Thursday, September 30, 2010

For The Record

With the opening of the new film The Social Network this weekend, all the news channels are jumping on the opinion bandwagon regarding the phenomena that is social networking. I've heard everything from "I don't get it" to "it's perpetuating our narcissistic society". It seems the news reporters (and some celebrities) have some pretty succinct reasoning as to why they are or are not participating in social networking. With all the sharing of opinions on the matter, I wanted to take a sec and chime in with my own.

For the record, my usage of "the twitter" (thanx Betty White), Yahoo, Facebook and MySpace is in NO WAY narcissistic. In EVERY case, these wonderful networks are simply sounding boards. It is probably true that no one wants to know "what I am doing now", but what I am doing now isn't what I'm communicating. I share what I think and what I feel, giving away little pieces of who I am to the world that may or may not include "what I'm doing now"..... it's called C-O-M-M-U-N-I-C-A-T-I-O-N. The social networks are today's version of "quill and fiber". It is how the world IS communicating and we, as a society, will not be going in any other direction. Those who aren't communicating via social networks will be liken to the people who refused to jump on the fleeting fad of those new-fangled talking boxes... what we know today as telephones, or more accurately, phones. There are multiple applications (what we used to call programs) now that actually integrate ALL the social networks together to allow users to communicate on multiple platforms at once... which is BRILLIANT BTW. And in SOOOOO many cases now, if you aren't linked into a social network (because this is quickly becoming the preferred method of communication by many), you will miss some pertinent information. For example, you wake up, get ready for the day and head to a local furniture store to replace the chair that was on it's last leg and finally broke. You just walked out your front door not knowing that earlier that morning the furniture store you were heading to just sent out a tweet that said, "FREE chairs 2 the 1st 5000 customers 2MORROW". Not being part of our new-fangled "social networks" could potentially keep you from being connected to our ever changing society, and could cost you more for it.
Now I will add that I'm not thrilled that our current method of social networking appears to perpetuate literacy problems. Since social networking and text messaging are all set up with restricted communication and character limits, it seems that EVERYONE (myself included sometimes) has a reduced vocabulary. Every message is reduced and, with no better way to describe this, everyone on the networks seem to be "hooked on phonics" in that they only communicate phonetically.... ALL THE TIME! I'm wondering if there is not a better way to communicate at the speed we are currently communicating without "dumbing down" the communication itself. And while spell check was a blessing for this technological age, it's not even on the radar anymore since a majority of all communication is a jumble of misspelled words. Heck, it's so bad, we've discovered that evnmy wskd cin be moskehlld ayd ywu cyn seufl rend tje metshge. Are we just that used to having to understand the broken communication? hahahahhahaha!
Social networking might be a double edged sword, but it is how we are communicating and will be communicating into the future. You just might be missing a lot if you're still on the fence.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Little Help From My Friends


OMGosh!!! It's almost October!!!! I'm so freakin excited!!! AND we're just days away from the Little Hop of Horrors!!! I've been working in my laboratory.... uh, I mean craft room all week planning, preparing and creating not only for the hop, but for Halloween... I'M SO EARLY!!! I'm having trouble sleeping at night with all the spooktacular delights dancing in my head!
So today, here's my "The Right Shoe Can Change A Girl's Life!" This one turned out so totally adorable!!! About a week ago, my new friend Krista of Red Car Productions made me the super cute witch's shoe that is featured in this card during her Copic airbrushing demonstration. The witch's shoe is actually a pair of witch's shoe dies made by Spellbinders... rather appropriate name huh?!? Anyway, when I left, I told her that I WOULD use them. Isn't this just fabulous?!? I NEED that airbrush system!!!
Anyway, I just HAD to show you all this super cute card. I SO WISH this was a sneak peek at my blog hop project... but you will all just have to wait till Saturday (I just hope I can wait that long!). Have a great one!
PS. I have not forgotten about the promised Book Tutorial. I just got sidetracked with, well, HALLOWEEN! hahahahahahaha! I will have it posted soon though. I promise that you won't have to wait until Thanksgiving! :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Technical Difficulties


