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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

500th FOLLOWER!!!!!

Congratulations to SCRAP IT GIRL on being The Shabby Tea Room's 500th FOLLOWER!!

Please contact me via e-mail to claim your goodie - 4 yards of Shabby Vintage Seam Binding from my Etsy Shop!

Please click HERE for our current #16 'Popsicles & Pinwheels' Challenge!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Week #16 - 'Popsicles & Pinwheels'

WOW ... do we have a FUN challenge for you all this week in the Tea Room!  I am your host and I have provided this photo for some delicious summer-time inspiration:



Our challenge this week is called 'Popsicles and Pinwheels' and we are asking you to create a card or project inspired by this photo and using the colors of hot pink, bright green and cool turquoise!

Note:  You must use the Week #16 challenge requirements and DIRECT LINK your project back to The Shabby Tea Room in order to be considered for the weekly prizes.  Please only link your submission for this challenge and not your entire blog or multiple project submissions.  Questions?  Contact me!

I am very pleased to introduce you all to our fabulous Guest Designer in the Tea Room this week ... DEBBIE OLSON!  Debbie is an esteemed designer for some of my favorite companies, which include Papertrey Ink, Cosmo Cricket, JustRite, Spellbinders and Zva -- just to name a few!  WOW!  Debbie is one amazingly creative lady, and I love visiting her blog to peek at her designs -- simply wonderful!  Please find some time this week to visit Debbie and leave her a little bloggity {love}!  Watch for Deb's Shabby Tea Room post coming Tuesday morning due to another DT post commitment on Monday :)



Debbie Olson - Thinking Inking 



And now for some more inspiration from our Design Team Shabby Girls ...

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - Simple Treasures - Week #16 Host



Audrey Pettit - Audrey Pettit's Weblog

 

Cathy Clark-Santie - Papier Girl



Lisa Golzbein - Oh So Cute By Lisa



Melissa Hubert - My Paper Obsession

 

Nicole Segnere - My Craft Room Creations

 

Hop on over to our Shabby Girls' DT individual blogs to see lots more creative and beautiful inspiration!

We will award a 'The Shabby Tea Room Tea Time Terrific Top Three' badge to the three most creative projects!!!  One lucky participant will earn 'The Shabby Tea Room Winner' badge and this prize package donated this week by our fabulous sponsor:




The wonderful folks at Cosmo Cricket have donated a yummy selection of 6" x 6" Material Girl and Garden Variety patterned papers for our lucky winner this week!!!

Link your creations below by Sunday, July 4th to play along.  Winner the Tea Time Terrific Top Three will be announced on Monday, July 5th.  We will have an all-new challenge for you to play along with on the 5th as well, so please come back and visit with us again for another chance to win!


Week #15 - 'Cottage Comfort' WINNERS!

Another creative and inspirational week in the Tea Room this past week!  76 wonderful submissions and 490 fabulous followers in just our first 15 weeks.  We'll do something special when we reach 500 followers - should be sometime this week or next :)  Thank you, thank you ... thank you all for your continued support and participation.  We LOVE seeing your projects here in the Tea Room!

A big thank you to those of you who have adjusted your blog settings to turn word verification off and comment moderation on ... the DT thanks you for this time saving measure!!


Thank you to our WONDERFUL GUEST DESIGNER, BETH CORNWALL!  Beth's lovely vintage work is truely inspiring to us all :)

And last, but certainly not least, thank you to Amy over at Frost It Pink for partnering with us again during week #15 as our fabulous sponsor.  I know the winner of the Week #15 challenge will enjoy her prize package from Amy's shop!

 Here are the designs that caught my eye this week for capturning the essence of the 'Cottage Comfort' challenge by either using the colors provided in the inspiration photo or using stripes ... or using BOTH!!

