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Big Prize Winner!

Sorry for the delay everyone! I have been so busy reviewing all the new calls for reporters I forgot about the drawing! By the way… it isn’t too late to apply for our Call. Details HERE.

The winner of the HUGE prize is…

Emily B said…

Consider yourself twittered. 😉
9:44 AM

Email us Emily! You are a winner!

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Winner Announcement….

The winner of Martha Bonneau’s “Sew Easy Aprons” class for Scrap In Style TV is…

tina said…

grilled cheese!

Email us ASAP Tina… (p.s. I love grilled cheese) Your class starts tomorrow!

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Winners Announced!

Announcing the winners… each selected via random number generator. If your name/comment appears below please email us at with your address!

But remember… the BIG GIVEAWAY is still open! Until Midnight! So CLICK HERE to enter!

Craft Fancy:

jen said…

Craft Fancy is my store!!! Simone is the best and how kind of her to hook you up! I hope everyone reading in the area gets thier butt out and support this local girl!!

Hambly Screen Prints:

smartypants said…

Oh I love them all! the mustache and wood grain rubons are my new favorites–so fun!

Scrap In Style TV:

Nevis said…

I love SIStv, too!

Let’s see…what inspires my scrapbooking? Life in all it’s glorious aspects….from love and relationships, to brief moments in time, silly photos, the posed Christmas photo, school photos…all of it. Just life. Capturing life so that you can remember that moment years later.

Cornish Heritage Farms:

Anthonette said…

I love all things Kim Hughes! She rocks some of the best designs. I’m in awe of her work.

nancy12277 said…

Wow the bright colors alone are enough to make me want to start a project!


Mimmers49 said…

Wow, I didn’t realize that so many product companies had digital versions of their products. This is WAY exciting!!! I think Crate Paper is one of my top faves. They have a wide variety of product lines from cutsie birds to manly rockstars!!!

Odd Bird Planet:

klanteigne said…

Oh those stamps are so cute. My favorite animal is the giraffe. I think that maybe sometimes they stick their tongues out and laugh at us.

KI Memories:

Deb Neerman said…

Ribbons! No. Buttons! No. Ribbons! No. Flowers!!

Okay, in no particular order: Ribbons, Buttons, and Flowers!

Congratulations to you ALL! And a big thanks to ALL of you who took the time to enter!

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Because We Love You!

Ok… let’s sneak in ONE more quick giveaway. Because We love you all so much, and frankly, I just can’t stop giving stuff away.

Our own Martha Bonneau is teaching a class at Scrap In Style TV… and it’s gonna be fan-tab-u-lous!

Sew Easy Aprons
A Three Day Workshop
with Martha Bonneau

The class will feature videos which will introduce you to the tools necessary to complete the projects as well as tutorial videos and a Q/A session with the instructor. Martha will also share some of her favorite sources for fabrics and ideas on how to use your aprons when completed. Students will need to have access to a sewing machine but will only need to be familiar with a straight and zig-zag stitch to complete these projects so beginners are welcome!

Class begins Wednesday, March 11 and includes 3 daily lessons, a Q/A session with the instructor, and instructional videos, all for only $14.95! Register HERE.

Would you like to win a FREE CLASS!?!

Just leave a comment below and tell us what you are having for dinner tonight. Oh, and be sure to peek at Martha’s blog… she is giving a class away too! Double your chances! 🙂

This giveaway is closed! and the winner is!…

tina said…

grilled cheese!

10:42 PM

Email us Tina!

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It’s the BIG prize!

Honestly; when I started Craft Critique I didn’t know what the future would bring. My initial goal was to gather some talented writers together… people who were already writing about their favorite crafty products… and form a collective. The world of crafty bloggers was just taking off, and so many of my friends were talking about their favorite companies on their blogs… but not benefiting in any way! I thought, by getting everyone together in one place we can help each other, share readers, and cross promote to each other’s blogs!

My dream was to become a one stop shop for craft product reviews; the Consumer Reports of craft. Not JUST scrapping and stamping… but all crafts! I mean, how many of us are just doing one kind of craft… most of us dabble in a lot of different areas. Plus, I wanted to help my favorite crafty companies; because they deserve a shout out, and because we all want to know what other people really LIKE… and what products just aren’t worth the money.

So I just started blogging! The first articles I posted were just links to other crafty blogs and press releases… and well, people liked it! So I held our first call for reporters… Enter Melissa Norris!

Let me stop right here to take this opportunity to thank Melissa from the very bottom of my heart. She is really the reason Craft Critique is still here. When it comes right down to it, I am a marketer and a salesperson… an idea girl… a talker. But organization is NOT my strong suit. Melissa is the gal who keeps Craft Critique moving forward. She is the ying to my yang and she can also read my mind… a wonderful quality in a managing editor!

Then there is Dana Vitek… I knew I liked her when I saw her application and she informed me that I had to select her for our team because I once told her (in a thread on splitcoaststampers) that she rocked. She was absolutely right! Dana’s sense of humor and mad grammatical skilz are essential to Craft Critique’s daily functionality, and to my mental health. She absolutely DOES ROCK!

All of our wonderful reporters, past, present and future deserve a big round of applause!


Our current staff…

Senior Staff Reporters:

Heather Strenzwilk

Katie Renz

Kimberly Brimhall

Kim Fox

Kristine Fowler

Lexi Daly

Martha Bonneau

Sara McKenzie

Tracy Shultz

Staff Reporters:

Reyanna Klein

Megan Lock

Heather Voinski

Jo-Anne te Raa

Suzy Haghighi

Specialty Reporters:

Julia Stainton

Papercrafts Specialist

Simone Collins

Trend Reporting

Susie Ziegler

Fabric Crafts Specialist


And of course our readers… what would we do without our amazing readers! You are the people who participate in our blog carnivals, leave your comments and opinions, and take the time to read our little ole blog! We couldn’t do it without you! It’s because of you that Craft Critique is like a runaway train! It just can not be stopped! With over 120,000 monthly readers we are here to stay!


