Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Boxing Day Sale

Did everybody have a wonderful Christmas?  Despite remembering the anniversary of the death of somebody I loved very much, Christmas was good this year.  My husband gave me the best gift ever -- the gift of time with him.  He gave me a package of coupons he made for about 30 dates throughout next year!  Santa couldn't top that one!    

But now I have a gift for you:

I remember when Boxing Day was about giving to people who had less than you.  As a child we would choose an old toy or clothes, wrap it and take it to church where it was collected to be given to a needy family.  Today Boxing Day has become a day for steep discounts and door crasher sales.

I love the old fashioned charitable meaning behind the holiday, but I don't have any old toys or clothes to give to families in need.  I do however have the ability to offer a steep discount in my store.  So...

Save 60% off my entire store today only!  Happy Boxing Day!

Friday, 21 December 2012

Today's the day!

Yep - it's the last day to use your TNS_NOTOMAYA coupon to save 70% off your purchase at my store at Scraps N Pieces.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Big Coupon Savings and Big Collabs!

The Mayan calendar begins over again on December 21. Some people say it's the end of the world; some say that this is just like us flipping the calendar to a new year. All I know for sure is that on December 20th, I'm going to party like there's no to-Maya! 

 Use this code to get the end of the world discount of 70% off until we are all safe and sound in the next b'ak'tun. 


 Code expires at 11:59 pm Dec 22 

Have you picked up the SNP December store collab yet?  This is one of my favourite ones I have participated in!  Look at the LO I made using it:

The bells are an extraction from a photo, not part of the kit, but see how the kit complements them so nicely?

Tuesday, 18 December 2012


The Mayan calendar begins over again on December 21.  Some people say it's the end of the world; some say that this is just like us flipping the calendar to a new year.  All I know for sure is that on December 20th, I'm going to party like there's no to-Maya!

Use this code to get the end of the world discount of 70% off until we are all safe and sound in the next b'ak'tun.


Code expires at 11:59 pm Dec 22

While I've got you here, I have some news about a speed scrap at SNP:

Scraps N Pieces the designer is hosting the speed scrap this week on Thursday.
Be sure to stop by the forum to check out the participation prize - a little mini kit called A Little Christmas - it is super cute!
Also, we will be using a template piece, so be sure to stop by and grab it as well so you are all set and ready to go.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Speed Scrap at SNP

It's time to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the holiday for an hour or so. A Fish Design is hosting a Speed Scrap at SNP on Saturday, Dec. 15th at 8 pm EST.  She has a terrific  template as a participation prize.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Here's an elegant holiday kit that was inspired by winter formal dances! Sparkly, elegant, some snow, and plenty of glitter will really dress up those pages for you! The lovely silver, orchid, and eggplant palette of this kit will meld seamlessly with those formal dance photos regardless of the colors in the dress! Containing an assortment of music, holiday, and winter papers and elements, you will have the perfect accompaniment for Christmas themed dances, Snow Balls, Holiday concerts, and family portraits. Included are 17 papers, a full upper and lowercase alpha, and 49 elements. This pretty kit is available at Scraps-N-Pieces for 30% off this week! It will also be available at My Memories for 30% off.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

New Release!

Have you ever seen a mini kit and wished that it was a full-sized kit? Today you can get that wish come true.

This Time of Year started out as my contribution to a blog hop.  I really liked the colours and wanted to expand it.  I added 36 new elements and 15 new papers.

In addition to the absolutely gorgeous elements and beautiful papers, there is a golden alpha that adds the finishing touch to this elegant kit.  And just in case you missed the blog hop, I've included the mini that started it all, for free.

Here are some inspiring LOs from the North Stars:

Aren't they wonderful?

 If you are looking for an elegant Christmas kit this year, this one definitely fits the bill!

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Super Saturday Sale has been extended!

Today is a Super Sunday because the Super Saturday sale is still happening at Scraps N Pieces due to site issues we had yesterday.  To try to make up for the website being down, we are offering an extension this weekend on Super Saturday.  That's good news for you because I have 3 kits available this weekend for at least 60% off!

