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Click on any of the projects in the slideshow below to view them. Scroll down the page to see my blog entries. Leave me a comment and let me know what your personal website is so I can come visit you!
Enjoy!
Natalie

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Friday, December 31, 2010

Blog Candy!

Thank you everyone, for helping me reach more than 100 followers, in fact 141! I have blog candy for one lucky person. Go tell it on the mountain, in the valleys, at the beach and in the cafe's that I am giving away some blog candy! Become a follower leave a comment you are a follower new or loyal and tell me your New Year resolution. I want to reach 200 followers so I can give away another prize!
The candy for this blog is a K & Companay Mini Book Kit from one of my favorite designers, Barbara Walton. This mini book kit is worth $10. Since I just do this for fun and don't have a DT or sponsers and such I would like to offer blog candy here and there, but don't have a huge budget. To get more bang for my buck and yours, too, let me know what kinds of fun little things that cost about $10 or so that you'd like to see offered as blog candy. I also make jewelry and wonder, would any of you like to see some of my custom jewelry as prizes? My other blog Patriot Beads has some of my projects featured for an idea of my style.

So on with the candy!
Here it is
I found this little kit at Memory Lane in Missoula, MT, my hometown, while I was visiting this summer.  Their store is so cool and the owners are really sweet!  I love flying 1600 miles to give them my business so they'll stay in business and be there when I move back!  How selfish!  JK!

Recap: How to win; follow, sign-up for e-mail  newsletter ( if ya wanna!), post a comment saying you are a follower and let me know your New Year resolution.  And just for fun let me know what kind of $10 and under blog candy you might like to see; cardmaking, scrapbooking, etc!  UPDATE:  I forgot to add when the chances to win will end, duh!!!  I will close this drawing on January 7th, which by the way happens to be my birthday!  I'll be 36! Yikes!  So midnight PST on Jan 7th I will close the drawing for blog candy!

Happy New Year!

Thanks and good luck!
Natalie

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2011 Calendar Blog Hop With Video Now!

It's finally here!  The 2011 Calendar Blog Hop!  So glad you could make it.  I hope you all are having a great Holiday Season and are planning to ring in the New Year with lots of fun and love!

You should be coming to this blog from Michelle at Peanut Butter and Jelly Designs  http://peanutbutterandjellydesigns.blogspot.com/.  If you have just happened upon this blog hop and would care to start at the beginning go to Celeste at Touched by a Butterfly at   http://touchedbyabutterfly.blogspot.com/.  

The Grand Prize Blog Candy is a brand-new Designer’s Calendar Cartridge, donated by Karelj at One By One The Flamingos Are Stealing My Sanity.  In order to be eligible to win, you need to leave a comment on each and every stop on the hop, along with a way for her to contact you.  She will choose a winner by random.org on the 31st and announce it on her blog, as well as contacting the winner personally.

Here's the entire blog line-up for you to visit from December 28th-December 30th:
1. January and April: Celeste at Touched by a Butterfly at   http://touchedbyabutterfly.blogspot.com/

2.  January and September:  Jessica at  Overjoyed Scrapper  www.overjoyedscrapper.blogspot.com
 3. February: Christel at Scrappin' Sista  http://onescrappinsista.blogspot.com
 4. February and March: Karelj at One By One The Flamingos Are Stealing My Sanity   http://karelj.blogspot.com
 5. March and July: Diane at Crafting This Moment  http://www.craftingthismoment.blogspot.com/
 6. April: Bonnie at A Scrap Above  http://ascrapabove.blogspot.com
 7. May: Michelle at Peanut Butter and Jelly Designs  http://peanutbutterandjellydesigns.blogspot.com/

 8. (You Are Here!)  May:  Natalie at Timeless Legacy Designs  http://timelesslegacydesigns.blogspot.com 

 9. June: Lisa at Lisa's Paper Butterflies  http://lisaspaperbutterflies.blogspot.com
 10. June: Jamie at Glitter, Paper, Stamps, Oh My!    http://jamieisacraftymomma.blogspot.com/
 11.  July: Summer and Jennifer at Cricut Diaries  http://cricutdiaries.blogspot.com
 12. August: Denise at Starlight Scrapper  http://starlightscrapper.blogspot.com
 13. August: Gina at Gina Thornton Stamping  http://ginathorntonstamping.blogspot.com/
 14. September: Deb at If It's Groovy http://ifitsgroovy.blogspot.com
 15. October: Rebecca at Creations with Becka  www.creationswithbecka.blogspot.com
 16 . October: Lora at Notes From The Scrapbook Lady   http://scrpbooklady.blogspot.com/
 17. November: Belinda at Queen Bee's Musings  www.queenbeesmusings.blogspot.com
 18. November and December : Col at Col's Creative Corner at www.scrappycol.blogspot.com
19. December: Deb at Tidbit's Place  http://tidbitsplace.blogspot.com

For my project I decided to make a 2 part video tutorial and it is finally finished! I have left up the written directions and pictures for those who don't care to watch the videos.  Enjoy!  Make sure to leave a comment after you've watched what you like of the video and let Karel know that you visited my blog to be eligible to win.  Feel free to become a follower, too!

