Weekly Wrap-Up: Got your eyes on the prize?

Good morning ya’ll!

Late start for me this Sunday, woke up with a crick in the neck and while I was putting away clean dishes I suddenly needed to reorganize my Tupperware cupboard. Yup. So, now I’m here, with my fresh cup of Butter Toffee flavored coffee (just a quick splutz [that’s a word, I promise] of milk) and ready to dawdle on through what will undoubtedly be a very lazy Sunday.

Enough about me!

Let’s talk scrap!

The biggest thing happening around here is our Christmas in July celebration! Please kindly crawl out from your rock if you were unaware of this. ;) We’ve been so excited about all the activities and PRIZES – OH THE PRIZES! – that it’s been quite difficult to contain our exuberance. Today wraps up our celebrations, so if you’ve got any last minute layouts to finish for the special challenges, or want to pop into one last chat (a story speed scrap!) with Pixels by Jen (2:00PM EST!) then now is your chance! Have you been keeping track of your event points? Got your eyes on the BIG prize?

If you earn a total of 10 points by Sunday July 29th at midnight EST, you will receive this special gift from our GingerScraps Designers!!

Check out the Christmas in July thread for all the details!

One of the challenges you can complete for our Christmas in July(CiJ) celebration is the Hybrid Ornament – which I am working on making several of for Holiday gifts! Simple, personal and, obviously, awesome.

Christmas Hybrid Ornament

Even after the CiJ has wrapped up there is no reason NOT to get a jump on your Holiday gifts! I know with the endless supply of goodies that GingerScraps creates for us I’m certain to actually get my gifts completed BEFORE December 24th this year. You know, like December 23rd. ;)

December will be here before you know it- yes summer is still in full swing, and I am expecting some very warm August days to come but yes, AUGUST! There are only three days left of July! HOLY MOLY! I’ve come to the conclusion that there is indeed a time thief among us. Get ready though, August is bringing some phenomenal things to GingerScraps (as if any other day doesn’t already ;) ). However, soak up the last few days of July by shopping PsychoZoe’s Retiring Sale.

For example, the must-have Fun With Tulle Templates

Don’t miss these, get them now before they are gone! Don’t forget to browse our ENTIRE store either, so many of our Designers having many items on sale through today. If you’re new to us (HELLO!) totally take advantage of our Christmas in July extravaganza!

And remember if you spend $10 in our store you get this HUGE Grab-bag for FREE!

Speaking of new, I’ve seen so many fresh smiling faces (emoticons ;) )in the forum that it warms my scrappy heart! WELCOME WELCOME! I hope each and every one of you gets your fluffy bunny slippers on and makes GingerScraps your cozy little corner of the web. We LOVE having you here!

With that, I’m wrapping up this wrap-up to go and get scrappy with it.

Have a scrap happy Sunday my friends!

Weekly Wrap-Up: It’s beginning to look a lot like…

Another week has gotten away from us!  I can hardly believe that July is more than half over- I know, each week it’s mentioned just how fast this week, month, YEAR is flying by! It’s hard not to take notice and reply as such.

It’s been a bit quiet this past week. Again, with summer in full swing it’s hard to drag ourselves away from all the fun adventures we’re having! I do hope, however, despite all those exciting adventures you’ll join us for a BIG celebration that’s only a few days away!

 

I know I’m excited! It’s like… CHRISTMAS! … in July. HA! Okay, I admit, I haven’t had coffee yet this morning. Not to worry, I hear it peculating as I type. ;)

Have you been reading along with us this month? The GingerScraps Book Club has been discussing this month’s book in a new way. Check out the discussion thread and join in! Next month’s book has been chosen in our pick-our-read poll: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on this read for a while, and am glad now I’ve got more reason to read it!

Less than 10 days before the end of the month, PsychoZoe‘s retirement sale ends on the 31st. Make sure you get check out her shop!

Don’t forget to grab our HUGE grab-bag this month! Roseytoes created such a generous grab-bag, that you get FOR FREE when you spend $10 in the store!

I wish I had more to share with you today, it’s certainly a lazy day here for us. Hoping to hide away from the increasing heat by getting some much needed scrapping done! Especially my challenges! Make sure, if you haven’t already, check out the new Rewards System, they’ve changed just a tiny bit. 

With that I’ll leave you to your own scrapping!  I hope you’ve had a happy weekend and have a great Sunday!

Weekly Wrap-Up: A new Facebook Fan Freebie!

GOOD MORNING!

All CAPS because it IS a good morning! Or should be anyway. Always start the day right, even if you wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Words of wisdom by… me, which I just made up right now. I admit it, I’m a little goofy right now (just right now?) but I’ve got LOTS to do today before the heat advisory kicks our butts!

So, what do I have for you? Well a couple of sales for starters! I know how much you loves sales (I know I do!)!

First up is PsychoZoe’s Retirement Sale.  If you haven’t heard already, yes, you read that right, she is sadly leaving us as a designer. She’s got her entire store up for 60% OFF now until July 31st. She’s also put all her CU pieces at just $1 only!

