Contests & Challenges - the results

I enter a lot of contests. It keeps me motivated, and gives me a guideline with which to scrap. I never win, but that isn't the point. Well, it is, but it isn't. I like someone telling me: "do this sketch, use these products, do this subject." I like direction. I do well with structure. No structure = no do well. So here are a few projects that were made for some contests that can now be posted to my album.This was the first time I used the Hero Arts borders stamps. Love them. This layout was for a challenge where you had to use all stamps.
Love these October Afternoon papers - the pink with the red. So fun for winter. I need to print more things in black & white. It really does look great.
this one is a layout that I did about me, and how much I miss the adventure of being a flight attendant. It has a picture from when I visited the Great Wall of China in 2000 while on vacation in Beijing. ALONE in Beijing -- for 10 days -- what was I thinking?!?! I was young, single, so I WASN'T thinking. Those were the days.
This is a little gift box that I made using the Stampin' Up Top Note for the Big Shot. At the time, I HAD to have this die. Used it once. I think I may sell it. The words 'hey, Cupcake' are the new SU! rubons.


It's a Snowstormy Hip Hop!

Snowing, snowing, and still snowing. Up to 8 inches today, they say. So, it is a great day for Unity's Hip Hop Thursday. I made two cards for the challenges:is one was to use light blue. I had just received the'bottoms up' stamp in my $8 grab bag -- 50 stamps! And only 5 of them were duplicates of what I already had. That's pretty good. Here is a stamp from the February kit... and the subsequent card


Mark's Paper Company blog candy

Awhile back I found this new paper company, marks Paper Company.
they just announced a new design team, and one of their members is having a giveaway here: http://notleftstanding.blogspot.com/2009/02/who-wants-to-win-brand-new-collection.html Their papers look great online, so I'm sure they are 10,000 times better in person. I am hoping to find them soon!
You can also find them on Facebook. Man, what did we DO before Facebook? Like, email each person individually?!?! Yeah, that is SO 2007.


October Afternoon card holder

Awhile back my mom said "I'd like something to put cards in. Do they make something like that?" And my brain went "hello! It's the altered box." So, I decided to make her one for Valentine's Day. I used the adorable October Afternoon paper.
(this is a view of the top.)
(this is a view of the front).
You know what this box is from? It is a Bunco kit that I was given awhile back. The only thing the box held was dice - like dice need this big of a box! So it's perfect for my card holder!

A little Jenny Bowlin card

I bought a couple packs of these little 6x6 Jenny Bowlin papers awhile ago, and I've never used them. I decided to use them for a card that I made for a contest. I didn't win, but I love this little color combination, and will for sure have to use these papers more. This was also the first time I've ever tied a bow on cards. Now tht I know how easy it is, I'll have to do it more. I think I'll make a set of these for gifts.

Butterflies and t-shirts: Kristina's Challenge, finally!

I haven't gotten back into my scraproom since we've been back from our 10 day trip to Wisconsin. Can I tell you how much I missed my scraproom -- my hands itched. One day, I took Zack and we went to Michael's just to feel normal. And then we went to Joann's, because that is what we always do when we're at home. Go to one, then the other. And, I found 40 packets of beaded fringe on sale - hurray for a sale - which will make lots of new frames. I am almost to my goal of 400. If you are in Minneapolis, I am going to be at the Canterbury Show. I have so many new fun fabrics - yes, they still are not on Etsy, but go there, add me as a favorite, and check back soon to see the fabulous Paper Miniskirt Fabric Picture Frames. On to the cards...I did this one for Kristina's Color Challenge. While I had the extra colors/paper, I decided to do a few more:
This is from the Unity Stamp Co December Kit Of The Month. I just got the February kit in the mail today. Can't wait to use that deer! (see photo below). I still can't believe it's only $25 a month for a stamp club. Wow. They are fantastic. And every month they send you a coupon for a future, separate order. They MAKE you buy more...dang it. Their style is so shabby chic, it is forcing me to come out of my square, nice and neat comfort zone and do some things more shabbily. Still working on that. This next one was inspired by one off the Hero Arts website, using Kristina's colors:
Then I dug out my Gina K stamps which I haven't used in forever - I'm still not ready to put away pink and Valentine's stuff...guess that comes with having a boy and never getting to use it...so I used the Basic Grey to make this card for my neighbor who is pregnant. She doesn't know what she's having, but I decided to make it a girlie card anyways. Don't forget to add Paper Miniskirt's page to your Facebook favorites!