Tuesday, April 19, 2011

TheVoodooKitten B the AWESOME Pirate - ♡it?♡it! Contest Winner

Oh my, what FUN FUN FUN! This month's ♡it?♡it! Contest was extended until Monday night... and boy do people like to have fun on Mondays LOL. But I'll tell you all about it later, I want to hurry and show you all the beauties first.

This was the 4th installment of the monthly ♡it?♡it! (Like it? 'Like' it!) Contest which encourages everyone to share their latest creations and to click 'Like' on creations they like. It's a really FUN way of spreading the beauty of handmade while at the same time feasting one's eyes on the latest and greatest pretties from AMAZINGLY TALENTED artists.

The wall at mv's Fan Page was transformed into a GORGEOUS art gallery for the weekend, everyone got invited to share their latest creation, and we all got to vote on ALL the ones we liked (and I got to review each and every one of them, now THAT was AWESOME FUN! I shoulda been an art gallery guide LOL)

I'm going to start right away with the collage of entries to give you an idea of how much fun we've had! Just LOOK at all the handmade pretties... it was one of those weekends where I couldn't stop myself from refreshing and refreshing the page again and again, waiting with baited breath to see what GORGEOUS creation will appear next. So here's the eye candy we've all had the opportunity to enjoy this weekend:

Click to travel to last month's contest...


TWENTY FOUR AMAZING entries! This month we've broken the previous record of 23 submissions AND the record for the number of votes on a single entry: THIRTY! WOW! What can I say, that pirate IS adorable!

We've actually broken the previous vote record many times this month, many of the top entries have been very popular and it was a very tight race. The TOP THREE were really REALLY close!

☆➊☆ with 30 likes: B the AWESOME Pirate by TheVoodooKitten
☆➋☆ with 28 likes: Please Pass the GingerPeeps by PaintingByEileen
☆➌☆ with 26 likes: Fascinating Fascinator Princess by Cynthia Korman

You can check out all 24 GORGEOUS entries by clicking on the links below (don't worry, they will open in a new window, so you can easily come back to this page). You can still vote 'Like' and comment, it's never too late to let artists know how much you appreciate their creations :)

Each entry also has a link to the item/listing page, so if you see something you MUST have in the collage above... you know where to find it :) I've also posted my first impression under every entry link, so go ahead and have fun reading them ;)

So here are the 24 links to the entries that made it into the ♡it?♡it! Contest:

1st entry2nd entry3rd entry4th entry5th entry6th entry7th entry8th entry9th entry10th entry11th entry12th entry13th entry14th entry15th entry16th entry17th entry18th entry19th entry20th entry21st entry22nd entry23rd entry24th entry

YIPEE! That's a lot of ♡s, LOVE it!! :)

I think this month's contest's success was partly because we've extended it to Monday night. I was really tired on Sunday, and since Monday was a holiday, we've decided to close the contest Monday midnight instead of Sunday. And the flood gates of prettiness opened ;)

I will definitely try to squeeze in a Monday for future contests as well, I guess not everyone lives on their computer day and night and weekends like I do LOL So the next contest will tentatively be scheduled for May 7th to 9th, Saturday to Monday. I really hope to see you there!

And now let me tell you about the awesome pirate costume that won this month's ♡it?♡it! Contest. It's the cute little guy towards the upper right in the collage. The picture is kind of small, so here he is in all costumed glory. AAARRRRRRrrrrr matey! ♥

What an awesome costume AND can be made for a little boy or a girl. Fabrics are customizable too, how awesome is THAT! This is what handmade is about, high quality workmanship personalized to the wearer... just like it used to be many moons ago before the advent of cheap wear-once-and-throw-away low quality made in China... oh, don't get me started LOL This is one LOVELY costume any child would ADORE!

The materials used for the costume in the pic are quality cotton muslin for the shirt, imitation suede fabric lined with satin for the vest, cool cotton for the pants, and a sash made of a silky fabric that has a mottled real gold look sheen to it.


Ah yes, for those of you who've seen last month's blog post... Yup, that's the same little guy who's won last month's contest as well, you should click the collage above to go read some of his quotes, he's FUNNY! :) Do click and read more about the artist behind these awesome costumes and what she did for Mariah Carey.

You can find Deborah at:
  • http://facebook.com/CrankyCatStudio
  • http://VoodooKitten.com (Bonanza)
  • http://TheVoodooKitten.etsy.com
  • http://twitter.com/CrankyCatStudio

    BTW, here's a little bit of fun trivia before I go. You might have spotted a pattern of pink and grey creations in the collage above. You are not imagining things :) The Creations Color Challenge is ending April 21st, and this week's color combo is pink and grey. Isn't that FUN? :)

    Speaking of FUN, I hope to see you at the next ♡it?♡it! Contest, coming soon to a location near you: mv's fan page on your computer LOL The next one is tentatively scheduled for May 7th-9th :) See you there!

