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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

.:Spread Christmas Cheer {SCC}:.

It's here!

Tomorrow kicks off the first day of my Spread Christmas Cheer series!

You are going to LOVE all of the fabulous ideas shared by some of your favorite bloggers.

Plus - giveaways!

There will be a new giveaway every Sunday. Yeah!

See you here tomorrow for day one!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

.:Market Yourself Monday:.

Happy Monday!

How was your Thanksgiving weekend?

Any of you brave the Black Friday crowds?

That's never really been my thing, and of course, having a brand new baby, it really wasn't in the cards for me! Maybe one day I'll try my hand at it....

But tomorrow is Cyber Monday, so I'm sure plenty of us will be finding some deals online! I love shopping online and having things delivered to my door. It's always fun to get packages, right?

Speaking of, I just want to share a couple of things with you before we get the party going.

If you aren't signed up with Pick Your Plum, you want to be! Pick Your Plum posts amazing deals on crafting supplies every day, and they always have crazy good prices. Tomorrow they are going to be running a Cyber Monday sale with NINE items all on sale at once for amazing prices. And the best part? Flat rate shipping! Holla! The sale goes live at 6:00 a.m. MST tomorrow, so be sure to sign on and take advantage!

Also, the Silhouette sale is still going through today. You can get $50 off a CAMEO by going to the secret page here. And you can enjoy 40% off other items in the shop (excluding gift/download cards and subscriptions) here. Just use the code SUMO to get those deals!

I don't have anything to share with you today, forgive me? I've just been enjoying snuggling my sweet little baby. I can't believe she is already two weeks old! But don't worry, even though I've been taking it easy, I've got a month long of fabulous guest posters starting this week that will knock your socks off!

Now it's time to start partying! Link up your crafts, tutorials, recipes, giveaways, shops - it's all welcome here!

Thursday, November 24, 2011


This Thanksgiving I have so much to be grateful for.

First, there are these three beautiful girls.

Then there's this handsome guy who takes such good care of us, and also happens to be my best friend.

I'm pretty lucky to call them all mine.

I'm also blessed with an amazing family, who loves to spend as much time together as possible. I've got great in-laws who care for us and love our kids just as much as we do. I'm quite certain I've got the best friends a gal could find! I'm grateful for Veronica and Lucy. I'm also quite thankful for my minivan. And of course, where would I be without my Diet Coke?

And lastly, I'm thankful for all of you. Thank you for reading and commenting and lifting me up. Having this blog has opened up so many opportunities to me, and I've made so many new friends from it, and it wouldn't be possible without all of you. So thank you!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you have a wonderful day in the company of those you love.

Also, just a reminder, the Silhouette sale starts tonite at 12:01 a.m. MST. The discount codes will be good through the 28th!

How do 50 cent shapes sound from the online store? Or 30% off everything else (excluding the CAMEO, download, and gift cards)? Pretty sweet, right? Just use the code BLACK to cash in on these amazing deals!

If you use my discount code - SUMO - you're going to find yourself getting another 10% discount on top of the amazing discounts already in place! That means 40% off! It's a great time to get some replacement blades, mats, or try out some new products! You'll want to shop here.

The CAMEO is going to be offered at a special discount as well. I don't know what the discount is, but I've been assured that it's good. You'll have to go to this secret page on Friday to see what it is. You'll need to use my code again - SUMO - to receive the discount. These will definitely sell out, so don't wait!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

.:CAMEO Review:.

A couple of weeks ago, my mom was in town visiting, and we were sitting there having a conversation as I checked my email. My mom was mid-sentence when I started squealing over an email I had received; an email that asked me if I would like to review the Silhouette CAMEO.

I can't think of a single person who would turn this down, and answered with a resounding YES!

It was seriously like Christmas when the lovely UPS man rang my doorbell to give me my new toy. Would it be wrong if I shed a tear?

