Thursday, August 30, 2007

Suzy, can you hear me?!

The winner of my "share a quote and win a Cuttlebug embossing set" was Suzy and after emailing her twice I still have no snail mail addy.

If anyone out there knows or is Suzy, please email me ASAP at crafty_al@comcast.net

I am going out of town for the holiday weekend, if I don't have a response by then, I will draw a new name on Tuesday morning.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

I've been tagged...

JeanneLee tagged me today!!

The tag goes like this: Write 8 of your blog friends names in a unique way and post them. Then come back over and let me know. You must write the blogger's name that tagged you, then add 7 others.

Here are some of my blog friends... (hint: click on their tag to be taken directly to their site)













Here is the tag JeanneLee was kind enough to make for me:

Friday, August 24, 2007

packed and ready to go...



Tonight I am going cropping with my friend Barbara and this is all I am taking. Can you belive it?!

Normally I leave the house with 2 rolling tool boxes, a shoulder bag (or two) and a plastic case (or two). hee hee

I planned out exactly what I want to work on and made "kits" in 12x12 sheet protectors. I chose PP, CS, and embellishments to use for each set of cards and the 1 SB page I want to make.

I really hope this works out. It would be so nice not to have to lug half of my craft room with me when I go away to crop. That usually makes me dread going in the end.

I hope to have lots to show you this weekend.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

It's altered...

I couldn't wait any longer to finish my gun, so I went ahead and added LOTS to it. Now I am not so sure it isn't too "gaudy". Oops.. :)




ATG = ALTERED Tape Gun...

As some of you know I became the proud owner of a 3M ATG 714 a couple weeks ago. ATG originally stood for "Adhesive Tape Gun" (i believe), but now it stands for Altered Tape Gun!! :)


I saw some very cute ATGs that had been altered on 2Peas and just had to try it out for myself. I am not completely done yet, but I am on my way. I am going to a crop with Barbara this Friday and want it ready to "show off". hee hee


Here is what the ATG originally looked like:



Here is what mine looks like so far...








Since Fall is one of my favorite seasons and color palettes I decided to do mine with a Fall theme. On the back (empty side now) I am going to add some leaf buttons and I am thinking about figuring out how to get some fibers on here. :)


Have any of you altered your ATG? If so, please post a link here. I would love to see what others have done.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

I've been busy...

Somehow today I managed to "sneak in" some craft time and got 17 cards done!!

Here are some of the cards I made. They all use a fold that I learned by CASE'ing a card that was RAK'd to me by an online friend. They were fun to make and went pretty quickly.









12 of the cards I made were samples for next month's "SheetLoad of Cards", so I can only give you a sneak peek of those...

Congrats to...

After using that random number generator again, the winner of my "share your quote and win a Cuttlebug embossing set" is...

10. Suzy

Her quote was so funny

You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think.
Dorothy Parker
Suzy, I will be emailing you shortly for your snail mail address.
Thanks to all of you who participated. I enjoyed reading all of the great quotes you shared with me.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Design Team Call

I recently entered some of my work to be considered for the DT at Coordinates Collections.

The last of 3 entries I had to submit was this LO of my DD at the park this summer.

I doubt I will be chosen as I am up against some great designers who have much more experience with their site and kits, but I figured I may as well go for it. What do I have to lose, right?! :)


Supplies:
PP - SEICS - DCWV
Ribbon - stash
Flower Gems - JoAnn's $ Bins
Small Pink Gems - stash
Pink Stencil Creme - Delta
journal stamp - Autumn Leaves
Brown Ink - SU!
Die Cut Flowers and Green Frame behind main photo - Cricut Accent Essentials
Die Cut Title - Cricut Base Camp

Techniques:
I used a dauber to put pink stencil creme around the border of the background papers.
For the title I used the "@" to represent "at". ie: At The Park

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

And the winners are...

After using this random number generator the winners are...



20. Kristine (no contact info / email found)

3. rebecca (no contact info / email found)

13. Linda SS (i have emailed you) I guess 13 is NOT an unlucky number on my blog - hee hee!



If you could all send me your snail mail addy to me at crafty_al@comcast.net I will get your eyelets and snaps out.



