Sunday, December 20, 2009

Too Much Snow!



Three out of four of us are home - our older son is stuck in San Francisco for a couple more days.  He should have arrived tonight, but the flight was canceled because of the storm and he has been rerouted through Texas on Tuesday.  We wish he had been able to get on a flight today, but at least he can relax at home and isn't stuck on an airport bench somewhere!  Keep your fingers crossed that there are no more storms.

We went to a holiday party this afternoon and saw this lovely view on the way.  I snapped the photo of the beautiful sunset with my little "purse camera" out of the car window.  I wish you could get the full effect of the amazing pinky purple sky - it was just beautiful!  



Here are a few more photos - there really wasn't that much snow for us, but there is a ripple effect from the larger snowfalls in the mid-Atlantic that really paralyzed some areas.

I didn't get quite as much done today as I had planned but it was good to relax after all of the driving I have done in the past two weeks - over 1,000 miles!  It is late and I am tired but there are a couple of things I wanted to share with you that may be of interest.

There is a site called Twisted Papers.com where you can find terrific high quality digital images - lots of great vintage ephemera and all sorts of things that will make you smile.  They offer CDs and downloadable images - individually or by a monthly subscription that allows you to download up to 500 images.  Tim Holtz used some of their images in his Day 11 of the Twelve Tags of Christmas.

Right now they are offering some free images as they countdown to Christmas - a new one each day but they are all still available to download.  I am not sure if it is OK for me to just post one of the images here, so please click on the link to see what they have to offer.  The download is direct and ad free.  I will use one of the images in a project and try to have that posted tomorrow.



Edited to add a sample image from the free Christmas downloads from Twisted Papers - thanks Russell & Stan!


I also wanted to let you know that Megan of AboveRubies Studio has sent me a copy of her new DVD - Cricut A - Z.  A few of my projects are included in the inspiration gallery on the DVD.  Megan gives step by step directions on how to use the Cricut - this is a great help for beginners and will also benefit more experienced users.   She goes through all of the functions and creative features that the Cricut will perform and also demonstrates cutting of various materials with the Cricut.


***So here is a nice surprise***   Megan will send a FREE copy of the DVD to one of my blog readers.  All you need to do is leave a comment on this post between now and 11:59 p.m. on December 23rd.   I will draw a name using random.org and announce the winner on my blog on December 24th - an extra Christmas gift for someone!  Please be sure to leave a way for me to contact you if your name is chosen and one comment only per person please!

If you have any suggestions for the path I will take next year with this blog, please add that to your comment.  I have nearly completed my year of daily blogging and I am sorting out where I will go from here.  All suggestions are appreciated.  I do have a few new projects in the works, but I'd love to hear what you like, what you don't like and what you want to see more of.

I hope that those of you in snowy places are safe and warm and that all of your loved ones make it home for the holidays!


The Winner has been chosen - Congratulations to Molly Martin!




Molly said...


Diane,

I would like to echo what Lisa Sturgill said...even when I think I know what I am doing, watching you navigate through CDS helps me to do something easier and/or learn something new.

I also enjoy your posts relating to using a Cricut element or cart for something other than what is was designed for...(i.e. using Zooballoo for Christmas).

Finally, I really appreciate your reviews of new carts AND all the time involved in taking/editing/posting pics of the handbooks.

So, THANK YOU!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Molly Martin

December 21, 2009 10:47 AM

203 comments:

  1. Hi! I just discovered your blog from Kreative Kim's blog. I have the baby Cricut and am still discovering all the cool things I can do with it. I hope you all stay safe in the storm. We got 23 inches of snow! WooHoo! I am enjoying exploring your blog!
    Dawn:) in Baltimore

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  2. Your snow pictures are gorgeous. I'm glad we didn't have that much snow but... I enjoy your blog as is right now. There is variety for everyone and some good lessons. I hope you want to continue posting every day.

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  3. I love your blog and I am very happy that you write something everyday. Keep it up! I would like more design studio tutorials. everything I have learned about DS started with you. Thx. Merry Christmas.

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  4. Diane,

    How nice of you and Megan to offer the free DVD. I'd love to get that surprise Christmas gift.

    Will pray that your son gets home for Christmas.

    Love your blog and would understand if you didn't post everyday in 2010, that's quite a committment you made and held !

    Would love to learn more about Design Studio, Gypsy and CM's software in the new year (I plan to buy that soon).

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    diane (dimartincmc@gmail.com)

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  5. I get to leave the first message! Hopefully, being first is good! I would love to win this DVD! I get so intimidated with the cricut or more like overwhelmed sometimes! So, this DVD would really help me! As far as your blog, you do an outstanding job on this site! Love getting your e-mails! Please keep doing what you are doing!
    Hope you have a blessed Merry Christmas and that your son arrives home safely!
    jbc at united.net

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  6. Your picture of the sunset over the snow was stunning. I would have loved to have seen it in person. I live in Alabama, so we rarely even get a dusting of snow. I couldn't imagine having that much.

