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Old 02-16-2013, 06:40 PM   #681
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Would you believe Claire distracted me and I never made it to the site....taking a break from this post RIGHT NOW to check it out before I forget.

Okay, the barrette die is cute, but I love the birthday sentiments!! I'll have to think on it. Shipping for PTI is expensive to Canada, so I haven't ordered yet. Waiting to take the plunge.

Plus, we're getting to the end of our paid parental leave, so the income goes down at the end of this month. We've decided to have one parent home with Claire for awhile, so we have to wiggle and jiggle the budget a bit. Shouldn't be too bad, but it will take some getting used to. I figure stamps might have to hit the "extra" category! Not to mention, there is TOO MUCH in my craft room. I have less time and just as much stuff. Plus, I have extra little hands that are getting ahold of things and ruining it. Time to make my room more effective...or maybe that should be LESS EFFECTIVE for Claire to destroy things!!!

Got a cute Claire story for you, but I'll post below this one.
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Catching up...touching base here...

Patti--adorable Esme--She is beautiful and how cute is her name? Is she named after anyone? I gotta get out to AZ and the UK...miss my sistah's!

Angela--I think Ivy's cupcake business is the real deal--There was this woman on Shark Tank (just watched it on abc.com) who made "S'more cupcakes...lives in CA...the sharks dissed her...they thought she was nuts charging $60 to have a dozen cuppies shipped on dry ice...I don't think the Sharks have ordered food items on line?

Linda--hope you had fun at your Love Boat event--sounds like a riot!

Bunny Mom Lisa--is a real mom (she has a 9 year old daughter they bought the bunny for--however, the girl could care less about it...and mom took over!) I kinda get the feeling that mom took over before the daughter had a chance to hold the lil' cutie! Oh well-haven't seen Farmer Sharon since then...I should call her tomorrow.

Listen to this one ladies...So my Tom has just been crabby lately--thought it was just me but I think he's just exhausted and crabby this time! haha...Today, he said he wants me to go to Loews with him to pick out a kitchen counter, paint for our bedroom and this summer he is going to paint the outside of the house himself!!! Gulp! I think this gesture is my Valentines present--I went up to get dressed and he had both boys sitting in their room while he pulled all their clothes out of the closet and ask...who's is this...keep/go? I sent 2 huge hefty bags to goodwill, 1 small bag to nephew and 1 small bag to Patrick's HS of his older uniform shirts! Done! check mark! {I think that guy who does the organizing show...Use it or Lose it ...has possessed my husband!!!} I am likin' this! He's a painting fanatic -no one can help him because we don't do it HIS way! So, that's been my day--I want the boys to help with the painting of our house--that's going to be a bear this summer!

No class for me--one of my gals is in the middle of some family crisis and the others are helping people move, going on vacation or just busy until March!

Making meatballs in the crockpot tomorrow (meatball subs for dinner)! Snow expected!
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Okay, my cute Claire story. I think I've mentioned she's been making a mess in my craft room. A few things I've let her have...ribbon rolls get unwound, a couple of catalogues get bent pages, she has her own scrap folder. But, she's starting to get into my "good" stuff, so I've started shutting the door when I'm at work.

So, the first night I got home, I went in to grab something and closed the door behind me. As I shut the door, I can hear this shriek, almost like she's saying "SHE GOT IN THE ROOM WITH OUT ME!!!". I come out, she's fine.

Then today, I opened the door, went in the room, Claire starts shrieking that I'm in there, again, so I said to her, "Come play with mommy!". She smiles big and tries to run for the room. Of course, she's not the coordinated yet so she ends up falling and crawling over as fast as she can. She just LOVES it there. My husband and I chuckled at her reaction.

I've posted a couple of new pics. Angela, the third one is for you to answer your question about her hair. The second one illustrates my little daredevil. Just after this pic, she raised a leg and then tried to let one hand go...
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Last one, promise!!