Well... I was going to have a REALLY great project to feature today for The Town Scrapper's Showcase Monday, but unfortunately it's stuck in my camera and my computer does not want to recognize it! YIKES!
So today we are going to revisit a previous creation that you've all seen here at Fun And Mental Changes featuring the C.C. Designs Coffee Kiki La Rue. She is one of my all-time favorite stamps (seems like I have a lot of those lately) and you can find her at The Town Scrapper (Ontario, Canada), just contact Phebe at info@townscrapper.com.
Be sure to check out today's Monday Showcase for more gorgeous projects.... and I'll bet some of them are originals... hahahahahaha! And don't forget about this week's challenge project over at The Town Scrapper... click HERE for the deets! :)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

COMING SOON!

You all remember the awesomely awesome nail art that I am so crazy about!?! And everyone remembers the good ol' days when visiting this blog got you an incredible discount on REUSABLE nail art to create gorgeous nails and for gift giving!?! Well if you don't, I posted a pic for you to see what I'm talking about. I did the mani shown here myself! Those are my nails that were simply stamped using Konad nail stamping products I got from Kathleen over at OC Nail Art.

Well, I just got word that the "FREEZE" from the manufacturer just got lifted and we are getting our discount again!!! WOO HOO!!! PARTAY!!!

So coming soon, look for our special discount code to use at http://store.ocnailart.com/ (pssst.... I think it's gonna be "FITTERTWIT"). OC Nail Art was the very first sponsor here at Fun And Mental Changes! I cannot thank Kathleen enough for everything she has done for all of my readers and I'm so thrilled that we are going to be able to shout it to the world again!!! Our discount's coming back, our discount's coming back, hi-ho the dario, our discount's coming back!!! <---- yes, I'm singing. I'm actually singing.... and dancing a jig too! ;)

Little Hop Of Horror Is Almost Here!


We are LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY from our Little Hop of Horrors Blog Hop! The blog hop is on Saturday, October 2nd and I'm getting REALLY excited. There will be 26 creations along the hop to sink your fangs into ranging from spooky to scary cute! I'm really excited about my project. It will feature the new Cricut Pumpkin Carvings Seasonal cartridge and then on Monday morning (October 4th) I will pick one lucky hopper's name from the October 2nd posts to receive a FREE Cricut Pumpkin Carvings cartridge of your own!!! Yah, I'm super psyched!!! I can't wait for this hop!!! It's going to be SO great!!!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Boycott! It's Good For You!


