Thursday, December 30, 2010

Resolutions: One Year Later

At the beginning of this year, I posted a scrapbook layout that I did all about my 2010 New Year's Resolutions. In the past, I make resolutions and then I don't do them, nor do I remember what they were one year later. But I didn't want to go that route this year, nor did I want to let down those blog readers who were rooting for me to get each and every resolution done this year. (I'm sure there were blog readers like that out there, right?) I think it's important that I hold myself accountable so I can see where I succeeded and where I failed and try again in 2011, perhaps making my resolutions a tad easier to attain. So here we go:

Resolution 1: Take the physical challenge
I would give myself an A on this resolution. While I wasn't able to do the Fitness magazine half-marathon like I had wanted, I did speed-walk two 5Ks in June, one to benefit my husband's former school district and the other to raise money for a middle school student with bone cancer. And then on our cruise, I did a 5K on the (very wet and windy) promenade deck for Susan G. Komen.

Resolution 2: Memorize a chapter of the Bible.
I hate to say it but I totally failed on this one. The only time I really have to sit down and memorize Bible chapters would be during my morning and evening commutes. And... there are just so many other books that I wanted to read first that I never got around to memorizing that chapter. Although, I did make an attempt one day, but I think my memorization skills are not what they used to be back in elementary school. Perhaps I should retry this one in 2011. Or make it more attainable, such as memorize my favorite Bible verse(s). I can't even remember those, let alone a whole chapter.

Resolution 3: Reduce your carbon footprint in one major way.
Maybe a B on this one? We still recycle, when the Waste Management guys remember to come by our house and take the recycling, but I can't really think of anything else that we do that is green. My parents bought us an eco-friendly shower head. Does that count?

Resolution 4: Learn to cook one mouth-watering dish.
Uh, have you been reading this blog? Check and check. A++++

Resolution 5: Learn to pray in a whole new way.
I wrote in January that I was looking for a good devotional book, but I didn't really find one. Although, I didn't really make much of an effort to look. I think this is still something I should work on for 2011 and probably for the rest of my life, right? A friend just recommended the book Praying In Color, so perhaps I can get that from the library next month and check it out.

Resolution 6: Do something you've been putting off.
For me, that was writing a book. And while I can't say that I've written an actual published book, I did "win" National Novel Writing Month in November. Now I have to take those 50,216 words and turn them into something that could be published. Editing is not something I can put off for 2011.

Resolution 7: Start a new relationship that's not about you.
I really did try to make this happen this year. I signed up to become a Life Book volunteer, someone who meets with local senior citizens and records their stories, then writes them down on paper for the person so that their stories can be preserved for their families. If you know me, you'll know that I've had some scary encounters with seniors, so I figured this volunteer thing would be perfect for resolution 7. Plus, it would be combining my love of scrapbooking and writing with volunteering. Except that you have to go through a training session first and the training sessions are on weekday mornings. Well, I work during the week and I just didn't have enough vacation time to attend a training session. I'm still on the list to receive info on future training sessions, so hopefully in 2011 I'll be able to attend one and get started with this project.


Resolution 8: Do something that freaks you out.
Does going to New York every day in the middle of a bed bug breakout count? No, seriously. Last year my something that freaked me out was buying food for a homeless person. But you know what? I finally did it! Sure it took me all year to do it (December 14 was the fateful day) but I did it. Of course, I always worry that the person is just running a scam and they aren't really homeless. But if this guy was scamming me, then he was totally committed to the cause. The guy had no gloves on and it was freezing outside. My hands were cold and I was wearing gloves. I certainly wouldn't be able to put up with the cold like that just so I could scam a medium hot chocolate and ham and cheese toasted flatbread sandwich from Dunkin' Donuts out of somebody. But if that guy could, then more power to him. However, I don't think he was faking it. And he said thank you. :)

Resolution 9: Reduce as much debt as possible.
We didn't really have any debt, so I wasn't too worried about this one. I think that instead of reducing debt in 2010, we really just reduced the amount of money in our checking accounts. lol Anyone else feeling me on that one?

Resolution 10: Donate your time to a cause that matters to you.
Well, I'm still not donating time to an organization that educates women in third-world countries, but I did sign up to be a volunteer at a nearby food pantry and after the holidays I am meeting with someone there to discuss how I can help out with the pantry's newsletter. And of course, I've already explained to you about the Life Book project, so hopefully 2011 will be full of time donations.

