And the Spotlight Series Giveaway winners are…….

winnersOk… here is the list you have all been waiting for…. first off congrats to all of the winners…. and commiserations to those of you that didn’t win THIS TIME.

There are still more chances to win ..I still have a 5 pack of Chameleon Pens and a Set of Ocean themed Gina Marie dies up for grabs…. so be sure to enter those if you haven’t already done so.  If you aren’t already subscribed to the blog, or a follower on Facebook… you may miss out on future giveaways.

Oh and you missed out on THIS too….  I decided to have a random Subscriber pull for the heck of it..sooo… just for fun and to say thank you I wanted to pull a subscriber and invite them to  show off their crafting skills….AND …. answer the Spotlight Questions we just saw all of the guests complete.  I had to laugh when I saw who Random.org pulled for this one…I love this lady, both as a crafter and a person-ality…and boy does she have personality.   I can’t think of anyone who is more perfectly suited to this that YOU….. Shannon Abblitt.  

Now the question is …. Will you do it? will you be our first Crafter Spotlight Guest?  I will email you later today when I send out all the winner emails for the giveaways…I hope you say yes  🙂

Anywho.. bring on the winners !!!!!

Winners were picked using the Random.org widget

Emails will go out later today ( about 12 hours from now ) and you have 48 hours from when I send them to respond and claim your prize and then your claim will be forwarded to the sponsor for prize delivery…. so consider this a head start because I got through picking/verifying winners faster than I anticipated.

A Huge Thank you to all of the spotlight guests who took part in this fun series and to any future Spotlight Guests who want to join in and keep the series going….  bust me a message on Facebook  🙂

Big, BIG  Thank you to: 

Crafting Ability / Ziggyboard

 Chameleon Pens

NanaDonna

for sponsoring prizes.

****Unclaimed Prizes will be repicked with random.org****

ALL PRIZES ARE NOW CLAIMED!!!!

Spotlight Series Day 1: Amanda Byron – Faery Ink – $25 Gift Cert. to Faery Ink

WINNER: Shannon Abblitt  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 2: Janice – Scrapper’s Delights – $15  Store Gift Voucher

WINNER: Heather B  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 3 – KennyK Stamps 3 digis of winners choice

WINNER: Heather Brow  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 4 – Carol Clarke, CUP Designer  £15/ $20 CUP Gift Voucher

WINNER: Tee Hall ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 5 – Betty, Simply B Stamps  a $10 Gift Cert

WINNER:  #1  DEE ** CLAIMED**
WINNER:  #2  2nd Chance Drawing winner Victoria Rowson 
 ** CLAIMED**
WINNER:  #3 2nd Chance Drawing winner Kemly Sc 
** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 6 – Heidi, 2 Cute Ink Digital Stamps  6 month Stamp Club Subscription

WINNER: Dee ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 7 – Rick St dennis MFA – Original piece of artwork

WINNER: Donna M Cervantez ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 8 – Gina Marie Designs – $20 Gift Cert

WINNER: ****2nd Chance Winner – Joyce  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 9, Lisa- Bloobel Stamps  Small Mystery Paper Craft pack

WINNER: Donna M Cervantez  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 10, Samantha – My Little Paper World  Small Mystery Paper Craft pack

WINNER:  ****2nd Chance Winner – shartl  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 11, Naz- Sasayaki Glitter 3 stamps of winners choice

WINNER: Jenn ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 12, Jodie -BugabooStamps  $30 gift certificate

WINNER: Lucy Gregg  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 13, Julia Spiri – Stamps By Julia Spiri 2 image of winners choice

WINNER: Donna M Cervantez ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 14, Conie Fong – Conie Fong Art

 

50% coupon off entire store

WINNER:  2nd Chance Drawing Winner JaneyG ** CLAIMED**

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$10 gift certificate

WINNER: Kate  ** CLAIMED**

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1 digital stamp  of their choice.

WINNER: KT Fit Kitty  ** CLAIMED**
WINNER: Nicky  ** CLAIMED**
WINNER: Victoria Rowson ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 15, Francesca -Cute As A Button 2 free digis, 1 clear rubber stamp & craft goodies.