Angela, I think I missed something. Why all the cupcakes? BTW, I love that you love your mixer. I have a Cuisinart one and I LOVE it too.
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Wow what a busy place!! I think I have caught up on the thread.
Had a wonderful time today at the Crop for the Cure. Spent more money than I intended but sometimes that happens.
Vicki the Creeks were there...my gosh what a wonderful store they must have. That is where I spent a big chunk of money. We all were so excited about staying at their retreat house. They even said if we had 7 people they would only charge $70 each for the weekend. We did everything but pick a date and then one of the ladies asked how many bathrooms they had...ONE. How can they expect 7-10 women to use only one bathroom. This even includes showers two mornings in a row. While one person is showering the rest can't even use the bathroom. We are giving this some thought and I am pretty sure I know how it will turn out. I really hate it though because up to that time it was just perfect for us. One of our friends said she heard about a place near New Albany...lots closer for us...and she is going to check it out for us.

I made several cute cards today and will take photos tomorrow and try to post them next week.

Angela looks like Ivy's trip is a go!!

Patti what a doll...guess our Susanne is not a Twilight fan huh?? Love the little onesie, and the fancy stroller too!!

Linda so happy you got the beautiful bracelet!!

Good Night all...

After I posted I saw Heather's post...OMG!! Is she a busy girl or what!!! I love that she is just naturally drawn to your room Heather. Looks like she inheirited your crafting ability!! And she can do circus tricks on the side!! Heeheee

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Heather- Thanks for sharing these sweet pictures from Claire ! It sounds like she do not want to be alone AND she wants to play with your stuff. Take good care of it !

Pat- Only one bathroom ? That would scare me too ! Perhaps you'll find something else.

Tracie- For me it is not hard with my DT position at "From the Heart Stamps". I only have THIS one AND I finally applied for it !!
I like the versatility of Faithīs images. As Kathy said, she has a good selection for everyone. I choose the images that I particularly liked. We have a great team with different styles. In this way almost every image is presented.
I should make 3 projects a month. There are no more deadlines. So, could not be better.

Kathy- You are in several design teams. AND I ask myself again and again when you do all these beautiful cards !

Linda- You're right. In my opinion, you should only do the things that make you smile. Too many appointments would be nothing for me too. Especially if you support a stamp company or an artists (as i do) , you must be 100% behind it. But there is a lot of fun and makes it a bit proud, isnīt it ?

Susanne- That sounds wonderful !! Renovation is a lot of work but when everything is finished, you will be proud of you and very pleased ! Tribute to Tom
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Oh Heather ... you are so in trouble when Claire hits the floor running! Busy with a capital B! Cute tho'
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Heather - Claire is just so adorable.

Pat - Sounded like you had a great time. I have a retreat coming up in April. Should be fun.

Well I didn't order from PTI. I am having problems finding what I have now. I was looking for a music note die last night and it took me an hour to find it. Plus I would a bunch of dies I haven't used. Need to finish one card today.
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Good morning!

Gosh, Tracie, I envy your will power! This release just grabbed me for some reason! Remember the two sets of PTI dies I "lost" a while back and re-purchased them?! Of course, while I was re-organizing I found them...on the floor under my computer desk!! Guess it's good sometimes to have two of the same, especially if cutting for multiple cards!

Gonna check out W9Plus; I've heard of them but have never looked.

Pat, oh my...I'll tell the church gals about only one bathroom at that retreat. Not good planning on their part! Good thing someone from your group thought to ask the question! Let me know the name of the New Albany retreat; we are always looking for new places to crop! One of my friends and I plan to go to the Heirloom stamp show in Indy on March 2 & 3. Have you attended any of those shows, Pat? THEN, we plan to attend to CKC in Fort Wayne May 31 and June 1; I hope Patti can hop on over the state line to meet up, too!

I've often thought of applying for a DT, but just haven't taken the time. I'm in awe of all of you who are on a team and share your creative talents as a DT member.

I have a card to finish; trouble with reorganizing, I have a tin of Prima flowers but don't know where I relocated them!!

Heather, the pics of Claire are adorable! What a little dare devil!

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Such cute pictures of Claire, Heather...I think she looks like you! She is not quite ready for barettes, but a headband with a flower or something would work. Would she leave that in? Ivy is making cupcakes to raise money for an overseas trip the summer of 2104, with People to People. It is quite expensive, so she has started early. Today she is making "Elvis" cupcakes.