After this blog hop is over I have blog candy I will be giving away as I have passed my goal of 100 followers. check back for a post about that and leave a comment to become eligible to win my blog candy after December 30th.  I also have made my blog post updates available in e-mail format so don't forget to sign up for those, too!  If you have any questions regarding supplies or techniques you see in the videos feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment.

Material List:
K & Company Que Sera Sera paper pad
Coordinating Cardstock in pink and ivory
Stampin Up! Inks, chalks and pens: Bold Brights and Earth Elements
Stamp sentiments
Stamp numbers
Stamp flower
Sticker Sentiment-preferably clear
Butterfly die cuts
May die cut
Chalk blending sticks
Floral vellum for picture mats two 3.5 x 3.5 mats and one 4 x 5
Copy of lined or graph paper on cardstock
Embossed or cursive writing on foil, vellum or paper
White gel/chalk pen
Ruler
Paper cutter
Adhesive
Distress inks in coordinating colors
Tan vellum cut in 1/2 in strips
White vellum cut in 3/4 in strips
Stickles in coordinating colors
Dictionary words with definitions of Springtime words 3-6 
Pop dots
 


 1) 12 x 12 page of green paper, upper left area use white gel pen to draw 1/4 in grid lines about 3 inches in and 6 inches down
2) 3 x 2.5 pink cardstock, use white gel pen to draw lines for journaling 1/4 in apart, distress edges, attach to page.  Stamp with pink or orange ink with a flower stamp and then sentiment stamp.  Add 1/2 in by 5 in vellum strip.  Use tape dispenser to give jagged edge.
3) Bottom of page, 12 x 2 1/4 strip of graph looking blue paper or similar, distress edges, attach
4)  6 x 3 piece of paper in light orange behind "May", distress edges and add over blue and green paper on lower left corner.
5) Cardstock with graph or lined paper design, 3 x 2.5 in size, distress edges, add to lower left
6)Add 8 x 8 piece of embossed/printed handwriting paper about 3 1/4 in from left edge.  Cut 7 1/4 by 4 in dark pink and distress edge.  Add it to page lining up with left most edge of handwriting paper, overlapping on it.
7) 6 x 3 1/2 piece of ivory cardstock, handwrite a letter, fold it up, wrinkle it, distress it and add to right side in middle of page leaving 3 1/4 from the bottom.
8)Cut orange patterned paper in 2 1/5 x 5 and rip one of the shorter ends to face to the right.  Distress all edges and attach to top right corner overlapping letter and pink paper
9)Cut 8 1/2 in piece of paper to taper from right at 1/2 in to left at 3/4 in, rip the left edge and distress all edges.  Add to top of layout going from right to left overlapping orange and pink papers.
10) Cut out "May" from coordinating pattern paper, distress, add glitter, add on top of light orange paper leaving part of the "y" unglued to fit picture under
11) Add small paper with "2011" stamped on it, distress edges
12) Add fake tape tan vellum 1 x 1/2 in cut with tape dispenser, to top right corner 1/2 in from top, flush with right side and stamp with sentiment.  Add fake tape tan vellum 2 3/4 x 1/2 to right side of pink paper, cutting with tape dispenser, add fake white vellum tape 1 1/2 x 3/4 in cut with tape dispenser to top of light orange paper above "May", add fake white vellum tape 2 1/4 x 3/4 in cut with tape dispenser to bottom left of pink paper.
13) Stamp sentiment above "May"
14)Cut two butterflies in one design and three in another and use chalks to add characteristics.  May use stickers or punches.  Add glitter to accent.  Add wire antennae to butterflies.  Put two most similar in size on grid paper on lower left and add stamped sentiment in coordinating colors.  Add two of the larger butterflies to the top of the aged letter overlapping the orange paper near top right.  Add smallest butterfly to lower right of the aged letter.
15) Add 3-6 cut out dictionary definitions to bottom right corner overlapping some of the different papers.  Use scanner to get words and print onto acid free paper of coordinating color or find vellum or stickers with similar format.
16) Place 5 x 4 floral vellum mat toward the top in the middle at a skewed angle and the two  3 1/2 x 3 1/2 mats trickling down the page barely overlapping each other. 
Now for the bottom
1) 12 x 12 page of coordinating pink paper for background
2) Cut flower die cuts for special days in varying colors, distress with inks and enhance with glitter.  Handwrite the special day title on the flower.  Stamp the date on the flower.  Cut out Birthday cakes or other icons for other special days if you wish. 
3) Cut remaining days out of a lighter patterned paper suitable for writing at 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 in and distress edges. Stamp the remaining dates on the squares.
4) Cut out Days of Week whole word or beginning of word and use layers to make them pop off page.  I used Gypsy Wanderings font.
5) Practice by arranging where the squares and flowers will go and then use white gel pen to make lines for additional notes, even adding the word "Notes:"
6) Find a suitable quote in clear sticker or stamp and put it on a coordinating piece of paper.
7) Adhere all flowers and squares when you are happy with their placement. 

