Saturday, December 20, 2014
Hey Savages, Kim here with a quick Saturday tutorial. I altered a cardboard bottle holder. I plan on using this to hold a bottle of wine I'm giving to someone for the Holidays. This is a wonderful way to transport and display a nice gift for someone.

I had a lot of fun creating this. The best part is that is was very quick to do. I dug deep into my Christmas stash, pulled out a bunch of goodies and got to work. Everything I used on this came from a Swirlydoos Christmas kit from 2010.

Here is the final product.

If you want to see my step by step process, come on over to the forums and check it out. It can be found right here.

Remember a subscription to Swirlydoos kit club is a great gift to give or receive for the crafter in your lift. Perfectly coordinated kits are delivered to your door step every month. The forums are fulled with inspiration, challenges, tips and tricks. Be sure to mention my name (Kim Heard) 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!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful December collection:

Enchanted Evening

And check out these coordinating add ons that perfectly compliment our December scrapbook kit, and a special Christmas project!

Video Tour of the "Enchanted Evening" 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!

And, join our Facebook online gallery for amazing inspiration! 

Look what our education team has created, along with a video tutorial using our Christmas Card Holder Project Add On kit! 

Our Education Team has also prepared a video on how you can use the different products in the "mediums add-on kit! 

Helena has prepared an amazing tutorial that you can find in the "Anatomy of a Layout" section of our forums on how you can create this amazing page:


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

This beautiful sketch is your inspiration, now get creating! Our December sketch challenge runs until January 15th, and is open to EVERYONE! Upload your layout into the "Enchanted Evening" 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 December reveal blog hop!!!!!

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

We have NINETEEN (19) of these fabulous MDF "WISH" Mini Album Kit prizes to give away! That's 19 Chances to win!

Here's How to Win!

  • Refer a friend to Swirlydoos during our Dec. Blog hop and win AUTOMATICALLY!
  • Participate in our December BLOG HOP
  • Like and Share us on FACEBOOK
  • Upload projects to our Facebook Scrapbook Gallery

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 12/17 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 12/18. 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 on Helena's Blog

Monday, December 15, 2014
Hey Savages, it's Kim here to remind you about the ongoing challenges for the month of December. The beginning of the month means the start several new challenges. This month is was different, even with the holidays. A few challenges have been "altered" a bit this month to accommodate every one's hectic schedule. 

The first one is the Swirly Girl Challenge (SGC). This is a monthly member hosted challenge. Our Swirly girls manage to come up with some of the most interesting challenges that push you out of your creative comfort zone. This challenge is open to everyone as well.

This months challenge is being hosted by Swirly Savage Linda. Linda decided to change up the challenge a bit month so as not to stress any one out. She just wants you to share what you are doing this holiday season. How wonderful is that? If you happen to be crafting, that's even better.

The requirements for this challenge are: Share with us your cards, the gifts you're making, a poem you love, a special you tube, concerts that you go to.... you get the idea. Whenever you have a spare minute - stop and share a little bit of what's going on in your life, with us! 

Some of our Swirly sisters have been happily decorating their homes for the holidays. Please stop by the forums here to see the beautiful decorations they have shared in this challenge.

Look at some of JeannieV's beautiful decorations:

The December Round Robin Challenge has started. This is another challenge that is open to everyone, you just have to look for the sign ups when they roll around. The round robin is always a guessing game. Each week it is exciting to see the new "lift" of the layout the week before. 

This months round robin has changed a bit too. Instead of it being a layout challenge, we are making tags. Just to take a bit of the stress off.

The requirements for this challenge are: For this month, we’re going to say “anything goes”: please feel free to use whatever you have at hand. (This may be a good way to use leftovers from card making!)

Check out some of these gorgeous tags:

Today is the last day for entries into the All that Flutters challenge. This challenge is hosted by DT member Angelica and is always a lot of fun. The members create gorgeous layouts/projects for this challenge.

The requirements for this challenge are: Using the Beloved Kits create a layout, project, or card using anything that flutters. i.e butterflies,dragonflies bees, ladybugs, birds, fairies...etc! 

Here are some of the wonderful entries from this challenge:




Today is also the last day to enter the Beloved Sketch Challenge. This is our monthly sketch challenge. Each month subscribers get a sketch with their kit, but the sketch is also posted on the website/blog for non-subscribers.

The sketch challenge is open to everyone and you don't have to use a kit to participate either. It is always fun to see how everyone interprets the sketch. 

The requirements for this challenge are:  All you have to do is create a layout based on this sketch using any supplies you want by December 15th and upload HERE to be eligible to win a fantastic prize!
This is the sketch:

Here are some of the wonderful entries from this challenge:



Tomorrow the December kit will be revealed along with the new sketch challenge as well as a new All That Flutters Challenge. Make sure you stop by and check out the December kit reveal and new sketch challenge.

