Saturday, March 31, 2012

Meet Lilyrose, the Dragon!

Hello sweet readers,

March is quickly winding down. Another month has flown by! I have a card to share with you which features Lilyrose, the Dragon.
I thought this stamp was just too cute! I wanted to use it on a card for a little boy. Here it is:

This little card features copper accents and twine. It's hard to see, but there is a strip of punched vellum beneath the green twill ribbon. It matches the shadowed figures on the paper. I accented Lilyrose with glitter in three shades of green. I also chose to put a pale orange crocheted doily behind her. I added a Brontosaurus charm (even though Lilyrose is a dragon), just for fun!

Here are closeups of the card's interior. I chose to keep it VERY basic. I'm experimenting, LOL.

I decided to use my scalloped pennant dies. I prefer these over my Nestie set of pennant dies because of the little holes in each scallop. I use both sets, but prefer the set with the little holes. I did pop these up on pop dots. I used orange and white baker's twine to suspend them.

I hope you like this little card. I am such a dinosaur lover and the dragon stamp immediately won my heart. If you have a little dinosaur lover in your life, I have a card for you!


I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

CES Challenges #79 - ends 4/6 - No Girls Allowed!

Party Time Tuesdays #61 - ends 4/3 - Anything Goes

Dutch Magnolia Lovers#29 - ends 4/6 - Color Bingo (brown, white, and beige

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

No! No! Hair Removal Unit Review - It's a NO-NO - Unit Problem

Good morning readers,

About four weeks ago, I decided to order the No! No! Hair Removal unit by Radiancy. It took a little over a week to arrive, but I was patient and so ready to give it a try. I wanted it solely for usage on my face. That is something that we, as women, do NOT openly discuss. Yet, we seem to discuss other more personal issues more openly - just look at the television commercials and what they are promoting nowadays!

When my No! No! arrived, I quickly plugged it in and gave it a good charge. After five hours, I wanted to see how well it worked. I was left a bit perplexed. It wasn't actually removing hair. If you think that is how it works, it isn't. The unit was working as the facial hair was reduced to a stubble (hardly soft). I could see the little puffs of smoke each time it singed a hair. I knew that this was a process that would be effective over time. I was prepared to be patient. Over time, the unit is supposed to stop the hair from growing. On my face, it was just burning the hair and leaving a wiry stubble! Thank goodness the hair is blond!

What I began to notice was after two very short strokes with the roller moving the unit forward, the blue light (which means all is well) turned to red (which means you are not doing it right). I'd lift the unit from my skin and repeat the process. Again, blue went to red. I wrote to No! No! about this concern.

Customer service didn't respond right away. I waited a day and wrote again. I began my message with the statement that "...after spending over $300 on a No! No!, I expect to receive a response to my inquiry!" The following day, I received a reply that did not address my primary issue of the red light continually coming on.

I used the No! No! for only two weeks before I needed to recharge the unit. The red light on the unit did not turn off. It was on constantly. The machine doesn't work when the red light is on. Time to charge the unit.

It was then that I discovered that I had inadvertently tossed the charger. UGH! I don't have children to blame for losing the charger, so the only thing I could have done which caused the charger to vanish was that I must have tossed it with the packaging! I promptly ordered a new charger for approximately $40 including shipping. I am now up to an approximate total of $370.00 invested in a No! No! Another week passed with no usage as I waited for the charger to arrive. When I ordered the charger, I also wrote to the company and asked if they might expedite sending the unit since my 60 day free trial period was ticking down. No answer from customer service. No speeding up of the delivery. It took a week via UPS.

Yesterday, the new charger arrived. I charged the unit up once again. After almost six hours, I decided to give it a go. After one 1/2 inch glide, the blue light turned to red. The red light did NOT turn off rendering the unit useless. I turned the unit off and on and repeated the process. I did this about four times before giving up. The No! No! was not working at all.

I decided to do a little experimentation. The instructions stated that if the wire is damaged, the unit will not work. Perhaps I had inadvertently damaged the wire. Since I had never used the wider tip, I decided to give the unit a test using the wider tip. If the wider tip has never been used, the wire would be in working condition. I replaced the facial tip with the wider tip. The result was that the unit immediately went to red again!. That told me the unit had a problem.

I immediately sent off another e-mail asking for someone to call me. I briefly explained the highlights of what I typed above. As of now, no one has called. I will give them until tomorrow afternoon. If I don't hear from them by that time, I will be returning the unit to any address I can find! You see, in all of the information provided, I could not find a phone number or address! If you are considering purchasing one of these, please do make sure you get the contact information. I do have a corporate address that was included in the original box. That will be where I'll return it.

So, in MY experience, the No! No! Hair Removal Unit is a NO-NO! I'm sure it works well since searching Google resulted in many positive experiences of others. I guess I just got a bad unit. It didn't work long enough to see any results. Remember, it only worked for two weeks before dying.

I guess I'm going to invest in laser hair removal. I was so hoping that the unit would meet my needs. And....good luck with customer service!


And Now, the Rest of the Story...

I did receive an e-mail with a telephone number to call which I promptly did. I explained the issues, and Radiancy's customer service representative sent out a new unit. Additionally, I have received a label for mailing back the old one. My 60 day trial period will begin again with the previous weeks erased. So, we'll see what happens. I'm glad that they were kind enough to give me a phone number so that this could be resolved. Stay posted!


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Wedding Card White Elegance with Magnolia Valentino

Hello my sweet readers,

Happy March! It sure came in like a lion! Hopefully, it will leave like a lamb. My heart aches for those that have been in the tornado affected regions. I am so sorry. Know that you are in my prayers. So much loss and devastation. (((hugs and kisses to each)))

Today, I would love to share a card that I created using gorgeous flowers from Hooked on Craft. Hooked on Craft's Challenge 18 is to use more than one fold. There are so many options for this challenge! Go for it! The best part is one lucky person will win a sweet prize from Hooked on Craft's generous owner, Karen! The More than One Fold Challenge runs from Monday, March 5 through March 31. Remember, your card must be a NEW creation. Please do not back link.

I decided to make an easel card. This is my second easel card ever! LOL. I'm a square kinda gal, I guess! LOL I chose to make it all in white with a wedding use in mind. I also chose to print the stamped image onto fabric to enhance the texture. I love how the image turns out. This card also has just a touch of silver around the image, on the sentiment tag, and under the flowers which support the upper portion. Click on photo for a larger image. Here it is:

I sure learned a secret when printing on the cloth - it'll come out better looking than your stamped and inked image, LOL! Mine sure did! I thought that Valentino would look horrible, but was I pleasantly surprised! His little shirt is pink while his leggings are a pale blue. I chose to do the feathers on the arrow yellow while his hair is brown. It was hard to capture the colors in the photo. Photographing white is not easy!

I chose to use Marianne Design dies, Nestabilities, a Cuttlebug folder to emboss the center circle, pop dots, silver foiled cardstock, white Bazzill, pearls, and the following flowers from Hooked on Craft.

Large Rose
Water Lily Flowers
Calla Lilies
Carnation buds
Medium Rose
Small Roses
Handmade Angel Charm

Here are some additional photos:

Thank you sooooo much for visiting! I so love that you took the time to do so. I hope it was worth your time. Remember, Hooked on Craft has the most amazing paper flowers. I just love them! Yes, I have my favorites - the water lilies, the calla lilies, the daffodils, the tiger lilies. Oh my, I think I just love ALL of them!

Have a wonderful week.