Winner–Giveaway #16: Pack Your Bags

I’ll be the first to admit, I think this was definitely the most challenging puzzle giveaway I’ve had to date. That’s not to say it was impossible to solve–and many of you made great progress. But, choosing a winner was super simple as there was only one entry that managed to get all of the correct answers! So who’s the very savvy girl? Hmmm…before I get to that, let’s take a look at the answers.

01. I am museum which holds the world famous painting ‘Las Meninas’ among its collection, as well as the largest collection of Spanish paintings in the World. Where am I?
Madrid, Spain

02. I’m located on the North Island and known as the City of Sails. Where am I?
Auckland, New Zealand

03. I was designed by Daniel Hudson Burnham and became an icon in my city. Some say I am also responsible for the phrase “23 Skidoo”. Where am I?
New York City, USA

04. I’m located on the Burrard Peninsula and contain the landmark Robson Square. Where am I?
Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada

05. Unscramble me: LARVA ACE SAUCE ZEN. Where am I?
Caracas, Venezuela

06. I was established as a trading town by King Gustav I of Sweden and originally named Hellssingeforss. My official languages are Finnish and Swedish. Where am I?
Helsinki, Finland

07. I am a fictional French speaking Belgian detective appearing in 33 novels. My creator and Guiness Book of World Records title holder was born here. Where am I?
Torquay (Devon), England

08. I am a symbol of eternal love and a mausoleum. I am also the World’s finest example of Mughal architecture. Where am I?
Agra, India (the building in question is the Taj Mahal)

09. Unscramble me: OBSIDIAN ALIEN. Where am I?
Bali, Indonesia

10. I am the capital city of this country that shares borders with the Atlantic Ocean, Angola and Botswana. Where am I?
Windhoek, Namibia

Thank you to all of those who took the time and effort to play along. As always, I really enjoy coming up with ways to torture entertain you. Be on the lookout for Giveaway #17 shortly.

So, who is the Mistress of Maps? The winner of a brand new Cricut “Pack Your Bags” cartridge, a selection of Imaginisce “Scooter’s Vacation” paraphernalia, a LaBlanche “Dogwood” silicone stamp, and some secret surprises is….Ms. Kristie Maynard. Congratulations on your mastery of geography Kristie! If you would please forward your contact information, I will get your prize package on its way to you. Again, thanks to all who participated.

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Giveaway #16: Pack Your Bags

For this giveaway, we’ll be taking a virtual tour of some of the World’s most well-known tourist destinations. Your task–should you accept it–is to use the list of clues provided to determine the city and country we are visiting. When you think you’ve found all ten locations, submit your answers via the e-mail link on the sidebar (one entry per person please). Entries will be accepted until 12:00 a.m MST on Saturday, April 30, 2011.

For your sleuthing and miles of travel, you’ll be rewarded with a special travel-themed prize package. Among your goodies: a brand new “Pack Your Bags” Cricut cartridge, a set of Imaginisce’s “Scooter’s Vaction” embellishments including mirrored sticker, three-dimensional stickers and rub-ons, a LaBlanche silicone stamp entitled “Dogwood” (not pictured) and a few surprise goodies.

Your Travel Itinerary:

01. I am museum which holds the world famous painting ‘Las Meninas’ among its collection, as well as the largest collection of Spanish paintings in the World. Where am I?

02. I’m located on the North Island and known as the City of Sails. Where am I?

03. I was designed by Daniel Hudson Burnham and became an icon in my city. Some say I am also responsible for the phrase “23 Skidoo”. Where am I?

04. I’m located on the Burrard Peninsula and contain the landmark Robson Square. Where am I?

05. Unscramble me: LARVA ACE SAUCE ZEN. Where am I?

06. I was established as a trading town by King Gustav I of Sweden and originally named Hellssingeforss. My official languages are Finnish and Swedish. Where am I?

