Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Merry Merry and More Winners

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well!  We are having a rough time right now.  I'm sure at one point it will get better but it's a little overwhelming.  Sorry if I'm slow responding to emails or comments and posting new blog posts.  

Today, I'm sharing a card I made at my friend Rachel's crop last month.  She gave us all the pieces to make this super sweet mini card and she made us a sample.  I decided to change it up a little bit and put my own spin on it.  All the products are from Close to My Heart.  I think it turned out really cute and I like that I used pieces I never would have put together since she had all the layers picked out in advance.  

Ok, more winners:
SRM- Giorgia
Bossy Joscie- Marie
My Little Clothesline - Miriam
Whisker Graphics - Christine
Paper Smooches - Tessa
Craft Fail - Tessa
Close to My Heart - Andrea

Have a great day, everyone!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top 5 Mommy Must Haves and GIVEAWAY - Collab with This Bliss Life

Hi friends!  Today, I'm doing a blog collab with my friend Tiffany from This Bliss Life.  She and I have known each other for a VERY long time.  We decided to do a Top 5 Mommy Must Haves list for our posts.  We have really different blogs but we are both moms of kids about the same age so I suggested we do this list.  Please go check out her blog, see her list, and enter her giveaway!

1. Amber Teething Necklace.  If you've seen pictures of my daughter, you'll notice that she always has her necklace on.  I wasn't sure it worked but we lost a necklace and she was grumpy for weeks until we got a new one.  It's made me a believer.

2. Hyland's Teething Tablets.  Teething is a huge issue for my kids.  These tablets seems to help so much.  I've tried Tylenol as well and I feel like these work better for us.  My kids always seemed to be happy (well, happier) when they saw the bottle come out.

3. Grandma El's Diaper Rash Remedy and Prevention Jar.  I've talked about this before and this is the ONLY diaper cream that I have ever reordered.  It smells good, it doesn't leave a visible residue, and it works well and quickly.

4. Munchkin Snack Catchers.  I've tried higher end snack containers and I've tried the really cheap ones.  This is a happy medium.  I like using a snack catcher so that the snacks don't spill all over.  These work great while being a really good price!  The cheap ones are really sharp and I didn't feel comfortable giving them to my kids.

5. Thermos Funtainer.  I adore this!  I actually have a larger size for myself.  It keeps drinks cold up to 12 hours.  These are great to take on vacation or even a day trip.  I would put milk in them for my kids and it would stay cold.  I've also put water with ice and it's great if you are going to the beach or the park on a hot day.

In the spirit of the season, I'm giving away a $15 Amazon Gift certificate sent via email.  (I've used my Amazon referral links in this post, if you use them to shop, I get a small commission.)  This post is not sponsored and I am paying for the gift certificate out of pocket because I appreciate you all so much! I wish I could afford to give away more.  Be sure to check out Tiffany's post for her giveaway too!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

You're Brrr-fect and a Bunch of Winners

Hi friends!  I hope you are well!  We are ok.  We still have some stress and we are working things out for our son at school.  Parenting is HARD!  We are also trying to get ready for Christmas and Avery's birthday.  It's a busy time of year!

Today, I'm posting a card I made for a holiday card swap at my friend Regina's house.  (Let me just say, Regina's house and scrap room are AMAZING and if you ever get the chance to go there, you should!  I wish I could just move in!)  We were to make a clean and simple card and make kits for everyone else so they can make your card too.  We had a great time, awesome food, fun conversation, and I made some new friends.

Here's my card using Chilly Chums by Paper Smooches.  I love this set with a passion!  I brought the whole set with me to the swap and some gals picked some of the other cute animals for their card.  I used some older Echo Park paper since I needed enough for 9 cards.  Then some good old fashion Stickles and goggly eyes.  I'm entering this in the Paper Smooches Sparks Anything Goes challenge for this week.

I also wanted to announce some of the winners from my giveaways that recently ended.  There are a few more giveaways still open so please go enter those!

Jenny Bunny Scarf - Savannah O'Gwynn
Not Your Mother's Apron Strings - Miriam Prantner
Creative Embellishment - Jan Farnworth
Beautiful Creations MP- Andrea Murdock
Just Jewelry - Margie M.C.

Please email me via the email address in my sidebar or contact me on Facebook for your prize!  

Have a great day, friends!!  

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Happiest of Holidays and Winners

Hi friends!  I hope that you are doing well!  We are ok.  It's just very busy this time of year and we are working out some things at school for my son.  Hopefully, we will resolve everything soon and we can relax for Christmas.

I've been holding onto this card for a long time, waiting to blog it.  It was one of the last cards that I made to submit to Paper Crafts.  This was a LONG time ago but I didn't want to blog it until Christmas since it's awkward to post Christmas cards in the spring.  Maybe?  I don't know.  Either way, I waited.  This card was made with American Crafts papers and some Metallic Silver Divine Twine.  I really like the movement on this card.

I also wanted to announce the winner of two giveaways:
Jamberry - Kim Howard
Unravel - Elly H

Congrats!  Email me via the sidebar for your prize!  Have a great day, friends!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Pocket Scrapbooking Tips and Giveaway (Collab with Ellie Augustin)

Hi friends!  I have a special post for you today!  My friend Ellie Augustin and I decided to do a blog collab.  We will each be sharing 5 tips on how to stay caught up on your pocket scrapbooking along with a giveaway!

Here are my 5 tips to stay caught up:

1. Use the Momento App.  This app allows you to sync all your social media into one place.  Personally, I tend to forget to use my journalling apps but I always post exciting or fun or memorable things to Facebook or Instagram.  I also use some location based apps.  With Momento, I can pull up any day and see the highlights.  This jogs my memory about what I want to write and any pictures that I wanted to print out.

