Sunday, February 21, 2010

Happy 1st Birthday, Blog!

One year and 266 blog posts later, I love to blog! I love reading other people’s blogs. I love the ideas, instructions, suggestions and inspirations from blogs and all the sites in the papercrafting industry. I love to share ideas, too. I hope you’ve learned something when visiting me here on the blog. I’m tickled pink whenever there is a post comment. (hint, hint)   I love you for taking time to visit!  Thanks so much to the blog's followers!

Several things have changed in the last year. When I started the blog last February, I was a new Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. I left SU! in October of ‘09. There were many positive aspects to the experience, focusing my blog in the early days was one of them. I’d been thinking of starting a blog, had actually started with an entry or two and then deleted them. The need to introduce SU! to my friends was a driver of my early blogging. Soon, though, blogging was not just about SU! products but all the great papercrafting products and techniques. Blogging is a wonderful way to express yourself in words and photographs.

I also find myself searching blogs for information. When I need a recipe, I’ll usually hit the Smitten Kitchen ( ) blog first. I know I can trust her to have tested and perfected the recipes. I’m sure there are many other good cooking blogs I just haven’t looked hard enough yet.

And that brings me to plans for the future. First, plans for this blog. I want to…

• make the tips and instructions easier to read. Personally I don’t want to delve through paragraphs of stuff to find the “how” to do something. While a blog is conversational, I’d like you to quickly locate the meat of an idea.

• continue TIPsy Tuesdays with more techniques, cost saving ideas, cool products, and organizational strategies. Let’s find more ways to use the neat stuff we have as well as supplementing our hobby with new products.

• add videos – this has been on my mental to-do list for months. I’m still churning around what to concentrate the videos on. Mostly I just need to get the camera out and try it. I was a corporate trainer for years and still do that type of work occasionally. Live audiences are no problem but I’m not immune to the fear of a video camera. That little red blinking light is far more intimidating than a conference hall full of people.

Also, there will be a new feature starting soon on ‘the joys of papercrafting.’ I think it will be fun.

For my personal enjoyment of blogs, I’d like to broaden my reading. I have plenty of hobbies but haven’t really looked for blogs on quilting, cooking, travel, etc. I come across one now and again, they just aren’t on my regular reading list. If you have suggestions, please leave a comment or e-mail.

So back to making it easier to find info. With that in mind, here’s the rundown on the card above:

• CASEd from this week’s Finally Friday by Kristina Werner for Two Peas in a Bucket. Finally Friday Happy Birthday

• In place of the Hero Arts set she used, I pulled out the favorite “A Little Birdie” set from SU!

• For the balloons, I cut out the shapes on the Cricut and then stamped and embossed them. Using heavier designer paper works best for this cutting and embossing.

• My “oops!” for this card was forgetting that the “Little Birdie” had writing on it when I went to stamp the legs. I had to switch to markers for inking the stamp before applying to the “grass.”

• What I liked about this card: Needed some birthday cards suitable for all ages. Also I loved working with all designer paper. I know that is a shock! :-)

Thank you for visiting. I hope you will stop by again and find something interesting and helpful here. Leave me a comment with your blog address and I’ll be sure to visit you, too!

Ingredients: Stamps: A Little Birdie Told Me, On Your Birthday by SU!; Hearts and Stars by Autumn Leaves
DSP: My Mind’s Eye; Chatterbox; Basic Grey’s Nook and Pantry, October Afternoon’s Farm Fresh; SU Brocade Blue DSP
Ink: Versamark
Embossing Powder: White by SU!

1 comment:

  1. Love this -- so fabulous. I just love all the colors -- so happy


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