Monday, December 26, 2011

Exciting News!!!

I am so excited to announce some fun events here at Simple Creations.  This Sunday come hop through DL Art's 1st Blogaversary Hop. This visit back this Monday, January 2nd when my blog will be shown on We will have an all day event, highlighting some great companies along with some amazing prizes. I will let you know ahead of time that one of the giveaways will be on my Twitter Account. So start following now so you are ready for the Twitter giveaway. Click on my Twitter button on right side to follow me.

I'm also excited because I got a Cricut Imagine for Christmas. I played around with it, updated it, and printed and cut a sheet of paper. I love it already. There is so much I can do on the Imagine that I couldn't do on my original Cricut Expression. So I look forward to the endless possibilities.
So there will be alot of Exciting Things to come on Simple Creations!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Good Bags

After seeing Robyn - My Pink Stamper post her Christmas Goodie bags for her kids, I realized I should make some for my daughter.  My oldest is in Preschool, so this is the first year I've gotten to make some. This week, I helped at her school when they made Gingerbread houses. After realizing how much sugar they were going to have this week, I tried to come up with a different type of goodie bag (with less sugar).


So my goodie bags included a Christmas Pencil and pieces for them to make a Christmas Photo Ornament. I got enough supplies to make 20 of them from Micheal's for about $5. I made an example of each ornament and then took a picture. I wanted to show how the finished ones looked so I put it on the back. I edited it in Publisher using a shipping label template so I could make alot of them quickly.

Stamps: A Child Is Born - Unity Stamp Company
Foam Ornaments & Pencils - Michael's

Then I made her teachers a post-it note holder and a recipe book.

Friday, December 16, 2011

My Pink Stamper 12 Days of Christmas - Video & Challenge

Robyn at My Pink Stamper is celebrating 12 Days of Christmas. The design team has made some special holiday projects & videos to share with you. Each day there is a new video and challenge for you to join. Check out all the fun at

Nativity Card using Christmas Wishes Stamp Set

Card Instructions
Card Base: 10.5" x 5.25"
Emboss the front of the card using: Swiss Dots - Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Cut the following out using a Cricut Machine and Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut Cartridge
Nativity - 3"
Sheep - 2.25"
Donkey - 2.25"
Camel - 2.25"
Manger - 2.5"
Baby Jesus - 2.5"
Cut the following out using a Cricut Machine and Christmas Cricut Cartridge
Star - 3.5"
After cutting out everything use a sanding block or ink to distress the edges so the whole image will appear better. I sanded Core'dinations paper because the core of the paper is another color so it creates a nice effect. On the other papers I used Tea Dye ink from PaperTrey Ink. Then I stamped "Silent Night" using My Pink Stamper's Christmas Wishes Stamp Set. The stamp paper can be adhearded to the inside of the Nativity Stable. I adhered all the pieces using Scotch Quick Dry adhesive & foam squares. You need a strong adhesive so the paper will stick to the embossed card base. Sorry when I shot my video of this card, my camera batteries weren't charged. So it died about 4 times, because I would charge them for about an hour and then film some more. So I'm sorry the video is a bit pieced together but most the details are there.

Go to to join the challenge for today. 
Create your own card with a Holiday Scene.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Hope for the Holidays & Cafe Pictures

I would like to share with you what I have been doing lately. In the middle of November I had a booth at a local Holiday Sale. It was called Hope for the Holidays and it was a benefit for a local Women's Shelter for those trying to escape abuse. You can learn more about Fair Haven Women's Center HERE

Products I sold:
Glittered ornaments w/ vinyl
Post-it Note Holders w/ pen (great for teacher gifts)
Notebook w/ pen
Recipe Books (made with recipe cards & the YourStory Photo)
Gift Card Holders
Gift Boxes
Homemade Apple Butter

 My friend Carly makes bows, tutu's & tie dye onesies. So I took some of her stuff to sell. I wasn't sure how to display everything, until I thought of the trees. I love how these bows look on the tree. My sister-n-law even wanted to buy the whole tree of bows.

Since then....
my husband & I have been working on this...

The Gate
Cafe & Bookstore
at our church

 We remodeled this space in the foyer at church for the Cafe & Bookstore. I recently took over this ministry in October. We just opened our new cafe last weekend. Lets just say we spent many long days at church to get this project completed but I love how it turned out.

The books are displayed on the wall, across from the cafe, in crates that we made. After making these. I would love to make crates to store stuff in all around my house. It would be great for an entry way (each kid could have a crate), above an office desk, and of course in a scrapbook room. The possibilities are endless.

