5.27.2011

Bring on the Sunshine!

Grab your suntan lotion and a towel and
get ready for a fun Summertime Hop to get some great ideas
to get caught up with old summer photos and lots of ideas
for inspiring you for this summer too!!

Our first stop on this weekend hop is to Liz's blog and then
off to a idea packed hop with the rest of the team
and our Guest Designer for this month Shannon Morgan...

And of course we have lots of chances to win some of
our New June releases and 6x6 mini packs too.  Be sure
and leave a comment on either Facebook or the blog
or sign up as a new Follower!!!

And of course our DT loves, loves, loves to hear from you
so leave them comments too!!


Be sure to head on back to the Best Creation Blog and leave a comment to win a prize!  
Contest ends Sunday May 29th at Midnight.
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WELCOME!  Those of you that have hopped on over here from Alicia's blog -- I'm glad you are here!  If you are just checkin' in with me and are surprised by the blog hop, be sure to visit all the blogs on the list above for some amazing summer time scrappin' inspiration! 
The Best Creation glitter paper is fabulous and today, I am going to show you a fun layout created solely with Glitter Paper and no patterned paper!  Remember, the polka dots are a staple at Best Creation and come in every imaginable color!


Now the glitter paper can be challenging to adhere, but let me give you a few tricks! 

Stitch it down!
Staple it down!
Use Helmar Adhesives!  Yes, that is right!  Helmar makes some amazing adhesives that make working with the Best Creation's Glitter Paper a breeze!  I love the Scrap Dots - the dimensional adhesive that serves double duty - not only does it add pop to my embellishments, but it adheres too!  Another one that works is the Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive! 



Guess what else?  See that cute little beach ball?  That is a sneak peek for you of a brand new line from Best Creation that will be released in June!  Keep your eyes open on the Best Creation Blog for a chance to win that!  The easiest way to do that is to become a follower of the blog so you don't miss out!

5.25.2011

Just a Peek and then it's gone....

... the Lord is really testing our patience this year when it comes to the weather!  We are lucky to get a peek of the sun and a taste of the warmth and then ---- it's gone again.  I for one need a steady dose of vitamin D so that I can stock it up for next winter!  This is what happens at our house after a very long, cold, wet fall and winter:


It was barely 65 degrees out and they were suppose to be doing school, but they decided to take their 20 minute lunch break in the sun on the deck.  Pretty blinding, huh?  Those are some white boys!  Just wait till September rolls around and they have been outside all summer playing ball and swimming ---- they will look more like Cooper! 

How about some updates? 

Jordan's graduation party was a huge success!  It was so great to visit with friends and family especially those we haven't seen in a very long time!  Lots of laughter, lots of fun and even some sun breaks to keep the kids outside and happy!  I want to give a huge thank you to Sherry, Brenna, Robert, Debbie & Evie for all your help getting ready for the big party!  You made me feel very  blessed!

The Edmonds Woodway Varsity Baseball team made it to the state playoffs, but lost in the second round to Bothell.  Congratulations to all the boys and the coaches for a great season!  Summer baseball is just starting and as usual, will keep us very busy until August!

School is winding down and we have about 2 weeks left to finish up all our work from the year.  It's going to be close, but I think we will get it done!

Summer is almost here and I have been playing some more with the new Simple Stories 100 Days of Summer line --- oh my, do I ever love this collection! I think it's totally helped me to remember that summer will arrive!

These first two projects I did for a sewing tutorial over on the Simple Stories blog - hop over there and leave me some love if you get a chance!




Here are a few more projects:







5.23.2011

I Love America!

This is by far one of my favorite lines ever released from Best Creation!  I Love America is full of sparkle and red, white & blue --- just the perfect combination to celebrate our country's birthday!  Be sure to visit thier blog for all kids of wonderful creations by the Design Team! 

Happy Campers!