What about the rest of you? Did you make resolutions for 2010? How'd ya do? Are you making new ones for 2011? I'm not sure what else my 2011 list will look like, but I'll keep you posted once I figure it out. In the meantime, I'll have to make a scrapbook page about this.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Last Chance!

  We hosted a little pre-Christmas dinner party at our place last weekend and I just wanted to show off our fabulous MEGA dining room table (two tables pushed together - yeah we really need to go out and buy a decent dining room set) and our Christmas decorations. I strung some lights from the fireplace mantel because we didn't get a tree this year. Yeah, I know. What's Christmas without a tree? And my parents brought me all my ornaments when they visited over the summer. But ya know, we got sort of a late start on the tree buying and the weekend we were going to get it we were really busy and wouldn't have had much time to decorate the tree nor would we have much time to enjoy it with all the running around we've got planned. So it just didn't seem like the wisest of investments. And that's okay. I've been reading many blog posts recently about how the holidays don't have to be perfect. Just let one thing go to ease your stress levels. Don't get a tree. Don't send out handmade cards. Don't make 50 desserts (desserts spelled backwards is "stressed"). Whatever it is that gets you or your family stressed out about the holidays, just don't do it this year. Sit back and lounge on the couch watching your favorite holiday movies and eating cookies that you made with the refrigerated dough. :)

This will be my last post until after the holidays. I think everyone's blogs are taking a break now. There are other more important things to get done than blogging. 

Like... scrapbooking! ha ha! But seriously, if you find some time to scrap between now and December 31, Scrap Outside the Box is giving away an iTunes gift card to one lucky winner who uses cupcake liners on her layout. An iTunes gift card is pretty sweet! So link up your layouts to the challenge post! It's gotta be easier than baking cupcakes right now, right?

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Last-Minute Gifts

I usually am not one to promote Gwyneth Paltrow's website Goop. Sometimes the tone of that site is a little pretentious. But I happened to click on a link for her site the other day and discovered some really cute and seemingly easy do-it-yourself holiday decorations. There are directions on making a really pretty pine wreath using items you might already have at home or that you can easily pick up at a local craft store. There is also a pretty flower/tea light creation that would make a beautiful table centerpiece. Either one of these items would be perfect to have in your home for the holidays or you could make them as a gift for someone else! (The flower/tea light centerpiece would be a great hostess gift any time of the year.) Christmas is this week, so if you're looking for last-minute crafty ideas, check out Gwyneth's website. She also has a section about food for those adventurous cookers out there. (I like my food to be a little bit easier and less time-consuming to make, but...)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Candied Hazelnut Cupcakes

Katie may be a whiz kid at scrapbooking, but she admits that she is awful at cooking. "I think I put my mom to shame because she is amazing and can make whatever, even without a recipe at hand, but I just catch pans on fire." However, that doesn't keep her from baking every now and then and Katie passed on a recipe from Grace's Sweet Life for Candied Hazelnut Cupcakes that she wanted to make.

Now I'm not going to lie. This recipe intimidated me to no end. Cake flour? What am I going to do with cake flour after I make this recipe? I'm the only one in my family who can eat it! Candied hazelnuts? That looks scary. I never claimed to be a gourmet chef. I firmly believe that baking should not be scary or frustrating. Baking should be fun!

So I improvised on this recipe for those of you out there who are like me.

Adaptation No. 1:
I used the hazelnuts and almonds, but I mixed them in with boxed vanilla cake mix. Save yourself the time and the money. The nuts taste just as good in an 89-cent boxed mix.

Adaptation No. 2:
I used marshmallows instead of homemade frosting. All you do is buy a bag of jumbo marshmallows. When the cupcakes have about three minutes left to bake, pull out the cupcake pan and place one marshmallow on top of each cupcake. Return to the oven for the remaining time or until marshmallows are slightly melted but still fluffy.

(I wish I could remember where I read to do this because it's certainly not my own idea.)

This is so delicious. After the marshmallows have cooled, they add a nice, gooey texture on top of the nutty cupcakes. Really fun! And you can buy marshmallows in different flavors, too, so you could try chocolate marshmallows if you wanted a chocolate "frosting".

Now, if you're feeling adventurous, by all means try out the original recipe. And then let me know how it was. I'll be here, eating my delicious and easy cupcakes.

