Saturday, December 16, 2017

25 Days of Christmas - Day 16

Welcome to Day 16! It's crunch time. The first gift goes out on Tuesday with the majority of gifts for teachers and coaches, etc go out on Wednesday. Yikes! Today, I am sharing the teacher gifts and how I packaged them up with a little bit of handmade goodness. Be sure to leave a comment today to be in for my giveaway and for more entries visit my youtube channel and leave a comment on any or all videos from this month.

Thanks for visiting. Check back tomorrow for another countdown post.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Day 15

Hi everyone,
Welcome to Day 15. This going to be a quick post because it is past my bedtime. Today's project is a cute little Hello Kitty snowglobe card for Lily's teacher. You will also see me struggle with my ATG gun which now I am thinking it might be that vs the tape. I have had it forever and have abused it quite a bit. I think it may not be latching to hold onto the tape. Anyway, enjoy the video and be sure to leave comments on each of my countdown post and YouTube videos for a chance to win my giveaway.


Thanks so much for visiting today!
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

25 Days of Christmas - Day 14

Hi everyone, Welcome to Day 14. Today, I am talking about simple gifts and simple packaging. I would love to know how you all package up your gifts and what kind of gifts you give those people who help you everyday. Thanks for visiting today! Pin It Now!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

25 Days of Christmas - Day 13

Hi everyone,
Welcome to Day 13 of the 25 Days of Christmas. Today, I am sharing a cute card made using the Creative Memories Holiday cartridge. It's a quick little video but I do have a bonus video on some blog candy so make sure that you watch that as well!

Here is the video on the giveaway:

Leaving a comment on this post gets you in to win but if you want more chances then visit my YouTube channel and comment on my videos and be a subscriber! Thanks for visiting. We are half way there.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

25 Days of Christmas - Day 12

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Day 12 of the 25 Days of Christmas. Today, I am using a new favorite Honey Bee Stamps Coffee Giftcard Dies. These are so cute and fun and what's really great is they can be done up for any occasion. I am still so far behind on making Christmas cards. I am just about done with my shopping and I only have a few packages to wrap!

Thanks so much for visiting today!

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

25 Days of Christmas - Day 11

Welcome to the 25 Days of Christmas. I am participating today in the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop as well as the FCCB Challenge.

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!


Challenge #316-Christmas
Make a project or card about Christmas

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To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.



Here is my project for the week. Be sure to visit FCCB to join in the challenge!
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25 Days of Christmas - Day 10

Hi everyone,
I made it to Day 10 of my 25 Days of Christmas. Today's project are quick and easy Christmas gifts. While iron on t-shirts are super easy with your die cut cut machine and iron on vinyl, they have a wow factor too.

Thanks so much for visiting!
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Saturday, December 9, 2017

25 Days of Christmas - Day 9

Hi everyone, Thanks so much for stopping by for Day 9 which I think is the most important day of the whole Christmas planning process and that is the photo card. I have done it both ways over the years, made my own and pre-purchased photo cards. The problem with the ones that you buy is that they are flat and are so hard to display. This year I decided to used the Sizzix Thinlits foldalongs Gingerbread house die by Jen Long. I think that it came out so cute. The video is a bit long but I do take you through making one of these cards.

I hope that you liked my project. Thanks so much for visiting!
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Friday, December 8, 2017

25 Days of Christmas - Day 8

Hi everyone,
Welcome to the 25 Days of Christmas, Day 8. Today is a quick post because its totally past my bedtime. It was a bit of a rough evening and I didn't get to the projects that I wanted to but no worries. I have my crazy Black Friday haul to share and it's not everything!
Some of these items will be showing up very soon in holiday projects so stay tuned!

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

25 Days of Christmas - Day 7

Hi everyone,
Welcome to Day 7 of the my 25 Days counting down to Christmas. Today's project is another card. I am VERY behind on holiday card making. I probably only have a tenth of the cards that I need to make. I would estimate that I need to make about 50 cards minimum to get by and I probably only have about 12 cards made. Yikes. I better get on it.

