Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort." (Emma)

And as much as I'd like to stay at home all day making cards, I have to go shower and pick up my youngest sister for a while... BUT Melanie and I started the day making cards (and playing with our new "Handsome Oakley"... on whom Melanie has admitted she may have a crush... I totally lifted the idea of pairing him with Willow with coffee from Jacqui over at the Whiff of Joy challenge blog, and I LOVE how it worked so much that he's definitely going to be "paired" more frequently!

I used this week's sketch from The Pink Elephant to play with this coffee inspired card.... So I think I'll have to stop at Starbucks on the way from Serina's! :)

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Doll Hop Winner and your LAST chance! :)

Thank you to ALL of you hoppers out there who took the time to play along with the Design Dollies this past weekend! We all genuinely had a blast learning about you as you learned about us, and we definitely felt the love!! :)

I guess my quiz was a little trickier than I originally thought, as I had NO winners for that one, but my "All about Me" winner is... Aleisha! When you get a chance Aleisha, email me your addy and I'll post your prize ASAP! :)

This week's Elements Challenge at the Dollhouse was a Recipe challenge, asking players to include:

  • The color Baby Blue
  • Ink (and lots of it!)
  • Masking (to get the masked effect)
  • Newspaper print, or some sort of paper with words (like the cool dictionary papers they have, or just lots of words, kwim?)
  • Stripes

And here's what I came up with as an example:(Can you tell I'm STILL working on my thank you cards???). So come over to visit the Dollies and play along for your last chance to win our awesome prize back from Scrap Attack! Hope to "see" you soon!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

"Woman is fine for her own satisfaction alone" (Northanger Abbey)

Ok, so maybe I didn't make this TOTALLY for my own satisfaction, but I AM pretty happy that I FINALLY have Magnolia stamps of my very own, lol! :) I'm thinking of starting a shabby chic line and maybe peddling my wares across town to try and actual (gasp) sell some... I saw some handmade Cricut cards at the Flower Shop in town recently, and, well, I figured if she can do it, so can I! :) So wish me luck...

This one was made using the Friday Sketchers sketch and is my very first entry for the Just Magnolia challenge site as well!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Dollies are Taking you on a Hop through the Dollhouse!

Hello there!!! Welcome to the final destination at a Dollilicious "Hop through the Dollhouse"!

If you've just finished being SO glam you can sweat glitter from Nicole's blog, then you're right on track. If you've just bumped into the hop by accident, head on over to the Dollhouse and start at the beginning... you'll come back here eventually! :)

This weekend we are inviting ya'll to get to know the Dollies just a little bit better... Especially since we've been blessed with the BEST Design Team members that have ever graced a keyboard... or scrap page! :)

By now you should have met two of the three founding members of Design Dollies, and you should DEFINITELY have gotten to see some of the sheer talent displayed by our amazing design team! So now, a little bit about me...
Name: Adina Medina (definitely God's sense of humor when picking my husband!)

Location: Jersey Baybay!

Stats: Married 8 years, with two beautiful children (Melanie, 6 and Elijah, 2 months)

Hobbies: SCRAPPING (duh) and more recently card making!

Misc: I have a love for all things vintage and girly. The more glitter and frill, the more "me." I also have a crazy shopping addiction that is NOT helped by my position on the Design Team for Scrap-a-Doodle Doo!

In honor of this Dollilicious Blog hop, I'd like to invite you to take a little quizzie poo... :) If you get all the answers right, you'll be entered for a chance to win THIS prize pack (Cricut NOT included lol!):Ok, so here we go... Check out the Dollie Banner at the top of this post and use the NUMBERS above each dollie as your response to the following questions (for example, if I were to ask "Which Dollie MOST looks like Leah L'Orange, you'd answer "Dollie #1"):
1. Which Dollie wishes Puerto Ricans could be Southern Belles? (hint, look CAREFULLY at this Dollie's layout, and it's there in her journaling!)

2. Which Dollie launched her own ODD Digi Stamping company (with AMAZING images, may I say!)

3. Which Dollie hails from Sweden and LOVES Scrapping Dolls... (Ironic, isn't it??)

4. Which Dollie had to sensor the drink title for her favorite alcoholic beverage (hint, it consists of 2 Parts Butterscotch Schnapps and 1 part Bailey's Irish Cream)?

5. Which Dollie lives in the same state as I do?

6. Which part-time Californian part-time Norwegian Dollie just started scrapping again this past April?

7. Which Dollie is a Philipina Pediatrician?

8. Which Australian Dollie is in SERIOUS need of a good album since she NEVER puts layouts into one...

9. Which REPEAT DT Dollie is a retired Biochemist turned stay at home mom?

REMEMBER, I don't necessarily want the Dollie's real name... I want you to use the numbering system at the top of the post to show me which DOLL representing the Scrapper is the one being described...

