Tuesday, October 28, 2014

UGH!!

Well, I planned on posting a What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday post after I got home from taking my adorable hubby out for his birthday tonight, but we got home to NO electricity for the second time this week!  My posting and commenting is pretty spotty this week because of it and also because I've been dog and house sitting all week for my neighbors!  It will get better dear reader!  I promise!!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Monday, October 27, 2014

My Very Best Money Saving Tip...Back By Popular Demand!


FREE FREE FREE!  I love free!!


For those of you who are new to the blog in the past few months, here's a post I've run before, but updated it to include new goodies!  Happy reading...and salivating!

Here's the BEST money-saving tip I could possibly offer you.   How would you like to get a variety of your craft items COMPLETELY FREE?  Here's a few brand new items I've gotten over the past few years and none of it cost me a single penny...not even for shipping!  How?  Scroll down!




















































And this is just the CRAFT STUFF I've gotten for free!  It doesn't include Christmas presents for family and other assorted goodies, or the nice sum I've already saved up towards my next purchase!

So. have I got your attention?  Ha ha!  A few years ago, I joined Swagbucks.  Basically, Swagbucks is a program where you can earn (you guessed it) Swag "bucks."  You're randomly rewarded "bucks" for doing web searches using their Google Search Engine.  Although I don't normally do tons of searches, every time I go to ANY site, including Hotmail to check my email, or Facebook, or my own blog even, I type it into my Swagbucks tool bar.  You don't have to install their tool bar to join or search, but it makes it a lot more convenient for me.  You can also earn Swagbucks by taking daily polls, watching videos, playing online games, and all sorts of other activities.

Now, here's where the free stuff comes in.  You can save up your "bucks" and redeem them for all sorts of various prizes.  I ALWAYS redeem mine for Amazon gift cards.  It takes 450 "bucks" to earn a $5 Amazon gift card.  (I can usually earn enough points without really trying, to exchange for 5 or more gift cards each month.)  Even though we're only talking $5 at a time, you would really be surprised at how quickly it adds up.  There are other increments of Amazon cards you can save up for, but having done the math, the $5-for-450-bucks is the best deal in the long run.

Once I've saved up enough Amazon cards to purchase what I want, I make sure to get items that qualify for free shipping.  Your Amazon purchase has to add up to at least $25 - $35 to get the free shipping, but I'm more than happy to do that.  After all, free is free!!

If you would like to check out Swagbucks, click HERE!  If you have any questions or would like more info, please don't hesitate to ask...this is a program that has given me so many free goodies, so I'm happy to help! Oh, and FYI...quite a few blog readers also participate in this program, and I know from one very sweet reader, that it works in Canada too. My understanding is that it works world wide, although some different prizes may be offered in other parts of the world.

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Free SVG Cutting Files

Whoa...it's Friday night already?  How in the world did that happen???  This week has just zoomed by!  First of all, I want to apologize for neglecting my little blog and all the sweet and wonderful people who have been commenting on it lately.  I have read all the amazing comments, and will absolutely be by to visit every one of you once things settle down here a little.  We're right in the middle of "birthday week" in our house.  Mine was Tuesday, our son-in law's is tomorrow and husband's is next Tuesday.  My poor daughter!  She has a tough time keeping up with all the birthdays every October!  We're all celebrating together tomorrow, so bring on the cake!!

On top of all the birthdays this week, I've had four medical appointments (in four days!) trying to finally get something done about my crazy old neck injury.  We've been fighting workmen's comp literally for years, and my case was finally opened back up.  I'm so happy to have some medical attention again, but it's taking a lot of time away from my sweet little blog and my craft room.

And...on top of everything else (there's more???) I'm house and dog sitting for my neighbors this week, so my computer access has been very limited.  Whew...okay, there's my list of excuses!  I promise to stay in touch and get back in my craft room ASAP!

Now, after all that, how about some freebies?!?!



FREE SVG FILES:

New file DAILY - 

Miss Kate Cuttables actually has a DAILY freebie every day of the week!  Totally sweet and generous! Today's free file is a winter tree set.

