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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving & Update!

Hi everyone!  Happy Thanksgiving!  I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and give a quick update!

Starting today, I will be taking a few days off.  Not only am I working today, but I need a few days to spend time with my family.  I will also be finishing my Christmas shopping and cleaning up around the house A LOT.  Our home has become quite a disarray, which tends to happen around the holiday season.  It is even worse with me working nights and creating everyday!  I have a lot of stuff that needs to be put away and cleaned up!

Stay tuned, as I will be back on Tuesday, December 1st for a new tutorial!  I will be back everyday until I go on vacation in mid-December, but I will keep you posted!

Most of all, I just want to say how thankful I am for each and everyone of you.  Some of you have become my best friends and my family, and I'd be lost without you!  I am so thankful for the support of all my subscribers - I love doing this and hope I inspire you!

I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving with your families!

love and hugs,

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Whatever Wednesday: Another Craft Show Booth!

Hey everyone!  I am here with another craft show booth update!  I participated in my second craft show of the season this past Saturday at another high school nearby.  This high school both my parents actually work at, so I lucked out that I was able to bring all my stuff to my mom's office the night before, as this show did not allow for set up the night before.  This video shows my set up, and I will have pictures down below that show a little more detail.  At the end, I will do a quick recap for you!

This is the overall view of the front of my booth.  I ended up moving my sign to the back over the door, as the tape just wouldn't stick to my tablecloths!

This is a close up photo of the front of my booth, featuring my sticky note holders and earrings

A little collage featuring the different items my booth has to offer!

A view of one side of my card rack

This is my checkout station

This is one end of my booth that featured my mug gifts

Another front view of my booth where I had some sticky note holders and junior legal pads

A further away view of the front of my booth

This is an overall view of the other side of my booth, where I had my double notepad holders, cider and cocoa envelopes, nugget tins and nugget packs, and mini composition notebooks

A closer view of my earrings
Overall, I did a lot better at this craft show than the last.  As with my last update, I do not disclose numbers or sales, but there was a lot more traffic at this show.  I made a good chunk more than last time, so I am overall very happy with that.

I do still have quite a bit of stuff left, just due to the fact that I started with SO much stuff!  I have purged all the fall stuff out, and my mom is going to use that stuff as Thanksgiving gifts for her coworkers and friends.

I have one last show of the season coming up on December 5th at a mall in town.  I am going to make some more nugget tins, but other than that, I am probably not going to make anything else.  I don't have a lot of space to store my extra stuff.  We do have a storage unit, but it is not temperature controlled, and now that it is basically winter here in Wisconsin, I fear that the adhesive isn't going to be strong enough to make it!  I am hoping to get rid of most of what I have left, and will probably use the rest as gifts and such.

I hope you guys enjoyed this update and I will do another one after my next show!  Thanks for stopping by!

love and hugs,

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tuesday Tutorial: Tags with Pretty Pink Posh

Hi everyone!  I hope you are having a great week so far!  Today I am here to share a rough draft of some tags I am making for nugget gifts for Paulina, who is the owner of Pretty Pink Posh.  She has amazing sequins, dies, embellishments, and now she has stamps!  Go check her out here.  She wanted to send some treats out to her retailers and asked for my help in making some nugget tins and nugget packs.  I made two different versions for her to choose from.

DISCLAIMER:  This project is not sponsored by Pretty Pink Posh, all products used were purchased with my own money.

The first set of tags I made using some mint green paper.  For the nuggets I am using the Doodlebug Frosty Friends collection, and this green went great with it.  These tags would not have any coloring, just stamping.

The second set of tags I made using white cardstock, and colored them in with my colored pencils.  I just did a rough coloring to get an idea of how they would look.

Both sets of tags also feature sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

I'd love to know which ones you like the best!  I personally like the white tags the best, but in the end we decided to go without the tags and just do the nuggets!

