Thursday, December 31, 2009

Forever and a Day Giveaway

Forever and a Day is doing an awesome Giveaway for 3 hats of your choice!!!! Go check it out! ONE DAY ONLY!

Remember the cute hats she made for me....

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Imagine That! Giveaway

Imagine That! hit 100 fans on Facebook! Check out her giveaway for a chance to win a item of your choice!
ENDS JANUARY 5TH!



I love her crayon rolls!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

My First Vinyl Lettering

I can finally post this now that the grandparents have received their Vinyl Lettering Board.


Painting this one was so difficult because I didn't have any more money this month to spend on presents. Plus I wanted colors that would match the grandparents' houses. So I looked through my paints and kept mixing colors. I started out with some yellow and that green and then later added the silver for my parents'.



I did a blue color with silver for my husband's parents. It made it look like denim. I figured this blue color would work well in their home since they have a lot of wood in their home.



I was so scared about the vinyl! It was my first time doing it...it's easier in some ways than rub-on letters for scrapbooking. I just went really slow and peeled it a little at a time. Follow the directions of peeling it from the corner.


Since my parents have 3 kids, I did 3 magnets for them. For now I'm the only one of their kids who has a kid. My brother is going to have  a baby soon. But until then my son will take over the board =D


My husband's parents have 6 children, and he's the only one with a child so until his brothers get kids, our son will occupy this board too =D


For the magnets, I bought those glass beads and modge-podged a heart (punched from scrapbook paper) to the back. Then put a super strong magnet on the back of each one with hot glue. Then I put regular magnet pieces on the board. I thought about doing metal all across the board and covering it in scrapbook paper, but since this was my first time doing a vinyl board, I tried to make it as simple as possible.

I'd love to hear about others' experiences with vinyl lettering and any tips because I definitely want to do more of these!


giveaways

Monday, December 28, 2009

Being Lucky...

I've been a lucky girl this month! You can be too if you check out giveaways on sites or just by simply being a follower. Lots of sites just have simple ways of entering too and especially try for those sites who don't have many entries because then your chances are higher! Only enter things that you want though...

Let me know if you've been lucky lately! I'd love to hear about your wins.

All of these wins sure brightened my day and really this month. This month has been a tough one on me...my mom was in the hospital with heart problems. She's a little better now, but has to be careful.


Here's all my wins from this month!
6 Piece Silouhette Ornaments from Fabric Creations on Somewhat Simple's 12 Giveaways of Christmas (December 25) I can't wait to get one of my son and then maybe send some pictures of my brothers and I when we were little to give my parents.



 $10 Certificate to Kate's Craft Corner (December 16th) I'm using it on her cute and affordable Hooded Bath Towels.



A Christmas Decor Plate from UCreate's Followers Rock Giveaway (December 11) I received this so quickly. I love it! It's so beautiful and gives me some more Christmas decor since we still don't have much in decor.




Ultimate Blog Package from A Blog To Brag About  (December 1st) currently in progress...I can't wait to have my new blog design

Gratitude Jars

inspired by Little Birdie Secrets Thankful Jars

I took this idea to use for an Activity/Achievement Day Girls activity for church.


We modge podge "Our Gratitude Jar" on the front along with the Book of Mormon scripture: "Live in Thanksgiving daily"




Then the girls took squares of scrapbook paper and modge podged that around their jar. Then they wrote down things that they were grateful for on strips of scrapbook paper.




Then we added a piece of fabric under their lid (canning jars) to decorate it more. The girls could then take them home to have their families write down what they were grateful for on extra strips of paper. Lastly their families could either link all the strips to make a paper chain to hang up or put on their Christmas tree or just leave their gratitude in the jar.


