Friday, January 30, 2009

YMBD all about the bucks crop this weekend!

check it out - here is part of the info that Cat posted in the forum - precrop challenges have already been posted and the official crop starts tonight. EVERYONE can get bucks. If you play, you are guaranteed to get some bucks! See the details below and in the thread here.

Our official crop kick-off is 7pm EST, Friday January 30th!

Welcome to our "It's all about the Bucks" Winter Online Crop! In this thread you will find all the information you need to help you make the most out of this crop. But if you have a question that is not answered in this post, please feel free to ask it here!

Deadline for Submissions is Midnight EST on Tuesday, February 3rd
For this crop, you may NOT combine challenges.

YMBD Bucks
You are completing challenges for the purpose of earning YMBD Bucks. Your Bucks will be issued when the final tally has been taken after the submission deadline. You are responsible for keeping track (a tally) of the Bucks you earn during the crop. If you fail to keep a proper tally, you may miss out on some Bucks being issued to you, so it is important for you to keep track of your challenges. YMBD Bucks can be converted to shop Gift Cerficates to purchase what YOU want in the YMBD Shop, at the rate of 1000 Bucks = $1.00 USD.

How the Bucks are Calculated
There are four ways you can earn Bucks during this online crop. They are as follows:

Sign-in: A sign-in thread will posted at 7pm EST at the kick-off of our crop on Friday, Jan 30th. You will have all weekend to pop into this thread to sign-in and say hello. So even if you can't crop with us during the weekend, pop in and say hi anyway and you'll earn 100 YMBD Bucks!

Pre-Crop Challenges: There will be three pre-crop challenges posted (28th, 29th, 30th) in the morning. Each pre-crop challenge on it's own is worth nothing. But complete all 3 pre-crop challenges by the crop deadline (Tuesday, Feb 3rd) and you will receive 1000 YMBD Bucks!

Daily DT Challenges: Each day of the crop (Fri/Sat/Sun), our six DT members will each post a "Daily Challenge" (this amounts to 6 challenges/day for a total of 18 challenges). Each Challenge you complete will earn you 250 YMBD Bucks. Complete all 18 Challenges by the deadline and your total earnings would be 4500 Bucks .... but WAIT ... if you DO complete ALL 18 challenges by the deadline we will bump up your total to 5000 YMBD Bucks (that's $5 to spend in the YMBD Shop)!

Bonus Challenges/Games: Each DT Member has been authorized to give away 5000 YMBD Bucks throughout the crop weekend. They've either chosen to do this via Bonus Challenges or Games. Look for their threads titled "Bonus Challenge/Game" to get your hands on these big chunks of Bucks! Instructions for how to earn these big bucks are posted at the end of each of their threads (read and follow their instructions carefully as each member's Bonus Challenge/Game may differ from the other).

Thursday, January 29, 2009

anniversary party! is turning 5!

Can you believe it? Its not every year you turn 5! wouldn't be where we are today if it weren't for our members and customers!!!!

So to celebrate we are throwing a HUGE party where YOU receive the gifts!!!

There will be daily challenges with a FABULOUS, SPECTACULAR, AWESOME, OUTSTANDING PRIZE drawn from the participants at the end of the month!!!! This prize has a retail value of over $100 and included in the prize is Basic Grey Bittersweet papers, Heidi Swapp large florals, Tattered Angels Glimmer Corner Screens with Scarlet Glimmer mist, Prima Say It In Crystals, Tim Holtz Paper Distresser, All My Memories Totally Cool Mini Tote, Fancy Pants Arctic Chill papers, Fancy Pants Splendid papers, Basic Grey Sultry papers and so much much more!

We will also be giving prizes away randomly to all that chat, create and participate so keep chatting it up you never know when there will be a drawing! We will be giving away so much stuff that its crazy!!! So make sure you come and help us will have a fabulous time!!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Jan Reveal at Dreamer!

Yes, I know it is almost the end of January and I am just coming out with my Jan reveal, but I just really wanted to use snow pictures for these gorgeous Fancy Pants Arctic Chill papers, and we didnt have any snow until last weekend, so I waited.

This one I used Heather's Jan sketch at YMBD. and I just love love love it!


for this one, the background blue-green paper is the same doublesided paper as the striped circle. I loved both sides, so I cut out the circle and then covered the hole with that cardstock.


for this one I used some ink to take the brightness off the shiny pink letters from making memories, so that they went with the more subdued papers.


you dont HAVE to use these papers for snow related stuff. I made these cards with them too, using taylored expressions sketches.


Monday, January 26, 2009

Ice Skating

Disclaimer: I am NOT an ice skater.

