POM: gift card holder challenge!

hi all!

well i made it through surgery, though it was a bit rougher than i expected.  i only had local anesthesia and i can get grossed out so easily.  i fainted once when one of the boys lost a tooth.  so i kept nearly passing out/low blood sugar/ plummeting blood pressure – SO much fun.  ended up with 8 stitches and an incision far longer than i had any idea it would be.  however, the doc and nurses were AWESOME!  the doc even called me at home last night to check on me and his cell phone number was on the aftercare paperwork for emergencies.  i even managed to change my bandage myself without passing out this morning.  however i am working on one nice black eye and it itches something awful.  but if i rub it at all it hurts.  BUT i am cancer free, truly not a big deal.  i am just a big wuss!

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several newsies to cover before getting into project goodness:

Cricut E2 giveaway/fundraiser – please help me spread the word so i can reach my fundraising goal for Lost Dog & Cat Rescue!

I am trying to narrow down which dollhouse I will be building for a charity auction on the Dotted Daisy blog – i have gotten it down to TWO choices from Real Good Toys – turns out they sponsor charity stuff and offered to become involved with my efforts YAY!!!!  so head over to Dotted Daisy after you are done here and cast your vote!

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Today a new POM challenge kicks off on The Outlawz – Gift Card Holders.  The prizes up for grabs are REALLY good – $50 gift certificate to Oozak PLUS a $25 gift certificate to SCACD – how can you pass that up?!?!?!?

i don’t make these nearly enough.  here is mine:

please excuse the xmas gift card – it was the only one i had on hand 😛  I cut the pieces using the Fabulous Finds Cricut Cartridge – an oldie but definitely a MUST HAVE.  I cut the tab file/holder at 4″ with the window.  then i cut a piece from some plastic packaging i had and put it in the window cut out.  Next I cut out the insert piece and attached the gift card to the back with a couple mini glue dots.  Next i cut out the bookplate/tag design.  i cut the insert piece from my PTI cardstock and then stamped and colored (Polycolor pencils).  The cherry on top is a dab of Liquid Pearls.  I used double sided paper for this so my project would look good from all sides.  A couple of glittered skittles make excellent little accents on the bookplate.

Head over to Dotted Daisy to vote for a house and then show us your fave gift card holder design on The Outlawz!

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Who wants a new Cricut E2…FOR FREE!?!??!?!

that’s right!  i am giving away an Anniversary Edition Cricut Expression 2 FOR FREE to ONE lucky winner!  This machine comes with FOUR pre-loaded cartridges too!

So what do you have to do?  Contribute to my fundraising drive for the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation.  For every $5 you donate during the month of July your name will be entered into a random drawing – $10 = 2 chances, etc.  And you can donate as many times throughout the months as you want.  my goal is $2000 – i know we can do it!!!

CLICK HERE to go to the donations page

My regular readers have been keeping up with the progress of the Momma Cat i have been fostering along with her kittens.  I had 3 kittens but unfortunately the teeniest one, Oliver, my constant buddy passed away while i was away on vacation due to a birth defect called liver shunt – i cannot tell you how my heart broke.  all he ever wanted was for me to hold and cuddle him and this is how i spent most of my work time in my studio:


He slept on my shoulder or in my lap and only weighed 15 oz at 7 weeks despite his brother being 2 lbs and his sister 1 1/2 lbs.

The other two – Gingersnap (Ging when she is good, Snap when she is naughty) and Berlioz  – are doing great and nearly ready for new families.  here are a few fun pics:

Mini masters of the cat tree

Momma Josephine

Of course Pezza can't get enough of them...

Even Tiger has gotten to like them...well like might be a strong word but she is interested in their antics...

I will be focusing on Cricut projects all week so be sure and come back to check it out – and leave me some comments – i love to hear what you think!!!

Good luck in the drawing and be sure to spread the word!!!

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anyone ready for a party????

i know i am!!!  Through the Craft Room Door turns ONE tomorrow!!!!!!  i can hardly believe it’s been a YEAR!  it has been a LOT of work and a HUGE learning experience but Suzanne and I both LOVE it!  and we love all of our wonderful readers too!  you guys have been amazing!  and to celebrate we are having a party over on the TTCRD website.  The website is open to all so you don’t HAVE to be a subscriber to come one over and party – and this is the kind of party where we encourage you to BRING YOUR FRIENDS!

WHEN: April 1-8, 2011 – ALL day and ALL night 🙂

WHERE: TTCRD website – you will need to register but it’s free – runs just like PCP.

So what all are we going to be doing?

