Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Making Memories Slice Machine Review

Making Memories Slice Machine came and after a couple days of playing with it I am really liking it! I will dive right into my review...


Size and weight:
This is a great little machine. Very portable. Cartridges are also small. This would definitely be a great tool to tote around with you to crops. Just be prepared to be asked about it. A lot. LOL People will want to see it in action and will want you to demo it. And it is CORDLESS. That in itself is pure genius. It only takes an hour to charge it up and get going.

Cost: This can be both a pro and a con. The cost of the machine is comparable to the Cricut. However, the Cricut has much more functionality. BUT the regular price of the design cartridges are much more affordable than the Cricut. Unless you wait a year and catch those Cricut Cartridges on Ebay like I do... :) The Slice retails for around $130 - $149. The cartridges retail for around $39.

Cost of Ownership: This is also a plus. Because the mat is glass, you do not have to replace it. The only consumables you need for this machine (besides your paper) are the repositionable adhesive ($5.99) and Blades ($9.99 for 5). I have not had the unit long enough to review blade life. But this cost of ownership is comparable to the Cricut (Mats = 9.99 for 2 Blades = 9.99 for 2). Cost of ownership may even be less than the Cricut depending on blade life/mat adhesive life.

Cartridges/Accessories: There are only a few design cartridges so far, but the ones that are out are very nice. They all have a wide array of shapes and one font per card. There's also already a wide array of accessories for this machine (tools, handbag case/ card storage/desktop storage).

Paper Saver: You can use the smallest of papers with the machine, BUT it does take practice on the placement. Since everything is manual as far as paper placement, you can really save paper with this machine. But it will take a little practice on where to place the paper in conjunction with where the blade starts in order to get efficient cuts. The measurements on the glass mat and the see-through panel on the bottom of the machine really help with this.


Cons: Some of these Cons aren't really "Cons" per se, but just points I wanted to mention that could be negative for some...

Cutting Ability: Don't get me wrong, this thing cuts like a champ. However, it is a little cumbersome in the fact that you can only cut one letter/shape at a time. I guess I am just spoiled by my Cricut Expression. I can cut a whole slew of letters and shapes (the whole paper's worth if I want) while off doing something else. You also have to hold this cutter while it is working. It isn't too slow, but it isn't lightning fast either.

Mat Prep:
I was highly against this aspect of the machine at first, but after doing it a couple times, this really isn't too much of a con. You have to apply your repositionable adhesive to the glass mat before using it. Then you have to let it dry for two minutes. This really isn't that big a deal. You can even keep the adhesive on to use at a later cutting session. I just keep my mat in a drawer so that dust and lint don't accumulate on it. If it loses its stickiness, just wash it off (with dishsoap and water), dry it off and reapply the adhesive. I thought this was going to be really inconvenient, but really it isn't. I have tried other repositionable adhesives on this mat (such as a spray quilt basting adhesive), but I really prefer the liquid adhesive that comes with the Slice. I just have to remember to always have some on hand.

Noise: This isn't eyelet hammer noisy, but it is noisy. Then again, what electronic die cutting machine isn't?

Blade Housing/Safety:
I will admit I am a bit of a klutz. I put a deep gouge in the palm of my hand trying to get this thing out of the package. But then again I was in a hurry to get it out. And excited. LOL The bottom of the machine is totally open and the blade is SHARP. Not a good combo if you plan on leaving this thing on your desk and you have a small child around. You have to be careful how you hold this machine - and how you store it as that blade is out in the open. I would recommend keeping that hard plastic packaging piece that is on the bottom of the machine when you take it out of the box - and keeping it on the bottom of the machine when it is in storage. And store this FAR AWAY from small hands.

In a Nutshell:

This is a great machine for those wanting to put their toe in the water and try out an electronic die cutter, or for those looking for a secondary machine to take to crops or keep on their desk for quick die cutting projects. If your scrapbook space is very limited, this could be the diecutter for you. The price point for both the machine and the cartrudges makes it a nice beginner's machine.

However, if you are a high volume die cutter, or tend to want to multi-task while you are die cutting, you might feel yourself a little hindered by this machine, and you may be wanting a more "feature rich" machine that will grow with you.