Breakfast At Subway! Wow! Subway did it again! A healthy option for the fast food crazed nation. And like their classic lunch menu, this breakfast blows what others offer AWAY! Here's what I ordered today:
WESTERN EGG WHITE MELT
  • Multi-grain muffin (toasted)
  • Egg white
  • Ham
  • Onions
  • Green bell pepper
  • Then Toasted a second time... a matter of seconds in the toaster
  • Salt and pepper
  • Provolone cheese
  • A TON of spinach
That's it! Nothings fried or greasy or sticking to any one's ribs. It's just whole and hearty and DELICIOUS!!! And you Weight Watchers fans out there will be thrilled to learn that the sandwich I just ate had only 3 points!!! Not bad for a complete breakfast that included a serving of vegetables!!! Take that McDonald's!
And since I'm bringing up McDonald's.... now's the perfect time to mention, "BOYCOTT MCDONALD'S"!!! Last year I saw Food Inc. when it was in theaters (now it can be found at Blockbuster) and heard how McDonald's pretty much single-handedly changed how our food is processed in their bid for "over 2 billion served". Meat started being massed produced which led to factory raising and processing of meat. Because of mass production, quality was reduced and that led to growth hormones, antibiotics and other poisons and additives being added tainting our food. Because McDonald's was buying in bulk to get to that "over 2 billion served" mark, they were in effect driving how the meat was being processed in order to fulfill their ultimate goal.... their bottom line. Over the years our food has been SO processed that it barely resembles what it was supposed to replace. And because the world jumped on the fast food bandwagon, that is now the norm for our ENTIRE food supply. Gone are the untainted, organic, high vegetable diets that we KNOW we need for good health. Replacing good vegetables are the endless number of pills that "treat" all the issues that we've now created with our tainted food supply. When does it all stop? I honestly don't know, but I'm taking a guess that a good place to start stopping the seemingly endless cycle of misery might be exactly where it appears to have started.... McDonald's. STOP EATING AT MCDONALD'S. Boycotting McDonald's might be the BEST thing you can do for your health and your waistline will love you for it. ANYONE watching what they eat.... check it out:
McDonald's Egg McMuffin (1 sandwich): 300 calories, 12 grams of fat, 235mg of cholesterol, 840mg of sodium, 29g total carbohydrates, 2g dietary fiber, 3g sugar and 18g of protein.
VS.
Subway Western Egg White Melt (1 sandwich): 160 calories, 4 grams of fat, 10mg of cholesterol, 620mg of sodium, 19g total carbohydrates, 5g dietary fiber, 1g sugar and 15g of protein. Note: This sandwich nutritional information does not include the addition of salt, pepper and spinach.
***
You do the math. And by personal side by side visual comparison I can tell you that the Subway sandwich was considerably larger giving me much more sandwich for far less calories, fat and cholesterol. Add to that the Subway sandwich just LOOKED better. Piled with bell peppers, onions and spinach made that sandwich LOOK healthy and inviting. That sandwich tasted good before I ever took a bite, if you know what I mean. Anyhow, the moral to my story is "Stop eating at McDonald's!" It will be good for you and it just might be good for everyone in the long run.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Book Day 3

Ok, I'm back with the last part of the Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante book preview! I'm skipping page 4 of the book because I'm going to be using it for a tutorial here over the upcoming weekend, but lets kick start with page 5.

Page 5 was simple to do using my Cricut, my Gypsy and the Storybook cartridge to create this gorgeous frame. This page is really for anything, stamping, journaling, pictures.... anything. In fact, the theme for this page is "Be Anything".

The page 6 theme is "Be Accomplished". This vintage ledger sheet in the Steampunk Debutante line was perfect just the way it was. I inked the edges, but otherwise, did nothing else to embellish this page. I figured a nice list of accomplishments would be all the embellishment this page needs!

How many of us passed notes in school? How many times were those notes more about the intricate paper folds and less about the note themselves? It's amazing to me how most of the skills I learned in grade school are so applicable to my scrapbooking hobby today. With all the coloring and paper cutting, paper folding and glue sticks.... yah, scrapbooking really does get me in touch with my inner 7 year old! Come to think of it, it's pretty much the same only the glue doesn't taste as good as I remember. HAHAHAHAHAHA!


Anyway, page 7 was made using an old grade-school-note-fold technique using specially folded paper to hide a journaling tag on top of paper that features very retro looking stamps to say "Be Retro".. I then "glimmer misted" more flowers, embellished them and then glued them HALF WAY to the center up to the fold of the front of the sheet to allow the flower to overlap the other side of the sheet when folded together. I might do a tutorial on that one at a later date as well, if requested. On to page 8.

The last page (page 8) is actually the inside of the back cover of the album and like the front cover, the back cover is an envelope. So I notched the envelope of the back cover as I did to the front cover to reveal a hidden tag. I also used a smaller Graphic 45 Vintage envelope as an embellishment for the page,as well as for the hidden tag, by cutting off the envelope flap and gluing it to the tag to use as a pull. I then cut a slit in the top of the envelope opening up the side of the envelope to create a "pocket" for another, smaller tag. I used another die cut tag featured in the Steampunk Debutante line. I finished off the bottom of the page with a border from the Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante sticker page. The definition of "unique" running across the bottom of the page tie back in with the cover of the book.... "Be Unique".