Note: These cupcakes are not gluten-free. I asked my husband if he would eat them if I made them gluten-free and he wasn't interested. So I did not try to adapt this for those with Celiac. Sorry!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Inspiration from Katie!

Are you guys ready to be inspired? If you're like me, you probably looked at Katie's work and went, "That is way too out of the box for me." But it doesn't have to be! You don't have to make your scrapbook pages look exactly like Katie's if that's not your thing. But you can still get great ideas from her while keeping your own style intact.

First off, change up your photos. Katie posted a tutorial on her blog about how to get your photos to have a cool, Polaroid-esque vintage look to them. I am personally obsessed with pictures that look like this and had been searching for a way to Polaroid up my pictures without the need for buying an iPhone and then the appropriate iPhone app. I also didn't want to have to download anything to my computer, as with Poladroid.net (which may still only be for Macs), but Katie introduced me to something super awesome and free.

Katie uses Rollip.com, Picnik.com, and photo editing software like Photoshop to alter her photos and create cool-looking vintage vibes. You can follow Katie's tutorial or, if you are like me and don't have decent photo editing software (which is crucial in keeping your picture high-res) you can do what I did and only use Picnik. I went to the "Create" tab and under "Effects" played with the "1960s" feature. It'll give your picture a vintage tint. Apply the feature and then use the "Vignette" feature as instructed by Katie to add the black shaded border. Apply that feature, save and print your revamped high-res photo! It's that easy. (For the holidays, you can also add Santa beards to people in your picture. Fun!)

Here is my final creation with revamped pictures thanks to Picnik. You can see the black shading around the edges. Make the shading as dark or as light as you want.



Second, I let this layout from Katie....


click here to view on Katie's Scrapbook.com gallery

...inspired me to create this:



Can you see it? It's not exactly the same, but I liked the shape at the top of Katie's layout, so I used a chipboard shape at the top of mine. I also wanted to have something within my shape, so I chose to put my picture there. It's still my style, but it's inspired by something that you wouldn't normally see in my oeuvre. So how are you going to let Katie inspire you today? Link up your work because Katie and I would love to see it!

You can find more of Katie's work on her blog and her Scrapbook.com gallery. Come back Friday for some decadent dessert!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Getting Scrappy With... Katie!

click here to view this on Katie's Scrapbook.com gallery
I currently have six wonderful scrapbookers lined up for the Getting Scrappy With... series. That's six months of this feature, with hopefully more to come after that! I'm so grateful for these ladies agreeing to participate but the tremendous amount of talent makes it hard to choose who to feature next! I decided to go with (drum roll, please) Katie or MissKatie as she's known on Scrapbook.com. Katie posted something really cool on her blog, Telerobotic, a few months ago and I just have to share with you all what it was—but you'll have to wait on that because you won't get to see it until Wednesday. But it's worth the wait, trust me!

In the meantime, let's take a look at Katie's work. To the right is the first page of Katie's that I saw on Scrapbook.com and it inspired me to create the cover page of my first Book of Me. I just love the speech bubble coming out of her head and the collage of her fave things.

So much of her work is completely unexpected and I love how each page really throws you for a loop. Using a twig on a scrapbook page (see below)? Why not? Katie's unique scrapbook vision has garnered her design team spots with Crazy Daisy Kit Co. and Better Living Through Scrapbooking.

Let's get to know Katie a bit more, shall we?

When did you start scrapping?

The first scrapbook layout I ever completed was when I was 13 or 14 (using shaped, matted photos and lots of decorative-edged scissors, of course!), but I put scrapping aside after that to concentrate on drawing and painting, which is pretty much all I did throughout high school, until about 2006, when I picked scrapping up again in my spare time. From 2008 on it's been pretty much nonstop!

How have your other creative pursuits, such as drawing and painting, influenced the evolution of your style?

I started out pretty simple compared to what I do now. I've always been into collaging by taping/gluing things down, but recently I've picked up embroidery and painting, so a lot of my newer pages incorporate those techniques on top of collage, which I have never strayed from! I'd definitely describe my style as "progressive" though. I'm not big on labels and I am a geek when it comes to researching new techniques and learning new methods of making things, so I'm constantly growing and evolving.

Where do you get your creative inspiration?

