Take a minute to stop and smell the.. daisies?

I love this image pretty-flower-girl by Bugaboo Stamps, so it was a no brainer when it came to choosing a DT image for this months Bugaboo Crafty challenge.  It’s a super simple, sweet image which I colored with Chameleon Pens and then cropped with one of my new In and Out dies by Gina Marie Designs Double Pierced In and Out Rectangle die set

The card background was done  with a stamp I had that matched the daisy in the image on a A2 card from a Michaels value pack. Of course I used my trusty Zig Photo Tape runner to attach it…
If you like the look of this die, check out my previous posts  on the front page showing off the fun Bonus cuts you can use to make some really cool frames.  If you are reading this post months down the road.. do a search for Gina Marie Designs and that should pull them up… or search the March 2017 archive.

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March 2017 Crafty Awesomeness Challenge

It’s that time of the month again….  the one we all like LOL

It’s challenge time and winners !!!

Ok first off.. a big thank you to Cute As A Button for sponsoring  the February Crafty Awesomeness Challenge.. We have a winner for that AND a re-pick for the unclaimed January challenge prize sponsored by KennyK stamps.  Thank you to everyone who entered.. looking forward to more fab projects again this month.

Soo.. Random.org has selected

 Congratulations you are our 2nd chance winner for January 2017   and the KennyK stamp prize  of 3 digis of  your choice from the KennyK Stamps Store. please email me to claim and include your image choices to pass along to our sponsor.

AND  our February Challenge Winner is….

Congratulations, Please email me to claim your prize of 3 digital downloads from CAAB


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MARCH MARCH MARCH

 

….. haha  I just realized as I typed this.. how appropriate it actually is for this month..  and one of the images we are using for the DT projects.

This month we are sponsored by the lovely Sasayaki Glitter and  the DT team chose these two fun images to play with.  As you can tell… no one wanted to have to choose just one, so we did them both.    The mystery projects will be released during the  challenge month.. so be sure to come back and take a look.

 

 

Prize:  1 (non-coloured) digi of the winners choice from the Sasayaki  Glitter Store

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Rules:

  • Max 3 entries per person
  • No limit on how many challenges you enter project in
  • Must be a colored piece featuring some kind of image, rubber, clear, digital stamps.. hand drawn..whatever. Does NOT have to be a card.
  • No artist restrictions.. but we’d love it if you were using a sponsor image
  • Please watermark your images before linking, but if you choose not to… that is your choice.
  • Project must have been made/posted on your blog within the last 7 days prior to the start date of the challenge.
  • If you do not have a blog, you can still enter… but please do not post  your projects anywhere that requires registration to view, or comment.
  • Most importantly..you must have FUN while you craft…totally unenforcible rule… but heh.
  • **UPDATED – Winners must claim by the 15th of the month.  These posts are shared  on the blog, facebook, google+ and twitter feeds.  Please make sure you are subscribed to at least one of these so you don’t miss your chance to claim.
  • No porn, violence etc … do I really even have to say that ??
  • All submissions will require approval before going live,  if I am awake and at home… that won’t take long usually.

 

So come on in and show off your projects..

December 2016 “Crafty Awesomeness” Prize Challenge & November Winner

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It’s that time of the month again… New sponsor, new prizes, new projects and of course… NEW WINNER!!!  So lets jump right in with a big HUGE  thank you to Jodie at BugabooStamps for sponsoring our last challenge. AND agreeing to sponsor a new Bugaboo Monthly Challenge here on the blog, which will start in January !!!  woot hoo

The Prize Winner Picked by Random.org is……  UNCLAIMED.. new random winner coming soon.  I will announce that in a separate post along with the bonus winner.  UPDATED WINNERS POST !!!

Please contact me to claim your prize.

This month  your sponsor is actually .. yours truly  🙂  I wanted to do something a bit different this month. The Instructions to the DT team were… any Digital Stamp Image… with a Gina Marie Designs Die… which was a pretty safe bet that we could all do this one. Since I found Gina Marie Designs and got the ladies hooked.. we’ve all got a bunch to play with LOL.   And who doesn’t have stamps from all these guys and gals??

