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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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.


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!

Hazel & Ruby

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.


Want to come get crafty with us?

Vicky Johnston A Bcuzuluvme Spotlight

We are so excited to be highlighting Crafty Sensation Vicky Johnston.  We can’t wait for you to get to know her a little better.  Come tour her craft space with us and look at all her amazing projects.  It’s ok to be jealous… we were.

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What do you do to become inspired to create? Listen to music? Look at blogs? Read a magazine?  I truly am inspired by everything around me… I usually wake up and decide to try to make a project a day. Whether it’s a card or scrapbook page etc. I usually turn on my tv and begin to watch my shows that I either have recorded or regular morning shows. Then I look at my latest pictures and decide what colors I would like to use and then the idea comes to life. I also am barely starting to become obsessed with you tube so I watch all of my subscriptions regularly and try to work on a new card fold or a technique etc. It is super fun and inspiring in every way for me.

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We notice you are such a fashionista! What are some of your favorite designers? Favorite stores to shop at?  I have always loved fashion when I was younger I dreamed of becoming a designer and actually won best dressed for my highschool senior year. That was super cool!! I love love clothes and enjoy shopping everywhere. There isn’t a particular place that I enjoy best. I love to wear dresses the best. I am such a sucker for a gorgeous dress and will not stop thinking about it until I can go back and get it. LOL. My favorite designer would be BETSEY JOHNSON because i love her whimsical style and how colorful and fun it is. I hope to be an eccentric older woman with huge jewelry and tutu’s still crafting away. Just kidding but seriously!!

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You are a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator, tell us a little bit how you got started and why you picked this company?  I am a Stampin Up demonstrator and decided to become one because I love to make cards and stamp. It reminds me of when I was a little girl and I loved to color in such beautiful stamps. I also really wanted to go to convention in Utah. Let me tell you it was so worth everything!! I love this company so much the product is fabulous and I have met so many beautiful women who also enjoy stamping and I love meeting cool people and that’s what this company allows me to do.

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Name one craft tool you cannot live without.  The craft tool that I cannot live without would have to be my Cricut because I love to cut titles, borders, embellishments etc. I adore it in every way!!

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Name your favorite scrapbook company ….Honestly, I really do not have a favorite company. I lead with my heart and my artsy side which is just anything that catches my eye at the moment. Sometimes it’s completely opposite in style so I guess you can say its every company.

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What was the last song you downloaded on your IPOD?  I love music so much and the last song that I downloaded on my Ipod was The Long and Winding Road by the Beatles. But let me show you how I am everywhere because on that same day I downloaded Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball. I love old and new music so much!

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Any favorite TV shows?  I love tv so much right now. There was a time when nothing really interested me, but now, there are some amazing shows!! Scandal, Nashville, Homeland, Duck Dynasty, 19 kids and counting, Ray Donovan, The View, Wendy Williams, All of the Housewives shows, The Voice, X Factor, Sons of Anarchy and my favorite favorite…MAD MEN!!

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Do you have an Instagram? Blog? Pintrest? Facebook? Youtube Channel? How can we find you?   My instagram is VICKYJOHNSTON76. My blog is I have two channels on You tube. One is Vicky’s Crafty where I take videos about all of my craft endeavors. Vickyville is my channel all on my family life etc. On facebook I can be found at Victoria Valenciana Johnston. I love social media!!

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Any advice to a newbie stamper?  My advice to a newbie stampie would be to call me and come to my totally rad classes because they are a lot of fun and informative. LOL Just have fun and get with a group of caring stampers who can share their awesome wisdom with you and their stamps.

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FIll in the blank… I never leave the house without ______________________.  I never leave the house without my makeup bag and a pair of flip flops in my purse when me feet hurt from wearing my heels.

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Your snack of choice… sweet or salty??  My favorite snack would have to be salty. Any chips and dip, popcorn, humus, pita chips, trail mix, cheese and crackers and most of all ROCKSTARS AND BLACK COFFEE AND COKE ZERO!

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IIf you were granted one magical power what would it be?  If I could have one magical power it would be to make everyone just nice. No one would ever be in a bad mood because I would be able to sprinkle happy dust on them and then their bad mood would just disappear. Also, I would be able to eat anything I want and be super skinny!! LOL Just kidding!

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Any interesting tidbits we should know about you? I just love to craft in every way because it makes my creative side of me so very happy. It is my therapy and you can always tell when I am going through something because I have a million projects done. LOL:) Seriously, I just love my family and feels so blessed to meet so many awesome people who share my crafty passion.


Didn’t you just fall in love with her?  We love that she makes a point to journal on her scrapbook pages in her own writing!  That is such a special treat these days.  We also are so impressed how many pictures she puts on each layout…. so awesome.  You need to go watch her Youtube videos, you will feel like you are right there in her house with her.  Keep your eye out on this gal, she has impressed us with her stamping  and scrapbooking talents… not to mention I want to hire her to be my personal stylist!!!   Thank  you Vicky for allowing us in your crafty life.

Mothership Scrapbook Gal A Bcuzuluvme Spotlight on Rina Gonzales

Everybody this is Rina from Mothership Scrapbook Gal….. Rina this is Everybody!  From time to time we like to feature a company or just a crafty person, in the case it’s both!  She is a crafty gal that hots these amazing “Crafty Hours” in delicious restaurants.  Food + crafts = a scrapbookers dream.  Get to know her a little more I promise you’ll love her!