  1. During the entire month of April we will draw ONE random winner each week from that week’s subscribers to receive a prize.
  2. we will have 2 daily scavenger hunt questions posted with a random winner chosen for each day at the end of the party (so you have all week to play.)  Question 1 will be for a prize.  Question 2 will be for a FREE 1 year PDF subscription to the magazine.
  3. We will have submission contests in the following categories – Your best crafting tip, a crafting question for us to answer, best storage tip, your best gift set.
  4. There will be a craft room contest but this is not your usual craft room contest – we want to see the MESSIEST craft room.
  5. We will also be announcing a Design Team call that will be open from April 1st-15th and it is open to all – not just subscribers.  Be sure to check out the details on the website.

so what kind of prizes have we got for you?  we have goodies sponsored by Basic Grey, Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design, Color Me Creative, My Mind”s Eye, Stamp Fairy, Greeting Farm, Sassafrass Lass, Great Impressions stamps, &Kids College Fund, Soft Pencil, & Your Next Stamp.  Any of those interest you?  Then come on over and play!!!!

we’ll see you there!

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decoupage table…CHECK! (& a blog tart!)

hi everyone!

well today was Pezza’s last day of preschool for awhile.  she is having lots of problems at school and we are not getting anywhere with her so i have decided to pull her out while we try some play group therapy to help her with impulse control and general social skills.  i think she is mostly just a whole lotta little person for most folks to handle.  but she does not listen well – has her own opinions and is stubborn as h***!  meanwhile i got some homeschooling stuff to keep her occupied while she is stuck at home with me and she will still get to go to the afternoon teacher once or twice a week – for some reason he can handle her and she does pretty well with him.  i have been mulling this over for a couple months now so i am ok with the decision, just kinda hard…

on the brighter side pezza and i finished the decoupage table i showed y’all and it just ROCKS!  i LOVE it!

first let’s see the before pic:

cute table but a little plain……..what to do…….

i {heart} it!  here are some close ups:

Table Top

Table Bottom Shelf

Drawer front with new glass knob

what do ya think???  talk about an improvement!  i started with various digi collage sheets i got on Etsy – they have SO many good ones!  specifically, the ones used on this table are from ArtCult, CalicoCollage and TatteredVintage.  I printed them on an inkjet printer and they did not smear BUT i will probably seal them with fixative first on the next item i do because the top coat had a bit of a pink tinge to it.

i started by printing out my collage pieces and then tearing them apart rather than cutting so i wouldn’t have hard edges.  Next i put a thin coat of Mod Podge on the back of each one and placed them randomly around the surfaces i was covering, overlapping and changing the angles as I went, until it was completely covered.  Of course there were pieces hanging over the edges so i just took sandpaper and sanded downward along the edges and they came off perfectly.

Once it was all covered i put another layer of Mod Podge over the top – i was afraid if i went right to the polyurethane the inks would totally smear.  i used the regular original nothing special mod podge.  have you been to the mod podge aisle lately?  there’s like 37 different kinds!  i have decided i need to spend some time getting to know them all!

Once the Mod Podge was dry I coated the areas with two coats of water based polyurethane, sanding in between.  then i put my new knob on – found it at Lowe’s.  i really wanted this cool pink one i saw online BUT i didn’t want to wait for it to get here *sigh*

so what do ya’ll think – better?  and hey, if anyone knows why i use “37” anytime i need a random number i will give ya a prize – don’t know what yet but it will be good!  all the folks who answer correctly will go into a drawing – you have until Saturday!

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CAS111:i caved…and a giveaway!

hi all!

well my week is NOT off to the funnest of starts – apparently there is rampant pollen in the air and it is the kind i don’t deal well with because WOW are my sinuses hurting!  it was impossible to sleep last night so i finally gave up a little before 2 this morning.  i may be napping while Pezza the Wonder Tot is in school this morning!  Once i decided it was probably NOT going to get any better and i was NOT going to go back to sleep i went and worked for awhile in my studio.  I did a bunch of paper organizing (all of the new colors i never made folders for) and cleaning up a bit so i could at least move in there.  I am working on my mom’s annual crawfish boil invitations and if you have been following me for a long time you will know she always makes these impossible requests but i find a way to make it happen.  this year is no different and you will get to see those along with a video on Imagine This Friday.

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In other exciting news…

my colored pencil class has officially launched over on Color Me Creative!!!!!  I am SO excited!  we already have people signed up and i chatted with several of them last night and they are very happy with the class materials and stuff so that is great news!  Head to the Colored Pencil page to get the details and sign up.  Then tonight you can also join us on the CMC main page for a live chat about the class – the chat is open to everyone so if you are not in the class you can still come by, chat, ask questions, get an idea of what the other girls think of the class, or any other topic we may decide to delve in to.  i sure hope to see you there!

