Thursday, December 31, 2009
I have some news that I MUST send on to you. Now this is really not like me but this just boiled my bottom and I think you need to be aware.
During August of 2009 a dear friend of mine, Julie, wanted to purchase some digi scraps for a son, Connor, she just had. He is the first child for her and her husband and boy were they proud. I have even became an Aunt. Well there is no relation but I am known as "Aunt Lisa from Over the Pond". Remember I live in Michigan and she, Julie, lives in England.
Julie asked Robyn, from Scrapper Girl Design, http://scrappergirldesigns.com/blog/ to create some "boy" patterns. Robyn agreed and over $52.00 dollars was sent to her. What Robyn sent to Julie was very girlie and Julie was not happy. I don't blame her. When your a baby, you really need boy/girl embellishments. To make a long story short, Robyn stopped ALL contact with Julie and kept the money. That's not right. I would try to make one happy and I would feel bad that you didn't like my creations.
On happier news......Julie, from Pretty Scrappy, http://prettyscrappy.com/xcart/home.php and Valerie from Valerie N Design http://valeriendesigns.blogspot.com/ saved the day when they didn't have too. They created some beautiful pages for Julie and they did it for free. What a kind heart they have! I would like to say thank you to you both!
Please, for me, do your research. Know who you are buying from and maybe ask for a quick layout, including embellishment, before you send money.
To get the full story, from Julie, please go to her blog at http://juliescreations1.blogspot.com/2009/12/robyn-from-scrappergirl-designs-took.html
Thanks again Valerie and Julie for helping my friend at a time of need.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
First I would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday. I hope Santa brings you all that you wish for.
For my last file of the year I thought I would do something different. How about a tag? I saw this done by someone, sorry I do not know who, and I thought it was gorgeous. Mine is no where near her excellence, but I tried. :) Please do not go by the picture. lol When I put the tag together I noticed it was reversed and now that I look at it I see I left no hole at the top. OOPS! haha Use a cute punch. I have a small heart that would look good. See where it is blank on the left side? I tried to cut snowflakes but they were just to small. Maybe you could draw some ot use a small punch. I think I might have laser stickers that would look good. :)
So I hope you like my first attempt at these tags. I was wondering if I made several of these to sell would you buy them? How many do you think I should place in a bag and for how much? I would really like your import. Please email me or leave a comment.
Again, I hope you all have a safe and wonderful holiday and I will see you next year. lol
Remember, I am looking for ideas. If you have one, pass it on!
Hugs and kisses
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Hi ya all,
As we get closer to X-mas I am wondering where the snow is. Now mind you I will complain in a few months to you. haha
Hope you have all your shopping, baking, and wrapping done. I am almost done with the wrapping and I think I might finish on Thursday. I did all the baking over the weekend with no help. I feel like that story "The Little Red Hen.". Do you remember that one? http://www.enchantedlearning.com/stories/fairytale/littleredhen/story/
Any who I know that I have this one as Let it Snow card, but you don't get the card. :( It's just the title. The card I placed it on was 6"x6" so you know the title is very small. Oh I don't know if you all received my note on the Yahoo Groups but DO NOT send 6"x6" cards/envelopes. As of the Summer, the post office raised their rates! They told me that the machines do not recognize this size and they have to be moved by hand. So I paid double of a normal stamp. It's the holidays and I should not care, but I think I will never do that mistake again.
I will see you next week, which is when you get my X-mas present to you. As you can tell, Im very excited. :) So you all be good. Santa is still watching you and he know's you just bought more paper that you didn't need! Oh that's right, that was me!!! hahaha
Have a wonderful week,
Let it Snow
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Just enjoy her and I will see you next week. Oh what ever you do, don't go by the picture for her teeth. I think I put them on upside down! hahaha
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Ever wonder how the Christmas card got started? Here is the website I got my information from.....
A relatively recent phenomenon, the sending of commercially printed Christmas cards originated in London in 1843.
Previously, people had exchanged handwritten holiday greetings. First in person. Then via post. By 1822, homemade Christmas cards had become the bane of the U.S. postal system. That year, the Superintendent of Mails in Washington, D.C., complained of the need to hire sixteen extra mailmen. Fearful of future bottlenecks, he petitioned Congress to limit the exchange of cards by post, concluding, "I don’t know what we’ll do if it keeps on."
Not only did it keep on, but with the marketing of attractive commercial cards the postal burden worsened. The first Christmas card designed for sale was by London artist John Calcott Horsley.
A respected illustrator of the day, Horsley was commissioned by Sir Henry Cole, a wealthy British businessman, who wanted a card he could proudly send to friends and professional acquaintances to wish them a "merry Christmas."
