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Monthly Archives: September 2008

Ok, I must admit that I didn’t do a whole lot of picture taking today. It was dreary out, so I focused on some macro shots inside the house using the camera. I also successfully downloaded the pics off my BlackBerry to my computer for filing!

I was able to pump out a Swedish Collage card too over the last couple of days to meet the challenge at Starving Artistamps. Once you get into it, these cards are FUN! Here’s my version using the Tropics DoodleFactory set from SA.

Starving Artistamps

How did it go? Did you take a pic of yourself? If you haven’t yet, make sure you do it today by taking a pic of yourself in the mirror, holding the camera out in front of you or giving someone else the task! Save any receipts from Monday? Any emails? Any news? Watch any tv?

This is just a friendly reminder to jot down any notes before you go to bed each night. It’s a nice way to empty your brain. 🙂 Good luck today!

I recently reviewed this product at ScrapFriends and had some fun with it! It’s basically a hot-tipped pen that glides along a foil sheet depositing the foil onto the object underneath, usually paper. The product does have merits and you can get better with practice. It’s a great tool to add foil accents to any patterned paper, which is very popular right now. Here are a couple projects using the foil pen. The first uses the foil as an outline image over both the patterned paper and cardstock mat. I used a Heidi Swapp mask as the template. It was mostly successful, but I learned a lot when working with the foil and the pen.


Staedtler's Hot Foil Pen

For this page, I used a Fiskars template to trace the stars above and below the pic on the left. I like the result here better than the one above. 🙂 Just personal preference I guess!

Staedtler's Hot Foil Pen

YOU have an interesting life, whether you work at home or out of the house. Believe me, you do! I had the pleasure of spending a full day with Ali Edwards at CKU Orlando a couple of years ago creating an entire album about a week in MY life. At first it seemed like a mountain of homework, picture taking and assembly. It was SO worth it! I love looking back at my album and seeing my life for that 1 week. It’s a great snapshot in time of your everyday schedule.

Ali is going to do this project again and I want to join her! Anyone want to join us? I can help you through it since I’ve been there and Ali will too of course! She’s going to put up some great info tomorrow on her blog about it, so take a look. You’ll NEVER be sorry that you did it, believe me. Do I have time to do this? Will I take enough pictures? Will I write down the memories every day? All that I can say is that I WILL DO MY BEST. 🙂 Come on, I know you want to! Let’s buckle down and have some great fun while recording these 7 consecutive days in our lives next week.

Leave a comment and let me know if you’re in. There’s never a better time than now.

by Lindsay! Here are the rules:

1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

The “facts” about me:

1. Steak is my favorite dinner

2. I can tie a cherry stem into a knot with just my tongue

3. I’m a Libra

4. Red is my favorite color

5. I know how to milk a cow

6. I’ve seen Bigfoot

7. I think potato chips ROCK!

My taggees: Chris, Tammy, Pam, La Verne, Cori, Renee and Lisa.

Flair Designs has great theme collections with Christmas, Halloween and Beach being my favorites. This year, Flair introduced Spellbound, a 6 patterend paper collection with 2 matching sticker sets. Check out the review at ScrapFriends to see all of the projects completed by the team. I’ll share mine here.

Flair Designs, Spellbound

Flair Designs, Spellbound

See Stephanie’s how-to on ScrapFriends for this treat bag.

Flair Designs, Spellbound

If you ever travel abroad or like the international flair on your projects, definitely get some clear stamps from Dove of the East. Beautiful in their detail and perfect for cards and embellishments, these stamps bring China, Japan, India and Russia right to you! Check out the ScrapFriends review and other great projects using the images.

The first is an ATC with the elephant debossed into embossing powder. The other stamps on the background are also from the India Journey set.

India Journey ATC

This card uses images from the Japan Journey set. So lovely!

Japan Journey Card

I think this is my favorite! The clock kit is from Kaiser and the paper plus stamps are from Dove of the East, China Journey. I really love how it looks aged, all keeping with the great picture a fellow coworker took while in China last year. Pretty amazing!

China Journey Clock

Here’s a note from Tracey at Starving Artistamps:
We have just posted our first ever company sponsored challenge on our blog.  Everyone is free to participate and anyone who participates will be entered into our drawing for a free sheet of stamps!   If you are interested in playing along please visit our blog for details:
What is Swedish Collage?  Stop by our gallery and find out! We have lots of inspiration, new projects featuring our newest releases, and examples of swedish collage style stamping in our gallery located here:
And dont forget all the new halloween releases are shipping now!
There is still time to shop! 
Need some extra incentive?  From now until September 23rd 2008  enter this code in the discount code box and save 20% off all Starving Artistamps and DoodleFactory stamps.  Offer valid on your next new website order, not to be combined with any other offer. 

Enter the code in the shopping cart discount code box and click recalculate, you should see the discount applied.  Free shipping for orders over $65 inside the US and Canada. Free Shipping outside the US and Canada on orders over $100. (some exclusions apply, see website FAQs section for details)
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Thanks for reading!



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