Christmas Keepsake Special Offer

Thursday, December 1, 2011

As a special offer related to a recent advertisement in Woman’s Day Magazine, the Christmas Keepsake Box is available from now until December 31, 2011 (or while supplies last). This box is an ideal gift, and is perfect for that someone that wants to get started in paper crafting  just in time for the holidays!

Item # Name Price
129024 Christmas Keepsake Box

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The Online Extravaganza

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Online Extravaganza, our annual sale to kick off the holiday shopping season, will begin today, Monday, November 21, 2011, and run through Wednesday, November 30, 2011. While this promotion is perfect for online orders during an especially busy time of year, sale prices will be available on all order types.

Visit my online store (click on the "Shop Now" button) on Monday, November 21, to take advantage of great savings, like FREE digital downloads valued at $40 when you buy My Digital Studio Express, 60 percent off select Designer Fabrics, and 30 percent off an exclusive ribbon bundle! 

Download the pdf list of everything on sale here  Online Extravaganza list
To place your Stampin’ Up order online  24-7, click here

As always, Make Life Creative!

Joy of the Season

Yesterday was the first time in a month that I was able to make something. This past month was so busy, we barely had time to sit down. I'm hoping to slow down soon.

In my ten minutes of creativity time, I decided to update a 5x7 frame that was decorated for Halloween. Now keep in mind I have three kids. 

There was no school. 

There was very little time. 

I used the Flourish Textured plate for the Big Shot  on Very Vanilla, Red Riding Hood Red card stock and ribbon, as well as gold embossing powder. The letters are from the Lovely Letter Stamp set. I think it needs something else to add some pizazz. Any suggestions?

Happy Thanksgiving!

More Creativity from Mr. Right

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I can't believe our youngest is 5 yrs old now. 

Time does fly. 

This years theme was Angry Birds.

It happened by accident really. The lady where he was having his party mentioned that she had ordered some Angry Birds balloons. So I jumped on that theme really quick. Tiger loves the game and can be seen playing it on my phone everywhere. 

First came the invitations which my talented and super sexy husband designed. 

It's ok. 

You can agree with me.

My husband jumped on the bandwagon and got to brainstorming about the cake. This is what he came up with. 

Pure Brilliance.
He so creative, I'm telling ya!
The towers where made from granola bars and gingerbread from the Christmas Gingerbread Kits. We ordered the Angry Birds Cake Toppers on Amazon

We had an actual Angry Birds Game in a box that we placed on the table for the kids to play with while enjoying their pizza and juice. I wish I had a picture of it but they kept knocking the towers down faster than my camera was taking pictures. *sigh*

What's a party without something for the kiddos to take home?

How about these treat cups? Awesome right?
We just took some large red plastic cups, cut the shapes out and glued googly eyes them. They were a hit!

Hope you enjoyed our creative Angry Birds Party. 

As always, Make Life Creative!

NC Demo Holiday Blog Hop

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Welcome to our first North Carolina Stampin' Up Demonstrator Holiday Blog Hop! Where Stampin' Up Demonstrators from NC share there inspirations for the upcoming Holidays. You are bound to get some great crafty ideas.

One of the favorite stamps sets from the Holiday Mini catalog is the Stitched Stockings set. You can check out the Holiday Mini Catalog on the right side bar. It's truly a must have set. It's so fun and not only can it be used for Christmas but for baby cards as well. You will see a card for a baby shower in the next few weeks so keep coming back. 

First is a Stitched Stocking Christmas card . This card uses Real Red Cardstock which is embossed with Petals a Plenty embossing folder. Next is Crumb Cake Cardstock which is then layered with Very Vanilla. I stamped "Seasons Greetings (from the Snow Swirled Stamp set) in Real Red and heat embossed the stocking in Pewter embossing powder.  Real Red Ribbon is accenting the card.

