My Favorite Things Party by Elevate Blog Conference & The Printed Palette

I have been counting the days until Friday, November 15th.  The Elevate Blog Conference & The Printed Palette My Favorite Things Party.   Basically you are to bring 5 of the exact same items (your favorite items ever) with a value between $5-$7. Now for the most interesting part, it said  “be creative in your selections and packaging“. Yikes!! I’ll be surrounded by super creative people what am I to do?

You all saw my post yesterday on what I brought.  The mason jars filled with a ton of my favorites!! If you didn’t get a chance to see check them out here.

The night started out with some mingling, crafting, and eating. SO many pictures to post but I just couldn’t bear to choose.  If you look up the hashtag #elevateconfftp on Instagram you can see the whole party.

After all that fun, the presentations of gifts began.

The first was from Dana and here gift had a great message.  We all never really stop and take the time to just take a picture of what is real.  WIth our phones and digital cameras we are obsessed with taking the perfect picture instead of taking a picture of the moment.  No retakes, just a real picture.  I loved the idea!!!  She gave us a disposable camera, and a list of treasured moments to capture.  Brilliant for that person that needs to stop and smell the roses.

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 Next, I was presented by Jen from Delightful Deets gift. I loved the simplicity of how she wrapped it!  It was a bag of her most favorite chocolate chips wrapped with a paper doily, and tulle with a gift card to her favorite store TARGET!  DUH!  That is everybody’s favorite store right??  This would be a super cute idea maybe instead of a Target gift card it could be to Williams Sonoma, or Trader Joe’s, or a cute bakery.

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Personal handmade gifts are some of my favorite gifts ever.  And you all know my obsession with kraft paper!!  When I received this bag of goodies from Jenilee from Squint Paperie I literally squealed with joy!!!  First off it was wrapped in a little brown paper bag, second she hand-lettered the phrase on the bag!  WOW!  Inside was more kraft goodies and a white pen.  I LOVE white pens!!!  So cute!  Personal stationery is a fantastic gift for anyone.

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I love the idea of wrapping up goodies in gable boxes.  Dress it up with some washi tape and add a handmade tassel and boom… instant success! Summer of Made by Munchie’s Mama put a bunch of goodies together in this adorable box.  I couldn’t help but to gravitate to the nail polish and nail decals!  How fitting considering I live in a house with three daughters!  Nail polish is a staple in out house.  What a great idea!  You could do this gift on a budget… think dollar tree nail items.  What gal doesn’t love goodies for her nails!

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I love how Darcie from Juneau Luxe used the gift wrap box from Sephora in her own way.  Lots of time I shop at places that I know will gift wrap or include packaging.  Darcie could have wrapped it like she was supposed to but instead she left the top opened and poofed out the tissue paper.  It was such a cute little twist to what could have looked like an ordinary gift box.  You don’t have to follow the rules of gift wrapping… do whatever is going o make it look super cute!  By the way she included the best hand and nail lotion from Sephora EVER!!! MFT#5 Collage

There was so many more great ideas out there!  Look up the #hashtag I mentioned to see them all.

Just when we though we were done for the night The Elevate ladies along with The Printed Palette gave us a bag full of swag…. FULL!  The Printed Palette had these gorgeous bags made for us especially for the event.

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One of the best parts of the night was being able to spend it with my friend Michelle Hill of Polka Dot Whimsy… and what was even better was we made so many new  friends!  YAY!!!!  Hope these $5 gift ideas inspired you to stay within your budget this year!  Now hurry go look at Instagram at all the other greatness from the night!!

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Mason Jar Gift Wrapping

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending The My Favorite Things event by The Elevate Blog Conference  in Carlsbad at The Printed Palette.  We had to bring 5 of our “favorite things” to trade with 5 other people, all while being creative in the packaging.  Want to hear more about this awesome event?  Check back later this week, I will be doing a whole separate blog post about the event.   For now I will be giving you a little teaser on how I packaged my favorites!

I love mason jars.  I use jars for everything.  They are in my craft room and help me organize things.  I always give away my homemade salsa in them.  Last year even started giving my cookies away in them as well.  This year I wanted to take it a step further and start packaging non edible items in them as well.  I decided to package my items in mason jars.  Genius right??  YES!!!!!!

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First off,  if you know me you know I love Mary Kay Eye Make Up Remover…like LOVE the stuff.  But I knew I couldn’t buy and give that out to everyone (we had a $5-$7 cap).  I also use Ponds cleansing towelettes, they have been a favorite of my especially when I travel.  Those I could buy (in the travel section for $1).  I knew they would be a perfect fit in the jars too!

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Between scrapbooking and my photography business I use my camera stamp almost daily.  I love it so much so I knew I had to include that in there.  What else is my trade mark style?  Tickets… I always use them as my to and from tags on gifts… and we cannot forget my love affair with kraft paper, so I included a few mini kraft bags.  Boom done!

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I couldn’t stop there, I had to decorate the jar itself.  I always have a massive stash of paper doilies and cupcake wrappers on hand. I cannot pass cupcake wrappers and not buy them… they are a total weakness of mine.  I just went with the whole “blue ribbon” look and  layered it all together and attached it to the lid of the jar.  I made the tails out of a pages from a vintage book I have been using to create with.  I added some pom-pom ribbon and a bottle cap with the same vintage paper and DONE!  I am mason jar wrapping hooked.  I am now going to wrap everything in a jar!  Don’t be surprised what I will now stuff into a jar.

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Looks cute right?  I know you all have jars in your cupboards.  Get them out and start using them.. like NOW!

Pintrest Pinners Expo & Conference

This can easily turn into a 3 part blog post, I enjoyed myself that much.