Sir Henry Cole was a prominent innovator in the 1800s. He modernized the British postal system, managed construction of the Albert Hall, arranged for the Great Exhibition in 1851, and oversaw the inauguration of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Most of all, Cole sought to "beautify life," and in his spare time he ran an art shop on Bond Street, specializing in decorative objects for the home. In the summer of 1843, he commissioned Horsley to design an impressive card for that year’s Christmas.
Horsley produced a triptych. Each of the two side panels depicted a good deed-clothing the naked and feeding the hungry. The centerpiece featured a party of adults and children, with plentiful food and drink (there was severe criticism from the British Temperance Movement).
The first Christmas card’s inscription read: "merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you." "Merry" was then a spiritual word meaning "blessed," as in "merry old England." Of the original one thousand cards printed for Henry Cole, twelve exist today in private collections.
Printed cards soon became the rage in England; then in Germany. But it required an additional thirty years for Americans to take to the idea. In 1875, Boston lithographer Louis Prang, a native of Germany, began publishing cards, and earned the title "father of the American Christmas card."
Prang’s high-quality cards were costly, and they initially featured not such images as the Madonna and Child, a decorated tree, or even Santa Claus, but colored floral arrangements of roses, daisies, gardenias, geraniums, and apple blossoms. Americans took to Christmas cards, but not to Prang’s; he was forced out of business in 1890. It was cheap penny Christmas postcards imported from Germany that remained the vogue until World War 1. By war’s end, America’s modern greeting card industry had been born.
Today more than two billion Christmas cards are exchanged annually, just within the United States. Christmas is the number one card-selling holiday of the year.
Here is my part one of the two part Mouse creation. Hope you enjoy him and look forward to the girl next week.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I was asked to do a cornstalk and here it is. Hope you can use it for you Turkey Day pictures.
Enjoy and see you in December. :)
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
This is me and the dog, Darby. We are ready for the tricker treaters.
This is Ollie and Follie. 2 happy pumpkins acting like there is nothing wrong......or is there?
This is Ollie. I think I hear him saying "Oh No" just like Mr. Bill.
As you can see, they did have a happy ending and they are all smiles.
I wanted to get this out on the first of November but I have not been feeling good. Sorry. Here are some pictures of my house and my costume. Well I am always in my Jammies. lol I guess I'll call myself Hugh Hefner of Ypsilanti. haha
While your add it, don't forget to download the pumpkin. Maybe you will have some good pictures of your scary ones and this will fit in.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Well we have a few days until. This was my first try of a "Word Book." It's more of a picture book but I really don't know what to call it. :) I think I did a pretty good job and it is really cute. Now you are going to have to add smaller pictures because I am not lucky to have a 12"x12" cutter......yet. lol
As usual, I would LOVE to see your creations with my die cuts but I have not been lucky to see any yet.
You and your children have a safe and Happy Halloween!!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I see we are having a problem. Do you remember the Iris Folding I did of a X-mas Tree in July of this year,2009? Well the place that you get the template from is BLOCKED! It says if you go to this website, CircleofCrafters.com, you can damage your computer!!!!! Now I know nothing about computers, haha, but if it says NO, I don't!! lol
What I did is scanned in my template and Im adding it to you here as a JPEG. If it does not turn out big enough for you, let me know and I'll send it personally to your email address.
I added the WPC/GSD file again for you here at the bottom of my name.
Oh, if you need the "how too's" again, please go back to my older posts. It's in July 2009
Again, sorry for the problem!
Iris Folding Tree
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
We are getting so close to Halloween. Here in America, Halloween is really taking off. I remember when it was really hard to find decorations. Now you can find them anywhere.
I just went to the grocery store and bags of chocolate candy were on sale 2 for $5.00, double the price for England. That's not a sale! What are they thinking? I bought (full size) Air Heads, Blow Pops and a bag of Child's Play. That's a bag of mix-ups like Tootsie Rolls, gum and, Smarties. Which never made you smart! lol
Now there are directions to put this circle together:
1.) Green circle on bottom.
2.) Orange comes next.
3.) Black goes over the Green and Orange so make sure you have it right.
4.) Yellow goes over the black
If there is any questions, let me know. :)
I have one more "special" Halloween for next week. Let's just say it was my first time ever trying and I think you were approve.
Have a wonderful week....
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
I have two more Halloween GSD/WPC for this month, so please check back often. Don't forget to go back in time and find my old posts from last October.
Have a good weekend,
Monday, October 5, 2009
1.) If you open up the file and you DO NOT see the text, that means you do not have the font installed on your computer. I have tried to add the information on the file but again if you need any help email me. So this file, Party Time, I used a font called RockArt. This font is free too. If I don't have to pay for it, I don't. lol Here is the website I got the font from..... http://www.searchfreefonts.com/free/rockart.htm
2.) I have also been asked "where do I click to get the file." I try to have the file name in a different color and below my name in the goodbyes. If there is no different colors, then the blog software changed it. Again if you need me to send you the file through your email, just send me a note so I know your email address. If you leave a comment, sometimes I can find your email address but not always.
