Saturday, May 31, 2008

Brandi Parshley, Come on Down!

The winner of Limelight Loot #3 is Brandi, who said:
Blogger Brandi Parshley said...

Cute items! I would have to say my favorite way to eat a lime is in Key Lime Pie ice cream! I've only had it once, in Key West, but it was fabulous! Except, of course, for when I stepped a little too close to the key lime tree, ouch!

E-mail me with your address, and I'll get those goodies out your way! :)

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Limelight Loot Numba THREE! (Oh, and a WINNER, too!)

We have another winner! The winner of the Dress Up Lily stamp set, Pineapple Sparkle Fibers, and Daffodil Cat's Eye ink pad is
Blogger Monika/Buzsy said...

I have no idea... but I will go with yellow... Love that set. :o) TFS!

And yellow IS the correct answer! Although I did crack up at Ruth's answer...fluorescent pink! HA! :) Monika, e-mail me with your address, and I'll get your goodies out to you! :) Congrats!

For this round of Limelight Loot, we'll be giving away a copy of The Tear Necessities by Brenda-Lee Laing, a package of Kaisercraft Rhinestones in Aquamarine (a brand new color!), three 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of Waste Not Paper recycled card stock (in Chartreuse, Poppy, and Pool), two Waste Not Paper recycled 5 1/8" scalloped circle cards (in Pool and Chocolate), two packages of Pebbles, Inc. I kan' dee Small Eyelet Brads (in Purple and Gun Metal), a bottle of Tombow Mono Aqua adhesive, and a bottle of Lime Green :) Stickles! Lots of cool stuff! All you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite way to eat a lime (key lime pie, squirted over fish, umbrella drinks, whatever!). If you refer someone to this giveaway on my blog, you will get a second entry in the drawing! Just leave a second comment telling me who you referred! I will choose a winner at random again on Saturday morning!

My favorite way to eat a lime, if you are wondering, is key lime cheesecake! Yummy! Although we did recently discover Key Lime Pie ice cream by Ciao Bella. YUM! Ciao Bella is the best gelato/sorbet/etc. brand!!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Spotlight on Waste Not Paper!! AND EMMA JOERSZ!

Good morning! It is time for another Product Spotlight!!! We'll be looking at Waste Not Paper, a company that makes recycled card stocks and stationery products!! Our featured designer, I am excited to say, is my neighbor and close friend Emma Joersz! Emma is a stay-at-home mommy to her two boys, Colton and Beckett, who happen to be my two kiddos' best buddies! Emma is QUITE a talented artist, and can do anything from painting pottery to scrapbooking to photography to graphic design! In fact, Emma was the designer of out Limelight Papercrafts logo and other business designs.

We will be carrying Waste Not Paper products in the store. WNP is transitioning all of their card stocks to be recycled. We will be carrying only their recycled colors. The 8 1/2 x 11 card stock colors we will offer are White (FYI- this is not a bright white. It is more of a soft white...), Strawberry, Cement, Poppy, Pool, Moss, Chartreuse, and Chocolate. Also available will be 5 3/4" square envelopes in white and A2 envelopes in White and Chocolate. We will also be carrying the 5 1/2" circle cards and 5 1/8" scalloped circle cards (single die cut card, not folded) in Chocolate, Pool, and White. You can see my card created using these products here. I used two pieces of the Chocolate circles and one piece of the Pool circle to make this card. I am excited to say that in addition to all of these great recycled products, we'll be carrying Takeout Boxes and Pyramid Boxes in white!! These come pre-scored and ready to stamp/embellish and fill with goodies! Check back here tomorrow for more Limelight Loot! We'll be giving away some Waste Not Paper goodies!!! (And some other fun stuff, too!)

Here is Emma's scrapbook page of her son Beckett using Waste Not Paper Chocolate Scalloped Circles! I love how she cut the circles to create such an interesting design on her page. The Stickles were a nice touch, too! Note the super-cool fonts..Emma DREW all of that herself! Oh, and look at that ADORABLE baby!! :) Hi baby Beckett!

