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Thursday, May 27, 2010

CARDS and more cards, for oodles of challenges!

whew! that was a heck of a long post yesterday... glad that some of you enjoyed reading my psychobabble! :) today, i'm heading out to look for a long, black dress (with sleeves, dagnabbit!) to wear in a wedding party. do you know how difficult it's been so far? i was even asked at one dress shop why on EARTH i'd want sleeves - all the girls are wearing sleeveless or strapless and adding a shrug or shawl. um, yeah, ALL THE GIRLS. i'm a WOMAN, honey, and i don't need everything hanging out, so i'd prefer a little coverage on my arms, and a dress that i might actually be inclined to wear again! anywho, my goal today is to hit up some of the thrift stores, in hopes of finding something slightly old-fashioned, as that is SO my style. gimme something from the vintage 1920s or even funky '70s dresses, and i'm in my GLORY!

now if this migraine would just pack up and leave... it's not welcome here!

okay. so there's lots going on! first of all, there are only a few days left of the Simon Says Stamp challenge on PaperCraftPlanet! HURRY! the prize is wonderfully blingy, and there are nearly 30 participants, and lots of FABULOUS inspiration, so Chris is hoping to see some more entries for this round! the challenge? well, it's BLING, of course! and what better way to reward a blingy creation than by enabling more of the same? :) play along HERE, and do it by May 30th for your chance to win!

we're one week into our new Some Odd Girl challenge, and while we went MINIMAL last time, we're looking for 3 or more different patterned papers this time (all from different manufacturers!). CLICK HERE FOR THE CHALLENGE.... and here's what i did, using this month's adorable Freebie, "Cherry Sprinkles":

papers from Basic Grey (Sugar Rush), 2 different ones from Sass (Sunshine and Lollipops), and one from K & Company (Carolyn Gavin's Greenhouse). AND, so you don't miss it, Cherry Sprinkles will only be available for a few more days, so grab him while you can! a new freebie will go up on June 1st, which also happens to be the release date for a WHOLE NEW batch of Some Odd Girl images! WOO HOO! okay, so play along with the challenge, make something new, use whatever image you'd like (though we LOVE to see the Some Odd Girl images on your projects!), and do all of this by WEDNESDAY, June 2nd at midnight, EST, for your chance to win your choice of TWO free images from! PLUS, Some Odd Girl is sponsoring PILE IT ON this week, so you have more chances to win, PLUS if you play along, you get a discount at the store! go check it out!

for my "Hey Sugar" card, i decided to play along at Ooh La La, where their theme for this round is "bright and cheerful" - this is a pretty stinkin' happy card, right? :)
i also saw the challenge at Inky Impressions, where they want you to use at least two letters from their recipe list, and knew i wanted to play along - how handy that this challenge runs for two weeks, as i wouldn't have posted in time! i chose Flowers, O (for round things), and S for sparkle.

so the Dollie Call has ended and we are in the process of choosing our next team for the July-December term. some AMAZING applications, and we're having a really tough time choosing! we're also amazed at how many people WANT to be Dollies! we'll be making the announcement on June 1st, so stay tuned, as you'll be meeting the new Dollies very soon! in the meantime, how about some challenges? monday i posted the new COLOR CHALLENGE, which is this one:

and i'm totally craving neapolitan ice cream. so, what can you do with Kraft, White and Fuschia? well our Dollies knocked it outta the park, and then there's my quirky little example (i know exactly who's getting this one!):

so play along with this challenge by CLICKING HERE (and linking your new project by next TUESDAY, June 1st at midnight EST - i added an extra day as i posted late!), and you could win this:

playing along at:
Pile It On: "out of the box" - for many reasons! using a 7 as the letter "L", using the teeny punched shapes from my border punch to carry on the stars/alien/space theme, using alphas to create a silly background (this certainly helped me use up some alphas!)
Secret Crafter - no patterned paper! (it was easy to make my own!)

and yesterday, i also posted the new Elements Challenge at Design Dollies - this one calls for a recipe:
1) Lace
2) The color PINK
3) Stripes
4) A crown
5) TWO 3-d elements (or more)

sounds kind of intimidating, right? well take a look at what our Dollies did with this! Mel and Kate gave us a couple of seriously FABBY scrapbook pages! here's my little contribution:

(doesn't look so tough anymore, does it?!)
play along with this one by next MONDAY, June 1st at midnight EST for a shot at Adina's yummy May prize pack!
(i had a challenge in mind when i made this, but i totally strayed from the sketch, so fegeddaboutit!)

