Monday, July 27, 2009

DSA Battle of the CT, Round 2 - AND A FREEBIE!

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Round 2 of the Battle of the CTs over at DigiScrap Addicts is now complete! My amazing Scrap Stars again had a lot of fun with it! The task was called "I've Got Rhythm" and the team layouts had to have a musical theme - all five of the girls' layouts had to have the same theme, too! So, my team decided to use a Celine Dion song called "If I Could." They each took a verse of the song that they felt applied to them, included the coda somewhere on the page, and scrapped photos of their children. Then, they each wrote some heartfelt journaling to their kids and told them what the verse from the song meant to them. All of their pages came out AWESOME!! So meaningful and touching - I love them! Here is a look at each of them:



If interested, you can check out the lyrics to "If I Could" here, and also see a video of Celine performing it here.

Will you please vote for my team?? Voting can be found HERE and my team's name is Trixie's Scrap Stars. You don't need to be a member of DSA in order to vote, however, if you voted last week (Thanks!), you may need to clear your internet cookies before you can vote this week. And of course, to thank you for voting for the girls again this week, I have the second part of my new freebie kit - click on the preview below to download! Thanks so much for supporting my team - it means a lot to me!



This freebie has expired - thank you for voting for us in the DSA Battle of the CTs! If you'd still like to purchase this kit, you can find it at Scrap Matters

Speed Scrap today, July 27th 1pm EST!!

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Hi everyone!! Stopping in briefly before I hit the hay to let you know about a Speed Scrap happening in the afternoon at Scrap Matters today! It will start at 1pm EST (12 noon CST/11am MST/10am PST) and will be hosted by Jen! I am going to *try* to come... unfortunately, I have thrown out my back (again... grrr)... so, if I feel ok and can sit in front of the computer, I'll be there. It's feeling a little bit better right now, so hopefully after some rest tonight, it will feel even better tomorrow (fingers crossed!)



I am providing the participation prize for this one - you'll get this "Crackled Alpha" if you attend the Speed Scrap and play along! Hope to see you then! ** Trixie **

Thursday, July 23, 2009

About me today....

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So, this is going to be another one of those personal posts, please skip over it if you're not interested! Sometimes I wish I did a better job of documenting my journey through things and today, its time for some documentation.

As you may (or may not) know, I've been on a majorly strict diet since January 22nd of this year. I've done remarkably well on it, and have even surprised myself with my own determination and willingness to stick to it. For the last couple weeks, I've been hovering right around 100 pounds lost (going through a bit of a stubborn plateau at the moment). But, I've never lost 100 pounds on ANY diet before, and trust me, there have been dozens of attempts. Heck, I've never lost 50 pounds before, so this is a real accomplishment for me and I'm proud of myself. I'm about halfway to my goal, and for the first time in years, I can really imagine myself being thin and fit again.

My loss has been steadily slowing down over the last couple months... where in the beginning, I was averaging about 5 pounds a week, I'm now lucky if I hit three. That was to be expected... but, this last month has been pretty disappointing, since I think I've probably only lost about 5 or 6 pounds the whole month. I know, I know... still a loss... but, you get spoiled when you watch the needle drop by 4's and 5's for weeks! LOL So, what does all this mean? Yeah, the dreaded, most hated, hardest part of any weightloss plan, for me, anyway, has now become a necessity. It's no longer an option. I actually have to exercise... yuck.... not happy about it LOL.

Two and a half years ago, I joined the local Curves. I was good... for about two weeks. And then, I gave up. So, yesterday, I decided I'd try again. Went over, restarted my membership and was glad they were still running a summer promotion. While I was there, the gal took my measurements. And, though that is not normally a whole lot of fun, for me, it was fun yesterday.... when I was going to Curves two years ago, I was about 15 pounds lighter than I was when I started my current diet in January. And, they still had all my measurements from back then, so I was able to see just how much of an impact just the diet alone has had. I was shocked to find out I have lost a total of 62.5 inches from my frame.... CRAZY!! I lost 10" from my thighs, 10.5" from my arms (thank GOD!), 7.5" from my bust, 12.5" from my waist and an amazing 18" from my stomach.... that last number has REALLY motivated me. Of course, this pear shaped body of mine has only given up 4" from the hips... but, I'm bound and determined to make them go away, too!

