Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Free kit opportunity!

Psst!!! Over here!! Lean in close, because I have a secret! :)

A little birdie told me that my pal Laura of simply.scraps is going to be doing a monthly newsletter and the first edition goes out soon! You can sign up for it on her blog. And why would you want to? Well, the first edition is going to have an exclusive freebie kit included - and trust me, its pretty cool, you're going to want to have it! Want a sneak peek at what the kit looks like? You're in luck, because I have one!

And, I got the chance to get this little beauty a little early so I could play... it just so happened the colors were PERFECT for some photos I had sitting in a folder waiting to be scrapped... here's my layout with the kit! Now... what are you waiting for?? Head on over to Laura's blog and SIGN UP for her newsletter before the clock strikes midnight on July 1st!

Monday, June 29, 2009

We've been revealed!

I wanted to remind you that today and tomorrow, June 29th and 30th, are the final days to purchase the Scrap Matters Mystery Mix #6 grab bag at the $5.00 price.

Have you hesitated because you weren't sure you would like everything in the bag? Well, hesitate no more! The contents of the grab bag have been revealed on the Grab Bags Revealed blog - check it out!

Happy Scrap Girl, Andrea and I are very proud of the great mix of goodies we put into our bag - if you haven't already scooped it up, time is almost gone to do so! So, check out the reveal and then go shopping before its too late! :)

Hope you're having a great day!! ** Trixie **

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Trixie's Facebook Fan Challenge!

Good Sunday evening to you all... I'm popping in to tell you about a fun "challenge" of sorts that I will be running for my FANS from now until the end of July - read on for details!

I have started a special page on Facebook for Trixie Scraps Designs and now that page needs some fans, and more importantly, some fan layouts! So, I'd thought it would be fun to run a little giveaway challenge for all those who'd like to play along. At the end of July, I will do a drawing and one lucky fan will win a $25 gift certificate to my store. How do you get chances to win, you ask??

First, you need to click on the little Faceback badge below (or in the sidebar over there on the right). When you get to the Trixie Scraps Designs page on Facebook, click on the "Become a Fan" button near the top right hand side - that will earn you one chance to win my Facebook Fan gift certificate!

Then, after you've become a fan, you can share your layouts made with my products in the "Fan Layouts" photo album. You will earn one additional chance to win the gift certificate for each and every layout you upload to the "Fan Layouts" album. In order to count for this challenge, all layouts must be comprised at least 90% of Trixie Scraps Designs products. Please make sure to list the kit you used in the photo description field when you upload your layouts - and if you use some other designer's products, please be sure to give her credit, too!

At the end of the month, I'll place your chances in a hat, along with everyone else who joins you, and one lucky person will win a $25 Gift Certificate to my store! Sound like fun?? I hope so!

While you are visiting the Trixie Scraps Designs Facebook page, I hope you will take a look around. Look at the CT layouts, other fan layouts and leave some love when you find one you love! Check out the Discussions tab and participate in some chatter. And watch later this month for a "Facebook Speed Scrap" announcement! I think it would be fun to use the Discussion tab to try and pull off a Speed Scrap, don't you? Of course, there will be a participation prize, so that's something to watch for!

OK, thanks for reading this message and for playing along this month - I can't wait to see who wins! :) **Trixie**

Friday, June 26, 2009

New Release - Patriotic Pride!

Good Friday afternoon everyone!! I've been a bit quiet this week and that's because I was working on putting together another new kit - and this one celebrates the grand old Red, White and Blue! Plus, I have a freebie for you, so make sure you read to the end of this post! Introducing "Patriotic Pride," which is on sale for $4 (20% off) this weekend only!

Available at: Scrap Matters Trixie Scraps store

Express your Pride in the USA with this fabulous red, white and blue kit! Created to help you scrap your Independence Day photos, this kit is also very versatile for everyday red, white and blue layouts, too!

This full kit includes 12 papers (9 patterns, 3 solids), 1 pebble alpha (including uppercase, lowercase, numbers and basic symbols) and 32 elements, as follows: 2 unique rub-on wordarts, 1 12" bunting border, 2 unique journal boxes, 2 bullnose clips, 1 curled string, 4 unique straight ribbons, 3 firecrackers, 3 unique flowers, 1 gingham tie, 1 God Bless the USA wordart, 1 USA wordart, 1 pair of stars on wire hanger with seed beads, 1 Independence Day wordart/star cluster, 1 patterned button, 1 Red White Blue wordart, 1 Stars & Stripes wordart, 1 seed bead page border, 1 trail of scattered seed beads, 2 glittered-edge swirls, 1 flag-colored heart with crackle finish, 1 star with crackle finish and wire and seed bead accents

Here are some layouts from my Creative Team, to inspire you!

