Monday, January 30, 2012

Paper Canteen Valentine's Day Blog Candy!!!

Good Morning Paper Canteen friends and readers!!  I do hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!  We had a lot of indoor time unfortunately, due to my darling babies both suffering through respective illnesses.  Ya, it was one of those weekends.  But, I try to always make the best of being 'stuck' indoors at times like those.  So I was able to delve into my crafty 'to-do' list and gather all of the wonderful goodies that I've been meaning to put together into some Valentine's Day Blog Candy just for you!!

I simply love Valentine's Day just because it's fun.  It's pretty, it's sweet, it's creative and it's simply DELICIOUS!!  Lots of fun sweet treats, pretty colors, fun images and just loveliness all around.  

I'm asking three things from you in order for you to be entered for this huge Blog Candy drawing. 

1.  Add this picture below to your side bar along with a link to this post.  (I'm looking to get to at least 500 followers)
2.  If you aren't already, become a Paper Canteen follower - just click "Join This Site" on the right side bar.  

3.  Tell me one or any of the following:  

NOTE: If you answer one question you will be entered one time.  If you answer two questions you will be entered two times and if you respond to all three you will be entered into this drawing three times which increases your chances to win for sure!!  =)

  • Video/Photo tutorial you'd like to see from me?
  • Ask A Crafty Question?
  • Tell Me Your Favorite Places To Participate In Challenge(s) and why?
So what do I have in return for you? It's a lot so here goes!!
  • 2 - Queen Kat Designs single stamps (never inked)
  • 6 - Queen Kat Designs full stamp sets (never inked)
  • 3 - Our Craft Lounge full stamp sets (never inked)
  • 1 - The Cats Pajamas full stamp sets (two stamps have been inked one time)
  • 1 - Basic Grey 6x6 - Kissing Booth Valentine's Day Paper Pack
  • 1 - 10 pack K&Company red, sparkly clothes pins
  • 1 - 56 piece pack Recollections brand white self-adhesive pearls
  • 1 - scalloped edged alterable mini book
  • 1 - 4x4 canvas panel
  • 1 - alterable magnetic notepad
  • 1 - 12x12 photo album - baseball theme
  • 1 - 8.5x8.5 K&Company photo album - dance theme
  • 1 - 9x9 Making Memories photo album - baby theme
Because a large prize pack like this is hard to photograph in total I've taken pictures of everything for you to see:
 *Two QKD Singles:
*Six QKD Full Stamp Sets:

(I don't have the print sheet for this one or the packaging - but it has never been inked - Sentiments Included in the Geisha Set:
Peaceful Feelings
Live For Today
A Gift For You
*Three Our Craft Lounge full stamp sets:
Summer Beach Set
 Christmas Under The Sea
*One The Cat's Pajamas full set:
(Believe In Elves and Be Merry and Bright - have been inked one time but are very clean)
One Basic Grey 6x6 - Kissing Booth Valentine's Day Paper Pack
One 10 pack K&Company red, sparkly clothes pins
 One 56 piece pack Recollections brand white self-adhesive pearls:
 One scalloped edged alterable mini book, one 4x4 canvas panel, alterable magnetic notepad:
One 12x12 photo album - baseball theme, one 8.5 x 8.5 K&Company photo album - dance theme, one 9x9 Making Memories photo album - baby girl theme:

Please leave your response to one (or more) of the three questions above in the comments section along with a way to contact you.  If I can't contact you then I can't get you your prize!  =) 

I will draw one winner at random on Valentine's Day - Tuesday, February 14th!! 

Thanks so much for supporting Paper Canteen!  Wishing you all good luck!   

Crafty Hugs!


Unknown said...

I was already a follower, so one down. The pic is on my blog ( with the link. Two, check!

Three: I would like to see videos on how to use my Big Shot in a different way, maybe how to use the dies more creatively...out of the box ideas.

A video on how to tie those cute bows with baker's twine with multiple loops.

When I am looking for card design ideas, I look for a challenge for a sketch, another challenge for the color theme and a third for a theme, whether it be an occasion (like Valentine's Day)or using a certain element (like chipboard or layering).

I know you will have 500+ followers in no time!

Leigh Ann Hofferth said...

I am a new follower, have added you to my blog ( and would like to see a demonstration involving on different ways to using inking. Thanks for the opportunity to win candy!

Leigh Ann Hofferth said...

For the second question, do you like using preformatted pages? I kind of feel like that's cheating! LOL!

Leigh Ann Hofferth said...

I have only been scrapbooking for less than a year and have never participated in a Challenge! Maybe it's time to start... ;)

zehra said...