LLPC (Limelight Papercrafts): What are your favorite colors to use on a card?
Green and Blue
LLPC:Which is the last stamp you used?
Emma: Grandma got us some Curious George was quite a mess!
What is your favorite snack/junk food?
Emma: Peanut M&Ms
LLPC: What is the best movie you've seen recently?
Emma: The Ultimate Gift
Do you have any TV shows you regularly watch? Which ones?
Emma: The Office, Lost, House, & American Idol
Paper or plastic?
Emma: Plastic--I take what they give me.
LLPC: What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?
Emma: Doing something...or nothing with my family


Thanks, Emma S.!

My favorite tutoring friend :) made this card for me! Didn't she do a FABULOUS job?? She loves stamping and is becoming quite good at it, as you can see in this beautiful card! (She even used Prima flowers!!)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Limelight Loot, Take Two!!

All right everyone... For today's giveaway, we're offering up a stamp set from Pink Cat Studio, Dress Up Lily (see Lauren Meader's cards on yesterday's post for inspiration)! You will also win a package of Sparkle Fibers in Pineapple (spotlight coming in a few days), and a ColorBox Cat's Eye ink pad in Daffodil! Just leave a comment on this post answering the following question:

What color does a lime turn if it is left on the tree instead of being picked?

You do NOT have to be correct to win! I will choose a random winner on Thursday morning when I post the next Limelight Loot!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Limelight Loot Winner!

The lucky winner of our first giveaway is JENGA JOERSZ, who said:

Blogger Jenga Joersz said...

It is a beautiful day for a cookout...that's what we'll do today! Plus finish up house projects from this weekend.

Jenga, enjoy scrapbooking with your new goodies! :)

Check back in the morning for ANOTHER round of Limelight Loot! Remember, we'll be giving away a Pink Cat Studio stamp set in this prize package!!

Spotlight on Pink Cat Studio!! AND LAUREN MEADER!

Good morning, and happy Memorial Day! Today I'll be doing another Product Spotlight!!! We'll be looking at Pink Cat Studio stamps. Are you familiar with these? Well, you should be because they are just AWESOME!! Today's featured stamper is none other than the exceptionally talented LAUREN MEADER!! Lauren is a recent addition to the Pink Cat Studio design team, so I felt she'd be the perfect person to help with this Spotlight! I was so thrilled when she agreed!

We will be carrying Pink Cat Studio stamps in the store. We will start out carrying three of the sets, then add more. We will begin by carrying Dress Up Lily, Billy, and Party Farm Animals (my personal favorite so far!). Check back here tomorrow for more Limelight Loot! We'll be giving away a Pink Cat Studio stamp set!!! (And some other goodies to go with it!)

Here are some projects using Pink Cat Studio stamps created by Lauren Meader! Lauren has been published many times! Her publication list includes Paper Crafts magazine. Stamp It, Crafts 'n Things, Paper Trends, and Cards Magazine.

I also asked Lauren the same list of questions I asked Kim. Here are her responses:

LLPC (Limelight Papercrafts): What are your favorite colors to use on a card?
That is a super difficult question! I love soft greens, browns and pinks. I think a white base is always so clean and striking.
LLPC: Which design teams are you a member of?
Lauren: I keep pretty busy!! Only 5 of the teams have a release that keeps me running.
All That Scraps
Craft Critique-Senior Reporter
Gina K Designs Stamps for a Cause
Lizzie Anne Designs
My Favorite Things
Our Daily Bread monthly guest designer
Papertrey Ink
Pink Cat Studio
Scor-Pal Design Team
Smilebox Avaitor
LLPC:Which is the last stamp you used?
Lauren: A Papertrey Ink new release-so I can't tell!
What is your favorite snack/junk food?
Lauren: While I love chocolate my weakness seems to change time to time-I am really in love with Twizzlers and most recently peanut M&M's. Which is funny because I'm not normally a
peanut anything fan. If its something salty I'm in love with chips & dip! So not a good thing.
LLPC: What is the best movie you've seen recently?
Lauren: Disturbia with Shia LaBeouf.
Do you have any TV shows you regularly watch? Which ones?
Lauren: Oh I LOVE LOST, Grey's Anatomy, HEROES (where has that been), HOUSE, Ghost Whisperer (which is a new one for me), Desperate Housewives, The Bachelor (I have watched every one since the start and always say I won't next time, but still do), and So you think you can dance (when it's on) and American Idol. WOW I didn't think I watched that much stuff!
Paper or plastic?
Lauren: I honestly just let them pack it up in plastic so I can get out of the store with my 3
kids ASAP! I should be more green :C
LLPC: What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?
Lauren: Normally I take the weekends off from stamping, and spend them with my husband and kids. We usually have some sort of activity going on. I love when we are all together, out and
about. They are all at fabulous ages to do things.


Sunday, May 25, 2008

Let's Get This Party Started!

All right! We are officially one week away from opening the virtual doors of Limelight Papercrafts! Wow! We are thrilled, but trust me when I say that there is SO much to be done!

Let's get started with some Limelight Loot! That's right! BLOG CANDY! For today's Loot, we'll be giving away the following Prize Package:

Two sheets of Paper Trunk Jellybean double-sided patterned paper (Cream Soda and Licorice)

A sampler of Kaiser scrapbooking papers

Two packages of glazed brads (in Thrill Seeker and Jades' Garden...these will match the papers above!!) and one package of Blue Square Rhinestones (self-adhesive!)

That's right! You will receive all of these items in one prize package! Just simply enter the random drawing by telling me how you plan on spending (or how you do spend, depending on the time you enter!) your Memorial Day Monday! I'll choose a winner late Monday night (after 8:00 p.m.). Good luck!! Tell your friends about this drawing! And remember, there will be drawings and celebrities featured all week!!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Spotlight on Prima Kits!!!

I won't actually be featuring a designer along with a product today. Check back Monday for a superstar celebrity, though. ;) But I do have something way cool that Limelight Papercrafts is honored and thrilled to offer to you! We are one of only sixteen stores to offer exclusive Prima Kits! There are three kits to choose from (all super-yummy!), and for this shipment, they have sent me six of each kit. So once they are gone, they are gone for now! :) Be sure to be first in line to purchase yours! Here are some samples sent to me straight from Prima! These scrapbooking layouts feature the products in the kits. You don't actually have to make these same projects, however! You can be as creative as you want. When you order the kits, you will receive the full-size packages of each Prima product used to make the pages! :) Yes, that means entire packs of chipboard letters, flowers, and everything you see! No cut-to-size patterned paper or anything! And, the icing on the cake is that these kits will be offered at a discounted price!

The three kits offered, along with their prices, are as follows:
The Works Kit - $42.00

Basic Kit - $24.00

Add-On Kit - $22.00

Friday, May 23, 2008

Spotlight on WorldWin Papers!! AND KIM FRANTZ!

Well, here we go! Today is the first installment of our Product Spotlights! In case you are not familiar with WorldWin Papers, I'd like to help you get to know them! WorldWin offers top-quality card stock in fabulous colors! Limelight Papercrafts (opening June 1!!) will be offering the DoubleMates line of card stock. These papers are awesome because there are two coordinating colors on one sheet! That's right! WorldWin laminates two shades of the same color together so that you have a light and dark shade on each sheet! We will be carrying the following colors: Pretty Pink, Groovy Grape, Orange Dream, Fairy Tale Pink, Berry Red, Hawaiian Blue, Awesome Aqua, and Luscious Lime (like we could resist with "Lime" in the name!).

We will also be carrying WorldWin's Petallics papers. The Petallics line consists of several shades of mica-coated, archival quality shimmery card stocks! We will be carrying Petallics in Bear Grass and Silver Ore to begin with. We will also be carrying A2 envelopes in both colors!

