Monday, May 9, 2011

BLOG GIVEAWAY - my first ever contest

Well, today is the day I will reveal how to enter my FIRST EVER BLOG GIVEAWAY! This post will give the details about entering the FREE contest, will show photos of your prize and will detail each border with instructions on how to make it.  Keep reading.

I’m giving away 4 Spring Borders and 4 Summer Borders to ONE lucky winner!  In order to enter the contest, you MUST do the following:

1.     Be a public follower of my blog (click the follow button in the left side of my blog page)
2.     Leave a comment on this post as to why you’d like to win these borders

If you are interested in other types of crafts, you can also follow my other blog, Fly the Coop Crafts.  The link is If you publicly follow that blog, I will enter an additional chance for you in the spring/summer border contest. If you do choose for follow Fly the Coop Crafts, make sure to notify me by comment or email so I know to add you to the contest. 

If your comment about why you want to win is fantastic, I’ll enter ANOTHER chance in the contest for you. (total of 3 chances are possible)

If you need assistance following or commenting, please contact me and I’ll help you.  I can be contacted by email at

Here are the photos of the borders (in groups):

4 spring borders
4 summer borders
How I will pick the winner.  I will enter all public followers who make a comment into a drawing bucket along with any additional chances they have earned.  When my public followers reach 100 people, I’ll draw the winning name.  The contest will end on May 30th. 
If I don’t have 100 followers by that date, I’ll have to start a new contest.  I must have 100 followers by May 30th to give away the borders.

How I will get the borders to the winner.  I will put the borders in the US Postal mail and send them at my own cost.  I will offer to send the borders to an international winner – contest participants do NOT have to be from USA.

BONUS:  If I reach the 100 followers by May 15th, I will also give the winner the flower journaling box.   I will not pick a winner BEFORE May 15th even if I exceed the 100 follower requirement.

BONUS! flower journaling box
HELP:  If you wish to ASSURE that I get enough followers to have the drawing, encourage your friends, customers, fellow scrapbookers, etc… to follow and enter.

What if you don’t win and you’d like to make the borders yourself? No problem.  Individual photos of the borders are posted below along with basic instructions.  If you are a Creative Memories consultant and would like a copy of a handout to share with your customers or downline, I will send that to you by email – you will need to request it from me by email at  I may also post that on the network forum.

Credits – Please be respectful. If you plan to post my borders and/or instructions on your own blog or web page, please link to my blog and give credit to me.  I think sharing and copying is an awesome thing.  I’m happy to inspire others.  Just please be respectful and give credit whenever using a photo or blog post from my blog.

What next?  Well… if this contest goes smoothly, you’d better believe I’ll want to run another contest and I already have some really fun ideas for additional borders that I can’t wait to make!

Notes about my borders.  Several of them were inspired by the creative designers at the CreativeMemories project center.  Please visit the project center for additional designs and inspirations in both digital AND traditional scrapbooking.  Also, all of my borders were made using Creative Memories tools, paper, embellishments and adhesives.  In my instructions, I have not used the correct names for the Creative Memories papers as I made these borders using my Creative Memories paper scraps -  several of the papers I used are now retired products.  Please feel free to substitute other papers as necessary.

If you don’t currently have a Creative Memories consultant serving you and you’d like to purchase products and tools, you can visit my website at and click the SHOP tab to make a purchase.  If you already have a consultant, please go to your consultant’s website to make any product purchases.

Below are the borders and basic instructions (most you can figure out how to make just by looking at them but I have included some measurements that I used if you wish to be more exact).

