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Friday, December 28, 2012

ANYTHING GOES at Charisma this week!

okay folks, these are the easiest challenges of all!  you can use ANY kind of craft, ANY colors, ANY materials, and as much or as little imagination as you'd like (we prefer the former!)...  you can only enter up to TEN challenges, and you can only enter up to THREE times with us...  ready?

CLICK HERE to play along at Charisma this week and win some yummies!  here's my card, featuring a super cute digi from Lori Boyd (my "co-worker" at Designed to Color"!):

here's "Party Time Gabbi" up close and personal (colored with my Prismas, natch!):

AND do you wanna know what you can win?  of course you do!  check it out....  you can win any of these:

SIX digis of your choice from
Digi Stamp Boutique

OR...  £10 to spend at
Joanna Sheen
OR...  4 digis from 
sassy studio designs

how ya like DEM apples, chickens?  play along by CLICKING HERE and checking out the rest of the gorgeous samples from our Charisma Galz (it's such an honor to be a part of this talented team!).  play along by next WEDNESDAY, and you might be one of our lucky winners!  

and with that, my darlings, i am heading to work, and when i return this afternoon, i'm heading up to Canada to visit with my Dad and to bring my Son home, after 6 months he's lived with his father.  he has DEFINITELY been missed!  i am grinning from ear to ear!  :D

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

new CLEAR STAMP RELEASE at Some Odd Girl! (comment to win!)

howdy, chickens!  quick like a bunny tonight, as the hubbin is out for a while and i NEED to get some shopping under my belt (it's kind of sad - i literally have THREE gifts so far, but at least my hair looks cute!). 

we have a brand new CLEAR STAMP RELEASE at Some Odd Girl, and it's all about the lurrrrrve!  :D  yesterday, we brought you Love Me Not Mae (a dreamily romantic kinda gal), and today, we have LOVE BANDIT!  super cute little raccoons who are out to steal your heart (and everyone else's, too!)...  wanna see 'em?  here's one now!

i went SUPER soft with my palette for this one, opting for a Memento London Fog ink and some grey tone Copics (that's right, COPICS - again!).  i just wanna pick this little guy up and squeeeeeze him, ya know?! 

here's my card for today's little celebration:

both papers are Fancy Pants (It's the Little Things) and i've gotten a TON of mileage from this little 6x6 pad!  cute and simple, and AGAIN, not my usual style.  ribbon from my stash, and that is literally IT!  crazy, right?  :)

SO, here's the awesome set -

AND...  you can win it by clicking HERE to see our Odd Girls rock this release, and by leaving a comment...  be sure to read the "fine print" though - there's a little question you have to answer in order to be eligible to win!  :D

so there you have it.  we're not through the last of the Christmas crafting, and we're already moving onto Valentine's stuff!  EEP!  i have lots to do! 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sketch challenge at Studio D - Damaris is giving away COPICS!

so the 25 Days of Christmas are wrapping up at Studio D - have you been there to check out the festivities?  Damaris has shared what seems like a bazillion awesome projects for the holidays, and i can tell you this - my mind's been SWIMMING with ideas!  the girl's creativity just doesn't quit!

anywho, Copic markers can be won for this particular challenge - Damaris has given us a little sketch action to play with, and the challenge closes in just a few hours.  i decided to color up my Gingerbread Kaylee from Some Odd Girl (with Copics, for a change!), and went all non-traditional (and almost Halloweeny, come to think of it!), for this lil' card...

well i saw the shapes and layers of the sketch and had to play along (although i replaced the circle with an image)!  here's the sketch she gave us:

FUN, right?  i love the hexagon shapes and the chevron pattern (and i almost went in a whole other direction, but stuck to the original plan).  there's still time (and not many players), so if you wanna get in on it, CLICK HERE and be inspired!

now i'd just like to give a little nod to our awesome hostess, Damaris, for 25 days of entertaining posts, inspiring projects, and LOTS of organizing and planning and awesomesauce - i certainly couldn't have put something like this together, and i hope it becomes a yearly event!  thanks, D!  :D

(p.s. - think it's time to change my blog template - i hate that the photos bleed into my sidebar and i don't want to decrease the size of my photos.  ANNOYING!)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas at Charisma - join us and win YUMMY STUFF!

afternoon, chickens...  hope all's well in your respective necks of the woods!  i just came back from gettin' my hairs did (FINALLY - goodbye grey!), and i'm feelin' like a rock star!  my hair guy is so awesome - he always tries something slightly different and i always walk out feeling like i just got the royal treatment.  totally happy with my new 'do, yessirreebob!