While we are on the subject… if you already have a link to Craft Critique listed on your blog roll or website PLEASE let is know so we can include you on our “Crafty Bloggers who support Craft Critique” list. If you’d like to add us to your blog you can find fun blog widgets and blinkies on our sidebar to download. Then, just drop us an email at and let us know you added us so we can add you!


And that brings us to our next giveaway… All I want you to do is tell someone about Craft Critique! You can do this in a number of ways…

  • Post something about us on your blog, in a post, on the sidebar… wherever!
  • Start a thread about us on your favorite crafty web forum.
  • Create a twitter post about Craft Critique, oh, and follow us HERE.
  • Send your friends a text message about us.
  • Get on a horse and ride all over town yelling “Craft Critique is coming, Craft Critique is coming!”
  • Change your facebook status to read “I heart Craft Critique”
  • Join our Facebook Group or Fan Page and then tell all your friends!
  • Send an email to someone about us.
  • Write a postcard about us and mail it to a friend… or better yet, hand stamp a card!
  • Train a carrier pigeon to deliver messages about Craft Critique all over town.
  • Pick up the phone and call someone to tell them about Craft Critique.
  • Rent an airplane and drop propaganda style leaflets all over your city about Craft Critique.
  • Hire a skywriter to write “Craft Critique Rocks” in the sky!


As you can see the communication options are endless! So do something to tell people about us… and then come back here and tell us what you did to get the word out! We will pick one winner to win this amazing prize pages!



The prize includes 3 full collections (Lime Rickey, Wassail, and Porcelain) and some embellishments from Basic Grey, American Crafts thickers and ribbon, Stampin’ Up! mini book, paper and stamps, A Muse notecards, Pearls and rhinestones from Kaiser Craft, glitter and sparkle decoupage from Duncan, scalloped chipboard book from Maya Road, photo splits from Scotch 3M, the books; Creepy Cute Crochet: Zombies, Ninjas, Robots, and More!, and Color Me Fierce!: A Fashion Activity Book with Six Glamorous Crayons… and MORE!


I am basically going to keep stuffing stuff into the box till I can barely tape it shut!


And the winner is!!!….



Emily B said…
Consider yourself twittered. 😉
9:44 AM
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KI Memories

KI Memories is one of my favorite brands in scrapbooking. They are a small company based in Dallas with great design and innovation. I mean come on, who doesn’t love lace cardstock and sheer delights!

They offer great papers, embellishments, mini books and more. And lots are available direct to consumers visit ShopKI. It’s also one of the only places you can find their awesome card tin kits and scrapbooking kits.
Also, be sure to check out their great blog. So much inspiration to be had through challenges and more. And they regularly feature designs by visitors to the site! So email them and show them what you can do with their fabulous products.
So, now to the good stuff. KI has generously donated a box of goodies valued over $100!! Stamps, embellishments, mini books and more!

Oh, and did I mention…This isn’t even everything in the box! There’s tons more! Plus some goodies added in from me! This is one huge box of goodies!!!

So to win…tell us what your favorite scrapbooking embellishment is! Do you love ribbon, buttons, brads, eyelets…let us know!!

Sorry… this giveaway is closed!

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Give Us a Second Look!

I’m not sure if it’s because it’s the weekend, or if having duplicate posts in one day confused our loyal readers… but we feel like some of our anniversary posts/giveaways may have been overlooked! We don’t want you to miss out!

We also want to remind our email subscribers how to visit the Craft Critique home-page without missing any content!

If you are reading this in your inbox then you are an email subscriber… this is what is called an email “feed”. If we post 3 separate blog posts today you will get one email with all three posts in the same email.

You may be tempted to just click on the top post title (in this case, “Give Us a Second Look”) to get to the Craft Critique homepage and leave a comment. If you do this you will miss all the other posts for the day! Instead, scroll down in the email and read each post individually. Each post will display with a separate title and a link to the individual post. Or you can click on the main title of the email where it says “Craft Critique” to bring you to the full blog and all the posts.

To leave a comment on an individual blog post… look at the very bottom of the post… see the little link that says “comments”? Click on that… a new window will open with a place for you to leave your comment.

Email Subscribers: Please do not just reply to the email to send a comment.

Because we think you missed these posts we are extending the deadline on the past few days of giveaways until tonight, March 8th at Midnight cst.

Tomorrow we will bring you the FINAL BIG GIVEAWAY to complete our Anniversary Week! All the weeks winners will be announced at the end of the giveaway!

Here is a list of the individual posts you can still visit and comment on to be eligible for prizes! Just click on each link to bring you to each post. Please feel free to tell your friemds about the giveaways; forward this email, post the news on your blog… whatever! 🙂

Odd Bird Planet: Giving away a gift basket full of whimsical rubber stamps!

Scrapblog: Gifting one lucky reader a Keepsake Album and free credits: a $50 value! Plus 15% off for ALL of our readers!

Duncan: A $50 prize package full of tulip brand paints and embellishments!

Cornish Heritage Farms: A collection of scrapblock stamps!

Scrap In Style TV: This months Kit and a free Photo Editing class!

Now go comment on all these posts! Thank you again for helping us celebrate 2 wonderful years!

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