Whew....I believe that is a quick and dirty description of how to do this page.  If you need any other help with this page or the techniques let me know.  I scraplifted this page from a printed page by K & Company from the Cut and Paste pad.  
I hope you enjoyed this and let me know where I go to see yours!  Happy Hopping!  Next you are off to Lisa at Lisa's Paper Butterflies  http://lisaspaperbutterflies.blogspot.com.

Natalie




 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Thank You Gift Blog Hop Entries Closed - Winner Announced!

I wanted to thank everyone who stopped by my blog and commented on my project for the Thank You Gift Blog Hop hosted by Joy at Joy's Life!  I had a great time and loved all of your comments!  Thanks to you who became followers, which helped me reach my goal of 100 followers! Now I get to trek down to Michael's and pick out some blog candy and I'll be doing that this week!  Just been a tad busy with hops and kids!

Anyway.....Now for the winner....I used Random.org to pick a winner from 75 different people who commented and here's what it showed.....
 And who is the 61st commenter..........hold on I had to scroll for....a....min....ute.....
Anna D.
You and your daughter did an awesome job!!! Just adorable!!!
Thanks for the chance to win. 

You are welcome, Anna! Congratulations! Let's hear it for the girl!  Thanks again everyone and good luck next time!  I will be e-mailing you, Anna, and getting your mailing info!  Buy some popcorn, it's movie time!  
Natalie

  


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Update Post for Thank You Gift Blog Hop

I will be drawing the winner for the Thank You Gift Blog Hop on Tuesday so that all of my weekend warrior scrapping sisters and the occasional brother can leave comments and enter to win!

Please tell all of your friends to stop by and see my blog and become a follower as well. I will be giving away some blog candy when I reach 100 followers.  I will be searching for some fun stuff to give away and I will post a separate blurb for you all to leave me some congrats and enter to win so stay posted!!!

"Thank You" Gift Blog Hop!

Welcome to Timeless Legacy Designs by Natalie McBroom, that's me!  I am so glad you are hopping along with all of us today and I hope you are enjoying all the "Thank You" gift ideas that are being presented to you today!

If you've just stumbled upon my blog and would like to start from the beginning of this hop then start at Joy's Life and then follow the links all the way to the end!  Don't forget to leave comments as there will be prizes!   

For my "Thank You" gift I decided to make a little gift bag with goodies for the new hair stylist I met at my local salon, "Details".  It's a small world where I live, she knew my in-laws and was really sweet to me and my little girl.  She gave me a great cut and style.  I plan on going back to her and I wanted to bless her with a little gift of Christmas love!  I wanted to picture the goody bag by my one and only Santa.  My late grandmother Mildred gave this to me and she was one of the people in my life who really demonstrated a giver's heart.  She'd love that I am doing crafts and sharing them with others!
Here's the details of the bag: I used my Gypsy and Expression for this project.  I cut the bag using one of the bags on Plantin Schoolbook.  The paper is K&Co, Secret Santa.  The lightbulb tag is from Very Merry Tags.  The Ho Ho Ho ribbon is from Michael's last year.  The Christmas tree window is a cut I welded into the bag from the Christmas Solutions Cartridge which was part of the free download from Cricut found here and it is going on until December 31st. I adhered a rectangle of clear material cut from a piece of a "report cover" that you can buy at office supply stores.  I found it was more affordable than transparency sheets.  I used Stickles in Candy Cane and Holly to make Christmas lights on the clear material.  I used Stardust Stickles on the tag.  I forgot to let them dry more before I took the picture, but they are beautiful once dried.  If you have never tried Stickles grab some on sale at your craft store and you'll be hooked.  I got all 35 original colors at a great deal on eBay. 

