Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Birthday Layout

Now that my new craft room is getting organized I am finding some time to get some crafting done.  Over the Thanksgiving weekend I did a few scrapbook layouts.  This one is of my niece's first birthday.

















As you can see, I was in a circle mood. I cut most of the pictures from the birthday into circles and then had them bubbling and popping all over the page.

















Even the background paper has circles on it.  This was a good way to use up some of my scraps.  I had a lot of small pieces that I could cut the smaller circles out of, and every place that you see a large circle I cut a smaller circle out of the inside so that I could use that in another spot on the layout or save it for another project.  (Yes, I am a paper hoarder)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Do you think I have enough paper?

I got a HUGE response from all of you about the scrapbook paper tower that my husband made for me.  If you missed that post you can click HERE to go back and check it out.

Several people left me comments about having fun filling up the tower with paper . . . well, let me tell you that did not take long!  I guess I did not even know how much paper I had!  Now, not all of the slots are "full" because I have things sorted by color, and then divided between solid and patterned paper (I had NO IDEA how much green patterned paper I owned!  That slot has the most in it!)

So, here is the tower after I moved and sorted all of my paper . . .


So, do you think I have enough paper?  Did you notice my silver sequined Mickey Mouse ears displayed on top of the tower?  I got those on our last trip to Disney, but never had a good place to display them.

I spent a lot of time Thanksgiving weekend moving and sorting paper, and moving my crafting supplies into the new room.  I will post more pictures later, but right now the rest of the room is a little bit of a mess . . . I just brought the piles of stuff up into the room, and now I have to figure out the best system for where I need things.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Attitude is Everything!

I have been having a lot of fun with one particular stamp set called Positive Thoughts by K Andrew Designs.  When I got this stamp set I started to get all kinds of ideas for Disney Themed projects.  Here is a preview of the stamp set . . . can you think of any Disney Themed projects you could make with these stamps?


Well here is what I came up with for today.



I thought the combination of Grumpy and Happy was PERFECT for the phrase "Attitude is Everything"

If you want to see other cards I have created with this stamp set . . . some of them Disney Themed . . . click HERE.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Make some money this holiday season!

Wouldn't be nice if we could MAKE MONEY at the holidays to offset some of the spending we will be doing?  Well if you have a blog or website, you can . . . through Affiliate Marketing!

If you have not read the info that I have put together at Making Money with Crafts, I would recommend reading that page as it contains some good background information on Affiliate Marketing.

One of the best way to make money that I have found is Affiliate Marketing.    I believe the key to good Affiliate Marketing is targeting the right people.  You can be involved in as many programs as you want, but if the information is not getting to the right people then it is not going to work for you.  Since this is a crafting blog, I am going to guess you came here because you enjoy crafts just as I do.  So let's look at ways to use Affiliate Marketing specifically with crafts, but really this information could be translated into any topic.

Find products you like and see if they have an affiliate marketing program.  If you shop there, chances are other crafters shop there (or would like to shop there)

Now, none of these on their own will allow you to quit your day job next week, but they can help to provide a little extra income . . . for the holidays or to support your crafting supply needs.  And, if one of them could even bring in an extra $50 per month, if you have MULTIPLE programs going on you can see how those numbers could increase.

With some programs, not only can you make commission on the product sales that YOU generate, but if someone signs up from YOUR affiliate link then you will also earn a small commission on the sales THAT person generates!  Not all affiliate marketing programs offer this, and it is an extra nice feature.  This really encourages people to talk about the products and program.  People who sign up off of your affiliate program link are commonly called your "downline", and if you have a large downline your chances of generating more money increases.

Another program that I like is the ContainYa Crafts Affiliate Marketing Program.  If you are looking for area to sign up it is at the top of the page.  You can either go to My Account and create an account, or there is a link that says Affiliate Program (just after the Testimonials section)

Once you sign up you will be able to pick from banners and ads that you can post on your website, blog, in emails or on Facebook . . . some groups have restrictions, so be sure to read the rules for each program.

Here is a collection of different buttons and banner ads from some of the other companies that have affiliate marketing programs.







