Tuesday, 2 June 2009

I've been published!!!!!

I just can't believe it! WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!!

Today I found the latest issue of stampers' sampler on the floor (we get oour mail through the door). I was a bit puzzled because my subscription ended in march and I didn't renew it. So I started looking at the frontpage, reading what this issue was all about. One of the titles read: "Polka dots galore challenge results". I remember to have sent in a card with polkadots (so close to the closingdate I was scared I had missed it). I thought they would contact me if they were going to publish my card and since they didn't I realized my style wasn't a fit for their mag. But I got curious about why the magazine was sent to me. If they had made a miss in the subscription and sent me an extra mag then I should've gotten the previous issue. So I looked on which pages the polkacards were - without any suspitions or hopes really. Seeing my card there was really the last thing on my mind.

And then - like in a dream...I SAW MY CARD!!!! In the upper left corner on page 62 - there it was. I'm soooo proud and happy. I started jumping around and screaming (good thing noone was home, lol) Getting published and getting on a DT was one of my new year resolutions. I never ever would have guessed I would get published before getting on a DT team, lol. I was giving up on applying to DT, but now I have over 1/2 year left to get on one. I'm so fired up I feel like I can do anything!

I started listening to a lecture given by Randy Pausch and what relly stuck with me is what he says about walls - when you hit one. They are there to test how badly you want something. And I have banged my head against the DT applying wall so many times now, lol. I guess this is the kick I needed to continue.

OK, so here's how the card looks in the mag. I need to frame it or something. Think I'll scan in the page, print it out, frame it and put it in my corner.

I really need to celebrate today! This has been very oimportant to me, so cake for everyone!!! Or maybe a blogcandy...yes, a blogcandy it shall be so check back. I'm getting ready for my cousin's graduation so it might be a week or two before I post anything.

Speaking of blogcandy I got some amazing papers today that I won from Katrina Thank you so much Katrina! She also included some flowers and plastic glaze thingies. They work great as snowballs. You can see how I used them on my Whiff of joy Charlie card. I like that every paper is different so there is a lot to choose from.

And finally: I have to make a card for my cousin's graduation. I had two options to work with and none of them seemed inspirational (I had bought the papers a couple of days ago) But then I went through my old stash and found a wonderful paper that inspired me and worked with everything I had. The graduation colours are blue and yellow (like the swedish flag) and white of course. I didn't know if I should make it traditional or a bit distressed. I wanted some flowers, but since my cousin is a boy I didn't want the card to be too cute. He also had blue colours on his invitation cards. I wanted to incorporate the front of the invitation, but it had such a weird blue/purple shade I couldn't find any matching cardstock.

Choice one and two:

My final choice: Festive, with flowers, bright but still suitable for a boy, or what do you think? I also found the text paper that matched with inspirational words! How great was that. And I bought a very cute charm that says "love much" on one side and "laugh often" on the other. I think I'm going to work from a sketch so I have some kind of structure. I'm getting nervous because I have to finish the card tonight, yikes. With all the stuff I have I'm scared the card will get too busy. Oh well, I'll have to go and start instead of talking about it ;) The card just has to be brilliant, but with the buzz I'm having after the publishing news I think I'll make it. Let you know how it works out later. I might even put up some pics from my own graduation, lol.

Thanks for reading through my ramblings, lol.
Oooh, I think I'll bake something to celebrate :)

Monday, 1 June 2009

First challenge on the promarker blog

I got so excited about the promarker blog two weeks ago that I made a card straight away. I didn't realize they started the first challenge last week, lol. But I couldn't use my card since I had already posted it for another challenge and this one couldn't be combined with others. And as usual I barely made it since the duedate is tomorrow, lol. I was so good on time for once and I couldn't even show myself off, lol.

Here's my card after some difficulties. It was one of the cards laying around half done. I wanted to "get rid" of them since the papers I had put out are occupying my space too much (and bleaching in the sun).

The stamp is a hÄnglar from the latest clubkit. Promarkers I used:

saffron (for the face)
forest green (leaves)
pastel green (shade on wings)

Text is printed from the computer. I have a bunch of quotes in different sizes and styles laying in a big jar. It's a great way of adding text fast - a really great tip. You just see which text fits on your card and you're done. No more of the same "happy birthday" and you don't need as many quotestamps :)

June blogcandy

Time for another month of candies :) Did you win anything this month? I won some papers, yey!