WINNER: Linda Tagg ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 16, Rae – CUP Designer  Cut File  of choice

WINNER: MichelleVata  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 17, Andrea – SheepSki Designs 3 Digis of winners choice

WINNER: Donna M Cervantez ** CLAIMED**

 

 Spotlight Series Day 18, Nikky – Polkadoodles  3 digital stamps of winners choice

WINNER: Nicola Gold ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 19, Nikki – Limited Run Stamps $10 Store Gift Cert

WINNER: Linda Tagg  ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 20, Sherri- My Besties  signed Coloring Book

WINNER: Farrow Mascoe ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 21, Amy – Chomas Creations Mystery Craft Kit Box

WINNER: thealteredpaper ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 22, Michelle- Pink and Main $15 Store Credit

WINNER: Erica Bruton ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 23, Bennett Klein –  Prima Say it in Crystals Border Mega Pack

WINNER: shartl ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 24 –  Alyce, Kit and Clowder $15 gift Certificate to Kit & Clowder

WINNER: Lucy Gregg ** CLAIMED**

 

 Spotlight Series Day 25 – Christine, Penny Blossom 6 digis of winners choice

WINNER: Geesje Boutkan ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 26, Me, Myself & I  Shaker Windows and game card accessories

WINNER: 2nd Chance Drawing Winner Maranda M. 
** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 27 – Sarah, StarStampz 2 digis of winners choice

WINNER: Dee ** CLAIMED**

 

Spotlight Series Day 28 , Marcella – Power Poppy $20 gift code

WINNER:  2nd Chance Drawing Winner Holly Stahly ** CLAIMED**

 

 

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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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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 🙂

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  🙂

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

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

Rick St Dennis –  Original Artwork  International

Cute As a Button –  Clear Stamps tbd

KennyK –  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  –  K&C Gift Card International

Simply B Stamps – Gift Certificates  International

 

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

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

Sneaky Peek 1

Sneaky Peek 2

Sneaky Peek 3

Sneaky Peek 4

 

Day 7 – Rick St dennis MFA – Original piece of artwork

PRIZE:  Original Rick St Dennis Artwork

SPONSORRick St Dennis MFA

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Eligibility  – Worldwide –  Spotlight Guests are only excluded from entering their own spotlight giveaway.

How to enter  –  

  • Visit the Spotlight Series Day 7 – Rick St dennis MFA and  leave a comment for the spotlight guest.
  • Come back here and  post “I commented” in the comments for this giveaway.  You must comment on the spotlight guests spotlight post AND this entry post  within the entry time period to be eligible to win.
  • Use a valid email address when commenting/entering, you will need it  to claim  your prize
  • 1 “I commented” entry comment per person on this post please, all others will not be approved ( all posts are under approval, please don’t double post..I may be asleep)Winners:

     

  • All Winner’s  in the End of Series Giveaway will be picked randomly, either by me…or the sponsor.
  • Winner will be posted on the blog winner list and contacted via email  and must claim their prize within 48 hours, or it will be forfeited and a new winner drawn. I will update the winner list to show what has, or hasn’t been claimed yet.
  • All prizes are furnished by individual spotlight guests, or sponsors.  Physical prizes will require you to supply a valid shipping address.  Digital prizes/codes etc will be sent to the email used to comment NO exceptions  to avoid  prize claim theft, which unfortunately does happen.

    OPEN FOR ENTRY COMMENTS JULY 1st through July 10th, 11:59 Central time

    Winner announced July 10-15th

Zig Embossing pen

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I have had these a couple of months and finally got to test them out. Some of you may remember last year I created my own super fine embossing pen  because I was frustrated at not finding anything fine that fits in my Cricut

… Well for all you peeps that aren’t up for creating your own.. here is your answer. Now please bear in mind… this won’t fit in the Cricut One…. and it doesn’t fit in the Cricut Explore regular pen holder.   BUT they do fit in the Explore original & AIR with an Amy Chomas marker adapter 🙂

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The possibilities are awesome… since you can write and  draw with the Cricut Explore, making your own embossed papers for projects is limited only by your imagination.

I like these pens a lot,  they are not  quite as fine as the ones I made….. but they are close enough, I wouldn’t hesitate to grab it and use it for projects over my own.

So all you lovely ladies and gents who have been wanting to add a touch of bling bling to your projects and don’t have the stamps you wanted… this may be  what you were looking for 🙂

Zig/Kuretake Supplies:
CraftingAbility.com –  they are currently adding more of the Zig catalog to the site store, so if you don’t see something on the site  drop them an email. 🙂  These guys are awesome.


