Holiday Catalog 2015

Hi guys! I’m sorry I haven’t had a chance to check in the past couple days. Somehow I ended up with 3 sick littles at once. No fun!

I’ve managed to sneak away for a bit though, and I’m using this valueable moment to share the launch of Stampin’ Up!’s holiday catalog. It actually launched yesterday, but you guys forgive me for being late, right? Check it out, enjoy it, love it! If you’re interested in having a catalog of your own to physically flip through let me know and I can pop one in the mail for ya. I personally love having an actual catalog! Then I can take notes and mark my wish list items 😉 Click on the image below for a link to my website where you can browse all of Stampin’ Up!’s product and the new catalog.

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Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Order

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My first order is here!! It actually came on Thursday, but I’ve been bogged down in chores and work since then. This is my first chance to share with you guys. I stalked tracked my package until it arrived, and when it finally got here I was beyond excited! As I was opening the box the Littles were oooh and aahhh-ing with me. Little D even said, “So this is what Christmas for grown ups looks like” LOL

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Look at all that awesomeness!! I got all of this for $99. That’s all it costs to become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, and you can customize your kit with any Stampin’ Up! product you want. You can go HERE to find out more about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

After opening everything up and putting it away I took a minute to make some quick cards using each of my new stamp sets and punches. (The Pictures aren’t great, but you get the idea.) I’ve put a supply list for each card directly below them, and will continue to do this for all my projects so that you can order your own product and create along with me.

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Paper Pumpkin

I LOOOVE Paper Pumpkin!!! I mean, I really love Paper Pumpkin! Let me tell you a little something about it, because I know you’re going to love it too!

Paper pumpkin is this cool little box that shows up in your mailbox on a monthly basis. Inside this cute little box is a whole lot of fun! Easy, open-up-the-box-and-have-fun, kind of fun. Everything you need to create a project is in the box. Here’s a picture of what came in my August Paper Pumpkin.

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Isn’t that just the coolest thing since sliced bread?? There were 3 projects in one box this month. Talk about getting a bang for your buck! I have to say that so far I have loved all of the projects and haven’t felt the need to deviate much, but that’s the beauty of it! You can 100% make it your own!! I’ve been all over Pinterest and other blogs seeing some really cute stuff created with Paper Pumpkin materials. For my August Paper Pumpkin I stuck to the “hello” sentiment because these are super adorable and perfect to give to my new table group at church next week. I also decorated the envelopes a bit.

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This is a really great way to familiarize yourself with Stampin’ UP! product. I have been crafting for a long time and have tried a lot of different product; and I can tell you that Stampin’ Up! does not disappoint when it comes to quality. The paper is amazing, their stamps are a really good quality, and everything else can’t be beat. I’m not jsut saying that guys! If I didn’t like the product I wouldn’t use it let alone promote it.

RIght now, when you sign up for Paper Pumpkin as a new customer you get your first TWO months 50% OFF!! Again, this is a great way to try out Stampin’Up! product. This would also make a really fun gift for someone crafty… or someone who wants to be crafty! lol Click on the image below to find out more and order your own little box of awesomeness!!

(Please don’t forget to mark me as your demonstrator)

Happy Monday!

Good morning! I hope you are having a wonderful start to a new week. I’m still playing a little catch up from the weekend, but other than that it’s a typical Monday around here. I’m really liking the routine we’ve settled into now that school is back in session.

Over the weekend I made a decision to become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!! How exciting and awesome is that!? If you’ve never tried Stampin’ Up! Product before you should follow this link and check it out: www.haffpint.stampinup.net. Remember when you order using that link then you’re ordering from me!

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I’m hoping to learn more techniques and tips for paper crafting. I truly enjoy crafting and love learning and trying new things. Also, the things I learn can be shared with you! So really, it’s a win-win. If you ever have any questions or anything let me know. I love hearing from you!

Here’s a picture of Little E to give you a morning dose of cuteness!