Prize:

…so the Prize on offer this month is: One Random Winner gets to choose between the following prizes …choice of

$10 Scrapbook Outlet Code  ( Gina Marie Designs )

$10 ImageAbility.Inc code ( choose between CraftingAbility.com or Cohas.com )

….or your choice of a $10 code/ gift cert to one of our awesome sponsors stamp shoppe:

Rick St Dennis
Cute As A Button
Bloobel Stamps
Sasayaki Glitter
Power Poppy
Bugaboo Stamps
KennyKstamps

If the winning project features a digital image from one of the sponsors listed above,  OR a Gina Marie Designs Die, or ImageAbility product..I’ll bump it up to a $15 prize.  So be sure to include that info and links to them on your blog posts so I can see what you used for the bonus 🙂

So here we have the DT Projects,  gorgeous projects as always ladies.

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Dee Vee

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I’m running behind  on my project this month… sorry ladies !! so I’ll be sneaking mine in later today..HOPEFULLY after they come and do my new carpets *rolleyes. ALL DONE !!
 

Rules:

  • Max 3 entries per person
  • No limit on how many challenges you enter project in
  • Must be a colored piece featuring some kind of image, rubber, clear, digital stamps.. hand drawn..whatever. Does NOT have to be a card.
  • No artist restrictions.. but we’d love it if you were using a sponsor image
  • Please watermark your images before linking, but if you choose not to… that is your choice.
  • Project must have been made/posted on your blog within the last 7 days prior to the start date of the challenge.
  • If you do not have a blog, you can still enter… but please do not post  your projects anywhere that requires registration to view, or comment.
  • Most importantly..you must have FUN while you craft…totally unenforcible rule… but heh.
  • Winners will have 48 hours to claim after their name is announced on the blog, facebook, google+ and twitter feeds.  Please make sure you are subscribed to at least one of these so you don’t miss your chance to claim.
  • No porn, violence etc … do I really even have to say that ??
  • All submissions will require approval before going live,  if I am awake and at home… that won’t take long usually.

 


Stamping and coloring on Plaster of Paris

Yup…I went and done it again lol

went off on another one of my crazy little adventures in crafting.. so who’s along for the ride… All ABOARD !!!

SO.. long story short, one of the girls on one of the Facebook coloring/cardmaking groups I am in.. shared a post about another Facebook Group and this crazy worldwide thing they got going on.  It was late, I was between projects and being as the giveaways ended ..I figured it was hookey time for me..  so I went off to read the article she was a featured artists in and ended up checking out this group.

It’s called Art Abandonment…. some of you may have heard about it already on my Facebook page and wall…  some of you may not.

So anywho.. I decided me and the lil guy just had to get involved in this and so I signed up…. I needed a project that was  cheap, preferably with materials I already have and something both of us could do together..and maybe even get hubby in on  it.  He’s not  the crafty type… but he will try and join in when we ask lol.

The group are fantastic….I wasn’t sure if this was even an idea that would fly as abandoned art.. but they were all totally supportive. So here we are.. and I have yet another crazy project idea to share.

The first batch of abandoned art  me and the lil guy will be doing is these………….. I don’t have a technical term for it.. so call it what you will.  I’m just going to call it “stamped PoP rounds”

Ok so if you follow the blog at all you will remember I picked up some Stazon Ink pads to use on my acetate a week or so ago…. so.. for the record that is also the ink I am using on these projects to stamp with.

The Blank rounds are made with Plaster of Paris, I find craft stores charge too much for too little… so I always try and grab mine at the local DIY store because when I get stuck into projects like this… I’m gonna make a lot.   I actually had  virtually untouched and an unopened bag sitting around already from other project ideas…. so I was sorted.   A 25 lb bag will set you back about $15 at Lowes or Home Depot.

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Mixing instructions come on the pack … but I’m not one to A follow instructions B wait patiently… so I tend to mix mine up a bit thicker and  that speeds up dry time..  that also drops the time you have to shake it around and get air bubbles out and make it nice and smooth… so if you are a newb at this ..try their ratios and don’t mix too much at a time.  The time you save with a thicker mix will be  doubled when you have to start sanding the back flat because you didn’t get it  leveled in time.