    I would love to win that CD. You can contact me at cparks9998@gmail.com

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  7. I truley love reading your blog. I can't wait for the posts daily and I just don't know how you can better it. I love it just the way it is. I hope you and your family have a safe and warm Christmas Holiday and look forward to a new year of your inspirations.
    Thank you for all you've done.
    burffrau@aol.com

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  8. Oh I hope your son gets to go home soon! Snow is nice, but too much of it can be challenging.
    Where to go from here?
    Well I always love to see your ATC creations, such fun. So definitely continue to show us those :)
    Thanks for a chance at winning the DVD, like number one would get picked LOL

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  9. How exciting to offer another give-away. Thanks for all that you do for all of us! My heart always skips a beat when I see you in my inbox. I have learned so much from you!
    Barb
    thedentonfamily@oh.rr.com

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  10. Would love to have this dvd . I have had my cricut for sometime but many features I have not used . Merry Christmas!And thank you

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  11. Beautiful sunset picture.

    Would love to win the DVD since I am new to Cricut and only use it for the very basics. I'm sure there is so much more I can do with it.

    Merry Christmas!!
    Donna

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  12. Diane, Thanks so much for the 1-year commitment you are just about to complete. I have learned so much from you. I also will understand if you do not want to continue posting things daily. But I will miss you! I love hearing about your family, your town, and, obviously, your many projects.
    Thanks also for the many giveaways and links you post! That DVD on the cricut sounds awesome!

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  13. Pretty snow pictures, but I am not a fan of snow! LOL... I'm glad we didn't get hit this weekend with the huge amounts some others got. Funny though... I LOVE paper snowflakes!

    I only discovered your blog a few months ago so I can't really advise on what direction you should take. But I love what you've done so far!

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  14. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  15. Diane your blog is awesome. I look forward everyday to reading your update. Thanks so much for your dedication and desire to share with us. I'd love a chance to win the DVD.

    Hope your son gets home soon and you have a great holiday!

    Julie (JMarques100@aol.com)

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  16. I loved the sunset snapshot. What a great snow. We are getting out of the house now too and Va is slowly recovering. I am really curious about the new DVD. I hope it's a good one. Rosie at motcm@verizon.net

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  17. Diane,
    Thank you for all that you do to help people bring out their creative side with the Cricut. I enjoy reading your blog daily. However, I would understand it if you did not blog daily in 2010. That is a huge commitment. I love seeing your photos. You are so organized and professional in your presentations and instructions. May you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

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  18. Ooooh!! Love snow pics!!! As for suggestions about your blog, I understand it probably would be difficult for you to continue daily postings, (you have done a fantastic job), well one can wish! LOL

    I appreciate your step by step tutorials and videos so much! You are very detailed in your explanation, and even something I thought I knew how to do, by reading and watching your instructions...Well it's helped me so much! So definitely would love to see more of this!

    I also enjoy the personal posts of your family and home decor that you did for Christmas, so elegant.

    I feel your blog is very useful to all the Cricut & Design Studio users out there, so really no changes or suggestions, I like your blog "just the way you are" :)

    Continued prayers coming your way for the rest of your families travels!

    Lisa Sturgill

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  19. Good Morning,

    I love the pics you posted they are beautiful. We got about a foot of snow, digging out was not at all fun. I've been following your blog for sometime and love it just the way it is. I love your daily entries, I come everyday to see what else you have for us. I have the expression and am still in the process of learning. Any help I can get is greatly appreciated.

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  20. Love your posts, keep them coming. Would love to win the CD of course :)

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  21. Beautiful photos. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  22. Love your posts! Looks like you have about the same amt. of snow as we have here in northwestern Ontario, Canada. I wooul love to win the cd...I still am not quite used to my cricut expression.

    sfread171@hotmail.com

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  23. Oh the snow is beautiful. Thanks for all the tutorials on the Cricut.

    Cindy R
    cindy4pg@yahoo.com

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  24. I have enjoyed following your posts and learning from you since Aug when I got my first Circut. Thanks so much for all you do. I would love to see the DVD, it would be a great present for under my tree. Thanks again and blessings

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  25. I am pretty good with my cricut, or so I like to think....but seriously, who wouldn't love to learn new ways to use it! Pick me Pick me. Oh, and that picture is gorgeous. Great work.
    Jes

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  26. Hi Diane. Love love the sunset pic. I enjoy your blog as is and don't have any suggestions. Well maybe...I would enjoy some new mesh cut files. They are fun to use in scrapping. Thanks for the last year of your posts. I've learned so much from you.

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  27. I happen to be one of those people who doesn't believe that there can be too much snow! That said, I have been caught in an airport too because of a snowstorm, and it was also coming home from San Francisco. We were booked on a flight home on December 24th, trying to get home to our boys for Christmas. We managed to get an earlier flight out of SF to Minneapolis and lucked out again from there to Detroit. It looked like we could actually make it home about 12 hours early and be home to tuck the boys into bed. Alas, the snowstorm the day before had put all of the planes in the wrong places and Detroit was horribly backed up. We were clearly not able to get on the two earlier flights as they were being used to clear some of the backlog and even our plane was late leaving. However, our plane did get us home, just before midnight on Christmas eve so we were tucked safely in our bed before Santa arrived!

    I hope that your son makes it home soon.

    Helen
    helen.gunther@gmail.com

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  28. Hi!
    The snow pictures are wonderful. I am sorry your son's flight is delayed, I also live in Central California and we just get fog and rain in the winter. Thanks for your blog and all you share.