1. Flower Brownie
  •            Border strip: 12” X 1.25” (white)
  •             Flowers: Friendship Maker (brown) – 15 each
  •             Flower Centers:  Bubble Maker mixed sizes; variety of orange papers
  •             Tips:  easiest to put dot of pen adhesive on flower not on flower center
  •             Inspiration: Brownie Girl Scouts
2. Cottage Flower Border
  •            Border strip:  12” X 1.25” (light green)
  •             Flowers: Friendship Maker (pink) -7 each
  •             Flower Centers – Pink and Green Dual Tip Pens, round tip
  •             Flower Vine – Pink Round Tip Pen, Green Fine tip pen
  •             Tips – every other flower is attached with the foam squares
3. Kite Border (inspired by cM project center) - picture is sideways
  •            Border Strip:  12” X 1.25” (white)       
  • Kite Squares: 1” (4 for each kite, 1 each of 4 colors)
  •            Kite Background:  2.25” X 2.25” square (black) cut with Postage Stamp Rotary Blade
  •             Kite String: Black Round Tip Pen
  •             Kite String Flowers: Friendship Maker, use kite colors (total of 5)
  •             Tips:  Next time I’d make the Kite Background 2X2 instead
4. Hummingbird Border (inspired by cM project center)
  •            Border Strip: 12” X 2.25” light blue
  •             Inner Border Strip:  12” X 1.25” pale yellow, cut with postage stamp rotary blade
  •             Center Border Strip: 12” X .5” light green, cut with postage stamp rotary blade
  •             Hummingbirds: 3 dark purple, 3 light purple (facing different directions)
  •             Flowers: Friendship Maker (orange), 5 each
  •            Flower Centers: hole punch, generic brand, yellow paper
  •             Tips: For hummingbirds, consider bird direction if using printed paper
5. Watermelon Bunting
  •            Border Strip:  12” X 2” gold
  •             Water Melon Rind: 1.5” circles, 4 each, green, cut in half with scissors
  •             Water Melon Inside Rind: 1.25” circles, 4 each, white, cut in half
  •             Water Melon Flesh: 1” circles, 1 orange, 1 pink, 2 red, cut each in half
  •             Assemble Watermelon slice by lining circles up on cut edge
  •             Watermelon Seeds: Fine tip black pen
  •             Title: Red ABC letters (retired), all caps
  •             Adhere the watermelon slices to yellow background angling first 2 and last 2 upwards
  •             Tips: Use current letters in Black or use White letters and outline with red fine tip pen

6. Flag Bunting (inspired by project center)
  •             Cut six 2” X3” rectangles, 2 orange, 2 blue, 2 red
  •             Draw a dot at the 1” mark of the 2” side
  •             Lineup the corner of one corner and the dot on the cut line
  •             Make diagonal cut with postage stamp blade of rotary trimmer
  •             Make a second cut lining up a corner with the dot
  •             Border: 12” X .5” black (mine is cut short accidentally)
  •            Flag D├ęcor: Miscellaneous stickers (cheerful summer stickers would work well)
  •             Detail flag borders with stitches using black fine tip pen
  •             Adhere flags to black border, curving the first and last flag upwards
7. Sand Dollars and Starfish Border (inspired by project center)
  •             Background Border: 12” X 2”, light blue
  •             Sand: 12” X 1” light brown (I used printed paper and hand ripped for white edge)
  •             Attach sand to background
  •             Use the petal punch to cut 4 petal punches on white paper
  •             Cut a circle around each punched petal
  •             Add dots and center flower design with brown fine tip pen
  •             Starfish: I used tropical punch in 2 orange papers, also use star on galaxy maker
  •             Tuck 2 sand dollars under sand paper
  •             Mount remaining sand dollars and star fish as desired

8. Whales (inspired by project center)
  •            Background Border: 12” X 3” white, cut one side with wavy rotary blade
  •             Background Accent: 12” X .5” gold, cut one side with wavy rotary blade
  •             Attach accent background behind background border with tape runner
  •             Waves: 1.5” circles, 5 each, dark turquoise, cut in half with scissors
  •             Whale Head: 2” custom cutting system circle, patterned blue paper
  •             Whale Body: 2” oval ccs, same paper as head
  •             Whale Tail: 2” ccs circle, same paper as head, use ccs circle to cut a bite out
  •             Attach Waves to white border background, overlapping
  •             Assemble whale and tuck behind waves, attach with tape runner
  • Slightly lift whale head and punch 2 snow maker spouts (turn paper over to change directions of spout water)
  •             Add whale eyes and spout with black fine tip pen
  •             Add wave splashes with blue round tip pen
  •             Tips:  This was the hardest of all the borders


  1. I want to win these because you have AWESOME ideas and having your actual project would be cool. I love to be able to show samples....
    thanks, Lee

  2. LEE - thank you for being the FIRST person to get an entry in this contest! I will give you an additional entry for being the first!

  3. Cool contest, Sherrie! Any scrapbooker would love to win these. (Second try to post a comment after about an hour...)

  4. I have been a follower of your blog for a long time. I love your ideas and all that you share. I love all ideas so I want yours, too!! Scrappin' Sue - Digital Diva...

  5. Great borders and journaling boxes. I love the colors you used and the designs. It is so easy to get away from borders these days, that it is nice to see more ideas for borders. Thanks!

  6. The borders are great! You always make it look so easy to do Sherrie. I would love to win these borders. When I make borders they sometimes look funky!

  7. I would love to win these borders because they are great!!!
    (am I following both your blogs)

  8. (oops...I meant "I am..."

  9. Sher, your generosity in sharing your ideas is humbling; and your borders are inspiring me to sprinkle them throughout my albums again. Having been a consultant for 7 years, I certainly have enough paper and stickers that I could use up and encourage my customers to do the same and save money. In this day, what a concept! Keep up the wonderful work Sher - you are an inspiration. =)


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