Thursday, July 29, 2010

BRAND SPANKIN' NEW SKETCH CHALLENGE (last chance for the July prize!)

Okay folks, Leah here, posting for Kristy, who's hanging out and hopefully rubbin' elbows with some fancy people at CHA (I'm so jealous!). Gonna make this kinda short and sweet as I have lots of crafting to do myself, and didn't realize until I got home 20 minutes ago that the sketch hadn't gone live yet! Sorry for the delay, but let's get right down to bidniss, 'kay?

We have a fabby new sketch from our in-house Artiste Extraordinaire this week.... whatcha think of this one?

We all agreed there are some really FUN elements here, and we are quite sure you'll all continue to WOW us with your fabby creations! Let's see what our lovely Dollies have done with this one, shall we?

Kristy's page, featuring a very padded bottom (using LOTS of scrummy Sass)!

Dana's page, with one of the FUNKIEST color combos I've seen in a while!

(I love how she replaced the scalloped border with that awesome pleated ribbon!)

Karen's page - the sketch was flipped and I think the misting is DREAMY!

Okay, now GO GO GO! :)

Yep, time to clutter up that crafting space/table/desk and make a mess with the Dollies! We can't wait to see what you'll do with this sketch, and this is your last shot at Kristy's yummy July prize pack!

Play along with this one by NEXT WEDNESDAY, August 4th at midnight EST - link up your NEWLY CREATED PROJECTS, and be sure to link back to the Dollies on your blog post, for your chance to win! ANNNNND, if you're considering taking on the TRIFECTA, you have until Monday, August 1st (yep, that's right after THIS weekend) at midnight EST. You don't have as much time for the TRIFECTA, but for heaven's sake, you'll get entered in ALL THREE of our draws for July - that means you could win any of THREE prize packs (or all of 'em, if you're SUPER lucky!).

Play along, have fun, and we'll see you back here on Monday with a brand new Color Challenge!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Final Elements Challenge for the Month... Recipe time!

Hey there scrappers, and welcome to the final Elements Challenge for the month of July... AND your final chance to win this ADORABLE prize pack from Scrap Attack Scrapbooking!

Today's challenge is to use the following Recipe items in your next project... Then upload your work via Mr. Linky by Midnight on Monday, August 2nd.

For this project, please include the following:
  • The color Baby Blue
  • Ink (and lots of it!)
  • Masking (to get the masked effect)
  • Newspaper print, or some sort of paper with words (like the cool dictionary papers they have, or just lots of words, kwim?)
  • Stripes

And as always, we have some inspiration from your favorite Dollies! :)

Check out Chiqui's Masked Beauty:And don't you LOVE what Metal_Minish came up with in this piece of artistry?AND how amazing is Penny's Ode to her Kelpie?!While Adina STILL works on those thank you cards! :)

So there you have it Dolls... Come play along with us this week and be sure to link us up before Midnight on August 2nd for your chance to win this month's Elements Prize pack!

Blog Hop WINNERS!!!

Thank you again to everyone who played along for our weekend Blog Hop... It was so much fun hopping with ya'll and checking out you checking us out, lol! :)

Our Dollies were ALL so generous, so we have TONS of prizes to award today... BUT, be sure to check each Dollie's blog as well, for even MORE surprises!

In order of the hop, winners are as follows:

Penny's Lucky winner is: Robin

Karen's winner is: J-bug (Jane)

And Metal Minish's Nerd Scrap winner is: Christine

Leah's lucky ducky is: Yara

Chiqui's Dollie winner is: Anazelia

Dana's Tatar Salad winner is: Roxanne McCleary

Nicole's SO glam she sweats glitter winner is: Chloe!

Adina's All about me winner is: Alecia!

