Sunday, December 28, 2008

Template Challenge!!!

Hi, all, I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!! We sure did! It was very nice spending time with family & friends. I had off most of the week, so I was able to "relax" and spend time with the kids.

Nicole is hosting a template challenge. One of the nice things is that it is a very simple & clean template! It is being held at Kindred Creations and you can check out the details in the forum. She is offering a really cute prize for posting your layout to the gallery at KC. Check it out! Here is my take on the template:
I used Nicole's Love & Joy kit, which can be purchased in her store at KC.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Card order

Well, I received my cards and I am pleasantly surprised and quite pleased with the results. The postcards have a sheen to them, so they are very thing I don't like about photo cards is that they're printed on photo paper, so they get messed up when they get wet. These shouldn't. The envelopes are a little thin & cheap, but for $5/50, I guess I wasn't expecting much. The posters & calendar are very nice. The hat is ok & the window clings are REALLY nice...I just wish they weren't sticky, like a sticker.

Overall I am VERY impressed with my order, so next time you're looking for cards, etc. check out!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas Cards

Good Day! I've finally gotten my Christmas cards done!! Man, did I slack this year!!! They are supposed to be delivered tomorrow!!! Can't wait!!! I tried something new this year. Vista Print has "free" stuff all the time. I say "free" because you pay through the nose for shipping :o( But, I found this time that it was so worth the shipping!!! I ordered the large postcards for free (50) and paid $2.49 to upload my design & $4.99 for 50 envelopes. I also ordered a couple of other freebies, like a poster (11x14) & then the 2nd one was only $3!!! I ordered a poster size 2009 with a photo & a window cling. I also got 100 small postcards to put in with my eBay shipments as a thank you. All that was for $32+ I chose Priority shipping...ordered last Saturday night & arriving Friday. THEN, I opened my mouth (insert foot!!) and showed my parents. They asked me to make one for them, but they didn't want 50...well, for the price, 50 worked out to be a better deal. Sooo...I ordered theirs on Monday night & will also be arriving tomorrow! I ordered 50 for them with envelopes, 10 greeting cards & 240 return address labels for them. I also saw they offered free hats & t shirts, so I got a hat for my son with his soccer team's name on it & a window cling for him, too. I got 10 large magnets of the kids & a desk calendar with different photos for each month! You could also add birthdays, etc. for each date if you wanted! I got a notepad for my mom & dad & a set of Post its for me. All that came to $43.66...not too bad!! I forgot to mention that the postcards are 8.5x5.5 in size!!!! I'll have to report on the quality when they come in. I did order Alexa's birth announcements from them & was pleased, so these should be pretty good, too. Here's the cards....there's print & a photo on the back, too!!! The top one is mine & the bottom is of my niece & nephew for my parents.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Wanna win a Cricuit or iPod Touch?!?!

Be a Hero, Save a Blog CONTEST BASICS is offering a chance at winning one of two prizes on 12/15/08. Prizes include a choice between either a Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter Machine valued at $299.00, or a 16GB iPod Touch valued at $299.00. Selected winners are allowed to choose between the items. A winner will be selected every 2 hours of the day on 12/15/08 between the hours of 8 am MST through 8 pm MST.

Check it out!! I hope I win! How awesome would that be?!?!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Just Blossoms Layout

Hi, all

Sorry it has been a while!! Things have been crazy here. I went back to work part time & it turned into a lot more hours than I planned on...helpful for the money for Holiday gifts, but not helpful in that I'm never home!!

Anyway, Nicole is back from Paris AND Walt Disney World with an awesome new kit. It is called Just Blossoms & it has some really cute papers & elements...I LOVE the alphabet that's in this kit, too! Here's my layout...Alexa at 18 days old. Seems like forever ago since she's 7 months old today..sigh!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Blog Train!!

As I mentioned last week, I joined a blog train through DigitalArts Cafe. Because there are so many participants, it is better to visit here to get the links to the blogs. Scroll down a bit to see the list.

This is the first kit I've designed. It is fairly simple, but sometimes, that's just what you need! I ran out of time, but wanted to get something posted, so stop back on Wednesday to get the rest of the kit. I'm hoping to do an alphabet & some additional elements. If you download, please be sure to leave me a comment! I'd love to see anything you create with it!! Here's the preview for this part. Enjoy!!