Imaginisce has just released their newest line, "Happy Campers"!  Look how adorable it is...love that old trailer and cute bear belly!  Today is day number one of the release party over on the Imaginisce Blog and you know that means pleanty of wonderful inspiration from the Design Team!  There will be new creations posted all week and of course plenty of chances to win your own Happy Campers Line!  I was even inspired to do a double page layout:


Remember that cute bear belly that I was mentioning:



5.17.2011

I Love a Bargain!

I have always been a bargain hunter when it comes to clothes & household furnishings --- there is nothing better than finding the perfect piece of furniture at a garage sale or thrift store.  My house is full of them.  I am constantly being asked "Where did you get that?" or "Can you decorate my house?" --- the answer is usually at a garage sale and no, I can't.  Decorating your home with bargain finds is not a quick process.... in fact, it has been almost 3 years since the remodel and I'm still not done decorating.  It's always a work in progress.  I think that is what I love about it.  I'm a work in progress, too.  The Lord isn't finished with me yet and I am constantly learning, growing and evolving into who He wants me to be.  That's what my house is doing!

With as crazy busy as we are here at the Holmes house, my time to browse through thrift stores and spend Saturdays at garage sales is slim.  In fact, I can count on both hands the number of times in the last couple of years that I have been able to go thrift shopping.  I really miss it.  That leads me to this weekend!  I am so excited to spend Saturday morning thrift shopping with my friends at the Greenwood/Phinney Ridge Garage Sale Day!  It happens once a year and it is non-stop sales - we literally run from one to another!  So much to see and so much potential in every piece of "junk"!  I love that!

My latest obsession with bargains is couponing and online deals!  Yes, it's work, but there is nothing better than stocking up on things that you need for next to nothing!  Or getting some fun deals on things that you would otherwise never try out!  We have tried cupcakes, pizzas, movie theaters, and many fun online stores that we would never have shopped at if there was some fabulous bargain!  I have been getting a lot of questions about where and how I find the deals ---- well, I have to be honest.  I let other people do the legwork for me!  There are so many great sites & blogs out there keeping track of everything, that I just follow along.  I keep track of all the blog entries on my Outlook Express RSS Feed Reader --- right next to my email.  It's super quick and super easy.

Here are some of the great blogs I follow for learning about deals:

http://www.couponconnections.com/
http://www.thekrazycouponlady.com/
http://www.centsablemomma.com/
http://dealseekingmom.com/
http://happymoneysaver.com/
http://frugalchicliving.org/
http://www.frugallivingnw.com/
http://www.wildforwags.com/
http://www.thriftyandthriving.com/
http://www.queenbeecoupons.com/
http://www.nwcouponlady.blogspot.com/


In addition, these two sites will give you a heads up on future sales and ads so that you can look for coupons to go with the sales:

http://www.iheartriteaid.com/
http://www.iheartwags.com/

I also follow many daily deal sites - they send me daily emails with their deals of the day.  There is no cost associated with signing up, they will just send you a daily email of the deal of the day.   It's great to have one show up that I would buy anyway --- like scrapbooking goodies at the Urban Scrapbooker!

For those of you that don't like tons of email junk mail --- create an email address just for your deals and coupons.  That way, it won't overwhelm your regular email site!

Groupon --- fabulous daily deals - I have purchased movies, food, shoes --- you name it!

Living Social --- another daily deal site - this site will give you $5 in your account just for signing up to receive the emails!

EverSave --- another daily deal site - this site will give you $3 in your account just for signing up.  Just ordered a fun sock-gram for $1!  Can't tell you more because they are a small graduation gift for Jordan --- but they were a $12 value!

Deal Pulp --- another daily deal site - this is one of my favorites.  Not sure, but I think you may get a $5 credit just for signing up.

Plum District --- another daily deal site.  I have purchased $10 Papa Murphy cards as well as $10 Taco Time gift cards from this site for only $5.  Love the gift card deals because they work great for Christmas or birthday gifts and you can always use other coupon or discounts with them!  This site will also give you $5 in your account just for signing up.

Housewares Deals --- this daily deal site is limited to kitchen and household items.  I have purchased all my new silverware through one of their deals!  Love this site!  In addition ---- if you see a daily deal from here that you like...be sure to use ebates.com as they will give you an additional rebate!  See below for all those details!