New file every MONDAY - 

Little Scraps Of Heaven  You can access their freebies through their blog or their Facebook fan page.  This week's freebie is a pumpkin peeking mouse.


KaDoodle Bug Designs publishes new free files on Mondays and corresponding digi files on Tuesdays.  Now it seems they've really been outdoing themselves lately by also giving an assortment of free phrases each week! KaDoodle Bug is giving us a cute little fox.  They're also including print and cut files this week!

New file every TUESDAY - 

Treasure Box Designs offers a new digital file every Tuesday.  They have some really cute stuff!.  This week, they're offering a pretty Christmas wreath.

For those of you that own a Silhouette machine, don't forget that the Silhouette store has a free cutting file each Tuesday.  You need to download the free program to your computer (even if you don't own a Silhouette machine yet) to access the store.  Please keep in mind that the files aren't SVGs...they will only cut on a Silhouette brand machine, (SD, Cameo, or Portrait) so this will be a great option ONLY if you're planning to purchase (or already own) a Silhouette. You can download the free program HERE.   This week's freebie is a skeleton.  They also have a 25% off sale on all Halloween cuts and all flourishes and shapes (there's TONS of them!)

New file every FRIDAY - 

Designs on Cloud 9 They have adorable Teddy bears and other characters.  Lots of cuteness on this site! This week's freebie is a set of Fall life cards.

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons offers a new free SVG file each Friday.  She even offers a newsletter subscription to remind you.    This week's freebie is a set of pocket cards.

My Scrap Chick offers a new file each Friday to her newsletter subscribers.  Click the link to subscribe. This week's freebie is a set of Autumn words.  They're also having a retirement sale with a GREAT deal of 50 collections of cutting files for only $29.95!  The price is good for one week from today (Friday.)

RANDOM days, but new files regularly - 

Birds Cards - is an awesome blog with all sorts of amazing freebies!  This week Bird is giving us a Thanksgiving place card and pennant.

SVG Cuts offers TONS of free files!  I believe they have said that there are over 200 of them available right now. Make sure to sign up for their newsletter too. Every time they send a newsletter, they include a new free file!  Their latest offering is a lace frame.

Do you know of any other sites that offer free SVG files on a weekly basis?  Let me know in the comments.  I would love to add them to the list!

Need a Silhouette to cut out all this free goodness?

Silhouette Cameo Starter Bundle Kit 


Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WOYWW 281 - Birthday Edition!

Hurray!  It's time for another world-wide snoop of crafting desks!  Happy What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday! Click the link to learn more about our craziness and then hop right in and join us!


Today on my desk, you'll find birthday bags.  Why you ask?  Because today (Tuesday in the US) was my birthday! YAY!!!  Among the goodies was a gift card to Michael's craft store!  Woohooo!  Crafty goodness!  That's about the best present anyone can buy my...my family has it easy!  Haha!

Other than that, there's very little going on.  There's a card (and photo staging) that I made for a blog hop last week.   You can see it HERE if you would like.  For those of you that like to look, the little WOYWW button/badge is hiding out too.  Can you see it???

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Friday, October 17, 2014

Monster Mash Blog Hop Day 1



Welcome to the Monster Mash Blog Hop Day #1
  
I was working in the lab, late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
For my monster from his slab, began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise
He did the mash, he did the monster mash
It was a graveyard smash!

Connie Can Crop and her ghoulishly wonderful friends are so glad you could join us for this Monster Mash! We have so many frightful projects you'll be screaming for more! 

This is day #1 of the blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of these talented creatures who are here sharing their ideas and creations. 

The zombies were having fun, the party had just begun
The guests included Wolf Man, Dracula and his son!
A Woooo!

We have three terrifying yet amazing sponsors and giveaways for this hop!


Creative Kuts is giving one lucky winner a $10 gift certificate for their online store.
Be sure to check out their spooky SVG files!



You can
visit her Shop
here and
follow them on Facebook here.

