Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Are You Ready to Hop???

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Welcome to SPCC!
Hello SPCCers and welcome newbies! Welcome to the first ever Challenge Blog Owners Blog Hop!!

What is SPCC?
I would like to take a moment to introduce you to our challenge blog SPCC! SPCC stands for Scrapmaster's Paradise Color Combos. My name is Samantha and I am a daily blogger at Scrapmaster's Paradise (hence the name). I am a challenge junkie, and a Stampin' UP demonstrator. I decided to combine my love of challenges and color and create SPCC. SPCC is a weekly color combo challenge blog based on Stampin' UP colors, but you can use any brand of products you want. Each Monday, I post a brand new color challenge and you have until the following Monday to play along for a chance to win a great prize and a chance as a top 5 pick. We have a bunch of fun here so I hope you will stick around after the blog hop!! PLEASE READ HERE FOR MY CURRENT DESIGN TEAM CALL!!!

Blog Hop Challenge
For this special Blog Hop Week, I have created this Hoppin' Combo Challenge:
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.

Here is my example card:
This card features the Stampin' UP Season of Friendship stamp set (for the tree and leaves), Grateful Greetings stamp set (for the larger sentiment), and The More the Merrier stamp set (for the acorn & circle sentiment).

Entries are due October 1st at Midnight EST! Add a direct link to your project in Mr. Linky below. If you play along, you will be eligible to win the lovely prize pack pictured below!!

Up for grabs is this lovely prize pack:
This prize pack was put together by me, Samantha Strachan, Stampin' UP Demonstrator! These items would be perfect for putting together some holiday projects :O)
Included (All Stampin' UP items):
  • Holiday Collections stamp set
  • Some Felt Flurries Snowflakes
  • Elastic cording
  • Three stampin spots: Old Olive, Riding Hood Red, and Whisper White,
  • One Sheet of Stampin' Dimensionals

I will also have a SECOND RAK PRIZE drawing!!!!
To be entered in the second drawing:
  • You will get one entry for leaving a comment on this post.
  • You will get two entries for becoming a follower and leaving a comment on this post telling me you became a follower.
  • You will get two entries for becoming an email subscriber to this blog and leaving a comment on this post telling me you became a subscriber.
  • You will get two entries for having the SPCC Button proudly displayed on your blog and leaving me a comment so I can go see it!
  • You will get two entries for signing up for my Stampin' UP newsletter (USA ONLY!!!).


Thank you all for visiting! be sure to sign up for email updates and become a follower so you don't miss out on any SPCC happenings! I hope you will come back and visit soon :O)

Have fun on your next stop on the blog hop:

Sewn Together/Sew Many Cards

digital.sewmanycards.com/2009/09/24/join-us-for-a-blog-hop.aspx

You can start from the beginning of the blog hop here: www.scrapsketch.com


Play Along with the Hoppin' Combo by adding your direct link to Mr. Linky here:

SP Color Combos Participants
1. Samantha (Creator)
2. Gena
3. Cynthia Crusan-Noble
4. Lori
5. Chrissie
6. einat109
7. ScrappinMaMa
8. Kim Tupponce
9. Roxanne McCleary
10. THCEO
11. IRIT
12. Kim
13. Crystal
14. Deanne K
15. Marti
16. Susan
17. Kelly
18. Emma H
19. Jen
20. Paula Armbrust
21. Terry EO
22. Marci
23. RockinReddRobin
24. irit
25. Kerstin
26. Lynne
27. Jessica Gadd
28. Melinda
29. Natalie McBroom
30. Gwen Y.
31. Katie
32. Kimberly Sullivan
33. Tanya P
34. Kim Sparks
35. Jodi Sutterley
36. Carol N
37. Kerri Yarus
38. Deb Matherne
39. Caroyn W
40. Wendy
41. Lelsie Lawter
42. Miranda Wedekind

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Happy Crafting,

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Winners Circle SPCC#16

I know I say this a lot around here but WHOA!!! You girls are on fire with these color combos. SPCC #16 is one of my all time favorites (I probably say that a lot too LOL) and I LOVE what everyone did with the combo. Thanks so much for playing this week and I hope to see you back for SPCC #17!

