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crate paper heart day collection

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It may not even be Thanksgiving yet but the new Valentine’s Day collections are already starting to roll in! Up first is the Crate Paper Heart Day collection!!!

It is soooo stinkin’ cute! There are some really great papers and embellishments that can be used all year around and definitely some that are Valentine’s specific.

I tend to not go for collections or products with cutesy imagery …. lovey dovey collections are the exception to that rule.

This collections has the most adorable heart shaped strawberries, I swoon! And can we talk about the cacti … emoji puffy hearts … and sickly sweet cupcakes? Let’s take a look at these too cute for words products.

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Here is an overview of the papers but I wanted to point out a couple of my all time favorites.

My Love: This paper is adorable on both sides (all the more reason to order 2) I just love the irregular dot pattern over the blush hearts. The B side is the most adorable cactus pattern ever.

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Sweethearts: This fringe paper is soo cute. I love that it gives the look of dimension without adding any bulk to your projects.

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Lovely: This has to be my favorite! It is very reminiscent of a Studio Calico paper I received in a kit that I just couldn’t get enough of. I love the fresh take on a stripe by adding the dot pattern.

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And my favorite embellishments have to be the puffy stickers and the 12×12 chipboard.

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So much cuteness!!! Please check out the video below showing the products in much more detail. The product images below are affiliate links and I greatly appreciate the clicks 🙂 Just click on the image and shop away! Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

*** www.simonsaysstamp.com has a $5.00 off coupon code HARVEST good thru November 27, 2016.


open box: hallmark scrapbook

I recently discovered Hallmark Scrapbook and placed my first order. Below are the links to the products and a video showing them, and what I plan to do with them, in detail. I always enjoy finding new places online, especially because I do not have any local stores that sell these products.

I wanted to share my overall thoughts on the experience of ordering from Hallmark Scrapbook:

The website is super user friendly and aesthetically pleasing.

They have great prices.

Many of the newest cardmaking products.

They have an affiliate program, which is awesome.

It seems to be more focused on cardmaking which is interesting given the name is Hallmark Scrapbook. I noticed very little scrapbooking supplies, and minimal if any 12×12 paper.

This is not a store for the embellishment shopper, they mainly carry, in my opinion, stamps, dies, tools, cardstock. That being said, they have a wonderful selection of those items and I loved that I could get the latest Lawn Fawn releases and the Neenah Desert Storm cardstock I needed. Most of the time those items would have to come from different places.

I did notice many of the new products were sold out fairly quickly, specifically the newest Altenew and WPlus9 releases. My suggestion would be to get to their website quickly after new releases so as not to miss them.

Shipping is $9.99 or free for order over $99.00, I found that to be a but high but most if not all of the products on their site are discounted so I would imagine it works out to be about retail in the end. Note: the free shipping option is USPS or FedEx and shipped very quickly.

All in all I would definitely recommend checking out Hallmark Scrapbook especially for you cardmakers or stampers. I have not had to deal with their customer service but I will keep you posted if and when I ever need to.

Thanks so much for stopping by and please check out the products linked below and the video.

 

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youtube video hop 2016

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Hey guys! I am super excited to share with you today a really cool little adventure. I am participating in a fabulous YouTube Hop hosted by the lovely and talented Jenn Gallacher. Some of you made have heard of her or seen her videos, if not you should totally check her out. There are also some great other crafty girls participating, and I have to say, I am super honored to be in such awesome company, these are some rockstar life documenters.

Below is a list of all the videos to hop along to, make sure to check them all out, leave a little love, and subscribe so you don’t miss any of their videos!

Kate Kennedy

Cathie Rigby

Jennie McGarvey

Tonya Gibbs

Becki Adams 

Jen Gallacher

Céline Navarro 

Here is the layout I created for the hop and the video will be below as well as links to the supplies used! I hope y’all have a great time hopping along and enjoy the videos. Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

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DIY holiday Gift Wrap & Home decor

One of my most favorite things about the holidays is fun DIY projects. This includes everything from home decor to custom gift wrap. I never realized how super simple (and inexpensive) it is to stamp on regular postal kraft paper and turn it into something beautiful. For this box, I used a layered wreath stamp set. I find that stamps set like this one make the gift wrap look very finished and professional. They are several different companies that make layered stamp sets both for the holidays and all year around. I would recommend using pigment ink when stamping on kraft paper because it sits on top of the paper and doesn’t soak into the paper like dye ink, I have found in my experience that the colors stay more vibrant and true. I especially like the pigment inks from Avery Elle and Colorbox Pigment Petals. I have also used some StazOn to stamp on a simple white gift bag and Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink to stamp on a kraft bag. Make sure to watch the video below to see just how I created these projects.

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Next up are some 2 minute pillow boxes perfect for gift cards. Simply pick your favorite pattern paper, run through your die cutting machine, and add some simple embellishment. For these I used a Lawn Fawn die, Sizzix Big Shot, and paper from American Crafts.

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Lastly, I wanted a fun canvas to add to our mantel this year and decided to make it using a cut file and the Silhouette Cameo. I picked two images and paired them together then cut using some gold foil card stock. I also cut the images from vinyl and preferred those results and would recommend that instead of card stock because you don’t have to add glue to vinyl! Huge bonus! 🙂 Once adhered to a plain 12×12 canvas, you end up with this adorable addition to your holiday home decor.

