Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Holidays!!!

All of us at Urban Swank want to wish you and your families...

...a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Hope to see you all here in 2010 with loads of creativity!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Happy Sunday Urban Swank Fans.

I am lucky to have been chosen as a swanky girl. My layout features my darling daughter and her many faces. I took all the pictures within 5 minutes. When I saw the pictures, I was amazed by how many different looks she had given me. I than had fun and labeled all the pics. I used the Happy Everything Collection Beautiful and celebrate papers. This layout was simple I just cut out the design from the Beautiful paper mounted it on the pink bazzil heart paper and layered on black bling. I added some stickles to the edges. The font is from American Crafts.
Thank you for looking
Michelle Van Etten

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Paper winner!

FIFTY - 50 - sheets of Urban Lily paper go to...

Jean said...
Posted it to mine -

Congrats Jean! Please shoot me an e-mail -

Thanks to everyone that got the word out!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Dark Side

I have pretty much been blond all my life, so when I went dark, I had to document it!

Urban Lily Supplies:
Alphabet Paper
Sugarhigh Paper
Polka Dot Memory Photocards
ATC Cards

I cut the letters from the Alphabet paper and matted with the leftover portion from the Sugarhigh paper used to make the Popsicle flower.

I added a bit of Glimmer Mist and used some Urban Lily ATC Cards.

I used Helmar's Textured Effects on the alphas to add texture.

And I even made a little embellishment from the Textured Effects! Click here to view instructions on how to make your own.

Scrap On!
Swanky Gurl, Becky Teichmiller

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Here it is !

Hello scrappers ! My name is Aida and I was completely *WOWED !!!* at seeing the Urban Lily products in real life. When I fist started scrapping, the clean fresh looks of Urban Lily was a huge attraction and dreams of being on the team were just that : dreams. Fast forward to today, it is such a thrill to be designing projects for Urban Swank and I hope the two layouts below will give you ideas on how to start using the products !

This layout uses the title Good Fun and it's a group of teen dancers who are friends.

Urban Lily products are :
Mooch - Sugarhigh
Urban Cut - Mini Book Bright
Happy Everything - Forever

Others : WRMK Grommets

We loved the movie The Incredibles ! It's really does say how we often knuckle down to society's expectations even while we downplay gifts or talents that are not mainstream. The Mrs Incredible figurine from McDonalds hangs on my Mac and reminds me to be resolute, to believe in my family and myself no matter what.

Urban Lily products :
Chipboard circles - Answer it
Mooch - Sugarhigh
May Ella - Impish
Others :
Bazill cardstock
American Crafts Felt Thickers
Stamp - Stampers Anonymous

Now, isn't it time YOU got into Urban Lily ? Thanks for dropping by !


Monday, November 30, 2009

A Glimpse and a Peek...

Here's just a glimpse of all the papers one lucky person will be getting. Check out all the details here if you want to win :)
And just a peek of my first "official" Urban Swank LO!

Have a great week!
Becky Teichmiller

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Who Wants Paper?

As promised, I am giving away PAPER!!!! Now, let's see what hoops should you have to jump through for these??? hmmmm..... thinking..... send me a video of you jumping through hoops - LOL, NO, but wouldn't that be funny? Thinking more..... ok, all you need to do is post a link to the Urban Swank Blog at any forum or your blog letting all of your friends know about this give away! Leave me a comment with a link showing me the post and you are entered!

The winner will be selected randomly and will receive papers from the following collections: Lulliloo, Blink, Just Add Color, Mooch, Happy Everything, California, Oh So Merry, Everyday Lily! I'll throw in a few extra papers too and make it an even 50!

December 15th is the deadline! The winner will be announced shortly after.

Sorry, only people living in the US, Canada and South America can enter.

If you have questions make sure you include your e-mail addy :)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Inrtoducing The Swanky Gurls

A humongous THANK YOU to everyone that applied for the Urban Swank Design Team! I am completely overwhelmed by the amazing talent that has entered my inbox! WOW! Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to submit your application and to allow me to get to know you better! With out further ado, here are the Swanky Gurls!

Becky Teichmiller, Swanky Gurls DT Coordinator

I am a mom to 4. I wish I could scrapbook instead of sleep… I think sleeping is a big waste of time! I am a Zumba Certified Instructor and also teach Sculpt, Boot Camp, Yoga and Kickbox classes. I love sushi, scrapbooking, reality TV, the color pink, and everything fluffy, frilly, shimmery and sparkly!

I'm a graphic designer, I know my husband since 1994 and this month is our 5th wedding anniversary, My favorite color is orange, I love playing video games, I dislike melons! I'm addicted to coke & TV shows, I love shopping for shoes! :D

I'm a pretty random person. I love to laugh. I have two dogs, Maui and Hilo. The beach is my second home. I know a lot of ASL (American Sign Language). I'm a fast scrapper. I'm afraid of birds, ew! I'm so honored to be sharing my talent with the Urban Swank DT.

