Friday, December 31, 2010

One Of My Readers....

So this is for paintedbluestars! She just got herself a new Cricut and sent me an awesome email asking for cartridge recommendations. Wow.... that's kind of a brilliant thing to do and I suddenly wish I would have done the same thing back when I first started out, so, I thought I'd post my response to her. Thanks paintedbluestars for sparking a blog post! :)
CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'm so sorry for the delay with this response. I've been sick since before Christmas (can you believe my incredible timing?!?) and JUST NOW got to see a doctor! YIKES... Merry Christmas to me. Luckily for me though, I get to recuperate while watching the Twilight Zone marathon on Sci-Fi this weekend! YAY, just in time for New Years!!! Anywho.... which cartridges you should get is really based on what you are looking to do with your new found gem. If you are just a card maker, I would have totally different suggestions than if you are using your Cricut for scrapbooking layouts or crafting. But since you asked (and I tend to dabble with all of the above) here are my ABSOLUTE favorites and why:

Disney Hannah Montana - ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE. This cartridge has the most AMAZING bang for your Cricut buck. It contains 5 (count em F I V E) fonts as well as cool phrases and really unique images. You will be hard pressed to find duplicates for anything on this cartridge. Now, it does have VERY corny "Hannah Montana cuts", but they are easily ignored since the rest of this cartridge is sheer and utter GOLD. Of course, if you happen to live with a Hannah Montana fan, those oh-so-annoying-and-not-very-realistic-cuts are probably totally forgivable and might even earn you a "mom, you are the best!".

Storybook - Until I discovered the treasure that hid inside the Hannah Montana cartridge, THIS cartridge was my all-time favorite. Again, it contains a font AND uber cool images AND phrases AND.... well, you get where this is going. This cartridge ROCKS! My personal favorite are all the frames on this cartridge not to mention the font is GORGEOUS!!! I use this cartridge quite a bit to add a touch of "design" to many of my projects. Pssst... this cartridge contains the scalloped oval that I use to go with my oval nesties. I think it's the blackout feature on the "W".

Paper Doll Dress Up OR Everyday Paper Dolls - both of these cartridges, while different, have the same theme, paper dolls. I do think the paper dolls are cute and can be used on just about anything, but it was all the EXTRAS on these cartridges that propelled me to stand in line, during the freezing weather (hey, Arizona gets cold too), with a full on Thanksgiving day bloat, to battle some chick who was elbowing me in the ribs, to get my hands on these beauties for $29.99. Now, had I have known that they would be offered for FREE with Cricut rewards points, I might have thought twice and saved myself the aggravation.... NAH... I would have missed out on playing with these cool cartridges for more than a year. Money well spent, and if the chick who elbowed me is reading this now, I'm lookin for you! One of these black fridays I WILL exact my revenge.

Tags Bags Boxes and More - again, this is ANOTHER cartridge that is offered at Cricut.com/rewards, but I'm so glad that I didn't wait. I will say the draw back with this one is that I don't recommend this one for use with the 6" personal cutter. The beauty of this cartridge is making the bags and boxes to put things in to give away. I got this cartridge before I upgraded from the personal cutter to the Expression and can honestly say that I had WAY MORE FUN with it AFTER the upgrade. 6" was just not enough width. A special note here, I found out that I could get my cuts from this cartridge even LARGER with my Gypsy (Design Studio would allow you to do this as well) because I am able to shift and turn images on the virtual mat before cutting. Example: The popcorn box I just posted the other day on my blog was actually about 20% smaller until I "tweeked it" (meaning I just rotated it to fit diagonally). Now it's big enough to hold the full size bag of unpopped microwave popcorn and all the goodies I plan to load inside!

And finally.... Fabulous Finds - there's nothing I like more than interactive scrapbook pages and interactive cards and this cartridge gives me that. From tabs to tags and hidden window cards, this cartridge is everything the title promises it will be.

Well, that about does it for my ALL TIME FAVES. You'll find that I tend to gravitate toward cartridges that give you a lot for the money you spend. Honestly, the 50 images at Walmart for $40 is kind of a turn off and I won't buy the cartridges at Walmart for that price because of it. I did get a great deal this past black Friday when I got a couple of cartridges for $20 each... didn't have to freeze standing in line, Walmart was open all night and elbow chick was no where to be found. I still cringed though knowing that I was only getting 50 images for the same $20 that could have gotten me a full content cartridge (700+ Images) on Ebay for the same pricetag.

A GREAT resource to check out all the cartridges and what is on each cartridge is to go to

  1. Cricut.com
  2. Left click on "Products" at the top of the page
  3. Left click on "Cartridges" off to the left side of the page
  4. Find a cartridge you'd like to explore
  5. Left click the "Details" for that cartridge
  6. Scroll to the top of that page (it will look like a blank page if you don't scroll to the top)
  7. Left click "Digital Handbook". A PDF file will open containing every image available to cut on that particular cartridge.
This will allow you to see EVERYTHING that is on a cartridge before you buy it. Now some of the newer cartridges won't have a digital handbook available simply because they are new and some of the exclusive cartridges (again with the let-down Walmart?) are lacking preview images entirely, but for the most part, doing this should save you some time and money. Trust me on this! There have been a couple cartridges that I wouldn't have bought had I known beforehand everything that was (or was not) on them. Have fun and best of luck with your new toy!!! SOOOOO FUN!

Sincerely,
FitterTwit

Thursday, December 30, 2010

How To Upload Gypsy Cut Files To Your Gypsy Updated

Update: Gypsy Sync has been replaced with Cricut Sync but uploading is still quite similar to the original procedure. For more info on the original instructions for Gypsy Sync, click HERE. Also, it is this blogger's advice that prior to installing Cricut Sync, Gypsy Sync should be removed from your system (not a requirement though). Here are the updated steps to upload your favorite Gypsy cut files...

1.) Locate files you would like to upload, most likely from a file-share source (all of mine are with Media Fire). Download, saving the item to your desktop.

2.) Connect your Gypsy to your computer (USB cable) and turn it on then open Cricut Sync. Cricut Sync automatically searches for an update for your Gypsy. If your Gypsy is up to date, you will receive a message stating it is up to date, click "Ok" and a Gypsy Projects list will appear.

3.) From there, click on "Add Projects" and choose the file you saved to your desktop. That's it! :)

Give a try for yourself. All of my cut files can be found half way down the right margin of this blog. Have fun uploading files!!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Cut File!!!




SECOND POST FOR TODAY!!! Ok folks... here she is!!! That didn't take as long as I thought! So, I used the Tags Bags Boxes and More Cricut cartridge for the box and then created the popcorn stripes decoration using George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge and finally the font for the name was done using the Don Juan Cricut cartridge (name is not included in the cut file).
I plan on filling this with candy and sealed microwave popcorn. I will be altering and embellishing the plastic that wraps the microwave popcorn.... I might have to feature the final product here after the first of the year.... hmmmmmm!!!
Note: Layer 1 is the box, layer 2 is the front strip decoration, layer 3 is the back decoration. Have fun with this one!!!!

Make It Crafty Hop Hidden Digi Winner

Wow... what a holiday season it's been!!! I feel like I'm dreadfully behind!!! So today I'm gonna have TWO posts for you. First, I want to announce the winner of the "hidden digi" from the Make It Crafty Blog Hop that ended on December 24th. I used random.org to pick a random winner from all the wonderful comments that everyone left. Thank you to everyone who joined us for the hop and a special thanx to all of you who had such nice compliments for me. I will be sure to let you all know when Make It Crafty has posted the masking tutorial (with a link of course)!!!