 

Ok molds… molds molds.. you can get sooo many molds for  plaster of paris  silicon, rubber, plastic… just depends on what you are doing and how many times it will need to be reused. For this project,  you don’t need anything fancy.. just a simple  shallow shape round square whatever you have handy…  just make sure whatever you use if you are recycling…. that it has some flexibility to it.  You can get items out of rigid molds EVENTUALLY lol…  but if you are new to this and just want to craft and have fun… don’t do it lol.

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For this particular project, I just happen to have some shaker windows that I won’t sell because they have some imperfections…  nothing major and nothing that will affect this project.. but still.

..So I keep those in my stash for blog projects and other craziness where tiny blemishes aren’t a big deal for me.  These are 3 inch diameter and 1/4 inch deep.  I have a few other shapes and sizes and depths.. but have’t tried them yet.  Obviously these won’t handle mass production… but I have already reused  the set I put aside for this 4 or so times… no problems at all.

 

 

 

 

 

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The first one I did as a tester… was just a random stamped floral pattern…   nothing spectacular.. and to be fair the PoP wasn’t even really dry  yet…. it was dry enough to stamp and color on.. but still holding a lot of moisture. As we will discover.. that does make a difference LOL

 

 

 

 


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This one … is a mixed media.. the red and blue are Crayola inks that came with the blank markers I picked up in a Crayola Marker Maker kit on Clearance at Walmart …and usually use as blender pens.

The  Eagle is colored with a fine brush and Ranger Adironack Ink.

As is this sunflower PoP round below….  this was  colored with Adironack Inks and a fine brush.

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Foobahhed!  (messed up)… cover up with Stazon base and then stamped a few ghostly images in White Stazon, dropped blue and purple Adirondack on background and over stamped a last time with White Stazon while still wet

 

 

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Wax crayon heat bonded with embossing heat tool…polished with scrap paper to lift off excess

 

 

 

 


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Cheap $8 pencils from Walmart blended with Isopropyl alcohol in a marker pen

 

 

 

 

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Adironack Inks and a fine brush

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Adironack inks in a blender pen with a touhc of Ranger distress ink pen

 

 

 

 

Pebeo

 

 

 

 

Pebeo Porcelaine 150 glass paints. ( original version  ) Now renamed and with new colors, but available at Michaels.

 

 

 

 

 

And this is the results after spraying with Modge Podge Acrylic Matte sealer ( except the wax and Pebeo versions )

Conclusion…

Adironack inks fade to a much gentler color.. but still really nice results. In some cases the color change was quite remarkable..not just a fade ….but a total color change.  Most noticeable on the Hello floral and  the text on the pooch.

Pebeo glass paints retain vibrancy and is probably the most durable of all the techniques. Water based so can be watered down to make painting easier, specially if they are old like mine and a bit thick. << the paints.. not me lol.

Pencil is  harder to apply, but  gives a soft color

Stazon is great to do a cover up if you mess up the original stamping and can give a vintage Goth look with some fun color effects when mixed with  inks. Be warned, when sealed the inks will bleed into the white Stazon.. but it looked cool LOL ..and you could easily spray THEN apply the white design and  the spray a second coat.

Wax Crayon –  very  strong coverage and depth of color… but not as durable since it has no top coat.  Great if it won’t be handled much…and def a cheap fun  project for the youngsters, obviously with adult supervision since you are using heat tools.

Crayola markers... great  way to do this project on a budget,  or with kids, but make sure your base blank is fully dry and expect some soft bleeding and color absorption when sealed.

Alcohol based markers  same as with the Adironack inks.. a softer more subtle color after a day or so….sealer will brighten them up quite some… but not to the original color depth.