This next project is a Christmas Gift Tag. This time using the Stitched Stocking Punch. I cut out the Top Note using the Big Shots in Very Vanilla and then again in Pear Pizazz DSP Patterns Stack In Color. I cut the  Pear Pizazz Top Note in half. Next I embossed very vanilla with texture plates using the Harlequin Design ( hopefully you can see the textured harlequin design). And punched out two stockings. The toe, heel, and top of the stocking was punched using Pear Pizazz card stock. I then added some bling. Using one of my favorite tools, the Crop-a-dile, I punched a hole and tied some Seam binding in Pear Pizazz to the gift tag.

I hope these projects inspire you to make life creative! Now please visit Tammy at Tar heel Stamper for more creative projects to inspire you.

Ahoy! Pirates and Flowers

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Karen, at Paper Creations by Karen hosts a Girl's Night Out for Teens once a month. A chance for girls to get together, hang out, eat pizza and snacks, gab about girl stuff and craft.  I joined her this past Friday night along with some really fun teen girls in our community. 

We talked, we ate, we laughed and we learned. And not only did the girls learn how to make flower barrettes and pins they gained friendships.  And just so you know, the apple cinnamon thingy at Papa John's is really good. We ate the whole thing. Oh YES we did! 

Since my daughter could not join us that night, I decided to make her a flower. The fabric I chose was perfect. She loves pirates! I gave her the option of doing a pin or a barrette. She of course loves it and wanted to put it in her hair.

I can't wait for next month to see what we will be making! Hopefully, my daughter and her friend will be able to join in the gabbing, crafting, and pizza. 

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Fun with Stampin Up!

Monday, September 19, 2011

I have been super bad about posting my projects. Please don't smack me with a wet noodle. I will do better. Things have been crazy around here with homeschooling my teenage daughter, my youngest in preschool for 1/2 days, and my oldest boy in 1st grade in public school.  Three kids going three different directions has this momma going crazy!

A few weeks ago, I attended Regionals with Stampin' Up for the first time.So many creative and talented people in one place. It was almost overwhelming. There where projects galore, new techniques, new products to drool over, awesome people to meet, prizes, and lots to learn. 
One of the highlights for me was meeting Shelli Gardner, Co-Founder and CEO of Stampin Up! She was so down to earth and so sweet. She took the time to visit with every one. 

OMG! I look like I'm 4ft tall!!

Now I have heard of Swaps. But I had never been involved in anything like it. But I gave it a whirl and made two cards to give away while I was there.  And with three kids, that was not an easy task to try to get done with a deadline. 

This top one was made using the Tulip Frame Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Style Beautiful Stamp Set. The card stock colors are Concord Crush and  Pear Pizzazz and the ink was Concord Crush and Sahara Sand.  Excuse all the weird shadows and lines. I was taking pictures in front of the window.

This card was made with the Top Note Die and the Elements of Style Stamp set. The card stock is Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery and Very Vanilla. The ink was Certainly Celery, Old Olive, and Chocolate Chip.

 At the end of the month I will be going to the Quarterly Meeting in Greensboro. I haven't even come up with the designs of my swaps yet. YIKES! I promise I won't take so long to post  them this time.

As Always, take time to Make Life Creative!

July Promotion

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

July Only!!!

  It's always more fun to stamp with friends! I joined myself for that very reason. The fun times and hanging out with good friends. Many of them I didn't know until I started Stampin Up! The limited-time $99 Starter Kit is the perfect choice for the lover of everything Stampin Up!.

SAVE!!! Enjoy the new Stampin' Up! 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog using a one-time 30% Off Start Up Discount on product orders of $150 or more (placed within 45 days of start).

Get 20% off future Stampin' Up! orders, awesome exclusive resources and the opportunity to pre-order new products.

Receive Stampin' Up! discounts and benefits through Dec. 31, 2011 with NO obligation to purchase anything further or hold a workshop.

