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Monday, April 29, 2013

WASHI WINNER from the Paper Issues celebration!

evening, chickens!  it's Monday, i've just returned from Seattle, and i have a WINNER to announce!

on THIS POST, i invited you all to share in the birthday celebrations for the lovely Cassie Box, the owner of Paper Issues.  if you didn't get in on those giveaways (there were 23 of them!), you certainly missed out!  but for those who joined us, shared, liked, followed, THANK YOU!  what a great way to honor our fearless leader on her birthday!  :)

well the winners were announced at the Paper Issues blog today, but if you haven't dropped by there yet, i'm here to give someone some really great news! we have a TON of gorgeous washi tape in the Paper Issues Etsy shop!

the following lucky crafter gets to choose 8 ROLLS, courtesy of yours truly, and the lovely birthday girl herself...  comment #41 of  79...

congratulations Lynda!  and a big ol' WOO HOO to you!  please email me at and let me know what 8 washi rolls you'd like (plus your mailing info) and i'll get those lovelies sent right out to you!  :)  thanks for joining us, Lynda!  you're the envy of many today, i promise.  ;)

and THAT'S out of the way, we resume our regularly scheduled programming.  hop on over and link up to our Current Issue - SERENDIPITY - for your chance to win one of FIVE yummalish prize packs from Elle's Studio!  your project can be old or new and doesn't have to feature any Elle's Studio product, but we'd especially love to see any that do!  GOOD LUCK!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Paper Issues LOVE! I have a giveaway in honor of the birthday girl!

hulloooooooo chickens!

did you catch that awesome announcement yesterday?  :)  yeah, i'm still kind of awestruck m'self! 

well did you also happen to catch all the fun posts on the Paper Issues Facebook page, pertaining to the owner's birthday?  it's kind of a big deal, and there are a slew of us giving away YUMMY things to celebrate Cassie's birthday, and you are SO going to want to stay in the loop!  CLICK HERE if you haven't already "friended" Paper Issues on Facebook, and watch as the magic unfolds.  :)

how many of you are washi fans?  *giggle*  yeah, i thought there might just be one or two of you out there.

well i'm giving away FOUR ROLLS OF WASHI - your choice! - from the Paper Issues Etsy Store.  but here's some extra beauty for you...  Cassie is matching my gift!  how's that for sharing the birthday lurve, right?  well, one lucky person will be able to choose EIGHT FLIPPIN' ROLLS of washi for their crafty madness!  yeah.  and there are a lot of fabby rolls to choose from!  (don't go all ridic on me and think you can get away with ordering the double sets - if there are two in a set, that counts as two, sillyhead)

for example:


so what do you have to do, in order to win?  well, you'll need to LIKE Paper Issues on Facebook in order to win ANY of this week's giveaways, but in addition to that, you'll just have to share my giveaway!  (feel free to link to this here bloggy post, or share the giveaway post on FB, i'm not picky!)  and encourage your friends to share as well, because i may just end up throwing a little something else in depending on the number of shares.  food for thought.

SO excited to a part of the Paper Issues creative team!  (and, although i plugged it yesterday, here's my badge with my discount code for YOU to save 20%!)


and with that, dear friends, i am off.  getting ready for Seattle!  super excited to be visiting the Pike Place Fish Market!  and doing a Duckboat tour!  and going to the SYMPHONY!  woo hoo!   :)

Monday, April 22, 2013

Designed to Color and Doodle Dragon Studios BLOG HOP!

WELCOME!  i'm so glad you're here!  


you've reached the Designed to Color and Doodle Dragon Studios collaborative blog hop!  prepare to see lots of cute little froggie critters along the hop, leave comments along the way, and grab some of these totes adorbs digis while you're at it!  the talented Dustin Pike has generously provided the Color Crew with these fun little Fairy Frogmother digis - they're super fun to color, and they've arrived just in time for SPRING!  :)  (yeah, it's been spring here for a few weeks, but it sure doesn't feel like it in South Jersey!)

we're hoppin' with the very talented Doodle Dragon Crew and i'm about 2/3 of the way down the hop list, so if you've arrived here from the brilliant Charlotte, then you're in good shape!  :)  if not, then you'll want to head on back to THE BEGINNING so you don't miss a thing!  be sure to comment at each stop along the way because there will be TWO prize packages given away to our lucky winners!  you must follow the rules (and pay attention - some of us want you to answer a specific question, rather than just leaving a comment).

so!  i saw this little fairy froggy girl chillin' on this mushroom,
and knew i had to color her up!  here's a close-up of my image:

but since i seem to have a thing with wings, i wanted to zoom in
a little closer to show you the deets (click to enlarge!):

and hey, my pleats don't suck!  *a little pat on the back*
here's the full creation:

i've been yanking out some of my older supplies (like, a year or more), and incorporating bits and pieces into my recent projects.  yep, that's part of the de-stashing process.  ;)  i'm not very consistent with it, but i'm making a concerted effort these days.  here's my supply list!

