Friday, November 23, 2007

Techno Take-Out--give away for you!

Wow, I can hardly believe in the last five weeks since my last Techno Take-Out that this little blog has gone from 5.000 hits to over 31,000. That just boggles my mind. And since the holidays are near and I need to make my wish list I thought you could all help me out. I am gonna give a $20 gift card for Stampin Up merchandise to one lucky winner. The winner will be randomly chosen on the 23rd of November at midnight and you will get to order your choice of merchandise up to $20 from the catalog! All you have to do to be entered is to leave a comment on this post and let me know what item /items you think I NEED to have on my Christmas list. What are the best investments you have made lately? Links to online sites would be great too if you have them. So essentially I am looking to be enabled --- Shhhhh don't tell hubby, lol. Thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement -- it keeps me stampin!

93 nice people left a comment:

Angel said...

I "need" some of the new Atyou Spica Glitter pens, Basic Grey Figgy Pudding paper and of course some stamps from the SU mini catalog!! I hope i win your drawing!!!!

Cathy M said...

Count me in on your sweet SU give away! Who can resist SU? Not me!
New cutter
Die cutting machine
Every Stamp Set
All Designer Paper
Thanks for a chance.

Linda Peterson said...

I just got a scor-it mini and will be putting the Scor-it regular size on my list. Also, believe I really need a Cri-cut.
I love SU and would put the gift certificate to good use.
Thanks for the opportunity.
Linda Peterson

Cheryl KVD said...

OMG!!! I would LOVE a SU GC!!! And your contest ends one minute before my birthday!!! If you don't have a Cricut yet, they are an awesome investment. I also just got the Crop-a-dile, and that is so great when working with chipboard. Thanks!!
Cheryl KVD

Little One said...

I LOVE my crop-a-dile. I also love my Big Kick die cutting machine. It takes all types of die's (is that spelled right??), cuttlebug, embossing plates and folders, thick cut dies, thin cut dies. Best of all, you use a handle to roll it thru. Check it out here.

Cindy Vernon said...

I absolutely, positively love, love, love my cuttlebug!

Lisa Somerville said...

Now you know you "need" Jolliest Time of the Year. I think I've provided you with enough samples to keep you busy using that set!

Anonymous said...

I just got a Chizzel-It. Great little tool for using on your chipboard. Buffs the edges with ease and gets into those little nooks and crannies that are hard to get the sanding block or even a nail file into.
Cindy Ferenz

Sue Jacobsen said...

You need punches, all of them, if possible! Sue

Anonymous said...

Hmmm.. must haves huh? I'm going to say the new Stampin' Up punches, I have a Scor-it on my wishlist.. and really love my new FISKARS fingertip knife.. it's just a cheap little thing.. but it's awesome!!!

Unknown said...

This is cool!! Whats on my wish list and I think everyones wish list is the Desiger Paper from SU I just loved it and the new punches and the cuttlebug


Donna said...

Wow! What a neat slide show. I didn't know you could do that. I'll definitely have to check that out. Thanks for the push into a new technology and the chance to win a GC! Love SU!

Anonymous said...

One item I can't live without is my tool turnabout from Pampered Chef.

I store my scissors, pens, tweezers and my personal name stamp in there. I like that I can take this into another room and I have all my supplies right near me.

Dawn Hass

Anonymous said...

Goodness sakes girl...what don't you already have?!?! LOL!
Well, everyone needs a cuttlebug and all the components to one, and maybe that Cri-cut and some SU blings like the rhinestones and how about that cool tool Chizzel-it and you know you could use all those SU designer papers and a little bit of SU pretties would go's that?
Please enter me in your drawing:)
~heather in michigan

MelissaS said...

Of course if you don't already have it, you need the Crop-o-dile. Or those Nestabilities dies that everyone is raving about!! Thanks for the chance.

Anonymous said...

I love my crop a dile and my cuttle bug. What I want next is a die cut machine. Maybe a cricut or something I can use with my computer. I also want a score it. That's all Santa *for now*. Ha Ha

Alley said...

I would suggest Everything..hehe. A scor-pal and crop-a-dile. I can't live without them. Of course, scallop punches, nestlabilities are Awesome!

Lilian said...


i NEED some more ink, a crop-o-dile, basic grey figgy pudding, markers, and some more scalloped punches... list goes on! hahaha.

my favorite purchases so far have been my punches. i love them.

thanks for the chance to win! :)

Anonymous said...