    Again, heartfelt thanks to all who've entered, voted, and enjoyed this contest. Thank you so much ♥
  • Saturday, April 16, 2011

    KraftyMax Celtic SunCatcher - Matching Game WINNER

    The Matching game was one of 5 AWESOME games during mv's April games. Players were invited to pick a favorite item of theirs, find a match in one of my shops that would wear or pair well with theirs, and post the match on Twitter. My favorite match would be featured on my blog... and HERE IT IS! :)

    The winning match is KraftyMax's tweet matching her amazing beaded suncatcher and my beadaholic t-shirt :

    Her tweet asked:
    This is my work - do you think I fit into this category??

    Well, that's a TOTAL match, she IS a beadaholic, and her SunCatcher is the best proof there is. I mean, look at it! Over 100 hours of work went into it, and over 11,000 beads. ELEVEN THOUSAND TINY BEADS! Can you believe this lady's PATIENCE and PASSION for beadweaving?

    No wonder her suncatcher was accepted in three competitions. Her beading skills are AMAZING. Check out her shop and gallery for even more of her beautiful handmade beaded creations.

    It's probably hard to appreciate all the work and detail that go into one of Max's masterpieces... until you have the wonderful opportunity to TOUCH one of her creations. You wouldn't believe how tiny these beads are. She uses size 11 Delica beads, which means you can fit 121 of these beads in a square inch! That's TINY! And she weaves them one by one, thousands upon thousands of them.

    How would I know? Well... I happen to have one of her GORGEOUS creations right here in front of me. Almost 3,500 tiny beads wrapped around my wrist. This was a surprise bracelet Max made for me and let me tell you, THIS is a work of LOVE ♥

    Wanna see it? :)

    It's made from tiny tiny black, purple, and green (my colors!) Delica seed beads, with a gorgeous fringe made with matching crystals. The clasp is so beautiful too! Gorgeous scrollwork antique gold with a magnetic closure, AND a tiny chain so it stays safe around your wrist in case you bump into something and it comes loose.

    The beadweaving is so flexible and smooth it's amazing. And the detailed design... well, suffice to say KrafyMax can make ANYTHING from beads. Give her a photo of your kid and she'd make a bracelet in likeness! She can PAINT with beads.

    And now that I'm done with the 1,000 words, here is the photo worth more than 1,000 words :)

    From AMAZING suncatchers to GORGEOUS bracelets, KraftyMax is AWESOME♥ Check her out! :)

    You can find her at:

    I hope you've enjoyed reading about the winning product match and I'll see you May 1st for the next FUN filled games! :)

    Friday, April 1, 2011

    mv April Games, Contest, and Giveaway - FUN

    This month's games have ended. See you all May 1st-6th for the next games and awesome prizes. THANK YOU ALL for an AMAZING week, it's been a BLAST! You are ALL ☆☆☆☆☆ LOVE YA!

    Let's have FUN FUN FUN! :) There's the usual TOP PLAYER contest, and there will be a random drawing giveaway as well! The games are week-long and end April 8th 2011 at 11:59 PM EST.

    See below for prizes, scores, and rules, or just click this button to enter the giveaway (5 mvpoints)
    Click the extra entries links to increase your chances of winning :)

    Jump to:
    Prizes ~ As many prizes as players :)
    Games ~ 5 AWESOME games
    Contests ~ TOP players
    Giveaway ~ random.org drawing 4/8/11 @ 11:59PM EST
    Rules ~ How to participate & italic print
    Scores ~ The list of AWESOME tweeps and peeps :)
    WINNERS ~ 19 GCs, coupons, and gifts awarded & LOADS of SEO dots! :) CONGRATULATIONS ALL!

    ● The PRIZES ●
    1st place ........ PayPal Gift Certificate ($10)
    2nd place ....... mv Gift Certificate ($10)
    3rd place ........ Surprise Earrings ($10 value)

    200 .......... GIFT CERTIFICATE: $5
    160 .......... GIFT CERTIFICATE: $3
    120 .......... GIFT CERTIFICATE: $2
    80 ............ GIFT CERTIFICATE: $1
    40 ............ Your link on the BONUS List
    20 ............ COUPON: FREE mv magnet & 10% OFF one item
    1 .............. One cool SEO dot on the dotties page (19 max) :)
    ~MAX mvPOINTS: 600 (three $5 gift certificates if playing to the max :)

  • Giveaway PRIZE:
    One lucky participant will be chosen using random.org and will win ❤FOUR $10 Gift Certificates❤ for jewelry, cards, services, fair trade coffee, candles, soaps, bags, amazing art, keyfob wristlet keychains, recycled bottlecap pendants, and MUCH MORE!

