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Store Spotlight: County Purr Farm Scrapbooking

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County Purr Farm Scrapbooking is located in Nevada's capital, Carson City, just 30 miles west of Reno.  We are a scrapbook and rubber stamp store, offering loads of fun classes, crops, a spacious Studio area, and tons of your favorite scrapbooking

and stamping products.  The store opened in September of 2005. 

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Donna Jean Anderson is the owner and operator and teaches all the classes.  We offer make & takes on most Saturdays, with 5 cards or a 2-page layout for only $5.00.  This is a great way for our new customers to get their feet wet and also for seasoned scrappers & card makers to add to their collections and get inspired.  Along with 10 classes in January, that’s right –10 classes, visit County Purr Farm Scrapbooking for a fun time at one of our crops:

New Year's Day Crop 10am-midnight $25 per person, includes lunch.
Must sign up in advance to secure your spot!

All classes start at 6:15pm and require preregistration:
Jan 4th - Vintage Flight Birdie Cards $20
Jan 5th - Love Your Cuttlebug $15
Jan 10th - Creating Artist Trading Cards to Embellish Your Projects $20
Jan 12th - Valentines a la Vintage $22
Jan 17th - Mixed Media on Ice "Altered Skates" $28
Jan 18th - Coloring with Copic $15 (Must bring your Copics)
Jan 19th - Love Your Cricut $20 "Storybook"
Jan 25th - Dressed Up Recycled Envelopes $20
Jan 26th - CD Fold up Mini Album $20
Jan 31st - First Quarter Layouts (Four 2-pagers) $22

Marathon Crop Weekend January 21st - 23rd $25 per person
Regular Crop nights are scheduled for Jan 7th and Jan 28th, $5 per person (must meet minimum number of 4-5 people before crop is official).

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Visit our blog at www.countypurrfarm.blogspot.com

County Purr Farm Scrapbooking

3220 Hwy 50 East #3

Carson City, NV 89701

775-885-7377

 

County Purr Farm Scrapbooking - The Place to be for Creativity.

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Holiday Showcase

Note: Our Holiday Blog Hop continues through tonight at midnight!  We hope you will take the time to hop and be entered to WIN our Holly Jolly, I Believe and Lost & Found: Union Square Collections!

Our Design Team (and guests) wanted to share a few of their favorite memories from this year’s holiday season.  Their memories are as varied and spectacular as they are.

Lisa Spiegel: Hanukkah Gifts

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Featured Collection: Fine & Dandy

Lisa shared the instructions for her gorgeous layout with us: Download Lisa Spiegel_Hanukkah Gifts

 

Karen Grunberg: Be Merry

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Featured Collection: Holly Jolly and I Believe

Since I spend all of December doing my December Daily album, I often don't feel like scrapping most of my holiday adventures. Each year, I make one layout that captures the holiday. This year, I put together all of my favorite photos from throughout December and made a collage on my page. This way I can pull out this one page and remember this year's wonderful holiday season.

 

LG Belarmino: Santa

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Featured Collection: Holly Jolly

 

Jana Eubank: ‘Tis the Season

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Featured Collection: Holly Jolly and I Believe

Every year on the 23rd my kids haul out the sleeping bags, pillows and blankets, and move the coffee table so that they can have a "sleep out" next to the Christmas tree. It has become a tradition that I'm very thankful for . . . why?

Well, sleeping on the floor on the 23rd means that they don't get a very good night's sleep . . . which means they sleep much deeper on the 24th . . . if you catch my drift. ;) I had a lot of fun combining the Holly Jolly and I Believe collections together on this page. They work perfectly together and helped me use up the bits and pieces I have left from other projects in a new way. Happy New Year!

 

Anam Stubbington:

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Featured Collection: Holly Jolly and I Believe

 

Can you believe the AWESOME stamping Anam did!?

 

Trisha Ladouceur: Holiday Love

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Featured Collection: Lost & Found – Union Square

Ok, it's nooooo secret that I LOVE Union Square and once again it has served well:) This layout featuring a precious photo of my youngest nephew Dallas and my Dad (Grandfather and Grandson) sharing a sweet moment on Christmas Day. All the gifts in the world could never replace the gift of having time together as a family. It was truly one of my favourite Christmas's ever!

 

Amber Packer: Christmas Programs

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Featured Collection: I Believe

What a fun time we had this season watching both our boys perform in a holiday program.  They both did a great job and this will be a treasured year because of it.

 

What made this particular holiday season special for you?

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Let it Snow Banner

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I created this project for the quarterly Hobby Lobby magazine and was thrilled to have the chance to show it on Good Things Utah today.  There is something about this project that is love.  First, I think Portobello Road is to die for as a SNOW line.  The soft blues, silvers and glitter give off the peaceful feeling of watching giant snowflakes fall on a cold winter’s night.  (Watch for more in the My Mind’s Eye newsletter – HINT!)

