Tuesday, September 1, 2009

5, 4, 3, 2, 1....and we're Launched!!!






...and we're Launched!!!

Welcome to Candy Shoppe Designs everyone!!! I'm Lynnette Davis and I am beyond excited that Candy Shoppe Designs has finally officially Launched. Woohoo! I know a bunch of you are excited too as I have become familiar with your faces over the past couple of months in our Pre-Launch faze.

I know you all have to be excited to see who the chosen Design Team is so without any further ado please allow me to introduce the Lollipop Girls of C.S.D. The "Sugar and Spice" of the mix if you will.

It was a very hard choice choosing the 1st Lollipop Girl Design Team for C.S.D. Too hard to pick out of the numerous applications I received, but in the end these girls really stood out..... Can I get a whoot-whoot?


First off is Michelle Jacknicke a.k.a. Twisted Soda Pop and her funky rockin' hotel room looking layout. It includes things she loves....swirls, the zebra print, the torn pages look and of course her dymo labeler. Notice the self-descriptive words on the side of her page to see how she describes herself and take notice of the way she uses the same photo twice. One in color and one in b/w. That's always a good idea when you have extra space on your page and you don't want to use anymore embellishments to kill the concept. And I just love the way she included a Lollipop on her page to signify that she is now a Lollipop Girl for C.S.D. More power to you!

SPECIAL INGREDIENTS-Paper: Creative Imaginations-Narratives, Zebra Print and KI Memories. Journaling Spot: Making Memories. Alphas: Chatterbox. Other: Dymo Labeler, Large Pink Button, Ribbon and Lollipop Stick.


Next is Sandra Polette a.k.a. Rasberry Dazzle and her perfectly manicured ABOUT ME layout! Not only do black, white and one or two other colors bring out a page but it also keeps things very easy on the eyes. Here, Rasberry Dazzle played off her Lollipop Girl nickname by including flashy looking flowers, the color rasberry and bling touches here and there. Not too much of course....this is Rasberry Dazzle we're talking about....she included just enough to make her point come across but not too little that you might not take notice. Popping certain embellishments off your page really brings a totally different effect to it and paying close attention to every little detail really pays off in the end too. Notice her stitched border, fabric piece, touch of softness in the tulle and her scalloped punched edges? Not everyone may have the neatest of handwriting as she, however it's always a good idea to include your own handwriting on pages so that future generations will recognize that part of you too. For instance, have you ever checked the mail and stopped at a personal written envelope with familiar writing on it and knew right off the bat who it was sent from before even glancing at the upper left corner of the envelope? That's what I'm talking about! Those little details sometimes make all the difference!

SPECIAL INGREDIENTS- Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned Papers: K & Company and Scenic Route. Fabric Patterned Paper: KI Memories. Lace Polka Dot Paper: Creative Imaginations. Border Punch: Fiskars. Flowers: Prima. Chipboard Letters: Zsiage and American Crafts. Glitter: Stickles. Brads: Making Memories. Pen: Zig. Misc: Tulle, Thread, and Swarovski Crystals.


Dr. Annika Prestwich a.k.a. Pink Coffee Bean is not only a Scrap-A-Holic but she's also a Real-Life Doctor. Yup, that's right! Check out her ABOUT ME layout representing her Lollipop Girl nickname! Take notice of the muted pink and brown tones in her layout against the bright white paper and how lovely the b/w photo represents itself against the color tones. I love how she kept note of the date, don't you? That's another very important fact when scrapbooking. You always want to include the date somewhere on your layouts (heck, mark the back of your layouts if you don't have a nice place to put it on the front) and if you've already forgotten the exact date get as close to it as you can. This way you can look back and see how much things have changed.SPECIAL INGREDIENTS-Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned Papers: Sassafras Lass. Alphas: Thickers (Lullaby and Chit Chat). Flowers: Prima and Hobby Craft. Leaves: Making Memories. Distressed Edge Scraper: Making Memories. Chalk: Chestnut Roan Fluid Chalk. Other: Transparent Date board (Unknown), Pink Pearlmaker.


Then, there's Elina Koutsouradi a.k.a. Sour Puss. Check out her ABOUT ME layout with a few random facts about her and please take notice of how she uses her leftover scraps of patterned paper and bits and pieces here and there to create a random work of beautiful art. It will make you think twice about throwing away those little leftover pieces from projects.

