Apr 29, 2009

A Little Cricut Hint Video!

Well, here's a little Cricut Hints & How-Tos (aka CHHT) Video that I thought I'd already posted here a while ago, but last night, I just realized that I hadn't!!! I uploaded it to You Tube, but somehow never linked it here. But in my defense, it was the same night that I uploaded 5 different Cricut Videos to You Tube, but somewhere, somehow, the first 4 of them disappeared into the "ether" of the internet & corrupted themselves on my hard drive--this video (which was #5!!), was the only survivor of that fateful upload experience, so no wonder I was confused, LOL!!! And of course, I'm currently re-doing the other 4 Cricut videos for you, so stay tuned for those!!!

Enjoy!!!

Apr 28, 2009

Almost Time for Blog FOLLOWER Give-Away!! Plus,Hurry to Order UCC & RAB to Beat Price Increase!

Ohhhh, I'm so excited!!! It's getting close to the end of the month, which means that all my Blog Followers (who were signed up as my Blog Followers in the month of April or before) will be automatically entered in my monthly Blog Follower contest Give-Away!!! I just LOVE give-aways, don't you?? For those of you who might not be familiar, starting in April, I'm holding a monthly give-away among just my Blog Followers. They don't have to do a darn thing except be signed up as a Follower, in which case, they are automatically entered each & every month. Pretty cool, huh?? And you just never ever know what the prizes might be--one month could be a really big give-away, another month might be a bit more low key, but, just know that there will ALWAYS be a give-away!!! And in this economy, every little bit helps, right??? Sooooo, if you're NOT signed up as a Blog Follower of mine, hurry up & do so!!!! To sign up, scroll down the right side of my blog until you see all those gorgeous, smiling faces & that's the "FOLLOWER" section. Click in there & follow the prompts!! (PLEASE, once again I'm asking you, do NOT sign up as "ANONYMOUS", because I won't know who you are if you win!!!)

I've had a LOT of questions over the last month about what kind of IDs are needed to sign up as anyone's blog follower, as well as what IDs to use to be able to post comments on anyone's blog & how the heck to get one of these IDs. So I've decided to put an end to the "mystery". Earlier today, I posted an article on how to do all these things, as well as how to find out just which (and how many!!) "internet IDs" you may already own!! Go to this POST for lots more information!!

And once again, I'm begging you, if you've been thinking that you want to get either a set of the Rock-A-Blocks (RAB), or an Ultimate Crafter's Companion (UCC), --run, --don't walk & press the "BUY NOW" Buttons at the top right side of my blog & grab them at these discounted prices. I have one more new order of products that were still ordered at the previous price, but my next order was done with the almost 15% price increase from the manufacturer that I told you about in a previous post here, which is sadly & certainly going to cause me to increase my prices (which I sooooo don't want to do, but am being forced to!!!). The prices I have up there right now are what I believe are the best prices out there and they are all-inclusive, meaning what-you-see-is-what-you-get!!! The shipping is ALREADY included in those prices, which is NOT the case on other seller's websites out there. (Plus, I use Priority Shipping, which is an amazingly fast 2 to 3 day shipping time!!!) There are NO additional fees tacked onto my transactions at the end!!! Plus, I always include really nice, extra "goodies" in all my buyer's packages, which is also not the "norm" out there with other sellers. Another thing you get from me, as my buyers will attest, is really good customer service. You can't get that from those 2nd tier sites that buy their products from other re-sellers--those folks don't even have any relationship with the manufacturer. Plus there are rumors running rampant that at least one of these big discount sites is going to or has already has filed for bankruptcy!!! I assure you, I am here & I am solvent, LOL!!!

I KNOW there are many of you who want one or both of these products & who have been just waiting, for whatever reason. Please, don't wait any longer!!! I would hate to see you have to pay more, when you could have gotten the products at these current discounted prices.

If you have any questions about any of this, don't hesitate to contact me here via a comment or thru my email at: glendascreativeplace@yahoo.com. But whatever you do, if you've been wanting either of these products, please do NOT wait any longer!!!

