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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Get some of your money back

Edit: Big Crumbs closed its doors. Link removed.
          I was contacted a similar organization that pays you back, but you can choose to give the credit
          to a charitable organization. I have not used this site yet, but I plan to check into it soon. Here
           is the site: Giving Assistant

I don't know about you, but I have already started doing a bit of my holiday shopping. Much of what I purchase I buy online. If you're interested in a way to get some of that money that you spend on the stuff you buy online back, you gotta check these two sites out:


Both sites offer rebates back when you visit their site first, then follow their link to the site where you want to buy your items. Many times I will fill up my shopping cart first (because I forget) and right before I finalize the checkout process I double check the two sites to see who has the best rebate.

Ebates sends me a check each quarter. Big Crumbs deposits my rebates directly to my PayPal account.

I don't shop a LOT but I am finding that I am shopping more and more online. The rebates aren't huge but they do add up. If nothing else, they reimburse some of the shipping costs. So, I think it's worth it.

I'd love if you would use my links in this post. I get a referral "bonus."

Thanks for stopping bye! Happy shopping!

Friday, September 6, 2013


I know it's been a while since I blogged. It is not that I haven't been crafting. It's more about the fact that life has kept me busy. I take pictures of my crafts in hopes of being able to hop on the computer and blog a bit.... then the pictures get filed and the post doesn't happen. Oh well.

I made this little hand out several months ago for a friend of mine who wanted to give these to the young women she taught. The lesson was on modesty.

The quote reads, "What you put on your body 'talks.' And everyone who sees you 'hears' what you're saying."  Here in the AZ desert modesty can be a real issue. Especially when it's over a hundred degrees outside and the last thing you want to do is put clothing on, if you know what I mean.

I drew the shape and cut them out using SCAL and then used my printer to print the quote on to each dress. We cut them out in several colors (purple, blue, yellow, pink) but for some reason I only seem to have a picture of the pink. (Hmm...?) Then I tied a bit of ribbon around each. And Voila!

That's it for tonight. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Thanks for the link SugarDoodle!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Pedal Pusher ... baby gift

I have had a lot of fun playing with my new stamp set: PaperTreyInk's Pedal Pusher. Here is the first card I've made using the set... (ink: PTI - Smokey Shadow; Recollections - Horizon; StudioG - yellow)
The cute little bear comes from WaltzingMouse's Half Pint Heroes Additions. (ink: Memento - Black; colored with Copics)
The plaid pattern also came from WaltzingMouse: Gingham & Co. (ink: PTI - Smokey Shadow)
I created the sentiment on my computer and printed it directly onto the card stock after I stamped the plaid pattern onto it.
The colors were inspired by the clothes I found for the baby. While I wasn't able to make the gift, I was happy I had time to make a cut file for the bicycle and wheels so that I could layer the stamped image onto the card.

Hope you're having a great day! Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Parade Ribbons

Happy Independence Day for those of you in the USA! I live in a little suburb and we don't have a city sponsored 4th of July parade, but a friend of mine gathers all the neighbors together and we encourage the kids to decorate their bikes, scooters, skateboards, ATVs, golf carts.....and we have our own little parade down the main street that runs through the housing development. The kids have a great time. The parents cheer. It's all good! And with all of the American flags out lining the drive it's very festive!
 I offered to make some ribbons to give out to the kids. And then I got sick. And I forgot. So on Monday I knew I had to get a move on so that I didn't disappoint.
 I kept the design simple but changed up the color patterns a bit so each one is completely unique.
 I used some of the new WaltzingMouse USA 1776 stamps to add details to a few.
 And on others I kept them plain and used a small star punch to add extra detail.
I kept the bling to a minimum since some of the recipients would be boys. But I had to add a little sparkle. So I just applied dots of glitter using my Stickles.

Easy peasy. Kids loved them. Minimal expense... just five pieces of card stock, some glue, ink and glitter. All adding up to a big impact.

Hope you're having a fabulous day! Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Voyager Organizer

Contrary to what my blog may say I have been busy, busy, busy. Swimming and summer movies with my son, preparing for family coming to visit, staying cool in the Arizona heat, recovering from random summer flu bug, ..... So much fun to have, so little time to blog.
I've got a fantastic project to show you today. When Kathy of Paper Phenomenon shared her Voyager Organizer a few weeks ago I knew I had to make one.
How cool is this??!!!  Isn't it fab? Kathy's original design has doors that close over the divided top section but I knew that I once I filled this beauty up it would all be spilling out of the top. So, I opted to leave the doors off.
 Don't you just love it?! Forgive me for geeking out over it. I am kind of a dork when it comes to fabulous office supplies and organizers. {don't judge} Check out Kathy's website to learn how you to can make one of these ... or maybe you would be interested in one of her creative album designs. Really,... it's worth your time.

