Monday, February 6, 2012

Blogoversary Part 4 - Creative Charms


Welcome to part four of my Fourth Blogoversary Celebration.  I'll have some more photos from Germany to share soon - we were a bit preoccupied with the Super Bowl yesterday and I didn't get a chance to do any more photo editing.  We had a great time watching the game with lots of neighborhood friends - if only our team could have been the winners...wait until next year!

Here is how the giveaway works:

Just like last year, I have three boxes that I will be filling with gifts that I'll send to three blog readers.  Each day I'll add more things to the boxes until they are full and ready to ship.  You can comment on every post until the boxes are full to maximize your chance to be chosen by random draw.  You don't have to be a follower or a subscriber to win, however, if you enjoy my blog, subscribing by email will help you make sure that you don't miss anything - just click HERE and fill in your address, then reply to the confirmation email to be added to the list.  If you prefer to "follow" you can do that by clicking "Join this site" at the top of the right side column.

If you are a subscriber or follower, 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.

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.  The step by step directions for leaving comments can be found in THIS POST.

Remember - you can't just leave a random comment - you have to answer the question in the post (so I know you are paying attention!).


Today I have added two sets of Creative Charms items to each box.  I have served on the Creative Charms Design Team for the last couple of years and I looked through my stash to find some pink and sparkly items.  Each box will have a set of vintage jewels and some braided daisy flowers , groovy petal flowers or sequin trimmed butterflies.

Here is the question for today - be sure to answer it in a comment below.  

When you craft, do you like to do everything "from scratch" (make your own flowers, experiment with different designs until you find the one that looks "right") or do you find it easier to use pre-made embellishments, follow sketches, work from a color chart or generally "scraplift" ideas that you have seen in magazines, online or in a store?

Thanks for playing along.  I will try to get more photos from the trip posted later today.

I also want to thank Emily M, Jules, Sharon C. and Marilyn Mae who tried the color and pattern challenge project last month. I have a little (very little) something that I got in Germany for each of you - I'll be contacting you to get your addresses.

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489 comments:

  1. I normally create most of my items from "scratch" but I like some type of inspiration. When I say I create from scratch I mean that I'll design my own lettering (I don't use a lot of thickers or bought die cuts) but I do use gems or flowers (such as Creative Charms.

    I use a lot of challenge sites for my inspiration. It gives me a starting point and I go from there. Otherwise, I create things that have been requested. I have a hard time looking at my paper and piles of embellies and coming up with what I want to do.

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  2. I like to start from scratch, however, I do use things I see as inspiration. Find it hard to work from sketches, need to play and manipulate to settle on a design! More fun too!

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  3. It totally depends on the project I am working on at that time. Generally though, I would say it's from scratch, however, I have done it all. (lol) Thanks.
    http://iwycd.blogspot.com/

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  4. I am a follower. Thank you.
    http://iwycd.blogspot.com/

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  5. It all depends on the pictures that I'm using....or the layout that I have in mind.

    Crystal R.

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  6. We are FB friends. Thanks again for everything.
    http://iwycd.blogspot.com/

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  7. I do a bit of both. Sometimes I like to spend the time creating something from the start and other times it is just easier to peel and stick an embellishment to get a job done.

    I came to your site originally because you featured help with the Cricut and I do use my Cricut to create a lot of embellishments.

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  8. With the advent of flower shoppe, i find myself making most of my stuff from scratch (I love paper flowers!), but I adore going to a sketch when I am stuck and the paper or photos aren't speaking to me. Thanks for the chance to win! lclass003atgmaildotcom

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  9. I do follow some sketches and also get alot of inspiration from other blog sites, mag. etc.
    I must say that I do buy mostly all my embellishments and only once in awhile I will make my own flowers, etc.
    Thank You for this opportunity.
    ColleenB.

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  10. I am a happy subscriber lclass003atgmaildotcom

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  11. Have been a subscriber for awhile now
    ColleenB.

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  12. I am also a facebook fan lclass003atgmaildotcom

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  13. Oh, also a follower as well.
    ColleenB.

