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Monday, November 29, 2010

Blog Hop Winner!

Thank you all so much for hopping along with us and all the sweet comments about my card.  Unfortunately, I can only give away one free digi from the new release. :(  I wrote everyone's name who commented minus the other ladies on the Guylou's Inimitability DT, numbered them, then went to to pick a winner. The lucky new owner of a brand new GI digi stamp is...

#19 - Renee!!
Renee, I sent you an email this morning with the address you have on your blogger profile. If you didn't get it, please send me a message at trina.willis at gmail dot com so that I can make sure you get your free digi... Thanks again everyone!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Guylou’s Christmas Digis Blog Hop!

Hey, this is Trina, the last designer on Guylou’s Inimitability Christmas Digistamps Blog Hop. I'm so excited!! We are kicking things off at Guylou’s Inimitability where you will start and end the blog hop. If you are here from Tracy's blog, you’re doing great! If not, please start at Guylou’s Inimitability or refer to the blog hop list at the bottom of this post to find your way. The hop will be open through Sunday, November 28th at 9:00pm EST.  
Guylou’s got some adorable new Christmas images to show you which are available NOW at Guylou’s Inimitability Online Store!

What is a blog hop without a prize??? One lucky winner will be drawn at random from the comments on this blog post to receive one digistamp of her/his choice from Guylou’s new releases, and a grand winner will be selected on Guylou’s Inimitability Blog to win all five new releases. You must comment on all the blogs participating in this blog hop in order to qualify to win the grand prize.
Eight designers are hopping along, each creating something amazing with Guylou’s new Christmas digistamps. I created my card with the darling digi called “Gabrielle with Lamb.”

I think this is a perfect image for Christmas. I colored her robe with what has to be the least cooperative Copic marker ever made... :-s  At a different angle her wings look really glittery since I used a Sakura Star Dust pen on them, and her lamb has some Studio G flock on it. The ticket is from Tim Holtz, and in the background is one of my favorite songs, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." (I really love a bunch of Christmas songs. One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is that it is the beginning of Christmas songs on the radio!)
Hope you enjoyed my card! Don't forget to hop along with us and leave us some love; you could end up a winner!!  If you started at the beginning, your next (and FINAL) hop is back to Guylou's Inimitability! Hope you've had fun!
The blog hop goes like this...

1.       Starts at Guylou’s Inimitability Blog
2.       Brenda
3.       Carmen
4.       Dale
5.       Gina
6.       Guylou
7.       Kim
8.       Tracy  
9.       Trina <= That's me!
10.   Finishes at Guylou’s Inimitability

Friday, November 26, 2010

Scraps of Color

Well, I did make it out this morning. My mother, cousin & I rolled out and were surprised that there weren't big crowds at any of the stores we went to. I got a new all-in-one printer, but I have to check it out online before I take it out of the box... You know!

And now here's a little something for you!

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How cool is that!  I'm already signed up!

Stay tuned for their page call announcement and a wonderful December filled with ideas and inspiration by the fabulous SOC Girls and a super BIG BLOG GIVEAWAY!  Don't miss a minute of the scrappy inspiration!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey, I hope all of you in the States had a good Thanksgiving holiday. If you aren't here or didn't celebrate, I hope you had a great day anyway. I did good and didn't completely overeat, but I still ate enough to feel like it was around 11 p.m. when it was really only 7:30! I spent most of the day cooking and cleaning, and it is definitely catching up with me...  And I'm debating if I'm going Back Friday shopping. My laser printer and scanner both died on me recently. My old inkjet is still kicking, but I really need some replacements!

Okey dokey, I'm thinking about hitting the hay.  I hope to see you on Saturday for Guylou's Inimitability's blog hop!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Hey out there! I have a few things to share with you today...

First, I got another card from my Secret Pal! She is a much better SP than I am because I forgot that post takes time and didn't make a card for my SP for Thanksgiving! My SP sent me a very cute Thanksgiving card. Thank you!!