3.) All my files are free and they will always be free. If I use a font and I do not trace it, I will give you the website where the font is ALWAYS free. If you have to pay for a font, I do not own it. I am cheap! I love being cheap. I use coupons and sales to buy food. I am so proud of this that this Summer I bought a normal size Kraft Italian Dressing for 10 cents!!! Normally here in America it would cost $2.00 and some odd cents. For my friends in England, that's about $4.00. I always try to double the amount to get an "average."
So where I was going with this is I get most my files from clip art for free and so I create them for you for free. I will never add a file that is copy write, unless I slip one in, but would I ever do that? I like to tell you guys this once in awhile just to let you know.
Well I hope I have helped and if there is anything more I can do for you, just give a jingle!! :)
Saturday, October 3, 2009
I have been gone for ages but I have been busy. I have 3 craft shows coming up and I am trying to get things done. At least my computer was down for a few days and I was able to create some things for you. YES I have 4 new items. So I will be doing them once a week.
First we are going to start with a very lovely 4 year old. Her name is Jolene and you may recognize her from her mothers creations on http://bainsbits.blogspot.com/
Last Sunday was her birthday and I was asked to join. Her party was at Chuckie Cheese and I had a blast. I was really hoping to play some Skee Ball but time have changed and there was only 5 of them and they were really busy with kids. I could have kicked a kid out, but that's just not me. Or is it? haha
I have added a few pictures of her party and what would a party be with out die cuts? For copyright reasons you know I can't do Chuckie Cheese himself so I did a few party cuts. These are so general, that you could even use them for a sleep over.
Well keep checking back for my Halloween cuts. I think you might like them. :)
Friday, August 14, 2009
Someone asked for school things and I thought it was a good idea. Here is something small. I want to do a school house and I have the clip art it's just finding time to do it. lol
I hope you have all had a wonderful Summer and boy is it flying by. It has been quite cool here in Michigan so I have had my windows open, which I love. Now it is August and this is our warmest month and Mother Nature is giving us heat. Of course I will complain in February when the snow is up to my knees. lol
Well off to do things I probably should not be doing and I should do more crafts. :)
Thursday, July 30, 2009
For my last Christmas in July I have joined Adorn-it Summer Party. If you look on my right side, under my pretty picture, you will see the box that says ADORN-IT. Click on that and you will be directed to their site but I would really like you to start at the beginning. Here is the website:
I am number 13! Oh No...... lol
For my last project, I did Iris Folding. Here is the definition:
Iris folding is a technique that originated in Holland. Color coordinated strips of folded paper are taped into place over a pattern, creating a spiralling design that resembles the iris of an eye or camera.
What I did is create a "frame" with the tree in the center. You need this frame so you can tape the paper on to it. Take SCRAP Christmas paper, different sizes, and fold them long ways. They don't have to look pretty.
Take the SHARP edge and line it up with the number and the drawn edge and tape the paper to the frame.
Do this until all numbers are covered.
Now flip over to see your design. Trim the pieces of paper that are bigger than the FRAME edge if needed. Your done.
I am using 5"x6.5" pre made white cards and I glued matching solid color cardstock to the card, then I glue the Iris Folding design to the card. Add finishing touches and you have a beautiful card to give.
To get the pattern go to: http://www.irisfolding.circleofcrafters.com/irisfoldingxmastree.html
To get the GSD or WPC, not the pattern just the frame, click the title under my name as usual.
If you started with at my blog and you would LOVE to blog hop, like I know you do, Here is the next stop. #14 Cathy Phillips http://allyscrapsblog.blogspot.com
Thank you for celebration Christmas in July with me and I can wait until we celebrate Christmas in December.
Iris Folding Xmas Tree
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Oh No.....Another Boo Boo. Who would have guessed a boo boo from me. lol
So how about this one? Do you believe? I try to but my hubby makes it so hard. Every year is the same thing. Jo Ann's and Michael's gift cards are top on his list. I tried to make him a list a couple of years ago but I don't think he looked at it. lol I do love him though.
Well there is one more week for Christmas in July. What am I going to do next month? I have no clue. If you have one, I would love to hear from you and I will see what I can do.
Friday, July 17, 2009
How about some people that you just want to eat their heads off? lol
I thought I would do something different. How about a recipie? This one is from Kraft Foods. http://www.kraftfoods.com/kf/recipes/gingerbread-people-62218.aspx
What you will need:
BEAT butter, sugar, dry pudding mix and egg in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Mix remaining ingredients. Gradually add to pudding mixture, beating well after each addition. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
HEAT oven to 350°F. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch-thickness. Cut into gingerbread shapes with 4-inch cookie cutter. Place, 2 inches apart, on greased baking sheets. Use straw to make hole near top of each cutout.
