Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Gift from a Friend

 

One of the things that I have particularly enjoyed over the six years I have been writing this blog is the opportunity it has given me to meet people from all over the country and the world.  Some of them I know only through our online communications and others I have had been able to meet in person.

When I bought my first Cricut machine, I had no idea that using it would lead to starting a blog and sharing my files, projects and interests with people from around the world.  I have had the chance to work on design teams, attend trade shows in the US and Germany and get together in "real life" with people who read my blog.

Back in 2009, I was one of the bloggers asked to preview some Cricut cartridges and a little later on, the Gypsy.  This is when I met Joy Tracey (Obsessed with Scrapbooking) and we became friends through our Cricut projects.  I moved on to pursue some other interests but we have remained friends.

http://joytracey.ctmh.com/Retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=6719&CatalogID=1740

Joy is a Close to My Heart representative (her site can be found HERE) and when I was talking to her recently, she offered to add something to my blog celebration boxes.  Most appropriately, it is this stamp that says "Friend" surrounded by some lovely calligraphic swirls.  There is a cut on the Artiste cartridge that will perfectly frame the stamped image.  This stamp is now longer available, so it is becoming rare and special - like a good friendship!


Here is the beautiful card and coordinating envelope that Joy made with this stamp and the Artiste cartridge.  You can see her post and video about this project HERE.


The boxes are getting pretty full - but there are still more days left in the blog anniversary celebration and more things to add to fill them up completely!

How do you play along in the blog celebration giveaway?

To enter for a chance to win one of the three boxes - see all of the details on the first blog celebration post HERE.  Then come back and get your comments in on this post.  Remember, if you sign up for the new newsletter (see the box at the top right of the page) I will be choosing one person from the subscribers as a box winner (you don't need to leave a comment here since I can see that list).

Today's question to answer in your comment is:

Have you found new friends through your crafting?  Do you have "real life" friends who share your interests or are most of your "crafty" friends people you know only through blogs, Facebook and other online connections?  Do you go to big events to crop and attend workshops or do you do most of your creative projects alone (or with others) at home?

I have not been able to respond to all of your comments but I am reading them all and enjoying the things you share in your answers.  In the spirit of friendship, you might want to share my blog with some of your crafty friends so they can have a chance to win a box.

I have a cute organizational project to share tomorrow and then I'll do my best to answer some of your questions from the comments this weekend.  

It has warmed up a bit here - things will get pretty soggy if all of this snow melts at once!

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97 comments:

  1. Hi Diane, I love to go to big organized weekend getaway crops and have met new scrappy friend. I go to these crops with my beautiful daughter and my sister in law and her beautiful daughter. We call it mommie and me weekends. We meet great gals this way. We also go to all day crops and get together in our craft rooms. I guess you could say we are quite involved in crafting. Love the CTMH stuff and the Artiste cart. Have a great day.

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  2. What a Beautiful stamp.
    most of my crafty friends are mostly known only through blogs. No one in my area that I know of does any crafts, scrapbooks or makes cards, etc. I don't go to any big events and get most of my creativity by doing lots of reading on blogs, watching many videos and tutorials.
    My sister in law got me started into card making but we lived in different states so made many phone calls asking questions; a time before everyone was blogging. I don't do facebook but do enjoy reading and visiting several blog sites; this one included.
    Enjoy your day and have a wonderful and creative weekend.
    ColleenB.
    Texas

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  3. My Mom is a co-conspirator in crafting activities (perfect shopping partner!). She gave me my first Cricut (a baby bug). Too funny that one gift turned into quite a time and financial commitment. Guess Mom knew I needed a creative outlet since I was a crafty kid. I follow a few blogs, but never attended anything in person. Those craft cruises sound like fun.

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  4. Another lovely prize in the package! Whoever wins will be so very blessed with all the wonderful things. I live in Phila, and we don't actually have many big paper crafting shows come here. My good friend, who lives a few doors away, also loves to paper craft. She started me rubber stamping, and I have infected her with the joys of the Cricut. We both do our own thing, but enjoy sharing tips and ideas. I haven't been to any type of large event, but really enjoy my time in my craft room playing around. Love to read your blog, and have been a follower of Joy Tracy since I bought my Expression in 2009. So many great ideas that you both provide. Thank you for all of the fun. bmarczak68atverizondotnet

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  5. I have met some wonderful friends from across the US through crafting with the cricut. We have become wonderful friends. They are awesome inspiration and awesome friends. I am so glad I "met" them. And I have "chatted" with people from all over the world. Loved their creativity. And loved their inspiration.