So the winner is: FREA!!!
"Frea said... You're masking worked out perfectly. It's a great card. Greetz, Frea"
Frea, you are the winner of the "hidden digi" from the Make It Crafty Blog Hop. Click HERE and pick out a single digi you would like me to send you, then email your choice to me at fittertwit@yahoo.com. Congratulations, I know you are going to LOVE working with the new Make It Crafty Secret Garden Digi!!!

Finally gang, stay tuned for the new Gypsy cut file that I did for some "goodie boxes" I made for the new year. They turned out so incredibly cute. I am trying to upload the Gypsy cut file to share with all of you, but the current Gypsy update is running, so it might be a while until I can finish the file upload. But I will be sure to post the new cut file as soon as I can.... later today for sure! You're gonna love it!!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Have A Blessed Holiday

So, tomorrow is my 13th wedding anniversary. WHY we decided to get married on Christmas Eve, I'll never know, but while part of me KICKS myself for the added stress of the gift giving and event preparations, there's another part of me that is so glad that my wedding anniversary falls on the night before I celebrate the birth of my Lord, Jesus Christ. But with that being said, I will probably be starting my nervous breakdown any second now, so I thought I'd share my Christmas wishes with you now. I know that I'm rarely very serious in my posts, but this upcoming holiday is a very serious holiday for me. So please be forewarned, this post is not meant to make anyone laugh....

It's been a while since I've posted a Bible study, so I thought tonight I would share a very special scripture with you... My wish is that every one in my blogland family are blessed this Christmas season.

Isaiah 9:6-7
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.


For those who read this that may not share in my spiritual beliefs, please take this in the spirit it was intended.... to bless you, as I only want to share a piece of myself with you. May the new year find you all happy and abundantly prosperous. May God bless you and yours.

I praise God for everything he has done and given this past year. I also praise God for everything he has done and given in the year to come... may it be exceedingly abundant. As for every year, I praise God for Jesus. Thank you.

Merry Christmas everyone... thank you so much for taking the time to get to know me and for allowing me to get to know you. You all are SO WONDERFUL!!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Wish You A Scary Christmas

Ok... this the last challenge over at The Burtonesque Dolls for 2010!!! Using any Nightmare before Christmas Images Create your best Christmas Project with that Burton Flair! This weeks winner will win... Three Exclusive Nightmare Before Christmas Images from Simply Betty Stamps. Oh man.... that's a HUGE prize! Head over to The Burtonesque Dolls and check out what the other awesome design team members created for inspiration.

As for this one.... I KNEW I wanted to use the speckled grey cardstock for this one. I love how it resembles the granite of a gravestone. That's pretty Burtonesque, don't you think? I also found an awesome Engravers Font, but for some reason couldn't get it uploaded to my font folder. Too soon before Christmas for me to want to deal with glitches, so I just settled for an easy holiday font that I already had available. But for the record... the "Happy Holidays" in a tombstone font would have "NAILED" this project!!! Huh... I might just play around with that after all...

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Make It Crafty Blog Hop

Woo Hoo!!! Isn't this hop AMAZING!?! All the projects on this hop are incredible!!! If you are mid hop, you should be arriving here from Carisa's awesome blog, WELCOME! If you haven't started this hop from the beginning, you're definitely going to want to.... so many prizes in store!!! Click HERE to start at the beginning.

Prizes Up For Grabs

  • 1st prize - Rubber Collection (Peaches of Plenty, Petals and Palings, Daffodil Dell, Ivy Swing)
  • 2nd prize - Whole Digital Collection (10 digital stamps)
  • 3rd Prize - Four digital Stamps from the collection
  • The hop will end Friday 24th and the main winners will be announced Christmas Day!
  • Random winners will be announced at a later date.

How To Play Along

Along the way, look for puzzle pieces. They won’t be on every post so you need to keep an eye out for them. The puzzle pieces make up one of the NEW images. At the end of the hop there will be an email form where you can submit your answer. This is so that your answer is private.

All the correct answers will be placed into a draw in the order that they are received and random winners will be chosen.

Leave comments on each blog to win random prizes. There are SEVEN hidden prizes along the way that could be rubber or digital stamps so make sure you leave a comment as you hop to ensure you have a chance at winning additional prizes!

Win A Bonus

Place our blog hop blinkie on your blog for more chances to win! Make sure you comment on every post as we will randomly select a commenter from a random post and if they have the blinkie on their blog they will win a choice of one rubber stamp and one digi stamp from the new collection.

Alright.... so now for my project! I am sooooo proud of this project!!! Unlike the other UBER-TALENTED ladies in this hop, I am new to the Make It Crafty stamps! So like many who are hopping, a whole new world opened up when I got the opportunity to see these stamps in action... used with other stamps that I already own and in some cases, had forgotten about. And now I get the opportunity to design with the wonderful artists that opened up that world to me.... well, lets just say, I'm so honored to get to work with these amazing designers! So I think it's appropriate for this hop (our first one!) to share where MY new world is starting. Here is my very-first-ever masking project!!! I happened to have used the AWESOME video tutorial over at Make It Crafty and it worked perfectly.... stay tuned, cuz the tutorial will be posted after the new year!!!

The one tip that I can share that REALLY made this project happen for me, was that I used the Zip 2 Way Glue and "dotted" the glue on the back of my mask (approximately 10 specs of glue for this C.C. Designs Swiss Pixies Ladybug Nora rubber stamp) that I allowed to dry for 5 minutes before "masking" the original stamped image and THEN put through the printer to print out Make It Crafy's Ivy Swing Digi. Once my swing scene printed, the mask peeled off PERFECTLY!!! I was pretty amazed that it was as easy as that!!! Wait till you see the tutorial for yourself.... definitely something to look forward to in 2011!!!

Ok hoppers! The next stop is Irina's AWESOME project (be sure to click on "English" at the top of the right margin if you need the site translated to English)! Have fun on the rest of the hop and be sure to check back in here after Christmas for the announcement of a "surprise" winner here at Fun And Mental Changes.

*** Special Note: You will see in the pic above that I used a sticky note to cut out my mask, but because my laser printer is a commercial machine, I was afraid it might get hung up in my unit if I didn't find a way to temporarily adhere the whole mask. The Zip 2 Way was perfect as it didn't disturb the stamped image underneath.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

What Is Whack?

Ok, so today's project features a new favorite stamp from the Punky Teens Christmas line of Simply Betty Stamps. This stamp is called "Becky". I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this stamp!!! I did this for The Burtonesque Dolls sketch challenge using the sketch that Cheri created for us. I hope you all get a chance to play along with us!!! You can check out the deets for the challenge, Cheri's sketch and designs from all The Dolls HERE. Also, you can check out more Simply Betty Stamps HERE.... BTW, the prize for this challenge just so happens to be Simply Betty Stamps. Maybe THAT will entice you to play along!!! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Can't wait to see what you guys create!!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

DIY Goodie Box

Whew! Paper Vineyard challenged us with an All That Glitters Christmas project, and the design team "brought it"!!! Here is my All That Glitters project featuring the store's Shimmers glitter paints and Stickles... God bless the maker of Stickles!!! Anyway, I thought it would be nice to share how I made my Christmas Snowman Goodie Box.