Edit: from time to time links change because the sites they point to are changed. As of this writing, the most current link for Kathy's tutorial is found HERE.

That's it for today. Hope you are having a terrific summer.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Teacher Album 2013

Are your kiddies out of school? Mine is. His last day of school was last week. We've already started swimming lessons and summer movies and super fun play days with friends. Today's post is the gift I gave my son's teacher.  I participated in the group gift for the teacher, but decided to do a personal gift as well.
Once again, I used Kathy's All Occasions mini album tutorial to create this album, but this time I adjusted the size of the finished album (and the interior pages) from the original 6 1/2" x 8 1/2" to 5" x 7". Once I worked out all the sizes differentials and wrote them all down so that I could easily refer back to them as I made each page, I was off and running. The album came together rather quickly, which was good since I only had a couple days to make the gift.
See below for all the interior pages... I literally ran out the door almost as soon as I finished the album to take it to my son's sweet teacher. Red and yellow play a staring role in this album since those are her favorite colors...

Inside the album, as part of the gift... I know how much the teachers like something from the students... I put a funny pic of my son that was taken during one of their in-class activities:
Yup... that's my silly monkey of a son. :)  I can't believe he's just finished 2nd grade!. My baby is growing up.
Well, that's it for me. Hope you have a terrific day!
Thanks for visiting.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Grad Album 2013

A friend of mine has a daughter that is graduating from high school. I helped her put together the picture collage that was sent out to her family and friends with her announcement. She even presented me with one along with an after-graduation-party invite. I was so touched, I made her a little gift...
I used Kathy's All Occasions mini album idea but cut it down by a couple pages since I knew I didn't have enough time to make the whole thing. (When all was said and done I made 6 full and 3 mini pages instead of the 8 full and 3 mini pages in the original album tutorial.)
I also added some fun personalized charms to hang on the cover. And there are lots of pockets and pull-out tags/mats to add pictures and journaling to. Feel free to scroll through the pictures below.

I LOVE how it turned out... very bright and colorful. with plenty of spaces to add her memories. Her mom has already emailed me to tell me how much she loves it too. {which makes me smile!}

Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

May Flowers

Long time no blog,eh?  Yeah. Life got busy after spring break. We had a Shark report to write and create a display for (I say we because, well, as much as the homework is my son's I usually need to lend a hand in one way or another), we planted flowers and vegetables (Cub Scouts fun!), and we made a quick trip to southern California to visit family (and Disneyland, of course!).  It's no wonder the months of April and May are a blur in my mind.

I made a fun rose magnet for my church friends this month. It seemed to go so well with Elaine Dalton's talk on women. Women/Mothers are amazing, right?
 Anyway, I thought it worked perfectly since we celebrate Mother's Day in May. Single women, wives, mothers, single moms, aunties, sisters, .... we have a lot of responsibilities. Our "influence is paramount." {No pressure!}
I love to have fresh flowers in my home but don't always have the money to purchase them. What better way to have the look  (without the wilt).   I cut the petals from a light pink card stock and the leaves from green. I inked the edges to give more definition and depth of color. Glued them all together and mounted it to a strong magnet. To attach a copy of the quote, I used a paperclip. the magnet stuck to the paperclip and when she's done with the quote, she can still use the magnet on her fridge or magnet board.

School is almost out. . . not sure how often I'll be on my blog for the next couple months with swim lessons and family visits. If I don't see you, hope you have a fantastic summer!

Thanks for visiting

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Enjoying Spring Break......

Hope your day is going well. I haven't been blogging for a while. Mostly because I've been hanging out with my son who is on Spring Break but also because the weather outside has just been too gorgeous to be indoors right now. Pretty soon it will be too hot to be outside so we're enjoying it while we have it.

Have a great day!!

