Thanks everyone for your great comments yesterday. I have the winner's names in front of me. Are you giddy with excitement and suspense? Well, I think I'll torture you for a minute longer (insert evil laugh here). Hey! Don't scroll down. That's not fair! Besides, you don't want to miss what I have to say next!
One of our friends and killer designer, Lisa Falduto, made some incredible projects for us to teach at CHA. She has posted them on her blog. She has several days posted with amazing CC altered projects and LO's. Check out her amazing stuff on her blog: http://www.lisafalduto.blogspot.com/
Here is some more fabulous stuff from our very own designers.
Wait....was that last LO from the boyfriend? Oh, I guess since I'm giving you inspriation from the boyfriend, I should announce the winners. Two lucky girls have some coming their way to play with! And the winners are: Beth- Jan. 26th at 6:36pm from the blog and Emily Williams- Jan. 26th at 7:48pm on Facebook. Congrats, Ladies! Just email your info to firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send it out!
How about some Earth Love for the road?
Natasja wrote on Facebook that Lindsay and Julie had shown her around Beverly Hills and Hollywood already. So, if Lindsay tries to pull the ol' Transient Global Amnesia trick again, we can bust him! I hope they are having a blast out there! Well, it's been quiet all day for Kristen here at the office. That is, until I got here today! My daughter, Natasha, came to work to play with Eric and Julie's son, Jack, today. So much for Kristen's peace and quiet. Jack is so quiet and adorable. Natasha is a toronado of activity. I think she's scaring Jack to death! He is just listening to her talk and talk and talk. The poor boy can't get a word in edge wise. She just keeps going like the Energizer Bunny. Natasha is telling Jack how to pretend and what to do and how to play. All Jack says is "...ok..." Then she starts in again. Poor boy! He's such a good sport. Don't tell Lindsay, but we've turned his office into Lego central! (He'll probably be jealous he didn't get to play!)
I haven't seen any footage from CHA yet, so here is some more of what we are missing. Take a look at these great projects using Joy Ride!
I am so excited to make an album for my friend using this line. How 'bout you? Got any ideas, yet? Check back tomorrow. If I haven't heard from CHA, I will show you some Garden Variety.
You can always tell how my life it going by this blog. I don't mean because I post all sorts of stories about my life here. All that stuff, although true, is chosen specifically for sharing. There is lots I chose not to share, believe it or not. Here is the blog code to my life.
Early Post: Feeling great, high energy, good day
Late Post: Overwhelmed but hopeful that I can still pull off a good day
Lindsay Post: In way over my head, little hope left
Tiffany Post: Out of town
Tiffany Post, late: Say a prayer....... this means that both Lindsay and I are in way over our heads either physically, mentally or emotionally
No Post on a weekday: Say a prayer and call 911.......same as above, but we qualify for in over our heads in all three categories.
So, I apologize for being missing in action lately, but now you have the scoop.
OK, we didn't have too many people play with last week's sketch, so I thought I would post all the projects that were submitted. I love how everyone took their own interpretation. Take a look at their fabulous work!
From Megan Klauer (she turned the sketch upside down):
From Andi Sexton:
Becky G adapted the sketch for a card:
From Lecia Forest:
And from Diana:
If you would like a new sketch to work on, here is a fun one. I know because I took it from a layout I've already done.......... with one of our new lines. Post a link here if you would like to play again. We'll pick our favorites to post next week.
Can you tell how mine turned out, from this little tease?
Maybe you would prefer this layout's sketch?
It's similar to the sketch for this layout here.
Check in tomorrow for the full sneak and a chance to win stuff for yourself and your favorite store!
Julie used to do three random things on the blog. Me? I'll admit, I'm extremely long winded and would start with that as my intention, but would get off on other things.
Let's see if I can stick to that format this time. First the projects, Memories@prairiescrapbooking.com send us these beautiful cards from the Earth Love Collection. No names, just the email address. I like them!!!!
Next, Last weeks three winners of the Early Bird paper crafting kits are:
Jean- Jan 7th, 1:24
Shannon- Jan 7th, 4:23
Lacy- Jan 8th, 6:54
Congratulations! To receive the goods, simply email email@example.com your address and we will ship these right out.
And finally, later this week, we will posting on our blog, our new collections that we will be releasing at CHA. I love them!!!!
For our store's we will be doing a private screening tomorrow. Watch for an email for instructions on how to view the images and get an order form!
Have a great day!
10. Lindsay meets his family for the first time.
9. The soon to be Cosmo Cricket building. I wish I had a more updated picture. It's a lot further along now.
8. Key hole photographs. This post got so many hits. You all seemed to love it.
7. Eric turned 40. Here he is on his birthday, in his new Viagra tie, with little, blue pill tie-tack.
6. The number one line of the year.......... Early Bird!
5. Walking sticks. Those of you looking to drop some pounds might want to read this post about my anniversary present from Eric.
4. If you notice my skinny pose in every photo now, you may recall this blog post..... another of our most popular!
3. Oh, we can't forget Lindsay's amnesia. You can read about it here.
2. The failed centerpiece project. That's why it's important to read the blog everyday! Read this post, then this post. By the way, I never did figure out the trick to keep the limes from turning brown.
