Monday, September 22, 2014
Hey Savages, September is winding down but or challenges are still in full swing over on the forums. Don't forget to take some time before the end of the month and join in.

The butterfly/dragonfly challenge has just begun and runs until Oct. 15, so grab your *Vintage Blues* kit and get those layouts/projects submitted. 

Next there is the SGC, which is a monthly challenge hosted by one of our members. This months hostess is Barbara (pala). Her challenge is all about chandeliers. Your layout/project can be anything you want it to be, but it must include a chandelier. You don't need to use a Swirlydoos kit, but you do get an extra vote if you do. You still have until of the end of the month to get an entry in. Check out some of these great entries.



The Card RR has had some amazing entries. The twist this month is rust. There must be something rusty on your card.  We are heading into the final week of this challenge, so be on the look out for October sign-ups. Remember you don't need to be a kit member to join in. Check theses cards out.


Look at the great rust she created on the chipboard piece.


That heart is amazing, don't you think?

Next up is the sketch challenge. This is our monthly sketch that comes with the kit. However, you don't have to use the kit to join in on the fun. Take a look at this month's sketch, it's a beauty.

Check out these entries. I just love them all and will have a hard time voting.


Isn't this layout breathtaking. I just love Jan's take on the sketch.


Heather has created a gorgeous layout. Look at what she did to the chipboard.

Finally, our DT member Maggi is hosting a "Cock Challenge" for those that are rooster/hen obsessed. you just need to create a layout/project that has an image of a cock on it and use the following quote "The rooster may crow, but the hen delivers the goods!" Look at these great layouts/projects.

Is this tag amazing or what? Love the treatment to the chipboard and Kathi's wonderful punching.


Who wouldn't love to be on the receiving end of this gift bag? I just love the handmade flowers.

Alright savages, you have just been updated on the challenges going on. Come on by the forums and play along. We would love to have you.

Sunday, September 21, 2014
Thanks to all who participated in our Wistful Blues sketch challenge! Every entry was fabulous, as usual! Our design team has voted, and this is the winning layout by Peggy:

We loved her take on the sketch! Her distressing is DIVINE! The clustering is fabulous too, and the masking/stenciling gives this the perfect touch! Congrats Peggy!

You still have plenty of time to join our latest sketch challenge too. Check it out HERE.

Our winner of the Layout of the Week goes to Paula! I juat adore how she used the Wistful Blues kit, really pulling out the pinks in an ever so subtle way! The layering and clustering is fabulous, and the flower placement is stellar! Congrats, Paula!

Thank you for posting to the Swirlydoos gallery!

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Happy Saturday!

On Monday, we revealed the September kit, Vintage Love. I shared this shadowbox that I made with items from the project/technique add on kit:

 I also shared part one of how I created this shadowbox, focusing on the Mod Melts and Mold from the kit, and shared some ideas for getting perfect impressions from the mold.

(You can see that video here:

And, now I'm sharing part two- how I achieved the distressed finish and embellishing the box.

Check out the video here:

There are still project add ons in the store!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
We are so excited to announce that Jamie Severtson-Dougherty will be joining our design team starting next month!

Jamie has been involved in the arts since her late teens. She is a self taught artist and her skills range anything from fine arts, mixed media, all the way to graphic design.
Jamie has been in the crafting industry for the past ten years and has had her first signature collection produced with Prima Marketing Inc, called the Bloom Collection. Her collection stemmed off of her fine art pieces, which have been lovingly dubbed "Bloom Girls". Jamie's Bloom Girls have become a signature of hers and she teaches Bloom Girl workshops over the internet and abroad. She can't wait to share the techniques she's learned over the years.

Please join us in welcoming Jamie to the team on our forums!
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thank you to all who participated in our September blog hop as we revealed the new collection, Vintage Love! We appreciate your support!

Here are the winners:

 luv46kdz (Paula), this prize is yours:

li-bee-ti, you have won this gift card!

Debra Peloso, this is your prize:

Congrats, ladies! Please send your mailing address to Rae ( within 7 days to claim your prize!

We are THRILLED to announce that Helena Johansson will be joining the Swirlydoos design team starting in October!

