Friday, March 30, 2012

My Memories Software and Giveaway

*** GIVEAWAY CLOSED***  The winner is #24 who is Barb!!!  Congrats Barb!!!

So I am super excited about today's post.  A few weeks ago I was contacted by My Memories, a digital scrapbooking software company.  They asked if I would be willing to review their My Memories Suite.  At first I thought, "Ugghh I'm not a scrapbooker".  But I figured it couldn't hurt to try so I uploaded the software and Hoolay!!!!  Was I blown away.  Let me share a little bit about my test run.

TEST RUN 

I started out basic.  It's a scrapbooking software so why not make a scrapbook, right :)  So I decided to make one of my Quilts from 2011.   So you start by picking a template (which there are so many to choose from)  and then you just simply drop in the pictures and type a few words.  Seriously, within 20 minutes I was done!!!

And then I thought, I need to show this on my blog.  So I clicked on the Share button.  Once again, Hoolay options.  You can have your digital book made into an actual book, made into a calendar,  export individual pictures, turn it into a slideshow, burn it on a dvd, and even . . . . .  Make it into a movie file!!!!!  So fun!!!  (I mean, how awesome would it be to have a video like this playing at a wedding, birthday, graduation, ect. ect. ect.)

video


So now that I had played a bit, and was a little more familiar with the software (which is super user friendly) I got to thinking . . . "How can I use this on my blog".   Instantly, I thought of blog buttons.  Why start from scratch when all you have to do is add in some words and you are done.  These 2 buttons took about a minute each!!  And aren't they so fun!!!  (oh, and in case you are wondering, I am not doing these swaps, they were simply for playing purposes :)

And ya, you can have pictures in your blog buttons as well.  So fun!!!  One of my favorite things about the software is how easy it is to customize.  For instance, I made that white text box bigger than the original template.  And in the buttons above, I deleted out the picture spots and added text instead.   It is so simple to make it look exactly the way you want!!


And why stop at buttons???  Headers are always fun too!!!  I made this up on the center of a page and then exported the digital image, cropped it to header size  and WhaLa!!!  A header whipped up in 4 minutes.


And what about tutorials??  Could I use this software in my tutorials??  You betcha!!!  How much cuter is it to see this mosiac of pictures then a plain old black and white.  And I love being able to type instructions right on the pictures!!  (I think you will be seeing this on a tutorial soon :)


So now I was really having fun.  And I got a little daring.  I figured, I was getting so familiar with customizing a template to the look I wanted, why not start without a template.  Like as in make up a page completely from scratch.  So I picked a background (oh so many to choose from), added some embellishments (cuteness galore), added some photos (easy) , and added some words (so many fonts).  And within minutes, ShaBam!! I made this page all on my own!  This software is so easy to use!!!  You can literally make whatever you can dream up!!!

Oh, and side note, While I was adding the words I stumbled on to what I think might be my favorite "cool thing".  You can have a image show up in your words.  How cool is that!!!!  That's my quilt in the Happy Quilting title :)


So by now I am feeling really comfortable, and honestly, having a really good time.  So I figured, lets see if this software can solve the little video problem I have been having.  You remember that FMQ video I showed a few months ago, well not much has happened with it.  Why?? Well I want to be able to add printed words to the video and I wanted to figure out how to be able to take several videos and put them all into one video. And I wasn't getting very far with video software that came with the computer.  

So I thought, I wonder if I can put a movie into a scrapbook, have the words come up first, then switch to the movie and then back to the words.   And sure enough, Yes you can!!!!! 


This has go me so excited.  (I have some serious plans for some videos in the near future now!!!!)  I can add as many small videos as I need into one scrapbook and then turn the entire thing into a movie file.   And after I made this I found you can also add narration, so maybe you won't have to listen to the sound of my sewing machine in the background, unless you like that :)

REVIEW

So the quick answer -  I really liked this Making Memories Suite

Here's my 2 cents

 I know that there are lots of free programs out there that you can use to do similar things.  I have used them in the past.   I have used one program for mosiacs, another for banners, another for buttons, another for a book of my kids, on and on.  I really liked that this program has it all and in 1 place and has capabilities beyond what any of the separate online programs have.  

