Monday, October 31, 2011

Enabler Alert!


                               ***Please click HERE to see my super awesome paper giveaway!***


Oh wow!  All week CricutMachine.com has been selling a lot of their Cricut cartridges for 2 for $29.95 when you use the coupon code spooky.  Well, I just noticed tonight that they're now offering FREE SHIPPING  (to the continental US) as well!!!  Holy Moly!!!!  At last look, they had 77 different cartridges to choose from at the special price.  So folks, that's a Cricut cartridges for $14.98 each with no shipping costs and no sales tax! (at least they didn't charge any for my state.)

I played around on their site a little and noticed if you try to buy more than two cartridges at a time, they will only give you the discount for the first two, but if you check out separately with two at a time (in case you want 4...or 6...or...) then the discount will work each time...and you don't have any shipping, so the amount will continue to be $29.95 per order!

I don't know how much longer this promotion is going to continue, so if you're interested, I would hurry if I were you!!

Oh and PS...I ordered something for the first time from them a few weeks ago, and was thoroughly pleased.  It only took a few days to get my order!  I'm not affiliated with them in any way, but thought you just might want to know that I had a good experience with them just in case you haven't ordered with them yet, and are interested in this deal.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday!


Well, here it is Wednesday again, and my desk isn't looking much better than last week!  I got some gift cards for my birthday so I went to Joann's and bought a few new things I had been wanting to experiment with!  I didn't have any alcohol inks or glimmer mists.  I saw a tutorial on my bloggy friend Kat's blog about how to make super cheap homemade glimmer mists, so I had to buy the stuff to give that a try...awesomesauce!!!!!!  I made a purple carnation (sitting on the desk) out of the glimmer mist and some coffee filters.  I felt like a kid in an arts and crafts class again!   Haha!

And what's that on my laptop screen???  Stamping Ground?!?!  Haha!  I was waiting for the WOYWW post to go up so I could be one of the first to link.  Well...THAT didn't work.  I went downstairs to watch tv, (it's still Tuesday night here) came back up several hours later, and there's lots of links in front of me now!  One of these days....!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It's Giveaway Time!!!!


Edit: I've added a blue Retro Smash Book to the giveaway!  Please check the edit below for a way to earn an additional entry.  There will be ONE WINNER for everything!



Yay!!  Here's my first real giveaway!!  To say thanks to all my blog buddies, and hopefully meet some new ones, I present to you my Un-birthday, Un-blogaversary, Just For Fun and Because I Love You Guys Blog Candy!  Pictured are almost 300 sheets of 12 x 12 (YES 12 x 12!!) cardstock and paper, and 50 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 adhesive backed cardstock.  The 12 x 12's are a mixture of goodies from DCWV, Recollections, WeRMemory Keepers, Bo Bunny, and more.  There are glitters, flocked, and even 30 sheets of handmade botanical papers.  You can see the rose petals and leaves right in the paper.  Talk about texture!  There are two complete cardstock stacks, one paper stack and one page kit.  Everything else is a mixture of loose scrappy goodness.  I have a tiny bit of room left in the box, so I'll probably throw in a few other goodies just for fun!

So, here's the particulars...There will be ONE winner!  To be eligible to be that lucky person, you must:
1.  Be a follower.
2.  Post about this giveaway or leave a pic and link on your side bar and leave me a link letting me know where to come see you.
3.  Leave a comment on this post.
4.   Live in the U.S.

EDIT: For an additional entry, please write a short post on your blog, and leave me the link in an additional comment here!

I want you to know this last stipulation really pains me to say.  I've seen other people leave that same rule in their giveaways, and always hated it...but I checked with the US Post Office, and to mail the same box to Canada would cost me THREE times the same amount as mailing it here, and to Europe, it would cost FIVE times the amount.  I'm SO sorry :(

The giveaway will close on Wednesday November 30, 2011 and I will draw a winner the next day.  Good luck!!
Amy E.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Fall Favorites Blog Hop Winner, Take 2

Hi guys!  Well, I never heard back from the winner of the Fall Favorites Blog Hop a couple of weekends ago, so lets try this again!  The winner this time is:

callyannc who said,

This is one of my faorite carts! This is Halloweeny good! TFS CallyAnn(follower)

YAY!!  CallyAnn, you have until Saturday Oct 29th and midnight Pacific time to email me at amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com to claim your gift card!

My Guest Post Over at Scrappin Sista!

Hey Peeps!  I have a birthday weekend hangover!  Not a real hangover, since I didn't drink, but I had so much fun that I'm still in a bit of a haze!  I spent Friday (my actual birthday) hanging out in Seattle with my gorgeous daughter.  Friday night when we got back home I walked into a surprise party my cute hubby threw for me!!  Saturday, my daughter spent almost all day crafting with me!  Now this is a big deal since she's not much for paper crafting, but I helped her make a birthday card for her boyfriend, and we had a blast together.  Sunday, Hubby took me shopping (just to hang out with me and because I realized I forgot to renew my Driver's License by my birthday, oops...so he drove!   Haha!) so that I could spend some of the gift cards I got for my birthday.  I can't even tell you how much crafty goodness I am surrounded by now!  Lots of fun projects to come!

