Saturday, April 4, 2015

Thank You!

Fiskafriends would like to express our thanks to the Flying Unicorn, Eileen Hull Designs and Sparkle N Sprinkle for sponsoring our 2015 Power of Community Blog Hop.  As a small token of our gratitude, we would like to share the following news about these wonderful companies:  

April 4 –5th, the Flying Unicorn Store is having a fabulous 45% off Easter sale on everything in the store. On EVERYTHING! (Well almost everything.  Not valid on gift cards.)  I believe they have free shipping to USA and Canada for orders of $99 or more as well.  Such a deal!

Eileen Hull is back on the road following The Paper Trail.  Want to meet this fabulous crafting designer?   Click HERE to see the current schedule. 

She also has a new Featured Fan up on her blog.  Click HERE to find out more. 

Sparkle N Sprinkle has announced the winner of their April Reveal Blog Hop.  Are you the winner?  Click HERE to find out. 
Have you seen Sparkle N Sprinkle's April Challenge yet?  You have until April 25, 2015 to participate.  Click HERE for the information.

Did you know that Sparkle N Sprinkle has a Video Kit of the Month Club?  Click Here to find out more.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

FISKAFRIENDS 2015 Power of Community Blog Hop Winners!

We are pleased to announce the Winners of the Fiskafriends 2015 Power of Community Blog Hop!

UPDATE!   The winners have contacted me and chosen their prizes. 

Thanks to everyone who participated in our celebration!  We hope you enjoyed seeing our Fiskafriends bloggers' creations and learning more about them.  

We especially want to thank our wonderful sponsors - the Flying Unicorn, Eileen Hull, and Sparkle N Sprinkle for their kind and generous support! We encourage everyone to visit and support them.  

We would also like to thank our member sponsors - Fiskafairy and Fiskafairy Snowflake for their generous contribution.  You are awesome!

Before we announce the winners, let's take a look at the wonderful prizes.  

The Prizes!

1. Flying Unicorn -  April Your Passion Your Art - Main Kit (International and Domestic)

Prize One- Flying Unicorn - April Your Passion Your Art Main Kit- 

UHK Collection Monsieur Collection—2 papers of each— Bertrand,Charles, Antoine, Maja Design Vintage Spring Basics Collection One sheet of 5th of April , 4th of April, 3rd of April Embellishments: Technique Tuesday Banner stamp, Prima Flowers 566784,Faber Castell Big Brush Pen Cobalt Blue, 13@rts Mist—Chalk Cobalt Blue, Dear Lizzy Watercolor Words, KaiserCraft Flourish, 12” sewn faux ribbon, 1 yard string twine, 2 mini paper clips, 2 mini clothe pins, 3 kraft tags, 5 kraft shapes. OFFTHE PAGE PROJECT - Steel Watering Can.
2. Flying Unicorn - April Small Art Big Passion Kit  (International and Domestic)

Prize Two - Flying Unicorn April Small Art Big Passion Kit
Pion paper Collection—Paris Flea Market— Memory Notes I, Memory Notes II, Tags, 6x6 Parisian Ladies, 6x6 Blue Fabric, 6x6 Forget me not, Petaloo Textured Elements—Burlap Flowers Ivory, Sizzix Dogwood metal die Zva Crystals, Flying Unicorn Frame adornment, Flying unicorn picture adornment, 3 min I files, I cloth pin, Flying Unicorn Butterfly, Bunch of stamens.
3. Flying Unicorn - April Mixed Passion Kit  (International and Domestic)

Prize Three - Flying Unicorn April Mixed Passion Kit
2 yards of ribbon twine , Jillibean wire words Love, Scrapiniec Decorative Chipboard Words, Vintage Prima Flowers 538453, Petaloo Flowers Burlap Denim Blue, Prima Flowers Avante Blue 566654, Petaloo Flowers Mulberry , Kaisercraft Wood Frame Flourishes.
4. Flying Unicorn - April Mixed Art Kit  (International and Domestic)

Prize Four - Flying Unicorn April Mixed Art Kit
2—5x7 mixed art boards, 6x6 Stencil TCW—Mini Grow Page, Lindys Moon Shadow Mist Buccanear Bay Blue, Lindys Starburst Spray Crème Burlee Cream, 13@rts mist, Chalk Indigo, 13@rts white gesso, Shimmerez Shimmerz Coal, Viva Décor—paper Soft 75ml jar, Flying Unicorn Adornments, Petaloo Spray Vine.

