Daily Archives: November 6, 2007

A little bit of this, a little bit of that…

Lots of things going on here today that I thought I’d share with you. First of all, thanks so much for your thoughts while I was sick. I’m feeling much better today and one of my little guys is now on antibiotics for his ear so I’m hoping things will calm down around here a little. I’m busy trying to get caught up…so much fun πŸ˜‰ … and work on some upcoming projects. πŸ™‚ So today, I have a few links for you to check out and I thought I’d take the time to answer a few questions as it has been awhile!

  • First of all… you MUST check out Cornish Heritage Farms this morning. Gasp! Six fabulous new stamp set from Kim Hughes Collection and that Silhouette Blooms…I just can’t wait to get it! Check out their new products HERE!
  • Check out the new Winter Paper Creations magazine! I haven’t received my copy yet but check out the cover! A HUGE congrats to the cover girls, Michele Boyer and Lindsey Botkin! Michele even has TWO cards on the cover. How cool is that? You rock my friends! πŸ™‚

And now to answer a few questions…

Amy Hoogstad asked… Just a quick question for you: have you gotten any of your 12Γ—12 digiscrap layouts printed? If so, where? I usually go to Costco, but the only option they have is 12Γ—18, and I’ve also looked into Creative Memories, but with shipping the cost is outrageous. I’ve heard of some people still getting a 12Γ—18, but put a 12Γ—12 and 2 6Γ—6’s beside it on the same print. Any tips

This is a very good question Amy! It seems you know more about it than I! Actually I’ve never tried getting any of my digital pages printed but have been thinking about it. Just haven’t had the time to get down to business. Sorry I can’t help you out but I’m posting this here on my blog in hopes that someone else can help us out. We’d love to hear from you if you have any solutions, and especially, Canadian sources as they are more difficult to find. Thanks in advance for your help!

Dawn E asked…Do you use a certain machine to do your stitching? I’m just wondering because my regular sewing machine doesn’t do that good of a job. Love your work!

Hi Dawn! I use a Brother electronic sewing machine. It is a PC-5000 that my mom bought for me eight years ago when I was doing a lot of sewing and smocking for my children. Now it gets used daily but just for papercrafting. πŸ˜‰ I’ve had great success with it and I know that electronic sewing machines have come wayyyy down in price since then. I’m pretty sure that most sewing machines WILL work for stitching on paper. Make sure you check your needle…it may need replaced… and adjust the tension. It could also be time for a machine tune-up. I also have other tips on my All Stitched Up tutorial. I hope this helps. Good luck!

Alli Miles asked…What is your FAV type of cardstock? DP?

Ummmm you mean I have to pick ONE favorite?! That is near to impossible!!! LOL I’ll start with cardstock…I love Stampin Up cardstock and use it almost exclusively at the moment. Designer paper…I just can’t pick one! There are SO many fabulous papers out there and not enough time in the day! For someone who rarely used patterned paper a couple years ago, I’ve become quite the addict now. The ones I most use though are Basic Grey, Cosmo Cricket and Daisy D’s. But I’m sure I’m leaving so many good ones out! πŸ˜‰

Mavis asked…I often get overwhelmed with the different stamps, paper, embellies etc. when I sit down at my stamping table (and I’m sure I don’t have as much as you). I often end up creating nothing at all. How do you begin a design and choose what you will use for it?

Hi Mavis! I agree…with so many great products out there it can be overwhelming. Usually I just start with one stamp set or piece or line of patterned paper and work from there. Challenges can be a great starting off point. A sketch or color challenge will limit some of your choices as some of the products just will not work with the challenge. I start by putting together a basic layout and then add the embellishments near the end. I think what does this design need to finish it. Sometimes it is just a little. You don’t’ need to use every product all the time. Some of them actually get left in the drawer and I’ll challenge myself to design a card around them. I think most of the time, I just don’t’ worry about it…I just go with the flow. If it looks right I add it. Is it the right colors and style for the project? Does it help balance the layout? If so, I add it. I think the most important thing is to just have fun. And if you love it…use it!

Wishing you a fabulous day! I’ll be back tomorrow with another Christmas design to share with you. It is so cold here…Winter seems to be in the air. You know…those cold, grey, windy days where the leaves are gone and the snow yet to come. Kind of makes me long for the warmth of Christmas! πŸ™‚