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I hope you have enjoyed a look at some of my holiday projects. There is a video and links to some of the products used below. Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

illustrated faith

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Hey guys, today I wanted to share some really fun new stamps & devotional cards from Illustrated Faith. I was so delighted to receive this bundle of goodies from Shanna and just had to share. Don’t get me wrong, I adore the stamps and devotional cards but the let’s not forget about all the thought and design that goes into the packaging.

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I chose to paint all over the scripture in my Bible and to write my notes and thoughts in a separate notebook. I used a simple notebook (from Michaels $1 bin) and added a fun sticker from one of the stamps packaging. I have two of these one for New Testament and one for Old Testament. I just love them.

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Here is a little peek into my Bible and how I illustrate it.

Below is a video showing the new products available over at the Illustrated Faith Etsy Shop as well as some direct links.

Thanks so much for stoping by and I hope you enjoy this post.

PinkFresh Studio Happy Things & Giveaway

Hey y’all, I have a super fun product share video and giveaway for you today! PinkFresh Studio recently released their second paper crafting collection called Happy Things. It is available in several places but make sure to keep an eye on the Blitsy Daily Events (they have great prices). I absolutely love this line with super fun, fresh colors, graphics, and products. In particular, there are a couple of papers that I can’t wait to work with.

Balloons:

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Doodle Borders:

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Some interesting embellishments are the Wood Veneer Stickers and the Rubber Charms.

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I hope you will check out this fun collection!

(closed 8/15/15) GIVEAWAY: I will be giving away two product from the collection. The giveaway is open internationally and will run for one week, ending on Saturday August 15th at midnight CST.

Giveaway Requirements:

        1. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel.

2. Leave a comment below telling us what your ‘Happy Thing’ is. It can be anything!

Here are the products I am giving away …

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Please check out the video and product links below 🙂

but … it’s soo pretty youtube hop

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Hey y’all I cannot tell you how flippin’ excited I am to bring you this awesome, amazing, fantabulous YouTube/Blog Hop!!!

Why is it called a YouTube/Blog Hop?

Well, most of us are video makers and we know y’all love watching videos so you can hop along to our respective YouTube channels and enjoy tons of inspiration, and we also have some awesome blogs mixed in there for your reading pleasure. 

Now, the fun part … what is this hop all about?

The challenge is called “But … it’s so pretty!” the idea is to take that item that we all have in our stash, that you have been hoarding, you know the one I am talking about. We all have that one piece of paper or pack of embellishments that we look at, on the regular, and think to ourselves ‘its soo pretty’ then put it back and don’t use it … because … ‘it’s so pretty.’ This challenge is designed to make us use those beautiful things. I mean cut it up, glue it down, paint over it, whatever you want but get that gorgeous thing incorporated in a project. It can be any sort of project you like, card, layout, project life, mini album, whatever floats your boat, just USE IT 🙂

Why participate?

Besides all of the awesome videos and hours of inspiration … there are some MAJOR giveaway prizes.

How do I win?

Giveaway Rules:

1. Must complete the hop!

2. Leave a comment on THIS blog post. Think about the item you would choose for this challenge and tell us who’s video represented your ‘but it’s so pretty’ product. **Also please include in your comment what country you are in for the purposes of the giveaways.

3. If you participate in the challenge and post a photo to the gallery http://new.inlinkz.com/luwpview.php?id=515146  or click the icon below, and you get and extra entry.

4. If you post a video, leave a comment on THIS blog post with a link to the video and you get an extra entry.

5. It is not required but we hope you subscribe to all the channels you visit.

6. All entries must be completed by Midnight Central Standard Time on May 17, 2015.

**There a several giveaway prizes. The product prizes will be for United States shipping only and the Gift Cards will be open internationally as long as the retailer ships internationally.

***I want to let everyone know that I have invited the girls who helped me with this hop by making videos to have one entry into the giveaway prizes. They have been so sweet to do this I feel it is only fair.

So what do I win?

Funny you should ask 🙂 Here is a little list of the possible goodies you could win:

Freckled Fawn  $15.00 Gift Certificate

Clique Kit $25.00 Gift Certificate

Paper Issues $20.00 Gift Certificate

Pretty Pink Posh $25.00 Gift Certificate

Pink Fresh Studio April Embellishment Kit

My Scraps & More $15.00 Gift Certificate and 25% off you order on May 4,2015 only, use coupon code: KRAFTINKATE25

Devon’s Scrapbook Sale product prize package

The Ink Road $25.00 Gift Certificate

Scrapbook and More $25 Gift Certificate

And last but not least I am going to ship a box full of some of my favorite things to one winner (USA only)!!!

*Please note: NOT all of these prizes are going to be given away on this blog post, 2 (two) of them are HIDDEN along the way!!! Make sure to watch all the videos and visit the blogs!

Thank you so much for stopping by. I really hope you have fun with this challenge and good luck!!!!!

YouTube Blog Hop: START HERE!!!

Kate Kennedy

Ashley Laura 

Patty Sandberg 

Shawna Webster 

Irit Landgraf 

Amanda O’Banion 

Maggie Mylow

Tiffany Westbrook 

Sarah Swann 

Melovebono 

Robin Voak 

Tuesdee Hubbard 

Auntie Re Creates 

Tiffany O’Grady 

Di Valenz 

Cheri Scrappinnwrappin 

Oh Snap Gonzo 

Tracy Banks

Click icon below to add your projects to the gallery!!!

We know there are a lot of videos to watch so you have 2 weeks to watch and comment and submit projects (if you like). Thanks again so much!!!!

A super huge thank you for those who sponsored giveaway prizes. It means so much to have your support. Make sure to check out all the fabulous stores!!!

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