
Other: Prima SIIC 573218

Other Supplies from my stash:
Chipboard: Leaky Shed Chipboard Live Love and Laugh 8072, Leaky Shed flourish
Diecuts and punches: Martha Stewart Swirling Lace, WRNK Lucky 8 Frilly Lace, McGill Floriano
Paint:  Silks african jade

I love love love the frame that came in the main kit this month!!  WOW, I just love the piece I made with this.  I decided to frame our wedding picture.  OMG that picture is nearly 22 years old.  It's hard to believe that it's been that long!

I pulled out one of my favorite products to do the frame, Stampendous Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel to coat the wooden frame.   Then I thought that the only thing this needed was a simple floral cluster so I made the flowers using Authentique papers from the kit.  I diecut some vines using Memory Box's Caserta Bloom die and added a few pine sprigs (cut with a McGill's punch)  to my cluster.   I finished it off  with a couple crystals from the embellishment add-on.

Ok, this is the year of the card for me!  Card making has never been my "thing" but I decided that this is the year that Maggi masters card making!  So here is my effort.  I've used papers from the kit with the addition of a piece of Core'dinations cardstock.  I used a Spellbinders die to die cut the white frame.  That awesome resin telephone is included in the embellishment add-on.  The flowers are bits and pieces from my stash left over from assorted manufacturer's packages.

 Thanks so much for stopping by our blog today!!  Be sure and check out our kit subscriptions and available kits!

Monday, April 21, 2014
Here at Swirlydoos, we LOVE challenges! 
We have many going on and many beautiful entries each and every month!

Our site-sponsored challenge is our monthly sketch challenge. This challenge runs until the 15th of every month and it is open to EVERYONE. So, even if you aren't a subscriber, you can still enter and are eligible for a prize. This is our current April sketch by the talented Beggahuna:

While our members are working on their entries,here is an inspiration page from Georgia:

Our amazing designer, Angelica, also hosts a a butterfly challenge every month, and it runs through the 15th of each month too!
And here is an amazing entry created by Cheryl:

We also have three member-hosted challenges each month:

Kimberly is our SGC hostess for April.
 Her challenge is titled "All About Me". 
Sherri shared her stunning layout with us:

Subscriber Peggy hosts this every month.The theme for April is "Spring Cleaning". Time to look through that stash for some long forgotten goodies! You do not have to use our kits to play.
Look at this shabby chic entry by our member,Angelica:

Our Subscriber,Stephanie is hosting the April Challenge.
Our subscriber,Jennie made this sweet card:

We hope you will come check out our very active forum here and come join in the fun!

Sunday, April 20, 2014
This week I'd like draw special attention to a this beautiful vintage layout! With the amazing photo, Carolyn was able to showcase the Lady Belle kit with vintage elegance that it was attended for.

Congrats, Carolyn (Meowgal).
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Hi everyone,
Here's my latest card using the gorgeous April kit.

And this is how it came together:

For my base card, I cut a piece of cream colored cardstock, 8.1/4 x 11.3/4, and folded it double.

For my first layer, I cut a piece of PP at 5.3/4 by, a little under 8.1/4 Distressed the edges and glued it to my base card.

For my second layer, I cut a piece of PP at 7.5 x 5.5 and then gave the top a little shape. (I had to do mine in 2 parts, because of working with my left-overs) Distressed the edges, but didn't glue it down yet.

The next layer was cut at 5 x 6 I distressed the edges and glued it to the blue lacey paper.

Then I cut this strip, which measures 1.1/8 x 12 PLUS that little barcode end.

Folded the strip around the 2 layers (the blue and the white) and at this point I only glued the
2 ends together. On the right side, I pressed it down to get a nice folding line, then flipped it over, and secured on the backside of the blue paper, with a drop of glue.

Then on the front, I added a drop of glue, under the strip, where the red mark is.

Then for a fun detail, I cut a strip of paper at 4 x 1.3/4 and I used a border punch at 1 end.

I cut 1 little part off, this is going to be a tag for my sentiment.

I slided this punched paper under the paper strip

On the cross marked spot, I added glue

and glued it together. The seam was rolled back under the paper strip.

Then I took 4 of these sprigs

fold them double - cut the loops - and glued them in place

I cut a piece of tulle at 8 x 5.5 (you can use cheesecloth just as well)

ruffled it up and tied it together with some twine and glued it in place. I also glued a string of the blue bling, like in the picture.