I liked that the templates made things fast!!!  Fast is important to me.  This program was so great for whipping up a blog button.  I used to create buttons in Microsoft Word and then I got a graphic designer to help me when they looked awful.  This program literally gives you the graphic designer's templates, you just have to add the words.

I also really liked how much freedom I had with this program.  I could use a template for speed, but if there was something I didn't like I could just delete it.  If there was something I wanted to add, I could just add it. 

For me personally, I felt like the program was really user friendly. But, As I had mentioned before, I have used other programs  for editing digital images and making buttons and so forth.  I think that knowledge helped to translate to this software.  There was a bit of a learning curve at first, but the more your play with it, the more you get to know it.

Finally, I liked the versatility of this program.  It is fabulous for creating scrapbooks but it can do oh so much more than that.  (In fact, I was just thinking, It would be great for making up some business cards!!!)   You can create anything that you can dream up.

So ya, I liked it!!!  I am excited to continue to play with it to see what I can come up with.  And you can bet that you will be seeing more creations from the My Memories Suite on the blog rather soon :)

GIVEAWAY and DISCOUNT

So are you intrigued?? Are you excited??? Do you want to try out the My Memories Suite for yourself ???  We'll there is 2 ways you can.

First . . . If you are lucky enough, you can win a copy of the My Memories Suite.

To enter for a chance to win simply pop on over to My Memories and then pop back here and leave me a comment telling me your favorite Digital Kit :)  

Easy as that :)  One comment per person please :)    The giveaway will be open until April 5th and I will announce a winner on the morning of the 6th.  International Entries welcome :)  



But we all can't win . . .  and so for the rest of us there is a DISCOUNT!!!

My Memories is offering a special discount to Happy Quilting Readers!!!  Simply copy and paste the code

STMMMS89139

and enter it into the promotional code field on the shopping cart page for a $10.00 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the My Memories.com store.  That's a $20.00 value!!!


Oh, and if you buy the software and then happen to win the giveaway you can be reimbursed.  No worries., We have got you covered :)

So jump on over to My Memories and check out this amazing software!!!  I think you will like it every bit as much as I do.  Have a Happy Quilting Weekend!!!!
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Thursday, March 29, 2012

TNT with some Computer Fun

So a few weeks ago I was asked by the My Memories group to take a look at their digital software for making Digital Scrapbooks.  Yesterday, I finally got to play with it some.  Now, I don't know how many scrapbooks I will be making, but it sure was super easy to whip up some banners and buttons.  



Come back tomorrow when I will do a full rundown on this awesome software.  Oh, and there will also be a giveaway for one of you to get it for free :)  Trust me, your gonna love it!!!

So I was playing on the computer and having a ball for my Trying New Things.  What have you been up to??

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Not so much Progress but a lot in the Works


First off, thank you for all of your well wishes yesterday.  We are still sick, and I have more kids home from school, but the ones that were sick first are feeling better so hopefully we will get through it soon :)

I haven't done a WIP Wednesday for a little bit.  Things have been crazy this month.  Which explains why there isn't too much under the completed stage section.  But there is also a lot going on that I can't really show.  Which is lame, sorry.

Here are 2 stacks that I am hoping to cut into rather soon-ish so I can move them from the designing stage to the piecing stage :)  Both are stacks of Micheal Miller fabrics and both have some pretty exciting plans for them. Yippee Skippee for lovely stacks of fabric!!!!



Here's the rundown :)  There are a few more projects in the quilting stage so that is good :)  Almost done :)


Designing Stage
  • King Size Serenity Quilt
  • Circle Meets Square Quilt
  • Super Solids Quilt
  • Secret Project QQ
  • Secret Project 1B
  • Moda Bake Shop Take it All
Piecing Stage
  • Jessi and Me Quilt 
  • Twister Toddler Twin Quilt
Quilting Stage
  • Stars Quilt-A-Long
  • Solids Quilt for Free Motion
  • Secret Project MB
Completed Stage
  • 4th of July Table Runner for Sister-In-Law 
  • March Bee Blocks

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

With Spring Comes . . .


Sickness.  At least for our family.  I was hoping not to go through another round of the colds but alas were down for the count.  Luckily, it seems to be about a 24 - 48 hour thing so hopefully by tomorrow-ish, we will all be feeling better.