Holly Days is only $2.00 - that's 60% off!

And I have more good news!  December 11 is my next release date.  Here's a peek at what is coming

Monday, 3 December 2012

It's come to this

I apologize for any inconvenience to real people, but I have been receiving spam comments at a rate of about 2 per hour, which adds up to a LOT in a day.  I finally decided to do something I really didn't want to do -- implement the word verification box.  At least it's not Captcha - I can never get that one on the first try!  I am sorry about this, but I just can't waste time finding and deleting spam comments anymore.  I hope you understand.

Today's "national celebration day" is National Roof Over Your Head Day.  That is something I do when I start feeling sorry for myself for whatever reason... I remind myself that I am so lucky.  I do have a warm roof over my head, I have clothes and shoes, I have food and I can eat daily, I live in a country of peace, and I do not have a serious illness.  When I think about the people who do not have what I do, it somehow makes my problems seem so small.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Chill Out - a new release from TNS

Wow!  Can you believe it's the first of December already?!  I sure can't.  But it is and that means it is Bits N Pieces time!  For the first week of December my new kit Chill Out is broken down into parts that are only $1 each!

This is not your normal winter kit.  Just look at those soft colours.  It makes me feel content and cozy no matter how frightful the weather may be outside.   And look at all those sweet elements!  In fact there are 44 unique elements in this kit.  

Carrying on the content and cozy wintry theme, there are 14 gorgeous papers to help your LOs show how you embrace winter.

On top of that, you can get a coordinating alpha.  Samplers remind me of sitting in front of the wood cook stove at Grandma's while she taught me to cross stitch.  Another content and cozy memory.  This alpha is only uppercase letters, but includes the numbers 0-9 and the common punctuation.

This kit is perfect for all your LOs of the kids bundled up, building snowmen or catching snowflakes on their tongues.  But it isn't limiting if you don't live in a snowy climate.  One of the North Stars lives in Texas where there isn't much snow in the winter.  But they do get beautiful sunsets.  The colours in this kit worked fantastically for her LO.

Here are the LOs that the North Stars made with Chill Out. I know you won't need any help being inspired by the kit, but I'm so proud of them that I have to show them off! It's even been used to make Facebook Timeline pictures with.


 Remember, each part of this kit is available for only $1 at Scraps N Pieces, but only until Dec 7. On December 8, I will bundle it all up and add a couple more parts that will also be available separately for you if you pick up the kit during BNP week.

Friday, 30 November 2012

Don't forget!

Coming tomorrow -- new release from TNS!

Today is "National Stay Home Because You're Well Day".  Now I could get into celebrating that, except for I work at home.  So, does that mean I should go shopping instead?  

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Want to see what I've been working on?

Here's a sneak peek of my new kit releasing on December 1

This is part of the Bits N Pieces collection for December at Scraps N Pieces.  From December 1 through 7 you can pick up the elements, papers or alpha for only $1 each.  On December 8 I will combine the individual packs into a beautiful soft winter kit.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Cyber Monday Sale!

Today is National Shopping Reminder Day so, I'll do my part and remind you...

My entire store is 50% off until the end of the day!

Don't miss out on these great deals!






And so many more fantastic items!

Happy Shopping!

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Black Friday is over but it's still Sale Time!

Yep, that's right -- True North Scraps wants you to save some money this weekend.  I know this is such an expensive time of year, so I want to make things easy on you.

I hope everybody in America had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Did you get your fill of turkey and pumpkin pie?  And how many days are you going to be eating leftovers?  ;)

And how about Black Friday?  Are you one of the "crazy" people who are up at 2 am to be at the store when it opens?  Do you wait a little to go later in the afternoon after the door crasher specials are done? Or do you shop online, like I did?  I don't know about you, but I cleaned up!  My husband was pretty disappointed because he went to a store 30 minutes after it opened and all the door crasher specials were gone already.  He had gone there to get a Blackberry Playbook for only $44!  But I got a great deal because I sat at my computer and shopped.  Not only did I get quite a few digi scrap items at bargain prices, but I also got my husband's Christmas gift for a price so good, I almost expect police at my door saying I stole it!  LOL

If you missed out yesterday, you can still pick up some bargains.  Everything is 50% off in my store all the way through until Cyber Monday ends!  This includes my new releases, Holly Days, Li'l Black Dress Alpha and Five Shades of Grey!