Second, this project really is simple, quick and gorgeous!  It’s Lost and Found glittered paper, silver frames, rhinestones and a wooden snowflake cut out.  That’s it – easy peasy!

If you’d like to make your own, feel free to download the instructions here: Download 2010_12_28_MME_Let_It_Snow_Banner page1

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For those of you who missed the segment today, we’ll be adding the video to the side bar as soon as it’s available

The My Mind’s Eye blog hop is still in full swing!  See the post below for more information.  If you haven’t been participating in the blog hop, I invite you to join us!

Have a great day!

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12 Designers of Christmas Blog Hop!

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We have had such a fun time sharing our 12 Designers of Christmas with you.

We don’t want the fun to end, so we are going to celebrate with a blog hop BASH.

We hope you will join us:

  • Start here, at the My Mind’s Eye blog, and visit every blog you are sent to.
  • Each of our fabulous designers will share a WORD with you.  All these words together make our Secret Phrase. 
  • Leave a comment on each blog.
  • At each blog, you will be directed to another blog. Be sure to visit and comment on each blog, to increase your chances of winning!

***IMPORTANT: Begin the blog hop at the My Mind's Eye blog and hop in order so you can have the correct secret phrase. ***

  • When you hop back to this blog, leave a comment saying that you are done and email the secret phrase to: amber@mymindseye.com.  (don't include the words in your blog comment)
  • Our blog hop will close Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at midnight.

By playing along with us, YOU could win our I Believe, Holly Jolly AND Lost & Found: Union Square collections! 

There are two ways to win

1) Grand prize: After visiting every blog, email Amber the secret phrase.  (12 blogs = 12 words).

2) Bonus entry: We will randomly select one of our designer’s blogs and draw one winner from the comments on that designer’s blog.  This winner will receive the collection of their choice!

Are you ready?  From here you’ll hop to … Tamara’s blog

Happy Holidays!

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12th Designer of Christmas Winner: Alex!

What a great idea! Love the texture of the tree. And that little bird is just perfect! Thanks for sharing!

Posted by: Alex | December 22, 2010 at 01:56 PM

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12th Designer of Christmas: Bethany Kartchner

Since we moved into our home a few years ago, I've had a lot of bare walls. This Christmas I decided to start filling those walls with beautiful artwork. Luckily, My Mind's Eye makes gorgeous papers that fit in perfectly with my home decor! For this Christmas tree collage, I mainly used the Holly Jolly collection, but I added the cute little bird from the I Believe collection.
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In order to create this project you will need the following materials:

  • 5x7 chipboard, canvas or piece of wood
  • 35 1x1 inch squares cut from the MME Holly Jolly paper
  • Mini red chipboard bird from the MME I Believe chipboard shapes
  • 1 mini ticket and 1 green paper button from the MME Holly Jolly die cut images
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint in green, soft white, gold and metallic dark brown (I used Americana paints.)
  • DecoArt Texture Thick paste (you can find this at your local craft store)
  • Bazzill chipboard star (or any other star you have in your stash)
  • 1 triangle cut from double-thick cardstock by Bazzill or watercolor paper for the tree
  • 1 small rectangle cut from chipboard for your trunk
  • Shimmerz Blingz in Gold Glimmer (for your star)
  • Brayer (optional)
  • bubble wrap (optional)
  • Small MME brads from the Holly Jolly collection

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Technique:

1. Adhere the squares of paper using Mod Podge in a pleasing design.
2. Using a brayer or your finger, add soft white paint over the papers in order to tone them down. Dry.
3. Paint the edges of your background with dark brown metallic paint. Dry.
4. Add splotches of gold paint using bubble wrap as a stamp, if desired.
5. Create the tree using the technique demonstrated in the video.
6. Adhere the tree, trunk, star, ticket, bird and paper button in pleasing manner.
7. Enjoy your creation!


Leave a comment on today’s blog post and be entered to win our Holly Jolly collection!

Have a wonderful Holiday season with your friends and family!
xoxo
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11th Designer of Christmas Winner: Amy Solomon

So cute! Wish I had a mantle to display all of these cute ideas!

Posted by: Amy Solomon | December 21, 2010 at 05:27 PM

Amy, contact amber@mymindseye.com with your mailing information.

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11th Designer of Christmas: Gretchen McElveen

Looking for a quick and easy way to add holiday cheer to your home or office? 

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These picks are a simple way to add a little holiday cheer. They are fun to put in a plant, add to a vase, or dress up your pen jar at work!

Here is an easy hint for you: Raid your kitchen! These picks are actually attached to wooden skewers that you would use for kabobs! You probably have some already!

Would you like to win the Holly Jolly Collection that I used in today’s project?  Leave a comment on this blog post.  We will announce the winner tomorrow.

Merry Christmas!

MMEGDT Blog Signature_Gretchen McElveen (http://www.gretchenmac.blogspot.com)

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10th Designer of Christmas Winner: Laura J

I really like the simplicity of this album! It would make a great gift!

