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Monday, January 25, 2010

While I'm At CHA . . .

I thought I'd share some of the cards that I made with the dies that I posted on Friday. Now you know me I can't leave a die alone - some of the dies became something else... like the New Year's Eve hat became a birthday party hat or the conversation bubble became a leaf and flower pedal and the mantel decoration became a fancy scroll. Plus I took components of one die and used it else where - you will see the stars from that party hat on several of the cards.

These are all A2 (note or invitation) sized cards.

I also made a small envelope for a child to put a tooth in and leave for the tooth fairy.

I also made a sign for the booth because afterall we want to promote that this company is American. (Which I just LOVE!!!)

The wonderful thing about this company is that they will do exclusive dies for a business for a fraction of other die companies and the minimum order on those dies are also a fraction.

There will be many new dies from this company in the coming months so if you don't see something that you like check back often because they will be dynamite in the coming year!

Happy Scrappin' ! ! !


Friday, January 22, 2010

Leaving On A Jet Plane

I am so excited !!! Today is a huge day for me. In just a little while I will be on my way to Lambert International Airport, St Louis, Missouri, to board a plan to Phoenix, Arizona. From Phoenix I will go to Gilbert to spend one night and then Saturday morning I will be off to Anaheim, California for CHA. I not only will get to meet and work with Susan (from the ScrapyLand Blog,) but I will be working for a company called Dies Direct.

This company used to manufacture dies for QuicKutz and Spellbinders before they decided to take their business to China. Let's face it I love those two companies dies but I am a huge advocate of American made products and I buy American Made products whenever I can.

That is why I am so excited about this company. Not only is this company located here in the USA but they are GREEN!!! I am all about recycling and reusing. I love the thought that the dies I am buying are not causing harm to the environment and should they go bad, they too can be recycled, but I've never had a die wear out yet.

I was sent a box of dies to use and create with and I had a lot of fun doing so. Now when you look at what I have made here these are just "hang tags." I created the die exactly as it printed on the package, the only difference might be the colors I used or the fact that I did use a little chalk or ink to enhance them.

This first sets of dies were all 2" x 3":

These are all 4" x 4" dies"

And this is an A2 die which measures 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

And finally there are the Fonts. Now these fonts are on strips but the strips are connected and there are 5 strips that make up a 4" x 4" die. I left them together but you can break them apart if you would like to. Each font is 1/2 inch tall. Yes these are small fonts but they are wonderful. Great for a title on a journaling box or perfect for a card.

Now with these dies, keep in mind this is their premiere line and these are just a few of the dies that they have. If you would like to see more go to Dies Direct to see the entire line and for the prices. You can order on-line now if you like what you see!

I have never been to CHA much less been on the inside where I will be working for a manufacturer and getting to rub elbows with the retailers. I am truly looking forward to this trip and the entire experience.

I guess this is where I say California or Bust!

I will post more a little later but for now that is a sneak peek at a new company that is going to be putting products on the store shelves soon!

Happy Scrappin' ! ! !


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Keeping With The Snowflakes

After the cards in my last post I decided that I wanted to make a 12" border of snowflakes for a scrapbooking lay out. I continued to play with my Gypsy. I have fallen in love with this thing because I can take it anywhere, save my project, and pick it up at a later time or day and then to make things even better when I am ready to cut the design that I have created I no longer have to pull 12 or more cartridges off the shelf and then change them in and out of my Cricut machine. The Gypsy does that for me. I love it.

I do not remember how many cartridges are used for this border but I know it was a lot of them because I wanted each snowflake to be different. The finished snowflake border is 11 3/4 inches long and 3 inches wide.

It is my plan to use this on a page and then take a few more individual snowflakes (either made with the Cricut or with some of my punches) and scatter them on the pages to accent. I also plan on using some Stickles on them so that my snowflakes all sparkle the way a newly fallen snow does when the sun hits it.

I guess today my challenge for you is to play, experiment, and enjoy creating something that is truly just "you."

Happy Scrappin' ! ! !


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

These Are Long Over Due

I have been a little lazy about blog posting lately.

I made these and mailed them the first week of January but am just now getting around to showing them to all of you.

I received several wonderful Christmas gifts from some very special CCD/PSR students. I am so blessed with this class. They work hard to learn their prayers and are so well behaved. I love each of them.

Anytime that I get a gift I try to make a special thank you note. Don't you just love getting something unexpected in the mail? I know I do. When I mailed each of these I wrote a special note to each student and included a stick of gum with each and it just so happened that the wrapper on the gum also had snowflakes on it.

I used my Gypsy to create this while I was away from home and then cut it. I used 7 different cartridges (each snowflake and the "thank you".) It took me several tries because I had to adjust the pressure and speed settings and I ended up having to replace my Cricut blade for this very lacy snowflake border. Once I got the settings correct I copied the border and cut 6 of them all at the same time.

On the inside of the thank you card I used a Fiskar corner snowflake punch to create a place to write a personal note to each child.

When we went back to class I received several hugs from students who whispered quietly in my ear, "I loved the card and thank you for the gum."

I went with the snowflakes for this thank you note, because let's be real, Christmas was over but it is still winter. I thought it was perfect for the season and evidently so did the children that received them.

Surprise someone, make a little note card, it doesn't have to be a "thank you" card. It could be a "thinking of you," "I miss you," or a little "how do you do" card. Drop it in the mail to a neighbor, friend, or someone that you haven't seen for a while who lives away from you. It always brightens my day to receive an unexpected note.

Happy Scrappin' ! ! !


Saturday, January 2, 2010

A Year In Review

I am very glad to be saying Good-Bye to 2009. It was a hard year for me and my entire family. We endured my mom being in a horrible car accident on February 21, 2009. That accident almost took her life. She endured surgery to rebuild her legs, had to learn to walk again, and faced coming home to an empty house.

While my mom was in the hospital and rehab, my father's illness became worse. I was traveling between his hospital and my mom's hospital or rehab center. Dad lost his courageous battle to cancer on May 11, 2009.

I wish that 2009 had been a better year but it wasn't and there is nothing any of can do about what is in the past.

So in saying good-bye to 2009 I also applaud my mom for her perseverance to recover and sadly say good-by to my dad. (But I know that I will see him again!)

I am not one for setting big goals at the turn of a new year. I don't plan too far into the future because I am a "take one moment at a time" type of person. I take this minute, hour, day at a time and pray that I get to see the next... and if I don't get to do that I know that there are other people waiting for me in heaven.

So with that said I did not set a weight loss goal, a scrap booking goal, or career goal. I did not make any promises that I can not keep nor did I say I would take on more than what I can handle. I look forward to 2010 with the enthusiasm of a child looking forward to a birthday (although I never look forward to my own birthday.)

I hope to get to continue to scrapbook, spend time with my family and friends, and have a renewed sense of faith.

Here is to 2010 ! ! !