Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Tell me what cha want - what cha really really want

Hello readers!!



Here's wishing you all a very peace-filled new year. From our family to yours:


So, with 2009 comes updates and improvements for Simply Cardstock! In hopes of providing SC members and blog readers with inspiration (or at least some eye candy to go with your morning coffee) - this will be a place for projects, alterables, layouts, cards - and oh so much more. Some projects will even have step-by-step directions along with pictures. Also, any members who are so inspired, can have their projects posted here as well! Just send me an e-mail at info@simplycardstock.com with your project attached and your work can be featured here.

And, because anyone who knows me knows how easily distractable I am - ooh lookie, something shiny - wait, is that a cookie - I'm think I'm hungry - oh dear the pantry needs organized - ahem, I'm almost certain to infuse daily doses of life and calamity into said project postings.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled mission . . . here are some of my recent favorites (in no particular order lest I hurt their feelings):


I did this layout at a weekend crop - it was one of about three layouts I completed during that {entire}weekend (two of which were exact replicas of layouts featured in Cathy Zielski's "Clean & Simple Scrapbooking"). I'd say my productivity for that particular weekend was sub par - but I sure did catch up on my sleep and snack intake!

Last year I made 'layout of the month' albums for my family members. I attached the 8x8 layouts to chipboard and then included one of those big clothespins for displaying. Since the layouts were smaller it wasn't too overwhelming to get the design done - one picture - some patterned paper - ribbon - done. They turned out cute enough to make it a yearly gift (per my mom's oh so subtle hints).


This was one of those cards that {out of desparation} came together in mere minutes. I needed a photo of a handmade card to put in a flyer for our church card ministry. So, I grabbed stuff that was laying {ahem} neatly organized on my desk, and made a card I thought I'd like to receive. Oh no, I'll never send it to myself - that would just be silly.

Ack - this is the album that would just never end. I started this mini album as an "All About Me" gift for one of my girlfriends. She was the first of my childhood group who would celebreate a 'milestone' birthday. So about six months prior to that I had this fabulous idea to make a bunch of these reflective albums for my girlfriends who were all coming up on {gulp} 40. Oh, I could just envision the heartfelt gathering we would all have - looking back on our lives together - all the ups and downs - the memories created. And then life took over - and a year or so passed - all birthday celebrations came and went - and not an album to be given. Perhaps for their 45th??? We'll see. . . (By the way - I love the end product - it's just never going to be duplicated!)


What's that you say now? Any blog launch worth it's weight in cardstock would offer a GIVE-AWAY on it's very first post ever?? Well, you're in luck my friends because today's give away is nothing other than a huge pack-o-cardstock. Who knows what you want - eh? But seriously, I've got a sheet or two (or 50) of Bazzill cardstock just laying around that would love to go to a home where it actually has a hope of being used. To be entered, just leave a comment about something you'd like to see featured by this blog - and a winner will be drawn and posted Monday evening 1/5/09! Comments will be closed on Monday 1/5/09 at 9pm EST


Don't forget to check back often - as there will be weekly (sometimes daily) give aways! (Or as Mr. Cardstock calls it - either contain your supplies to one room or I'll put them in the garage sale.)

Here's to a wonderful week ahead - any many chances to encourage others and spread kindness!!

Blessings,
Vicki

Romans 12:8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. . . And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

79 comments:

jcsmaestra said...

I would love to see you post a project using any one of this month's kits on your blog.

Rachel said...

Welcome to blogland! And I love doses of life mixed in with yummy projects.

Maria Snook said...

I like the idea of seeing other people's work on your blog. I also like being able to participate and send in some of my own work. I look forward to seeing how your blog develops!

smiles said...

I would love to see some cards for inspiration.

jeanie nieva said...

i would like to see tutorials, tips and tricks. thanks. :)

Shari Klyn said...

I would love to see the instructions for the All About Me mini album you made.

TeresaWhite1054 said...

I love when people use cardstock to make it their own. Whether they stamp their own design on it, add their own textures through embossing, or whatever their creative minds come up with. It just gives their projections something truely unique. I would love to see more examples of new and unique ways to use cardstock. I know that some people are just really great at this, but as a beginner myself I love to get ideas for my own creations, from others.

stampingdreams said...

love the all about me, would be nice to see some directions

Molly said...

Woot woot!!! Look who has a blog!!! :D :D :D !!!!!
I am trying to send others your way!!!! And I am writing a very long email back to you, too. :D

Jamie S said...

I love tutorials, and I would love to see paper 'color palettes' for ideas.
Great family picture! :-)

Teresa said...

I would love to see colour challenges - especially when colours wouldn't traditionally be used together.

Nanni Mouse said...

I love to see tutorials, with plenty of pictures to go with them!
btw, I love your blog! :-)

Char- The Mad Shopper said...

I love step by step tutorials; gifts, cards, minibooks, etc...

Galtscrapper said...

Scrap usage, I have a TON of scrap cardstock, and need some *creative* ways to use it up. I don't do cards, unfortunately... though I should.

Huntress said...