I wanted to mention too, today is "Tie One On Day".  Nope, not the kind where you go on a bender and drink Saturday away.  This is all about aprons!  Such a crazy thing to have an entire day to recognize, but I love it when they trick you like that!

Have a great weekend, and happy shopping!

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Two New Releases from TNS and a Blog Hop

It's Thanksgiving in the USA and that means it's the beginning of the

Holly Days

This beautiful kit of rich colours is very festive and perfect for your holiday pages.  The 16 patterned papers evoke thoughts of steamy windows from Christmas baking, beautiful gift wrap, and the outdoors.  The 8 card stocks are so detailed that you would swear they were real paper.  I've included a full sparkly alpha that will add a touch of elegance to your scrapbook pages.  And of course, the 56 elements have been meticulously designed to attractively accent your holiday memories.

Holly Days is on sale November 22 for 30% off,  on Black Friday it will be  a whopping 50% off, and then goes back to 30% off from November 24 until November 30.

The North Stars have really stepped up and hit this out of the park with their layouts they made to inspire you.

  Blog Hop
And on top of that, we made gift tags for you to collect and print out to use this season. The team will be posting their blogs all day, so if the tag isn't there, check back in a couple hours.

Here is my tag:

Click image to download

And here are the links to the North Stars blogs

But WAIT!  There's more!

Have you been looking for an elegant black and white kit?  TNS has a beautiful one being released on Black Friday.

5 Shades of Grey
is destined to be a best seller, just like the book with a similar title.  However, this gorgeous monochromatic kit is much more suitable for scrapbook layouts!

There are 41 glittery, shiny and classic elements inside this kit.  The 14 patterned papers, 5 glitter papers and 5 solid papers are a perfect complement to the elements and they will make your LOs exude class.

As a bonus with purchase, the LBD (Li'l Black Dress) Alpha is included for free; a $2.99 value.

It is also available for sale separately.  It's sparkly and just like a li'l black dress, it is a must-have staple for every scrapper!

You can pick up 5 Shades of Grey on Black Friday for 50% off, then it goes to 30% off on November 24 until November 30th.

Once again the North Stars were very busy and they made some fantastic pages to show off:

 Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

And the winner is....

I'm sorry, I feel like I've been running all day, so this is getting posted a little later than I wanted. One of my CT girls used Mr Random to select Ka77hy from all the entries. The winner of the draw for their choice of one of my two new releases from this weekend is.... 



Since you left your email address in your comment Ka77hy, I will contact you to find out which kit you would prefer.

I've been working hard on a new kit to release before Christmas.  I wish that was all I was doing today though because the creative side of designing is what I love to do, but I had some administrative details to take care of.  What I don't love is the administrative side, but that's part of a business so I guess you take the fun with the ... not so fun.  ;)

Speaking of fun, today is National Absurdity Day.  Now that's a day I can get into celebrating!  I'm all about absurdity.  After all, when I advertised for a creative team, I advertised that I was looking for minions!

Keep your eyes open -- the official release date of my new kits is a few days away, but you just never know.  They may show up in my store a little earlier. 

Monday, 19 November 2012

Less than 24 hours left to enter!

The contest is coming to a close tomorrow.  I will be drawing the winner at noon Central time tomorrow.   The lucky person picked by Mr Random wins their choice of one of my two new kits that will be releasing this week!  Here is where you have to go to enter:  Sneak a Peek at my Next Two Releases... and Contest Time and you can grab poki's cluster freebie while you are there!

Are you wondering what special day it is today?  Well I don't really like any of the choices.  First one is National Blow Bagpipes Day.  I'd rather listen to nails on a blackboard.  (My apologies to any bagpipe players that may be reading this).  An alternative to Bagpipe Day is even worse.  It's Have a Bad Day Day.  No thanks!  And finally, I guess this one is the winner -- it's World Toilet Day.  So everybody go celebrate having a toilet!

