Thursday, August 19, 2010

I am so excited about this Awesome New Software "Makes The Cut" ~ I can now cut JPG and SVG files with my Cricut Machine.......

And Yes, You Can Too..............

Check out this program today and stay tuned for video tutorials on how to use this baby coming very soon!

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Click on either of the links below to get more information OR purchase yours on sale today! .... did I also say for a limited time only it is on SALE!!!! Yes, it is on SALE! Wow! 

I have been a Sure Cuts A Lot user for years now and I am so excited about this program I am busting at the scissors!!! LOL! Click on one of these links below to get yours!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Organizing and Storage Tips

I love my paper organizers... I purchased this wall system from a local scrapbook store that was going out of business ~ and for super cheap! 

Organizing and figuring out just were to put all this neat stuff.....................

Yes, it can be a daunting task, but it can also be a fun one in which you will need to pull from within ~ your most creative inclinations.... Ok, so have I pumped any of you up with all that fancy talk yet? Hopefully, I didn't scare anyone away.....

Seriously scrappers.... we have to know were everything is or at the very least ..... were it goes in order to grab it when that spark or in some cases explosion of creativity comes along.

The is nothing worse than needing ...... THAT PAPER.... you know the perfect one with all the glitter and oh yes THAT INK  yes the ink that matches those adorable little swirly designs going down the side of that perfect paper ........ Ohhhh it that would be just perfect for this layout........ but YIKES were is it?

If this is you....... stay tuned for some ideas, inspirational photos of my journey or more appropriately termed quest to de-clutter my space plus I will try to add in some photos of other's awesome spaces that I have come along during my travels down the internet highway gathering ideas. To get you started, here are a few great books that I have used to get some of my ideas from, but don't stop here, I have dedicated an entire section on my main website for organization tips and stores to purchase items from - click here if you want to check it out later... Be sure to check back often as I am always updating my site with the latest greatest!

For more books, software, and ideas be sure and check out my web site updating it now! Here are just a few picture ideas I snapped to get you thinking about your space..... I hope you enjoy looking at mine!

This is one of my favorite items..... I am not sure if they are still available... I have been searching both on-line and in person and no luck so far! If I find them I will post a link!

These ribbon holders are both affordable on most budgets (they fit right into my microscopic budget at least!) and they are super functional!  I will try to find a link for these too for you but for now I did find these great options... enjoy!

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A Nice Desk Top Version and also nice to your pocketbook...... yes, again with the budget stuff! Sorry scrappers but I am always looking for the deals! Anyway, this is cute and will keep your ribbons handy for you in a pinch!

Watch for the next blog.......... paper organization! I decided since this organizing stuff is no easy or simple task that I would break down the various sections in my space (mainly the ones I had issues with and I am guessing you may too...) and provide as much detail and directions with tips and information! If anyone has any great ideas they would like to post............. then join us in this challenge of getting our spaces organized!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Pixie Plus Craft Sewing Machine by Singer..... Friend or Foe...... Read On!

Pixie Plus Craft Machine by Singer - So misunderstood & Un-Loved
Welcome to my Spunky Review!

Hello fellow bloggers!
I got a new toy today and to be honest at first I was so upset after I read some of the reviews.......even before I opened the box.... (why do I do that... after the fact researching thing? Who knows!) Anyway, on average the reviews on several sites - 2 Stars..... WOW! 
Sooooo after feeling like someone let the air out of my balloon, I decided to do a little more research, check out some videos on the youtube, play with it myself ALL to better poised to play with my new little toy and give what I hope to be an informative ScrapBooker’S ReViEw!
Ok, my two cents worth..... 
Initial knee jerk reactions after reading at least 30 reviews or more..... majority of the customers that gave the low marks purchased it for the purpose of having a portable general purpose sewing machine or a starter machine for a young lady in their family........... and it simply is not suitable for that! As the name implies it is for the purpose of craft sewing and I take that to mean “Paper” and that is how it was represented to me by the wonderful clerk that helped me make my purchase. Now I do realize that the term “Craft” extends beyond the realm of paper ~ but honestly at about $45-$65 how industrial do folks expect it to be!
First Impressions - Right out of the Box
Packed very securely - box within a box - inset foam mold custom fit to machine
Includes Power Cord (has optional battery operation mode) & we all know most vendors rather us purchase batteries then supply the power supply cord...not here.. included! 
Eight Stitches Settings - Favorites for Scrappers (according to Nicole.... I AGREE!) are 3 & 7!
Lots of Extras - a box filled with 16 (I think or more) metal pre-loaded bobbins in several colors of thread, and then matching threads, buttons, measure tape, needles PLUS! 

