Friday, November 18, 2011

Festive Friday November 18, 2011

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Getting Cricky Blog Hop
Welcome to the "Holiday Wishes" Getting Cricky Blog Hop!!

If you are just joining me from your dashboard, or reading this via email, please be sure to CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with Kristal's blog (you'll want to catch up on all the FUN!!)...

For my project, I'm featuring the Winter Wishes Stamp Set

K Andrew Designs
I used the A Child's Year Cricut Cartridge to cut this card out at 7" and the snowflakes at 2 3/4" or 3 1/4" I used the I-top to make the middle of the snowflakes and Bo Bunny Paper Snowfall for my card! I will have it in my webstore on Wednesday. To see all of my current contests, please scroll down....

Here are some additional photos as I was making this card.

This was the way the card was cut out with the snowflakes and snowdrops....
Before I added the 3-D snowflakes.

This is the inside of the card. I couldn't write on the brown so I added another piece of paper which was lighter for me to write on. I also had extra pieces so I used the tag and the extra snow flakes for the inside.
I will be using a small Flat Rate Box to send this 3-D card to my mom.
Not practical for all of my Christmas cards to spend $6 to mail it, but for my mom, worth it!

Here is a side view to see how dimentional this card really is....

This weekend thru Sunday you can get 20% off your
ENTIRE PURCHASE of K Andrew Design Stamps
enter the discount code: cricky20

Here is the line up in case you missed the beginning of the hop.....  CLICK HERE

1. Kristal

2. Ellen (guest designer)

3. Deb

4. Shawn

5. Lisa

6. Janis

7. Faith

8. Ildi

9. Amy

10. Amanda

11. Charlotte

12. Christel

13. Heather

14. Jana

15. Jessie

16. Linda

17. Miranda

18. Patti

19. Sherry

20. Erica

 The Official Christmas Countdown is ON! Only 37 days until Christmas. I know most people don't think that the Christmas Season Begins until the day AFTER Thanksgiving.... BUT I begin my Christmas Season on December 26 for me it is 364 days long. I begin Christmas shopping the day after for the following year. Santa has been done shopping for Bella since January 2. It is so great for me that she shares that love, joy and passion about Christmas that I do and she knows that it is not just about the presents. Her and I talk about Jesus and the Nativity, and she really gets it! When our dog passed she told me "that's ok mommy she is going to be in Heaven for Baby Jesus' Birthday" As a proud mom--- I think she really gets it. We haven't really talked about what Christmas REALLY is about since last December. For her to remember that from almost a year ago.... I think it was presented in the proper manner. I just can't believe at the age of 3 she really gets it. But I couldn't be more excited!

     My exciting list of upcoming events for you.....

1. Festive Friday where I announce today's winner of the Cricut Cartridge..... Tonight!!!
2. Tonight I will show you my Christmas Creation for the Getting Cricky Christmas Wishes Blog Hop
3. Tomorrow will start MY Recipe and Baking Blog Hop
4. Previews of Black Friday deals will be popping up from now until Wednesday. On Wednesday my store will be closed but you can preview everything that will be available on Thursday at 10:00am EST. I am so excited! We are working hard on making paper packs with printed and solid papers (10 sheets for $3)
Mat stacks of paper ONLY $9, New paper collections and a special coupon for all who have shopped before.... 
5. Great news for shipping.... Everything (except cricut cartridges) will ship within 7 business days and will be shipped priority mail. From Thanksgiving to Christmas, flat shipping of $9 no matter how much you order (this is great for those heavy packs of paper)
6. Gift Cards and Gift Certificates will begin next week! You don't even have to make a list and give it to your family and friends for Christmas, They can get you a gift card and you can buy EXACTLY what you want. ALL gift cards will come with an additional coupon to use when you make your purchase!

As you saw above I made a different Christmas Card.... Brown and Blue.... I know not typical, but too cute!
I am going to send it to my mom for "Thanksgiving".... (Merry Almost Christmas to me)
I am also going to send her to book you will see tomorrow on our Recipe and Baking blog hop! I can't wait.

Here is the rest of what the Design Team has made to share with you today.....

I used my new Bo Bunny Paper, which will be in the webstore on Wednesday!!!! I used the 12x12 kit and made some brads with the I-top.... Also in the store on Wednesday.... ;)

I am hoping my mom will not look at my blog today, so this card will be a surprise when she gets it!

Here are my snowflakes from my brown glitter paper.

I turn my I-top punch upside down so I can center what I want for the middle of my brad... I will show this tomorrow (Saturday night)

Here is a close up of the snowflakes and Sentiment

Here are all of the items I used. My I-top, A Child's Year Cricut Cartridge, my I-top punches. I used Brilliance Brown ink not the blue pictured. I used Brown and Blue Glitter paper along with the Bo Bunny Snowfall Paper.

I cut this Journal tag from the Bo Bunny Paper, it already had the glitter around the edge of it.

This banner was made with Cricut Alphabet and Create a Critter. I see she dressed up her little Cricut too! How cute!!! To learn more visit

Lucinda used Hello Kitty Greetings.
Her blog can be found at

Today's Countdown to Christmas winner is....

Josie0602 said...
I am laughing at myself....why did I think that the theme today was Beach? LOL....I will be checking the DT blog to see if I did the wrong theme for today! Oh well, I guess at least I finished another layout!!
Love the cards and the layout from my sisters on the DT! I will go leave you all some love after work today.

I think this is the first time a Design Team member has been picked for a Festive Friday Cartridge. There were only 11 comments yesterday and half were from the Design Team.... The odds were in their favor.
If you would like a chance to win a cartridge each week, click here for details.

I have 2 Cricut Everyday Circle exclusive cartridges for you to win.