    Cynthia K.
    ladybugstamper@msn.com

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  29. I sure hope your son makes it safely, my mom said that Boston got the bulk of that storm but Manchester got only a few inches, maybe your son could route through the North and come down?
    Thanks for the chance to win that DVD, it sound like fun.
    alyssa@mayofamily.com

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  30. First, I hope your son makes it to you safely for Christmas. Secondly, thank you for your daily blogs. I'm not going to presume to tell you what to do but your daily blogs have been an inspiration and a true joy to be a part of on a daily basis. Thirdly, thank you for the opportunity to win the DVD. I appreciate all you do for those of us in cyber-land and I pray that your new year goes well and is filled with blessings! Merry Christmas - :-D

    shortscrapper
    rrblackre@hotmail.com

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  31. OMG!!!! That is an absolutely beautiful picture, it must have been stunning in person! Have a great holiday.

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  32. I love looking at the snow but I moved away from it about 45 years ago.
    Enjoy your holiday with family and friends
    Penny

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  33. I just discovered your blog so I enjoy what you are doing right now. I hope you continue to teach and inspire. Thanks.

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  34. Hi,I'll hope your son will find his way to you. Here in Holland we also have a lot of snow.
    I really would like to win this dvd.
    I wish you a merry christmas and a happy newyear !!
    Ageeth

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  35. Diane,

    I would like to echo what Lisa Sturgill said...even when I think I know what I am doing, watching you navigate through CDS helps me to do something easier and/or learn something new.

    I also enjoy your posts relating to using a Cricut element or cart for something other than what is was designed for...(i.e. using Zooballoo for Christmas).

    Finally, I really appreciate your reviews of new carts AND all the time involved in taking/editing/posting pics of the handbooks.

    So, THANK YOU!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Molly Martin

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  36. What an absolutely gorgeous picture. It should be entered in some fair - I bet it would get a blue ribbon!

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  37. I'm sorry your son is stuck at home, but glad he will make it by the holidays. That firt picture is stunning. I live in the desert so we never see snow except in pictures!

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  38. I know all about the snow. We got 23 inches from this storm. Thanks for the giveaway. Hope everyone has a great Holiday season. Your blog is very informative I don't see any way to improve on something that is great. Noreen

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  39. What a beautiful picture! Merry Christmas! rakolt@yahoo.com

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  40. I've had mixed feeling about buying the cd, but definitely put my name in the pot for the drawing. I know i don't leave many comments but I love everything you do and appreciate all the file you share. I hope you and your have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

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  41. Merry Christmas! Winter has come to your area with a vengence. To think not that long ago you were decorating outside for Christmas in such beautiful warm weather.

    I think that dvd would be fun to watch to see what we missed or have forgotten with the cricut.

    Thank you both for sharing.

    Nana Jo

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  42. Diane,

    Your snow picture is incredible!

    Thank you for mentioning Twisted Papers. We appreciate your support. Please feel free to post a picture from our downloads.

    Have a wonderful Holiday,

    Russell & Stan
    Twistedpapers.com

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  43. Cap,
    What beautiful pictures. It reminds me of the record snowfall we had last year. Have faith...your son will make it home in time. Thank you for offering up this CD. I hope I'm the lucky one this time.
    neesey2008@gmail.com

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  44. Hi Diane!

    I can't wait until after the holidays to be able to really dig into your blog and learn about DS and Cricut.

    Would love to have the A-Z CD, too!

    Thanks for such an informative place on the internet!

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  45. I enjoy your blog not only for the great designs but your family stories as well. Thank you for all you do for us and the inspiration to keep learning. Sincerely, Joan Murphins murphins@bellsouth.net

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  46. Don't change anything on your blog. It's perfect and I look forward to it everyday. I hope your resolution for 2010 will be to continue. Thank you for your valuable time to share!

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  47. The picture with the sunset is gorgeous. Wish we had some snow here for Christmas.

    I would love to see more videos, some with cricut and some with Silhouette. I would love to use my Silhouette more, but I can't get good cuts with it for some reason.

    Thanks for the chance to win the dvd, I would love to have a copy!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, and hope your son arrives soon safe and sound.

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  48. I check your blog often and am so impressed with your creativity. Maybe, cross your fingers, I will get my design studio for Christmas and you can fly on down to Tennessee and teach me how to use it! Please include me in your drawing! Thanks for sharing your time with us!

    rdolsen@gmail.com

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  49. Lovely snow photos - they have a calm and peaceful quality. We were fortunate our daughter returned home on Friday evening from the east coast - (winter break) this is her first year attending college in New York. There were delays due to the storm but no snow. So happy to have her home will keep my fingers crossed your son is able to leave SF today. We have some rain but mild here today. Happy Holidays. Robin
    RobinBCarp@pacbell.net

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  50. I'm a new reader of your blog and am amazed at what you can do with the Cricut. I'm getting my first Cricut for Chrostmas (a Cricut Create) and would LOVE to win the DVD. What a great way to start out with the Cricut! :) Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    Candy
    papercandy@gmail.com

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  51. I would LOVE to win Megan's dvd! Thanks for the chance :)

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  52. What a great gift! Thanks to both of you! Your pictures are beautiful. I am from Missouri, so am very used to seeing the snow, just not as deep as what you all just got! Happy Holidays!

    mrshcrawford@gmail.com

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  53. I would love to win the DVD. Anything I can learn about my Cricut E will be helpful.

