Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Designer Crafts Connection


This might be a long post, so grab a cup of tea, or a glass of wine, put your feet up and enjoy.  This is going to be fun and really worth reading!

    Introducing the Designer Crafts Connection.................


 Look for this logo on your favorite blogs.  You'll see it on my blog in the sidebar on the left.  Click the "hop forward" button and it will take you to another designer's blog.  There you will find the same logo.  This logo is your ticket that will take you from blog to blog to discover projects, tips and techniques from some of the Arts & Crafts industry's premier designers.  If you start here and keep going forward you will end up here again.  Each month you will find projects created from different mediums with a central theme.  This month's theme is Weddings.  On March 13th, you will have the opportunity to check out a wide variety of projects suitable for weddings and anything connected with weddings - just in time to inspire William & Kate!

Tomorrow, March 3rd is the date for the official start just in time for National Craft Month and to celebrate I am giving away a Cricut Expression.


This is how you enter to win.  As you hop from blog to blog you will see this logo on 9 of them:


Make a note of the name of the blog where you saw the logo then list these names in the comments section of this post on my blog.  The winner will be announced here on March 14th.  (Please note: Due to shipping charges and customs regulations, I can only ship to a US address.)  Followers automatically qualify to enter, but if you leave a comment, you can be entered twice - just let me know you're a follower.   If you're not already a follower, you can sign up and be entered twice too!

I hope you enjoy your treasure hunt and all the exciting blogs you'll visit on your journey.  Be patient with each of us - sometimes the logo is easily seen at the top of a blog and sometimes it's at the bottom, but it's there and if you don't find  9 "Cricuts" the first time around, check again in a day or two.  Time gets away from us sometimes......    If you happen to get "stuck" somewhere click on the DC Connection button and it will take you to a list of all the blogs in the ring.  Skip over the one where you just got  "stuck" and click on the next on the list.  Designers are busy, busy, busy and blogging has to take a backseat sometimes, but we will have something special to share with you each month and......there will be a giveaway!  Not a Cricut each time, but something I hope you'll enjoy.  So, y'all come back now........  and tell your friends!

Yours truly,
Julie :)

48 comments:

  1. What a great hop! I found so many wornderful products! I'll be back!

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  2. I am here via Julie Balzer's newsletter/blog... I shall start my hopping!!! looks like fun!
    cheers, dana

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  3. Anonymous3/03/2011

    Just came from Julie's blog and am going to take a little blog trip now. Thanks for this great prize and idea - both winners! Mary Werner

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  4. Popped in from Julie Fei Fan Balzer's blog, but I been watching you for years on the TV on Scrapbook Memories.

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  5. Thanks for being so organized and getting this moving forward! I've got my post up now! http://katydiddys.blogspot.com/2011/03/introducing-designer-blog-connection.html

    I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone does with the wedding theme on March 13!

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  6. This is way stellar cool Wedding Swoonish love them and how elegant the projects are Will be back for sure thanks for the fun opportunity.

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  7. I wished it weren't too early for a glass of wine here Julie! Thanks for hosting!!!

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  8. I will be hopping and bopping... I went thru the list I didn't understand at first and then I did so there is two give aways.. from what I understand... I didn't know if I should list the cricut people only or the 36 or what.? This is gonna be so fun
    Wedding who doesn't love a beautiful wedding I have bookmarked you... sounds funny I'm new to the craft and blogging world... So bare with me...

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  9. I did end up back here lol

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  10. Fun times, can't wait to get started!

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  11. Anonymous3/03/2011

    I am here via Julie Balzer's blog! I am about to begin hopping! Thanks for the opportunity to win...Love your blog!

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  12. Awesome! I saw the first post on Creativity Stirs the Soul! Thanks for the chance!

    jennifercausby at hotmail dot com

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  13. Came over from Julie Fei Fan Balzer's blog.

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  14. Jen Goode sent me. My wife would love this machine. I found eight, unless your blog is one of the nine...

