Monday, May 31, 2010

A new Color Palette for MONDAY!

Mornin', crafty friends!
It's a holiday here in the U.S., and I seem to have found myself with some ME time, with no IMMEDIATE obligations, and no interruptions, and I'm loving every second so far! Hope all our Amurrican friends are enjoying a lovely long weekend, and that the rest of the world is trudging through their Monday, with lots of crafting after the kidlets have settled in bed tonight! ;)

It's time for another Color Challenge - remember that you still have until TONIGHT at midnight EST to complete last week's challenge (because I posted it a day late), but today we return to our regularly scheduled, uh, STUFF. :)

This is the last Color Challenge for May, which means your last chance to win this:

So you wanna know what you have to work with this week?
Here's the combo:

Remember that these must be the predominant colors of your project - feel free to throw others in to make it work, but to be eligible to win the yummy prize above, these must be the most obvious.... Check out the yum from our Dollies....

Vel, getting in one more FABULOUS project as our May Guest Dollie - she ROCKED her guest spot, and we're going to miss this chick!

Dana Hamblied it all up and gave us THIS gorgeous piece of delish:

Metal_Minish, our favorite Nerd-Boy, gave us another true Dollie masterpiece:

and a simple little card from yours truly, Leah the Orange, 'cuz I'm hoping to get a slew of cards together to sell at an upcoming craft fair:

Think you can rock these colors? Think you might wanna win that prize pack up there? Well link up your newly created RED, YELLOW and BROWN project below, link back here to the Dollhouse in your blog post, and do this by next SUNDAY, June 4th and midnight, EST - have fun, and thanks for playing with the Dollies! :) (Tune in TOMORROW when we announce our NEW DOLLIES, provided we hear back from everyone in time!)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Its still Thursday!

This nasal spray I am on for the fluid in my ears and sinuses is doing a whallop on me! I actually had to be driven home from work b/c my boss didn't trust me driving (the shakes I had probably weren't reassuring of my not going in a ditch abilities I guess). I said it was ok but he said no. Well then. I spent most of the day sleeping but totally am in a fog about the day. I had that OH NO moment and here I am. Sorry Dollies! Its a crazy ride that has another week and few days to go!

Well now.... the DT call is CLOSED! We have had an AMAZING amount of talent apply for this call and its going to be SOOOOOOOO hard narrowing it down! We have DT members to pick AND Guest DT's for the term. Holy Moly! Look for the big announcement on June 1!!! Before I run out of Thursday here is today's Sketch...

Here's what our Dolls did...
Dana brought all the elements together in such a bright and subtle fashion!

Metal Minish turned the sketch on its side with some awesome
grunge style!

and I treated myself to another Trifecta. Check out Leah's colors of Kraft, White and Fushia. Then I hooked up Adina's recipe with a foiled crown on my pouting drama queen, pink 3-D flowers, home made lace with my boarder punch kraft and the subtle stripes in my background. The Sketch is obvious though LOL.

Its an Odd week here at the Dollies! So b/c of my ears (LOL) you have until Thursday June 3rd at midnight EST to get in on this sketch with a NEW project. AND b/c of the wonky week we will dole out an extra day for all of you Trifectians! Trifectas are due by Monday May 31 at midnight EST. I hope that's it. PHEW! Take advantage of the holiday to get in on it all!!!


if you DO a Trifecta, please link it up in all three challenges. We want you to get all your entries! You don't want to miss out! AND make sure you link back to the Dollhouse here! MWAH!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

a tasty new RECIPE for our next Elements Challenge!

Afternoon, visitors of the Dollhouse! Glad to see you again! :)

The FIRST bit of business we must address is the DOLLIE CALL! Today is the last day, so if you want to play in the Dollhouse with us for the July-December term, be sure to EMAIL your applications by TONIGHT (Tuesday) at midnight, EST. CLICK HERE to find out what we're looking for - we can't believe the deadline is already upon us! Good luck to all applicants, and THANK YOU for applying! We are very anxious to meet and introduce our new team!

So you've checked out our new Colors Challenge, and now we are bringing you the SECOND ingredient for this week's TRIFECTA! (Not sure what that is? Click on the "New to the Dollies" link in the left sidebar!)

