Archive for January, 2009

CHA Ultimate Giveaway WINNER!

Posted by Catherine on January 31, 2009

…Hel-looooo ALL! It’s 2:36 in the morning and I am STILL awake! CHA is still with me as we speak…I just can’t get to sleep – all the different things are still running through my head, especially…

My CHA ULTIMATE Giveaway and the WINNER!

I apologize I was a little behind in choosing my winner, but it was SO AWESOME to go through all your comments and thoughts and suggestions and questions! I am still trying to answer them all or get back to you if you had comments, so please be patient with me!

So…my WINNER of the CHA ULTIMATE Giveaway, who posted on every single ‘Confessions of a CHA Convention-er’ posts was…


*SQUEALS* CONGRATULATIONS! Renee, thanks SO much for ‘coming with me’ on my first ever trip to CHA (or first ever trip all alone, for that matter) and for taking part in all the CHA festivities! I hope that you had just as much fun as I did discovering all the new things CHA had to offer and had a great time meeting a bunch of new people with me! I’m sorry that we weren’t able to meet in person, but who knows, maybe next year!

I am so happy for you for being the Tim Holtz Advantis line winner of my CHA Ultimate Giveaway courtesy of Pez-a-Doodle Designs!

Just as a reminder, the Advantis line will not be released and available for shipping from Ranger until mid-to-end March and will ship to you AS SOON as Marti from Pez-a-Doodle Designs receives it! I’m sorry that I couldn’t choose EVERYONE to win something, but there is SURE to be more fun and fancy giveaways for me to host in the future (especially with Marti’s/Hampton Arts’ Studio G contests to come!) so please stay tuned! And don’t forget to check Marti’s blog and my DT sister Christine’s blog for more fun giveaways going on RIGHT NOW! If you would still like to try out and have fun with the new Ranger releases or any of the new products that Marti is now carrying or has for pre-order at her store, please pop on over and have a look >> Pez-a-Doodle Designs <<!

Renee, please E-Mail me ASAP so that we can get your information on file! The next time we know anything about your prize, you will be the next to know!

Again, thank you EVERYONE for tagging along with me on my trip. I hope that I was able to really make you feel like you were there and part of the action, and I hope that I will see more of you next year at CHA 2010! All your comments and thoughts and funny contributions brought me so much smiles and laughs and most definitely kept me from feeling home-sick or lonely! I hope that you’ll stay with me on my upcoming adventures and forays into the crafting world and I look forward to getting to know more of you!

Up next for me is more FLOWER SOFT fun…I can’t WAIT to dive completely head-first into this fluffy fun and we’ll see what comes of it, huh? Let’s GO!

DISCLAIMER: Just some more information on how the winner was chosen based in accordance with the contest rules (set by myself) and the random integer generator. Twenty-nine posters posted on each ‘Confessions of a CHA Convention-er’ post. These posters were listed in numerical order according to posting and a random integer between the numbers one and twenty-nine was generated. The winning number generated being TWENTY-TWO (22). Please be advised that the rules and contest guidelines were created by myself and the winner was chosen in the most random and un-biased way so as to provide each entrant an equal opportunity to win.


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Posted by Catherine on January 30, 2009

…well, if you’re not sick of giveaways yet (*gasp* how could sick and giveaways ever be in the same sentence? you ask!) and didn’t get a chance to win Marti’s fabulous Polka-Dot-Pie stamp line, my DT sister Christine is giving away another TWO sets on her blog! *squeals* Apparently I can’t win this one either (*LOL*) but who am I to begrudge another fabulous lady from her chance to win!?

All you need to do is leave a comment >> HERE << by midnight tonight (EST) and you’re in the draw! Good luck everyone and happy Friday. I’m taking today off (as much as I can keep myself away) as The Mister has informed me that he has planned to take me hostage the whole day today since we haven’t seen each other or spent more than five minutes alone together since even before I left! He’s taking me to the movies – to see Confessions of a Shopaholic, no less! And I asked if we could stop by our LSS and he said YES! Such a good man…

Don’t you fret though, I will be back and rarin’ to go. Before you know it you’ll be so sick of me! (*gasp* How could sick and me ever be in the same sentence?!?!) Marti’s keeping me on my toes with so many fun new things going on!

If you haven’t seen yet, for those of you who have been wanting to try Flower Soft, Marti’s giving away a starter box on her blog, so you might want to have a little peek-a-boo over there to see what’s what!


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CHA Wrap-Up…

Posted by Catherine on January 29, 2009

…I’m home, I’m home! Oh how I loooove Canada – snow and all!

It’s so hard to believe that just yesterday I was close to the ocean and the sun was shining and the weather was warm (well, warmer than here anyway!) and now I’m surrounded by snow! But I made it back safe and sound, and I’m hoping that all my CHA buddies made it home okay, too!

To wrap up my CHA adventures, I just wanted to include my thoughts about all the shenanigans and to answer any questions that anyone had about the things that we saw and the things that we’ll be carrying!

First off, as a first-timer, the whole event was so overwhelming! Even after all the tips and suggestions, nothing could have prepared me for the scope and seriousness of everything! Someone suggested bringing a rolling tote, but someone should have also said a rolling cooler as well – to fill with energy drinks, water, gatorade, non-perishables…LOL! You know what? Instead of a rolling tote, you should just bring one of those strollers that you can ride on…you know, with a basket in the front? Then you can hook up a hitch at the back and then hook up the rolling tote and the rolling cooler. That is the ONLY tip that I can pass along to any other CHA hopefuls!

