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Let’s Talk HTV | Silhouette Sunday

This week’s Silhouette Sunday video was a quick and easy baby onesie that could be for your own child or an easy gift to give. Layering HTV in different textures and colors can be intimidating. When tackling this type of project, there are some things to keep in mind…

  1. Some brands of HTV can not be layered. You need to read the directions to make sure you chunk out a design as needed. I did another video about this. You can see it here:ย https://youtu.be/Hm0fqEtM_VU
  2. ย Some brands of HTV come on a carrier sheet and need to be mirrored. Some brands don’t… READ twice and cut once. I can’t tell you how many HTV projects I’ve goofed because I didn’t read part of the directions.

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Where I’ve Been….

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a horrible blogger. I forget to post stuff here and it’s always just in the “background”. I use to say my Youtube channel was quite the opposite, until this year. I’ve been MIA for months and figured a blog post was the easiest way to update anyone wanting to know where I’ve been.

This may read as kinda short but I’m trying to make a long story short…..

About three months ago, I was in a creative frenzy. One of my good friends was expecting her first child and I (and many of our common friends) were on full baby shower planning mode! I was already planning on missing a Silhouette Sunday to prepare favors and run around for the upcoming baby shower. I assumed I would get back on schedule in the next week. While in the process of making last minute arrangements my friend calls me in a panic. She went to the doctor and they couldn’t find a heart beat. She lost her baby at 36 weeks and delivered a still born.

Needless to say, I had no interest in making anything for the weeks that followed. It wasn’t my loss but I was sad for my friend. On top of that, I was spending most of my free time helping her family and filling in for her at work.

So that’s where I’ve been. If you sent an email the past few weeks, thank you! I’m still here! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy New Year | 2016

I know, I know…
Where I have I been the last month?!?! ย Let me update you on what happened in December.

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The month started with the best intentions but life, as it does, got all up in the way. My plan was to crank out a few Christmas card videos and film my December Daily progress but none of that worked out. I got sick a few days before Thanksgiving and that was the beginning of the end. ๐Ÿ™ It all started as a head cold but by day 16, I had moved on to full bronchitis. I needed steroids and antibiotics to make it back to health. The day I got better, my poor husband got sick. My illness, his illness plus the long list of holiday “to-do” list meant there was no time for crafting. Kleenex, NyQuil and sleep was the story of December 2015.

Anyways, I have big crafty plans for 2016!

 

Long Time, No See…. Right?

Well that’s because I’ve been super busy! I am honored to be part of the wonderful design team over at Top Dog Dies!

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This website is a card makers dream! Lot’s of cute dies that are the perfect size for card fronts. They also have some very nice specialty shapes for card bases too! I’ve been working on projects for the last few weeks and I’m very excited to FINALLY be able to share them with you!


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Want to see more? Hop on over to and check it out! Between now and October 20th you’ll get double reward points for any purchases you make. Just see the website for details! ๐Ÿ™‚

They’re Baaaack! =)

Hey Guys!

I had a few cards published in CARDS magazine and I just realized I hadn’t shared them here….at all!

Northridge Publishing announced several changes so I was pleasantly surprised when I received a box from them a few weeks ago.ย These are the last two cards I made that were featured in their magazine.

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Certainly not my best photography but I’ve already given the cards away so there is no reshooting this one. Plus….nothing I shoot will look as good as what they send to print, lol! ๐Ÿ™‚IMG_0453

Speaking of print, I’m going to miss getting a glossy magazine. I don’t know if everyone has heard the news, but they switched over to a completely digital format.

Any-who… enough of my rambling! Thanks for stopping by!

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Hello!

So, now that summer is over I’m in full crafting mode….

This happens every year. I spend most of the summer running around and then BAM the week before I have to go back to work I go into creative overdrive. Where was all this passion in June, lol?

But any-who, on to the card…

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It’s simple in design but I really didn’t want to take anything away from the stitching. For this card I used items from both the Studio Calico August Scrapbook kit and card kit. I don’t subscribe to the scrapbooking kit but all the new CHA papers and embellishments from Amy Tangerine and Dear Lizzy suckered me in this month. The only items on the card that are “exclusive” to Studio Calico (they love that exclusive business…) is the stitching template and the wood veneers. The background polka dot paper is from Dear Lizzy “Polka Dot’ party and the grey chevron is by My Minds Eye. I’d link them below, but they don’t seem to be available in stores yet. ย Amy Tangerine has made these templates for her last two lines so you could get something similar if you wanted, without buying a kit.

