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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Beaded Flower Spray Swap

I enjoy swaps.  A lot.  And I have to limit myself on the swaps in which I participate so I don't overbook myself. 

My most recently completed swap, that I hosted, was a beaded flower spray.  I had seen the swap going on the Swap Forum on but it had already closed, so I started another one on a different forum.  There weren't a lot of participants (just 9) as it is hard to wrap your mind around how to do these things, but they turned out to be pretty simple to make.

Here are the pictures of the flower sprays the were created and swapped(I included links to each of their blogs if they have one, please visit them to see their other lovely creations!):

Here is Mine:

 by BulldogMom:

 by GrannyAnne:
by ScrapperBecka:

by Erika:

by  KauaiMelody:  (she had fourdifferent styles, but I forgot to get a picture of one of them)

by DancinGarden:

by FredaC:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Cricut's Halloween Contest

Cricut is having a "Pin It  To Win It" Contest.

Cricut Halloween Pin It To Win It

You do have to have a Pinterest account
You do need to be able to access Facebook to get all the details.

However, because I know many do not do Facebook, here is a copy/paste of the Official Rules and Information:

Official Contest Rules
Cricut Halloween Pin & Win Contest Official Rules (no purchase necessary). Sponsored by Provo Craft and Novelty, South Jordan, UT. Entries must be received by 11:59pm PST November 2, 2012.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The "Cricut Halloween Pin & Win" ("Promotion") begins at 12:00 AM PST October 15, 2012 and ends at 11:59 PM PST November 2, 2012 (the "Promotion Period"). The Promotion is sponsored by Provo Craft, 10876 S. River Front Pkwy, South Jordan, UT 84095 ("Sponsor"). All federal, state and local laws apply. Void where prohibited.
Eligibility: The Promotion is a skill contest open to legal residents of the 50 United States including the District of Colombia, and Canada (excludes participants from Quebec and Puerto Rico) who are 18 years or older. Employees of Provo Craft & Novelty or any of its subsidiaries, affiliates, sales representatives, distributors, advertising and promotion agencies, members of each of their immediate families (spouses, parents, grandparents, children and siblings, and their respective spouses) and those living in the same household of each, are not eligible to participate in the Promotion.
To Enter: Enter the Promotion by going to and follow us. You must be a member of Pinterest to follow us. To become a member of Pinterest, you may go to to request membership. Membership to Pinterest is free. Only one (1) email request per person permitted. Pinterest membership is not guaranteed by Provo Craft.
After you follow us, create a Pinterest board that includes 10 Halloween projects from our Project Center ( shows us what craft projects inspire you for Halloween that you could create with your Cricut machine. You must title your Board "Cricut Halloween Projects." You must also use "#Cricut" in each pin description that is used on your "Cricut Halloween Projects" board. The minimum number of pins for your entry board is ten (10), along with one the Contest logo, for a minimum total of eleven (11) pins.
To enter, submit the link to your Board, along with your contact information to the email address with "Pin it to Win it" in the subject line.
Use of any robotic, automatic, programmed or similar entry method can result in disqualification. Entries that violate any of these requirements, or are deemed not to meet any other entry requirements or are not suitable for public viewing for any other reason, may be deemed ineligible for purposes of the Promotion and may be void at the Sponsor's sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to determine in their sole discretion which entries have satisfied the entry requirements. Entries must be submitted in accordance with these Official Rules and must be received by Sponsor by 11:59 PM PST November 2, 2012. All entries become the sole property of Sponsor. No other method of submission will be accepted.
Selection: One entry will be selected by Provo Craft employees each Friday of the promotion period (10/19, 10/26 and 11/2) based on the following criteria: (1) inspirational Halloween project ideas; (2) overall aesthetic of the submitted board; (3) creativity of the Pins/Repins and descriptions. All decisions of the Panel and Sponsor are final and binding in all respects.
Each winner will be notified by email. In the event that a winner does not respond, to the email announcing that they have won by the deadline, a new Finalist may or may not be chosen, in the Sponsor's sole discretion.
Prize Package:
One (1) Winner per week will receive:
  • One (1) Cricut Mini machine and one (1) Cuttlebug machine
Total ARV of prize package is $219.98.
Prizes will be awarded as described. No substitution or transfer of prizes, except at the sole discretion of Sponsor, if advertised prize becomes unavailable. All prizes will be awarded.
Notification of Potential Winners: Winner will receive a notification by e-mail within 7 days of selection of Winner, which must be completed and returned to Sponsor as instructed. Winners will be announced on the Cricut Facebook Page at The winner's of the contest will have their Pinterest boards featured on the Cricut Pinterest Page at
