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Comments Not Showing Up on Blogger Sites (and how I fixed it)
I just wanted to mention that I have been having a problem leaving comments on blogspot sites I follow by email. I submit the comments, but they do not appear in the comment section with all the others. At first I thought that the comments just needed to be moderated, but now I am not sure what is going on. Anyway, I just want you all to know that I look at, and enjoy, all the posts I receive email notifications for even if I cannot tell you on your site. Hopefully this is only a temporary glitch.
Update: It appears it was a google+ issue (due to the recent shut down March 2019).
Comments: Support for Google+ Comments will be turned down, and all blogs using Google+ Comments will be reverted back to using Blogger comments on 4 February 2019. Unfortunately, comments posted as Google+ comments cannot be migrated to Blogger and will no longer appear on your blog.
Google+ Profile: In March 2019, Blogger will revert to only having Blogger profiles. Users that have selected a G+ profile in the past will appear as unknown authors until they next login to Blogger and supply a new display name and avatar.
I changed my blogger user profile setting to blogger (instead of google+ which is what it had been – I didn’t even know I had a blogger profile – lol!!), and now I am able to leave comments on blogger sites again. Hopefully this is the end of the issue. It’s frustrating that I’ve been leaving comments for days and they haven’t been posting. Sigh...
I found this tutorial HERE if you haven’t switched from a Google+ Profile to a Blogger Profile yet and need help. (This link jumps right to the part of the article where you change your user profile, but the rest of the article is helpful if you need to set up and configure your blogger profile.)
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(a blast from the past…)
Here’s an idea that helps you keep track of new techniques you come across and also allows you to try them quickly without needing to create a whole, finished project…
Early in my card making “career,” I couldn’t get enough of the many technique videos and instructional posts available online. I learned so much so quickly and couldn’t keep up with trying them all on complete card projects so I started doing technique samples on tags (with the video/instructional post location and instructions/notes on the backs). I used a shower curtain ring to keep them together which made it easy to add new tags as I learned new techniques. When I had time to work on a card project, I could flip through my tags to get ideas (and instructions) on techniques I had wanted to try. (I still love watching technique videos, but I pace myself now – lol!)
Saving videos as “favorites” on YouTube or pinning cards and/or instructional blog posts to pinterest boards are also great ways to “remember” things you see and want to try, but the technique tags are a way to actually try the technique quickly without worrying about the rest of a card layout.
This project was originally shared on stamptv (June 14, 2013).
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Floral Frame Napkin Card – with Tutorial
Recently, I had created a few cards with panels I made where I adhered napkins to card stock with cling wrap. It was suggested that freezer paper also works (thanks Bonnie and Verna), and I decided to give that a try. Oh my goodness – soooo much easier to work with! The freezer paper does not stick to itself (at all) or move around as much as the cling wrap does.
Another issue I had in the past was separating the back layer(s) from the front layer of the napkin. I discovered a tip (on this video at 12:20 mark) which is to use a piece of tape on the back of the napkin – near the corner, half on and half hanging over the edge. Use your finger nail or a bone folder to burnish/push it down on the corner really well. Then pull up on the tape. The portion of the back layer attached to the tape will begin to separate from the front layer(s). Once started, carefully pull the rest of the layer off. If there are two layers behind the front layer, use a second piece of tape to remove the second layer. Again – soooo much easier than fighting with the corners to get it started!
I used a pre-cut freezer paper sheet (instead of a roll) which I really liked because it did not curl and was easy to cut to size with either my paper trimmer or scissors. The freezer paper is shiny/coated on one side, and this is the side that “sticks” to the napkin when heat is applied either with an iron or when it is run through the minc (or laminator). (An additional layer of card stock was not needed as with the cling wrap method. Since there is only one coated side (that sticks to the napkin), there is nothing on the back to adhere to a card stock layer.)
If you care to see how I created my napkin panels with freezer paper, I’ve included complete instructions at the end of this post .
I die cut a square (with a peek-a-boo window die) from the napkin panel to create a frame on my 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ card. My Favorite Things has dies that cut either a square or a rectangle frame, and the cool thing about these dies is that the stitching is on the negative and not on the square itself which makes an interesting border around the opening of the frame.
I stamped my greeting on a smaller square panel 4 times in my MISTI. A die cut flower with a bit of stickles (glitter glue) in the center finished it off.
If you care to see how I created my napkin panels…
Snowflake Wreaths & Stamping on Custom Size Panels
I have several small snowflake stamps and thought it would be fun to create a winter wreath card with them. I don’t usually use pink, but I decided to try something a little different for me, and I like it more than I thought I would! The Gina K Designs wreath builder template helps you create a perfectly positioned and evenly spaced circular pattern with your stamps. A tutorial on how to use this tool can be found HERE (beginning at the 6:40 mark). While it is easier if you use a stamp positioner (like a MISTI), I show you HERE how to use the template without one.
For this card, I wanted my wreath to be on a 3 inch panel but was using a 4 inch template. It is super simple to use any size panel (the template size or smaller) with any size template.
Let’s say you wanted your stamped panel to be 2 1/8 inches square. In addition to the 2 1/8″ panel, cut a scrap panel to the correct size for the template. If you are using a 4 inch template, you need a 4 inch square panel. With a pencil and a ruler, draw diagonal lines from each corner to it’s opposite corner. Put a spot of removable adhesive in the center of this panel.
Take the 2 1/8 inch square you need for your project. Center it on the “adapter” scrap. Use the diagonal lines to help you position it; when all 4 corners of your panel touch the diagonal lines, it is centered.
Then, just rotate and stamp with the “adapter” (and your temporarily attached panel) as you normally would.
Remove your stamped panel when done. Save your adapter panel. If you used removable adhesive, you can rub it off and use this adapter again and again (although it is so easy to just make another one if needed)!
While I had these ink pads out, I made another card where I stamped the wreath directly on the rectangular card panel (instead of on a smaller square). If you focus on the top edge and corners of the panel (and ignore the bottom half that hangs out of the template) and rotate and stamp as you do with a square panel, you can achieve the same result.
Both of these cards were made with just white card stock. I applied ink to some of the card stock to create the matching background panels and mats. I also added ink to white ribbon (on the second sample) to make the purple bow.
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