1. Many, many super projects that we've made and that you've shared! Thanks for the fun year everyone!!
And so many more.......... Can't wait for 2010! Happy New Year everyone!
Get Thin in Twenty Ten
While Tom at Little Yellow Bicycle was eating silk pies, eggs benedict and salt encrusted tenderloins, the Cosmo Crickets were burning calories playing Just Dance. Here's Eric, Cathie (Lindsay's sister and Cosmo Cricket employee), Lindsay and myself humiliating ourselves once again! You should definitely check out this game. It's super fun and a great workout! (I apologize for the grey, but the light was low and the only way to brighten the video was to lose the color.)
If you are feeling inspired to get healthy this year, you can join me in my constant challenge to improve my fitness and physique. I promise to blog better over on my weight journal too! Let's support each other. Grab this icon and link it to http://cosmocricket.typepad.com/thejuliediaries/ (I'll be adding it to the sidebar here eventually also). Then use my journal like a message board to tell everyone how great you are doing. We'll support each other through the low points...... like the day I ate almost an entire bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough..... and the high points.... like the day I fit into a size 10..... I could barely do them up, but it's getting closer!
Christmas at the Comstocks
We had a fabulous holiday break. I hope you all did too. The highlights for me included doing a secret santa...... we totally got caught. Eric fell, face down in the snow as me and the kids watched from the car with a little girl waving at us all, saying, "I can see you."
My favorite gift this year was one that Eric actually forgot to get me...... despite my many hints. Have you heard Nellie McKay? I absolutely love her and the album Eric got me a little late, Normal as Blueberry Pie.
The Sea-Tac Airport
Lindsay promise you all I would recap our Seattle experience, and I never did before the holidays. Well, the day we were to fly out of Seattle, we had an afternoon flight. So, Lindsay told me that we should go to Pike's Market. However, if you have ever gone anywhere with Lindsay you know that he is notorious for getting lost.
While we were trying to find our destination, we passed an antique store. I talked him into stopping. I found these great mid-century end tables that I got for Eric for Christmas. By the time I was done purchasing these, it was time to head to the airport.
Since we were really close to Pike's market, Lindsay wanted to take a minute to check it out. We ran up several flights of stairs, across a block or two for Lindsay to tell me that it was too late and we better hurry back to the car. We ran back across those blocks, down the stairs, got in the car to see the time and I was sure we were going to miss our flight.
We had an off site rental car, so I was suppose to type the address into the GPS, while Lindsay was driving like a mad-man through Seattle. The first problem, I couldn't find an address. The return home feature on the GPS didn't work either. I typed in the airport instead figuring that that would at least get us close. Time lost: 30 seconds.
The second problem: Lindsay got off the freeway before he was suppose to. We couldn't figure out how to get back on. Time lost: 1 minute 30 seconds.
I found directions to the rental location, but still no address. The third problem was that I missed one line on the directions. The one that told us when to turn. Time lost: 2 minutes.
We arrived at the rental location just as the shuttle to the airport was pulling up. Pretty lucky, until we realized that this shuttle driver didn't think he could drive faster than 40 MPH. Time lost: 45 seconds.
Arrive to the airport. Get off super slow shuttle. Lindsay is carrying one suitcase. I am carrying my suitcase, my purse, my jacket and a bag full of product prototypes. Lindsay thinks he can check us both in and so he runs ahead of me, up two double-length flights of escalators. I run up them too with all my stuff, just way behind him. (By the way, I need to apologize to the entire Sea Tac airport. I forgot my belt, and I didn't have an extra hand to keep my pants up. I am sure that everyone behind me knows way more about me than I am comfortable with!) I am just glad Lindsay was ahead of me!
Lindsay is checked in as I get to the kiosk. A gal comes to help me, but for some reason neither of us can find my name on the flight. Time lost: 30 seconds. I get checked in with two minutes to spare.
The security line is long. I sweet talked my way to the front, with Lindsay trailing behind. Time saved: 10 minutes.
For those of you that know the Sea Tac airport, our gate was S-5. This has to be the furthest possible point from where we currently were. Not just that, but you have to take a tram to get there. The tram is located down those double-flight escalators. Running to the escalators, I dropped my phone and had to go back...... did I mention I was in heels. Time lost: 20 seconds.
Lindsay had to put on his shoes while on the escalator. I passed him up, forgetting that my pants were quite low. I think he now knows everything about me. OH WELL!
We got on the tram. We got off on the first stop to realize that this stop is not for the S-gates. We made it back on before the tram had left. No time lost.
The next stop is ours. We get off and have to run back up those @#$#^% escalators! Then we ran down a hall to make it to the S-Gates as the last passengers admitted to the flight.
When it was all said and done, I have to admit that it was a total blast! We were sweaty, we were out of breath, we were laughing hysterically and we were on our way home!!
We are a Scrapbooking Company
It can be hard to tell sometimes with all the craziness we post here. So, here's a little bit of Cosmo Cricket related stuff. Just for those of you that think a scrapbooking company's blog should have something to do with scrapbooking.
From Wendy Sue Anderson
From Stacey Michaud