Next sale you NEED to take advantage of is Blue Heart Scraps Vacation Celebration Sale! She’s got EVERYTHING on sale for 50% OFF until July 20th! Stellar deal!

So now while you’re in our stores, filling up your cart with these great sales, it should be no sweat getting our July Grab Bag! FREE with a purchase of $10 or more! Without any bias opinion whatsoever, I must say Roseytoes truly outdid herself with this grab bag- it is OVERFLOWING with just about everything!

Ready for some more fun? I know one of my to-do’s today is to check out another beach I discovered is just a short bit away from home! With Summer in FULL swing, finding all these water front retreats near home has been so fantastic! Where am I going with this? Making you all jealous talking about not one but two beaches just a hop skip away? WELL! Kathy Winters Designs has provided GingerScraps Facebook Fan Page with an absolutely DARLING fan freebie! It’s just beachy!

Just head on over to our Facebook page, like us (if you haven’t already!), and grab this super cute mini under the Exclusive Freebies Tab! You need MORE incentive? Well let me just tell you, this mini is a little SAMPLE of a FULL SIZE kit that Kathy has got for us! So grab it now before it hits stores!

I’m trying to think of anything else I need (and want) to (over)share ;) with you, but coming up blank. I’ll blame my lack of coffee, since I haven’t had ANY yet today! I like to live dangerously. ;)

So with that said, I’ll leave you with a few tid bits:

Don’t forget to check out our newest Fresh Baked goodies from Friday, pretty delicious stuff right there. Make sure you’re working on your challenges! Remember the Rewards System has changed just a smidge, so check that out too. Keep your eye out for a …  Fantastic! just doesn’t do it justice… but a super fantastic! event coming it’s way to GingerScraps in the very near future! Plus! You’ll see some new blog features, including some fun tutorials and way cute non-scrap (yes, NON scrap) projects that you just MUST try yourself!

Okay okay, I’ve got to stop myself while I’m ahead- otherwise I’ll just get so excited (which I already am you know) and share TOO much, TOO soon!

Off to the beach with me! Have a super scrappy Sunday!

Weekly Wrap-Up: oh hey there July! How did you get here so soon?

Hellooooo!

I know, a little too much for a Sunday morning, eh? Well, I’m riding on a fictional high- been in a reading frenzy lately! It all started with our Book Club read for July, Unwanted by Neal Shusterman.

 

 

I’d love just to pour out all my thoughts on this book, and for a young adult book, WHEW! it’s RIPE with topics to discuss until our brains melt, however I’ll save all the **spoilers** for the discussion thread. ;) After I finished that book I picked up another, devoured it and am onto my third book in four days.

But, wow, enough about me.

Recap! This week has been busy busy busy starting with last Sunday up until this point. First week of July, DONE! It’s a little bit scary how fast it’s flying by. We’ve all drooled over the new buffet, Away We Go! (oh admit it), been given a whole boat load of new challenges, PLUS new releases from our fantastic designers on top of it all AND our July Guest Designer: Wendy of WendyBird Designs!

I asked Wendy to tell us a smidge bit more about herself, since she’s so awesome an all.

How long have you been working with Hybrid(where did you start/how)?
I have always loved art and being crafty and I tried paper scrapping when my son was born, but it didn’t “stick” lol… I discovered digi scrapping in 2008 and fell in love! It didn’t take long for me to miss the hands on crafting, so when I started doing hybrid crafts in 2009, it was a match made in heaven! 

Best part about designing hybrid templates?
I love seeing digital kits printed and brought to life into 3D projects! I also love seeing how other crafters find new ways to use my templates!

Your favorite weeknight meal?
I love to try new recipes! I have a few dog eared cookbooks, but mostly I find recipes online – especially pinterest these days! Some of my favorites are shredded beef tacos and BBQ pulled pork sandwiches that cooked in the crock pot while we were at work – because after working 10 hours, the last thing I want to do is stand in front of the stove.

Hardcover or e-book?
e-book! I have a Nook Color and love it! I still have a collection of my favorite “real” books, but anything I buy now is electronic! I also do a lot of driving and listen to audiobooks to pass the time. I usually have 3 books going at a time – one on my Nook, an audiobook for me, and one that I’m listening to with my son. I’m so glad he inherited my love of reading!

Coffee or tea?
Do I have to choose just one? I like coffee, but only with a lot of flavored creamer (my boyfriend teases me that it’s just coffee flavored milk). In the winter I drink hot tea and iced tea all year long!

If there is anyone who could get me to really try a full on hybrid project, it’s Wendy. Check out her hosted hybrid challenge this month. Banner(s). Need I say more?!

So what do I have next for you? How about a whole bunch of sales!?

First up JenC Designs is wrapping up her Celebration Sale! You can save 40% on everything!

Next, today is the LAST day of Connie Prince’s Red, White &BOOM! sale!

