Blog: Cricut Design Space: Thank YOU!

February 20, 2015


Did you hear the news? I won Cricut Design Space Star…which means I’m taking home $10,000 in prize money! How awesome is that?

First of all, thank you, thank you, thank you to all the people who voted for my Playroom in the Sky project and put up with all my campaigning! I truly appreciate the support and I’m still riding a huge wave of excitement!

Second, let me give you guys a few tips and truths about what happens when you win $10,000:

  • When you find out that you’ve won $10,000, all people at the airport should beware. I guess I should give you the backstory on this one. On February 9th, I flew into Salt Lake City to work with Cricut on a separate project. When I met the Cricut team members outside of the airport, they said “How would you feel if we told you that you just won $10,000″…I’m sure you can imagine what happened next. There was screaming, jumping hugs…and a teensy bit of potty mouth. I also ran up to random strangers telling them, “I just won $10,000.” There is video evidence of this. I’m still embarrassed for myself.
  • When you win $10,000 you will have no clue what to spend it on, but you will come up with lots of ideas. You will probably spend $500,000 in your imagination as you think of all the possibilities.
  • One of the possibilities for your $10,000 is buying the Chanel handbag that has been on your wish list for years. But then the following happens: While in Salt Lake City, I had the chance to hang out with the one and only Anna Griffin. We were talking, shooting the sh** and the following conversation went down:

Anna: Congratulations on your win!

Amber: Thank you! I still have no clue what I’m gonna do with the money but I keep thinking about getting a Chanel handbag

Anna: No. Chanel will always be there. It’s not going anywhere. Chanel will come…

Amber: That is great advice. You are totally right. I’ll feel much better about investing the money in myself and my goals for Damask Love. 

Anna: …and as a matter of fact, how would you feel about a gently loved Chanel tote? I have one that I haven’t used and would love to send to you. 

Amber: ummm..uhhh..

Anna: Just write down your address and I’ll get it out to you when I get home.

Yes friends. Anna Griffin sent me her beautiful Chanel tote. How kind and generous and awesome is that?!

  • So, as promised to Anna, I’ve already started investing the prize money into some really great improvements to the blog. Stay tuned over the next few months to see what I’ve got up my sleeve!

Thanks again, friends for your love, support and kind words. You are awesome. But I already knew that.


66 thoughts on “Cricut Design Space: Thank YOU!”

  1. You’re a ROCKSTAR, Amber! HUGE CONGRATS on winning! 🙂 Sooooo sweet of Anna to send you a Chanel tote! Whatever you choose to do…enjoy.enjoy every moment of it. 🙂

  2. Congrats on the win!!! I am continually in awe of the projects you come up with. Do you ever sleep? I bet when you do, your dreams are fantastic … full of new ideas. You just keep getting better and better!

  3. Who Hoo! Congrats on your big win! I’m not surprised, though. When I went to vote, I looked at all the entries, and even if I hadn’t already been a follower, I’d still have voted for you! You have AMAZING talent!

  4. You have amazing talent + put in the time and effort to make it HAPPEN.
    I am so happy for you. You deserve this and all the future success that I know is coming.

  5. Welp, for some reason this made me cry, so now I am crying at work and embarrassed for both of us. Haha! So awesome and you are so deserving!

  6. Well, girl, you more than deserved that win!
    It was my joy to vote each day! Your room is
    “over the moon”, you are a creative genius!

  7. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited for your win… My Daughter was so excited over your design she keep asking me to vote for you.

  8. I am at work and just squealed out loud for you! Congratulations! You are so talented and totally deserved this!
    I really hope you post pics of your Anna Griffin Chanel Tote… ; )
    Keep us posted on your well deserved splurges.

  9. *dance party on the spot* lol yep, can totally see you yelling out like that! Thank you for investing back into US – as readers of the blog 🙂 Congrats on your big win, lady!

  10. Oh Amber, I am so happy and so proud of you! I witnessed that conversation with Anna and it gave me the goosebumps reading this post! I loved our time together in SLC last week. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out! I adore you. xoxo Kim

  11. Congrats Amber on your win! I found your Blog through one of the other contest members when I was planning on voting on her project, but when I saw your project – I voted for you instead. Have lots of fun with your winnings.

  12. I’m SO, SO happy for you Amber!!! I know you worked really hard on that project and it looks absolutely amazing. You are deserving of such an awesome award. You provide amazing inspiration to your followers. I wanna see the Chanel tote!!! LOL!!! My mom bought me a Louis Vuitton tote a couple years ago when she was in Paris. Guess what? I still can’t get myself to take the tote out of the protective bag!!!!! I am pretty harsh on my purses and I’m too scared that I will mar it. My friends keep telling me “what’s the point of having it then?”. I know…but…..;)

  13. I’m so HAPPY for you! Your sky playroom really is awesome and it’s a wonderful ending that you won this prize. The Anna G. story is priceless! What a blessing! I’m just so happy for you on all kinds of levels!

