Friday, July 11, 2014

giveaways galore…

If you are a paper-crafter, you don’t want to miss out on your chance to enter ANY of the awesome giveaways below (hurry, all of these end SOON)!
First up – did you know it’s “Designer Products Week” over on the Carta Bella Blog?  All week long the amazing design team has been sharing projects featuring the new Designer Dies and Designer Stamps.  As if the projects aren’t reward enough for visiting the blog (HERE), there are THREE (yes, 1. 2. 3.) different giveaways you can enter!  Be sure to read all of the posts from this week so you enter on the correct ones! 
Here’s a peek at what you might win:
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Echo Park Paper is offering a “Win It Before You Can Buy It” giveaway on their facebook page (here) for this awesome new collection called “Fine & Dandy”:
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**EDITED to add this:  I just saw the awesome deal today on Scrapbook Steals features the "Fine & Dandy" collection and many of the coordinating Designer Dies and Designer Stamps!  Check it out by clicking HERE or click on the little "scrapbooksteals.com" icon right over there -------------->**

And Bella Blvd. has been sharing sneak peeks of their new releases all week – with opportunities to win them before you can buy them!  Check them out HERE!
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Wow! What a haul, right?  Be sure to click on the links and enter for each giveaway separately…and don’t waste a minute getting over there – they are ending soon! 
Good luck! :) 
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

an evening out…

Last night I had the opportunity to get out and join a fun group of creative bloggers for an evening of fun, food, and craftiness!

My Craft Channel and Canon sponsored the event and I felt so lucky to be included in the group of gals attending!  It was pretty casual, and we were able to discuss something we ALL have in common – our passion for making memories and then saving them in a tangible way!

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We were served yummy food, creative flavored sodas, and fun little swag bags full of goodies we could use to make our own little instagram albums!  They even had pages of photos ready for each of us (from our OWN instagram accounts) ready to tuck in the album for safe keeping!

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I already own a Canon printer (this one) that I love, but after seeing the brand new printer in the studio, and learning about the technology available (what…download an app and “click and print” from your phone?!?), I want an upgrade!  Maybe something like this:

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So I can print huge photos on this:

Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy II, 13 x 19 Inches, 20 Sheets (2311B026)

Thanks so much to Kristine and Lori from My Craft Channel and to the reps from Canon – I had a great evening catching up with old friends, making new friends, and sharing our passion for getting those photos safely printed and saved so they can be cherished forever!

Thursday, July 03, 2014

we love america…

I’m sharing this layout today on the Bella Blvd. blog (HERE), where all week long the design team has been sharing patriotic projects!wendysueanderson_bellablvd_patriotic_layout

Here are a few of the fun details (don’t you love those little crocheted hearts?!?

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You can find my complete supply list, lots of fabulous patriotic projects, and a chance to win this awesome package of patriotic goodies by clicking HERE and leaving a comment!

PATRIOTIC GIVEAWAY

Friday, June 27, 2014

a reason to smile…

How can it be Friday already?  Is anyone else wondering how in the world a single day can drag on for so long, yet an entire week simply flies by?  It’s been a crazy summer so far with kids going all different directions – but by tonight everyone in our little family will be safely tucked back into our little nest, which makes this mama bird VERY happy! 

Yesterday I had a layout go live on the Bella Blvd. blog – it’s title, appropriately, “find a reason to smile.” 

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I was challenged to create this layout based on an inspiration piece found on pinterest – click over to the Bella Blvd. blog to see the inspiration as well as several more projects inspired by the same piece.  I always love to see how other designers interpret photos for these types of challenges, don’t you?

Here are some details:

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I was going to include a supply list – but the list is HUGE – that’s what happens when you go rifling through an entire stash to find a few specific colors! So instead, click over to my gallery at Scrapbook.com (here) and you can find links to all of the products I used!  :)

Have a happy weekend – find a reason (or a hundred) to smile! :)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

june paper smooches blog hop…

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches July/August release with you!  FIVE new stamps and EIGHT new dies are releasing soon.  Our new stamps and dies will release at midnight (eastern time) on June 30.  (12:01am on July 1st EST) You will find our new releases HERE.
To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize!
The prize - a $25. gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.
Here are the details:
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25. prize.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your changes)
  • Deadline: You have until midnight MT on Sunday, June 29th to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, June 30th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners. 
Ashley Marcu
Betsy Veldman
Emily Leiphart
Erin Lincoln
JJ Bolton
Jocelyn Olson
Kalyn Kepner
Kim Kesti
Laura Bassen
Laurie Schmidlin
Michele Boyer
Mou Saha
Pamela Ho
Summer Fullerton
Teri Anderson
Wendy Sue Anderson <<------you :="" are="" here="" p="">To increase your chances of winning:
  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop
(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)
I used the new “Blossoming Buds” and “Kudos” stamp sets as well as the “Seasonal Tree Dies” and “Large Leaf Dies” to create my layout:
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I used my favorite color of subtle ink – Prima Attic Dust to stamp the “grateful” block:
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The tree and leaves are all die-cut from Pebbles Inc. papers – one of my favorite older collections, “Front Porch.”
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Thanks for stopping by – enjoy the hop! :)