So ya, I don't see any sewing getting done today.  Maybe I can squeeze in a nap, now that would be a little slice of heaven.  Be back tomorrow, hopefully feeling a little more chipper and ready to Spring into Spring.
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Monday, March 26, 2012

Ironing Board Surprises

Since Christmas, I find that each time I go into my sewing room I have a new little surprise waiting for me on my ironing board.  Our kids received some Perler Beads and they love them.  Do you remember these??  Did you have them growing up??  I know I did.  Hours of entertainment placing those little beads on the pegs.  


So, I iron them and fuse together their little patterns and then return their surprise.  Each time being told about the wonderful inspiration they had for their pattern and how this new one is their absolute favorite so far.   They can get pretty creative and I just love how happy they are when making them.  (Except when the 3 year old comes along and wants to join in, then not so happy :)


But I think my favorite part about these is how I get inspiration for designing.  I mean, how cool is that color combo on that multi-colored hexagon.  And I have quite a few patterns buzzing around in my head from designs they come up with in beads :)  You really do find inspiration everywhere :)
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Friday, March 23, 2012

Winner, Winner!!!!

First off, thank you to everyone who left such kind comments about my newest Moda Bake Shop Tutorial!!!  I am just so happy that you all love it as much as I do :)

Now let's get onto the winner of the Fat Quarter Shop Sponsored Giveaway for the Quilting Gallery Blog Hop!!


The winner of this fabulous Fat Quarter Bundle of A Walk In The Woods is . . .  #454

Who happens to be . . . DanaK - WaterPenny!!!   Congrats Dana, I will send you an email :)


Thanks everyone and have a Happy Quilting weekend!!!!

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

On The Go - A MBS Tutorial - Oh and TNT

Oh my goodness, am I excited about this new Moda Bake Shop Tutorial!!!!  I fell in love with the Ten Little Things line the minute I saw it.  I mean how often do you get fabric lines that just scream All Boy!!!  So I really tried to create a design that was in turn, All Boy.   So pop on over to the Moda Bake Shop and check out this step by step free tutorial for the On The Go baby boy quilt!!


Okay, before you pop on over, I will tell you a bit more about it :)  I did some cute applique on the back that is part of the tutorial as well.  I just love the cars print and so I had to throw in a car applique as well :)


And remember the new quilting design I showed on TNT a few weeks ago.  Well here it is again, but a whole lot easier to see :)  It really was a fun design to do and once I got the hang of it it wen't really fast :)  And I just love how it fits the "On The Go" theme and looks more boyish.


And like most of my MBS tutorials,  Leah at Burgundy Buttons has put together a fabulous On the Go Quilt Kit  that has everything you need to whip up your own On The Go quilt for a special little guy.  And as always, you can get it at great Burgundy Buttons prices :)  So there's another place to pop on over to :)


And last but certainly not least, we get to my Trying New Things for this week.  I really tried to do more of a "photo shoot" for this quilt.   And with that said, it is something that I will continue to keep trying to get better at.    But I really tried to take into consideration some of the things I learned at the Sewing Summit.   I also tried to take more time and play around with different prop settings (which is pretty new to me.)  This was another favorite layout.


So that is what I was up to this week.  How about you???  Go ahead and link up your TNT !!


 
 
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bright and Blue

March's Bee Blocks have been done for almost a week and I am just now getting to posting them and shipping them.  Which is okay right, because it isn't the end of the month yet :)

Ursula requested a Bright version of a Red Pepper Quilts block.  This block was a ton of fun to put together.  I loved surfing through my scraps for all of these fun bright colors.  And, this is the block that helped me discover the Lazy Scrappy HST method :)  So major bonus there!!!  (Sorry, I know the lighting in this picture is awful, I am trying to get this posted before the kids get up for school so no sun )  


Alisa requested a 25 patch block in blues.  She sent us a bunch to choose from and then requested we add some of our own.  I love the Grey/Blue tones in this block.  It is so calming.  And I have to admit, it was nice to have something that I could put together rather quickly.  This month is busy!!


So into the mail they go today!!!  Yippee Skippee!!!  Next month is my month for the Beejeebers group.  I already have my idea planned and I am so excited :)  I will let you know what I will be up to in a few more days :)

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Pillow Talk Swap Recieved - Yippee Skippee!!!

