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Monday, January 17, 2011


Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We've been busy around here just in case you didn't notice. There's now a much requested subscribe area on the right sidebar now under "Get Email Alerts" so you can find out every time we post something new here. And we have a brand new Facebook fan page, with its own giveaways going on. So go check it out. You could even win a Gypsy if you refer the most friends to "Like" the page and say who sent them. There's also a post with a giveaway for a free set of directions. Wendy's gonna clobber me for giving so much stuff away!! :)

Speaking of giving stuff away... here's a picture of this week's blog candy. 8 different Uniball pens (best on the planet!) and 3 chalk inks. This is a $33 value. If you want a chance to win, make sure you're a follower of this blog. Then leave a comment on today's post AND come back every day this week and leave a comment on each day's post for more chances. We'll randomly pick the winner from all of the week's comments.



Today's video is a brief tutorial on how I use these chalk inks and pens. We're going to be working on bringing you more videos, but for now I thought I'd start off with something simple that I get asked about a lot. And btw, I'll eventually get a "store" set up on this site - but just so you know, I do sell these pens and chalk inks. So when you're buying a kit, you can request these as well for $3/each, and we can toss them in your box for no extra shipping.



Be sure to come back tomorrow for another post and another chance to win. Plus find out a little more about the oh-so-mysterious Bling Queen Wendy!

127 comments:

LilGreenBug said...

I'm first??!! WOOHOO!! Great video and awesome tips!!! Lookin' good, dear friend!!!

Blessings and hugs!
Linda

All about our little family..... said...

I am #2! Great video and wonderful tips! I love this blog and have now saved it in my favorites. Have a great Monday! Debi

Vicki in MD said...

love inking the edges - and thanks for the pen tips.

Lucy said...

Thanks for the inspiring video! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win. Lucy iluvlu2003@yahoo.com

sleeplesswonder said...

Thanks for the video, I must try the dew drops, I love how you inked the edges of the paper, it really does make a difference. I need to get my hands on some of these inks and pens. Thanks so much for the chance to win.
hugs,
Melissa D
mkds312@hotmail.com

Melissa said...

I am just so happy to see you back and posting craftiness Monique!!!!

Melissa Allore
www.disneydreamerdesigns.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Great tip!! Tfs
Jeanette :)

The Fillhard's said...

Thanks for the video, I am always inking the edges of my papers, I agree, it just gives them a little richer look.
I love how you always add dots with gel pens, I always say I am going to try that but never do.
Thanks for sharing!
Christi
fillhardfarm at ymail dot com

My Serendipity said...

You are terrrrrrific! Thank you for the video! I needed this :)
hugs,
Beth

myserendipity.beth@yahoo.com

Angels Way said...

GREAT Video!!! Love the new look, and so glad to have the email alerts! Thanks

scrapstampcrazy said...

Wow that came out stunning.

MedicScrapper said...

Thanks for the tips Monique! It makes all the difference in the world using the chalk inks and signo pens. Thanks for the chance for blog candy :)

Clare D. said...

Thanks Monique! I love the detail on your work, and now I know how to get the look too! cjdempsey9 at msn dot com (following)

Debbie said...

Wow, you have so much energy that it's unbelievable. I'm so happy for you. I've prayed for you daily and I'm so glad your treatments are over. I will continue to pray that you are cancer free. So glad you're jumping back into your business.

Debbie
jmeyer1@woh.rr.com

Carol's Sweet Creations! said...

Thank you so much for the great tips! Have a blessed day ;0).
HUgs, Carol L.

silly_girl_823 said...

I enjoyed your tip video! I have the white Uniball gel pen and we have a love hate relationship! Guess I just need more practice, I did not know they had them in all those colors!!

Amy V

silly_girl_823 at hotmail dot com

Jessica said...

I'm Second!! Great giveaway and tips!
-Jessica
jessica dot a dot stevenson at gmail dot com

Charlotte Cornett said...

Awesome video!!!
Thanks for sharing with us!
Charlotte

hkatmom said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I am a new follower and I love the stuff you do!!

Lesley from WI said...

Enjoyed the video and watching this technique. The silver pen looked great on your project. Very pretty!

Heather said...

Ooh, I'd love to try some chalk inks! Thanks for the chance to win!
ra6352 (at) gmail (Dot) com

Jodi said...

I loved the video! I always like new ideas for products I don't own plus videos for how to use them. I don't own either the chalk inks or the gel pens. Would love to win todays blog candy!

Anonymous said...

Great video, loved how that photo mat just looked gorgeous after those small embellishments!!! Thanks so much for sharing.

Kimberly
bsketmom at tampabay dot rr dot com

Penny said...

Love the video! TFS

Kristina said...

