Tuesday, September 15, 2009

ATG gun....

I had someone ask me the other day, what type of adhesive that I used. Well this is it! Check out the size of this hummer. It took a little getting used to, but I love it. Why would I want something this big....cost....plain and simple. As those of you who know me know, I love to scrapbook, but I also love to do it on a budget. I'm all for the best bang for my buck and I carefully evaluate each item before I make a purchase. This gun was a little pricey (25.00) but WELL worth it when you take as many pictures as I do and scrapbook 95% of them and besides, they asked me what I wanted for Mother's Day. LOL. The cheapest adhesive I had found was the kind they sold at Walmart in this little holder. You've all seen them. They held around 8 feet of adhesive and the refills cost $2.50 or so. Well, this baby holds a whopping 36 YARDS....yeah.....you heard me right. 36 YARDS, not feet, but yards and how much does this 36 yards of adhesive cost me.....about $1.15 (and that includes shipping to my front door saving me a trip to the craft store where I would find something else to purchase while I was there.....) You do the math....it doesn't take a rocket scientist or an engineer hubby to figure out that in the long run, this is a huge savings. Plus, when I ordered it, it was backordered by two weeks and they told me if I waited, they'd send me an additional 3 rolls of tape plus give me free shipping. Well, I had waited a long time to purchase this, what was another couple of weeks. Anyway, this is what I use. I put the pen in the picture to give you an idea of how big it really is. Once I got used to it(just a couple of days), I LOVE it.....size and all. It never gets lost on my workspace, I can see how much adhesive I still have, and the tape is actually a little thinner (I ordered 1/4 inch instead of the standard 3/8) which makes it great for smaller items, plus it is really strong adhesive. And one more added benefit for those who would be interested, you can buy tape for this in lots of sizes without any adapter at all; so for those that like thicker adhesive, this works for them as well. If you are interested, you can go to http://www.thetapedepot.com/ or check on ebay, they sell them there now also. All in all, would I do it again, you betcha in a heartbeat!

Ebay find.....cricut blades,trimmer, tool kit

Hi. Well some days you just HAVE to LOVE ebay! Look at what I got all for a grand total of $41.00 and that included shipping! There 7 packages of brand new cricut blades, 4 packages of cricut trimmer blades, the cricut tool kit, and the cricut trimmer! Woohoo! For those of you who might be reading my blog that aren't familiar with prices....at my local scrapbook store, each package of cricut blades (both kinds) cost 9.99. That means that even with their standard 40% off coupon, each package still costs me $6.00. Plus the cricut tools kit is 18.99 or 19.99 by itself! That means that if I divide 41 dollars by the total items (including the tool kit) each item only cost me $3.15! I'm doing the happy dance here and I've got my years supply of blades.....oh.....I guess that's suppose to be food????? LOL....
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Barrell of Monkeys...

I have wanted a file of a cute little monkey for a long time now. I think they are so cute. Unfortunately, I hadn't found a SCAL file of a monkey that I really liked and I really don't like the one on the Animal Kingdom cartridge so.... Today, however, I was playing around moving some files to make them easier to find and I found this adorable font. Within a few minutes, I was able to clean up the image in Inkscape by removing some double lines and turn this cute little monkey into a cut file. I LOVE it! He can be used for Monkeying Around, Barrell full of monkeys, zoo, hanging out, etc. I don't know what page I'm going to use them on, but...since I am over a year behind on scrappin', I'm sure I'll find a way to use them! If you look real close, you'll see that there is only 2 cuts to this monkey. I could have cut his tummy, ears, face etc and then pieced them on the background, but I decided it would be faster to only have two cuts to glue together. :-) If you want to use this adorable font yourself, go to http://thescrappincop.blogspot.com/ This font has the CUTEST animals on it and by using SCAL, I got a whole "cartridge" worth of useable animals free! Gotta love it! Now if I could have used SCAL 2 to delete those lines myself and to have shadowed, I'd be in heaven, but alas I had to use SCAL 1 because the shadow feature in SCAL 2 isn't fixed yet and although SCAL 2 would create the basic shape for me, I can't fix those dreaded lines yet. Hopefully soon!
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