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  14. When doing layouts I sometimes use a layout sketch, but mostly it is done from scratch. For cardmaking I use a little of everything. I use pre-made and made from scratch embellishments, scraplift ideas and make from scratch. I just go with what feels right at the time!

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  15. Hi Diane, I like doing both, making stuff from scratch and using already made stuff, however I get a kick out of doing stuff from scratch. I also get inspired from all the lovely things I see on blogs. Thanks for the chance to win this great box of goodies.

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  16. I am a bit eclectic with what I do. I am inspired by others and I tend to scraplift their idea with my own twist. I like card maps. I make most of my own embellishments but love to enhance premade ones. I should write notes to myself when I am laying in bed because I seem to come up with most of my ideas then! Unfortunately, in the morning I seem to have forgotten them when the sun rises!

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  17. Dine, these questions are so much fun, and I am loving what you are putting in your Blogaversary boxes this year!! I am a "from scratch" crafter... generally working from the seat of my pants, and however it works out is what we get!

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  18. You just keep on adding beautiful things. Such fun. I do a lot of cardmaking and have recently started pinning the designs from my favorites on pinteresst. They give me inspiration and then I can tweak the designs for my own look. Thanks for the chance to win. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

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  19. I am a follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

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  20. I also follow you on facebook.

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  21. I am a scraplifter sometimes, but also love to do everything from scratch. The from scratch takes so much time for me to complete, i have to get creativeness from others just to get all the cards i want to ccomplete done. I do have a few subscriptions to wonderful idea-full magazines, and love to check out blogs - especially yours - as well as check out the local stores. One never knows where creativity will strike!

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  22. I love sscrapbooking! I do a little of all of the above. If I use other people's ideas from the internet, books or blogs, It might give me an idea and I then make it may own. I like making my flowers and making them opersonizaed but once in a while I do use made flowers just because I had something realy pretty an different. Kinda like the ones you have put in these boxes. And yes, I am one of your followers on your Blog Everyday! I love your creative ideas. Thank you!!!!

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  23. I love using made bling, flowers and extras if I find something unique. However I love making my flowers. I do scraplift once in a while but, I do change them upo to make them my own. And Yes, I do follow as a subscriber on the email!. Thank you!!!

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  24. Generally do things from scatch...however, if it's an element that can add a certain "charm" and it fits with what I have made, I'll use it.

    Sometimes an element that I have starts the WHOLE project, but I try not to overdo premade elements because I think it takes away from the "made by me" theme!

    Time is sometimes a factor. I use tons of premade elements on cards.

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  25. I love your Facebook page. I follow it everyday! I useually scraplift when I've hit a wall and can't come up with something special but, I make it my own. I love using special flowers if they are special but, I enjoy making my own. I a kind of new at all of this and would ove to win one of these boxes. You are so wonderful to do this! Thank you so much.

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  26. I love looking around at everything that others have done, so I tend to go into a project with an idea of what I want it to look like... I try to keep it mine by not following it exactly as the person who inspired me, because I generally have multiple inspirations - I don't usually print it out, I go from memory... I am into dies these days, so I am loving making my embellishments myself - and I try to add a quilled element whenever I can!!
    As always, thanks for the opportunity, it is fun answering your questions.
    Hugs, antonella :-)

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  27. before I forget... my second comment for being a follower :-) Hugs, antonella :-)

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  28. I prefer from scratch...I have a lot of pre-made flowers but never seem to find the right one so I have to make my own. I never use a pre-made plan I do my own.

    gdobberteen at yahoo.com

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  29. I do enjoy making things from scratch, although depending on time constraints, I will turn to store bought embellishments. Depending on the project, I may use both. I love checking out blogs and You Tube to learn new techniques.

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  30. I do follow your blog and are a subscriber.

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  31. I like to make my own when I have the time if in a hurry I use ready made love all the things you are putting in the box

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  32. And I am a facebook fan

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  33. I am a from scratch scrapbooker for the most part but do add the occasional pre-made embellishment. I love to make flowers but when it comes to butterflies 99% of the time they are already done for me.