I'm a french girl, addicted to swiss chocolate, that's the reason why I decided to live just a few meters far from the swiss frontier... I have a cat called Dobby (like the famous house-elf, Harry Potter's friend)

I'm a southern girl from Mississippi living in California, and have been married 8 years to my handsome Wes. I spend my days as an obsessive photographer and scrapbooker, and teaching cooking classes on the weekends. My biggest inspiration is my family, and I'm always wishing they and the beach were closer.

I am from the tiny tropical island of Singapore. For a long time beautiful fabric and paper designs have fascinated me and when I found scrapbooking 7 years ago, it was like finding my perfect little craft heaven. Thankfully my husband Augustine is tremendously supportive and my two teen girls Stasha and Nura having grown up with a craft-mad mom, think my being nutty about scrapbooking is normal! I am a talker, love meeting people, and try very hard to weave into my life the other passions of dance, theater and cooking. Being chosen for Urban Swank's Design Team is such a thrill, an absolute honor and I hope to show some of the endless, creative possibilities in using the products.

I'm Akiko Kuroki (aka akilia) and I live in Japan. I am married to my great husband and we have a lovely daughter RIho(6 years old). I began scrapbooking in 2007. Although two years will pass soon, I enjoy scrapbooking every day. I like creating 12z12 single layouts. And I like creating mini albums. I receive inspirations from great scrapbooking products.

I call beautiful Ontario Canada my home. I live in a testosterone filled home with my wonderful husband Dan of 19 years along with my lovable sons Blake (15) and Jared (11). When I’m not scrapbooking until the wee hours of the morning, I enjoy spending time with family and friends and keep busy running our Custom Cabinetry business with my husband.
Life can sure get hectic sometimes but I thrive on adventure and chaos and this hobby is just what I need to wind down and remind me of what is important. To relax and take my mind off of what my next scrapbooking project will be, I love playing with my camera and photographing tiny moments and details that will help me preserve all of these wonderful memories in my life. Some may say I’m obsessed with this hobby, but it is simply a part of my everyday life, much like shopping, lounging by the pool, my obsession with blogs, and my never ending craving for Starbucks coffee!
I am so fortunate and honored to be a part of the Urban Swank design team and I can’t wait to be inspired, and to inspire all of you with their wonderful products! I love what this industry has brought to my life and I am so excited to start this next journey with you all!

I went to college for Interior Design but have never worked in that field. I have always loved color, design, paint, photography, drawing, creating, trying new things.
My husband and I have 3 children who are grown, 2 are in college. We have no grandchildren, but the pet population just increased by one. My son brought his dog home which brings the pet population to 6 dogs ( 4 bassetts, 3 labs) 1 cat, 1 bird. Two of the dogs belong to my husband and I.

Simona Montanari

Hi, my name is Simona and I live in a wonderful boot called Italy with a Vespa-scooter lover tattooed husband named Davide, a gorgeous 2 and 1/2 years old girl named Guendalina "Gughi", and two spoiled dogs, Tony and Olivia. I'm a scrapbooking addict since 2005 and I love pizza, Amy Winehouse, the snow, crocheted toys, Coca Cola Light, Vespa scooters, travelling, Dexter, Crocs in the summer and Ugg boots in the winter, flea-markets, Cirque du Soleil, walking barefoot, 60's fabrics, Sex and the City, Russian dolls, sewing, macadamia nuts, Frank Sinatra. I'm so excited to be part of this talented design team :-)
I am english but live in Holland with my Dutch husband and son.I love creating and being inspired. If its scrapping or photography or crochet or sewing, it makes no difference I just love keeping my hands and head busy.I am a deep thinker and I love to giggle with my son about anything!I cant wait to get my hands on the URBAN SWANK line and I am so happy to be part of this exciting team!

I finally took time off of my scrap everyday schedule to clean my scrapbook room and it only took me 2 days! Now that it's clean, I can't keep my husband and children out of it. They want to come in and hang out with me so I've set my oldest up with his own space to color and practice his writing and my husband has a chair to watch movies and look at pages while I scrap them.

I am a little crazy... always scrapbook at night. I love taking pictures... sort of my passion. I would describe my style as shabby chic eclectic. I do not know what white space is lol. I work for canon teaching all over USA. I love wine, good friends and great late night conversations.

I make a ferocious Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal cookie, have a serious addiction to strawberry twizzlers and love watching American Idol!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Just a few more before the DT Reveal!

I had never expected that choosing the Urban Swank DT would be so difficult!