And FINALLY (geez, Adina, do you REALLY need us to work??) I'd like YOU to play along (as always!!) with the Dollies... Link up YOUR own "About Me" creation via Mr. Linky below, and I'll put your name into the pot for THIS prize:
(That's right, I've got TWO stashes ready for ya!!)

Your "About ME" page should include some journaling with at least five things that are uniquely "you" and should be uploaded before 10 PM EST on Sunday, July 25th. Winners for both candies will be announced at the Design Dollies blog on Tuesday, July 27th. If you have ANY questions, feel free to email me!! :)

Friday, July 23, 2010

"My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation" (Persuassion)

And when you get Melanie and Gianna together, well, you're definitely in for a LOT of conversation! This layout was done for the Scrapbook Challenges ning group I recently stumbled across... the challenge was to lift a page of the week layout and make it your own... And it DEFINITELY helped me get some scrappy mojo back in my life! (And use some old Basic Grey papers that have been lying around FOREVER!! I seriously have a paper addiction... as I dug through MASSIVE amounts of paper, I realized I probably don't have to shop for paper for the next two years... do you think I can hold to that though?? I have GOT to get scrappy so I can USE that stuff!!)...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Rainy days...

It's raining something terrible out here in Jersey, which is a PERFECT time to stay home, nap, and play! :) The napping part won for MOST of the day, but I did manage to finish up one card, the FIRST with my new copics (just Mae's shirt and pants were with copics, the rest were water colors)... I'm still working on getting a collection of markers together but for now, they ARE fun to play with!

This one was made using the sketch from DRS Designs. The thank you sentiment was used to fit the challenges at Critter Sketch Challenges and at Clearly Inspired. Thank YOU for looking! :)

Monday, July 12, 2010

"What wild imaginations one forms where dear self is concerned! How sure to be mistaken!" (Persuasion)

This weekend was digi day at SNR Card Universe, hosted by my Dollies Kristy and Leah, as well as the rest of the Some Odd Girl crew... SO, I gave up on fruitless house cleaning (who am I kidding anyway?) and played with some of the gorgeous Mae digis that I have been DYING to color in... AND Melanie cracked open my new Magnolias for some crafty designs...
My mini me stole the show though...And she's SO proud of her first "layered" card:(as well she SHOULD be!!)

Melanie's card above and mine below were made for the sketch challenge hosted by SOG during digi day...Either way, we had TONS of fun playing together and only wish we could've finished MORE items before the crop ended! :)

Friday, July 9, 2010

"A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of." (Mansfield Park)

And since I have NO income this month, lol, I am going to have to stick to scrapping/card making for MY source of happiness! :)

Making me VERY happy these days is when I stumble across blogs that help me get that creative urge up and moving... LIKE Create with TLC, where you can get TONS of freebie Digi images and Sentiments, as well as some larger collections in the Store...

AND one of the more recent freebies was a vintage style cooking up kinda image, and well, you KNOW I had to snag it and pair it with some Graphic 45!!! :) Thanks for looking!!
SO, there's a challenge going on at Create With TLC if you like the digi image, (sentiment came from there too!!) and it's running until tonight, so head on over there and snag a copy to play along!! :)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Java Queen!

Have you SEEN the new Whiff of Joy City Girls release yet??? RIGHT up my alley... I'm currently brainstorming an ode to Starbucks card using the gorgeous "Willow with Coffee 2 go" but in the meantime, I HAD to play with her using some Bo Bunny papers and Prima flowers (for the Flower Power challenge at Magical Crafts!) that I purchased from Scrap A Doodle Doo... AND the sketch from this week's Whiff of Joy Challenges helped kick me in gear... As well as all the distressing (because I can't cut ANYTHING straight these days!!), per the challenge at One Stop Craft Challenges!

Thanks for looking and happy scrappin! :)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The dollies are at it again!

And with a sponsor this time!! Check out this week's elements challenge, which calls for you to use a song as inspiration (something relatively new, since 1990)... AND enter your projects for a chance to win our very first sponsored prize from Scrap Attack!

My entry was the VERY first layout I've created since FOREVER... and featured my darling Melanie with my "baby" sister Ashley at her college graduation... it's weird to see Ashley all grown up, when I still think of her at Melanie's age. Actually, there's a LOT about Melanie that reminds me of Ashley when she was a wee tike...

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Red, White, and Blue!!!

It has been a SEMI scrappy week this week as I try to reestablish some sort of normalcy in my crafting... I worry though, that my creations lack a certain something because of my extreme exhaustion! I think I need to find a crop where I can be inspired by others while trying to regain my mojo! BUT, here's a patriotic card inspired by Kraftin Kimmie's sketch this week and Alice in Wonderland's color combo. AND I'd like to wish everyone a Happy and safe 4th of July!! :)