Simplified, perfect for 8-9 year olds!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I have finished all my family gifts and feel a little caught up in life for now. After the holidays, I hope to make several things for the Scrappy Gifts Already Made Site. Check it out after the holidays!
Hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas and a very fabulous New Year! My husband's family is visiting us this week, and it has been wonderful! I'm so grateful especially to have another woman in the house my mother-in-law (remember my husband is the oldest of 6 boys), . Hope you are enjoying the true Christmas Spirit with your family and friends!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Winners of YouCanMakeThis Giveaway

The winners are #13 and #10!

The Webber's said... 13
I signed up for the You Can Sew This Newsletter!
December 18, 2009 10:27 AM

Nicole said... 10
I FOLLOW YOU!! Woot!
December 17, 2009 9:12 PM  
 
 
Just so you know I use my True Random Number Generator on the Bottom of my Left Sidebar.
 
Congrats Winners!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Cinnamon Ornaments

My friend invited my family to their FHE to make some cinnamon ornaments. She made the dough, cut and baked them. We then decorated them with puff paint.

 
  • 10T applesauce
  • 4 oz cinnamon
  • about 1 t elmers glue
 
 
Here are the ones I decorated.


 








 
These smelled so delicious that it was difficult to remember that they are NOT edible.


Here's another link of a site that made these and she included pictures of the process.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Hosting my first Giveaway for You Can Make This!

I'm so excited to host my first giveaway on this site from...



You Can Make This has a new series running on their YouCanMakeThis blog: DIY Gift Giving. With the holidays just around the corner, they thought it would be fun to put together a series of gift giving ideas you can make! You’ll learn some fun new techniques, tips and ideas not only for the people on your list, but also creative ways to decorate your home! As if that is not enough, THEY are also giving away hundreds of dollars in gift certificates just for watching the videos and answering a question on the blog!

Check out their latest video and then go on over and download your FREE oven mitt pattern and instructions. I already downloaded mine, and I'm excited to actually be able to make something and not be stressed about figuring it all out! After you've download the pattern, go answer their $5 Stocking Stuffer Question on their blog.

Check out more videos of them on YouTube or on their blog.

You Can Make This sent me an e-book to review of my choice. I chose the Duet Apron Set e-book since we just bought our son a little kitchen set for his birthday. I am going to make him a boy apron and me an apron too. I don't have a chance to try it until after the holidays, but just looking at their e-book. It's going to be EASY! I am not a talented sewer at all yet, but I really want to learn. I received a sewing machine for my college graduation a couple years ago from my parents. I've only made a couple things on it so far because I have no idea what I'm doing. I have bought some fabric and patterns at the store, but the patterns are SO CONFUSING! Well not these patterns and instructions from You Can Make This! It's so detailed and step by step, that I know I won't have any problems making these aprons! Thank you so much You Can Make This!!!! I wish I had discovered this site sooner because then I could really use my sewing machine and make a bunch of gifts for friends and family. I've already put all my gifts together for this year, but next year I'll be all set and it will be a lot easier!!

You Can Make This is giving away a bundle that includes instructions for making the Kimberbell Kids 24” Doll and “Gift-Giver” Patterns. These are the perfect toys to make every little ones eyes light up on Christmas morning.



To enter this Giveaway for You Can Make This 's bundle that includes instructions for making the Kimberbell Kids 24” Doll and “Gift-Giver” Patterns.  TWO WINNERS will be chosen!!!

Mandatory Entry: Go to YouCanMakeThis and choose what patterns and instruction you'd like to have. For you beginners, I'd check out their Beginner Basics section.

***You MUST leave a SEPARATE entry for each. To get 3 entries, you must leave 3 comments

Extra Entries:
  • (1 entry) Become a Facebook Fan of YouCanMakeThis
  • (2 entries) Follow YouCanMakeThis on Twitter and tweet it, leaving a link to your tweet.
  • (3 entries) Sign up for the You Can Sew This Free Newsletter 
  • (3 entries) Become a Follower of Crafty Mommy Diva (left sidebar)
  • (1 entry) Become a Follower of my Scrappy Gifts (right sidebar)
  • (1 entry) Become a Facebook fan of Scrappy Gifts
  • (5 entries) Make a post on your blog with links back to Crafty Mommy Diva and YouCanMakeThis

The Essig Motif Giveaway

The Essig Motif sells accessories for nursing mothers, infants, and children.