HONORABLE MENTION CUPS OF TEA:

1.   Annika #13






THE SHABBY TEA ROOM TEA TIME TERRIFIC TOP THREE WINNERS:


2.   Dru #38


THE SHABBY TEA ROOM WINNER - Week #15:

Grace N. #71Grace's amazing design this week took my breath away!  Her gorgeous use of embossing, stamping, paper layering and a sprinkling of lovely embellishments was simply beautiful!!!  The colors fit our inspiration photo to a 'T' ... just amazing work!  Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous talents with us this week, Grace, in the Tea Room :)
Congratulations to ALL!  Tea Time Terrific Top Three and Winner, please grab your badges from our sidebar!  Winner please contact me via e-mail to claim your prize (you will have one week to claim).

Monday, June 21, 2010

Week #15 - 'Cottage Comfort'

Using this photo for inspiration, create a card or project that has the warm colors featured in the picture and/or stripes!  Get creative ... we want to see your best work!  Most important -- have FUN :)



Note:  You must use the Week #15 challenge requirements and DIRECT LINK your project back to The Shabby Tea Room in order to be considered for the weekly prizes.  Please only link your submission for this challenge and not your entire blog or multiple project submissions.  Questions?  Contact me!

I am pleased to introduce you all to our Guest Designer for Week #15 ... BETH CORNWALL!  Beth is not only a very talented paper crafter, but one of my neighbors and very good friends!  We've been stamping together for a couple years and, together, have learned so much from one another and stretched our creative horizons!  Beth can do any design well, but she really excels with the vintage style!  It has been so rewarding to see Beth blossom from someone who had not really had any previous stamping experience just a few short years ago, into the fabulous paper crafter and designer that she has become today!  Please visit Beth's blog and leave her a little love this week :)





I'm very excited for the DEBUT of our TWO NEW SHABBY GIRLS!  Their Design Team submissions did not let us down ... they are full of all that shabby and vintage yumminess that we all have come to know and love!  Welcome to our little Shabby Family Cathy and Lisa!

And now for some more inspiration from our Design Team Members ...

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - Simple Treasures



Audrey Pettit - Audrey Pettit's Weblog



Cathy Clark-Santie - Papier Girl



Lisa Golzbein - Oh So Cute By Lisa



Melissa Hubert - My Paper Obsession




Nicole Segnere - My Craft Room Creations - Week #15 Host



Hop on over to our Design Team Individual blogs to see lots more creative and beautiful inspiration!

We will award a "The Shabby Tea Room Tea Time Terrific Top Three" badge to the three most creative projects!!!  One lucky winner will earn "The Shabby Tea Room Winner" badge and this prize package donated this week by our fabulous sponsor - FROST IT PINK!





Link your creations below by Sunday, June 27th to play along.  Winner and Tea Time Terrific Top Three will be announced Monday, June 28th.  We will have an all-new challenge for you to play along with on the 28th as well, so please come back and visit with us again for another chance to win!





Week #14 - 'Summer Fun' WINNERS!

Wow ... I know I say this each week, but you are all exceeding my expections by leaps and bounds!  Another FABULOUS week in the Tea Room with 123 creative design submissions and 476 fantastic followers!!!  We {heart} all of our Tea Room participants and followers :)  How about when we hit 500, we'll do a special CONTEST?  Does that sound like fun??  I'll put my thinking cap on and come up with something that everyone will enjoy :)  We're almost there ... tell all your stampy friends about the Tea Room!  And ... for the 500th follower -- something a little special too!  Who will it be?  Maybe YOU!!!

Thanks, again, to those of you who have turned Word Verification off in your blog settings and left Comment Moderation on ... the DT thanks you so much for this time saving practice!!


Thanks, also, to everyone who is linking directly to your Shabby Tea Room submission and not your entire blog or multiple submissions under one post.  Another time saving measure for us here on the DT.  We want to leave you all some love, and these two simple steps really save us all a lot of time when visiting and commenting on your lovely work!!!

We loved having our Guest Designer, GERI FREEMAN, share her lovely beachy clipboard design with us this week ... just simply beautiful :)

Thanks to our sponsor, Deb's Simple Treasures Etsy Shop (that's me!) for donating 12 yards of scrumptious Shabby Vintage Seam Binding to our winner!  Yum!!