I would love to win a SU gift card!!!! One must have for your Christmas list is a Bind It All. I love mine.

Stamps, Stamps, Stamps are always on my list!! The Rhinestone Brads are a must have, also.

Debby said...

I would tell you the crop-a-dile and cuttlebug embossing folders, I use both of them so much. And I wish SU would get the embossing folders in their line.
Thanks for the chance to win.
Debby McGillivray

Anonymous said...

I couldn't manage without my stamp-a-ma-jig. It's been around for ages, but I've talked to seasoned stampers who have never used one.

amycara said...

Just off the top of my head, here's my SU "MUST-HAVES":


Not that I look at my list, I guess everything that's spelled with dashes! Hee hee!! Of course don't forget the Scallop punch!

:-) Amy

Gerrie Johnnic said...

I need the rest of the Nestabilities! I have the rectangles and 1 only circles...but whaaaaaaaa, I want the rest! Pick me, pick me..the new catty always breaks me fast.

Anonymous said...

I love the nestibilities and the Scor Pal! those would be on my list of you dont have them already! lol

Anonymous said...

I "need" that gift card and I will find something to buy!!!

Anonymous said...

Pick me...
Pick me...
I would love to shop SU on you! LOL
My fav recent purchase would be my new cutter....SU!

Thanks for allowing us to play and the continuing inspiration...

Anonymous said...

I have been drooling over the Baroque Motifs set. What a nice offer from you - a chance to maybe acquire the set I like so much.

Faith in Florida

Anonymous said...

If you haven't tried them, you must try the "build a brad". So cool.
Please pick me!

Anonymous said...

Mary Jo's WISH LIST:

# 1: Define your Life (109523)
# 2: Flaky Friends (101850)
# 3: Voila to Go (109574)

Dear Santa - Mary Jo has been very good this year and I am writing to you on her behalf. I am asking for you to be extra good to her this Christmas season. She is constantly going out of her way to help others. It is an honor to call her a best friend.

Thanks Santa - remember to enjoy this great season. TTFN, Laura

Anonymous said...

Mary Jo, I know you already have all the Stampin Up you want!! How about the Quicker-Poker-Picker-Upper by QuitKutz! It is SOOO handy for managing those little bitty items. And I definitely do not have all the Stampin Up on my wish list. Thanks for the fun.
Susan Viley

Linda SS said...

What a super-duper prize...everyone loves SU! I thought I could live without a Cricut until my friend bought one & showed me all that it does. I'm impressed! So that is what I recommend for you to add to your Christmas list:)

Anonymous said...

You definitely need a Scor It (so do I!!)

And if you would ever consider unmounting any of your rubbah and putting it on acrylic, than a Hot Knife would be a good investment (also good for other things).

My best purchase lately has been a photo corner punch/corner rounder by Fiskars - I love it! Especially since SU's Simplicity Corner Punch is retired. BooHoo!

Happy Shopping!!

Lastel said...

If you don't have the scallop punches they are a must have , or the nestabilities dies may be the way to go . Also if you don't have great storage for your brads and eyelets , I recommend the Craftmates locking caddy system , get the one in the canvas carrying bag comes with like 5 caddies and you can fit 2 more in it that you can purchase seperately .
Thanks for a chace to win !

Anonymous said...

I love to stamp and scrapbook so if you don't already have a xyron, that is a must and I have the new cricut expression and I LOVE IT! If I don't have a punch, it has it. If I don't have hardware, it has it, one cartridge is fabulous finds and it has all kinds of book plates and such. I have words that I don't have stamps for, items I don't have stamps for etc.
I also love my crop-a-dile. I love it more for the paper punch then I do the eyelet setter. The punch goes through like 8 lunch bags folded in half! I love to make bag books.

I love my big kick because I can get some embossing on my cards vary easily. I have just about every toy available and love to give advice on how to use them, so if you get something you don't know how to use, I may be able to help.

One more thing....I don't have but on my wish list this year: bind it all.

Let me know if you need more suggestions. I love to shop, especially with other people's money. LOL


Ann Kloentrup said...

Count me in! SU love it! Got to have it all.....New Stamps and I just go my Scor Pal now I need a Cuttlebug!


Anonymous said...

If it were my wish list, I would definitely have to have the ScorPal and the Nestabilities die cutting sets!!! Thanks for the chance at something from MY wish list!
Ilene B.

rozie640 said...