For this Christmas, she is having tons of specials and giveaways. She is having one huge giveaway click here and small new product giveaways once a week click here

Christmas Jars




So I just finished reading Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright for the third time (once a year). I love it! It's the perfect book for the holiday season and really shares about the true meaning of Christmas, having the pure love of Christ. So if you haven't read it, check your library or a book store or online and get your hands on it. The last chapter always gets me crying!
Jason F. Wright also recently came out with Christmas Jars Reunion (I still have to read that one) and Penny's Christmas Jar Miracle (children's book-I now own this one and plan on reading it soon).

Friday, December 11, 2009

I won! Followers Rock Giveaway Winner

I just won the Followers Rock Giveaway at UCreate! That totally brightened up my day. Go check ou their site and see what I won!



I've done this on Facebook once and plan to do it here and on my Scrappy Gifts site once I get more followers. So become a follower or a Facebook fan of Scrappy Gifts!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Quiet Book Giveaway

James definitely needs one of these quiet books soon!

The Buzz is hosting a giveaway from My Growing Season for a Quiet Book. My Growing Season offers quiet books, soft toys, wall hangings, story time aprons and Christmas products all that teach concepts and help with imagination. If any of you run or teach a day care; there are some super great products to help teach concepts.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Crayon Roll Giveaway

Check out this Crayon Roll Giveaway by Imagine That! Ends tonight!

I love crayon rolls and wish I could make time to make one....maybe someday if I don't win.

Monday, December 7, 2009

KCC Giveaway

Giveaway at Kate's Craft Corner!!

TWO FREEBIES!

Which means:

TWO WINNERS!



#1 Prize: $10 Gift Card to KCC!
That means you can choose anything you want. Excludes Customizations - sorry.

#2 Prize: Any type of headband and two bows to go with it! Bows can be customized.


Ends December 15th. See Site for details.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Wish List Holiday Survey

I saw this little wish list on Vintage Creations and she did it because there is an amazing giveaway over at Today's Mama... She has a sleigh full of amazing items from a bike with the little bucket to a Dyson vacuum to a cricut machine...oh what i could do with a cricut!

To enter this giveaway is super easy!
To participate you must include all of the text, including the links, in bold below on your blog post or facebook and e-mail a link to your post to info@todaysmama.com with “Wish List Meme” in the subject line.

I thought it would be fun to do, so here's mine.


Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme
TodaysMama and Provo Craft are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.


1. What 5 items are on your holiday wish list this year?
-spa day

-new jeans! My pants are falling down, lol. I've been losing the baby weight still thanks to nursing.

-Porters (local craft store) gift card to get myself a Cricut and other scrapbooking supplies

-Scrapbook Storage Cubes- I still have too much stuff that needs a place!

-to be near all my family and close friends more

2. What is your favorite handmade gift you have received?
all of them! My most recent handmade gift was a vinyl board for my son's room that says
"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Do you Know How Loved you are?"
I don't get many handmade gifts anymore since people must think since she does scrapbooking what else could she need...trust me there's tons of crafts the I don't know how to make! Plus I'm not the greatest sewer!

3. What handmade gift have you always wanted to tackle?
anything with vinyl (I'll be tackling it before Christmas though) or a T-shirt quilt

4. What was the best Christmas gift you received as a child?
-any of the group kids' gifts - it was just so exciting: video game systems, air hockey table...I was more of a tomboy when I was younger =D

5. What items are on your kid’s wish list this year?
- well my son is 1 so I'm making his list....we're going to get him some sort of child's chair because he loves sitting on us or on pillows.

