Friday, December 29, 2006

Bit by the Bug and Birthday Card Class

I've come down with a deadly disease. No it's not Glittertosis...that's my other deadly disease. Or Swapitis...that one is only a seasonal disorder.

Nope...this disease affects mainly my pocketbook (my what an old-fashioned word that is!) And the disease that is affecting my bank account so severely is (sob) Cuttlebugitis!

"What is that?" you say, "I've never heard of a Cuttlebug? How does one go about being bit by it?"

Well you may ask. THIS is a Cuttlebug:



I'm afraid it bit me over Christmas vacation. It was all my in-laws fault (ain't it nice to have someone to blame things on? That's why most people get married...that way, you end up with a husband to blame things on and when that gets tiresome, you have these handy new relatives...but I digress...) They sent money to buy presents.

So anyway, we went to Joann's to see if we could find a Christmas ornament for my mother on December 22nd (a day that will live in infamy.) William had fallen on top of all the Christmas presents that my kids had bought from the Santa shop at school and terminated the little ornament he'd bought Grandma Meeth. So we had to find a replacement. Not only was it my in-laws fault, as you can see, it's partly Williams fault, but he's cuter than they are, so I'm overlooking it....just this once.

We looked at Dollar Tree and didn't find anything and then Joann's was right next door. They put it there....ON PURPOSE!!! I even had my Joann's coupons in my purse, I was just set up for this, I tell ya! I almost never remember to put coupons in my purse...could it have been...ALIENS?!?!?!

There it was on a display they had put in the aisle...just to tempt me! I looked at it and suddenly, lust sprung up in my heart for this thing...it was $89.99. I'm sure they had some sort of machine inside the display that generates psychic resonance, much in the way that Shelli Gardner (may she live forever) does for SU! Could it be a coincidence that the Cuttlebug is made by Provocraft and Provocraft is in Utah, near the center of the known universe?!?! I think not!

And it doesn't help that there is a whole thread in General Stamping on Splitcoaststampers just talking about this thing! So...it's their fault too! All the people who post in that forum and are enablers! You did this to me!

I swear on a stack of Bibles (and I have a stack!) that I did not go in there planning to buy this thing...it just happened, honest! I would challenge YOU to resist when you have a) free money from in-laws, b) psychic resonance generated by the store display, c) enabler types posting their cool creations on Splitcoast and d) the alignment of stars, planets, and other circumstances which led me to be present at that very spot at that very moment.

Well, anyway, I had only $50 to spend, but I also had a 50% off coupon. Well, you can see where this went...

But the course of infection rarely runs smooth, much like that of true love. I took the thing up front with a couple of embossing folders and a set of dies to buy with it and they wouldn't take the coupon. I had my kids with me, so I didn't really feel like arguing and I left without buying it, but the more I thought about it the madder I got. The item was not on sale and was not listed as excluded on the face of the coupon. So I emailed Joann.com and complained.

That got me a call from the manager of the Joann's store while we were in Kalamazoo. She left a message on the answering machine explaining that this was a Cricut product, so it was exluded. Well, a) it's not a Cricut product, it's by the MAKERS of the Cricut and says so right on the box and b) the coupon says "the Cricut electronic personal die cutting machine", not all Cricut products. She said she would be out on Wednesday, so I steeled myself yesterday afternoon to call and argue.

Apparently, though, in the intervening time, she must have actually read the coupon and discovered the store's error. Because when I called yesterday, she simply told me to bring the coupon in and they would honor it. Within 30 minutes, I was at the store buyin' my 'Bug.

You'd think, with the time I had to cool off and get away from the psychic resonance generator, I would have simply changed my mind, wouldn't you? Nope, not me! Because the whole situation became a matter of principle! It was bait and switch! They HAD to sell it to me now, it was the only way to Teach Them A Lesson! It was not for nothing that I grew up in the 70's! Stick it to the man! Right on!

I also had gone to Michael's the day before with THEIR 50% off coupon and bought a set of alphabet dies and some embossing folders. I tried the dies and embossing folders in my Sissix and while the embossing folders worked well, the dies...not so good. So I had to buy it, right? You can see the logic, can't you?

Last night I played with it and ended up cracking a cutting plate on a derned Sissix die....but wait...are you still wondering what this thing does? Well, it embosses AND it does die cuts. It's cute. And, while I have a Sissix...I just had to have it, okay? Quit asking so many questions!

Anyway, I called Provocraft this morning because of the cracked B plate and they are sending me new ones. 'Sokay, though, 'cause after I stopped at Joann's and bought my 'Bug, I stopped at Michael's again and bought another set of dies with my Joann's coupon (hey...the sets of dies are cheaper at Micheal's, so it made sense!) and just happened to pick up a couple more embossing folders and another set of B plates...just in case I might need some more! Right?

The plate cracked, I think, because the Sissix die I was using was not full sized and that put too much stress on the plates...I'll know better next time. But I don't think I'll use this with the Sissix dies after all...I don't plan on getting rid of my Sissix anytime soon, so I'll just plan on using the Sissix dies with that and everything else with my 'Bug!

ANd then last night I went online, ya know, just to read up on my new toy and then Heidi (pinkhedgehog) on SCS posted a link to Happy Scrappin' Scrapbooking, where they have more embossing folders and dies and at such good prices! So I bought 4 more embossing folders...it's a disease? Where will it end??!?!?!

Well, enough of my ailments! On to the Birthday Cards....

My class was last night, and in true procrastinating fashion, I waited until the very last minute to make the cards. I was stamping by 10 AM yesterday morning and was done around noon. I started with this one:




Then as I was feeling singularly uninspired, I CASED this design by Crystal Erzen from Stamper's Showcase. She had used the Rebecca (or is it Sara? I confuse those two!) paper and pulled the colors from that, but I wanted to highlight the Loves Me paper from the Winter Mini, so I changed it (plus, I just think the colors are more birthday-like):




Then I wanted to use Taggers Dozen and I wanted to have at least one card you could give to a man without contaminating him with girly-ness (I don't know any metrosexual guys, so glitter was out!) This is what I came up with. I had to add the brads, 'cause guys like hardware!




And then I turned to Carte Postal and the French Flair background. I decided to stick to the color in the Enchante paper and I really like how it came out. I especially love how the punches work with this medallion: the 1 3/8" square punch fits it perfectly, then the 1 1/4" circl punch punches the circle out of the middle perfectly too! ANd then I cut the central floret from Vanilla (all these were stamped using Perfect Plum) adhered it on top and used 2-Way Glue and Dazzling Diamonds to add some bling:




Oh, and here's another card I made the day before; I'd actually started this card way before Christmas came along and hadn't finished it. It's okay...I'm not thrilled with it, but I thought you might enjoy it anyway.




So, today, my class is done, I have nothing scheduled until the end of January, my Christmas tree needs to come down, my house is a pit and needs cleaning, I have mounds of laundry waiting to be washed, dried and/or put away, all the Christmas decorations really need to come down and here I am posting on my blog and planning how much 'Bug and Stamp time I get to have today AND I'm watching several Ebay auctions for my Cuttlebug dies...I'm sick! Is there no cure? Do I want there to be one? Stay tuned.....

13 comments:

Stephanie said...

DH gave me a mikes gift certifcate and i am off tonight to get my new bug so i am really appreciating your post today.

Like all the cards you made but particulary love the carte postale card. really pretty.

I read in your post that you used your Joanns coupon in michaels. Did i read that correctly? I didn't know you could do that.

Happy New Year!

Greta said...

I played with it at Summer CHA and it was alot of fun....I would only like it for the embossing though..i wasn't really into the whole die's....glad you are enjoying it....and for even sake's please don't break anymore plates...lol

Anonymous said...

Janine:

Your cards are sparkling, both in taste and beauty. I am glad I stumbled on to your site! I know Provo Craft is looking for new members for their design team--have you thought about sending in your designs? If I'm late to the game & perhaps it's not your thing, keep up the cards, knitting, etc. on your own beat!

Colleen said...

Jan:

Your birthday card using Carte Postale and French Flair are so elegant and beautiful!

Also, as usual your unique sense of wit is entertaining. I always enjoy reading your posts.

Colleen
www.stampingoddess.com

Melis said...

You're making me giggle over here with the metrosexual comment. :)

Love all the cards! Wish I could fly by the seat of my pants and come up with cards that lovely!

Suzanne said...

Jan,
For future reference, you can use your JoAnns coupons at Michaels & vice versa. When using Sizzix dies in the Bug (yes, I have one, too), make sure the cutting blade is down. If it is up the plates will crack. Yes, I learned that the hard way too.


I'm so glad to hear you've been bitten by the Bug! It's so cute & compact!

Sherri (sherristampsalot) said...

You almost had me PIMP!! :) You certainly have a gift for writing...and your cards are superb. Can't wait to see what else you do with your new Bug and the adventures you two go on!

Cori Bravo said...

oh my goodness you are an enabler! I just got a bug for Christmas too, and you had to go and post the link to that Happy Scrappin online store. OMG I bought WAY too many new goodies, hehe...

Anonymous said...

Loved this post on the Cuttlebug...just got one and appreciated the comment on the Sissix die...so I probably won't go there! Love mine, too...especially the embossing!
All of your cards are wonderful...thanks! Susan

love2Bcreative said...

Hi Jan ~
Loved reading your blog entry today and your cards are all just awesome awesome awesome!!! Loved every single one of em' ~ taking your inspiration and goin'off to stamp now...thanks!!! Happy New Year (a wee bit early)
~Teresa

Julie said...

I caught the bug also, right before Christmas. I contracted it while I was innocently browsing Splitcoast. I do not have a Mike or Joanns in my town so I got mine online at Happy Scrappin'. It was suppose to be here on Wed but the storm held it up in Colorado for 5 days! Now it is rescheduled for Tuesday. So I just wanted to let you know that at least your disease did not progress into the advance stages where you have to WAIT (for what seems like forever).

jeweleintn-scs

Inky 1 Jenny K said...

Shame on you! You are such an Enabaler! I didn't even know about the e-store Happy Scrappin... whatever it's called. I book marked it and went to check it out, I now have more accessories to my cuttlebug than I thought I needed to get me started. Thanks!
-penelopepitstop

Debbie Olson said...

Gorgeous cards, Jan! Yep, I understand that CB disease thing, and it's highly contagious!