Please make sure to put "Oh snap, I am a winner" in the subject line.

Don't forget...

Just a reminder my Oh, snap! The Blog Candy has a deadline of midnight tonight to sign up.

All you have to do is leave a comment that you like snaps and eyelets and I will use a random number generator to select the winners.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sunday Blogger Challenge - 2 Peas & More Blog Candy

Today's blog challenge on 2 Peas is to share your favorite poem or quote. I thought I would share a few quotes I like.
"Without the rain, there would be no rainbow." - Jerry Chin

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart" - Helen Keller

"One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar." - Helen Keller

"In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. " - Ann Frank
Now for the Blog Candy...

Share your favorite quote with me in the comments section of this post and you will be entered in a drawing to win a set of the Cuttlebug Fancy Corners embossing folders!!!

I will take entries until Friday the 17th.

Oh, snap... cont.

I totally forgot to put an end date on my blog candy below. I will take "entries" until Wednesday, the 15th.

I am so glad there is such a good response. I was worried nobody would want a bunch of eyelets and snaps. Guess that is what i get for assuming, huh?! :)

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Oh, snap! (the blog candy edition)

Have you ever walked into your craft room / area and just sat on the floor and wondered how in the h-e-double-hockey-sticks you ever accumulated this much stuff?!?!

It happened to me last night and I am not sure if I will ever get out from underneath the mess.

I was trying to organize a bit, but it is almost impossible, I swear. I have so much stuff and no place to put it. I have a whole room dedicated to my crafts and still there isn't enough room.

What is a girl to do, you ask? She is going to start offering her extras to other crafters who may be in need of more stuff. hee hee

I have about 25 little baggies (2"x 3") with various colors of snaps and eyelets. If you would like to be entered in the drawing to have some, just post a comment here and I will randomly select 3 people and split the stash between them.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Make a "SheetLoad of Cards"...

Here is the first (and hopefully not last) issue of my eZine, "SheetLoad of Cards".

(click on eZine image to open PDF file)

Lately I have been hooked on a few things...
- One Sheet Wonders, which is a fancy term for making lots of cards out of one sheet of patterned paper and some cardstock.
- Carla's awesome card sketch (see earlier post)
- Searching Atomic Cupcake for the latest and greatest on their All-You-Can-Download Scrapbooking Buffet.

From this was born my idea for "SheetLoad of Cards" (you'll have to pardon my French - hee hee) the eZine!

The theory behind this is to increase your on-hand card stash by using a card sketch, a few sheets of patterned papers and cardstock and just a little amount of time. Almost a mass production, if you will.

You can leave all the areas that could possibly be stamped blank and then when the need for a card arises, you can personalize it for the event / occasion.

Now the next time you need to send out a card you should have some on hand. In fact you should have a "sheetload" on hand! ;)

Enjoy!

My favorite sketch...

Carla posted this sketch on her blog in June and it is my favorite to use on cards. I keep going back to it over and over again.

It seems like I am only making one-sheet-wonders or cards based on Carla's sketch lately.

I am one of those crafters whose philosophy is "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". :)


Supplies:

PP - K & Company
Stamp - Michaels (from their new wooden $ stamps)
Tab Punch - McGill
Adhesive - ATG (first time to use it and I LOVE IT)
Card Base - Hobby Lobby
Ink - Stampin' Up

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Cutting chipboard with "old" Cricut...

Ladies,

I just had to share what I just discovered aftering seeing this post.

I thought I was going to have to buy the new, large, very expensive Cricut Expression so I could cut my chipobard. The Expression has a feature where the machine will automatically cut your image twice, which is supposed to work on chipboard.

Well, after reading and following instructions at the link above I successfully cut out chipboard letters with mine!!

Thought some of you may want to give it a try also!


Disclaimer: Keep in mind my chipboard is pretty thin (we use it for the back of pads and work) and this is probably NOT recommended by ProvoCraft. If you damage your machine trying this I will not be responsible. :)

The Ultimate Blog Candy! Check it out...

Over at Ashwin’s blog, you will find one crazy blog owner!! You can win $2500!! To enter just copy this text and paste it in your blog!! But hurry, this competition will not last long! So get posting!

