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The romanticism of the road trip is not gone, but a healthy dose of reality tempers it for me now. Spending three days in a car driving close to 500 miles a day becomes an endurance test in which my knees and back complain and my legs swell. Thank goodness my husband and I can always find something interesting to talk about.
I saw a lot of notables on this trip. The many swamps abundant with life and dusty, lifeless crop fields. Single oil well pumps and huge oil refineries. Up scale Texas living and state after state of houses where cardboard and plastic were used as roofing. The sudden emergence of Lookout Mt. in TN and the utter flatness of TX. Too many crosses on the side of the road signifying a life lost.
I had never driven through MS or LA and I'm glad I did. LA really is America's wetland and MS is prettier than I expected. Looking at the world through the windshield at 70 mph - it is amazing what you can see.
Please visit my husband's blog for some nice bird photos. http://birdsnsky.blogspot.com/
When I first became aware of Operation Write Home, I was a handcrafted card maker. Nothing was automated, although I did use a Cuttlebug to help with dry embossing. I thought long and hard about how I wanted to proceed with OWH and knew that I would never be able to make a great number of cards with how I was set up. My cards were no works of art, certainly not compared to what I had seen in magazines. So my mind started to work on this issue of limited numbers and mostly handmade vs machine assisted and the ability to increase my card production by quite a bit. As my past posts indicate, I decided to purchase a Cricut Imagine and I believe it is one of the best crafting investments I have ever made. It has revolutionized my card making similar to how the Cuttlebug enhanced my use of dry embossing. As long as I have white paper, I have access to libraries of printed and solid cardstock. In the past 3 days, I have made over 100 A2 sized cards to send to our troops overseas. This will be my first shipment, but I wanted that shipment to be over 100 cards and the Imagine helped me reach my goal. I LOVE my Imagine. Here are a couple of examples. Nothing fancy, but I hope you and the troops like them!
Now I need to get to a local craft store to buy more cutting mats and another color cartridge. Stand back, I'm getting serious here people. <smile>
Simply said, Provo Craft provides AMAZING customer service. Everyone I dealt with at Provo Craft was professional, friendly, and really listened to my concerns. Technical Support and Chris Dodge: I don't know how he does it, but Chris seems to be everywhere answering questions for everyone. This guy is like a Cricut Super Hero (ta da - super hero music in background). He helped me as if I were the only PC customer with a problem. Really, and I mean REALLY patient and knowledgeable. Customer Service and LeAnne Rodeback: Once Chris and I decided I needed to return my Imagine, LeAnne was so responsive and took care of the trouble ticket while I stayed on the line. She also sent followup emails, letting me know they shipped my replacement Imagine BEFORE they received the one I shipped! What company does this?? She even sent me an email last night asking if I had included anything other than just the machine and electrical cord. I told her yes and the items and she replied immediately and showed the trouble ticket she had opened asking for 2 day shipping for those items. Oh my gosh! They must be losing money on me by now. To top it all off, last night I got an email from Jim Colby, VP of Product Development for Provo Craft. He apologized for my initial experience with the Imagine not being a positive one. At the end of the email he gave me his direct email, phone and cell phone!!! OK people. NO company does this. I mean, this was just a $500 machine and they are bending over backwards to make us happy. I bet every single Imagine owner who has had trouble has gotten this same treatment. Beyond impressive customer service!
I've been reading lots of complaints and comments on the various forums and groups about how disappointed people are with the Imagine, blah, blah, blah. Lots of BMW - bitch, moan, and whine! OK, folks - if you want the latest and greatest then you have to expect a few growing pains. We are dealing with something totally new here and I, for one, am astounded at how GREAT the IMAGINE is! Let me repeat that. The Cricut Imagine is FANTASTIC! AMAZING! So much POTENTIAL! All of you nay sayers out there- just you wait. In six months I bet you will be pooping your pants when you see all the Imagine can do. No, I have no insider info. As a matter of fact, this is my first Cricut product EVER. But. Once the computer interface software is available, hold on to your teeth, Grandma. This thing will knock your wig off! I just know it in my gut. I trust my gut.
So while some of you choose to spin your wheels complaining about one little thing or another, I'm going to be having enough fun for everybody. I have a lot to learn but learning is fun, too. This is the most fun I've had with crafting since - well, maybe since I first discovered the Cuttlebug! Still love my bug. If the Imagine ever becomes capable of embossing well, I might just have a fit of delight.
I SO heart my Imagine. Read it and weep you complainers.
|Doll: light pink print for body, darker pink for face,|
black for shadow. Background: coordinating card
stock embossed with Cuttlebug. Printed patterns
from Nursery Tales.
|Doll: light pink print face, darker pink print sash,|
Flowers: top layer same light pink print as face,
shadow same as sash, Background: coordinating
card stock embossed with Cuttlebug. Printed
patterns from Nursery Tales.
|Fans and kimonos printed by Cricut Imagine|
using patterns from Nursery Tales. Glued
single sheet of rice paper atop embossed card stock.
I put a call into Cricut Customer Service this morning letting them know that I might have killed my Imagine.
Imagine Update Screen
Cricut Sync After Update
Imagine Screen During Internal Update
Today most of us will think back to the morning of September 11, 2001 when unimaginable acts of terrorism changed our sense of security. This simple post is in honor of the 2,752 innocent civilians and public service members who died that day. You are remembered.
My Pink Stamper Challenge
Robyn over on My Pink Stamper mypinkstamper.com issued a lovely challenge today. Make a card for a service member (any type of service from which you benefit) or teacher. This worked out great for me as I have been working on cards to send to troops serving overseas. Operation Write Home helps heroes keep in touch with home. How appropriate that I should receive my self inking OWH stamp today!
This is a card I am sending to the troops as a thank you. I don't know who will read the note, but I hope they know how much their sacrifice means to us all.