Next, is a card I made today for my BF's mom. A few weeks ago we all went on a trip together. She saw me coloring and asked if I like those "big-eyed things." (I was coloring a page of Some Odd Girl digis.) I took that as a hint to not use any cartoon-y images on her card.  :)  The stamp on the card is from The Paper Studio's Botanicals & Birds set. I was amazed to see that it's the same butterfly on one of the pages in DCWV's Garden Party stack. For some reason I keep forgetting that I got a gang of Colorbox inks from eBay; I used it for the butterfly, CTMH mini hearts, and ticket edges. A ticket from Tim Holtz, ribbon from Michael's, and a Rose Quartz Love Letter flower from Prima round out the supplies used for this one... I think this is the first card I've made without coloring. And I found challenges! Top Tip Tuesday - Layer Upon Layer and A Spoon Full of Sugar - Anything Goes

The last card I made last week but wasn't sure if I was going to send it to my Secret Pal. I think I can manage to make a few of these since it's only a 3x3 card. The stamp is from the dollar section at Michael's. (I'll put the company's name later; I forgot to bring my notepad downstairs with me...) The angel is colored with Copics and a Sakura Star Dust pen. I used the pen to go over the stripes on the argyle paper too. (Paper from DCWV.) And challenges for this one too - Incy Wincy Designs - #69 Blue & White and Pollycraft Monday Challenge - #71 Blue.

Thanks for reading through all that! Don't forget the Elegant Challenge at Guylou's and the blog hop this weekend!

Monday, November 22, 2010

16 minutes...

According to the linky thing, that's how long I have to edit this card and get it submitted to the first Anita Be Stampin Challenge. The image is a free digi named Missy; she's available to members of the ABS group on PCP. I colored her with Copics and used some pastels to smear some color in the background. The sentiment is from Hero Arts. I'm going to finish editing in Picnik and pray that the colors look right. (Monitor issues...)

I got it in with a few minutes (seven) to spare... This was a sketch challenge, and hopefully, no one will mention that I skipped the ribbon and bow and used a flower instead. Y'all know I just started making cards in the summer and don't have that many supplies. I do what I can...

Exciting News!!

Guylou's Inimitability has new digis just in time for Christmas card making! To celebrate, the DT is hosting a blog hop! The fun will go from 7 a.m. (EST) on Nov 27 to 9 p.m. EST on Nov 28.  Did I mention there will be prizes? One commenter on each blog will receive a digi from the new release, AND if you comment on all the blogs in the hop, you'll qualify to win all five new digis! 

Now I know you might be full of turkey on those days, but there are only ten stops on this hop. Unlike some hops, it won't take you the full two days to get through it. (You can take breaks if you want to...) Plus, there will be prizes! Make sure you put it on your calendar now because I'm expecting to see your beautiful face in my comments section this weekend!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Candy Alert!

If you're like me, you see most blogs via Reader. I have subscribed to what seems like a million blogs, but I actually want to read and see what these folks have going on. If you visit my blog like that, I want to take a sec to let you know about two candies in my sidebar...

First, Dawn from Dawn's Craft Place has some serious progressive candy she's giving away. She's adding a prize for every 50 new followers she gets. The very first prize she's giving away... a netbook! You have until Nov 25 to enter... She had a mini giveaway last weekend to make sure people who signed up for the giveaway have read and followed the directions. I entered that too and won a shirt! It came in the mail today. Thanks Dawn!!

The second candy I want to tell you about is at Wee Memories. They're giving two prizes full of great stuff. You have until Nov 30 to enter. So far, the stats are still good for winning. Today there are less than 70 entrants... Get on over there!

Guylou's Elegant Challenge!