SPECIAL INGREDIENTS-Cardstock: Bazzill Basics. Patterned Paper: Creative Imaginations. Alphas: American Crafts, Memory Makers, Adornit, Heidi Swapp. Bling: Prima Marketing Inc. Brads: Creative Imaginations. Flower Die Cut and Felt Cupcake: Sassafras Lass. Chipboard: American Crafts and K&Co.


Next we have Melissa Ferguson a.k.a. Cupcake. Check out her ABOUT ME page and the humongo cupcake she included on her layout and take notice of all the different polka dot patterned papers she's used. Sometimes and in this case things will come together rather perfectly when you wouldn't have expected it to. I just love how it somehow just all came together and how perfect is that picture of her?!

SPECIAL INGREDIENTS- Patterned Paper: Sassafras Lass (Whale of a Tale) and October Afternoon (Cherry Hill). Chipboard Alphas: K&Co. (Carolyn Gavin) Icing: Ranger Liquid Pearl (White Opal). Bling (Sprinkles): Basic Grey & BLING IT Gems. Chipboard Cupcake: Maya Road. Font (Journaling): Pea Carol


"The frosting on the cake" happens to be these next 4 girls I'm about to introduce you to. They all are named "Jennifer". How whipped up is that?

You Sweethearts should be familiar with this first Jennifer.....Jennifer French that is. Also Known As.....Orange Passion here at C.S.D. since her favorite color is Orange and she is just so passionate about this craft. Check out her ABOUT ME layout and notice how she also used the same photo of herself multiple times. The only difference is she used really small photos and lined them up all in a row for balance. You can just tell by looking at it that it gives off a better effect than a single larger photo would have. She used the color orange in her layout as one of her main colors to signify her Lollipop Girl nickname. The other main color is the opposite color of orange on the color wheel (the teal looking color). And notice how she made a clever use of the pins by completing the butterfly shape? Also take notice of how she made a clever use out of the bingo card. The title on the bingo card is HOME but it wouldn't have worked on this particular layout about herself so she made sure to circle the ME at the ending of the word HOME and titled her layout "ME, Myself & I". Now how clever is that? SPECIAL INGREDIENTS- Cardstock:Bazzill. Patterned Papers: Sassafras Lass and Jillibean Soup. Cloud sticker: Sassafras Lass and Jillibean Soup Sprouts. Alphas: American Crafts. Bingo card: Jenni Bowlin. Fluid Chalk: Colorbox.


The next Jennifer is Jennifer Priest a.k.a. Butterscotch Scrapper. Please check out her ABOUT ME layout.....This girl knows what to include on a layout and some clever ways to do it! Using subtle colors she was able to make her photo the focal point. She included more random facts about herself. She included a Lollipop to signify her position as a Lollipop Girl AND it's in the Butterscotch color. Plus, notice how she circled the month the photo was taken? Clever!

SPECIAL INGREDIENTS-Paper - Stampin' Up, Sassafras, Bo Bunny, SEICardstock - Bazzill, ColormatesDiecuts - QuickutzFonts - Creampuff, Berlin Sans, TeenInk - Colorbox ChalkRibbon - Offray, Bo BunnyBrads - Stampin' Up!Punches - Martha StewartPhoto - Gypsy Isle Photography


Our next Jennifer is Jennifer Matott a.k.a. Sweettart. Check out her ABOUT ME layout featuring her new favorite love....cardboard. I'm just LOVING this look and style and I may just have to adopt it myself. Her tutorials make it look SO easy to do yourself. Here she used the cardboard as her base, the photos are printed onto transparency paper, she used old telephone book pages as her patterned paper and rub-on frames to enclose the little tidbits about herself. The title of her layout "Artsy Fartsy" happens to be what a co-worker called her one day and instead of taking offense to it she totally embraced it. Good for you Sweettart!SPECIAL INGREDIENTS:CardboardTelephone book pageRub ons: 7 Gypsies, Moxie, & American CraftsGlimmer Mist (Slate and Frost)Transparency: 3MStaplesOverlay (circles) : Hambly StudiosChipboard & Play Card: Melissa FrancesTitle Letters: Sassafras Lass & American CraftsThickersWhite pen: Sharpie Paint


Jennifer #4 doesn't like to be called Jennifer so she goes by Jenny instead. Jenny Brannies' Lollipop Girl nickname is Candy Apple Red because that happens to be her favorite color. Check out her ABOUT ME layout featuring apples galore. It's funny because when she was trying to think up a Lollipop Girl nickname her husband suggested "Sour Grapes"....not sure what he was trying to say there but I'm so glad she decided to go with Candy Apple Red. I think red looks good on her! Everything about this layout makes me think of an apple orchard and I love the way she wrapped her photo up in twine. It just goes so well with the apple theme.