Sunday, 18 November 2012


I wanted to remind you to make sure you don't miss out on poki's freebie and to enter the contest for your choice of one of my two new kits releasing this week.  If you haven't done it yet, here's where you can do it:  Sneak a Peek at my next 2 Releases and... Contest Time!  I will hold the draw November 20 at noon (Central Time), so time is running out to enter.

Also, if you haven't signed up for my newsletter yet, it's not to late to do it before my next one comes out.  You don't want to miss it - there's going to be an exclusive gift in it only for newsletter subscribers!  If you wait, you will have to pick it up in the store later.  The link to sign up is on the sidebar of my blog.

I looked at my little app today and found out that today is Use Less Stuff Day.  At first when I read it I thought it said Useless Stuff, which of course changes the meaning drastically!  But nope - today is a reminder that sometimes we get a little excessive in the things we need vs the things we want department.  And it's also a reminder to keep it green - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover.

That's all for today folks!

Friday, 16 November 2012

40 Days Until Christmas!

It's National Button Day today.  I love using buttons in my LOs so I like to add 3 or more to my kits.  I bought a lot of buttons at Jo Anne's for my hybrid projects.  When I was paying for them all, I was sure wishing my mother had been like so many others and started a button jar.  But she didn't, so it cost me an arm and a leg!  Are you a button-lover?

Keystone Scraps has a brand new 'outside the box' holiday kit that focuses on the craziness of the season!

 Merry Mayhem, is a light-hearted kit themed on the chaos and endless preparation leading up to the holidays. This kit has 20 patterned papers in bright, zany colors, along with 9 coordinating cardstocks. Merry Mayhem is perfect for scrapping all your Christmas and Holiday photos, gift wrapping adventures and the general chaos we seem to be surrounded in when all the gifts are opened and the papers are strewn across the floor! This fun kit is jam-packed with 67 fun unique elements including a tree, snowflakes, stamps, star, flairs, flowers, frames, decorations and "to do lists" as well as 4 fabulous "Mayhem Monsters" to create a little mischief on your layouts! It is available at Scraps-N-Pieces for 30% off thru November 22nd... plus you will get this fun 'Cookie Chaos' Add On FREE with purchase! (You can also pick it up separately!)


 I was thinking that the days before Christmas are hectic for us, but what about dogs? So I checked a public domain site I like and found these photos of dogs dressed festively. I thought they looked pretty humiliated -- kind of like how my dog looks when she has to wear the Cone of Shame. And that's how I came up with this LO:

Thursday, 15 November 2012

SNP Blog Train

According to my new app, today is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day.  Um.  ***crickets chirp***  Let's not all run to the kitchen at once, people!

Don't forget to download poki's freebie and enter my contest in the post below this one!

Anyway, it's that time again -- blog train time!

Here is a slideshow of what you will be collecting

And this is my contribution

Arts & Ains Designs
Shuckclod's Stuff
Honeybee's Creative Hive
Karen Diamond Designs
Tricia's Treasures
True North Scraps (You are here)
Keystone Scraps
Stampgram's Studio
DoubleTrouble Scraps
Busy Crafting Mommy Designs
Addicted to Digi-Scrap
Scraps by Missy
Adriana's Cafe
Mommy Made This
Wendy Tunison Designs

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Sneak a Peek at my next 2 Releases and... Contest Time!

After returning from my vacation and having some time to do some thinking, I've decided that it's time to amp up my blog a little.