Literally everywhere. I'm constantly listening to music and/or watching TV or movies while I create, so color schemes, themes, and even journaling style are influenced by those things. I also spend a huge amount of time looking at artwork, from the classics (Matisse, Magritte, Caillebotte) to contemporary work (Jacqui Oakley, Dolan Geiman, Dana Robson). Then there's always various scrap portfolios and gallery sites.

Do you have a favorite technique that you use on layouts or something that you think of as your signature?

I would say the collage vibe is my signature. I hardly ever go with geometric or very linear layouts. I like mixing things up and am very free form as a result.

Why do you scrap?

First and foremost, it's fun. I'm a graphic design major and am obsessed with design, layouts, and color palettes, as well as just making things look good, so it's kind of a no brainer for me. I'm also a very nostalgic person, though, and I've found that scrapping helps me to both relive my favorite (and not so favorite, but equally important) memories and relax. It's certainly a therapeutic hobby. I'm also interested in the idea of leaving something behind for others to see, even though I'm not a strictly archival kind of scrapper.

Does that mean you often scrap about yourself?

Quite often. I know some scrappers don't, either because they focus on other family members/friends, or because they have a bit of a phobia, but to be honest, I am who I know best. Scrapping has always been a creative, therapeutic art form for me, but it's also about leaving a mark, so I say, scrap yourself—people will be curious to know what you were like at the time you made a particular page.

click here to view Katie's Scrapbook.com gallery
Where is your favorite place to scrap?

My favorite place to scrap is in my room. I still live at home and have converted my room into my own personal studio space. Lots of hours are spent creating there! I can really create pretty much anywhere, though, as long as I have the supplies I love on hand! I prefer to scrap in the afternoon and late at night. I'm a night owl for sure and just function all around better when it's dark outside. I can stay up super late (or early, depending on who you ask) if I'm focused on what I'm doing.

And what does your scrap area look like?

Chaos! Haha. I try to keep it all put together the best I can, but the truth is that everything kind of goes where it wants to. It is an organized mess, if that makes sense. I know exactly where everything is. So it's organized to me, but probably not to anyone who walks in here.

I've found keeping things separate helps a lot. The piles actually decrease in size once you separate letter stickers from the rest of the embellishments, cardstock from other patterned paper, and so on.

For my readers who might be near your area (Indiana), are there any local scrapbook stores you'd recommend?

Definitely! Sharon's Crop Studio is actually very close to me and totally awesome. Sharon is the nicest lady ever, and her team of teachers is extremely knowledgeable. Plus, their crop space includes the comfiest chairs you'll ever find. Seriously.

And because Christmas is just days away, what scrap products are on your Christmas list for this year?

This year, my wish list contains some practical tools, like the Scotch ATG Gun, as well as some awesome DIY tools, including the QuicKutz Epic 6 Tool/Letterpress and the Teresa Collins Stampmaker Machine. As far as collections go, apparently I'm really into "cute" right now! I love Creative Imaginations' Lullaby Boy Collection—even though I don't have a boy, the vintage nursery rhyme illustrations are too adorable to resist, and the die-cut papers are really innovative. Doodlebug Design's Welcome Home Collection reminds me of Japanese stationery—I really love it! And then there's American Crafts' Dear Lizzy: Enchanted Collection. Because I can never get enough Lizzy.

And we can never get enough of your super creative scrapbook pages! Thanks for being a part of Cook Scrap Craft this week, Katie!

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Don't forget to check out Katie's blog and her Scrapbook.com gallery for more! And come back on Wednesday to see some cool techniques that you can use on your scrapbook pages!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Gift


Real quick, this is my layout for the Noel Mignon challenge. Scrap about a gift: your favorite gift, someone else's gift, the gift of a lesson learned, etc. I chose to scrap about buying a gift for a child through Jersey Cares' Frosty's Friends. The snowflakes are cupcake liners (does that give you inspiration for the Scrap Outside the Box challenge?) and everything else is from my scrap pile. If you want to participate in the Noel Mignon challenge, you have until December 17. The prize is not one but TWO Bedford Falls kits (you have to go to the Noel Mignon website to see them. AWESOME!). If I win, maybe I'll share one with someone. And if you win, won't you share your second one with me? ;) Have a great weekend!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Time for Scrapping!

