Friday, November 21, 2014

{NEW!!} CTR Bottle Cap Necklaces & Key Chains




Did you know my latest addiction are these bottle cap crafts?  They are SO easy, SO cute - and SO inexpensive to make!!  Which means I was putty when one of my favorite friends asked me to make a CTR set for her daughter's baptism.  Of course, I had to help her out and I knew it would make a great addition to my shop. They're also perfect for Christmas, Birthday or Baptism gifts for your Primary Kids!  I did both a girl and a boy color scheme - and, depending where you get your supplies and how big of a bag you grab - you can make these for less than $1 a piece!  A bit more if you want to add beads... ;)



PRINTING TIPS: The images come as a collection of SEVEN 4x6 prints.  For best results, definitely print them at a photo lab just as you would a regular photo.  Inkjet printing works fine as well (that's how I did mine) - however, color ink with a laser printer will not work well with the epoxy stickers (just a warning).   Also, although I'm showing you bottle cap crafts... you can also use the images for card making, scrapbooking, jewelry making, various camp/activity crafts, glass or resin pennants, magnets and tons more! 


INSTRUCTIONS:  I recommend using a 1" punch, 1" epoxy stickers and 1" bottle caps. Bottle caps come in all kinds of varieties... plain (for making magnets) and ones with attachments like zipper pulls, key chains and necklaces! I recommend using E6000 glue (as it's specifically designed for using with metals), however the fumes are very strong - so use caution, store away from children/pets and only use with care following instructions.  You can also use a good quality glue dot if you want to avoid the glue fumes.

The things I love the most about these are they are easy to assemble (only taking a few minutes each) + the response you get when people see them is absolutely golden!


Have a great day!



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Sunday, November 16, 2014

{SUNDAY SENTIMENTS} Week 22 - Choose to be Grateful



Isn't this quote so full of hope?  I think so!  I love how it reminds us that no matter what {NO MATTER WHAT}, we can always make the choice to be grateful. Trust me, there have been days over the last few years where I've been in a dark hospital room, heaped on the edge of my husband's bed, soaked in tears of desperation... riddled with thoughts of how cancer unraveled the seams of our life.  But... luckily (and by the very grace of God himself), these thoughts of desperation didn't - and haven't yet - overtaken me.  Anytime I find myself in that place, I begin listing my many blessings... sometimes even just repeating a few of them over and over in my head until I feel the comforting hand of the Lord quiet my broken soul.  I've also learned that during the most uncertain times - when all seems out of control - the one thing I can control is my attitude, my perspective and I can replace the feelings of fear and anxiety with gratitude. It's not easy... and sometimes that breaking point is near - but when we look around, sometimes even gazing beyond the impending trial, gratitude can most certainly be found.  That is a promise. ♥

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Much love dear friends...   




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Thursday, November 13, 2014

{FREEBIE} Santa Bottle Cap Necklace



Oh my goodness, friends!!  My sale this week WONDERFULLY exceeded my expectations and I'm excited to share with you a super-fun freebie as a thank you!  As you know, I'm in love with all things bottle cap (+ since most packages come with tons, I want lots of ways to use them)!  I also love having little things like this ready to go... my daughter loves to give things like this to her friends and at about $0.50 a piece - it's an inexpensive gift and THAT makes my budget happy.  They'll also make great party favors, can be attached to any gift - and even the big girls (like me) want to wear one!  Below are a few tips and details to make yours...


Supplies Needed: Santa Image, 1" Punch, Bottle Caps, Epoxy Stickers & either E6000 glue or high quality glue dots.
  1. Download the free 4x6 {HERE} and have it printed as a regular photo at your favorite photo lab.  Laser ink isn't ideal for this project, but I get great results with my inkjet at home. 
  2. Please considering PINNING if you download, thanks!!
  3. Use a 1" round punch or scissors to trim the images.
  4. Adhere the image to the Epoxy Sticker, image facing up. 
  5. Smooth it out, make sure it's sealed with no air bubbles. 
  6. Use either E6000 Glue or a glue dot to adhere the image to the inside of the bottle cap.
BOTTLE CAP TIP: I prefer "flattened" bottle caps and buy mine from Fizzy Pops, but you can also find them on Etsy and Amazon - as well as many other sites online.

