Monday, August 31, 2009

Executive Decision!

Hey Girls,

I have decided to make one more change!

I will now be picking winners on Tuesdays. . . I know the suspense will probably be almost too much to bear, but I am sure you will survive :O)

Happy Crafting,

Friday, August 28, 2009

Who Wants Blog Candy???

As promised, we have BLOG CANDY!!!!! YIPPEE!!!! I am so proud of our awesome challenge blog and YOU have made it awesome! Thank you for your continued support and participation.

As a special 10Thousand hits blog candy, I am offering this:
Included in this blog candy is:
  • Bunches of cardstock
  • Some patterned paper from the DCWV Whimsy stack (the paper is adorable!!)
  • Some ribbons
  • Some awesome chipboard shapes donated by our lovely sponsor and August Guest Designer, Susan Zuzart
  • Some neat journaling tags donated by another one of our great sponsors Danielle Wycough
  • Some cute sentiment foam backed tags
  • And some embellishments taken from my collection: clips, eyelets, brads, etc
And I will include extra goodies as I see fit when I am packing up the winner's package :O)

HOW TO ENTER:
  • Simply become a follower :O)
  • For an additional entry, help spread the word about the blog candy. Post about the blog candy on your blog, twitter, facebook, a forum if allowed, etc. Make sure to leave me a comment so I can give you the additional entry (you get one extra entry for each time you spread the word).

This blog candy ends SEPTEMBER 15th at midnight EST!!!!!

Want even more chances for blog candy??? Come visit my personal blog because I am offering blog candy for reaching 60thousand hits! http://thescrapmaster.blogspot.com

Happy Crafting,

It's Finally Friday

Hey everyone! I am so sorry for posting this so late! I had the best of intentions, but between my neurology appointment and migraines today. . . you know how it goes!

Let's get right to it. . . please remember to play along with SP Color Combo #12 to be eligible for the lovely set of 8 Copic Ciao markers this week!!

This week, we have a very lovely host. . . Carrie!!! When I asked Carrie to be a Finally Friday host for us, I was so glad she accepted because she is such a talented and kind woman. I haev enjoyed getting to know her a little bit through SPCC. Carrie has created an awesome challenge this week and I hope you will play along! Let's meet her now:


CARRIE
Hi! I'm Carrie Buss - busy wife and mother of two adorable kiddos, ages 2 and 4. I'm a full-time library media specialist at an elementary school, and I am finishing my last semester of required coursework this fall so that I can complete the librarian certification process.
I have been scrapbooking in some form since childhood. (Remember those "albums" with the sticky pages and the clear cellophane sheet that peeled back so you could slap your stuff down on the page? I have lots of ruined photos and newspaper clippings now). Now the focus of my scrapbooking is my kids, and I have just recently become more involved in blog participation. I've never been more inspired in my creative process than I have been in the last year or so. I've met some wonderful people from all over the world on these blogs and communities, and I've come to the conclusion that scrapbookers are just the nicest, most supportive people you'll ever meet.
I also love cardmaking (another hobby I've had since childhood), and through blogging I've been able to join Cards for Heroes so that I can send some of my creations to our troops so they can write home. It has been a great way to give back a little and to show my support.
I enjoy other crafts too, such as cross stitch, wreath making, and making hair bows for my daughter. (You can check out some of my projects on my paper crafts blog - www.carriescustomcrafts09.blogspot.com).

Carrie's Finally Friday Challenge: I know that most of you probably have other hobbies too - photography, painting, jewelry making, quilting, crochet - you name it. I want you to show me your other hobby by incorporating it into your paper craft item, be it a card, layout, or altered item. Here are two of mine to get you started:
The pink "For You" card incorporates bow making and card making. The
pink ribbon flower is actually a hair bow on an alligator clip that I
have simply clipped onto the card.

The Cinderella card incorporates cross-stitch and card making. I put
a piece of tear away cross stitch fabric on top of the cardstock and
stitched directly onto the cardstock.

Add a direct link to your project into Mr. Linky below.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A FINALLY FRIDAY HOST???? Well you could be next! Simply play along with our weekly SPCC challenges and our Finally Friday challenges and I might just ask you to be a host!! I have been asking some of our most active participants so keep playing along. Show us your stuff!

Finally Friday at SPCC Participants
1. Susan (SP Diva)
2. Julie W
3. Georgia
4. Carrie B. for Michelle

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Happy Crafting,

Monday, August 24, 2009

SPCC#12

***Winners are posted below this post. Scroll down to see the winners!***


Like I mentioned last week, I am switching the order of how we do things here at SPCC a little, due to my college schedule.
First, I will be posting the Color Combo. I am working to have the color combos prescheduled. I want to give everyone time to play along each week, so I won't be posting the Winner's Circle until Monday afternoons (probably around 3 or 4PM EST) so you will have Monday morning to get those last minute entries in. :O)

This week, the color combo is very fun and summery. I am definitely not ready for summer to be over! I hope you will give this color combo a try. I look forward to seeing everyone's great creations.