AND

Lucy Kelleher is giving away this Frightfully Fun Stamp set from CTMH


AND

Connie Wallenbrock is giving away this Mini-Medley Accents Pack from CTMH
Perfect for your Halloween creations!



What do you need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

Then you can mash, then you can monster mash
The monster mash, and do a graveyard smash
Then you can mash, you'll catch on in a flash
Then you can mash, then you can monster mashYou will have until 12:00 am Monday to finish the hop and leave your comments.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday at Connie Can Crop.

Be sure to follow everyone and leave your spirited comments along the way!

Let's get this Monster Party started!

Halloween, Scrapbooking, Paper crafting

Here's my monster...my little Frankie card!  I found him in the Silhouette Store.  He was called an A2 Frankenstein Card.  I used my trusty Silhouette Cameo to bring him to life.   With a little Distress ink for shading, he was complete....my masterpiece!  Bwahahahahaha!!!  (That was supposed to be an evil laugh...how did I do??)

Up next is the lovely and talented Scrappin Madge!!
  
Here is our complete line up for day #1 in case you get lost along the way:

3. Julie (Cricut Chick) - www.simplysilhouette.com
6. Scrappin Madge: www.thescrappinlounge.com
  
Thanks so much for joining us for such a fun day! Happy Haunting!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Free SVG Cutting Files

Happy almost weekend!  Woohoo!  This one is going to be fun for us!  We have a car show to go to, thanks to our sweet daughter and son-in-law getting tickets for us!  I hope you're going to be having a blast too this weekend!

Now on to some free goodies!


Little Scraps of Heaven is offering up this adorable little cutie this week...I just love that face!



FREE SVG FILES:

New file DAILY - 

Miss Kate Cuttables actually has a DAILY freebie every day of the week!  Totally sweet and generous! Today's free file is called Ornaments with Flourish.

New file every MONDAY - 

Little Scraps Of Heaven  You can access their freebies through their blog or their Facebook fan page.  This week's freebie is an adorable deer with a pumpkin.


KaDoodle Bug Designs publishes new free files on Mondays and corresponding digi files on Tuesdays.  Now it seems they've really been outdoing themselves lately by also giving an assortment of free phrases each week! KaDoodle Bug is giving us a king of baseball lion, and a candy corn witch.  They're also including print and cut files this week!

New file every TUESDAY - 

Treasure Box Designs offers a new digital file every Tuesday.  They have some really cute stuff!.  This week, they're offering a cute little bat in a pumpkin.

For those of you that own a Silhouette machine, don't forget that the Silhouette store has a free cutting file each Tuesday.  You need to download the free program to your computer (even if you don't own a Silhouette machine yet) to access the store.  Please keep in mind that the files aren't SVGs...they will only cut on a Silhouette brand machine, (SD, Cameo, or Portrait) so this will be a great option ONLY if you're planning to purchase (or already own) a Silhouette. You can download the free program HERE.   This week's freebie is a cute little Halloween Owl.  They also have a 25% off sale on all Halloween cuts and all flourishes and shapes (there's TONS of them!)

New file every FRIDAY - 

Designs on Cloud 9 They have adorable Teddy bears and other characters.  Lots of cuteness on this site! This week's freebie is a set of leafy frames.

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons offers a new free SVG file each Friday.  She even offers a newsletter subscription to remind you.    This week's freebie is a set of flourishes.

My Scrap Chick offers a new file each Friday to her newsletter subscribers.  Click the link to subscribe. This week's freebie is a Happy Halloween title.

RANDOM days, but new files regularly - 

Birds Cards - is an awesome blog with all sorts of amazing freebies!  This week Bird is giving us a second bat pennant and two Halloween borders.

SVG Cuts offers TONS of free files!  I believe they have said that there are over 200 of them available right now. Make sure to sign up for their newsletter too. Every time they send a newsletter, they include a new free file!  Their latest offering is a lace frame.

Do you know of any other sites that offer free SVG files on a weekly basis?  Let me know in the comments.  I would love to add them to the list!

Need a Silhouette to cut out all this free goodness?

Silhouette Cameo Starter Bundle Kit 



Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E