in crafty news, there's a Christmas challenge going on at Charisma right now!  all we wanna see is your Christmas creations - could be with a Christmas theme, could be for a Christmas giftie, could be a Christmas decoration...  regardless, we wanna see 'em!

i decided to whip something pretty up using my favourite gal, Kaylee (Mistletoe Kaylee, in this case), from Some Odd Girl, and paired her up with a sentiment and chevron pattern from our brand new Make a Statement clear stamp set...  here we go!

i was quite pleased, i'll have you know, because i worked with a teeny-tiny set of just 24 Prismacolor Pencils whilst hanging out at my in-laws' house (as opposed to my full set of 132), and i thought i did well with what was available.  ;)  maybe it's not always bad to be limited - forces you to think a little more outside-the-box and just make do.

ANYWHO...  wanna know what you can win if you play along with our Charisma challenge this week?  well, i'll tell you!  first of all -                   
                                                    4 digis from the fabulous MELJEN'S!


                                          4 digis from the inimitable The Stamping Boutique!

so there you have it, folks.  easy peasy challenge for you, plenty of time to play along (you have until WEDNESDAY night!), and fabby little prize packages to be won!  wanna join us?  CLICK HERE and feast your eyes on all of the projects from our talented Charisma Galz

i decided to play along with some outside challenges for a change...  these ones, actually!
Cupcake Crafts Challenges - their theme is Merry Christmas (wouldn't be merry without smooches!)
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - "what's your favorite?" - Kaylee is my all-time fave, we all know that!  :D
The ABC Challenge - "D for deck the halls" - by hanging the mistletoe so you can steal a smooch!

and there it is...  i know it's been a very strange week and the news has left many people feeling saddened and disgusted (my trainer at work actually lost her little nephew in the Connecticut shooting, so it's impacted everyone in our bank), so i just encourage all of you to hold your loved ones a little closer and let them know what they mean to you.  don't take anything for granted, and be grateful for every moment.  xo

Monday, December 3, 2012

HOL-ODD-DAY hoppin' with Some Odd Girl!

WOOT!  it's TIME!  

it's our THIRD annual Hol-ODD-Day hop at Some Odd Girl, and you are invited!  everyone's going Christmas-Crafty-Crazy and linking up their holiday projects (old or new) featuring Some Odd Girl stamps, and spreading the joy around!

this hop runs December 3-6 - you have until MIDNIGHT EST on December 6th to link up.  wanna know how it's done? 

create your blog post featuring a new or old holiday themed project using a Some Odd Girl stamp/image and invite your friends to come hop by linking back to the MAIN HOP POST.  when you've done that, copy the link from your blog post, and add it to our linky party!

we'll be featuring hoppers a few times a day on the Some Odd Girl blog and anyone who links up will be entered for some fabby prizes! link up early for your best chance to be featured AND win!

we also encourage you to visit some of the other hoppers' blogs and leave them some lurrrrrve - you never know if Santa is watching to see if you've been nice!  :)

so.  you ready to hop?  CLICK CLICK CLICK!

(i'll be back this afternoon to share my project - hubbin borrowed my camera to snap some shots of his paintings - he's applying to GRAD SCHOOL!)

Christmas at Charisma... but no red, green or gold!

howdy, folks...

are you working on holiday projects?  did you start back in, oh, JUNE, or are you like me and frantically start the madness sometime around late October?  :)

whatever your situation, i'm sure you're dying to get away from the ol' red and green bidniss, right?  well cool, because we want to see the UNUSUAL colours this week at Charisma!  show us your Christmas themed stuff but do NOT use red, green or gold!  can ya dig it?

here's what i did for the occasion:

whatcha think?  i lurrrrrve these non-traditional papers from Cosmo Cricket - seriously!  who says non-traditional Christmas cards have to be wild and funky?  (well, i LIKE 'em wild and funky, but that's not my point!)

so play along, and you might win....

6 digis of your choice from this place!

4 digis of your choice from this place!

(yep, there's more!)
a $10 voucher to spend at our newest sponsor, Freckled Fawn (have you SEEN their washi tapes?!)

so there you have it, folks!  check out the rest of the Charisma Galz' gorgeous projects by clicking HERE, and play along by WEDNESDAY and you could be one of our very lucky winners!  'tis the season to be crafty, ya know?!   :)