New Year Happy Mail.

Posted by Michelle on January 24th, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR, FRIENDS!

I’ve always been big on happy mail, but between a car accident, major surgery, and building a new house, I sort of slacked off last year.  So this year one of the things on my list is to send more happy mail.  I have a list on my phone of the holidays I want to send something for:  New Year’s, Valentine, Mother’s Day, Spring/Easter, Halloween, Fall/Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

First up is New Year’s.
I stocked up on Christmas clearance from Target at 90%-off and thought I could use the gold and silver items to embellish my Gold Metallic Horizontal Bigger Bitty bags for some new year pizzazz.

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I got some fun tissue and included a family picture from Christmas, a card, and some chocolate gold coins.

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I embellished the outside of my bag with a lace doily, a large colored tag, gold and silver initial ornaments, and gold & silver Divine Twine that I stitched down.

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Starting 2017 spreading good cheer – check!

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Adding to your home decor with Divine Twine.

Posted by Michelle on December 27th, 2016

Can we just stop and take a moment to inhale the deliciousness that is Divine Twine Metallic Gold?

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I am a gold lover.  And gold is an any holiday thing – Valentine’s, Mother’s Day, Birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s … are there more?
If there are, gold is the answer.

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I was putting together a banner to go up for the holidays and decided it needed a lil’ sum-sum.  And Divine Twine was the perfect answer!

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A little pennant banner from Target, a little gold-accented pine cone banner from Michael’s, and some Divine Twine Metallic Gold from Whisker Graphics.
Done, and done.

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I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season!

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Krafty Christmas Wrap.

Posted by Michelle on November 22nd, 2016

Thanksgiving is on tap this week which means Christmas is quickly approaching.
I’ve got some quick and easy krafty (with a K for the kraft paper bags) Christmas wrap to share with you.

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SUPPLIES:
Plain Brown Middy Bitty Bags
Divine Twine
Colored Tags
Big Shot
Embossing Folders

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I started by embossing a dot pattern on my plain brown paper sacks.

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And them embossed a party flag banner on my colored tags.

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Just a few minutes of “work” adds so much character to these fun little pieces.

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Threading my fancy schmancy gold metallic Divine Twine.

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And now we are gift-giving ready!

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Halloween Treat.

Posted by Michelle on October 25th, 2016

Boo!

I’m back today with a little Halloween treat that I made for one of my good friends.  Halloween is her jam.  She’s in to those little candy skulls, sugar skulls, whatever they are called.  You know, those skulls that are all colorful and cute …. even though they are still a skull!  I picked up some of her favorite chocolates, and some cute skull tin candies and packages them up all funlike using pieces from Whisker Graphics like this super cool Divine Twine Twist in Halloween pattern.

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Bags are the best for wonky-shaped things.  Don’t get me wrong, I love me some gift wrapping with boxes and paper too, but a bag will accommodate just about anything.
These Horizontal Stripe Middy Bitty Bags in orange and black are naturally perfect for the occastion.

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I die cut a little banner piece, and the numbers 31 (for October 31st) in purple because sometime over the last 10 years Halloween colors went from black and orange to black and orange and purple and green, right?

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I used a Large Colored Tag in green and layered fun bits with it using dimensional adhesive.  Dimensional adhesive is so great.  Adding spaced layers while being your adhesive.

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And then I stacked my bags together, tied my twine around it, layered on my tag – and we are gift-ready!

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Happy Halloween!

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Couponing at Walgreens.

Posted by Michelle on October 16th, 2016

As I mentioned recently, life’s been a little busy lately.  While I still sale shop ads/stores, couponing hasn’t been a big focus of mine for a while.  But last week there were a few too-good-to-miss deals in the Walgreens ad that I just could not resist.

It all started with this Mentos deal.  I love it when new products come out because there are usually hot deals and coupons that come out to get you to try the product.  And I’ll try anything for free or super cheap.  Like these Mentos.  Stocking stuffers for the husband.  They were on sale for $1.99, and then you get $1.99 back in the form of a Register Reward, so free.  But then I used 50-cent off coupons from the newspaper which had me making 50-cents on each one.

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I took that $1.99 Register Reward, and my free 50-cents and put it towards these Colgate mouthwashes.  They were on sale for $3.50 and then you get a $2 Register Reward when you buy them.  So $1.50. I had a $1-off coupon, plus that $1.99 Register Reward and my 50-cents going in to it so better than totally free on these as well.

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The Stride gum was a hot little deal too.  They were on sale 3 for $2.  So I bought 4 of them for $2.64.  I had coupons for $1-off-2 which made it .64-cents for 4 packs of gum (16-cents each).  These are going in to the kids’ Christmas stockings.  I used my overages and Register Rewards from above to cover these.

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When you roll Register Rewards (use one to pay for another transaction) you can’t have more coupons than items.  So to avoid that, I added in filler items (find the cheapest most usable thing in the store possible).  School folders for 25-cents, 25-cent balloon toys that are going in to our Toys for Tots box, and iPhone screen protectors for 50-cents each.

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They also had a promo for a new beauty program.  Buy beauty stuff and earn points.  I had originally said no, because I didn’t think I would benefit from it.  But there were no strings, so they twisted my arm.  And gave me a bag with a few freebies and coupons.

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I have a $1.99 Register Reward left, and I see that this week Trolli gummi candies are buy one for $1.50 and get a $1.50 Register Reward back.  I’ll have to see if there’s something else I can pair that with (like the mouthwash deal) to roll the deal (pay for one with the other, go back and forth and essentially pay nothing but tax and filler items).

Have a great week!

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