Day 1: Modern Day Road Trip

Is it not the coolest thing ever that I can sit in my car while heading to Seattle and use my laptop? In the day when I was my kids’ age we were lucky if we had enough “paper” games to keep us busy and the alphabet game grew old by the second day. Nope, not our kids…they get to use a laptop (sorry no wifi here though…next generation), their game systems, iPods and mini-DVD players. We tried the alphabet game once, but that grew “lame” quickly. And as soon as dad started winning the kids were tired of playing.

For me sitting in a car 800+ miles means I get to catch up on my sleep a bit and do a little blogging from the back seat. One exciting part of our trip so far was my hubby letting our 15 year old drive part of the way. He has his learners permit, but he’s NEVER driven on a highway. But hey, my hubby must know what he’s doing, he drives for a living…. Scariest 30 minutes of my LIFE! Granted the jerking motion from the back seat is always WAY worse and the kind correcting from my husband always sounds meaner when I hear him directing it at my son that has all of our lives in his hands at 65 miles per hour. Sadly they happened to pick the windiest part of our trip that started heading up into the mountains with more semi trucks then even an experienced driver likes to drive around! But thankfully we survived! But I don’t think my son will be volunteering to drive anytime soon. 

And why is it when you take a road trip you must stock up on all the junk food you can and why do we insist on eating so much of it…my stomach doesn’t feel so well. So happy we will be arriving at our destination soon!!

Allred Design, mommy blogger, scrapbook, paper crafts


Gypsy Winner!!

Thanks for all the awesome comments yesterday on the blog...and boy am I grateful for random.org to help me pick a winner!! 

Congrats to Colleen who I'll be shipping a Gypsy to later today!!
Allred Design, mommy blogger, scrapbook, paper crafts


Awesome Gypsy Promotion (with BIG giveaway today only)!!!

Some of you have heard me talk on my blog about the tool I LOVE the most when it comes to Scrapbooking and paper crafting...yep, it's my Gypsy. It's like a gameboy for Crafters. If you own a Cricut, then you'll wonder how you ever lived without this tool! But even better, they have an incredible promotion going on and it ends this week!! 



Buy and register a Gypsy by Cricut by October 31 and receive 6 (SIX!) free cartridges downloaded to you Gypsy - including the exclusive, all-new "Smile Cards" cartridge (and don't forget about Gypsy Wanderings and Gypsy Font cartridges that come pre-loaded on the machine).  It's a $419 value!!

~ Smiley Cards (new and exclusive to this promotion)
~ Tags, Bags, Boxes & More (not available in retail)
~ Christmas (not available in retail)
~ Blackletter (not available in retail)
~ Printing Press (not available in retail)
~ Indie Art (not available in retail)

All current Gypsy owners are INCLUDED!!  Simply register your Gypsy by October 31, 2010 and get access to all downloads. Register at http://www.cricut.com/gypsy.

Downloads will be available through a special update to your Gypsy starting November 1st!!

New Gypsy cartridge downloads are easy!  Just connect your Gypsy to your computer and you'll automatically be prompted how to start.  In just a few steps, you'll be able to download all six cartridges containing thousands of images!  And with the Gypsy, you'll have all the cartridge artwork and keypad overlays on your Gypsy screen, so there's no actual cartridge, handbook or packaging.

Wish you had the money to buy one and aren't sure you can convince your hubby to get you one for Christmas. Well, I'm giving away a Gypsy on my blog today only!! Leave a comment on which Cricut cartridge is your most favorite and I'll announce a winner tomorrow on by blog! 
Allred Design, mommy blogger, scrapbook, paper crafts


Take 1: Northridge Media Video Shoot with Kristine McKay

One of the highlights of my week was shooting some video spots for Northridge Media (publishers of Cards, Scrapbook Trends, Beads, Simply Handmade). The video shoot of course was for Imaginisce and we featured a couple of projects kits and the fun i-rock and i-top tools! I have to say I think the re-shoots were the best part...but only up to about 3 times...after that it was just a bother. But we still had fun. 
Shannon Lerner (my cute friend from Provo Craft), me & Kristine
 Our lovely host and talent extrodinaire was Kristine McKay. You may have seen this awesome gal on Studio 5 and many other Northridge Trend videos. She made the entire experience fun, light and I cannot wait to return to shoot more videos.
 Here's some shots of them setting up the set before the video shoot.

The videos aren't quite ready to be posted, but I'll be sure to post them here when they are. If you haven't checked out the new Northridge Publishing Blog, be sure to go over there and subscribe to their feeds! Also, if you love crafty things you'll want to check out Kristine McKay's blog too...she posts instructions to all her projects from Studio 5 and more!! 
Allred Design, mommy blogger, scrapbook, paper crafts


Cricut Circle Blog Launched Today!!

Cricut (Provo Craft) offers those people who love their products the opportunity to join an exclusive club, called the Cricut Circle. Memberships are only offered a few times a year, the site is secure and allows members to be a part of a smaller community. 

The Cricut Circle Blog will be a place that the Circle Blog design team and it's members share in their ideas, layouts, projects, home decor, food decorations and so much more. In addition, Cricut offers exclusive products, AMAZING giveaways from sponsors and themselves, and so much more. The blog will be sharing ideas with the Cuttlebug, Cricut, Cricut Imagine, Yudu, Cricut Cake, various and new cartridges, and so much more. 

Because we want to show off what an amazing place the Circle Blog will be, for only one week Cricut has allowed the blog to be open to everyone. You can click here to jump over there.  

Cricut has also offered to open up membership to the Cricut Circle for a limited time. Membership will be open until Oct. 9, until the Cricut Swarm Event. Remember, membership is only open for a short time this month! If you do sign up, I'd love it if you let them know I sent you (this isn't a referral contest, I'd just like them to know who sent you.)

Here is what Cricut says

The Cricut Circle is Provo Craft’s affinity program.  Provo Craft launched the Cricut Circle on July 1, 2010. The Circle is a place to Inspire, Educate and Create.  This program enables crafters to see Provo Craft products first, be involved in specialized focus groups and surveys, receive special pre-launch specials on select Provo Craft products, a private blog and message board for Circletes to foster a special crafting community. Additionally, Cricut Circle members will enjoy 4 exclusive cartridges—one each quarter, instructional webinars and double reward points for purchases on Cricut.com.
The Cricut Circle is available for annual or quarterly installments. To purchase a membership to the Cricut Circle visit cricut.com.  Annual memberships are $274.99 and quarterly memberships at $79.99.
Allred Design, mommy blogger, scrapbook, paper crafts

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