COMMENTING...

If you see that you are not getting comments from us, it is because of the silly "PROVE THAT YOU ARE NOT A ROBOT" on Blogger. There are only certain number of times you can comment and then you have to start proving you're not a robot. Really irritating when you have to click through picture after picture to try and leave a comment to our beautiful entries. So sorry about this. We wish Blogger would change this.

Friday, July 30, 2010

July Challenge!!!!

THE JULY CHALLENGE IS GOING TO STAY AT THE TOP SO PLEASE BE SURE TO SCROLL DOWN TO SEE OUR NEWER POSTS, THANKS!

Hi everyone, thank you so much for hanging in there with us as we get the new DT in place.  We really appreciate it!

The challenge for July is that anything goes...you heard it...make any kind of Christmas cards you want:)  We can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.

Leave a comment if you do our challenge! Please only enter NEW CARDS that are made in JULY.


*Remember if you do 5 cards this month following the challenge, your name will go into a draw for a prize at the end of JULY! (this challenge CAN be combined with any other blog or forum challenges that you do this month.)

This month the RAK is another great set from SU!  Plus I'll throw in a couple other little goodies:)

Please upload your cards to your blog, a gallery, or photobucket and remember to give us the EXACT links to see them. You can do 5 of the same cards or 5 different ones (as long as they follow the current challenge) If you do 5 of the same, please show us a picture of them altogether. Thanks!

YOU NEED TO LET US KNOW IN THIS POST WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE 5 CARDS IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE MONTHLY PRIZE.

We can't wait and see what you create this month! Have fun!

Colleen and Lesley

Monday, July 26, 2010

Sneak Peeks for August!

Well, you ladies have been doing an amazing job with your cards for this month and we're very excited to see all of the entries! 

Here's a sneak of a few of the design team cards for next month...  See if you can figure out what the challenge is!

 









You'll be able to see these and more on the 1st when we do our reveal and give you the new challenge!  In the meantime, you've got a few more days to get your 5 cards in for the draw for this month!  Have fun!

Cheers,
Lesley and Colleen

And the Winner Is...

OK ladies, so we have a winner in the giveaway!

Would you like to know who???

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OK, I give...I checked out Marianne's blog on the 14th and Lily's comment was chosen!  E-mail me at col12@hotmail.com and send me your info Lily!  Congrats!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Remember the Giveaway!


OK, you've got until tomorrow (let's say the end of the day!) and I'll choose a winner on Sunday...  To check out the details and find out how to get involved, check out THIS POST!

Keep your eyes open tomorrow for a few sneak peeks as well!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Introducing Lesley and Colleen!

As most of you now know, we're helping Deanne out with the blog for a bit here, so we'll introduce ourselves a bit too!  You'll see out design work monthly as well!

Lesley
"Hi! My name is Lesley and I live in sunny Jacksonville, FL. I’m originally from Toledo, OH but I also lived in St. Louis for a few years (Go Cardinals!!!). I’ve been with my husband Robb for 15 years and we have a 5 year old daughter. I started scrapbooking when my daughter was born and a couple of years ago I found stamping and never turned back. I guess I’ve always done some kind of art, when I was younger I took art classes at The Toledo Museum of Art and The Toledo Zoo. I’ve also cross-stitched, painted ceramics, and decorated cakes. When I’m not working or making cards I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and watching my favorite TV shows."

You can check out more on her blog HERE! And remember to check out her blog as well as all the DT members as they're posted this week to give you a chance to win!

Colleen



Hey!  My name is Colleen and I live in beautiful BC, Canada.  I'm a teacher by profession though currently at home with my two boys (7 and 4).  I care for my niece and nephew during the week as well and then work and teach in my lss for a little fun and to get out of the house!  I think I've always been a scrapper at heart and have my 30 year old sticker collection to prove it!  I have a stash of Christmas paper begging to be made into cards, so this is the perfect spot for me and I love it! 

You can check out my blog HERE!

Here are a few cards for you to have a peek at for inspiration for the July Challenge since anything goes!





We're lovin' all the cards that everyone's adding to the challenge for this month!  Keep at it ladies!  We'll try and get you some more sneak peek inspiration about a week!

You never know, you might find your card(s) showcased on the blog one day too, so keep your eyes out...

Cheers,
Lesley and Colleen

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Introducing Helen - Again!


