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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Re: Have you ever printed your digital scrapbook? on: January 13, 2011 12:56:29 PM
I also have been thinking of printing the digi scrap pages. I don't know if this will help or not, but there is an online printing place that has great prices on 12x12 pages. It might help if you were able to print some of the pages first to see what they would look like once they were "flattened" on to a sheet. I like the CM route, but think that this other company is GREAT. I love their prints. And they are VERY reasonably priced. The price for a 12x12 page is $2.50. And shipping is reasonable.


You have to sign up. But if you have a problem you get to call and talk to a real person! It is a shop in a town near me and I have been VERY impressed with their service.

hope that helps

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Help with Original Silhouette operation. on: January 13, 2011 10:03:57 AM
      Hello Smiley,

      I purchased a
    used Original Silhouette off Amazon.com last week. I have now had the machine for 4 days, but I have not yet been able to get it to work properly. The seller had more than one machine; he was very thorough in testing it and being sure that all parts were included. I am relatively confident that the problem is not in the machine, but in my assembly of the parts. I have not contacted the seller for aide yet.

    I am hoping some one here has used this machine and will be able to tell me if I have done something wrong. Grin

    Here are some possible complications in the machines functioning:
    • the machine did not come with a mat, so I am using a thin circuit mat cut to size
    • I am trying to cut an 80# sheet of card stock
    • The blade PROBABLY needs replaced. None are available locally. So, I am attempting to cut with the old blade.

    I followed the instructions in the "Quick Start Guide" and everything went smoothly until it the actual cutting part. It ACTED like it was cutting (making that TERRIBLE you're-breaking-the-machine noise that is so common) and seem to be cutting, but when I removed the paper there was NOT EVEN A SCRATCH on the paper.

    I reinstalled the software and the drivers. I checked to be sure I had the correct colored cap on the blade. Still no improvement when I try to cut. I was a bit confused about the instructions regarding which direction the blade should face, but I have even rotated the blade a few times and it didn't seem to help. I have not upgraded the software to the newest version of RoboCraft, but I assume the machine should work with the ORIGINAL program.

    I searched the internet and found that the Silhouette is wrought with frustrated operators, but no one seemed to have experienced MY particular problem. I thought of emailing the company but they are apparently not very good at responding.


    THANKS in advance.
    3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crocheting with unconventional materials on: September 28, 2010 12:48:44 PM
    have you considered nylon lanyard thread like this?


    the strangest thing I have crocheted is guitar strings.... didn't work very well!
    4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Did battle with rag yarn -- not sure if I won... on: September 28, 2010 09:42:41 AM
    I have noticed that I get sore when I change from my "regular" needle size. I usually use a sizeG up to K. I recently started crocheting a lace edge on a nightgown and have had wrist cramps... and I have only done 2 rows! I had to consciously loosen my grip in the hook. Not too much though... 'cause I have to keep the tension tight.
    5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / looking for flower stitch instructions on: September 28, 2010 09:35:28 AM
    I know I have seen this stitch before. But I cannot seem to locate it. The flower is created by making half of the petals on row 1, and the rest on the return pass (row 2)
    I have tried to illustrate it as I remember.
    I thought I had seen a free pattern using this stitch on the net... anyone know what I'm talking about?
    6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Thread Crochet Sunhat & Booties For Baby on: March 31, 2009 07:03:44 PM
    If you don't want to use a lighter for sealing the ribbon, try some fray check. It is only a few bucks at Walmart or a fabric store. It works great. It glues the edges so the ribbon can't fray. it also works on fabric if you don't want to hem the edge of something. You can also use super glue (eek Shocked-- my mom used to do this....), hot glue lightly on the edge (run the ribbon along the nose of the gun-- with out squeezing much or at all) or fabric glue if you have this but no fray check. I don't use a lighter simply because I don't have one--- too many little fingers for that to be a safe way to go. Wink
    7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Legolas Ears or Elvish Ear Warmers-- free crochet pattern on: March 31, 2009 05:55:39 PM
    My oldest is in grade school and he thinks Legolas is the GREATEST! Right now he is begging me to make him a "arrow holder" (quiver) because "Legolas has one!"

    I'm glad you like them! If you use the pattern, PLEASE post a picture. It would be great to see.

    Also if you find any errors (!) let me know...
    8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Legolas Ears or Elvish Ear Warmers-- free crochet pattern on: March 31, 2009 03:31:15 PM

    Legolas Ears or Elvish Ear Warmers-- free crochet pattern

    Legolas Ears or Elvish Ear warmers


    See Legolas Here: http://elflady.com/legolasgreenleaf/gallery.shtml

    2 rubber bands or hair elastic, one to fit around each ear
    Small amount of Creamy White Worsted Weight yarn (or color of choice arent elves pale?)
    Size I/9/5.50MM Crochet hook

    With sl st on hook, attach white yarn to rubber band or elastic. Double over elastic if necessary: it needs to be tight enough to stay on the wearer's ear.

    Row 1:
    Ch 3. 13 DC in rubber band. 1 TR, 1 DTR, Ch 2, sl st into top of 1 DTR, 1 TR, 7 DC sl st into top of beg ch 3.
    Row 2:
    Ch 2, DC2tog 5x, 3 DC, DC2 tog (2nd half of this stich is in the ch 2 sp at the top of the DTR of the previous round or the point of the ear), 4 DC, attach with sl st to top of beg ch 2 sp.
    Row 3:
    ch 2, DC2tog 7x, join with sl st to top of beg ch 2.
    Row 4: Sl st across opening to close gap in middle. Finish off. Pull ends to inside.

    Repeat for other ear.

    **back side of ear**

    Give to your favorite "Elvish Impersonator".

    Do you need a bow and arrow set too?

    9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: My second Painting Ever! on: March 10, 2009 03:27:09 PM
    cherry_blossom55, I totally agree that this makes a whole lot more sense then mixing up the terms and confusing everyone. I guess what really erks me though it that once they make it so complicated, they get all jumpy at anyone who doesn't get it straight.  It's kinda like this: if you have a name that is spelled different than everyone else who has the same name, why get mad when they spell it the way that make sense. Why get mad at us for describing the art work the way that makes sense?

    Just my 2 cents! Grin
    10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: My second Painting Ever! on: March 05, 2009 11:51:09 AM
    It was made with soft pastels.

    They are like chalk, but don't call them chalks around the teacher or you will get your head bit off! I guess they are easier to manipulate than oil pastels.

     According to the teacher is is still considered a painting, even though it was sort of drawn on because you do manipulate and spread it once you have it on. You do a lot of blending with your hands. It is a lot like finger painting.  But the paint is a lot more expensive! The paper I used was a hand made sand paper. This makes the chalk adhere. I tried using Walmart chalks and drawing paper after my class and it really does matter what quality of chalk and paper you use. That painting with the cheap chalk got tossed in the trash. I went down to an art store and bought "NUpastel" brand. They are, according to my teacher, the cheapest of the quality brands. I really like the expensive German brands but they are $4+/stick of chalk! I actually splurged with my Christmas money and bought some of those ones!

    Any one else use soft pastels?
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