First of all, I downloaded an app that I'm not sure how useful it will be, but it is entertaining.  The Ultimate Holiday.  For example, did you know that today is National Pickle Day?  I'll bet you didn't!  But now,  aren't you glad you know?!  I would like to celebrate by going out for fried pickles.  (Don't say ew until AFTER you've tried them and then I bet you won't want to say ew).  I hadn't tried them until a few years ago because I thought they sounded disgusting, but now that I have, I actually get cravings for them!  lol

And now I'll get to the contest.  While I was away, my minions took over the lab.  Now for those who have just found me recently, I'll back up a bit and explain quickly.  I held a CT call in July but because I'm off-the-wall, I put my own little twist on it.  I called myself the Evil Genius trying to take over digiworld and I advertised for minions.  It was a very successful call and I got myself a great team of ladies, who I actually don't think of as minions.  They are stars -- The North Stars to be exact.  However every once in a while we jump back to the gag and become the Evil Genius and her minions. So back to now....

The minions took over the lab while I was away.  I hope you get my newsletter because Melissa did a fantastic job on it and she made some graphics that are phenomenal to go along with the whole minion thing.  If you didn't, well, you better sign up for it now so you never miss anything cool like that again! Sign up link is on the side of my blog somewhere.

Now my minions are feeling remorseful for being naughty while I was away.  In fact, poki made a lovely freebie for you using my kit Antiquities and Curiosities.  And this is (finally) where the contest comes in.  It's always common courtesy to leave a comment when you download a freebie, but this time it could pay off for you to use your manners!  If you download this freebie, leave a thank you to poki and on November 20 at noon Central time I will have Mr Random choose one lucky person to get a coupon for 50% off their choice of one of these new releases coming near the end of November.


So now, without further ado.....  here is the lovely freebie poki made for you.  Remember, if you leave a thank you, you are in the draw for the coupon!

Click image to download

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

I'm ba-ack! And I have a KS preview

Boy, it's been a long time since you've heard from me!  I've been away on vacation and I'm just starting to get back into the swing of things.  You know how you get that vacation hangover where you are still in lazy mode, but you are in reality-world again and you are struggling to catch up?  That's where I've been for the last week!  I'm still not adjusted to the time -- I've been on Eastern time ever since we got home which makes for early bedtimes.

Anyway.  I have a preview to show you from Keystone Scraps!  Paula is releasing this kit on the 16th -- isn't it the cutest?

Ok, I better head back to reality-world.  I have 2 new kits coming out next week and I want to make sure they are perfect for you before I release them!

Monday, 22 October 2012

SNP Anniversary Blog Hop

SNPs anniversary celebration is almost over but we have one last challenge for you. There are two steps to this challenge. The first step is to hop around to each of the participating designers' blogs and collect the pieces of the mini we've created for you. Here's a preview of the mini:

After you've collected all of the pieces (there are 16 so make sure you have 16 pieces) we'd like you to create a layout using ALL of the pieces. You may add pieces that you collected from the facebook hop at the beginning of the month but you must use ALL 16 of the pieces from the blog hop. When you've created your layout you'll need to post it in the correct forum thread and area of the gallery. You have until Oct 31/12 at midnight MST to post a layout so you'd better get cracking because there are some awesome prizes! Here are all of the blogs you'll need to visit to collect the entire mini:
And here's my part of the mini:
Click image to download

Friday, 12 October 2012

New templates from Keystone Scraps

This week Keystone Scraps has a brand new template pack available for your scrapping pleasure!


This fun set of 4 templates will help you get your scrapping done in no time! Available in all the most popular formats (psd, tif, png, and page files) you will love the convenience and ease of using them! Unlock your creativity by giving it a little jumpstart!!

The templates are regularly priced as $3.49 and are available exclusively at Scraps-N-Pieces. This weekend, add them to your stash at 40% off!

I used Template 4 and Paula's next release, Midnight Masquerade (available Oct 26).

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Speed Scraps!


Busy Crafting Mommy Designs is hosting a special Featured Designer speed scrap at Scraps N Pieces on Tuesday, October 9 at 6 pm PST, 7 PM MST, 8 PM CST, 9 PM EST. So please come join her in the forum!


She has the following participation prize: Photobucket 


 Come join Fit 2 Be Scrapped for a speed scrap on Wednesday!  You'll have a fabulous time and leave with an awesome, completed LO and a coupon for $3.50- that will get you a free template pack!!!

And one more....

Here's the prize for participating