Posted by: laura j | December 17, 2010 at 07:20 PM

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Blog Challenge #18: Winners!

We can not believe how fast this month has flown by!  We are sure you are feeling the same way. 
Today we are interrupting our regularly scheduled program (12 Designers of Christmas) to make a VERY important announcement – the WINNERS of Blog Challenge #18!

 

Winner: Misty Willis

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Look at the fabulous border punching and quill work on Misty’s winning layout.  Misty said this about her layout (taken from her blog), “Snow Balls!" and the journaling reads......it's a Magical thing...when you are only Four!  I did this using photos of Skye from last year during our ONE AND ONLY Snow Day down here in Texas.”

We are all glad there was one day of snow in Texas so that Misty could create this beautiful layout.

Honorable Mention Winner: Hilde

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Hilde’s layout features fabulous layering with an unexpected pop of RED!

Thank you for taking the time this holiday season to share with us some of the “things” you have experienced.

 

If you are looking for fabulous inspiration, check out the Blog Challenge #18: It’s a ____ Thing photo album.  You will be inspired by much more than the beauty of the entries.

We need Misty and Hilde to contact amber@mymindseye.com with your prize request(s) and mailing information!

 

We will resume our regularly scheduled program tomorrow (12 Designers of Christmas)!  *wink*

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10th Designer of Christmas: Anam Stubbington

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I wanted to create quick, easy, fill as you go album for the Christmas holiday season. 

All the pages are 6” x 10” (so you get 2 pages per sheet) with this very simple recipe:

  • 1 page
  • 1 6x4” photo mat
  • 1 piece of chipboard

I doubled the pages (i.e. back to back).  Since My Mind’s Eye paper is so thick, putting two layers together makes it as sturdy as cardboard.

I have filled one page with a landscape photo of one of my favorite ornaments.

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I have left the rest of the pages blank, ready to fill with new memories...

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My Mind’s Eye would like to give you the entire I Believe collection.  You have the entire weekend to leave a comment on this blog post to be entered to WIN!

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9th Designer of Christmas winner is: Vikki Smutny

Those signs are very clever!!!

Posted by: Vikki Smutny | December 16, 2010 at 03:45 PM

 

Congratulations, Vikki!  Please email your mailing information to amber@mymindseye.com.

Have a wonderful weekend!  We’ll be announcing the winner of the Blog Challenge on Monday and resuming our 12 Designers of Christmas on Tuesday!

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9th Designer of Christmas: Sonia Thomason

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When deciding what to make for a Christmas project I didn’t have to look further than my two little girls who are very excited that it’s not much longer to wait until Christmas Day. Together we came up with the idea to make a sign for Santa so that he knew to make a stop at our house on the big night. Then the girls wanted me to make another one for the Reindeers so they knew where to wait and have a snack while Santa got to work!

· Take a flat canvas measuring 9” x 12” and cover with patterned paper (I used Holly Jolly ‘Old St Nick’) and I covered the back of the canvas in a piece of plain cardstock.

· Ink around the edges for a vintage look.

· Adhere Diamond Dust around the edge and then brushed lightly with white paint for a snowy look.

· Use the ‘Santa’ from the Holly Jolly Accessory Sheet and back with chipboard, then ink the edges (instead of using the chipboard you can just use foam tape to add dimension). I used some Diamond Dust with paint across the top of the letters as well. Adhere approximately 1” from the top of the canvas.

· Underneath attach an assortment of alphas to finish off the title;

  • Please – So Sophie ‘Clever, Pretty Girl’ letter stickers inked in red
  • Stop – Lush Chipboard Alpha Stickers in Red
  • Here – Lush Flocked Chipboard Alpha Stickers in Green

· In the Bottom left corner attach the calendar from the Holly Jolly Accessory Sheet. Ink the edges first and then angle it slightly before using foam tape to stick it down.

· Tuck the holly leaves and berries into the top of the calendar (these are also from the Accessory Sheet) using foam tape.

· Attach a wooden support pole to the back of your sign. I attached mine starting at 2” from the top to ensure the sign had plenty of support. I colored my pole with ink (warning it’s very messy!!) but you can also use paint or mists.

· I used the gorgeous Lush Ribbon in red to tie a bow at the top of the pole and then finished off with some green and red glitter glue to pop some highlights on the sign.

The Reindeer sign was made in the same way using the following materials: ‘I Believe – Candy Cane Stripes’ paper, I Believe Glittered Chipboard Elements, Holly Jolly Accessory Sheet, Lush Chipboard Alpha Stickers in Brown, Red and Green, I Believe Decorative Brads, Lush Rhinestones and I added in some holly leaves and berries I found at my local craft store.

I hope you have fun with your own signs. The only problem I have is that mine keep disappearing into the girl’s bedrooms as they just think they are so much fun. I think the next project might have to be signs with their names on them so they can keep them out all year round!

