Cricut March Madness Box . 3 11/15 and …stuff

Are you ready for Box 3? The new box is SUPPLIES…. and we all need those right?

The contents of this box are  going to cost $34.99 and are valued  at $89.91 …. Ok so ..what is in the box.. by all accounts from what I can see.. so guarantees….BUT.. 2 rolls of window cling, 3 rolls of glitter vinyl, a roll of adhesive foil, 3 pearlescent paper sample packs in neutral, pastels and bold colors. All things I don’t have and really would like to play with… hurry up pay day. Quantities are limited so grab it while you can.


Cricut March Mystery Box #3 – Supplies

Free shipping at Cricut with code MYSTERYMARCH

Get $14.99 Flat Rate Shipping to Canada on all orders $50+

10% off + free standard shipping with code LOVECRICUT (EXCLUDES AIR 2 and CRICUT ACCESS)


Have you seen the Cricut Mint Machine Bundle…?  check out that price and all the goodies that come with it.  I am so coveting the new Explore 2… I would love one of these.   If you are totally new to Cricut, which is rare nowadays… but always a possibility..   There are so many cool things you can do with these machines…way beyond what Cricut even show you. Card making, scrapbooking, home decor, kids crafts, personalized clothing, gifts, packaging…… just  the tip of the iceberg.



We had one member on the message board who made all of the signs  for his re-enactment group.

Me.. I bought mine to make custom photo mats then got hooked ..and there is still a tonne of things I haven’t even tried yet.

One of my favorite  things about my Cricut is the aftermarket Adapters I bought,  which sadly are not available for the ONE.. but they are available for the Explore, Explore Air and Air 2 and those are  FANTASTIC. these are pen adapters for the Circut by a company called Chomas Creations and they allow you to expand the range of pens you can use in your Cricut.  For people like me..that is HUGE…it has opened up a whole new world of potential projects that I wouldn’t normally attempt because my handwriting is terrible and my calligraphy skills.. non existent lol.  But not just that..  that means I can draw with so many more pens than before…




One of my favorites and one of the most popular pins on my pinterest page is this.. the powder embossing done on the Explore. Yup.. POWDER EMBOSSING drawn on the Cricut.









This allows me to take  designs and instead of cutting them, I can draw them and emboss them.. LOVE LOVE LOVE this.  There are other embossing pens, including one I made myself.. but these Zig Embossing pens coupled with the Chomas Adapter.. SWEET !!!




















Anyone who is a regular on here knows how much I love my Zip pens.. and  most all of them will work in my Cricut with the adapter… with the exception of the  big chalk pens. But that is ok…. because I can outline on the Cricut then trace over it with my bigger pens when I want to do chalk signs.  Way better than anything I could ever achieve by hand.





And of course.. the ..  how could I not share what is probably my favorite paper to use on the Cricut.. this stuff is AWESOME.



It cuts beautifully, looks and feels amazing and gives a little extra something something to projects.



These projects were done with Black Velvet paper, but it comes in a bunch of other colors.. including white, which I love to print and color digital stamps on.


















Did I mention stencils…  check out this etched glass beer stein I made a couple of years ago using a stencil I made and cut on the Cricut. This was for one of our message board challenges. I  Just cut my stencil from vinyl, slapped it on..slapped on etching cream and voila.. a fun beer mug  ūüôā

 









…so by now, if you are new to the Cricut….you are probably beginning to realize the Cricut can do a lot more than just use images on cartridges and on Design Space Access…. Yup you can upload your own designs or designs purchased elsewhere. Card templates, toppers, digital stamps.  I’ve  got a confession… I don’t subscribe to Access, I own probably 10 cartridges.. and I use my Cricut to make a lot of cool projects.   So if the price of Access, or the designs not being to your taste is something that was holding you back ..  never fear… this machine still has a lot to offer.

Print and Cut is fantastic, and when the DS3 ( Design Space update) comes out soon… it’s going to be even better.  I for one.. can’t wait.  DS3 has so many cool new features… admittedly there are still some things I would love to have added on…  because I am used to having them in my graphics programs.. but it’s not a big deal to do it externally and then upload them.