So in the last four days I have been online about 4 minutes.  Crazy!!!!  Sorry, I didn't really drop off the face of the Earth, I have just been busy.   My husband and I were in charge of a Youth group for the weekend that we took to Bryce Canyon and then my family came into town, so It's all good because it was all a  good kind of busy :)  (which is the best kind right :)  

But, I received a little package in the mail so I had to ditch everyone for a few minutes to write about it.   I am so excited!!!!!!!   My Pillow Talk Swap came!!!!!  And the funny thing is, somehow I missed this one being posted in the flickr group so it was a total surprise!!!!  So fun.  Isn't it just adorable.  It was made by Liz of Living My Sweet Life.  Thank you so much Liz.  And thank you for the adorable little scraps along with it.  So cute!!!!


Here is the pillow in it's new home.  It fits perfect along the back of my sewing chair.  It just makes me smile every time I walk into the room.  Thanks you over and over and over Liz!!!  I love it!!!

Yup, I am really loving these swaps!!!
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Friday, March 16, 2012

Giveaway Hop with the Fat Quarter Shop!!!

No more rhymes, I mean it. . . . Anybody want a Peanut??
 (Oh, Sometimes I crack myself up :)

Okay, enough with my silliness and onto some fun!!!!  I am super excited to joining the Quilting Gallery's St. Patrick's Day Quilters Blog Hop Party!!! I mean, what better way to test your Irish Luck then to hop around entering a bunch of giveaways!!!  So fun!!!!  There will be a full list of blog hop sites on Saturday morning, so make sure to check it out :)



A super huge thanks goes out to the Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring this giveaway!!!  I know you have all heard of the Fat Quarter Shop!!!   In a word . . . Amazing!!!!  Kimberly and her team are fabulous to work with.  Their customer care is top notch and their selection is out of this world!!! Not to mention how generous they are in supporting the online quilting community!!!!


And this is the generous offering they have for one of you with some Serious Luck of the Irish!!!!  An Entire Fat Quarter Bundle of Aneela Hoey's A Walk in the Woods!!!!  Ahhhhh!!!  Don't you just love it!!!!!  Cuteness Galore!!!!!



For a chance to win this lovely bundle simply leave me a comment telling me your favorite thing about the Fat Quarter Shop!!!  And that's it.  Simple and easy :) (One comment per person please :)

The giveaway will remain open until March 23rd and then a winner will be chosen randomly and announced shortly after.  International entries are welcome.

Oh, and by the way, Welcome to any new visitors!!!!  I am so glad that you found Happy Quilting and hope that you will come back often.  I have so much fun sharing my quilting passion here.  If you would like, you can follow Happy Quilting and ensure that you catch all of the Quilty Goodness going on here :)    
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Thursday, March 15, 2012

TNT Thursday - The lazy scrap HST

First off - If you have no idea what the heck TNT is . . . Check out here :)  Okay, now we are all on the same page.  Let's proceed.

So Today's TNT is sort of funny to me as I hadn't intended to do this particular new thing and the only reason I did it was because I was being lazy and procrastinating.  Here's the story :)


So for one of my bees we were asked to make a block with a bunch (like as in 32) of HST's that were all different.  So, I cut my white squares from some yardage super speedy like.  Then I rumaged through my scrap bags (which I hope to one day upgrade from zip-lock baggies)  and rounded up a bunch of small scraps.  And then placed those scraps on my cutting mat where they sat.  And sat.  And sat. Does this happen to anyone else??  Seriously, cutting individual scraps into 3" squares was just not on the top of my "I can't wait to do that" list.   Then I had  a thought.  Why trim them down now when I will trim later????

And from that thought was born the lazy man's (or woman's in this case) scrappy HST.  I don't know how often you would need to piece HST's from scraps, but if you do, this really turned out to be quite the time saving technique.  


So first I marked my line on all the perfectly cut white squares.  And then I just set them on top of my scrappy pieces centering them as best as possible.  I didn't even bother to pin them as I had wiggle room :)  (And ya, that was super sweet to not have to pin :)

Then I just chain stitched my 1/4" seam on either side of the drawn line.  I did all of the rights, and then all of the lefts :)  And then just clipped my threads between the blocks.