So...today I'm a guest designer over at Scrappin Sista to help her celebrate her birthday month.  Hmmm...I only took the weekend to celebrate, but she took the whole month.  She might just be onto something!!!  Make sure to come back later today, where I'll post pics and info on my first giveaway...let's just say, I REALLY hope you like paper!!!

My post at Scrappin Sista:

Hi gang!! Thanks so much for coming to see what I did for Christel's birthday month, and thanks to the wonderful birthday girl for hosting this awesome extravaganza!

So, a little about me? I'm one of those crazy extreme couponers you hear about. We pretty much get all of our groceries for free (or at least 95% - 98% off!) I also LOVE scrapbooking. I wanted to find a way to combine these two passions, so I've applied some of the skills I learned from couponing, to get my scrapbooking supplies super cheap or free! Some examples???

My first Cricut baby bug and lots of cartridges. Cost: FREE!

My Cricut E2. Cost: After combining a sweepstakes winning and a blog win, my out of pocket cost was FREE!

My brand new completely remodeled scrap room with custom built 14 foot long desk, and paper shelves. Cost: $22 plus a few weeks of house/dog sitting for my neighbors!

I love free!  So for those of you who are new around here, my blog is kind of a hybrid between my two loves, couponing and papercrafting.  I try to keep up on the latest great supply deals and give tips and trick on how to get supplies uber cheap or free!









Okay, enough of that...now it's on to the card I made for Christel! I scrap-lifted a card I found on http://shesasassylady.blogspot.com called an accordion card. I used my Gypsy and cuts from Elegant Edges. Plus, I incorporated some of Christel's favorite colors. You may wonder why the hearts are on a birthday card...well, lemme tell ya! The first post I ever read on Christel's blog, quite a long time ago, was ended with her catch-phrase, "I love you and there ain't nothing you can do about it!" I love the whole idea of that phrase! And, it made me smile. The more time I spent poking around her blog, the more I saw how she really exudes loving and caring in everything she does. So...HAPPY BIRTHDAY MONTH CHRISTEL! And thank you for all that you do!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Great Surprise From A Great Store

I had an incredibly pleasant surprise last week that I thought I would share with you guys!  One of the blogs I frequent (and I'm sure most of you do too) is My Cricut Craft Room.  Blogger Erica, decided a while back to open an online store, Erica's Craft Room.  She sells lots of Cricut products and cartridges, as well as K. Andrew and Pink by Design stamps.

A few weeks ago, I ordered two Cricut cartridges from Erica's store.  It was my first (and so far, only) order with her.  She had an unbeatable price on two cartridges I had my eye on for sometime.  Prior to placing the order, I had won a small collection of Bo Bunny papers from her blog during a blog hop.  Several weeks after placing my order, I still hadn't received it or the papers.  I corresponded with Erica, she apologized saying that she had been waiting for more papers to come in, and that she would add a few extra papers because of the extra time I had waited. 

Shortly after that, I received my two cartridges in the mail along with this!!


20 Bo Bunny papers
A VersaMark ink pad
A Cricut tool kit
A package of Cricut Black Vinyl
and A package of Cricut Transfer Tape

Um, WOW!!!!  I emailed her to thank her and she apologized for the hold up again and told me to enjoy it!  Now, I don't know about you guys, but to me, that is the epitome of outstanding customer service!!

I hope this post doesn't come off sounding like a commercial, and Erica doesn't even know I planned to write anything...heck, I don't even know Erica!  But I just wanted to let you guys know about somebody out there doing an awesome job!

Hugs,
Amy E.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Blog Hop Winner!!



Thanks so much to everyone who left such sweet comments during the blog hop this past weekend.  Your words make my day!!

Woohoo!   I have a winner from the Fall Favorites Blog Hop!  It's Josie0602 who wrote...

I love this layout! So adorable!!
Tracy

Congrats Tracy!!!  You have until Sunday October 23rd at midnight Pacific time to email me at amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com, and let me know if you prefer a Joann's or Michael's gift card!

Thanks to everyone for hanging out with me!  Stay tuned for a special giveaway announcement from me next Monday...it's my first big giveaway!!!  WOOHOO!!!!!

Today is National Domestic Violence Awareness Day

Both of my kids make me an extraordinarily proud mommy every day.  My son has a career he's thriving at, and is married to a woman who is not only perfect for him and incredibly smart, she also did a super awesome job designing my blog page!! (Thank you Erin!) 

Since today is National Domestic Violence Awareness Day, this post is actually going to talk about my daughter's somewhat unusual but uber rewarding job.  She works at a non-profit agency called the Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services (ADWAS.)  When ADWAS was first founded in 1986, it was the only agency of it's kind in the United States. They're also the first transitional housing building that was built with the technologies to cater to the needs of Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Emily has been with the agency for over four years and it's been the most difficult, stressful, amazing, rewarding career she could have ever possibly imagined.  (although her second job as a Zumba Instructor has turned out to be pretty awesome too!)