Today's card uses the Cricut digital cartridge Cozy Christmas and it features traditional Disney images - think Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Pluto. I love this cartridge and hope to make a few more cards from it. The card today uses some glitter paper from Cricut which I will be honest I do not like!!! I made an assumption that this paper would be great to cut using my Cricut but it's absolutely horrible. Way too thick and I actually have to set it on poster board to get it to cut all the way through. The glitter doesn't shed which is nice but I cannot recommend this paper. It was a nightmare to work with. Unfortunately, I have whole think of it and so I will be trying to use it with my Christmas cards so that I can get it all used up!
Here is my project today:
Thanks so much for visiting!


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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

25 Days of Christmas - Day 6

Hi everyone,
Welcome to Day 6! Today, I am sharing a Cricut card using the Hello Kitty holiday digital cartridge. It's late so I am going to get right to it.


Thanks for visiting today!

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

25 Days of Christmas - Day 5

Hello!
Welcome to Day 5 of the 25 Days of Christmas. This has been a little bit of a stressful day and I didn't know if I would get this post up on time as I am honestly working on these posts right before I go to bed. Hopefully, I will have some time this weekend to get a bit ahead. Until then, I am flying by the seat of my pants.

Today's project is a crafty and inexpensive gift idea, altered notebooks. You can make these as simple or as elaborate as you wish. They are super useful but by simply covering them with pretty paper and doing a little embellishing, they can become something very special.



Thanks so much for visiting!

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Monday, December 4, 2017

25 Days of Christmas - Day 4

Hi everyone,
Welcome to Day 4 of the 25 Days of Christmas. This is a quick post because my kids give me no time to craft or even post on my blog so this is literally being typed at 10:26pm. Anyhow, today we saw Wonder which was wonderful. My kids really enjoyed it and I was glad that I got to take them to such a lovely movie. My dad also came over and has we all worked on some landscaping which my house has not seen probably ever. So onto the projects today. I have some cards from the Very Merry Christmas from Carta Bella. These are my last projects from this paper stack, even though I have the 6x6 paper pad because this paper is just so darn cute. But what destashing has taught me is that hoarding is a bad thing!

Thanks so much for visiting me today. See you tomorrow!
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Sunday, December 3, 2017

25 Days of Christmas - Day 3

Hi everyone,
Welcome to Day 3 of the 25 Days of Christmas. Today, I am taking Lily to Michaels,  they have a unicorn slime event. This darn slime fad has gone on way too long in my opinion. Then we are all going to a Christmas party so it should be a fun day.

Today's project is a Christmas album. I will admit that I never put pictures in my album from last year but I plan on doing that very soon and sharing the completed album. Being on deadline for this blog project is getting me to finish some works in progress. The album uses paper from Carta Bella Very Merry Christmas. This paper really is super cute and retro. I have a video for you all with a super quick walkthrough of the album. If all goes well, I will show some of  the album later this month with pictures.
I also have a new Christmas gift list today. This is for the crafty person in your life. I will be sharing a My Favorite Things post later in the month so there might be some crossover.

The first item on my list is the most expensive but I so want this machine and its the Cricut Maker. It can cut almost any material around. If the Cricut Maker seems to be more machine then you can handle, I recommend the Cricut Air 2 which I have and I do love it but to be able to cut patterns and fabric is really awesome.
My second item is The Misti. I have the mini Misti which is about 20 bucks cheaper than the larger one. There has only been a handful of times that I wished that I had the bigger one so in most cases that mini one is perfect for most of your stamping needs. I know that there are knockoffs but this was the first and the one that I have. It really improves your stamping, less mistakes, less waste, it makes it easier to stamp a lot of the same image.
My third item is the 1-2-3 Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers. It was hard to select just one product from this company because they really have tons but this punch board allows you to make envelopes, bows, boxes and tons more so for the price you really get a lot. There are quite a few tutorials too on other things that you can use this for including making tabs.


