Monday, November 16, 2015

Planning for the Holidays

Debbie here from Craftin' Chaos I hope this post finds you all ready to gear up for the holidays. Holidays are pretty stressful to me and I am sure they are for most people. So planning ahead for all of the tasks and shopping that needs to be done can help eliminate alot of that stress. I am going to share some planning items that help me make it a much less stressful time for me. I will also share a few of my favorite products that I use and how these items can help you in everyday life not just to plan for an upcoming holiday. 

First off since Thanksgiving is coming up I want to share menu planning with you. This is something I do all the time not just for holidays and it makes my life my easier and my husband loves to see what is on the menu so I work on about two weeks minimum at a time. I first plan what I am having for the two weeks and then looking day to day at the items on the menu plan my shopping list. This makes it less overwhelming if you just concentrate on each day as a whole. 

I typically make a penciled in categories of how my items are in the store. Such as "Dairy" "Produce" "Meat" etc. then each day I look at what I plan to have and start penciling in what items I need to make that meal. We are simple folk and we like simple foods so it is pretty easy for me. Plus I am one of those cooks that throws this and that in and it works! I am magical in the kitchen ha ha! I am an odd bird probably cause I do love to cook and brace yourself but I do love to grocery shop. I even menu plan and shop for my grown daughter to help since her life is so busy. 

I think the key to a good cook is loving to cook and I do so it just seems to go pretty easy. Although I seem to have trouble with the simplest things such as making macaroni and cheese. I have boiled it over 3 times! I blame it on my new stove. I have not grown to love it still.

So here is a look at my Limelife planner that I had a "menu planning" section added on.

Another view from a past menu planning session

Once I have planned my 2 weeks of meals I transfer the info to a dry erase white board I keep in the kitchen and so hubs can see what yummies he has coming up! He loves this! (This is an old pic as you can see its NOT April! :) 

So you can see this can be a handy tool even if you would like to keep track of what you spend you can mark it at the bottom of the page each week. 

Then I also have a Task Pad and it has M-F on it and for the holidays I used it a bit differently which you can see but it worked for the tasks I had to do because i was using it for a span of more than a week. But you can see how this pad can be a handy dandy tool for each week to write down your tasks to do and what day you will accomplish it or if you did.

Here is a start to my holiday decorating for the week of Christmas. It is not finished but you can see the cuteness starting. I printed off some bucket list stickers to put on for each day and I also utilized the stickers from Dec Brimbles box as well as that beautiful planner charm and sticky notes. 

Now again I wanted to share my planner layout. This is just one of the planners I use it is a Limelife planner. I love this layout especially for me cause I have 6 items I can mark along the left side to designate for specific task, like my shop, home, to do and more. This would work wonders for a family because unless you have more than 6 in your family each person can have their name in the box and you can have a whole week that you can write across for things to do or specifically for that one person. For a busy mother that is a great asset. If I had children at home this would be a handy tool. I have the inserts for my A5 and I also have the spiral bound in the same layout. They offer several layouts but this one I think is the best for someone that either has family to plan throughout the week for or a shop and a busy life like mine. 

So basically this is a post about how not only is planning fun for decorating and getting your creativity in but you can also use it to your advantage and help to keep your meal planning, holiday purchasing so much easier. If you are handy you can create a holiday shopping page, black friday pages etc. I hope you found this information somewhat helpful

Saturday, November 14, 2015

New Holiday Sentiment stamp set

I am on Timeless Twine/Bella Creationz today and sharing a new stamp set by Bella Creationz. 
I used some fun dies I got from Top dog dies to add the penguins and then used a pop of Cherry Red Twine to attach the flag sentiment. I love these sentiments and the font that was used! My new obsession is Tulle too (where has it been all my life?? I am sure it is a phase. 

