Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Welcome to our July 7th Six Chick!

We are so sad to say goodbye to Nikki Tanner, our 7th Six Chick for June! This is always a bittersweet time because we get to welcome someone new as well... This time, we say a big HELLO to AJ Otto, our 7th Six Chick for the month of July! Welcome, AJ! We are so glad to have you! :) Be sure to check out AJ's blog...her cards totally rock!

Here's a little bit about AJ:
I am a stay at home mom of 2 kids who loves to stamp, scrap, cook, and take photos. If I am not stamping or creating something, I am usually off with the kids somewhere playing chauffeur. I look forward to playing along this month with you all!

Here are a few of AJ's creations for you to ogle!! :)

The June Bug Has Bitten!

I've had a fun morning playing with some of the new Basic Grey June Bug papers and stickers! :) What fun they are! I surprised myself by reaching for the June Bug first (and thus far exclusively). I am drawn to it more than I thought I would be! Trust me; you will just adore these new papers and embellishments! Even Cameron got in on the action and made this card for his cousin:

It's Okay to Have Everything card:
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Night of Navy, June Bug 6x6 Paper Pad. Accessories: June Bug Pops, SU Taffeta Ribbon.

Happy Birthday card:
Stamps: Cupcake Numbers. Paper: SU Riding Hood Red, SU Basic Gray, June Bug 6x6 Paper Pad. Accessories: June Bug Chip Sticker Shapes.

Don't forget to tell me about your favorite new Basic Grey product HERE to be entered to win your choice of a Do Me a Favor kit!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Basic Grey GIVEAWAY!!

It's all here, and it's all BEAUTIFUL!!!! Be sure to check out the store for all of the new June Bug and Lemonade products! Basic Grey has also introduced some new products and accessories that they have never had before. I KNOW you will fall in love with it all!

Look around in the store and tell me your favorite NEW Basic Grey product (they all have an asterisk* in front of the title, and they are at the top!)! I, personally, cannot wait to try the Do Me a Favor kits!!! I will draw one random winner to receive either a June Bug or Lemonade Do Me a Favor kit! Be sure to enter by 12noon this Wednesday...I'll draw a winner shortly thereafter!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sketch Challenge WINNER!

The lucky winner for this week's challenge is number four...ANN! Ann, e-mail me with your choice of five yards of ribbon, and I'll get 'em right on out to you! :)

Here are a few of my favorites this week!





Do you know what's coming today? Basic Grey Lemonade and June Bug! I'll be back later...with a giveaway! :)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

A Sweet Sale!

Hi, everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful, RELAXING weekend! We are having a great time just doing whatever we feel like doing today! :) After the crazy busy week we just ended, it's nice to catch up and BREATHE...

This is a card that I created (using the Basic Grey Lime Rickey paper pad!) for my sweet friend Jodi's birthday! Her birthday was actually a couple of weeks ago now, but we celebrated with her family and another neighbor family one week ago today. What a GREAT time we all had! We did a candy-themed party, so all of the kiddos (and the big kids, too!) were hyped up on sugar! We even made cotton candy cupcakes... YUM! We went out and had a friendly competition of indoor and outdoor family games (which the Cheshire family proudly WON!!). Here are a few pictures of the festivities...

My mad sack-hopping skillz....

Drew chugging a glass of milk....eww...

Emma, Jodi, and Me.... We have the bestest neighbors. :) I love these fun, godly ladies! Oh, and Katy was after the table of sweets!!

In Limelight News.... I have just updated the sales for the week, and the newsletter is going out... The sales for 6/27/09 - 7/05/09 are:
-10% off all ribbon

-20% off all Basic Grey glazed brads and buttons
-30% off all Pink Cat Studio stamp sets!

And to sweeten the deal, all orders $50 or more will receive a Glitz Design Roller Doodle roller stamper for FREE!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sketch and Product Challenge 24: Ribbon!

All right! I have my card completed and now posted! :) It HAS been a crazy week, but an altogether good week. Hope you enjoy this sketch as much as I did! This sketch will be a BLAST and YOU can still win big! :)

Use the sketch above and the product focus is Ribbon!

