Tuesday, August 28, 2007

And the Winner is....

I actually have butterflies in my stomach as I type this, LOL!! But I'm so pleased to announce the winning team from Season 2 of the Amazing Digi Scrapping Race:

For those of you who don't want to watch my adorable children in the video drawing a name out of a pirate's hat, you can scroll down.

Gigi Girls!!

Gigi Girls are Rachel and Amy. You can click on their name to see their galleries. Congratulations ladies!! I'll be e-mailing you tonight for full contact information.

Thanks everyone for participating!!

Monday, August 27, 2007

So, what's going on...

I know you're all dying to know. Here's the scoop. I finally got through all the e-mails and verified all the layouts. However, there are about a dozen or so teams I haven't heard from and these are teams that have never missed. And because, as many of you have learned, for some reason, all e-mails don't necessarily make it to me for whatever reason.

So, to give them the benefit of the doubt, I went to check their official galleries. About 6 teams have their official galleries at DST and, you guessed it, DST postponed their server upgrade to today and I can't check them.

I don't want to unfairly penalize these teams so I'm holding off on distributing the last of the prizes and doing the drawing until I can contact these teams.

Thanks SOOO much for your patience!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Last of the Grand Prizes

These are the last sponsors of our Grand Prize. And for those of you keeping a running total, the prizes total $1,107.50 per team member!!! I want to personally thank everyone who is donating to the Grand Prize, hosted a challenge, or participated as a racer. You all have helped make this race an astounding success!!

Lie Fhung is donating two $30 gift certificates to Ztampf! to the Grand Prize. In addition, she provided discount coupons to all the racers who registered. Plus, there is another little surprise coming your way if you made it this far...

Ztampf!’s sole creator is, Lie Fhung, a Chinese-Indonesian contemporary artist and designer. She studied ceramic art and graduated with a BFA from ITB (Bandung Institute of Technology), Indonesia. Fhung has received many recognitions for her work as an artist since an early age. Click here to learn more about Fhung art and to see her ceramic and installation art work.

In addition to being your host and stop number one in the race, NDISB is offering each member of the winning team a $50 gift certificate to the NDISB store. We have a fabulous variety of designers to suit any scrapping style. From traditional and heritage pages to something edgy and trendy, you'll find it all at NDISB!

Memory Purses is offering each winner a free small purse and checkbook cover. This is a $24 value each! Memory Purses:

~Measures 10.5in.W x 8.5in.T x 3in.D ~Handles measure 22in. long ~Both sides of this sturdy, well made purse have snap openings to hold your 10 x 8 photo or scrapbook page ~The inside of this purse is lined with a black pin striped fabric ~The inside contains a small slip in pocket ~The sleeves are made of a thick, clear acrylic material ~There are small metal feet on the bottom of the purse that allow it to stand on it's own.

What can we say about Shabby Princess? I mean, who doesn't know this amazingly talented designer with the heart of gold? Who among us didn't start digital scrapping with her beautiful freebies? Well the generosity continues. Each winner will get a $25 gift card to The Shabby Shoppe!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Grand Prize Winner Info

A few people have asked when we're going to do the drawing. It will probably be at least Tuesday. First I have to wait for everyone to e-mail me with their layouts from Week 6. They have until midnight Sunday night/Monday morning. I won't see the last of them until Monday when I get up.

After that, I have to write each qualifying team's name on a piece of paper and put them in a hat. I'll probably draw the name Monday night when my kids are home. The tough part will be deciding which kid gets to do it, because they're likely to fight over the right.

I'll record the whole thing and put the video up on the blog. So, it could be Tuesday before that happens. But I'll try to get it up Monday night.

Now, on to more Grand Prizes:

ScrapQuick is offering fifteen (15) 8"x8" premium, archival quality prints of the winners' choice of their own digital scrapbook pages. ScrapQuick.com™ specializes in digital scrapbook printing with no bleed or image loss at the edge, even at 12"x12". We use only pigment-based inks (not dye inks) and heavy-weight, water and smear resistant photographic paper to give you true-to-life color reproductions of the highest quality with long-lasting, fade resistance. Prize includes shipping to North America (winners outside North America receive a $30 gift certificate to our online store good on any digital product except commercial use items.)

ScrapQuick.com™ is the only site on the web offering ready-to-use digital scrapbook pages created exclusively by professional page artists who offer you a unique take on outstanding digital layouts by constructing layouts from 29 top digital designers. In addition to our valued priced, two-page layouts, we also feature albums, templates and embellishments.