And drum roll please ... here are the designs that caught my eye this week for capturing the essence of the 'Summer Fun' challenge:

HONORABLE MENTION CUPS OF TEA:







THE SHABBY TEA ROOM TEA TIME TERRIFIC TOP THREE WINNERS:




THE SHABBY TEA ROOM WINNER - Week #14:

Tracy #120I was totally blown away by Tracy's stunning creation of a vintage hat on a hat stand!  Tracy shared with us that she created the templates for these two projects all by herself - amazing!!  I love the soft blues, pinks and creams she used in her design!  The hat pins and lovely flowers added just the right touch of magic and then to top it all off by setting this scrumptious hat on it's own little stand ... just STUNNING!  Thank you so much, Tracy, for sharing your fabulous talents with us all this week in the Tea Room :)

Congratulations to ALL!  Tea Time Terrific Top Three and Winner, please grab your badges from the sidebar that you can proudly display on your blogs!  Winner, please contact me via e-mail to claim your prize (you will have one week from today to claim).

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Welcome our new SHABBY GIRLS!

Thank you all for the overwhelming response to our Shabby Little Design Team Call during the past ten days!  WOW ... 58 submissions!!!  I really enjoyed viewing all of your work and checking out your blogs!

With that said, the task of choosing just two new designers out of the 58 applicants was next to impossible!  I must compliment all of you for taking the time and effort to create such lovely designs to share with us here in the Tea Room!  Just outstanding work ... by one and all!  Thank you so very, very much!  We {heart} each an every one of you!!

Our current six-month term will be ending in September, so I will be saving the six best applications from THIS Design Team Call to reevaluate this fall.  If you did not make it onto the Design Team this round, please stay tuned for our next DT addition(s) this fall!  Maybe you'll be one of the new Shabby Girls!

Among the top five for this DT Call where these gals who have been invited to be Guest Designers during up-coming challenges:

Pattie Goldman
Lindsay Amrhein
Laurel Seabrook

And now for the moment you've all been waiting for!!!  I am tickled {pink} to announce the two brand new Shabby Girls on our Tea Room's Design Team ...

Both of these gals have been loyal participants for our weekly challenges from the very beginning of our launch back in March.  I've enjoyed seeing their shabby designs and so look forward each week to their wonderful interpretations on the challenges!

Both of these girls have been picked for our 'Tea Time Terrific Top Three' and 'Winner' spots during the previous 13 weeks of our challenges!!  One of these gals has already been a Guest Designer in the Tea Room based on her win for one of the weekly challenges!

And the two new SHABBY GIRLS are:

Cathy Clark-Santie - Papier Girl

and

Lisa Golzbein - Oh So Cute By Lisa

CONGRATULATIONS to our two newest Designers ... and thanks once again to everyone who participated.  We look forward to seeing many more of your wonderful creations in the weeks to come!

Monday, June 14, 2010

DESIGN TEAM CALL ... DEADLINE IS TODAY!!

Check out all the details on our current DESIGN TEAM CALL here!  The DEADLINE for this call is Wednesday, June 16th at midnight EST.  The two NEW Shabby Tea Room designers will be announced on Thursday :)  Good luck to everyone!

Week #14 - 'Summer Fun'

Create a card or project showing how you like to enjoy some FUN IN THE SUN!!!  Get creative, we want to see your best work and lots of fun inspiration for us all to enjoy in the Tea Room this week :)

Note:  you must use the Week #14 challenge requirements and DIRECT LINK your project back to The Shabby Tea Room in order to be considered for the weekly prizes.  Please only link your submission for this challenge and not your entire blog or multiple project submissions.  Questions?  Contact me!