The visual elements of this Steampunk Debutante line are INCREDIBLE to say the least. It's very clear why "Steampunk" is so popular and I gotta say that Graphic 45's interpretation has NAILED IT! I adore this line and am DEFINITELY working on stocking up. I'm guessing that the Graphic 45 Christmas line is going to be just as fun to work with and will create an AMAZING Christmas book. You can see this book in real life at the Paper Vineyard as it will be showcased.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Book Day 2

Ok, so yesterday I showed everyone the covers of the Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante book that I made. Today I'd like to show you guys what the inside pages look like.

Here is the first page. Don't you just LOVE this corset paper? The theme for this page is "Be Glamorous". The frame was cut on my Cricut, put through the Cuttlebug and then a piece of plastic was glued to the frame to protect a picture. I surrounded three sides of the frame's inside opening with pop up adhesive squares leaving the top side open so that a picture can be slid inside.

I also cut a "V" cut in the inside of the envelope album cover so that one of the Steampunk Debutante tags could be placed inside. It's just the perfect spot for more pictures or journaling. But then again, there's a lot of THAT in this book.

Page two's theme is "Be Timely". I gotta say that this particular background sheet is one of my very favorite sheets of the entire line. Old time clocks and gears are the epitome of the Steampunk popularity... well, that and fashion! :)

This page features a simple flip page for... of course... more pictures or journaling. The images I used to embellish this page were all from the Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante line. Everything coordinates perfectly!


Page three's theme is "Be Passionate". Romance is invoked with all the swirls and lace.


Of course, the side pocket holds tags for pictures and journaling. HAHAHAHAHAHA!

The lace ribbon is Graphic 45 as well as the chipboard buttons that I used to accent the black ribbon. For the ribbon, I fed the ends through the button holes twice (no easy task there... be sure to have a LARGE sewing needle handy to make it easier. I did it the hard way with rolling the ends and securing them with tape to attempt "needle-like" ends) until both ends came through the back of the button holes and then tied a double bow.
Tomorrow I will finish showing the final pages of the book and then follow up the next day with a couple of fun techniques that I learned while working on this super gorgeous project. BTW... I'm going to be doing a Christmas version for The Paper Vineyard... I can hardly wait!!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Single White Female


A blog friend of mine just posted a pocket card (View her AMAZING card HERE) and I couldn't help but think that she and I were on the same wave length. I created a similarly vintage-looking project with pockets included to hold tags and messages. I too used Graphic 45 paper with other similar elements as well..... why don't I show you?
So the first picture is just a full view of the front of my book. If you click on the pic, it will enlarge for greater detail. I used the Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante line (love, love, love) for MOST of the entire project. That includes the paper and stickers and die-cut tags and borders. This book was SOOOO much fun to make and I just LOVE looking at it!
Because this project is pretty large, I'm going to be splitting it up over a couple of posts in the next couple of days. Today's post is just a quick peek at the covers of the book and then tomorrow I will get into some design elements of what's inside and follow up with a couple of technique tutorials. Hopefully I will be able to REALLY share the awesome experience with you of creating this book.
The cover was made using the Graphic 45 Staples Alphabet Stickers and the Steampunk Debutante stickers. I also "glimmer misted" (BTW, "glimmer misted" is a technical term in the scrapbooking world) two paper flowers to layer. The bottom layer is a dark chocolate and the top layer is a lighter cocoa color.


The theme of my book is "Be". Hopefully, over the next couple of days, I can show you the "flow" of the book. I think that it goes along nicely with the Steampunk Debutante line. Honestly, the theme pretty much picked itself when I saw these papers. Let's see if you see it too. ;) For the cover it's "Be Unique" with the "Vintage" message on the flap to "Be Vintage".

