Thursday, June 30, 2011

60% Off 4th of July Sale!

Good Friday!

Let's start with that I hope everyone has a fun and safe 4th of July weekend, if you celebrate. If you don't, have fun anyway! I wanted to do something special for those serving, as you know my DH is doing that right now, as well as something to celebrate the freedom of the US. So what I came up with was a 60% off sale that includes everything in my shop over $1.99. You don't have to shop just this weekend, as a lot of you will be very busy and I don't want you to miss out on my sale so I have made sure that it is valid until the 15th of July. All I ask is that if you have a loved one serving anywhere, not necessarily the US, that you leave me a comment so that I can honor them and pray for them as well as you! This is very important to me and my family.... and I hope it is for you as well.

And for those of you who do leave a name of a loved one, I will send you a coupon for $3.00 off a $5.00 order.  Just make sure to include your contact information (if you prefer not to leave it here in the comments section, you can email me at apupplo at charter dot com.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Week 2 of Design Factor

Good day everyone!
Hope you all are having a better week with the weather than I. Its hot, humid and rain rain rain. Brighter side, I don't have to water the garden. Alright now to whats been going on this week with designing. I have moved on to the final round at Nut House Scraps but am not sure if I will get the inspiration to finish or even start the challenge. They have asked us to do a 'dad' kit but the theme nor the colors are motivating me. If any of you have any ideas, that would be greatly accepted. Now I have gotten week 2 done for the Design Factor at DigiScrap Connect. I hope you enjoyed all the goodies from last week, and if not, run on over there now and pick them all up.
My entry this week was totally inspired by the colors that I completely fell in love with. We were challenged to make 6 patterned papers and 6 plain papers along with coordinating elements. The patterned papers had to be all drawn by hand or at least all yours. I doodled all mine and I hope you like them. The only CU products I used were some textures from TheresK, brushes by BSilvia and styles by EMK, DustyBear, Eserrano, That Girl Designs and Scrappin Cop.... thanks all! It's called "Breathing Room" and I hope you like and enjoy it! If so, please don't hesitate to leave some love here or in the gallery.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Summer Lovin' and Summer Lovin' Mini

Good day everyone!

I have made it on to round 3 over a Nut House Scraps and just started round 1 of the Design Factor over at DigiScrap Connect. Luckily for me both themes were the same so I could work on them at the same time. For the Design for Me contest at Nut House Scraps, I had to complete a full kit using only 5 CU items (except for styles, shapes, textures and brushes). We were given a choice of 20 colors to choose 5-10 and then given the title "Summer Lovin'". I decided to go with 6 colors: 2 blues, green, yellow, brown, and white as they led me to my theme of "summer camp". My boys have been in and out of day camps so far this summer and have more to come and I am sure some of you have the same going on. The kit contains 10 patterned papers, 5 plain papers, 4 wordarts, and 17 different elements (nothing is repeated). I only used 1 set of CU for the kids.... as well as the allowed styles and textures. I am so very proud of this kit, especially since when I quality checked it, I had to figure out how to fix some problems without starting over. So here is my entry for Nut House Scraps:

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All Entries (you might want to wait for this link until Sunday as it is the deadline)

Now we are off to the Design Factor entry for DigiScrap Connect.  This designer contest is a little different than the others as no one gets eliminated as long as they complete the task at hand.  Luckily the theme was Summer in this contest as well but only a mini.  So I just added on to my main kit with the "Summer Lovin' Mini".  This mini contains 3 patterned papers, 2 plain papers, 1 wordart and 9 elements.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did..... oh and don't forget to pick up all the other designers entries as there are some great designers in this contest!
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

June Template Challenge at Faith Sisters

Hi there and welcome to Thursdays Designer Challenge! This template can be used as the template or as a sketch and comes in PSD/PNG formats so that everyone can participate whether digital or hybrid. You will have one week to pick up the template for FREE and will also have 1 week to finish and post your layout to the gallery and forum thread. I will randomly select one person to win a $5.00 gift certificate to my shop. So go pick up the template..... and lets play!!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Week 2 - Coming to an End & Sale almost over

Good day everyone!