    I appreciate all your work with the DS download files and your instructions and videos. You have been a big help. Thanks again.
    iampatshear@yahoo.com

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  54. Dianne, I'll try to be brief...just want you to know that I truly enjoy your blog. It's nice to have your personal experiences included with the wonderful detailed information you share. For me, you can continue doing the same thing in 2010. Regardless, you have to do what works best for you. I truly hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday and enjoy good health and happiness in the new year. Thanks again... Doris
    dorisb730@msn.com

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  55. Oh would love to win that!

    As far as your blog. I have enjoyed it everyday and look forward to it every morning. It goes great with a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

    I love the mix of information, it keeps it interesting and fresh. You can get me at www.talentisoptional.com

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  56. I love your blog I always know where to go for awsome new fresh ideas and to see all the latest carts you are awsome for taking the time to photo and describe each cart. thanks so much

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  57. Great pics! No snow like that here in Sacramento ;( so thanks for the nice pictures. I'd love to see that A-Z DVD, too!
    ~Rachel in Sacramento

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  58. I love your blog and would love to win the DVD! Thanks for a chance!!
    Roxane
    mral4@sbcglobal.net

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  59. I love all the variety of ideas that you provide on your blog. Thanks so much for sharing. I am looking forward to next year and all you will share. thanks for all your hard work! OH...and I would love, love, love to win!!!!

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  60. Gorgeous Sunset!! Christmas wishes to your family and you get a break in the weather so you all can be together.

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  61. Really like your blog, snow pictures are beautiful when you are inside looking out, right? We are getting up to 6" of snow starting today with strong winds. YUCK!!!! Hope to win the DVD!! Merry Christmas Rosie rosiewaldt@marykay.com

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  62. Love, love, love the snow pictures...and, we had a snow storm here in North Carolina this weekend that we got to enjoy...but, that is all we need!! Thanks for such a wonderful blog...I so enjoy your posts and creativity that you share everyday! Thanks for a chance to win the DVD too..I need all the help that I can get!

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  63. I just found you website and love it. Great job.

    cgarner@machlink.com

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  64. Hi Diane: LOVE your blog. Thank you so much for all the help and files you share with us. I wish you a VERY Merry Christmas!

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  65. Love the snow pictures. I love your blog and look forward to getting updates from it everyday. However, I would totally understand it you didn't want to post something everyday. I would love to learn more about Design Studio and the Gypsy. Hope you and your family hav a very Merry Christmas.

    Kathy
    Khunter47@cox.net

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  66. Beautiful snow pictures! I love your blog and tell many friends about it. I don't always get to check it out on a daily basis, but try to get here at least every few days. Thank you for the opportunity to win the DVD. I need all the help I can get!!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family. Blessings for the coming year.

    Kathy A
    kat1890@hotmail.com

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  67. Hi Diane,
    I hope all is well. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    I need a lot of help with the cricut (and other things,too!!!) sometimes we just bo the basic buttons and nevery try to experiment. Thanks for the chance to participate. I hope you can continue with the daily updates. It helps to see a video. Maybe a word book video in the future???
    Thanks again and the best to you in the New Year.

    Nicole
    PIXEI08@YAHOO.COM

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  68. Just recently found your blog and I'm loving it! I've had my expression for a while, but I could totally benefit from the DVD, there are many things that I'm just not sure about.

    sarabritton3@gmail.com

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  69. How lucky you will have snow for Christmas. Beautiful photos. Love your blog. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  70. Thanks for your year of blogging...I'd love to see you continue to do more video tutorials.

    Have a wonderful holiday with your family!!

    Terry

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  71. I hope you continue your blog with daily posts. I love reading what you do every day. I especially love all the cricut projects you post.

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  72. I love your blog. I've learned so much from you - you are very talented. I live in California and can't imagine all the snow you're receiving right now. I'm sure it is beautiful. I'd love a chance to win the DVD. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    weezielw@aol.com

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  73. I just found your blog a week ago. I love your ideas. I wish I had some input for which direction to take. The giveaway dvd seems great. I bought my cricut machine back in April and I LOVE it! Thanks for hosting that. :) romarachel at gmail dot com

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  74. I would love the chance to win this
    DVD Thankyou

    Lorraine

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  75. Enjoy your blog very much, can't really think of anything you could improve on it. Your very creative, and I look forward to seeing what new things your up to. Thanks, the freebies are icing on the cake. Thanks again, gloria jngmunoz@sbcglobal.net

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  76. Love your blog - so inspirational... Beautiful pictures of the snow also... How nice of you and Megan to give away her dvd... Thanks for sharing ... perfectmommy@hotmail.com

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  77. Love the pictures of the snow. Just discovered your blog. I know I will be back Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the give away.

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  78. Diane - every morning i get up at 5 a.m. to check out my favorite blog sites. A bonus day is when there is something new on each of them!! I honestly cant start my day without yours! You have great ideas and such a talent for teaching too. TFS - I would love an opportunity to win a DVD! Thanks!!!!

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  79. Love everything you have shown us--I check your blog first thing every morning to see what goodies you have come up with now!! TFS!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family! GrammaP from the Cricut MB

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  80. Your picture is gorgeous! I have enjoyed your blog very much and hope it continues into the new year. Hope you have a wonderful holiday and a blessed new year!