Removing the "Mystery" of how to: Sign Up as ANYONE'S Blog Follower, Post Comments on ANYONE's Blog & a Few Other Things on the Internet!!

Over the past month, I've had soooo many questions about this, so I've decided to just take the bull by the horns & remove the mystery of how to do these things. I'm also going to show you how to know which "Internet IDs" you may ALREADY own & not know about!!!

So, I'm going to slip into "instructor mode" here & when I'm done, I really hope this will answer a LOT of these questions. I also hope it will help many of you out there to feel more secure moving around the Internet & signing into different places, knowing that you already OWN an ID capable of all that, so you don't feel as if you have to keep signing up for all these various IDs all over the place. When you're finished reading this, I think many of you will be surprised to find out just how many of these IDs you may already own!!!

The main things that have generated these questions and concerns are:

- What type of ID do I need to sign up as a Follower for ANYONE's Blog?
- What type of ID do I need to be able to post a COMMENT on ANYONE's Blog?
- What the heck is an "OPEN ID"?

These are all legitimate questions & frankly, sometimes when you try to go in to do some of the above-mentioned tasks, it looks a little overwhelming & especially for those who are not seriously internet savvy, it looks a little scary!!!

There are many ways to get an internet ID & over the years, I'd bet some of us have collected quite a few!!! The main ones right now that we want to address are those that help us with the tasks above. When you click in to either sign up as a Blog Follower, or to post a comment on a blog (and I'm talking about the BLOGGER/BLOGSPOT blogs in this article!!), it will typically take you to a sign in screen where it will ask you for one of the following IDs (and BTW, if you've ever signed up for an email account or for Chat with any of these, there's a great chance you ALREADY have an ID!!):

- GOOGLE ID
- YAHOO ID
- AIM ID
- OPEN ID

I think the first three are self-explanatory; if you've signed up for either the email service or the Chat services of GOOGLE, YAHOO or AIM, you likely already have an ID for that service, which will work just fine to use as a sign-in ID for the tasks we talked about before. But many of you might now be asking, just what the HECK is an OPEN ID, how do I get one, or how do I know if I ALREADY have one????? Surprise, surprise!!! Once again, you may already have one. If you use any of the following services, you likely already have your own Open ID:

AOL
openid.aol.com/screenname
Blogger
blogname.blogspot.com
Flickr
www.flickr.com/photos/username
LiveDoor
profile.livedoor.com/username
LiveJournal
username.livejournal.com
Orange (France Telecom)
http://www.orange.fr/bin/frame.cgi?u=http%3A//openid.orange.fr/
SmugMug
username.smugmug.com
Technorati
technorati.com/people/technorati/username
Vox
member.vox.com
Yahoo
http://openid.yahoo.com/
WordPress.com
username.wordpress.com

So, if you've used any of these services, go check to see if your OPEN ID is working, using the format shown below each provider (example: for AOL, you'd type: openid.aol.com/yourAOLscreenname).

In other words:
If my screen name in AOL was: "glendasblogishelpful", then to log in with my AOL Open ID, I would type: openid.aol.com/glendasblogishelpful

Or, if the name of my blog in BLOGGER was "glendasblogishelpful", then to log in with my BLOGGER Open ID, I'd type: glendasblogishelpful.blogspot.com (So for all of you that already have your own blog, you already HAVE your own OPEN ID!!! Also, those of you who might have your own website/your own URL, you ALSO have your own OPEN ID!!)

Does that explain it well enough?? You need to use the format to type in your ID that each provider dictates for their users.

I really hope this help answer a lot of the questions that many of you have had about sign-in IDs on the internet. But even more importantly to me and I'm sure to YOU, I hope it helps you feel more secure when you're faced with those ID Log in screens when you try to sign up as a blog Follower or you want to post a comment somewhere.