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  34. I prefer to use emblishments that are pre-made because I do not feel like I'm really all that "crafty". Instead of following sketches, I like to find cards online that are made and "borrow" their designs. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway and the opportunity to win.

    scrapbooknut67114 at gmail dot com

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  35. I am a subscriber I some times scrape lift from your blog and then slightly change a few things

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  36. I am a subscriber.

    scrapbooknut67114 at gmail dot com

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  37. I love to scraplift and take classes on techniques to build my supply of accessories. I also use pre-made accessories, often layering shapes from several lines to get the look I want. llwymandot310atgmaildotcom

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  38. I like to do a little of both..mix making my own with using premade....

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  39. I try to do a lot from scratch - however I do have some flowers available for those times when mine just don't look "right".

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  40. I love to scraplift a project and give it my creative twist. It depends on my mood and to my time limit; as to whether or not, I like to make everything from scratch or buy it premade. I feel the need to make every card, tag, etc; that comes along! I think this is due to me being a SAHM and me wanting to justify all my scrapping stuff.

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  41. I usually use my Cricut or Imagine to help me create cards, however I also use premade items from the scrapbook stores to help me along the way. And I get many ideas from your blog, which helps a lot.

    Dianne Bell - Sewpro02@aol.com

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  42. I do both, create from scratch and scraplift. It just depends on both my level of creativity the day I am scrapping and the type of photos I'm scrapping. This year, I am trying not to buy any embellishments because 1) I already have so many and 2) if I don't have a premade one to match what I'm doing, I should be able to find something on one of the many cricut cartridges I own to make.
    MCF's Mimi

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  43. I am a follower of your blog and an email subscriber!!!
    Thank you!!!!!

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  44. I find it a fun challenge to come up with me own embellishment, but will at times use commercially made ones. Ido pick up embellishments thay I like but do not have an intended immediate use for. Your questions have been fun to answer and are a insight to my own creativity.

    Barb
    barbsargentatgmaildotcom

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  45. I make most of my cards and their embellishments from scratch, but I do look everywhere for design inspiration, i.e. magazines, online, forums, etc. I do look for inexpensive embellishments at fabric stores and off-price stores (learned that from you!) and will used them if they fit the design.

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  46. I usually use manufactured embellishments, but come up with my own designs. I do join challenges using specific sketches, etc., but don't rely on them solely to create.

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  47. I rarely use sketches for LO's - I get all my photos printed 4x6, crop as needed, and go from there. I don't do a whole lot of embellishing on my pages other than titles, mats, borders, and cricut cuts. For cards, I sometimes try to use sketches but I am usually in too much of a hurry to look through books and websites and just need to get that birthday card made and in the mail! I do have drawers full of embellishments but usually forget to use them, other than maybe gems and other finishing touches.

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  48. I am a blog follower and email subscriber

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  49. More beautiful items being added! Thanks so much for being so kind and generous!
    To answer today's question....I wish I had it in me to be more of a from scratch designer...I love following sketches and feel I can do some of my best work following those sketches. I do try and scraplift basic ideas but never whole projects...I always end up changing the original scraplifted idea into my own.
    TFS and for the chance to win!
    Jessica
    chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com
    eschfamily@yahoo.com

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  50. I try to create most things from scratch, unless I am in a hurry or am having a creative road block, then I look to pre-made items for inspiration.

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  51. I am a follower and subscriber also!
    Thanks for another chance to win!
    Jessica
    chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com
    eschfamily@yahoo.com

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  52. I am a FB fan also!!
    Jessica
    chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com
    eschfamily@yahoo.com

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  53. I follow on facebook and pinterest

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  54. When I do use per made things, I don't feel as if I did it. That even goes for files that I either got as free files or purchased. I take so much more pride in the files I create myself.
    I used to use a lot of stickers when I started with scrap booking but find that I hardly ever use them anymore.

    Elisabeth dot bier at g mail dot com

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  55. I am a follower
    I like to look at cards for inspiration for using my stamps.