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  81. I love your blog Diane and look forward to what you come up with everyday.I can't wait to see what the new year brings. I would love to win this DVD since you can always learn something new. Thanks, Mary M
    mmontecalvo@verizon.net

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  82. love your website. So many beautiful ideas. Would love to win the DVD too.

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  83. Love your blog!!! I would really love to win the CD, thanks for the chance!!!

    kimfletcher@shaw.ca

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  84. Love your site- I learn so much about my Cricut & DS! I would love a chance to win Megan's DVD.
    Thanks!
    Dana

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  85. I found your blog very recently and I am so impressed with your work. I feel for you with all that snow. I live in Billings, MT and we have had a couple of snow storms, but nothing like what you have had. My prayers are that your son will make it home safely, in time for Christmas, and that you will have a joyful celebration of the birth of the Savior.
    How exciting to see this fantastic blog candy being offered. This is so generous. I want to thank you for the download. I know that will be a constant "go-to" for me. I am still learning about my Cricuts. I have the baby and the Expression, but haven't used them very much. So I hope that with this information I will be able to enjoy them much more.
    Deanna Collins
    cardscrapper@hotmail.com

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  86. Incredible how changing background colors can bring images to life - the papers are gorgeous and with your editing stand out and are even more beautiful. Hope your son made it home and is safe and warm. Happy Holidays Robin

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  87. Hi Diane,
    I love your blog and all of the great inspiration you always have to share. I love to do a variety of crafts and can always depend on you for great cricut and design studio resources.

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  88. Hiya

    I have just found your blog and love it. The photos are amazing. I dream of snow, instead I am in the desert in a remote mining town in the north west of Western Australia. I am soo glad I have found your blog as it is amazing..oh wait I have said that!!

    Anyway thanks for the info and tips and beautiful photos

    Michelle
    West Oz

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  89. luv your blog..and am always amazed with your work..would a chance to win that awesome dvd of course..thanks..josie-cardchick
    josiej@myway.com

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  90. love your blog, thanks for the chance to win a great gift, jennifer

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  91. Oh I'm thrilled that I found your blog. A little elf told me that Santa is bringing a cricut for Christmas! I'm thrilled but have absolutely no idea what to do with it so I'm definitely becoming a follower of your blog. I would LOVE to win the DVD!
    Doreen aka LuniLadi

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  92. Loved the snowflake video. I have DS and SCAL and grouping has always caused me problems with DS, you helped answer by problem.
    Thanks for the great work you do and sharing your videos. Have a great Christmas. I'd love to get Megan's CD to give to my sister, I already have it and she did a wonderful job.

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  93. I just discovered your blog a few weeks ago, and since then have been reading it quite regularly. I have learned a lot about the cricut and design studio and I am looking forward to trying out some of your ideas (when I have a bit more time!). Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us!
    I hope your son makes it home soon and that you and your family have a wonderful and blessed holiday. Merry Christmas!

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  94. Love the photos. Thanks for a chance to win.

    Michelle in Oregon City
    gjrmjw@msn.com

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  95. Hope I am not too late for the DVD give-away. Even if I am I am enjoying the blog.

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  96. Diane,
    I love following you, as you meet family, decorate for Christmas, and continue to share your talent with us. Looking forward to more classes with you. I hope your son makes it home for Christmas. I like looking at the snow, but the timing isn't great!
    Brenda in Longview
    bbonko@hotmail.com

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  97. hi, this is totally new to me, but looks very interesting.
    have a blessed Christmas
    Lisa M.
    my email is LiisaAnn@aol.com

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  98. Thanks for your posts-love following you! Glad the boys made it home safe and sound too. Merry Christmas!

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  99. Love your newsletters. Thanks for the chance to win the DVD

    Alaine63@gmail.com

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  100. I would love to get a copy of that CD. I love you tutorials and love playing on DS. Thanks for sharing your creativity and knowledge with us Diane. All my best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Blessed 2010!

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  101. First of all I want to thank you for all that I have learned from your blog. It has been an inspiration for me. I hope you continue and would love to see more tutorials. Thanks again for a great year of learning!

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  102. Diane,
    I look forward to your emails everyday. What a great giveaway! I would love to win the dvd as I am always wanting to learn something new. I think that is why I enjoy your site so much! Also, ready for some more of your great classes.
    Lisa
    muffy74sf@aol.com

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  103. I would love to win this DVD for myself and then share it with my DIL. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Michelle
    mcclurefamily@mchsi.com

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  104. I would love to own this DVD! Thanks for the chance to win! Merry Christmas.

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  105. Every morning I wake to read your wonderful post. What a terrific job. thanks

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  106. What a beautiful sunset!! We are waiting for round 2 of winter storm in the midwest - definately a white Christmas here!!

    Love your blog, your ideas & emails!! Thank you for sharing your projects with us!

    Have a Merry Christmas with your family!

    Lori

    lapgar@cox.net

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  107. I would love to win that DVD! Thanks for the chance. And Thanks to Megan too.

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  108. I have learned so much and have been so inspired by your blog - thank you!! I would love a shot at the Cricut DVD!!

    We are waiting for round 2 of snow coming today in the midwest.

    Love the sunset photo!

    Have a Merry Christmas!

    Lori
    lapgar@cox.net

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  109. Love your stuff and appreciate you introducing the new carts to us. Thanks for the opportunity to win the DVD -- I am always trying to learn more about my Cricut.

    katyfitz@bellsouth.net

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  110. Hi Capadia, I have just found your blog and am really liking it. I'd like to win that DVD for a friend of mine who doesn't use her cricut very often. Thanks for the work you do.