07. I am a fictional French speaking Belgian detective appearing in 33 novels. My creator and Guiness Book of World Records title holder was born here. Where am I?

08. I am a symbol of eternal love and a mausoleum. I am also the World’s finest example of Mughal architecture. Where am I?

09. Unscramble me: OBSIDIAN ALIEN. Where am I?

10. I am the capital city of this country that shares borders with the Atlantic Ocean, Angola and Botswana. Where am I?

(REMEMBER: Your answers should include the city and country of where your clue takes you. Bon Voyage!)

Giveaway #15: Winner!

Can I just say that I have a bunch of savvy and smart readers! Nearly every entry I received in the “Freshly Picked” giveaway had all the correct answers (including the bonus). The correct unscrambled herbs and spices were:

01. my sorer a
(rosemary)
02. red navel
(lavender)
03. cedar iron
(corriander)
04. died well
(dill weed)
05. karma clad comb
(black cardamom)
06. lamer songs
(lemongrass)
07. no rag rat
(tarragon)
08. legal in
(nigella)
09. love me banner
(lemon verbena)
10. orders his ah
(horseradish)
11. cheaper pinups
(sichuan pepper)

All of the correct entries were placed in a random draw and the winner of a new Cricut “Freshly Picked” cartridge is Ms. Susan Beauchaine.

Congratulations Susan! If you would please forward your mailing information, I’ll get your package on its way. Thank you to all who participated. I really appreciate all of the participation and comments. Be on the look out for Giveaway #16 very shortly…we might be going on a trip. Hmmm….?

Giveaway #15: Freshly Picked

Once again, it was a year without snow in my part of the desert. Though, I have to say there have been many a morning where the temperature has dipped low enough to put a major chill in the air. I realize many of you have been frozen under layers of snow for more days than you care to recall. In that spirit, I thought the next giveaway should remind us that Spring is somewhere on the horizon. The cycle will start anew and gardens will be begging for new seed and tender love and care.

So to get us in that mindset, I am giving away a brand new Cricut cartridge, “Freshly Picked”, that celebrates new harvests and life’s never ending cycle. Along with the cartridge, the winner will receive a set of hand-picked embellishments and goodies to help inspire your creativity.

Now, as many of you know, most giveaways on my weblog involve nothing more than answering a random question and a bit of luck. A few giveaways ago, I tried a little word scramble contest and it really seemed to go over very well. Not only did more people participate, but I think the challenge was fun. So, I’m going to do it again. The theme for this contest is “Herbs & Spices” as a nod to “Freshly Picked”.

Below, you’ll find a list of the names of ten (10) herbs and/or spices that have been dropped off the produce shelves and are a bit worse for the wear. Each one has been scrambled up and it’s your job to help put things back in order. For instance, say you were given the following string of letters: be a flay. With a little re-arranging, “be a flay” becomes “bay leaf”.

The person with the most correct responses will be declared the winner. If more than one person solves them all, then the winner will be determined by a random draw of the names of all those who solved the puzzle. To submit your entry, send your list of answers via the e-mail link (“contact me”) on the sidebar by the contest deadline of Monday, February 7, 2011 at 12:00 a.m. MST. One entry per person please (and no sharing of answers, lol).

01. my sorer a
02. red navel
03. cedar iron
04. died well
05. karma clad comb
06. lamer songs
07. no rag rat
08. legal in
09. love me banner
10. orders his ah

*Super Bonus*
11. cheaper pinups

Giveaway #14: Winner!

The winner of a brand new Cricut Cake “Birthday Cakes” cartridge is:

Celeste B. Jan 03, 2011 @ 11:01:46

What a fun giveaway! I’d be in heaven with this cartridge. I sent my family Birthday cards, but I didn’t get started until the middle of last year. I wanted to get a fresh start on it this year; so this would be AWESOME!! My favorite type of cake . . . hmmmmm. I’m not a big fan of regular cakes; growing up I had a different type of cake for my Birthday. My Birthday is in the middle of summer and so my favorite ‘cake’ was made with a graham cracker crust, vanilla ice cream and lime sorbet (or lime flavored homemade ice cream). It always hit the spot and is my favorite. I know – it’s a little different, but that’s me. Thanks so much for the chance!! I hope you had a wonderful Holiday season!