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  15. Do I list all the names right here? I found them all! :)

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  16. The names of the blogs we are to list for a chanc to win are: Jen Goode, Theresa Cifali, Laura Bray, Ann Butler, Veronica Goff, Cindi Bisson, Vicki O'Dell, Julie McGuffe, and Carol Heppner

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  17. http://heppnerstudio.blogspot.com/
    http://theresacifali.blogspot.com/
    http://lifesnippets07.blogspot.com/
    http://creativegoddess.typepad.com/
    http://www.fatcatcreations.blogspot.com/
    http://www.katydiddys.blogspot.com/
    http://www.creativitystirsthesoul.com/
    http://www.balzerdesigns.typepad.com/
    http://www.creativitystirsthesoul.com/

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  18. Learned about this from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's blog (found Julie from Scrapbook Memories!). Here's my list:
    J Goode
    Fat Cat Creations
    Carol Heppner's Studio
    Theresa Cifali: This Artist's View
    The Creative Goddess
    Life Snippets
    Creativity Stirs the Soul
    Katy Diddys
    Life in the Craft Lane

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  19. What fun! Besides your blog I found the little guy on: Carol Heppner's Studio, Theresa Cifali-This Artist's View, Vicki O'Dell-The Creative Goddess, Fat Cat Creations, Balzer Designs, Veronica-Muse at Play, Creativity Stirs the Soul, Laura Bray, and The Art of Jen Goode.

    Thanks for a roadmap to all the wonderful blogs!

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  20. I don't know if I did that right. The names are Jen Goode, Ann Butler, Cindi Bisson, Vicki O'Dell, Julie McGuffe, Carol Heppner Theresa Cifali, Veronica Goff, Laura Bray.

    Thanks again.

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  21. Julie, not sure if this is right, but here goes:
    Jen Goode, Cindi Bisson, Vicki O'Dell, Laura Bray, Ann Butler,Ronnie Goff, Teresa Cifali and Carol Hepner, where there were two, plus yours equals 10. If I can't count the extra of carol,s would you let me know?
    Thanks!

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  22. Mary Ann O.3/04/2011

    Yay, I found them! Thanks for the opportunity!
    Carol Heppner, Veronica Goff , Laura Bray, Jen Goode, Julie McGuffe, Vicki O'Dell, Ann Butler, Theresa Cifali, Cindi Bisson

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  23. Anonymous3/04/2011

    The Blog Hop is fun! Most of these blogs are new to me. It's great to see all the creative projects. Cricut logo was seen at these blogs: Carol Heppner's Studio; Theresa Cifali's; Vicki O'Dell, Creative Goddess; Cindy, Fat Creations; Balzer Designs; Veronica, Muse At Play; Creativity Stirs the Soul (there were two logos here); Laura Bray at Katydiddys; J Goode The Blog, Jen Goode; and of course Life in the Craft Lane. I enjoy your blog Julie. Thank you for offering such a great giveaway. Good luck to everyone! ... Sylvia

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  24. I'm pretty sure I got them all. And I guess I'll add myself as a follower too! Here is my list:

    1) JGoode Designs (Jen Goode)
    2) Carol Heppner's Studio (Carol Heppner)
    3) This Artist's View (Theresa Cifali)
    4) Vicki O'Dell
    5) Fat Cat Creations (Cindi Bisson)
    6) Veronica: Muse at Play
    7) Life in the Craft Lane (Julie McGuffee)
    8) Creativity Stirs the Soul (Ann Butler)
    9) Katy Diddys (Laura Bray)

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  25. I hope I win! http://heppnerstudio.blogspot.com/
    Carol Heppner’s Studio

    http://theresacifali.blogspot.com/
    Theresa Cifali

    http://creativegoddess.typepad.com/creativegoddess/
    Vicki Odell

    http://www.balzerdesigns.typepad.com/#axzz1FfFk8SVp
    Julie Fei Fan Balzer

    http://lifesnippets07.blogspot.com/
    Veronica Goff

    http://www.creativitystirsthesoul.com/
    Ann Butler

    http://www.katydiddys.blogspot.com/
    Laura Bray

    http://www.jgoode.com/
    Jen Goode

    http://www.juliemcguffee.blogspot.com/
    Julie McGuffee

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  26. Awesome! I'm hopping for sure!!!