To find out the details of our SP Diva's projects, click on their names in Mr. Linky. Their names will have SP Diva beside them so you know they are a diva!!
Use this color combo for your project -be it a card, scrapbook LO, 3D or altered item. You do NOT have to use Stampin' UP brand colors, but you do have to use colors close to these colors.

Entries are due on Sunday, August 30th. Next Monday (in the afternoon), I will showcase the winner and the SP Top Five. The winners for last week will be posted later today.

Our amazing sponsor this week is. . . . iCopic.com!!!!




iCopic.com as the name suggests is a Copic retailer! They sell all the Copic varieties and accessories for your coloring needs! iCopic.com has awesome prices, great customer service, and an awesome selection. If you need Copic markers, iCopic.com is the place to go. I hope you will visit iCopic.com if you are ready to take your coloring to the next level.

Kevin and Ashley over at iCopic.com have generously donated prizes for the a whole month and this is their third prize so we've got ONE MORE WEEKS of Copics to give away to the winners. Not only that, they donated Copics for our lovely SP Divas and myself as well!!! Unbelievable, right??? Thank you so much, Kevin and Ashley!! If you need Copics, please visit Kevin and Ashley over at iCopic.com . They will not disappoint!

iCopic has donated this lovely prize for one lucky winner this week:
Copic Ciao - Set 8 Manga Muted Kit Marker + 1 Multiliner Pen

The winner this week will receive:
  • Copic Ciao - Set of 8 Craft Manga Muted Colors Marker Kit + 1 Multiliner Pen -This set retails for nearly $40 and one lucky winner is going to be the proud owner of this amazing set!!
iCopic was generous enough to send a pack of Copic Ciao's just like this one for me and this is an awesome set of markers!!! They color so perfectly, I am really impressed with them!! This set is great specifically because it comes with a light flesh toned marker!! You NEED to try out some of these markers for yourself.

Here are the projects the divas came up with. Some of the SP Divas have used Copics on their projects this week :O)

Kristina



Melisa



Kelly Marie

Kelly Marie colored in those lovely flowers with her Copics!


Danielle



Sandra



Sabriena



Emily



Susan Z *Guest Diva*



Raechelle


To enter this week's challenge:
add a DIRECT link to your blog post below in Mister Linky! Please provide the DIRECT link to your project entry! I am going to provide some directions for posting a direct link because not everyone knows how. I have had to correct many links and I hope this will help.

To get your direct link, on your blog click on the title of your blog post about this weeks SPCC and copy the URL from the text box at the top of your browser. It should be your blog address followed by a bunch of extra information. To copy the URL, highlight the long address and press Control (CTRL) + C on your keyboard. Then on the SPCC blog, go to Mr. Linky and type your name. Put your cursor where it says URL and then hit CTRL + V. Now you should have the direct link. Then submit it!
For example:

NO =regular link: http://thescrapmaster.blogspot.com

YES =Direct link: http://thescrapmaster.blogspot.com/2009/07/spcc-5-happy-bird-card.html

If you have a problem with Mister Linky, simply add your link to the comments section.

If you don't have a blog, email me a photo of your project at scrapmastersparadise@yahoo.com with your name, and I will get your project added.

SP Color Combos Participants
1. Emily-SP Diva
2. kelly marie (sp diva)
3. Anat Simon
4. Danielle *SP Diva*
5. Kristin L (SP Diva)
6. Sabriena Satchwell (SP Diva)
7. Raechelle (SP Diva)
8. Alison Lee
9. Sandra - SP DIVA
10. Kristina *SP Diva*
11. Melisa (SP Diva)
12. Heidi (SP Diva)
13. Samantha (Creator)
14. Gwen Y.
15. Julie Leblanc
16. Diana Fisher
17. Ashley Cannon Newell
18. Susan Z (Guest Diva)
19. Lori
20. Erin...
21. Terri E
22. Susan (SP Diva)
23. Deanne K
24. Stacy Milford
25. Denimo
26. Kristin Perez
27. Kerstin
28. Brigitte
29. Amy H
30. Mara
31. Chrissie
32. Stacy G
33. Julie W
34. Heather Garl
35. Kelli
36. Beth
37. Linda B
38. Mariana Grigsby
39. Giovana
40. scrapperjen1
41. Millie
42. Vanessa Gutierrez
43. Elise
44. Christine
45. Natasha from Australia
46. Dana W. Seymour
47. JESSICA
48. *alison*
49. ineke da cruz
50. Lynnette
51. Hope
52. Lynnette #2
53. Laurie Marmon
54. Melissa B
55. Tammy
56. Tammy (2nd Entry)
57. Travelingmama
58. Cat Darling
59. RobbynW
60. Sammye Jo
61. Tanya
62. Tanya
63. Tanya (3rd entry)
64. Allison B
65. Carrie B.
66. Dolly