I am already a follower, and enjoy your cards, TFS. I do not have a blog.
I would love to see how to create different edges on cards
I am just learning how to use prisma color pencils and would love to see different hair or skin colors to be used , for challenges I love MFT challenge, after all it is my fav place to shop, Simon says stamp and ribbon carousel. I have tons of ribbon and gives me a reason to use it.

Ardilla said...

Hi, Meredith!
Hope your kids are doing better...
I am already a follower.
I like tutorials about embellishments, like how to make your own flowers or how to tie creative bows... also how to make fun folds to the cards.
I don´t have one only spot for challenges, normally I search on Feline Creative and look for the ones I really like, a great sketch, a nice color combo, or an embellishment challenge... I like to combine many challenges. If it´s for the prizes, I like Simon Says Stamps, Really Reasonable Ribbons, DYSU.... and many others :)
A question... can you create in many different styles or you have your own? (I'm asking this because I am very CAS and sometimes would like to be fancy or vintage or shabby, but it doesn´t work well... if yes, how do you do it?)

Jenn Borjeson said...

Hello my dear friend! OK going to post your candy on my blog as soon as I leave here. I have been a follower for a while. :)

1.) I would love to see any type of mixed media tutorials!
2.) Crafty question: How many days a week do you spend crafting? ;)
3.) My favorite places to participate in challenges besides my own and the DT's I'm on would be Simon Says Stamp, Simon Says Stamp and Show, HDH Macabre Monday, A Day for Daisies, Saturated Canary, and Tiddly Inks! :)

Hope you get your 500 followers! MUAH! xo :)

Nikki said...

Hi Meredith
Thanks for sharing all this wonderful candy with everyone I've added in a link to let everyone know and CONGRATS ON 500 Followers !!!

Video on coloring I love to see how others color their images in can always find a new trick or fancy things to do with ribbon ... I seem to only know how to put it in a straight row lol

What got you addicted to crafting in the 1st place?

Fave Challenges- I'm all over the place but I do like to join Simon says,Tickled pink,Touch Markers,Little Red Wagon,Pile it on, and many others :)

hugs Nikki C

Edel said...

Lovely giveaway, dear! Thank you a LOT for a chance to win!)
I`m your new follower and put the link on the sidebar!

MindyYoung said...

Such a great giveaway! What to ask......hmmmmmmmm.........maybe a tutorial on those cute accordian circles I'm seeing everywhere???

Sparkly Engineer said...

Hey, Meredith. Let's see what I can do about those questions.

1. Do a tutorial about photographing your cards. They always look awesome on your blog.

2. Do you have a craftroom/studio and how do you store your stuff?

3. My fav challenges are of course the Bombshell Challenges but I also like the House Mouse Monday Challenge, MFT Wed. Sketch Challenge, and the Creative Belli Challenges. I don't always have time for them though.

Love your work but I have to say your MFT cards just rock!

Alison said...

Hi Meredith! What wonderful blog candy! I posted a pic on my bloggy: and of course I have been a follwer for a very long time! :) In answer to your questions...
*Honestly, I would love to see a tutorial on how you get your photos to look so good. What lighting do you use? What camera setting? What kind of camera? Your pics are always beautiful!
*How long have you been coloring with Copics?
*My favorite places to particiapte in challenges are places like Haunted Design House or Bombshell Stamps....the places that welcome the weird and unique. The non-cutsey stuff. 'cause you know I'm all about the weird! :)
Thanks for the chance at winning!

Laura B said...

Hi, Meredith! I'm already a follower. I posted your candy on my sidebar( You always seem to have just the right number and mix of embellishments on your projects. Do you have any tips? I always seem to have too many, or too few embellishments on my creations. Any photo tutorials involving embellishments would be awesome. Thanks!

Luanne said...

Hi Meredith, I am a new follower. Posted your giveaway on my blog sidebar.

1.)I'm still learning on different techniques in stamping. would love to see new techniques from you. I love to know about chalks more.

2) how to tie ribbons perfect. I seem to be a sucker with it.

3.) i love to participate in challenges especially with sketches. It's a challenge and you can twist it anyway you look, any colors and designs.

craftersreference at gmail dot com

Naomi said...

What a FABULOUS blog candy, Meredith! I am going to add this photo and link to my "Blog Candy" page on my blog and I will write a quick post as well as "share" this on FB!

My favourite types of challenges to participate in are sketch challenges! I LOVE using sketches...they really get the mojo flowing and I end up with a finished product that I never would have ended up with otherwise!


Rosalee said...

Wonderful candy Meredith! I would love to have a chance Someone is gong to be so lucky. I have just become a new follower and I've linked your giveaway to my sidebar.
I would love to see some coloring Video's I love your coloring its beautiful and I could so use some tips and hints.
Hugs, Rosalee

Rosalee said...

