Tuesday, August 30, 2011

It's Challenge Time!!!

It's Katrina and our monthly challenge is back this month.  We took last month off with all the CHA madness going on, but we are back at it and the Diva's rocked it this month!

I issued the following challenge to the Divas:

Scrap an Object
For this months challenge you can use any collection or combination of collections you like.  The challenge is to scrap something that you normally do not scrap. No kids, no pets, no events, etc.  Scrap your favorite book, drink, phone, etc.  As long as it is not a live object you are good! 

So, remember when I posted there was a hint in the one of the blog posts
about the challenge?  
Well, here is the layout that was the hint!

 Mette scrapped her sick computer with the Get Well Soon collection!!

School is in everyone's minds right now and a couple of our Divas scrapped school supplies!
They both used the School is Cool collection for their layouts.  

Julie Tucker-Wolek scrapped her son's school books!

And then Leah Farquharson scrapped her kids new school supplies!

Next up we have Jill Hildebrand with a layout featuring her kids art work!
Jill used the My Lil Monster collection to showcase her "Art Monster"!

Then a couple of Divas scrapped food, which I think is always fun to do!

Lea Albers used the School is Cool collection to create a layout about taking
a cake decorating workshop!  

Then Ria Mojica scrapped some of her family's favorite food...Spam!  Which is probably strange to us Americans, but it's a very popular item where she lives!

She used School is Cool also!

And then there are a few of us Divas (this is including Mette above!) that might 
be a just little attached to the technology in our lives!

Deana Boston created this layout about her iPad!  
She used the My Lil Monster's collection.

I laughed when I got Deana's layout in my email, because my layout is 
about my iPad and new computer!  I used School is Cool on mine.

So now you know what your challenge is!  Scrap an object using the guidelines above using at least 75% Nikki Sivils papers and products.  It doesn't matter if it's an old collection or a new one, we want to see them all!!

Leave a link to your blog post or gallery with a picture of your completed challenge entry on this post by September 29th.  We will pick one winner and announce them on September 30th, when we announce the next challenge. The winner will get to pick one of the new collections kits of their choosing!

Get to playing, we can't wait to see what you create and scrap about!

Have a Scrappy Kinda Day!!~~Katrina

Don't forget our card drive for the sweet little girl, Olivia.  You can read all about that card drive

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Showcase on YOU! :)

Hi everyone!! If you are here for the blog hop... please see this post here here here! :):):)

Today is my favorite day of the month on Nikki's blog!! Today is SHOWCASE ON YOU! :):):)
This is when I get to share YOUR projects using Nikki Sivils goodies!!! :) I loveeeee this part of my job! :)

If you would ever like to be featured in our SHOWCASE ON YOU... then either send me an email (bmwgirl@cox.net) with an image of your project and a link to your blog or online gallery, or you can even leave me a link in the comments here directing me to your projects that you used Nikki's products on! Can't wait to hear from you! :):):)

Let's get today's showcase STARTED! :)

First, we have TWO gorgeous layouts from Nikky Kramer! :) She used the "School is Cool" line :)

Next, we have Audrey Goff  and her BEAUTIFUL card using "It's Raining, It's Pouring!" :)

Next, we have an AWESOME card from Yvonne van Dijk! Yvonne used "My Friend Birdie!" :)

Next, we have three AMAZING cards made by Ellen ♥ CardMonkey Jarvis! :) She made her cards with "Blueberry Hill" and "Willow Bee" :) 

Lastly today, we have  Fabi Ormerod! :) She made a BEAUTIFUL layout using "Blueberry Hill" and a card using "It's Your Day!" :)

I hope you all have enjoyed today's SHOWCASE ON YOU! I know I have! :) 
Thanks ladies for sharing your creations with us! :):):)
 And to all our friends and fans on the East Coast! Please stay safe! :) 
And don't forget the HUGE CARD DRIVE Nikki is doing for little Olivia!
She is giving away an AMAZING prize pack to one lucky person that makes 
a card using her "Get Well Soon" collection!! See all the DETAILS HERE! :):):) 

Thanks for stopping by! We appreciate it! :)
~~Julie :)

Friday, August 26, 2011

A BIG Manufacturer Blog Hop

Hey blog readers in blogland!  Today we are participating in a blog hop that a BUNCH of companies are participating in also!

You should have arrived here from Purple Onion Designs Blog!