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Happy Crafting,

Winner's Circle SPCC#11

Can I just say WOW!!!! I think that pretty much sums up my sentiments right now. 75 entries this week!! WOW WOW! Each and every entry was beautiful, and I am happy to continue to watch SPCC grow. Thank you so much for being a part of SPCC! I especially appreciate the many of you who leave comments for your fellow SPCCers. You gals rock!

Now as a special thank you, later this week I will be posting Blog Candy since we hit 100 followers!! That's right! BLOG CANDY! Make sure you become a follower here at SPCC in the sidebar. I just want you all to know that your support and participation is very special to me and what better way to say that then to give some blog candy away?!

And I apologize too for being an awful commenter this week. I looked at everyone's, but didn't leave comments. I hope to make the rounds and leave you all some love in the next few days -hopefully tomorrow, if my head cooperates, unfortunately I am a migraine sufferer :O(

Since we had so many great entries, again this week we are sticking with a top 10! I know, I know, the button says top 5, but who's really counting right? LOL

Now, let's take a peek at the winners for SPCC#11.

The winner of SPCC #10 is. . . Kat!!
Kat does not have a blog, but she has been emailing me her beautiful projects almost every single week since SPCC was born. Kat made a GORGEOUS mini album as her entry this week. The cover of her mini album is below, but I will be making a special post this week sharing her beautiful piece of art.


Kat has won a great prize of Copic Ciao markers from our amazing sponsor, iCopic.com!!!





Kat, please send me your mailing address, and I will send out your prize! Be sure to grab your winner's button from the bottom of this post.


Now for the Top 5 (really Top 10, but who's counting?)!
For the top 5 winners, there is a Top 5 button at the bottom of this post.

Here are this week's Top 10 picks (these are in no particular order).







And finally, here are the buttons for all the winners! If you need help getting these added to your blog, just let me know!
This is the button for the winner:
Just copy and past the following code into your blog sidebar:
This is the button for the top 5:
To get this button added to your blog sidebar, just copy and paste the following code into your sidebar:


I can't wait to see your projects this week! Be sure to play along again this week for another chance at some glorious Copic markers!!!

Happy Crafting,

Sunday, August 23, 2009

100 Followers YAHOO!!!

Did you notice in the sidebar?? We have 100 followers at SPCC now!!!! YIPPEE!!

I will be posting some special follower blog candy this week so be sure to become a follower so you can get in on the blog candy!

Happy Crafting,

Friday, August 21, 2009

Finally Friday!!!

Happy Friday everyone! Don't forget about this weeks SPCC #11! iCopic.com is offering a great prize again this week.

This week's Finally Friday is being brought to you by another great SPCC regular. . .. MARA!!! Mara is an incredibly talented little lady and I always feel inspired by her work. Now, let's meet Mara:
MARA
Hi, I'm Mara and I've been scrapping and paper crafting ever since I received a camera as my 8th grade graduation present. I work full time as a molecular biologist and have a wonderful family which includes 2 kiddies and a homebrewing husband. I usually craft in the wee hours of the night when the kids are sleeping. I enjoy photography and am slowly learning how to actually use my camera. I draw inspiration from the world around me and love capturing the little moments of our lives in photos. I pretty much love everything about scrapping, give me some chipboard, paint and buttons...and I'm a happy girl! I enjoy connecting with new people through scrapping, some of my best scrapping buddies are also my best girlfriends. thanks for letting me be part of the Scrapmaster's Paradise challenge blog. It's a great place for inspiration!

Be sure to take a moment and check out Mara's great blog: http://loveyourmotherearth.blogspot.com/

Mara's Finally Friday Challenge:
Create a project using a fancy border. Paper tearing, border punch, hand cut scallop...anything to make your border fancy!!

Here are two great examples that Mara has created:

Now let's see those fancy borders!! Add a direct link to your project into Mr. Linky below.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A FINALLY FRIDAY HOST???? Well you could be next! Simply play along with our weekly SPCC challenges and our Finally Friday challenges and I might just ask you to be a host!! I have been asking some of our most active participants so keep playing along. Show us your stuff!

