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Friday, April 11, 2008

TGIF!!!

So I only have a moment to post this morning as I am running around trying to get all the last of the preps done for the Military Ball tomorrow night!!!

Dress - check, Hair - check, shoes - check, makeup - check, hmmm I think that is the major important stuff!!!!

This years Military Ball should be pretty fun - my best friend and her hubby are also attending!!! We may have to sneak around and change some sitting cards -but hey! You got to do what you got to do!!! LOL

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!! But before I sign off - I thought I would share with you some specials I have running at Papethreads!!!

The Tassel is Worth the Hassle - 50% off








Have a GREAT Weekend!!

Until Next Time!

Cya~

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Thursday- Thursday...

Hello on this warm sunny Thursday!! It is such perfect convertible weather - I tell you I feel EXTREMELY blessed to be able to drive with the top down and the wind blowing through my hair!! Of course that doesn't make well of my new haircut that I had just left the salon from getting - but hey?!?!

Not a lot going on here that I can tell you about.... but there is a lot going on!!! Be expecting the HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT one day next week - and let me tell you this announcement is going to benefit both my cutter and NON cutter friends and fellow scrappers!!!!

Before I close today I thought I would share with you the new addition the McDonald clan! Inja (my Shih Tzu) received an email today that she now has a new cousin!!! Is he not the most ADORABLE thing you have ever seen?!?!?


And last before I go - I thought I would share four more files that went up at Paperthreads today!!! I have been working on a complete military line for a while and these are a few of the newest additions!! I really like them a lot!!! Hope you do too!!!



Until Next Time!

Cya~

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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Another day...

Just a quick stop by to say hey! So.... " HEY"!!! While there is tons of scrapping stuff I need to be doing - I actually spent the morning altering my dress for Sat. It seems I need a little more room in the hmmm.... bust area and since the last time I wore this dress I had to have it taken up - I just decided to let it out!!! I'm hoping I just didn't let it out tooooo much! Sewing is not one of those things that I feel I am very proficient in. I can do what I need to do on a daily basis... but a ball gown well that is a little outside my realm.

Speaking of the mmmm bust area - the rest of this information is for the women folk only - so if you are a guy - and you are actually reading this blog (yeah - uh right?!?!) you may want to stop now.... (Really - you probably want to walk away - grab a beer, let the dog out - you know do whatever it is you men folk do!!!)

So women friends (I am assuming it is just us left and if not - well they were warned!!!)... I get emails all the time about how you my readers LOVE my product reviews!!! Well most of the time I review scrapbooking stuff - but today - Oh today do I have a treat for you!!!!

I have found the most WONDERFUL BRA in the world!!! I kid you not! Now normally the words wonderful and bra DO NOT go together.... but let me tell you this bra is awesome!!!


Now I do need to warn you it is a bit on the pricey side... ok a lot on the pricey side... but it IS WORTH IT - I swear... (of course I tend to buy my bra's at the Wally World so my bestfriend says I have no idea how much pricey really is!!! Bahahahaha!!!)

Go check out the new Spanx Bra-llelujah! It actually was featured on 20/20 and I saw it for the first time on Rachel Ray!!!! Here is what Spanx's says about this bra: Spanx Bra-llelujah's innovative, patent-pending design has naturally adjusting shoulder and back straps, made from a unique hosiery fabric that automatically conforms to your body like a second skin, banishing VBL (Visible Bra Lines) and minimizing back fat. Front closure design eliminates uncomfortable metal hooks and clasps in back. Smooth, soft, molded cups provide uplifting support and coverage. Unique channel design guarantees under wire never peeks or pops through. So, say good-bye to BBS (Bad Bra Syndrome) and hello to your new #1 bra...Bra-llelujah!

I kid you not this bra is the most comfortable bra I have ever worn!! There are no metal pieces on the shoulder straps as the straps and the back of the bra are made out of panty hose fabric - I know, I know it sounds weird!!! But it is sooo comfortable as it kind of conforms to your body. And the underwires - you are like - what underwires!!! And - it even comes in a size "D" Cup... (Have you ever tried to find a bra at that "Secrets" place in a size "D" cup?! If they actually carry them then that must be the secret!!!)

Until Next Time!

Cya~

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I am so thankful...

One of my dear cutter friends, Sally (aka Big Red) sent me this video and I have to admit it made me cry! Ok Ok - maybe I am little hormonal - and I know I am overstressed at the moment... but the truth of the matter is I am so very thankful that there are people out there who realize what a sacrifice our soldiers make on a daily basis.

Hubby had to go to Ft. McCoy a few weekends ago - and since it was a whirl wind trip and a government arranged trip on top of that he wore his ACU's. I have to tell you that on three out of four of his flights - the put him up in First Class. People where stopping him and shaking his hand and saying "Thank you!". Hubby was very embarrassed and didn't like the attention at all - but it made me proud. Proud to know that there are people out there who appreciate what our soldiers and their families go through so that the rest of us can live free lives - lives with out war on our streets - lives with each other.....


video

Hope you enjoy the video and it touches you the way it touched me!!! And after you watch it - make sure you say thank you to a service member or their family!

Until Next Time!

Cya~

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Monday, April 7, 2008

Wheew!

Happy Monday!!! Hope this little blog post finds you all dry and well after a great weekend!! As for me - well I have been trying to bust a move as they say and I have been cranking out the files!!!!

