Dec 18, 2012

Free Printable Christmas Tickets

I know it's been awhile since I've last popped in for a visit, but I've been so busy. Ya, I know... excuses, excuses. Well, to make up for my absence I thought I would share a Christmas printable with you all. I hope you can find a way to use them. Maybe the printables could be used to decorate Jars, like I've done HERE.

To download for printing click HERE.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas,
I would like to thank Karen of the Graphics Fairy for the use of her beautiful images.
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Nov 12, 2012

Easy Christmas Gifts: DIY Decorated Jars

As I now have about a foot of snow in my yard, maybe more... I thought it would be a good time to start sharing some Christmas projects. I guess the beauty of freshly fallen snow just gets me in that Christmas mood. The reminder that with the birth of Christ we are all offered the free gift of salvation, the opportunity to be washed whiter than snow. 
With that being said, of course Christmas is my favorite holiday to celebrate. I enjoy everything about it... meditating on what my Savior did for me, the costly price he paid for my ransom, the deepness of HIS love. I enjoy the extra time I get to spend with my God, my family , and my friends at this time of year. I look forward to the extra days off from work/ homeschooling  my husband and I will have, to just enjoy what God has blessed us with. And of course I enjoy crafting little pretties for my family and friends.  
Like these super easy decorated jars. These started as Great Value maraschino cherry jars. I washed them and removed the labels. I then used mod podge to adhere the Christmas paper and labels to the jar. Make sure to use 2-sided paper, so that what you see inside the jar looks pretty too. I used Websters pages Botanical Christmas paper. I then used a free printable Christmas label from Pioneer Women found here.
Next,  I Mod Podged the lids and rolled them in Martha Stewart's fine craft glitter. Lastly I used mod podge to adhere the labels to the top of the lid. 
Once the jars are dry, add your favorite snack. I filled mine with chocolate covered cinnamon bears. Yum. 
These were so much fun to make, and I loved the results. I hope you are inspired to make something fun for your loved ones this holiday season. May we all strive to glorify God, by enjoying HIM now and forever more. 

       Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow
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Nov 2, 2012

Free Printable "Give Thanks" Tags

Hello, it's good to stop in for a quick visit today. I thought I would share a  printable with you all today. Seeing as how the Thanksgiving Holiday is upon us, you just might have a use for these cute tags.
"Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! "
1 Chronicles 16:8
Just something to meditate on for today, how often do we make known the deeds of God? Do we find ourselves complaining more than "giving thanks" on a daily basis? You see, if we were to focus more on "giving thanks", we would naturally find ourselves making known the deeds of God to others. I encourage you, no matter what may be going on in your life at this present moment, to take time and reflect on the goodness of God. When we pause to remember who HE is, everything else that we may be tempted to complain about, in contrast, is so small. 
To print the tags for your personal use, click HERE.

I would like to "give thanks" to:
Marisa Lerin of Pixel Scrapper (papers and overlays)
Karen of the Graphics Fairy (mum image) 

Upheld by HIS mercy,
Sustained by HIS grace,
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Oct 12, 2012

Close to My Heart, Birthdays and a Winner!

Alright, I will not delay this any longer. I know that you've been waiting to find out who the winner of the My Memories V.3 is..... CONGRATULATIONS! Marianne Fisher. I hope you enjoy creating with your new software! I can't wait to see what you come up with!
In recent news, I received my order this week from a company called Close to My Heart, and I loved it. This is what I ordered:
Canvas badge buttons
irresistibles lots of dots
clear acrylic cards
basic mini ink pads

Once I tore open the box, I could not wait to use my new toys. So, considering that I had four birthdays this week, I decide to get right to work making a birthday card.
I started with the clear acrylic card as my base and My Minds Eye Paper. If you've never made a card using acrylic, I encourage you to give it a try, it's so pretty, and unique. I used the mini ink pads to distress my paper, and they are the best inks I've ever used! I am not compensated in any way for saying that, I truly like this ink, and it will probably be the ink I buy for all of my future projects.

I fussy cut the butterfly from the patterned My Minds Eye Paper, then glued it to a chipboard butterfly from my stash that I had inked. Then adhered 3 pearls from my stash. The Happy Birthday lettering is from The Girls Paperie sticker pad.  The tan lace trim I ordered from a daily deal site called Pick Your Plum... it's local, so I don't pay shipping!
The resin flower I also ordered from Pick Your Plum. The frame is from Prima Marketing.