Simple yet fabulous tips! Monique you make it look so easy :)

Hugs,
Kristina

Grammy GG said...

So good to see you -- your special spirit shines through!! Excited for you and your new plans. The video was great and loved watching your technique. Shine on!

Jen said...

Awesome video!!!Thanks so much for sharing. I'm your newest follower. Welcome back.
hugs,jen
jennyscards.blogspot.com

Josie0602 said...

Great to see you Monique!! Signo and Versa are my favorites!! Thanks for the great video!

Karen S. said...

Thanks for the video and the chance to win the awesome blog candy! I love my Uniball Signo white pen and didn't even realize that there were so many other colors. I haven't used Chalk inks yet either but am inspired to try! :)

cjtatman said...

What I love first...is seeing your smiling face and hearing your beautiful voice! You are such a gift! But that aside, I do ink alot but have not used the dots in the corners and I really like that look. Thank you for sharing!!!
Candice J

cjtatman said...

Thank you...I do ink alot but don't do the dots and they give the project a much more complete look. You are an inspiration and a true gift from God.
Candice J

Anonymous said...

Welcome back!
The Signo white is the best white around.
Keep up the great work.

Best to you,
Scrapinursefl

Dee said...

Hello - thanks for the tips. I have not used ink around the edges before and it really does make a difference. You said you use brown a lot - Do you pick a color from the patterned paper or just more of a dark color to get the contrast?

ShaDe6161 said...

Wow this is awesome. I have always been in awe of your talent and love your work, now I get to enjoy your videos. nice job.
Sharon (ShaDe6161ataoldotcom)

The Cropping Canuck said...

TFS!

Mary Jean said...

great video! It really is surprising what a little ink can do isnt it!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

I just found you from the bling queens blog yay! Thanks for the fabulous giveaway chances and the great video!
Lisa
summer_sunset54 at hotmail dot com

JennyKozar said...

YEAH!!! It is so wonderful to see you working at something you love!

Cardian Angel/Wanda said...

Very informative video. Love the gel pen on the corners--really adds the perfect touch. Am looking forward to receiving your emails and following your blog.

Lauren said...

Great video! Thanks for the opportunity to win awesome candy!

Lauren

Craftyhomemade said...

Thanks for the tip.

Indira

Wende said...

Glad to see you back in the groove! Thanks for the chance to win. Great video and tips.

Donna said...

Thanks for the video, as a newbie to card making this was very helpful. BTW you are looking great.

Aimee said...

I would really love to win all these terrific pens! Thanks for the opportunity to win! I've been a follower.

Amy said...

Great to see you scrapping again! Thanks for the giveaway.

katieo said...

Great advice. I have been looking for a fine tip white pen. I like Marta Stewart's opaque white but the tip is wide

tsrel said...

I have never used the other uniball pens, but I absolutely love the white one. Pray you are doing great.

Carrie K said...

It is so great to see you again! I am so happy that you came through everything. Looking forward to seeing more from you!!
Carrie
carriedan1 at live dot com

Lynn said...

thanks for the tips. great video. thanks for a chance to win.

nygator95 at gmail dot com

Sandy from Ukiah said...

You are so awesome. Super video, not sure if it's as good as the one we made in CHA last year, but it was good. lol hugs

Jamie said...

Great tips! I love the signo get pens! I only have the white but the silver looks great!

sally said...

Oooh, yum...candy! Thank you for the video, very helpful. Hope you are feeling well today. Dreary weather here in the Central Valley. I could use some sun! Thanks again, Sally in Stockton

Ticketgoddess said...

You are a ROCKSTAR...all dressed up in your leather jacket!!! Great tips...can't wait to see what you and Wendy will create this week...take care and you look MARVELOUS!!! Bev B

BikerGranny said...

Great video. I'm also a huge fan of the distressing inks and gel pens, and use them often to achieve that "pop" effect you referred to. I've been a follower of your blog for a while now, but for some odd reason, I wasn't receiving reminder notices. So, today I also "subscribed" (which maybe I neglected to do in the past) and hope to visit more regularly - I do love your blog! TFS and for the chance to win some blog candy. :)

Sandy from Ukiah said...

I grabbed your button - how sad I don't see my blog listed on your sidebar..:-(

sherry said...

Thanks for the great video and tips for using gell pens and the chalk ink.

kristyscraps said...

ooo...candy without the calories! perfect! would love some new gel pens...isn't it amazing to think of how happy some new pens makes us? it's probably a sickness, but i LOVE new pens! :)

Tanya said...

Great video! Thanks for the tips!!

Tanya
phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

Shawnee said...

Thanks for a great video and awesome tips!! Good to see you back to crafting! We've missed you and are praying for you!!

