Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hawaiian Giveaways

Today is the very last day to enter your chance at winning 1 of the 4 Hawaiian Prize Pack Giveaways. Please see the "4 Hawaiian Giveaways" posting for details.

Interested in being one of our talented Lollipop Girl Design Team Members? Tomorrow is your last day to get your applications in to me. The DT Call is posted at the top of the blog.

It is now Official. An 8th Blog Candy will be added into the pot to be given away in the month of August.

Thank you one and all for such dedication to C.S.D. and for getting the word out there. I appreciate everyone of you!

Check back tomorrow for another Pre-Challenge here at Candy Shoppe Designs.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Let's Celebrate to 100 Sweethearts!

Candy Shoppe Designs is getting more and more popular. We're closing in on 100 Sweethearts (Followers) and......
1) C.S.D. has only just begun a little over a month ago and
2) C.S.D. hasn't even really Launched yet!

All the more reason to add an 8th Blog Candy to the Giveaways in August. Yay to reasons!

100 Sweethearts = the 8th Blog Candy in August

So, go tell ALL your friends/followers about Candy Shoppe Designs because when we reach 100 Sweethearts that just means 1 thing for you....a better chance at winning one of the 8 Blog Candies.

If you haven't yet become a Sweetheart of C.S.D. yourself then NOW is the time to do it. YOU could be the next Lucky Winner to receive Sweet Blog Candy from C.S.D.

Check out the very first blog posting here (in June) and the Hawaiian Giveaway blog posting to see how you could have your chance at winning one of these awesome Blog Candies.

Good Luck to you all and thank you for all your support!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


There's just 2 more days left for you to enter for your chance at winning 1 of 4 Hawaiian Prize Packages being given away in August.

And......Did you forget to read the first post here at C.S.D.? It's our Introduction and it will explain more about another giveaway that I think people are passing by too easily.

There will be a total of 7 different Prize Packages to be given away here on C.S.D. shortly in the month of August.

Remember, you can't win if you don't enter!

Also, the search is still on for the Lollipop Girls of C.S.D. Design Team. Do you think you have what it takes to be a Lollipop Girl? Submit your application and you'll soon see. All Lollipop Girls chosen to be on the DT will be notified by August 1st.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

4 Hawaiian Giveaways

Hey Sweethearts!

I'm sorry for the delay with this posting but I have been having technical difficulties with more than just my computer. My cameras memory card keeps saying that it's full. I'm guessing I'll need to delete some images off of it for it to work again.

The Hawaiian Prize Pack Giveaway is still on however and I will post the prize pictures when announcing who the 4 Lucky Winners are. Yup! That's right! There will be 4 Winners this round.

A 1st Place Winner, a 2nd Place Winner, a 3rd Place Winner and a 4th Place Winner.

I'm going to share the Aloha of my Hawaiian Vacation with you four + I'm going to give some crafting goodness along with it.

All you have to do is the following:
- Be sure you are a Sweetheart (Follower) of C.S.D.
- Rock the C.S.D. Link Badge on your blog.
- Create a posting talking all about C.S.D. and it's current giveaway and make sure to include a working link leading back to C.S.D.
- Then, leave a nice comment after you've completed all of the above.

*Get extra entries for each additional place you post about C.S.D. (all you have to do is include the links to these other postings in your comment).

Deadline for entries will be next Thursday, July 30th. The 4 Lucky Winners will be announced throughout the month of August.

Good Luck & Mahalo!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Can't you just taste the Rainbow?

I'm sure it will be easy to after seeing all this yummy Eye Candy turned in for the 2nd Pre-Challenge - "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

What beautiful creations you all did....and colorful. It somehow makes me crave a shaved ice cone from Hawaii. I wish I was back there right now. I'm suffering some serious jet lag with the 6 hour difference. What a wonderful 3 weeks Vacation it was though.

So here were all the entries turned in....

Without any further ado the Lucky Winner is....Michelle Jacknicke a.k.a. TwistedSoda from Canada with her "Crazy About You" Layout. Congratulations Michelle! Please contact me regarding your prize and thanks so much for playing along.

I hope everyone checks back here tomorrow as I have some yummy goodies to give away from my Hawaiian Vacation. Mmm!!!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Somewhere Over the Rainbow PRE-Challenge

I hope all you Sweethearts are ready for another Pre-Challenge because Jennifer French has another that she wants to share to inspire you all. I'm absolutely loving all this help I'm getting from her while I'm on vacation in Hawaii till next week. Thank you again Jennifer!

This Pre-Challenge is called "Somewhere Over The Rainbow." SO fitting being that I am in Hawaii right now and Bruddah Iz (Famous Singer in Hawaii) sang this popular song.

There are just 2 simple rules to this Pre-Challenge. These rules were prepared with love and are as follows:
1. You are to use every color of the Rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple) in your creation
2. You must also share your Special Ingredients of your sweet creation AND a short description. Here's just an Example of how this can be done:
Special Ingredients-
Cardstock Paper: Bazzill Basics
Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket, Jenni Bowlin
Embellishments: Flowers-Prima Marketing, Chipboard-Tim Holtz, Brads-Making Memories
Pen: Signo Uni-ball
Other: Unknown
Short Description-Our day at Hanauma Bay was everything we expected and more. The sun was bright, the water was cool, the fish were swimming and at the end of the day a beautiful rainbow in the sky became a backdrop for all our pictures.
*You are allowed to make ANY paper creation of your choosing whether it be a scrapbook layout, card, altered item, etc. The choice is yours!
**When posting your layout on your blog/gallery you should include a working link to C.S.D.

