Friday, April 8, 2011

A few (or six or seven) more items in the boxes...


Happy Friday!  Today is my day to post on the Creative Charms blog.   I enjoy participating on the Design Team and I always have fun thinking of ways to use their great products!  Be sure to check out the Creative Charms blog HERE to see all of the projects my fellow Design Team members have shared.


This week I tried a few "off the page" ideas.  You can see a bit more about these projects on the Creative Charms blog.  Be sure to also read THIS POST - Creative Charms is trying something new and including a ticket for every $15 you spend when your order is shipped.  They are awarding a prize to one ticket holder with the lucky number twice each month and will send the prize with your next order.


So...you probably are wondering what is being added to the boxes today...  I told you yesterday that there would be three different sets of items added so now the boxes are not identical - just to add to the fun and the suspense for the eventual winners!

Friday's additions are three fabulous sets of Creative Charms items

Black and White
Colorful
Vintage

Thanks to Creative Charms for sending me lots of extra items to include in the boxes.  I also added some more from my "stash" to round out the three collections.


These boxes are really starting to fill up - and there are still four more days to go!  If you just landed on this page and haven't already posted on the first two days be sure to go back and add your comments to maximize your chances.


To answer a few logistical questions that have come up...it is easier for me if you leave three separate comments  - one to answer the question of the day and then a second and third for being a follower/subscriber and for "liking" my Capadia Designs Facebook page.  If you have a Google account and your posting name is "clickable" to your profile with an email address that is fine - you don't have to retype your address.  I just want to be sure that I can get in touch with the winners easily so I can mail the packages right away.  It is fine to use "anonymous" when you post as long as you give me some contact info in the post.  I hope that helps clarify any confusion.


Here are the directions from the original post - just to make it easier for you
So - what do you need to do to take part in this celebration?  As always it's simple - just leave a comment.  But not just any comment - each day I'll ask you to answer a question (just to keep things interesting!). 

You don't have to be a blog follower or a subscriber to play along, but if you are, you can leave another comment and have a second chance each day as a way for me to thank you for your support.  If you are a Facebook user you can also "like" the Capadia Designs page HERE and leave another comment telling me that you are a Facebook fan.  I started the Facebook page at the request of some readers who wanted to keep up with my blog on Facebook and I am planning to start using the page in some new ways (more about that later).

You can leave comments everyday so you will have multiple chances to be one of the three winners.  Please don't leave more than 3 on one day (1 comment, 2 follower or subscriber, 3 Facebook fan).  When you leave a comment be sure that you don't have the box checked to be notified of follow up comments so you don't get tons of emails clogging up your in box.  Please be sure to leave some way for me to contact you if you are one of the lucky three - you can leave your email address and use (at) and (dot) to help avoid spam.


I really enjoyed reading all of the comments and the stories about your favorite colors - so many interesting memories were shared.  If you have the time to read through the comments I am sure you will be touched by some of the things others have written - color really has an enormous impact on us, both physically and emotionally.  I added a few flower photos in some of the colors mentioned to this post - I hope you like them.


Now for Friday's question...

What tool or technique has made the greatest impact on your development as a crafter?  How did you discover it and what helped you learn how to use it?

I hope you are having as much fun watching the boxes fill up as I am having as I decide what to put in them!  I wish I could deliver them in person!  To answer one more question - there are no geographic limits so please don't hesitate to leave comments if you are not in the US.

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784 comments:

  1. wow!! I'm not a day (or 2) behind!
    I would have to say the cricut has expanded my horizons in my crafting...and the funny thing how I heard about it was jumbing on the internet and coming across the cricut MB as a looky loo for about 1yr before I bought the baby bug and 6mos later the E came out and I bought that one to..before the bug I was (still am) a stamper...and now luving the promarkers to color along with OMS and chalks....

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  2. and for the second part..its blogs like yours that explain and share your talent with us....If I have the cart, I will go and try and cut an image just like you explain how to..and of course..videos helps me the best
    seeing it in action makes the world of differance....

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  3. Gosh, so hard to pick one thing that has impacted my scrapping. But if I have to choose.....the cricut and DS or Gypsy. I just love having the creative freedom. I can't remember how I heard about it...but I am so glad I did. I have had the baby, Expression and now the Imagine. I love growing with the machine. And you have certainly helped with all of your wonderful tutorials.

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  4. I am an avid follower of your blog. Love all that you do!

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  5. And last but not least....I may have missed this if I wasn't watching your facebook page!!