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  6. A friend at school helped me when I first started scrapbooking. Now that I am retired, most of my crafty friends are people that I meet on blogs. I follow a few faithfully every day. I've learned many techniques from these blogs as well as You Tube. Thanks for your wonderful blog!
    Cassie

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  7. We have a bunch of great people who get together to do crafts occasionally - in pairs or small gatherings or large groups. Lots of different crafts are represented. Many are scrapbookers, but some do needlework and one person even uses the time to do her taxes! Its a lot of fun and I'm lucky to have made new friends as new folks join the group.

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  8. Diane, I do all my crafting alone now. I have only the friends on Blogs like yours. I have been part of two design teams and met a few wonderful people. I wish there were some crafters around me to get together. That was so nice of your friend to donate the beautiful Friends Stamps.
    I also follow her blog what awesome people you both are.
    Thanks
    Kathy U:)

    kathy21361(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. I have found "friends" through crafting, most I've never met. My daughter lives near me so we share crafting time but mostly I work by myself. The stamp is lovely. I love CTMH products.

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  10. card making has brought me closer to a dear friend whom I don't get to see often enough. We have shared many ideas and "go to" places. She is a wealth of I formation. Have enjoyed crops with her and others.

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  11. I have met many friends through the Cricut Message board that have carried over to Facebook. There are some who, even though they live in different parts of the country, and I have not met them in person, I consider very good friends, keeping in touch fairly regularly. There are also a few who live locally and I have got to meet in person. I have two good friends who are crafters as well, but we rarely get together to do anything crafty - too much going on in our lives! I have only been to one or two large crops, and that was prior to Cricut. I"m not sure that I would know what to do away from all of my supplies!

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  12. I truly love the Friends stamp. It's so elegant looking. Like Colleen I don't have anyone in my area that I can find into scrapbooking, making cards or creating crafts. I would love to find a group or one individual but haven't had much success. My husband passed away eight years ago and it's so hard to make new friends. I try to stay busy, being creative keeps me from being depressed all the time. Thank you for the opportunity to win one of three boxes of fantastic prices. Good luck to all who enter. Have a lovely day :)

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  13. I have a Stampin Up gal but do most of my carding making at home. I read many blogs and I get ideas from them. I prefer working alone, (now that I am older) I can think better in the quietness.

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  14. That's so nice of joy. I've been following you both for so long that I feel you are my crafty friends. I do have my best friend for 30+ years who actually is the one who introduced me to cricut. I in turn introduced cricut to three nieces and my sister in Texas ( I actually traveled with my first cricut, the create machine to Texas to demo it to her. She was so excited, she bought an expression the next day). I do attend a local group. We have cricut classes and have made many new acquaintances because of it. Your boxes are looking awesome...so exciting! Thank you. Regarding the explore...I hope you have time to put your great detail as you always do to explain how to use the software and machine.

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  15. I go to as many organized craft events my pocketbook will allow. I have met some of my best friends scrapping. I love to learn new tevhniques so I take classes whenever I get a chance. This is one of the first blogs i have every participated in. Love ur beautiful creations and the detail of how to duplicate them. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. My DIL got me started when she was expecting my grandson in 2003. She stopped due to the baby but I jumped in with both feet! I got my future DIL started by giving her an expression and just recently a cameo and we get together when we can.
    I have met several great friends through scrapping at my local library and LSS. I go to conventions and all day shopping trips my local peeps. There are about 4-8 of us that get together when we can. In fact we are getting together for a scrapping weekend at one's house today - yeah! We also have weekend retreat for about 18-26 of us 2 times a year - so much fun. I have brought 4 friends into this group via the cricut mb! I have friends in a special yahoo groups and that have been writing back and forth since 2006. Would love to visit them all one day but we did a small album a few years ago where we each did a 6x6 page about ourselves and included a pictures. Love going through that! Thanks for a great give away!!

