Monthly Archives: December 2011

Looking Forward to 2012

Next Year I plan to:

  • 30 layouts
  • 50 cards
  • 4 projects/minibooks
  • learn some new techniques (heat embossing for sure)

I know I want to finish my Project Disney and 2011 December Daily before December 2012 comes around.  I also hope to do another Week in the Life, do One Little Word, attempt Project Life, and another project I’ll be sharing later in January. I plan to keep up with my blogging and I would love to make a design team for 2012, but I know that there are a lot of talented people out there.

Monday I’ll have a post about my Project Life plans and Tuesday for One Little Word.

Thanks for reading, happy crafting, and Happy New Year! ❤ Ann

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Look Back at 2011

I started this blog as a new year’s resolution and I’ve several days of more viewers then I’d ever imagine. I created more layouts then I had planned to and even more cards. I actually completed a project, A Week in the Life, and I’ve started several others.  I’ve started stamping, something I said I wouldn’t do for years, and I’ve made more cards then I ever have in the past.  In fact, I feel like I’m more of a card maker these days then I am a scrapbooker, and I’m okay with that.

Some of these cards and layouts have been on my blog this year, but they’re some of my favorites:

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Merry Christmas

This is the Christmas card I made and sent out this year. I used Lawn Fawn Critters in the Forest for the tree, Technique Tuesday Studio AE Cake and Candles for the presents, lots of Copics for coloring, a border punch to make the “snow hill”, the Silhouette and some yellow shimmery cardstock for the star, and for the first time ever Stickles.  The inside of the card is the stamped phrase “Seasons Greetings and blessings of peace” from the Ali Edwards/Technique Tuesday Celebrate the Seasons stamp set.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas! ❤ Ann

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Product Review: Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro

I bought this roller a little less then a year ago when I found out that my favorite adhesive, Kokuyo, wasn’t going to be sold in the US anymore. The store I was at was offering a deal on buying the roller and getting a refill free. I guess this should have been a sign that it might have been a product that wasn’t moving as this store rarely runs sales.  I’ve used about 12 refills over that time and I had 2 that the tape broke, but I was able to fix that on my own and  2 or 3 that at times were difficut to roll but if I moved the roller on a few feet it would start to work properly again.  I guess this should have been a 2nd sign that I should have looked for something else, but it was a good price at Hobby Lobby for refills when they were on sale and I hate shopping for good adhesives.  I sat down earlier this week to start making cards when the 1st of the 3 I’ve had trouble with this week failed. I posted on their Facebook page hoping there was a quick and easy fix so I could quickly get back to crafting. Someone posted a couple hours later that I should called CS and have them trouble shoot. I’m sorry I hate calling anyone unless it’s a life or death reason. I was hoping for a take some duct tape or something response from anyone, but now my post has been removed by them. (this is a big problem to me as well.. companies censoring their pages) So I did the next logical thing to me..chalk it up to a bad roll and just use the other two I had on hand. The 2nd suffered the same fate last night around 11pm and well craft stores aren’t open 24 hours a day for emergencies, so I stuck my last roll in…this morning I just go crazy when my last roll fails after 3-4 feet and I had just 3 cards left to do. I take it out of the roller and start turning the roller with my fingers.  At least I was able to complete my projects.  Now I’ve decided that while about 50% of the time I get a roll that has no problems the other 50% have caused headaches.  Something that until today I hadn’t thought that closely about just chalking it up to a bad roll.  Also the packaging nor the roller tells me where these are made which is at this point means so little, but I thought products had to share where they were made.

I’m sure writing a review just a hour after you almost throw the whole thing across the room in frustation is going to be a bit biased towards the negative, but doing some searching you can find posts on message boards from others who haven’t been happy either.

The 3 broken rolls

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Christmas Tags

This year I decided I was not going to use those little stickers that say to and from. I was going to make tags. I’ve actually come up with a great little idea. A different animal for each person. These are the
first ones I made. I used some My Mind’s Eye 12 days of Christmas papers, Critters in the Snow and Hats off to You! I colored the hats with Copic marker R24 the penguins were C5 and Y15, The deer is E33 and E37, and the polar bear nose is RV11.  Super simple and such a cute way to name the packages. Thanks for reading and happy crafting! ❤ Ann

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A card using Project Life

My Project Life kit arrived yesterday and I was so disappointed. The colors were more muted then I thought they’d be, there was a very bad eye burning odor coming from the papers (I think from the inks), several of the sticker sheets were bent. I sent customer service an email and pretty much was told I could return it to Amazon for a undamaged and odor free kit. I’m sorry I’ve waited months for this and you want to spend a week + mailing it back and getting a new one. Yeah..I’ll just make due.  Although I’ll most likely not order any more of the paper products I do love the page protectors.

So today to try to make myself feel more into the kit and the money I’ve spent trying to do my Project Disney. I took a 3×4 filler card and a piece of cardstock and made a card. I sewed the top and bottom of the card and added a button with some twine (I think it’s devine twine, but I’m not sure)   Overall I think it’s a super cute card. I’m not sure how I feel about creamsicle color, but it’s growing on me.

Thanks for reading and happy crafting. ❤ Ann I’m planning a 3rd post for this week another Lawn Fawn “On the Mend” card.  So it seems I just need to write a post about feeling unmotivated and I feel energized to create.

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A new card!

This card was so simple and just so cute. It uses Lawn Fawn’s On the Mend and Bon Voyage. I used Copic colors Y13, B05, and YG03 to color the tissue boxes. I used Jenni Bowlin ink colors Weather Vane and Cough Syrup.

Thanks for checking out my new card! Happy Crafting ❤ Ann

 

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