Saturday, January 31, 2009

Challenge #15 ~ Titles

I was just sitting here at the computer listening to my blog music as I checked my emails and I just came up with a fun challenge.

How often do you listen to music and think that either the words or the title would make a great scrapbook page? I do this all the time. Music is such a big part of my everyday life. The girls all sing and Steve plays the guitar. Emmy is beginning guitar lessons next week and DD is set to start piano lessons. I sit an watch in awe as they sing together when Steve pulls out the guitar. I am a terrible singer and can't carry a tune so, I juts sit back and watch. The girls prefer it that way. lol

I would like you to take a look at my play list on the left hand side of the blog. Scroll through all the songs and pick one to use as the title on your layout or card. I just picked one out and plan on scrapping it after lunch. There are so many cool ideas there!
Email your to me at to earn a ballot for the Heidi Swapp prize draw!

**** I have decided to give everyone an extra day to send me their January creations. You now have until midnight Sunday.****

Due Date: February 1st
Draw Date: February 2nd

Happy Scrapping!


Challenge #14 ~ Shaped Paper

On of my favorite trends the last year has been the use of shaped paper in scrapping. I am a huge fan and seem to buy all of it. My favorites right now are the shaped papers in Crate and Making Memories. There are so many ways to use shaped paper. You can cut it up and use it on your page or.... you can do what I did and use it as a base.

Here is a layout I did for Scrapdango using their Sugar kit for this month. I used the lovely shaped paper as my background and used it to celebrate my parents 40th anniversary. This paper line is fantastic to use with vintage pictures or photos that you transfer to either black and white or sepia.


I would like to see you either incorporate shaped paper into your layout or use it as a base for a layout. If you don't have any shaped paper, you can make your own very easily.

Please email me at and put Thynner Blog Challenge in the subject line to earn a ballot for this months jam packed Heidi Swapp prize pack.

Due Date: January 31st
Draw Date: February 1st

Happy Scrapping!


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

January Blog Prize

I promised to post a picture of this month's yummy Blog Prize!!

The Prize Pack contains:

Heidi Swapp -Dream Dining Room Line

Heidi Swapp Glossy Extras

Heidi Swapp Black Bling

Heidi Swapp Mirror Album & Transparency inserts

Heidi Swapp paper distresser

2 Heidi Swapp Masks - damask and crown

2 Pixie Stix Glitter

Wanna win it?? Just complete ANY challenge posted this month for a ballot! You get a ballot for every challenge you do!!

Due Date: January 31st

Draw Date: February 1st


Challenge #13 ~ By Hand

One of things I find most compelling on a page is when someone cuts out some elements and adds it to their pages. There are so many beautiful patterned papers out there right now that literally shout at you to cut it up.

Here is a page I did where I cut out some lovely flowers from some Bo Bunny papers and adhered them on the page with some chipboard flowers:

Here is another sample where I cut out various elements from the We R Memory Keepers Nonsense paper:

**Use pop up dots to make your element really POP off the page! I love to do this.

I would like to see you cut out something from your patterned paper and add it to your layout or card. You will earn one ballot for this month's Blog Prize Draw of $50.00 worth of scrappy goodies. Do you love Heidi Swapp?? I'll post a picture later tonight!

Please email your creation to me at or provide a link below.

Due Date: January 31st
Draw Date: February 1st
Happy Scrapping!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Quick... check it out!!

Quick.... hop on over to Making Memories Blog and check out the amazing giveways they have. Remember last year and all the fantastic daily giveaways they had?? They are giving away an entire line of their new Just Chillin line today and it awesome. BUT... it a limited time offer....

Making Memories Blog

Good luck!


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Challenge #12 ~ Black and White

One of the things I like to see is a black and white photograph, especially on a layout.

Here is a layout I just did for Scrapdango using a great shot of my family which was taken by Lori Anne Franklin. I love how the Crate papers make the photo stand out. Notice the sheer, sparkle fabric under my title?? I saved that from a Cinderella Doll my dog unfortunately ate of Paige's. I love how fabric can add some interesting details and texture to a layout!


