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What a Mess!

This is a test post to see if we can get this feedblitz thing to work out right!  WOW!  What a mess! I have subscribed to my own feeds now through email and will try to see if we are all getting the same thing!  I have replaced several photos, but have a long way to go.
I appreciate your patience while I retrieve them!

I LOVE the search bar on this blog.  It actually works!  I have searched for a few thing and have actually found them! OK!  I don’t want to type much just because with my luck something won’t work right!  I would appreciate continual feedback as I try to solve these issues!

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Product Description-

Manufacturer Description — Color communicates. It introduces you before you say a word, making the Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital Elph the ultimate image-maker. Five fashion-forward hues expressed in pure aluminum add a new burst of excitement to Canon’s Perpetual Curve design. Of course, a camera that brings out the best in you also delivers Canon’s most advanced technology features. Call it style with substance, for a new level of picture taking pleasure.

PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital Elph Highlights –

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8.0-megapixel Digital Elph with 3x optical zoom and optical image stabilizer With 8.0-megapixel technology at its heart, the PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital Elph brings you high-resolution images that maintain their sharpness and vivid impact even when they’re enlarged and cropped. The 3x optical zoom is a clear winner when it comes to getting up close and personal. And Canon’s invaluable Optical Image Stabilizer reduces the blur of camera movement, even in tricky, low-light situations.

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Canon PowerShot SD1100IS Features and Highlights With Canon’s Face Detection WB (right), skin tones are not affected by overall lighting.

Enhanced Canon Face Detection Technology Canon’s powerful Face Detection Technology delivers even better results with the new SD1100 IS Digital Elph. The Face Detection Technology continues to recognize faces in a scene, and concentrate exposure (daylight or flash) and focus upon them. But the SD1100 IS Digital Elph adds more: Face Detection WB means the camera concentrates upon faces when calculating white balance for the best possible skin tones. Face Select and Track lets the SD1100 IS Digital Elph user highlight one face among several in a scene, and the camera concentrates on that person, even as they move around the scene. Face Detection Technology is a powerful contributing factor in Canon’s new Motion Detection Technology.

Motion Detection Technology automatically reduces blur- Life doesn’t stand still for picture-taking. That’s why Canon included its advanced Motion Detection Technology in the PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital Elph. This sophisticated feature works in the background to instantly evaluate how fast your subject is moving. Then it automatically selects and sets the optimal exposure and ISO settings to keep everything looking sharp and clear.

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Canon PowerShot SD1100IS Features and Highlights Automatic exposure and ISO settings help to reduce blur when your subjects are in motion.

When you need higher ISOs for action-stopping shutter speeds, Motion Detection Technology provides it. But when no movement is detected, it allows lower ISOs for excellent color and detail. So whether you’re shooting a bride walking down the aisle, a ballet recital or even a child’s soccer game, you can relax and shoot with confidence knowing you’ve got the picture you intended.

Selectable Shooting modes -With 18 Shooting Modes including 9 Special Scene Modes, you’re ready for whatever shot comes your way.

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Canon PowerShot SD1100IS Features and Highlights 2.5-inch PureColor LCD II for bright, accurate color The PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital Elph gives you large 2.5-inch LCD screen for excellent control when framing your shots. Canon’s PureColor LCD II offers more spectacular color, resolution and contrast even when viewed at an angle (compared to PureColor LCD). The screen is highly durable and easy to see in any light with a scratch-resistant, anti-reflective coating. It also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light — a perfect feature for gathering friends and family around to see your images. DIGIC III Image Processor for sharper images and improved functionality With DIGIC III, your images boast superior quality, the camera operates at top efficiency and battery life is enhanced. What’s more, DIGIC III enables Canon’s Face Detection Technology and Red-eye Correction to give you better, more true-to-life people shots. Simply press the Shutter Button halfway down, and the camera automatically pinpoints the faces in the scene and chooses the ideal focus point. The camera controls exposure settings and flash to keep every face looking bright and natural. Red-eye Correction can be handled in-camera, in two ways. The entirely new Red-eye Correction during shooting uses the Face Detection Technology to recognize and remove red-eye from flash images as they’re taken, before the file is written to the memory card. It’s also possible to correct red-eye during image playback, using simple settings in the SD1100 IS Digital Elph’s menu.

iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the fast DIGIC III Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

Red-eye Correction provides three options for removing red-eye from subjects in flash pictures.

* The new Red-eye Correction during shooting actually identifies and corrects red-eye in human subjects as pictures are taken.

* The SD1100 IS Digital Elph can be set to automatically detect and correct red-eye during image playback.

* The user can manually locate any red eyes in a scene during image playback on the LCD screen, and command the camera to remove them.

High ISO The PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital Elph features ISO 1600 and High ISO Auto settings that reduce the effects of camera shake and sharpen subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater shooting flexibility.

The Complete Print Solution The PowerShot SD1100 features a Print/Share button for easy direct printing and downloading, plus ID Photo Print and Movie Print with select Pixma photo printers and Selphy compact photo printers.

The PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital Elph’s Print/Share button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the SD1100 IS Digital Elph to a Canon Pixma photo printer or Selphy compact photo printer or any PictBridge compatible photo printer, press the lighted Print/Share button and print! Also use the Print/Share button to transfer images to a computer (Windows and Macintosh).

Print your own ID photos in 28 different sizes or use the Movie Print function to output multiple stills from a recorded movie on a single sheet with a Canon Selphy compact photo printer.

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Change in Catalog Program Announced

February 20, 2009

During Shelli’s teleconference Wednesday night, it was announced that we will be moving back to an annual catalog. We have been evaluating our catalog strategy for some time to determine what is most effective for you, and based on what we’ve learned and the feedback you have provided, we have decided to return to an annual catalog.

Because of the lead times involved in creating a catalog and the products that go into it, we had originally planned to make this change in July 2010. However, after considering the current economic situation and the effect it is having on your businesses, we have re-evaluated the timeline for this change and decided to launch the annual Idea Book & Catalog this coming July 2009.

What does this change mean to you?

  • Beginning in July 2009, we will go back to an annual catalog.
  • The US Hispanic supplement will also become an annual catalog.
  • The Décor Elements catalog will continue to be separate from the Idea Book & Catalog, and will come out twice a year.
  • The mini catalog program will change to include three mini catalogs a year, each lasting for four months.

In addition to the changes mentioned above, we will be introducing a small selection of hostess sets in each mini catalog. This will give your customers even more reason to host multiple workshops throughout the year.

We know that you will have lots of questions about these changes, and we will be providing more details in the coming months. Look for even more information to come as we get closer to the release of our new annual catalog in July.

Double-Mounted Stamp Sets

February 20, 2009

About a year ago, we made the decision to start double mounting some of our larger stamp sets. We felt this would be a good way to get stamp sets with several pieces into a lower price range–since double mounting would reduce the number of wood blocks needed for the set.

This has not, however, been a popular decision with you–our demonstrators and best customers. Therefore, we have determined to look for other ways to reduce our costs and bring the price of these types of sets down. This means that with the exception of some alphabet sets and stamp sets that are part of a kit, we will no longer be creating double-mounted stamp sets.

What does this mean in the short term? There is one stamp set in the Occasions Mini Catalog that is double mounted-Soft Summer. This set was already in production when the decision to only double mount alphabet and kit sets was made. But this will be the last nonalphabet, nonkit set we will release as a double-mounted stamp set.

What does this mean for the long-term? All stamp sets that have already been created as double-mounted sets will remain double mounted for the life of those sets. So you may continue to see these sets in coming catalogs. However, we will not be introducing any new, nonalphabet, nonkit sets as double-mounted stamps.

You will be able to order Easter images from the upcoming Occasions Mini One Month Early!

The Occasions Mini Catalog is effective April 1 through June 30. However, beginning March 1, SU is releasing 6 items early for customers to be able to purchase. There are 4 sets in English and one of them has a French version and a Spanish version for a total of 6 items available. One of the sets is all about Easter, there is one Easter wheel and the two remaining sets are all-occasion which include an Easter image (that is the set also in French and Spanish). Since Easter is April 12, your ability to sneak peek and order as of March 1 allows you ample time to get your Easter cards and crafts started.  March 1 the Occasions mini will be available for view!

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Many of you are familiar with Gina K Stamps. Yes, I have a few of those too! I was excited to see her dream become a reality with Stamp TV. You will be able to find all of her exciting videos here. You can stamp right along with Gina K! Here is her introductory video that she posted today!

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Good morning!  I just wanted to give a quick update to let you know I’ve added a tab at the top of the page for my Items for Sale!  I hated having that post stuck at the top for all to see!  Now my blog can look “normal” and you can find that page easily!  Just wanted you to know where to find it!  Have a wonderful Friday!  My husband and I are taking the kids to a friend’s house tonight and we are having a night away!  He booked the whirlpool room so that should be fun!  I hope to have something creative posted soon!

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FEEDBACK PLEASE!!!

This Note is a sticky at the top of my page. Please scroll down to find the current post below! Thanks!

ETA: I’m not sure exactly what has happened but apparently most of my photos are not showing up. This will definitely take me a while to fix so please be patient! I will have to go in post by post and see if I can recover the photos! OH BOY! I didn’t think this was going to be such a hassle!

Looks like Google reader is working great for those who changed my blog address. What about those of you who get email notifications through Feedblitz or Feedburner???

I thought I had all of the subscriptions transferred over but I’m not so sure. I have had a LOT of people unsubscribe lately and I’m wondering if they think my blog disappeared!!! I did get an email today from someone asking if I still had my blog! If you are getting my updates, could you please leave a comment here so I can figure out what’s going on??? Thanks so much and I really appreciate it!!!

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Here is another video showing how to tie bows and knots. This one was done by Amy Rysavy. I know that everyone has a different method and I’m always looking for one that “works” for me! Hope this helps someone out there today!!

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