You will need:
  • Super Sticky Tape (red tape)
  • Two 3" x 3" paper (I used patterned and solid papers)
  • Acetate measuring 3.5" x 8.25" scored every 2 and 7/8" (leaving a small section that will be secured with sticky tape)
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Ultra fine tip marker
First, score both 3" x 3" papers 1/2" in on all side of BOTH. On parallel sides, cut on score lines JUST TO the intersecting score line creating a tab. Fold up all sides and secure tabs to box sides using sticky tape. Do this for both and you now have a bottom and a lid to your goodie box.

Place a strip of sticky tape along the OUTSIDE, bottom edge of the acetate and along the OUTSIDE edge of the thin strip. Fold acetate to create a box and adhere to one of the folded 3" x 3" papers. You now have the bottom and the body for your goodie box. Now to secure the lid.


Take your lid and punch a hole on two opposing sides. This hole will be used to thread your ribbon through... that is what will be securing the lid to your goodie box. There is no need to adhere the lid. Make sure that the hole is centered on both sides of the lid. Place the lid on top of the acetate and take an ultra thin marker (I used an ultra fine Sharpie) and place a dot on the acetate through each of the holes you just punched in the lid. Remove the lid and use your hole punch where you just marked on the acetate. All the holes should now line up perfectly.

Finally, fill your goodie box and thread your ribbon, first, through the acetate and then through the holes in the lid. Pull ribbon taut securing the lid and tie the end of the ribbon in a bow or a knot. This creates a nice handle if you want to hang a little goodie on a friend's door. Since the lid is not glued, it is easily removed to get to the goodies!!!
A special thanx to my good blog friend The Canadian Nickel for the AWESOME video tutorial! The instructions were perfect and she made this project super easy!!! To check out her awesome video, click HERE!
Welp, that is it for today's uber-fun project. Be sure to check out Paper Vineyard's blog to see all the AWESOME All That Glitters projects created by the design team. Be sure to enter the challenge over there for your chance to win the HUGE Bo Bunny Prize Bag Paper Vineyard is giving away!!!

AND THE WINNER IS.....

Just poppin in to announce the winner of the THREE Disney Cricut cartridges!!! I'm so excited to be able to give these away.... I love playing "Santa", especially with such an awesome present!!! hahahahahhaha! And the winner is:

Heather said...
I just signed up to be a follower, congrats on hitting 400! I have emailed this site to all of my cricut-owning friends :-) Thanks for a great giveaway. have a wonderful day!

Heather
stamp-aholic(at)hotmail(dot)com


Congratulations Heather!!! I am sending you a notification email now! Hopefully you'll pop back in and share what you've made with them.

Thank you to everyone who participated and helped me reach the 400 follower mark. You guys have really made this blogging habit of mine so much fun! I hope EVERYONE'S Christmas holiday is AMAZING!!!

Stay tuned... I will be posting my Christmas Candy Acetate Box a little later today.... full on with instructions and a video!!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Cartridge Give Away Ends Today

THE BIG CHRISTMAS GIVE AWAY HERE AT FUN AND MENTAL CHANGES ENDS TODAY!!! I'M CURRENTLY TWO AWAY FROM 400..... SOOOOO CLOSE! HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN THREE BRAND NEW DISNEY CRICUT CARTRIDGES!!! CHECK IT OUT....

http://fundamentalchange.blogspot.com/2010/11/christmas-give-away.html

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Look What I Got!!!

Oh... I just LOVE going to mailbox and discovering super fun goodies in there! It's like Christmas came early!!! THANK YOU GLORIA!!! My new blog friend Creepy Glowbugg makes these OH-SO-COOL skullies that I love and I just scored me a bunch!!! If you want some of your own, check out her Etsy store HERE. You can also email her for special orders.

Here's a close up of the half inch skullie... look at that detail!!! I'm gonna have so much fun playing with these!!! The multi colored ones in the top pic glow in the dark and of course a couple have glitter. I just can't imagine a world without glitter....
That's all for today gang. I just wanted to brag about my new goodies and make you all jealous. You're jealous now aren't you??? ;)
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Note: "Today" actually refers to yesterday! ;)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Oogie Boogie Christmas

Isn't it funny how Oogie Boogie and Christmas just works... well, in that creepy sort of way anyway!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA! So over at The Burtonesque Dolls this week, the challenge is to create a Christmas project featuring the beloved Burton villain, the Oogie Boogie Man! Wow, this one was SOOOOOO fun!!! I just wish I would have had the extra time to photograph this with the gummy worms in it. That would have been the added touch to make this one even "Oogie Boogieier" <--- that's totally a word! BUT, I ran out of time. So HO, HO, HO and head over to The Burtonesque Dolls, play along with us and check out what our awesome design team turned out for this uber fun challenge...uh... please.

*** My project is featuring an Oogie Boogie cut file I created along with the OH-SO-AWESOME Dollz Bonez Skull Flower digi stamp (click on pic to enlarge)! Using the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More Cricut cartridge made this project a snap... it's a quick one for anyone thinking of turning out a few for office pals! Adding the gummy worms will make it rock!!! LOL! Either your office pals will LOVE receiving this and you'll be the office superstar, or they will shun you and you will eat lunch alone because you scare everyone. Really, it could go either way. But let me know if anyone's interested in this SCAL cut file. Have a great one gang! :)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Well Dang!



A while back I received some blog awards, but life around here preparing for the upcoming Christmas holiday has been so chaotic, I COMPLETELY missed thanking those who honored me with this award. I've met quite a few amazing people here in blogland and they don't come better than the three who gave me this award.... "THANK YOU" to :

I so appreciate that you guys think my blog is Stylish... especially since all of your blogs blow mine out of the water!!!! If all of you get a chance, be sure to check out their AWESOME blogs for some REAL style!!!

So, as part of this award I have to pass it on to 8 blogs and tell 8 things about myself... here goes! 8 Things about me:

  1. I LOVE to laugh.
  2. I LOVE to make other people laugh.
  3. I'm rarely funny when I'm trying to be.
  4. I can't tell jokes because I laugh too hard while trying to tell them which then causes me to forget parts of the joke and usually the entire punchline.... which, in and of itself, is pretty funny.
  5. I try VERY hard not to take myself or others too seriously.
  6. I believe that those who have to be offended are offensive.
  7. I believe that we search in vein for healing (as we are already equipped with that) and that the true search needs to be for the proper environment and the right circumstances to heal.
  8. I believe in God and that Jesus has blessed me with real happiness.

WHEW! Now for some REALLY stylish bloggers:

A Piece Of My Scraps

Beaner's World Of Paper Crafts

Chilli Pip

Crafty Little Pigtails

Glittery Katie's Blog

Musings From The Button Box

Paper Blessings

Yen

Well... those are my eight Stylish Blog Awards. I hope you check them out...they are a GOLD MINE of inspiration!!! I'm now off to let them know they have a blog award waiting.

Happy Monday folks!

Friday, December 3, 2010

8 DAYS LEFT!!!

8 DAYS LEFT to enter the Disney Cricut Cartridge Give-Away!!! Check out the post HERE for all the details! That is all! Happy Friday gang. I will be catching up on some blog awards this weekend and have some EXCITING news to share for next week!!! Stay tuned.....

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Crazy Is So Fun!