Alright, you've twisted my arm with that $20 GC. I don't usually like to sign up for friends blog candy, I'd rather your followers or customers won but $20 at SU is too much of a temptation. I just ordered this file set since I want to start using the TON of chipboard I have bought:
And I just ordered some of those quickie glue pens:
I know sometimes the two way glue pen isn't as precise as I'd like it to be so those glue pens look good.
Congrats on your 30K hits, I know I can account for quite a few! I love your stuff, you do excellent work.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a great milestone! And a great giveaway, too...
I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving! That is one of my favorite holidays!!! :)

Jayne said...

Wow! Your blog is so great, it's no wonder that you've racked up the hits. I know that the new colors of Stickles glitter glue from Eclectic Paperie are on my wish list and for a big ticket item, the nestabilities are terrific! You can see them at and if you register with them, you can get a coupon for 40% off.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mary Jo! Congratulations on 31,000...WOW!!!

And thank you for offering a chance to win a SU certificate...YEA!!!

My best investment has been the Crop-a-dile. I had completely quit using eyelets because they never came out right. Now...they're right every time :)

Shannon Roberts said...

Congrats on the HITS! Your work is a true inspiration!

Well, #1 on my list right now is paper; lots of paper!! And with the designer paper offerr right now who can resist?? Also the wrapping paper & that yummy new ribbon! Hope that helps & I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Shannon (

Kim said...

What a great giveaway. If you don't have these items you need them on your list...

Score Pal
Crop A Dile
Every color of Stickles
Copic Markers

Anonymous said...

Nestabilities - I really want some now!!! Thanks for hosting such a wonderful giveaway and congrats on the great number of hits!

Heather Leech said...

Paper, paper and more paper! I'm a paperaholic and can never get enough! I also LOVE my cuttlebug. Really easy to use, great results. Thanks for a chance at a great prize!!

Lisa said...

Cuttlebug and every single embossing folder. :O) That's my latest addiction!

Anonymous said...

I am putting Copic markers and the Nestabilities die cutting sets on my list. This is an awesome idea, because not only do I get to post and enter for some take-out, but I get to read about everybody else's favorite stamping toys! Thanks!
Lori K.

Anonymous said...

I love seeing your beautiful cards. I also love the music on your blog.
I'd love to be in your SU give away.
I love my Cricut and I would like a new font for it, I just can't decide which one!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Pam Johnson

Amy Macak said...

I love your blog
Your cards are really nice
I love my crop o dile
and the new papers are really good
Thanks for the drawing opportunity

Stacey said...

Hmm.. With all of the Holidays coming and the many projects & cards you will be making. I would say that you will definitely need "new" blades for your paper trimmer! Also the "Tearing Edge & the Perfect Layers tool."
Basically, any SU stamp set & of course CS!!
LOVE.. LOVE.. LOVE.. Stampin' Up!!! Thank you for the chance to enter in to your give away!

Barbara said...

You NEED a Bind-It-All! It's on MY Wish List....hope you'll have one under your Christmas Tree, too!

Anonymous said...

* You have to get some bellas ( if you don't have any yet! They are so much fun!
* You should get a Cuttlebug ( if you don't have one already. I got one for my birthday and I am not sure how I loved without one before. They are just great and so simple to use!
* A Crop-A-Dile is one of my new must-haves. They are easy to use and make eyelets go in easier than brads! I also got one of these for my birthday and had never put an eyelet on anything until this. So now I will probably never learn how to do it without one! :)

Thanks for the giveaway! I have so many things on my SU wish list! $20 would be a God-send! Have a great day!

crazy4mycrafts said...

What a nice give away!! I think I would have to have at least one package each of the Designer Papers. Other than that I think the must-haves are Cuttlebug embossing folders, giga and mega scalloped punches, the nestabilities (and I don't even have that one yet! hmmm good wish list item!).

Anonymous said...

I would definitely say the Cuttlebug and A2 embossing folders. They help make a great card without much time and effort.

Debbie Schubauer

Anonymous said...

Always, always need more ribbon and designer paper from SU. My favorite non-SU product that I am collecting is the nestibilitie dies that work in my cuttlebug. They save so much room than having all those punches! Darlene L

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm If I needed something I would have to say get all the matching colors of paper, markers and ink! I like to have everything match. Happy olidays to all!

Anonymous said...

