Friday, January 30, 2009

Challenge #9 ~ Recipe Challenge

It's time to post another challenge. This time it is a recipe challenge. Here are your ingredients:

2 photos
2 flowers
you have to have the word 'Love' on it
Here is my sample using this months Sugar Kit. It is of my parents and thier 40th anniversary. I love scrapping old photos.

Please email your creation to me at: and put Dango Blog Challenge in the subject line. You will earn a ballot for this months Maya Road prize pack!!

Due Date: January 31st

Draw Date: February 1st


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Challenge # 8 ~ Fabric

One of the things I love to do to my layouts is add a little extra texture. One of the easiest ways to do this is to add some fabric. I have been known to collect pieces of fabric from my daughters clothes and even their toys. I have doilies that I have used on layouts and projects that my Grandmother left me.

On the following layout I used some sheer sparkle fabric that I saved from Paige's Cinderella doll. It is so delicate and pretty and I just knew I had to use it with the Crate papers. These papers are also so elegant and pretty. I used some of the add on Glitter Die Cuts. The flower die cut on the right actually hangs off of the edge but I lost some of it on the scan.

I used a great family photo a friends of mine took last fall. I loved how it seems perfect suited with the Crate and the fabric.

Challenge #8:

I would like to see you use some fabric on a layout or a card. Please email your creation to me at and put Scrapdango Blog Challenge in the subject line. You will earn a ballot for the Maya Mist Duo Pack.

Due Date: January 31st
Draw Date: February 1st


Friday, January 23, 2009

Challenge # 7 ~ Notebook

It is time for my next reveal and a challenge!!!

You have made a cute Post it Note Holder now I would like for you to make a Notebook. These papers are so pretty and elegant that I just had to make an altered journal. I bought a Composition Book for $1.99 and I grabbed my Crate Sugar Kit.

I cut the main paper to cover the front of the journal and adhered it. I then picked out one of the wonderful, glitter borders and adhered it along the left side to cover the "seam" to make it look prettier. I used my Chestnut Roan ink and inked the Maya Road letters and spelled out the word "Notes". Next I picked some of the cool Glitter Die Cuts and adhered them on the cover. I wanted the one flower to hang off the side a little. I love to do this!

I would like you to make a Notebook and email it to me at to receive another ballot for the Maya Mists Duo Pack. Yummy prize indeed!! Please put "Scrapdango Blog Challenge" in the subject line.

Due Date: January 31st
Draw Date: February 1st
**Check back tomorrow for another challenge and another kit reveal!!


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Post It Note Holder Tutorial

DD and I made these adorable Post it Note Holders for her teacher, Ms Debreower who is leaving next week. She wanted us to make something special that she can take with her when she starts her new, permanent teaching position in Goderich. I pulled out the beautiful Crate papers and die buts from the Sugar kit and this is what we did:

2 patterned papers
coaster or chipboard cut to 4x4
binder clip
Post it Notes
die cuts/embellishments (optional)
rub-ons (optional)
sanding block

1. Cut your patterned paper to 4x4 .
2. Adhere to your chipboard.
3. Trim around the corners.
4. Sand the edges. Make sure when you sand the edges that you sand downwards. If you were to sand upwards you would rip or tear your paper.
5. Ink if desired.

6. Add die cut border and embellishments.

7. Cut a piece of coordinating paper for your binder clip. Adhere to binder clip. I added a rub on flower.
8. Add ribbon to your binder clip.
9. Clip your Post it Note to your chipboard coaster. Voila!!

Here is the other one we made. They are so quick and simple to make. **You can add a magnet to the back of them so they can stick on the fridge**
Challenge #6:
Your new challenge is to make one of these for yourself or to give as a gift. Please email it to and put Scrapdango Blog Challenge in the subject line. You will earn a ballot for the monthly draw!
Due: January 31st
Draw Date: February 1st

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Challenge #5 ~ Blog Hop

Have you noticed on the right hand side of the blog all of Scrapdango's Favorite Blogs?? I try to visit them all every week and leave comments as well. I think it's a great way to show our support for one another and see a little of our friends lives. We have a great bunch of girls here at Scrapdango!!

