GIVEAWAY | MyMemories Digital Scrapbooking Software!

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Hi — happy Tuesday!  I’ve got FABULOUS news…it’s giveaway time again!

I was thrilled when MyMemories contacted me about doing a product review and giveaway of their Digital Scrapbooking Suite!  You guys know how much I love crafting…but do you know how much I like working on the computer, too?  I’m a bit of a geek that way.  With the MyMemories Digital Scrapbooking Suite I can quickly design scrapbook pages, photo cards, photo books and more — adding fun little touches like shadows, unique text and creative layouts — with nothing more than my little ol’ laptop.  I don’t have to worry with digging out my scrapbooking supplies or putting them away.  Needless to say, I’ve been having a blast creating a few little beauties…

Look at this adorable Valentine’s Day card I created:

And, how about this fabulous documentation of G’s first haircut:

How cute are those?!?!?!?

And, remember to think outside the box…the MyMemories Software Suite can be used for so much more.  How perfect is this giveaway button I made for my sidebar?!?!

These are a few things that I really love about the MyMemories Digital Scrabooking Suite:

  • Comes with tons of cute background pages (textures, patterns, graphics, etc) and loads of adorable embellishments like stitching, ribbon and buttons.  (Plus, if you’re looking for something specific, they have a fabulous online store — you will get lost in there for hours!)
  • Software has great color palettes (brights, earth tones, classics) and several coordinating colors within each palette
  • Super user-friendly
  • Software Suite is a simple internet download…you don’t have to wait for a package to arrive!
  • Tons of sharing options when your project is complete.  You can easily share them online — as I shared mine with you — print them at home, have them professionally printed, make slideshows/movies, and even export an i-Pod ready file.
  • Suite offers really cute fonts but also allows you to utilize the fonts on your computer!

And, if you’re slightly geeky, like me, you’ll appreciate some of these other features:

  • Ability to save images in several ways, including transparent (PNG, JPEG, PDF, etc)
  • Perfect color match using RGB and more

The most fabulous part, MyMemories is letting me GIVE AWAY one Software Suite, for FREE, to one of my readers.  Woohoo!

Here’s how to enter:

1.  Visit MyMemories.com and come back here to tell me your favorite paper pack(s). {1 Entry}

2.  Follow my blog and leave a comment telling me that you are either a new follower or already following. {1 Entry}

Additional Entries:

3.  “Like” MyMemories on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you either a new fan or already a fan. {1 Entry}

4.   “Follow” MyMemories on Twitter (@MyMemoriesSuite) and leave a comment telling me that you are either a new follower or already following. {1 Entry}

5.  “Like” Coffee & Cabernet on Facebook and leave a comment telling me that you are either a new fan or already a fan. {1 Entry}

6.  Spread the word about this giveaway (with link to this post) via your blog, twitter and/or Facebook and leave me a comment telling me you’ve done so.  {1 Entry}

Remember: Please leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry you’ve completed!  The more ways you enter, the better your odds!

And, if that’s not enough, you can use this special promotional code to receive $10 off the Digital Scrapbooking Software Suite PLUS a $10 coupon for subsequent purchases in the online store — a $20 value.  {score!}

MyMemories Promo Code: STMMMS40284

Thank you, MyMemories!

Okay!  It’s that easy — just enter to win and you’ll be set!  The giveaway ends at midnight on Sunday, February 5th and the winner will be announced on Monday, February 6th.

Good Luck & Happy Scrapbooking

Dreaded Dry, Wintered Hands | Remedy

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I love winter.  (Gasp!  Yes, I said it.)  I do — I really like the winter months.  I love snuggling up to a fire, I love watching snow fall, I love sweaters and boots and brisk walks.  (Ask me towards the end of March how I feel about winter…ha ha ha.)  What I don’t love, however, is how dry my skin becomes.  Specifically, my hands.  They ache, crack, throb and look hideous!  Some have it much worse, others fair much better.  Regardless, mine become very painful and, did I mention, look hideous?!?

Earlier today, as I sat typing, eating (nearly) an entire bag of Harbo gummi bears, I looked down at my ridiculously shriveled mitts and thought about how I should have “socked” them last night.  Yes, socked them.  Fortunately for me, I’ve found a pretty fab remedy to this ailment and I refer to it as “socking.”  As much as I love great hand creams and exfoliants — and swear by Burt’s Bees salves and Calendula cream from California Baby — my #1 dry hands remedy involves nothing more fancy than good ol’ Vaseline and socks.  Does this sound like something your grandmother would tell you?  Well, I’m not sure where I picked it up, but it works — and it’s cheap!  {score}

Socking:

1) At bedtime, lather/coat/rub a lot of Vaseline into your hands.  I mean a lot.

2) Stick your hands into a pair of socks.

3) Sleep tight.

I promise, when you wake up in the morning, you’ll see an improvement!  Obviously, the more you do it the better they get, but even one night makes a huge difference.

