Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
It has been so long since I have had such a little child in my house for Christmas! And what fun! I always knew I would love being a Grandmother and this child has just proven me right. If only my son were here to make this day complete. We had a great time. Georgia chased the dogs around on her new quad that my husband picked out for her as a Christmas gift. We had snacks, did "lipstick", and fed the guinea pigs (she used to call them mouse). I think I now understand the gift of children, more so then when I had my own. It was so thrilling to see the wonder in her eyes and remember when everything and every day was new. I hope 2009 is just as wonderful as 2008, as I truly could not have asked for a better year.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
P.S. Please keep my son safe while he is in Iraq............I miss you, Jonathan.................
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Watching my little girl get married was emotional and today I am exhausted! I now have a son in law and love him to death. It was the most beautiful wedding I have ever been to. The bride and groom wrote their own vows and did an amazing job. Their vows were touching and humorous. So we laughed, we cried, we laughed again, and then back to crying. I am sad that all the hoopla is over, however I am also glad it is over and all went well. Whew! Isn't my daughter the most beautiful bride ever?
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
We are pleased to announce that the new updated version of Cricut Design Studio is now available. The new version is compatible with 32 and 64 Bit computers and along with a fixing a few bugs includes the new cartridge content for Tinker Bell and Friends, Cars, Blackletter, Hello Kitty Greetings/Font, and Sesame Street Font/Friends.
For best results when installing the new version please do the following:
****Step 1) Please remove or uninstall the old version of CDS typically through your control panel.
****Step 2) It is necessary to delete your current "CricutFontsMetadata.xml" file. This file is located in your "Cricut Folder" which is in your "Documents Folder" just double click on your Cricut Folder and you will see Projects and User Data at this point double click on the User Data and then right click on the"CricutFontsMetadata.xml" folder and delete.
****Step 3) Go to Cricut.com click on the Big Banner (Cricut Design Studio find out more) then on the left hand side of the next page click where it says (Download Design Studio Updates) this takes you to a third page where you will see the Download Button click and install the new version.
****Step 4) Make sure after you have installed the New Version that you update your firmware these instructions can be found under the help tab in Cricut Design Studio. And as always have fun.
Click here for a direct link to this update.
Have fun all!!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I have been so busy, as my first born child is getting married on Saturday. I flew to MN this morning to help with the last minute details, offer love & support, and watch my daughter walk down the isle and marry the one who has stolen her heart. As she starts this new chapter of her life, I remember when I was young and had stars in my eyes. It seems like only yesterday that I held her in my arms, kissed boo boos and made them all better, and read stories to her of magical places. It seems like I blinked and a young woman appeared before my eyes. How does this happen? Soon she will have little ones to cradle in her arms and scare monsters away from underneath their beds. Soon she will again discover the magic of Christmas, through the eyes of her children. And one day, she too, will blink and be preparing for a wedding. And I'm not going to miss a minute of it!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
I needed a birthday card for a special lady in my life and thought this was the perfect opportunity to FINALLY play with Flower Soft! My customers have been enjoying it for a while and tell me how much they love it. I just look at those little containers and toppers with longing in my eyes. I finally bought some items from my own store, Cutters Creek, and I could not believe how beautiful this turned out with so little effort. I think I fought with my xyron longer than putting this card together! The picture does not do the front of this card justice as it is absolutely gorgeous. I decided to frame the inside message with Flower Soft and and add couple of swirls for effect. This was my first try, however I see lots of Flower Soft in my future! What an awesome product and I love that I was able to get in on this with Katy Sue Designs. My scrapbooks are covered in flowers & butterflies and now I think I will cover them with Flower Soft too!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Christmas is approaching quickly and I thought I would post this card I made for a contest. Needless to say, I didn't win. I think it was just too simple. I cut the card by hand and added some vellum that has a slight coloring of fir trees in the background. I then designed "peace" using SCAL and then ran it through my xyron and poured glitter all over it. I then cut another piece of card stock to make a strip and then ran "peace" through my xyron again and attached it to the strip and then attached the strip to my card. Yep, way too easy! Although my scrapbooking has evolved so much, I think I am still lacking in the card department. I like making cards though, and will keep trying to make better and better cards. I also like that with cards, it doesn't take forever, like some of the scrapbooks I am working on. Cards are more of an instant gratification thing, although then I have to give them away. My only hope is that those that get a hand made card from me, are not reading it and then throwing it away. Hopefully, it is being cherished, like any other handmade item.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
So my Provo Craft rep finally told me these two new cartridges will be released December 10, 2008. We have all been looking at them in Design Studio, as they are in there for our viewing pleasure with the latest update. I keep getting questions about these and it now seems Cutters Creek is the first store to put these gems up for pre order. They both look like a lot of fun and I can't wait to see them in person. The Sports Mania appears to have a little bit of everything and the Calligraphy Collection is a gorgeous font cartridge. Run over to cutterscreek.com and place your pre order now!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Through all my excitement of CHA & wanting all the cool new stuff coming out, it hit me today that it is getting ever closer to the time my son deploys to Iraq. I completed this layout this year. It was a very proud moment indeed. My son had survived boot camp & became a Marine. He graduated in July of last year & I drove to SC to honor this mighty achievement. It was such a proud moment & one I will never forget. He has now been a Marine for a year & at 19 years old I still worry very much. I made this page using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge & various other embellishments from my stash. I am sad this 19 year old of mine will be on his way to Iraq in a few weeks, but boy am I proud of the fine young man he has become. I love you Jon! And a special "Thank You" to all of our military members who serve or who have served our country. I know I am proud to be an American!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Provo Craft info: This terrific tote will fit any Cricut® machine, expanding to a huge 8" x 22" x 9". Use it for transportation or storage its tough nylon and liner provide protection. Includes extra pockets for storage, removable shoulder strap, and handles. Lined in green with white polka dots.
Something else I will need to buy.......................my poor credit card!
This looks like fun for word books, make your own scrapbooks, and so much more!
Provo craft says:
Create personalized books, albums, and journals with ease! YourStory™ is a thermal book binder with unmatched versatility-it is perfect for creating unique gifts, memory books, and a host of paper crafting projects. The themed kits for special events and holidays make YourStory™ the perfect choice for first time crafters and veterans alike.
I think I'm going to like this one!!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Business Wire - Press Release
Take Your Cricut to Sesame Street
07.15.08, 11:22 AM ET
The wildly popular furry monsters from Sesame Street will soon be
Available to users of Provo Craft's Cricut(R) Personal Electronic
Cutter, thanks to a new partnership with Sesame Workshop, the non-
Profit educational organization behind the Sesame Street show.
The Sesame Street cartridge features everyone's favorite characters
From Sesame Street that children and adults of all ages have come to
Know and love, including Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert and
Ernie. The classic Sesame Street fonts are also available on the
Cartridges, giving Cricut users more than 750 patterns to choose
From. The Cricut will cut the designs on a variety of materials,
From card stock to vellum to vinyl, at the click of a button.
"Sesame Street has been the gold standard for nearly 40 years, and
Its characters are loved by both children and adults alike," said
Tonia Conger, Provo Craft's director of marketing. "We developed the
Sesame Street cartridge to give Cricut users the ability to bring
Elmo and his friends into their homes and to use their imagination
In recreating their favorite scenes."
The Sesame Street cartridge will be on display at the Craft & Hobby
Association' s annual Summer Convention and Trade Show in Rosemont,
Ill. Also on display are several other new Provo Craft products,
Including a Hello Kitty(R) cartridge, the new Cricut Jukebox device
And the DesignStudio( TM) software. Attendees are welcome to stop by
And preview the products as well as meet with walk-around Elmo, who
Will be making a special appearance at the booth (#1009) during the
Provo Craft also welcomes everyone to stop by their booth and
Participate in "Make and Give," a program in which guests create
Free coloring books featuring Sesame Street characters to be donated
To destitute children in Africa through Tifie Humanitarian.
The Sesame Street cartridge will be available at arts & crafts
Retailers nationwide in late October 2008, with a suggested retail
Price of $99.99.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
I started a scrapbook to capture some "missing pieces" in my life. This about my dad & for me to do some healing & to live memories that I never got to live, from a man that I have always thought to be very interesting. Although this has nothing to do with my Cricut, it will as I add elements to the pages. I will have fun using SCAL & Design Studio to create a beautiful book. It reads:
"So, we all go around living our lives and doing our own things. We have choices every day to make, and hope that we make the right ones. We use laws of the land and common sense to get us through each day. Most things are very black & white and most decisions are relatively easy. So what do you do, when there are a lot of gray areas to choose from, and the easiness of black & white are no longer there? Well, you do the best you can with what you have.
So on May 24th, 2008 I received a phone call from a man I have not seen in nearly 30 years. I have not spoken to him since 1989, the year my son was born. This man is my father. He has been an absentee parent almost all my whole life. He was there in the beginning and then **poof** gone! He had taken relatively no interest in me. I am his only daughter and his oldest child. My parents also had my brother Sanford, who committed suicide October 20, 1982. My father went on to remarry and have another family. They had two children, Chris & Evan.
So now I need to make some decisions. I thought that this was something I would never have to do, as it became painfully obvious to me, when I called my dad and told him he had another grandchild and that he was just not interested. It is very hard to know you have a father out there somewhere & you just don’t know. As an adult, I realized it was nothing I did nor was there anything I could do to change this. People do what people want to do, and you can control no one, only yourself & your own actions. My whole life I have been making lemonade out of lemons and it usually works out just fine for me.
Although it makes me so sad my dad has missed so much. I am thrilled he has made the decision to be a part of my life now. I cannot obsess or wonder why & really do not have the energy. I forgive this man who has missed so much. He is my dad, the man who I emulate the most & look like. He is crazy smart & has had many adventures. He has been a police officer, and airline pilot, and is quite the athlete. Yep! My dad is buff! Can you imagine? He provided me this blurb on my family history:
“My grandparents on both sides emigrated from the Ukraine. My Grandfather on my mother's side came from a very wealthy family. He was a very cultured man who played the violin and loved classical music. We looked very much alike. His father was an official of some kind. He fell in love with my grandmother and paid to move himself and her mother and father and 7 siblings to the USA. I believe they married when she was 15.”
So no, not everything is black & white. Sometimes it is very gray, and I am thrilled to find out what the future holds! Here are missing pieces of my life & I will probably cry a lot, while putting this album together. But to not have this opportunity would just make me into another child wandering the world wondering why."
So Dad.........................this one is for you!