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February 2009 posts

Right now I'm supposed to be packing to go and crop for four days at this event. And I'm procrastinating by writing this post about what I'm packing. Indulge me, please? Now that I regularly go to crops with the Manhattan Scrapbookers, I have my packing down to a science. Much like organizing your crafty space and supplies, there are no rules that work for everyone. You have to do it the way your brain works. Here are three things I know about the way I create: I'll use it if I can see it. I like using paint and... Read more →

Whew. Trying to grab a moment to catch my breath and play catch up! I'm keeping up with Project Fifty-Two (just barely - how about you?) and I wanted to share the last few things I've made (and don't forget to check out the excellently cool stuff from the flickr group) for the project.... Week Five (January 29 - February 4) This is a digital layout using this kit by Miss Crow. I spent a quick two days in San Francisco to see my grandmother, but we escaped the nursing home for a few hours to walk along the cliffs.... Read more →

I did it! Whew. There I am on the set of Quilting Arts TV. What you can't see is the butterflies that were fluttering about in my stomach. I had such a sleepless night - tossing and turning - complete with major anxiety dreams. My "call time" was 9:30am, but I didn't tape anything until about 4pm. All that waiting time meant a wild roller coaster of nerves and calmness. I was the last one to arrive at the studio. The green room was full of chattering quilty ladies when I arrived. And they all seemed to know each other.... Read more →

My back is killing me. I think I have tendonitis in my right wrist. My index finger and thumb are in serious pain. My apartment is a disaster. I think my nail beds may be permanently dyed blue. And my shoulders are useless. But, it was all worth it! I've been sitting at the sewing machine for the last week. Seriously, other than sleep, some meetings, teaching a class, and the occasional meal, I've been sewing, sewing, sewing. I am a procrastinator and it really bit me in the backside this week. On Monday morning, I'll be at Beachwood Studios,... Read more →

Inky Fingers

Last week, I was in charge of posting the "Question of the Day" on the Label Tulip board. One of the questions I asked was as follows: Joined: 25 Sep 2008 Posts: 574 Location: NYC Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:41 am Post subject: QOTD: 2/13/09 I'm all about the inky fingers. So, I thought we could talk brands. Share your favorite brand of: 1. Paint 2. Stamping Ink 3. Other (dye, spray ink, etc.) and why it's your pick! Lots of really interesting responses! And I wanted to share my own personal list here. Now, keep in mind that... Read more →

To prepare us all for awesome new goodies from CHA, this month, Label Tulip is offering only one kit. Oh, and this little sale too... As we mentioned in the Sneak Peek newsletter, this month we will be having a 60% off blow-out sale on all of our previously remaining kits! To get 60% off, please add the code "vday" into "Discount Code" before clicking "Add To Cart" on any of the previous kits. Once these kits are gone, they're gone for good. So, be sure to shop early... you don't want to miss out on this fabulous sale! This... Read more →

I got my very first Valentine in the mail today! Courtesy of this crafty lady: I love the black on black embossing. It looks fantastic (my photo is a tad washed out)! Definitely a trick that I'm going to steal! Thanks, Cheryl! Well, here it is: the last tutorial. Valentine's Day is tomorrow, after all. Supplies: Adirondack Color Wash (Butterscotch, Stream, Red Pepper, Cranberry) Spray Bottle of Water Heat Gun Rag Idea-ology Mask (Ransom) Sakura Pigma Micron 6x6 Canvas transparency computer and printer popsicle stick Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paint (Landscape Green) Paint Brush STEP ONE: Place Mask Letters Onto The... Read more →

Anyone notice the renovations around here? They're small, but I felt like I let my blog get too junky with too much text, so I slimmed it down for a more graphic look. Any opinions are much appreciated! Also, this very sweet girl gave me this award: Once you receive this award, you must pass on the love and nominate 7 blogs you find inspirational. Well, really, I've decided to thank a few women who I do not really know at all, but have gotten to know through their online presence. Some I know from message boards, some from their... Read more →

I thought I'd do a little tutorial on making a digital Valentine's Day card. Here is the finished valentine: You can print the valentine out (I recommend matte photo paper), e-mail it, post it on your blog...whatever you'd like. Here's the video tutorial (and for those of you who pay attention to these kinds of details, this tutorial was too long for YouTube, so I tried out Google Video for the first time and I like it a lot)... Of Note: In the video, I'm using Photoshop Elements 4.0 on a Mac. You can get a free 30-day trial of... Read more →