***Jessica @ Scrappy = Happy: We can't leave comments! I tried to leave you a comment but I couldn't. Every time I tried to click on the comments link, it just didn't do anything :O( ***

Remember, to see the current challenge for the week, be sure to click the pink button at the very top of the blog! We are also having a DESIGN TEAM CALL so be sure to click the link underneath the pink button to get the deets :O) Don't miss out on your chance to be a Diva!

If you have the I Heart SPCC button on your blog and you aren't linked up in our Friends of SPCC list in the Sidebar, email me and I will get you added scrapmastersparadise@yahoo.com

Are you ready to see this week's winners:

The winner of SPCC #16 is. . . Gwen!!

Gwen made this beautiful card.


Gwen has won some awesome buttons from Such Sweet Tierney!!! Gwen, 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 (In no particular order)
For the top 5 winners, there is a Top 5 button at the bottom of this post.






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:


Thanks everyone for playing along last week. Please be sure to read about the design team call. I hope to see your creations for this week. And don't forget about the Christmas Combo that I posted :O) Have fun with them, ya'll!

Happy Crafting,

Monday, September 28, 2009

Some SPCC News to Share

As you might have seen, we are having a design team call right now. What you didn't know is which designer is stepping down.

Sadly today, I am telling you, we are losing our dear SP Diva Sabriena. She is stepping down from our lovely team. Even in her short time as a Diva she has given us some amazing projects and I was proud to have her as part of my team. I am sad to see her go, and we wish her well. I am sure she will still play along when she can so you will hopefully still see her around SPCC.

In all sad things, I try to see the bright side, and with this there is a bright side. Even though, we are losing a very talented member of our team, there is a chance to bring other talent aboard. Sabriena and I have talked about her possibly coming back to our team at a later time, but now is just not a good time for her. Please be sure to check out or DT call, which can be found here

Happy Crafting,

SPCC #17

Happy Color Combo Monday!! Monday is my new favorite day of the week because I love colors :O) I love sharing my new color combos with you. I actually have these combos made months in advance and it is SO HARD to keep them so secretive, tee hee hee!!! There are still a few more hours to play along with SPCC #16 if you want a chance to win the prize and be in the top 5.

I am excited to share some news with you. On my Scrapmaster's Paradise blog, I hit 70THOUSAND VISITORS and so I have some amazing blog candy to share. Please stop by and enter for a chance to win. I'd also like to thank the kind people at Elmer's Crafters for sending me the goodies so that I could give them away!!
http://thescrapmaster.blogspot.com/2009/09/happy-70k-blog-candy.html
This week, we are on SPCC #17!! Time flies for sure! This week will be our last combo during September so I will be announcing our October Guest Diva this week sometime so be on the look out for that in the coming week. Thanks to Allison for being our AMAZING September Guest Diva, she totally rocked the combos all month!!!

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!!

Here is SP Color Combo #17
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 Monday, October 5th at Noon PST. Next Tuesday, I will showcase the winner and the SP Top Five.

Our beautiful and giving sponsor this week is. . . . Scrapmaster's Paradise The Store


I just gave my store a brand new header and a little "re-vamp" so be sure to visit. You might not know this but I sell my own handmade goods and kits in my own little .com store! You can find Scrapmaster's Paradise The Store at samiville.com .

There you will find:
  • paper kits made with current and retired designer papers
  • Stampin' UP product shares
  • ribbon kit of the month
  • handmade greeting cards
  • die cuts
  • handmade tags
  • mini books
  • classes in the mail
I have big plans for my store which include adding even more great items in the future: party favor boxes, card instructions, scrapbook kits. I am proud to say that of my handmade goods and kits abide by the Stampin' UP angel policy and meet the complaince department standards.