Last Days of Summer Blog Hop!
Aug 26-28, 2011

Who is participating??  Let's check it out!
Discount CardStock -  http://www.discountcardstock.com/blog/
Scor-Pal http://scor-pal.blogspot.com/
Flower Soft  - http://flower-softinc.blogspot.com/
Want 2 Scrap - http://want2scrapco.blogspot.com/
Urban Lily through Urban Swank:  http://urbanswank.blogspot.com/
Really Reasonable Ribbon - www.reasonableribbon.blogspot.com
Helmar http://helmarusa.typepad.com/blog/
Purple Onion Design -http://www.purpleoniondesigns.typepad.com/
The Twinery-http://www.thetwineryblog.com/
PSA Essentials  -  www.psastampcamp.blogspot.com  

And us!!! Want to know what you can win?

Well, comment on EVERY blog and you can win the grand prize!  And there is
some Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker in that grand prize!!

A School is Cool Collection kit!  Which has EVERYTHING you need to complete some amazing 
layouts, cards or altered projects.  What ever YOU come up with!!

Here are a few projects from the girls to get those creative juices flowing:

 By Nikki Sivils

 By Diva Sarah Eclavea

By Diva Wendela Lam

By Diva Jen Matott

By Diva Carina Lindholm

So, you know you want to win the grand prize now, right?!  
The grand prize is valued at over $330.00!!!!
 Make sure and leave a comment and 
the grand prize winner will be announced on the 
PSA Essentials Blog next week!

Now head over to The Twinery's blog!!

AND don't forget about the card drive with the Get Well Soon collection for Olivia.
Let's get her LOTS of cards to help her feel better!
The original post is HERE

Have a Scrappy Kinda Day!!~~Katrina

**Thanks to all that joined us for the blog hop! So much fun!! You can see if you are the winner HERE!** :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Happy Thursday....Creative Diva's Are In The House!

So, the weather is starting to cool down here just a bit.  Which means schools are starting, moms have more time to themselves...(well, until the practices, playdates, and fundraisers start up) which in turns leads to more scrapbooking!!!
School is Cool is a GREAT collection for this time of year and the diva's have been busy!

Our first two layouts are from Delaina Burns.  I love the doodled circles that she did on this first layout!

And this one, is just adorable!!  I love how she used the triangle banner pieces not only up in the corner, but as a border above and below her picture!

Next up is Jennifer Yates.  She has a couple of great one page layout to share today.

I love the scene she created with the schoolhouse and bookworm by adding some grass!  And the way she did the banner rocks too!!

I love all the stars on the side of this one!

And last, but not least we have Leah Farquharson. 

And Leah created this one about her son being in third grade!  I love the big circle!

And don't forget about the HUGE card drive Nikki is having for little Olivia.  You can read about it 

Have a Scrappy Kinda Day!!~~Katrina

Monday, August 22, 2011

I have another HUGE favor to ask of you all…

I’ve become friends with a Stacy Rodriguez who is also a very talented Scrapbooker, if you know Stacy you love her, she’s so sweet!  (Stacy will also be our guest designer next month so come back and take a look at her work.)  Stacy has posted a card drive on her blog for her little niece, Olivia.
Here is Olivia…
 Sadly, Olivia has a brain tumor in the most critical part of her brain. Olivia will be having surgery, today, Monday, August 22. 
Sweet Olivia was to start kindergarten last week but instead is spending her days in the hospital until her surgery.  Stacy wants to decorate her hospital walls with cards and Olivia LOVES getting mail (don’t we all)!
  I told Stacy I wanted to help get Olivia as many cards as possible and want to have a huge contest so we could get even more cards for Olivia! 
A HUGE Contest!
Here are the details:
Use my newest collection “Get Well Soon” and make a card for Olivia, then post it on your blog or facebook or both and link the post in the comments of this post.  Then Stacy and I will pick 2 winners one here on this blog and one on facebook.  You’ll have the next 3 weeks.  That should give you enough time to get the papers (if you have to order online), make a card, post it then mail it.  
(Even if you don’t want to play along with this contest, please take a few minutes to send Olivia a card, any card.)

Please mail cards to Stacy and she’ll be giving them to Olivia.

Here's the address:
Cards For Olivia 

c/o Stacy Rodriguez 

3122 9 1/2 Street 

Rock Island, Illinois 

The deadline is Monday, September the 5th.