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  6. I would have to say it was my simple tool, the craft Knife (xacto knife I think you call it). When I first began crafting, the straight scissor cut was hard to do in tricky area's, so when I found the craft knife the sky was the limit to cutting shapes inside cuts, crisp circles etc, it really was my very first tool to elevate my crafting experience (before the Cricut Machine even). I now have the cuttlebug, Expression and Imagine with DS & Gypsy to aid my crafting ability :)Have a great day
    Hugs
    Adele

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  7. I am an avid follower of your blog and you have enabled me to progress in my crafting with your tutorials...so Thank You very much
    Hugs
    Adele

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  8. The tool that has had the greatest impact on my crafting would be the internet! Because of my search for information on how to use my cricut, I have discovered wonderful, wonderful bloggers who, oh so graciously and generously, provide almost daily detailed explanations of their creations who have spurred me to become a better crafter. Following blogs has become as addictive as buying scrapbook supplies!

    MCF's Mimi
    mcroark 113 at bellsouth dot com

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  9. Like Adele, the craft knife/Glass cutting mat has impacted my crafting the most. When i first starting crafting I was scared to use a craft knife because i am prone to cutting my fingers if not with a chopping knife or sewing them in my sewing machine....:-( but after going to crafting classes and building my confidence using them correctly and safely, there's no stopping me now. The glass mat was also a big part in me using them too because the knife just glides through the cardstock now, making it so much easier to use a knife.

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  10. The craft tool that has change my life is the Cricut and Design Studio.
    I remember seen it(Baby Bug) at the craft store where I was working and thinking: I don't want to know how to use it because I cannot afford this machine. Then the owner told me that I needed to learn to use it in order to demonstrate it. And I was HOOKED.
    Computers and I don't get along; so I was really surprise (so was my husband)when CDS came out and I started trying to used it; and felt in love with it too. My husband could not believe it. He bought it for me on Xmas Day when it came out. Now I can't scrapbook without it.
    Thanks again for the giveaways!!!

    depm07 at gmail dot com

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  11. Need you ask what tool? The Cricut of course! I think my work is so much more professional looking! thanks for more chances to win! cjdempsey9 at msn dot com

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  12. I think my best tool (or can I have two?) is the cuttlebug. I've learned to add dimention to projects.
    claudiamatzke at hotmail dot com

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  13. And I follow via e-mail. Can't tell you how much I have learned from you. Thank you so much for your generocity.
    claudia matzke at at hotmail dot com

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  14. My favorite & most used tool is my MS score-board! I make alot of cards *& this has made my life so much easier & my cards more professional looking!
    debpaint16@aol.com

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  15. I am a blog follower!!
    debpaint16@aol.com

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  16. Hi.. I am a follower; I love your blog!

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  17. I also follow you on FB!!
    debpaint16@aol.com

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  18. OH My...the one tool that made all the difference and got my creative juices flowing was the Cricut Expression. I know that I had originally seen the bug (I believe on HSN) and thought "WOW that is cool". But when the Expression came out I couldn't resist...I had to get one and so happy that I did. I LOVE MY CRICUT! (as I shout it to the world...hee hee)

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  19. Hi.. I left comment on facebook!

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  20. As far as how I learned it...it was easy due to blogs like yours. I surf the net constantly looking for new ways of using my E. Thanks to you and many others for all of your creativeness!

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  21. have a wonderful day...going to check your FB now.

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  22. As a scrapbooker, the Cricut has really helped in my development. I first saw it at my local ACM. The cricut message board has really helped me to use it.

    aelem @ aol dot com

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  23. As a scrapbooker, the Cricut has really helped in my development. I first saw it at my local ACM. The cricut message board has really helped me to use it.

    I also follow your blog

    aelem @ aol dot com

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  24. My favorite tool or technique? Do you have a couple hours? lol
    I love ink.. all kinds of inking..
    I paint with ink, texturize with ink,
    ink edges and whatever comes near me when ink is out.. sometimes I even stamp with ink. Next, punches.. I love punches..

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  25. As a scrapbooker, the Cricut has really helped in my development. I first saw it at my local ACM. The cricut message board has really helped me to use it.

    I also follow your blog and on Facebook

    aelem @ aol dot com

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  26. The best tool for me has been the internet. Ive been able to visit so many blogs, learn from so many wonderful people who are so generous in sharing their talent and time. I have read many reviews on products and have been able to make wise choices for myself and my budget. So, thank you Diane, and thanks to my fellow crafters!!!
    Love my fiskars paper trimmer, MS scoreboard and craftknife!

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  27. I subscribe to your blog

    gloria5456athotmaildotcom

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  28. I think that the Cricut has changed my scrapbooking more than anything else. I first saw the Cricut at a scrapbooking weekend that I attended a number of years ago and was so excited that I went straight home and started researching it. Before long, I was the proud owner of a new Cricut! That is also when I started following scrapbooking blogs and reading the Cricut message boards.