Adina would like you to use a RECIPE for this challenge... and trust me when I say it's not as scary as it looks! Here are the deets:

1) Lace
2) The color PINK
3) Stripes
4) A crown
5) TWO 3-d elements (or more)

Are ya nervous about this one? Well let's give a little kick in the pants for those who might need it...

Our nifty GUEST DOLLIE, Vel, created this super-cute card:

Dana gave us this FABBY, clean and simple page (she REALLY made it look easy!):

And more krafty goodness from me, Leah the Orange:

See what I mean? TOTALLY doable! So hop to it, friends! Get craftin', make something NEW for this challenge, link it up, link to US in your blog post, and do it all by next MONDAY, May 31st at midnight EST. We know you'll rock this challenge, and we KNOW you want to win the tasty little prize pack that's up for grabs! (Check the right sidebar to see all the treats you could win this month!) And most of all, HAVE FUN!

FINALLY - new COLOR CHALLENGE! win yummy stuff!

Okay, so here I am! I won't go into the gory details here, but later today I'll throw some deets up on my personal blog, for those interested. I know why you're all here, so why bore you?! Let's get right to it, shall we?

I know we're a day late, so I'm going to give you the extra day to play along (and hope that you'll all forgive me - I promise I have a good excuse!). Entries will be due NEXT MONDAY, May 31st at midnight EST. And here's the May Colors prize pack, for one very lucky winnah:

Are you ready? Yeah, yeah, I know. You've BEEN ready, and waiting (patiently, right?), for me to post these colors already! So here ya go....


MMM, kinda looks like neapolitan, right?
Well, let's take a look at the Dollies' projects, using this fun combo (and hope you'll be inspired, too!)...

Kate's STUNNER of a page (how much do I LURRRRVE that ball trim?):

Mel's awesome page (how CUTE are that photo and her perfect title?!)

and something quirky from me, Leah the Orange:

So you're ready, right? To take on this challenge? Well, go to it! Your projects MUST MUST MUST be created new for this challenge, and you MUST MUST MUST link back to the Dollhouse in your blog post. Do this by next MONDAY at midnight EST, and you could win the yummies above! (the prize, not the awesome pages or the card - hee hee!)

Happy craftin', folks, and I'll be back later today with the next Elements Challenge, too!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Draw me up some fun!

That punny title has probably already been used but eh, what ya gonna do :) Its getting close to the end of the month here AND its getting close to the end of the DT (that's Dollies Team to you!) Call as well. SO if you are thinking of applying and haven't then you need to get in on it fast! Well here is today's sketch!

What do you think? Here's what the Dollies did!



Vel (our fabby GDT!)

And here is another Trifecta from yours truely! Have you been inspired by seeing it done? It can be done! I've used Leah's colors and my animal for Adina's Elements is the Dinosaur. The sketch is purty obvious I think.


Are the ideas swirling in your head? I hope so!  I would love to see you take on the sketch or our Trifecta! It just takes a lil enginuity to get it to work and you girls have it! So hop to!

You have until Sunday, May 23rd at midnight EST to take on the TRIFECTA (woot!), or next Wednesday, May 26th if you're taking on the sketch challenge. Remember that your projects MUST be created new for our challenges, and you have to link back to the Doll House in your blog post! HAVE FUN!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Circus Comes to Town!

Hello again, folks! Leah here, posting on Adina's behalf, as she's still at the hospital, anxiously waiting to be able to bring her new little man home!

So I'm going to cut right to the chase, and give you today's (yesterday's) Elements Challenge.... THE CIRCUS! Today is "National Circus Day" (which, admittedly, is a little strange), and we'd love to see your "animalistic" creations - something inspired by the circus, or just something featuring animals. :)

How about some inspiration from one of our Australian Dollies, Melissa?

(love the title, and how about that sun with the stitched rays?!)

and from our fabby Guest Dollie, Vel:
(hey, it's an animal! don't you just LOVE the monochromatic scheme, and that yummy ricrac?)

and from your surrogate hostess, Leah the Orange (using ELLIE, from Some Odd Girl):

Think you can work your magic with this challenge? If Dumbo could fly with those big ears, you can rock this! Let's see what you can do, and link up your NEWLY-CREATED projects below by next Monday, May 24th at midnight EST for your chance to win the May Elements Prize Pack! Make sure you link to the Dollies in your blog post, and GOOD LUCK!