I am very pleased to introduce you all to our Guest Designer this week here in the Tea Room, GERI FREEMAN!  I am such a fan of Geri's lovely shabby and vintage creations!  Geri earned this Guest Design spot for being our Week #6 Winner - 'Sketch This'!  I simply {adore} Geri's beautiful blossoms made with Shabby Vintage Seam Binding ... and she did a tutorial for us that you can find here!  Shabby Vintage Seam Binding available in 15 wonderful, shabby colors found here!  Please take a minute to visit Geri's blog and leave her some love with a sweet comment!



Geri Freeman - Paper Wishes



This is a very bittersweet week here in the Tea Room.  We are saying a final farewell to our lovely Jill Hilliard who will be resigning from The Shabby Tea Room Design Team at the end of Week #14.  I know I speak from the heart when I say that we all have enjoyed seeing Jill's wonderful creations over the past 14 weeks and she has offered us all such inspiration with her lovely designs!!  We will miss you Jill!

Saying goodbye to Jill is the bitter part ... but, with change brings opportunity!!  The sweet part is the fact that our current Design Team call is well underway with so many GORGEOUS submissions!  Hurry, you still have until midnight EST on June 16th to submit a design for consideration.  Check back here Thursday morning -- I'll be announcing TWO brand new DT Members for us all to be inspired by!!  I wish I could pick you ALL ... but unfortunately we only have spots available now for two.  Stay tuned  -- our current DT positions end in September, so we'll be adding to the Shabby Girls DT again this fall!

And now for some more inspiration from our Design Team Members ...

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - Simple Treasures
Pink Bubblegum Shabby Vintage Seam Binding

Audrey Pettit - Audrey Pettit's Weblog
Oatmeal Cream Shabby Vintage Seam Binding





Jill Hilliard - Jill's Card Creations - - Final DT Submission




Melissa Hubert - My Paper Obsession -- Week #14 Host
Oatmeal Cream Shabby Vintage Seam Binding




Nicole Segnere - My Craft Room Creations
Oatmeal Cream Shabby Vintage Seam Binding

 

Hop on over to our Design Team individual blogs to see lots more creative and beautiful inspiration!!

We will award a "The Shabby Tea Room Tea Time Terrific Top Three" badge to the three most creative projects!!!  One lucky participant will earn "The Shabby Tea Room Winner" badge and 12 yards of Shabby Vintage Seam Binding donated by Deb's Simple Treasures Etsy Shop!



Look up above for the Shabby Vintage Seam Binding incorporated into some of the DT designs!  So pretty, vintage, shabby and yummy :)

Link your creations below by Sunday, June 20th to play along.  Winner and Tea Time Terrific Top Three will be announced on Monday, June 21st.  We will have an all-new challenge for you to play along with on the 21st as well, so please come back and visit with us again for another chance to win!

Week #13 - 'Just For Dad' WINNERS!

Another FUN week in the Tea Room with so many FABULOUS masculine designs!!  You all knocked it out of the park with your 128 submissions -- such a treat and so much inspiration for us all to enjoy!  Thank you, thank you ... THANK YOU SO MUCH for your loyal participation each week -- we {heart} all 449 of our fabulous followers and additional visitors in the Tea Room :)

Thanks again to those of you who have adjusted your blog settings to turn WORD VERIFICATION OFF and COMMENT MODERATION ON!  The DT thanks you for this time-saving measure!

A huge thanks to our crafty Guest Designer this week, Carol Royer, for sharing her wonderful, masculine and vintage creation with us all!  Just lovely :)

A big thanks to Cosmo Cricket for being our sponsor once again in the Tea Room this past week - that Material Girl and Garden Variety paper pack is simply delicious!!!