Challenge #5:
I would like you to take some time to Blog Hop through the list. Pick at least 5 to check out and leave at least one comment on each blog! I am going to start a thread on the forum where I want you to post 5 interesting things you found on 5 different blogs!!

Everyone who participates will earn a ballot for this month's blog prize. Maya Mists Duo Pack!!

Due Date: January 31st
Draw Date: February 1st

Check back tomorrow when I will be posting a fun little tutorial using this month's amazing Sugar kit!


Monday, January 19, 2009

Spotted in the Gallery

I spy with my little eye........ tons of eye candy!! You gals have sure been busy scrapper's this week!!

First up is my dear friend Audrey. I loved how she put so much detailing into her leaves. The photos are amazing and the color scheme is perfect!!

Next up is a beautiful layout by Sue. Her daughter is so pretty. Looks just like her Mom! I love the papers she used for her layout.

Heather created this next layout using her DT Kit and it is stunning! The colors, the design and the photos juts make you melt!

Julie used her DT kit for this awesome layout of her sweet daughter playing soccer. She is just adorable. Great design Julie. Love how she used your rubons!

Anne Marie has been busy working on her wedding album and creating some great pages.... like this one here. Great color choices and love the floral rubons.

Ginni was busy creating with her first GDT kit and created this wonderful page. Way to go Ginni!

Kathi created this amazing 2 page layout. Since I love seeing circles on a layout I was drawn to it right away. Love it!

There are so many beautiful elements in this layout by Scrappygirl. The colors, the photo and the cutest bird detail!!

Shykiwi captured her son's reluctance to get his picture taken beautifully in this page. Love the button details.
This 2 page layout by Kerryn is just way too funny!! Loved it!

Everyone whose layout I featured today will earn a ballot for the monthly prize draw. Remember the generous Maya Mist Prize Pack? Yummy!!

Keep loading your layouts in the gallery for more chances to win!


Friday, January 16, 2009

Challenge # 4 ~ Word Challenge

I love to issue word challenges. This week's word is:


1: the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit : loveliness

2: a beautiful person or thing ; especially : a beautiful woman

3: a particularly graceful, ornamental, or excellent quality

4: a brilliant, extreme, or egregious example or instance

Your challenge is to use this word on your next creation. You can use it as your title, in your journaling or just the subject of your layout.
Here are a couple quotes that you may find inspiring:

A person is only beautiful, when their own beauty, is reflecting on to others. ~Tara Grady
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched ... but are felt in the heart. ~ Helen Keller
A thing of beauty is a joy forever. ~ John Keats
Please email your creation to me at and put Scrapdango Blog Challenge in the subject line. You will earn a ballot for this months blog prize. The lovely Maya Mists Pack.

Happy Scrapping!


Monday, January 12, 2009

Challenge #3 ~ Ad Challenge

One of my favorite challenges are Ad challenges. I actually find I need to put on my thinking cap for these. SO..... go and grab your thinking caps and get creative.

The following Ad came from a fashion magazine. You can really find inspiration everywhere!!

You can use the color scheme of Black and White with a splash of red. Or you can use the quote or even the basic design elements. Have fun and get creative!
For my sample I chose to use the quote. It just seemed to fit well with my layout.

Here is a fun layout I did using my Sugar Kit. I used Ranger Crackle Paint on the chipboard and then highlighted it with Liquid Pearl to give it a beautiful Sheen. Paige looks great in purple.

Please email your creations to me at and put Dango Challenge #3 in the subject line. You will earn a ballot for this months draw of some amazing Maya Mists!
Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Spotted in the Gallery

I spy with my little eye...... lots of goodies in the gallery!!

First up is this lovely layout by Anne Marie Brenner. I just love the picture and the flourish detail.

The next layout I fell in love with was done by Momhindman. Look at the colorful, distressed paper tearing. I love how she used this month's kit!

Yayaprincess has another layout this week. I love the photo placement and overall design of this layout. Love the paper choice too.

Everyone whose layouts I juts posted will receive a ballot for the monthly blog draw.

If you would like a chance, just load your creations into the gallery!! It couldn't be easier.

Come back tomorrow when I will be posting another of my kit creations and a challenge!


