Sunday, August 31, 2008

I have a Camera!

My parents gave me a camera for my anniversary, which isn't actually until next Friday but Mom couldn't wait to give it to me. I'm so excited! That means no more having to bum a camera to post pictures of my creations.

I made the following two cards quite a while back, but I didn't have a camera to get a picture of them so I couldn't post them. They were inspired by Allyson's August Sunburst Card Challenge on Scrapbookers Club House. This is such a fun, and easy, design that Allyson came up with! It's a great way to use scraps to create something beautiful. You just need a card base, whatever size you want, and strips of different papers, about 2-3 inches long and in a variety of widths. Put two-way tape around the edge of your card base front and place the strips of paper around the edge in a sunburst. The edges of the strips will be sticking out over the edge of the card base put don't worry about that because you'll trim them off after. When you're done placing the strips around the edge, flip your card over and trim off the ends that are sticking over the sides of the card base. Flip it back and cover up the middle with a stamped image on a peice of cardstock, or an embellishment of your desire, and you have a beautiful card. Check out Allyson's instructions because she explains it much better than I do and she shows pictures of the process. You should also check out all the neat cards this challenge inspired.

Here's the first one I made:

I haven't quite finished the second one yet. I need to add the stamped image, but I decided to show it anyway so you could see what it's like without the stamped image. This one is going to be a Christmas card.

Isn't that neat! If you give this a try I'd love to know what you think and be able to check out your creations. Please leave a comment letting me know about it and where to check it out.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Deanne's Doing Card Sessions!

I don't know if anyone local actually reads my blog or not, but I'm going to post about Deanne's classes just in case. You can read all about it in Deanne's post. I'm assuming these classes will take place in Robert's Arm. It sure sounds like fun. You get to make 6 Christmas cards for $5 and you don't have to bring any supplies! If there were enough people interested in our community maybe we could car pool and have a fun girls night out. I hate driving in the night but I'd love to be able to go to Deanne's classes, or at least to go to one of them. Let me know if you're interested.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

So You Think You Can Stamp Contest

Just heard about this from Heidi's post. I'm not planning on entering but I figured I'd post about it incase someone else might be inspired to enter.

Simple Scrapbooks is holding a "So You Think You Can Stamp Contest". You have until August 29th to enter. You can read all the rules here.

There were 73 people entered into the contest when I checked and I recognized one familiar face there. You can check out the contestants so far here. Good luck, Suzy!

If you decide to enter, leave me a note to let me know. Can't wait to see all the great creations!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

One Hour Sketch Contest!

If you have never participated in a one hour sketch contest, you don't know what you're missing! They are so much fun! I was introduced to them recently at Creative Scrappers. They have one every once in a while.

Here's how it works. The moderator posts a sketch to the One Hour Sketch Contest thread in the forum and you have one hour and 15 minutes to create a layout inspired by the sketch and to post it to the gallery. It is wicked fun!

Wanna give it a try? Check in at Creative Scrappers Monday August 25 9pm est. Actually, check in at Creative Scrappers before then so that you can be sure you're all set up and ready to participate.

Unfortunately it's very doubtful that I'll be able to play this time around because our life is a little up in the air right now. DH is on his way to be with his family as his dad is not doing so well so I'm kind of expecting that I won't be home to play. I'd be playing if I could because it is so much fun! Give it a try, and don't forget to thank me after. ;)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Blog Award Card

Earlier this week Jackie was kind enough to give me the award above. Jackie has a very special place in my heart, even though we've never actually met in person. I met Jackie on an online scrapbooking board a couple of years ago. We clicked because Jackie is a displaced Newfoundlander and I'm still living on the rock. Knowing that I had little chance of seeing much in the way of real scrapbooking supplies where I am Jackie sent me an amazing RAK of scrapbooking supplies. I cried I was so thrilled. I actually did a layout about it. Here it is:

Anyway, a nice while later through discussions on scrapping boards and email we realized that we had a real life connection. Her parents and my grandparents were actually really good friends and she had spent a lot of time at my grandparents house many years ago. It was a pretty neat discovery. The scrapping board we were a part of closed and our main form of contact now is through our blogs. I miss when Jackie goes on bloggin'/scrappin' breaks. Her blog is full of creations inspired by her love of nature and her love of her family.

Well, the award came with some rules which I have to post so here are the rules:
The rules for the "Blogging Friends Forever" award are:
* Only five people allowed
* Four have to be dedicated followers of your blog
* One has to be someone new or recently new to your blog or lives in another part of the world.
* You must link back to whoever gave you the award.
* The winner can put the logo on his/her blog.

Following some of the rules is a problem for me. I don't think I have even 4 dedicated followers of my blog so I decided to go through who had commented recently on my blog and I'm using that as the basis for some of the awards I give out.