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  17. I have made lots of new friends going to crops. A co-worker and I recently returned from a 4 day crop over President's day weekend that we have attended for at least 5 years.

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  18. I have met new crafty friends online and I get to share my crafty fun with friends at work. I usually craft alone but love to share my ideas and supplies when I can with my friends!

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  19. Hi Diane! Little did I know just four years ago when I started papercrafting that my world full of friends would expand so greatly. I have met many through my blog, hops, crops and conventions. Through my blog, I met one of the world's leading card designers (www.kathydavis.com) and I started teaching card classes. How rich crafting has made my life!

    And I count you as "Friend."

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  20. I craft at home but also craft with some groups. I have met some incredible friends through these groups and Operation Write Home. We have so much fun when we get together and share our ideas, techniques and tools. We meet in our community centers and take field trips now and then.

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  21. I have been following your blog and Joy's blog for a long time! Joy is so nice, I actually got to meet her at the CTMH convention last summer as well as other great bloggers.

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  22. I have made many "friends" through blogs but have never actually met any of them. That would be a treat. I did reconnect with an old friend a while ago. We used to do crafts together 25 years ago but things happened and we lost touch. I was not at all surprised to find that she now does paper crafting, too. When the weather clears here, she is thinking of having a weekly craft night. I hope it works out because otherwise I do everything on my own in my craft room, near the computer where I get inspiration from all the blogs I follow. Yours was my first.

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  23. I started scrapbooking in 2005. I mentioned to a friend what I was doing and things mushroomed. Our scrap group meets weekly at my house to scrap and visit! We have done some wonderful projects over the years and have seen each others children grow up. We even have our own annual Scrap Retreat ( just our group) once a year at Orange Beach Alabama.
    Thanks for your inspiration. I also have followed Joy's journey and enjoy her projects. Thanks for your inspiration and the wonderful give away!
    I

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  24. I mostly do most of my paper crafting alone, although my best friend and I get together now and then to work on projects. We both take a card class once a month and really enjoy being with the other ladies and our fantastic teacher, Susan Neal. If you haven't heard of her you really should look her up online. She sells her kits at a reasonable price and includes step by step tutorials. Her creations are out of this world and so beautiful. I really like the "friend" stamp you're adding to the box. Lots of fun things! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  25. I craft alone. I've made some fabulous blog friends. Would love to meet one day. No one I know is into paper crafts. I have never been to a Scrap etc. Michaels has some but they are at night and 30 minutes away. Now that I'm older I don't like to drive at night. Plus I usually fall asleep by 9. Last summer there was a convention in Houston (2 hrs away) a 3 day event I would have loved to go. But my son who lives in Florida came for a visit that week. (I'm in Texas)
    So my travels are through reading blogs . So thank you for all your fabulous posts.

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  26. After being diagnosed with raging rheumatoid arthritis I had to retire and fast became a recluse as my friends were from my business. My daughter asked me to join her at Scrapbooking on evening and the reclusiveness was history! I now have many friends through Scrapbooking, weekly get togethers & weekend retreats! I'm slow walking & scrapping because of my hands but my new friends don't care!

    Thank you for your inspirational blog!

    Blessings,
    Melitta

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  27. Diane,
    I used to host a weekly scrapbook morning for all of my friends with small kids. We would work on our scrapbooks and share ideas and tools while the little ones played. It was a great group of women who are still friends today even though we have all moved around the country and our kids are now grown. I mainly scrap alone now but love your blog and others to keep my ideas fresh. I like to do cards for OWH and other groups.

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  28. I like to look at various blogs and pinterest, etc. I don't really get out much to craft with people. I think your blog was the first one I ever subscribed to, after I had posted an inaccuracy on the Cricut community site. Thank you, by the way, for correcting me. :) So I know there are a lot of people out there who know a lot more than I do, so I am always searching new stuff. Mostly from what you post, so thank you. I'm not big into crowds, and get a little panicky at big events, so I stay away from that kinds of stuff.

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  29. I craft at home, usually. I have "met" more crafty friends online and enjoy all the blogs I read!