Now for pics of the goodies inside the bag!

I found a website which suggested gifts that would be appreciated by stylists at salons.  I found some great stocking stuffers and gifts at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  I used the coupons I get in the weekly mailer.  I found a marshmallow cupcake lollipop.  It had been dipped in chocolate and then dipped in crushed candy cane pieces.  You could make these from scratch, if you felt inspired!  The lotions are for a stylist's sore feet and dried out hands!  The little notebook is for all the great information she gets from her clients or for words of wisdom she thinks of during the day!  It is travel themed because being a stylist affords one the opportunity to feel like a world traveler without leaving the building due to all the people they meet!

Lastly, my little girl who is 3 1/2 wanted to create her own gift bag as well.  Here is her take on the bag!
Now for the prize!  I'd like to give one lucky blogger the movie "The Nativity Story" to watch.  I purchased this copy at Bed Bath and Beyond and it is a legitimate release wrapped in cellophane and not a bootleg copy!  I loved this movie and it will put you in the Christmas Spirit for sure!   All you need to do is leave a comment and your e-mail on this post for a chance to win the movie.  If you'd like, put your blog link as well and I'll come visit your blog!
Thanks for stopping by today!  If you like my blog, feel free to let me know, become a follower, grab my button to the right and tell others about my site.  Don't forget to sign up to receive my e-mail newsletter.  I regularly post about other blogs, giveaways, techniques, challenges, and just fun paper crafting finds, sales, contests, news and what not! 

Now on to the next blog: Raven at http://love4stamps.blogspot.com/
Here's the complete list of blogs for your reference:
Joy http://joyslife.com/
Ruthie  http://septemberninth.blogspot.com/
Angela http://creativecraftin.blogspot.com
Carrie http://thegreenbeanscrafterole.blogspot.com
Denise http://cricutmyway.blogspot.com/
Gale  http://www.thehappystamper.com/
Janis http://pausedreamenjoy.blogspot.com
Jen   http://scrapaholicjen.blogspot.com
Jenny http://crazyaboutcricut.blogspot.com
Jin  http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com
Julie http://cricutchick.blogspot.com
Lori http://scrappinmystressaway.blogspot.com
Mari (Momo)  http://madebymomo.blogspot.com
Misty http://abusyplace.blogspot.com
Natalie (ME) http://timelesslegacydesigns.blogspot.com
Raven http://love4stamps.blogspot.com/
Theresa http://www.thescrapbookingqueen.com/
Tracy http://www.craftjunkietoo.com/
Yolanda http://yoliebean.blogspot.com

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Clear Your Calendar!

Don't forget Saturday December 12th is the "Thank You" Gifts Blog Hop.  The hop will start at Joy's Life and eventually lead to many other blogs including mine!  I will have a fun "Thank You" gift idea to share with you as well as a prize for one lucky blogger who leaves a comment and e-mail address. 

Sign up for my newsletter by e-mail to the right to find out when I post new blurbs on my blog!  Tell your friends. 

When I get to 100 followers I am going to have a giveaway for one lucky follower!
Have a great weekend!
Natalie

Monday, December 6, 2010

Blinkies, Buttons, and Bling

I have gone crazy looking at all the blog hops going on right now and all the great work and ideas out there!  I noticed that most of the blogs have many blinkies, buttons, and bling all over their page and I thought I'd let my followers know why my blog doesn't necessarily look like the others in that regard.

My goal for this blog has changed over the time I've had it and I have settled into a position in my life right now that I am only on one design team at the time, hence one button in support of that.  I have the button for my site that someday will be updated :).  I put up a few blog candy announcements and blog hops if I feel like it!!!  For the most part I want to keep all of my space on the side columns free to bring you links to all kinds of other sites.  You see I am not the most talented person on the planet (yes I know this comes as a shock to my family), I love my own style and I am just not a pioneer in the paper craft world, so I like to connect others to those who are pioneers as well as those who are newbies.  All of the talent is amazing to say the least.  All of it is inspiring in some way. 

I like to share what I make on this blog, nudge you to be you, and have this blog feel like it is an old notebook filled with knowledge that you'd never throw away.  I have so many goals, to make videos, to make more varied projects, and to showcase more complex and difficult techniques. I have thoughts to share with you and inspiration just trying to get out.  This will all come in time......

