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Creatively Crafty Link Party #99

December 27, 2017

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My favorite post this week was from Just Simple Somethings. What a cute set of cards.



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This week's Link Party

There are just a few simple rules:

  • Link to a specific post, not your homepage.

  • Link up something YOU made/wrote/created.

  • Giveaways, other link parties, Etsy shops or business links are not accepted.​​

  • Don’t link and run. Try to visit at least one link and show them some love. You may make a new friend.​      

All posts will be pinned to our Link Party Board

To join use the link below:

click here: An InLinkz Link-up

December 2017 Mystery Box from Cricut

December 18, 2017

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You better watch out, you better not cry, you better buy the box I'm telling you why... 
Because they sell out. 

Quantities are limited. Contents are subject to change. All sales are final.

$102.92          $34.99     [Mystery box]

The box might include:

  • foil acetate
  • washi sheets
  • paper crafting kit
  • score tool
  • vineyard vinyl
  • adhesive foil - purple, teal, dark stainless silver



Introducing the Cricut Maker's Sampler Project

November 22, 2017

The Cricut Maker is the most requested item among crafters this holiday season. One reason being that the machine has been totally retooled from the ground up.The overall look of the machine continues to relate to other Cricut machines. Many elements may seem like they haven't changed. But the machine is 10 times stronger in it's cutting ability. As other machines, it has removable cutting tools but the Cricut Maker cutting tools have been revolutionized starting with the rotary cutter for fabric. There are plans for the release of additional cutting blades, the first one we are aware of is the knife blade, but there is promise of more to come. 

Similar to other machines, the Cricut Maker comes with a starting project so that you can experience how the machine works. The tutorial takes you steop by step through the process directing you online as well as on the machine. It really is different in that the process is more in-depth and very easy to follow. The Cricut Maker starting project comes with the machine and takes you thorough drawing, cutting paper, and cutting fabric all on the Maker. 

The following images and video show you the process of the starting project, a greeting card. 

with pen
The start of the project, the paper is loaded and the cutting blade and the marker are loaded.

The marker has already drawn, and the video shows the blade cutting the project.

on screen
This is just one example of the on screen process showing where you are at in the project.

cutting fabric
Here the marker has been removed and the blade replaced with the rotary blade.
The machine always checks first to make sure the correct blade is loaded.

Video of the machine cutting fabric.

finished without fabric
A finished card if you don't want to add the fabric.

finished with fabric
This is the finished card with the cut fabric added.

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Cricut Doorbusters

November 20, 2017

What amazing savings, Glitter Tape in a variety of colors for 89 cents! Marker sets range from about $4 - $8. Great savings and you don't need to leave your couch!

[Cricut Sale]

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Cricut Early Black Friday Mystery Box

November 7, 2017

This is one amazing Mystery Box. I so want that little action figure, I would pay for him alone. You can't get a Cricut acton figure any other way, only in this mystery box. You can bet they will go fast!

your cost $39.99 actual cost $152.89

Items included:

  • mini cricut action figure
  • pebbled faux leather
  • silver adhesive foil
  • stainless silver adhesive foil
  • fairy tale sampler adhesive foil 5 colors
  • glitter vinyl 4 ft
  • foil acetate pastels
  • gold pens variety pack
  • portable trimmer blades
  • 2 strong grip 24” mats
  • variety pack of 24” mats


Items can be substituted or change colors are necessary to fulfill packagingl 

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Cricut November Mystery Box

November 6, 2017

Say it like you mean it with new fonts! Get this $79.84 value
Mystery Box for only $29.99.

18 digital fonts in this month digital mystery box. I don't know of a crafter that would turn down a new font.

Cricut Access members get 10% off. 
Buy Now [$29.99]

*Digital content is for use in Design Space and all sales are final
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Ozeri INSTAVAC Nesting Food Storage Container Set

October 31, 2017


I was so excited to be able to review these storage containers. First, because our collection fo containers is a mess. Secondly, we are on the lookout for a better quality storage container. My first thought upon their arrival was that they are huge! I was thinking leftover dinner sizes and the largest one is really the size of a full meal. The smallest container of the four is a regular sandwich size. 

The lids have four snap down flaps. You do not have to line anything up for them to work. Flipping each side down does create a small snapping sound. Each container is clear so you can easily see inside. 

The containers have a vacuum seal. Once you have closed the lid, use your thumbs to push down on the top in any clear area. You may hear a small hissing sounds as the air escapes. 

