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I love Kim and the quote she chose to show the world on her cell phone.  How can you not be happy when you carry happiness around with you?  Find her tutorial here and the quote for Silhouette users here.

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Yes, the New Year has come and gone (what?  February already?), but I have to share this tutorial with you anyway.  Annie used my “Cheers 2015″ quote to create her canvas coasters but I know all of you crafty people out there can see how any quote will work for this project, right?  Themed or not, check out the tutorial here and give it a try!

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Oh boy.  Don’t you just love this fabric-wrapped canvas?  Kelly does a great job showing us how to use flocked heat transfer vinyl for a couple of my quotes.  I just love the fuzzy, raised look it creates.  Find the quotes here and here.  You can also get many of my quotes and other shapes in Lori Whitlock’s svg shop here.

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Click here for Kelly’s tutorial.

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Now, this is one of my most popular quotes available in the Silhouette shop here and Lori’s svg shop here.  I love how Kelly used the flocked heat transfer material in a variety of colors.  It can be tricky to layer and place each word or phrase when you are using different colors and Kelly did a great job of showing us how to do this effectively and successfully.

Click here for the full tutorial – including how to use the roll feeder.

Give it a try!

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One Little Word – 2015

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I’m not really a New Year Resolution person – I am a believer in setting goals as they are needed all year long.  Make a change when the change needs to be made is what works for me. However, after being inspired by Ali here, I’ve been choosing a word to focus on each year for many years.  This word becomes my resolution, my intention to live a certain way, and a very simple, doable way to elevate my purpose.

Last year I chose the word “cultivate” and 2014 truly became a year of growth for me and those around me.  I looked for ways that I could improve my thinking and my understanding of many different things.  I also found many opportunities to help others to grow in different ways.  My focus on this word affected how I parented, how I served, and how I worked.  I actually loved this word choice.

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For 2015, I have chosen the word “thrive.”  I find it no coincidence that this is the word that came to mind over the last couple of months as I anticipated a new year because it goes hand-in-hand with last year’s word.  As something starts to grow, we want to nourish it and tend to it so that it thrives and flourishes.  Roots are in place.  Buds and leaves have emerged.  Now fruit and blossoms are appearing.  2015 is the time for me to thrive.

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My husband, Jason, has loved Danny Ainge since he was a young boy.  Danny played basketball at BYU then went on to play for the Boston Celtics and other NBA teams.  One of Danny’s jersey numbers was 44.  In high school, Jason and his friends replaced the word “forever” with “44-ever.”  That’s how much Jason loved Danny.

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On December 26, Jason turned 44 and I asked people who love Jason to send me a photo to help him celebrate his “44-ever” birthday.  As we anticipated this milestone birthday we decided that this would be our best year ever.  Since his birthday is so close to the end of the year, if his 44th year is our best year ever, that means that 2015 is going to be our best year ever as well!

We have no hospitalizations in sight.  Jason’s health is the best it’s been in recent years.  Coleman is flourishing in school and we love this kindergarten age.  I’m feeling good and I’m gathering the tools I need to keep improving my health and well-being.

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This is our year to thrive.

And since I am a believer of positive thinking and talking, if we do experience bumps and obstacles, we will face them with strength because we are going in with optimistic expectations.

Join me in living just a little more focused, a little more determined to become something more.  What’s your word for 2015?

Check out this heat transfer project that will work for any of my quotes available in the Silhouette shop and Lori Whitlock’s svg shop.

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Find the entire tutorial here.

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Merry Christmas to everyone!

 

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My sister, Kara just threw a bridal shower for a darling girl who is getting married this holiday season.  She called me to help her figure out something that she could do to make the experience special and not just jumbled into the holiday events and decor that were already happening.  We came up with this fabulous Christmas tree idea that Shalyse would be able to take with her.

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Kara purchased a 3.5′ tabletop tree that already had lights and pinecones.  She then gathered 12 gold ball ornaments, a few chipboard words, a chipboard star, a variety of burlap ribbons and a couple cans of gold glitter spray paint at Hobby Lobby.

I adapted many of my Christmas quotes and Word Trees found in my Silhouette shop here and at Lori Whitlocks svg shop here so that they printed gold and gray.  I added a tiny border around each quote for easy cutting once they were printed.

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Using black chipboard found at walmart.com, I had her mount each quote securely.  She kept a small border around each quote and used a Japanese screw punch to punch a hole in each quote card.  She tied gold ribbon through each hole to create an ornament for hanging.

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The final touch was to provide white chalk markers (thin is better) for each guest to write a note on the back of an ornament then hang it on the tree.  When Shalese took the tree home, it was filled with love and sentiments from friends and family.

This became Shalyse’s first Christmas tradition.

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The tree was already decorated with the balls, gold-sprated chipboard words, and burlap ribbon when guests arrived.  It looked pretty on it’s own.  As the night progressed, the love and joy from each guest began to fill the tree and it became a centerpiece for the event.

Guests posed for pictures in front of it and good cheer was running at a high.

It was a hit!

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So, what if you don’t have a Christmas tree to fill with quotes?  Do the same technique and use the ornaments as gift toppers or tags.  I would love to add an ornament like these to my tree.

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Silver Foil Holly Flourishes

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Do it with foil and your project will shine.  Cari did just that on this scrapbook layout using my Holly Flourishes found here in the Silhouette shop.  Check out the entire post here and make your holiday merry and bright!

Enjoy!

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Faux Etched Glass Tutorial

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Doesn’t this photo just make you want to sigh?  That’s what I did when Lisa showed it to me today.  A touch.  Just a little touch of Christmas magic added to this mirror.

Only the believers can see it.

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And those same believers can get the tutorial to make it here on Lisa’s blog.  Thanks for the beautiful rendition to one of my Split Shapes, Lisa.  Believers can find many more in my Silhouette shop here.  They are a hot product this year!

Enjoy!

 

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