Recently, they had their annual fundraising auction.  I was super honored when she asked me to donate something scrapbook related for their auction!  I made a basket with all sorts of scrappy goodness and a few handmade cards and matching envelopes.  The basket was valued at $175.  I totally forgot to take pictures of it before it was all wrapped up or left the house, but I asked Emily to snap a few before it left her office and went off to the auction.  She used a crappy camera, so the quality isn't the greatest, but here's what it looked like all wrapped up...



Trust me, there was A LOT of stuff in there!!

If you're curious and would like more information about ADWAS, you can visit their website at http://www.adwas.org/ .  If you or someone you know has questions about domestic violence, or needs emergency assistance, you can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline 24 hours a day at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday #124

Happy hump day everybody!!  The middle of the week is here...only a few days more til my birthday!  I'm excited!  I don't really know why...I'm gonna be OLD.  Not old, but OLD!  Oh well!

I've had some fun crafting and some fun shopping this week.  Here is the result of both...



Yikes!  Just two weeks ago it was a new and pristine craft room (see here if you missed it) and now it's well loved...and filthy!  Time to clean!!!

If you want to go peek at what everyone else's desks are looking like today, or link up your own, head on over to the lovely Miss Julia's site!   Happy Wednesday!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Fall Favorites Blog Hop



Welcome to My Cricut Craft Room's Fall Favorite's Blog Hop!  If you've arrived here from Christina's blog, you're on the right track.  If you just stopped by because you love me (haha!) you should really start at the beginning at My Cricut Craft Room.

I have tons of pics from Halloween many years ago when my kids were babies, so I made a double layout to eventually stick their pictures in.  I used the Cricut cartridge, Paper Doll Dress Up for all the cute little ghouls and spookies on the layout.  If you want any more partculars, you just have to ask!



Thanks for sticking with us til the (almost) end!  I have a little blog candy for one of my followers who leave a comment.  It will be your choice of a $10 Joann's or Michael's gift card.  Check back here on Wednesday October 19th, when I will draw a name.

Your next (and last) stop is to check out Erica's Blog Candy.  Thanks for hopping!!!!

HUGS!
Amy E.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Link Up For Pink!


Something truly wonderful has been happening in the blogging community these past two weeks.  Just in case you've been living under a rock, I'll fill you in!!   Celeste , Yolie and Gaby have all been creating and hosting the HUGE Link Up For Pink parties on their blogs.  I'm telling you, this thing has taken on a life of it's own!  They have amazing sponsors that have donated literally thousands of dollars in prizes, have had over 500 projects (so far) linked up on their sites, and even have a LUFP Relay for Life page where people have been donating money to the American Cancer Society!!!

Those of you who know me or have been following for a while, know what an impact cancer has had in our lives, and know what a big deal Relay for Life is to us.  (To play catch-up so you're one of the cool kids too, click HERE.)  I think what these wonderful bloggers have done is absolutely awesome, and here I go again getting choked up!

Okay...enough!  Here's my card...I hope you like it! 

HUGS!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Another Challenge

Here's a gatefold card I made for one of Kassidy's challenges over at Inking  It Up Crazy.  I used the Snowflake Cuttlebug folder on the two front panels and then hand glued Martha Stewart glitter on to every little snowflake!  I attached the ribbon to the white snowflake in the front, so it sort of acts like a belt to keep the card closed.  Wanna see what's inside???


Peek-a-boo!


It's Mr. Snowman!  I think he came out cute!!  I had to glitter him up too!  He was cut from gypsy Wanderings.

Have an awesome night!!
Amy E.

Monday, October 3, 2011

A Challenge Post!


Here's my "creepy" entry for Paper Playtime's Challenge # 57 .  Their criteria for this challenge involved a Cricut cut and using the colors black, orange, and purple.  The skull is from Gypsy Wanderings, and I inked it up with some TH Distress Ink in tea dye.  I just stamped the ink pad all over the cut.  I love the way the edges of the ink pad showed up...it looks like cracks and grooves in the skull!  I hope you like it!!  I think it's kinda cute...in a creepy sort of way!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

For All Of You Newer Followers...

...who missed this post the first time around, I thought it would be worth reposting again.  Here is one of the ways I've gotten A LOT of my scrapbooking stuff for FREE!  And now, since writing this post originally, I have another $100 in Amazon gift cards saved up!  Hmmm...what should I buy next?!?!



Ready for Another Secret?

One of the ways I have been able to get my hands on cheap or FREE scrapbooking goodies, is through a cool little search engine called SWAGBUCKS. The Swagbucks search engine is a staple in the couponing world. You do searches on swagbucks (either their page or a handy little toolbar you can install, which I highly recommend) that basically uses Google search. Now, I really don't do a lot of searches, but I have gotten into the habit of typing in whatever site I need to go to, like Hotmail or Facebook. While doing searches, you are randomly awarded swackbucks...a form of currency you can exchange for all kinds of prizes. I always use my swagbucks to purchase Amazon gift cards. 450 swagbucks will get you a $5 card to spend at Amazon.com. Not much you say? Well, here's a few things I got with mine over the past couple of years...


My baby Bug

and this

and this

and this

and this

and this!!!!


Now have I got your attention? I thought so! Sign up here  :)