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!

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Giveaway #12: The Last Hurrah

Summer is a curious beast. On one hand, I love Summer because among other things it’s my Birthday, lol. But seriously, Summer is a time for picnics, family get-togethers, beaches, vacations, flowers, fairs, and Mother Nature’s miracles. On the other hand, I kind of get to a point where Summer starts to dangle on a bit too long for my taste. I think that stems from the fact that I live in the middle of a desert, and this year in particular, the heat and humidity have been unbearable at times. Many have said that I’m just really a cold-blooded person. I think it may be that I’m too warm-blooded. Whatever the case, I, for one, am completely ready for Fall to take the stage.

As a last hurrah to Summer, I thought I’d have this Giveaway feature prizes in honor of two of my favorite things of Summer: flowers and vacations. The winner of Giveaway #12 will say goodbye to Summer with a prize package that features:

  • one (1) brand new Cricut Limited Edition Mini Cartridge: Summer Vacation (a $24.99 value);
  • one (1) brand new Stampin’ Up! rubber stamp set (wood block mount): Awash With Flowers (a $39.95 value); and
  • a collection of surprise goodies and embellishments
  • To enter for a chance to win Giveaway #12, leave a comment on this post answering the following question: “What is your favorite sight or smell of Fall?” (One entry per person please.) The winner will be selected by a random draw of all those who participate. The deadline for entering Giveaway #12 is Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 12:00 a.m. MST.

    Notes From The Edge…#1

    Just a bunch of odd and ends running through my head….

    01. Today in the mail I received three Cricut Lite cartridges that I ordered via Walmart.com. I added ‘Cupcake Wrappers’, ‘Sugar and Spice’, and ‘Handy Man’ to my collection. I am now only missing one of the Lite cartridges–‘Wildlife’–which is also on order from Walmart. I wasn’t sure I was going to get them all (or so goes the delusion I tell myself), but like everything else I cave.

    02. I also received my set of Fall 2010 Limited Edition Mini-Cartridges (‘H2O’, ‘Pumpkin Carving’ and ‘October 31st’) that I ordered from Scrapper’s Must Haves. There are some great images that will be ultra fun for Halloween cards and decorations.

    03. When I went to register my new cartridges and enter my Cricut Rewards certificates, my point total crossed that magical line. I had 8010 points. I stopped and thought for about ten minutes before I did it. I placed an order for the infamous Gold Cricut Expression machine. I hesitated for a moment, since I already have two Expression machines (the original, and a green one). But, I knew that if I didn’t order one, I’d be kicking myself. Not to mention, it would be my luck that they would go out of stock tomorrow. So, I figured I shouldn’t wait. So, I placed the order and it went through. So, I’m hoping that I’ll be finding a golden box (lol) on my doorstep in the near future. When I get him, I’ll be sure to let you know. Now, the dilemma becomes: Should I use it?

    04. I also received a box of some the new 2010-2011 stamp set offerings and ink colors from Stampin’ Up! So, I’ll have plenty of new images to play with. But, one of my favorite things I received is the new storage case for the Stampin’ Up! acrylic block set. I’ll share some pictures and information about it in an upcoming posts. It is a handy and useful storage case though–and I think I’m really going to love it.

    05. Have a wonderful Tuesday wherever you are. The humidity is terrible here at the moment. I hope that provides the impetus for me to stay in and craft. Make something for someone who isn’t expecting it. It’s the best feeling when you know that someone is thinking about you in this dog-eat-dog World we all live in.

    No Boundaries

    This card project is fairly simple in its design and execution. However, the story and the emotions that go with it are anything but. I made this card a while back for a very special person. I wanted to wait and post about it until after I was sure she had received it–and to make sure it was okay to share a bit of the story behind it.

    Carolyn is an amazing woman. She has a sense of adventure and style that is uniquely her own. She’s always been a bit “out there”–and that’s part of the reason I love her so much. Recently, Carolyn went through a lengthy ordeal that ended up in her undergoing a double mastectomy. Anyone who has ever faced the specter of breast cancer or had a loved one face that battle knows what a life-changing event it is. To say that Carolyn has handled it with grace and a wry sense of humor is a gross understatement. The idea for this particular card came after a conversation we had regarding how something as simple as finding the right dress to wear to a function became a whole new journey of discovery, heartache, laughter and challenge.

    Several days after a very heartfelt–and frankly, hilarious–discussion of the fashion challenges facing Carolyn’s new “boobless” (her term) stage of life, I saw a clear acrylic stamp set by Girls’ Paperie called “Paper Girl”. Among the thirteen stamps was this image of a dress form that immediately reminded me of Carolyn. Now, I won’t go into all the details of the note I sent her, but suffice to say that the first thing I loved about the image was the lack of noticeable cleavage. Beyond that, it has some lovely words running throughout that were very apropos. Another thing I loved was the exposed “cage” on the base of the dress form. It led back to something we discussed about the body being a cage for our soul–and the clothing on the outside was just the “wrapper”. It was just all full circle.

    The sentiment is “No Boundaries” because that’s the type of person Carolyn is. She’s always been larger than life. Her sense of fashion has always been just as large–and I know it will continue to be no matter what decisions she makes in the future.

    (Oh, I should mention one other thing! Carolyn “hates” pink. That accounts for my non-traditional color palette.)

    The cardstock base cut to an A2 size is Stampin’ Up! Bravo Burgundy. The decorative paper is from Graphic 45. The image was stamped on Stampin’ Up! Whisper White with Tsukineko Memento ink in Rich Cocoa, cut out and adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The ribbon is from Papertrey Ink’s Scarlet Jewel collection. The sentiment is a rub-on from Creative Imaginations. I used the Stampin’ Up! ticket corner punch on the mat and card corners.





    This is why (in part) I love cardmaking as much as I do. We all love to express our creativity and ideas and hopefully make something that is pleasing along the way. But, so many times, it is the the people we make them for, the stories and sentiments that they represent–that are a gift for the maker and recipient so many times over. So, always remember, the cards we make and share are literally a documentation of our lives. Until next time, always love your friends and keep crafting…