I plan on keeping mine on the desktop (my kiddos are older), and using it for quick cards and layouts when I don't have the time (or space) to set up my Expressions machine. I also plan on keeping it handy for taking to Crops and get togethers as I really hate lugging my Expressions machine out of the house. So, my big bug will stay cozy at home, while her little sister can be out on the town... :)

This machine is super easy and fun to use. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Help Cosmo Cricket Help Kids

Hey guys!

Cosmo Cricket has a great initiative going on at their blog... Just leave a comment on their blog and for every person that comments, they will donate $1 to the "Quarters for Christmas" - a nonprofit organization providing shoes for needy children.

Make sure and take a minute to do it today - the deadline is 5PM MST TODAY.

Happy Holidays - let's get posting! :)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Scraproom Update

I ended up buying another row of cubes and did some more rearranging. Here's what it looks like now:



Scraproom Update Part 2

Here are some more photos of the room....

This is a closeup of the Cricut Station/Pegboard:


And the cubes:


I think I FINALLY have it how I like it... :) Which means we'll probably have to move soon. LOL

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Twilight Lover...

Okay... I am going to confess. I am kinda obsessed with the The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer. I am on the last book of the saga and am trying to read it slowly to make it last.

That's not working.

The movie comes out next month - I can't wait! Dave does not know the depths of my Twi-session... LOL I love hoodies and couldn't resist picking this one up from Hot Topic:



Isn't it cute? I wanted to get a "Team Edward" shirt with his face on it. But I think that might give me away, yes? LOL

My oldest son (Junior High) saw my books and said:

"All the girls in school are reading those Mom."

I don't doubt it! I don't know why I love those books so much, they're just so hard to put down... I am so happy to have found a great group of Twittermoms that love them just as much as I do:

Twilight Twittermoms

See? It's not just me... :D

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Snapfish Coupon Codes

Just wanted to share these with you (especially since they expire soon)... I need to make a calendar for my hubby for Christmas so I have to be sure and order soon... Enjoy! :)

Snapfish Coupon Codes:

35% off all Cards, Books & Calendars – FALL35 – Exp Oct 31

30% off all Photo Gifts – COOL108 – Exp. Oct 31

20% off ALL Cards, Calendars & Photo Books – SNAPPYGIFT – Exp. Dec 12

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Heidi's Gone Digi!

Heidi Swapp is one of my fave scrapbookers on the face of the earth... I love her style, and her funky, happy go lucky personality... I got an email yesterday and have been reading her blog...

She's gone digi!

Not completely of course... She is still a paper scrapper. But she has forayed into digital scrapbooking and is now developing her own line of digital scrapbooking elements. They are so cute!

I will admit, I have bought my share of digi kits that I haven't used in the last couple of years... I couldn't resist buying some of her kits and elements. I really plan to try it out and use them though...

I will post the results here. Wish me luck! :)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Scrap and Stamp Hot Spot Guides

Hey guys!

Scrapbooking Roads
now has Scrap and Stamp Hot Spot Guides available for the following areas:

Southern California


Online Stores and Monthly Kit Clubs
Scrap and Stamp Retreats and Events

They have more areas to come as well. So stop by and download a free, full color guide.

I downloaded the one for Colorado and it will be super helpful in planning my scrapbook store visits there - there were some there I didn't even know existed!

So if you are planning an outing to one of these locations (or are looking for some great online sites, clubs, and events), stop by and download a free guide. They are super helpful...

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

New Cricut Releases - Part 3

These are both TOO CUTE! I know a Hello Kitty fanatic that will snap up BOTH of these! :)

Hello Kitty Font

Hello Kitty Greeting

New Cricut Releases Part 2

Disney Cars

Tinkerbell and Friends

Sesame Street Font

Sesame Street Friends

New Cricut Releases - Part 1

As promised... Here are the photos on the new Cricut Cartridges coming soon...




Sans Serif

Wild Card

Friday, July 25, 2008

NEW Cricut Releases!

Hey guys!

I just found out about the new cartridges and products Cricut is coming out with in the coming months (thanks Christi!!). HOLY COW I better start saving now... ;) Here's a list of what is to come (with tentative release dates). I will post a photo of each cartridge in separate posts...