Congratulations Celeste! I think you’ll have fun playing with this one. Please e-mail me with your contact information so that I can get it on its way to you. Thank you to all who participated and be on the lookout for Giveaway #15 shortly.

My Pink Stamper Design Team 2011–Challenge & Submission

This is something totally new and foreign to me. But, I figure the New Year should be about taking on new experiences and challenges.

By now, if you are a crafter, enthusiast, and/or Cricuteer for any length of time, you’ve surely heard of My Pink Stamper–Ms. Robyn Cardon. I’ve long been a fan of her instructional videos, Cricut expertise, and bubbly personality. Her site is so popular that she’s developed her own product lines and has design team showcasing them. I’ve always read many sites that have calls for design team members, but I’ve never really been motivated or brave enough to attempt a submission. For some reason, I’ve always held back on putting myself or my work “out there”. But, this year, I want to try and promote my blog and myself a bit more–and in doing so, hopefully provide encouragement and inspiration to other crafters the way My Pink Stamper inspires me.

So, for her design team call, Robyn asked submitters to “make a card, scrapbook page, or other Cricut project with your favorite cartridge using my favorite colors……pink, green, brown, and (other optional color of your choice)”. For my project, I chose to work with my Cricut Imagine and the suggested color palette inspired a tropical theme to my card submission.

My base cardstock is from Stampin’ Up! in a color called “Early Espresso” (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″). The card mat is a piece of American Crafts glitter cardstock in “Lip Gloss” (4″ x 5″). I used my Zutter Round-It-All 1/2″ to cut all four corners of the base and mat cardstock. I used Bazzill corduroy textured cardstock in “Snow” to print and cut my images with my Cricut Imagine. I used artwork from two of my favorite Imagine art cartridges to design this card: “Imagine More Cards” and “Better Together”.

The parrot, branch, and greeting are cut at 4″ from the “Better Together” cartridge. The rose layers are cut at 3 1/2″ from the “Imagine More Cards” cartridge. I used Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Dimensionals to layer all of images to create depth and visual interest. The final touch was a piece of Stampin’ Up! ribbon in “Chocolate Chip” (using the My Pink Stamper “cheater” method). Overall, I think the artwork and color palette evoke the feel of a bright sparkling evening sunset on a tropical isle. All my little parrot friend needs is a little drink with a tiny umbrella served in a cocunut cup. Or maybe I’m projecting?






I want to take a moment and thank My Pink Stamper for the challenge and opportunity. It was a lot of fun–and more importantly a chance to step outside my comfort zone.

Giveaway #14: Birthday Cakes

Since it’s the start of a new year–and unless you were an early New Year’s baby–it’s a safe bet that at some point this year, we’ll all get a bit older. So to celebrate early, I thought I’d give away a Cricut cartridge that you may have passed on when it was first announced (unless you were a Cricut Cake enthusiast).

The thing is, the cartridges that were designed with the Cricut Cake in mind, all work perfectly in any Cricut machine. So, “Birthday Cakes” is indeed a very versatile cartridge for cards and layouts, as well as yummy cakes.

So for a chance to win a brand new Cricut “Birthday Cakes” cartridge, just leave a comment on this post answering the following question: “What is your favorite flavor/topping/filling/icing (or any combination thereof) on a birthday cake?” Just leave an answer by the deadline of Friday, January 14, 2011 at 12:00 a.m. MST and you’ll be entered in a random draw to win the cartridge and a surprise stash of goodies. Good luck to all….and let’s all eat a giant piece of yummy cake!