Act fast - the kit will only be 20% off until Sunday evening, and after that, it will return to regular price!

While I am here, I also wanted to remind you about the Mystery Mix grab bag I put together with Andilynn Designs and Happy Scrap Girl Designs - its only on sale for $5 until June 30th - so they are just a few days left to scoop it up at a great savings!

OK, and finally! The freebie I promised you! I put together a little mini add-on kit to Patriotic Pride - you can download it by clicking on the preview below - if you take it, please take a second to leave me a comment and say thank you - I always appreciate that!

That's all from me, for now - but stay tuned to this blog because I have a bunch of new things being released next week! Also, I will have a freebie in my monthly newsletter that I'll be sending out after the first of the month - so, you want to be sure to subscribe up there on the right, if you haven't already! Hope you have a great weekend! **Trixie**

Monday, June 22, 2009

Just for fun...

Every now and then, I think my blog is woefully lacking in personality... lol
Sure, I post about my new designs and designing "schtuff," in general, but I rarely infuse myself and, since I don't have a personal blog, I think I'm going to occasionally do some personal posts here. Hope you all don't mind... if you do, feel free to skip this one :)

I saw this idea on Ali Edwards' blog and it looked like fun, so why not? She got the idea from The Simple Woman's Day Book via apple likes orange:

June 22nd, 2009

Outside my window... the sun is fully OUT for the first time in a week and the hummingbirds are having dogfight battles over the feeder hanging on the window. Love watching them zip about. So glad its not raining today.

I am thinking... about choices, directions and whether its worth it to speak up sometimes, especially when you feel like no one listens, anyway.

I am thankful for... too many things to name, but a brief list... spending time with my family yesterday on Father's Day - getting a chance to tell my own dad I love him and watching my brother enjoy his very first Father's Day, too; good pregnancy news from Dan & Tonya and from friends out in Kansas, who are expecting their first after many, many years of struggling with infertility; the fact that God does answer prayers, sometimes you just have to be patient; losing almost 85 pounds (and counting)... feeling better and better every day; an amazing husband who loves me more than I often deserve. Like I said, too many to list... but that's a good start today.

From the kitchen... undecided at the moment... need to run to the store.

I am wearing... sweats and a t-shirt, no shoes... my typical "workday at home" attire.

I am creating... nothing at the moment, but will soon start my next new kit.

I am going... to try and do a better job of staying out of things that have nothing to do with me... lately, I am getting too sucked into other people's drama.

I am reading... Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark on my new Kindle (another thing I should have mentioned being thankful for)

I am hoping... that my weightloss breaks the 100 pound mark by the end of July... can't wait to earn my reward for that milestone and go to a Yankee game with my man.

I am hearing... the sound of hubby busily printing, collating and stapling orders in his office - very welcome sounds, considering how slow business has been.

Around the house... furniture needs to be dusted, vacuum needs to be run, laundry needs to be done... maybe tomorrow lol ;)

One of my favorite things... is that my husband is so supportive and helpful. I am a very lucky wife and I am very well taken care of.

A few plans for the rest of the week... work today and tomorrow; dinner plans with Matt & Mary Wednesday night; a couple Speed Scraps this week; the Grand Opening of my fourth store (I hope) on Friday; a potential visit to NJ for my brother's birthday sometime during the weekend.

A picture to share... cuddle time with Mackenzie, who is 9 weeks old today... and she is getting big WAY too fast. And her Aunt Tracy couldn't love her more than if she were my own ... one look at that sweet little face and my heart melts.

Friday, June 19, 2009

My first grab bag EVER!

Hey everyone!! I am so excited to introduce my first grab bag ever this week. And, what's even better is that its a COLLAB grab bag! I had an awesome opportunity to work with Andilynn Designs and Happy Scrap Girl to bring you this bag. It's packed with 8 unique products including mini kits, templates, element packs and an alpha - it's at least a $25 value and its on sale from today until June 30th for just $5!! Here is a preview showing just SOME of the awesome stuff you'll find inside (click on it to find the grab bag in the Scrap Matters shop):

My awesome creative team has been working with the grab bag this week - want to see some of their beautiful creations?? OF course, right??

First up, this stunner from Jen:

Then, I have a couple from Joy, both gorgeous! The first one uses a template from the grab bag, along with my collab kit Make a Wish. The second uses another template from the grab bag, as well as other products from the grab bag, too!

Next up, two stunners from Carrin - aren't her twins just adorable??

Here's a bright and happy page from Deb:

My super cool gal pal, Laura of simply.scraps, took some time out from designing to throw this adorable layout together for me:

And last, but certainly not least, two stunners from Jolene - I love how she made the photo on the second page look like a postcard!!