I will see you guys tomorrow with an update on my craft show from this past Saturday!

love and hugs,

Weekly Deals 11.24.15 - 11.30.15

Every Tuesday I will be posting the new weekly deals with Stampin' Up! The Weekly deals are only good for that week (Tuesday through the following Monday) when new deals start! This is a great way to stock up on some items and get other items at discounted prices! Also be sure to check out the Clearance Rack for more deals!

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love and hugs,

Monday, November 23, 2015

Happy Mail Monday: Stampin' Up! Pre Order!

Hi everyone!  I'm so excited to share today's video with you!  I finally got in the rest of my pre-order from the new Occassions catalog starting in January!  I say "finally" like I've been waiting forever, it has only been a week, LOL!  There is some super cute stuff in this new catalog and I am so happy to share it with you!  I ordered everything that we were able to order, and the pre order for the remaning of the catalog opens at the beginning of December, so I will be ordering then for sure!

Be sure to watch the video for a close up view off all the pretty items!  Here is a photo of my boxes of of the boxes is all extras!

As I mentioned in my video, I have extras of everything!  You'll want to make sure you comment on my videos and my blogs, you never know when there might be a secret giveaway!  I have a full heart, especially around the holidays!  I'd love to know what your favorite is!

love and hugs,

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Online Extravaganza with Stampin' Up!

Hey everyone!  Exciting news!  Stampin' Up! is having an Online Extravaganza sale starting tomorrow, November 23rd through November 30th!  You won't want to miss this!  There will be 2 great flash sales, and deals up to 50% off!

You can view all of the great deals here.

I just have a few things to point out for you:

  • The sale starts Monday, November 23rd, and ends Monday, November 30th.
  • There will be 2 flash sales!  1 will be on the first day, November 23rd and the other will be on the last day, November 30th.  The flash sales are good for that day only!  Be sure to check it out, the deals will sell out quick!
  • There will be some Paper Pumpkin Kits and Refill Kits available.  Normally, these are only available for those who subscribe to Paper Pumpkin.  But that is not the case with the Online Extravaganza!  This would be a great gift, or an awesome way to try out Paper Pumpkin!
  • There are going to be some bundles available - please make sure you use the bundle code.  If you use the individual item numbers, you will not get the bundle price.
  • Products not included in the sale may also be purchased together in the same order.
  • There are some photopolymer sets available during this sale that are not listed in the catalog, they are online, so be sure to check there to see what those look like.
Happy shopping!  I hope you are able to get a few people crossed off your list with this sale, and can pick something up for yourself as well!

Head on over to my store to start shopping on November 23rd!

love and hugs,

A Look In My Planner: 11.16.15 - 11.22.15

Happy Sunday everyone!  I am back with another planner video - it has been a little while!  This week's planner spread make me so happy!  Rainbow!  I go through each of the stickers in a little detail in my video, and under the video I will share a few photos and links to all the shops where my stickers are from!


I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at my planner this week, I'd love to see yours!  I'll see you tomorrow for some super fun happy mail!

love and hugs,

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Stamp Saturday: Fall/Thanks Tree Card

Hi everyone, happy Saturday!  Right now I am at one of my local high schools doing my second craft show of the season!  I'm so glad I was able to find enough time this week to get videos done and posted so you guys still have something to watch, and hopefully some inspiration!

Today's card is a card I made using the CASE (Copy And Share Everything) method, from one of my sideline team members, Christina!  I made mine a little different, but was loving these fall colors!  This stamp set, Sheltering Tree, is also one of my favorite stamp sets ever!  I've been using this card as one of the make and takes for my workshops for November, and people have been loving these for fall thank you cards.  The tutorial is here, and I will post photos down below with all the dimensions!

Very Vanilla:
4 1/8 x 5 3/8
4 x 5 1/4

Cherry Cobbler:
4 1/4 x 5 3/8

Pumpkin Pie:
4 1/8 x 5 3/8

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you love this card!  All the products I used are linked below, directly to my store!  Happy Crafting!