For more information, you can go into your favorite search engine & look for OPEN ID--there's a LOT of information out there about it. I'd suggest however that you start at the main OPEN ID site, where they explain "what" it is: http://openid.net/what/ , then "where" it can be used: http://openid.net/where/ and last, "how" to get one (or find out if you already have one!): http://openid.net/get/ . You'll find a lot of the same information there as I listed here, I just tried to take some of the "geek-speak" out of it for you, as that site seems to be written more for those who are fairly internet savvy!!!

Please let me know if these types of posts are helpful to you (in addition to my crafting posts!!!),as well as what other things you'd like to have me help you with, because I am here for YOU. You can do that by posting a comment (and now you know how to actually log-in to do so, woo-hoo!!!!)!!! Please, let me hear from you!!

Apr 24, 2009

Another Video in the Glenda's Hints & How-Tos Series (GHHT), Plus Bad News About Price Increases from Manufacturer

OK, here I am, back again with another short video, which is part of the Glenda's Hints & How-Tos Series (aka GHHT). Plus, today I finally got the news I've been dreading about my wholesale prices being raised by the manufacturer.

But first I want to say a big THANK YOU to those who have been placing their orders on my blog for both the Ultimate Crafter's Companion (UCC) as well as the Rock-A-Blocks (RAB) during the past week. The amount of orders being placed have picked up quite a bit since I first posted my "Free Studio G Stamps with Purchase Promotion" on April 17th. It could just be a coincidence, but I don't think so. It seems we all just love those darling Studio G Stamps!!! Thank goodness I managed to pick up as many as I did, because even though I've been sending them out all week long, I'm not quite out of them just yet!! But I can't imagine they'll last too much longer, so if you've been thinking of ordering either of these products or both, (UCC or RAB), please don't wait---I really want you to be able to get the Studio G Stamps with your purchase, as well as all the other "goodies" I always send out with your orders.

The other reason you shouldn't wait any longer is because the day I've been dreading has finally arrived. I heard from the manufacturer, Crafter's Companion, that they're no longer going to allow any orders with the special discounts on them, so they're going to start charging me regular price, starting now, which is going to increase my costs with them about 15%!! I'm already almost to the point of losing money on these products, so now with the manufacturer increasing my costs about 15%, it's likely going to force me to increase my selling prices. Which is something I sooooo don't want to do!!!

When I first started selling these 2 products from Crafter's Companion, it was because I fell head over heels in love with them when I saw them at CHA in January. I went back to their booth day after day & just hung around, soaking up everything I saw that these products could do to help crafter's get things done much easier. (Poor Sarah, who is the the person you always see doing the demos & on their DVDs probably thought I was a stalker because I was at their booth so much!!) After a few days, I finally decided that I wanted to make these available to as many crafter's as I could manage to reach, since my whole crafting philosophy is all about crafting with less stress & getting things done in the easiest & quickest way possible. I really wanted to share these great products, so I priced them as low as I possibly could, based on the special prices that were first available to me. I knew in my heart this day would eventually come, when those special manufacturer's prices would expire, but with the economy in the state that it is, I guess I'd held out hope that it wouldn't be for a while yet. There's little doubt that this will force me to adjust my selling prices, so please, grab these products that I already have priced, before I have to do so!!! If any of your friends or crop groups have been talking about getting either of these products, please refer them to my blog here ASAP. Use the two "BUY NOW" Buttons that are at the very top of my blog on the far right side. And remember that my prices are all inclusive--they already include the shipping, so the prices that you see are the real & true prices & are the full amount of what you'll pay.

Enough about all that now. Let's get back to crafting!! Today's video is about a great "find", and what makes it even greater is that it's free. All you have to do is ask!!!

Check it out for yourself:

Hurry-Provo Craft Promo--Limited Time!!