Genevieve Sass is offering two $20 gift certificates to her Oscraps store. Genevieve is a hugely talented designer with an amazing variety of products from whimsical doodles to layered templates and fabulously rich and detailed kits. There is something in her store for every scrapping style.

Plain Digital Wrapper is donating two $10 gift certificates to their store along with two $10 gift certificates to Shutterfly.com! Plain Digital Wrapper boasts some amazing designers. Along with a gallery and fun challenges, you're sure to find something here to inspire you. Be sure to stop by and check them out and thank them for not only donating to the grand prize, but for serving as a fun stop on the Amazing Digi Scrapping Race Season 2.

Pickleberrypop is donating two $17 gift cards to their store. Pickleberrypop is an Australian-based scrapping site welcoming people from all over the world. Try out a challenge or two in the forum, upload your layouts in the gallery, and pop by the shop to see what takes your fancy. Join them for a little bit of scrapping and a whole lot of fun.

Friday, August 24, 2007

It Just Keeps Getting Better and Better

My goal had always been to profile 2-3 Grand Prize donors twice a week. But the donations kept flooding in and before long there were just too many to take it that slow. Here are six more fabulous companies/designers who are generously contributing toward our Grand Prize!

Elemental Scraps is donating a $25 gift certificate to each member of the winning team. Elemental Scraps is a full-service site with a gallery, forums, shoppe, chat and more. With a paid subscription, you'll get access to special subscriber only sales, monthly mega kits, freebies and more! With over 20 designers, you'll spend that gift certificate quickly!! Be sure to stop by and thank them for not only donating to the Grand Prize but also for being stop number 6 on the Amazing Digi Scrapping Race!

Kelly Shults is donating two $25 gift certificates to her store at A Cherry on Top. Kelly is an amazingly talented designer with a well-stocked store. There is so much there to fall in love with!

Disc Talk Radio is offering two radio memberships (a $36 value), one for each member of the winning team. Whether you're sitting down, logging on and listening now or downloading and takin' the shows on the road, Disc Talk Radio promises to provide you with hours of information and entertainment from icons in the scrapbooking community. Each month, tune in to hear your favorite scrappin' celebrities share tips of the trade, gain insights that will make your next layout shine, go behind the scenes of your favorite sites, and just plain have a blast - but that's just for starters! So, turn up the speakers and listen now!

Digitals is donating two $10 gift certificates to their store. Digitals is a busy site with lots of fun challenges, products, tutorials and more. They have a well-stocked store with products from dozens of talented designers. And don't miss their free daily download!

Digital Scrapbook Artisan Guild is donating two 3-month guild memberships (a $17.50 value each)! The Digital Scrapbook Artisan Guild has been formed for the express purpose of advancing the craft of digital scrap-booking. They are a craft guild dedicated to helping our members grow in their craft. They believe the craft of digital scrapbooking can be most effectively advanced by creating a community that is dedicated to a culture of on-going education.

The Digi Chick is donating two $30 gift certificates to their eBoutique. The Digi Chick, TDC as it is affectionately known around the internet, is a full-service site with community forums, gallery, and a loaded boutique with some of the industry's most talented designers. Be sure to stop by and say thanks for sponsoring the race!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Grand Prize Fever!

Yes, even more Grand Prizes await two lucky racers. I had someone e-mail me asking if we could break it out into first, second and third place prizes. I think that's an excellent idea for next season, but for now, this has been advertised as a race with a single winning team and the sponsors have agreed to donate to a single Grand Prize. But I'll add this to the poll I put up at the end of the race and gauge everyone's interest.

So, with that, here are the next round of amazing sponsors for our Grand Prize:

Robin Carlton and the fabulous Sweet Shoppe Designers are donating two $50 gift certificates, one for each member of the winning team!

Sweet Shoppe Designs was an idea born out of friendship and commitment to one another's designs. We believe in a small, tight knit and supportive environment where each designer and creative team member are truly invested in each others success and have a say in the future of the site and what happens on a day to day basis. The designers at SSD truly believe in each other and the digital community as a whole and we are excited and proud to be bringing high quality designs, inspiration and a sense of community to scrappers around the world.

The fabulously talented Amy Teets is donating a $15 gift certificate to each member of the winning team to her ACOT store. Amy is tremendously talented and sells her fabulous designs at ACOT and now Oscraps. In addition, she has a popular line of papers with Dream Street Papers.

