Sunday, April 27, 2014

Exciting News from Blue Fern Studios!

Something NEW is Coming...!

We have an exclusive SNEAK PEEK for you of what's coming up next for Blue Fern Studios:

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Stay TUNED for further details!!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Swirlydoos Start to Finish Video Tutorial

Happy Saturday!

Today I am sharing a layout I made using the April kit.

I have a start to finish video to show you how I made this project:

Thanks for visiting the Swirlydoos blog today!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

April Blue Fern Studios Projects

Happy Sunday! Today I'd like to share some projects I've made this month for Blue Fern Studios. 

Dream Layout

First up, I have my sketch layout. You may have seen it if you have checked out our April sketch challenge. Here is the lovely sketch:

And, here is my take on it using the Blue Fern Garden paper collection:

Here's a closeup of the "Beaded Strings" circle piece. I primed it with gesso, then used a blending tool with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink by Ranger. I finished the treatment by adding some random stamping with a text stamp in archival ink, and placed some bling on each of the "beads."

This piece from the "Ironworks Accents" set fit perfectly at the top of the layout. I primed it with gesso, then added some Ranger "cement" embossing powder, then lightly added some grey chalk ink for added distressing.

The "Blue Fern Flourish" is tucked under the flowers. I used gesso to prime (of course!), then added some green Distress Stain and some olive chalk ink after the stain was dry. 

If you haven't already, play along with us this month with the April sketch: April Sketch Challenge!

Butterfly Tag

For this tag I used three keys from the "Vintage Keys" set. I colored them with silver Izink without priming them first to create a "dull" look to the keys.

I painted this "Bohemian Butterfly" with glossy black paint with a sponge. When it was dry, I glued it to some pink paper, then cut around it. I topped it off with some crystals to accent the body. 

Dream Big Layout

And, the last project I am sharing today is this layout:

I tucked the "Seasonal Wildflowers" under the picture after coloring it with blue chalk ink and sponging on some walnut stain Distress Ink. I layered the different inks several times in random spots, and added some small blooms.

This title is from "The Optimist Word Set." I primed it with gesso, then added some Ranger embossing ink in turquoise. It was a little brighter than I wanted it to be, so I used some brown chalk ink to randomly tone down that blue. 

For the "Doily Bunting" I grazed it with black archival ink, then added some wired raffia along the "string," and then placed tiny blooms on each doily.

Thank you for letting me share my projects with you today! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Swirlydoos April Reveal and Blog Hop!

Welcome to:
April Scrapbook Kit Reveal & Blog Hop!

If you came here from Tracey's blog, then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog 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!!! Make sure you have LIKED & FOLLOWED Swirlydoos on Facebook!!!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful April collection:


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

Are you a subscriber? If so, your kit is on it's way! If not, check out the Swirlydoos store to see if there are any April kits or add ons in the store!

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 !!  

Seriously, my heart just stopped when I first saw this paper collection from Authentique at the Winter CHA show. The colors speak to me. The designs on the papers are so classically gorgeous, and perfect in every way. Tiffany blue is my favorite color! Breakfast at Tiffany's is my FAVORITE classic movie EVER! So, I was thrilled that we were able to get this collection in a kit, not to mention the perfect timing of this paper release- it's amazing how many embellishments coordinate with this paper and theme!

"I Hope You Feel Beautiful Today" Altered Shadowbox 

I had a blast making this shadowbox tray! I think it's going to look quite fabulous in my bathroom. For this tray, I used items from the main and add on kits, including flowers that I made with the project add on this month that features the new Marion Smith Bloom Impressions tool. I am so impressed with myself because I NEVER make my own flowers, and I made both of these:

And, I have a video tutorial on how to EASILY make both of these flowers with some tips and tricks: 

"Oh What a Darling" Layout

This is my take on the sketch this month. Admittedly, my design took on a life of it's own! To me, this kit is perfect for "classic" looking designs, so this is the result. These pictures are of my daughter, Audra, who is actually named after Audrey Hepburn. I wanted something a little different and not as common as Audrey. :)

Everything on this page is from the Tiffany's collection with the exception of the title, which are Authentique diction, and some Thickers. 

"Hello" Card

So, this is my card I am submitting for the Swirlydoos Round Robin card challenge this month for week one. I was going for a heavily layered, shabby chic card. I used a Die~Namites die (Butterfly Frame) for the oval. It is one of my favorites!

"Supreme" Layout

Oh, how I love Audrey Hepburn! I've seen most, if not all of her movies. I came across this photo by Angus McBean while trying to find a good photo of this icon, and I found this, and KNEW this would be the perfect photo to pay tribute to my favorite actress!