It just keeps getting better... and funner! Head over to The Burtonesque Dolls and check out what the design team did with this upcoming week's challenge!!! So fun! Although my card DEFINITELY sticks out.... all crazy... hahahahahahahaha! But that is so up my alley, well, you know! :) Anyway, the challenge is to create a project using the tea party scene from Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland. I bought a brand new digi JUST for this challenge. I had it in my head to do a crazy Mad Hatter (cuz we're all a little mad here) and I gotta tell you, I could NOT find a crazier Mad Hatter than the one I used for this card!!! You can find, in my opinion, the PERFECT Mad Hatter at The Octopode Factory. I also purchased the AWESOME creepy flamingo and Tweedle Dee and Dum!!! LOVE IT!

Anyway, I hope you all have as much fun with this challenge as I did.... I laughed the entire time I made this card!

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Revisit

Ok, so after receiving multiple emails on how I made this album and the stuff I used, I thought it would be a great project to feature for the Paper Vineyard's new design team since Paper Vineyard is where I got everything... well, almost.

First off, the album was made using The Cinch. This binder is the EASIEST binder system I've ever used! Check out the video HERE. Also, all the papers and embellishments were gotten at Paper Vineyard. The flowers and pearls are just miscellaneous that I picked up while browsing and the buttons are from the Graphic 45 Staples collection. The mini clothes pin are one of MANY colors that were newly stocked at PV (check out the red ones for upcoming Christmas projects). All the stamps came from my own personal stock, but check Paper Vineyard's stamp collections often as there are rumors of certain stamps that may or may not be featured here coming to PV. Oh and the papers are also Graphic 45 from their Steampunk Debutante line... the last I looked, there were only three pads of this line left!

Ok folks, that's about it for today's Paper Vineyard Design Team feature. Be sure to head over to Paper Vineyard's blog and check out what the rest of the design team created... they are just AMAZING!!! Also be sure to submit your own creation as Paper Vineyard is hosting an ANYTHING GOES challenge. You will have until December 11th at 9 AM to submit your entries and there's an awesome Bo Bunny Goodie Bag up for grabs for one lucky winner!!! So great gang... show your stuff!!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Give Away


Ok gang! This is my second post for the day, but I thought it was important to get this one started as soon as possible!!! For the upcoming Christmas season, I'm giving away THREE Disney Cricut cartridges. These cartridges were not donated to this blog, I purchased all of these cartridges to give away. My followers are THE BEST and I wanted to give away something really nice for the holiday season. This is only open to those who appear on this blog's follower list, so if you're not one of my beloved followers, please become one (and I'm almost to 400 woo hoo!!!).

All you have to do to enter to win these super fun Disney cartridges is share this give away with others. You can post it on your blog, shout it out on Facebook and Twitter, post the announcement in a message community or do all of the above. Then, leave a comment on this post letting me know where you shared and an email address to contact you. This will be open until December 11th and I will post the winner on December 13th. Shipping will be priority mail WITH A DELIVERY CONFIRMATION NUMBER, so hopefully your new cartridges will arrive for Christmas. I will not be able to guaranty Christmas delivery for anyone living outside the Continental United States, but I will ship anywhere. The winner will be chosen randomly. Good luck to everyone! Now I'm going back to bed! ;)

Accepting Applications

Whoa!!! What a couple of days I've had! First of all, Thanksgiving went without a hitch and executed perfectly with the help of the home-made-like pies (from Costco)... I mean, after all, it's tradition right? I mean the Costco pies of course!!! So I scarfed the yummy turkey dinner and headed out promptly at 3 p.m. to stand in line over at Michaels only to find that there wasn't a line... well, why the heck not? Then I checked out their black Friday ads (that actually began on Thursday) and discovered that EVERYTHING cool and worth waiting in a line for was marked "EXCLUDED" in ultra fine print on their Black Friday ad! And the "great deal" they had for Cricut cartridges were easily $15-$20 higher than what you can get them for everyday on Ebay. Finally, when they DID open their door at 4:30 p.m. the Ott Light they advertised (one of the VERY FEW items that was actually a great Black Friday deal) wasn't even in stock.... bait and switch much? Oh, this wasn't going good. Note to self: Michaels might be one to skip next year.

Next, it was off to Walmart at around 9 p.m. to wait in line for the incredible deals that would be "released" at 12:01... and there WERE some INCREDIBLE DEALS!!! I was there, and STARTED the line for the Cricut Lite cartridges that were going for $20. I got FIVE lite cartridges: Twinkle Toes, Inspired Heart, Slumber Party, Handyman and Celebrations with Flourish! HOW great was that?!? After that, I headed over to Sears for their opening, then Target for their opening and finally Office Max for their opening.... WHEW! What a Black Friday!!! Now for the sadness.... I MISSED THE JOANN'S SALE!!! I moved a few months back and forgot to change my address to receive their fliers in the mail and never received their sale information!!!! I CANNOT believe that I missed the opportunity to get my hands on the Picturesque cartridge for $28!!! I'm so sad that I missed it, but if there's one thing I've learned from my previous experience of the Black Friday festivities is that there WILL be the sale item casualties. Whether it be from being number 20 in line for an item where only 19 were stocked or failure to change one's address so the sale is completely missed.... it's sad, but it happens. I mean, I DID managed to get most of my holiday shopping finished and some scrappy staples snagged at ridiculously low prices! But still, missing that cartridge brings a little tear to my eye....

SO NEXT YEAR..... I'm gonna get me a buddy! Tag-team shopping!!! And we'll dress in matching clothes for easy recognition while in the throws of the Black Friday madness. We'll synchronize our watches and wear walkie talkies with headsets for constant communication. We will work on stealthy infiltration to get the "inside scoop" of next year's upcoming sales and will spend the entire year training for this one day (actually, now it's two days) sale event.... I'm talking rigorous gym time and raw egg breakfasts people!!! Who's in? I will be accepting applications immediately! I wanna get started as soon as possible so we are ready for the 2011 Black Friday!!! ;) LOL!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

HAPPY THANKSGIVING


HAPPY THANKSGIVING everyone!!! I'm gonna be MIA for a couple of days. I'd LOVE to tell you that it's so I can spend time with my family... but I see them all the time!!! No, I'm gonna be MIA because I'm up right now making last minute preparations for Thanksgiving dinner and then Black Friday starts later TODAY at some of the stores I'm gonna loot and then the kamikaze shopping will continue into Friday finishing off at about noon and then I have to be at work at 2 p.m. SICK I TELL YOU, I'm sick! But I gotta do it! So needless to say, going two days without sleep is going to mean that even if I COULD post here, I may not be coherent enough for the post to make sense. Come to think of it.... that might be a mighty FINE post... and funny too. Ok, so pop back in over the next two days. It might be worth a good laugh!
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BONUS: Hey! Did you guys check out the Google banner today? If you click on the different images, a recipe card pops up and you can print it.... that's just freakin brilliant!!! Have a happy and safe holiday gang!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The First One!!!

Ok folks... it is here! This is my first-ever design project for The Burtonesque Dolls!

Wow! What a fun design project it was too! This week's challenge over at The Burtonesque Dolls is to create an original project following Cheri's AWESOME sketch (click on the link for deets)! Yah, this one was a fun one. I took this opportunity to play around with the different stitch options available on my sewing machine... boy, did I really open her up!!! hahahahahaha!

You can't really see because of the stitching, but I found the perfect Tim Holtz paper with the words "Cat" and "Girl", spicing it all up with the key and lock and I couldn't help but devote this one to Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland. I felt the "period" image (Tickled Pink Stamps, 20's Evie) was the PERFECT image for this and I LOVED trying to age everything with the monochromatic Copic coloring. Yah, this one is definitely a favorite and it's only my first one! And why not? Alice In Wonderland is my ALL-TIME favorite!!! Could it BE more perfect??? LOL!


