2/25/08

Make your own Prima flowers!

Who knew? I found this link on Misti's blog. I tried it with some handmade paper that I have and it works! They aren't as crisp as Primas but with a little practice I think they could be. Have a look - Make Your Own Primas.

2/24/08

Speaking of Michaels

I am always complaining that they never have their coupons online like AC Moore or Hobby Lobby. Well, shut my mouth - they have one online at this very moment! Here is the link:

Michaels Coupon

I found it on SplitCoastStampers and apparently it is a test period, so let's show them that it works! Maybe they will get the message and at the very least you get 40% off of something you want!

Enjoy :-)

Scallops, Stripes, and Polka Dots, Oh My!

Yes, it's true. I am addicted to scallops and find it hard to make a card without one these days. There's no use resisting, so here are a couple that I made the other night. I am also in love with patterned paper. I remember back in the day when we used to have to make our own background paper, but now the paper manufacturers are handling that end of it pretty well! I do still like to do simple backgrounds sometimes but I think that the huge selection of pretty paper makes it so much easier, don't you?

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Details: SU stamps, patterned paper is Reminisce, other paper is Bazzill and Bazzill Bling, Hero Arts flower gem, SU scallop punch, EK Success circle punches, and I think the ribbon is from Michael's Dots and Dashes collection.

2/22/08

Windows Live Writer

That last post was composed offline and uploaded using Windows Live Writer - how cool is that? So far I really like it and I am definitely going to check out the rest of the features.

Who knew?

Who knew that the Cuttlebug dies would cut Fun Foam? I didn't. So I tried it and Voila! - Fun Foam flowers! I knew it would cut felt and I bought some self-adhesive felt which is a lot more substantial than plain ol' cheap felt and that works great, too. The ones on the left are Fun Foam, the ones on the right are felt and all except the hot pink one are self adhesive felt. The only downside is that it doesn't come in as many colors as the cheap stuff. I may try some wide ribbon next!

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2/21/08

It was fun while it lasted

Winter is back - oh goody. Sleet and rain with a high tomorrow of 40 whopping degrees. No wonder so many people are sick. I know, I know, it's a virus that causes colds and flu but I still think that such variations in temperatures for weeks on end has an effect on our systems. Next week it is supposed to be 62 again. I have had enough cold weather this year! My bones ache and the only time I feel warm is in a hot shower or bath. Enough already!

Anyway, the reason I started this post was because I saw this on the local news last night and thought some of you might have a use for it. The website is called GetHuman and it has a huge list of companies and which buttons to push on your phone to bypass their annoying phone systems. I have it bookmarked and the next time I have to call DirectTV I will give it a shot. Their phone system is miserable!

Stay warm and let's hope for warm weather to stick around soon!

2/18/08

Springtime weather

The weather has turned warm-ish today and in honor of that I thought I'd post a few more Spring-like cards:


Stamp are from SU and Stampendous and I'm sure most of you will recognize the scallop punches - Marvy, not Nestabilities. I have been successful at resisting buying any more of those (I have the large scallop rectangles only) so far.

While we are on the subject of buying more stuff....is it just me or are you all finding yourselves wanting more new things because of what you see on the blogs? Before I discovered blogs I would see a new stamp or tool on SCS, at my LSS, or in a magazine but there just didn't seem to be all that much new and cool. Now I find something I *need* 3 - 4 times a week. I can usually talk myself out of it if I wait long enough by finding something I already have that will work as well, or just taking a long, hard look at whatever it was I *needed* and realizing that as cool as the project made with it is, I probably would not use it that much anyway. I look around my craft room and (sweetie, don't read this!) I have SO much stuff and alot of it I rarely use. But when I need a flower or ribbon or other embellishment for a project at least I have it (can you say justification??), right? My DH is so sweet about it, too, and never gives me any crap about buying one more thing.