  14. Congratulations Amber!!! Not only on the win but on the investment in your future and for scoring that Chanel bag anyway! LOL

  15. Congratulations! You deserved winning that contest hands down. You should be so very proud of yourself. Enjoy your new slightly-used Chanel bag!!

  16. Congratulations, Amber! So happy for you! I’m thrilled that your extraordinary talent was recognized. Love the Anna Griffin story too. Now….. will we see that video of you outside SLC airport when you learned you won?

  17. CONGRATS!! So happy for you, your project WAS outstanding!! You’ll have to keep us updated with pictures of Marcus playing there.
    Thank you for sharing your talent with us and giving us the inspiration to use our skills!! SO PROUD OF YOU!!

  18. Congratulations! I went to the site and voted, and scoped out your competition, too. I can’t say I am surprised that you won. There was a level of imagination and creativity in your entry that only one other entrant came close to, in my opinion. I mean, really. A toddler play space on the balcony of a high rise condo. Who (besides Amber) would think of that? And come up with so many ideas adaptable to other uses. Well done! Enjoy!

  19. AAAHHHHHH!!!! Fabulous news – massive congrats to you Amber!!! All your hard work really paid off (but it doesn’t surprise me, because your entry was so impressive and stood out as something so special from the others). Enjoy spending the winnings, and your new tote too 😉 Rx

  20. Amber,
    That is a wonderful story. You are immensely talented and I am so glad you were recognized for your work. Oh, and the Chanel bag…

  21. Congratulations Amber – pretty exciting and well deserved. And Anna Griffin – she is mon favorite: elegant, talented and a total class act 🙂 And apparently extremely generous to boot. Lucky you!

  22. Congratulations Amber!!! I am so excited to hear that you won (although I knew you would 😉 ). You so deserved to win!!!
    Thanks for sharing the Anna Griffin story – I think she is just fabulous – yet another example.
    As for the winnings – I think you should take a little time for yourself, maybe a weekend getaway. OK, you have a new baby – how about a Spa day? You deserve it for all the hard work you put in on this project.
    Thanks as always for the inspiration you share and Congratulations on your win!!!

  23. CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is so fantastic. You deserved it. I checked out all the other finalists, and even though the entries were really nice, they couldn’t hold a candle to yours. Way to go!

    You deserved it! I voted almost every day so I am taking part credit for your amazing win!!!!
    I LOVE your blog and your amazing creativity!
    I mostly love your sense of humor!

  25. Super, Duper, HUGE CONGRATS on your win, Amber!!! I’m not at all surprised…your Playroom in the Sky is absolutely, positively AMAZING!!! You are so deserving, and I know you’re going to spend the money wisely! And, how lovely of Anna Griffen to send you her Chanel tote…OMG!
    I am so, very happy for you…my apologies for the late post ~ Hugs to you!!!

  26. Congratulations Amber! I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to see what’s in store for you, and us! I’m looking forward to the enhancements you’ll be making to an already awesome blog. Enjoy spending the money, you deserve it.

  27. Whaaaaaattt!!!! Whoot Whoot…Doing the “Happy Dance” over here for your Gurl! You CIRCUT ROCKED that Challenge! I’m totally Ecstatic for you. I’m trying to contain myself as I read this at work. I KNEW YOU WOULD WIN. That’s how we do in the MIA…(no offense to any other geographical locations)…tee hee hee. You Go Girl. What; and a Channel Bag too…God is Blessing you Girl for sure and I couldn’t think of a Craftier & more Genuine deserving person than YOU! I’ve learned so much through your shared posts and projects. Thanks for letting us in on your life through this blog. I’m sure each of us in some way feel like you’re the friend, teacher and funny bone story teller we need to get us through the day…I know I do. Your winning is God’s way of Blessing You on how You Are and Continue to Bless Us! Congrats to YOU and I can’t wait to see what Damask Love has in store. Shout out to my Home Girl…Amber! [Knuckle Bumps…explosion] …In my imaginary mind we are the best of crafts sisters. Smooches…lol <3

  28. Oh my, Amber, how exciting is that? You certainly deserve it as your project was awesome…and so is everything else you do. And a Chanel bag besides? You are one talented, well-loved gal. I feel like I can tell my friends I know someone who won $10,000…through blog land. Eager to see what else you have up your sleeve. Congrats!

  29. Congratulations Amber!!! You are such an inspiration and so many times when I read your blog I bust out laughing!!! I am so happy for you! So cool that you won and that Anna gave you a bag!!! I don’t know what is more exciting that you actually got the thing or how and who you got it from!!! A funny bag story – I never had a Coach purse – too expensive so I convinced myself they were ugly anyway. One year for my birthday my sister gave me a cute smaller grey one. I hung it on a hook for a year before I felt worthy enough to use it. Yea I beat the heck out of it but for a brief moment I experienced that feeling that only a handbag can give a girl!!!

  30. I came to the blog today because I had the thought: wonder what happened with Amber and the Cricut contest? I could not imagine anything more creative than that amazing space. You nailed it! Congrats, you amazingly creative person you!

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