Friday, February 28, 2014
I normally do not do this but I often hear that someone does not scrapbook because they just to do not have time. Well I think I found a way to squeeze some more time into your day.
Part of the “deal” for me to stay home was that we eat out less and I cook MORE. Well that sounds good in theory but you would not believe what I have forgotten after 17 years of working at night and outside of the home.
Enter my lifesaver:
I am not sure how to make a clicky thing so here is the web address:
So what is emeals?
How It Works
Pick Your Plan
To start getting eMeals, just choose a meal plan
based on your eating style, your family size
and even your favorite grocery store.
Get Great Recipes
Every week, your meal plan arrives in your inbox —
complete with seven simple, creative, family–friendly
dinner recipes. Each includes an entrée and side dishes.
Shop and Save
Along with the meal plan, you'll receive a detailed
grocery list organized by section and coordinated
with the weekly sales at selected stores.
Relax and Enjoy
We take care of the meal planning, the grocery list and
the budgeting — while you take credit for making healthy,
home–cooked meals that your whole family will love.
They even match up the store sales with the coupons in your Sunday Paper.
I wish I could show you just how organized this is but I am having tech issues. So for this week I have a plan, I know what to buy at the store and I know in advance what I am making each night for dinner and all I had to so was print an email! No more spending half the morning trying to find what to make for dinner just to give up and eat out again.
Oh and an even bigger upside is that the picky teenager likes the recipes she see’s and is willing to give them a chance. I signed up for the classic meals for myself but once I get my cooking chops back I may switch over to low fat or low carb just to see if I can loose some weight.
You know me … I would much rather scrapbook!
(I am not getting paid to write this blog post!)
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Fast And Furious
Recommended My Acrylix™ Blocks:
2" × 2" (Y1003), 2" × 3½" (Y1009), 2" × 6½" (Y1010)
Sunday, February 16, 2014
This is one of those days that I love. It is warm enough outside that I can have my window open and I am listening to Inner Harbor by Nora Roberts. It is one of my favorite books. This is not the best photo but shooting into the light is always difficult.
The cards that I am working on are for my Aunt Jackie. This time she needs simple everyday note cards. And since I can not just make one card I am making multiples
I am using a way retired cardstock (Ocean) and retired stamp from the Wings workshop but I am pairing it with a Cricut Artiste Collection Word Balloons stamp (D 1531) This stamp comes with the:
Cricut® Artiste Collection
Item Number: Z1790
I am not huge on word balloons but I loved the “Hi” sentiment so I just cut the word “Hi” from the stamp and now I am a happy camper. I am not worried about messing up this stamp because I know I was not going to use the whole image the way it was. Now it is more useable to me.
Once I stamped the sentiment in Black I am going over it with Clear Embossing Powder to make it pop.
Add a little Black Shimmer Trim and you have yourself a smart looking little card.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Good Morning. I have some good news for everyone.
I have decided to close my Etsy.com Shop and this is good news for you. I opened the shop in November hoping it would give you a good way to see all of the cards that I make and to be able to order from the comfort of your home.
What I found out was that because of the service fees each month I had to raise the price of my cards then you add in the postage to mail the cards to you and one little card was over $5.00! That is way over the price range I wanted. I had a couple of face to face sales but none on the website and I think it was the cost per card that was doing it.
So here is what I am doing.
1. Lowering the price of each card back to $2.00 each (I like that price range)
2. I will still be selling cards at crop
3. I will still be featuring and selling cards at craft fairs
4. If you are in a pinch and need cards just call me. I can load up my creations and you can have a personal “hallmark” experience in your home. You will not even have to get out of your jammies!
I am really happy with this decision and it will free up some time to work on making more cards. I love how this works out.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Friday, February 7, 2014
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Reflections™ Scrapbook Program (Soft Cover)
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
I am not sure about you but I have been having trouble with the “Economy” shipping that CTMH offers – it is the one that is $4.75. I have personally had this problem the last couple of months that I have ordered this way and thought it was just me but when it effected another Allen customer I called the CTMH home office and this is what they told me:
CTMH sends out the package by Fed Ex and then Fed Ex delivers the package to your local Post Office. The Local Post Office then delivers it to your house.
This is where the problem begins…
NOTE: This is my experience only.
The Allen Post Office then takes up to a week to deliver the package to my house. When I call to locate the package the Post Office tells me it is on the truck for delivery everyday.
But I found a solution!
This time when I placed my personal order I upgraded one level to Fed Ex Home Delivery (about $7.95). I placed my order on Saturday (1st) and it will be delivered to my house by Fed Ex on Friday (7th).
Now I am back to the fast shipping that I have become spoiled to with CTMH. I can not tell you to upgrade your shipping but if you are having similar issues with getting your goodies in a timely fashion this might be a good option for you.
I think I am also spoiled to Amazon’s lighting fast shipping but that is just me!
Well what do you think of the new Spring / Summer 2014 Catalog?
I love it!
There are a couple of items that I want to mention while you are making your wish lists. This will apply to all CTMH Catalogs.
The first 4 paper collections will carry over to the next catalog.
So here are the carry over papers and accessories that will be in the
Fall / Winter 2014 Catalog
Skylark Paper Packet
Item Number: X7177B
Item Number: Z3000
Skylark also has a Picture My Life kit that coordinates (I am not sure if PML will carry over)
Ivy Lane Paper Packet
Item Number: X7178B
Ivy Lane Complements
Item Number: X7178C
Ariana Paper Packet
Item Number: X7179B
Item Number: X7179C
Item Number: Z3002
Balloon Ride Paper Packet
Item Number: X7180B
Balloon Ride Complements
Item Number: X7180C
Balloon Ride Assortment
Item Number: Z3003
Balloon Ride also has a PML kit that coordinates!
Picture My Life™ Balloon Ride Scrapbooking Program
Item Number: Z1948
So if your favorite paper is not on this list STOCK UP while you can! My personal favorite this time is the Timberline (the entire line)