Hi all. I just wanted to make sure you'd all seen this promotion from Provo Craft!! It says they're only taking pre-orders thru April 24th (which is TODAY!!!), but I haven't had time to read all the fine print, so I don't know if that also means the contest attached to it is also over on the same date or not. But as soon as I saw this, I wanted to make sure that all of you have had a chance to see it before it's too late. This promo allows you to pre-order the much sought after (and soon to be in general release!!!) Home Decor cartridge (NOT to be confused with the Home Accents cartridge--they are 2 separate cartridges with different images on them!!!!), along with the new Jubilee cartridge. (The Home Decor cartridge is another one of those cartridges that has some great images on it for use with vinyl for "Wall Words".) When you get to the payment options, if you pay the $99.00 all at once, (in 1 installment), you get 2 free gifts along with the cartridges: a free Cricut Jukebox and a free set of Cricut Markers. If however, you opt to pay in 3 installments instead, you still get a free set of Cricut Markers, but you don't get the Cricut Jukebox. Plus, if ordering thru this promotion, you're then automatically entered in their Craft Room Makeover Sweepstakes. Here's the promo & link: http://www.provocraftpromotions.com/ And here's the pictures of the content of these 2 cartridges: Home Decor:
Jubilee:
Sorry I'm so late sharing this with you, but I honestly just now saw this, because I've been so bogged down with some other projects over the past few days. So, I just wanted to throw this up here really quick for all of you, just to make sure that you have a chance to check it out for yourselves!!! I'll be back with you later with a "regular" post!!!

Apr 19, 2009

Another New Video in the Glenda's Hints & How-Tos Series (GHHT)

This next hint in my Glenda's Hints & How-Tos (GHHT) Video Series is a very practical one that has already saved me a BUNCH of money!! It's about a new tool I got about a month ago & guess what?? This is a tool that actually works, it's a tool that will get used over & over (and already IS getting used a lot!) & on top of all that, this is a tool that was sooooo inexpensive for what it does, it's unbelievable--(even before I pulled out the 40% off coupon, which made it even cheaper--WooHoo!)!!! Because I bought THIS tool, I was able to make some of the tools I already owned work as well as they did when they were brand new, which meant I didn't have to spend any more money to replace them!!! This little tool has been a TOTAL win-win for me & let me tell you, in the "Glenda Ranking System for Tools", this one has a place of honor!! Take a look at the video below for more information.

I just want to remind everyone that I'm in the midst of a give-away with purchase for a bunch of the new Studio G stamp sets. Anyone that buys any product on my blog here will not only get all the regular (and pretty generous!) "goodies" I already include with your orders, but will also receive 3 sets of Studio G stamps for each Ultimate Crafter's Companion ordered (UCC), or 2 sets for each set of Rock-A-Blocks (RAB)---and---today I also decided that if you buy BOTH (the UCC & the RAB) at the same time, you'll get a total of 6 sets of Studio G stamps (instead of 5). I'll continue this give-away of the Studio G stamps until I run out of them!! There are some really nice ones for Mother's Day & Father's Day (and Father's Day stamps especially are usually NOT easy to find!!!), as well as several other spring & summer themes. Of course, they're all very cute--after all, they ARE Studio G stamps!!!!

Alrighty then, let's get on with the new GHHT video. Again, please share your thoughts here about these hints and for goodness sakes, if YOU have another way that's working well for you on any of the subjects we're talking about in the GHHT videos, please SHARE!!! Make a comment below & let us know!!! I love learning new things & I love to hear from all of you!!! Thanks!!!

Apr 17, 2009

Studio G Stamps Give-Away & Another Video from Glenda's Hints & How-Tos (aka GHHT)

OK, here's another day and another short video in my new video series called Glenda's Hints & How-Tos (or for time's sake, let's abbreviate it to GHHT!!)!!!

And just for fun, since I just picked up a bunch of the new Studio G Stamps over at Joann's (Craft Stores), let's give some of them away!!!

Here's the info: Starting right now and lasting until I run out of them (which could take a while!!), anyone who orders products from my blog here will not only receive the regular & generous "goodies"/give-aways that I always include with your orders, but you'll also receive 3 different packages of Studio G stamps for each Ultimate Crafter's Companion (UCC) ordered, & 2 packages of Studio G stamps for ordering a set of Rock-A-Blocks (RAB). (To clarify, within EACH package of the Studio G Stamps, there are normally somewhere between three to five individual stamps inside.)