And one lucky winner this week will win TWO of my 6X6 paper kits featuring Stampin' UP designer papers:


Here's what the SP Divas did with the combo:
Allison *Guest Diva*




Kristin



Melisa



Sandra



Emily



Susan



Stephanie



Heidi



Sabriena



Me (Samantha)

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. Sandra SPDIVA
3. Sabriena Satchwell (SP Diva)
4. Samantha (Creator)
5. Susan (SP Diva)
6. Stephanie *SP Diva*
7. Heidi (SP Diva)
8. Kristin L *SP Diva*
9. Allison *Guest SP Diva*
10. Linda B
11. Elise
12. Kandi Phillips
13. Danielle *SP Diva*
14. Lori
15. Kelly W.
16. Julie W.
17. Kristin Perez
18. Terria
19. Sarah
20. Miranda Wedekind
21. IRIT
22. StephC
23. RobbynW
24. Brigitte
25. Beverley
26. Tammy
27. Melisa (SP Diva)
28. Roxanne McCleary
29. Libeeti
30. Rhonda
31. Jessica Gadd
32. Carole'Anne
33. ineke da cruz
34. Dana Gustafson (Paper Daydream)
35. Emma H
36. Kim J.
37. Elise (2nd card!)
38. Terri E
39. Michelle B
40. Tessa Buys
41. Lisa Cook
42. Talia
43. Sarah N.

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Happy Crafting,

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Christmas Combo #5

***Remember to click on the button at the top of the blog to see the current weekly challenge so you can get in on the weekly prize and top 5 pick***

I wanted to squeeze this Christmas Combo in before Monday's new weekly color combo challenge, SPCC#17 :O) Hope you like it! There is still time to play along with SPCC#16 if you want to enter and don't forget about the blog hop.

Here is my Christmas Combo #5:

Remember, if you use my Christmas Combo for your Christmas or Winter Holiday project, add your project to Mr. Linky below. You might just be featured on my personal blog, Scrapmaster's Paradise!!! And you will get my special "I was Featured" button for your blog. :O) To see my other Christmas Combos, click here!
Here is my layout using this combo:
This layout features the Stampin' UP Snow Buddies stamp set, which is a brand new hostess stamp set from the Holiday Mini catalog. I have more details about this layout on my blog here: http://thescrapmaster.blogspot.com/2009/09/stamp-set-of-week-reveal-er-flu.html



Happy Crafting,

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Blog Candy Winner!!

Well, this is LONG overdue. . . here it is!

The winner of our blog candy is. . . Cristina!!!!!

Blogger Cristina said...

Hi Samantha, I'm a devoted follower, I love ur giveaway..thanks for being great!!! I'm so glad I found your blogs!! xoxoxox Cristina

Here is what she won:

Congrats, Crustina! Send me an email with your mailing address and I will get your package send out to you.

Happy Crafting,

Calling all Designers!!

Want to design for me???? :O) (I just whipped this call up, so if it needs to be edited please let me know ASAP! I am coming down with something so I might be a little out of it LOL)

Design Team Call: Scrapmaster’s Paradise Color Combos
http://spcolorcombos.blogspot.com
Call Ends: October 31st at Midnight EST

SPCC is looking to fill one design team opening!! SPCC design team members are proudly called SP Divas! Depending on the number of applications we receive, we may look to add on more than one designer to the team. I highly encourage you to try out.

We are looking for one designer who loves working with color combos! SPCC is a weekly color combo challenge blog. We have great color combos, great prizes, and even greater participants. If you think you have what it takes to be a designer for a hot new challenge blog, then read on!

We are looking for someone who is not afraid to work with colors. You do not have to be an established designer and you do not need to be experienced in being published or anything. All we ask is that you are willing to give us your best work!

Term:
• 4 months, November 2009 –February 2010

Design Team Responsibilities:
• Each designer will be placed on the Card or the Scrapbook team.
• Must be able to design a project based on a given color combo, every other week (DT Members are given the combos over a month in advance so they have plenty of time to complete each combo)
• Must leave comments for participants on our weekly challenges
• Must have a blog and update at least weekly
• Must post their DT project to their blog during their design week

Compensation:
• Your bio and headshot will be showcased on the SPCC blog
• A link to your blog will be placed in the sidebar under the SPCC DT section
• At the end of your term, you will receive a RAK package from me if you complete your term.