Stamp Set: Holiday Sentiments

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Quick projects for the busy schedule

Today I am on Cardz TV and to be honest I have had so much going on lately I am stretched a little thin so I wanted to make some projects that were quick but yet cute. My new obsession is gold and silver foiled papers, glitter papers also and TULLE! Where have you been all my life?
I cut two sacks from a silhouette file I had and just made one larger. I love this file. It is super easy to put together and makes those cute sack jagged tops on them (that was so technical on the term right?) 
This paper was like a hot buy from Michaels and I bought two stacks of everything I found and they are so pretty. Lots of designs and lots of gold, silver and sparkle. The sentiments on the sacks are from the new stamp set Mary has called "Naughty or Nice"   I love these! 

I used DCWV glitter paper (nice and smooth!) and cut out the heart this sentiment for the card 
bottom. It cut very nice and you can see a close up below. Then I used the sentiment from

Friday, November 6, 2015

Top Dog Dies Guest Designing

I am so grateful for the opportunity to guest design again for Top Dog Dies. I am using 3 different sets of dies. I was so excited to be asked to do this again for them. For this first set of projects I used the die set TC144 Penguin die set. 
This set is so adorable and was fun to use. I made a little shaker speech bubble frame tag with it. I used various colors of sequins, white, silver and a splash of light blue. The backing is silver foil paper from DCWV. The sentiment is from Cardz TV called Naughty or Nice. I thought it was cute and made the project fun.

This project is a lollipop treat holder. I used some more foil papers I picked up at Michaels. I didn't have a lollipop handy cause I hadn't been feeling well and hadn't gotten back out so I just popped a white jelly pen in it for visual. I used some black Tulle (I wanted to get some red but just wasn't dragging myself out. But the black creates a nice pop against the paper .

For this next one I just used a We R Memory keepers envelope punch board and made a small gift card envelope with it. I put a starbucks gift card in it and it fits perfectly. I used some red and silver ribbon I had and the sentiment is from My Craft Spots tiny tags stamp set. 
This card below I used the die set TC143 Polar Bear Die set. I wanted to make it look like a "Forever" stamp so I cut out a stamp shape on my Cameo and added the "Furever" as a play on the forever stamp. Used a really pretty light blue glitter paper for the background and the pop of red for the base. Some clear sequins and the snowflakes made it a nice finish. 

For the snowy landscape I used the die set TC113 Water die set. Love the stitching on the dies and they always cut so perfectly!

Last project I did this card with some beautiful gold foil paper. I didn't want to add a sentiment cause the papers were so pretty I wanted them to be the focal point. I used the water die set to create some different cuts and then used some gold glitter paper underneath to accent the cuts. I added a pretty snowflake charm and a simple white ribbon. 

Thank you Top Dog Dies for giving me another opportunity to design with your great product. I had fun with them. Don't forget to stop over to their site and do some shopping. Lots of great dies to choose from!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Leaf on Me

Today I am on Timeless Twine and our theme the rest of the month is Halloween or fall and we are to use Autumn Splendor which is on sale for $2.25 a roll!!! A roll people not a little bit a whole roll!! So I wanted to make a fall themed card. Weird a bit cause I am such a halloween lover but I wanted to use these cute little leaf dies.

So I just cut out several of the leaves in several different colors. Distress inked the edges, added the autumn splendor twine and a cute tag with a sentiment and it was a done deal. The paper I thought went perfect with the colors I wanted to use. I wish I could have done a cute shaped card but my time is pretty thin right now and I had to just go with a simple shape and used a corner rounder. I think it is still ok.

Don't forget to stop over and grab some of the twine cause I mean for $2.25 for that many yards is crazy cheap!!

Supplies used:
Bella Creationz/Timeless Twine Autumn Splendor 

Stamp and dies from My Creative Time for Me

Monday, October 26, 2015

Easy DIY Planner Pockets and Planner decor ideas

Easy DIY Planner Pockets and Planner Decor Ideas

I am on the Mrs. Brimbles blog today. My topic is going to be about dressing up your planner by adding cute elements you can make yourself or purchase. Today I will share a couple pockets I made for my two planners shown below. 

One of the planners is a Kikki K A5 which I love cause I am someone who likes BIG planners. I need alot of space to feel free and not so confined but that is a personal preference. I also share my new Kate Spade Rose gold planner. I will be honest it is a personal size which is not my fav but I purchased it cause #1 I didn't own a Kate Spade Wellesley planner or any Kate Spade items which I totally want a purse and #2 it was rose gold (which I was hoping for a bit more of a pink cast to it). It is pretty but its pretty much just eye candy for this gal although I could see using this for travel so I could have all my credit cards and my hectic retired life schedule in it ha ha. 