It has been a very high stress week for me which is why I have not been on much nor doing much designing. With my DH deployed, trying to deal with everything on my own without much backup here, I get pretty worn out and exhausted. Yesterday was my breaking point, which was pretty good seeing he has been gone since Feb (with a mid tour break of 2 weeks in April). I thought this tour would be easy seeing he just got back from a tour in Korea for a year, but this one is so much harder on the kids and am I not totally sure why. Anyway, thanks for letting me vent... I will now get on to more fun things.

This is the last week for you to pick up my first week's entry into the "Design for Me" contest over at Nut House Scraps. You will still have another week to pick up week 2. In fact, one of my wonderful CT members, Ari, has done a beautiful layout with my week 2 entry. Check it out!

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Now don't forget that my shop is on sale for 35% off until Monday only! This sale makes everything under $5.00 with majority of it being under $2.00.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Let's Celebrate Dad's!

Good morning everyone!

Father's day is quickly approaching and with that I would like to have a sale for you to give him the best gift ever.... the gift of savings (and more money in his wallet!) We all know that they would love for us not to spend so much on our obsession so I am offering everything in my shop for 35% off until Monday June 20th.

Enjoy yourself while making him happy! Shop at my Faith Sisters shop for the savings!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I'm Nuts for Round 2

Good day everyone!

I hope you all have had a good weekend! I have had a fabulous weekend - first with finishing my round 2 entry into the Design for Me contest at Nut House Scraps and second for saving 94% at Walgreens today...woo hoo. I have just started doing strategic couponing to try and save my family money (or at least save on my end so my DH and kids can spend on their side..LOL)

Ok I have gotten off track, you all want a freebie right? Ok well this week we had to make a mini from colors, theme and title given to us. The theme is about the sea and the title is "The Beauty of the Sea". I choose to go a slightly different approach seeing we are not near the sea. I decided that I would go with keeping the memory of the sea in a fishbowl.... given the reason for the fishbowl...hehe. Anyway, I hope you all like it and leave me some love if you choose to download it. I love hearing from you all and would love to see anything you create with it.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Live Love & Laugh Mini

Good Morning Everyone!
I just wanted to drop in and remind you to go pick up my free mini from the Nut House Scraps "Design For Me" contest. Don't forget you can pick up the minis from all the other designers in the contest as well. Ari from my creative team took my mini and made a beautiful layout.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

It's Nutty at Nut House Scraps

Good day everyone!
From the wonderful comments I am getting from you all, you really have been enjoying the "Monkey-ing Around" Blog Train.  I really love to read all your comments and I know my CT members are really loving what you are saying about their creations as well.  Just to let you know, I get to keep Ari as things have worked out and she will have time to work with my designs... Yeah!!!
Now, I have entered another designer contest (actually two of them but only one has started) over at Nut House Scraps called Design For Me.  This first week we were given a swatch with 20 colors which we then had to narrow down to just 5 or so then create a mini kit with 4-6 papers and 10-15 elements using absolutely no CU products.  I know that I have had to do this in other contests but we were allowed to us styles and textures from others....this was definately a learning experience (which is why I enter all these contests).  I learned how to make my own texture for stitching (which I might turn into a CU style) as well as learned how to use my Art Rage program that I won in another contest.  It is not necessarily my favorite mini or grouping of colors but I am proud of it anyway, seeing that everything is from scratch and all mine.
I would love to have some love if you decide to pick it up and of course see anything you might create out of it.

Pick it up here if for some reason you cannot download without registering, please leave me a comment and I will add a direct link but you should have no problems.

Have a blessed day!
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Faith Sisters 

Friday, June 3, 2011

Another Stunning Layout

Good Morning....
I received this stunning layout from one of my new creative team members, Ari, who unfortunately has to quit.  I truely wish should could stay as her layouts are beautiful but I understand life and how it doen't always go the way we plan it.  I just wanted to share with you what could be don with my part of the blog train this month.

Thank you so much Ari... and good luck!
Have a blessed day!
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Faith Sisters