Check out some of these fun projects done using Cricut Print and cut…

KennyK Stamps key holder

3D layered Cute As A Button Slate Wall Plaque

 

 

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CraftsUPrint Cricut SVG cut file Catch up!

I had a bunch of new files before Christmas that I didn’t get to  make up….so I decided to play catch up and zipped through a few of them tonight. One of them was already cut, another was already made up..I just didn’t get a chance to photograph it.  The other two I had made up, but messed up … so these were remakes and I actually like these versions better anyway LOL.

Now bear in mind I get SVG’s because I have a Cricut Explore, but most of these designers design in multiple formats for various cutting machines.  So when I refer to design space or Cricut,  that doesn’t mean you can’t use these cut files too…check and see.

Also… just an FYI, these files are not always as standard.  I  import them into Design Space and tweak them a little to suit my own needs. Changing cut areas to write, duplicating layers and using the contour tool to remove the cut outs etc to create a solid background on layers…  moving score lines to give a 3/4 fold etc.  So please bear in mind most of these files come with a center fold and are  set up for cutting, not writing.  If you are new to the Cricut, you may not know how  to modify things like that yet… never fear..it’s not rocket science.



Ok first one  was a remake… I originally started with a watercolored background in the cutouts, looked great but I bombed it when I stuck in on the inside… so take 2.. has a vellum insert and some cute pink ribbon detailing.  I scalloped the card on my paper cutter for a softer edge.

This cut file is: floral card 2 by Clive Couter, I have a few of his designs and really enjoy using these.

Next is a  simple little hello card. I had pre-cut this on green glitter card with the intention of using a Christmas design, but Christmas is long gone… so I just switched out that idea and  used a stamp from one of the new Layering sets by Hampton Arts.  I die cut the circle with a die from some Steampunk gears I picked up on Ebay.  It is stamped with Stazon and colored with Zig Clean Color… and a simple little “Hello” die sentiment, again an Ebay buy.

 

This cut file is from: over-the-fold-cards-1 by Lyn Simms

The next one was  done on black card using  a Zig chalk pen and pencils and I added an oversized die cut sentiment. I also flipped it on it’s side.  You will need a Chomas Adapter to use the Zig pens to write and draw on your Cricut Explore.

 

This cut file is: floral-over-the-edge-5
by apetroae-stefan

This one I duplicated the layer, welded  the holly leaves and  then  moved the score line to create a half fold hard.  I would probably have added in some red cabochons for the holly berries… but to be honest.. I have no idea where I stuck them lol.

 

 

 

This cut file is: over-the-edge-christmas-holly by  apetroae-stefan


 






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Spotlight mystery box contents revealed.

Well now our winner has her prize and has had a chance to  go through it all and  check it out, I can reveal the contents.  Our lucky winner was Tee Hall  from The Altered Paper, you can check out her post about her prize here.

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Now those of you that were following the spotlight ¬†know that I had requested a few specific items ¬†to be included and that the box was the prize for the Amy Chomas Spotlight. ¬†I matched the spotlight and prize sponsor for a reason, the Amy Chomas Adapters mean… you can use these pens on your Cricut Explore etc …and ¬†one of these items I absolutely LOVE using on my Cricut.

ok so… let’s have a quick look see what Tee had in her box…
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The picture from top left to bottom right:

and now for the fun part… I have most.. but not all of these products myself. ¬†For those of you who missed out on previous posts, I am going to add in ¬†some links to some past posts. If you want to see more of the ¬†product from Craftingability.com (ImageAbility)¬†and projects made with them ..just do a search on the blog for “Zig” or “craftingability”.

This is where I get those Zig Kurecolor markers I love so much, you may have seen I recently had a giveaway for the skintone pack ¬†and where I will be getting a set of Zig Clean Colors from soon I hope ūüôā ¬†It’s also where I bought my Gansai Tambi watercolors & Wink of Stella/Luna pens.

