Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

I hope everybody is having a fantastic holiday season and that everybody was on the “nice” list this year.   I am enjoying some much needed down time and sharing a blog post while finishing up some gifts for my family that is over 1,000 miles away.

Yes they are aware that their gifts are not coming until after Christmas.

What is amazing to me is how much more I talk with my family now that I am so far away in New York and they are in WI.   While we do text and email and Facebook.  I have actually talked to them more lately than I did pretty much ever when I was still in the Midwest.   I guess the saying “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” applies to family as well!

This is the first Holiday season where we are alone, nowhere to go it’s just us, and that’s okay.  We can do whatever we want on our schedule.  It’s been nice.

So while the boys are napping I am catching up on stuff and getting things take care of off my list.

I have big plans for the blog in 2016 so stay tuned.  I have notes of at least half a dozen blog posts and I have to get moving.  It’s just a matter of getting ahead mainly because I have no idea what is going to be in store for me from January to May 1st.  I guess that’s what happens when you work for a tax company.  No I am not doing people’s taxes, but I might as well be.   Now I just have to get rid of this cold this week and get a ton of rest before that’s not an option either.

Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everybody!!!

-Stef

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New on WarmTidings – the Daisy Collection

Winter is almost here and well I am already thinking Spring.  What doesn’t scream spring more than Daisies?   I have added a new collection to WarmTidings all around Daisies.

  • Wedding invitation

Printable Daisy Wedding Invitation - Grey, White, yellow

  • Thank you Note Postcard

Daisy Photo Thank You Postcard - Grey, White, yellow

Coming Soon

  • Save the date
  • Other items needed for your reception, Table tents, place cards and more.

I am hoping to expand this line of items throughout the WarmTidings designs and expand the business in 2015.

Also expanding the Sample and printing options as I am trying to take them in house to keep the prices really low and the lead times really fast.

Also coming more kids party invitations and party supplies along with printing services

Please please please share my shop with your friends and family.  If they are having a party or gathering I would LOVE to do their invitations!!!

www.etsy.com/Shop/WarmTidings

Also don’t forget to like my Facebook Page The Crafty Organizer for ideas and tips for getting organized and not going crazy throughout the Holiday season and into 2015.

Don’t forget about your holiday cards.  Place your custom orders today.  All digital files only $5 for a one of a kind card that you can get printed wherever you want!!

Time to get cracking on Christmas

So sorry friends that I didn’t do the 31 days of Christmas this year.  We are still trying to get settled in our new home and I am still figuring out the new job.  So keeping up with Etsy orders is about all I can do on a day to day basis.

With that said the Holidays are right around the corner.  I can’t even believe it.  So I need to get cracking on making some gifts happen because now because we live so much further away from everybody I need to get things done and shipped way earlier than usual.  No more last minute gifts for us which makes me excited and nervous all at the same time.

So with that said it’s time to get my craftiness on and make some Christmas cards and start thinking about the infamous Black Friday shopping.  We are excited to start some new family traditions in our new home.

So stay tuned for more exciting projects coming and as I create new things I will be sure to share them with you!!  🙂

Stay crafty people!!!

-Stef

Holiday Cards are coming

Because I haven’t been doing the 31 days of Christmas this year.  Moving to a new state over 900 miles away has kind of thrown off my schedule.  I am getting into the holiday spirit and thinking about designing some holiday cards.

While I have posted three winter wedding invites, Check them out  www.etsy.com/shop/WarmTidings, I need to expand my offerings.

I will have both digital and printed version available.   My goal is to do a huge push for Holiday Cards starting November 1st.  Let’s see if I can actually meet that goal.

I am also looking for ideas on how to promote my business and what the best way to expand.  I really want this to take off and I need to spend more time on it, but any advice my readers can give is greatly appreciated!!!!

31 Days of Christmas: Day 31 – Final Product & Thanks for Following

Happy Halloween everybody.

It’s the last day of the 31 days of Christmas and I just want to give a big THANK YOU for following along with me this year.