5. Eileen Hull Designs - Sizzix Bigz Cookie Jar Die  (US Mailing Address Only)

Prize Five -Eileen Hull Designs Sizzix Bigz Cookie Jar Die
Measuring 5 1/2" x 6", this Bigz die showcases the novel style of Matboard Magic author Eileen Hull. This die is designed for use only with the BIGkick, Big Shot and Vagabond machines and requires the use of a pair of Cutting Pads. A Bigz die cleanly cuts thick materials, including cardstock, chipboard, fabric, foam, magnet, leather, metallic foil, paper and sandpaper (in limited use). Its wider size offers you more design options. *Fiskafriends Administrator note - Although the Sizzix description guarantees compatibility with their machines only, there may be other die cutting machines that can use this die as well.  Please check the specifications of your die cutting machine to see if it is compatible with it. 

6. Sparkle N Sprinkle -  Winners choice of Digi-Stamps/Digi-Stamp Sets (up to $20 Value)
(International and Domestic) 

Prize Six - Sparkle N Sprinkle Digi-Stamps or Digi-Stamp Set
Download of Winner's choice  up to $20 value. 

7. Fiskafairy - $ 25 Online Gift Certificate to online vendor of winner's Choice
(International and Domestic)

Prize Seven - Fiskafairy- $ 25 Online Gift Certificate winner's choice of any online vendor that permits such an arrangement. 

8. Fiskafairy Snowflake - Box filled with assorted Crafting Goodies
(International and Domestic)

Prize Eight - Fiskafairy Snowflake - Crafting Goodies Box 
Fiskars Leave It To Weaver border punch, Fiskars XLarge Puzzled squeeze punch, Fiskars Teresa Collins Girly Posh stamp set, Making Memories Alpha stickers, WeRMemoryKeepers Peep stickers, WeRMemoryKeepers Pumpkin Patch & Spooky House clear stamps, Bazzill Snowflake chipboard tags, Dress It Up Heart buttons, Snickerdoodle Ribbons, Flower pins, twine, coffeeshop ribbon, colored index cards and more....


Congratulations, winners! You have 72 hours from the publication of this post to contact me. Please follow the directions under the list of names.

1.   Lesa   from Maya's Blog

2.   Laney  from Tanya's Blog

3.   Patty Williams  from Michelle's Blog

4.   Vicky  from Amy's Blog

5.   Rhonda Goldfuss  from Cheryl's Blog

6.   Heather Thompson  from Tracy's Blog

7.   Jen Ray  from Tifany's Blog

8.   Slyvia  from Stasia's Blog

The winners will choose their prizes in order of the draw. First, Lesa, then Laney, then Patty Williams and so forth. If you do not respond within 72 hours, you will forfeit your prize and winner standing.

Please follow these directions:

1. E-mail jeanbullock8889 at gmail dot com

2. Put : 2015 winner and your name in the subject

3. In the body of the letter, please give me your legal name, valid mailing address and phone number. (Your information will only be used for verification and award delivery purposes.)

4. List the 8 prizes in your preference order.

Depending on your order in the list, we will award you the topmost prize that is still available when it comes to your turn.

The winners were chosen by . 17 names were submitted and given a number.  The sequentially numbered list was randomly reordered and the top 8 were selected as the winners. We will keep the other 9 names (still in order) in the event a forfeiture occurs.

Important legal stuff you must agree to:

All decisions by the administrator of this giveaway are final. By your contest entry and acceptance of a prize award and use of this site, you agree that the administrator Jean Bullock, the Fiskafriends, the sponsors and anyone else involved in this bloghop or site shall not be held liable for errors, lost or damaged prizes, or online events related to this blog hop or related to the use of this site. You acknowledge that you alone will be responsible for any taxes or fees due according to the regulatory laws of your individual country, state or province.

Friday, March 27, 2015

FISKAFRIENDS 2015 Blog Hop - The Power of Community

Fiskafriends 2015 Blog Hop –The Power of Community. 

The Blog Hop is over.  Thanks to all who participated. The winners of the Blog Hop will be announced on this blog and will have 72 hours to respond from the time they are announced. 

This blog hop is a celebration of the Fiskafriends group's First Anniversary. 

The theme of the hop is Anything Goes, so be prepared for a variety of creative projects and ideas!

The hop begins on Friday, March 27th at 6 PM PDT. (Pacific Daylight Time) and will end on March 29th at 11:59 PM PDT. 

All are welcome to visit and comment.  International visitors included!

