Friday, September 29, 2006
The other day I was reading submission requirements and suggestions for a rubber stamp magazine that suggested enclosing a self-addressed post card that would be returned as notification that a submission entry was received.
So I thought I would create a post card to send with a submission entry. This post card measures 3.5x5 inches. You can find templates for 3.5x5 in. and 4x6 in. post cards in our gallery. Just right click and save it to your PC. Stamped image is from The Angel Company.
You can find additional information on mailing postcards (in the US) here
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Just make sure you always have your camera around. Sometimes opportunities present themselves and you'll want to be ready to take advantage of them. They may be as simple as letting them go somewhere they think they aren't allowed. Here are a couple of shots of Dylan sneaking onto a boat at the lake house. He knows he's not supposed to go in the boat without an adult, but sure enough here he is sneaking on for a look see. Mr. Impatient pants decided he was tired of waiting around to go out with Daddy on the big boat and decided to toddle over to the small boat and explore on his own. Here he is sneaking on:
and above, he is looking to see if he's been caught.
The picture progression gets really fun, with Dylan in all giggles over an oar he finds. Blogger isn't letting me upload anymore, but the idea is just to go with a situation even when it's one you usually wouldn't let happen. You just might end up with the best photographs you've ever taken of your toddler. If they think you are all about play, they will be all about play and much more receptive to having their pictures taken.
For some inspiring professional children photographers, check out these blogs:
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
I do not know about you, but I was the biggest “anti-liquid adhesive” fan out there. I was a Hermafix Permanent Dots Girl. The liquid glues out there were just too messy. They would wrinkle my paper, take way too long to dry, and leave me frustrated when the glue would ooze out the sides and leave a stain on my layout forever. UGGG!
Well, Ladies those days are over! Last year, I was introduced to Zip Dry Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives. I was instantly hooked! This liquid adhesive was amazing. It did not wrinkle! It dried super fast! And excess glue rubs off easily without damaging your photos, cardstock, or patterned paper. This glue also adheres to everything, including metal, wood, and plastic. I did this layout using large heavy metal washers and they are not going anywhere. Now, while playing with this Zip Dry Paper Glue, I did discover another use for this liquid adhesive. Are you all sitting down? Seriously, I think you need to. Ready? It removes RUB-ONS!! Yes, you read that right, it removes them. Just put a thin layer of glue on top of the rub- on you want to remove, let it get tacky, and rub off in a circular motion. Voila, rub-ons disappear without harming your photograph, cardstock, etc. This glue is spectacular!
Since my love affair with Zip Dry Paper Glue started over a year ago, I have tossed aside my Hermafix and never looked back. No regrets! So, if you have not yet tried Zip Dry, I would suggest that you do. You will not be disappointed. I know that I have not been! Zip Dry Paper Glue made a Liquid Adhesive Lover out of me.
Monday, September 25, 2006
Just wanted to give you all a heads up - trying to get to it all ASAP! :)
Thanks for understanding!
I hope this week is a productive one for you in your scrapbooking. It's such a beautiful time of year, there seems to be inspiration everywhere you look. However, it wouldn't be Monday without our weekly inspiration post showing off some gorgeous creations that I've come across over the past week. Enjoy them! A big thank you goes out to the talented women who are inspiring us this week!
Boys Will Be Boys by Jamie Gavin:
Senoritas With Margaritas by Celia King:
New York by Traci Murphy:
Live Your Passion by Beth Finley:
Warm Wishes by Sheila Penner:
Saturday, September 23, 2006
I loved it at the show and now that I have it in my hot little hands, I love it even more! I can NOT say enough about this paper - gorgeous texture, heavyweight, white core! YUM!!!!
I got these two LOs done last night and while the photography is not stellar (let's just say my plans for today were thwarted by a dog, some ducks, and an emu) hopefully you can still get an idea of how fabulous these papers are!!! :)
OOOOHHHHH!!!! And for those of you playing Project Homegrown for the Cricut - the letters on Am I Cute or What are Cricut Teardrop! :)
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Here's a quick and easy Product Challenge using some of the great stuff from the July Hybrid Kit. (plus some goodies from my scrap pile)
I used the Making Memories 8" Flower Shape but, the same concept could apply to all shapes and Letters.
