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Thursday, October 20, 2011

365 Cards - Day 235 and a PRETTIE BIRTHDAY!

It's Friday, Friday.  Yay!!  Are you ready for the weekend??  I am, as always.  :-)

Well I have a 2-for-1 post for you today - a new challenge AND a birthday celebration from Paper Pretties!!  Today is Heather's birthday, she's our wonderful owner and I can't think of a better person to celebrate!  I've known Heather for going on 5 years now, and she is amazing!  I am happy to call her a friend.  Have a wonderful day Heather!

Along with this awesome celebration, here's a fun challenge to jump start your creativity for the upcoming days from 365 Cards.  Day #235:  Seeing Spots.  Let's see three different polka dotted patterned papers on you cards today!  Have fun!

Stamps are from Paper Pretties (of course).  I love this quick and easy little sentiment!

Here is the order of the PRETTIE BIRTHDAY HOP in case you get lost along the way.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the party festivities so far!  Keep it rolling and visit Kristine!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Easy Canvas Prints

Hello out there in blog land!  How is everyone on this crisp, October day?  Doing well, I hope!  I have a special blog post today to share an amazing company and product with you!  I know I always love hearing about new goodness in our crafty/scrappy industry.

Last month I was contacted by and offered a free canvas in exchange for a product review here on my blog.  I went to their website and surfed around a little to get more info.  The more I saw, the more intrigued I was so of course I said "SURE" and "yayyyyy thanks" to the awesome website and marketing people.  The next (and more difficult question) out there was...what photo should I use??  Wow.  Talk about a tough choice...

In the end I got a gorgeous, high-quality 8x10 canvas featuring this wonderful photo of my boys, taken when DS#2 came home from the hospital.  (I know the picture of the picture is not the best quality.  I think there's something wrong with my camera, the bottom of the photos has been coming out blurry lately).

I really can't say enough how impressed I was with everything about EasyCanvasPrints.  (And you KNOW I'm not that easily impressed!).  This canvas is thick and heavy, with a beautiful finish and texture that shows it off as something unique, but doesn't lose anything from the photo (not even tiny baby features!).  I had the "standard wrap", which means it's 3/4" thick.  Since the sides of the canvas are exposed without a frame, I got the mirror image option, which means they're not plain, they're printed with a mirror image of the photo! Love it!  The entire frame underneath is solid and it came wrapped so carefully to ensure there was no damage during transit.

Here's the part of the ordering process that I really liked.  When you are ready to order your canvas, you go to their website, choose the canvas size you're after, and upload your picture.  You can upload from your hard drive or even from Facebook!  The website has an excellent photo editor built right into it, so you don't have to try to tweak your photo before you upload, it will show you the sizing area based on the canvas size you chose, and will let you "zoom" in the image, move it around on the print area, crop, and all kinds of things.  When you are done it will show you PERFECTLY just how your canvas will look.  This was especially important for me, the photo I chose had a kiddo's coat thrown off onto the floor right above the boys' heads.  Using the system on their website, I was able to move and zoom and push the coat out of the picture, while still seeing how it would look on the finished product (helpful because when I tried to crop it out in PSE it didn't work as well without having that sizing palette set for me.

So, yes, I am EXTREMELY pleased with this gorgeous canvas, and I can't wait to show it off!  Oh, the other thing - the printing and shipping was unbelievably fast, even with the standard shipping option I had this beauty in my hands in less than a week after ordering - coming from Texas up to Wisconsin!  I rate their quality, shipping, ease of website use and professional communication 10s across the board!  I can't wait to get another; I'm thinking wall collage...

Thank you again to Brendan for contacting me and for the workers for creating such a beautiful canvas.  I have put a permanent link to the EasyCanvasPrints website up on my right side bar, if you'd like to check it out.  You can also like them on Facebook!

Friday, October 14, 2011

365 Cards - Day 228

It's Friday, Friday.  WOOT!  I need a Friday.  Actually, I need a week of them I think.  :D  How are you today stampy friends?  Ready for the weekend??  Here's a fun challenge to jump start your creativity for the upcoming days from 365 Cards.

Pam *loves* the word "fabulous".  My challenge for today is to incorporate the word "fabulous" into my card.  Awesome idea!!  Sentiment cards can be so much fun.  Here is what I came up with - I hope it's fabulous enough for you!

The paper for this card is from Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker.  They have SUCH fabulous goodies!  Sentiment is Stamping Bella, swirl is Prima and the metal flower is from The Paper Studio.  

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have a fabulous weekend!  Don't forget to visit the 365 Cards blog to link up your projects! 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Paper Pretties October Release Hop!

Happy Wednesday!!  Can you believe it's here??  Yep, Release Day has arrived at Paper Pretties, and all of the new sets are now available for purchase in the Paper Pretties store!  To celebrate, we're blog hopping!  So go hopping, then go shopping!  :)

Of course with all this release excitement, it's easy to forget that it is still Wednesday, so we have a new Prettie Challenge for you.  This week's challenge is to use Halloween as the inspiration for your card (but does not have to be a Halloween card) (PWC175).  Um, this could be a costume!  If you don't buy that, I've got nothing, but please do play along and show us YOUR Halloween inspiration.

Thanks for joining us on the hop today!  Welcome from Dawn's blog!  You're right on track.  If you've gotten lost along the way, you can find a full list of the blog hop participants on the Paper Pretties blog.

Without further ado, here's my contribution to this fabulous Prettie Wednesday and blog hop, featuring the new sports-themed set Basketball Lily.  A great addition to our Teen Scene category!

She's awesome.  Of course there's a guy-themed b-ball set too so everyone is covered!  Check them out now in the Paper Pretties Store!  Now, I'm out, your next stop on our party train is Kristine Reynolds.  Have a fabulous day! 

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