Black Friday 2017 Craft Sales!!

It’s that time of year again – when you can find amazing bargains on your favorite craft tools and products! Black Friday and Cyber Monday are synonymous with BIG SAVINGS! In this post, I will be passing along some amazing craft sales – whether you’re shopping for yourself or for a crafter on your list! I am an affiliate with some of the companies mentioned, but not all. I just wanted to pass along these amazing deals so you can save $$ this year!! 🙂

I will provide images for each sale… simply click/tap the link to be redirected to the website for browsing and/or shopping. So, let’s jump right in!

There are many other wonderful craft websites hosting Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales… in fact, too many to mention. Hopefully, the online sales provided above will get you headed in the right direction! Also, many stores will be having in-store doorbuster savings such as Michael’s and others. I hope you find some great deals this year!

P.S. If you plan on shopping online, why not sign up for Ebates and get a $10 gift card PLUS cash back on your purchases?! It’s FREE to join and there are never any charges. Cancel anytime – no obligations or strings attached whatsoever. If you refer others to shop, you can earn $25 per person too!! Click HERE to check it out and also preview Black Friday cash back deals! Happy shopping! 🙂

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DIY Spring-Loaded Christmas Card!!

20171116_233231_wmHello everybody! It’s Maranda and I’m dropping by today with a quick and easy DIY Christmas card idea. This particular card will have a paper mechanism inside that will make the card, more or less, spring-loaded!! I’ll show you how to make it…

First off, you’ll need a few supplies (some are optional). Below I have all supplies linked to where you can purchase them if you wish. However, you probably have most of the supplies already in your stash.


Cardstock     Coloring Page     PrismaColor Pencils     Copic Markers

Paper Trimmer     Glue Dots     ATG Adhesive     Scissors

The easy-to-follow tutorial video shows you exactly how to make this adorable, fun card… and just in time for Christmas!! Enjoy the video below to see this spring-loaded card in action… thanks for stopping by the blog today!

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Quick Craft: Mini Paper Poinsettias

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‘Tis the season to begin thinking about Christmas… and that means lots of fun crafts to make! In today’s blog, we’ll be making quick, cute mini paper Poinsettias! I actually won a giveaway where I received these cute paper flowers. But, I wanted to do something Christmas-themed with them… so, that was the inspiration for the Poinsettias!

I will have all of the products linked below that I used, as well as an instructional video. Some of the items are optional. Leave your flower sweet and simple or use lots of bling to jazz it up… the choice is yours!

Supplies Used:

(Click product for link)

Paper Flowers     Copic Markers     Zig Glue Pen     Stickles

Glossy Accents     Spectrum Noir Brush Pen     1″ Circle Punch

The short video tutorial at the end of this blog entry will give you very easy step-by-step instructions. This craft is suitable for kids, beginners, or any level of crafter! Also, there are so many different ways you could use these cute mini Poinsettias. You could use them on cards, scrapbook pages, as paper clip toppers, or gifts. You could even use them as Christmas tree garland by hot gluing them onto a string, twine, or ribbon! Create them in a variety of shapes and colors… the possibilities are endless with a creative mind!

Please enjoy the video below ↓ ↓ ↓

Cricut Gives Your Ultimate Cutting Precision

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Black Friday When You Need It!!

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Hello everybody! I hope your week has gone well. I am dropping in right quick to let my readers know about an amazing craft sale going on!! Sizzix will be running a “Black Friday When You Need It” Sale every weekend until Black Friday!! They will also be having a huge Cyber Monday Sale! I will post the dates for you below, so be sure to mark your calendar for the following dates:

Black Friday When You Need It Sale– 10/19-10/22
Black Friday When You Need It Sale– 10/27-10/29
Black Friday When You Need It Sale– 11/3-11/5
Black Friday When You Need It Sale– 11/10-11/12
Black Friday When You Need It Sale– 11/17-11/19
BLACK FRIDAY SALE– 11/23-11/26
Cyber Monday– 11/27

As many of you know, Sizzix specializes in assisting you with awesome products for your craft room! They specialize in die cutting and embossing but also carry many other nifty items such as planner pages, paper pads, stamp sets, ink pads, idea books, jewelry findings, coloring books, sticker sheets, and much more!! Buy now and save!