Want to see what my Christmas cards look like???

Here they are.  All 22 of them.

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I got all of the “Pictures” printed at Walgreens and bought the cards at Michael’s on sale.  So, for under $1 each I have 22 different cards that I will then put a picture of my 2 little boys (the baby and the dog) for everybody to enjoy this holiday season.

Thank you again for following along this year.  Stay with me as I continue with other projects and organization tips.  I already have my list for November so get ready!!!!!

Hope everybody has a wonderful and Safe Halloween night!!!!

-Stef

 

31 Days of Christmas: Day 19 – The Joy of Photo Gifts

Because digital photography is huge it’s no surprise that photo gifts are on the rise.    The hardest part is not finding the picture to use it’s finding the right place to have your photo gifts printed.  In all honesty, go with the least expensive place.  However, make sure you pay attention to the shipping cost and the time it takes to produce your product.   Also, when you are going to get something printed make sure you do your research and don’t use the first website you find.  Everybody is competitive and wants your business but prices can all be very different

Like I said before, you can basically put a photo on anything.  Here are some examples.

coffee Mug

 

Coffee Mug

Mouse Pads

Mouse Pad

Notebook

Notebook

Photo Blanket

Fleece Blanket

Travel Mug

 

Travel Coffee Mug

Here are some websites to give you ideas for cool photo gifts

http://www.shutterfly.com/photo-gifts

http://www.snapfish.com/snapfish/photo-gifts/photo-prints

http://www.personalizationmall.com/Personalized-Photo-Gifts-s34.store

http://photo.walgreens.com/walgreens/storepage/storePageId=Main

Pictures above came from Snapfish, but these are the standard items.  I personally think I have to have the notebook.  I mean come on, look at the name of my blog and well I am a sucker for any type of paper, call it a sickness I guess.

Thanks for stopping by tonight.  Stay tuned for a project tomorrow.

Happy Saturday everybody!!!

-Stef

 

 

31 Days of Christmas: Day 5 – Quotes

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Happy Saturday everybody.

So Because last year’s Quote post was so popular I decided to expand on it and give you some more quotes to use.

I did find an awesome website that I found most of these.  www.brainyquote.com

Enjoy all of the quotes and be sure to use them in your Projects, like scrapbooks and wall art, and greeting cards!!

 LOVE QUOTES

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
Aristotle

Where there is love there is life.
Mahatma Gandhi

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
Thomas Carlyle

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
Mother Teresa

Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.
James A. Baldwin

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.
Mother Teresa

A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.
Max Muller

A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years.
Rupert Brooke

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.
Audrey Hepburn

Come live in my heart, and pay no rent.
Samuel Lover

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
Oscar Wilde

The best proof of love is trust.
Joyce Brothers

Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you.
Loretta Young

SISTER QUOTES

Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.
Margaret Mead

She is the mother I never had, she is the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves. I don’t know a better person.
Oprah Winfrey

For there is no friend like a sister in calm or stormy weather; To cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray, to lift one if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands.
Christina Rossetti

A sister is both your mirror – and your opposite.
Elizabeth Fishel

Is solace anywhere more comforting than that in the arms of a sister.
Alice Walker

I was the little sister that was annoying.
Heidi Klum

My sister keeps me grounded.
Amanda Seyfried

I’m a woman, a mother, a daughter, a sister. I’m a real person operating in the world. For me to discuss the most private thing feels wrong. It feels like I’m betraying myself and my children.
Nicole Kidman

BROTHER QUOTES

The first-born in every family is always dreaming for an imaginary older brother or sister who will look out for them.
Bill Cosby

Son, brother, father, lover, friend. There is room in the heart for all the affections, as there is room in heaven for all the stars.
Victor Hugo

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, ‘You’re tearing up the grass’; ‘We’re not raising grass,’ Dad would reply. ‘We’re raising boys.’
Harmon Killebrew