Vicki, Congrats on the launch of your blog! I'm looking forward to lots of exciting projects and giveaways in the future! :-)

Dee said...

Cool blog! I would love to see a variety of projects, cards, layouts with tutorials! Thanks!

mitch1066 said...

tutorials,other peoples work and reviews of nifty new and old tools:)

*Paula* said...

I love to see inspiring projects and tips. Happy New Year

Tammy H. said...

Wow you are so talented. I am going to look into buying that book on simple scrapbooks. Love the layout, papers, and photo on the little girl layout. Everything is so pretty. Thanks for your generous giveaway. I have wanted to try that cardstock.

Renata Pacheco said...

Hi. Vicki. How many good news you told us in this very early new year! I've loved your blog and all your ideas for it. Definitively, what I'd like to see here is a lot of inspiration and ideas.
I'm adding this blog to my Google reader right now in order don't loose any news!
I hope you have the best year ever and I'd like to thank you for all your support during last year (and say: how beautiful is your family!).
Thank you again!

Debby said...

I like cardstock challenges. All cardstock no pattern paper. hmmmmm


http://debbysdares.blogspot.com/

LaDonna said...

Hi,
Happy New Year and Congrats on the GREAT Blog!!!!
The only thing I can think that I really, really want is some inspiration, and you seem to have a good start on that! Oh, and maybe some ideas to use up the scraps of cardstock that I have just waiting to be turned into something WONDERFUL!!!
Thanks for sharing with us,
LaDonna

elizabeth said...

I would love to see all the pages for the All About Me book you made.

Scrap Jaci said...

Congratulations on your forst post and new blog! I will enjoy reading baits about your life mixed in with your creative projects. Have fun!

Mary said...

I like step by step tutorials for new card layouts and definitely love to say any new card.

Jim said...

Wow, you sound just like me, mind going a million places at once, don't know which way to turn! I love seeing pages on blogs, thanks!

Peggy said...

Hi Vicky,

I was directed to this blog by Molly, and I like what I see! I'm actually excited about this, because I'm one of those few (beginning) scrappers who's not too fond of bought embellies, I like to make everything myself and make sure that the embellies match the LO. I don't like stuffing it up with bought flowers for example (or maybe that's just what I tell myself because I don't have the budget to buy it all LOL ...). I love using cardstock, for my latest LO (to be found on my blog), I only used cardstock, my scissors and my colouring pens. I am anxious to see all the things you will come up with. As many others have said before me, I would love to have some tutorials, some step-by-step instructions to make our projects a little more attractive.
xxx Peggy

lifesabeach32940 said...

Congratulations on your new blog!! I would love to see LOTS OF TUTORIALS ... for cardmaking, scrapbooks, etc. A good ongoing tips and techniques feature would be suggestions for color combinations!! I am excited about your blog!!

Julie Kelley said...

I just love to go to blogs and see layouts and projects... Eye candy is what I blog hop for :)

Peggy said...

Congrats on the new blog! I'd like to see more projects using card stock with tutorials. Thank you for the chance to win.

Celeste said...

definitely more projects!

Spongemom Scrappants said...

I like to see LOs to scraplift, tutorials, cute projects (like the house) made with scrap materials, and .... Well, just about anything that inspires.
I'll be looking forward to followig your blog.

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Oh yummy, yummy stuff! I'd like to see some color challenges!

brooke_hc said...

Congratulations on your new blog! Cardstock is the thing I ALWAYS need, so I often end up buying favorite background colors in bulk...hello to "The kraft Period" in my scrapbooks... so I would like to see ways to use it economically, as well as ideas for great color combos that can be used multiple ways.

Raechelle said...

Cool! I was directed here by Molly and I would like to see some color challenges.

madelineas said...

Welcome to the world of blogging.
I would love to see easy to do projects.
You have a beautiful family

Laura T. said...

I'm so excited that you started a blog --- I definitely going to put a link here on my blog.

I would love to see challenges posted on the blog - everyone is ALWAYS up for a good challenge.

Robin Brown aka Mrs Pup in NY said...

I look forward to reading your blog everyday and learning new things/ideas.

Tracy said...

Even though I'm a scrapper, I find cards difficult to make. So, I'd love to see more cards for inspiration. I'm wanting to make my daughter's teachers a set of cards as a gift - cards for every occasion. I'd also love tips/techniques on things you do. For example, the painted edges on the About Me journal book. I'm sure I could figure it out, but I like things spelled out. My biggest question is the type of paint used, what are the pages made of, did you dilute the paint, etc.

Look forward to seeing more entries on your blog!

bAbYbEcKy said...

step by step projects from your designers would be awesome!!

Kel said...

I make cards for myself and for a ministry at church. I'd love to see card examples.

Misty said...

This looks lke it will be a great place for inspiration. I am always looking for new ideas.

audrey said...

I'd love to see projects based on everyday life. Seems the scrapbooking industry is stuck on special events. And alterables that can be used as home decor would ROCK!

Anna said...

I loved reading your blog and for tips, how to, and inspiration. Thanks so much. :)

1RadChick said...

hi there, I would love to see that mini album you were designing for your girlfriends posted as a project! That's so cool! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Judy said...

love to see a chip board word album made

Lizzy said...