We're happy to be able to have Helen back with us for another term here at Christmas Cards All Year Round!

My name is Helen and I have been scrapping for about 7 years, and absolutely love it! I love making memories for my family and being creative. I am always on the lookout for new techniques and am excited to spend another term here at CCAYR!

Here is some inspiration for you from Helen for your July challenge since anything goes!



Thanks for the great cards and inspiration and we're glad to have you back as part of the team!  Can't wait to see more!


You can check out more on her blog HERE! And remember to check out her blog as well as all the DT members as they're posted this week to give you a chance to win!

We're finishing up the weekend with intros to Lesley and I, so check it out on Sunday!

Cheers,
Colleen and Lesley

Friday, July 16, 2010

Introducing Cindy!


Welcome to Friday and we are pleased to introduce Cindy today as another new member of the DT!

Hi! I'm Cindy. I've been married 13 years. We have one furbaby and lots of nieces and nephews. If I'm not at my job as an xray tech at the hospital you can find me in my office creating cards and scrapbook LO's or surfing the web. I love to find new techniques and apply them to my projects and find so much inspiration from other paper crafters blogs. I'm so excited to be on this DT. I'm hoping to have all my Christmas cards made by November so I don't rush at the last minute.

Here is some inspiration for you from Cindy for your July challenge since anything goes!






Thanks for the fun cards and inspiration Cindy and we're glad to have you as part of the team!


You can check out more on her blog HERE! And remember to check out her blog as well as all the DT members as they're posted this week to give you a chance to win!

We'll be highlighting the returning members of the design team this weekend, so pop in when you get the chance!  And don't forget the giveaway!


Cheers,
Colleen and Lesley

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Introducing Audrey!


We are pleased to introduce Audrey today as another new member of the DT!

Hi, I'm Audrey and I'm from the United Kingdom. I started out as a cardmaker in early 2004 but progressed to scrapbooking and it was only last year that I took up cardmaking again just to use up my enormous leftover scrap papers! I discovered how fun it was to make cards again and have been doing it more and joining challenges on card blogs. I discovered CCAYR early this year as one of my goals was to ensure I have enough Christmas cards at the end of the year to give away. Hence, I decided to do a few each month and CCAYR helped me achieved that goal. I'm only delighted to be asked to join the team here and that will give me even more incentive to create more Christmas cards.

Here is some inspiration for you from Audrey for your July challenge since anything goes!






Thanks doe the wonderful inspiration Audrey and we're glad to have you as part of the team!
You can check out more on her blog HERE!  And remember to check out her blog as well as all the DT members as they're posted this week to give you a chance to win!


Stay tuned for more designers and inspiration every day this week - right through the weekend!

Cheers,
Colleen and Lesley

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Guest Designers and NING Site

Hi everyone!  Please give a warm welcome to our guest designers...

August - Trish - http://handfullofstamps.blogspot.com/

September - Jovita - http://everydaylifeinmymind.blogspot.com/

October - Candace - http://candid-candace.blogspot.com/

November - Lisa - http://kindcreations.blogspot.com/

December - Donna - http://indianainking.blogspot.com/

I'm so glad these ladies are joining us through the end of the year.


Regarding the NING site, we had to let it go because they were going to start charging for their services.  BUT I have a new home for us over at Paper Craft Planet where you can upload your photos if you need to or if you would like to chat.  The group is called Christmas Cards All Year Round.  If you do upload your photos just make sure you use the keyword for the month which you will be able to find in the post. 

Thank you so much for playing with us!

Colleen and Lesley

How About A Giveaway?!?


OK ladies, just to show you how excited we are about the new team and the new challenge here this month, we're going to do a little giveaway!  There's a circular mini album in a box, some chipboard letters, some Jenni Bowlin die cut journaling cards, some brads and a Prima bingo card stamp!  These are all in an envelope ready for someone's name and address!

So, you ask, how do you get a chance to win this?  Well, you're going to go check out the blogs of the new girls on the DT and leave them a little love and let them know you came from the CCAYR blog!  At the end of next week, after all the of the DT have had introductions and everyone has had a chance to comment (both on the blogs of the girls that have been introduced and the ones to come!), I'll choose one of the blogs and randomly pick someone from the comments on their blog.  You won't know which blog, so check them all out! 

I'll announce a winner on the 24th and you'll be getting a little sneaky peeky of what's to come for next month as well!