So the back is simple. I do want to point out that I used a Graphic 45 pre-bound envelope album that I altered with all the wonderful Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante stuff and then RE-bound using my new CINCH!!! YAY!!!! My new toy purchased with a huge coupon over the labor day holiday! :)

And finally.... "often imitated, but never duplicated"!
Anyway, I thought I would at least introduce my new project today so that my friend Meredith doesn't think that I'm getting all "single white female" on her. We just coincidentally had similar projects in mind. Check out tomorrow's post and you'll REALLY see what I mean. The scripts that we chose to use are almost identical. :)
*** You can see this in person at The Paper Vineyard!

Monday, September 20, 2010

I BET YOU'RE CURIOUS...

"Thank you" to everyone who participated in my first Cricut cartridge give away! I bet you're all on the edge of your seat waiting to hear who the winner of the "Hannie Montanie" cart is. Ok, I won't keep you waiting any longer!

The random winner is:
#2 jayma15 said...
thanks for the chance to win!
I shared this link on my FB!@...

CONGRATULATIONS jayma15!!!! Send an email to fittertwit@yahoo.com with your contact information and mailing address and I will get your new cartridge out to you ASAP! I know you're gonna love this cartridge. All the versatile carts are the best!!!

And for those who didn't get drawn... check back on October 2nd for your chance to win oodles of fun prizes during our Little Hop Of Horrors Blog Hop. For a list of prizes and sponsors, click HERE. And for those who stop by October 2nd and leave a comment, I've got some blog candy! October 3rd at midnight, I will be drawing a winner for a brand new Pumpkin Carvings Cricut cartridge.

I so LOVE Halloween and the celebration starts on October 2nd. I hope you all join us.

And The Copic Obsession Grows

This Copic coloring has become quite an obsession as of late. Actually, even COLLECTING the markers has become an obsession! I know I'm not the first and I certainly am not the last, so in the spirit of sharing, I thought I would include a little color list to truly enable an epidemic for the rest of you..... mwahahahahahahaha! <--- that's my super duper evil laugh!

Anyhow, I colored this TOO CUTE Swiss Pixies Ladybug Nora by C.C. Designs for the weekly showcase at The Town Scrapper (Ontario, Canada). She really did turn out great which inspired me to share how I colored her. Now I usually use different color combinations for blonde hair, but after the way she turned out, I think I'm going to start using this new color combo exclusively... I LOVE IT! And speaking of The Town Scrapper, don't forget about the "Stitch" challenge going on this week! Click HERE for challenge info. And here's my final project for today's Monday Showcase over at The Town Scrapper.

This layout is a prime example of why I love patterned paper and specifially paper that has corner images going on.... they make quick work of scrapbook layouts, don't they?!? Here's a close up of this little ladybug! :)
Have a terrific Monday you guys! Check back later today for the announcement of the HANNAH MONTANA CRICUT CARTRIDGE WINNER!!!!!!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

HUGE NEWS!!!

Ok, so tomorrow I announce the winner of the Hannah Montana Cricut cartridge (click HERE to enter if you haven't already)... which I'm TOTALLY excited about.... but there's even MORE! On October 2nd I'm participating in the Little Hop of Horrors sponsored by my good blog friend The Canadian Nickel Scrapper, Nicole. She shares my love of all things Halloween and has put together the blog hop to beat all blog hops!!! For those who participate, here's a list of goodies you can win from our super generous sponsors:
You must complete the entire hop on October 2nd to qualify to win the awesome prizes listed above. BUT THERE'S MORE!

