I’m a Winner ~ 30 Days of Holiday Giveaways

Hello all! Sorry for the long hiatus. It seems this always happens after Christmas until I feel refreshed again! My husband got me some awesome crafting items for Christmas, including a new Cricut cartridge – Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More 2 (TBBM2)! Here is a pumpkin gift bag I made. I haven’t embellished it yet but thought I would show how it looks after cutting and assembling.

Pumpkin Bag - TBBM2

I plan on making the tea cup next. Hubby also bought me the scoring tip and my lovely sister and brother-in-law gave me the Cricut gel pens for my birthday to print the card phrases from TBBM2! They also got me a nice selection of stamps, Martha Stewart punches, and paper!!! I feel a bit spoiled! I can’t wait to dig into these items and start crafting again!

On top of this, I won a giveaway through Northridge Publishing’s “30 Days of Holiday Giveaways”. The box of goodies came a week after Christmas! I had never one a prize before so this is quite exciting! Northridge Publishing banded together with Provo Craft to create Cricut Magazine. I became a follower of Northridge Publishing’s Create blog a few months ago because they have card challenges and giveaways throughout the year. During December, they hosted their 30 Days of Holiday Giveaways where you can enter each day’s giveaway by leaving a comment. This particular prize package was hosted by American Crafts and included paper and embellishments from their different lines: Dear Lizzy ‘5th & Frolic’ (my favorite), Pebbles ‘Seen & Noted’, Crate Paper ‘On Trend’, Studio Calico ‘Darling Dear’, and a few embellishments from ‘Yearbook’. Here are pictures of the goodies that arrived. The items were separated by their design lines in 4 big “zip loc” bags.

Box of American Crafts goodies

4 bags of goodies

Dear Lizzy Line

On Trend Line

Studio Calico Line

Pebbles Line

Even though the 30 Days of Holiday Giveaways is over, there are still other giveaways they host each week. And with their new monthly Cards Blog Challenge, there are more opportunities to win some lovely scrapbooking and card supplies! I am not a paid endorser of their site, just a fan 🙂 and I just wanted to share this with others so you too can win. It would be exciting to hear of blog followers winning their own goodies and seeing what you make! If you want to follow the Create blog, here’s their address: http://create.northridgepublishing.com/.

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas holiday and a wonderful New Year so far!!!



14 thoughts on “I’m a Winner ~ 30 Days of Holiday Giveaways

  1. Congrats Vanessa!!! That’s fantastic!!! You sure did get a lot of goodies between the family gifts and the giveaway. I can’t wait to see what you make with them. Thanks for the tip on the blog. I’m going to hop over and take a peek. Glad to have you back! ~Sophia

    • Thanks Sophia! It’s good to be back! 🙂 Now it’s time to delve into all of the new goodies! The only issue is where to start! 😉 LOL I’m definitely a fan and a believer of the Create blog now. I didn’t think I’d have a chance to win but then it happened and when the box came I was happily surprised. Even Hubby thought there must be a catch but there wasn’t! When I found out I won on their site, I submitted my mailing address to the Create blog’s editor and two weeks later, there was a box on the front porch. It was like Christmas all over again. It’s definitely worth checking out!

  2. Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas! Congrats on winning that great prize package! I once received a surprise box of goodies with an order I placed online, and honestly the freebies excited me more than what I had ordered! Enjoy all your new crafting supplies!

    • Hi Vanessa!!! Thank you so much! I did have a wonderful Christmas, as well as a nice birthday which followed shortly after. My family was too good to me with all the nice crafting goodies. It was heartwarming to see how much they wanted to support my hobby. It blew me away and then when the prize package came I was truly overwhelmed. I guess my first step now is to organize my 8×10 craft room which is already bursting at the seams! 🙂 Then maybe I will start making something again. I wonder if that’s why I’ve been MIA for a month! lol I know what you mean about the freebies! I had never won anything or gotten anything free so it was so fun going through the box and looking at each item! 🙂 I felt like a kid! Thanks for your lovely visit! Hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas too and that the New Year is going well so far! ~V

  3. Congrats Vanessa! It looks like you got a lot of goodies. Can’t wait to see what you make with it all. : ) I don’t have TBBM – do you like it? I have too many cartridges (if that’s even possible) but I am always looking for more if I find I will use them a lot.

    • Hi Michele! Thank you so much! Now if I can just get in gear and organize my craft room better and start making something again! 🙂 I don’t have the first TBBM but this second version, TBBM2, looks exciting. This is only my 16th cartridge! 🙂 Would love to keep adding to my little collection as time goes on. 😉 On TBBM2, there are a lot of bags, tags, and boxes on it for different occasions (birthday, valentine’s, wedding, Father’s Day, etc., and there are also cards, envelopes, and phrases that go with each 3-D project! There are two ways to do phrases – one is thick enough to cut out as a die-cut and the other one looks like handwriting to be printed with a gel pen. I can’t wait to try out the more intricate bags and boxes with the scoring blade for some of those tricky folding lines that wrap around, such as a tea cup that a score-pal can’t help with. But I have seen on YouTube that others found a work around without the scoring blade just by adjusting their settings to low pressure and changing the blade setting to 2. It will then score instead of cut. I believe the scoring is done first then, without taking out the mat, you hit load again and it will line back up to cut out the image once you adjust to the proper blade depth and pressure settings. Here’s a link to the cartridge’s handbook: http://www.cricut.com/res/handbooks/Tags%20Bags%20Boxes%20and%20More%202%20WebHandbook.pdf. It also comes with a second little handbook on how to assemble: http://www.cricut.com/res/handbooks/Tags%20Bags%20Boxes%20and%20More_Web_Instruction%20Booklet.pdf. And lastly, here is a link showing the cards with the gel pen phrases and corresponding envelopes: http://www.cricut.com/res/handbooks/Cards%20and%20Envelopes%20Tags%20Bags%20Boxes%20and%20More%202.pdf. So far I’m loving this cartridge – the more I explore the handbook I’m seeing just how full this cartridge is. There’s a mini pizza box, french fry box, CD gift box, bonus card folder and card holder to store handmade cards in, playing cards box, a pirate’s chest, cone box, a Christmas cracker box that can be “popped” open I’m assuming, place card holder for a wedding, bride and groom box, Chinese take out boxes (2 versions), a paper mailbox for Valentine’s day, a 3-D Christmas ornament, Easter basket, dog house, milk carton, cupcake box, plus many more! 🙂 Sorry for the long response! I guess I’m excited about this cartridge! For special events and family gifts, I could see you wanting to add this to your stash! Would be nice gifts to sell on Etsy too! 🙂 Take care, V

      • Thanks! You’ve given me a lot to think about. Seems that you really like it. I will have to check it out the next time I get a rewards certificate at AC Moore (and they’re on sale!!) ill have to check out some YouTube videos.

    • Thanks Helen! I’ve yet to play with these goodies and I don’t know why I’m stalling! I guess part of me doesn’t want to mess up the pretty paper! 🙂 It’s as if I’m afraid I will ruin my goodies when I know I need to make something with it! It’s weird LOL! But I’m getting inspiration from your crafting blog since you have the Dear Lizzy line! Keep those fabulous cards coming! I love seeing what you create! ~V

    • Thanks so much Arin!!! I have never won anything before so I am coveting this prize, so much so that I haven’t used any of it yet! I have only put the different lines in storage boxes so that I can look at them :)! What a mess! 🙂 I’ve got to get out of that phase and start using the stuff. Thanks for your lovely visit and for the lovely comment! I love my kitties so thanks for enjoying their photos :)!

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