Monday, May 17, 2010

a big CONGRATS, and a new color challenge!

Happy Monday, crafters and friends of the Dollhouse! Hope you all had a fabulously crafty weekend, and are back to tackle some more challenges from the Dollies! :)

Before I show you today's Color Challenge, I'd like to wish a very happy CONGRATULATIONS to the Medina family, because our Adina-Dollie gave birth to a beautiful baby boy yesterday! Welcome to the world, Elijah Andrew Medina! Baby was several weeks early, so Mommy and baby will be staying in the hospital for a little while, but we'll keep you posted as Adina lets us know how everything is going. If you'd like to drop by her blog to leave your personal wishes, please do! I'm sure she'd love to hear from you! :D I can't wait to meet Elijah, and see all the scrappy pages she'll be itching to create!

Speaking of creating, we have some fun stuff to share today... Your challenge is to create something NEW using the colours BLUE, GREEN, BROWN and WHITE (or ivory):

Our Dollies were up for the task, and I'm quite sure these projects should inspire you! Here's what we did:

Adina (how appropriate!):



and moi, Leah the Orange:

So what will you do with this combination? It was a bit of a happy surprise for the Dollies, so hopefully you'll all be pleased with the results, too! Create a new project, link it up below no later than SUNDAY, May 23rd at midnight EST, and you'll be in the running for this prize pack:

And don't forget about our DOLLIE CALL! There's still time for you to apply, and we can't wait to hear from you! Our next Dollies will create with us from July through December, and we're having loads of fun in our new Spruz forum! Good luck to all applicants, and I'll be back tomorrow with a new Elements Challenge!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sketchy Mornin!

Which in scrappy land means GOOD morning! :) Welcome to our next Sketch Challenge at Design Dollies! I am thrilled that you've joined us today! The Dollies have a great slew for ya today so let's get right to the puddin!

Here's what our Dollies did...

This Trifecta I turned into a card. I simply COULDN"T resist! You can see Leah's lovely Colour Challenge (Turquoise, Yellow and Black) and for Adina's Elements Challenge, my Nursery Rhyme was Rain, Rain, Go Away. The sketch is obvious me thinks :)

So what do you think? I would love to see you take on the sketch or our Trifecta! There are alot of options this week so I KNOW you should be able to hop to! So come on over to the Doll House and play! Show us what ya got!

You have until Sunday, May 16th at midnight EST to take on the TRIFECTA (woot!), or next Wednesday, May 20th if you're taking on the sketch challenge. Remember that your projects MUST be created new for our challenges, and you have to link back to the Doll House in your blog post! HAVE FUN!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

we have some WINNERS!

WINNERS! THREE OF THEM! For our 200+ followers candy!

Yes, it's been a pretty busy couple of weeks, and I had the randomizer draw THREE winners from more than 300 comments and entries from you lovely people! THAT'S CRAZY AWESOME!

So, first, a giant THANK YOU to all of you who have stuck with us, and who have thrown your love around, either by leaving sweet comments, or by playing along, or ESPECIALLY by doing a combination of both! We've also been pleasantly surprised at the number of you who have our blinkie happily displayed on your blogs!

Without further ado, here are our winners:

Leah the Orange will be sending a happy prize package to CHLOE, of Chloe's Creative Corner!
(Chloe, drop me a line at and send me your mailing address please!)

Adina-Dollie has a lovely batch of pretties that will be sent to ADRIENNE, of Naptime Equals Scraptime!
(Adrienne, please send your deets to Adina at

and Kristy-Dollie would like to send some sweetness to EMILY, of Miss Em's Papertrix!
(Em, please send your info to and she'll get your package sent out!)

Let me tell you, there were a LOT of regular comments and players in this giant pool of entries, and I do believe all of our winners had multiple entries, so here's your proof that it PAYS to play with Dollies! :)

Congratulations to our lovely winners, and we hope you all enjoy the prize packs we've put together for you! (We'll show everyone what you've won after we know you've all received your prizes - gotta keep 'em guessin'!)

Oh, and if you didn't win, trust me when I say that this is NOT the end of the fun! You never know when a Dollie will surprise you....