Here are some samples using the DoubleMates paper by KIM FRANTZ! Kim has been published many times! Her publication list includes Paper Crafts magazine (including the new June/July issue!), Paper Trends, Simply Sentiments Magazine, and Scrapbook Trends Baby Idea Book.

I also asked Kim a few questions to be shared with all of you. I tried to ask each designer that will be featured some papercrafting-related questions, but also some just-for-fun questions. I feel that all too often, we ask designers the same questions again and again. Wouldn't you love to find out more about who they really are?? ;) Here is our interview:

LLPC (Limelight Papercrafts): What are your favorite colors to use on a card?
I love to use oranges and reds a lot.
LLPC: Which design teams are you a member of?
WorldWin Papers,The Paper Mill Store,justjohanna
LLPC:Which is the last stamp you used?
The Cherry Cupcake stamp from justjohanna. It is just so cute!
What is your favorite snack/junk food?
Honeycomb cereal with no milk.
LLPC: What is the best movie you've seen recently?
"Things We Lost In The Fire" starring Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro. Definately not a happy movie, but it felt very real and genuine.
Do you have any TV shows you regularly watch? Which ones?
Kim: Small Spaces Big Style on HGTV, The Martha Stewart Show, and LOST.
Paper or plastic?
Kim: Paper!
LLPC: What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?
Kim: A picnic in the park with my husband.

Be sure to tune in every day between now and June 1! (At which time you may tune into and place orders....right?? ;) ) We will have more WONDERFULLY TALENTED designers, product SPOTLIGHTS, and LIMELIGHT LOOT giveaways!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Look! I'm featured!

Phillipa from Lime Tart featured my strawberry topiary cards on the blog! Check it out HERE, along with some great cards by other justjohanna design team members!

Monday, May 19, 2008


Stamps: Chubby Cow Right, Grass, Ciao!, Lacy Circle Large (justjohanna). Paper: Bank Roll Bling (Bazzill), Flat Broke Bling (Bazzill), PTI White. Ink: Chocolate Chip, Cat's Eye Pistachio. Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Stickles, Chocolate Taffeta Ribbon.

Hi everyone! Remember that there will be lots of super-fun things happening here on the Limelight Papercrafts blog over the next couple of weeks! There will be product spotlights, projects, and *of course!* giveaways! Who doesn't love free stuff?? There will be Limelight Loot giveaways starting this coming Sunday, May 25! I will be putting together the prizes today, actually! Lots of fun! :) We are so excited about the upcoming opening, and we hope you are, too! :)

The above card features justjohanna stamps and Bazzill Bling card stock, both of which will be available at Limelight Papercrafts! Isn't that little cow so so cute??? And the card stock really shimmers. I love that. I guess you guys know a card isn't complete, in my book, without a little shimmer and shine! :)

Check this out!

Hi there! We are now at! Hope you found me here okay! You have to check this out. I found it on Claudine Hellmuth's blog, and you should check it out if you post family pictures (including scrapbook pages) online! Send a letter to oppose this bill. I did!

I'll be back later with fun stuff.... ;)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Cupcake Grazer!

Well, if YOU had the choice, wouldn't YOU graze on cupcakes instead of grass?? I thought so! I hope you are doing well today. Things are busy busy here in the Cheshire household. We are trying to get the site ready for June 1, going through product inventory, and trying to get all of our ducks in a row. I don't know if you've ever tried to line up ducks in a row, but it can be difficult at times. ;) But I digress...

Remember that there will be Limelight giveaways from May 25-31, leading up to the opening of the store. That will take place here on the blog, but you will have to follow us to Starting Monday, this blog will be found at that address. Also, I have been lining up product showcases, and trust me when I say you will want to see them! :) Have a happy day! :)

Stamps: Chubby Cow, Mini Cupcake (justjohanna). Paper: Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant, PTI White. Ink: Palette Noir. Accessories: Prima Flowers, Rhinestones, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Souffle Pens, Platinum Stickles (on the bell).