Thanks again for all the shares, pins, likes and comments during the sale this week!  You all really helped me spread the word and it made it such a great success. 

Much love... ♥    



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Monday, November 10, 2014

{COUPON CODES} FOR THE THE BIG SALE!




It's here!!  My first annual "Pre-Holiday" Sale... specifically designed for those of you who want to GET AHEAD and start your shopping, gift and treat planning now!  TODAY save 50% by using NOV50 at checkout, this coupon code will be valid until Midnight (EST).  Then, all day Tuesday and Wednesday you can still save 40% when you use NOV40.



PLUS... with each purchase, you'll receive a link to download my Mini-Manger Nugget Set! Look for the link in the email receipt Etsy sends you... A couple of tips about this email - it will be sent to the email address you used to set up your Etsy Account.  If you don't see it arrive, please check your junk mail as it may be routed there.  Also, if the link you receive is not "clickable" - just copy/paste it into your browser to access.

Still can't find it?  Go to https://www.etsy.com/your/purchases and view your receipt from my shop.  At the bottom is a "Shop Note" from me with a link as well. ;)

If you have any trouble, just let me know.


PS... Don't forget the NUGGETS | KISS | SUBWAY | 2015 PLANNERS !

... and the COUNTDOWNS! Oh goodness... don't forget the countdowns!

Happy Shopping!!



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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunday Sentiments... Week 21 {Gratitude}



Another great "gratitude" themed quote...  this one is actually also on the tag of my Thanksgiving Nuggets - but I wanted a bigger one to print and frame. :)  Enjoy!

DOWNLOAD this printable on my Facebook Page {HERE}
PS... Click on the "Fan Freebies" link at the top of the page | FILE NAME: "Sunday Sentiments WK 21 - GRATITUDE Enough"

Enjoy!



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Friday, November 7, 2014

Thanks a Million FREEBIE!



OH MY WORD!!  I just hit 20,000 Facebook Fans!! WaHooo!!! :) I've had this printable ready for weeks as I've watched the numbers climb and I'm so excited to finally share it with you!! THANKS a MILLION everyone! Thanks your fun enthusiasm for my printables and for sharing my printables with your friends and family! You can download this tag from my Facebook homepage, click on the "Fan Freebies" link at the top and scroll through the library to find the file named "Thanks a Million FREEBIE".  Then print, pair it with ten "100 Grand" mini candy bars and it makes a very sweet thank you... ♥  Thanks again, you guys are wonderful!

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Have a great weekend!



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{FREE PRINTABLE} Today I am thankful for...



I'm thankful for SO MANY things... but did you know I'm thankful for my Etsy Shop?  It might seem kind of silly or superficial, but my shop and blog have been a huge blessing for my family.  Over the years, my business has seemed to grow at just the right times and that growth has allowed me to become the primary bread-winner of our family. Which also means, I am thankful for all of you!  Every time you PIN a printable, SHARE a Facebook post, like/comment on posts, give made-up printables as gifts, introduce your friends to my site and make purchases - you are helping me continue to grow!  I'm so thrilled, so grateful that my brave hubby has been able to continue his long-term disability confident that we'll stay on top of our finances.  I'm so thankful he can focus solely on rehabilitating and recovering from his cancer treatments and transplant instead of worrying about money.  He works hard every day in physical therapy... and I'm so grateful that the gift I can give him is peace of mind.  And, never in a million years... did I think the source of that peace would be an Etsy Shop and a concourse of wonderful fans and customers.  But it is.  It most definitely is. ♥

DOWNLOAD this printable on my Facebook Page {HERE}
PS... Click on the "Fan Freebies" link at the top of the page | FILE NAME: "THANKFUL For"

Much love...




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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Countdown SALE Ends FRIDAY!



Just a reminder that the sale prices on my new Holiday Countdowns ends tomorrow... 11/7/14!
  Grab them for $3.50 each (which is 30% off) or the whole bundle for $9 (which is 40% off). They are Regularly priced at $5 each.  Definitely hurry!



{Read this post for help and tips when making your magnets... HERE}

Have a great night!



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