Then it was onto pressing.  I pressed towards the print.  I was worried I would have some issues here where things weren't even but nope, they pressed over just fine :)

Now it was just onto trimming.  I used my little square ruler and just lined up the diagonal line with the seam of my HST and sliced the first 2 sides and then rotated and once again lined up my diagonal and the 2 1/2" markings and sliced again.  And wham!!  Perfect HST's.  And I have to say, it was so much more fun slicing off some decent size trimmings instead of the little minuscule pieces I normally trim.  It made it seem like the trimming step was actually really necessary :)


So there you have it :)  The Lazy Scrappy HST :)  Now I don't think I would ever do this with yardage or pre-cuts or anything . . . But you better believe the next time I am using scraps for HST's, I will be using this little technique again :)

And just for fun . . . I used these particular HST's (and a few more) to make this bee block :)






So that was my new little try for the week . . . Let's see what you have been up to :)  Let the linking commence!!!!!


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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Name Game Swap - My Package Arrived!!!!!!

Remember when I mentioned how exciting it was to send off packages to my swap partners.  Well receiving them . . . So awesome!!!  I can't tell you how excited I was when I went to the mail yesterday and found a wonderful little parcel that came all the way from Australia!!!  I got inside, tore it open and found this awesome package put together just for me!!!!  Squeal!!!!!


I just can't begin to say how much I love this.  It is just perfect for me and my purple sewing room!!!! It is going to match so fabulous!!  And don't you just love the little buttons!!!  What a fabulous detail.

Thank you a million times over to Quilt Kitty !!!!  Thank you for a mini that just fits me so perfect and makes me so happy.  Thank you for the extra goodies, I love the pins and I have already hid the chocolate from my kids.  Most of all, thank you for taking the time to make something just for me.  I will treasure it!!! 

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Winner of the Intrepid Thread Sponsored Giveaway!!

I was so excited about the block contest yesterday that I forgot to post a winner of The Intrepid Thread Sponsored Giveaway of the Poetica Fat Quarter Bundle.  So let's get to that :)


And according to Mr. Random. Org the winner is lucky #10!!!!!
 Who happens to be Becky M!!!  Congrats Becky!!!  Looks like you will be getting a bundle of your favorite :)


Thank you to everyone for entering.  It was so much fun to get to read what everyone's favorites are :)  Happy Quilting!!!!

(Oh, and if you didn't win today it's okay, come back Friday. Well see how your Luck of the Irish holds out, Wink, Wink :)

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Monday, March 12, 2012

A Wonderful Surprise

Good Morning, Good Morning ,  It wasn't so great to stay up late.  (have you seen Singing In the Rain, Love it!!!)   My little baby girl is sick (as are several other members of our family) so I was up  quite a few times in the middle of the night.  I woke up super tired and got the kids off to school. Then it was time to start the laundry.  Yup, sometimes Monday mornings are a real drag.

Until . . . You come to find that your block has been selected as one of the finalist in Crazy Old Ladies Block Contest!!!  Yippee Skippee!!!!

So here's a quick run down, if you have no idea what I am talking about.    Emily Herrick, amazing fabric and pattern designer and the brains behind Crazy Old Ladies had a whole ton of her new Hall Of Fame Line sent to her.  And she wanted to give some away.  So she came up with this fun little block contest to do so.  Now I have loved her Hall of Fame line from the second I layed eyes on it so of course, I was going to enter.  I choose some of my favorite blocks that I have completed recently and entered them.  And this morning I found that I was a finalist with my Improv Angles block.


So now it is onto a vote :)  So please, do me a huge favor by supporting Emily's contest.  Take a minute to pop on over and vote :)  The poll is on the top of the right hand column of the blog :)  Find a favorite and click on the name of the person's block.  There are some amazing blocks and I am just tickled to be among them :)

Isn't it just amazing how surprises just come along that turn your day completely around.  Love it!!!!!
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Friday, March 9, 2012

Black, White, and Shades of Grey

I am hoping to get time today to slice into this lovely stack!!!  The fabrics are  from Riley Blake's Tuxedo Collection and I just love them!!!!  Don't they just POP!!!!  Sadly I won't be able to show much more of them than this.  Yup, another secret project.   Sorry to make you wait. I so wish I could share, but just think how awesome it will be when I can finally reveal them :)  Lot's of fun in store down the road :)  Let's hope I can be patient.  (Which should be interesting, as it never was my strong suit :)

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