Bonus Tip:  My sister once told me that not using really hot water can help reduce the overall dryness of your skin, too!  Hard to do in the cold, wintery months, but I do think it helps.  Just try turning the water to a cool/mild temperature, instead of hot, each time you wash your hands!

What’s your favorite dry skin remedy?

Cornice/Pelmet Board: Easy DIY

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Ever since we removed the glass shower doors in our upstairs bathroom (and replaced them with curtains) it…well…needed something. It just didn’t look finished. And the not-ugly but not-pretty curtain rod hanging out really needed to be concealed.

Enter: Cornice Board. A DIY cornice board, to boot. {score!}

Check out the before & after:

Pretty fabulous change, eh? I think so. (I can’t believe I ever lived with the “before.” Sheesh.)

The really good news is that this is a SUPER easy DIY. It’s made out of foam board, y’all. Yes, foam board. Plus, if your fabric isn’t pricey, this is a very pocketbook-friendly project, too.

Now, if you’re a recovering perfectionist like me (recovering? yeah… right) this project will take some time. That said, the transformation is definitely worth the effort.

Steps:

1. Cut foam board equal to height and width of desired cornice. (My cornice needed to be very wide, so I had to use two separate pieces to achieve the desired width.)

2. If using two pieces, duck tape them together at the seam. (I added a touch of Aleene’s glue to all seams prior to taping.)

3. Cut and tape on side pieces. (The side pieces should be the same height as the front of the board; their width should be such that, when taped to the front pieces, the desired depth of the overall board is achieved.)

4. An inside angle of the attached side pieces.

5. This picture is slightly out of order (sorry!) but it shows how I first pinned the side pieces to the front piece in order to hold them steady while I taped them down.

6. Using Adhesive Spray, cover the board with two layers of batting.

7. I wrapped the first layer of batting around all the edges. To avoid bulk, however, I cut the second layer off at the edge (instead of wrapping it around).

8. Use a piece of fabric large enough to cover the entire board plus wrap around the batting on all sides.

9. Using a staple gun, wrap the board with the fabric.

10. Pay close attention to the corners, wrapping them in a tight, tidy fashion.

11. Another image showing how I wrapped and stapled.

12. Attach hanging hardware of choice. (Because these boards are super lightweight, you can use just about anything. I chose simple d-ring triangle strap picture hangers on nails, like these.)

Then, simply, hang and admire!

So, what do you think? Entirely do-able, right?

I’m very happy…until I decide to change the bathroom color scheme, that is.

{wink}

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Baby Shower Part Two | Mustache Straws

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You may recall that, a few weeks ago, I helped coordinate a baby shower for my best friend, Brooke.  (You can read more about it and the adorable message book I made in Part One.)  Along with the invitations, I was in charge of some crafty stuff, remember?  In my search for the unique, I found a few very fun ideas.  Among my favorites are these ridiculously cute mustache/lip pacifiers:

How cute are those?!?!?  I thought about making a mustache pacifier station — each guest could make one, whether it had a mustache, big lips, the baby’s name, or some other embellishment — but there were a lot of guests scheduled to come.  What was Brooke going to do with forty-five mustache pacifiers?!?!

Then, my good friend, Amber, told me about a mustache straw idea she’d seen.  It was a totally different spin on the whole mustache concept, but it was funny and cute — I loved it.  Plus, with my trusty Silhouette, it was pretty darn easy, too!

Here’s my execution:

I downloaded a set of four mustaches from the online Silhouette store, added a small hole (.25 in) to the center, and cut each style from a different color cardstock.  Then I just slipped them over some bendy straws and…voila!  It would require a little bit of cutting, but you could totally do this without a cutting machine.  (Note: .25 in is the size of a standard hole punch.)

Here’s a picture of the mustache straws in action.  (I stole this image from Brooke’s sister’s Facebook page, with her permission of course.  Thanks, Brit!)

I think they turned out super cute!  If the baby shower was for a little girl, you could make straws with big pink and red lips!

Oh, how I love babies…and baby showers…and babies.

{wink}

Boy Oh Boy! Big News…and A New Blog!

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Yes, yes, yes…I’m back and blogging at my new WordPress home!  I have a lot more to say about the big switch, but that will have to wait.  Why?  Because I am dying to tell you that…

…we are having another precious baby BOY!

We are absolutely THRILLED, THRILLED, THRILLED about adding another little man to the family, and simply can’t wait for G to become a big brother.  He’s going to be the best big brother!!  And, most importantly, baby #2 is growing beautifully and he looks 100% healthy.  We praise God for this!

Our little family, just before we went in the find out the sex of baby #2:

I’d love to write LOADS, but I’m still trying to make sure I have my old Blogger site and my new WordPress site communicating correctly.  So, I’ll have to sign off for now – be back early this week with new posts.

In the interim, if you happen to have any problems finding the new blog, if links you have to the blog and/or posts are not working problem, or if anything else seems “broken,” PLEASE PLEASE notify me so that I can look into it!  Many thanks, in advance!

Talk to you SOON!