This is the inside of the card, once again more My Minds Eye Paper, and the rub-ons are from my stash  I think they are from S.E.I.
So if you've enjoyed what you see here, I encourage you to visit the Close to My Heart web site and place an order. My friend Cheri from DJ Sundries gets credit towards her new cricket cartridge when you order. So go show her some love. :-)
Thank you for stopping by today, I hope this helps to get your creative juices flowing.
Have a great weekend, 
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Sep 28, 2012

Autumn Subway Art

I love the fall season, with all of the delicious smells, beautiful colors, and comfort food. It's a time to reflect and be thankful. With each new school year, I seem to notice more of how much has changed in my life, how much my kids have grown, and how quickly time seems to fly. Time has really seemed to go by quickly for me this year. Today is my one year blog anniversary. Yep, that's right, I began blogging one year ago today. So what better way to celebrate than to share a free printable with you!
I designed this Subway Art print using the MY Memories Suite V.3 digital scrapbook program. I have found this program to be so useful. I've used it in many ways that have nothing to do with scrapbooking, although you could use it for that too. ;-) I've used the program to create bridal shower invitations, place cards, and of course today's free printable.
Click HERE to download for printing

If you're inerested in purchasing the My Memories v.3, you may enter my affiliate code to recieve $10.00 off the purchase price!
Enter code STMMMS70145 at checkout to get $10 off.

Thank you to all who have supported me in this crazy blogging journey, you know who you are, and I truly appreciate it,
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Sep 24, 2012

Free Printable, Summer Journaling Tags

As summer has come to a close, I am still finishing up some last minute summer projects. AAAh, I know I am such a procrastinator! Yes, I confess, it's soo true. Now that my admission of guilt is out of the way, I will share what I've been working on. Some free printable tags just for you, my dear readers. :-)
So, if you're like me and have a summer project still waiting to be done, then by all means take full advatage of my procrastination and use these tags, or feel free to just stash them away until next summer. :-)

Click HERE to download tags for printing.

A special shout out to the following people for sharing your free images, so I can create. Thank you!
Karen of the Graphics Fairy ( watering can image)
Marisa Lerin of Pixel Scrapper ( papers and overlays) ( fonts)
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Sep 18, 2012

Two Cards, Same Layout

Have you ever wanted to make multiples of the same card, but did not have enough of the same papers, embellishments, ect...? This happens to me all the time, and my last round of card making was no exception. I wanted to create several of the same card, but did not have several of the same papers, ect... So, I just used the same layout, and changed it up. This is actually very fun to do, I did not have to sit and think for an hour to come up with a new design for each card, ( am I really the only one who does this? ) but I could still have fun using different papers and embellies. After all, that's my fave part of cardmaking, playing with all the fun products.

Here are two different cards using the same layout.
card # 1

and card #2
The only difference is the papers and embellishments. All papers for both cards is from My Minds Eye. The rub-ons are from my stash, and the "thank you" sentiment is a stamp that I found recently at Wal-Mart.
Thank you so much for stopping by today! I just love sharing with you all,
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Aug 14, 2012

Wedding "love" Card

Yes, it has definitely been a summer of "love" ! It has been so exciting to see people that we love come together in the sacred union of marriage. This past weekend I attended the 3rd wedding of my summer. Everything was simply beautiful! I made the happy couple a card and wanted to share it with you all today. 
This is the front of the card. I used My Minds Eye papers from the "follow your heart" be happy line. 
The black lace chipboard photo edge is from Micheal's craft store, the tulle flower is Prima Marketing, and the "love" sentiment is from Stampin Up. 
Many times I only decorate the outside of the card, but on this occasion I was inspired to decorate the inside too! This is the top part of the card as you open it. Once again it is entirely My Minds Eye papers. I fussy cut the flag banner at the top of the card from a hexagon paper. The butterfly is a rub on from my stash, and the sentiment is a chipboard sticker from Basic Grey.
And here is the bottom half of the inside. Once again I fussy cut the hexagons from the My Minds Eye patterned paper. The black swirl design is a rub-on from my stash. The chipboard frame is from Prima Marketing, and I used a Bride and Groom rub on from my stash as well.  
So that's it the entire card, I just love making cards for the special people in my life. 
Thank you so much for stopping by today,
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Jul 31, 2012

A Western Wedding

Yes, I really do remember what I say I will do... I just... sometimes don't manage to get to doing what I said I would do. Well, this is not one of those moments. :-)  I wrote in my last post that I would share details of the wedding with you all, and now I'm going to do just that. If you just so happen to be planning a western themed wedding... OH, enough already,  just let the pictures do the talking.

