Blog Poll Results - I usually just look at the polls, chuckle and go on my merry way without discussing them but I just gotta talk about this one.
Somebody wants me to blather less. Dear 'whoever voted that way', that option was a joke. Please don't be upset, but no way will I stop yammering - so just skip the typing, look at the photo and move to the next blog. OK? Just because I type it doesn't mean you have to read it. (grin) FYI - No picture this post so quit reading now.
Not many of you want to see more scrapbooking - I understand. It is kinda hard to get ideas you can really use from someone's vacation photos but scrapbooking is going to be part of my personal focus this spring so you'll probably see some of it here - I just wanted to know if that was gonna disappoint y'all. And it is. Sorry.
Speaking of disappointment...what the heck is wrong with y'all? Why don't ALL of you want to see George C. pictures? Are you too young to appreciate such a good lookin' man? Well, if most of you don't want them, I guess I'll not post any.
Seriously (if you think I can be serious)....
I was really just wanting to see how many of you REALLY needed tutorials and how many of you REALLY want to see finished projects and how many of you REALLY just want to see some punch art in any form I feel like punching.
I appreciate the votes in the poll because I know you all spent HOURS considering all the issues before you cast your ballots. Right?
I also did the poll to make Carrie Nixon happy. She like polls and I like comments - so she leaves comments all the time and I give her polls when I can think them up.
I have never been a believer in the tips to freeze a punch if it is sticking or to punch through foil to sharpen your punches. Tried it - didn't see any results.
After making my Christmas cards with all those snowflakes, my dear snowflake punch was sluggish.
Then I made Cupid with his little arrows from that punch - whoa, I had to REALLY work at that.
Then I wanted to make 10 of him for a swap and than meant 40 arrows.
Poor old punch would not cooperate.
I tried the freezer overnight - nope, no help
Since I only needed the "edges" of the snowflake to make the arrows, I punched 1 inch circles and stuck them in to get the pieces I needed. I got my swap DONE.
But I still wanted my snowflake punch to work for the future.
Think think think....... nothing
Then I was reading Hints from Heloise in the newspaper and someone talked about how sharp her scissors seemed after cutting heavy duty foil.
Well....... maybe? I do have heavy duty foil --- and when I tried before I probably used regular foil.
Punch the shiny silver stuff. punch cardstock - nada
punch foil again. try cardstock - nada
punch punch punch punch punch punch foil, try cardstock HEY, I think it is working better..... punch punch punch punch punch yes, it IS getting better
punch punch punch punch punch, try cardstock again and YES! I HAVE A PERFECT RED CARDSTOCK SNOWFLAKE!
YES YES YES YES YES -- VICTORY IS MINE!
So here you go - personal testimony that punching (over and over and over and over ) through heavy duty foil may save a sluggish punch. I am a believer!