Thursday, June 18, 2009

Market Day is Here Again!

Market Day at the Greeting Farm happened again today. Quick, if you hurry you can still get some really great deals on some fantastic stamps. I picked up:

This is called matey and it's normally $15. Today, while supplies last, it's $10.

And I also got:

It's called Wonderland and it's on clearance. I have a couple of projects in mind for this, especially a late birthday present for someone who really loves Alice in Wonderland.

The first set was on sale, and in order to get it at that price, you have to go here. And again, it's only while supplies last.

I like the stamps, but I haven't done my review from the first set, so that'll be forthcoming. The thing I like least about the stamps is that you have to cut them out (and I don't have those small rubber-cutting scissors). But the red rubber is really nice and provides a FANTASTIC print. They don't stain like the clear stamps do, either.

If I keep buying, I'm going to run out of room in my rubber stamp container, so I'm thinking of unmounting a few of the big wood blocks I rarely use. This way, I get a little more room, I think.

I've been looking at a few more of the stamps, but I think they'll wait a while. I'm set for a bit of time. Now it's onto work on my coloring and other fantastic things.

Oh, and speaking of awesome stampers, check out the contest at Gaal Creative. Aside from being a talented stamper, she's an awesome photographer. This week's giveaway is inspiring and made me think of a book I read this year called 'Into the Forest.'

'Into the Forest' is the story of 2 girls who have survived a global fever and war. They live in the forest, in their nice home that their father constructed, but soon he, too succumbs to death and the girls are left to become women. It's not 100% happy, and it WILL make you think, but it's a fantastic read.

Anyway, check out her site--Anne even has a link to her photo store and you can get some great deals.

One other really cool stamper that I should mention is Sandy, who is participating in NaBloPoMo, which is National Blog Posting Month. Every day, she's featuring a Hero on her blog. Sandy is busy with Cards for Heroes, but it's absolutely fantastic that she's devoting time to blogging every day this month.

So those are two of the very awesome people I know from the Internet, who continually challenge and devote time to wonderful things. And I apologize in advance, because I haven't done them justice. Check them out! Go, now!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Favorite Things Blog Candy

Enfys is giving away a few of her favorite things here. Go sign up and enjoy!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Blog Layout: Changes

One of my favorite things from the Pixar movie 'Meet the Robinsons' is: Keep moving forward.

And at the very end of the flim, the screen goes black, and then the following Walt Disney quote is shown:
"Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."

So, in an effort to keep moving forward, I've tweaked my layout a bit. You should notice the page loads quicker--there are few archival post links. I'm moving forward. I'll have more posts on projects I've finished. I'll go back to scrap n'tell. I've gotten rid of the annoying ads, too. I might be experimenting with a few things, but for the most part, I want to make sure your experience is just as good as possible.

MTS: Laughing!

I started hanging out at about a month ago (actually, I signed up the same day I got a link to the site). I've been really impressed with the site and the creatives on the site. There are a couple other sites that I like, non-vegetable related, but I seem to be on MTS quite often.
I signed up for their newsletter and got this list...which promptly made me laugh.

Jenn's Top Ten Reasons Why my Cricut is better than a man

10. It can do the same thing over and over and not complain
9. It does what I ask the first time without me having to nag
8 No matter how many buttons I push it won't get mad.
7. It doesn't have to watch Monday night Football
6. It doesn't mind waiting until I am darn good and ready to use it.
5. Not once has it ever burped
4. If I ask it to do something for me it doesn't expect something in return.
3. It doesn't get offended if I touch another tool
2 My Cricut came with instructions
1. My Cricut comes with cartridges not in-laws

MoreThanScrapbooking is a really

Sunday, June 14, 2009

New Layout--Meow!

MEOW! This layout is based on a Jennifer Sprague tutorial using hybrid scrapping. Used my computer for the journaling. A piece of Bazzil cardstock (pumpkin-colored) is just under a piece of 12x12 DCWV glitter kitty paper cut down to an 11 inch square. 2 photos of the kitties (top is Evie, the second is Evie and Max) over a piece of cut down cardstock, and a piece of Bazzil border hangs over the edge. There are some felt hearts in the top right hand corner and I used some leftover thickers for the title. Gave my corner rounder a bit of a workout too, yay! has some really cool tutorials and classes, in fact, she's having a class that you can sign up for next week (I'm planning to take it, too!). I will let you know specifics, but I totally think you need to check her out. I really like using that corner rounder, LOL.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Flower Factory Score

I don't often get to go to flower factory, but when I do I usually end up walking out with a few things. Apart from some supplies for a project I'll be showing you soon, I picked up some paper and some stamps this last time.

Note, if you have a flower factory near you, you should check it out. I think individual memberships are free and they sell a little bit of everything (baking, flowers, candles, scrappy stuff, paper supplies)--if you have a business you can get a discount. They had the new thickers (retail around $5) for under $3 (I want to say $2.50), which is really cool! I gave up thickers when I got my cricut (still using my stash, but I had a really big thickers addiction for a while), so it's just a public service announcement for you.