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One of my favorites has to be the embossing pens.  LOVE LOVE LOVE these pens and they work fabulously for writing and drawing in your machines using the Chomas Marker Adapter.
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Loving these Zig embossing pens

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One BIG reason to consider the Cricut Air over the ONE

Spotlight Series Day 21, Amy ‚Äď Chomas Creations

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..and then we have ¬†the slate…. I LOVE this slate, but let’s face it.. my handwriting sucks and you can’t run this through the Cricut even with a fab adapter lol. ¬†But there are so many ways to use this slate, it’s gorgeous…. you just have to think outside the box. ¬† Stencils, transfer paper, stamping …or you can be like me and go totally in the other direction. ¬†I love to do 3D decoupage layered images…. ¬†so my first project with this slate was this one.

New Hampshire Slate & 3D layered image wall plaque

 

 

 

And then of course we have the Magnetic”tails” as Steve likes to refer to them. ¬†This was an extra item I asked to have included, it’s just a sample pack, end of rolls.. 2nds etc.

 

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Imageability make a ¬†lot of Magnetic sheet products for commercial and ¬†personal use including the calendar which was included in the prize box. ¬† Now this ¬†means there are end of roll pieces that aren’t big enough to use for that..BUT….. it’s perfect for crafters.

 

 

 

 

 

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Steve’s idea of end of roll “scraps” or “tails” make me laugh… and his idea of seconds…even more so. ¬†I have bought retail products with more defects lol. ¬† Bless his heart but ¬†you can’t fault them for their Quality Control.

 

 

 

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I ¬†have been trying to convince him to sell his “tail” oooo er missus !! ¬†naughty girls… I mean his magnetic tails… ¬†in a crafters grab bag of some sort. ¬†They are perfect for ¬†crafters who like to do magnets, or someone needing a way to store and display their metal dies.

 

 

If you are interested in a grab bag, ¬†leave a comment and I’ll ¬†pass them along so he can see if there is enough interest to make it worth them packaging these up and working out a deal for Crafting Circle readers to get their hands on one.. ¬†When Steve says ¬†tails and seconds… We’re talking ¬†minimum of 6×6 .. right the way up to 24x24inches. ¬†Don’t get too excited ..the bigger pieces are not as common, but there would probably be a fair selection of sizes in a grab bag.

By his definition –

“Seconds, they have a scratch or bump on them.¬† Even something you can only see with a magnifying glass is a second.¬† I would say seconds are better than tails.”

I can honestly say his seconds don’t look like seconds to me … ¬†and even the tails… if you are using them for projects and it’s going to be covered with a design or used for die storage…. ¬†no brainer. ¬† I’ll take all the seconds and tails in a heartbeat… I have loads of fun projects they are great for.

It cuts like a dream on machines, die cutters like the Big Shot and by hand or with a ¬†paper trimmer. ¬† Check out some of the projects I have made with… his “tails”

Velvet studded Magnet KennyK ‚ÄúTomboy Trouble‚ÄĚ

Fridge Magnet Game with ZiggyBoard Scraps
Ziggyboard…. how I love you soooo
You may or may not remember one of the very first items I got from CraftingAbility was  the Memory System Collection,  that set contains a mix of pens  and I love it.  This is what prompted me to request the white chalk writer pen seen in the prize package.  My collection had a selection of those chalk pens with various tips .. but they can also be purchased separately, or in sets with specific tips.  I have my eye on the  writer top set.  Another great pen to use in my Cricut with the adapter.  You can see them in action on  the Collection review, see post link below.

