To ALL entrants, I want to let you know that I DO comment on all entries (with the exception of Splitcoast and Flickr) so if you don't see a comment from me, please check to see if there are any comments awaiting moderation or in SPAM. A lot of comments are in SPAM and bloggers don't realize it.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

New Design Team Members

Hello everyone.  Just popping in today to introduce you to our four new Design Team members.  Our new DT members will be joining us starting with our July challenge.  Do head over to their blogs to say hello and check out their fantastic work.


Hello, my name is Allisa Chilton. I live in southwestern Wyoming. I started scrapbooking in 1995. I became a Close To My Heart Consultant shortly after. Scrapbooking soon lead to card making. I think I have now reached paper hoarder, stamping addiction status! I started blogging in 2011, which has lead to my new addiction of entering challenges. I love to make Christmas cards. Creating Christmas cards all year round is so relaxing vs. the holiday rush! I can't wait to see all of your holiday creations!

My name is Beate – better know as Beacarona in blogland, I’m 35 years old, married and live in Hamar, in Norway. I have been making cards for about 5 years, and this hobby is just great! I’m not sure what to call my style, but I use a lot of roses, ribbon, lace and distressing on my cards and boxes, and I sew on nearly everything I make. When I’m colouring stamped images I prefer Promarkers, and sometimes I use H2O.

Hello, my name is Denise. I'm from the Bay area of Massachusetts. I'm a Wife, Mother of 2 teenagers, a Visiting Angel, an Alzheimer's Educator, an Administrative Assistant, a Manager, a Retired CTMH Consultant, an Occasional Scrapbooker and a Passionate Cardmaker. My creative area is in my basement and lovingly referred to as the "Craft Cave". I no longer scrapbook for myself but will for others. I relax by making handcrafted cards. I'm very excited to be on the CCAYR DT for the next 6 months.


Hi, my name is Sue Walker, I work full time as a Stylist in my own salon. I have been married for nearly 24yrs and have two girls aged 21 and 19, two border terriers and a cat I started making cards as a past time with my daughters during school holidays and after the girls grew up I carried on as it became a passion, especially stamping.

Welcome ladies, looking forward to sharing your creations.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

June Guest Designer & Mid Month Inspiration

Hello everyone.  Today we have a Guest Designer joining us for our Twinkle Twinkle Christmas Lights Theme.

Our June Guest Designer is Vicky from Stamps, Paper & Stuff 

If you head over to Vicky's blog you will find instructions on how to make this lovely card.

Thanks for joining us this month Vicky!

Now onto our mid month inspiraton from the Design Team.  

Here is a card from Teresa

If you haven't joined our challenge as yet you may do so here.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Design Team

Morning everyone.  Just wanted to pop in and say a big thank you to all who applied to our Design Team call,  there were so many lovely entries.  
The very difficult decision of picking just a few has now been made and invitations have been sent via email (if you had an email link on your blog) or via a comment on your entry card.
I'll be back shortly to announce the new DT members who will be joining us from next month.
Thank you again to all who applied.

Monday, June 4, 2012

May Winners

So sorry for taking so long to announce the winners for the May Challenge.  We had so many lovely entries it was a tough job deciding on the top 3.

So first up our random winner for May is...

Congratulations Chrissy.  Please email me at to claim your prize and grab your winner badge from the side bar.

The top three for this month in no particular order are:

14 Allisa
40 Dorte

Congratulations.  You can grab your Top Three badge from the side bar. 

Make sure you head over and check out the Top 3 creations.

Friday, June 1, 2012

June Challenge

Another month has come and gone and it's once again time for another challenge.

This month our theme is:

TWINKLE-TWINKLE Christmas Lights

Multi-colored or clear, embossed or bling, strings or singles, vintage or new, bright or dull, broken or whole ...inspriation is limitless! Make it electric and fun. 

Our prize this month has been donated by our very own Cindy, and what a fantastic prize it is.

The lucky winner of this prize will be drawn at random from all the entries received.

Here is some inspiration from the Design Team:


Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with this month.

Ok so that's this month's challenge taken care of.  Last month's challenge saw some fantastic entries once again, thank you to all who entered.  As we will be awarding a top three as well as our random winner, I will be taking an extra day to sort through all the entries and come back to announce the winners.

We've also had our DT call running for the month of May.  Some fantastic entries were received so a big thank you to all who applied.  The decision will be made and successful applicants contacted over the next couple of days.  Once this has been done I will be back to announce the new DT members.

I hope you will join us in this month's fun challenge.  Please add the direct link to your project below.