Nothing can stop me from loving my brother.
Brandy Norwood

A sympathetic friend can be quite as dear as a brother.
Homer

DAD QUOTES

I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much.
Hedy Lamarr

My father was my teacher. But most importantly he was a great dad.
Beau Bridges

A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.
Frank A. Clark

Babies don’t need fathers, but mothers do. Someone who is taking care of a baby needs to be taken care of.
Amy Heckerling

Being a father, being a friend, those are the things that make me feel successful.
William Hurt

 MOM QUOTES

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.
Mark Twain

Men are what their mothers made them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
Sophia Loren

That strong mother doesn’t tell her cub, Son, stay weak so the wolves can get you. She says, Toughen up, this is reality we are living in.
Lauryn Hill

It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.
Erma Bombeck

Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children.
Billy Graham

My mother taught me about the power of inspiration and courage, and she did it with a strength and a passion that I wish could be bottled.
Carly Fiorina

Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me.
Alice Walker

CHRISTMAS QUOTES

I’m dreaming of a White Christmas.  Just like the ones I used to know.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.
Dr. Seuss

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
Norman Vincent Peale

Christmas… is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.
Freya Stark

I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things. It’s about being good to one another, it’s about the Christian ethic, it’s about kindness.
Carrie Fisher

Let’s be naughty and save Santa the trip.
Gary Allan

Nothing says holidays, like a cheese log.
Ellen DeGeneres

Christmas is, of course, the time to be home – in heart as well as body.
Garry Moore

T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
Clement Clarke Moore

See you tomorrow

-Stef

 

31 Days of Christmas: Day 1

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It’s October again and it’s time to start thinking about the holidays and getting ahead of the game.   I am taking a little bit different of an approach this year, it’s only the 2nd year so I’m allowed.  🙂

Weekdays will be cards.  Mainly digital media created by your’s truly with an option to make it in more of a traditional format.  See below for what I mean with this one.  Then Saturday/Sunday posts will be decorations and gifts.

CARD:  Digital Media with a traditional Option

All of the cards can be printed on 4×6 photo paper, or card stock  or have them printed at Walgreen’s, Target, etc what ever is cheapest and paste to pre-folded card stock.  I get my pack’s at Michael’s and they come in White, Cream, and Black.  Use your coupon and you have very inexpensive Christmas Cards

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Want the same card but with more of a traditional flair.

Print the following picture on Card stock on 8 1/2 x 11 paper and cut out the embellishments and layer on a card.  Add your own flair, glitter, other embellishments, the sky is the limit.

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I like to provide inspiration.  I am not the most creative person in the world but if I can help one person then it’s mission accomplished!!!!  🙂

Stay Tuned for another card tomorrow!!!!

Have a great day everybody!!!

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31 Days of Christmas: Day 31 – Power Sort Boxes into Gifts

It’s the FINAL post of the 31 days of Christmas.  This has been so much fun sharing these great projects and Creative Memories with you!!!!

It’s still Weeknight Wednesday and for all my card makers out there this is a great gift for somebody, especially the person who loves to GIVE cards.

Tonight’s project is using a Mini Power Sort Box, decorating the outside and including on the inside great home made cards.

This could be just for holiday cards or cards for any occasion so that someone special doesn’t have to ever go out and buy a card for whatever reason.

Click on the picture below to go to the Creative Memories Project Center for instructions on how to make this project

 

I hope you liked some of the ideas from the last 31 days.   It’s been awesome sharing all of these projects with you!!!!

If you want to join my Creative Memories mailing list please email me at stef.lorello@gmail.com

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Thanks for visiting as always!!!!

-Stefanie

31 Days of Christmas: Day 30 – Christmas Tags

It’s the final Tag Tuesday and hoping that you have loved all of the tags we have made so far.  Tonight’s Tag project  doesn’t have just one tag but there are 3.  Yes 3.  Three posts for the price of one tonight.  Get your favorite cardstock and punches ready for these really cute and super simple tags!!!!

Thanks for visiting.  Hope you enjoyed tonight’s tag idea.

See you tomorrow.

-Stefanie