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  27. Great prize and thank you! I found all of the names but the comments are showing up and I'd hate to list them in public as it took a few hours to find them. Help?

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  28. Ah ha! You have to approve the comments first and I just saw that with the post that I just tried to make. Such an awesome prize and there's already a space for it on my desk, BUT not to mention, the only person I'd ever heard of or met on this hop is Colleen where she taught the Copic class where I became certified. The other women participating, I've never seen or heard of, so these were completely new blogs and SUCH TALENT it's insanely crazy. They're all so out-of-the-box and inspirational that I had to follow them. I am also following your blog as well now too. I really appreciate being introduced to these ladies along the hop. Here's the names I have:

    Julie McGuffee
    Carol Heppner
    Theresa Cifali
    Vicki O'Dell
    Julie Fei-Fan Balzer
    Veronica Goff
    Ann Butler
    Laura Bray
    JGoode Designs

    Have a very blessed day!

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  29. I found 9 if you include yours! I've been through 2 times! so the 8 other than yours is: Heppnerstudio.blogspot, jgood.com, katydiddys.blogspot, creativitystirsthesoul.com, lifesnippets07.blogspot, balzerdesigns.typepad, creativegoddess.typepad, theresacifali.blogspot.
    Thanks for the fun!! What inspiration! I'm also so going to miss Scrapbook Memories! I've been recording for years and rewatching while waiting for new seasons! what inspiration also! You guys inspired to keep going when I felt I just wasn't "cut out" for this! sorry for the pun! that wasn't intentional when I started typing it in my mind!! LOL! Thanks for the chance to win such an awesome prize! nanapuddin at wildblue dot net

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  30. I'm a new follower via Google Connect!
    Thanks again Julie :)

    CreativeARTitude at hotmail dot com

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  31. What a fabulous hop, Mega talent out there!! My want to do or try list doubled!! Thanks I am a follower!!
    Cindy
    miller896042 at bellsouth dot net

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  32. Here is my list of Cricut Logos
    1) J Goode Designs
    2) Laura Bray-Katydiddys
    3) Ann Butler Designs
    4)Julie McGaffee
    5) Theresa Cifali
    6) Carol Heppner-Queen of Creativity
    7)Vicki O'Dell- Creative Goddess
    8)Julie Fei-fan Blazer - Blazer Designs
    9)Veronica Goff- Muse at Play

    Thanks so much, I found so many new projects, loads of inspiration!!
    Cindy
    miller896042 at bellsouth dot net

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  33. I found the it on
    1. Life in the Craft Lane
    2. Carol Heppner Queen of Creativity
    3. Theresa Cifali: This Artist's View
    4. The Creative Goddess
    5. Balzer Designs
    6. Veronica: Muse at Play
    7. Creativity Stirs the Soul
    8. Laura Bray katydiddys
    9. J. Goode - the blog

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  34. I do hope you're one of the 9 because I could only come up with 8 others after going through everything twice.

    I'm also a follower.

    1. http://www.jgoode.com/
    2. http://heppnerstudio.blogspot.com/
    3. http://creativegoddess.typepad.com/
    4. http://www.balzerdesigns.typepad.com
    5. (http://lifesnippets07.blogspot.com/)
    6. http://www.creativitystirsthesoul.com/
    7. http://theresacifali.blogspot.com/
    8. http://www.katydiddys.blogspot.com/
    9. http://juliemcguffee.blogspot.com

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  35. I am new to blogs, except for Julie Balzer, this hop is going to be so much fun, Thanks for this oppertunity, I am a Follower now....Donna

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  36. Here's what I got:
    JGoode Designs
    Life in the Craft Lane
    Carol Heppner's Studio
    Theresa Cifali: This Artist's View
    The Creative Goddess
    Balzer Designs
    Life Snippets
    Creativity Stirs the Soul
    katydiddys

    I would love to win the Expression to customize my daughters 2nd birthday. I'm doing a pink and green dinosaur theme, she adores dinosaurs! And this would really help with all the cutting. Last year I did a cute monkey theme and cut everything by hand. It was adorable but a lot of work.
    Thank you for your wonderful blog and for introducing me to so many others.