Medium:  Prismacolor Pencils
Skin:  1005, 1097
Eyes:  1103
Shirt:  993, 1030
Skirt, trim:  1070, 1052, 1054
Wings:  1026, 993, 1100
Mushroom:  1085, 1072, 1021, 1089
Grass:  1005, 908

Image:  Fairy Frogmother (Dustin Pike - Doodle Dragon Studios)
Paper:  Georgia Pacific
Cardstock:  Canvas Corp
Patterned Paper:  Sketchbook (American Crafts - Amy Tangerine)
Elements:  die - Large Deckled Rectangles (Spellbinders - Nestabilities); ribbon - Amy Tangerine (American Crafts); stickers:  fuschia Glitter Alphabet (Recollections), epoxy stickers (s.e.i. - Jocelyn); buttons - Button Bling (Forever in Time)
Other:  black marker (Sharpie), 3-d Pop Dots (EK Success), mini Glue Dots

and that's all she wrote!  :)  so here's my question for you... if you could ask this Fairy Frogmother for ONE CRAFTY WISH, what would it be?  leave a comment with your answer below, then mosey on over to visit Ginny with her rockin' creation!  :)  we wrap everyting up on Thursday, April 25th at midnight CST (that's 1 am EST), so you have plenty of time to have fun hoppin' ('cuz that's what froggies do!), and  winners will be announced on or before April 29th.  GO GO GO!  have fun!

here's our full hop list, just in case...

Designed to Color
Leah  ****you're here!****

I've got Issues... PAPER ISSUES!



and a HOO!


i'm a Paper Issues girl!  :)  check me out!

i am VERY pleased to announce that i am one of the uber lucky chickens who get to spend the next 6 months chillin' with my Issues.  and we all know i have 'em!  :)  check out the big shout-out on the Paper Issues blog to see the whole team, and prepare yourselves for a FANTABULATIOUS term with these talented crafty folks!  i am still pinching myself!  but it's true!  SEE?!  i even have my own code to share!

yep, this means anytime you place an order through the Paper Issues Etsy store, you can use the code ORANGE to receive 20% off your order (and the divine Cassie will know i sent you - and that she made a good choice in making me a Paper Issues creative team member!).

and since a new Issue kicked off yesterday, you should CLICK HERE to check out the theme - Serendipity - do the hop, link a project, be inspired!  this one runs through May 4th, so you have plenty of time to contemplate all things related to Chance, Fate, Luck, Destiny, Karma, Coincidence...  if you play along (and check out the post for the rules), you could win one of 5 Serendipity prize packages from Elle's Studio!  (i know, RIGHT?!)

so there you have it.  that's the first installment of many bits of happy news i hope to be sharing over the next week or so.  now, i think i'll go swimming through the Paper Issues shop to see the new yummies in stock.

you might wanna grab one of THESE:
(hurry, there's only one left!)

or maybe one of THESE:
(available for PRE-ORDER - shipping May 1st):

i know, i know.  you're WELCOME.  :)
have a great Monday, chickens!

Friday, April 19, 2013

How FROU FROU are you?

i'm here to share a pretty little something i created using the new Frou Frou stamps from Crafter's Companion!  this one's called Tipsy, and while she looks ridiculously cute sitting in that margarita glass, she still looks classy and elegant with the get-up and that little parasol, doesn't she?  :)  the girl's just chillin' while waiting for someone to put another drink in her lonely little hand!   :)


i seriously just loved her in a classic color palette, and rather than embellishing with a ton of things, i stuck to total simplicity, with some fun and slightly unusual (for me) embellies...  the pearls to mimic her necklace, and the flower a big 3d punch i got a few months back but never used.  (i know, surprise, surprise!)  the paper is from Glitz Design and the sentiment is from the Tipsy set - cute, right?!

here she is, colored up with my Prismacolor Pencils
(is it just me, or does the photo seem, like, WAY fuzzy?)...

here's my Prisma list, for those of you who still play with pencils and kick it ol' skool like me!  :)