To Apply:
STEP ONE:
Play along with a MINIMUM of 2 SPCC challenges between now and the end of the DT call. There will be a total of 6 SPCC challenges between now and then so 2 should be easy to do (SPCC#16- #21). You should actually LINK your projects in the Mr. Linky widgets to your blog and play along for real. The more you participate, the better you will look as a candidate for the position. This is how I will be mainly judging your work!!
STEP TWO:
Email Samantha at scrapmastersparadise@yahoo.com the following information:
1. Name:
2. Email:
3. Address:
4. Phone:
5. Blog address:
6. The number of the two challenges you participated in (I will go back and look!):
7. Do you use Stampin’ UP products? Are you a SU demonstrator (there are no right or wrong answers here)?
8. Why do you want to be Diva at SPCC?
9. Would you prefer to be on the Cards or the Scrapbooks team if selected?
10. If not selected for the design team, would you be interested in being a Finally Friday host or a guest designer in the future?



Happy Crafting,

Christmas Color Combo #4

***Remember to click on the button at the top of the blog to see the current weekly challenge so you can get in on the weekly prize and top 5 pick***

This is one of my favorite LO's I have made in a while and it happened to be using my Christmas Combo #4.

Remember Christmas Combos are just for fun, but if you play along, you might be featured on my personal blog!! THIS FRIDAY, I will be featuring some awesome projects my readers made from some of my recent blog challenges so be sure to come visit Scrapmaster's Paradise!!!

I had some questions arise about the Christmas Combos so here is a mini Q&A:
Q: When do the Xmas Combos start?
A: I will be posting new Xmas Combos at random all the way up until Christmas. I have over THIRTY Christmas combos. I don't have a set schedule for when I will be posting these challenges so you will just have to stay tuned. Be sure to sign up for email updates or become a follower so you don't miss a thing!

Q: When do the Xmas Combos end? How long do I have to participate?
A: Well, they don't end until Christmas! I am leaving the Mr. Linky widgets opened on the Christmas Combos until Christmas, but they will be monitored. If you post to any of the older ones, I will get an email so I will still know if you are playing along with my older combos.

Q: What if I don't have Stampin' UP products?
A: Well then buy them from me! LOL No, but seriously, you can use ANY brand of products you like as long as your colors are close to the color combo! These are the same rules at the regular weekly SP Color Combo Challenge over at SPCC.

Here is Christmas Combo #4:

And here is my LO. I call it Cutest Reindeer:


Play along!! Put your link to your Christmas Combo #4 projects in Mr. Linky below! You never know when you will be a part of my Friday Feature segment on my personal blog Scrapmaster's Paradise!




Happy Crafting,

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Winner's Circle SPCC#15

Wow, you gals did such an awesome job this week. I expected a lot of Halloween, but there was so much NON-Halloween too and that was such a pleasant surprise. Even all the Halloween was gorgeous.

***Tammy!! No one can leave comments on your blog! It says "Must be a member of this blog to leave comments.***

Remember, to see the current challenge for the week, be sure to click the pink button at the very top of the blog!

I spent a little extra time today trying to update the "Friends of SPCC" links with your blogs if you have one of the SPCC buttons displayed on your blog and you played along with SPCC#15. Now I might have missed you because I didn't search too hard LOL. If I missed you, send me an email and I will get your link added to the Friends list. :O)

I bet you are dieing to know who the winners are for this week so let's see them:

The winner of SPCC #15 is. . . Elise!!
Elise made this super spooky Halloween card.



Elise has won a lovely prize pack from Memories Forever Scrapbooking!!!



Elise, 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 (In no particular order)
For the top 5 winners, there is a Top 5 button at the bottom of this post.






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:


Thanks everyone for playing along last week. I hope to see your creations for this week. And don't forget about the Christmas Combo that I posted :O) Have fun with them, ya'll!

Happy Crafting,

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