Now back to paper!!! Today's edition of GHHT is a hint which is a follow-up to yesterday's hint, so we're still talking about sorting paper. However, this time, we'll be focused on sorting by major holiday or event. Keep in mind that what I'm going to show you will work for ANY collections that you have amassed (or hoarded, LOL!!!)---any of the major holidays, or a subject such as travel, or love & romance, family, baby themes, sports, etc. The real purpose is to get those "collections" separated out from the general population of your paper. It makes it so much easier to put projects together quickly if all the products you have within your collection(s) are sorted out & stored together by themselves.

Once again, I encourage you to PLEASE--leave a comment to let me know if any of these GHHT are helpful to you. Also, please speak up & tell me if YOU have another way of doing it!!! I've said since the very beginning when I first started this blog, I wanted it to be a place where we could all share & learn from one another. So please, don't be shy!!! Let me hear from you!! Your opinion matters! Without further ado, here's the next video:

Second Video in New Series-Glenda's Hints & How-Tos (GHHT)

Here we go with the next video in my new video series. This new series (GHHT) consists of short little hints from me; they're things that have helped me along the way grow as a crafter. No matter how small and sometimes maybe even insignificant they might seem on the surface, when you add them all together, they make up a whole lot of practical help.

This newest video is about sorting & keeping track of ALL your paper stacks. This applies to stacks of any size & from any manufacturer. In my case, I buy a LOT of stacks from Die Cuts With A View (DCWV). What I've learned is that because their colors can and do vary from season to season and year to year within their stacks, those colors may NOT work perfectly if you try to pair them from stacks from different seasons. Therefore I needed a way to be able to know which year each stack was from (not JUST the season!!). I also needed to be able to tell with just a very quick glance exactly WHAT type of papers were inside each stack.

See for yourselves below & then please-feel free to comment & let me know if any of these hints are something you think you might try out. Or comment if you have another idea along these lines--we're all here to learn & share. I absolutely LOVE hearing from my readers!!!

Apr 15, 2009

First Video in new Series-Glenda's Hints & How-Tos (aka GHHT)

OK, here's the first in my new series of "short" videos, which consist of some of the many "little" things I've learned & stumbled across throughout the years & through my journey as a crafter. I like to think that all these "little" things have added up to help me become the crafter I am today, which is certainly a better crafter than I was years ago. I hope you find something in these little hints that will help you as well.

This first hint didn't really even start out to be a "hint". I was just looking around my craft room one day when I was kind of "stuck" in a creative rut, just searching for some inspiration anywhere and then my eyes landed on my "color spot" and I immediately felt uplifted and inspired. My video camera happened to be sitting right there next to me, all set up and ready to go from when I was doing some videos earlier, so I grabbed it and just started to talk--to try to express how BEAUTIFUL these things were, all grouped by color like that--my own personal "eye-candy"!!! And as I talked, I also thought about how helpful it's been for me to have all all these items sorted out by their colors and how much time it's saved me in the long run.

So yes, what started out as a personal inspiration, did end up as a "hint" and I truly hope it's a hint that will help someone else find their own inspiration one day. Enjoy!

Apr 14, 2009

New Series of Videos Coming!!!

Hi all!!! Yeaaaahh--NEW videos are being uploaded--finally!!!

Ohhhh, wow, have I been a busy gal. So, I've gotten behind on my (self-imposed!) video schedules. But, I'm finally getting some of the videos I actually made more than a month ago edited and uploaded for you. Most of these are part of a new series of videos that I'm doing called: "Glenda's Hints & How-Tos" (aka GHHT). These will be videos of a much SHORTER duration than most of my more detailed tutorials. These videos are simply little snippets, little nuggets of information that I've learned and found out along the way that have helped me get my craft projects done more easily & quickly. My hope is that these new GHHT videos will contain some information that will also be helpful to you. If so, please let me know by posting your comments here & also by rating the videos within the YouTube.com site itself. For those of you that want to be sure to be notified of any new posts & information from me, be sure to sign up as a Blog FOLLOWER of mine here (scroll down on the right, until you see all those beautiful faces of my Followers!!). You may also subscribe to my videos on YouTube.com--my Channel ID is under Gkguccigirl1 (with NO spaces in between any of these letters or the number at the end!!).

