Thursday, May 25, 2017
What a way to celebrate Spring - Swirlydoos' Wildflower Kit and Add-Ons are packed full of gorgeous colors, elegant embellishments (with a bit of fun thrown in!) and, as always, the opportunities to create several OTP projects.

I started with the sketch (did you know that every Swirlydoos Kit comes with an original sketch created by Swirlydoos Designer Kim Heard?), the Whitford sheet from Blue Fern Studios' Chesterville collection and this wonderful photo of my daughter-in-law and granddaughter that my son took on Easter Sunday. I've added the oversized Frank Garcia resin frame and Tim Holtz Quote Chips from the main kit, flowers from the main kit and various add-ons, and one of the Frank Garcia spoons that came in the Embellishment kit. The Mediums kit is just amazing this month; I used the new Finnabair Waxes and Sparks to color the resin frame and Quote Chips, along with the clay cherub and small frame that I made with air-dry clay.

Here is the sketch.

And my layout...

And a few closeups...




I'm now hosting the All That Flutters Challenge http://www.swirlydoos.com/forums/topic/may-atf-challenge-wildflower/ - a monthly chance to show off some of your collection of butterflies, dragonflies, bees, ladybugs, birds, fairies and anything else that well, flutters!

Here is the layout that I created as an example, using a gorgeous paper from Prima's Wild and Free collection, more of the Quote Chips and the amazing chippie that came in the Main Kit to scrap this group of beautiful Swirly Campers. Those cute Darice wood butterflies, the frame and the Quote Chips were all treated with Finnabair Waxes and Sparks from the Mediums kit.

Some closeups...




This next layout features all three grandchildren on Easter. I've used another of the Blue Fern Studios Chesterville papers and various scraps to mat the photo. That's a Creative Embellishments chippie (Distressed Chicken Wire Border) that was treated with more of the Finn Waxes. The vines under the flowers were cut from an old dictionary page using a Sizzix Wildflowers Thinlits die from the Die add-on and colored with the Ranger Gold Metallic paint from the Mediums kit.




And now for this month's Project Add-On, featuring 2 Tim Holtz Vignette Boxes and tons of fun pieces to embellish them with! The boxes themselves were colored with Ranger Gold Metallic paint; I've used a few scraps of papers on the inside. Before adhering the Tim Holtz Finials to the tops and bottoms, I coated them with Finnabair Waxes. I created the decor on the sides with air-dry clay, using IOD Moulds; like the Finials, they're coated with Finnabair Waxes. Those adorable domes (filled with beads from my stash), the grape hearts, spools and twine are included in this kit; the flowers and the gold nailheads are from the Embellishment kit. The photo is from my family's collection: my Aunts Dorothy and Jean c.1925.



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Monday, May 22, 2017
Are you looking for a challenge to get your creativity flowing? Well, check out the forums at Swirlydoos. The monthly All that Flutters challenge is still open using the May kit "Wildflowers." Please post your entries here. Yes, you can enter more than once.

A really cool challenge is the Round Robin aka RR. Round 3 is posting so go check it out here.

Here's Steph's entry.

week 2 layout

And, don't forget the monthly sketch challenge.


Sunday, May 21, 2017


The Layout of the Week for May 21 goes to Cheryl for this gorgeous page. I love the stenciled roses and those resin pieces. But what really caught my eye were the handmade flowers using cardstock and vellum and heat embossing.

Congratulations, Cheryl!!!!
 
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Happy Saturday everyone, today I have a Saturday  video  for Swirlydoos.

This video is a comparison/how to on some of the items we have gotten in past Mixed Media kits. Over the past few months we have gotten some Inka Golds and some Prima Art alchemy Waxes. These items are similar so I am showing you how I think they are the same and different and how I like to use the.

We have also gotten some 3D molding paste and Ferro.m What are these and how do you use them? Watch the video and see how I use them, they are both really very easy and fun to use.

Here is the video:





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, May 15, 2017
Good morning! Just want to share a few highlights with you. Here's what's going on this week at Swirlydoos in regards to challenges.

The ATF aka All that Flutters challenge is going on all month. Use the most recent kit to create a layout with something that flutters: a butterfly, dragonfly, fairy, bird-you get the idea! It can be a layout, a card, a canvas or another creation that you made this month.

Here's the link to enter your creation.

Another favorite is the RR aka Round Robin. You can find the latest entries here.

This one was created by Kathi and ended up being the LOTW!


Oh, don't forget the monthly sketch challenge!


Sunday, May 14, 2017


The Layout of the Week goes to Kathi for this amazing page. Her layout takes the photo of a garden gate and extends it out into the page so well with the punched and die cut layers underneath and the incredible cluster of flowers and tendrils and metal gate.

Congratulations, Kathi!!!!


Saturday, May 13, 2017


Good Saturday morning, Swirly Savages!
Grab your favorite silicone molds, an inexpensive wood box from your local craft chain store and your basic tools - we're going to change this

to this

 using the gorgeous "Wildflower" April Mediums Kit from Swirlydoos!
What? No molds? No problem! Use pieces of lace or other textured trim around the sides and a flower or a metal piece for the top.
The magic comes from a coating of black gesso and the incredible Finnabair Metallique Waxes from Prima that Krissy included in the Mediums Add-On! 


I've created a tutorial on Snapguide; here's the link.

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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, May 8, 2017
Hello, Swirly Savages! 

Check out the challenges we have going on at Swirlydoos. There is enough to keep you busy, for sure. So let's check it out.

First, the monthly sketch challenge featuring another wonderful sketch created by Kim.


Use the April kit to enter the All that Flutters contest. Here’s how this Challenge works: Using the April  “Wildflower” Kit and Add-Ons, create a project (scrapbook layout, canvas, card, tag, OTP project, it’s up to you) that includes something that “flutters” – butterflies, dragonflies, bees, ladybugs, birds, fairies – we all have these among our embellies, dies and punches, right? 

The ATF challenge is open through the end of May.

How about the RR (Round Robin)? The first round of layouts will be posted on May 8th. So go check them out! Watch for June sign ups the last week of May.

Here's Kim's example for the RR this month.


Happy scrapping!

Come back next week for an update on the May challenges.


Sunday, May 7, 2017


The Layout of the Week goes to Donna for this gorgeous page. I love the way that she's taken advantage of the colors and design of the pattern paper and embellishments to create her page. Her clusters of flowers and vines and trinkets (did you catch that small photo?) and the way that she used the Collectables die cuts to frame her beautiful images.

Congratulations, Donna!!!!

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