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First Day of School

Where did the last few weeks of summer go!? Seriously, I went to bed last night thinking, “I’ve got a few weeks to get everything ready for school.”. Then… BAM!! It’s time to shower, eat breakfast, brush our teeth, get in the car and “Don’t forget your lunch!” (Which we totally did, by the way! LOL).

This year I have two Littles in school. Little D will be in 6th grade and is officially one of “the big kids” on campus. I get a little choked up thinking this is her last year in elementary school.

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Little A is in Kindergarten this year. “Real, real Kindergarten” as he likes to say. I am so relieved that we were assigned a teacher I would have chosen given the option. I’m really looking forward to a fun and exciting year with Little A. They learn and grow so much in the next couple of school years!

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Ok, so because I seriously waited until the last-minute, I was up all last night making back to school goodie bags. Originally I considered making some just for Little A’s class (more shameless advertising), but to my surprise Little D requested a set of her own for her class. Then as I was putting my bags together I thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice if I made some for the office ladies as well?”. So I made those too! LOL That means I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning making 64 goodie bags!!

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I made these fun colorful bags for A’s kinder class. The toppers were cut at 4.25″x5.5″ and folded in half. My patterned polka dot paper is from DCWV Summer Stack cut at 4″x2.5″. I used a 2″ punch for the green circle and the Cricut cut the yellow circle at 1.5″ from Accent Essentials cartridge. The “Hello” stamp is from an old stamp set (can’t remember the name, but it’s old. Like time to quit that stamp set and replace it because it was also inexpensive. Know what I mean?). I used a Stampin Up! stamping spot in Cucumber Crush to ink up my sentiment. Finally, I used dimensionals to adhere the circle to the bag topper.

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These were made with the idea of doing something “basic” and “a little more grown up”. After all, we’re 6th graders now! LOL Everything was cut at the same dimensions, and “Hello” was stamped using My Pink Stamper’s “Darkest Night” Ink. A white grosgrain ribbon was used to add a little somethin-somethin.

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This last set was the simplest to make. Same dimension for the topper and “base”. The patterned paper is also from DCWV Summer Stack. I used a yellow grosgrain ribbon with little white dot accents and stamped “Have a munch-tastic day!” from My Pink Stamper’s “Lunch Box Thoughts” stamp set. I also used My Pink Stamper’s “Darkest Night” Ink pad on these goodie bags.

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Side note: Sorry for the photo quality! I took all the pictures of the goodie bags on my phone, and I desperately need a new phone…Some day! LOL

I am so glad to have kids back in school. I love having some time to relax and play with them, but as summer drew to a close I think we were all ready for a change. I’m looking forward to our new routine and schedule. I’m also feeling really blessed to have things work out in a way that’s going to allow for a little time to spend one-on-one with J and Little Ellie throughout the week.

We hit a few snags this morning with making sure we were ready to get out the door… like forgetting our lunches. LOL I have a few ideas to help make our mornings easy-peasy-lemon-squeesy though! I’ll be back to share more about that later.

I hope you all are having a wonderful day, and for those of you who had to get up early and get your littles to school today too:

WAY TO GO!! YOU DID IT, AND IT WAS AWESOME!!!

…Now, treat yourself to some Starbucks and don’t forget about pick-up 😉 LOL

Shameless Advertising

This Friday LIttle A will finish up his summer Kindergarten readiness camp. I think the experience was a really good one, and one that I am very much grateful for. Although we are super excited to have him starting Kindergarten this year I was a little worried about his transition from a “stay at home boy” to a “school boy”. Do I think he’s ready for school? Most definitely! But a little extra camp to help break the ice doesn’t hurt. With him wrapping up his camp I thought it would be nice to take some goodie bags for his camp mates. You guys know how much I love goodie bags!

This time I did something I’ve never done before. I put my business card in there! lol As a self-employed lady, I need to get all the advertising I can right? What better way then to give my card to kids who have parents who may (or may not) be looking for child care. I think it’s a great way to put my busines out there! Yes, I am using my child to help promote my business. I have no shame and will take any opportunity I can find to self promote LOL

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My goodie bag topper measures 2.5″x4″. I used green card stock for the base with a strip of patterend paper from DCWV Grade School Stack. (The strips were cut at 1.5″x4″.) The happy little pencil was cut from cartridge at 3″ and adhered using some dinemsionals. For the stamped sentiment I used My Pink Stamper‘s “Lunch Box Thoughts” and Darkest Night ink pad.