Now I can’t say at this point whether residual moisture in the blanks is partly to  blame for some of the color shifts etc… or whether they would still react this way if fully dried and  a few weeks old…  I guess we will find out 🙂   but all in all even the  Crayola marker one which was very “new” and had a lot of moisture… still shifted into something kinda cool.  But I am guessing that if I had waited a day or so and done it, the shift wouldn’t be quite so dramatic… and if I hadn’t of already sealed it I could have done a second coat to  make it much like the original image before it absorbed the inks.
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Now that is a lot of information and still doesn’t really cover everything..so please feel free to ask questions based on specific need to knows and I will do my best to answer them 🙂 But at the end of the day… the best way is to jump in and try it with whatever media you have at hand or want to try.   We all have different tastes, budgets and requirements ..sky’s the limit !!!

so .. Comment away and feel free to share your results  if and when you try this 🙂

 

 


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“I miss you” card on velvet

I wanted to try something new, at least for me for me…. for my new DT project in the July Crafty Awesomeness Challenge.  I got to try out my pencils on velvet paper and I was pleasantly surprised  with the results.  It rendered a lovely soft image and didn’t damage the velvet layer at all.  Love the overall softness of this project 🙂
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Details:

  • Card Base  – Craft Smith Blues Pad
  • Instead of hiding the foam padding as I usually do, I decided to  have it showing as a border and  circular impressions were put on it using.. a pen cap for a subtle texture and pattern
  • Image is from Cute as a Nutton and is called “Bunny Walk” was printed on white velvet paper on my Epson Eco Tank
  • Colored with CraZart pencils from Walmart
  • Sentiment was cut on Recollections scraps using  the BottleCaps Alphabet Dies from DieNamics

Come join us in the July Crafty Awesomeness Challenge, this  month we are sponsored by Cute As A ButtonCAABlogo

 

 

Challenges entered:

http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot

cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot

 

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 🙂 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’t 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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End of Series Giveaways – Updates

Well… we are, over half way through the Spotlight Series.. so time to start pulling together all of the giveaway prizes on offer.  I will start listing them all here …. this list may change over the next two weeks…so expect edits on this post 🙂  This is just a fun giveaway and an opportunity for  the spotlight guests  and of course myself to thank you, the visitors, crafters, fans and group members for your interest and support of this Spotlight Series.spotlight_giveaway-sneaky

Each one will have its own giveaway page which will be opened for comments on the 1st  of July.

Once it is open for comments… you will need to enter each one you are interested in, individually.   All you have to do is comment on the giveaway post “I commented” AND have commented on the sponsors spotlight post.  So if you haven’t been leaving comments on the daily guest spotlights .. now is the time to play catch up LOL.  Not all spotlight guests are able to offer prizes;  so their spotlight may be sponsored by an external sponsor, but you will still need to comment on the spotlight to enter.

If it’s a non spotlight sponsor,  the giveaway post will have details on what you need to do to enter those.

Winners will be picked randomly and will be posted  here on the blog on/around the 15th of July.

Some are open to the US only, some are worldwide and will be duly noted on each giveaway.. please verify you are eligible to enter.

I reserve the rights to modify this list as needed before the official start date of the giveaways.

Prize list so far

**TBD  – To Be Determined

 

Additional Sponsor Prizes:

Keep checking back to see who & what else gets added to the list as we continue into the latter half of  the Spotlight Series 🙂

 

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Scrapper’s Delights Friday Freebie DT Project

We have another fab Friday Freebie over on the Scrapper’s Delights Facebook Group.  I had fun with this one….  at first I was thinking  of doing a joke about “I think I see Halloween coming” because at first glance,  it made me think of kids at Halloween and it looked like the bee was looking into the distance… but I decided to hang up my humorous self for this challenge and chose to do a “normal” card instead.Bee_dayScreappers_wmd
I left it open sentiment wise… so it  could be used for a birthday, anniversary, housewarming etc.