And finally, words to live by! This really is one of the best lines ever! :)

Check out what the rest of the design team turned out and check out this week's challenge HERE... go on... give this sketch a try! It's so great!!! While you're over there, send em some love.... thems my "new" girlz!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

What's Your Favorite Flavor?

Ok... so my favorite flavor is.... ROSE! hahahahahaha! That REALLY makes me laugh! But it's true.

Last weekend, at my sister's bridal shower, we drank three awesome wines at the wine shop where we threw the shower. Among them was the most amazing wine called Villa M Rosso. It smelled of roses and then when I inhaled on the first sip I TASTED the roses!!! But this was not my first "taste" of this oh-so-decadent flower. My first taste of rose was in the form of gelato.

My husband and I were shopping at our local Whole Foods (you KNOW how I love that place) and walked past the gelato case. Now I LOVES me the gelato but have a tendency to shy away from the typical flavors (i.e. chocolate and lemon) and I RUN from artificially flavored gelatos, so Whole Foods is my only source for my beloved dessert that I rarely indulge when I find the same ol', same ol'. NOT THIS TIME!!! Super sonic high five is a-comin!!! White Rose Gelato??? Yep, they were serving white rose gelato and it's FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC!!! Apparently it's all natural, made with REAL white rose petals and is made locally! WOW! Did I hit the jackpot or what!?! And, I honestly never thought I would ever be telling anyone that my favorite flavor is "rose". That sounds almost as absurd to me as saying that my favorite flavor is pink! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Anyway, the next time you are presented with an opportunity to sample ANYTHING containing rose petals, please know that more and more rose flavored goodies are making their way to the top of my high five list! It's sooooo worth a try!

***Side bar: I used to be one of those girls who didn't really like getting flowers.... BRING ME ROSES... LOTS AND LOTS OF ROSES!!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I'M A DOLL!!!

WOW, WOW, WOW!!! I just got a design team spot over at The Burtonesque Dolls! I cannot believe that I got picked! I've stalked The Burtonesque Dolls for quite some time never guessing that I would have the honor and privilege of designing with these masters of the paper crafting macabre!!! The Burtonesque Dolls is the place to go for Halloween all year long... how could I NOT want to be part of this team!?! Add to that, the "fun" that IS Tim Burton, well you can kind of guess why this is really so exciting!!!
Wish me luck gang! I am aiming to bring my designing up to the level of this incredible new team!!! They are amazing and I'm ready to learn, grow, share and break out my mad ninja goth skillz! First on the docket, though, is this week's challenge... it's probably better to pace myself anyway!
I don't know if you all remember the Crazy Halloween challenge that I ran in October, but for those of you who do, and were interested in the Tickled Pink Stamps that I gave away, here is another chance to snag some of that Tickled Pink Stamp action. The Burtonesque Dolls is holding a challenge this week... the theme is Movie Madness! The movie is Edward Scissorhands! Create your best Edward Scissorhands Scene and upload your original creation to the InLinkz at the bottom of the post for a chance to win your choice of TWO Tickled Pink Christmas Digis, or one rubbah from the Tickled Pink Stamp store! WOO HOO!!! What a prize!!! You know you want it!!! LOL! Just click on ANY of the links in this post for all the deets to enter this week's challenge, or simply click HERE!
So, I'll root for all of you (cuz those Tickled Pink Stamps ROCK), if you all root for me! HA! I'm gettin in touch with my inner goth even right now! HAHAHAHAHAHA... stay tuned! :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

RAWR!

OMG... isn't this one CUTE!?! And I gotta say, it TOTALLY matched the outfit that I wore to my sister's bridal shower! That really is just so fun to do! You can do it too!!! Just use discount code "FITTERTWIT" over at OC Nail Art and receive a free image disc with a $30 purchase on top of free shipping!!! Be sure to choose your free image disc at checkout! :)

So for this Konadicure, I used my Nail Aid Pink Growth as a base, 2 coats of OPI's Decades of Shades, Konad image plates M57, M61 and M69 using China Glaze's GR8 from their OMG line, one coat of Northern Lights sparkly topcoat and then one final coat of Seche Vite. AWESOME!!! Click on the pic to enlarge. That is all today gang! Happy Sunday!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

And The Winner Is....

And the winner of the new C.C. Designs Coffee Kiki La Rue is......

  • Leslie from WI!!!! She said....
    "I would love to give a shout out to my nephew who is in the Air Force and my father who was in the Army for 25 years. Also, thank you to ALL the men and women who serve and give us our freedom!"

Congratulations Leslie, please email me at FitterTwit@yahoo.com to claim your prize. Thank you to everyone who left a comment and shared your families and your heart with me on Veterans Day. What a special day it was with my own family and you all just added to it! Leslie, you are going to LOVE this stamp... if you share what you make with it, I'll give it a special feature here at Fun And Mental Changes!!!

Welp, that's it for tonight! But stay tuned... there's more give aways comin down the road!!! <--- insert evil laugh here!

Friday, November 12, 2010

INSPIRED!

So, I was looking for SOMETHING to give to my sister for her bridal shower coming up this weekend, and you know how it is when you just can't seem to find the perfect thing... especially for the girl who has everything. Well, what about a mini album so she can compile her shower photos? BRILLIANT if I do say so myself! And she DOES love to create... it's the artist in us both. Yep, mini album it is! So a few days ago I was stalking the sites (as I sometimes do) and ran across this little gem at The Greeting Farm:

I don't know who created this masterpiece, but the postmarks and the monochromatic "aged" look was PERFECT for my sister... and I happen to have the PERFECT set of stamps from 7 Gypsies that featured Italian images and postmarks! YAY! Knowing that Italian is right up her alley, I was all over it!!! I bound 4 pages and matted the pages with complimentary papers from Graphic 45 and 7 Gypsies (you KNOW how I love them) and left it at that. I might throw in some embellies for her, but I know from personal experience, putting the album together is all the fun!

So for my interpretation of the AMAZING project above, I used The Greeting Farm's Cheeky Glamour, Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Odds and Ends and 7 Gypsies Venice clear stamps to make this little project and I love it... let's hope my sister does too!!! :)

Copics I used: E08, E18, E42, E39, E50, E51 and W3 <--- No really... that was it!!!

***UPDATE: I just got an email from The Greeting Farm. To see more AMAZING projects from this artist, check out http://rimna.blogspot.com/.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

In Honor Of Our Beloved Vets

Welp gang.... The Town Scrapper had PERFECT timing!!! I just received the coveted Coffee Kiki La Rue in the mail yesterday (along with some other AWESOME goodies) and as promised... I'm giving it away. You all know that I already own this gem and use it OFTEN! Can you think of ANY occasion where coffee doesn't work? hahahahhahaha! Anyway, in honor of this very special holiday and the service men in my own family, I get the pleasure of giving away this WONDERFUL stamp. Thanks Phebe and all the folks over at The Town Scrapper for donating this oh-so-great prize to give away on my blog. Thank you to our Veterans and all the men and women who are serving now.

How to win: all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post giving a shout out to service men and women you know. This give away will only be open to my Blogger followers.... cuz their pretty special too!!! I will leave this open until Saturday announcing the winner Saturday night. Random.org will be picking the winner.

To see some cards that I've posted using this beauty, click HERE!

