It’s a miracle!  I finished the card (excuse my language) from hell.  I think this is the best example of a card that should have gone into the trash on at least three occasions and yet, rose from the ashes to become a card worth putting on video.  I know you think I’m exaggerating, but wait until you see the video.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but you definitely won’t beg for more.  This card was such a trial and yet I lived to tell the tale.  Rich has it and will edit it tonight and hopefully, I’ll have a video live tomorrow AM.  I’m so sorry that it’s been so long since I’ve put up videos, this darn ankle/foot thing is working against me.

I decided while I was on a roll, that I should finish another card that I had in process.  This is a really nice card and yes, I used the Vagabond on BOTH cards, so you’ll know that I’m not trying it once and throwing it to the curb.  I even layered some of my die cuts.  I’m a regular die cutting fool now.  Or maybe just a fool, it’s kind of hard to tell.

Today’s card is really a sweet card that I spent almost as much time coloring the envelope, as I did on the card.  I’ll have Rich fast forward through the envelope coloring as it wasn’t very nice.  Paper makes a big difference when you use alcohol markers and for some reason, I completely forgot that I couldn’t blend on an envelope.  For those of you who don’t play with alcohol markers, the paper is everything when it comes to blending.  For those of you who do play with alcohol markers,  I’m not telling you anything that’s new.

Something that is new though, is that I got an email from the makers of Spectrum Noir markers.  I had sent them three emails about the dryness of my markers and never heard from the first two.  When I sent the third, they said that they hadn’t received the first two (I’m not sure why since I used their customer service contact system.)  Apparently, they are having issues with lost communication since they have moved operations to England.  Anyway, they assured me that they will replace all of my dry markers, which I was really impressed by.  The did tell me that the caps on my markers are not the current caps being used and haven’t been used for eighteen months.  I explained that the markers I showed them had been purchased from Joanns in the last three months.  In addition, I have Spectrum Noir markers that I bought at A C Moore and they have the same caps.  I’m wondering if all of the big box stores that sell Spectrum Noirs are trying to get rid of their old inventory for them and that’s why the markers are dry.  I was disappointed to learn that we are buying old inventory, but how would any of us know, since the markers we see in these stores are all the same?  It seems like there should be a manufactured date on them, but then again, maybe it’s on the packaging and I just never looked for it.

I’m just happy that they are standing behind their products, as I have a lot of their markers and so many of them are drying out.  In case any of you have the same issue, the company said that they warranty their markers for 18 months from purchase.  Although I’m not sure how they can determine when you purchased markers unless you keep your receipts, and I don’t know many people who would do that.  I don’t want to know how much money I spend on crafty things, that’s for sure.


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