General Terms and Conditions: Winners may be required to complete an assignment of rights in the entry, an affidavit or declaration of eligibility, a waiver of liability and, where lawful, publicity release, which must be returned to Sponsor within ten (10) days. If the effort to send a notification package to Winner is unsuccessful or if Winner fails to execute and return any required document within the required time period an alternate Winner may be selected from remaining Finalists. If the prize is not claimed or is returned as undeliverable, then Winner's right to the prize shall be forfeited and the prize award will be void and an alternate Winner may be selected from eligible Finalists. Sponsor is not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, incomplete, incorrect, misdirected entries or prize claims. Sponsor is also not responsible for incomplete, interrupted, or scrambled transmissions, unavailable web sites, networks, servers, or systems, or other connection or transmission problems, technical malfunctions of the computer, software, web site, or any combination thereof, problems associated with any virus or other damage caused to any participant's system or other problems of any kind, whether mechanical, electronic, or human. Sponsor reserves the right to suspend and/or cancel the Promotion or change any element hereof, with or without notice, at any time, due to printing, computer or network errors, or other mistakes in the production or operation of the Promotion. No correspondence regarding the Promotion will be engaged in by Sponsor except with the Finalists, the Winner and in response to requests for Winner's Lists. All decisions of the Sponsor and judges are final and binding on all matters relating to the Promotion.
By entering, entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules, and release Sponsor and its agents and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries and affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees and agents from any and all liability, loss, or damage arising out of their participation in the Promotion or with respect to the awarding, receipt, possession, use and/or misuse of any prize. Winner is responsible for any applicable tax on awarded prizes. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify in its sole discretion any person tampering with the entry or voting process, or who violates these Official Rules in any way.
Publicity Release: By participating in the Promotion, each entrant grants Sponsor the right to use each such entrant name, biographical information, and to share a link to their Pinterest account to feature the finalist and winner Boards in any and all media for any purpose, including, without limitation, advertising and promotional purposes and each entrant hereby releases Sponsor from any liability with respect thereto, except where prohibited. By entering this Promotion, each entrant grants Sponsor the right to utilize entrant contact information provided by entrant in the submission of their entry to contact entrant for any reason. Completion of the entry form constitutes assent to these written terms.
Additional Disclaimers: Sponsor expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with submissions. Sponsor does not permit infringing activities in the Promotion, and Sponsor will remove all submissions if properly notified that such submission infringes on another's intellectual property rights. Sponsor reserves the right to remove submissions without prior notice. Such submissions may be disqualified from the Promotion at the sole discretion of Sponsor.
Privacy Policy: Except as otherwise contemplated in these rules or in any publicity release, information collected by Sponsor in connection with this Promotion will be used by Sponsor in accordance with Sponsor's online privacy policy posted at To opt out of future promotional mailings, please follow the opt-out directions included in the mailings.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Iron-On Vinyl! I think I'm in LOVE

Oh my goodness!  I've been contemplating using iron-on vinyl to make shirts for a while and just haven't really had a true need to actually buy some and do it.
This stuff is so easy, I think I'll be making several things from it.

I ordered from Expressions Vinyl and they are amazing to deal with.  I had a glitch or two in my order and called the company five minutes after placing my order and Kristen was so very helpful and gracious.  She fixed both issues and got the package out that same day, and it made it to me within two days!  Great service and shipping.  I will be using them again.

Then, just to top it off, this stuff is awesome and easy!

The sell an Easyweed vinyl, which means it is easy to pull out the parts you don't want as part of your design.
I designed my image and cut it out with my electronic die cutting machine using a setting that would cut the vinyl, but not the backing.  Speaking of the backing, that is part of the awesome product.  The backing works as the heat sheet in most cases.  I have a nylon sheet, but didn't need to pull it out, the backing was sufficient

So, just follow the heat settings for the appropriate cloth, iron in down for about 10 secs, peel the plastic backing when it is cool to the touch and your project is DONE!


Meet COMMON OBSESSION.  My son's band.

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