Guylou's Inimitability has a new challenge! This challenge is about elegance, and the DT was given this fabulous digi named Gertrude to make our projects with. Miss Gertrude so reminds me of my grandma in her wedding pic. They're both rocking the side part and curls, and my grandma has on her gloves... I swear they even have on the same shoes! :)

My grandparents' wedding pic
To enter the challenge, you need to make a card/project that you think is elegant. You don't have to use a GI image to join the fun. (If you'd like to use a GI digi on your card, you can find them in the store AND/OR you can become a follower of  the GI blog or join the CDAC group and get a free one!) You have until 11:59 pm EST on Dec 2 to link up your elegant entry. I can't wait to see what you make!

Oh, I want to thank the creator of this video which taught me that I can make flowers using those Prima e. Line flowers! Mine didn't quite come out like I wanted, but I think they look so much more elegant like this!

Challenges: Freshly Brewed Challenges - Show Us Your Style, Digi Doodle Shop - #34 Anything Goes, Hodge Podge Shop - #4 Anything Goes, Paper Romance - #25 Your Favorite Things (digi stamps and glitter), Simon Says Stamp! - Sparkle, Crafty Purple Frog - Flowers

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I'm Sorry!

I forgot to put in my post yesterday that if you join the A Day for Daisies group on CDAC or SSC, you will get a free digi. If you sign up to get the newsletter, you can pick your own freebie. Plus, there's a freebie for the current challenge on the ADFD blog!

Also, if you become a follower of the blog for Guylou's Inimitability or join the CDAC group, you can get a free digi!

You know I like to keep you up on free things, BUT don't just get your free stuff and disappear on the wonderful artists who share with you. Leave them some love, show them what you make with their images, and buy something when you find spare change around your house!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

It's Growing On Me...

I made a card last night simply because I needed to make a card. I only made one thing last week, and looking at this week, I knew last night was the best chance for me to sit down and finish a card. Well, after I finished, I wasn't feeling it. But I put it up in the Copic Challenge Corner on Simply Scrapping Crafts and got good feedback. I retook pictures of the card in today's wonderful sunlight, and I'm liking it more than yesterday... I even found some challenges to put it in last night! I think I'm going to send this card to the relative of a friend who has cancer. The sentiment inside is from Elzybells; I think it says, "wishing you all the best things," but I'd have to look to be sure...

The image is Born from Blossoms from A Day for Daisies. She was colored with Copics and her wings have a coating of that good ol' Elmers glitter. The papers are from Basic Grey's Olivia collection and Twitterpated from CTMH.

Friday, November 5, 2010

New GI Challenge!

Guylou's Inimitability has a new challenge! Since Thanksgiving is coming, the challenge is to use "Happy Thanksgiving," "Thank you," or "Thanks" on a project. You'll need a GI digi for your project; if you don't have any, go to the GI store or check out the CDAC group for a freebie.  The challenge is on until November 18, and you'll receive a free digi stamp if you're the winner! For all the details and to enter the challenge, head on over to Guylou's Inimitability's blog!

This is my card for the challenge. It uses two GI digis - Cowboy Chuck and Autumn Scene. I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches and made the sentiment border and stars using Microsoft Word. I know it doesn't look like it, but the circle and the plaid paper are the same color orange. (It was a bit cloudy the day I took the pic.) I used Copics, pastels, a Sakura glaze pen and an unnamed gold glitter pen to color the card.

Okay, you have until the 18th... I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Challenges:  Tuesday Morning Sketches #66, Freshly Brewed Challenges - Anything Goes, Papertake Weekly - For Boys/Men, Tuesday Throwdown - Give Thanks, 365 Cards - Loud and Clear, Digi's with Attitude! Challenges - #5 Giddy Up!! Anything Western

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Meet the Design Team at Guylou's Inimitability!

Whoo! As much as I love the digis at Guylou's Inimitability, I hate typing the name!  :)  I just wanted to let you know that I've been gone for a few days; I will have some cards popping up in the next few days. In the meantime, go over to the GI blog and check out the ladies on the design team!
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