And I KNOW the Dollie quiz was a bit difficult (thus the huge stash for any winners!)... We didn't have any winners this time around, but stay tuned for another chance at the stash before the summer is over... Answers to the mini quiz are as follows:

1. Which Dollie wishes Puerto Ricans could be Southern Belles?
Dollie #5 (Adina)

2. Which Dollie launched her own ODD Digi Stamping company (with AMAZING images, may I say!)
Dollie #8 (Kristy)

3. Which Dollie hails from Sweden and LOVES Scrapping Dolls...
Dollie #3 (Metal Minish)

4. Which Dollie had to sensor the drink title for her favorite alcoholic beverage (hint, it consists of 2 Parts Butterscotch Schnapps and 1 part Bailey's Irish Cream)?
Dollie #7 (Karen)

5. Which Dollie lives in the same state as Adina does?
Dollie #1 (Leah)

6. Which part-time Californian part-time Norwegian Dollie just started scrapping again this past April?
Dollie #6 (Nicole)

7. Which Dollie is a Philipina Pediatrician?
Dollie #9 (Chiqui)

8. Which Australian Dollie is in SERIOUS need of a good album since she NEVER puts layouts into one...
Dollie #4 (Penny)

9. Which REPEAT DT Dollie is a retired Biochemist turned stay at home mom?
Dollie #2 (Dana)

WELL, there you have it scrappers! We all genuinely enjoyed playing with you this weekend and we hope to see you back again later on today for this month's final chance to win the Scrap Attack prize pack for playing along with our Elements Challenges... see you soon!

Monday, July 26, 2010

HOT new Color Challenge, with a HOT prize up for grabs!

Well, friends, after a VERY successful and fun BLOG HOP, we are back to the usual stuff on this sunny and humid Monday morning!

We hope you enjoyed our hop this past weekend, and we thank ALL of you who joined us - whether you left comment love for all of the Dollies, or answered the quiz questions, or played along with the challenges a couple of us tossed out there for you, we are GRATEFUL that you were here! Our Dollies are going through their comments and getting their winners picked (at random, natch!), and we will be announcing all the lucky names TOMORROW, both HERE, on the Design Dollies blog, and on our individual blogs as well. So if you played along, drop by tomorrow and see if you were one of the lucky ones!

So here we are - it's Monday again, and that means it's time for another COLOR CHALLENGE! This week I have a happy, fun and bright combination for you (unless you want to tone it down, which is also fine!)... Here are your colors:

BLUE and YELLOW with a BLACK AND WHITE option!

So I NEED to see the blue and yellow, and you're allowed to incorporate black and/or white into your creation in order to be eligible to win the July prize pack. REMEMBER, you don't have to do a layout, or even a card. You can make ANYTHING that's crafty as long as it fits the challenge!

Take a look at the Dollies' fun creations, and maybe you'll be inspired... :)

I, Leah the Orange, scrapped a page about a trip to Baltimore, during which I "acquired" a fabulous box of TRIMS, but did NOT, in fact, find coffee. (more deets on my blog, for the curious!)

Nicole created this awesome page - a tribute to her NAME! She combined some of the YUMMIEST embellies, and just check out that WEAVING!

And Karen-Dollie decided to make me this BEAUTIFUL little notepad holder, because she's a crafty mama, and because she knew how badly I needed one (hee hee... I'm kidding - she didn't make it for me, but I do love it!) - check out that fabby hand-stitching!

See what I mean? You can make ANYTHING for our Dollies challenges that requires a little creative effort! We're quite sure that you'll be able to show us some BRILLIANT projects for this one, so play along and you'll be entered to win this:

(I call it The Fun Pack!)

Interested? Well what are you waiting for? Play with the Dollies! Link up your NEWLY CREATED PROJECTS below (please link to the project, not to your general blog), be sure to link BACK to the Dollies blog in your post, and do this before next SUNDAY, August 1st at midnight EST! Happy crafting, friends, and happy Monday! ;)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Take a HOP through the Dollhouse!

THE HOP HAS ENDED! thank you for playing along, folks! winners will be announced TUESDAY!

Join the Dollies for a Dollilicious Blog Hop, celebrating the unique individuals that make up this dynamic team of Dolls…

If you take a glance at our title bar, you’ll notice that the Dollhouse has a HUGE variety of personalities, talents, and areas of interest represented just by our Dollie selection! And each dollie pictured above was selected to represent each Dollie at his or her finest…

So come get to know us a little better and take a stab at which Dollie above represents which crafty Design Dollie… And of course, there may be prizes involved!!

To begin your jaunt, start here
1. At the Dollhouse.
2. Then take a gander at our founding Dollie’s Corner of the Studio
3. Afterwards, make sure you take out your Scissors, Paper and Pen for this DT’s inspiration!
4. Then head to the land down under for another creative (and peaceful!) visit!
5. And THEN prepare yourself for some cutting edge Nerd Scrap motivation!
6. After which, prepare yourself for The Chronicles of Orange
7. Once you’re ready, check out amazing Snapshots of a Dollie’s life
8. And try some Tatar Salad while you’re at it…
9. Before you encounter the glam that is SO glam she sweats glitter
10. And wrap up your Dollhouse tour with some literary inspiration 'a la Jane Austen style!