    Elisabeth dot bier at g mail dot com

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  56. I am a face book friend

    I do look at other people' projects for cards. For my scrapbook, I usually do it from scratch. No one else has my style LOL

    You Diane is Huge inspiration!

    Elisabeth dot bier at g mail dot com

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  57. Like to use my own made=up embellishments as it gives me a sense of creating which is the main reason I do it. Enjoy time seeing what others have done, but don't usually copy them. I enjoy your posts about what inspires you. Thanks

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  58. I am a follower of your blog...and I love it.

    hmooney134@gmail.com

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  59. I'm a fan on facebook

    hmooney134@gmail.com

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  60. It depends on what I'm crafting. Sometimes I see something and I have to try it...therefore I scraplift, other times I have pictures but don't know how to arrange them...so I get a little help from a sketch...I like pre-made embellishments when I want to get something done quickly. But no matter what I use from inspiration I always put my own little "Heather touches" on the project!

    hmooney134@gmail.com

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  61. Great question, I love doing most from scratch but do add embellishments for bling and extra touch. I like getting new ideas from blogs like yours and can spend time admiring projects of other crafters by clicking on links. Like making my own flowers, gives more satisfaction. Thank you for a chance to win some great prizes!
    jan dot m dot scott at sbcglobal.net

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  62. We are Facebook friends, too
    jan dot m dot scott at sbcglobal.net

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  63. I'm a subscriber to your great blog!
    jan dot m dot scott at sbcglobal.net

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  64. I usually make all of the elements on my crafts...including the flowers. I hardly ever use pre-made items so it makes my projects even more special to the ones who receive them.

    mb6464@hotmail.com
    marciasmemories.blogspot.com

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  65. I'm a subscriber!

    mb6464@hotmail.com
    marciasmemories.blogspot.com

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  66. WOW-Za Diane, these R nice charms!
    I like makeing flowers, fm paper
    bags,useing ink pads to color them
    while wet use sprinkles too! I ALSO
    use MANY form of learning to craft. I thinks this keeps me up-dated.When BUSY I'll use Pre-made kits!I dont get as much satisfation
    but it gets "it done quickly"!

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  67. I'm a FB fan!

    mb6464@hotmail.com
    marciasmemories.blogspot.com

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  68. WOW!!! I getting all excited about this...As much as I love seeing everyone creations and get GREAT inspiration...I usually end up creating my own thing from scratch. Not sure why though.
    Blessings,
    Valerie Martin
    jeffnval at hotmail dot com

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  69. I am a follower/subscriber too.
    Valerie Martin
    jeffnval at hotmail dot com

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  70. I am a FB friend as well.
    Valerie Martin
    jeffnval at hotmail dot com

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  71. I does depend a lot on what project I am working on, but I do look at challenge sites for inspiration. But I do try and change it up to make it my own. But mostly I do from scratch.
    I am a subscriber and really enjoy your blog! Thanks for the chance to win! lindagk23ataoldotcom

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  72. Jeepwes HI welcome HM, now U R in the swing, yes? Well those CHARMS
    ARE Oh Soooo Cute. <(*o*)> I thinks
    making flowrs is great if U have da
    talent.I use pre-made Fm that Comp that makes them & they LOOK REAL!!
    I'm NOT very creative so I UES MANY
    SITES 4 Ideas, then I do TRY 2 do
    it onmy own. BUT SADLY:-( I'm not
    able 2 even do that:o( so I MUST
    ADMIT I Use Ideas fm ALL over.4 it
    2 even LOOK Presentable<(*v*)> TY
    4 ALL U give us. I"use" fm U too!

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  73. I wish I had the talent to do everything from scratch! However, I have to look at things to get inspiration. I like to mix scratch items with pre-made stickers or other embellishments.

    Donna Gravel
    graveld at yahoo dot com

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  74. I wish I had the talent to do everything from scratch! However, I have to look at things to get inspiration. I like to mix scratch items with pre-made stickers or other embellishments.