October 29th:

Cricut Solutions Basketball
Cricut Solutions Black Letter (Font)
Cricut Solutions Christmas
Cricut Solutions Sans Serif (Font)
Shape Cartridge - Wild Card

October 30th:

Deep Cut Blade
Deep Cut Blade Housing (for chipboard - Yay!)
Cricut Emboss A2 Folder Kit
Cricut Emboss Refills
Cricut Heat Transfers (in various colors)
Cricut Machine Shoulder Bag (Fits the Expression too!)
Cricut Magnet Material (12x12)
Cricut Stamp Kit and Refills
Cricut Stencil Material

October 31st:

Shape Cartridge - Disney Cars
Shape Cartridge - Tinkerbell and Friends
Font Cartridge - Sesame Street Font
Shape Cartridge - Sesame Street Friends

November 30th:

GoBe Battery Pack
GoBe Solar Briefcase (Now you can take your cricut ANYWHERE).
Font Cartridge - Hello Kitty Font
Shape Cartridge - Hello Kitty Greeting

Holy cow! This Christmas Season is going to be CRAZY.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Scraproom Redo - Again! LOL

My craft room was looking so cluttered and crazy, so I decided to clean house... I bought those cubes from Michael's (with coupons of course) and purged alot of stuff. What was left over I rearranged.

The rooms was definitely a catch all... I was challenged because this space is very narrow and comes to an angle (it is one side of my laundry room).

This is what it looks like now:

The cubes definitely make it more "clean" looking and less cluttered. I got rid of a table as I rarely used it to scrap on (I have a desk area that I mainly use). There was SO MUCH STUFF under it that I had forgotten about! :)

The center table is actually a microwave cart I got at a Thrift store and re-purposed:

I like how it turned out! Which means we'll probably get orders to move soon. LOL

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Fiskars Rock, Paper, Trimmer

Betsy posted this on our MemoryWorks blog and I LOVE it! Such a cool idea! I wonder if it is battery operated or has a plug? My Ipod speakers bit the dust so this is right up my alley. What will they think of next?? :)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Attention Cricut Fans:

If you are interested in demonstrating your Cricut machine in your area, there may be an opening... This thread was posted on the Cricut Messageboard:

Attention Cricut Fans!

Have you ever thought about demonstrating the Cricut and all its fun and exciting capabilities. Have you ever watched a demonstrator in a store and thought, “Hey, I could do that”? Well, here’s your chance to show off all your Cricut knowledge. We are looking for Cricut fans who are energetic and passionate about their Cricut machines. We want to show everyone how the Cricut can impact their lives, there is so much you can do with this wonderful machine. If you are interested in demonstrating the Cricut and all the fun things you can do with it for stores like Wal-Mart, JoAnn’s, etc. Then please respond by going to this link and responding to this thread.

Some of the perks for being a demonstrator would be earning points that can be redeemed for ANY Provo Craft products, a special Cricut Demonstrators package, and the recognition of being a Cricut Demonstrator. If this is something you are seriously interested in, please vote and reply on the thread.

This demonstrator opportunity is for anyone here in the United States and in Canada so help spread the word we are looking for a SWARM Army and need over a 1,000 Demonstrators for this new program.

If you have already voted and signed up to be a Demonstrator on the thread then please excuse this e-mail, but please forward it on to your friends-
Thank you!


So reply to that post if you are interested... :)

Monday, June 30, 2008

MemoryWorks Express July Kit: Star Struck

This month's kit is a wonderful collection of beautiful brights perfect for summer layouts and projects. You can see every wonderful thing included in this month's kit here.

You can subscribe here - hurry before these run out! :)

Photo Freedom - Stacy Julian

So I have been meaning to get my photos more organized for a while now... Stacy Julian came to the MemoryWorks retreat (I couldn't go though DANG!) and did a talk on this subject and introduced her new book, "Photo Freedom"... The consultants were revved up about it, so I bought it to see what it was all about.

It is AWESOME. It is definitely not for the faint of heart as this system is about totally not sorting your photos chronologically. It is kinda hard to explain the whole system, but I started getting out ALL my photos this weekend and am going to put this system into place.

Already I have found inspiration for layouts for photos I hadn't seen in YEARS. I think it will definitely make me more productive in my scrapbooking...

I highly recomend the book to those needing a system for their photos. Even if you can't let go of the chronological system (I am kinda anal about knowing what photo is from what year), you can tailor the system to fit your needs...

I can't wait to see how it affects my scrapbooking...

You get can get it on and get started right away:

And here is the website for the book:

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Two New Cricut Cartridges

Provocraft is getting ready to release two new Cricut Cartridges... They look pretty cute!