Have a safe and fun Veteran's Day folks! Good luck to everyone who enters... this one's like GOLD!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

December Copic Class

Ok gang... just a quick post today letting you know that I will be teaching a Copic class at Paper Vineyard in Chandler, AZ, on December 12th. You will receive all materials to make the cutiepie pictured (except for the items listed below) and that even includes the stamp to take home with you for future creations! The list of items to bring to class with you are:
  • Copic Markers
  • Scissors
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Adhesive
  • Sukura Gelly Roll Pens (optional)
I will also be demoing the Bow Easy for making quick work of GORGEOUS bows, like the one featured here. The class starts at 1 p.m. Reserve your spot by calling 480-656-2058. I look forward to seeing you there!
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Copic markers I used to make this card:
  • Dress - G40, R20, R29, R89, YG63, YG97
  • Boots/Basket - E42, E44, E49
  • Hair - E2, E8, E39
  • Skin - E50, E51, E53, R20
  • Misc. - W0, W3, W5
*** Stamp Set included with this class:  Kraftin Kimmie, Yvette

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Mess That Is Me Mid-Day

So my final project at The Town Scrapper is a two-parter for today's Showcase Monday. And Wow... what a project it is! It managed to morph at least 3 different times while putting it together. I am a MESS when trying to create in the afternoon. Catch me at 8 a.m. and Imma craftin fool, catch me at midnight and you'll find the same thing.... but 1 p.m. I crash! So I mentioned what a mess I am mid-day as one of the "three things about me" that I needed to add for the blog award I received the other day. Brace yourself.... this was the project I worked on Saturday at 1 p.m. Now I wonder why that made the list? HAHAHAHAHAHA!

My project features one of three images from The Greeting Farm's Miss Anya collection and started out just being an embellishment on the outside of a pocket that I was going to add to a card that was going to hold a gift certificate. Whew! The sentiment was originally, "Relax". THEN I realized that the pocket was a bit too large to hold a small gift card and decided to make a tag to go inside the pocket.... maybe I'll just add the pocket to a scrapbook layout? Nope! The third time's the charm.... I ended up removing Miss Anya from the pocket and adding her to the tag. The final version of this project didn't evolve until I redid the sentiment for the front of the pocket, "Giving Thanks". It was a "given" that the tag would be a "Thanks" card!!! And how perfect is the color palette for the Thanksgiving holiday??? The distressed sentiment is a nice addition for being an afterthought!!! hahahahahaha! Wow... so you all just got a glimpse at the utter confusion that befuddles me mid-day when trying to work in my scrapbook room. YIKES, pretty scary!!! Click on the link above to check out what the rest of the design team has to offer. I promise... their projects were not such a mess! The entire Miss Anya set can be found at The Town Scrapper, in Ontario, Canada.

I would just like to end this post with a special "THANK YOU" to ALL the wonderful ladies over at The Town Scrapper. The past 6 months designing with you and being your blog manager has been such a great pleasure!!! You all have taught me so much and were such a thrill to work with! I will miss working with you all, but you better believe that I will be visiting your blogs often. Please keep in touch... you all have become special friends to me. I gotta run now... I have something in my eye!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

For The Dolls!

Ok... I lovingly call this, "The Neighbor's Tree"! HA! I love this image. This card is an entry for the design team spot over at The Burtonesque Dolls (there's still time to enter gang) and it features Simply Betty's Tristan from the Punky Teens Christmas line.

I actually had a few people watching me create this with cackles of laughter.... I knew I was gonna have to post this one. So I used my sewing machine to do a ROUGH sew-job (I've been doing that A LOT as of late) and added some photo corners just to break up the black and white. I used some puffy paint to make the snow dimensional and my Cricut to cut the snowflake. I then added some Sakura metallic pen accents and this one was ready to go! I'm also working on a shaker Christmas ornament featuring this little guy... stay tuned for that one!!! Please keep your fingers crossed for me... the design team will be announced a week from Tuesday!!!
Alright folks.... pictured is the EVIL Martha Stewart circle cutter. Another featured item from the top ten faves. BE CAREFUL with this cutter. While it's a genius design.... well... who the heck makes a blade with a safety cap that slides to the side to remove?!? Just an FYI! LOL!
Have a great one folks. See you all tomorrow for my FINAL post with the AWESOME gals at The Town Scrapper (SNIFF!)!!! I'm gonna miss designing with those wonderful girls so much. I'm just gonna have to turn my "stalker" to warp drive!!! ;)
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* Copics used: BG0000, BG000, C2, C4, C6, C9, E29, E35, E49, G40, G82, G85, R14, R89, W3

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Blog Awards!!!

So this past week I've been honored with receiving a couple of blog awards!!! Can you believe it? How awesome is THAT?!? I got them from some seriously cool bloggers... bloggers I stalk!!! I'm just so psyched and would like to extend a huge thank you to Debra of Twisted Monkey Scraps and to Meredith of Meredith Scraps. I first met Debra when she won my October cartridge give-away and discovered she had a ROCKIN blog, so I began stalking her instantly. Meredith I discovered while perusing other's blogger friends and began stalking only to find out that she found me the same way! Don't you just LOVE blog-land?!? So anyway, be sure to check out my stalkers.... they are the BEST!!!

Now, for this blog award I have to list three things about me that are different from others. I don't know how different these are, but here goes....
  1. Inspiration for me flies out the window mid afternoon (HELLO... needing a siesta in America!).
  2. I have a hard time embellishing projects that I've colored with Copic markers... I don't know why.
  3. I talk to my projects as I'm creating them<--- PULEEZE, I know EVERYONE does that! Right?
Now, I'm supposed to nominate 5 more blogs, but how does someone choose only 5? Honestly, I stalk so many great blogs, I don't think I can.... there ISN'T a top 5. So what I did was number all of the blogs I stalk and then chose 5 random numbers, so here are my 5.

The first one is actually the UBER talented, and so SUPER nice, crafter who presented me with the Gypsy that I won over at the Cutting Above blog last year. She runs her own incredible blog... you can find her at http://bettybrett.blogspot.com/. Check her out... she is AWESOME!

The next blog is from a fellow design team member over at The Town Scrapper! Dawn is so great and I can definitely vouch for her 'ATTITUDE'! hahahahahhahaha! Check out Dawn's blog at http://dawnlewisimagery.blogspot.com/.

The third random pick is Mercy. I've never had the pleasure of meeting Mercy, but I can tell you that she certainly paper crafts with attitude! I discovered Mercy's blog while scrolling through the projects over at The Greeting Farm. Check her out at http://lordhavemercy-mercykerin.blogspot.com/.

The fourth blog is a blog that I began stalking soon after discovering Konad Nail Art. If you read my blog, you KNOW how much I love that nail art and so does the blogger over at http://polishandpowder.blogspot.com/, I know because she became one of my nail-art-enablers. hahahahahahaha!

The final blog nomination goes to a blog that hasn't been active for quite a while. But since I STILL stalk this blog for Halloween crafting (and it WAS picked by Random.org), here is http://witchescaldron.blogspot.com/ . Maybe if we all check them out, we can convince WHOEVER was running that blog to post again. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this blog.

Ok, those are my nominations. Sorry I couldn't pick 5 on my own without the help of Random.org, but that's really all your faults! If all you guys didn't have such incredible stuff, I would have a much easier time with this.

Oh! I almost forgot... here's the pic of my ATG gun... one of my top ten faves from my blog post the other day. You can check that out HERE. Have a great one gang!

Friday, November 5, 2010

So Tough!

