Monday, March 16, 2015

In a great place, so why am I not blogging?!?!?!

So I've not been blogging.  It isn't because I don't want to, it is completely because my "not a 10 lb" lap dog stepped on my laptop, cracking the screen AND my misplacing my connector cord for my camera so I can't upload pictures to this laptop as easily.  Sometimes we have to laugh!  I have some fun cards that still need to be shared! Considering the moroseness of my last few posts I thought it was important to put that out there.  I won't lie, I miss the wonderful ladies at Splitcoaststampers but I have had many new opportunities opened to me which I intend to explore fully when I repair my laptop - just got to take the plunge and order the part!  I think I have a couple of birthday cards and a Mothering Sunday card to upload and maybe another project or two.  

I also have done a little bit of retail therapy and believe it or not received an asked for MISTI for my birthday and got it! Yup I had always said I wanted it and I still think it is a great product. I still find it ironic I was banned from SCS for supporting the product and hoping for a happy resolution of a customer service issue!?!?! And I can laugh about that and still no word from SCS with regard to my inquires. I do wish the owner wasn't under so much stress and pray she will find relief from that soon.  

I admittedly lost my mojo in January and February.  I don't know whether it was the weather or stress, we lost my aunt in late January and we are a close family. I still keep expecting her to call.  She was our large family's "social secretary" and used to call daily.  She had a larger than life personality so she is desperately missed by us all.

I'm also in the middle of a huge house reorganization.  Hopefully get that well on the way in the few days, but of course I think I can do twice as much in half the time!!!  Still I'm happy with the progress so far.  Part of this is tiling the kitchen backsplash (need to pick tiles) and designing and building a craft desk to incorporate two 2 drawer filing cabinets I already own as well as 4 jetmax cubes. And reorganizing some of my craft stuff into my husband old tool box. Fun times!

Well, that's about it.  Hope you are all doing well and to connect with fun cards and projects soon. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

I never do "haul" posts but...

Hey you know me by now, I never do "haul" posts but just had to say that I got loads of large stencils at Michaels in Clearance so they were only $1.99 ea.  At first I didn't notice them but saw the large tiger.  I thought way heh! We are a tiger school family so I can risk that for $2 bucks! I never ever find anything in clearance so I am thrilled! Now if I could only see my table to take some photos!

Not on clearance but I hadn't ever seen the Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder before so picked it up and that looks a good buy after watching the videos on YouTube.  Of course that meant I needed to buy some foil to play with which was reduced by 40% for each tube.

If I manage to get a photo I will post it later.  Today though has been focused on digging out of the last snow storm that dump 20+ inches on us!

Ban update.

I have been informed from a 3rd party, not Splitcoastampers, that by pointing out that the warranty didn't apply in that case I had broken a rule that the once the manufacturer replies we are no longer allowed to clarify the answer.

Why couldn't that be stated in the ban and the rule specifically quoted?

Secondarily, I wasn't addressing the problem, I did address that the manufacturer's statement couldn't be correct as it was recently enacted and the manufacturer agreed with me.  So what is the problem? On Splitcoast there has always been an open atmosphere of clarifying answers in the past so it is confusing that this has changed.

I have attempted to contact Splitcoastampers again to obtain an answer.  I will let you know when I know.

Take care and keep crafting... and if you are a member there and would like to stay in touch please contact me. I review comments before publishing, mainly because people have given me personal information about themselves that I didn't want openly on my blog and to avoid spammers.  So if you want to contact me that way without info going further that can happen.

All the best, stay safe, warm, and loved.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Banned again for 2 years? Really?

So I go to log into SCS today after I have the last couple of days and this is what I get

Now I admit I did point out that you can't say something is out of warranty if you never issued a warranty to begin with and the product has changed since then, but those are just facts of life and law not personal.

Otherwise I have no idea and am more than amused at the level of bullying that this implies unless there is a jolly good reason.

ETA - My Sweet Petunia has changed the website since this morning which dated the 90 day Warranty from 2/23/2015.

Honestly, who is being dishonest here?  I am willing to testify in front of any official to the truthfulness of my statements and I know I won't be perjuring myself.  The internet has a long memory and those types of changes are tracked.

ETA  -  is a good read as to consumer rights in such a situation.  Even if a product is out of warranty i.e. such as a car, we have reason to believe that it is still driveable and fit for the purpose of which it was bought as long as it is properly maintained.  For example, my car is out of warranty but if the airbags randomly deployed I have an expectation of the manufacturer to put it right or legal recourse.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I just don't know anymore...

I had originally planned to go back to SCS after my, what I deemed, excessive ban and now I don't know. I don't want to be bullied again and to be honest it has put me right off card making.  I honestly just don't know anymore.  I hate that because someone is popular that they are allowed to bully you off a site whilst claiming innocence.  I hate that I am thinking about walking away because I'm not a popular kid and what sort of message does that send to others who aren't popular kids in other areas of life.  I just don't know if I can allow myself to be bullied into exile and come back and act like it was ok when it wasn't. I feel like I have just lived through an episode of "Mean Girls".

And for the record I still haven't contacted the FCC because I think from me it would be spiteful and I don't do that, I just will hope karma goes around because all I ever asked is if a person was compensated for promoting a product and for honesty and integrity in disclosure.

In the end I will go back to SCS because I have an unfinished promise to uphold and I don't break promises, I just doubt I will stay after I fulfill my obligation.  

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CHA and Buyer's Remorse?

Does CHA make you wish you had waited for a product instead of jumping in already?  Sometimes it does.  I don't even buy products right out of the gate but although I have made some fabulous envelopes, I wish this had been around earlier!  Is that buyer's remorse or just wishing the improvements had come quicker!?!

So CHA has come and gone and now I want (notice it is a want and not a need) the 1-2-3 Punch Board I came across on YouTube.

They must have done their homework and actually listened to the comments crafters made about their original Envelope Board.  The 1-2-3 Punch Board is probably on my Christmas wishlist for 2015! or as you know me, wait for a 50% off coupon for 6 months after it is released!!! LOL

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Christmas 2014 - the main card

Extreme Close UP!!!!  Yeah, because that entire image is very small.  I tried to make this card last year and wasn't happy with it.  I only revisited it after failing with my first choice card this year.  Sometimes you just can't force it.

And here is the load I made - I forgot to take the photograph before I had addressed them to go out, but wanted this photo for prosperity!

In the end I made around 80 nearly identical cards for my mass production.  Even streamlining as much as possible, I guesstimate that each card took around 30 minutes to complete from scoring, cutting, stamping, coloring, embossing, masking, stamping, embossing.  All those little steps take time.  I think I timed the coloring taking me about 7 mins per card.  That's why I had to do the extreme close up to appreciate the little bit of shading and texture I did in that image.  Even using warm grays for the fur and cool grays for his beard.  Then coloring the whole Santa image with Versamark to emboss it.

I did some test runs before I decided on the final finish of the card and although to be honest the embossing was a pain in the bum, it definitely needed it to give that final finish to the card.
Card size -  4 1/4" x 5 1/2";
Cardstock - Recollections 110lb white;
Stamps - Whispers;
Ink - Memento: tuxedo black, cottage ivy; Versamark pen;
Color - Copics (warm gray, cool gray, skin tone, blush tone, green, 2 reds (one for shadow), gold tone, darker gray)
Accessories - Clear embossing powder, Stamp-a-ma-jig, small T square.
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