Monday, August 20, 2012

New Computer

Happy Birthday to me once again.  Nope.  It still isn't my birthday but it's close enough that anything that I get these days is a birthday present.  This weekend my husband got me a new computer.  My other one had a really bad bug or something and he decided it wasn't worth the effort for an 8 year old computer.

Have you ever heard of people who "break" machines just by getting near them? I really think I am one of those people.  My husband seems to always be saying, "what did you break now?" My oven blew up about 6 months ago.  It really did.  The element inside turned into a welding rod and completely blew apart and blew out the circuitry. Today I was trying to take a picture of a card for The Outlawz challenge and the camera wouldn't turn on.  Yikes!  It did finally turn on and I was able to take the picture so I don't know if it is getting ready to quit, or if it just didn't like me.  Everytime I tell my husband something doesn't work, he will look at it and yep, you know it, it works.  It is getting expensive though.

This is the card I made for this challenge for The Outlawz. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me!

It really isn't my birthday yet but this weekend I bought myself an early present. A new Expression 2 Cricut. Oh I love it!!! Michael's had them on sale so I nabbed one. My sister in law was visiting me from out of town and gave me the "ins and outs" of the machine. I'm off and running with it. I had one of the first Cricut Personal Cutting machines when they came out and it has served its purpose well. It didn't have the required innards to be able to do the awesome functions the new Cricut Workshop has online though and was limited to what I could cut. Now I can make envelopes to match my cards. Well, there is a whole lot more I can do with the new one. Company is gone now and today I took the morning to play.

On another note, my PC is still out of commission and I am still unable to take pictures off my camera. I took some pictures of cards I made this weekend with my cell phone and sent them to my daughter to email them to me. It's a round about way but I am thinking that should work.  I'm beginning to think I am making my computers sick because the loaner PC my husband gave me is now having issues too.  I do have a virus checker so we're not sure what's going on.

The weather has been pretty hot here. It's been in the 90's and expected to be 102 degrees on Thursday. We (the people of the Pacific Northwest area) aren't used to anything warmer than the 80's, so it is causing some people distress. If it rains, we complain there is too much rain, then we get sun and complain because it is too hot. I love the sun...but it would be nice to have air conditioning.

Here are the cards from this weekend.

My sister in law found this cute little card on Pinterest. I don't know who to give credit to but would be more than happy to if someone wants to let me know.  The clouds were drawn with Cricut gel pens and the Cricut.  The rest of it was made with scraps that I had. I used the Owl punch from "Stampin Up."

Rounding the corners of a square gave this four square card a different look.  The paper is "Dotty for You", CTMH and the sentiment is also from CTMH.

The teddy bear paper is from Hot Off The Press and the bee stamp is CTMH.

The banner for my utility room didn't quite turn out as I would have liked.  It definately doesn't show up well in the picture.  I said I would post it though so here goes!

Everything was so white and plain so I decided to add a little color.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

So long, hard drive!

The hard drive on my PC died, so I have to do things a little different in posting pictures.  My hubby gave me a helping hand so I could post the pictures.

I still haven't finished the banner. I am hoping to do that tomorrow.  Bye for today.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

I Wanted One More Post

Time has gotten away from me.  I thought I could get in one more post for July but here it is, the 1st of August and I missed it. I don't have any pictures to post today because I can't seem to get the pictures off the camera onto my laptop.  I haven't been idle though.  I decided to use some of my scraps up and I'm making a banner to hang in my laundry room.  It is just stark white and even though I make a lot of things for other people, I haven't really kept much for myself.  I have one more letter to go and my banner will be ready to be hung. I'm really excited to see it all put together.

I also made my first card for this months challenge for The Outlawz.  It's pretty much a CAS easel card.  Anne Fenton made the image and it was so pleasing to color it in.  It would be nice to see that out my back door! The paper is Close to My Heart, "Dotty for You."

I can't forget the dear little sock monkey I made for my grandson.  So, since my last post, I have been really getting my craft on.

I've decided to become a Close to My Heart consultant, so am waiting for my "Essentials Kit" to arrive. I'm a little bummed that I didn't wait until today to sign up because I missed the nifty bag they are giving away as an incentive to sign up starting August 1.  Do you think since I signed up two days early they will give me the bag? Naw...probably not.

The new Fall/Winter Catalog and Idea book is now in effect.  If you aren't familiar with Close to My Heart, checkout my website.  You can browse through the online catalog, and should you decide to order anything you can order it right on my website.

That's the craft wrap up for today.  I am hoping my husband can get my PC going and I can post some pictures soon.