One last IMPORTANT thing before I call it a night: many of you who play along have been mentioning the Dollies challenge in your title or somewhere in your blog post, which we love to see, but you MUST include a link to our blog somewhere in your post, in order to be eligible to win the prize. We'd hate for your fabulous projects to be disqualified because of a technicality, dear friends! Please be sure to do this, not just by mentioning us, but by including an active link somewhere in your post, so people viewing your creation will know how to find us. Thank you for understanding! xo

Back tomorrow, bright and early, with the last ingredient for this week's TRIFECTA!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Happy Mother...Goose Day!

In all the celebrations surrounding Mother's Day this year, it was interesting to note that it was ALSO Mother Goose day this past weekend... (random information, I know...). SO, in honor of Mother Goose day, I'd love to see your NURSERY RHYME inspired creations.
And as always, we have some AMAZING Dollie submissions for ya (along with a rhyme!)
Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

(who LITERALLY drew inspiration from a rhyme... and then drew this AMAZING character!)
Curly Locks, Curly Locks,
Will you be mine?
You shall not wash dishes,
Nor feed the swine,
But sit on a cushion
And sew a fine seam,
And sup upon strawberries,
Sugar, and cream.


Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee
Resolved to have a battle,
For Tweedle-dum said Tweedle-dee
Had spoiled his nice new rattle.

Just then flew by a monstrous crow,
As big as a tar barrel,
Which frightened both the heroes so,
They quite forgot their quarrel.

So now it's YOUR turn to find some inspiration in Nursery Rhyme classics! Remember to upload your projects via Mr. Linky by no later than midnight on Monday, May 17th in order to qualify for this month's Elements prize pack!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Black, Yellow and Turquoise - new Design Dollies challenge!

G'mornin', friends of the Dollhouse! Hope you moms out there had a wonderful Mother's Day and were spoiled rotten (or at least didn't have to do any of the usual, mundane stuff like housework). :)

Gonna just cut right to the chase today, as I'm running late (sorry about that - I did the wrong challenge this week! And I'm the one who SETS the darned things!)

We wanna see the following colors on your NEWLY-CREATED projects:

'Cuz here's what's up for grabs if you're the winner of the Color Challenges this month:

YUM, no? :)
Let's take a look and see what's been cookin' in the Dollhouse:

Dana gave us this FANTASTIC masculine page - we're all drooling over those awesome GEARS:

Vel, our lovely Guest Dollie for the month of May, made this SUPER-cute, perfectly grungy card:

and a little something from yours truly, Leah the Orange - heavily inspired by our gorgeous Dollies, Kate and Kristy, who are masters when it comes to layering funky edges (my yellow is slightly more GOLDish, so if that works for you, go for it!):

So whatcha got? Think you can use these colors and create something fabby? Yeah, pretty sure you've all got it in ya, judging from the amazing work we're used to seeing around here. So get craftin', and make sure you link it up below by next SUNDAY, May 16th at midnight EST, for your chance to win the yummy stuff up there! :) Remember your projects must be created NEW for our challenges, and you MUST link back to us (not just name us in your title, but an active link, please!) in order to be entered for the prize draw.

And this may be the first ingredient for the new TRIFECTA, but there's still time to work on the Elements and Sketch challenges from last week! Have fun, crafters!

OH, and don't forget about the DOLLIE CALL, which is open until May 25th! We're looking for "a few good dolls" to play with us for a six-month term, so show us your work if you'd like to play along!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Winner, Sketch and the Dollies

Welcome to May Dollies! Hopefully everyone had a great National Scrapbooking Day this last weekend! Workin on that mojo, makin somethin crafty. Well I'm sure everyone wants to know who won last month's Sketch Challenge. Well that person is..........

Jessy Christopher!

She submitted this awesome LO that I swooned over!

Jessy, email us at with your addy so we can get that prize out to ya! But May is a new month and that brings a new chance to win! So here's your first Sketch opportunity...

Here's what the Dollies have for ya!

our FABBY Guest DT

LOVE the doodle!

bringing you another Trifecta inspiration! You can see the Colours and the Elements and the Sketch all rolled into one...

You have until Sunday, May 9th at midnight EST to take on the TRIFECTA (woot!), or next Wednesday, May 12th if you're taking on the Sketch Challenge. Remember that your projects MUST be created new for our challenges, and you have to link back to the Doll House in your blog post! HAVE FUN!