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1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your business.

My name is Rina and my business is “Mothership Scrapbook Gal” and my tag line is “Bringing Handmade to You”. I love crafting and scrapbooking – it is my passion and I truly enjoy helping others to become creative through my events and if they are not crafty – by helping people with my custom orders. I host craft events, such as Crafty Happy Hour and Scrapbooking Days, throughout Southern California. In addition to hosting events, for custom orders – I primarily make scrapbooks and banners – but I am always willing to brainstorm for clients who wants to have a special gift made for their family and friends. I also just started a project where I can bring a “Custom Scrapbook Station” to your party/wedding. The station basically gets guests scrapbooking pages that will turn into a book for the guest of honor, it’s going to be fun to book events where my team will go and help people create scrapbook pages and will provide all supplies for the station.

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2. We noticed you have a blog, can you tell us about your ideal reader?

My ideal reader is someone who wants to be inspired to attend an event and/or create a project on their own. I have information on upcoming events and DIY tutorials on my blog. I also offer a lot of information regarding WHERE to get craft items, check out my “Guide to Scrapbook Stores in the Inland Empire” here:

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3. When did you start Mothership Scrapbook Gal?

Mothership Scrapbook Gal became my business name this year, but prior to that I had created my blog in 2009. The business has truly blossomed this year with my introduction of “Crafty Happy Hour” at local restaurants throughout the Inland Empire.

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4. Before you started your own blog was their any other blogs that inspired you?

Yes. My biggest crafty inspiration is Crafty Chica Kathy Cano-Murillo. I had been taking her online courses on blogging and marketing for years. Another blog that I love that is not crafting but foodie/lifestyle is

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5. What is your crafty goal for 2013?

To start my baby niece’s scrapbook, she was born on April 6th. My sister is not a scrapbooker, so I create the book for my sister to fill in!

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6. Let’s pretend you are not a scrapbooker… what other hobby would your life revolve around?


7. What song did you last upload to your Ipod?

#thatPOWER with Will I Am and Justin Beiber (for my running song list, it’s called “Let’s Go”)

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8. When you are crafting music or no music?


9. Favorite color?


10. If I were to come visit where would you take me to eat?

In Riverside there are so many GREAT foodie options: Phood on Main, The Salted Pig, Zacatecas, Bahn Thai and Tony’s Tacos are a few of my favorites!

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11. If you could pick one crafty super power what would it be?

To be able to bling out my outfits and scrapbook pages with the bat of my eyelashes! I definitely love bling 🙂

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12. Any interesting tidbits about you?

I’m a lawyer and work for the City of Riverside. I passed the Bar Exam and bought my first home at the age of 25. I love clothes shopping, but lately I mostly buy for my adorable nephew and niece. I love Zumba, running and cupcakes – that’s consistent right?

You can find Rina here:

Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Sweet Epies Bakery & Cafe, 3540 9th Street, Downtown Riverside
9 am to 11 am
Cost: $5 per card

Isn’t she just the cutest???  And a little secret….bcuzuluvme will be at their Crafty Hour on Saturday October 19th and we designed the cutest little make n’ take  featuring Epiphany Crafts!  Be sure to follow Mothership Scrapbook Gal so you don’t miss out on the details!

Thanks Rina for being so inspirational.

Halloween Must Haves This Year

Halloween is one of the holidays that I am slightly obsessed with.  I have no idea why…other than I love orange.  You would think that I celebrate this holiday year round with the amount of crafting supplies that coordinate with this holiday.  I cannot help myself this year.  I am adding to my ever growing, one time a year, collection.

To the top of the list goes…

Happy Haunting Stamps by My Mind’s Eye

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Happy Haunting Collection Kit Carta Bella

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Papertrey Ink Trick or Treat Stamp Set

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Mama Elephant Bootastic

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I have to stop myself right there…  but aren’t they so cute?  My goodness!

SoCal Crafty Love

Just linking up to some of our favorite local SoCal craft-love today.

Michelle has a blog call Michelle’s Paper Affair.  We don’t want to give too much away about Michelle (we are saving the good stuff for our feature on her) but we wanted you to get acquainted with her.  So everybody this is our talented friend Michelle!

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Stamp you Heart Out

Stamp Your Heart Out

Stamp Your Heart Out is one of our favorite rubber stamp stores for many reasons.  One of the biggest reasons is they love their customers!!  They are constantly having events, classes, and new product for us.  Want to feel like you’re there??  Now you can because they have an  Instagram!  You must go follow them.   And if you ever get the chance to visit then in quaint  Claremont, California you will be a lucky gal.

We shared with you today  some of our Socal Crafter love.. this is just the tip of the iceberg.  Beginning at the end of the month we will be highlighting in-depth stores, bloggers, and crafters from California!!!  Yes we are sharing the sunny SoCal love… can you feel it?

Studio Pebbles

I know, I know it is not Say it Saturday, but I could not pass up linking you all to the ever so talented Jennifer Pebbles and her rockin’ blog.

Look at this masterpiece she created for us!  It is brilliant and I cannot wait to print it out and display it in my home.

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Go on and check out her blog… but I warn you a whole day might pass before you realize you have been glued to your computer.  She is one of my faves and is ever so cute in person too!