Storybook reminds me of fairytales. I can see using this cartridge for little girl pages (crap I have no little girls) and wedding albums. I think I may get this cartridge for my wedding album... Check it out:

The 2nd new cartridge is called Graphically Speaking. This one is really cool too! I can see using this one for all kinds of cards, my boy layouts, and lots of other projects.

They come out in mid-July and many online stores are already taking pre-orders for them. I think I may wait until they come out so I can see all the images on each cartridge...

They look like lots of fun though! :)

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Wednesday Hero: 6/4/08

Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam F. Kinney
Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam F. Kenney
U.S. Navy

Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam F. Kinney, a Navy Corpsman with Company E, 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, gives an Iraqi Child a shot during a routine patrol. Kinney is assigned to Echo Co. for their seven-month deployment and will return to his parent command, 4th Tank Battalion in Fort Knox, Ky., upon his arrival.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. For more information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on your site, you can go here.
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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Wednesday Hero: 5/28/08

Gen. Benjamin S. Griffin
Gen. Benjamin S. Griffin
U.S. Army

General Benjamin S. Griffin, commanding general, U.S. Army Materiel Command, talks with Brig. Gen. Shallal Abdul Rasool Habeeb

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. For more information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on your site, you can go here.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Wednesday Hero: 5/21/08

Sgt. John F. ThomasSgt. Ronnie L. Shelley
Sgt. John F. Thomas(Right) & Sgt. Ronnie L. Shelley, Sr.(Left)
33 & 34 years old from Valdosta, Georgia
2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, 48th Infantry Brigade, Georgia Army National Guard
July 24, 2005 & July 30, 2005
Army National Guard

Sgt. Ronnie "Rod" Shelley and Sgt. John F. Thomas became best friends in the Georgia Army National Guard.

They both were ex-Marines, both about the same age, and both enjoyed searching for arrowheads and fishing together. As their friendship grew, Thomas often came over to Shelley’s house for steaks and ribs barbecued by his friend. And when their infantry unit was sent to Iraq in May of 2005, they went to war together.

When their unit was mobilized for combat duty in Iraq, Shelley promised to watch out for Thomas. "Ronnie said, 'Don't you worry, I'll bring him back safely,"' said Thomas' grandfather. But neither Sgt. Thomas or Sgt. Shelley made it back safely. Sgt. Thomas was killed July 24, 2005 by a roadside bomb near Baghdad. And Sgt. Shelley was killed six days later on July 30 by another roadside bomb, also near Baghdad.

Shelley was a family man, married with three children, who was obsessed with having a neat yard, his wife said. "The grass had to be two inches," she said. "If the neighbor mowed the grass, Rod had to mow. He also wanted the biggest, baddest lawn mower."

She said she fell in love with his "gorgeous blue ... eyes," and "he had a laid back attitude. I could not make him mad."

Thomas was married but had no children. His grandparents said he dreamed of becoming a forest ranger. "John wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail. Now the only trail he can walk is the trail in heaven," the grandfather said.

Mrs. Thomas, wiping back tears, said the soldier felt responsible for the others in his unit. "He cared for people," she said. "That's why he had so many friends. People cared for him."

Killed alongside Sgt. Shelley were Staff Sgt. David R. Jones Sr., Sgt. 1st Class Victor A. Anderson and Sgt. Jonathon C. Haggin and killed alongside Sgt. Thomas were Army Spc. Jacques E. Brunson, Army Staff Sgt. Carl R. Fuller and Army Sgt. James O. Kinlow.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. For more information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on your site, you can go here.

Stamp Catalog

Here is an altered project I just completed... I had this old metal index card tin FOREVER. I got it from a thrift store for $2. I have just been waiting for the right papers to come along... And then came the Basic Grey Boxer line... :)

I created the catalog to help me be able to look through my stamps and see what I have at a glance. The catalog holds regular index cards that I have stamped (or printed out and pasted) my stamp images on:

Here is a sample index card:

On the back is the name of the stamp, the maker, and the location of the stamp in my storage system (acrylic CD holders in shelving).

This is how they look filed:

I just thought I should share this project so you all could see the depths of my organization obsession (or as Christi calls it - my anal retentiveness LOL!)

