Did you get a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas?

Ladybug Dec 2011If you got a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas, I guarantee you will have questions about it. But, that’s good, because you’ve come to the right place! Over the past year, well over 70,000 Cameo-owners have visited Globug Ideas in search of some advice and reassurance about their purchase.

I hope you are enjoying your Cameo, but if you are gritting your teeth in frustration, scratching your head in wonder, or seriously contemplating throwing your Cameo out a window, please take time to read some of my posts. I promise you will be glad you did!

Below is a random list of some of the posts I have written to help Cameo-owners get over that initial hump. I have also replied to hundreds of questions from my readers in one-on-one e-mails. (I also post my responses in the Comments section). There are tons more posts, so take a minute to search my site! Oh, and by the way, I was ready to throw MY Cameo off a cliff for the first while, so I can totally relate to any problems and frustrations you might be having.

Silhouette Cameo–problems and solutions

Silhouette Cameo–get ready to cut!

Silhouette Cameo blade problem–read this!

Silhouette Cameo: using the right paper makes all the difference!

Silhouette Cameo: working with vinyl

Blonde lady smiling clipart

I’m here anytime you need moral support or have questions you want answered or if you just need to bounce some ideas around.

Good luck, Cameo-owners. I KNOW you will fall in love with your Cameo, just as I have done with mine!

Snowflake card

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

 Here we are, already in October, with the United Way Campaign underway. The Third Annual Algonquin College Pajama Crop Fundraiser took place on Friday, from 4 p.m. to midnight. It’s always fun to see everyone scrapping and chatting in their PJs! This year I was asked to lead a Make-and-Take session, for which I designed this snowflake easel card.

I wanted the workshop participants to create a Christmas card with “a little something different.” So, this easel card also offers a little surprise: the snowflake on the front pops off so the recipients can hang it on their Christmas tree.

 The striking blue tag becomes the piece that holds the easel card open. I used pop dots to raise it up and give it some dimension.

The sentiment on this particular card says, “Celebrate the Season.” I stamped it in white and used a pearl embossing powder and a heat gun to give it the same glow as the snowflake. I brought several different sentiment stamps with me to the workshop so my participants would have a choice.

The card opens up even further, to reveal either short poem or verse (sorry, I forgot to take a photo of it). And, there is lots of room for you to write your personal message.

It’s an easy card to make, and always looks quite professional. I think the real secret is to use eye-catching, coordinating colours and to be very precise with your measurements. Also, sometimes less really is more! In this case, the snowflake was all we needed.

Here is a photo of my card pieces, all neatly organized into piles. I created a “kit-in-a-baggie” for each person in my workshop, being sure to include enough pop dots for the project.

I haven’t heard how much we raised this year, but we had a bigger crowd than last year, so I’m sure we surpassed our 2011 total of $1,598.00. (this was doubled to $3,196.00 by putting it into Plant Some Roots Bursaries). I will post the 2012  total next week, when the final tally is in.

If you’d like to raise money for your favourite charity, consider holding a crop in your community!

Mini-album Birthday Card for Lindsay

A unique card for a unique young woman!

I wanted to make a special card for my granddaughter’s 21st birthday. And, I wanted it to be unique, just like she is. So, I created a mini-album from toilet tissue tubes and filled it with lots of flowers, bling and sweet sentiments. I hope it inspires you! If you like it, please let me know by leaving a short comment! If you have a special card, mini-album or other project you would like to share, please leave a link in your comment.

Thanks, so much for dropping by!

New Feature: Great Places to Shop for Crafting Supplies!

Another Globug Review

 Introducing our brand new feature: Great Places to Shop for Crafting Supplies!

Isn’t it always great to get a first-hand review on a product or a vendor before you start shopping? I don’t trust the advertising propaganda–I prefer to hear it straight from someone who has had personal experience with a product or vendor. And, with that thought in mind, our new feature page, Great Places to Shop! was born!

I have shopped at numerous craft stores, both on-line and brick-and-mortar. My goal is to share with you my personal experiences and observations. I hope it will help you to find vendors who will serve your needs in a friendly and professional manner.

To launch Great Places to Shop! I would like to introduce you to Loonie4Scrapbooking. . .Enjoy!

Looking for an on-line scrapbooking store with great prices and amazing customer service? Look no farther. Loonie4Scrapbooking, owned and operated by Angie Hartledge of Kars, Ontario, is at the top of my list.

Angie’s prices are consistently lower than most other on-line scrapbooking stores, which is what attracted me to Loonie4Scrapbooking (I was looking for a deal on Copic markers and Angie had the best prices, anywhere!). Besides having the best prices in town, Angie treats every customer like they’re the only one.

After meeting Angie (she actually delivers to your door if you live within a specified area), it was easy to tell that she cares about her customers’ satisfaction.

Angie’s product line includes everything from Cricuts and Cuttlebugs to embellishments and Envelopers. And, if there’s something you don’t see on her site, she will quickly find a supplier and order it for you.

Before you spend your hard-earned money anywhere else, take a few minutes to check out Loonie4Scrapbooking. It will be time well-spent!

P.S. Check out the Loonie4Scrapbooking Facebook page! While you’re there, be sure click on the LIKE button on one of the articles!

Congratulations to Canadian Scrapbooker for reaching 5,000 fans!

. . . and, they are celebrating with a great big give-away. Here’s their message to the crafting community:

“HOOORAY – we have reached 5000 fans!!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! on Monday we will be announcing a winner of a surprise $200 scrapbooking gift basket and a 1 year subscription to CS! Spread the word – there is still time to enter! Just LIKE us! https://www.facebook.com/cdnscrapbooker and your name is entered into the draw!!!! SPREAD the scrappin LOVE!”