The Details:
**Use the sketch provided and dress it up with RIBBON!
**Key word for SCS upload is LLPC024
**Post a comment with a link to your card right here on this post by Sunday, June 28 at midnight (or before winner is drawn Monday a.m.).
Five yards of ribbon of the winner's choice! (Winner is chosen randomly from all participants.)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Super Dad!

I AM thankful for all of the super dads in our lives! Aren't you? The father figure is SO important, and it is a job that should not be taken lightly. I am proud to say that my father took that job quite seriously (and still does!!), and I now have a husband who puts his family second only to God.

I made this card for my dad and father-in-law. Simple and fun! :) I cannot remember the name of the stamp set, but it is by Unity! I embossed the star image with SU Hologram Highlights, and it's hard to see here, but the star on the "A" in "Dad" has Crystal Stickles for some additional sparkle. :)

Be back tomorrow with a "sweet" card (oh, I crack myself up....you'll see!) and pictures from a birthday party we'll be having tonight!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Sketch 23 Winner!

This week, our lucky winner is #19, RONA!!! E-mail me to let me know which package of Prima Say it in Crystals you would like! This is Rona's beautiful card:

And here are a few of the others that I just fell in LOVE with!




Tinker and JingeBear's Mom:

And a prize for EVERYONE??? Enter "FATHER" at checkout, in celebration of our dads, to receive 10% off of your entire order at limelightpapercrafts.com!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sketch and Product Challenge 23: Rhinestones!

Bling it up with Rhinestones!

Use the sketch above and the product focus is Rhinestones!
Bring on the Bling baby!

The Details:
**Use the sketch provided and bling it up with Rhinestones!
**Key word for SCS upload is LLPC023
**Post a comment with a link to your card right here on this post by Sunday, June 14 at midnight (or before winner is drawn Monday a.m.).
One package of Prima Say it in Crystals Rhinestone pictures of the winner's choice! (Shapes, Flowers, or Summer)
(Winner is chosen randomly from all participants.)

SALE at Limelight!!
*All STICKERS 25% off or more!
*Select Pink Cat Studio stamp sets 20% off!

Stamps: Love Fancy (Odd Bird Planet). Paper: Basic Grey Urban Prairie 6x6 Pad, Pink Pirouette, GP White. Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black. Accessories: Regal Rose Marker, Ice Blue, Soft Pink, and Silver Rhinestones, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, Prima Itty Bitty Bag.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Summer's Comin'!

That's right! Summer's just around the corner, and the Limelight Chicks are here to share some GREAT projects to help you get ready! Be sure to check out all of the Six Chicks' blogs as well as our 7th Six Chick for the month, Nikki Tanner! You will not be disappointed!

For my project, I created a Snow Cone gift set. I picked up a set of those snow cone holders (perfect for kiddos, I think!) and added a punched circle with the SO PERFECT stamp from TaDa Creative Studios.... Tee Hee Scream! It's a snow cone in a dish!!! Could be ice cream, too, of course, but doesn't it look JUST LIKE a snow cone?? I paper pieced the dish part with Lime Rickey paper, colored the metallic pieces with a Silver Spica pen, and added an orange rhinestone near each base. My favorite part of this project is the actual treat... I glittered each snow cone using Pink Paislee Pixee Stix (these are so cute AND affordable!) matching each snow cone holder. :)

The two bottles of snow cone syrup were covered with white paper and circles punched from more of the Lime Rickey paper were added as polka dots, carrying the pattern across from the cute snow cone cups I bought! I added some Pink Paislee alpha stickers to spell out the flavors, Blue Raspberry and Watermelon. Hello, SUMMER! :) I am including the snow cone cups (which are so cute that they need no decoration!) and a package of snow cone straws (the ones with the scoop on the end!) tied together with some tulle. Voila! Cute summery gift for a friend or a family!

Stamps: Tee Hee Scream (TaDa). Paper: GP White, Lime Rickey 6x6 Pad. Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black. Accessories: Silver Spica, Pixee Stix - Sugar Plum, Green Apple, Orange Crush, and Blueberry, Orange Rhinestones, Pink Paislee Holly Doodle Alpha Stickers - Raspberry, Butterfly Tulle, several circle punches.

