29 January 2012

iPhone 4s

I have had my iPhone now for two months. I have learned a lot about this closed platform device. There are things I really miss about an android os, but I think I am majorly in love with this iPhone. That says a lot coming from someone who vowed not to get one.

Things I love:

1. Instagram. I knew I would love it. It's the first thing I downloaded from the app store. wonderful app.

2. Pinterest. Another app android lacked. I am very glad to have it. A great time waster. Actually I have found many things on here that I made and cooked.

3. Words with friends. I had on android but with honeycomb update I lost it. I enjoy it more on iPhone the way it's managed.

4. iMessage. I can't tell you how much money this saves me. I love iMessage!!!

5. Siri. She loves me and will do almost anything I tell her. She's brilliant and very handy.

6. Infinite campus. I can keep up with my kids. It notifies me when a grade is posted. I can see when assignments are due. I can see if the assignments were turned in on time. Perfect app.

7. Hoot suite. Way better than tweet deck. It does my posting to facebook and twitter at the same time.

8. My fitness pal and Humana fit. I can keep up with exercises and food consumed easily.

9. Voice search. Speech to text. Way more accurate with my country accent than android was.

10. YahtZy and dice with friends. I love both games very much. One I play with my friends. One I play alone.

11. Not having to sync with google anymore. Even though that was mainly when I had Microsoft office with my old job. After I lost that it want such a big deal anymore.

12. AirPrint. Wow!!!

13. All the accessories. iPhone is wonderful with this. Lens, gadgets, Very nice!!!

14. More apps!!!

15. Easier to type than stock android. Not as good as swype.

16. Much faster. More responsive.

17. Screenshots. I love love love being able to do this.

Things I don't like:

1. The absence of widgets.

2. The lack of live wall papers.

3. The lack of flash player.

4. I miss task launcher. Still have it on my tablet that runs ice cream sandwich.

5. Windows media player. I will never be a fan of iTunes but I have learn how to change file names so I can make custom ringtones.

6. Screen size. I like a big phone.

7. I cant make ringtones on my phone anymore. I miss androids ability to do that.

8. I miss being able to let my husband watch sports.

9. Swype!!!!

Thinking of you...

 I decided to make 2 more cards with this weeks CR84FN challenge colors.  One was so I could use my brand new Technique Tuesday harlequin stamp.  I also had this great piece of scrap paper with a red vine on a pink background.  The red is flocked and so awesome.  I could not part with it, but had no idea what to do with it.  This was perfect.  I paired it with a tile from Technique Tuesday, a thinking of you sticker and a Tim Holtz fragment.  Everything else on this card came from my scrapbin.  I just love it when I get my money's worth!!!

The second card was for the Mojo Monday challenge. I love color blocking and thought this one would be perfect.  It has a steampunk vibe, but a simple version.  I used stamps from Hampton Arts (the large gears, key and key hole) and Technique Tuesday (complex gears and phrase).  All pieces of paper came from my scrapbin. 

Pretty in Pink (Light Blue and Red too)

I just have to say first hand, I LOVE THIS COLOR SCHEME!  Oh, yes, these colors make me very happy inside.  When I am happy I cannot but make things that make me happy.  Today's cards do just that.  One is a generic card to say HELLO!!  I wanted to use these beads that I had in the colors of red, blue and white...so I got me some silver wire, strung some up and then had to figure out how to use them on my card.  Everything that I used to day was stuff from my scrapbin.  This is full of stuff that I either had left from another project or stuff I had salvaged from another object.  The ring that holds the ribbon used to be on a key ring.  I just loved it so I cut it off the key ring.  The chipboard is from an old card kit I got years ago, and I just didn't use this piece.  

 I liked the scheme so much I decided to make a tag for a friend of mine.  She is a special lady about to celebrate her 40th birthday.  The items here are also from my bin.  The tissue flower is a piece of tissue that came in a gift. I stamped it and spritzed it with some of my inks and then fashioned it into a flower (using Tim Holtz's flower from tissue technique).  The chipboard and harlequin stamp are from Technique Tuesday, the jewelry is from a kids necklace and the girl stamp is from Hot off the Press and I wish I knew where the priceless stamp was made. I bought it at a yard sale. 