Patti, adorable pictures of little Esme! Love her olive skin and dark hair...so pretty! Glad you and Tom have had a good time. I am wondering if you broke down and tidied up a bit? You mentioned you were wanting to...or did Linda's "Glenda experience" scare you off?

Linda, I agree, I hate making a card with an image I don't like...it takes all the fun out of it for me. I also do not know how Kathleen does it all with her little ones.... Excellent time management skills I would say! Sadly, I do not have those.

Susanne, sounds like good things will be going on at your house! Does Tom like to paint?

Pat, what has the group decided about the retreat? One bathroom might give new meaning to the term togetherness! LOL

About PTI...I placed an order last night. I noticed that the discount was automatically applied; well, I wasn't fast enough and as I was finishing my order at 9:01 the discount disappeared. You would sure think that if you were in the process of placing your order it wouldn't revert to the regular price. However, PTI is known for not offering sales like other companies.

Off to color...I just printed a Bugaboo image that I need to make into a card for Tuesday's post....
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Okay girls I need your help. I want to make a card for a contest here in KC and I am looking for an image to go with "Time flies when your having fun". I am thinking there is a fun girl image out there somewhere. I know AE has some but they are too big for what I need to make. We have to make a standard size card. I know you girls will have some suggestions.
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Oh, I forgot to mention.... Ivy and I ran errands and had lunch yesterday. We love the salad bar at Ruby Tuesdays, so we usually go there. A couple of weeks ago I found a hair in my sandwich; I told the waitress (very nicely) and the manager came out and apologized and took my meal off the bill and gave us free desert. Yesterday, I was eating my salad and felt something tickle my lip...it was a hair! Ish! Ivy asked "Aren't you going to tell them?", but I didn't because the manager would have recognized me and thought I was some nutcase trying to get a free meal. I paid the bill and told Ivy we are done eating there...gross!
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Heather - Claire is just so adorable.

Pat - Sounded like you had a great time. I have a retreat coming up in April. Should be fun.

Well I didn't order from PTI. I am having problems finding what I have now. I was looking for a music note die last night and it took me an hour to find it. Plus I would a bunch of dies I haven't used. Need to finish one card today.
I solved my "where the heck is that die" issue by buying one of those boxes $20 that come with some magnetic pages and house magnetic pages $3 magnetic sheets for $8--all my dies are on each page--as I buy more dies--I buy more pages! (Adtech/Artbox?) Of course I cannot think of the name of this fabulous box...but here's a tip I learned AFTER the fact. My LSS sells these clear boxes (size 10x12) larger than --these boxes are cheap--like$3-$5 or something..then I heard Staples sells 8.5x11 magetic sheets $10 for 10/12?--I was not aware of this... So, doing the Math quickly in my head--the brand x box and Staples sheets (larger size) are cheaper than the fancy box deal! Ta Dah! So, having said all this and you are next up on the roster for group#3--should we look into this for you? Maybe put it on your wish list off to the side?
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Oh, I forgot to mention.... Ivy and I ran errands and had lunch yesterday. We love the salad bar at Ruby Tuesdays, so we usually go there. A couple of weeks ago I found a hair in my sandwich; I told the waitress (very nicely) and the manager came out and apologized and took my meal off the bill and gave us free desert. Yesterday, I was eating my salad and felt something tickle my lip...it was a hair! Ish! Ivy asked "Aren't you going to tell them?", but I didn't because the manager would have recognized me and thought I was some nutcase trying to get a free meal. I paid the bill and told Ivy we are done eating there...gross!
Oh Angela--that's gross! It's like the time I saw a waitress swatting down a table at that restaurant that has a bull on the wall (forget name-and since has gone out of business around here)..anyway, a family had just eaten there with lil' kids and BBQ fingers all over the place--no damp/wet clothe..just swatting the crumbs away--I wrote the company...totally disgusted. They sent us a gift card out of the blue--we went again...this time an ANT crawled across the table--Haven't been back and will never go there again! (wherever they are now) eeegads!
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It is soooooooooo cold here--woke up to 8 degrees..wind blowing, snow blindness driving home today--wow--it was like something out of the Arctic--we have a lot of opened spaces and the wind was so strong I could barely open my car door--Tom would drop me off at the door and go park the car--I was trying with all my might to open and get out at Lowes and he asked --what's the matter? I used my legs to hold open the door--I said, while struggling..."Honey, I think you parked in a wind tunnel!!!" (I must have looked ridiculous..haha--these long legs holding the door opened! hahaha Then I creep out--too funny. Then we walk into Lowes and see immediately upon entering, these light fixtures that are lined up on the wall in the honest to God shape of women's breasts--I stood next to them, Tom walked in and looked my way and smiled--I said, Oh, I bet that smile wasn't for me (pointing to the display)...two sets of them and HUGE too!!! Like they were for a ceiling in a banquet hall!!! haha
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Susanne I should look into these because I have a lot of dies. I also have heard of magnetic vent covers at Lowes but not sure how much they ate.
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I have the Art Bin with the magnetic pages and love them. I have two full of at least 10 -12 pages each and need another as I still have some loose dies or in other containers. I love these and they work great for me. I probably won't change now unless I hear from Susanne that the ones at Lowes or the other place are better and work better.
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Ahhh, home, sweet, home! Had an uneventful flight back and arrived in Cleveland around 6:30 pm. DD picked us up at the airport and we had Daniel sleep over last night (I missed him so much, and since there is no school today, he was going to be with us today anyway!) It was so good to sleep in my own bed, and I gave those furbabies lotsa lovin'!!