Other news & reminders:

. Remember, those of you who are signed up as Blog FOLLOWERS of mine will be automatically entered every single month into my monthly Blog Candy Give-Away contest (this contest is ONLY for my Blog FOLLOWERS!!!). So be sure to sign up if you haven't done so already!!

. I'm in the process of placing orders for some of these products, and would LOVE your feedback as to which of these you'd be most interested in, and under the manufacturer, which specific products you'd most like to see added to this site:

1) ScrapOnizer (see their site for products, but if you want to order, please let me know, as I have MUCH better pricing!!! http://scraponizer.net/magento/ ). ** Pay SPECIAL attention to their new HOT HOT product, the "Cartridge Storage Solution", which was made to fit into the 8.5 x 11" Storage Set, or of course, can stand up on its own, or be stacked vertically or horizontally. And obviously, it was made specifically FOR YOUR CRICUT CARTRIDGES!!! Finally--an integrated & flexible storage system for our cartridges!!! It's about time!!!

2) Ranger Inc Products: Including many products from the Tim Holtz & the Idea-ology Lines, some inks (i.e. Distress, alcohol inks, etc.), as well as several other Ranger products.

3) Spellbinders products, including Nestabilities and other Spellbinder's dies, as well as special orders for the Wizard machine itself.

4) Zutter Products: Mainly focused on the Bind-It-All, some of the Teresa Collins line, special orders of O Wires and more.

- ****And of course, please don't forget that I still offer what I believe are the best prices around (because my prices are ALL inclusive--they ALREADY include your Priority shipping charges, which those other sites don't!!!) for the Ultimate Crafter's Companion (UCC), as well as the Rock-A-Blocks (RAB), which are BOTH tools I use daily and are tools that I absolutely ADORE!!!

Everyone knows I'm ALL about doing things the EASIEST & QUICKEST way possible and both of these tools have each helped change my crafting life sooooo much--they've helped me over & over again to get things done in minutes, when those same things used to take hours!!! You can order them on the very top right side of my Blog--just click on the "BUY NOW" Buttons!!! (And again, as a reminder, try to include in your "Instructions to the Seller" section, the fact that you ARE a message of a major crafting Message Board, such as the Cricut MB, SplitCoast Stampers, TwoPeasinabucket, etc. & include your MB name--I LOVE to send extra "goodies: out with the orders I get from from my Message Board friends!!!

OK, so keep tuned now for new additions to follow of my new video series: "Glenda's Hints & How-Tos" (GHHT)!

Apr 2, 2009

We Have OUR WINNERS--for my Blog Candy Give-Away Contest!!

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but, let me tell you, I have been a very BUSY gal.

First, let me tell you that my Blog Candy Give-Away spreadsheet has finally been completed & after a LOT of research, a lot of generous help from sooooo many people out there & a LOT of sleepless nights, it is working exactly how I’d hoped it would for this first Blog Candy contest of mine.

All your entries & the information you gave me have been checked, double checked, triple checked & then checked again over & over to make sure everything was entered correctly. And BTW, it was checked not only by me, but also by my new friend & amazing Excel goddess, Stacy S., aka StackyScraps from the Cricut MB, who used to be an auditor, so you KNOW she checked it all very thoroughly, which is exactly what I wanted her to do!!! FYI, Stacy is also the person who deserves the credit for finally fixing up my spreadsheet, for figuring out the correct formulas & almost everything else necessary to make it work correctly, as well as make sure it was totally fair (which was HUGELY important to me!!!), so thank you Stacy, from the bottom of my heart!!!

