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Saturday, June 21, 2014

CASE What? - What Do All Those Acronyms Mean??

CASE what? Doesn't it sound like a person could be up to some trouble, LOL? I had to do some digging through some of my favorite sites FAQ's to to find a few of these. Are you asking what's a FAQ? Oh! You might be new :) You will definitely NEED to keep reading. In our digital world and in the world of stamping I've come across some real doozies so I thought I would share some with all of my friends and perhaps you'll share a few of your favorites in the comments. (This is a family blog site so lets keep those um naughty ones off the air please ;)) 

Whether you come across them in a blog on a forum or on our favorite chat or IM, it seems we have begun to use lots of acronyms or other shortened forms of words to express our thoughts quickly. I decided it was time for me to embrace this change and become more learned.  In the craft world they abound but it never ceases to amaze me that even though I am not new to this digital craft world I STILL run into acronyms and abbreviated words that are new to me so I'm thinking perhaps you also wonder WTH = What The Heck they represent. 

SO... Here are a bunch of common ones and a few not so common. 
IM = Instant Message
FAQ = Frequently Asked Question
ROTF = Rolling On The Floor
LOL = Laughing Out Loud
IMHO = In My Honest Opinion
NIP = New In Package
TFL = Thanks For Looking
DH = Dear Husband 
TFTT = Thanks for the tip
OOAK = One of a kind
WTA = Winner takes All 
PC = Postcard
ATC = Artists Trading Card
APC = Altered Playing Card
TFS = Thanks For Sharing TAN = Tangent, off topic
LO = Lay out
CASE = Copy and Share with Everyone, Copy and Share Experiments, Copy Another Scrapper/Stamper’s Efforts
DSP = Designer Paper
A2 = The most common handmade card size. It measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. 
ATG = Automatic Tape Gun 
CS = Card Stock
UM = Unmounted Stamps
CAS = Clean and simple card design
RAK = Random Act of Kindness
DAK = Deliberate Act of Kindness
Envy = Envelope
Addy = Address

I hope you found this list helpful. Now for those who need a bit more, I wanted to share some of my favorite and most helpful sites for clues to some of the more tricky acronyms you might come across as a papercrafter. Whether you just love hanging out online and need some help with those weird terms or maybe stampers forums at Splitcoast or are just trying to wade through a specific set of rules on Swap-bot you will find lots of help. 

So now you know a bit more than before but then there will always be those who want to split hairs about what comprises an acronym and for those individuals be sure to check out this post.


Monday, June 9, 2014

Graduations Mean Summer is ALMOST Here

Hi Friends! It's been way too long since my last posting,our summer is nearly here. We've had lots of celebrating going on which for a crafter means cards, projects and ideas galore. I've celebrated family and 8th grade graduations, birthdays then high school graduations  for both family and friends. I love all the parties and celebrations, how about you? 
The photos above are oldies...2004. Yes Mikeal, we were all rooting for you when you graduated! Look how young you looked Mike :)

Ok so to start of all the graduate activity here is my darling granddaughter Megan graduating from 8th grade. We're so proud of you Megan!

With all the whirl of activity I've been visiting one of my favorite sites for ideas, Pinterest. Do you Pinterest? If you love it as much as I do be sure and follow me and follow the boards that interest you :) I love it and spend way too much time surfing and sharing ideas there. These days it usually is where I begin with a project or even to develop my ideas...I always say "one good idea leads to another" :) So please let me share with you my recent crafts.
Megan's Card

Megan's card is created from a stamped design and hand watercolored.

Just because I love sowing off my sweet grandkids I 'm throwing in a pic of my grandson Evan who was really quite ready to leave the ceremony...
now please?

Kendall's High School grad card
We also celebrated with our friends the Liu's...their daughter Becky graduated from High School and they through a party for her. Her mom Lisa made these incredible crepes from scratch...I didn't take pictures but I sure wish I had...for two reasons.Lisa's creps and all the toppings were really something AND she also made an incredible tribute wall out of photos for Becky. Below is the card I made for Becky.
Beckys card 
Our friends the Zenes's also had a graduate...Way to go Carter!! Here is the card i made for him.Shhhh I haven't got it mailed to him yet. They stopped by the day I was making the cards, LOL. 

Carter's Grad card
My grandnephew Andy graduated High School this year, we're so proud of you Andy!

I had fun making his card- Sorry I forgot to take a picture and this one was taken at the celebration.  I also made a photo album for his High School memories and I also missed taking pics but thanks to Tatiana, here are a couple photos.

Since making these there have been even more celebrations and fun reasons to create but for now I hope you enjoy seeing what I've been up to and reading my post.