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The Candy Cane Tags are for my daughter who wanted to give some Candy Canes to some of her friends at school. I used paper from the Colorful Christmas Collection and covered a shipping tag. Using the Accessory sheet I layered some of the Die Cuts on the tag, finishing with some of the gorgeous sparkle ribbon from the Lost and Found Collection (Portobello Road – green and Market Street – Pink). The back of the tag was left blank for her to write a Christmas message to her friends – Enjoy!

Today’s prize today is YOUR CHOICE of our Holly Jolly or I Believe collection!  All you have to do to be entered to win is leave a comment on this blog post today!  We will announce the winner tomorrow!

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8th Designer of Christmas winner: Lori P

Such a good idea. We forget too fast what our kids were like from one year to the next.

Lori in LA

Posted by: Lori P | December 16, 2010 at 09:38 AM

Lori, please email amber@mymindseye with your choice of collection and mailing address.

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8th Designer of Christmas: Jana Eubank

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Colorful Christmas Ornaments by Jana Eubank

Each year we like to make an ornament for each of our kids, and if possible, we love to add a current picture to their ornament. This ornament was created using the My Mind’s Eye Colorful Christmas collection from last year. I purchased the plastic ornaments at the craft store along with the clear filler beads (snow). These are quite easy to put together!

First, I opened the ornament and traced the diameter of the circle onto patterned paper. I then cut two pieces of patterned paper and adhered them back-to-back. On one side I added a photo of my child and the year. On the other side I added a chipboard character and chipboard snowflakes.

Before gluing the ornament shut I added white bead filler for the snow on each side of the ornament.

Add ribbons and a button finish the ornament off.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I wanted to share this project for those of you who may still have Colorful Christmas in your stash, but it is really easy to switch out the current collections, too!

Our giveaway for today is YOUR CHOICE of our Holly Jolly or I Believe collection!  All you have to do to be entered to win is leave a comment on this blog post today!  We will announce the winner tomorrow!

Happy Crafting!

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The 8th Day of Christmas winner: Beth W

This is perfect timing-I needed something exactly like this that I could whip out tonight-thank you Vicki!

Posted by: Beth W | December 14, 2010 at 06:26 PM

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7th Designer of Christmas: Vicki Boutin

This time of year is very social around our house. We like to pack the kids in the car and go visiting and we also get a lot of company. The other thing that gets kicked into full gear around this time is holiday baking!! That leads me to one of my favorite ways to blend the holidays, baking and paper crafting. I like to make super quick and easy packaging for the goodies we make and then give them as gifts. These pretty packages are perfect for hostess gifts, a little something for your child’s teacher or for your neighbors.

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Simply trim two strips of cardstock, one approximately 12” x 5” and the second 8” x 5”. Attach the two pieces to create one long strip. Create two folds for the base and a third fold to create the front flap. Using a 1 ½” circle punch create an opening at the top of the package. Cut a piece of patterned paper from the Union Square line and attach it to the front. Add stickers and rhinestones to a “Simply Perfect in Every Way” tag and attach it to the front flap with two holly shaped leaves.

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Add treats to a cellophane bag and insert the bag through the opening at the top of the package. Punch two holes and add a ribbon to tie the box closed.

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This is definitely a quick solution for holiday gift giving and something your children can help you create. Hope you and yours have a safe and happy holiday season!

So that you can make these also, My Mind’s Eye is giving away the Union Square collection!

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Visit Vicki’s blog for much more inspiration! (http://vickiboutin.typepad.com)

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6th Designer of Christmas winner: Brittany T.

totally cute idea with the shadowbox..and love the papers/color combo..vintage style!

Posted by: Brittany T. | December 10, 2010 at 05:43 PM

 

BONUS post winner: Karen Q.

Those tiny canvas' are miniature works of art. Thanks so much for sharing the process. Love that Holly Jolly collection.

Posted by: karen q | December 13, 2010 at 06:53 PM

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12 Designers of Christmas: BONUS DAY

What!? A bonus day!?  That's right!  We are giving you a bonus day - we'll call it the:

"12 Days of Christmas Half Time Extravaganza!"

For our half time extravaganza, we are sharing a bonus prize by Suzanne Sergi, a prize - of course and our November Top Tens!  We hope you are ready for this!

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I do love crafting during the Christmas season. The days do seem shorter, but I love spending a few hours each day papercrafting, and baking sweet homemade treats. I do enjoy creating scrapbook pages, tags, cards, and sweet packaging. However, as I was creating the above Christmas decor. I realize I truly find joy in creating projects for the Home. Even though we are in a busy season, I am thankful to have these beautiful, tiny canvases filled with all things sparkly of the season.

I chose the Holly Jolly Collection for my home decor.I started with 4x4 canvas blocks. They were the perfect size! I decided to spell out the word, "Christmas." As I was deciding what style of letter I would use, I was happy when I saw the word already written on the Holly Jolly Chipboard Element Sheet! How lucky was I??