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Hair made easy

Zig Memory System Collection review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the products mentioned in this post were provided for review purposes

 

CraftingAbility/Ziggy Day 21 Mystery Box Prize

sooo…. The CraftingAbility  Ziggyboard mystery Box…. prize that is up for grabs on the Day 21 Amy Chomas End of Spotlight Series Giveaway… have you all checked to see the products the sponsor ImageAbility carries in these stores??
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For those of you that don’t already know… this is the place I get a lot of my goodies… like the Zig pens, Wink of Stella and the fun magnetic chalkboard,chalkboard vinyl and frosted vinyl. And the slate I used on my CAAB projects also came from here. Check out some of my the reviews and projects here  Reviews and Projects

And they were the sponsor for the Zig Kurecolor skintone pack giveaway that just ended.

 
Well .. I can tell you this mystery box will be fun for anyone with a cutting machine .. specially if you have one of Amy’s adapters. But even if you don’t have an adapter yet…or a cutting machine….. it’s still a fun box because I tried to pick out the most versatile products I could to cover lots of different crafty needs and uses.
 
It’s a little bit of a mix… so you get to try out a bunch of stuff instead of just one thing. And most all of it is items I have myself and really like..so I figured someone out there might want to try them too.
 
Even I don’t know EXACTLY what will be in it… but I sent in my list of suggested items and asked for a special sampler pack to be put together just for this giveaway…. and I know at least some of them will make it into the box ūüôā
 
I’m excited to see what makes it into the mystery box too ūüôā



Spotlight Series Day 21, Amy – Chomas Creations

Who are you?

Amy Chomas the owner of Chomas Creations

 

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Chomas Creations Store

Chomas Creations Facebook Page

Chomas Creations Blog

 

 

 

 

Where are you?

Essexville, Michigan

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale?

It was the Chomas Creations mini gel pen holder for the original Cricut machine.  I have upgraded to pen and marker holders for even more machines as well as engraving tips too.

   Cricut Explore & Air Tools  

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 Marker Adapter

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Pen Adapter

Engraver

 Pazzle Cricut  Silhouette
 Cameo  Black Cat Lynx  Gazelle
 KNK  US Cutter  

 

If you could hang out with ANYONE in the world …. ¬†who would it be?….and what is the one question you would want to ask them?

My grandma, I never got to meet her and people tell me I’m just like her. ¬†I would ask her that, do I remind you of me?

 

What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?  

My paper cutter!

 

If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with?

Dr. Josh Axe. ¬†That guy knows a lot about health and I’m reading his articles all the time!

 

What’s your favorite color?

Turquoise

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

Math

 

What is your best and worst personality trait?

My best? ¬†I’m very outgoing. ¬†My worst? I’m impatient!

 

When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?

Florida June of 2016 ūüôā First vacation in a long long time

 

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Engraving tip for the Silhouette

 

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

I had no idea all the amazing things the Chomas Creations engraving tip could do until artists started sharing what they were doing with me. ¬†I’ve seen metal clay art work, engraving on leather, engraving on dog tags and blanks, the possibilities are endless.

 

 

 

 

How many people work with/for you?

4, my husband and 3 of my kids

 

Favorite quote?

I’m not here to be average, I’m here to be awesome.

 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Rice Krispie treats

 

What  job did you have BEFORE you started running Chomas Creations for a living?

Full time mommy!

 

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?

I sing in the shower even when people are listening!

 

What is your most popular item in the store/shop?

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Engraving tip for the Silhouette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you weren‚Äôt doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have? ¬†

I love health and anything to do with health, and I do run a side business of essential oils because that is now a hobby as mine as well.  I know I have that to fall back on.

 

How long have you been in business?

7 years this July!

 

When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?

Fruit

 

Would you go cave diving with sharks?

Heck yes!  As long as I knew how to dive lol!

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

The 80’s for sure!

 

Have you ever been on a blind date…. and if so.. ¬†was it fun, or a nightmare?

Yes!  And I married him.  He was so not smooth and locked his keys in his truck,  and I thought I would never see him again.

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?

Reading

 

What should be written on your gravestone when you die?

She wasn’t here to be average, she was here to be awesome!

 

Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?

I can’t say I’m growing old gracefully as I’m fighting it every step of the way! ¬†I take care of myself, watch what I eat, work out and do everything in moderation.

 

If you were a classic car…. what would you be?

