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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Gone For New Floors!

My computer is going to be unhooked tonight and I'll be cut off from the world as I know it (LOL!) while we put in the new floors. I'm so excited, though! The office is completely cleaned out and ready to have carpet removed tonight. I pulled out all my halloween decorations today AND cut some really cute orange, black & white vinyl. (You'll have to come take a peek at my front door if you're in the neighborhood!) So many fun things, so little time!

Before I go, here are some quick shots of the card I made for the World Card Making Day hybrid challenge:

I sent out the first of the gift cards today and it's been so fun to have my friends share a new hobby with me! I'm still giving away gift cards to anyone who completes & photographs a hybrid using Miss Mint's or Jen Wilson's stuff between now and Halloween so go on, make something fabulous and let us see!!!

While I'm away, feel free to drop in on Miss Mint's blog. She's had a bunch of great articles this week and the Halloween fun is just beginning, so if you need some super cute & unique gift ideas for teachers, neighbors & friends, check it out! Of course you can always take a peek at these inspiring projects from her gallery:

Halloween Party Invite & Envelope

Trick or Treat Bag Toppers

Tay's Hybrid Decor Sign

I'll post pics of the new floors and all the new halloween decor when the computer gets hooked back up!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

1 going on 15

Aiden has recently discovered my iPod and I've discovered that, just like his dad, he loves music. But migraine-inducing, annoying children's songs are banned from our house until he's at least old enough to beg for it in complete sentences! Currently on my iPod are some fun, top 40 songs that I like to listen to while I house clean or craft. When Aiden wouldn't sit still in the tiny exam room at the doctor's office yesterday, I pulled the iPod out and let him have full control. It's a RIOT seeing an 18 month old with the white ear buds on, holding the tiny electronic and listening calmly (and, OMGosh, quietly!) to what he's hearing! Hey, it kept him still for ten minutes. Even Disney can't do that.

Yesterday I tackled cleaning out the office. New floors are going in on Friday so everything has to come out. Only problem is the office has taken the brunt of Baby Daze, Super Saturday, the three craft shows, Hurricane Ike, all my on-going craft projects and the huge vinyl cutting job I'm doing for my mom. To say it was a disaster was an understatement. I spent all day cleaning it out with lots of help from Aiden. We got it done just minutes before Brian got home. Here's what I learned:

1. Toddlers are naturally and instantly attracted to the most sharp or dangerous objects in any room.

2. After that, they are attracted to the most expensive items and electronics in the room.

3. All buttons must be pressed repeatedly, no matter how many times mom says "no" or how close the computer/printer/digital camera/vinyl cutter sounds like it's going to grind to a hault and die from abuse.

4. The only thing better than scattering the contents of a bin on the floor is to follow it with the contents of another bin so mom really can't tell what went where.

5. Unrolling brand new vinyl is a great way to get mom to pick you up.

6. Empty print cartridges will still leave ink on your lips if you try to lick them.

At one point yesterday when Aiden was bored with the clean out, he walked along the edge of the cluttered desk, looking at me with an amused expression and skimming his hands along the items, patting each one and moving on, just to see what thing would get the biggest reaction out of me when he touched it. I tried to let him have fun exploring but when his little hand landed on my pointed vinyl weeding tool, I gasped and said "No, Sharp!" Of course that was the reaction he was looking for. A smile began to spread across his face as his hand immediately closed around the point and he stuck himself. He melted into tears, more out of frustration than the tiny jab that didn't leave a mark. Stubborn mischeviousness can be painful. For everyone! LOL!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

NEW Minty Pre-Made Pages & FREE GIFT CARDS!

You asked for it and now they are here! Pre-made pages from Miss Mint using her newest kits 25% Off Right Now!

Use them to create gift albums for Christmas (slip in your photos and print multiple copies) or use the inidividual pages as you like in your own digi scrap albums. They are VERY easy to use. You open the page and put your pictures behind it, so that the image shows through the open frame. No photo cropping or additional skills required! Use the text tool to add journaling then save and print. Requiring less than 10 minutes per page from start-to-print, you'll have a stunning memory book in no time! (That will rival the ones I'm pouring hours upon hours into for Aiden! LOL!) Pages come sized 12x12" but can be quickly and easily re-sized in photoshop to 8x8, 6x6, 5x5 or anything in between!


I have some VERY talented, crafty friends and I know you've been thinking about trying your hand at hybrid projects. Here's the push you need to get started! E-mail me a pic of your hybrid project using Miss Mint or Jen Wilson's products for me to post in the gallery (credited to you) OR send me a link to your gallery on their site with the project posted and I'll send you a gift card to buy more digi goodies! My offer is good all the way through Halloween so you can make your own Halloween items or décor and get paid for it!

World Card Making Day is this Saturday October 4 and handmade hybrid cards are a great place to start. It's as easy as printing alpha letters or a word strip from a kit and accenting it with scrapbook embellishments. (See the Peppermint Creative Hybrid Gallery for examples on how simple but stunning the cards are!) 1 sheet of cardstock or heavy paper cut in half will make 2 cards. Miss Mint is celebrating it on her site so don't miss out on the fun - there are rumors that she might be giving away prizes! I want to see what my friends create!

$5 Peppermint Creative Gift Card for Any Friend of Mine Who Makes a Hybrid Card & E-mails Me a Photo Before this Saturday October 4!!!

You're already guaranteed to get a gift from me so why not have some fun! Digi scrap items can be printed on your printer at home and the same items can be used to make gift tags, too! Impress me with your creativity! I'll upload your projects to the gallery for you (credited to you) or help you create a gallery login so you can show off your projects.

P.S. "Any Friend" means someone I personally know locally or online through scrapping.