Here's some Eye Candy for you...Jennifer created this scrapbook layout based on the rules for this Pre-Challenge and this is what she came up with (less the Special Ingredients and Short Description).
What's in it for you if you play along? Well, of course we're not going to have you creating something for nothing. Silly you! Check out this prize pack Jennifer will be sending to a Random WINNER of this Pre-Challenge! It includes a 6x6 American Crafts Mini Album and 19 sheets of coordinating 6x6 paper.
Don't forget to enter a link to your layout below and to become a C.S.D. Sweetheart (Follower). You need to be one in order to win. Due Date to enter for this Pre-Challenge (for the prize) will be July 18th. WINNER will be announced on July 19th.

Somewhere Over The Rainbow Pre-Challenge Participants
1. twistedsoda
2. Jen
3. Jen
4. Jen
5. Karyn (UK)
6. Myia Shantrice

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

It's getting hot in here!

Hey Sweethearts!

It's that time to pick a WINNER from the "Fan Flowers" projects you made.
First off, here are all the yummy entries that were submitted.
Thank you so much for participating in this wonderful tutorial Jennifer French shared!

Yummy Right? Well, as you all know there can only be 1 WINNER, so Jennifer French did a random draw and the Lucky Winner is....Calie with her Fan Flowers Summer Banner Creation. Congratulations Sweetheart and we hope you enjoy the 2 delicious Fan Flowers coming your way from the talented Jennifer French. (Please contact me with your mailing info. so I can pass it on to Jennifer).

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Fan Flowers Tutorial

I must say that I am in love with making these Fan Flowers. I love the depth they give to all of the paper crafts I create. They are super easy to make and they are a great way to use up your leftover paper scraps from your stash.
Follow these simple and easy instructions on how to make your very own Fan Flowers.

"How-To" Instructions Courtesy of Jennifer French.

Start with cutting a strip of paper from your scraps. You can use a straight edge scissors or decorative edge scissors. Keep in mind that the Fan Flower will be twice the width you choose when it is finished. Here I cut a 3/4" strip, so my finished Fan Flower will be about 1 1/2". Try to keep the length of the strip about 8-12" long.

Next you are going to begin the process of folding back and forth to create the fan fold. Keep the folds small (about 1/8"-1/4"). Here I folded every 1/4".

Make sure the peaks/valleys of your folds line up with each other.

When your finished with the fan folding technique your strip of paper should look something like this. Make sure that on both of the ends the paper is facing upwards. (See close-up picture).
(Close-up picture)

Now take those two ends and attach them together. You can staple them together like I have done or you can use tape or glue, whatever works. If you used a one-sided patterned paper notice that the patterned side is on the inside of the circle form.

TIP: If you used a double-sided patterned paper keep the patterned side that you like on the inside of the circle form. When your done attaching the two ends, flip it inside out.

For this next step you will need quick drying glue. Freehand Cut a 1" circle from cardstock paper and apply the glue to one side of it. I used Mod Podge but I'm sure there are other faster drying glues.

Then take the fan folded circle and glue it down to the 1" circle to keep the shape stablized. You are going to gently push the circle inward until it lays flat so the patterned paper is all you see.

Be sure you form the shape that you want quickly. It may be best to use two hands for this part of the technique.

You will have to hold the two pieces together for about a minute until the glue dries completely. Here I just applied pressure to it by using a heavy bottle.

Once dry you can decorate the center however you wish. I stitched a button to the center but you can use brads, beads or even a flower. You can even ink, paint or stickle the edges of the fan flower if you wish.

In the end you will have a beautiful and inexpensive fan flower that you can use to decorate your paper creations.

Don't forget to enter a link to your fan flower creations below and to become a C.S.D. Sweetheart (Follower). One Lucky Winner will receive 2 beautiful Fan Flower creations from the talented Jennifer French. Due date to link up your fan flower creations for the prize is July 8th. Winner will be announced on July 9th. Feel free to link up your creations after the due date. We love to see all your Eye Candy!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

It's All About Me!

Hey Sweethearts! It's that time to pick our Lucky Winner from our very 1st Pre-Challenge here at C.S.D. I had such a great time looking at all the submissions and everyone's different takes on the challenge. Thank you for participating! You all did such a great job! Check out all this Eye Candy!

Yummy right? Well, as you all know there can only be 1 WINNER. Jennifer French did a random draw and the Lucky Winner is........Myia with her "It's all about me!" layout. Congratulations Sweetheart and we hope you enjoy your Delicious Blog Candy! Please contact me with your mailing info. so I can pass it on to Jennifer. I hope everyone joins us tomorrow for our very first "How-to" Demonstration from Jennifer. Plus, there will be another Blog Candy to giveaway!

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