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  29. I would say that the technique of embossing, both dry and the kind you do with embossing ink, have had the greatest impact on my development as a crafter. There are so many things you can do with embossing and I love the way it looks. I discovered it years ago at a stamping/scrapbooking show in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada. I learned to do it first by watching someone demo it at the show and then have used the internet and the creative ability of others as a means to learn other techniques using embossing.
    rosscdmrataoldotcom

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  30. I am a follower of you blog. I love the Creative Charms additions!
    rosscdmrataoldotcom

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  31. The cricut was the biggest impact. Before that I was using the Sizzix and that was quite limited. I was lucky enough to buy the cricut in Oct. the year it came out and the messageboard was a another big impact and all the gals sharing was another big impact. Can't imagaine life without the computer now lol.
    mmlmn at polarcomm dot com

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  32. I am a follower and an subscriber.
    mmlmn at polarcomm dot com

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  33. For scrapbooking I would have to say my Cricut. I started with the Baby Bug and have worked my way up. Just got the Imagine and won't be getting rid of my expression.

    For card making my Cuttlebug is my favorite.

    Learning how to use them...trial and error.

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  34. I am one of your facebook fans.

    mmlmn at polarcomm dot com

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  35. I'm a follower of your blog.

    Thanks for all the great things you're putting in those boxes.

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  36. I think the tool that effected me the most is Design Studio. It gave me the confidence to modify someone else's designs to fit my own needs. It truly expanded my view of creating.

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  37. Well, I was still scrapbooking the old way. And one night I could not sleep, I turned the tv on and watching this show. At the end of the show I seen a Cricut and I did not know that my husband was not sleep and seen what I had seen. In one week of that show I had a baby bug but it got me stated. Now I have so many tools that I love. Thaks to me going to a Cricut club that is how I found you. Someone had printed off some of your work just for us to see. I wrote down your blog and I have been followering you ever since for about a year now. But to answer your question it would be every tool I have.

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  38. A subscribe to your blog and have done for quite a while now because of all of the great scrapbooking ideas you share!

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  39. Hi Diane,
    I would have to say that purchasing the original Cricut really made an impact in my crafting life. I have had oodles of fun with it. And have since discovered other fun toys, like my TH Vagabond machine.
    BTW-nice flowers! Are they from your garden? Also, i love the vintage Creative goodies.

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  40. Sewing with my sewing machine is my greatest tool. It adds dimension, attaches transparancies, makes pages. My machine has it own spot in my studio and I use it on lots of pages. ....the contents of one of those boxes will help me embellish the two minis I am creating. Waiting.....

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  41. Loving your tutorials. Part of the fun of my scraping is the learning process.

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  42. By far my cricut is the tool that has impacted me the most in the crafting world. But blogs like your enable me to use my cricut, ds, and gypsy in ways I never would have thought.

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  43. The cricut is the tool that changed things for me. I loved it and all the possibilities that could be created with it. Once I saw it, I went to every site I could find to learn more about it and in fact, that's how I ended up on your blog! LOL! I am loving watching you fill up the boxes. What a novel idea! You are creative in more ways than just crafting!!

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  44. I have followed your blog for quite awhile. This morning I am wondering if you posted those pictures of the daffodils because I said my favorite color was yellow. Hmmm, I am going to pretend they were just for me!

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  45. The one thing that expanded my crafting horizions wasn't a tool or technique, it was a person. My paternal grandmother was an artist with a sewing machine and in the kitchen -- and while I still struggle with using a sewing machine, she enabled me to see that you can create anything you can see in your mind's eye. We created the most fanciful things when I was a child -- she turned my dreaming into something tangible, no matter how wild and undoable it might have been. She truly opened the doors of possibility for me at a very young age.

    ~ Jen @ Musings of A Crafty Mom
    www.gator-4-life.blogspot.com
    jlhudson2(at)cox(dot)net

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  46. Your facebook posts make it possible for me to see what you are up to while I am on the go since I have facebook on my phone!

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  47. I am a follower! (Love the flower pics!) My favorite tool has got to be Design Studio and my Expression!

    ~ Jen @ Musings of A Crafty Mom
    www.gator-4-life.blogspot.com
    jlhudson2(at)cox(dot)net

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  48. We're Facebook buddies!

    ~ Jen @ Musings of A Crafty Mom
    www.gator-4-life.blogspot.com
    jlhudson2(at)cox(dot)net

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  49. I'd have to say my Cricut! I'd been crafting for many years, but the Cricut opened up lots of new possibilities. Cheryl G

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  50. Your email is the first to be opened and I follow you avidly! I think the greatest impact on my crafting was the internet and finding blogs like yours.

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  51. I "like" you on Facebook too !! Cheryl G.

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  52. I am also a follower and would love to win a goodie box. That creative charm stuff looks great!

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  53. Oooo ooooo ooooo, These boxed just get better and better!!
    Oh great blog gods (sic) let me win one of these box!