Linda, the Valentine party sounded like a good time, and what a bonus to receive jewelry due to Glenn's win!!

Heather, love the Claire pictures!! She is soooooo cute!! OMGosh, what a handful already! The daredevil pictures had me laughing and gasping with fright all at the same time! The pictures of her hair brought back memories for me...both of my kids had hair just like that as babies. Not so bad for a boy, but no matter how much pink and lace I dressed Rachel in, people would ask "How old is HE?" Back then, they didn't have the cute headbands and hats that they have now! I can't believe how big Claire has gotten already! Seems like just yesterday we were having your online shower, now she's about ready to celebrate her FIRST birthday on Friday!!

Ewwww, Angela, the Ruby Tuesday story grossed me out. There is one near my DD's house, and we go there on occasion...I tend to avoid the salad bar for just that reason, but in your sandwich, too? I would stilll say something to the manager....call them or write them...not so much for the money off, but so they know there is a problem and can fix it!!

No, I didn't really do much "tidying" around the DDIL's house. Not so much that Linda's story of Glenda kept me from doing it, but Tom reminded me several times that this trip was also part of my vacation and I shouldn't "overdo". I kept busy enough getting caught up with their laundry (she still had the bag of laundry from the hospital!), washed all their bedding and towels, tons of "environmentally friendly" diapers, dishes and getting in my Esme hugs and cuddles!

BTW, though Brittani is a Twilight fan, they found the name Esme in a baby book. Brittani is of Irish/Scottish descent, her favorite color is green, and her birthstone is an Emerald. "Esme" means emerald, so that's why they chose the name. "Rose" is Brittani's mom's maiden name, and so became Esme's middle name!

Oh, Pat, a retreat place for up to 10 gals, and only one bathroom? No wonder their prices are so reasonable! The retreat we went on a few weeks ago (Maplebrook Memories) has sleeping space for up to 12 and only two bathrooms. We were initially concerned, but the design of this place was awesome! Each of the two baths had a separate potty, and separate shower space, so someone could be showering, two (or more!)could be drying hair, brushing teeth, applying makeup and so on, and someone else could be in the potty, all at the same time. It worked out great and was a beautiful place, too! We were very happy with our replacement for the Craft Farm, and already reserved MBM for next year!

Tracie, I agree with you on crafting, I want to do what I want to do. Not that I've ever tried to be on a DT, I certainly don't have the abilities you ladies do! But I think a DT might be alot of pressure...have to use their image even if you might not like it (like Imke said) or even just to have a deadline...I don't know how Kathy does it--FOUR little ones and a hubby that travels. Do you just not sleep, Kathy?