So for now, few blinkies, and lots of linkies!
I need to get to bed!
Natalie

Peachy Keen Stamps

Recently, I made a new bloggy friend, Ruth Ann or Ruthie as her friends call her.  She is a member of the Design Team at Peachy Keen Stamps.  This site is great!  They have awesome stamp sets and even hold challenges on their blog and they give away their product.  If you haven't heard of this site before and you like to put "faces" on your creations, then this is the place for you.

I asked Ruthie, which stamp sets should I start with.  I don't have any of the paper doll cartridges, but thought it would be fun to put faces on some everyday die cut shapes.  Here's the advice she gave me.

Hi Natalie,

O.k. here is my advise....

I would start off with one of these sets:

PK-491 Every Day Faces

PK-540 Funshine Face Assortment

PK-570 Basic Paper Doll Face Assortment

All three of the above sets have very basic faces and can easily be used in many different ways. I would choose the one you like best and get that one. All three sets come with 6 different faces, in 5 different sizes. I think Funshine has 7 faces, that is why it costs a little more then the other two.

If you are able to purchase a second set, I would get PK-640 the Princess Face Assortment.  This one is really girlie so I wouldn't choose it as a 1st choice.

If you are going to be stamping faces on things that don't normally have faces, like fruit and other objects, then I would get PK-660 the Laughy Taffy Face Assortment. 

You can also use the basic faces on non-traditional stuff, but the Laughy Taffy set is a fun one to have.

The white pen and chalk really make the faces come to life. I bought both of these items at Michael's with coupons. Lately, I have been using my colored pencils as well.

Hopefully, that helped. :) Let me know if you have any other questions.

Ruthie :)
Check out Ruthie's blog here.  Peachy Keen Site is here.

Sweet Daddy

My newest LO featured at If It's Groovy!
 Stop by If It's Groovy and check out all the Design Team creations lately! 
Natalie

Sunday, December 5, 2010

New Blog in Town

I love finding new blogs, if you have any I should check out, let me know!  I list them on my website and I try to list blog hops and other challenges and giveaways.  Let me know about any of these and I'll post them for you! 
I stumbled into a new blog for the Cricut, Flaunt it Fridays!  Check it out!


Natalie

Imaginisce Design Team Call

Being on a DT is a wonderful way to grow as a scrapbook artist and paper artist.  Try out your talent at Imaginisce for 2011.  I would, but I am wayyyyy toooooo busy!  Maybe next year!
Natalie

Saturday, December 4, 2010

$450 in DCWV giveaway at Robert's Crafts!

I just found a huge giveaway over at Robert's Crafts!  Hurry over and check it out!

Holiday Blog Hops

Here is a list of some Christmas/Holiday blog hops and giveaways going on and coming up!
My Creative Time
Imaginisce
Scrappin Navy Wife
and another Imaginisce December Sketch Blog Hop
Sweet Sassy Diva
Cooking with Cricut
Happy New Year Giveaway 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Chargers

My husband loves the Chargers and so do I.  Well, he loves the San Diego Chargers and I just love the ones featured over at Michaels this week!  I have never purchased chargers to put under my plates, but there are some really great ideas!

Go over and check them out here.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

New Challenge at If It's Groovy! Tell your friends!

Hey do you get those "words of the day" emails? Do you ever wonder what in the world that word means? Now is your chance to use one or open up a dictionary and create a lo using a word you find! It should be fun and Debbie will have a prize for one winner. Head on over to If It's Groovy and check out what's going on!  Email Groovy Deb at If It's Groovy if you would like to enter: groovydeb@yahoo.com.
Here's my take on the challenge!

Pay It Forward Day and Merry and Bright Card

Today is Pay It Forward Day at my church and I challenge you to give a gift of a kind deed or a donation today or this week or this month! Run through your house and find a box or bag full of stuff you could take to any of your local charity supported thrift stores. Take a few bags of food to the food bank. Make a commitment to an Angel Tree child or church supported fund-raisers! Pay for someone's groceries, or coffee at the coffee house. Maybe even drop a bag of pet food to the local pet shelter. Make treats for your neighbors or people you get services from in your community! Try to work this in here and there this month. You'll find that helping others cheer up takes away your own blues and holiday frustration.

Here is a card I made last night to wish you all a Merry and Bright Christmas and Holiday Season. Today I'd like to share with everyone that I am so grateful for the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ, and that I love spending all month celebrating and reflecting on this Man, who is God incarnate! I get weepy when I think of how our Creator knitted together Jesus in Mary's body and kept her safe as the precious baby grew, indwelt in this Man's body His own Spirit, and allowed His own Son to go through a short but fulfilling life on Earth all because He seeks a freindship, fellowship, and relationship with me! Thank Yous are never enough!!!! God bless all my family, friends (internet included), loved ones, neighbors, co-workers, my community, my state, my country, and my enemies. May you all be filled with God's Spirit this season!