Just want to do it for the fun? Hobby demonstrators are welcome as are business builder demonstrators. Come join my team today! Sign up here:

There's no penalty to drop. You keep everything. PLUS Get a Christmas Keepsake project kit (example below) absolutely FREE--a $40 value! This exclusive kit contains everything you need to create a beautiful Christmas Keepsake Box to hold your most treasured Christmas memories. It will be available with your first demonstrator order in August and must be redeemed by Sept. 30.

This limited time $99 Starter Kit—valued at $185—comes with the following high-quality products.

• Easy Events Clear-Mount Set*
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• Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad
• Brights 8-1/2" x 11" Assorted Card Stock
• Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper*
• Chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon*
• Note Cards (20)
• Clear-Mount Block C
• Blender Pen (1)
• SNAIL Adhesive®
• Business supplies
*Brand new to the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog!

Hurry you only have 11 more days to get this awesome offer!

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Post it Note Holder

Monday, April 11, 2011

Got another project for you. This one took me all of ten minutes to make. The hardest part for me was choosing the card stock and designer paper. These will make great gifts and party favors . Don't ya think?

This was also made with the Hello Again Stamp Set I mentioned in my previous post. You can purchase the set, here.

How cute is that?

Altered Clipboard

Life with three kids has kept me busy for the last few months. But I have found time to eek in some crafty time. Here is a peak at an altered clipboard.

I used stamps from the Hello Again stamp set from Stampin' Up as well as the Designer Series Paper (can't remember what it's called at the moment) and lots of ribbon. Once I got a template for that size board mapped out it was easy going. Just a lot of drying time.  

I had fun making this one. I think I'll make some more!

Visit my site to order the Hello Again Stamp Set.

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Get them while supplies last! This is a great way to add to your stamp supplies for not much money. But you need to hurry, they are going fast.

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Party Hearty Stamps by Stampin Up!

Monday, February 28, 2011

One of the best parts about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is that I get to play with all the goodies. And I get to create for a living!  The most recent stamp sets that I have gotten is the Party Hearty Stamp set. To order this set visit my website.
Isn't it cute??? There are so many things you can do with these stamps. One of my favorite ideas that was shared with me by my friend Karen at Paper Creations by Karen, was only ink the hat itself not the little tops. Turn them upside down and make them into pennants! Add some bling by using glitter on the words or the flame on the candle

My parents best friend and I share the same birthday and we celebrate our birthdays together. So I wanted to make him a birthday card that was masculine but not overly manly.  I used Stamps from the party hearty collection from Stampin Up! and designer buttons.  The design came from Janet Munster of Inspired by Stampin. Hers is pink and purple but i needed to make it a little more manly. So I used paper from Die Cuts with a View and Cardstock from Stampin Up.

 I think it turned out cute!

Carwash Cake

Friday, February 25, 2011

One of the things I love about Mr. Right is that he is so creative. Most of the time its graphics and web design but lately he's come up with some really cool designs using all kind of things. 

This past weekend it was with fondant!  

Having a son who is Autistic has juiced up Mr. Right's creativity. Little Monkey loves anything that spins. And right now he's on a car wash kick. He eats, sleeps, and plays car washes. If he's not eating pasta that looks like spinning brushes, he's watching them via You Tube on the iPhone, or making my mop heads into what he calls "sqeegieers". 

So when LM turned 6 it was inevitable that we were going to be faced with the challenge of making him a cake with a car wash theme. 

Now I am not very good with icing and fondant at all. But Mr. Right was bound and determined to make his son one happy birthday boy. 
He spent a few days researching and asking his co-workers about it and then dove in. 

The base of the car wash is Rice Krispie treats that he wrapped in fondant that he colored blue. The only thing I contributed to was to smooth out the seams. I was too afraid I'd mess it up. 

Next he placed three small marshmallows  on toothpicks to form the brushes and stuck them inside the car wash. Two for the sides and one for the top. And cut (very carefully I might add) Gum strips to make the "Sqeegiers". He wrapped the part of the gum that wasn't cut around a toothpick and stuck it in the back of the car wash.  