Skin - 1093, 1019  Cheeks - 929  Lips - 925
Hair - 1052, 1056, 1058
Dress - 1088, 1065, 1060
Shoes - 925
Umbrella - 924, 928, 1056, 1068, 942, 948, 916, 1005, 1091
Glass - 1023, 1025, 1065  

so i didn't really do much to create the card, but i was really happy with the stitching detail - it's small but impactful!  i cut the 6x6 sheet down the center unevenly with scissors, overlapped the two halves, and backstitched the whole height of the card. check out the whole Frou Frou line at Crafter's Companion, and i just DARE you to try to narrow it down to pick your faves.  they're FUN to color and give a bit of extra forgiveness because the lines aren't so thin and clean.  the sketchy, artistic look really works for a vintage/shabby style (although it's not MY style, per se), and if you click each stamp on the Frou Frou page, you'll see gallery samples that accompany the stamps, and the vintage style some of the designers are rocking!  :)

that's it for tonight - i have a SUPER busy weekend ahead, and only a couple of workdays before i leave for SEATTLE!  can't possibly explain how excited i am about this trip, and i'm DEFINITELY going to bring some coloring to occupy me when i have some down time!  HAPPY FRIDAY, chickens, and i hope you have a wonderful weekend!  xo

by the way... 

kind of a big day here - there's something kinda super awesome going on at Some Odd Girl, and trust me, you'll want to check it out! 

Friday, April 12, 2013

new TAG challenge at Charisma! and do YOU want to be a Charisma Gal?!

woot!  it's CHALLENGE TIME again at Charisma (yeah, i know, we do it every week, it's not exactly a surprise) - and it's Team Carly hittin' you up good with some inspiration!  this week, we want to see TAGS - either AS your project, or ON your project (we're not picky!)...  our sponsors this week?  well my image comes from one of 'em!  check it out!

isn't she a sweetie?  she comes from Pink Cat Studio, who are generously offering up 5 digis to a random winner!  we also have prizes to be won from Rick St. Dennis (3 digis of your choice from his Etsy shop), and Redonkulous is giving away a digi of your choice as well.  :)

CLICK HERE to check out the projects from our lovely Charisma Galz, and be sure to play along by next WEDNESDAY for your chance to win!  remember to read our rules carefully so you will be eligible.  :)

ALSO...  we're having a mini Design Team call, and we want YOU!  we're looking for people who can:
**create a project every other week
**take clear photographs of your creations to upload
**be an active blogger at least 2 posts a week
**print and use sponsor digis where you can.
**comment on participants' entries as assigned
In return you'll join a wonder group of girls on a special DT blog, access to Digis from sponsors as and when we have them, and be able to create and show of your work for one of the top challenge blogs! 
Interested?  please drop us an email at with a little about you and why you'd like to join us, and please include your blog address!
Closing Date 18th April!

super cute springy digis available now at Some Odd Girl!

morning, chickens!  :)  er, ducks?  peeps?  whatever!  HI!  i'm sharing this cutie patootie and showing you one of MANY super fabby critter digis now available at Some Odd Girl!  if you're looking for some animal/bird/critter action that screams SPRING, you really ought to CLICK HERE to check out our awesome selection!  here's one of many - Duck in Boots!

is he not perfectly springy and totally adorbs?!  i coloured him up with my Prismacolor Pencils, added some Sassafras Lass paper, punched a few hearts from random reds i had lying about, doodled my edges, and finished up with BasicGrey and Sass alphas.  and i'm QUITE pleased that i have a fabby new pair of rain boots to wear in rainy Seattle later this month (only mine are lime green with pink and white polka dots) so i was feeling rather inspired by this little dude.  :)

also, don't forget to HOP with us at SP & Company!  we have this color challenge going on through April 16th, and if you don't have any SP & Company products of your own (yet), you can CLICK HERE to check out the freebies!  here's the color combo...

join us and our winner will receive $25 to spend at the SP & Company store!  believe me, it won't be difficult to spend, with the gorgeous new chalk inks, buttons, dies, storage, and the cute new stamps!  wanna check out all the new goods?  RIGHT HERE, friends!

have a fantabulatious weekend, lovelies, and i'll see ya soon!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Hoppin' at Scrapmaster's Paradise!

Welcome to the SP & Company April Blog Hop! I'm guesting this month (thank you, Sami!), and I'll be showcasing my creations using goodies over the next few weeks.  :)

Today I'm thrilled to be a part of this fun little hop-a-long, and I know you're going to love what you see along the way!

Last month, SP & Company introduced Die Tools, with more coming out this month! And you're TOTALLY going to want to check out the new SP Storage Binder System for wonderfully simple and fabby organization of dies and stamps.

Annnnnnd, some huge news!  This month a brand new artist joins the SP family - Gill Roberts! - and I'm sharing my first project today using one of her sweet clear stamps. You'll see a bunch of Gill along the hop, including some HOT new coordinating dies.  :)  Yeah, we love dies.  I know you do, too.