6. What is your favorite holiday food?
- pretty much all homemade treats!

7. What will you be hand-crafting for the holidays?
- a vinyl board that says Our Greatest Joy, Our Grandkids

8. What is your favorite holiday movie?
-A Christmas Carol...my dad always said the name SCROOOOGE just like the movies

9. Favorite holiday song?
-Christmas Shoes

10. Favorite holiday pastime?
- we just started this in our small family, but decorating a gingerbread house and any holiday cooking and baking


Enter the giveaway. Leave a comment here with a link to your wish list too! I'd love to read it!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Books Read in 2009

Books Read in 2009 (32)

**Christmas Jars Reunion by Jason F. Wright 12.31.09
*The Mist of Quarry Harbor by Liz Adair 11.10.09
****Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright 12.14.09
***The Silence of Snow by Anita Stansfield 12.10.09
**Too Good to be True by Taunia L. Bean 10.26.09
**Timeless Waltz (2nd time) by Anita Stansfield 10.8.09
*Loved Like That by Julie Wright 9.23.09
Keepers of the Heart (2nd time by accident) by JoAnn Jolley (9.16.09)
Shelter from the Storm by Anita Stansfield 8.28.09
***CTR's Ring by Melissa Ann Aylstock 8.13.09
I Just Got a Letter from Allyson Pringle by Anya Bateman 8.3.09
*****Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2nd time) by J.K. Rowling 7.22.09
****Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2nd time) by J.K. Rowling 7.9.09
*****Breaking Dawn (2nd time) by Stephenie Meyer 6.28.09
Just One Wish by Janette Rallison 6.24.09
*****Eclipse (2nd time) by Stephenie Meyer 6.7.09
***New Moon (2nd Time) by Stephenie Meyers 5.20.09
****Twilight (2nd Time) by Stephenie Meyers 5.14.09
Bright Blue Miracle by Becca Wilhite 5.7.09
Lost Without You by Annette Lyon 4.30.09
A Life of My Own by Lisa McKendrick 4.23.09
Shadow of Doubt by Amy Maida Wadsworth 4.8.09
***Winds of Hope by Anita Stansfield 4.8.09
**The Crayon Messages by Christine Thackeray 3.10.09
Delicious Conversation by Jennifer Stewart Griffith 3.8.09
A Little Sisterly Advice by Jennifer Stewart Griffith 3.5.09
Choosing Mr. Right by Jennifer Stewart Griffith 3.2.09
Never Too Late by Nancy Cratty 2.25.09
The First Year by Crystal Liechty
*A Chance for Sarah by Susan Dean Elzey
Eyes of a Stranger by Rachel Ann Nunes
*The Sound of Thunder by Anita Stansfield

Crafty Goals in 2009

I've decided to clean up my sidebars more so I'm posting my Crafty Goals here: things that I aspire to make someday or things that I need to make ASAP.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Kodak Online

I don't know if you've seen the $15 certificate code for Kodak but I signed up for it to try them out. I ordered a framed picture. The frame was perfect and the cherry color matched perfectly with my other cherry wood stuff. Very nice!


BUT I was disappointed with the pictures prints that I also ordered. The paper quality is super thin and flimsy. Unfortunately, I most likely will not be ordering from them again.
I love Shutterfly and their quality. Plus they always seem to be doing offers for free prints. Plus through other sites, I've received at least 2 free photo book offers for Shutterfly. Then I already had 2 other offers from them.
When I need prints quick, I usually go to Walgreens or Wal-mart one hour online. I am pleased with their quality too. The one thing I don't like about Walgreens pictures though; is that they don't have the date of the picture on the back like most places do. I hate not knowing the date of my pictures!


*I wasn't compensated in any way for this post. See my Disclosure Policy.

Disclosure Policy

New Federal Trade Commission guidelines
"The guidelines will mandate that bloggers that have a material connection to advertisers must disclose the relationship. Why? Well, according to what I [The Coupon Project] can piece together, the FTC feels it's misleading for readers to remain unaware that bloggers may be receiving money or products for their posts. To some degree, I can understand that. What is going to be difficult, however, is determining the level of disclosures needed."
Starting - December 1st - all bloggers must disclose if they receive compensation (including products) as a result of their post, or they could be subjected to a fine of $11,000 per occurrence. That ain't no parking ticket, folks.