Making Memories 8" Flower
2 sheets of Coordinating Daisy D's Girlfriend Line Pattern Paper
Bazzil Big Brad (my stash)
Bull Dog Clip (my stash--office supply store)
Fine Grit Sandpaper
Self Adhesive Magnets
Trace the flower on the back side of 1 of your pattern papers and cut out and adhere to the front of the flower shape.
Sand edges to get rid of any 'over' cuts or mis-cuts.
This is a great way to make your project look a little more 'finished'.
Trace flower on the back side of 2nd pattern paper and then free hand draw another 'flower' about 1/2" on the inside of the outer line. (see photo)
Cut out and adhere over 1st pattern paper.
This will make a contrasting 'outline'.
Sand edges again if needed.
Using the Crop-a-dile, punch a hole in one of the 'petals'.
Attach the Bull Dog Clip with a Bazzill Big Brad and Tie the ribbon on the Clip.
Cut a bunch of Magnet strips and adhere to the back of the Flower Shape.
You have just created a Fun Magnet for your Fridge to hang your childs school work/notes or things to do list.
This would also make a great gift for a friend or teacher.
Let's see what you can dream up with your Making Memories 8" Shapes and Letters!
Have a great one!
I have to say that I love being on this Design Team. Not only is everyone wonderful to work with, the talent is just amazing. I am one lucky lady!
Below are some of my favorites from the August Hybrid and Trilogy kits.
Layout by Charissa
Altered Board Book by Michele Reed
Card by Melissa Bierlein
Now to the challenge! I would like you to Scraplift Charissa's layout or Melissa's card.
If you are competing in our Project Homegrown Contest this challenge is worth 3 points!!
If you have not joined our contest yet, it is not too late!
Come on! Join the fun! You could win a Cricut Die Cutting Machine!!
But before you go - make sure you check out Stacy's card on the entry below this one! I am such a Freak for Fall!!!!
This is by far my favorite time of year! I wish I was with all of you who are enjoying this cold front. We had the same cold front and our low last night was a whopping 70 degrees and today's high is only 90! Break out the parka!!! Enjoy it for me guys!
But I digress...
Your blog challenge for today is to scrap your favorite TV show or movie. Maybe this challenge can go in your BOM or maybe it will be the jumping board if you haven't started one yet! And if you can't narrow it down to just one, then give us a top 3, a top 5, or even a top 10! :)
Can't wait to see what you create! Get them posted to the gallery by Sunday at midnight (I'm feeling like a slavedriver today!).
See you there, and Happy Thursday!
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
DH was bitten by a brown recluse and after multiple dr appts and surgeon consults is in therapy for 1 more week!
I have had a sinus infection for over a week and went to the dr to find out I also have ear infections in both ears and bronchitis!
WoW- I knew we would all be sick when Eli started school for the first time, but seriously! After 14 doctor visits and 3 trips to the hospital, I have to say that this is borderline ridiculous!
All of that to say that I am behind in almost every way I can be, but help is on the way and I am hoping to FINALLY be caught up by this weekend with ALL ORDERS SHIPPED! WOO HOO!!!! And all emails answered, prizes sent, billing finished, etc!
So please be patient and THANK YOU ALL for your understanding and concern! You've been great and it really helps to know that with such great customers and a WONDERFUL DESIGN TEAM to keep things going while I'm down, everything will be back on schedule and running smoothly soon!
And by way of good news, the Imaginisce papers for next month's Hybrid have arrived and the embellishments should ship this week, so maybe, just maybe (FINGERS CROSSED!) the October kits will ship EARLY! I'm determined that it is possible! :)
Let me know if you have any questions, and please forgive me in advance if it takes longer than usual for me to get back to you! :)
Kissable Cheeks by Tessa Ann Watte:
Sippin Aint Easy by Araxi Dertavitian:
100% Original by Roxanne Jegodtka:
Sad To Go by Tanya Mundt:
Beautiful Blue by Julie Hickey:
Bon Voyage by Xenia Feere:
Friday, September 15, 2006
Here’s my LO based on the sketch. As always feel free to add additional embellishment where you see fit.
