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Jan, my grandson is doing great and growing well, but I haven't seen him for awhile, as I'm still not feeling confident enough to drive into the crazy traffic to the city. I know you will have an awesome time with him....they are so adorable!
Angie, you will get yourself back into the black in no time!
I'm glad this thread is helping you keep on track. Sorry about your DH, but it sounds like you are both adjusting to his diabetes and he is doing well. Keeping to his diet will help you too!
Toni, great that you get to be on some design teams and get to try out different products!
I just noticed the 'Like' button for the first time today. Thanks for liking the 'Earth day' post ladies!
I haven't got my totals down yet and I've just spent £50, and I won't see the goodies until the end of may as I've had to have them sent to my son address in England, I saw them and just had to have them, I'm sure you all know what I mean but it was just too expensive to have them sent here. I only have two companies that will send items to Spain without massive postal charges.
Jan, with a lot of my favourite companies, it's the same thing to ship to Canada. Once, I had an order all ready to go....the item was just over $15. and the shipping was going to cost $26.00! Consequently, I have never ordered from that company.
It's not just the postal charges....some companies just don't like the bother of sending to another country. The item I was planning to order was a cushion mounted stamp.....small package, should only have cost $5 or $6 at most. I also think some places think you have to go through customs to ship out of country and that is only so if the amount is over $30.
I know a friend in England ordered from the USA and had to pay taxes when the package arrived, I have seen some companies that say they do not pay the taxes so not sure if they mean to the UK or Canada.
I know some companies in England weigh the package, could be costly, I really don't know how they stay in business.
I have come about this week's challenge in a very roundabout way. Knowing that this was the week that Prince William and Kate Middleton got married in 2011, I was going to make this a royal challenge. Then I realized that the Dutch also celebrate Queen's Day (Koninginnedag) this week. This will be celebrated not only in the Netherlands, but also in Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten. Dutch royalty is descendant from the house of Orange-Nassau and those celebrating this feast day often wear orange clothing and dye their hair orange. So......for the challenge this week, it will be to use orange in your card and if you can add something depicting royalty, that would be a bonus.
P.S. for those of you who are interested in European current events, this will be the last time Queen's Day is celebrated in Holland for a long time, as Queen Beatrix is abdicating her throne tomorrow to allow her son, Prince Willem to become king, so from now on, it will become king's day.
I am in the black again... I have no idea how long it will last
just thought I would peek in again and see what you all have been up to. (this makes me kinda glad I didn't do the all occasions this year, because I always forgot to link and update that one) the Christmas card one is pretty iffy too. I think the only reason the total's get updated for me is because, I see it in the siggy line when I turn on the site. and the cheap part of my brain likes seeing the number be black... so, that is the only reason I have not bought some stuff that has floated through my in box recently
Luckily enough the retirement list is not a thing for me this year the two sets I have been eyeballing are not on it, ( and also look pretty small) which is less desirable the older my eyes get. I think the downfall will occur is someone else comes out with something similar (larger) haha.
just wanted to wave and say Hey! have a good day ladies!
Okay, will someone do me a favor? Please. I began a BLOG. I don't know why or what I am doing. But would someone look at it and comment? My daughter tried to comment and couldn't . So don't know it works. I haven't put it in my signature yet, because don't know why I would yet. Any suggestions on how to use a Blog? I do't sell anything. I just thought I would start one, because to qualify for some prizes you have to have one.
Any feedback will greatly appreciated. This is only place I have published it, besides my to my DD.
my "why" was because, it gave me a place to record things online that I had made that was in one spot, when I made it I belonged to about 4 sites two peas, MSN, creating keepsakes and something else. (minds blank) but, I had so many scrapbook pages online in an MSN group called the sunroom and MSN shut down their groups... so all those photos are gone. and I wanted a place for things I made to be grouped together. because, I forget things. and I rarely make duplicate things. and its easier for me to find a link to something I posted on the blog then to another gallery site. so, my blog is my personal collection of photos... and If I do crop shots or angles of something dimensional I can stick two or 20 photos together in one post.
but, I think you will be surprised by the people who come by your blog and leave you some love. ( enjoy it )
I was able to leave you a comment. one thing though you have that word verification on... and some design teams will not leave you a comment if you have that up. ( its frustrating to read sometimes) I have mine off and just reserve the right to delete a comment if its spam. and honestly, I don't get much spam on mine. and I've had it a long time.
the way you turn it off is you go to your dashboard, then settings then on the left there are more choices, click settings again, one of those says posts and comments. click that then on the right you can uncheck the box for show word verification.
I had that too, when I made the first post in this thread, instead of posting it, it did the you must wait 12 more seconds to post, so I clicked under all that and "reposted" it, so then when I seen what it had done I just edited the second post. I think its a glitch that started last night some time.
Stacy thank you for your comments on my Blog and your explanation on how to find and turn off word verification. I found dashboard, but couldn't find settings. I will look again. But I was all over in the thing and couldn't find it. I am so electronic computer challenged.. But I appreciate your help. I think I will just put my favorite cards on and won't really put a link in my sigy to it until I have more on it and figure out what I am doing with it.
I have updated my totals and am in the plus, by a small margin.