This was only the second time in my life that I have been on ice skates. Luckily for me I have pretty good balance. We ended up doing more holding ellie up than actually skating, which turned out good for me because I am not that great at the actual skating. She wasnt exactly a natural but she kept trying, despite not wanting to use the plastic chair to push like the other kids. She had fun though and wants to do it again next weekend



Thursday, January 22, 2009

In the Spotlight!

I am in the spotlight at A Cherry On Top again!

My Pout page is the 6th featured page in the spotlight article this month. check it out!

Now, if only I could win one of their contests!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

This weekend

yes I know it has been a while. What have I been up to? Im honestly not sure I remember. I had a friend over on Friday night and we had a great time hanging out. Saturday we recovered in the morning then had some people over, then Ellie and I went to a movie - her first movie in the theater - and shopping and got some dinner. It was a girls day out. Sunday, I was supposed to scrapbook, but gosh I can't remember what I did. Oh, that's right, I had Renee and Silas and Ada over. We had a good time catching up. And I did a little scrapbooking. Then on Monday we had parent teacher conferences at ellie's school - she is doing well. The teachers said she is really smart and ahead intellectually for her age but maybe a little behind the other kids in her class in maturity - which is to be expected because she is the youngest. Then we went out to breakfast with Seth's grandmother. Then we got some left handed scissors for Ellie from the teacher store. Then it started snowing so I scrapped and then we went sledding! Ellie had a total blast sledding. She was totally cracking me up. Every time she would say 'I want to do dat again'. I posted some videos on my facebook, but I am sure you will see photos coming out soon on scrap pages.

Back to scrappy stuff - I can't really show you what I was working on this weekend. But I can tell you that it is going to be a fun tutorial that will be available in the 2 Scrappy Chix kit on Feb 1. Below is a picture of the kit and just let me tell you that it is awesome. I am not a huge valentine's fan myself, but I made some pretty cool stuff with this kit - stuff that isnt your typical valentine's day stuff. I can't wait to share it! Just check out all the fun extras in this kit - tulle, paint, a chipboard spinner, a mirrored XOX and those doilies! Oh and that is not to even mention the precious bo bunny papers! you have to check it out HERE.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Scrapbook Dreamer crops

The Scrapbook Dreamer monthly crop is this weekend! In case we havent seen you around before, this is how it works. You come, you chat, you crop and you earn yourself Dreamer points towards fun rewards, and of course charms! There will be challenges and games and of course, me!

Hope I see you there!

umm, meme? whatever that is...

I dont normally do stuff like this, but when I saw this on Christina's blog, I just had to join in. I copied her list, changed it to reflect what I have done and then added a couple of my dreams to the bottom. Let me know if you do it so I can check out your list too

Things you've already done: bold

Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven't done and don't want to - leave in plain font

1. started your own blog
2. slept under the stars
3. visited Hawaii
4. played in a band
5. watched a meteor shower
7. been to disneyland/world
8. climbed a mountain
11. bungee jumped
12. visited paris
13. watched a lightning storm at sea
14. taught yourself an art from scratch
16. had food poisoning
17. walked to the top of the statue of liberty
18. grown your own vegetables
19. seen the mona lisa in france
20. slept on an overnight train
21. had a pillow fight
22. hitch hiked
23. taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. built a snow fort
25. held a lamb
26. gone skinny dipping
27. run a marathon
28. ridden a gondola in venice (been to venice)
29. seen a total eclipse
30. watched a sunrise or sunset
31. hit a home run
32. been on a cruise
33. seen niagara falls in person
34. visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. seen an amish community
36. taught yourself a new language
37. had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. seen the leaning tower of pisa in person
39. gone rock climbing
40. seen michelangelo's david in person
41. sung karaoke.
42. seen old faithful geyser erupt
43. bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. visited africa
45. walked on a beach by moonlight
46. been transported in an ambulance
47. had your portrait painted
48. gone deep sea fishing
49. seen the sistene chapel in person
50. been to the top of the eiffel tower in paris
51. gone scuba diving or snorkelling
52. kissed in the rain
53. played in the mud
54. gone to a drive-in theatre
55. been in a movie
56. visited the great wall of china
57. started a business
58. taken a martial arts class
59. visited russia
60. served at a soup kitchen
61. sold girl scout cookies.
62. gone whale watching
63. gotten flowers for no reason
64. donated blood
65. gone sky diving
66. visited a nazi concentration camp
67. bounced a cheque
68. flown in a helicopter
69. saved a favorite childhood toy
70. visited the lincoln memorial
71. eaten caviar
72. pieced a quilt
73. stood in times square
74. toured the everglades
75. been fired from a job
76. seen the changing of the guard in london
77. broken a bone
78. been on a speeding motorcycle
79. seen the grand canyon in person
80. published a book
81. visited the vatican
82. bought a brand new car
83. walked in jerusalem
84. had your picture in the newspaper
85. read the entire bible
86. visited the white house - but only the outside
87. killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. had chickenpox
89. saved someone’s life
90. sat on a jury
91. met someone famous
92. joined a book club
93. lost a loved one
94. had a baby
95. seen the alamo in person.
96. swum in the great salt lake.
97. been involved in a law suit
98. owned a cell phone
99. been stung by a bee
100. seen Mt. Everest
101. scuba dive the great barrier reef
101. Been to Thailand, Vietnam, and/or India
102. Lounged on a tropical beach with a drink with an umbrella in your hand
103. seen the parthenon
104. visited the lost city of Pompeii
105. climbed Half Dome in Yosemite park
106. climbed Mt. Kilamenjaro
107. visited Angkor Wat
108. visted Macchu Picchu
109. visited Antarctica
110. been skiing
111. seen the fjords in Norway
112. Seen the pyramids in Egypt
113. seen Petra