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  30. I am a lone scrapper/card maker/Silhouette user. I've never met anyone that I talk to online. I have no local friends that craft. I have made some friends online from crafting (and I love it)!.

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  31. How nice of Joy to contribute to the boxes! I am a follower of her blog, too, and enjoy all her posts. I am pretty much a lone crafter, but my sister enjoys making cards and we love to talk papercrafting when she comes to visit. Too bad she's 500 miles away! I have met some wonderful people online and refer to them as my "online friends," even though I've never met them in person. Their encouragement and support has been truly meaningful and kept me going on my own blog, paperpanacea.blogspot.com. I don't usually attend big papercrafting events - I've only been to one - but I'd sure like to go to more. It's fun to see all the new products and participate in the workshops and make-and-takes. Thanks again for all you do for the papercrafting world!

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  32. I go to big crops several times a year, I have met tons of new people at them.... My niece an I an another friend or 2 get together several times a month.....We are always exchanging ideas...It's almost always for a whole day...

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  33. I do follow a few peoples blogs but I don't really have any online friends. I scrapbook alone although I do have a couple friends that have the same hobby we just aren't able to get together very often.
    Thanks for all you do to keep me inspired !!
    Anna N.
    ann2236 at Juno dot com

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  34. Love the stamp, and so nice of Joy to add these to your baskets.
    I have meet many friends thru Cricut and attended the SLC and Las Vegas Swaps-great fun. I was able to share the love of my machine with my 2 sisters who also bought machines and we get together for Sister Retreats. I have a wonderful friend here in town who has a great blog-The Paper Boutique and we meet because of both loving our cutting machine.

    Most of the time I craft here at home, I'm not much of a person to pack things up to go to a crop, too lazy I guess. hehe

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  35. I have live crafty friends, as well as through blogs. I have attended CHA, and Scrapbook Expos.
    The stamp is beautiful, and a perfect addition to the box.

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  36. I'm blessed to have internet and in person crafty friends! Used to teach classes and attend classes and workshops but due to health reasons stay home now! Thank you for the chance. That's a great stamp, love CTMH!

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  37. Isn't Joy wonderful. Love her site.
    I scrap at home with a friend. Never been to a show. Our church has had craft nights. I tried it but too much stuff to take. We seem to do more talking than crafting.
    Have a super day
    Thank you
    Linda in Stanwood

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  38. I usually craft alone, but occasionally my daughter and I will craft together and I love that. Since getting my first Cricut, I've made lots of on-line crafting friends ... it would be awesome to meet them in person some day.

    Jo xx

    gijo109 at sbcglobal dot net

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  39. I started with large group weekends with a friend and made new scrapbooking friends, we now rent a house in Maine twice a year in the off season and 6 or 7 of us spend a long weekend Wed - Sun scrapping , laughing and sharing, the cost including food is less than 150.00 also have several blogs like yours that I follow ( in fact yours was first and most of the others are links from you, thanks, Sarah

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  40. What a fun stamp from Joy. I've followed her since I got my Cricut in 2008. Right after her I found you and have been with you ever since. I've learned all my Cricut ideas from you, Joy and Melanie. I'm mostly a card maker now and follow many blogs to get ideas. I watch videos all day and love seeing how a project is made. I mostly craft alone but attend a card making group once a month. When I recently lost my husband you and several other ladies were so comforting to me. Even though I've never met any of you in person I've followed you so long I consider you friends. Thank you for your very informative and educational blog.

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  41. I have talked to quite a lot of people on Facebook. I have no local friends that share my passion. My best friend is a knitter, I crochet. I use to attend classes when I could get around. Both places have gone out of business. I do attend the Expo in Springfield Ma. but have never signed up for a class. We have a store here in Cranston, about 1/2 hr away. I have taken a few classes there but that leaves my husband with nothing to do . They offer wonderful classes in mixed media. Bella Art is their name. I use to attend Creative Memories work shops. At the time I liked their style. WHEN I LIVED UPSTAIRS I HAD A PERFECT CRAFT AREA. Now Im down stairs and I have a hard time setting it up for my needs. It had become a junk room while I was sick, but I am slowly cleaning it out. Ide like to sell 3 of my machines to make room for the Explore, if and when I get one. The more I see about it , the more I want one. In the past I was a Stampin Up demonstrator and recently tried to sell CTMH. love your blog, and we have talked, I consider you as an internet friend. Have a good day. Talk to you later.....DawnRI