April Staker (aka DigiApe) is donating two $20 gift certificates to her Designs in Digital Store to the Grand Prize winning team. April has tons of beautiful items; it will be easy to quickly spend that $20!

Deco Pages is donating a Club Deco 3-month membership ($45 value) to each of the Grand Prize winners. Club Deco is the fantastic scrapbooking club at Deco-Pages.com. Club membership gets you a monthly kit (MEGA - some almost 1 GB in size) by the many participating Deco-Pages Designers, as well as the monthly Color Challenge Starter Kit, and any freebies from our designers throughout your term - made just for club members!! The value you receive each month is about $15.00 (or more!). A deal that can't be beat. The kits are high quality, fun, and have lots of variety - since many different designers add their own backgrounds, elements, alphas and more...

The fabulously talented and well-endowed Amanda Rockwell is donating a $15 gift certificate to each of the Grand Prize winners. Amanda's style is fresh, wild and a little bit funky and her products are always of the highest quality. And if you sign up for her newsletter, you can find out about sales and specials well in advance of the general public.

Brenda Kempf is offering each Grand Prize winner a $10 gift certificate to her Scrapbook-Bytes store. Brenda has been a designer at SBB since 2005 and has tons of fabulous, unique products to choose from. You could spend hours perusing her store, so why not go check it out now, just for fun. Fill up that wish list in case you win...

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

We Got Your Challenge #12....right here!!!

Yep, that's right, this is the stop for Challenge #12!!! So, here it is:

Your challenge is to scraplift your favorite layout done by your partner. If you're racing alone now, you can scraplift any other racer. But, your layout needs to be about the ADSR. You must scrap your page about your favorite aspect of the Amazing Digi Scrapping Race.

That's it. Two components. A scraplift and a topic.

And for completing the challenge, you'll get a coupon for $7 good towards anything in my personal store at NDISB. The coupon is good through the end of the year, so if you don't see $7 worth of stuff you don't already have, I've got plenty of new stuff coming out.

ETA: The layout you scraplift of your partner needs to be one an ADSR layout. Thanks for the question!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Yes - It's Official! The right hand does not know what the left hand is doing!

Yesterday Theresa posted here that she would be putting a poll up on the NDISB forum seeking feedback for Season 3. Yesterday, I started a thread on the forum seeking feedback for Season 3! LOL (At least we're both thinking of doing the same things, and at the same time. Is that scary, or what?!)

If you'd like to leave us some feedback, you can do so here.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Challenge #11 and some Business

Okay, I know I posted Challenge 11, but it's gone... So here it is again at RAK Scraps.

I think I've finally gotten back to everyone who sent me in links for week 5. If you didn't get a confirmation e-mail from me, I didn't get your e-mail. But I will be visiting your official galleries if I didn't get an e-mail from you to see if you posted your layouts in time. If you didn't e-mail me and your layouts are not in your official gallery, you will be dropped from the race.

Also, for those of you who haven't heard back from Dani yet, here is what she says:

"feel free to have them email through the contact page at my store. I think alot of them must have gotten trapped by spam filters cause I have been sending out links all week! LOL! I am in the middle of a move, so if I am a little slow getting links out this week, that is why, I will try to be on top of it though! :)"

I have more Grand Prize information to post, I'll try to get to that tomorrow. You wont' be disappointed.

Many of you have been asking about Season 3. I already have sites interested in hosting challenges contacting me about it. There will definitely be a Season 3. But before we plan it all out, we're going to want some feedback from our Season 2 participants. I'll be putting up a poll at NDISB at the conclusion of this race seeking feedback. Then, start looking for a teammate sometime around the holidays and get ready to start racing in early 2008!!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

More Grand Prizes!

We have more exciting surprises in store for our two Grand Prize winners.

First up are two DST Gold Memberships! A Gold Membership costs $25 and with your membership you will be given a full-sized free kit from EACH of our Featured Designers for the entire year of your membership (12 full-sized kits for one low price!!) Each kit will be exclusive to our subscribers for one year after release. That means you won't be able to buy it anywhere else! Your membership will run from the month you purchase it and for 11 months after. No matter what month you purchase your membership, you will get 12 months of kits. Already have a Gold membership? No problem, Shannon will simply add 12 months to your membership.