Please us a black and white photo on your next creation. It can be one that you convert to black and white or an older photo that has been sitting in an album on a shelf.

Email your creation to or provide a link below. You will earn a ballot for the $50.00 value Rak that I have up for grabs!

Due Date: January 31st
Draw Date: February 1st

Happy Scrapping!


Scrapdango Blog Challenge

I posted the following Blog Challenge at Scrapdango this week:

I was chatting with my Mom the other day about when I was young. It is always to cute to think about the things you said or did when you were little.
I would like everyone to blog about their earliest childhood memory. Close your eyes and think back to when you were little. How young were you and what memory first pops into your head?
I can't wait to read everyone's earliest memories!!

Living in Germany: My earliest memories are when my Dad was stationed in Germany. I was around 4 years old and we had a German Shepard named Sasha who had puppies. I remember, quite vividly, the day she gave birth. My Mom put a plastic swimming pool in the kitchen and she gave birth in it. There was alot of blood and it was a terrible labor. My Mom allowed me to get in the pool and help out. I remember that alot of the puppies were stillborn and one was born with an abnormally long tail. Two of the puppies survived, only to die a few days later. I remember seeing my Uncle hide the dead puppies in the closet hoping I wouldn't see them before He could get outside. I remember praying alot and staring at the ugly wallpaper and how sad everyone was. I was just so grateful that Sasha didn't die as well. It was a hard labor for her but she was strong.

Challenge #11:
What is your earliest childhood memory? Post it on your blog and provide a link below to earn a ballot for the prize draw. If you don't have a blog then you can email me at

Due Date: January 31st
Draw Date: February 1st

Happy Blogging!


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Friends ~ Challenge #10

One of my dear friends made me a sweet mini album for my birthday. It was such a great surprise. She had used a past kit she got from Scrapdango and put in lots of great pictures. Here is a sample of the album:

On the first page she had put a great quote about friends:

It reads: "If you see a falling star make a wish for it may come true for the last time I did, I found a friend like you." ~unknown author
Challenge #10:
I would like to see you post a picture of your friend(s) on your blog and tell me something about them. Provide a link below or email me at You will earn a ballot for the prize draw.
**BONUS: Do a layout about your friend and receive 2 extra ballots for the $50.00 Prize Pack full of Heidi Swappe goodies!!
Due Date: January 31st
Draw Date: February 1st
Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Wanna Win A Book?? ~ Challenge #9

My good friend Jess Acs is off to CHA to autograph copies of her Outstanding Mini Albums book. It is a wonderful collection of Jess's favorite mini albums. She makes amazing and beautiful Mini Albums and this book will be a Must Have for anyone who likes to create mini albums.

She will be at the Making Memories (F & W Media) booth signing books Sunday from 11am- noon, Monday from Noon-1:00, and Tuesday from 11:00- noon. I will be teaching a workshop on Tuesday from 3-5. There will be free book giveaways!! (very limited supplies so come early!)

Bonus for members of WeScrap: if you are able to come see Jess at CHA, let her know you’re a member of WeScrap and you will get a free one year extension to your membership.

Jess is also offering a signed copy on her blog as well. Check it out: A Spoonfull of Sugar

Challenge #9:
To celebrate Jess's book I would like to see a mini album that you have created. Your favorite one. An album that you proudly display for everyone to see. It doesn't have to be newly created for this challenge!! An easy way to get a ballot and show me your favorite mini album!!

You can email it to me at or link it below.

Due Date: January 31st
Draw Date: February 1st

Happy Scrapping!


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Love Notes Post It Holder ~Challenge #8

I thought I would share a darling little project I did for the Scrapping Bug's Winter Crop. I made it for the Make and Take and headed to Kitchener to teach it. It's great to see so many of my blog friends head over for the online crop. What fun!!