Wendy is celebrating reaching 10,000 hits with some great tools for your crafting. Ends 1:st 3pm CST.

A passion for papertrey are giving the most amazing candy to celebrate 10,000 hits. It's a set of stamps that you can't buy. Only open for european entries. Winner will be chosen 1:st.

Hemma på landet is giving away a very cute juicepress in porcelein. It's a swedish blog, but you can always use the translator that's located on her blog. Candy ends 1:st.

Hemma hos lilla mig has sewn and embroidered a very beautiful bag. I would love to use it in my wardrobe for scarves or underwear. Candy ends 1:st.

Anna is yet another person who has hit the 10,000 mark. She's offering promarkers and stampin' up stamps among other things. The more entries she'll get the bigger the candy. Sign up before 1:st.

Marlene has some stamps from the Greeting Farm in her candy. She will pick a winner friday 5:th.

Katarina is celebrating her 200 post. Ends 4:th.

Nutshells are celebrating the launch of their new blog. Ends 5:th, 6pm GMT.

Christine is having a secret candy. woooo...Ends 5:th.

Bev's blog has gone over 300,000 hits! Can you believe it? Ends 5:th.

Lorraine is celebrating her first blogoversary. She has some great things to give away. Ends 8:th noon GMT.

Carole has two gorjuss girls stamps in her candy. She's also giving away a pouch she made. Candy ends 8:th.

Cathy is turning 40 and she's celebrating big. There are some lovely items in her candy. Ends 8:th.

Desire is celebrating 20,000 hits! There are a bunch of stamps and embellishments in her candy. Ends 8:th.

Robyn has a great giveaway if you like to sew. Among other things there is a great dollpattern I'd like to try. Ends 8:th.

AnnaMaria is giving away two candies. One of them is an adorable bunny. Winner will be drawn wednesday 10:th 6pm EST.

Sue has three reasons to celebrate and she does it with a fab candy. Ends 9:th 5pm.

Sonia is offering a secret candy for june. She promises it will be worth it :) I think the candy ends at the end of june, but you will be able to see the candy around 15:th.

Crafty girls is hosting a giveaway to celebrate Sarah Fielke's new adventure - a website with everything you can think of related to sewing. If you're into sewing make sure to join the giveaway and check out Sarah's blog.

Jorid is celebrating 20,000 hits with this lovely cakedisplayer as the candy! Ends 11:th.

Maria is celebrating 15,000 hits with a very cute teabox. Candy ends 10:th.

Shari has some very cute easter stamps from taylored expressions in her candy. Ends 11:th.

Jacque has made an amazing Magnolia set in yellow/blue. Ends 11:th.

Melissa has embellishments, papers and a big shot (!) in her candy. The lucky person will be drawn friday 12:th.

Lacey will be having two winners in her "end of school/75,000 hits" candy. Ends 11:th.

Lorelie is celebrating her 100 sale on etsy with some cardmaking treats. I think the candy ends 26:th, but I'm not sure.

Rach is giving away one of the new Whiff of joy stamps. The realease of the new line "women's delight" will be out june 14:th. Ends thursday 11:th 9pm.

Kadie wants to know why you like to craft. Up for grabs are some dies to use with your cuttlebug :D Me like. Ends 11:th.

Bev is also giving away stamps from the new Whiff of joy release. Ends 11:th.

Inky impressions are hosting a candy. Let them know which of their stamps is your fav and you can win a big pile of goodies. Ends 12:th.

Suzanne is celebrating 200,000 hits and needs you to tell her about your most exciting and humorous day. Ends 12:th.

Venezie bags - which has an amazing etsyshop by the way - is having an amazing candy to help crafters get their craftingspace to be inspirational. One winner will get the whole loot of items offered. You have to go and check it out. Ends 12:th.

Zonnenplume has the cutest Magnolia candy she's made herself in order to celebrate 10,000 hits. Ends 13:th.

Tanya has a huge candy with papers, stamps, embellies and other great stuff. Ends 13:th.

Adele is opening her own webshop with her fav items, among them charms and other embellishments. It's called Quixotic Paperie. To celebrate she's offering a candy. Ends 14:th.

Sarah has some lovely Anja stamps in her candy together with some other stamps. Ends 14:th.

Donna is celebrating her 100:th visitor with some men-themed candy. Ends 14:th.