Brrrrrrrr, talk about cold! When we got on the plane yesterday it was 70 degrees; when we landed 3 1/2 hours later it was a "balmy" 19!! I didn't even take a winter coat with me, left it in the car when DD dropped me off last Sunday. Fortunately, she brought it back with her when she picked us up yesterday, and had the car all toasty warm, too. As much as I am happy to be home, I do miss the AZ family, and their beautiful sunny warm February weather! We had to laugh, we stopped for breakfast on our way to the airport yesterday morning, and the waitress was talking about how they were glad they had their four days of winter over with, and were complaining that the high temps later this week was going to be in the 50's!

I have resisted...didn't even go check out the PTI site....of course, once I see the creations you ladies have made, I'll be wishing I would have!

Well, there is not a drop of milk or creamer in the house. Just too tired to go out once we got home. Now, I am sorry as I sorely need a cup of coffee now. hmmmm, maybe I should try it black...nah!

Hope your day is starting off well! Enjoy today, ladies!
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Yeay--Patti's back! Sounds like a great trip Patti and thanks for the update on Esme's name and Brittani's heritage! No I am not a Twilight fan--totally out of the loop on that--My birthstone is Emerald and when I was a lil' girl I used to say...At my wedding I want all my bridesmaids to wear fluffy emerald green dresses -floor length with lots of wired skirt slips underneath so they can twirl!!! And my wedding would be on Valentines Day! Flash forward to my real wedding on June 2nd, and my bridesmaids wore mauve chiffon knee length dresses! Boy did I get teased by my FIL about the "Mauve " color--he would say it in is NY/Boston accent and drag it out like real funny! I guess in no fluffy and no twirlin' for my bridesmaids which was probably OK for them!!! haha

I made my first Tri-shutter card last night (Vickie--I peeked and your blog and that inspired me--Thank you!) I researched on line and ended up viewing Beate's tutorial--she's just great--bada-bing...she's organized..no dilly-dally chatter (Gosh I hate that when you watch a Youtube tutorial and the person is looking for the tape and talking about stupid things and YAWNING...really? Get with it sister-we're watching you--it's not cool to yawn while teaching a class!!! After I decorate it I shall share it!

Tom caught the mouse in the basement! EEEK! Yes, I kept seeing this black blurr in the corner of my eye...at first I didn't know...then one night he just walked by!!! I tell ya those lil' mouse house things work beautifully...they go in and don't come out! It was caught within hours of our visit to Home Depot! It's not like you can open the mouse door and let him outside--with 2 feet of packed snow--he'd turn around and come back in!!! Yikes! Done

Well have a good Monday everyone--wind has settled down here--and we got about 6" of snow last night (drifted pretty high on the driveway)...so all's good now!
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Glad you made it home safe and sound, Patti!

I just saw an ad for Stamping Bella on SCS home page and it made me think of the email I had sent her awhile back.... When I went to stamp an image, I found that the wrong stamp had made it into the packaging. I emailed Emily on December 10 asking if she would like me to send it back so she could exchange it. Have not heard a word on the matter.... December 10th!!! That is really poor customer service; I am wondering if that may be the reason that I am not seeing as many cards made with her images as I used to? I have had many issues in the past...orders taking forever (3 months) to ship, sending the wrong image, etc. but have continued to order because I love her images. Anyone else have this happen with this company?
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Angela, I haven't ordered from stampinbella in quite a while, but ordered quite regularly a few years ago. The stamps would sometimes arrive in a week, other times a month, so not sure if that was because of when they were shipped or just the mail service. One time I placed a rather large order and received 2 or 3 more sets than I ordered; I emailed right away asking to send back what I didn't order and the answer was I could keep the stamps since it was their mistake. But, at least what I DID order was complete.

Patti, glad you are home; as the saying goes, there's no place like home!

Susanne, can't wait to see your tri-shutter card!

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Imke - So I have to ask - when you print your digitals, what kind of printer do you have and what kind of paper do you print on? Sometimes my ink smudges and I wonder if I am using the right kind of printer/paper. I am really liking the digitals lately. So many cute images.
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Pat- Only one bathroom ? That would scare me too ! Perhaps you'll find something else.

Tracie- For me it is not hard with my DT position at "From the Heart Stamps". I only have THIS one AND I finally applied for it !!
I like the versatility of Faithīs images. As Kathy said, she has a good selection for everyone. I choose the images that I particularly liked. We have a great team with different styles. In this way almost every image is presented.
I should make 3 projects a month. There are no more deadlines. So, could not be better.

Kathy- You are in several design teams. AND I ask myself again and again when you do all these beautiful cards !

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Susanne- That sounds wonderful !! Renovation is a lot of work but when everything is finished, you will be proud of you and very pleased ! Tribute to Tom
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Tracie: I work with digis a lot. When I print, I use my regular stamping paper (Neenah solar white) and run it through my laser printer. I've never had smudges and I use my copics to color.
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Thanks Joanna. I will give it a try. Where do you buy your paper?
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Tracie, I print mine on Cryogen or the slick copic paper. They don't smear and I use an Epson Printer. I sometimes have to fight with my printer to get the cryogen paper through because it is heavy but is is awesome for copic markers. I use the Cryogen irredisent white and I know I spelled it wrong..It is what Suzanne Dean uses. You can order from Paper Temptress. Neenah is good to. I just prefer the Cryogen.
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Thanks Linda. I love the Cryogen paper to stamp on but also have not had much luck putting it through my printer. It is my favorite paper. I just purchased several images from Scrapping Memories. All their digis are 80% off. Right down my alley. HA!
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Thanks Linda. I love the Cryogen paper to stamp on but also have not had much luck putting it through my printer. It is my favorite paper. I just purchased several images from Scrapping Memories. All their digis are 80% off. Right down my alley. HA!
Mine goes through the printer most of the time but every once in a while it gets stubborn and I have to try up to 6-7 times. Denise has a front loading HP and it just zips right through her printer.
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I need to buy both of these CS's-->Cryogen or the slick copic paper! I too have a stubborn printer when I use my Neenah Moonrock--it's a timing thing...I have yet to try a digi stamp design!!!

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Tracie- At home i have a HP inkjet printer and i use my "Copic Coloring Paper". I think itīs only available here in Germany (?). Itīs also a little thicker but it goes through my printer. I let the ink dry well and then I have no problems.
At work we have a Laserprinter and that also works well.

Angela- That stinks ! There is nothing worse for me than a bad customer service. I have at Stamping Bella never directly ordered something because I heard about that long delivery times.
I would always write me an email week by week then they realize that they have treated a customer badly. I keep my fingers crossed.

Susanne- Tom the house hunter, hm I'm glad he caught it !! Íīve never tried a tri-shutter card but i LOVE Vickieīs on her blog. It looks so great- canīt wait to see yours.

Patti- Welcome back home !!
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Tracie: I used to buy my Neenah through a local company (Expedx) but they have since closed. Well, I think Expedx is still around but the local outlet store closed. I'm using the last of my stock and then I will have to find something new. I was thinking about trying Linda's Cryogen.
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Mine goes through the printer most of the time but every once in a while it gets stubborn and I have to try up to 6-7 times. Denise has a front loading HP and it just zips right through her printer.
No matter what card stock I use I have to remove the copy paper and hold the card stock manually and give it a NUDGE to get going--sometimes this takes 3-4 efforts! After realizing this, I decided I cannot do wedding invites with this printer--could you see me feeding 200+ pcs of card stock into my printer! Not happenin'! When I explained this to my nephew (before his wedding) he suggested I go buy a NEW printer!!! hahaha...Um yeah, like people do this for 1 project?!
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Susanne! It's here! I quickly ripped open the envelope only to reveal the most colorful wrapped gifts! *sigh* I won't be able to dive into unwrapping until later tonight. A good friend's husband passed away after a long battle with prostate cancer on Sunday; I've been running somewhat for her today and the viewing is starting right now so DH and I are leaving for that.