Making Memories metal letters / buttons
Heidi Swapp plastic letters
Delight Designs arrow chipboard
SEI Winnie rubon
American Craft remark letter sticker
Royal Langnickel ethan and kyle white rubons
We would love to see your layouts based on the sketch so do upload it to the Homegrown gallery.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Here are a few ideas of what to do with a tag on a handmade greeting card:
* Cover it with paper
* Use random strips of paper on it
* Staple it
* Stamp on it
* Wrap the entire tag with fabric strips
* Use ribbon, fiber, yarn ect. on the top of your tag
* Layer them - Use a smaller tag on top of a larger one
* Use it for your card message or sentiment
* Ink it!!
* Use leftover strips of ribbon to cover the tag
To get your inspiration going here is a card sketch to help you out.
Here is an example of a card that I created using this sketch!
Hope this inspires some of you to use your scraps of paper to make greeting cards. Think of the money you will save! Let's see some cards in that gallery!
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
I did a very basic but fun technique this week.
I decided to use stamping for a background instead
of patterned paper. First I chose a stamp to use.
Next I chose the colors of ink I wanted to use. I decided
to use my colorblock ink pads. Next I stamped on my
cardstock in a random pattern with each color. Then, I
took my black zig pen and traced the outside of my design.
You don't have to do this but I chose to because I thought
it would bring out my stamp design. Next thing is to adhere
you photo and embellish. Pretty simple and easy but it
turns out to be a great effect. Here's my layout doing this
Let's see some awesome pages in the gallery!!
Monday, September 11, 2006
If you have been to the Smithsonian since 9/11, you may have been to the rememberance exhibit where you are asked to write your own experience from 9/11 on a piece of paper and add it to the exhibit. I did write my experience there, and while I haven't scrapped it yet, I would like to share it with you all.
I was teaching Middle School English that morning, and was 6 1/2 months pregnant with my first child, Eli. I happened to be sitting at my computer while my students were taking a test or doing their journaling - quiet time anyway. My email alert popped up saying that I had a new message and it was from the church secretary (it was at a Christian school that was part of a church) saying that a plane had hit the WTC. Pray for the victims and their families.
I immediately turned on the TV to the Today Show and we watched live as the chaos ensued. The second plane hit and then the towers fell. Some of my 6th graders understood a little of what was happening, but not the enormity of the situation. I remember thinking that I was bringing a baby into this world and how I would so rather keep him inside where he was safe.
We went through the day in a haze of questions watching the news coverage, listening to the status of the 4 planes that were still unaccounted for, then seeing the field in Pennsylvania where one of them went down. I called my husband who was watching at work and I remember just wanting to be with him and feel safe again.
It was a very rainy day here as we had some sort of tropical system nearby and the weather mirrored all of our moods. The school was on lockdown, parents coming to pick up their children and go home to familial safety.
All we wanted was to feel safe.
We were dismissed early once the students had all been picked up and Bryan and I went home to watch with the rest of the world. My first call was to my roommate from college who worked at the Pentagon. I couldn't get her so I called her mom and dad. I found out that she had had to walk several miles down the interstate to get to a place where she could make her way home.
All we wanted was to feel safe.
Those days after 9/11 felt very ethereal. We were instructed not to turn on our classroom TVs anymore because of the stress to the children. I can only imagine how the people of NY, PA, VA and DC felt during the hours and days that followed. I was fortunate enough not to know anyone who was lost that day, but I still, like most Americans probably, felt personally touched by the events of 9/11 and I still do. How could you not?
I feel sad for my children that a part of their innocence was stolen from them on that day. I feel angry that someone could hate me enough, not even knowing me, to do something so atrocious.
Looking back now, I remember too how many flags were flying for weeks and months afterward and wish they were all still flying today. I remember going to buy a flag for my car and them being sold out. I've always loved my country (though there is a good bit of gypsy in me that would love to spend years travelling the globe!), but Septemer 11th made me a patriot. That is what I will take from 9/11.
(and since I know we have alot of UK members, if you would like to commemorate 7/7 rather than 9/11, please feel free)
Trio by Martha Treadway:
I'm All About by Karen Moore:
Way Too Cute by Julie Stone (from kit by Wendy Redshaw-Bruhns):
Celebrate by Annette Hilyard: