Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday Greetings!

Christmas time is here! My family and I always plan an annual visit to Disneyland during the Christmas season. My husband and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary on Dec 18th with our kids and more family. Yes, I got married a week before Christmas. It was a great time and reason to gather family near and far.  Even Santa came to our reception.

This photo is of the Disneyland Castle during our trip.  It was a great way to start the countdown week to Christmas Day. The Castle is so pretty during the day with the Christmas decor against the California blue skies. You'll just have to visit Disneyland to see how it lights up the night during the holiday.

Hope your holiday weekend is filled with friends, family, love and joy. We'll be sharing some new end of year bundles and sales next week.

If you are looking for some Christmas cheer, take a couple minutes to view this classic:

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

And The Winners Are...

Sorry for the delay. I think the Christmas elves are in high gear hijacking my time the last 48 hours. The elves are pretty excited about the holiday season.

Time to give away some fun gifts to the following lucky winners from the E-Team "Love Me Some Embellishment Bits" Blog Hop.

The following lucky readers each won a $20 eclectic Paperie gift voucher. Please send your email address to so we can send you the information as to how to redeem your prize.

From Linda Ledbetter's Blog:

From Micki Harper's Blog:

From Starla Nelson's Blog:

The following lucky readers have won an embellishment box of eP goodies. Please send your snail mail address to so we can send your package of embellishment fun to you.

From Broni Holcombe's Blog:

From Latrice Murphy's Blog:

From the eclectic Paperie Blog:

Congratulations to all the winners of this E-Team Blog Hop. Thank you for taking the time to visit the E-Team and leave comments about their creations. We are happy you enjoyed all the different ideas to use the Maya Road Embellishments. I am sure you may have some similar embellishments so get them out and put them to work for you. It's all about those small details.

Hope you take a little time for yourself to journal and capture some memorable photos of this holiday season. Christmas is always a magical time of year.

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 16, 2011

E-Team Blog Hop - Embellishment Bits Day 2

Happy Friday! Welcome to Day 2 of the E-Team Blog Hop.

Joining in on the E-Team blog hop fun. I knew these new Maya Road Embellishment Bits Kit was going to be fun to play with. Lots of options and so many uses. Trying to keep things easy peasy in the midst of holiday chaos. Between kid stuff, school stuff, and work stuff, paper crafting is precious. I have to make the most of the time in between carpool. I am all about fast and quick crafts right now.

I eyeballed those cute Round Journey Tins in the kit. With some extra supplies and paper, I was ready to make these decorative and useful jumbo paperclips with the round tins as a shaker element.

You can find this massive jar of Diamond Dust at your local craft store. Sometimes you may have to  look in the floral section. The Diamond Dust will make sound, shake and not stick to your project. You can get the jumbo paper clips at your local office supplies store. The 1-3/8 circle punch was the perfect fit for the Maya Road small round Journey Tins.

The Webster's Pages, Botanical Christmas & Winter Fairy Tales 6x6 paper pad had some perfect sized designs for my project.   

The 1-3/8 circle punch did the trick with its coordinating fit.

The silver round journey tins were just a little off in terms of coordinating color with the jumbo paper clip. I took my alcohol ink pen to paint just a little color directly onto the tin. 

Next, to figure out how to seal the lids tightly, I used some Multi-Medium Matte and squirted a little around the inside rim lid. 

With some ribbon bits around the jumbo clip, everything was ready to be assembled. Use something like E-6000 to glue the paper clip to the back of the small Round Journey Tin. Drying time is required. I have found that with something like this project and the amount of times it is handled, E-6000 seems to be more secure than something like hot glue. You can add a piece of felt, a flower, or a rosette to the other side of the jumbo clip for a more finished look. 

These jumbo paper clips with a decorated round shaker tin is a cute add-on to any gift tag, holiday recipe card, or note to someone special. We all need a little help keeping our holiday lists and coupons all together, too. 

Don't forget to visit the following E-Team Members to see what they created and shared for this blog hop:

Friday - December 16th:

Daisy Sparks (you are here)

If you missed yesterday's E-Team, here is a reminder:
Thursday - December 15th:

Don't forget about the following E-Team Blog Hop details regarding this final 2011 E-Team fun:
  • Visit each of the E-Team members and leave them some feedback about their creation.
  • It is Christmas time so eP is going to pick 6 winners for this blog hop. There will be a winner from each blog. 
  • 3 winners will win a $20 eP GC;
  • 3 winners will win an fun box stuffed with eP embellishments that will include trims, brads, buttons, decorative pins, Stickles, & more.
  • Winner's will be announced on Tues Dec 20th
  • You can visit and leave the E-Team comments on their blogs beginning today through Sun, Dec 18th.
  • Winner's will be announced on Tues Dec 20th on the eP blog.