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  111. Greetings,

    Love your blog, a cricut newbie like me really appreciates it. Hope I win this awesome dvd.

    Happy Holidays~
    Liz

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  112. In all of the challenges that have come my way in the past 2 years...your BLOG is one of my blessings ;) I look forward to your daily updates and am forever grateful for all things 'Cricut' that you have taught me. My all time favorite though, was your work table that you built. I covet it!!
    Thank you for sharing what I am sure are one of just many of your talents with me and the cyber world. I smile as I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a proseperous and healthy New Year.

    Dana Getz (Getz3rd@yahoo.com)
    Michigan

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  113. ....Oh I love your Blog Cap. I love the ideas that you are always coming up. Do they make me feel like I should just give up scrapping and become just an admirer - YES...ROFL!!

    Not sure what I would change or don't like. Guess I will need to think about that!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and the MALES in your life!!

    "Yo"

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  114. Thanks to you, on Christmas morning I will be able to run my new E without a problem! I've been "studying" for the big day. Thank you for all your work. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  115. I love your blog and have been following it for a while now. Great ideas and information. Love the sunset and snow picture. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  116. I hope you and your family have a great Christmas Holiday!!!

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  117. I would love to win this DVD! I have several friends who want me to tutor them on the Cricut and Design Studio - and I am still learning so much myself! This would really help all of us! Thanks so much for your blog and for sharing all of your work with us.
    CricAddict
    twocheeseburgers@aol.com

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  118. I only discovered your blog the last half of the year, but I have been checking it daily. I enjoy all of your creations and writing. I would continue as you are. Thanks

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  119. Love your pictures of the snow and how the decorating of your beautiful is going for Christmas. I look forward to your emails every day. I have learned so much from you. You are truly and inspiration! I would love this DVD!
    Marjorie from TX
    marjorie_brundage@sbcglobal.net

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  120. I would love to win this dvd as I know the cricut can do so much more than what I know how to do.

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  121. Happy Holidays Diane,

    Thank you for a chance to win the DVD.. You have a wealth of info on you blog and your photos are just beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing your talent with us.
    Gloria
    craftsbygloria@comcast.net

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  122. I would love to win this dvd i bought my cricut last Christmas and still really don't know how to used it.
    Thanks alot and Merry Christmas all the best to your family.
    Jackie Smith

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  123. I love my bug and you've helped my skills improve tremendously. The A-Z vid would help as well.
    Thanks for all you do, I'm humbled by your generosity.

    LA Lesann@juno.com

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  124. I would so love this DVD!! I've been trying to post on your blog but it won't let me log in. I can't even get into to my own blog!! Ahhhh!

    Anyway, I hope that you choose me!

    Merry Christmas!
    Charis
    charisma@catlover.com

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  125. I just love your blog!! I have been a follower for over a year now and love the things I learn from you as well as the glimpses into your family life. I am a West Coaster so it is fun to see the "other side of the world". Beautiful snow pics!! Merry Christmas
    ikennic@q.com

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  126. Oh- I would love a copy of Megans dvd. I just love her enthusiasm and cheerfulness!
    Carrie K
    carriedan1@live.com

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  127. I've been following your blog for a while now Diane ... It's always a joy to see your beautiful creations! And now a chance to win the DVD too ... WOW, how awesome is that! =)
    Hugz,
    ♥Carol♥

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  128. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this DVD!!

    Hope your son makes it home in time!

    Love your pictures... I really wish that it felt like winter here.

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  129. Oh thanks for the chance to win this. I wanted it for christmas but my family won't buy off the internet. I would really like to learn everything i can do with my cricut. Pick me please.

    Thanks Stefanie
    chrisandstef@sympatico.ca

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  130. I stumbled upon your blog not too long ago and really appreciate the time and effort that you put in your posts. Your Cricut tutorials are very clear and easy to understand.
    Have a wonderful holiday!
    J
    jaydenjet@hotmail.com

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  131. I appreciate all the work you do with the Cricut tutorials and cart imaging! Have a Merry Christmas!

    ~SugarJen
    redpaperjen@aol.com

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  132. Just found you blog and I will be coming back when I have more time. Must get that Christmas fudge done.
    Thank you, Diane

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  133. Just signed up to become one of your followers!! Love your blog!! I live in AL and we don't get any snow (if we do it's never very much) so love your snow pictures!! I would love to win this DVD!!! Thanks for everything you do!

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  134. Saw your post at CMB and what an honor to be on the same page as Tim Holtz! Congratulations. And thank you for the chance to win the DVD. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    KatNY
    CMB

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  135. So pretty----I see another project in my future!
    Thanks Mary
    thumpermary@hotmail.com

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  136. Great blog - and thanks so much for the chance to win - I can always use help learning to use my Cricut.

    rmccharen at aol dot com

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  137. Love your daily ideas. A lot of
    work, so I hope you know how
    much we enjoy all the work that
    goes into your daily ideas.
    Would love to receive the DVD
    Thanks
    Leanna

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  138. Thanks for the chance to win. I love all the ideas you share on your blog & hope you will be having more on-line classes in the new year (would love classes on the Gypsy)! Merry Christmas.