Gather up some supplies:
Paper x 2
Binder Clip
Chipboard coaster or chipboard cut to 4x4
Post it Notes
ink (optional)
embellies (optional)

1. Cut your patterned paper to 4x4.
2. Adhere to your chipboard.
3. Trim around the corners.
4. Sand the edges. Make sure when you sand the edges that you sand downwards. If you were to sand upwards you would rip or tear your paper.
5. Ink if desired.
6. Add extra paper if desired. I added a scallop edge.

7. Cut a piece of coordinating paper for your binder clip. Adhere to binder clip.
8. Add ribbon to your binder clip.

9. Clip your Post it Note to your chipboard coaster.

**You can add a magnet to the back to put on your fridge!
Challenge #8:
Create one of these quick and easy Post it Note Holders.
Email it to me at to earn a ballot for this month's Blog Prize valued at $50.00.

Due Date: January 31st
Draw Date: February 1st
Happy Scrapping!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Challenge # 7 ~ Sew What

One of Emmy's very favorite songs right now is by Pink called "So What?" I hear her sing it at least 10 times a day. Thanks goodness she can carry a tune or else it would be driving me nuts.

When I was thinking of today's challenge she asked me to base it on her favorite song. We came up with the Sew What Challenge!!

Challenge #7:

I would like to see you sew on your layout. You can do this by either using a machine, rub-ons or poking holes and sewing by hand. You must also use the color Pink on your layout as well. Get it?? Pink??

Here is my layout of Paige called Authentic Beauty. I used a stitching template and sewed by hand.

Quote Reads: "Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart." ~ Khalil Gibran

Email your creations to me at and put Thynner Blog Challenge in the subject line. You will earn a ballot for this month's $50.00 Prize Draw of new scrappy goodies!!

Deadline: January 31st

Draw Date: February 1st

Happy Scrapping!


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Scrapping Bug Crop

For those of you in the Kitchener area.... pop in to The Scrapping Bug to see me. I'll be there to help out, offer a Make and Take and play along with all the games and such!! There are limited spaces available so call today and book your time.
If you can't make it to the store then play along with us online!! The challenges, games and Make and Takes will be loaded in the gallery on Friday and you have the weekend to complete them. They can be found here: Online Crop Thread . I know that the Bingo words have already been posted and the Make and Take supply lists should be going up ahead of time too.

Happy Scrapping!


Art Freckles Surprise & Challenge #6

I know alot of you were disappointed that the new Art Freckles kit that I posted sold out so quickly.

Well... I have a surprise for you!! Shannon decided to put together another amazing kit since it is her birthday this month and since she loves surprises!! Check out this beautiful WRMK's kit:

This kit contains:
8 sheets of 12x12 double sided patterned paper from WRMK Heart Attack Line
(2 of each design)
* Be Mine
* Crush
* Honey Bunny
* Twitterpated
6 sheets of Bazzill cardstock (2 ea. of Lily White, Buttercream, and Dragonfly)
1 pkg. Scrap-icing Loopy Daisies
1 pkg WRMK glitter brads Heart Attack Line
1 pkg WRMK glitter lace Heart Attack Line
1 pkg WRMK designer eyelets & snaps Heart Attack Line
1 sht. WRMK embossed stickers Heart Attack Line
1 pkg. Bazzill 3/4" ruby red blossoms
2 yards cream lace

It is available right now to buy. I wouldn't wait too long because they go so fast!

Challenge #6:
I would like to see you do a 2 page layout. I started out doing 2 page layouts almost 5 years ago. I remember how scared I was to try a single page layout. Now, most of my layouts are single pages and I rarely do 2 pages anymore.

The thing that I do love about a double page layout is that I can fit so much more photos. It is a great way to showcase 4 or more photos.

Here is a layout I did for Scrapdango. Thank goodness Carrie likes double page layouts. It pushes me to create more.

Yep... it's Paige surrounded by lots of Arctic Chill goodness. We had so much fun sledding at Grandpa Larry's on New Years Day. We were oblivious to the cold and rosy cheeks we all got.