Roseytoes Designs is having a store wide sale, everything is 50% OFF!

Last, but certainly not least, we say farewell to PsychoZoe Designs. She’s so sweet, I hate to see her leave us! She’s going out with a bang though! (I’ve already snagged some goodies! Fun with Tulle templates, get them. Right now.)

We will miss you Susie but hope to see you around the forum(s)!

Okay, new buffet, challenges and guest designer? Check. Sales? Check. Try to entice you into joining in on the Book Club fun? Check, check.

Aside from continuing to welcome all the new friendly faces I keep seeing pop up in the forum, that’s all I’ve got for you today! I hope everyone has had a terrific weekend, that we’re all hiding out in our caves from the heat and scrapping to our hearts content!

So… stay scrap happy friends and keep on scrappin’ on.

 

-April-

Weekly Wrap-Up: Banner Love

Good morning scrappy friends!

Can you believe June is almost over? One more week! I really can’t. Where is the time going? I swear, it’s just getting up and walking away, unannounced and unnoticed. Soon we’ll all be celebrating the Fourth (those of us in the United States, that is ;) )!  Now since I don’t have any clever transitions, I’ll just come out and say it, I LOVE BANNERS! I’ve been oohing and ahhing for a while now at all the delicious banners out there, so really, the next step in my addiction is to go hybrid, right?

So I’ve got to share with you this gem I found in our store,

I’ll be honest, I’ve been eyeing it up for a while, now is as good a time as ever to jump on the hybrid bandwagon- with July 4th a little over a week away! It looks too cute and EASY to pass up!  There are some great kits in the store you could use to create your banner! I want to share with you a new one by Connie Prince and an older (but still absolutely beautiful!) kit by Kathy Winters Designs!

I have yet to grab Connie’s but I am TOTALLY loving that banner! ;) (see, addicted) I have used Kathy’s and it’s VERY awesome. I love all the stars and buttons and word art and… well, go grab it now and see for yourself! :D

To stray a bit from scrap-talk, there is a fascinating and insightful thread hoppin’ in the forum right now. Sara (Tree City) asked, “What are the Top 5 Most Important Decisions You’ve Made in Your Life?”  Responses are so different from each person, sad, happy, ongoing challenges. It really makes you sit back and think, what ARE  the 5 most important decision you’ve made in your life? I’ve yet to answer but that’s because it really does make you think!  So, tell me, what are YOUR five?

Have you finished reading our June read, The Lucky One for book club? You’ve got a few days left before the book chat! You can find the information on The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks in this thread. The forum discussion can be found here in this thread and the chat is on June 28th.

We hope to see you there!

Remember to get your June challenges in, you’ve got one week left! I know I’ve got to finish up a few, which is what I plan to do today! Make sure to check out this past Friday’s new releases in the Fresh Baked section, there are some great new kits in the store! A few in particular I am oogling, that’s for sure!

Have a scrap happy Sunday my friends!

 

<3 April

Weekly Wrap-up: Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Sunday Morning to YOU!

And a very happy Father’s Day to all the daddy’s out there! Young, old and gone from us but never forgotten! A friend of mine posted this on Facebook this morning, “Blood relations don’t make you a Dad… love does.” So let’s not forget all the step fathers, foster dads and adoptive daddies out there too!

I can’t wait to see the new Father/Dad inspired layouts that are sure to pop up in the gallery in the next couple days (I know I’ve got one in the works myself!)! For today though, I hope you’re all spending time with family!  With that said, I’ve got a date with my little guy today (Daddy is out of the country on business, so we’re going out to play!)  which means we’re going to have a short but sweet weekly wrap-up!

So, let’s get to the good stuff yeah? How about a sale?!  Amy Peck- Unforgettable Moments is have a store-wide sale in honor of her son’s third birthday! I’d say birthday’s are an excellent time to celebrate with a sale!  Unforgettable Moments ENTIRE store is 30% off from now until June 22nd!

 

How about ANOTHER sale!? Don’t thank ME (but you can, if you want), thank Sophie of Keep In Touch Designs! She’s put her WHOLE store on sale for 50% OFF!  Her reason? “Because of Father’s day, because the sun is back in my garden, because I’m happy”  That’s good enough for me!

 

Have you been reading this month’s book club book? I know I’m totally behind and if you are too we’ve got a little more than a week to get our reading done in time for the chat!  Haven’t started at all and want to join in still? Check out the thread for June’s read: The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks. Otherwise get ready, because June 28th is our monthly book chat hosted by JoyLynn  of Blue Heart Scraps!

 

If you can’t make the chat, do not hesitate to participate in our discussion thread! If you’re already ready for NEXT month’s book, the polls have been closed and the book chosen! Our read for July is Unwind by Neal Shusterman.

 

Sales, books and? I think that’s all I’ve got for you today! Told ya, short and sweet!  Again, I hope everyone has a perfect Sunday full of love and family and a wee bit a scrapping! ;)