Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Simple Stories and Scrapaholics

Hi, just wanted to drop in and let you in on a couple of things.

Simple Stories now has an idea guide by Brenda Hurd available. Check out the cute ways you can showcase your monthly pictures. They were also featured on KSL Studio 5. You can watch the video here to see more on how this system works.

I received my kit about a month ago but haven't started to play with it yet. All I can say is the papers are more of a cardstock quality and it's all so very pretty. Can't wait to start playing with it.

I also wanted to post about the new forum, Scrapaholics, I set up for scrappers addicted to their craft and addicted to shopping for their craft. A group of us QVC scrappers have already signed up and are sharing our ideas and sales or deals we find. Everyone is welcome, so please join us if you want in on some great crafty savings.

No project to share this time, but I'm working on it. Until next time...Have a good one!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

My Cricut Valentine Cards & Snow in Texas!

Well Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Did you make your cards this year? Even though we aren't big on Valentine's celebrations, cards are always a staple.

And, I made a couple with the Cricut. This fist one was made with Paper Pups and Don Juan. I added dimension by layering several cuts on top of each other. The paper was all from MAMBI and miscellaneous brown and white cardstocks.

This next card was sort of an experiment. I used the Cricut Gypsy and Paper Pups to cut out the Love card then embossed it with gold glitter powder and UTEE. Then cracked it and backed it with pink vellum. I liked the glass ceramic look. This was also MAMBI paper. I decided I not to use the traditional Valentine colors and I love the results. On another note, we got tons (6-8 inches is a ton for us) of snow in North Texas today. This was a very pleasant surprise since we usually don't even get enough to make a snowman. Anyway, I made a mini snowman just because being a native South Floridian I have never ever made a snowman. So, I decided to throw caution to the wind and bring out my inner child.

And here is my little man.
Isn't he cute?

And here are some more pictures of the snow.

We're loving it.
But I wouldn't want much more like the Northeast is going through.
This is perfect.
Well, I hope everyone has a great Valentine's Day. Until next time.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Provo Craft does it again!

My first post for 2010. How exciting! I promise I will try to blog more often. I've been having a bit of crafter's block and trying to get my mojo back. So I've been scouring the web and other blogs and I totally lose track of time. There are sooooo many talented crafters out there. Kudos to you.

Anyway, I wanted to write about the very crafty and clever Provo Craft. They are like the "crack dealer" for the scrapbooking and paper crafts industry. Not only do they create awesome tools like the Cuttlebug, the Cricut and the Gypsy to get you hooked; they keep creating irresistable cartridges, dies and folders to keep you coming back for more.

And now, they are releasing their tools in gorgeous colors and designs. So why did they wait so long to start doing this? Was it planned this way? All I can say is their marketing team is superb and to the level of Apple's marketing. So, did they hold off on these newer designs for their very poplular machines because they know that as women we would trade in our perfectly good tool just to get the prettier style? Ah, they know us women so well. So, here's some pictures I picked up from the Cricut Message boards.

Here's the uber cute red cuttlebug. Photo by Marti(pezadoodle). She got these at CHA last week.

And here's the cute blue cuttlebug and accessories. I can't remember where I got this photo from, sorry.
I love the red one but I think I will give my old green one a good run for a while before I trade it in. So, will you be exchanging yours for any of the great new designs?