Please email your creation to me at or link it below. You will earn a ballot for this month's draw worth $50.00 of new goodies!! I'll compile a list of goodies for tomorrow!

Due Date: January 31st
Draw Date: February 1st

Happy Scrapping!


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Love Fest

Yes... please join me at weScrap for a Love Fest Crop. The girls and I are working on putting some great challenges, games and Make and Takes together!! Oh... and there will be prizes!! Can't forget them!!

I have a free membership to weScrap to give away. Just leave me a comment below and I will draw a winner on the 19th. Good luck!


Monday, January 12, 2009

5000th Post Count Winner !!

Sorry for the delay. I waited until my girls got home from dance so they could help. Then it was a scramble to do a big project that is due tomorrow. One I only juts found out about after supper. Kids!!??

It was Emmy's turn to choose the winner. We wrote 50 names and put them in a big, ugly orange hat!! She thought the hat was a nice touch! It goes great with her pink sweater!

She took the time to mix the ballots all up:

She pulls a winner..... is it you????

Hmm.... let's look closer:

Congrats Crazy4scrappin!!!

Please send me your address at and I will get your wonderful Art Freckles Kit to you as soon as possible. It has already been sold out! Enjoy!

Thanks again everyone for taking part in the draw. Please do some of my challenges for a chance to win $50.00 worth of new scrapping goodies!


Saturday, January 10, 2009


I can't believe it but I am creeping up to 5000 hits already on my blog!!!

I want to thank each and every one of you for checking out my blog. Since we are so close I thought we would post a little contest!! I will give a cool prize out to one lucky person.

Just post a comment now until the 5000th post to be eligible to win. It's a random draw! Keep checking in because it should be soon!!

Look what I am going to give away!!

This is the newest kit at Art Freckles and I must say that I LOVE it!! It is so pretty. Look at all the bling.

Good luck girls. Keep checking in and you just may be the 5000th person and the lucky winner!

***UPDATE*** I didn't realize it would creep up so soon so I am leaving this open until tonight at midnight. I'll draw the winner Monday morning.


Friday, January 9, 2009

Challenge #5

As we get older we begin to make realizations along the way. We learn from things we have done or have seen. We wake up one day with the knowledge that we are here to learn and spread that knowledge unto others.

Challenge #5:

It’s time for a journaling challenge.

I would like you to start of with the following: “ I Now Know……..”

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

“I Now Know how to….”
“I Now Know why……..”
“I Now Know that…….”

Here is a layout I did. Here are my lovely daughters. I am constantly learning from them!

The journaling reads: “I Now Know why I was put on this earth. I am here to love, here to teach, here to cherish, here to be a mother.”

Since this is a journal challenge, you can post your journaling on your blog or email it to me at or link it below. You will earn one ballot for the draw! Yes... the one valued at $50.00!!

BONUS: Use your journaling on a layout to earn two extra ballots!!

Deadline: January 31st
Draw Date: February 1st

Happy Scrapping!


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Challenge #4

I just did the following layout for a Scrapdango Layout Tag Game. I just love playing layout tag!! I used some amazing Fancy Pants Arctic Chill Paper and some Glitter paper as well. Love it together.

I had this amazing photo that my friend Lori Anne Franklin took earlier in the fall. She took us out for a Photo Shoot at a barn. Mistake!! The girls were more interested in barn cats and saddles than having their picture taken. BUT... she did manage to get some amazing photos in spite of the distractions.

Challenge #4

The page has the following quote: "You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them." ~ Desmond Tutu

My challenge is for you to do a layout showcasing your family.
Bonus: Use the above quote to earn a second ballot!!

Email your creation to me at to earn a ballot... or two for this months Big Blog Prize!!

Happy Scrapping!


Random Tip

One of the perfect little tool to have on hand is a lint roller. The kind with the masking tape that you peel off when you’re done. It is wonderful for picking up little bits of glitter or flocking. It also picks up the fine dust particles from sanding your paper and chipboard.