This project came together beautifully. In a few hours, I was no longer staring at blank canvases. When I create home decor projects, I do tend to use all the elements of a collection. It makes designing so easy, because everything has been coordinated with one another. With a few glittery holiday additions, the canvases were adorned, ready to be enjoyed until Christmas!

Here are a few details of the tiny canvases: 

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I have included a PDF with instructions on how I created these tiny canvases. Please let me know if you have any questions. Download Suzanne_Holly Jolly Christmas Canvas Blocks

I hope you have enjoyed my project for the Home, and hoping it inspires your own home decor projects!

Wishing you a holiday that is merry,bright, and filled with sparkly things! MMEDT Blog Signature_Suzanne Sergi

 

Our November Top Tens:

Anam Stubbington:

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“The things i love about the snow are too many and yet so few – memories and hopes, love and loss – a chance to start again.”

It means the start of the countdown to Christmas.  It means a clean slate for all.It means relief from the heat of summer.It means comfy clothes.It means comfort food.It means an excuse to be a homebody.It means a reason to slow down and relax.It reminds me of a time in my childhood that was a happy day.It reminds me that struggles will melt eventually. It means I can start again.

Trisha Ladouceur: November 

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Using several of the red and black LUSH papers, I created another quick and easy page in my Top Ten Album. I LOVE the texture the flocked papers give these layouts and so I layered a couple for the matte around my journal box. I also cut out the bird,  flower and one of the damask patterns to accent the page. Adding in a few bits of the self adhesive rhinestones, I was able to add the perfect amount of bling to dress up this page even more.

Jana Eubank:

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I was shocked at myself when I opened up my November Picture Folder on my computer and realized that I hardly took ANY pictures in November. What was I thinking?! I am a scrapbooker after all. :) My son happened to snap this shot of me cooking on Thanksgiving Day using my iPhone so I decided to use that for my November Top 10 page and record our ten favorite Thanksgiving dishes. I kept the picture small because the quality of the image file isn't very good. I also printed multiples of the same shot to help fill the page. To anchor my title I layered together several die cuts and cut my own banner from patterned paper. Featured Collection: So Sophie Graceful Collection

The Prize: Leave a comment on this post and win our Holly Jolly collection!  (We will announce today's winner and the 6th Designer winner tomorrow on our blog)

We hope you enjoyed our half time show!  We'll return to the 12 Designers of Christmas tomorrow!

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6th Designer of Christmas: Trisha Ladouceur

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In the midst of all the holiday chaos, I know it can be difficult but I do hope you are taking a bit of "ME" time to simply feed your creative souls desire to CREATE! If time is a factor, why not kill two birds with one stone and create something that can be used this holiday season, either as home decor for yourself or perhaps a gift for someone on your list?

I started with a simple white Shadowbox frame that I picked up at Home Sense in Canada for $7.99. Using the My Mind's Eye HOLLY JOLLY Collection of papers, embellishments and stamps I got to work.

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I started by using the Holly Jolly Stamps (HJ1015) and stamped the holly, ornaments and candy cane images both inside and outside of the Shadowbox frame using Red Brick and Forest Moss Distress Inks. You should know that the inks tend to smear so do this carefully! I used my heat gun to set the images.

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I then covered the background of my shadowbox with HOLLY JOLLY "Ornamental" Paper (HJ1007). I popped up the holly and berries as well as the "MERRY CHRISTMAS" banner letters from the Decorative Chipboard Elements (HJ1012) and closed up the shadowbox.

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On the outside of the shadowbox, I tied the lovely blue ribbon from the HOLLY JOLLY Decorative Trims (HJ1016) around each of the three chipboard ornaments. I then popped them up on the outside of the glass and on the frame.

Lastly, I added a bit of Glossy Accents to the chipboard Ornaments to create a bit of dimension. I also created holly berries on the stamped holly images on the frame by adding dots of Burgundy Stickles. Once dry, I was able to call this project compete! 

Your Christmas projects do not have to be time intensive or over the top difficult to create a keepsake that will be cherished for many years to come!

From my family to yours, I wish you all the happiest of holidays and plenty of joy in the new year!

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The winner of the 5th day of Christmas prize is: Jan G!

Just moved and have nothing up to my scrap window except for white blinds! I think a garland would be perfect and easy for the holidays! Thanks for the great inspiration!

Posted by: Jan G | December 09, 2010 at 10:03 PM

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5th Designer of Christmas: Karen Grunberg

I have this window in front of my desk that always stays closed. For the holidays, I thought it would be fun to make a little garland so I can enjoy the little sunlight that comes in. I hung a small Martha Stewart garland and then punched hearts, snowflakes, doilies and butterflies out of my favorite green and blue My Mind's Eye papers  and I stitched to my heart's content and just loosely hung them on each other so it looks like a web of snowflakes. Since it's right in front of the window, it's hard to get a good shot, but I really do love it and it puts a smile on my face each morning as I sit to craft.