The Internet is like the rack of stuff by the checkout counter in a store - it makes impulse buying easier, don't you think? One click and it's in your shopping cart - I wish grocery shopping was that easy! It also makes me want things more because I have seen something totally cool done with those products. Which is, I suppose, the whole point if you are on a design team or have your own company. I guess a little self control is in order, at least for me. Anyway, thanks for reading this far and I'd love to hear your opinions on the subject.

I noticed the counter has gone over 2000 hits - thank you all very much!! - and I will be posting some blog yummies soon but I want to think of a different way of doing it rather than picking random comments. So stay tuned.

2/16/08

Clear stamp storage

I have aLOT of clear stamps and found that I didn't use them as much as I'd like to because of the way I had them stored - in CD cases, front and back. I know that works for many of you, and it did for me for a while as well but I think this might work out better for me now. 2 notebooks (for now - I will need more at some point, I'm sure!) with clear medium weight page protectors in them.


I put double sided tape on the front of the index and attach them to the back of the page protectors. Since the page protectors are clear I can see them images quite clearly. I punch some cheap white cardstock with a 3 hole punch and put it between the pages so they would stick together and it also is easier to see the stamps.


I attached the tabs directly to the page protector with staples. If I had attached the tabs to the cardstock I wouldn't have been able to see then, since the page protectors are wider.


Am I addicted to cupcakes, or what?? And this isn't all of them - there are more and I have one more set coming in the mail soon, too.


The Papertrey stamps didn't come with an index sheet so I put black cardstock between the pages. I found it showed the stamps better than white. I also have more of these coming next week. They released 5 new sets the other day as well as matching paper, ink and ribbon and I had to have some :-). Not all, just some.


We are off to the movies.....enjoy your weekend!

Cambria's card

This is the one she included in the blog candy package. Look at all that stitching! How many of you sew on your cards?

Heart Prints and some more CHA peeks

You have got to see Sue Nelson's cards - Heart Prints Gallery! She doesn't have a blog but she does have a gallery and gives good descriptions of all of her cards. She does some wonderful things with the Cuttlebug embossing folders and has a very good tutorial on using Gamsol and colored pencils. There is also a message board link at the top. Go see!

CreativeXpress also has some videos from CHA on their Nth Degree Creative page that you might like. They have videos on Making Memories (the new Slice), Prima, We R Memory Keepers (the CropaDile Big Bite) and many more.

2/14/08

Excellent!

I have been awarded this lovely Excellent Blog award by Fiona, the MagickDiva herself! Thank you, that was very sweet of you! I will do my best to live up to it.



I am supposed to nominate 5 more excellent bloggers, so here you go:

Kim at Impress Yourself

Lorraine at
Taviascharmsfavoritethings

Jay at Indigo Inklings

My friend Shirley at Card Art, Etc.

Dana at Stamping Science

Go check them out and see if you don't agree that they are excellent bloggers! And a Happy Valentine's Day to one and all, thanks for stopping by my blog today - I sure do appreciate it.

2/11/08

I'm not totally incapable...

of original designs! Unless I have seen this somewhere and just imagined that I made it up myself. Either way, I like the design. So much, in fact, that I made 3 - each just a tad different from the other. The large scalloped edge was done with the corner rounder with the guards off and the small scallops are done with a Carl rotary cutter blade.



These scallops are done with a Martha Stewart border punch. It also embosses but does it badly, unfortunately, so I just turn the cardstock over and use the bone folder to smooth the embossing out. HA! I purposely didn't add a sentiment of any kind to the front so I can put whatever I need for the occasion. See, I'm smarter than I look!


Speaking of scallops, have you seen THIS??? A new Fiskars border punch at CHA - how cool is that?? This one is coming to my house to live as soon as it is available, yes indeedy.



You might want to keep an eye on the Making Memories blog, too. They are at CHA giving you sneak peeks and every so often they make a post for a giveaway but you have to call in and be first in line. I just missed one tonight...*sigh*.

If you haven't seen what Papertrey is up to you really should go have a look. Trust me, you will like it! Can you say matching paper, ink and ribbon, along with some totally cool new stamp sets??? Uh huh. Go see. But shhhhh....don't tell you-know-who.

2/10/08

CHA Sneak Peeks

Craft Critique has some sneak peeks from CHA on their blog and will be posting updates - have a look, you know you want to ;-).

I will post more CHA goodies as I find them.

2/9/08

Published!

I received a big, mysterious envelope in the mail today and inside was a copy of Crafts 'n Things magazine. I wondered why, since I don't subscribe, so I flipped through it and lo and behold there was a card I sent in to Rubber Stamper a LONG time ago! This one:


The main image is from OnyxXpressions and the rectangle is an old SU stamp. I love this card and was surprised to see it in there - happily so!

I also won this blog candy from Robyn at The Pink Stamper and it came in the mail today as well. Thanks, Robyn!


I received my Pay It Forward candy from Kim at Impress Yourself the other day. She sent a wonderful little package with a Studio G clear stamp set, some metal charm embellishments and a tin with lots of pretty little flowers - thank you, Kim! I have sent my PIF candy out to the three winners and you all should be receiving it soon. It may take a little longer to NZ and Oz, though.

My new Cuttlebug embossing folders came yesterday and they are awesome. I am going to try this technique on a card tomorrow. I saw this card on Splitcoast last night - what a totally cool idea! Sue Nelson rocks!

I am almost afraid to see what new cool stuff they are showing at CHA. I did add the SCS@CHA blog to my Google Reader - I am a glutton for punishment.

It's past my bedtime and my eyes are getting tired so I will say goodnight all! Oh, one more thing....I see that my hits are nearing 2000 and I will be posting some Blog Yummies when it does, so keep an eye out! Sleep well.

2/3/08

Addicted and tagged

My name is Jackie and I am addicted to blurfing. (everyone....Hi, Jackie). I don't have anything new to show you (and I could probably just stop typing right there, right?) because I spend TOO much time looking at everyone else's cool stuff. No, I don't want a 12 step program but I do need to step away from the computer from time to time and MAKE something, dammit. I have new stamps waiting to be inked up, birthday and thank you cards that need to be made and I want to reorganize my clear stamps into a binder. There's just not as easy way to store them. I have them in CD cases right now but I keep forgetting to look at the back sides of them.

I do actually have a couple of new cards but haven't taken the time to photograph them yet. I have a new toy! We decided that we needed a new vacuum cleaner since our cats seem to explode every now and then and the old one wouldn't pick up the fur off of this absolutely flat carpet. We ended up with a Dyson Animal and I love it!! Yes, it cost an arm and most of a leg but it has a 5 year warranty and we have easily spent that much in cheap ones over the last 5 or 6 years. I could NOT believe the stuff that got sucked up into that thing the first time I vacuumed - eewwww. Then I did it again the next day and got half again as much dust and stuff. The carpet actually looks clean for a change. Now, don't think that I never clean house because I do, really. I just needed the proper tool for the job and now I have it! Since the kitties had a bit of a discussion last night I will need to get it out again today....I never thought I would actually WANT to vacuum - ha!

Ok, on to the tagging. I was tagged by Melanie to play the Middle Name Game. The rules are that you must post the rules before you give your answers. You must list one fact about yourself for each letter of your middle name. Each fact must begin with that letter. If you don't have a middle name, just use your maiden name (whew, I thought I was gonna have to use my real middle name. Don't ask, I won't tell!). So, here goes:

C - cupcakes - I am currently addicted to cupcake stamps
A - adorable (just kidding) - argumentative, or hard headed as some (ahem) people say
P - procrastinator - I will rearrange my stamping stuff in order to procrastinate about making a card that I have no design in mind for.
O - open minded - no explanation needed

And there you have it. I'm sure you are beside yourself with excitement. I am supposed to tag 4 other people but I will just leave it to you - if you are reading this and want to participate, go for it!