Giveaway #4 and Your September 2nd Shopping List

Hi everyone!

I hope you are getting ready for a very fun (and relaxing) Labor Day weekend. We are busy packing for a trip to sunny Florida for two very exciting shows on HSN!  Make sure and rest up so you’ll be ready to tune in on Tuesday, September 2nd at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST.

We’ve got one more winner to announce today, don’t we? A big congratulations to Suzanne Beauregard! We will be sending you a set of our Christmas Arrangements embossing folders and dies along with the Seasonal Soirees Cricut cartridge. Hooray!

Speaking of the Christmas Arrangements bundle, we have a quick crafting tip for this collection. I think the ornament and snowflake border dies in this set look most fabulous when die cut on both sides and then embossed. Just like with our other coordinating embossing folders and dies, you’ll want to die cut first for the prettiest result.

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Finally, here is a complete shopping list for Tuesday’s shows:

342990: Seasonal Soirees Cricut Cartridge

290940: Perfect Palette 12×12 Cardstock

320566: 6×6 Pretty Papers

248343: Lovely Letterpress Stamps

333563: Well Said Vellum Quotes

275499: Christmas Border Stickers

275473: Christmas Sentiment Stamps

290941: All Occasion Sentiment Garlands

350158: Garden Cuttings Embossing Folders and Dies

273167: Perfect Palette Cards & Layers

359106: All About Kindness Card Making Kit

231590: Heartfelt Sentiment Liners

321630: For the Boys Die Cuts

276340: Christmas Vellum Quotes

290932: Christmas 6×6 Cardstock

305979: Chalkboard Sentiment Stamps

351478: Christmas Arrangements Embossing Folders and Dies

367370: Holiday Metallic Layers

275476: Holiday Decoupage

355729 & 355739: Bat-tastic Designer Collection


Can’t wait!


HSN September 2nd Final Preview

Hello friends!

We started our week off with a wonderful surprise care package from giveaway winner Gail Miyagi. Thank you so much! The delicious cookies all the way from Hawaii were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone in our office.


Now for the final sneak peek of our visit to HSN next Tuesday-can you believe it’s just one week away?  Be sure to tune in at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to stock up on craft supplies for the holidays and beyond.

Many of you are starting to receive the items we are previewing today on autoship, so this post will give you some great ideas for projects to get started on! For those of you who are not part of our autoship program, September 2nd will offer you an exclusive chance to purchase these amazing collections!

First are the Christmas Arrangements embossing folders and dies, featuring 8 embossing folders, 8 embossing borders, and 4 coordinating cutting dies that will take your Christmas crafting to the next level. Emboss stunning wreaths, poinsettias, snowflakes and ornaments, and use the dies to cut out these shapes for a breathtaking result. Oh my goodness you will just love these!

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Our last preview is a Cricut cartridge we like to call Seasonal Soirees. They say the best things come in small packages, and this little cartridge is proof! There are 70 images for creating invitations, cupcake wrappers, doilies, treat bags, placemats, cards and more that will have you covered for celebrations from now until Spring. Start off with spiders, pumpkins, bats and acorns for fall, then transition to Christmas with ornaments, snowflakes, holly and trees. There are even hearts and shamrocks for Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s. The list goes on and on!

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Would you like to win these two collections? Comment below and tell us your favorite. We will announce the lucky winner on Friday and provide you with a shopping list for this visit!



Giveaway #3 and Some September 2nd “Pinspiration”

Hi there!

I just returned from a great visit to the U.K., and want to thank all of you who tuned in for my shows this week on QVC. There is so much beautiful inspiration in London. I was dreaming up ideas for the Cuttlebug and Cricut like you wouldn’t believe!

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Today’s winner will receive our All Occasion Sentiment Garlands, 6×6 Pretty Papers and For the Boys Die Cuts! The lucky lady’s name we drew this week is Tracy Saint-John! We will be in touch via email so we can send you all of these fabulous items.

Okay so this is really fun… In anticipation of our September 2nd shows on HSN, we put together a special Pinterest board full of holiday crafting inspiration just for you! And to make it even more exciting, we will be adding a few projects from brand new Cuttlebug and Cricut collections before they even hit the blog next Tuesday- it’s like a sneak peek of a sneak peek! Click here to follow along.


See you on Tuesday for the last set of previews before our September HSN visit!

Much love,


HSN September 2nd Preview #3

Hello from London!

We’re in the midst of a very fun day of crafting on QVC UK, but simply couldn’t leave you without your weekly HSN sneak preview. Here’s a look at some of the everyday items you’ll have a chance to pick up on September 2nd.

Our All Occasion Garlands are the perfect year-round three-dimensional sticker library. There’s something for nearly every occasion such as Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, birthdays and so many more. This collection is peel and stick perfection!

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Any great project starts with the perfect paper, and boy do we have some beauties headed your way! The Pretty Papers collection includes 114 sheets of 6×6 cardstock in 19 stunning patterns, featuring a combination of new designs and lovely prints from our archives to celebrate our 20th Anniversary. These designs are so fun to cut out, fold and layer!

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Last up is something for the fellows. Our For the Boys Die Cuts include a whopping 396 die cut pieces for every sports enthusiast, animal lover or Mr. Fix It in your life. You’ll also find the perfect sentiments inside to match for birthdays, Father’s Day or just wishing him good luck. This is a must have set for all of the guys!

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Other non-holiday items that will be available during our September visit are the Lovely Letterpress Stamps, Chalkboard Stamps, Well Said Vellum Quotes and more!

Would you like to win the three items we previewed today? Simply post a comment and tell us your favorite! We’ll reveal our winner on Friday along with some more DIY tips and tricks!


Giveaway & Crafting Tips

Hi everyone!

As always it was so fun reading your comments from this week’s sneak peek. We get such great inspiration from your suggestions, which reminded me that I need your help deciding what our next Cricut cartridge should include! We would love your input in the comments section.

This week’s HSN September 2nd giveaway winner is Deb Juillerat! Congratulations! We’ll be sending you our Holiday Metallic Layers, Christmas Sentiment Stamps and Christmas Vellum Quotes so you can get a major head start on your holiday crafting.

We got lots of requests for instructions for Tuesday’s Christmas card samples, so we put a couple tips and tricks together for you! Many of you asked how we achieved the beautiful tone-on-tone gold background on the “Wishing you a Merry Christmas” snowflake card. Fist, stamp the image on a diagonal repeatedly with a clear pigment ink pad.

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Next, sprinkle gold embossing powder over the ink and shake off the paper (just like you would use glitter).

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Finally, use a heat gun to create a raised gold embossed effect.

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The end result is absolutely stunning!

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Next is a quick tip on using vellum quotes. I think these stickers look best when adhered to solid ivory cardstock and cut out with a craft knife. It causes the vellum to give off a pretty sheen!

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That’s all for today.  I am off to London to pay a visit to QVC UK!