"Sometimes adventure calls and we ignore it. We miss the opportunity for a lifetime of memories. Go ahead, be adventurous" ~Maria Villanueva

February 25, 2011

WholePort Giveaway!



Thank you all for entering this giveaway and showing your support of WholePort.com on Facebook and Twitter.  It is truly an amazing place to find the most awesome supplies for your crafty needs.  Aside from offering such sweet items, they also have the friendliest customer service.

Although there is only one winner today, you ALL get the special discount through June 24th, 2011 of 15.5% off of your purchase price.

On to the winner.   And the winner is number 60:
(.....ooops! I forgot to print out all comments so I don't know who #60 is because Google will not show your comments when you are on Edit mode). 

Congratulations number 60th comment.  I will contact you if you left me an email address, if you did not, please contact me so I can send you the code via email.

More giveaways to come, visit often or sign up to be notified by emailing me at jimenezdiamond@gmail.com


Hello Bubblegum and Duct Tape visitors, thanks for stopping by today.  I have a fun surprise for you today that I have been looking forward to for a few days.  WholePort.com has generously offered a $30 gift certificate for a lucky Bubblegum and Duct Tape reader, anywhere in the world.  They carry a multitude of products for your home and your crafty needs.

Also, for a limited time, WholePort.com is offering a 15.5% discount exclusively for all Bubblegum and Duct Tape readers.
Just use coupon code:   LOVECRAFT0223   before you proceed to check out, like this:

 At last, let's continue on with the $30 gift certificate giveaway


You can simply enter by earning points, the more points you earn, the more chances you have of winning the $30 gift certificate.  You can choose to do only one thing below, or all, to increase your chances of winning.  Once you make your choice selection below, you must return to Bubblegum and Duct Tape to leave a comment on this post.   

THE FOLLOWING LIST OF ITEMS (1-3) ARE WORTH ONE POINT EACH: Please leave separate comments for each one.

1) "Like" WholePort on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/wholeport then come back and tell me by leaving a message on this post.  This will give you one point.

2) Visit WholePort.com and come back and tell me which item (s) you would purchase if you won the gift certificate.  Leave a message on this post.  This will give you one point.

3) Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter.com then come back and leave me a message and a link. This will give you one point.

4) leave a general comment about the giveaway.  This will give you one point.

Blog about this giveaway on your blog and invite your readers to enter.  This will allow you to enter 5 comments on this post for a total of five points.

Comments must be posted by Saturday March 5th 10:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.  Only comments posted on this post will be eligible.  The winner will be selected at random by Random.org on Sunday  March 6th by 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time.  You do not need to be a Bubblegum and Duct Tape follower to enter.  In order for your comment to qualify for the giveaway, it must follow the rules above.  Bubblegum and Duct Tape has the right to delete any comments that do not qualify for this giveaway. 
Good Luck to everyone!

February 23, 2011

WholePort Giveaway Coming Soon!

Hello lucky Bubblegum and Duct Tape readers!

"Why are we lucky?" you ask, in just a few days Bubblegum and Duct Tape is going to have a special giveaway that you won't want to miss.

 WholePort.com has partnered with Bubblegum and Duct Tape for a special offer and a generous giveaway.  WholePort carries items for your crafty needs, home decor,  jewelry making and much, much more.  This is one store you'll want to have on your list of favorites.  Visit them and see the many amazing products they carry.   

Be on the lookout in the next few days as I don't want you to miss out on the giveaway and special offer. 

If you'd like to be notified by email in advance when I have special offers or giveaways, please send an email to jimenezdiamond@gmail.com and mention that you want to be added to the Bubblegum and Duct Tape Giveaway Notification List.  On the last giveaway, you can see it here, I had an instant winner!.
PS: I sometimes like to send "clues" to those who sign up on the Giveaway Notification List as some of the giveaways may involve a little trivia. 

Details for the giveaway coming soon, Good Luck!

February 21, 2011

ATC Card Swap

I finally got around taking pictures of the Artist Trading Cards (ATC) I swapped recently.  The first three I'd like to show you are the ones I swapped with Cindy Rose and her little ones, you can click on her name to go visit her.  Her little ones inherited her artistic side, as you'll see in a minute.  This was a fun swap as we included our little ones to swap with each other through Blissfull ATC Swap. The theme was Love

First I'll show you what we sent them.
Here's mine: Titled Eternal Love
And the cards my little ones made:
A hopeless romantic robot.  The rocket was rubber stamped:
and Mickey, doesn't he look like he's in love?

and here's what we received in return:
This beautiful ATC from Cindy, she is so talented, I LOVE my card.  Theme is Love:
Here's a side view:
To get that beautiful effect on the vase, she used hand made paper with Mod Podge.  I love the flowers and the colors.  It reminds me of Diego Rivera's paintings, I absolutely love this ATC.

Here's what her little ones sent:
are they not the cutest, my kids were so excited when they received them in the mail

I also traded a version of my card with a group of ladies I get together with to swap cards.  I swapped fourteen of them but, for now, I will only show you three. 