    Donna Gravel
    graveld at yahoo dot com

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  75. I wish I had the talent to do everything from scratch! However, I have to look at things to get inspiration. I like to mix scratch items with pre-made stickers or other embellishments.

    Donna Gravel
    graveld at yahoo dot com

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  76. i am a follower/subscriber of your blog.
    donna gravel
    graveld at yahoo dot com

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  77. I follow your FB page too.
    donna gravel
    graveld at yahoo dot com

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  78. I am a card maker 99% of the time. I use more embellishments on my personal cards and about half I create, half are bought.

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  79. I try to make items from scratch but I'm always grateful from blog visiting inspiration to create my own versions of new ideas. I try to use vintage papers to create new things,to use what I already have in my stash.
    I am a subscriber too.

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  80. I do a little of everything too! With two young daughters whom I am taking everywhere, I will use embellishments a lot of the time. However, I love to do things from scratch as well, when time permits! Thanks Diane for all that you share with us--your blog is phenomenal!
    barbferris01 at gmail dot com

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  81. I am a very grateful follower Diane--Thank-you!
    barbferris01 at gmail dot com

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  82. I do a little of both; Like to create embellies like flowers from pp or felt, but I also LOVE premade embellies like the Braided flowers you are putting in the RAK boxes. I usually don't do sketches, but get lots of ideas and inspiration from what I see on blogs - like yours!!!

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  83. I create all different ways depending on the project, sometimes from scratach and other times from kits, sketches etc
    sharonyoung6987 at att dot net
    I'm a follower

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  84. I am a huge FB fan!
    kellyprn at charter dot net

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  85. I follow your blog by email subscription. Don't want to miss one single post! :)

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  86. I create all different ways depending on the project, sometimes from scratach and other times from kits, sketches etc
    sharonyoung6987 at att dot net
    I'm a facebook fan

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  87. I create all different ways depending on the project, sometimes from scratach and other times from kits, sketches etc
    sharonyoung6987 at att dot net

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  88. I like to do both. Sometimes I need ideas and scraplift and sometimes certain pictures give me the inspiration I need.
    terilawson88 at yahoo dot com

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  89. I have to say that I pretty much do everything from scratch--meaning that I do not use sketches or kits. I think the pictures have to speak to me and they dictate how the layout will work. I do use embellishments and letters--after all--I own the Cricut! But I have to play with the items to decide on the layout
    Shellee
    srobisonatbrown-straussdotcom

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  90. I am also a subscriber!I begin my day with you!
    Shellee
    srobisonatbrown-straussdotcom

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  91. I "scraplift" constantly.... I like to call it inspiration but it might only be lack of imagination :)
    Love the Blog

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  92. I always work from scratch. I usually start with a paper/color that I like, Then I work from there. I have followed sketches here and there, but they usually end up looking nothing like the sketch!! I do like the inspiration that the sketch gives!

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  93. I find inspiration from blogs like yours, and mags, etc., but I find working from scratch most the time. I find templates great for digital scrapping, but can't seem to be inspired from them for paper scrapping.

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  94. also, the photo itself inspires the layout. I am a follower

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  95. also, life around me is a constant source of inspiration! we are Facebook friends

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  96. Of course my I can't live without my cutting machine...aside from that, I've tried to lay down the white gel pen. I can't do it, lol! I add a bit of dots or stitching to almost every project I do. Tried, can't do it!

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  97. I am a "from scratch" crafter, generally. I have limited myself to the amount of embellishments I buy. That includes stamps, so I do most of my sentiments on the computer.

    I do enter some sketch challenges and find it just that - a challenge, but I usually decide what kind of card I need to make, what I want it to say, and go from there. I do have a "card idea" file but find I hardly ever access it. One thing about me, I NEVER like to do something exactly like anything else that's been done. ;)

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  98. I have been a follower since I started in this blog world.