lastly, this one is my final hurrah at The TownScrapper! Mondays continue to show visitors what kinds of stamps Phebe carries at the store... like this one! i used a Kraftin' Kimmie stamp (image courtesy of my Adina-Dollie - thanks, hun!), "Marie Antoinette":

drop by to see the rest of the Scrapettes' work, and if you're interested in being a Scrapette, check out the Design Team Call! the gals are super sweet and extremely talented, and Phebe's just wonderful. plus there are perks! (i won't tell - just go see for yourself!)

i'm entering this card in the AWESOME challenge #94 at Color Throwdown - here's the palette:

seriously, HOT! love this combination, and i can totally see myself using it again, as my new 7 Gypsies pad has some perfect papers for it!

um, what else am i missing? dunno, but this has turned into another crazy long post, so i think i'll publish now, and if i think of anything else, i'll add another post later. thanks for your patience, chickens! ;)


  1. all fab creations!! Good luck dress hunting! Robin

  2. HOLY CUTE! These are all so awesome!!!

  3. Wow you have been busy gorgeous creations I think the cupcake has to be my favourite thank you so much for sharing with us at ooh la la

  4. Dude - I hear ya on the sleeve issue...drives me nutso!!! You just cannot get nice classic style dresses with long sleeves...and as you say if you ask the assistants, they give you lip *sigh*
    I am totally into 50's pin up fashion right now and look for dresses of that kind - but again NO long sleeves *double-sigh*

    I am TOTALLY digging that Monstah card! THat is totally my fave but the others are divine too!

  5. You are such a busy gal!!!! How many people applied for the Design Dollies DT?
    Love all of the fab creations! oh and those people that give us outdated mags are so dumb. Do they really think we would be happy about getting a dated mag? Seriously even if you don't get them isn't it an insult to get one from last year. Ugh!!!
    Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!!!

  6. Wow, look at all of those cards fabulous!

  7. Holyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy crud woman!! U have been busy!! And that monster card CRACKS ME UP!!! LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEE these! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  8. pleeeeaaasssee show us the dress when you get one!!!! i love your style dollie!! xo

  9. Leah -
    I adore the cupcake card! Those glittery letters are delicious! And the monster is really adorable too!

  10. Blimey! You've been very busy! Send me some of your time, I need it!
    Cupcake card is delicious, but I love the monster card! Not a scary monster, no monster can be scary AND pink!
    Hope you're going to show us your new dress - if you manage to find one.
    Love Elaine xx

  11. Just a fabulous selection of cute and quirky cards, perfect!
    Thanks for Piling It On this week :)

  12. Fabulous cards! Love your cute 'lil Monster!
    Thanks for joining us at Pile It On!
    Helen x

  13. Hey gorgeous, you've been busy!! I can never play favourites (because I'm fickle, and because they're all so fabby!) BUT I am kind of partial to that tweet birdie card, and Marie Antoinette!! How delicious is that lace!

    Hope you had some luck finding the perfect dress - do shop assistants really every sell stuff by telling their customers that ALL THE GIRLS are wearing such and such?? Honestly, that's a reason NOT to :)

  14. Holy crow, you've been a busy girl! And I haven't been following my bestest bloggy & real life friends as closely as I should be. Shame! But I love all the stuff you've been doing!

    Soooo much fun running with the Dollies this month...thanks for having me. And I think you asked about the paper on my lo & card. It's actually really old Daisy D. I always loved that line they put out a few years ago so I kinda hoarded a bunch of it. I'm running low now though. Oh, and my dad helped me pick the paper. hehehe...isn't that cute?

  15. wozer...what an amzing collection!! Love the glittery letters on your first card! and the colours you have used on the Krafting Kimmie image, are just Lush!!

    P.S love your new look blog!

    Hugs Juls

  16. That my friend, is a LOT of cuteness going on! Love the monstah LOL

    I do plan on coming back to Dollies - I have been so busy that I haven't had a chance to join any challenges lately :(

    Deanne :)

  17. Amazing set of great funny and lovely cards!
    Thank you for joining us at "PIO"!
    hugs Nana

  18. omg--i am sooooooooo bummed that i didn't get to ROCK this challenge last was ON MY LIST...with a whole lot of other things that got knocked off by long waits for THE MAN at various dr offices! :(

    love♥love♥LOOOOOOVE both of you kraft, cream & white cards, however! (one bird, one monsta--CHECK!!!) :) and of course marie antoinette and the cuppy cake are both rather fab too! ♥

  19. leah,
    hi sweetie pie!
    Congratulations you were pick TOP 3 Scoops at Pile It On! Challenge!

    -- dalis
    PIO Owner

  20. of course love EVERYTHING but especially that monstah OLD card. that's priceless!!!!


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