Gina Miller is donating two $50 gift certificates to her store, one for each member of the winning team!! Gina is an immensely talented scrapbooker and designer and has a huge following. She has a well-stocked site so the winners will have no trouble spending their gift certificates and will undoubtedly be back for more once their $50 is spent!

In addition to being stop #7 on the race, Karah Fredricks, owner of Blue Flombingo is offering each member of the winning team a $20 gift certificate to her store! Blue Flombingo is a full-service site with a shop, forum and gallery. Named by Karah's son, this unique little corner of the digital scrapping internet features designs by Karah and Darcy Baldwin. Be sure to come check them out and thank them for sponsoring our race!

Digital Scrapbooking Magazine is donating two one-year subscriptions to their magazine, plus, two copies of Renee Pearson's latest book!! Digital Scrapbooking Magazine is THE preeminent source for digital scrapbooking. From fantastic articles to amazing inspiration, you'll never want to miss a copy. And with a subscription, you never have to! And, they've just launched their first every, fully-digital edition. In advance of your print copy, you can access the full magazine, online. But this is only available to subscribers.

Kathryn Mhire is donating a $10 coupon to each of the grand prize winners to her Gotta Pixel store. If you haven't seen Kathryn's unique, hand-drawn elements, you really need to check her out!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Challenge #10


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

ADSR Week 4

I've finally gotten through all the e-mails and links. I'm waiting to hear back from Karah to get the prize codes out to everyone who qualifies.

There are 153 teams that are still qualified for the Grand Prize drawing.

A couple of reminders...

1) You don't have to wait until Sunday to send me your links if your layouts are finished prior to that.
2) Don't forget to send me an e-mail. If I don't get one, I will still check your official race gallery that you registered with, but if I don't easily see your layouts (i.e. they are obviously ADSR), I'll remove your access to the Yahoo group and disqualify your team from the Grand Prize. If it turns out you've posted your layouts in another gallery, it's up to you to let me know this.
3) If you change your e-mail address, please let me know!
4) If you change your official race gallery, please let me know!
5) If you sent me an e-mail with your links, I responded with a confirmation. If you didn't get a confirmation, don't assume I got your e-mail.
6) Don't forget to post your link for Challenge #8 on Dani's blog. The prize from Design by Dani will NOT be distributed through the Yahoo Group. The only way to get this prize is to post a link to your layout on Dani's blog.

Okay, that's it for now. Hopefully you'll get an e-mail from the Yahoo Group soon with the prize information for Challenge 7.

I think for Season 3, we'll go for a private forum at NDISB for communicating prize information. Yahoo Groups has been relatively unreliable. But only two more weeks to go and we can abandon Yahoo forever...

Monday, August 13, 2007

Please Be a Little Patient with Me

We had a busy family day yesterday. E and I took the kids to the circus earlier in the day and then went to the Chargers/Seahawks game last night. Roughly 70-80% of the teams sent their links in for both challenges at some point yesterday. I stayed up as late as I could last night checking links, but I still have a lot more to check.

My hope is to get them all checked today, but please be a bit patient with me and don't panic just yet if you didn't receive a confirmation e-mail from me.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Friday, August 10, 2007

More Grand Prize Goodies

By now, you're happily finishing up your layouts for this week. Hopefully you have found them as fun as you have challenging. So, it's about time to find out a little bit more about the Grand Prize you're working so hard to qualify for:

First up is Carrie Stephens of Fish Scraps. In addition to hosting a challenge, Carrie is offering up two $35 gift certificates to her Fish Scraps store; one to each of the Grand Prize winning team mates. Here is a little about Carrie from her site:

Hi! My name is Carrie Stephens, I have been addicted to digital scrapbooking from the moment I discovered that it was possible! I stumbled upon digital scrapbooking by accident while trying to find help using Photoshop to edit my thousands of digital photos. I stumbled upon scrapbook-elements.com and was awed by the digital world that opened up to me.

I create the graphics that I design at 300dpi for maximum print quality. If you are a paper scrapbooker and like the value and variety of digital elements, print them out and try them on your traditional paper scrapped layouts.

I am so happy to have my little home on the web here at www.fishscraps.com I hope to continue providing high quality original elements for everyone to enjoy for a long time to come!

We also are lucky enough to have the lovely and talented Traci Reed donating a $20 gift certificate to her Studio Traci Reed store at Scrapbook Graphics to each of the Grand Prize winners. About Traci:

My style is very fun, and realistic. I love grunge and highly textured papers and elements that give your layout that certain "POP!". I often cater to more masculine palettes (since I'm in a house full of testosterone!) but I am such a girly girl, that I can't stay away from the frilliness! I like to say that most of what I design can be used for either sex and practically any set of pictures, but you just can't keep me away from pink for long! Did I mention I was a girly girl?