For those who leave a comment on my blog on October 2nd, you will also be entered to win the Pumpkin Carvings Seasonal Cricut Cartridge that I've been itching to give away.... (pssssst! My blog hop project will be featuring images from this cartridge)! My own little blog candy to say "Thank You" for joining us! So mark your calendars for this AWESOME Halloween blog celebration!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

2 Days Left!


Ok, so there are two days left to enter to win the Hannah Montana Cricut cartridge.... (one of my favies), and as I've been doing all week, here's today's Hannah cart project. This is my Rockstar layout featuring the AWESOME guitar from page 76, button 49. There is also A COUPLE of different electric guitars and a fret board grid <--- guitar players will know what this is. THIS BUTTON ALONE is worth the price of admission on this cartridge. If you had to pay full retail price on this cartridge ($89.99), in my opinion, it would be totally worth it JUST for this button featuring all these gorgeous guitars!!! PSSST... the following page/button also contains a guitar with wings along with some bird images! A word to the wise though... DO NOT attempt this cut unless you have a spatula to remove it from the cutting mat. Without it, you WILL rip the image trying to remove it because it's all pretty and swirly (is that a word?)!
Are you getting how AMAZING this cartridge is??!!?? So now that I'm done gushing about this cartridge (well almost), here's how easy it is to enter to win your own: Head over to the announcement post HERE and follow the instructions.
Good luck to everyone... the winner will be posted here on Monday! :) I'm so excited!
****BONUS: Here's another great project done by Happy Happy Joy Joy using the exact same guitar... LOVE IT JOY! CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO.

Friday, September 17, 2010

In Stitches

Ok, now for a little break from our Hannah Montana Cricut cartridge extravaganza! Although, if you'd like to enter to win a BRAND NEW HANNAH MONTANA CRICUT cartridge, head over to the give-away announcement post HERE.

So, over at The Town Scrapper, we're having a paper stitching challenge this week. Now you all know that I've been working on my paper stitching, and I've got to say that I think I'm getting better. The image I used for today's sample is Magical Sophie by Victoria Case. She's a big favorite of mine with Halloween right around the corner. EEEEE.... HALLOWEEN IS ALMOST HERE!!! A-hem!

Where was I? .... the challenge is for any kind of stitching, faux stitching or real. I've just been working on paper sewing for a little while so ANY opportunity to stitch on paper... I'm all over it! My poor sewing machine doesn't know what fabric is, it's only seen it once! HAHAHAHAHAHA! So let's see what you create! The STITCH Challenge runs from today until September 23rd at 9:00 p.m. Simply head over to The Town Scrapper and upload your creation to the InLinkz at the bottom of today's post. Good luck, I'm psyched to see what you all do! :) For more info on products and specials available at The Town Scrapper (Ontario, Canada), contact Phebe at 519-882-0623 or by email at info@townscrapper.com.

**** Update: We are currently experiencing some technical issues over at The Town Scrapper, the challenge post should be up and running soon.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Rock Collector

You know, it's really sad that it takes a give-away to get me to finish a project! hahahahaha! But here I am, FINALLY, finishing a "Congratulations on your engagement" card! GEEZ!

I do have a cut file to upload on this, but the cut file is a bit of a mess, so as soon as I get that fixed, I'll be sure to post it. But until then, here's how I made the diamond ring.
I used the oh-so-awesome diamond from the Hannah Montana Font cartridge (you know, the one that I'm giving away next week). You can find the diamond on page 68 and button 41 for those who number their image pages. I added it to my virtual Gypsy mat and manually sized it to 2.70 wide x 1.82 high, and placed it in one corner of the mat. I then added the diamond ring from the Sweethearts cartridge (page 47, button 16) and sized it to 2.04 wide x 3.12 high. I placed that on a different corner of the mat. I then placed the yellow and grey papers on the physical cutting mat to correspond with where the items were to be cut on the virtual mat and cut away.
Now the ring from the Sweethearts cart cuts out with an image of a diamond on it... this diamond is NOTHING CLOSE to the oh-so-awesome diamond on the Hannah Montana Font cartridge (you know, the one that I'm giving away next week), but I think I already mentioned that! hahahahaha! Luckily the score marks for the prongs on that ring are cut so to remove THAT diamond and replace it with the oh-so-awesome diamond is just a matter of a couple of snips with a good pair of scissors. Glue in place, and you're done. Now if you can cut the oh-so-awesome diamond on shiny or metallic paper, I think you will be doing this particular project a huge service. But since I only had the grey paper, that's what I went with and then blinged up the prongs for a little shine. Still looks cute.... and one more project DONE! Whew!
Don't forget: I'm giving away the Hannah Montana Font cartridge (that is SO much more than a font cartridge!!!) next week. For all the deets, click HERE! Good luck to everyone!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Music Layout

