I received a package on yesterday - a totally unexpected Mother's Day gift from Provo Craft! I had been waiting for the Buccaneer cartridge that was one of the Cricut Cruise gifts to arrive but when I saw the large rectangular box, I wondered why they would put a cartridge in such a big box.
I opened the box and found this beautiful bouquet made by the Provo Craft Design Team. The flowers were nestled in pink tissue paper and bubble wrap and they were a bright and beautiful sight on a rainy day!
Each of the flowers had a tag with a Mother's Day message and a code for a 3 month subscription to the Cricut Circle. There was a card with a note which encouraged me to give 11 of the flowers to members of my community to invite them to become a part of the Cricut community.
I gave away the first flower Wednesday night (and I just realized I forgot to sign the tag!). My neighbor was very happy to have a chance to try the Circle. I have "enabled" her into many Cricut purchases so it was fun to have something nice to give her that I know she will enjoy.
The Cricut Circle is a community of crafters who enjoy creating with the Cricut and other tools offered by Provo Craft. There are many benefits to membership including a message board, blog and a magazine that are available to members only. There are challenges and giveaways run through the Circle blog. Circle member also receive discounts and double reward points on purchases at Cricut.com. There are special events held around the country and some other perks, for example, Circle members who purchased the Cricut Imagine at launch received a free "Lori's Garden" Imagine cartridge. The normal quarterly cost is $79.99 and this includes an exclusive cartridge that is sent to the members. I purchased a yearly membership when the Circle started last year.
I believe the intent of this gift was for me to share these flowers with local people and I have a list of people in mind. However, since I don't know 11 people in my immediate area who own Cricuts, my plan is to share some of these flowers with my virtual friends as well. I don't want to make this into a competition or to "recruit" followers by offering the memberships up as a prize. I do need to know whether you are interested in trying the Circle since I wouldn't want to give this chance to someone who won't use it. If you are a current member of the Circle, you are not eligible for this subscription.
So leave a comment and tell me where you live and why you'd like to try the Circle. I will choose some people and will contact you privately so be sure to give me an email address or some other way to get in touch. If you don't want to leave personal information in a comment, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What a lovely thing for Provo Craft to do - it certainly made my day! I will really enjoy surprising some people with this gift. If you look around the crafting blogs and message boards you will find that there are several other people who received flowers and may be giving some away. I've seen at least three others...
By the way - I did figure out how the flowers were made and I will share directions as soon as possible if you'd like to try to make these.
Directions on linking your project for the "Take Out Box " inspiration challenge
Several people asked about using the linky tool to add a project and participate in the challenge I posted yesterday. I took some screen shots to show you how it works.
First, scroll to the bottom of the blog post HERE and click on the blue froggie link box.
These boxes will pop up. If you have a blog where you have posted the project, you can just fill in the blanks and click "next step." If you know the URL of the photo you want to post you can add that instead of a blog address. If you just need to fill in something to get to the next screen you can use my blog address in this blank and then go to the tab on the next page that allows you to upload a photo from your computer.
This will take you to the blog post you linked and ask you to select the image to upload.
If you don't have a blog but have posted the image online - in a photo site, on a message board, or somewhere else you can provide the direct URL to upload. You can find out the URL by right clicking and selecting "copy image location" from the list - then paste it in the blank.
If you don't have the image of your project anywhere online, you can click the third tab and upload the image directly from your computer.
A few people have already posted their projects - congrats on being so speedy! I'd better get to working out mine too...
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
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