Blessings,
Shawnee

Connie said...

New to your blog. I'm hoping to learn many new things!! Thanks for sharing.

joy said...

Great simple tips. Need to add on my wish list. TFS!

JenJackScrap said...

Wow! You never even came up for air! You just dove, head first, right back into biz, girly! Not a moment to waste! lol I LOVE your new site and the video thing is amazing! You look so beautiful and fresh and HEALTHY!!! LOVE IT!!!!

pennykitz said...

Great project, I love your tips....
Thanks for sharing
pennykitz@charter.net
http://pennykitz.blogspot.com/

marcar said...

Love the uni-ball pens, thanks for the video

Dawnica said...

Great video!!! I love all your projects! Your awesome!
www.dawnicakorner.blogspot.com

Angela said...

My favorite pens! Can't ever have enough around here. My family takes off with them and I'm always in search of them. They say, "But they write soooo good!"

Kristie Maynard said...

Great video! I'm excited about all the new things with your new blog look. Thanks for the chance to win this great prize. Already am a follower, have been for quite a while. Just "liked" the facebook page too.

Ryansmaama said...

It is so good to see you posting again. Love the new blog.--Ryansmaama
gkburrow@cmaaccess.com

Meshell said...

I loved your U-Stream broadcast! I do have a question about this video though.......what is the difference between regular ink (ie.distress inks) and "chalk" ink? Thanks for all you do, keep it up. You're AWESOME!

PattiB said...

I'm so excited to be signed up for a couple of your classes and really look forward to meeting you. My friend, Mary V has taken a few, so I will be coming with her. I love your videos and look forward to many more. I hope I know in advance next time you are doing a UStream. It was really fun to watch. Thank you.

My Inspiration said...

Wow Monique a video and a giveaway!! I wish I could be your assistant for a day. Hmmm that sounds like a great prize to me lol! Thanks for all your inspiration

gr8mom52 said...

Hi Monique!!!You can't get rid of me! I love the tutorial you posted and you are right those pens are the best Jocelyn has them.
I love you!
Maritza
gr8 mom 52 @ aol .com

gr8mom52 said...

Monique! I just had to come back& tellyou what I did not say before. This is a new journey for you and I am so happy for you. I will say it was so nice to see your hands (both) workingso well. I was elated when I saw yor hair. But most I put a face to the most courageous lady I have ever known. I am so happy I called my husband so that he would meet you on the video. Love you!
Maritza
gr8 mom 52 @ aol.com

Kristina said...

I'm so glad I found this site. Thanks for the tips.

aremus said...

I love inking my edges. Thanks for the tips and the chance to win!

amandaremus at gmail dot com

Jenny said...

What a great video! I always wonder what ink everyone else used. I can't wait to see more of your wonderful scrapbook pages!

Thanks!
Jenny

Emily said...

Great tips, thanks for sharing!!

Lisel said...

Thanks for the video. Love those uniballs.

MotherMonkee said...

Thanks for the video! I am lovin' the new site.
-Roxann

Rdolsen@gmail dot com

Liliana said...

I just discovered chalks and am having fun giving my cards a little pop. Thanks for the great video and the chance to win.

anaphil36 at aol dot com

Lisa J said...

Love the tips on the Uniball pens, I am hopelessly addicted to Uniball white gel pens and have scoured EVERY store in my city for them and no one sells them! :( I too love inking the edges of the papers to give that extra pop!

TFS!

tjsgal at gmail dot com

Milly D said...

Great tips. I ink my edges all the time but haven't used those chalks yet, or those gel pens. They sure seam to work well. Great items. TFS

Milly D

Rose Garden Romantic said...

That's a great giveaway! I can't wait to go watch your video!
Hugs,
Michelle

Danielle Phillips said...

Thanks for the video! I have been working with gel pens a lot lately and would love a chance to win!

MAMA CHARLIE said...

you are right these are the best pens I have ever used!!!!! Great video

Marla Wood said...

Love the silver dots on the edges! It really makes it pop!

Dhilly said...

So glad to see you are doing well. I absolutely love your work so I am looking forward to more of your creations and inspiration. Great video too!

thedhillonz@hotmail.com

lanejoy1 said...

Awesome video and tips. Loved the UStream this past weekend.

Shelley said...

Awesome video Monique! Thank you for sharing these tips!

Shelley

jen's mom said...

I am so with you on the inking. Things look naked without it. Great tutorial !!

Lezlye said...

Great job Monique! Love to ink too!

Anonymous said...

I agree with the one who said you are a gift from God. I love that you use your talents and share so much with everyone. All that we are, and have and do is a gift to be shared. Keep it up! I am so proud of you.
Mom

Sue Pickwell said...

Love your video, glad you are doing well!

Annettewith6 said...

I lost a 33 yr old friend today. Kylie was a crafter and the SAH mother of 4. Sammi 12, Owen 5, Emilia 3 and Madison 1. Her hubby Mike is in total shock, as are we all. She was a vibrant, bubbly person and her death was completely unexpected.
I am glad that I can run away momentarily and watch your videos and take my mind off their situation. Thanks for some lightness and distraction.

AShu93 said...

Great video, I'd love to win the pens & ink. I'm no good at doodling, so maybe having some great pens would help :) Thanks for the chance to win.

Teresa said...

Love the video, so glad you decided to start doing them you are great. Teresa

BikerGranny said...

Hi Monique, I already watched that video and commented on it yesterday - found your blog through Diane at Capadia (and already gave you her name in my previous post, as a referral).

I'm a new follower and a facebook fan. I love your work and am looking forward to checking in regularly to see your creative projects!

BikerGranny said...

Oops, sorry - I forgot to add my contact info! ;)

It's Mary at info@happypaws-pet.com

Creative Princess said...

Thanks for the video! I have noticed these at my local craft store but was unsure if I would use them (or for that matter even know how to use them). I may just pick a couple up now!

Tara

http://creativeprincess-homemadehappiness.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

still following you girl! and so happy about all your good news.

Monty said...

Great Video, and I love using the pens

SGilley said...

thanks so much for sharing and admire your creativity!

Bonnie said...

All I can say is look at you girl! I knew you when.....

Amber said...

I just subscribed as a follower although I have been checking out your site for a while now. I have never owned or used one of those pens but I am always hearing people rave about them so thanks for the chance to win some.

blueskygirl said...

Love the pens and the ink. Thanks for the chance to win.
buddy23018 at hotmail dot com

Vickie said...

Loved the tips. TFS

Teresa said...

Thank you for the video. I look forward to seeing lots more! Glad to see you looking so good!

Gwen said...

Thanks for the tips. So glad you are doing so much better!

Peggy said...

Thanks for the video. It is sooo helpful. And thank you for all of the inspiration!

Pat said...

I love to see new techniques!

Cricut Critter said...

I am soooo glad you are back! and what a better way to celebrate than with BLOG CAndy! thanks for the great video and freebies.

sleigh said...

Haven't been here for a few days and I've missed so much...glad to see you back Monique and Gang! Great video and thanks for all the tips :)

majessie18 said...

I love that you are doing videos!!

Brenda H. in Sunny California said...

That video was awesome!!!! You did a great job!! Very useful tutorial!!
See you soon,
Brenda

Mom2Fiveplus3 said...

Yeah I love candy. Thanks Monique.

Barb said...

Great video and enjoyed the tips on using chalk inks and gel pens. Keep up the good work. Glad you are back doing what you love to do.

Thanks, Barb

SrapaholicRN said...

I love these colors. I need them to finish all my new kits coming from Monique.....

Aman said...

Great video and great tips! I love your blog!

gocanucksgo said...

What a great video! Thanks for the great tip and for doing such a fantastic giveaway =)

Beverly said...

Another great job...I'm 120 late as always..LOL

Kim. said...

I enjoyed your video, I have only just started to do the inking around edges so this was great to watch. Thanks also for the chance to win.
Kim xXx

Elaine said...

Wonderful tips Monique! You are looking so good! I adore my white gel pen, will have to try using the gold and silver too.

Domicidal Tendencies said...

great tips!

Tifany said...

Awesome blog candy!

-Tifany
http://inkblotsbytrd.blogspot.com/

casey toney said...

i love learning something new
thank you!
caseytoney at yahoo dot com

Bobbi said...

What a great video. I love how the card turned out. TFS

Kathleen said...

Love the idea of the videos - if I can't be in CA and you can't be here in NJ, the video the next best thing for inspiration and assistance with all those great techniques you use. Thanks for sharing everything - I'll keep checking in on you for more.

Kathleen in NJ
kmurphy614@gmail.com

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Monique Griffith
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The Monique Griffith Design Team consists of 4 Cricut Designers: Monique, Wendy Lawrence, Susan Rees and Becca Rees. We specialize in making Cricut Project Kits that you can make on your own with your Cricut, learning more about your bug in the process. You just need your Cricut Expression, the required cartridge(s), and a few basic tools. The directions come with a Cricut Cut Chart that shows you line by line exactly what you'll need to cut on your machine, with all of the settings for each cut. There are also well-organized written instructions and color photographs. We pride ourselves on our detailed designs, and on teaching others how to most effectively design with the Cricut. Currently, we have have downloadable directions on sale for only $5, and there are over 50 projects to choose from.

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