The theme for the trade was "Vintage".  The first one is from my dear and awesome friend Rose:
She embossed the background paper and used a rubber stamp which she embellished just beautifully.  I love the way it turned out and I can't wait to make a trip to Michael's Arts and Crafts Store to buy this beautiful rubber stamp.  
The next one I want to show you today was created by my cool friend, Cheryl:
She collaged scrapbook paper at the bottom half and rubber stamped the image, the rubber stamp is also from Michael's.....Michael's, here I come! I believe she used Prima flowers.
The last one I want to show you today was created by my very creative friend, Kim:
She used the CriCut machine for the vintage telephone cut out.  I love the colors she used.  This ATC is so fun to look at, isn't it? It looks like a design you would have seen back in the fifties.
That's it for today, I hope you enjoyed all these ATC's.  If you want to trade ATC's via post office, feel free to visit Wendy at Blissfull ATC Swap, you will feel welcomed even if it's your first try.  I'll have to warn you though, once you start to swap, it's hard to stop!

February 14, 2011

Easy Mini Album Tutorial

So glad it's the start of a new week.  Last Friday started out pretty bad but thank goodness for my crafty friends, they made me realize how funny it all really was and by the time I was having dinner with them, I actually laughed about it too.

You see, it all started when I decided to go to Michael's Moskatells near my job, downtown Los Angeles.  It's a very large arts and crafts store.  After my little shopping excursion, I decided I wanted to have lunch at KooKooRoos,  and for some unknown reason, I took a bus to 7th and Figueroa.....even though KooKooRoos is not on 7th and Fig.  I was so certain it was there when I boarded the bus that, needless to say, once I got there and KooKooRoos was no where in sight, I was very disapointed.

I hopped  back on the bus to head back to work.  Once I got back to work my phone was ringing like crazy and my email inbox was overflowing.   While I worked through the phone calls and messages and a few other things, I thought about how I could have forgotten the location of my favorite restaurant.  What made me take the bus and go to the wrong location????

As it got time to go home, I gathered my things and I thought about how it must be old age.  This happens to people over forty and now I'm officially over forty.  It was bound to happen, at least it wasn't something big, like forgetting the kids at the grocery store or forgetting to drop them off at school.  Taking the bus to the wrong location was just a little mistake, right?

I continued walking.....destination- home.  I walked past the guards and took the elevator.  I started to pick up the pace, after all, it was Friday, the start of a fun weekend.   I took the bus down to the train station, something I do EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Around quitting time, EVERYONE is in a hurry.  People rush past trying to get home.  As soon as I got off the bus I heard the train coming.  I rushed past all the off loading passengers, I rushed past the sweet lady carrying a million bags, I rushed past the train tracks and quickly ran into the train which was nano seconds away from taking off.  Woo-hoo I made it!.....lookout weekend, here I come!....I sat happily in my favorite seat looking out a large window.  I do this every day, twice a day.  In the morning to get to work and in the afternoon to get home.
As I sat in the train, I could hear the engineer announce each stop along the way, like he always does.  On the third stop I realized how much I loved riding the train.  I looked out the window and saw unhappy people stuck in endless traffic, meanwhile, I was sitting nice and comfortable in my seat.  No traffic to worry about....no delays.... As I looked at all the unhappy people, who were stuck in traffic, I thought, "wow, I guess I like riding the train so much that I don't even remember my ride this morning.  Funny 'couse I always remember.....every day I remember".  And yes, it hit me like a ton of bricks with freezing cold water thereafter.  The reason why I couldn't remember riding the train that morning was because I DROVE MY CAR TO WORK!!!!

It's a good thing my dear friends saw the humor in it and snapped me out of my misery.....now I laugh hysterically about my absent minded Friday!

Has something like this ever happened to you? are you still upset about it or can you laugh about it now?

On to my Easy Mini Album:

All you need is a 12" by 12" inch double sided paper.  You can find it at a scrapbooking store like Joann's or Michael's.  A pair of scissors, glue and a piece of ribbon.

Here's the finished mini album:
First, fold the paper in half, make a sharp fold with your fingers then fold in half again.  Next, lay the paper down once again with the first fold so that it lays like below, notice the fold in the center.  Am I making sense? I feel like I'm thinking in Spanish, translating to English via Japanese. 
Fold each end toward the fold you made in the center, press down to make a sharp crease:
here's another view from a different angle:

Now, unfold the whole thing and fold in the sides like so, these two folds will act as pockets for each page:
Next, cut the paper like so, leaving the top part uncut:
Now the folding begins.  Start from the bottom and accordion fold like so:
When you get to the end, turn the paper over and fold down:
Still with me? glue the center part to look like this: the page sticking out towards the front is the one that got glued to it's back counterpart:
notice the pockets below:

Lastly, embellish your album, I added a clip art and some ribbon to tie together. Here's the back of the album, the back does not have pockets:

and the front of the album:

Hope you liked it and it inspires you to try it.


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