10 x 7 in. white cardstock folded in half
5 x 7 in. patterned paper #1, 1 x 7 in. patterned paper #1 edges and folds distressed with sandpaper (SEI Winter Song)
4 x 6 in. patterned paper #2 edges distressed with sandpaper (SEI Winter Song
3.25 x 4.25 in. patterned paper #3 edges distressed with sandpaper (SEI Winter Song)
8 inches red grosgrain ribbon 1/2 in wide
snowflake die cut from white cardstock at 2 in high (Christmas Cricut cart, Gypsy, Expression)
scalloped circle die cut from patterned cardstock at 1.6 in (SEI Winter Song,, any cart with a circle with small scallops, Gypsy, Expression)
snowflake stamp approx 1.5 in wide or less (I used Basic Grey Figgy Pudding: Santa Baby clear stamp set)
sentiment stamp approx 1.5 wide or less ( I used Stampin UP! 2002 All Year Cheer I)
clear stamp acrylic mounting block
coordinating stamp pads 2 colors (Stampin UP! Bordering Blue and Tim Holtz Firebrick Red Distress Ink)
Reminisce foam 3D adhesive squares
Stickles in Crystal color
double sided adhesive
Use any sentiment you choose from your assorted collection.  Don't have any stamps, check out this link for some coupons to your local craft stores.  There are also some great stamp artists on the internet like Joy's Life, Typical Scrapbooker, or any others that are referenced here on my blog to the bottom left of the page.
Sand the edges of the paper to create a lovingly worn look!   When adding the #3 patterned paper use 5 3D foam adhesive squares or circles to pop off card.
                                   Adding ribbon makes cards look more handmade and personal!
  Add the distressed strip of paper to the top or bottom or the side of the inside of the card for pizazz!



Practice on scrap paper with the stamps to see where to put each one and then stamp on your project pieces, add a 3D foam piece to the center of the snowy message medallion and top off with some Stickles for bling!
I hope you enjoyed my card and have a great day!!!!  May it be Merry and Bright!
Natalie

Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Bags and Tags

My mother, Bead Bum, has been making jewelry for the University of Montana's UC Bookstore gift section for a few years and I offered to make her some cute bags and tags for her Christmas Collection.  Here is a slide show of the bags I made.  Some are large for bracelet earring combos and some are small for just earrings.  She places a card with the jewelry on it inside the bag along with some tissue.  She'll be adding ribbon for the tags.  I plan on making some for other holidays for her as well. 

I made the bags using my Cricuut Expression, Plantin Schoolbook, and Very Merry Tags.  I used K and Company dual sided Christmas paper and SEI paper Winter Song.





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Friday, November 19, 2010

Check out my Sketches!

Over at If It's Groovy, Groovy Deb has been featuring my sketches every Friday.  These are not your everyday sketches, people.  These sketches push you to develop a way of scrapbooking that brings your life and your emotions on to the pages.  I hope to develop some 2-page layouts, cook book layouts, faithbook layouts and make sketches from them.  Until then check out the past two sketches I've done at If It's Groovy.  I challenge you to submit your take on my sketches to the blog for us to enjoy!  This weeks sketch and last weeks.
Natalie

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

5 free Cricut Cartridges for your Gypsy!

Hurry over to http://www.cricut.com/gypsy/promo/default.aspx and get 5 free cartridges if you buy a Gypsy and register it by December 31 or if you already own a Gypsy you can just do an update and receive them!  PC and MAC updates and software available!  Wow!  What a treat!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My new daughter!

Well, folks, I've been away for a bit due to some recovery time needed with having my daughter.  I am happy to announce that she was delivered via C-section on October 7th at 5:18 pm and weighed 8 lbs and 6 oz.  She was measured at 21 inches long, but the pediatrician's measurement was 20 so that is what I'll go with.  She has beautiful curly, brown hair and is such a joy to have.

I'll be back to crafting soon.  In the mean time stop over to If It's Groovy and take a look at all the great Halloween layouts, cards, and projects that the Design Team has made.  Ever thought it would be fun to be on the If It's Groovy Design Team?  Well, if you've got some spunk and you're a Groovy Girl, head on over, check it out and send Groovy Deb and e-mail letting her know you are interested and would like to apply!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Imagine Nation Bloghop

Oh my gosh!  If you love winning scrapbooking and cardmaking supplies then hop on over to Pink Cricut and hurry up as the hop ends tonight as far as I can tell!   Do it, do it now!

Natalie!
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Friday, October 1, 2010

Happy October 1st!

