Thursday, December 23, 2010

Last challenge for 2010!

Well dolls, this is the last challenge for 2010! I hope you've enjoyed spending your year with us bc we've certainly enjoyed having you! Here's the sketch to work with...

Here's the Dollies take

Jennifer our fabby GDT



You have all the way until January 5th 2011 at midnight EST to rawk this sketch or thru Janary 2nd for the Trifecta.

I hope everyone has a happy holidays! 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Just one...

There's JUST ONE more Elements Challenge for 2010, and this is it!! We're all finding life so busy this time of year, so let's keep it simple. Use the following RECIPE to create your layout, card or other project:
  • Just one piece of cardstock
  • Just one patterned paper
  • Just one word in the title/sentiment
  • Just one photograph/image
  • Just one embellishment
Take the above ingredients and mix as desired... VOILA, there it is!!

Penny made one handmade Christmas tree embellishment:

Dana did it like this:

And Karen (me) made a card:

Now it's your turn. With such a simple recipe, you should be able to cook something up in no time at all!

Link up your newly created project by midnight EST, Monday 3rd January, for your chance to go into the December prize draw. We'll be taking a break for the holidays next week, so you get an extra week to work your magic ;)

Monday, December 20, 2010

FINAL Dollies COLOR challenge of 2010!

Can you believe the year is coming to an end? Has 2010 not completely FLOWN by? It's crazy. I remember last new year's eve like it was YESTERDAY, and here we are, about to celebrate another. YIKES!

Well here it is, folks - the final color challenge of the year! I know some of you will be afraid of it, but you have TWO WEEKS to complete our challenges for this round, and we will kick things off with our winners, our new Dollies, and our new challenges, starting January 3rd. SO, these next two weeks, while probably busy due to the holidays, should allow you PLENTY of time to make your final Design Dollies challenge submissions FANTABULATIOUS! And we're excited to see 'em!

This round is brought to you by the colors:
(remember, these must be the PREDOMINANT colors in your project, not merely making an appearance!)

Scared? Don't be! 'Cuz check out the Dollies' projects and prepare to be inspirated! ;)

rocked it with his signature splatter, and I just LOVE how he placed the loose petals!

Chiqui wowed me with this beautiful travel-themed page - I think her framing of the photos is PERFECT, and I love all the wonderful contrast!

I, Leah the Orange, offer you this simple window card - slightly less than traditional holiday colors, but you can make it work, too!

Not too horrible, right? Well show us whatcha got, and join us in bidding farewell to 2010 by playing along! We'll be back in the new year with lots of new challenges, some upcoming CHANGES, a whole new team, and much more fun from the Dollhouse!

Link up your NEWLY-CREATED projects below (please bear in mind that we're back to text-only links, so add the URL to the post which features your project, rather than just to your blog) by Sunday, January 2nd at midnight EST for your chance to win the BIGGEST color challenge prize of the year! Yep, I know this one's a bit tougher, but I promise it will be worth your while!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sketch and winner!

Our winner for the November Kristal! With this fabu entry!

email with your info so we can send you a prize!

We have one more sketch after this before we go on leave and come back with our new team so let's see what you can do with this:

Here's the Dollies takes:




How does that suit ya? :) Well you have until Wednesday Dec 22 to show us your take on the sketch or thru Sunday at midnight EST to get in on the Trifecta! Link it up!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

November Elements... the winner is...

Alecia!! with her adorable 'Let it Snow' card:

Alecia, you've won a gift voucher to shop with our gorgeous sponsor, Stephanie, at her store Scrap-a-Doodle-Doo - now that is VERY cool!!

Please send your details to us at with "November Elements Winner" in the subject line, and we'll arrange your prize.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Nautical but nice!

nautical = of, relating to, or involving ships, navigation, or sailors [from Latin nauticus, from Greek nautikos, from naus ship] Source: Collins English Dictionary

Do you love lighthouses? Been sailing? Or on a cruise? Or played pirates?  This week we'd love to see some NAUTICAL elements on your creation.

Here's a layout that Karen created (that's me):

Guest Dollie Jennifer used the nautical colours of red, white and blue in her amazing layout. Don't you love the pop of yellow too?

Chiqui was inspired by a compass - notice how she repeats the theme?  And how can you resist the  gorgeous misting and masking?

We'd love to see your take on the challenge - don't forget, you can create anything you like - cards, layouts, bookmarks, off the page items, anything you like!  Link up your NEW creation by midnight EST, Monday 20th December, for your chance to go into the prize draw this month.

PS:  The November Elements winner will be announced tomorrow... stay tuned!

Monday, December 13, 2010

new COLORS - hot inspiration!

Okay gang, the Dollie-Call has officially ended, so we will be discussing the applications over the next few days and getting back to our selected Dollies soon! One thing we'd like to mention is that the new year will be holding a number of CHANGES for Design Dollies, as we try to re-build momentum that we seem to have lost over the last bunch of months. We want to keep pulling in new people and inspiring and offering new challenges, so we will be trying some new things, and we'll keep you posted! (Don't worry - for those who are completely hooked on the TRIFECTA, this is one thing that WON'T be changing!)

Now that the excitement has wrapped up (at least the first part of it), we're ready for a new week of challenges in the Dollhouse! We had just two FANTASTIC entries for last week's color challenge, and Meital and Sherri, your creations were, indeed, gorgeous and inspiring! Thank you for being the brave ones!

This week, our DOLLIES had a hard time wrapping their heads around the combo, but they sure pulled a rabbit out of a hat with their stunning projects!

Let's see these colors.....

And if you're already scratching your heads over that one, just take a look and see how it's done!

Penny made these hot little tags - the element of glitter is TOTALLY fab!

I, Leah, couldn't resist the black flocked trim, and made a birthday card... too bad you can't see the sparkly letters! (My camera's been on the fritz for a while - UGH!)

and Nicole was also inspired to make a birthday card - I just LOVE the huge HAPPY sentiment and that adorable little chicken!

Now that wasn't so bad, was it? We know you can do this! Bust out your Ambrosia papers from BasicGrey, or the My Mind's Eye HOME line, and you're BOUND to find something that will work for you!

Play along by next SUNDAY, December 19th at midnight EST for your chance to win the next yummy prize pack! Did I mention I went to a RANGER Warehouse sale a little while ago? And that I bought a TON of stuff? Well let's just say there will be some Ranger goodness in this box for one lucky winner, plus a few other goodies. :)

Happy crafting, and have a great week, dear friends! xo

Sunday, December 12, 2010

November Color Challenge WINNER!

Leah here! And hellooooooo, Wendi! Come on down! you're our next Design Dollies challenge winner!

Wendi submitted a gorgeous project for our Black, White, Royal Blue and Pale Aqua challenge... check this out!

See what I mean? :)

I'd love to send a happy little prize pack out to you, so Wendi, if you'd kindly send me your mailing addres in an email at and add a little "November winner" subject, that would be most excellent!

Our Dollie-Call officially ends in 4 1/2 hours! HURRY before it's GONE again for another six months! :D

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Today is the last day to get your applications in, folks! Actually, we might let some applications SQUEEEEEEZE in by tomorrow night, as most of us are too busy to do much reviewing this weekend, but we wanted to let you know that time's almost run out!

If you wanna join us in the Dollhouse for the January-June term, HERE ARE THE DEETS! Click, and apply! :)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thursday Sketch Challenge

Howdy! I hope you all are enjoying your holiday season! Its kinda hectic around here! The sketch this week will hopefully be an easy one for ya!

Who's feeling inspired? Check out the Dollies!




Inspired? Well hop into your crafty zone and show us what you've got! You have until Dec 15 at midnight EST to get your sketch done and linked up and thru Sunday at midnight EST for that elusive Trifecta. Let's see you RAWK IT like Dana did with her Trifecta! Extra inspiration right there :)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

This little light of mine

Birthday, Christmas, Advent, Hannukah, romance... any creation you like, any theme you like, but this week we need to see some CANDLES featured in your project.

Metal_Minish made a card featuring a hand-drawn Lucia:

Karen revisited Jasmine's 9th birthday:

Nicole made a felt candle for this amazing card:

We'd love to see your de-LIGHT-ful creations - link up by midnight EST on Monday 13th December for your chance to go into this month's prize draw.

Monday, December 6, 2010

QUICK QUICK QUICK! New Color Challenge!

Welcome to DECEMBER! Yes, I know there have already been a couple of Dollies challenges already this month, but this is the first Color Challenge, and we are kicking off with a HOT new Guest Dollie, plus some vibrant HAPPY colors to keep your minds off this winter chill!

A very warm Dollhouse welcome to JENNIFER SHAW! She has been waiting patiently for her chance to play with us, and we are THRILLED to have her. She's participated in many Dollies challenges since our blog's inception, and she always gives us something inspiring and lovely! Today is certainly no exception!

The following colors must be the PREDOMINANT colors in your projects... Please remember that you may use other accents, but I should see these right away (and not find a tiny little detail that matches)...

Show me:
(if you do it right, you don't NEED any other colors!)

Here's what Jennifer did - TOTALLY cute and those colors just POP!
Don't you love the little stitched accents between the scallops?