SSS - Summer Sketch Challenge

My good friends Alex and Melissa have started a sketch challenge blog that will post a new sketch challenge every other Saturday! The first challenge is up TODAY!! You'll certainly want to check out the Scrap and Stamp Blog, not only for the sketch and inspiration, but also because they are offering up a PRIZE!! Can you guess who their first sponsor is? None other than... Limelight Papercrafts! :) We are so thrilled to be sponsoring this fabulous sketch! We've donated the following prize package to one lucky winner of the challenge:

-Basic Grey Wisteria 6x6 Paper Pad
-Basic Grey Bling It Individual Rhinestone Squares - Silver/Diamond
-Prima Painterly Petals - Urban Cosmos
-Shimmerz Spritz - Concrete

For my scrapbook page (Ooh! Look! I've made THREE now!!), I chose some photos from last summer's vacation to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. The challenge suggests a summer-themed page as well, so I thought this would be perfect! I am still learning to photograph my scrapbook pages, and for some reason the two outer pictures look fuzzy and light. They don't look like that in real life!! But I digress... Myrtle Beach is my husband's FAVORITE place in the world, so I made this with him in mind!

Paper: Bubble Blue, Mia - Whirl, Ink: Color Box - Silver. Accessories: Mia Glitter Borders, Mia Die Cuts, Pink Droplet (on the flower at the top).

I'll be back in a little bit to share my Six Chicks big project for this month... Our theme is Summer's Comin', and I know you'll be inspired and excited about the projects on display! :) For now.... Go try that sketch at Scrap and Stamp! :)

Thursday, June 4, 2009


All right! This was a TOUGH competition... All of the stories were a blast to read, and I have been mulling over the winner for some time now! We have finally decided on Katy (cool name, by the way! Hee hee!), who said:

Beverly Hills Crop: Have you ever bought a paper trimmer, just to have it cut crooked lines? This movie is a documentary following one scrapbooker on her quest to find the perfect paper trimmer in Beverly Hills. Hours upon hours of watching her scour craft stores only to cut crooked. Definitely will put all scrapbookers on the edge of her seat! But how will this documentary end? Will she find "THE ONE?" Or will this be the end of her days as a Beverly Hills Cropper?

Can't we all totally relate to this one? Love the play on "the one" as well! Great job to EVERYONE!! Katy, e-mail me at mandy@limelightpapercrafts.com to be sure I have your address!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Blowing Bubbles

I hope you have all been enjoying the Limelight Anniversary Challenges and Games! There is still time left to join in most of the activities, so be sure to check it out! I have had lots of fun creating cards and even another scrapbook page based on my friends' challenges!

This scrapbook page at the top was based on Amy's Anniversary Scrap Sketch Challenge. I just adore this picture of Cameron. I believe it was taken at the end of last summer. We were blowing bubbles on the patio, and I snapped a few quick shots of him. My kids, like most, LOVE blowing bubbles, so I was glad to capture this moment. I am awful at photographing scrapbook pages, I have learned. It's really hard!! I have a hard enough time with cards and now this! ;) But I digress...

I made this grey and yellow card for Lorie's card sketch challenge. I cannot tell you how much I have used this sketch in the last several days!!! Try it.. It's a keeper!

Blowing Bubbles page:
Paper: Festive, MudPie, 1974 - Far Out Man, 1974 - Boogie Down. Accessories: OA My Room Rub-ons, Pink Paislee Holly Doodle Alpha Stickers - Chocolate, Yellow Rhinestones, Red Rhinestones, Ice Blue Rhinestones.

Laugh card:
Paper: Going Grey, SU Patterns stack. Accessories: Pewter Pearls, Sweet n Sassy flowers - Suzie, SU Filigree brads, Yellow Textured/Two-toned Ribbon, OA My Room Rub-ons.

*Be sure to CLICK HERE for the Limelight Anniversary Festivities!! My game ends tomorrow morning! :)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Limelight Sketch Challenge Winner!

Okay, we have LOTS going on today, don't we? But I simply CANNOT neglect to announce our Sketch and Challenge winner from the sketch we posted last Thursday! The winner is.... Jennie!! Jennie, e-mail me with your choice of paper pad and your address, and I'll get it right out to you! :)

Here's Jennie's cute card, followed by a few other cute ones!




