it all started back in 2004- my addiction to scrapbooking...i knew this was something i would continue to do after i made my first father's day album for my dh and saw the tears in his eyes...i began with some basic supplies...that i purchased from Wal-Mart of all places!!!
i didn't know better at the time....they had specialty scrapbook stores...i have to laugh when thinking back...i blame it on years of being a stay-at-home mom and home-schooling...i just got lost in being a wife, mother, teacher...
...when i was tiring of cutting my embellishments by hand... i began thinking about taking the financial leap into purchasing a sizzix machine... thank goodness a friend invited me to a trade show... which i have to say was way over whelming for me!!! but....when i came to a booth that was displaying the wishblade...i couldn't believe it!!!! that this machine would cut any font you had on your computer and you could resize the font...the wheels started turning.....i started asking all kinds of questions...by the time i was through i knew i needed that machine!!!!
with in a month i had my wishblade and so thrilled!!! i remember my first cut it was like Christmas!!!! my friend was dropping off her daughter i just had to run out and share it with her....besides my collection of papers it is the best investment i could have made...well you ladies know all about the excitement!!!
...then some how we found this great community which shares our passion...every thing we need to learn about our machines...instructions on welding...instructions on drawing....sharing our memories...its like having our own little family right here on the net!! and the more i get to know some of you i feel like your my sisters...so why am i telling you these things when you know just how i feel???
i want you to start thinking about your friends that are still tracing and cutting by hand or using a die-cut machine....and share just how excited you are about your electronic machine...because right now is the best time to buy
...or even upgrade...i loved my wishblade and it was very suited for me as a beginner...but then i took the leap back in October to purchase the KNK element...which is still a beast but i'm learning all that it can do...
Michelle has some wonderful sales on the Craft Robo CC200-20 machines & the Klic-N-Kut XL (15" Cutting Width) you can click on the links on the scrolling bar to see all that you will recieve with each machine...
and if you mention my name when you make your purchase i will give you $15.00 worth of my files free that's along with all the other goodies Michelle has in store for you...
Read up on what you will get with the purchase of a Craft Robo from the Papethreads blog... or send a link to one of your friends...they will be so happy you shared your passion with them...
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Posted by Carrie Schwartz at 11:05 PM
Friday, December 14, 2007
Jesse and i took 21 numbers for each entry........
he placed them in a stocking.......
we mixed them all up and ......
........ we have a winner!
#8 was drawn....
Cara Wetherall from Spruce Grove, AB Canada
that was fun said Jesse...he wants to have another draw!
.......thank you ladies for participating!
Cara please email me by clicking on the link in my side bar so i can send you your coupon.....
have a great weekend!
Posted by Carrie Schwartz at 5:04 PM
Thursday, December 13, 2007
to win a $5.00 coupon from me sign here along with your name and city that you are from....i will choose one lucky name to send a $5.00 certificate to purchase any one of my files in the store....you have until tomorrow.....
Posted by Carrie Schwartz at 9:30 AM
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Romaine sent me this card today using one of my files "Ornaments in a box".
She copied the "Joy" title from an old Christmas card that she found and has shared it with the yahoo wishblade group.
What a nice surprise! Thank you Romaine for submitting this beautiful card!
Posted by Carrie Schwartz at 6:03 PM
for making Christmas cards...
last year our family received several cards from the people at our Parish...it was so thoughtful of them to take a moment and send us blessings and to have us in their prayers...that was after our car accident...it really surprised my husband that others thought of us...
....so this past weekend i picked up some names of people from our parish to send Christmas cards to....some of them are very ill...i want to send each one of them cards that will lift their spirits... so i'm busy today making these cards sharing them with you...maybe one will inspire you to get creative... if you have any cards that you made with any of my files...send them to me at email@example.com...remember if you do i will share a file with you!
cardstock Polar Paradise by Reminisce, Khaki green & blue, peace & love from file CS00124- Christmas titles III, snowflake from file CS00127- Snowflakes & Titles!, fiber khaki green
HaPpY ScRaPpInG! ...WrApPiNG! ....ShOpPiNg!
Posted by Carrie Schwartz at 2:50 PM
Noel Christmas card was made using Ornaments in a box, I'm dreaming of a White Christmas & Christmas Titles III.
Other supplies: pink glitter fiber, one inch ribbon, glitter glue, and card stock.
With the glitter glue I filled in the ornaments, made strips on "Noel" & brushed over snowflake.
Posted by Carrie Schwartz at 12:02 PM
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
one of my favorite things to do each year is make my own Christmas cards... i love to share my talent but i don't want it to cost an arm and a leg!!!!
one year i found out the hard way..... i created some elegant Christmas cards using bazzill cardstock..... i had over 30 embellished cards and made my own envelopes to match ...i was so proud of the work i had put into them....and couldn't wait to get them off in the mail.
i had to be the happiest customer standing in line at the post office.....gleaming with such a big smile..... thinking about my friends and relatives opening these cards...i stepped up to the clerk handing her my pile........ and then she let me have it!!!!! all of my pride wiped away with just a few lashings...as the postal clerk advised me of all my no-no's
...first i exceeded standard weight for first class mail (it was that bazzill cardstock!)....then the worst most embarrassing moment when she plopped one of my envelopes in here little guide sitting there on the counter ...have you ever seen it? the little outlined envelope meauring 5 inches long, 3-1/2 inches high..... i'm like where did that come from????...never in my life have i ever seen that on her counter...which at the time i was visiting the post office weekly shipping off my ebay sales.
well......i addressed the envelope the wrong way!!!! when she set the envelope down with the address facing me....it went out of it's boundaries......i had turned the envelope to address the cards so the card was now 3 1/2 inches by 5 inches.......my thoughts returned to those lessons taught in second grade and my face turned bright red...i should have known better! but wait...can't the postman read it side ways? nope, nada, no way she says to me!
all that work all that time...and it was way over the amount i planned on spending.....i couldn't just walk away...... so i handed over the credit card and bit my tongue..... thank you thank you mr. postman for the extra dip in my pocket ....so lesson learned........i now check the first class mail rates to make sure I am mailing at the correct width, height and weight before planning and addressing my envelopes..... that way i have no surprises.....
oh yeah and the deadline to mail your cards so they arrive before Christmas is December 20th in the usa. if you need more information on mailing just check out usps.
Posted by Carrie Schwartz at 10:20 PM
so this year we are looking to send out Christmas cards...
these are some of the cards or photos we sent in the past...
i'm curious to see what we come up with this year...
it must be done this weekend! we are running out of time but so hard to get everyone together.
hope your preparations are going well...
Posted by Carrie Schwartz at 12:47 AM