Friday, January 9, 2009

Tip of the Week

Do you love the look of the Glitter Letter Stickers but hate the thought of spending extra money for them? Why nor create them yourself. All you need is some letter stickers and some Ranger Stickles (or other glitter glue)
Just apply to your letter stickers and viola!! Bling letters.

It is also fun to outline the stickers as well.

Do you love the look of epoxy stickers? Make them yourself!! Just apply Glossy Accents to you stickers and wait for it to dry. Make sure to make an outline of your sticker first then apply the Glossy Accents inside. That way it won't spread.

Challenge #2: Play around and make your own accent stickers. Email them to me at to earn a ballot for the monthly draw!


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

January Challenge #1

I have a great sketch that was designed by Carrie. It will be our first challenge of the year!!

Here is her stunning layout based on this sketch:

I am not sure which is prettier..... her sketch or her layout. Love the color combo and the design is wonderful.
Challenge: Use Carrie's sketch as the foundation for your next layout and either email it to me at or provide a link below. If you email it to me please put: Dango Challenge 1 in the subject line.
You will earn one ballot for the monthly draw!


January Prize !!

Carrie has generously provided the prize for this month. All I can say is...... WOW. I have been wanting to play with these products ever since I saw them in the store. Make sure to check out the store. Carrie has some amazing deals on great products in there. Some of the best deals on the web!!
Here are the Maya Mists that she offering to one lucky, random draw winner:

That's right! Not one, but two bottles of Maya Mists. Look at the awesome colors too. They work great with chipboard. The colors are so rich and the application goes on extremely well.
Wanna win?? Then start doing some challenges! For every challenge you do this month you will earn a ballot for the monthly draw.
I will be posting challenges every day for 5 days to get you started.
Due Date: All challenges are due on the 31st of January and the draw will be made on February 1st.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


It's time to focus more on the blog. I have just made a few changes to the blog such as adding a counter, adding some cool and funky music, adding our members blogs and adding a slideshow to showcase our Dango Girls creations!!

For those of you who regularly post on your blogs and have been sharing with us.... I have added you to our blog list. I will be featuring a Dango Member and their blogs once a month.

The monthly prize draw will still be available. I will be posting a challenge every week and sneaking in some mini challenges as well.

There will be more sketches, more tips, and techniques and some cool fonts too.

Let me know what you think. Also let me know if you have any ideas or things you would like to see on the blog. Leave a comment below to earn a ballot for this months draw.

Our first Challenge will be featured tomorrow as well as this months prize!


Saturday, January 3, 2009

Spotted in the Gallery

Eye spy with my little eye.............. lots of eye candy!!

Jackie created this amazing layout. I love the glitter and shine on it and the colors are so pretty!

Next I came across this lovely layout by Yaya Princess. Love the pretty design and details!

Who could resist this fun layout by Momhindman? I just adore the gingerbread and the adorable ruby buttons!

I found this great colorful card by Shelley (scrappergirl).

I really love this layout about 2006 by Colleen. Love the colors and the overall design!

Ginni G is next up with a great layout called Reindeer Footprints. Love the paper choice, the color scheme and the design!

Another one by Jackie caught my eye! I love the overall look of this layout and the photos of the horses are beautiful!

Along the same color scheme, I found this layout by Sandy (shykiwi). Love the clean and crisp lines to her layout and I adore the sweet photos.

This one really caught my eye!! I love the added dimension of the circles and how they literally pop off the page! Mamakven did an amazing job with this one!!

Be sure to check the blog next week to see what I have spied in the gallery!

**Keep loading up the gallery with your scrappy creations! I have decided that for every layout I spy in the gallery and post on the blog.... will earn a ballot for the monthly draw!!


Monthy Prize Winner

I just love picking the winner every month for the blog. Since I have started to include the members that I spot in the gallery, there have been alot of ballots. I used the random generator this time and I am happy to announce this months winner is..........................

Sandy (shykiwi)!!!

Please send me your mailing address and I will send you some adorable Maya Road stamps!!
Remember that a new month has just begun!! I will post some new gallery finds tomorrow and a challenge to get your mojo started. You will earn ballots for any challenges you do, layouts I post on the blog, any tips or techniques you send in to me as well. If you have a challenge you would like me to post on the blog with a sample... you will also receive a ballot. I would like to see you get more involved and help me keep the blog active and full of fun and inspiration.