I also use it to remove rubons that I have misplaced on my layout or card. I just roll it over the letter or image and it rolls right along with it. It is so easy to do.


Scrapdango Crowned Competition

Scrapdango is celebrating 3 years, and we are doing it in style again with our very own “Crowned Pageant” contest. Okay, have you heard of the CW’s new show “Crowned?”…..Well if you haven’t you can come check out our version of “Crowned” ScrapDango style! Come join us for 4 weeks of Crowned Competition ScrapDango style!

There will be weekly pageant competition challenges that will challenge your creativity. Each week someone will be SASHED Princess of Scrapdango. (Prizes involved too!) Is there a catch….well of course…it wouldn’t be fun if there wasn’t a catch. NO ONE gets sent home. You all have to live/scrap and experience PAGEANT LIFE with each other for the 4 weeks for the month of February.

You will be competing for points. Each week the DT will award points 1-10 for each contestant’s creation. The contestant with the most points at the end of the competition goes home with an awesome prize package! (Including a Guest Design Spot that includes a full kit)I f you are lucky enough to be SASHED, you will be getting some extra goodies along the way as well. The DT will choose one contestant who was the favorite for that week to be “Sashed.” You may only win this one time during the compettion.

There will be other challenges along the way as well, such as scavenger hunts, posting challenges, games, etc. These are voluntary, but they do help you to accumulate more points. The weekly pageant challenges are mandatory. The only way you will be de-sashed and leave the Pageant is if you fail to do the weekly challenges.

We at Scrapdango want this contest to be a little different. We want to get to know our existing members better and to make some new members in the process. To play you must visit the forums, say hello and register in the Official sign up“Crowned” Thread. So toss in some makeup, an evening gown, and bathing suit, along with your scrappin bags and pick your bedroom in the Crowned House here at ScrapDango!

**The first challenge will be issued February 1st.

We are really excited to host this contest again for everyone. It was so mych fun that we just had to do it again. Please head over to Scrapdango and sign up in the Sign up Thread. When you register, don't forget to tell them Tara referred you.

If you have any question please check out the Q & A section!


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Scrapping Bug DT Reveal & Challenge #3

I was surprised just how far this kit really went. Not only did I get three layouts done but I also managed to squeeze out a mini album as well. I love being able to utilize all the bits and pieces of a kit.

The kit is full of Bo Bunny!!

2 Bo Bunny Chiffon Dot
2 Bo Bunny Coffee Dot
2 Bo Bunny Frost Dot
2 Bo Bunny Decaf Dot
1 Bo Bunny Winter Whisper Dot
1 Bo Bunny Winter Whisper Mist
1 Bo Bunny Winter Whisper Plaid
1 Bo Bunny Winter Whisper
1 Bo Bunny Winter Fun Cardstock Sticker
1 Bo Bunny Winter Transparency Title
3 Bug Cut Snowflakes
3 Brads
2 x ½ yards of Ribbon
1 Exclusive Bug Cut Title

Here are my creations:

Cold Wonder: I based this one on a sketch by my friend Ally. You can find her sketches on the So Sketchy Blog.

Winter Eh?: This layout portrays my girls love of riding and how a silly thing like winter won't take them away from their ponies!

Winter: Here is Emmy enjoying the snow during an afternoon of sledding. Notice the paint and the sweet transparency title?

Snow Fun Mini Album: I put this 4x4 album together with all my scraps. It showcases the sledding day at "Grandpa Larry's" on New Years Day. A great new tradition for the Thynne Family!

**To see the other wonderful creations that my fellow DT Members did please check out the Bug Gallery! To order the kit please go to The Scrapping Bug!

Challenge # 3:
For this challenge I would like you to chose any one of my layouts and scraplift it! I would like to see your spin on my creations.
Email them to me at or post a link to your layout below.
You will earn a ballot for each layout you do. Yes... if you scraplift one... you get one ballot. Scraplift two... you get two ballots. Scraplift all three... you get three ballots!! What for?? The big blog prize draw valued at $50.00 of new products!