Happy crafting!



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Masculine Card Idea//Old-Fashioned Truck

Earlier this year, I posted a blog all about Masculine DIY Card Ideas. Personally, I struggle with masculine cards because I always want to add sequins, pearls, ribbons, and girly colors! 🙂 But as I always say, it’s good for us to stretch ourselves outside the box sometimes to keep our artistic skills growing.

Even though I had written a blog about this very topic, I still found myself lost when it came time to actually make a masculine card! So, I reached out to my crafting friends on Facebook and they reinforced what I’d already written in my previous blog… which is to:

A.) Create a card based upon his interests/hobbies, etc.

B.) Keep it simple – not too many layers or embellishments

C.) Use “earthy” tones or colors found in nature

I guess I just needed a little reassurance that I was going in the right direction with my card. So, I sat down at my craft desk and came up with the card you see pictured below.


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Notice how I still incorporated pops of color in this card?? Just because it’s a masculine card doesn’t mean that it has to be drab and boring. Have fun with them! If you want to see how I made this card, I have all of the supplies I used listed below, as well as a full tutorial video! Happy crafting!

Supplies Used:

(Click supply for affiliate link to be redirected to store)

Cardstock    Paper Trimmer    Craftin’ Desert Divas Digital Stamp (Pumpkins)   

Cutter Bee Scissors    Foam Tape     School Glue    Bone Folder    ATG (Glue Runner)   

Acrylic Block    Sentiment Stamp    Memento Ink      PrismaColor Colored Pencils    

Copic Markers     White Gel Pen     DoCrafts Artiste Dual Tip Watercolor Pens


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Giveaway Winner Announcement!!!


On my previous post, I hosted a giveaway! We now have a winner chosen by The winner has ONE week to contact me via e-mail (see my e-mail address in my Info tab) to claim their prize. If not, an alternate winner will be chosen.

The lucky winner is…

Roseann V.

Thanks to all who entered. Don’t forget, I have ongoing giveaways posted HERE. And don’t worry, I will plan on hosting more giveaways myself also! Have a great day! 🙂 - Create More, Spend Less

Life Update & Giveaway!!

Life UpdateHey everyone… it’s Maranda, here! I wanted to give a quick life update/YouTube channel update today. Also, I am having a giveaway – woohoo!! All of the details will be at the end of this post, so if you don’t want to read my novel then you can just scroll down. 😉

So, a brief life update…

As some of you may know, I deal with chronic internal health issues (nothing contagious). Some days are better than others. I look relatively healthy on the outside – which is why I guess it’s called an “invisible illness”. I give more details in my video posted below – but suffice it to say that these ongoing health issues are causing me severe fatigue and have also posed other challenges for me in my day to day life. That is why my YouTube channel only gets about one video posting per month. Eeks!!

This blog also averages about 1-2 posts per month, as well. For some of you, that may not be a big issue – but I know others like to see posts or videos more often. I will say that I do post weekly on my Instagram, so that may be a good place to find me as well.

As I stated in my Life Update video below, I am trying various lifestyle changes and medical/natural treatments to try to ease some of my symptoms and fatigue; however, it’s just trial and error as nothing is guaranteed to help. I don’t say any of this for pity whatsoever; I simply want to update my loyal blog and YouTube subscribers and ask that you stick with me even though my posts are somewhat scarce as compared to others. But it’s all good – and I’m so blessed to be a part of the crafting community!!

So yada, yada, yada… enough of that! Now on to the fun part, the GIVEAWAY!! 🙂

3 Easy Peasy Giveaway Rules:

1.) Subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE, if you haven’t already.

2.) Be a Follower of this blog, if you’re not already.

3.) You must leave a comment under my Life Update & Giveaway VIDEO (posted below) letting me know you want to enter the Giveaway.

*Note: The giveaway is open internationally to anyone 18 years of age or older. The giveaway runs October 3, 2017 – October 17, 2017. So, hurry and enter!


One winner will receive a Hello Kitty Paper Pack!! This pack includes 5 Hello Kitty design scrapbook papers as well as 10 solid cardstock papers measuring 8.5 x 11″. Be sure to enter while there’s still time! Check out the video below to enter!