Although I love the happy little pencil it was a bit time consuming to put together! So many little pieces!! The final result is cute though, and Little A is looking forward to giving them to his friends 🙂

An Update With Lots of Photos

Why hello there, friends!! Long time no see. I am happy to report that in the time we’ve been apart I have been crafty as can be, and have also had some exciting changes around these parts. I’m going to give you guys the quickest update I can showing off my awesome (and not so awesome) photography skills.

Biggest (and best) change is the arrival of our little girl!! I could go on and on about how wonderful she is and how much we all love her, but I don’t think you really want to spend the rest of your life reading all that! LOL Seriously, though. She is AWESOME!!!

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Super Girl status kind of awesome!!!

Leading up to the arrival of this precious being we did some cleaning and organizing. You have to give it to them “nesting” hormones!! I got a lot done during that time 🙂

We started with this in the garage…. Don’t judge us!! LOL

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…. And finished with this

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After cleaning and organizing the garage with those clear bins from Target I decided to bring that same cleaning and organizing method into the house and tackled the kids’ “Activity Closet”…

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Last major cleaning and organizing project was the kids’ play room…

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It needed so much help!! I went to Ikea and purchased an Expedit shelving unit and some baskets…

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So much better!! There’s still a lot I want to do in there, but more on that later 🙂

Another big change for this family before our second little princess arrived involved making some travel room for her, so we purchased a van!! Wasn’t really sure I wanted to be one of “those” families, but hey. It is what it is…

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What do you think?? Her name is “Brianne the Van” LOL. She definitely makes us one of “those” families. See…

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Can’t even tell which one is her, can you??

Now that we fit into “that” crowd it only seemed fitting to have the boys start another season of soccer (first season for the littlest boy little)…

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Because big boys play soccer and have little sisters we also got the boy littles to start sleeping in their own bed(room)…

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There was only one thing left to do prior to the littlest princess’ arrival. A thank you card for all of our supportive friends and family members who helped us prepare for her, and celebrated in our joy…

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It’s a really simple card cut with the cricut from Baby Steps cartridge using the color scheme I settled on for my little Elizabeth.

Then came the big day…

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This was my first experience with washi tape (IDK if I used ACTUAL washi tape. Mine was a little more like “decorative tape”). I also chose to dabble a little in “hand written”. During the process a girlfriend gave me a little tip about shading letters. It goes like this…

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“Shade on all the parts where you write in a downward direction”. Can you see the difference?? (The one on the right is shaded using her wise words.)

Since our precious Ellie’s arrival we have continued to stay busy with different  activities. Like, planting a garden which involved building planter boxes out of this…

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and painting them like so…

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We’ve had so many birthday parties to attend, that I spent a night making these cards for just ONE weekend!!!…

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I could continue to show you lots of pictures of our summer adventures, but I’ll sum it up with this one of the boy littles’ shoes…

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By the way, I completely love that picture!!

All these things happened while I morphed into “The Crazy Daycare Lady” LOL. For reals, though! I am a licensed daycare provider and managed to have a new baby, organize daily projects, provide well-balanced meals,  and plan some super fun field trips without taking a single day off!! (All of which could not have happened without the support of my fantastic husband and hardworking assistant! So, to them I say, “THANK YOU!!”)

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I’m so official I have shnazzy business cards! LOL

Things are starting to slow down around these parts as we settle into having little Elizabeth around, and we gear up for another school year. This year Anthony will be starting as a Kindergartener and he is SOO excited!! Now that I’ve given myself some time to adjust and figure out how to manage this new chapter of my life I am excited to bring myself back to you guys on a (hopefully) more regular basis. I would love to hear from you all and see what’s new in your corners of the world!