So what are you waiting for? If you get lost during your travels, feel free to check back here anytime. We'll be hopping from 6 AM EST on Friday straight through till 10 PM EST on Sunday, so come check us out and play along for some Dollilicious fun! Be sure to leave comments on EVERY blog along the hop in order to be entered to win our prizes, and as always, happy scrappin!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Back for another Sketch Challenge!

Welcome back Dolls! I hope you all saw the fun announcement on the blog yesterday. If you didn't you NEED to check it out! All the fun will go down tomorrow starting right here (bright and early) so be here! But today we've got a lil sketch challenge for you!

Here's what our Dollies did with it...

So what do you think? Can you roll out a fabulous card or layout based around this sketch? Let's see what ya got! But you've got ambition you say? WELL then you can go ahead and roll this in with our Colors and Elements Challenges this week and whip yourself up a lovely Trifecta! Three entries for the price of one! You go ambitious! But to get in on the Trifecta you have to be linked up by Sunday July 25th at midnight EST so you better hop to! But if you just want to do our sketch then you have until Wednesday July 28th at midnight EST to link up your NEWLY CREATED PROJECTS, and be sure to link to the Dollies on your blog post, too. I can't wait to see what your stay at the Dollhouse brings!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Save the Date!!!

No, silly, not for a WEDDING... Although, when you get married, you definitely should KNOW the person well...

And that's the only hint I'm giving you! :) Tune back in tomorrow for our regularly scheduled Sketch challenge and THEN come on back to your favorite Dollhouse for a special event starting Friday at 6AM! :) Be there, or be square (as in 12X12... 8X8... 6X6... 4X4...).

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Think Vintage... Movies that is!

Welcome to another Tuesday edition of the Elements challenge at the Dollhouse! :) This month's elements challenge is sponsored by Scrap Attack Scrapbooking, an online scrapbooking store & community. They have a wonderful store that is stocked with beautiful scrapbook supplies all at 10% off MSRP everyday – NO coupon needed! They pride themselves on having a great selection of scrapbook supplies with competitive prices, fast shipping and outstanding customer service. Scrap Attack Scrapbooking, otherwise known as SAS, also “rewards” you for shopping with them. For every dollar you spend you are rewarded with points that can be cashed in on your next shopping visit. They also have a fun and friendly online community, creative gallery, monthly challenges, and YUMMY KITS!

(Check out this month's prize on the sidebar to your right!!)

This week's elements challenge is to take Vintage to another level... using a vintage movie as your inspiration. So dig through your film archives and use a movie, say created before 1985, and create a project that CLEARLY shows how the film inspired the creative side in you!

And for some guidance, of course we have DT provided examples! :)

Adina used Mae as Alice for this 1950s esque Alice in Wonderland Tribute...

And Nicole ROCKED the 1980s Airplane movie theme with this gorgeous layout:
So dig through those oldies and get scrappy... All entries must be submitted via Mr. Linky by Midnight on Monday, July 26th in order to qualify for an entry into this month's prize draw. Good luck!

Monday, July 19, 2010

July's "The Fun Stuff" prize, and a new color challenge for ya!

GOOD MORNING, friends and visitors of The Dollhouse! Welcome to another Monday - it's gonna be a hot one in South Jersey, so I think we're headed down to the shore for some ocean breeze and relaxation (much needed, thankyouverymuch!). :)

Before I show you what the Dollies have done this week in an effort to wow inspire the pants off you, HERE is the prize package for my July Color Challenges! I call this batch "The Fun Stuff"!
(click to enlarge!)

This month's Color Challenge "The Fun Stuff" prize consists of...
BasicGrey "Eva" 6x6 pad - 36 sheets
Tyggereye Art pear and tiny heart hand carved stamps
Prima Say it in Crystals - 12 pcs
Prima Say it in Studs - 12 pcs
K & Company "Life's Journey" Metal Art alphabet - 26 pcs
Hero Arts "Pastel Collage" Flowers assorted sizes - 24 pcs
Pebbles "Real Life" Duct Tape labels - 34 pcs
Cloud 9 Design "Wood Stone Collection" Eggplant Wood tile stickers - 8 pcs
Robin's Nest Dewdrops - 25 pcs each in gold, teal and magenta

Some of these things are my absolute FAVE crafty items (they don't all appear in my projects, but I use 'em for so many OTHER things, too!)