Pre-threaded with a sample stitched material in the machine from factory .... Yeah! Yes, Pre-threaded! 

See the cut little piece of material that is included.....
Thread Broke 1st time I used it...... but I soon discovered it was operator error!!!! 
Foot Pedal is Cheap and Light - doesn’t stay down or secure well..... hummmmm - maybe tape!
VERY HARD DIRECTIONS TO FOLLOW! - This is why we have the internet I decided... searching I went.......
I was having such a difficult time figuring out how to re-thread my machine and change out the colors of the bobbin and threads (honestly - I was making a mountain out of a mole hill - I promise you!!!!) When I bumped into a wonderful video on Youtube and it was so easy after that!!!! Here is the video - hopefully it will help you as much as it helped me to love my machine! Click below if you would like to see it too... Her name is Nicole from Scrapology!

Pixie Plus Review by Scrapology @ YouTube

I absolutely LoVe it and soon I will have the picture up to prove it .... so watch out for lots of neat layouts and photo mats coming soon with sewn details!!! Yippie! I can’t wait..... actually I am going to go now and sew some paper!!! Besitos My Friends! Until Later.......
                      WHY WAIT! 
                 YOU WILL LOVE IT! 

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I just love how these are turning out!!!

Two cute photo mats I made today....
Here is another set to match the set above.....
Honestly, I craft lifted this color and theme scheme....
fell in love with it and made it mine!
Which You Too Can Do With This Machine!!!!!
I am working on some Frog Themed Pages...
 So, I Just swapped this mat out for previous (boring) version before it....
Ohhhhh La La!!!
I am feeling soooo Crafty!!!

And another frog mat.... this is fun!!!
Here is one of the goodies I made today with my new toy!!!

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Tear Bear Update.....

Sorry it has been awhile but honestly, I am on a bit of a different path and have decided to instead post the complete process on my website at .... look under the link for "Tear Bears"!

New info in next posting..... check it out! Awesome Stuff!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tear Bears.... What Are They? How Do You Make Them? What Do You Do With Them Then?

What is a Tear Bear? 
They are those adorable hand made little bear embellishments crafted from home made paper. They are so cute and adorable they will really add charm and life to your scrapbook pages.

I still remember the first time I saw one of these little furry buddies while browsing Ebay a few years back..... but could I just buy one or two and move on like most..... NO, of course not......... For those of you that don't know me yet, you will soon find, I can't just see something cute and enjoy it....Nooooooo, I have to investigate it, try to mimic it, work and work at it until I can create it, then being the perfectionist and artsy farsy type that I am...... oh yes, I have to then add my own little spin on it and YES change it up to my own liking and then and only then will I ENJOY it!

When I first saw them on Ebay I went Tear Bear Crazy! I searched blogs, web-sites, ordered how to do kits.....(not very helpful.... usually only partial truths...) determined, I had to make these adorable little furry pieces of paper...... dare I say it was an obsession! Well, of course it was!!!!! So I stayed up many nights well past when the roasters start to do that cock-a-doodle do thing they do! ...... I had to learn HOW TO MAKE THEM!

I know this seems an easy task today, as I know they have been around a bit.... but just in case there are any others out there wanting to uncover the deep well protected secrets of tear bear I am almost certain there has got to be a sort of code of silence when it comes to some secrets of the crafty set on Etsy and Ebay! Well starting today here and now I am going to expose everything I have learned to date on these little creatures!!!!

I will try to add a step or two every night....... it totally depends on my little one and his tolerance to mommy not paying total attention to him!!!!

Makes You Kind of Go Hummmm!

Ok, so I am just to darn beat to scrapbook tonight, so instead I blog!!! 

Read these my friends, they are some little thoughts I picked up here and there and gosh darn it they just make sooooo much sense! See what you think and add to the bottom if you would like to add some insight to "UNIVERSAL TRUTHS"!

UNIVERSAL TRUTHS ... nobody wants to admit to.... but many live by! 

1. Children outgrow everything, except their mother's hearts!
2. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.
3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.
4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.
5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
6. Was learning cursive really necessary?
7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #6. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
8. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a purse, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet my behind everyone can find and push the snooze button from 4 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!
9. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.
10. Bad decisions make great stories.
11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.
13. Is it just me or do high school kids get dumber & dumber every year?

14. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Damn it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What did you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?
16. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I'm trying to read that T E X T!
17. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
18. I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in. 
19. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.
20. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.
21. Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw it. 

22. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

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