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my card is inspired by the following challenges:

SCS Clean & Simple – sketch
Pile it On – Green & Orange
Aly’s Sketch – Spring
Cuttlebug Spot – Twine
Creative Card Crew – Green
Paperplay – Embossing

I cut the green and white squares on my Cricut using the George cartridge.  Then i embossed using a Sizzix folder (these emboss much deeper than provo craft.)  I edged the white with tea dye distress ink because the white just seemed a bit to stark…

My little teeny magnolia is colored with colored pencils on Cryogen cardstock and blended with baby oil.  I prefer no solvent blending BUT i can’t layer well on Cryogen and since that was what i stamped her on when i was at my buddy, suzanne’s i had to make do.  i usually LOVE Cryogen for my Copics though!  i don’t have quite the brightness i like when i use a solvent blending method.  but i still think she is cute!

So let’s have a show of hands – how many of my readers use colored pencils and did not take the plunge into Copics?

I will draw a name from all the comments and give you a nice grab bag of adhesives – foam dots in two sizes, glue dots, and a zig glue pen!

Colored pencils are certainly alot cheaper way to go that’s for sure!  although i DID find one type of colored pencil that costs about the same as a Copic (Caran d’Ache Luminance.)  i tried a few out and while they ARE wonderful i don’t think they are $4 worth of wonderful!  The best place to buy a set to start on is Michaels with a coupon.  The next best place to go, especially to buy them individually is Dick Blick.  that is where i get nearly all of my art supplies.  I have all of the Prismas but i have recently tried two other types and i really like them too – Derwent Colorsoft and Faber Castell Polychromos.  I also have a complete 72 piece set of Derwent Studio Pencils that I am hoping to sell – they are nearly un-used and I am only asking $50 for them (normally 94.95.)

ok folks i am off to get Pezza ready for school – maybe i will be able to nap while she is gone.  if not then i might be a little loopy at the chat tonight!

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Imagine This Friday (finally)

hi all!

WOW i had one computer issue after another it seems.  i finally got the power cord problem worked out and then i ran out of memory!  thank goodness for the HUGE external drive hubby had gotten for me – i just had to sit down and take the time to dump everything onto it!  i kept saying i was going to sort through it as i went but well…..not gonna happen right now!

i had a great day though – went and did Cici’s pizza with hubby and pezza – it’s her MOST fave place to go.  then came home and she fell asleep!!!!  so i spent some time dumping my too full memory and making a few cards to submit to PaperCrafts – there are 84 sketches to choose from!!!!!!  i am doing them using the cricut which doesn’t usually get published but i always like to give it a shot!  i am hoping to fit a few more into my busy schedule tomorrow morning – the deadline is Monday!

But onto why you came here!  I have another Imagine This Friday segment for you – this time we are working on the Borders of your images.  here are the two cards again:

If you look closely you will notice a slight difference – the card on the bottom has all of the images outlined in a thin brown border and the card on top does not:

This is how the images are printed originally.  the border is only visible around the balloons and it is light blue like the sky.

And this is them after i added a thin brown border.  neat huh?  first up, the video for folks who prefer them:

and for those that don’t here is a step-by-step for ya!

I am using the Best friends cartridge.  As you can see here i have placed my image in the que and broke it into layers.

Tap the next button to go into your Project Preview screen.  Then tap the Settings button.

The Settings screen will open.  In the top right corner is your Border Preferences.  You can see it is set on default and the other settings are grayed out so you can’t get to them.

Tap the triangle to make the menu drop down and choose Custom.  Now you can see the border options are no longer grayed out and you can access them to make changes.  Tap the Define Colors option and your Color screen will come up.

This screen will look familiar from our last lesson where we worked with RGB codes and selecting our own colors.  This is the same thing.  You can either choose to input a specific RGB code OR you can touch your stylus to the little cross hairs in the color wheel and drag it around until you have a color you are happy with.  Remember the black and white slider on the right hand side will darken or lighten your color – which is shown in the custom color box.

Last you can adjust the size or width of your border.  Mine was originally set at .04 and i decided to make it thinner so i went to .02.  you can also make it wider.  once you are satisfied with your changes tap Apply.

Now you can see all of my images have a brown border around them!

You can really see the difference here!

so what do you think????

Leave me a comment and let me know.  If you have an Imagine let me know if there is another topic you have questions about or want me to cover in a future lesson!  up for grabs this week is a 12×12 pad (36 sheets) of REALLY FUN paper:

I will draw a name on TUESDAY morning!!!

have a fabulous weekend my friends!

LAST CALL – mag sketch!

hi all!!!!

happy valentine’s day!  i WILL have an awesome post up for you this afternoon for valentine’s day but that will have to wait (until i finish it ACK!)  we are about to head over to the little class valentine breakfast at Pezza’s school – and she says there will be singing 🙂  always so funny!

i had two things i wanted to note quickly this morning:

You have ONE MORE WEEK to get your submissions in for the sketch challenge for Through the Craft Room Door!  We want to see how it inspires YOU – cards, tags, layouts, any project you want using the sketch as your jumping off point!

this is a great one for those paunch around the page punches we have all been collecting…………………………..

second thing i have for you – the winner of the adhesive goodies from Imagine This Friday – Juli C.!  congrats girl!

now i am off to party 🙂

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