Okay, so anyway, this post is all about savings. And awesome supplies. I picked up two of these series 30 Studio G stamps--both fourth of july--the one with the rocket and the one with the flag. They were $0.92/pc, I think.

I also got some cosmo cricket!!! Yes, Cosmo Cricket!!!!
Girl Friday Wednesday:

Girl Friday Saturday:

And the Girl Friday Elements:

Snorkel Carbonation:

Snorkel Elements:

I also got a pretty cool spinner card for $1.00 or $1.20:

The sheets of paper were $0.60/pc and the elements were $0.80 for two sheets. This is a really great deal, considering most online stores are still selling the papers for around $1.00 and $1.50 or $2.00 for the elements. Not necessarily THAT great, but if I had a big project requiring many pieces, I could be saving a LOT of money. Will have to start stalking the store to see if I can get my hands on the early bird line.

(Not) A Piece of Cake

My baby brother graduated from High School Friday night. 11 years after I graduated, LOL. Apart from being a great photo opportunity (more on that later), it was cool to see him and have fun with him and his gaggle of friends (not so cool to have earned a huge sunburn on my face and neck and arms after playing badminton for 4 hours on Saturday)...

My high school song was 'Time of your life' by Green Day (I'm not punctuating it correctly)--which was mine. Of course, in '98 it was brand new. And both of us were unhappy with the song. I wanted 'Whip It' because the 80s were a big deal to many of us, and because our mascot was a whippet. My brother wanted someone else, and I can't remember what song he wanted... but he has awesome taste in music, unlike me. LOL.

Anyway, my mom called at 5:30 on Thursday telling me that he wanted a Han Solo cake for graduation. I started calling all of my cake people (and stopped into a few places)... I originally planned on getting an edible image, however the fates (and George Lucas) would prove to be against me because the licensing for the old Han Solo images isn't available in this neck of Ohio. Called so many places, might have ended up with Indiana Jones (which my brother vetoed, even though he LOVES Indy stuff) or a Han Solo action figure and a logo, but I ended up having to pipe Han Solo on a cake my mom had covered in fondant.

This is what the grad boy wanted:

Okay, keep in mind it's freehand, and I haven't decorated a cake since my certification a year ago. There seem to be mixed reviews. I really need to work on faces. But for just drawing it freehand, I think I did okay. Really happy with the way the fingers turned out, clutching the blaster:

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Got Sentiments?

100 plus for under $35.00 shipped... They're unmounted.

FYI.... Just thought I'd pass it along.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Archiver's Score

Archiver's is usually hit and miss for me. I love going there because they stock certain lines, and because I expect them to have some of the newer things (that the two LSS don't carry), but sometimes I'm disappointed.

Last night was a little hit and miss. I got an email about a cardstock sale (buy 10 pieces of their cardstock, get 10 free) and my BF's sister asked me to pick up some for her (She needs to make some elmo Cricut cuts and she has no cardstock). She gave me a list of what she wanted, and then let me pick out some colors (which, by the way, I went all weird and crazy with--some 80s colors, some browns, blues, etc). I was planning on getting the 8 and 1/2 by 11 paper (really want to make some cards).

I called Archiver's (okay, yes, I have the number memorized because the last four digits are the year I graduated from high school (1998) and asked if they carried kraft paper. I know I've seen it there before. I nearly cleaned out the LSS in the middle of the city the last time I bought some (3 or 4 pieces), and I'm not sure if the one near where I work sells it, so I'll have to check that out. Really loving the Kraft cardstock now.

The woman who answered said she had no idea what I was talking about. I tried to describe it, but she didn't know. So I thanked her and drove over there to pick up the cardstock for my BF's sister. Then I decided to shop for me.

Didn't get cardstock, as I didn't see any kraft and I've got a bunch of 8 and 1/2 by 11 that I SHOULD be using. Looked around and picked up some patterned paper.

Crate Paper Lillian: Gathering (this is a double sided paper, the middle is the closeup of the design)

Crate Paper Little Sprout: Meadow (this is a double sided paper, the middle is the closeup of the design)

Crate Paper Little Sprout: Frolic (this is a double sided paper, the middle is the closeup of the design)

Crate Paper Orbit: Playtime (this is a double sided paper, the middle is the closeup of the design)

Crate Paper Orbit: Lineup (this is a double sided paper, the middle is the closeup of the design)

American Crafts Teen Paper (Going to use this for a Music themed layout).

I asked if they had any October Afternoon (Ducks in a Row, Cherry Hill or Night Light) and was quickly told the lines didn't exist. And that the woman should know because she's worked there for a few years. The other associate (at the register) said quickly 'Maybe it's something that does exist, but we're just not ordering. We get an internal list of things we can be on the lookout for, but it doesn't ring any bells.' It was an odd experience, to say the least, but I ended up wandering around the store for a little longer and came up with a few things that I'd heard about, but hadn't seen. Including:

Imaginisce My New Pencil Box

Imaginisce No Passing Notes Paper

I've never used Imaginisce paper, despite having loved their stamps for such a long time. And I've seen Crate Paper online, but never used it, either. I was really surprised because I didn't spend a lot of money but got some pretty good deals.