    Enter the giveaway either by posting a comment, sending an email, or in any of the ways described below (all venues qualify, FB, twitter, blogs, etc.) Yes, you can get extra entries :)

    That upcoming birthday is just about to be taken care of :)
    Use your GCs to shop for your AWESOME gifts and prizes at:
    mv GC valid on cards, jewelry, and services only.
    ➋ ES&H GC valid at energyspirithope.com
    ➌ QuirkyDame GC valid at QuirkyDame.ArtFire.com
    ➍ Happie Hippie GC valid at HappieHippieChick.ArtFire.com
    ~ All GCs are transferrable (so you can use them as gifts or for yourself). By default, they all expire April 30th. Please contact me if you need to use them beyond the end of the month.

    ❁ April GAMES ❁
    ❁ Secret Item GAME:
    Every day, a secret item will be discounted more than 50%OFF. The item will go back to its old price at midnight and will be disclosed on twitter. Tweet the secret item and add the word #mvsecret to win 10 mvpoints! Purchase it and win 20 mvpoints! That's almost half way to the first gift certificate!
    ~ (Secret items have a ❁ mark in their More Info area. Find the mark to see the original price. Today's secret item is SILLY)

    ❁ Find the Duck GAME:
    A real duck has hidden somewhere in my shop. Find the duck, hit the TWEET button on that page, and add @mvbeads DUCK! to win 5 mvpoints. Toy ducks don't count :)
    ~ Beware, this ain't no sitting duck! THIS duck likes to waddle around. It last changed location Friday 7PM. Find it again after it moves, and win again.

    Every day, I will ask a question on my Fan page. Click 'like' and post a quick answer to win 3 EZ points. :)

    ❁ Positive GAME:
    Tweet @mvbeads a positive thought every day for 5 mvpoints each. I am looking forward to reading your tweets ♥

    ❁ Matching GAME:
    Pick a favorite creation of yours, find an item from mv's ArtFire shop or gift shop that would wear/pair nicely with your creation, and put both links in a tweet to @mvbeads for 5 mvpoints. One match per day.
    ~Particularly nice matches will win 10 mvpoints and my favorite match will be featured on my blog. So go ahead and have FUN, your apron with an mv necklace, your earrings with an mv card, your handmade gift for mom with mv's Kakuro/Sudoku Poster... Looking forward to seeing your creative matches! :)

    10 mvpoint matches so far:
    This is my work - do you think I fit into this category?? (Totally LOL)
    This would go great with these (Ooh! GREAT colorful coordination!)
    I think this goes well with this because I know you love it! =D (Ayup!)

    ♥ How to participate ♥
  • Find the secret deal of the day mentioned above and tweet with #mvsecret: 10 mvpoints each
  • Play any of the other games above: 5-10 mvpoints each
  • Promote the games: 5 mvpoints each
  • Retweet any of @mvbeads's tweets: 1 mvpoint each
  • Add #mvlove to a funny tweet: Priceless :)
  • Anything with #mvlove will get my attention, so be creative :)
  • ♥♥♥ Spread the word and help Tatyanna. ♥♥♥ She is currently in China undergoing treatment, let's hope and pray everything will go well. While she may not have access to the Internet while there, her hope is that of many, so let's keep spreading the word. Thank you so much!

  • Promote the games and add @mv Fan Page: 5 mvpoints each
  • Comment on any games related post on my Fan page: 2 mvpoints each
  • Click 'Like' on any games related post on my Fan page: 1 mvpoint each

  • Purchase any product from mv.ArtFire.com: 20 mvpoints per item
    ~ (Mention Tatyanna in Note to Seller and 50% of proceeds will be donated to her Hope Fund.)
  • Activate the mvgames widget: 10 mvpoints
  • Post a link to this blog in the forums: 5 mvpoints

    Blogs and other venues:
  • Follow this blog and comment below: 10 mvpoints (valid if already a follower as well)
  • Add the mvgames widget: 10 mvpoints
  • Promote the games and comment below with a link: 5 mvpoints each
  • Tell me your favorite item from my zazzle store, maximum one link per day :) 5 mvpoints
    ~ (100% of my Royalties from "Get Well Wishes" Senbazuru products will be donated to Tatyanna's Hope Fund.)
  • Be creative: 2-10 mvpoints each :)

    BONUS Giveaway Entries:
    The links below will tweet about players who have reached the 40 benchmark. Click to tweet and win extra entries in the giveaway. Easy Peasy! Each tweet will count as one extra entry. Maximum 5 clicks per link per day.

