Thursday, February 28, 2013

FWAB February Projects

Hello, all. I've been super sick with pneumonia, so I haven't had a chance to post my projects I made this month with fabulous Flourish with a Bling products. By the way, FWAB is now selling their products directly to you on their website! Check it out RIGHT HERE. Awesome news, right??

So, being sick, I did some double and triple duty this month to get these projects done. Here's the first one:

"Hey You" Card

Every month on the Swirlydoos Kit Club forums, we have a Round Robin Card Challenge, and it's one of my favorite challenges. This is my submission. My week was week three, so two very talented ladies "went before me" and this is my adaptation of Patty's and Steph's cards. The twists were that the card could not be square, and we had a color palette to work with also. 

I knew that the beautiful Elise Flourish was perfect for the color palette, and wanted to brighten the card up with the fabulous FWAB teal pearls. Here's what they look like in the package:

"My Sweets" Layout

Okay, so this one is doing triple duty. I'm also using this layout for the sketch challenge at Swirlydoos, and also for the Groundhog Day Challenge there- the idea is to take an old layout that you think could use a re-do, and make it better.

I used the FWAB Latte pearls to accent the flourishes on the paper, and also on the lace. And, one of my favorite ways to use the flourishes- popping out from under flowers and vines- I LOVE that look. I used the Grace flourish in chocolate.

Thanks for having a peek!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Swirlydoos is having an ET Call

We KNOW you love to scrapbook, BUT, do you have a gift for sharing your ideas and techniques with others? Are you a multi-talented multi-tasker who can work with lots of different art mediums? Do you love to work with the newest and best products in the scrapbooking world? How would you like to share your love of scrapbooking as a member of the Swirlydoos Kit Club Education Team?

We are currently looking for an addition or two to our extraordinary Education Team. If you think you would be the perfect fit for our family, here are the requirements:

Work with the monthly main kit and technique/project kit provided to you at no cost, and create high quality videos & photos to share with our fantastic members
  • You will create a minimum of four technique/educational videos per month using the products supplied to you.
  • Post all creations to the gallery, the Swirlydoos YouTube channel, your blog, facebook, pinterest and any other online galleries you may be a member of.
  • Participate in all blog hops that coincide with our monthly reveal.
  • Actively participate in our very unique and active community of subscribers on the swirlydoos.comforums.

Sound fun? Please submit your application to with the following  information:
  1. A short bio and why you would like to be a Swirlydoos Educator
  2. Your complete name, address and telephone number.
  3. A link to your blog
  4. A link to your videos (your YouTube or Ustream account(s) ) Please show us your best videos!
  5. A link(s) to any online galleries you may have such as or
  6. 3 of your best projects (please be sure they are recent projects)
  7. Tell us what other design or education teams that you are on.
  8. Applications MUST be received no later than March 13rd, 2013

Good luck to all who apply!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Welcome to Swirlydoos' "Upon a Time" Reveal Blog Hop Block Party!!

If you came here from the Swirlydoos blog, then you are on the right track. If not, go back and start from there. We have some amazing projects for you to see today !! Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! Check out Swirlydoos on Facebook and Like Us!!!

Oh my word, this kit is gorgeous! We were lucky enough to get ALL of the papers in the Graphic 45 "Place in Time" collection, and a ton of embellies to go with. This month's kit is a SMOKIN' DEAL. If you aren't a subscriber yet (WHAAAAAAAAT?), there just MIGHT be one left in the store, and if you are really lucky, there might even be some add-ons, especially the awesome technique kit this month! So, go check the Swirlydoos boutique now!

Here it is:

March Calendar Wall Decor

I have had the best time delving into this kit- I have sooooo many more projects I want to do too. I decided to start out with the main kit by creating a calendar for the month of March. I am going to do a wall hanging for each month, and I'm all set for next month. This is what I came up with:

I started out with a piece of circle cardboard I salvaged from a DiGiorno's frozen pizza- they are the perfect size! Then I prepped it by exposing the edges, using some purple gelato, and Tattered Angels Olive Vine. Of course, most of it is covered up, but it looks so nice as an accent around the edges, which are easier to see in real life, of course!

I then took a piece of the purple Core'Dinations cardstock from the cardstock add-on, and the "March" paper and traced the cardboard circle and cut them out. I distressed them both with the Prima Distress Tool, after inking them with distress and chalk inks. As my base, them added my goodies. 

"The Story of Us" Mini Album

Nearly every time I am on Pinterest, I run across this quote, and I think it's perfect. I don't know where it came from, but it's so heartfelt, and I wanted to make a project using it. Here it is:
           "First, we had each other. Then we had you. Now we have everything."
Isn't that just the sweetest? Well, I thought so, and that was the inspiration for my mini album that I created using this month's technique kit. I wanted to put pictures in there, but I will have to do that soon. 

I used a lot of things from this month's kit and add-ons, and a number of things from my stash to give it a completed look. 


You can check out my video where I show you three main techniques I used on my mini that include: using the TA paint system to create a faux leather cover, a inking/misting technique for chipboard, and creating a shabby chic cardboard piece to tear and use for layering in the album.

Here's the video:

Thanks for looking, and enjoy the rest of the hop, dolls!

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Wednesday 2/13 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Thursday 2/14. 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. Become a follower if you're not already. 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.

My special words are: A balanced 

The party continues on Vicky's blog. Have fun!