Now we are enjoying this Holiday Season. Check out for great Holiday Projects everyday. The design team has made some special videos, just for you.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cricut Machines & Cricut Cartrdige SALES

 Cricut Imagine - 12"
Cut & Print Paper & Images


 Cricut Cake Mini - 6"
cut letters and shapes out of gum paste, fondant, frosting sheets, and more 

Screen Print

 Cricut Expression - 12"


Cricut Expression 2 - 12"
Lots of great new features including a LCD touch screen


I love helping people choose to by a Cricut Machine. I also love getting a great sale. So I thought I would post the Black Friday Sales that I've found on my favorite Cricut Machines & Cartridges. If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will respond as I can.

   BIG 5 hour sale 6am-11am - While supplies last
      Cricut Expression (12") $119
      Select Cricut Cartridges $12.99

   Sale begins Thurs 10pm - Friday all day - While supplies last
      Cricut Imagine w/2 Bonus Cartridges  $187

Joann Fabrics
  opens 6am- Black Friday Sales - While supplies last
     Cricut Cake Mini (6") - $89.99
     Cricut Expression (12") - $159.99
  opens 7am - Saturday Morning Sales - While supplies last
     Cricut Expression 2 (12") - $229.99
     Cricut Project & Event Cartridges - $18.99
     Yudu Personal Screen Printer - $89.99

Thursday 4pm-10pm
Friday 6am-9:30pm &
Saturday 8am-9:30pm Sales - While supplies last
       Cricut Expression 2 (12") - $199.99
           (5th Anniversary Edition, only at Michaels, includes 4 preloaded cartridges)
       Cricut Cartridge $24.99
Friday Only Doorbuster Sale 6am-9:30pm - While supplies last
       Cricut V1 (6") - $69.99

Check out these online Stores for more great deals!

I didn't find any good Comparison Charts of the Cricut Machines but if you want more information click HERE and then click on the machine you are interested in to see an overview.

Please feel free to share the info in this blog post.
Don't claim it as your own but send them to my blog to check it out.
Happy Thanksgiving & Happy Shopping!

These sales I personally found by looking at
All of this information is my interpretation on these sale flyers. I am sure there are many other great sales that I did not list here. This is just a good place to begin.
No one paid me to do it. I did it to help those looking for great deals on Cricut Products. Many of these products will sell right away because of the great prices. Please don't be disappointed if you go at the end of the day and everything is sold out.

My Pink Stamper November Post

Gate Fold Card

This month the My Pink Stamper Design Team has made some "Special Fold Cards" for you. I chose to make a Gate Fold Card. Look below for instructions on my card. To see everyone's projects go to

Supplies & Instructions

Card Base
5"x10" Score at 2 1/2" & 7 1/2"


Cricut Cartridges:
Create A Critter
    Elephant - Button #32 - 2"

Just Because Cards
    Doily - Button #39 shift - 4"

Glossy Accents
White Gel Pen
Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink

Monday, November 14, 2011

Time to pick a WINNER!

I am excited to announce that Anna from won my Cupcake Notebook from the my Pinkalicious Blog Hop post on Friday. If you missed all the fun layouts & mini albums that the My Pink Stamper Design team made, then check it out HERE. Anna please email me at with your address so I can mail your notebook to you. You have one week to contact me and claim your prize.

Friday, November 11, 2011

My Pinkalicious Blog Hop - November Scrapbook Page

Pinkalicious Blog Hop - November
Love Scrapbook Page using My Pink Stamper's "From the Heart" Stamp Set.

Welcome to the Pinkalicious Blog Hop. This is where all the My Pink Stamper Designers get to show off our projects using My Pink Stamper High Quality Photo Polymer Stamps. This month we wanted to show you how to use stamps on Scrapbook Pages or Mini Albums. If you are just starting to Hop, then go back to the beginning at Robyn (My Pink Stamper). If you have hopped here from Renee (RockinRenee) then you are in the right place.

I love how all these papers came together. The Striped Pattern paper is from a Christmas Paper Pack. It's amazing how you can pull different papers together to make a great layout.

I used border punches from EK Sucess to create a story book feel & accented it with We R Memory Keepers - Blue Lagoon - Baker's Twine.

Love is Cut from:
Sweethearts Cricut Cartridge
Button #3 at 2 1/2"

This is a beautiful stamp. I love how elegant "love story" is. This stamp set includes four different sized heart stamps. Great for accents anywhere.