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Scrapbook Dreamer Jan Contest

Below is the announcement of the Scrapbook Dreamer January contest. I first came to Scrapbook Dreamer for a contest just like this, and loved it so much that I stayed, and now I am on the DT. You NEED to check out this wonderful store and community.

Baby its cold least where I live! Great weather for snuggling under a blanket in front of a fire drinking hot cocoa! Or building snowman, skiing, snowmobiling! It is also a great time to reflect on 2008, our heritage and what 2009 holds! A new year means new beginnings! This year we are adding to our contest! Each monthly contest will also have a BOM option. We all want to get to know you!

So this month lets see your layouts/projects that are Wintery, are about your Goals/Resolutions, about the New Year, New Beginnings or Heritage.

When you win a monthly contest, you'll also win a spot as our guest designer for a month. As a Guest DT Member, you'll have the chance to toss out the question of the day and to design your own challenge. What fun!!

This month's winner will have the opportunity to join us as a Guest Designer for the month of March! This gives us time to pick a winner and to ship out your winnings!


This contest is worth a shopping spree to our store worth $25.

All items need to have been made between January 1, 2009 and January 31, 2009 to be eligible.


Enter as many times as you'd like.

The contest will end January 31, 2009 at midnight (CST). The winner will be announced in our forum shortly after.

Please post your creations to the correct area in the gallery under Contests. If they aren't there, we can't judge them!

If you've won a contest in the last 3 months or are a member of the DT, you are not eligible for this contest. If you live outside the US you will receive the shipping credit of 4.60 but will be responsible for any charges above that. If you aren't eligible to win, we would still love to see what you're up to so share your layouts with us!

Friday, January 2, 2009

some WW thoughts and a new goal

So I just thought of a new scrapbooking goal. With everyone talking about how many pages they made in 2008 and how many they would like to make in 2009, I got to thinking about something I read. someone - sorry I dont remember who - said that they keep all of their scrapbook page pictures in one folder to make them easy to find and then she could count them using the computer. What a great idea! I thought that at the time, but it was like Dec and I thought - um too late. But - duh - not for next year! so that is my new resolution - to put all of the photos that I take of my projects and pages into my newly created 'Scrapbook projects 2009' folder. THEN I can count them and find them easily!

ok onto weight watchers stuff - a quick recap:
My new years eve was nice. We went to applebees and I had dinner and dessert and stayed on plan, then I splurged and used some flex points for a martini. I left feeling satisfied, spoiled and not guilty! then I stayed up and scrapbooked until midnight. Dh was up til midnight too. We kissed,then I went to bed.

Yesterday I put away the Christmas decorations, did some online scrapbooking stuff that I needed to get done, then scrapbooked most of the day while I listened to my book on cd that I got from the library. I was so enthralled with the scrapbooking adn the book that I forgot to eat! I ended the day about 7 points UNDER plan! AND I had a brie and carmelized onion quesadilla that I made for myself for lunch - all in all another spoiled but satisfied and not guilty day!

now, today is another story. We are getting ready to go to Disney on Ice with my in laws and I am looking forward to it, but the show is at 11, so I dont know what is going to happen about lunch, and I know I cant eat anything at the show, so I am going to pack a granola bar or something, then later we have dinner at my in laws and that has its own set of problems - challah bread, appetizers, drinks. so, yeah today is going to be tough.

I guess staying home without anything to do makes it a little easier to stay on plan. wish me luck!