BAKE 10 to 12 min. or until edges are lightly browned. Let stand on baking sheets 3 min. Remove to wire racks; cool completely. Decorate as desired. Insert ribbon through holes to hang cookies on tree.
I hope you have a great week and have a little holiday cheer. :)
Thursday, July 9, 2009
To let you know how hard this was for me, I could fit 4 of this size on one cutting page. I created 4 cards and it took me 6 house. Now I took an 1/2 hour for lunch and of course 1 hour for my soap opera, but I am only human. lol I think another problem I had is my nails broke so I trimmed them all down and I just couldn't grab the pieces as well as I wanted.
At least it pretty. I see now I could have done better on the leaves, but it's pretty. :)
To make a long story short, you will have an easier time if you make it bigger, if you use your tweezers, and you don't make 4 at one time. lol
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
OK....if you don't know me, I LOVE Christmas! It is the funnest time of the year. Here in Michigan we wish for the snow to fall on Christmas Eve and to wake up in the morning to about 1 foot of snow. The day after, we want all the snow to be gone and our temperatures to be 70 some odd degrees. haha
We, in America, also have this thing called Christmas in July. It is just a silly excuse for the stores to have a sale. Their sales do not have good prices and it's kinda a joke. But anyways a good excuse to make Christmas cuts.
I will try to add one a week but I can not guarantee anything. So sit back and listen to the holiday music I picked while you download the file.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
How about another card before July 1st.? See my Mommy's Birthday is July 2nd and I thought since you ALL loved my vest card for Father's Day that you might like another card.
The tan part of this card has the roses cut out of the card it self. What I did was glue a scrap piece of black card stock on the inside, where you write. I guess you are going to have to pick out the best matching colors for you. I also want to tell you that the front of the card is a little longer. Just flip it over and trim. Sorry about that.
As for the Happy Birthday title, those would be rub-on's so you can make the card thank you, sympathy or just because.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I just wanted to let you know that I received the BEST compliment a girl could ever ask for. Nancy, in Plymouth MA, asked me how much my vest file cost. I was floored and I almost cried. Nobody has ever asked me that question. So thank you Nancy for making my day. :)
Now what I would like to know is who you are and where you come from. I do use Feedjit but it does not put a face/name with the place. So from now on, could you please leave me a comment and let me know where you are from.
Friday, June 12, 2009
My hubby came through but not the night he said he would. He forgot! haha
So how about Father's Day? It is the 21st of this month. Are you late? Do you need a card? Well I whipped up one just for us loving daughters! I am also lucky. My sister will forget and I will be the "better" one. haha I have added several pictures for you to understand what I am getting at.
For you Funtime users, on the main card I have dotted/slash lines so you can fold. If they do not cut, please let me know what to do to change it. I create all my things in Craft Robo software and they do work for that. But what I did is create a line, then I imported the file to the Funtime software. I used the tool bar, on the right side, for the dotten line. Created a line in Funtime and then deleted the original Craft Robo one. Oh by the way I have the deluxe version of Funtime.
Hope you guys like the card and I would love to see your pictures if you made it.
Man's Vest Card-risalenee
Sunday, June 7, 2009
While I was re-arranging things, I came across this. It's a simple flower but if you look at the card I added a rhinestone and I also traced the flower with the glitter pen.
So if things work out the way I want them to, I have this pretty neat corner thing-a-ma-bob. I hope it will cut. But you know the curves are probably two thin or close together to work. If it doesn't work, you get a silly "thank you" title again. lol
Until my next hair pull out,
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Today I am giving you a card. Now before I hear it from you guys, I'm going to tell you I made a boo boo. Look at the card's letters. YES I put the "a" on backwards. hahahahahah By the time I noticed it, the glue was set and I used my gel pens. I fell so silly and now I can't used the card. Maybe I can send it to my Mom. You know they always forgive you. lol So what ever you do, don't mess up like I did. haha
Well this is going to be it for awhile. I don't have anything else created, but I am working on new stuff. So Just hang in there and keep checking back.
Hugs and kisses to all my friends
Friday, May 15, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
This is my house from the Kitchen. Mostly my In-Laws are in this photo.
I took this photo when I took the cake out of the box. He is no dummy! lol
l A GREAT picture of my Mother-In-Law!
Have you ever seen the sitcom "My Name is Earl?" Well my hubby took a lot of those photo's. This is his good friend Rick, with eyes closed, and my Nephew Brian.
This is me. The best picture my hubby took. lol See my B-day was May 8th, Friday, and my Aunt Cathy got me a little something too.
This is the Birthday Boy. His eye's are closed in this shot too. We must have really blinked that day. :)
and the cake........need I say anymore.
Hope you all enjoyed. Lisa