First I want to award this card to another very special lady that I met through a scrapping board - Jean. I actually met Jean on the same board where I met Jackie, and she, too, sent me a beautiful RAK. I am still using Jean's RAK in many, many thing that I make because part of the RAK was two beautiful sets of Autumn leaves acrylic stamps. Unfortunately I didn't think to take a picture or do a layout of Jean's RAK, but I can show you a card I made, and sent to her as a thank-you, using part of the RAK.

I love checking out Jean's blog! She is one very talented lady, and I love that even though she's not a Canadian, she is, I think, one of my more faithful followers, and commenters, on the Canadian Scrapbookers Blog Carnival that I run, besides being one of the few faithful followers on this blog. Her comments, either here or on the other blog, are always a great encouragement to me.

The second person I want to award with this card is Deanne. I know Deanne follows my blog because she keeps showing up at places that I mention, or thanks me for pointing something out to her that she didn't know about. :) Deanne is a super fast, and creative scrapper. I have also had the privilege of scrappin' with Deanne in real life. She's a real inspiration.

The third person I would like to award with this card is Carla. I know Carla fits checking out my blog into her very busy schedule whenever she can. Carla is an amazing lady and she's a real life friend - she actually lives maybe a 5 minute walk from me. We are also fellow homeschooling moms and get together for homeschooling related activities, as well as for scrapping. It was Carla that actually inspired me to get into scrapping. She does truly beautiful work. Recently Carla and one of her friends have started having scrapbooking classes and get togethers in our community and I love when I get to join them!

The fourth person I would like to award with this card is Ali. Ali and I only met recently, through the Canadian Scrapbookers Blog Carnival that I run, but I already consider her a friend. She is one amazing lady. She is the PR person for a couple of Canadian sites and she does a great job. She's also a nurse and a mom, and a great scrapper.

The fifth person I would like to award with this card is Sheryl. I also met Sheryl recently through the Canadian Scrapbookers Blog Carnival that I run. She was one of the first ones to send me a submission, and she's been a fairly faithful contributer every since. She's a great scrapper and has recently been rewarded with requests for publications.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Happy Scrappy mail!

I got my prize from Scrapbookers Club House today! It was for being drawn the winner of their July Scrappin' Perfect Fun crop. If I had a camera I'd take a picture to show you my yummy stuff. I'll try to get a picture soon. Thanks, Scrapbooker's Club House!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Scrappin' Olympics challenges!

A couple of my favorite scrappin' boards are running Olympic inspired events over the next couple of weeks.

At CompuPro Scrapbooking check out the Summer Olympics section of their board for daily challenges over the next 17 days to help you win a CompuPro Scrapbooking Summer Olympics gold, silver or bronze medal! All the information can be found here.

At Scrapbookers Club House check out the Olympications in their online crop board. They are also posting daily challenges Monday - Friday and two challenges each Saturday for the next two weeks. Check out all the information here.

If you decide to join in the fun PM me so I can say hi.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Deanne's Blogoversary Celebrations!

Deanne is celebrating her 2 year blogoversary with a week long celebration August 8-13. She will be posting challenges every day, so be sure to check it out and play along for a chance at a grand prize. If you want to increase your chance to win the grand prize be sure to blog about it on your blog and to leave Deanne comments all week long.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Cruisin' with Scrapbook & Cards Today

See my new Scrapbook and Cards blinkie? Go pick one up for yourself on the Scrapbook and Cards Today blog and read all about the contest they have going on for the month of August.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Stamping Bella's Stella Artist Finalist in Tissue Box Design Contest

In Bloggabella's latest post she tells us that her Stella artist, Jan Dolby, is a finalist in a contest and encourages everyone to go cast a vote for her.

Don't know what Stamping Bella or Stella are all about? Stamping Bella is a Canadian Rubber stamp store that is worth checking out, if you haven't heard of them before. They have some really fun stamps available. Stella is one line of stamps.

Don't know who Jan Dolby is? I didn't either til a few minutes ago. :) You can find out all about her and her work at The Pink Suitcase. I got all excited when I discovered she was born in Newfoundland. I love promoting fellow Canadians and especially fellow Newfoundlanders.

Carla has Blog Candy up for Grabs!

Run over to Carla's blog and leave a comment for a chance to win the yummy blog candy she's offering. She's displaying a gorgeous masculine card she created, and she's not sure if she likes it. I say the woman is crazy! Check it out for yourself.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Z-fold Cards

I just found out that one of the DT challenges at ScrapShotz this month is to make a z-fold card. It reminded me of the one I made just this past month. It's actually quite different, and more complicated, than the z-fold card challenge at ScrapShotz.

I found a new to me Canadian site - Stampin' Canada - a while back and they were having a VCD (Virtual Day Crop) when I joined so I joined in the fun as much as I could. One of the challenges was to make a z-fold card. I had never heard of these before and the sample they showed was so beautiful I simply couldn't resist trying it. These are z-fold cards with the added feature of being pop-ups. You can see samples near the end of the following blog posts - cute little monkey card and beautiful butterfly card.

Mine is not near as nice as those, but I'm pretty pleased with it just the same.