2. PRINT YOUR PICTURES.  I feel like the most daunting task for me is to sit down and choose and edit my pictures.  I try to sit down once a week and pick out the pictures I want to print.  I put them on a folder on my desk top labeled with the week number.  I also change the names of the pictures to the date.  If I have several of the same date I'll do Nov1-1, Nov1-2, etc...

3.  Slip your pictures and momentos into place.  I go through and look at all my photos from the week once I have them printed then I choose a page protector.  I slip everything into place and put it in my album.  If I have a few minutes here and there, I will start working on my cards but at least I have everything in place.

4. Have your family help.  Have an empty pocket?  Ask your kids to draw their favorite memory from this week.  Or grab a piece of schoolwork and cut it down to fit the pocket.  Or take a minute and ask a family member a few of their favorites from this week.

5. Stop striving for Pinterest worthy.  You heard me.  I do it too.  I want everything to look like it does on Pinterest.  Guess what?  I don't have time for Pinterest.  I have time for maybe a card, a few lines of journalling, and maybe if we are lucky a sticker.  That just has to be ok.  What's important is the memories, not the matching enamel dots, washi, wood veneer, watercoloring, stamps, etc...

I put together a small giveaway and Ellie has too!  You should check out her giveaway too!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Paper Crafts Swan Song Blog Hop

Today, a bunch of us crafty girls are getting together to say goodbye to Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine.  The blog hop starts on the amazing Jennifer McGuire's blog.  You should be arriving from Emily Liephart's blog.  If you just stumbled onto my blog today, make sure to go back to Jennifer's blog for all the inspiration and memories.

About 8 years ago, I fell in love with stamping.  (I was awful at it, by the way.)  Soon after buying my first handful of supplies, I had grand dreams of being on design teams and being published in magazines.  It took me a while but I finally got my first acceptance letter from Paper Crafts magazine and it felt like the heavens were singing!  My dream had come true and along the way I met so many people.  I've made friends who I hope to have in my life forever.

It breaks my heart to say goodbye.  It doesn't just feel like the end of a magazine but the end of an era.  Though I haven't been published in PC&S since June 2013, I always had it in my mind that one day I would go back but now I can't.  We are living in a new world of Pinterest, bloggers, ebooks, and apps and I'm not sure I'm quite ready for it.  I've never liked goodbyes but this one leaves so much sorrow in my heart.

How do you make a card to close a chapter of your life?  I struggled so much with this.  In the end, I needed to go with a forever friendship theme.  I fear that the progression of the craft, the decline of the economy, and technology will make my people obsolete.  But that's silly because as long as their is love and the desire to create, we'll always be here.  My dear PC family that includes all the sweet souls that have helped me on the journey to the crafter I am today.

Thank you Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine!  Thank you for the trends, the inspiration, the meet and greets, the Go-To Girls, the happy emails, the motivation to push myself further.  Thank you for being the center of the most loving and amazing industry in the world.  Thanks for the friendship, the belief in us, the love, and thanks for the memories.

Check out THIS VIDEO that Bethany Stellpflug made of the pictures we posted to the planning group.

Next up on the hop is Jennifer Rzasa.  (JRza if you're awesome.  ;) )

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dynamitegun Dot Com Dot Cast

Hi friends!   I hope you are well!  Did you enter all my 14 giveaways I posted over the last week?  Check them out!

Today, I'm sharing a card with a funny story.  Over the last few weeks my husband has been hosting a podcast for his friend who had to go away for work.  I told them that the podcast needed a logo to which our friend responded "why don't you go stamp one?"  Umm... challenge accepted!  The podcast is called Dynamitegun Dot Com Dot Cast.  The podcast is mostly about geeky things like the iPhone 6 and video games.  They always have a drink and they review weird food items.  That's what I put together on this card.  I used Paper Smooches Teen Routine, Wake Up, Sugar Rush, and Alphadot.  The paper is Crate Paper Boys Rule.  What do you think?  Did I capture it?

A couple more things, I'm entering this card in Paper Smooches Anything Goes Challenge for this week.  Second, I was the guest on this week's Dynamitegun Dot Com Dot Cast (week 38 - Alternative Food Constructs) if you want to download it and listen, it's FREE!  Have a great day, friends!  

Monday, December 1, 2014

7 for 7: SRM Stickers

Hi friends!  I hope you enjoyed the last week of giveaways!  This is the last one!  Well, for this series, I have a few other giveaways planned for this upcoming month so keep checking back.

Giveaway Rules: Join me each day this week for a TWO new giveaways.  (There *might* be some bonus giveaways too.)  To enter the giveaways, you'll need to use the Rafflecopter that I post at the bottom of each blog post.  Each giveaway will be open for 14 days from the day it starts since it's a holiday week and I want to give people a chance to enter.  All readers are welcome, US or international, unless a giveaway specifies.  Winners will be announced on my blog and my Heart Hugs Designs Facebook Page.  Winners will have 72 hours to contact me or a new winner will be drawn.  Good luck to everyone!

My last giveaway for my 7th anniversary celebration is from SRM Stickers.  They carry a bunch of other products other than their fabulous stickers.  They keep expanding their product line.  They have containers for party favors, all sorts of bags, vinyl, twine, DIY kits, etc...  I absolutely adore all the products I've ever gotten from SRM and I look forward to buying many more in the future.  Of course, as with every single person I work with, Susan and her husband are some of the nicest people you'll meet in the craft industry!  Susan has offered up this super generous Christmas sticker package as a giveaway to kick off the holiday season!

I actually had some of these fabulous SRM Stickers so I made a sample to show you what you could make with these fabulous stickers!  I used some paper and die cuts from Pebbles Home for Christmas.  I also added some sequins.

Enter here:

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