Ladies if you are looking for scrappy gifts for Christmas, a Swirlydoos Kit is a great gift to give or receive. Swirlydoos Scrapbook Kit Club has been sending out elegant, top of the line, perfectly coordinated scrapbook kits to scrapbookers all over the world since 2009!

 With Swirlydoos Kit Club you can be confident that you’re getting great value for your money on brand new, quality scrapbook supplies! Swirlydoos even offers free shipping on all store orders when they ship to a subscriber with their monthly kit!  Swirlydoos offers monthly challenges in our forums, an incredibly inspirational design team, challenges, high-end scrapbook retreats, manufacturer sponsored contests, a fantastic online community, hundreds of FREE paper crafting video and photo tutorials  and of course, superior customer service!

If you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at Mention my name (Kim Heard) 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!

Thanks for stopping by!! 

Sunday, December 14, 2014
This week's layout is Melisa's beautiful wedding layout. It romantic and shabby and ever so pretty! I love the swag that Mellisa created along the top. Her background stamping and masking adds background interest and texture. Congrats Mellisa!

Stop by our Forum and congratulate Mellisa and see what else is going on at Swirlydoos!

Saturday, December 13, 2014
Hi =) Today I have a tutorial for you. Hope you want to join in and follow all my pictures... It´s several of them =). First a photo of the finnished canvas...

It´s a bit of winter as well as of christmas.

My camvas is 6x6 canvas... so it´s quite a small one. I first start to measure on my canvas and mark with a pen so the square is in the middle. Then I cut out the square in the canvas with a  scalpel. After that is done I put a layer og gesso on it and dry it.

Then it´s time to do some more measuring on the back of the canvas. I measure how wide and deep  the hole on the back is, so I can make a small box. On my canvas it was 3 inch wide and 1 inch deep.

Then I cut out a square that is 5 inch. mark 1 inch from each side and cut in like it shows in the picture. Now it´s time to glue the box.

The other side of the paper is dark blue and that is the color I want to be shown in front so I fold my box and glue the ends, so I get I box like the one below....

Now i glue the angel and some flowers and leaves in the box.. like this =)

Time to go back to the canvas...

I spray some Lindys mist allover the canvas and use my heater to dry it.

Then I take a stencil and modelling paste on it... and use my heater again ;)

When it has dried I take my needle and some blue thread and sew around the hole to frame it.

Now I put my little box i the hole and use tape to put it in place. I only had masking tape at home, but I will change that to a better tape that is more sticky. So if you feel you want to try this tutorial... use a better tape ;)

Now it´s time to decorate the front of the canvas. For that I use a piece of chipboard on which I put a coat of white gesso on. Then i put some clear gesso on the birds and leaves... 

Here the clear gesso works as a glue for the micro beads. When I have put the micro beads on I use anoteher thin coat of clear gesso on them.

I don´t want the branch to be white so I put a coat of Inklings on it.

When this is done... I can glue down all my embellishments.

The last touches are made with gold paint... some splashes here and there.

Thanks for taking your time!

Sunday, December 7, 2014
How could I resist this adorable sweet photo with these colors that so perfectly enhance the photo?

Cheryl has done an amazing job with these bright and beautiful papers. Congrats to Cheryl for this layout of the week.

Keep adding your layouts to the gallery, and you too could be featured!
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 December is.....

Sue Kendrick
Here is a bit from Sue
I have been crafting ever since I can remember.  My Mother hated crafts of any kind, so I must have gotten it from my Dad.  Knitting has been a passion since I learned in a Camp Fire Girls class at the age of 11.  My crafting time has always been "stolen time," when I should have been studying, working, cleaning house, or whatever.  Six years ago, I got divorced and retired (both happily) and moved out of Miami.  I am now able to spend my time taking crafty classes in such things as weaving, kumihimo, knitting, and papercrafting, and my home is one giant craft studio. 
I have two sons, one here in Crawfordville and one in Tacoma, WA.  No grandkids, which is fine.  Both sons are happy and healthy.  My adorable, spoiled cats keep me company when I stay up all night, and they cuddle up when I sleep all morning.
I was introduced to scrapbooking via Creative Memories about 15 years ago.  Recently, I have been disappointed to see scrapbooking move toward the Project Life style, but searching the internet, Swirlydoos popped up.  I have been a member for about a year and a half now.  My favorite things are cards, tags, and making books.  I do love the vintage, distressed, elegant Swirly style.  I found a great rubber stamp at a shop in Santa Fe, NM, that says it all:  "This isn't art.  I just like to make stuff."

Here are a some of my favorite projects of Sue's, sure to inspire you!!

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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