Here’s a close up and a process video, if your interested. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Polaroid Fotobar

I’m always on the hunt for a well-printed picture. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s an obsession that started when I was in college. I always enjoyed photography and had the privilege of working in a photography studio (that actually printed IN-HOUSE) when I was a junior in college. Part of the gig was understanding the chemistry of a ginormous Kodak printer (and being able to roll/load photo paper and film blind, but that’s another topic all together…:)). The experience taught me a whole bunch of things about photography, chemistry and people but the most important thing it gave me is an appreciation for good, consistent print quality. This appreciation is what led me to give the Polaroid Fotobar a try.

Currently, the only brick-and-mortar locations are in Florida and Washington DC. (More locations are in the works, but they are all in Florida.) I grew up in south Florida and visit friends and family that still live there on a regular basis. On my last trip I swung into the Polaroid Fotobar that I had read about online. Their focus seems to be on printing from mobile devices (i.e.-instagram) but they can print any picture you load into your account in a “Polaroid” style picture. If you’re particularly fond a photo, they can print it on wood, canvas, metal, paper or bamboo in a bigger-than-my-livingroom size. Anyways, without further ado… the fotobar.

 

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A row of computers to load, crop and submit your photos.

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Complimentary water to keep you hydrated. Photo cropping is taxing, lol!

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Trinkets to buy while they print your polaroids. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Some history. :p

Want to print your own pics? Visit the at www.polaroidfotobar.com! (They even have international shipping!) Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

So Happy For You :)

A friend of mine talked me into taking an online crafting class with her called “Pattern Play”
HELLO! Have you met me? I have no aversion to patterned paper, lol! Just look at the crazy pictures on this blog…. Let’s be honest, I don’t need someone talking me into using MORE patterned paper. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I NEED a twelve-step program.

Today was about actually using patterned paper with a focus on a three piece formula. The problem? I can’t limit myself to three patterns. ๐Ÿ˜•

Anyways, here is something I created that uses some of what they talked about in “class”. I’m sure that three pattern thing is negotiable but I digress…

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I used this SC sketch and didn’t change a thing. I tend to be the literal type when it comes to sketches anyway but this one seemed nice just the way it was.

PS- I’ve been doing pretty good with my self-challenge of killing off some old supplies. All the papers in this card are from an old MME “Follow Your Heart” 6×6 Pad. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I didn’t grow up with high speed internet but man, oh man do you miss it when it’s gone….

Our connection has been spotty the whole week and I finally decided to call the cable company… turns out, the whole block is screwed up. Anyways, this lack of internet means that the chances of getting a video up by Sunday is slim to none. I can post to wordpress via my phone’s data connection but I think it may explode if I try to upload a HD video to youtube. ๐Ÿ™‚

One good thing to come out of this is the opportunity to play with some stuff thats been sitting in my stash.

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I never got into the whole “distressed” style of crafting but I have purchased many Tim Holtz distress inks and specialty papers. The lack internet finally gave me the motivation to try to make some distress stuff fit my very neat style. It’s amazing what you can get done (or at least attempt) when you stop wasting hours watching cat videos on YouTube, lol. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Blast from a Blog Past

I was looking through some old pictures in iPhoto and discovered these cards. I know I posted these on my old blog but that is long gone now. (See my very first blog post for details :).) You won’t see a supply list with these since they are old projects but I’m pretty sure they were all made with Studio Calico kits. I’ve recently lost my interest in SC (various reasons) but I won’t deny them credit where credit is due – ย they do make some nice kits every now and then. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Didn’t You Have A Different Blog…

I sure did… and I’m sure you’re wondering what happened to it.ย Well boys and girls, let me give you some bloggin’ advice – don’t let your domain registration expire! If you want the long story, keep reading…..

When I first began blogging, I wasn’t sure if I was really willing to make the commitment so I only registered my domain for two years (it was cheaper) and had an auto-renew agreement going that I could cancel if I wanted…. Well, time got away from me and so did the little part about keeping my domain registration current. When I initially set up my agreements with GoDaddy, I used an email address that I now no longer check on a regular basis (It was a MobileME email address, a discontinued program, you Apple people know what I’m talking about… :p ). Anywho – they tried to email me to let me know that the credit card I had on file had expired and that my domain was about to expire for two months…. The problem was that it all went to an email address I rarely ever check so everything expired before I ever saw the emails. I could have gone through some crazy recovery process but it would have cost me hundreds of dollars and it just wasn’t worth it to me. I’m the first to admit, it was my fault for letting it slip through the cracks. I thought I had changed my email address with all of my important accounts but, obviously, I didn’t. So here we are, on a new domain but if the old one becomes available again (which I’m sure it will, who the heck wants a website called nasayi, lol) I’ll connect it with this one. ๐Ÿ™‚