You can see more photos of it here.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Wednesday Hero: 5/14/08

This Weeks Hero Was Suggested By Cindy

Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Davila
Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Davila
From Sierra Vista, Arizona
U.S. Naval Reserve

On the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attack on the United States, Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Davila raised an American flag over Camp Korean Village, Iraq, he brought with him from Arizona.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008, Sierra Vista firefighter and emergency medical technician Chris Davila presented that flag to Fire Chief Randy Redmond as fellow firefighters looked on. Monday, May 5, 2008, was Davila’s first day back on the job with the department after being gone for nearly nine months, with seven of those months deployed as a Navy Reserve corpsman serving with a Marine unit near the Jordanian and Syrian border area in Iraq.

And, as luck would have it, on his first shift saw him responding to a blaze in Sierra Vista. "Right back to work," he said with a laugh.

You can read the rest of PO 2nd Class Davila's story here.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. For more information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on your site, you can go here.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Wednesday Hero: 5/7/08

CSM Robert Prosser and LTC Erik Kurilla
1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment (Deuce Four)
U.S. Army

LTC. Erik Kurilla and CSM. Robert Prosser's story is an amazing one. One that Michael Yon has told far better than I ever could. Warning. The site contains very graphic images. Some may want to turn off images before viewing.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. For more information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on your site, you can go here.

Monday, May 05, 2008

MemoryWorks Express May 08 - Fabulous

"Fabulous" May 2008 Kit

May 2008 MWE

stripe patter strip 2

This month's kit is simply "FABULOUS"! With deep lavish colors of raspberries, browns, pinks and oranges and a divine altered project that will make you sigh.

Plus you'll be amazed by all of the truly delightful page enhancements and embellishments that will add class and sophistication to your Fabulous projects!

A girl should be two things classy and fabulous! - Coco Channel

Go here to subscribe and get yours:

Signup Link

I was so excited by our new kit being offered today that I totally forgot to post the signup link!

You can sign up as a new MemoryWorks consultant here:

If you have any questions, you an read this FAQ:

Or contact me at any time...

Thanks guys! :)


Check Out Our New Kit!!

This is a great time to be a consultant - we have exciting changes going on, including the release of our new 2008-2009 Product Catalog that will be abailable for purchase soon! Another change we're excited to announce is that effective Monday, May 5th we will be offering a brand new updated and upgraded New Consultant Kit!

Consultant Kit Bag

The new consultant kit will consist of:

  • (1) Canvas Messenger Bag - This is one awesome bag! At 13x16x4 it's the perfect size to hold all of your business and scrapbooking supplies, including 12x12 albums, paper packs, catalogs, pens, business cards, and so much more! Plus, it displays the beautiful new MemoryWorks flourish logo - so it's the perfect MemoryWorks business tool!
  • (1) New Start-up Folder - This beautiful new full-color custom-printed folder with inserts includes information to help jump start your business and includes all of the information new consultants need to know to get started. It's convenient pockets and business card slot is also a great way to store your important MemoryWorks business materials.
  • (1) MemoryWorks Mouse Pad - This 7 ½ x 8 ½ soft custom-printed mouse pad is the key to keeping you connected with your MemoryWorks business...where all MemoryWorks business and correspondence is conducted via the internet and computer it's the perfect business tool.
  • (5) 2008-2009 Product Catalogs - Our new catalog beautifully displays the new product line, projects, and ideas featuring the most popular name-brand products available in the scrapbook industry. With trend-setting products that literally sell themselves, it's a consultants number one sales tool!
  • (20) Postcard Invitations - These 5x8 postcard invitations are the ideal way to promote your upcoming events and parties. Customize with your information and event details - and drop in the mail for quick and easy advertising!
  • (1) 3" MemoryWorks Button - What better way to show you're proud to be a consultant than with a 3" MemoryWorks button with a custom-printed flourish logo. Great to wear for your MemoryWorks events or attach to your messenger bag!
  • (15) Order Duplicate Forms - Keep track of your customer orders with these convenient 5 ½ x 8 ½ order forms. Includes a duplicate copy for your customers receipt and consultants keep their own copy for business records.
  • (5) MemoryWorks Pens - Let your customers fill out their orders in style with these cool logo pens!
  • Consultant Website/Online Business Manual Access - All newly registered consultants will have access to our newly redesigned My Account section - where you can access the Getting Started section to download the new online Business Manual, Policies and Procedures, Online Guide and more. As a new consultant you will have access to our website features that include the information and files that you need to begin your venture as a successful consultant!