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  42. I have made some very nice friends through scrapping. I even foun a great travel buddy. We will travel together and then come home and get together to make beautiful scrapbooks of our trips. My sister also took up scrapbooking and she now comes to Florida twice a year got her own private scrapbook retreat.
    Karen

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  43. I have made a few online aquaintences from ready blogs. I meet up with a few girls about every 3 months for a retreat, but they live in a different city, so I only see them at our retreat. Sadly, I am no longer friends with the gals I used to crop with. Not sure what happened, so now I pretty much scrapbook alone or at the retreat I go to. My city does not offer crops or workshops, but I do attend the CKC convention once a year that is in another city.

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  44. I like to go to crops with the girls I used to work with. They are all scrapbookers. With everyone so busy it's the way we get together and still might get something accomplished. We all talk around the crop table and catch up on what has been happening in our lives.

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  45. None of my local friends are crafters. All of my crafty friends I have made through online connections. You Tube has saved my life. I never craft away from my home. I can not stand to pack up all my stuff (inevitably I will forget something important.) Unpack it when I get there, Pack it all up, and unpack and put it all away! No thank you. I do have a small tote with "seconds" of my favorite must haves and that is about it.
    I love Joy too! I think she is great! We live in the same city and have run into her one...exactly 1 year ago today...at the scrapbook expo!
    Valerie

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  46. What a wonderful friend to share these gifts with you.
    marilyn2222 @ hotmail dot com
    follower

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  47. a whole new world opened up to me when I found blogs after my first cricut. Noone I knew paper crafted so it's wonderful to meet other 'paper crazy' folks like me, met someone in my area from the cricut circle mb and she knew all the crops in our area, plus going to CKC, circle mania, and scrapfest, met so many great people. ..and now I am introducing a neighbor to this world! and you've been an important part since the beginning, Diane..thank you.

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  48. I go to a retreat twice a year with a group of ladies from all over Texas that are members of Scraps of Color, I scrap in my local area with friends I met at the LSS before it closed, and I scrap with my five year old granddaughter. And I also have made some friends online!!

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  49. Well I would have to say that only one of my friends scrapbook. So most of the friends I meet are through scrapbook community's and blogs I follow. Pretty sad. So I guess I am a lone scrapper.

    Luria

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  50. I will forever be grateful to my dear friend Patti, who dragged me to her daughter's house for a scrapping party. Since I had my very first grandchild back then, she was sure I would love it. Her daughter Dawn talked & walked me through my first pages. We eventually stopped those parties but I was addicted. Thanks to on-line ladies like you, new techniques, tools, ideas on the internet opened a whole new world. I prefer to scrap at home in my own world at my own slow pace. When I need a friend to give me a new idea I have a host of them on line. When my project is done & I show Patti, as a fellow scrapper she can appreciate the work involved like no one else. My non-scrapping friends love to see my projects & I get a thrill & bit of a kick from their pro admiration. I love that friend stamp, & it would be fun to use on a card for part as a thanks for everything she means to me.

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  51. My friend Lisa & I share our love for scrapbooking & jewelry making. We meet every Friday night to do our crafts and a couple of Saturdays a year we meet with other friends for a day of all sorts of crafty. I also had the opportunity to become friends with my Mother over scrapbooking before she died in 2010. It was a nice experience, although I think my Mom joined us on Friday more for shopping for supplies & the company than the actual scrapbooking. Occasionally, I will participate in a large crop but they are dying down in my area, at least I haven't heard of as many.

    If you're ever back in the San Francisco Bay Area with some spare time, I would love to meet you in person.
    anticil at comcast dot net

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  52. Hi Diane, I have to say that I have made a few real life friends through crafting. Wonderful, thoughtful ladies that I am so happy to know. We get together once a month, and we have a retreat every spring where there are more of us that are more acquaintances. We have been brought together by Stampin' Up actually. I don't have any crafty friends outside of these ladies, so when I craft alone, it is alone....hehe
    But thats all good. I do appreciate your blog and the opportunities you give us, thanks again so much!!! Tina

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  53. I have made some wonderful friends through scrapbooking, online and in person! 2 of my besties I met through scrapping, one through the local LSS and the other a local online club, both around 13 years ago. I still have a lot of fun and good friends through online clubs, that I have never met in person, but feel they are closer to me than some of my older friends from school that don't share my interest. I do attend crops quite a few times every year with the same group and we keep adding to that group as we meet more and more wonderful scrappers!!