Ok... WOW! That was harder than I expected! Not doing the "No Embellishment" creation for The Town Scrapper's weekly challenge (pictured above)... this one sort of made itself cuz the image rocks... no, I'm talking about posting my final, farewell blog post for The Town Scrapper. HUH! I teared a little while writing that post. Those incredible ladies have given me SO MUCH in the six months that I've designed with them and been their blog manager! So I hope you all head over there and show them some love. Oh, and while you're there, enter the "No Embellishment" challenge. The winner will receive the image that I featured in this project. It's a Victoria Case Design called Big Dreams Evan.... one of my favorite Victoria Case stamps!!!

So, on to new and exciting adventures. I'M IN HOT PURSUIT! I have recently been doing Copic marker instruction and am about to embark on teaching Cricut and Gypsy classes! AND......I am also going after a really great design team position! I've been stalking this blog for some time and got the pleasure of working with members of it's design team during a couple of blog hops over the past month. They are a group of amazing designers that I KNOW will kick my own work up a notch if I am awarded the design team slot. Cross your fingers for me y'all! The design team call is over at The Burtonesque Dolls and I'm SOOOO HOPING I am one of the lucky designers that gets picked. And sending a couple of prayers my way couldn't hurt either. This design team style is SOOOO up my alley!!!

Ok, so to finish off today's post, I was asked to show pics from yesterday's Top Ten Scrapper-Gadget List. I thought it might be nice to spread it out a little so everyone isn't bombarded with a ton of information. So today I will feature the "bonus fave".... The Creative Options Grab and Go system!

This is a SERIOUS scrapper's Tool Box! The thing is ENORMOUS!



Not only do each of the three "trays" have a locking/snap lids, but they also store into the case with a locking/snap door. Everything is secure!


Finally, the top compartment is SO ENORMOUS!!! I LOVE this case. I'm thinking about picking up the mid-size one as well. I mean, this is AMAZING organization. I'm a freak for the Feng Shui and I LOVE knowing where all my stuff is! This baby does it for me! :)
Ok... stay tuned for another featured "Fave" tomorrow! ;)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

My Top Ten Faves!

Ok, so sometime last year I shared my top ten favorite kitchen gadgets. I AM gadget girl after all! So I thought it would be fun, with all the crafting I've done this year, to touch on my favorite must-have scrap-room gadgets too! So here we go. First up...

  • Of course it's my Cricut! Before I had a scrapbook room, I had my Cricut thanx to my sister's VERY GENEROUS Christmas gift. As a matter of a fact, my Cricut IS THE REASON I have a scrapbook room!
  • Coming in number two then would be my Gypsy! My "design anywhere and cut when I get home" buddy that I lovingly named Charlie. As a companion to the Cricut, this really is my must have. It saves me from having to lug all my cartridges to crops and I LOVE the compact on-the-go-ness of it and the ability to create so many things with the special features that are only found on the Gypsy. I love Charlie.
  • Number three is my cuttlebug. I think for many scrappers, this just about rounds up the top three. I use my cuttlebug for both embossing and die cutting. It's been MAINLY embossing....well, until I discovered the Tim Holtz Sizzix strip dies.... OMG!
  • And that's a good lead-in to number four. The Tim Holtz Sizzix strip dies! The two I own are the film strip and the ticket strip. I am currently working on a Christmas layout featuring the ticket strip... if the companion Odds and Ends stamp set would just come in! LOL!
  • Number five is my Martha Stewart Score Board. I've talked a bit about it in my Halloween envelope tutorial, but really, this thing is like NO OTHER score board on the market at a price that can't be beat by anyone. Tip: Take a coupon with you when you RUN to pick one up!
  • I am begrudgingly admitting that Martha Stewart is taking up a little chunk of my top ten faves. You all know she tried to kill me, but I find there is a glimmer of forgiveness since she DOES make the coolest crafting tools EVA! So number six is my Martha Stewart circle cutter. The framework houses bearings so that the frame can stay stationary while the blade pivots and the cutting template spins for an even cut. This one (and rather compact) tool cuts circles in 16th inch increments from 1 inch all the way up to 5.5 inches. PLEASE be careful.... the safety cap on the very sharp blade SLIDES TO THE SIDE to remove. Ask me how I found out....
  • Good ol' Martha Stewart also appears for my number seven with her spider web punches. I own all four. The corner web and the border web punch are the newest to my collection and make up the "punch-around-the-page" set that you've seen me working with to master. I also own the single web and the deep punch whole web border punch..whew, say THAT three times fast! Of all the punches I own, these punches are my absolute favorites!
  • Number eight is my magnetic, self healing cutting mat by Basic Grey...appears in the pic above (click to enlarge). It comes with super strong magnet pins that hold projects in place while I'm working on them. I find that this comes in really handy when I'm playing with the alcohol inks and when I'm stamping. The mat also is completely ruled which is a necessity when I'm working!
  • Number nine is my laser printer. Now this was not and is not a "Scrapper's Gadget" really, since I owned this office printer BEFORE I picked up this little scrapping hobby, but once I starting working with Copic markers, I discovered what a blessing this particular gadget really is. Laser toner is heat set and DOES NOT MOVE when I'm coloring with Copics. Because of this, I started a library of digi stamps that I probably wouldn't have cared to collect or even try for that matter if I had any other type of printer.
  • Ok.... my number nine and a half, pictured above, is my Bow Easy. I LOVE this cheap, easy to use, easy to store little bow-making wonder. I recently put in a request for Paper Vineyard to stock it. Keep your fingers crossed ladies, but until then, the ordering information is right on this handy dandy little gadget. This little bow maker actually makes 7 sizes of bows from teeny tiny to really quite large. It makes the simple bows and it also makes GORGEOUS multiple loop bows!
  • Number ten is my ATG Gun. Another new gadget, I honestly don't know how I made ANYTHING without it! Now my reasoning is probably going to make you laugh, but I LOVE how big it is!!! Size DOES matter, after all! ESPECIALLY when you spread out like I do to scrapbook. The frustration of finding the little glue runner that ALWAYS seems to get buried is finally over for me. The runner runs smoothly and I seem to have a never-ending supply of glue at all times.... I STILL haven't had to change out the tape roll! Yep, definitely love this one!

Alright, that about does it for my faves! I do have another favorite that doesn't exactly qualify as a gadget, but I'll share it anyway. My BONUS fave is my extra large Creative Options Grab and Go system. For at-home or "take to the crop" organizing, this thing really packs a punch! I got mine with a coupon (like pretty much everything), so it was uber affordable. If you can get your hands on one, I highly recommend it.