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Pilot Store Status!

Guess which new store that will be opening June 1 is one of only sixteen stores to sell some exclusive Prima kits??? That's right! Limelight Papercrafts!!!

We are so excited to be one of the sixteen stores to offer these products to you! More details coming soon!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Changing Blog Address!

You may have noticed that I have changed the title of my blog to Limelight Papercrafts. With the upcoming opening of, I feel it is only appropriate to link the blog to my store! I will be changing the URL of my blog as well. Please take note that beginning on Monday, May 19, the address for this blog will be Please let me know if you would like me to e-mail you a reminder when the switchover occurs! Thanks for your support! We are so excited about all of these new beginnings!

Here is a card for your viewing pleasure (haha):

This card also uses Stephanie Dosreis's Wonderland line of die cut card stock by daisyd's! Isn't it so bright? :) Also featured is Desmond Squawker by justjohanna! :) And of course a couple of Primas. Because those make us "happy".

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to you all! I am sharing a card I made with you as well as my Mother's Day gift to my mother (Happy Mother's Day especially to her). I went to Origins Cosmetics (Mom's favorite) and picked up a mascara and an eyeliner for her because she said she needed them. I packaged them with a couple of samples from Origins and some Godiva dark chocolate covered almonds (YUM!) and made this tag using justjohanna's Paisley Heart on a Daisy D's card stock tag. I wrote "I only have EYES for Mom" on the tag. The tag is actually a leftover from the card stock die cut shapes I received for a justjohanna assignment. We were sent Daisy D's sheet of die cuts from the Wonder Years "Wonderland" line, which were designed by Stephanie Dosreis. If you've never been to her blog, you MUST check it out! Anyway, I have to admit that I'd never used die cuts and was a little nervous about it. But I had SO much fun using these things! And drawing from these vibrant, happy colors was a good change for me.

This card features Bernard Right, which I thought would be nice with the card stock hearts.

Stamps: Bernard Right (justjohanna). Paper: Pink Passion, Summer Sun, PTI White. Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Palette Noir. Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Stamping Bella Pearl Baubles, Daisy D's Wonderland Die Cuts, Corner Rounder Punch.

Saturday, May 10, 2008


It seems like the name of the game is strawberries here lately! We took Cameron and Katy to a strawberry field this morning, and we picked a gallon of strawberries! Cameron did such a great job picking the berries! And such an even BETTER job eating them! ;) He was very funny; as we were coming to the end of our row of berries to leave, Cameron turned around and said, "Thank you, strawberries!" It was SO funny! That crazy kid! We didn't get any pictures from the actual picking (we decided to go last minute and did not have our camera) but I did get a few shots of Cameron enjoying the fruits of his labor (Get it?? The FRUITS of his labor???) and a few things I made with the plethora of berries. Notice Cameron's oh-so-lovely "smile" face in the first picture.

The little pie is a strawberry cream pie recipe that I found on It has cream cheese and Cool Whip in it, was oh-so-easy, and tastes quite yummy!

Stamps: Strawberry Topiary, Very Sweet-jj mix (justjohanna). Paper: PTI White, Chocolate Chip, Basic Grey Sultry. Ink: Black, Chocolate Chip. Accessories: Pure Color Pencils, Crystal Effects, White Signo Gel Pen, Pink Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Katy, too...

Okay, how 'bout one more picture? My dad sent me this REALLY cute picture of Katy, so let's give her a post, too! It's only fair, after all... This was also taken Saturday at the birthday party!

Clearly Sultry

Wow, that sounds like such a taboo title, doesn't it?? Hmm... Well, I really liked how this card turned out. I used justjohanna's Strawberry Topiary for the main image, and I used my Basic Grey Sultry 6x6 Pad for the papers. We WILL be carrying the Paper Pads as well as a few of the 12x12 Sultry papers (as well as some other Basic Grey lines...Boxer, Two Scoops, Cupcake, and Sugared) at Limelight Papercrafts! And by the way, I figured out something about the 6x6 Paper Pads! I'll bet EVERYONE already realized this (except for MOI, of course!), but the patterns are shrinked down smaller for the 6x6's than they are on the 12x12's!!! How COOL is that??? Anyway, I used acetate for the card base and tied a grey taffeta ribbon to finish it off.