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  54. Oh my gosh! You are so generous. This is really fun. I would have to say my best tool would be my Cricut. It allows me to do almost anything. I have learned a lot on the Cricut blog but tricks and tips I owe to you. (ie. Hide selected contour...) Have a wonderful Friday.

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  55. My cricut has had the biggest impact on my crafting. I can't seem to do projects without cutting something! I bought my cricut on a whim on Black Friday. I started watching videos on how to use it and also just sat down and tried cutting with it. Trial and error was my best way of learning. I am so glad I bought it! :-)

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  56. The cricut has made the biggest impact on my crafting which leads to the internet and blogs like yours to learn how to use not only the cricut but other great crafting tools.
    Thanks so much for all your inspiration.

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  57. I like your page on facebook! :-)

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  58. Wow!! Whoever gets these boxes will hit the jackpot. Great stuff. In the early days I loved my Fiskars shape templates. I could make perfect shapes but now it is definately the Cricut. I now create more than scrapbook pages.

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  59. Thanks so much for the chance to win! My most important tool(s) are the Cricut and Design Studio, plus peeking at all the creative blogs! I scraplift lots of beautiful ideas! Thanks, again!!

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  60. Wow, it is so hard to say which tool has impacted my papercrafting the most. All of the comments mentioned something that I use regularly. I think I really love the Tim Holtz distressing tool and inks (which I learned how to use by watching HSN) as this technique adds so much dimension to everything that you make. Thanks again for sharing and I am a follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

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  61. The technique that has inspired me the most is the Iris Folding technique. I had a neighbor teach me the technique and bought several books with patterns using this technique. I then started designing my own patterns. I have now been teaching Iris Folding classes now for 8 years ~ have hundreds of patterns ~ have designed kits sold on QVC and HSN! I'm now using the Cricut to add to my pattern list!
    SusanJ in atlanta
    SJuskowiak@aol.com

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  62. with out a doubt its the expression
    and you tube. If I see it I want it. With crafters like you sharing information. Standing joke at my house if the micro wave and my expression went out well the micro wave would have to wait because I would replace my expression first ;>).
    Waiting patiently for E3 to come out.
    Hope it is not to pricely

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  63. Love your latest projects and your facebook page. Thanks again. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

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  64. Oh Crap! I was so excited by the boxes I forgot to answer the question :) Sorry for the double post!

    The internet! I have all the toys that there are but the helpfulness of others and their willingness to share has been the biggest boost to my creativity. I am now trying to give back with my own blog.

    www.deannescreativejuice.blogspot.com

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  65. My Big E was the tool that really changed how I scrapbook and create cards. It was a gift from my children after my husband passed away and it sure helped me fill up a lot of lonely time. My daughter taught me the basics, and I have continued to learn ever since. Now I love to create cards for friends and family as well as continue on my scrapbook journey. I am now getting ready to embark on another journey - heritage albums. I love genealogy and now I can combine both of my loves into one project!

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  66. What beautiful flowers. Not really a technique - but I love my Gypsy - having it has got me using my Cricut way way more than I ever have - I have purchased more cartridges. A little touch I love to add to my cards or pages is faux stitching - it just gives that little something to add a finishing touch.

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  67. I am also a follower of your blog! Second post of the day.

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  68. And last of all...I am a facebook follower as well :)

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  69. Besides my Cricut my exacto knife is my most used item! Sounds silly but I use it all the time! Love the pics of the flowers! They are some of my favorite spring colors!
    Thanks again!!! Lynn

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  70. I have 2 and couldn't live without either of them the cuttlebug and my expression

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  71. I love walking around craft stores and they were showing a demostation video and that was it for me I had to have it

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  72. the blogs the blogs the blogs without all of you shareing your talents I would not be having so much fun

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  73. I would say any of the die cutting machines, be it Sizzix, Cuttlebug or Cricut. While I still use templates sometimes, we no longer have to cut out every letter or shape we want to use by hand. This really opens up the doors to creativity, especially with all the dies and cartridges that are available today!

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  74. Cricut definitely made the biggest impact on me. I love that there are so many designs to choose from and you can make them any size you want and use any paper you want!

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  75. Oh the cricut and design studio. I have made so many unique things using the design studio I can't imagine not having it.

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  76. I think my cricut has opened up the crafting world to me. I think I got it in 2007 & it wasn't what I thought it would be. I thought it welded the letters together and cut whole words together. But I found so much more from the mb (including your blog!) & from there I discovered that there are other people out there that love to papercraft as much as I do & I've found so much inspiration (and enabling!!!) from the blogs & web sites of companies I never would've known existed.

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  77. I have also followed your blog for over two years...you have amazing talent and I look at your posting each day. I have even taken classes from you and Jen! Thanks again for all you do for papercrafting.