Finally Friday at SPCC Participants
1. Laurel Beard
2. Terria
3. Susan (SP Diva)
4. Julie W
5. Eiglas
6. IRIT SH
7. Beth
8. Diana Fisher
9. Sarah Martina
10. Colleen
11. Cheri G
12. ineke da cruz
13. *Katy* KD-Creates
14. Karen
15. Heidi (SP Diva)
16. Carrie B.
17. Elise
18. Emily-SP Diva
19. BethieJ

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Happy Crafting,

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

FAQ -Frequently Asked Questions at SPCC

Hey all,

I have had many of the same questions come up so I wanted to give everyone the answers so that everyone is one the same page. If you have any other questions, be sure to send me an email scrapmastersparadise@yahoo.com

Can I still play along if I don't have Stampin' UP colors?
OF COURSE YOU CAN! Just use similar colors that are close to the color combo! You do not have to use Stampin' UP brand products, but your colors should still be close to the colors listed. I know everyone has their own preference for products, I just LOVE SU so I make my color combos using SU colors.

Can I enter more than one project into the weekly SPCC?
YES! You can enter as many times as you want! I have noticed a few people enter 2 projects and that is perfectly fine with me. If you can use the color combo more than once, GREAT! We would love to see it and of course it will increase your chances of winning. Now don't go crazy and enter like 100 projects or anything, but you can definitely enter more than once if you want to.

What time does SPCC officially end?
Technically, each SPCC challenge ends at 12midnight Pacific Time. That way everyone has plenty of time to get their entries in. That is actually 3AM my time in Tennessee and I am not up that late LOL. I won't be choosing the winner until late afternoon on Mondays (usually 4ish EST) due to my college schedule, so any entries before I choose the winners is fair game.

What time does Finally Friday officially end?
There really is no official deadline for Finally Friday because it is just for fun. There won't be winners chosen for the Finally Friday challenges. I usually go in an close the Mr. Linky widget after two weeks or so, but you are still more than welcome to play along and just add your link to the comments section.

How do you come up with the color combo challenge?
I choose the color combos based on colors I personally think go well together. I know the basics of color theory, BUT I don't always stick to the color rules. I just look at the colors and decide what I want colors look good together. I have always been drawn to color and it is really fun for me to put the combos together. I took painting classes all throughout my childhood and all through high school so I have a teeny tiny artistic background, but really, I am just making my combos up in my head. :O)

Why did you create SPCC?
I love challenges! I am a daily craft blogger at Scrapmaster's Paradise and wanted to bring something new jnto my blogging so Scrapmaster's Paradise Color Combos was born.
I have noticed there are many great color combo challenges out there, BUT I wanted my own because the color combo challenges all seemed to lack something. The combos themselves were awesome at all the color combo challenge I visit, BUT some didn't offer prizes, some only were for scrapbooking, and others were only geared towards card makers. When I created SPCC, I wanted it ALL -awesome combos, great prizes, and EVERYONE can play if they are a paper crafter.

Happy Crafting,

Monday, August 17, 2009

SPCC#11

***Thanks for your patience. Winners are posted below SPCC#11!!!***


Once again, we are changing things up a bit this week. I start back to college this week (I am a senior majoring in Biochemistry and Psychology with a pre-med concentration) and so the order of things is going to be different starting this week.

First, I will be posting the Color Combo. I will have this pre-scheduled to post early on Monday mornings. I want to give everyone time to play along each week, so I won't be posting the Winner's Circle until Monday afternoons (probably around 3 or 4PM EST) so you will have Monday morning to get those last minute entries in. :O)

This week, my color combo is very fun and striking. I really didn't know what to expect from the design team with this combo, but they definitely impressed me. I am sure you will like what they have to share this week! I hope you will give this color combo a try!

To find out the details of our SP Diva's projects, click on their names in Mr. Linky. Their names will have SP Diva beside them so you know they are a diva!!

Use this color combo for your project -be it a card, scrapbook LO, 3D or altered item. You do NOT have to use Stampin' UP brand colors, but you do have to use colors close to these colors.

Entries are due on Sunday, August 23rd. Next Monday (in the afternoon), I will showcase the winner and the SP Top Five. The winners for last week will be posted later today.

Our amazing sponsor this week is. . . . iCopic.com!!!!




iCopic.com as the name suggests is a Copic retailer! They sell all the Copic varieties and accessories for your coloring needs! iCopic.com has awesome prices, great customer service, and an awesome selection. If you need Copic markers, iCopic.com is the place to go.

