Sunday, August 31, 2014

{Sunday Sentiments}... Week 16!



This past week was the best week I've had in a long while.  We rented a tiny little cabin on a lake in Pennsylvania and for the first in forever, we got to escape and vacation as a family.  With more than two long (and I mean LONG) years of fighting cancer and my hubby's transplant finally behind us... it was such a fun feeling to get out with the kids and leave some of those concerns behind. My hubby is still incredibly fatigued and wasn't able to join us in all of our activities, but just being there... together, as a family - no doctors, no appointments and nothing to do but kayak and play in the water... I just felt an overwhelming feeling of joy.  A carefree kind of joy that I haven't felt in a very long time and I've had a hard time NOT smiling since we got home.  I guess you could say I feel all shiny again and want to encourage you all to do the same!

 So, when I saw this quote last night and when the speakers at church today touched on this very thing - I knew this was the Sentiment I wanted to hang on my board this week...  Enjoy! 

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

{Sunday Sentiments} Week 15... I'm back!!



I haven't posted any quote cards in months and I've truly missed it!  Not just the designing part - but the hour or so I take to choose which quote to do has been an uplifting experience that I've missed greatly.  A few of my favorite things have been collecting dust on my back burner while I immersed myself in the hectic schedules of a busy summer... but I think I'm ready to pick it up again. Definitely ready. This quote was easy to pick, it's one of my favorites and such a great reminder that trying and doing our best is good enough.

To download this 5x7, please visit my Facebook Fan Page...
Current fans already have access {HERE} | To become a fan to gain access, click {HERE}.
* Current fans may also access the files by clicking on the "Fan Freebies" Icon on my FB Page.

Find the complete "Sunday Sentiments" Collection {HERE} 

Have a great week!



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Friday, August 15, 2014

{FREEBIE!!} I'm a craftaholic... :)



When I walked into my craft room this morning... I just felt the need to change out one of my frames.  This quote always makes me giggle, so I decided to make it up real quick.  If you'd like the 8x10... hop over to the "Fan Freebies" link on the top of my Facebook Page to grab yours!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

{NEW!!} Thank You, Sunshine & Halloween KISS Printables



I'm having SO much fun with these KISS printables!!  They are super festive, WAY easy to make and even more fun to give!  As you can see, I've got three new sets... a thank you one, a sunshine one and one for Halloween!  Since I started doing these, I've been getting lots of emails about the best way to make up a jar - so I thought I'd write a quick post with some tips and tricks to make assembly quick and easy.


First things first... you need to print.  For BEST results, you should save your file on a memory stick and take to a copy store to print OR use your printer's "BEST" print quality option (in your Print Properties) to print clear, vivid images.  Paper also makes a difference.  All of the printables you see in my pictures are printed on my home printer (HP OfficeJet Pro 8600) on glossy photo paper.  I buy all of my photo paper at the Dollar Store (comes 8 sheets to a pack for $1) and - as you can see, my print quality is pretty awesome. I think print quality is fairly important, particularly when you are printing small images like these.  And - by simply using the right paper and making sure your printer is set to it's "BEST" print quality option, I think many of you would be surprised at the quality you can get at home.


After I print, I simply cut the dot sheet into stripes to prep for easy punching.


These DARLING little dots, coincidentally, are not just sized PERFECTLY for KISS bottoms but also happen to be exactly 3/4" in diameter making them perfect for punching.  I bought this punch at Michaels for under $5 with a coupon... or you can find them online just about anywhere.  Fiskars and EK Tools are my favorite punch brands - both come with dozens of shapes and sizes. Martha Stewart has a nice line as well, but they are much more expensive. I like to pick them up here and there as they are on sale or I have coupons and over the years I've created a nice collection.  Back to this project... you'll need a punch labeled as 3/4" or "0.75-inch". You should be able to find them at any craft or scrapbook store, or online (I found some on Amazon that were less than $8 WITH shipping included).


Next is applying them to the kiss.  I know I refer to them as "stickers" - but they aren't really stickers unless you print them on sticker paper.  Which, you can do - but believe you me - it's TEDIOUS to peel the little backs off of each one - so I don't recommend going that route!  The quickest way I've found is to simply run the bottom of the kiss across a glue stick... then position/center the image and press.


SO CUTE!!


My favorite way to give these sets is in a Mason Jar... you just can't beat seeing all the cuteness through the glass.  Admittedly, you'll have to do a little bit of "styling" to get your jar to look like my pictures.  Just filling the jar up won't automatically show the decorated underside.  As you fill the jar, just make sure you situate a few here and there that show... and your jar will look just like mine!