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love and hugs,

Friday, November 20, 2015

Foto Friday: Shedd Aquarium Layout

Happy Friday everyone!  I hope you have some crafty plans for this weekend!  Today I have a super quick Stampin' Up! Project Life layout!  This layout goes along with another video I did back in September of the Chicago Sykyline.  Today's is all about the Shedd Aquarium!  I used the Happy Times collection and loved how this turned out!

I already put this in my scrapbook and love how quick I am getting photos scrapbooked!  I just had 4000 photos printed, so I better get moving!

How far behind are you on your scrapbooking?  I don't think I'll ever catch up!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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love and hugs,

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Technique Thursday: Winter Igloo Card!

Happy Thursday everyone!  I hope you are all doing great!  I have the next 4 days off, so I sure am happy about that!  I have a super cute winter card to share with you today!  I got inspiration for this card from a card swap I received at the Stampin' Up! OnStage event that I attended last Saturday.  So I thought I'd try my hand at making this cutie card!

Here is the video tutorial!  There isn't too much for measuring, it is overall a pretty simple card.  I love how this turned out and I might have to make more!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  The products are listed down below, and you can click on the product to purchase directly from my store!  Please let me know if you have any questions!

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love and hugs,

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Whatever Wednesday: Craft Fair Booth!

Hi everyone!  I know this is the video that a lot of you have been anxiously waiting for!  I had originally planned on filming an add-on to this video with a little recap, but since I am doing another show in just a short few days, I didn't have time to compile all the results and crunch the numbers for you guys!  I'm so sorry!  I thought I would just share some close up photos of my booth with you and just point out a few things.  I will do another one of these posts after my next show!  The video here is the video from my booth the morning of the craft show after we finished getting everything all set up.

Below I will share some up close photos of my booth with a caption of what I have going on in the photo.

This is one corner of my booth featuring the nugget packs and tins

The same corner from a little further away

This is the other side of my booth where my card rack is, then I had several baskets with mini composition notebooks, jr. legal pads, and double notepad holders

This is one end of my table that I put my mug gifts.  I got these small white shelves at Fleet Farm to display and add some height

This is one side of my booth looking down the long side of the table.  This side had mug gifts, earrings, sticky note holders, and nugget packs and tins

This is the other corner of my booth, which has a rack for my double notepad holders and my cocoa/apple cider packs

This is looking into my booth from the aisle

Another photo of this corner of my booth after I had all my signs put up and candy out!

Another look at the other corner

A closer photo of the back of my booth with my sign
Overall, I think I did really well!  I am really not comfortable talking numbers with everyone.  My original plan was to tell you how many of each thing I started with and how many I have left so you guys could sort of figure out what things might work for you if you are trying to plan your booth.  Since I didn't have time to go back through and inventory everything again, I will just share some general thoughts with you.

As far as how much I made, that is not something I am sharing publicly, but after I put into account how much money I received that day, minus my start up money and minus my booth rental, I made a decent amount of money that I was happy with.

I did end up with a lot more left over than I thought I would, and there were some things that didn't sell as good as I thought they would.  My earrings, specifically my Packers earrings, which I thought would sell like hot cakes, did not!  Also the nugget tins and nugget packs didn't sell as quickly as I thought either.

I did not sell very many cards, which was very surprising to me as well.  I did have to consider that there was a booth not far from me selling cards for $1.50.  Some people that I knew commented and said they looked and her cards weren't as cute as mine, but I had to accept that people were probably buying her cards that were half the price of mine.  I considered lowering the price of my cards, but I feel that $3 for a handmade card is very reasonable.  I also had a deal going that the cards were either $3 or 4 for $10.

I did take into account that I did make A LOT of stuff.  I knew I wasn't going to get wiped out,  but I always like to prepare and have more than I need.