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Chomas Engraver for the Explore ONE in action (Video)

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If you don’t have a Cricut Explore yet… you might be tempted to change that real quick…. Owners of the Original Explore and the Explore Air have  been enjoying the added functionality provided by Chomas Creations  Adapters for  a long time now… and unfortunately the Design of the ONE doesn’t  allow for a pen or marker adapter BUT….



..it does allow for the new engraver adapter…. yes you lucky Explore ONE owners can now get an engraving adapter.  Check out Amy’s new video showing off the new Explore ONE engravers.

If this doesn’t have you convinced,  be sure to check out all the cool videos on youtube from engraver owners…I’ve had my pen, marker and engraver set for some time now….and I wouldn’t be without them.  The engraver is not something I have used much myself YET… I was too busy having fun with my pen and marker adapters.

A quick video with the Chomas Creations engraving tip for the Explore One in action.

These are available for preorder in the Chomas Creations store!! http://www.amychomas.com/index.php…
They will be shipping by mid February


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Is there Life after Cricut Message Board ?

 

It’s almost Christmas and I am sure a lot of lucky girls and boys will be unwrapping a new Cricut Explore in a few days.  As with any new toy, we all have questions… but where do you go for help?

Cricut closed their own message board in June of this year, much to the dismay of many users…. but never fear….. Cricut help is still out there. Thousands of users are willing to share their knowledge and ideas, tips and tutorials all over the web.

 

 

Two new message boards sprang up from the ashes of the old Cricut Message Board … our own, Crafting Circle ….which was started to keep the bi weekly card challenge group  alive and give it a new home.  There was also the Unofficial Cricut Board,  started by another group of Cricut members.  Both boards are still running 6 months later and are open to new members who need help and advice, or just want to hang out with fellow crafters and share projects.

 

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Crafting Circle is not exclusively Cricut…. so you ladies and gents who own other machines are more than welcome to hop on over and join us.  We have sections for all kinds of crafts, however at this point…. the majority of members are  Cricut users.  But the other areas will only grow, if you come and participate and develop them… so feel free to hop in and start new discussions.

 

 

 

There are facebook groups, blogs, Youtube channels and websites dedicated to sharing Cricut knowledge with other users.  Whether card making, or scrapbooking is your thing….or you bought your Cricut to make unique home decor, tshirts,  stencils….and a gazillion other things you can do with this machine…there are still places and people for you to learn from.

 

No matter what your taste, style or budget…. trust me…. someone out there has the answer to your questions.  If you don’t have your Cricut yet and just want to explore the possibilities of which machine to buy, or you just like to check out all the creations for inspiration…. somebody  can point you in the right direction.

 

I  don’t post reviews and information on other machines, simply because …..I don’t own one.   If that changes…. then so will my blog posts, but for now my blog is mainly centered around  Cricut and my Sizzix Big shot …and other non paper crafts.

When the announcement was made to close the official Cricut Message Board, a  member very kindly compiled a list of places to get help.  You can find a copy of that list HERE on our message board, it’s available to non members too.  We’d love to have you join us if you would so desire, but it isn’t necessary to access the information.

 

 

If you are looking for a  place to hangout and get ideas, learn from fellow crafters and try new ideas and techniques… come on over and join us on the Message Board.  Most areas require registration and new members are under post moderation for a short period, this is simply to deter spam from ruining our board like many others, including the late Cricut Board.

 

 

We have 5 monthly challenges as  well as our long running Wednesday Bi Weekly Card Challenge. The Bi weekly is a sketch based challenge with Extra Credit ideas and Ad Colors.

Modern Day – I created Frankenstein Challenge is a monthly challenge that is not card related…  past challenges have included gift boxes, shirt decorating, Halloween containers and  the like.

We have a regular sponsored coloring challenge, Creative Coloring Card Challenge….  which is sponsored by the Awesome KennyK.

We have another sponsored card challenge, Bugaboo Stamp Members Choice Challenge with the awesome Bugaboo stamps as our sponsor and  members vote for their favorite.

We have a 3rd coloring challenge, Creative Coloring Card Challenge ….this one features a different digital artist each month.

And last, but not least we have our I am the Executioner – Card Challenge!!!!, this one is to lean new card styles and techniques.

 

so all you knew Cricut owners.. Welcome to the family 🙂

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