As an additional note... (and since we've been talking about punches) - all of my Mason Jar Lid Toppers measure 2.5" and work beautifully with a 2.5" punch.  The tags in all of these sets measure 2" - so while you can certainly cut them out with scissors... using a 2" punch is super quick and easy.  So, watch the sales and use those coupons to build a punch stash!  You'll be glad you did. :)


So - if you are ready to get punching... stop by my shop to grab your files!


OR for a limited time (through 8/15) these three are available in a special discounted bundle {HERE}.  AND.. all individual sets are on sale for $3.50 - so today is the day to grab them all!


Other sets (also on sale) in my shop that you might like... CHRISTMAS | TEACHER

Alrighty... it's time to get back to my laundry... more designs coming soon!

Enjoy!



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Monday, July 21, 2014

{NEW FREEBIE!!} Thank You Nugget Wrappers



Wow, guys!!!  The "Christmas in July" Sale went awesome!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the orders, spreading the word about my sale, FB Shares, comments, likes, PINS and general excitement surrounding my shop and printables!  It was a huge success and I'm just excited at how fun it's been!  CraftCount, a website that ranks Etsy Shops, just ranked me as the 7th most successful Etsy Shop in my Category (Paper Goods) and I couldn't be more thrilled!  As a special thank you for helping make my shop such a success, I wanted to share with you another "thank you" freebie... this one is a mini-mini!  It's just 3 nuggets, it's not a full tray with sides (just a coordinating strip to glue them to)... but makes a DARLING thank you for ANY occasion!

This download is available in my "Fan Freebies" Library on Facebook - {HERE}.  
You must first "like" my page to gain access.  

Aren't these nuggets so fun?  I have over a dozen sets in my shop {HERE}.  
Come see the cuteness!

Enjoy!



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Friday, July 18, 2014

{NEW} Christmas Kiss Stickers in a Mason Jar!



I've been having such a great time this week with "Christmas in July" that I just couldn't help myself but keep designing!  This was a super fun project and I'm excited to have another options for quick and easy gifts this holiday season! And... yes - I plan on doing lots more of these in the future!

Assembly was quick and easy, I'd even say faster than the nugget trays.  Really! The first page of the printable is a sheet of "sticker" dots.  Simply print and punch with a 3/4" punch.  The first set I made, I printed on sticker paper - but soon realized that peeling the backs off the stickers was too time consuming and tedious.  So, I re-printed onto cover stock (which basically is a thin card stock; 64lb), punched and attached to the bottom of the Kiss with a glue stick.  Worked like a charm and was MUCH faster.  The sticker sheet has 80 dots - which coincidentally is about the same amount that comes in one package of Kisses!  I used 3/4 of the Kisses from one package to fill a quart-sized jar.


To make the gift more polished and complete... I added a round gift tag - as well as a Mason Jar Lid Topper!  Then, I use baker's twine to tie.  What a DARLING and easy gift for a neighbor, friend or teacher!  You could also put your decorated Kisses in a cello bag - tied with the tag - or in a glass candy dish.  I'm also thinking just having them scattered around a centerpiece would be fun too.  This set uses similar colors to my "Merry & Bright" Nuggets, so you could consider mixing them as well!

Grab yours in my shop {HERE} - and don't forget, through the rest of today you can use CHRISTMAS40 to save 40% or use CHRISTMAS30 tomorrow (7/19) to save 30%.

Happy Christmas in July!!



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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Christmas in July Sale + Holiday Shopping Guide!

 

These coupons are good for ALL Instant Download printables (not just Christmas) so it'll be a great time to stock up!  Please note that during the sale all "personalized" art will be removed from my shop.

PLUS...



As a special thank you for shopping during my "Christmas in July" Sale, please also enjoy a set of free Printable Christmas Tags that will be included with each purchase. To access your free file, please refer the order summary emailed to you after purchase for a link to download.


I'm even more excited about this sale because it motivated me to commit myself to a well-planned, on-budget and stress free holiday this year - and to do it, I designed the ULTIMATE Printable Christmas/Holiday Planner! It's a complete package with 18 planning and tracking pages for keeping on top of every last detail.  What I also love about this planner - is NEXT year, I can peak back and see exactly what I did, who got what, how much I spent, etc... awesome, right?!  We are very early in the season - so if you grab one, don't just print it for yourself!  Make up several, get some cute pens and give them as gifts to your girlfriends, sisters and mom!


THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUAL PDF PAGES ARE INCLUDED (all pages formatted 8.5x11)

★ November Calendar (2014) ★ December Calendar (2014) ★ Christmas Budget ★ Master To Do List
★ Individual Gift Planner (a full planning sheet for one individual) ★ Family Gift Planner (one sheet covers a whole family - perfect for exchanges) ★ Handmade Gift Planner (track start date, finish date, supplies, to do's... etc) ★ General Gift Planner (for tracking larger gifts, gift exchanges, etc...) ★ Small Gift Planner (for tracking neighbor, teacher, classmates, etc..) ★ Online Order Tracker ★ Black Friday Shopping Planner ★ BIG Party Planner (two page spread) ★ Small Party Planner (one page spread) ★ Christmas Card Address List ★ Christmas Eve Planner ★ Christmas Day Planner ★ Note Page ★ Title Page & Cover Sheets





Next... I designed THREE different Christmas themed nugget wrapper sets - one for everyone on your list!  "Merry & Bright" comes in traditional colors with traditional "Holly Jolly" type Christmas words and phrases.  It would be perfect for anyone who celebrates and loves the traditions of Christmas!  Next I made the "Nativity" set with wrappers that are centered around the Nativity Story in Luke 2.  I used more muted, manger colors and absolutely love the idea of including this in my kids' stockings and with gifts that I want to offer a gentle reminder of the real reason behind the Season. Then... with all the hustle and bustle - all of us "Santa's Helpers" will need a little bit of chocolate to keep us going all month long.  I envision this set to be given to our favorite girl friends and sisters to get them through the busy errands and Holiday hustle and bustle!  For all the wrappers - click the listing links above to see more pictures and close-ups.




Each year my Subway Art Collection seems to grow and remains a top seller.  These pieces not only make a great addition to your home holiday decor, but when framed - they also make GREAT original gifts!  And remember, the beauty of purchasing digital art is you buy it once... then can print over and over again!  It's still so early in the season - pick an art or two, then watch for frame sales or order bulk online and you'll be able to cross SEVERAL gifts off your list in a jiffy!  What I also love about these listings is they come in multiple sizes... so go with a 5x7 for a smaller gift or choose a large size for a more significant gift.  Each listing varies with sizes, so be sure read through the details so you know what sizes you are getting with your purchase.



I also have several other Christmas Printables that will add tons of cheer to your Holiday.  The "Christmas Carol Pictionary" is my third ALL-TIME best seller and will provide hours of fun at any holiday party, big or small, or just a great night at home with the kids. Of course, the tags, countdown and cookie game are super fun additions to your holiday and make easy, great gifts as well.  I love giving the countdown to neighbors and friends. Just print, either laminate or frame, then attach kisses!  The Pictionary and Cookie Match games also make fun gifts.  Print, laminate and tie the cards stack with a bow to include in a gift package or in someone's stocking!


Of course...  my shop is FULL of all kinds of printables, not necessarily Christmas-themed, that make GREAT gifts.  Below are links to some of my favorites:

YOU+ME=AWESOME PrintPrint, frame and include a heart-felt letter
ANNUAL SUBWAY COLLECTION:  Print each monthly subway + include a frame
ANNUAL MENU PLANNERPrint, frame + include a dry erase pen and tie with ribbon!
2015 PERSONAL PLANNER:  Print/bind + include a cute pen
PERPETUAL BIRTHDAY CALENDAR:  Print, record dates + include a cute pen!
KITCHEN SUBWAY: Print & Frame
FAMILY RULES SUBWAY: Print & Frame
MISSIONARY SUBWAY ART: Print, frame and give to your favorite Missionary Mom!
CLASSROOM RULES: Print, frame and give to your favorite teacher! 



So many fun ideas... happy shopping and don't forget to use your coupon codes!!




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Monday, July 14, 2014

CHRISTMAS IN JULY SALE - ANNOUNCEMENT!



{ANNOUNCEMENT!!} Just a little note to let you know I'll be hosting a HUGE (as in EPIC) "Christmas in July" Sale later this week! Here's how it's going to go - mark your calendars and set your phone alarms now so you don't miss it!

*Wednesday (7/16) is 50% off all day: Use CHRISTMAS50 to save 50%!
BONUS HOURS: NOON to 6 EST is 60% off - USE CHRISTMAS60 to save60% 

*Thursday (7/17) 50% off all day: Use CHRISTMAS50 to save 50%!
*Friday (7/18) is 40% all day: Use CHRISTMAS40 to save 40%!
*Saturday (7/19) is 30% off all day: Use CHRISTMAS30 to save 30!

These coupons are good for ALL Instant Download printables (not just Christmas) so it'll be a great time to stock up!  Please note that during the sale all "personalized" art will be removed from my shop.



FREE DOWNLOAD WITH PURCHASE DURING THE SALE!
As a special thank you for shopping during my "Christmas in July" Sale, please also enjoy a set of free Printable Christmas Tags that will be included with each purchase. To access your free file, please refer the order summary emailed to you after purchase for a link to download.

New Christmas Printables...


OR VISIT MY SHOP HOMEPAGE {HERE} 

Feel free to share this sale announcement with your friends... the more the merrier!



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