And here's what our fabby Dana did with these colors - scratch what
I said about making you forget about the winter chill!

I had some lofty goals and had hoped to complete a card for this challenge because I had JUST the paper, but the craft fair prevented me from doing much - HOPEFULLY I can add a little something in the next day or two. :)

Play along with us in the Dollhouse! Link up your NEWLY-CREATED PROJECT by next Sunday, December 12th at midnight EST, and you could win a yummy prize pack including some stickly goodness and some other surprises. Don't forget to link back to us in your blog post in order to be eligible. I may even get around to posting a photo of this one! ;)

AND don't forget our DOLLIE CALL! If you're interested in joining our Design Team for the next six-month term, CLICK HERE for details! We're waiting to hear from you!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Dollies Sketch!

Welcome to December Dolls! Mother Nature decided here in Michigan that we needed snow and is providing it in ABUNDANCE. What better weather to scrap? Cozy at your desk with some hot tunes! Sounds FABBY! Well today's sketch might be a good addition to that fun day

Here's the Dollies take...





Inspired? Well hop into your crafty zone and show us what you've got! You have until Dec 8 at midnight EST to get your sketch done and linked up and thru Sunday at midnight EST for that elusive Trifecta. Let's see you RAWK IT like Dana did with her Trifecta! Extra inspiration right there :)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Layer upon layer upon layer...

Layers, anyone?

That's right, this week's Elements Challenge is all about LAYERS - lots of them!!  Show us at least five layers on your project - more is even better! 

Sweet and simple from Karen (that's me) this week:

Over the top sweet, and anything but simple from Nicole:

How you can NOT be inspired by this layered layout? It was created by Nicole's clever two-and-a-half year old daughter Karianne:

Guest Dollie Karen Wray has been busy layering up paints and rubons and beautifully fussy-cut elements on a journal cover:

Remember, you can submit ANY kind of handcrafted project (digi is okay too!) as long as it has been newly created for the challenge. Link it up by midnight EST on Monday 6th December, for your chance to win a fabulous shopping spree at Scrap-a-Doodle-Doo

Monday, November 29, 2010

a SERIOUSLY gorgeous color combo for you!

Good Monday morning, friends and fellow crafters! Thanks for dropping by the Dollhouse again - it's always great to see who's paying us a visit! If ever you see a project you like, do leave a nice comment, and feel free to make suggestions as we LOVE to hear from you!

Last week's colors brought about some PHENOMENAL projects, although participation was a bit low... Hopefully today's neutral palette will spark some creativity, and we can't wait to see what you can do with it!

Here's what's on the easel this week...

BROWN and GOLD (the shimmery/sparkly kind, please!),
with your choice of one NEUTRAL (black, white, ivory, kraft, grey)

Our talented Dollies whipped up some lovely projects, so I'd like to share 'em with you...

Metal_Minish made this adorable and TOTALLY inspiring Father's Day/Birthday card - his father's Chinese zodiac sign is the rabbit, so the image is quite appropriate (don't you LOVE the charm?!)

Nicole made this beautiful canvas for her husband - she loaded up the gold shimmer, and her daughter's artwork was made into a little accent. Aren't those feathers STUNNING?! (drop by her blog for close-ups!)

I, your gracious hostess, Leah the Orange, opted for an EXTREMELY clean and simple card, having realized that I have very few of them for next week's craft fair... So I made this:
and liked the concept so much (and had lots of fun playing with the
Making Memories gold foiled ephemera!) that I made this:

So now it's your turn! The TRIFECTA for last week has ended, but now starts a whole new round! Get in on this Color Challenge by next SUNDAY, December 5th at midnight EST, when we'll wrap up all of this week's challenges. Please submit only NEW creations (no back linking), be sure to include a link to the Dollhouse in your blog post, and HAPPY CRAFTING!

ANNNNNND, if you think you might like to JOIN the Dollies and be a part of our Design Team, now's your chance! The DOLLIE-CALL is open, and we can't wait to hear from you! CLICK HERE for details, and submit your application by December 10th.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Sketch

Happy Turkey Day all! I hope everyone is enjoying their day with their fams. I have enjoyed making my fam write down what they are thankful for this year, I got a couple groans but so far they have all complied HA! Here is a sketch for ya, and inspiration is always something to be thankful for!

our fabby guest Dollie Karen W




So there you have it! Inspiration in LO form AND card form! Let's see what you can do with it! You have until December 1st at midnight EST to rawk the sketch or thru Sunday at midnight est to combine this with the rest of the week's challenges to make your own Trifecta! Good luck!