The prizes:
*4 of my new releases:
School is Cool
My Lil Monster
Gingerbread Land
You’re a Hoot
*A Cricut cartridge
*A Sketch Book by Allison Davis
*A Unity Stamp set that will coordinate with one of my newest collections!
This is a prize package worth over $100

I had a chance to have a little mini interview with sweet Olivia, below are the questions I asked her and her answers. 
Meet Olivia:
1. What is your very favorite color? 

2. Which cartoon is your favorite to watch on TV? 
So Random on Disney Channel

3. Do you have any baby-dolls and if so what are a few of their names? 
Yes, Whoopsy Doo
 (Is that not a great name!)

4. Do you have any brothers or sisters?
All sisters
  If so are they older or younger? 
Older: Alyssa-11, Madilynn-9 and Isabelle-6
Here they all are...

5. What is your favorite candy? 
(Olivia has some good taste in candy!) 

6. Do you like to color and draw?
Yes, color and draw.

7. How old are you? 
5, will be 6 in October

Lets put a huge SMILE on this little girls face!  
Be looking for updates on Stay’s blog and I’ll update on here too.  
Most importantly PLEASE keep little Olivia in your prayers!

Here are some sample cards from the Get Well Soon collection…
Created by Rae Barthel
Created by Rae Barthel
Created by Rae Barthel
Created by Rae Barthel
I know this isn't a card but its too cute to not show...
Created by Rae Barthel
Created by Nikki sivils
Again this isn't a card but so cute...
Created by Julie Tucker-Wolek
Created by Katrina Hunt
Created by Katrina Hunt
Created by Linda Beeson
Created by Stacy Rodriguez

Thank you from the bottom of my heart and I know from Stacy’s too!
Let's "cheer" little Olivia on! -Nikki

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Diva Time!

I don't know about you, but it has been a heck of a week for me!  Emergency vet visits for all three dogs, which all are fine and doing better now.  They all managed to sprain a leg, with the two boys the exact same one.  Ella, on the other hand, hyper-extended hers so it was a little more severe.  Then computer hard-drive was failing, so off to buy a new one.  This has seriously cut into my scrapping time!!

BUT, the other Divas have been super, super busy and I have lots to show you.  So, lets get to it!

First up is Lea Albers.  Altered printer trays are hot right now and Lea did a fabulous job on this one with the My Lil Monsters collection.  

She mounted items on foam board so that they would stand up.  Which I am loving this idea and might have to borrow it from her!  In her detail shots, you can see exactly what she did.  

Next up is Linda Beeson.  She is usually a Card girl, but here she is showing us that she can create more than just cards!  She has created two layouts for us this month.  This one is with the
 It's Raining, It's Pouring collection.

Linda's Layout Removed for Publication!!!!!
Linda used her Cricut Expression on this layout. 
She did the title witht the Stamping Cartridge cutting it at 2 inches.
And then she used the Storybook cartridge for her flourish cutting at 5 inches.

And then Linda used our new collection, Get Well Soon for this adorable layout.
And I love the pictures on this layout!

I love the trail of die cuts behind the ambulance!

Next up is Rae Barthel.  She has created a BUNCH of fun stuff with the School is Cool collection!!!

This pencil holder was a HIT at CHA on our Make n Take table.  You can't see it, but the pencils are glued around an empty coffee can.  We had people grabbing the pencils on the outside, because you couldn't see down in it!  Everyone was laughing about it.  

And to go along with the pencil container, she created this sticky note holder.  What great back to school gifts for your kid's teachers...hee hee, or yourself!  

And here is a card to go along with the gift!!

A fun little bookmark!

An altered mini composition book.  This is adorable!!

And a cute little card to give your "smarty pants" after a good day at school!

Next up we have a couple of our Internation Divas that are joining in our post today with Lea, Rae, and Linda!

First is Ria Mojica, with an fun layout about her son dressing up in costume!  I want a mask like that!

She used the My Lil Monster collection, which is PERFECT for documenting things like this!  

And last but not least is Mette Kallander.  She used the Get Well Soon collection to create a layout about her sick computer.  I know how she feels in that area!!!!

We took the month of July off for the monthly challenge, but it will be back again at the end of this month.  I will tell you, there is a hint in this blog post about the challenge!!
 I will let you try to figure it out!

Also, tomorrow we have a special blog posting for someone special, so please come back.  This is something that we want EVERYONE to join us in.  Look for that post on Monday!

Have a Scrappy Kinda Day!!~~Katrina
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