Here's a little bit about her:

My name is Helena Johansson and I’m from the south of Sweden. I sometimes call myself Willea in scrap forums. I’m 42 years old and live in a small village with my dh and our two children, 8 and 12 years old. I have been scrapbooking for 7 years now, and I can’t imagine that I will ever stop! Scrapbooking is my passion and my therapy. It’s my way to have a little bit of time of my own, to relax. My style is shabby and romantic, sometimes with a touch of vintage. I use lots and lots of flowers on my pages, and also love to use chipboard and other embellishment – the more the better! I find it fun to try new techniques, and right now I use gesso, texture paste and embossing powder on almost everything. I currently design for the Dusty Attic and Petaloo.

I mostly scrap about my sweet children, even though they aren’t so little anymore and hardly want to be photographed. My daughter, who is 8 years old, loves to scrapbook too and it’s so fun to have this hobby and to be able to share it with her. She loves to invite her friends home and show them her mom’s scraproom!

Some fun facts about me: I am not very fond of chocolate. I drink way too much coffee. I love to sing out loud when I’m driving. I wanted to be either an actress when I was younger, but I became a social worker. I am not an organized scrapper, my scrap room is a mess. I do know where to find everything though. Well, almost everything.

I am super excited to join the Swirlydoos designteam! Swirlydoos kits are amazing and I have loved them for years. I really look forward to getting to know everybody and I hope I will be able to inspire you!

You can find my blog here:

Please join us in welcoming her on our forums!

Monday, September 15, 2014

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

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful September collection:

Vintage Love

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

Video Tour of the "Vintage Love" Collection

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!

Look what our education team has created using our Mod Melts Project Add On kit! 

Our Education Team is going to show you how to make the PERFECT impressions from the "Mod Mold" today. Be sure to go to our home page for a link to a video tutorial using the project add on, and check back on Saturday for how to make the completed project shown!


September Sketch, created by our amazing sketch artist, Beggahuna!

This beautiful sketch is your inspiration, now get creating! Our September sketch challenge runs until October 15th, and is open to EVERYONE! Upload your layout into the "Vintage Love" section of the Swirlydoos Gallery and you will be entered to win a fantastic prize pack 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!

This is the sketch challenge prize:

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

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

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 9/17 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 9/18. 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 Paulien's Blog. Have fun!

Here is the blog hop order:

Sunday, September 14, 2014
Thanks to all who posted in the gallery this week! The layout of the week is this lovely page by Sherri:

I hear a lot of people say that they find muted colors difficult to work with, but Sherri executed this PERFECTLY. She drew out all the subtle hues on the paper and coordinated them in darker shades remarkably, while keeping such a soft feeling to the page. The cheesecloth placement is fabulous and I just ADORE how she used the Prima tiles. Congrats to Sherri and THANKS for sharing it with us. :)
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Hello crafty people! I'm sharing a video tutorial on how I made this card for Maggi's Rooster Challenge:

Check out the quick video tutorial:

Also, I used the September sketch from Die-Namites dies, who is our 2014 blog hop sponsor!

You can check out their challenge here:

Die-Namites Challenge

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Sunday, September 7, 2014
This monochromatic layout by Tracey Camburn is just stunning!

How wonderful is that picture of these happy little children! The punch work is beautiful, and I just adore the colors. The work Tracey did woth the butterflies is so awesome!

Thanks for sharing your layout with us, Tracey!

What would Swirlydoos be without our wonderful subscribers?!? It's a pleasure getting to know these ladies on the forums and from the stories they tell through their layouts. Yes,we are an amazing community, but most of all, we're a family! We appreciate each and every member and they deserved to be spotlighted. With that being said, our featured member for September is.....

Paula Calvanico

Here is a bit from Paula:
I am so happy to be a featured member of Swirlydoos!  A bit about me, I have been scrapping since 2005.  The bug didn't bite me right away.  Some gals at school were showing off their scrapbook albums and I just thought "ugh what work"  Then one had a Creative Memories party and I bought some stamps, which I still have, and the rest is history as they say!

I love this hobby, I love everything about paper-crafting from the wonderfully kind and generous people who make up this art to all the different styles that now encompass it.  I would say my style is a combo of shabby-chic and formal romance.  Sometimes I get a little wild and go steampunky or grunge oh my! Lol.

I joined Swirlydoos kit club in April.  I was a stalking researcher since about the holidays jumping all around to the various clubs trying to decide where I'd fit and I just found Swirlydoos to be that place.  Everyone here is welcoming and uplifting.  I'm glad to call myself a Swirly-Sistuh :)
Here are a some of my favorite projects of Paula's, sure to inspire you!!
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Please come back and visit every first Sunday of the month to see who our next featured member will be! We love our Swirlygirls!!



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