SPECIAL INGREDIENTS:Kraft Paper: Hobby LobbyGreen Cardstock: DCWVPatterned Paper: October AfternoonBling: PrimaAlpha Diecuts: Cricut/SCALAlpha Stickers: Jillibean SoupJournaling Sheet: Making MemoriesOther: Twine, Cardboard, Layered Diecut Apple (unknown)


Last but definately not least is ME.... "The Cherry on top!" I'm Lynnette Davis a.k.a. Cherry Lolita. I'm the Founder who created this sweet Challenge Blog and will bring you excitement after yummy excitement. Just be sure to become a Sweetheart by following us and stay tuned to all of our up-coming Challenges. And also, if you haven't already, PLEASE DO check out the ABOUT US page and the DESIGN TEAM page located in the Menu Bar at the top of the blog.

Here's my ABOUT ME layout.....Every new venture in my life has me wanting more. I'm such a go-getter and I go to infinity and beyond when I REALLY want something. And when I want something....I don't just want "it".....I want "it ALL" and I want it smothered in chocolate and whipped cream with a cherry on top! With this layout I chose to use PRIMARY Colors (Red, Yellow and Blue) simply for the definition of the word Primary as it goes hand in hand with my role here on C.S.D. as the head of the DT. And of course I had to wear my cherry (or heart-shaped) sunglasses and include cherries on the layout as well, to play off my made-up lollipop flavored nickname Cherry Lolita. You'll learn a lot about me and the rest of the Lollipop Girls as you create with us here on C.S.D. and I hope that you'll be able to relate to at least 1 of us and be inspired by us all.

SPECIAL INGREDIENTS:Patterned Papers: Pink Paislee, Jenni Bowlin and Graphic45.Paint and Brads: Making Memories.Ribbon: Basic Grey.Ink Pad: Staz On.Flower (in hair): Prima Marketing Inc.Bazzill Basics: Cardstock.Other: Dictionary.


Onto our Special Guest Designer who just so happens to also be our Grand Prize Sponsor this month. She is none other than Wendy Rago from Bad Girls Kits. Yup! We've got Wendy in the house. What's up Wendy!

Wendy will be sending this "Postcards from Paris" Kit to 1 Lucky Sweetheart and since she's so sweet I'm going to let her lick the wrapper!!!

The Lucky Winner will be announced on the very last day of September (Wednesday, September 30th).

Check out all that goodness! If you want a chance to win it you'll need to read about the point system in the ABOUT US section of the Menu Bar. Gain an extra point by doing the following:


Here's a Special Message from Wendy Rago:

Hi Everyone! My name is Wendy Rago, and I am a self proclaimed mixed media artist who will guiltily alter anything that is not nailed down. I adore repurposing and adding cutesy tootsy antiques to my art while trying to do my part for the betterment of the environment. I love teaching a rhealm of different techniques to my students at Bad Girls Kits….we all love the excitement of trying new and different mediums in a warm and relaxing environment. When not creating art I betcha anything, you can find me at the Juicy Boutique shopping, Hockey practice for my son, Cheer practice for my daughter….or antiquing anywhere in Southern California where I have enjoyed living all my life. I hope to see you soon at Bad Girls…we love new friends!


Wendy ----------------------------------------------------------

Then, there is Anam Stubbington. She's our Lead Sketch Artist here at C.S.D. Some of you may already know her as she is Prima's very own Sketch Artist and she is also the Owner of Scrapbook Calls and the Founder of Twisted Sketches Challenge Blog amongst other things. I am SO pleased to have her talent here at C.S.D. and I hope you all will be inspired to create with the sketches she provides for you.

Candy Shoppe Designs will release it's very first Blog Challenge tomorrow and the Lollipop Girls are going to show you what they've got with a little "Striptease".... You won't want to miss this! Come by C.S.D. tomorrow to see all the action!


elina said...

I am soooo excited to be working with all those talented candy girls here!!!
Love, Sour puss

Mazlina said...

wow.. what a launch!!! this is sooo exciting.. love how each DT got a lollipop theme name!! just awesome!! very talented group of ladies.. cant wait to see your creations.. and hope can join the fun too!! keep it up, girls!

Jennifer Matott (Sigmagirl) said...

Awesome girls!!!! Congrats!! I'm thrilled to be on this team with all of you Sweethearts!!! SOOOO Sweet! Wendy rocks! LOVE me some Bad Girls as I'm an Elite Artist there with Wendy and she is as SWEEEEET as she seems! What a generous prize girls... Bad Girls kits RAWK!