Since the tag was made in layers, I wanted to use it for a challenge on layers. I love layers so I HAD to do this challenge.  And the color scheme is perfect for a layering challenge.

Thanks to both CR84FN and Crazy 4 Challenges for keeping us all fresh and on our toes. I for one LOVE what you do for all of us crafters!  

My Mind's Eye Card Challenge

This was fun as well...again I got to use my favorite paper in the world wide world. Actually these are the scraps from my large layout, you can't throw away any Bohemia paper. Get my look: All patterned paper is Bohemia by My Mind's Eye Green paper is recollections from Michael's Punch is by Stamping UP!! Black pen by Sharpie Pink paper by Bazzill Glue by Scotch Lyrics by Lennon and McCartney Thanks for letting me play.

22 January 2012

For the Birds (week 2 CR84FN)

I needed to do this challenge one more time, why?  Because I need to learn to use YELLOW more.  People like yellow, yellow makes them happy. I need to overcome my hatred and please others.  This layout was inspired by all of the birds that I saw at the St. Louis Zoo in 2011.  The birds in the 1904 bird cage were very thrilling to watch.  I was watching  the white one and thinking about a NOVA show that I watched once on the birds of the Everglades and how some were almost extinct because they were hunted and killed so their feathers could adorn ladies hats.  The feathers were so lovely, that I could imagine why they were sought in the 1930's.  I even had to do a close up of the wispy feathers.

To go with my birds, I painted some of my favorite birds from the day at the zoo.  I painted that white bird (I have no idea what he is), the flamingo (whom I love to view) and the wonderful little owl.

All of the patterned paper used is Creative Memories (sold to me by Kim Davidson), and the pink paper is Bazzil brought from Archiver's.  The dock was made and painted by me, from brown scraps that I keep in my bin.  The birds were also painted on scraps.  I notice now that I did not draw the white birds neck long enough, but I am NOT redoing it.  Maybe his short neck gives him character.   

Have a great week, can't wait for CR84FN next week...I have my fingers crossed for something PURPLE!!!

20 January 2012

Weather and the SS Princess Sophia

This latest ship sinking takes me back to yet another sinking that I like to read about.  I remember the first time I heard about the SS Princess Sophia.  I was on my first sailing to Alaska (very close to where the ship sank). 

Our lecturer (this was  lecture on the Alaskan Inside Passage and moments in it's history) was mentioning that this was one of the greatest disasters, but of course it is over shadowed by the Titanic.

This great ship ran aground between Skagway and Juneau in the most beautiful waters along the Lynn Canal (which is actually the deepest fjord in North America---and simply gorgeous).  It had just a little less than 350 people on board.  Weather played a MASSIVE part in the story of the Princess Sophia. Weather may be the major cause of the ships doom.  The weather in Alaska is wild and unpredictable.  I have experienced that first hand, but we had modern equipment.  The ships mentioned in this terrible story had none of that, just their basic Alaskan weather history and their brains.

I am not going to type the story for you, you need to google it or click on the links I have provided.  I am just going to show you some pictures that I saved after I got home from that Alaskan cruise in 2008.  I just found them on the internet.

Before the wreck by the Taku Glacier
it is actually on the reef in this picture, check out the waves
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All that remained was a ships mast

One of my favorite sites telling the horrific story:


And if you want to purchase a book about the sinking:


15 January 2012

Dreaming I could use Yellow

I am not really a fan of yellow, so it is very hard for me to be creative with a color that I do not like.  I thought that I would use the colors to make a LOVE card and maybe a generic card.  Can you ever really have enough generic cards to give away?

I used Hampton Arts stamps on the LOVE card, also a bunch of things from my bin of stuff I don't use anymore.  I thought I would never use the heart rub ons.

The Journey card is my favorite of the two.  The Journey stamp is from Technique Tuesday, oh wait the flower stamp is too.  The flowers on the card are painted with watercolor pencils and the flowers on the yellow "ribbon" are done with watercolor crayons.  I actually made those at the Technique Tuesday class at CKC.

The RMS Titanic

This is story that has been told many times. It is one that you will probably hear about a lot again this year.  April 15, 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic.  711 people were saved and over 1500 perished in this massive sea disaster. It is a story worth repeating

Captain EJ Smith
The what-ifs have been told over and over.  The story has been glorified in a fantastic movie, but all in all many people died because of mistakes. Mistakes that can never been corrected.  100 years later then Titanic still stands out as a marvel of a ship, and a very sad sailing. 