Another elegant stamp. I've learn it is very simple to incorporate stamps into everyday scrapbooking.

The Couple is cut from:
Sweethearts Cricut Cartridge
Button #4 at 4"
The Heart is cut from:
Sweethearts Cricut Cartridge
Button #4 using Shadow feature at 2 1/4"

Cricut Cartridge: Sweethearts
Stripe Pattern Paper: O Christmas Tree Paper Pad by My Minds Eye
Blue & Green Paper: Glitz & Glam Paper Pad by Core'dinations
Burgundy Paper: Nostalgia Paper Pad by Core'dinations
Baker's Twine: Blue Lagoon by We R Memory Keepers
Border Punches: EK Sucess 

How about a GIVEAWAY?

I would like to give someone this notebook & pen. For a a chance to win, leave me a comment (only one comment per person, please). Tell me what your favorite Holiday tradition is. I will be picking a winner Monday. Also, please include a way to get ahold of you.

This notebook was made using My Pink Stamper's Sweetest Cupcake Stamp Set, Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge, and PaperTrey Ink Paper.

Now continue Hopping to more amazing projects. Your next stop is Cristi.
If you get lost along the way, I included our hopping order below. When your finished go back to to join us for this challenge.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My Memories Digital Software WINNER!

It's time for a GIVEAWAY!  My Memories created an easy to use Digital Software program for us to get caught up on our Scrapbooking. I know I make lots of cards and my scrapbooking hasn't gotten touched in a while. This is a great tool to get those unfinished books completed. My Memories let me review the program for all of you & also gave me one to give away.

The lucky person to win My Memories Digital Scrapbooking Software is.....

Pat N.

If you didn't win today, don't worry about it. I have another opportunity for you. I have a coupon code for $10 off the software. And let me say it is already affordable to begin with.
To purchase it for yourself click on the button
and use the following coupon code:


To see my full review on this great product, click HERE.

Wall Vinyl Verses

My mom is remodeling her bathroom. 
So she had me make some verses in vinyl to decorate the walls.

I love designing on my Gypsy when I cut vinyl so that I can see exactly what it will look like before I cut it.

I purchase my Vinyl from Expressions Vinyl because they have great prices and it is the best quality of vinyl. I have a button on the right side of my blog you can click to shop all their great products.

From the Heart - Happily Ever After Card & GIVEAWAY till 4pm

Happily Ever After
My Pink Stamper just released new stamps sets last Friday. 
For this Card I used her new "From the Heart" Stamp Set.
Check out all of the new stamp releases HERE.
Check out more projects using this stamp set HERE.

Supplies & Instructions
Cricut Cartridge: Sweethearts
Car - button #34 - Cut 3.5"
Stamp Set - My Pink Stamper - From the Heart
Glossy Accents

I designed this card on my gypsy. There are alot of pieces and I wanted them different colors. So rather than cutting a lot of extra pieces that I didn't need to get several different colors, I hid the cuts I didn't want. Also I cut out the bumper with an exacto knife so that the black would show through it. So even though this is a detailed card, I tried to make it as simple as possible.

I have a GIVEAWAY going on UNTIL 4PM (CST) TODAY!
I am giving away a Digital Scrapbooking Program by My Memories.
Check out the Giveaway post, HERE.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

My Pink Stamper Oct. Blog Post

Ginger Bread Man Card Set

Welcome to the My Pink Stamper October Blog Post
I have a craft fair coming up so I wanted to make alot of Christmas Cards. So I am making several packages of cards. Each package will contain 6 cards that are all the same. The first package I made with a Ginger Bread Man because this was the perfect stamp for it.

 If I make this card set again I think I will find something like a Viva Decor Pen to make all the details with. there were just too many little pieces.

 Stamp from My Pink Stamper's Winter Treats & Sayings Stamp Set. This is a great Holiday Stamp Set with so many different sentiments to make the perfect card with. To check out all of the My Pink Stamper Stamps, click HERE.

 I packaged 6 cards with envelopes in a plastic card box from PaperTrey Ink. It is so hard to take a picture of something shinny without getting a glare. But in person the plastic case makes these cards look even nicer.

I finished off the card box with this Tag and another great stamp from My Pink Stamper's Winter Treats & Sayings Stamp Set.