Please note that as we've increased the contents of the kits, the new consultant registration fee has increased to $49.95, plus $10.00 shipping and applicable sales tax, which will go into effect Monday, May 5th!

We are excited about the changes that are happening - it's definitely an exciting time to be a part of the MemoryWorks family!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Wednesday Hero 4/30/08

This Weeks Hero Was Suggested By Mary Ann

Wednesday Hero was started to put a face to the men and women of the American Armed Forces and what they do for us. Vary rarely has there been a member of a foreign military profiled. In fact, in the two years Wednesday Hero's been going on it's only been done once before. Here's the second.

Lance Corporal Matt Croucher
Lance Corporal Matt Croucher
24 years old from Birmingham, England
40 Commando Royal Marines
Royal Marines

L/Cpl Matt Croucher is not only one of the bravest men alive, he's also one of the luckiest men alive. On the morning of February 9, 2008 L/Cpl. and his unit were searching a compound near Sangin in Afghanistan that was suspected of being used to make bombs to be used in attacks on British and Afghan troops. Walking in the darkness among a group of four men, Croucher stepped into a tripwire that pulled the pin from a boobytrap grenade. His patrol commander, Corporal Adam Lesley, remembered Croucher shouting "Grenade!"

As others dived for cover, Croucher did something nobody expected. He lay down on the grenade to smother the blast. Lesley got on the ground, another man got behind a wall, but the last member of the patrol was still standing in the open when the grenade went off.

"My reaction was, 'My God this can't be real'," said Lesley. "Croucher had simply lain back and used his day sack to blunt the force of the explosion. You would expect nine out of 10 people to die in that situation." L/Cpl. Croucher was that 1/10. Not only did he survive, amazingly he only suffered shock from the blast and a bloody nose. He was saved by the special plating inside his Osprey body armor. The backpack he was wearing was thrown more than 30ft by the blast.

"I felt one of the lads giving me a top to toe check. My head was ringing. Blood was streaming from my nose. It took 30 seconds before I realized I was definitely not dead," said L/Cpl. Croucher.

For his actions that day, L/Cpl. Croucher was in line for the Victoria Cross, the highest award for a British Serviceman, but it has yet to be awarded.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. For more information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on your site, you can go here.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

MemoryWorks National Scrapbook Day Promotion

National Scrapbook Day is Saturday, May 3rd....

MemoryWorks is offering a groovy NSD promotion for you!

Mega "Groovy" Kit

Groovy Kit

MemoryWorks is offering customers and consultants a groovy value on this exclusive 396-piece Mega Groovy Kit from Three Bugs in a Rug! It's a fantastic price of only $20 - which is an unbeleivable savings as the regular retail price is well over $40! The 396-piece Mega Groovy kit includes the following items:

  • 18 - 12x12 Patterned Cardstock Paper
  • 12 - 12x12 Solid Color Cardstock Paper
  • 52 - 3" Monogram Cardstick Die-Cut Letters
  • 113 - Alphabet Cardstock Stickers (Pink)
  • 113 - Alphabet Cardsto Stickers (Brown, Pink and Blue)
  • 52 - Chit Chat Cardstock Stickers
  • 36 - Die-cut Tags and Accents

Purchase Your Kit Today!

Promotional Disclaimer: Offer good only while supplies last. Promotional kit is limited to a first come, first serve basis. All sales are final, no refunds or exchanges accepted on promotional offer.

Monday, April 28, 2008

NEW MemoryWorks Catalog Sneak Peek:

Hey guys!

Our new catalog is about ready to be released and oh BOY is there LOTS of wonderful stuff... Here's our new catalog - click on the photo below to see a sneak peek of the new things we have in store (some of which is already available!). It is a BIG file, so be patient while it loads - it is worth it! :)

Many things are already available! Take a look and order from my site.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wednesday Hero: 4/23/08

Cpl. Markbradley Vincze Hands Out Backpacks To Iraqi School Children
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U.S. Army

Cpl. Markbradley Vincze gives students from al-Raqhaa School backpacks in the Monsouri area of Iraq. Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1-76th FA, 4th BCT, 3rd Inf. Div., delivered backpacks, soccer balls and notebooks.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. For more information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on your site, you can go here.