Oh, I would love to see some cool basic minis made mostly w/ cardstock featured! I love mini's and love to see other's ideas for them!
Congrats on the new blog!

Patty said...

I would like to learn how to get the creative juices flowing. Sometimes I just hit a block and can't get past it. I sit and stare at my scrapbook stuff and can't get started. Are there certain websites that you suggest to go to for inspiration? Congrats on joining the blogging world.

Theresa said...

I would like to see technique tutorials, I love to learn new ways to beef up my layouts.

Gayle said...

I'm really glad that you have started a blog because I really like your work. I love to read blogs and the ones that I am drawn to the most are the ones that offer good directions on making the projects featured. I would love to have instructions on your blog that will teach me something new. Also, I love the idea of adding some "daily stuff", too. New recipes are wonderful!! Also, any suggestions that you can post about organizing our lives and our scrapbook/art products would be greatly appreciated, too. I can't wait to start following your blog to see what all you are going to feature.

Hugs from Abilene,TX,
Gayle
gaylememories@sbcglobal.net

Suzi said...

Hi! My name is Suzi and I'm a cardstockaholic!
I just love it! I want to just collect it. It's too pretty to use. If I use it now, I won't have it for later! Drives me crazy, but there are worse addictions, right?

Kelli Uphaus said...

I would love to see technique ideas. Show how to use everyday scrapbooking tools/supplies in a different way.

momof5 said...

I would love to see some card ideas as well as some more scrapbook page layouts. Looking at ideas will usually get me motivated to get some pages and cards done.

Tace said...

Instructions and supply lists for the layouts and projects we see would be great!

Marci Almes said...

I like to see how other people have there craft spaces, any organizational suggestions, etc.

Anonymous said...

Would love to see detailed instructions on some of your projects. I can follow a layout I see somewhere, but minibooks, frames, and other wonderful projects are sometimes hard to figure out the "how-to". Thanks

Moon said...

Would love to see more projects!

Kierstin said...

I would love to see projects with info about the techniques used.

Anonymous said...

I love tutorials on how to use different techniques in cardmaking. I'm always in a learning mode, it seems! Keeps my mind young, even if the body isn't willing....LOL!

blessings,
Pat

Anonymous said...

Oh my, I you had me giggling right off the bat. I think we could be related with that whole distraction thing going on..lol. Congrats on starting your own blog. What I would like to see. Well, I am stuck in a rut with doing the same old sizes for cards. How about different sized card tutorials and ideas..and where to buy the darned odd sized envelopes. Of course, I like all tutorials as I don't get much time to play so I copy everyone else right now..lol. God Bless all you creative souls out there.

Tammy Mauer

RosemaryD said...

Who doesn't love lots of Bazzill cardstock. Thanks for the great blog candy!

Dawn said...

creative projects to use up that cardstock, *fingers crossed for blog candy* take care and happy new year, dawn g

Bart and Cindy said...

I would love to see some inspiring ideas that I can make my own.
I like your blog!
Cindy D

Mary Patterson-Ezzell said...

whoop - congrats!

i would love to see simple projects and simple daily inspiration.

m-

Chriss Weisman said...

I always love seeing ideas for cards and layouts - just love to browse through them to help jump-start my own inspirations.

Chriss

Anonymous said...

I love seeing artwork and projects with tutorials. I love your blog.

DebbiB said...

Hi! I'll add your blog to my must-read list... I'd like to see lots of project ideas and inspiration - and I am a glutton for reading about other people's lives!
Blessings,
Deb

Connie Gage said...

would love to see lay out's and cards.

karie from michigan said...

oooh yay! a new blog to add to my list! I can't wait to see more!

Sherrie said...

I'd like to see some "new" creative ways to use cardstock rather than just the usual layout or card. How about wall hangings?

KrazyKathy said...

Love the cardstock! Love the blog! 2009 is going to be awesome! I too suffer from SB (scatterbrain), therefore I would like to see ideas for projects that can be completed in one sitting, so I don't get sidetracked before returning to "that" project. I look forward to submitting some small things I have completed in a decent time span. Long live scrapping!!

scraphappy4067 said...

I would love to see more card ideas!

I love to make them, but sometimes needs some inspiration!

Kelly

Anonymous said...

i would love to see pictures of your "orgaized... yeah sure..." paper stash. "How you doin'" your paper storage that is... Thanks ( I'm a winner... gimme gimme paper!!!! )

katrina6666@yahoo.com

Alex said...

I love seeing things people have created as they often inspire me.

I also think that challenges with the monthly colors in the kits would be a fun thing to see. Then we can all get ideas from each other!

Deana said...

I would love to see how you made the All About Me book. I thinks that would make a great project for some teeners I know.

Robin said...

Challenges would be fun to see.

~Robin
www.SoCalScrap.us

dlyates said...

I'm so excited to have found out about Simply Cardstock! I love these projects and the truly awesome creativity! I love seeing everyone's ideas. Thanks for providing such a great forum for sharing!

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