Now CLICK HERE for the Anniversary Celebration Festivities!!

Limelight's Anniversary Celebration is HERE! :) GIVEAWAYS!

**Keep reading and scroll ALL THE WAY down for my GIVEAWAY!!**

Hi everyone! Limelight Papercrafts is officially ONE YEAR OLD today! We are so thankful for our wonderful customers and blog readers and friends. You guys really ARE the best, and we love you! Because our success is because of YOU, you all get the gifts today!
First, enter the code ONEYEAR at checkout to receive 20% off of your ENTIRE purchase! This code is good ALL WEEK, through Sunday!

Now for the FUN! Each of our design team members, our 7th Six Chick for June (welcome to Nikki!!), myself, and even a few friends of Limelight are giving away goodies on their blogs! There are 14 of us in all, and feel free to enter for ALL of the prizes! Here are the games and challenges, the coordinating prizes, and the links to each! My game is on this post at the bottom!

Me - Balderdash. Prize: Hullabaloo Stamp (Unity), Bazzill Scalloped Circle Chipboard Tags,
Prima Sweet N Sassy Flowers - Cinderella.

Lisa Henke - Color Challenge (Chocolate Chip, Pink Passion and Summer Sun (SU colors) / Raspberry, Summer Sunrise, Chocolate (PTI colors). Prize: 3 Fun Flocks: Raspberry Tart, Chocolate Lotto, Lemonade Yellow.

Ryann Salamon - Small Part of a Picture Guessing Game. Prize: Enchanted Lily Stamp Set (Pink Cat Studio).

Amy Castellano - Scrapbooking Sketch. Prize: My Biggest Wishes Stamp (Unity).

Lorie Ames - Card Sketch. Prize: Prima Aloha Petals - Tea Leaf.
Jennifer Taylor (AKA JenMarie!) - Tell Us Your Limelight Favorites. Prize: Delectable Delights Stamp Set (Unity), Coconut Pixee Stix Glitter.

Lee Murphy - Summer Inspiration Challenge. Prize: Spring Bloom Dew Drops.

Kristen Catalano - Basic Grey Product Line Guessing Game. Prize: Basic Grey Wisteria 6x6 Paper Pad.

Jennifer Greco - Photo Scavenger Hunt. Prize: Flashee Fuchsia Shimmerz, Mudpie Shimmerz

Tiffany Johnson - Blurred Photo Guessing Game. Prize: Basic Grey Marrakech 6x6 Paper Pad.

Becky Carafa - Word Scrambles. Prize: Cling Changito Cake Stamp (Stampendous).

Katie Renz - Fill in the Letters Game. Prize: Prima Pebbles - Butterfly.

Amy Tsuruta - Buttons in a Jar Guessing Game. Prize: Basic Grey Lime Rickey Buttons.

Nikki Tanner - Where's Waldo with the Limelight Logo. Prize: Cherry Hill 8x8 Paper Pad.

And now for MY game!

I just LOVE board games! One of my favorites is Balderdash. It's a super-fun creative game where you have to make up the answers! For example, if you are defining a word (that no one has EVER heard of, mind you!), each player writes a convincing "definition" of that word. All of the possible "definitions", including the real definition, are read aloud, and players vote on which they believe is correct! As you can imagine, it gets crazy...and hilarious! My FAVORITE game ever!! We are going to play a sort of Balderdash game here!

I am going to give you a FAKE movie title about stamping and/or scrapbooking. I am making up this movie (so don't rush to the store thinking it's real! LOL!). You will write a convincing, creative, etc. description for this "movie" as a comment on this post. Remember, this (FAKE! FAKE!) movie is about stamping and/or scrapbooking. On Thursday morning, we will choose our favorite entry to be the winner! So get creative! Get funny! Get going! Remember, there's a Hullabaloo Stamp (Unity), Bazzill Scalloped Circle Chipboard Tags, and a bottle of Prima Sweet N Sassy Flowers - Cinderella up for grabs!!

The name of our "movie" is Beverly Hills Crop. (I crack myself up sometimes!!)