SO, play along with ANY of my Color Challenges this month and you could win the loot!

Thanks to those who played along with last week's Color Challenge - the black, pink and red combo might have been a little frightening, so while we had some GORGEOUS submissions, I hope more people decide to try their hand at TODAY'S combo!

Here's your recipe for this week:
(that means not a LOT of red, folks, just some snazzy red accents, 'kay?)

And just take a look at THESE beauties!

DANA created this ROCKIN' page with an amazing guitar accent!

KAREN created this - ahem! - cheeky page for her cocktail recipe mini-album:

I, Leah the Orange, finally scrapped some pictures
from 1998 into a mini - here are a couple of excerpts:

PENNY brought us some whimsy with this adorable (and heartwarming!) page:

So there you have it, folks! Lots of variety here today, and hopefully something that will get your creative gears turnin'... Play along for a chance at the above prize, and make sure you link up your NEWLY CREATED projects below by Sunday, July 25th at midnight EST. Don't forget, you MUST link back to The Dollhouse in your blog post. Have fun crafting, and we'll be back tomorrow with another Elements Challenge, sponsored by Scrap Attack Scrapbooking (who have a BIG sale going right now!)! :D

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thursday Sketch

howdy howdy! Everyone havin a fun summer? I'm SWELTERING here! 95 and severe thunderstorms don't sound much like comfy-ness. Well to take your mind off of it, I've got a sketch for ya!

Here's what our Dollies did with it...

our Fabby GDT Angie makin her debut!



So what do you think? As always this is our last ingredient for our Trifecta! Trifectas (or any of our challenges for that matter) can be entered using any kind of project you'd like! All we ask is that you can see the inspiration and the project be new. SO you've got until Sunday July 18th to get in on the Trifecta OR until Wednesday July 21 to get in on just the sketch. Make sure you link us up on whatever challenge you enter (all three if you roll Trifecta style) so you get your proper entries. Thanks for staying at the Dollhouse!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Whatcha Doin???

Welcome to another Elementary Tuesday; this month's Elements prize is sponsored by Scrap Attack Scrapbooking, an online scrapbooking store & community. They have a wonderful store that is stocked with beautiful scrapbook supplies all at 10% off MSRP everyday – NO coupon needed! They pride themselves on having a great selection of scrapbook supplies with competitive prices, fast shipping and outstanding customer service. Scrap Attack Scrapbooking, otherwise known as SAS, also “rewards” you for shopping with them. For every dollar you spend you are rewarded with points that can be cashed in on your next shopping visit. They also have a fun and friendly online community, creative gallery, monthly challenges, and YUMMY KITS!

For a chance to win this month's prize (pictured below), all you have to do is play along with this week's elements challenge and link up via Mr. Linky before midnight EST on Monday July 19th. Easy peasy! :)
This week's Elements challenge is inspired by my dd's favorite summer pastime... catching up on her favorite cartoons! She's mad for Phineas and Ferb but is also catching up on old time classics like The Jetsons and Flintstones! :) SO, we've asked YOU to play along by using your favorite cartoon characters to inspire your next project... WITH a Summery Twist... Meaning if you use Mickey Mouse as Santa, he should definitely be on a beach somewhere! :) And as always, we have some dollicious inspiration for ya!

Karen whipped up this Oooptastic layout using Betty Boop as her inspiration (don'tcha love the doodling??), and she also combined it with yesterday's Color Challenge!
While Penny took it to the NEXT level using Phineas and Ferb's location and logo as inspiration for this doozy:
And I (Adina Medina) am STILL working on thank you cards for the baby shower! :)
SO... with that, upload your NEWLY CREATED summery cartoon inspired projects via Mr. Linky before Midnight on the 19th for another entry, be sure to link back to the Dollies in your blog post, and happy scrapping!

Monday, July 12, 2010

NEW Color Challenge for a big July prize!

Okay, managed to get a couple of things figured out on my camera, after returning from a frantic weekend in Canada. Sorry about the delay, folks! And thank you for being so patient with us!