The reason I decided to put all the entries into a spreadsheet & to have a formula programmed into that spreadsheet that would randomly pick the winners was simply because there was such a large number of votes involved (490), which was absolutely amazing & humbling, but which also presented some difficulties, because with that many votes, it wasn’t going to be as simple as I’d first had thought it would be to just throw some names in a hat & draw out the winners. Add to that the other caveats of my contest, such as the fact that if you were (or signed up to be) a FOLLOWER of my blog, then each single vote that you cast actually counted as 5 votes (instead of just 1!!!), plus you were allowed to vote as many times as you wanted to… Well, with all those different variables and ALL those numbers, as a gal who absolutely LOVES technology (as well as tools & gadgets of course!!!), but who really doesn’t enjoy math, I really wanted to have technology step in & help me manage it all, which is why I decided to use an Excel spreadsheet (from Microsoft Office).

Just to let you know a little bit about how the winners were picked, here’s a small explanation & example: On my spreadsheet there are several columns, but the main ones used in picking the winners were of course, their names, whether or not they were a FOLLOWER of my blog, how many separate times they went in & voted, which then calculated how many total votes they had & then assigned them the correct amount of numbers that they then owned out of the total number of eligible votes (which was 490). After ALL this data (plus more!!!) was input into the spreadsheet, what I did (and what you’ll see on both of the Blog Candy Give-Away Pat 1 & Part 2 videos) is: I typed a formula into Excel that told the spreadsheet to pick a random number between 1 and 490 (because 490 is the total number of votes entered in the contest) and when it generated that random number, I then went to the correct column to check & see who owned that number & the owner of that number is the winner. Fictitious example: Suzy Cricuteer is a blog FOLLOWER of mine & she voted 2 separate times. So, the spreadsheet took her 2 separate votes & multiplied them by 5 (because each of her separate entries now counts as 5 entries because she’s a FOLLOWER), so: 2 separate votes x 5= 10 total votes. Then the spreadsheet assigned her the numbers 101 thru 110. Next, I went to the Winning Numbers section (which was blank to start with!!), I entered the formula that told Excel to pick a random winner between 1 and 490, & it picked the number 107, which I saw belongs to Suzy Cricuteer, so she is the winner!!!! I hope that explains it well enough, but just so you know, on both of the videos (Part 1 & Part 2) you’ll see more detailed information about all this, plus you’ll see the winners being picked LIVE (well, as “live” as you can get when you’re videoing yourself, LOL!!!)!!! You’ll also see the wonderful prizes I have for the winners (there are TWO Cricut cartridges, as well as other goodies!!!).

And finally, I’m announcing my new contest, which will be ongoing, once a month for my blog FOLLOWERS!!! For more details on all of that please see the information a few paragraphs down from here, plus, there are also more details on both of the videos below!!!

But now, without further ado, I want to announce the 3 Winners of my Blog Candy Give-Away who were randomly selected out of all your entries!!!!! And again, just to reiterate, because I was sooooo completely committed to this contest being absolutely fair to all of you who took your time & effort to enter, (which I appreciated soooo very much!!!) I actually FILMED all three of the winners being selected in real time & those videos will appear below in this thread!!

· The 1st Place winner is: GCAT510 (Kats) (she owned the 1st Place winning #: 229)
· The 2nd Place Winner is: Jeannette (JAnthos) (she owned the 2nd Place winning #: 303)
· The 3rd Place Winner is: Mary Jean (she owned the 3rd Place winning #: 141)

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! YEEEAAAAHHHH!!! WooHoo!!!!!

All three of my winners need to contact me ASAP thru email (glendascreativeplace@yahoo.com) & provide me with your full name, shipping information & your Google or Open Id you used to sign in to enter my contest (just for verification). My 1st Place winner, GCAT510 (Kats) also needs to tell me which Cricut Cartridge (out of the two cartridges I offered as prizes—see the videos below for details) is the one she’s picked for herself as her winning prize, which will also determine which of those two cartridges my 2nd Place winner will win!!