I brought it upstairs and immediately took it out of the box to admire it. That's about as far as I got before weekend plans, and then baby Harper took priority.

Luckily, I was able to sit down with my new CAMEO and make a little holiday project for our home: ornaments!

Every year growing up, my parents would give us a new ornament to put on the Christmas tree. I love this tradition, and loved being able to take so many with me when it was time for me to start having my own Christmas tree. Since being married and having kids, we've continued this tradition.

This year, I was at Tai Pan (a local home good store that is amazing) and found some cute ornaments for my girls. Then I found the ornaments that I wanted for my husband and I.

Until I read the price tag. $8 an ornament? Sorry, I can't quite justify that.

What I can justify? Buying a four pack of ornaments for $4 and bringing them home to make my own!

What you need:

- ornament(s)
- vinyl
- CAMEO/Silhouette SD/other digital cutting machine
- glitter glaze paint
- paintbrush
- transfer tape

I started off by using the text feature in the Silhouette software to type the word 'believe.'

I cut my vinyl using my new CAMEO. The new blade is awesome because you don't have to switch out different caps for different media. When you click on what media you are using, it tells you what to set your blade to. You can do this with the separate cap, or the CAMEO has a built in cap that you can twist your blade to set it. Sweet!

The CAMEO is much quieter than the SD, which I like. That will especially be nice when I use it and my kids are awake; sometimes the noises of the SD were a little much with them running around making noise, too!

I also loved the LCD display. It is much easier to read whatever sort of light you are working in. It's a clean display, and looks really nice.

Now that my vinyl was cute, I peeled up the negative space, rubbed some transfer tape over my word, and rubbed it on to my ornaments.

Then I went over the ornaments with this glitter glaze paint to give them a little bit more shimmer and shine. What can I say, I love sparkles!

I think they look pretty lovely hanging on my tree, don't you?

The CAMEO is an amazing machine, and you'll want to be on the lookout for some fabulous black Friday deals! How do 50 cent shapes sound from the online store? Or 30% off everything else (excluding the CAMEO, download, and gift cards)? Pretty sweet, right? Just use the code BLACK to cash in on these amazing deals!

If you use my discount code - SUMO - you're going to find yourself getting another 10% discount on top of the amazing discounts already in place! That means 40% off! It's a great time to get some replacement blades, mats, or try out some new products! You'll want to shop here.

The CAMEO is going to be offered at a special discount as well. I don't know what the discount is, but I've been assured that it's good. You'll have to go to this secret page on Friday to see what it is. You'll need to use my code again - SUMO - to receive the discount. These will definitely sell out, so don't wait!

.:Fish Foam Review:.

I recently had the opportunity to review Fish Foam Window and Glass Cleaner.

I don't know about you, but it seems like traditional glass cleaners are drippy, and you end up rushing to wipe it around before it dribbles down your surface and creates a separate mess.

This stuff is foam, so it just goes on and stays there until you wipe it around. I love this aspect of it!

But not only is it less messy, it works great! As you can see, this mirror has been shown quite a bit of 'love' from my one year old. She loves to look at herself in the mirror, and consequently, gives the mirror kisses, which results in the mirror looking like this.

Luckily, all I had to do was spray on a little bit of Fish Foam cleaner,

and after a few wipes, I've got a sparkling clean mirror - fresh to be loved on yet again.

This is a great product, and you can purchase some for yourself if you'd like to give it a try.

Fish also offers home cleaning treatments. You can see a review of their services from Shelly at House of Smiths here.

** I was given three cans of Fish Foam to review, but the opinions expressed are mine. **

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

.:Giveaway Winner - Old Barn Rescue:.

Ready for the winner of the vinyl from Old Barn Rescue?

It is:


Email me at sumossweetstuff@gmail.com to claim your prize!

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Book Christmas Tree:.

I shared this tutorial over at I Heart Nap Time a couple of weeks ago, so here it is for all of you in case you missed it!