  • Keep your friends close and your dishtowels closer
  • Wear your fun like heaven… or earrings, or keyfobs :) ☮
  • Julie puts the art in heart. Get ready to be amazed!
  • This is what passion looks like. Weaving 11k+ beads one by one!
  • The cats did it :) No. Really! Check it out
  • Help Tatyanna win more time against Batten Disease

    Games widget/gadget (10 mvpoints)

    <!-- Begin FREE FUN Widget --><center><a href="http://mvbeads.blogspot.com/#games" title="mv FUN Games Giveaways Contests and Coupons" target="_blank" >mv Games<br /><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_POQfZ90Mmak/TSs_mjtc9vI/AAAAAAAAAz0/mWxmeXUWoTQ/mvFreeFun.png" alt="mv FUN Games Giveaways Contests and Coupons" title="mv FUN Games Giveaways Contests and Coupons" border="0" /></a></center><!-- End FREE FUN Widget -->

    PRIZES while supplies last. First come, first served. Ties broken in order of comments on this post. 600 mvpoints max. Coupons and gift certificates cannot be combined (one coupon/gift certificate per order). Coupons and gift certificates are transferrable. All prizes come with FREE shipping to the US. mvPOINTS can be redeemed at any time by sending a tweet to @mvbeads with the hashtag word #mvredeem and your choice of prize. I will reply either through Direct Message or email within 24 hours and send the code corresponding to your prize. The points will be deducted from your available mvpoints as soon as your code goes live. April coupons/gift certificates expire April 30th.

    ============ SCOREBOARD ============
    totalSCORES - POINTSavailable - @player
    3 - 0 - @8231v
    14 - 0 - @ABCClothing TS
    1 - 0 - @AkCatkeeper
    1 - 0 - @Amollies
    498 - 0 - @apronsbymeme TS
    3 - 0 - @artwitch
    2 - 0 - @BackyardHabitat
    2 - 0 - @barleecreations
    8 - 0 - @BattenDiseaseUK TS♡
    6 - 0 - @belinhadesigner
    303 - 0 - @BernoullisAttic TS
    1 - 0 - @BluegrassPundit
    5 - 0 - @blueshedcrafts
    1 - 0 - @bonafidechic
    11 - 0 - @cobraxcobrax
    1 - 0 - @colorsofthewood
    7 - 0 - @CorbnDallas
    1 - 0 - @corsecrafts
    1 - 0 - @craftynessss
    5 - 0 - @CrankyCatStudio
    2 - 0 - @CrossStitchCard
    7 - 0 - @demure4you
    2 - 0 - @DesignsbyAudrey
    5 - 0 - @djrunnelsdotcom
    1 - 0 - @DonnasDesignsSC
    1 - 0 - @ErmaTarella4316
    1 - 0 - @FadedLeaves
    2 - 0 - @FairyElephant1
    1 - 0 - @fairy_jewelry
    6 - 0 - @freetweetdaily
    2 - 0 - @GOJewelry
    1 - 0 - @gossamerfae
    12 - 0 - @Granstreasures
    454 - 0 - @happiehippiechk TS
    1 - 0 @JenifferLiee
    135 - 0 - @kraftymax TS
    11 - 0 - @luvsParis TS
    36 - 0 - @MaggiesDesigns TS
    1 - 0 - @MillionaireSoc
    1 - 0 - @nacyanne
    1 - 0 - @PantyhoseArt
    15 - 0 - @PrettyGonzo
    2 - 0 - @PSJDesigns
    152 - 0 - @quirkydd TS
    1 - 0 - @ReneeANDSharon
    1 - 0 - @rileygrf
    1 - 0 - @Sassyseren
    6 - 0 - @saxie5
    12 - 0 - @scrapitbeaut
    13 - 0 - @sleem1948 TS♡
    1 - 0 - @swallow_MeHoee
    #ff - #ff - @tatyannashope TS♡
    2 - 0 - @thecammiemax101
    1 - 0 - @UrbanMatchInc
    2 - 0 - @WowMiracles
    1 - 0 - Adka's Art
    1 - 0 - Badger Dog Bead Co
    1 - 0 - BeDazzled Jewelry by Tonya
    1 - 0 - Energy, Spirit & Hope
    1 - 0 - Jewelry by Dolcie Crawford
    1 - 0 - PaganGypsy

    Last updated 11:59 PM. Next scheduled update: See you May 1st :)
    Do let me know if you are a player and I've missed you.
    Click the Follow buttons on the follow-fun-fellow-players list to easily follow these awesome players. They RT and they are interactive! :)
    | (TS) Tatyanna Supporter | (♡) No contest entry |

    Let's have FUN FUN FUN! Go ahead, have a blast, and enjoy the games! :)



    ☆☆ GIVEAWAY WINNER (random.org):
    61 players and 300 giveaway entries!