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  99. I find lots of inspiration on blogs (like yours) and in magazines but I almost always change it to suit my taste, talent and supplies. I do get the moste enjoyment from making my own embellishments, like flowers, but I will use purchased ones occasionally. I've only begun to use sketches/pre-drawn layouts, but I definitely think I need to do more of that. The design file in my own head is very liminted. :b

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  100. I find it easier to scrap with pre-made embellishments but prefer to make my own. Now that I have my gypsy I find myself using sketches and scraplifting less and less. I'm a very visual person so being able to put my own designs "on paper" before I begin has been a huge help.

    Tonya
    tonya.morgan at gmail .com

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  101. I'm a follower.

    Tonya
    tonya.morgan at gmail .com

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  102. Oh, this one is a little more difficult. For me it depends entirely on what I am working on and who it is for. It also has a lot to do with what kind of mood I am in. When I'm making several duplicates of albums or something for gifts for family for a holiday, I'll often go for the pre-made to save myself some time. Most of the time though I prefer to make most of what I can myself. Of course there are some things that I am never without on a project that I can't make myself...like ribbon and gem stones...etc. ;)

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  103. I follow you on FB.

    Tonya
    tonya.morgan at gmail.com

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  104. I wish I could say I make things from scratch but I am soooo uncreative so I usually lift ideas from all you great crafters :)

    Pruttybird at comcast dot net

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  105. I am a follower :). Love your blog!

    Pruttybird at comcast dot net

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  106. I like to do both. Some days I want to make everything and others I want to use something premade. I very much like your site, and others, and get ideas and inspiration from them. Thanks for a chance to win. karen_schluter at hotmail dot com

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  107. I do things pretty much by the seat of my pants. I choose a sentiment and papers and then just go from there and build my project. Seems it would be quicker to follow a template, though!

    Hope you are enjoying your trip!
    Betsy

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  108. I get ideas from blogs, magazines etc. When "scraplifting" I usually do some modifications.
    rntof10atmchsidotcom

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  109. Every once in a while I will use a premade embellishment, but on the most part I like to start from scratch. I do subcribe to a lot of different sites and 'scraplift' when I see something I really like. I love making embellishments using the Cricut Craft Room. I've used DS for a long time but love The Cricut Craft Room. It's so much easier. Thanks.
    bgalyean2011(at)aol(dot)com

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  110. I am a subscriber.
    bgalyean2011(at)aol(dot)com

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  111. I am a Facebook fan.
    bgalyean2011(at)aol(dot)com

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  112. This one is kinda tough. I do from scratch in that I don't often use stickers and sticker letters. I always cut letters and shapes with the Cricut, but I do use embellies like flowers and rhinestones, etc. I usually use the designs in my head. I am occasionally guilty of using scrapbook page kits:-) Whew!

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  113. I am a follower and subscriber...
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com
    scrappinana.blogspot.com

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  114. I always start out to scraplift or follow a sketch, but somehow realize that what I'm doing is completely different. I don't make many embellishments because I don't use lots. Most of my cards get mailed, so I usually stick to CAS.

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  115. I follow on Facebook...
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com
    scrappinana.blogspot.com

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  116. Wow, beautiful embellishments! It really depends on how much time I can spend on the craft at hand. If it is a last minute thing I gereally use premade embellisments otherwise I love to build from scratch. Again thank you for the chance to win.
    Have a lovely day.
    Liz

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  117. I am a subscriber.
    Have a lovely day!
    Liz

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  118. I'm a subscriber and a facebook friend.
    I love to craft from scratch...it's my fix for the day, and it's always unique. But a lot of the time I use ready made embellishments too....I love to group and combine several ready made things together to form clusters...that's creative too. I only scraplift when I'm desperate and feeling like I'm stuck in a rut, or I find a very creative and worthy LO to lift. I do it all....hehe.

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  119. I look at a lot of blogs for inspiration but then by the time I'm doing a project I forgot what I saw and then do it by scratch. :)

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  120. Hi; I like to make my own flowers and use sketches (not color schemes from them) as inspiration. But that said I have a stash of premade flowers that I need to use up. So I guess I do both...not usually on the say layout though. I cut my titles with my Expressions 90% of the time.

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  121. I am a long time follower of your blog.