I just finished prepping and uploading 15 more files to the store!!! WOW!! That now brings my total files available to 131!!! And did you know that 40 of those 131 went up just in the past week!!! Now that is what I call busting a move!!! LOL

This week is pretty much planned out - I have a one on one class with someone in the next town to help her learn how to use her cutter to the fullest on Wed, then on Thurs I have a hair appointment and need to get a pedicure, and then Saturday is the day of the Military ball.

Meanwhile I am still plugging away on the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT that is coming soon... and I mean it is coming up sooner than I thought - and I STILL have a TON of work to finish before the big revile! Man - what I am I doing on here?!?! I have get going and get it done!!!

Before I scram - here is a sneak peek of some of the files that will be hitting Paperthreads in the next few days!!!





Until Next Time!

Cya~

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Sunday, April 6, 2008

Just a few tips and such...

Well here it is Sunday morning and I am once again blogging - hehehe... but this time I didn't have to sneak on. Nope - hubby has gone turkey hunting and well - I am off to lunch and a movie with my friend! (Ok the truth of the matter is I had no desire to get up at 4 AM and go tromping through the wet swamp to sit in a tree!!! Sorry!)

I was a good little wife though and got up at 4:30 AM and fixed hubby's lunch and patted him on the butt and sent him out the door by 5 AM - which is what time I crawled back into bed!! Bahahahaha....

I have to tell you - I have had my 13" KNK since Nov and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this machine... but I will be honest with you - going from a wishblade to a KNK was quite hard. For those of you that ready my blog and you don't have a cutting machine... The wishblade has a cap blade system. It is these little color coded caps that you change out depending on what kind of paper you are cutting. (See below)



Well the KNK does not have that type of system. Instead you the owner have the ability to adjust you blade to make the perfect cut for the paper you are cutting. And that is one of the (many) things that truly makes the KNK so much more powerful than a Wishblade, Craft Robo or Silhouette.

I personally have struggled with trying to figure out the perfect setting for my blade, my speed and my pressure (see I am human just like everyone else!!! LOL). It has taken me a while to to do that - but along the way I have learned a few tricks that I wish someone had taught me to easy my troubles and save me a whole lot of paper.... so today I am going to share a few with you!

1) If your cut is very intricate - SLOW your speed DOWN... The slower you slow it down - the easier it is for the blade to turn and not catch at the edges and pull your paper.

2) Simplify and reduce your nodes as much as you can!! Especially on Script Fonts.... every place that you have a node that is traffic sign for your blade... it makes it turn, veer, stop or what have you.... the more nodes you have especially in the sharp corners of fonts - there is more chance that your paper will rip, tear or skip cutting there.

3) Make sure that you paper is attached FIRMLY to your mat. You may think you mat is sticky enough - but just a slight movement of your paper will make your cuts off. I have gotten to where I bray my paper to my mat! You can do this by using a brayer, or a bone folder - or I actually use a wallpaper roller I found in the walmart clearance bin for $1.

4) If possible - try to stick with the same line of paper as much as you can. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Colormates card stock - Now I am a bazzill snob when it comes to my own scrapbooks but I have found that I can coordinate my colors between the Colormate and the bazzills. Colormates just seems to give me really consistent cuts time after time after time. That means - no adjusting my blade - which means faster cutting and assembling on my end!

5) And this one is the one that I am MOST impressed with... if you live in a humid place - get a dehumidifier for your scrap area! And get a GOOD one!!! I know I live in South GA and people say the humidity here is horrible (I guess I never noticed as I have lived in GA all my life but our house is only 16 feet above sea level and I can see the river that leads to ocean from my backyard!). And I was told that humidity will effect your paper - your paper actually absorbs the moisture and make it more dense and harder to cut....

Ok - I heard that so I did a little research and I purchased a small table top dehumidify. I figured that was all I needed since we run the AC pretty much year round here in GA. And I have to say that small dehumidify seemed to help my cutter cut my paper.

Well - that dehumidifier died a sudden death this week and I noticed I was starting to have trouble cutting - using the same paper I always use at the same settings... so I told hubby I need to get a new dehumidifier. So off to Lowes we went yesterday!

Once we go there the smallest machine they had was a 25 pint machine. You have to understand I went from a two cup (or 1 pint) table top model (that cost me about $40) to now he is suggest I should get this 50 cup (or 25 pint) machine. And oh by the way this machine is the size of a small cooler and cost over $100!!!!


Well - with the BIG announcement looming closer and closer - I know that cutting well is going to be an issue - so we purchased the 25 pint machine. We brought it home and hooked it up in the scrapping room.

Let me tell you - this thing is loud in comparison to the table top model - and it makes the room quite warm - but in the 24 hours that it has been running it has pulled out over 40 cups of water in the air!!!! When it started it said that there was 85% humidity in the room and now it has it down to 40% and it is still pulling water from the air!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!!! 40 cups of water were floating around in the air of my scrapping room!!!

Oh - and as for my cutting - it made a 110% difference - for the BETTER!!!! So I would totally say that it is totally worth the moola!

So - there you have it - a few tips for better cutting with your machines! I hope they help you get the cuts you so desire! LOL

Before I go - I will show you a few of my newest files that just hit the store yesterday!!! Now you can see why having my machine cutting well is soooo important!!!




Cya~

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