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  78. Diane, I have been following your blog for about two years(or more) I have my morning coffee with you. I am so amazed at not only how creative and buzy you are but how you manage daily postings. You have been a true friend and have inspired me. Thank you for sharing a part of yourself with us.
    mjtc923@yahoo.com

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  79. Love this question. For me it was learning to use Prisma Colored Pencils and Odorless Mineral Spirits. I color everything now. I love the way it looks, and it is so easy to do. I also love my Cricut, and so does my daughter. I think she uses it more for school, than I do for my crafts.

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  80. I follow you google reader, and email.

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  81. I "Like" you on Facebook!

    Chris Baker Cox

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  82. I would have to say the good old paper trimmer. I couldnt cut a straight line if my life depended on it and it saves a ton of time measuring and marking etc.!! The boxes are looking fantabulous!!

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  83. My cricut expression has had the greatest impact on me crafting. I saw the commercials and started to research on the internet. It took me forever to purchase one. I have had my cricut for about a year and the possibilities for crafting are endless. I learned to use my cricut through blogs and DVD's. I get my inspiration through daily blogs. - - -Thanks for all the inspiration you give me!

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  84. I am a clean line crafter - i like things to be precise & "just so". I have learned a lot from YouTube & you too! (LOL, I thought that was a cute wordplay). I learn from the blogs I follow, this one included.

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  85. I am a faithful follower of your blog!

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  86. the cricut and imagine, i heard about them on HSN. and learn what i could on my own then got the dvd gypsy A to Z.
    Ann W
    weedmana@embarqmail.com

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  87. I have always loved doing crafts in one way or another starting with crochet as a child, sewing, quilting, doing craft shows(making dolls, cutting wood pieces and toiling them) into stamping, etc. etc., but the real turn in my crafting without a doubt is the Cricut, I bought my first in 2006, than the E in 2007 and I just bought the I this past month, it has changed my world, I love them so.

    Donna C.
    goCricutgo

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  88. I would have to say the internet...I moved across the country to a small town and don't know a soul who scrapbooks, and don't even have a craft store within 50 miles of where I live, so the internet allows me to see what's really out there and get lots of inspiration from sites like this one!...ps...LOVE the pink dress on this page!

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  89. THEE most necessary crafting tool is the internet, (youtube, ustream and blogs) What a wonderful way to meet and learn from other talented people.
    ecblais@hotmail.com

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  90. The cricut has made me confident
    and way more creative I just
    love it and talked my youngest
    sister into getting one. She is
    using it to help her special
    students gaing confidence in
    their crafting. It encourages
    the process not the product.

    fergie

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  91. the best tools for me are; the cricut, youtube and blogs.

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  92. My second chance, I do subscribe to your blog - I so enjoy coming here each day to see what wonderful ideas you are going to fill my mind with'

    Donna C.
    goCricutgo

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  93. Tool? Paper. I have done decorative painting, quilting, applique, needlework, probably every craft over the years! I came across a book of patterned paper at a Half Priced Books store. It was not beautiful paper either-kind of gaudy and bright, but that book changed the way I looked at everything!
    I've found my happy place with paper!
    Betsy
    betsee @wi.rr.com

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  94. The Cricut for sure! But also all the things that go along with it. I LOVE Design Studio - and sometimes find myself designing more than creating!
    jhilligus@yahoo.com

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  95. I a a follower of your blog!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!
    jhilligus@yahoo.com

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  96. The cricut has made a huge difference in the way I craft. I'm not really very creative but I can really make some cute things, mostly cards with my cricut.

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  97. The Internet.

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  98. What has made the biggest impact, I would have to say embossing folders. I have always liked the look of embossing, but using the brass embossing stencils was always a challenge for me; so now with the embossing folders and my sizzix big kick the sky's the limit. I am even embossing my daughter's wedding invitations that I am making.

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  99. I am a follow of your blog ,and am very thankful for all that you share.

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  100. Hmm..The tool that really expanded my crafting horizons is the Cricut. I love being able to cut so many different types of things besides paper. I had seen the cricut advertised and then a co-worker bought one and showed me her finished projects (then I had to have one of my own). I learned to use my cricut by watching videos, but mostly from trial an error.
    plreid57@yahoo.com

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  101. WOW, those boxes are really filling up! Awesome! I would say the tool that got me really inspired to craft more was my Gypsy! I hardly used my Cricut at all until I got the Gypsy. Now, I do everything with my Gypsy and my pink Expression, just love them both!

    bbitster@windstream.net

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  102. Hi Diane! My favorite tool would be my stamps or my Cricut...can I have a tie? I think that rubber stamps (and digi stamps) gave come a long way in the 21 years I have been stamping, but I do love my Cricut:-)

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  103. The best tool I have found is my scrapbooking group. We bounce ideas off of each other all the time. You know the saying....great minds think alike. It's very true!!!
    Crystal
    bowlergirl61(at)yahoo.com

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  104. I use my CM Cutting System a lot but mostly used is my Cricut!
    Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful ideas!

