Tuesday, July 23, 2019

DIY Electronics

DIY is becoming very popular now. It is always good to be able to do something with your hands. But, please, never try to make tools. Handmade tools are not only dangerous but also pretty much useless. It is always easier to buy good tools in your local market. Thus, saving time and health. Nowadays, our industry provides us with all we need, so there is no reason for you to make any tools at all. But it doesn't mean that you should quit your hobby!

Electronics becomes more and more important. Humanity needs engineers, scientists, and all other tech-related experts.  There is a way how you can relatively easy start your way in electrical DIY.  Start working with Arduino! It is a single-board microcontroller provided with software IDE. With Arduino, you can build electrical devices, motion objects, robots with different sensors, etc.  So, how do you start working with Arduino?

  1. Electric circuits.

What do you know about electric circuits? Are you familiar with electricity? Calm down, you won't need to memorize various formulas or perform any calculations. But we must warn you that Arduino requires a basic understanding of electricity and electrical circuits. If you want to do something with this microcontroller, then you need to familiarize how its electrical components work. You won’t need to dive in your local library to read hundreds of books about electronics, but be prepared to spend a couple of evenings reading articles on the Internet.

  1. Software.

You can use almost any programing language to work with Arduino. Arduino IDE (integrated development environment) is cross-platform and can be installed on any Operation System (Linux, macOS, Windows or even Android). Don't be afraid If you have never worked with programming languages before. It is pretty easy to learn basic things to start working with Arduino. There are many websites and YouTube channels that will help you. Again, don’t expect it to be very easy, but in a week you will be able to write decent code that does something good.

  1. Buy Arduino KIT.

There many different modifications of this microcontroller. You should start with Arduino Uno. It is the most universal controller that will satisfy all your needs. Originally Arduino came from Italy, but now it is legally manufactured in many other countries. This is why it is relatively cheap. You will only need to buy it once and then it will serve you for many years. And don't forget to buy a kit with it. When you are a beginner you don't know what you will like about Arduino. Maybe you will be building robots, maybe smart house systems or something else. KITs provide you with options to choose what you would like to do with your Arduino.

            The amount of things that you can build with Arduino is almost uncountable. Make sure that you started with something simple that can be done in less than a week. A huge project usually requires high skills and lots of time. This may lead to burnout because it requires too much from you. This hobby requires time and attentiveness from you. By working with Arduino you invest in your skills and broaden your understanding of how modern world works.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Introduction to Papercraft

All around the world people like making models or various crafts. They make ships, space crafts, flowers, postcards and many other things with paper. Because paper is very flexible and cheap material. It is easy to work with and possible to make it relative durable if you cover it with suitable glue. Paper doesn’t require any special skills; it is easy to remade something if you made a mistake.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Chicks & Chocolate

The third Friday of each month is card night at my house. We make 3 cards with envelopes for $10 all the design and prep work is done for you, just show up and stamp. Here is what we did last week. We had so much fun getting inky and laughing. Join us! Or contact me to host your own party.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Heat embossed Bride

This is one of the cards we made at Chicks & Chocolate last month. We stamped the bridal dress with Versamark and heat embossed with Stampin Up White Embossing Powder. Isn't she lovely? We also did some dry embossing with the Big Shot and a folder. Easy peasy!!
Oh my goodness! The new catalog is live and I am in LOVE! Ever since I got my hands on this luscious hunk of yumminess I have barely come up for air. This new Stampin' Up! catalog is streamlined, product focused, and totally revamped. I love that this amazing company is ever moving forward and always continues to come up with product that inspires me. If you would like a new catalog, contact me and I will get one to you ASAP.

Don't forget, Chick's & Chocolate on the third Friday of every month. 3 cards with envelopes for $10. We always have a blast, join us!

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Friday, February 24, 2012

MDS Page - Mother's Day 2011

This page is documenting Mother's Day 2011. Spencer wrote the most beautiful poem for me and read it to me in front of the whole class. I love his sweet and tender heart that is contrasted by his rough and tumble exterior. He is one awesome young man and I am excited to see the man he is going to be.


 Okay, enough mushy stuff, here is the page:




Don't forget, Stampin' Up! is still offering a 30 day free trial of the program I used to create this page. It is really simple to learn and use. I've made 24 pages so far, one for each day for the month of February. Call or email me for more details and I'll hook you up with your own trial and help teach you how to use My Digital Studio.
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Muscle Car - MDS Page

This is the car we rented in Williamsburg. Check out the journal box to see the story:
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Here is one of my favorite layouts so far this month:
I did the pages in My Digital Studio. The first layout was made with lots of layers, punches, patterned paper and embellies. The second page began as a mirrored image of the first. It took no time to finish it up. I'll remember that little gem for a while and be using it again for sure!
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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Hello friends! Still here working away on my Williamsburg trip. Zoe and I had so much fun and our scrapbooking album is done :) Here, take a look a a few pages:
I made all these pages using Stampin Up!'s My Digital Studio. Don't forget that you can download your free 30 day trial to check out this fun program. Photobucket
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