Zaycon Foods --- this is a food wholesaler that has "events" in the Washington/Oregon/Idaho area.  You can sign up to receive an email when they are coming to your area.  It is bulk purchase of meats and produce.  In January I purchased 40 pounds of high quality fresh chicken breast for $1.69 a pound.  Let me tell you, it was so worth it!  I am wishing I had bought 80 pounds because we went through it in less than 8 weeks!  Then a few weeks ago we did the ground beef event --- 40 pounds of 93/7 lean ground beef.  OMG --is it good!  Anyway, if you have a freezer and want a great deal --- sign up to get their emails when they will have an event in your area.  It only happens a few times a year.

Okay ----- other ways to get a bargain or some extra cash:

Swagbucks --- This is a search engine.  You receive points for doing what you always do - searching the web.  In addition, if you are going to purchase any of the above daily deals --- try looking under the "earn" bar on the home page.  There is a daily deal site and if you purchase the daily deals through that Swagbucks link you will get additional points.  For every 450 points you can get a code for a $5 gift certificate to Amazon.com.  I was able to let Luke shop on Amazon for his birthday present using $50 that I have earned since the first of the year! This is a no-brainer for me.  Even if you don't use this for your search engine --- purchasing your daily deals through there is worth it.

Checkpoints --- This is a phone app --- basically you use your GPS to tell them where you are shopping, then you scan in product UPC's for points.  For me, this is a great deal since I spend a ton of time in the car waiting for games to start or practices to be over.  Instead, I go to the nearest store, scan items and earn points.  You can "buy" a $10 Amazon gift card for every 3000 points.  Another way to increase my balance over at Amazon.

Ebates.com --- This is a website that gives you cash back for all your online purchases.  Every time I hear about a great deal online, I check with Ebates before I buy.  If the site is one of their vendors --- it will send you over to that site from Ebates.  Then you will get a portion of your purchase rebated back to you.  They send checks out every quarter.  My last check was for $29 - basically just little bits here and there for purchasing other deals on the web that I was going to buy anyway.  It's also a great site to find discount codes and coupon codes for things you are looking to buy.

The ebates thing is fabulous!  It is really my favorite one of the bunch.  I found a deal on a magazine I wanted through Magazines.com, I think it was like $9.95.  So, I went to ebates.com and typed in Magazines.com and it was one of their vendors.  It then directed me to their site where I purchased the magazine.  Ebates.com then put 26% of the purchase in my ebates.com account as my rebate!  That was part of the $29 check I rec'd!  I also did this with Austin's cleats from Shoe.com, Computer software from Symantic, Paint supplies from Home Depot -----etc.    I think you may get $5 placed in your account for signing up!

Okay --- a couple more things that I do:

Surveys --- I belong to a survey group called Pinecone Research --- they send me a check for $3.00 for every survey I complete.  They usually take about 15 minutes.  Again, something I do while I am waiting for the kids somewhere!  I think I have done over 20 surveys since the first of the year. They are the most reputable survey site out there.  They only take new participants at various times during the year.  You can check it out.   I do a few other too --- but not worth recommending.

National Consumer Panel - This is a company that tracks consumer spending.  In return, you get points that allow you to shop for items in their store.  I've just started this and it is a bit time consuming at first.  However, the points and items in the store are very nice and I can't wait to order my first item.  They do not take everyone and you have to qualify. 

Okay --- there you have it.  All the ways, I save money which allows me to stay home with my kids!  Hope some of those ideas work for you!

Kim :)

5.10.2011

the May BOX --- NEW ENGLAND SCRAPBOOK COMPANY!

This month over at the New England Scrapbook Company, Sue & Lynn have created an amazing company box!  It is full of gorgeous Graphic 45 papers from the Once Upon a Springtime line! You can find all the wonderful designs over on their Flickr page!

Here is the layout I created:




Aren't those metal flowers the coolest thing?  I was so excited to use them and most of you kow that I rarely get excited about flowers!  LOL!  The two cards below were given to my mom and mom-in-law for Mother's Day and were a big hit!