And, as I mentioned earlier this week, the best part is that there are FIVE MORE awesome collab grab bags going on sale at Scrap Matters today. In all, 23 designers contributed to these six grab bags and each one of them is fabulous in its own right. So, make sure to hop on over to the Scrap Matters shop and check each and every one of them out - you'll be glad you did! Remember, they are only on sale until June 30th - so time is limited! Happy shopping and have a great weekend!! ** Trixie **

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Speed Scrap at SM today! 1pm EST/12 noon CST/11am MST/10am PST

The fabulous Britt is hosting the next Scrap Matters Speed Scrap - TODAY! Sorry for the late notice, I just found out about it myself!

Of course, she has a FABULOUS Participation Prize - check it out!

I am going to switch gears for a couple hours today so that I can attend - hope to see you there!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Coming Soon!! and enabling you, too!

In case I haven't already said it, I am LOVING being at Scrap Matters!! The team there is such a close-knit group that runs like a well-oiled machine. Just loving it! :)

I wanted to post a heads-up for you all... because I have something debuting at SM this weekend, along with a bunch of the other designers, that will only be on sale for a limited time. Over 20 Scrap Matters designers have gotten together to collab on SIX different grab bags - and trust me, they are ALL fabulous! I know I'll be picking up each and every one of them - I hope you do, too!! And, it is the first time I've released a grab bag (on my own or otherwise), so I am pretty excited about it!

Adding to this post to say one of my best pals and collab partner extraordinnaire, Laura of simply.scraps, is celebrating her birthday today - and to share the fun with all of you, she is having a one-day sale! Click the ad below to visit her store full of AWESOME goodies and save some dough!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Speed Scrap tonight! 6/13/09

Hey everyone!!

Just popping in quick to help support one of my fabulous CT members, Wendy. She is hosting a Speed Scrap tonight - here is the info!!

Speed scrap tonight at Pretty Scrappy at 8pm CST (6pm PST, 7pm MST, 9pm EST)
I'll give you a little hint...you're going to want to have 4 pics of your celebrity crush on hand for tonight's scrap. In addition to the participation points from Pretty Scrappy I'm also giving a participation prize to everyone that participates. Hope to see you there! The more the merrier and with a topic like celebrity crushes...would you really want to miss it?! LOL! It's going to be hot! Here's a preview of the participation prize!

Me & My Teddy

Well, its time to reveal my brand new collab kit with the fabulous Laura of simply.scraps! You saw my sneak peek on Thursday - now, here is the full preview!!

You can pick up this fun, boyish kit at Inspiration Lane for 20% off today, or you can use my coupon for Scrap Matters and pick it up there for 30% off - your choice! Here's what you'll find inside this kit!

This vibrant, fun and whimsical kit will quickly become one of your favorites for scrapping your little boys and all their adventures! Go hunting for bugs, play in the sandbox, swing in the park on a sunny day - you name it, this kit has it!

Included are:

21 papers (10 patterns, 11 solids)
2 Alphas, 2 wordarts, 2 curly strings, 1 sand bucket and shovel, 1 bug jar, 2 journal boxes, 1 kite, 2 leaf elements, 4 little boy characters, 1 mud splatter, 2 sand splatters, 1 red wagon, 1 sandbox, 2 unique teddy bears, 1 swingset, 1 teeter-totter, 1 realistic twig, 1 circle stitch, 1 zig-zag stitch, 1 messy straight stitch, 1 straight stitch, 1 ant, 1 ant border, 1 bird, 1 striped bug, 3 butterflies, 1 butterfly net, 2 unique buttons, 2 unique clouds, 4 unique frames, 1 strip of 'paper' grass, 1 ladybug, 1 snake, 2 hand drawn sticks, 2 layered straight ribbons, 1 sun, 1 tree, 2 unique vines

Wanna see some inspiration from our Creative Team using this kit? Well, you've got it!

And, as I promised, Laura and I both have some freebies for you today! Make sure to hop on over to Laura's blog to pick up this awesome Add-on Mini Kit freebie!

And, here is the freebie for my blog - two Quickpages for you! I hope you have a FABULOUS weekend! **Trixie**

Friday, June 12, 2009

Big, BIG News - and a COUPON!

OK, bad blogger... I've been away again. But, there was a VERY good reason that I've been too busy to get here and say hello and I cannot WAIT to tell you about it!!! YOU READY???

