The lucky winners of the CK Books are:
5 and 13

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Winner #5
L, you never cease to amaze me! It's always fun to see what new projects you are up to.--evilwoman

Winner is #13

Blogger Juanna Hope said...

yay! a CK giveaway! thanks for the chance to win

Ladies - send your name and address to me ASAP so we can get your prizes out to you! lainalamb1@gmail.com


Free Friday is back.

Yes, you read that right. I found some time this week to create a little something just for me (and you!)

Whoops, how did that cute picture of Frank get on here. :) Who doesn't love a great pug pouty face?

Before we get to the freebie, don't forget to leave a comment on Sunday's post for a chance to win one of the new CK special issues. Contest is open until midnight tonight.

I am very close to being done with all my holiday shopping. Wrapping them is next on the list. I'm not much of a card maker. I do love to look at and receive handmade cards but the time involved just isn't my thing. Every year around this time I get the urge to create cute little Christmas tags to decorate my packages. This year, I am sharing my tags with all my blog readers.

I have had this idea for a new product at my TwoPeas site for quite a long time... Punch and Print PDFs!

How to use them:
1. Print as many copies of the PDF as needed. Make sure when printing that you do not have "fit to page size" or scaled printing checked in your print window. You will want to make sure they print at the correct size to ensure they line up with your punches.

2. I designed the tags to be used with a 1.75" and 2" circle punch (you can get away with a 1.5" and 1.75 if you need to). The EK Success Gold Circle punch is 1.75 and hands down the best punch in my enormous stash. StampinUp also sells a 1.75" punch. buy it, it is so versatile.
3. Grab some cardstock scraps in colors that match your print.
4. Begin by punching out all of your printed circles. Remember to hold the punch upside down so that you can see where you are punching.
 If you are using the 1.5" punch you will have to punch off the colored ring and simply punch out just the icon.
 5. Punch a stack of 2" circles out of the cardstock scraps. (If you are making the smaller size tags, you will punch a 1.75" circle). These circles will become the base for each tag. You could also cut these backer circles from a diecutting machine if you don't have the correct punch.
 6. Adhere an icon circle and a to/from circle to the front and back of each base circle to form the tag. Add a 1/8" hole punch to the top of each tag. Add ribbon or Jillibean Soup Bakers twine to finish!
 Tip: How to get to the center of the page? Cut the page in half so you can punch right down the line.
 Your finished tags will look like this depending on the size you punched.
 Quick and simple handmade tags! Enjoy.

Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think of my Punch and Prints!


Inspiration GIVEAWAY!

I don't know about you...but Winter is my "scrapbooking season!" I get more pages done between January and March than any other time of the year. Looking for some great books to get you going? Check out these new special issues from Creating Keepsakes.
Everyday Moments is filled with pages that cover just about every event of the year. Here are two sneak peak pages (recognize that cute little boy?) You can see more of the issue here.

Tips and Tricks Stamps and Ink is another great special issue. I bookmarked a ton of pages and techniques that I want to go back and scraplift. You can see more of the issue here.

Want to win a copy of one of these issues? Leave a comment below to enter by midnight December 10. I will pick and announce the winners on December 11. Make sure I have your email to contact you!

Can't wait until then? How about a coupon for these amazing issues?!?! Just enter CKDT15 (this is good for 15% off all items in the store, and it expires 12/20/2010)


December Work in Progress

I have been a part of the Work in Progress Team since 2008. Being a part of the team and a friend of Trish Turay for the past 2 plus years has been an extreme honor. It is with a heavy heart that I am stepping down from the team. December will be my last official month with the team.

Don't be surprised though if you see me pop in occasionally as a Guest Designer or blogger. Trish and I are still the best of friends and I will always be a fan of her and her company.

Here are my creations:

 Be sure to hop over to the blog and check out the rest of the Design Team gallery. They are an amazing group and I will continue to look to them each and every month for inspiration.


What I've been up to!

The lack of blogging can be attributed once again to way too much fun and work around my house. Balancing a two day a week job, a full time freelance business and a family of five keeps me busy. I get wrapped up in my projects and I completely forget to share my life and what I have been working on.

I work on a diverse group of projects. Designing craft products is my passion but I am involved with many other types of clients as well. Calendars, brochures, print materials, advertising and web graphic projects fill in my open time. You would be amazed how many people need graphics designed and once your extended family finds out about your skills, you have a job for life. My dad and uncle keep me quite busy with side jobs. :)

One of the many projects I have been involved with is helping to design Jillibean Soup's first releases with Unity Stamps. I received my copies of the 4 sets in the mail two weeks ago and still haven't got to play with them yet. I'm probably way too late to start making Christmas cards. Making handmade tags are the way to go.

My Favorite Things has the cutest stamps and most amazing design team. I am so proud to be a part of Kim's team and honored to help design the Die-namics dies and coordinating stamp sets. December's releases have just been announced at the store and the blog.

I haven't had a new release or free Friday on my blog for weeks but once the dust settles around here I promise there will be. Prioritizing work is hard, especially when the fun stuff has to come last sometimes.

I'll be back tomorrow with my December Work in Progress Pages!