Then from corrugated cardboard, I cut some petals and made a flower out of it.

For my corrugated cardboard: I used the box our kits comes in. Cut a 6x6 square out of it, sprayed it with water, let it sit for a few seconds, and then peeled off the top paper layer, and there you have your own corrugated cardboard.

I rounded the petals a little by rolling the edges between my fingers. Then from the gorgeous bling that came in our kit, I cut a (dice) figure 5 out to dress up the center of the flower. Using some hot glue, I glued my flower in place, just like this.

Filled the cap with a tiny flower.

I inked up the little tag

wrote my sentiment on it, and glued it in place.

Then for detail I added some ink and gesso to my flower and added(liquid) pearls in the center of the bling

and of course, some on the top of my card as well.

and I called it done! I hope you like it.
Wishing you all a Beautiful weekend!!!

Friday, April 18, 2014
Thank you to all of the lovely ladies who joined us for our March sketch challenge! We have a winner, and it is this gorgeous layout:

Congrats, Kim Heard! Not only is this take on the sketch awesome, that picture is AMAZING!!!!!

Don't forget to join us for the April sketch challenge! ANYONE can play. :)
Monday, April 14, 2014
A HUGE "Thank You" to everyone who participated in our blog hop this past weekend. We truly appreciate all of your kind comments!

The winners of the April blog hop are as follows: 

Sulema Jimenez, you have won the Die~Namites gift card!

Robin B, this Authentique prize pack belongs to YOU!

Misha McClain, this Authentique prize is yours!

This "Be Youtiful" prize pack is going to Melissa S

UTs Hobby Time, you have won the acrylic mini album!

You lucky ladies need to send an email to rae@swirlydoos.com within seven days to claim your prize. Please include your shipping address!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Welcome to:
Swirlydoos Kit Club 
April Scrapbook Kit Reveal & Blog Hop!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful April collection:


And check out these coordinating add ons that perfectly compliment our April scrapbook kit!

Has it sold out? - become a subscriber and not only will you never miss a kit again, but you'll also pay less for your monthly scrapbook kits!
*Mention this blog hop and save 10% on your first kit*

 Never miss one of our kits again!

We have some absolutely beautiful scrapbook projects for you to see today !!  Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! 

Make sure you've "LIKED & FOLLOWED" us on Facebook to get sneak peeks and coupon codes good for the brand new, must have CHA goodies in our online store!

Video Tour of the April Collection

Look what our designers have created using our Flower Making Project Add On kit! 

Our Education Team is going to show you how to create handmade flowers with ribbon and crepe paper. Be sure to go to our home page for a link to a video tutorial using the project add on!


April Sketch, created by Beggahuna, specifically for the Tiffany's Collection!

April's sketch prize winner will receive this prize:

This beautiful sketch is your inspiration, now get creating! Our April sketch challenge runs until May 15th, and is open to EVERYONE! Upload your layout into the "Tiffany's" section of the Swirlydoos Gallery and you will be entered to win the fantastic prize pack pictured below from Swirlydoos! Check the sketch challenge thread in our forums to see what the designers and other members have created using this sketch for inspiration!

And, now for the prizes to be won during the Swirlydoos Scrapbook Kit April reveal blog hop!!!!!

Swirlydoos and some of our manufacturers are proudly offering up the following prizes:

And, in other news, Swirlydoos is having a design team call! You are read all about it here: Design Team Call.

So, let's get started! Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! 

You have until midnight, eastern time, on 4/13 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 4/14. 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. Take your time. There are REALLY 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 sentence. 
3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had, tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you collected. Can't wait to hear from you.

The party starts at Maggi's Blog. Have fun!

Here is the order and blog addresses:

Maggi http://scraptravelbark.blogspot.com/

Angelica http://angelicascrappenings.blogspot.com/

Paulien http://paulienvandenbosch.blogspot.com/

Authentique http://blog.authentiquepaper.com/

Irene http://scrapperlicious.blogspot.com/

Georgia http://startingtoscrap.blogspot.com/

Die-Namites http://www.die-namitesblog.com/

Tracey http://lifetimeofpages.blogspot.com/

Rae http://scrappingfancy.blogspot.com/



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