Thursday, December 18, 2014

HE is the GIFT Nugget Freebie!

I've designed a ton of nugget printables this year... but THIS one has got to be my favorite among them all.  Everything we have, all we've been given - is made possible by HIM, our Savior. What more can be said than a sweet and simple reminder that HE is the Gift?  I've been completely inspired by the #ShareTheGift campaign (launched by the video below), I love it's message, I love it's reminder and I wanted to create something to express how much I love this message. 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

If you haven't seen it, this is the #ShareTheGift Christmas video I mentioned above.  It's the best 2 minutes you'll spend today... I hope you love it and share it with your family.

 To grab the free nugget printable, visit the "Fan Freebie" Library on my Facebook Page {HERE} - link is at the top, under the main header. Let's spread the word on this freebie... please share on FB, tweet a link or PIN.  Thank you!! ♥

Merry Christmas, Friends!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Printed/Bound Planners Available + A GIVEAWAY!!

Wanna see THE biggest secret I have for keeping my busy life together?  This planner!  It has literally been a life saver for me. Between juggling the schedules of 4 busy kids, being a full time caregiver to my brave hubby, running my Etsy Shop and blog (which has become a full time job in and of itself) - this is my secret to keeping all of those chaotic marbles accounted for.  There is a spot to record everything and as long as it's written down, it doesn't get forgotten or lost in a pile and leaves me able to sleep at night. 

This planner has been in my shop (here) as a printable file for some time, but a couple of times a year I run a printed/bound batch for those of you that prefer the convenience of it being put together for you.  For this run, I did regular full sized ones + some half sized ones too!  Below are some features worth mentioning:

★ January to December 2015
★ HALF Sized Planner (5.5" x 7") | FULL Sized Planner (8.5"x11")
★ High Quality DOUBLE O WIRE Binding 
★ Heavy Stock, Silk-Coated, Full Color, Borderless Front & Back Covers
★ 158 black/white interior planning pages
★ Sticker/Divider Tabs OPTIONAL (to be applied by customer)


The cost on these is fairly comparable to what you'd pay if you bought the printable then had it made up at a local copy shop. You'd first buy the file for $10... then print all 158 interior b/w pages at a copy shop (plus laminate the covers and bind).  Printing/binding will run you around $18-$20 if you are paying $0.10 per copy on the inside (which is pretty standard).  So what's awesome, is because I can order a bunch at a time and get the costs down - I can send you these for about the same prices as doing it yourself!  Plus, if you prefer a half-sized (fit-in-your-purse) version, this is your chance!  The regular printable file is designed for full sized printing - but my awesome printing pals specially format the printable to print smaller - which is perfect for a woman on the go!

Here are the links you'll need if you want to order now... digital delivery is instant on the printable of course, delivery on the printed/bound ones is quick too.  I'm using USPS Priority and shipping within 24 hours (or less) of ordering - so there is still plenty of time to get yours BEFORE Christmas!

I'm also excited to do a GIVEAWAY today as well - it will only run now through tomorrow at 4PM so enter quick!!  No worries here - if you already bought a printed/bound planner and you win, I'll issue you a refund!  Winner announced tomorrow (12/18) evening! Enter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Good luck!!


Still dying to get your hands on one of my planners... the links you need are below!  
Thanks to all who participated in my giveaway!!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

NEW YW Printables for 2015!

It's almost time for a new YW theme and time to start thinking about how you'll infuse the theme into your activities, gifts and events!  I hope this set will get you started on the right track... it's full of things that will keep you busy all year!

The poster/sign prints come in all sizes... 16x20, 11x14, 8x10, 5x7 and 4x6 - frame and use them as displays or centerpieces at events - or use the smaller sizes as gifts for the girls!  Also included is a PDF with bookmarks and lipbalm labels - perfect to use as handouts during the year + I also added 4x4's and 5x5's on the PDF for crafting.  