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To give you a better idea of what the garland actually looks like hanging in my room, I created this short video:

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BONUS PROJECT: I tend to think that gift cards feel too impersonal for Christmas. But, for some people, a gift card is exactly the right gift so, for those occasions, I try to make it more personal by putting the card in a handmade gift card holder. For this one, I just took a plain manila tag from an office supply store and covered it with this beautiful paper from the Holly Jolly line. I then used the other side of the paper to create a small pocked on the tag, which I stitched on. I embellished my tag with chipboard pieces from Holly Jolly and even added a little baker's twine which is easy to move out of the way so I can put the card in there. If you want to make it even more elegant, you can put it in a brown box with some tissue paper. A big ribbon and you have a beautiful, hand-made gift.

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Since I used blue papers in the garland, today’s prize is the ENTIRE Lost & Found - Portobello Road collection!  Be sure to comment on this blog post today to be entered to win!

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(Inspired by Karen? Be sure to visit her blog: http://www.karenika.com)

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The winner of the 4th Designer of Christmas prize is: Bonita Baksh

wow, these houses are gorgeous! Love them, great project!!

Posted by: Bonita Baksh | December 09, 2010 at 08:12 AM

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4th Day of Christmas: Tiffani Smith

What to do with all those cards?  Hang them on your wall?  Who has the room?  What about putting them in this 12” tall gingerbread house made from Lost & Found – Union Square?

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OR, if you get a LOT of cards, how about an entire village?

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These houses are fun because they look good with simple design (the village) or a more detailed design (single house pictured above).

  1. I purchased my house at Hobby Lobby, but they should be readily available at your local craft haunt.
  2. I gathered a variety of My Mind’s Eye paper from the following collections: Union Square, Holly Jolly, Portobello Road and I Believe.
  3. Be sure you are prepared with all the necessary supplies: tape, scissors, ink and a Diet Coke (this is a must in my book)!
  4. Because every house is slightly different, you’ll need to make a pattern for each one using regular paper.
  5. Mark your house and the pattern so you can easily put the pieces in the correct spots.
  6. If desired, ink edges of pieces as you go.
  7. Apply to paper Mache house using a liquid glue or mod podge (I used Aleen’s Tacky Glue thinned with water to attach the paper).
  8. To make the medallion on the front of the house, I used the Paper Rosette die from Sizzix.  You can make your own medallion by following these instructions on my blog: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5154674/lolli-flowers.pdf.  Add a snowflake to the center using a hand punch and add a button to the center.
  9. Roof: Apply coarse white glitter to roof using liquid glue (I used Aleen’s Tacky Glue at full strength)
  10. Tie brown tulle around the base of the roof and add a small sprig of berries.
  11. Finish with tinsel and a tree.

Would you like to win this the I Believe collection?  All 9 papers, Cardstock Accessories Sheet, Chipboard Elements, Ribbon and Red Lush Brads? 

Leave a comment today on this post!

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3rd Designer of Christmas winner is: Jen Shears

Beautiful project!!! :)

Posted by: jen shears | December 07, 2010 at 09:13 PM

Jen, please email your address to: amber@mymindseye.com and we'll get your prize on the way to you.

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3rd Designer of Christmas: Amber Packer

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I cannot believe that another month has gone by and it’s time for me to go on Good Things Utah again.  I just LOVE going on the show.  I know it seems weird to enjoy going on TV.  I love it because they like me to create home decor projects.  It’s a fabulously wonderful challenge for me.  I’ve been appearing on the show regularly for 5 years now so this is my 6th Christmas.  So, I guess I’ll keep appearing until I run out of ideas – which I hope is never!

I need to share a little background on the picture I used.  This tray with this picture is my little inside joke to myself and I giggle outwardly when I think of it.  The picture was taken by Haylee from Haylee Bean Photography.  She was trying to loosen up the boys and get them a little silly so she asked Neal to pretend to hit Riley, which he did (as shown).  What I don’t have a picture of is Riley actually hitting him back, thinking he was doing what Haylee asked.  So the “Dear Santa, I can explain” is an actual description of the events in this picture.  After that, the boys were loosened up.  *SMILE*  It’s a good thing I love my boys. 

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I have had this plain tray for a while.  I can’t remember where I got it from, but I have purchased a couple of similar, and bigger, trays from Target.  I bet the thrift stores might have something similar.  If the tray is unpainted or the wrong color but a good price, remember that you can always paint it!  (off white)

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I have typed up an instruction pdf that is available to download (see below).  Please keep in mind that the sizes are for my tray.  You may need to adjust them for the tray size you have.  If you do not have a Plexiglas tray (this is in the instructions), remember to add a coat of mod podge to protect the photo and papers.  OR, put cookies in a dessert cup for Santa as I did.