Jennifer said...

Woo hoo! so excited things are up and running! This is going to be a blast!!!!

Sandy said...

Finally!! Launch day!! This is so exciting! Congratulations fellow Lollipop Girls. :) It's an honor to be on such a diverse and talented team! The "Postcards from Paris" kit is absolutely gorgeous!!

RobinJ said...

OMGoodness, what a team! Love your "sweet" introductions, and I look forward to being inspired by all of you. Congratulations!

Nikki Love said...

congrats on your launch!!! lookin' terrific introduction LOs ladies!!! very impressive :) Lookin' forward to your challenges and being inspired :D

Eva said...

WOW.....indeed what a launch with a blast! Congrats to all the designers and can't wait to see the inspiration to come!

twistedsoda said...

talk about candylicious!!! I've been waiting for this day to arrive, just look at all those fantastic designers I get to play with! This is so exciting, I can hardly wait to get this rollin. Wendy's kits are to die for! (glee)

T said...

lookin' great, ladies! Can't wait to see what's coming-

Jen said...

What an exciting day for C.S.D.!! Can't wait to see all that's in store for all of us sweethearts!

Jennifer Priest said...

Wow--woohoo!! So glad to be here. Congrats to all the designers--what a talented group!! Can't wait to create more with you all!

Jenny B in Indy said...

Looks awesome, Lynnette! I am so excited about this new venture.. CSD ROCKS!!

Carla Rae said...

Yeah...CSD is LIVE...you girls all rocked your "about me " Layouts...cant wait to see more!!!

mica said...

Congratulations on the official launch!! This group of designers are awesome!!

yyam said...

Congrats on your official launch!

Awesome DT...awaiting the first challenge!

Ki said...

Congratulations on your launch! Looking forward to hearing what the first challenge is tomorrow! A special congrats to my bestie and soul sista Michelle (aka Twisted Soda Pop) - so happy for you!

Monique said...

Huges congrats on the launch!!!! And what a superb design team!! Looking forward to see all your creations! Just been reading the challenge and I can't wait to get started on it!!

Karyn said...

Congratulations Ladies! We've all been waiting for this day for so long! Just got back from holidays so had to come over and check things out. Fab team ~ can't wait to be inspired by you all. I'm a fan of Anam's sketches so I'm really looking forward to them too. Can't wait to get going. Congratulations again Everyone!

Zarah said...

WOW - what a team! Congrats to you all! :D

(Especially to my bestest unrelated-but-still-sister, Annika, who rocks like no one else. ♥)

DrAnnika said...

This is just amazing! I have been all bouncy since I found out Lynnette told me I was on the Team! And what a TEAM - look at the talent!!! In awe here!
I will do my ery best to come up with inspiration and fun creations, and there WILL be a lot of chocolate and coffee coming from my direction :)

Tata for now :)

Laurie! said...

This is very cool! I can't wait to get started on the striptease challenge. But first, here is proof that I did blog about the cool Bad Girls Kits and link back to the website on my own blog: http://adorkable-lars.livejournal.com/120050.html

Thanks! :)

Tettiz said...

What a team - the inspiration is endless here!!! Congratulations to all the team members, and especially Annika, my bestest sister and friend!


Keely Yowler said...

WOOHOO! Fabulous, Lynette! Love all of the talent you have here. I can't wait to see what's to come.

Kimmy said...

Love your blog! What fun challenges! I pimped you on my blog and added a blinkie too!

Jenny said...

Ok, well, it took me a few days to figure out everything here, but thanks to my fabulous friend Jenny I think I have it all figured out! I can't wait for all the challenges! C'mon mojo!! I even posted about the awesomeness on my blog! :)


Heather said...

Congratulations on the new site. I can't wait to see what fun you have in store for us!(If I had a blog I'd post about you, but I will be telling my scrapping friends about you).

jonaks said...

congrats ladies. and CSD rocks!!! you got Wendy Rago and Anna.

noga said...

what a special papers, love them!

zeffy said...

congratulations this is sure to be the sweetest sight around , looks like its going to be a lot of fun can't wait to see more...good luck

KateB said...

I know I'm late in screaming congrats! It's been a rough week what can I say?? Anyway, have read all the bios and looked at allteh goodies and am blogging about it on my bloggedy blog! AND am giving hte dish on the Bad Girls kickbutt giveaway too! I'm officially IN**


Olgy said...

Gorgeous kit! And I love all the candy layouts.

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