Brand new Color Challenge for you today, and while it seemed to have stumped our Dollies at first, once they figured out what they wanted to do with the combo, they HIT IT OUTTA THE BALLPARK!

Here are your colors...

Don't be afraid! I promise it's not so bad, and you don't have to resort to something for Valentine's Day! :)

Feast your eyes on these beauties...

Nicole (with her very seasoned little traveller layout!):

Chiqui (with a lovely ode to a special lady in her life!):

and me, Leah the Orange, with a humble little card (I'm loving the wired ribbon flowers!):

That's your cue, crafters! Get your papers out, your handy-dandy trimmer and your favourite adhesive, and show us what you can do with BLACK, PALE PINK and RED for this challenge! You have until next SUNDAY, July 18th at midnight EST to play along with this one, and all NEWLY MADE creations will be entered to win the July prize package (which I have yet to show you... so maybe I'll add something to it while you're waiting!).

Don't forget to link back to us in your blog post, and GOOD LUCK!

little technical difficulty here! sit tight, folks!

Sorry for the delay, folks! My camera is acting VERY strangely, and I'm trying to get everything together for the next Color Challenge post, so please stay tuned! I hope to have the problem fixed in the next hour or two!

New challenge coming soon! AND, hopefully, if I do solve the problem, I'll have pictures of the new prize pack, too!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Let's rename Thursday to Sketchday

It might be confusing for a while but I think it could catch on! I mean really, what does Thurs mean anyway?

Welcome welcome! I'm excited you are thinking about staying at the Dollhouse! Are your bags packed and do you have your tickets? Well I hope so b/c I have a sketch for Sketchday!

Are you ready? Here's what our Dollies did with it!




As the last ingredient for this weeks Trifecta you can combine or do each on its own. For the sketch you have until July 14th at midnight EST to get'er done or for that elusive Trifecta Sunday July 11 at midnight EST. Make sure to link on all three posts to get your Trifecta entries! Well Dolls, have an amazing weekend and be on the look out for some special Dollhouse fun coming to you next week!!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

July ELEMENTS Challenge, sponsored by SCRAP ATTACK!

We are VERY excited to kick off July's Elements Challenges, because we have a FANTASTIC sponsor (our very first one)! Please say hello to Scrap Attack Scrapbooking!

Scrap Attack Scrapbooking is an online scrapbooking store & community. They have a wonderful store that is stocked with beautiful scrapbook supplies all at 10% off MSRP everyday – NO coupon needed! They pride themselves on having a great selection of scrapbook supplies with competitive prices, fast shipping and outstanding customer service. Scrap Attack Scrapbooking, otherwise known as SAS, also “rewards” you for shopping with them. For every dollar you spend you are rewarded with points that can be cashed in on your next shopping visit. They also have a fun and friendly online community, creative gallery, monthly challenges, and YUMMY KITS!

To join in the fun please visit their site at

SAS is also offering all friends of the Dollhouse a fabulous 25%* off msrp on your total order. Please use coupon: dollies to take advantage of this discount. This coupon will expire at midnight PST on 8-1-10. Enjoy! (*25% off msrp is calculated by taking an additional 15% off their already low 10% off prices.)


Here's the GORGEOUS kit that Lauri is offering up
as the prize for this month's Elements Challenges:

and a bit of a closeup:

So you need to play along with our Elements Challenges this month for a chance to win! Let's get started with our first Elements Challenge for the month, shall we?

This week we are asking you Dolls to take some inspiration from your favorite tunes... Song selections should be predominant in your project via title or artistic influence, and should be relatively contemporary--no older than 1990, please.

As always, we have some inspiration for ya!
Chiqui used Taylor Swift as inspiration for this gorgeous summery layout:
And Dana blew us away with this spin on Ludacris ... classic! :):
While Nicole used Katy Perry's song to drive this unforgettable work of art!:
And Adina used Celine Dion's emotional song for this vintage layout:And now it's YOUR turn to use some tunes to inspire your creativity this week! All entries must be NEWLY CREATED for this challenge, and submitted via Mr. Linky by midnight EST on Monday July 12th to be included in this month's drawing.

Oh AND at the risk of posting the longest post in Dollie history... Our winner for the June Elements Challenges is:

CRYSTAL!!!! Thanks for playing along with our Sandy challenge Crystal!! Please send me your address via email and I'll send out your prize pack ASAP! :)

So what are you waiting for? Go get scrappy and keep cool!! :)