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When the segment video is uploaded to the Good Things Utah website, we will add it to our blog in the left column.

This project is fun, simple and quick.  Your children (nieces, nephews or adults who are young-at-heart) will love using a tray with their own picture to share treats with Santa.

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I hope you are enjoying the 12 Designers of Christmas! 

Leave a comment on this blog post and you could WIN:

A Holly Jolly paper and Accessories pack along with a Lost & Found Union Square trim package and Red Lush Ribbon (just because it goes beautifully with these papers)!

If you have come here from Good Things Utah, be sure to join us every weekday until Christmas for project, prizes and fun as we celebrate the 12 Designers of Christmas!

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We will announce yesterday’s winner after 12:00 pm, MST.

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2nd Designer of Christmas: Suzanne Sergi

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It is the most wonderful time of year, and one of my favorite items to create are Christmas tags! They are simple to make, and you can add as little or as many details as you like. Tags also are a great way to personalize your Christmas gifts. They also add your homemade signature, and make your gift recipients feel extra special. I love sharing my love for this craft, and making something with my hands simply makes me happy!  Of course, it makes the package look extra "special" too!

I chose to create the following  ensemble of tags with My Mind's Eye, I Believe Collection. I decided to keep the color scheme the same throughout, so I used the coordinating embellishments. I added a few holiday touches such as the jingle bells, tiny holiday sprigs,  and tiny doilies. I also pulled in the tinsel garland from the Lost & Found Collection, along with the gems from the Lush Collection. My plan is to continue to fill this tray full of tag goodness, so as I wrap gifts, my tags are accessible. It seems, I am always wrapping those "last minute" gifts! I also plan on packaging some of my tags, and giving them to girlfriends at our annual Christmas Party! 

Bird Tag:

With this tag, I used a tiny white paper sack to tuck my tag inside. I added an extra detail to the bag, by using an embossing folder. I stamped the sentiment using the I believe stamp set. I adhered the sweet bird on top of a silver sprig.

Pine Cone tag:

This tag came together by accident. I did not like the finished tag, so I started rolling it. It started to resemble the paper Cones I created at Thanksgiving time. I instantly fell in love with this tiny cone. It is perfect to tuck inside a chocolate,and hang from a gift box. I will be making more of this sweet cones! Fabulous as tags, but also great as treat favors!!!!

Snowflake Tags:

I used a snowflake diecut, and sprinkled  the top with tinsel glitter. The pleated flower was created from the Trees paper, and the sentiment is from the Holly Jolly Collection.

I hope this tray of tags gives you ideas for your own tiny creations! Tags do not take too much time at all, and they are a fantastic way to use up all the scraps of My Mind's Eye Paper you have in your collection! 

 

Leave a comment on this blog post today and you could win the entire I Believe collection (with Red Lush Brads)!

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The winner of our 1st Designer of Christmas prize (I Believe collection) is:  Iris

Beautiful project idea and what a great line of paper....win win. I love the idea of making them as gifts. thanks

Posted by: Iris | December 03, 2010 at 02:11 PM

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1st Designer of Christmas: Tamara Jensen

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If you are like me, my December always feels very hectic. I often feel that there is so much to do, I really don’t get to enjoy the spirit and joy of the season.  Well have I got a solution for you – a “HOLIDAY PLANNER”!  Create a planner to schedule and Calendar all of those holiday parties, concerts, and activities.  Plan your Gift List, write down the Family Traditions you always do and add some new ones, plan the special Holiday Recipes you want to make, plan out your Christmas Cards and write a list.  Finally, use the envelope in the back to hold all of your Receipts in case you need to make returns.

This planner is perfect for your personal use – and also makes a wonderful (and inexpensive) gift!  Since we are only 3 days into December, there is still time to make one and use it to organize your festive holiday season.  All you need is a Composition Book (about $1.50 in the Office Supply Section of your store) – and the fabulous glittered I Believe Christmas Collection! I will also include downloads for the calendar (with or without numbers) and a jpeg of the Holiday Planner title.

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Supplies:

I Believe Paper and Accessories Kit, I Believe Glittered Chipboard Elements, I Believe Decorative Ribbons, I Believe Decorative Brads, Red and Green Lush Rhinestones, Blue Lush Scalloped Ribbon, Composition Book, 1” circle punch, green embroidery floss, stapler, corner rounder, paper piercer, brown ink, brown pen.

