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Lovely, lovely CHA

We just returned from a wonderful trip to Anaheim for the Craft and Hobby Association expo! We had so much fun scoping out the latest and greatest in the Scrapbooking world and everything was just so lovely. We can’t wait to share what we found for you over the coming year! For now, we’ll show you some of the fun photos we couldn’t resist but share. (These photos have nothing to do with upcoming features; just a few things that inspired us! Sorry for the dark iphone quality photos)

I have an obsession with cupcakes…can you tell which ones are real and which are fake?

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We HEART Cosmo Cricket!

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Is this inspiring or is it just  me?

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Provo Craft has a new amazing Cricut called the Cricut Cake. Yes, it cuts out fondant to decorate your cake. Seriously.

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again- the boys at Fancy Pants are so much fun. Madison, this one is for you! (inside joke)

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My Mind’s Eye LOVE

I had the BEST time creating with today’s kit.  The My Minds Eye LOVE kit is filled with a huge variety of patterns.  The beauty of this kit is that it doesn’t necessarily tie you to a “Valentines” theme.  In fact, when I saw the Love Me Do kit a few weeks back I IMMEDIATELY thought of using the fun, cheery colors to create a layout about my baby who is SUCH a handful.  In fact the kid runs me ragged every day, but when I get frustrated with him, all I have to do is really focus on his sweet little face and realize that there is SO, SO much to love about him!   The fact that I must burn an extra 500 calories a day by chasing him all over doesn’t hurt either!!  More chocolate for me!  ;)
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While the Be Loved collection does ring a little more “Valentin-ey” to me, it’s a perfect collection for any girly, girl layout.  The soft colors were prefect for this layout about my Sarah, cause she truly is a girly, girly, girl!
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Now lets talk briefly about scraps!  Don’t waste em!  In fact don’t even put them away, because odds are they will never see the light of day again.  Put your creative mind to work and make a card or two!  I mean who doesn’t need a ‘Thank You’ card or a ‘Birthday’ card at the ready.  I’m just excited because I actually got my hunny’s Valentines card done already!  No mad dash on Saturday night to whip something up!
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Yup.  I L-O-V-E, LOVE the My Minds Eye Love collections.

Happy scrappin’!

Fun at CHA!

Yep, you guessed it, we’re at CHA in Anaheim! If you’re not sure what we’re talking about, it’s the Craft and Hobby Association Expo! I’m having so much fun – tons of super cute stuff!  I’ve already placed orders for some great new things and some old favorites………

Here’s me and my friends at Imaginisce with one of my all time favorite tools – the i-top!

cha imaginisce ….and this blog wouldn’t be complete without a photo of Madison from Fancy Pants! I’m in trouble now!

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American Crafts “Craft” Projects!

Hello everyone!  I have to tell you when I first thought of working with today’s steal, The American Crafts Craft Fair Kit, I wasn’t really quite sure what I was going to create.  I mean, super cute papers, but I’m not really a “crafty” person beyond the walls of scrapbooking.  Let’s face it…someone that buys a nice 80 stitch sewing machine for the sake of using on scrapbook pages, obviously falls a little short in the other areas of crafting.  (Don’t be alarmed…my 15 year old took a clothing class and has introduced fabric to my machine :)

I looked through the kit and saw the button paper….that’s right…b-u-t-t-o-n-s!!!  Ohhhhhhhhhhh I LOVE buttons!  No not to sew onto clothing…that’s what safety pins are for.  Buttons to use on SCRAPBOOK PAGES!  Immediately the idea popped into my head to use the cute button paper to create a cute home for my buttons!  Oh but the joy of this kit didn’t stop there.

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What about a mini bandaid tin turned into a sewing kit “to-go”.  (And make sure it is fully stocked with safety pins in the even that a button DOES pop off!)

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After I had my fun creating along the “crafty” lines of this kit, I couldn’t help but make a card using the city scene products.  As soon as I saw the “I Love You A Latte” flair, I knew I needed to make a card for a good friend that is a Starbucks addict!

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This kit is really unlimited with potential.  I finished my crafting binge with this kit, by creating a layout of my daughter and one of the accomplishments that she made this past year.  I love how well the heart paper works with this layout cause, well, I <3 my girl!

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Until next time…..craft happy!

PS – All of you Canadians out there…make SURE you check out our blog next Friday.  One of your fellow Canadians is going to be our guest designer and let me just say…she rocks my world!

“LOVE” American Crafts

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Just wanted to share some lil’ numbers that I just threw together using parts of todays kits! SO cute! Kinda makes me want to make more valentines cards! ? Kristy

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