Mounting one of the square images (found on the PDF file) is super easy and would make a great craft activity for your girls - or could be made up in advance and given as birthday gifts!  

In the images shown above, I printed the 4x4 page on glossy photo paper at home on my inkjet.  I found a 4x4 wood plaque at Michael and painted it red.  I then did a THIN layer of ModPodge on the face of the plaque and applied the image.  I rubbed over it well to make sure it was adhered and smooth, then I let it dry for 10-20 minutes before adding a thin coat to the top.  To give it a consistent sheen, when I applied the ModPodge on the top - I did it on the edges too.  Dry time after that was about 20 minutes.  To embellish, I hot glued a rope-style ribbon to the edges and stood it on an easel.  You can also follow the same basic instructions and mount one of the images to a white canvas.



Have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

FREE Printable Scene to go with Nativity Bottle Cap Images!

If you've already snagged my Nativity Bottle Cap Images - you'll LOVE this freebie!!

It's just a simple printable scene to use with bottle cap magnets!  I made the scene up as both an 8x10 (shown) or a 5x7 and it can be used for play, with a lesson or as part of your Christmas and Nativity traditions!  Simply print, laminate and either use on the fridge or frame with a magnetic sheet behind the image.  All made up, it would make a great gift set too!

To get the Nativity Bottle Cap Images, visit my Etsy Shop {HERE}.

To get the free Nativity Scene, visit my "Fan Freebie" Library on my Facebook Page {HERE}.


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Friday, December 5, 2014

{NEW} Nativity Bottle Cap Crafts!

Oh boy... I've got a new addition and it's getting out of control!!


These little 1" circles of delight have so many fun uses!  So, this morning I grabbed my bottle cap stash and went to work thinking of all the ways I could use them.  First - the easiest and most obvious way is to make necklaces!  My kids were eye-balling these as I made them and they've now mysteriously disappeared. ;)  My youngest daughter wants to make them for her friends at church, great idea (I'm seeing them in a white organza favor bag)!  Then you have other easy options... like key chains and magnets.  I, personally, LOVED getting out my bead stash and taking my JOY key chain to a whole new level.  See... bottle caps are fun for moms too! 

My FAVORITE use though, was making them into ornaments!  I used a regular necklace pendant bottle cap, then simply attached a regular ornament hanger.  I also had some bottle caps that have the double pendant connection (one on top, one on the bottom) and that's what I used to make the trio.  If you look closely at the picture, I used a small jump ring to attach each one together... then used an O clasp on the top.  I love how they rotate as they hang and catch the shimmer of the lights... so fun!! 

Another perfect use would be to make up a set of bottle cap magnets... 
You can tell the Nativity Story with them - just frame a magnetic board or use the fridge!

To get started, you'll first want to grab the 4x6's in my Etsy Shop {HERE}.  Print them as photos at your favorite photo lab or at home on your inkjet's BEST print setting.  As shown in the pics, mine were printed at home on glossy photo paper.  Just a friendly tip... DON'T print at a copy store.  Color laser ink and the Epoxy Stickers are not friendly.

Next, either trim the images with scissors, or for a super fast craft - get your hands on a 1" round punch!  Then, once they are punched, just apply them (image side up) to the Epoxy Sticker.  Avoid touching the sticky part with your fingers or it will leave a little bit of a residue. Then, use an adhesive made for gluing things to metal.  My glue of choice is E6000 - but please follow the instructions.  It's not a kid-friendly glue, has a strong odor and needs to be stored properly when done.  It also needs to dry at least overnight, if not 24 hours.

Such a fun set of images... I hope you like them as much as I do!!  

{For a free "Nativity Scene" to use with your bottle caps see THIS post}

One final tip, you can find the bottle caps and stickers various places online, but my personal favorite is Fizzy Pops.  The quality of her stickers far out-way anything I've bought anywhere else + she has convenient DIY kits that come with various caps and equal amounts of stickers.  I've been a repeat customer a few times now - and am thoroughly impressed with both her product and her customer service.  I reached out to her before this post and she has generously agreed to set up an ongoing coupon code for my readers for 10% off... CANVAS10!  I'll post this on my side-bar as well so you can refer to it down the road as I continue to create these fun sets!