Monday, June 23, 2014

a final top dog dies project…

Well, you know the old saying, “all good things must come to an end.”  I’m a little bit sad to be sharing my final project as a member of the Top Dog Dies design team.  I’ve been reevaluating my priorities (again, isn’t it a constant thing?!?) and decided that it’s time to phase out some of my design commitments.  This contract just happened to be the first (of several) that was up for renewal (or not).  I’ve really loved working with the team at Top Dog Dies and will miss the fun interactions – but this is what’s best for me right now.  I’m still a big fan – and I’ll still be using their awesome products – just not in an official capacity!

Okay, enough about me – more about this fun card:wendysueanderson_topdogdies_circle_card

I decided to use one of my favorite Mini Album dies from Top Dog Dies – the “Circle Mini Album” to make this card.  I just love shaped cards and this circle die makes it so easy to make round cards!

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I just fold my background paper or cardstock – in this case I used awesome silver foil paper from Chickaniddy Crafts – and place it over the die blades.  Instead of leaving the entire binding edge, I place the fold closer to the inside, making the flap less visible.

Thanks for the ride, Top Dog Dies, it’s been fun! :)

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Top Dog Dies Circle Mini AlbumChickaniddy Crafts - 12 x 12 Foil Paper - Silver SurferChickaniddy Crafts - Date Night Collection - 12 x 12 Cardstock StickersChickaniddy Crafts - Date Night Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Awesome BlossomChickaniddy Crafts - Date Night Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Cutest CoupleChickaniddy Crafts - Date Night Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Together is Better

Friday, June 20, 2014

my guy…

One of my assignments for the Chickaniddy Blog this month was to create a layout  with the topic “Men in My Life.” Well, there's only one MAN in my life - my awesome husband.  (Yes, there are little men, our sons, but this one is all about my main squeeze!)  It's hard to get him in front of the camera, but I was happy to find these three photos from Spring Break last year. 

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He truly is my best friend - he has been for over 20 years now.  I'm so blessed to have his love and respect! And I'm super lucky that he supports my passion for scrapbooking, paper-crafting, and photography!  I'm the luckiest girl I know! ;)

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Okay, less mushiness and more about this awesome paper!  I love using the foil papers to die-cut shapes with my Silhouette.  I wanted to cut a big heart to use on the background of my layout - but after I cut it out, I decided that I liked the negative space best - so I opted to use the silver foil paper for my background and let the patterned paper peek through the heart shape.

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Of course I had to add machine stitching around the edges - the foil paper is lightweight, so it's easy to stitch right through it!

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I also added lots of stickers - many of them have a bit of added dimension with foam dots behind them.

Be sure to visit the Chickaniddy Crafts Blog for loads of fun ideas – and some really great ways to use their new foil papers!

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Chickaniddy Crafts - 12 x 12 Foil Paper - Silver SurferChickaniddy Crafts - Date Night Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackChickaniddy Crafts - Date Night Collection - Enamel HeartsChickaniddy Crafts - Date Night Collection - Bradssilhuette_cameo_bundle

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

chickaniddy layout–inspired by pinterest…

Every month some of the design team members at Chickaniddy Crafts get to collaborate and make projects inspired by various pinterest items gathered together on monthly mood boards (here) by our awesome team leaders!  This month, I had the opportunity to be inspired by our pinterest june mood board and this is the layout I created for the Chickaniddy Crafts Blog:

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Here’s a look at my inspiration:

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As you can see, I was mostly inspired by the GOLDEN vertical lettering.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the title onto white cardstock and then I placed a piece of gold foil paper behind the lettering.

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I mixed some of the papers and stickers to coordinate with the colors in my "sunrise" and "sunset" photos.  I sure love the view from my kitchen window - it makes doing the dishes feel like less of a chore and more like a treat!

You can see how the other girls were inspired HERE!

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Chickaniddy Crafts - 12 x 12 Foil Paper - Goldie LoxChickaniddy Crafts - Twirly Girly Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Pack

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