If I may, I'd like to first share a fundraiser on behalf of my friend, Marirosa. She volunteers with the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep organization (NILMDTS). It's a very heartfelt way for photographers to donate their skills and time to families where they find their newborn will not survive the world they just entered into. The NILMDTS photographer/volunteer captures images of precious moments that parents in these situations have but only a little time with their newborn.
By voting in the National Charity Model Search, each vote is $1 and raises money for the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep organization. If you'd like to help, you may go to www.sandypucvotes.com and look for the Washington, D.C. region.
I'm always amazed by the stories Marirosa has shared concerning her experience with this organization. It truly is heartbreaking.
OK, I have 2 recommendations in the world of papercrafting tools:
The Wild Card Cricut Cartridge. It started with one friend who recommended it and prompted many of us to seek it out. And another friend referred us to ScrapbookPal.com where they offer free shipping for orders over $25 and have very competitive prices on Cricut cartridges, adhesive among many other tools and supplies.
Our orders were placed on a Friday and promptly received the cartridge on Monday. Now that is service!
The cartridge creates a variety of cards in numerous sizes along with decorative envelopes. I think I may have found my resource for holiday cards this year.
Note that you have the ability to use this cartridge on the Cricut up to a certain size, depending on the shape of the image. The Cricut Expressions is able to accommodate larger size cards and envelopes.
The new Fiskars Premium Crafter's Trimmer. Again, a friend's influence prompted a number of us to purchase one. Actually, it was my best friend's mission and we jumped on the bandwagon. I'm glad I did.
Features include a 6" wide deck base and the ability to lock the rail. It's lightweight and is now designated as my portable trimmer.
It has a wire the blade runs against when trimming.
And a lock for the bar so it doesn't flip open in your tote bag.
We actually found the trimmers at our local stamp store, Angela's yesterday and wiped them out of their stock in a matter of minutes. Scrapbook.com has a great notification system that will email you when the product is in stock. And trust me, my best friend has searched high and low for this trimmer locally and online.
One more thing. I just learned that Cathy Zielske is teaching a class at Big Picture Scrapbooking that involves one's use of Twitter and/or Facebook. Truly, I am very intrigued by this class as there are many using some form of social networking. It is definitely worth looking into.
Have I influenced enough? Look at it this way, I am circulating the information. So pass it on!