The Titanic started my love of big cruise ship liners. I remember the first time that I read “A Night to Remember”.  I was mesmerized by the story, taken aback by the loss of life, and wishing I could find the wreckage.  I remember September 1, 1985 well.  Tom Brokaw announced on the news that Dr. Bob Ballard found the ship.  And then new details of that fateful night April 15, 1912 began to emerge.  The stern and bow were in separate pieces and facing away from each other,  there was a large debris field lying on the bottom of the ocean and then got some insight on exactly why the ship sank. 

If you are not a Titanic person, you may get tired of news. I expect there will be many events commemorating the ship.  I know there will be a celebration in Belfast, the Titanic movie will be re-released, and some ship are sailing the course taken and the course that should have been sailed.  If you can check out one of the Titanic museums they are a wealth of knowledge, and very interesting.

I have made this layout for the 100 anniversary.  I am sure this is just my first of many.  This one is pretty logo intensive because these are logos that are important to me.

How I store my Tim Holtz's Distress Inks and blending tools

Ink pads:

I have looked high and low on the internet for the "PERFECT" solution of how to store my inks.  Upsidedown/rightside up???  How to tell which pad is which without digging through them all?

I have experimented with many different ways, but I think I have finally found the way that works perfect for ME!  I am sharing it with you today, maybe to inspire you on your own perfect way, or to help you in your search of a perfect way.  

I began with a set of drawers made for holding floppy disks.  Who uses floppy disks anymore? My uncle had this great set of drawers and he gave them to me.  They are perfect for holding ink pads.   I have 14 drawers and 7 are filled with stamp pads, 7 are filled with flower embellishments.

The next step was how to tell which pad was which color (while they were in the drawer) without digging through all of them.  I opened Pages (but would work any word processor document).  I typed each ink pad name 4 times.  When it printed I cut them apart in strips, leaving the 4 names of ink in a strip.  I think took my ink blending tool and in each color I inked its coordinating strip.  Then I ran a length of tape runner on each strip.  I cut them apart and put a section on each ink pad.  EASY!!! 

Make sure you put a label on on four sides, then no matter how they are stored you can see the side and what the name is at a glance. 

Gosh, I just realized how pretty those colors are.  I do love these inks!!!

 Ink Blending Tool:

Tim makes a great ink blending tool thing-a-ma-jig.  I have only one!  I had to make a choice, do I want more ink or the $4.99 ink blending tools?  Well, since the inks are $4.99 at Michael's it was a no brainer for me.  I tried using my one tool and changing out the pads.  The pads simply get too worm out and thin and will rip.  And if you use lots of different colors on each piece as I do, it is a waste of time to keep changing that pad. 

Option #2-  I had to devise my own tool.   If you have ever looked at the ink blending you can see it is a block of wood, with the male side of velcro on it.  That's it nothing more.  I can do this.

I perused the aisles are Michael's and found a block.  A simple 1.5 inch block for .99 cents.  I bought one.     I got home and pulled out my velcro stash. I took the velcro and cut it into strips (cutting off the flat edge so all I had was the male part).  It was self adhesive, but the way I use this ink I thought I would double duty and use hot glue too.  (If you have ever removed a pad from Tim's tool, you will see that the velcro tends to want to come off, I was trying to prevent this.)  I put the glue on the block and then the velcro.  Let it dry and viola!  It was better than I had hoped. I could get FOUR colors on each block and still have plenty of comfort in the holding of the block. 

 I currently own 6 blocks.  One is for blue inks, one red, one greens, one browns and I have just started one with a black.

I label the sponges so that I know which pad goes with which ink.  I only label one side of the block because I have gotten pretty good at telling which pad goes with which ink (I have memorized the order on the block).

You can see on the green block that I only have 3 green inks, so I have one spot left for another green ink.

I store them all in a wooden box that used to
 house some toy magnets that belonged to my kids.  See double duty there!  This is currently working out perfectly for me.  I store this wooden box directly above the drawers so everything is centrally located.  
 I hope you have enjoyed my version of the ink blending tool and my organizational tips on Tim Holtz inks.  I would love to hear any tips that you might have on how you store your inks or what type of ink blending tool you use.