The Ultimate Blog Candy! Check it out...

Over at Ashwin’s blog, you will find one crazy blog owner!! You can win $2500!! To enter just copy this text and paste it in your blog!! But hurry, this competition will not last long! So get posting!

Monday, August 6, 2007

Big mistake, big, huge, mistake...

I just discovered over at 2 Peas that they post "blog challenges". I am not sure if they are always just questions you answer, but today's is and I thought I would give it a try. :)

Challenge: What is one product that you bought & wish you wouldn't of wasted money on? Why?

My answer: The EMPUNCHLAR
I worked for a few months part-time at Archiver's and when I started working there this tool had just come out. I loved how it could reach far into the paper and had punching and embossing plates you could buy.
Even though I could have tested it out before buying it, I didn't. As Julia said in Pretty Woman... "Big mistake, big, huge mistake..."
I think I used it once to test it after I got home and since then it has been in the box.
Now it is pretty much worthless as places don't sell them (as far as I can tell) and they don't go for a whole lot on eBay.
Hmm.. Blog candy idea?!?! :)

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Card of hope...

My mom recently received a letter from one of my aunts saying she has been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.

My aunt knew the lump was there, but because of (lack of) insurance she did not visit the doctor.

Please encourage all women in your family and group of friends to perform monthly self breast exams. And to see a doctor if they suspect anything is unusual.

Also, let's fight for better health care on a national level. A woman should not have to worry about the cost of an exam if her life is at risk. *stepping down off soap box*



I made this card to send as a "thinking about you" card for my aunt.

Supplies:
CS - DCWV
Stamp - Stampin' Up
Ink - Stampin' Up
Ribbon - WalMart
Thread - DMC Floss

Technique:
I printed off a black & white outline of the pink breast cancer ribbon. I used this as a template to pierce holes on the back of the pink cardstock and then back-stitched the outline by hand.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Winner(s) of Blog Candy 2: Christmas In July

Last month I put out a Blog Candy challenge to send me a link to a non-traditional-colored Christmas / Winter creation.

I had three lovely entries:
Cheryl's A-Dora-Ble page was so cute. My DD is really loving Dora lately and this page makes me think of her.
Patty Jo used pink and purple on her card. I just love the two-step-stamping and the tearing. Tearing and inking are my faves!!
Heather used red, white and blue - definitely non-traditional for a winter-holiday. I love how she made her own candy cane accent!

All three entries were great, but I did have to choose just one. After a random draw the winner of my Blog Candy 2 challenge is...
Cheryl!!!

This is what I have been up to...

After a few weeks without any "crafty posts" I wanted to show you all what I have been working on. All of the cards shown in this post were made while my Mom was in town.

We had a fun time together crafting. I think I have gotten her hooked on One Sheet Wonders!! :)


This set of cards was made using a OSW template I found on Splitcoast Stampers. I used some Fall-colored striped paper and leaf buttons as accents.
These cards will be sent into Simply Sentiments Magazine to be given out to troops who are serving overseas and could use some cards to send to their loved ones.

If you would like to know more about SS's call for cards, please visit their website at: www.simplysentiments.com


These two cards were made for a June Card Maps swap on Paper Crafters {Anonymous}. We used a card map sketch from Becky Fleck over at Page Maps.




My mom likes to send cards to the grandkids for all of the holidays, so while she was here we made these "Boo" cards to accompany her note and $5 (you will have to remind me to tell you the funny story about the money she sends)... :)

We used the Cricut to cut out the pumpkins and Sizzlits Slim Jim for the "Boo".


This is a set of OSW cards we made for my Mom to give out. She is in a Birthday club at her church and is always in need of Birthday cards for their monthly get together.
I really like the patterned paper and cardstocks she chose for these.


Still alive...

Just wanted to post a little note that I am still alive and kicking. I spent the last couple weeks hanging out with my Mom and getting in some extra hours at work.
My Mom and I did manage to get some cards created over the past few nights, so I hope to post those soon.
I haven't forgotten about Blog Candy 2 (Xmas in July) and will be selecting a winner in the next couple of days.
Thanks for stopping by!