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!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
There is a new cricut machine that will be released. When you ask? I have no clue! All I know is that I want it. It will be small & portable like the little cricut, but have some of the added features of the cricut expressions. Do I need it??............no..........Do I want it? Oh, hell yeah!