Yesterday was the kick off of my first official Cricut cartridge give away.... the Disney Hannah Montana Font cartridge! So I pulled mine out and started working on some projects that DESPERATELY needed to be finished. Hopefully tomorrow I can finally finish the diamond ring that everyone wants to see, but today's feature is my "Daddy's Girl Music Layout" using the Hannah Montana Font cartridge.

Now, like I mentioned yesterday, this cartridge is SO MUCH MORE than a font cartridge! While it does have FIVE fonts on it, it also has some of the most amazingly gorgeous images of any of the Cricut cartridges I own. I'm going to spend the week creating with this cartridge so everyone can see what it does and how truly amazing this cartridge really is. And if you're interested in entering to win your own Hannah Montana cartridge, check out the give-away post HERE.

Have a great one and good luck to all! :) I gotta run... I'm thinking this layout needs some stickles!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

MY VERY FIRST CRICUT CARTRIDGE GIVE AWAY!


Ok... so the time has come. I've got some BRAND NEW, NEVER BEEN USED, STILL IN THE PLASTIC Cricut Cartridges to give away over the next couple of months and it starts with one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITES...... Hannah Montana! YAY! I LOVE this cartridge! It's got the most beautiful guitar images along with musical notes and FIVE fonts! I used the regular font and the rock star font to create my Father's Day card this year (see above). I also used the Hannah Montana cart (see below) to create a beautiful butterfly (FREE Gypsy cut file HERE), and am currently working on a project using the gorgeous solitaire diamond. There's a rose and lips and decorative hearts, even a Pegasus! There's just so much on this cartridge.... I use it a lot! To call this a "font" cartridge is terribly misleading. It's been a long time favorite and now I'm THRILLED to be able to give it away to one of my awesome readers!
So here's how to win:
  1. Become one of my followers on Blogger. If you're already a follower, then you're half way there! LOL!
  2. Give this cartridge give away a shout-out either in a blog post or a message board linking back to this post. Only one is needed to enter.
  3. Leave a comment on THIS POST with a link to where your shout-out can be found.
  4. On Monday, September 20th, I will pick a random winner (using random.org) and announce the winner here.
  5. The more shout-outs you make, the more chances you have to win.

Good luck to everyone! I'm so freakin excited!!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Is There Really a Contest?


I spent this morning playing with my markers. I pulled out an old digital stamp that I had colored a while back using my Stampin Up markers. Wow... it seems like FOREVER ago that I was coloring with those markers when really it was just a matter of months. And then I got my Copic markers and suddenly my $120 set of Stampin Up markers went forgotten! I pictured, for a second, what my life would have been like in third grade if I discovered Copic markers back then. Considering the entire third grade class shared communal markers, I imagine I would have learned how to fight! hahahahahahaha!
Anyway, I got to work this morning coloring the same digi using my Copics and every stroke confirmed to me that my Copic markers were worth the continuing and ever growing investment. The gradient coloring options and the blendability of the Copic markers makes whatever project you are working on come to life in such a magical way! I'm going to be holding a Copic class on September 25 and I'm seriously considering taking this morning's little gem with me.
What do you guys think? Is there really any contest between the two (click on pic to see greater detail)?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Hiatus Is Over!