This past Friday I had the pleasure of attending the first Pinners Conference & Expo in Utah.

I arrived a tad bit early because I wanted to ensure the extra goody bag they were handing out to the first 250 people.  I was second in line.  Mission accomplished.

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Your entrance fee included unlimited classes.  I had a field day picking mine.

First up was “Instagram Marketing” by Freshly Picked’s Susan Petersen

I learned some great Instagram marketing tips, new strategies, and most importantly had fun.

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Next up was a class on helping me make delicious fast and easy dinners.

Just Family Dinners by Six Sisters Camille & Stephanie

They are amazing!  6 super cute sisters that know how to cook.  Visit their website Six Sister Stuff and revamp your weekly menu.

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3rd class for the day I needed badly….

 “Makeups Common Do’s & Don’ts” by Maskcara’s Cara Brook

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Cara showed us how to highlight and contour, how to fix our eyebrows, the right foundation coverage, and my name was chosen as a make up model for guess what???  How to cover up dark circles!!!  I was like YES!!!!  I have those and need to learn how to cover it up!  Was a great class and I am looking forward to ordering some of her own make up line.

Next class was “From Pinterest to Home” by Kimberly Moore

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I learned so much from this class.  She broke it down into small steps that I can do over time.  I don’t need to worry about spending $1000 on every room.  She gave perfectly clear examples with pictures, and even gave us contacts to her favorite stores.  She was heaven-sent.  Loved her presentation.  Visit her blog for some visual eye candy.

My next class was “Color Magic Paper Crafting” by Heidi Swapp

Believe it or not I have not played with Color Shine until then!  I figured why not take the class from the master herself!!

One of my favorite parts of the expo was the fact that even if you didn’t registered for the class you could wait in the Stand by Line for a seat.  What a great idea that was.

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I saved the best class for the end of the day.  “Subway Art Ornaments” by Hazel and Ruby

They have these reuseable stencils that are just magical!  In this class we made ornaments.  In like 20 minutes.  Just awesome.

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Lindsay and I go way back in the crafting industry!  We have been friends since his SEI days, I even taught classes for him when he was with Cosmo Cricket.  He now has his own company he started with his friend Jayme.  They are genius and I cannot wait to see what else they have in store for us!  In true Lindsay fashion he sent me home with Hazel & Ruby stencils… so expect some magical projects.

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I loved the whole expo experience.  In between classes I walked the floor and I was impressed with the variety of vendors they had.  I cannot wait until the next one.. I will be first (or second) in line.  If you want to see everyone’s pictures on Instagram just look up the hashtag  #pinners.  We were all encouraged to use that hashtag.

Thanks Pinners Conference & Expo job well done!

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I am so excited when new fresh companies arise, but this one is definitely something special.  Thier website is eye candy.. make preparations to spend a long length of time looking everything over.  Once you log on you will be in wonderland.

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They covered the bases with cute stuff for all of us!  Digital files, paper kits, albums, stencils, monthly kits and so much more!

I am a lucky gal and get to take a class from them next week at the Pinners Conference… be jealous people be jealous.

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What makes this company more spectacular is the people behind it… good things happen to good people…. and these are my friends are good people!

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Go now and like them on Facebook they are in the giving spirit right now and have been giving prizes away all week!

Can’t wait to see what else is in store for this wonderful company.

Bcuzuluvme will be at Crafty Happy Hour

That is correct Bcuzuluvme featuring Epiphany Crafts will be at Crafty Happy Hour in Chino this Saturday!  Come by and visit me and PJ at 12:00.  We will be making a spooky tag with the Epiphany Craft Tool.

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Mothership Scrapbook Gal 

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Mothership Scrapbook Gal puts on these Crafty Happy Hour along with the CHA movement.

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Want to come get crafty with us?

We have been to Expo and back…

Yes, that is right.   We have survived crops, shopping, working, friends, sales, make n’ takes, classes, and have lived to tell the tale.

As usual PJ finds the deals… she always manages to buy her albums at the Expo for the year (for practically nothing!).

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You do notice her other hand is holding shopping bags as well… more deals!

I was in the Mon Ami Gabby booth working.  I had a steady stream of readers, followers, and friends come through the booth for their selfies!!!!

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It was a great weekend, and I was so glad to run into everybody!  If their is an Expo in your city GO to it!!  You will be missing out if you don’t!

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Did you know that they have expos for just about any hobby that is out there.  Just so happens that they have a Scrapbook Expo, starting next week they will be in Ontario, California.    What can you expect from such an event?  Aisles, upon aisles of vendors, lots of booths offering make n’ takes, latest and greatest items, classes & workshops, crop events, door prizes,  giveaways, and lots of fun.  You can purchase a ticket at the door or visit your local craft store for a coupon… who doesn’t love a coupon.  Mark your calendars now Friday & Saturday October 11th & 12th.

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The best part about it??  I will be working there!  Come find me in one of the most gorgeous booths ever…Mon Ami Gabby seriously they have the prettiest embellishments.  Having a wedding?  You need to come visit us.  Having a party?  Come visit.  Love ribbons?  Come visit.  Just come visit us.  I’ll be the short loudmouth talking with my hands, calling everyone “sweetie”  Come see me and I’ll Instagram our selfies in the booth!

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PJ will be scouring the floor looking for the latest and greatest, not to mention the deals of the day!!  Follow her on Instagram cause she will be posting her favorites throughout the day.  Now you all know PJ loves a deal right?  Last year’s deal she bought BOXES of albums (not even joking) for nothing.  You are going to want to follow her for the deals!

We are going to hashtag the day #bcuzuluvmescrapbookexpo

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