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  54. Nobody else in my family or my circle of friends scrapbooks. I have "talked" to people online about this hobby, but have never gotten to meet them "in real life." I prefer to scrap alone, so have not searched for any cropping groups. But the scrapbook pages I make are of my family, and I hope someday, when my sons are grown and I have given them the scrapbooks I have made for them, that they will appreciate them and value the captured memories!

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  55. At my LSS, there are up to 20 of us that scrap on Wednesdays. I have made some very good friends through this. In the summer, about 10 of us go on a 4 day retreat in Ohio's Amish country. I also attend a couple other 4 day retreats with several of this group. We also schedule a Friday night/Saturday crop to attend at the same LSS. I'm not sure how much cropping gets done on Wednesdays, but we do have a great time!!

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  56. What a beautiful stamp and card. I led a card making group for 5 years for a local club. It was a lot of prep for me so I gave it up last year and am now leading a photography and jewelry group. I have a few friends and a daughter that I sometimes meet with to make cards.

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  57. What a nice addition! I have a real life crafting buddy but she lives about 6 hrs from me so we craft via phone/internet right now. I've never been to a large crop or workshops, I might have to look into that.

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  58. I have made lots of new friends through scrapbooking. I attend crops about 3 times a year.

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  59. Diane,
    I have several blogs that I follow faithfully. Unfortunately I don't have anyone that is close enough to craft with but I have learned so much from your blog. I am sure that whoever wins one of these boxes will be so delighted. Good luck to everyone and thanks for a chance to win.

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  60. Hi Diane, your blog and Joy's were the first blogs I subscribed to when I got my first Cricut 4 years ago. You are both so creative and I have learned so much from you great teachers. I have no one around here to craft with, but wish there were. I don't scrapbook, only make cards and gift bags and boxes which I love to do. I also knit, crochet, sew and also have an embroidery machine. I'm never bored! Just love creating, thought cards would be a less expensive hobby, WOW, was I wrong! I told my hubby the first card was $500, after that, they're free. Wrong again as I have 2 Cricuts, a Gypsy, and a Cameo, and just ordered the Explore. Love spending time on Youtube, the many blogs, Pinterest, etc. Would be great if there were a way to find local card makers to share with. So many of the scrapbooking stores have closed around here in Southern
    California, but we always have Michael's, JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby, and the wonderful world of the internet! Joy was very gracious to offer her friend stamp, it's beautiful. Would love to win one of the boxes! Happy Creating!

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  61. None of my friends are crafty….I have met my crafty friends on a online group or a go to a card class that a stamping up person has. i would love to go to a card convention!

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  62. I usually scrap alone or with my daughter. She use to host a scrap night once a month but people got busy with other things and it to has fallen by the wayside. Unfortunately everyone is to busy now days. When I go to Texas I go with her to her monthly scrap night with about 10 other ladies. I read several blogs and watch demonstrations on you tube. Shirleyhouston5@msn.com

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  63. I usually craft on my on in my rare spare time. I have learned so much from your posts that you so expertly describe the details of your designs. Love your work and I thank you for sharing it with all your fellow crafters!

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  64. I can only scrap alone or with my best friend. I can make cards under most any circumstances. I'm not big on forums and community boards, so no internet only friends. I have however attended a crop or two, but end up socializing more than I craft, so I don't even try anymore!