Keep on sending me those Urban Lily layouts, I love them! Here's a few more:

LO by Becky Thackson
LO by Becky Thackson
LO by Edleen
LO by Becky Teichmiller

Happy Sunday!
Becky Teichmiller

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

In the Process...

I am still in the process of going through all of the AMAZING submissions! You girls are absolutely incredible! I love seeing each and everyone's unique style in your LOs and reading about you! I would really love to choose you all and get going sending you all product... ok, back to reality! So, I will need a few more days.

Be sure to subscribe or check back often here, because I will be giving out a prize pack in the next few days! Tell me what is your favorite Urban Lily line, product, paper and/or embellishment without saying everything! lol! And I will put something together :)

LO by Gayle Martin

LO by Nat Kalbach

Secret Keeper by Nat Kalbach

Have a scrappy day!
Becky Teichmiller

Saturday, October 31, 2009


Confirmations have gone out! If you plan on submitting yet this afternoon and evening, I won't get to submissions until later tonight - 10ish CST.

Urban Swank is sponsoring for the month of November! They will be having Halloween bingo tonight at their forum giving out Urban Lily products and also giving out Urban Lily products throughout the month of November.

Reminder to link your Urban Lily LOs here and I will post them on the blog! I have no more to post, but mine... These are really old!

Friday, October 30, 2009

It's not too late!

No, it's not too late.... Design Team applications are due by the stoke of midnight (CST) tomorrow, Halloween! Details can be found here :) I am amazed by all of awesome submissions I have received so far and so happy to know so many girls want to play with Urban Lily products! It is going to be really hard choosing the new Design Team!

ALSO, it's not too late....You can still post your links to your Urban Lily LOs/Projects/Cards for us to feature here!
Card by Robyn Weatherspoon

By Debbie

By Becky Teichmiller

Scrap On!
Becky Teichmiller

Monday, October 26, 2009

Just A Few Days Left!

You have a just a few days left to submit your applications to be on the Urban Swank Design Team! Please, please, please remember to make sure your images sent are 100k or less. If your e-mail is bouncing, you can send your application to

I will be sending out confirmation e-mails soon. If you don't get one by Friday please contact me :)

Thanks to everyone that shared their work. Check out these amazing layouts! More layouts will be posted soon! Be sure to leave a comment here if you'd like your Urban Lily layout to be featured on the Urban Swank Blog :)
By Betty Lou

By Glenda Tkalac, this is one of her favorites:

By Glenda Tkalac, and this is one of my favorites:

By Robyn Weatherspoon:

Scrap On!
Becky Teichmiller

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Want to be featured on the Urban Swank Blog?

Great News!!! Urban Lily is now a Preferred Product of Helmar Adhesives! That means that the new Design Team Members will receive Helmar Adhesives along with their Urban Lily in their box of goodies!

While Urban Lily is in the process of getting their Design Team together I would LOVE to post some Urban Lily creations here! All you have to do is comment here with a link to your layout, card, mini album.... pretty much anything that includes mostly Urban Lily products :)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Urban Swank Design Team Call

Love Urban Lily? Want to Design with Urban Lily Products? Look no further! Urban Swank is a new distributor exclusive to selling Urban Lily products. We are looking for Design Team members to create fabulous LOs, cards and projects with Urban Lily products.

Please read carefully. Applications that are missing information/requirements will not be considered.

E-mail the following to with "Urban Swank DT Call" in the subject line:
a. Name
b. Cty, State, Country
c. Resume/blog/gallery links if you have them, if you don't that is ok!
d. A few sentences about yourself
e. 3-5 recent LOs, projects, altered items, cards, mini albums and/or projects representing you and your style. Recent, meaning within the last two months. Please, no more than 5 images and each must be 100k or less. Images must look great, no dark or blurry images please. Using Urban Lily products is preferred, but not mandatory. Let me know if you need help locating a retailer.

What is expected of a Design Team Member:
-Create 4 items per month that use at least 75% Urban Lily products.... LOs, mini books, projects or altered items.
-Promote Urban Lily products on your blog, fb, myspace and scrappy websites you frequent, if allowed, along with sporting the Urban Swank blinkie!
-Post creations along with simple instructions and any cool techniques to the Urban Swank Blog twice monthly.
-Participate on the Urban Swank facebook fan page and Urban Swank forum.

The DT term will be one year running from November 2009 to October 31st, 2010.

The Urban Swank website is still under construction, but can be found here -

Entries must be sent by 11:59 CST on October 31st - Happy Halloween :) Muuuuahahahahaaaaaa! And the new Design Team Members will be announced on the blog in the beginning of November.

Please let me know if you have any questions and I will answer them as quickly as possible.