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Thursday, July 28, 2011

SVGs from the Scrapbooklady

I'm excited to share my newest card files - I mentioned these in a post yesterday and worked on them most of the day!

Here are some pictures - and please forgive me, I am not a card artist and will never do the amazing work that some of you do - but I wanted to at least attempt to show them in use! Celeste from Touched by a Butterfly is doing a couple of the files for me and I will add her cards as soon as she finishes them - I sent her the butterfly (LOL), the heart and the scalloped circle to work with.

The pictures below are samples made by Celeste:

The .svg files to make all 8 of these cards are available for purchase here.

Pay It Forward

I just saw this at Celeste's blog, Touched By A Butterfly, and thought it was a really neat thing to do. So, here's the details copied from her blog:

"Pay It Forward" is the idea of blessing someone with a random act of kindness without expecting anything in return. It’s passing on a kindness, hoping that your recipients will do the same, and forming a never-ending chain of goodwill. But it isn’t only kindness, it is also a means to connect and share instead of just keeping it to ourselves.

"I promise to send an original creation to the first 5 people who leave a comment here. They must, in turn, post this on their blog, and send something they make to the first 5 people who comment on their status."

Here's what you need to do:
1. Leave a comment on this post. I will send a handmade gift to the first 5 people who comment.
2. Create a post on your blog offering the same.
3. Send a handmade item to your first 5 people who comment.
4. It must be sent to your 5 people sometime in 2011.

Please do not sign up unless you are fully committed to making your 5 items!

Make sure you leave your e-mail address so that I can e-mail you for your address.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ribbon Winner Announced

According to random.org, the winner of the ribbon bundle is.......

Angela said...

I would just love to win your ribbon. These are perfect and such a wide variety! TFS!
Hugs, Angela
lauermaa at gmail dot com

Congratulations! If you will send me your mailing address, I'll get it right out to you!
Good Morning everyone!

A couple of things this morning:

1) I will be drawing a winner for the ribbon sometime after 6 this evening - so if you still want to get in on the drawing, please leave a comment on the original post here.


2) I'm working on some new cut files (I know it's been forever since I did anything) and will be sharing pics of the results later today. These cut files are for cards and are a result of a post I saw yesterday on the svgcuts.com forum - someone had posted a video of the new Sizzix flip-its dies. ( If you haven't seen the cards, here is a link: Flip-Its ) I haven't had a sizzix in YEARS but I absolutely loved the cut for these cards and thought it would be a great way to make a bunch of cards up rather quickly.

So, I've been playing around with it and have made 3 different shapes so far - have plans to make a few more later today. I'll upload pictures to this post later - have to take the dog to the groomers in a few minutes.

So, if you've watched the video, who would like the cut files to make these type cards?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Almost done.....

I took a quick picture of the give-away ribbons with my cell phone. I'll try to take a better pic tonight once I finish taking care of the last 50 or so pieces - there will be a few more additions to this lot I'm sure. Some of these ribbon pieces are only 12 -18" but some are close to a yard (or maybe even more).

If you would like a chance to win this bundle of ribbon - please comment here. (I've set this post to no comments to avoid confusion.)

Friday, July 22, 2011

More on Ribbon.....

This whole ribbon organization thing is really making me realize that I have a PROBLEM! I have got to get out of collection mode and start USING this stuff! Seriously!

I know that there are a lot of crafters who have WAAAAAAAAAAY more than I do - but I've hit a point where I have got to stop. I have NO MORE room to put things and my craft mess is starting to migrate to the guest room.

As of today, and until further notice, the only craft items I am allowing myself to purchase are:

  • Adhesive and other consumable essentials - this might include specific cardstock colors as I run out but NO PATTERNED PAPERS
  • Accessories or consumables for my Lynx
  • An item needed to complete an IN-PROGRESS project
  • Files from svgcuts.com (afterall, they don't take up any physical space in my room LOL)

I'm posting this here to help hold myself accountable!

Anyone else need to join in?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Cleaning my Craft Room ..... and a give-away!

Good Morning All!

I am cleaning my craft room - YET AGAIN! Why is it that no matter how hard we try, it is impossible to keep these rooms organized? Wait, that's kind of a no-brainer - we have TOO MUCH stuff! And, I don't know about you, but my stash is constantly evolving so what worked last month, may not work now.

As I mentioned yesterday, I was working on learning how to cut with my new Black Cat Lynx...... want to get my room cleaned so that I can really enjoy crafting and such again. I cut a bunch of ribbon cards yesterday - I'm changing all of my ribbon from ribbon cards in drawers to hanging along the bottom of my peg board. Hoping if it's visible I will actually USE SOME OF IT! The added bonus for me, all I have to do is swivel in my chair, thumb through the strands and snip off what I want - no more having to pull several samples from a drawer, take them to my desk and then figure out what I want. This should help with my clutter problem - I always have a pile of ribbon cards and spools falling off from my desk because I hate to get up and put them back.

In reorganizing and hanging my ribbon, I am going to have a nice collection of leftover ribbon - I am keeping no more than 2 yards of any ribbon. I was going to toss the leftovers until I decided that maybe some of my readers would be interested in them.

So - here's the deal: I am going to continue to straighten my ribbons and when I am finished I am going to do a GIVE-AWAY or two (depending on how much there ends up being).

What do you have to do to enter? Nothing too hard! Simply leave a comment on this post expressing your interest and share one way that you use ribbon in your crafts!

Once I am finished I will close this thread for comments (it might be a day or two or even a week - there's a lot of ribbon stashed in this room). Using random.org, I will select the winner(s).

Hope some of you might be interested! Can't wait to read some of your ideas!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Where does time go?

Hard to believe it's been over 2 months since I have done any blogging! My computer has been acting up majorly and have had some life events that have kept me busy.

Other than a little sewing, I haven't even done any crafts in the past 2 months. Part of that is that I had been waiting for my new cutter to arrive - which it did last week. Today is the first day I've really had a chance to play with it and it is going to take some time to figure it all out. I envy the people who can just start out with a new machine and instinctively get it right. That has not been the case for me.

That being said, my new Lynx is an amazing machine. When I get it right, it cuts beautifully. When I was debating the purchase, the biggest problem anyone ever mentioned was "operator error" and that is proving to be the absolute truth!

I know that I shared before about my daughter's weight loss journey and her entry into the world of running. She has continued - she is at approximately 116 lbs lost now and has run several 5K events and one 10K so far. She has several more 5K runs on her schedule as well as the Warrior Dash, a half marathon in Ft Wayne and a destination run - the St. Louis Rock N Roll Half Marathon. If anyone would like to follow her journey, Jennifer has recently started blogging. She started out just blogging about her running, but has had several requests for information on how she has made the transition so she is going to start adding some of her tips and some of her favorite low-cal recipes.

Here's her before and after pics:

If you'd like to read her story, her blog is Running for My Life. I know she'd love some new readers!

Well, let me get back to my battle with my Lynx and see if I can win the next round!