Bree Clarkson is offering up two $25 gift cards to her store at Scrapbook Graphics; one for each Grand Prize winner. From Bree's bio at Scrapbook Graphics:

My name is Bree Clarkson. I started scrapping back in high school, when I realized that I wanted to document what was important in my life and things that I had done. It was never a serious hobby, though, until I had my first baby, Mason, in November 2002. I became obsessed, but soon the mess was too much to deal with and I would stop feeling creative. Once my second baby (Natalie) came along in April 2004, little fingers were into everything, and I was reluctant to pull out all my supplies from their hiding spots.

I still wanted to do SOMETHING, though, and friends convinced me to try drawing sketches. I got the hang of it quickly and started uploading them to my favorite galleries, and soon after realizing the success of it, I launched Scrap-Maps.com. Learning to do sketches digitally (I was using Paint at this point) opened the door for digital scrapbooking when it was introduced to me. In June 2004 I tried my first digital page, and 11 months later, in May 2005, I decided to take a shot at designing, with a goal of designing kits for charities once my skills had improved and I was known in the community. I designed for about 6 months before life got in the way and I decided to take a break, but was able to fulfill my goal in creating a kit for charity with other designers, and we raised over $2000 for the Kids With Cancer Society. I came back to the designing world in September 2006 with my new line of sketches and layered templates, which I've named Launch Pads!

One of a Kind Scrapz has donated two $25 gift certificates to their store; one for each member of the winning team!! OAKS has unique designs from fabulous designers like Faith True, Victoria Feemster and Dawn Wilson. Be sure to stop by and check them out!

The wonderful designers of Dragon Flaire Studios are donating two kits (an $8 value) to each of the two team members from the winning team. Dragon Flaire Studios has 12 designers, including Amy Teets, LaurasKathi and Jenna Nelson among others. They are a full-service site with inspiration, challenges, a community and more. Be sure to visit them and let them know you appreciate their sponsorship!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Challenge #8

Can be found here at Design by Dani!!

Monday, August 6, 2007

Challenge #7 has been spotted

at Blue Flombingo. Go check it out by clicking here...

Friday, August 3, 2007

More from our Grand Prize Sponsors

Next up we have Butternug Squash, CG Essentials, Metalmama and Sara B. Designs. Read more about these fabulous sites and designers as well as what they've donated to the Grand Prize.

Butternug Squash
In addition to being Race Stop number 5, they are also generously donating a $25 gift certificate to their store. Butternug Squash Designs - a one-woman owned & operated site for high-quality digital scrapbook supplies, gallery, forum, challenges, and chats! Here you’ll find full kits, paper packs, alphabets and elements to make beautiful, realistic layouts for all your most treasured memories. All my products are produced in 300 dpi, so they can be used in digital layouts and printed out for use in traditional 3D paper scrapping, too!

CG Essentials
CG Essentials IS the lovely and talented Kim Hill. And she has graciously offered a $25 gift certificate to each member of the winning ADSR team. At CG Essentials, you will find a store stocked full of digital scrapbooking page kits and elements such as digital scrapbooking accents, embellishments, charms, tags, fibers, alpha sets, frames, borders, brushes and more! If you are looking for free digital scrapbooking items, be sure to check out the Freebies Page. Digital scrapbooking freebies is where most people get their start and soon find they are quite addicted to this fun hobby. Since all of CGE's products are created at 300 dpi, you can be assured that these will print at the optimum quality, whether you are doing digital scrapbooking, traditional paper scrapbooking, or even altered art projects. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter to get a 10% coupon to use on your first purchase!

Metalmama Dezines
Metalmama is a tremendously talented designer of fresh and funky scrapbook products. She sells her designs at One of a Kind Scrapz. She is donating two $50 gift certificates to her store; one to each Grand Prize winner!! You can easily spend $50 on her unique cutting-edge designs, so stop by and check out her delicious goodies!

SarahB Designs
Sarah Meyer of SarahB Designs is offering up a $10 gift certificate to each Grand Prize winner. Sarah sells her unique, high quality digital scrapbook kits and other products at Gotta Pixel and Digital Candy. Stop by her blog and give her some love for supporting our race!

Thursday, August 2, 2007