Here are the TWO ways to win.
December is Bella (my little girl's) birthday.

The design team and I are going to be doing a Princess Bella's Birthday Blog hop December 10 & 11
They do not have to make things for HER, just princess or birthday.
But fro you to win one of the Cricut Everyday Circle Exclusive cartridges,
YOU get to make something for her. That is how you enter to win.
I am making her several birthday Scrapbooks. A 12x12 and and 8x8.

Her favorite color is purple, she loves Disney ANYTHING and Christmas. I had originally wanted Purple or Disney princess. But anything birthday, baby, little girl, dance, Christmas, Baby Winnie the Pooh (the babies on the Winnie the Pooh font cartridge) I have MANY scrapbooks to make for her. So even if you don't have kid cartridges or kid papers.... no worries. I have decided to expand the criteria for the contest. A few of my friends have asked me for ideas because they only have a few cartridges.... You can use a font cartridge to make words and just make a page with words and rectangles for pictures....

Then by December 1st please get them in the mail to me. There will be a RANDOM drawing from the pages to win ONE of those cartridges. As always I know this economy isn't the best, so there is another way to enter you can email me your entry (this means you don't have to make anything). All you have to do is send me an email with your name to be entered. That is how I will be giving away the second Cricut Everyday Cartridge. So both ways are random to win the cartridges. Here is another way to win.

The crafter who makes the BEST layout will become a full time member of my design team! I have a feeling it will be hard to pick just one (so I might pick two ;) I am going to have my local ladies help me pick the new member(s) of the team.

Want a chance to win a Cricut Cartridge every week????

With only 6 more weeks until Christmas there are only 6 more cartridges to win, so I have decided to give you more ways to win. When I post a project that was made by the design team (like up above) all you have to do is click on their blog above the picture, you will be taken to their blog. Each one that you go to and comment gives you one more chance to win the weekly giveaway.

Every Friday I announce the winner. On Friday that begins the new countdown. When you comment Friday-Thursday 11:59pm EST those are all of the entries eligible to win. You never know which cartridge I will be giving away that week until Friday when I announce it on my blog. You must comment the day the project was posted.

Beginning Nov 25th ALL items will be in my webstore. I have hired a few local ladies to help with shipping to make my customer service better and my shipping times. I am very happy to have new ladies added to my staff and team. With the GRAND opening of the store there will be MANY items added to the store.

So instead of just showing product images I would like to show crafted items made with the cartridges I sell. I will be giving away a Cricut Cake Machine.

So below are the cartridges that I am going to sell. What you can do to win the machine is to make something, NEW, never published, posted or shown anywhere. Make a crafted item showcasing that cartridge. Only one cartridge per project. If I pick your project to be shown in my webstore as a sample of what can be done with that cartridge you will get a 10% off coupon for the store for the rest of the year and you will be entered to win the Cricut Cake machine. The rules are it must be new and never seen by anyone else, no SVG images, only ONE cartridge used per project. No digital stamps.

You can make as MANY projects as you want. Email me your NEW project, your name, email and blog address, what cartridge you used to Contest@EricasCraftRoom In the subject of the email please name the Cricut cartridge that you used.

You need to submit your projects before December 1st.

You do not need to mail them to me, just an email with a great photo of the project. It will be published in my store and on my Website. My store and website will have its GRAND opening on November 25th. Beginning December 1st, I will slowly be adding pictures of the projects to the webstore. The final day for me to add those projects is December 23. On December 23 if you have been published on the website, you will know that you haven been entered into the drawing for the Cricut Cake machine. The winner of the machine will be announced on December 24th, and a great big Merry Christmas to you!

Those who are actually published will get the 10% off coupon. I can only publish 3 projects per cartridge.

On December 24th I will announce the winner of the Cricut Cake machine!


Here is the last 'contest' per say going on. I am showcasing 25 projects EVERYDAY in December.

That is 625 projects! They can be winter, snow, Christmas, New Year's...etc

So I need a little help with it.

Many of you know in JANUARY I will be having a design team call and taking about 15 new members. But for right now I am looking for a few members to have for a December 1-December 25th SEASONAL term. The first 25 days in December I will be showcasing 25 projects a DAY. So I need alot of help with that. So I am looking for about 50-60 people to be involved in that (in addition to my existing Design Team). You would then be responsible for posting TWO projects a week from December 1-25. From these Seasonal Design team members I will also have one or two of them stay on as a full time design team member.

Beginners are VERY VERY welcome. All I ask for beginner and advanced talent, is that when you post try to give as many instructions as possible. You MUST use cricut cartridges, no SVGs and no Digi-stamps. If you would like, you may do more than two projects a week. This is really a sign up event.

You must have your finished project emailed to me 5 DAYS in advance. With your name, blog address and a picture of the project. During this event there should be NO solicitation for sales of ANY kind. This is just to showcase your talent and blog.

How do you make the seasonal team. Email me ONE project you have made with your cricut.

Also include your name, email address and blog address.

Once you are approved your name will be on the website, When you see your name there you may sign up for any days you would like. Remember you need to sign up for at least 2 projects a week. You may do them both on the same day or on different days. If one week you have alot going on you may take one week off and then do 4 projects on the other week. Basically over the 25 days you will be responsible for 10 projects. To sign up for the day, just comment with this information--- Also include your name, email address and blog address. Periodically I will update the blog posting with those sign ups. Once that day is full with 25 projects, no more sign ups on that day will be taken.

Tonight the sign-ups for the 25 days in December will be posted here. But remember you may not sign up until you have been approved and see your name and blog posted.

You will need to email me a project you have made. It does not have to be a new project to apply, but they must be new projects to post. Once I have approved you, you will then be able to sign up for whatever days you would like.
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