Supplies & Instructions
Cricut Cartridge: Winter Frolic
Ginger Bread Man - button #34 - Cut at 3.5"
Tag - button #34- Cut at 2.25"
PaperTrey Ink: Paper, Plastic Card Box, Twine 
Cuttle Bug Embossing Folder
White Pen

Now you can check out all the amazing projects the design team has made at

Also, I have a GIVEAWAY going on till Tomorrow (Wednesday). I'm giving away a My Memories Digital Scrapbooking software. Click HERE to see the give away post, a review of the product, and for a chance to win. If you don't win, I also have a coupon code for $10 off the software. It was a really easy program to use and it had so much to choose from.

Friday, October 21, 2011

New Release & my daughter's project

My Pink Stamper released some AMAZING stamps today. After reading my post go check it out. See all the great NEW stamp sets and the Amazing projects the design team made. They are so much fun to work with.
Click HERE to see the NEW stamp release.

Now I want to share something my 4 year old daughter made. I was so proud of her, that I wanted to share it with you.

 She made this cute little Snowgirl on a sled with my Cricut, then Stamped with a My Pink Stamper Stamp, and of course she had to write her name at the top. (she is in pre-school)

 My favorite part is that she asked to use my White pen. Then I watched her make foe stitch marks just like mommy does. I was so proud of her.

Then she wanted her picture with her project. So Cute!

Supplies & Instructions
Cricut Cartridge
Winter Frolic - cut 4"

Also I am having a GIVEAWAY until next Wednesday, Oct 26th. I have a My Memories Digital Software that I am giving away & if you don't win, I also have a coupon code.
Check out the GIVEAWAY HERE.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Scrapbooking Software GIVEAWAY, Review, & Coupon Code

Is anyone else behind on Scrapbooking? I know I am! I spend most my time making cards because they are quicker & I sell them. Well, I have a solution for you today. There is a very simple Digital Scrapbooking Software called "My Memories." They were so gracious to let me try out the product so I can give you an honest review of it. Here are two layouts that I made with it. The first I used a template from My Memories, then added my pictures and the the title. The second layout I made from scratch. I chose the paper, boarder, embellishments, word art and added my pictures.

Created with a Template

Designed by Myself

The My Memories Scrapbook Software was easy to use and lots of choices to design with. You can make a whole Scrapbook Album quickly by choosing a Template that has already been created and then you add your own pictures into it. Or you can design each page just the way you want with every detail.

It wasn't difficult to learn the program. Within a little amount of time I felt like I had a good grasp of the program and could design efficiently. It was fun choosing the pattern paper, colors, brads, ribbon, font, styles, and flowers. The possibilities are endless. The best part was, there was no clean up. Since it is a digital program everything is on the computer. NO tools, papers, adhesive EVERYWHERE. I love crafting but I don't enjoy cleaning up my mess just so I can make something else. Creating with this program is a great solution for the mess. You can even save it and work on it more later.

For all the tools and embellishments this software comes with, it is a GREAT PRICE. But your not stuck only designing with the same paper over and over. They have so many downloads you can buy or even alot of free downloads to chose from. So every album or scrabook page can look just the way you want it to.

Today is your lucky day. I have a coupon code that will give you a $10 discount on the purchase of the MyMemories Suite v2 scrapbook software. (The software also comes with a $10 coupon for downloads-a total value of $20)

Click HERE to check out the My Memories Suite Scrapbook Software for your self.

Use this Coupon Code: STMMMS99475

My Memories even gave me one Free software to give away to one of my followers. To enter in the GIVEAWAY go to and choose your favorite digital paper pack or layout, then come back to this post and let me know which one you chose.

Please, only one comment per person. 
I will pick a winner next Wednesday, October 26th using

If you have any questions about the program leave me a comment and your email address so I can reply.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Pinkalicious Blog Hop - Cherry on Top Party Favor

Cherry on Top
Cupcake - Party Favor

Welcome to the Pinkalicious Blog Hop. This is where all the My Pink Stamper Designers get to show off our projects using My Pink Stamper High Quality Photo Polymer Stamps. If you are just starting to Hop, then go back to the beginning at Robyn (My Pink Stamper). If you have hopped here from Andrea then you are in the right place.

Supplies & Instructions
Cricut Cartridge: Sweet Treats
Cupcake Party Favor - Button #4 - Party Favor - Cut at 4"
Tag - Button #4 - Tag - Cut at 3.25"
Pen: Sakura White Gelly Roll
Paper: Paper TreyInk & Core'dinations
Paper Filler

Thank you for checking out my project and I hope I inspired you with this Simple Creation. The next stop on the Hop is Renee (RockinRenee). If you lose your place along the way, see the Blog Hop Order is below.

Blog Hop Order