As for my question....
Do you know any good sites where I can fin loads of inspiration from? I'm always on the lookout and I love your work and coloring, so maybe you can help me out.
Hugs, Rosalee

Rosalee said...
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Rosalee said...

As for entering challenges, My favorite place is Its a fabulous site (but you have to be a member) and it focuses on the Fiskar's brand cause its a promotional website to spread the word of the Fiskars brand name. You can enter challenges during online crops to win prizes.
There are also blogs I love entering but the competition on there is much bigger cause there are 100's of entries.
Thanks for all the wonderful chances.
Hugs, Rosalee

KWaltemathDesigns said...

Thanks for the AMAZING chance to win Meredith! I follow your blog, your button is on my blog and as for the questions/comments:

1. A video/tutorial I would like to see is of your favorite "go to" technique the you use on many if not most of your projects. AND I have two... on one of our cards from awhile ago you used the TGF digi image of the Bride & Groom. I just remember LOVING the highlighted hair on the bride! :)

2. OOOhhhh... A crafty question... If you HAD to pick ONE (1) MFT die that you absolutely could not live without which one would it be?

3. My favorite place for challenges would be the MFT blog. Although I have not participated in many I dream of participating in them all! Oh and of course PaperCrafts Magazine as well!

Thanks so much!



Cheryl Valadez said...

Hola, Chica!!!! My, what a big beautiful candy! I posted the pic and a link on my blog ;D I've been a follower for a very long time, but you already know that, lol!

1. I'm totally a boob when it comes to adding stitching to my cards, so I would love to see a toot on how you add your fab stitching details to your projects.

2. Okay, you're on a deserted island and you can only have 10 crafty tools available to you, what do your chose? I know 10 sounds generous, but it will be harder than you!

3. I never manage to participate in many challenges. I think I'm a tad lazy when it comes to this ;D I wish there was a place that was "themeless" ALL the time and I could just pop a project in once in a while. Hahaha! I know, that totally defeats the purpose of the term "challenge"...!

Awesome blog candy, lady! Hugz to you! ~Cheryl

Megan K. Suarez said...

Very awesome blog candy!
You always do fantastic work so videos of anything would be awesome! I think videos on interactive style cards would be cool. Like moving parts, pop up, shaker...those types. Maybe using stamped images in mini scrapbooks.
I would like to know your favorite inks for stamping & coloring.
Thanks so much for all the fab posts & ideas!

Amy E said...

Wow! That's a lot of candy!!! I'm already a happy follower. I posted your link and pic on my blog candy page.

amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com

Amy E said...

I'm not sure if you wanted the answers to your questions on separate comments or here goes!

I LOVE learning new techniques...especially on video tutorials, so that I can really see what's going on. Something new and different in stamping (since I'm pretty new at it) or a really cool card fold would be great to see!

amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com

Amy E said...

Crafty question: I'm COMPLETELY new at coloring stamps. Since I'm just starting and don't want to invest a lot into it (in case I don't stick with it) what coloring tools and brands (markers, inks, water pens, colored pencils, etc) would you recommend?

amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com

Amy E said...

Challenges: I don't participate all that often in challenges, but the few times I have, have been over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog, since I use my Cricut A LOT!!!! Plus, some of the DT members come and comment on your entries. Even though I know that's mostly just common practice, It's still nice to get some encouragement!

amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com

Julia said...

I just became your follower!

1- I would love to see a tutorial on stitching, that one is kind of tricky for me.

2- I would like to know your favorite coloring medium?

I love to participate in different challenges, but recently I've been participating in the chick challenges, I love to stamp and this one also requires the use of the weekly sketch.

Hope you reach 500+ followers soon. Big hugs,

L said...

Hello Meredith!

I'm new to paper crafting so I'd love to see more DIY paper flower and embellishment tutorials in your blog.

A new fan here. I put your candy on my sidebar. :)

Lelia Pierce said...

MER! Miss you, gf! You know I'm a follower already and I added your candy to my candy tab on my blog.

I would love to see some tuts on making a more vintage themed card or project...I really cannot get it!

Thanks for the chance at all this yummy goodness, girl! <3

grneyegoddess at yahoo dot com

KC said...

you know I follow, well more like stalk :)
I would love a video/photo tutorial of how you made that daffodil card. I love learning new techniques and that is just awesome!!
For my crafty question…I would like to know how you organize your stamps…I guess that could be a tutorial too….but specifically your bombshell and Smeared Ink stamps.
Favorite challenges to participate in would have to be smeared ink, and bombshells because of the possibility of wining awesome stamps :)
hugs...miss you back!

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