I went for my first workout today and it was okay. I can do it without too much back pain (always a leading concern). They have a "circuit" you work your way through... and you're supposed to do the circuit three times. I was only able to do it twice before I started feeling a bit too winded and tired, so I thought it best to stop there and work my way up to three times over the course of the next few weeks. I'll get there... I actually believe, for the first time in my life, that I can stick with this! And, I'm hoping that it helps to keep the needle on the scale steadily dropping. I don't expect 5 pounds anymore... but, 3 pounds a week, consistently, would be nice! I can't believe I'm saying it, but I'm actually looking forward to next month when I get my measurements taken again! LOL

So.... that's what I wanted to record... I want to have this post to refer back to when my motivation starts to slip (I know it will... its exercise and I hate it, for goodness sakes!).... but, I need to do it, so I will. Oh, one other thing.... I'm very excited for my next goal reward, which is happening next month.... going to a Yankee game with my husband for the first time in YEARS. We spent a little bit of money to get some good seats in homerun territory! Now that I've lost all this weight, I know I can fit in the seats.... can't wait to enjoy it with him :)

Oh, I have a request for you all! One of the things I'm struggling with is that dinner time is starting to get OLD. We eat the same four or five things (it feels) like ALL the time. So.... does anyone have some low-carb, low-fat entree recipes they can share?? I'd REALLY love the help!! I can have chicken, pork, lean beef, turkey, fish, shrimp.... and most vegetables (just not corn or peas).... suggestions appreciated - we need some variety in this house! :)

OK, back to working on my next new kit - it will be ready next week - can't wait to share it with you all! ***Trixie***

Monday, July 20, 2009

I'm having a CT call!!

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Do you have what it takes to be a Trixie Scraps Star?
Auditions are now open for several spots in my talented cast!

Requirements:
2 layouts per kit, 2 kits per month minimum (more if you choose!)
Post to four galleries (SM, DSDI, DSA and one of your choice)
Enabling of each kit you work with at DSA/DST
Blog posting and advertising assistance appreciated!!
Active participation in my CT forum

To audition for this show, please send me an email with the
following information:
A brief bio and the reason(s) you want to be on my team
A link to your most complete online gallery
Your blog address
A list of your current CT commitments

Please send your email to me at ctcalls@trixiescraps.com
Call closes July 30th - all applicants will be emailed by Aug 3rd!

Please support my battle team - and a NEW FREEBIE!

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Did you know that 5 of my fabulous CT gals are competing in the Battle of the CTs at Digiscrap Addicts? That's right, and they ROCKED the first round! They are known as "Trixie's Scrap Stars" and they are having so much fun competing together... they are making their "mama" proud!

This week, their challenge was to create a white-space layout with a common color theme. They could also optionally choose a common page theme, as well. So, the girls got together and they decided to use my mini kit, Sarah's Song, for their layouts. They also decided to do a common theme and all put together an "ABC About Me" page - they turned out GREAT!! Here's a look at each of their layouts:



Now, there is a HUGE prize at the end of the DSA Battle of the CTs, and the way you win is by winning the public vote. All the votes are added together, each week for four weeks, and the team with the most votes at the end WINS a huge pack of coupons from all the participating designer sponsors. Needless to say, I'd LOVE for my girls to win this prize, so I'm begging for votes! Would you please head to the DSA forum and vote for Trixie's Scrap Stars? You don't have to be a member of the community to vote - just head over, find Trixie's Scrap Stars on the designer team list and click VOTE!!

To thank you for voting for my team, I designed a brand new kit and we're giving it away for FREE to all of you! Each week for the four weeks of the DSA Battle of the CTs, there will be a new piece of this kit for you to download - and its a mystery download, too! So, here is the first peek at this fun, funky "star" of a kit - just click on the preview to download the first part of this freebie. Trust me, you're gonna love it! Thanks so much for voting for my team - and don't forget to check back next week for the second part of this new freebie kit!



Sorry, this freebie has expired. This kit is now available at Scrap Matters

Friday, July 17, 2009

Trixie Scraps' Christmas in July sale!