A Pink Cadillac

 

What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?

Anything by Pitbull

 

Who scared you most as a kid when you were being naughty.. your parents or the boogey man?

My parents, which is funny because they aren’t intimidating at all!

 

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

How kind hearted they all are and how willing anyone is to answer a question, or give an idea, or when needed offer support.

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Spotlight Series … we’re almost there, who will be day one?

So, can you guess who else is ¬†a guest spotlighter on the Crafting Circle Spotlight Series which will run through June? ¬†Some names haven’t been mentioned yet, because I am still waiting on Q&A ‘s to come back and responses to¬†some of ¬†the invitations.

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We have so many cool artists and designers signed up already (did you see the list on the other sneaky peek?..it’s growing) and some ¬†who could and probably should be..aren’t. * sigh ¬† I feel like such a stalker/groupie these days lol. ¬†If you are an artist and you are wondering why you didn’t get invited… check your email junk and ¬†Facebook PM’s… you may well have been invited and just not seen it yet….. or I may not have got to you yet… trust me I am beavering away with all of this.

Who said this?


What should be written on your gravestone when you die?

“Finally, she walks on the shores of T√≠r na n√ďg. “

 

There are only 30 spots so I apologize if anyone thinks they should be on here and doesn’t get an invite. Feel free to bust me a message on Facebook, even if there aren’t free spots now… ¬†doesn’t mean I can’t pull you in on another crazy project in the future. There is always going to be something going on :)..and you never know I may get some last minute spots open up once all the invites have been accepted, or declined.

For those of you who haven’t seen any of the previous sneaky peek posts… you can find them all on the front page of the blog…. or here:

 

Sneaky Peek 1

Sneaky Peek 2

Sneaky Peek 3

Sneaky Peek 4

Sneaky Peek 5

 

I have had so much fun reading these answers as I drafted up posts. ¬†Ya’all are just a¬†bunch of comedians… LOVE it!

If you don’t already subscribe to the blog, or ¬†have me on Facebook, Google+ or twitter.. make sure you mark your calendars for this spotlight series.. you won’t want to miss it.

I shall need a vacation at this rate lol..but it’s been a lot of fun so far ūüôā

Thank you to everyone who has made this series a possibility.. you all are fab and I am so glad I can be a part of this ūüôā

 

 

Sneaky Peek……End of Spotlight Series Giveaway !

Well I have been a busy busy BUSY bee… so tired, but so worth it. ¬†Lots of great coupons coming up from our Spotlighter’s on their Q&A spotlights…and … Drum roll please!!!!

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The June Spotlight Series will round up with a fab sponsored giveaway…. lots of prizes from spotlighter’s and sponsors. ¬†spotlight Series begins June 1st and the giveaway¬†July 1st, so don’t forget to subscribe for blog updates, or follow Crafting Circle on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for updates…and be sure to follow your favorite artists, designers and vendors on social media ¬†too ūüôā

Want a quick sneaky peek at what you could ¬†win??.. and woohoooo.. finally I can ¬†offer some international giveaways. ¬†I always feel so bad making them US only due to shipping costs. I can’t promise they will all be open to International, since it depends on the sponsors… but there will definitely be some this time ¬†ūüôā

Chameleon Pens Р Win a 5  pack of the new color range International

2 Cute Ink Р win a 6 month Subscription to the 2 cute Ink Stamp Club  International

Rick St Dennis Р Original Artwork  International

Cute As a Button Р Clear Stamps tbd

KennyK Р Digital Stamps  International

NanaDonna’s Card Dreams Blog – ¬†Crystals Border Mega Pack, self adhesive lace and¬†rhinestone borders. tbd

CraftingCircle – Shaker Windows ¬†and maybe a few other miscellaneous small prizes… stay tuned.¬†tbd

Kit & Clowder  Р K&C Gift Card International

Simply B Stamps РGift Certificates  International

 

…are you excited yet? ¬† ¬†and that’s just ¬†for starters.. more to come ¬†ūüôā

Be sure to check out the previous Spotlight Series Sneaky Peek Posts….