Stamps: Strawberry Topiary. Paper: PTI White, Basic Grey Sultry 6x6 Paper Pad (for all layers). Ink: Black. Accessories: Pure Color Pencils, Crystal Effects, Acetate, Grey Taffeta Ribbon, White Signo Gel Pen.

I also wanted to include a picture of Cameron with his buddy Colton from his birthday party this past Saturday. Aren't they SO cute eating their pizza? Cameron definitely made a mess!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Life's Short- Eat Cupcakes!

It feels like it's been a crazy week already! And it is only Tuesday...Tuesday MORNING!!! Cameron had his two-year check-up at the doctor's office yesterday. He is finally up to the 20-25th percentile for weight! WOO-HOO!!! (Right, Lorie??) He has always been a little bit of a featherweight. But he is very healthy. He had to get his finger pricked and one shot in his arm. He didn't even cry! He was such a big boy! Mommy would have cried! ;)

This card features justjohanna's Big Al and Allison Little. I love these little guys. They look like they are waiting for cupcakes with this background, I think! :) The patterned paper is from Basic Grey's Cupcakes is "Cake and Ice Cream". LOVE THIS LINE OF PAPER! And, of course, we will be carrying this paper at! Won't be long! June 1! We could not be more thrilled. And speaking of that, I think I'd like to do some product showcases over the next couple of weeks, particularly on products you may not be familiar with. I will be working on that and sharing it with you soon.

Hope you have a fantastic day! I think we may go out for a walk before a tutoring session today. It's beautiful out!

Stamps: Big Al, Allison Little (justjohanna). Paper: Soft Sky, Ruby Red, PTI White, Basic Grey Cupcakes DP. Ink: Ruby Red, Palette Noir. Accessories: Watercolor Crayons, Stickles, Black Marker, Pop-up Glue Dots.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Blog Candy Winner!

Okay, Erin K is going to crack up because she is the lucky winner of the ribbons!!! This is funny because I just recently won blog candy on her blog! HA! Well, thanks so much for all of your suggestions! Please continue to post comments or e-mail me with more suggestions! I appreciate the opportunity to plan for items hand-picked by YOU!

Have a blessed Sunday. :)

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Limelight Blog Candy

Hi again! I received a box of May Arts ribbon today for the store! Leave a comment on this post telling me something you think we should carry at Limelight for a chance to win a ribbon assortment! I will draw a winner at random on Saturday night before I go to bed. :)


Limelight Papercrafts

Thursday is here! And the BIG NEWS??? My husband and I are opening an online stamping and scrapbooking store! Many of you have been thinking I had been published. That would be fun, but this is WAY bigger!

We will be opening our doors on June 1, an exciting (and SCARY!) one month from today! We have been very busy getting things ready, but there is still much to be done! At Limelight, we are committed to offering you the very best, so I know you will want to come check out our competitive prices, premium products, and new products and ideas! From June 1 through June 7, we will be holding our Grand Opening Celebration Sale! This means a freebie for the first fifty customers and big savings throughout the store for everyone!

Right here on my blog, I'll be hosting a launch week from May 25 through May 31 with exciting information and GIVEAWAYS!! You will NOT want to miss it!

Another thing I think you will be excited to know is that we will be putting out a design team call soon! We would like to have a few people design projects using all the cool things at Limelight! More to come on this soon!

*By the way, the lime hint was obviously from the logo (designed by my friend Emma, by the way!). The card was a hint because we'll be selling Waste Not Paper products like the scalloped and circle card stocks! :) Those papers are recycled! Not to mention GORGEOUS!