It gave me the chance to try out a project I wanted to do last year, and also try out a product I've been wanting to get my hands on! Score on both counts!

I saw this project in a Real Simple magazine last year, and just never got around to making it: a book Christmas tree!

Isn't it fantastic?

Here's what you need to make one of your own:

- books (I got mine from the D.I. I knew I wanted my tree green, and would be using green glitter spray, so I looked for books with green covers. You'll also want them to vary in size.)
- Krylon glitter blast glitter spray (I used green obviously!)
- wood star
- wood blocks for tree stump
- saran wrap
- paint/brushes

I knew I didn't want my book pages to be all glittery, so I saran wrapped them before I sprayed by book covers.

Take your books outside, or to a well ventilated area, and lay them out with both covers opened flat.

Up close.

Your books are going to need some time to dry, so go ahead and head back inside to do some painting.

Paint your tree stump blocks brown, or whatever color you prefer.

Paint your star yellow, or whatever color you prefer. I had to add some glitter, too, of course!

Now, I skipped this step, but plan to do it. You'll want to spray some sort of sealer on your books so that your glitter doesn't come off when handled and stored.

Bring those books in, and stack them up on top of your blocks. Balance your star on top and now you've got yourself a unique Christmas decoration!

I didn't glue together anything because I want to be able to break this down for easy storage. Totally up to you, though!

Don't you love it?

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Monday, November 21, 2011

.:Market Yourself Monday - Book Christmas Tree:.

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend?

Our was nice and relaxing. My lovely friends had a baby shower for Harper and I (I don't think I've shared sweet baby's name yet, so there you have it!), and we got our Christmas all put up. I love sitting in our living room with only the Christmas tree lights on; something so magical about it, isn't there? My kids are loving the tree and are so excited for everything!

Speaking of Christmas, I shared this book Christmas tree over at I Heart Naptime, but now I'm going to share it here for anyone who missed it.

Tutorial tomorrow of course!

You may have noticed there was no Showcase Saturday this past weekend. I was slightly busy snuggling this sweet little babe.

I'll try to get to it this week, but no promises!

Let's get going! Link up your tutorials, crafts, recipes, giveaways, shops - all welcome here! Be nice and link back where you can, and try to visit a few of the links!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

.:Mouth-Watering Wednesday - Frozen Hot Chocolate:.

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You all know kojo designs, right? If you don't, then get over there immediately and start following. I can wait.

Kristin, half of the kojo team, started up a new, fun blog with her sister in law, Tricia, called Sips, Etc. She asked me if I'd like to share a drink recipe over there, and naturally, I wanted to help out a fellow Diet Coke drinker so I said yes!

There's one frozen dessert drink that I make that my husband is crazy about; if I had been making it before we got married, I might have thought that's why he married me!

Frozen Hot Chocolate.

It might be chilly where you are living right now, but don't brush this drink aside because of that. It just gives you an excuse to snuggle up with your sweetheart while indulging in a fantastic dessert. Maybe while watching your favorite Christmas movie. (Which, in case you are wondering, should be White Christmas).

Here's what you need:

- 6 oz Hershey's chocolate bar (the huge bars are 7 oz. so I usually just use a whole one of those - it can't hurt, right?)
- 2 t hot chocolate mix
- 1 1/2 T sugar
1 1/2 c milk

Start off by melting your chocolate bar. Be careful not to burn it!

Stir in your hot chocolate mix and sugar.

Add 1/2 c milk.

Put it in the blender and add your remaining 1 c of milk.

Blend with 3 c of ice, or however much ice you want!

Top with whipped cream (if you like it, I personally don't, but I know I'm in the minority!). If you save a little of your chocolate bar, you could also shave some of it on top of your whipped cream.



Tuesday, November 15, 2011

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Christmas Stockings:.

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I shared this post a couple of weeks ago over at A Glimpse Inside, so here it is for your viewing pleasure!