Sneaky Peek 1

Sneaky Peek 2

Sneaky Peek 3

Sneaky Peek 4

 

Spotlight Series Sneaky Peek part 4

Popping this one up a few hours early.. busy, busy night ahead of me and I wanted to make sure I got this done.

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Well the first 7 Q&A’s are back and boy did I have a few giggles at these ones.¬† Here’s your sneaky peek for tonight….¬†the ¬†lineup for the first week of ¬†the Spotlight Series goes as follows:

..and another quick sneaky peek

One of these 7 spotlighters answered the question … who do you think it was?

Q. Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?
A. ¬†oOOooooo disgracefully … of course!!


Did you notice a new name in that list…. ? ¬† yes the list is still growing…. invites are still going out and responses awaited to fill up ¬†the remaining spots… but what a ¬†fab list we have so far.

Sadly a couple of declines, but sometimes ¬†the timing isn’t quite right and ¬†much as I hate to lose them from this fab lineup….I totally understand how busy these gals are. Maybe they will change their minds before the spots are all filled up?? ¬†if not.. there is always another crazy blog project later on down the road ūüôā

I think Facebook might be eating some of my invites.. so I shall have to follow up with a few people to make sure ¬†they got their invites…I know a few didn’t, luckily we connected and now have that straightened out ūüôā

Ok .. ¬†lots to do….stay tuned for more sneaky peeks over the weekend.

 

..More Spotlight Series sneaky peeks….

Well the Q&A sheets are starting to roll back in now… and I am loving these. ¬† Everyone has been so cool and ¬†taken time out of their busy days to answer some fun questions for you guys n gals. ¬†Only one declined invitation so far out of all the ones sent.. that is pretty danged impressive for a last minute series. ¬†Still a few open invitations… but¬†I am beginning to get feedback that some of the PM’s weren’t going through on Facebook, so will have to chase up a few of them via email.

So ¬†what’s tonight’s sneaky peek? ¬†well .. how about a bit of news first. ¬†There will be an end of series giveaway.. sponsored prizes from some of the spotlight guests and some from lil old me too. So be sure to follow the series, share the love and show these fab spotlighters how much we appreciate what they do for our craft!¬† Details will be posted later on when the series is under way and you will be able to enter the finale giveaway starting July 1st.. it will only be open for about a week… and winners will be posted by July 15th, so be sure to stop by.

A couple of quick WIP images featuring some of our artists & a designer spotlighter ūüôā
day3_sneaky¬†ok.. sneaky peek.. WHO DUNNIT? well more accurately.. who said it…..and why?

One of our spotlight series guests answered this to a question …. and I have to admit ¬†this is not the FULL answer…. so ¬†may be ¬†slightly misleading, but heh.. that is half the fun right

…. ¬†the answer was “one that runs¬†smooth, BLACK, and bad ass”

Now … what do you suppose that was about? ….. leave a comment if you think you know who said it and what the original Question was.

 

 

Spotlight Series – Sneaky Peek Part II

 

I know some of you are curious as to what those 50 questions our Spotlight Series guests are going to be answering… ¬†sooo here are just a couple of them. ¬†Just remember that everyone has a choice to pick and choose what, how many and how they answer.. so you may never ever know the answer to all of your favorite artists and designers deep, dark secrets muahahaha.spotlight_sneaky2

If you missed yesterday’s post with the current list of¬†guests… just click on the home tab at the top…you can find that post.

 

Of the list posted yesterday…. who do you think is most likely to answer this one with a YES !!! ¬†

 

“Do you secretly watch WWE wrestling when no one is around?”

 
…and how about….This one… what do you think ¬†they said to this one?

“Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?”

 

and last sneaky peek for tonight

“What is your favorite piece in the whole store?”

 

 

I’m a coloring foo’ ¬† lots of WIP projects featuring our fab artists and ¬†our designer/vendor goodies. ¬†Time is ticking down….

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