Christmas List
SU! 5/8" grosgrain ribbon
SU! Rhinestone brads
SU! Double Stitched Ribbon in the IN COLOR
SU! Crop-a-Dile
SU! Glitter
SU! Shimmery White Cardstock
LOL.. I think that would be a good start for your Christmas list. :)

Anonymous said...

Well, I just want it all! I love my punches and could always use more. And, of course, I adore the new DP's. Like I said, gotta have it all! Thanks for the drawing, I hope I win :)

Anonymous said...

Sorry, got so excited that I forgot to mention that Santa should bring it all to you, of course :)
Merry Christmas

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Faye said...

Mary Jo
From looking at your cards, you must have a lot of great stuff already so how about something to organize your stuff. I found that if I have my stuff organized, I can get even more stuff done.

In addition, if you don't own every punch Stampin Up sells...ask for them. I love them and I am always finding new things to do with them

Anonymous said...

One item that I don't want to be without is a Sakura Quickie Glue Pen. It is inexpensive and perfect for adding glitter to your work. Congratulations on the success of your blog. I enjoy reading every post!

Anonymous said...

I think you need to put the following on your Christmas WISH List:
Scor-Pal (
Zutter's DreamKuts Paper Cutting Machine
(on sale this week at
ALL of the Nestabilities!!! (check out the following site for a great explanation
ALSO...please enter me in your drawing!
Former Stampin' Up! demo and faithful believer always in Stampin' Up!
Sandy/Pacifica, CA

Tangii said...

Good Morning MJ! Ok, my recent "best investments" are my Crop-a-dile, my Copic markers and some Twinkling H2O's. I think you NEED some Nestabilities and a Scor-It (those are on my "need list" too). Also on my "need list" are more SU stamp sets and some more DP (I think I have everything else). Can't wait to see what goes on your list...hope you share it with us! Have a great weekend & Happy Sunday!!!!


dasimonds said...

"Congratulations" on over 31,000 +
Hits....WOW...Great Job !!
Happy Holidays... Your wish list..
Get a large sheet of paper or a notebook.. I just keep adding to mine and check it off as I get it.
If you don't have it already...
a great investment is the Cricut.
I love mine and use it a lot.
Also a crop-a-dile is a great extremely useful
tool[great for everything]
Do you have the scor-pal ? That is on my list...and the Cuttle-bug.
Do you have the copic markers ?
I sure you need more designers papers..never can have enough. How about more punches and ribbons.
Never can have enough embellishments.
I would LOVE a chance to WIN a $20 gift card for Stampin' Up
merchandise..."who wouldn't"
lol....and I won't tell hubby !


Señorita Sueñas said...

I love my Cuttlebug and use it way more than my Cricut. It's an awesome and fun tool! If you don't have one, it needs to be on your list!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mary Jo! Congratulations on 31,000...WOW!!!

And thank you for offering a chance to win a SU certificate...YEA!!!

I love that card you did for Beate's sketch...that new stamp is gorgeous...thanks for the sneak peak :)

My best investment has been those scallop circle fun!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mary Jo! Congratulations on 31,000...WOW!!!

And thank you for offering a chance to win a SU certificate...YEA!!!

My best investment for the Christmas card making season is the Basic Grey designer paper. It's so easy to make a gorgeous card...great for mass production :)

Anonymous said...

Addendum to my previous comment:

The SU Print Designer series also makes incredible Christmas cards and alterables!

I knew I could use the Rose Red and Celery Green, but I recently saw a gorgeous box make with the Close to Cocoa :)

rockfestqueen said...

Oh, def. the turn-a-bout from P. Chef and the Crop-a-dile!! Two of the best investments I have ever made!!

Carol said...

You so inspire me. I check your blog everyday and listen for a long time to your great gospel music.
Thank you for the joy you give to us.
God bless

Anonymous said...

Not sure if you only want stamp related goodies on your wish list but I have the new Scooba Floor Washing Robot on my list...

just think... less time sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, cleaning the floors equals more time stamping!!! The robot vacuum/mop does all the work automatically!!!

Holiday Hugs & 30k+ Congrats,

Char in So Cal

Carol Weimer said...

Wow, there are so many great goodies out there. I love my Cricut but I also have been using my Cuttlebug more and more. Embossing folders are my favorite. I'm loving the new "love Elsie" line of papers and look forward to doing more with that line.

Anonymous said...

My best investment was a Carl Cutter 18" rotary cutter. I can cut 20 peices of cs at one time accurately! I also love the Cricuit (other similar items are out of budget!) Marvy giga and mega punches are great too. Of course- anything from SU is a must have!


