Tuesday, December 1, 2009

I’m an Artsy-Craftsy Lemming!

I couldn’t help myself. My (new) friend Kristine (who, btw, does awesome cards and scrapbook stuff) recently posted how she found some lovely paper on sale at Aaron Brothers. And from the pic she showed, I knew I had to go check it out. Do I NEED more paper? No, but at these prices, I couldn’t NOT look, right? But, I knew I couldn’t just look. I had to touch. AND I had to buy. So this is what I got! (And yes, I couldn’t resist some of the same paper. It was too pretty!)

(L to R: Silver Bamboo Leaf; Cranberry Flocked Circle; Gold & Turquoise Paisley)

Because it's cloudy today and the lighting in my apartment is awful, I had to use the flash, but at least it picked up the silver accents in the leaves, the glitter on the flocking and the gold against the turquoise. (Oh, and this is 25"x25" paper -- large!) I also bought a package of assorted flower embellishments. And it all cost about $10. Not bad.

I haven't been to Aaron Brothers in a long time -- they specialize in frames and framing, but apparently they've ventured a lot more into art supplies and the paper crafter. Very neat. (And they had way too many cute frames. But I reframed, er, refrained. ^_^) So, thanks to Kristine for the heads up. I love the paper!

(BTW, I am trying out Live Writer, as it can give some cool photo effects. What do you think? The actual typing tool takes a little bit to figure out how to format correctly. It’s a little clunky. It shouldn’t be hard, you’d think, or maybe it’s just me. No, I don’t think it’s me. ^_^)


Kristine December 1, 2009 at 5:51 PM  

Aren't they gorgeous?!? I almost got the cranberry flocked one you got but instead opted for the green pebble-looking one :)

What's Live Writer? I think I've heard of it before but I don't know much about it.

Gabby December 1, 2009 at 6:24 PM  

Kristine: I'm a sucker for swirls, so had to go for the flocked. They had a yellow and a white similar to your green, but not the green. They had a few more I could have easily picked up, but I was a good girl!

As for Live Writer, it's a Windows blogging software that you can use with your own blog, on your desktop. You can do cool things with the media you embed -- for example, with just a selection, it turned the plain photo into a photo with a border and a drop shadow. Sure, I guess I could do that in PS and then upload it, but this is quicker. And a few other things I'm sure I don't have figured out yet. Unfortunately, it's for Windows only. But I've heard the Blogo is something similar for Macs.

Charles Gramlich December 2, 2009 at 9:07 AM  

The GOld and turquoise is particularly gorgeous. Makes me think of Arabian nights.

Gabby December 2, 2009 at 9:08 AM  

Charles: Yes! I totally has that middle-eastern vibe. I love, love, love it!

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