Now since we waited to get the materials for this cake to the last minute we didn't have time to actually make a cake. Our solution was to buy a pre-made sheet cake from the grocery store that had no decorations on top. 

He didn't stop with just the car wash. He used Wilton's Color Mist in black and using a paper template he cut out, sprayed a road onto the cake. He then used Betty Crocker's Decorating Icing in Green to make bushes on each side of the road. 

And then used Wilton's Fondant icing writer to write Happy Birthday on the cake. It bled a tad but LM didn't care. He was beyond excited when we brought out the cake. 

And of course because we are doing our best to be green, Mr. Right placed a Toyota Prius on the road. Granted it wasn't white like the one we own but at least he was being earth conscience! 

Have I mentioned that I love the fact that I married a creative man? I'm super proud of him. He did this all by himself. I see us getting a Cricut Cake sometime in the near future. 

Hope you enjoyed a sneak peak into my husband's creative mind. I'll be showing you more soon.

Mr. Right gets a Valentine

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I know valentines is over but I just had to share what I did for Mr. Right this year. 

This idea came from Tara at Mom's of all Trades. Thanks for the fabulous idea Tara!

I made the card using Stampin' Up paper, stamps, and embellishments. I will eventually get a better picture of the card but I was using my phone so the picture isn't the best. 

When I went to the florist to ask for just a vase and greenery she looked at me kind of strange.  It cost only $3.20  plus the cost of the longer Slim Jim's. It was so easy to put together and Mr. Right Loves it. Every once in a while I'll catch a glimpse of him munching on his bouquet. 
The Slim Jims people, Not the greenery!!

The coupons came from Kendra at Key Lime Digital Designs . Aren't they cute? There were even blank ones so I could write in my own special freebie to Mr. Right (*wink*).

Last, but not least, I bought him a King size Dark Chocolate Hershey Bar (his fave) and took off the outer wrapper. I printed out this printable from Ellie G at Less Cake More Frosting. Isn't it super cute? My hubby loved the fact that it said it had no Fat. That just makes it the best kind of chocolate ever!

I hope you all had a fun Valentine's Day and you felt Loved.

As always, Make Life Creative!!

Shabby Chic Magnet Board

Monday, February 7, 2011

I did this project over the summer and thought I'd share it with you. I have loved the magnet boards I have seen around the blogging world and decided that I needed to make one of my own. There are lots of tutorials out there for these. I probably will do one as soon as I get my patooty in gear and make over my daughter's room.  

But for now you are stuck with just a picture.

Basically, I found several frames for a dollar at Goodwill and snatched them up before any one else could grab them. I removed the glass and set it aside. You never know I might use it in another project in the near future. I spray painted one with a cream paint.  I picked up some sheet metal at Lowe's and used my tin snips to cut it to fit in the frame. 

Yes I actually own a pair or tin snips and no they are not my husbands!
I would recommend you wear some construction gloves as the metal is super sharp. 

I took my favorite stuff ever  . . .

Mod Podge and covered one side of the sheet metal with and laid down my chosen piece of fabric. I cheated and used what I had on hand. My handy dandy Cricut Scraper thingy. To get rid of any bubbles or wrinkles.

I let it dry a few hours. 
Ok it was a few days but that's because I have three kids. 

I then turned the sheet metal over and spread some more Mod Podge on  all the sides and used the scraper thingy again to get out any wrinkles or bubbles. I let that dry and then added two to three layers of Mod Podge on top and let it cure for 24 hours before I placed the metal into the frame. 

Once it was done I keep thinking it needs something else. Something to compliment the fabric and add some whimsy. So I whipped up some Kanzashi flowers  out of denim and added magnets to the back of them. 


Shabby Chic magnet board perfect for my office!

Here are a few more examples of a Magnet Boards. 

And this next one uses an actual Magnetic Dry Erase Board which is a great idea too!

If you make one. I'd love to see and post all of your craftiness here!
Have a great day and remember 

Make Life Creative!!!


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