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  105. Technique with biggest impact for my crafting is without a doubt inking the edges of just about everything! Sometimes I use a sponge, sometimes a dauber, sometimes the ink pad or cat's eye, even a pen on occasion. I love the softened look of an inked edge.

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  106. Me again--I am a subscriber:-) and I almost forgot about my embossing folders when I said I love my Cricut and stamps. Since I mail almost everything I make, embossing folders are a great way for me to add texture, but still be able to use a regular envelope. Anything that saves me an extra trip to the post office is great!

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  107. I would say the Cricut has made a big impact on my crafting talent. Im a crafter of alot of medias but my true love of stamping and embossing is what started me scrapbooking 27 yrs ago I srapped my sons adventures of being a boyscout. It was a big project but I love how it came out. I also look at it and I see my sons growth throgh out the pages... Dawn RI
    abosoffit@hotmail.com

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  108. I would say it's my Gypsy! I can't believe how long I waited to buy one and it has really moved me along in using all the cartridges I own.

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  109. The cricut! Have so enjoyed creating with it.

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  110. I am a follower and a subscriber, I enjoy my daily fix of you sharing on your page...Dawn RI
    abosoffit@hotmail.com

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  111. The cricut is for sure the greatest tool that has helped me. I ran across it during the Black Friday sale and picked the baby bug up. After playing with it for a few weeks I realized I wanted the expression and went and got that. I love it and being new to scraping and card making it has helped me be "creative".
    jessica
    chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com

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  112. I have also liked your facebook page, be interested in how you plan to use it in the future... Dawn RI
    abosoffit@hotmail.com

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  113. When I read your question the first thing that jumped into my mind was my Criut. How amazed I am to read all these comment and see this is the same answer from almost all the other ladies. I first heard of it from either HSN or QVC - can't remember which. Like many others I bought a baby bug and then upgraded to an Expression when it came out. By far tools of all kinds have helped my scrapbooking. I love punches and use a lot of them as well.

    Sally Gasparri

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  114. Definitely the Cricuit has made the biggest impact!! I was up EARLY on morning, couldn't sleep so turned on the TV. Just happened to see an infomercial and COULDN'T WAIT to check it out!
    linda.koenig@att.net

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  115. I love your blog! Have learned so much from you and LOVE being a follower :)
    jessica

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  116. I also follow you on facebook :)
    jessica

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  117. Cricut has made the greatest impact on my development as a crafter. I love it. Is there anything that it can't do or cut??? Ok so it can't do the dishes or fold the laundry but I couldn't live without this machine. I've had it for a few years and I still discover new things that it's capable of doing. I've always liked making things and this machine has expanded my abilities in to places that I couldn't have done without it.

    Hmooney134@gmail.com

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  118. I'm a blog follwer....and I love every second of it.

    hmooney134@gmail.com

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  119. I "like" you on facebook. So glad you mentioned it.

    hmooney134@gmail.com

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  120. Defiantly the cricut!
    I began learning on the MB before I bought it!

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  121. I am a follower to your blog

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  122. I started stamping when I was a Cub Scout leader for my boys. I needed decorations for Blue & Gold. When I discovered heat embossing I was hooked! I don't do it as much now but it is what got me going. My Cricut really put my cardmaking into overdrive!
    Thanks for the chance to win
    Susan

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  123. As a follower I would like to say this give-away has me anxious for your blog update to arrive in my email each morning. The way you are doing it is so much fun - seeing the different goodies and all the lovely pictures and reading your descriptions is a real joy to me. Thank you for your generosity, your creativity and the time you spend for us.

    Sally Gasparri

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  124. Provocraft Cricut has made the greatest impression on my crafting. I have expanded to home accents, cards, altered items - a whole new world!!!

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  125. I am a follower of your blog - actually you were the first person that i started to follow!!

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  126. I LIKE your page of Facebook - thanks for the opportunity to win!!!

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  127. The answer to todays question is my Cricut. No doubt about it. I first discovered it at Michaels. I received has a Mother's day Gift from my husband a girls. Love, love love IT!!!!!!!!!!

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  128. I would have to say that the electronic cutting tool has impacted my papercrafting the most. I didn't know this existed at all until my daughter Emily asked for a Cricut for her Christmas gift. And she wanted it early, to make her cards. At the time, I was exploring machine embroidery as my next craft, and when I saw the Cricut, I saw the potential to cut fabric for appliques. So I bought it and got hooked on papercrafting.

    While the Cricut is easy to use, I would not say it is the most affordable option. As a result, if I had given it more time and research, I hope I would have bought a different electronic cutter. I am saddened about the fuss over the lawsuits versus MTC and SCAL, as both of those programs have expanded my ability to enjoy the Cricut and to customize my cards and crafts.

