Sunday, April 21, 2013

Liebster Award

Hello everyone!

I have spent much of the day working on the card I posted about earlier, along with my regular Sunday chores like laundry and washing hair. The weather is beautiful outside; it's about 92 here in my little AZ neck of the woods, and I really should be outside enjoying the sunshine and soaking up Vitamin D.

A day or two ago, I got a surprise email from Edie, one of my sister-friends over at SOC. She recognized my l'il ole blog with the Liebster Award! That was such a nice surprise, especially since as bloggers, we sometimes wonder if anyone is reading our blogs and/or paying attention to our work.

So I want to thank Edie over at for gifting me with this special award.
I absolutely love Edie's work and I know that you will too!

Here are the details about the award:
This Award was designed to be a blog award in the "Pay it Forward" fashion. Once you have been nominated you award it to five blogs that you like that have fewer than 200 followers to encourage visitors to their blog.

Rules for Acceptance.

Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog. Post the award onto your blog. Give the award to five bloggers that have fewer than 200 followers. Leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you have given them this Awesome Award. Pay it Forward.
Here are some blogs that have caught my eye and I think deserve this award. Please check them out. Their work is beautiful and their styles are so unique!
Treva's Craft Corner
A Taste of DC
Divine Scrapper
Cassie's Craft Cafe

The other is a fairly new blog started by one of my sorors who is a teacher. So all of you educators out there, show her some love!

Ms. Mikle's Teacher Chronicles

Thanks for reading!
Your Wrinkle Free Diva!

If at first you don't succeed...

So today was my first experience with the "print and cut" feature on my Silhouette Cameo. I watched a great video on Youtube and had no trouble importing and preparing my images to print with the registration marks and then cut. When it came time to cut, that's when I nearly said to heck with the whole project. My Cameo wouldn't (or couldn't) detect the registration marks. I looked at Silhouette's support page and a checklist on the Silhouette Plus forum and checked and double-checked everything they told me to, or so I thought. First thing I missed was that my Cameo had switched from "load mat" to "load media." Don't know when or how that happened since I never told it to do that. OK... problem solved, or so I thought... again! Still no registration mark detection after NUMEROUS trys and adjustments. Finally, I decided to just turn the darned thing off, let it rest a moment and then start it up again. Voila!!!! It detected the marks and cut like a charm! So what you see below is a card made with my very first "print and cut" images. Big hugs to Alice B. and Charice for sending the files to me.

This card if for my honey-do's friend. Said honey-do used to sing in a band, and his friend, who's name is Sol, used to love to hear him sing Mustang Sally. So I thought it would be cute to make a play on words for this card. I didn't know the lyrics so I looked them up online and used one of the line's for the inside sentiment: "Guess you'd better slow your mustang down! Happy Birthday" It's kind of hard to tell, but I pop-dotted the new mustang to add some dimension.

So today's lesson is this: If at first you don't succeed with your die-cutting machine, go to YouTube "university," check out the manufacturer’s support page, look for any forums related to your machine… and, when all else fails, turn your machine off, let it rest for a minute and then turn it back on!

Thanks so much for looking... I promise I'll be back soon!

Your WrinkleFreeDiva!