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  122. Again I look forward to your emails so that I can be inspired. I love what you have in your boxes and hopefully I will win one. I like to create my own cards as it makes me use my brain. I do use premade embellishments, but the design is mine. Thanks for doing this wonderful and different giveaway.

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  123. i guess i'd have to say i mostly do my projects from scratch although i sometimes will use pre-made embellishments if i'm in a hurry. i find it difficult to work from a sketch. i usually just start laying out my design and play with it until it suits me. i do peruse various blogs and web sites looking for inspiration for cards, but lo's are usually just from my head.
    littlen44 at gmail dot com

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  124. i'm a long time follower.
    littlen44 at gmail dot com

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  125. i'm also a fb fan.
    littlen44 at gmail dot com

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  126. I love crafting all different ways. I have to say following a sketch or color challenge is a challenge for me. Go I guess I like to create from scratch but I look at so many ideas ( blogs, books, nature, stores,) I really wonder if any of my ideas are really my ideas of did I see it somewhere.

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  127. Follow, Follow, Follow, Follow the yellow brick road to Capadia Designs for over a year. I remember you give away last year. I hope I am one of the luck three this year. Thanks for having this awesome give away!
    Linda
    ljcardering at yahoo dot com

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  128. Scraplifter to start, then add my touch. I make flowers or use pre-made. I try everything once. If I like, find, if not move on. Mostly, I do heritage pages, I do add beautiful papers but work on keeping things in line with era I am working in. Hoping to win a box; thank you.

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  129. I am a Facebook follower. I am not so good at Face book, but I have followed you for a year.
    Thanks for all you do Diane.
    I know how much work goes into blogging and give a ways.
    ljcardering at yahoo dot com

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  130. 1. I get inspiration from you and other blogs but I like to make my cards or projects from 'scratch'. The main idea might come from someone else, but I have my own twist on it...then it is mine :)

    When I started making cards I used to use premade flowers and embellishments but now I love making my own flowers.

    Marjorie from TX
    m.brundagetx at yahoo dot com

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  131. 2. I am a blog follower.

    Marjorie from TX
    m.brundagetx at yahoo dot com

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  132. 3. I am a FB friend and fan.

    Marjorie from TX
    m.brundagetx at yahoo dot com

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  133. It really depends on the particular project. Generally, I use pre-made embellishments, but I have been known to make my own. As far as following sketches goes, I don't usually use them. If I do, I usually end up changing something about them. I find more inspiration in actual projects people post online.

    Carrie R.
    rosscdmr at aol dot com

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  134. I do both---just depends on my mood and how much time I have to create

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  135. I like to use pre-made items when I scrap

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  136. I do a bit of both - from "scratch" and "scraplifting", but mostly from scratch. I like to play around with designs until I find one I like. Sometimes I have an idea then try to make it happen. Sometimes I have to make my own embellishments to get what I'm looking for. I try to personalize my cards/pages for that specific occasion/person. For example, some friends of ours just lost their baby and she described the dress the baby will be buried in and I'm making a card with a heart behind 2 hands holding a baby. The hands represent Jesus' hands cuddling the baby. Baby was just 6 weeks and 2 days old and was born with 1/2 a heart. She was a fighter!

    Jeannette B.
    jjbchef at juno dot com

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  137. I also get your emails!

    Jeannette B.
    jjbchef at juno dot com

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  138. Facebook friend, too!! Thanks for sharing your goodies!!

    Jeannette B.
    jjbchef at juno dot com

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  139. I luv to make embellies from scratch...but luv inspiration from all venues!

    pboszko at optimum dot net

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  140. I'm an email subscriber!

    pboszko at optimum dot net

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  141. 1.) I normlly start from scratch, but there are some projects that I use premade things.