Congratulations to all the winners & thanks to all of you once again for taking your time & your effort to enter this contest, for being so very, very patient with me as I was trying to get the spreadsheet all figured out, while I went on vacation (to surprise my Dad on his 80th birthday!!)& while I recoverd from the food poisoning I acquired on my flight back home (ohhhh, it was brutal!!!). I also want to say a very special thanks to all those who have signed up to be FOLLOWERS of my blog!! That means a lot to me!!

And of course, my other BIG ANNOUNCEMENT today is that going forward, each & every month, starting in April, I will have a contest between all of my blog FOLLOWERS!! If you’re a FOLLOWER of my blog, or if you sign up to be one, you will be automatically entered—you don’t have to do a THING except be one of the FOLLOWERS of my blog!!! I’ll be checking for any new sign-ups ongoing & they’ll be added to the contest as they join!!! A random number will be picked to select a winner from among my blog FOLLOWERS (just like my Blog Candy Give-Away spreadsheet did!!!!) & of course, I will verify to make sure that the winner is STILL signed up as a FOLLOWER of my blog & if so, then she/he will win the prize(s) for that month!!!! And you just NEVER know what those prizes might be!!! (But I an known as a pretty generous gal!!)

One more reminder before I finish this thread, is: please don’t forget that I ‘m still selling the two Crafter’s Companion products, the Ultimate Crafter’s Companion (UCC), as well as the Rock-A-Blocks (RAB). I am still absolutely loving both these products & I’m constantly amazed at how they’ve changed my crafting life for the better, by making sooooo many things sooooo darn easy & quick, which is also saving me LOTS & LOTS of time, not to mention frustration!!! I just adore both of these products, which is why I started selling them!!! If you want to place any orders for these products, please check out my “BUY NOW” Buttons up on the top right side of my blog. I would love to have your business if you’re considering either (or both!!) of these products & my prices are VERY good!

I’m also placing my wholesale orders with ScrapOnizer for their new product, which is storage of our Cricut cartridges, along with their overlays & handbooks (or any combination of the above—one of the greatest things about the ScrapOnizer products is that they’re all VERY flexible & customizable!!). The great about this product is that integrates perfectly into all their other 8.5 x 11" storage solutions. ISN'T IT ABOUT TIME THAT SOMEONE CAME OUT WITH A REAL (Cricut) CARTRIDGE SOLUTION??!! I remember when I first saw these at CHA in January, I was so excited, I actually squealed with delight! Then, when ScrappinKitty came into the booth to find me & SHE saw them and she was also soooo happy!!! This was one of the most "missed photo opportunites" ever!!! I can't tell you how much I wish there would have been a camera filming us at the time, because honestly, we looked like 2 little girls jumping up & down in excitement!!! So, right now, I’m trying to figure out the very best shipping options for this new product (and any other ScrapOnizer products that I'll be carrying) & as soon as I get all of that nailed down, those will also be going up on my blog here with “BUY NOW” buttons—and rest assured,I WILL have very good prices on them as well (just like the rest of my products!!). Right now however, I'm struggling a bit to decide which parts of this product line to carry. I'm trying to decide if I'll also be carrying their entire 8.5 x 11" storage product line, as well as the Cricut cartridge solution. If any of you are interested in this product line, including the Cricut cartridge storage solution, PLEASE, let me know & please tell which parts of this 8.5 x 11" line you're interested in & the quantity you'd be looking at if you ordered. Either place a comment below this thread, or email me at glendascreativeplace@yahoo.com.


Now, here's a quick look at the ScrapOnizer Cartridge Storage Solution:

Once again I want to say a huge thanks to all of you who participated in my contest & a special thanks to those who signed up to be FOLLOWERS of my blog!!! If you’re not a FOLLOWER of my blog yet, be sure to go & sign up, so you’ll be automatically entered in my contests every month that I’ll be having for my FOLLOWERS only!!! (And they start this month, in April!!)

Below here are the videos (Part 1 & Part 2) about the contests, all the details & explanations, as well as they show the Winners being chosen, what their PRIZES are, etc. Enjoy!!!!

Part 1 of 2:

Part 2 of 2:

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