Kevin and Ashley over at iCopic.com have generously donated prizes for the a whole month and this is their second prize so we've got TWO MORE WEEKS of Copics to give away to the winners. Not only that, they donated Copics for our lovely SP Divas and myself as well!!! Unbelievable, right??? Thank you so much, Kevin and Ashley!! If you need Copics, please visit Kevin and Ashley over at iCopic.com . They will not disappoint!

iCopic has donated this lovely prize for one lucky winner this week:



The winner this week will receive:
  • Copic Ciao - Set of 8 Craft Pastel Marker Kit + 1 Multiliner Pen -This set retails for nearly $40 and one lucky winner is going to be the proud owner of this amazing set!!
iCopic was generous enough to send a pack of Copic Ciao's (different colors than these) for me to have and let me tell you, these markers are FAB-U-LOUS!! They color so perfectly, I am really impressed with them!! My project this week uses some of my Copic Ciao markers. You NEED to try out some of these markers for yourself.

Here are the projects the divas came up with. Some of the divas used Copics on their creations this week!

Susan Z *Guest Diva*



Emily



Susan



Sabriena

Sabriena's card features the new Stampin' UP Circle Circus stamp set. This is a great stamp set!


Kristin



Stephanie



Heidi



Sandra

Sandra's card features the Stampin' UP Choo Choo stamp set and coordinating Right on Track wheel.


Raechelle



Me (Samantha)

For my card, I used Copic Ciao markers to color the Build A Bear. I also used a Copic Spica glitter pen to outline each of the leaves on the tree. The Build a Bear image is a sneak peek from a Stampin' UP set coming out in September. All month long I am posting Sneak Peeks from the upcoming SU Holiday Mini on my personal blog Scrapmaster's Paradise.

To enter this week's challenge:
add a DIRECT link to your blog post below in Mister Linky! Please provide the DIRECT link to your project entry! I am going to provide some directions for posting a direct link because not everyone knows how. I have had to correct many links and I hope this will help.

To get your direct link, on your blog click on the title of your blog post about this weeks SPCC and copy the URL from the text box at the top of your browser. It should be your blog address followed by a bunch of extra information. To copy the URL, highlight the long address and press Control (CTRL) + C on your keyboard. Then on the SPCC blog, go to Mr. Linky and type your name. Put your cursor where it says URL and then hit CTRL + V. Now you should have the direct link. Then submit it!
For example:

NO =regular link: http://thescrapmaster.blogspot.com

YES =Direct link: http://thescrapmaster.blogspot.com/2009/07/spcc-5-happy-bird-card.html

If you have a problem with Mister Linky, simply add your link to the comments section.

If you don't have a blog, email me a photo of your project at scrapmastersparadise@yahoo.com with your name, and I will get your project added.

SP Color Combos Participants
1. Samantha (Creator)
2. Stephanie *SP Diva*
3. Raechelle (SP Diva)
4. Susan Z (Guest Diva)
5. Emily-SP Diva
6. Sabriena Satchwell (SP Diva)
7. Heidi (SP Diva)
8. Julie W
9. Kristin L (SP Diva)
10. Danielle *SP Diva*
11. Sandra (SP Diva)
12. Kristina F *SP Diva*
13. Giovana
14. Chrissie
15. Terri E
16. Susan (SP Diva)
17. Mandy (creative cents)
18. Alison
19. Stacy Milford
20. Erin...
21. Caroline - KISS
22. Heather Garl
23. Mona L. Pendleton
24. Tiffany Johnson (iheartart)
25. Kristin Perez
26. Mara
27. Carrie B.
28. Stacy G
29. Jeanna
30. Lori
31. *Alison*
32. Ashley Cannon Newell
33. Travelingmama
34. Giovana (second card)
35. Laurel Beard
36. Denise - Sassy Stampin'
37. Allison B
38. Renee Smith
39. Yeong Shong
40. Elise
41. RobbynW
42. Kerstin
43. Katie Tate
44. Jeanna
45. Melissa B
46. Melissa B (2nd entry)
47. Melissa B (3rd entry)
48. Gwen Y.
49. Linda B
50. Melissa Ladd
51. Dana Gustafson
52. Susan (SP Diva)
53. Kim G
54. Diana Fisher
55. Terri E.
56. Terria
57. ineke da cruz
58. Natasha from Australia
59. Cat Darling
60. mariana Grigsby
61. Kelli
62. missbliss
63. Lynn R
64. Sammye Jo
65. Heather P.
66. Sammye Jo (Entry #2)
67. Nicole K
68. Dana Gustafson #2
69. Kat Carter
70. Tammy
71. Tanya
72. Sarah Martina
73. Lynnette
74. Vanessa
75. Cristina (love4paper)

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