Nikki wanted to get 100 followers and now she has over 500, lol. I guess many wanted to join her candy :) Drawing will be on the 15:th.

Jeanette is offering some goodies to celebrate her blogoversary. Ends 14:th.

Anne has a great K&Co box for you to win. Winner will be drawn 14:th.

AK has a great interior and fahionblog and now she's giving away a secret candy. The candy will be something in the same style as her blog. Ends 15:th.

Donalda has a candy for her faithful followers. Ends 15:th.

Rach has a very cute Magnolia in her candy. Winner will be chosen monday 16:th 7pm.

Gisela is celebrating 30,000 hits with a great candy. Ends 15:th.

Mina is giving away some of her fav things. I'm sure those things are your fav too :) Ends 15:th.

Diecut dreams is a new challenge blog that will start monday 15:th. To celebrate the launch they are having a candy. Ends 15:th.

Emily has an enormous candy - oh how I would love to win it :) Ends 16:th.

Heather is offering some stamps from Scrapmagasinet - one of them is a beautiful stamp you can personalize. Ends 16:th.

Sanne is having her first blogcandy to celebrate 400 hits. Ends 16:th.

Sue is celebrating her 17:th wedding anniversary and she's offering a great candy. Ends 18:th 5pm EST.

Cindy is celebrating her 2:nd blogoversary and she will be having a candy for three weeks until her b-day july 1:st.

Marie is celebrating 3000 hits on her blog with one Close To My Heart stamp set of your choice...any size! Wow, hurry thought because the winner will be drawn the 18:th.

Suzette is thanking her visitors with a great candy. Ends 19:th.

Cheri is celebrating a bunch of things, but mostly reaching 5000 hits. Her candy ends 20:th.

Miamikel is giving away a travelcandy to celebrate her upcoming trip. Ends 19:th 8pm EST.

Jennie has some candy too. She has some stamps and other great things. Ends 20:th.

Eulanda is thanking her visitors for 8000 hits. Her candy ends 21:st.

Shawne is an illustrator for clear dollar stamps and she's celebrating her second month of new stamp releases for her new line Studio 313 Creatons by Shawne available at Clear Dollar Stamps. Candy ends 20:th.

Anita has a candy and if you know german you can figure out what she's offering ;) All I figured out is that it ends 20:th.

Stacie has a great giveaway - a heated mousepad. It's great for those of you that have problems with your wrists (I know I do) Unfortunately it's only open for US. Ends June 19, 2009 at 11:59 pm EST.

Hazel has reached over 40,000 hits and is celebrating with some great cardmaking items. Ends 20:th.

Net has a lot of yaddayaddayadda as her candy, lol. Ends 21:st.

Mariska is celebrating her GDT spot. Ends 21:st.

Anne Kristine is celebrating her first blogoversary and for having almost 90,000 hits! Ends 21:st.

Andrea is celebrating 25,000 hits. Ends 21:st only for German residents.

Clare is having her 7000 hits giveaway. She has even included a gift made by her. Ends 10am 22:nd.

True is celebrating making three designteams! Here's a pic of what you'll get. Winner will be chosen 22:nd.

Martine is celebrating becoming a stampin' up demonstrator. She has loads of goodies. Ends 22:nd 12pm GMT.

Vanni is celebrating reaching 2000 hits (I'm there too soon I think :) Her candy ends 22:nd.

The stamp man has a candy if you live in the UK. Ends 22:nd.

Michelle is celebrating 75,000 hits. Let me telly ou - if you're a pink cat studio fan - this is the candy for you. Winner will be chosen 24:th.

Chris is celebrating 100,000 hits. Ends midnight 23:rd.

Ginger is an amazing bear making artist and she is giving away one of her wonderful bears as a celebration of her 25:th year as a bearmaking artist. You have to check out her bears, they are amazing! Candy ends 24:th. Here's the cutie you can win:

Jan is actually giving away a bind it all in her candy! The draw will be on july 1:st so hurry!

Lisa is celebrating both her blogoversary and for reaching 10,000 hits. Her candy ends midnight 30:th.

Carolyn is celebrating the end of school with a big candy. Ends at the end of june.

Michelle is also celebrating the beginning of summer with a great summer candy. Ends 30:th.

Shirley is giving away a $25 giftcertificate to impression-obsession as her candy. Winner will be chosen july 1:st.