Well I don't know if this really applies to me and I don't understand all of it so just in case I've kinda put something together. I have not yet received any compensation as of today, December 1st, but I would like to start trying to in more efforts to spread the word about all other people like me who are crafty and are trying to sell their craft items.


Crafty Mommy Diva Disclosure Policy
1 December 2009
This blog is a sponsored blog written and edited by me.


This blog is mainly for my creative craft purposes, but does accept forms of cash sponsorship or free products and services from companies and organizations that create things that are craft related.

While I may receive compensation for some specified posts I share and ads I serve on this blog, please understand that all opinions shared will fully be mine. Additionally, I will only share offers, promotions, or deals that I feel will be of value to my readers.

I may sometimes be compensated to provide opinion on products, services,

The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely mine. If I claim or appear to be an expert on a certain topic or product or service area, I will only endorse products or services that I believe, based on my expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. For any such sponsored post, I will be sure to disclose compensation including products or services received. If no such disclosure is present, you may safely assume that no compensation has been received.

When it comes to linking other sites I don't get any compensation unless they are under my list of Sponsors on my sidebar. Other links shared on my sidebars are for my benefit.

To see compensation options that others are offered, see here: http://craftymommydiva.blogspot.com/2009/11/calling-sponsors.html

If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact me at scrappydiva2129 at yahoo dot com.


To get your own policy, go to http://www.disclosurepolicy.org/

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A Blog to Brag About

A Blog to Brag About is doing 6 Saturday Giveaways of Blog Makeovers from November 21st to December 26th! She's doing her 3rd one this week. How awesome! It took me so much time to learn how to design my own, so if you don't have the time or patience, check her out. Her prices are very affordable! I might just break down and have her help me with a couple of things.


A Blog to Brag About

Huge Giveaway:
Join the fun!


I won this week November 28th the Ultimate Package! Woohoo! I've never won anything so big before. I'm so excited because Crafty Mommy Diva needs some work! Now I need to figure out what I'm going to do...any suggestions?





Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Adorable Aprons!

Check out this awesome giveaway for some adorable aprons at Cut Sew Repeat! I want one! Perfect for your little one, a chef in the making.

My Favorite Things!

Here are some of my favorites things that I have found online from Mom Shops! Click on each of the pictures to see more similar items. Or click on their link to browse their online shops.



First off I sometimes I wish I had a girl because there are so many super cute accessories for girls. For now I can just buy these cute things for my friends. Maybe someday I'll be lucky and get my one girl; all I want is one! (side note: I have 2 younger brothers and my husband is the oldest of 6 boys - none of these guys are married, so no girls but me!)


*Toddler Purses from My Bonita Boutique:
"For as long as you can remember, you've been going to your favorite department store and see toddler and baby purses in display. you like them, you even think the character that is embroidered on the purse is cute, your daughter wants it so, you buy it. And to your utter disappointment, it doesn't match anything in her closet, and she's ok playing with it at home but, heavens, you don't want anyone to see her wearing that with that totally cute outfit you bought for her!!! You want something in a handbag for your little girl that goes beyond the cartoon characters that she is in love with.
Our baby girl purses were created for your Little Miss Fashion. Whether this is for your baby girl or just a gift, this baby's first purse will be a huge hit!  Spice up your baby's wardrobe with these unique toddler purses.
Sassy and fun, your baby girl will look as fashion forward as mom with this girl purse on her shoulder."



It's hard for me to remember myself as a toddler, but I know as a preteen I had to always have a purse. It was the cool thing. Prepare yourself now with your toddler so you won't be shocked by all the girly stuff she needs as she gets older. =D


*Pom Pom Bows from My Bonita Boutique: "Made from fabric, tulle and grosgrain ribbon, can be attached to a headband or directly to the hair."