This is where the bride is to be married. Her brother built this entire set up...

Close up of the sign, the bride's mother made this using a wood burner. 

Close up of flowers and tulle wrapped with twine around the posts.

this is where the guests enter to sign the guestbook and leave their gifts and cards. The guest book rests on an old barrel, and a $2 burlap sack adds a touch of the rustic. 

The guest book and just look at the pen holder!

This is where the guests were to leave their cards. The bucket was purchased at Micheals craft store. Then we wrapped the bucket with tulle and twine.  The "card" sign was made using a free printable vintage frame from Prima Marketing's Facebook page. I distressed the edges with ink and used the pencil transfer technique to print the word "card"( using the font of my choice ) onto the frame image. 

Flowers placed in Mason Jars at each table for the reception. Each jar is wrapped with vintage seam binding, and set on a paper doily. I thought that this added such a charming touch to the wedding. 

Tin cans were used to hold the "Wedding Wishes" tags. Each guest could write a message for the bride!
The tags are a free printable found here. A piece of twine was tied through the top of each tag. The tin cans were just old soup cans, wrapped with tulle and twine. Then the happy couple's brand was added for a final touch.

Let's not forget the cake... isn't it beautiful? ! A very good friend of the bride made this cake for her!

I love the idea of flower filled glasses between each tier! 

This was such a beautiful day and a beautiful wedding. May their marriage be a union that will bring honor and glory to God for all of their days. :-) I was so privileged to have been there. 

If you've missed anything:

Thank you for stopping by,
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Jul 24, 2012

Wedding Memories Vintage Chipboard Album

I'm sure that I don't need to state the obvious when I say that It's been a long time since my last post.   It has been a very busy yet memorable summer. I've just recently finished up the planning of the wedding of my dear friend. I was so honored that she asked me to be her wedding coordinator! I will post some pictures soon of some the wedding design ideas in hopes that you will be able to use them. 
I have also replaced my camera with something much better. After much research and deliberation, we finally  purchased the Canon SX40 HS 12.1MP Digital Camera with 35x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch Vari-Angle Wide LCD. So far, I'm loving it! 
Now I'm able to once again photograph my crafty endeavors to share with you all. 
I'm so excited to share with you the chipboard album I put together for the bride and groom as a wedding gift. 
For the entire album, I used K&Company Ancestry 12-by-12-Inch Paper Pad, Chipboard letters, and Jewel. The flower is from Prima marketing. 

The first page of the album features K and Company paper, and chipboard sticker. The rub on and pearls are from my stash. 
This page is also K and Company paper with 7 gypsies embellishments. 
This happily ever after page is once again K and Company papers, and Prima marketing flower and tile.
Once again K and company paper is used here, and a Prima Marketing flower. I used a birdcage tag from The Girls Papery and a rub-on sentiment from my stash. The chipboard swirl is also from my stash, I inked it using Tim Holtz distress ink, then spritzed it with glitter mist, then adhered 3 small pearls from my stash. 
Everything on this page is from K and Company, with the exception of the flower, it's from Prima Marketing. Can you tell that I enjoy their products? :-)
Yes, this page is all K and Company paper, chipboard sticker, and jewels.  The flowers are from Prima Marketing.Prima 543693 Sugar Plum Roses Flower Embellishments, Cinnamon
The small doily is from Micheals craft store. I used a brad from MME for the center of the doily.
I'll just let you guess what I used on this page. ( hint: it's the same as all the rest) I did use an old Stampin Up stamp for the "love" sentiment at the bottom of this page. 
For the last page, I used a chipboard flor de lis that I found in the dollar bins at Micheals craft store. I inked it using Tim Holtz distress ink, and then sprayed it with glitter mist. Everything else on this page is from K and Company. 

Remember that it's in the small details that really make an album; machine stitching, distressed edges, embellishments... All put together to show your love for another. 
Thank you for stopping by today,
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