Despite the serious lack of sleep, I had an AMAZING time! I was SO excited to meet all my Cricut friends and other new crafty friends as well! Every day was different and even full of surprises – Paris Hilton even, who woulda thunk it!? I highly recommending anyone who is considering going to future CHA events to just decide to go for it already! CHA July 2009 is in Orlando, Florida – how fun would THAT be? Unfortunately, I will not be able to make it to that one, but I’ve already got my planning designs on CHA 2010, will I see you there???

So to answer one of the most recent questions I had, the size of the Impressabilities is pretty much exactly the same size as the Cuttlebug folders – so I would say A2 in size, is that right? The only thing is that it’s not as thick without the folder! There are a bunch of patterns already and you can check out the Spellbinders website to see them!

All of the new products that Marti will be carrying – a lot of the ship dates (shipping to Marti that is) is scheduled for the spring, ie. March – April. That includes all the Tim Holtz/Ranger products, Zva blingies and flower sploofies.

The Flower Soft boxed sets will be coming in the next few weeks and she’s got them available for pre-order as well as ONE LUCKY WINNER can win a box- check out her blog for the details!

To give you a little idea of how I’ve incorporated a few of the fabulous new products that Marti will be carrying, here’s a little card I *had* to do as soon as I got up this morning!

*SQUEALS* (is it bad to squeal at your own project???) Well, I don’t care, you can squeal with me if you like *SQUEALS*

So to break it down for you, I used a lot of white on white and to jazz that up a bit, I used my brand-spankin’-new-straight-from-the-inventor’s-hands Scor-Pal (sorry, Scor-it, you just couldn’t cut it…). I criss-crossed my scores for just that added bit of dimensionality (is that a word?). On top of that I stamped my Penny Black stamp and coloured with Prismas and Mineral Oil and then…FLOWER SOFT! LOOK AT IT! w00t! It’s soooo pretty! Tutorials and techniques to come, I can assure you! To add just that final bit of pizzazz (??? how the heck is that spelled ???) I sprinkled on some Martha Stewart glitter!

I hand-stitched the border and added a little bit of blingies as well as the ribbon slider and ribbon, with MORE added blingies to finish it off!

So stay in tune to Pez-a-Doodle Designs as these products will be popping up shortly! Especially the FLOWER SOFT!


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It’s a Small World After All…

Posted by Catherine on January 28, 2009

…here in Anaheim and on the Cricut Board!

Here are a couple pictures from our Cricut dinner get-together and from Disneylaaaand!

L-R: sockmonkeykitty, Glenda, Marti-Pezadoodles, SillySkittles, scrappinkitty, terrikrafts

BWAHAHAHAHA…oh, her highness and her lady in waiting or very tired! Notice the fancy Tim Holtz/Ranger hoopla that Marti is loyally wearing!

Three Muskateers…or Three Stooges…hmmm…

I loooooves the silliness! We actually told Terri to look like that…LOL…not to worry, no alcohol was involved here…although it looked like it…

AWESOME group of ladies!

Woohoo! Dinner was so FUN! I am so sorry that I was so tired and started to feel sick later on into the dinner… 😦


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Confessions of a CHA Convention-er (Part 10 – Nestabilities)

Posted by Catherine on January 28, 2009

I apologize that there was a lack of posting for my last day, but everything shifted into warp speed (kind fo like my sickening experience on Space Mountain…*LoL..cough* Suzanne…) but more on that later, on to some crafty goodness!

First off, if you missed the announcement, both Marti and I are hosting ULTIMATE CHA giveaways to commemorate our first time attending CHA. Courtesy of the lovely Pez-a-Doodle herself, I am giving away a great portion of Tim Holtz’s Advantis line of grunge-y goodness – you can get the complete 411 on that by clicking >> here <<. The official contest deadline has been extended from the 28th to the 30th to give me some time to catch up with all your comments, suggestions and questions! To double our giveaway fun, Marti is giving away the entire, I repeat the entire, not yet released LIGHTS and BRIGHTS line of alcohol inks.

HOLY MOLY! If I could win them, I would definitely try!

Okay, I am also excited about a couple more things that I’ve got listed for me to chit-chat about (after six days, can I just say how EXHAUSTING all this excitement is???)

Now if you’ve been a visitor for some time now, you’ll kno wjust how much I’ve been COVETING all things nest-like…as in NESTABILITIES! *swoons* so can I just point out that it’s nice that Marti knnows people? And that it’s nicet hat I know Marti???? HAHAHAHA…Iknow that I’m probably the last to know this, but our own Terri (terrikrafts) from The Board is a carrier of the beloved Nestabilities?! Where have I been? I know! so this weekend, missy me has placed an order for her own precious sets of nesties…all.For.MEEEE!!! I am already cursing the post for their slowness because I want them NOW! So if you’ve been dying for a set or two, drop me a line and I will! Terri is the BEST! You can never go wrong with her, she took good care of us Cricut board girls this weekend, lemme tell ya!

If you’ve already got Nesties, let me also point out that Terri is already accepting pre-orders for the NEW releases that we were able to see with our own eyes! Even better than that (yes, I know my announcements keep getting better and better – so keep reading!) she will also have IMPRESSABILITIES! If you have not seen these babies in action, let me tell you, they are a must have, not just a must want!

So as you can see, they are nice and pretty AND folder-less! That’s right, anywhere placement without the folder! Plus, as the lovely Wendy from Spellbinders has pointed out, the soft metal and the low retail costs makes it easier to buy TWO – one to keep whole and one to cut up into multiple, smaller portions to use however/whichever you like!

Stay tuned for my CHA wrap-up…I’ll finally be HOME!


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