    Sarita
    windchase@shaw.ca

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  139. I just discovered your blog and all I can say is "WOW". I know I will learn a lot from you!! Thanks for the chance to win the DVD! I am discovering that I know very little about my Crucit....it does so much more..

    Deanna A.
    jdamund@centurytel.net

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  140. This is all my sister's fault - - she gave me a Cricut for early Christmas and I am beside myself with ideas and intrigued to learn how to bring them to "life".....Noelle in VA

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  141. Your snow pictures are so beautiful. Thanks for all the tutorials, I've learned so much by watching them and thanks for the opportunity to win the DVD. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    doe.wood@cox.net

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  142. Even if I don't win, I am so glad I found your site. I have owned my cricut for over a year and have never plugged it in. It seems that while I wasn't looking I got old and it seems that being afraid of new machines is a side affect of being old. You would really laugh if you knew me before - I was the type to just start playing and if I had a problem then I would look for the instructions. Can't wait to look through your blog. I will make it my new years resolution to at least plug it in and since it is plugged in .... Gayle

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  143. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas - I've been following this blog for over a year.
    Love the beautiful sunset - my favorite.

    brunieq@gmail.com

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  144. I just enjoy visiting your blog. It is great. I like everything about it and am able to learn a lot. Your work is greatly appreciated.

    javanahrae@msn.com

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  145. Your snow pictures really put you in the mood for the holidays. I would love to win the Cricut DVD especially since you have projects on it.
    marshatoms@comcast.net

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  146. I would love this dvd! Happy Holidays to your family!

    Sara

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  147. I love your blog. I check it often to see what you are up to. I often get inspired to do an idea that I wouldn't think of. You totally think outside the box and make the Cricut more fun. I would love a chance to win the Above Rubies DVD. Thanks to both you and Megan.

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  148. I would love to win this video. I have followed you and Meagan and love your blogs. Thanks for a chance to win this great prize.

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  149. I would love to win!!! Thanks for the chance
    SherriC
    brodiec88@hotmail.com

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  150. Love your daily posts--you inspire me everyday.

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  151. I love your blog and you've done a wonderful job of blogging this past year!!
    THANKS
    Suzanne

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  152. I'm so glad to have found you through a post by Twisted Papers. Thanks for the chance to learn to use my machine better!

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  153. I love your newsletter and blog. I have been using DS in ways I never thought of. Thanks for the inspiration

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  154. Thanks for the chance to win the DVD. I could sure use it! I'm sure I don't know even half of what my E could do!

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  155. Would love to win this DVD. My sister just bought a cricut and is in the early learning stage, would love to give to her. Thanks for all your posts and help you give! May you have a blessed Christmas!

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  156. Check your blog everyday! Thanks for all the great tips.

    midnite_moon16@hotmail.com

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  157. Just love your snow picture. Thanks for all the great posts throughout the year, I have really enjoyed them and being a part of your life. Thanks also for the chance to win the DVD. Have a wonderful Christmas. debbie018@hotmail.com

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  158. Thanks for the chance to win the DVD. I would love to be able to get better use of my Cricut!

    fitscrapper@verizon.net

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  159. If I've already posted I apologize, but I don't think I have. I would love to win this DVD. I would love to realy understand exactly what each button means. I didn't understand what Center Point would mean to me until I saw a video on one of the blogs I follow. Thank goodness for these wonderful "sharers".

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  160. thank you sooooooooo much for your tutorials. i just recieved design studio as a holiday gift and your step by step lessons have been a blessing!
    merry Christmas,
    eileen
    efghaus@yahoo.com

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  161. Wow. Snow. I would love snow!!!! Thanks for the pictures - I made my whole family come and look. I am currently sitting in my air-conditioned home in the middle of summer (I'm an Aussie). I am an 'old' scrapbooker, but have recently bought myself a cricut. I don't know anyone who owns one and would love a dvd to learn how to use it. Thanks for your blog. I am gaining a small circle of 'cricut friends' who are my inspiration and advisors. Thank you.

    mail@thebrookerz.com

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  162. I have learned so much from your blog! Thank you so much for sharing your talent - and for a chance to win an amazing CD.

    Paddy

    patriciaanncf@aol.com

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  163. First of all I must tell you how much I have learned from you and appreciate that you share your knowledge with us. I absolutely love the snow pic the sunset is gorgeous. Hope your son gets home soon and I will pray that you want get any more storms. Thanks for inspiring us with your creations. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season.

    Cissi
    cissia@comcast.net

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  164. Saw your post over on the Cricut forums. Glad to see all the help that is available to those of us new to papercrafting--thank you.

    ID verrybusy at Cricut forums

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  165. GORGEOUS PHOTOS!! Thank you for offering a dvd on your blog!! I would love to get this~SO MANY TALENTED MB LADIES ON THIS DVD!! How fun it would be to have them 'live' in my craft room LOL!!!

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  166. Merry Christmas!!! We are getting some snow too! Not as much as you but it is very nice to have at christmas. I bet the DVD is great would love to win it.

    Merry Christmas CAP!

