Some of you may remember THIS CARD I posted a while ago that I had made for a friends birthday. I was so happy with how it turned out and funny thing was I wasn't the only one. It caught someone's eye and I ended up getting an e-mail asking if it could be featured in the UK magazine Papercraft Inspirations :).
TOTALLY made my day. The *only* issue was that they needed full resolution files in order to be able to put it in the magazine (b/c the ones I post on my blog I've edited down to save bandwidth) - and do you think I still had said files? Nope I'd deleted them from my computer. AND I didn't have the card anymore b/c I'd given it to my friend already (who doesn't live nearby of course).
So I ended up re-making the card so that I could re-photo it and all that fun stuff (so thankful this sort of card wasn't one with lots of detail coloring and embellishments that I only had one of sort of thing - that would normally be my luck LOL).
Anyway I did all that, sent the file and just got the e-mail today that the magazine has hit the stands in the UK! It will be available there until the 6th of May and then be available internationally for about 6 weeks after that? I've never come across this magazine here in Canada but then I've got a *really* limited selection of stamping/scrapbooking magazines to choose from here (my local grocery store carries a couple of the big issues like PaperCrafts etc, then Michaels has a better selection but I rarely get there).
Now I just need to get my hands on an actual issue :) I have a PDF of the page I'm featured on but it's not the same.
Cool eh? My first publication :). I've submitted here and there over the years but nothing's came of it and after a while I stopped (as I'd rather just "publish" everything on here LOL). Any of the magazines that require cards/samples to be mailed in are pretty much out for me b/c the shipping costs from Canada are insane if there's a tight deadline (heck they're expensive just to mail regular), and with online submissions you usually have to mail the card in on the chance it DOES get accepted, which again gets expensive. So I've just chosen to not submit and accepted that I'd prolly never get published.
But now I have been - and it feels pretty good *grin*.
I wanted to get this one posted too before I forget (which happens a lot lately :P). Forgive me if I come off a tad (prolly a LOT lol) sarcastic in this one - FYI if y'all knew me in "real" life you'd see I'm quite a sarcastic person (that's putting it mildly *wink*), and I prolly shouldn't have filmed this on a Monday morning (that started out rather rotten as Monday's generally tend to do) and had no coffee in my system LOL!!!
And if for some strange reason this is the first you are hearing/seeing all of this (lately I've been getting a lot of comments along the lines of "so good to see you back!" and "we've missed you!" and "omg congrats I didn't know!", so I think my posts and videos are getting lost in the interwebs for some - and then some people are new to me and my whole online presence which is totally OK (and pretty cool that you've found me)) here are all the other relevant posts/videos too:
I have had a lot of people asking for my address to be able to send a baby card, gifts etc. So I will post my mailing address for those that want to send a card but honestly other than that I don't want anyone going out of their way to send gifts, money etc!
I have already had a couple of people send me "tips" via the tip jar (it's located on the top right here on my blog - if you're reading this via Google Reader etc you won't see it) which has been greatly appreciated. Usually any little tips I get go towards the fees I pay to keep this blog running (since Typepad isn't a free service I pay a rather hefty amount b/c I use up a LOT of bandwidth every month!) - however any of the ones I got that were earmarked "for the baby" I've been putting towards the baby fund. Since we're starting from scratch with this one every little bit helps (and is greatly appreciated) but NOT necessary.
I don't want anyone to think I'm begging for money here people! ;)
But yes if you'd like to send a card - doesn't even have to be a baby card - any sort of card - it is what we DO after all ;) - here is my mailing address:
PO Box 906
I'm thinking I'll have to set up a little album either here on my blog or on my Facebook page to post pics of any cards that arrive (I've been really bad about doing that in the past - I generally keep anything that is sent to me but have a REALLY bad habit of setting things "aside" then forgetting where that was - and now with prego brain I'm even worse. I'm lucky if I can find my car keys every morning.....:P) but that will be later.
Thank you ALL for all your comments and e-mails and well wishes so far. It's definitely been a "different" pregnancy for me this time around and sharing it all with you guys has made it even more interesting (in a good way) LOL!!
OK I really have to run - I'm going to be late for work! Make sure to scroll down and check out the birthday card and video I just posted!! bye!!!
After much trial and error I FINALLY have a half-decent update video for y'all. It's still not as good of quality as it should be but I'm tired of fiddling with my camera settings and repeating myself over and over (and over!) again trying to get it right!
Cards for Heroes is hosting a MEMORIAL DAY BLOGHOP this Saturday May 24th. Bloggers from all over the US and abroad will be posting a card and sharing why THEY participate in honoring our nation's heroes. And everyone else gets inspired! This bloghop will be helping us to get the word out to even more crafters and financial donors-so we can get more cards out to our heroes! We're getting more and more requests all the time and need to step up our game, and this is one really fun way to share what we're doing...letting YOU share! Hop through blogs, and get inspired to make more cards or donate funds toward our work! Tell your friends about it, even if they're not cardmakers...it'll do everyone's patriotic heart good to hear about so many Americans wanting to help our military. Visit bloghop central here.