We have sponsor prizes and some of our bloggers are also offering their own individual giveaways as well.  You will see the prizes on the posts as you hop.  Some of the individual blogger giveaway prizes are available for domestic visitors only.  All but one of the sponsored giveaway prizes are available for both domestic and international visitors.  The sponsor prizes will be listed near the bottom of this post. 

There are a few rules you must follow if you want to be eligible for the sponsor giveaway prizes, so please read the whole post before you start hopping.  (It's BEST to do Step 1 first!)

For the Sponsor Giveaway:

1. Visit the three Sponsor Prize Preview posts and leave a supportive and relevant comment.  If you have already commented on them earlier this week. You do not need to comment again. Your comment already counts, but you DO need to leave a comment on this post and tell me that you commented on all three!  Please do not comment anonymously.  Use the Name/URL option instead.  You don't need to use your real name and you can leave the URL blank,  but make sure you have used the same name throughout this hop.

Here is the Sponsor List:

Day One - Flying Unicorn

Day Two- Eileen Hull

Day Three- Sparkle N Sprinkle

Come back to this post and tell me that you have commented on all three posts AND tell me which country you live in.

2.  Visit the bloggers on the list and leave a supportive, relevant comment on their Fiskafriends Blog Hop posts. You DO NOT have to comment on all of them, but the MORE blogs you comment on, the greater your chances of winning. 

Here is the Fiskafriends Blogger list:   

Jean Bullock, #8889,

Susan Slomski, #6150, 

Cindy deRosier, #4113,

Tifany DeGough, #5942, 

Cheryl Waters, #002,

Jean Marmo, #7358,

Teresa Godines #6857

Michelle O'Driscoll #7586

Nancy Carroll  #11488

Maya Oren-Dahan #351

Amy Martin Jones #8546

Karen Poirier-Brode #2858

Tanya Napier #5407

Pamela Haskin #8040

Stasia Sloma #9314

Tracy Moloney #6773

Kim Chenez #5612

That's all you have to do.  And you have over two days to do it in. 

For the Blogger Individual Giveaways:
Just follow the directions on their blogs.  The individual giveaways are independent of this hop.  The bloggers who are having giveaways will announce their winners on their own blogs. 

Here is the list of the Sponsor Prizes.

From Flying Unicorn's April Your Passion, Your Art Release:

1. The Main Kit
2. The Mixed Art Add On Kit
3. The Mixed Passion Add On Kit
4. The Small Art Add On Kit

From Eileen Hull: (US Mailing Addresses only)

5. Cookie Jar Bigz Die

From Sparkle N Sprinkle:

6. Choice of digital stamps/digital stamp sets up to $20 value.

From Fiskafairy:

7. $25 gift certificate - winner's choice - to any online vendor that permits gift codes to be purchased and transmitted online. 

From Fiskafairy Snowflake:

8. A box filled with new crafting goodies. 
Fiskars Leave It To Weaver border punch Fiskars XLarge Puzzled squeeze punch Fiskars Teresa Collins Girly Posh stamp set Making Memories Alpha stickers WeRMemoryKeepers Peep stickers WeRMemoryKeepers Pumpkin Patch & Spooky House clear stamps Bazzill Snowflake chipboard tags Dress It Up Heart buttons Snickerdoodle Ribbons Flower pins, twine, coffeeshop ribbon, colored index cards and more....

How the Sponsor Winners Are Determined:

I estimate the winner selection process to take approximately 3 weeks. 
At the end of the hop, the bloggers will choose a name by random draw from the comments on their blog hop post and submit the name to the contest administrator.  Each name counts as an entry. The administrator will check to see if the winners have followed the Sponsor comment rule and are eligible.

From the eligible names, the administrator will draw 8 names in numerical order. The 8 winners will be posted on the Fiskafriends blog and will have 72 hours (PDT) from the time of posting to respond to the announcement according to the directions given on the post. 

If a winner does not respond by the deadline, all the names below that person on the numerical list will be moved up and a new name will be drawn and added to the end of the list. 

The winners will get to choose the prize they want.  The first on the list chooses first, the second chooses from the remaining prizes and so on.  The winners must respond to the administrator by the deadlines set or forfeit so as not to delay the awarding of prizes to the other winners.

All decisions made by the administrator of the giveaway contest are final. 

The names of the winners will be given to the sponsors.  The winners must abide by the sponsors' policies regarding the prizes.  

©2015, Jean Bullock

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Blog Hop Prize Preview! Day Three

We are celebrating the First Anniversary of our Fiskafriends crafters group with a blog hop featuring the creativity of our members. (Click here to view a brief history of the Fiskafriends group.)