BlueMoonLogo1




New Year's Resolutions Sale




ScrapbookPal.com


Buy 2 Get 1 Free Cricut Cartridges









This is just a sampling of the ads . . . it really depends on the company as to weather they have ones for specific products, square buttons, horizontal banner ads, etc.  Some of the companies will change out their banners with the seasons or for specific lines of products, so that you can customize your advertising to fit the type of people that come to your site.

I hope that this has shown you that there are ways for you to generate some income from the crafting blog that you already have, and really how much you do is up to you!  Put the buttons on your site and hope for the best, or talk about the program and really stir up some excitement for the program and the products.  If there is one of these companies or products that you already own, use and enjoy I would say that would be the first place to start.  It will come easy for you to just share your positive experience with the company/product with others.
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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Small Business Saturday

I think most people have heard of Black Friday, but did you know that today is Small Business Saturday?  Today you are encouraged to support your small businesses.  I received an email from Custom Crops telling me that they were doing a special promotion today . . . you could get $25 credit from American Express if you shop with Custom Crops today and spend more than $25.

Find out more about how to register your American Express card for this event by going to http://www.facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturday and then go shopping!

Some other small businesses that I would encourage you to shop

Above Rubies Studio
Master the Cricut!
Webmasters Earn Money Here!

Paper Layerz



ContainYa Crafts



K Andrew Designs Stamps
My personal favorite stamp set is the Positive Thoughts set . . . but maybe that is just because I have thought of so many Disney themed cards to use this set for.  Here is a preview of the set.


Head over the K Andrew Designs to check out all of her stamp sets!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday Deals!

It's Black Friday, but you don't have to go out and stand in long lines to get some great deals . . . let's shop from home!


ContainYa Craft is having a great sale on some of their most popular products!







Scrap'n Easel - Was $79.99 . . . today $55.99
Scrap'n Light - Was $74.99 . . . today $52.49
Scrap'n Tote - Was $89.99 . . . today $62.99

Click HERE to head over and grab these deals!




Megan at Above Rubies Studio has a NEW CHRISTMAS DVD!

In this new DVD Megan will show you great holiday projects and ideas . . . cards, home decor, ornaments and MORE!

As a bonus, when you order the DVD you get a free sample of Megan's new adhesive squares Stick Itz.  Plus they are doing a Black Friday Special . . . buy any 2 items and get FREE shipping!

There are limited quantities of the free pack of Stick Itz with the DVD so hurry over to Above Rubies Studio and get yours now.  I will make it easy for you . . . just click HERE.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful


I am thankful for so many things.  For my family, the success of our website MyCutSearch.com, being the Above Rubies Studio Affiliate Program Success Coach, being a part of the Getting Cricky Design Team, and for all of my wonderful blogger buddies!  
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

and the winners are . . .

Here it is, the winners from the Blog Hops last weekend

From the Getting Cricky Blog Hop, winner of a ScrapBand
Cathy Sobotka





The winners of the $25 Gift Certificates to Custom Crops are 


Jen Reed
and 
 Lara Class



And the GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Who correctly guessed the secret phrase "Happy Birthday to Melissa

and who will be getting her choice of a 
Scrap N Tote or a Scrap N Easel is . . . 


Pat Noppenberger
Pat's blog is http://patsscraps.blogspot.com

Congratulations to all of the winners!




Another project, from my husband

I got a LOT of great feedback and comments about the scrapbooking paper storage tower that my husband made for me . . . if you missed that post, you can go HERE.  Well, today I want to talk about the OTHER thing that my husband made for my new crafting space.

The space is also going to be used as a guest room, and we have a twin sized bed in there . . .

I wanted to figure out a way to turn this space into another work surface.  Since the headboard and footboard are the same height, I figured that if we made some kind of platform that just sat on top of the headboard and footboard I would be able to work on it, and then when we had guests and needed the bed we could lift the work surface off.

Are you ready . . . here is what this bed looks like now!



Yes, I have already started to pile stuff on the work surface, but hey, that is what it is for!


Here is a close up of the end so you can see how it just sits on top. I need to add some felt to the underneath so it does not scratch the bed frame at all. Since it just sits on top we can remove it when we need the bed and we did not have permanently attach it to the bed.



He added supports underneath also so that I can set heavier things, like my Circut, on the surface also.  I am looking forward to the long Thanksgiving weekend so I can spend a lot of time in this new craft space!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

winners . . . really, it is coming soon!