The valve pictured above is the really unique part of these containers. It is where the air is released to create the vacuum effect. To release the vacuum, lift the green tab upwards. Once again you may here an air whooshing sound. The white circular dial is adjustable to set the day of the month, so you know how fresh your contents are. This for me is the least effective piece. I tried turning one of the dials when I first got the containers and couldn't get it to turn. I don't really mind because honestly, I don't see myself using it.

Instant vacuum freshness without pumps, motors or confusing parts; Simply press down on the lid and air is forced out via the one-way valve.
Patented valve removes excess air to reduce naturally occurring bacteria; It also releases pressure to prevent spills and splatters in microwaves.
Wave pattern on the
bottom of each container keeps cut fruit and vegetables elevated from water and juices.
Handy date dial allows you to record when food was first stored and monitor days kept in the refrigerator.
BPA-free, stain-resistant, shatter-proof and as transparent as glass; Freezer,
microwave, and dishwasher safe; Satisfaction guaranteed.
Order Today -

I purchased these containers at a deep discount in order to write a review.

Spend $10 and get $10 Back

October 28, 2017

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Add the Darden Gift Card from Darden priced at $10.00 or more to your cart and head to checkout.  You must spend at least $10.00 to get this deal.

  • If you are on a mobile device you will have to manually type in the gift card amount of $10.00.
  • If additional items are purchased at the same time, the cashback amount awarded will still be $10.00. 
  • Do not close the window, open any new tabs, or use additional coupons while checking out.

Step 4:
Pay $10.00.  That's it!  The $10.00 will post to your TopCashback account within 14 days, and the amount will become payable within 14 days.  Cashback can be credited straight to your checking or PayPal account.

  • Note: Transactions must contain at least $10.00 worth of purchases to ensure the $10.00 cash back is credited to TopCashback accounts. Transactions may initially track lower, but within the 14 days after purchase it will be uplifted and turn payable at the amount of $10.00. Transactions may take up to 7 days to appear in your TopCashback account. The deal is open until 11:59pm PT on10/28/2017 or until supplies run out; whichever happens first; applicable for purchases made directly after clicking through TopCashback. Only one TopCashback account is permitted per member. 

HURRY: This special TAF promotion is running from 10/24-10/31.

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Mondelez Mystery OREO

October 18, 2017

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MysteryOREO #CollectiveBias

Have you been loving the new OREO flavors as much as I have?! It’s like every time I go to Walmart, I never know which new flavor I might find. With Halloween right around the corner, I’m loving their new Mystery flavor the most + who doesn’t love a fun guessing game?!

Here’s the deets-

#MysteryOREO #Sweepstakes (10/13 to 11/30)

Go buy the Mystery OREOs at Walmart, (online OR in-person) and submit a photo of proof (in-store selfie at shelf with product or a pic of the receipt), and you’ll have a chance to win a $20 giftcard. Enter here!

THEN after you’ve bought the new Mystery flavor, taste it & go online or text in your guess in to 59526- if you’re right, you’ll be entered in for a chance to win $50K! Enter here!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Legal residents of 50 US/DC, 18+. Ends 11/30/17. To enter and for Official Rules, including odds & prizes:  oreomystery . com . Void where prohibited.


Get a Glow in the Dark Trick or Treat Bag

October 17, 2017

This is a great find for Trick or Treating. Not only does it serve to collect all the treats, but it is a great quiet time craft for the kids. I really appreciate the fact that the tote glows in the dark assisting visibility on a dark fall evening. You can never be too cautious!

glow in the dark
trying to photograph the glow in the dark

Colortime also offers other great products. Keep in mind their fabric markers are sold separately but are a great price and can be used for other crafting projects. Colortime Crafts has pillowcases, t-shirts, backpacks, permanent fabric markers, and more. New special glow-in-the-dark ink items available! Clean, easy, and affordable crafts activity that doubles as a unique keepsake!

colored tote

My daughter had a great time coloring the bag, and she wants to carry it for Halloween. She mentioned how vibrant the marker colors were and the width of the marker was substantial too. Upon finishing, she suggested that each year she write on the back of the tote the year and who she trick or treated with - what a fun idea!

For savings, join the "Birthday Club" and receive 20% off and a free backpack, with your order at 

Click On the Link Below for the Latest Online Special offers and promo codes to Colortime Crafts and Markers .@usfg

I received a FREE Glow in the Dark Halloween Tote and 3 Markers in exchange for this review. @colortimecrafts @usfg

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