    Thank you, Diane, for asking!

    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey
    www.cardmonkey-business.blogspot.com
    E-mail: cardmonkey@comcast.net

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  129. I am a follower and have been for quite awhile - keep up the good work!!

    jackie

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  130. The Cricut is awesome and then when I discovered Make-the-Cut, that allowed me to step it up even further. I love to craft...I even take vacation days at work in order to stay home while hubby is at work then I craft all day...he he he

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  131. The cricut has really expanded my crafting horizons dramatically. And I really love my ATG gun!

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  132. I would have to say my straight cutter is used the most. But now that my cricut is close by and attached to my laptop instead of the desktop, I'm hoping it becomes my go to tool.

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  133. What has helped me....blogs like yours and the Cricut MB (in the earlier days)! I love your tutorials and the things you create. Very easy to follow and very helpful. linda.koenig@att.net

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  134. I love your blog. Your boxes sure look fun

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  135. I would have to say the tool that has had the most impact on my crafting is the Cricut - it opened me up to the wonderful world of blogging!! I have learned so much from you and others that it really keeps me trying things everyday! Using the Cricut makes me feel creative even though it's doing all the work!
    jackie

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  136. i like you on facebook too...hehe this is getting funny. i'm trying to think of new things to say each day.

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  137. I would have to say first is stamping- that is what started all of this for me and it is what I go to most HOWEVER- probably the biggest single tool for me is the cricut/gypsy.. they really started new horizons-I have had my 2 since they first came out ?? years ago- and I LOVE all the designs and ideas you offer!!! thanks!!!

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  138. The gypsy has turned into my favorite scrap item. I find I can do so much more with it. I have a friend that is an "expert" and she has been showing me all the ins and outs. BTW.....could you throw that dress in the box.....
    Thanks!!

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  139. The Cricut and Design Studio have had a big impact on my crafting right now. I love the creative freedom it allows. More great stuff in the box! Thanks.

    http://iwycd.blogspot.com/

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  140. I think it is a tie between utube and my cricut. I don't think I would ever have come up with some of my projects without seeing inspiration online.

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  141. I am a follower of your blog...think it very informative.

    http://iwycd.blogspot.com/

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  142. I am a facebook friend also. Thanks.

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  143. I would have to say that it is the Cricut Expressions that has really taken me to the next level in scrapping and cardmaking. WOW that machine can really do some amazing things!!!! I learned of it one night while sitting up with my sick little one and watching HSN! I am constantly learning how to use it through your blog and all the amazing other blogs! THANK YOU!!!

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  144. I am also a follower of you MOST WONDERFUL blog!

    shalbgewachs at sbcglobal dot net

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  145. AND I am a FB fan :)

    shalbgewachs at sbcglobal dot net

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  146. I would have to say that Design Studio and SCAL have made the most impact on my scrapping. I am in graphic design so being able to use the computer in my crafts has really sparked my creative fire. I also love Creative Memories Storybook Creator, but for some reason, I don't consider that "crafting". I guess because I didn't do anything with my hands.... if that makes sense.

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  147. My Cricut Expression has expanded my card-making with the ability to layer with so many shapes. I saw it on a TV info-mercial (something I rarely watch) and became "hooked."

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  148. I am a follower of your blog.

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  149. I've crafted in one way or another most of my life. But once I found the Cricut it transformed me into an addict to scrapbooking and card making.

    The biggest single help for using the Cricut was the DVD "Mastering the Cricut from A to Z" from Above Rubies Studio. Online videos from various bloggers also helped.

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  150. I am a blog follower and love the intricate patterns you create with Design Studio and the Gypsy. I use both!

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  151. Oh, I follow your blog and the things you have added to the boxes for today are so beautiful! Thanks!
    LizW in TX

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  152. Definitely my Cricut "E". I've always been a crafter but it has opened up a whole different level for me over the last 4 years.

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  153. My favorite tool is the Cricut. I found the baby Cricut in my local scrapbook store several years ago and later purchased the expression when it became available. Using the Cricut and Design Studio has helped me to design cards, scrapbook pages and items for baby showers. I love my cricut :)

    c1130cc at bellsouth dot net

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  154. I liked you on fb and just realized today that I needed to make that comment here so now I am 2 entries behind:-(

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  155. I enjoy your blog and am a follower. Thanks for sharing.

    c1130cc at bellsouth dot net

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  156. I think that my Cricut has made the biggest impact on the way that I craft. I saw the original Cricut machine on DIY Scrapbooking with Sandy Genovese and just had to have it. What helped me learn how to use it was by using it and punching all the buttons and experimenting.
    LizW in TX

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  157. When I found the Cricut (and then the Gypsy too), it took my crafting to a new level. I just scrapbooked. Now I make those, and cards and home dec and whatever else I can think of! Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    Marijo aka Scraptastic Grammy
    mjs1199 at cox dot net

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  158. I have to say that the "tool" that has helped me the most are the many blogs that I follow. The talents of all these wonderful people really inspire me! I thank you all!! I have the Baby Bug and the Expression but I'm sure I would not use them to their full capabilities if not for the generosity of all that share their talents! Thank YOU Diane for all that you share! I am an email subscriber.