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  142. 2.) I am a blog follower as well as an email subscriber

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  143. 3.) I am a follower on facebook and soon to be a follower on pinterest

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  144. Well, I hate to "cop-out", but I do both. I sell all the cards I make and sometime for holidays that means multiples, so if I am making something that needs an embellishment that I can buy affordably and that I love, I buy it. I also adapt some of my cards from ideas from my favorite designers ~ it saves a lot of time. I donate all of the money I collect for missions for our church. It is a near full-time job for me!
    Thanks so much Diane
    Susan

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  145. I usually prefer to make my own embellishments for cards. I sometimes use pre-made ones for scrapbook if they fit perfectly but even those I often add my own touch to. I have never been able to work from someone else's sketch but do occasionally scraplift a card design and then adjust to make it my own.

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  146. I'm a little all over the place with scrapping. Sometimes I make my own and do everything by scratch, other time, I need the kick in the pants and use pre-mades and sketchs.

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  147. I'm a follower too for sometime now:)

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  148. Because my time is always so limited, I usually incorporate some premade embellishment although my preference would be to make my own. I do keep photos of others cards on hand to get me started on a layout or general idea which is very helpful because the options are so endless.

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  149. I normally start with something I have scraplifted and use that as a starting point and then go from there.

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  150. I like to look for inpiration and then I go by scratch to make it my own. I like to hand make flowers and embellishments that is probably why a project takes awhile to complete :)
    Karen dkolopez@msn.com

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  151. I am a faithful follower and love your blog!!!
    Karen dkolopez@msn.com

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  152. I also follow on facebook!!
    Karen dkolopez@msn.com

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  153. I will make cards from a stetch. I love to try making my own embellishments, but sometimes I get lazy and will use them. I do thing embellishments add a lot to a card or a scrapbook page.

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  154. I am a follower and love your designs. I love making my own embellisments. shirley at geegaws@live.com

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  155. Why does it have to be one or the other, Diane? I might use a sketch but then create all the pieces "from scratch," or mix and match pieces I've made/stamped with purchased items. I love the freedom of crafting that allow me to add whatever "feels right."

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  156. I like to make my cards from scratch, but I do look at blogs to get some inspiring ideas. If it's an interactive card, I have to follow the tutorial pretty closely. I prefer to make my own flowers -- Cuttlebug quilled flowers are my favorite. I prefer to make my own die cuts, but purchase ribbon, jewels, buttons for my embellishments. I get alot of inspiration for you, Diane...you're the BEST!!
    Kathryn
    kathrynt at totalnet dot us

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  157. Comment #2 -- I'm a follower.
    Kathryn
    kathrynt at totalnet dot us

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  158. I wish I had more time to do crafts from scratch, but not when I work full time and run around with my 2 kids. I'm just glad to put something together with some 'pre-made' embellies! I feel if it gives me the result that I'm happy with, then it's just as good. I like to use sketches or other inspiration from blogs & sites, which end up being a guide for me. I love that crafters share!!

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  159. I guess I do a combination of many of these things. I don't care for sketches but I get inspiration from many blogs. I like to make my own embellishments and also use my Cricut for many things. I rarely use stickers and I love my punches. I like your blog because you "mix it up" with many different ideas.

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  160. I am a follower and enjoy reading your blog each day.

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  161. I enjoy creating my own embellishments at times and other
    times, I use pre-made ones!
    There are so many beautiful pre-made
    embellishments out there, just
    like the vintage jewels and flowers
    you added to the fabulous boxes today!
    Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  162. I am an email subscriber to your site!
    Again, many thanks...
    Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  163. I also "Like" you on Facebook...
    Merci, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  164. I do both. My scrapbook pages are all from scratch but if I find a card I really like, I scraplifft the theme or idea but usually give it my own twist.

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  165. I am definitely a "scraplifter!" :) I get most of my ideas online, but I also get some from magazines. If I do a complicated layout, then I do sketch out my design first. Thanks for another chance to win! :)
    jennt888(at)gmail(dot)com

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  166. I prefer to create from 'scratch. Soemtimes I see a card someone made and recreate it to some extent...but like to add my own twist to it. Sometimes I find things as I am cleaning up and see if I can make a card from those findings. I also keep a lot of cutouts from my Cricut in a box...and then find that I am able to create a very unique card from those cutouts.

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  167. I am an email subscriber. Thanks! :)

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