Scrapmaster's Paradise is now IN COLOR with the release of six new SP exclusive colors, and believe me when I say they're DROOL-WORTHY. This exclusive color line now includes button mixtures and coordinating premium chalk ink pads.  The ink pads will begin shipping mid-month, but the buttons are available starting right now!  CLICKING HERE will take you to all the fun new releases at the store.  :)  The button mixtures come in PERFECT little metal tins for easy storage and organization (espesh for those of you who like the magnetic system!)...  Check out the yummalish ink and button colors:

Yep.  Want.  ALL. 

So....  I played, and combined a few fun SP & Company products.  Check it!

Colored her with COPICS (yeah, I know - weird!)...  Kept the layout simple so I could focus on the image, added in a little banner (since the Trends Challenge going on right now is Banners and Flags - enter through April 16th!), and added those lurrrrrvely buttons!  There are some gorje colors in the button selection, so you'll want to check them out with the rest of the new products by CLICKING HERE.

Close-up on Skating Girl:

And close-up on the banner/buttons:

Sadly, the cardstock didn't photograph well AT ALL - it's this gorgeous shimmery/iridescent pink and the bling really picks up on the color, but here it just looks like a scratchy, bland surface.  BOO.  OH!  And the sentiment is from another set from the Gill Roberts collection, "Best Mom Ever".  LOVE the quality of these stamps - they are crisp and clear on the very first impression!

So.  What do you need to know?  That we're HOPPIN' at SP & Company, and you should join us!  If you arrived here from Melissa's blog, then you're on the right track.  Kelli is your next stop!  You'll find the rules on Sami's blog, so check out all the designers' blogs, and comment along the way, then be sure to end up Chez Sami!  Happy hopping, and thanks for stopping by!  :)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

it's a HEX at Designed to Color! April Challenge!

heya chickens!  

join us for our April challengeDesigned to Color is looking for your projects featuring HEXAGONS (uber-trendy, and uber-fun!)...  remember that you need to COLOR an image, in the medium of your choice, and share your project (link back to us so we can spread the word!), and you could be entered to win this month's goodies.  "what are those goodies?", you ask...  well i'll tell you!

you could win $25 from There She Goes Clear Stamps!  LOVE their stuff...  so many fun themes and sentiments that will rock your world.  so, yeah, $25 to spend at their shop...  it won't be difficult to spend, but it might be tough to choose!

wanna play?  well CLICK HERE to see what the Color Crew Challenge Team have done to inspire you - not only have they showcased some seriously FABBY projects using There She Goes products, but their hexagons are enough to make you wish you had 6 sides!

here's a little something i whipped up (you'll have seen it in a past issue of the mag if you're a subscriber!):

not only are there some hexie accents on the sides, but check out the snowflakes!  OOOHHH!  yep.  i noticed that.  all colored up with my trusty Prismacolor Pencils, and brought to you by the letters M and Q, and by the number 23.  :)

play along by April 14th - it's the right thing to do, and a crafty way to do it!

oh, and for those of you who have been following my little journey into homeownership (current house is in hubbin's name only - this is a new chapter for me/us!), the bank ordered the appraisal on the house, and i, personally, have a feeling we'll know by the end of this week whether they'll accept our offer.  if they do, and i'm feeling pretty optimistic about it, we'll be applying for a mortgage soon, and getting our condo ready to list!  WOO HOO!  wish me luck, folks!

and i'll see you tomorrow with some more fun stuff - hope the week's off to a nifty start for you!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

SOOOOO, are you going to be a contestant for our Odd Idol?!

on April 19th, ODD IDOL kicks off!  here's your opportunity to play along with a fun little reality-show-esque contest, and the prize?  HUGE.  :)  we're starting things off with a sketch, so stay tuned, sharpen those pencils and refill those markers, because it's gonna be a grand ol' time!  :)

CLICK HERE for the official announcement...  but check out Some Odd World, our Ning community, on April 19th when the fun begins... may be best Oddie win!  :D

Saturday, April 6, 2013

My head's in the clouds

seriously, it's ALLERGY SEASON, and my head is feeling kinda wonky lately.  tonight is no exception!  my eyes are itchy and watery, i'm all kinds of sniffly, and i REFUSE to take any allergy pills because even the non-drowy ones knock me out.  i will NOT go to sleep before midnight tonight!

i'm crafting.  and i just finished this little project, which has been swimming around in my brain for about a week.  Paper Issues is wrapping up their "up in the clouds" theme tonight, and i'm thrilled to have found some quiet time to do what needed to be done.  :)

here's my card, using some yummy Studio Calico wood veneers (from the PaperIssues etsy shop), some vintage lace and a giant brad from my stash, and a bottom scrap of My Mind's Eye paper:

now that i've been bitten by the bug, i need to get this grocery shopping out of the way so i can get back home and bust out my Prismacolor Pencils.  i have a couple of things to finish up so i can share!  hope your weekend is going fabulously, chickens!  xo