And now for our honorable mentions and winners.  So hard to choose each week ... you are all really upping your design games -- just such wonderful inspiration -- WOW!!!  Here are the designs that caught my eye this week for capturing the essence of the 'Just For Dad' challenge:

HONORABLE MENTION CUPS OF TEA:

1.  Diane J. #17

2.  Carolyn #21

3.  Stephanie #23

4.  Nicole #32

5.  Sheri H. #60

6.  Joanna K. #125

THE SHABBY TEA ROOM TEA TIME TERRIFIC TOP THREE WINNERS:

1.  Melissa Bove #15

2.  Deb Hickman #50

3.  Nerina #89

THE SHABBY TEA ROOM WINNER: 

Joanna #70!  What an absolutely adorable masculine card ... so realistic looking and just perfect!!  I simply adored everything about Joanna's creative design this week -- all the embossing, shading and wonderful details!  Thanks for sharing your talents with us all in the Tea Room this week, Joanna!  Joanna has now earned the opportunity to Guest Design with us here in the Tea Room for an up-coming challenge :)

Congratulations to ALL!  Tea Time Terrific Top Three and Winner, please grab your winner badges from the sidebar that you can proudly disply on your blogs!  Winner, please contact me via e-mail to claim your prize!!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Week #13 - 'Just For Dad'

The challenge here in the Tea Room this week is to celebrate all those wonderful guys in your lives!  Father's Day is in two weeks, so we thought the timing couldn't be any better to challenge everyone to make a Father's Day or Masculine card!  Get creative with your designs ... we can't wait to see your creations!

Note:  You must use the Week #13 challenge requirements and DIRECT LINK your project back to The Shabby Tea Room in order to be considered for the weekly prizes.  Please only post your submission for this challenge POST and not your entire blog or multiple project submissions under one post.  Questions?  Contact me!

I am very pleased to introduce you to our talented Guest Designer for this week - Carol Royer!  Carol was the winner during the Week #5 'Hip to be Square' challenge and earned this guest spot you see here!  Carol has become a 'regular' here in the Tea Room and her amazing shabby and vintage designs 'wow' me week after week!  Please take a minute to visit Carol's Blog and leave her a sweet comment!



Carol Royer - Carol's Ink Spot



And now for some more inspiration from our Design Team Members ...

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - Simple Treasures



Audrey Pettit - Audrey Pettit's Weblog



Jill Hilliard - Jill's Card Creations



Melissa Hubert - My Paper Obsession



Nicole Segnere - My Craftroom Creations



Hop on over to our Design Team individual blogs to see lots more creative and beautiful inspiration!

We will aware a 'The Shabby Tea Room Tea Time Terrific Top Three' badge to the three most creative projects!!!  One lucky participant will earn 'The Shabby Tea Room Winner' badge and this prize package donated this week by our wonderful sponsor - COSMO CRICKET!



Cosmo Cricket is joining us again this week for sponsorship and we couldn't be more delighted.  Their absolutely precious patterned papers are simply wonderful!!!  This week's winner will receive a beautiful assortment of 6 x 6 papers from the Material Girl and Garden Variety lines!!!

Link your creations below by Sunday, June 13th to play along.  Winner and Tea Time Terrific Top Three will be announced Monday, June 14th.  We will have an all-new challenge for you to play along with on the 14th as well, so please come back and visit with us again for another chance to win!


Week #12 - 'Dear to my Heart' WINNERS!

Another awesome week in the Tea Room ... 90 amazing designs from our loyal followers!  Each one was unique and beautiful in it's own right!  We love seeing your creativity and inspiration here so keep those wonderful creations coming :)

Thanks to all participants who worked on turning Word Verification off and Comment Moderation on in your blog settings ... the DT really appreciates your efforts as it's a huge time saver for us all when we leave a little {love} on your blogs!

A big thank you to our Guest Designer from Week #12, LIZZI DROEGE!  Her 'heart' card was absolutely shabby, vintage and magnificant!  Thanks for sharing your talents with us all in the Tea Room, Lizzi!

An extra special and 'heartfelt' thank you to our magnificant sponsor, JUSTRITE!!!  The DT loved playing with Justrite's awesome products and our followers enjoyed peeking at the Justrite site and viewing all the new products just released for summer!  Thanks so much for the generous prize package valued at $70!  One lucky winner will be giggling with delight when she realizes she has won :)  Stay tuned, Justrite will be partnering up with us here in the Tea Room during future months throughout 2010!  THANK YOU MUCH!