Have a great weekend!  I hope it is filled with lots of holiday fun! 


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Thursday, December 15, 2011

New E-Team Blog Hop - Embellishment Bits

The E-Team is hosting a 2-day blog hop:

Thursday - December 15th:

Friday - December 16th:

*** Sherry Cheever is sitting out this blog hop. You can see what she has been up to on her blog,Walkin on the Bad Side.
  • Visit each of the E-Team members and leave them some feedback about their creation.
  • It is Christmas time so eP is going to pick 6 winners for this blog hop. There will be a winner from each blog. 
  • 3 winners will win a $20 eP GC;
  • 3 winners will win an fun box stuffed with eP embellishments that will include trims, brads, buttons, decorative pins, Stickles, & more.
  • Winner's will be announced on Tues Dec 20th
  • You can visit and leave the E-Team comments on their blogs beginning today through Sun, Dec 18th.
  • Winner's will be announced on Tues Dec 20th on the eP blog.

Enjoy the E-Team creations! I'll be back tomorrow to post my project for thie final E-Team blog hop of 2011.

Wishing you some holiday cheer today!

"feed your creativity" at

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

T'was the Day Before Tim's 12 Tags

Been reading about all the excitement and buzz about the annual 12 Tags of Christmas by Tim Holtz. Can you believe this will be the 5th year? It gets bigger every year. Looks like there may be lots of new and interactive features for 2011. Here is poem that is reposted from 2009:

T'was the night before Tim's Tags of Christmas
When all through the Web
Every stamper was stirring in wake of this fun event!
With Distress Inks and Blending Tools ready to go,
Just a wondering which stamps Tim Holtz will show.
With #8 Tags and the Must Have Craft Sheet 
awaiting Day 1,
Every stamper in town is getting anxious for some 
Tim Holtz Christmas fun.
So Stamp away, stamp away, stamp away all,
For Tim Holtz Tags of Christmas
 will keep you from the busy mall.                
                                       -By Daisy Sparks (2009)

You never know what Tim will use to create his seasonal tags. Here are some basic supplies you might want to have on hand in preparation to stamp along with Tim and his 12 Tags of Christmas:

  • Craft Sheet
  • Distress Inks
  • Distress Stains
  • Blending Tools
  • Glossy Accents
  • Distress Stickles 
  • Alcohol Inks
  • Crackle Paint, especially Rock Candy. 
  • Paint Dabbers
  • Perfect Pearls & Perfect Pearls Mist
  • idea-ology embellishments & Paper Stash
  • Grungepaper & Core'dinations Cardstock
  • Alterations Dies
  • Your favorite Tim Holtz Stamps
  • And some tags to practice and create some artful tags

The tag pictured is one of my favorites from the Day 10 of the 2009 12 Days of Christmas. 

Get your friends together to pool your supplies and resources. Make a stamp date to enjoy some holiday cheer with friends during the 12 Tags of Christmas hosted by Tim Holtz.
Here's a coupon code to enjoy during a variety of 12 Days of Christmas events: madabout12. This coupon code (min $10 purchase) will be good until December 31st. You can use it as many times as you need between now and the end of the year to shop at eclectic Paperie. 

Get your Christmas on!


"feed your creativity" at

Monday, November 28, 2011

Happy Shopping

Check out our newsletter, the eclectic Expose, to read about our year end inventory sale, some new products that arrived, and a coupon code for today.

Happy Monday!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Be Merry, Winners!

I think Santa's elves highjacked my schedule the last couple of days. They are so excited and busy getting ready for the season!

Congratulations to the following 3 winners of the E-Team Be Merry Blog hop:

From Sherry Cheever's Blog Blog: 

 From Linda Duke's Blog:

From Starla Nelson's Blog

Please email with your snail mail addy. You have until Nov 30th to claim your prize.

The E-Team and I are so thankful for the time you took to visit each of the E-Team blogs. The comments you left were filled with kindness and cheer. The feedback really helps to keep the E-Team pushing their creative limits and thinking out of the box with all the tools that they have.

I think from all the comments left on the eP Blog, Pumpkin Pie seems to be the hands down winner for favorite Thanksgiving dessert. Loved reading about the memories and people attached some of these favorite sweets, too.

The winner from the eP Blog is:

Hope your weekend is filled with lots of fun and excitement to lead up to a great Turkey Day. Nothing better than spending time cooking and eating with family and friends. Hope you also find some time to get a little inky. The E-Team sure provided lots of ideas and inspiration for some holiday paper crafts.

Be Merry!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New Blog Hop: Part 3 - Be Merry!

Only 9 days until it's Turkey Day.
Only 40 sleeps until Santa arrives!
It's the most wonderful season of all!

Time for a fun new blog hop from The E-Team. This is Part 3 of our Seasonal Tag & ATC series we are calling BE MERRY! I asked the lovely E-Team ladies to create both a card and ATC using any of their favorite holiday stamp sets, papers, and embellishments. Wait until you see the variety in holiday creations that the E-Team came up with. There is sure to be something for everyone. I can't wait till you see each and every one of the Be Merry projects. You will want to get inky after you see some of them.

  • Visit each of the E-Team members and leave them some feedback about their Be Merry creation.
  • We will randomly choose 3 winners from 3 E-Team blog participant to win an eP box full of holiday themed goodies such as stamps, embellishments and papers. 
  • Then leave a comment here on the eP blog for a chance to win 1 of 2 $20 eclectic Paperie gift vouchers. Tell me what is your favorite Thanksgiving dessert. 
  • You have from today until Nov 17th to leave comments.
  • All winners will be posted on the eP blog on Friday, Nov 18th.

I love the winter holiday season and all the fun that comes with it. Paper crafters go into high gear and all kinds of creations are shared through the Web. Take a break, grab a hot cup of something delicious and a snack. Come see what the E-Team created. I hope you enjoy this Be Merry E-Team Blog Hop.

Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

For the Love of Starbucks Winners

So happy to see that you all enjoyed the fun E-Team Blog Hop featuring one of our favorite guilty pleasures (or daily must have)...Starbucks. The E-Team appreciated the time you took to visit their blogs and leave comments for them.

Before I get to some winners, thought I would show you a quick photo of the 1st Starbucks location which is located at Pike's Place Market in Seattle, Washington. My family and I went up to Seattle for a wedding last summer so I insisted we visit the iconic place where it all started. The Starbucks at Pike's Place is the only Starbucks that has the original brown logo with the original mermaid art. It's quite small but cozy and very historical. There are gift cards that are exclusive to this location as well as some other fun collectible mugs for the Starbucks collector. That's my youngest daughter taking a peak at the Barista's working away in the original location. Our visit made for some fun memories.

Congratulations to the following lucky readers. You've won a $20 gift voucher to shop at eclectic Paperie. Please email you name to to claim your fun prize.

From Micki's Blog

From Latrice's Blog

From Linda Ledbetter's Blog

You have until the next blog hop to claim your prize.

Don't forget that this blog hop was also an eclectic Challenge issued to you. You have to incorporate some of the new Seasonal Distress Ink Colors and get a little inspiration form Starbucks. The challenge winner will receive a $10 Starbucks gift card along with a box full of eclectic Paperie goodies.  You have until Nov 13th to upload your creation HERE.

Happy November!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Announcing the Winners...with Gratitude!

THANK YOU so much for joining the E-Team for our "Be Thankful" blog hop (Part 2 Tag Series). Weren't some of the projects simply gorgeous? I hope you were all inspired and got some ideas for your fall paper crafts.

THANK YOU for taking the time to leave the E-Team some feedback in regards to their post and art. They will be busy soon as I am sending them an "eclectic Challenge" for the next blog hop. I have something fun for them that they must use in their projects so stay tuned.

THANK YOU for also taking the time to leave your comments and thoughts about what GRATITUDE means to you. The comments were all so heartfelt. The personal stories and examples are true inspiration. You are all great reminders as to why eclectic Paperie and the E-Team continue to keep going. I am personally thankful for you, and your love for paper crafts.

Now, for the winners from the blog hop this weekend. Congratulations to the following lucky ducks. You will each receive a $20 gift voucher to shop at eclectic Paperie. Please send and confirm your email address so I can send you instructions on how to redeem your voucher. Mail your information to

From Linda Ledbetter's Blog: 

From Broni's Blog:

From Starla's Blog:

and the winner from the eclectic Paperie Blog is:
Terry, please email your snail addy to so I can send you box of eP goodies filled with designer papers, embellishments, and stamps, too.

Wishing you all a great week. Hope it is filled with lots of hope, love, and fall fun!

With much gratitude,


"feed your creativity" at

Friday, October 14, 2011

New E-Team Blog Hop: Part 2-Be Thankful

Happy Fall!

The E-Team accepted their second challenge for our Seasonal Tags, ATCs & More series. They were asked to use a tag or ATCs, but use it on anything but a card. I think you'll be excited to see that they really ran with this challenge and made anything but a card. Not sure if any tags were even included but you'll see some beautiful and heartfelt 3D projects while you visit each E-Team member. 

Participating in this blog this weekend are:

Visit each E-Team participant on her blog to see what she created. We'll have some goodies to share for several lucky readers
  • You have from today until Sunday, Oct 16th to leave a comment. 
  • We'll randomly choose 3 winners total to a $20 Gift Voucher to shop at eclectic Paperie.
  • Leave a comment on this blog for a chance to win an eclectic Paperie box of goodies including some papers, stamps, ribbons and more surprises. Tell me what the word GRATITUDE means to you. 2 winners will be chosen from this eP blog to win a box full of eP goodies.
  • Winners will be announced on this eP blog late Monday, Oct 17th.  
Enjoy the E-Team creations!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Winners from Want2Scrap & E-Team Blog hop

Congratulations to the following lucky ladies!

From Broni's Blog: Gloria Westerman

From Latrice's Blog: Anita Braddock

From Micki's Blog: Sherry K

Gloria, Anita, &'ve all won a $20 gift voucher to eclectic Paperie. Please email me at and I will send you your voucher and instructions as to how to redeem. 


The following lucky ladies also won. They won a $20 gift voucher to Want2Scrap. 

From Heidi's Blog:

From Karen's Blog

From Mimi's Blog

Glenda, Cottergaca, & Cathy, please also send your email to and I will forward to the Want2Scrap team for you $20 Want2Scrap voucher. 

Congratulations to all the winners! Happy Shopping!

"feed your creativity" at

Friday, September 30, 2011

E-Team Blog Hop with Want2Scrap Design Team

The E-Team is excited to share in fun blog hop with the Want2Scrap Design team. If you are new to eclectic Paperie or  Want2Scrap, here is a little information about these two creative companies. Each offer a unique line of products for all paper crafters.

eclectic Paperie(eP) is an online boutique for all who love paper crafts. There is an eclectic assortment of products, supplies, tools, and materials to assist you in your quest for creative expression. Stretch your basic paper crafting skills beyond simple scrapbooking and cardmaking. Take the next step into artistic expression by "feeding your creativity" at eclectic Paperie. You keep up new product offerings by following eclectic Paperie on FacebookTwitter, or the eP Blog.

Want2Scrap™ manufacturers rhinestones lines including the Nestabling™ line that coordinates with the newly released Nestaboard™ chipboard line.  A variety of Nestablng and Nestaboard shapes correspond with specific Spellbinders™ Nestabilities™ die templates. Want2Scrap also manufacturers their own line chipboard albums and accents, acrylic albums, and multi-layered laser designs and other fine scrapbooking products. Want2Scrap brings ease of use and flexibility in their product lines by offering products uniquely tailored to its customers’ needs. Follow Want2Scrap on Facebook and the Want2Scrap Blog!

The E-Team & Want2Scrap Design Team were on a mission to create some fun projects using the Nestabling and Nestaboard with any coordinating Spellbinders dies, too. Come blog hop with the two teams to see what kind of creative juices resulted. 
The E-Team

Want2Scrap™ Design Team
 Heidi Blankenship - Design Team Coordinator

Twice the number of blog hop participants means twice the fun that includes prizes, too. Visit each E-Team and Want2Scrap participating member and leave them some feedback about their creations. One comment per person per blog, please.  You have until today, Friday, September 30th to Sunday, October 2nd to visit each blog participant.  

Six random winners will be chosen from the blog hop participants. The six winners will win either a $20.00 gift voucher from eclectic Paperie OR Want2Scrap. Each company is giving away three (3) $20.00 gift vouchers.  Winners be posted on the eclectic Paperie Blog and on the Want2Scrap Blog on Tuesday, October 4th so make sure you check back to claim your prize.


Monday, September 19, 2011

Be Spooky Blog Hop Winners

Happy Monday!

By far, there are a lot of candy corn fans out there. I guess lots of chocolate is available all year, but nothing like this time of year when those triangular white, yellow, and orange sweet treats start showing up. I really enjoyed reading all your comments about your favorite Halloween candy.

My favorite was Larissa's:

Congratulations, are the winner of the $25 eclectic Paperie Gift Voucher.

I have more eclectic Paperie goodies to give out so "trick or treat"! If you see your name following, please email with your name and snail mail address. We will mail out some tags, ATCs and a variety of seasonal embellishments so you can start creating some seasonal tags, too.

From Sherry Cheever's Blog:

From Starla Nelson's Blog:

From Linda Ledbetter's Blog:

One more:

Thank you once again for joining The E-Team for this new blog hop series. We have a couple more planned with the upcoming holidays. The E-Team is also busy working on some collaborations that you are sure to enjoy.

Have a great week!

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