Due Date: January 31st
Draw Date: February 1st
Happy Scrapping!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Some Fabulous News

I have been so excited the last few days. I received word that I was chosen as a Guest Design Team member for an amazing new kit Club called Art Freckles. The forum has a great family vibe to it and the girls are really talented too.

Shannon had just under 50 people apply for the call. She was looking for a new DT member and two Guest DT's. I honestly didn't think I stood a chance when I saw the numbers and the talent ladies that applied. Soooooooooo.... I was super excited when I got the news!!

Congrats to Kimberly for being the newest DT at Art Freckles. She is really talented and deserves the spot! A big shout out to my new buddy Ching for winning the other Guest DT spot. She is awesome and man... she can scrap!

Be sure to check out the new site and the cool kits they offer. They are also having a cool "Use Your Stash" contest where you can win a Guest DT spot!

Challenge #2

Sign on to the forum and tell them Tara sent you for a ballot for my monthly draw. You are sure to love it there. Art Freckles Forum


Sunday, January 4, 2009

December Winner!!!

Once again you have all blessed me with your creations and doing my challenges. I love that you are loving this as much as I do. I expected a big drop this past month with the holidays but.... you still created great pages, cards, and altered crafts!! Thanks again to everyone who participated!! You all ROCK!!

It was my dear Paige's turn to draw the inner. She has been suffering from an ear ache and this was such a great distraction for her!!

I wrote down almost 50 names on ballots and she cut them and placed them in her "Red Riding Hood Basket." ( Her name for it. Cute eh?)

She then asked me if her new Build a Bear, Stripes could help her chose the name. Here they are getting set up for the draw!

She let Stripes swirl the names in the basket.

Paige and Stripes pull out a ballot with the winner's name on it. Is it you????

Hmm... let's get a closer look.....

Yep.... the winner for the December Prize Pack is...................................

Teresa Matz!!!

Congrats Teresa! Please email your address to me at so I can send you all your amazing goodies! Can't wait to see what you do with everything! Have fun!
Please take a moment to go through the December Challenges slideshow of amazing creations from everyone. They are sure to inspire you!!

NOW.... it's time to start fresh with another round. I already posted the first challenge just yesterday and I will post another one tomorrow, So... check back. I have another amazing collection of scrappy goodness for one lucky winner!! Worth another.... $50.00.
I also have a cool announcement tomorrow. I am really excited about it too.

Happy Scrapping!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Life.....or Something Like That

Well... it happened. Life got in the way of my blogging! I swore I wouldn't let it happen but, with the holidays and my birthday I slipped.
It is amazing to me just how exhausting the holidays truly are. I have been so worn out that I actually fell asleep on the couch the other day and woke up with a sore neck and shoulder! Crazy thing is that the last time I ever fell asleep on the couch was when I was pregnant. NOOOOOOOOOOOO....... I am not pregnant now!! Don't even think that! Three is a great number. It just goes to show you just how tired I was.

I am not sure how many of you have decided to chose a special word to be your mantra for 2009. If you don't know what I am referring to you can check out Ali Edwards Blog for details. It took me all of three seconds to come up with this years word..............................................................

I tend to over do things and get caught up in things. I am constantly focusing on the negative and letting it get to me. I have become a magnet for stress. I am going to learn to chill and relax more. Spend more time enjoying my life not worrying about it! Spend more time with my family and friends. Laugh more.

Challenge #1 ~ Your Word:
What is your chosen word for 2009?? Chose something that means something to you. Email it to me at or post it below to earn a ballot for this months blog prize draw, again valued at $50.00!!
**Bonus: Use your chosen word on a layout and send it to me to earn two ballots. An easy way to start 2009 off!!

I have all the names drawn up for Decembers Draw!! I will let Paige pick the winner in the morning. Then.... it's back to business on my blog!

THANKS to everyone who have been checking in every day and sending in those amazing creations! I am so thrilled everytime I receive an email and see your creations. I will continue to post challenges throughout the month.