Be back later. Can't wait to reveal what's inside all those wrappings!
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I have to "nudge" my paper too to get it to run through the printer. I'm sure that Ken would say that the paper is "too thick" but I never let him see me print. Shhhh.
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Sometimes mine will go through with a nudge but most of the time I fight it. I want a new front loading printer but can't justify it in my mind. The icopic paper goes through just fine but it is not my favorite, I love the way you can blend on the cryogen. I just got 100 sheets in the mail today and guess I will continue to fight it. It is my very fav.

Can't wait to see what Vickie received in her package.

I agree about the bad customer service at Stamping Bella. I love the new long legged girls but her service is so slow. I love to order from SCACD because she ships the same day you order. There are a lot of good quick on line stores though just not Stamping Bella. I think it is the worst one I've ever ordered from and that is a shame because they have good products.
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Thanks girls for all the tips on printing. So far I am like Linda and love the Cryogen paper. I need to try it in my printer. Of course we have much nicer printers at work.

We are getting ready for a big storm. We even cancelled a big program we were going to have on Thursday in anticipation of it. We probably won't even get a dusting but since we are cancelling the program, I get to take the day off. Yippee! Can't wait to just waste a day at home.

Angela - One of the girls at work brought in a Owl Orgami necklace and catalog today. It was sooo cute. Can't decide what I want.
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I finally opened each little giftie in the cardkit package from Susanne.

Susanne, thank you so much for everything and the great description you included in that sweet mitten card! I won't be able to take a picture until late tomorrow or Thursday morning (depending on what time we get home tomorrow).

BUT, I can sure let you all know what was in all those wrappings so you'll know more about the picture when you see it! Here goes!

Yummy Ghirardelli caramel chocolates (for crafting energy per Susanne!)
Susanne is re-aquainting me with stencils and paste and metallic powder to sprinkle on the paste and a stencil brush! Love that stencil and thanks for including the directions (I'm going to a stamp show March 2-3 and the company that sells Dreamweaver stencils will be there and I'll get to see a demo refresher!)
A square envelope template to fit 5, 5 1/2, and 6 inch cards!
A beautiful 6x6 paper pack
Package of window cards
Gorgeous beads for the letter openers I make...guess what? I'm going to use these beads to make one for me! WooHoo!
2 rolls of ribbon, green brads, and some beautiful white flowers in a tin.

Now I have to ask about the adorable card you sent...I LOVE the felt mittens...is it a die? If so, which company?!! They are soooo cute the way you have them embellished!

Thank you again!
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One more question for Susanne! Is the image on the front of the mailing envelope a stamp?? it is toooo cool! Love it!
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Oh goodie...it arrived just like the PO lady said it would!

Vickie--I wanna see your trees (was so tempted to buy that whole thing for myself--but said NO..these are Vickie's goodies) I wished I had my camera to take some shots off their wall--but that embossing paste is supposed to get puffy through those lil' tiny holes in the stencil...hmmm (paste on hormones?) Even the stencil by itself is elegant--maybe with colored pencils/crayons...

The mittens are the Spellbinders die set (you can still buy it on line at their site)...#2 or #3 die --comes with 5-6...dies in one package. Just zipped the felt through my Grand Calibur (Big Shot too)...works every time! I started making the mittens in paper and thought their mittens...make em fuzzy! Ran out and bought some felt sheets at Joann's.

Yes, the stamped girlie on your package is from Dyllusions (off the beaten track of Tim Holtz gang) I kept seeing her--thinking what would I make with her...then noticed several different style heads/faces come in the stamp set--kinda fun and different huh? She is going to be my next image with my USA/UK gals--they don't know this...and I can already hear my lovely sis complaining about her!!! hahaha But I suppose I should send them a couple extra choices of heads/faces to choose from! (If you go to the dyllusions site...you'll see what the heck I am talking about with different heads/faces...

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I made some card kits of these for my class ladies...if we every get together-they will each get one to make their own card...
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Oh Susanne - what a cute card. Love those mittens.

Vickie - Sounds like you got a great package.
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