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  65. I have found quite a few new friends through crafting. I am actually communicating via phone with two of them. I do have a "real life" friend who shares my crafting interests. We don't get together to craft but we do share our creations via text and Facetime (gotta love technology). I used to attend a crop but the coordinator stopped having them because she needed a full time job and didn't feel she could devote the time and effort that the crops needed to keep them going. All of my creative projects are done here at home alone. It's okay because I think that I'm too easily distracted to craft with others.
    vballen at comcast dot net

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  66. I don't have any crafty personal friends, many friends through my blog and Facebook craftiness. I don't mind crafting alone because otherwise be too distracted. it would be fun to share ideas every once in awhile. thanks again for such a wonderful opportunity to win one of your awesome boxes

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  67. I have a coworker friend that we share ideas about crafting. There are not very many crafting groups in my area so I usually do scrap on my own. That is why I so enjoy the blogs that I have found online. Although I haven't met any of the people online in person I feel as if they are really good friends. It is through the blogs that I see what others are doing here and in other parts of the world and get some really great ideas. It helps me to think outside the box sometimes.

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  68. I have zero real-life friends who enjoy scrapbooking or any type of crafty for that matter so I have always enjoy my hobby at home...alone...until a couple of weeks ago I found out about a Krop for Kids to help raise money for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. I'm so glad I decided to go. Not only did I have a GREAT time, I made a new friend who has many of the same interests as I do and she lives only 2 miles away from me!!!

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  69. I do believe I have more online scrappy friends than I do in person. Being on a couple design teams gave me the opportunity to meet so many lovely ladies whose work I still admire. It's been a while since I've been to a 'swarm' (crop) but always had fun at those weekend 'get-a-ways'. Funny thing is, I never really got much done, but love sharing and learning at these 'parties'.

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  70. I don't have a blog but I do follow several! I scrap and craft withfiends at home mostly but I have attended church, fundraising and other classes at various places. My first blog that I followed was one of Joy's and Melanie's calked Christmas with the cricut!

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  71. HI ,
    I feel like I am friends with all you lovely bloggers as you have such great blogs day to day and tell us a little about yourself through your blogs. I actually met Joy Tracey thru your blog and I am now a CTMH consultant under her. She is a lovely talented lady like yourself. I teach classes in scrapbooking so I have meet some wonderful people and have added them to my circle of friends. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to your blog. I have learn a lot and I am truly inspired.

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  72. I do have a couple of friends that I craft with but the majority I know online. I enjoy reading blogs etc. I have gone to a couple of classes and enjoyed them but just find I prefer to work at home alone as then I have all of my stuff I can never bring everything I need I am too impulsive.

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  73. I have made crafty friends through local card swaps I have done, but mostly I craft by myself.

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  74. I have three very good friends that I met on the cricut message board. Two of them I talk to every couple of days. They are amazing ladies and have been there for when I needed support with a project. I hope one day to be able to meet them in person. that would be awesome.. I do follow a lot of blogs, but I do have my favorite ones. I do have a blog.

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  75. My card making "friends" are all online. All of my traditional friends who craft are into other crafts such as knitting or quilting, so I card make alone ;- ( Though I really appreciate the inspiration and help of the online community and friends I find there ;- )

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  76. Many years ago I needed extra income; so I started working in a scrapbook store as a regular employee and later as a teacher. There I met who has become one of my bff: for crafting and for everything else.
    I do more scrapbooking by myself; but enjoy teaching and helping others a lot.
    Thanks

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  77. My craft friends are online. I do not go to any crops or workshops. Any classes I have taken are online. My daughter and mom do some scrapbooking and card making, But schedules the way they are I do most of my crafting alone.

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  78. my craft friends are online and no one is close.

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  79. I started following blogs about four years ago. I found yours, Joy's, her friend Tammy (who has since retired from blog writing), Emma from My Creative Time for me, and Megan from Above Rubies Studios. I became addicted to reading your blog every morning while having my cup of coffee before going to work , I really enjoyed answering your questions! Then, as we know - life happens. Everyone took a break for one reason or another, and I stopped reading as often as I had in the past. I don't read blogs in the morning anymore - but I enjoy reading them before going to bed. I've learned so much from you wonderful ladies...and in the process have gathered many new "toys!" I have a group of 4 friends whom I usually get together with. We've gone to the Scrapbook Expos together every year. We've also taken some classes at a Scrapbook store about 1/2 hr. away. All of us enjoy learning new techniques and have lots of fun when we are together. We sit around my kitchen table and eat, laugh and scrap! During Spring and summer, I put out tables in my back yard and we've had weekend long scrapbooking sessions. We started out once a week and held that pattern for 3 years! This past year I moved a little further away and our scrapbook gatherings have not been anywhere nearly as often. I work alone when they are not around. I'm sad, because now I have my own scrap room! I hope that we can get on a schedule again soon!