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  159. I am a facebook fan and I love your wonderful creations.

    Candice Smith
    chatterbox1873@yahoo.com

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  160. I am a follower of your blog and read it every day. thanks.
    Marijo aka Scraptastic Grammy
    mjs1199 at cox dot net

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  161. I am a fan of your facebook page too!
    Marijo aka Scraptastic Grammy
    mjs1199 at cox dot net

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  162. More fun goodies! The Cricut w/ CDS generated my addiction, but embossing and inks lead to the most "wows." I couldn't live w/o my Purple Cows paper cutter. I can't seem to cut a straight line. Thanks!

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  163. I received the Cricut Create for Christmas because I was working on scrapbooks for my grandchildren. I searched the internet and I knew right away I needed Design Studio. It made things so much easier.

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  164. I also love your tutorials and the great detail you provide. I will check into your blog when away from home so I continue to get my "fix". Thanks for all you share!
    Shellee

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  165. I love my cricut. I have used it for so many things besides scrapping. It has opened my world to glass ecthing and wall decor. Thanks. g-ahelm(at)hotmail.com

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  166. I have only been following your blog for a short period of time, but it seems that you have helped me be a little more creative thank you!!!!!


    Candice Smith
    chatterbox1873@yahoo.com

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  167. Long-time, happy follower. Thanks!

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  168. awesome additions to the boxes! The tool that made the biggest impact on me is my cricut and gypsy!

    aecopenhaver at gmail dot com

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  169. My favorite tool is my cricut, I was a card maker mostly, but with the cricut I moved on to word books and scrapbooking, I make word books for my grandchildred's birthday's with photo's from there past birthday. I still do card making mostly and the cricut is a wonderful tool to create with.



    I learn almost everything from blogs like yours, the splitcoast stampers site, and the cricut web site.

    mofrkkmatcharterdotnet

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  170. I have checked your blog daily since I discovered you. I love your creativity. Thanks for sharing your talent.
    hwrhodes at comcast dot net

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  171. This is so much fun watching you add to the boxes. I love those Creative Charms. I have used some of them and they are fun. My tool would probably have to be Cricut. I still do pages with more photos than fluff, but my pages have more interest thanks to Cricut. Thank you for all you do Diane.

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  172. Although it took me three years to save enough money to splurge on a Cricut Expression Machine. I would say it has greatly changed my life and the way I make things. I have been able to enhance my sons reports for school and even try to make a little extra money to have on the side. Thank you for this chance in making someones day by sharing suprises with them. You are a ray of sun in all of your wonderful talent.

    Candice Smith
    chatterbox1873@yahoo.com

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  173. Comment1
    The Cricut Personal Cutter was the first tool that made a big difference. My friend had one and she was going on vacation so she let me borrow hers while she was gone. When she came back, she found that I had purchased my own.

    marjorie_brundage at sbcglobal dot net

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  174. My favorite tool/technique has become rubber stamping combined with Cricut. I said I wasn't going to "do" rubber stamping because I already had too much stuff, but I got sucked in, and learned with help from my friend Katie (you can find her at Katie Emerson Renz on FB); I can't let this opportunity pass to say art isn't her priority right now, but that gal always has a smile on her face!

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  175. Of course I've followed your blog forever!

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  176. And of course, there should be a LOVE for your FB page, not just a like, but I do!

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  177. Comment 2 I am a follower.
    However the biggest impact on my crafting was when I purchased Design Studio. How did I learn to use it, you ask? Well, from YOU!!! Thank you, you have given so many wonderful tutorials.

    marjorie_brundage at sbcglobal dot net

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  178. It's a toss up for me between the Cricut and Cuttlebug. My friend went to visit her cousin in november and had never made a card in her life. She came back with some of the most amazing cards I had ever seen and she told me about the Cricut and Cuttlebug. I got both for Christmas this year and couldn't believe the world of possibilities that opened up for me!!! I don't know how I lived without them before :)

    morose44 at hotmail dot com

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  179. The tool with the biggest impact on my crafting, is definitely the Cricut. My friend's sister came to a crop with one, and I was amazed! Shortly after, I got my E and we have never looked back!

    I did most of my learning online, through the Cricut messageboard. It's an invaluable resource!

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  180. I am a blog follower :)

    morose44 at hotmail dot com

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