The blog hop begins on March 27th at 6PM (PDT) and will end on March 29th at 11:59 PM PDT. The full contest rules and blog hop list will  be revealed on the blog on March 27th.                                                                         

Our third sponsor for the blog hop giveaway prize is Sparkle N Sprinkle! 

Meet Margaret Myers: I am Margaret Myers, owner of Sparkle N Sprinkle.  In August 2005, we changed our company name from Stamp’N Around to Sparkle N Sprinkle. SNS originated in California in 1997, but moved to Florida in 2001. We have several artists from all over the world working for us

Though there are over 2,000 images in our stamp line, many have been retired. If at any time a customer wants one of the old images, we still are able to press the rubber, and mail it to them. Our stamps are lovingly produced right here in Florida – we’re proud to say, “Made in the USA”. Our deeply etched stamps are available on quality rubber, in two forms: rubber-only, or on cling cushion ready for acrylic blocks. Stamps are sold individually or in sets. Our cling mounted sets come on a laminated sheet allowing for easy, convenient storage. Additionally, we are an Angel Company.

We also have a line of over 350 specially formulated embossing powders, flockings and glitters which are offered in many sizes and packaging combinations. We also formulated our our line of glues which work dimensionally, on porous and non-pourous surfaces, and even a special ornament glue to create beautiful decorations. We’re home of easy-to-use Tear-ific tape, which is available in an assortment of sizes.
A constantly evolving selection of quality accessories including  inks, markers, tools, punches, and complementary products are found in our on-line store. On our 13th birthday (October 2010), we opened our first ever brick and mortar locale: The Sparkle N Sprinkle Shoppe where all our products are available. Small classes are offered at this location as well. One of our favorite activities is greeting our customers face-to-face at conventions all around the country. We’re known for our fun and versatile “Acrylic Art” which can also be purchased at fine Paper Crafting Stores. Acrylic pieces may be used as embellishments for cards and scrapbooks, sun catchers, jewelry, pins, ornaments, etc.
Our staff of gifted designers is comprised of artists from all over the world; you may view their creativity in the Gallery on our website complete with instructions for how to recreate the cards.
Instructional videos can be seen on our website along with all sorts of tips and techniques. We boast a large YouTube library as well. The Video Kit Club of the month offers everything needed for creating 5 remarkable cards each month.

Our products are not only  hand-blended, hand-pressed, and hand-packaged
in the United States,
but our glitters, embossing powders, and flockings are also MANUFACTURED in The United States (not imported). Sparkle N Sprinkle supports local manufacturers who make quality products using healthy, environmentally-safe ingredients and fair labor practices. 
We hope that our loyal customers appreciate our efforts.

Your Quality Crafting Time deserves Quality Products. 

Click on the photos below to see their fine products in the Sparkle and Sprinkle online store.

You may order online or shop in their store. Visit the website to see other stores that carry their fine products. 

Sparkle N Sprinkle
3016 E. College Ave. 
Ruskin FL Tampa Bay 33570
Ruskin Florida 33570
United StatesPhone:  888-901-9173; 813-642-0940 
Visit the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog on the to see the fabulous projects created by the talented Sparkle N Sprinkle Design Team.   Click on the photo to see their current Designer post featuring a card and tutorial by the talented April Williams.  
When you visit the Sparkle N Sprinkle website, click on the Technique Club link to see a huge selection of wonderful crafting tips and tutorials. 
Visit Sparkle N Sprinkle's Facebook Page !   Why not like and follow them for the latest news and to see the wonderful videos and projects featured there?
Sparkle N Sprinkle has monthly Challenges with prizes and and opportunities for those who use their products to be Featured Artists.    Click HERE for the Challenge page.


One lucky winner will receive Digi-Stamps or Digi-Stamp Sets of their choice from Sprinkle N Sparkle's online store (up to a $20 value.)    Pictured above is just a sample of one of their many wonderful digital stamp sets.  Visit the online store to see more!

This is the last of the Sponsor Gifts Preview posts.  Our Fiskafriends Blog Hop – the Power of Community will begin Friday, March 27th at 6PM PDT and will end at 11:59 PDT on March 29th.  To participate in our wonderful hop, go to the FISKAFRIENDS BLOG where you will find the post about the giveaway rules and blogger list. The post will go live on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 6PM PDT.  See you soon!      
Images and direct quotes on this post ©2015, Sparkle N Sprinkle.  Used with permission.