Hi Sharon, its over to the right. when you turn on your dashboard you will see the name of your blog. in my case I have two of them so for each blog there is a name of it and then to the right there is an orange box with a pencil on it. ( that lets you make a new post) to the right of that is an html button that looks like a piece of paper. next to that also to the right is a arrow for a drop down menu ( its almost stuck to the paper button) click this, it gives you things like over view posts stats... that has a scroll down button, scroll it all the way to the bottom to settings.
then the page is going to change
over on the left there will be a list of things you can do to your blog
one of them is template, scroll down. settings is right underneath that. so when you click it, a second drop down menu opens up next to it and one of them is posts and comments.
that you will have to scroll down the page a little to see the word verification button to unclick.
Monday morning.......time for another challenge. On May 7, 1920, the Ontario (Canada) Art Gallery opened it's first exhibition by the 'Group of Seven' artists. I have chosen one of those artist's to be inspired by. Franklin Carmichael. A link to images of his paintings. Among these images are also some that are not his, but feel free to use any of them for inspiration. https://www.google.ca/search?q=frank...iw=930&bih=488
These are some amazing images, Ina. It will be difficult to choose one! I will go back later and look, when I have more time to got thru them. My craft room, is such a mess, and by the time I take Mom around to Drs and stores, and then home and help her, I am finding less and less energy by the time I get home. ..
Started getting April totals added and got side tracked. Then went to garage sales and hit the motherload with card stock and Quickutz dies on Saturday. Need to get April totalled before I start on May. I have discovered with my craft room reorg which companies are my "go to" ones and have purchased a few on ebay to fill in some of those and they need to go on my spread sheet also. Good news is that I actually sat down yesterday and made four cards! First ones since Valentines day.
Way to go Angie! Four cards in one day would really be pushing it for me! Glad you were able to get some deals at the garage sales.
I will probably be going to Hobby Lobby in the morning, but I have a gift card. I'm sure I won't spend more than it is for. And some of what I spend will be art supplies for my grandson.
Thanks Ina! In my craft room cleaning and reorg I ran across a packet of panels that I had paste embossed and not done anything with. So I took those and my scrap tote to the BF's for the weekend. Made for easy Mother's day cards for both of us to send and a couple of spares for the stash.
Is it Monday already? I woke up this morning to see that some of yesterday's snowfall was still on the grass! Had to bundle up for the morning walk!
On May 17 it is 'Take your bike to work' day. It doesn't fall on the same date every year, but always during this week. Let's feature bikes on a card this week. Shouldn't be too hard for me, as my DD and her husband don't own a car, and ride their bikes everywhere. She always loves getting hand crafted cards....even when it's no special occasion.
Well, it was scary, but I have my totals up through April and my spreadsheet is up to date for this month. Seeing it in black and white about killed me. no more spending for me for a while. but like Ina said, knowledge is power. Keeping my head in the sand is how I got a room full of stuff that needs to be sorted and purged.
It's a long holiday weekend in Canada. It's called Victoria Day or May two-four weekend and now some prominent people want to also make it into 'First Nations' weekend. First Nations makes a bit more sense than Victoria, as Queen Victoria passed on many years ago and the first nations people are very much with us today. Well, I am rambling, as this has nothing to do with our challenge for today.
Our challenge is to make a card featuring a rainbow. I received a 'Craft-a-Day book for Mother's Day and this week every craft features a rainbow.
It seems we are all pretty busy with our gardens and other outdoor activities this spring. I have been enjoying the beautiful weather, blossoming trees and flowers and the fabulous fragrances of lilacs, lily of the valley and other flowers. I love this time of spring going into summer!
Time for another challenge. I was first alerted to this technique on a card that Sharon Madson created and have had fun teaching my grandson how to do this while I was in Austin. This technique uses glossy cardstock and reinkers. Cover your work surface with paper as this gets a bit messy. Have 4 reinkers of complimenting colours. Start with the lightest colour (although I don't think it makes much difference) and squeeze several drops on the cardstock. Blow the colour around with a drinking straw. Then go with the next colour and do the same. Ditto for the third colour. Using the darkest colour again put down drops, but use a few more this time. Take your straw and lay it sideways on the paper and draw it down. Presto, you have a fabulous background. Now you can stamp a silhouette image on it and make your card. Here is a U-tube video. The Straw Technique for Beautiful Backgrounds - YouTube
Having said all this, I changed it up a bit, as I did not have reinkers with me when I was on holiday, so I used regular cardstock and acrylic paints. For the fourth colour I love to use metallic gold. I had several cards made, but did not take a photo of them, so I made a new piece this morning but it isn't dry yet. Give this a try, it's so much fun!
Whohoo! It is fun! Did you let your grandson do the blowing? LOL. I get dizzy. Okay I have some gold and will try it this way. Thank you.
I got on here to say I have to figure up my totals. Should be good as I did. 22 scrap pages for VSBN and a workshop. Ina, some of my pages were of my Canadian cruise, if you click on my pages done in 2013 in my siggy you might see something familiar. Mostly Quebec City lately.
Glad you enjoyed your visit with your grandson.
I've been busy planting my vegetable garden and also annuals in the flowerbeds. I love this time of spring when all the leaves are out on the trees and flowers are blooming and the sun is shining. This week's challenge is an easy one.......... 'Sunshine'. Let's put a little sunshine on our cards.
Wow! A day late and (more than) a dollar short! This week's challenge is 'Ancient history'. This day in 1184 BC – Trojan War: Troy is sacked and burned, according to calculations by Eratosthenes. So our challenge is to make a card that depicts ancient history.........lets make it more than 1000 years ago. Might be hard to find an image to fit that.