Anonymous said...

I believe the ONE things ALL women need is ONE room TOTALLY to themselves- no entry for kids, husbands, animals...etc. So A complete stamping/craft room for you would be an ultimate gift!

Be sure to ask for extra room for the HOT tub!!!

Lori Q

Judi said...

I love SU stuff and can always use more. Count me in on thei giveaway. Happy Thanksgiving everyone too.

Hugs, Judi Markel

amybRN said...

Great contest! Thanks for the chance to win! Okay, you (and by you I mean EVERYONE!) NEED: ALL of the new stamp sets shown in the preview catalog, a cuttlebug and all the large size embossing folders, a crop-a-dile, and....the most important thing: 2 more hours in every day during which you can do anything you want with NO distractions from husbands, kids, pets, etc.... Happy Thanksgiving!

Cheri Kinder said...

Right now I am obsessed with the ticket corner punch from Stampin up. I also love the Cuttlebug embossing folders and, of course, the Coluzzle!
Take care and have a terrific Thanksgiving!!

Unknown said...

OOOOH FREE SU!! I am in!!
A must on my list would be the Cuttlebug!!! I LOVE Everything about mine!! I love how you can use the brayer also after you have embossed your paper to POP the effects out.

Baroque Motif stamp set is a good thing also.

Jan Farring said...

Wow - what a neat tutorial. Love all your ideas - haven't tried your star ornament yet, but am going to!! Your directions are very clear!! Thanks for sharing that.

I really love the sponge daubers, so I purchased enough packages to be able to ink a separate one for each color and then purchased the weekly pill organizers at Walmart for $3.84 each (bought two of them) and have my sponge daubers stored separately in each!! This wasn't my original idea BTW!! But I love it!!

Thanks for your blog - I definitely have it marked in my favorites!


StampingJoan said...

I would bet that you have most tools! But one thing on my wish list is this great holder for all your hanging embellishments called Clip-It-Up!


fawn said...

hey congats!! mu best investment has been my cricut thanks fawn

Anonymous said...

Yippee! How about the Cricut. My friend has one and it makes making the name frames so much easier. Also the cropodile is great too! I could go on and on. Thanks for a chance at your give away.

Anonymous said...

My fave latest purchase from StampinUp is the designer color co-ordinated papers and ribbon. Got to have them all and so should you! There is nothing about Stampin Up I don't love and no I'm not a demo just a great customer!As for non StampinUp My Genesis 16 inch trimmer is the best cutter I have ever used!Better put that on your list too!Thanks so much> Candi (

Anonymous said...

Count me in, too, for your giveaway. I think you need the mat pack! I have misplaced mine and am suffering!!1

caroline morgan

Mary said...

Well I see that you have a Cuttlebug already, so I would go with a Bind-It-All. (If you don't have that already too) BTW, this is my first visit to your blog. A friend of mine emailed it to me. Love it. Love your music too. I'll be visiting again soon.


Anonymous said...

Hi Mary Jo! Congratulations on 31,000...WOW!!!

And thank you for offering a chance to win a SU certificate...YEA!!!

My best investment for making Christmas cards is my Cuttlebug. I am using the snowflake folder to emboss backgrounds, and the Sizzix tree die to cut MANY trees. I love that I can cut more than one sheet of cardstock at one time!

Donalda said...

LOVE your Blog !!!!!! I don't know if you have it or not but my favortie toy of all is the Bind it All. It is a must have. I think you should ask for it if you don't already have it.

Shaz said...

Congrats on your website count.

On my Christmas wish list I have

Making Memories Precision Trimmer
Cutterbee retractable knife and blades
Curvy Cutter Circle and Oval templates
Cutterbee Honey Bee scissors

Any tools to help make my crafting quicker and easier have got to be good.

Anonymous said...

Who doesn't need ribbon in every color and some new punches!!That shouldn't be too much to hide from the hubby!!

Unknown said...

Iwould some much like a score-it board(??not sure if that's the right name) was just looking at their web site today and thought that was something I could not dop without love tools and templates of all types

Amy Macak said...

I would love to have some of the scrappin kits and some of the new punches . Thanks for haveing a fun drawing!

Hey Hey Paula said...

I think you need a Score-Pal. It's great and such a time saver and reasonably priced too.

jackie said...

ac moore has a new organizer that matches all the white wood boxes...this holds paint small containers for buttons, flowers, etc...I love it...