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  167. OMG keep the snow, we want none of that white stuff here in fl :)
    Merry Christmas Diane,
    Maggie

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  168. I must be having a senior moment or too many holiday cookies, as I cannot remember if I have posted here. I did scan the post and did not see one. Anyway thank you for your helpful post. I enjoy reading and seeing how to do different things with my Cricut. smg-gdp
    smgunderscoregdpathotmaildotcom

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  169. I would love to win this DVD! I have had my Cricut for awhile, but have not used it nearly as much as I would like to. I really need to learn what to do to make the Cricut do what I want. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    I really enjoy your blog and all the great ideas you share. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

    jerri_ann _holdaway@hotmail.com

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  170. Merry Christmas! Please enter me in your blog giveaway. :)

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  171. Been checking your blog out for a long time now. Thanks for all of the ideas and files and now a chance to win the DVD.

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  172. I want one soo bad but ran out of Xmas money. Thanks Megan and Diane. you can find me on the Cricut MB but I will check back tomorrow just in case. thanks again and Happy Holidays to all.

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  173. Just found your blog in the nick of time (I hope) but really enjoy the view on your blog! We have got snow once a year in the last two years otherwise it has been since 1974 that we got a tiny smiggen of snow. I have a cricut and after moving around from surgery in August and not able to get out (tumor removed from knee) I got a chance to play with it and having fun. So much to do with that thing! Happy 2010 and Merry Christmas! Carol M in TX / carolswingster77@aol.com

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  174. Merry Christmas!! Thanks for the chance to win this DVD. Beautiful photos by the way :)
    Paula
    c10220122@aim.com

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  175. Thanks for the chance to win the DVD. Love your blog.

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  176. love your site! so very helpful for using the cricut & design studio. I hope you'll keep bloggingin 2010. would love to win the DVD and learn more of the ins and outs of the cricut. merry christmas! sunshine2-NC
    ps-we would love a little of your snow!

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  177. Nice site. We also had a lot of snow in NJ. Count me in for the prize, tacyn@comcast.net

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  178. Your work amazes me! I found you early on in my cricut adventure and I have always been imnpressed. You are an excellent crafter and teacher. Thanks for the opp w/your RAK!

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  179. I love your blog and would love to win a dvd featuring your work!

    Barb

    smith b 1234 @ embarqmail. com

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  180. First timer here but I'd love to win that DVD. It sounds like a good one.
    pjballew@gmail.com

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  181. I would love to win this dvd. I really like your blog, you are so creative! Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us. dbloomx3 on Cricut MB

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  182. Oh my gosh, your blog could be my new addiction! So much information, wow! Thank you for sharing all your info!

    I would love to win the DVD, I've had my ds for several months, but I know I am not using it to its full potential!

    Betsy (betsgratiot@gmail.com)

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  183. I would love to win a copy of the DVD. I can't wait to see it, if I don't win it I will be purchasing it sometime in the new year.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Christi
    fillhardfarm@sbcglobal.net

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  184. Your blog is great! I would love the opportunity for the A to Z DVD. I just upgraded to the E and have so much to learn.

    Merry Christmas!!
    Janine

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  185. Oh Diane, those pictures are breathtaking, just beautiful... How nice that she would give away one of her DVD's, I would love to win one, thank you and Merry Christmas!

    Tuki from the Cricut MB!

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  186. I hope your son makes it home soon. We are still waiting to hear if my brothers are going to give it try from Minn. and Wisconsin....both had planned on driving to kansas.

    Have a very Merry Christmas

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  187. When I get up early your wonderful blog is the first thing I read. I have learned so much from you. Thank you for all the good ideas.

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  188. I really love your snow sunset picture. It reminds me how important it is to carry some sort of camera at all times. I think you did a beautiful job of capturing the colors of a winter's sunset.

    I hope your son has made it home safely!

    Allison
    miamiredhawksgirl@gmail.com

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  189. This is one prize I NEED. I'm still scared of my Expression. lol Thanks for the chance to win.

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  190. I love your blog! Thanks for the great snow pictures, they are beautiful.
    Congratulations on brushing shoulders with royalty. You deserve it!
    I hope I win the DVD!

    goodfamilygirl2@yahoo.com

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  191. Diane, I love to read your blog. I always find a lovely picture or an interesting tidbit or tip that helps me in my crafting. Thank you for putting such time and energy into your blog for your fans, (eh, that's me!) I'd love a chance to win the DVD on the Cricut A-Z. Hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas and a happy and healthy new year!
    CindyS.
    nutsaboutminis at verizon dot net

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  192. I love your blog and I am thrilled that you are offering the DVD. I would love to win it.
    Thanks and have a Merry Christmas and Happy and Safe New Year.
    Lori

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  193. Awesome blog and love having a chance to win the DVD!
    (ShouldBeCleaning on the cricut mb)
    p.s. I hope I didn't miss it ... it is still within the deadline time in my timezone. :)

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  194. I hope I'm not too late! Thanks, Capadia, for all that you share with us.

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  195. Dnag, I thought it was on the contest post!
    Good thing I looked!!!!

    Thanks, Antann

    ll.hammond@hotmail.com

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  196. Gez, I almost missed this one!!!
    One of the few Blogs I follow!!

    I so need this DVD.

    I need to live up to my CRICUTS
    potential!!!

    Jenn

    jennifermatthews@hotmail.com

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  197. Love your creations. Would love to win the DVD. Thanks to you.
    Karen
    mskkg@msn.com

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  198. Love your Christmas Decorations, they look amazing and it looks like it took tons of time. I also love all your creations! thank you for all you do and your generocity in sharing!
    Merry Christmas.

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