I think a portable printer is awesome. I have the Pogo printer but it looks like that one is not available any longer but here is one that seems fairly popular. It's the HP Sprocket.

Next up is the Zig Clean Color Watercolor markers by Kuretake. These are a tiny bit of a splurge but they work as a watercolor medium but without water they do nicely as a regular marker.
I really want this next one too because I do make t-shirts. I just don't know if I make enough stuff but if the price comes down I am all in and that's the Easy Press by Provo craft. I really like the small profile and it looks easy to store.
Be sure to stay tune for my video on my favorite things. Where I share other crafty finds that would make great gifts for you or someone else in your life.




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Saturday, December 2, 2017

25 Days of Christmas - Day 2

Hi everyone,
So proud of myself! I have posted two days in a row. Today, I am sharing tags made using the Carta Bella Very Merry Christmas. I was inspired by May over at May May Made It on Youtube. She has an entire series on using up a paper pack. This is probably the first time I have ever used up an entire sheet of stickers.

 I actually used all of these for presents which are currently in hiding throughout my house. I do need some more tags and will be having another post at some point on other tags. Be sure to watch the video to hear me ramble about these tags!
I also have Gift Ideas for the book lover on your list!

First up, is this wonderful book by the same people who do the Flow Book for Paper Lovers. It's all about creative mindfulness with lots of prompts, activities, readings and lovely paper. I am actually gifting this book to a friend here at work.
Next up is the newest cookbook from The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. Her cookbooks are wonderful, with tons of color pictures and step by step directions. Really, I wish all cookbooks were put together like this. Even better, they are recipes that regular people might actually eat.
I have two books up for suspense fans which would be great to gift. The first is Dan Brown's Origin. His Robert Langdon books are fast paced and creative.
The next book was a surprise read, Girl on a Train. The novel is full of suspense and is a super quick but enjoyable read.
I can't leave  this list without an e-reader. I think the best readers are the ones from Amazon. I also think that the Kindle is the way to go because it's the best of both worlds. You can read ebooks as well as play games, watch movies and surf the Internet. The price is also a fraction of an IPAD.

Products from Out of Print Clothing. This is an online store (www.outofprintclothing.com) and it has amazing items for book lovers. A friend gifted me this fabulous shirt! They also have book themed pouches, socks and more. I have the banned books socks by the way and I love wearing them in the library during banned books week. For those that don't know, I am a librarian.

I hope that this list gives you something to think about!


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Thursday, November 30, 2017

25 Days of Christmas - Day 1

Hi everyone,
Today is my attempt to bring 25 days of craftiness to my blog. I don't know if I will make it this year but I will definitely try. First, I have no idea where November went and I didn't post at all. Things were just so busy and while I was crafting, I just wasn't finding the time to post to my blog.

My projects for the first couple of days was inspired by May May Made It on YouTube. She has a series where she used an entire paper pack to make cards, tags and an advent calendar.

I am using Carta Bella Very Merry Christmas. My first project is an advent or countdown calendar. Most Christmas packs come with a sheets of number cut aparts and I used those along with a tutorial from May May to make this project.





This Christmas, I was forced to go with a small tabletop tree because our one year Maltipoo eats everything and that's actually an understatement. He ate half the couch already. This tree is from Target and I got it on Black Friday for a nice price along with the ornaments and tree topper. Inside each of the little countdown packets is some Andes mints.

Today's Christmas gift suggestions are general ideas that would work for close friends and family.

The first is the Instant Pot. This is going to be the hot gift this season. I got one about a year and a half ago on Prime Day and while it took me awhile to warm up to it, it really is an amazing kitchen tool. You can cook beans and roasts and much more in a fraction of the time and it comes out juicy and delicious. It also makes yogurt and rice even though I am quite attached to my rice cooker.
I actually got one of these to gift this holiday season.