The hiatus we were on over at The Town Scrapper is finally OVER!!! Whew! Did we miss you guys!!! Check out the AWESOME creations that our design team made while we were away HERE! Be sure to participate in our weekly challenge and score your own images from The Town Scrapper by contacting Phebe at info@townscrapper.com or give her a call in Canada at 519-882-0623.
The picture above was created by me (blog manager and design team member over at The Town Scrapper) before we all went on hiatus. And while it was featured on The Town Scrapper back in July, I never got a chance to post it to my blog. So here you go! Another Victoria Case stamp that is available at The Town Scrapper. She's called Sophie With Daffodil. Isn't she perfect to adorn these gorgeous flowers. This pic is going to be one I visit again when winter rolls in.... it just makes me feel so warm and fuzzy! hahahahahahahaha!
I'm so glad the hiatus is over... I missed you all a ton!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Today's Fun At Michaels

I have wanted an ATG (or Advanced Tape Glider) for years! Crop after crop that I attended always found me drooling over this incredibly commercial looking yellow adhesive tape dispenser. Typically used by framers, THIS is the dispenser that says, "I'm a SERIOUS adherer!" hahahahahaha... is that a word? Well of course I was envious! Not any longer. Scotch had recently released a PINK ATG targeted toward their legions of scrapbookers in need of a quick, durable and economically savvy adhesive tool. The NEW ATG does the trick. With better than a $20 price break of the original ATG and 2 rolls included with the unit.... this adhesive gun is taking economically savvy to a whole new level! The new pink color doesn't hurt either. But I've got even more fun!

I took a 40% off coupon with me today to Michaels and picked up this little gem for $22! I now have the coolest and greatest adhesive gun ever and it didn't break the bank. Yeah, that's some REAL fun, and I haven't even used it yet! LOL!

**** Pssst! I just used it and it is AMAZING! While I'm glad I couldn't afford to have one until now (because I would have had to settle for the yellow or the red one), I now know EVERYTHING I missed! :) All you legions of scrapbookers, "You were right!"

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

DT CALL

Woo Hoo! Attention paper crafters: The Paper Vineyard, a scrapbook store in Chandler, AZ, is having an open call for Design Team members!!! No DT experience is necessary to apply. If anyone is interested, you can check out the announcement HERE!

Good Luck to everyone!!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

What's Coming....

I'M SO EXCITED!!! Later this month I will be giving away a brand new Cricut cartridge!!! I've always wanted to give away Cricut cartridges and, in fact, tried to line up some cartridges to give away during my birthday give-away this year, but couldn't line any up to give. Well things have changed!!! I recently had the opportunity to pick up some BRAND NEW, AND UNOPENED Disney cartridges and I'm so excited to give them away. Stay tuned for more info, but the first one will be given away during the month of September.

AND THEN....
Everyone knows that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Halloween, so for this year's fun festivities I bought the Cricut Seasonal Pumpkin Carvings cartridge to give away during the month of October. And if I get a huge response, I might run out and buy the Cricut Seasonal October 31st companion cartridge to give away too. I bought these two for myself about a month ago and I LOVE THEM! These two cartridges probably should be saved for next year's "Favorite Things" birthday give away.... but who can wait!?! I'm too excited! I mean, it IS Halloween!!!

And who knows, maybe next year I'll have a generous Cricut/craft sponsor to add to all of my other wonderful sponsors that made this past "Favorite Things" birthday give away ROCK!!! You can check out all of my wonderful sponsors HERE! Wouldn't I LOVE for that list to include crafting and scrapbooking!!!
Anyway, I hope all of my readers are as excited about the upcoming give aways as I am! I'll be sure to keep everyone posted, so check back often! :)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Happy Frank Has Found A Home



Thank you to everyone who wanted to bring Happy Frank into your home. I'm happy to announce that Frank will be going to Raven who promised us she would share pictures with all of us from her daughter's birthday party.
I thought that Frank would be the happiest playing with the little girls and boys. I also thought that sharing in that fun was going to just be too fun to pass up for all of us. Now we ALL will be able to enjoy Frank's new adventure.
Thanx Raven, for allowing us all to share in Frank's fun.... I can't wait to see the pics! :)
I'm so thrilled with the response to my little RAK.... be sure to check back often as I am going to make a habit of sharing more Cricut cut 'experiments' as I do them. :)