Clarification - You want to go and check out the PERSONAL blogs of all the new DT members and I'll pick one of them to choose a comment winner from.  Don't worry, I'll check any posts from the week (until the 24th) to see who's commented, so don't worry about which post of the DT member's you're commenting on!

Join in the fun!
Cheers,

Introducing Marianne!


We're at hump day already, so let's celebrate by introducing Marianne and welcoming her to the team!

My name is Marianne and I live in Norway with my husband and two little boys at the age of 5 and 7. In the day I'm a accountant and at the evening I'm spending time with my family and making cards. I've been making cards since 2008 and I really love this hobby!

Here is some inspiration for you from Marianne for your July challenge since anything goes!








Can't wait to see more of your wonderful cards Marianne!

You can check out more on her blog HERE!

Stay tuned for more designers and inspiration every day this week - right through the weekend!
Cheers,
Colleen and Lesley

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Introducing Kat!

Welcome to Tuesday with out introduction to another new team member - Kat!

My name is Kat Roberts and I live in Northern California and grew up in the midwest. I have been crafting since I was 9 years and started 4-H. I work full time and am married to my husband, Scott. We are expecting our first baby, a girl!, on August 30th!


Congrats Kat to you and Scott and can't wait to see some baby pictures too!

Here is some inspiration for you from Kat for your July challenge since anything goes!







We're looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful cards Kat!

You can check out more on her blog HERE!

Stay tuned for more designers and inspiration every day this week!
Cheers,
Colleen and Lesley

Monday, July 12, 2010

Introducing Pat!

We're going to start introducing the new design team with Pat who's actually returning to us from a little hiatus on the team!  Welcome back Pat!


My name is Pat Sergeant and I am the mother of 4 children (3 boys and 1 girl). I have 2 grandaughters that are the joy of my world. I have been stamping since 2005 and as they say...the rest is history. I have always had an interest in one craft or another since I was very small. If there is a craft out there, I have most likely tried it. I am delighted to be a part of the CCAYR design team again (this is my second go around).

Here is some inspiration for you from Pat for your July challenge since anything goes!





Can't wait to see more of your gorgeous cards Pat!
You can check out more on her blog HERE!

Stay tuned for more designers and inspiration every day this week! 
Cheers,
Colleen and Lesley

Sunday, July 11, 2010

New Design Team Announcement!

We've very sorry for the delay, but also extremely thankful that these amazing ladies will be joining us for the next six months on our design team!

Pat - http://just4fun2-pat.blogspot.com/
Kat - http://dearlc.blogspot.com/
Marianne - http://marianneshobby.blogspot.com/
Audrey - http://organisedmess.blogspot.com/
Cindy - http://cre8ivecindy.blogspot.com/

And returning...

Helen - http://neverenoughtime-helen.blogspot.com/
Lesley - http://ourscrappylife.blogspot.com/
Colleen - http://www.randomponderingincanada.blogspot.com/

Keep your eyes out over the next week for a little intro to each one of them as well as some inspiration from all of us for the July challenge!
Cheers,
Colleen and Lesley

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

New DT Announcement and Challenge Coming Soon!

Keep your eyes open ladies!  Lesley and I are in the final stages of putting a great new team together and we'll be announcing as soon as we can get information from everyone! 

Along with that will be the new challenge and some DT inspiration!
See you soon!
Cheers,

Monday, July 5, 2010

June's Winner!

Good Evening Ladies!  The winner for June's Challenge is Gail K, congrats!  Please contact me at mailto:sunifla1@comcast.net  so that I can get your prize out to you.

Also, if you haven't received your prize from me for the month you won, please contact me.

Thank you so much for particpating.

Friday, July 2, 2010

July Challenge - Slight Delay

Hi Everyone!

My name is Colleen and I've been on the DT here for the last 6 months.  Lesley and I would just like to let you know that we'll be keeping things up and running here while Deanne takes a little bit of well deserved time for herself. 

As a result of the slight change in plans, we've had a bit of delay with the July Challenge and the new Design Team.  We're very excited about the design team announcement and what's coming this month!  We also can't wait to show you some more fabulous inspiration for your Christmas cards that are going to be needed before you know it!  We're only 177 days away from the big day now and cards need to be out long before that!

We're hoping to have an announcement at the beginning of the week, so check back soon!
Cheers,