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful.... JUST KIDDING!!! But, I have been singing Christmas Carols all week, in preparation for the Scrap Matters Christmas in July sale - and it starts TODAY!!!




So, did you have a guess about what kits I was bringing out of retirement the other day?? Here is the full run-down of what I have on sale this weekend - Act fast, because the sale only runs from today, the 17th, through Monday, the 21st, and, before too long, I'll be retiring these kits again for GOOD! If you love them, this is your last chance to scoop them up!

The first kit I have brought back from retirement is full of snowflakes, hats, mittens and snow men, perfect for celebrating a.... Snow Day!




I have a set of coordinating Page Overlays for this kit:




The Full Alpha is also available separately:




And, I also have a set of PU/S4H/CU friendly Glitter Styles, too!



Here's some inspiration from my Creative Team (and a guest!) using Snow Day - don't you just love all these layouts?




The second kit I'm bringing out of retirement is one of my all-time favorites! It's full of super cute characters like Santa and his elves, the reindeer and lots of Christmas toys, too! Check out Santa's Workshop:



Again, the Holly Alpha is available for purchase separately:



And, of course, I have a set of PU/S4H/CU friendly Glitter Styles for this kit, too!




And, if you thought the CT layouts made with Snow Day were cute.... then, check out these made with Santa's Workshop! I LOVE them (and I love my CT - they are the BEST!)




And, here is the absolute BEST part! Not only are all these Christmas and Winter products on sale for 25% off, but when you purchase one (or both!) of the full kits, you'll also receive an add-on freebie with your purchase - how cool is that? Simply add the kits to your cart between now and the 21st and the download links for the freebies will be automatically included with your purchase!



So run on over to my shop at Scrap Matters and scoop these up this weekend - they are both super cute and you're sure to love them both! I hope you have a FABULOUS weekend!! *** Trixie ***

Thursday, July 16, 2009

A little funny...

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OK, have you ever found yourself searching for some sort of info on the web, only to go off on some strange tangent, landing someplace you never expected to be? That happened to me, today :)

So, on my strange tangent, I happened to come across this video - Wierd Al Yankovic's latest video, "Skipper Dan." And I dunno.... its just silly and funny and I thought I'd share it because I got a kick out of it! Hope you do, too... lol

Skipper Dan

Visit my friend's new store!

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Hey everyone!

Just stopping in quick to say CONGRATULATIONS to my friend Laura, of simply.scraps - she has opened up shop today at Gotta Pixel and I'm so excited for her! Laura is a fabulously funky, awesome designer and I'm so glad she has found a store worthy of her many talents :)

To celebrate, she is having a sale - check it out!



AND.... Rumor has it that if you stop by Laura's blog today, you can see a preview of her BRAND NEW kit, Funky Chicky, as well as snag a FREEBIE for it! I had the good fortune to get my hot little hands on the new kit a couple days early and made some layouts with it - here they are! I just LOVE this kit, its so much fun!





So, once again, make sure you hop on over to Laura's blog or visit her brand new store and enjoy the sale! And to Laura - congrats, my friend!! You deserve it! *** Trixie ***

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Scrap Matters Christmas in July SALE!

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Is that a chill in the air - in July? No... its just the Christmas in July sale, coming this Friday to Scrap Matters!!



To celebrate, I am taking two of my best-selling kits out of the vault and re-releasing them for a limited time!! And, not only will the kits be on sale, but there will be a freebie included with the purchase, too! I have a sneak peek to share with you - can you guess what's being unlocked from the Trixie Scraps vault? It's so exciting!! Make sure to watch for the re-release in Trixie Scraps' store, this FRIDAY, July 17th, only at Scrap Matters!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Next Scrap Matters speed scrap!

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Hi folks! Can't guarantee I'll make it for this one, but I might try... it ends at 2am my time... so, if I'm feeling awake at midnight, I'll be there! LOL

Passing along the info for those who want to go for it!


12a.m. Easter, 11p.m. Central, 10p.m. Mountain, 9p.m. Pacific

And here is the fabulously cute participation prize for this one!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Speed Scrap tomorrow! 7/9 @ SM

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Hey everyone!! Just wanted to spread the word that there will be another Speed Scrap tomorrow at Scrap Matters - I am planning to try and make it for this one! Hope you can, too!