Supplies use:

Base Card Yellow 5×5 Card  with Darice Floral Embossing folder.
Ribbon  sheer yellow ribbon from Dollar Tree
Pearls  Michaels bargain  pack
Happy Sentiment Die cut  on black card with wink of Stella over
Image  Scrapper’s Delights Friday Freebie colored with chameleon pens and CraZart Pencils.  Wink of Stella highlights on Bee wings.
Die cut Stitched Circle using Gina Marie Circular stitched die

 

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Join in the fun over at Scrapper’s Delights Freebie Friday Challenge on Facebook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:

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chocolatecoffeecards No. 108 Circle & Squares

pattiescreationschallenge No. 121

reasonableribbon.blogspot RRR139

 

 

Bugaboo Bear Easel Card

Just a quickie card that could be for any occasion… I  popped a “Imagine” sentiment on this one as an inspirational desk piece for someone. It’s a bright cheerful card with popped elements for depth.  I trimmed the front edge shorter with a wavy blade on my cutter, because I didn’t want to decorate that space.

This is also my March card for our March 2016 Bugaboostamps/Executioner Combo Challenge

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  • Card Base Sizzix Circle Stand Ups Movers/Shapers Die, X-Large
  • Card Base cut on Recollections Card
  • Sentiment cut from scrap card using an unknown Die sentiment I picked up on clearance
  • Image from BugabooStamps “Theodore Flowers”
  • Colored with Chameleon pens and Ranger Distress markers
  • Butterfly dies are part of a die and stamp set, unknown brand and popped on Darice Adhesive foam and the smaller ones are a punch.
  • Flowers are  from Paint Shop Pro shapes tool and popped on foam

 

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Quick Easter Card Project & Giveaway

It’s a quick and simple card… with lots going on.  This is also my Sketch No1 card for our current  Sketch Challenge over on the message board.  Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see how you can win a set of these Gina Marie bow dies for yourself.

Window Die Spellbinders Oval
Window Vellum Paper from Ebay
Embossed card – Darice Swiss Dots
Card base and Bow Recollections greeting card set & card  stock
Image – Easter Bunny from 2CuteInk
Sentiment StampMichaels holiday stamps from $1.50 bins
Sentiment Stamped with Ranger Archival Ink Pad
Bow background strip cut on a Fellows  paper trimmer with wavey edge blade
Bow Gina Marie Bow die
Insert – scraps from a Recollections Book
Glue Xyron Tape runner
Image & embossed dots
colored with a mix of Chameleon Pens, and a home made alcohol mix

 

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My creative Mojo took a vacation this month; lots of family issues etc., but I was determined to get out of my funk…and new dies definitely help challenge me and kick me out of my funk. Expect to see a lot more projects posts now through the end of the month as I recapture my elusive Mojo.

Scrapbook Outlet very kindly sent me a set of bow dies to play with….and not only that, they sent me a spare set.  One of you lucky peeps can get your hands on a set of these bows, just by leaving a comment below.  I’m afraid  this is a US only  giveaway, sorry Internationals…

Leave your comment below  before Midnight March 31st Texas time and a (ONE) random winner will be picked on April 1st from all comments using Random.org widget, or similar.  You can share this with your friends from the Crafting Circle Facebook or Twitter or Google+  posts, but you must leave your comment here to be in with a chance to win.  Winner will be posted here on April 1st and you will have 48 hours from the time your name is posted to claim this, or another winner will be picked.

 

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This is just a fun giveaway thanks to ScrapbookOutlet’s generosity…. all comments will be pending review, so please don’t worry if it doesn’t show up instantly.

STAY TUNED For a second Gina Marie Die up for grabs later this month… maybe even later this week.  If you don’t want to miss out, be sure to subscribe to the blog 🙂

ScrapbookOutlet  has a great range of dies in the Gina Marie line… I already have some of the stitched dies  that I bought last month and will be adding to my collection as and when I can.   I’m looking forward to trying my circle stitched dies out with the shaker card windows ( link for those is on the side bar for anyone interested ) to make some new game cards. This is a fab range of dies at VERY affordable prices.  Check out the gallery below for a sneakey peek at the kind of  dies you can find in the Gina Marie range.  The Gina Marie range also includes some fab rubber stamps and co-ordinating stamp & die sets

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… and be sure to check out the blog of  AJ Bodine  .. this is the lady who does the  card Designs you see on the ScrapbookOutlet site… aren’t they fab.

 

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