It's a blustery day here in Imperial County and a great day to scrap.  I've been a little behind in reading my emails, however I wanted to share the Green Wednesday announcement from Provo Craft.  They are selling the Cricut Imagine with three carts~a totally different combination than that which was offered on HSN.  Click on the ad for details.
If you are having any issues with your Imagine here is a link to Tips, Tricks, & Troubleshooting.
I wanted to let my followers know that my husband blessed me with the HSN deal for our 6th Anniversary!  I have been playing with it as much as possible and I am really enjoying it.  I never planned to get one and I felt so guilty getting one.  I have really denied myself this past year as far as clothes and crafting goodies as in the past I spent a lot more, until the economy crashed.  I am just very humbled and trying to accept that it's okay to celebrate once in a while.  If any of you are struggling with celebrating in these lean times or if you struggle with celebrating, period, you've got to read "Eat the Cookie, Buy the Shoes", by Joyce Meyers.  The title is misleading in my opinion, and it's turning out to be a great book.  My women's Bible group is reading it now.

I hope to be sharing projects I've made and I want to make some out of different materials than the mainstream Cricut blogs are doing.  I really want to try using transparency material as my current printer will not print on it very well.

On a different note, yesterday my OB doc said that he may induce me next Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday as my due date is on Friday the 8th and it is best not to go too long as I have gestational diabetes.  So we'll see folks, we may have a new little one this time next week!

Blessings from Natalie!
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Time to Think About Halloween?

I don't have any fun pics of me as a child dressed up in costume to show you, but I'm thinking I can dig up one or two from my adult Halloween days.  I'll have to put that on my to do list today!

In the meantime, I stumbled onto the Die Cuts With a View Blog via Everyday Cricut and they are both having giveaways.  In fact Everyday Cricut has a giveaway every week and you'd better get over there and check it out!  Sign up to receive e-mail notices from both sites and comment on their posts.  Follow their directions for your chance to win the giveaways and be inspired as well! Make sure you visit DCWV on Facebook, too!

I've got about a week and a half to go before baby is due and I'm trying to take it easy and scrapbooking and making cards fits in well!  Even my 3 year old loves being at the big desk across from me and working on her own projects.....lovin' it!
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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Family Layout

Being on a design team has caused me to mix up the order I usually scrap my layouts.  So I've had to go back a couple of years and start scrapping some of my pictures from family vacations.  I have different albums going as well.

I have an album for my 3-year old daughter and I am also doing an album for me of all family.
This layout is entitled "Family"
The background is craft paper.  The stickers were from Michaels and the strip of denim with chunky glitter was trim from the clearance section of Wal-Mart's craft section.  I believe the patterned papers are from SEI, but I'll have to double check that and rummage through my scraps to see if I can find the maker.  I've had absent-minded pregnant lady mentality lately!  The red polka-dot paper was from the clearance area at Two Peas in a Bucket.  You could easily make it by welding circles together on your die cut machine software or your Gypsy.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Awesome Blog Hop

I just stumbled upon this awesome blog hop today that is for all kinds of crafters.  All you have to do is leave a comment on each blog and follow it!  I came away from this hop very inspired for fall and got some ideas for things to make for future craft shows as well!

The Fall Blog Hop starts here.  Happy Hopping!
Natalie

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Monday, September 13, 2010

The Imagine on HSN

Okay crafters, tomorrow is a big day for scrapbooking and card-making enthusiasts!  The people who brought us the Cuttlebug, the Cricut machines, the Gypsy, and the Cricut Cake, are releasing for sale on HSN, the Cricut Imagine.  I am in no way endorsing this machine or even planning on getting one, but I am still going to watch the release for sale of this machine on HSN tomorrow at 9 pm Pacific, 12 am Eastern.  

Here are some websites that have been showcasing this machine and what it is capable of: 

Everyday Cricut
The Pink Stamper
Obsessed with Scrapbooking
Clever Someday

Let me know what you think about it or if there are any other sites that offer good information and projects about Cricut machines and products.
Natalie

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Busy week

Today is 9/11 and it seems like ages ago that the Twin Towers were brought down. That year was a pretty terrible one for me. My country was attacked in a devastating way and I was enduring horrible emotional abuse from my new husband in a strange new city and questioning the religious institution I was involved with. I lived way down in San Diego, CA when 9/11 happened and I felt so deeply about these people. I had friends who were not Muslim that were victims of hatred and I saw different ethnic groups react in vast ways to this event. Some were anti-American and were indifferent and apathetic. 