12noon Eastern, 11am Central, 10am Mountain, 9am Pacific

Here is the fabulous participation prize which will be given out:

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

My first challenge at Scrap Matters!

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Hi guys! So excited to tell you that I am hosting my first challenge at Scrap Matters since joining the Design Team there. I love templates, so of course I had to jump in on the Tuesday Template challenge - and I posted it today!

Here is a sneak peek of my template, which you can get for FREE if you hop on over to Scrap Matters - you can either pick it up in the forum, or on the blog:




Now, here is my layout, which I used as the basis for the template:


And here is some inspiration from the SM CT:

This one is by Kim, using my Patriotic Pride kit and a few odds-n-ends from Britt-ish Designs:

Then, this is one is by Tgmousechick, using Tropical Escape by Erica Zane and Mari Koegelenberg:

Here’s one by Christy using Old Glory by GG Digitals:

And finally, here’s one from Natasha using Imperial Girl by Britt-ish Designs:

Aren't those layouts fabulous?? I hope you can play along with the challenge this month - I am hoping to have a very good turnout for my first one ever! :) Have a great night! **Trixie**

Monday, July 6, 2009

My first blog award - WOW!! :)

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I am delighted to announce that I have been given my very first blog award and I am so touched! This lovely award came today from Cyndi's Treasures - thank you so much, Cyndi, you are so sweet!!

When I accepted this award, there were some rules to follow - I must display this award on my beautiful blog (which you can see above) with a link to the sender's blog (in the first paragraph of this acceptance) and then I am to list 7 blogs that I will be passing the award to.

So I am passing the award to the following blogs, all of which I think are very beautiful!

Lyndsay Riches Design


simply.scraps

Breezy Butterfly Creations

Beary Cute Creations

Ellie Lash

Happy Scrap Girl

More Love More Joy

Vote for BREE!

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LOL, I feel like the head of a presidential campaign! :) Faithful readers, will you do me a favor?? You see, my lovely and talented CT Manager, Bree, is up for Layout of the Month

UPDATE... she WON!! Congrats Bree!! :)

And, here is the beautiful layout she was nominated for - her son on his first birthday. She used my collab kit with Stolen Moments, Make a Wish!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Happy Independence Day!

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Hi everyone! Happy 4th of July to those who celebrate! :)
So sorry for the late post this weekend - with the holiday, I've been behind on EVERYTHING! I have birthday coupons, last month's customer coupons and a newsletter (with a freebie) still to send out - I promise, you will see them SOON.

In the meantime, here is the news I have to share this weekend! First off, did you hear about the big sale at Scrap Matters? There are still a couple days left, so take advantage if there are some things on your wishlist!



OK, and now for my new releases! First up, a brand new template pack, "Front and Center 1." I am going to be releasing a series of template packs, inspired by the layouts of my awesome CT members. This pack is based on Carrin's layouts and I love it! :)


Pick it up at Scrap Matters, or the Trixie Scraps shop

Then, the Scrap Matters Mystery Mix #6 has been broken up and I am now offering my parts of that grab bag for individual sale. First is the mini kit collaboration I did with Andilynn Designs and Happy Scrap Girl, "Sage Sunset."


Pick it up at Scrap Matters, or the Trixie Scraps shop

Next up is an alpha pack I made to coordinate with the kit above, the "Sage Sunset Alpha."


Pick it up at Scrap Matters, or the Trixie Scraps shop

Then, I have the second in the series of CT inspired layouts, "Love Me Some White Space 1," based on Jen's fabulous layouts!


Pick it up at Scrap Matters, or the Trixie Scraps shop

And finally, my first date stamp element pack, "Stamped, Dated & Stated." This pack is super versatile and I am sure it will become a staple in your digiscrapping stash!


Pick it up at Scrap Matters, or the Trixie Scraps shop


OK, that is everything for this week. I'm gonna get back to working on that newsletter freebie I mentioned earlier. And, that is a good time to say, if you haven't signed up for my newsletter yet, what are you waiting for?? :) Just fill out the little box up there on the top right of my blog and you'll be "in" for all the freebies, coupons and other fun stuff I've got planned. OK, hope you all have a fantastic holiday weekend! **Trixie**