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  37. Hello! I'm a follower and I found the link on the fabulous Vickie O'Dell's blog, "the craft goddess"!! I would LOVE to win the cricut is actually an understatement. It would be DESTINY! Thank you so much for the opportunity!! :)

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  38. Loved the blog hop! Here is my list of nine blogs with the cricut logo!
    1.carol heppnert studio, 2.theresa cifali the artist view, 3.vicki o'dell the creative goddess, 4.balzer designs by julie balzer, 5.j.goode the blog, 6.laura bray katydiddys blog, 7.creative stirs the soul by ann butler designs, 8.veronica muse at play blog; lifesnippets07 and 9. life in the craft lane by julie mcguffee

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  39. I am now following you via Google connect. I am your long time fan. Loved watching you on Scrapbook memories. Enjoyed the amazing blog hop. Thank you for the awesome oppotunity to have a shot at becoming the proud owner of cricut expression.

    syeda
    syeda_lubabah@hotmail.com

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  40. The nine blogs that have the logo are
    1) Life in the craft lane
    2) Carol Heppner, Queen of Creativity. Live life with imagination.
    3)Theresa Cifali, This Artist's View.
    4)Vicki O'Dell, The creative goddess....Delight in a creative life...
    5)The art of jgoode, the blog. inspiration,imagination,motivation,determination and a little sparkle.
    6)Laura Bray, Katydiddys
    7)Ann Butler Designs, Creativity stirs the soul.
    8)Veronica: Muse at Play
    9)Blazer Designs. Handmade art by Julie-Fei-Fan-Balzer.

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  41. Do I list the names with the Cricut logo here or somewhere else? Thanks.

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  42. Here is a list of where I found the Cricut Logo:
    jgoode
    Julie McGuffee
    Carol Heppner
    Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (balzer designs)
    Veronica Goff
    Creativity stirs the soul/Ann Butler Designs
    Laura Bray
    Julie McGuffee

    Thanks for such an interesting blog hop and for the chance to win a fantasic prize.

    I am a follower

    Brenda Wickline
    cwickline@suddenlink.net

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  43. J. Goode
    Life in the craft lane
    Carol Heppner
    Theresa Cifali - This artists view
    Balzer Designs
    Veronica: Muse at play
    Creativity stirs the soul:Ann Butler Designs
    Laura Bray:Katydiddys
    Sandy Laippleys Blog

    Thanks for hosting this contest. I found the "hopping" alot of fun!

    I am also a new follower via google connect. Enter me twice :-)
    Heather

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  44. O,k I went thru three times lots of exciting stuff and finally found the last one lol..

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  45. Ok my blogs for the contest and oh I am gonna keep my fingers crossed I can win this for my mom
    KATYDIDDYS
    CREATIVITY STIRS THE SOUL
    LIFE SNIPPETS
    BALZER DESIGNS
    FAT CAT CREATIONS
    THE CREATIVE GODDESS
    CAROL HEPPNER'S STUDIO
    LIFE IN THE CRAFT LANE (LOL i KEPT FORGETTING THIS ONE)
    JGOODE DESIGNS
    THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY

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  46. Here from Julies blog

    mcwooten1999@carolina.rr.com

    I use to watch you on the BYU channel

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  47. Hi I’m watching your blogs. Your blogs are very nice and thanks for sharing this. I am very impressed from your blogs. Anybody looking for Designer Clothes

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  48. Fabulous! Some awesome stuff you have shared here. I have to confess your great effort. Keep posting more blog posts like this.

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