Adorable huh! Sometimes I wish I was a kid again and could help my mom shop online for all these cute girl things so I could wear them.


*Darling onesie with matching skirt from Kate's Craft Corner: "When you buy these dress/skirts you can be confident that you have a one of a kind piece of clothing."




I just have to work a little harder to find adorable things for my little boy. They are out there and here's some of the adorable boy clothing and accessories that I have found.

*Tie Onesie from Kate's Craft Corner: "Your little man will be getting his cheeks pinched like crazy in these adorable little onesies. Each has a fabric tie sewn on."


It has always been a challenge for me to dress my little boy for church. These tie onesies are the simple and adorable solution!

*One Button Loafers from Forever and a Day - Hand Crocheted Items Made to Last:
"These adorable baby loafers can be warn with any outfit. They can be made for a boy or a girl."

I cannot crochet at all. My mom and grandma have both tried to teach me so I am lucky to have found this site. I love these little shoes and aren't the colors adorable!


*Jack Brimmed Hat from Forever and a Day - Hand Crocheted Items Made to Last

 I love the different colors in the hat and especially the cute brim. The brim would keep more wind away from my baby's precious face. I sure need that for the Southeastern Idaho and when we visit back home in Chicago.



Now something maybe for me; technically it can be for babies and kids too!

*Newsboy/girl Hat for babies through adults from Forever and a Day - Hand Crocheted Items Made to Last: "This cap is my (Forever and a Day's) own design. Made using 100% Acrylic yarn. Soft and warm, great for the fall and winter. Look trendy wherever you go!"

I love this hat and I can be my little diva self wearing one of these. It's not often that I can get all dressed up and feel fashionable.





Need more help on what to buy? Leelou Blogs is having giveaways of their favorite things on Leelou Swag! Check out other's favorite things on this post and scroll down to the Mr. Linky Links.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Hooded Towels!

I LOVE LOVE 4 Sweet Cheeks' hooded towels! I've been searching for people that make hooded towels. I've found a couple, but none are as cute as these! I want several for my son. Wonder if she could make me one too =D



She also has cute bibs and burp cloths or add a hooded towel to a diaper cake for a extra CUTE baby shower gift!
There's a giveaway for a $25 certificate to her site at Bragging Mommy PLUS 4 Sweet Cheeks is generously giving The Bragging Mommy viewers a 10% off of any purchase! So go check it out!

Cute Flower Bows!

So I've seen lots of flowers and bows for little girls' hair, but I haven't see these ribbon flower bows. I tried to make a flower out of ribbon once, too hard for me! These are from The Crafty Moms and are currently 2 for $5 and the crochet headbands are on sale for $2 each. Way cute!

The Crafty Moms



If anyone is wanting a FREE bow or clippie (your choice of colors and clip) all you have to do is write a blog entry on your blog or website about The Crafty Moms and add a link to The Crafty Moms page. She will mail you a free bow with your next order!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Birthday Layouts

At my birthday, I had friends create scrapbook pages so I could add the birthday pictures later. =D
I had to create a couple more pages later to make room for all the pictures, but it was still less work for me. I'm glad for creative and willing friends.



Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Contact Me

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments or suggestions!


ScrappyDiva2129 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Friday, October 9, 2009

Layout Swap

So every other month, I participate in a Layout Swap at Porters. We make 10 of the same layout and get all the pieces together. We put all the pieces in a kit, trade and get 9 different layouts and then put them together.

This month, I put together a Fall one using lots of different papers.
It's been really helpful having these pre-cut pieces of layouts to use especially when you just need some quick pages for everyday scrapbooking.

Wedding Scrappy Canvas

This is for one of the winners on Make it and Love it. I loved this! She chose the colors and the theme.



The following are for friends' weddings.

She had a sunflower theme with colors of yellow and green. Not sure if I really like this one....



I'm not sure if I was completely satisfied with this one either. Her colors were just greens.


This was a fun one to do since her colors are like my Scrappy Gifts site.





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