With all that being said, I was on the waitlist for another show (the one I am doing this Saturday) and just hoped I could get into that one to try to sell more of my items.  I have also registered for another show on December 5th at a local mall, which I haven't heard from yet, but am hoping to get into that to get through most of this stock.  That is the last show I will be able to do for the holiday season.  I'll keep you updated with how the remaining shows go.

I hope you all enjoyed hearing about my craft show experience, and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

love and hugs,

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tuesday Tutorial: Snowflake Christmas Card

Hi everyone!  I hope you are all doing well and are starting to get your Christmas Crafty on!  I came up with a simple card design I could use for my Christmas cards this year that is easy to mass produce, but is still beautiful!  Here is a link to the video tutorial!  I've done a tutorial on this technique in the past, but I love it so much I wanted to share it again!

All of the products used in this video are linked at the end, so feel free to purchase them to make this card too!  Here are all the dimensions for the layers:

Whisper White:
5 1/4 x 4
4 1/4 x 3
3 1/4 x 2

Blushing Bride:
5 1/2 x 4 1/4
4 1/2 x 3 1/4
3 1/2 x 2 1/4

I layered all of these onto a card base of Whisper White Thick Cardstock that measures 5 1/2 x 11, scored at 4 1/4.

I hope you enjoyed this video, and I'd love to see your versions of this card!

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love and hugs,

Weekly Deals 11.17.15 - 11.23.15

Every Tuesday I will be posting the new weekly deals with Stampin' Up! The Weekly deals are only good for that week (Tuesday through the following Monday) when new deals start! This is a great way to stock up on some items and get other items at discounted prices! Also be sure to check out the Clearance Rack for more deals!

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love and hugs,

Monday, November 16, 2015

Stampin' Up! Occassions and Sale-A-Bration Info!

Hey everyone!  I have some really exciting news!  I am here to share a sneak at the new Occassions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Brouchure for Stampin' Up! that start on January 5th, 2016!  There are some great products that you don't want to miss!  All I can share with you right now is the covers of the catalog and brochure, but I have some pre-order items coming soon that I will share with you as soon as I have them in my hot little hands!

Here is the cover of the new Occassions Catalog that is effective from January 5th, 2015 through May 31st, 2015.  This catalog features so many great product suites, including birthday, love, spring/florals, travel, masculine, and so much more!  I cannot wait to share some of the goodies inside with you!

And here is the cover of the Sale-A-Bration Brochure!  You won't want to miss out on this event, with so many ways to earn FREE stuff!

The rest of these pictures are photos from Stampin' Up!'s OnStage event that I attended in Milwaukee, WI.  I will share more with you as soon as I can!

One of the projects I made with some new products!

Another project made with some new products!

A fun picture of me and a few of my amazing team mates!

My name badge and achievement ribbons for OnStage!

2 of the projects we made with new products!

Some of the swaps from attending demonstrators - can you find mine?!

I also have one annoucment for those of you who were dabbling in joining my Stampin' Up! team!  When you join during the Sale-A-Bration promotion, you get extra product in your starter kit!  Please contact me today and we can talk about how great Stampin' Up! is and how much it has changed my life!

I will be back soon to share some more new product with you once I get my pre-order items and I will be making projects soon with them!

love and hugs,

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Weekly Deals 11.10.15 - 11.16.15

Every Tuesday I will be posting the new weekly deals with Stampin' Up! The Weekly deals are only good for that week (Tuesday through the following Monday) when new deals start! This is a great way to stock up on some items and get other items at discounted prices! Also be sure to check out the Clearance Rack for more deals!

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love and hugs,

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Weekly Deals 11.3.15 - 11.9.15

Every Tuesday I will be posting the new weekly deals with Stampin' Up! The Weekly deals are only good for that week (Tuesday through the following Monday) when new deals start! This is a great way to stock up on some items and get other items at discounted prices! Also be sure to check out the Clearance Rack for more deals!

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love and hugs,