Halloween is my absolutely FAVORITE time of the year. I love fall in general and then add the cute little halloween decorations and cute spooky items and its hog heaven for me. Below are pictures of some fun items I added to a not so spooky pink planner but it works! The little paperclips I made with my silhouette cameo and I intentionally made them pink for Breast Cancer awareness and it also goes great for blinging up my pink planner with halloween goodies. This pack of Project Life cards that were halloween I cannot get enough of them. 

 The pocket shown below is in my A5 Kikki so it is a bit larger than the one below and it is a different  look with the slanted pocket. Also this one is not attached to a PL card as I did in the one below. This one you will need a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock to make it this size.

This diagram shows you the sizes I made mine. You can adjust yours depending on if you want to go a bit bigger or smaller. The page is not to scale but hope it gives you a good idea how to
 easily make them. If you have a die cutting machine you can find cutting files easily. If you do not own a cutting machine then you can easily make these with a paper trimmer and making some marks on the paper for guides or cut from regular copy paper or scrap paper a template. 

For this pocket below that is in my personal size Kate Spade I made a pocket on my silhouette that I adhered directly on a large Project Life card. I love how it looks. I used some wonderful washi tape that was in my October Brimbles box and cut the little flag ends on it and adhered it to the bottom. The epoxy stickers were also from the October box as well as that adorable little planner charm Jack Skellington (its a bell too!).

Project life cards are definitely one of my favorite ways to make my planner pop and adds some special element that can easily be changed depending on your mood.

Even if you do not have a cutting machine these are things you can hand cut or use a paper trimmer and score and hole punch and you are still good to go. Dimensions will be shown below for mine. As you see the pocket is perfect for the small 3x4 PL cards. You can also use it to put paperclips or important items you may need to save. Remember with the template shown below you can make the folder any size you would like by just adjusting the sizes shown.

Making your own paperclips
This is an easy thing to do with just a few embellishments such as flair, die cuts etc. or even some plastic do dads just look around you probably have things that easily can be turned into a clip. If you are making a clip from flair I advise you to use E6000 adhesive. Just a blop of that on the back and you can secure the clip. I also like to finish it off by putting a little felt circle over it so that it hides the clip. 

You can purchase epoxy stickers or die cuts and create some paperclips yourself or if you are like me and you have a die cutting machine you can go to town! I will most like share in a future post a process video doing some clips. 
Let your imagination take your planner to new places. Post cards and cute magazine covers and pictures of just about anything that you find appealing can be laminated to make you a fun, cute dashboard. I know I save all Anna's cards that come with the kits so that I can hole punch them or create a dashboard with them. If you do not own a laminator you can get those laminating pouches that are self sealing, you can take to your local office supply and pay them to laminate it as well. 

Planner charms
Often times I run across metal charms for .25 cents or less at times or you can also find them in your local hobby store in bags and charms in the jewelry section and you can make yourself a inexpensive planner charm with some of the charms and add beads or whatever you are in to. 

I hope this helps you to see that with some craft supplies you probably have laying around you can create some unique items for your planner without spending a fortune to do it. 

Hey Ghoul Friend!

Hey peeps!! I am on Cardz TV Gallery blog today and my little card today is Halloween inspired but I wanted you to see with Mary's halloween stamps you can make a card that isn't necessarily all about halloween!

I wanted to make this card for a friend and I thought it would be cute to still utilize the halloween type theme but make it about really just a friendship card.

I purchased the cutting file for the Bride of Frankenstein from (love her files!) and stamped the sentiment from "Trick or Treat" set. Added some tulle which I love this stuff why wasn't I using it before!

The card base is also a cut file from svgcuttingfiles and the paper is black cardstock textured from American Crafts. The glitter paper (oh man its new for me but I love this stuff) is from DCWV and it is smooth! So its ok to use and not dull your blade. I got it at Joann's.

Purchase yours stamps here