I know I have winners to announce, from the Getting Cricky Blog Hop, the Disney Pixar Blog Hop and the Grand Prize winner of the Scrap N Tote or Scrap N Easel, but I like to include links to the winners blogs (if they have them) I have emailed the winners and I am waiting to hear back from them.

some updates . . .

You know how you feel the day after you come home from a great vacation?  Sort of like you need one more day to recover from the vacation before you jump back into work.  That is always how I feel after a Disney Pixar Blog Hop!  They are SO MUCH FUN, but I feel like I need a day or two to get back into the groove of the week.

Winners from the weekend hops will be announced later on today . . . sorry, I have been so busy I have not had time to pick the winners yet.

Speaking of being busy, I thought I would take this time to let all of you know that my blog post might become a little more sporadic.  I have been updating my blog DAILY for well over a year now, which is a pretty amazing feet if you ask me, but my life is getting busier.  Here is just a few things I am doing . . .

I have a new daytime job that has a longer commute, so the time I spend in the car each day has more than tripled!

It is hockey season, and I love to watch my daughter play, so the time I used to spend on the weekends crafting is now spent in the ice arena.

I volunteered to make the yearbooks for my daughter's hockey team this year.  (What was I thinking!) And since I don't want to do 12 "traditional" scrapbooks I have been trying to learn digital scrapbooking.  This leaves less time for my own personal crafting projects, but as I learn I may be able to share tips with you on digital scrapbooking.

I am on the Design Team for Getting Cricky so I am always thinking of ideas for new cards and projects featuring the wonderful stamps that Kristal makes.

As many of you know, I have agreed to work with Megan and Sean of Above Rubies Studio as the ARS Affiliate Program Success Coach.  (Just the TITLE is a mouthful!)  I will be sharing marketing tips, training videos and information to help make the ARS Affiliate Program a success for everyone involved!

So if you don't see me posting here or on Facebook daily, this is why.  I am still here, but my personal crafting might take a back seat while I get into the groove for all of the things I am doing.  Once I settle into a few things and become more comfortable in some of my new roles I know that things will become easier and I will have more time for my own crafting and blogging again.

Monday, November 21, 2011

A little more Disney fun . . .

I want to thank everyone that was a part of the Disney Pixar Blog Hop this weekend.  If you missed it, you can go and check out the Day One projects HERE and the Day Two projects HERE.  These hops are always so much fun and I don't want the Disney love to end . . . do let's keep it going!

Today I want to share a birthday card that I made for my Blogger Buddy and co-host of all of the Disney Pixar Blog Hops, Melissa!


I used cuts of Daisy Duck and Minnie Mouse, along with a stamp from the K Andrew Designs stamp set Crafty Friends, which is PERFECT for Melissa and I . . . we are crafty and blogging friends!

Happy Birthday Melissa!

Here is a look at the stamp set I used for this card . . . 

There are so many great mix and match phrases you can create!  And the set is on sale right now for $16.99! You can click HERE to purchase it for your projects.

Still want MORE Disney fun?  Then you should head over to Crazy About Cricut where is it Mickey and Friends Monday . . . featuring another Disney card I created!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Disney Pixar Blog Hop November - Day Two


Welcome to the Disney Pixar Blog Hop!

We are so glad that you could join us for the second day of this hop!  If you did not see the full line up from yesterday, don't worry, you can still go and check out all of the projects by clicking HERE.  Remember, if you want to be the FIRST to know about upcoming hops, be sure to join Shawn and Melissa's Blog Hop Facebook Page.

Today I will be showing you a card that I made.  I have been having a lot of fun with one particular stamp set called Positive Thoughts by K Andrew Designs.  When I got this stamp set I started to get all kinds of ideas for Disney Themed projects.  Here is a preview of the stamp set . . . can you think of any Disney Themed projects you could make with these stamps?


Well here is what I came up with for today.


I thought the phrase "You are the weaver of your own dreams" fit really well with Sleepy!

If you want to see other cards created with this stamp set . . . some of them Disney Themed . . . click HERE.

Now for the prizes!

I would like to offer you a chance to win a prize of a $25 Gift Certificate to Custom Crops!