I actually found time to scrapbook during the week this week. Crazy, right? I didn't have the chance to take a picture of the layout, though, because it's always dark outside whenever I'm home during the week and I didn't want the picture to look bad. But I need to snap a photo of it soon because it's for a challenge over at the Noel Mignon blog. I'll tell you more about it when I, hopefully, blog about it here soon.

The layouts you see in this post I whipped up over the weekend. I'm almost all caught up again with my pictures, which means I need to take some more! Good thing we've got plenty of stuff going on this weekend.

"I Win!" chronicles the pulling of the wish bone from our Early Thanksgiving party. I did win the good part of the wish bone, but sort of on a technicality, which is in the journaling. See, Danae suggested microwaving the wish bone to dry it out so it would more easily break. She told me to put it on a paper towel in the microwave for three minutes. About half-way through, she looks in the microwave and goes, "I think you can take it out now." When I opened the microwave, smoke billowed out and there was a burn mark on the paper towel. LOL I had to open the kitchen window to let out the smoke, but eventually the smoke and the smell of it went away. Thank goodness our microwave didn't catch on fire, although we do have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen (NJ law). So anyway, Danae and I were getting ready to pull the wish bone but before we could get a picture of us, it broke right in our hands because it was so dry! It just so happened that the "wish" part ended up in my hand. And there you have it. I entered this layout in a sketch challenge on the Imaginisce blog.

"Boys Will Be Boys" is based on sketch 92 at The Scrappiest. It can also be used as another example of how to do the Scrap the Moments "Around the House" challenge, which is due December 13. When I attended a baby shower last month, (the baby was born on December 4 - welcome Braydon Alexander!) one of our favors was a bookmark. I decided to use the bookmark as an embellishment on the layout. It's a great way for me to use something unique on my layout and put my shower favor to good use.

I'm sure you guys have similar items just hanging around your house. Why don't you use them on a layout? Head over to the Scrap the Moments blog to see how the Design Team members (including me) interpreted the challenge. You could win a great scrapbook kit from Catch the Moments Kits.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Gift Yourself

It's the Christmas season and that means a time of gift-giving. To others, sure, but what about to yourself? Well here's a chance at winning a very nice gift that you can keep all to yourself: Scrap Outside the Box's December challenge is up and the winner gets an iTunes gift card!!

The challenge is to use cupcake liners, and to the right you can see what I came up with. I'm constantly struggling to find journaling spots that I like and that go with my papers, but these cupcake liners were the perfect thing! And they gave the layout a nice bit of texture.

You can go here to read all the challenge details and see how the other Design Team members used cupcake liners. This challenge ends December 31 so don't wait to create! We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Speaking of cupcakes, I made a batch of them this weekend... but I can't share them with you until next week! Stay tuned!

(Hint: You can also use cupcake liners on your layout for the Scrap the Moments challenge. Cupcake liners are something found around the house, right? And then you're killing two challenges with one stone! Hey!)

Monday, December 6, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

We got our first Christmas card in the mail over the weekend! Can you see it hanging up on our mantel? No tree yet but we're going to a tree farm on Saturday to pick out a good one (and take some pictures so I can scrap about it - hehe). It's hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner! This year has really gone by so fast!

Also just wanted to let you know that the deadline for the Scrap the Moments challenge has been extended. So if you weren't able to complete the challenge, you have one more week! Get those layouts in by December 13 and you'll be in the running for an awesome scrapbook kit from Catch the Moments kits! Remember, the challenge is to use something you find around the house on your layout: ticket stubs, business cards, even towels! Whatever you find, use! We can't wait to see what you come up with. Just follow that link up above for the info.

This post is turning into a bit of a hodgepodge of stuff, but that's okay. I have one more thing that I wanted to share with you. It's a recipe for an easy and delicious side dish. You can make it on any regular dinner night or serve it with your holiday meal. It's called Green Beans Almondine and my mom gave me the recipe several weeks ago and this weekend I finally got around to making it. I like it because it's easy but it also snazzes up the plain old green beans from a can. Here's the recipe:

Ingredients:
1 can of kitchen cut green beans (or whatever cut you like)
2 tbsp slivered almonds
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp. lemon juice

Directions:
1. Cook slivered almonds in butter over low heat, stirring frequently until almonds are golden.
2. Remove from heat and add lemon juice.
3. Heat green beans in microwave according to package instructions.
4. Pour almonds over beans.

Voila! That's it! At first my husband didn't say anything about it, but after dinner he was all, "What was that in the green beans?" And I told him and he said, "That was really good!"