Okay, and now down to business!  There were so many wonderful submissions, as always, this week.  It makes the task of picking winners so challenging!  Your talent is simply amzing!  Here are the designs that caught my eye this week for capturing the essence of the 'Dear to my Heart' challenge by using lots of hearts in the most creative of ways:

HONORABLE MENTION CUPS OF TEA:

1.  Heather #17

2.  Sheri H. #18

3.  Lynne Phelps #23

4.  Ros Crawford #26

5.  Irit #33

6.  Gwen Snater #56

7.  Karen B. #69

8.  Lisa G. #71

THE SHABBY TEA ROOM TEA TIME TERRIFIC TOP THREE WINNERS:

1.  Lenet #23

2.  Leanne #40

3.  Nerina #52

THE SHABBY TEA ROOM WINNER - Week #12:

April Rose #74!  Oh my shabby goodness ... I am absolutely speechless!  This has got to be one of the most beautiful handmade cards I have seen in my entire life!  April HANDMADE the template for the teapot on her card and all the accessory layers too!  The attention to detail, the outstanding coloring, all the embellies and bling ... and that little pocket heart on the inside of the card made to look like a tea bag -- just FABULOUS -- all of it!  The pink and blue color combo is one of my favorites ... I just can't find words good enough to express my thoughts on this card -- April Rose, you are one talented lady!  Thanks for sharing your lovely work with us in the Tea Room.  You have earned a spot to Guest Design with us during an up-coming challenge week :)

Congratulations to ALL!  Tea Time Terrific Top Three and Winner can grab your badges from our sidebar that you can proudly display on your blogs!  Week #12 Winner please contact me via e-mail to claim your prize!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

A Shabby Little DESIGN TEAM CALL!

It is with great sadness that I announce that our lovely Design Team Member, Jill, has decided to step down from her Design Team spot here in the Tea Room.  Jill's business is booming and she simply cannot devote the proper amount of time each week to keep up with her DT duties.  Jill will be sorely missed by us all, but we hope that she can pop in and play along with some of our weekly challenges as her schedule allows!

With that said, we are issuing a SHABBY TEA ROOM DESIGN TEAM CALL!  We have TWO spots available and would love to see your BEST work!

First, the DESIGN TEAM rules:
  • You must be able to submit a card or project each week based on the weekly challenge theme no later than the Saturday before the new challenge is to go 'live'.
  • You must be able to comment weekly on participant submissions.
  • You must be able to host a weekly challenge once every six weeks -- this means coming up with a theme for everyone to play along with.
  • You must currently have a blog and be an active blogger!
  • You must be on the watch for any sponsorship opportunities for our wonderful participants in The Shabby Tea Room challenges and forward me any and all contact info.
  • From time to time our wonderful sponsors donate products for the DT to work with!  You will have the option of accepting these donated products or declining.
  • Our DT terms run for six months ... but this one is already past mid-way, so you'll have the option of re-upping at the end of this term in September.
That is basically it!  Every once in a while we will do something fun like a blog hop or special little something for the holidays. 

If this sounds like something that you might be interested in, then here is what you will do next for submission and in order to be considered for a position on our DESIGN TEAM:
  • #1 - Create a card or project ... or both based on the following inspiration photo.  You may be inspired by the colors, the theme, the vintage tea pot ... let's see your BEST work!
  • #2 - Link your project here AND then send me an e-mail with the following information:  your full name, address, phone number, e-mail address, other design team experience (DT experience not required) and a brief write up about why you'd like to join The Shabby Tea Room Design Team.

  • You may enter as many times as you wish.
  • Although vintage and shabby chic design styles are not a requirement of this challenge blog, if you're so inclined to design with these styles in mind you may get bonus points!!!
  • This DT call will run from June 6th through June 16th - and will end at midnight EST.  The two new design team members will be announced on June 17th and your term will begin with Week #15 on June 21st.


Good luck to all who choose to submit for this DESIGN TEAM Call!  I cannot wait to see your creations!