I used the embossing powder and metallic paint to create that finish on the frame. I used a metal corner, butterfly, and pocket watch from my stash to complete the layout. 

Thanks for joining us for our blog hop today. I hope you found some inspiration!

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Sunday 4/13 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Monday 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.

My special word is : POSSIBLE!

This concludes the blog hop! Please go back to the Swirlydoos blog and post the special phrase in the comments section for a chance to win one of our prizes!  

In case you missed any blogs, here is the list in order: 









Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Swirlydoos Design Team Call!

Swirlydoos Kit Club - Design Team Call

Are you passionate about Scrapbooking? Do you enjoy teaching and inspiring other crafters? Can you gab with the best of us? Swirlydoos Kit Club is looking to add amazing talent to our outstanding Design Team for a 6 month term that will run from our June, 2014 kit to our November, 2014 kit. We will be adding 2-3 fabulously creative Designers who are energetic, outgoing, talented, versatile individuals and who are committed to the beautiful art of scrapbooking.

 Our designers must be able to devote the time necessary to our community, to our members, and to their artwork. We are especially interested in designers who make awesome video tutorials!

This DT call will close at midnight MST on April 25th, 2014. 
This call is open to talented scrapbook designers all around the globe

Design Team Requirements:
  1. You will create a minimum of 4-5 layouts/projects, and as many cards, tags etc as you can per main kit sent to you.
  2. Create at least one tutorial of your choosing during your 6 month term, and add content to our tips, tricks and techniques area in the forum.
  3. Create a minimum of 3 “blank” cards during your 6 month term to send in to the home office.
  4. You must upload your projects to all major scrapbook galleries and blogs you are affiliated with, along with Facebook and Pinterest.
  5. Advertise for Swirlydoos kit club with Blinkies, blog banners, badges and other social media tools.
  6. BE EXCITED about being on the team! Be very ACTIVE on the forum and in our gallery!
  7. You will participate in our monthly blog hops.
  8. You will occasionally be asked to send us some of your completed projects for display at trade shows that Swirlydoos is participating in.

An ideal candidate for being on the design team will:

 -Have the ability to take excellent, clear pictures of projects
 -Be dedicated to promoting the kits and personal projects to social media on reveal day,      including Facebook  
 -Already have an active blog, Facebook and accounts
 -Be an active member of our community on the forums and commenting in the gallery at  least four times a week
 -Be willing to partake in design team duties and help with any other promotions or contests we  may have

If you are interested in joining the DESIGN TEAM - Send an email to "" with "DESIGN TEAM CALL" in the subject line. Include all of the following information:
  • Your name
  • address
  • telephone number
  • email address
  • blog address
  • any online galleries where we might see more of your work
  • YouTube address and or UStream Channel link,  if you have one
  • 3 samples of your current work that best reflect your style
  • a list of all design teams you have been on, past and current (prior experience is not necessary)
  • Please tell us what you consider your strengths (where you excel) and why you would make a good designer for the Swirlydoos community.

What you can expect from Swirlydoos:

An honest, fun, dedicated team who supports you and your art and encourages you at every turn.
A FABULOUS tight knit community of smart assed, super talented scrapbookers from around the world
CHA invitations and passes
Free monthly main kit for Design Team
Free monthly main kit
50% discount on all other kits and store purchases during your term

The new design team will be announced April 30th on our blog

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Blue Fern Studios April Sketch Challenge

April Sketch Challenge at Blue Fern Studios!

Hello and welcome to a new month and a new sketch challenge!

April Sketch
This one can easily be flipped or turned to suit your photo! 

Here's my take on the sketch:

I used the AMAZING Blue Fern Garden Papers and some beautiful BFS chippies!

And we have a brand NEW batch of goodies for you too- including some of our NEWEST designs, hot off the press! Take a look at what one lucky randomly drawn winning participant will win from this month's sketch challenge:

In addition to our prize winner, we will also select a Top 3 to feature in our winner post!
We have just a few simple rules to follow if you would like to participate in our sketch challenge:
1.) Feel free to interpret the sketch as you please by means of taking it as-is or flipping/turning/mirroring it to suit your needs! **Please note that you can do whatever type of project you please- a layout, card, tag, canvas, altered item- whatever suits your mood and style! We would love to see the different ways our sketch can be used.**

2.) You must use at least one piece of Blue Fern Studios chipboard OR use Blue Fern Studios paper on your project. Please note that you do not need to use the pieces featured in the sketch- use whatever suits your fancy! You can find the store nearest you HERE{Do not use any other brand of chipboard on your project please!}

3.) Upload your project using the Inlinkz tool below by midnight EST on April 30th, 2014.
We look forward to your entries!

Link Up Here!

Collection closes in 29d 15h 1m.
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