    Giveaway drawing in progress at random.org...
    Randomizing list...
    Picking random number... 285!
    WINNER IS...

    285. @kraftymax

    She should totally go buy a lottery ticket LOL She wins FOUR $10 Gift Certificates, for a total of $40, from these AMAZING shops:

    ➊ mv GC valid at mv.ArtFire.com or any SEO services.
    ➋ ES&H GC valid at energyspirithope.com
    ➌ QuirkyDame GC valid at QuirkyDame.ArtFire.com
    ➍ Happie Hippie GC valid at HappieHippieChick.ArtFire.com

    Please email me for the codes and details.

    ➊ @apronsbymeme (498) ........ $10 PayPal Gift Certificate
    ➋ @happiehippiechk (454) ..... $10 mv Gift Certificate
    ➌ @BernoullisAttic (303) ..... $10 Surprise Earrings

    Please send me an email for your codes and preferences.

    ☆☆ Gift Certificate PRIZES:
    Everyone with over 80 available points, please contact me for your codes :) I forgot to deduct the 40 for the bonus list before announcing the scores last night, so you all have 40 bonus points this month :)

    200 .......... GIFT CERTIFICATE: $5
    160 .......... GIFT CERTIFICATE: $3
    120 .......... GIFT CERTIFICATE: $2
    80 ............ GIFT CERTIFICATE: $1

    498 - 498 - @apronsbymeme - 2 x $5, 1 x $1, 18 SEO dots
    303 - 303 - @BernoullisAttic - 1 x $5, 1 x $1, 1 x 10% coupon+3 SEO dots or 19 SEO dots
    454 - 454 - @happiehippiechk - 2 x $5, 1 x 20% coupon, 14 SEO dots
    135 - 135 - @kraftymax - 1 x $2, 15 SEO dots
    152 - 152 - @quirkydd - 1 x $3 (or 1 x $2, 10% coupon, and 12 SEO dots)

    ☆☆ Magnet and 10% COUPON PRIZES:
    Everyone with over 20 available points, please contact me for your codes :)

    36 - 36 - @MaggiesDesigns - 10% coupon and 16 SEO dots

    ☆☆ Cool SEO dots:
    Anyone on the players list can save up to 19 mvpoints a month and accumulate them over the year to use for future prizes. Just let me know and I will add your SEO link to the dotties page. Tweet SEODOTS @mvbeads and add which shop/website/blog you would like a backlink to.

    Do you see yourself? Then you've won :D
    @8231v, @ABCClothing, @AkCatkeeper, @Amollies, @apronsbymeme, @artwitch, @BackyardHabitat, @barleecreations, @BattenDiseaseUK, @belinhadesigner, @BernoullisAttic, @BluegrassPundit, @blueshedcrafts, @bonafidechic, @cobraxcobrax, @colorsofthewood, @CorbnDallas, @corsecrafts, @craftynessss, @CrankyCatStudio, @CrossStitchCard, @demure4you, @DesignsbyAudrey, @djrunnelsdotcom, @DonnasDesignsSC, @ErmaTarella4316, @FadedLeaves, @FairyElephant1, @fairy_jewelry, @freetweetdaily, @GOJewelry, @gossamerfae, @Granstreasures, @happiehippiechk, @JenifferLiee, @kraftymax, @luvsParis, @MaggiesDesigns, @MillionaireSoc, @nacyanne, @PantyhoseArt, @PrettyGonzo, @PSJDesigns, @quirkydd, @ReneeANDSharon, @rileygrf, @Sassyseren, @saxie5, @scrapitbeaut, @sleem1948, @swallow_MeHoee, @tatyannashope, @thecammiemax101, @UrbanMatchInc, @WowMiracles, Adka's Art, Badger Dog Bead Co, BeDazzled Jewelry by Tonya, Energy Spirit & Hope, Jewelry by Dolcie Crawford, PaganGypsy

    Thank you all for the AWESOME FUN! See you May 1st for the next big games, or on twitter and FaceBook for smaller games throughout the month :)

    ♡ With LOVE and THANKS! ♡