On last link... to get the Nativity Bottle Cap Images, please visit my Etsy Shop!

Happy Holidays!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

PRINTED/BOUND Personal Planner Announcement!

It's official! My printed/bound 2015 Personal Planners are HOT on the press today! They'll be available to order from my Etsy Shop starting on or about next Friday - HOWEVER, I ordered *limited* quantities - so if you'd like me to notify you up to 24 hours before I announce it on Social Media - please fill out the form linked below (filling out the form does not obligate you to purchase, it only tells me you'd like to be notified of the option to buy BEFORE I announce it here and on Social Media).


Additional details:
Full Sized: $29.95 + $5.50 USPS Priority Shipping
Half Sized: $27.95 + $5.50 USPS Priority Shipping
Cover Style: Purple / Projected Availability: 12/12/14

PS... I got better pricing this year! Full Sized is $3 less than last year and Half is $1 less + shipping is $2 less!! YAY!!  Not too bad if you consider the digital file costs $10 + around $18 to have printed at a local copy store! 

OR... the printable version is always available in my shop: HERE


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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Come Grab Some Nuggets @ the Festival of Trees!

I was very excited and VERY flattered when I was contacted by a Board Member of the Festival of Trees a few months ago about selling some of my nugget trays at their annual event in Salt Lake City, Utah!  Of course I said yes. Yes!!  Her team of volunteers then worked tirelessly to create hundreds of them for the Elf Emporium!  

You'll find baskets and baskets of them... Christmas ones, Teacher ones and more.  Word on the street is they are already selling like hot-cakes, so hurry over and make sure you get some!  I am so excited to be a tiny part of this huge annual event and invite you to stop by and pick up a few!  ALL proceeds (as in 100%) will benefit Primary Children's Hospital - such an amazing hospital and I'm flattered that I get to be part of it from all the way over here in New Jersey!  

Learn more about the Festival of Trees {HERE

Lots of love,

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Monday, December 1, 2014

DIY Bottle Cap Necklace Kit Give-Away!

I am so excited that my new Bottle Cap Printables have become so popular so quickly!!  I can see why though... they are DARLING + super inexpensive to make.  First, I'm going to show you how easy they are to put together, then we'll do a give-a-way!!

To make your necklaces, you'll need the following:

  • Get the printable {HERE}
  • 4x6 Prints of the Bottle Cap Images 
  • Epoxy Stickers
  • Bottle Cap Pendants & Ball Chains
  • 1" Round Punch (or scissors)
  • E6000 Glue
PS... Just putting the supplies together in a small tin would make a great gift!

All of my bottle cap printables come as 4x6 images.  You'll need to have these printed at your favorite photo lab or on your inkjet at home.  I would avoid a color laser printer, as the ink tends to bleed when used with the epoxy stickers.  Then, either trim your images with scissors - or for a faster project, use a 1" round punch.  Applying the epoxy sticker is easy... simply stick it to the image!  Avoid touching the sticker with your fingers (you don't want to leave fingerprints or any oily residue).  Next, use E6000 glue to attach to the bottle cap (please follow instructions on tube - use in a well ventilated area and may take 24 hours to properly dry).  

Seriously, this project takes only minutes.  Punch, stick and glue!  Make a full set to give, give a kit... or just have them ready to use all year long... and here's a Give-a-Way to get you started!

I've bought supplies a few different places to make my bottle cap printables - but FIZZY POPS has been my favorite!  Shipping is quick, the owner is super friendly and I've found that her Epoxy Stickers are the thickest/firmest.  So, I partnered up with her and she's offering an awesome give-a-way to my readers!

Lots of ways to enter... winner will be announced tomorrow (12/2) at 8pm EST!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Let me know if you have any questions!

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