Calvin & Hobbes animated

Friday, February 15, 2013

Red Velvet

I had no plans to make them, but then something happened when I volunteered ....  My son's school sent out a request for parents to send in any of a list of items to help with a Valentine's Day party for their class. The Room Mom (parent liason organizing the activity) said she needed unfrosted (not frosted) cupcakes. I know that the school has a "store bought treats only" policy so I asked the Room Mom specifically if I could make them because every store/bakery I know sells them with the frosting on them already. She said yes! I thought great! So, wanting fresh cupcakes I waited until the night before to make the cupcakes. Low-and-behold, as soon as I finished making the cupcakes an email showed up saying, "Ooops, you have to purchase the cupcakes. We'll just scrape off the frosting." Eeergh! So.... what to do with two dozen red velvet cupcakes? What to do? What to do? Hmmm.... {Bing!}
Cake balls of course!
I whipped up a batch of cream cheese frosting. Then with the frosting still in the bottom of the bowl, I peeled off the cupcake liners, broke the cupcakes into two pieces, and through them all into the mixing bowl. Then I used the paddle on my mixer to break up the cupcakes and mix them into cake ball dough. Easy peasy.... and I don't have red hands (red velvet cake has LOTS of red food coloring in it.)
And here is a picture of the pretty roses my hubby gave me. (Aaaaaw!)
Thanks for visiting. Have a terrific weekend!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Lovely Treat

How is your Valentine's Day going? Well I hope. Hubby got me some flowers yesterday and is taking me out to lunch in a little bit. Then I'm off to my son's school to help with his class's Valentine's party. Fun times!
I wanted to share this cute-Cute-CUTE idea from Brenda at Qbee's Quest. This little darling cardstock heart holds six chocolate Kisses. Isn't it great?  It's a terrific way to deliver a sweet treat to anyone this Valentine's Day.
I used a WMS Off-Beat Backgrounds stamp to give the plain red card stock some additional interest. Easy Peasy! And well received. :)

They come together so quickly that if you were scrambling to put together a little treat for someone special today this would be perfect! Just pop over to Brenda's site for the instruction. I used glue instead of the double-sided tape, but other than that (and the stamping) I just followed her step-by-step pictorial instructions.

Hope you're having a wonderful day. Thanks for visiting.

Monday, February 11, 2013

I Like the Way You Roll

I think I changed my mind about 15 times before finally settling on a Valentine handout for my son to give to his friends. There were so many terrific ideas out on the web.... Just when I thought I had it figured out, I would see something else that would turn me another direction.
The inspiration for this Valentine's "card" came from Betsy Veldman. While I was trying to think of something fun to give that might not be candy I happened by the Valentines card area at the store the other day and noticed there were just as many card kits being sold with pencils as those without. I think as long as I'm not handing out toothbrushes the kids will think it's cool, right?
The cute little man in the roadster came from WaltzingMouse's Half Pint Heroes. I colored him up with my Copics, black  Sharpie for the tires, and silver Sharpie for the hubcaps and details.
Then, to add the "sentiment" I created this road sign...
The road was made using a strip of black card stock. I drew the lane lines on using the silver Sharpie. After scoring and fan-folding the strips, I punched the holes for the pencils to slip through using my Crop-o-dile.  One hole was not big enough... I made four holes in a quatrefoil shape.
All in all, I think I paid about $2.25 to create them all (two packages of pencils, four pages of white cardstock, three pages of black cardstock.) And they were a piece-of-cake to make. I was able to easily make them over the weekend so he's ready to go on Wednesday.
Hope you are having a terrific day. Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Always In Site

The theme for a Young Women activity at church this last week was "Always In Our Sight." The young lady I worked with to come up with an invite for the event said she wanted binoculars. So... that's what I came up with.
Sixty of them. I was very happy to have some help getting the majority of the cards put together. I cut out all the little pieces and organized them so that we were able to get most of it done in a little over an hour. :)
Then I brought them home and added their "lenses," which contained all the important details. For some reason I wasn't able to get a good picture of the lenses. I think it may be because of the thick layer of glaze that I put over the printed, cut-out ovals to make them look more glass-like. Anyway, as you can see while the cards were closed they were nice and flat, but when opened the glazed card stock lenses stood nice and vertical at the end of the open binocular card. 

After our Tangled themed extravaganza just a couple months ago, we decided to go a wee bit more mellow this time around. Unfortunately, I got to the church as everyone was sitting down so I wasn't able to get as many pictures as I wanted. If you look closely, you will see that the binoculars were also used in the decor at the front table.... little binoculars stood at the base of the Value cards I created for the display.

For treats we had some yummy vanilla or chocolate cupcakes. Simple yet elegant.
And, with Valentines coming up I was thinking the binoculars would be a fun card with a treat with the saying "I've got my eye on you" or something similar. (Nothing too stalky of course)

Well, hope you're having a terrific day!
Thanks for visiting.