I was honored to be asked to join but I didn't see the e-mail 'till yesterday and didn't have a chance to make a card - BUT I wanted to make sure to post that you can go HERE <-----click! to start the hop and check out all the creations that the participants made!
"$7.00 of every stamp set will be divided equally between the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, two organizations that are working on research to find better ways to treat diabetes and hopefully will some day find a cure."
How cool is that? And the fact that the set is extremely versatile (you can use it for so many things all year round!) makes it a mus-buy in my opinion!
You can purchase it either unmounted (on EZmount foam) or wood-mounted HERE.
This first card I made with this set uses the flower image - I stamped it then colored it in with Copic Markers.
The sentiment is from GinaK's Rectangle Greetings set (you get this FREE when you order 3 or more stamp sets in January - more details are here) and I stamped it onto celery (Stampin' Up!) card stock then punched it out with my Marvy Extra Jumbo (yellow) scalloped rectangle punch.
The yellow card stock is Bazzill (from theDoodlebug line - that is my absolute favorite line of all Bazzill CS - I love the texture and the colors!) and I finished off the card with a pink button that I threaded the May Arts ribbon through and tied off to hold in place.
STAMPS: How Sweet It Is and Rectangle Greetings stamp sets by GinaK Designs. CS: Papertrey White, Black, Tempting Turquoise (Stampin' Up!), DoodleBug Bazzill in Buttercream. INK: Brilliance Graphite Black, Copic Markers. ACCESSORIES: Marvy Extra Jumbo Scalloped Rectangle Punch, Ribbon, Button.
This is my favorite image from this set - I stamped and colored it in with Copic Markers then punched it out with my Marvy Mega Scalloped Circle Punch and sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip (SU!) ink.
The sentiment was stamped onto a scrap of Soft Sky (SU!) CS then trimmed and the edges were rounded using a circle punch.
STAMPS: How Sweet It Is stamp set by GinaK Designs. CS: Papertrey White, Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky (Stampin' Up!), DoodleBug Bazzill in Princess. INK: Brilliance Graphite Black, Copic Markers, Chocolate Chip (SU!). ACCESSORIES: Marvy Mega Scalloped Circle and Giga Circle Punches, Stampin' Up! Slit Punch and Circle Punch, Eyelets, Ribbon, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals.
I was on Ali Edwards blog recently (altho I'm not a major scrapbooker I love reading her blog as I find it so inspirational) and saw her post about choosing a word for the year and though I'd share mine:
Main Entry: ac·com·plish
1: to bring about (a result) by effort <have much to accomplish today>
2: to bring to completion :fulfill<we can accomplish the job in an hour>
3: to succeed in reaching (a stage in a progression) <would starve before accomplishing half the distance — W. H. Hudson died 1922>
When thinking up words to choose from this one jumped out at me and was just perfect. There are MANY things I want to accomplish this year - and instead of procrastinating (something I am HORRIBLE for!) I plan on getting them done or at least trying my hardest to do so!
If you've chosen a word I'd love to know what it is and why! Leave a comment on this post so I can hear about it too!
GinaK has been posting about this video for a couple days now - and I just got a chance to go and check it out - and HAVE to pass on the link. I actually saw part of this skit on Saturday Night Live quite some time ago and had no idea there was actually more to it!
You can see what I'm talking about HERE <------click! and you can watch the preview for yourself and see what I'm talking about!
AND did you notcie that if you buy that DVD (it's only $9.99 with FREE shipping) that they're donating $$ from each DVD sold to autism research? Now THAT my friends is a wonderful thing. So you can get the DVD (and a few extras for any friends or family that are stampers/scrappers - I think it would make a really cute gift!) AND they are now including a coupon code for a free bottle of Stickles (glitter glue) for you to use on your next GinaK order as well.
I think it's cool that Gina's stepped on board with these guys and they're working together in a way to bring more awareness to autism research and providing some great laughs for people along the way! You can see more of what Gina has to say about that HERE and HERE.
Now go check out the preview (click HERE) and give yourself a laugh!!
EDITED TO ADD: I just discovered that there is a blog to go along with this so I thought I'd share the link to it too as I just finished browsing through it and got quite a giggle out of it: Scrapper Molly's Scraptastic Scrappablog
I just saw on the A Muse News Blog that they now have a program going called Cards for a Cause <-----click on it to learn more! I think the idea is so neat that I had to pass it on to y'all!! You can see each kit here: