Thursday, November 20, 2008

Epson Artisan 800

Last week my new Epson Artisan 800 printer arrived, I set it up and started playing with it over the weekend. I think the most complicated thing about the setting up process was deciding where I was going to put it… so the set up wasn’t complicated at all!

I wanted to give a review of the machine because well, it’s awesome. I’ll start with my favorite thing – WiFi! Printing from my laptop without having to hook a cable up is so nice. My next favorite thing – fast photo printing. Actually, I had to laugh at myself because I clicked print, heard it turn on, then looked to watch it print. I waited and waited… and realized the turning it on sound I heard was actually the printing of the photo, I swear it took all of 8 seconds for a 4x6 (if that long!)! The photos are colorful, crisp, and vibrant and I love the fact that you only replace individual ink colors when they run out, not an entire cartridge.

Here are some other cool features (with some added commentary):

  • Print photos without a computer from popular memory card types (this will be nice when family is here, I’ll just be able to take their cards and print!)
  • Restore color to old, faded photos simply and quickly with Auto Photo Correction
  • Turn photos or drawings into personalized coloring book pages (I have no idea why but my 14 year old daughter thinks this is the coolest thing ever!)
  • Create personal notepaper with your photo as the background
  • Easily create and print photo layouts with various size photos on a single sheet of paper (this will be great for projects becaus I am always needed photos in different sizes for mini-books!)
  • Print college-ruled, wide-ruled and graph school paper
  • Print and copy directly onto ink jet printable CDs and DVDs (both my big kids thought this was awesome - it looks really cool!)
  • Full-featured faxing (my husband is thrilled about this feature because now he wont have to take what needs to be faxed to his office!)

Other stuff
Thank you to everyone who commented on my owl! Jacqui asked if I had given him a name and I actually have… I’ve been calling him Hootie! I should be receiving my final die with the packaging next week. I’m excited about this because my name is on the packaging. I knew it would be but it will be nice to see it just the same. Thanks again everyone!

Have a great day and be sure to check out the Epson Artisan 800!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

my Quickutz perfect shape die is an…

OWL!

I have waited forever to say that (at least it seems like forever!) so I am happy to finally get to share. I got to create a custom die for winning the Quickutz Perfect Shape contest (the winner was randomly chosen by the way).

I haven’t received the final die with the packaging yet (I just have a protype die) but the image can be viewed online. Quickutz is showing it differently than I would have. Three things… the head needs to be lower, the eyes should be closer together, and the feet should be closer together and behind the body. That is how I always pictured it in my head anyway. A view of how I thought the owl would be is pictured above.

Why an owl? For my Grandma…

(click here for a bigger image)

Here is an image of the owl from the Quickutz site…

So anyway… I am excited! AND I no longer have to keep it a secret. :-)

I hope ya’ll like it!

Monday, November 17, 2008

tomorrow...

is Quickutz die day! I can't wait! As soon as  I see it posted on the Quickutz site, I'll post here.

It's almost time to share...

Friday, November 07, 2008

quick update

I’ve been a terrible blogger lately, my sincere apologies. I don’t foresee it getting better with the holidays coming either but I will do my best. I just wanted to offer up a quick update…

On Monday, I have scheduled myself to start a new project now class for BPS. I am happy about this. I am so ready to work on something new and offer up something fresh and exciting! Now that my guest design spots for Paper Posies and Fiskars Crafts are completed and I’ve finished reading Breaking Dawn, my new class will have all my focus!

I’m also counting down to November 17, my Quickutz die release day. It’s been forever since the process started and I can’t wait for everyone to see!

I’ve been on somewhat of a spending freeze… as in, I just haven’t been thinking about buying anything because I already have so much stuff. However, some of the new product coming out is really catching my eye so my list of scrapbooking wants is once again growing.

My wants

Have a great weekend!