Instructions/Tips:

  • Since the binding is flexible, I like to use the green bottle of Tombow liquid mono adhesive or spray on adhesive to adhere the paper over the binding.  That way, it will bend with the cover as you open and close the planner.  I used double stick tape to adhere the other papers, you can also use the liquid mono adhesive.
  • For the “Holiday Planner” title, print the jpeg image on a 5x5 piece of the blue paper. Trace the chipboard bracket shape from the glittered Chipboard elements, cut out, and adhere with pop dots on the journaling bracket from the accessory sheet.  There are 3 of the bracket shapes, and 2 other tags – so you can make a lot of planners out of just one sheet! Embellish with Lush Rhinestones.
  • Fold the end of a 12” piece of ribbon, then insert the brad through it and the cover.  If you can’t find these I Believe brads, substitute with Red, Green, or Blue Lush Brads.
  • Cut the tabs to 1 1/4” x 1 3/4”, round the corners, and adhere with double stick tape.  Reinforce the tabs on the papers with two staples (but not on the covers)
  • Cover the inside of the covers next, so the back of the brads won’t show.
  • The receipt envelope measures 5 1/2” x 8”. Make sure you insert the brads BEFORE you adhere the envelope together. I punched out the green circles with the 1” circle punch. Knot the embroidery floss around the top circle. Or to simplify – just adhere a pre-made envelope inside.

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 Now the fun begins!!  Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win the ENTIRE I Believe Collection”!

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The winner of our Union Square giveaway for Teresa Collins' 25 Favorite Things is:  Heidiy
 
I love your products! And I'd love a chance at this beautiful collection!! Love the layout. I'll be checking back each day for more inspiration. Thanks!!
Posted by: heidiy | December 02, 2010 at 08:27 AM
Heidi email your address to: amber@mymindseye.com and we'll get your prize on the way to you.
 

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Kicking off the season the right way

With a GIVEAWAY, of course!  After all, this is the season of giving, right!? 


We would like to welcome our friends who have joined us today as part of Teresa Collins25 Favorite Things Giveaway!

Teresa is a great friend of My Mind’s Eye.  We love this industry and are amazed at the creativity of others (like Teresa).  So, when Teresa asked us if we would be part of her Favorite Things giveaway this month, of course we said YES!  Teresa loves our Lost & Found collection, so we are giving away one of everything in our Union Square collection (pictured below).  To be entered to win, simply leave a comment on this blog post by midnight TONIGHT.  We will announce the winner tomorrow!

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We hope you will visit our blog EVERY weekday from now until December 24 as we celebrate… 

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Are you ready for the 12 Designers of Christmas?

Trisha Ladouceur, Anam Stubbington, Suzanne Sergi, Amber Packer

Tamara Jensen, Tiffani Smith, Jana Eubank, Karen Grunberg

Vicki Boutin, Sonia Thomason, Gretchen McElveen and Bethany Kartchner!

12 days of ideas, 12 giveaways

AND a blog hop at the end with a GRAND prize 

Around here, December is going to be crazy - in a good way!

 

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Blog Challenge 18: It’s a __________ Thing

As we said in the newsletter, this month is a busy month for all of us.  We know it.  Some of you began Hanukkah today.  Christmas and Kwanzaa are also coming up.  We would like to help you take some time out of your busy December to create something for yourself and join us in our blog challenge!

The challenge:  Design layout OR other project (card) based on this sketch (by Anam Stubbington). 
Along with the sketch, you must use this theme:  It’s a ___________ Thing!” (you get to fill in the blank)

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The rules: Use ANY My Mind’s Eye products (current or past) as long as your project has at least 80% My Mind’s Eye products.

The deadline: Email your project, first and last name to amber@mymindseye.com (with Blog Challenge 18 as your subject) or add a link in a comment on this post by Thursday, December16, 2010 (midnight, MST).

(For tips on how to best photograph your entry, click here)

The PRIZE: One winner will be featured in a blog post and receive three ENTIRE collections of their choice!  We will also award an honorable mention winner with one collection of their choice!

As always, EVERYONE is a winner!  We love seeing what you create for our challenge and want to thank everyone who will participate.  Every entry will go in a photo album here on the blog.  By submitting, you are giving My Mind’s Eye permission to include your entry.

We hope you enjoy this month’s oh-so-fabulous samples:

 

“It’s a GIRL thing” by Trisha Ladouceur:

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Featured Collection: Fine and Dandy – Tickled Pink

I used the fine and dandy collection for my "It's a GIRL Thing" layout showcasing pictures from a girls day in Chicago last summer with a few of my fabulous friends whom I never get to see often enough. Smile   The sketch was a great starting point.  Since I was working with horizontal photos, I turned the sketch 90 degrees and made it work!  I traced a paper from the So Sophie collection to give me the bracket background page. I even broke out my sewing machine to give all edges a bit of additional detail.

 

“Wanted: It’s an OUTLAW thing” by Jana Eubank:

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Featured Collection: Fine and Dandy – True Blue

Dress-ups aren't just for girls around our house. My son has just as much fun as they do dressing up as a pirate, storm trooper, or, in this case, an outlaw. I just HAD to use the cute Cowboy accent from the Blackbird collection. Using papers from the Fine & Dandy True Blue collection keep this page from feeling like a Halloween layout.

 

We can’t wait to see your entry!

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