Those of you that know me know that my family created the website MyCutSearch.com and that I like to have everyone play a game with MyCutSearch.com in order to enter to win prizes.  Since this card is featuring Sleepy, let's go to MyCutSearch and search the word

sleepy


I bet you will be surprised with how many Cricut handbook pages come up with THIS search . . . I know I was!

Then send me an email by clicking here or by using the Contact Us Page at MyCutSearch.com telling me how many Cricut handbook pages came up in the search for the word sleepy.

WAIT . . . IT GETS BETTER!!!!!


We have a GRAND PRIZE for this Blog Hop donated by ContainYa Crafts You can have YOUR CHOICE of a Scrap'n Tote or a Scrap'n Easel!  Each blog in this two day hop has a special letter, and when all of the letters are put together they spell out a secret phrase. 

My letter is . . . . a

Once you have stopped at each blog in the hop and collected all of the letters, simply email the phrase they create to bloghopcontests at gmail dot com.  
If you are collecting the letters for the Grand Prize and there are any blogs along the way that are not working just make sure to leave a blank spot where their letter should be . . . I am sure you will be able to fill in the blank later on.
All entries must be in by Midnight on Monday, November 21st.  The winner will be announced on Tuesday, November 22nd at http://craftychicsblog.blogspot.com/


Good luck and thanks for playing!

Now it is time to send you off to 
Melissa's Blog

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Disney Pixar Blog Hop November - Day One

Welcome to the Disney Pixar Blog Hop!

We are so glad that you could join us again for another hop!  I think this is our fourth one . . . wow!  Who would have known when Melissa and I put our heads together to plan the first one that it would turn into such a following.  Remember, if you want to be the FIRST to know about upcoming hops, be sure to join Shawn and Melissa's Blog Hop Facebook Page.

I cannot believe that it has been over one year since my family's last trip to Walt Disney World.  One phrase that I saw time and time again was "4 Parks, One World" and I thought that would be a GREAT way to start off a Disney scrapbook . . . sort of a little touch of ALL of the 4 parks in one layout.


Here are some closeer shots of each of the two pages.



Let me break down this layout and how I honored each of the four parks.  First, I started with the Mouse that started it all . . . Mickey!  I of course paired him up with the iconic castle at the Magic Kingdom.  Doesn't Mickey look so proud of what he started. 


Below that I placed a photo of Spaceship Earth, and to reprecent the many cultures and countries of Epocot I used a cut of Mulan, and in the "swirl" to her left I placed Mickey Mouse icons made to look like the flags of the many countries represented in the World Showcase


For Animal Kingdom I used a photo of The Tree of Life, with a cut of Flick next to it.  To the right of Flick is a swirl with Mickey Mouse icons cut from various animal print papers.



You can also see the embossed paper I used really well in this picture.  Here is a close up of what that looked like before I placed the characters on the page.



This was created with an embossing folder that I made myself.  For more information on that project you can go back to this post.

Last but not least, MGM Studios and Donald Duck looking a little upset that the Mouse gets all of the attention. 



Now for the prizes!

I would like to offer you a chance to win a prize of a $25 Gift Certificate to Custom Crops!

Those of you that know me know that my family created the website MyCutSearch.com and that I like to have everyone play a game with MyCutSearch.com in order to enter to win prizes.  Since Donald Duck is my daughter's favorite Disney character, let's go to MyCutSearch and search the words

Donald Duck

and then send me an email by clicking here or by using the Contact Us Page at MyCutSearch.com telling me how many Cricut handbook pages came up in the search for the words Donald Duck.

WAIT . . . IT GETS BETTER!!!!!


We have a GRAND PRIZE for this Blog Hop donated by ContainYa Crafts!  You can have YOUR CHOICE of a Scrap'n Tote or a Scrap'n Easel!  Each blog in this two day hop has a special letter, and when all of the letters are put together they spell out a secret phrase. 

My letter is . . . . H

Once you have stopped at each blog in the hop and collected all of the letters, simply email the phrase they create to bloghopcontests at gmail dot com.  
If you are collecting the letters for the Grand Prize and there are any blogs along the way that are not working just make sure to leave a blank spot where their letter should be . . . I am sure you will be able to fill in the blank later on.
All entries must be in by Midnight on Monday, November 21st.  The winner will be announced on Tuesday, November 22nd at http://craftychicsblog.blogspot.com/


Good luck and thanks for playing!