Ok scrappers... have a terrific Thursday. I gotta run and do my nails. OOOOOO... I feel another top 10 gadget list comin on! hahahahahahahaha!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Taking A Punch


** The following blog post is the insane rantings of an Alice In Wonderland freak. This post may not be suitable for all audiences....
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I can usually get inspired by a trip to my local craft store, but today I've got a story of being overtaken and molested by it. I was going through the clearance aisle of my local Joann's craft store when I spied the mother of all punches. In fact, this is BY FAR THE COOLEST punch I've ever seen!!! Now WHY was this punch being given away at the mere price tag of $3.00 (ok, and there were TWO THERE...that's NUTS)? HOW did I manage to be in the right place at the right time to snag this hidden gem? And WHY had I never seen this punch before? I gotta be honest, I not only would have paid full price for this beauty, I would have probably paid double on steal-bay... that's how great this punch is. There HAD to be a catch here.... did this punch not work? At $3, who cares! I took it and RAN to the checkout. Well, you can tell by the above pic that this punch not only works, but is every bit as cool as I'm tellin ya! I've even started punching in red and black cardstock just to save the little card suites to use as confetti down the road. A waste of perfectly good cardstock... I THINK NOT!!! Doesn't EVERYONE need card suite confetti??? I mean it's great for weddings, some funerals, New Years, retirement parties and casino themed Bat-mitzvahs... to name a few. I plan on using some to fill a shaker card. I LOVE MY NEW PUNCH! Just thought I'd share! :)
Now for the "goods"! The images are Tiddly Inks digi images and the punch is an EK Success punch. Run, don't walk, to your nearest Joann's... hopefully you will find this gem on clearance too! ;)

Monday, November 1, 2010

November Copic Class

*This is my THIRD post for the day (YIKES), please scroll down to catch my design team project for The Town Scrapper and the winner of the Crazy Halloween Challenge!!!
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Ok, I'm teaching another Copic Palooza over at the Paper Vineyard! This class will feature the uber-cute Kraftin Kimmie Stamp Lillith for "Girlz Rule"! Check her out!
CLASS: Sunday, November 21st @ 2 p.m.
COST: $30, price includes materials to make the project INCLUDING the Kraftin Kimmie Lillith stamp to take home with you for future creations!
TOOLS TO BRING: your Copic Markers, sharp scissors, adhesive, paper trimmer, pop dots and an attitude! LOL!
CONTACT: 480-656-2058 to reserve your spot
Below is the original design with little Lillith standing out on the card... well, that was until I found the crown ribbon!!! Suddenly I wanted that to stand out instead... I wonder why? hahahahahaha! Isn't it just great?

Have a great one gang!

I'm Trying!!!


*This is my second post of the day, please scroll down to see the winner of the Crazy Halloween Challenge!
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So, it's November 1st and I just can't seem to let go of the Halloween holiday. It went too fast!!! So for today's Showcase Monday over at The Town Scrapper (click HERE for store information), I featured this monochromatic Halloween Birgitta by C. C. Designs. I love this little witch!!! But while I'm having issues letting go, the other designers over at The Town Scrapper showed some awesome projects, non of which are Halloween themed! hahahahahaha! Check them out:

http://adayinthelifetoo.blogspot.com/
http://stamperextraordinaire.blogspot.com/

So along with the "Second Halloween" I proposed yesterday.... what do you all say if we started dressing up in costumes for Thanksgiving? Wouldn't that be a cool new tradition???

OUR CRAZY WINNER!!!


CONGRATULATIONS SIMPLYDV9!!! You are the winner of the Tickled Pink stamp collection! Please contact me at FitterTwit@yahoo.com with your contact information!!!

Thank you to everyone who participated! It was so much fun seeing everyone's Crazy Halloween creations!!! Stay tuned, because I've got more blog fun coming up later today! :)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!


WHOO HOO!!! Today is the big day! So my project today doesn't really seem to reflect the scariness of Halloween, nor does it reflect the craziness of the Crazy Halloween Challenge that ends here at Fun And Mental Changes tonight (click HERE for deets), but let me assure you that this project is PERFECT for today.

I picked the pink palette in honor of the last day of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the GORGEOUS witch in honor of Halloween and I PROMISE.... I went CRAZY trying to master the use of the Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page and that was pretty scary!!! Yes, oh yes, this project is PERFECT for today!!!

It's so hard to believe that this Halloween season is almost over... it feels like it just started!!! That's it! I propose that we have "Second Halloween" in April!!! :) Who's with me?

Copics I used for this project: E35, E42, E49, E50, E51, E53, R81, RV34 and RV91 (RV91 is lighter than RV34).

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Practice Makes Perfect


Ok... so after yesterday's attempt to use the Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page border punches, I found myself trying and trying to perfect it pretty much the entire day.....
THEN....
I watched the company's video tutorial and lo and behold, LOOKIE WHAT I DID (click on pic to enlarge)!!! Just a little note, for the punches to work, the measurements have to be right on! But after practicing, I made a spooky journaling mat and a web-bordered card! YAY ME!!!
So here's the link to the video for all of you who ran out and bought the punch set the minute you saw yesterday's post.... well, I'm imagining you did cuz that's what I would've done! LOL! Ok, now, really, here is the link: HERE. Have a great one gang! Tomorrow's the big day!!!! :)

Friday, October 29, 2010

TWO DAYS LEFT TO ENTER!!!

Wow! I'm surprised there haven't been more entries for the "Crazy Halloween" challenge that ends Halloween night, especially considering that there are THREE Tickled Pink stamps up for grabs.... but I guess that just means the odds of winning are SUPER HIGH!!! hahahahahhahaha! So if anyone out there is still interested in entering the challenge, click HERE for the details to enter. Good luck to everyONE? HAHAHAHAHAHA!

So today I wanna talk about Martha Stewart again. Now some of you might be getting a little worried that I'm starting to obsess about this woman... well, with what she did to me...., but I'm NOT! It is not in my imagination that this woman just happens to rock the Halloween season, bares a striking resemblance to a witch and creates death traps and torture devices. You all remember what happened to me a couple of weeks ago! But Martha Stewart attack aside, she really did create an awesome product with the spider web punch around the page punches! Now if I could JUST learn how to use them! So I followed the included instructions, but I STILL didn't line this up right! Oh well, still pretty great card for my first try.... so what if I had to lop off the bottom because it looked completely jacked and gnarled?!? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! This just looks hand made! There's nothing I hate more than projects that are PERFECT! I want someone to know that I put my blood, sweat and tears into a card or project that I made them by hand. And where Martha Stewart is concerned, that might be EXACTLY what I put into it!!! But honestly, I love this card so much, this one might just be a keeper! I'll just have to make another one to give away... it will give me good practice with that punch-around-the-page punch set!

For those who don't know about my Martha Stewart attack, you can read all about it HERE.

Copics I used for this: Girl Doll - E02, E18, E35, E42, E49, C2, C4, C6 and W3
Boy Doll - BV02, BV13, BV25, C2, C4, C6, C9, E35, E42, E49, G21, G85, Y13, YG63, YG91, YR15, YR23 and W3

Christmas Already?!?

Wow... I gotta be honest, this seems a little soon for me to be doing ANYTHING Christmas. I'm not even through all the uber-fun Halloween stuff yet!!! But I designed a scrapbook layout for today's button challenge over at The Town Scrapper (Ontario, Canada) featuring Victoria Case's Made With Love Lola. Click HERE to view what all the designers made for this challenge and to upload your own button-featuring creation!!! You have until Thursday at 9 p.m. to upload your project.

Now for a little shout out! Yesterday I had the pleasure of hanging out with the Betties (plural for Betty)! These women ROCK!!! They are a hoot to be around and are BEYOND HELPFUL!!! Betty Barb was kind enough to help with the finishing touches on my project donating her valuable Zots. "Thank you Betties! Any time you want to help with my projects, I promise, you won't have to twist my arm!!!" And it was a load of fun enjoying the pizza muffins with them. We decided that the best part of the pizza is the burnt and crusted cheese on the bottom and edges of the pizza. In fact, we decided that we really should just skip the whole pizza formality and just ask for the pan scrapings next time. I know you all are with me.... I KNOW this isn't JUST a "Betty" thing! hahahahahaha. Have a great one folks! I'll see you again tomorrow for a special Halloween post.... I'm working on it now.... MUWHAHAHAHAHAHA!