One of my design goals, heck one of my DREAMS, has come true! I am thrilled, elated and proud to announce that I am now a new designer at SCRAP MATTERS!! And yes, I am over the moon, can't stop grinning and hope all my fans are happy dancing with me. This is big!! LOL

To celebrate my Grand Opening, I am offering you a 30% off coupon for all of the designs in my store!! Check it out --

But, that's not even ALL!! I have a new collab coming out this weekend with one of my besties, Laura of simply.scraps! I have to tell you, I might be biased, but I think its one of the cutest kits I've done yet, and it was a blast working with Laura on our first kit together. AND, its for BOYS! Yes, Laura made me get out of my girly box, and I have to say, it was a lot of fun! Wanna see a sneak peek?

The kit will be available tomorrow in my store at Scrap Matters, or on Saturday from Inspiration Lane, where Laura and I both have stores. If this is the first time you are seeing Laura's stuff, please do check her store out - she is a FABULOUS designer and I just love her!

And, I have it on good authority that if you come back to my blog on Saturday, I will have a coordinating freebie for you AND a link to Laura's blog, where you'll be able to pick up a SECOND coordinating freebie. We are spoiling you!

So, that's all my news for tonight - thanks for sharing my excitement! And I hope you enjoy the 30% off coupon, too! See you on Saturday with the freebies for my new kit! ** Trixie **

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

44 Layouts!!

OK, so I totally worked on a graphic to show off my 44 layouts from May and I tried to size it to 400 pixels wide, but for some reason, Photobucket keeps resizing it to 92 pixels wide... and then there is no point to it because its so small :(

So, instead, here is the link to my Queen of Scrap gallery at Scrap Matters - if you're interested in taking a peek at my layouts this month, you can go there! In the meantime, here are several of my favorites from the month :)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Daily Download broken link & back to business

Hi everyone!!

It's late and I'm beat... but, it seems a blog post is in order tonight! So, first off, I just wanted to pop in real quick and comment on the broken Alpha 2 link. I am so, so sorry about that! I don't know what happened. I was in NJ with my family to celebrate my birthday today (and my blog was on autopost), so I am just now seeing that there was some difficulty. Again, my sincere apologies.

But!! As mentioned by one or two observant commentors, the #31 download IS working and it IS the second alpha. So, if you'll just click on the #31, you'll have the complete kit :)

Thank you so much for the birthday wishes, the kind words about the kit, and just for stopping by my blog all month. It's been so much fun having so many visitors :) And yes, I do have LOTS of fun things coming up and in the works. Next up is my newest super fab collab kit and guess what? It'll be for the boys! :) Thanks to one of my super funky, super cool gal pals, I'm getting out of my little girly box and we're whipping out a boy kit together. It should be fun :) Look for that to release in the next couple of weeks. Plus! I'm going to be starting a Kit of the Month club through my personal store (more on that soon)... and I promise, I will bring back a Daily Download kit again in the future, too! So, if you haven't already bookmarked my blog or added it to your feed reader, PLEASE DO! Then, you'll be sure to catch EVERYTHING! :)

While the closing of Digital Candy was chaotic, unexpected, emotional, awful, and all sorts of not-fun-stuff, it did force me to take a step back for a bit and take a break. And, I've discovered... I needed one more than I knew. I've learned some things about myself and about who you can and can't trust in the digi world - I'm coming out of this a little wounded, but also a lot wiser and more confident in myself - and in the fact that I need to make more careful decisions about how much of myself I "give" in the future. Don't all of us women need to step back and do some of that self-evaluation sometimes? It's been a blessing in disguise.

So, where have I been? LOL... Well, I've spent the better second half of May hanging out a LOT at one of my favorite places again (Scrap Matters)... I figured I had some time and I have remembered why I used to love hanging there so much! So, I did a whole lot of Speed Scraps, a slew of monthly challenges (can't wait for that 40% off coupon!) and participated in their Queen of Scrap contest. Now, I'm nowhere close to winning QOS, but I didn't do it for that, anyway. I did it because I desperately needed the personal scrapping time. It's been good for my soul, has recharged my batteries and ended up helping me feel like I accomplished something this month, in the midst of all this chaos surrounding Digital Candy. In total, I completed 44 layouts this month... and that's a RECORD for me. I don't think I've EVER done that before lol. And, I'm quite proud of how most of those layouts turned out! I'll try to compile them into a big 'ole graphic tomorrow and post them here so you guys can see that I do scrap sometimes, too!

But, its officially back to business for me, now. Tomorrow, I'm gonna work my tail off to get more of my old kits listed at my stores... gonna start working on the new collab kit I mentioned earlier... and I also have a challenge to post at Inspiration Lane, as well as some other big news in the works, too. June promises to be another wild and crazy month - but, thank goodness, in a GOOD WAY!! I'm bursting at the seams and can't wait to start sharing ALL of this stuff with you guys :)

Thanks so much for reading... for sticking with me... for your kind and loving comments... I have the BEST fans and customers - you all ROCK!
With love,