The second is a firestick. Most TV's today are smart TV's but not all of them are. The really cool thing about this is that you can travel with it. It plugs into any HDMI port. I plan on giving this a try on an upcoming trip to Vegas with my sister. TV usually stinks in those casino hotels and since we are so not party animals, we do enjoy relaxing after a long day of shopping and gambling with a little TV. They are super affordable and basically any TV can become a smart TV with one of these bad boys.
The third is the click and grow portable garden. This thing is genius! It uses cartridges that have the seeds for what you want to grow, fill the water reservoir, plug it in and boom you got a garden. So cool and really not expensive at all!
The fourth is a little pricey but man I wish someone would buy me one of these as this a coffee lover's dream. It's the Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer System. It makes coffee, regular coffee, ice coffee, fancy coffee and it will brew in different sizes so you can fill a coffee mug or your travel cup.

I hope you enjoyed today's post. Thanks so much for visiting today!



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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Brewtiful Card

Hi everyone, I have another project for the Markerpop fall video challenge:

Here is my project:

And here is the final card:
Just pretend the card is a coffee giftcard! I made a card and gift all in one!. The scallop frame is from Pretty Pink Posh and the images are from the Greeting Farm Mini Remix Brewtiful and colored in with copics!
Thanks for visiting today!



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Which Witch

Hi everyone,
Today, I am sharing a card that I made for the Markerpop Fall Challenge. The challenge is to make a video using products that Markerpop carries. As usual I am on the late train because today is the last day!

Here is my video:


Here is the completed card:

I used Which Witch by MFT, colored in with Copics. I also used Prima watercolor confections and metallic watercolors for the background.

Be sure to visit Markerpop! #mpfallvideogiveaway2017

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Last Minute Challenge!

Hi everyone,
I am back with another project using The Greeting Farm. I think that I am going to get this project in just under the wire for their challenge this month. The challenge is a sketch challenge. This is my project:

I didn't have time to edit it so I am posting it as is. The paper is from Michaels. They had this cute unicorn and mermaid paper in the summer. I absolutely love these unicorns!

Thanks for visiting today,

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Friday, September 22, 2017

A Happy Hello

Hi everyone,
Today I am sharing a card that I made for a challenge over at Paper Smooches. The challenge was to use an animal and I actually didn't have a ton of animals but I did have the animal dies which I used on my card.

I also used a little butterfly that was in one of the stamp sets. Thanks so much for visiting today!
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Unicorns and Rainbows

Hi everyone,
I am so sorry that I haven't been posting lately. Aside from being super busy with back to school and activities, I had to get a new computer which is really a chore. My old computer completely died so I did lose some stuff. Not to much luckily, I have an external hard drive so much of my files were on that. However, I did have to reset up everything, plus trying to get familiar with Windows 10 and the loss of windows movie maker. I am going to be trying a new video editor so hopefully, I will be uploading some videos soon too.

In the meantime, I do have a new card to share with you. I am using the unicorn stamp set from The Greeting Farm. I think its called Magical Friends.
The paper that I am using is from Michaels. Thanks so much for visiting today.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

FCCB Challenge #310 Autumn

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!



Challenge #310-Fall Season
Make a project about the fall (sports, leaves, etc)!

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The winner will receive a $20 Gift Certificate!

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!

Here is my project for this week:
I used the Cricut Lite Simply Scarecrow cartridge for my card and some cute birds and paper from Lawn Fawn. The sentiment is from CardzTV.

I hope that you all take some time to join in the challenge over at FCCB.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Laminated Travelers Notebooks Crafty Share

Hi everyone,
Today, I am sharing my homemade Traveler's Notebooks. They are fully loaded. I still have these and if you are interested, I have drastically reduced the prices to $14.00 shipped. Just email me if you would like one.


Thanks for visiting today,

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Monday, August 7, 2017

FCCB Challenge #307 At the Beach

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!



Challenge #307-At the Beach
Make a project about anything beachy!

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The winner will receive a $20 Gift Certificate!

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!

Here is my project:




I also have a video for you all too.


Be sure to visit FCCB to see all the projects from the design team and dust off your Cricut and join the challenge to win this week's prize.
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