Be sure to stop back tomorrow to see a new Disney project and a whole new line up of bloggers!

Now it is time to send you off to 
Melissa's Blog
http://disneydreamerdesigns.blogspot.com


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Here is the full Hop List in case you get lost along the way

Shawn http://craftychicsblog.blogspot.com/
Melissa http://disneydreamerdesigns.blogspot.com/
Tami http://tamiscraftconnection.blogspot.com
Ellen http://cardmonkey-business.blogspot.com
Madison http://funkycards.blogspot.com/
Cathie http://www.creativecutter.org/
Cindy http://www.snoflaks.blogspot.com/ 

(if Cindy's post is not up, hop on to Lori.  If you are collecting the letters for the Grand Prize make sure to leave a blank spot where Cindy's letter should be . . . I am sure you will be able to fill in the blank later on.)
Lori http://scrappinmystressaway.blogspot.com/
Amy Chomas http://amychomas.blogspot.com
Kathy http://kathyscozies.blogspot.com/
Amy Voltz http://www.lovetocrop.com/

Friday, November 18, 2011

Getting Cricky Blog Hop - Holiday Wishes

Welcome to the "Holiday Wishes" Getting Cricky Blog Hop!!

We're so happy you could join us for this month's Getting Cricky Design Team Blog Hop!!  In addition to Kristal and the Senior Design Team, we look forward to introducing you to TEN member of our NEW Junior Design Team (be sure to visit Kristal's Blog to see ALL of our "new additions"!!)...  Each of us, along with our Special Guest - Ellen from "a little bit of this...", are so pleased to have you here with us!!  Throughout the hop, you'll see NEW ideas for creating cards and projects with Kristal's stamps sets!!

If you've hopped along from Ellen's site, then you are in the right place!! If you are just joining me from your dashboard, or reading this via email, please be sure to CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with Kristal's blog (you'll want to catch up on all the FUN!!)...

Each of Kristal's stamp sets benefit charity. At least $1 per stamp set goes to benefit the charity noted on the stamp set package. Kristal is donating to the following charities: Cancer Angels, Storefront Shelter for Homeless Children, Intrepid & Fallen Heroes, E. Glaser Pediatric AIDS  Foundation, Doorways Shelter for Women & Children (Domestic Violence), Wayside House for Women, Camp Good Days & Special Times, Adopt a Classroom, and Autism Research Institute. Kristal will donate $1 for every stamp set sold, retail or wholesale to the charity noted; and over time believes this will add up to some wonderful miracles for these special people. So you can feel good that each time you purchase a K Andrew Designs art stamp set, someone around the country is receiving some good help!

K Andrew's stamps are all made and assembled here in the USA, which is very important to Kristal. This ensures all product materials are safe and that jobs are being provided and maintained here in America.  You can learn even more about Kristal's stamps (and pick some up for yourself) by visiting her online store: K Andrew Designs:







Kristal's stamp sets are perfect for cards, layouts, and so much more...

For my project, I'm featuring the Winter Wishes setFor today's project I used the Winter Wishes Stamp Set.


I made a few gift tags, and with each one I was able to create a new phrase by combining different words from the Winter Wishes Stamp Set.


I love that I can mix and match the words from this set to make MY OWN phrases!
Before you go I would like to offer you a chance to win a prize!  This week you can have your choice one of the following products . . . either the Cricut for Beginners DVD or a black and white polka dot ScrapBand.  To enter to win, leave a comment below telling me one phrase YOU would make by combining two or more stamps from the Winter Wishes Stamp Set.  

and then send me an email by clicking here or by using the Contact Us Page at MyCutSearch.com so that I have your contact information.  PLEASE DO NOT leave your contact information in your comment . . . that is not a safe practice.  (your email simply needs to say Blog Hop Entry . . . it is just so I have a way to contact you)

Good luck and thanks for playing!  The winner will be announced here on Tuesday, November 22nd.  Stop back tomorrow when I am hosting a Disney Pixar Blog Hop!

Now you can hop on over to your next stop:
Lisa at
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Getting Cricky Blog Hop


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