I was excited when Allison invited me to be a part of her guest posters because it gave me the kick start to get this Christmas project done for my little family: stockings!

We live near my husband's family, but not near mine. My mom has a set of stockings that she keeps for us at her house, but we haven't had any stockings to use when we stay local for Christmas - which just so happens to be this year!

My mom made our entire family (and continues to make them with each additional baby) stockings like these, and I knew they would be perfect - as well as simple - to make for our little family.

Stockings are a big deal in my family. We always do stockings first on Christmas morning, and my parents have started us all on the tradition of stuffing them super full. They often take us a half hour or more to get through, and we usually have to stop for breakfast by the time we're done with our stockings to get re-charged to open all of our Santa gifts. I've always loved this, and want to continue it with my own family.

Enter these stockings. They are big. They stretch. They are easy. And they are cute! What more could you ask for?

Here's what you need:

- fleece for main stocking pieces (I did about half a yard per stocking)
- fleece for name flap and hook (I got half a yard of white, it was plenty for five stockings -plenty!)
- Christmas fabric (I used cotton, but my mom uses flannel; I did 1/4 yard of a few different ones, just depends what kinds of patterns you want to do)
- fabric interfacing (I used Silhouette's of course!)
- digital cutter (not necessary, but definitely made cutting out letters easier)
- sewing machine/accessories
- pinking shears
- embellishments

Start off by printing off your pattern pieces, which can be found here. You'll have to do a little cutting and taping.

Pin your main stocking piece to your fleece. I had it folded over so that I only had to cut once per stocking.

This will give you two pieces.

I used my Silhouette software to create some Christmas shapes to have in the middle of the stockings, as a decoration. You could use your cutter to cut them out in fabric, but I just printed them off, cut the pieces, and then cut them in fabric. I used my pinking shears so that the shapes won't fray.

Cut out your heel and toe pieces in the fabric you want to use, as well as your shape pieces. This one is hard to see, but it's a bell. You'll also need to cut two pieces of your white felt: one piece 10" x 5" and one piece 10" x 3". Here are all of your stocking pieces.

Use your pinking shears to pink the edge of the heel and toe that is inside the stocking. Don't worry, we'll get to the rest of those parts later! Pin them, and sew them down in place on the top piece of your stocking, not to both pieces!

Here's a close up.

Sew your shape in the middle of your stocking, again, only to the top piece.

Pin your large rectangle of white fleece to the top of your stocking. Go ahead an pink the bottom edge of it. Sew it to the top of your top piece using an overcasting stitch, and then pink across the top - pinking both the white piece and the stocking piece.

Pin the bottom of your rectangle piece to the top piece of your stocking, and sew along the bottom edge, again using an overcasting stitch.

Take your other white piece, and sew it together, length wise. Overcasting stitch - it's what I used for my entire stocking!

Pink the raw edges.

Take your bottom stocking piece, and pink the top edge. Then fold over your hook, and sew it to the bottom piece about one to one and a half inches in from the side.

Pin your top and bottom stocking pieces together, and sew them together using a 5/8" seam.

Once they are sewn together, pink all the way around the seam you just sewed. Be careful not to catch your seam!

Here's a little close up.

Follow the directions on your fabric interfacing to adhere it to your fabric. Use your digital cutter (Lucy in my case!) to cut out the names of your family members.

Iron them in place on the name place on your stockings. I was worried the fleece would melt, so I put a thin towel between my iron and the fleece while ironing down the letters.

You can sew the letters down if you'd like (and if you've used a sewable interfacing) but I didn't. I figure these aren't going to be handled a ton, and it would be a pain to stitch them down! I'm lazy like that.

You can add some embellishments to your shapes if you like. I think it adds a little character!

And now you are done!

A fun set of coordinating stockings!

We haven't picked a name for our new baby yet, but I cut out the name I want anyway, hoping I can convince my husband by the time she comes. Sneaky, right?

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