Be sure to visit their facebook page too!

5.09.2011

So Blessed!

Mother's Day was amazing!  Almost all the kids were here - missed you Tom, Angie, & Emma - and I couldn't have felt more blessed.  I love the craziness that ensues when we all try to sit around the dining room table and chat!  We don't have a big enough table to seat 15 but we all manage to squeeze in and talk all at the same time!  It is wonderful chaos!  It was wonderful to have both grandma's join us for dinner too!

Jordan, Sarah & the boys all brought me flowers - tulips - my favorite:


David bought me the dining room furniture that I had fallen in love with at Wight's Nursery - it is hard to tell from the photo, but it is a dark distressed navy blue and I love it!  I also have the matching book shelf!



and Travis & Michelle made me a homemade digital calendar - full of fabulous photos - you know I'm a sucker for anything homemade!



I hope all of you had a wonderful day too!

Just a quick layout....

that I haven't shared with you yet! Enjoy!

Congratulations!

Jordan finished up the semester and GRADUATED on Saturday!  I am still in shock that my baby girl is a certified teacher.  I couldn't be more proud of her.  In addition to graduating with honors, she was also inducted into the Sigma Chi Pi Honor Society.  This honor went to only 14 of the 400 graduates and stands for "Diligent Christian Leaders".  She was chosen for exhibiting outstanding academic scholarship, approved Christian character, and recognizable achievement in leadership, service or vocation.  How cool is that?




Don't you just love that she stayed true to herself and wore cons to graduate in?


Big graduation party planned on May 21st from 5-9pm at our house if you are inclined to join us!  It's an Open House and we would love to have you join us to celebrate our daughter!




5.02.2011

Professional Juggler!

No, not balls or bowling pins or sticks of fire --- just a mom who juggles a hundred different tasks at one time!  Teacher, accountant, shopper, saver, mother, taxi driver, coach, manager, designer, wife, house cleaner ---- the list goes on and on. Does that sound like you?  Well if it does, Bella Blvd has just the contest for you! Here are all the details - I can't wait to see what you create!

Simply Over-the-Top Excited!

I have been holding on to some fabulous news for awhile now and I'm ready to burst!  Lucky for me, I can share it with you today and avoid that messy scene!  I am now officially a designer for Simple Stories! You can find the formal announcement on their blog today along with a chance to win a prize pack!


You may know them as Memory Works - a consultant based scrapbooking company.  They have recently expanded their business to include a wholesale division and I am lucky enough to be on their Design Team!  I fell in love with their booth at CHA Winter in January and I couldn't stop talking about them throughout the whole show!  I finally got up the courage to give Amber one of my business cards (thanks Ms. Sherry!) and I was thrilled to get an email asking me to join their new team!  WhoooHooo!  I am honored to join these fabulously creative ladies:


Look at the cute photo block and signature that they created for me - I just love that color scheme with the distressed effect --- a perfect mix of fun and style!

I love all their current lines, but the one that I have  been playing with lately is the 100 Days of Summer!  In fact, my first blog post on the Simple Stories Blog is this Friday and I have a fun mini-book to share with you!  I will leave you with a little teaser:





Be sure to go on over to their blog and leave a comment today for a chance to win your choice of a collection kit!  Be sure to wave hi to me from your comment and don't forget to become a follower of their blog - you are not going to want to miss what we have in store for you over the coming months!  Amazing stuff for sure!

Be sure to follow us on facebook too!

5.01.2011

STICKS & STONES!

Dixie Pieces has released it's May Kit and it is absolutely AWESOME!  Hambly, Little Yellow Bicycle, Lily Bee and so many embellishments that you can't even imagine!  Take a look:


You can get your kit for just $28!  That is an amazing value ---this kit is full of fun stuff --- LOVE those real wood tags! Here are a few of my designs:

 
History

Goofin' Around

Family

You can find all sorts of amazing designs and inspiration in the gallery at Dixie Pieces! 

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