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  80. We no longer have any scrapbook events in the area, so I refer to many fantastic blogs (just like yours!) for inspiration. I don't have a lot of friends/family that share in my interests, but they do like reaping the benefits of my creations. I have taken some online classes which have been wonderful and also refer to the many tutorials! There are so many gracious people who are willing to share and take the time to maintain their blogs and create fantastic "how to" tutorials. Many thanks to them and to you Diane, I appreciate the time and effort!

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  81. I have met so many new friends through the crops that we have monthly. I also like the seeing what my blog friends are doing - you, Joy, Melanie - they give me a lot of different ideas.
    Rebecca
    rebeccajholley [at] gmail [dot] com

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  82. I am the Lone Card Maker! A few acquaintances here sometimes comment on my cards but most crafty friends are online!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  83. I get to spend everday with my crafty friends, blog friends, that is. I have read blogs for a log time and go back to "Everyday Christmas" with Joy and Melanie and another(I can't remember her name). Otherwise, I craft at home. I tried going to a few crops and never planned the projects ahead and ended up carting to many supplies.

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  84. I read blogs online but most of my "crafty friends" go to my church. We have "Scrapbooking Days," "Card making Days" and "Scarf Making Days" at church which have become great ways to make new friends and each share our "crafty" knowledge. I do most of my crafting alone at home and occasionally with others at church.

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  85. I am blessed to have real life friends who are like sisters to me with whom I crop every other Friday at our church. We have been doing this since 1997! We go on two to three retreats in our state each year with the next one being in two weeks. I can't wait! I am also blessed to have friends I have never met nor talked to through their wonderful blogs. Folks like you, Tracey, Melanie, Lain, Debbie, Megan and Joy have all added to my crafting life with your generous sharing of your knowledge of the crafting world. I can't say thank you enough!

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  86. I have real live friends that like to craft. One of them I actually got started in card making. She saw a few of my cards and liked the thought of trying and she is now a all into card making. I have also made conversation with people when I am out shopping at craft stores.

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  87. I met some fantastic friends through scrapbooking IRL and have been fortunate to keep them even though we don't all scrap together anymore. I have a friend who holds crops once a month that I often attend as well as 3 scrap weekends away every year with a bunch of girls. We've been going for the last 10 years. I also have crafty
    'friends' on line whom I feel as if I know even though I will most likely never meet. What a wonderful and far reaching effect this 'hobby' has brought into my life.

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  88. My best crafty friends are my sister and SIL. We go to crafting events and go to each other's places to craft. I also have met some wonderful blog friends thru Operation Write Home and the House of Cards challenge blog as a design team member.l love this hibby and how it brings so many wonderful people together.

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  89. I've grown closer to friends through crafting but I haven't met many people online.

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  90. I'm pretty much a loner when it comes to crating. I do follow a few blogs to get ideas and for the wonderful tutorials that crafters like you provide. I've been following you, Joy, and Melanie for many years.

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  91. Most of my crafty friends are from online communities (the Cricut boards, ning.com groups, blogs, etc.). I get most of my inspiration, tips, & insight on new products from them. I only have a few friends in real life (LOL) that are into crafty things like me, but I am finding more & more everyday!

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  92. Thanks to message boards, Facebook groups and Meetup groups, I have made some really great (crazy) friends. I follow a number of blogs, and Pinterest boards for inspiration. I've gone to a few big crops, but prefer the smaller ones.

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  93. This is a hard one to answer... my best friend and quilting/crafting buddy of 35 years just passed away on the 16th of February. I made her cards and various craft/sewing related items as she did for me. We often went to quilt or scrapbooking shows together and would go to each other's home to work on a project. I don't know what I will do from here on- she can never be replaced... I do follow a few blogs (yours!) that are scrapbooking or quilting/sewing related.

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  94. My best friend is also a crafter and BOY can we have some fun.

    Hugs, Jenn

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  95. I am a FB follower

    Hugs, Jenn Zeeb

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