It is so easy to get wrapped up in all the world's events because, let's face it, it affects all of us in a myriad of ways. For this simple woman, it has affected my sense of safety and how I view people and strangers. It has affected my hope in the future of my country and the future of my children. It has affected my spiritual life and has helped my faith grow. I gave my life to Christ, found a husband who appreciates me and haven't looked back.

But in an even more simplistic way, all the world's events have effected the kind of scrapbooking I do! I have sought to create balance and not let scrapbooking take over my life or other crafts for that matter. I have sought to include journaling and pictures in my scrapbooks that tell stories...history, and convey real life as it is or was!
I have also been very careful not to spend too much time envying everyone else's skill level, blog, or craft room inventory. I have been cautious in not letting every fad, theme, tool, embellishment, and craft industry invention suck the money out of me. There will always be pretty things, I tell myself, but I am now an advocate of buying tools and supplies as you have cash for them, not driving up a credit card debt to satisfy a shopping binge! I am going to start going through my papers and start sharing them with others. I suppose the most logical place to do this is on my blog! I'd also love to do swaps with anyone who is looking to get rid of some extra quality paper scraps and supplies and would like some new paper and supplies.

The title of this post is "Busy Week" for a reason. As some of you know I am pregnant and the due date is October 12th. This picture of me was taken about a week ago.  I have about 4 weeks left!
I have gestational diabetes and have been doing fairly well with controlling my sugar, not perfect and I give in to a big bowl of Cinnamon Life and milk sometimes!  I haven't gained any weight which is good since I am over the healthy weight I should be and my appetite is pretty nil....why can't I feel like that when I'm not pregnant!   Anyway, I have to go to the doctor and the hospital once a week for monitoring of the baby.  I am looking forward to meeting my little one and I hope you'll join me in praying for her safe arrival into this world.  I just pray that she is happy and healthy!

I will be blogging and doing projects for If It's Groovy as much as I can, but bonding with baby is number 1!  Right now I am working on a Creative Memories album, girl themed, which happens to have a lot of the pages pre-layered with paper pieces and shapes.  I just have to add pictures, journaling and stickers!

I also received my new issue of Paper Wishes and I am getting some great ideas from their catalog for color combinations and even that crazy Christmas Wish List!!!  Sometimes I use their catalog to just see what new products are out there and which old ones are still available.  I can then look elsewhere on the internet for cheaper prices and if I have a "real" need and money in the bank I might buy a little goodie or two, once in a while!  Check out their website here.
Take care all,
Natalie
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Friday, August 27, 2010

New to me

I know I am not the only one in the paper arts world that is inundated and overwhelmed by the choices of paper, embellishments, tools, and goodies that exist to make all of our project wishes spectacular.  I am very much a lurker and when new products come out I just am not one to jump on the band wagon.  One product that I have been giving a lot of thought to lately is Core'Dinations paper.

I have been looking around the internet and trying to find websites and videos that demonstrate how to use this cardstock as well as which different color choices yield which type of core colors, etc.  I will keep searching and if you have any great websites or blogs that you think would help me as well as others discover the wonders of this product, leave me a comment!


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Wonderful Summer Card

I love cards that are homemade and made by someone who thinks outside the box! Check out this card over at If It's Groovy!
Do you have any cards that you'd like me to check out?  Leave me a comment with your blog addy!

Natalie

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Free Card Design Downloads

I was just looking around my blog and noticed that there is a site where you can download free card designs!  I love free idea sites with pictures and inspiration!  Check it out!  Free Cardmaking.com

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Gift Ideas!

Need some gift ideas for friends or a special teacher?  Check out If It's Groovy and see what project I made for just such an occasion!  If you have any questions about how to complete the project, let me know! 
Natalie

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

National Sandwich Month

Over at If It's Groovy, they are celebrating National Sandwich Month with some great layouts! Head on over and join in on the fun!
Here's my entry for the challenge:

This layout is from my own sketch and I used the bottom of a large dixie cup to make the "coffee cup" stains!  I used my Cuttlebug to put the texture in the red paper.  And the cork is actually real scrapbook friendly cork-paper!

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Back from Vacation

Hi all, I am back from a 3 week vacation in Missoula, Montana! We took three days to drive there and three days back. We saw all kinds of friends and family and helped my parents celebrate their 50th Anniversary! I got to go to Jo Ann Fabrics, which we don't have where I live and I bought some great Fiskars products and paper pads from Die Cuts With a View!
I also bought a scalloped border punch that I have used for all kinds of page accents as well as making tags!
I also picked up some mini color pads for mounting pics on and using in my Cricut to do fun font and shape cutouts without having to sacrifice big sheets of paper!
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