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Book Review: A Year With God

How would you spend a year with God?


     I recently got the chance to read and review the daily devotional book A Year with God, thanks to the website BookSneeze. A Year with God is a 365-day devotional that uses scripture from the Old Testament. (I'm not sure why the book is Old Testament-only. The author, R.P. Nettelhorst, does not explain in the book's introduction.)
    This devotional book is divided into several themed sections, such as Hope and Fear, Love and Hate, and Faith and Doubt. Readers can either start the devotionals from the beginning and do all 365 of them in chronological order or jump from theme to theme based on personal preference. I liked that the devotionals were categorized because there are some days when you might really need to hear God's message on specific topics, like mercy and judgment or companionship and isolation.
      I wanted to be able to fully absorb the devotionals by reading one each day, as the book intends its readers to do, which meant that I obviously haven't made it through all 365 devotionals. I started at the beginning with the 29 devotionals in the Hope and Fear section (and a few in the Love and Hate section). As I read through the devotionals, I felt like using only one half of the Bible was both a pro and a con.
     I'm much more partial to the New Testament, but it was nice to read through Old Testament passages that I haven't read in a few years. On the other hand... I'm much more partial to the New Testament. I feel like the New Testament is more accessible and easier to translate into my everyday life. I think Nettelhorst was trying to do this with the Old Testament passages in this book, but those connections sometimes weren't explained very well. After reading the Bible verse and then reading Nettelhorst's summary of the verse (complete with background information, which was very helpful) and explanation of what the verse should mean to us, often I would find myself going, "Wait, huh? That's what I'm supposed to get out of that?" I'm not sure if that is due to poor explanatory skills on Nettelhorst's part or the fact that sometimes the Old Testament is not very user-friendly and God seemed a lot meaner then.
    Still, there were several pages that I bookmarked because I liked the message that a particular passage conveyed. Such as Job 38: 31-41, which Nettelhorst explains essentially means that God is saying, "Why are you so worried and afraid? You don't know much and can't do much. But I do. I'm God, so relax."
    Indeed.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Challenge Time!

It's that time again! The beginning of the month and lots of scrapbook challenges going down. So if you're looking for a challenge, check out one or all of these:

1. The December Sketch Challenge at the Imaginisce blog. You have the whole month to work on this one and enter for a chance to win $75 of Imaginisce goodies.

2. The Scrap the Moments challenge to use an item you found around your house is still ongoing. You have until December 6. One of the design team members used paper towels to create flowers on her layout!!

3. Inspired Blueprints just posted a new two-page sketch. It looks awesome and I can't wait to try it out!

4. These Are a Few of My Favorite Things is hosting a My Favorite Celebrity challenge. Create a layout about your favorite celebrity, or lack thereof! The winner gets a $20 gift certificate to Scrapbook.com. Deadline is midnight on Dec. 13.

5. There's a challenge at The Story Matters this week to use stamps. I have a bunch of stamps in my arsenal that I rarely use because I tend to forget that I have them! This is the perfect challenge to make me break out those stamps.

6. And PageMaps is having a My Little Shoebox sketch contest, which ends December 12. The winner gets a package of My Little Shoebox scrapbooking goodies.

7. And this is not a challenge, but it is a chance for you to win some Dear Lizzy Christmas items. Catch the Moments kits is having a blog hop. It's really easy to enter and you have until Sunday night to do it!

Hope these challenges inspire you! If you know of any other challenges, post them in the comments below!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

And the winner is....

So yesterday was the last day to enter my CSN Stores giveaway. I had five entries! Thanks you guys for entering!

I didn't realize that you have to pay to use Random.org, so instead I used one of Random.org's free services: the Sequence Generator. I told it to generate a sequence using the numbers 1–5 (because there were five entries) and the first number in the sequence would be the winner! So here are the results:


Here is your sequence:
3
4
5
2
1
Timestamp: 2010-12-01 14:21:39 UTC

Comment number 3 is the winner! So congratulations goes to Sherri! You are the lucky winner of the $40 CSN Stores gift certificate! All I need is your email address so I can give it to the CSN Stores liaison and she'll send you the online code for your $40.

I hate to see everyone else go home empty-handed but maybe I'll do another giveaway soon! Thanks for playing everybody and happy December 1! (24 days until Christmas and 25 days until my birthday!)